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Asian Celebrities David Chung, Chan Yuk Lin, Yang Pan Pan, Shek Sau, Wong
Hang Sau, Wong Wat Wa, Leung Ka Yan, Yuen Hsiao-Tien, Tse Yin, Tong Chun Yip
Appear on the Number One Online Destination for Anime and Asian

San Francisco, CA (July 13, 2009) ‹ Crunchyroll and Tai Seng Entertainment
continue to launch more new dramas and kung-fu action titles on the number
one (1) online destination for anime and asian content Š Crunchyroll! More
information can be found at

Titles that are/will-be-shortly streaming for free on the highly popular and
legal site include:

· THE DEMI-GODS & SEMI-DEVILS (episodes 1-15)
· C.I.B. FILES (episodes 1-10)

These titles are available to all Crunchyroll fans and members residing in
the U.S., American Samoa, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and
Virgin Islands.

Title Synopsis:

THE DEMI-GODS & SEMI-DEVILS (episodes 1-15)
Hui Chuk (Wong Wat Wa), who is a monk, Duen Yue (Tong Chun Yip), son of Duen
Ching Shun (Tse Yin), and Kiu Fung (Leung Ka Yan) are sword brothers. By
chance, CHUK with help from several Kung Fu masters becomes a Kung Fu expert
and becomes the son-in-law of a foreign emperor. Moyung Pok (Kwan Hoi Shan)
and his son Moyung Fuk (Shek Sau), members of the royal family of the State
of Yin, are obsessed with the idea to re-establish their monarchy. CHUK
works with YUEN and FUNG to fight against their plot. YUEN got his father's
handsome features, and falls in love with Muk Yeun Ching (Yang Pan Pan),
Chung Ling (Wong Hang Sau) and Wong Yue Yin (Chan Yuk Lin). As for FUNG, a
man of integrity and pure-righteousness, he suffers painful alienation and
identity crisis when he later finds that he is a Liao. To his consolation Ah
Chu (also by Wong Hang Sau) is by his side. The two are put in a dilemma
when it comes to CHU later that she is an illegitimate daughter of SHUN, and
when FUNG mistakes that SHUN was the one who killed his father. CHUK, YUE
and FUNG's paths through life are of a world of difference. Will they be
able to defeat the vicious MOYUNG's?

C.I.B. FILES (episodes 1-10)
Tony and Mark Chung are two effective police officers employed in the
Criminal Intelligence Bureau. Contrary to their respectable public images,
the two brothers actually cope with broken childhoods caused by their
father, Albert's desertion more than twenty years ago. In order to earn the
forgiveness and re-acceptance of his sons, Albert claims to have stomach
cancer. The soft-hearted Mark accordingly lets Albert move in with him, but
Tony still refuses to acknowledge any concern for his father. When the
deception is brought to light, the brothers are overcome by both displeasure
and relief. This relief, however, coupled with Tony's frustration over his
own domestic woes, leads him to identify more with Albert, and the family

Flashy leg combat highlights this superb action adventure, considered to be
one of the best made films in leg fighting! To determine which one of them
possesses the best leg fighting technique, three kung fu experts embark on a
series of competitions to see who¹s the ultimate kung fu master. THE HOT,
THE COOL, AND THE VICIOUS is oriental combat at its best!

DAVID CHUNG, star of many classic Shaw Brothers films, and the great YUEN
HSIAO-TIEN (Jackie Chan¹s Drunken Master) star in this kung fu bonanza set
in China¹s warlord period. When a secret team is sent by the police to break
up the revolutionaries and their arms movements, it will take more than just
guns to annihilate them! SIX DIRECTIONS OF BOXING is wall-to-wall,
hand-to-hand kung fu mayhem!

When a devastating drought threatens the very livelihood of the Shaolin
Temple, two brothers from the monastery travel to other towns, hoping to
collect charitable donations by exhibiting their martial arts skills. But
when one of the brothers is killed by a Shaolin rebel, the remaining sibling
is forced to trot a trail of deadly revenge instead. Filmed on location and
starring monks from the actual Shaolin Temple, THE SHAOLIN BROTHERS is
furious Shaolin Kung Fu vs Shaolin Kung Fu!

