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I read AnimeVice since its beginning, but never wanted to take part in the community... time to change that! Hmm, I don't know what to write here, but I'm feeling like writing something... I think I'm gonna just introduce myself, right?

You know, everybody here in Brazil in their twenties grew up watching Rede Manchete, a TV channel that basically introduced japanese shows in the country in the late 80's. Everyboy watched Saint Seiya (it's an extremely revered anime in Brazil), YuYu Hakusho, Sailor Moon (no one even knew the meaning of shonen or shoujo, we just watched everything), Shurato, Captain Tsubasa... and even Tokusatsus like Jiraiya, Changeman and Kamen Rider Black. Good times that ended in the late nineties.

So the only thing I watched since then was Dragon Ball Z / GT and Rurouni Kenshin. And then last year the Naruto mania started here and, well, I can say that Naruto is what brought me back into anime. Damn, shounens have this power! So almost two years have passed now and I watched many things. The basics like Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop (my favorite). And Death Note, FMA, Code Geass, GTO, Nana and some others (just finished Lucky Star and it's AWESOME! ^^), with 150GB still waiting in my hard drive. Yes, I'm still a total noob and I can't recognize most of the cosplays at cons, but I'm really trying to improve my knowledge on the matter (and just started taking nihongo classes ^^). So, if you got any tips about good and not so obscure anime, please tell me!

Maybe I shouldn't talk that much about myself, right? I mean, who wants to read all that stuff?! So, just to finish this thing, I wanna say that Anime Friends, the biggest anime convention in Latin America, is gonna happen in the next two weeks (days 10-12 and 16-19). It's gonna be really cool, even though Hironobu Kageyama won't be here this year (he comes every year! JAM Project performed last year, it was amazing!). But we'll have Nobuo Yamada, Akira Kushida and Yukio Yamagata. Oh, and did I mention that those visual-kei guys from Kagrra will perform a concert? Yeah, I said it will be cool.

I'll probably post some pictures and maybe videos from every day of the show. We make some pretty good cosplay around here (actually, Brazil is the current champion of World Cosplay Summit). Well, that's it! Sorry for any typos and stuff, my English is not bad but not that good ^^ And I hope to meet some nice people here. Mata ne!

P.S.: gia, I love you. And GodLen rocks.
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In the pantheons of manga there is one genre that sets itself apart from the rest—sports. One of the oldest genres and arguably the most beloved, sports manga is often referred to as the champion of genres by editors and artists alike. Yet, despite its many accolades and international respect, sports titles have not yet hit a homerun with North American readers.  

 

Sports titles like Tomorrow`s Joe and Aim for the Ace helped lay down a foundation for Japanese pop culture back in the 60`s and 70`s. More than a decade later, Captain Tsubasa introduced manga to Europe and Latin America. And yet to this very day, many a sports manga contender has attempted to reach the Major Leagues of Comic-dom only to be relegated to playing a specialist role on bookshelves across America.

 

This Vednesday night Vertical’s own ballers will take to the field to pitch innings of unbeatable manga wisdom. Tackling everything from national pastimes to the new emergence of competitive eating comics, we will make a case as to why sports manga should be the undisputed world heavyweight comics champion!


Location: Books Kinokuniya New York (Café Zaiya, 2nd floor), 1073 Avenue of the Americas
Date: July 8, 2009 (Wednesday), 6:25pm-8:00pm

Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP by emailing ed@vertical-inc.com

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You know what tomorrow is Wednesday and you know what I feel like doing, a podcast. That right people this Wednesday July 07, 2009 at 10 o'clock p.m. Central Standard Time. And we're always looking for the community of Anime Vice to join us.
It easy to join.
1 Have a mic (we also find the a RockBand mic works too cool)
2 Just get Skype, It free so, no worries
3. Set up a Skype ID
4 Then PM m, so I can call you for the show.
Or you can drop a message below.
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VIZ MEDIA’S NANA ANIME NOW AVAILABLE ON THE ITUNES STORE  


San Francisco, CA, July 7, 2009– VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced today the availability of its popular shojo animated series NANA on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com) in the US and the iTunes Store in Canada (www.itunes.ca). NANA will be exclusive to iTunes until August 31, 2009. Plus, every purchase of a NANA Season 1 pass will include a free, bonus episode download. Find out more at www.itunes.com/tv/nana. 

