| Hulu: Manga Motion Comics
YouTube playlist: Bizenghast
YouTube playlist: I Luv Halloween
YouTube playlist: Princess Ai
YouTube playlist: Riding Shotgun
Once upon a time, the place everyone met on the World Wide Web was MySpace. Of course, TOKYOPOP had a big presence there, and as an experiment in pushing the envelope of web entertainment, TOKYOPOP began releasing partially animated manga on MySpace, under the rubric of iManga. The titles that first came out were the popular Princess Ai, the gothic horror series Bizenghast, and the cute, gory and irreverent I Luv Halloween. At the time, MySpace promoted the series and some of the videos attracted view counts over a million views each.
Of course, eventually MySpace died out and other online video outlets took over. We moved the series over to YouTube and then combined the individual shorts into longer “seasons” and brought them over to Hulu as well, where we renamed them Manga Motion Comics since the term “motion comics” had become established. We added I Luv Halloween and Riding Shotgun to Hulu then followed up by premiering Gyakushu and Sokora Refugees.
TOKYOPOP’s Manga Motion Comics, originally known as “iManga”, were an innovative experiment in balancing the intricate and beautiful artwork of the original manga with the flow and modern feel of video. Using this technique has allowed us to maintain that original artwork without the simplification that inevitably happens with full animation. The technology has since become even more affordable so now fans can create their own motion comics!
Oh, and see if you can identify all the voice actors in the series – there are some famous ones involved! And can anyone figure out who has exploded into the big-time since their music appeared in Riding Shotgun? That’s right – Far East Movement! Enjoy!!