Just a little something I got curious about with the recent theatrical release of Ponyo. After checking Box Office Mojo, I made this video featuring the top 10 highest grossing anime movies in America. Considering the licensing muscle and promotion that these movies had, you shouldn't be too surprised over the totals. Here's the video:
TOKYOPOP Presents: New Online Manga Programming Exclusive to TOKYOKPOP.com
PSY-COMM Debuts as the First of a Number of Series in 2009
Los Angeles, CA (August 12, 2009) -- TOKYOPOP is pleased to announce the release of a number of its original series exclusively on TOKYOPOP.com. Modernizing the magazine serialization made famous by Charles Dickens, today TOKYOPOP will debut PSY*COMM volume 3, with a new chapter serialized weekly for free until the series concludes its story arc. The launch of this new volume of PSY*COMM marks the debut of TOKYOPOP's online manga program that will include continuing volumes of BOYS OF SUMMER, EARTHLIGHT, KAT & MOUSE, PANTHEON HIGH, UNDERTOWN, GYAKUSHU, and others.
In PSY-COMM volume 3, Jason Henderson, Tony Salvaggio and Ramanda Kamarga conclude their thriller about the ultimate reality show: War. Set in a future where warfare is entertainment -- scheduled, televised and rated -- this critically acclaimed series ("[A] great story ...a commentary on corporations, the media, war, and relationships, all wrapped in an interesting action manga with a driving plot and compelling characters." --Ain't It Cool News) concludes with a truly awesome finale.
"The Kindle, iPhone, web comics, and the like have dramatically changed the marketplace for online comics," says TOKYOPOP's Associate Publisher Marco Pavia. "With the launch of this online initiative, our goal is to increase visibility and demand for such critically acclaimed series as PSY-COMM, BOYS OF SUMMER and others that have, up until now, struggled to find their audience in a challenging retail environment. We are also exploring an on-demand model to satisfy print-edition demand for the online manga series. We'll have more news in the not-too-distant future, so stay tuned."
"We're very grateful for the patience of our manga-ka friends," adds TOKYOPOP Senior Editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl. "Last year we discussed running a number of these original manga series online, so that they would be exposed to the widest possible audience. Now, with TOKYOPOP.com's nearly one million unique visitors per month and the ability for anyone to embed the TOKYOPOP reader anywhere, we are definitely excited about the vast audience to which these and other series will be exposed."
Following the time-honored tradition of New Comics Day, the first chapter of PSY*COMM volume 3 will debut Wednesday, August 12, with subsequent chapters releasing each following Wednesday. BOYS OF SUMMER will debut Wednesday, September 23, followed by EARTHLIGHT and KAT & MOURSE. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com/MangaOnline for the complete schedule, exclusively on TOKYOPOP.com.
About TOKYOPOP: Founded by multi-cultural media visionary Stuart Levy, TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with offices in the UK and Germany, in addition to its Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto the new social networking site www.TOKYOPOP.com, reading its books, which are licensed in 41 countries in more than 20 languages, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.
This is NYAF Programming Director Peter Tatara. Where do I start this week? How about Travis Willingham! Travis -- best known as Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist -- will be at NYAF thanks to our friends at FUNimation. In addition to his work in FMA, Travis's credits include Kanda (D.Gray-man), Pierre (Aquarion), Mori (Ouran High School Host Club), Ginko (Mushi-shi), Andreas Darlton (CODE GEASS), Portgas D. Ace (One Piece), and Leon (Vexille). And, in video games, he's Guile (Street Fighter 4), Nathan Hale (Resistance 2), Torgal (The Last Remnant), Clint (Tales of Vesperia), and Yodai Higashizawa (The World Ends With You).
It gets better, too, as Travis is just the first of over six new guests we’ll be revealing in the coming weeks. NYAF's a little over a month away, and we've got some big things to share with you, so be on the look out for more guests soon!
So I dedicated my last three days to watch the "criticly acclaimed" anime series of Neon Genesis Evangelion. And..after all 26 episodes I comment with...WOOT.
*May contain plotline refrences eg spoilers* I was pretty disappointed with the first episode, as my first impressions where "here we go again, some kid who is pesimistic blah blah blah cliché cliché" and all that jizz. However the story and universe of Evangelion slowly built up, as well as some genius charcter development, I felt like I got addicted to it or something. The earlier episodes where fairly light hearted of that with some impacting drama. As things got into the 10s of the series I started to get attached to the charcters and the plot became increasingly complex at a fast rate.
By episode 18 (I think) It was pure crazyness, that was awesome, gripping and intense. Everything was so god damn multi-layerd as in my perception as genius. Even though I did feel the head fucking with mind grains and mest up dreams, it was someway great at the sametime. For some reason I was extremly attached to most charcters, and I dont even know why! Obviously there was some brilliant charcter development especially during the late 10s/ early 20s episodes of the series.