The NANA anime is based on the popular manga by Ai Yazawa, which has sold over 43 million copies in Japan, and is published in North America by VIZ Media under its SHOJO BEAT imprint. It is considered an all-time best selling shojo title from Japanese publishing giant Shueisha, and was the recipient of the Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' category. Its tremendous success further inspired two live-action feature films which are available on DVD in North America from VIZ Pictures 

NANA follows the adventures of two girls, both named Nana. While they share the same name, they couldn't be more different. Nana "Hachi" Komatsu follows her boyfriend to Tokyo in the hopes of making a new start, while Nana Osaki, who arrives in the city at the same time, is a punk rock beauty who has the ambition of making it big in the world of rock and roll. Although these two young women come from different backgrounds, they quickly become best friends while chasing their happiness and dreams. 

Ai Yazawa is the creator of many popular manga titles, including Tenshi Nanka Janai (I'm No Angel) and Gokinjo Monogatari (Neighborhood Story). Another series, Kagen no Tsuki (Last Quarter), was made into a live-action movie and released in late 2004. American readers were introduced to Yazawa's stylish and sexy storytelling in 2002 when her title Paradise Kiss was translated into English. 

“NANA has touched millions of fans in Japan and North America with its realistic portrayal of two young women coming of age in life’s fast lane in modern Tokyo,” says Ken Sasaki, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, VIZ Media. “The anime series possesses all of the attributes that made the original manga such a smash hit and combines them with a rocking soundtrack and creatively designed characters that audiences can really root for, laugh and even cry with. We invite fans to check out NANA on iTunes and take these girls’ adventures along as they navigate their own busy lives.”

What is Shojo?….In Japan, manga comics and anime have enjoyed widespread popularity among both children and adults, men as well as women. Shojo (which means young girl in Japanese) is widely known and embraced for their characteristic lush designs and tales of love and romance set against action, academic, or fantasy driven plots. Women and young girls in North America quickly discovered that comic books and anime are no longer just for boys and shojo stories appeal to the desires for stories and characters girls and women can relate to. While plots and settings for shojo vary widely (everywhere from outer space to alternate realities to the local middle school), several constants remain the themes of romance, angst and heartbreak, and ultimately finding the one you love despite obstacles and setbacks. And what young girl isn't interested in that? The fact that shojo is largely an entertainment medium developed by women for women with stories women and girls can relate to is also driving the popularity of shojo in North America.

For more information on NANA (rated ‘M’ for mature) please visit the dedicated website at Nana.viz.com or the VIZ Media website at www.viz.com. 

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com. 

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ESCAFLOWNE MOVIE Blu-ray TO BE RELEASED IN U.S. IN SEPTEMBER!
July 7, 2009 – Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today that it will release the Escaflowne

movie Blu-ray on September 15th.

Originally released in 2002 from studio BONES, the movie was directed by Kazuki Akane,
features the music of Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop) and is based on the successful television

series The Vision of Escaflowne created by Shoji Kawamori (Macross).

The story centers on Hitomi Kanzaki, who is tired of life. Depressed and despondent, she wishes
that she could just fade away, to make the pain of living stop hurting. Her pain resonates with
another on the world of Gaia, and when her wish is granted, she finds herself in a strange land.
She is greeted as the legendary Wing Goddess, with the power to summon the legendary
Escaflowne. Hitomi’s fate is intertwined with the brash young warrior king Van, who also feels
that life has lost its meaning. By summoning Escaflowne, the Wing Goddess will choose a path

for Gaia’s future. But will it be salvation…or destruction?

Specs include Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Japanese and English audio, English subtitles, cast and staff

interviews. SRP $39.98

About Bandai Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier distributor
of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North America. Titles include
Code Geass Lelouch of Rebellion, Gurren Lagaan, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star,
Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Gundam Seed Destiny, My Hime, and many more.


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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE U.S. PREMIERE OF BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: THE DIAMONDDUST REBELLION AT VIZ CINEMA IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR TWO NIGHTS ONLY

Newly Launched VIZ Cinema To Debut Feature Film Based On Smash Hit Anime Series

San Francisco, CA, JULY 7, 2009 – As announced this past weekend at the Anime Expo® 2009, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will celebrate the theatrical engagement and U.S. premiere of BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: The DiamondDust Rebellion, for two nights only. Two showings each day, on August 18th and 19th 2009. The special screenings will be held at the brand new VIZ Cinema, located inside NEW PEOPLE – San Francisco’s newest entertainment destination.

