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VIZ MEDIA’S INUYASHA ANIME EPISODES

NOW AVAILABLE ON THE ITUNES STORE

FIRST EPISODE NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE 

San Francisco, CA, JULY, 22, 2009 - VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced today the exclusive availability of its popular INUYASHA animated series on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com) in the US and the iTunes Store (www.itunes.ca) in Canada. iTunes is launching with episodes 1-13 for $1.99 per episode or $22.99 for one full season. More episodes will be added at future dates. Find out more at www.itunes.com/tv/inuyasha. 

As a special promotion, the first episode of INUYASHA will be exclusively available on iTunes as a free download beginning today through August 31, 2009. 

INUYASHA is a hit TV anime series based on the manga by famed creator Rumiko Takahashi, who won the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for INUYASHA in 2002. Many of the Takahashi titles have been adapted into other media such as anime, live-action TV series, and film. Takahashi’s manga, as well as the other formats her work has been adapted into, have continued to delight generations of fans around the world. Distinguished by her wonderfully endearing characters, Takahashi’s work adeptly incorporates a wide variety of elements such as comedy, romance, fantasy, and martial arts. Rumiko Takahashi is an artist who truly represents the very best from the world of manga. Please visit the new official North American web site for all Rumiko Takahashi-related news and information located at www.TheRumicWorld.com.  

“We are thrilled to launch INUYASHA on iTunes, adding this mega popular anime to the many other titles now available on iTunes”, says Ken Sasaki, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, VIZ Media. “The ease of downloading these episodes from iTunes will excite die-hard INUYASHA fans as well as entice new ones’.”  

INUYASHA storyline: Pulled back in time to Japan's ancient past, Japanese high school girl Kagome finds her destiny linked to a dog-like half-demon named Inuyasha, who remembers Kagome's previous incarnation as the woman who killed him - and to the Shikon Jewel, or "Jewel of Four Souls," which can fulfill the greatest dreams of any man or monster. Now Kagome and Inuyasha must work together to search for the scattered shards of the jewel before everyone's nightmares are given the power they need to come true. 

VIZ Media publishes many titles by Rumiko Takahashi including the INUYASHA manga,

ani-manga and THE ART OF INUYASHA. For more information on the INUYASHA anime please visit Inuyasha.viz.com. For more information on VIZ Media please visit www.viz.com.
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 the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, 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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part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOG-mnaFLsI is the ecchi part!!!!
 
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This print needs to be on my wall post-haste.
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(originally posted at NikoScream)



To start off with full disclosure, I haven’t read the book (or any Harry Potter books). I haven’t even seen the previous movie.  This may give me an advantage as a watcher unbiased by the source material, but should that matter? Does being a fan of the original work hurt or hamper the adaptation viewing experience? That’ll come later. Now, onto the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie.

It was decent. I don’t really have much to say. This is a long movie, over two and a half hours, yet it doesn’t feel particularly long, or that too much is happening to keep track of. Pretty much all the characters were done well in their development, from Harry’s anger to Draco’s nervousness, from Hermione’s jealousy to Ron’s love sickness. The awkwardness of teen romances is well handled, which is good because there’s plenty of it. It seems like even wizards-to-be are not immune to high school relationship drama. The kids of the series are acted out quite nicely.

This movie isn’t perfect though. Its major problem is in the climax. It’s anticlimactic. The subplot of the mysterious Half-Blood Prince is revealed to little to no effect. The final fights are essentially over in a blink of an eye. The important character death at the end hardly has a reaction from the cast aside from a light show. The movie is pretty solid for the most part, but once we get to the Dumbledore/Draco confrontation, it goes down hill.

I did notice something when discussing the film with friends who have read the books. With most superhero films, I’m along with many fans worrying about getting the characters right and sticking with the source material and not screwing with the story too much. Sometimes I forget how it is on the other side of the audience, the side that doesn’t care about the source material.

Adaptations into movies are tricky, even with small and complete source material like the Harry Potter franchise (Yes, it is small compared to the multiple decades of any given comic book franchise). Not only will everything not make it into the film version, but there may be plot changes to better suit the medium. Subplots may be altered or even cut altogether.  This becomes especially tricky when subplots in one part of a multipart franchise become essential to the plot of a later part. The absence of such subplot in an adaptation may lead to outrage to source material fans, claiming it has ruined the future story. The flaw in this thinking? Assuming that the latter plot will go unchanged without any adjustments to fix any gaps because of a missing subplot. It can be difficult to judge the accuracy of an adaptation of a multipart series until the entire series has been adapted.