There was amazingly sharply written dialogue, deep pychology and some of the best dub voice acting Ive herd (yes I actually watched an english dub!). I know it sounds like I am praising it too much here (and I probley am skeptical, I just finished watching the damn thing) also the amount of first person text I am writting is probley pissing you off (I dont even know why I am using "I" so much). BACK TO TOPIC!
However, the ending, I had very mixed reactions. Not like I am one of those guys who are like "Pffh! This isnt a normal ending!". I did try to see what they where trying to pull off. But the exacution of the last two episodes where, I'l be it, poor. That just didnt explain its self well enough. Even after doing a backround check on the ending. There was no way anyone would be able to connect the dots from that. Another thing is that I felt that Neon Genesis Evangelion didn't explain itself through out the entire series, like what the Angles are for example, and the kids never found out half the story. Oh well thats probley some tatic in storytelling called "shut up, theres only 26 episodes, we dont have time to fill you in with this bullshit"
Ive been told to check the movies out for the full story and an explaination of what really happend at the end and I' do that first thing tomorrow. But I am unsure what order they go in? Apparently its "Death and Rebirth" then "The End of Evangelion" but I am not to sure. Also to get sub or the dub?
RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Announces the RENTAL MAGICA Part 1 DVD Collection for November 24, 2009 First of two sets to include 100+ page book; ability to view show in both “broadcast” and “chronological” orders.
GRIMES, IA, August 12, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce the RENTAL MAGICA Part 1 DVD Collection will be released on November 24, 2009.
The Part 1 DVD Collection will offer the first 12 episodes of the series in both “broadcast order,” as seen on Japanese television (and on the Japanese DVD release), or “chronological order,” according to the timeline presented in the novels that served as the anime series’ inspiration. Additionally, the release will include a book that features well over 100 pages of background information about the series and its mythology. (These supplemental materials were originally included with the Japanese limited-edition DVD releases.)
About RENTAL MAGICA
A supernatural action-adventure, Rental Magica is set in a world where magical organizations – staffed by specialists wielding both Eastern and Western disciplines – vie for work, prestige and power.
Written by Makoto Sanda and illustrated by pako, the Rental Magica novel series currently spans more than 14 volumes and was named “Best Action Story” by Japanese fans as part of the 2007 Light Novel Awards. It has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s magazine The Sneaker since its 2004 debut, alongside the novels that inspired The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Trinity Blood anime series, as well as the official novelization of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. Manga interpretations of Rental Magica also appear in the shoujo (girls’) anthology Asuka and the shounen (boys’) anthology Comp Ace.
Rental Magica’s anime adaptation features direction by Itsuro Kawasaki (Sengoku Basara, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: The Movie), series composition by Mamiko Ikeda (Emma: A Victorian Romance), animation character design by Minako Shiba (.hack//SIGN, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE), and animation production by ZEXCS (Chrome Shelled Regios, Mushi-Uta).
Its vocal cast is led by Jun Fukuyama (“Lelouch” in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, “Kimihiro Watanuki” in xxxHOLiC, “Lawrence” in Spice and Wolf), Kana Ueda (“Yumi” in Maria Watches Over Us, “Rin” in Fate/stay night, “Mikan” in Gakuen Alice), Mikako Takahashi (“Amy” in Burst Angel, “Ayumi Yamada” in Honey and Clover, “Gyokuyou” in Coo ~ Our Guardian), and Junichi Suwabe (“Archer” in Fate/stay night, “Greed” in Fullmetal Alchemist, “Fuuma” in X TV).
Visit rentalmagica.rightstuf.com for more information about Rental Magica, to view the trailer and to pre-order the first of two box sets.
About RENTAL MAGICA – Part 1
Destroying supernatural monsters… dispelling dark magic… It’s all in a day’s work for the mages of Astral! However, after the mysterious disappearance of the company president, they’re left in a lurch. His son, Itsuki Iba, begrudgingly fills in, but Itsuki’s unfamiliarity with magic could spell bad news for Astral – especially with their rival Goetia vying for the very same contracts. As the jobs grow ever more dangerous, they soon find that staying in business is the least of their worries. Episodes 1-12 in both “broadcast” and “chronological” orders.
RENTAL MAGICA Part 1 DVD Collection Pre-Book: 10/27/2009 Street Date: 11/24/2009 Runtime: Approximately 525 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color Genre: Drama / Supernatural / Action Suggested Rating: 13+
Format: DVD (Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations) Catalog #: RSDVD0919 ISBN: 1-57032-762-9 UPC: 7-42617-0919-2-6 SRP: $49.99
Discs/Set: 4 Case Qty: 9 / case
DVD Features: Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: View episodes in both “broadcast order,” as seen on Japanese TV (and the Japanese DVD release), and “chronological order”; character bios; special promo 1; commercial spot 1; clean opening 1; clean closing 1; Rental Magica Part 2 trailer; and Nozomi trailers. AND: A book with more than 100 pages of background information about the series and its mythology.
** Product specifications and content may be subject to change.
ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC. Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.
Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.
From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us, ARIA and Gakuen Alice, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.
You can now delete a gallery in your profile images and if you are wiki mod you can delete galleries from the wiki images. I'll allow users with over 10,000 points to delete galleries from the wiki soon.
Delete a Gallery.
You can also completely remove your profiles background image. Just go to Change Icon in your profile, then in the popup window look for the red circle with a minus in it. Click it and save!
New HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR album “swamp man” available on JapanFiles
August 12, 2009 – JapanFiles continues its partnership with Spice Records with the release of HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR's new album “swamp man.”
The Japanese rock band's new CD goes on sale in Japan on September 2, but JapanFiles has the early digital release available today for J-Rock fans worldwide.
With song contributions to three hit anime series (Bleach, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: Special Edition, Darker Than Black), the band has returned to their original label Spice Records to start over with a heavier sound and new vocalist HALCA.
HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR links! HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/highandmightycolor/ HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR Official MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/handmcofficial HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR Official Website - http://www.handmc.jp/
About JAPANFILES: Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles specializes in digital sales and media promotion for Japanese music, with over 300 indie and major artists reaching their USA fans - rock, pop, hip-hop, punk, and electronic. All downloads are DRM-free and only 99 cents each.
JapanFiles has sponsored Japanese artist appearances at Sakura-Con, Anime Boston, A-Kon, FanimeCon, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Media Expo, Anime Vegas, Animex (Mexico), SXSW, Slim's (San Francisco), and Knitting Factory (New York City).
JapanFiles has produced 16 USA CD releases for Japanese artists, including Morning Musume, girugamesh, LM.C, Hangry & Angry, ketchup mania, Swinging Popsicle, LiN CLOVER, Budo Grape, BESPA KUMAMERO, and three volumes of the “Fresh Cuts from Japan” compilation series.
Bored and browsing through the manga section of a local Barnes & Noble today, I picked up a copy of a manga I hadn't really heard of called 10 Beautiful Assassins. It seemed rather interesting and now that I've skimmed through the manga I think it was actually worth spending money on. From what I've gleaned, it's an Original English Language manga (though arranged in right-to-left style). The story involves a thief named Bernie who poses as the driver of the daughter of a Richard Branson lookalike in order to steal a valuable necklace while she's touring Cannes. However, Bernie runs into several problems: He's kind of awkward around women (it even says so on the back cover), the necklace gets stolen from him by a rival female thief, and the rich guy suspects Bernie of working with her.
So not-Branson calls upon the leader of M.A.D.A.M. (Mistresses of Assasination, Destruction, And Mayhem) to get back the necklace and kill the thieves, and she obliges by sending the 10 Beautiful Assassins (dun-dun-dunnnnn) after them. Ranging from the dominatrix and the biker chick to the French maid and the policewoman, all of them are tasked with hunting down Bernie. It's kind of like a harem comedy, if the harem was trying to kill the main hero all at once instead of throwing themselves all over him. I don't want to spoil too much for the few of you who might actually be tempted to go out and buy a copy of this thing. However, if you can deal with the (tongue-in-cheek?) stereotypes there's plenty of stuff to like in what I call this inverted harem comedy. There's action, there's romance, there's a bunch of violent, beautiful women for the average self-styled otaku to ogle...what's not to like?
If there's one thing that irked me about the book it's that the middle of the book kinda flip-flops around with the chronology of the story, where it becomes difficult to tell what's being told in flashback mode and what's being told in the present. Also, the liberal use of chibis throughout the manga. I can understand the need for comedic effect but it was kinda blunted by the over-saturation of the midgets where it became a bit annoying.
When I say "buy it while you can," I guess I should also mention that I just found out this is a Seven Seas Manga, and an original IP (intellectual property) at that. If you've seen their track record with other original IPs like No Man's Land, Blade for Barter or Dead Already (to name a few), they have a habit of lasting just one or two volumes before being strangled in their crib. Maybe it's Seven Seas fault for not making enough copies available or for having crappy distribution, maybe the company is bleeding cash (a charge that has neither been confirmed nor denied), maybe the PR needs some work or maybe the market for manga in America is slowing down...
Whatever the reason, if you're at all interested in buying this manga, you should probably do it while the books are still on the shelves.