TOKYOPOP Adds Seven New Manga Titles to its Growing 2004 Lineup

Jul 22nd 2003
TOKYOPOP® ADDS SEVEN NEW MANGA TITLES TO ITS GROWING 2004 LINEUP:

Sgt. Frog, Ai Yori Aoshi, Faeries' Landing, Snow Drop, Kill Me, Kiss Me,
Les Bijoux and Ghost!

Comic-Con, San Diego, CA (July 18, 2003)―Leading U.S. manga publisher TokyoPop Inc. has just added seven new titles to its already-impressive 2004 lineup. With topics that range from invading amphibians to the turmoil of love, these exciting series promise fans a wide range of delightful reads. Sgt. Frog, Ai Yori Aoshi, Faeries' Landing, Snow Drop, Kill Me, Kiss Me, Les Bijoux and Ghost! are manga series you won't want to miss. Read on…

Sgt. Frog: Keroro Gunsō (Comedy)
The creative vision of Mine Yoshizaki (ArcadeGamer FUBUKI), this hilarious story first gained recognition serialized in Kadokawa's #1 boys' manga magazine. Meet Sergeant Keroro. As Captain of the Space Invasion Forces Special Advance Team of the 58th Planet of the Gamma Storm Cloud System, he's been sent to the planet Pokopen (aka Earth) to collect intelligence for his invasion force. He's armed… he's on a mission… and did we mention he's a frog? It's invasion of the weird in this wacky comedy hit!

Ai Yori Aoshi (Romance / Comedy)
Kou Fumizuki's Ai Yori Aoshi poses the ever-asked question: does love truly conquer all? The daughter of a traditional family, Aoi has always known that she would marry into money. Her parents planned it that way. She even knows her future husband Kaoru—the heir to an enormous fortune—and has loved him since they were children. Roadblock! Kaoru has been disowned, and now, despite her family's protests, Aoi wants to marry him anyway. What obstacles must the two overcome in order to be together?

Faeries' Landing (Comedy / Fantasy)
From You Hyun comes this delightful manga that takes a comical and rather imaginative look at dating. Welcome to Faeries' Landing, a place where the real world and the Faerie realm collide. Like most people, 16-year-old Ryan doesn't realize that supernatural beings descend on his town at night, but when this shy guy stumbles upon a grounded faerie, he suddenly finds himself her guardian. The good news: she's a hottie. The bad news: she's read his fortune, and his love-life is doomed.

Snow Drop (Romance)
This moving, dramatic story was created by Choi Gyung-ah (Akashic Records). Like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Snow Drop is about two star-crossed teens who fall madly in love, despite the odds against them. Sana was kidnapped and raped as a child, but she is trying to put that experience behind her. When she meets Hayden in high school, they instantly click and fall in love. However, a dark secret from their past threatens to tear them apart.

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Kill Me, Kiss Me (Romance / Drama)
Created by Lee Young Yuu (Pastel Green Spell), Kill Me, Kiss Me is a charming tale of adolescent angst. Smitten with teen idol star Kun Kung, Teyon Ihm dreams of one day meeting the famous model and, perhaps, marrying him. Of course, she knows it's just a silly pipe dream and would never even think of an encounter, much less a tryst, coming to pass. Cross-gender hijinks and madcap hilarity surround this tender story of one girl's pursuit of true love.

Les Bijoux (Fantasy / Adventure)
Literally French for “The Jewels,” this fascinating manga was written by Jo Eun-Ha and illustrated by Park Sang-Sun. Its story takes readers into a world of sharply drawn class structures called Mines where “Habits” exist to rule and “Spars” exist to serve. Their future dim and seemingly set in stone, the Spars find hope in an unlikely hero—the androgynous child born of a dwarf and hunchback.

Ghost! (Romance / Drama)
Shuri Shiozu has penned this bizarre and touching story about Mitsuo Shiozu, a lonely high school student whose psychic abilities turn his body into the channel for a pair of female ghosts. These deceased former classmates use Mitsuo to deliver their otherworldly messages while putting him in some awkward situations.


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.

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