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Viz announces acquisition of ‘Hana-Kimi’ and ‘Angel Sanctuary’

by  in Comic News Comment

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 shôjo 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’ shôjo line of graphic novels, which
features exciting storylines and true-to-life characters. Appealing to both
female and male readers, VIZ’ shôjo line includes an extensive list of
popular titles like FUSHIGI YÛGI, 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 Mudô. 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, POKéMON, RANMA 1/2,
SHONEN JUMP, and YU-GI-OH!.

Viz announces acquisition of ‘Hana-Kimi’ and ‘Angel Sanctuary’
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