Viz announces acquisition of 'Hana-Kimi' and 'Angel Sanctuary'

Wed, November 19th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

VIZ, LLC, North America's leading

publisher of manga for English-speaking audiences announced today the

addition of two new manga series to its popular shjo line of graphic

novels--HANA-KIMI and ANGEL SANCTUARY, shipping in February and March 2004,

respectively.

Also known as Hanazakari no Kimi-tachi e (For You in Full Blossom),

HANA-KIMI is the third and longest-running series from Hisaya Nakajo.

Originally serialized in the bi-weekly manga anthology "Hana to Yume" from

Hakusensha, HANA-KIMI is a multiple product brand in Japan, with pencil

boards, calendars, CDs, character books, and stationary sets available in

addition to the tankouban (graphic novels). VIZ' release marks the

English-language debut of the series. HANA-KIMI will be available

exclusively at Waldenbooks through May 2004.

A 20-volume series in Japan, Kaori Yuki's ANGEL SANCTUARY also inspired

additional products in Japan, including art books, a postcard book,

stickers, jewelry, stationary, posters, pencil boards, and clocks.

Available for the first time in English when it ships from VIZ in March

2004, the ANGEL SANCTUARY manga series extends beyond the plot covered in

the three-episode OAV currently available from Central Park Media. ANGEL

SANCTUARY graphic novels will be available at retailers nationwide.

Both series will be part of VIZ' shjo line of graphic novels, which

features exciting storylines and true-to-life characters. Appealing to both

female and male readers, VIZ' shjo line includes an extensive list of

popular titles like FUSHIGI YGI, CERES, CELESTIAL LEGEND, and REVOLUTIONARY

GIRL UTENA making it one the best-selling categories VIZ offers.

ABOUT HANA-KIMI


Japanese-American track-and-field star Mizuki is transferring to a high

school in Japan, just so she can be closer her idol, high jumper Izumi Sano.

But she hasn't transferred to just any high school--now she's going to an

all-boys high school! Forced to disguise herself as a boy, fate soon

intervenes and Mizuki discovers that she and Izumi are more than

classmates--they're roommates! Now, Mizuki must keep her secret in the

classroom, the locker room, and her own bedroom. But how will her classmates

and the weird school nurse react to the new transfer student who looks like

a very pretty boy?

Story and art by Hisaya Nakajo

Format: Trade Paper, 5 x 7 1/2

US Price: $9.95

ABOUT ANGEL SANCTUARY


At the center of this epic tale of Heaven and Hell and forbidden love, is

high-school student Setsuna Mud. He's no angel--he's completely tactless

around girls, has an unpredictable temper, and can become extremely violent.

That he comes from a broken home and is in love with his sister Sara just

makes matters worse! Add teenage hormones and major issues with his mother,

and you've got the recipe for one troubled kid! And then Setuna's reality

becomes seriously twisted when his past life as an angel starts to plague

the present and threatens to destroy the future...

Story and art by Kaori Yuki

Format: Trade Paper, 5 x 7 1/2

US Price: $9.95

ABOUT VIZ, LLC

Founded in 1986, VIZ is a multi-media entertainment company specializing in

Japanese entertainment properties for U.S. audiences. VIZ offers an

integrated product line including magazines, comics, graphic novels, videos,

DVDs and audio soundtracks. VIZ publishes over 20 titles every month

including: DRAGON BALL Z, GUNDAM, HAMTARO, INUYASHA, POKMON, RANMA 1/2,

SHONEN JUMP, and YU-GI-OH!.

 
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