About Crunchyroll

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From Paul Tassi posting at Unreality Magazine [found via Lea at BoingBoing Gadgets, who put it up as the single line "Why you should never dare the Internet to surprise you"] I am both proud [and sick] to make available to you:

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Voice Actor/Dub Director Mike McFarland  
to Appear at Otakon® 2009 

Baltimore, MD (July 10, 2009) – American voice actor and dub director Mike McFarland, who has worked on a wide variety of popular series, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.  

McFarland got his start in anime as one of the first voice actors in Texas to be hired by FUNimation Productions in 1997, and has since moved on to become a director, script writer, and line producer for numerous anime series.  

Notable roles include Master Roshi, Yajirobe, Android #8 and Pui-Pui in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Baby and Baby-Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT, Goemon in Lupin The Third (Movie Specials), Ritsu Sohma in Fruits Basket, Lt. Jean Havoc in Fullmetal Alchemist, Cain in Trinity Blood, Buggy the Clown in One Piece, “Ranka” Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club, Tybalt in Romeo x Juliet, Leo in Burst Angel, Bruce J. Speed in Galaxy Railways, as well as various roles in Yu Yu Hakusho, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Kodocha, Desert Punk, Black Cat, Kiddy Grade, and many others.  

As an ADR/Voice Director, McFarland has worked on such series and films as Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror Of Shamballa, Dragon Ball Z, Vexille, Yu Yu Hakusho, Mushi-Shi, Case Closed, Dragon Ball, Galaxy Railways, Trinity Blood, and Evangelion: You Are (Not) Alone. ADR scriptwriting credits include Fullmetal Alchemist, Kodocha, Trinity Blood, Solty Rei, Mushi-Shi, and the uncut versions of Dragon Ball Z.  

McFarland is also an accomplished improv comedian, musician, and has appeared in numerous commercials and independent films, including The Rage Within, House Of The Generals, Placebo, and the award-winning Shtickmen. For more information, check out his web site: 

McFarland appears courtesy of FUNimation. Look for him at their booth and panels. 

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

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see 

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Otakon® Pre-Reg Higher Than Expected

Up 4.6% Over Last Year's Numbers 

Baltimore, MD (July 12, 2009) – Despite global financial troubles and health scares such as the swine flu, more people than ever are flocking to Baltimore to attend Otakon. This year, 17,985 have pre-registered for Otakon. This is up nearly 800 people, or 4.6%, from last year. 

Otakon president Matt Smiechowski says, "I was actually expecting it to be on par with, if not lower than, last year's pre-registration total of 17,186, due to factors such as the economy. It's better than I could have hoped." He said he's expecting around 27,000 to attend this year. That would represent 2.8% growth over last year.  

Pre-registration badge pick-up this year will be open one hour later (until 11 p.m. on Thursday). This means that those picking up their badges Thursday night could get in line in the early evening and still make it through the line quickly. Smiechowski reminds those attending that if they plan to get in line first thing Thursday morning, they should come prepared for the weather. Pre-registration begins at 5 p.m.


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

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see

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July 13, 2009 – Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today that the recently released Lucky Star

manga Vol. 1 will go back to the presses for a second printing.

“Having previously released the anime with Kadokawa Pictures USA, we knew there were a lot
of Lucky Star fans in the U.S., but the reaction to the manga has been really fabulous and it is a
testament to the amazing characters and unique humor of Mangaka Yoshimizu-san. We are
pleased to announce we are going back for a second printing after only two weeks of release,”

said Manga Editor and Marketing Director Robert Napton of Bandai Entertainment.

Created by Kagami Yoshimizu, the manga has been serialized since 2004 in Japan. As the back
of the cover of the manga states: “The effects of Lucky Star are that you will find yourself
giggling involuntarily and the manga is best for when you want to relax, feel lethargic, or just

spend your time leisurely.”

