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Viz solicitations for graphic novels shipping July, 2002

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Viz solicitations for graphic novels shipping July, 2002

Official Press Release

BAKUNE YOUNG, VOLUME 3 – Creator Toyokazu Matsunaga’s English-language
debut, Bakune Young is a savage satire of ultra-violence, drawn with intense
detail, black humor and special effects. Now karmic retribution has fallen
upon Bakune; lying comatose in a hospital bed after the hostage massacre, he
seeks redemption–or at least someone to change his diaper. Meanwhile, the
psychic/psychotic daughter of the leader of the Yakuza, Mistress Renge,
plots to single-handedly invade and take over an American aircraft carrier,
in a megalomaniacal bid to start a war between the U.S. and Japan. Can the
disembodied mind(lessness) of Bakune stop her?

BASTARD!! VOLUME 1 – Based on the retouched Bastard!! Perfect Edition,
recently released in Japan, rather than the original, older graphic novels,
Bastard!! has been cult hit in American fandom for years and now the famous
manga finally comes to America in graphic novel format–with a
never-before-translated afterword by Hagiwara. The kingdom of Metallicana is
under attack, besieged by the dark forces of four evil armies sweeping the
world. As orcs and giants besiege their citadel, the desperate defenders
turn to a legend that a virgin’s kiss may awaken “Dark Schneider,” an
ancient evil wizard sealed within the body of Lucien, a seemingly normal
14-year-old boy. Yoko, Lucien’s teenage stepsister, does the deed and as the
castle falls, Lucien metamorphoses into a silver-haired demigod! Dark
Schneider, the chaotic, lecherous wizard, has returned, only barely
restrained by the magic that forces him to obey Yoko. But a world of demons,
dragons, and the four evil generals awaits him…and bloodstained
Metallicana may never know peace again.

DRAGON BALL Z, VOLUME 9 – Goku and Captain Ginyu–trapped in each other’s
bodies due to Ginyu’s mind-swapping powers–fight it out to the end!
Meanwhile, Kuririn and Gohan use the Dragon Balls to summon the true Eternal
Dragon and wish Piccolo back to life, but the evil emperor Freeza has
discovered how they tricked him to get the Dragon Balls and rushes across
the planet to punish the fools who stole HIS wish! Together, Kuririn, Gohan
and Vegeta–and Piccolo??!–must fight Freeza, the deadliest fighter in the

GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN, NO. 2 – The graphic novel premier of famed Gundam
character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s unique take on the original Gundam
saga! The Federation carrier White Base departs Side 7 with the Gundam,
Amuro, and a group of unruly refugees aboard. Charged with the task of
getting the Gundam to Earth, can the White Base and its skeleton crew of
inexperienced civilians outwit Zeon ace pilot Commander Char Aznable?

MEDABOTS, VOLUME 1: A BOY AND HIS BOT – The series’ first English-language
graphic novel! From backyards to playgrounds to stadiums: kids and their pet
robots called Medabots compete against each other in Robattles, hoping to
ultimately earn the title of World Robattle Champion. Medabots are robots
armed with an A.I. and an impressive collection of weaponry ready to
Robattle and win! In fact, the more a Medabot battles, the more powerful it
can become…and the more it stands to lose. Medabots that lose a battle
yield some of their Medaparts to the winner, so every battle counts!
Currently airing on the Fox Kids network and available as toys from Hasbro,
Medabots has experienced increasing popularity since its debut.

RANMA 1/2, VOLUME 20 – Genma receives a letter in the mail one day from none
other than Ranma’s mother…and she’s coming to visit! In a state of panic,
Genma tries to flee with Ranma in tow, only to be stopped by Soun. Why is
Genma so terrified of his former wife? Maybe it’s because he promised her
that Ranma would grow up to be the manliest of men or face seppuku (ritual

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, VOLUME 2: TO PLANT – Jealous of Utena’s abilities,
Juri faces off against her supposed rival in another bizarre duel. But
against Juri’s superior skill, it will take a miracle for Utena to beat her.
Then, Utena has become good friends with Miki, another member of the
mysterious student council. But due to the manipulations of the enigmatic
entity known as World’s End, Miki chooses to challenge Utena to a duel
despite their friendship! The amazing manga predecessor to the hit animated
series, Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of the most successful combinations
of rare talent in manga history with veteran shôjo artist Chiho Saito and
story by artist group BE-PAPAS.

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