Viz Media Presents Exciting New Properties at 2006 Licensing International

Industry Leader in Japanese Animation To Wow the Show from
Booth #4505

New York, NY June 20, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the
entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive manga and
animation licensing and publishing companies, arrives at Licensing
International 2006 Conference and Exhibition this year, Booth #4505,
with a variety of exciting properties for both North American and
International markets. Held at the Javits Convention Center in New
York, June 20-22, Licensing International is the world's only U.S based
event that brings together more than 525 leading licensors and agents
with more than 23,000 key decision-making retailers, manufacturers,
marketing, and advertising professionals across all consumer product.

VIZ Media will be featuring a rich selection of properties including
Shonen Jump's NARUTO, ZATCH BELL!, and INUYASHA which all air on
Network in the U.S. and YTV in Canada, as well as DEKO BOKO FRIENDS,
interstitials airing on Noggin – Nickelodeon's commercial-free
educational network for preschoolers in the U.S. and YTV's Treehouse in

New brands being showcased at Licensing International include Shonen
Jump's BLEACH and MÄR.

Shonen Jump's BLEACH, by creator Tite Kubo, is an animated,
hyperkinetic, all-purpose, ghost-busting action series targeted to
teens. BLEACH is the story of an average 15 year-old, Ichigo Kurosaki,
who was born with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is
attacked by a Hollow – a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters a
Reaper and absorbs her powers. Now he is dedicating his life to
protecting the innocent and helping the tortured souls find peace. A
dedicated website is forthcoming at

MÄR, created by Nobuyuki Anzai, is targeted to kids ages 6-14. Ginta, a
14-year-old boy has his world turned upside down when a mysterious
portal suddenly transports him into the fairy tale realm he envisions
a dream. This is the World of MÄR, where Ginta acquires superhuman
strength and a strange new friend named Babbo, a talking magical weapon
known as an ÄRM. Together, Ginta and Babbo embark on a quest to save
the World of MÄR from total domination!

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one
of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of
publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content.
Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and
animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production
Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and
distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North
America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The
company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as
SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio
soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from
production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise
licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.

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