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    This Week’s Issue Features Series Conclusion of Bakuman? and Interview with Creator Takeshi Obata Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Leading manga publisher VIZ Media continues to offer a plethora of fan-favorite, must-read manga content along with exclusive creator interviews and a special collectable trading card premium for Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha members throughout the month of May. Current Weekly SJ Alpha members, as well new subscribers that secure an annual membership to North America’s premier digital manga magazine, are encouraged sign up at sjalpha.com/sign-up before June 22nd, 2012 to receive a special limited edition collectable -- a Slifter the Sky Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! promo card! Fans of the print Shonen Jump magazine have already been treated to two previous God Cards (Obelisk and Ra), and the trilogy is now complete with this release. Just like

    First-Half of May Features Launch of High School Debut, Mistress Fortune, Seiho Boys High School and Excel Saga Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Manga publisher VIZ Media encourages fans across North America to visit VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch every Monday throughout the first-half of May to take advantage of a special 40% off discount on select Volume 1 digital titles (Reg. MSRP: $4.99, Sale Price: $2.99). Five different opening volumes from various manga series will be offered each week, from the hit debuts of Bleach and Bakuman?, to the non-stop action of Dragon Ball Z and psychological tension of Death Note, to the romance of Black Bird and Dengeki Daisy. Discount Manga Titles for May 7th Include: Bakuman? Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for

    Everyone Is Invited To Enter Contest For A Chance To Win A Pair Of 4-Day Passes To 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media invites manga fans to test their knowledge of the nation’s leading digital manga magazine with a just-announced new online Shonen Jump Alpha Trivia Sweepstakes Contest, running exclusively at sja-trivia-contest through May 23rd, 2012. No Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha membership is required to enter the contest. Contestants simply have to correctly answer 3 trivia questions on Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha to be entered into the sweepstakes drawing. The Grand Prize winner will receive two (2) 4-day show passes to the 2012 Comic-Con International, the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction and pop culture event. Comic-Con takes place July 12th-15th at the San Diego Convention Center, CA. (**Note:

    Strobe Edge and Demon Love Spell Coming Later in 2012 Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media announces its latest manga licenses with the acquisition of the domestic publishing rights to two new shojo series -- Strobe Edge, by Io Sakisaka, and Demon Love Spell, by Mayu Shinjo. Both titles are scheduled to begin publication later this year under the company’s Shojo Beat imprint. Creator Io Sakisaka’s Strobe Edge (rated ‘T’ for Teens) asks the timeless question, “What is love?” Ninako Kinoshita’s friends tell her it’s one thing, but Ninako wants to discover this mysterious emotion herself. When she meets Ren Ichinose, a handsome, enigmatic guy worshipped by all the girls at her school, she finds her heartbeat quickening with excitement! Is Ninako about to experience the many facets of love? Celebrated manga creator Mayu Shinjo (AI

    Festival Showcases the Best in Modern Japanese Film, Anime, Fashion, Music, Art, Retail Design And Popular Culture Source: MediaLab press release, NEWPEOPLEWORLD.com Official Site: j-pop.com Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, has announced the dates for its 2012 J-Pop Summit Festival. The Festival, now in its fourth year, will be held across San Francisco’s Japantown in association with the Japantown Merchant Association on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. The theme for 2012 will be “Cyberpop Overload!,” and the all-day, weekend-long event will offer many popular attractions that have made the J-Pop Summit Festival a fun annual gathering for fashion, film, anime, video game, technology and music fans as well as pop culture enthusiasts, Bay Area residents, and tourists visiting the city. More than 55,000 people attended last

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: funimation.com/mobile Special Thanks to Scott Lonski At Sakuracon on Friday, April 6th, FUNimation Entertainment announced its first-ever mobile application created with Phunware, the leader in enterprise branded mobile application infrastructure and experiences. The app, which is available exclusively on the iTunes App Store and Google Play, will allow users to watch over 250 of their favorite anime series and movies right in the palm of their hand! Users can take the vast FUNimation catalog everywhere on iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices. There are two versions of the mobile app available. The free app will allow users to view intro episodes, clips, and trailers. It will also contain commercials and banner ads. The FUNimation paid app will have a one-time fee of $9.99 for access to thousands of hours of anime, including complete series. The paid app will contain

