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With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
Saturday, November 09, 2013
ACF 2104: VIZ offering wide selection of manga releases for holiday season
VIZ MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS A SCORE OF MANGA RELEASES THAT MAKE IDEAL GIFTS FOR FANS THIS
Holiday Wish List Includes New Manga Box Sets, Shojo And Shonen Manga Series, Deluxe
Omnibus Editions, And Other
VIZ Media is offering a wide selection of
novels, manga, and special box sets that make perfect as gifts for a range of budgets and
guaranteed to delight readers of all ages and interests this holiday season.
selections for 2013 include a hefty new ONE PIECE Box Set: East Blue and Baroque Works and a BAKUMAN Complete
Series Box Set, as well as a delightful novel and picture book
commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the classic anime film MY
New shojo manga series that also make perfect gifts include
the Christmas-themed SWEET REIN and the voice-acting romantic drama VOICE
OVER!: SEIYU ACADEMY. Action fans also won’t want to miss the TIGER & BUNNY
COMIC ANTHOLOGY and the 2-volume TIGER & BUNNY: THE BEGINNING manga
adaptation of the hit anime superhero feature film. Horror fans should add the
hardcover UZUMAKI 3-IN-1 DELUXE EDITION to their wish lists, while science
fiction readers can savor the award-winning anthology THE FUTURE IS JAPANESE
and the acclaimed novel SELF-REFERENCE ENGINE from the Haikasoru imprint.
ONE PIECE Box Set: EAST BLUE & BAROQUE WORKS ·Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $185.99 U.S. / $185.99 CAN· Available Now!
box set includes volumes 1-23, which comprise the series’ first two story arcs,
East Blue and Baroque Works. With exclusive premiums and great savings over
buying the individual volumes, this set is a pirate’s treasure for any manga
fan! As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But
his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil
Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. The only drawback?
He'll never be able to swim again – a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog!
Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the "One Piece,"
said to be the greatest treasure in the world... Box set also includes a
full-color, two-sided poster and booklet featuring an interview with ONE PIECE
creator Eiichiro Oda, and Romance Dawn, the original ONE PIECE pilot chapter.
BAKUMAN COmplete series Box Set ·Rated “T” for Teens ·
MSRP: $159.99 U.S. / $159.99
CAN· Available Now!
the creators of DEATH NOTE! The mystery behind
manga-making is revealed! Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for
fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent,
he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly
does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world? Set also includes the bonus mini-comic "OTTER
NO. 11" along with a full-color, two sided poster.
A 20% savings over buying the individual volumes!
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO: THE NOVEL ·MSRP: $17.99 U.S. / $21.00 CAN· Available Now!
The beloved animation classic by legendary Studio Ghibli
director Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro, is now a novel. This edition
features original illustrations by Miyazaki himself, accompanying a story by
veteran children’s author Tsugiko Kubo. Eleven-year-old Satsuki and her sassy little sister Mei have
moved to the country to be closer to their ailing mother. Soon, in the woods
behind their spooky old house, Satsuki and Mei discover a forest spirit named
Totoro. When Mei goes missing, it’s up to Satsuki to find her sister, and
she’ll need help from some new, magical, friends.
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO PICTURE BOOK ·MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN· Available Now!
full color companion book to the beloved classic anime film My Neighbor Totoro by legendary Studio
Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki. Featuring
artwork taken directly from the movie, this updated edition will allow parents
and children to relive Totoro's magical adventures with scene-by-scene
illustrations and character dialogue.
SWEET REIN, Vol. 1 ·Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN· Available November 5th
Sad at the thought of spending Christmas alone, Kurumi
Sagara 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?!
Hime Kino’s dream is to one day become a voice actor like
her hero Sakura Aoyama from the Lovely ♥ Blazers anime
and being accepted to the prestigious Holly Academy’s voice actor department is
the first step in the right direction! But Hime’s gruff voice has earned her
the scorn of teachers and students alike. Hime will not let that stand
unchallenged, however. She’ll show everyone that she is too a voice acting
princess, whether they like it or not!!
SHONEN ACTION MANGA:
TIGER & BUNNY: THE BEGINNING SIDE A & SIDE B ·Rated “T” for Teens ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CANeach· Available Now!
In the city of Stern Bild, superpowered heroes known as NEXT
fight crime while promoting their corporate sponsors for the hit show HERO TV.
Veteran hero Wild Tiger has years of experience fighting crime, but when his
ratings slip he’s forced to team up with Barnaby Brooks Jr., a rookie hero with
an attitude. This 2-volume manga adaptation of the Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning animated film (also
available from VIZ Media) introduces you to the exciting world and characters
TIGER & BUNNY COMIC ANTHOLOGY 2-In-1, Vols. 1
& 2·Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CANeach· Volume 1 Available Now, Volume 2 Available December 10th!
Heroes of Stern Bild City are larger than life when they appear on Hero TV, but when they take off their
costumes, their lives are just like anyone else! Or are they?! Why would
someone impersonate Barnaby to work at a host club? Dragon Kid is a Hero but
still has to struggle with homework. What will happen when Barnaby meets
Kotetsu’s family? And is it possible for Origami Cyclone to ride into battle on
a kite, or is he just going to break his neck? Dozens of stories take you deep
into the world of TUGER & BUNNY!
THE FUTURE IS JAPANESE ·MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN·
A web browser that threatens to conquer the world; the
longest, loneliest railroad on Earth; a North Korean nuke hitting Tokyo; a
hollow asteroid full of automated rice paddies, and a specialist in breaking up
virtual marriages; and yes, giant robots. These thirteen stories from and about
the Land of the Rising Sun run the gamut from fantasy to cyberpunk and will
leave you knowing that the future is Japanese! Also features the Hugo Award-winning
short story, "Mono No Aware," by Ken Liu.
SELF-REFERENCE ENGINE ·MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN·
This is not a novel. This is not a short story collection. This is
Self-Reference ENGINE. Instructions for Use: Read chapters in order.
Contemplate the dreams of twenty-two dead Freuds. Note your position in space/time
at all times (and spaces). Keep an eye out for a talking bobby sock named Bobby
Socks. Beware the star-man Alpha Centauri. Remember that the chapter entitled
“Japanese” is translated from the Japanese, but should be read in Japanese.
Warning: if reading this book on the back of a catfish statue, the text may
vanish at any moment, and you may forget that it ever existed. From the mind of
Toh EnJoe comes Self-Reference ENGINE, a textual machine that combines the
rigor of Stanislaw Lem with the imagination of Jorge Luis Borges. Do not
operate heavy machinery for one hour after reading.
UZUMAKI 3-in-1 DELUXE EDITION ·Rated “T+” for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $27.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN· Available Now!
Savor a special
new hardcover edition of Junji Ito’s acclaimed manga classic that now features
12 additional pages of full-color artwork. Kurouzu-cho,
a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi
Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted
not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic
secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and
whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people's bodies, the insane obsessions
of Shuichi's father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the
madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurouzu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a
whirlpool from which there is no return!
For more information about these and other titles from VIZ Media,