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Viz Press Release: August Manga

posted on 2001-04-21 20:10 EDT
Viz's final press release of the week, with their August comic/magazine/graphic novel releases. New Items include Aqua Knight Graphic Novel and Dragonball Part 4.

Feature Items:

AQUA KNIGHT VOL. 1
Viz graphic novel, story and art by Yukita Kishiro, b&w, 232 pages, $16.95 USA/$26.00 CAN, CTAK001, ISBN 1-56931-634-1, SHIPS 8/3/01
A KNIGHT COMES TO LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND
Enter a whole new world of fantasy and adventure: the watery land of Marmundo, where kings rule tiny islands scattered throughout the vast sea and stray ships really can fall off the face of the planet! To protect this land from evil, great armored Aqua Knights patrol the seas mounted atop noble orcas seeking adventure and combat. One such Aqua Knight, Ruliya of Perla, washes ashore on a mysterious lighthouse island after being caught in a storm. Little does she know that this tiny island will be the beginning of an adventure that will take her to the far edges of the world and back!
In This Volume: On the remote island of Faro, not far from the World's Edge, a stormy night brings a visitor to the lighthouse keeper Arrabarus and his young son Ashika. When they find a suit of armor washed up near the shore, they open it to reveal a beautiful woman, the Aqua Knight Ruliya of Perla, far off her intended course. For saving her life, Ruliya grants young Ashika the privilege of being her squire—a mistake she will come to regret. When the megalomaniac genius Alcantara steals a magical light sphere from Faro and kidnaps Ashika, Ruliya must set off to rescue the boy and maintain the delicate balance between the living and the dead.

DRAGON BALL PART 4 #1
10-issue monthly series, story & art by Akira Toriyama, b&w, 48 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CDB401, SHIPS 8/10/01
TARGET: GOKU!
Goku's search for the next Dragon Balls takes him to the base of the mysterious Karin Tower, which marks the home of Rora and Opa, a proud Native American warrior and his son. But after the Red Ribbon Army setbacks Goku's dealt, they're more determined than ever to destroy him once and for all! As a strategic maneuver, Commander Red calls out his trump card and hires Taopaipai, the world's deadliest assassin. Next to this guy, even General Blue looks weak...Now 48 pages every month!

POKÉMON ORIGAMI 3
activity book, designed by Ryoko Nishida, color, 80 pages, $9.95 USA/
$15.50 CAN, TPM03, ISBN 1-56931-655-4,SHIPS 8/17/01
FOLDING FUN!
Why catch Pokémon when you can make you own? Pichu, Snubull, and all your favorite Pokémon from the hit Gameboy games Pokémon Gold and Silver are here! Fold, spindle and manufacture all your favorite Pokémon in minutes from this vivid, full-color kit that includes both pre-printed origami paper and step-by-step pictorial instructions!

VIZ KIDS

DRAGON BALL Z PART 4 #9
13-issue monthly series, story & art by Akira Toriyama, b&w, 48 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CDBZ409, SHIPS 8/17/01
THE DARKEST HOUR
Just as Vegeta is about to be annihilated by Reacoom, Gohan and Kuririn intercede to save their old enemy. As the fighters exchange nuclear-strength blows and planet Namek is blasted to craters, Ginyu brings Freeza all seven Dragon Balls and the twisted conqueror prepares to make his ultimate wish come true. But there's just one thing wrong with Freeza's plans...Goku's spaceship has landed! Now 48 pages every month!

MAGICAL POKÉMON JOURNEY, PART 5 #2: OPERATION: HYPNOTISM
5-issue monthly series, story & art by Yumi Tsukirino, b&w, squarebound, 40 pages, $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN, CPJ0501, SHIPS 8/31/01
MIND GAMES
Coconut discovers she has the power to hypnotize Eevee, then decides to turn her hypnotic attentions toward Almond! Will Coconut be able to sway the mind and heart of Almond, or will her mental meddling backfire? Meanwhile, Wal is determined to become the greatest Pokémon trainer ever, and with trusty Clefairy at his side, decides to go into intensive training.

POKÉMON ADVENTURES: THE YELLOW CABALLERO PART 5 #2: THE S.S. ANNE
ADVENTURE
4-issue monthly series, story & art by Midenori Kusaka, squarebound, b&w, 48 pages, $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN, CYC0201, SHIPS 8/31/01
TITANIC…POKÉMON STYLE!
After fending off members of the Elite Four, Blue & Yellow decide it's time for a break and go on an ocean cruise aboard the S.S. Anne. Also aboard the S.S. Ann to their surprise is the infamous Pokémon Fan Club President in disguise! What is this Pokémon-loving nut up to this time? Their journey is cut short when Team Rocket shows up and decide to really play sink-the-ship!

