VIZ Media LLC is an American manga and anime distribution and entertainment company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1986 as VIZ LLC. In 2005, VIZ LLC and ShoPro Entertainment merged to form the current VIZ Media LLC, jointly owned by Japanese publishers Shueisha and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions; as of 2017, Viz Media is the largest publisher of graphic novels and comic books in the United States, with a 23% share of the market. Seiji Horibuchi from Tokushima Prefecture in Shikoku, moved to California in 1975. After living in the mountains for two years, he moved to San Francisco, where he started a business exporting American cultural items to Japan, became a writer of cultural information, he became interested in publishing Japanese manga in the United States, though he himself was not a fan of Japanese comics until a visit to Japan in 1985 exposed him to Katsuhiro Otomo's single-volume title Domu: A Child's Dream. His idea came to fruition after he met Masahiro Ohga managing director of Shogakukan, in 1985 and shared his vision.
Shogakukan provided Horibuchi with $200,000 in startup capital, which Horibuichi used in 1986 to found VIZ Communications. VIZ Communications released its first titles in 1987, which included Legend of Kamui, however sales were mediocre due to the specialist comic market being adverse to venturing into new territory. To counteract this problem, VIZ expanded into the general publishing business and began publishing various art related books in 1992. Into these titles, Horibuchi began publishing manga, calling them graphic novels so they would be carried by mainstream bookstores; the plan worked and after several years, leading booksellers began to have dedicated shelves for manga titles. Sales picked up when VIZ Communications acquired the license for the comedy series Ranma ½, which became an instant hit; the company continued to see success when it expanded into the anime distribution market, began publishing Shonen Jump, an English adaptation of the popular Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.
It acquired another huge selling title, Inuyasha. In the late 1990s, VIZ began making the push to move into the South American markets; when Shueisha became a joint owner of Viz Media in 2002, both Shogakukan and Shueisha began to release manga through Viz. Shueisha's deal with Viz may have been prompted by competition with Raijin Comics, a rival manga publisher created in 2002 by editors and artists who had split off from Shueisha, taking their properties with them; some exceptions to this exclusivity exist, however: Shueisha permitted DC Comics's subsidiary CMX Manga to license Tenjho Tenge and Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, permitted Dark Horse Comics to license Gantz, Lady Snowblood, Shadow Lady, The Monkey King, Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront and CLAMP's Gate 7. Shueisha permitted Seven Seas Entertainment to license Hayate X Blade and will permit Seven Seas Entertainment to license Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, permitted Tokyopop to license Kodocha, Marmalade Boy and Digimon Next and will allow Kodansha USA to license the Battle Angel Alita manga in America.
Shogakukan permitted Tokyopop to license Corrector Yui, Udon Entertainment to license the Infini-T Force manga, the now-defunct ComicsOne to license Wounded Man - The White Haired Demon, permitted Dark Horse Comics to license Crying Freeman, New Lone Wolf and Cub, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Mob Psycho 100, permitted Hachette Book Group's subsidiary Yen Press to license Azumanga Daioh, Silver Spoon, Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and Cirque du Freak. In March 2010, Shogakukan began a partnership with Fantagraphics Books to issue a line of manga to be edited by Matt Thorn. In 2003 in response to Shogakukan and Shueisha's co-ownership of VIZ, Japanese publisher Kodansha formed a co-venture with Del Rey. In 2004, VIZ Communications was merged with ShoPro Entertainment, funding company Shogakukan's American distribution division. Horibuchi became the new company's chairman. In 2005, Horibuchi started a related division, Viz Pictures, for releasing selected live-action films in the US to theaters and DVD.
On December 17, 2008, Viz Media announced that starting on April 1, 2009, Warner Home Video would be handling the distribution of both its new and existing catalog releases. Viz itself is still the licensor and will do all production, while tapping the distribution powerhouse that distributes the works of other major companies such as BBC, National Geographic Channel, Cartoon Network. Viz President and CEO Hidemi Fukuhara stated that he believes the partnership will help the company grow its anime holdings more effectively. On February 20, 2009, Viz Media laid
Kitsilano is a neighbourhood located on the unceded territory of the Musqueam People, in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Kitsilano is named after Squamish Chief August Jack Khatsahlano, the neighborhood is located in Vancouver's West Side along the south shore of English Bay, between the neighborhoods of West Point Grey and Fairview; the name'Kitsilano' is derived from X̱ats ` the name of a Squamish chief. The area has been home to the Squamish people for thousands of years, sharing the territory with the Musqueam and the Tsleil-Waututh Peoples. All three Nations moved throughout their shared traditional territory, using the resources it provided for fishing, hunting and gathering. In 1911, the Federal government amended the Indian Act to legalize the unsettling of reserves that “situated wholly or within an incorporated town or city having a population of than eight thousand”, without the need for consent from the reserve's residents, as “reserves in more densely populated areas early on became ‘coveted’ by newcomers, who sought to wrest away by licit or illicit means”.
