[PR] Anime News Network Releases First Streaming Anime Title

Hmmm, just in time for the holidays – free anime!

Media Blasters’ hit sci-fi action anime “Kite Liberator”

MONTREAL, CANADA – December 10, 2008 – Anime News Network, the world’s largest anime web publication, has today released its first full anime video program for legal online streaming: the hit science fiction anime “Kite Liberator.” The show is the first full-length anime to be distributed by Anime News Network’s new Video Player portal, which was unveiled over the summer.

Created by anime powerhouse Yasuomi Umetsu, Kite Liberator follows the life of teenager assassin Monaka, who’s a clumsy and shy girl by day and a mysterious, stealth-like killer by night. When her father, an astronaut on the International Space Station is the victim of a bizarre form of radiation poisoning, he becomes a hideous monster with lethal destructive powers. Filled with edge-of-your-seat action and tongue-in-cheek parody of established anime tropes, Kite Liberator was released on DVD in Japan and North America in March of 2008.

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[PR] VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DIVERSE ARRAY OF EXCITING ANIMATED DVD RELEASES FOR FOURTH QUARTER 2008

 

Releases Include Debut Of New Series HUNTER X HUNTER And Standard As Well As Deluxe Box Set Editions Featuring Special Collectible Figurines That Expand DVD Libraries For DEATH NOTE, BLEACH, NARUTO, BUSO RENKIN, INUYASHA And BLUE DRAGON

San Francisco, CA, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a dynamic array of new animated titles scheduled for release throughout the Fourth Quarter.

The new releases include the long-awaited launch of a new series – HUNTER X HUNTER – as well as a variety of DVD Box Sets, Special Editions and single disc editions of popular series including BLEACH, NARUTO, DEATH NOTE, BUSO RENKIN, BLUE DRAGON and much-loved classics like INUYASHA.

New Series Debut:

HUNTER X HUNTER DVD Box Set Volume 1 · Rated “T+” for Teens · MSRP: $49.98 US / $64.99 CAN · Available December 9

Based on the popular HUNTER X HUNTER manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi (also published by VIZ Media), this new fantasy action series introduces audiences to Hunters, a special breed of adventurers dedicated to tracking down treasure, magical beasts, and even humans. But such pursuit requires a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Gon might be a country boy, but he has high aspirations. Despite his aunt’s protest, Gon decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a legendary Hunter. The journey begins on the long, arduous road to the Exam Hall, where he meets Leorio and Kurapika, two applicants with the same determination. Gon and his two companions must now prove their worth and earn the right to call themselves Hunters! The HUNTER X HUNTER DVD Box Set Volume 1 contains the series’ first 15 episodes on 3 discs.

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[PR] VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF BLEACH AND DEATH NOTE UNCUT FOR DOWNLOAD ON XBOX LIVE

Episodes Of Two Of The Hottest Animated Series To Sweep North America Are Now Available For Download-To-Own From Leading Entertainment, Gaming And Social Networking Outlet

San Francisco, CA, November 11, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the availability of the hit animated action series BLEACH and DEATH NOTE (both Uncut and English dubbed) on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment console from Microsoft. Fans in the U.S. will now have the ability to watch these episodes on a Download-To-Own (DTO) basis through Xbox LIVE for 160 Microsoft Points per episode.

BLEACH features episodes 1-41 dubbed in English with more to be added, and DEATH NOTE features the full 37-episode series dubbed in English. The two series join NARUTO Uncut, which has been offered on Xbox LIVE since November 2007 and currently features episodes 1- 52 dubbed in English as well as episodes 1 – 24 subbed (with English subtitles), with more to be added. Episodes and more information are available at: www.xbox.com/live.

“The anime genre enjoys a huge following among millions of avid Xbox 360 owners and the addition of the BLEACH and DEATH NOTE series to the Xbox LIVE library will be a big attraction,” says Scott Nocas, group product manager for Xbox LIVE.