    Updates the Classic ‘80s Sci-fi Epic For A Whole New Generation of Fans Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: vizkids.com/voltronforce Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, debuts today the riveting outer space action of Voltron Force, in a new graphic novel series that complements the animated series currently airing on Nicktoons. Voltron Force Volume 1: Shelter from the Storm, under the VIZ Kids imprint, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. VOLTRON is a hugely successful brand that is recognized globally ever since it was introduced in the early 1980’s. Season one of VOLTRON FORCE debuted on Nicktoons in 2011 and was the highest rated premiere ever for the network. The new series is a continuation of

    Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Official Site: sugoisugoi.com Special Thanks to Chase Wang On April 2nd, NEC BIGLOBE, Ltd. (BIGLOBE), one of Japan’s leading internet service providers, announced that its digital bookstore Android app SUGOI BOOKS now carries Peace Maker, Elemental Gelade, and Ilegenes. Since it was launched in April 2011, SUGOI BOOKS has stocked over a thousand titles, including English translated manga, Western comic books, Japanese magazines, and graphic novels. SUGOI BOOKS now delivers more excitement to worldwide manga fans via its Android-based storefront application. The newly added series are: Peace Maker: Created by Nanae Chrono (creator of Senki Senki Momotama and Vassalord), Peace Maker as well as its sequential series Peace Maker Kurogane has been hailed for its tension, drama, and exceptional artwork by numerous critics. Elemental Gelade: Created by Mayumi Azuma, Elemental Gelade has been adapted into an anime, four audio

    Source: Famous Monsters of Filmland Special Thanks to Ed Blair Japanese giant monsters and science fiction once again take center stage in Famous Monsters of Filmland Issue 262, the July/August 2012 edition of the legendary monster movie magazine launched by the late, great Forrest J. Ackerman. FM Executive Editor Ed Blair has provided the cover art and details on the issue... Back to the Land of the Rising Sun as we dig deeper into the history of Japan`s greatest monster and Sci-Fi films. From GODZILLA and GAMERA to VARAN and latest installments of SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, 262 is going to be huge! With cover by Bob Eggleton. This is the one and ONLY cover for issue 262. Ships in June. Famous Monsters of Filmland Issue 262 is now available for pre-order from captainco.com. The retail price is $9.99.

    Genkaku Picasso, The Prince of Tennis and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Join the Extensive VIZ Manga Digital Library Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media continues to stir the imaginations of fans across North America with the latest announcement of a second update for the month of March featuring four new manga series set to debut on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The newest update commences on Monday, March 26th and features the digital launch of the surreal art-adventure of Genkaku Picasso, the on- and off-court sports action of The Prince of Tennis, and the tense high-speed drama of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. The new properties join six other VIZ Media manga titles that also launched earlier this month on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA

    VIZ Media Acquires Publishing License from Cartoon Network Enterprises and Spin Master Ltd. Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: redakai.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, has announced a deal with Cartoon Network Enterprises, the exclusive licensing agent for Spin Master’s full portfolio of brands, to create original graphic novels for Spin Master Ltd. and Marathon Media’s REDAKAI, the popular animated series and innovative trading card game. REDAKAI follows the adventures of Team Stax as they race against competitors searching the world for mystical Kairu energy, the primal power of the universe. In the hands of good, Kairu is a living force that guides the universe. But in the hands of evil, Kairu is the most destructive power in the world. Those who can harness it can

    A Modern Classic Of Magical Realism And Political Satire That Reinvents Myths Of 20th Century Japan Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen San Francisco, CA, March 20, 2012 – VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint has announced the release today of author Natsuki Ikezawa’s surrealistic novel, The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matias Guili. The book is published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and carries an MSRP of $24.99 U.S. / $28.99 CAN / £16.99 UK. An eBook edition is also available on 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. In

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media delivers more digital manga excitement to fans this month with the announcement of the launch of 7 new series are now available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone® and iPod touch. The new series include Buso Renkin, The Earl and the Fairy, Hikaru no Go, Psyren, Tegami Bachi, and Yu Gi Oh! GX. The VIZ MANGA APP is available for free through the iTunes Store and all manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application for $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) per volume. More than 45 series and 500+ volumes are currently available for download. Buso Renkin Vol. 1 · by Nobuhiro Watsuki · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

