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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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http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-07-02T19_44_41-07_00

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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And what a day it was. <3

First, I'll explain to you all who aren't familiar with this holiday why exactly, it means so much to us Canadians.
Back in 1867, on July 1st Canada was officially recognized as a country due to the signing of the British North American Act. This day was actually called Dominion Day for awhile but later then was changed to Canada Day (more suitable in my opinion, really). So that's pretty much it, I mean I could go into the whole spiel here but I won't because I'd like to get to the fun (less boring) stuff which is really what this blog post is about. I wanted to share with you all how I spent my Canada Day.

So, I barely got any sleep the night before as I was playing a very addictive Blazblue. Suffice to say I got through the day just fine and because it was a holiday I didn't have to work (stores were still open though, I just chose to take the day off). Anywho! Me and a few of my friends went and hung out at the mall for a good portion of the day and got some things ready for like a mini-party of sorts before we went to see the fireworks which took place at a wonderful area in Winnipeg called "The Forks". We went to have dinner at moxies and my friends (not me because I was the designated driver) shared a bottle of red wine (they actually wanted to get both red and white because well, that's pretty much the two colors that make up the Canadian flag) but I suggested we should wait until after we go see fireworks to get trashed (surprisingly that never happened as we all split ways after the show was over). On the way over to the Forks we stopped so I could pick up my date (this would be our third date now <3) and it took almost FOREVER to find a parking spot as there was the usual baseball game going on which happens every July 1st with Winnipegs own team against another team. Once we managed to find a parking spot, we walked around for awhile until it was time for the fireworks show. Around...10-ish or so? The fireworks had started and my date wanted us to kinda...y'know be just the two of us alone so I agreed to that (it WAS a date after all.) and so she started getting cold (it wasn't too bad out but there was a bit of a wind) so I lent her the blanket I had brought just in case and made sure she was all warm and snug and so we cuddled and watched fireworks for the duration of the evening and when they were all finished I got a lovely kiss *Insert insane blushing here* and found myself in my first ever relationship. So all in all it was a wonderful evening (especially near the end of the night) and put me in one of the greatest moods I've ever been in in quite some time. Lovely indeed~ <3






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FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES

“SANDS OF DESTRUCTION”

ANIME SERIES FROM SEGA OF AMERICA

 

Flower Mound, TX (July 2, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast, digital, and merchandise rights to the first season (13 episodes) of the fantasy adventure series “Sands of Destruction” from SEGA of America Inc.

 

“Sands of Destruction” is based on the game of the same name from SEGA. The series is to be launched in tandem with SEGA’s new RPG adventure game, Sands of Destruction™. It will be SEGA’s first anime launched in partnership with Production IG.

 

This fantasy adventure series is directed by Shunsuke Tada and produced by Production IG (Ghost in the Shell). In Japan, the series is known as World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokuni™ and is critically acclaimed.

 

ABOUT SANDS OF DESTRUCTION

On a planet where the oceans are made of sand, inhabitants must travel aboard huge sand ships, and constant battles rage between two organizations. Therein live humans and a dominant race of Therian beings. Therians are humanoid in appearance, but possess great physical strength, and beast-like characteristics.  Therians are able to use their fierce strength to force humans to live under their control.

 

Kyrie, the hero of this story, lives a life of solitude. He wanders from place to place since losing his parents as a child.  He is resigned to accept things as they are because he believes it is futile to try to change anything in the oppressive world he lives in. 

Kyrie meets Morte, a mysterious girl who is a member of the “World Destruction Committee”.  She is determined to destroy the planet, freeing it from the tyrannical rule of the Therians.

After this chance encounter with Morte, Kyrie is dragged into a conflict that will dictate mankind’s future.

 

Featuring an all-star team of Japanese RPG developers and a sweeping soundtrack by composer Yasunori Mitsuda, “Sands of Destruction” utilizes the upper and lower DS screens for its dynamic battle system, including major boss battles where colossal monsters take up both DS screens. Mixing traditional turn-based tactics with fighting game mechanics to create an intense gameplay experience, “Sands of Destruction” also features an innovative “Quip system” where characters utter inspiring battle commands that enhance abilities and boost attributes to give them various advantages during battle.  As the story unfolds new battle commands will be discovered and gamers will be able to customize the different commands to each character. “Sands of Destruction” will be released in spring 2010, exclusively for Nintendo DS™.

 

FUNimation Entertainment will release the first season of the series in spring 2010.

 

About SEGA Corporation:                     

SEGA® Corporation is a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home, encompassing consumer business, amusement machine sales and amusement center operations.  The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  SEGA® Corporation's Web site is located at http://sega.jp.

About SEGA of America Inc.:                         

SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home.  The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  SEGA of America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com.

About Production I.G:                          

Production IG is a leading animation studio with headquarters in Tokyo. It is renowned for its production of numerous acclaimed films, OVA’s (original video animation), TV shows and videogames.

One of their best known works-Ghost in the Shell (1995, directed by Mamoru Oshii) was No.1 in US Billboard Top Video Sales Chart 1996.

Innocence (2004, directed by Mamoru Oshii) is the first Japanese animation film to compete at the Cannes Film Festival, and was among the only two animation films to be finalists for the Palme D’Or awards.

Other animations by the studio have earned critical accolades in Japan and around globe for their quality of animation and storytelling.

About FUNimation Entertainment                 

FUNimationEntertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States.  FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

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FUNimation® Entertainment today announced the cast and crew for the 26 episode supernatural adventure anime series El Cazador De La Bruja.    

 

Ellis – Maxey Whitehead

Nadie – Trina Nishimura

Blue-Eyes (AKA Jody Hayward) – Clarine Harp

Douglas Rosenberg – Ian Sinclair

Ricardo – Bob Carter

Lirio – Monica Rial

L.A. – Jamie McGonnigal

Dr. Heinz Schneider – Christopher Bevins

Additionally, the first release will feature episodic character performances by Jamie Marchi, R Bruce Elliott, Pam Dougherty, Julie Mayfield, Chris Ayres, Mike McFarland, Antimere Robinson, Laura Bailey, Carrie Savage, Linda Young, Eric Vale and more!

 

Line Producer/ADR Director: Christopher Bevins

ADR Scripts: Andrew Rye & Christopher Bevins

About El Cazador De La Bruja

Ellis is a young girl on the run suffering from amnesia and wanted for murder.  She is being hunted down in Mexico by a bounty hunter named Nadie who eventually becomes sympathetic to Ellis and the two embark on a journey to find clues to Ellis’ past. 

This original series is directed by Koichi Masimo (Hack// Sign, Avenger, Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman) and produced by Bee Train.

FUNimation Entertainment will release the series in two complete season sets beginning later this year. 

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also shippuuden 77,78,79,80

and naruto vs pain
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