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    New Manga Set to Debut this Summer Include Midnight Secretary and Magi Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has just announced details on several new forthcoming manga series acquisitions scheduled to launch beginning this summer and continuing into the fall. Four of the brand new manga titles that will be published under VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint are Happy Marriage?! by creator Maki Enjoji, Midnight Secretary by creator/artist Tomu Ohmi, Sweet Rein from creator Sakura Tsukuba, and Voice Over!: Seiyuu Academy by creator/artist Maki Minami. Under the Shonen Sunday imprint, VIZ will publish the popular new series Magi, by creator Shinobu Ohtaka. “Summer and fall are shaping up to be exciting seasons for manga fans as we preview several notable acquisitions for our

    Pop Culture Icon Hello Kitty and Her Friends Will Debut in Two VIZ Kids Offerings 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, graphic novels and anime in North America, has announced a new publishing deal with Sanrio, Inc., the global lifestyle brand and parent company of pop icon Hello Kitty, to develop a series of original graphic novels, and a special single-volume comic featuring a limited-edition Hello Kitty design. The single-volume Hello Kitty comic is scheduled to debut at the 2013 Comic-Con Show in San Diego with a Comic-Con exclusive cover by Eisner-nominated artist Jacob Chabot. The comic will feature art by Victoria Maderna, Ian McGinty and Chabot. The main graphic novel series is scheduled to launch in the Fall of 2013 with Here We Go!, a collection

    North America’s Most Popular Weekly Manga Anthology Now Releases Manga Chapters the Same Day as Japan Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: ShonenJump.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, ushers in 2013 with the dawn of a whole new era of manga with today’s first issue of the new Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga magazine. The weekly serial anthology features the synchronized latest chapters of various manga debuting on the same day as the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump magazine counterpart, including flagship series Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and more. Formerly known as Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, the next phase in the evolution of VIZ Media’s popular digital manga magazine will now simply be known as Weekly Shonen Jump. The publication features a brand new

    IS Project Restart Begins in April Source: Livespire Official Site: over-lap.co.jp/IS, tbs.co.jp/anime/is (Japan) The newly-formed entertainment company OVERLAP, Inc. has announced plans for a complete relaunch of the IS ?Infinite Stratos? (IS???????????????, IS ?Infinitto Sutoratosu?) franchise in 2013. Author Izuru Yumizuru transferred the property to OVERLAP following a lengthy dispute with publisher Media Factory, which had kept the Infinite Stratos light novel series on hold since the release of Volume 7 in April 2011. OVERLAP will pick up the series with IS ?Infinite Stratos? Volume 8, scheduled for release on April 25th. That same day, OVERLAP will also begin offering new editions of the Infinite Stratos previously published by Media Factory, starting with Volumes 1 and 2. Volumes 3 and 4 will follow on May 25th, 5 and 6 on June 25th, and Volume 7 will wrap the reissues on July 25th. But

    Over 1,000 Digital Volumes and Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha to Choose From Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media provides an easy way to give the gift of digital manga accessible via VIZManga.com for desktop and laptop computers. Gift a single volume or an entire shopping cart simply by clicking on the present icon, and when the order is complete, choose to send an email or print out a card with a special message that includes a unique URL and code for redemption through VIZManga.com. Once redeemed, manga may be accessed through VIZManga.com as well as the free VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and supported Android-powered smart phones and tablets (including the Kindle Fire). Gift an entire series which readers can enjoy from the very beginning, or make them

    Featuring Apparel And Accessories From VIZ Media Anime Brands NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, BLEACH And DEATH NOTE Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: cafepress.com/+toshin+gifts Special Thanks to Erik Jansen CafePress, Inc., The World`s Customization Engine, and VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, is announcing a partnership. The companies have come together to offer fans a curated selection of official and fan-designed merchandise incorporating VIZ Media’s best-loved anime brands for lifestyle brand Toshin. CafePress empowers shoppers to create, buy and sell, customized and personalized products online using the company`s proprietary print-on-demand services and e-commerce platform. With this new relationship, CafePress will offer a range of Toshin products that feature characters from VIZ Media’s NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE. VIZ Media currently features these series on VIZAnime.com (a website for free anime) and on

