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    A Group of Fairy Friends Practice Their Powers at a Magical School While Fighting Evil Witches! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, presents Winx Club, a brand new graphic novel series inspired by the hit international animated TV series currently airing on Nickelodeon. Winx Club Volumes 1 and 2 will be published under the VIZ Kids imprint, and are available now in stores; Volume 3 will be available on September 4th. Each volume is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $6.99 U.S. / $7.99 CAN. The Winx Club graphic novels follow the magical adventures of five best friends -- Bloom, Stella, Musa, Tecna and Flora -- at Alfea, a school for fairies in the amazing dimension of Magix.

    The Newest Fiction and Fiction-in-Translation Delivered Automatically to Your Device Every Week Source: Stone Bridge Press press release Stone Bridge Press is pleased to announce that Two Men and the Autumn Wind, a short story from Japanese author Junzo Shono`s award-winning translated collection, Still Life and Other Stories, will be available for free download on BookMobile`s Bookslinger app. The story will be available for a week beginning at noon, Eastern time, on Friday June 29th. Every Friday, Bookslinger delivers a new story to your device for you to enjoy -- for free! Discover a curated collection of top-notch literature from emerging and underappreciated literary voices. The app also comes preloaded with short stories from our fellow independent publishers around the world. And all of the stories in Bookslinger are part of larger collections, so if you like what you read, the app can link you to

    High School Gets Complicated For a Girl From a Family of Demon Hunters Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, unleashes the demon-hunting romantic fantasy of Touya Tobina’s shojo manga series, Jiu Jiu, on July 3rd. The new series will be published under the company’s Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Born into a family of “Hunters,” Takamichi`s destiny is to pursue and slay demons. When her twin brother is killed, she is saved from despair by a pair of Jiu Jiu -- shape-shifting familiars -- in the form of two wolf pups named Snow and Night. Now Takamichi is in high school and an active Hunter. Snow and

    2 New Volumes Debut Each Month Thru the End of 2012 to Synchronize Series With Japanese Counterpart Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: j-bleach.com (Japan), Bleach.viz.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media kicks the Soul Reaping drama of Bleach into high gear as it announces a special speed up of the print editions of Tite Kubo’s hit supernatural action manga series. Beginning this month and continuing through December 2012, two new Bleach manga editions will debut every month. Bleach is published by VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The accelerated schedule is designed to synchronize the series with its digital counterpart on VIZManga.com by the end of the year. Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts -- he was born with the gift.

    Top Mobile App Developer Offers FREE Pop Culture-Inspired Game Titles to iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Users Source: MediaLab press releases Official Site: kayac.com/en Special Thanks to Erik Jansen KAYAC, Inc., a prominent Japanese IT creative company and web/mobile app developer, continues to expand its roster of games available to U.S. iPhone® users with the launch of TAP NINJA, the company’s latest addictive action title which allows players to run, jump and slash like a ninja! Easily played with just one hand, simply tap the screen to jump between both sides of the road and slice through any foe that dares cross your path. Clear missions and raise your score, but be careful because if you run into a foe or an obstacle, it`s game over! How far will YOU be able to run?” TAP NINJA is currently available for FREE download from the iPhone/iTunes AppStore at itunes.apple.com/us/app/tap-ninja. TAP

    Action-Packed New Novel By Famed Japanese Author Explores Key Characters Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint brings the high octane futuristic military action of Metal Gear Solid to North American readers with the release of Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, a brand new fiction title by the late Japanese science fiction author, Keikaku (Project) Itoh. The forthcoming novel, which is inspired by the massively successful videogame franchise, hits retailers on June 19th with an MSRP of $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN. An eBook edition will also be available for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader Store. Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint

    Volume 13 of Celebrated Sci-Fi Manga Series Debuts as Worldwide Simultaneous Release on November 2nd Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: viz.com/neon-genesis-evangelion Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, will participate in the upcoming same-day worldwide release of Volume 13 of Neon Genesis Evangelion on November 2nd. The newest volume of the acclaimed sci-fi action manga series (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) will hit retailers across North America and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The volume will also be available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and will be available for $4.99 U.S. / CAN. Neon Genesis Evangelion (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) is series co-creator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto`s personal interpretation of the Evangelion characters and

