Shonen is manga and anime aimed primarily at pre-teen and teenage boys. The series are usually dominated by fighting, focusing more on action than relationships, with romance either not the main focus or simply played for laughs. The title character, and most of the cast, is predominantly teenage or young adult male.

Shonen characters often sport a specific hairstyle – it’s always a mess, sticks out on all sides, and often looks kind of spiky. Somebody could assume it’s supposed to symbolize the hero’s disrespect for existing rules. Or his dislike for hairdressers.

Shueisha establishes new department focused on ‘Dragon Ball’


Japanese publisher Shueisha announced during a “new publications project presentation” in Tokyo on Wednesday that it had created a new department called the “Dragon Ball Room” in June that focuses specifically on Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball property. Akio Iyoku, the editor-in-chief of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine (where Toriyama and Toyotaro’s Dragon Ball Super manga is currently serialized), is heading the new department.

The department is working to provide new ideas for content for Dragon Ball, and to optimize and expand the brand. Iyoku commented that the department is “only thinking about Dragon Ball.”

Dragon Ball creator Toriyama commented on the new department, saying that the team was one he could put his trust in. He joked, “It’s really great that I don’t have to do anything now.”

Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1995. The manga has sold over 240 million copies. The manga has inspired an entire media franchise that consists of a long-running television anime adaptation, multiple anime films, video games, and more. A new television anime titled Dragon Ball Super premiered in Japan in July 2015. The anime is the first new television anime in the franchise in 18 years.

Source: Anime News Network

‘Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions’ is coming to US theaters


Screenvision Media and 4K Media announced on Thursday that the two companies will collaborate to release the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions film in more than 500 theaters in the United States and Canada on January 20, 2017.
Voice actors Dan Green and Eric Stuart are reprising their roles as Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba, respectively, for the North American English dub of the film.

Source: Anime News Network

‘My Hero Academia’ anime gets 2nd season


This year’s 30th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the My Hero Academia television anime series will get a second season. The issue will also reveal a new visual for the anime featuring Izuku Midoriya, All Might, and Tomura Shigaraki. The announcement also reveals that the second season will cover the U.A. Sports Festival arc of Kohei Horikoshi’s original manga.

The anime’s first season premiered on the MBS /TBS channel network’s Nichigo timeslot on April 3, and airs every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. The 13th and final episode in the first season will air this Sunday. Funimation is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland as it airs in Japan. The company is also streaming a Broadcast Dub.

Source: Anime News Network