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ANIME EXPO® 2009 ANNOUNCES EARTHIAN, YOUSEI JIKEN, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 AND
LOVELESS MANGA ARTIST/CHARACTER DESIGNER AS AN OFFICIAL GUEST OF HONOR

Manga Illustrator and Character Designer Yun Kouga to Attend Nation¹s
Largest Anime and Manga Convention

Anaheim, California (June 2, 2009) ‹ Revered manga artist, Ms. Yun Kouga, is
announced today as an 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> .

Ms. Kouga debuted as a manga artist in 1985 and has worked on notable titles
such as ³Earthian² and ³Yousei Jiken², she has also garnered international
praise and acclaim for her current series ³Loveless². Ms. Kouga is also the
character designer for the highly popular anime MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00.

Ms. Kouga joins Hiroyuki Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda,
Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki Morikawa, 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> .

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TV, Animation Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine, Anime News Network and UTB
Hollywood.


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the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).

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about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
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).

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Kakashi Hatake (はたけカカシ, Hatake Kakashi) is a Konohagakure Jonin, a former ANBU Captain and the former leader of Team 7. He is the son of Sakumo Hatake and, like his father, Kakashi is regarded as a genius among his peers. After his meteoric rise through the ninja ranks, Kakashi became the student of Minato Namikaze, and subsequently became a Jonin during the Third Great Ninja War. Following the war, Kakashi earned renown fame for his use of the Sharingan, earning him the moniker Copy Ninja Kakashi (コピー忍者のカカシ, Kopī Ninja no Kakashi).

Background

Kakashi is the son of the genius ninja, Sakumo Hatake who had respect on par with the Sannin. Like his father, Kakashi has been known since a young age as an extremely gifted ninja, regarded by many as the best of his generation. He received top marks and showed an innate aptitude for the ninja arts while in the academy. This allowed him to graduate from it in a single year at the top of his class at the age of 5, and then become a Chunin a year later. However, his success came at a great loss; his mother died when he was still very young. His father sometime after fell into disgrace after choosing to save his comrades rather than complete an important mission, causing Konohagakure to suffer in the war effort. Dishonored, Sakumo committed suicide after deep depression and a drop in his skills, which caused Kakashi to lead his life strictly by the ninja code.

Kakashi was teamed with Obito Uchiha and Rin under the leadership of Minato Namikaze. Kakashi's relationship with Obito and Rin was very much similar to that of Sasuke's relationship with Naruto and Sakura respectively as he was the indifferent genius who shared a complicated relationship with his teammates that later developed into a close friendship.

Kakashi Gaiden

See also: Kakashi GaidenSoon after becoming a Jonin (age 13 at the time), Kakashi was assigned to lead Rin and Obito on a mission that would benefit Konoha in the ongoing Third Great Shinobi War. They were to destroy a bridge being used by Iwagakure forces to move into Kusagakure. Along the way, Kakashi’s team was ambushed by an Iwagakure ninja. Kakashi saw this as a good opportunity to use his newly created jutsu, the Chidori, only to nearly be struck down by the original's counterattack.

On their way to the bridge Rin was kidnapped. Obito immediately stated his intention to rescue her, but Kakashi disagreed on the basis that they needed to complete their mission, opting not make the same mistake his father did. Before leaving to save Rin, Obito then states that Sakumo made the right decision. Shortly after parting ways Kakashi, he reflected on Obito’s words and Rin's prior kindness, he realized that his father wasn't wrong after all. This prompted him to rejoin Obito in the rescue effort.

In the ensuing battle, Kakashi's left eye is damaged by Taiseki. Obito awakens his Sharingan in order to kill Taiseki and save Kakashi, allowing them to proceed onto Rin. Once they locate and free her the three are trapped in an enemy cave-in. Obito pushes Kakashi out of the way of a falling boulder but is crushed himself. Unable to free himself, Obito asks Rin, a medical-nin, to give his Sharingan eye to Kakashi as a gift to replace his damaged one. She complies and after the procedure Kakashi is able to use the Sharingan to perfect his Chidori and kill the remaining enemy ninja. He returns to see if there is anything he can do for Obito, but the cave continues to collapse and Kakashi and Rin are forced to leave him behind and escape. With the help of Minato they complete their mission, allowing them to mourn Obito's death.

Kakashi as an ANBU captain.

His reputation was widely increased thanks to his success from the first mission he performed as a Jonin and later increased even further from word of him acquiring the Sharingan and amount of copied jutsu (hence his nickname). Kakashi eventually joined the Konohagakure ANBU where he served as a squad leader. During this time, Kakashi rose to fame as Konoha's Copy Ninja (sometimes known as Sharingan Kakashi), a nickname he earned due to use of his Sharingan eye. He cultivated a group of students that included Yugao Uzuki and Tenzo, and recognized the latter as the most successful of this group. He later left for unknown reasons, but maintains strong connections with the ANBU and still wears the characteristic iron guards on his gloves.

Personality

Obito's death had a huge impact on Kakashi's personality. At the start of the series, Kakashi was characterized as carefree and laid back. He rarely shows any excitement towards anything in his daily life. Even when he gave Team 7 their final exam, he showed more interest in his book than how each of his potential students performed. Like Shino Aburame, Kakashi has a rather solitary and matter-of-fact attitude. His calm and detached demeanor has been called “cool, hip, and trendy” many times by Might Guy. Despite his increasingly growing reputation and prowess as a ninja, Kakashi shows no arrogance; rather is very modest about his abilities. His naturally calm attitude is used to his advantage in battle as it is easier for him to maintain his composure to stay focused on the situation at hand and ultimately notice everything around him. Through this, he can make keen and thought-out decisions allowing him to stay steps ahead of his opponents.

Kakashi reading one of Jiraiya's Make-Out novels.

Kakashi is a fan of the Make-Out series of novels implying that he is slightly perverted. He is typically seen reading one of the books when not involved in a fight, making it the only of one (of his reportedly many) hobbies that is ever seen in the series. Despite his fondness for the books, he grows uncomfortable when reading passages to others, presumably embarrassed by the adult content. Naruto has on one occasion used these books against Kakashi, threatening to spoil the ending of the latest installment to force Kakashi to let down his guard (by shutting his eyes and ears) to prevent learning about the ending.

Despite his nature in everyday life, he has shown to be a very responsible and dedicated man when it matters. As he learned from Obito, Kakashi knows what it means to have devotion to what is important in life; people he cares for. He does everything in his power to protect his village and allies. Even his signature jutsu, the Lightning Blade, was made on the principle of duty and perfected on the principle of protecting loved ones. He places their safety over the successful completion of a mission. Kakashi used this belief when deciding whether or not to take on a Genin team, requiring that the Genin work together instead of doing as he told them. He is also regularly late for appointments. This is because of his frequent visits to the memorial where Obito's name is engraved, where he loses track of time.

Kakashi has an ongoing, albeit one-sided, rivalry with Might Guy. In trying to prove himself superior to Kakashi, Guy challenges him to competitions of questionable value ranging from Rock, Paper, Scissors to running races. Guy has a record of 50 wins to 49 loses, which he is particularly proud of. Kakashi shows little interest in their competitions, which only further inspires Guy to defeat Kakashi and his "coolness".

Kakashi is a very good but very strict teacher. Prior to Naruto's team, he had never allowed any of the teams he was to teach become genins. He uses the same teaching methods the Third and Fourth Hokages used, and he emphasizes teamwork above all else. He feels that someone who does not understand teamwork is not worthy of becoming a ninja.

Appearance

Kakashi's personality is further emphasized by his generally lazy expression, aloof manner, relaxed voice, and minimalist attitude. He is usually seen in his Leaf Village ninja uniform. Another noticeable feature to Kakashi other than his unique left eye is the thin scar running over it and down to his cheek. He is a tall, fit ninja who has been told he looks just like his father. He is characterized by his spiky silver hair, forehead protector regularly covering his left eye, and his chronically visible mask. He was once mistakenly recognized by Sand's Elder Chiyo, who thought it to be Konoha's White Fang who is his father.

While it has yet to be revealed why, he has since a young age always been seen concealing the lower half of his face. What he looks like remains a point of interest for his students, who try to find out what he looks like in various omake specials in the series. Episode 101, which is devoted to Team 7 trying to remove their sensei's mask, implies that he is in fact quite handsome from Teuchi and Ayame's reaction to seeing his face. In the few instances that he is seen without his mask (though still obstructed by some object) it has been seen that he has a narrow jaw-line.

Part I

The official team photo for Team 7.