GUNDAM WING: EPISODE ZERO #5
8-issue monthly series, story by Sakura Asagi, art by Akemi Omode, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CGW0305, SHIPS 8/24/01
THE FIRST TIME I SAW YOUR FACE…
A mysterious boy shows up at Relena's private school and instantly becomes the center of everyone's attention…and speculation. When Relena overhears what sounds like a secret military communiqué she can't help but wonder what he's really up to. But when terrorists attack a nearby town, it becomes all too apparent what the boy was up to, and Relena inadvertently becomes caught in the middle of a conflict she knows nothing about.

NO NEED FOR TENCHI! PART 12 #1
6-issue monthly series, story & art by Hitoshi Okuda, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CNNT1201, SHIPS 8/24/01
I HEAR AND OBEY…OR NOT
Although Ryoko rescued Ayeka from the clutches of Ga-Ryu, his brainwashing technique was never fully undone and now Ayeka has pulled a Patty Hearst and fled back to the evil prince with Sasami in tow! Will Ga-Ryu turn Sasami into his next puppet and with her, the power of Tsunami? And what is the motivation behind Ga-Ryu, the Tenchi cast's most powerful opponent ever?

VIZ GRAPHIC NOVELS

INU-YASHA VOL. 9
Viz graphic novel, story and art by Rumiko Takahashi, b&w, 200 pages, $15.95 USA/$24.95 CAN, CTIY009, ISBN 1-56931-643-0, SHIPS 8/17/01
THE EXTERMINATORS
When high-school student Kagome is transported back in time to Japan's feudal era, she accidentally releases the feral half-demon dog-boy Inu Yasha from his imprisonment for stealing the "Jewel of Four Souls." But after a battle with fearsome demons, the jewel has been shattered and its countless shards scattered over all Japan. Now, bound together by a spell, Inu Yasha and Kagome must join forces to reclaim the jewel and its terrifying powers from demons and mortals alike who would use it as a tool of unspeakable evil. In This Volume: When Kagome discovers severed human heads floating downstream, everyone agrees that it must be the foul work of demons. But when the group comes across a hideous tree that grows talking heads they tell not of a demon, but an evil hermit master that harvests villagers as ingredients in a life extension elixir! Can Inu Yasha and the group defeat his powerful magic, or will they become more victims in his quest for immortality? Then, Kagome learns of a group that exterminates demons as a way of life and supposedly created the Shikon Jewel. But while searching for their whereabouts, Kagome is reminded of how little she, or anyone else, actually knows about the Shikon Jewel.

MAGICAL POKÉMON JOURNEY, VOL. 3
Viz graphic novel, story and art by Yumi Tsukirino, b&w, 176 pages, $13.95 USA/$21.50 CAN, CTMPJ03, ISBN 1-56931-644-9, SHIPS 8/31/01
THE WAL COMES CRASHING DOWN
Magical Pokémon Journey is the first Pokémon shôjo (girls) manga, with super-cute art and a plot focused on humor and character relationships rather than battling Pokémon. Hazel has a crush on Pokémon trainer Almond, but all Almond loves is catching Pokémon. But because of her friendly nature, the Pokémon like Hazel better! Then, after trying everything to attract Almond, Hazel accepts a proposal by her wizard grandfather who promises to make her a love potion if she collects Pokémon for him! With tons of cute Pokémon for the kids, and plenty of witty humor for older fans, Magical Pokémon Journey is one comic everyone can enjoy.
In This Volume: Wal (short for "Walnut") is an aspiring ninja Pokémon trainer, following in the footsteps of his role model Koga. But with a mentality of style over substance, Wal hasn't mastered any techniques and can only lay claim to dressing like a ninja! Even worse, the trainer has become the trainee when Wal's Ditto takes on the role of his ninja master! Can Ditto knock some practical knowledge into Wal's thick skull before he gets into real trouble? Plus, Almond observes a day in the life of Jigglypuff; Hazel finds an Abra; Coconut's love cookies backfire; and much more!

VIZ COMICS

EAGLE #19: FIRES IN THE PLAIN
story & art by Kaiji Kawaguchi, b&w, 104 pages, $6.95 USA/$10.95 CAN, CEA0019, SHIPS 8/24/01
LONE GUNMAN?
Yamaoka's in danger of losing his home state of Washington to General Grant when continued efforts don't seem to yield a resolution in the drawn-out Ewing Aerospace strike. Yamaoka must use every trick up his political sleeve to bring the two feuding factions back together and save face. Meanwhile in Arkansas, Al Noah discovers the hard way what Senator Yamoka's newest political hurdle will be—growing anti-Japanese racism in the United States.

CERES, CELESTIAL LEGEND #3
6-issue monthly series, story by Yû Watase, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/
$4.50 CAN, CAC103, SHIPS 8/24/01
FURTHER DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Aya's world has gone haywire as her father lies dead while Tōya, her apparent savior, holds a gun to her forehead. Suzumi, Yūhi and Mrs. Q =race to the rescue, but time is running out! With her grandfather holding all the cards, and still intent on destroying his dangerous granddaughter, can anything save Aya in time?

