COMIC Naruto Licensed! for fucking real this time

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  1. TheEvil1

    TheEvil1 Hell is other people OT Supporter

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    ShoPro named as Naruto licensor
    anounced on 2005-02-15 14
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    SHOPRO ENTERTAINMENT NAMED
    MASTER LICENSOR FOR JAPANESE PHENOMENON, NARUTO

    TV TOKYO Corporation And Shueisha Inc. Appoint ShoPro Entertainment To Represent TV, Home Video And Merchandising Rights In North America And Latin America For
    Much Anticipated Ninja Hit, Naruto

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (February 15, 2005) ShoPro Entertainment, Inc. which recently announced its upcoming merger with VIZ, LLC to form one of the entertainment industry's most innovative, comprehensive manga and animation licensing and publishing companies, announced today that it has secured from worldwide licensors, TV TOKYO Corporation and Shueisha Inc., the television, home video and merchandising rights to Naruto for North America and Latin America. The appointment of ShoPro Entertainment as Master Licensor was facilitated by TV TOKYO Medianet, the licensing arm of TV TOKYO.

    ShoPro Entertainment, the San Francisco based affiliate of ShoPro Japan, plans to introduce a dynamic roll-out strategy that will leverage the strong manga and entertainment brand into a broad licensing and marketing program. Narutos television broadcast partner and key licensing partners will be determined shortly.

    We are ecstatic about Naruto! It is a great privilege to be bringing such an outstanding property to the Americas, said John Easum, Senior Vice President of ShoPro Entertainment. Naruto became an explosive hit in Japan after it was first launched in Shueishas Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1999 and it continues to be an enormous success. Naruto has also established a very large American fan base through the US manga series published by VIZ. We anticipate a huge success.

    First introduced into the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999, Naruto quickly became Japans most popular ninja manga. In 2000, Naruto was expanded into a series of graphic novels and is currently in its 26th volume, with nearly 49 million copies sold in total in Japan. Weekly Shonen Jump, published by one of Japans largest publishers, Shueisha Inc., is considered the worlds most successful comic magazine with over 3 million copies printed weekly in Japan alone.

    Since 2003, the Naruto series has been serialized in the US edition of the monthly Shonen Jump, and published as a graphic novel series by VIZ, LLC. At retail, Naruto consistently ranks as one of the top graphic novel titles in the US and one of the most popular titles serialized in SHONEN JUMP. The manga has also been published in most major markets in Europe and Asia to great success.

    Targeting tweens and teens, the Naruto animated series, produced by PIERROT CO., LTD. debuted in Japan in October 2002 on TV TOKYO and quickly established itself as one of TV TOKYOs highest rated animated series. Today, Naruto is considered one of the most popular animated series in Japans history and has achieved immense success not only as a manga and TV title, but also in the realm of licensed categories such as toys, trading card games and video games.

    The story of Naruto takes place in another world where ninjas are the ultimate power. In the village of Konohagakure live some of the stealthiest and most respected ninjas in the land. But 12 years prior, Konohagakure faced a fearsome threat - a nine-tailed fox demon, which terrorized the village and caused massive destruction before it was finally defeated. The Hokage, the village leader and most powerful ninja, was able to subdue the fox by sealing its soul inside the body of an orphaned baby boy. Now that boy, Uzumaki Naruto, has grown up to become a ninja-in-training, learning the art of ninjutsu with his classmates Sakura and Sasuke. The trio of student ninjas study under the instruction of their teacher, Kakashi. With Kakashi, the group faces a series of dangerous and daunting tests and challenges. Through their adventures, the young ninjas learn the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right vs. wrong.

