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    Nobuhiro Watsuki Offers a Twist on His Original Smash Hit Samurai Story in a New Manga 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, celebrates the return of one of manga’s most iconic samurai -- Rurouni Kenshin -- with the release of Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration. This new series is published under the Shonen Jump imprint, rated ‘T’ for Teens, and carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. A digital edition is also available on VIZ Manga and the VIZ Manga App for $4.99 (U.S. / CAN). Nobuhiro Watsuki, the creator of the original Rurouni Kenshin series (also published by VIZ Media in North America; rated ‘T’ for Teens) revisits his classic manga story. Action, romance, and historical intrigue abound in

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media kicks off summer 2013 with a super-hot dose of exciting new digital manga series available now with others set to launch throughout the first-half of June adding to the company’s extensive digital library at VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App. Making its exclusive North American digital debut comes -- Cross Manage -- creator Kaito’s tense sports drama about the male manager of women`s lacrosse team. The series is also presently featured in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga magazine. Fans are further invited to dive into the action, historical drama, shojo romance, and sci-fi fantasy contained in additional digital debuts that include Gaba Kawa (manga one-shot), Gun Blaze West, Love*com, Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, and Sand Land. VIZ Media’s innovative digital manga platform allows users to access

    Articulated Bandai Figure to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. S.H.MonsterArts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shma (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim The popular MFS-3 (Multi-purpose Fighting System-3) Type 3 Kiryu from GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (???×?????, Gojira x Mekagojira, 2002) joins the S.H.MonsterArts series. Only available in Asia as an exclusive from Bandai`s Premium Tamashii Web Shop, the S.H.MonsterArts Mechagodzilla Type-3 will be made specially available to US S.H.MonsterArts fans via Bluefin. Bandai`s popular S.H.MonsterArts series feature sculpts rendered with unprecedented detail by the renowned Yuji Sakai. All figures in this series include multiple (generally two dozen or more) points of articulation to achieve a never before seen range of movement. Mechagodzilla Type-3 is presented with generous diecast in the chest and leg areas as well as a full array of optional parts! This deluxe kaiju action figure set features interchangeable Messer Blade arm parts, articulated

    Source: Bluefin Corp. press release Official Site: Bluefin Special Thanks to Xavier Lim "I`ll fight, even if I might die!" Goku’s best friend Krillin joins the high-end S.H.Figuarts DRAGON BALL Z action figure series, with state of the art articulation and a full array of accessories. Special Effect Parts are also included in order to replicate his famed "Kienzan" attack ("Destructo Disk" in the English adaptation), along with three sets of interchangeable head parts and six sets of interchangeable hands. Let Krillin either play the victim in a DRAGON BALL Z diorama, or stand the hero against the deadliest of foes. S.H.Figuarts Krillin/ S.H.Figuarts???? Height: Approximately 140mm Material: ABS, PVC Shipping: November 2013 Distributed by: Tamashii Web Shop (Japan), Bluefin (United States) UPC: 4543112805713 SKU: BAN80571 Price: 3,990 (Japan, Tax Included), $39.99 (United States) ? Set Contents Krillin Figure Six Sets of Interchangeable Hands Three interchangeable Heads

    VIZ Media’s Haikasoru Imprint Releases Exciting Novel by Famed Horror/Sci-fi Author Hideyuki Kikuchi Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint delivers a bloodthirsty new chapter of the legendary Vampire Hunter D saga with the North American release of Noble V: Greylancer, now available in stores. The new fantasy novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi, carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. The release also includes a bonus novelette titled, An Irreplaceable Existence. An eBook edition is also available for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, and the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books 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. Internationally acclaimed writer,

    Action Series About a Psychic War Between Seven Kings to be Fully Developed for the North American Market Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: k-project.jpn.com (Japan), vizanime.com/k (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, continues to expand its range of anime offerings for 2013 as it announces that it has become the North American master licensee for the anime series -- K (2012). VIZ Media will manage the domestic home video, television rights, and online rights and distribution, as well as oversee the licensing and development of a range of new products and collectables based on the property. K was developed and produced by GoHands, the Japanese studio that also created the cyberpunk anime film series, Mardock Scramble and the enigmatic writers’ collective GoRA Project. The highly

    VIZ Kids Launches Popular Series in the Important British and Irish Markets Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/Pokemon Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC brings the fun and adventure of the popular Pokémon manga franchise to the United Kingdom and Ireland for the first time. Simon & Schuster U.K. is the official distributor of VIZ Media titles in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Several Pokémon manga series are scheduled for release under the company’s VIZ Kids imprint and kicks off with the U.K. debut of Pokémon Adventures: Black & White, now available. The series is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an RRP of £3.99. VIZ Media plans to follow this title with the debut of Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum on June 6th and will launch the Pokémon Adventures: Heartgold and Soulsilver series later this Autumn.

