[Press Release] ‘BanG Dream!’ Vol. 1 hits Singapore bookstores March 30, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘BanG Dream!’ Vol. 1 hits Singapore bookstores March 30, 2017; first-print edition includes exclusive Photo Card
Web preview of the book’s first chapter also available at http://shogakukan.asia/bang-dream-1/
(Left) BanG Dream! vol. 1 book cover / (Right) First-print edition Photo Card
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Singapore, March 28, 2017 – Shogakukan Asia Pte Ltd is pleased to announce that Volume 1 of the highly-anticipated English-language release of Bushiroad Media’s BanG Dream! manga book series will arrive in Singapore bookstores on March 30.
To commemorate the launch, an exclusive BanG Dream! illustrated photo card previously only available in Japan will be included in the first-print edition of the book.
Readers in Singapore will also stand a chance to win an A2 sized BanG Dream! tapestry by taking part in a lucky draw contest.
After the launch in Singapore, the book will also be making its way to bookstores in five other Southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand and The Philippines. Shogakukan Asia is also exploring opportunities with overseas partners to release the manga in other territories.
The BanG Dream! manga tells the story of 1st year high school student Kasumi Toyama, who is determined to start a band despite being an absolute beginner.
While the BanG Dream! manga shares the same premise as the hit television anime series currently airing in Japan, Southeast Asia, the US, UK and other regions, the manga provides more comprehensive details to each character and features additional scenes not seen in the anime.
The first chapter of BanG Dream! Volume 1 is available online for preview now at http://shogakukan.asia/bang-dream-1/
About the BanG Dream! media mix project
The newest title from Bushiroad Inc — the entertainment company behind Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight, Detective Milky Holmes, Weiss Schwarz and other titles – BanG Dream! is a media mix project featuring animated music videos, comics, song releases and much more. What’s more, the voice cast for the characters of BanG Dream! also perform in concerts in real-life as the girls’ band “Poppin’Party”.
A video trailer introducing the BanG Dream! media mix project can be viewed on the Bushiroad Official YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/4r2nX0uSkRo
BanG Dream! Volume 1 synopsis
Kasumi Toyama has always been captivated by the “beat of the stars”. Since then, she’s been searching for something… a spark that’ll excite and thrill her! Following a trail of star-shaped stickers, she soon stumbles upon a Random Star guitar at her school mate’s house! Could this mark the start of something amazing? A sparkling, heart-racing high school life begins for Kasumi as she decides to form a band!
About Shogakukan Asia Pte Ltd
Shogakukan Asia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shogakukan Inc in Japan, which was first established on 8 August 1922 as a publishing house that specialises in educational magazines for elementary school children and teachers in Japan. Over the years, Shogakukan gradually expanded both its scale and its range of publications in order to cater to the various needs of its readers from different age groups and demographics.
Established in Singapore on September 2013, Shogakukan Asia was set up to lead the Japanese publisher’s business expansion into Asia, especially Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore but with Asia in its vision, Shogakukan Asia adopts the direct publishing model, leveraging the rich experience and know-how in overseas licensing and publication of educational materials.
Since September 2013, Shogakukan Asia has published 95 manga titles and 20 children’s educational titles. Its best-selling manga titles include Detective Conan, Silver Spoon, Doraemon, Future Card Buddyfight and Pokémon.