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alright I'm up at 1 in the morning and bored. I found this site trying to see where I can start a cloud cosplay. After seeing Trauma's cosplay picture of Zack I knew I could hopefully find help here. So begins my quest lol.
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"My God, I'm surrounded by kids"

That was my first thought as I scanned the bridge.  So, this is my crew.  Not a one of them was older than 20.  Hell, these pups weren't even born yet when I cleared the academy and got my first commission.  

It was bad enough, losing the Sunrise Horizon, and two ranks (how was I supposed to know she was the Admiral's daughter?) but to then be busted down to a patrol ship, a Snooker-class Imperial Rocket Bomber, and left in a backwater system to babysit a bunch of raw recruits -- not even academy grads, yet, and some of them might never be accepted there.  If we survive.

"Captain Blind, sir?"

I'm guessing she's my first officer then.  

"not a captain"  I mumbled, voice still a little raw from last night's bourbon.  I cleared my throat.  "I'm not a captain anymore," I said, as I tugged my collar, to show off the small orb, and two star emblems.  "They took my starburst.  The rank is lieutenant commander; you kids can call me _Commander_ Blind, or skipper."

I cringed a bit inside.  I'd slipped up, actually called them kids.

No one seemed offended though.  That goofy looking bastard at the pilots station is even grinning back at me.

"OK, Skipper!  What's our heading?"

I ignored him, and turned to my first:  "Lieutenant, set a course for the dark side of the third moon.  We're going to hang out in the shadows for a bit until my head feels better."

I went over to my station, and settled in to the rather worn leather chair.  I pulled an old Benton pipe out of my pocket and clamped it between my teeth, while settling my uniform cap a bit lower over my eyes.

"Some tea would be excellent. Does anyone know if we have black current tea on this bucket?  That, and a painkiller.  Lieutenant, scare up an ensign or a JG who can make that happen for us."  Leering a bit from under the brim of my cap, I added, "and pull up a chair, miss; we haven't properly been introduced."
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LOS ANGELES, Calif., (July 2, 2009) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today confirmed that it has secured exclusive North American rights to publish future official videogames for the longstanding classic anime and manga series, Dragon Ball® across all major consoles and hand held platforms.

This agreement will run for five years beginning in January 2010 and supersedes the existing rights granted to publish titles on the Nintendo DS™, Wii™, PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system,
PSP (PlayStationPortable) system, and Xbox 360video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Additionally, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., has secured the right to initially publish three titles in 2009,
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast for the Xbox 360video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system, Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo exclusively for Wii™, and Dragon BallZ: Attack of the Saiyans exclusively for Nintendo DS™.


The Dragon Ball anime and manga series is a worldwide multi-million dollar entertainment franchise. Originally penned by famed Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama in 1984, the Dragon Ball series has spawned several entertainment franchise sequels (Dragon Ball® Z and Dragon Ball® GT) spanning 11 years of manga, over 500 television episodes, 23 feature films, and countless mass merchandising products. FUNimation® Entertainment currently holds all U.S. distribution rights to the anime series.


The Dragon Ball Saga follows the orphaned martial arts boy Goku as he grows and matures into an adult throughout his many adventures. During his early formative years, Goku meets life long comrades, defeats diabolical superhuman enemies, and eventually settles down and forms a family. The Dragon Ball series is known for its often comical action adventure themes which are interspersed with long standing testosterone-driven action-impacted battles which escalate drastically over time into full-on conflicts for the survival of mankind. By the end of the Dragon Ball saga, the baton of planetary savior is passed to Gohan and Goten, Goku’s son and grandson respectively.


Commenting on the announcement Makoto Iwai, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. said: “We are very excited to have signed this long term agreement with Toei Animation Co., Ltd and FUNimation® Entertainment, which grants NAMCO BANDAI Games North American multi-platform rights to the testosterone driven action packed world of Dragon Ball. This move reunites NAMCO BANDAI Games with the Dragon Ball series in North America which will considerably increase our ability to develop titles that perfectly capture every nuance of what makes the Dragon Ball world exciting to the consumer.”


