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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 

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

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I done the worst animes I think that are out  their.  Now I would be my most favorite ones.  

1. Tenchi Universe.  Here a link to my review of Tenchi Universe.   Tenchi Universe.

2. Tenchi Muyo. The new Muyo Esp. that came in 2003 are only OK. I would recommend that you want the old DVD to Muyo. The one's from 1992 show. That way you get some the best of Tenchi. 


3. His and Her Circumstances. The manga name is Kare Kano. This anime has such a strong cast that any of the minor characters in this anime could have their own show and it would be really good.

4. Maison Ikkoku. The best love story in anime between adults.


5. Blue Seed.  This anime put the United States in a good light.  Most animes tend not to do that.  Some of best of Blue Seed happens after the show.  During Omake theater shorts.  Some of them are funny and some of them are really serious.  The one should not watch is the one with Momiji grandmother.  If you seen this short you know what I talking about.

6. Golden Boy.  Golden Boy is guilty pressure of mine.  The manga version not so much.  Let just say they take Kintaro Oe really nasty/sick fetish form the anime and make it a main stay in the manga.  That’s was really not good idea.  This one not for kids.  Both the anime and manga.

7. Oh My Goddess.  The story is really sold and just wish more animes were made like this one.

8.  Cowboy Bebop.  This is show you should watch over and over again and not get tired of it.

9. Hana Yori Dango. Aka Boys Over Flowers.  For one thing it’s a great Shojo title and another thing this anime got my little sister into reading manga.  All in all that is a very good thing. 

10. Hellsing.  What a anime that dose a good job with the vampire gene Outside of Vampire Hunter D.

11. Tenchi in Tokyo.  I know Tenchi in Tokyo was the worst of the three Tenchi shows, but it still Tenchi and you have to admit the art style was not that bad in this show.

12.  Maria-sama Ga Miteru.  I love the slow pace of the show.  It really works for this show.  I just wish Right Stuff would lower their price on the season box set.  They didn’t English Dub it so cost should be that high.  Some one tell Ellen Degeneres that this show out their so she can put it on her web site.  

13. Revolutionary Girl Utena.  This is type of anime that I can watch over and over and still get something new from it each time.

14. Outlaw Star.  Two words why I love this show.  Gene Starwind.  

15. Princess Nine.  Bad News Bears meets A League Of Their Own and it words perfectly.  I hope some one brings over Taishou Yakyuu Musume when the time comes.   At least I would buy it.

16. Lupin the 3rd TV or what lupin fans like to say is the Red Jacket series.

17. Strawberry Eggs.  You think this show would be really creep show, but it really dosent go that far.  

18. Martian Successor: Nadesico. Thanks to Giant robot week on CN or may have miss watching this one.

19. Kimagure Orange Road. This one would have been in my top five if they would dub it in eng and not just have eng subtitles.  Also if you watch the movie Kimagure Orange Road: I Want to Return to That Day It would be one of the most pain full movies you well ever see in your life.  It hurts even thinking about it.  Just heart-wrenching.

20. Diamond Daydreams.  This anime that could be on Lifetime and it wouldn’t be a problem.  

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Goodbye, Cartoon Network.
Goodbye, Cartoon Network.
So Cartoon Network announced a couple of live action shows that are going to be airing on Cartoon Network during non Adult Swim hours.  Those live action shows were going to be airing on a certain day and time only. But now those shows are invaded the hours where the animated stuff was suppose to be airing. I look at the TV schedule  for today and I'll I'm seeing is the lame live action shows filling in the time slots.

The live action shows are not even that interesting to begin with, you got one show calling Survive This - it's like the CBS show Survivor, but for kids.  Another show call Slamball - it's basketball with trampolines, actually, the show originally aired on Spike TV years ago but then was cancel. Another show (I forgot the name) is about where a bunch of kids go into a haunted house in search for ghost, (Sound familiar?). Yeah, a show with that concept has already been done before, multiple times. Not only those shows are not interesting, but there completely unoriginal.

You brought nothing but good memories.
You brought nothing but good memories.
G4 went through a similar effect years ago, when G4 starting airing shows that had nothing to do with what it use to represent, then all of a sudden, you're seeing a bunch of shows that has nothing to do with video games or tech. G4 is kind of unrecognizable from what it was back in it's glory days.

Just give more time, soon Cartoon Network will focus on airing a lot more live action contain. And like G4, it will be unrecognizable from what it was.
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Flower Mound, TX (July 17, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired Broadcast, and DVD distribution rights to the mystery suspense anime movies “The Last Wizard of the Century” “Captured in Her Eyes” “Countdown to Heaven” and “The Phantom of Baker Street” from TMS Entertainment.


The movies are directed by Kenji Kodama (who also directed previous Case Closed movies “The Time Bombed Skyscraper” and “The Fourteenth Target”) and produced by TMS Entertainment, Ltd. (“Lupin III”, “Virtua Fighter”, “Project ARMS”, “D.Gray-man”).