Amongst the students and instructors at the academy, Kakashi developed a reputation for having exceedingly high standards on who he would train and failing every potential Genin team that took the Survival Training Exam he proctored. When he was given the current potential Team 7 — which consisted of Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno, and Sasuke Uchiha, he gives them a bell test, requiring that the three of them obtain the two bells he keeps on his person. They work independently to try and take a bell, unwilling to work together since one of them would not be able to have a bell.

After Team 7 failed their test, Kakashi quickly expressed how displeased he was with their performance. After belittling each of performances, he revealed the true goal of this test: teamwork. After explaining the importance of teamwork and seeing how ashamed they were at their performance, Kakashi decided to give Team 7 one more chance to act as a team and let them break for lunch. However, Naruto having earlier tried to steal their lunches, Kakashi forbids Sakura or Sasuke to feed him. Deciding that they will need Naruto in peak condition if they are to work together and take the bells, they feed him anyway. Kakashi sees this and confronts them, feigning anger that they disobeyed him before passing them. He explains the true objective of the test was to see their loyalty towards each other and congratulates them for being the first team to pass under him.

It was later revealed that Kakashi was chosen specifically to be leader of Team 7 because of Naruto and Sasuke. Kakashi's duty in addition to training the team was also to keep the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox in Naruto contained and to keep Sasuke from walking down a dark path since they had similar traits that would allow Kakashi to better understand him.

Land of Waves arc

After completing a number of easy missions Team 7, at Naruto's insistence, is assigned a somewhat more difficult task of escorting Tazuna to the Land of Waves. They are attacked en route by the Demon Brothers. Although Kakashi is able to defeat them with little effort, he realizes that there is more to the mission than a simple escort. He convinces Tazuna to tell them the truth: that the Land of Waves is under the tyranny of Gato. Tazuna hopes to build a bridge that will free the country, and has thus garnered Gato's assassination attempts. Even though the mission is more dangerous than what they were initially assigned, Team 7 agrees to act as his bodyguard until the bridge is complete.

Upon arriving in the Land of Waves, Team 7 is attacked by Zabuza Momochi, an S-class missing-nin and another one of Gato's hired assassins. It was here that Team 7 first learned the truth about their sensei's worldly fame as the Copy Ninja. Unfortunately, Zabuza's superior experience with water-based jutsu combined with Kakashi's focus being cut in half for his teammates allowed Zabuza to catch Kakashi off guard and trapped him. Kakashi pleads for his students to flee with Tazuna, but they instead choose to work together and manage to free him. Using his Sharingan, Kakashi is able to turn the tide against Zabuza, but before he can land a killing blow a boy named Haku steps in and appears to kill Zabuza first. He takes Zabuza's body away, claiming that he will dispose of it, and Kakashi collapses from exhaustion.

Fearing that Zabuza may be alive, Kakashi has Team 7 train to gain better control over their chakra while he recuperates. In a week they had mastered the training and so resumed their bodyguard duty. Haku and Zabuza, having recovered from their earlier battle, attacks them again. While Haku engages Sasuke and Naruto, Kakashi fights Zabuza. Having learned from his defeat, Zabuza relies on sneak attacks during the battle to keep from falling prey to Kakashi's Sharingan. In response, Kakashi uses Summoning Technique: Earth Release: Tracking Fang Technique to locate and pin down Zabuza, making him an easy target for the Lightning Blade.

Kakashi about to kill Zabuza.

Before he can land a finishing blow Kakashi is once again interrupted by Haku. Haku uses himself as a human shield, dying but managing to free Zabuza and restrain Kakashi with the last of his energy. Kakashi escapes Haku's grip and disables Zabuza's arms, ending their fight. When Gato shows up to, Kakashi watches as Zabuza kills him and the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique to scare away Gato's thugs. As Zabuza dies Kakashi takes him to Haku's body, and later buries them beside each other before returning to Konoha.

Chunin Exam arc

Kakashi enters Team 7 in the Chunin Exams. After Sasuke is branded with the Cursed Seal of Heaven by Orochimaru during the exam's second phase, Kakashi takes it upon himself to deal with the Cursed Mark as the Third Hokage was too busy with the Chunin Exams. Unable to remove it, he instead uses the Evil Sealing Method to try and prevent its usage. Following the preliminary matches fearing that Sasuke similar desire for power to Orochimaru's would drive Sasuke to go down a similar path, he decided to personally train Sasuke himself. Deciding that he needed to remind Sasuke to have true faith in his own strength and the importance of protecting what he has now, Kakashi's main goal during the training was to teach Sasuke his Chidori, which was built on the principle of protecting loved ones (in addition to being a strong counter to Gaara's sand shield as he would be Sasuke's next opponent).

He has Sasuke focus mainly on taijutsu copied from Rock Lee to give Sasuke the necessary conditioning, speed, and developed chakra for the Chidori. Their training runs late, and a month later Kakashi delivers him to his final round match late. When the invasion of Konoha begins during Sasuke's match, Kakashi helps repel the invaders. When he notices that Sasuke is going after Gaara, Kakashi sends Naruto, Sakura, Shikamaru, and Pakkun to stop him and bring him back.

Return of Itachi arc

Kakashi trapped in Itachi's Tsukuyomi

Shortly after the invasion is prevented, Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki, of Akatsuki infiltrate the village. Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yuhi try to apprehend the two, but when they are almost killed in the attempt Kakashi steps in. Though able to hold his own against Itachi for a short while, Kakashi falls prey to Tsukuyomi. Severely weakened by the technique, Kakashi confirms that Itachi and Kisame are after Naruto and the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox before collapsing. For knowing so much Kisame tries to capture Kakashi, but Might Guy arrives in time to drive the Akatsuki members off.

Kakashi is left in a coma after the experience and is not revived until Tsunade returns to the village. Immediately after recovering he is sent on a new mission.

Sasuke Retrieval arc

Kakashi returned from his mission in time to interrupt a battle between Naruto and Sasuke. Learning that Sasuke had begun reverting to his original desire for power due to his anger at Naruto's superior growth as of late, Kakashi lectured him on the importance of not allowing anger to control him. Sasuke retorted that Kakashi couldn't know how he felt unless Sasuke were to kill everyone he loved, to which Kakashi replied congenially that everyone close to him was already dead. Seeing that Sasuke realized he did know how he feels and that he is only alone because he insists on pushing people away, Kakashi let Sasuke go and left him to think over their encounter, and thus wasn't in position to either protect him from the Sound Four or stop him from leaving the village.

When Kakashi returns, he finds out that Sasuke has defected to Orochimaru and that a squad of Genin was all that had been sent out to retrieve him. Ignoring the fact that he has a new mission, Kakashi rushes out to track down Sasuke and the retrieval team. Using his ninken, Kakashi is able to locate a defeated Naruto, Sasuke having already left the area. Unable to pursue Sasuke because of a fresh rain fall, Kakashi takes Naruto back to the village to recover. Ashamed he failed to help his students, Kakashi once again went to the memorial stone be alone with his thoughts, wishing so deeply that he could have used his gift from Obito to prevent these events from happening.

Pre-Shippūden filler arcs

Kakashi continues to be sent on missions during the anime's filler arcs, leaving him with very few appearances. He returns from a mission in time to recapture some of he prisoners that escaped from prison when Mizuki led a breakout. He is later sent to assist with the Noroishimusha incident in the Land of Birds. While not officially his mission and arriving much later, Kakashi realized the situation was not as it seems, ultimately taking command of the team and thereby deciding to investigate. This led to Kakashi's fight with Oki's minions Nagare and Hokushin whom Kakashi defeated with relative ease.

In the final filler arc, Kakashi was sent to spy on the Takumi Village when rumors of an uprising reach Konoha. There, he discovered that the entire village was abandoned and corpses where missing. He later showed up nearing the end of the arc where he was sent as back-up along with Jiraiya to aid Naruto and the rest of the Genin aid the Sand Village only to discover that Naruto's team had already successfully completed their mission. At the conclusion of Part I, Naruto and Sakura begin training under Jiraiya and Tsunade respectively, leaving Kakashi without any students for the next two-and-a-half years.

Part II

Rescue Gaara arc

With Team 7 effectively dissolved, Kakashi spends the 2 and half years further enhancing and refining his abilities when he wasn't on high-ranked missions to prepare for inevitable battle with the Akatsuki. After Naruto's return to the village, Kakashi is given from Naruto the newest edition to the Make-Out Paradise's series. To see how his students have improved, Kakashi has another bell test, this time the real objective being to actually capture the bells. When they are unable to get close enough to Kakashi to take a bell, Naruto and Sakura resort to trying to spoil the plot of the most recent Make-Out Paradise novel, throwing Kakashi off guard and allowing them to take the bells.