For more information about upcoming Dragon Ball games, please visit

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Let me put this out here before I rag on the show a bit, it has potential and I'm definitely looking forward to more of it. With that said let me vent about what annoyed me.
  • Battler and his gravitation towards (as was translated) tits. He came off as a complete sleaze. I don't mind some lighthearted comedy in my dark mystery shows, but that sucked, the second time he pulled it literally made me facepalm.
  • Laundry list of characters. I know people need to be introduced in a show, especially one that's probably gonna involve a string of murder cases (I'm thinking of the board game Clue here). Unfortunately everyone was thrown in at once which made all this talk of heirs and such a complete mess. I already need a family tree map to understand who's who.
  • Maria. I've been going through Higurashi Kai again and Umineko makes me appreciate Rika THAT much more (I'd kill for a desu/nipaa here). To quote Maria's mother: "stop making that sound." I agree 110% with that statement. UUUUUUUUUUUUUU is not cute,just downright annoying. Doing it 50 times in the span of 3 minutes... AGGRAVATING! That first bitch slap made me giddy in more that one way. At this point I knew the show was going to bring it. Very excited about next week.

On a side note, OP and ED were nothing special and instant skippables for me.

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2009 SPJA Industry Award Recipients Announced at the Nation¹s Largest Anime
and Manga Convention

LOS ANGELES, CA ­ July 3, 2009 ­ Following a highly energized Opening
Ceremony, an epic concert by the world famous visual kei band Moi dix Mois
and a rocking Battle of the Bands Event, Anime Expo® 2009 continues into its
second day with highly anticipated Main Events consisting of the Morning
Musume concert and the Anime Music Video Contest for the nation¹s largest
anime and manga convention, Anime Expo® 2009, from July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found at <> .

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) also announced
this year¹s winners for the 2009 SPJA Industry Awards.  Winners and their
categories include:

Category 01: Best Voice Actor (Japanese)
Kappei Yamaguchi ­ DEATH NOTE - L

Category 02: Best Voice Actor (English)
Kyla Hebert ­ GURREN LAGAAN - Kamina

Category 03: Best Voice Actress (Japanese)
Junko Takeuchi - NARUTO - Naruto Uzumaki

Category 04: Best Voice Actress (English)
Michelle Ruff ­ BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY - Rukia Kuchiki

Category 05: Best Casting Director
Jaime Simone - BLEACH

Category 06: Best Character Design
Masaru Kitao of Madhouse ­ DEATH NOTE

Category 07: Best Mechanical Design
Yoh Yoshirari ­ GURREN LAGAAN

Category 08: Best Male Character

Category 09: Best Female Character

Category 10: Best Mascot Character
Mokona ­ xxxHOLIC

Category 11: Best Backround Design
Minoru Nakamura of Studio Pierrot - BLEACH

Category 12: Best Original Video Animation
LUCKY STAR OVA - Bandai Entertainment

Category 13: Best Feature Film

Category 14: Best Television Series
GURREN LAGAAN - Bandai Entertainment

Category 15: Best Original Score
DEATH NOTE Score ­ DEATH NOTE - Yoshihisa Hirano and Hideki Taniuchi

Category 16: Best Original Song
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" - Bleach - Beat Crusaders - Aniplex Inc. ­ BEAT

Category 17: Best Director (Japanese)
Tetsuro Araki ­ DEATH NOTE

Category 18: Best Director (American)
Karl Willems - DEATH NOTE

Category 19: Best Manga - Action

Category 20: Best Manga - Comedy
FAIRY TAIL - Del Rey Manga - Hiro Mashima

Category 21: Best Manga - Drama
MONSTER - Viz Media - Naoki Urasawa

Category 22: Best Publication
Shonen Jump - VIZ Media

Category 23: Best Full Motion Video in Video Game

Over 40,000+ unique attendees are expected to attend this year¹s convention
and a incredible slate of fourteen (14) power-house Guests of Honors, 50+
Industry Guests, a full exhibit hall and 24 hours of pure anime fun!
Attendees will have the time of their lives at this year¹s highly
anticipated event.

Tickets are still available for at-door pricing!

Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Moi dix Mois, Toshimichi Mori,
Toshiyuki Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori,
Satoshi Nishimura, Takashi Okazaki and Kari Wahlgren.

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at

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

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

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

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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Kunio Kato's ³The Diary of Tortov Roddle² and Academy Award-Winning ³La
Maison en Petits Cubes² to Stream on the Number-One Online Destination for
Anime and Asian Entertainment

San Francisco, CA (July 3, 2009) ‹ Kunio Kato¹s 2009 Academy Award-winning
animated short film, LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES, as well as his earlier work,
THE DIARY OF TORTOV RODDLE are streaming today on Crunchyroll.  More
information can be found at:   and .

LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES marks the first Oscar® nomination and win for Mr.
Kato, who created and directed the piece. At the awards ceremony, of the
award, he stated, ³It¹s so heavy.² He went on to say, ³Thank you very much.
Thank you, my supporters.  Thank you, all my staff.  Thank you, my pencil.
Thank you, Academy Š Thank you, my company ROBOT.  Domo arigato, Mr.

Vince Shortino, president of Crunchyroll's Japan office states, ³We, at
Crunchyroll, are very proud to host such a masterpiece. Mr. Kato is only the
second individual from Japan to ever win the award in an animation category,
with the only other being reknowned Mr. Hayao Miyazaki.  To be able to bring
this visionary artist¹s work to the world is truly a great honor.²

available to Crunchyroll's Anime Members in 480P quality video, and
available on Crunchyroll to the world outside of Japan. ROBOT Business
Strategy Manager Koji Nakamigawa states, ³Mr. Kato's works need to be
experienced in only the highest quality viewing, and Crunchyroll's global
reach, high quality streaming and Anime Members plan made the most sense for
us to maintain the utmost quality needed to view his treasures.²

La Maison en Petits Cubes:  An old man is forced to continuously build on
new levels to his home as the water rises in his town. When he drops his
favorite pipe overboard, he is forced to dive to retrieve it from the
depths. As he visits the submerged levels of his home, he begins to relive
scenes from days gone by.
THE DIARY OF TORTOV RODDLE is a tapestry of whimsical fantasy featuring
tatters of everyday life of the eponymous Tortov Roddle.  Riding on the back
of his pig with legs as long as stilts, what will be the next surreal
journey to be written in his diary?

About Crunchyroll

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

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

About ROBOT Communications Inc.

Founded in 1986, ROBOT Communications Inc. (Head office: Shibuya Ward,
Tokyo; President: Shuji Abe). is a production company engaged in a wide
range of services, from designing and producing visual contents for various
media such as TV commercials, theatrical movies, animations, computer
graphics and mobile contents, to character creation/development, graphic
design, website creation and management, and more.  One of its best-known
works is the animation "La Maison en Petits Cubes (The house of small
cubes)" a winner of the 81st Academy Awards ® 2009 in the short film
(animated) category. And motion picture series, ³Always San-chome no Yuhi²
(Always: Sunset on Third Street).

Official website : <>
(JAPANESE) <>          (ENGLISH)


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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J!NX, the premiere name in geek and gaming lifestyle clothing has partnered with FUNimation Entertainment and created four new slick, gritty designs that evoke as much attitude as the legendary Number One Headband!


SAN DIEGO, CA, JULY 1, 2009.  As thousands of Anime fans descend on Los Angeles for Anime Expo 2009, San Diego based Jinx, Inc. cools down the summer months with a dynamic new licensing partnership.  Afro Samurai and Afro Samurai: Resurrection blew up the ratings when they debuted on Spike TV, and continue to garner a loyal viewership across Youtube, Hulu, and Xbox Live.  The early September, but you can head there now to get a glimpse of the shirts, all crafted by the talented J!NX design team.