The Last Wizard of the Century

When The Phantom Thief announces his intentions to steal a famous Russian Fabergé Egg, Conan is in hot pursuit of the criminal on Interpol’s most wanted list. But there’s far more to the case then a mere robbery, as history’s ghosts seem to haunt the present. Just who is the Last Wizard of the Century?


Captured in Her Eyes

There’s a killer on the loose, and the targets are none other than the boys in blue. No cop will be safe until Conan cracks the case. There’s just one problem – only Rachel has seen the fiend in action, and she has amnesia from the trauma of witnessing a murder first-hand causing her to forget everything she ever knew and everyone she ever loved.



Countdown to Heaven

As the grand opening of a pair of towers nears, death and mayhem mars the fresh start to the architectural marvels. Conan, suspecting that the mysterious Black Organization that poisoned and left him for dead of being involved, goes to investigate. But soon finds himself in harm’s way, trapped, as the buildings are set to blow.


The Phantom of Baker Street

At the launch party for a new virtual game that includes a world heavily modeled off of the stories about Sherlock Holmes, Conan and the Junior Detective League find themselves among the lucky few to try out the new game. But when a hacker takes control of the game and changes the stakes, solving the mystery and catching the killer becomes a matter of life and death.


FUNimation Entertainment will release each movie individually beginning winter 2009.

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Well I decided to try and organize an Anime vice Rock Band thing for any one with a PS3 and the game Rock Band 2, to start at 2 PM EST on Sunday July 19.
Any help organizing this is welcome
Diffcuty: Normal
My Post: Singer

also there may be at least two songs that should be downloaded for this (We'll see)
Still Alive (it's free any way)
21 Century (Digital Boy) by Bad Relgion

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Probably something similar to this--it's a picture of Runo Misaki (from Bakugan) remade by me. If I were to pick a picture more mature, I'd probably choose someone similar to Aki Izayoi from YuGiOh5Ds.
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Activision has announced plans to release a Bakugan video game on pretty much every popular home console: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS2 (sorry PSP!). The NOW Production-developed game will be released this fall, and will feature “intense battles, the ability to create your own Brawler, cartoon quality graphics and multiplayer combat.” Check out the teaser after the break!

Will possibly be released October 20,2009--this fall

Follow these links for trailers and/or information: (aka

Anyway, it's been confirmed to MAYBE be released on October 9 instead of Oct. 20 this year, so yah. Anyway, the story may set you as a character (boy) named Rikku with a Bakugan named Leonidus (completely new Bakugan) and in battle mode, you are allowed to create your own character or play as one of the existing protagonists. That's all for now.

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For a long time before the announcement of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, it was believed by many that remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver would be produced and released during Generation IV on the Nintendo DS.

The possibility of these remakes took their precedent from the release of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Generation III versions of the Generation I Pokémon Red and Green, which were released in 2004. Based upon FireRed and LeafGreen being nearly exactly the same as Red and Green as far as storyline goes, the assumed storyline of the remakes would thus follow Gold and Silver very closely, with the player starting in New Bark Town and traveling across Johto, and later Kanto. Though disputed for a long time, these suspicions were finally confirmed with the announcement of the remakes themselves in May of 2009.




Generation III

Shortly after the release of the remakes of Generation I's paired versions in 2004, some fans began to expect a second pair of remakes, this time of the Generation II games, as, like Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow, Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal were incompatible with the then-current Generation III. Unsubstantiated rumors and theories began to spread around forums online, and some fans went as far as to make hacks of Generation III games to "remake" Gold and Silver. On April Fool's day, 2004, Pkmn.Net showed faked screenshots depicting the Daycare on Route 34 in a remake, claiming that the screenshots came from CoroCoro.

Those who wished for remakes also pointed to allusions to Gold and Silver in Generation III's five games. For instance, Giovanni is revealed by a Rocket Scientist in the Sevii Islands to have a red-haired child, widely speculated to be the Generation II rival, Silver, while Bill's information in the Fame Checker mentions his hometown of Goldenrod City.

Notably, however, FireRed and LeafGreen were used to provide many Generation II Pokémon to Generation III games, as most were missing from the Hoenn Dex (and thus not available without trading in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire), while the only Generation III Pokémon available were Azurill and Wynaut, themselves breedable from Generation II's Marill and Wobbuffet. An NPC even gives away a Togepi egg, as Elm does in Generation II, and aside from Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, this is the only way to get many of these species.

Generation IV

Despite the theories of the many, the time of the Game Boy Advance passed, and Generation III ended without a remake. With Generation IV and the Nintendo DS, however, those who were not discouraged transferred their theories, speculating for a remake that would be released some time after Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Like in Generation III, several mentions are made during the course of Sinnoh's games, some more obvious than others, of events and locations in Generation II. Examples of this include a news report of the red Gyarados, Jasmine's appearance in Sunyshore City, an explicit mention of Professor Elm and his report about eggs, Cynthia's SecretPotion (which mentions Cianwood City in its bag description, as it did in Generation II), Bebe's friend from Johto who has many Eevee (possibly Bill considering their similar line of work), and the man in the Hotel Grand Lake who mentions Ho-Oh's roost of the Tin Tower and Lugia's home of the Whirl Islands and the fact that Clefairy dance on Monday night in Mt. Moon.

The only concrete clue, however, was hidden, in-game data for the locations displayed on a Pokémon's status screen. While a Pokémon caught in Sinnoh will display the area it was caught in, and Pokémon sent from Generation III via Pal Park display "Hoenn" or "Kanto", depending on the game in which they were originally caught, the data also includes "Johto", at the time inaccessible through any means.


Alongside the more concrete references listed above, there are a few "hints" theorists have pointed out that are far more speculative. Some examples follow:

  • The Park Balls are gold and silver in color, with a light blue band across their middle. This may represent Gold, Silver, and Crystal.
  • Like in Gold and Silver, the rival of Diamond and Pearl can be battled twice a week on certain days after the final static battle with him.
  • Gold and Silver introduced two new Eevee evolutions, Espeon and Umbreon, and a Porygon evolution, Porygon2; likewise, Generation IV introduced Glaceon, Leafeon and Porygon-Z.
  • Sweet Honey, an item in Sinnoh that can catch Pokémon in certain trees, was initially a concept meant to be included in Gold and Silver, but replaced with Headbutt.
  • In Pokémon Platinum, the legendary birds were found roaming Sinnoh after the player has beaten the Elite Four. As a result, the legendary beasts are currently the only legendary trio not available through a Generation IV game, and could be supplied by a remake.
    • It should be noted that Gold and Silver never explained what became of the legendary birds. Players were left to assume that the birds fled after their respective "nests" were disturbed by Red three years earlier, or were caught by the same. As Generations II and IV are concurrent, we can now assume that the trio fled to the Sinnoh region, and therefore, their absence could be better maintained in a remade Gold and Silver.
  • When presented with Oak's Letter, Professor Oak states that the white rock on Route 224 in Sinnoh has a counterpart in Kanto. There has been no appearance of a white rock in the Kanto region, though a smaller white rock is seen in Mossdeep City in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. Kanto's white rock could be a Generation IV addition that would appear in a remake leading to the Shaymin event (much as Pokémon Emerald included Navel Rock and Birth Island to capture Ho-Oh, Lugia, and Deoxys).
  • There are unused sprites for Shellos and Gastrodon in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl; since their Pokédex data say that their colors and shapes differ from region to region, it's possible that their unused forms are meant to be obtained from Johto via Gold and Silver remakes.
    • The Pokédex data also mentions that Mantyke's special patterns also differ from region to region. Since this is its generation debut, it could be possible to see alternate sprites as well (though admittedly, while Arbok's sprites changed from the Generation I games to Generation II games, Generation II does not have 2 sprites: one pattern for Kanto, and another for Johto. Also, Sinnoh's and Kanto's sprites have the same pattern, while Johto's and Hoenn's are similar).
  • The Poké Ball motifs on the floors of the Pokémon Centers are gold on the top half and silver on the bottom half. This design also appears in Pal Park.
  • During a wild Pokémon battle, if the bottom screen is tapped with the DS stylus at certain times before and after the battle options appear, the normally red and white Poké Ball becomes gold and silver colored.
  • Ragecandybars are sold out at the shop on Boon Island in FireRed and LeafGreen and at the Department Store in Veilstone City in Platinum, hinting at their inclusion in a possible remake.
  • When going through the Distortion World for the first time, players must complete a puzzle that involves moving boulders with the move Strength to reach Giratina. This puzzle is similar to the puzzle in the Blackthorn Gym.
  • Eusine from Pokémon Crystal and Looker from Pokémon Platinum have some similarities. Both are introduced in the third game of their respective generation to enhance the game's plot. Each of them also have their own theme music.
  • Mesprit's role in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum was something of a reversal of Suicune's in Crystal; Suicune stayed stationary while its counterparts roamed, and Mesprit roamed while its counterparts remained stationary.

Other reasons

An image depicting fake remakes, made long before the announcement of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

When FireRed and LeafGreen were released, Ken Sugimori created new stock art for all of the Generation I Pokémon and a select few Generation II Pokémon (such as Togepi), making those that did not receive new art (such as Scizor) look out of place next to their evolutions and pre-evolutions of other generations. A new remake would, like FireRed and LeafGreen, encourage this art to be updated. As shown in the Pokémon Sunday announcement, the stock art for the remaining Generation II Pokémon will be updated.

It is also becoming completely impossible to play the Generation II Pokémon games for any length of time. Unlike later games, which rely on flash memory for their save files, the save files on both Generation I and II games are maintained only by an internal battery on the cartridge itself. Normally, these batteries can last for decades, however, the constantly-running clock of Generation II drains these batteries more quickly than in Generation I games, causing save files to be lost and unable to be recovered. As Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum's clock runs off of the Nintendo DS's system clock, this issue is eliminated completely.

