San Francisco, CA, OCTOBER 29, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a variety of new manga (graphic novel) titles, art books, manga series box sets, kids chapter books and special collectors editions that will make unique gift ideas this holiday season.
“We are extremely pleased to offer a variety of new titles perfect for gifts for this holiday season,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President, Sales & Product Marketing, VIZ Media “By themselves, each of these releases makes a thoughtful and modestly-priced gift for a friend, loved-one or colleague, and multiple titles may be bundled for something more extravagant for that extra-special someone. Special box set editions for smash hit properties like DEATH NOTE, BLEACH and NARUTO will make the ultimate gift to delight that favorite fan this year. And for younger readers, we also offer a variety of new titles under our VIZKIDS imprint featuring THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, NARUTO Chapter Books as well as a selection of Where’s-Waldo-style Let’s Find POKÉMON books, POKÉMON Mazes and Puzzles books, and the two-volume Complete POKÉMON Pocket Guide.”
NARUTO MANGA BOX SET· Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $174.99 US / $192.99 CAN
This exciting collection bundles the first 27 volumes of the smash hit manga series by Masashi Kishimoto about a young boy training to become a ninja. A special 2-sided full-color poster and an exclusive 8-page Shinobi Mini-Guide are included as bonus features. The set comes with attractive custom illustrated packaging and is the ultimate collection for the serious NARUTO fan!
BLEACH MANGA BOX SET· Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $149.99 US / $164.99 CAN
This 21-volume box set showcases the complete first story arc of the hit supernatural action-packed series from Tite Kubo. BLEACH tells the story of Ichigo, a young man with the ability to see ghosts who dedicates his life to protecting the innocent from malevolent lost souls called Hollows. Bonuses include an exclusive double-sided full-color poster and collector’s booklet.
DEATH NOTE MANGA BOX SET· Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $99.99 US / $109.99 CAN
A very special collection featuring all 12 volumes of the hit supernatural crime thriller by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, as well as DEATH NOTE: HOW TO READ 13, the encyclopedic guide to the manga series that has swept North America by storm. The exclusive bonus for this box set is Death Note: How To Use It, a 64-page compilation of all the rules for using the mystical Death Note. This is the ultimate DEATH NOTE collection for the serious fan or a substantial and thoughtful gift idea for the reader that has yet to explore the series.
COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS · MSRP: $19.99 each / $23.50 CAN ·
VIZ Media SHONEN JUMP Collector’s Editions celebrate some of manga’s most notable series with premium versions of the first volumes featuring gorgeous hard covers, full-color dust jackets, heavier paper stock and larger-sized presentations (5.75 x 8.25 inches) that include several full-color pages not featured in the original volumes. SHONEN JUMP COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS include BLEACH, NARUTO, YU-GI-OH!, DEATH NOTE, DRAGON BALL and DRAGON BALL Z.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE OCARINA OF TIME Parts 1 and 2 ·
Rated “A” for All Ages · MSRP: $7.99 US / $10.50 CAN
Based on the best-selling adventure video games from Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda manga series is being made available for the first time in North America. The Legend of Zelda series details the adventures of Link as his destiny is revealed starting with the Ocarina of Time. Beloved by millions of fans around the world, the game’s storyline and characters will be expanded upon with the additional details that are available nowhere else but in the manga series.
NARUTO: THE BOY NINJA Vols. 1-4 · Recommended for Ages 7-10 ·
MSRP: $4.99 US/$5.99 CAN
The NARUTO Chapter Book series is the latest addition to the company’s VIZKIDS imprint designed for younger readers. It tells the action-packed saga of a boy named Naruto Uzumaki who dreams of becoming the world’s greatest ninja. Naruto’s younger fans will be captivated by these exciting stories that are divided into easy-to-read chapters and feature illustrations from the manga on which they are based. The stories are designed to reinforce positive messages about friendship, teamwork, resilience and overcoming adversity through a variety of adventures inspired by the original manga series.
Bleach SOULs. Official Character Book · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $14.99 US / $17.50 CAN
Get the inside scoop on BLEACH! This profile book is packed with extensive information on the characters and story arcs from the hit manga series vols. 1-22. It also includes exclusive stickers, a full-color poster, the original BLEACH one-shot story pilot, and a rare interview with creator/artist Tite Kubo! BLEACH is Kubo’s second title and has achieved phenomenal success internationally as a manga series and animated series. BLEACH remains a mainstay in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan and SHONEN JUMP magazine in North America. The series is also the winner of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the “shonen” (boys) category.
The Art of BLEACH: ALL COLOUR BUT THE BLACK · MSRP: $19.99 US / $23.50 CAN
See the world of BLEACH in a blast of color! This art book contains Tite Kubo’s vibrant illustrations, including art from Volumes 1-19 of the series, as well as an annotated art guide and extra character information.
The Arina Tanemura Collection: The Art of Full Moon · MSRP: $19.99 US / $23.99 CAN
A comprehensive collection of Arina Tanemura’s distinctive art from the hit shojo manga series FULL MOON, as well as art from Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, Short-Tempered Melancholic, and I•O•N. Fans of this popular shojo manga creator, whose works also include THE GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE = and TIME STRANGER KYOKO, will delight in the detail and beauty of her character illustrations.
SOLANIN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $17.99 US / $21.00 CAN
College graduates struggle to cope with the real world and music offers refuge in this modern manga with an American indie comic attitude. Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working in a job that she hates and having issues with her freeloading boyfriend. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest of her life, Meiko struggles with the feeling that she’s just not cut out to be a part of the real world. SOLANIN was written and illustrated by award-winning creator Inio Asano and was originally published as a two-volume series but will be released by VIZ Media as a single omnibus edition and includes six color pages.
Information on and other titles from VIZ Media (including POKÉMON) – perfect for this gift-giving Holiday season available upon request.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.