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http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-05-28T17_10_42-07_00
Join Lunermoth, Red Roses, and Me(MoonStorm) covering the news on Anime Vice.
We start of buy welcoming GodLen and John.
Then we get to talk about Red Roses about her Fanime experience and some Dark Hours.
WTF Those are some cool drawings, an English fan club for Nagi, PS3 Eva app.

Prices go up and you think your job sucks.

Finally new Haruhi, and Spice and Wolf gets licensed.

Otaku around the world.

We had more but I lost it Sorry.


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Just launched some new nifty PM features this afternoon. Nothing big, but should helpful to those of you have a lot of PMs you need to sort through. The changes can be seen below (or in your own inbox):

The UI Changes:
  • The PM Toolbar: Allows you to quickly select messages in your Inbox/Outbox. You can select messages by 'Unread', 'Read' or 'All'  and you can de-select messages by clicking the 'None' link.
  • Instant Delete: The red 'X' next to each pm thread will allow you to quickly delete a PM from your inbox. Note - this does not give you a warning message, it simply deletes the thread from your Inbox.

We should hopefully be adding more tools soon -- these were just some quick additions to you help you guys out :)
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First Off, 

FUCK FUNI!

What is the matter with these folk? Does anybody tell them I mean actually tells them that um... One Piece isnt going to be Dragon Ball Z dude? Why do they and Viz and all of these folk delude themselfs and why does Crunchyroll keep leading them like some crazed crack ho who think she's sexy? If you lived in the Ghetto's of this country - you know what I mean...

You know Funi and Gen, I have nothing against Gen and Navarre and what the fuck ever but DUDE why in the god damn hell you jumping and jumping ahead to get to the good shit, without everything else that came before? You know - if you like I dont know Realize that what you skipping is a whole fucking 5 seasons and like the same shit the fans got angry for 4Kids for? I mean for real - Your so far up Crunchyroll's ass you wouldn't even know a american company with an American who needs to get off of what is hurting your business and into what helps. LIKE TOY DEALS and MERCHANDISE YOU FOOLS! Like talking the way the Owners and what not...

And while Im on it... Viz can got suck futa cock (thanks Sabata for that quote) and get addicted on its drug, becaus its the same thing with them and Naruto... I mean for fucking real son, are we the ONLY ONES (and the rest of the net, not to be forgetting myself) that READS THE FUCKING STUDIES? 8 Percent of Teens Watch Online. 8 FUCKING Percent! Your new Audience your are trying to get watching your series are watching Fake superstars like Heidi and Spenser. And you wonder why you have the moniker of "gay" to the rest of the mainstream - your not edgy, your not extreme you ont even have any ideas to advertise. The only reason Yuri and Freedman don't have acting gigs in Huluwood is that they and the Unions are fighting each other and themselfs and those va's feel sorry for you...

The other musing I have is the sad passing of Guins Saga's Creator - Miss Kurimoto. She is just as much the progenitor of Berserk as Miura is. She worked on 147 books (thats 126 books and 20 side stories). That is a great woman folks.

But the Anon of the Internet is going through it because there is nobody like her out there - you know that isn't taken. I mean coming from the ghetto the girl i liked lived in HEAVEN you know... she treated herself Regal because family is Regal like... I mean shit I know what I want and when it doesnt happen... I go through it man....

But maybe there is a little demon in my heart that needs to come out to destroy these lies... The world would never let me have a honest Conservative family household so now it will get only my fists and feet...

Because from now on, my words are the Death Note...

And your reactions to those words, are the Symphony of Destruction...

One more thing...


This is the logo for the blog... All rights reserved and you know the other legalize...

Until later...
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ANIME EXPO® 2009 ANNOUNCES LEGENDARY JAPANESE VOICE ACTOR AS AN OFFICIAL
GUEST OF HONOR

Legendary Seiyuu Toshiyuki Morikawa to Attend Nation¹s Largest Anime and
Manga Convention

Anaheim, California (May 28, 2009) ‹ Anime Expo® 2009 will be the place to
be this fourth of July weekend as legendary and world re-known Japanese
voice actor (seiyuu) of Anime and video games, Toshiyuki Morikawa, is
announced as one of the official Anime Expo® 2009 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 <http://www.anime-expo.org> .

