Viz Releases Megaman NT Warrior

Sep 8th 2004
VIZ, LLC, one of the leading publishers and distributors of manga and anime for North American audiences, announced today the release of the wildly popular MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR series on home video and DVD. MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR premiered on television in 2003 and currently airs on Saturday mornings on the Kids WB. The first volume is available in stores now and has an SRP of $14.98 for the DVD and $9.98 for the VHS.

The first volume, titled "Jack In!," includes three episodes; a special bonus episode is contained on all DVD editions. The first 40,000 copies of the DVD will also feature a free limited edition MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR trading card.

MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR presents a compelling and exciting storyline that blends futuristic technology with fast paced action. Set in the year 200X, when everyone is connected to the Cyber Network, computers have turned the world into a bright and shiny utopia. But trouble in paradise is not far away. While the invention of the PET (Personal Electronic Terminals) and NetNavis (an artificial intelligence program) has brought great benefits to the world, computer hacking, virus spreading, and other high-tech crimes are major problems. A sinister organization called World Three has vowed to destroy this technological wonderland. Lan Hikari, an intensely curious and cheerful fifth grader, synchronizes with his NetNavigator called Megaman, and becomes a super-charged dynamo. Lan and Megaman do their best to thwart World Three's never-ending quest to take over the world.

"MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR is a tremendously popular property and VIZ is pleased to be the exclusive North American distributor of the anime series on home video and DVD," says Anthony Jiwa, director of marketing for VIZ, LLC. "The positive messages and plots in MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR encourage kids to always try their best, despite any obstacle that gets in the way."

In May of 2004, VIZ began publishing creator Ryo Takamisaki's original manga on which the TV series is based. The ongoing manga series has sold well over 1.5 million copies per month in Japan. At ShoPro Entertainment's consumer products division for North America, Megaman: NT Warrior is continually growing. The best selling Megaman Battle Network video game from CAPCOM, sold more than 1.6 million copies in 2003. The franchise has also spawned a trading card game from Decipher, a full range of toys from Mattel, and a full line of related kids' apparel.

About ShoPro Entertainment
ShoPro Entertainment, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a leading licensor of global animation and entertainment brands specializing in consumer products, retail development, promotions, special events, home entertainment, film distribution, and publishing. ShoPro Entertainment is an affiliate of Sho-Pro (Japan), a subsidiary of Shogakukan, Inc., one of Japan's largest publishing companies. Shogakukan, Inc. distributes a wealth of educational materials as well as many of Japan's most popular magazines and comic books also known as manga. Sho-Pro (Japan) and ShoPro Entertainment represent a variety of the world's most popular children's and teen brands and boast a network of agents to manage its business worldwide. In 2000, Sho-Pro diversified and launched ShoPro Entertainment to help manage its growing worldwide portfolio. Sho-Pro is responsible for all entertainment production, merchandising and marketing for Asia and ShoPro Entertainment handles all programs outside of Asia, largely in the Americas and Europe. To date, ShoPro Entertainment manages the following franchises from Japan: Corrector Yui, Croket!, Deko Boko Friends, Case Closed, Hamtaro, Inuyasha, MegaMan NT Warrior, Mirmo, Monkey Turn, Sonic /Sonic X (licensing agent of Sega), Taro the Space Alien, and Zatch Bell (managed jointly with Toei Animation). For more information on ShoPro Entertainment please visit www.Sho-Pro-entertainment.com.

About 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, graphic novels, videos, DVDs and audio soundtracks. Each month, VIZ publishes three magazines - ANIMERICA, ANIMERICA EXTRA and SHONEN JUMP; over 20 graphic novel titles, including Alice 19th, BOYS OVER FLOWERS, DRAGON BALL Z, FUSHIGI YÛGI, GUNDAM, INUYASHA, RANMA 1/2, and YU-GI-OH!; and distributes home video for BOYS OVER FLOWERS, HAMTARO, INUYASHA, POKÉMON, PROJECT ARMS, and ZOIDS.

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, and its corporate site, www.Viz.com.

Contact VIZ, LLC at: 655 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1612; Phone: (415) 546-7073; Fax: (415) 546-7086; Web site: www.VIZ.com

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