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    A Teenager And His Friends Embark On A Dangerous Adventure To Alter The Future And Save The World 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 debut of the riveting action manga series – Psyren – on October 4th. The new series, by Toshiaki Iwashiro, will be published 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. Psyren is also currently featured in VIZ Media’s monthly Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. "Save me!" Those were Sakurako Amamiya`s last words to her friend Ageha Yoshina before she mysteriously went missing. Now Ageha`s on a quest to find her. He`s convinced that the mythical Psyren Secret Society has something to do with

    Award-Winning Author Sayuri Ueda Delivers A Kinetic Action Story With A Distinctly Japanese View Of Gender Politics 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 released the newest novel published under its popular Haikasoru imprint. The Cage of Zeus, by author Sayuri Ueda, debuted September 20th and carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. The eBook edition is also now available on the Amazon Kindle, the Apple’s iBooks 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 Cage of Zeus introduces readers to the

    Source: Kyle Yount Official Site: Kaijucast.com Kyle Yount— an old friend of the SciFi Japan crew— recently contacted us about a great new Godzilla-themed contest we think SFJ readers will be interested in. Kyle runs the the informative and entertaining Japanese monster movie podcast called KAIJUCAST, and he`s teamed up with Impact Merchandising to give fans a chance to win $100 worth of product from Impact`s line of Godzilla shirts. "I am a regular visitor to my local comic book shop and noticed a fair amount of new Godzilla shirts," Kyle told SciFi Japan. "For a long time, I had no idea who was producing them, but they were well-designed and looked fantastic. Eventually I discovered that this company, who was giving Godzilla a LOT of attention, was named Impact Merchandising. I found their website and they were quite enthusiastic about getting the opportunity to spread the

    New Digital Volumes To Be Released Weekly And Complement Latest Additions To 19 Other Popular Manga Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media continues to offer manga fans a vast library of newly added digital titles for September through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The latest update includes a just-announced manga “speed up” for Bleach and One Piece that will bring both series up to date with their North American print counterparts by December. Beginning this week and continuing each Monday thereafter, new digital volumes of manga creator Tite Kubo’s supernatural action saga, Bleach, as well as the high seas pirate adventures of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, will for be available online on VIZManga.com and also for download on the VIZ Manga App. The

    Release Promotion Culminates in Naruto Volume 52 Debuting Same Day As Print Counterpart on September 6th Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media starts off September with a special Naruto release promotion through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Naruto Volumes 46-47 are available now, Vol. 48 launches today, and a new volume of NARUTO (volumes 49-51) will be available each day thereafter. On Tuesday, September 6th, Naruto Volume 52 will debut DAY-AND-DATE with its print counterpart! Created by Masashi Kishimoto in 1999, Naruto (rated ‘T’ for Teens) quickly became Japan’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens and has sold more than 85 million copies to-date. Naruto is also one of the most popular anime/manga properties in North America. The Naruto manga and animated

    Classic Sci-Fi Action Saga Will Debut New Weekly Digital Chapters For Only $0.99! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced the digital launch of the acclaimed sci-fi manga masterpiece, Neon Genesis Evangelion, on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Neon Genesis Evangelion will be available chapter-by-chapter for only $0.99 each, with a new chapter launching each week. To celebrate the series’ debut, VIZ Media will offer a free Chapter 1 preview; Chapter 2 is also now available for download for $0.99. Neon Genesis Evangelion (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens), is series co-creator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto`s personal interpretation of the Evangelion characters and story is sure to intrigue new and old fans alike. In 2015, the "Angels" have returned, and Shinji Ikari, a fourteen year-old child

    New Novel Based on the Popular Japanese Video Game from the Acclaimed Author of Brave Story 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, with publish author Miyuki Miyabe`s imaginative fantasy novel Ico: Castle in the Mist on August 16th. The new book will be published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and will carry an MSRP of $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN. A boy with horns, marked for death; A girl who sleeps in a cage of iron. The Castle of the Mist calls for its sacrifice: a horned child, born once a generation. When, on a single night in his thirteenth year, Ico`s horns grow long and curved, he knows his time has come. But why does the Castle of the

