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VIZ Media Marks the 10th Anniversary of Shojo Beat

ShojoBeat-10thAnniversaryVIZ Media prepares to celebrate a special milestone with shojo manga fans and a special guest this summer. The company’s Shojo Beat imprint marks its 10th Anniversary and celebrates many more years of great shojo manga to come with a host of activities, creator appearances and special promotions taking place at upcoming major summertime conventions including Anime Expo, San Diego Comic-Con and Otakon.

VIZ Media will partner with the 2015 Anime Expo to present the first-ever appearance in the U.S. of Julietta Suzuki, the famed creator of Kamisama Kiss, at the annual July event held in Los Angeles, CA. Scheduling and event information about her personal appearance will be released soon. Kamisama Kiss is published by Shojo Beat.

JuliettaSuzuki-CreatorOf-KamisamaKissManga readers also can look forward to the upcoming launch beginning this summer of a wide variety of brand new series from the Shojo Beat imprint that will be available in print as well as digitally from VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App as well as from the Nook, Kindle, Kobo, comiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay stores.

Shojo Beat’s milestone anniversary commemorations take place this summer at Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con, where VIZ Media will present in-booth displays of shikishi (special Japanese art boards) featuring original artwork by a host of well-known manga creators that were created specially for the imprint’s 10th anniversary. An exclusive Shojo Beat calendar featuring artwork from various popular manga series will be given away at the VIZ Media booth at these conventions along with exclusive collectable items imported from Japan. And stay tuned for other special shojo-focused promotions, sales and fan events at these shows, as well as upcoming events held around Otakon.

Don’t miss these forthcoming Shojo Beat releases:


Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available June 2nd!    

In this highly anticipated new series by Go Ikeyamada, the Kobayashi twins, Mego and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Mego has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinces his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other?


Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available July 7th!    

On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role! Catch this paranormal drama by renowned creator, Aya Shouoto (KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS).

MAID-SAMA!, (2-in-1 Omnibus Edition)

Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Print MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $10.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available August 4th!    

As if being class president of a predominantly male high school isn’t hard enough, Misaki Ayuzawa has a major secret – she works at a maid café after school! How is she supposed to keep her image of being ultra-smart, strong and overachieving intact once school heartthrob Takumi Usui discovers her double life?! MAID-SAMA is created by Hiro Fujiwara.

Also catch these new 2015 Fall/Winter titles:


Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available October 6th!    

In this new series by Kyousuke Motomi (creator of BEAST MASTER and DENGEKI DAISY), Kyutaro Horikita, the tall, dark and handsome cleaning expert of Kurokado High, meets a sleeping maiden at the school: transfer student Fumi Nishioka! Fumi’s going to learn how to rid the school of nasty spirits with Kyutaro’s help, and her heart will surprisingly be “cleansed” too…!


Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 3rd!     

At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out that she’s a virgin, Chikage is humiliated and wishes she could turn back time to when she was still young and popular. She takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to when she was 15. Now Chikage is determined to pursue everything she missed out on all those years ago –including becoming a star! IDOL DREAMS is the new series by acclaimed shojo manga creator Arina Tanemura (FULL MOON, THE GENTLEMAN’S ALLIANCE CROSS, I.O.N, TIME STRANGER KYOKO, SAKURA HIME, and PHANTOM THIEF JEANNE).



Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available December 1st!    

Catch a heart-pounding tale of an unorthodox allegiance by creator Akaza Samamiya. “Bloody” Mary, a vampire with a death wish, has spent the past 400 years chasing down a modern-day exorcist named Maria who is thought to have inherited “The Blood of Maria” and is the only one who can kill Mary. To Mary’s dismay, Maria doesn’t know how to kill vampires. Desperate to die, Mary agrees to become Maria’s bodyguard until Maria can find a way to kill him.


Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available January 5th, 2016!    

HONEY SO SWEET, by new manga artist Amu Meguro, is a heartwarming story about love that begins out of an act of kindness. Little did Nao Kogure realize back in middle school that when she left an umbrella and a box of bandages in the rain for injured delinquent Taiga Onise that she would meet him again in high school. Nao wants nothing to do with the gruff and frightening Taiga, but he suddenly presents her with a huge bouquet of flowers and asks her to date him – with marriage in mind! Is Taiga really so scary, or is he a sweetheart in disguise?


VIZ Media Heads to Anime Expo 2012 This Weekend

VIZ Media is also heading to Anime Expo 2012 this weekend, taking place in Los Angeles. They’re bringing an array of booth attractions, product giveaways, special guest appearances, and panel discussions scheduled to take place throughout the unique 4-day Southern California event.  They’ll be located at booth 1401.

They’re welcoming Tiger & Bunny Executive Producer Masayuki Ozaki as its guest for a panel discussion to be held on Saturday, June 30th at 12PM in Room LP1.  Joining the panel will be voice actors Yuri Lowenthall (Barnaby Brooks Jr. / Bunny), Travis Willingham (Rock Bison), Laura Bailey (Dragon Kid), Patrick Seitz (Sky High), John Eric Bentley (Fire Emblem) and Tara Platt (Agnes). After the panel there’ll be a special signing session at the South Hall Autograph Area, at 3:30PM.

You can also join company executives on Friday, June 29th at 2:00PM in Petree Hall (Hall CD) for the “Super Secret VIZ Media Anime Project” panel.

Sneak peeks at other upcoming anime and manga series, as well as news on newly licensed properties, will be a major focus of the VIZ Media Panel, scheduled for Sunday July 1st at 1:30PM in Room 515A.

Readers that sign-up at the booth for an annual membership of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha during Anime Expo will be treated to a special free Yu-Gi-Oh! Shock Master collectable trading card. There’s limited quantities available, so get there early.

Fans are also invited to a fun Shonen Jump Alpha Fan Meet-Up scheduled for Sunday July 1st, at 5PM in Room 515A. Gift bags filled with a variety of fun collectables will be given away, while supplies last. Attendees can meet the Shonen Jump Alpha staff and other readers, and learn all about what the digital manga magazine has in-store for future issues.

eigoMANGA Heads To Anime Expo 2012 This Weekend

eigoManga is heading the the Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles this weekend.  The San Francisco based comic book publisher will be at the convention which is being held on June 29 to July 2, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

eigoMANGA will be exhibiting at Booth #1149 and hosting the following panels and screening:

Animation Screening

‘Padak’ is an award-winning full-length animated film directed by Lee Dae Hee. The film is about the lives of fish in captivity in a Korean seafood restaurant. Some fish accept their fate while others fight to change it.

This is the North American advance screening premier of ‘Padak’.

The ‘Padak’ screening is scheduled for Monday, 10am – 1:00pm and located at Video 2 (LACC 404).

Panels and Workshops

‘eigoMANGA In 2012 Panel’:

Colleagues from eigoMANGA will announce and showcase releases of the company’s mass-market publications, games, and animation titles in 2012.

‘eigoMANGA In 2012 Panel’ is scheduled for Saturday, 10am – 11am at LP 2 (LACC 502AB).

‘How To Draw Manga And Portfolio Review’:

eigoMANGA artists and editors will hold a workshop tutorial to teach the fundamentals of manga illustration and storytelling. They will also be on hand to critique portfolios from up-and-coming artists.

‘The How To Draw Manga And Portfolio Review’ workshop is scheduled for Sunday, 11am – 12pm at WS2 (LACC 501).

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