Tokyopop Announces .hack//AI Buster

Jun 3rd 2005
TOKYOPOP OPENS A NEW CHAPTER IN NOVELS!

.hack//AI buster

All-New Novel Presents the Untold Origin of the Mega-Popular Anime and Manga Franchise

Los Angeles, CA (June, 2005)― TOKYOPOP, the #1 publisher of manga in the U.S., is thrilled to unveil the latest addition to its rapidly growing novel publishing program with the release of .hack//AI buster, the heavily anticipated prequel to the .hack mythology. With a unique layout incorporating design motifs from the .hack franchise and a peppering of manga-style illustrations, the .hack//AI buster novel successfully combines the best of the visual and literary worlds. Priced at $7.99, TOKYOPOP's .hack//AI buster novel will be available in stores everywhere in August 2005.

.hack is a multimedia phenomenon unlike any seen before. Released simultaneously in Japan as a series of Playstation 2 games, two anime series and the manga series, each incarnation helps tell the greater story of .hack. The first anime series now airs on Cartoon Network in the U.S., the first of four Playstation 2 games is a top-seller in the States and now the thrilling TOKYOPOP adventure novel takes readers even deeper into the .hack saga.

Welcome to The World, the most advanced online game ever created. In The World you can be anyone you want to be, act out your adventure fantasies and through teamwork and determination, you can even become a hero. In .hack//AI buster, the avatar Albireo is a solo adventurer in The World. When he comes across Lycoris, a strange little girl in a dungeon, Albireo wonders if she's simply nothing more than a bug in the system. As the two journey further into The World, Albireo watches Lycoris turn all of the rules of The World upside down. Slowly, he comes to realize that she may hold a very deadly secret--a secret that could unhinge everything in cyberspace...and beyond!

"Few people realize that a lot of the anime and manga out there actually began as text novels and was adapted into other mediums, says TOKYOPOP novels editor, Nicole Monastirsky. "And now, in Japan, that's becoming the rule rather than the exception. There's a wealth of great root material out there, and if you thought you loved the manga and anime, imagine reading the source stuff—first generation details that lead you deeper into the characters and the backstory of the individual universes."

About TOKYOPOP®As the largest English-language publisher of manga in the world, TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand. TOKYOPOP's innovative product extensions include its pioneering Cine-Manga® book format, which features colorful flavors of pop culture's hottest films, television shows and music videos. The company has expanded its property reach beyond publishing—TOKYOPOP's television series have been broadcast in the United States on Cartoon Network, Showtime and G4Media, and are released on DVD, with consumer products available at all major retail outlets. The company's global reach has recently expanded to Europe, with new offices in the UK and Germany, in addition to its Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With nearly 28 million books in print, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties features more than 200,000 pages of manga compiled over nearly 1,000 manga volumes. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com > > for additional information.

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