Viz Media Launches New Shojo Manga Series by Meca Tanaka: The Young Master’s Revenge

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE SHOJO MANGA SERIES THE YOUNG MASTER’S REVENGE

 

Plans For Revenge Go Awry In This Romantic Comedy From The Creator Of METEOR PRINCE

 

San Francisco, CA, February 21, 2018 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers the print and digital release of THE YOUNG MASTER’S REVENGE on March 6th.

The series, by creator Meca Tanaka, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published under the SHOJO BEAT imprint. Meca Tanaka is also the creator of the acclaimed shojo manga series METEOR PRINCE (also published by VIZ Media).

Volume 1 of THE YOUNG MASTER’S REVENGE carries a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes will be published by VIZ Media on a quarterly basis.

In THE YOUNG MASTER’S REVENGE, when Leo was a young boy, he had his pride torn to shreds by Tenma, a girl from a wealthy background who was always getting him into trouble. Now, years after his father’s successful clothing business has made him the heir to a fortune, he searches out Tenma to enact a dastardly plan – he’ll get his revenge by making her fall in love with him!

“The creator of METEOR PRINCE returns with a new shojo manga from the perspective of the hero,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Senior Editor. “What begins as Leo’s revenge becomes a voyage of self-discovery and endearing love.”

Creator Meca Tanaka made her professional manga debut in 1998. Her previous notable works include Omukae DesuTennen Pearl Pink (Pearl Pink) and Kiss Yori mo Hayaku (Faster than a Kiss). Her series METEOR PRINCE is published by VIZ Media.

For additional information on THE YOUNG MASTER’S REVENGE and other manga series published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at viz.com.

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Takane & Hana Yuki Shiwasu Manga Review

I received volume 1 of Takane & Hana from Viz for free to review here on my blog.

Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Note: This review may contain spoilers for volume 1 of the manga.


Title: Takane & Hana

Mangaka: Yuki Shiwasu

Licensed: Viz

Release Date:  Dec 20, 2014 – Ongoing (Japan), February 6th, 2018 – Ongoing (USA)

Length: 9 volumes (and ongoing) (in Japan) Viz will be releasing volumes bimonthly.

Genre: Shoujo, Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy

Geeky: 2/5 – No action, but a good dose of comedy could make this one appeal to geeks of any gender.

Sweetie: 5/5 – Here we have a love story / slice of life manga with some rather unconventional characters. I enjoy the humor and unique characters. This is not a cookie cutter shoujo manga.

Overall: 34/40 85% B “Very Good Manga For Girls”

Story: 9/10 – Takane and Hana meet via an arranged marriage; however, it is not Hana who is supposed to go to the meeting. Hana has an older sister, Yukari, who was selected by the chairman to meet his grandson, Takane. Takane is heir to a successful wealthy conglomerate, where Hana and Yukari’s father happens to work. Yukari refuses to go to the arranged marriage, forcing Hana to have to pretend to be her older sister.

Takane can see through their deception right away, which causes him to be more frank and open around Hana. Takane is used to getting anything he wants, so when Hana storms out of their arranged marriage meeting, he takes an interest in her. He begins to show up at her school with luxurious gifts, wearing expensive clothes, and driving a fancy foreign car.

Eventually Yukari tells Hana that she has changed her mind and wants to meet with Takane. The three agree to meet to explain the situation, but Hana runs away during their meeting. Takane pursues Hana and calls her by her real name for the first time, showing that he knew all along who she really was. Hana steals a kiss from Takane which again shakes up his usual routine.

The two continue to meet, usually going to expensive fancy restaurants. But one of my favorite parts of the manga is when Hana plans their date; she wants to do all commoner activities. Hana plans a day full of karaoke, bowling, fast food, and a scary movie. However, at the first stop of their date, Takane gets called into work. Hana continues to do their date alone by herself, until finally Takane meets back up by sneaking into the movie. He falls asleep exhausted from work. He also worked all night the night before so he could take the day off. Hana learns and sees many different sides of Takane that day, and begins to understand that he really isn’t such a bad guy.

There is a 10 year age gap between the characters though, so their relationship must still remain a secret, because Takane is expected to marry a suitable woman to help him with his career. Takane continues to go to arranged marriage meetings, but rejects his suitors and continues to see Hana. Hana worries that she is not good enough for Takane, but he tells her he will be the one to decide if she is good enough or not.

My only complaint with the story is it has some pacing issues. There were parts of the story where I would stop and see if I missed a page. It seemed to jump around a lot in the first 2 or 3 chapters, and then became more well fleshed out and evens out in the next chapters.

Characters: 8/10 Hana is a typical high school girl, carefree, spunky, athletic, happy go lucky, friendly, and outgoing. Takane is a well groomed businessman and heir to a large fortune. Takane is used to always getting his way and is used to enjoying the finer things in life. However, both of our characters are bored of their routine lives. When they meet, their routine is shaken up.

Takane is very rude, and he loves to be the center of attention. He loves to “look down” on the world / other people. However, he is not without his good points either. He is sincere/honest about his feelings (at least when he is around Hana – around other people Takane is forced to behave politely due to the responsibilities of his family and business.) Takane is a very hard worker, but he also tries to make time for Hana. Takane is not good at expressing thanks/gratitude, or admitting that he is enjoying his time with Hana.

However, Hana learns certain things about Takane. Like when he is truly happy, his smile is different, more like a smirk. His full / peaceful / contented smile is only a fake smile put on out of politeness. Hana realizes Takane only really smiles honestly around her.

Hana is also not honest about her feelings for Takane. She decides to treat their relationship like a game. Both of our characters are competitive and love to tease each other, and neither of them want to lose this “Game”.

