Tokyopop and Gentosha Release Gravitation EX Simultaneously Worldwide

Feb 12th 2007

TOKYOPOP and GENTOSHA Comics Join Forces to Bring the World GRAVITATION EX Hot Sequel to Hugely Popular Bestselling Manga Series Receives Historic Simultaneous Worldwide Release

Los Angeles, CA (February 12, 2007)-TOKYOPOP, leader of the Global Manga Revolution, and Gentosha Comics, one of Japan's top manga publishers, are proud to announce their historic partnership for the simultaneous worldwide release of Gravitation EX, the eagerly awaited sequel to Maki Murakami's bestselling cult-classic manga series, Gravitation. For the first time ever, a never-before-published manga of Japanese origin will be available on the same day at retail stores in North America, Europe and Japan.

According to TOKYOPOP Publisher Mike Kiley, "TOKYOPOP and Gentosha have entered into an exciting partnership to concurrently release Gravitation EX around the world, marking a momentous occasion in the continuing globalization of manga. Never before in manga publishing history has a multi-country synchronized release been executed."

Adds Gentosha Comics President Yoshihiko Itō, "We are very pleased to partner with TOKYOPOP for the worldwide release of Gravitation EX. We look forward to watching the successful launch of this property and are keeping our eye on future opportunities with TOKYOPOP!"

Hailed as the forerunner in the hugely popular shonen-ai (boys love) category, the Gravitation manga series boasts nearly half a million copies in print. A romantic comedy/drama about making it in the music industry, the popular series has spawned myriad fan collectibles including novels, soundtracks, pencil boards, calendars, phone cards, postcards, art books, anime and much more.

Fans of TOKYOPOP's popular twelve-volume Gravitation manga series know that the story concluded more than a year and a half ago--with unanswered questions. Now, with the groundbreaking global release of Gravitation EX, the wait is over for readers around the world. This all-new sequel picks up right when the boys step off the airplane in New York City, where Eiri Yuki and his vocalist lover, Shuichi, visit the grave of Yuki's first love and tormentor. But once there, they make a startling discovery that will change their lives...forever!

Gravitation EX will be available in stores worldwide in February 2007.

ABOUT TOKYOPOP

TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto the new social networking site www.TOKYOPOP.com reading its books, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.


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