Bleach news from VIZ Media

Hola you Shinigami fans. Here’s the latest from VIZ Media.

VIZ Media announced Monday that new digital volumes of Tite Kubo’s “Bleach” and Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece”, will for be available online on VIZManga.com and also for download on the VIZ Manga App. The releases will be on Mondays..

The idea is to bring the digital volumes for both series up to date with their North American print counterparts by December.

According to the company, its digital manga application allows fans to read manga from their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Fans with PCs, laptops and Android-powered devices with web browsers can head to VIZManga.com,

It looks like you have to register and the volumes aren’t free. The previews are free though.
If you want more information, go to VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps.

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BLEACH 2001 by Tite Kubo/SHUEISHA Inc.

Bleach posters

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VIZ Media is releasing a special Shonen Jump “Bleach” Posterzine, which features 11 posters inspired by the manga and animated series created by Tite Kubo.

The $9.99 Posterzine will be on sale starting Dec. 2. Each poster folds out to 16″ x 22″ and depicts Ichigo, his friends and villains. The special publication will also include two free “Bleach” sticker sheets and an iTunes gift card valid for a free download of episode 59 of the animated series and access to an interview with Tite Kubo. (NOTE: don’t think it means you can interview Kubo.)

And for those of you who haven’t heard of the show, here is a synopsis from VIZ: “Bleach” follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a 15-year-old student with the ability to see ghosts. His fate takes an extraordinary turn when he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper who shows up at Ichigo’s house on the trail of a Hollow, a malevolent lost soul. Drawn to Ichigo’s high level of spiritual energy, the Hollow attacks Ichigo and his family, and Rukia steps in to help but is injured and unable to fight. As a last resort, Rukia decides to transfer part of her Soul Reaper powers to Ichigo.

To watch or not to watch on the big screen ….

Saturday night found me at the local moviehouse scarfing down popcorn and preparing to watch “Kung Fu Panda” when a promo for the June 11 and 12 showing of the “Bleach” movie flashed on the screen. I wanted to cheer but no one else seemed to recognize Ichigo and the gang. Too bad.

“Memories of Nobody” will be shown in 300 movie theatres on only those two dates which fall mid-week by the way. I’m proud to be an anime geek but I still have to collect a paycheck to pay for my anime and manga addictions. Unfortunately, I don’t have any rich relatives who lovingly fund my hobbies. Sigh and double sigh.

I doubt if I can make it to the showings. Work ya know. I just might have to wait for the DVD to come out.

On a side note, I really liked “Kung Fu Panda.” It’s funny, there’s a decent plot, the animals all look furry and cute and Jack Black is good as Po the Panda. I can’t believe I just said that since I’m not a fan of the guy. But give credit where credit is due as my old man often says.

Yeah I’m not just an anime junkie. I’m into all types of animation. I’ve been a cartoon fan since I was a little brat and even dreamed of a career in animation once. But I digress…