Mr. Morikawa has appeared in many anime roles within such popular titles as
AFTER WAR GUNDAM X, BERSERK, BLACK LAGOON, BLEACH, D. GRAY-MAN, DEVIL MAY
CRY: THE ANIMATED SERIES, DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02, FIGHTING SPIRIT, FULL METAL
PANIC? FUMOFFU, GUNDAM WING, INITIAL D: FOURTH STAGE, INUYASHA, KYO KARA
MAOH, LAST EXILE, NANA, NARUTO, POKEMON, ONE PIECE, SAIYUKI, STORY OF
SAIUNGOKU, TENJHO TENGE, THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA, MOBILE SUITE
VICTORY GUNDAM, SLAM DUNK, SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, STAR WARS: CLONE
WARS, YU-GI-OH!, DESCENDANTS OF DARKNESS, GAKUEN HEAVEN, HARU WO DAITEITA
and many others highly recognizable titles.

Mr. Morikawa has also been featured in the world of electronic
entertainment, as he is also the voice of the infamous Sephiroth of the
FINAL FANTASY video game franchise and Heishiro Mitsurugi in the SOULCALIBUR
franchise. Mr. Morikawa has also voiced in other video game titles including
KINGDOM HEARTS II, NARUTO ULTIMATE NINJA 3, SUPER ROBOT WARS ORIGINAL
GENERATIONS, STREET FIGHTER, TEKKEN and many others.

Mr. Morikawa joins Hiroyuki, Iamaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda,
Toshimichi Mori, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori,
Satoshi Nishimura and Kari Wahlgren as official Anime Expo® 2009 Guests of
Honor.

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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Still not sure what to do with that Dreamwidth blog, but here's some WEBCOMICS!

http://www.girlamatic.com//comics/jeepers.php?view=archive&chapter=13906 Jeepers starts a new storyline today! Jeepers and the Meowfia ended with the last update, as seen here http://www.girlamatic.com//comics/jeepers.php?view=archive&chapter=13898&name=jeepers

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Ok I mess up with the Recruitment thread for Ep. 9 with only giving everyone just one day note, but not for ep. 10. We got a full seven days and more info then you know what to do with so here the 411.
  1. We start recording about 10 CST (central standard time, check the web for your time zone or get a globe)
  2. We use Skype to talk to each other. So Download it, Install it, and make a user name for yourself. (It free so don't pay for anything)
  3. Then PM me your Skype user name. I'll call you when I get your message and we'll work out your mic and stuff.
With these seven day anyone who wants to join well be able to and I do believe the more people the more fun.
So Yea!!! Let's rock.
to check out Ep's of Vice Squad go to my bros (MoonStorm) Blog
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All right so! I've already decided my cosplay for next year and it may take a bit of work...probably...
I've decided to cosplay as Pandora Hearts' own Mad Hatter, Break Xerxes! In case you don't know who that is, just search the wiki, I've put up quite a bit of information on him for reference. It's going to be so awesome! He has like this little doll named Emily and that's going to be fun, though keeping her on my shoulder all the time may be a little difficult so I might just stitch her onto the outfit itself which I'm going to start getting all the necessary materials for very soon. It may take some time for this after all. (Good thing it's NEXT year that I plan to cosplay) I've never really done any cosplay in my life so this is going to be a first for me. I look very much forward to it!
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VIZ MEDIA UNLEASHES THE WILDEST, SHOCKINGLY FUNNY MANGA FOR THE NOT SO FAINT OF HEART, DETROIT METAL CITY  

Johannes Krauser II Is The Outrageous Demonic Front Man

Of The Heaviest Death Metal Band In Japan

But Off Stage He’s A Pop Music-Listening Wimp –

Can He Ever Reconcile His Two Personas? 

San Francisco, CA, MAY 26, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will delight rock and roll and manga fans nationwide with the debut of DETROIT METAL CITY on June 9th. The new manga series is rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences and carries an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $15.00 CAN. The first print run of volume one also contains limited edition tattoos. 

