San Francisco, CA, July 7, 2009– VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced today the availability of its popular shojo animated series NANA on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com) in the US and the iTunes Store in Canada (www.itunes.ca). NANA will be exclusive to iTunes until August 31, 2009. Plus, every purchase of a NANA Season 1 pass will include a free, bonus episode download. Find out more at www.itunes.com/tv/nana.
The NANA anime is based on the popular manga by Ai Yazawa, which has sold over 43 million copies in Japan, and is published in North America by VIZ Media under its SHOJO BEAT imprint. It is considered an all-time best selling shojo title from Japanese publishing giant Shueisha, and was the recipient of the Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' category. Its tremendous success further inspired two live-action feature films which are available on DVD in North America from VIZ Pictures
NANA follows the adventures of two girls, both named Nana. While they share the same name, they couldn't be more different. Nana "Hachi" Komatsu follows her boyfriend to Tokyo in the hopes of making a new start, while Nana Osaki, who arrives in the city at the same time, is a punk rock beauty who has the ambition of making it big in the world of rock and roll. Although these two young women come from different backgrounds, they quickly become best friends while chasing their happiness and dreams.
Ai Yazawa is the creator of many popular manga titles, including Tenshi Nanka Janai (I'm No Angel) and Gokinjo Monogatari (Neighborhood Story). Another series, Kagen no Tsuki (Last Quarter), was made into a live-action movie and released in late 2004. American readers were introduced to Yazawa's stylish and sexy storytelling in 2002 when her title Paradise Kiss was translated into English.
“NANA has touched millions of fans in Japan and North America with its realistic portrayal of two young women coming of age in life’s fast lane in modern Tokyo,” says Ken Sasaki, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, VIZ Media. “The anime series possesses all of the attributes that made the original manga such a smash hit and combines them with a rocking soundtrack and creatively designed characters that audiences can really root for, laugh and even cry with. We invite fans to check out NANA on iTunes and take these girls’ adventures along as they navigate their own busy lives.”
What is Shojo?….In Japan, manga comics and anime have enjoyed widespread popularity among both children and adults, men as well as women. Shojo (which means young girl in Japanese) is widely known and embraced for their characteristic lush designs and tales of love and romance set against action, academic, or fantasy driven plots. Women and young girls in North America quickly discovered that comic books and anime are no longer just for boys and shojo stories appeal to the desires for stories and characters girls and women can relate to. While plots and settings for shojo vary widely (everywhere from outer space to alternate realities to the local middle school), several constants remain the themes of romance, angst and heartbreak, and ultimately finding the one you love despite obstacles and setbacks. And what young girl isn't interested in that? The fact that shojo is largely an entertainment medium developed by women for women with stories women and girls can relate to is also driving the popularity of shojo in North America.
For more information on NANA (rated ‘M’ for mature) please visit the dedicated website at Nana.viz.com or the VIZ Media website at www.viz.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 magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, 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.
movie Blu-ray on September 15th.
series The Vision of Escaflowne created by Shoji Kawamori (Macross).
for Gaia’s future. But will it be salvation…or destruction?
interviews. SRP $39.98
My name is Issac. I'm a tall well-built machine of a man with a super-computer installed into my brain, controlled by my thoughts. The left side of my face is covered by a metal plate that also houses a cybernetic eye, which hides a link hub to the super-computer. I wear dark fatigues with a combat jacket and usually wear a gunmetal grey armored cloak. I carry a vast array of weapons, including grenades of various types, twin custom heavy-barrel cutlass pistols with exploding rounds and a semi-auto combat shotgun, a shirasaya wakizashi, a mid-weight axe and several combat blades, all suitable for both close combat and throwing. I'm a wanted man, fleeing the Syndicate (a grand unification of the worlds major crime organizations, who now rule the majority of the planet with an iron fist) with my partner Cronos and our comrades backed by the Russian mob and joined by the leader of the Russian mob and the Russian people, Vladimir Rovchovsky and his daughter, the beautiful assassin Natalia. Joining our cause are a couple of ex-military anti-Syndicates, Captain Terrin Evayne and his right-hand man Kuric. Our enemy Angello is the head of the Italian branch of the Sydnicate, and as such is the head of the entire European branch. He aspires to gain absolute control of all of the Syndicate, and crush what little resistance remains in this world.
NAMCO BANDAI GAMES OBTAINS ALL PLATFORM RIGHTS FOR DRAGON BALL® VIDEOGAMES
LOS ANGELES, Calif., (July 2, 2009) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today confirmed that it has secured exclusive North American rights to publish future official videogames for the longstanding classic anime and manga series, Dragon Ball® across all major consoles and hand held platforms.
This agreement will run for five years beginning in January 2010 and supersedes the existing rights granted to publish titles on the Nintendo DS™, Wii™, PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system, PSP (PlayStationPortable) system, and Xbox 360video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
Additionally, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., has secured the right to initially publish three titles in 2009, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast for the Xbox 360video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system, Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo exclusively for Wii™, and Dragon BallZ: Attack of the Saiyans exclusively for Nintendo DS™.
