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Central Park's May 2004 Manga

New York, NY (January 21, 2004) The World of Narue, one of the most popular anime series in Japan makes its graphic novel debut in May, just a few weeks after the release of the The World of Narue Anime Test Drive™ DVD and the entire anime series in a Collector's Series DVD Collection.

Just a Girl Book 2 by shoujo maven, Tomoko Taniguchi and Ai Morinaga's Duck Prince Book 1: Transformation- a modern take on a classic fairy tale, which perfectly blends comedy with shoujo romance, also hit the bookshelves in May.

Rounding out May's graphic novel line-up is the fantasy epic, Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch Book 1, and the outrageous gun-toting Geobreeders Book 1. Both graphic novels have been reformatted and re-priced.

The World of Narue Volume 1
Writer and artist: Tomohiro Marukawa. Narue is an adorable schoolgirl with a secret. She's really an alien with powers right out of a sci-fi comic! But growing up is never easy, and it doesn't help when you're from outer space.

Size: 5" x 7.375"
Pages: 192 pages, b&w
Rating: 13UP
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romantic Comedy
Catalog #: CMX 66001G
ISBN #: 1-58664-961-2
Pre-order date: April 12, 2004
Street date: May 19, 2004
SRP: $9.99

Duck Prince Book 1: Transformation
Writer and artist Ai Morinaga. Reiichi is the quintessential nerd: thick glasses, coarse and unkempt hair, short, fat and ugly, and his classmates constantly make fun of him. After a freak car accident, Reiichi finds himself changed. He is no longer an "ugly duckling", some how he has transformed into a tall and gorgeous young man.

Size: 5" x 7.375"
Pages: 176 pages, b&w
Rating: 13UP
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Catalog #: CMX 65201G
ISBN #: 1-58664-931-0
Pre-order date: April 12, 2004
Street date: May 5, 2004
SRP: $9.99

Just a Girl Book 2
Written and drawn by Tomoko Taniguchi, creator of such acclaimed titles as Aquarium and Call Me Princess. Erica must make the decision of her life; wait around for a love that may never come, or learn how to become her own woman and follow her dreams.

Size: 5" x 7.375"
Pages: 168 pages, b&w
Rating: All ages
Genre: Romance
Catalog #: CMX 64802G
ISBN #: 1-58664-912-4
Pre-order date: April 12, 2004
Street date: May 12, 2004
SRP: $9.99

Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch Book 1
Writer: Ryo Mizuno; Artist: Yoshihiko Ochi. Parn, the free knight and Deedlit, the elf, assemble a company of heroic adventurers to fight the black magical power of the Grey Witch as it threatens to corrupt and destroy all the kingdoms of Lodoss Island. Newly reformatted and re-priced!

Size: 5" x 7.375"
Pages: 224 pages, b&w
Rating: 13UP
Genre: Action/Adventure Fantasy
Catalog #: CMX 61401MM
ISBN #: 1-58664-925-6
Pre-order date: April 12, 2004
Street date: May 12, 2004
SRP: $9.99

Geobreeders Book 1
Original story and art by Ahihiro Ito. This is the story of the Kagura Security Company: five women and one man who act as detectives and handle cases that are bizarre or out-of-the ordinary. Newly reformatted and re-priced!

Size: 5" x 7.375"
Pages: 216 pages, b&w
Rating: 13UP
Genre: Comedy
Catalog #: CMX 61501MM
ISBN #: 1-58664-929-9
Pre-order date: April 12, 2004
Street date: May 5, 2004
SRP: $9.99

Central Park Media has been a leading supplier of anime in the United States since 1990. The company currently manufactures and distributes three home entertainment lines, each offering anime product for a distinct and discriminating audience: U. S. Manga Corps, Central Park Media and Software Sculptors. With exclusive rights to hundreds of book, video and music products, the company has become a leader in integrated media, as well as a leading publisher of graphic novels under its CPM Press label. In addition, the company also distributes a broad array of live action Japanese feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema label.

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