Square Enix Manga Store to Offer Free Volume of Fullmetal Alchemist and Other Popular Digital Comics

Los Angeles, California (July 21, 2011) – Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix®) today announced a special offer to be conducted at its North American digital manga distribution site, the SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE. For a limited time, eligible users will be able to download the first volume of numerous popular comic series free of charge.

Since its December 2010 launch, the SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE has blazed new trails in PC-based digital manga distribution, offering over one hundred volumes of manga in pay-to-view streaming format and achieving tremendous popularity among manga fans. The free manga offer is part of a comprehensive effort to introduce Square Enix manga to an ever-wider audience—an effort that will also feature an official Facebook page opened in June 2011, and an exhibit at the San Diego Comic-Con to be held from July 20–24, 2011.

All attendees of the Comic-Con as well as all users who “Like” the official Facebook page will be eligible to receive the digital edition first volume (a $5.99 value) of any one of fifteen bestselling Square Enix comic series including FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, SOUL EATER and Black Butler available for purchase at the store.

A flyer containing the URL for the special offer page will be distributed at the Square Enix Comic-Con booth. Author signatures and replica manuscripts will also be on display, making it a presentation no manga fan will want to miss. Registered Facebook users may gain access to the special offer page simply by clicking the “Like” button on the official Square Enix Manga Facebook page. (http://www.facebook.com/SquareEnixManga/)

The SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE also boasts a wide selection of free-of-charge content to be enjoyed, including digital comic and new release previews, anime previews, wallpapers, and more. As the official site for Square Enix manga, the SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE will continue to be fans' one-stop shop for the latest information and a host of manga entertainment experiences!

- SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE http://publications.na.square-enix.com/na/us/top

- Square Enix Manga (Official Facebook Site) http://www.facebook.com/SquareEnixManga/

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- Free Manga Campaign Details

Dates (North America) Wednesday, July 20, 2011 to Wednesday, August 10, 2011 (6:00 p.m. PDT) How to Enter Receive a flyer from us featuring the campaign page URL while attending Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego (July 20 to July 24) -or- "Like" us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SquareEnixManga/) and follow the link to the campaign page.

*This offer is only available to residents of North America. *Regional eligibility will be determined by MindMax® geolocation services. *Installation of special software is required to view the free content. *Additional online fees may apply and are the responsibility of the internet subscriber. *You must sign up for a Square Enix account to receive this offer. Applicable Titles Choose the first volume from one of the following series: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST; SOUL EATER; Black Butler; PandoraHearts; Nabari No Ou; THE RECORD OF A FALLEN VAMPIRE; Spiral THE BONDS OF REASONING; YUMEKUIKENBUN: NIGHTMARE INSPECTOR; Black God; SUMOMOMO,MOMOMO; ALICE on Deadlines; BAMBOO BLADE; Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY ABDUCTED BY DEMONS ARC; HERO TALES; B. Ichi System Requirements OS/Browser Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 / Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Firefox 3.0 or higher *Browser must have JavaScript enabled and a recent version of Adobe Flash Player (10 or higher) installed.

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Internet ADSL or faster connection Official Sites http://publications.na.square-enix.com/na/us/top (SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE) http://www.facebook.com/SquareEnixManga/ (Square Enix Manga Official Facebook Site)

Applicable Titles (abridged)

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Author:Hiromu Arakawa

©Hiromu Arakawa

SOUL EATER Author:Atsushi Ohkubo

©Atsushi Ohkubo

Black Butler Author:Yana Toboso

©Yana Toboso

PandoraHearts Author:Jun Mochizuki

©Jun Mochizuki

Nabari No Ou Author:Yuhki Kamatani

©Yuhki Kamatani

About the SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE

The SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE is a digital manga distribution site owned and operated by Square Enix Group. Managed by the group's local subsidiaries, each store provides digital versions of popular manga, such as FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST and SOUL EATER, to users who have registered a free account at the SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS website. Rather than offering manga in traditional print format, the SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE distributes its localized titles digitally in order to make them more easily accessible to a wider audience. In addition to manga, the site also provides a wide range of free-to-enjoy content including wallpapers, previews, and more.

About Square Enix Co., Ltd.

Square Enix Co., Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content around the world. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 58 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix is a Japan-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd More information on Square Enix Co., Ltd. can be found at http://www.square-enix.com/jp/.

DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, SQUARE ENIX and the Square Enix logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, SOUL EATER, Black Butler, PandoraHearts, Nabari No Ou, THE RECORD OF A FALLEN VAMPIRE, Spiral THE BONDS OF REASONING; YUMEKUIKENBUN: NIGHTMARE INSPECTOR; Black God; SUMOMOMO,MOMOMO, ALICE on Deadlines, BAMBOO BLADE, Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY ABDUCTED BY DEMONS ARC, HERO TALES, and B. Ichi are trademarks or registered trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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