Subsequently, both Provincial and Federal governments began the “unsettling of reserves” process, the “emptying” of the reserves that “be a source of nuisance and an impediment to progress”, or, in other words, the government unsettled reserves for growing cities and potential business ventures. At this time in Canadian history, the Federal government had isolated the Indigenous population on to morsels of reserve lands, only to further deprive Indigenous peoples of what the government first thought was negligible land; the amendment to the Indian Act stated that "an Indian reserve which adjoins or is situated wholly or within an incorporated town or city having a population of not less than eight thousand" could at the recommendation of the Superintendent General be removed without their consent if it was "having regard to the interest of the public" and by year end the reserve was sold to the Government of British Columbia. The Squamish Nation formally surrendered the majority of reserve to the federal government in 1946.
Part of the expropriated land was used by the Canadian Pacific Railway who pursued selling the land they had deed to in the 1980s despite the original agreement with the Squamish Nation that they should regain control of the land. This went to court and in August 2002 The B. C. Court of Appeals upheld a lower courts ruling in favour of the Squamish; this Indian reserve land is at the foot of the Burrard Street Bridge, called senakw in the Squamish language, sənaʔqʷ in the Musqueam people's hən'q'əmin'əm' language, where Xats'alanexw known as August Jack Khatsahlano, lived. The forced relocation of the Musqueam Nation by the Canadian government resulted in a Musqueam Reserve created on the north arm of the Fraser River; the Squamish Nation was forcibly relocated to reserves on the north shore of Burrard Inlet known as North Vancouver and West Vancouver, as well as the False Creek Indian Reserve No. 6. The False Creek Indian Reserve No. 6 known as the Kitsilano Indian Reserve, is an Indian Reserve developed by the colonial government in 1869.
The reserve is located on the former site of a Squamish village, known as "sən’a?qw" in hən’q’emin’əm’, the language of the Musqueam people, as "Sen’ákw" in Skwxwú7mesh, the language of the Squamish people. Inside the reserve there was a large longhouse that housed families, held potlach ceremonies, became a central point of trade; the land attracted settlers by providing access to natural resources. It served as an important fishing area where inhabitants could set up tidal weirs of vine maple fencing and nettle fibre nets to catch fish. Additionally, the Squamish People cultivated an orchard as well as cherry trees on this land. Between 1869 and 1965, as the development of railway lines drew attention to the reserve, the Burrard Street Bridge and various leases began to occupy the reserve land; the land set aside for the Squamish people was continually appropriated until it was sold off. After decades of legal proceedings, the Squamish Nation reclaimed a small amount of the reserve land in 2002.
The city's streetcar lines used to have a "loop" at Arbutus & Cornwall, which made "Greer's Beach," as the area first became known after the holdout settler who lived there, easy to get to from the new city still contained on the downtown peninsula. With the opening of the Lulu Island Railway interurban line from Granville & Pacific to Richmond via Seventh Avenue and Arbutus Street to Kerrisdale in the 1890s, more of Kits was put within easy range of downtown and housing and commercial areas carved out of the forests and swamp; the lowland area beyond MacDonald, from 4th Avenue to King Edward, was known as Malaria Flats because of its swampy air. Like most of Vancouver, it had only a few decades before been covered in dense West Coast forest. From the 1890s, the Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club in Granville Park became a trendy club for the local elite, hosting an annual Championship which attracted some nationally successful Canadian players; the area was an inexpensive neighborhood to live in the 1960s and attracted many from the counterculture from across Canada and the United States and was known as one of the two hotbeds of the hippie culture in the city, the other being Gastown.
