VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DEBUT OF SECOND SEASON OF BLEACH ON ADULT SWIM

 Bleach!

New Episodes Of Riveting Supernatural Action Series
To Debut In March

San Francisco, CA, January 28, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that the 52-episode second season of the hit supernatural action animated series BLEACH is expected to begin airing on Saturday, March 1 on Adult Swim.

BLEACH follows Ichigo Kurosaki, an ordinary 15-year-old boy who also happens to be able to see ghosts. His fate takes an extraordinary turn when he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper who shows up at Ichigo’s house on the trail of a Hollow, a malevolent lost soul.

Drawn to Ichigo’s high level of spirit energy, the Hollow attacks him and his family, and as a last resort, Rukia decides to transfer part of her Soul Reaper powers to Ichigo. As a result of Rukia’s actions, she is sent back to the Soul Society, where she is condemned to die. In Season 2, a stronger and more powerful Ichigo demonstrates a new resolve to save Rukia from certain death. This culminates in an explosive confrontation with Byakuya Kuchiki, Rukia’s by-the-book brother and his most intense opponent yet! Soon, Ichigo’s journey takes him back to the World of the Living where he must deal with a new assortment of supernatural enemies as well as the rigors of high-school life.

BLEACH is based on a best-selling manga graphic novel of the same name by Tite Kubo which is published domestically by VIZ Media and rated TV 14. The manga has been translated into more than seven languages and has sold over 33.5 million copies in Japan. Both the manga and the animated series have become extremely popular in North America and have spawned an array of related video games, apparel, action figures, trading cards and other merchandise. The first season of BLEACH is also currently available in a 3-disc DVD box set from VIZ Media, which is rated ‘T’ for Teens and has a suggested retail price of $89.98. For more information on BLEACH go to www.bleach.viz.com.

“BLEACH is a riveting story and the debut of the second season on Adult Swim has been highly anticipated by millions of fans,” says William Germain, VIZ Media Director of Animation Production. “The plot thickens in Season 2 as Ichigo and his friends battle soul reapers. With 52 episodes there will be plenty of surprises in store for viewers. BLEACH possesses a story and style that has transcended the graphic novel genre to become a very successful animated and video game property and we are committed to continuing its development.”

About Adult Swim
Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated comedy and action series for young adults. Airing overnight 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday (ET, PT), Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, classic and acquired programming for children and families, and is seen in 91 million U.S. homes.
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 and 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. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.

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See First 2 Episodes of SHUFFLE! Free!

Meet Rin, a normal high school guy who is the envy of every other man in town. You see, he’s lucky enough to live with and be pampered by the sweet, beautiful Kaede. It’s just a day like any other when two new transfer students show up in class: Sia, Princess of the Gods and Nerine, Princess of the Demons. Now Rin’s luck is about to change, for he has been chosen to take one of their hands in marriage! Talk about envy! Whether down the hall, next door, or from another realm, girls seem to be everywhere… And they all want Rin for themselves!

Managing Editor’s Note: The first two episode from the FUNimation series hooked me so I’m definitely anticipating the release of the first volume DVD. If you like a fun, warm, romantic tale with plenty of fan service then Shuffle! is definitely for you.  See the first two episodes right here on the official Shuffle! site: http://funimation.com/shuffle/
 – Karma del Valle

Shuffle! Vol. 1 DVD Box

Shuffle! Vol. 1 DVD Contains episodes 1-4:
The Man who Could Become a God or a Demon!
I Wanted to See You!
Do You Remember?
Egg Omelet of Happiness!

DVD Features: Textless Songs, Trailers.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Age Rating – 17+ More Information
Date Available – Feb 26 2008
Format – Hybrid Media – DVD
Publisher – FUNIMATION
Retail Price: $29.98 US

FUNimation.com Relaunch Brings the Best of Anime to the Web!

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Download-to-Own Video Feature Offers Exclusive Content and Titles from the
Vast FUNimation Entertainment Library

Flower Mound, Texas (January 28, 2008) — FUNimation Entertainment unveils a new, redesigned funimation.com today, introducing a broadband television experience that makes it easy to watch and share anime clips. The new website features hundreds of videos streamed through a custom video player that allows viewers to watch their favorite FUNimation anime.

Fans are now able to download and purchase high-quality episodes of their favorite anime series. Each month, FUNimation.com will be rolling out new Download-to-Own series. Kicking off the website launch are episodes of Rumbling Hearts, Suzuka, Peach Girl, and Moonphase. Also new for FUNimation is the release of subtitled series. Available for the first time online, subtitled episodes of Rumbling Hearts and the highly-anticipated vampire action series Black Blood Brothers have been posted, with many more to come.

Other new features include:

RSS content alerts so fans can stay up to date on the latest news, trailers, and information from FUNimation Entertainment Flash Video streaming, ensuring ease of use and cross-platform compatibility Same-screen video playback, without a separate pop-up window Expandable video player Advanced sorting features to make it easy to find what you are looking for Ad-free video clips Syndicated video player that allows fans to embed in blogs and social networking sites or allows fans to share with friends “What’s on TV” section helps fans find their favorite anime shows on Television.

