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TokyoPop announces six new graphic novels for Summer release

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 folklore.

Under the Glass Moon (Fantasy / Romance / Horror, Volume 1: June 10, 2003)

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)

Created by 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.

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