[PR] VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT TO STREAM IN THE U.S. SIMULTANEOUS TO AIRING IN JAPAN

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT SCHEDULED TO STREAM IN THE U.S. SIMULTANEOUS TO AIRING IN JAPAN

Final Episodes Of Smash Hit Anime Based On Rumiko Takahashi Manga To Be Available On VIZ Media’s SHONEN SUNDAY Web Site Mere Hours After Episodes Air in Japan

San Francisco, CA, September 28, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, delighted anime fans at New York Anime Festival yesterday with an announcement of the near simultaneous Japanese/American simulcast of the action-packed conclusion to the INUYASHA animated series-INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT.

Beginning on October 3rd, INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT (subtitled) will stream on ShonenSunday.com/anime and Hulu.com mere hours after it airs in Japan. A new episode will air every Saturday thereafter.  INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT anime is rated ‘T” teens.

INUYASHA is a hit TV anime series based on the manga by famed creator Rumiko Takahashi, who won the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for INUYASHA in 2002. Many of the Takahashi titles have been adapted into other media such as anime, live-action TV series, and film. Takahashi’s manga, as well as the other formats her work has been adapted into, have continued to delight generations of fans around the world. Distinguished by her wonderfully endearing characters, Takahashi’s work adeptly incorporates a wide variety of elements such as comedy, romance, fantasy, and martial arts. Rumiko Takahashi is an artist who truly represents the very best from the world of manga. Please visit the new official North American web site for all Rumiko Takahashi-related news and information located at www.TheRumicWorld.com.

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[PR] VIZ MEDIA RELEASES NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE ON DVD THIS FALL

VIZ MEDIA RELEASES THE TEENAGE NINJA ACTION ADVENTURE OF NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE ON DVD THIS FALL

Feature Film Featuring The World’s Most Popular Ninja Is The First With The Teenaged Naruto On A Dangerous New Mission That May Cost His Life

San Francisco, CA, September 16, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the DVD release of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE on November 10th. The new film is the fourth in the NARUTO movie series, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and will have an MSRP of $24.92 U.S. / $35.99 CAN.

In the newest animated feature film adventure, a powerful spirit that once threatened to destroy the world is back! Naruto’s mission is to protect a priestess named Shion, who is the only one with the power to seal away the monster. She also has the uncanny ability to predict someone’s fate. Her latest prediction: Naruto will soon die. Naruto’s only hope is to abandon Shion, but that’s not Naruto’s style. He decides to face her fatal prediction head-on–and die!

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[PR] VIZ MEDIA BRINGS THE ANIMATED HONEY AND CLOVER IN A SPECIAL UNCUT DVD BOX SET

VIZ MEDIA BRINGS THE ANIMATED SHOJO TITLE – HONEY AND CLOVER – TO FANS IN A SPECIAL UNCUT DVD BOX SET

San Francisco, CA, September 17, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will release the first Uncut DVD Box Set for the animated Shojo title, HONEY AND CLOVER, on September 22, 2009. The 3-disc set featuring 13 episodes will be rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $59.90 U.S. / $85.99 CAN.

Based on the popular manga series created by Chica Umino, HONEY AND CLOVER is a romantic comedy about a group of art school students who try to find their way through college. But when an innocent and talented 19-year-old girl enters their lives, things get a lot more complicated as love triangles result.

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[PR] FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT TO PREMIERE ENGLISH DUB OF EVANGELION:1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE. AT ANIME EXPO(R) 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT TO PREMIERE ENGLISH DUB OF EVANGELION:1.0 YOU ARE
(NOT) ALONE. AT ANIME EXPO(R) 2009


Flower Mound, TX & Anaheim, CA (June 22, 2009) – FUNimation(R) Entertainment
today announced that it will premiere the English dubbed version of Hideaki
Anno’s "EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE." at Anime Expo(R) held this year
at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 2-5, 2009.  More information about
the convention can be found at www.anime-expo.org
<http://www.anime-expo.org> .

"EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE" is the film sequel to the sci-fi
animated series blockbuster Neon Genesis Evangelion (also written and
directed by Hideaki Anno) which aired on Japanese television in the mid
1990′s.

Director in Chief Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and the creative
staff of this film made a complete rebuild of the design and visuals rather
than magnifying the original 16 mm film from the series. The team was also
able to employ 3D computer graphics to enrich the depth and breadth of the
Evangelion world as well as digital photography and composite nonlinear
editing.

ABOUT EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE
There was no foreseeable warning before it happened — a catastrophe of
unparalleled scale and magnitude overwhelmed the entire globe. This event,
recorded in history as "The Second Impact," caused half the population of
the Earth to perish and devastated the world. All that remains of Japan is
Tokyo-3, a city that is now being attacked by giant creatures that seek to
destroy mankind. These creatures are called Angels.

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[PR] VIZ MEDIA CHANNEL LAUNCHES ON SONY PLAYSTATION NETWORK

Three Of North America’s Most Popular Anime Series Come To The PlayStation® Network’s Video Delivery Service

San Francisco, CA, June 9, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, is launching as a VIZ Media channel in the new Anime category on the PlayStation Networks video delivery service.  VIZ Media is launching with three of the most popular and successful anime series in North America – BLEACH, DEATH NOTE and NARUTO and is available on the PlayStation Network, which is accessible for download via PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation Portable®) systems in the United States. The episodes are available for $1.99 each via the Network’s new VIZ Media Channel page.

