I just want to let everyone know that we changed servers today for both Naruto Central and Bleach Central. If you are seeing this message, it means you are seeing the new site. If you have any problems or see any errors, drop me an email. I hope you guys have a great day!
Looks like even VIZ Media is not immune from the economic conditions that many U.S. manga publishers are facing now. According to the ICV2 report, VIZ is in the midst of restructuring their business:<br />
VIZ Media CEO Hidemi Fukuhara has issued the following statement: "Viz Media is in the process of refining its focus and is restructuring to adjust to changing industry and financial market realities. Viz feels confident that with these changes, the company will be more streamlined to face the current economic climate."<br />
While several sources have reported this news, there's been no other official details released so far. So it's unclear how many staff members were affected by layoffs and which, if any, divisions were affected by the restructuring.<br />
There was recently chatter surrounding the recent departure of former Shonen Jump Editor-in-Chief Marc Weidenbaum and whether his decision to leave the company had effectively put their original comics program in jeopardy. It's too early to see these two events will mean for VIZ and their various divisions.<br />
However, it should be noted that VIZ's manga titles, especially top series like Naruto, Bleach and Vampire Knight enjoyed consistently strong sales in 2008. VIZ has a lot going for them on the plus side of the balance sheet, so it'd be a real stretch of the imagination to think that there is any risk of VIZ closing up shop based on this news. It just goes to show that the dire market conditions that the industry pros just described at New York Comic-Con 2009 were not just hyperbole -- Things are tight all over, and it's no different in the manga business.
That's right, Sonny Strait, voice of Kuririn (or Krillin in the English dub) from the English dubbed Dragon Ball series and Usopp from Funimation's One Piece dub is going to guest star on Ramen Radio on February 9, 2009! Strait is not only a very accomplished voice actor but also a comic artist/writer! He manages a weekly comic strip called Car Bombs, which is a hilarious comic illustrating Strait's fantasies of his life. Freek, Neo, and F1n, along with their new staff members, Eli and Platypus are going to be asking Strait a few questions about his job, his comics, and his personal life.
I just wanted everyone to know that I'll be on the Ramen Radio, the radio show we sponsor here at both Naruto Central and Bleach Central. I'm not entirely sure what the hosts will be asking me so you guys will have to listen to the show to find out. Remember to click on the radio show icon to your right to find out more information about questions you can submit to me. Hopefully a few of the questions will be answered on the show.
We made a couple of updates to the sites system, none that are really noticeable. One thing I would like people to do though, if they can or want, is to update your profiles. Before weird symbols would show up if you were typing certain symbols like: " ' ; > and other ones. We have been able to fix that now so if you want your profile to not look so messy, then go ahead and update it and retype in the stuff you had!
I'm sure most of you have seen the large pink image to your right about the radio show. Tonight is the first time our radio show crew will broadcast. We're just trying something new for the site. Below are some of the links that may help you find out more about the show. The show is at 8pm central time.<br />
<h4>Related Links</h4>-<a href="/?p=radio" title"NC/BC Radio Show">Radio Show Info</a><br />
-<a href="http://forums.bleachcentral.com/forumdisplay.php?f=173" title="Radio Show Forums">Radio Show Forums</a>
With the release of the new version of Bleach Central comes a need for new motivated staff who want to help us grow. I've updated the "Staff Openings" page which can be found by clicking <a href="/?p=staff" title="Staff Openings">here</a>. If you are interested in any of the jobs, please contact me by email. I would like to note this is not a paid job, you will be working as a volunteer. Every staff will have set goals they need to accomplish by a certain time-frame. At most staff probably dedicate 2 hours a week into what they do so the workload is not bad at all.
Q: Why can't I log in to my old account?<br />
A: Chances are, your username has a space in it. We eliminated the use of spaces for usernames so when usernames were transferred over, those who have spaces' usernames automatically stopped working. We're trying to fix things by just removing the space in your username. If you are one of these users, then email me and we'll work on fixing it. We're currently having some problems editing members because one of administrative panels got messed up during the switch so there may be a slight weeks delay.<br />
Q: Why is my images always getting deleted or rejected?<br />
A: We check through all the images periodically to make sure all the images correctly fit the category that it is in. If it is not, then we delete it. When you submit an image, you must submit it into the correct category or it'll be rejected. Wallpapers have to be images of 800x600 or higher and must be standard wallpaper dimensions to be accepted. Hand Drawn art must be hand drawn art, if there is any computer editing to it, then it goes into Hand Drawn (Digitally Rendered). If its 100% computer made, then it is Digital Art. Cosplay is dressing up as the actual person in the anime, so if its not that, then its not cosplay so it won't be accepted.<br />
Q: Why is my profile picture being rejected?<br />
A: Profile pictures are meant to be real pictures of yourself. If its not, it'll most likely be rejected. We obviously cannot determine if it is really you, but as long as its a real human being, we'll accept it. If you are uncomfortable showing your real self, you do not need to upload a profile picture. There is an AVATAR feature where you can upload anything, and those show up when you post comments and such.
Hey guys, as you can see, we have just put in 2 new features to Bleach Central. Go ahead and take a look at it, I bet you guys will enjoy this one. You can create your own Bleach related quizzes and polls. Make sure your polls and quizzes are appropriate though!
Animation publication company Viz Media has announced the release of the animation series “Bleach” and “Death Note” for download on Xbox Live. <br />
“Death Note” is based on a manga series from Japan about a student, Light Yagami, who finds a notebook where any name entered in the book leads to their death. “Bleach” follows a student who sees ghosts and uses his powers to capture a malevolent spirit. <br />
“Bleach” and “Death Note” have been dubbed in English from their original Japanese translations. Viz also recently put the two series on Hulu.com.