TOKYOPOP TO PUBLISH MACROSS 7 TRASH MANGA

Jul 18th 2003
TOKYOPOP® TO PUBLISH MACROSS 7 TRASH MANGA
Highly Anticipated and Coveted Series will Debut in April 2004

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Comic-Con, San Diego, CA (July 18, 2003) - Further solidifying its position as the leading U.S. manga publisher, TokyoPop Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Macross 7: Trash to its 2004 manga release schedule. The legendary and complex Macross universe is seminal in the history of anime and manga. There have been thousands of Macross TV anime episodes, movies, manga volumes, toys, and videogames, spanning multiple distinct series. Macross - which was released worldwide by Harmony Gold - recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary and is known to many television viewers as Robotech.

One of the most popular incarnations of this franchise is Macross 7. The fan-favorite Macross 7: Trash manga is known as a side-story to the anime - set in the same world, but featuring different themes, characters and tone. Created by Mikimoto Haruhiko (Gundam 0080, Orguss), Macross 7: Trash features a complex, layered, character-driven narrative that adds immeasurably to the overall richness and diversity of the Macross experience. The story was originally serialized in Japan's Shounen Ace magazine from 1994 to 2001.

"TOKYOPOP looks forward to not only sharing this compelling series with its existing fanbase here in America, but also to introducing a whole new audience of readers to Macross 7: Trash," said the company's President & COO John Parker.





ABOUT TOKYOPOP

TokyoPop Inc. is the leading North American publisher of manga, the fastest growing segment within the publishing industry. With exclusive rights to hundreds of licensed and original book, video and music properties, the company has rapidly become a media convergence leader. TOKYOPOP has millions of books in print and publishes many hit manga series, including Love Hina, Chobits, Rave Master, Initial D, GTO, Battle Royale and Cowboy Bebop. The company pioneered Cine-Manga™, releasing titles such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Lizzie McGuire, Spy Kids 2, Kim Possible and Jackie Chan Adventures. TOKYOPOP television properties include Reign: The Conqueror and the upcoming Rave Master, both airing on Cartoon Network. As a licensor, TOKYOPOP represents merchandising rights for Rave Master, Initial D, Stray Sheep and others. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.


ABOUT Harmony Gold

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2003, Harmony Gold has been active in the production, acquisition and distribution of quality international titles, including groundbreaking anime hits such as Robotech, Macross, Mospeada, Casshan, Gatchaman, Southern Cross, and Windaria. Please visit www.HARMONYGOLD.com and www.ROBOTECH.com for additional information.


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For press information, please contact:

TokyoPop Inc., Los Angeles
Kristien Brada-Thompson
323.692.6853
kristienb@tokyopop.com

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