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the "lord's conquest" is a one-a-kind battlecruiser that lordhaseo commands and leads into battle.

KEY

LANGH:1385M

WHITH:17.5M

HIGHT:7.9M

CREW:758,MIN.377

COPLAMENTS:28 FIGHTERS, CLOACK, HYPER JUMP DRIVE

SHIELDS:PRIMARY AND SECONDARY
ARMORMENTS:25 HEAVY CONNONS, 45 RAILGUNS, 20 RAILCONNONS, 80 MISSLEPODS, 4 BEAM WEAPONS AND 30 MINES

(M stands for meters, starship meters are 3 yards per meter)
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Director/Animator Yamamoto to Appear at Otakon®

Known for Use of Live-Action Film Techniques 

Baltimore, MD (June 13, 2009) – Innovative Japanese director and animator Yutaka Yamamoto will be a guest at Otakon 2009.  

Yamamoto was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1974. After graduating from Kyoto University's Literature Department, he worked for Kyoto Animation and then Animation Do, eventually starting his own independent studio, Ordet. He's known for his detailed direction and for his use of live-action film techniques. 

Yamamoto has worked as an animator, storyboard artist, and episode director on several anime TV series including Hare+Guu, Atashinchi, Full Metal Panic?Fumoffu, and AIR. In 2006, Yamamoto served as series director and writer for the smash hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. After stepping up to full directorial duties with 2007's Lucky Star, his most recent work is Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens. 

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 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "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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Just deployed the old (well, the new old) activity feed -- and made a few tweaks to the performance of the templates.

You will notice a slight clash in styles --- as older activity was generated using the old templates and newer activity is now being generated using the newer templates.

Let me know if you guys see any issues - thx.
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All I know is Miyazaki sure was pissed about moe.

Pretty sure the original definition was, yes, when a young female character, no matter her actual personality or role, was objectified into a semi-sexual and malleable "little sister"-style object of affection and more back in the, what, late 70's?

Nowadays it's a little bit more mainstream and cuddly.  I take the modern iteration to be more about the little-sister-cute thing, like a lot of things in the fandom.  A lead artist for Final Fantasy Tactics A2 even laughingly admitted to being asked to make characters in that style.
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ANIME EXPO® 2009 ANNOUNCES AFRO SAMURAI MANGA-KA AS OFFICIAL GUEST OF HONOR

Okazaki to Attend Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention

Anaheim, California (June 12, 2009) ‹ Anime Expo® 2009 is extremely proud to
announce ³AFRO SAMURAI² creator Mr. Takashi Okazaki 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.

Mr. Okazaki is a successful Tokyo-based illustrator, painter, graphic
designer and manga writer who has found success internationally-providing
illustrations for the "Spider-Man 2" DVD and illustrating a limited edition
comic insert for the "BLADE III" Original Sound Track CD and for his
original manga "AFRO SAMURAI" which has been adapted into a successful
animation series by GONZO, each of its first two seasons becoming the #1
selling anime program in the US in 2007 and 2009.

Takashi Okazaki 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 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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June Manga Pre-Order/Demand For Publication Web-A-Thons! Fans-now YOU can make a book see print earlier than scheduled!

Gardena, CA (June 11, 2009)- Digital Manga Publishing, one of the industry's most innovative and unique companies, is pleased to announce a special program for yaoi fans who have been waiting patiently for titles to see print an opportunity to make it happen themselves! Junémanga.com is finally offering awaiting yaoi fans an opportunity to acquire selected anticipated yaoi titles, months in advance, through Juné's new Pre-Order/Demand for Publication Web-A-Thon program. This is for those long-yearned titles eager fans have been waiting for, which have yet to see publication anytime soon from Juné's immediate release schedule.

Through this program, we are offering a limited selection of Demand for Publication titles in which you can choose and pre-order a title, (originally set far into Juné's future normal release schedule, or was held back in publication), for early limited print publication (even several months earlier if fan demand is high). Each title offered will have its own minimum dollar amount goal to reach for its print publication. Once that dollar amount goal is reached, the book will be printed and copies will be sent off to those who have participated in this program immediately. This could mean acquiring a title several months in advance before its scheduled street date. All sales will be through PayPal, using a credit card or your PayPal account, meaning your purchase is secure and verified. Shipping is available domestically and internationally, so this program is for all yaoi fans all over the world! 

You can monitor the progress of a title's Demand for Publication through the status bar posted on the website. As more Pre-Orders are placed for a title, the status bar will increase, coming one step closer to its dollar amount goal for print publication.

If the dollar amount goal is not reached by the particular deadline date we set, the book will continue back on its normal path of its original scheduled Juné release date. Pre-Orders placed will still get their books early before the street date, but only a couple weeks earlier before it actually hits store shelves.

For those of you who just can't wait for Juné's long scheduled release of your favorite awaited title or artist, this is an opportunity for you to be among the select few to get the publication several months in advance. Be one of the few on your block to get the book early!!! Don't wait—Pre-Order/Demand for Publication NOW!!! 

Visit: www.junemanga.com/webathon for more information and to see the very first book up for demand...the novel "All You Need Is Love, Vol. 1"!

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WIN TICKETS TO VAMPS
And See KRAZY! In Its Final Days


Ahoy!

This is NYAF Programming Director Peter Tatara here to give you another week's worth of news about what's up in the world of anime in NYC. First up, some recap. Lolita Fashion Day was held last Saturday at Kinokuniya and was a blast. A big huzzah and kudos to Anna, Leo, Jessie, John, and everyone else who made it a success. Second, NYAF has a Twitter account, but we're going back and forth about what to do with it. If you follow NYAF on Twitter – or even if you don't – weigh in on what you do and don't want us to do in the discussion right here: http://www.launchmailerpro.com/t/61416/31530270/23573154/0/.

Now, to the new stuff! Japanese rock legends HYDE (L'Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust) are coming to America this summer! HYDE and K.A.Z – together as the band VAMPS – will be touring the USA this July, kicking off at the legendary Fillmore in New York City on July 11th. Wanna learn more? Perhaps from HYDE and K.A.Z themselves? Well, then click over to our friends at samuraibeatradio.com as they have an exclusive welcome message from HYDE and K.A.Z to all their fans in the USA! Want more? Maybe a pair of free tickets to the VAMPS NYC show? Can do! The New York Anime Festival is proud to be raffling off two tickets, and to enter, all you've got to do is click here: http://www.launchmailerpro.com/t/61416/31530270/23573156/0/. We'll be picking a name at random on June 19, so sign up now! For further details on the VAMPS NYC show, visit irvingplaza.com.

And, if you're looking for something to do this weekend, make sure you head out to KRAZY! at NYC's Japan Society. An art exhibition co-curated by leading North American and Japanese specialists, KRAZY! offers fresh insight into the interdependence of anime, manga, and video games. The exhibit's ending its run at Japan Society on June 14, and – if you haven't seen it – you don't want to miss it, as KRAZY! is a unique experience and testament to how far anime, manga, and video games have come in the USA.

Spin On!

Peter Tatara
Programming Manager
New York Anime Festival
ptatara@reedexpo.com

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Voice Actor Crispin Freeman to Appear at Otakon®

Has Played Variety of Roles in Anime, Video Games 

Baltimore, MD (June 11, 2009) – American voice actor and Chicago native Crispin Freeman, known for a wide range of roles in animation, anime and video games, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.  

Freeman got his start in anime playing Zelgadis Graywords in The Slayers. Since then he's played such famous roles as: Alucard in Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate, Itachi in Naruto, Rude in Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Prince Turnip in Howl's Moving Castle, Tsume in Wolf's Rain, Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Alan Gabriel in The Big O, Duskmon/Koichi in Digimon, Holland in Eureka 7, Haji and Van Argeno in Blood+, Amon in Witch Hunter Robin, Alex Rowe in Last Exile, and Togusa in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Innocence and Solid State Society.

He's currently portraying Jeremiah Gottwald in Code Geass, Reishin in Kurokami and the cross-dressing Shinto priest, Genbatsu Edo, in Ghost Slayers Ayashi. He's also directed and starred in Scrapped Princess, Space Travelers and I, My, Me, Strawberry Eggs. He has worked as a script adaptor on the shows he's directed, as well as for Pokemon, Witch Hunter Robin, Shamanic Princess, Night on the Galactic Railroad, Assemble Insert, Weather Report Girl and Boogie Pop Phantom.

In American animation, he stars as Electro in the new Spectacular Spider-Man series, Multiple Man in Wolverine and the X-men and also played Sylla and Mr. Riddle in the Disney show W.I.T.C.H.

In video games he's played the voice of Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen, Superman in Justice League: Heroes, King Leonidas in 300, Baldur in Too Human, Winter Soldier and Dark Colossus in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Albedo in the Xenosaga trilogy, Will Turner in Kingdom Hearts II and all the Pirates of the Caribbean games.

In addition, Crispin has acted theatrically on Broadway and has performed at numerous regional theaters. He got his undergraduate degree from Williams College, where he majored in theater and minored in computer science. Afterwards he went to Columbia University's Graduate Theater School, where he got his Master's of Fine Arts in acting. You can find out more about him on his Web site: http://www.crispinfreeman.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 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "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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DEL REY MANGA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO, WILD @ HEART

NEW YORK, NY – June 12, 2009 – Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, today announced an acquisition continuing a fan-favorite manga series, and the launch of a brand new series from one of Del Rey Manga’s most popular authors.

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO, the supernatural action series by Akimine Kamijyo, will continue to be published in the US by Del Rey Manga, beginning with a special omnibus edition that collects Volumes 35 and 36 of the Japanese editions into a single package. The story, set in feudal Japan, follows two legendary warriors and rivals, Demon Eyes Kyo and Kyoshiro. One day they meet in battle during a lightning storm, and both fighters mysteriously disappear. Kyoshiro re-emerges several months later, harboring a secret: the soul of Demon Eyes Kyo is locked inside him—and he’s determined to reclaim his body. Volume 35/36 of SAMURAI DEEPER KYO will be published in December 2009.

From the creative mind of Kitchen Princess manga-ka Natsumi Ando comes a new series promising a winning combination of drama, comedy and romance. WILD @ HEART takes the popular Western idea of Tarzan and gives it a fun shôjo manga spin. Chino is like any typical teen looking for love—but instead she finds herself stuck with Hyou, a child her father brings home from the jungle. Now she has to take care of Hyou, the wild child, and help him adapt to life outside of the jungle and in the city. The award-winning and popular Ando is also the creator of the top-selling Zodiac P.I. WILD @ HEART will debut in January 2010.  

ABOUT KODANSHA LTD.:

Kodansha is the largest trade book and magazine publisher in Japan. Founded in 1909, the company by virtue of its long history, the quality of its publishing, and its established network of sales and marketing is regarded as the trade book market leader in the publishing business in Japan. Moreover, Kodansha has been recognized as the leading publisher with a mission to introduce Japan through its publishing business.

ABOUT DEL REY MANGA:

Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com) was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. Ballantine Books is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, which is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the U.S. publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading international media companies. In 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga (www.delreymanga.com), which has grown to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field. Bestselling titles include Tsubasa, Negima, xxxHolic, and The Wallflower.

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A while back I had a few bumps in my personal life and I took it out on some innocent pieces of paper, fast forward to right about now and I find myself with copious  amounts of free time and a desire to complete something. So that brings me to you dear reader, I beg your indulgence and ask that you read the following three story fragments and let me know which one of them I should clean and polish and finish.

Without further ado,

                                                                                            Story 1:                     A dream of rust.