    New Series Kicks Off In North America Just Two Weeks After Japanese Debut Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Leading manga publisher VIZ Media thrilled fans last weekend during its panel discussion at the FanimeCon 2012 anime convention with the announcement of the launch of the new manga series -- Barrage -- in the company’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha magazine beginning Monday, June 4th. New chapters of Barrage will debut every week. Barrage (Sensei no Barrage) is an exciting space battle fantasy series by creator Kouhei Horikoshi that just debuted in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump on May 21st. The series is set on a planet called Industria, which is in a state of chaos, and its fate lays in the hands of Astro, a kid from the slums! Each new digital edition of

    Publisher Invites Fans To Northern California’s Largest Annual Anime Convention To Be Held This Weekend Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: fanime.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has detailed its participation at FanimeCon 2012, which is scheduled to take place May 25-28 at the San Jose Convention Center, located in San Jose, CA. FanimeCon is Northern California’s largest annual anime convention. VIZ Media, the nation’s biggest publisher and distributor of manga and anime content, plans to hold an informative panel discussion as well as a fan meet-up for its popular WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA digital manga magazine. Details on FanimeCon 2012 are available at fanime.com. In addition, convention attendees will be able to enjoy a variety of video programming featuring episodes from some of VIZ Media most popular anime series such as BLEACH, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, LAGRANGE – THE FLOWER

    Digital Manga Updates for 2nd Half of May Includes Continuation of Monday 40% Promo on Select Volume 1 Titles Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media rounds out the month of May with big news for Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha members as it debuts the new Rurouni Kenshin manga reboot -- Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration. The new issue also features an interview with Bakuman? and Death Note artist Tsugumi Ohba. Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration will be serialized once a month in Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha. To celebrate the upcoming live action movie, Nobuhiro Watsuki, the original creator of Rurouni Kenshin (published by VIZ Media in North America, rated ‘T’ for Older Teens) reinvented his classic manga with all-new twists and turns. Action, romance, and historical intrigue abound in Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration the tale of a wandering

    Vol. 1 First Editions Include Limited Edition Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: viz.com/yu-gi-oh Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, notably expands its bestselling Yu-Gi-Oh! manga brand with the forthcoming release of the newest series in the popular franchise. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal launches on June 5th under the company’s SHONEN JUMP imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Volume 1 First Editions will also contain a limited edition collectable Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is based on an original concept by Kazuki Takahashi with story by Shin Yoshida and artwork created by Naohito Miyoshi. The new series takes place in a futuristic city where augmented reality Duels are all the rage. Duelists, using devices called

    13 Innovative Japanese Stories by an International Collection of Acclaimed Sci-Fiction Authors Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint announces the release of The Future is Japanese, a new fiction anthology featuring science fiction and fantasy stories from some of today’s greatest writers from both Japan and the English-speaking world. The book is now available from the company’s Haikasoru imprint and has a MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. An eBook edition will also be available for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader Store. Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation. The

    This Week’s Issue Features Series Conclusion of Bakuman? and Interview with Creator Takeshi Obata Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Leading manga publisher VIZ Media continues to offer a plethora of fan-favorite, must-read manga content along with exclusive creator interviews and a special collectable trading card premium for Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha members throughout the month of May. Current Weekly SJ Alpha members, as well new subscribers that secure an annual membership to North America’s premier digital manga magazine, are encouraged sign up at sjalpha.com/sign-up before June 22nd, 2012 to receive a special limited edition collectable -- a Slifter the Sky Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! promo card! Fans of the print Shonen Jump magazine have already been treated to two previous God Cards (Obelisk and Ra), and the trilogy is now complete with this release. Just like

    First-Half of May Features Launch of High School Debut, Mistress Fortune, Seiho Boys High School and Excel Saga Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Manga publisher VIZ Media encourages fans across North America to visit VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch every Monday throughout the first-half of May to take advantage of a special 40% off discount on select Volume 1 digital titles (Reg. MSRP: $4.99, Sale Price: $2.99). Five different opening volumes from various manga series will be offered each week, from the hit debuts of Bleach and Bakuman?, to the non-stop action of Dragon Ball Z and psychological tension of Death Note, to the romance of Black Bird and Dengeki Daisy. Discount Manga Titles for May 7th Include: Bakuman? Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for