 

Tickets for BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: The DiamondDust Rebellion (rated ‘T’ for teens) go on sale Friday, July 31, 2009 at www.vizcinema.com. NEW PEOPLE and the VIZ Cinema are located at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco’s Japantown and will open officially on August 15th.

 

Adapted from the wildly popular animated series and best-selling BLEACH manga series by acclaimed Japanese creator Tite Kubo (both distributed and published in North America by VIZ Media), BLEACH THE MOVIE 2 continues the action-packed adventures of Soul Reaper, Ichigo Kurosaki. In the newest feature film, after the treasured Ouin is stolen, Toshiro Hitsugaya disappears and becomes suspected of treason. When the Soul Society calls for his capture and execution, Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki vows to prove Hitsugaya's innocence. Will the secret of the Ouin and Captain Hitsugaya's motives be revealed before his honor, his life, and the Soul Society are destroyed?

 

VIZ Media is scheduled to release the DVD of BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: The DiamondDust Rebellion (rated ‘T’ for teens) on September 8th.

 

“This two day event will be very exciting as it marks the U.S. theatrical debut of BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: The DiamondDust Rebellion and also the opening week of the brand new VIZ Cinema,” says Brian Ige, VIZ Media Director, Home Entertainment. “BLEACH is one of the most popular and successful manga and animated properties in the world and we encourage fans to go online and get their tickets early as this event will likely sell-out!”

 

BLEACH is a tremendously successful multimedia property internationally. The manga series has been licensed to more than a dozen countries, and has sold over 52 million copies in Japan alone. In North America the manga has been a sales hit and the popular animated series is viewed weekly by millions in the United States and Canada. This success has further spawned an array of related video games, apparel, action figures, trading cards and other merchandise. For more information on BLEACH and BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: The DiamondDust Rebellion, please visit the official BLEACH website at bleach.viz.com or www.viz.com. BLEACH episodes can also be viewed on the SONY PlayStation VIZ Media channel, online at hulu.com and also on iTunes.

 

VIZ Cinema is a 143-seat underground cinema located inside NEW PEOPLE in San Francisco, part of the J-Pop Center Project produced by VIZ Pictures. Equipped with cutting-edge HD digital projection and a THX®-certified sound system, VIZ Cinema is the soul of the NEW PEOPLE experience. Its programming focuses on the latest and hottest films from Japan, as well as an incredible legacy of classics, favorites, documentaries and anime – making it the only venue of its kind in the United States. For more details on the cinema and its programs, visit www.vizcinema.com.
 
About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.


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My name is Issac.  I'm a tall well-built machine of a man with a super-computer installed into my brain, controlled by my thoughts.  The left side of my face is covered by a metal plate that also houses  a cybernetic eye, which hides a link hub to the super-computer.  I wear dark fatigues with a combat jacket and usually wear a gunmetal grey armored cloak.  I carry a vast array of weapons, including grenades of various types, twin custom heavy-barrel cutlass pistols with exploding rounds and a semi-auto combat shotgun, a shirasaya wakizashi, a mid-weight axe and several combat blades, all suitable for both close combat and throwing.  I'm a wanted man, fleeing the Syndicate (a grand unification of the worlds major crime organizations, who now rule the majority of the planet with an iron fist) with my partner Cronos and our comrades backed by the Russian mob and joined by the leader of the Russian mob and the Russian people, Vladimir Rovchovsky and his daughter, the beautiful assassin Natalia.  Joining our cause are a couple of ex-military anti-Syndicates, Captain Terrin Evayne and his right-hand man Kuric.  Our enemy Angello is the head of the Italian branch of the Sydnicate, and as such is the head of the entire European branch.  He aspires to gain absolute control of all of the Syndicate, and crush what little resistance remains in this world.

