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I played the game at my local gameworks a couple of days ago and I wasn't that good of a game.  I been posting alot about this game on my blog site for awhile now and I been wanting to play this game and better be careful what I ask for because I got it.  First of all the game is very easy to play.  I was doing 10 to 13 hit combo right off the bat.  I pretty average fighting player and I know I can do that many combos in any other game desides Killer instinct and that game is nothing but combos.

The game is really unblanced.  You could beat it with Ryu if you wanted to.  I played has Chi-li and Ken Washio.  I wanted someone to take the game from me and start playing it and I had no takers.  My brother play me and he stop playing after 10 minutes and he let me beat him.

I hope when this game comes out here that it's a 20 dollor game.  I wouldn't pay a cent more for this game.

Next time Capcom try to parter with a anime company to do a fighting game try anime company like AIC or Clamp.  Hell at this time I wouldn't even mind if you brought over Namco x Capcom to home console market in the United States.   It only has four buttoms to play with has well.  Every fighting game now days has at lest six buttoms.




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Here's mine you can make one too.
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Hi, if you are watching this, this is my profile. I am Caio Trubat, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am a very great fan of Bleach, Dragon Ball (and of course, i was sick of watching that goddamned movie, WTF! How could they let create that piece of shit movie?). I am 17 year-old, but also likes old manga such Hokuto no Ken, JoJo Bizarre Adventure and Devilman. I just don't like Sant Seiya, it is just to silly,  not counting here in Brazil it is called Knights of the Zodiac. Also i write and draw a doujinshi called something in english just as ''swimning on blood", is a vampire-themed history, something like mixed with Dragon Ball and Naruto with Hellsing and Trinity Blood. I know it is weird and don't sound original but is not just me who write the history but mu friends also help me, and is funny. The history is like uh, in a apocalyptic world where a vampire is the hero of the history and must fight through  a army of wizards and witches and stuff, to save his girlfriend.

 I know it just appear silly but i have been writing thi story since 2005 til now and i already created about 200 chapters, and evolved from the description seen above to a much bigger story and everyone likes to play a role: the protagonist, a vampire called Calic lives in a world devastated by a nuclear war, and criminal gangs take over the cities. Unlike the traditional legends, he is not affected by crosses, sunlight, stakes or garlic, neither turn into bats or stuff like that, but still, he has pointy teeth, red eyes, is super-strong, speedy, immortal and, u know, undeaaaaaad... He has a girlfriend called Ryoka, and friends like Will, a super-strong martial artist, Raphael, a mutant wiht shape-shifting abilities, Daniele, a skilled female assassin and others. However, a enemy appears, his name is Hamon, he is a vampire himself but much more powerful than Calic he kidnapp Ryoka intendin to turn her into his undead bride and escapes with her.
 Calic fights with Hamon and defeat him but he later has to turn Ryoka in a vampire. Hamon returns and this time he murders Calic (WTF, he is not suposed to die, he is not the hero?) when he shields Ryoka, Will and his friends from Hamon' attack, killing him but not before entrusting his will to defeat the villain. Will trains harder under Master Moses, a skilled in assassination martial arts, teaching several moves and how to overcome the vampire. Will and his friends later encounter Hamon but has to fight against the monsters summoned by Hamon. They are all defeated but when about to finish off the heroes Calic return (Amazing!), he spent nearly a month trying to escape underworld and return to the living world on his own and resumes his revenge against Hamon,ending in Hamon's defeat. And the heroes return to home but Hamon ins indeed alive and waiting to have his revenge.

 The heroes also fight against a powerful martial artist called Shoush, an unbeatable enemy, even Master Moses is frightned by his fighting style. He join forces with Hamon and they became really awesome duo, pwning every one in their way. Calic defeats them with the help of his father Bardock, also a vampire . After the villains defeat, Calic is arrested by the law enforcements (they re crooked) for he being a vampire. He is sentenced to be left for dead in a maze filled with monsters and other people wanting to kill him for kicks. He beat the hell out of them while protecting a boy happeing to be a NOOB! called Douggie. Despite having no guts to fight and very low power level, he is stated to be either the savior or destroyer of the world, and Calic must protect him and take him to Bardock and Moses to train Douggie and become stronger.