So what makes a successful adaptation? In my opinion, keeping the characters true to who they are, and keeping the minimum basics of the underlying main plot solid. By character, I don’t mean exact physical details or trivial actions. Otherwise, I’d be complaining up and down that Peter Parker’s eyes are really hazel and not blue. I mean the basic core of the character, the past that forms the character and the way the character would act in any situation that may be adapted or original.

Does this mean fans should give adaptations a break? Depends on if the characters and basic plot hold true. Organic webshooters don’t change much about who Peter Parker is and what he does, yet Superman and Lois having a kid changes the characters’ dynamic and likely kills further franchise development. Making Optimus Prime an extended engine truck with a moving mouth doesn’t keep him from being the awe-inspiring leader of the Autobots, but making Galactus into a cloud kind of kills any actual character Galactus has. Everyone will always have minor bones to pick, but understanding the basics and keeping them intact will lead to the original fans likely enjoying the work. Of course, if the original work sucks anyway, all bets are off.

Back to Harry Potter. From my limited knowledge, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a good adaptation. The characters and the plot feel right and flow well. Thematically, it could have been improved at points (namely the climax and the end), but otherwise, it’s a decent movie and does the original work justice. Criticisms may be well founded and deserved, but really it’s not all done yet anyway. There are still two more movies to go before one can truly judge the actions of this movie doom the plot of the next.

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As the chibi-sized Nendoroids from Good Smile Company continue to try and woo with its adorableness, a prototype has been spotted of Mio Akiyama from K-On!.

Her little bass and amp are lovingly detailed and I hope to see the other characters become Nendoroids too. Personally, I'd rather have Figma versions of them but the Nendoroids are too adorable not to pass up.



Now the real question is, will she have shimapan (striped panties)?

[Picture source]
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Gardena, CA (July 20, 2009)- Digital Manga Publishing is excited to announce their special guest for Yaoi-Con 2009, prolific yaoi mangaka, Makoto Tateno! Makoto Tateno has long been a fan-favorite of the yaoi community, and she is pleased to be coming to the US to meet her fans in person this October!  Her published works in the US include: Hero Heel (June'), Steal Moon (June'), Blue Sheep Reverie (June'), Angelic Runes (DMP), Red Angel (DMP), King Of Cards (CMX) and the much loved Yellow.  In another first for Tateno, Digital Manga Publishing will be putting out her first DokiDoki comedy title, Happy Boys, which revolves around the lives of five young men who work in a butler cafe', and was recently made into a Japanese television live-action comedy series. This will be Makoto Tateno's first appearance at Yaoi-Con!

To coincide with Tateno's US appearance, Digital Manga Publishing is also proud to announce the reissue of Tateno's first yaoi title in the US: Yellow. Collected into two omnibus editions, The Yellow: Omnibus Edition v.1 collects the first two volumes of the series into one special collection, with some new content.  For fans who attend Yaoi-Con, they'll get their hands on advances of this reissued title first, and they can get it signed in person by Makoto Tateno! 

Yaoi-Con takes place over the Halloween weekend, October 30-November 1, in beautiful San Mateo. For more information on Yaoi-Con, including location, hotels, and registration, please visit their site at: www.yaoicon.com

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YELLOW: OMNIBUS EDITION VOL. 1, Rated M+ (for ages 18+), MSRP: $19.95, Available: November 18, 2009, 5.87"x 8.25", 385 pages!, June' Imprint

Taki and Goh share just about everything – their apartment in the city, their job as elite drug “snatchers” and even dinner duty. But hot Goh wants to go much deeper undercover with his gorgeous partner. Too bad Taki doesn’t swing that way...or does he? If yellow is the warning color, will this team finally end up in-the-red (and in bed)? Boys will be boys, and the hot guys of Yellow are no exception. An illicit thrill-ride from cover to cover, this hip drama turns up the heat on every page and guarantees to get your heart fired-up! Back by popular demand, this limited edition omnibus collects volumes 1 and 2 of the original series, with some unseen artwork and unpublished content!

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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 
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First these are a new thing i'm doing, just going to put my thoughts on games (there will also be Anime Thoughts) these won't have actual reviews, just my thoughts on various subjects. so lets start

I played Fallout 3 a while back, and i was was thinking about writing a review, but after watching some videos of it, i figure that i didn't play through enough to give it a fair review (still would have been pretty good) This is duo to the Expansion backs I was thinking of re-renting Fallout 3 (I Use GameFly) and buying the Expansions, though i don't think there out for the PS3 and i refuse to start over again with the Xbox version (plus using a new set of controls) But thinking about it this is Bestheda, a year after releasing Elder Scrolls: Oblivion they released a game of the year edtion with all of the DLC released packaged with it, so i decied to look it up and sure enough in October Bethesda plans to release a GOTY edtion for both Xbox 360 and PS3, this will include all five DLC packs relased up till then. But with this trend that Bethesda has, i was thinking maybe i should just wait a year be fore playing there high end titles.


These have been random video games thoughts from The Psycho Gamer
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Well it been one more week and the monsters of Space-time and Anime have took over, most in Baltimore so keep a look out people. In any case we'll all be here at home and with nothing to do we'll be doing the podcast again. Yea! So much fun!

So remember tomorrow July 22, 2009 at 10pm CST. So check in everyone.
If you want to join follow these simple steps.
1 Have a mic (we also find the a RockBand mic works too cool)
2 Just get Skype, It free so, no worries
3. Set up a Skype ID
4 Then PM m, so I can call you for the show.
Or you can drop a message below.
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Yep this guy i don`t even have a rpg profile up for him at all and i`m not planning to except for this though lol.
Kelleth
Kelleth

Kelleth is a young kid (14/16) of great wealth who grew up in a big city located in the Sech empire of the Rune Factory franchise. All was well with his live and he was honoured on getting trained to join the Sech Empire`s new experimental legion powered by both the skills of battle and the power of their technology, the Rune magic, and the power of a fraction of the Grimoire`s essence for super human power. But after the battle with Raguna and the rest of Norad it all went array. The new emperor who inherited Ethelberd`s throne held a grudge against Kelleth`s father for a long time and he decides that this is his chance to cut those lose ends. He lets his troops attack Kelleth`s home and raid the whole mansion clean. But Kelleth`s family where long gone by the time the order was sent. And as they proceed to escape to the Norad country in a aircraft Kelleth suddenly falls ill and the tattoo giving to him that holds the essence of the Grimoire starts to leak and cover his body, until he suddenly disappears leaving only a few shreds of black light flying away in the wind. His parents believing that the essence killed Kelleth still flew on to safety crying about they`re lost child.

But a few months later in the North east of the Norad country Kelleth appears to walk out of a dimensional portal apparently unscathed and he seems to remember everything that has happened but he still doesn't know how the hell he got there and where his parents are. So as he walks around in search of food he comes by an old torn down farm which he checks for food. Only to find a couple of old tools, a few seeds and a beat up old bed in a musty atmosphere. He lets himself fall down on the bed and falls fast asleep sad about the fact that he still can`t find anything to eat. A few hours later Kelleth is woken up by a loud crash and a quick slap to the face by an angry girl who kicks him out saying that she doesn't want any hobo`s on her Great Uncle`s land. And as he tries to run he quickly realises that the farm is surrounded by ogre`s so he rushes back to the shed grabbing the girl by the arm and throwing her inside the shed to protect her. He tries to fend them of with a fire spell but it didn't work his powers seem to have been lowered significantly for some reason. The girl screams: what the hell are you trying to do? as she throws an old hoe to him which he uses to fend of the beasts. After finally winning the harsh first battle the girl comes forth from the shed saying that her name is Deselliah and since Kelleth saved her he can stay on her Great Uncle`s land at least for awhile. And so enters the usual Rune Factory: A Harvest moon Fantasy story line of farming, mining, fishing, killing and breeding monsters and all of that, while still trying to get that one girl lol

Notes:
1 All the characters and places are owned by Natsume (except kelleth and Deselliah of course)
2 Raguna is the hero of the first game
3 The Grimoire is a dragon and the most powerful monster of that world its pretty much godlike.
4 The north east region that i described ain`t official it doesnt exist in any of the games owned by Natsume.
5 Monsters don`t get killed they get send back to the First Forest a magical place that is considered to be the origin of all life.
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Otakon® 2009 Unofficial Attendance Numbers  

 

Baltimore, MD (July 19, 2009) – As of the close of the convention, the head of Otakon Registration announced an unofficial headcount of 26,350 members from picked up pre-registration and at-con registration. Usually, the difference between the unofficial numbers and the official confirmed headcount is a couple hundred members, according to Otakon officials.  

