San Francisco-based manga and anime powerhouse VIZ Media had a high profile at the New York Comic-Con show this past weekend. Offering an interative photo booth that allowed attendees to pose with popular characters from shows such as Bleach, Naruto and InuYasha, the company also spread the word on a variety of its new titles and games based on Ninja Academy and Naruto.
During the three-day event held at New York’s Jacob Javits Center, VIZ introduced exclusive manga tie-ins with Dragon Drive, Millennium Snow, Skakugan No Shana, Pokemon Mystery Dungeons: Ginji’s Rescue Team. Comic-Con fans were able to get their hands on the latest volumes of Bleach, Naruto, Death Note, Beauty Pop, Full-Metal Alchemist, Naoli and InuYasha before they appear in stores nationwide. The studio also offered two new Death Note promo trailers. On Friday, VIZ held a special screening of its quirky romantic comedy Train Man: Densho Otoko. Directed by Masanori Murakami, the Pygmalion-type story centers on an anime/video game nerd who has to learn to shed his nerd tendencies to win the heart of a pretty girl. The original 2005 live-action movie has found a huge following both online and as a manga and animated series.
‘Manga and anime are becoming a larger component of the overall comics industry in North America, and VIZ Media is pleased to continue to play a major role at important events like the New York Comic-Con,’ notes Jane Lui, VIZ Media’s manager of tradeshows, conventions and public relations. To find out more about VIZ Media’s new releases and activities, visit www.viz.com.