When they return to the village, they learn that Gaara has been kidnapped by Akatsuki. Team Kakashi is sent to Sunagakure to help in retrieving him, where they are teamed with Chiyo before heading out to find Gaara. Along the way they encounter Itachi Uchiha. Kakashi is able to fight on even grounds in this battle, but he notes that Itachi's performance was not what it was the last time they met as his tactics were primarily defensive and his techniques were weaker. With a well-timed maneuver, Kakashi was able to trick and restrain Itachi, giving Naruto the opening needed to finish the fight with his upgraded Rasengan. Afterwards, they discover that this Itachi was actually a Sand village ninja who who was somehow turned into a perfect clone. They then meet with Team Guy, which was sent as backup, outside the Akatsuki lair. Unfortunately, Akatsuki set up a powerful barrier that required the team to split up again, ultimately making Team Guy was forced to fight clones of themselves. This did however allow Team Kakashi to infiltrate the lair where they find Deidara and Sasori with Gaara's body.

Kakashi using Kamui on Deidara in an attempt to remove his head.

Deidara flies off with Gaara's body, and Naruto and Kakashi give chase, leaving Sasori to Sakura and Chiyo. While pursuing Deidara, Kakashi tries to use his new Mangekyo Sharingan and its Kamui ability to stop him, but Kakashi's lack of control towards his new technique ends up using a lot of chakra before making Deidara down long enough for Naruto to attack him. Naruto is able to retrieve Gaara, so Deidara tries to using a Suicide Bombing Clone to escape. Kakashi uses Kamui again to get rid of the explosion, saving the team. After Gaara is revived, Team Kakashi and Team Guy return to Konoha. Because he left unable to move due to overuse of Kamui, Kakashi is carried home on Guy's back.

Sai and Sasuke arc

After returning to the village, Kakashi was bed-ridden for a week. During that time, Team Kakashi's temporary squad captain would be Kakashi's former student Tenzo, under the codename of "Yamato", due to his ability to suppress demon chakra. When they fail in their effort and return, Kakashi learns about Sasuke's tremendous growth and meets Sasuke's replacement: Sai. Knowing that Naruto is disappointed by the failure, Kakashi decides to help him create a new jutsu that will make him more of a match when they meet again. Using the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique at a high level, Naruto could reduce the amount of time needed to trains Naruto to master a new jutsu that would potentially make Naruto surpass (in a manner of speaking) Kakashi himself.

[edit] Hidan and Kakuzu arc

Kakashi battling Kakuzu.

Kakashi's training for Naruto is revealed to teach Naruto to master his natural element chakra (which turns out to be wind) and combined it with the Rasengan to create an ultimate jutsu that not even Kakashi or the Fourth Hokage could complete. After hearing that Asuma Sarutobi has been killed in a battle with Akatsuki, Kakashi decides to lead Team 10 in avenging him as Naruto had already advanced in his training beyond needing Kakashi's assistance. He leaves Yamato in charge of overseeing Naruto's training, and has Shikamaru Nara work him in on the plan of attack. When they locate Hidan and Kakuzu, Shikamaru distracts the two, giving Kakashi an opportunity to hit Kakuzu with a Lightning Blade. While successful, it turns out Kakuzu has five total hearts, of which Kakashi only destroyed one, and is barely able to escape a counterattack with a capsule filled with Kakuzu's blood. After it is deciding to split up the two Akatsuki members, Kakashi gives Shikamaru the blood capsule who leads Hidan away.

Kakashi and the remaining members of Team 10 struggle to combat Kakuzu and the abilities of his three heart monsters. Kakuzu is able to capture them and almost takes their hearts for himself, but Shikamaru is elsewhere able to trick Hidan into destroying another of Kakuzu's hearts by using his curse with Kakuzu's blood. Kakuzu recovers and tries to attack them again, but Naruto and the rest of Team Kakashi arrive to help. Using his new Wind Release: Rasenshuriken, Naruto is able to destroy two of Kakuzu's hearts and leave the final one on the brink of failure. Kakashi finishes him off with a final Lightning Blade before they return home.

Three-Tails Arrival arc

After Konoha learns where Orochimaru is, Kakashi is assigned to lead Team 8 in tracking down Orochimaru and potentially Sasuke. They are able to find one of his bases, but it is destroyed upon their arrival to get rid of any evidence. They decide to look for survivors and in doing so find a number of prisoners trapped in crystals. Perplexed by this, Kakashi is unable to properly investigating, discovering that the team is being spied on.

Kakashi and his team later find themselves attacked by minions of Orochimaru's and soon after trapped by Guren's Crystal Release: Jade Crystal Labyrinth Technique. While initially at a disadvantge, Team Yamato arrives in time to free them from the labyrinth. Team 8 and Team Yamato then arrive at a lake where they discover that the Three-Tailed Giant Turtle somewhere in its center. Kakashi sends Pakkun to Tsunade to see how they should proceed.

Later when Kakashi learns from Naruto that Guren was accompanied with a young boy named Yukimaru, Kakashi deduced that the child must have an important role to play in Orochimaru's plans for the Three-Tails. Upon meeting up with backup from Konoha, Kakashi formulates a plan for dealing with the Three-Tails and Orochimaru's men by dividing the team into three groups: a sealing team, a primary defense, and a secondary defense. Much to Naruto's delight, Kakashi also orders his team to retrieve Yukimaru so they can bring him back to Konoha.

While the plan fails which resulted in the Three-Tails escaping, Kakashi and his team instead found an unconscious Yukimaru. Knowing how important Yukimaru was both to Naruto and to their mission, Kakashi decided to bring Yukimaru back to the team's hideout. There, he instructs part of the team to take care of the boy while the rest of the team joins him in finding a missing Naruto.

After learning from Yukimaru that Naruto and Guren were trapped inside the Three-Tails, Kakashi decides to try their three-team plan again. Once back at the lake, with assistance from Yamato, Kakashi was able to break the field that allowed the Three-Tails to hide. Afterwards, Kakashi ordered the sealing team to act immediately in sealing away the beast. Unfortunately, the enemies appeared again. Kakashi noted that their abilites were much stronger than what was reported from their last encounter. Despite being at an initial disadvantage, Kakashi and his team makes quick work of enemies. He then has his team go aid the sealing team.

Hunt for Uchiha arc

When word of Orochimaru's defeat at the hands of Sasuke reaches Konoha, Kakashi tries to make another stab at retrieving Sasuke. He assembles to members of Team Kakashi and Team 8 (sans Kurenai) into an 8-Man Squad and set out to locate either Sasuke or his target, Itachi Uchiha. Naruto is eventually able to find Sasuke's location, and the team gives chase, only to be stopped by Tobi. Their efforts to attack Tobi all prove futile, and it is not until Zetsu reports to Tobi that Sasuke has killed Itachi that they are allowed to continue. Tobi gets to Sasuke first and, having lost the trail, the squad is forced to return home.

Invasion of Pain arc

When the leader of Akatsuki, Pain, attacks Konoha in search of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's Jinchuriki, Naruto, Kakashi confronts Pain's Deva path after realizing the initial attack was a diversion. He saves Iruka from certain death, but is quickly overpowered by the Deva path's gravity-manipulation techniques, which repelled all of Kakashi's attacks. When the Asura path arrives to help the Deva path, Kakashi is forced on the defensive until he gets backup from Choji and Choza Akimichi. After figuring out Deva path's powers, Kakashi devises a plan and uses Choza and Choji's help to take down the Deva path. While initially working, Asura path uses itself as a shield and their plan is foiled, as the Deva path takes the Konoha trio out.

Kakashi falls against Pain.

Believing them all to be dead, the Deva path leaves. When he comes to, Kakashi sends Choji to tell Tsunade about the Deva path's abilities. But as Choji leaves, the still-active Asura path launches a missile at him, and despite knowing that he was almost out of his chakra and that he would likely die if he used the Mangekyo Sharingan again, Kakashi uses Kamui to dispose of the missile and save Choji. Having expended the last of his chakra, Kakashi dies. Before passing away, he laments over his inability to protect Rin and Obito in his early years with them, and soon finds himself at a campfire with his deceased father, Sakumo, in an alternate realm in afterlife, to whom he tells everything that has happened in his life.