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VIZ PICTURES LICENSES THEATRICAL AND DVD RIGHTS TO 20th CENTURY BOYS

TRILOGY OF LIVE ACTION FILMS FROM JAPAN

 

Critically Acclaimed Movies Based On Smash Hit Manga Series Created By Naoki Urasawa

To Open New VIZ Cinema In August

 

San Francisco, CA, JULY 7, 2009 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced that it has licensed from Nippon Television (NTV) the North American theatrical and DVD distribution rights to the live-action 20th CENTURY BOYS feature film trilogy from Japan. The films are based on the critically acclaimed 20th CENTURY BOYS manga series created by Naoki Urasawa, which is a national phenomenon in Japan, selling over 20 million copies to date.

 

VIZ Pictures is scheduled to release the first and second chapters of 20th CENTURY BOYS films on DVD later this year, with the remaining film scheduled for release in 2010. VIZ Media publishes the 20th CENTURY BOYS manga series (rated ‘T+’ for older teens) in North America and will also distribute the DVDs. For more information about these DVD releases, please stay tuned at www.viz-pictures.com.

 

On August 15th, VIZ Cinema will celebrate its grand opening at NEW PEOPLE, located at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco, with a very special screening of the first chapter of the 20th CENTURY BOYS live-action trilogy, presented in partnership with Nippon Television. Advance tickets go on-sale on Friday, July 31st and more information is available at www.vizcinema.com. 

 

The first 20th CENTURY BOYS film will continue playing at VIZ Cinema for the next week, followed by a week-long showing of the second chapter of the trilogy. As an unprecedented event in the Japanese film world, VIZ Cinema will host the world premiere of the third and final chapter of 20th CENTURY BOYS on August 28th, presented simultaneously with the national release in Japan.

 

The 20th CENTURY BOYS saga was directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (HAPPILY EVER AFTER, also available from VIZ Pictures) and begins in 1969 when a young boy named Kenji and his friends write “The Book of Prophecy.” In their book, they write about a future where they fight against an evil organization trying to take over the world and bring about Doomsday.

 

Years later in 1997, a mysterious cult being lead by a man only known as “Friend” has emerged and gained strong influence over society. A series of catastrophic events begin to occur, mirroring the prophecies made up by the young Kenji. The greatest fear is that the climax of The Book of Prophecy will become a reality: on December 31st, 2000, a terrifying giant virus-spreading robot will attack the entire city of Tokyo, leading to the end of mankind. The only people who know about The Book are Kenji and his childhood friends. Who is Friend? Will Kenji and his friends are able to save mankind and live to see the 21st Century?

 

“We are truly honored to announce the license for 20th CENTURY BOYS features and look forward to premiering the films at our new VIZ Cinema later this summer,” says Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO of VIZ Pictures. “20th CENTURY BOYS was one of the biggest productions ever attempted in the Japanese movie industry and was created in-part to celebrate Nippon Television’s 55th Anniversary. Anticipation has risen steadily in Japan in the wake of the success of the first two films and since the upcoming release of the final film of the series was announced. We’re very excited to premiere the third and final film to U.S. audiences at VIZ Cinema the same day it debuts in Japan.”

 

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 DEATH NOTE, HAPPILY EVER AFTER, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, LINDA LINDA LINDA, PING PONG, THE TASTE OF TEA, TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO and others. 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 www.viz-pictures.com or www.viz.com.© 2006 VIZ Pictures, Inc.

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After having my last blog post with my cosplay choices, I've decided to pick Tsumugi Kotobuki from K-On!~ So, to go with my new cosplay in-the-making, I made my profile avatar/header/profile pic to match. It's weird going from Yoko to Mugi but hey I'll get used to it. I think.


Thanks to all who have viewed my Yoko cosplay updates! I hope you enjoy the next series of cosplay bloggin' <3

So now I'm in a slight dilemma. Which version of Mugi should I do? At first, I was going to do the "Don't Say Lazy" ED version but then I stared at her hair... it's in a weird, funky bun so I'll pass. I have no idea how I'd do that. At least with Yoko, I could just do a ponytail cheat thing but I don't think I can cheat a hair bun.

Losty (Agent_Lost) has kindly reminded me about the retro outfit that appears on episode 6. It's quite a summer-y outfit if I do say so myself. For those that don't know or remember, this episode is about the school festival. While they perform, the scene cuts to them performing on outdoors stages while running away from cops.

So now, onto my two choices: School uniform versus retro outfit! DUN DUUUN DUUUUUUUN.