Xbox LIVE provides viewers with easy access to hundreds of full-length TV shows for Download-To-Own and the latest feature films for Download-To-Rent. Xbox 360 is also the first gaming console to offer Standard and High Definition TV shows and movies via digital distribution. Xbox LIVE currently includes a worldwide social entertainment network reaching more than 14 million members and offering 24/7 online access to gaming, movies, music, TV shows and more.

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[PR] Give the Gift of VIZ Anime This Holiday Season

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DVD RELEASES PERFECT FOR THE GIFT GIVING HOLIDAY SEASON

Anime Titles Will Be Must-Haves On Many Holiday Wish Lists This Year

San Francisco, CA, OCTOBER 31, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media VIZ Media, one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies has announced a variety of upcoming new animated titles that will make unique and thoughtful gift ideas this holiday season.

Set for release throughout November and December, this new collection includes the long awaited North American debut of HUNTER X HUNTER, a fantasy action adventure based on the best-selling manga (graphic novel) series by Yoshihiro Togashi (also published by VIZ Media). Also eagerly anticipated is the debut of the DEATH NOTE DVD Box Set Volume 1, a collection of the first 20 episodes from the popular series that has captivated millions with its highly original supernatural crime thriller plot. Other exciting releases to entice the anime lover on many gift lists this year include NARUTO THE MOVIE 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, BUSO RENKIN Volume 2 Box Set and perennial favorite with younger viewers this holiday season, the new Pokémon DIAMOND and PEARL Box Set II.

“With the 2008 holiday season approaching, VIZ Media is pleased to highlight a variety of upcoming anime releases that will delight fans of all ages,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President, Sales & Product marketing, VIZ Media. “These new titles showcase an array stories, characters and visual styles that make animation such a dynamic visual genre. We are pleased to offer this wide palette of titles and invite friends, colleagues and loved ones to begin to consider the perfect gifts for this coming Holiday season!”

Pokémon DIAMOND and PEARL Box Set II Volumes 3-4 · Rated “A” for All Ages · MSRP: $24.98 US / $34.99 CAN Each · Available November 4, 2008

Beautiful cities, passionate Gym Leaders, mysterious legends of time and space, cruel villains, and of course, new Pokémon all await Ash Ketchum as he explores the Sinnoh region in the ultimate quest to become the greatest Pokémon master. Ash, Brock and their new friend Dawn continue to catch and train new Pokémon on their travels. Along the way they meet up with Pokémon regenerated from fossils and a mercenary Pokémon thief who can out-thieve even Team Rocket! If those challenges can’t bring our heroes down, nothing can! Except maybe a Pokémon dress-up competition?! This special set includes 2 DVDs (Episodes 18-34), Volumes 3-4 of the Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl series.

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[PR] VIZ MEDIA SHOWCASES EXCITING ANIME PROPERTIES FOR ALL AGES AT 2008 MIPCOM SHOW

 

San Francisco, CA, October 14, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies and VIZ Media Europe (VME), the Paris-based subsidiary of VIZ Media, will showcase a variety of hot anime properties at the 2008 MIPCOM show in Cannes, France, October 13-17 at the Palais Des Festivals. VIZ Media will be located in Booth A0-12.

MIPCOM is the premiere global content event for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment content across all platforms. It provides the key decision-makers in the TV, film, digital and audiovisual content, production and distribution industry with the only market conference and networking forum to discover future trends and trade content rights on a global level.

VIZ Media is a key master licensor of Japanese anime and manga content to a fast growing international audience. The company will offer a diverse selection of exciting animated properties for teens and young adults including BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, BLUE DRAGON, BUSO RENKIN, HUNTER X HUNTER, KILARI and others.