With the addition of the legendary birds and legendary golems in Platinum, as well, it seems that the games are moving away from reliance on Generation III to complete the Pokédex; this means that other Pokémon missing from Platinum, and not in Diamond or Pearl, such as the legendary beasts or Ho-Oh and Lugia, could theoretically be supplied by remakes. There is also no legitimate way of getting Celebi outside of Japan without trading with someone from Japan; being a Generation II Pokémon, it could be given out in an event much as Mew was after the release of FireRed and LeafGreen.

The latter theory is strengthened by the release of the Nintendo DSi, which lacks a GBA slot completely, cutting players off from their Generation III games. Not only is Pal Park unusable, but dual-slot mode also, leading to players either having to own both an older model of DS as well as a DSi, or necessitating trades with players who have these older models. When this was pointed out by a reader of Nintendo Power, the editors suggested that this issue would keep sales of older DS models strong.

Pokémon anime

Johto starters marketed for the twelfth movie

Many events in the anime can and have been interpreted as references as well. All three of the current main characters of the Diamond & Pearl series have or have had at least one Generation II Pokémon on their team during the series up to this point, Ash with an Aipom he later traded to Dawn and Gligar, Brock with Sudowoodo, and Dawn with Aipom and Swinub. While these Pokémon were at one point or another during the series also a Generation IV Pokémon (all being related by evolution to one), Aipom had 60 episodes during the series before evolving, while Brock's Bonsly evolved soon after the series began, and has been in its Generation II stage ever since. Team Rocket as well has Generation II Pokémon in Wobbuffet (which has been around since Ash was in Johto) and Yanma (which evolved into Yanmega shortly after its capture).

The main characters are not the only ones with these supposed references, as Zoey, Dawn's rival, owns a Misdreavus and Paul, Ash's rival, has a Weavile, an Ursaring, a Gliscor, an Electabuzz, and a Magmar, all of which are evolved from Generation II Pokémon. His design is also very similar to Silver's, with the stock art even being in the same pose, and fans theorize that he is related to Pyramid King Brandon, the final Kanto Frontier Brain much as Silver is possibly related to Giovanni, the final Kanto Gym Leader. Butch and Cassidy, likewise, are revealed to have a Shuckle and Granbull, respectively, in their first (and so far, only) Sinnoh appearance.

There have also been several cameos of the character Marina from The Legend of Thunder, who is based on Kris, the female player character from Pokémon Crystal. As all games since Crystal have had the choice of a male or female player character, she would presumably be the female choice in remakes, even though only Gold was in the original pair.

The badges that Reggie, Paul's older brother, won have also appeared in the anime, and were scrolled across before his match with Ash: the camera goes leftward, focusing on the badges of Kanto, then Hoenn, then Sinnoh, and finally to Johto. One can assume that, since it does not go by generation (putting Johto between Kanto and Hoenn), it goes according to recent games: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokémon Emerald, Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, and then next, on to a Johto-based game.

Gary Oak, Ash's old rival and anime counterpart of Blue, the Generation II Leader of Viridian Gym, has also made several appearances in the anime, possibly as a reference to his counterpart's profession. In addition, the Viridian Gym, when it was last seen in The Scheme Team, is looking for a new leader after Giovanni apparently abandoned it, which could provide an opportunity for Gary to take the spot his counterpart has.

It is also notable that after the Battle Frontier saga, May, Drew, Harley, and Solidad traveled to Johto to participate in contests.

Several other hints in episode plots have also been seen, such as that of Ya See We Want an Evolution, where Jessie, James, and Meowth attempt to evolve a Magikarp into Gyarados using a machine; a similar incident resulted in the red Gyarados in the Generation II games.

It should be noted that as with the games, there is no need for the anime to go back to Johto unless a similar situation to the Battle Frontier saga occurs in Johto as Ash has already acquired all of the badges in the region; this now looks more likely due to the announcement of a new Battle Frontier, that is likely to be featured in the anime as the other one was. Each new facility has been shown to have a Frontier Brain, which would give Ash the incentive to challenge them. Dawn has expressed interest in the Johto contests as well, mostly during the Wallace Cup.

One of the featured Pokémon of the twelfth Pokémon movie appears to be a unique Pichu, which was an iconic Pokémon during the release of Gold and Silver. As revealed by another poster with Heatran on it, the three Johto starters will also appear, seemingly at random.

Ho-Oh and Raikou remain the only Generation II legendary Pokémon who have not received their own film role, unless one considers the one-hour Raikou special a movie and Mew's transformation into Ho-Oh during Lucario and the Mystery of Mew as film roles. Ho-Oh has appeared in the show repeatedly, but if the anime were to return to Johto, these two may finally receive a proper film appearance.

Background music from the Generation II games has also been used extensively recently, with Ash's first meeting with Fantina having the theme of Routes 26 and 27 playing, and his training battle against Dawn in Chim-Charred! using the battle theme of Red, his game counterpart. The final anime episode that aired before the remakes were announced, DP126, also featured the background music of Route 29, Johto's first route, as well as a Cyndaquil in Candice's school.


