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Voice Actor/Producer Tony Oliver to Appear at Otakon®

Best Known for Work on Robotech, Power Rangers 

Baltimore, MD (May 22, 2009) – American voice actor Tony Oliver, best known for his voice work as Rick Hunter from Robotech and Arsene Lupin III from Lupin The 3rd, and for his writing and producing work on various Power Rangers series, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.  

For more than 25 years, Oliver has acted on stage and on camera, but his real success has been in voiceover work – starting with The Sea Prince and the Fire Child, the first foreign-made animated feature to get wide release in the US. His resumé spans many diverse and well-loved roles and series from the past several years, along with an increasing number of video games. Along the way, he's spent nearly as much time writing, directing, and producing as he's spent acting. For over 10 years he wrote and produced various series for Saban Entertainment, eventually producing (and writing, directing, and promoting) the hit sentai adaptation of the live-action Japanese series, Zyu-Rangers, known in the US as Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. 
 
From the title role in Lupin the 3rd: The Movie - The Secret of Mamo to Robotech's Rick Hunter to Sorata Arisugawa in the X-TV series, Oliver's career includes a part in just about every genre - including sentai (he was the voice of Saba, the White Ranger's talking saber in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers). In addition, Oliver can be heard in Last Exile, Rurouni Kenshin, Bleach, Lucky Star, Eyeshield 21, Wolf's Rain and Mahoromatic, among others. His directing credits include Eureka Seven, Hare Guu and Please Teacher. 
 
His recent projects include Gurren Lagann, .hack//GU, and Eureka Seven. 
 
Oliver appears courtesy of Bang Zoom! Entertainment. Through Bang Zoom! he has been teaching classes about voice acting, known as Adventures in Voice Acting. The beginners' classes teach basic techniques, while the intermediate course discusses development of characters and more advanced techniques. 

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  
 
 

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

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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Shall I be doing one of these everyday? We'll see how much time allows. Since this is day 0, there isn't that much to do. I should have taken more pictures (and apparently the ones I did take end up sucking) so you'll have to make due with what I have.

I got my badge thanks to Gia for offering an internship! I waited literally less than 4 minutes to get it. The registration staff was awesome and gave me a badge quickly:

My badge
My badge
Look at that 1337 Photoshop (... Paint) skillz there bruh! ... I was sad that they didn't include a lanyard so I used one from a previous year.

Since I went with one of my friends, we waited in line for her preregistered badge. Oh jeez I should have taken a picture of the line. It wasn't too bad because it ran smoothly but still after getting my badge, her wait was forever. I believe we waited for 45ish minutes. That actually isn't bad but still, 4 minutes versus 45 minutes...

While roaming around, I went to the Swap Meet that's on today. There's another one tomorrow that I'll be participating in. Anyway, here's a couple pictures of the area


Sorry for the really fast shots. I didn't want to sit still and take a proper one. Once the convention rolls into Day 1, I'll take more proper shots. Promise!

Oh man I already spent money and I haven't even gone to the Dealers' Room yet! Here's the stuff I bought:


These were from the Swap Meet.I hope those figures weren't bootlegs... but oh man it was such a steal if they're real! I got the Nendroid AND the Figma Yuki for $20 total! The seller got it as a gift from her sister and she never watched the series so she was just selling both of them together for $20! They're quite awesome, I'lll take a proper photoshoot after Fanime weekend is over (aka when I have enough time). The Yoko phone charm was bloody adorable. I think I got jipped off the price ($12) but it's so adorable.

Am I excited for the next coming days? Hell yeah.
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ZOMG!  HARUHI?!  O_o;
ZOMG! HARUHI?! O_o;
A new episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has been released!

WATCH IT!!!
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C.T. Smith cosplay
C.T. Smith cosplay
Since I misplaced the jacket that would have been a key part of an America (Hetalia) costume, I bought some reading glasses and ties earlier this week for a C.T. Smith (Zombie Powder) costume, which I have wanted to do for a couple years. I haven't been able to find a silver pistol around so I'm not going to sweat it - it'd have to be peace-bonded anyway. I doubt many people will recognize it at first glance but if they do, I'll be glad. I'll be wearing it on Saturday and possibly street clothes on Sunday. It'd be interesting to see a Wolfina cosplayer sometime with a Tripod of Justice.



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http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-05-21T16_05_25-07_00

Lunermoth and me talk a lot about figures.

Good news Jun in the US is till open.

Then we talk about the Taiga fig, Asuka fig, Kagami fig, strike witches fig, and a bug killer fig.

Then one you have those fig place them on “di:stage

Then we talk about AN paid services and is it really worth it.

If Negima was really like this I would read it.

Then there is a pilgrimage for Haruhi.

and a man pleads guilty.

Some people guild a 1 to 1 scale of a gundam.

The Eden of the East cell phone.

Things that should be official swag.

The caption contest winners.

Every one loves maids.

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05.21.2009

I arrived in San Jose.
Actually, I arrived first in San Francisco because the GAINAX staff were flying into SFO. There's more flights from Narita to SFO, which means cheaper rates. Plus it's less than an hour from SFO to downtown San Jose.

We just checked into the hotel, although GAINAX president Yamaga-san couldn't get his room yet. They're still waiting for it to get ready. So he's hanging in my room for now, eating a piece of $5 foot-long sandwich. I had the server cut it into 1/4, since it's a much more managable size.

We're  heading out to San Francisco in a few.
Yes, we were in SF... came out to SJ to check into the hotel & clean up... and head right back out to SF.
Lots of wasted gas & mileage, but hey... we all need to shower. (I don't, cuz I had a much shorter trip)

We'll be visiting an unnamed company near Fisherman's Wharf *laugh*, then we'll look around the pier and eat something there.

I might take them to Japantown, although it's weird to take people who just arrived from Japan to Japantown. But if they're already craving Curls or curry flavored Cup-O-Noodles... perfect!

And of course a trip to Target & the supermarket.
Cuz there's always people who forget toothbrushes & shampoo. Occassionaly underwear. Hmph.

Part 2 coming later~
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Okay, so I will update my Anime activities here on Anime Vice from now on.

I like the atmosphere here for Anime.
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Sorry, I just noticed that Anime Vice had a Podcast.

I haz subscribed, r downloading and listening RIGHT NOW!
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LM.C contest for fans at A-Kon, plus new single PUNKY HEART and comment video!


May 20, 2009 - LM.C's new single “PUNKY HEART” is now available for download at JapanFiles.com.

The single includes “DAYS,” the opening theme for the Nintendo DS game “KATEKYO HITMAN REBORN! DS Fate of Heat II - Unmei no Futari.” It is the very first time for the Nintendo DS “REBORN!” series to use an opening theme song only for the game. This song “DAYS” has been especially made for the game based on the story and concept of the game.

LM.C recently canceled their appearance at A-Kon 20, scheduled for May 29-31, 2009. LM.C has made a special comment video for American fans, and they want to say a special "Thank you" to the fans at A-Kon 2009 for all their support.

To celebrate the release of their new single "PUNKY HEART," JapanFiles.com is running a special photo contest just for fans at A-Kon, with autographed prizes and winners picked by maya and Aiji!


Rules and comment comment video can be found on the JapanFiles website:
http://www.japanfiles.com/spotlight/punkyheart
 
LM.C's digital tracks are available on JapanFiles.com at 320 kbps (DRM-free).



Links!
LM.C + A-Kon Promotion Rules and Comment Video - http://www.japanfiles.com/spotlight/punkyheart
LM.C on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/lmc
LM.C Official Website - http://www.lovely-mocochang.com
LM.C Official MySpace page - http://www.myspace.com/lmcofficial


About JAPANFILES.COM:
Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles.com specializes in digital music sales and media promotion for Japanese music, with over 300 indie and major artists reaching their USA fans - rock, hip-hop, punk, and techno! All downloads are DRM-free and only 99 cents each!




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Morning Musume “Shouganai Yumeoibito” hits Number One on Oricon Weekly Singles Chart

May 21, 2009 – Morning Musume's new single “Shouganai Yumeoibito” has hit #1 on Japan's weekly Oricon Singles Chart. This marks the first time the all-girl pop group has hit the top spot in 2-and-1/2 years.
 
Comment from Ai Takahashi, Morning Musume and Hello! Project leader:
 
“To our fans --
Thank you very much for your support all the time. We received #1 on our 39th single "Shoganai Yumeoibito", released on 5/13. When we first heard about it, everybody jumped!”