With the new funimation.com we’ve created a highly accessible site incorporating video, which will ultimately drive online sales and encourage FUNimation’s customers to spend more time with us online,” said Brandon White, Interactive Manager at FUNimation Entertainment. “The updated look also captures the feel of our anime series.”

The revamped website, designed and produced by the FUNimation web team, aims to provide anime fans with fresh content on the site.

The web team has also carried out a usability overhaul of the site. Thanks to a cleaner, bolder look, navigating through the site is easier.

Anime fans will see more online developments and we will continually enhance and expand the site,” said White.

As in the past, funimation.com will continue to offer exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming acquired programming, information about the series and some of the most engaging discussion boards on the web. The new website has additional offering for fans, including games, wallpaper, avatars and e-cards — all easier to navigate and more accessible to visitors.

VIZ MEDIA TEAMS WITH AMAZON UNBOX TO OFFER NARUTO UNCUT, DEATH NOTE AND BLEACH ANIMATION FOR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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Three Of The Hottest Animated Action Series Sweeping North America Offered With Convenience, Flexibility And DVD Quality

San Francisco, CA, January 25, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the availability of three of its most popular and successful animated action series – NARUTO Uncut, DEATH NOTE and BLEACH – for digital download from Amazon UnboxTM, Amazon’s digital video download service. Amazon Unbox offers customers thousands of television shows, movies and other innovative video content from numerous studio and network partners from Hollywood and around the world. This service can be found at www.amazon.com/unbox.

NARUTO Uncut, DEATH NOTE and BLEACH are available now with episodes costing $1.99 each. NARUTO Uncut initially features episodes 1-25 dubbed, DEATH NOTE features the full series dubbed, and BLEACH features episodes 1-25 dubbed. To further add to the excitement of the launch of VIZ Media titles on Amazon Unbox, one free episode from each of the available properties; NARUTO Uncut, DEATH NOTE, and BLEACH is being offered on www.amazon.com/unbox through January 31, 2008.

NARUTO Uncut (rated T+ for older teens), is now one of the most popular and successful manga comic and animated properties in North America. The general storyline depicts the adventures of a young boy named Naruto Uzumaki who trains to become a ninja. Naruto, cursed with the spirit of The Nine-Tailed Fox Spirit sealed within his body, is forced to live a bullied life discriminated against by his fellow villagers. But Naruto is resilient and undaunted and his determination often inspires those around him. Through the adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity and right vs. wrong.
DEATH NOTE, rated T+ for older teens, is a suspenseful mystery, inspired by a 12-volume manga (published in North America by VIZ Media), and follows the adventures of Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects but who is bored out of his mind. All of that changes when he finds the Death Note, a strange notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god named Ryuk. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals mysteriously begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal – or his life?

BLEACH, rated T for teens, is based on the best-selling manga comic by Tite Kubo, also published in North America by VIZ Media. Ichigo Kurosaki is an ordinary 15-year-old boy who happens to be able to see ghosts. His fate takes an extraordinary turn when he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper who shows up at Ichigo’s house on the trail of a Hollow, a malevolent lost soul. Drawn to Ichigo’s high level of spirit energy, the Hollow attacks him and his family, and as a last resort, Rukia decides to transfer part of her Soul Reaper powers to Ichigo….

As a result of Rukia’s actions, she is sent back to the Soul Society, where she is condemned to die. With the help of Kisuke, the seemingly laid-back owner of Urahara’s Shop, and Yoruichi, the mysterious cat, Ichigo and his friends set forth on a quest to enter the impenetrable Soul Society and save Rukia at all costs!

“VIZ Media has had a long and successful retail relationship with Amazon.com and we are excited to team with its premier digital download channel, Unbox, to make available some of the hottest animated series sweeping North America,” says Liza Coppola, Senior Vice President, Marketing, VIZ Media. “”We are committed to maximizing the ability of the dynamic medium of digital delivery to bring hot series like NARUTO Uncut, DEATH NOTE and BLEACH to fans who want the flexibility and convenience of digital download.”

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 and 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. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.

VIZ MEDIA RELEASES THE THIRD ANNUAL SHOJO BEAT MUSIC AWARDS ISSUE, FEBRUARY 2008

 SHOJO BEAT, February 2008 Issue - ON SALE NOW!

Featuring A Reader’s Choice Vote And Exciting Contest In Partnership
With MYX!