The story was created for our own, and mey not please many critics but screw them, i dont need to hear how i must direct the whole play. So you see, everyone has creativity is just the way you have to use it to comprehend. I hope to contiunuing in the story




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SCI FI CHANNEL TO BROADCAST
GUNDAM 00 SEASON 2 STARTING
JUNE 29th!
June 19, 2009 (Cypress, CA) –Bandai Entertainment Inc., in a license with Starz Media,
announced the return of Gundam 00 to SCI FI Channel on June 29th on the “Ani-Monday” block,
which features leading programming from Manga Entertainment, a division of Starz Media. Two
episodes will air each week during a 13 week run.
“It’s great to be working with Starz Media and SCI FI Channel on the second season of Gundam
00 to US television. The second season really builds to a great climax” said Ken Iyadomi,
President of Bandai Entertainment Inc.
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is the latest installment in the long running franchise and takes place in
the year 2307 A.D. When fossil fuels have been completely depleted and humanity has turned to
solar energy to maintain its way of life, the controlling nations of the solar power find themselves
at war with more impoverished countries and threats to the “promised land of God” lead to the
formation of a group called the Celestial Being, whose purpose is to end war and unite humanity
through the use of four Gundam mech. The second season picks up the action four years later
when a peace-keeping force called “A-Laws” has risen to power posing new challenges for
Celestial Being. The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima whose past credits as a director and

storyboard artist include Fullmetal Alchemist, Evangelion, and Appleseed: Ex Machina.

For more information visit
www.bandai-ent.com
www.scifi.com

gundam00.bandai-ent.com

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.

About SCI FI Channel
SCI FI Channel is a television network that fuels the imagination of viewers with original series
and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a
dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com). Launched in 1992, and currently in 95 million homes, SCI
FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment

companies. SCI FI will become Syfy on July 7, 2009.

About Starz Media
Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide.
It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its
units create animated and live-action programming -- including theatrical films -- and
programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming,
and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters,
broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video
distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is an operating
unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is
attributed to Liberty Capital Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.


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Earlier today when I was doing my usual net spleunking I came across a video on niconico that normally I would have overlooked, but when I noticed it had over 100,000 views and had only been uploaded for about a day, I decided to check it out.
The video features a built-from-scratch robot named "Hina" as she prepares a cup of copy for her creator. Hina has 21 motorized joints, with 6 in each arm, 4 in each leg, and 1 in the neck, and it's rather cute to see her do the whole process.

Here's the youtube upload:
  

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Voice Actor Kikuko Inoue to Appear at Otakon©

Best-Known for Portraying Belldandy 

Baltimore, MD (June 18, 2009) – Prominent seiyuu (voice actor) Kikuko Inoue will appear at Otakon 2009.

Inoue is perhaps best known for portraying goddess Belldandy in the perennially-popular Oh My Goddess. Indeed, she is so identified with that character that later chapters of the manga adapted the character’s speaking style to Inoue’s. The role is quite similar to one of her earlier roles, that of older sister Kasume Tendou in Ranma ½. Inoue’s voice lends itself to reserved, mature, domestic, and regal characters. Her characters are frequently islands of calm and sanity amidst the rampant chaos. Other prominent roles have included Rune Venus in El-Hazard and Kazami Mizuho in Onegai Teacher. In both cases, she played a strong but compassionate leader.

Occasionally, Inoue plays against type as a sultry, aggressive flirt: the dancer Corvette in Idol Project and sex-crazed nurse Ruko Tatase in the infamous hentai Ogenki Clinic are two such roles. She’s also taken villainous turns, such as Alv in Kiddy Grade and Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist.

As one of the industry’s more prolific actresses, the always-in-demand Inoue has had a role in many fan favorites over the years, including Electra in Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, Seira Mimori in Saint Tail, Inuyasha’s mother Izayoi in Inuyasha, Caridad Yamato in Gundam Seed, Cecile in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Sanae Furukawa in Clannad, Grace O’Connor in Macross Frontier, Panther in Saber Marionette J, and Miria in Claymore. She’s also featured in many video games, including Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, and 4; Guilty Gear; Sakura Taisen 3 and 4, and the Super Robot Wars series.

