A Gorgeous Transformation to a Lady in New Viz Media Manga Series Stepping On Roses

Heartwarming Rags-To-Riches Story With An Unexpected Twist From The Creator Of TAIL OF THE MOON

San Francisco, CA, April 2, 2010 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, brings the romantic fun of Rinko Ueda's shojo manga series – STEPPING ON ROSES – to readers on April 6th. The new release, to be published under the company's Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of – even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre but intriguing proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?

“Rinko Ueda captured the adoration of U.S. fans with her manga series, TAIL OF THE MOON, and this latest creation continues to show her skill as an artist and storyteller,” says Leyla Aker, Editorial Manager, VIZ Media. “STEPPING ON ROSES puts a new twist on a classic story, and readers will delight in this over-the-top romantic masquerade. We look forward to new and veteran manga fans discovering its fun story.”

Rinko Ueda is the creator of Ryo, a series based on the Japanese legend of Gojo Bridge, and Home, a story about love crossing national boundaries. Her romantic ninja comedy, TAIL OF THE MOON, and TAIL OF THE MOON PREQUEL: THE OTHER HANZO(U) are published in North America (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) by VIZ Media.

For more information on this title and other shojo titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.shojobeat.com.

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 manga (graphic novel) 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-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and website at www.VIZ.com.

© 2007 by Rinko Ueda/SHUEISHA Inc.

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