Critics of the remake theory held that what theorists point to as evidence in Diamond and Pearl often consisted of cross-series references, and that these result from the fact that Generation IV takes place around the same time as Generation II. In addition, they pointed out that all game-related "proofs" were simply fan speculation, save the in-game "Johto" location text. When confronted with this, critics reply that the Pokémon developers have a history of leaving unfinished and unutilized data and code in the Pokémon games. There is also "Sinnoh" location text, despite every location of Sinnoh having its own data. The S.S. Anne ticket within the same games proves this point.

References to Johto in the anime are generally considered to be irrelevant, as the Pokémon games rarely match up with other forms of media; no game since Pokémon Yellow has been significantly influenced by the anime. Beyond that, there had been almost as many references to Hoenn as to Johto (aside from Pokémon themselves).

Many believe that FireRed and LeafGreen were initially released to make available Kanto Pokémon not found in Ruby and Sapphire or Colosseum; with all of the Generation III and IV games released so far, every Pokémon is available in some way. Theorists defended against this statement by pointing out that filling the Pokédex in this manner requires a player to have access to all the games for both Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube, in addition to a cable to link the two and a GBA itself. Also, they pointed out that Pokémon XD made available all of the Kanto Pokémon that weren't in the Hoenn Dex, even though FireRed and LeafGreen had already made these Pokémon obtainable.

Others criticized it for the fact that if Gold and Silver is remade after a remake of Red and Green, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire would be expected to be remade in Generation V.

Theorized names

Many names were theorized by fans until the announcement of HeartGold and SoulSilver; however, a majority were in the format "XGold" and "YSilver", following the pattern of FireRed and LeafGreen. Because of the multitude of names theorized, and because there were not any "official" names yet, the Bulbapedia user TTEchidna coined the term "GSDS", as they would be remakes likely on the Nintendo DS.

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A Madhouse + Marvel series of anime? Meh. A Madhouse + Marvel + Warren Ellis series of anime? Yes Please.

I know it's not going to happen, but if one of those four episodes was Nextwave my life would be complete. C'mon Marvel, they already have a theme song! What more incentive do you need?

Image from ComicVine user Fesak
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Over 350 New Episodes Debut on Anime Network’s Online Player!


HOUSTON, TX — July 16, 2009 — Over 350 new anime episodes have just gone live at Anime Network Online!


WHAT: Cromartie High School comes to the web, along with 350+ brand new anime episodes at Anime Network Online.


This week marks the beginning of nonstop new shows debuting at Anime Network’s Online. Among the 350+ new episodes airing over the next two months is the premiere of Cromartie High School, the fan favorite series featuring the rough and tumble, mentally defective students of Japan’s most notorious reform school! 


Anime Network Online brings hundreds of anime, j-pop, and Asian live action programs to the web, including HD versions of hit series like Elfen Lied.


WHEN: New episodes available right now.


WHERE: Anime Network Online  


HOW: Watch hundreds of hours of anime for FREE simply by registering! Or you can enjoy unlimited access to Anime Network’s entire online library with a 1, 3, or 12 month Premium Membership.



NOW PLAYING on Anime Network Online! 


Angelic layer

Appleseed *

Azumanga Daioh *

Bastof Syndrome

Bento Beat Box

Best Student Council

Chance Pop Session

Conduct Zero

Cool Dimension *

Cosmo Warrior Zero *

Cyberteam in Akihabara *

Diamond Daydreams

Divergence Eve

Elfin Lied *

Full Metal Panic *

GetBackers *

Ghost Stories *

Gilgamesh *

Guns and Talks *

Jail Breakers

Jungle Juice

Kino's Journey

Lady Death

Loki *

Magical Play


Marrying the Mafia

Metal Fighter Miku *


My Beautiful Girl Mari *

Nadesico POD

Nanaka 6/17 *

Neo Ranga *

New Fist of the North Star *

Nurse Witch Komugi

Orphen Revenge

Parasite Dolls

Pet Shop of Horrors *

Princess Tutu


Revolutionary Girl Utena *

Rune Soldier *



Soul Hunter *

Super Gals *

Super Milk

The Fuccons *

The Place Promised *

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World *




Yugo The Negotiator *



* Available online exclusively at 

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As if you didn't have most of this spoiled 3 years ago like the rest of the internet.

The positive:
1) It had Quidditch
2) Professor Slughorn was wonderful, and well acted.
3) It had Luna, which makes everything better.
4) The arc following Harry in the potion's class was highly enjoyable.

The Negative:

1) The memory:

The movie seems to have been focused entirely around Slughorn's memory of something he provided for the young Tom Riddle. In fact, the movie places absolutely everything in this, as it seems to be Dumbledore's only real purpose in seeking him out. The magic he refers to is so super, super taboo, super powerful magic that god almighty we need to know what it is to keep it from Riddle, or figure out how to counteract it. Yet, when the uncovering finally happens...

