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    Celebrated Science Fiction Author Project Itoh Takes Readers on a Dystopian Journey to Find the Heart of Darkness Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint has announced the forthcoming release of celebrated Japanese author Project Itoh’s geopolitical action thriller, Genocidal Organ, on August 21st. The new novel will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. An eBook edition will also be available for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader Store. Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation. Who can win in a war of all against all? The war on

    North America’s Premiere Digital Manga Platform Expands Range Of Enabled Devices Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com, VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Leading North American manga publisher VIZ Media has notably expanded the range of digital devices that feature the VIZ Manga App to the recently released Google Nexus 7. The VIZ Manga App, which is available for free from the Google Play store, is now available for 7-inch Android tablets and smaller in addition to smart phones running Android 2.2 or higher. With the VIZ Manga App, VIZ Media’s innovative digital manga application allows fans complete interoperability to read manga from supported Android-enabled devices as well as for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and with VIZManga.com for desktop/laptop computers. With one account, registered users are able to view their purchases across more devices than ever. Content

    All Digital Manga Releases to Debut on Tuesdays Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com, VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Leading North American publisher VIZ Media continues to refine its VIZ Manga digital platform with a newly announced general release schedule that will synchronize future manga titles to coincide with the domestic debut of their print counterparts, closing the gap between print and digital manga formats. Beginning today, all VIZ Manga releases will debut on Tuesdays. In addition, digital volumes of current releases will debut on the same day as its print debut. This will also include future VIZ Media titles available from the NOOK Store for the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet. The VIZ Manga App is available for free through the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store, and all manga volumes are generally available

    Up to 20% Off All Volumes on VIZ Manga App and VIZManga.com Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com, VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media gives readers a fun and affordable way to wrap up the summer reading season with a just-announced “End of Summer” sale on ALL digital manga titles currently featured on VIZManga.com and available for digital download through the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and now also for Android-powered smart phones! For a limited time, fans can catch up on favorite series and dive into new ones with this special promotion, running now through the 20th, offering up to 20% off on over 700 digital manga volumes and 80 different series (Reg. MSRP: $4.99). Included in the “End of Summer Sale” and not to be missed is the debut of

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media invites manga fans across North America to join True Cross Academy’s crack team of demon hunters for a brand new adventure in Volume 8 of the smash hit series -- Blue Exorcist -- on the VIZ Manga digital platform. The latest volume launches digitally than 3 months ahead of the print counterpart’s debut on November 6th! Blue Exorcist Volume 8 is available now for immediate digital download for only $4.99 through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga app for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and for all Android-enabled smart phones. The new volume is also available from the NOOK Store for the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet. Blue Exorcist (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) is a paranormal action/adventure series created by Kazue Kato

    How do we leverage "soft" subcultural icons, obsessions, and desires into products with irresistible consumer appeal? Source: Stone Bridge Press press release Stone Bridge Press is pleased to announce Geeky-Girly Innovation: A Japanese Subculturalist`s Guide to Technology and Design by Morinosuke Kawaguchi. This visionary book by a leading Japanese strategy expert supplies a road map for the future of international technology, design, and popular culture. Analyzing everything from super-toilets to cute character stationery goods, Kawaguchi argues here that the Japanese have leveraged the childlike, feminine, cute aspects of their otaku ("geek") culture into top-tier products for world markets. What does this mean for the human/object interface? How can we personalize and pleasurize design? The answers may lie in our entertainments, innocence, and obsessions. Morinosuke Kawaguchi is principal associate director for Arthur D. Little Japan and a lecturer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is considered

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, announced plans to expand its VIZ Manga digital platform to include Android Smart Phones. Manga fans running Android 2.2 or higher on their phones will be able to download the free VIZ Manga app from the Google Play Store and read the world’s best manga anywhere they go. VIZ Manga for Android phones debuts today with 80 series, including blockbusters Naruto, Bleach, Black Bird, and Blue Exorcist, with additional series added every week. The digital anthology Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha will also be available. Content purchased on Android will be synchronized across the entire VIZ Manga digital network, including VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga apps for iOS devices. “Finally, the world’s most

