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    RPG Fighting Game Based on the Popular Anime Series FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: facebook.com/fullmetalbattle Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Entertainment has announced the launch of the highly anticipated iPhone game based on the acclaimed anime series FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD. Developed by Good Game Productions, FULLMETAL BATTLE is a turn-based Online Collectable Card Game with an immediately recognizable RPG style of combat and is available now for the iPhone and iPod Touch and will be followed shortly by the iPad. The game will also soon launch for Facebook and Android. The iPhone and iPod Touch version is the first to launch and can be downloaded from iTunes for free at itunes.apple.com/us/app/fma-battle. FULLMETAL BATTLE is a free to play turn-based Collectable Card Game that lets players design their own state licensed alchemist decks from a variety of abilities and effects inspired

    New Release From Haikasoru Imprint Called the Greatest Japanese Science Fiction Novel of All Time Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the availability of the acclaimed novel, Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights, by author Ryu Mitsuse. The hardcover book is published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and carries an MSRP of $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN. The eBook edition is also available on the Amazon Kindle, the Nook, and Apple’s iBooks Store for $9.99. 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 Ten Billion Days and One

    SHONEN JUMP DIGITAL WARP of 3 New Volumes Brings US Readers Up to Speed with Japanese Counterpart Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media expands its November digital manga update even more with the latest announcement of a Bleach ‘Jump Ahead’ that will deliver 3 new volumes of the hit supernatural action saga throughout the month to users on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This is part of a SHONEN JUMP DIGITAL WARP, a speed-up of selected titles to bring U.S. readers up-to-date with Japanese releases and prepare for the launch of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha on January 30, 2012. The new outlet will be North America’s only near-simultaneous digital manga magazine. Bleach volumes available include (print editions forthcoming):

    Also Sees Debut of Natsume Ono’s Ristorante Paradiso And Gente, as Well as Updates to 17 Popular Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media continues to lead the digital manga revolution with a variety of new titles just announced for November that are available to read online on VIZManga.com and also for digital download on the VIZ Manga Apps for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Among the notable new releases will be the two latest editions of Naruto – Volumes 54 and 55 – which will be made available on VIZ Media’s digital platforms several months in advance of their print counterparts. This is part of the "Shonen Jump Digital Warp", a speed-up of selection titles to bring North American readers up-to-date with Japanese releases to prepare fans for the debut

    Discover the Fate of the World in this Lavishly Illustrated Masterwork on November 8th 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, has announced the upcoming release of a deluxe collector’s edition for X, the apocalyptic action epic from the internationally renowned manga creative team of CLAMP. X 3-in-1 Edition, Volume 1, debuts on November 8th, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. Each of VIZ Media’s X releases bundles three complete manga volumes and features 24 pages of gorgeous, full-color illustrations never before published outside Japan! The pages are also printed in their original right-to-left reading order and presented in the highest quality. As X (previously released in the United States as X/1999) opens,

    Celebrate the Video Game’s 25th Anniversary with the Complete Set of Manga Volumes in a Keepsake Box 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, will delight gamers and manga fans nationwide with the release of The Legend of Zelda Manga Box Set, just in time to celebrate the series’ 25th Anniversary. The set, available in stores now, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages, includes all 10 volumes of the fantasy action adventure series as well as a full color poster, and carries an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $80.99 CAN. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, and is the best selling role-playing, puzzle-solving, action title for Nintendo video game platforms. More information on the history of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

    Digital Magazine Brings Fans the Most Popular Manga in the World Faster than Ever Before Source: VIZ Media press release Official Site: ShonenJump.viz.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, has announced the countdown to the launch of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Weekly SJ Alpha), a weekly serial anthology of some of the most popular manga series in the world: Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Bakuman, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan and Toriko. The first issue of Weekly SJ Alpha goes on sale January 30, 2012, and will be available through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga Apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Each new digital issue of Weekly SJ Alpha brings manga fans in North America the latest chapters of their favorite series only two weeks after it debuts in Japan’s massively popular