Kakashi being revived

During Pain's destruction attack of Konoha, Kakashi's body is protected by one of Katsuyu's divisions. Sometime later, during his talk with his father, he states that he finally understood his father's actions on that mission of his disgrace and is proud of him for it. Their conversation is halted when a ray of light beams down upon Kakashi, as a result of Nagato's resurrection jutsu. Before seeing his son depart, Sakumo thanks Kakashi, and says that now he would be able to join his wife. Kakashi wakes up in the Konoha battlefield, and Choji is shocked to see that Kakashi, along with all those earlier killed, have been brought back to life. Kakashi wondered what happened, before a Katsuyu division starts explaining to him and the others.

Movies

Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

In Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, Team 7 is given orders for an A-rank mission to escort the famous actress Yukie Fujikaze to the Land of Snow. Upon arriving in the Land of Snow, they were attacked by three Snow Village ninjas Kakashi had fought years ago while still a captain of ANBU. It is then revealed that Yuki was actually Koyuki Kazahana, the true heir as daimyo to the Land of Snow who Kakashi saved years ago from her treacherous uncle Doto. Kakashi uses his Sharingan to copy some of their ice-based jutsu to escape.

Realizing what Doto was after, Koyuki's necklace crystal, Kakashi switched it with a fake in an attempt to stop him. Later when Koyuki was kidnapped, Kakashi along with his team (except for Naruto who recklessly went ahead) mounted a rescue attempt. After Kakashi returned Koyuki's necklace to her, and Doto then made off with it and Koyuki, Kakashi was intercepted by Nadare. Knowing his opponent had such high protection from ninjutsu and genjutsu thanks to his armor, Kakashi relied on his taijutsu and defeated him with his Front Lotus. In the end when Koyuki takes up her role as daimyo, Kakashi is surprised and overjoyed to find out she will be starring in a new Make-out Paradise movie.

Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

In Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Kakashi is sent on a mission of escorting Prince Michiru of the Land of the Moon and his son Hikaru back home. He is joined by his team (and Rock Lee as a stand-in for Sasuke). Upon arriving it is discovered that the Land of the Moon has been taken over by one of the king's advisers, Shabadaba, with the help of rogue ninja. After getting assistance from the royal guards still loyal to the king, Kakashi uses an earth jutsu to aid in an escape.

Later, Kakashi faces off against the leader of the rogue ninja, Ishidate, but fails to keep up with his opponent thanks to being affected by a special gas and ultimately has his left arm petrified to stone which lets the rogue ninja capture Michiru. After his arm is cured by Sakura, Kakashi joins a circus in a diversion while having his team enter the castle to save Michiru. He then uses his Sharingan and a water jutsu to keep the enemies occupied. In the end, Kakashi overuses his Sharingan and is forced to be hospitalized for several days, thus allowing his team to have a vacation in the Land of the Moon.

Shippūden the Movie

Kakashi only had a few cameos in Naruto Shippūden the Movie. When word reaches Konoha that the legendary demon Mōryō has been released and has begun its quest to control the world, Kakashi is sent out as one of the lead ninja to mount a counterattack on Mōryō's assault of stone warriors. This was merely to stall for time while Naruto, Sakura, Rock Lee, and Neji escorts the priestess Shion who has the power to reseal Mōryō. Near the end of the movie, Kakashi appears with several allies, among them Might Guy to support Naruto and Shion as they go to stop Mōryō. Kakashi uses his lightning jutsu to destroy several stone warriors. At the end of the movie, Kakashi is shocked by Shion's proposal for Naruto to father her child.

Shippūden the Movie 2: Bonds

When the infamous ninja of the Hidden Sky Village attack Konoha, Kakashi was one of the ninja who fought to protect the citizens and fend off the attack. Later, Kakashi was put on a team with Sai, Shino, and Shikamaru to take down the enemy's ship fleet. After working out a plan with Shikamaru, the team was able to accomplish their mission. After Naruto was able to stop Shinnou and destroy his mothership, Kakashi saw it plummet and merely commented that Naruto is as hyperactive as ever.

Abilities

Kakashi is shown to be very respected throughout Konoha, as well as being constantly depicted as one of the most powerful ninja Konoha has to offer. His reputation has grown to the point that most opponents know of him and find great delight or dread in the thought of facing him. He is also recognized as the foremost jutsu specialists in Konoha due to his high proficiency in all forms of ninja combat and copying over 1,000 jutsu with his Sharingan eye. His knowledge of jutsu is so high, that he was requested to watch over Naruto in case the seal of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox began to fail. A true testament to his skill is during a conversation, both Jiraiya and Tsunade mentioning that if the need ever should arise, Kakashi would be an obvious candidate for the title of Hokage.

Kakashi has been noted to be smarter than Shikamaru, a better nose than Kiba, a better taijutsu performance than Lee, and a better Sharingan mastery than Sasuke (at least compared to their Part I abilities). While this may be an exaggeration, Kakashi has admitted himself that he can think in a similar manner to Shikamaru, and has proven several times to be a highly intelligent man capable of thinking several steps ahead. He has also shown like Kiba to have great instincts as he is rarely caught off guard and able to see through deceptions. Moreover, he has shown great proficiency in taijutsu as shown from being able to single-handedly fight off countless clones of Naruto and perform a stronger version of Rock Lee's techniques. Furthermore, his proficiency in using his Sharingan has been great enough to properly train Sasuke in using his during Part I.

These general abilities are greatly improved between Part I and II. In Part I he was unable to keep up with Itachi Uchiha's physical and hand seal speed, even with the use of his Sharingan. By Part II he is able to keep up with Itachi's immense speed if not match it. The speed and proficiency of his hand seals had also greatly improved as he is able to performed highly complex jutsu much faster to the point of becoming a blur and with much fewer hand seals. His chakra levels see a similar improvement; in Part I his chakra levels were barely average, by Part II his chakra is shown to have greatly increase as he can performing several chakra-taxing jutsu in rapid succession, even increase the number of times he can use his Lightning Blade per day.

Experience

As an Jonin and former ANBU captain, Kakashi is very adept in any form of battle. He is regularly put in charge of whatever squad he is assigned to and works well with its diverse members. Kakashi's naturally calm attitude is used to his advantage in battle, allowing him to stay collected and out think the opponent, similar to Shikamaru Nara. This is primarily because he can quickly analyze the situation at hand and comprehend his opponent's abilities and battle tactics. After doing so, he can use sharp intuition to make quick and firm decisions to switch to the appropriate counter tactics. Against more powerful opponents, he will regularly use various misdirection and trap tactics to weaken the opponent. Kakashi is also highly proficient at evasion, as shown when he was able to fight on par with Hidan, and later with Kakuzu, while at the same time avoiding taking damage and protecting Ino and Choji.

Mastery of Ninja Skills

Kakashi primarily relies on his mastery of ninjutsu, of which he has a vast arsenal. With his arsenal, he can attack or defend against his opponents in numerous manners. While used less often, he has also shown to have impressive skill in genjutsu which he will use to throw off his opponent as a setup for stronger attacks. Also, he has proven to be very adept in taijutsu, which combined with his impressive speed allows him effectively catch his opponents off guard and evade attacks. In addition to high expertise in the three main ninja skills, he has also shown high skill in areas such as tracking, traps making, survival knowledge, and sealing jutsu. His knowledge of sealing jutsu is demonstrated from his ability to seal the Curse Seal of Heaven on Sasuke.

Kakashi using Rasengan.

When Kakashi was younger, he had shown to have inherited his father's uniquely strong and adaptive chakra as well as the ability to manifest it through his clan's special tanto to form a white aura. He was taught several of his master's unique skills including the Rasengan. However, Kakashi was only able to master the jutsu to the extent the Fourth had, as the Rasengan was meant for elemental chakra to be mixed with it.

Elemental Techniques

In addition to the sheer number of jutsu at Kakashi's disposal, he is an even more formidable opponent from his extensive knowledge and skill at elemental jutsus. He has shown high mastery for his natural affinity towards lightning chakra, even being able to perform lightning-based jutsu without hand seals. Thanks to his skill along with his unique chakra and Sharingan, he is also highly capable if not proficient at multiple elements. His proficiency in earth and water-based jutsu have proven to be at master-level might as he is able to perform water-based jutsu without an already existing water source and perform earth-based jutsu with great detail in their shape. He has also shown to a lesser extent fairly adept skill in fire-based jutsu and knowledge of wind-based chakra (though in Naruto Shippūden: Narutimate Accel he has shown capable skill in the latter).