I like both outfits so I'm not sure which one to do. Yes I could do both but I'd rather stick with one for now. If I find it in me, I'll do both. They both are relatively easy to do so that isn't a factor at all. So which version should I do, retro or uniform?
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alright I'm up at 1 in the morning and bored. I found this site trying to see where I can start a cloud cosplay. After seeing Trauma's cosplay picture of Zack I knew I could hopefully find help here. So begins my quest lol.
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"My God, I'm surrounded by kids"

That was my first thought as I scanned the bridge.  So, this is my crew.  Not a one of them was older than 20.  Hell, these pups weren't even born yet when I cleared the academy and got my first commission.  

It was bad enough, losing the Sunrise Horizon, and two ranks (how was I supposed to know she was the Admiral's daughter?) but to then be busted down to a patrol ship, a Snooker-class Imperial Rocket Bomber, and left in a backwater system to babysit a bunch of raw recruits -- not even academy grads, yet, and some of them might never be accepted there.  If we survive.

"Captain Blind, sir?"

I'm guessing she's my first officer then.  

"not a captain"  I mumbled, voice still a little raw from last night's bourbon.  I cleared my throat.  "I'm not a captain anymore," I said, as I tugged my collar, to show off the small orb, and two star emblems.  "They took my starburst.  The rank is lieutenant commander; you kids can call me _Commander_ Blind, or skipper."

I cringed a bit inside.  I'd slipped up, actually called them kids.

No one seemed offended though.  That goofy looking bastard at the pilots station is even grinning back at me.

"OK, Skipper!  What's our heading?"

I ignored him, and turned to my first:  "Lieutenant, set a course for the dark side of the third moon.  We're going to hang out in the shadows for a bit until my head feels better."

I went over to my station, and settled in to the rather worn leather chair.  I pulled an old Benton pipe out of my pocket and clamped it between my teeth, while settling my uniform cap a bit lower over my eyes.

"Some tea would be excellent. Does anyone know if we have black current tea on this bucket?  That, and a painkiller.  Lieutenant, scare up an ensign or a JG who can make that happen for us."  Leering a bit from under the brim of my cap, I added, "and pull up a chair, miss; we haven't properly been introduced."
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NAMCO BANDAI GAMES OBTAINS ALL PLATFORM RIGHTS FOR DRAGON BALL® VIDEOGAMES

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (July 2, 2009) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today confirmed that it has secured exclusive North American rights to publish future official videogames for the longstanding classic anime and manga series, Dragon Ball® across all major consoles and hand held platforms.


This agreement will run for five years beginning in January 2010 and supersedes the existing rights granted to publish titles on the Nintendo DS™, Wii™, PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system,
PSP (PlayStationPortable) system, and Xbox 360video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.


Additionally, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., has secured the right to initially publish three titles in 2009,
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast for the Xbox 360video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system, Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo exclusively for Wii™, and Dragon BallZ: Attack of the Saiyans exclusively for Nintendo DS™.

 

The Dragon Ball anime and manga series is a worldwide multi-million dollar entertainment franchise. Originally penned by famed Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama in 1984, the Dragon Ball series has spawned several entertainment franchise sequels (Dragon Ball® Z and Dragon Ball® GT) spanning 11 years of manga, over 500 television episodes, 23 feature films, and countless mass merchandising products. FUNimation® Entertainment currently holds all U.S. distribution rights to the anime series.

 

The Dragon Ball Saga follows the orphaned martial arts boy Goku as he grows and matures into an adult throughout his many adventures. During his early formative years, Goku meets life long comrades, defeats diabolical superhuman enemies, and eventually settles down and forms a family. The Dragon Ball series is known for its often comical action adventure themes which are interspersed with long standing testosterone-driven action-impacted battles which escalate drastically over time into full-on conflicts for the survival of mankind. By the end of the Dragon Ball saga, the baton of planetary savior is passed to Gohan and Goten, Goku’s son and grandson respectively.

 

Commenting on the announcement Makoto Iwai, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. said: “We are very excited to have signed this long term agreement with Toei Animation Co., Ltd and FUNimation® Entertainment, which grants NAMCO BANDAI Games North American multi-platform rights to the testosterone driven action packed world of Dragon Ball. This move reunites NAMCO BANDAI Games with the Dragon Ball series in North America which will considerably increase our ability to develop titles that perfectly capture every nuance of what makes the Dragon Ball world exciting to the consumer.”