 

This year, Otakon did not offer Sunday one-day memberships, which had boosted previous year's totals, notes Otakon president Matt Smiechowski. He added that, despite issues with the economy, Otakon saw moderate growth while many otherlarge-scale events that take place in the Baltimore Convention Center have faltered recently. "We can call Otakon a success," he said.  

  

Last year's official count was 26,262.  

 

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.  

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Kotobukiya offers free Shunya Yamashita poster at San Diego Comic-Con

Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s #1 collector toy company Kotobukiya announces an original illustration of Marvel comics heroines has been created by master illustrator Shunya Yamashita. Yamashita-sensei has designed many of the new statues in the Marvel X Bishoujo series, and now has captured Rogue, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch is a new, more playful light. This image was commissioned specifically for the San Diego Comic-Con, and as a special treat for fans, the image will be featured as a free poster as the centerfold of Kotobukiya’s SDCC catalog.  

The future of the Marvel X Bishoujo Statue series will be previewed with sneak peeks at two new character designs. These will be formally announced during the Marvel Presentation at the Kotobukiya booth 1pm on Friday July 24th, co-hosted by Marvel’s Jesse Falcon. All this is in addition to the already announced SDCC Exclusive Yelena Belova Black Widow, and the SDCC Debut sales for Rogue and Natasha Romanoff Black Widow Bishoujo Statues.

Please visit www.KotoUs.com for the most recent information, or stop by Booth #2601 during Comic-Con July 22~26 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Free catalog/poster offer valid while supplies last.

Marvel, Rogue, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow: TM & © 2009 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Licensed by Marvel Characters B.V. www.marvel.com. All rights reserved.

About Kotobukiya

With over 50 years experience in the toy industry, Kotobukiya has grown into Japan's number one collector toy company, with a peerless reputation for quality and craftsmanship. Kotobukiya is always striving to further improve the material, detail, and design of all products. Kotobukiya continues to attract the attention of not only top artistic talents, but also the favor of publishers and licensors who wish to work with only the best the toy and collectibles industry has to offer. For more information, please visit www.KotoUS.com.

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My birthday wasbusy and fun, (almost) everyone was there except my aunt whose is still busy running a marathon i think lol. I had many gift but most of them aren`t Anime related (the Marvels Paperback, socks, belts, some money and a €40,- gift certificate from ACME! just what i wanted woot!) so i didn't really went my way to make pics of them XD Any ways i`m really happy with two great figures i received from my Father and two Sisters that of MazinKaiser and Shin Getter Robo both are high grade and simple awesome so here are some pics for you guys to drool over :)



PS: This was taken from the to of my stairs so i didn't make that many and none with shots of the feet there is no need to see our laundry lol
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FUNimation® Entertainment today announced the cast and crew for the 13 episode unique fantasy anime series "Spice and Wolf".

 

Main Cast:

Chloe – Jamie Marchi

HoloBrina Palencia

Lawrence – J. Michael Tatum

Nora – Leah Clark

Weiz – Eric Vale

Zheren – John Burgmeier

Additionally, the first release will feature episodic character performances by such veteren actors as Christopher Ayers, Bob Carter and Chuck Huber.

ADR Director: Justin Nordell

Line Producer: Colleen Clickenbeard

 

About Spice and Wolf

Lawrence, a traveling merchant searching for profit, finds a naked girl with the ears and tail of a wolf asleep in his cart. Her name is Holo – a harvest goddess with an untamed beast lurking inside who longs to return to her beloved northern home. Armed with his street smarts and her animal instincts, a simple peddler and a forgotten deity begin a journey through the wild countryside.

 

This original series is directed by Takeo Takahashi ("Rozen Maiden", "Tenchi Universe", "The Story of Saiunkoku") and produced by Imagin.

 

FUNimation Entertainment will release the 13 episode series in one complete season set later this year.

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FUNimation® Entertainment today announced the cast and crew for the 26 episode supernatural action anime series "Nabari No Ou".