    Personal Appearances, Booth Activities and Show Exclusives for 2012 Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, returns to Comic-Con International, the nation’s biggest comic book, science fiction and pop culture event, with an exciting and expansive roster of special personal appearances, exciting panels, anime feature film premieres, and fun giveaways and convention exclusives. The show takes place July 11-15 at the San Diego Convention Center, CA, and VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2813. Fans won’t want to miss a special opportunity on Friday July 13th to catch a rare personal appearance by Eiko Tanaka, Founder and CEO of Studio 4ºC, which produced the new dark fantasy epic BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC film trilogy. VIZ Media will release the first movie

    A Group of Fairy Friends Practice Their Powers at a Magical School While Fighting Evil Witches! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, presents Winx Club, a brand new graphic novel series inspired by the hit international animated TV series currently airing on Nickelodeon. Winx Club Volumes 1 and 2 will be published under the VIZ Kids imprint, and are available now in stores; Volume 3 will be available on September 4th. Each volume is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $6.99 U.S. / $7.99 CAN. The Winx Club graphic novels follow the magical adventures of five best friends -- Bloom, Stella, Musa, Tecna and Flora -- at Alfea, a school for fairies in the amazing dimension of Magix.

    The Newest Fiction and Fiction-in-Translation Delivered Automatically to Your Device Every Week Source: Stone Bridge Press press release Stone Bridge Press is pleased to announce that Two Men and the Autumn Wind, a short story from Japanese author Junzo Shono`s award-winning translated collection, Still Life and Other Stories, will be available for free download on BookMobile`s Bookslinger app. The story will be available for a week beginning at noon, Eastern time, on Friday June 29th. Every Friday, Bookslinger delivers a new story to your device for you to enjoy -- for free! Discover a curated collection of top-notch literature from emerging and underappreciated literary voices. The app also comes preloaded with short stories from our fellow independent publishers around the world. And all of the stories in Bookslinger are part of larger collections, so if you like what you read, the app can link you to

    High School Gets Complicated For a Girl From a Family of Demon Hunters Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, unleashes the demon-hunting romantic fantasy of Touya Tobina’s shojo manga series, Jiu Jiu, on July 3rd. The new series will be published under the company’s Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Born into a family of “Hunters,” Takamichi`s destiny is to pursue and slay demons. When her twin brother is killed, she is saved from despair by a pair of Jiu Jiu -- shape-shifting familiars -- in the form of two wolf pups named Snow and Night. Now Takamichi is in high school and an active Hunter. Snow and

    2 New Volumes Debut Each Month Thru the End of 2012 to Synchronize Series With Japanese Counterpart Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: j-bleach.com (Japan), Bleach.viz.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media kicks the Soul Reaping drama of Bleach into high gear as it announces a special speed up of the print editions of Tite Kubo’s hit supernatural action manga series. Beginning this month and continuing through December 2012, two new Bleach manga editions will debut every month. Bleach is published by VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The accelerated schedule is designed to synchronize the series with its digital counterpart on VIZManga.com by the end of the year. Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts -- he was born with the gift.

    Top Mobile App Developer Offers FREE Pop Culture-Inspired Game Titles to iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Users Source: MediaLab press releases Official Site: kayac.com/en Special Thanks to Erik Jansen KAYAC, Inc., a prominent Japanese IT creative company and web/mobile app developer, continues to expand its roster of games available to U.S. iPhone® users with the launch of TAP NINJA, the company’s latest addictive action title which allows players to run, jump and slash like a ninja! Easily played with just one hand, simply tap the screen to jump between both sides of the road and slice through any foe that dares cross your path. Clear missions and raise your score, but be careful because if you run into a foe or an obstacle, it`s game over! How far will YOU be able to run?” TAP NINJA is currently available for FREE download from the iPhone/iTunes AppStore at itunes.apple.com/us/app/tap-ninja. TAP

