Del Rey Manga Announces the Acquisition of Code: Breaker, Panic X Panic, Pink Innocent

Jul 29th 2009
SAN DIEGO, CA – July 25, 2009 – Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today at Comic-Con International two brand new shôjo manga acquisitions, and a brand new series from the creator of Samurai Deeper Kyo.

The eagerly anticipated second series to come from Samurai Deeper Kyo creator Akimine Kamijyō, CODE: BREAKER, is a supernatural horror action manga with the art style and characterization that fans have come to expect from the bestselling manga-ka. The beautiful Sakura Sakurakouji comes across a boy burning someone alive with a blue flame—and that same boy introduces himself as a transfer student in her class the next day. Rei Oogami calls himself a “Code:Breaker,” and his mission is to bring criminals to justice and eliminate their lives. Sakura, a tomboy with a strong sense of justice who hides her appearance under a modest exterior, and the mysterious Rei, who possesses supernatural powers, are inexorably drawn to each other, but what role will they play in each other's lives? CODE: BREAKER will debut in December 2010. Del Rey Manga will publish an omnibus collecting the Japanese volumes 35 and 36 of Samurai Deeper Kyo in December of this year.

PANIC X PANIC, a paranormal series by Mika Kawamura, combines comedy, fantastical action, and a budding childhood rivalry. Mitsuki, an only child at a Shinto shrine, grew up across the street from Kakeru, the son of a priest. They never got along growing up, and still don't get along as teenagers. However, a strange encounter with a demon seals their fate forever: the pair discovers they are the descendants of priests who had sealed away disorderly demons. With the demons becoming a problem again, Mitsuki and Kakeru must inherit the mission of their ancestors—and somehow get over their mutual dislike for each other. PANIC X PANIC will be published in March 2010.

Kotori Momoyuki's PINK INNOCENT, a quirky teen comedy, follows the romance behind an unlikely pair. Ditzy Cocona Sakuranomiya, a wealthy 16-year-old used to getting everything that she wants, is completely clueless about how to approach the super-serious Renji, who happens to be more interested in the stock market and his laptop than any girl. PINK INNOCENT will debut in April 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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