Prepare to have your mortal soul devoured by the demonic Johannes Krauser II, front man for Detroit Metal City, the most outrageous death metal band on the Japanese indie rock scene! Soichi Negishi dreamed of moving to Tokyo and starting a bubblegum pop band, but now he’s fronting the most scandalous and demented death metal band in Japanese rock! Deep down, Soichi still dreams of acoustic guitars and trips to Paris, but when the makeup comes on and he transforms into his alter ego, Krauser II, not even the denizens of hell are safe from his soul-devouring death metal sound. Can Soichi reconcile his sensitive inner yearnings with his wild on-stage persona – the vilest hard rocker in Japanese (and possibly world) history? 

DETROIT METAL CITY takes the zany rock antics inspired by films like Spinal Tap to hilarious new extremes in this witty series created by Kiminori Wakasugi. First appearing in the pages of Japan’s Young Animal manga magazine, the manga quickly became a national sensation. The series has already sold more than 2 million copies in Japan. The DETROIT METAL CITY animated counterpart has also gained a major following across North America. A live action version of the film was recently released in Japan featuring cameos by Gene Simmons (KISS) and Marty Friedman (Megadeth).  

“The hilarious on- and off-stage antics of Soichi Negishi and his swaggering alter ego Johannes Krauser II promises to make DETROIT METAL CITY the most over-the-top, profane, and funniest hard rock manga satire to ever hit North American shores.” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Marketing for VIZ Media. “We look forward to it resonating not only with manga readers but also with music fans who will relish this eccentric heavy metal adventure.” 

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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Hey guys,

We just deployed new notification code this morning that allows you to configure your account to receive instant email notifications if you so choose. This was an old feature on ComicVine and its something we're happy to have brought back.

Instant email notifications follow the same rules as the instant pm notifications that are already on the site - you essentially define which actions kick emails off to you. The current actions are:
  • Friend requests
  • When another user comments on your content (blogs, images, reviews, guides, etc.)
  • Wiki submission approvals (not instant approvals, but those that go through moderation)
  • Guide edits by another user (on public guides)
  • Wall posts by another user on your wall
  • Review recommendations
  • @Replies and @Quotes in the forums

By default, we carried over everyone's old PM notification settings - so those should be the exact same. Instant Email notifications are turned off by default, so if you want to receive notifications via email - you are going to have to go to your settings to turn them on. Note that emails are pure text, not html, so they should be easily readable and should provide a link back to the activity that generated the message.

Follow the instructions below to configure your notification settings:
1. Go to your notification settings in your profile:
2. Configure your settings and click 'Save':

3. Sit back and wait for notifications to come through. Note - you may need to check Spam settings on your email and add ComicVine/GiantBomb/AnimeVice to your 'Safe' list.





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(crossposted from NikoScream)

After listening to the Gundam Experience panel Japanator was gracious enough to post from this year’s Anime Central I was unable to attend (thanks, college graduation), the first thing that came to mind was to share this little jewel to even more of the internet. Behold: Doozy Bots!

  

What is this, you ask? Well, as the ’80s became the ’90s, Sunrise wanted to bring Gundam to the States. However, for some reason, I guess Sunrise didn’t think little kids piloting robots of death in a war would appeal to us Yankees. Guess they didn’t see Robotech.

Instead, we got a pilot for a chibi-fied bastardization of Gundam that almost (almost) makes Superior Defender Gundam Force look acceptable.

The premise? Professor Doozy created this machine that puts human souls into robots. His teen science club obviously proves better than guinea pigs to test this out, so the professor puts them in to transfer their minds into a Gundam, a Zeta Gundam (or a Re-GZ, not sure), a Guncannon, a Guntank and a pink GM. Why transfering their minds made their bodies vanish, I have no idea. These teens now have to battle evil robots that escaped from the professor’s lab. Of course, these would be Zeonic mobile suits, which begs the question: why was Professor Doozy building Zeon?

Now you’re probably going, “This concept sounds like a surefire hit. Why did it never get made into a series?” Probably because at this point, God still loved us, or maybe God didn’t find putting the wheelchair kid into the Guntank as funny as I do. Really, if you could give people seemingly perfect robotic bodies, forcing the kid who can’t walk into the mobile suit that doesn’t have legs is a pretty dickish thing to do.

That’s only the most glaring oddity of this clip. We cannot forget the Guncannon that shoots UP gumballs that have to be subsequently hit by a hockey stick, the girl in the pink GM with a thick Southern accent and a lasso. Oh, and wheelchair boy, he gets relegated to cleanup duty. Then there’s the robotic chicken that lays Dom eggs, and I could go on and on.

Honestly though, I don’t think the world is any poorer or richer for the failure of Doozy Bots to get off the ground. It took almost a decade  later for a Gundam series to hit it relatively big when Gundam Wing premiered on Toonami. Perhaps it would have happened sooner when people learned of this thing called Gundam in Japan, or perhaps no one would have ever made the connection. Either way, Doozy Bots exists to show us a simplier time when political correctness didn’t matter as much and Gundam was about being a teenager and having fun, instead of all the war and gloom it is today (and yesterday, and 30 years ago).


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ANIPLEX LAUNCHES “nagisamafanclub.com”,

AN OFFICIAL “KANNAGI –CRAZY SHRINE MAIDENS” SERIES WEBSITE 

Aniplex announced today that it has launched “nagisamafanclub.com” in the USA as an official website of the series “Kannagi-Crazy Shrine Maidens-.” The Japanese version of the official fan club website, “nagisama-fc.com,” has amassed 2,000 fan club members to date. The show and Nagi-sama (Lady Nagi) have been so popular that Aniplex decided to launch an English version of the website that will feature numerous updates in the coming weeks including the opportunity to sign up for an EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP CARD which will entitle members to special benefits. 

ABOUT “KANNAGI –CRAZY SHRINE MAIDEN-“

Based on the hit manga by ERI TAKENASHI (published by Ichijinsha), “Kannagi” was made into a 13-episode animated series. The show was directed by YUTAKA YAMAMOTO (“Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,” “Lucky Star”) and written by HIDEYUKI KURATA (“R.O.D -the TV,” “Kamichu!,” “GunXSword”) and created by A-1 Pictures (“Valkyria Chronicles,” “Kuroshitsuji,” “Persona”). The Opening theme “motto ☆ Hade ni ne!” is sung by Nagi’s voice actor, Haruka Tomatsu, and has already inspired a legion of fan imitators who dance to the opening song on the internet and at conventions. 

<STORY>

The goddess Nagi has arrived and wants you to worship her! 

Nagi is the local deity spirit of the town of Kannagi and she was able to take a physical form when Jin Mikuriya carved a wooden statue of her out of a block of wood from the sacred tree of his family shrine. Nagi's mission is to cleanse the impurities that plague the land, but since her sacred tree has been cut down, she can only do this with Jin's help. 

While pursuing an impurity, Nagi is reunited with her sister, Zange, who happens to have converted to Catholicism. Zange's power is greater than Nagi's due to her scared tree still being intact and becoming a local celebrity listening to confessions on the street at night. The only way for Nagi to regain her power is to gather her own followers and gain popularity. 

Will you become one of Nagi's worshippers? 

About ANIPLEX Inc.

ANIPLEX Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) is a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Established as Sony Pictures Entertainment Visual Works Inc. in 1995, as a joint-venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., it became ANIPLEX, Inc. in 2003 after the company became a subsidiary completely owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. ANIPLEX Inc. has introduced a variety of properties including such hits as “Gurren Lagann,” “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),” “R.O.D –THE TV-,” “Blood+,” all of which are licensed and distributed worldwide. The company launched ANIPLEX of AMERICA in Los Angeles, CA in 2004 to handle licensing and co-production business in North and Latin America. In 2005, the company established A-1 Pictures, currently the largest and most technically advanced animation studio in Japan.

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Guin, Sin and Life's a Bitch... Find out Tomorrow...
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I just caught this in my RSS feed on DancingQueen's How A Girl Figures blog and had to repost it for you guys!

It's a music video featuring a lot of great shots of (almost) everyone's favorite from TTGL, Yoko!

Enjoy!

  

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BESPA KUMAMERO new release "PLASTIC CONFUSION" plus Anime Boston recap

May 27, 2009 - Japanese indie techno performance unit BESPA KUMAMERO performed at Anime Boston on May 23, 2009 to a standing-room-only crowd of 1500 at the event's annual all-night dance event.

Anime Boston marks the duo's 5th overseas event, following appearances in Houston, TX (Anime Matsuri), London, UK (It Came From Japan), Moscow, Russia (Tokyo Cyber Eve), and Monterrey, Mexico (Animex).

BESPA KUMAMERO played songs from their new CD "PLASTIC CONFUSION" and their USA CD release "Romantic Waves." Complete set list and event photos can be found on the JapanFiles.com Anime Boston spotlight page. 
 
Links!
SPOTLIGHT PAGE - http://www.japanfiles.com/spotlight/bespa-kumamero-anime-boston

BESPA KUMAMERO on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/bespakumamero

BESPA KUMAMERO Official MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/bespakumamero

About JAPANFILES.COM:

Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles.com specializes in digital music sales and media promotion for Japanese music, with over 300 indie and major artists reaching their USA fans - rock, pop, hip-hop, punk, and techno! All downloads are DRM-free and only 99 cents each!

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FUNimation Entertainment Introduces Fruits Basket Virtual Goods

There.com Now Offering Virtual Clothes and Accessories Based On Hit Anime Series

 

FLOWER MOUND, Texas – May 27, 2009 – FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Navarre Corporation, today announced that the anime leader is launching its first virtual goods in the popular 3D social virtual world There.com.

 

FUNimation Entertainment joins a host of companies, such as Coca-Cola and NBC, to offer virtual and real world merchandise which There.com members can purchase for their avatars. Members can outfit their virtual alter-ego in Fruits Basket yoga pants or tote bag or they can purchase a limited-edition autographed lithograph for their There.com home.

 

Members can also click through to e-commerce sites to buy the real world version of many of these goods.

 

“We love that Fruits Basket can inspire There.com inhabitants to add a little flair to their avatars and profiles and create a vibrant, virtual world influenced by anime," says Adam Zehner, Director of Acquisitions and Licensing at FUNimation Entertainment.

 

“Virtual goods continue to be increase in popularity with our members,” said Michael Wilson, CEO of There.com. “We’re pleased to add FUNimation Entertainment to the growing list of partners that offer our members an avenue for self-expression, both in There.com and in the real world.”

Items from other FUNimation distributed anime series will appear in There.com later this year. 

 

About Makena Technologies, Inc.

Makena Technologies is the parent company of There.com, a fully interactive, 3D online virtual world where members can customize and create their own 3D character, meet and hang out with friends in real-time using voice and text chat, build their own virtual homes, participate in events ranging from car races to paintball to fashion shows and even create and sell their own virtual items. There.com is a safe and exciting "PG-13" environment for ages 13 and up that has something to offer nearly anyone. Makena Technologies has offices in San Mateo, CA and Laguna Beach, CA. For more information, visit http://www.there.com.

 

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, 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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Ya we might throw a cast tonight. So, if anyone wants in just let me know by pm or by my wall.
We mostly try to start at 10 pm but you know what time does.
In any case seems like a fun week with the con and everything so yahoo fun!
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Your Executive Summary and Index, Week Ending 17 May 2009

last week’s rankings
About the Charts
Analysis and Commentary Posts

The Weekly Charts:
Your Executive Summary and Index
Week ending 17 May 2009

Comics Top 500

1. ↔0 (1) : Watchmen – , [851.5] ::
2. ↑4 (6) : Wolverine Origin – , [747.9] ::
3. ↓-1 (2) : Batman The Killing Joke – , [729.5] ::
4. ↓-1 (3) : Batman The Dark Knight Returns – , [727.6] ::
5. ↓-1 (4) : V for Vendetta – , [711.6] ::
6. ↓-1 (5) : The Joker – , [693.7] ::
7. ↑29 (36) : Star Trek Countdown – , [685.4] ::
8. ↑23 (31) : Dark Tower 3 – , [638] ::
9. ↓-2 (7) : Naruto 43 – Viz Shonen Jump, [608.2] ::
10. ↔0 (10) : Sandman 1 – , [607.3] ::