    New Supernatural Romance Series from the Creator of Ai Ore! and Sensual Phrase 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, brings new shojo manga fun to fans everywhere with the debut of Mayu Shinjo’s Demon Love Spell Vol. 1. The new series (now available) is published under the Shojo Beat imprint, rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series will also be available on December 18th for digital download from the VIZ Manga digital platform (MSRP $4.99 USD/CAN). Miko is a shrine maiden who has never had much success at seeing or banishing spirits. Then she meets Kagura, a sexy demon who feeds off women’s feelings of passion and love. Kagura’s insatiable appetite has

    Sample Hot New Series With an Easy-To-Use Ad-Supported Option Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media gives Android users new to Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Weekly SJ Alpha) or the manga genre itself an easy reason to explore the nation’s leading digital manga magazine with a new ad-supported option that allows readers to read a complete issue for free. Readers simply click on the “Free” button in the VIZ Manga app & choose from a variety of promotional offers from our advertising partners in order to get access to each week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha with no further commitment required. The ad-supported option is available only to Android users at this time. Each digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha treats manga fans across North America to the latest chapters of some

    Wish List Releases Include New Shojo Series, Manga Box Sets New Omnibus Editions, And Adorable Gift Books 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, gives fans plenty to choose from as it offers a diverse selection of manga titles that will make thoughtful gifts to suit any budget this holiday season. The 2012 holiday manga selection features the launch of the brand new shojo series Demon Love Spell, as well as the recent debut of Strobe Edge. Shojo fans can further enjoy the celebrated series, Ouran High School Host Club, in a fabulous new 18-volume box set edition. VIZ Media will also release Hayao Miyazaki’s celebrated manga, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, in a special new box set. The intense psychological manga masterpiece, Loveless, resumes after

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: NeonAlley.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media makes it easy to give the gift of anime this holiday season with a range of affordable digital gifting options for the company’s new Neon Alley 24/7 anime platform. Treat your favorite fan to a variety of the latest anime series, films and other cool content with the gift of a 1-, 3-, 6- or 12-month membership to Neon Alley. Go to NeonAlley.com and click on the “Gifts: Buy/Redeem" link on the home page in the top right corner under the login bar. The gifting options will become a permanent feature of Neon Alley and will be available throughout the year. The gifting option also allows fans who do not have a traditional credit card to purchase gift subscriptions for themselves without worrying about monthly recurring billing.

    Adorable “Kawaii” Plush Bear Character Sensations Have Swept Asia Source: MediaLab press release Official Site: NEWPEOPLEWORLD.com Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, invites holiday shoppers add a fun dose of “kawaii” (or cute) to their seasonal lists with the latest product line-ups of the popular character series -- Rilakkuma -- adorable, soft plush bears that are one of the most popular and successful character franchises to sweep Japan and other Asian countries over the past 10 years. Rilakkuma (a combination of the Japanese pronunciation of relax and the Japanese word for bear) have become one of the most successful kawaii characters ever to be launched in Japan. NEW PEOPLE, The Store has partnered with Laugh Laugh, one of the largest and biggest grossing online distributors of Rilakkuma collectibles in

    North America’s Leading Digital Manga Magazine Eliminates Time Delay to Celebrate One Year Anniversary Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, will synchronize its Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Weekly SJ Alpha), a weekly serial anthology of some of the most popular manga series in the world, to Japan releases starting with the January 21, 2013 issue. Weekly SJ Alpha, available exclusively on the VIZ Manga digital platform, will feature new installments of Bleach, Cross Manage, Naruto, Nisekoi, One Piece, and Toriko on the same day as their general release in Japan. Monthly series such as Blue Exorcist, Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal will debut the closest Monday after the Japanese release. There are also plans for additional