    Contest Encourages Fans to Show Their Passion for Shonen Jump; Prizes Include iPad 2 with Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha Membership Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, invites fans to show their love for Shonen Jump with a brand new contest that will award a variety of valuable prizes to several lucky winners. Contestants are encouraged to upload a photo showing their love for Shonen Jump to the contest page at sjalpha.com/ipad2. Encourage friends, family and other fans to vote for your entry during the two, week-long voting periods! Prizes will be given to the fan with the most votes for that given week. A Grand Prize will also be awarded to fan with the most overall votes. The first contest

    One Day Sale Offers 50% Off Three Manga Titles Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: BN.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Barnes & Noble debuts their Manga Mondays promotion on BN.com this Monday March 19th at midnight EST, and will feature three titles from VIZ Media at 50% off cover price! This is a great way for fans to check out series they may have missed when they first debuted, and is a wonderful opportunity for readers to sample a diverse range of manga at a discount! The sale is for one day only, ending Tuesday March 20th at 2:59AM EST, and the titles include: • Gin Tama Vol. 1 - a slapstick comedy imagining a version of Japan... if aliens had invaded and taken over during samurai times! • Honey and Clover Vol. 1 - the manga that inspired the anime

    Novels Present GUNDAM Creator`s Own Vision of His Spectacularly Successful Cult Franchise Source: Stone Bridge Press On April 3rd, Stone Bridge Press will publish the second edition of Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation by Yoshiyuki Tomino, translated by Frederik L. Schodt and with an introduction by Mark Simmons. A cornerstone of anime science fiction, Japan`s GUNDAM franchise boasts a worldwide cult of devotees. In the Gundam universe, the Earth Federation battles rebellious offworld colonies, and “Newtype” warriors with evolved mentalities pilot gargantuan suits of high-tech armor. This novelization presents creator and director Yoshiyuki Tomino`s unvarnished vision for his own core series with richer characterizations and a shocking ending. These novels were originally published in Japanese in late 1979 to coincide with the end of the TV series and the theatrical release of the first compilation movie. They were quite controversial when they first appeared in

    New Releases of Classic Shojo Manga Series Each Bundle Three Complete Volumes Into a Single Handy Edition Source: VIZ Media press release Special Thanks to Jane Lui VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, offers fans a double-dose of shojo manga fun with the release of new omnibus 3-in-1 editions for a pair of classic series -- Skip•Beat! (????????!, Sukippu Biito!) and Hana-Kimi (?????????, Hanazakari no Kimitachi he). Each of the new releases from the company’s Shojo Beat imprint bundles 3 complete manga volumes into a handy and compact reading companion. Hana-Kimi 3-in-1 Edition Volume 1 Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN • Available March 6th Mizuki Ashiya has such a crush on a track star named Izumi Sano that she moves from the U.S. to Japan to enroll in the all-male high

    vInformative Guide Features Extensive Data, Full Color Poster, Color Art, Creator Interviews And Much More! 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, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, offers Bleach fans a treasure trove of information about the smash hit manga series with the release of Bleach Masked: Official Character Book 2 on March 6th. The new edition is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. Uncover the many secrets of Bleach in this informative profile book that contains extensive data on the characters and storylines from Volumes 21-37 of the manga series (also published by VIZ Media; digital manga available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for iOS devices). The new release also includes

    Source: Stone Bridge Press Official Site: tomoanthology.blogspot.com Special Thanks to Jessica Sattell On the first anniversary of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters, Stone Bridge Press is proud to offer a benefit collection for young adults Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction— An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories. Tomo, meaning "friend" in Japanese, is a collection of short stories and graphic art for readers age 11 and up, contributed by authors and artists from around the world, all of whom share a connection to Japan. The book features thirty-six stories, including ten in translation and two graphic narratives. Holly Thompson, whose novel Orchards won the 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, edited and wrote the Foreword for Tomo. Other contributors include Andrew Fukuda (Crossing), Liza Dalby (The Tale of Murasaki), Tak Toyoshima (Secret Asian Man syndicated comic), Alan Gratz (The Brooklyn Nine),

    Fairy Doctor Helps a Victorian Aristocrat Search For a Legendary Sword and Hunt a Mysterious Killer Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, launches a fantastic tale of fairies and fantasy set in against the backdrop of Victorian England with the debut of The Earl and the Fairy on March 6th. The new Shojo Beat series, created by Mizue Tani with artwork by Ayuko, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Lydia Carlton is a fairy doctor and one of the few people with the ability to see the magical creatures who share our world. During one of her rare trips to London to visit her father, Lydia’s quiet life is suddenly transformed when she

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