    Latest Update Features Additions to 16 Popular Series, Digital “Speed Ups” and New Digital Debuts Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media opens the Fall season with a bevy of new manga titles that will be available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. October first half of the month updates are highlighted by new additions to 16 top VIZ Media manga series. The update includes the continuation of a manga “speed up” for Bleach and One Piece that will bring both series up to date with their North American print counterparts by December. Two other notable releases – Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 5 and Hyde & Closer Vol. 6 – are also scheduled to launch digitally a day

    A Teenager And His Friends Embark On A Dangerous Adventure To Alter The Future And Save The World 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, has announced the debut of the riveting action manga series – Psyren – on October 4th. The new series, by Toshiaki Iwashiro, will be published 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. Psyren is also currently featured in VIZ Media’s monthly Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. "Save me!" Those were Sakurako Amamiya`s last words to her friend Ageha Yoshina before she mysteriously went missing. Now Ageha`s on a quest to find her. He`s convinced that the mythical Psyren Secret Society has something to do with

    Award-Winning Author Sayuri Ueda Delivers A Kinetic Action Story With A Distinctly Japanese View Of Gender Politics Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has released the newest novel published under its popular Haikasoru imprint. The Cage of Zeus, by author Sayuri Ueda, debuted September 20th and carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. The eBook edition is also now available on the Amazon Kindle, the Apple’s iBooks Store and the Sony Reader Store for $8.99. 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 Cage of Zeus introduces readers to the

    Source: Kyle Yount Official Site: Kaijucast.com Kyle Yount— an old friend of the SciFi Japan crew— recently contacted us about a great new Godzilla-themed contest we think SFJ readers will be interested in. Kyle runs the the informative and entertaining Japanese monster movie podcast called KAIJUCAST, and he`s teamed up with Impact Merchandising to give fans a chance to win $100 worth of product from Impact`s line of Godzilla shirts. "I am a regular visitor to my local comic book shop and noticed a fair amount of new Godzilla shirts," Kyle told SciFi Japan. "For a long time, I had no idea who was producing them, but they were well-designed and looked fantastic. Eventually I discovered that this company, who was giving Godzilla a LOT of attention, was named Impact Merchandising. I found their website and they were quite enthusiastic about getting the opportunity to spread the

    New Digital Volumes To Be Released Weekly And Complement Latest Additions To 19 Other Popular Manga Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media continues to offer manga fans a vast library of newly added digital titles for September through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The latest update includes a just-announced manga “speed up” for Bleach and One Piece that will bring both series up to date with their North American print counterparts by December. Beginning this week and continuing each Monday thereafter, new digital volumes of manga creator Tite Kubo’s supernatural action saga, Bleach, as well as the high seas pirate adventures of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, will for be available online on VIZManga.com and also for download on the VIZ Manga App. The

    Release Promotion Culminates in Naruto Volume 52 Debuting Same Day As Print Counterpart on September 6th Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media starts off September with a special Naruto release promotion through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Naruto Volumes 46-47 are available now, Vol. 48 launches today, and a new volume of NARUTO (volumes 49-51) will be available each day thereafter. On Tuesday, September 6th, Naruto Volume 52 will debut DAY-AND-DATE with its print counterpart! Created by Masashi Kishimoto in 1999, Naruto (rated ‘T’ for Teens) quickly became Japan’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens and has sold more than 85 million copies to-date. Naruto is also one of the most popular anime/manga properties in North America. The Naruto manga and animated

    Classic Sci-Fi Action Saga Will Debut New Weekly Digital Chapters For Only $0.99! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced the digital launch of the acclaimed sci-fi manga masterpiece, Neon Genesis Evangelion, on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Neon Genesis Evangelion will be available chapter-by-chapter for only $0.99 each, with a new chapter launching each week. To celebrate the series’ debut, VIZ Media will offer a free Chapter 1 preview; Chapter 2 is also now available for download for $0.99. Neon Genesis Evangelion (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens), is series co-creator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto`s personal interpretation of the Evangelion characters and story is sure to intrigue new and old fans alike. In 2015, the "Angels" have returned, and Shinji Ikari, a fourteen year-old child