“We were very excited because after 2 and 1/2 years, this is our first #1 with the 9 new members.
We appreciate everybody's support. We will never forget our appreciation for the fans!”

Morning Musume's digital tracks are available on JapanFiles.com at 320 kbps (DRM-free).
The USA release of “Shouganai Yumeoibito” will be available on May 27 from the JapanFiles store.

Links!
Morning Musume official MySpace page - http://www.myspace.com/morningmusumeofficial
Morning Musume on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/morningmusume
Mainichi Newspaper Link (in Japanese) - http://mainichi.jp/enta/mantan/news/20090518mog00m200048000c.html
 
About JAPANFILES.COM:
Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles.com specializes in digital music sales and media promotion for Japanese music, with over 300 indie and major artists reaching their USA fans - rock, pop, hip-hop, punk, and techno! All downloads are DRM-free and only 99 cents each!

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KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION NEAR-SIMULTANEOUS STREAMING ON CRUNCHYROLL

Smash-hit anime to appear on Crunchyroll one week after simultaneous
broadcasts in Japan, Korea, U.S.

San Francisco, CA (May 20, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll announced today that it is
partnering with Bandai Channel to bring the blockbuster KUROKAMI THE
ANIMATION to Crunchyroll for near-simultaneous release one week after
simultaneous broadcasts in Japan, Korea, and the United States. Based on the
hit manga by Young Lim Dall and Park Sung Woo with original manga published
by Square Enix in Japan, the first eighteen (18) episodes of KUROKAMI THE
ANIMATION will begin streaming on Crunchyroll starting today, and subsequent
episodes will be available every Wednesday. More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com/kurokami.

³KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION is one of the hottest anime airing in Japan right
now,² states Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll. ³We are very excited to bring this
hit show to our fans on Crunchyroll.²

Bandai Entertainment, Inc., Ken Iyadomi, states, "Leading up to the release
of the first volume of KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION on DVD later this year, we
knew this show needed a lot of buzz. That is why we chose Crunchyroll as one
of the official places for fans to enjoy the show.²

KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION will be available to viewers in the United States and
Canada. Episode 1-18 will be available at 6:00PM PST (Pacific Standard Time)
in a brand-new English dub, and further episodes thereafter will be
available one week after their original broadcasts internationally
(Wednesdays at 6:00PM PST). The show will be available for free to all
Crunchyroll visitors in these territories, with advertisements, while
Crunchyroll Anime Members can enjoy up to 480p high definition streams. More
information about the Crunchyroll anime membership can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com/anime_membership.

Title Synopsis:

KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION

Kurokami The Animation is based on the manga by the same name from Korean
creative team consisting of writer Young Lim Dall and artist Park Sung Woo
(the manga has been released in the U.S. by Yen Press under the title Black
God). The anime is directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi (director of The Twelve
Kingdoms) with series story composition by Reiko Yoshida, and character
designs and animation direction by Hiroyuki Nishimura (Fatal Fury, Full
Metal Alchemist the movies).

The official website can be found at http://kurokami.bandai-ent.com
<http://kurokami.bandai-ent.com/> .

About Crunchyroll

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

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


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

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well I have been doing the random new release reveiw thing for two weeks and no one has had any suggetsion, Fisrt week I reviewed Naruto 445 and last week vetrais 34, Now here is your chance with this week coming to a close and my Reveiw of something going to get done tomorrow, What would you liked reveiwed, another new random Manga or would you like me to back and do Naruto again or something main stream or do you want to just pick a Manga out the hat and see what I thought of it. Please fire away and let me know!

Sparrow.
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Jun Planning USA Not In Bankruptcy.
U.S. Office Separate From Jun Planning Japanese Office.
 
Torrance, Ca. (5/19/09)—Due to misinformation and speculation, Jun Planning USA, announces that the United States toy maker of figures and collectibles is not a part of the Jun Planning Japanese bankruptcy. 
 
Jun Planning USA is a separate company, run by Yosuke Oba in Torrance, California. Jun Planning USA produces toys and collectibles on it’s own and will continue to do so along with brand new product to be released later in 2009 as well as 2010.
 
