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

released in September. 

Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 will be made available as a 2-set edition for the general market sometime next 
Bandai Entertainment will be joining Aniplex Inc. celebrating Kannagi at Otakon this with 
Kannagi director Yamamoto-san who is a guest of Otakon. 
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier 
distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North America. 
Titles include Code Geass Lelouch of Rebellion, Gurren Lagaan, Gundam 00, Lucky Star, The 
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand 
Alone Complex, Gundam Seed Destiny, My Hime, and many more. 
ANIPLEX Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) is a leading provider of anime content and music 
production and distribution in Japan. Established as Sony Pictures Entertainment Visual Works Inc. n 
1995, as a joint-venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and Sony Music 
Entertainment (Japan) Inc., it became ANIPLEX, Inc. in 2003 after the company became a subsidiary 
completely owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. ANIPLEX Inc. has introduced a variety of 
properties, including such hits as “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),” “R.O.D – 
THE TV-,” “BLOOD+,” all of which are licensed and distributed worldwide. The company launched 
ANIPLEX of AMERICA in Los Angeles, CA in 2004 to handle licensing and co-production business in 
North and Latin America. In 2005, the company established A-1 Pictures, currently the largest and most 
technically advanced animation studio in Japan. 
Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. 
Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor (Nozomi Entertainment) 
and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and 
manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at and a variety of media, 
including podcasts and special publications. For more information, visit and 
Founded in 1998, Anime News Network is the leading English source of up to date news on the anime 
and manga industries. From the in-depth coverage, analysis and commentary to the unparalleled 
resources of the online anime Encyclopedia, is the most popular anime website 
in the world, in any language. Anime News Network also owns and operates the print publication 
Protoculture Addicts, the oldest English anime magazine still in publication. More information is 
available at Advertisers wishing to reach Anime News Network's 
target market of well-educated young adults can inquire directly at 

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Blogging from the beach. I'm here at Topsail with my dad's family. The wireless here is all screwed up so that only two computers can get on the net at once and my computer is the only that is unable to connect. Managed to snag my sister's old, ghetto laptop for once when nobody was using it. I'm staying at the beach in a house with more than twenty people--almost all of whom I'm related to, oh and there's a dog too. It's a little nuts. So what do I do? I chronicle the basic events of my vacation.

My day consists of waking up around 9:30 or 10:00 AM to the sound of my aunts shouting at the top of their lungs as they gossip, stomping feet as my younger cousins run around and my aunts move around the kitchen cooking, and best of all the sound bad Vietnamese karaoke. My dad once told one of my aunts she sounded like a dying cat. It's usually like this, only the karaoke has been 24 hours as of late. The bass of the karaoke machine shakes the whole house. Now they've moved on to Paris By Night which is like Vietnamese music superstars all getting together and putting on a big show. At least Paris By Night has sparkles and pretty clothing and dancing and good singers. Also there's been more American type stuff since 2000. There's nothing redeeming about karaoke. One further reason why PBN > Karaoke is that you can tune out PBN, there's no tuning out karaoke.

There's always eating. My family is hardcore. There is no eating out. We bring enough food to feed a small army and go to the grocery store or seafood market almost every day. My dad and uncles go fishing and bring home fish for my aunts to cut up and cook. You have to eat. If you don't, you'll be interrogated as to why and ordered to eat with a bowl of rice being shoved towards you. My dad just told my sister and me that we can't go to the beach until we eat the Pho that is almost finished cooking. The past three days it's been nothing but fish and rice. I wake up at 10 AM and there's a plate of fish heads and bowl of rice waiting for me. I've managed to skirt around eating fish by opting for shrimp, pork or eggs. Then there's filler snack food. Nice thing here is no one scolds you for drinking Coke and eating Chex Mix first thing in the morning, so long as you eat something else throughout the day.

This is day 4 of my beach vacation with my crazy Asian family. My cousins and I spend a lot of time away from the house at the beach. However, once we're tired of the beach we go back to the house only to find ourselves bored and going stir crazy (I feel like there should be some Asian stir fry joke here. Maybe Baku can think of one). We watch movies and random TV shows a lot--this year it's been a lot of crime and ghost shows. I love how going to the grocery store is considered fun and exciting. None of us that drive have our cars here and none of our relatives or parents trust us enough with their own cars. Monday it rained, my girl cousins and I wheedled one of our aunts into driving us 50 minutes to Wilmington to the mall. We also convinced her to go see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince at midnight yesterday. Awesome movie by the way. It's always such an epic and long trip with GPS failures, bad weather, and a portion of sky scarily colored bright red.   

