Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Week-Long Film Festival Launches At NEW PEOPLE Cinema In Conjunction With 2014 J-POP SUMMIT And Offers Exciting First-Run Titles, Special Guests Of Honor And Other Unique Content; Advance Tickets On Sale Now!!

San Francisco, CA, June 4, 2014 – The 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, the only fully-dedicated annual Japanese film celebration for the S.F. Bay Area, returns for its second consecutive year and kicks off during the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival. Set to open on Saturday, July 19th and running thru Sunday, July 27th, the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (JFFSF) will showcase a variety of unique programs, many as first-run U.S. premieres.

The 2014 JFFSF takes place at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, located inside the NEW PEOPLE J-POP entertainment complex at 1746 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115. Tickets are $15.00 for most films, unless otherwise noted. Film summaries, trailers, screening times and advance tickets are available at:

The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is presented in conjunction with the 2014 J-POP Summit, taking place Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th across the city’s historic Japantown district to celebrate the phenomenon of Japanese pop culture with a colorful array of live bands and artists, film premieres, edgy fashion shows, a J-pop dance and singing contest, celebrity appearances and more. Full details are available at

Special film screenings taking place during J-POP SUMMIT include J-POP Splash! 2014, a FREE cinema event presented by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco featuring a colorful feast of music videos by some of the hottest J-Pop artists! Also set to screen at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema during J-POP SUMMIT will be Tokyo Short Shorts: A New Generation of 5 Short Films, as well as Count Five To Dream of You and Kotodama: Spiritual Curse, which both star members of the smash hit teen idol pop group Tokyo Girls’ Style, who will perform at J-POP SUMMIT and also host a special audience Q&A following the film screenings.

For the 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, exclusive live-action programs representing a vivid cross-section of the best in new Japanese cinema will have their exclusive U.S. and/or San Francisco premiere at NEW PEOPLE Cinema. The JFFSF will complement this press release next week with a subsequent announcement detailing an exciting slate of anime feature films also set to receive their U.S. and/or San Francisco premieres.

Special JFFSF Screenings During 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival:

Saturday, July 19th, 12:00pm - Featuring Special Appearance by Tokyo Girls’ Style!
Thursday, July 24th, 7:00pm
This year's alluring Guest of Honor, Tokyo Girls’ Style, make their big screen debut taking on the leading parts of this film that takes place at an all-girl private high school where the planning for the beauty pageant is in full swing. The short-lived and unforgettable moments of adolescence that is colored by adoration, impatience and impulses, is brought to life by each student played by the members of Tokyo Girls’ Style.

Sunday, July 20th, 12:00pm - Featuring Special Appearance by Tokyo Girls’ Style!
Tuesday, July 22th, 9:15pm
Starring the members from Tokyo Girls’ Style, the story revolves around a high school where students start to gossip about the tragic deaths of former students from a gas accident inside of a mysteriously blocked classroom. Since then, a series of bizarre phenomenon begin to occur. Meanwhile, Hitomi and her friends sneak into an abandoned school for a video shoot without knowing that they are stepping into the underworld.

Saturday, July 19th, 2:15pm
Come check out the special FREE event, J-POP Splash! 2014, a flood of music videos presented by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, featuring the hottest J-Pop artists! Enjoy the latest musical acts topping the Japanese pop, rock, and modern charts on the big screen including Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, World Order, Sekai no Owari, Mr. Children, Rip Slyme, and many more! Don't miss special guest DAICHI's live performance as the opening act!

Saturday, July 19th, 4:00pm;
Discover the latest big screen talent through a unique collection of five short films taking place in Tokyo and other parts of Japan directed by a new generation of filmmakers. From parallel stories of love unfolding around the world's tallest tower, Tokyo Skytree, to a surreal comedy of a careless death god that pays a visit in the middle of surgery, these shorts are colorful and they warmly applaud life's new beginnings and comebacks.

Additional Japan Film Festival of San Francisco Live-Action Screenings:

Saturday, July 19th, 6:00pm - Featuring Special Appearance by Director Mitsutoshi Tanaka!
Based on the award-winning novel, "Rikyu Ni Tazuneyo," by Kenichi Yamamoto, the film begins with the final days of Rikyu, the tea master with the most profound influence on chanoyu, the Japanese "Way of Tea" tradition, who was ordered to commit ritual suicide by the chancellor Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Who was Rikyu - who inspired fear in the most powerful man of his time?

