San Francisco, CA, April 5, 2010 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced their list of DVD titles scheduled for release in May through June 2010. This includes the latest box set and episodic releases of the popular NARUTO and BLEACH series. Also releasing are the live action feature films – MAKOTO AIDA: CYNIC IN THE PLAYGROUND, 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION and KATSURA FUNAKOSHI: WHISPERING GAZE from VIZ Pictures. VIZ Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro.
BLEACH releases include:
BLEACH Uncut Box Set 5 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $49.95 US / $71.99 CAN · Available June 8
The deadly Bounts have infiltrated the Soul Society seeking revenge, and Ichigo and his comrades are quick to follow. But with the large amounts of reishi available in the Soul Society, the Bounts’ power seems nearly limitless, and even the most formidable Soul Reaper captains have a grueling fight on their hands. At the Department of Research and Development, Bount leader Jin Kariya is after the Bount Crest known as Jokaisho, which has the power to blow all of the Seireitei away, and only Ichigo and Chad stand in his way!
Contains episodes: 92 – 109 (Original and Uncut).
BLEACH Volume 28 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available May 25
Captain Hitsugaya, along with Lieutenant Matsumoto and other Soul Reapers, arrives in Karakura Town to protect the living from the murderous Arrancars. Led by the Arrancar Grimmjow, the Arrancars have entered the World of the Living with the goal of killing anyone who possesses the slightest amount of Spiritual Pressure. As they fan out looking for victims, they find a fight with well-trained Soul Reapers instead. Ichigo, Chad, and the Advance Troops fight hard to protect Karakura town from the dangerous intruders.
Contains episodes 114 – 117.
BLEACH Volume 29 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available June 22
The streets of Karakura Town become the scene of a fierce battle between Soul Reapers and the Arrancars. Ikkaku Madarame faces off against the Arrancar Edrad, who dodges his wild attacks, forcing him to release his Bankai, which he has long kept secret. And Captain Hitsugaya struggles against the Arrancar Shawlong, who reveals to him the existence of far more powerful Arrancars called the Espada. Contains episodes 118 – 121.
For more information on BLEACH, please visit www.BLEACH.viz.com.
NARUTO releases include:
NARUTO UNCUT SEASON 3 BOX SET Volume 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $49.95 US / $71.99 CAN · Available June 29
Naruto returns from his training journey eager to see his friend Sasuke. But Sasuke has only one thing on his mind: his quest for revenge against his older brother. His unquenchable thirst for power knows no bounds, and soon he is lured from the Leaf Village by Orochimaru’s minions, the Sound Four. Determined to get him back, Shikamaru and Naruto put together a team of the top genin in the village to go after him, and the chase begins! Contains episodes 107 – 135.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Volume 9 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available May 18
Everything about Team Kakashi’s newest member Sai rubs Naruto the wrong way, and Sakura and their new leader Yamato have their hands full trying to keep them apart. A night at a hot springs inn doesn’t do much to promote team unity, but Naruto decides that he will do anything, even pair up with Sai, to help their mission succeed: to find Sasuke and bring him back. Sai has a hard time understanding Naruto’s feelings, but that may be because he himself has no feelings at all! Contains episodes 35 – 39.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Volume 10 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available June 1
In the midst of their spying mission, Team Kakashi is suddenly confronted with the Leaf Village’s sworn enemy, Orochimaru. Naruto challenges him, and during their battle, his anger brings forth the power of the Nine-Tailed Fox. Naruto will never give up his determination to find Sasuke and bring him home, but in his rage he risks losing all awareness of himself and hurting those he cares for the most. Contains episodes 40 – 43.
For more information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, please visit www.NARUTO.com
From VIZ Pictures (Live Action Feature Films):
MAKOTO AIDA: CYNIC IN THE PLAYGROUND, NEW PEOPLE
Artist Series Volume 5 · MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available May 4
Known for his diverse and controversial works in various media, Makoto Aida shares his work and private life as he creates his “Human Project” and “Shinjuku Castle.” Through his creative process his unique character surfaces.
20th CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION · MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available June 1
Based on Naoki Urasawa’s phenomenal hit manga, 20th CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION is the third and final chapter of the sci-fi action film trilogy. With an all-star cast and input from the original creator himself, the characters truly come to life in this exciting live-action motion picture, which is directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Takako Tokiwa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Airi Taira and others once again star in the film.
KATSURA FUNAKOSHI: WHISPERING GAZE, NEW PEOPLE
Artist Series Volume 6 ·MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN · Available June 15
Witness the visionary sculptor Katsura Funakoshi as he breathes life into camphor wood. His human-like sculptures are known for their distant gaze as if pondering philosophical thoughts and projecting subtle yet bold emotions.
For more information on VIZ Pictures, please visit http://www.viz-pictures.com.
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-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment 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.