Even though he owes much of his repertoire to his Sharingan, Kakashi is capable of creating his own techniques, as he did with the Chidori. While powerful, the Chidori had two drawbacks, flaws that prompted Minato Namikaze to ban his student from using the technique after seeing it in action. After gaining the Sharingan eye, the tunnel effect could be worked around as he could now see his opponents clearly, but he could still only use the jutsu four times a day. He later refined the Chidori into the stronger Lightning Blade. Like Sasuke, Kakashi further refines his Lightning Blade and developed several new jutsu, reshaping lightning into the form of dogs or copies of himself.

Sharingan

Kakashi's Sharingan.

Kakashi's most distinguishing ability is his Sharingan eye as it allows him to copy any jutsu used against him, see through any deceptions, perform genjutsu, and predict his opponent's movements. The drawback of his Sharingan is that because Kakashi has no Uchiha blood, his body cannot completely adjust to it and hence costs him more chakra than it would an Uchiha. Coupled with the fact that he cannot deactivate it (and thus must keep is covered when not using it) he quickly expends his chakra in battle. Because of this, Kakashi will only rely on it when he feels it is an absolute necessity to try and avoid possible hospital time afterwards. Despite his handicap with the Sharingan, he is very skilled in using it. Even Itachi, a true heir and master of the Sharingan, acknowledged Kakashi's superior proficiency with the Sharingan compared to most true Sharingan wielders.

Sometime between Naruto's departure and his return to Konoha, Kakashi seems to have extended the amount of time he can sustain using the Sharingan as he is seen using it for seemingly a day while testing Naruto and Sakura.

Mangekyo Sharingan

Kakashi's Mangekyo Sharingan.

Kakashi's talent with his Sharingan is shown from how well he developed it since first acquiring it. Originally, it was only at Stage 2 in development but by the start of the series, it had fully developed. During the time skip, Kakashi further developed his Sharingan by unleashing his own Mangekyo Sharingan through unknown means. Furthermore, he has mastered his only known Mangekyo Jutsu, called Kamui. This jutsu has the ability to manipulate space and was shown to be able to suck targets or even tear off parts of a target and hurl them into another dimension to reappear in another desired location. When used against Deidara, he notes Kakashi's dojutsu to be of Itachi Uchiha's caliber, who is infamous for his prowess with Mangekyo jutsu. His skill at it is great enough to target a small speeding target with no affect on any other targets. However, this technique uses so much chakra that he had to be hospitalized for a week after using it three times in one day.

 Creation and Conception

Masashi Kishimoto originally intended for Kakashi to debut in the second chapter of the Naruto manga, appearing prior to the other members of Team 7. This Kakashi was designed as a laid back, affected, skilled ninja that ended his sentences with the polite "de gozaru" in the Japanese versions of the series, similar to Himura Kenshin in the popular manga series Rurōni Kenshin and Lance Corporal Dororo in the manga and anime Keroro Gunsou. After speaking with his editor, Kishimoto pushed this debut back, allowing him to better develop Kakashi and the rest of Team 7. Despite this, Kakashi retains many of his original personality traits, being easygoing, unfazed by the actions of others, and usually appearing to be half-asleep. Kishimoto feels that this makes Kakashi a compelling leader and helps to keep the diverse members of Team 7 unified. Because he acts as a link between the other main characters of the series, Kakashi is rarely featured prominently in promotional artwork, instead appearing in the background while his students are the focus of the scene.

When deciding upon Kakashi's name, Kishimoto considered a number of possibilities: Kuwa (クワ, Hoe), Kama (カマ, Scythe), Botan (ボタン, Peony), Enoki (エノキ, Nettle tree), and Kakashi (カカシ, Scarecrow). He eventually decided upon Kakashi, and remains glad that he did to this day. In keeping with the meaning of his name, scarecrows are occasionally used to represent Kakashi; Naruto, for example, uses a scarecrow that is dressed like Kakashi to help him train for a combat test between the two. Likewise, scarecrows are at times added to the background of scenes in which Kakashi appears, as is the case with the cover of the Naruto manga volume three



  • I'm Kakashi Hatake. Things I like and things I hate...I don't feel like telling you that. My dreams for the future...never really thought about it. As for my hobbies...I have lots of hobbies."
  • "I won't allow my comrades to die! I'll protect you with my life. Trust me."
  • "I'm telling you this because you don't get it. You think you get it, which is not the same as actually getting it. Get it?"
  • "You want to know what's under my mask? Sure, why didn't you say so in the first place? Okay, here we go. Behind this mask...is another mask! Pretty cool, huh?
  • "The next generation will always surpass the previous one. It's one of the never-ending cycles in life."
  • (To Naruto) "Because you're the only shinobi in the world who can surpass the Fourth. That's what I believe."
  • "Sorry I'm late, I'm afraid I got lost on the path of life."
  • "Those who break the rules of the ninja world are scum...yes that's true. However...those who abandon their friends....are worse than scum."
  • "Sorry I'm late. A black cat passed my path and I needed to take the long way."
  • "Well...it looks like...this is it for me. Obito...Rin..."
  • (To Sakumo) "Regardless of what happened, you did the best you could. I understand that now... You broke the rules for all our sakes -- I'm proud of you now..."


Kakashi has ranked within the top five characters in every official Shonen Jump popularity poll, acquiring the first position as the most popular character several times.In the most recent poll, he ranked second, with Sasuke Uchiha acquiring the top position. There has not been another official poll since the poll as of 2006. In an interview, Dave Wittenberg, who does the voice acting for Kakashi in the English dub, comments that he feels he is similar to the character since he tends to have one eye open at a time and he becomes angry if he is interrupted while reading. He also added that what he likes most about Kakashi is his relation with his students, noting him to be a very nice person. Merchandise based on Kakashi's character has also been released, including plush dolls, key chains,and a limited edition figurine.

Several publications for manga, anime, video games, and other related media have provided praise and criticism on Kakashi's character. IGN noted the duality of Kakashi's serious persona in combat and his laid back, apathetic countenance when dealing with his students, but accepted that he is one of the most popular characters in the series.They also commented that Kakashi is one of the more popular characters they have seen cosplayed at anime conventions. Active Anime celebrated Kakashi's abilities, noting that he fell into the overall theme of characters hiding detailed personalities and secrets.T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews derided Kakashi as a stereotypical "Man of Mystery" seen in other shōnen manga, but praised him as being much more interesting than the three main characters, and felt that for all intents and purposes, the show could be renamed simply "Kakashi."In the Anime Awards 2006 from About.com, Kakashi won in the category "Best Supporting Male Character".He was also a nominatee during the first "Nickelodeon Magazine Comics Awards" in the category "Best Hair in Comics". However, he lost to Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.


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So Baku and I went to the supermarket, spent a little under 100 dollars and came out with what seemed like a ton of groceries. There's pretty much no food anywhere except tons of Ramen (which we've had for a long time). All we can remember buying is Kool-Aid mix, tea bags, and sugar to mix with them. That was the important stuff apparently. So now I'm drinking this blue raspberry flavored Kool-Aid and it's delicious. Normally I don't venture beyond grape, cherry, or strawberry kiwi.

Moving on, just recently discovered we have a JoAnn Fabrics here. It's in this magical, hidden shopping center past the mall and right across from an equally magical and mysteriously laid out Borders with secret dungeon where all the manga, sci-fi/fantasy, and young adult books are kept. There's also a Japanese grill and sushi restuarant in the same shopping center. JoAnn was like cosplay heaven. I thought I saw every fabric imaginable in every color and print I could possibly want. I spent a fair amount of time playing in the shiny fabric section; it's like the forbidden fruit of cosplay. It's been very much ingrained in my mind that shiny satin and those cheap pretty polyester prints and sparkly, gauzy fabrics are evil and should be shunned. But it's so attractive and you can't help but run your fingers across the fabric and give it a swish and maybe wrap yourself in it for a minute....


Since we didn't go to Colossal Con and instead are planning for Sugoi Con, I decided to change my cosplay plans since I have more time and new interests. It's funny because Sugoi Con takes place Halloween weekend; everyone will be walking around in cosplay but not getting any of the usual funny looks from non-con goers. Anyways, I have two outfits planned, Sakura from Tsubasa, Infinity World--which is probably my favorite world. And the second...I'm keeping secret until I get the accessory I just ordered that will make it really obvious. I'll post pictures when I get it. Found wigs for both and saving for them.

Looked at sewing machines and found a reasonably priced one with all the basic functions. Looked through dress patterns and realized the pattern I used for my devout dress could be used again for my Sakura dress. Breaking it down, I just have to make the dress flare and add sleeves. The pack had multiple patterns that included sleeves and a flared skirt which I didn't use yet. I've got to find a pattern online for a collar and the little cap thingy (I think there's one for this in G&L Bible). I realized both my outfits are almost completely black.--might as well buy an entire bolt of black fabric.