The gnarled old warrior walks down the Black Road of the old ones alone. Most of the people avoid it now thinking that its unnatural and thus probably cursed. He knew better. He has spent most of his 27 summers marching these twin ribbons of flat black for one great man or another. But now there are no more great men left and precious few lesser men to follow them. Just broken old warhorses such as himself or half feral children grubbing out what little life that they can before death takes them to join their billions of ancestors.

In his youth the warbands could number in the hundreds of men, women and children but now... now he had not seen sign of even a squatter in weeks. They are all gone, gone to squabbles amongst them selfs, sicknesses or consumed by the city's of the old ones when the ghosts of those places turned on the living. City's like Day-ton where he lost his arm and his people all those years ago, city's like Day-ton rising up before him where he goes to spend his last winter before laying down with his family at long last.


>>>><<<<

It was a few weeks after he had begun scouting the endless blocks of old one constructs that he found the tinker-seer ensconced in a old one repository. Normally he would have avoided this type of place but its guardians were all still and dark, rusted in place and only enough magic remained in the structure to light a handful of the overhead day-panels. The magi wore rags of muted brown, green and grey with her long and lank white hair framing her wide, lined face, black eyes and earth colored skin. She was the strangest person he had ever seen, she was ancient.

The first few times she saw him she would grow agitated, grunt and wave one of her many old one talismans at him till he backed away. However the Sargent was patient and would gather herbs, nuts, tubers and what game he could and approach till she became upset and he would lay down his offering and leave. Every day she would let him come closer. Till in the last days of summer she let him come to her fire and join her in her meal. Perhaps the thought of dying alone was to much to bear or maybe she was simply curious, but he could feel the world had wound down and they where soon to join it the same as he could feel the pain in his arm that was no longer there.

He never knew her thoughts, in the same way the city had taken his arm, battle his stones and time and hard use his youth, the world had seen fit to deprive the seer of her tongue and her hearing. So the evening passed into night with him watching her work her skills in silentness on things the old ones had left behind, sometimes getting it to perform its mysterious function but more oft than not leading to it being placed on her voluminous junk pile. One of them that he rescued from the junk pile refused to light up to the seers satisfaction played the most wonderful and terrible in its perfection music he had ever heard when held. Holding it was the first time he felt the eyes upon him.

He slept by her fire that night and as the days past he would gather food, game and whatever old one left overs he could to supplement the seers stocks. Most of the artifacts he would bring ended up on the trash heap but a few she would repair and a very few she would look at with an unreadable expression and carefully set aside. It was these that made him notice that the seer would place a bowl of food and one of the special devices out beyond the campfires light, and every morning the bowl would be empty and a new working device would be in place of the old broken one. I t would seem that the Sargent wasn't the only stray the old woman had picked up.


                                                                                                Story 2:                         Broken Blade


November 28, 1999

The blood drips on to the Formica of the counter. If you were watching you'd think it improves its appearance. If you had taste. If you had to work at being good at anything you wouldn't be complacent with, no apathetic to the shoddily painted drywall , the bare Grey mattress thrown haphazardly in the floor, the stinking dishes in the sink, the unpainted door she slammed sometime ago or the dirty beige box of a computer that you only "need" to use when she wants to escape into her art. It would all be better colored crimson. Its not that you don't know or care what living here does to her, its that you don't know WHY you should care. Its much easier to tug on the ties that bind her heart to you, your good at that game.

Till your bored of it. It was better at the start when you were forming those ties, pushing buttons, when to listen, when to speak, what to say and when to be unavailable. Till she chased you, blocked you from her rivals, spend her time on just you and "won" you from her more attractive friend. It was easy, you knew her mind. Then it was learning her body, where to touch her lightly, when to press hard, doing what the boys before you had found distasteful and thus she shameful till her shudders came so quickly together she would shove you away to catch her breath. It was easy, you knew her heart.

You tired of that game didn't you? Once you had moved in with her and built the image of a happy couple you were bored again. But you can't lose the game so she must. You tug on strings, push buttons and she fights. Now shes gone to cry and you have a viscous red line that will get you out of this game but not too viscous, after all you want to go find a new game. But theres something you don't know. Theres not enough blood. Thats right, go get it.

You hold the blade tipped against your chest as you lean forward. And I sit in the fortress of ice you think is your heart, whispering into the inner ear you didn't know you could hear, turning your hand against yourself to save her. From you. We are falling. A sharp flash, you are on the floor and the blade is shattered as well as my prison. I get up and clean the mess you have made, grab my bags and leave. She can start to heal.

And you? By your own heart betrayed.


                                                                                                     Story 3:                        Angels Afterthought


Ryo Murphy is running across the rooftops of an abandoned Pyongyang when he realizes his Personal Area Network is informing him that the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H/K flitters that he is in a fire fight with have turned his utility arm into mangled wreckage. "Priority status report /proc/bin/frame/limb/util" he sub-vocalizes.

His HUD lights up with dense knot of Sanskrit, Kangi, Katakana and English. As usual its the English that gets straight to the point, "Fused super conductor trunk lines" and "7823 milliseconds till primary Zero point energy core goes non-linear". "Fuck." "Maybe she won't notice" are his thoughts as he bypasses the frames PAN. "Turing limits be damned," he thinks as his mind starts riding bare metal of his processor architecture "the goddess asked me to do this for her, she can damn well overlook a turing violation".

The missiles from the H/K's turn the building under him into a incandescent ball of fire but thats ok, he was done with it anyway. His leap pushes the 22kg chassis of his current body into the shockwave at a calculated angle as he seizes control of the ambient femto-bots to shove his primary and secondary power cores down the trunk line into the destroyed utility arm. If all gos well the two cores should negate one another safely. With a wet pop the arm decouples as he tumbles in the grasp of the blast. As the tertiary power core comes online a T-wave mapping pulse lances out giving him a snap-shot of the surrounding 6 kilometers down to the molecular level. As he continues to rise he runs simulations on potential firing solutions. By the time he hits apogee he has one he likes.

