Saturday, June 6, 2009

Black Cat (ブラックキャット)

Black Cat (ブラックキャット Burakku Kyatto) is a Japanese Shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki. It was originally serialized in Japan in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump. It was later collected in twenty tankōbon volumes from January 11, 2001 to October 9, 2004. The series was adapted into a twenty-four episode anime series by Gonzo studio. It debated in Japan on the anime satellite television network Animax and the terrestrial Tokyo Broadcasting System network on October 6, 2005 with its final episode airing on March 30, 2006. The story centers on a man named Train Heartnet who withdrew from an elite group of assassins called the Chronos Numbers (時の番人 Toki no Bannin) to becomes a bounty hunter dubbed sweeper.
Viz Media licensed the manga series for English-language publication in North America and as of May 2009, have released all 20 volumes of the series. Funimation Entertainment licensed the anime series for North American broadcast where it was broadcast on the Funimation Channel. The series later were released on six dvd compilations.
Gonzo studio adapted Black Cat into a twenty-four anime series, directed by Shin Itagaki. It premired on Animax and the terrestrial Tokyo Broadcasting System network on October 6, 2005 with its final episode airing on March 30, 2006. In Japan, the series was released across twelve Region 2 DVD volumes. Two pieces of theme music were also used for the anime series. The opening theme is "Daia no Hana" (ダイアの花, lit. "Diamond Flower") by Yoriko. The ending themes are "Namidaboshi" (ナミダボシ, lit. "Tears of Stars") by Puppypet for the first half of the series and "Kutsuzure" (くつずれ, lit. "Blisters") by Matsuda Ryouji for the rest of the series.
Black Cat was later licensed for an English-language dubbed release by Funimation Entertainment. The series was released across six Region 1 DVD volumes released between December 19, 2006 and July 24, 2007.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Cat_(manga)
Black Cat: The Complete Series(Amazon.com)

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