    Capcom’s STREET FIGHTER Characters Merge with Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 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, graphic novels and anime in North America, and Sanrio Inc, global lifestyle brand & parent company of pop icon Hello Kitty merge two of Japan’s biggest pop culture brands -- STREET FIGHTER and Sanrio -- for the debut of a pair of fun new Street Fighter x Sanrio books. The hardcover Street Fighter x Sanrio: World View and soft cover Street Fighter x Sanrio: Sticker Book are both available now in stores. Street Fighter x Sanrio: World View MSRP: $12.99 US / $14.99 CAN · Available Now! Life is not a video game. But don’t you sometimes wish it was? The characters of the STREET FIGHTER video

    Acclaimed Novel by Japanese Author Sakyo Komatsu Published in English for First Time Ever Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint presents a new literary release offering a stark vision of the future of mankind in author Sakyo Komatsu’s post-apocalyptic thriller, Virus (Fukkatsu no Hi). The new hardcover novel is now available, and carries an MSRP of $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN. The eBook edition is also available for $9.99 on 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. In this classic Japanese sci-fi thriller originally

    New Gothic Fantasy Adventure Series Debuts Today 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, has announced the launch on November 13th of its latest manga series with the debut of the gothic fantasy action series 07-Ghost. The new series, written and illustrated by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The paths of one evil god, two rival empires, three unlikely bishops and seven brave ghosts converge in the destiny of Teito Klein, a boy who vows to master a powerful artifact known as the Eye of Mikael in order to lay bare the secrets of the world’s -- and his own -- murky past. All Teito wants is

    Who Won Free Copies of Yokai Attack!, Yurei Attack! and Ninja Attack! from Tuttle Publishing? Source: Tuttle Publishing A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Our thanks to everyone who entered Tuttle Publishing and SciFi Japan`s contest for a free copies of the books Yokai Attack!, Yurei Attack! and Ninja Attack!. We received some great answers to the contest question -- some funny, others personal and touching, or thoroughly researched -- and the winning entry is: Evan Brehany Congratulations to the winner! Your prizes will ship soon. For more info on the Yokai writings of Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda, please check out these articles from our archives: Yokai University, an Interview with Matt Alt New Book Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide Yokai Attack! An interview with Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt All Books Attack! Ninja, Yokai

    Captivating New Series Captures the Thrill and Drama of a Girl’s First Love 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, gives shojo manga fans a brand new series with the release of Io Sakisaka’s Strobe Edge. The first volume debuts this week under the Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. What is love, anyway? Ninako Kinoshita’s friends tell her it’s one thing, but Ninako wonders what this mysterious feeling really is. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she meets Ren Ichinose, a handsome, enigmatic guy that all the girls worship. With just a few words and a smile, he changes her entire world... “Strobe Edge showcases the intense feelings of

    Collects All 18 Volumes of Bestelling Series Plus an Exclusive Premium 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, tantalizes shojo manga (graphic novel) fans with the release of the Ouran High School Host Club Box Set on November 6th. The new box set bundles Volumes 1-18 of the bestselling manga series and also includes a special notepad featuring full-color character art. The Ouran High School Host Club Box Set will be released under VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $139.99 U.S. / $159.99 CAN. Ouran High School Host Club was created by Bisco Hatori and has been a bestselling series in North America since its debut. In this screwball romantic comedy, Haruhi, a poor

    Hayao Miyazaki’s Acclaimed Fantasy Adventure Offered in New 2-Volume Hardcover Box Set 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, is proud to announce the release of the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Deluxe Box Set, which collects all 7 volumes of the original celebrated manga series by Hayao Miyazaki into 2 new hardcover editions packaged in a special illustrated slipcase. A full-color double-sided poster is also included and each volume features 8 full-color page inserts. The Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Deluxe Box Set is scheduled for release on November 6th, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and carries an MSRP of $60.00 U.S. / $67.99 CAN. A movie adaptation is also available on DVD and Blu-ray

    November Releases Includes Print and Digital Debut the Same Day as Japan 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 publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers an exciting double-dose of Neon Genesis Evangelion to manga readers in November with the release of the series’ newest installment -- Volume 13 -- as well as the launch of the first volume of a new 3-in-1 omnibus edition of the venerable sci-fi action saga. Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 13 is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will be released on November 2nd with an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $13.99 CAN. The volume will also be available digitally for $4.99 U.S. / CAN through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android-enabled devices, and Kindle

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