However, the area became gentrified by'yuppies' in subsequent decades. Close proximity to downtown Vancouver, walking distance to parks and popular Granville Island has made the neighbourhood a desirable community to live. One of the main concert venues in the city in th
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes is an animated television series based on the Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four comic book series. This is the team's fourth foray into animation; the show combines two-dimensional art as well as three-dimensional computer animation, produced by the France-based animation company MoonScoop Group. The series is produced by the MoonScoop division of Taffy Entertainment in collaboration with M6 and Cartoon Network Europe. In the United States, the show had an erratic airing schedule on Cartoon Network, having premiered as part of Toonami on September 2, 2006, it ran for only eight of the season's 26 episodes before being pulled. It subsequently returned to the network starting June 9, 2007, shortly before the release of the film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer; the second launch of the show aired only nine episodes, leaving nine installments not televised in the USA. The show aired on Boomerang for a brief time before moving to Nicktoons in 2009 for the final episodes.
World's Greatest Heroes is not directly connected to any of the previous iterations of the Fantastic Four, telling its own version of the team's origin and their encounters with their rogues gallery. Unlike its 1994's predecessor, which consisted entirely of straight or modified reinterpretations of classic Fantastic Four comic book stories, World's Greatest Heroes features original stories, though elements from various comic iterations of the Fantastic Four were used in the series. Hiro Kanagawa - Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic Lara Gilchrist - Susan Storm/Invisible Woman Christopher Jacot - Johnny Storm/The Human Torch Brian Dobson - Ben Grimm/The Thing, Flatman Samuel Vincent - H. E. R. B. I. E. Trapster, Peter Parker Paul Dobson - Victor Von Doom/Dr. Doom, Mole Man, Captain Ultra Sunita Prasad - Alicia Masters Mark Acheson - Attuma Michael Adamthwaite - Namor Don Brown - Henry Peter Gyrich Trevor Devall - Diablo Michael Dobson - Ronan the Accuser, Mr. Bonner-Davis Brian Drummond - Agent Pratt Laura Drummond - Courtney Bonner-Davis Mark Gibbon - Hulk Jonathan Holmes - Wizard Andrew Kavadas - Dr. Bruce Banner David Kaye - Tony Stark/Iron Man Terry Klassen - Impossible Man Scott McNeil - Annihilus Colin Murdock - Willie Lumpkin Peter New - Rupert the Geek John Novak - Supreme Intelligence Mark Oliver - Cmd.
Kl'rt/Super-Skrull John Payne - Hank Pym/Ant-Man Alvin Sanders - Phillip Master/Puppet Master Rebecca Shoichet - Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk, Squirrel Girl Venus Terzo - Lucia von Bardas Lee Tockar - Terminus Official website at Marvel.com, with full episodes viewable online Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes on IMDb Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes at TV.com Marvel names Cartoon Network Exclusive U. S. Broadcast home for all-new Fantastic Four Animated Series Cast announcement Plots of the first episodes September 2006 conference call with Executive Producer Craig Kyle and Head Fantastic Four writer/Story Editor Chris Yost
Cybersix is an Argentine comic book series published in 1992, drawn by Carlos Meglia and written by Carlos Trillo for the Italian comics magazine Skorpio. The series first appeared in Spanish in November 1993, it follows Cybersix, an eponymous leather-clad genetic engineering survivor, who disguises herself as a male high school literature teacher by day, battles monstrous biological weapons of her creator by night. The series was adapted into a 1995 live-action television series, an animated miniseries by TMS/NOA, with positive critical reception from sources like the Pulcinella Awards. Dr. Von Reichter is a member of Schutzstaffel and Nazi Party genetic engineer, who works at concentration camps in World War II, implanting cybernetic organs on prisoners and attempting to resurrect Adolf Hitler's army. However, Reichter continues to use experiments in South America after the war. From one of the experiments emerged the Cyber Series, an artificial humanoids with superhuman strength and agility.