 

For more information about upcoming Dragon Ball games, please visit www.namcobandaigames.com.

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-OBVIOUS EPISODE SPOILERS-


Let me put this out here before I rag on the show a bit, it has potential and I'm definitely looking forward to more of it. With that said let me vent about what annoyed me.
  • Battler and his gravitation towards (as was translated) tits. He came off as a complete sleaze. I don't mind some lighthearted comedy in my dark mystery shows, but that sucked, the second time he pulled it literally made me facepalm.
  • Laundry list of characters. I know people need to be introduced in a show, especially one that's probably gonna involve a string of murder cases (I'm thinking of the board game Clue here). Unfortunately everyone was thrown in at once which made all this talk of heirs and such a complete mess. I already need a family tree map to understand who's who.
  • Maria. I've been going through Higurashi Kai again and Umineko makes me appreciate Rika THAT much more (I'd kill for a desu/nipaa here). To quote Maria's mother: "stop making that sound." I agree 110% with that statement. UUUUUUUUUUUUUU is not cute,just downright annoying. Doing it 50 times in the span of 3 minutes... AGGRAVATING! That first bitch slap made me giddy in more that one way. At this point I knew the show was going to bring it. Very excited about next week.

On a side note, OP and ED were nothing special and instant skippables for me.


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2009 SPJA Industry Award Recipients Announced at the Nation¹s Largest Anime
and Manga Convention

LOS ANGELES, CA ­ July 3, 2009 ­ Following a highly energized Opening
Ceremony, an epic concert by the world famous visual kei band Moi dix Mois
and a rocking Battle of the Bands Event, Anime Expo® 2009 continues into its
second day with highly anticipated Main Events consisting of the Morning
Musume concert and the Anime Music Video Contest for the nation¹s largest
anime and manga convention, Anime Expo® 2009, from July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found at
www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .



The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) also announced
this year¹s winners for the 2009 SPJA Industry Awards.  Winners and their
categories include:

Category 01: Best Voice Actor (Japanese)
Kappei Yamaguchi ­ DEATH NOTE - L

Category 02: Best Voice Actor (English)
Kyla Hebert ­ GURREN LAGAAN - Kamina

Category 03: Best Voice Actress (Japanese)
Junko Takeuchi - NARUTO - Naruto Uzumaki

Category 04: Best Voice Actress (English)
Michelle Ruff ­ BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY - Rukia Kuchiki

Category 05: Best Casting Director
Jaime Simone - BLEACH

Category 06: Best Character Design
Masaru Kitao of Madhouse ­ DEATH NOTE

Category 07: Best Mechanical Design
Yoh Yoshirari ­ GURREN LAGAAN

Category 08: Best Male Character
L ­ DEATH NOTE

Category 09: Best Female Character
Rukia Kuchiki ­ BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY

Category 10: Best Mascot Character
Mokona ­ xxxHOLIC

Category 11: Best Backround Design
Minoru Nakamura of Studio Pierrot - BLEACH

Category 12: Best Original Video Animation
LUCKY STAR OVA - Bandai Entertainment

Category 13: Best Feature Film
THE GIRL WHO LEPT THROUGH TIME - Bandai Entertainment

Category 14: Best Television Series
GURREN LAGAAN - Bandai Entertainment

Category 15: Best Original Score
DEATH NOTE Score ­ DEATH NOTE - Yoshihisa Hirano and Hideki Taniuchi

Category 16: Best Original Song
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" - Bleach - Beat Crusaders - Aniplex Inc. ­ BEAT
CRUSADERS

Category 17: Best Director (Japanese)
Tetsuro Araki ­ DEATH NOTE

Category 18: Best Director (American)
Karl Willems - DEATH NOTE

Category 19: Best Manga - Action
TSUBASA: RESERVOIR CHRONICLE - Del Rey Manga - Clamp

Category 20: Best Manga - Comedy
FAIRY TAIL - Del Rey Manga - Hiro Mashima

Category 21: Best Manga - Drama
MONSTER - Viz Media - Naoki Urasawa

Category 22: Best Publication
Shonen Jump - VIZ Media

Category 23: Best Full Motion Video in Video Game
FINAL FANTASY IV - Square-Enix


Over 40,000+ unique attendees are expected to attend this year¹s convention
and a incredible slate of fourteen (14) power-house Guests of Honors, 50+
Industry Guests, a full exhibit hall and 24 hours of pure anime fun!
Attendees will have the time of their lives at this year¹s highly
anticipated event.



