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ImaginAsian TV Launches New Anime Block

ImaginAsian TV Launches New Primetime Anime Block with Geneon Entertainment

New animation block “Anime EnerG” to premiere January 30, 2007

December 26, 2006 - ImaginAsian TV (iaTV), America 's first 24-hour Asian American television network, announced today that it will launch a new two-hour primetime anime block called “Anime EnerG.” The block will feature popular anime series' from animation distribution company, Geneon Entertainment, a division of Dentsu Inc. ELEMENTAL GELADE, KYOH KARA MAOH!, LAW OF UEKI, and GANKUTSUOU: THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO are scheduled to premiere on iaTV's new Tuesday evening animation block “Anime EnerG” on January 30, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. PT/ET. All four highly acclaimed series' will be making their US broadcast premieres on “Anime EnerG” and iaTV will be the first network to broadcast them in both English subtitled and dubbed versions.

"We are very excited to partner with Geneon Entertainment in launching an outstanding primetime anime block populated with series that are fan favorites, all of which will be making their U.S. television premieres,” says David Chu, SVP of programming and production at ImaginAsian TV. “All of the anime series are top quality productions that fit perfectly into iaTV's strategy of providing the best animation for American audiences.”

"ImaginAsian TV is a great destination for Geneon content” says Katsuhiko Tsurumoto, SVP of Business Development at Geneon Entertainment, “casual fans appreciate the pop-culture sensibility executed by ImaginAsian, and core anime fans value seeing the original language versions that ImaginAsian can provide so well!”

Scheduled to air on Tuesday evenings, “Anime EnerG” will launch with four anime series in Japanese with English subtitles (encore airings in English dub):

Elemental Gelade

After a routine raid, the rookie sky pirate Cou finds a most unusual cargo in his mates' cargo hold: Ren, an "Edel Reid", a race prized by humans for granting special combat power to their partners through "Reacting". He quickly discovers, however, that Ren is even more prized than he expected. The pirate ship is visited by three members of the Edel Reid Complete Protection Agency "Arc Aire", who try to purchase her. When Cou refuses, the ship is suddenly attacked by a mysterious force, and Cou's captain charges him with Ren's protection. Thus starts Cou and Ren's "journey of love adventure."

Kyo kara Maoh!

Yuri Shibuya was living a pretty normal life. That changed the day he was dunked into a toilet after an attempt to save a classmate from a gang of bullies. Instead of just getting a good soaking, he's pulled in. The next thing he knows, he's in a world that vaguely resembles medieval Europe . If that's not odd enough, he's told that he is to be the next Maoh, the King of the Mazoku, who are coexisting not-so-peacefully with the humans in this world. Now, Yuri has to deal with trying to become a good Maoh, while at the same time attempting to adapt to this land's customs and culture, all in a world where the tension between the humans and Mazoku is reaching its peak.

Law of Ueki

Junior high school student Kousuke Ueki is picked by a God Candidate, Koba-sen, to participate in a competition where people battle out to become God. Embodied with the ability to turn garbage into trees, Kousuke will be competing against other junior high school students in this selection. This sets the premise for the earth-friendly battle where the students will pit their powers against the rest.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Trying to escape his uneventful life, Albert, the son of a renowned general from Paris , makes a journey with his friend Franz. During his travels, he meets an immensely wealthy nobleman named The Count of Monte Cristo. Living in luxurious hotels, surrounded by beautiful women, and strong bodyguards, the charming but enigmatic count fascinates Albert. Albert invites the count to join the high society of Paris . However, unknown to Albert, his father had once framed the count and took the count's fiancée as his own.

Three other Geneon Entertainment anime series, PARADISE KISS, AYAKASHI and KAMICHU, are scheduled to premiere on iaTV in Summer 2007.

About Geneon Entertainment

A leading supplier of Japanese animation in North America, GENEON ENTERTAINMENT (USA) INC. (www.geneonanimation.com) is a full-service producer and distributor of entertainment content including film, music, animation and television shows on DVD, UMD, CD, and new media, including the Internet and mobile devices. Continually introducing new and classic anime and live-action programming, as well as anime CD soundtracks, the company also serves as a creative partner to many of Japan 's top anime production companies. Additionally, Geneon Entertainment distributes critically acclaimed musical performances on DVD and CD from renowned artists. Headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., Geneon Entertainment (USA) is a subsidiary and joint venture between Tokyo-based advertising giant Dentsu Inc. and d-rights, Inc., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation.

About ImaginAsian TV

ImaginAsian TV (iaTV) is America 's first national 24-hour Asian American network, catering to American audiences with a passion “for all things Asian,” including more than 14 million Asian / Pacific Americans. iaTV (www.iaTV.tv) offers top-notch movies, music, dramas, anime, documentaries, sports, news, and original programming from Asia and the U.S. All foreign-language programs are subtitled in English to meet the needs of the general public, and English-speaking hosts introduce shows during prime time. Fully advertiser-supported, ImaginAsian TV is currently carried on cable systems in New York , Los Angeles , San Francisco , Houston, Dallas , Hawaii and parts of New Jersey , as well as via broadcast in other parts of the United States , including Seattle , WA , and Edison , NJ . Along with The ImaginAsian Theater, ImaginAsian Pictures, ImaginAsian Home Entertainment, ImaginAsian Radio, and iaLink, ImaginAsian TV is an integrated division of ImaginAsian Entertainment, Inc.

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