Inoue has a thriving fanbase in Japan, where she is known as “Onee-chan” (big sister), thanks to her prominent roles of that sort. A shared joke among her fans is that when she is asked about her age, she always smiles and claims to be 17 years old – a claim she has made for many years.

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. 

 

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/ 

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Author/Translator Fred Schodt  
to Return to Otakon© 

Baltimore, MD (June 18, 2009) – American writer, translator and conference interpreter Fred Schodt will return this year as a guest at Otakon 2009.

Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and conference interpreter, based in the San Francisco Bay area. He has written widely on Japanese history, popular culture, and technology. Among his better known works are Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics (Kodansha International, 1983), Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics, and the Coming Robotopia (Kodansha International, 1988), America and the Four Japans: Friend, Foe, Model, Mirror (Stone Bridge Press, 1993), and Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (Stone Bridge Press, 1996). His writings on manga, and his translations of them, helped trigger the current popularity of Japanese comics in the English-speaking world, and in 2000 resulted in his being awarded the Special Category of the Asahi Shimbun's prestigious Osamu Tezuka Culture Award. In the same year, his translation of Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's 1931 pioneering graphic novel, The Four Immigrants Manga, was selected as a finalist for the Pen West USA translation award.

His latest book, The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution, was published by Stone Bridge Press in 2007.

In 2009, Fred was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his work in helping to promote Japan's popular culture overseas.

Fred's website is http://www.jai2.com.

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. 

 

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/ 

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http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-06-18T17_48_06-07_00

Join MoonStorm, Lunermoth, and Cogito on our tour of this weeks news on Anime Vice.

News

Sengoku Basara second season.

EVA 1.0 in US.

Sword of the Stranger review.

Death It sucks.

Being sick also sucks.

Kodokawa may go under.
Eden of the East movie in the works.
Crazy for dogs live action movie in the works
Plz, no more acid shooting boobz.
Akira movie is dead.
Clamp + vocaloid video.
were required to read but only on kaiba.
Anime expo pulling a John Martone. (lol)
while your there prover your gundamness.

Toys Yoko, Viral, Fate/stay, plus more.

Super flat is awesome.

illegal stuff now more illegal.

Japan ruins spider man.

Sushi restaurant is cool.

Vice looks for the best AMV's

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So I ordered this from Playasia and I just wanted to a quick review (Take a bunch of pics and say a few words) of it for anyone who wanted to also get it.

First,  It came in a big 10 in. by 7 in. box. As you can see the art on box is beautiful.
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The contents in the box is this pretty dvd/cd case...

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And this Tokimeki Yoko Book

In the Yoko book contents include:
Lyrics
Two storyboards of the music video - One is a rough and the other is a detail for animation purposes
An interview with Atsushi Nishigori
Yoko prototype designs
Yoko's costume designs for the music video
A 2 page spread of Yoko Official goods - Very cool, its full of everything Yoko
Voice Actress's Illustrations - Drawings from both Marina Inoue (Yoko) and Yukari Fukui (Nia)
Tokimeki Gallery - Pretty much consists of three pictures illustated by Kazuhiro Takamura

This is full color 132 page book. The book mainly consists of the storyboards sketches. However the art is great. If you are a Yoko Littner fan, you will like the many illustrations of her in this book, I loved it.

In the case there is both the music video dvd and the cd.



On the DVD there is the music video and an interview with Mari Inoue. On the CD, it has the main song, the karaoke version and a remix of the song. The music video was cool and the song was good. 

The cost was about $33.  Yeah, who would spend that much for a music video and a "art book?" Of course, I did....but seriously this product is very high in quality. And its more about the art than anything else. So like I said before if your a big fan of Yoko Littner of Gurren Lagann, you will love this package!
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Ever notice something folks, and Im not joking about this...

I sense an utter tiredness from the US anime intelligencecia.

Recent blogs from the brain trust are not positive to many new manga, nor anime with the exemption of the older works.

The same blogs worry much about the artistic merits of the genre. 

The fans are listless and the detractors are winning.

The issue with censoring may force many to reevaluate other such parts of the genre.

The intelligencia looks at the demographics, the shows that are staying and the shows that are leaving - and they paint a very sad picture.

The Intelligencia sees both models of TV animation (in the states and Japan) failing with in the next few years - and since the internet isn't doing gangbusters.

The Intellgencia sees the words even Japanese fans say about us and it isnt fucking pretty.

So the Inteilgencia is asking for more Pixar Models - but Pixar is Pixar because of Pixar. No two models are the same.

But I realize something very honest.

If Three Companies, all of them non Disney, made much less money than Disney/Viacom/WarnerBrothers and bought this business to the forefront, then why is the Intellgencia so adamantly against them?

I think people need to be honest. Some just are more art house than others. Some are socialistic than others. Others believe in American product more than others.

In this depression, mental; physical and other wise - one must really look deep in the catharsis of their "hobby" and see where the future lies. If it has no future than one must start the process of moving on. But even if it does have a sliver of a chance - one must take the good parts and leave out the bad - or better yet the parts that work from the parts that cant.

Thats goes for life as well. 
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Vocalist MELL To Perform at Otakon©

Recorded Theme Songs for Several Anime Series 

Baltimore, MD (June 17, 2009) – Japanese singer MELL, whose music is described alternately as J-pop, trance and techno and who has recorded several anime theme songs, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.

MELL shot to fame as one of the main vocalists of the group I'VE Sound, a Japanese techno/trance music production group known for distorted grooves. With her debut single release of "Red Fraction," from her 2008 album Mellscope, MELL's fascinating voice brought her renown in Japan's music industry. Her superb stage performances and deep passion for the music drew enthusiastic audiences, making her accompanying tour of Japan an instant success.

With her second smash hit, "Proof," she expanded the dark image associated with her first single, demonstrating motherly kindness in her voice, and appealing to a wide range of ages.

MELL was the first singer to work with Kazuya Takase and Yasutaka Ipposhi, the founders of I'VE Sound, even before they created their label. The production group eventually featured the talents of fellow vocalists KOTOKO, Mami Kawada, Eiko Shimamiya, and Kaoru Utatsuki and created the theme songs for many anime series. MELL's characteristic vocals, combined with Kazuya's arrangements, formed a fresh sound that fans would love in MELL's theme songs for Black Lagoon, Hayate the Combat Butler, Sky Girls, Kiru: Kill and Rideback.

For more information, visit the official I'VE Sound site: http://iveusa.net/

The official MELL site: http://www.myspace.com/mellusa

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/ 

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(Crossposted from NikoScream, where there are more pics. Please Digg)


The latest Super Sentai Vs. special, Engine Sentai Go-Onger VS Gekiranger (2009) teams up the 31st sentai series JyuKen Sentai Gekiranger with the then-current 32nd series Go-Onger. Released as Go-Onger was wrapping up its run, the Go-Onger team meets the Gekirangers and join together to fight the combined efforts of the Gaiark Pollution Ministers and a RinJyuKen scientist trying to steal the sealed Long from Jan (GekiRed).

The special opens with GekiRed fighting off a Nunchaku Banki that knows Rin Jyu-ken (Bankis are the monsters of the week in Go-Onger, while RinJyuKen is the antagonist martial art form in Gekiranger). Then GekiBlue and GekiYellow show up to help. Right as the Go-Ongers arrive on the scene to fight the Banki, the three Gekirangers and the Banki are rushed away to another dimension. GekiViolet and GekiChopper then show up for classic/cliched mistaken identity. After introductions and help from Master Shafu, the Go-Ongers and GekiViolet and GekiChopper go to the other dimension and fight along side the Gekirangers. Finally, cue opening credits about nine minutes into the video.

It’s a nice little team up. The silliness of the Go-Onger team, a factor some found annoying in the series, isn’t obnoxious here, and the Gekirangers play off it well. GekiRed’s made-up language actually allows him to communicate with the Engines’ own silly and random words.

For those who don’t really care for the Engines, don’t let them keep you away from this. They’re really not in this much (a plot point, actually). Plus, when they get into the mechs, they almost immediately go into Engine-Oh formation, so not much weird eye movements from them. If you really hate them, however, there may be some scenes you don’t like, but come on. All Super Sentai has some silliness. This special has a good balance of it and action and plot.

Speaking of which, the plot works for what it is, as a chance to bring together the two teams to fight an enemy they couldn’t defeat alone.  The main problem is it doesn’t seem like the Gekirangers really try their hardest or that they couldn’t win on their own. With the exclusion of the Super Geki forms and Geki Fire, the Gekirangers are almost taking it easy, possibly because the Go-Ongers and Go-On Wings are there to pick up the slack with their unnecessarily humongous Engine-Oh G12.

If we have to pick which series is more important and featured in the plot, it’s honestly Gekiranger. We pick up where the series left off with GekiRed guarding the sealed Long and returning from the traveling he sets out on at the end of Gekiranger, and the plot continues points established from there. The principle enemies are from Gekiranger, as the threePollution Ministers’ involvement is all but gone by the final fight. The Go-Ongers are important too and have plenty of plot development in the special, but it feels it more heavily favors the Gekirangers. Being the Gekiranger fan that I am, I’m fine with that.

There are attempts to tie the two series together. Hanto (Go-On Green) used to work at the Kyoryuya Curry Shop from Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger, of which Miki from Gekiranger used to be a regular customer (as well was Morio Makino from GoGo Sentai Boukenger as we found out in the last VS special). Also, because they have to be so perfect, the Go-On Wings trained in GekiJyuKen when they were young.

Unfortunately, as with most VS specials, this doesn’t impact Go-Onger whatsoever. Therefore, the Go-On Wings’ knowledge of GekiJyuKen and what the Go-Ongers learn go out the window at the end of the special.

All in all, this is a fun team up. Both teams work well together. It’s great to see the Gekirangers and their friends and foes again. While the Go-Onger series didn’t grab my attention for the whole thing, they were entertaining in here. If you like either of the teams, especially Gekiranger, then give this a watch.

And after the special, there’s a couple of Go-Onger musical numbers from a summer ‘08 live show to enjoy. If you don’t like the Go-Onger music, stop at the “The End” credit. Otherwise, it’s a decent extra to a fairly decent team up.

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VIZ MEDIA’S SHONEN JUMP MAGAZINE

JULY ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE

FEATURING STAN LEE AND SHAMAN KING MANGA CREATOR HIROYUKI TAKEI’S

GROUNDBREAKING COLLABORATIVE PROJECT –

ULTIMO

Running Action-Packed New Series

Created By Two Legends Of Comics And Manga

Begins With July Issue Of Monthly Manga Anthology  

San Francisco, CA, JUNE 17, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the debut of the serialization of the ULTIMO series (KARAKURIDÔJI ULTIMO) in SHONEN JUMP magazine. Originally announced to a packed house at a Press Conference at New York Comic Con in 2008, the serialization begins in the July issue of SHONEN JUMP magazine, which is on sale now at retailers and newsstands nationwide. 

ULTIMO represents a historic collaboration between comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of many iconic superheroes including Spider-Man™, the Fantastic Four™, and the X-Men™, and Hiroyuki Takei, the creator of the popular SHAMAN KING manga series, published in Japan by Shueisha and in North America by VIZ Media.  

The ULTIMO back-story: High above Farmless City, citizens are stunned by the sudden appearance of two floating figures. Are they human boys, monolithic robots, or something much more strange? As the battle ensues between them, destruction and devastation falls on the hapless city. One figure is Vice, and seems to be as evil as his name implies. The other is Ultimo, intent on trying to stop Vice from wreaking more havoc. But who are Vice and Ultimo really? Where did they come from? Find out in the first chapter of ULTIMO! 

“The addition of ULTIMO to SHONEN JUMP magazine marks this as a great time for both manga and comics, and we are very excited to be able to deliver this bold new story to fans every month,” says Grant Lowery, Editor-In-Chief of SHONEN JUMP. “The captivating character designs and action-packed story blend the best aspects of Western and Asian comic book traditions and will delight fans of both genres. We invite fans of both comics and manga to seize the opportunity to explore this groundbreaking new series!” 

For over half a century, Stan Lee has been synonymous with superhero comics. In addition to co-creating countless memorable series and characters, including Spider-Man™, the Incredible Hulk™, and Daredevil™, he served as the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. Lee remains a hugely respected and dynamic figure in the entertainment industry and continues to develop a variety of film, television and video game properties. 

Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei began his career by winning the coveted Hop Step Award (for new manga artists) and the Osamu Tezuka Award. After working as an assistant to famed artist Nobuhiro Watsuki (RUROUNI KENSHIN), Takei debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997 with Butsu Zone, an action series based on Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure manga series SHAMAN KING debuted in Japan in 1998 and has been adapted into a popular animated television series The SHAMAN KING manga series is published in North America by VIZ Media and to-date has sold more than 400,000 copies in the U.S.; for many years it was also serialized in English in VIZ Media’s SHONEN JUMP magazine. 

Lee’s own company, POW! Entertainment (Pinksheets:POWN.PK), worked with Jump SQ. parent company Shueisha and with JEA and Dream Ranch to facilitate the development of ULTIMO. 

For more information on ULTIMO, SHONEN JUMP and VIZ Media please visit www.shonenjump.com or www.viz.com. 

About POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment, Inc.

POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment, Inc. (Pinksheets:POWN.PK), an advanced media and entertainment company, was founded by world-famous comic book and motion picture icon Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman, Esq. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the entertainment industry encompassing the creation, production and licensing of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW!, capitalizing on this combined expertise, specializes in franchises for the entertainment industry, including animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, video games, merchandising and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with other individuals and entities of entertainment’s top echelon, including studios and networks, in the creation, licensing and distribution of new POW! character franchises. 

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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MOI DIX MOIS TO ROCK ANIME EXPO® 2009 AS OFFICIAL GUEST OF HONOR

Malice Mizer Front Man, Mana, to Attend Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga
Convention

Anaheim, California (June 17, 2009) ‹ Visual kei fans get ready for a
musical explosion as Moi dix Mois rocks Anime Expo® 2009 as an official
Guest of Honor for the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention held July
2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be
found on the website www.anime-expo.org.

Moi dix Mois is a sound project headed by Mana, the consummate guitarist and
leader of Malice Mizer which is on indeterminate hiatus. In addition to
writing music and lyrics, Mana does all of the computer programming and
arrangements for his songs. Mana¹s strikingly electrifying and
unprecedented musical creation is the result of his remarkable talent to
combine the diametrical opposites, such as the classical and the
avant-garde, the elegant and the delirious, or the creative and the
destructive.

Moi dix Mois jump-started its career on March 19 (Mana¹s birthday), 2002.
The group¹s name is a term coined by Mana. ŒMoi¹ means Œme¹ (that is Mana),
and Œdix Mois¹ means Œ10 months¹ in French. The implied meaning of dix Mois
is the birth and the beginning, coming from the 10-month period of human
fetal development as an embryo in the mother¹s womb. Also, number 10 has
been given a special connotation by Mana; a combination of Œ1¹ representing
the start, and Œ0¹ implying the potential eternity or infinity.

Moi dix Mois will electrify concert goers at the nation¹s largest anime and
manga event over the 4th of July weekend as the 2nd official concert!

Moi dix Mois joins other Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yun Kouga, Yosuke Kuroda, 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.anime-expo.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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Prove You¹re Gundam at Anime Expo® 2009 with
Bandai and American Cosplay Paradise!

June 17, 2009 (Cypress, CA) - Bandai Entertainment and American Cosplay
Paradise are proud to celebrate the US release of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 at
Anime Expo® 2009 in Los Angeles (July 2 ­ 5, 2009; Los Angeles Convention
Center; http://www.anime-expo.org) with a costume contest! If you have a
costume from GUNDAM 00, this is something you don¹t want to miss. Interested
participants can enter the contest at
http://www.acparadise.com/acp/contests.php. Users will vote for their top
five favorite entries!

The top five entries will be invited as guests to the GUNDAM 00 Focus Panel
featuring director Seiji Mizushima, writer Yosuke Kuroda, and Yun Kouga.
They will then choose the 1st and 2nd place winners. Prizes include a
complete set of Gundam 00 Season 1 and more!

About Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is the latest installment in the long running
franchise and takes place in the year 2307 A.D. When fossil fuels have been
completely depleted and humanity has turned to solar energy to maintain its
way of life, the controlling nations of the solar power find themselves at
war with more impoverished countries. These sun-deprived countries threaten
the promised land of God, which leads to the formation of a group called the
Celestial Being, whose purpose is to end war and unite humanity through the
use of four Gundam mech. The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima whose
past credits as a director and storyboard artist include Fullmetal
Alchemist, Evangelion, and Appleseed: Ex Machina.

About Bandai Entertainment
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 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.

About American Cosplay Paradise
Founded in 2000, American Cosplay Paradise (ACP) serves as an extensive
database for cosplayers, people who dress up in costumes. Members contribute
pictures of their costumes, which are sorted by series and character for
easy searching. ACP also offers live photo and video coverage of conventions
across the US, and works exclusively with industry partners in using
cosplayers to promote anime, manga, and videogame titles. More information
can be found at its website (www.acparadise.com)

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, 2008 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).
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Manga Artist Misako Rocks! To Appear at Otakon©

Artwork is Internationally Praised, Published 

Baltimore, MD (May 11, 2009) – Manga artist Misako Rocks!, the creator of Biker Girl and Rock and Roll Love, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.

Misako Rocks!, who grew up in Japan, developed a love for comics and manga at an early age and drew her first comic at the age of 13. She moved to New York in 2001 and worked as a puppeteer, face painter, animal balloon maker, and art teacher while developing her own work.

Recently, she scored a three-book deal with Henry Holt for the Detective Jermain series, the first volume of which was released in 2008. Her first book, Biker Girl (2006), and second one, Rock and Roll Love (2007), were published by Hyperion. Rock and Roll Love was picked as one of the best teen books by the New York Public Library.

In addition, she wrote scripts for Archie comics and stories for the weekly kids' comic magazine DFC in the UK: Peach de Punch! She has also drawn illustrations for the now-famous column "Savage Love" of The Onion newspaper for about 10 years.

She's often invited to give speeches at schools, libraries and anime festivals and has taught manga workshops in Japan, Europe and America. She has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including Elle Girl and The New York Times. The BBC featured her in a documentary about comic book creators. On top of that, she recently received the Venice Beach/L.A. Playwright award.

Misako currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Check her Web site for more details: http://www.misakorocks.com

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/ 

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We had a great show last week we had fun with our new members Cogito and Schwindelmagier. Even with a full cast, we well always try to keep our door open.
If you want to join us just give me a shout.
 
Just get Skype, It free so, no worry, set up a Skype id and then PM me and tell me your Skype Id so I can call you for the show

Show Time is at 10pm CST, June 17.

Check out past show on my bro's MoonStorm blogs.
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VAMPS Add Convention Stop for Otakon© Members

Autograph Session, Q&A Added Due to Groundswell of Support 

Baltimore, MD (June 16, 2009) – VAMPS, featuring HYDE and K.A.Z, have added a special appearance at Otakon 2009 to their busy tour schedule. The duo had already announced a special concert in Baltimore on Thursday, 16 July 2009, to coincide with Otakon.

Originally, HYDE and K.A.Z were to depart early Friday for their next concert, meaning they would not be available for any convention appearances. Otakon had arranged for members to submit questions for the band, and the original plan was to answer them via video, and show the video at the convention. However, the groundswell of support from Otakon's membership led the band to reconsider, and in the end VAMPS decided a more personal response was warranted.

"I guess we must have made a good impression on HYDE a few years ago," said Jim Vowles, Otakon's head of Guests, Industry, and Press Relations, referring to HYDE's appearance with L'Arc~en~Ciel in 2004.

"We were delighted to find that he and K.A.Z were interested in working Otakon into their tour. We were able to work out a special pre-Otakon appearance and a bit of cross promotion. When the responses started coming in, I guess everyone got excited. We're delighted and flattered that they changed plans to meet the fans."

Exclusively for Otakon members, VAMPS will give out special passes at their SONAR show on Thursday. These passes will grant priority access to the band's panel and autograph sessions at Otakon on Friday afternoon. (You must be registered for Otakon to attend the panel and autograph sessions.)

Otakon also plans to make special arrangements for pre-registration pickup on Thursday to allow concert ticket holders to pick up their Otakon badges early without missing the concert. (Otakon allows pre-registered members to pick up their badges Thursday evening, prior to the convention.) Details will be posted on the Otakon Web site in the coming weeks.

VAMPS will appear at Baltimore's SONAR on 16 July 2009. The autograph session and Q&A panel will take place on Friday afternoon, 17 July 2009, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

For ticket information for the SONAR concert, please visit http://www.vampsliveusa.com/

For more information and updates, please visit the Otakon VAMPS page at http://www.otakon.com/2009vamps.asp

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/ 

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