Del Rey Manga Acquires Gundam SEED Destiny

Dec 6th 2005
DEL REY MANGA ACQUIRES GUNDAM SEED DESTINY

(New York, NY; December 5, 2005)—Del Rey Manga, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, announced today the acquisition of GUNDAM SEED DESTINY, a Kodansha property with original art by Masatsugu Iwase and story by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino. This new entry into the hugely successful Gundam franchise is a spin off from Del Rey's bestselling five-volume Gundam Seed series.

GUNDAM SEED DESTINY (Ages 13+) takes place in the tense period just after the war between the Naturals and the Coordinators has come to a close. Although both sides have signed a treaty, tensions still run high. During a conference at a ZAFT base, an Alliance special forces team attacks and steals three new Gundam mobile suits. Forced to pursue them, Shinn Asuka of ZAFT and Athrun Zala of Orb set out aboard the new space battleship Minerva, and engage the retreating Alliance strike team in combat. But just as they catch up to the fleeing ship, the crew of the Minerva receives word of an even greater catastrophe in the making, one which will could re-ignite the brutal war between the Naturals & Coordinators!

The first volume of GUNDAM SEED DESTINY will go on sale in July of 2006.

About Del Rey:

Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com) was founded in 1977 as a division of Ballantine Books under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn Del Rey and her husband, Lester Del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, alternate history and manga. Ballantine Books is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, which is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the U.S. publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading international media companies. In the summer of 2003, Random House joined together with Kodansha in a creative partnership to bring some of Kodansha's top properties to the United States, making Random House the first major trade book publisher in the United States to do so.

About Kodansha Ltd., Publishers:

Kodansha is the largest trade book and magazine publisher in Japan. Founded in 1909, the company by virtue of its long history, the quality of its publishing, and its established network of sales and marketing is regarded as the trade book market leader in the publishing business in Japan. Moreover, Kodansha has been recognized as the leading publisher with a mission to introduce Japan through its publishing business.

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