The Dragon Ball anime and manga series is a worldwide multi-million dollar entertainment franchise. Originally penned by famed Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama in 1984, the Dragon Ball series has spawned several entertainment franchise sequels (Dragon Ball® Z and Dragon Ball® GT) spanning 11 years of manga, over 500 television episodes, 23 feature films, and countless mass merchandising products. FUNimation® Entertainment currently holds all U.S. distribution rights to the anime series.
The Dragon Ball Saga follows the orphaned martial arts boy Goku as he grows and matures into an adult throughout his many adventures. During his early formative years, Goku meets life long comrades, defeats diabolical superhuman enemies, and eventually settles down and forms a family. The Dragon Ball series is known for its often comical action adventure themes which are interspersed with long standing testosterone-driven action-impacted battles which escalate drastically over time into full-on conflicts for the survival of mankind. By the end of the Dragon Ball saga, the baton of planetary savior is passed to Gohan and Goten, Goku’s son and grandson respectively.
Commenting on the announcement Makoto Iwai, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. said: “We are very excited to have signed this long term agreement with Toei Animation Co., Ltd and FUNimation® Entertainment, which grants NAMCO BANDAI Games North American multi-platform rights to the testosterone driven action packed world of Dragon Ball. This move reunites NAMCO BANDAI Games with the Dragon Ball series in North America which will considerably increase our ability to develop titles that perfectly capture every nuance of what makes the Dragon Ball world exciting to the consumer.”
For more information about upcoming Dragon Ball games, please visit www.namcobandaigames.com.
J!NX TO OFFER KILLER NEW CLOTHING BASED ON WORLDWIDE SENSATION AFRO SAMURAI
J!NX, the premiere name in geek and gaming lifestyle clothing has partnered with FUNimation Entertainment and created four new slick, gritty designs that evoke as much attitude as the legendary Number One Headband!
SAN DIEGO, CA, JULY 1, 2009. As thousands of Anime fans descend on Los Angeles for Anime Expo 2009, San Diego based Jinx, Inc. cools down the summer months with a dynamic new licensing partnership. Afro Samurai and Afro Samurai: Resurrection blew up the ratings when they debuted on Spike TV, and continue to garner a loyal viewership across Youtube, Hulu, and Xbox Live. The hack-and-slash-to-a-hip-hop-www.JINX.com/afrosamuraiin early September, but you can head there now to get a glimpse of the shirts, all crafted by the talented J!NX design team.
"We have long been huge fans of Afro Samurai,” declares Sean “Jinx” Gailey, Creative Overlord of the J!NX design team. “The amazing art style, the music, the story, everything about it resonates with the J!NX crew and we couldn't wait to put our spin on some Afro Samurai clothing.”
EVA 1.0 is in theatres this summer and is what we are screening this evening at 5:30 pm in LP 1. EVA 1.01 will be released on DVD this Fall while EVA 1.11 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Spring 2010.
FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT TO PREMIERE
ENGLISH DUB OF
AT ANIME EXPO 2009
Flower Mound, TX (June 22, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it will premiere the English dubbed version of Hideaki Anno’s “EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE.” at Anime Expo® held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 2-5, 2009. More information about the convention can be found at www.anime-expo.org.
“EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE” is the film sequel to the sci-fi animated series blockbuster Neon Genesis Evangelion (also written and directed by Hideaki Anno) which aired on Japanese television in the mid 1990’s.
Director in Chief Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and the creative staff of this film made a complete rebuild of the design and visuals rather than magnifying the original 16 mm film from the series. The team was also able to employ 3D computer graphics to enrich the depth and breadth of the Evangelion world as well as digital photography and composite nonlinear editing.
ABOUT EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE
There was no foreseeable warning before it happened -- a catastrophe of unparalleled scale and magnitude overwhelmed the entire globe. This event, recorded in history as "The Second Impact," caused half the population of the Earth to perish and devastated the world. All that remains of Japan is Tokyo-3, a city that is now being attacked by giant creatures that seek to destroy mankind. These creatures are called Angels.
Fourteen year old Shinji Ikari is called to Tokyo-3 by his father who he hasn’t seen in more than eight years. He is asked to come to the NERV headquarters to meet his father. His father reveals to him a gigantic humanoid weapons system that the special governmental agency has secretly developed to fight the Angels and then orders Shinji to pilot the giant artificial human Evangelion Unit One.
With the fate of the world resting on his shoulders, how will the 14 year old boy Shinji fight? What is the truth behind "The Human Instrumentality Project," an operation somehow related to the "Second Impact"? And who is the true enemy? The Angels, NERV, the mysterious SEELE, or the demons held within the hearts of all involved?
Gendō Ikari, a man who holds many answers to these questions, watches silently and attentively as his son fights a desperate battle…
Funimation Entertainment will premiere EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE Friday, July 3, in room LP1 at Anime Expo.