Del Rey Manga Announces the Acquisition of Samurai Deeper Kyo, Wild @ Heart

Jun 12th 2009
NEW YORK, NY – June 12, 2009 – Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, today announced an acquisition continuing a fan-favorite manga series, and the launch of a brand new series from one of Del Rey Manga's most popular authors.

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO, the supernatural action series by Akimine Kamijyō, will continue to be published in the US by Del Rey Manga, beginning with a special omnibus edition that collects Volumes 35 and 36 of the Japanese editions into a single package. The story, set in feudal Japan, follows two legendary warriors and rivals, Demon Eyes Kyo and Kyoshiro. One day they meet in battle during a lightning storm, and both fighters mysteriously disappear. Kyoshiro re-emerges several months later, harboring a secret: the soul of Demon Eyes Kyo is locked inside him—and he's determined to reclaim his body. Volume 35/36 of SAMURAI DEEPER KYO will be published in December 2009.

From the creative mind of Kitchen Princess manga-ka Natsumi Ando comes a new series promising a winning combination of drama, comedy and romance. WILD @ HEART takes the popular Western idea of Tarzan and gives it a fun shôjo manga spin. Chino is like any typical teen looking for love—but instead she finds herself stuck with Hyou, a child her father brings home from the jungle. Now she has to take care of Hyou, the wild child, and help him adapt to life outside of the jungle and in the city. The award-winning and popular Ando is also the creator of the top-selling Zodiac P.I. WILD @ HEART will debut in January 2010.


ABOUT KODANSHA LTD.:

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.


ABOUT DEL REY MANGA:

Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com) was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, 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, and alternate history. 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 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga (www.delreymanga.com), which has grown to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field. Bestselling titles include Tsubasa, Negima, xxxHOLiC, and The Wallflower.

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