San Francisco, CA, January 24, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of
the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive
publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that its
Third Annual SHOJO BEAT Music Awards Issue features a reader’s choice
vote and a new, exclusive contest in conjunction with MYX, the first and
only music lifestyle channel focused on the Asian American market. The
February issue, on sale at retail outlets now, offers a host of new
surprises and exciting editorial content sure to delight even the most
discriminating fan.
The February 2008 issue of SHOJO BEAT, rated T+ for Older Teens,
celebrates the best in Japanese music with a beginner’s guide to
Japanese bands, a Tokyo record store’s top 10 and two music-themed Hot
Lists in addition to the featured awards. For the Music Awards, SHOJO
BEAT takes a look at previous up-and-comers in the awards competition as
well as this year’s newest and most talented artists. In the Best Pop
Artist or Group category, artists include: Budo Grape, Puffy AmiYumi,
Swinging Popsicle and HALCALI. In the Best Rock Artist or Group
category, artists include: L’Arc~en~Ciel, AN CAFÉ, ROCKET K and DOGG
BONE. There is also a new category for Music Videos made possible by the
folks at MYX.

SHOJO BEAT readers who vote for their favorite music will be entered
into a random drawing for one of 15 cool prizes. Prizes include 100 song
downloads on JapanFiles.com, and the latest edition of Dance Dance
Revolution, SuperNOVA2 donated by Konami. For more details and Official
Rules, visit http://shojobeat.com/music/rules.php

In addition to its help with the Music Video category in the Awards, MYX
is also working with SHOJO BEAT this month and allowing readers to get
even more into the exciting world of Asian music. The ‘MYX a Music Spot
SHOJO BEAT Style’ contest promotes a search for creative SHOJO BEAT and
J-Music-loving fans to help MYX create a 10-30 second spot to be
featured between their regular programming of music videos and
Asian-American oriented shows! Participants will simply upload their
ideas to the MYX.tv website, MYX and SHOJO BEAT will pick the best
concepts, and one lucky grand prize winner will have their concept
turned into an actual spot produced by MYX. The grand prize winner will
also receive a SHOJO BEAT goodie bag containing a T-shirt and Konami’s
Dance Dance Revolution game. Each of the three runner-up winners will
receive a SHOJO BEAT goodie bag containing a T-shirt and Konami’s latest
Dance Dance Revolution game. For more details and official rules, visit
http://www.shojobeat.com/myx32/.
MYX is also offering an exclusive promotion in conjunction with the
SHOJO BEAT music issue on its website (http://myx.tv) where participants
can enter to win a new 16gb iPod Touch. Site visitors who join the MYX
newsletter are automatically entered in a random drawing to win.

“MYX is committed to raising awareness about some of the hottest musical
artists sweeping Asia and we’re very excited to partner with SHOJO BEAT
for this exciting issue,” states Enrique Olives, Director for Business
Development of ABS-CBN Global. “The popularity of J-Music among anime
and manga fans is widespread and growing and we welcome the opportunity
to have so many talented and unique artists featured in this special
issue. We encourage readers to vote for their favorite artists and lend
support to this growing genre of music.”
“Rock and pop music from Japan and other Asian countries has
complemented the popularity of anime and manga across North America,”
says Kristine Givas, Director Advertising & Marketing, VIZ Media. “Many
artists lend theme songs to popular anime series and our readers have
become avid fans. This issue will explore a range of cutting edge
artists and we are pleased to team with MYX to also present several
contests and ways that SHOJO BEAT readers can become involved in this
musical phenomenon that is quickly gaining domestic momentum.”
In addition to extensive and exciting music coverage, the February issue
features all the fun stuff that SHOJO BEAT is known for– dramatic,
cathartic, romantic and fantastic shojo manga: Monkey High! preview,
plus the exciting continuation of serialized titles Absolute Boyfriend,
Crimson Hero, Vampire Knight, Honey and Clover, Haruka and Sand
Chronicles. The fresh Japanese infused lifestyle editorial, along with
the incredible addiction of the shojo manga titles has helped this
unique magazine increase its circulation over 57% percent since
launching in June 2005 and shows no signs of slowing its growth as the
appeal of manga for girls and Japanese pop culture continues to rise.

About MYX
Launched in April 2007, MYX is the first and only music lifestyle
channel focused on the Asian American community and a broader audience
hungry for music fusion. A nationally-distributed premium television
channel, MYX targets the 15 to 34 demographic. MYX fuses mainstream
hits, the biggest jams from Asia and a healthy dose of independent music
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Based in Redwood City, Calif., MYX is
developed by ABS-CBN Global, a media company with a 15-year track record
in successful ethnic programming in the U.S. For more information,
please visit www.myx.tv.

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 and 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. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San
Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web
site at www.VIZ.com.

The Prince of Tennis Box Set 4 out now!

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The second half of the Metropolitan Matches begins! The doubles teams power through the toughest matches they’ve seen yet, and Ryoma’s match with Akutsu from Yamabuki Junior High fires up the court. With all the trouble Ryoma’s encountered with Akutsu, everyone’s worried for his safety, but Ryoma isn’t about to let up, not with Akutsu’s coach slipping Akutsu secret strategies! Then the inter-team matches begin, and it’s not the walk in the park the first-years were expecting!

Prince of Tennis Box set 4 Box

DVD in stores now!
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