Bandai and Manga join together to release Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex

Feb 11th 2004
BANDAI AND MANGA JOIN TOGETHER TO RELEASE THE NEW
GHOST IN THE SHELL STAND ALONE COMPLEXANIME SERIES
ON TV AND DVD IN 2004

February 11, 2004 -Chicago, IL - Japanese animation distributors, Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment will jointly distribute the all-new Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complexanime TV series worldwide (ex-Asia). Based on Masamune Shirows popular manga/comic series, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complexwas co-produced by both companies along with Japans acclaimed Production I.G (Kill Bill, Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade). Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complexconsists of 26 futuristic half hour episodes that will be released on DVD this summer along with a subsequent U.S. cable television broadcast.

Manga Entertainment CEO Marvin Gleicher says: We are very excited to join with our friends at Bandai Entertainment in releasing this excellent new anime series. There is no title that better represents the bright future of Japanese animation than Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complexpresents a new vision of the future in which female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 must hunt down criminals in both the real world and online world. Set in the not too distant future where technology plays a key role in everyday human life, this top-notch sci-fi action series combines the latest in full CG animation featuring dramatic themes, illustrious characters, and meticulous design.

This highly anticipated anime series was produced by an incredible creative team including Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop), Kenji Kamiyama (Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade) and the talented staff at Production I.G (Dead Leaves, Patlabor 1&2). Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complexhas recently made its debut on Japanese television and will begin airing in the U.S. on Cartoon Network's late night Adult Swim block later this year. The release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complexmarks an exciting and important milestone for anime and its ever increasing popularity in mainstream pop culture here in the United Statessaid Ken Iyadomi, Executive Vice President of Bandai Entertainment.

The original Ghost in the Shell feature film is one of the most widely recognized anime films ever released and continues to be a best seller today. The film was a key influence for the Wachowski Brothers in creating The Matrix trilogy and is featured prominently on The Animatrix DVD extras along with being the first Japanese animated film to reach #1 in the U.S. Billboard Video Chart - (August 1996.)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complexis set for release on June 27, 2004 and will be supported by a joint summer marketing campaign between Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment. www.ghostintheshell.tv

Bandai Entertainment, INC. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD home video in North America. The company has distributed notable titles like Superior Defender Gundam Force,.hack//SIGN, Cowboy Bebop, and Witch Hunter Robin. Bandai Entertainment, INC. is a subsidiary of Bandai America Inc., who makes the toys for the hit television series, Power Rangers, Digimon, and Mobile Suit Gundam. All U.S. operations are headquartered in a large, ultra-modern facility in Cypress, Calif. Bandai Co., Ltd. is the third largest toy company in the world comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game software, multimedia, music and full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies, and licensed apparel. Bandai Entertainment is headquartered in Cypress, California and additional company and product information is available through our website at www.bandai-ent.com.



Manga Entertainment Inc. specializes in the production and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga's cutting-edge film catalog also features Asian live-action, cult, pop-culture, and international animation. The company has offices in New York, London, and Tokyo, and is headquartered in Chicago. Manga Entertainment Inc, is a division of Chris Blackwells Palm Pictures. www.manga.com

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