 

Main Cast:

Miharu- Brina Palencia

Yoite- Joel McDonald

Tobari- Eric Vale

Koichi- Chris Burnett

Yukimi- Rob McCollum

Raimei- Kate Oxley

Additionally, the first release will feature episodic character performances by Michael Tatum, Greg Ayres, Kent Williams, Jamie Marchi, Caitlin Glass, Christopher Bevins, and Stephanie Young.

Line Producer/ADR Director: Colleen Clinkenbeard / Monica Rial

ADR Scripts: Eric Vale & Monica Rial

 

About Nabari No Ou

In the shadows of this modern world, ninjas fight for control of an ancient technique which holds untold strength. This coveted power dwells within apathetic Miharu, a fact the guy really couldn’t care less about – until the clashing rival clans bring their battle to him.
 
Now Miharu struggles to understand the mystery buried in his soul, and must choose a side if he hopes to survive. But when conflict is waged in secret, and lethal ninjas hide in plain sight, friend and foe prove difficult to tell apart.  

 

This original series is directed by Kunihisa Sugishima ("Speed Grapher", "Yu-Gi-Oh!", "Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom", "Strike Witches") and produced by J.C. Staff.

 

FUNimation Entertainment will release the 26 episode series in two 13 episode season sets later this year.

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Hey guys im SoulxEaterxEvans
i am an anime junkie and my fav is soul eater
i have seen all 51 episodes and i am about to start the manga
i hope to have a good time but for now i g2g so ill catch u guys later
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Blog writhen by lunermoth, don't ask questons we got our ways.
http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-07-18T12_59_34-07_00
NEW Guess Outlaw Spike has a Band, you should check out his MySpace.
Joint the IRC

Don't be an Ass.

OMG it Miyazaki glamp.

Something else

and BOA

My Crunchyroll getting soggy.

Manga on the PSP.

4kids is trying to make someone happy, still fails.

Ellen might like anime, but I could care less.

itunes has more anime.

So dose Xbox

Bandai is playing with your feelings.

Anime Games, the good, the bad, and not so good.

The 6th child of Eva, I think I got a shot.

Yen we own you soul but still severs you tea.

Take to the Skies, Aniplex

Will someone shut up Brazil about Michael.

Is 2ed season of Haruhi getting license? I got 5 bucks on yes.

Japan need to get a life.

Hey this show looks cool.

AMV hit me to hard. I think I see blood. Is that blood, Ya that blood.

Project Gundam File 1, 2, 3, & 4

Haruhi is real! Real I say!

Backhand your catgirl every now and then. Show them who boss.

Can We have your money Japan if you just trowing it out

The People vs. Yakuza, I would use a horse head for imitations.

Twilight manhwa, BURN IT, Burn it in the fires of your rage!

FMA figures, we guess their ok.
Hey cool kicks.
I speaka engrish, (I also bet you can find misspellings above, But lets ingnore that)
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New York, NY – July 15, 2009 – Syfy has renewed and expanded a content licensing deal with Starz Media's anime distribution arm, Manga Entertainment. The new agreement renews the weekly Ani-Monday programming block on Monday nights from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET. This month marks the beginning of a new season of Ani-Mondays and a new, two-hour programming block on sister channel, Chiller that will air horror-based anime programming on Mondays from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET will be added. Ani-Monday and the Chiller anime block will feature a collection of movies, series and shorts from Starz Media's anime distribution arm, Manga Entertainment.

Ani-Monday showcases new content including the recently launched season two of the popular “Gundam 00” series from Bandai Entertainment. This joins a lineup geared towards anime fans and enthusiasts, including “Gurenn Lagann,” “RaveMaster” and motion comics based on the popular “Street Fighter” series. The Chiller anime block will air popular, blood-thirsty titles including “Blood: The Last Vampire”, “Ninja Scroll” and episodes of “Descendants of Darkness.”

“Ani-Mondays have become appointment viewing for anime lovers, now entering its third year on Syfy,” said Thomas Vitale, Syfy's senior vice president, programming and original movies. “With more anime programming coming our way and an opportunity for cross-promotion with the new programming block on our sister channel, Chiller, we are very pleased that this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for our viewers.”

“Starz Media and Manga Entertainment are blessed to have a deep and loyal fan base for anime and such a terrific partnership that allowed us to renew and expand our relationship with Syfy and now, Chiller,” added MARC DeBevoise, Starz Media senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy. “Anime fans – new and old – will now have an unmatched opportunity to enjoy their Mondays.”


