Official Press Release
Los Angeles, CA (March 24, 2003) – TOKYOPOP®, the leading and most
prolific U.S. manga publisher, will release six new graphic novels
based on a diverse range of topics: mystery, gothic fantasy, music
and aliens. All are set to hit store shelves beginning June 2003.
The Kindaichi Case Files (Action / Adventure, Volume 1 – The Opera
House Murders: June 10, 2003)
A cross between Sherlock Holmes and The
Hardy Boys, this hot property has spawned two feature films and a
full-season anime TV series in Japan. The manga, which originally
appeared in Japan’s Weekly Shounen Magazine, follows the adventures
of teenaged sleuth Kindaichi. In each self-contained volume,
Kindaichi visits a new unsolved murder scene, where he uses ingenuity
and cool magic to solve mysteries involving ghosts, curses, myths and
Under the Glass Moon (Fantasy / Romance / Horror, Volume 1: June 10,
This supernatural gothic fantasy features highly detailed artwork and
the addictive appeal of a soap opera. Enter the world of Luka
Reinhardt, the 21st Century’s greatest Dark Wizard … and a fashion
connoisseur! When he and his bookish brother Luel become involved
with their lusty neighbors — a pair of mother and daughter witches —
it’s a love pentagram, especially when Luel’s ex shows up! Things
continue to heat up after Luka’s overzealous apprentice unleashes
Efreet, a wrathful fire spirit!
Gravitation (Comedy / Romance, Volume 1: June 10, 2003)
Maki Murakami, Gravitation delivers a colorful depiction of the music
biz with edgy shonen-ai flair. Shuichi Shindou is determined to be
the next rock star. He hopes to astound the world with his powerful
lyrics in spite of the harsh criticism of the handsome and enigmatic
romance writer, Eiri Yuki. Shuichi forces himself into Yuki’s life
and the two men find their futures inexorably and romantically
intertwined on a rock-and-roll roller coaster ride!
Brain Powerd (Sci-Fi / Action / Adventure, Volume 1: June 17, 2003)
From Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of Gundam, comes this story about
Orphan, an oceanic base that holds the key to planetary destruction.
Leading the fight against Orphan is U.N. agent Hime Utsumiya, the
pilot of a living alien Brain Powerd mecha. In a chance encounter,
Hime meets Yu Isami, a pilot working for Orphan. Will she be able to
convince Yu to rebel against the mysterious base and go rogue?
Mankind’s fate hangs in the balance.
Pet Shop of Horrors (Fantasy / Horror, Volume 1: June 17, 2003)
Reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, each volume from manga-ka Mari
Akino contains four stories of terror and wonder that expose the core
of human nature. A smoke-filled alley in Chinatown harbors Count D’s
Pet Shop. The Count prides himself on selling Love and Dreams in the
form of magical creatures that come with an exclusive contract. But
buyers beware: if the contract is broken, Count D cannot be held
accountable for what happens.
Vampire Game (Action / Adventure / Fantasy, Volume 1: June 17, 2003)
This is the dramatic story of ancient rivalries that explode when the
soul of a vampire is reincarnated. Centuries ago, the King of Saint
Pheliosta and the Vampire King, Dusel, had a monumental duel. Dusel
was defeated and swore that he would return to seek revenge in his
next life. Reborn as a wildcat, Dusel is picked up from the wild by
Ishtar, the great-granddaughter of his nemesis, Phelios. The fate of
ages is reawakened, and now a new vampire game begins.