I guess I should be glad in some ways because even though I'm grown, I have practically no responsibilities. My aunts are always trying to get me to learn to cook Vietnamese food so that I can serve my future husband and take care of my future family. ^^; My cousins and I learned we are experts at imitating traditional Vietnamese accents particualry when it comes to Nail Salon technicians.  

So to recap surviving a Vietnamese Vacation:
-Don't expect much sleep
-Bring ear plugs or be able to tune out loud noises
-Expect lots of singing from early in the morning to late at night
-Be able to eat a lot, especially seafood
-Pack or buy (when at beach) plenty of snack food
-Bring lots of movies
-Bring a computer and an ethernet cord in case the wireless fails to work
-Find out where the closest places of entertainment are
-Always have a good reason for convincing someone to take you somewhere if you don't have a car

Mmm...that's all for this post. Headed to the beach now. I'll keep looking for more funny things about my crazy Asian family and life to blog about. 

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HearJapan Brings Hatsune Miku Worldwide

Tokyo, JP July 15, 2009- There is a musical revolution taking Japan by storm. It's not happening in any clubs or live houses, but on the computers of thousands of amateur track creators. This revolution utilizes vocaloid software which can be programmed to have characters sing the way they are programmed, sounding exactly like a human. While artists worldwide use this software, Japan has created a unique subculture for it by revolving this world around vocaloid based characters.

These characters each have their own unique voice and are visualized in an anime style. Such imaginary characters as Hatsune Miku and Kagamine Rin have started to rival some of the biggest names in the music industry. These characters aren't only fictional, but can also be based on real people. The visual kei/pop star, Gackt has his own character called Gackpoid. Gackt allowed his voice to be used for the character and as a result when track makers use Gackpoid their songs sound as if Gackt himself is singing them.

HearJapan president, Nathan Reaven became aware of the Vocaloid scene brewing in Japan in 2008 but decided to finally check it out for himself in 2009. "There was a lot of chatter about it but I had no idea how popular it was until I went to a convention of vocaloid track makers and doujin manga artists. The convention hall was so packed that I had to wait in line for three hours just to get in to a completely packed hall. Once in, I saw the creativity and depth that has attracted throngs of fans in Japan. I knew immediately that this was something that had to be shared with the world."

As a result, HearJapan is now bringing this music worldwide through their mp3 store for the first time. Starting with the label KarenT, which owns the licenses to all of the big name characters including Vocaloid's Hatsune Miku and Gackpoid's Kammui Gakupo. HearJapan released their entire catalog online today. All tracks are in mp3 format, and can be purchased and downloaded regardless of a users' country. Full albums are heavily discounted at 900 yen ($9.50, €7) and come with the anime styled artwork.  

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Lord's Conquest just dusent have anuff punch so i spent 4 1/2 hours last night looking for a new ship and i found one!!!

hits HUGE!!!
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The Art of ARIA Lithographs
Fan vote to determine which print will be produced first;
Poll now open at

GRIMES, IA, July 14, 2009 – Anime producer and online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. and its Nozomi Entertainment division are pleased to announce the Art of ARIA lithograph series and open the poll – which can be accessed via the official series site at (and – to determine which artwork will be produced and released first.

Fans are invited to view the pieces and cast their votes, from July 14 through July 31, 2009, for their favorite of the following works:

  * Option A: “That Sunny Day” From ARIA The NATURAL;
  * Option B: “That Meeting With Friends” From ARIA The ANIMATION;
  * Option C: “That Day at the Beach” From ARIA The ANIMATION;
  * Option D: “Those Nightshine Chimes” From ARIA The NATURAL; or
  * Option E: “That Lovely Day We Shared” From ARIA The NATURAL. 

As previously announced at Anime Expo 2009, each limited-edition, numbered print will be priced at $49.99 and include a certificate of authenticity.

“a whimsical ride” – Active Anime
“simply magical” – Protoculture Addicts
“the latest crown jewel in [Nozomi and Right Stuf’s] catalog and deservedly so.”
– AnimeOnDVD at
“a major phenomenon among fans attendant to slice-of-life series.” – Otaku USA

The anime series’ first two seasons are currently available on DVD from Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment, which also plans to release the third season and special – ARIA The ORIGINATION + The OVA ~ARIETTA~ – in a single box set in 2010.

The ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection contains the franchise’s complete 13-episode first season and was voted the “Best DVD Release of 2009” by fans at Anime on DVD at The ARIA The NATURAL – Pt. 1 DVD Collection was selected as the “DVD of the Month for January 2009” at the site, and the ARIA The NATURAL – Pt. 2 DVD Collection was voted a “Pick of the Week.”