Other "cool" thoughts...

Romeo x Juliet vol. 1 of the anime series comes out June 23. Yay! I've almost finished my second book for the summer (I've been really lazy and not reading much). There's chocolate meringue pie to eat in the fridge! This show on TLC called Cake Boss is nuts; I want to slap just about everybody on that show. My kitty is sleeping and being good. And now Charade starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant is getting ready to come on! Plants vs. Zombies is awesome game and also crack. Apparently staying at home and doing nothing is the cool thing to do now. Occasionally, I get bored and a little stir crazy and demand Baku take me somewhere or I leave him behind sleeping while I go somewhere girly or nerdy like the mall, the nail salon, or Fraser Arms Museum, or the library...
Lily, my cat, a little disgruntled that I woke her up and took a photo.
Lily, my cat, a little disgruntled that I woke her up and took a photo.

So I guess it's question time:

What's your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Have you ever gone shopping, spent a whole lot of money and then a few days later when you can't find anything you want or need, wonder what the hell you bought? Favorite world in Tsubasa Chronicles? Do you get easily seduced and entrapped by shiny fabrics? Do watch old movies, and if so what kind? When you're tired of staying home, where do you like to go?

Oh and also, looking to compile a list of animes/mangas based on "classic literature"--not necessarily European. So far I know: RXJ, Tales of the Genji, and Count of Monte Cristo...I also want to venture to say...I think I've seen clips of an anime Little Women... Any others you guys know of?






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SENTAI FILMWORKS ANNOUNCES

THREE NEW LICENSES

 

DVD Collections Slated For August Release

 

 

HOUSTON, June 1, 2009—Sentai Filmworks today announced its acquisition of three new anime properties, including the underwater action series Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, the yuri mecha mashup Destiny of the Shrine Maiden, and the superhero comedy Dokkoida?!. ADV Films handles North American home media distribution for Sentai Filmworks and will release each title on DVD this August.

 

 

DAPHNE IN THE BRILLIANT BLUE

COLLECTION ONE

 

Sentai Filmworks is pleased to present the first installment in the underwater sci-fi comedy Daphne in the Brilliant Blue. Daphne in the Brilliant Blue Collection One arrives in stores August 18. 

 

Animated by powerhouse studio JC Staff (Azumanga Daioh, Excel Saga), Daphne in the Brilliant Blue follows the madcap adventures of a military academy reject who ends up part of a most unusual sort of help-for-hire agency. Originally distributed in North America by Geneon Entertainment, Daphne in the Brilliant Blue may best be described as a “fun, fast-paced piece of nonsense” (DVD Verdict).

 

Synopsis Maia is having a very bad day. Her life-long dreams to join the elite Marine Environment Agency wither and die, when, despite everyone’s high expectations, she fails the entrance exams. Then, with the loss of her student status, she gets evicted! Penniless, homeless, and unemployed, Maia finds herself in the middle of a shoot-out between fugitive convicts and the Nereides – sexy agents who only take the most high-paying and dangerous jobs. Desperate, Maia agrees to a job in the next Nereides operation – as bait!

 

Daphne In the Brilliant Blue Collection One (SRP $39.98 DVD) is a two disc release including the series’ first 13 episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. 

 

DVD Product Details

 

Volume: 1 (of 2)

Running Time: 325 mins.

Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: SF-DBB100

UPC: 702727201820

Pre-Book Date: 7/21/2009

Street Date: 8/18/2009

Format: DVD

SRP: $39.98

 

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

 

 

 

DESTINY OF THE SHRINE MAIDEN

COMPLETE COLLECTION

 

Sentai Filmworks is happy to announce Destiny of the Shrine Maiden Complete Collection, a full series set that hits store shelves August 25.

 

Destiny of the Shrine Maiden mashes up the yuri and mecha genres to create a delicious gumbo of hot girls, giant robots, and mystical love triangles that will leave you begging for more. Originally released in the US under the Japanese title Kannazuki no Miko, Destiny of the Shrine Maiden Complete Collection assembles all 13 episodes in one DVD set.

 

Synopsis: The Advent of the Priestess of the Godless Month! Shy, timid Himeko happily attends school with both the popular and beautiful Chikane and her childhood friend, Souma, blissfully unaware of what's in store for her. However, the destiny of these three changes on Himeko's 16th birthday when the mark of the sun appears on her chest. What does this solar mark represent? At the same time, why has a black aura of agony burst forth from Souma? Who is the enemy? The legend of the eight-headed beast returns to Japan!

 

Destiny of the Shrine Maiden Complete Collection (SRP $39.98 DVD) is a two disc anamorphic release including the entire 12 episode series, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. 

 

DVD Product Details

 

Running Time: 300 min.

Age Rating: TV MA

CAT: SF-DSM100

UPC: 702727202025

Pre-Book Date: 7/28/2009

Street Date: 8/25/2009

Format: DVD

SRP: $39.98

 

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

 

 

 

DOKKOIDA?!

COMPLETE COLLECTION

 

Sentai Filmworks is excited to announce the forthcoming Dokkoida?! Complete Collection, which hits store shelves August 25.

 

Dokkoida?! is a mischievous send-up of superheroes, Ultraman, and diapers that is both “unpredictable… and darned funny!” (Anime World). Originally distributed in North America by Geneon Entertainment, Dokkoida?! is adapted from a popular light novel series that has also been made into a manga (published in the United States by DC Comics under its CMX imprint).

 

Synopsis: The Galaxy Federation Police (GFP) desperately wants to cover-up its personnel shortage with new mechanized power-suits. Suzuo, 19-years old, desperately needs a job. Tampopo needs an earthling to fit the prototype of her company's suit and declares Suzuo the perfect candidate! Strong competitors and the wacky A-class criminals fight against our hero in diapers, but they must not recognize each other out of costume or the test results will be a failure. Still, it’s OK if they all live in the same apartment building to save money, right?

 

Dokkoida?! Complete Collection Collection (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a two disc release including the entire 12 episode series, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. 

 

DVD Product Details

 

Running Time: 300 mins.

Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: SF-DK100

UPC: 702727202124

Pre-Book Date: 7/28/2009

Street Date: 8/25/2009

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

About Sentai Filmworks:

Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing licensors of anime in North America, including hit series like Clannad and Princess Resurrection. Sentai Filmworks is distributed on a non-exclusive basis by ADV Films.


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CRUNCHYROLL PARTNERS WITH NORTH AMERICA¹S LARGEST ASIAN ENTERTAINMENT
DISTRIBUTOR AND CONTENT PROVIDER TAI SENG ENTERTAINMENT

Leading Content Provider and Distributor of Asian Motion Pictures and
Television Series to Stream on the Number One Online Destination for Anime
and Asian Entertainment

San Francisco, CA (June 1, 2009) ‹ The number one (1) online destination for
anime and asian content, Crunchyroll, strikes a deal with North America¹s
largest asian entertainment distributor and content provider, Tai Seng
Entertainment, to begin streaming their highly popular modern dramas, kung
fu series, celebrity shows and beauty pageants starting today. More
information can be found at
http://www.crunchyroll.com/publisher/TAI_SENG_ENTERTAINMENT.

Titles that are/will-be-shortly streaming on the highly popular and legal
site include:

· LEGEND OF THE CONDOR HEROES
· THE DUKE OF THE MOUNT DEER
· CHISEEN
· MISS HONG KONG PAGEANT 2008
· MR HONG KONG CONTEST 2008
Title Synopsis:

LEGEND OF THE CONDOR HEROES
Kwok Siu Tin and Yeung Tit Sum's assistance to Yau Chu Kei, a Taoist priest,
in fighting against the Kam army unfold the tragic fate befallen them. The
Kam Prince falls for the beauty of Sum's wife. In order to have her as his
wife, he must do away with Sum and Tin. Tin is killed and his wife is lucky
to have escaped to Mongolia, where she gives birth to her son Ching (Wong
Yat Wah). Eighteen years later, Ching, together with the Seven Grotesques,
goes south to the mainland. There he meets with Wong Yung where their
romance begins. Ching meets with Hung Chat Gong, the North Beggar, and Chow
Pak Tung, the aged mischievous child, and they pass onto him their supreme
Kung Fu. After succeeding Gong as the leader of the leader of the Beggar's
Clan, Yung returns to her home on the Peach Blossom Island with Ching. They
are stunned at seeing five of the Seven Grotesques lying dead on the Island.
Ching is mad and condemns Yung's father, Wong Yeuk Shi, the East Infidel, to
have killed his teachers. Meanwhile, the great event in the martial arts
world, the Kung Fu Masters Meet, is also approaching. Kung Fu masters from
every corner of China gather at the Peak of Wah Shan to stand trial. The
five Kung Fu supermen, the East Infidel, West Venom, South King, North
Beggar, and Aged Mischievous Child are all present. Who will be the chief?

