24 August 2013

San Diego Comic Con 2013: Anime and Manga Make Their Mark

The mass appeal of anime and manga continue to grow, as fans witnessed during the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. Represented at the event were panels for such favorites as "Blue Exorcist" and "Attack on Titan." Although many popular anime series represented at Comic Con are currently on hiatus, their return is imminent. In the meantime, viewers can watch Anime Network available through http://www.directstartv.org to tide them over. Get ready to bask in the satisfaction of knowing that great things are in store for your favorite anime and manga series.

San Diego Comic-Con sign

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The Best And Worst Manga

Few panels are likely to stir as much excitement and controversy as "The Best and Worst Manga." After all, even the name of the panel is apt to rile up attendees. And such was certainly the case with this gathering of manga fans, lead by Deb Aoki of Mangacomicsmanga.com, David Brothers of Comics Alliance and Christopher Butcher of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, among others. During their time together, these manga experts discussed exciting new developments in the genre, pointing to such current hits as Hajime Isayama's "Attack on Titan," as well as Natsume Ono's "Danza."

Stirring up a bit of resentment among some manga fans, the panel also pointed out the manga creations that most disgusted them, including Mayu Shinji's "Demon Love Spell" and Tite Kubo's "Bleach." As the Anime News Network points out, the panelists at San Diego Comic Con may not appreciate these works, but dedicated fan bases were incredibly upset to hear that their favorites were included among the "worst" manga.


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Viz Media

One of the more prominent entertainment companies involved in the creation of anime and manga, Viz Media held a very prominent panel at this year's San Diego Comic Con. The purpose of this panel was to highlight new developments related to the entertainment company while also providing feedback on some of fans' most frequent queries. First, panelists introduced a long list of new titles slated to debut soon, including adventure manga "Maji!" and josei manga "Midnight Secretary." Additionally, Publisher's Weekly commended Viz Media on the debut of VizKids, a comprehensive children's publishing platform highlighted at Comic Con. Between VizKids and the many new titles mentioned by Viz Media, this entertainment company clearly has a vibrant future.

Anime Cosplay

Obviously, San Diego Comic Con would be nothing but a bunch of droll media reports if not for the presence of all kinds of impressive cosplay fanatics. Traditionally, cosplay has centered on popular television series and movies such as "Star Trek" and "Doctor Who." But that emphasis on British and American media offerings is beginning to disappear, with international characters making their presence known in Comic Con cosplay.

Anime and manga were particularly well represented at San Diego Comic Con's cosplay this year, with characters from "Naruto" proving especially popular among costumed individuals. "Soul Eater" and "Vampire Knight" costumes also made frequent appearances. These vibrant costumes added quite a bit of interest to what proved to be an incredibly successful 2013 Comic Con.

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