    Edward L. Holland Talks About the Big Return of His Fan Favorite Magazine Author: Bob Johnson Official Site: Monster Attack Team In the early 1990s, Edward Holland and the late Joe Riley began Monster Attack Team (the name taken from the anti-monster team in RETURN OF ULTRAMAN) as a Dallas, Texas fan club for aficionados of Japanese science fiction and fantasy. It soon evolved into a cable access television show and a small newsletter that grew to become a fan favorite magazine which ran for eight issues. The print version now returns with the all-new Monster Attack Team #1, shipping this month. Unlike the earlier, self-published issues, the new MAT will be printed and distributed by Famous Monsters, the grandaddy of movie monster magazines. SciFi Japan recently spoke with Edward Holland about the history and future of Monster Attack Team. For additional information, please visit the

    Eisner Award-Winning Creator Offers a Poignant Story of Beating the Odds in Ways that Count 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, debuts a touching new work by award winning manga creator, Taiyo Matsumoto, with the release of Sunny Volume 1 on May 21st. The new hardcover release will be published under the VIZ Signature imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $22.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN. SUNNY will also be available on the same day digitally for $9.99 U.S. / CAN from the VIZ Manga App and at VIZManga.com. Translated by noted visual effects artist and TEKKONKINKREET film producer Michael Arias (THE ABYSS, PRINCESS MONONOKE, THE ANIMATRIX), Sunny is the story of beating the odds,

    A Bullied Teen Finds New Powers and Strength in a Virtual Reality Video Game Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: accel-world.net (Japan), vizanime.com/accel-world (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced that it has been named the North American master licensee for the sci-fi anime property, ACCEL WORLD (?????????, Akuseru Waarudo, 2012). ACCEL WORLD (rated TV-14) is currently available on the Neon Alley channel for PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 (dubbed), as well as on the company’s own streaming site VIZAnime.com (subtitled). ACCEL WORLD is based on the light novel created by Reki Kawahara, with adaptation by renowned animation studio Sunrise. VIZ Media will hold the North American licensed rights for Videogram, Television, and Online Distribution, as well as all merchandising licensing related to the property.

    Support Your Local Retailers this Saturday to Receive Special Comics Featuring Uglydoll, Hello Kitty, Dragon Ball And Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: freecomicbookday.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media delights comic book and manga fans as it announces its participation in this year’s Free Comic Book Day. Scheduled for May 4th, Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional campaign in the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores nationwide. Free Comic Book Day began in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry`s single largest distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. Readers should visit freecomicbookday.com to find a local participating retailer. VIZ Media will participate this year as a Gold Level Sponsor and will offer two FREE releases (available while supplies last) -- a VIZ Kids comic sampler and a VIZ

    Leader in Digital Manga Distribution Expands Access to North America’s Popular Weekly Digital Manga Anthology Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: shonenjump.viz.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, unveils the latest milestone with Weekly Shonen Jump, the weekly digital serial anthology that features the synchronized latest chapters of a variety of popular manga series debuting on the same day as the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump magazine counterpart. Readers can now take advantage of the new Weekly Shonen Jump Newsstand App available for the Apple iPad and iPad Mini. New issues debut each Monday, and subscriptions are available through the Newsstand App for only $2.99 (U.S. / CAN) a month, with automatic monthly renewals. Apple Newsstand is a built-in application on Apple iOS devices that provides access

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Earlier this week, SciFi Japan posted information and photos of the giant monster figures scheduled for release by X-Plus Co., Ltd. in late May 2013. X-Plus was still waiting on final approvals for several of the figures so SFJ ran photos of the unpainted prototypes. Toho has just approved the Godzilla 2004 (from GODZILLA: FINAL WARS) figure, so X-Plus has provided photos of the fully painted item. Toho 30cm Series: Godzilla 2004 /??30cm????????(2004??)? Product Size: Height Approximately 29cm Material: PVC (Vinyl) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Blind Box Shipping: Late May - Early June, 2013 Sales Agency: Plex Co.,Ltd. Distributed by: X Plus Co.,Ltd. Shounen Ric Limited Edition Includes: Original Gotengo (Length Approximately 14cm) Price: ¥19,845 (Tax Included)

