New Naruto Chapter Book Series from Viz to Debut

VIZ MEDIA DEBUTS NEW NARUTO CHAPTER BOOK SERIES AT 2008 BOOK EXPO AMERICA

Showcase Of The Newest VIZKIDS Format Introduces The Exciting World Of Ninja To Young Readers In Booth #1647

Los Angeles, CA, May 30, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, showcases its first Chapter Book series based on NARUTO, the wildly popular animated and manga (graphic novel) series, at the 2008 Book Expo America (BEA) show which takes place May 30-June 1, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. BEA is the preeminent yearly trade event for publishers and booksellers in North America. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #1647.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:18:27+00:00 May 30th, 2008|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Viz Media Launches Six New Manga Series for 1Q 2008

VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES SIX NEW MANGA SERIES FOR FIRST QUARTER 2008

Diverse New Titles To Kick Off The New Year

San Francisco, CA, January 8, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the launch of six highly anticipated new manga comic series for the First Quarter of 2008.

The new releases are designed for Teen and Older Teen readers and include SAND CHRONICLES, HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT, HONEY AND CLOVER and MONKEY HIGH, to be published under the popular SHOJO BEAT imprint, RAL Ω GRAD, under the SHONEN JUMP ADVANCED imprint, and SWITCH, to be offered by the VIZ Media imprint.

“We open 2008 with an exciting and diverse collection of new manga titles designed for fans of everything from gritty crime dramas and fantasy/action tales to bittersweet romance stories and zany high school comedy,” says Alvin Lu, Vice President, Publishing VIZ Media, “The debut of DEATH NOTE artist Takeshi Obata’s latest manga series RAL Ω GRAD continues to show the versatility of this very talented creator as he tackles the genre of fantasy adventure manga. New teen-oriented series like SAND CHRONICLES and HONEY AND CLOVER present softer but equally intriguing stories about growing up, entering adulthood and dealing with life’s dramas. The unique stories and characters presented in our newest collection of titles should strike a chord among even the most discriminating fan and we look forward to their success in the New Year.”

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By | 2017-09-24T23:22:48+00:00 January 10th, 2008|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Takehiro Inoue’s “Real” Announced

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DEBUT OF UNIQUE BASKETBALL DRAMA REAL AT RARE IN-STORE APPEARANCE OF FAMED CREATOR TAKEHIKO INOUE

Best Selling Manga About Wheelchair Basketball To Be Released Domestically In 2008

Takehiro Inoue

NEW YORK, NY, November 20, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, announced the upcoming 2008 release of Takehiko Inoue’s basketball manga comic, Real, last night at a special in-store event attended by the acclaimed artist/creator to inaugurate the new Kinokuniya Bookstore in Bryant Park, New York City. Inoue is also the creator of the mega-hit masterpieces Slam Dunk and Vagabond. Event attendees got a sneak peek at original wall art in the Kinokuniya store illustrated by the artist featuring some of his best-known characters.

The Real series is scheduled to debut July 2008 and is the third manga series created by Takehiko Inoue set to be released by VIZ Media. The company plans to debut his long-awaited Slam Dunk basketball series, Rated T for Teens, in September 2008 and VIZ Media will also publish a pair of beautifully illustrated art books; Sumi and Water.

VIZ Media currently publishes Inoue’s acclaimed samurai series Vagabond, rated M for Mature.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:24:53+00:00 November 25th, 2007|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Shonen Jump Naruto Gets a Special Coast to Coast Road Tour

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EAST COAST TO WEST COAST ROAD TOUR FOR SHONEN JUMPâ„¢ NARUTOâ„¢

Fans Are Invited To Visit Select WAL-MART Locations To Take Part In Exciting and Fun Activities Related To Best Selling Manga And Anime Series

San Francisco, CA, May 2, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a special road show to highlight SHONEN JUMPâ„¢ NARUTOâ„¢ to fans across the country. The tour kicks off on May 26 in Secaucus, NJ with subsequent stops scheduled for Baltimore, MD; Belleville, IN; Bentonville, AR; and Pleasanton, CA. The event will be free to attend. Updated information is available at www.naruto.viz.com.

At each stop, a special event staging area will immerse young and older fans alike into the captivating and action-filled worlds of the popular NARUTO manga and anime series. The event will feature multiple activity stations including a Ninja Academy, where visitors can learn special moves and techniques with an instructor, the Chakra Challenge, sponsored by Mattel, sneak peeks of upcoming anime episodes on a large main screen, a Bandai collectible card game area, several video game kiosks where fans can play the latest NARUTO video games from Tomy/D3P and NAMCO/BANDAI, a manga drawing area, and a green screen activity where fans can have their picture taken with a variety of backgrounds featured in the anime series. Upon entering, each visitor will be given a special NARUTO passport that will guide them to the various activities and after collecting passport stamps, each fan will receive an exclusive SHONEN JUMP NARUTO goodie bag filled with collectable premiums.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:31:59+00:00 May 2nd, 2007|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Viz Media Launches Naruto Nation Campaign to Dramatically Increase Release Rate of Hit Manga Series Naruto and Pave the Way for Part 2

Three New Volumes Of Smash Hit Series To Be Published Each Month Beginning In September To Catch Up To Japanese Release Schedule

San Francisco, CA, April 26, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the launch of NARUTO NATIONâ„¢, a broad campaign that will bring an unprecedented increase in the frequency of publication of its wildly popular NARUTOâ„¢ manga series. In order to catch up to the present Japanese release schedule and to prepare readers for upcoming notable changes in the main character and story arc, VIZ Media will offer three new volumes of NARUTO per-month from September through December 2007 – a first for any U.S. manga publisher.

