Media Release — 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 November 2009. This includes the first NARUTO Shippuden Movie as well as the latest episodic releases of the popular BLEACH, NARUTO Shippuden and POKÉMON series. November DVD releases also include the newest NANA, BLEACH and NARUTO Box Sets. VIZ Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro.
New NARUTO Releases Include:
NARUTO Shippuden The Movie · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available November 10
A powerful spirit that once threatened to destroy the world is back! Naruto’s mission is to protect a priestess named Shion, who is the only one with the power to seal away the monster. She also has the uncanny ability to predict someone’s fate. her latest prediction: Naruto will soon die. Naruto’s only hope is to abandon Shion, but that’s not Naruto’s style. He decides to face her fatal prediction head-on–and die!
NARUTO Shippuden, Volume 3 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available November 24
Gaara of the Sand has been kidnapped, and Team Kakashi are on their way! Sakura uses her skills as a medic ninja to treat the wounded Kankuro, impressing everyone with her sure and steady hands. Granny Chiyo of the Sand decides to accompany Team Kakashi, but before they can get to Gaara and the Akatsuki lair, the team is confronted by a familiar enemy–Itachi Uchiha.
Episodes: 9 – 13
NARUTO UNCUT Season 1, Volume 2 DVD Box Set · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $39.97 US / $57.99 CAN · Available November 24
Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura face deadly enemies and dark powers as the Chunin Exam continues in the Forest of Death. While they search for the Heaven and Earth scrolls, something evil is afoot, and it’s after Sasuke! Then the genin must take on each other in one-on-one battles. Does Naruto have what it takes to stand up to his peers–and win?
Episodes: 26 – 52
New BLEACH Releases Include:
BLEACH UNCUT Box Set 4, Part 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $49.95 US / $71.99 CAN · Available November 3
Ichigo and his friends return from the Soul Society to the World of the Living and try to resume their normal lives. But when strange abductions start happening, it’s up to them to solve the riddle. More Soul Reapers arrive to help uncover the truth behind a mysterious clan known as Bounts. Will these allies be strong enough to stop the Bount leader from stealing human souls and feeding his dangerous ambition?
Episodes: 64 – 79 (Original and Uncut)
BLEACH Volume 22 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available November 17
Rangiku Matsumoto and several other Soul Reapers arrive to help in the battle against the evil Bounts. Entering the cave hideout, they soon discover they’ve stumbled into a trap! Just in time to back up their comrades, Ichigo faces the Bount leader Kariya and must summon his bankai if he is to survive, while Uryû must rediscover his lost powers as well.
Episodes: 88 – 91
New POKÉMON Releases Include:
POKÉMON: ELEMENTS, Volume 5: Ice · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · MSRP: $9.98 US / $14.99 CAN · Available November 24
POKÉMON: ELEMENTS, Volume 6: Dark · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · MSRP: $9.98 US / $14.99 CAN · Available November 24
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 5 Includes 3 Ice–type episodes:
1. Freeze Frame
2. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snorunt!
3. Spring Fever
Volume 6 Includes 3 Dark–type episodes:
1. Absol-ute Disaster
2. Pop Goes The Sneasel
3. A Bite to Remember
New Shojo Releases Include:
NANA BOX SET, Volume 2 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature · MSRP: $59.90 US / $85.99 CAN · Available November 24
Careers, friendship, love–can two bright young women named Nana manage to have it all?
Nana K.’s Tokyo experiment is in jeopardy when she finds herself strapped for cash and her relationship with Shoji on uncertain ground. Nana O.’s love life takes an unexpected turn when she’s reunited with her old flame, Ren from Trapnest. With such a close connection to her favorite band, will Nana K. get to meet the man of her dreams–Takumi? Sometimes dreams do come true… Episodes: 12 – 22
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 the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, 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.