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Viz June Press Release

posted on 2001-02-24 11:20 EST
First Ceres: Celestial Legend manga, Eagle Graphic Novel..

Viz has shipped their latest press release, detailing information about their upcoming June releases.

The most notable premiere to this list is Ceres: Celestial Legend, due out May 21st. This haunting series, written by the creator of Fushigi Yuugi, explores the lives of Aya and Aki, a twin brother and sister, whose family hides a dark and mysterious secret.

Due out on June 1st is the Graphic Novel of Eagle: The Making of an Asian American President. This fictional drama describes an Asian Senator making a run for the Presidency. Manga Artist Kaiji Kawaguchi intricately follows the American election process while providing a serious and insightful view on the amount of time and effort it takes to "make a president".

Other titles due out during this timeperiod include Gundam Wing: Episode Zero, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Magical Pokémon Adventure, Silent Möbius and Inu Yasha.

Excerpted from the Press Release:

CERES, CELESTIAL LEGEND
6-issue monthly series/story by Yû Watase/b&w, 48 pages/$3.25 USA/5.00 CAN/CAC101/SHIPS 05/21/01
THE LEGEND BEGINS
Yû Watase's newest supernatural manga thriller premiers this month from Viz Comics! On Aya and her twin brother Aki's 16th birthday, their parents decide it's time to tell them a secret. The twins are summoned to the massive, mysterious Mikage House where they find their entire family assembled. Is this a birthday party, or something far more diabolical?

EAGLE: THE MAKING OF AN ASIAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT
Viz Graphic Novel/story & art by Kaiji Kawaguchi/b&w, 416 pages/$19.95 USA/$30.95 CAN/CTE003/ISBN 1-56931-551-5/SHIPS 6/1/2001
THE REAL DEAL
Ken Yamaoka, a third-generation Japanese-American, has all the qualifications of a presidential candidate: he studied at Yale, he fought in the Vietnam War, and he has been a Senator for several terms. Now, as he challenges Vice President Al Noah for the Democratic presidential nomination, he summons a young Japanese
journalist, Takashi Jo, to Washington, D.C. to cover his campaign. But Takashi soon discovers that he cannot be an impartial observer—he's Yamaoka's son out of wedlock! Intelligently written, exciting, critically acclaimed, Kaiji Kawaguchi combines an insider's attention to detail with a fascinating outsider's perspective on American politics.
In This Volume: A brilliant tactical turnaround during the first TV debate with Vice President Al Noah, Yamaoka narrowly wins his first primary in the vital state of New York. Now it's off to Texas to capture the second largest state in the country. But how well is an urbanite Asian Senator going to do in the heart of the Lone Star State? Especially when he goes for an unscheduled "town hall" meeting in a ranchers' honky-tonk? Then, the campaign moves to California, the nation's single most important state in the primaries. Yamaoka makes himself known in the Hollywood glamour circles while behind his back VP Albert Noah and his staff plot to derail Yamaoka by digging up a family scandal.

RANMA 1/2, RANDOM RHAPSODY: THE WAY WE'RE NOT
3 episodes per volume/English dubbed/color, stereo, 78 mins.//DVD: $29.95 USA/DVDRRR002/VHS: $24.95 USA/VRRR002/ISBN 1-56931-600-7/SHIPS
6/19/2001
SURROGATE SON
Ranma runs into a shady man who runs a secret black market store on Furinkan High's campus! Principal Kuno wants him off the grounds, but this is one feisty merchant that won't go without a fight. Then, Ranma, Ryoga, and Mousse travel into the mountains in search of the legendary Spring of Drowned Man in an attempt to restore their original forms. Will the three martial artists be successful, or will paranoia tear them apart? Plus, what is Genma thinking when he names
Ryoga as the inheritor of the Anything Goes School of artial Arts!?

VIZ KIDS

DRAGON BALL, PART 3 #13
14-issue monthly series/story & art by Akira Toriyama/b&w, 32 pages/$2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN/CDB313/SHIPS 6/8/2001
KAMEHA-CAVE-IN!
The pirates' cave is collapsing! Goku, Kuririn and Bulma struggle to escape the undersea fortress before they're buried under tons of rock, but unbeknownst to them, General Blue has also survived the devastation! Now General Blue must face all our heroes at once, but he's not worried -- because he's got something up his sleeve that might blow all our heroes to smithereens!