The new publishing schedule will carry the series up to Volume 27, after which there is a significant break in the story arc: Two and a half years pass, and we find Naruto taller, older, and wiser. To support NARUTO NATION, VIZ Media’s SHONEN JUMP magazine will continue to serialize the NARUTO series, will provide in-depth background information for fans about the developments in the accelerated manga, and will begin to feature the new adventures of the older Naruto beginning in the January 2008 issue (estimated in stores December 4, 2007).

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By | 2017-09-24T23:32:07+00:00 April 29th, 2007|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow for One Night Only

VIZ Media brings the hottest manga and anime series sweeping North America to the big screen on June 6, 2007 for a very special, one-night-only theatrical engagement in 160 select theaters nationwide of the first NARUTO™ feature film — NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW.

NARUTO THE MOVIE is rated “T” for Teens and will play in select theaters through National CineMedia’s Fathom in every major market across the country. A complete list of cities is located on the VIZ Media’s web site at www.VIZ.com. In coming days, VIZ Media will also send registered subscribers of its SHONEN JUMP magazine a special invitation to purchase advance tickets which will include the link to purchase tickets beginning on April 27. Tickets to the general public will go on sale on April 30 through the Fathom website at www.FathomEvents.com.

NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW is a theatrical side story based on the continuity of the animated TV series and was a box office hit upon its initial release in Japan. New and existing fans of the hit title, which is seen across North America on Cartoon Network, will not want to miss this exciting opportunity to see the latest chapter in the NARUTO saga on the big screen!

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By | 2017-09-24T23:32:43+00:00 April 25th, 2007|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Viz Media Named Master Licensor for Blue Dragon Anime Series

New Action Series Is Based On Popular Xbox 360 Game And Features Character Designs By Manga Mastermind, Akira Toriyama

San Francisco, CA April 16, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies announced today that it has secured from a consortium including TV TOKYO Corporation and Shueisha Inc, the television, home video and non-video game merchandising rights for the Americas, Europe and Oceania to BLUE DRAGON, a new anime series based on the popular Microsoft Xbox 360 Role Playing Game.

VIZ Media makes the announcement in conjunction with its participation at the MIPTV conference, the world’s preeminent audiovisual and digital content market, taking place in Cannes, France, April 16-20. VIZ Media has a prominent presence at the show in Booth #AO12.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:32:57+00:00 April 18th, 2007|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Viz Pictures Releases Critically Acclaimed Linda Linda Linda on DVD

Film About An All-Girl Rock And Roll Band A Favorite At International Film Festivals And Features Soundtrack By Ex-Smashing Pumpkins Guitarist

San Francisco, CA, April 12, 2007 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced the DVD release of the critically acclaimed rock and roll film LINDA LINDA LINDA on May 8, 2007. The film will be distributed by VIZ Media, a leading U.S. publisher of Japanese animation and manga.

Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita, LINDA LINDA LINDA depicts the musical and personal dramas of an all-girl high school rock band and has played to critical acclaim at more than 40 major international film festivals. The film notably offers a soundtrack by ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and a cameo by punk rock legends The Ramones. VIZ Pictures recently screened the film theatrically in several major cities including New York, Portland, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, and San Francisco. The DVD release includes a new audio commentary by noted film critic and Japanese pop culture journalist Patrick Macias.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:32:57+00:00 April 18th, 2007|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Viz Media Signs New Publishing Representatives in Mexico and Brazil for Shonen Jump Naruto

Grupo Editorial VID S.A. de C.V. And Panini Brasil Ltda. To Debut Localized Versions Scheduled for Spring 2007

San Francisco, CA, April 10, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has selected Grupo Editorial VID S.A. de C.V. of Mexico (GEV) and Panini Brazil Ltda. (Panini Brazil) to release the Shonen Jumpâ„¢ NARUTOâ„¢ manga from Shueisha Inc. in their respective countries in April and May 2007.

“We are excited to partner with GEV and Panini Brazil to build on the success of NARUTO in Latin America,” said Hyoe Narita, Executive Vice President of VIZ Media. “Based on the success of the anime series in Latin America and the ongoing anticipation by fans for the release of the unique manga series that was its inspiration, we expect the NARUTO manga will find success among teens and young adults and we look forward to new fans discovering this unique and fantastic tale.”

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By | 2017-09-24T23:32:58+00:00 April 17th, 2007|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Zatch Bell! Added to Toonami Jetstream

Smash Hit Anime Series Is The Latest Addition To Broadband Streaming Joint Venture With Cartoon Network

San Francisco, CA March 26, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the addition of the hit anime series ZATCH BELL!â„¢ to the repertoire of programming available for streaming on Toonami Jetstream.

Toonami Jetstream (available at http://ToonamiJetstream.com) is a joint venture between VIZ Media and Cartoon Network under the branding of Cartoon Network’s successful Toonami action-adventure television franchise. The site provides on-demand, full-length streaming episodes of a number of hit anime and action series and has attracted millions of viewers since its launch in 2006. The addition of ZATCH BELL! expands the extensive roster of VIZ Media and other anime properties already being offered. SAMURAI JACK, NARUTO, MÄR, THE PRINCE OF TENNIS, HIKARU NO GO and POKéMON: The Johto Journeys are currently featured and Episode 3 of ZATCH BELL!, “The Second Spell!,” is now available. New episodes will be uploaded every week.

The series was the recent recipient of two American Anime Awards in February for Best Male Actor in a Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy, and the wild mix of action and out-of-this-world characters has made the show a hit among 9-14 year olds – a key Cartoon Network demographic.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:34:15+00:00 March 29th, 2007|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments