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Been pretty busy lately. Have a comic strip.

You probably didn't pick it up in previous strips because I don't think I remembered to write it in, but "Kat Out of the Bag" is the name of Kat's studio. Well, she calls it a studio, but it's really just her business for graphic design and whatever else she feels like doing on the side. 

This is definitely the toughest of the strips I've done so far-- I've reworked it several times. (It's changed a LOT from its original version.) It was really tough to make it funny on its own, while still conveying what I wanted to about the character. I wouldn't be surprised if the eventual "final" version is still different, because while I think this strip is funny and it also gets Kat's character across decently, the pacing is way off...the punchline is basically in panel three. I think it could be stronger, but I don't want to stall myself trying to make every strip 100% perfect. I know me, and if I try for that, I'll never actually do anything.

I also kind of wanted to put some kind of smarmy bumper sticker or goofy fangirl thing on their car (which is the one you can see through the window, of course), but it was too small to do anything that would really be noticeable. 
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If he want to give that Disneyfied image a  swift kick to the pills.  He might.
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RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Announces the
HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES DVD Collection for August 25, 2009
Set to include complete 26-episode TV series at a new, value price point.

GRIMES, IA, May 13, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce the HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES (Kare Kano) DVD Collection will be released on August 25, 2009.

This new, value-priced collection will feature the entire 26-epsisode series – with English and Japanese audio, English subtitles and on-screen translations, and Spanish subtitles and on-screen translations – in a single keepcase.

“…one of the most interesting and innovative anime series of the past decade.” - ICv2.com
“…nothing short of amazing.” - AintItCoolNews.com
“…raised the bar for anime DVDs.” - AnimeOnDVD at Mania.com

Also known as “Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou” (or “Kare Kano”), this anime adaptation of Masami Tsuda’s fan-favorite manga is a production of GAINAX (Evangelion, Gurren Lagann) and features direction and a screenplay by Hideaki Anno (Evangelion, Gunbuster).

The Kare Kano manga was serialized in Japan’s LaLa shoujo (girls’) comics anthology, from 1998 through 2005, alongside titles including Ouran High School Host Club, MeruPuri and Vampire Knight. It is published in North America by TOKYOPOP.

Visit hisandher.rightstuf.com for more information about His and Her Circumstances and for the trailer, desktop wallpapers and more.

About HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES

Like a drug, Yukino Miyazawa was addicted to admiration and praise from those around her. She worked hard to become the perfect student, the perfect girl. But that was before... him. Souichirou Arima. The instant she met him, she hated him. Without even trying, he snatched the very glory from her hands by easily acing the high school entrance exam that should have made her the class representative. To take back what is rightfully hers, Yukino is putting all her efforts into plotting her revenge; but was love part of the plan? Contains all 26 episodes of the television series in a single keepcase!

HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES (Kare Kano) DVD Collection (Anime Value)
Pre-Book: 7/28/2009
Street Date: 8/25/2009
Runtime: Approximately 780 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Drama / Romance
Suggested Rating: 13+

Format: DVD (2.0 English Audio, 2.0 Japanese Audio, English and Spanish Subtitles, English and Spanish On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0924
ISBN: 1-57032-764-5
UPC: 7-42617-0924-2-8
SRP: $39.99

Discs/Set: 5

DVD Features:
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, English and Spanish subtitles, and removable “soft” subtitles for on-screen translations. PLUS: Director’s notes, translation notes, production notes, character biographies, storyboard samples, voice actor interviews, English voice actresses’ outtakes, phone messages, original U.S. His and Her Circumstances trailer, and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

* Cover Art: http://outgoing.rightstuf.com/sleeves/rsdvd0924.jpg  
HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES (Kare Kano) © 1998 Masami Tsuda / Hakusensha / Gainax / Karekano-Dan / TV Tokyo / Medianet
* 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, ARIA, and Gakuen Alice, 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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Baku went to check the mail today and found that he got his prize packages from Gia! So we created a video blog to show off our new stuff! This is our first video blog, so pardon our silliness.

  




I was actually in the middle of watching Romeo  x Juliet when Baku came back from the mailbox and interrupted me. I really was genuinely upset with him for like five seconds until he showed me the slap bracelet.
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if anybody would like to join  the akatsuki you are welcome to join
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05.13.2009

Urgh, long time no write.
There were a few things that happened that I didn't get around to writing about... like Sakura Con (didn't get to go), GAMA show & Crunchyroll mixer. Maybe I'll get around to them later.

