Gakuen Alice: Japan's Hottest Shojo Manga Series since Fruits Basket Hits U.S. Stores December 2007

Nov 2nd 2007
Discover the Alice That Lives Within! TOKYOPOP Proudly Presents...

GAKUEN ALICE

Japan's Hottest Shojo Manga Series Since Fruits Basket Hits U.S. Stores December 2007

Los Angeles, CA (November 2, 2007)―TOKYOPOP, the leader of the global manga revolution, is thrilled to announce the release of Japan's hugely popular shojo manga series, Gakuen Alice. From the same Japanese publisher that originally released TOKYOPOP's best-selling manga juggernaut Fruits Basket, Gakuen Alice, created by Tachibana Higuchi, has sold more than three million units in Japan alone. Now, for the first time ever, TOKYOPOP brings U.S. audiences the irresistible and adorable story of the magical adventures of Mikan and her "Alice" at the Alice Academy.

Young Mikan runs away to Tokyo following her best friend, Hotaru, who has been enrolled in an exclusive, secretive private school for geniuses. But it turns out that Alice Academy is a lot more than meets the eye. If Mikan wants to stay by Hotaru's side, she has to pass the strange "entrance exam" AND face the even greater challenge of befriending her very odd new classmates. Whether it's Hotaru's gift for inventing gadgets, the cranky Natsume's fire-casting ability, or Professor Narumi's control of human pheromones, everyone at the school has some sort of special talent. But what ability, if any, does Mikan possess? Mikan is going to have to rely on her courage and spunk if she's going to stay in school, or even stay alive!

According to TOKYOPOP Senior Editor, Lillian Diaz-Przybyl: "What's great about manga is that it can capture little bits of reality and reflect familiar and compelling aspects of human nature, even in bizarre, fantastic situations. On the surface, Gakuen Alice is a fun, charming school story about cute kids with special powers, but it's also full of bullies, angst-filled pasts and mysterious adults. Ranging from classroom torment to adorable giant animals to devoted friendship and loyalty, Gakuen Alice captures the joy and terror of school all in one brilliant and entertaining package!"

Gakuen Alice will be supported by an aggressive marketing and promotional push that includes a highly interactive and innovative online campaign complimented by anime and comic convention promotions.

Find your own Alice when the first of fourteen volumes of TOKYOPOP's much-anticipated Gakuen Alice manga series arrives in stores nationwide this December!

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 upcoming 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, which are licensed in 41 countries in more than 20 languages, 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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