VIZ Media, vampires, soul reapers and ninja heat up the summer

by Jeff

may101862 VIZ Media, vampires, soul reapers and ninja heat up the summerMedia Release — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will delight anime fans with several exciting new DVD releases scheduled for the summer. These are scheduled to include the North American debut of VAMPIRE KNIGHT, as well as the latest episodic releases of the popular BLEACH and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series and a new POKÉMON collection.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Volume 1 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $19.97 US / $28.99 CAN • Available Now

At the prestigious Cross Academy, there are two sessions of classes, the Day Class and the Night Class. As the school’s Disciplinary Committee, Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu keep watch over the Day Class students, who are all infatuated with the beautiful and elite Night Class students. As Guardians, Yuki and Zero must also protect the secret of the Night Class – they are all vampires!

For more information on the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga and to read free previews online please visit www.shojobeat.com.

POKÉMON ELEMENTS: COLLECTION, Part 1 • Rated ‘A’ for All Ages • MSRP: $29.92 U.S. / $42.99 CAN • Available August 31st

Following the POKÉMON All Star series, the POKÉMON ELEMENTS: COLLECTION bundles Volumes 1-5 of the most important episodes commemorating the different types of Pokémon. Included are: Volume 1: Grass, Volume 2: Fire, Volume 3: Water, Volume 4: Electric and Volume 5: Ice.

New NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Releases Include:

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 3 Standard Edition • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN • Available August 3rd

After fierce battles with the Akatsuki, Sakura, Granny Chiyo, Kakashi and Naruto have finally retrieved Gaara from Deidara’s clutches. But is it too late? Back in the Leaf Village, Kakashi’s on bed rest for overusing his Mangekyo Sharingan, and Naruto prepares to recruit some of his friends for Team Kakashi. But the village elders have beat him to it, and their choice of the unfeeling Sai has Naruto spitting mad!

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 3 Special Edition • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $69.97 U.S. / $99.99 CAN • Available August 3rd

Features same DVDs as the Standard Edition but includes a special limited edition Sasori figurine.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Volume 11 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available Now

Naruto is horrified to learn that he’s responsible for the destruction caused by his rampage under the influence of the Nine-Tailed Fox, which includes Sakura’s injuries. Though the battle takes a severe toll on his body, the team continues on to Orochimaru’s lair to find Sasuke. But the mysterious Sai has disappeared along with Orochimaru, and the implications could spell disaster for the Leaf Village.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Volume 12 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available August 10th

The search for Sasuke is nearing its end as Team Kakashi infiltrates Orochimaru’s hideout. When Sai witnesses Naruto’s strong sense of loyalty for Sasuke, he’s reminded of the feelings he once had for his own brother. The moment finally comes when Naruto and Sakura face Sasuke once more, but everything may be spoiled when Sai’s true mission is revealed! Features episodes 49-53.

NARUTO UNCUT BOX SET SEASON 3, Volume 2 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN • Available August 31st

Naruto has an irrepressible spirit, and even though his friend and teammate Sasuke has gone over to the evil Orochimaru, he’s determined to carry out his shinobi duties. His missions include searching for Orochimaru’s hideout, tracking an escaped prisoner, and saving a gold-mining town from a group of thugs. Then his leadership skills are put to the test when he takes Konohamaru and his pals on a training exercise to Mt. Takurami, where he gets them lost! Does Naruto have the chops to find his way out of a raging storm with a pack of eager young ninja in tow? Features episodes 136-163

For more information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, please visit www.NARUTO.com

New BLEACH Releases Include:

BLEACH Volume 30 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens • MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available Now

Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is determined to learn how to control his inner Hollow and visits Shinji Hirako at the Visoreds’ hideout to find a way. But as much as Ichigo wishes to suppress his inner Hollow, Shinji wants to force him to release it. Ichigo must enter his inner world, where he’s greeted by a more powerful version of himself wielding a white Zangetsu, which may be his most formidable opponent yet!

BLEACH Volume 31 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens • MSRP: $24.92 U.S. / $35.99 CAN • Available August 24th

Ichigo and his friends undergo exhaustive training, and Captain Hitsugaya’s advance troops prepare for the showdown with Sosuke Aizen. But Lieutenant Rangiku Matsumoto is more interested in exploring life in the World of the Living, embarking on the shopping spree of a lifetime. Her fun is interrupted by the appearance of a formidable new enemy, Mock Arrancars that are wreaking havoc in Karakura Town. Features episodes 127-131

For more information on BLEACH, please visit BLEACH.viz.com

For more information on other animated titles from VIZ Media please visit www.VIZAnime.com.

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.

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