The properties VIZ Media will be highlighting at MIPCOM include:

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[PR] Catch VIZ Media on Joost

VIZ MEDIA TEAMS WITH JOOST™ TO DELIVER

HIT SERIES NARUTO, BLEACH AND DEATH NOTE

TO AN EVEN WIDER AUDIENCE

Web Video Portal To Offer Streamed Episodes Of Three Hit Series Complemented With Social Interaction

San Francisco, CA, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies has announced that Joost™, the world’s first broadcast-quality internet television service, will carry the original Uncut (Japanese version/English subtitled) episodes of the hit animated series NARUTO, DEATH NOTE and BLEACH (coming soon) in the United States. Episodes will be made available for free at www.joost.com with new installments being added regularly.

With Joost, NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE fans will be able to watch these shows in their web browser while interacting with others in the Joost community. Whether they join or form fan groups around their favorite characters, or add their own comments to their favorite shows, Joost’s unique social features help a larger audience find and discover these hit shows.

“Joost recognizes a truly diverse community for content and has developed an interactive vehicle that will help build an even larger audience for NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE,” Ken Sasaki, Sr. Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, VIZ Media. “VIZ Media shares a vision to use the latest web technologies to make compelling animated content easily accessible in a legal, secure and high-quality format. We look forward to fans sharing their favorite episodes of NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE on Joost and taking advantage of its social features to discuss and trade commentary individual episodes and expand the global momentum behind these properties.”

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[PR] VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DVD RELEASE OF EXCITING NEW POKÉMON TITLES THROUGHOUT THIRD QUARTER OF 2008

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DVD RELEASE OF EXCITING NEW POKÉMON TITLES THROUGHOUT THIRD QUARTER OF 2008

VIZKIDS Imprint Expands With New POKÉMON: DIAMOND and PEARL, POKÉMON: BATTLE FRONTIER and POKÉMON: ALL STARS DVD Releases

San Francisco, CA, September 3, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies has announced the forthcoming release of a variety of exciting new Pokémon DVDs that expand the company’s VIZKIDS imprint of animated content aimed specifically at younger audiences. The new Pokémon DVD releases include POKÉMON: DIAMOND and PEARL BOX SETS Vols. 1-2, POKÉMON: BATTLE FRONTIER BOX SETS Vols. 1-2, and POKÉMON: ALL STARS Vols. 11-12.

More than a decade after Pokémon was introduced to North America, the powerhouse property remains extremely popular among children and has generated over $26 billion in worldwide sales to-date. The POKÉMON: DIAMOND and PEARL animated series debuted on Cartoon Network in June 2007 as the most watched show for children in the overall 6-11 demographic. Lending even more momentum to the franchise was the highly anticipated recent release of Nintendo’s Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl video games, which introduced more than 100 new Pokémon characters. The record-breaking titles sold over 1 million copies in the first 5 days, making them the fastest selling Pokémon games ever.

“With its cute and imaginative characters and positive storyline which emphasizes teamwork, friendship and embracing the spirit of competition, POKÉMON continues to be a kids’ favorite that parents can select with confidence,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Product Marketing, VIZ Media. “Our new Pokémon titles releasing throughout the Third Quarter expand the VIZKIDS imprint and will delight young viewers with an array of new and exciting Pokémon adventures.”

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[PR] Viz Media’s Fall Anime Line-up

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES VARIETY OF EXCITING ANIMATED RELEASES ON DVD FOR THIRD QUARTER 2008

Standard As Well As Deluxe Box Set Editions Featuring Special Collectible Figurines And Wall Scrolls Expand DVD Libraries For Popular Series DEATH NOTE, BLEACH, NARUTO, INUYASHA And RANMA ½

San Francisco, CA, August 20, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced an exciting array of new DVD releases for the 3rd Quarter of 2008 that expand some of the most popular animated series in North America.

The new releases include DVD Box Sets and Special Editions containing limited edition collectible figurines, as well as the latest single disc editions for popular series including BLEACH, NARUTO, and DEATH NOTE, as well as much-loved classics like INUYASHA, and RANMA ½.

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