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VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive manga and animation licensing and publishing companies, has announced a collection of Fourth Quarter anime releases that will make unique gift selections for the 2005 holiday season. These DVDs include exclusive box sets, the latest episodic volumes for ongoing series, as well as single DVD volumes for newly launched properties.

The widespread accessibility of anime on network television and popular cable outlets like Cartoon Network, which carries top rated VIZ Media series like INUYASHA, NARUTO and ZATCH BELL!, has notably increased the genre’s popularity across a variety of age demographics among male and female viewers in North America. As a result, anime promises to be high on the holiday wish lists of many new and established fans, both young and old and VIZ Media meets this demand by bringing the best and most popular anime series into the homes of enthusiastic audiences.

Named the #1 Anime for 2004, INUYASHA continues to be one of the most popular and successful manga/anime properties in North America and Japan due to its stunning artwork, beautiful animation, compelling characters and sophisticated storytelling.

Many years ago, the Great Dog Demon wielded the Tree Swords of the Fang. Upon his death, he bequeathed a sword to each of his sons, Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, leaving the third sword, the wrath-filled Sounga, locked away forever.  Now that the Sounga’s owner has been awakened, these two battling brothers must put away their sibling rivalry and face off against a force that spells doom for all mankind!

INUYASHA SEASON 2 Box Set • MSRP: $99.98

INUYASHA SEASON 2 Box Set Deluxe Edition • MSRP: $119.98
These two new box sets feature over 11 hours of INUYASHA action, all 27 episodes of the second season of the popular series seen on Cartoon Network. The episodes continue to follow Inuyasha, his, spunky sidekick Kagome and their friends Miroku, Shippo, Sango and Kirara as they continue on their journey to find the fragments of the fabled Shikon Jewel. The task is not made easy when their nemesis, Naraku, consistently tries to thwart their progress with new traps and schemes. From adventures to battles to sibling rivalry, journey through the quest against demons, in the second exciting season of INUYASHA. The special deluxe edition includes a set of beautiful imported Hanko signature blocks, each featuring the name of Inuyasha, Sesshomaru, Kagome or the original Japanese logo for the series. These are destined to become highly sought-after collector items among fans.

SAIKANO: The Complete Box Set • MSRP: $79.98
Shuji and Chise are high school seniors in a small town in Japan and have just started dating when Shuji discovers that his new girlfriend has been secretly engineered by the government into a powerful weapon to defend the country as it enters a violent war. While the couple tries to nurture their relationship, Chise continues to grow even more powerful as this Ultimate Weapon, and becomes increasingly torn between being an instrument of destruction and remaining an ordinary teenager. SAIKANO has received overwhelming critical acclaim for its unique story that asks the question, what do you do when the girl you love becomes a weapon of mass destruction? This exclusive box set features all 13 episodes of the series as well as a host of extra features including cast and director interviews and art galleries.

ZATCH BELL!, Volume 1 “The Lightning Boy from Another World” • MSRP: $19.98
ZATCH BELL! tells the story of 14-year old Kiyomaro Takamine, a genius but introverted middle school student who has trouble making friends. Kiyo’s father decides to try to help his son with the aid of a mysterious birthday present – a strange little boy named Zatch whom he finds unconscious in the woods in England. Zatch has no memory of who he is, but it turns out he is a “mamodo,” an imp-like creature from another world, sent to the human world along with 99 other mamodo children to fight a battle to determine who will be the next king of the mamodo world. Exciting, hilarious, and heartwarming adventures ensue throughout the series as other mamodo children keep coming to Zatch and Kiyomaro to try to beat them, and the duo tries to defeat their enemies, make friends, and find out more about Zatch's shadowy past! This volume features the first 4 episodes from the unique and captivating series.

POKéMON ADVANCED CHALLENGE, Volume 1 “Love at First Flight” • MSRP: $14.98
A new DVD with 5 episodes that features everyone’s favorite Pokémon. In this volume, Ash, Pikachu and friends reunite with old acquaintances Misty and Togepi and fun and adventure ensues. POKéMON remains a powerhouse on home video and DVD, selling more than 25 million units to-date and is consistently a top-rated television show among boys aged 6-11. This latest volume is sure to delight any young fan.

POKéMON ADVANCED Box Set Volume 1 • MSRP: $14.98
This new box set features the first 20 episodes from the POKéMON ADVANCED series on 3 DVDs. In these new adventures, Ash, Brock and Pikachu meet the sibling team of May and Max and begin their journey into the Hoenn Region. For the diehard POKéMON fan this box set will give hours of fun and enjoyment.

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