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    Natural Disasters of High “MONSTER MAGNITUDE” Threaten Japan in New Novel Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint brings a fantastic new tale of science fiction and giant monsters to North American readers with the release of Hiroshi Yamamoto’s novel MM9, available now. The release will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. An eBook edition is also available on the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader Store for $8.99. 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 Japan of MM9 is beset by natural disasters all the time: typhoons, earthquakes... and

    For A Limited Time Only, New Users Can Download VIZ Manga App And Receive Free Volume 1 Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen If you`ve been hesitant about dipping your toes into the digital manga, now`s the perfect time to check out the VIZ Manga App! VIZ Media gives manga readers an added reason to explore the digital manga experience with a special promotion for new users of the VIZ Manga App for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. From now until January 30th, download the FREE VIZ Manga App to your iOS device, register for a new account, and get a free volume 1 of your choice. VIZ Media’s multiple digital manga platforms allow for universal access to read manga from an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and now, on VIZManga.com for desktop/laptop computers

    New Guide Offers Fans Essential Naruto Character Info As Well As Never-Before-Revealed Data And Secrets Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, opens the new year with the latest addition to its extensive library of Naruto titles. Naruto: The Official Character Data Book is available now, offers essential information on key characters from the smash-hit action series, and includes 8 full-color pages. Naruto: The Official Character Data Book is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. A ninja knows all! And now you can too! Here`s all the intel you need on who`s who in Naruto! The Official Character Data Book gives you all you need stay the expert on all things Naruto.

    Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha Free Preview Issues; DIGITAL WARP Continues for Bleach and One Piece Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media begins 2012 with a brand new update of manga titles available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The countdown to the January 30th debut of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Weekly SJ Alpha), North America’s only near-simultaneous digital manga magazine, continues with the debut of the free Weekly SJ Alpha “Issue Zero” and “Issue Origins.” Get a taste of Weekly SJ Alpha in “Issue Zero,” featuring the recently released-in-Japan chapters of Bakuman?, Bleach, Naruto, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, One Piece and Toriko. In “Issue Origins,” read where each story began in full first chapter previews, and see why

    Final VIZ Manga Update for 2011 Includes Digital Firsts, Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha PreOrders Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media concludes the year with a second digital update for December for manga titles available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Highlights for the newest update include the continuation of the "Shonen Jump Digital Warp", with Naruto Vol. 57 and One Piece Vol. 62 (both rated ‘T’ for Teens) debuting ahead of the print editions. The "Digital Warp" is a ‘speed-up’ of selected popular titles to bring U.S. readers up-to-date with Japanese releases, and prepare for the January 2012 launch on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, North America’s only near-simultaneous digital manga magazine. Fans can

    Titles From Leading Manga Publisher Debut Today Exclusively On Barnes & Noble’s 7-Inch NOOK Devices Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Barnes & Noble, Inc., the leading retailer of digital media and educational products, today announced that it has teamed up with VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and publisher of anime and manga in North America, to bring the digital manga experience to NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color customers. Debuting in the NOOK Store today, VIZ Media’s collection includes 18 series, featuring 107 volumes, from its popular Shojo Beat, Shonen Sunday and VIZ Signature imprints. Volumes are available for purchase and fast download in the U.S. and Canada for $4.99 - $9.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. New digital manga volumes, including previews, will be available weekly. Viewing manga on NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color is authentic thanks

    New Full Color Book Features Illustrations from the Bestselling Manga Series of All Time Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the release of a new collection of manga creator Eiichiro Oda’s artwork from the bestselling pirate adventure, One Piece, with the publication of the One Piece Color Walk Vol. 2 on January 3, 2011. The new art book is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. Color images and special illustrations from one of the world’s most popular manga are offered in this vivid new art collection. The book features behind-the-scenes info on how certain characters were designed and also includes an interview with Eiichiro Oda where he discusses his history and evolution

    A Princess Uses Her Power to Make a Difference in New Fantasy Romance Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the release of the manga series, Dawn of the Arcana, by Rei Toma. The brand new title, available now, is published under the company’s Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. In Dawn of the Arcana, Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to

    Latest Update for VIZManga.com and VIZ Manga App Includes Limited Time Volume 1 20% Off Promotion Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media delivers a festive dose of digital sparkle as the 2011 Holiday Season begins with the latest update of manga titles available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The "Shonen Jump Digital Warp" for One Piece starts with the release of Vol. 59, available the same day the print version debuts, along with the digital first of One Piece Vol. 60. This will be quickly followed by the digital first debut of One Piece Vols. 61-62 on December 12th. The "Shonen Jump Digital Warp" is a ‘speed-up’ of selected titles to bring U.S. readers up-to-date with Japanese releases and

    Source: Tiger Rock Publishing, Rivers PR press release Special Thanks to Louise Rivers The brand new eBook The Bruce Lee Chronicles: Volume 1 goes on sale in the United Kingdom from December 5th, 2011, courtesy of Tiger Rock Publishing. There`s no better reason to want an iPad/Kindle for Christmas this year! To millions of fans around the world, Bruce Lee was the greatest martial arts icon who ever lived. Join Bruce on one of his greatest real-life adventures and discover the true story behind the making of his most personal movie, WAY OF THE DRAGON (????, aka RETURN OF THE DRAGON, 1972). Officially endorsed by The Bruce Lee Foundation and supported with a foreword from Bruce Lee`s daughter Shannon Lee, this compelling 180 page volume by pro fight-trainer and renowned Lee historian, Steve Kerridge, provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest martial arts