    Action-Packed New Novel By Famed Japanese Author Explores Key Characters Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint brings the high octane futuristic military action of Metal Gear Solid to North American readers with the release of Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, a brand new fiction title by the late Japanese science fiction author, Keikaku (Project) Itoh. The forthcoming novel, which is inspired by the massively successful videogame franchise, hits retailers on June 19th with an MSRP of $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN. An eBook edition will also be available for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader Store. Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint

    Volume 13 of Celebrated Sci-Fi Manga Series Debuts as Worldwide Simultaneous Release on November 2nd Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: viz.com/neon-genesis-evangelion Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, will participate in the upcoming same-day worldwide release of Volume 13 of Neon Genesis Evangelion on November 2nd. The newest volume of the acclaimed sci-fi action manga series (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) will hit retailers across North America and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The volume will also be available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and will be available for $4.99 U.S. / CAN. Neon Genesis Evangelion (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) is series co-creator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto`s personal interpretation of the Evangelion characters and

    New Series Kicks Off In North America Just Two Weeks After Japanese Debut Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Leading manga publisher VIZ Media thrilled fans last weekend during its panel discussion at the FanimeCon 2012 anime convention with the announcement of the launch of the new manga series -- Barrage -- in the company’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha magazine beginning Monday, June 4th. New chapters of Barrage will debut every week. Barrage (Sensei no Barrage) is an exciting space battle fantasy series by creator Kouhei Horikoshi that just debuted in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump on May 21st. The series is set on a planet called Industria, which is in a state of chaos, and its fate lays in the hands of Astro, a kid from the slums! Each new digital edition of

    Publisher Invites Fans To Northern California’s Largest Annual Anime Convention To Be Held This Weekend Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: fanime.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has detailed its participation at FanimeCon 2012, which is scheduled to take place May 25-28 at the San Jose Convention Center, located in San Jose, CA. FanimeCon is Northern California’s largest annual anime convention. VIZ Media, the nation’s biggest publisher and distributor of manga and anime content, plans to hold an informative panel discussion as well as a fan meet-up for its popular WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA digital manga magazine. Details on FanimeCon 2012 are available at fanime.com. In addition, convention attendees will be able to enjoy a variety of video programming featuring episodes from some of VIZ Media most popular anime series such as BLEACH, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, LAGRANGE – THE FLOWER

    Digital Manga Updates for 2nd Half of May Includes Continuation of Monday 40% Promo on Select Volume 1 Titles Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media rounds out the month of May with big news for Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha members as it debuts the new Rurouni Kenshin manga reboot -- Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration. The new issue also features an interview with Bakuman? and Death Note artist Tsugumi Ohba. Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration will be serialized once a month in Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha. To celebrate the upcoming live action movie, Nobuhiro Watsuki, the original creator of Rurouni Kenshin (published by VIZ Media in North America, rated ‘T’ for Older Teens) reinvented his classic manga with all-new twists and turns. Action, romance, and historical intrigue abound in Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration the tale of a wandering

    Vol. 1 First Editions Include Limited Edition Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: viz.com/yu-gi-oh Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, notably expands its bestselling Yu-Gi-Oh! manga brand with the forthcoming release of the newest series in the popular franchise. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal launches on June 5th under the company’s SHONEN JUMP imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Volume 1 First Editions will also contain a limited edition collectable Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is based on an original concept by Kazuki Takahashi with story by Shin Yoshida and artwork created by Naohito Miyoshi. The new series takes place in a futuristic city where augmented reality Duels are all the rage. Duelists, using devices called

    13 Innovative Japanese Stories by an International Collection of Acclaimed Sci-Fiction Authors Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint announces the release of The Future is Japanese, a new fiction anthology featuring science fiction and fantasy stories from some of today’s greatest writers from both Japan and the English-speaking world. The book is now available from the company’s Haikasoru imprint and has a MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. An eBook edition will also be available for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader Store. Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation. The

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