Tickets are still available for at-door pricing!

Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Moi dix Mois, Toshimichi Mori,
Toshiyuki Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori,
Satoshi Nishimura, Takashi Okazaki and Kari Wahlgren.

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.axbackstage.org.

Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime
News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC,
Central Park Media and The Right Stuf, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian
TV, Animation Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine, Anime News Network and UTB
Hollywood.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest
anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests
of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a
key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and
explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the
industry to conduct business. AX 2009 will be held July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website www.anime-expo.org.

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®.   More
information can be found at its website www.spja.org.

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Anime Expo®/SPJA¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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Kunio Kato's ³The Diary of Tortov Roddle² and Academy Award-Winning ³La
Maison en Petits Cubes² to Stream on the Number-One Online Destination for
Anime and Asian Entertainment

San Francisco, CA (July 3, 2009) ‹ Kunio Kato¹s 2009 Academy Award-winning
animated short film, LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES, as well as his earlier work,
THE DIARY OF TORTOV RODDLE are streaming today on Crunchyroll.  More
information can be found at:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/   and
http://www.crunchyroll.com/ .

LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES marks the first Oscar® nomination and win for Mr.
Kato, who created and directed the piece. At the awards ceremony, of the
award, he stated, ³It¹s so heavy.² He went on to say, ³Thank you very much.
Thank you, my supporters.  Thank you, all my staff.  Thank you, my pencil.
Thank you, Academy Š Thank you, my company ROBOT.  Domo arigato, Mr.
Roboto.²

Vince Shortino, president of Crunchyroll's Japan office states, ³We, at
Crunchyroll, are very proud to host such a masterpiece. Mr. Kato is only the
second individual from Japan to ever win the award in an animation category,
with the only other being reknowned Mr. Hayao Miyazaki.  To be able to bring
this visionary artist¹s work to the world is truly a great honor.²

Both LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES and THE DIARY OF TORTOV RODDLE will be
available to Crunchyroll's Anime Members in 480P quality video, and
available on Crunchyroll to the world outside of Japan. ROBOT Business
Strategy Manager Koji Nakamigawa states, ³Mr. Kato's works need to be
experienced in only the highest quality viewing, and Crunchyroll's global
reach, high quality streaming and Anime Members plan made the most sense for
us to maintain the utmost quality needed to view his treasures.²

Synopsis:
La Maison en Petits Cubes:  An old man is forced to continuously build on
new levels to his home as the water rises in his town. When he drops his
favorite pipe overboard, he is forced to dive to retrieve it from the
depths. As he visits the submerged levels of his home, he begins to relive
scenes from days gone by.
THE DIARY OF TORTOV RODDLE is a tapestry of whimsical fantasy featuring
tatters of everyday life of the eponymous Tortov Roddle.  Riding on the back
of his pig with legs as long as stilts, what will be the next surreal
journey to be written in his diary?

About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length
episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian
entertainment. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders
including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, d-rights, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony
Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa
Broadcasting Corporation America, and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and
Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese anime industry
and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like NARUTO
SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within one hour
of its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of
Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International Merchandisers
Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock.


About ROBOT Communications Inc.

Founded in 1986, ROBOT Communications Inc. (Head office: Shibuya Ward,
Tokyo; President: Shuji Abe). is a production company engaged in a wide
range of services, from designing and producing visual contents for various
media such as TV commercials, theatrical movies, animations, computer
graphics and mobile contents, to character creation/development, graphic
design, website creation and management, and more.  One of its best-known
works is the animation "La Maison en Petits Cubes (The house of small
cubes)" a winner of the 81st Academy Awards ® 2009 in the short film
(animated) category. And motion picture series, ³Always San-chome no Yuhi²
(Always: Sunset on Third Street).

Official website :       http://www.robot.co.jp <http://www.robot.co.jp/>
(JAPANESE)
http://www.robot.co.jp/en/ <http://www.robot.co.jp/en/>          (ENGLISH)


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The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Crunchyroll.com¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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J!NX TO OFFER KILLER NEW CLOTHING BASED ON WORLDWIDE SENSATION AFRO SAMURAI

 

J!NX, the premiere name in geek and gaming lifestyle clothing has partnered with FUNimation Entertainment and created four new slick, gritty designs that evoke as much attitude as the legendary Number One Headband!