    New Full-Color Art Book Features the Memorable Work of Series Creator Katsura Hoshino Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, will delight manga art fans with the release of D.Gray-Man Illustrations: Noche on December 6th. The new art book arrives just in time for the holidays and will carry an MSRP of $21.99 U.S. / $25.99 CAN. Enter the lavish fictional 19th century world of D.Gray-Man in this new collection featuring nearly 100 pages of full-color character art, magazine covers, and other original compositions by series creator Katsura Hoshino. Also featured are insightful Q&A’s between Hoshino and two manga creators that inspire her: Takeshi Obata, the artist behind Hikaru no Go, Bakuman?, and the smash hit Death Note (all published in North America by

    Created in Partnership with Autodesk to Benefit Japanese Disaster Recovery; Exhibit of Artwork in Las Vegas Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced the upcoming debut of ART FOR HOPE, a limited edition digital art book anthology created in partnership with Autodesk, Inc. to benefit Architecture for Humanity. The anthology will be available for a limited time, from December 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012, for $4.99 through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. 100% of VIZ Media’s net proceeds will support Architecture for Humanity’s ongoing disaster reconstruction efforts in Japan. To learn more about these rebuilding projects, please visit ArchitectureForHumanity.org. Each of the 40 artists participating in the ART FOR HOPE anthology used Autodesk SketchBook digital paint and drawing software applications in some way to

    RPG Fighting Game Based on the Popular Anime Series FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: facebook.com/fullmetalbattle Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Entertainment has announced the launch of the highly anticipated iPhone game based on the acclaimed anime series FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD. Developed by Good Game Productions, FULLMETAL BATTLE is a turn-based Online Collectable Card Game with an immediately recognizable RPG style of combat and is available now for the iPhone and iPod Touch and will be followed shortly by the iPad. The game will also soon launch for Facebook and Android. The iPhone and iPod Touch version is the first to launch and can be downloaded from iTunes for free at itunes.apple.com/us/app/fma-battle. FULLMETAL BATTLE is a free to play turn-based Collectable Card Game that lets players design their own state licensed alchemist decks from a variety of abilities and effects inspired

    New Release From Haikasoru Imprint Called the Greatest Japanese Science Fiction Novel of All Time Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the availability of the acclaimed novel, Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights, by author Ryu Mitsuse. The hardcover book is published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and carries an MSRP of $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN. The eBook edition is also available on the Amazon Kindle, the Nook, and Apple’s iBooks Store for $9.99. 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. In Ten Billion Days and One

    SHONEN JUMP DIGITAL WARP of 3 New Volumes Brings US Readers Up to Speed with Japanese Counterpart Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media expands its November digital manga update even more with the latest announcement of a Bleach ‘Jump Ahead’ that will deliver 3 new volumes of the hit supernatural action saga throughout the month to users on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This is part of a SHONEN JUMP DIGITAL WARP, a speed-up of selected titles to bring U.S. readers up-to-date with Japanese releases and prepare for the launch of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha on January 30, 2012. The new outlet will be North America’s only near-simultaneous digital manga magazine. Bleach volumes available include (print editions forthcoming):

    Also Sees Debut of Natsume Ono’s Ristorante Paradiso And Gente, as Well as Updates to 17 Popular Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media continues to lead the digital manga revolution with a variety of new titles just announced for November that are available to read online on VIZManga.com and also for digital download on the VIZ Manga Apps for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Among the notable new releases will be the two latest editions of Naruto – Volumes 54 and 55 – which will be made available on VIZ Media’s digital platforms several months in advance of their print counterparts. This is part of the "Shonen Jump Digital Warp", a speed-up of selection titles to bring North American readers up-to-date with Japanese releases to prepare fans for the debut

    Discover the Fate of the World in this Lavishly Illustrated Masterwork on November 8th Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the upcoming release of a deluxe collector’s edition for X, the apocalyptic action epic from the internationally renowned manga creative team of CLAMP. X 3-in-1 Edition, Volume 1, debuts on November 8th, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. Each of VIZ Media’s X releases bundles three complete manga volumes and features 24 pages of gorgeous, full-color illustrations never before published outside Japan! The pages are also printed in their original right-to-left reading order and presented in the highest quality. As X (previously released in the United States as X/1999) opens,

    Celebrate the Video Game’s 25th Anniversary with the Complete Set of Manga Volumes in a Keepsake Box Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, will delight gamers and manga fans nationwide with the release of The Legend of Zelda Manga Box Set, just in time to celebrate the series’ 25th Anniversary. The set, available in stores now, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages, includes all 10 volumes of the fantasy action adventure series as well as a full color poster, and carries an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $80.99 CAN. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, and is the best selling role-playing, puzzle-solving, action title for Nintendo video game platforms. More information on the history of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

    Digital Magazine Brings Fans the Most Popular Manga in the World Faster than Ever Before Source: VIZ Media press release Official Site: ShonenJump.viz.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, has announced the countdown to the launch of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Weekly SJ Alpha), a weekly serial anthology of some of the most popular manga series in the world: Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Bakuman, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan and Toriko. The first issue of Weekly SJ Alpha goes on sale January 30, 2012, and will be available through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga Apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Each new digital issue of Weekly SJ Alpha brings manga fans in North America the latest chapters of their favorite series only two weeks after it debuts in Japan’s massively popular

    Latest Update Features Additions to 16 Popular Series, Digital “Speed Ups” and New Digital Debuts Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media opens the Fall season with a bevy of new manga titles that will be available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. October first half of the month updates are highlighted by new additions to 16 top VIZ Media manga series. The update includes the continuation of a manga “speed up” for Bleach and One Piece that will bring both series up to date with their North American print counterparts by December. Two other notable releases – Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 5 and Hyde & Closer Vol. 6 – are also scheduled to launch digitally a day

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