Tokyopop Announces Alichino

Sep 9th 2004
TOKYOPOP INC. IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE HIGHLY- ANTICIPATED
MANGA DEBUT OF ALICHINO - UNRAVEL THE MYSTERY IN FEBRUARY 2005

Los Angeles, CA (September 9, 2004) TokyoPop Inc., the #1 manga publisher outside of Japan, will grant the wish of fans everywhere when it releases Kouyo Shurei's much-anticipated graphic novel, Alichino, in February of 2005. Winner of the prestigious Cobalt Illustrator's Award in 1995, Shurei has crafted the illustrations for several series of novels, but Alichino marks her very first full-length book. Combining elements of fantasy and Gothic culture into one dark and mystifying tale, Alichino delivers a delicate balance between the real and the surreal, in a story about love, loss and self-identity. Known for her fine attention to detail, Kouyo Shurai will delight readers with her intricate panel illustrations, even down to the finest hair strand.

Beautiful creatures called Alichino grant wishes to those in need-but at a price! A young lady searching for an Alichino wants to bring her brother back to life. She meets Tsugiri, a handsome young man who she thinks is an Alichino. While Tsugiri turns out to be a mere mortal, he does have a mysterious connection with these rare beings-a connection that brings him and those around him grave danger!


Alichino presents some of the most original and detailed art that TOKYOPOP has ever published,” said Nicole Monastirsky, editor for the TOKYOPOP series. “Readers are in for quite a visual feast.”


ABOUT TokyoPop Inc.
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 Fruits Basket, Princess Ai, D.N.Angel, Saiyuki, Rave Master, Initial D and Chobits. The company pioneered Cine-Manga®, releasing such titles as Finding Nemo, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lizzie McGuire and That's So Raven. TOKYOPOP television properties include Rave Master, GTO and Reign: The Conqueror. The company has also expanded its presence as a licensor, representing merchandising rights for Rave Master, Initial D, Stray Sheep and others. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.

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