The 5000 original Cybers became mimicked human emotions and making free will of their own. When they disobey orders from Reichter, he orders all of the Cyber Series to be destroyed. After the death of Cyber-29, Reichter transfers his brain into the body of a panther. Cyber-6 is one of the survivors, who arrives in the city of Meridiana. After Reichter kills the black slave, Cybersix disguises herself as a male school teacher Adrian Seidelman, after the real one is killed in a car wreck. While saving the city from Reichter's creations, Cybersix defeats Frankenstein-like monsters called "Fixed Ideas" and drinks a green life-giving fluid called "Sustenance", in order to survive. Along the way, she meets a young orphaned boy named Julian, Reichter's cloned son José, high school teacher Lucas Amato; the Cybersix comics were published in Italy on the magazine Skorpio in 113 weekly 12-pages installments from May 1992 to July 1994, followed by 45 96-pages comic books between November 1994 and January 1999.
Material parts were published in Argentina and in Spain. Collections were released in French, with twelve volumes distributed by Editions Vents d'Ouest between 1994 and 1998; the series debuted in Argentina on 15 March 1995. It was produced by Luis Gandulfo, Sebastián Parrotta, Fernando Rascovsky and Andre Ronco, written by Ricardo Rodríguez, Carlos Meglia and Carlos Trillo; the series was cancelled after only a few episodes due to low ratings. Cybersix was played by former model and actress Carolina Peleritti, José was played by Rodrigo de la Serna, Doguyy was played by Mario Moscoso; the series debuted in Canada and Argentina on 6 September 1999, was subsequently dubbed for French, Japanese and Thai. It was animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha and NOA. Original music was composed by Robbi Finkel, character designs were overseen by Teiichi Takiguchi; the show was aimed at children by toning down the comics' darker themes. Two seasons were planned, but it was cancelled after the first season due to conflicts between production studios.
The title sequence and closing credits featured music composed by Finkel and lyrics written by Robert Olivier, which were sung by jazz vocalist Coral Egan. On 28 April 2001, Cybersix won "Special Mention for the Best Science Fiction Program" at the Pulcinella Awards in Italy for that year's competition; the series was licensed to DVD by Discotek Media on 26 August 2014. The box set features commentary by Cathy Weseluck and Brady Hartel on episodes 1 and 13. Cathy Weseluck as Cybersix Michael Dobson as Lucas Amato Terry Klassen as Von Reichter Andrew Francis as Julian Alex Doduk as José Janyse Jaud as Lori Anderson L. Harvey Gold as TerraAdditional voices were provided by Brian Drummond and Chantal Strand; the method by which Cybersix obtains sustenance is different among the series' incarnations. In the comic book, Cybersix sucks sustenance directly from the neck of those she hunts as if she were a vampire. Conversely, in the animated series, Von Reichter's creations carry glowing vials of Sustenance with them, which Cybersix drinks it.
Cybersix's outfit was taken from a Techno prostitute in the comics, while the origin is not mentioned in the animated series. Some of the more mature story elements, such as José's sexuality, Von Reichter's past, or specific events of Cybersix's youth, are not revealed in the animated series, but some of these elements are suggested through dialogue, flashbacks or visual clues, such as the military-style Goose-Stepping that both José and Von Reichter engage in, José's Hitler Youth style of clothing. Meglia and Trillo filed a lawsuit against James Cameron and Fox Broadcasting Company, claiming that Cameron's 2000 television series Dark Angel plagiarized Cybersix. Trillo and Meglia accused the show of stealing most of the plot from the comic and its most recognizable elements. In a 2007 interview, Trillo stated that he and Meglia weren't able to carry on with the lawsuit due to lack of financial resources, so they dropped it, although the issue is still a matter of controversy. Cybersix on IMDb Cybersix at Anime News Network's encyclopedia Telecom's official Cybersix page Telecom's official Cybersix page
North Vancouver (city)
The City of North Vancouver is a waterfront municipality on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, directly across from Vancouver, British Columbia. It is the smallest of the three North Shore municipalities, the most urbanized as well. Although it has significant industry of its own, including shipping, chemical production, film production, the city is considered to be a suburb of Vancouver; the city is served by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, British Columbia Ambulance Service, the North Vancouver City Fire Department. Moodyville, is the oldest settlement on Burrard Inlet, predating Vancouver. Logging came to the virgin forests of Douglas Fir in North Vancouver, as sailing ships called in to load. A water-powered sawmill was set up in the 1860s by Sewell Moody. Subsequently, post offices, schools and a village sprang up. In time, the municipality of North Vancouver was incorporated in 1891. In the 1880s, Arthur Heywood-Lonsdale and a relation James Pemberton Fell, made substantial investments through their company, Lonsdale Estates, in 1882 he financed the Moodyville investments.
