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VIZ MEDIA PREPARES NORTH AMERICAN FANS FOR HOT NEW MANGA
RELEASES FROM SHOJO BEAT AND SHONEN SUNDAY IMPRINTS
New Acquisitions Set To Debut
Beginning This Summer Include MIDNIGHT SECRETARY and MAGI
VIZ Media has announced
details on several new forthcoming manga series acquisitions scheduled to
launch beginning this summer and continuing into the fall.
Four of the brand new manga titles that will be published under VIZ
Media’s Shojo Beat imprint are HAPPY MARRIAGE?! by creator Maki Enjoji, MIDNIGHT SECRETARY by
creator/artist Tomu Ohmi, SWEET REIN from
creator Sakura Tsukuba, and
VOICE OVER!: SEIYUU ACADEMY by creator/artist Maki Minami. Under the Shonen Sunday imprint, VIZ will publish the popular new
series MAGI, by creator Shinobu
“Summer and fall are shaping up to be exciting seasons for manga fans as we preview several notable acquisitions for our Shojo Beat and Shonen Sunday imprints,”
says Leyla Aker, VIZ Media Vice President of Editorial. “From the odd-couple
romances of HAPPY MARRIAGE?! and MIDNIGHT SECRETARY, to the anime
industry-inspired comedy of VOICE OVER!: SEIYUU ACADEMY, and the supernatural
drama of SWEET REIN, there will be a variety of intriguing new stories in store
for our readers. And if exotic adventure is more your speed, you definitely won’t
want to miss the North American debut of MAGI, the manga series that’s the
basis for the popular anime.”
New Shojo Beat Manga Acquisitions:
HAPPY MARRIAGE?! · Rated “M” for Mature ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN· Available August 6, 2013
In order to help her father, Chiwa Takanashi agrees to
an arranged marriage with the company president Hokuto Mamiya – a man she
doesn’t know – at the request of Hokuto’s grandfather. Chiwa believes the
arrangement isn’t binding, but her new partner seems to think otherwise. Can
two strangers living together find their way to a happy marriage?!
MIDNIGHT SECRETARY · Rated “M” for Mature ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN· Available September 3, 2013
Kaya Satozuka is a brilliant secretary who excels at her
job, which is why she doesn’t bat an eye when she’s assigned to be personal
secretary to Kyohei Touma, the very difficult managing director of Touma Foods.
It doesn’t faze her when her new boss seems determined to make her fail, and
she even manages to take it in stride when she discovers the secret behind his
prickly behavior…he’s a vampire! But while Kaya easily adapts to late nights
and keeping a schedule of his “dinner dates,” will her ultra-competence help
when Kyohei’s smoldering gaze starts turning her way?!
VOICE OVER!: SeiYUU ACADEMY · Rated “T” for Teens ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN· Available October 1, 2013
Hime Kino’s dream is to one day perform voice acting like her hero,
Sakura Aoyama, from the Lovely Blazer anime. So getting accepted to the
prestigious Hiragi Academy’s voice actor department is the first step in
the right direction! But on her first day of class she meets Sakura’s
grouchy son, Senri, who tells Hime that her voice is awful and Lovely
Blazers is stupid. Hime will not let that stand unchallenged. She’ll show
everyone that she IS a voice-acting princess, whether they like it or
SWEET REIN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN· Available November 5, 2013
Sad at the thought of spending Christmas alone, Kurumi
goes out for a walk. While she’s crossing the street, a boy bumps into her and a
rein suddenly appears that binds them together. The overjoyed boy tells her
she’s his master, and that she’s a Santa Claus. Kurumi dismisses him as a crazy
person, but then he transforms into a reindeer?!
New Shonen Sunday Manga Acquisition:
MAGI · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN·
August 13, 2013
Deep within the deserts lie the mysterious
Dungeons, vast stores of riches open for the taking by anyone lucky enough to
find them and brave enough to venture into the depths from where few have ever
returned. Plucky young adventurer Aladdin means to find the Dungeons and their
riches, but Aladdin may be just as mysterious as the treasures he seeks. Together
with the genie Hugo and his friend, Ali Baba, Aladdin sets out to find his
fortune in the depths of the endless dunes…
More information on Shojo Beat manga titles is available at: ShojoBeat.com.
Additional information on Shonen Sunday manga titles is available at: ShonenSunday.com.
For information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, visit www.VIZ.com.