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Jul 21st 2003
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Part science fiction, part fantasy…
Alice doesn't think she lives here on planet Earth anymore…and she's right, Please Save My Earth, Volume 1

July 17, 2003 (San Francisco, CA) – Please Save My Earth is the story of sensitive high school student Alice Sakaguchi. The manga was written by Saki Hiwatari and first serialized in the Hana to Yume magazine and published as graphic novels from 1987 to 1994 by Hakusensha, Inc. Tokyo. The total number of graphic novels was 21.

This provocative manga stars high school student Alice Sakaguchi who has a recurring dream that she's part of a team of seven alien scientists from the moon. She doesn't believe it until the evidence starts building up. She keeps meeting other people who've been having these strange dreams as well, and fragments of a past life keep her wondering if it's not too crazy to be true. And now, even her eight year old neighbor is acting strange.

PLEASE SAVE MY EARTH, VOL.1
VIZ graphic novel
Story and art by Saki Hiwatari
b&w, 192 pages
$9.95 USA/$16.50 CAN
SHIPS 10/22/03
ISBN: 1-59116-059-6





Alice was a typical young girl – hopelessly in love and bored, until she follows a magical rabbit that literally jumps in front of her life.
Alice 19th, Vol. 1 The Lotis Master

Alice Seno seems like a normal girl in high school. She¹s a bit shy;
she's got a crush on a boy name Kyo; and she's got an older sister who is more
popular than she is. Pretty normal stuff until Alice has an encounter with
a mysterious and magical rabbit girl that changes the course of her
life. Words have power, and Alice has the potential to become a master of this
power. Uncontrolled use of these words, however, can have deadly
consequences, and Alice inadvertently sends her sister into a world of
darkness. Alice resolves to save her sister from the darkness, but in
order to do so, she must become a master of the Lotis Words. Will the dark side be more than she can handle?

ALICE 19TH, VOLUME 1: LOTIS MASTER
VIZ graphic novel
story & art by Yu Watase
b&w, 192 pages
$9.95 USA/$16.50 CAN
ISBN: 1-59116-215-7
SHIPS 10/22 /03



Sixteen year old Hatsumi Narita can't believe that life can get any worse --her family's landlady is a gossiping nightmare, and the landlady's son is a bully! To top it off, an act of kindness backfires and makes Hatsumi the bully's slave! Hot Gimmick, Volume 1

Hot Gimmick is the new manga by Aihara Miki. It started its publication with the December 2000 issue of shojo manga magazine Betsucomi (Bessatsu Shojo-Comic) (from Shogakukan), and has six tankoubon (graphic novels) released so far.

In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford
to live anywhere else. And in the complex where sixteen year old Hatsumi Narita lives, everyone's lives are ruled by the rumor-mongering, self-righteous landlady, Mrs. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell.

When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane
thinks she's pregnant, Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, catches her and promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret as long as she becomes his slave.







Suddenly Azusa, Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to
save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood! Despite the
budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn¹t forgotten who his slave is! And he'll make sure Hatsumi doesn't forget either!

HOT GIMMICK, VOLUME 1
VIZ graphic novel
story & art by Miki Aihara
b&w, 192 pages
$9.95 USA/$16.50 CAN
ISBN: 1-59116-214-9
SHIPS 10/15/03

VIZ, LLC
Founded in 1986, VIZ is a multi-media entertainment company specializing in Japanese entertainment properties for U.S. audiences. VIZ offers an integrated product line including magazines, comics, graphic novels, videos, DVDs and audio soundtracks. VIZ publishes over 20 titles every month including: DRAGON BALL Z, GUNDAM, HAMTARO, INUYASHA, POKEMON, RANMA 1/2, SHONEN JUMP, and YU-GI-OH!.

Based in San Francisco, VIZ is one of the top five comics publishers in the U.S. and a subsidiary of Shogakukan and Shueisha, Inc., two of the top publishers in Japan. VIZ is the leading publisher of manga for English speaking audiences, serving a growing market of dedicated fans of all ages. Estimating a core audience of nearly 15 million fans, the company holds more than a 50% market share of Japanese comics in the U.S. With some of the most innovative products in the industry, VIZ has expanded its offerings to its loyal fans through web sites such as www.animerica-mag.com, www.shonenjump.com, www.j-pop.com and its corporate site, www.Viz.com.

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