Media Release — San Francisco, CA, JULY 16, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced their list of DVD titles scheduled for release in September 2009. These include the first Box Set volumes for HONEY AND CLOVER and NANA as well as the first episodic volume of NARUTO Shippuden September DVD releases also include the latest episodic releases of the popular BLEACH and POKÉMON series, BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: THE DIAMONDDUST REBELLION and the latest NARUTO Uncut Box Set edition. VIZ Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro.
New Shojo anime releases include:
HONEY AND CLOVER Box Set Volume 1 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $59.90 US / $85.99 CAN • Available September 22
What do you get when you cross creativity with self-discovery and unrequited love? Art school!
Yuta Takemoto has no idea what’s in store for his life when he enrolls at a Tokyo art college, but he finds out right away it’ll never be dull! Love triangles form as fast as friendships when both Takemoto and senior classmate Shinobu Morita fall hard for shy artistic prodigy Hagumi Hanamoto. And while architecture student Takumi Mayama has his heart set on an older woman, dazzling ceramicist Ayu Yamada pines for him! Confused yet? Welcome to the bittersweet world of HONEY AND CLOVER…
(Episodes 1 – 13)
NANA Box Set Volume 1 • Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences•
MSRP: $59.90 US / $85.99 CAN • Available September 8
Two girls with the same name leave their old lives behind and come to Tokyo to start fresh–what adventures await these two hopeful young women under the bright lights of the big city? Nana Osaki wants nothing more than to make it big as the singer of a rock ‘n’ roll band, while Nana Komatsu wants to put her life in motion and get her new relationship off to a good start. When the two Nanas fall in love with the same apartment, they become roommates and then best friends, and the party has just begun!
(Episodes 1 – 11.5)
Includes a guitar pick (limited supply).
New NARUTO releases include:
NARUTO Shippuden Volume 1• Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available September 29
Naruto Uzumaki is back! After a long training journey with the legendary ninja Jiraiya, Naruto has returned older, a little bit wiser, and a lot stronger! Sakura’s been studying under another of the Three Great Shinobi, Tsunade, and is now an accomplished medic ninja with a few new battle skills of her own. To show off their new skills, Naruto and Sakura team up to take on their old master, Kakashi. While the three battle it out, the Sand Village is infiltrated by the Akatsuki, who are after Naruto’s old rival and the newest Kazekage of the Sand–Gaara!
NARUTO UNCUT DVD Box Set Volume 16 Special Edition • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $69.97 US / $99.99 CAN • Available September 22
Naruto and his teammates return to the Leaf Village with the injured Kurenai and Yakumo, only to find the village in ruins! Has the Village Hidden in the Leaves really been destroyed? Then the Leaf ninja must face a band of rogue shinobi known as the Ninja Dropouts, and later, Naruto once again joins with the Sand ninja to protect Gaara from capture by a mysterious group known as the Four Celestials. But when Gaara’s sand is sealed, does he have any defenses left at all? Naruto’s life may be full of danger and excitement, but when the legendary Jiraiya returns to the village, he finds that his adventures have only just begun!
Includes playing cards 46-54 and the 4th Hokage collectible Mininja figurine (6 of 6).
NARUTO UNCUT DVD Box Set Volume 16 Standard Edition • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $49.95 US / $71.99 CAN • Available September 22
Standard Edition set features the same episodes as Special Edition but no collectible Mininja is included.
New BLEACH releases include:
BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: THE DIAMONDDUST REBELLION • Rated ‘T’ for Teens • MSRP: $29.92 US / $42.99 CAN • Available September 8
After the treasured Ouin is stolen, Toshiro Hitsugaya disappears and becomes suspected of treason. When the Soul Society calls for his capture and execution, Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki vows to prove Hitsugaya’s innocence. Will the secret of the Ouin and Captain Hitsugaya’s motives be revealed before his honor, his life, and the Soul Society are destroyed?
BLEACH Volume 20 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens • MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available September 15
After their huge but unfinished battle with the Bounts, Uryû and the group rest and prepare their strategy for the next round. At Ichigo’s house, the mod souls try to be useful by setting traps for the Bounts. But their good intentions backfire with unexpected and hilarious results. With allies like these, who needs enemies?!
New POKÉMON Releases Include:
POKÉMON: ELEMENTS Volume 3: Water • Rated ‘A’ for All Ages • MSRP: $9.98 each US / $14.99 each CAN • Available September 29
POKÉMON: ELEMENTS Volume 4: Electric . Rated ‘A’ for All Ages • MSRP: $9.98 each US / $14.99 each CAN • Available September 29
Following the POKÉMON All Star series set, the POKÉMON: ELEMENTS collection consists of the most important episodes commemorating the different types of Pokémon characters. Each disc showcases a Pokémon type with three all-time favorite episodes. Collect them all!
Volume 3 Includes 3 Water-type episodes:
1. The Misty Mermaid
2. For Crying Out Loud
3. Go Go Ludicolo
Volume 4 Includes 3 Electric-type episodes:
1. As Clear As Crystal
2. The Apple Corp!
3. A Different Kind of Misty!
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.