DRAGON BALL Z, PART 4 #7
15-issue monthly series/story & art by Akira Toriyama/b&w, 32 pages/$2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN/CDBZ407/SHIPS 6/15/2001
MIGHTY MIGHTY MERCS!
The Ginyu Force, the galaxy's strongest alien mercenaries, amuse themselves by challenging Kuririn, Gohan and Vegeta! Our heroes' first match is with Gurd, a four-eyed lump whose blobby body conceals the power of telekinesis... and the awesome ability to STOP TIME! And time is what the desperate allies don't have, because Captain Ginyu has all the Dragon Balls... and every second brings Emperor Freeza's dreadful wish closer to coming true...

GUNDAM WING: EPISODE ZERO #3
4-issue monthly series/story by Sakura Asagi, art by Akemi Omode/b&w, 32 pages/$2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN/CGZ103/SHIPS 6/22/2001
TO THE BITTER END
Security forces are moving in and Heero must part with his mentor Torres before it's too late. After the close escape into the ravaged colony infrastructure, Heero, armed only with a bazooka, is confronted by a towering Leo mobile suit piloted by Torres himself! Will Heero be forced to fire on his old friend?

MAGICAL POKEMON JOURNEY, PART 4 #4: POKEMON SLEEPOVER
4-issue monthly series/story & art by Yumi Tsukirino/b&w, 48 pages/$4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN/CMPJ404/SHIPS 6/22/2001
ONCE UPON A DARK POKE-NIGHT…
All the Pokémon and their trainers decide to spend a fun-filled day playing hide-and-go-seek in a local park. But when Peanut hides in a cave, the day takes a turn for the worse. Then, Almond invites all the Pokémon over for the best sleepover ever! Just don't let Almond tell any scary stories, or else...

POKEMON ADVENTURES 4 #4: BLUE RETURNS
4-issue monthly series/story & art by MATO/squarebound, b&w, 32 pages/
$4.95 USA/$7.62 CAN/CPA403/SHIPS 6/29/2001
AN UNEXPECTED MEETING
The Super Nerd has revealed himself and now it's up to Yellow, Erika, Misty, and Brock to take him down and hopefully get some info out of him concerning the whereabouts of Red. After the battle, the group is startled when who should reappear to help in the search but Blue Red's old rival! With this many trainers on the job, could victory be far behind?

NO NEED FOR TENCHI!, PART 11 #3
4-issue monthly series/story & art by Hitoshi Okuda/b&w, 48 pages/$3.50 USA/$5.50 CAN/CTM1103/SHIPS 6/22/2001
HER MIND IS NOT HER OWN
It looks like Ga-Ryu has succeeded in brainwashing Ayeka, because she's accepted his mission to KILL TENCHI! When Mihoshi tries to talk sense into Ayeka (in her own special way), Ayeka responds by blowing the hapless detective out of orbit. But when little Sasami confronts Ayeka, the mind control starts to give way…or does it?

VIZ GRAPHIC NOVELS

BANANA FISH, VOL. 5
Viz Graphic Novel/story and art by Akimi Yoshida/b&w, 192 pages/
$15.95 USA/$24.95 CAN/CTBF005/ISBN 1-56931-673-2/SHIPS 6/15/2001
MARRIED TO THE MOB
In 1973, in Vietnam, and American soldier goes mad and guns down his companions. In 1985, in New York City, gang leader Ash Lynx is drawn into a mystery when a dying man gives him a strange drug. As Ash begins to investigate, his discovery sparks the unwanted interest of mafia boss Papa Dino, and a series of puzzling suicides tears apart the New York crime community. And a common thread runs behind the seemingly random acts of violence…a common thread known only by a crippled Vietnam veteran, who for 12 years has spoken only the words "Banana Fish"...the name of J.D. Salinger's fictional "fish of death"...
In This Volume: Ash came to Los Angeles to escape Union Corse leader Papa Dino, and to locate Dr. Alexis Dawson and the truth about the drug he helped invent, "Banana Fish." But even as they find the doctor, betrayal strikes! The lithe young man passing himself off as Dawson's "adopted son"—in reality Yut-Lung, master of poisons and member of the Lee family syndicate. Will this unholy alliance of Corsican and Chinese gangs deliver Ash, his friends, and all the secrets of Banana Fish into Dino's ruthless hands?