NARUTO UNCUT is launching with 13 episodes, BLEACH will debut with 20 installments and the DEATH NOTE series will be available immediately with all 37 episodes. Episodes will be English dubbed and presented in Standard Definition.

“NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE are compelling additions to the PLAYSTATION Network and an ideal complement to the dynamic library of content, games and applications available for the PS3 and PSP,” says Ken Sasaki, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, VIZ Media. “Together, these series have set a new standard for anime throughout the world and the ease of download, combined with portability and interoperability between many media devices, will allow fans to watch their favorite ninjas in training, Soul Reapers and Shinigami Death Gods whether at home or on the go, wherever and however they want.”

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[PR] Watch Naruto and Win Cool Swag!

VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES SPECIAL NARUTO SHIPPUDEN WATCH-AND-WIN CONTEST ON OFFICIAL NARUTO WEB SITE NARUTO.COM

Fans Can Watch The Newest NARUTO Shippuden Animated Episode Each Week At NARUTO.com Then Test Their Knowledge To Win Exciting Prizes Including NARUTO Video Games And A Game Console!

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has launched a new watch-and-win contest on its official NARUTO web site at www.NARUTO.com beginning March 27th. Every week, a new NARUTO Shippuden episode (English subtitled) will stream for free on the site and fans are invited to watch and take part in the contest by answering a trivia question about each new installment. The contest runs through September 2009.

Winners will be announced weekly and are eligible for a variety of exciting prizes, from action figures and apparel to video games. Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. sponsors the first 4 weeks of the contest and will award each lucky winner a copy of Ultimate Ninja® 4: NARUTO™ Shippuden, the first video game released in North America based on the NARUTO Shippuden animated series. On the fourth week the company will award one lucky fan a copy of the video game and a PlayStation®2 game console.

Ultimate Ninja® 4: NARUTO Shippuden features several unique game modes allowing players to experience perspectives as different characters in this immersive world of the ninja. The video game combines role-playing and action-platforming elements, telling the story of how Naruto returned to the Hidden Leaf Village after his training with Jiraiya – an original narrative arc that fans won’t find anywhere else. Packed with new NARUTO Shippuden characters, as well as updated versions of fan favorites, the game offers a total of 52 playable characters to take into battle and also features the series’ trademark one-on-one ninja battles for one or two players.

“This NARUTO Shippuden watch-and-win contest is a unique and fun way for fans to flex their knowledge of each week’s new episode to win special NARUTO prizes,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Product Marketing, VIZ Media. “We invite fans to visit the official NARUTO web site, NARUTO.com, regularly over the coming months for more chances to win and updates on future prize sponsors.”

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[PR] Catch New Episodes of Bleach on Adult Swim!

VIZ MEDIA BRINGS ACTION PACKED NEW EPISODES OF SMASH-HIT SERIES BLEACH TO ADULT SWIM

BLEACH Arrancar Story Arc Debuts With Two New Back-To-Back Episodes To Air Each Week

San Francisco, CA, APRIL 24, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, brings the latest action-packed English dubbed episodes of BLEACH to Adult Swim. Beginning with episodes 110 and 111 of the Arrancar story arc, Adult Swim premiered two new BLEACH episodes back-to-back on Saturday, April 18th and will continue air two new back-to-back episodes each week. Check local times for availability (http://www.adultswim.com/shows/bleach/index.html).

BLEACH is a popular manga and animated series (both rated ‘T’ for Teens), distributed domestically by VIZ Media, that follows the adventures of Ichigo, a 15-year old student with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow — a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters Rukia, a Soul Reaper, and inadvertently absorbs her powers. Now, he’s dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace.

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[PR] Catch Naruto English Dubbed Episodes on Joost & Hulu!

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF NARUTO ENGLISH DUBBED UNCUT EPISODES

ON JOOST AND HULU

Innovative Online Video Streaming Services To Now Carry

English Dubbed Uncut Episodes in North America

San Francisco, CA, April 13, 2009 — VIZ Media, LLC., one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies has announced the availability of English dubbed uncut episodes of NARUTO anime on Joost.com and Hulu.com beginning on April 15th. Joost and Hulu are both online video services that offer hit TV shows, movies and clips — all for free. The first five episodes of NARUTO (English dubbed) will launch on April 15th with a new English dubbed episode launching every Wednesday thereafter. Each episode will stream on both Joost (US and Canada) and Hulu (US) for approximately 5 weeks then rotate off the site making room for the next new episodes.

Joost is a global service with more than 48,000 program elements from more than 300 content partners, including more than 400 television series, 1,200 movie and short film titles and 15,000 music videos. Hulu has more than 41,000 video assets from more than 140 content partners and offers nearly 1,300 show and movie titles, including 300 full-length feature films and 550 television series, with hundreds of videos added to the service each week. NARUTO subtitled versions launched on both Joost and Hulu in September 2008.

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