Its a lukewarm explanation of how Voldemort has kept attempting to, and succeeded in coming back from the deat the last 5 movies. What the heck? Voldemort knows about magic that will let him come back from the dead!?!?! Holy cow... oh wait, he came back two years ago. I mean, I guess when the possessed, evil diary of Tom Riddle tried to eat Ginny's soul/inhabit her body we should have figured out "something" was afoot.
--- no punch on this revelation, it just kind of happened

2) Harry x Ginny

While I understand that it is unavoidable that this happens, as it was prescribed by the text, but seriously, what the heck? Due to the nature of the movies, we've seen barely hide or hair of Ginny since movie 2, and now suddenly we're going to pretend she was a regular part of his adventures. Plus, while we watched Harry and co. grow older, and more mature looking, Ginny went from being a toddler to all grown up in about 5 seconds. Wait? She plays Quidditch? is she trying out like Ron... or, oh wait... no, she and Harry are aces, and we just have conveniently never seen her on the team before.

3) Hermione x Ron

For the third year in a row we get Hermione bawling her eyes out about liking Ron. For the third year in a row they snog and admit that they have feelings for each other. For the third year in a row, we start the year basically pretending they have no idea that the other has the slightest inkling of attraction for the other. This is fine, I guess its kind of their thing, and I was obviously amused by their less than coy antics (though it really makes Hermione look more and more one dimensional). My issue is how "this" romance was used to parallel Harry's. That she tearfully admits that this song and dance hurts... that she wonders if this is what its like for Harry everytime he sees her together with whomever.... AND HARRY AGREES.

The very first thing we saw in the movie was Harry flirting with the cute sandwich shop girl, then Dumbledore inquiring about him and Hermione. Couple these with his previous flirtations, and you've set me up to see Harry as a flirt, not a brooding romantic holding in years of repressed love and frustration.

4) The Half Blood Prince

Pretty much one of my favorite aspects of the movie. I was all about this cool, seemingly magical book that was a cornicopia of information for Harry. I mean, its in the title, its got a play a big role, right? Wrong.

The role of the book.
- Oh hey, cool book, lots of information.
-  "Harry, you read that book a lot"
- Oh shit, owned Drakeo, without explaining that I'm using powerful magic I learned from the book, I must get rid of the book. Also, lets try and make it look more and more like some weird addiction while we're at it.
- "You silly tart. I wrote the book!"

No real twist, because there was absolutely no build up. It was explained to me that he reads the book, and it provides an allure from all of its information. That Harry learns new magic spells. One of which seriously hurts Drakeo, which is why he feels a little guilty afterwards... totally not obvious in the movie. All I ever see is them saying funny words and sparkly things coming out of their wands. Also, no idea that Harry was "using" the book's spells when he was fighting Snape, and thusly had no idea of why it was "shocking" that he blocked all of the attacks without even trying. No training montage, no nothing. total blow out.

5) The Death Eaters totally prank Hoggwarts

Wait, what? Not only was Drakeo a little punk the entire movie, he spent the whole movie fixing up the teleporting device so that the Death Eaters could come into Hoggwarts... and... umm... mess up the dining hall? They kick over some glasses and plates, then watch Dumbledore die, with absoutely no involvement. Then they leave! These two, super powerful wizards, and two probably fairly powerful friends of theirs develop this highly logical plan to invade the super, super safe Hoggwarts to be Drakeo's cheerleaders, wtf?

6) So wait, Snape is the Half Blood Prince

Okay, so on top of not knowing what the Half Blood Prince really means, it seems that the Half Blood, emphasis on "Not full blood" is a death eater, who supports the dude who seems to be captain of the bigot jerk "hate muggles" squad. Someone told me this was fitting because we found out that Tom Riddle was half-blood, but oh wait... that wasn't covered in the movie at all either.

You know, I think I had more to complain about, but I'll just end it there. I was thoroughly entertained, and enjoyed myself, but this just signaled that the movie had no idea how it should be progressing... because they had 2 years since the book to realize what things to focus on and what not to. Focuses as heavily as they did on the Horcruxes, skipping the battle at the end, ignoring everything about the Half Blood Price, totally seemed like bad calls to me.

Verdict: While the art and mastery that goes into these movies only seems to become more rich and comfortable (built on these ten years of expectations), this movie was easily the most disappointing of the bunch. Though, the worst Harry Potter is still better than the best Twilight, so there.
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Innovative Online Destination Pushes Boundaries Of Manga With New Content Available Each Month For Free

San Francisco, CA, JULY 15, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the full launch of its new SIGIKKI website, which represents a bold new partnership between the company’s VIZ SIGNATURE imprint and IKKI, a monthly magazine published in Japan since 2003 that has established itself as the home of some of the most innovative, bold, and compelling titles in the world of contemporary manga.

Located at, this groundbreaking online manga destination will present a broad range of seinen manga to audiences in North America. From action to comedy to drama, slice-of-life stories to surrealist fantasies, the uniting themes these works share are an uncommon emphasis on creative quality and on pushing the boundaries of the manga norm.

Earlier in May, the SIGIKKI site posted the first chapter of CHILDREN OF THE SEA by Daisuke Igarashi, with Volume 2 currently being serialized on the site. Starting this month, new chapters from half a dozen manga series will be offered for viewing online in their entirety – FOR FREE. After a particular volume completes its online serialization, that edition will be published as a VIZ Signature graphic novel (subject to reader demand). Additional content such as creator interviews, feature articles, news, and free downloads will also be posted on the website each month.

“We are very excited to formally launch our new SIGIKKI website in partnership with IKKI magazine,” says Shie Lundberg, Sr. Director, Strategy & Business Development, VIZ Media. “The convenience of web accessibility combined with some of the most compelling and diverse content manga will allow fans to sample a range of acclaimed new titles each month, for free. As these series begin to develop their own domestic following, audiences can then look forward to the eventual publication of these titles with the high quality VIZ SIGNATURE presentation befitting manga of this caliber.”

On July 23rd the SIGIKKI site will debut BOKURANO: OURS, by Mohiro Kitoh; DOROHEDORO, by Q Hayashida; SATURN APARTMENTS, by Hisae Iwaoka; and I’LL GIVE IT MY ALL…TOMORROW, by Shunju Aono. These titles will be quickly followed on July 30th with the opening chapters of KINGYO USED BOOKS, by Seimu Yoshizaki; HOUSE OF FIVE LEAVES, by Natsume Ono; AFTERSCHOOL CHARISMA, by Kumiko Suekane; and TOKYO FLOW CHART, by Eiji Miruno.

Manga Summaries Follow Below:

CHILDREN OF THE SEA By Daisuke Igarashi
(Rated ‘T+’ for older teens)
The sea has a story to tell, one you’ve never heard before…
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish. Volume 1 now also available in print!

BOKURANO: OURS By Mohiro Kitoh
(Rated ‘T+’ for older teens)
Saving the world is hard. Saving yourself is even harder.
One summer, fifteen kids innocently wander into a nearby seaside cave. There they meet a strange man who invites them to play an exciting new video game. This game, he explains, pits one lone giant robot against a horde of alien invaders. To play the game, all they have to do is sign a simple contract. The game stops being fun when the kids find out the true purpose of their pact.

(Rated ‘M’ mature)
A blood-spattered battle between diabolical sorcerers and the monsters they created.
In a city so dismal it’s known only as “the Hole,” a clan of sorcerers have been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious “experiments” in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaido found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they’re hunting and killing the sorcerers of the Hole, hoping that eventually they’ll kill the right one. But when En, the head sorcerer, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering his people, he sends a crew of “cleaners” into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds.

(Rated ‘T’ for teens)
A touching, character-rich vision of an intriguing new world.
Far in the future, humankind has evacuated the Earth in order to preserve it. Humans now reside in a gigantic structure that forms a ring around the Earth, thirty-five kilometers up in the sky. The society of the ring is highly stratified: the higher the floor, the greater the status. Mitsu, the lowly son of a window washer, has just graduated junior high. When his father disappears and is assumed dead, Mitsu must take on his father’s occupation. As he struggles with the transition to working life, Mitsu’s job treats him to an outsider’s view into the various living-room dioramas of the Saturn Apartments.

(Rated ‘T+’ for older teens)
Life begins at forty…even for pathetic losers.
This is the story of a forty-year-old salary man who quits his job to pursue his dream of becoming a manga artist—and the family that has to put up with him. While not terribly unhappy, Shizuo Oguro can’t fight the feeling that something in his life just isn’t right, so he walks away from his stable (yet boring) day job to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Unfortunately for his family, this journey also involves playing video games all day while his teenage daughter and elderly father support him. Will Shizuo succeed in creating a true manga masterpiece or will he be just another drop-out living a life of slack?

(Rated ‘T+’ for older teens)
History repeats itself… Or does it?
St. Kleio Academy is a very exclusive school: all of the students are clones of famous historical figures such as Beethoven, Queen Elizabeth I, Napoleon, Mozart, and Freud. All of them, that is, except for Shiro Kamiya. As Shiro struggles to adapt to this unusual campus, St. Kleio’s first graduate, a clone of John F. Kennedy, is killed. Are the clones doomed to repeat the fate of their genetic progenitors, or can they create their own destinies? And how does a normal boy like Shiro fit in?

KINGYO USED BOOKS By Seimu Yoshizaki
(Rated ‘T+’ for older teens)
This manga bookstore has a thousand stories to tell.
A businessman discovers how his childhood memories can brighten his day. An art student finds inspiration. An archer hits a surprising bull’s eye. A housewife rediscovers romance. A teenager discovers his true self in the pages of a manga magazine. Welcome to Kingyo Used Books, a place where people find their dreams in manga…

(Rated ‘T+’ for older teens)
A many-sided tale of faith and betrayal, drama and intrigue, set in the world of old Edo.
Masterless samurai Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled and loyal swordsman, but his naïve, diffident nature has time and again caused him to be let go by the lord whom he has worked for. Hungry and desperate, he becomes a bodyguard for Yaichi, the charismatic leader of a gang called “Five Leaves.” Although disturbed by the gang’s sinister activities, Masa begins to suspect that Yaichi’s motivations are not what they seem. And despite his misgivings, the deeper he’s drawn into the world of the Five Leaves, the more he finds himself fascinated by these devious, mysterious outlaws.

