Monday, January 4, 2010

DMP to Publish Yashakiden

From Digital Manga Publishing:

Yashakiden: The Demon Princess Volume 1 (Novel)
ISBN: 1569701458
ISBN13: 9781569701454
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
Price USD: $13.95
Writer: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Artist: Jun Suemi
Release Date: December 16, 2009

Size: 5” x 8"
Format: Softcover, Black & White; Page Count: 220
Series Volumes: 1 of 4
Series Frequency: 3-6 months
Recommended Age: Young Adult 16+
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction

After a devastating earthquake that left most of Japan in ruins, the district ward of Shinjuku in Tokyo has opened up a doorway into another dimension—becoming the halfway-house suspended between the mortal world and the supernatural. It has become a place where the living fights a losing battle with monsters and demons from the netherworld—a constant struggle for control on grounds, which inevitably may plunge into the depths of Hell.

Factory manager by day and moonlighting P.I. by night, Setsura Aki, is no stranger to danger. Specializing in missing-persons cases and considered the best "man hunter" in the business, he allies himself with friend and rival, Doctor Mephisto—a wizard of physical and spiritual surgery. Together in battle, there is none that can compete with their combined wit and power—until now.

Coming from the deepest and darkest parts of China, four immortal vampires, led by one of unmatched beauty and who goes by the ubiquitous title “Princess,” mystically sail into landlocked Shinjuku aboard an ancient ghost ship one roiling hot night. She and her ancient undead entourage with powers never before seen of vampires, have surmounted four thousand years of space and time to seize control of Shinjuku and make it their own. It is up to Setsura and Mephisto to uncover their new formidable foes’ true origins and to reveal the truth behind the Princess’s dark plans for the city. Can the duo stop them before they plunge the living populace into a new level of fear and slavery none can escape?

From acclaimed Japanese horror writer, Hideyuki Kikuchi, comes his next big hit novel series: Yashakiden: The Demon Princess. The novel is based on in the same universe as the popular Wicked City animated series and is spun out of the Demon City Shinjuku world. Of all the novels Kikuchi has ever written, Yashakiden is the one series he has wanted to have published stateside, and he considers it to be in his own words, “…the best novel series I’ve ever written, this is my vampire masterpiece. In my personal opinion, this novel transcends Vampire Hunter D.” The novel is peppered with beautiful illustrations by Jun Suemi, who also illustrated a number of The Guin Saga novels in Japan. Beginning with volume one in December, Yashakiden: The Demon Princess will span four vampire-filled volumes of horror.

Other works by creative team:
Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Manga Volume 1 (DMP: 9781569708279)
Mysterious Journey to the North (DH Press: 9781595821072)
Tale of the Dead Town (DH Press: 9781595820938) [END]

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