    Everyone Is Invited To Enter Contest For A Chance To Win A Pair Of 4-Day Passes To 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media invites manga fans to test their knowledge of the nation’s leading digital manga magazine with a just-announced new online Shonen Jump Alpha Trivia Sweepstakes Contest, running exclusively at sja-trivia-contest through May 23rd, 2012. No Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha membership is required to enter the contest. Contestants simply have to correctly answer 3 trivia questions on Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha to be entered into the sweepstakes drawing. The Grand Prize winner will receive two (2) 4-day show passes to the 2012 Comic-Con International, the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction and pop culture event. Comic-Con takes place July 12th-15th at the San Diego Convention Center, CA. (**Note:

    Strobe Edge and Demon Love Spell Coming Later in 2012 Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media announces its latest manga licenses with the acquisition of the domestic publishing rights to two new shojo series -- Strobe Edge, by Io Sakisaka, and Demon Love Spell, by Mayu Shinjo. Both titles are scheduled to begin publication later this year under the company’s Shojo Beat imprint. Creator Io Sakisaka’s Strobe Edge (rated ‘T’ for Teens) asks the timeless question, “What is love?” Ninako Kinoshita’s friends tell her it’s one thing, but Ninako wants to discover this mysterious emotion herself. When she meets Ren Ichinose, a handsome, enigmatic guy worshipped by all the girls at her school, she finds her heartbeat quickening with excitement! Is Ninako about to experience the many facets of love? Celebrated manga creator Mayu Shinjo (AI

    Festival Showcases the Best in Modern Japanese Film, Anime, Fashion, Music, Art, Retail Design And Popular Culture Source: MediaLab press release, NEWPEOPLEWORLD.com Official Site: j-pop.com Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, has announced the dates for its 2012 J-Pop Summit Festival. The Festival, now in its fourth year, will be held across San Francisco’s Japantown in association with the Japantown Merchant Association on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. The theme for 2012 will be “Cyberpop Overload!,” and the all-day, weekend-long event will offer many popular attractions that have made the J-Pop Summit Festival a fun annual gathering for fashion, film, anime, video game, technology and music fans as well as pop culture enthusiasts, Bay Area residents, and tourists visiting the city. More than 55,000 people attended last

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: funimation.com/mobile Special Thanks to Scott Lonski At Sakuracon on Friday, April 6th, FUNimation Entertainment announced its first-ever mobile application created with Phunware, the leader in enterprise branded mobile application infrastructure and experiences. The app, which is available exclusively on the iTunes App Store and Google Play, will allow users to watch over 250 of their favorite anime series and movies right in the palm of their hand! Users can take the vast FUNimation catalog everywhere on iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices. There are two versions of the mobile app available. The free app will allow users to view intro episodes, clips, and trailers. It will also contain commercials and banner ads. The FUNimation paid app will have a one-time fee of $9.99 for access to thousands of hours of anime, including complete series. The paid app will contain

    Updates the Classic ‘80s Sci-fi Epic For A Whole New Generation of Fans Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: vizkids.com/voltronforce Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, debuts today the riveting outer space action of Voltron Force, in a new graphic novel series that complements the animated series currently airing on Nicktoons. Voltron Force Volume 1: Shelter from the Storm, under the VIZ Kids imprint, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. VOLTRON is a hugely successful brand that is recognized globally ever since it was introduced in the early 1980’s. Season one of VOLTRON FORCE debuted on Nicktoons in 2011 and was the highest rated premiere ever for the network. The new series is a continuation of

    Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Official Site: sugoisugoi.com Special Thanks to Chase Wang On April 2nd, NEC BIGLOBE, Ltd. (BIGLOBE), one of Japan’s leading internet service providers, announced that its digital bookstore Android app SUGOI BOOKS now carries Peace Maker, Elemental Gelade, and Ilegenes. Since it was launched in April 2011, SUGOI BOOKS has stocked over a thousand titles, including English translated manga, Western comic books, Japanese magazines, and graphic novels. SUGOI BOOKS now delivers more excitement to worldwide manga fans via its Android-based storefront application. The newly added series are: Peace Maker: Created by Nanae Chrono (creator of Senki Senki Momotama and Vassalord), Peace Maker as well as its sequential series Peace Maker Kurogane has been hailed for its tension, drama, and exceptional artwork by numerous critics. Elemental Gelade: Created by Mayumi Azuma, Elemental Gelade has been adapted into an anime, four audio

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