    New Novel Based on the Popular Japanese Video Game from the Acclaimed Author of Brave Story Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, with publish author Miyuki Miyabe`s imaginative fantasy novel Ico: Castle in the Mist on August 16th. The new book will be published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and will carry an MSRP of $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN. A boy with horns, marked for death; A girl who sleeps in a cage of iron. The Castle of the Mist calls for its sacrifice: a horned child, born once a generation. When, on a single night in his thirteenth year, Ico`s horns grow long and curved, he knows his time has come. But why does the Castle of the

    Extension of VIZ Media’s Digital Platform Expands Manga Audience to All Web Users in U.S. and Canada Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, announced the launch of VIZManga.com at their 25th Anniversary Party last week in San Diego during the annual Comic-Con International convention. The website joins VIZ Media’s existing digital manga platform and launched with 40 series currently available on the VIZ MANGA App for iOS devices, including the wildly popular titles Naruto, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Ouran High School Host Club and Vampire Knight. With this expansion of the platform, fans can browse and access their digital manga from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ Manga Apps for the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch. With one account, registered users will be

    Curated Digital Artwork Created with Autodesk SketchBook Apps will be Unveiled at VIZ Media 25th Anniversary Event at Comic-Con Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases 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 collaboration with Autodesk, Inc. to create a limited edition digital art book anthology that will be sold through VIZ Media’s Manga App, with 100% of VIZ Media’s net proceeds going to support disaster relief efforts in Japan. All of the artwork in the collection, titled ART FOR HOPE, will be created using Autodesk SketchBook digital paint and drawing software applications. VIZ Media and Autodesk have already started working with artists to create works that deliver a message of hope to victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Artists interested in submitting work

    Get Strong or Get Schooled in New Action Manga from VIZ Media 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, brings gnarly, knuckle-busting action to readers with the release of the manga series, Tenjo Tenge, on June 21st. Created by Oh!great, the debut volume features 16 full-color pages and a selection of alternate color cover images. Tenjo Tenge will be published by the VIZ Signature imprint, is rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences, and will carry an MSRP of $17.99 U.S. / $21.00 CAN. Welcome to Todo High, home of the toughest student brawlers and sexiest badass babes in high school history. The only rule is: get strong or get schooled. Soichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara have always been the meanest street brawlers around. When they

    Portraits by Legendary Manga Creator Following the Earthquake and Tsunami Now Available on iPhone, iPod Touch And iPad Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui, Candice Uyloan, and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues to assist international fundraising efforts for Japanese disaster relief. The company has announced that it will make legendary manga creator Takehiko Inoue’s newest Smile series of illustrations available to North American iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users via the VIZ Manga App. All VIZ Media proceeds from these purchases will be donated directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society to aid victims in the areas ravaged by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Beginning today, fans can enjoy these breathtaking and touching illustrations on the iPhone, iPod Touch and

    Season 1 Available Starting on May 18th Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: tenipuri.com (Japan), VIZAnime.com/the-prince-of-tennis (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui, Candice Uyloan, and Irena Boostani VIZ Media has announced the release of THE PRINCE OF TENNIS (???????, Tenisu no Oojisama, 2001) on Amazon Instant Video. The first season episodes of the sports anime (1-13) will be available for purchase starting Wednesday, May 18th for $1.99 each. THE PRINCE OF TENNIS is based on the smash hit manga series created by Takeshi Konomi that has sold more than 30 million copies in Japan, and is also published exclusively in North America by VIZ Media (Rated ‘A’ for All Ages). THE PRINCE OF TENNIS anime series (dubbed, TV-G) follows the on and off court adventures of Ryoma Echizen, the 12-year-old son of a famous tennis player and a prodigy in his own right. Looking

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