At NYCC 2019 I attended a panel hosted by VIZ Media where they made some announcements and chatted with the creators behind Netflix’s Castlevania anime.
Castlevania script writer Warren Ellis, delivered his usual pitch black humor hinted that the next season would explore psychedelic horror. When asked about his writing process Ellis said that every line of dialogue comes from the character’s personality and the situation. Eventually he just heard the character’s voices in his head. Ellis said that he enjoyed working in comics because it was the medium with the fewest filters and restrictions between his vision and the reader and he was glad bring that uncensored vision to animation.
The panel also debuted a trailer for a new Netflix anime series titled Seis Manos. The series blends martial arts with Mexican culture. After the success of Cannon Busters I hope that Seis Manos will continue to diversify anime.
VIZ Media also announce a ton of new manga titles. Here are some that stood out to me.
I only discovered the works of Rumiko Takahashi this year. Her creations of Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura have been the funniest and charming comics I’ve read all year. Her work paved the way for the ecchi harem genre and contemporary works pale in comparison. Masion Ikkoku is about eccentric people living in an apartment complex. Because it’s a Takahashi creation I know it will be a blast.
Created by Taiyō Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet), Ping Pong is a sports manga that’s garnered fans for it’s unique art style. Ping Pong was also adapted into a popular anime by Masaaki Yuasa. So if you’re a fan of the show why not read the original manga.
Spy X Family
Spy X Family is about a spy who goes undercover by marrying into what he thinks is a normal family. Unbeknownst to him his wife is secretly an assassin. The only one who knows both their secrets is their telepathic daughter who just wants a normal family. This sounds like a hilarious Japanese twist on Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I’ll be looking forward to this new action comedy.
Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru
Created by Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto) and illustrated by Akira Ōkubo, Samurai 8 is a futuristic samurai story about a kid and a samurai cat. If you’re like me, and could never get into the behemoth that is Naruto, Samurai 8 may be a great jumping on point.
You can read from VIZ Media’s manga catalogue for free on their website.