The Lucky Star anime also continues in August with Bandai Entertainment’s release of the Lucky

Star OVA which continues with new stories following the anime TV series.

About Bandai Entertainment Inc.
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, 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.

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Video games have come a long way from the days of the side scroller and computer-generated voices. Gaming companies like Halo 3 creator Bungie Software have been nabbing top voice talent for years, and you may not have noticed, but Halo has a particularly long roster of all-stars. After the jump, take a peek under the game's hood and check out the 8 of the best actors to appear in the Halo series. So while you work off some of that turkey this Thanksgiving in a virtual frag-fest, you can imagine you're trading spiker shots with the likes of Starbuck and General Zod.

Okay, so it's Saturday and news is always slow on the weekends. Still, I think I would have posted about this any other day in any case. Why? Because it's f**king Nathan Fillion!

Bungie invited Nathan up to their HQ where he got to play Halo: ODST, which according to the latest Bungie update, Halo: ODST "is all wrapped up." Nathan actually has a role in ODST as Buck, the squad leader of the ODST soldiers you'll be playing with.

It looks like Nathan is a big Halo fan. He played Halo: ODST for about six hours when he came to the Bungie offices the first day and then came back for more the following day. He even got to see some super secret details on Halo: Reach.  

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What the heck! Can I go to a McDonalds and order: Give me a Happy meal, cheese burger , extra fries and nuggets, Oh and Instead of the toy I would like a sharingan instead, please..

How in the world did this happened?! Where did he get the sharingan?!

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   you just melee the top of the driver seat(the top driver seat top) till it pops off and when it pops off hold RB and then shoot the driver in the head(the battle rifle is best with this) when the driver dies you get in automatically get in cuz your holding RB

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I recently did a video for Youtube that features 10 anime titles I think are receiving more hype and praise that they truly deserve. I mix around serious commentary and humor when offering my take on overrated titles. Because the video was over 10 minutes, I winded up having to divide the video into two parts. Numbers 10 to 6 for my list are discussed in Part 1 of the video while numbers 5 to 1 are discussed in the video's second part. Check them out:

Part I

Part II

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(or, "Are they still on Namek?")

Okay, I'm convinced that this new season is a psychological experiment being perpetrated on all casual and hardcore fans of Haruhi. Basically, to see how long you can keep looping the same freakin' story over and over again to the point where people stop watching.

Sure, the first episode was good, classic Haruhi: A dash of ADD-related humor combined with nonsensical storytelling to lure both new and old fans into the series. In scientific terms, episode one acted as the "control" of the experiment. But then eps 2-5 are where the independent variables come into play, the part where the same episode is repeated with cosmetic changes here and there as part of an evil plot to discover how far they can stretch their fanbase until they snap (considering that some hardcore fans actually rented out hotel rooms in Saitama just to be the very first people to see the new season, I'd say pretty far). I told this to a couple friends who also watched the series, and one of them countered that the animation for each episode is different.

Skimming through each episode again, I tentatively agreed with him on that point. However, I said it didn't really matter to me so much as the fact that they basically repeated the same storyline over and over. It's kinda like the drunk guy at a party who tells a joke that he thinks is hilarious. You chuckle along with him at first, but then he thinks that if he says the same joke louder then he'll get more laughs, so he keeps raising his voice and telling the same joke over and over until you just want to dump what's left of your beer on his head and walk away.

Maybe the show will actually switch to a different plotline next episode, but I am not going to play along with their little experiment. I am not going to watch another episode of this series for the near future. The writers of this show shouldn't be allowed to get away with repeating the same story with only a few changes several times in a row. If I wanted that I'd watch Inuyasha, and at least then the characters might be different during the repeated plotlines.
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 The first part of the book has the a timeline to manga, anime and events in Japan and how it effected had in Japan and around the world from 1945-2004 of sorts. Here’s the timeline. 