    The key characters are Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura. Naruto, shunned by the village because he bears the taint of the fox demon imprisoned within him, is a rascally orphan who has grown into an attention-seeking troublemaker. Although his preoccupation with playful pranks leaves him struggling to graduate from Ninja Academy, he's determined to become the next Hokage. Sasuke, the top student in Narutos class, comes from the prestigious Uchiha clan. Sasuke is driven by a secret desire to win revenge against a mysterious person who wronged him in the past. And the smart and studious Sakura is
    the brightest of Narutos classmates, but she is constantly distracted by her crush on Sasuke. She hopes to some day win Sasukes heart&if Naruto doesnt get in the way.

    About ShoPro Entertainment/VIZ LLC
    Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, ShoPro Entertainment and VIZ, LLC recently announced their upcoming merger to become one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. The new company, whose name will be announced shortly, will be owned by three of Japans largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc. and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan).

    ShoPro Entertainment/ VIZ is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese animation. The new company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment starting from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/pressrelease.php?id=851
     
  2. ragnarok

    ragnarok nuclear launch detected

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    ib it goes to shit like all the mega animes (kenshin, inuyasha, dbz, one piece, etc)
     
  3. ziggie216

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    so the bad side is that we dont get to d/l the rest of Naruto legally?
     
  4. Yoritomo

    Yoritomo dad's jar chimer

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    I'm sure certain release groups will continue to function. IE Dattebayo, although ANBU/AonE may stop subbing it.... (which sucks). Or another group will form to continue it under a different name.

    If they subbed Inuyasha through to the end they'll keep subbing Naruto.
     
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    now we're gonna see little 10 year old idiots running around going

    ART OF THE DOPPELGANGER
    LIGHTNING HAND
    SWIRLY EYE
    WHITE EYES


    ARRRRRRRAAAAGAAARH
     
  6. TheEvil1

    TheEvil1 Hell is other people OT Supporter

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    actually AonE is gonna keep doing it, anu may stop but AonE will do it on their own
     
  7. Yoritomo

    Yoritomo dad's jar chimer

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    Getting the releases might be more difficult though. But you'll be able to find it somewhere heh.
     
  8. Sa7aN

    Sa7aN STEELERS FTW

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    fucking bastards.... i cant even imagine how the fucking anime's gonna sound
     
  9. seven

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    damn it...
     
  10. clover

    clover Lucky in life

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    :rofl: That would be kind of funny.
     
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    umm ok..
     
  12. bleeked out

    bleeked out wut the? OT Supporter

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    :noes: That's just fucking great. :wtc:
     
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    yea but when you have 1000000000 of them doing it...it gets old really fast
     
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    bleeked out wut the? OT Supporter

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    :fawk: i live in the bay and im going to strike outside their building... WHO"S WITH ME??? :bsflag:
     
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    yea.. if i hear any of them, ill stop what im doing and spoil the shit out of the show.. :rofl: "you want to know happens to the hokage?" :rant2:
     
  16. Ninjak

    Ninjak a REAL clutch pop-up.

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    FUCK!!!!! this sucks. :(
     
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    Sa7aN STEELERS FTW

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    well heres to hoping they do a good job translating it (like cowboy bebop)
     
  18. Malghanim

    Malghanim My wee wee has been Stricken with Rigor Mortis

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    damn it!!
     
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    Malghanim My wee wee has been Stricken with Rigor Mortis

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    This is not possible!!!
     
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    Does anyone know what else they have done as far as dubbing?

    This can be something good for the series if they have a tendancy of doing good dubs, otherwise I'll piss on their doorstep.
     
  22. AznRice2Nice

    AznRice2Nice (Q'-')-O [DING DING] O-('-'Q)

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    you will still be able to find subs around.....no worries.
     
  23. Maestro

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    werd if you cant find it anywhere, OT will always come through for ya :)
     
  24. Sonar_un

    Sonar_un Prowler Orange

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    sucks ass..

    we knew it was going to happen. I've been seeing the manga in the stores recently too.

    It will still be subbed, so I am not all that worried.
     
  25. leeHA

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    Yeah, we all knew it was eventually gonna happen... Naruto was just getting too popular worldwide for some company not to make millions off of it.
     

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