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Press Release: VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW ANIME FOR 2006 HOLIDAY SEASON

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW ANIME
FOR 2006 HOLIDAY SEASON

New DVDs Include Box Sets, Feature Films and Latest Episodic Installments Of Much-Loved Anime Series

San Francisco, CA, November 14, 2006 – 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 anime offerings that will make ideal gifts for the 2006 holiday season. These DVD volumes include new and recently released installments from much-loved series like SHONEN JUMP NARUTO, INUYASHA, FULL MOON, ZATCH BELL!, and FLAME OF RECCA.

VIZ Media releases the latest episodic uncut box set of the smash hit series SHONEN JUMP NARUTO.

SHONEN JUMP NARUTO UNCUT BOX SET Volume 2 – MSRP: $49.98 – Special Edition – MSRP: $69.98 – Available December 5, 2006 The second boxed installment of the hit anime series about young ninjas in training now available on DVD just in time for the holidays! A special collection, containing 3 DVDs and 13 episodes, features both the original broadcast as well as uncut episodes. SHONEN JUMP NARUTO is one of the hottest anime series in North America and this definitive set is a must-have for any fan. Also available is the Special Edition Box Set, which includes a Sand Village headband and necklace in a collectible drawstring bag.

For fans of INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers a variety of DVDs.

INUYASHA SEASON 3 BOX SET – MSRP: $99.98 – Available Now!
Deluxe Edition – MSRP: $119.98 – Available Now!
The complete third season of the hit anime series presented on five DVDs. Follow the adventures of Kagome, a young girl who lives a double life as a present day schoolgirl and a feudal-era demon slayer. Together with half-demon Inuyasha and her loyal friends, she continues the quest to collect the shards of the Sacred Jewel in the exciting third season. Also available is the Deluxe set that includes: Exclusive necklace with shards of the Sacred Jewel, additional footage and more.

INUYASHA THE MOVIE 4: FIRE ON THE MYSTIC ISLAND -
MSRP: $24.98 – Available Now!
The fourth and latest full-length INUYASHA feature film is set on mysterious island of Houraijima which has reappeared after 50 years, and with its reappearance has brought the attack of Four War Gods, the Shitoushin, who have their eyes set on the powers that protect and sustain the island. Now it’s up to Inuyasha and his friends to find a way to defeat the powerful Shitoushin.

INUYASHA Vol. 49: The Tragic Love Song of Destiny – MSRP: $24.98 -
Available December 5, 2006
Four full episodes of the long-running series seen in North America on Cartoon Network. Long ago a beautiful priestess came into possession if the Shikon Jewel, the sacred gem said to bestow any demon that possess it with great power. This volume depicts the story of Inuyasha and Kikyo, from their first meeting to their tragic parting. This volume depicts their tale — a tragic love story of destiny.

VIZ Media has been pivotal in bringing shojo manga and anime titles geared for young girls to North American shores and the genre has been wholeheartedly embraced.

FULL MOON Vol. 3 – MSRP: $24.98 – Available December 5, 2006
Based on a 7-volume hot manga series (also published by VIZ Media), FULL MOON depicts the story of 12-year old Mitsuki who loves to sing and dreams of becoming a pop singer. However, she has a tumor in her throat, which might only be cured at the cost of her voice. One day, she meets two Shinigamis (gods of death from Japanese mythology) who appear before her with news that she has only one year to live. In order to realize her dream she prevails upon the spirits to transform her into a 16-year old girl to take part in a singing audition. Of course, she passes the audition and starts her singing career, but can she realize all her goals in the time she has left? This latest DVD volume presents four episodes in the continuing drama.

VIZ Media rounds out anime offerings for the holidays with these latest episodic installments of these much-loved series.

ZATCH BELL! Vol. 7 – MSRP: $19.98 – Available December 5, 2006
The latest DVD edition of the hit anime series, also currently airing on Cartoon Network in the US and YTV in Canada features four episodes. Follow the adventures of 14-year old Kiyo and his supernatural sidekick Zatch as they battle evil Mamodo demons to decide who will be the new supernatural King of the Mamodos.

FLAME OF RECCA Vol. 9: The Stolen Technique – MSRP: $24.98 -
Available Now!
Recca is just another ordinary high school student, until a powerful woman unlocks the secret of his past and his power to control fire. Join Recca and the rest of his friends as they learn to unlock their powers and master their elemental weapons to defeat Kurei and stop his evil plans. This newest DVD volume contains four full episodes.

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 Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.

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