[more]

Top 50 Series:

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, [2325.56] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Batman – , [1901.49] ::
3. ↑1 (4) : Sandman – , [1361.68] ::
4. ↑7 (11) : Wolverine – , [1246.02] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : Bone – , [1242.79] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Y The Last Man – , [1213.92] ::
7. ↓-4 (3) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, [1197.5] ::
8. ↑4 (12) : Dark Tower – , [1165.71] ::
9. ↑6 (15) : Buffy the Vampire Slayer – , [1123.75] ::
10. ↓-3 (7) : League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – , [1093.7] ::

[more]

Manga Top 500

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto 43 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [608.2] ::
2. ↑1 (3) : Naruto 44 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [600.5] ::
3. ↑5 (8) : Naruto 42 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [596.1] ::
4. ↓-2 (2) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [590.5] ::
5. ↓-1 (4) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [530.8] ::
6. ↑1 (7) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [525.2] ::
7. ↓-2 (5) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [521.8] ::
8. ↓-2 (6) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [519.6] ::
9. ↑8 (17) : Maximum Ride 1 – Yen Press, Jan 2009 [512.2] ::
10. ↑45 (55) : Return to Labyrinth 3 – Tokyopop, Dec 2008 [500.3] ::

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Manga Top 50 Series

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2003 [2325.56] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, Feb 2004 [1197.5] ::
3. ↔0 (3) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [1059.26] ::
4. ↔0 (4) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, Jun 2004 [1053.29] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : Death Note – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [976.22] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Rosario+Vampire – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [852.89] ::
7. ↑5 (12) : Fullmetal Alchemist – Viz, Apr 2005 [817.34] ::
8. ↓-1 (7) : Chibi Vampire – Tokyopop, Apr 2006 [793.04] ::
9. ↓-1 (8) : Negima! – Del Rey, Apr 2004 [652.49] ::
10. ↓-1 (9) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [588.38] ::

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Manga Midlist 500
What’s the Midlist?

1. (9) : Maximum Ride 1 – Yen Press, Jan 2009 [512.2] ::
2. (10) : Return to Labyrinth 3 – Tokyopop, Dec 2008 [500.3] ::
3. (11) : Fullmetal Alchemist 18 – Viz, May 2009 [487.2] ::
4. (18) : Negima! 21 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [420.9] ::
5. (20) : Chibi Vampire 13 – Tokyopop, Apr 2009 [398.6] ::
6. (26) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [377] ::
7. (27) : Rosario+Vampire 6 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Apr 2009 [375.4] ::
8. (29) : Dark Hunger – Feehan, Zid – Berkley, Oct 2007 [357.65] ::
9. (35) : Dark Hunters 1 – St. Martin’s Griffin, Apr 2009 [348.1] ::
10. (36) : Rosario+Vampire 3 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2008 [337.8] ::
11. (37) : Rosario+Vampire 1 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [335] ::
12. (38) : Rosario+Vampire 2 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Aug 2008 [334.8] ::
13. (40) : Rosario+Vampire 4 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Dec 2008 [321] ::
14. (41) : Skip Beat! 18 – Viz Shojo Beat, May 2009 [315.8] ::
15. (46) : Rosario+Vampire 5 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [303.5] ::
16. (48) : xxxHolic 13 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [298] ::
17. (49) : D. Gray-Man 13 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, May 2009 [297] ::
18. (52) : In Odd We Trust – Koontz, Chan – Del Rey, Jun 2008 [279.35] ::
19. (53) : Chibi Vampire 12 – Tokyopop, Jan 2009 [274.5] ::
20. (55) : Junjo Romantica 9 – Tokyopop Blu, Apr 2009 [272.9] ::
21. (56) : Berserk 28 – Dark Horse, Mar 2009 [270] ::
22. (57) : Fairy Tail 6 – Del Rey, Apr 2009 [266.4] ::
23. (58) : A Drifting Life – Drawn & Quarterly, Apr 2009 [264.55] ::
24. (60) : Warriors 1 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [255.7] ::
25. (63) : Warriors 3 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2008 [246.7] ::

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Well to begin i should explain what this is about if you are so courteous as to read i thank you!
I have decided to begin a regular blogging process where i document a new series i have been watching or an impression of a charcter from a series.
Today i decided to blog about 2 series i recently experienced. 
The first is Hajime no Ippo, and i call it this because i prefer the sub and dislike the name fighting spirit considering Hajime no Ippo means "The First Step" and The name "The Fighting Spirit" is clearly a maketing scheme Grrrr.
There are a few main Points i'd like to each will be subtitled so feel free to scroll to a section you want to read.

