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San Francisco, CA, June 21, 2005 — VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive manga and animation licensing and publishing companies, announced an exclusive licensing agreement with retail trendsetter Hot Topic for VIZ Media's wildly popular Shonen Jump's NARUTO.

On the heels of the U.S. debut of NARUTO on Cartoon Network this Fall, Hot Topic, the cutting edge retailer plans to introduce a comprehensive and exclusive NARUTO product line which will focus on apparel and accessories for the retailer's core clientele. The Hot Topic line will include junior girls T-shirts, men's T-shirts, and men's hoodies as well as NARUTO branded stickers, pins, patches and headbands (in stores and available at Devoted fans of NARUTO will also be able to browse and shop for exclusive NARUTO apparel on the official VIZ Media website ( at the VIZ Media Store. Additionally, Hot Topic will carry the best-selling NARUTO manga in stores.

"Hot Topic has a very deep understanding of the NARUTO brand, and will provide a powerful and compelling product offering that will have enormous appeal to the huge existing NARUTO fan base making them a perfect, strategic retail partner for Shonen Jump's NARUTO in the U.S." said Cynthia Money, vice president of consumer products for VIZ Media. "We are also excited to expand our VIZ Media Store and feature additional exclusive Shonen Jump's NARUTO items on-line...."
Read the full press release at Viz's site. I wonder if Viz will use some of that money to pay Animerica's freelance writers for a change?

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