First-ever high-definition "motion comic" digital format now availableFebruary 19, 2013 LOS ANGELES and TOKYO -
HAPPINET CORPORATION, a comprehensive entertainment trading company of toys, visual and music software, video games, and amusement products in Japan, and Inception Media Group, LLC, a diversified media company specializing in the production, acquisition and distribution of filmed entertainment, today announced the launch of HAPPINET's newly created Manga2.5 digital media format, which is now available exclusively on the iTunes
. Manga2.5 is the first-ever high-definition English-language "motion comic" made from traditional Japanese manga.
Manga2.5 brings traditional manga to life by maintaining each and every frame and integrating English language acting, animation, motion, coloring and sound.
Manga2.5 is now available on the iTunes
Store in many countries around the world including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa.
Manga2.5 launched with two titles:The Mythical Detective LOKI
An occult detective manga by author Sakura Kinoshita
)Karasuma Kyōko no Jikenbo
A futuristic, supernatural police procedural manga by author Ohji Hiroi and artist Yusuke Kozaki. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/karasuma-kyoko-no-jikenbo/id595563049
Both Manga2.5 titles are now available exclusively on the iTunes
Store for download-to-own (EST) and download-to-rent (VOD
) in both standard and high-definition. A third Manga2.5 title, "Otogi-Soushi" by Yumi Amachi is a fantasy manga based on ancient Japanese gods' adventures and is scheduled for release in March.
"Manga2.5 provides consumers a new way to experience manga while staying true to what has made the art form unique for so many years," said Keiji Korogi, General Manager of Digital Publishing Department for HAPPINET. "Inception Media Group will enable us to bring Manga2.5 to consumers throughout the world."
HAPPINET will continue collaborating with Japanese manga publishers in order to release additional Manga2.5 titles monthly throughout 2013.
"Manga2.5 represents a milestone in the creation and digitization of entertainment content," said David Borshell, partner of Inception Media Group, LLC. "With iTunes
we are able to introduce this amazing new format to old and new Manga fans around the world."
Find Manga 2.5. online at http://www.manga25.com
Find Manga 2.5. on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/manga25jp
Find Manga2.5 online at http://www.inceptionmediagroup.comAbout HAPPINET
HAPPINET CORPORATION is based in Tokyo, Japan and is a wholesaler of entertainment products. Their operations cover toys, visual and music software, video games, amusement products (capsule toys, card games, others) and similar products. In addition the company plans and creates original toys and visual content. More information is available at www.happinet.co.jpAbout Inception Media Group
Inception Media Group, LLC is based in Los Angeles and is a diversified media company specializing in the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and other filmed entertainment across all media platforms and channels of distribution. Inception Media Group's management team has extensive relationships with exhibitors, retailers, distributors and technology companies, enabling the Company to maximize the services performed on behalf of its content partners. The company boasts a catalog of approximately 100 filmed entertainment properties and over 2,500 hours of digital content encompassing feature films, episodic television series, documentaries and special interest programming. More information is available at www.inceptionmediagroup.com