Several locations in the North Vancouver area are named after his family. The cost of developing the raw mountainous terrain was high and the ocean foreshore was swamp; the distances and streams that swelled in to destructive debris torrents with the annual snow melt and heavy rainfall washed out the many bridges that were required. Not long after the District was formed, an early land developer and second reeve of the new council, James Cooper Keith underwrote a loan to commence construction of a road which undulated from West Vancouver to Deep Cove amid the slashed sidehills and burnt stumps; the road, sometimes under different names and not always contiguous, is still one of the most important east-west thoroughfare carrying traffic across the North Shore. Development was slow at the outset; the population of the District in the 1901 census was only 365 people. Keith joined Edwin Mahon and together they controlled North Vancouver Land & Improvement Company. Soon the pace of development around the foot of Lonsdale began to pick up.
The first school was opened in 1902. The District was able to build a municipal hall in 1903 and have meetings in North Vancouver; the first bank and first newspaper arrived in 1905. In 1906 the BC Electric Railway Company opened up a street car line that extended from the ferry wharf up Lonsdale to 12th Street. By 1911 the streetcar system extended east to Lynn Valley; the owners of businesses who operated on Lonsdale, as part of an initiative lead by Keith and Mahon, brought a petition to District Council in 1905 calling for a new, compact city to be carved out of the unwieldy district. During the ensuing two years there was sometimes heated debate; some thought the new City should have a new name such as Hillmont or Parkhill. Burrard became the favourite of the new names but majority view was that North Vancouver remain in order to remain associated with the rising credibility of Vancouver in financial markets and as a place to attract immigrants; some thought the boundary of the new City should reflect geography and extend from Lynn Creek or Seymour River west to the Capilano River and extend three miles up the mountainside.
That the boundary of the City which came into existence in 1907 just happened to match that of the lands owned by the North Vancouver Land & Improvement Company and Lonsdale Estate was no accident. Since the motivation for creating the City was to reserve local tax revenue for the work of putting in services for the property owned by the major developers, there was little reason to take on any of the burden beyond the extent of their holdings. Residents in west part of the District of North Vancouver now had less reason to be connected with what remained and they petitioned to create the District of West Vancouver in 1912; the eastern boundary of that new municipality is for the most part the Capilano River and a community, distinguished from the two North Vancouvers has since developed. The City of North Vancouver continued to grow around the foot of Lonsdale Avenue. Serviced by the North Vancouver Ferries, it proved a popular area. Commuters used the ferries to work in Vancouver. Street cars and early land speculation, spurred interest in the area.
Streets, city blocks and houses were built around lower Lonsdale. Wallace Shipyards, the Pacific Great Eastern Railway provided an industrial base, the late arrival of the Second Narrows railway bridge in 1925 controlled development. Sawmills and small farms continued in the interwar years, yet the nearby mountains proved to be a permanent attraction. Ski areas were set up on Mount Seymour; the North Vancouver mountains have many drainages: Capilano River, MacKay and Lynn Creeks, Seymour River. The Depression again bankrupted the city, while the Second World War turned North Vancouver into the Clydeside of Canada with a large shipbuilding program. Housing the shipyard workers provided a new building boom, which continued on through the post-war years. By that time, North Vancouver became a popular housing area; the area around lower Lonsdale Avenue features several open community spaces, including Waterfront Park, Lonsdale Quay, Ship Builders Square and the Burrard Dry Dock Pier. The City of North Vancouver is separated from Vancouver by the Burrard
Norm of the North
Norm of the North is a 2016 American-Indian-Irish computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Trevor Wall and written by Daniel R. Altiere, Steven M. Altiere, Malcolm T. Goldman, it features the voices of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, Bill Nighy. The UK version features the voice of James Corden, it was produced by Assemblage Entertainment, Splash Entertainment and Telegael, distributed by Lionsgate. The film was theatrically released on January 15, 2016, grossed $30 million on an $18 million budget; the film was panned by critics for its animation and humor. It temporarily held a rating of 0% on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. A sequel, Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom, was released in 2019. Norm the polar bear is the son of the king of the Arctic. In his youth, he develops the ability to speak to a trait shared by his grandfather; because of this, he is made an outcast from the other animals, only being accepted by Socrates, a wise seagull, Elizabeth, a female polar bear whom Norm is in love with.