Based on Kozue Amano’s best-selling ARIA manga, the ARIA anime consists of three television seasons – ARIA The ANIMATION, ARIA The NATURAL and ARIA The ORIGINATION – plus an OVA (original video animation). The entire anime adaptation features direction by Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Sgt. Frog, Sailor Moon/ Sailor Moon R) and animation by Hal Film Maker (Boys Be…, Pretear, Slayers Premium, Sketchbook ~full color’S~).

Amano’s 12-volume ARIA manga and its two-volume prequel, AQUA, are both published in North America by TOKYOPOP. In Japan, the ARIA manga was originally serialized in MAG Garden’s Comic Blade magazine.

Visit to vote and for more information about the ARIA anime and for the trailers, downloads and more.

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 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 and

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JapanFiles forms partnership with Japanese music distributor BounDEE, Inc.

July 15, 2009 – JapanFiles celebrates its 5th anniversary this week by announcing a partnership with Japanese music distribution/sales/rights agency BounDEE, Inc.

JapanFiles and BounDEE will work together in the coming months to expand the catalog of independent artists available to Japanese music fans through the digital music website.

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

JapanFiles has sponsored Japanese artist appearances at Sakura-Con, Anime Boston, A-Kon, FanimeCon, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Media Expo, Anime Vegas, Animex, SXSW, Slim's (San Francisco), and Knitting Factory (New York City).

JapanFiles has produced 16 USA CD releases for Japanese artists, including Morning Musume, girugamesh, LM.C, Hangry & Angry, ketchup mania, Swinging Popsicle, LiN CLOVER, Budo Grape, BESPA KUMAMERO, and three volumes of the “Fresh Cuts from Japan” compilation series.

About BounDEE, Inc.:
BounDEE, Inc. is Japan's largest distributor of independent music and was established September 14, 1999. BounDEE maintains offices in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka, Japan.

BounDEE assists artist/labels in:
- Planning, production, rights acquisition and exploitation of records, videograms, etc.
- Planning, manufacturing, distribution and sales of records, music tapes, videograms, audio and visual products.
- Digital music distribution
- Sales of artists merchandise

BounDEE currently works with over 1,300 labels/artists, distributing about 100 physical CD/DVD titles very month and distributing a total of 100,000 digital music, adding 4,000 new tracks every month, to over 500 digital music stores.

BounDEE distributes physical products to approximately 6000 CD, book, electronic, specialty, variety and CD rental stores nationwide in Japan as well as approximately 200 online stores in Japan and overseas including Amazon, HMV, TSUTAYA online and @Tower.

Artists can release their videos to worldwide viewers through BounDEE's official channels on YouTube, Nico Nico Douga and Yahoo! Douga. BounDEE also launched a music event, LIVE BounD! in July 2008 to provide opportunities for fans to discover and enjoy new music and artists.

BounDEE provides labels support in fulfilling their duties as users of copyright to the copyright owners. BounDEE draws up Copyright Assignment Agreement (terms and conditions vary on authors and songs), concludes contracts with songwriters (authors/composers), takes care of rights clearances, reporting and royalty payment to the Copyright Association for the uses of songs in CD, DVD, digital distribution.

English information:

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Legendary Manga And Comic Book Creators To Participate In SHONEN JUMP Panel Discussion

And A Special In-Booth Signing Session 

San Francisco, CA, JULY 14, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, is proud to welcome comic book and manga legends Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei for a very special series of appearances at the 2009 Comic-Con International, taking place July 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.  

The pair will appear at the nation’s largest comic book and science fiction convention to celebrate their historic creative collaboration for the ULTIMO manga series (KARAKURIDÔJI ULTIMO), which debuted in the July 2009 issue of VIZ Media’s SHONEN JUMP magazine.  

Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei will be welcomed as special guests at the SHONEN JUMP panel, scheduled for Friday, July 24th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 10. Lee and Takei will also appear together in VIZ Media’s Booth #2813 on the main show floor for an exclusive autograph session on Friday July 24th from 2:15-3:15 p.m. The first 40 fans to purchase the July issue of SHONEN JUMP magazine featuring ULTIMO from the VIZ Media retail area each day from Wednesday through Friday will receive a ticket to have their issue personally autographed by Lee and Takei. 

ULTIMO represents an innovative and historic collaboration between comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of many iconic superheroes including Spider-Man™, the Fantastic Four™, and the X-Men™, and Hiroyuki Takei, the creator of the popular SHAMAN KING manga series, published in Japan by Shueisha and in North America by VIZ Media.  