Friday, July 25th, 7:00pm
Director Keiichi Kobayashi's second feature film is a surprisingly pleasant and refreshing road movie about a young couple in Akihabara, the world-renowned holy ground for Otaku culture and anime fandom. Natsuko, a.k.a. BON, an eccentric Boys' Love (BL) and online game nerd girl, heads to Tokyo along with LIN, her longtime game-playmate, in order to save her best friend MIYU, who seems to be suffering from an abusive boyfriend she lives with.

Thursday, July 24th, 9:00pm; Sunday, July 27th 12:00pm
Based on the popular "school of punk" manga by Hiroshi Takahashi, Crows: EXPLODE boldly ignites the gang wars in the delinquent schoolyards of Japan. The deadly road battle quietly begins when lone wolf Kazeo Kaburagi transfers to the notorious Suzuran High School. He quickly establishes himself as a fearless fighter, though he has no interest in the power struggle that encircles him.

Sunday, July 27th, 4:50pm
This rare documentary features Nakamura Kanzaburô XVIII, a popular Kabuki actor who died of cancer at the age of 57 in 2012. With nearly 7,000 hours of footage that captured his life journey, the film takes us through his enthusiastic life as one of the greatest Kabuki Actors of our time, and his personal side as a father of two sons succeeding his path as descendants of the family with a long history in Kabuki tradition.

Saturday, July 26th, 2:10pm
Based on the autobiographical comic by Yuuichi Okano, this heart-warming comedy depicts a middle-aged comic artist Pecoross's humorous daily life with his hapless mother, Mitsue, who has dementia that began soon after her husband passed away 10 years before. Directed by Azuma Morisaki, the oldest active filmmaker in Japan at the age of 85, the film was critically acclaimed as one of the best movies of 2013 in Japan.

Tuesday, July 22rd, 7:00pm
Based on the bestselling manga by Hiroshi Arakawa, Silver Spoon centers around an isolated agricultural high school in Hokkaido at the northern end of Japan. Kengo is a freshman with an inferiority complex due to his failure to meet his fathers' expectation. He finds himself to be a misfit among eager students from farmers’ families, but he gradually discovers his own perspective on life through farming and friendship.

Saturday, July 26th, 7:00pm
A Story of Yonosuke is a beautiful endearing film that reminds us of the incredible impact one person can have on the lives of others. Yonosuke, an 18-year old university freshman just moving to Tokyo, attracts people with his loving character. Set in the 80’s, the story is connected to the modern day by four friends of Yonosuke. Each have lost contact with him somehow, but are pleasantly reminded of their time together.

Friday, July 25th, 9:00pm; Sunday, July 27th, 2:20pm
A once-divorced woman named O-haru remarries into the Funaki family, generations of trusted samurai chefs that serve the lord of the Kaga Domain. Her husband Yasunobu is the young heir of the family, however, his cooking skills and passion aren’t up to par. With the full support of her new mother-in-law, O-haru takes it upon herself to help Yasunobu find his way to become a great chef and maintain pride of his family tradition.

Sunday, July 20th, 6:00pm
Why Don't You Play In Hell? is among Sono’s best work as his trademark outrageous-style is infused with his affection for 35mm and Japanese cinema. The Fuck Bombers are an eager group of wannabe filmmakers whose dream of making movies comes crashing down. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they’ll be able to film Why Don't You Play In Hell?

NEW PEOPLE Cinema is a 143-seat cinema located in the underground floor of NEW PEOPLE in San Francisco. Equipped with a cutting-edge HD digital projection and THX®-certified sound system, NEW PEOPLE Cinema is home for local film festivals and entertaining events.

Launched in 2013, Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is the first and only fully-dedicated Japanese film event for the SF Bay Area, will feature a colorful mix of narratives, anime and documentary film premieres and exclusive screenings with special guest appearance at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in SF Japantown from July 19 (Sat) through 27 (Sun), 2014. More details and ticket information available at

About J-POP SUMMIT Festival
Launched in 2009, J-POP SUMMIT Festival is an annual street fair held in San Francisco, CA that celebrates Japanese popular culture. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, film, art, fashion, gaming, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a prominent platform to showcase the latest pop trends and creative innovations from Japan.