Jun Planning USA was set up as a new and separate company to bring iconic toys (DEATH NOTE) and licensed collectible product (THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS) to the United States. Jun Planning USA looks forward to bringing even more new and exciting product to retailers in the U.S and around the world.
 
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[cross-posted from Nigorimasen!]

A few days ago, I read something from ANN’s The Gallery series for the first time. In that series, they profile fan artists that could use a bit more exposure and this time it was about Stephanie Kao. I’d never heard of her before but she said some things I’d like to comment on, particularly since I’m going to a con this weekend and will take at least one cursory walk through Artists’ Alley.

Kao mentioned having to deal with negative reactions to her art style - a mix of traditional, anthro, and anime influences - from both the anime and the anthro (aka “furry”) fan communities. The first time it came up, she admitted it wasn’t easy to stick with the style she likes to draw in; the second time concerned putting together a recent sketchbook and deciding to push away some of the anthro-stuff from the front of it so more readers might be drawn in. I personally don’t mind anthro and I think it’s gotten a bit of a bad rap based on skewed perceptions about that broader community, such as a certain episode of CSI from 2003.

I don’t participate much in artists’ communities, fan art or otherwise, mainly because I’m not much of one myself. I can appreciate art on aesthetics (what it makes me feel) and mechanics (e.g. use of lines, empty spaces, etc.) and support a level of artistic freedom that lets artists work with as few restrictions as possible so that less diluted expressions of their intentions might be produced.

Kao also said “it makes [her] sad when artists feel like they must do fanart that they have no passion for”. I’m more inclined toward original works since their reception is not potentially hampered like prior conceptions about characters held by a collective audience, like fan art is, and because I get more pleasure in seeking out and experiencing new things than settling for what’s familiar. A potential risk for original stuff, though, is its lack of instant familiarity/recognition of their subjects that could be achieved through fan art. Determining at what place on that continuum an artist is most comfortable seems like it might help him/her in producing better work and enjoying it as well.


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last week’s rankings
About the Charts
Analysis and Commentary Posts

The Weekly Charts:
Your Executive Summary and Index
Week ending 10 May 2009

Comics Top 500

1. ↔0 (1) : Watchmen – , [843.1] ::
2. ↑1 (3) : Batman The Killing Joke – , [745.7] ::
3. ↑1 (4) : Batman The Dark Knight Returns – , [736.9] ::
4. ↓-2 (2) : V for Vendetta – , [717.8] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : The Joker – , [701.5] ::
6. ↑24 (30) : Wolverine Origin – , [687.3] ::
7. ↓-1 (6) : Naruto 43 – Viz Shonen Jump, [654.5] ::
8. ↓-1 (7) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, [643.4] ::
9. ↓-1 (8) : Naruto 44 – Viz Shonen Jump, [628.1] ::
10. ↑4 (14) : Sandman 1 – , [613.6] ::

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Top 50 Series:

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, [2479.63] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Batman – , [1944.75] ::
3. ↔0 (3) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, [1308.19] ::
4. ↔0 (4) : Sandman – , [1303.06] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : Bone – , [1204.42] ::
6. ↑1 (7) : Y The Last Man – , [1154] ::
7. ↑3 (10) : League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – , [1125.27] ::
8. ↑1 (9) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, [1113.28] ::
9. ↓-3 (6) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, [1090.99] ::
10. ↓-2 (8) : Watchmen – , [1078.89] ::

[more]

Manga Top 500

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto 43 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [654.5] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [643.4] ::
3. ↔0 (3) : Naruto 44 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [628.1] ::
4. ↑1 (5) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [569] ::
5. ↓-1 (4) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [566.7] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [558.1] ::
7. ↔0 (7) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [551.8] ::
8. ↑5 (13) : Naruto 42 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [540.8] ::
9. ↓-1 (8) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [502.8] ::
10. ↔0 (10) : Naruto 35 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [499] ::

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Manga Top 50 Series

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2003 [2479.67] ::
2. ↑1 (3) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, Feb 2004 [1308.24] ::
3. ↓-1 (2) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [1113.29] ::
4. ↑1 (5) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, Jun 2004 [1091.03] ::
5. ↑1 (6) : Death Note – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [987.26] ::
6. ↓-2 (4) : Rosario+Vampire – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [886.91] ::
7. ↑4 (11) : Chibi Vampire – Tokyopop, Apr 2006 [779.26] ::
8. ↓-1 (7) : Negima! – Del Rey, Apr 2004 [654.43] ::
9. ↔0 (9) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [591.91] ::
10. ↓-2 (8) : Junjo Romantica – Tokyopop Blu, Oct 2007 [591.16] ::

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Manga Midlist 500
What’s the Midlist?

