Neon Alley Celebrates One Year
San Francisco, CA -- VIZ Media, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, celebrates the one-year anniversary of its 24/7 Neon Alley anime channel in October. The service, available to fans across North America via the PlayStation3 (PS3) and PlayStation Network, the Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE and via PC/Mac web access, also announces the launch of the “Catch Up” feature for Xbox and PS3, joining fans who can now enjoy recent episodes through NeonAlley.com. In addition, Neon Alley unveiled an exciting fall programming schedule.
To celebrate, between October 4th and 10th, Neon Alley will also offer a 2-week free extension of the Neon Alley service to those who sign up for the service at NeonAlley.com. This free two week trial is open to new subscribers and return members alike.
With the new expanded feature, all Neon Alley members on the Xbox 360, PS3 or online may select either a “Watch Live” or “Catch Up” option upon logging onto the service. The “Watch Live” option provides fans with the 24/7 linear English-dubbed channel that the network has come to be known for, and with the addition of the Video-On Demand “Catch Up” option, fans now have the flexibility to watch shows at their convenience. Shows will be available on the Catch Up service the day following premiering on the channel.
The Neon Alley Fall Season commences on Friday, October 18th and includes the highly anticipated high definition return of RANMA ½ to North America along with the exclusive dub premiere of MAGI: THE LABYRINTH OF MAGIC. Additional premieres this season include GURREN LAGAAN, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, and REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA. The latest episodes of ongoing favorites BLEACH, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN and ONE PIECE are also scheduled and Neon Alley members are invited to check out CHIKARA, a brand new live-action American Luchador-style wrestling series.
Neon Alley Fall Season Premiere Week Programming:
Friday, October 18th
RANMA ½ - 2 Episodes
MAGI: THE LABYRINTH OF MAGIC – 1 Episode
PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA – 1 Episode
REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA – 1 Episode
Saturday, October 19th
BLEACH – 2 Episodes
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN – 1 Episode
ONE PIECE – 2 Episodes
Sunday, October 20th
CHIKARA – 1 Episode
Thursday, October 24th
GURREN LAGAAN – 1 Episode
Check out the trailer for the new season, below:
“The Fall 2013 schedule for Neon Alley is filled with a host of brand new shows and audiences won’t want to miss all of the exciting action we have planned,” says Brian Ige, VIZ Media Vice President, Animation. “From the martial arts zaniness of RANMA ½ to the sci-fi-inspired drama of GURREN LAGAAN, magical adventures of MAGI and PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, and the gorgeous animation of REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, Neon Alley will be the place to go for the hottest uncut anime content this Fall. Wrestling fans can also catch the high-flying Lucha Libre action of CHIKARA. And with the new video-on-demand ‘Catch Up’ feature for PS3, Xbox and the Web, members now have even more flexibility to watch recent episodes of their favorite series whenever they want!”
GURREN LAGANN (Aniplex)
In a bleak future where humanity is forced to live underground, a fourteen year-old boy named Simon is assigned the task of digging tunnels to expand his village. But Simon stumbles across a fantastic device, and with the help of many other friends, they use the robots’ power to fight against their oppressors and take back the surface of their planet.