VIZ Media Welcomes BLUE EXORCIST Manga Creator To Anime Expo 2016

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, teams with the 2016 Anime Expo to welcome famed manga creator and illustrator Kazue Kato as a special Guest of Honor at this year’s event. The artist will make her first North American professional appearance by participating in a pair of insightful panel discussions and meeting fans in several autograph sessions. The 2016 Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1st–4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and full details are available at: VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2205.

Kazue Kato is the creator of the bestselling supernatural action manga series BLUE EXORICIST. The series is published in print and digital under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Advanced imprint (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens), and the latest monthly chapters are available digitally in the English version of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP. Copies of the series, her anthology, TIME KILLERS: KAZUE KATO SHORT STORY COLLECTION, and a special exclusive full-color art book, BLUE EXORCIST COLOR COLLECTION, will be available for purchase from VIZ Media throughout the convention.

Kazue Kato will kick off her series of personal appearances on Friday, July 1st with a special autograph session** beginning at 7:00pm at the Barnes & Noble store located at The Grove, located at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036. The signing will be limited to the first 100 customers who purchase a Kazue Kato title at that location on July 1st, who will receive a wristband for a guaranteed spot to meet the author at the autograph session later that day and receive an exclusive shikishi art board.   **Note – this appearance is not affiliated with Anime Expo

Blue Exorcist Vol 1Kazue Kato VIZ Media/Anime Expo Panels & Special Events Include:

Saturday, July 2nd

11:00am – 12:00pm             WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Presents Kazue Kato

                                                LACC Room 403AB / Room LP-2

Join Weekly Shonen Jump and Anime Expo in welcoming the creator of the beloved BLUE EXORCIST manga, Kazue Kato! Kato Sensei makes her first North American appearance, and she will discuss her career and creative process, as well as answer questions about her work.

TBD Time                                Kazue Kato Autograph Session

                                                Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area

Don’t miss your chance to meet Kazue Kato and receive a personally signed shikishi art board. Those interested to attend must pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth on the day of the appearance. For more information, please visit:

Sunday, July 3rd

2:15pm – 3:15pm                 Aniplex of America Presents: Blue Exorcist

                                                5th Anniversary Panel Featuring Kazue Kato

                                                Petree Hall / LP-1

Join Aniplex to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the fan-favorite anime series, Blue Exorcist! Show your love for the Okumura brothers and enjoy this fun filled panel featuring must-see bloopers, fan favorite countdowns, exclusive giveaways, a very special announcement and much more!

TBD Time                                 Kazue Kato Autograph Session

                                                Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area

An encore opportunity to meet Kazue Kato, and get a personalized shikishi art board!

KazueKato-SelfPortraitAlso stop by the VIZ Media booth (#2205), located in the Anime Expo Main Hall, to browse a vivid array of Kazue Kato retail items available for purchase. Notable products to be offered include:

  • BLUE EXORCIST Full-Color Replica Art Print – $210
    • Imported straight from Japan as a North American exclusive!
    • Framed & matted
  • BLUE EXORCIST Mug – $15
    • Imported straight from Japan as a North American exclusive!
    • Features the entire series cast, depicted chibi-style!
    • A special art book, created exclusively for Kato’s Anime Expo visit!
    • Features 32 pages of full-color art from the series
  • BLUE EXORCIST Vol. 1 and 15 – $10 each
    • Start the manga, or catch the newest volume of the hit manga series!
    • Comes with an exclusive BLUE EXORCIST button set

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Manga creator and illustrator Kazue Kato was born in Tokyo on July 20. In 2000, she won the prestigious Tezuka Award for her work Boku to Usagi (The Rabbit and Me) published inAkamaru Jump. From 2005 to 2006 her series Robo to Usakichi, a sci-fi adventure featuring a rabbit (again!) was published in the monthly magazine Shonen Sirius (Kodansha). Her latest series, Blue Exorcist, began in Jump Square in April of 2009, and is also a hit anime series.

In the BLUE EXORCIST manga series, raised by Father Fujimoto, famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won't be easy, especially when drawing his father's sword releases the demonic power within him!

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