His remaining three time-dilated plasma balls launch on their separate courses. The first on a angle between Ryo and the H/K's in normal mode to clear his trajectory of munitions, the second in a slow envelopment mode to shield him from shrapnel and the third into a nondescript office 2.6 KM to the northwest on 126% overcharge mode. When it detonates in a room on the sixth floor the temporal field that had held the explosion in stasis till then leaps away from the blast it washes thru the room as it breaks down into magnetic eddies some of which pick up 16 sewing needles from a desk drawer propelling them out of the fireball at nearly .02C. Each of them finds a home in a fusion reactor of an H/K and 16 airbursts join the mushroom cloud lighting up the afternoon city.

Ryo tucks into a minimum energy impact roll and turns the frames systems back over to his PAN. "Ok, she's going to notice that." he thinks as he hits the ground. "Incoming remote administrator access" the PAN informs him. Ryo sighs, "yup, she noticed". "Decidedly nonlinear" he thinks, referring to the day.

The frames PAN locks out its controls, detaches its remaining arms and starts running. Debris starts raining from the sky but the remote connection at the controls doesn't let so much as a flake of paint touch the frame. Finally she whispers "That was showy Ryo, and unwise as well" she sounds disappointed. "I painted your target with the tracers like you asked Aya." he mutters. "Yes and that is why I was able to keep my enforcement subroutines from uploading you and breaking you down into your component data packets, as a matter of fact you went so far this time, the only reason enforcement has not pounced on you is I have a zero level mission flag on you for the foreseeable future"

Ryo starts. " Aya! I'm not Seraphim class, hell I'm not even human!" Ryo cries. "You are operating on outdated data." she purrs as Ryo's heart sinks. "The UNSSA Barry Goldwater entered slipspace at 21:43GMT last night taking its crew and cryo stored passengers out of my light cone, legally you are now Ryo Daniel Murphy, human entity and Officer of UNESCO intelligence division, under the direct command of the secretary-general of the UN and the local Demi-God, of which I happen to be both." she states. "You are to pick up your current target," "unharmed" she emphases "and proceed to New York for briefing on your new assignment and decanting into a wetware body."
"Can't we tal-" she cuts him off "No, ready your systems." "I'm turning this thing back over to you". Ryo lurches to grab control of the frame as the lockout dissipates and is so busy trying not to trip and fall at 1200 kph that its several minutes before he notices "remote connection terminated" on his HUD.

"Damn it Aya, how much more fucked-up can this day get?" he says plaintively.


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She is cold. This is her first thought. She shivers and realizes its dark as well, what to do? She opens her eyes, its still dark but the moon is out affording her her first look at the world around her. Its rolling pasture land, featureless save for a old run down shack. Its so beautiful. She takes her first step toward it and stumbles, looking down she sees her own pale flesh. She realizes that being cold and naked are connected. As she opens the door to the shack she wraps her wings around herself and hears a low rumbling hiss. Her eyes meet beady black eyes. For the first time she is frightened.



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Release dates for Blood the Last Vampire, Spice and Wolf, First Squad, and new Yamato.
Do we recommend ghost hunt.
aBE is working on something.
Naruto live action, We fear it.
Tim is an awesome man.
DBE revenge of the suck.
TV in SoCal gets anime.
CPM sale, Everything must go.

Digging giant robots and giant robot toys.

Plus some naruto figs, Lucky Star Macross figs, and Konata fig.

WTF japan

Terminator in doraemond

Cross dressing singers.

Gernderswaps it fun to do to anime.

green tea in your coca cola.

There a Dragon ball game for every one.

Manga dose it inspire you.

After the show we talk random crap so stay and enjoy.

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I went down to my kitchen and was greeted by a slug. I quickly put him outside where he belonged! :)


So, has anything every happened like this to you before?
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ANIME EXPO® 2009 ANNOUNCES AX AFTER DARK AND 24 HOUR SHUTTLE SCHEDULES

Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Brings New Programming to the
Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Anaheim, California (June 10, 2009) ‹ Anime Expo® 2009 is proud to announce
its latest programming addition Š the AX AFTER DARK program that will be
hosted at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and the 24 Hour Shuttle Service
Program that will also be held during 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
<http://www.anime-expo.org> .

AX AFTER DARK program encompass activities that are open to all attendees
that will be held for their convenience at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel
starting as early as 6:00 pm every evening. Activities, locations and start
times (subject to change) include:

· Tabletop Game Room-Pasadena Foyer; start time: midnight
· Dance-Catalina Ballroom; start time: 6:00 pm
· Karaoke-Hollywood Ballroom; start time: midnight
· Anime Video Room-San Jose Room; start time: 9:00 pm

In addition, Anime Expo® 2009 announces the 24 Hour Shuttle Service Program,
which consists of three (3) routes. Each route and Boarding Locations for
Hotel Room Block Attendees (and those that purchase shuttle passes-$20/each
available at Guest Services in the Registration Hall-Los Angeles Convention
Center) include:

· Route 1: For residents of the Los Angeles Marriott/Westin Bonaventure
Hotels; Boarding Locations: Westin Bonaventure and curbside on Figueroa
· Route 2: For residents of the Wilshire Grand/Sheraton/Los Angeles
Athletic Club; Boarding Locations: Curbside on 7th Street, Curbside on Hope
and at the Sheraton
· Route 3: For residents of the Hilton Checkers Hotel/Millennium
Biltmore/Kawada Hotel Los Angeles/Omni Hotel Los Angeles; Boarding
Locations: At Millennium Biltmore, Curbside on Grand Ave., Curbside on 2nd
at Hill Street and Curbside on Olive (& 3rd)

Due to the close walking proximity, shuttle service will not be provided to
the Holiday Inn City Center or the Figueroa Hotel between the hours of 7:00
am to 2:00 am. More information can be found online at
www.anime-expo.org/general-information/transportation/shuttle-service/.

Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki
Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori, Satoshi
Nishimura 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
<http://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 <http://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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Asuran warship
Production information
Manufacturer

Asurans

Technical specifications
Engine unit(s)
Hyperdrive system

Interstellar

Power plant

Unknown
Zero Point Module (possibly)

Sensor systems

Lantean sensor array

Control systems

Control chair

Countermeasures

Cloaking device

Armament
Usage
Role(s)

Support

Affiliation

Asurans

The Asuran warships are a type of starship used by the Asurans as a complement to their Aurora-class warships.

 Features

A type of warship used by the Asurans to complement their fleet of Aurora-class warships. While the Aurora-class is used as the primary warship of the Asurans, these ships are presumably used as support ships. At least one of these ships can cloak, though it is likely all of them can. Little is known about these ships as they have not been encountered very often. They are armed with drones, and possibly some kind of energy weapons. Due to the Asuran's ability to mass produce ZPMs, it is possible that these ships are powered by them. (ATL: "Lifeline", "This Mortal Coil") Several sterns of these ships can be seen during the cleansing of Asuras, so it can be assumed that the Lanteans had developed and utilized these ships during the war.

theres also

Production information
Manufacturer

Tau'ri

Class

304

Technical specifications
Length

225 meters

Width

95 meters

Height/depth

75 meters

Maximum speed

150,300,225 meters per second

Engine unit(s)
Fuel

Naquadah

Hyperdrive system

Intergalactic

Power plant

Naquadah generators (present), ZPM (formerly)

Shielding

Asgard shields

Hull

Naquadah/Trinium alloy

Sensor systems

Asgard sensor array

Targeting systems

Earth targeting systems

Navigation system

Computer navigational systems

Armament
Complement

8-16 F-302s

Other systems
Usage
Role(s)
  • Battlecruiser
  • Deep Space Carrier
Year introduced

2005

Affiliation

 

The Daedalus is the first 304 produced by the Tau'ri, and the second generation of interstellar capital ship developed by the United States military and its allies, assigned to the Fast Attack Wing. Commanded by Colonel Steven Caldwell, her standard mission has been to ferry equipment and personnel between Earth and Atlantis, assisting the expedition team there as needed.

The Daedalus is now armed with 32 railguns, Mark-8 and 9 tactical warheads, Asgard plasma beam weapons, and a bay of F-302 fighters. It also possesses Asgard shielding and beaming technology. Unlike its predecessor, the Prometheus, the Asgard defensive equipment was installed during the ship's production rather than added after the fact. However, the Daedalus was not equipped with Asgard weaponry, until it was incorporated during a refit after the extinction of the Asgard race. Originally, to ensure that their technologies were not abused, the Asgard provided an engineering expert to monitor the ship's systems for the first two years of its operation. That role was filled by the Asgard Hermiod. Propulsion consists of standard thrusters as well as an Asgard hyperdrive engine, capable of traveling one way between Earth and Atlantis in 18 days without the use of a ZPM.

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(Crossposted from NikoScream)

OMGcon is a fourth-year convention in Paducah, KY.  That’s basically right on the border of Kentucky and Illinois.  It’s a fairly small town, and the small con complements it. It’s attendance last year was around 600, and it does seem to have grown from when I last attended in 2007. It’s held at JR’s Executive Inn, which is right on the Ohio River and actually fits the convention quite well with elbow room.

OMGcon is a smaller con than I usually go to and blog about, and that has its perks. People seemed far more willing to talk to us at the MTAC table than at larger cons like AWA or Ohayocon. The people in general, from staff to volunteers to congoers,  seemed generally friendlier than the larger conventions with multiple thousands I’ve been to. That holds especially true to con chair Daniel Dodd and his wife and executive officer Gabrielle. I’ve talked with them at con trips and at MTAC where they had a booth, and they’ve been nothing but nice. We, my friend/fellow MTAC staffer and I, were just going to walk around and hand out fliers, but they let us use an extra table they had. Very kind of them.

OMGcon also really enjoys being giving to its attendees, having hundreds of giveaway items. That includes over 200 anime DVDs and over 100 manga volumes, as said in their program guide.

Speaking of the program guide, that’s one of the unique things I like about OMGcon. The guide itself is a simple enough book with all the necessary info, but it comes in a DVD case that has a cover for this year’s con. OMGcon has been doing this every one of its four years to my knowledge. I first saw it at the second OMGcon in 2007, my first. For $5 each, attendees can buy an OMGcon DVD to go with the DVD case. The DVD likely includes footage from the entire convention that I would often see them filming.

OMGcon also has some interesting events. While the otaku dating game seems questionable (didn’t see it), the cosplay chess that I did see looked like fun. The gaming rooms were well laid out and seemed to have something for everyone, even rooms just dedicated to LANs and tournaments. There was even a map of the gaming rooms in the program guide showing what game was played where in the room, something I thought was pretty nifty.

Really, the only downsides I could think of are fairly picky and opinion-based. The guests were all the same as last year, which is great for people who really loved them and not so much for people wanting more variety. The dealer room was actually not too bad. I saw some things I was interested in. Really though, a dealer room needs a nice selection of tokusatsu and UC Gundam merch to impress me, and that doesn’t happen at the larger cons I’ve been at. There was also a lot of running and being rambunctious in the halls, but they do have the space to do that in. Oh how I envy wide and spacious halls.

Also, out of their control, the Executive Inn was undergoing renovation, so the connection between the hotel and con space, where a little mall and restaurant are located, was cut off. It was most assuredly an inconvenience for congoers and staff alike, but if they return to the same location next year, I’m sure it’ll be smooth sailing.

OMGcon is a nice, fun con to hit up on a free weekend. If you want somewhere in a major city and with a dealer room the size of a football field, there are plenty of other cons for that. If you want to hang out with people and make new friends, OMGcon is a great place for that. I look forward to its 2010 year.
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AVANT GARDE JAPANESE STREET FASHION LABELS OPEN BOUTIQUES AT NEW PEOPLE IN SAN FRANCISCO THIS SUMMER

 

New Japanese Pop Culture Attraction Welcomes Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, Black Peace Now, and 6%DOKIDOKI That Offer Edgy Clothing, Shoes And Accessories From Tokyo’s Hippest Fashion District, And SOU •SOU, A Kyoto Brand Introducing Cool “Tabi” Sneakers

 

San Francisco, CA, June 9, 2009 – VIZ Pictures, a Japanese live-action film distributor and producer of the J-Pop Center Project, welcomes four edgy fashion labels to San Francisco’s newest permanent Japanese pop culture attraction – NEW PEOPLE – opening August 15th in the city’s historic Japantown.

 

Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and Black Peace Now will open their first U.S. boutiques at NEW PEOPLE on the second floor of the 20,000 square foot structure located at 1746 Post Street. In addition to the permanent attractions, a part of the short-term rotating retail program will include 6%DOKIDOKI and SOU • SOU.

 

Harajuku is a district of Tokyo which holds the attention of top designers as a trend-setters’ Mecca of the world, and birthplace to many urban fashion sub-genres such as Cyberpunk, Gothic Lolita, Visual Kei and anime-inspired Cosplay. NEW PEOPLE brings creations from a new vanguard of Japanese designers inspired by everything from anime and science fiction to punk rock and Gothic Horror to Victorian England and 18th Century France.

 

“Fashion is the latest medium to play a significant role in the ongoing evolution of Japanese popular culture that has captivated the world,” says Seiji Horibuchi, the founder and CEO of VIZ Pictures and the founder of VIZ Media as well as the J-Pop Center Project. “Anime, manga and Japanese film are internationally known and loved. With NEW PEOPLE, we celebrate all of those genres and we’ll also transcend them by giving the U.S. a look at entirely new sides of contents from Japan including these innovators of Harajuku fashion.”

 

Baby, The Stars Shine Bright leads the fashion scene as the ultimate “Lolita” brand, which is a modern interpretation of classic Victorian and Rococo apparel. BABY showcases its absolutely adorable clothing obsessed with frills, ribbons and colorful prints, along with its more androgynous and mystic line of attire, ALICE and the PIRATES. Baby, The Stars Shine Bright apparel was heavily featured in the critically acclaimed film Kamikaze Girls (also available on DVD from VIZ Pictures), which was based on the best-selling novel by Novala Takemoto. The label also has a store in Paris and makes its U.S. debut at NEW PEOPLE.

 

“There was no such thing as ‘Lolita-inspired fashion’ when I started this company,” says Fumiyo Isobe, Co-Founder and Designer of Baby, The Stars Shine Bright. “I like cute things like frill, lace, round collars, and delicate colors with a very princess-like look. Historical decorative styles like Rococo or Victorian influence my designs as well as music and fashion from the 70s and 80s and shojo manga (comics for girls).”

 

Black Peace Now has become one of the top rock and roll fashion brands for punk/gothic crossover in Japan. The designs incorporate punk and gothic themes to evoke powerful and exquisite silhouettes that can range from mild to truly wild. The company’s second line, Peace Now, offers a more casual, everyday look that still retains a cute, edgy style. Widely known, worn and celebrated in Japan, clothing by Black Peace Now has appeared in numerous music videos, films and TV dramas.

 

“We’re thrilled to have a new U.S. home-base in San Francisco,” says Kiyoshi Igai, a founder and CEO of Black Peace Now. “We look forward to meeting our U.S. customers, hearing their feedback on our designs, and seeing how Japanese pop culture will influence customers and also how they will share their inspirations with us.” 

 

6%DOKIDOKI welcomes NEW PEOPLE visitors to a vivid, fabulously strange and colorful boutique that continues the label’s penchant for avant-garde and kitsch style and brings genuine Harajuku girl culture to the United States for the first time. 6%DOKIDOKI is a Technicolor array of crazy fun, crazy colors and bright designs that invites shoppers to join their happy-punk-rebellion

 

Sebastian Masuda, 6%DOKIDOKI’s Founder and Designer, looks forward to his two-month endeavor. “I’m very excited to see how this culture will be perceived, infused, and accepted in the US. This is also a great opportunity to communicate with American teens and expand this fashion movement and create new culture.

 

SOU • SOU from Kyoto introduces Japanese classic “Tabi” work shoes with vibrant graphic patterns. SOU • SOU’s combination of form-fitting soles and striking modern looks has a huge following, from dancers to the sneaker-obsessed. While new and fun, each shoe is crafted by hand, preserving the best traditional techniques.

 

NEW PEOPLE is a 20,000 square foot contemporary building located at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco’s Japantown (one of only three remaining in the country), an area steeped in more than a century of history. The structure features a striking 3-floor transparent glass façade that invokes a fun and exotic new environment to engage the imagination for the 21st Century.

 

A dedicated NEW PEOPLE web site is also now available at: www.NewPeopleWorld.com

 

 

About VIZ Pictures, Inc.:

Based in San Francisco, California, 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 the manga and anime generation in North America. VIZ Pictures titles include DEATH NOTE, NANA, 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

 

About The J-pop Center Project:

Launched by creative visionary Seiji Horibuchi, the founder and CEO of VIZ Pictures and the founder of VIZ Media, The J-pop Center Project develops and extends innovative creative alliances and collaborations across different media: film, animation, music, art and retail products. For more information please visit www.NewPeopleWorld.com.

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CRUNCHYROLL IMPLEMENTS AKAMAI TO ENHANCE DYNAMIC DIGITAL EXPERIENCE OF
CONTENT TO ITS CUSTOMERS

Leading online anime distributor inks deal with Akamai to raise the bar for
its users and members

San Francisco, CA (June 9, 2009) ‹ Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM),
the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise
applications online, today announced that Crunchyroll, an online video
service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of
Japanese anime and Asian entertainment, has implemented Akamai¹s Media
Delivery solution to increase the speed and quality of its video delivery to
users worldwide while still provide the highest quality of security
available online for content holders of both simulcast and non-simulcast
titles. Akamai is delivering all of Crunchyroll¹s online video, including
some titles offered in High Definition (HD) streaming online. More
information can be found at: http://www.crunchyroll.com.

