I went to my local library yesterday and decided to peruse through the juvenille/young adult fiction section. Then it popped up into my mind that the section was also where all the manga and comic books were located. I was very pleased to find a large number of manga available from a variety of popular series. In other words, it wasn't all Naruto like I expected. Some of the titles were Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (yay!), Prince of Tennis, Peach Girl, Fairy Tale and Fruits Basket. I know the main branch of the Louisville libraries also has a lot of manga. The best part was that it wasn't just the first three volumes--they had at least fifty percent of several series. I know the library in my smaller hometown of Paducah has a fair amount of manga and a ton of anime series on DVD from Inuyasha to Twelve Kingdoms.
I really love the fact that libraries are investing in this type of reading and viewing material. It's great if you want to try out a popular series that you're not so sure of. It's wonderful financially because it's free! Also, it's legal! Free and legal--what more could ask? So if you don't have the funds to purchase the latest three volumes of Bleach manga or you have a fit nostalgia and want to watch Sailor Moon, the library is the place to go!
Does the library in your area carry manga and/or anime? How much? Is there a lot of a variety or is it mostly certain series? Do you often go to the library to check out manga and anime? If your library doesn't offer any or a wide selection of manga and anime, do you wish it would? How about school libraries--do they have manga in their collections? Would you like to see manga there too?
Flower Mound, Texas – March 3, 2009 – FUNimation Entertainment will be bringing many of its top titles to a theatre near you: your home computer. The anime leader has completed an agreement with Gaia Online, the leading online hangout for teens and young adults, for select series to enjoy a virtual theatrical run through Gaia Online Cinema.
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.
VIZ MEDIA CELEBRATES THE EVOLUTION OF DRAGON BALL
WITH NEW DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION TITLES
Three-Part Chapter Book Series, A Junior Novel And A Collectible Sticker Book Offer Unique Ways To Enjoy Books Based On The New Feature Film DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION
San Francisco, CA, March 3, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a fun array of DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION books, including a Junior Novel, a Sticker Book and a trio of Chapter Books in support of the debut of the action-packed 20 Century Fox film, opening nationwide on April 8.
The new DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION books are based on the upcoming live action adventure film. Directed by James Wong, the movie and the books center on a team of warriors, each of whom possess special abilities. Together, they protect Earth from a force bent on dominating the universe by controlling the mystical objects from which the film takes its name. DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION features Justin Chatwin as Goku, Emmy Rossum as Bulma, and Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi. Each of the books include glossy color pages with photos from the movie. DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION the movie is based on the popular Japanese manga series created by Akira Toriyama (also published in North America by VIZ Media).
”VIZ Media is very excited to celebrate the upcoming release of the live-action feature film DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION with a variety of fun, kid-friendly books,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President, Sales & Product Marketing, VIZ Media. “The DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION Junior Novel and Chapter Books are published under our popular VIZKIDS imprint, and are an ideal way to introduce the mystical world of DRAGON BALL to younger fans and help them develop a lifelong love of reading.”
DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION JUNIOR NOVEL · Recommended for Ages 9-12
MSRP: $5.99 US / $6.99 CAN · Available Now!
Goku thought he was just a normal high school kid until his whole world turned upside down and he found out he's actually a martial-arts whiz with all kinds of special powers. It was bad enough that his grandpa just died. But now he must save the whole world from a madman named Piccolo who is looking for the seven fabled Dragon Balls. Whoever finds them all will have any wish come true instantly! Can a regular guy like Goku become the strongest fighter in time to stop the end of the world? The Junior Novel is aimed at readers ages 9 through 12 and also features 8-pages of full-color glossy photos from the live-action film.
EVOLUTION CHAPTER BOOKS ·
Recommended for Ages 7-10 ·
MSRP: $4.99 US / $5.99 CAN · Available Now!
The DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION Chapter Books is a series composed of 3 volumes designed for younger readers, ages 7 through 10. Based on the upcoming feature film, the Chapter Books depict the adventures of Goku as he tries to save the world from a madman that is looking for the seven Dragon Balls. Whoever finds them all can have any wish come true! Can a regular guy like Goku become the strongest fighter of all in time to stop the end of the world? Find out in these fun new Chapter Books from VIZ Media.
DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION STICKER BOOK · Rated “A” for All Ages ·
MSRP: $6.99 US / $7.99 CAN · March 24, 2009
All the excitement of the DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION movie is featured in over 100 stickers. The book collects 8 pages of stickers and 8 pages of full-color backgrounds to bring the fun of DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION to fans of all ages. The stickers are reusable and adhere to just about anything to give a fun DRAGON BALL flair to any item.
DRAGON BALL has become a global pop culture and entertainment phenomenon that has generated more than $3 billion in worldwide sales of a vast array of manga, DVDs, video games, toys, apparel and other collectibles. Over 1.6 million copies of the manga series have been sold in North America while the animated counterpart remains the most successful domestic anime series ever with over 500 episodes and 17 animated movies broadcast or released on DVD to date. Over 30 DRAGON BALL video game titles are also available for the PS2, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 platforms, and have sold a total of more than 11 million units worldwide.
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 .