• News Roundup for October 9- November 6 2011

      Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since I've done my last news roundup, I got a lot to catch up on. Well I already got the two biggest pieces of news in recent weeks reported, let's get on with the other stuff:

      - First let's talk about some other VIZ stuff besides Alpha. The new issue of Shonen Jump just came out on November 1st, and finally after so many issues of "Naruto" and Bleach" making the cover we finally get some "One Piece" love:


      This isn't a special "One Piece"-dedicated issue, however we'll be getting one soon enough. Check VIZ editor Alexis Kirsch's tweet for October 21st:


      In preparation for the release of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, VIZ is doing a digital mini speed-up for several of its Shonen Jump series:


      A few weeks ago this link included release dates for later "One Piece" volumes, if I remember correctly I think up to volume 64. I don't know why VIZ took those down, perhaps they're shuffling things around.

      According to Simon & Schuster the print editions of volumes 63 and 64 will be released July 3rd, 2012 and September 4th, 2012, respectively:


      - Some more FUNimation news, sort of. FUNimation mentioned to ANN that if Toei Animation approves it, they'll start simulcasting "One Piece" on NicoNico:


      - Japanese 7-11s started a new "One Piece" promotional campaign. By buying food and "One Piece" merchandise you can accumulate point on your receipt, which will go towards giving out "One Piece" prizes to 4,100 lucky people. And just starting a few days ago on November 4th, if you purchase certain bottled drinks you can get "One Piece" keitai straps:


      - ICv2 recently came out with their top manga properties of summer 2011 based on interviews with selected venues in North America. "One Piece" placed #10 in the overall top 25 category and #8 in the top 10 shonen properties:


      - Here's a preview of the new "One Piece x Hello Kitty" merchandise that just came out on November 4th. On a side note I don't find it very inspiring:


      - The Japanese portal site Goo recently put up a survey asking readers which hit Shonen Jump series they give up reading partway through. Out of the top 20 results, "One Piece" placed at #3:


      - Here's a nice piece of interest Crunchyroll News posted. Pixiv artist Igarashi has created "One Piece" tarot cards:


      - Some cool new pieces of merchandise were in late October. Panasonic is coming out with a rechargeable battery on November 21st, RAY-OUT started coming out on November 5th with some iPhone jackets, and coolest of all HAPPINET is coming out with a Chopper loud-speaker doll on November 12th:


      - Megahouse started coming out with some cool new minitaure versions of six ships from the series' run. Each ship is priced at 525 yen (about $7.00):


      - KANRO co. polled 800 men and women between the ages of 20 and 50 asking them what their favorite anime voice is. In the top 10 results, Luffy tied with Minami Asakura from "Touch" at #7 as voted by 18 people. Zoro came in at #10 with 15 votes:


      - On October 20th Japanese shopping site BANDAI FASHION NET started taking pre-orders for a green Haramaki based on the one Zoro wears. It's priced at 3,900 yen (about $50.81), and starts shipping this December:


      - Consumer and Economic Division of Fukuoka Prefectural Police announced that by October 16th they had arrested six men for using flie-sharing software to illegally upload 42 anime/manga/game items to the Internet between April 2010 to May 2011. One of the items mentioned was the "One Piece" manga:


      - Last month pre-orders started being for a PushOne 3D diorama in honor of the transition to the New World saga. It goes on sale next January for 9980 yen ($130.00):


      - "One Piece" wasn't mentioned specifically in this news item, but it's obvious to me it's a part of it. On October 12th it was announced an art exhibition will be taking place in Japan that features art from series in five of Shueisha's famous Jump magazines. Of course this includes Weekly Shonen Jump. I haven't seen any dates yet, however the exhibition will be taking place in Shizuoka, Osaka, Takamatsu, Kokura, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Sapporo, Niigata, and Sendai:


      - I got some Japanese animation TV ratngs for the week of September 19th-25th. "One Piece" was in 4th place with an average of 9.0:


      - For the week of October 3rd-9th, "One Piece 14th Season: Marineford Arc Piece 1" was the 20th best-selling DVD and 3rd best-selling animation DVD in Japan:


      - For the week of September 26th- October 4th, "One Piece" was the second highest-rated anime in Japan with an 11.1 average:


      - http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news...-october-10-16

      Sorry people I got lazy and am just posting the source. Long day : P.

      - http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news...ng-october-3-9

      - "One Piece 3D Gekisō! Trap Coaster" is a new 3D animated short that will be running at stereoscopic 3D theaters at Aichi Prefecture's Lagunasia theme park, Nagasaki Prefecture's Huis Ten Bosch theme park, Kanagawa Prefecture's Yokohama Landmark Tower, and Hiroshima Prefecture's NTT CRED Hall. It will run at about 12 minutes and be released December 1st:


      - Toei Animation recently came out with their 2011 earnings and they did pretty damn good, with some big thanks to "One Piece" of course. They reported their current fiscal year's second quarter, which ended in September, through rankings of their top properties, however those numbers also included the first fiscal year, which ran from April 2010 through March 2011. Domestically and in overseas film/T.V./releases "One Piece" was their #1 property, gaining 2.380 billion yen/US$31.4 million and 427 million yen/US$5.63 million, respectively. In the overseas licensing category "One Piece" was second only to "Dragonball", gaining 94 million yen/US$1.24 million:


      - http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news...-october-17-23

      - In a recent report from New York Times, it was mentioned that 4 anime currently hold spots in the top 40 shows on Hulu and Hulu Plus. One of those titles is "One Piece":


      - As of October 30th, "One Piece" volume 63 is the third volume in a row to sell over 3 million copies since debuting this year:


      - "One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP" has shipped about 210,000 copies in Japan during the first half of the 2012 fiscal year:


      - Volume #64, which released this Friday, has a first-print run of 4 million copies. Since volume 56 the series has been setting first-print run records in Japan:


      - http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news...-october-24-30

      - "One Piece: Collection Four" from FUNimation has been solicted with Chopper boxart and a release date of January 31, 2012:


      - Finally, this isn't "One Piece" related, but I thought it was worth mentioning. It's not offical, but if you check out the second-latest news post on daizex.com, it looks like Manga UK is finally releasing "DBZ" in the U.K.:


      Now as some of you may or may not know, Manga U.K. has been unable to release Toei Animation properties for quite some time because of high licesing fees. With the way things are looking, perhaps there is a glimmer of hope for "One Piece" fans in the U.K.?
      Comments 1 Comment
      1. dropper's Avatar
        I can only dream that one piece will reach the UK! The DVDs of course.
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