I really love these characters, but I did deduct a few points because all of the minor characters are far less developed. This is only the first volume though, so I expect this to improve.

It’s also worth pointing out that many readers may be uncomfortable with the age gap in this manga. In Japan though this age gap is very common. Even in other shoujo manga, such as Sailor Moon, Mamoru was a college student and Usagi was only 14. While age gaps like this may seem odd to American readers, it is important to understand these cultural differences.

Artwork: 10/10 The artwork is cute, and it makes me smile/laugh. I love Takane’s smirk. Hana is cute. Takane would maybe be handsome, but his facial expressions are usually very smug/conceited. The background and coloring techniques are also cute. The art and character designs are also very consistent throughout the first volume.

Overall: 34/40 85% B “Very Good Manga For Girls”

Takane & Hana Yuki Shiwasu Manga Review was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

Wizard World Returns to Pittsburgh, PA November 4-6, 2016

Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Elden Henson, Evan Peters Among Top Celebrities Scheduled To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh, November 4-6

 

Nichelle Nichols, Sonequa Martin-Green, WWE® Superstar Finn Bálor, Talented Comics Creators, Variety of Exhibitors, Cosplayers, Robust Programming At David L. Lawrence Convention Center

 

PITTSBURGH, October 2016 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) concludes its 2016 schedule with its second trip to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh, November 4-6. “Daredevil” stars Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Elden Henson, X-Men standout Evan PetersNichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), WWE® Superstar Finn Bálor and Sonequa Martin-Green (“The Walking Dead”) headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

 

Cox, Bernthal and Henson are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5; Martin-Green will appear on Saturday and Sunday; Peters is set to appear Sunday only; Nichols will attend all three days.

 

Also scheduled to appear are Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”), Joel Hodgson(“Mystery Science Theater 3000”), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Spin City”),Charles Martinet (Voice actor – “Super Mario”), Sean Schemmel (“Dragon Ball Z”), Sam Jones (“Flash Gordon, Ted) and Chris 51 (“Epic Ink”).

 

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley in Pittsburgh will feature Dean Haspiel (“The Incredible Hulk,” “Spider-Man 2099”), Joe Harris (“X-Files”), James O’Barr (“The Crow”), Gerhard (“Cerebus”), James O’Barr (Creator, “The Crow”), Ron Frenz (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Fantastic Four), Steve Geiger (“Bloodshot,” “Scion”), Dave Wachter (“The Guns of Shadow Valley,” “Scar Tissue”),Tom DeFalco (“MARVEL comics”), Danny Fingeroth (group editor, “Spider-Man”) and many others.

 

Wizard World comic and gaming con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Pittsburgh show hours are Friday, November 4, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, November 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Wizard World is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed –  will roam the convention floor. The famed Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

 

For more on the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh, visit http://wizd.me/PittsburghPR.

 

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store (www.shopwizardworld.com), Wizard World Music (http://www.wizardworldmusic.com/), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

 

The Wizard World 2016 schedule is available at: http://wizardworld.com/searchby/city/

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Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event

Hi everyone! Happy April Fool’s Day. Awhile back I was contacted by Alexander who told me about a “Blogathon” event in which local bloggers from the Pittsburgh area exchange guest posts and invited to participate. Today’s the day that these posts go live!

I did a post about where to find the best arcades in Pittsburgh which you can check out over on http://seanramblings.blogspot.com/

And I’m hosting a post (seen below) from Blogger Josh Croyle of “Josh’s World” whose site is at http://joshcroyle.com/. Here’s what Josh had to say about what comics he’d recommend to my readers.

 

When asked to write a post for Geeky Sweetie, my initial thought was a review for a comic that girls might like. I noticed that there are no comic reviews on the site and figured mine would be a good addition.

Unfortunately, I realized a slight problem. I am a guy. What do I know about the tastes of geeky girls? It would be rather pretentious of me to say “hey ladies, you should read XXXXX comic because it is really cool. And I should know because I am a guy!”

Marvel, DC, and the other comic publishers have this same problem. They read some statistic about how many girls are reading comics and they immediately say “holy crap, we should make comics for them!” And then they release some terrible book and wonder why it fails.

Here is the secret that no one ever tells those companies: girls like comics for the same reasons that guys like them. In fact, I would imagine this rings true for video games, anime, and anything else. My females friends who read comics usually read similar things as me.

So with that in mind, I thought about this post in a different way. What comics would I recommend to anyone who does not read comics? Here are a few of my favorites that would be great starting points.

Watchmen-What kind of comic book fan would I be if I did not start out mentioning Alan Moore’s seminal work? If you are a fan of dystopian futures and deconstructionist stories, then this book is definitely for you.

Sandman-Perfect for fans of ancient mythology, especially Greek. Plus anyone who loves dreams and the heavy questions they can bring up. Neil Gaiman weaves a fantastic tale about the world of dreams and the nature of reality.

Superman: BirthrightMark Waid does a great job of reimagining the Man of Steel’s origin. If you have always been intrigued by Superman and did not know where to start, then here is a great option. Marvel’s Civil War-You love the Marvel movies. You are excited about seeing Captain America: Civil War, then definitely check out the comic that inspired it.

Strangers in ParadiseTerry Moore writes an amazing story about a love triangle. At first it seems pretty straightforward, but then assassins, crime lords, and crazy connections become the norm. What makes it great though is the way Moore writes his characters. By the end of the series, you absolutely love all of them. You see faults in them and yet you realize they are people. If you are only going to read one comic from this short list, then just pick up the first volume and let me know how long it takes you to rush out to pick up the second.

Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event was originally published on Geeky Sweetie