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Legend_of_the_Condor_Heroes?src=legendoft
hecondorheroes
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Legend_of_the_Condor_Heroes?src=legendof
thecondorheroes>

THE DUKE OF MOUNT DEER
Wai Siu Po (Leung Chiu Wai) grew up in a brothel in Yang Zhou with his
mother. One day, he is caught by the old eunuch (Lau Siu Ming) and sent to
the Palace for helping the Universal Clan. There he gets to know the emperor
- Hong Hei (Lau Tak Wah), and the two become good friends. Po Helps Hei
stamps out the treacherous minister and has become an extremely highly
regarded official. The leader (Tsang Kong) of the Universal Clan is so
impressed by Po that he takes him as his secret follower. And when Po is
asked to kill Hei, he is put in a dilemma.

Po enjoys indulging his passion for girls and he has seven wives. After Hei
has stamped out the rebellions in different provinces, he requests Po to
destroy the Universal Clan. Po realizes only then that Hei has in fact
learnt of his secret for quite some time...

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_Duke_of_the_Mount_Deer?src=dukeofthem
ountdeer
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_Duke_of_the_Mount_Deer?src=dukeofthe
mountdeer>

CHISEEN
An insane anthology of some of Hong Kong's biggest stars and friends
performing stomach-churning, neck-breaking crazy combination of daredevil
tribute to MTV's Jackass and Punk'd will leave you cringing, crying and
hysterical with disbelief. The CHISEEN crew includes Daniel Wu (actor), Sam
Lee (actor), Mark Young (producer), Jack Lando (former teacher), and Min Yoo
(pizzeria owner). But keep a look out for Michelle Yeoh, Josie Ho, Ase Wong,
Amanda Strang, Terence Yin, Maggie Q and more as they are either targeted by
the crew or take part of their outlandish escapades.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Chiseen?src=chiseents
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Chiseen?src=chiseents>

MISS HONG KONG PAGEANT 2008
The MISS HONG KONG PAGEANT is a beauty pageant organized by the leading Hong
Kong television station, Television Broadcasts (TVB). Many MISS HONG KONG
PAGEANT contestants have gone on to have movie careers as it is quite
typical for the top contestants to garner television contracts from TVB.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Miss_Hong_Kong_Pageant_2008?src=misshkg_t
s
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Miss_Hong_Kong_Pageant_2008?src=misshkg_
ts>

MR. HONG KONG CONTEST 2008
The MR HONG KONG CONTEST 2008is a beauty contest for young men, organized by
leading Hong Kong television station, Television Broadcasts (TVB). The
contest has been an annual event since 2005, and winners will have the
opportunity to represent Hong Kong for the Mister World contest. Judges for
the contest are all women.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Mr_Hong_Kong_Contest_2008?src=mrhkg_ts
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Mr_Hong_Kong_Contest_2008?src=mrhkg_ts>
About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length
episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian
entertainment. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders
including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, d-rights, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony
Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa
Broadcasting Corporation America, and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and
Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese anime industry
and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like Naruto
Shippuden, Gintama, and many others online to its subscribers within one
hour of its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association
of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International Merchandisers
Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock.


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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A Monkey Island I revamp AND a new Monkey Island game!? *dies and goes to heaven*

  



  

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O_o;;
Turns out he's not REALLY a ninja, he's just some guy with a scanlation site. Huh.
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CLASH OF THE TITANS! ANIME EXPO® 2009 ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE
BANDS FINALISTS

Six (6) Final Bands to Duke it out Live at Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga
Convention

Anaheim, California (June 1, 2009) ‹ Fans of Japanese anime music are in for
a treat as six (6) highly talented bands meet for the final round and
compete LIVE for the ultimate championship title of the 3rd Annual Anime
Expo® 2009 Battle of the Bands Champion at the nation¹s largest anime and
manga convention; July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More
information can be found on the website at www.anime-expo.org
<http://www.anime-expo.org> .

The six (6) final bands are:

· The Black Crystals
· Nik
· Electric Sex Pants
· Broken Lane
· Dynamite Bomber
· Makenai

Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Hiroyuki Imaishi, Daisuke
Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuku 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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ANN reports that Season 3 of Shakugan no Shana is in the works and season 2 of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu will be airing in October.
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You ever wonder what the Anon thought about Cosplay?

Well, If its not All Hollows Eve... its just kinda ... strange. That not say certain females look good in certain costumes! 

But this Particular Anon always wanted to get in the suit of the Legendary Kamen/Masked Riders. Starting from Black RX... Then Dragon Knight - then Kabuto and Kiva. I am a huge fan of the series. Their was a problem with it though. The money and production. See, it takes a lot of money and some ingenuity to make these suits. I had the time just not the tools.

But if you catch me in any convention... I will be wearing a suit. Because ill be making business deals folks.

Speaking of which, I showed my friend Sabata the article dealing Yaoi selling more than Hetero. Im not too surprised about it but Sabata stated that one thing he realized that the Hetero stories are NO WHERE near as good as some of the futa and yaoi stories. The best artists he says are in the Hetero/Futa side but they just use the same American Porno Conventions and way too many "Parodies". There isnt that many Parody in Yaoi - the Gay issue is a major Political sticking point in the states, and its based on what Freud called Penis envy.

I say its more of a population issue - there are more women than men in the world, and not all of them (even sabata agrees) are pretty enough. For men, we are fighting over a much smaller group of mates. For females they have a much wider choice. This is shown in the main hentai works (note i dont see Hentai but my friend does) and the Futa - it also is split between the moe and the more endowed female. The other reason is what I stated before - its become more of a Political/Social statement. The reason why we have so many men with lipstick and painted nails is to get with the female because they cannot be masculine in a Anti-Human society as the US has become over the last 15 years. But this doesn't always work - they want a more masculine male to marry. So they are caught between a rock and a hard place. 

I think the issue comes down to the inner masculine many females dream about. The Artists do a good job of showing light out of any orifice and what not. And in a psychological sense, light is meant to be conforming and holy.

Im still going through things. I just needed to be with the guys for a few days. Forget my troubles. Think about what I need to do with my life. Things are never going to be easy anymore. I mean, GM (and Detroit and more importantly the United States) is bankrupt, females are going crazy with you know I dont know stealing money and going to Disney land and then filling false reports that two black guys car jacked her and kidnapped her daughter.  I mean really.

I think sometimes 4Chan (where Im from lol) shows the loss and lisnessness of this country. Maybe Green Day finally wrote the song that needed to be sung. "American Eulogy" 8 years too late.

Sorry, just depressed - too many things lost...nothing else is gained. 
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Yes, you can get new updates every Thursday and the site is rather appealing! That's also the day to worship her! :P
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(originally posted at NikoScream)

Thank you Tomopop for giving me a new, probably unobtainable goal to quest after. Now, I can finally fulfill two dreams of mine: to be a Kamen Rider and to have an action figure of myself.

Bandai created a new Jibun Damashii (My Spirit) SIC Kamen Rider figure, where you can have your face sculpted ontothe SIC version of Kamen Rider the Next’s Kamen Rider 1. Well, maybe not you, dear reader, unless you’re in Japan, as the orders are going to be done from a Japan-only site. Not like that’s ever stopped anyone before though. The 13,650 yen or almost $145 price tag, however, may stop some cold. Still, getting a figure with your face, combined with a full helmet, a partial helmet, spare hands and a stand with your name on it, that’s not bad.

If you’re still willing to give it a try, then be ready with your wallet and a front photo of your face on June 26 when the site begins taking orders.

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I think this is my favorite so far.

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Play Time: 46 hr 16 min 47 sec
Days Passed: 58
Saves: 105
Deaths: 2
Enemies Defeated: 330
Money Gained: 2818285 Yen
Demon Fangs Found: 80
Praise Earned: 2682

I'm surprised at the amount of stuff the game tracks. I didn't realize my deaths were being tracked, because the game doesn't show them off prominently on the save screen like Zelda games do. And I had no idea it would be tracking the amount of days that passed or the number of saves I created.