    Signing for New Book about 1989 Toho/Sunrise Movie Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Official Site: hobby.dengeki.com/books (Japan) GUNHED (?????, Ganheddo) is a sci-fi movie which was released in 1989. The film was a co-production between Toho and SUNRISE, Inc., the famous animation company which has produced many popular robot anime TV series and movies (GUNDAM series, etc.). SUNRISE planned to create a robot movie by live action tokusatsu (traditional SFX) instead of animation, and this project was GUNHED. At that time of GUNHED`s theatrical release, there were no official book or magazine publications about the movie. But now, the book Gunhed Perfection (????? ????????) has been published by ASCII MEDIA WORKS. A new GUNHED plastic model is also now in stores. As a promotional event for these new products, GUNHED materials were displayed at the Akihabara Kotobukiya shop in Tokyo. Original movie props, theatrical posters,

    Articulated Bandai Figure to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. S.H.MonsterArts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shma (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Yuji Sakai’s master crafted S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla series continues with the highly anticipated release of Godzilla (1964) as the iconic monster appeared in the 1964 feature film MOTHRA VS GODZILLA (???????). Only available in Asia as an exclusive from Bandai`s Premium Tamashii Web Shop, the S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla (1964) will be made specially available to US S.H.MonsterArts fans via Bluefin. Bandai`s popular S.H.MonsterArts series feature sculpts rendered with unprecedented detail by the renowned Yuji Sakai. All figures in this series include multiple (generally two dozen or more) points of articulation to achieve a never before seen range of movement. The S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla (1964) is an entirely new sculpt that accurately captures the characteristic eye area of this version of Godzilla. A perfect blend of faithful sculpt

    Award Winning Japanese Sci-fi Novel Has North American Debut From Haikasoru Imprint Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media’s literary imprint Haikasoru has announced the North American debut of author Toh EnJoe’s Self-Reference Engine, a work of hard science fiction where vignette, story, and philosophy combine to create a novel designed like a concept album. In Japan, EnJoe’s prize-winning fiction is well known for blending hardcore science fiction with bizarre surrealism. Self-Reference Engine is available now and carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. An eBook edition is also 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

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced new manga acquisitions scheduled for Fall release under its popular Shonen Jump imprint. The upcoming releases include the complete Bakuman? series box set, and a box set collection of the first part of the One Piece saga. Bakuman? Box Set · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $159.99 U.S. / $159.99 CAN · Available October 1st 2013 Discover the mystery of manga-making in the bestselling series by Tsugumi Ohba, the creator of the hit series Death Note, available for the first time in a complete box set. The Box Set includes Volumes 1 through 20, plus the bonus mini-comic “Otter No. 11,” along with a full-color, two-sided poster. In Bakuman?, average

    New Releases from Studio Ghibli Imprint Include Novelization and Updated Edition of Official Film Picture Book Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki’s landmark film with the October 1st release of My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel and a new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book. Published under VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli Library imprint, My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel will carry an MSRP of $17.99 U.S. / $21.00 CAN, while the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. In the charming animation classic MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, eleven-year-old Satsuki and her sassy little sister Mei have moved to the country to be closer

    VIZ Kids Imprint Debuts Include POKÉMON THE MOVIE: KYUREM VS. THE SWORD OF JUSTICE Tie-In Manga Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/Pokemon Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, thrills fans of the venerable POKÉMON franchise as it announces the acquisition and forthcoming debut of an array of new Pokémon manga titles. Leading the new releases will be the brand-new Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice tie-in manga editions scheduled to debut on March 5th. These will be followed by the release of the Pokémon Adventures: Black & White and Pokémon Adventures: Heartgold and Soulsilver manga series later this summer. Titles from VIZ Media’s extensive POKÉMON catalog are published under its popular VIZ Kids imprint. “VIZ Media’s extensive catalog of POKÉMON titles continues

    Acclaimed Novel Now in Production As A Major Feature Film Source: MediaLab press release Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the digital release by Simon & Schuster Audio of an unabridged audio book version of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s science fiction thriller All You Need Is Kill. The acclaimed novel, read and narrated by Mike Martindale, is now available for $19.95 U.S. from the Simon & Schuster website. All You Need Is Kill is published in North America by VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint and is currently in production as a major feature film directed by Doug Liman (THE BOURNE IDENTITY) and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The film is slated for release in the spring of 2014, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow

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