1. (17) : Maximum Ride 1 – Yen Press, Jan 2009 [434.3] ::
2. (18) : Junjo Romantica 9 – Tokyopop Blu, Apr 2009 [430] ::
3. (22) : Rosario+Vampire 6 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Apr 2009 [403.9] ::
4. (24) : Negima! 21 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [399.2] ::
5. (29) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [374.8] ::
6. (31) : Dark Hunger – Feehan, Zid – Berkley, Oct 2007 [363] ::
7. (33) : Chibi Vampire 13 – Tokyopop, Apr 2009 [352.1] ::
8. (34) : Rosario+Vampire 1 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [346.6] ::
9. (35) : Rosario+Vampire 2 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Aug 2008 [344.2] ::
10. (37) : Rosario+Vampire 3 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2008 [340] ::
11. (38) : Rosario+Vampire 4 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Dec 2008 [327.4] ::
12. (40) : Rosario+Vampire 5 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [317.4] ::
13. (43) : xxxHolic 13 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [310.3] ::
14. (45) : Chibi Vampire 12 – Tokyopop, Jan 2009 [306.9] ::
15. (47) : Warcraft Legends 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [302.1] ::
16. (48) : In Odd We Trust – Koontz, Chan – Del Rey, Jun 2008 [290.9] ::
17. (54) : Vampire Kisses 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Sep 2008 [272.8] ::
18. (55) : Return to Labyrinth 3 – Tokyopop, Dec 2008 [271] ::
19. (56) : A Drifting Life – Drawn & Quarterly, Apr 2009 [265.5] ::
20. (57) : Warriors 1 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [257.9] ::
21. (58) : Warriors 3 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2008 [249] ::
22. (61) : Warriors 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Dec 2007 [244.7] ::
23. (62) : Dark Hunters 1 – St. Martin’s Griffin, Apr 2009 [244] ::
24. (63) : Fullmetal Alchemist 17 – Viz, Oct 2008 [240.8] ::
25. (64) : Kingdom Hearts 1 – Tokyopop, Oct 2005 [240.3] ::

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Please note: the Publishers’ ScorecardEmerging Trends Report, and the Full list of ranking New Releases and Preorders reports will be temporarily shelved for a few weeks, or months, until I find the time to enter all the publishing information for the thousand or so new line items in my spreadsheet.

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last posted rankings, week ending 5 April 2009
About the Charts
Analysis and Commentary Posts

The Weekly Charts:
Your Executive Summary and Index
Week ending 3 May 2009

Comics Top 500

1. ↔0 (1) : Watchmen – , [859.8] ::
2. ↑1 (3) : V for Vendetta – , [780.5] ::
3. ↑1 (4) : Batman The Killing Joke – , [765.9] ::
4. ↓-2 (2) : Batman The Dark Knight Returns – , [764.4] ::
5. ↑1 (6) : The Joker – , [719.7] ::
6. ↑28 (34) : Naruto 43 – Viz Shonen Jump, [717.5] ::
7. ↓-2 (5) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, [717] ::
8. ↑20 (28) : Naruto 44 – Viz Shonen Jump, [663] ::
9. ↓-2 (7) : Batman RIP – , [644.9] ::
10. ↓-2 (8) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, [634.5] ::

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Top 50 Series:

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, [2654.9] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Batman – , [2015.06] ::
3. ↔0 (3) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, [1403.34] ::
4. ↔0 (4) : Sandman – , [1319.49] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : Bone – , [1232.16] ::
6. ↑2 (8) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, [1198.57] ::
7. ↔0 (7) : Y The Last Man – , [1167.84] ::
8. ↓-2 (6) : Watchmen – , [1166.56] ::
9. ↔0 (9) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, [1159.04] ::
10. ↔0 (10) : League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – , [1127.01] ::

[more]