Anyhoo, production manager S-san of GAINAX emailed me saying a group of their staff is going to Fanime Con along w/ director & president Yamaga-san. Since it's Memorial Day weekend, I decided I'll head up to the con to show them around San Francisco. I heard they didn't get to go to Alcatraz last year, so hopefully we can go this year. I wonder if there's a way to buy tickets ahead of time...

This is the first convention in YEARS that I'm going on my own & not for work.
I think the last time was AX 1999 *laugh*

A lot of former Broccoli USA staff are heading up too (they're addicted to the Vietnamese style sandwiches), so it'll be fun.
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Get your Poke ball's ready, the Pokemon world Tourney is back. This year trainers will compete on POKEMON:PLATINUM. Two World Champions will earn the rights to be world champ and a trip for four to Hawaii, New York, or Tokyo.

For more info go to Pokemon.com.

Me personally, i wont be entering this, because after my embarrassing lost to Devilly i need time to get my Pokemon in tip top shape!
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CRUNCHYROLL TO LAUNCH THE BEAST TO DIE, EARLY SPRING STORY, GIRL OF TIME,
KEKKON ANNAI MYSTERY, SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN, STORY OF THE DETECTIVE
AND TRAGEDY OF W TODAY FOR KADOKAWA TUESDAYS

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


San Francisco, CA (May 5, 2009) ‹ ³Kadokawa Tuesdays² continue on
Crunchyroll with tales of horror, suspense and the supernatural with the
launch of THE BEAST TO DIE, EARLY SPRING STORY, GIRL OF TIME, KEKKON ANNAI
MYSTERY, SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN, STORY OF THE DETECTIVE AND TRAGEDY OF
W. More information can be found at:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection> .

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

Title Synopsis:
THE BEAST TO DIE
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528586/kadokawa-pictures-collection-2/?src=
beasttodie
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528586/kadokawa-pictures-collection-2/?src
=beasttodie>
A cop was killed and his gun was stolen. It was used for the next murder
case. Detective Kashiwagi who investigated this case got a testimony about a
perpetrator; "He walks like a dead man". The detective found a guy named
Date (Yusaku Matusda) who was an ex-Vietnam veteran cameraman descended into
madness after committing a string of murders. Yusaku Matsuda lost 8 kg of
body weight and allegedly even had some of his teeth pulled out in order to
achieve the gaunt look for the murderer.

EARLY SPRING STORY
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528576/kadokawa-pictures-collection-1/?src=
earlyspringstory
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528576/kadokawa-pictures-collection-1/?src
=earlyspringstory>
A university student Hitomi falls in love with a middle-aged man Okawa, who
was the lover of her deceased mother. Hitomi's feelings shift back and forth
as she is not sure whether it is true love or just a realization of her
mother's romantic dream.

GIRL OF TIME
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528578/kadokawa-pictures-collection-3/?src=
girloftime
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528578/kadokawa-pictures-collection-3/?src
=girloftime>
A romantic 16-year-old high school girl in love with a classmate starts
dreaming about events before they actually happen. As it turns out, the
object of her love is actually a space alien affected by her own romantic
views of life and because of their unified wave length.

KEKKON ANNAI MYSTERY
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528580/kadokawa-pictures-collection-4/?src=
kekkonannaimystery
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528580/kadokawa-pictures-collection-4/?src
=kekkonannaimystery>
A 19-year-old girl Hiroko Terasawa working in a matching agency promises her
client Masakazu Sekine that she'll pose as his fiancee for a remarkable cash
reward. Hiroko moves to Sekine's mansion and prepares to attend the family's
meeting. However, this only turns out to be a prelude of a bloody fight over
the family's legacy.

SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528582/kadokawa-pictures-collection-5/?src=
sailorsuitandmachinegun
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528582/kadokawa-pictures-collection-5/?src
=sailorsuitandmachinegun>
Following the unexpected death of her mob boss father, a young high school
student (Hiroko Yakushimaru) inherits his Yakuza gang. They investigate her
father's murder and take out the drug dealers who are responsible for his
death. The scene of Hiroko when she sprays a room with machine gun fire and
then exclaims "Kaikan!!" became somewhat famous in Japan at the time with
people using the phrase in the same tone of voice as Hiroko.

STORY OF THE DETECTIVE
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528584/kadokawa-pictures-collection-6/?src=
storyofthedetective
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528584/kadokawa-pictures-collection-6/?src
=storyofthedetective>
Naomi (Hiroko Yakushimaru) is a university student who is leaving in a week
for the US to study; Shuichi (Yusaku Matsuda) is a washed-up gumshoe who's
hired by Naomi's father to bodyguard his daughter until she leaves. Things
got worse when Naomi and Shuichi stumble upon a murder.

TRAGEDY OF W
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528588/kadokawa-pictures-collection-7/?src=
tragedyofw
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528588/kadokawa-pictures-collection-7/?src
=tragedyofw>
A young girl is striving for stardom. In order to get a lead role in a new
production, she agrees to stand-in for a famous star whose rich patron died
in her arms one night. The real-life drama gradually comes to mirror the
story of the play being performed by her.

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

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

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

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animation (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers¹ Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Crunchyroll.com¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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THE CHICKEN RETURNS! ANIME EXPO® 2009 WELCOMES ROBOT CHICKEN

Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Welcomes Seth Green, Breckin
Meyer and the Director and Writers of the Cartoon Network¹s Annie and Emmy
Award Winning Show

Anaheim, California (June 12, 2009) ‹ The Annie and Emmy Award winning
popular stop-motion animation sketch comedy show, Robot Chicken, which airs
on Cartoon Network¹s Adult Swim, is slated to appear at this year¹s Anime
Expo® 2009 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> .

Attending Anime Expo® 2008 via an official Robot Chicken panel including
co-creator, executive producer, writer, director and actor Seth Green
(Family Guy, Without a Paddle, Austin Powers, Party Monster), actor and
writer Breckin Meyer (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Garfield: A Tail of Two
Kitties, Herbie Fully Loaded), Robot Chicken director Chris McKay, Robot
Chicken co-producers/co-head writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root, and
writers Mike Fasolo, Kevin Shinick and Erik Weiner.

Seth Green
Seth Green is co-creator/executive producer/co-writer/co-director/main voice
talent for the Emmy-winning Robot Chicken series, currently airing season 4
on Cartoon Network¹s Adult Swim. Green won the Annie Award for directing
the Robot Chicken: Star Wars special, which became the #1 TV DVD upon
release. He also directed the follow-up ³Episode II² special. Green has
starred in films including all three ³Austin Powers² films, ³The Italian
Job,² ³Party Monster,² ³Without a Paddle,² ³Can¹t Hardly Wait² and dozens
more. Next up, Disney¹s ³Old Dogs² stars Robin Williams, John Travolta and
Green, in theatres this November and Green is the star of Disney¹s upcoming
feature, ³Mars Needs Moms.² He¹s been voicing Chris Griffin on Fox¹s hit
³Family Guy² since the animated show¹s debut 10 years ago and is an
executive producer/actor on Titan Maximum.

Breckin Meyer
Breckin Meyer is a writer and performer on the Emmy-winning animated show
Robot Chicken and will perform on Titan Maximum. He has written on the
feature films ³Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde², ³The Giggles², for
Reveille Productions and the upcoming graphic novel ³Superguys². Breckin is
best known as an actor, starring in the films ³Road Trip², ³Rat Race²,
³Garfield², ³Kate and Leopold² and ³Clueless. Breckin is the sole writer of
the ³Emperor¹s Phone Call² sketch for Robot Chicken.

Chris McKay
Picking up a Super-8 camera at age 10, Chris McKay has been making movies
with toys for most of his life. In addition to his co-producing, directing
and editing duties on Adult Swim¹s Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken, he is
also a writer, director and co- executive producer on Adult Swim's Moral
Orel and will direct Titan Maximum. Robot Chicken is currently in
production on its fifth season. McKay studied Film at the "Harvard of the
Midwest": Columbia College. He was once beaten up for wearing Luke
Skywalker's Tatooine outfit to school.

Mike Fasolo
Mike Fasolo is a Writer, Voice Actor and Co-Creative Director on Adult
Swim¹s Robot Chicken where he¹s been since its inception in 2004. He began
his illustrious writing career as a staff writer at Wizard Magazine back in
1994. He enjoys dog sledding, curling and Revolutionary War re-enactments
where he always plays Benedict Arnold.

Douglas Goldstein
Douglas Goldstein is Co-Head Writer and Co-Producer for Adult Swim¹s Robot
Chicken and the two Robot Chicken Star Wars specials. Doug has written the
half-hour animated pilot ³The Neighborhood² for Fox Studios and is currently
developing the game show ³Head Games² with Wildbrain Entertainment. He was
a founding member of Wizard Entertainment, publisher of Wizard and ToyFare
magazines. Doug was the writer of the ³Emperor¹s Phone Call² sketch for
Robot Chicken, no matter what Breckin Meyer tells you.

Tom Root
Tom Root is co-head writer and co-producer of Adult Swim¹s Emmy
Award-winning Robot Chicken, as well as a recurring voice talent. Tom is
also the co-creator/head writer/executive producer of the upcoming Titan
Maximum, which debuts on Adult Swim in fall 2009. He also wrote the
³Animail² column in Anime Insider magazine for what felt like 58 years.

Kevin Shinick
Kevin Shinick serves as Writer, Actor and Co-Creative Director for the Emmy
winning animated sketch show, Robot Chicken, where he recently won an Annie
award for his work on Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. He is responsible
for such diverse creations as the Off Broadway hit, McBeth ­ Over 2 Million
Slain, the award winning feature film, It¹s About Time and Marvel Comics¹
multi-million dollar production of Spider-Man Live! at Radio City Music
Hall. Kevin has performed in over a half a dozen Broadway shows, numerous TV
and film projects and spent two seasons as the host of the Emmy winning
series, Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? ­ a popular PBS show that landed
him in the pages of Teen magazines, onto trading cards and into his own
Action Figure.

Erik Weiner
Erik Weiner was born and raised in San Francisco. He co-created and starred
in The Bomb-itty of Errors, a slammin' add-rap-tation of Shakespeare's
Comedy of Errors, blending hip-hop and Shakespeare. The show has been
performed in New York (Off-Broadway), London (West End), Chicago, Los
Angeles, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Dublin, Florida, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and
continues to play around the world. Bomb-itty won the Grand Jury Prize for
Best Show at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the Jeff Award in
Chicago. Erik made his feature film debut in the 20th Century Fox romantic
comedy, Brown Sugar. Erik was a series regular on HBO's Unscripted, directed
and executive produced by George Clooney. His new musical comedy, NERDS,
written with Jordan Allen-Dutton and music composed by Hal Goldberg, won
Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Original Music at the 2007 Barrymore
Awards. Erik was nominated for a 2007 and 2008 Emmy for writing on Robot
Chicken.

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> and to register for the 2009 convention at
www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .

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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Gia, gia, gia...must you always ask questions about gender that require epic long responses from a long-standing feminist. :) LOL. I do think gender is really an issue in the North American anime industry. I think the ratio of girls to boys is higher. The standard otaku stereotype is still overweight guy, unshowered, with long greasy hair, a beard and glasses. That sort of reflects a long standing bias. However, you go to cons, and there are lots of girls--really attractve ones at that.

Manga and anime are marketed to both. However, things like Yaoi are primarily targeted at girls. Nothing like two (or more) young, beautiful boys loving one another to make girls tingle in that special spot. ;) There's a lot of sexism and gender issues in animes, but I don't think that's affecting audience.

From my single con experience and talking with other otaku, I really haven't had any trouble. There has been one mild irritation. I speak of the jerk at the elevator at Ohayocon who said the only good animes were Van Hellsing, Eva, and Gurren Lagen. He discounted the rest as "cutesy magical girl shit" and harem; then he looked at me and had the nerve to say, "no offense." It seemed just because I was a girl, he automatically assumed I loved all harem anime and magical girl and moe animes. I couldn't possibly enjoy anything else. I resent that was how he described Shojo anime and how he completely discounted the genre as being lesser than. He was a pompous, manly man, highly intecllectual but more than probaby over compensating  for something though. I won't go into a lengthy defense of Shojo anime here.

Only other time I thought gender was an issue was in a panel specifically on gender and sexism in anime. It was run by two males. Both were intellectual and insightful, but limited probably by animes they had seen, scholarship read (which isn't much though), and a very small partial amount due to gender. I think he was looking too much at the obvious though when it came to gender i.e. women as sexual objects. He couldn't see much past that issue when discussing in anime, but that could also be due to the fact that he was a communication major and not an english major taught how to interpret things in mulitple crazy and deep critical literary theories. I did feel a female perspective would've rounded the panel off better, granted there were females in the audience who contributed insightful comments.

Lastly, I think anime culture allows for more play between the sexes. Cross-dressing galore at cons and often its hard to tell who's male or female. I think girls more so than guys are into cross play. I cannot begin to count the number of female Sephiroths (ironic since he's the epitome of manliness), Clouds, Zacks, and Soras. But it wasn't just men with feminine features that girls dressed as. There was a girl with an awesome Dante from Devil May Cry costume, she said she prefered to dress like that type of character rather than be crammed into a poofy dress and look like a princess. Lots of guys wearing cat ears with beads and ribbons dangling. Many guys just walking around in girls clothing and makeup not for attention (well some) but because they obviously enjoyed it and felt they had the freedom to do so.  

To summarize, I do think gender is a big issue in anime fandom. I do think it has an effect on marketing. I do believe there gender stereotypes when it comes to viewership of animes (i.e. only girls watch and love Sailor Moon). Gender is an issue if you're running a panel discussing it because that's obviously the purpose. There are gender issues within animes themselves, again I don't think it necessarily affects audience gender (maybe hentai is an exception). Finally, anime culture allows and almost seems to promote switching between gender categories. So to make my point, the concept of gender is an important one in North American anime culture. However, sexism is NOT the big issue; gender construction is the issue at the forefront.
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Very impressive centering!
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LunarCosplay 002: Five pictures five points of views

Well Hello I hope to do this more often, but you know their other things to do. But I got five pictures I'll try to tell you much as I can about them and you all can give all the comments you want. Mind the spelling and grammer, and remember I'm working with quite a old camera.

It seems everyone but me love Bleach, But I did live this girl doing Rukia. I love the shot I got and it came out really got I think at least.At mini-con '06.








One of my favorite Sailor Moon cosplay ever, I see her do a lot of cosplay still. I hope to get ever better of her work in the near furture. also at mini-com 06. She Plato I belive.








A bit to fuzzy and not really in fram right, but I still love this costume sooo... much. At mini-com 06 as well I try to get more phots but was runing out of film. She ways doing Hellsing, Yea!








Why did I mess this one up, one of the few charcters I like off the darn show and I got to neverse and did get my shot right way to fuzzy and seem like I say saking a bit. Hinata form naruto. Yes, mini-con 06.








One of my favroit moments at mini-con 06, these two really gave awesome effort in give a great shot. Resident evil 3 or 2 or 1, I don't know, but it all fun.





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I spent an obscene amount of money today. My CD1 account matured, so I transferred it into my checking account. I went to Macallister's for lunch with Baku which was delicious. Bought a new Mac laptop with IWorks --got a 50 dollar student discount though. Then got a manicure and pedicure with flowers painted on each of my big toes. I only meant to get a manicure, but the lady doing my nails was under the impression I was getting both. She prepped the footspa, and ushered me towards it and I just couldn't resist. I was so glad I got it done though! The feel of the hot water, massage chair, and then my nails being done was so amazing. It was just wonderful to sit there and gossip and joke with the girl next to me and both our nail technicians. Like five minutes into the pedicure, I felt so relaxed and happy; I couldn't stop smiling. The woman did an awesome job, and I gave her a big tip. One of the things I love about this nail salon and the people working in it, is the fact that you feel gorgeous and great about yourself when you're in and when you leave.

Now, I'm playing on my new laptop after spending at least two hours transferring files via thumbdrive from my old computer to my new one. I'm glad Apple will recycle my old computer and printer. To complete the cycle all their computers are made from recycled materials. Still getting used to things. I'm not very good with change. I almost changed my mind before I even got to the Apple store. I was like, "It's such a big lifestyle change. I have to get used to a whole new system!" But all the benefits really outweighed my doubts. The people at the store were really nice and helpful, especially for not being paid on commission. Baku's a little jealous. He loves the smart mouse and hates Vista, as do I. Vista is what really pushed me into considering and deciding on a Mac.

I'm upset about misplacing my phone. Worse part about it is that it's on silent. Not that it matters now because it's probably dead. It's been missing since Friday when I got off work. Somewhere between work, car, and home it got lost or misplaced. I could've sworn it was in my pocket for the longest time and that I took it out in the car. We scoured my car, Baku's car, the apartment and I asked at work. No phone. Worse comes to worse, I have an extra phone, so all I need is a new sim card. Still that's expensive. It might be cheaper if Baku just added a line to his plan because sometimes you can get a free or cheaper phone that way.

Jumping topics, Cake Mania 3 is out, and once again I'm hooked. Some people forget the world for WOW; I forget the world for Cake Mania. This version has voice acting, mini games, changing clothes, and different time periods. It's pretty awesome.

Going to a wedding this weekend and taking Baku along. I need to buy a gift, get a hair cut, find someone to check on Lily (my cat) for a night, and find shoes to wear with my dress. I may just stick with white shoes, if I can't find any brown dress shoes to fit--which seems to be my lot. It's going to be weird going to Paducah but not staying in my old house. Baku and I are going to stay with my best friend and her boyfriend in their apartment in Murray. Leave early Saturday morning, get to Murray, rest, change, go to wedding, drive back to Murray, go to bed, get up early, eat, drive back to Louisville Sunday. Busy weekend involving lots of driving.
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I looked upon Queen's Brade episodes within Anime Vice, and though one lone soldier did the duty of grabbing several screenshots for our benefit, none would dare post a summary after the first ep. hit.

I did what no one else would do, out of sheer boredom and loathing and the fact that I've got a brand new internship that pays nothing waiting for me tomorrow: I filled those episode summaries of Queen's Brade. I did it. Me. And as they slowly ate away at my sanity I found that I just couldn't take them seriously. So I decided that if this show was going to drag my brain down into the utter abyss, I was going to take it down with me.

Hopefully you enjoyed summaries 3-6 (ep #2 was lame, and therefore doesn't count). I swear, I'm going to see this through to the end if no one else will take up the burden from this point. And then I am going to take a very, very long shower to cleanse myself of this pure, distilled awfulness.
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Baltimore, MD (May 11, 2009) – Rising star Kanon Wakeshima will make her US debut at Otakon 2009. Wakeshima brings a unique and haunting sound composed of baroque cello, strong vocals, and electronic arrangements.

A promising newcomer who took up the cello at age 3, Wakeshima began performing at age 15, splitting her time between performing in classical ensembles and providing vocals to a pop/rock group. A few years later, she entered an audition held by Sony Music Japan, in which she was a finalist -- and won an artist deal with Sony label DefSTAR Records Inc.  

Her incredible talent attracted the attention of Visual-Kei star Mana (Moi dix Mois, Malice Mizer), who became the sound & visual image producer for Kanon for her debut single "still doll" (released in May 2008) from her first album. Wakeshima's rich, haunting sound fits well with the Gothic & Lolita street fashion culture -- for which Mana (who is also the designer of his own Moi-meme-moitie apparel brand) is very well known.

Her highly anticipated first album, Shinshoku Dolce, was released in February 2009. A record-breaking in-store performance at France's biggest CD retailer, FNAC, paired with a sensational concert in Paris, put her on the road to international stardom. Wakeshima has also become the 2009 "Best Newcomer" Shojo Beat Music Award winner.

Wakeshima is also a talented illustrator. Fans flocked to her November 2008 exhibition along with the mini-concert in Tokyo's fashion-conscious Harajuku, and she regularly posts her artwork on her Web site (http://www.kanonweb.jp). Samples of her music can be found on her MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/kanonwakeshima.

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 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/ 

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Gardena, CA (May 11, 2009) - Digital Manga Publishing, Inc., one of the industry’s most innovative and unique companies, is proud to announce the revamp of its online rental and manga viewing site, eManga.com! eManga streams content through an Adobe Flash player, which allows readers to access their library wherever they have an internet connection. The newly revamped custom reader has been streamlined to focus on making reading fluid and enjoyable. With custom features that include two-page, one-page, or panel-by-panel reading, three custom zoom options, a bookmark bar, and auto play, the reader is also made to work with different screen sizes to maintain great image quality at any screen size. In addition to offering complete titles for rental, the new eManga site features free previews of titles from Digital Manga’s entire catalog.
 
eManga relaunches with some great new titles for preview, including Vampire Hunter D, Tricky Prince, and Steal Moon. Many more will be added in the coming weeks. The reader is also fully compatible with DMP's line of novels and instructional titles as well, many of which are available for viewing. 
 
The standard eManga rental package is $10 for 1000 points, with entire books averaging between 200 and 300 points. Higher packages come with free bonus points. Points are kept in user's accounts, allowing for quick and easy rental of titles whenever and wherever they want. For most of Digital Manga's titles, you also have the option to read the entire book by spending eManga points to "rent" the title for a limited amount of time (currently 72 hours). If you later decide to rent the same title again, it will be automatically upgraded to an "unlimited" rental, which does not have time restrictions.
 
We invite you to try out the new and improved reader to go along with the newly redesigned eManga site. Visit eManga at: www.eManga.com
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CRUNCHYROLL STREAMS BRAND NEW MUNHWA BROADCASTING CORPORATION (MBC) KOREAN
DRAMAS: 90 DAYS TIME TO LOVE, MERRY MARY, MY LIFE¹S GOLDEN AGE AND YI-SAN

Leading Online Anime Distributor Launches New Korean Drama Series

San Francisco, California (May 11, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll, the online world¹s
number one destination for Asian content, will conclude its mass streaming
release of Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Korean drama titles with 90
DAYS TIME TO LOVE, MERRY MARY, MY LIFE¹S GOLDEN AGE and YI-SAN (episodes
39-77 of 77) legally and for free to users. More information can be found
at www.crunchyroll.com/drama.

These Korean drama titles are free for all users in the U.S., Canada and
U.S. provinces.

Title Synopses:
90 DAYS TIME TO LOVE
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/90_Days_Time_to_Love
There is a man whose life that will end in 90 days. Although he's already
married, he wishes to find his true love and spend the rest of his remaining
days with her. This woman will be the hall elder sister. Will they who are
secretly in love commit incest within ninety days?

This is a story about fate that surpasses taboo and a love that surpasses
morality. Here, at the peak of his life at thirty-one years of age, is a man
who is fated to vanish into space as a mere speck of dust in three short
months.

The fall of 2006, a man and a woman were fated to meet, but their hearts
were destined to be broken in the end. They are now desperately pleading for
90 days in which to love each other for the last time on earth. If you were
this man's wife, or this woman's husband, how would you answer their pleas
that transgresses both morality and taboo...?

MERRY MARY
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Merry_Mary
MERRY MARY introduces the main characters, Mary and Daegu, who will redefine
the meaning of happiness. These are like the young people who live in your
neighborhood...People who keep their chins up even though they are poor and
live a tough life. She is a woman who is full of laughter! And he is a man
who shines with happiness! You¹ll discover happiness when you begin sharing
and joining them on this incredible story.

MY LIFE¹S GOLDEN AGE
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/My_Lifes_Golden_Age
In order to bring about a hwang-geum-ki (golden period of life) in their
children¹s lives, a remarried couple names their children uniquely: Lee
Hwang, Lee Geum and Lee Ki. However, little do the parents know that there
are many trials and tribulation before the golden period of life.

Lee Hwang (Moon So-ri) is the smart, aloof one who works at a publishing
company as a designer. Her life seems very much in control, with a seemingly
loving husband and an adorable daughter, but there is more than meets the
eye for her married life turns out to be anything but perfectŠ

Lee Geum (Lee So-yeon) has two secrets: one, she¹s still paying the hospital
bill for her birthfather and it¹s putting her heavily in debt; and two, she
has CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia). Regardless, she¹s bright and
cheerful as she coaches a track team. When she fatefully meets Ko Kyung-woo
(Shin Seong-rok) and becomes tangled up in a contract marriage, things start
spiraling out of controlŠ

Lee Ki (Shin Yi-han) has a set life: he finished med school and is an intern
at a hospital. But in order to live his true dream, he quits and starts
training to become a musical actor. As he secretly attends dance lessons
while pretending to still work at the hospital, he must deal with the
troubles of his sisters as well as the fact that he just may be falling in
love with his sister-in-lawŠ

A family drama about the relationship between parent and child, brothers and
sisters, romance, marriage, divorce, reconciliation, dreams and hope.

YI-SAN (episodes 1-38 of 77)
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Yi_San
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Yi_San>
In the late 18th century, Lee San became the 22nd kind of the Joseon
Dynasty! It was the most tumultuous times ever seen in the 500-year-old
Joseon monarchy!
He was an open-minded, wise king who championed democratic values.
The stories of his glorious triumphs, ordeals, regrets, and historical
achievements are shown in this TV drama.

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

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

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of 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. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Crunchyroll.com¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


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LOVE AND PEACE! ANIME EXPO® ANNOUNCES TRIGUN ANIME AND MANGA CREATOR
YASUHIRO NIGHTOW AND TRIGUN MOVIE DIRECTOR SATOSHI NISHIMURA AS OFFICIAL
2009 GUESTS OF HONOR

Shigeru Kitayama and Noriyuki Jinguji to Also Join Famed Manga-Ka and
Director as Industry Guests at Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention
for an Exclusive First Look Premiere of the Highly Anticipated TRIGUN Film

Anaheim, California (May 11, 2009) ‹ The staff that created the TRIGUN
anime, over 10 years ago, are reuniting at Anime Expo®! Anime Expo® is
proud to announce Mr. Yasuhiro Nightow and Mr. Satoshi Nishimura as an
official Guests of Honor of the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention
held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information
can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .

Mr. Nightow and Mr. Nishimura will be joined by two (2) additional members
of the highly anticipated 2009 slated TRIGUN movie team, Mr. Shigeru
Kitayama and Mr. Noriyuki Jinguji, for a TRIGUN movie panel in which they
will talk a bout the various behind-the-scene episodes, from days way back
when, and about the experiences they had while in the production stages of
the newest TRIGUN movie as well as key points regarding the upcoming film.

Mr. Yasuhiro Nightow has loved to draw manga since childhood. He continued
his creative passion well into his adult years in order to fill the ³holes²
of his life (i.e. what he wanted and couldn¹t get, what he wanted yet no one
had yet to create it, etc.). He debuted as a manga artist in 1994 with ³CALL
XXXX² published by Shueisha in Super Jump. Since then he has also created
the manga ³Samurai Spirits² which appeared in Tokuma Shoten¹s Family
Computer Magazine. In 1995, the manga ³Trigun² begain its serialization in
the Tokuma Shoten Shonen Captain magazine. The ³Trigun² manga title inspired
the television anime series of the same title and became highly popular in
the U.S.

Mr. Satoshi Nishimura is the director of the highly anticipated 2009 TRIGUN
movie and has worked on many huge and popular titles including ALIEN NINE,
BLACK LAGOON, CARDCAPTOR SAKURA, DRAGON BALL Z MOVIE 1: THE DEADZONE,
FIGHTING SPIRIT, FUTURE GPX CYBER FORMULA, GOKU: MIDNIGHT EYE, GUYVER: OUT
OF CONTROL, HAND MAID MAY, MASHIN EIYUDEN WATARU 2, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED,
PARADIS KISS, REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, RUROUNI KENSHIN, SAMURAI SHODOWN:
THE MOTION PICTURE, SHIN CHO BAKUMATSU SHONEN SEIKI TAKAMARU, STREET FIGHTER
ALPHA, TRIGUN and much more!

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

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org
<http://www.AXBackstage.org> .

Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime
News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC,
Central Park Media and The Right Stuf, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian
TV, Animation Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine and Anime News Network.


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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Note: This contains Spoilers for the Star Trek Movie:

So, The Anon of the Internet was out and about. Unlike those in the losing side of that movie pirate game - i do go out see flicks and I do love the natural world. That being said, this movie was Fun. But folks lets be honest and if you really did see it you would say the same thing too...

If this was Star Ocean: Rise of a Legend, and it had younger Ronyx, Illa and Kurtsman against future Lesonians in their first mission to save the Terran Federation, it would have been the best SF film in a long ass time.

That being said, it was Star Trek. And it will age like fine wine despite what many critics state. 

But a lot of this movie has many anime influences. In some turn that is what made the movie work (despite the script and the writers strike and what not). It was a 4-6 episode OVA stringed back to back. Where as many of the aspects of the movie dealt with universal concepts of love, loss and sacrifice, parts of the film interludes are somewhat ripped from most anime - The red oil used in movie comes from Giant Robo. Back in the day when Enterprise was on the air, i used a convention stating that every federation ship is a Gundam - but i never realized that much would actually be realized in this film. Its not so much the 60's Enterprise (which used 1950's style UFO Saucers, Rockets and Dishes) or the Late 70's Pontiac GTO inspired Enterprise no its is more Gundam Like in appearance. 

And if you have ever seen Captain Tyler, well there was one scene where it was almost ripped off from the OVA... you know it when you see it.

Its interesting for all of there talk about anime and the like, most of the critics don't see the influence when its in action. JJ Abrams wishes not to be known but Uhura (whither was it through the writing strike or what not) was given a typical anime dere type but Zoe acted way above her pay grade (despite given only around 10 mins of work) and made Uhura very underrated in the movie. The first fight scene against the future Romulans  you could almost see the speed lines when Kirk, Sulu and the Red Shirt made the dive. The second fight scene was Purely American and awesome but the first one was interesting if not a bit off-putting.

There are so many i could mention. However thats just half the fun i guess - the other half is the symbolism (the simple and the complex) JJ Uses in the movie and what all you need to know is that JJ uses all of influences to make a movie that is able to make the audience feel like there is a future for humanity. For all intents and preposes JJ has made Star Trek bigger than it ever was. His task was to make it more accessible to audiences all over the world and he did his job. One has to wonder if Star Ocean will do the same...

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