Years Norm's grandfather has disappeared and human tourists are filling the Arctic. Socrates shows Norm and three Arctic lemmings a luxury condo, installed on the ice. Inside this condo is Vera, a representative for wealthy developer Mr. Greene. After Norm saves Vera from an avalanche, Mr. Greene tells her to find an actor to play a polar bear for their campaign. Socrates convinces the lemmings to stow away on a ship to New York City. In the city, pretending to be an actor dressed as a bear, auditions for Mr. Greene's commercial and is taken to dinner by Vera. Greene, who realizes that Norm is a real bear, suspects that Norm has come to free his grandfather, who Greene has captured. During a public incident involving Greene trying to shoot Norm in the restaurant, Norm subdues Greene, gaining the attention of the media and heightening Greene's approval ratings. Greene decides to hire Norm as his mascot. Before going on a television show, Norm meets Vera's daughter Olympia, who tells Norm to raise Greene's approval ratings and speak out against him to save the Arctic.
Norm's popularity heightens the approval ratings, but Greene sabotages Norm's plan by playing recorded dialogue stating that Norm supports Greene's developments. Defeated, Norm is comforted by Vera and Olympia, who reveals that Greene is developing more homes to install in the Arctic. Norm and the lemmings discover that Greene is bribing a high-ranking member of the Polar Council, exposes this to Pablo, one of Greene's investors. Vera resigns her position and is hired by Pablo, while Norm and the lemmings chase the truck holding the houses. Greene sends another truck carrying Norm's grandfather, Norm is captured as well. After being freed by the lemmings and his grandfather catch up to the boat carrying the houses to the Arctic, are able to detach the houses. However, Norm is separated from his grandfather and the lemmings, is knocked unconscious. Norm awakens in the Arctic and reunited with the lemmings and the other animals, who reveal that his grandfather was not found; because of his heroism, Norm is crowned the king of the Arctic, before his grandfather arrives at the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Mr. Greene is humiliated after his plan is exposed, Vera and Olympia are happy with Pablo as their new boss, while Norm and Elizabeth have three cubs together. Rob Schneider as Norm. Ken Katsumoto stated that the film's writing and production team wanted Norm to be like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; as Lionsgate's press release, Schneider was cast by the producers for the role of Norm due to his "vocal warmth and spot-on comedic instincts." As Katsumoto explained, “We fell in love with Rob’s voice,” Katsumoto says. “His vocal dexterity was amazing. He did a great job of embellishing lines to make them funnier. Many of those ad libs made it into the film.” As Schneider himself described Norm, "I always play the guy you can laugh at and say, ‘My life’s not that great, but look at that guy!’ I think in this movie, other bears look at Norm that way. No one takes him but he follows his heart and it ends up saving their home. It’s fun to play somebody who tries to achieve something big and ends up getting rewarded because he’s not doing it for himself.
That’s a nice lesson for kids.”The voice actors for the lemmings are not credited in the film. As Nicolas Atlan described the lemmings, “We thought it would be hysterical to combine Norm, the largest creature in the Arctic, with lemmings that are small and indestructible, they can get squashed, they can get stomped on, they can have an elevator close on them, but like Silly Putty, they bounce right back into their original shape." Ken Jeong as Mr. GreeneJeong voiced Mr. Green because he wanted to show his twin daughters a film that he starred in: "Most of the movies I do I can’t show my kids yet. With Norm of the North, they’ll be able to watch one of Daddy’s movies; that was kind of a big incentive for me to be part of this project.” As Katsumoto explained why Jeong was chosen for the role, "We fell in love with the fact that Ken can be villainous and likable at the same time. He's got incredible comic spontaneity. Ken has a lot of great subtext in his voice; some people at advance screenings of the movie have cited Mr. Greene as their favorite character.