The 5th annual J-POP SUMMIT held in July 2013 welcomed more than 80,000 attendees, making it one of the largest Japanese festivals in the United States. In addition to the original Festival held in Japantown, new attractions include the
J-POP LIVE AT UNION SQUARE concert in downtown San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier dedicated Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, and sake-tasting and fine foods events at the POP GOURMET Food Festival, which have each further enriched the experience. Additional information about J-POP SUMMIT Festival is available at:



New All-Ages Manga Adventure Inspired By The Latest Generation of Pokémon Video Games Join an Expansive Catalog Of POKÉMON Manga Titles Published In North America

San Francisco, CA, June 4, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the acquisition of the domestic publishing and digital media rights for the POKÉMON ADVENTURES X & Y manga (graphic novel) series. The manga is based on the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games, which launched globally for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in October 2013.

The new release will launch the latest story arc for the popular entertainment property and joins VIZ Media’s expansive catalog of POKÉMON manga and anime titles. The POKÉMON ADVENTURES X & Y series is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will debut its first volume in print and digitally in December under the company’s Perfect Square imprint. Future volumes of the series, which is also ongoing in Japan, will be published twice yearly.

POKÉMON ADVENTURES X & Y is written by Hidenori Kusaka with artwork by Satoshi Yamamoto. As the new Champion of the Pokémon Battle Junior Tournament in the Kalos region, X is hailed as a child prodigy. But when all the media attention proves to be too much for him, he holes up in his room to hide from everyone, including his best friends. What will it take to get him to come out?! How about an attack on his hometown of Vaniville Town by the two new Legendary Pokémon, Xerneas and Yveltal, and a mysterious organization named Team Flare…?

“We are proud to expand our Perfect Square manga catalog with the acquisition of POKÉMON ADVENTURES X & Y and its positively themed story, dynamic characters and fun cast of new Pokémon that is sure to delight young as well as adult readers,” says Annette Roman, Editor. “We look forward to fans discovering the new series later this year!”

POKÉMON is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 255 million POKÉMON video game titles and 20 billion Pokémon Trading Cards have been sold to-date worldwide. Pokémon the Series: XY marked the 17th season of POKÉMON animation and launched in the U.S. on Cartoon Network in January 2014. VIZ Media and its Perfect Square imprint are the official North American publishers of a variety of popular POKÉMON manga graphic novel series such as POKÉMON ADVENTURES, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: DIAMOND & PEARL, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: HEART/GOLD SOUL/SILVER, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: BLACK & WHITE as well as a variety of POKÉMON animated feature films.

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, manga (graphic novels) and other all ages’ books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.

Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at

For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at


Issue #2 of the chilling new horror series sells-out instantly and is fast-tracked to 2nd printing, early artwork of #3 revealed
The comics industry continues to sleep with the light on due to Joshua Williamson (GHOSTED) and Mike Henderson's (MASKS AND MOBSTERS) hit horror series, NAILBITER. The second issue sold out instantly at the distributor level and has been rushed to a second printing to meet customer demand. To whet the appetite of fans, who have likened the series’ vibe to that of Twin Peaks and The Silence of the Lambs, Image Comics is pleased to reveal early pages of issue #3 in the series and announce that the letters pages will be aptly named “Nail Clippings.”
"Mike and I are blown away to the response to the first two issues of Nailbiter,” said Williamson. “Retailers are really supporting our horror book and it shows. One of the fun things for Mike and me is that we know what's coming down the line in future issues, and for the people who loved issue one and two... they haven't seen nothing yet. We won't be satisfied until we have you checking under your bed at night for the Nailbiter."
The mystery and suspense builds in these issues as Detective Nicholas Finch enlists the help of the infamous Nailbiter in order to uncover evidence that might point him toward finding his missing friend. But there are secrets lurking beneath the surface in the town of Buckaroo, and not everyone is who they seem.
Praise for NAILBITER:
“If Josh died I wish he’d leave Nailbiter to me in his will so I could say it was my idea.”
—Scott Snyder (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire)
“Prepare your cuticles for this masterful bit of horror.”
—David Pepose, Newsarama
“In the end, Nailbiter stands on a premise so instantly enticing that you can almost see the movie trailer.” —Robert Tutton, PASTE Magazine
“If you're planning on getting a peaceful night's sleep full of happy, prancing sheep, you may want to hold off on reading Nailbiter. The newest title from creators Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson... an icky and eerie debut that's sure to turn your sweetest dreams into the stuff of nightmares.” —Jeff Lake, IGN
“It's a joy to see a dark story make its point without relying on over-the-top or gratuitous scenes. With a big mystery and a killer (or killers) lurking about, you won't know if the main characters will survive for many issues.”
—Tony Guerrero, Comic Vine
NAILBITER #2 has completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores. It is currently available digitally on the Image Comics website ( and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web (, iOS, Android, and Google Play.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that this second issue will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing of NAILBITER #2 (Diamond Code APR148432) will release on 7/2.
NAILBITER #3 releases 7/2 as well and will be available for pre-order with Diamond Code MAY140718.
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
Tune In If You Dare...EPIX Salutes
And the World Television Premiere of Carrie (2013)