STEAM DETECTIVES, VOL. 4
Viz Graphic Novel/story & art by Kia Asamiya/b&w, 192 pages/$15.95 USA/$24.95 CAN/CTSTD04/ISBN 1-56931-674-0/SHIPS 6/29/2001
JUSTICE HAS A NEW NAME...DON DEATH!
Anime style action, American comics, and film noir meet in this stylish mystery series by acclaimed artist Kia Asamiya, creator of Dark Angel and Silent Möbius! In a past that never was, masked dandies, dastardly supervillains, and sentient machines stalk the streets of Steam City by night. Can wünderkind detective Narutaki, pretty nurse Ling-Ling, and sentient Megamaton Goriki thwart evil and defend justice in this city of perpetual fog? In This Volume: Up and coming defense lawyer Liza Fleisher is in
danger when she successfully defends a corrupt Steam City business man and becomes the target of a vigilante serial murderer, Don Death! Now, as Liza's bodyguard, Narutaki must uncover the secret to Don
Death's identity before he can strike the fatal blow…and the woman he's guarding may have the answer. Then, Narutaki's archrival, Boy Criminal Le Bread, shows up at the detective agency apparently having survived their earlier encounter! He's hatched a new plan to destroy the city and gives Narutaki a list of clues so he may diffuse his plan. Does the boy criminal really want to destroy Steam City, or is he manipulating Narutaki for other goals?

VIZ VIDEO

RANMA ½ MARTIAL MAYHEM, SUBTITLED EDITION: THREE GIRLS, A GUY, AND A (JAPANESE) PIZZA PLACE
2 episodes per volume/English subtitled/color, stereo, 52 mins./$29.95 USA/VRMMS07/ISBN 1-56931-593-0/SHIPS 6/19/2001
MAN CANNOT LIVE ON OKONOMIYAKI ALONE
She's back—okonomiyaki (Japanese Pizza) chef Ukyo, one of Ranma's many fiancées! Will her latest plan turn Ranma's love burners on high? Then, Ranma goes in public in "girl-form" on time too many…and finds him/herself the object of a crush! Where's the hot water when you need it?

RANMA ½ MARTIAL MAYHEM, SUBTITLED EDITION: TO THE VICTOR, THE SPOILS
2 episodes per volume/English subtitled/color, stereo, 52 mins./$29.95 USA/VRMMS08/ISBN 1-56931-594-9/SHIPS 6/19/2001
THE LIFE OF A NINJA
Just when you think that you've seen martial arts everything, here comes martial arts shôgi (Japanese Chess)! Then, with a "new & improved" ninja at his disposal, Kuno considers giving Sasuke his walking papers, but not before one last mission: Arrange an assignation with the pig-tailed girl!

VIZ COMICS

EAGLE #17: COMING HOME
story & art by Kaiji Kawaguchi/b&w, 104 pages/$6.95 USA/$10.95 CAN/CEA1117/ISBN 1-56931-672-4/SHIPS 6/22/2001
A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE
Yamaoka's campaign explodes into a flurry of controversy! During a public speech, Yamaoka seemingly admits that he will sell the nation out to overseas interests after his election. His opponent couldn't have been happier at the announcement as Senator Grant and his Republican backers jump all over the speech like lions to a kill. Can even Yamaoka save himself now, or does he have a proverbial ace up his sleeve?

AQUA KNIGHT, PART 3 #4
4-issue monthly series/story and art by Yukito Kushiro/monthly, b&w, 48 pages/$3.50 USA/$5.50 CAN/CAK304/SHIPS 6/15/2001
SOPHISTICATED SWASHBUCKLING
Ruliya and Alcantara face off against each other in the most awesome knockdown drag-out fight this side of the Antipodes! The match seems equal until Alcantara begins to pull off some crafty high-tech tricks that throw Ruliya for a loop, literally! Can her years of training and experience save her from the whims of this genius conqueror? Then, the mysterious ghost-sorcerer returns to hassle Alcantara's
landing party.

EL HAZARD, PART 2 #5
5-issue monthly series/story & art by Tsubura Hidetomo/b&w, 40 pages 2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN/CEH205/SHIPS 6/15/2001
IMBALANCE OF POWER
Makoto discovers that the infamous Shadow tribe is behind the attacks and kidnapping of Rune Venus and they want nothing less than control of the Eye of God! Luckily, Nanami's newfound powers enable her to see these masters of illusion before they are able to infiltrate the floating superweapon. Meanwhile, Makoto and Ifurita are rush to the scene to save the princess when they are ambushed by one of the evil Demon Gods. Can even they withstand the Demon God's sheer firepower?

INU-YASHA, PART 6 #2
15-issue series/story & art by Rumiko Takahashi/b&w, 40 pages/$2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN/CIY602/SHIPS 6/8/2001
THE REAL TEMPLE OF DOOM
Following the lead they received from a distressed boy in the woods, Inu Yasha and the group runs head first into just about the most dangerous temple in all Japan! There they come face-to-face with the demon priest Suijin: the ringleader of all local demon activity and the head of a cult that kidnaps and sacrifices humans. With the Tetsusaiga out of commission, Inu Yasha and Kagome must distract the
immensely powerful demon while Miroku and Sango find a weakness

RANMA, PART 10 #3
11-issue series/story & art by Rumiko Takahashi/monthly, b&w, 32 pages $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN/CRA1003/SHIPS 6/15/2001
MOCHI MADNESS!
When Akane is in the kitchen, watch out! This time Akane has made Sakura-mochi, a delectable little sweet that indicates whether or not a suitor will end up marrying the maker: an "X" if 'no', or a face full of Sakura petal imprints if 'yes.' But when Akane takes a taste of her own (hideous) confection and an "X" appears, she takes it as a sign that she will never be married! Is there any cure for this achy-breaky heart?