The ULTIMO back-story: High above Farmless City, citizens are stunned by the sudden appearance of two floating figures. Are they human boys, monolithic robots, or something much more strange? As the battle ensues between them, destruction and devastation falls on the hapless city. One figure is Vice, and seems to be as evil as his name implies. The other is Ultimo, intent on trying to stop Vice from wreaking more havoc. But who are Vice and Ultimo really? Where did they come from? Find out in the first chapter of ULTIMO! 

For over half a century, Stan Lee has been synonymous with superhero comics. In addition to co-creating countless memorable series and characters, including Spider-Man™, the Incredible Hulk™, and Daredevil™, he served as the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. Lee remains a hugely respected and dynamic figure in the entertainment industry and continues to develop a variety of film, television and video game properties. 

Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei began his career by winning the coveted Hop Step Award (for new manga artists) and the Osamu Tezuka Award. After working as an assistant to famed artist Nobuhiro Watsuki (RUROUNI KENSHIN), Takei debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997 with Butsu Zone, an action series based on Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure manga series SHAMAN KING debuted in Japan in 1998 and has been adapted into a popular animated television series. The SHAMAN KING manga series is published in North America by VIZ Media and has sold more than 400,000 copies in the U.S. to-date; for many years it was also serialized in English in VIZ Media’s SHONEN JUMP magazine. 

“We are extremely honored to host two creative luminaries as huge as Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei to Comic-Con this year,” says Grant Lowery, SHONEN JUMP Editor-In-Chief. “Their groundbreaking new collaboration, ULTIMO, is an exciting, action-packed story that blends the best attributes of the Western and Eastern comic book and manga traditions. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we look forward to welcoming visitors to this year’s Comic-Con which promises to be the most exciting one yet!” 

Lee’s own company, POW! Entertainment (Pinksheets: POWN.PK), worked with VIZ Media parent company Shueisha, and with JEA and Dream Ranch to facilitate the development of ULTIMO. 

For more information on ULTIMO, SHONEN JUMP and VIZ Media please visit or and on TWITTER: VIZ-Media 

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at 

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It been a crazy and fun week for me but you know what, but tomorrow its Wednesday and you know what that means. That right ViceSquad! (explosion!!!)
So remember tomorrow July 15, 2009 at 10pm CST. So check in everyone.
If you want to join follow these simple steps.
1 Have a mic (we also find the a RockBand mic works too cool)
2 Just get Skype, It free so, no worries
3. Set up a Skype ID
4 Then PM m, so I can call you for the show.
Or you can drop a message below.
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If you’ve ever finished reading some classic literature and thought, “Needs moar robots” I suggest giving Casshern Sins a try. All the adventure of being cast out of Eden, introducing sin and death into the world and dealing with the consequences of free will, now with flashier outfits and occasional bouts of robo-mayhem.

It’s thinky anime delivered in medias res and wrapped in delicious visuals. Recommended for those with patience seeking a more challenging series. Not recommended for those who need their lead males to be all GAR all the time.
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ichigo Kurosaki & Hollow Ichigo & byakuya kuchiki & hitsugaya & Rukia kuchiki & renji abarai & sousuke Aizen & Soi Fon &gin lchimaru & yachiru Kusajishi &momo hinamori & Grimmjow Jaegerjaques & orihime inoue & Eureka & Anemone & naru Narusegawa & Kotonoha Katsura & sekai Saionji &kaede Fuyou & Nerine Forbesii & Lisianthus & Saya Otonashi & lelouch Lamperouge & rolo Lamperouge & c.c & Kallen Stadtfeld & Anya Alstreim & Shirley Fenette & kaguya Sumeragi & Euphermia Li Britannia & Nunnally Lamperouge & Inuyasha & Sango & Kikyou & kagome Higurashi & Sesshoumaru & misa Amane &light agam & nate River &mihae Keehl & L & Takato Matsuki &Henry Wong & Rika Nonaka & Jeri Katou & Tai Kamiya & Matt Ishida & Sora Takenouchi & Mimi Tachikawa & T. K. Takaishi & Kari Kamiya & Davis Motomiya & Marcus Damon & Yoshino "Yoshi" Fujieda & Atem & Yami Bakura or Bakura, Ryou &Seto Kaiba &Anzu Mazaki &yuugi Mutou &shizuke onouchi &mokuba Kaiba & Luna &Yusei Fudo &Jack Atlas&Akiza Izinski&Joey Wheeler&Marik&Ishtar, Ishizu&Mai Kujaku&Tyranno& Alexis Rhodes&Zane Truesdale&Syrus Truesdale&Jaden Yuki &Blair Flannigan
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