Tokyopop Announces July Manga Launches


Scorching June-July Lineup Includes: Arcana, BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, Blazin' Barrels, Chrono Code, Heat Guy J and Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode

Los Angeles, CA (February 10, 2005) The country's number one graphic novel publisher turns up the heat on summer reading when it unveils a half-dozen must-read new manga! From Goth fantasies and musical escapades to time-travel epics and out-of-this-world adventures, TOKYOPOP's manga du jour will only be offered to readers one way this summer: extremely well done! Read on if you have a burning desire for more details.

Arcana (Fantasy, Volume 1 Release: June 2005)
So-Young Lee, creator of TOKYOPOP's best-selling Gothic vampire drama Model, crafts a classic shojo fantasy about Inez, a young girl who possesses the unique ability to communicate with animals. When Inez travels to her country's capital, she learns that she must protect her people from an evil demon race!

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (Comedy/Drama, Volume 1 Release: July 2005)
A huge hit in Japan, this highly addictive manga series spawned a popular anime. Yukio is a shy, introverted teen. His life forever changes when he meets Ryusuke, a wild and unpredictable 16-year-old. When these musical youths form a band named Beck, they begin one unforgettable rock'n'roller-coaster ride.

Blazin' Barrels (Action/Comedy, Volume 1 Release: June 2005)
Breathtaking adventure and humor abound in Min-Suh Park's futuristic Wild West tale starring Sting, a bumbling yet loveable bounty hunter. When he comes across a reward notice for the criminal outfit named Gold Romany, Sting decides that capturing the all-girl gang is his ticket to fame and fortune!

Chrono Code (Action, Volume 1 Release: July 2005)
In the vein of The Butterfly Effect and The Jacket comes a thrilling, nail-biting series from the creative minds of Eui-Cheol Shin and Il-Ho Choi. A mysterious girl with amnesia holds the key to changing the fate of all humanity, as she and her friends cross over time and space to meet their destiny.

Heat Guy J (Action/Sci-Fi, Volume 1 Release: July 2005)
Based on the hit sci-fi anime featured on MTV in 2004, a peacekeeper named Daisuke and his android partner Heat Guy J team up to make sure that anything illegal stays off the streets. But this most unusual odd couple irks the local mob boss, who wants Heat Guy J to sleep with the fishes.

Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode (Action/Sci-Fi, Volume 1 Release: June 2005)
The cats are back! In this highly anticipated sequel to TOKYOPOP's mega-hit Tokyo Mew Mew series-the basis for the popular anime-Berry becomes the first Mew Mew with two sets of animal genes in her blood. Half cat, half rabbit, Berry joins the Mew Mew team just in time: A new danger threatens to destroy the planet!

TOKYOPOP Inc. is the leading North American publisher of manga, the fastest growing segment within the publishing industry. With exclusive rights to hundreds of licensed and original book, video and music properties, the company has rapidly become a media convergence leader. TOKYOPOP has millions of books in print and publishes many hit manga series, including Love Hina, Chobits, Rave Master, Initial D, GTO, Battle Royale and Cowboy Bebop. The company pioneered Cine-Manga(tm), releasing such titles as Finding Nemo, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lizzie McGuire, Astro Boy and Transformers Armada. TOKYOPOP television properties include Rave Master, GTO and Reign: The Conqueror. The company has also expanded its presence as a licensor, representing merchandising rights for Rave Master, Initial D, Stray Sheep and others. Visit for additional information.

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