• 20 volumes of Black Cat have sold approximately 600,000 copies each in Japan.
• Volumes 1-11 have all debuted in the top 15 on Bookscan’s Graphic Novel charts.
• Named one of the Top 50 Manga Properties of 2006 by ICv2
• The first eleven volumes of Black Cat manga have sold through over 175k units in the U.S. to date.
• Previewed and promoted in SHONEN JUMP magazine
• Black Cat anime DVDs launched in fall of 2006 by Funimation.
• Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan for approximately four years, from issue 32 in 2000 through issue 29 in 2004
• Creator Kentaro Yabuki debuted as an artist with the Weekly Shonen Jump one-shot Yamato Gensouki.
• Anime started airing in Fall 2005 on TV in Japan. Produced by Studio Gonzo, renowned for its 2D/3D hybrid CGI animation.
• Released bi-monthly (every other month).
Train Heartnet, also known as "Black Cat," was an infamous assassin for a secret organization called Chronos...until he abandoned that cold-blooded existence to live on his own terms as an easygoing bounty hunter. But is Train's past as far behind him as he thinks?
Train and River put aside their differences as they face off with Shiki, one of the most powerful members of the Apostles of the Stars. Shiki is determined to show that the Tao is the ultimate form of power, and he's going to take down Train, his friends and all of Chronos to prove it!
Kentaro Yabuki made his manga debut with Yamato Gensouki, a short series about a young empress destined to unite the warring states of ancient Japan and the boy sworn to protect her. His next series, Black Cat, commenced serialization in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump in 2000 and quickly developed a loyal fan following. Black Cat has also become an animated TV series, first hitting Japan's airwaves in the fall of 2005.
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