Tokyopop Announces Six New Manga Titles


Los Angeles, CA (September 15, 2004) - TOKYOPOP® holds the rites of spring with a stellar February-March 2005 lineup of six extraordinary manga debuts! Presenting a collection of titles ranging from sidesplitting comedy to scream-inducing horror, TOKYOPOP invites all fans to spring forward and delight in our top-notch manga fare!

Gundam Seed Astray R (Fantasy/Action, Volume 1 Release: 2/8/05)
As a companion graphic novel to Gundam Seed Astray, the latest installment of the immensely popular Gundam franchise takes place in Cosmic Era 70. The world is a dangerous place, and the world has been taken over by thieves and pirates. Lowe Gear, a brilliant junk-tech mechanic, discovers a top secret Mobile Suit in the midst of space debris. This mysterious Mobile Suit seems to be at the top of everyone's holiday shopping list … and now everyone is after Lowe!

Liling-Po (Fantasy/Action, Volume 1 Release: 2/8/05)
Set in ancient China, the legendary master thief called Liling-Po has been captured by the government! However, he receives an ultimatum from his captors: retrieve the Imperial Palace's stolen treasures, or rot away in jail for the rest of his life! Making an obvious choice, Liling embarks on his journey, accompanied by two handsome escorts. A must for shojo fans everywhere, Liling-Po has a habit of stealing treasures, as well as hearts!

Planet Blood (Fantasy/Action, Volume 1 Release: 2/8/05)
A soldier in an interplanetary war is rendered unconscious in an explosion only to awake in the eye of an entirely different war on an entirely different world. Adapted by comic book legend Mike W. Barr (Batman, Camelot 3000 and Star Trek), Planet Blood follows this futuristic warrior into a medieval landscape in which the troubled succession of the throne of Pratria has tossed the entire planet of Horai into strife.

Dead End (Horror/Drama, Volume 1 Release: 3/8/05)
Shirou is just your ordinary poor construction worker who happens to stumble upon a life-changing event. In the midst of murder, deception and a forgotten past, a mysterious stranger tells him that all of his questions will be answered and his memory restored if he recovers five friends in three days.

QWAN (Fantasy, Volume 1 Release: 3/8/05)
The mystical lands of ancient China, where magical beings are a part of everyday life, is the setting of the latest offering from Aki Shimizu (Suikoden III). Qwan is a strange boy who can devour demons and absorb their power. However, he's looking for more than a quick bite. Qwan's quest is to find the sutra known as the Essential Arts of Peace, which will ultimately lead to the purpose and truth to his existence.

SORCERER HUNTERS AUTHENTIC RELAUNCH (Action/Fantasy/Comedy Volume 1 Release: 3/8/05)
One of TOKYOPOP's first hits gets an authentic makeover with a re-release in 100% authentic manga format! On the Spooner Continent, powerless commoners spend each day terrorized by mercilessly evil sorcerers. Big Mama, though, has had enough-and she sends out an elite group of warriors: the Sorcerer Hunters. The first installment in the epic comedy/fantasy series introduces the Hunters (Carrot, Chocolat, Tira, Gateau and Marron) and their battle against the malevolent Sacher Torte.

TOKYOPOP® is an innovative youth-oriented entertainment company that creates, licenses and publishes hundreds of book, DVD and music properties. With millions of books in print, including the hit series Fruits Basket, Princess Ai, D.N.Angel, Tokyo Tribes, Love Hina and Chobits, TOKYOPOP also discovers and promotes new artists and writers, creating original manga such as Warcraft, ShutterBox and @Large. Pioneers of the Cine-Manga® book format, TOKYOPOP's best-selling releases feature Finding Nemo, Shrek 2, Lizzie McGuire, SpongeBob SquarePants, Greatest Stars of the NBA and Linkin Park's Breaking the Habit. Its television properties include Rave Master, Initial D, GTO and Reign: The Conqueror, with consumer products programs tied into Rave Master, Initial D., Stray Sheep and Princess Ai. Visit for additional information.

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