Manga Top 500

1. ↑13 (14) : Naruto 43 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [717.5] ::
2. ↓-1 (1) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [717] ::
3. ↑9 (12) : Naruto 44 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [663] ::
4. ↓-2 (2) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [634.5] ::
5. ↓-2 (3) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [628.9] ::
6. ↓-1 (5) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [616.6] ::
7. ↓-1 (6) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [589.4] ::
8. ↔0 (8) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [563.9] ::
9. ↓-5 (4) : Naruto 39 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [559.7] ::
10. ↓-1 (9) : Naruto 35 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [545.5] ::

[more]

Manga Top 50 Series

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2003 [2654.9] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [1159.04] ::
3. ↔0 (3) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, Feb 2004 [1106.25] ::
4. ↔0 (4) : Rosario+Vampire – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [962.73] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, Jun 2004 [808.22] ::
6. ↑1 (7) : Death Note – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [668.75] ::
7. ↓-1 (6) : Negima! – Del Rey, Apr 2004 [659.84] ::
8. ↑8 (16) : Junjo Romantica – Tokyopop Blu, Oct 2007 [617.12] ::
9. ↓-1 (8) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [594.68] ::
10. ↔0 (10) : Warriors – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [579.49] ::

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Manga Midlist 500
What’s the Midlist?

1. (15) : Junjo Romantica 9 – Tokyopop Blu, Apr 2009 [493.1] ::
2. (18) : Maximum Ride 1 – Yen Press, Jan 2009 [440.8] ::
3. (26) : Negima! 21 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [397.1] ::
4. (27) : In Odd We Trust – Koontz, Chan – Del Rey, Jun 2008 [386.8] ::
5. (28) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [383.1] ::
6. (34) : Death Note 1 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [355.1] ::
7. (36) : Death Note 3 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jan 2006 [348.5] ::
8. (39) : Death Note 2 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Nov 2005 [332.6] ::
9. (42) : Warcraft Legends 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [326.4] ::
10. (43) : Dark Hunger – Feehan, Zid – Berkley, Oct 2007 [324.7] ::
11. (45) : Chibi Vampire 12 – Tokyopop, Jan 2009 [322.2] ::
12. (46) : Yu-Gi-Oh! GX 2 – Viz Shonen Jump, Nov 2008 [318.5] ::
13. (48) : xxxHolic 13 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [310.3] ::
14. (51) : Vampire Kisses 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Sep 2008 [285.35] ::
15. (52) : Death Note 4 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Mar 2006 [283.5] ::
16. (55) : Warriors 3 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2008 [259.5] ::
17. (56) : Warriors 1 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [259.3] ::
18. (57) : Fullmetal Alchemist 17 – Viz, Oct 2008 [256.7] ::
19. (58) : Kingdom Hearts 1 – Tokyopop, Oct 2005 [253.5] ::
20. (59) : Ouran High School Host Club 1 – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2005 [252.6] ::
21. (61) : Warriors 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Dec 2007 [246.7] ::
22. (63) : Skip Beat! 17 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [245.5] ::
23. (64) : Death Note 12 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jul 2007 [243.5] ::
24. (65) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [242.4] ::
25. (67) : Kitchen Princess 9 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [241.3] ::

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So I finally got the prize back. It sweet and damn that water gun is big.



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ANIME EXPO® BREAKS OUT WITH 2009 CONVENTION COMMERCIAL

Nation’s Largest Anime and Manga Convention’s National Commercial Launches

Anaheim, California (May 19, 2009) —Anime Expo® 2009 launches its national
commercial that will be seen on national cable networks, online and in
theatres in California in order to promote the nation’s largest anime and
manga convention held July 2-5, 2009. More information can be found on the
website http://anime-expo.org.
This year’s theme song “3-2-1 Breakin’ Out” is courtesy of the Anime Expo®
2009 Guest of Honor MORNING MUSUME and is written and produced by famed and
prolific music producer TSUNKU♂. These are fifteen (:15) second and thirty
(:30) second spots that incorporate all the fun and excitement that
attendees can expect at the nation’s most celebrated anime and manga
convention.
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 nation’s 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®/SPJA’s 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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If he can pull off the evil well enough then yes I think he should be.
He should not be discounted purely because of HSM, if anything it would be a great twist for his career, instead of being typecast.
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