1945: Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki lead to Japan’s surrender in World War II and American occupation. Manga, first post-war cartoon magazine, resumes publication. 

1946: New constitution. Sazae-san newspaper strip. 

1947: Shin-Takarijima or ‘New Treasure Island’ by Sakai Shichima and Osamu Tezuka published in Osaka, the first original manga in the akabon or ‘red-book’ format and a bestseller. Manga Shonen, founded by Kenichi Kotah, publishes new ’story manga’ artists. 

1948: New children’s magazines launched. News censorship ends. 

1949: Princess Beanjam. 

1950: Tezuka moves to Tokyo and draws Jungle Tatei or ’Kimba the White Lion’ in Manga Shonen, first ’story manga’ serialized in a manga magazine. Korean War starts.

1951: Us-Japan Security Treaty signed. 

1952: End of American occupation of Japan. Tezuka’s Astro Boy was serialized in Shonen magazine. Igaguri-kun jodo strip. 

1953: Princess Knight in Shojo Club, start of story manga in girls’ magazines. NHK begins broadcasting-but to only 866 TV sets. 

1954: Akado Suzunosuke, about a great swordsman who wears a red suit of armour, later adapted into films, radio and TV. Nakayoshi for girls. 

1955: Debut of Shotaro Ishinomori in Manga Shonen. Ribon and Nakayoshi monthlies for girls. 

1956: Giant robot Tetsujin 28 go aka ‘Gigantor’ by Mitsuteri Yokoyama. Yoshihiro Tatsumi and others set up Kage (’Shadow’) magazine for the rental-library market.


1957: Tatsumi coins the term gekiga for dramatic pictures. 

1958: US TV show Superman scores 74.2% ratings in Japan. 

1959: First boys’ weeklies Shonen Sunday and Shonen Magazine. Ninja Bugeicho by Shirato. 9 new TV networks begin. Wedding of Crown Prince.

1961: Tezuka sets up animation company Mushi Productions. 

1963: Tetsuwan Atom (’Mighty Atom’) by Osamu Tezuka is Japan’s first animated television series with regular characters. Screened as Astro Boy in US. Margaret for girls, Shonen King for boys. 

1964: Garo and Cyborg 009. Tokyo Olympics. 

1965: Jungle Taitei (‘Jungle Emperor’) by Osamu Tezuka becomes Japan’s first colour animated TV series.


1966: Star of the Giants baseball hit. Omiya Cartoon Art. Museum opens on site of Rakuten Kitazawa’s home. Shonen Magazine reaches 1 million copies. 

1967: Manga Action, Young and COM. The Genius Bakabon. 10 August, Lupin III debuts. 

1968: Weekly Shonen Jump and Big Comic. Nejishiki by Yoshiharu Tsuge in Garo. Tommorrow’s Joe and Shameless school. 

1969: Golgo 13. 

1970: Public funeral held for Tori Rikiishi, a character killed in Tommorrow’s Joe. Doraemon and Lone Wolf and Cub. 

1972: Mazinger Z, Devilman and Buddha. Rose of Versailles and Poe Clan revolutionize girl’s comics. Big Comic Original. 

1973: Black Jack and Barefoot Gen. Manga Erotopia, first erotic gekiga monthly.


1974: Yamagami Tatsuhiko’s crazy comedy GakI Deka (’Boy Detective’) creates a stir for it’s sexual themes. Space Cruiser Yamato, released as Star Blazers in the US in 1979.


1975: Princess and Flowers and Dreams for girls. Yumiko Lgarashi and Kyoko Mizuki’s Candy Candy in Nakayoshi becomes a big hit. 

1976: Penguin Food Passion by Terry Johnson and Itoi Shigesato, start of heta-uma or ‘unskilled/skilled’ punk style. Comiket, new fanzine market, begins in Tokyo. Galaxy Express 999 and Mask of Glass. Poem of Wind and Trees establishes ‘boys’ love’ genre. 