Many of the programs in the block will be made available for rental and download on digital platforms through Starz Digital Media's network of distribution relationships after their airings on Syfy and Chiller, with clips and additional information available at www.manga.com.

About Starz Digital Media
Starz Digital Media, an operating division of Starz Media, LLC, is responsible for all digital and on-demand distribution of library content from Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Originals from Starz Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment. Through a range of distribution and marketing partnerships with multichannel video providers, Internet distributors and wireless operators worldwide, Starz Digital Media makes its content available under numerous business models including download-to-own/electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming. The division also programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and develops games and gaming-related content from many of its properties for distribution worldwide.

About Manga Entertainment
Manga Entertainment Ltd (www.manga.com), a division of Starz Media, LLC, is an entertainment company specializing in the production, marketing and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, television, Internet, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga Entertainment content is marketed and distributed for television by Starz Media, in traditional home video outlets by Anchor Bay Entertainment, and across digital platforms by Starz Digital Media through its various online video and gaming platform partners. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com), a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide, is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

About Chiller
Chiller, the recently-launched channel from NBC Universal, is the only network devoted to delivering viewers round-the-clock scares. Chiller's eclectic slate of adrenaline-fueled, soul-stirring entertainment includes classic drama and anthology series (Tales from the Darkside, Twin Peaks, Nightmare Cafe), international programming (Spine Chilers, Strange) and a broad offering of films, including feature-length premieres on the first Friday of each month. Chiller is currently available in 35 million homes. To learn more, visit: www.chillertv.com.

About Syfy
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as Sci Fi Channel, and currently in 95 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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STARTING POINT: 1979-1996

TRACES THE FIRST HALF OF THE CAREER OF FAMED ANIMATION DIRECTOR HAYAO MIYAZAKI

NEW FROM VIZ MEDIA  

Comprehensive Edition Will Debut As Miyazaki’s Latest Animated Film Hits Theatres In North America This Summer   

San Francisco, CA, July 17, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the publication of the first of a new collection of essays, interviews, memoirs and manga from legendary animation director, Hayao Miyazaki, titled STARTING POINT: 1979-1996. STARTING POINT: 1979-1996 has an estimated street date of August 4 and will carry an MSRP of $29.99 US and $34.99 Canada. 

The book will cover the first-half of Miyazaki’s legendary career, during which he rose from humble beginnings to create some of the most seminal animated features ever made, including Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso, as well as his launch of Studio Ghibli. A fitting introduction is offered by John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney. Ponyo is Miyazaki’s newest feature film and will be released by Walt Disney in North America this August.  

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the world’s most beloved animation directors. In September 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the Festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. His notable films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle, all of which have received tremendous acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki’s other achievements include the highly regarded manga series NAUSICAä OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, which is also published domestically by VIZ Media (rated ‘T’ for Teens). VIZ Media also publishes many other Hayo Miyazaki books including the for CASTLE IN THE SKY, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, SPIRITED AWAY, PRINCESS MONONOKE and more. VIZ Media also publishes many of Hayo Miyazaki’s beautiful and engaging Art Books and Picture Books. 

“Hayao Miyazaki is known and loved around the world for his imaginative films that continue to delight children and adults,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for VIZ Media. “STARTING POINT presents, in Miyazaki’s own words, his philosophies towards life, his work, the animation industry both in Japan and abroad, and his creative inspirations and motivations. He also offers lots of stories, many of them quite humorous, which show the extent of his complete dedication to animated film and the people with whom he works. We invite fans to enjoy this chronicle of the life of a man whose own dreams have come true.”

 

In the first two decades of his career, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki laid the groundwork for his legendary movies. STARTING POINT is a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that go back to the roots of Miyazaki's childhood, the formulation of his theories of animation, and the founding of Studio Ghibli. 
Before directing such acclaimed films as Spirited Away, Miyazaki was just another salaried animator, but with a vision of his own. Follow him as he takes his first steps on the road to success, experience his frustrations with the manga and animation industries that often suffocate creativity, and realize the importance of bringing the childhood dreams of the world to life.
 

VIZ Media will also be releasing the PONYO PICTURE BOOK and THE ART OF PONYO, both due to release on August 4,2009. Volumes 1 and 2 of THE PONYO FILM COMIC will be released on August 11, with other volumes to follow. 

For more information on any VIZ Media titles, please visit www.viz.com. 

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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