 Inline image 1

Friday, July 4 beginning 7AM EST
WHAT | EPIX will air an all-day tribute to some of the scariest, most psychotic movie characters of all time with its “American Psychos” movie marathon. This tribute to terror includes the World Television Premiere of Carrie, The Usual Suspects, Primal Fear, Silence of the Lambs, Texas Chainsaw and other frightening films.
WHEN | Friday, July 4th
WHERE | EPIXEPIX-On-Demand, and all EPIX apps

“American Psychos” Full Schedule - All Times ​Eastern

July 4th
7:00AM ET - You're Next
8:35AM ET - Breakdown
10:15AM ET - The Frozen Ground
12:05PM ET - The Usual Suspects
2:00PM ET - You're Next
3:40PM ET - Primal Fear
6:00PM ET - Silence of the Lambs
8:00PM ET – Carrie (2013)-World Television Premiere
9:45PM ET - Texas Chainsaw
11:30PM ET - Carrie (2013)
1:15AM ET - Primal Fear
3:30AM ET - The Frozen Ground
5:20AM ET - You're Next

Issue #1 of the new ongoing Skybound series launched out of unprecedented digital series success
Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics is pleased to reveal early artwork for the first issue of the eagerly anticipated TECH JACKET.

“Getting to bring back Tech Jacket to comics with Khary Randolph as an over-the-top, no-budget-constraint sci-fi blockbuster constantly upping the ante has been been absolutely thrilling to be a part of," said Keatinge. "Khary and colorist Emilio Lopez combine their great skill to create science fiction visuals on a galactic scale, which are set to blow the minds of all who behold them.”

After the out-of-this-world sales of the TECH JACKET DIGITAL miniseries that debuted at Image Expo, Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER, GLORY) and Khary Randolph (Deadpool, Justice League Beyond) announced at Emerald City Comicon that they would team up once again to launch TECH JACKET #1, the first in an all-new print series.

Zack Thompson, community college drop out, a.k.a. "Tech Jacket," and self-titled "Galactic Guardian of the Earth" may have bitten off more than he can chew. A loved one is threatened, a new enemy rises to power, and Tech Jacket must reassess his alliances.

TECH JACKET will hit stores on 7/2. TECH JACKET #1 will be available for $2.99, you can pre-order it with Diamond Code: MAY140599. Final Order Cutoff for retailers is 6/9.
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
Skybound is the home of Robert Kirkman's creator-owned work including his Eisner Award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, Thief of Thieves, and Clone as well as Ghosted, Witch Doctor and Invincible Universe. Since its inception, Skybound has created television shows, merchandise and a wide spectrum of platforms, games (The Walking Dead: Assault iOS app), and entertainment events (The Walking Dead Escape). Skybound's successes include the comic behind the hit Emmy®-winning television show, AMC's The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. Skybound/Kirkman frequently top the hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles are and

Atlanta, GA – In addition to the 16 guests previously announced, Walker Stalker Con announced 23 additional guests that will be attending the convention located at the Atlanta Convention Center at Americas Mart this October 17-19, 2014.