Hajime No Ippo


That goosebump feeling


When i watch this series i just feel so inspired to do great things, whether its become a boxer or not, the feeling is directly reminiscent of my first viewing, or more precisely every viewing of Gurren Lagann, i love an anime that can give me that inspirational feeling, its my favourite emotion to feel, i love being completely in awe of something.

The Kamina-Takamura Connection


Anybody who has watched both gurren lagann and Hajime no Ippo surely knows what i mean, the main reson is the contant switch in personality from loving brother like figure to teasing brother like figure, believe the similarity is there.

Getting the nerd into boxing


To be honest this is kinda streching the truth, i mean it is a suprise for me getting highly into real boxin however i was never not into sports, but seriously this has really got me interested in taking up boxing as a hobby at uni.

Musical Score


The final Point i care to raise about this anime masterpiece is that the music really builds to an intense and emotionally satisfiying atmopshere how else can i describe it?

Ouron High School Host Club


Can dudes enjoy this without being weird?


Now i should raise the point the only reson i even gave this series a look was because in one of Mr Crispin Freeman's panel's he said he was really liking and i respect that mans opinion, so ye i watched it and you know what, at  first it creeped me out entirely especially the twins, but once i got past the point where it was completely freaky i saw how clever the story was told and how ingenious the humour was, a great watch really, i would say guys beware you in for a scare but if you can take it keep watching.


To be honest thats all for Ouron, just wanted to get that off my chest really :) goodbye and stop by again in the future!


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ANIME EXPO® ANNOUNCES GURREN LAGGAN DIRECTOR AND CHARACTER DESIGNER AS 2009
GUESTS OF HONOR

Celebrated Talents Imaishi and Nishigori to Attend Nation¹s Largest Anime
and Manga Convention

Anaheim, California (May 26, 2009) ‹ 12th Animation Kobe Director Award
winner, Hiroyuki Imaishi and 7th Annual Tokyo International Anime Award
recipient, Atsushi Nishigori, are now announced as official Anime Expo® 2009
Guests of Honor at 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> .

After graduating from Tama Art University, Mr. Hiroyuki Imaishi, was hired
as an animator for the Gainax Company, Limited.  His first work was the
animation that many critics considered a social phenomenon NEON GENESIS
EVANGELION. Since then, Mr. Imaishi has worked on storyboards and as art
directors for such hit anime series as HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES and FLCL.
Mr. Imaishi made his directorial debut with the OVA DEAD LEAVES.  Mr.
Imaishi has also worked on RE: CUTEY HONEY and TENGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGGAN
franchise. Mr. Imaishi was also the recipient of the 12th Animation Kobe
Director¹s Award.

Character designer Mr. Atsushi Nishigori has worked on many titles including
MAHOROMATIC, THIS UGLY YET BEAUTIFUL WORLD, HE IS MY MASTER, OVER THE TOP! 2
and serves as the character animation director for the TENGEN TOPPA GURREN
LAGGAN franchise.  Mr. Nishigori was also the recipient of 7th Annual Tokyo
International Anime Awards¹ Individual Character Design Award category.

Mr. Imaishi and Mr. Nishigori join Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda,
Toshimichi Mori, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Satoshi Nishimura and
Kari Wahlgren as official Anime Expo® 2009 Guests of Honor.

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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There are a few things in this video which we are aware of:
1) Yes, it says "I was a normal day." Was meant to be "It", but I'm lazy
2) Clamp no Kiseki  vol. 12 was not *just* released, but it's the most recent.
3) No, Kazuki Yamamoto was not the name of the comic, but rather the author's name. The name is Greeting to Clamp

And with that... enjoy
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