EL-HAZARD PART 3 #2
6-issue monthly series, story & art by Hidetomo Tsubura, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN CEH0302, SHIPS 8/17/01
THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
With everything in place, Galus and his Phantom Tribe brethren prepare to activate the Eye of God. True to form, Jinnai manages to steal Rune Venus away before Galus can force her to activate it. Meanwhile, Makoto discovers the electronic network of El-Hazard, which may be the key to stopping the Phantom Tribe for good, but before he can access it Jinnai orders Ifurita to kill him! Will Ifurita follow orders, or will she listen to her heart instead?

INU-YASHA PART 6 #4
15-issue series, story & art by Rumiko Takahashi, b&w, 40 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CIY0604, SHIPS 8/10/01
DEMON'S DECEPTION
After vanquishing a demon posing as a beautiful woman, Miroku's thoughts turn to long-buried memories of his youth, when a terrible accident changed his life forever. Will returning to his home temple resolve his tangled past, or does death await the cursed monk? Then, Kagome and Inu Yasha spot Nataku spying on them, but it turns out to be just another of his avatar golems. When will the real Nataku show his face?

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, BOOK 6 #2
REGULAR--4-issue monthly series, story & art by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, original concept by Gainax, monthly, b&w, 40 pages, $3.25 USA/$5.00 CAN, CEV602
SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION--4-issue monthly series, story & art by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, original concept by Gainax, monthly, b&w, 40 pages, $3.25 USA/$5.00 CAN, CEVS602, SHIPS 8/24/01
BETWEEN FEAR AND DESIRE
Double-sized issue! He never wanted to be part of the war between men and "Angels", but when Shinji's friend Toji is selected to be the Fourth Child, his tough-guy demeanor cracks and he turns to Shinji of all people, for reassurance. Meanwhile, an increasingly lovestruck, yet desperate Asuka throws herself at Kaji in a manner that could only be called age appropriate.

SILENT MÖBIUS: ADVENT #2
6-issue series, story & art by Kia Asamiya, monthly, b&w, 40 pages, $3.25 USA/$5.00 CAN, CSM0902, SHIPS 8/10/01
KNIFE'S EDGE
A pivotal point in the Silent Möbius storyline! After a one-year-absence, Katsumi Liqueur comes forward to meet her former A.M.P. companions. But the reunion is bittersweet at best, because Katsumi has changed in her time away from the group—for the worse. Soon, the A.M.P. girls learn the hard way what happens to humans that spend time in the darkness of the shadowy dimension called Nemesis…

RANMA, PART 10 #5
11-issue series, story & art by Rumiko Takahashi, monthly, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CRA1005, SHIPS 8/10/01
BRING IT ON
It's the day of the great martial arts cheerleading contest and everyone knows that Akane's best just can't cut it. Looks like it's up to girl-type Ranma to save the day! Tension mounts when Mariko's skills sway the eye and heart of Kuno, turning his once adamant affection towards the charismatic-yet-deadly cheerleader. Will Mariko win Kuno away from girl-type Ranma and seal victory? Does Ranma even want to win?

MAGAZINES

PULP
VOL. 5, #9
AUGUST '01
manga anthology, b&w, 184 pages, $5.95 USA/$9.00 CAN, MPU0509, SHIPS
8/3/01
MATURE READERS ONLY
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. Cinderalla: Cinderalla is put to work doing all the dirty work! What's a poor little half-naked waif to do? Dance Till Tomorrow: Wedding bells ring as Suekichi's big day arrives! Will Suekichi and Miyuki seal their vows…and fates? Even A Monkey Can Draw Manga: Our manga experts explain where ideas come from. Scatological humor abounds! Bakune Young: The Bakune series is back with the simplest yet most provocative of questions—Bakune Young: Dead or Alive? Banana Fish: Ash finally tracks down Dr. Abraham Dawson, the original scientist that worked on Banana Fish. Is it time for Ash's revenge? Uzumaki: When the class scapegoat turns into a snail and becomes the next victim of the spiral phenomenon, how will this affect Kirie and the rest of the school?

ANIMERICA EXTRA
VOL. 4 #9
AUGUST '01
manga anthology, b&w, 128 pages, $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN, MAE0409, SHIPS
8/3/01
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; and a girl who came from a video tape. 128 pages of beautiful art and stunning stories, plus fan art, manga features and more! Fushigi Yûgi: With Tamahome back in the fold, it's time for Miaka to complete her destiny and summon Suzaku. Will everything go as planned? Marionette Generation: Kinoko is being stalked again, but this time the danger is real! Why do all the nuts have to go after her? Revolutionary Girl Utena: Tôga steals a kiss from Utena, but at a price. In exchange, Utena learns more about the duelists and the mysterious Rose Council. Steam Detectives: The rivers will run black with oil as Goriki and Shadow Bolt #3 battle for supremacy in the streets and canals of Steam City! Video Girl Ai: A desperate phone call from Ai interrupts Yota & Nobuko in a very intimate moment.

ANIMERICA
Vol. 9 #8
anime & manga monthly, color and b&w, 96 pages, $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN, MAN0908, SHIPS 8/17/01
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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