1977: Leiji Matsumoto’s Captain Harlock. CoroCoro, for young boys, stars Doraemon. Kindai Mahjong Original, first mahjong manga magazine.

1978: June, first ‘boys love’ magazine. Urusei Yatsura, aka Lum, by Rumiko Takahashi. Contemporary Manga Library: Naiki Collection opens in Tokyo. First English-language volume of Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa published in the US. 

1979: Young Jump. Le Cri Qui Tue, first manga translations into French. 

1980: Be in Love, first ‘ladies’ comic‘. Big Comic Spirits. Top 5 boys’ weeklies reach 10 million copies. 

1982: Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo released as a manga. Nausicaa and Captain Tsubasa. Morning Magazine for men. 

1983: Section Chief Kosaku Shima and Fist of the North Star. Black Magic, Masamune Shirow’s dojinshi debut. Manga! Manga! By Frederik L. Schodt, landmark US study. 

1984:Comic Baku and Combat Comic. Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. Suehiro Maruo’s Mr. Arashi’s Freakshow. 

1985: Banana Fish and City Hunter. 

1986: Japan Inc. bestseller. Explains economics. Dragon Ball animated. 

1987: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Crying Freeman. Big Comic Superior and afternoon for men. May: Lone and Cub starts translation in US. 

1988: Animated Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo released. Akira manga in English and ‘colorized’ from marvel Comics. Shonen Jump’s sales leap over 5 million copies. 

1989: Deaths of Osamu Tezuka, Suiho Tagawa and the Emperor. Akira published across Europe. The Silent Service political thriller.


1990: R.G. Veda by Clamp and Slam Dunk. Comic Amour, erotic ‘ladies’ comic’ magazine. A-ha, art manga sponsored by Esso Petroleum. Tezuka retrospective exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. 

1991: Gon, Gunsmith Cats and Ghost in the Shell. First pachinko manga magazines. Great Manga Exhibition at National Diet library, Tokyo. Radical Boredom manga exhibit at Pomeroy Purdey, London.

1992: Big Comic Gold. Visions of the Floating World exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco. Sailor Moon. 

1993: Yan Mama Comic, manga of young mothers. 

1994: Detective Conan. Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum opens in Takarazuka. Shonen Jump sells 6.53 million copies, record figure.


1995: Manga book and magazine sales peak at over 2.3 billion copies. Evangelion manga and anime. Ghost in the Shell.


1996: Yu-Gi-oh! Us publishers TokyoPop founded.


1997: One Piece and Pokemon. 

1998: AX magazine, Vagabond and Love Hina. Chains of Manga cafes open. 

2000: Kyoto Seika University creates first department of comic art.


2002: 2.6 million copies of One Piece voloume, record first-edition print run. Shigeru Sugiura dies. December 18: Raijin, first US manga weekly. 

2003: April 7, Astro Boy awakes! Shonen Jump US monthly. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away wins Oscar for best Animated Film. Jiro Taniguchi wins awards at France’s Angouleme Festival. 

2004: January 13, Misshitsu pornographic manga ruled obscene. 

I hope you go out and buy this book.  It makes a good coffe table book and it's a good read.

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Name: Kiryu
Look: Elegant but deceptive, akin to Kira Yoshikage/Johann Liebert/Michio Yuuki

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Okay, so apparently the "Endless Eight" arc in the new season of Haruhi is set to continue until August sometime which really irks me. I mean, I thought that it was over and done with in todays episode. I guess it's staying true to it's title. Eight weeks of nonstop summer fun with the SOS Brigade over...and over again. Sure, it was quite enjoyable the first two or three times but c'mon, this is annoying. I get the idea, I really do. It's all part of the story right? Though seriously, does KyoAni really have to have EIGHT episodes for this one arc? What do you think, readers? Have you enjoyed this arc so far or has it become quite a bore after awhile, like it has for me?

What Kyon thinks of the "Endless Eight" arc shown Eight times over:

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Join MoonStorm, Lunermoth, