VIZ Releases two-volume Inuyasha Ani-Manga

Dec 21st 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


VIZ ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF INUYAHSA: AFFECTIONS TOUCHING ACROSS TIME
ANI-MANGA BOX SET

New two-volume graphic novel set captures all the action from the wildly popular feature film in vivid color

San Francisco, CA, December 21, 2004 – VIZ, LLC, one of the leading publishers and distributors of manga and anime for North American audiences, further expands its popular Ani-Manga library with the release of a new two-volume Ani-Manga box set for Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time. The special box set features a pair of full-color, 216-page graphic novels that capture all the action from the successful anime feature film, which was released on DVD and home video by VIZ in September. In addition, the first 25,000 copies will include the exclusive Inuyasha Sota's Hero promo card from the Inuyasha trading card game. The Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time Ani-Manga box set is rated “A,” appropriate for all ages, and will hit store shelves nationwide January 5, 2006, retailing for $24.99.

Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time is based on author Rumiko Takahashi's manga about the adventures of Inuyasha, a half-demon dog boy. The feature film was originally released in December 2001 in Japan to critical acclaim. Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time is an action-filled, suspenseful story that pits Inuyasha against a powerful demon from China named Menomaru. Two hundred years ago, Inuyasha's father managed to seal Menomaru's evil demon father, Hyoga, away in a tomb, but a shard from the magical Shikon Jewel freed the son, allowing him to escape his imprisonment and threaten the entire land. It now falls to Inuyasha, along with his friends, to find away to stop Menomaru from wrecking havoc on civilization.

INUYASHA is a tremendously successful manga title that appeals to readers of all ages, and VIZ is excited to make a print edition of the popular feature film available as a special, full-color Ani-Manga box set,” says Anthony Jiwa, director of marketing for VIZ. “Fans have avidly supported every INUYASHA-related product from VIZ and we look forward to the success of this newest title. The Ani-Manga of Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time offers a compelling full-color read to both new and old fans of the manga and anime series. The compact box set is contained in a vividly illustrated slip case and presents the complete feature film in a pair of frame-by-frame graphic novels that will allow readers to enjoy this unique, action packed story anytime anywhere.”

INUYASHA is one of VIZ's most successful anime and manga properties. The company currently publishes a trio of popular graphic novel series that includes Takahashi's original monthly manga graphic novel collection, a second, full-color Ani-Manga series derived from the animated program, and this latest Ani-Manga treatment of the full-length feature film. In addition to VIZ products, the INUYASHA franchise encompasses a wide collection of popular items now available in North America that include video games, action figures, posters, novelties and apparel.

The release by VIZ of Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time on DVD and home video on September 7th was met with enthusiastic support from fans, press, and retailers alike. The title has sold more than 160,000 units to-date. Over one million DVDs of the INUYASHA series have been sold since March 2003. INUYASHA is also one of the most popular programs on cable among 12-17 year olds, and the success of the feature film and graphic novels carries through the momentum that continues to drive the animated television series, which currently airs on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block of programming.

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.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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