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May 13, 2008

News for T-MODE 2008:

T-MODE to give away free passes to Death Note movie

Viz Pictures teams up with T-MODE to give away Death Note tickets in the Arlington, VA area

Arlington, VA (May 10, 2008) -- T-MODE is working with Viz Pictures to give away three pairs of tickets to the live-action theatrical screening of Death Note. The English-dubbed adaptation of the popular manga title is limited to select theaters nationwide and for two nights only. This exclusive event features a special 20-minute production about Death Note's transformation from manga to live-action film, and includes the first-ever interview with Director Shusuke Kaneko.

Based on the hit supernatural action-mystery manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows the story of an ace student who finds the "Death Note," a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. After learning that the notebook has the power to kill, the student decides to rid the world of evil, but his goal is challenged once authorities bring in a legendary detective to investigate the mysterious deaths of criminals. Believing themselves to both be on the side of justice, the two match wits as they attempt to prove which one of them is "good" and which one of them is "evil." Visit to learn more about Death Note.

Pre-Registered attendees of T-MODE '08 will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to see the film on May 21st. The screening will be at the Ballston Commons 12 theater in Arlington, VA at 7:30 PM. Individuals who pre-register by May 14, 2008 will be eligible for the drawing. The giveaway also coincides with T-MODE's Mother's Day Special, where 3-Day Passes can be purchased at the discounted rate of $35 until May 17th. To learn more about available registration passes and to pre-register for T-MODE, visit the website at

About T-MODE
T-MODE is an annual anime and gaming convention dedicated to the expansion of Asian culture and video gaming in the United States. Previously announced guests for 2008 include actor/director/musician Johnny Yong Bosch (Bleach, Trigun, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers); industry member Kevin McKeever (Robotech); the first Maryland visual kei band, [geist]; garage rock female group Thee 50's High Teens; jazzy J-pop duo Love etc.; power-funk outfit Sakura Madams; and horror-comical-freak core rockers Gelatine. This year's T-MODE is dedicated to the memory of T-MODE Founder and Chairman, Lawrence Stuckey.

About VIZ Pictures, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Pictures, Inc. distributes Japanese live-action films and DVDs, with particular focus on Japanese "kawaii (cute) and cool" pop culture. VIZ Pictures approaches each release from a J-pop fan's point of view to serve manga and anime generation in North America. VIZ Pictures titles include Train Man: Densha Otoko, LINDA LINDA LINDA, THE TASTE OF TEA, and Ping Pong. The company will continue to offer the hottest visual entertainment straight from the "Kingdom of Pop" for audiences of all ages in North America. VIZ Pictures, Inc. is an affiliate of Viz Media, LLC, the San Francisco-based leading U.S. publisher of Japanese manga (comics) and merchandise licensor of Japanese animation such as the popular NARUTO animated TV series. For more information, please visit