I thought I had earned a fair bit of praise, but apparently I only actually got a minimal amount of praise. There were still a lot of animals that I hadn't fed yet, and there's probably other stuff I missed too.

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Straight from Funimation:

"Due to technical issues, One Piece videos are currently not available. We are working diligently to resolve this issue and hope to be able to bring this great anime series to you very soon. Thank you."

Well, if you didn't hear someone was able to get a hold of the newest One Piece episode from Funimation's server before the episode aired in Japan (subtitles and all).

So of course this has been redistrubuted all over the Internet and I can't image TOEI is pleased by this at all.

Now what we don't really know is if their server was hacked to get the file or (more likely) someone "guessed" the file name and was able to download it from their server with nothing really illegaly done (although other people will try to tell you otherwise). If so Funimation has learned an all important lesson about the Internet! Don't put content you don't want people accessing on a publicly available server! So what have we learned today class?

Anyway's what they could have done was password protect the file and then free it up once the simulcast was to happen. It's completely understandable that they wanted to get this up and ready ASAP so they could just flip a switch and have it available.

Let's just hope that this doesn't hamper their contact to simulcast this series!


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Let's prove to GodLen how much we're happy to have him here by digging the hell out of his Power Rangers feature. Which also happens to be completely awesome anyway. Please?
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I have no objections to that notion, he could pull it off ... however do not  freaking put Vanessa Hudgens as Misa. If they do that it will be like a lame parody

however on the other hand i know an awesome Actor choice for L


Samuel L. "Motherfvckin" Jackson
Samuel L. "Motherfvckin" Jackson


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RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Launches Series Site for
GAKUEN ALICE at gakuenalice.rightstuf.com
DVD Collection to be released on June 30, 2009

GRIMES, IA, May 28, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce the launch of gakuenalice.rightstuf.com (http://gakuenalice.rightstuf.com ) – the official series site for the GAKUEN ALICE anime, which is set to make its North American DVD debut on June 30, 2009.

As part of the site’s grand opening, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment are teaming up with TOKYOPOP to offer fans the chance to win copies of the Gakuen Alice manga that have been autographed by Tachibana Higuchi, the series’ creator.

Also at gakuenalice.rightstuf.com, visitors can:

  * Watch the series trailer; 
  * Check out in-depth character profiles;
  * Read the latest news about Gakuen Alice’s North American release, plus reviews; and
  * Download new wallpapers and avatars featuring official Gakuen Alice artwork! 

The Gakuen Alice DVD Collection will be housed in a thinpak-style art box and contain the entire 26-episode television series with Japanese audio, English-language subtitles and English on-screen translations.

“ridiculously entertaining” – Future Anime
“mixes comedy with magic and adorably cute characters” – Shojo Beat
“shojo-riffic,” “rife with humor” and “addictively cute” – Anime Insider

This anime adaptation of Tachibana Higuchi’s ongoing Gakuen Alice manga features direction by Takahiro Omori (Baccano!, Hell Girl), as well as performances by Kana Ueda (“Yumi” in Maria Watches Over Us, “Rin” in Fate/stay Night and “Hayate” in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s); Rie Kugimiya (“Alphonse Elric” in Fullmetal Alchemist, “Touko” in Maria Watches Over Us and “Shana” in Shakugan no Shana); Romi Paku (“Edward Elric” in Fullmetal Alchemist, “Nana O.” in NANA); and Akira Ishida (“Chrono” in Chrono Crusade, “Shin” in NANA and “Cho Hakkai” in Saiyuki).

The original Gakuen Alice manga is serialized in Japan’s Hana to Yume girls’ anthology magazine, where it has appeared alongside titles including Fruits Basket, Hana-Kimi, Skip Beat! and S.A (Special A) since its 2003 debut. It is published in North America by TOKYOPOP.

Visit gakuenalice.rightstuf.com for more information about Gakuen Alice and to pre-order the box set.

About GAKUEN ALICE

Mikan and Hotaru are best friends! (Well, according to Mikan, anyway. Hotaru doesn't seem to care.) Then one day, Hotaru is escorted away in a fancy black car, apparently scouted by a school in Tokyo called "Alice Academy." Crushed at the loss of her favorite pal, Mikan scurries after her, determined to enroll, too! But Alice Academy is a mysterious place. Can Mikan tough it out in a school where explosions, superpowers, giant baby chicks and axe-wielding teddy bears are the norm? Though it's not as if she has a choice, because once students enter Alice Academy, there is no escape! Contains the complete 26-episode TV series!

GAKUEN ALICE DVD Collection
Pre-Book: 5/26/2009
Street Date: 6/30/2009
Runtime: Approximately 650 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Comedy
Suggested Rating: 13+

Format: DVD (Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0902
ISBN: 1-57032-795-5
UPC: 7-42617-0902-2-6
SRP: $49.99

Discs/Set: 5
Case Qty: 11

DVD Features:
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Liner notes, character bios, textless opening, textless closing and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

* Cover Art: http://outgoing.rightstuf.com/sleeves/rsdvd0902.jpg
GAKUEN ALICE © Tachibana Higuchi • Hakusensha / Alice Academy Committee 2004.
* To view this image, cut and paste the URL into your Web browser.

** Product specifications and content may be subject to change.

ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.

Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.

From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us and ARIA, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

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May 28, 2009 – TezukaInEnglish.com and Digital Manga Publishing are proud to announce an exclusive sneak peek of the "god of manga" Osamu Tezuka's SWALLOWING THE EARTH. This free online preview contains the first 25 pages of the upcoming DMP PLATINUM release, and can be accessed here:

http://www.tezukaenfrancais.com/ste/


SWALLOWING THE EARTH depicts the mysterious beauty, Zephyrus, and her quest to avenge the wrongs done to women by men over the course of human history. The story represents a turning point in the content of Tezuka's manga, marking a decidedly more adult approach in terms of satiric social commentary and human psychology. Originally written in 1968, SWALLOWING THE EARTH is an important and provocative tale in Tezuka's catalog of work. 

Usually released in two volumes, this DMP PLATINUM edition presents the entire manga in one volume. Retailing for $24.95, SWALLOWING THE EARTH will be available for the first time in English in the United States. Also included is an introduction by Tezuka’s personal friend and translator, Fred Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays.

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SWALLOWING THE EARTH- RATED YA+ (for ages 16+), MSRP: $24.95 US, 520 pages, softcover. Available: June 24, 2009

HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED.

Amidst the chaos of World War II, two Japanese soldiers hear of Zephyrus, an utterly captivating woman rumored to exist on an island in the South Pacific. The tales of this bold enchantress seducing men to their dooms are both chilling and fascinating. Over twenty years pass, and Zephyrus resurfaces in Japan, seemingly unchanged, to wield her mysterious power over men once more.

The one man immune to Zephyrus' charms is simple drunkard, Gohonmatsu Seki, son of one of the wartime soldiers. Employed to spy on Zephyrus, what will Gohonmatsu uncover about her ultimate plot to create international discord and consume the world of men? What brought this woman to conspire for decades against patriarchal society-against an entire gender-and can anything be done to stop her plans? 

OSAMU TEZUKA (Astro Boy, Buddha, Black Jack) is recognized as the father of Japanese manga. For over forty years, his creative and prolific output entertained generations of readers and continues to do so twenty years after his death. A provocative and socially conscious artist, Tezuka's themes remain relevant to this day. Worldwide, his works have been published in numerous languages and adapted in countless media, extending Tezuka's influence far beyond the shores of his homeland. 
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ABOUT DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING: Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga Publishing is one of the industry's most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the Western Hemisphere - specifically through the licensing, importation and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for the North American mainstream and subculture markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the expansion of Japanese pop culture institutions into global arenas. The company's imprint line includes DMP: its mainstream imprint, DMP PLATINUM: its classic manga imprint, JUNE´: its boys love imprint, 801 MEDIA: its adult boys love imprint, and DokiDoki: its exclusive co-publishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing. 

For more information about Digital Manga Publishing, visit www.digitalmanga.com 
 
ABOUT TEZUKA IN ENGLISH: Tezuka InEnglish (www.TezukaInEnglish.com) is an online index to the works of Osamu Tezuka, covering original works, new adaptations, fan activities and translations in English and other European languages. It began as a fan site but has since worked with numerous American publishers of Tezuka’s works to support and promote English Tezuka releases. Since Tezuka Productions took down the English Language version of their official website, TezukaInEnglish.com has been working in partnership with them as the primary English language online resource for Tezuka’s works until the new official page (http://tezukaosamu.net/) finishes constructing its English language version.

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