Viz Media Announces 2010 Holiday Anime Gift Ideas

Nov 11th 2010

VIZ MEDIA SPOTLIGHTS ACTION PACKED ANIME TITLES FOR THE 2010 HOLIDAY SEASON

Delight That Special Fan This Year With A Variety Of DVD Titles For Popular Properties Including BLEACH, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, VAMPIRE KNIGHT And POKÉMON

San Francisco, CA, November 11, 2010Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, gives fans a variety of fun suggestions for action-packed anime titles that will make ideal additions to holiday wish lists and shopping guides.

The DVD releases include the latest animated episodes from popular properties such as BLEACH, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, VAMPRIE KNIGHT, as well as perennial childhood classic POKÉMON. Several of these releases, like NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, also come packaged as Special Edition Box Sets and include limited edition collectable figures.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Releases Include:

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 3 Special Edition · Rated 'T+' for Older Teens
· MSRP: $69.97 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available Now!
After fierce battles with the Akatsuki, Sakura, Granny Chiyo, Kakashi and Naruto have finally retrieved Gaara from Deidara's clutches. But is it too late? Back in the Leaf Village, Kakashi's on bed rest for overusing his Mangekyo Sharingan, and Naruto prepares to recruit some of his friends for Team Kakashi. But the village elders have beat him to it, and their choice of the unfeeling Sai has Naruto spitting mad! Contains episodes 27 thru 39 and a special limited edition Sasori figurine.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 3 Standard Edition · Rated 'T+' for Older Teens · MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN · Available Now!
DVD-only collection featuring 13 episodes on 3 discs. Limited edition Sasori figurine not included.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 4 Special Edition · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
· MSRP: $69.97 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available Now!

Team Kakashi's spying mission brings them face to face with the Leaf's most deadly enemy, Orochimaru. Naruto's rage brings forth the Nine-Tailed Fox, but at great risk to both himself and those he cares for the most. With Naruto's rampage quelled, the team continues on to Orochimaru's lair to find Sasuke, but the mysterious Sai has disappeared. Could one of their own be planning the ultimate betrayal? Contains 14 episodes (Episodes 40-53) on 3 discs, and a special limited edition collectible Sasuke figure.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 4 Standard Edition · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
· MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN · Available Now!

DVD-only collection featuring 14 episodes on 3 discs. Limited edition Sasuke figure not included.

For more information on NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, please visit www.NARUTO.com.

BLEACH Releases Include:

BLEACH UNCUT BOX SET, Vol. 6 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens •
MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN • Available Now!
Back in the World of the Living, Ichigo Kurosaki has been officially recognized as a Substitute Soul Reaper by the Soul Society. But trouble soon comes to Karakura Town in the form of Visoreds, a group of ex-Soul Reapers that have crossed over into the realm of the Hollows. As they try to recruit Ichigo to their side, it is revealed that former Captain Sosuke Aizen is attempting to create an army of Hollows with Soul Reaper powers called Arrancars. It will take Ichigo and his friends, along with a detachment of Soul Reapers, to keep them from destroying the town. Contains episodes 110 thru 121 (Original and Uncut).

BLEACH UNCUT BOX SET, Vol. 7 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens •
MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN • Available December 21st

While Captain Hitsugaya's advance Soul Reaper troops adjust to life in the World of the Living, Ichigo and his friends undergo extensive training to prepare for the battle with the Arrancars. Ichigo is determined to learn to control his inner Hollow, but the Visoreds he goes to for help are just as determined for him to release it. Then, when Soul Reaper Rangiku saves a young soul from a Mock Arrancar, the extent of Sosuke Aizen's grand scheme is slowly revealed. Features Episodes 122- 133.

For more information on BLEACH, please visit BLEACH.viz.com.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Releases Include:

VAMPIRE KNIGHT, Vols. 1-2 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $19.97 U.S. / $28.99 CAN • Available Now!
VAMPIRE KNIGHT takes audiences to Cross Academy, which is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires! Vols. 1-2 sold separately and feature 4 episodes each.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT, Vol. 3 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $19.97 U.S. / $28.99 CAN • Available November 16th

Yuki and Zero have their hands full trying to quell the Day Class's enthusiastic pursuit of the Night Class in anticipation of the upcoming dance. In the midst of it all, the Headmaster asks Yuki to show a new transfer student, Maria Kurenai, around the academy. Maria seems harmless, but what lies beneath her seemingly innocent exterior will turn their world upside down. Features Episodes 9-13.

For more information on the Vampire Knight manga and to read free previews online please visit www.shojobeat.com.

POKÉMON Releases Include:

POKÉMON: ELEMENTS COLLECTION, Part 1 · Rated 'A' for All Ages ·
MSRP: $29.92 U.S. / $42.99 CAN · Available Now!
Following the POKÉMON All Star series, the POKÉMON ELEMENTS: COLLECTION bundles Volumes 1-5 of the most important episodes commemorating the different types of Pokémon. Included are: Volume 1: Grass, Volume 2: Fire, Volume 3: Water, Volume 4: Electric and Volume 5: Ice.

For more information on other animated titles from Viz Media please visit www.VIZAnime.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.


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