    Extension of VIZ Media’s Digital Platform Expands Manga Audience to All Web Users in U.S. and Canada Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, announced the launch of VIZManga.com at their 25th Anniversary Party last week in San Diego during the annual Comic-Con International convention. The website joins VIZ Media’s existing digital manga platform and launched with 40 series currently available on the VIZ MANGA App for iOS devices, including the wildly popular titles Naruto, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Ouran High School Host Club and Vampire Knight. With this expansion of the platform, fans can browse and access their digital manga from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ Manga Apps for the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch. With one account, registered users will be

    Curated Digital Artwork Created with Autodesk SketchBook Apps will be Unveiled at VIZ Media 25th Anniversary Event at Comic-Con Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, has announced a collaboration with Autodesk, Inc. to create a limited edition digital art book anthology that will be sold through VIZ Media’s Manga App, with 100% of VIZ Media’s net proceeds going to support disaster relief efforts in Japan. All of the artwork in the collection, titled ART FOR HOPE, will be created using Autodesk SketchBook digital paint and drawing software applications. VIZ Media and Autodesk have already started working with artists to create works that deliver a message of hope to victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Artists interested in submitting work

    Get Strong or Get Schooled in New Action Manga from VIZ Media 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, brings gnarly, knuckle-busting action to readers with the release of the manga series, Tenjo Tenge, on June 21st. Created by Oh!great, the debut volume features 16 full-color pages and a selection of alternate color cover images. Tenjo Tenge will be published by the VIZ Signature imprint, is rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences, and will carry an MSRP of $17.99 U.S. / $21.00 CAN. Welcome to Todo High, home of the toughest student brawlers and sexiest badass babes in high school history. The only rule is: get strong or get schooled. Soichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara have always been the meanest street brawlers around. When they

    Portraits by Legendary Manga Creator Following the Earthquake and Tsunami Now Available on iPhone, iPod Touch And iPad Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui, Candice Uyloan, and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues to assist international fundraising efforts for Japanese disaster relief. The company has announced that it will make legendary manga creator Takehiko Inoue’s newest Smile series of illustrations available to North American iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users via the VIZ Manga App. All VIZ Media proceeds from these purchases will be donated directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society to aid victims in the areas ravaged by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Beginning today, fans can enjoy these breathtaking and touching illustrations on the iPhone, iPod Touch and

    Season 1 Available Starting on May 18th Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: tenipuri.com (Japan), VIZAnime.com/the-prince-of-tennis (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui, Candice Uyloan, and Irena Boostani VIZ Media has announced the release of THE PRINCE OF TENNIS (???????, Tenisu no Oojisama, 2001) on Amazon Instant Video. The first season episodes of the sports anime (1-13) will be available for purchase starting Wednesday, May 18th for $1.99 each. THE PRINCE OF TENNIS is based on the smash hit manga series created by Takeshi Konomi that has sold more than 30 million copies in Japan, and is also published exclusively in North America by VIZ Media (Rated ‘A’ for All Ages). THE PRINCE OF TENNIS anime series (dubbed, TV-G) follows the on and off court adventures of Ryoma Echizen, the 12-year-old son of a famous tennis player and a prodigy in his own right. Looking

    Kids’ Favorite Hamsters Leap Into A Fun Interactive Mobile Universe Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Irena Boostani VIZ Media, LLC has licensed the rights for a HAMTARO: LITTLE HAMSTERS, BIG ADVENTURES video game for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to Egg Ball Games. VIZ Media is the official North American distributor of the iApp game, which is available now; the game is available also in Latin America and Europe. To learn more about HAMTARO: LITTLE HAMSTERS, BIG ADVENTURES, please visit VIZ.com/apps. HAMTARO: LITTLE HAMSTERS, BIG ADVENTURES features 3 colorful and original game environments and dozens of levels. The game is Facebook enabled and offers an interactive Game Center for posting personal and worldwide high scores. Players can also unlock 9 exclusive HAMTARO wallpapers to further customize their iPhone. “We’re very excited to bring HAMTARO:

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/Pokemon Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Irena Boostani Just in time for summer, VIZ Media delivers hours of Pokémon fun with the POKÉMON TRAVEL ACTIVITY KIT! Featuring Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott and other new Pokémon from the Unova region, the POKÉMON TRAVEL ACTIVITY KIT includes an activity pad, poster, stickers and six chunky crayons, all packaged in a suitcase-style case! Recommended for ages 5 and up, the POKÉMON TRAVEL ACTIVITY KIT also makes a wonderful gift. The POKÉMON TRAVEL ACTIVITY KIT will be available on May 31st from the VIZKIDS imprint for the suggested retail price of $11.99 U.S. / $13.99 CAN, and includes: • One 64-page POKÉMON activity pad (featuring word finds, mazes and other puzzle activities) • Two full-color POKÉMON sticker sheets • One double-sided poster for POKÉMON sticker play • Six POKÉMON crayons • Don’t forget

    VIZ Media Imprint Releases Second Magatama Trilogy Novel on May 17th Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC has announced the release of author Noriko Ogiwara’s fantasy adventure novel, Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince, on May 17th. The hardcover book will be published by the company’s Haikasoru literary imprint and will carry an MSRP of $21.99 U.S. / $25.99 CAN. Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences and is first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation. When the heir to the empire comes to Mino, the lives of young Oguna and Toko are changed forever. Oguna is drafted to become a shadow prince, a double trained to take the place of the hunted royal. But

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Media, LLC, one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues the digital integration of its vast library of manga properties with the latest announcement of the availability of the VIZ MANGA APP for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices. The expansion will be compatible with the VIZ MANGA APP on the iPad, and adds cross-platform features. To support the launch, the publisher has also kicked off a special digital promotion that offers select Volume 1 titles for only $2.99 – 40% off the regular price! This is for a limited time only and runs until midnight PST May 9th. Manga titles for the iPhone and iPod Touch are available via the VIZ MANGA APP, which is free through the iTunes

    3-Day Event in Anaheim this 4th of July Weekend Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press releases Official Site: am2con.org Special Thanks to Chase Wang Located in Anaheim, California, ­ AM² is a 3-day, 24 hour event with no general attendance/badge purchase requirement and is aspiring to be a key meeting place for fans that share a common interest in Asian music, Animation/Anime, and Comics/Manga. Established in 2010, AM² will be held on July 1-3, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Anaheim, California. AM² current activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV`s, Arcade, Summer Festival, World Cosplay Summit, Rum Party Pirates, Cosplay Chess, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table Top, Console Gaming, AniMaid Café, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more! Entrance to the event is free, but attendees can avoid the huge lines by obtaining a Passport fast pass for the event. The Passport fast pass will also provide holders

    Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden and Arata: The Legend Join the Newest Additions to 15 Other Popular VIZ Manga Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media will round out April with a second block of monthly manga updates available exclusively for the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad mobile device. These latest updates will include the digital premiere of 5 new manga titles and updates to 15 other series that are also currently available. Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden is set to debut on April 18th, and Arata: The Legend will launch for the iPad on April 25th. The VIZ Manga App is available for free through the iTunes Store and all manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application for $4.99 (U.S. / CAN)

    Who has Won Sets of Three Different Cover Editions for the Sold-Out Comic Book? Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Chris Ryall, Carlos Guzman, Dirk Wood and Alonzo Simon A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Thank you to everyone who entered IDW Publishing and SciFi Japan`s Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters comic book contest. The response from readers was fantastic with hundreds of entries submitted. The three randomly drawn winners are: Marc Southerland Veronica Weissman Dillon Fisher Congratulations to the winners! Each of you will receive a set of three Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters issue #1 cover variant editions featuring the artwork of Alex Ross and Eric Powell. The prizes will be shipped soon so keep an eye on your mailboxes. In related news, IDW Publishing has announced that Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1 sold out on the first day of release at comic book retail stores throughout

    New Paranormal Anime Adventure in the U.S. Only Days After Japanese Debut Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZAnime Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced that it will serve as an official distribution partner for Aniplex of America’s domestic debut of the BLUE EXORCIST anime series. VIZ Media will carry the new action series (subtitled) on its VIZAnime website beginning Wednesday, April 20th, just days after its eagerly anticipated debut on Japanese TV on April 17th. New episodes will stream on the site every Wednesday. In the animated series, Rin, along with his twin brother Yukio Okumura are raised by an eminent priest, Shiro Fujimoto, but one day Rin discovers that their biological father is actually Satan! As the border between “Assiah” (the human world) and “Gehenna” (demon’s world) is intruded upon by evils, Rin vows to become

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