Additional guests for Walker Stalker Con Atlanta include:
Melissa McBride
Jon Bernthal
Sarah Wayne Callies
Michael Rooker
Chad Coleman
Josh McDermit
Travis Love
Vincent Ward
Jeff Kober
Kylie Szymanski
Brighton Sharbino
Kyla Kenedy
Meyrick Murphy
Emma Bell
Denise Crosby
Nick Gomez
Melissa Hutchison
Greg Nicotero
Parker Wierling
Theshay West
Moses Moseley
Melissa Cowan
Jay Bonansinga

The full list of guests can be found at
and will be updated daily guests are announced.

Walker Stalker Con kicks off on Friday, October 17th at noon. The exhibit floor will be open all three days featuring games, toys, comic and other memorabilia for true fans of zombie, horror and science fiction.

On Saturday there will be a VIP Meet & Greet with celebrities plus a “Zombie Costume Bash Party” – a night of dressing up, contests and meeting/mingling with the celebrity guests! (Must be 18 or older to attend the Zombie Costume Bash.)
All events, except for the Saturday Night Zombie Costume Bash party, are family-friendly. Children age 10 and under do not require a ticket with a paid adult. (Children will receive a General Admission ticket only and are not eligible for a free VIP ticket. A VIP ticket may be purchased for children separately.)
The full event schedule can be found at

Tickets for the event start as low as $35 for general admission and can be purchased at

For more information, guest announcements and regular updates about Walker Stalker Con please visit the website

Follow on Twitter @WalkrStalkrCon, @Walker_Stalkers
On Facebook at Walker Stalker Convention
T Publications Literary Initiative starts at ALA Annual ConferenceUK Publisher Targets Comic Literacy 
(United Kingdom-June 4, 2014) T Pub announced today the beginning of an ambitious initiative to get more people reading comics. CEO Neil Gibson says that comics changed his life and believes the benefits of of the medium are enormous. Libraries in the UK are closing at an alarming rate and Neil decided it was time for action. He recently gave a workshop and talk to school pupils at the Deptford Lounge Library in South London.
From a pop up stall outside one of the highest trafficked London stations to headlining Leamington Comic Con to a booth at the American Library Association annual conference this June, T Pub is taking no prisoners in spreading awareness. Librarians attending ALA should email to receive a free digital copies of our back-catalogue before the show or stop by booth #1950 to get access to free digital copies as well.
CEO Neil Gibson explains, "Comics are flat out the most efficient medium there is to tell a story. I am a firm believer that comics can make you smarter, help you communicate better and I have used comics to help companies make more money as well.”
T Pub titles will be in the June issue of Diamond Previews in the US and in the UK. Digital copies of their books are available via Amazon and Comixology. Tortured Life and Tabatha are suggested for mature readers only,Twisted Dark and Twisted Light are rated 13+ and The World of Chub Chub is suggested for all ages 
T Pub is a new publisher from London. The first issue of Twisted Dark was the #1 book on Amazon Kindle in the UK and they released volume 5 in May. Looking for horror that will make you laugh as well as gasp? Check out their miniseries Tabatha! And for those looking for light-hearted reading, make sure and pick up Twisted Light!

Recent photos of their pop up stall in Old street station:

Twitter (@tpublications), Facebook (,
“No, no, no! Do not wind her up, that is a big gun and she is baby crazy.”

Factory Entertainment is delighted to announce the second of several fantastic San Diego Comic Con Exclusives for 2014.
Straight from the hit FX show Archer, Lana Kane in all of her ‘knock off’ underwear glory, armed with an assault rifle… ...and if that weren't enough to get your attention, she also moves and TALKS! Honestly, this exclusive literally speaks for itself, with 14 digital (very TV-MA) phrases straight from the show. This is definitely an adults only collectible folks!

Standing 7” tall, our premium motion statue captures Lana as she appeared in the ‘standout’ (phrasing!) first season episode, "Skytanic". Lana is presented in a full color box and is a numbered limited edition of just 500 pieces. She will be available at Comic-Con exclusively from the Factory Entertainment Booth #2747 while supplies last.

If you are not attending Comic –Con this year don’t worry! We have put aside a limited quantity that are now available for pre-order on our website here while supplies last. You can order today safe in the knowledge that your products will ship to you in August after Comic-Con is over. Click here to pre-order now!
Stay tuned for more San Diego Comic Con Exclusive announcements. Click HERE to see other previously announced exclusives.