 

SAN DIEGO, CA, JULY 1, 2009.  As thousands of Anime fans descend on Los Angeles for Anime Expo 2009, San Diego based Jinx, Inc. cools down the summer months with a dynamic new licensing partnership.  Afro Samurai and Afro Samurai: Resurrection blew up the ratings when they debuted on Spike TV, and continue to garner a loyal viewership across Youtube, Hulu, and Xbox Live.  The hack-and-slash-to-a-hip-hop-www.JINX.com/afrosamuraiin early September, but you can head there now to get a glimpse of the shirts, all crafted by the talented J!NX design team.

 

"We have long been huge fans of Afro Samurai,” declares Sean “Jinx” Gailey, Creative Overlord of the J!NX design team.  “The amazing art style, the music, the story, everything about it resonates with the J!NX crew and we couldn't wait to put our spin on some Afro Samurai clothing.”

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EVA 1.0 is in theatres this summer and is what we are screening this evening at 5:30 pm in LP 1.  EVA 1.01 will be released on DVD this Fall while EVA 1.11 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Spring 2010.

 

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT TO PREMIERE

ENGLISH DUB OF

 

AT ANIME EXPO 2009

Flower Mound, TX (June 22, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it will premiere the English dubbed version of Hideaki Anno’s “EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE.” at Anime Expo® held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 2-5, 2009.  More information about the convention can be found at www.anime-expo.org.

“EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE” is the film sequel to the sci-fi animated series blockbuster Neon Genesis Evangelion (also written and directed by Hideaki Anno) which aired on Japanese television in the mid 1990’s.

Director in Chief Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and the creative staff of this film made a complete rebuild of the design and visuals rather than magnifying the original 16 mm film from the series. The team was also able to employ 3D computer graphics to enrich the depth and breadth of the Evangelion world as well as digital photography and composite nonlinear editing.

ABOUT EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE

There was no foreseeable warning before it happened -- a catastrophe of unparalleled scale and magnitude overwhelmed the entire globe. This event, recorded in history as "The Second Impact," caused half the population of the Earth to perish and devastated the world.  All that remains of Japan is Tokyo-3, a city that is now being attacked by giant creatures that seek to destroy mankind. These creatures are called Angels.

Fourteen year old Shinji Ikari is called to Tokyo-3 by his father who he hasn’t seen in more than eight years. He is asked to come to the NERV headquarters to meet his father. His father reveals to him a gigantic humanoid weapons system that the special governmental agency has secretly developed to fight the Angels and then orders Shinji to pilot the giant artificial human Evangelion Unit One.

With the fate of the world resting on his shoulders, how will the 14 year old boy Shinji fight? What is the truth behind "The Human Instrumentality Project," an operation somehow related to the "Second Impact"? And who is the true enemy? The Angels, NERV, the mysterious SEELE, or the demons held within the hearts of all involved? 

Gendō Ikari, a man who holds many answers to these questions, watches silently and attentively as his son fights a desperate battle…

Funimation Entertainment will premiere EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE Friday, July 3, in room LP1 at Anime Expo.

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Join Me, lunermoth, Red Roses, and Psycho Gamer as we cover the new on Anime Vice.

News/cons

We start off with Miyazaki showing up at Comic Con and Otokon get some people too.

meet soul geek Cripsin freeman

Akira and Oldboy movies are still possible

Kristen Bell like Astro boy.

Ero game developers are blocking everyone.

Right Stufs guess for the count down.

Anime/Manga

Summer previews what are you watching.

Haruhi is legal now on the tubes.

Eva 2.0 is epic win at theaters.

New Macross movie is a coming.
Ninamori is a cool FLCL character.
Slayers go watch it.
Fariy tale gets an anime.
What the hell are the Harveys.
Guest blog the seven ages part II.

Other

AMV it is cool.

ROBO GEISHA so bad it's good.

Manga man he is cool.

Michael Jackson in anime.

Seras VS Edward Yeah that a no contest.

Toys

Mocross X Lucky Start figs

Saber Chibi fig.
DBE figs.
Ranka Lee fig is wired.
Lucky Star Uniforms at real school. Man that going to suck for them.
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