That’s rare for a villain.” As Jeong described Mr. Green "Mr. Greene is a 50-year-old billionaire with a ponytail, that’s pretty muc
Death Note (2006 film)
Death Note is a 2006 live-action Japanese supernatural thriller film based on the Death Note manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. It was followed by Death Note 2: The Last Name, released in the same year; the films center on a Tokyo college student who attempts to change the world into a utopian society without crime, by committing a world-wide massacre of criminals and people whom he deems morally unworthy of life, through a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in the pages, while being hunted down by an elite task-force of law enforcement officers within Tokyo, led by an enigmatic international detective. The two films were directed by Shūsuke Kaneko, produced by Nippon Television, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan; the film was licensed by VIZ Pictures, Warner Bros.. A spin-off film directed by Hideo Nakata and titled L: Change the World, was released on February 9, 2008. Another sequel, Death Note: Light Up the New World, was released in October 2016.
Within the Kanto region of Japan, Light Yagami: an intelligent and distinguished yet disaffected Japanese college student stumbles across a mysterious dark-colored notebook, with the words: "Death Note" marked on the cover, while returning home from his classes. The Death Note's instructions claim that if a person's name is written within while picturing that person's face, he or she will die. Light is skeptical of the Death Note's authenticity, but after experimenting with it on a convicted criminal, he realizes it is real. After experimenting with it on his second victim: an accquitted felon named Takuo Shibuimaru and meeting with the previous owner of the Death Note, a demonic Shinigami named Ryuk, Light begins to see the potential of the Death Note's god-like abilities and decides to use the notebook to kill those whom he deems to be morally unworthy of life or impede his plans to change the world, he begins using the Death Note to kill numerous known criminals and convicted felons around the world, becoming a near-mythical vigilante known as "Kira", the Japanese trans-literation of the word: killer and, both beloved and feared by the world-wide media and public.
As the Kira killings continue, some within both the international and Japanese society come to see Kira as a righteous figure, with many calling him a "god". Interpol launches an investigation of the murders; the case attracts the attention of L, a reclusive, highly-skilled and world-renowned criminal profiler/international private detective, who deduces that "Kira" is in Japan. Allying himself with Interpol and the Japanese police force, L manages to confront Light through a television broadcast and demonstrates his deductive skills surmising Kira's residence in the Kanto region and that he can "kill without lifting a finger", by manipulating Light to kill a decoy of his named "Lind L. Tailor", thus unwittingly giving out his location to the Japanese police force. Enraged, Light vows to by hook or crook. After Light hacks into the police database to find information on acquitted criminals, L deduces that Kira is connected to the Kira task-force in Tokyo, led by Light's father: Soichiro Yagami, the head of the National Police Agency.
Around the same time, Light finds out that he is being followed by an FBI agent named Raye Iwamatsu, assigned by L to shadow over potential "Kira" suspects and, through a series of events, manipulates Iwamatsu's and his fellow agents' deaths. Raye's fiance, Naomi Misora, a former FBI agent, decides to uncover Kira's identity. Considering Light as the prime suspect, she kidnaps his girlfriend Shiori and demands that he confess or Shiori will die. Light adamantly insists that he is not pleads with her; when Shiori tries to escape, Naomi abruptly commits suicide. Shiori dies in Light's arms. Ryuk finds that Light had engineered Naomi's death using the Death Note, as he had found out her identity and written a scenario whereby Naomi would commit suicide after shooting Shiori. Ryuk is confused that Light would deliberately put Shiori in danger, but Light reveals that he had written her name in the Death Note as well, much to his reluctance. Using these events to foster hatred for Kira, Light asks to join his father's task force.
While Soichiro is reluctant, L grants his wish and it is hinted that he is still certain that Light is Kira. As a precursor to the second movie, Misa, an actress, is chased down an alley by a man wielding a knife, intent on killing her; as she screams for help, the man dies of a heart attack just like Kira's victims. A second Death Note lands beside her. In his production notes, director Shūsuke Kaneko explained his desire to convince audiences that, while the killing of bad humans may seem to be fair, it underestimates the corrupting influence of wielding such power. Kaneko commented that the psychological fear of dying could be "more nightmarish than Kaiju destroying cities and killing people". Kaneko stated that he wanted the film to "focus on psychological pain", explain how the deaths occur, explain how younger people would begin to like Kira, he removed many of the interior monologues prominent in the manga and anime to allow audiences to develop their own ideas about the characters' thoughts and beliefs, while allowing "dramatic tension".
Kaneko said that the most difficult portion of the manga to film was the scene when the investigation begins and the authorities conclude that a person is responsible for the killing of criminals. He chose to add a scene in which L explains his logic via his laptop in order to make t