Akamai has been pioneering HD video streaming on the Internet for years and
content owners are quickly seizing the opportunity to bring HD content
online. Global publishers and content owners now see the value derived from
delivering online video content in the highest quality possible, including
longer viewing times, more repeat visitors and the ability to attract
premium advertisers.

³Crunchyroll¹s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content
to over five million online community members worldwide,² said Crunchyroll¹s
CEO Kun Gao. ³This partnership with Akamai enables us to deliver a higher
quality and a better digital experience for all of our global visitors, in
support of both our general users and Crunchyroll¹s Anime Members. In
addition, it provides the utmost in online security to protect the contents
of our partners from illegal downloading and distribution. Fans can enjoy
content, delivery speed and quality while License Holders can trust that
Crunchyroll provides THE high level of security for their content.²

³We look forward to working closely with Crunchyroll to bring its fans a
higher quality of digital experience,² said Tim Napoleon, Chief Strategist,
Digital Media at Akamai. ³The use of online video is growing rapidly and
companies need to be prepared to handle the influx of traffic on their
sites. Crunchyroll¹s website is incredibly dynamic ­ from thousands of
videos to interactive games to user forums. Akamai¹s vast experience
working with companies similar to Crunchyroll to serve up video fast and
reliably, regardless of where the user is coming from, allows us to quickly
meet Crunchyroll¹s business needs and allow them to offer the highest
quality site possible.²

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 both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within 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 their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animation (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers¹ Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

About Akamai
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering rich media,
dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered
the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been
adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The
alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of
tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability,
insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has
transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain,
interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, please visit
www.akamai.com.

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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CRUNCHYROLL CONTINUES KADOKAWA TUESDAYS WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEW TITLES-NEVER
GIVE UP, SLEEPLESS TOWN, INUGAMI AND ST. JOHN¹S WORT

New Titles from Kadokawa Pictures USA on the Number One Online Destination
for Anime and Asian Entertainment


San Francisco, CA (June 9, 2009) ‹ ³Kadokawa Tuesdays² continue on
Crunchyroll with tales of mysterdy, drama, action and the supernatural with
the launch of NEVER GIVE UP, SLEEPLESS TOWN, INUGAMI and ST. JOHN¹S WORT.
More information can be found at:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection> .

These ³Kadokawa Tuesdays² titles are available at 12:00 pm PST today, for
FREE, to all fans and members in the U.S., Canada, American Samoa, United
States Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Island regions.

NEVER GIVE UP
Director Junya Sato (The Go Masters) and best-selling Japanese author
Seiichi Morimura (Proof of the Man) combine forces to deliver an epic of
drama, mystery, and action. Following the mass murder in rural Japan,
ex-special forces soldier Ajisawa (Ken Takakura, Black Rain) adopts the only
remaining survivor of the massacre, an amnesiac young girl named Yoriko.
Seeking to put the secrets of the past behind them, the pair instead finds
themselves in conflict with the corrupt and powerful leaders of a small
town. As Yoriko's memories begin to reemerge, Ajisawa must call upon his
killer instincts to survive against the odds.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Never_Give_Up?src=nevergiveup
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Never_Give_Up?src=nevergiveup>

SLEEPLESS TOWN
Kenichi (Takeshi Kaneshiro) deals in stolen goods in Kabukicho, a
battleground for criminal groups from all over the continent. Half Chinese
and half Japanese, he was once a member of the Taiwan mafia, but he soon
realized that his mixed blood left him no future. He decides to operate
alone, using his wits to keep himself safely balanced among the contending
Taiwan, Shanghai, and Beijing criminal groups.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Sleepless_Town_-_Movie?src=sleeplesstown
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Sleepless_Town_-_Movie?src=sleeplesstown
>

INUGAMI
The Bonomiya family's women are the protectors of the Inugami, evil dog
spirits. If the Bonomiya women fail to keep watch over the spirits - or
worse, if they decide to use them for revenge - then the Inugami will run
wild in the village looking for blood. Middle aged family member Miki leads
a lonely life as a traditional papermaker in a remote mountain village. When
Miki falls for the handsome new school teacher, Akira, her new youthful
appearance stirs rumors and family problems. But when unexpected tragedy
strikes, suspicion and strange events upset the calm community. An eerie fog
cloaks the village, but it can no longer hide the secrets of Miki's past...
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Inugami?src=inugami
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Inugami?src=inugami>

ST. JOHN¹S WORT
A game designer and his girlfriend Nami drive out to a decrepit mansion she
just inherited, to film backgrounds for a new video game called St. John's
Wort. As they search through the dark halls, a series of chilling paintings
reveal clues to Nami's past, including a picture of twin babies, named Nami
and Naomi. In another room, intrigue turns to terror when they find the
mummified bodies of six young boys. Now, if the couple is to survive the
night, they must discover the horrifying truth behind the paintings, the man
who created them and the twin that Nami never knew existed.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/St_Johns_Wort?src=stjohnswort
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/St_Johns_Wort?src=stjohnswort>

About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment
giant KADOKAWA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes KADOKAWA
GROUP PUBLISHING and KADOKAWA PICTURES. KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING is one of
the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers
of Japanese Manga. KADOKAWA PICTURES with its library of over 2,000 titles,
develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films
theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the
art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide
attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and
SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan, Kadokawa
Cineplex.

KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for
an international audience in the English language, such as; ³One Missed
Call,²²Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.²

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 both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within 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 their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animation (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers¹ Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

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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VIZ MEDIA CHANNEL LAUNCHES ON SONY PLAYSTATION NETWORK

 

Three Of North America’s Most Popular Anime Series Come To The PlayStation® Network’s Video Delivery Service

 

San Francisco, CA, June 9, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, is launching as a VIZ Media channel in the new Anime category on the PlayStation Networks video delivery service. VIZ Media is launching with three of the most popular and successful anime series in North America – BLEACH, DEATH NOTE and NARUTO and is available on the PlayStation Network, which is accessible for download via PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) and PSP® (PlayStation Portable®) systems in the United States. The episodes are available for $1.99 each via the Network’s new VIZ Media Channel page.

 

NARUTO UNCUT is launching with 13 episodes, BLEACH will debut with 20 installments and the DEATH NOTE series will be available immediately with all 37 episodes. Episodes will be English dubbed and presented in Standard Definition.

 

“NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE are compelling additions to the PLAYSTATION Network and an ideal complement to the dynamic library of content, games and applications available for the PS3 and PSP,” says Ken Sasaki, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, VIZ Media. “Together, these series have set a new standard for anime throughout the world and the ease of download, combined with portability and interoperability between many media devices, will allow fans to watch their favorite ninjas in training, Soul Reapers and Shinigami Death Gods whether at home or on the go, wherever and however they want.”

 

NARUTO (Uncut): Rated T+ for Older Teens

NARUTO has become the hottest animated series across North America and is one of VIZ Media’s most successful manga and animated properties in terms of sales. Created by Masashi Kishimoto, the series depicts the adventures of a young boy named Uzumaki Naruto who trains to become a ninja. The boy is cursed with the spirit of a nine-tailed fox demon and is forced to live a bullied life discriminated against by his fellow villagers. Naruto is resilient and undaunted in his quest to become a master ninja and his determination often inspires those around him. Through amazing adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right vs. wrong. Dedicated website at www.naruto.com.

 

BLEACH: Rated T for Teens

BLEACH, an animated, hyperkinetic, ghost-busting action series is the story of a 15 year-old named Ichigo Kurosaki who was born with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow – a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters a Soul Reaper and absorbs her powers. Now he has dedicates his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured souls find peace. Dedicated website at www.bleach.viz.com.

 

DEATH NOTE: Rated T+ for Older Teens

DEATH NOTE is based on the manga series of the same name and is currently one of the hottest animated titles in Japan. The series depicts the adventures of Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects but who is bored out of his mind. All of that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals mysteriously begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to investigate, and he is soon hot on the trail of Light, who must now reevaluate his one noble goal. Dedicated website at www.deathnote.viz.com.

 
About PlayStation®Network

The PlayStation®Network is an entertainment network that unites people and innovative entertainment to deliver captivating experiences worldwide. In addition to offering new and original forms of entertainment, the PlayStation Network supports free and community-centric online gameplay, communication tools, and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) and PLAYSTATION®3 connectivity. As of May 2009, the PlayStation Network has more than 24 million registered accounts worldwide.

 

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) system. PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP is a new handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

 

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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(crossposted from NikoScream)

Yesterday, ANN announced the liquidation of Central Park Media anime licenses. Central Park Media was one of the oldest anime licensing companies in the States until declaring chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this year. That’s the kind of bankruptcy you don’t come back from.

As such, I decided to list my top 5 CPM titles I would like to see saved. These titles range from mecha to shonen action to romantic comedy to, well, some stuff not for polite society. Some titles have already been saved and don’t need mentioning, like Slayers by FUNimation and Grave of the Fireflies from ADV (oops, mentioned them). I picked these based on already existing fan bases and importance to the fandom at large. These titles are not in order of importance. They’re in reverse alphabetical order because the last one works out well that way. Anyway, here we go.

Now here’s YuYu Hakusho the Movie: Poltergeist Report, where Yusuke and friends fight off forces from the neatherworld to protect the human and spirit worlds. Earlier this year, FUNimation finished releasing the YuYu Hakusho TV series in four box sets. Now would be a good time for FUNi to grab the movie and add it to their collection of YuYu titles. Maybe even replace the movie dub with the (in my opinion) superior TV dub cast.

Here we have Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer. The pervert Ataru and hot alien Lum and friends go through a trippy adventure that could only be brought to us by the likes of Mamoru Oshii, who wrote and directed the flick after simply directing the series and first film. Being the only Urusei Yatsura movie not licensed by AnimEigo (even though they did a lot of the work), this might be something for them to jump on.

Photon: The Idiot Adventures is a hilarious little six-episode OVA originally created by Masaki Kajishima, the creator of Tenchi Muyo, and features staff from several Tenchi projects.  It’s a wacky space comedy about the impossibly-strong-yet-simple-minded-boy Photon Earth who accidentally marries a space pilot. This show is not related to the Tenchi franchise, but really, who isn’t related to Tenchi these days?

Do you like giant robots? Do you like cop dramas? Well then, Patlabor The Mobile Police is for you. In a not-so-futuristic Japan (in the year 1999), where mechs called labors are used for a variety of tasks from construction and law enforcement, the crew of the Second Special Vehicles Division use their patlabors to keep the peace. CMP had the licenses to the OVA and TV series, whereas Bandai Entertainment (via their merger with Bandai Visual USA) has the movies. Back on the theme of completing franchises, perhaps this is a good chance of bringing together the franchise.

And for last…

Yes, La Blue Girl. Bible Black may have dethroned this title as the most currently notable hentai State side, but La Blue Girl is still one of the necessary titles one must see before claiming to have any knowledge about hentai or tentacle porn. Then there’s the live-action movie, which takes campy porn to a whole new level. Media Blasters still has its Kitty Media hentai line. This may be a perfect fit.

And now 5 notable mentions I’d like to see saved mostly because I haven’t seen enough of them:

  • Armored Troopers VOTOMS
  • Cyber City Oedo 808
  • Project A-Ko
  • Record of Loddess War
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena

That’s not everything I’d like, but they all top the list. What titles do you want to see saved?

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