PR: Major New Anime Releases Announced by VIZ Media at 2007 New York Comic-Con
MAJOR NEW ANIME RELEASES ANNOUNCED BY VIZ MEDIA AT 2007 NEW YORK COMIC-CON
Highly Anticipated Debut of DEATH NOTE Via Download To Own And New DVD Releases For NARUTO and MÃ„R Drew Fan Accolades
San Francisco, CA March 2, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, announced a bevy of new anime offerings for hot properties at this year’s New York Comic-Con. These exciting titles include NARUTO, MÄR and the highly anticipated debut of DEATH NOTE.
Further expanding VIZ Media’s successful NARUTO franchise, the highly anticipated DVD release of the NARUTO – THE LOST STORY “Mission: Protect The Waterfall Village” – will debut May 22. As a special premium, VIZ Media will offer an exclusive Bandai CCG NARUTO trading card and a special, never-before-seen extended trailer for the upcoming NARUTO MOVIE, set to debut theatrically this summer.
VIZ Media also drew fans’ attention at New York Comic-Con with a special at-show-only preview of the long-awaited domestic debut of DEATH NOTE, which the company recently announced will be made available this spring in an innovative Download Own format. New York Comic-Con visitors to the VIZ Media booth were invited to download two exclusive previews to their cell phones. The DVD release of DEATH NOTE is also scheduled for fall 2007 release and will include an English dub as well as subtitles, special packaging and collectable premiums.
VIZ Media also announced the debut of MÄR on DVD due out on June 12. MÄR is based on a manga by Nobiyuki Anzai (FLAME OF RECCA), which is also published in North America by VIZ Media. The anime series focuses on Ginta Toramizu, a 14-year-old boy in junior high school who doesn’t have a lot going for him: he’s near-sighted, doesn’t do well in school, he’s not good at sports, and to top it off, he’s short! But Ginta is a dreamer and he’s had the same dream 102 times. It’s always in the same fantasy world where he is a hero blessed with all the special abilities he lacks in real life. Then one day a supernatural figure appears at his school and summons him to the world of his dreams! In this strange universe filled with magic and wonder, Ginta is strong, tough, agile, and he can finally see without his glasses. He begins a quest in search for magical items known as Arms, one of which may have the power to send him home. Joining him on this epic journey are his companion Jack and the valuable living, talking, mustachioed iron-ball weapon known as “Babbo,” which everybody wants but, it seems, only Ginta can possess!
“The expansion of our anime library will raise the anticipation by fans for these releases and we look forward to their success,” states Gonzalo Ferreyra, vice president, sales, VIZ Media. “Anime is becoming an ever larger segment of the entertainment market in North America and VIZ Media is pleased to continue to play a major role with proven titles like NARUTO and emerging ones like MÄR.”
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 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.