"We have long been huge fans of Afro Samurai,” declares Sean “Jinx” Gailey, Creative Overlord of the J!NX design team.  “The amazing art style, the music, the story, everything about it resonates with the J!NX crew and we couldn't wait to put our spin on some Afro Samurai clothing.”

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EVA 1.0 is in theatres this summer and is what we are screening this evening at 5:30 pm in LP 1.  EVA 1.01 will be released on DVD this Fall while EVA 1.11 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Spring 2010.






Flower Mound, TX (June 22, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it will premiere the English dubbed version of Hideaki Anno’s “EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE.” at Anime Expo® held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 2-5, 2009.  More information about the convention can be found at

“EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE” is the film sequel to the sci-fi animated series blockbuster Neon Genesis Evangelion (also written and directed by Hideaki Anno) which aired on Japanese television in the mid 1990’s.

Director in Chief Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and the creative staff of this film made a complete rebuild of the design and visuals rather than magnifying the original 16 mm film from the series. The team was also able to employ 3D computer graphics to enrich the depth and breadth of the Evangelion world as well as digital photography and composite nonlinear editing.


There was no foreseeable warning before it happened -- a catastrophe of unparalleled scale and magnitude overwhelmed the entire globe. This event, recorded in history as "The Second Impact," caused half the population of the Earth to perish and devastated the world.  All that remains of Japan is Tokyo-3, a city that is now being attacked by giant creatures that seek to destroy mankind. These creatures are called Angels.

Fourteen year old Shinji Ikari is called to Tokyo-3 by his father who he hasn’t seen in more than eight years. He is asked to come to the NERV headquarters to meet his father. His father reveals to him a gigantic humanoid weapons system that the special governmental agency has secretly developed to fight the Angels and then orders Shinji to pilot the giant artificial human Evangelion Unit One.

With the fate of the world resting on his shoulders, how will the 14 year old boy Shinji fight? What is the truth behind "The Human Instrumentality Project," an operation somehow related to the "Second Impact"? And who is the true enemy? The Angels, NERV, the mysterious SEELE, or the demons held within the hearts of all involved? 

Gendō Ikari, a man who holds many answers to these questions, watches silently and attentively as his son fights a desperate battle…

Funimation Entertainment will premiere EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE Friday, July 3, in room LP1 at Anime Expo.

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Join Me, lunermoth, Red Roses, and Psycho Gamer as we cover the new on Anime Vice.


We start off with Miyazaki showing up at Comic Con and Otokon get some people too.

meet soul geek Cripsin freeman

Akira and Oldboy movies are still possible

Kristen Bell like Astro boy.

Ero game developers are blocking everyone.

Right Stufs guess for the count down.


Summer previews what are you watching.

Haruhi is legal now on the tubes.

Eva 2.0 is epic win at theaters.

New Macross movie is a coming.
Ninamori is a cool FLCL character.
Slayers go watch it.
Fariy tale gets an anime.
What the hell are the Harveys.
Guest blog the seven ages part II.


AMV it is cool.

ROBO GEISHA so bad it's good.

Manga man he is cool.

Michael Jackson in anime.

Seras VS Edward Yeah that a no contest.


Mocross X Lucky Start figs

Saber Chibi fig.
DBE figs.
Ranka Lee fig is wired.
Lucky Star Uniforms at real school. Man that going to suck for them.
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And what a day it was. <3

First, I'll explain to you all who aren't familiar with this holiday why exactly, it means so much to us Canadians.
Back in 1867, on July 1st Canada was officially recognized as a country due to the signing of the British North American Act. This day was actually called Dominion Day for awhile but later then was changed to Canada Day (more suitable in my opinion, really). So that's pretty much it, I mean I could go into the whole spiel here but I won't because I'd like to get to the fun (less boring) stuff which is really what this blog post is about. I wanted to share with you all how I spent my Canada Day.

So, I barely got any sleep the night before as I was playing a very addictive Blazblue. Suffice to say I got through the day just fine and because it was a holiday I didn't have to work (stores were still open though, I just chose to take the day off). Anywho! Me and a few of my friends went and hung out at the mall for a good portion of the day and got some things ready for like a mini-party of sorts before we went to see the fireworks which took place at a wonderful area in Winnipeg called "The Forks". We went to have dinner at moxies and my friends (not me because I was the designated driver) shared a bottle of red wine (they actually wanted to get both red and white because well, that's pretty much the two colors that make up the Canadian flag) but I suggested we should wait until after we go see fireworks to get trashed (surprisingly that never happened as we all split ways after the show was over). On the way over to the Forks we stopped so I could pick up my date (this would be our third date now <3) and it took almost FOREVER to find a parking spot as there was the usual baseball game going on which happens every July 1st with Winnipegs own team against another team. Once we managed to find a parking spot, we walked around for awhile until it was time for the fireworks show. Around...10-ish or so? The fireworks had started and my date wanted us to kinda...y'know be just the two of us alone so I agreed to that (it WAS a date after all.) and so she started getting cold (it wasn't too bad out but there was a bit of a wind) so I lent her the blanket I had brought just in case and made sure she was all warm and snug and so we cuddled and watched fireworks for the duration of the evening and when they were all finished I got a lovely kiss *Insert insane blushing here* and found myself in my first ever relationship. So all in all it was a wonderful evening (especially near the end of the night) and put me in one of the greatest moods I've ever been in in quite some time. Lovely indeed~ <3

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Flower Mound, TX (July 2, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast, digital, and merchandise rights to the first season (13 episodes) of the fantasy adventure series “Sands of Destruction” from SEGA of America Inc.


“Sands of Destruction” is based on the game of the same name from SEGA. The series is to be launched in tandem with SEGA’s new RPG adventure game, Sands of Destruction™. It will be SEGA’s first anime launched in partnership with Production IG.


This fantasy adventure series is directed by Shunsuke Tada and produced by Production IG (Ghost in the Shell). In Japan, the series is known as World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokuni™ and is critically acclaimed.



On a planet where the oceans are made of sand, inhabitants must travel aboard huge sand ships, and constant battles rage between two organizations. Therein live humans and a dominant race of Therian beings. Therians are humanoid in appearance, but possess great physical strength, and beast-like characteristics.  Therians are able to use their fierce strength to force humans to live under their control.


Kyrie, the hero of this story, lives a life of solitude. He wanders from place to place since losing his parents as a child.  He is resigned to accept things as they are because he believes it is futile to try to change anything in the oppressive world he lives in. 

Kyrie meets Morte, a mysterious girl who is a member of the “World Destruction Committee”.  She is determined to destroy the planet, freeing it from the tyrannical rule of the Therians.

After this chance encounter with Morte, Kyrie is dragged into a conflict that will dictate mankind’s future.


Featuring an all-star team of Japanese RPG developers and a sweeping soundtrack by composer Yasunori Mitsuda, “Sands of Destruction” utilizes the upper and lower DS screens for its dynamic battle system, including major boss battles where colossal monsters take up both DS screens. Mixing traditional turn-based tactics with fighting game mechanics to create an intense gameplay experience, “Sands of Destruction” also features an innovative “Quip system” where characters utter inspiring battle commands that enhance abilities and boost attributes to give them various advantages during battle.  As the story unfolds new battle commands will be discovered and gamers will be able to customize the different commands to each character. “Sands of Destruction” will be released in spring 2010, exclusively for Nintendo DS™.


FUNimation Entertainment will release the first season of the series in spring 2010.


About SEGA Corporation:                     

SEGA® Corporation is a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home, encompassing consumer business, amusement machine sales and amusement center operations.  The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  SEGA® Corporation's Web site is located at

About SEGA of America Inc.:                         

SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home.  The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  SEGA of America’s Web site is located at

About Production I.G:                          

Production IG is a leading animation studio with headquarters in Tokyo. It is renowned for its production of numerous acclaimed films, OVA’s (original video animation), TV shows and videogames.

One of their best known works-Ghost in the Shell (1995, directed by Mamoru Oshii) was No.1 in US Billboard Top Video Sales Chart 1996.

Innocence (2004, directed by Mamoru Oshii) is the first Japanese animation film to compete at the Cannes Film Festival, and was among the only two animation films to be finalists for the Palme D’Or awards.

Other animations by the studio have earned critical accolades in Japan and around globe for their quality of animation and storytelling.

About FUNimation Entertainment                 

FUNimationEntertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States.  FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit

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FUNimation® Entertainment today announced the cast and crew for the 26 episode supernatural adventure anime series El Cazador De La Bruja.    


Ellis – Maxey Whitehead

Nadie – Trina Nishimura

Blue-Eyes (AKA Jody Hayward) – Clarine Harp

Douglas Rosenberg – Ian Sinclair

Ricardo – Bob Carter

Lirio – Monica Rial

L.A. – Jamie McGonnigal

Dr. Heinz Schneider – Christopher Bevins

Additionally, the first release will feature episodic character performances by Jamie Marchi, R Bruce Elliott, Pam Dougherty, Julie Mayfield, Chris Ayres, Mike McFarland, Antimere Robinson, Laura Bailey, Carrie Savage, Linda Young, Eric Vale and more!


Line Producer/ADR Director: Christopher Bevins

ADR Scripts: Andrew Rye & Christopher Bevins

About El Cazador De La Bruja

Ellis is a young girl on the run suffering from amnesia and wanted for murder.  She is being hunted down in Mexico by a bounty hunter named Nadie who eventually becomes sympathetic to Ellis and the two embark on a journey to find clues to Ellis’ past. 

This original series is directed by Koichi Masimo (Hack// Sign, Avenger, Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman) and produced by Bee Train.

FUNimation Entertainment will release the series in two complete season sets beginning later this year. 

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also shippuuden 77,78,79,80

and naruto vs pain
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Well, 2 days have passed since the console release of BlazBlue, and my desktop has yet to be turned on since then. In fact, the only reason you may have seen any activity out of me is because I've been posting from work (and unfortunately I can't bring my PS3 or 360 with me).

As many of you may or may not know about me, I almost never play any one game for more than 3 hours at a time. The only exceptions to that up till now have been one or two RTS's (since many times you can barely finish 2 rounds in 3 hours), Valkyria Chronicles, and the two big Type-Moon visual novels (F/SN, Tsukihime). Well, Blazblue is now the first fighting game on that list. I don't know about the rest of you, but my thumbs have been going raw from playing it so much.

The character diversity is just all over the place. You've got the heavy (Iron Tager), the typical Sol and Ky-like swordsmen (Jin and Ragna's movesets are basically Ky's and Sol's with a few things swapped between the two), the half-animal-usually-part-cat (Taokaka), and now a few more of the "let's their henchmen do most of the attacking for them" types (Rachel and Carl). Basically it's got a lot of the same character archetypes as Guilty Gear, but with a bit of changing around and also a few new styles. Noel Vermillion, for example, uses dual Vash pistols but weilds and attacks with them almost like they're swords. Plus her whole moveset shift when she uses Chain Revolver mode is sort of like a cool lite version of Sol Badguy's Dragon Install.

Top it all off with an actually quite impressive english dub, excellent 2D and 3D artwork and animations, and a really cool visual novel-like story mode with an actually interesting story (Guilty Gear's story was a bit...all over the place?), and you've got yourself an amazingly fun game. So, who's your favorite character(s) and strategies? and any other thoughts?

Cute, hot, AND kicks ass? Now that's a devastating combo.
Cute, hot, AND kicks ass? Now that's a devastating combo.

(Random interesting fact, apparently the game renders at 736p instead of 720 or 1080... though it upscales and downscales just fine.)

P.S. The artbook that you could have gotten if you preordered through Gamestop was completely worth it. Also, Noel dressing up in cosplay was awesome.
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