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VIZ Goes KOBO!

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VIZ Media has just begun making its digital library of manga titles available for KOBO eReaders, with 500 volumes debuting today – and a library of 1500 volumes across 130 titles coming to North America in the near future.

The launch list includes the latest volumes of blockbusters like Naruto (rated ‘T’ for Teens), Bleach (rated ‘T’ for Teens), Blue Exorcist (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens), One Piece (rated ‘T’ for Teens) and Vampire Knight (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens). VIZ Media has also synchronized its digital publishing schedule for future manga titles to have near-simultaneous domestic release of their print counterparts, closing the gap between print and digital manga formats. The complete library of VIZ Media manga titles is available at www.kobo.com/viz.

The official press release follows the jump.

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The 2013 J-Pop Summit Festival Features Music, Movie and Pop Fashion In A Colorful Array Of Events!

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The 5th Annual J-Pop Summit Festival will celebrate Japanese,  pop culture with Sake tasting, a J-Pop Idol contest, and performances by such artists as: fashion icon/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (pictured); four-piece girl rock band LoVendoR; and legendary artist Katsuya Terada, who will create a freehand drawing on a blank wall at San Francisco’s Kinokuniya Bookstore.

The festival, which runs July 27th and 28th, will include other special attractions including anime film premieres of Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, and Naruto The Movie: The Lost Tower – and much, much more. Follow the jump to learn more.

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VIZ Media Takes Digital Manga, Weekly Shonen Jump and The Neon Alley Anime Channel To Comic-Con2013

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VIZ Media – the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America – will be showcasing digital media, including the Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga magazine, and the Neon Alley Anime Channel at Comic-Con 2013. The company will host a wide array of special events, unique giveaways, panel discussions and more.

For details, follow the jump to the official press release.

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Demon Love Spell: Talk About Backfiring Spells!

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VIX Media’s new shojo manga release, Demon Love Spell features a shrine maiden named Miko who’s not particularly good at her job and Kagura, the demon whose attention she gains when she actually gets a spell right… sort of…

The supernatural romance series, Volume 1 of which is now available (with digital download coming on December 18th), is from Mayu Shinjo, creator of Ai Orei and Ayakashi Koi Emaki. Details follow the jump.

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The Gantz Saga: Saved From Death To Wage War On Aliens!

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The Gantz Saga is a two movie adaptation of the popular manga. At first, it seems like a straightforward superhero vs. aliens tale – albeit with an odd origin – but as the story progresses, it begins to ask questions and shift from one perspective to another.

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Bleach… The Movie?

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Bleach, one of the most popular manga and anime´ series in the world is going Hollywood. VIZ Media today announced that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the live-action feature film rights to the series.

Peter Segal (Get Smart, The Longest Yard) of Callahan Filmworks is producing with an eye toward directing. The film’s creative team also includes screenwriter Dan Mazeau, who recently penned Warner Bros.’ upcoming sequel to Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans.

Details from the full press release follow the jump.

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GANTZ Gets Hollywood Premiere As Live-Action Adaptation Of Hit Manga Gets Special One Night Event Across America!

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GANTZ, a live action film based on the hit manga of the same name, will play in 334 theaters across America – including five in Maryland – with a special screening at the Mann’s Chinese 6 in Hollywood. The special Hollywood screening will be followed by a discussion and interviews with cast members with Otaku USA Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Macias. The event is being presented by San Francisco’s New People, an entertainment company that specializes in bringing ‘the latest examples of Japanese pop culture’ to America. 

The press release and summary – and link to the list of locations involved – follow the jump.

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March Story – Watch Out or the Ills Will Get You!

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‘You must never touch things if you don’t know what they are,’ says March at the beginning of Volume 1 of March Story, a darkly entertaining manga from VIZ Media. Ills are dark spirits that hide within the form of beautiful works of art and possess the unwary who come in contact with them – forcing them to acts of unspeakable violence. March is one of the Ciste Vihad, hunters who track down the Ills – and/or the unfortunates who have become possessed by them. Some they can save. Others…

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MANGA: Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit – Congratulations! You Have Been Randomly Selected By The Government… To DIE In 24 Hours!

The population was beginning a slow descent into decadence. No one seemed to care about the important things in life: honor, integrity, even life itself. So, the government began a new program to make life precious once more. When vaccinations were given to every child, a certain percentage was, instead, randomly injected with a capsule that would activate at a random time, resulting in that person’s death. Through a complex set of procedures, these capsules were tracked in such a way that, without anyone knowing the particulars, an Ikigami – a death paper – would be sent to each of those selected twenty-four hours before the capsule activated. The uncertainty this caused would make people value their lives more, and increase social productivity.

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Volume One of Motoro Mase’s Ikigami contains two episodes – each dealing with different aspects of the process. Episode One, The End of Vengeance, is concerned with Fujimoto, a young man who gets work delivering Ikigami, and the story of one of the people to whom he delivers them – a bullied youth who uses his last day for actions both heroic and evil. Episode Two, The Last Song, deals with a young man in a busking duo who tries to achieve pop stardom even though it means deserting his partner.

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