SILENT MOBIUS, LOVE AND CHAOS: #7
7-issue series/story & art by Kia Asamiya/monthly, b&w, 32 pages/$2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN/CSM807/SHIPS 6/15/2001
THE POWER OF TWO
With the rest of the A.M.P. is out of commission, Katsumi and her fiancé Roy face-off against Ganosa and the most deadly Lucifer Hawk the Earth has ever seen! Can these two "normal" humans stand a chance against their enemies' combined strength? Due to sexual content, this issue of Silent Möbius is recommended for mature readers.

VIZ MAGAZINES

PULP
VOL. 5, #7, JUNE '01
manga anthology/b&w, 184 pages/$5.95 USA/$8.95 CAN/MP507/MATURE READERS ONLY/SHIPS 6/8/2001
The only true adult-oriented manga magazine in America! PULP has 184 pages of sexy, tough, surreal, violent, hilarious manga, plus columns and features written by some of the premier experts in Japanese pop culture, and the people who brought you JAPAN EDGE and SECRET COMICS JAPAN. Movies, books, manga, true crime and Warren Ellis, it's all in every issue of PULP! BANANA FISH: It's killin' time! Ash, Abe, and Max bust loose on Papa Dino's plush mansion with guns-a-blazing! Where's Arthur and the gang when you need them? VOYEURS INC.: The cockroach stalker is trapped inside Miyuki's apartment! Will the combined might of four grown men, one woman, and a dog be enough to take this baddie down? DANCE TILL TOMORROW: Aya decides to play voyeur as Suekichi and Miyuki go at it. Then, Suekichi discovers the truth behind Mr. Tachimi's agenda. Can he and Miyuki ever be the same? CINDERALLA-CHAN: Poor Cinderalla. Her father was killed and now she's in mourning, but saying 'goodbye'
to him at the cemetery gets a bit more complicated when the dead start to rise! EVEN A MONKEY CAN DRAW MANGA: A million-and-one facial expressions, all at your disposal! UZUMAKI: The spiral phenomenon begins to take over Kirie's life through her hair. Little does she know that one of her classmates has similar hair and soon their rivalry erupts into open battle!

ANIMERICA EXTRA
VOL. 4 #7, JUNE '01
manga anthology/b&w, 128 pages/$4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN/MAE407/SHIPS
6/8/2001
THE ANIME FAN'S COMIC MAGAZINE
The greatest shojo and shonen manga! A brave young swordswoman who wants to be a prince—an artist, his kissin' cousin, and a doll that came to life—adventure in a fantasy world not unlike ancient China—crime and mystery in the Gothic metropolis of Steam City—a girl who came from a video tape-and the psychic occultists who wage war over the fate of the world. 128 pages of beautiful art and stunning stories, plus fan art, manga features and more! FUSHIGI YÛGI: Tai-Yi-
Jun tells Miaka she must remain a virgin of she if to fulfill the quest before her. Then, Yui gains a new and powerful ally. VIDEO GIRL AI: In the middle of an intimate moment, Yota is interrupted...by a phone call from Ai. Will Yota leave Nobuko alone to help Ai out? STEAM DETECTIVES: Narutaki is under attack by Dr. Guilty's Megamaton, Shadow Bolt III! Can the clue to defeating it be in Ling Ling's past? Doesn't the good doctor ever give up? REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: Against all odds, Utena has won the battle with Saionji! But can she possibly accept the prize—a girl named Anthy!? MARIONETTE GENERATION: Izumi finds out how Kozue is doing, but returns to find everyone playing a very strange video game.

ANIMERICA logo
Vol. 9 #6
anime & manga monthly/color and b&w, 96 pages/$4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN MAN906/SHIPS 6/22/2001
The best magazine for anime fans! Fascinating features on the latest and greatest anime, exclusive interviews, news on what's new in Japan and what's arriving soon in America, plus exclusive columns,
interviews with voice-actors, anime reviews, video games, model kits and how to build them, anime soundtracks, and Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 manga. Remember, If It's Anime in America, It's
Gotta be ANIMERICA!

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