Shonen Jump Road Show for Naruto

Oct 20th 2006
Fans Are Invited To Visit Select Mall Locations To Take Part In
Exciting
and Fun Activities Related To Best Selling Manga And Anime Series

San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2006 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one
of
the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive
publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a special
national road show to highlight SHONEN JUMP NARUTO to fans across the
country. The tour kicks off on November 4 in Atlanta, GA with
subsequent
stops scheduled for Bloomington, MN and Cedar Park, TX with future
dates
in 2007 to be announced. The event will be free to attend and
information is available at www.Naruto.viz.com.

At each stop, a special event staging area will immerse young and older
fans alike into the captivating and action-filled worlds of the popular
manga and anime series. The event will feature multiple activity
stations including a Ninja Academy, where visitors can learn special
moves and techniques with an instructor, the Chakra Challenge,
sponsored
by Mattel, sneak peeks of upcoming anime episodes on a large main
screen, a Bandai collectible game card area, several video game kiosks
where fans can play the latest NARUTO video games from Tomy/D3P and
NAMCO/BANDAI, a manga drawing area, and a green screen where fans can
have their picture taken with a variety of backgrounds featured in the
anime series. Upon entering, each visitor will be given a special
NARUTO
passport that will guide them to the various activities and after
collecting passport stamps, each fan will receive an exclusive SHONEN
JUMP NARUTO goodie bag filled with collectable premiums.

Dates for the SHONEN JUMP NARUTO Road Tour Include:

Saturday, November 4: Cumberland Mall
Atlanta, GA
Event Hours: 12pm – 7pm
Saturday, November 11: Mall of America
Bloomington, MN
Event Hours: 12pm – 7pm

Saturday, November 18: Lakeline Mall
Cedar Park, TX
Event Hours: 12pm – 7pm

NARUTO is a ratings powerhouse on Cartoon Network, where it is featured
as part of the network's Toonami block of action programming and
attracts millions of viewers each week. The Naruto manga was recently
awarded the coveted Quill Award for Best Graphic Novel for 2006. The
newest volume of the manga series, published in North America by VIZ
Media, was also ranked at Number 21 on USA Today's Top 150 Best
Seller
List for the week of August 27, 2006. This is the highest placement any
manga title has ever achieved on the daily's noted literary sales
list,
which compiles sales traction for fiction, non-fiction, hardcover as
well as paperback titles. Viz Media also distributes the anime series
on
DVD and recently issued a special uncut box set of the entire first
season.

“We are pleased to announce this exciting new road tour for SHONEN
JUMP
NARUTO.” States Liza Coppola, Sr. Vice President, Marketing, VIZ
Media.
SHONEN JUMP magazine is the best selling manga anthology in North
America and the Naruto manga titles are one of the best selling graphic
novels on the market today. This road tour will delight fans already
familiar with both the magazine and the manga with a variety of fun and
free activities and also introduce new ones to the exciting world of
SHONEN JUMP NARUTO. We invite people of all ages to come out and enjoy
a
great day of fun!”

About Viz Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), is one
of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of
manga
(graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of
Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and
licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., and
Shogakukan Production Co, Ltd. (Sho-Pro Japan), Viz Media is a leader
in
the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking
audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and
animation. The company offers an integrated product line including,
magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos,
DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment
from initial production, television placement and distribution, to
merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all
ages.

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