About Factory Entertainment

Factory Entertainment is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality licensed toys and collectibles featuring a wide variety of music and entertainment properties, including Game Of Thrones, Archer, DC Comics, The Beatles, James Bond, Men in Black, Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Jaws, Monty Python, KISS, and The Princess Bride. For all the latest product information, as well as updates and preproduction previews, please visit

Catch The Exclusive Digital-First Debut Of Takeshi Obata’s

VIZ Media primes the summer reading season with a robust digital update for June and invites fans and readers to explore the latest collection of exciting releases available throughout the month.

New manga titles making their digital debut include today’s launch of the Shonen Jump Advanced series, SERAPH OF THE END. The BOYS OVER FLOWERS JEWELRY BOX shojo manga one-shot is scheduled for June 10th.

Fans also won’t want to miss the exclusive digital premiere, the same day as Japan on June 19th of Vol. 1 of the riveting manga adaptation of the sci-fi action drama – ALL YOU NEED IS KILL – by DEATH NOTE/BAKUMAN creator Takeshi Obata. This 2-volume series adapts the acclaimed Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (also available from VIZ Media/Haikasoru), that also inspired Edge of Tomorrow, the blockbuster summer action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The post apocalyptic gothic vampire series, TRINITY BLOOD, rounds out new titles for the month with its digital debut on June 24th.

Other notable monthly updates to popular continuing manga series include DRAGON BALL Full Color (Saiyajin) (Vol. 3) on June 3rd, DEADMAN WONDERLAND (Vol. 3) on June 10th, to be followed by ONE-PUNCH MAN (Vol. 3) and FUTURE DIARY (Vol. 2) on June 24th. These new volumes join additions to 13 other popular VIZ Media series that will also be updated throughout the month of June.

Readers can enjoy these new June manga updates that are available on and the VIZ MANGA App for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7” tablets. The titles may also be purchased through the Nook, Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. These dynamic digital platforms offer fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy a massive catalog of new and classic manga titles that spans more than 2,000 volumes across nearly 200 different series.

Titles Available Now!

SERAPH OF THE END, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now!
After trumpets of the apocalypse proclaim the fall of humanity, vampires arise from the shadows to rule the earth. Yuichiro wants just one thing – to get revenge by killing each and every vampire. In the opening volume, Yuichiro’s dream is near-impossible, given that vampires are seven times stronger than humans, and the only way to kill them is by mastering Cursed Gear, advanced demon-possessed weaponry. Not to mention that humanity’s most elite Vampire Extermination Unit, the Moon Demon Company, wants nothing to do with Yuichiro unless he can prove he’s willing to work in a team – which is the last thing he wants!

Manga Titles Launching Later This Month:

BOYS OVER FLOWERS JEWELRY BOX (ONE-SHOT) · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available June 10th!
One year after the original BOYS OVER FLOWERS series ended, lives move on... Although Tsukushi Makino is from a poor family, she attends an elite school for the super rich, where her life has become intertwined with the "F4," the ruling boys of the school, in a whirlwind of love and confusion!

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available June 19th!
Check out Takeshi Obata’s (DEATH NOTE, BAKUMAN) hit adaptation of the riveting sci-fi action story in a special digital release. When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

TRINITY BLOOD, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available June 24th!
In a dark and distant future, Armageddon has given rise to the fabled Second Moon – and a perpetual war between the vampires and the humans! Esther is a nun in the city of Istavan.  When she crosses paths with Abel Nightroad, a priest sent from the Vatican to combat the local order of vampires, the pair forms a holy alliance to battle the most evil of threats. In this gorgeous, gothic-action series - part of the super-popular Trinity Blood franchise – the very survival of the human race is at stake!

The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top application for reading digital manga and features a massive library of the most popular series in the world. Through the innovative VIZ Manga digital platform registered users are able to use one account to view their purchased manga across more devices than ever. New series and volumes are added every Tuesday. Fans can also find these titles and more for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo ereaders, as well as in the iBooks and GooglePlay Stores.

All manga volumes are available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the VIZ Manga application starting from $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) each and readers can also explore all titles with free Chapter 1 previews of every series. For more information, please visit or

Download the free VIZ Manga App for Android and iOS devices at

To learn more about VIZ Manga, please visit


OWARI NO SERAPH © 2012 by Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, Daisuke Furuya /SHUEISHA Inc.