(Rated ‘T+’ for older teens)
This manga will f(low) with your brain!
Have you ever wished that somebody else would just DO SOMETHING about the chaos in your life? Then this is the perfect manga for a slacker like you! Tokyo Flow Chart is (probably) the world’s first four-frame comic strip in flow chart format. It breaks down the complexities of life and aids in the mastery of brain skills such as flow-chart-manga comprehension or mental bullet-dodging. As Confusious say: “let your brain flow with the chart!”

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Crazy, but true!  
KANNAGI (Crazy Shrine Maidens) DVD Vol.1 (ep 1-7) 
goes on sale today and starts streaming at ANN! 
July 16, 2009 – Today Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced, streamed and began selling on 
DVD the anime series Kannagi (Crazy Shrine Maidens) which is subtitled in English and was 
licensed from Aniplex Inc. 
Kannagi (Crazy Shrine Maidens) is based on the manga by Eri Takenashi and the anime is 
directed by Yutaka Yamamoto whose previous credits include directing the fan favorites The 
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star. The anime adaptation is produced by A-1 
Pictures and first aired in October, 2008 in Japan. 
The story centers on Nagi, the local deity spirit of the town of Kannagi, who takes physical form 
when Jin Mikuriya carves a wooden statue of her from a sacred tree. Nagi’s mission is to cleanse 
the impurities that plague the land, but since her sacred tree has been cut down, she needs Jin’s 
help. Nagi is reunited with her sister, Zange, who happens to have converted to Catholicism and 
has become a local celebrity taking confessions on the street at night. Nagi needs people to 
worship her to regain her status. 
“We are working with Anime News Network on the streaming and the DVD will be sold 
exclusively at and Amazon Marketplace and will also be available to purchase at 
Otakon this weekend,” said Ken Iyadomi, President of Bandai Entertainment Inc. “We hope fans 
will support our effort to bring this series to them on the day we announced the acquisition.” 
Iyadomi elaborated: “This is our way of answering the challenges of a changing marketplace to 
see how streaming episodes helps DVD and we are making both available at the same time to 
beat bootleggers who are hurting the industry just as much as the illegal downloaders.” 
“North American anime companies have suffered unexpected heavy returns from general market 
retailers in recent years but if we can sell moderate quantities exclusively online where no sales 
returns exist, I believe we can acquire more anime for the US market to be released in this 
pattern. This is a very different business model and a new challenge,” concluded Iyadomi. 
Fans who purchase Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 before September 8th from Rightstuf or Amazon 
Marketplace will receive an exclusive Kannagi T-shirt in a size of their choice (S, M, L, XL, 
XXL). This limited, exclusive t-shirt will not be made available anywhere else. Vol. 2 will be 

released in September. 

Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 will be made available as a 2-set edition for the general market sometime next 
Bandai Entertainment will be joining Aniplex Inc. celebrating Kannagi at Otakon this with 
Kannagi director Yamamoto-san who is a guest of Otakon. 
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier 
distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North America. 
Titles include Code Geass Lelouch of Rebellion, Gurren Lagaan, Gundam 00, Lucky Star, The 
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand 
Alone Complex, Gundam Seed Destiny, My Hime, and many more. 
ANIPLEX Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) is a leading provider of anime content and music 
production and distribution in Japan. Established as Sony Pictures Entertainment Visual Works Inc. n 
1995, as a joint-venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and Sony Music 
Entertainment (Japan) Inc., it became ANIPLEX, Inc. in 2003 after the company became a subsidiary 
completely owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. ANIPLEX Inc. has introduced a variety of 
properties, including such hits as “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),” “R.O.D – 
THE TV-,” “BLOOD+,” all of which are licensed and distributed worldwide. The company launched 
ANIPLEX of AMERICA in Los Angeles, CA in 2004 to handle licensing and co-production business in 
North and Latin America. In 2005, the company established A-1 Pictures, currently the largest and most 
technically advanced animation studio in Japan. 
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 (Nozomi Entertainment) 
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 and a variety of media, 
including podcasts and special publications. For more information, visit and 
Founded in 1998, Anime News Network is the leading English source of up to date news on the anime 
and manga industries. From the in-depth coverage, analysis and commentary to the unparalleled 
resources of the online anime Encyclopedia, is the most popular anime website 
in the world, in any language. Anime News Network also owns and operates the print publication 
Protoculture Addicts, the oldest English anime magazine still in publication. More information is 
available at Advertisers wishing to reach Anime News Network's 
target market of well-educated young adults can inquire directly at 

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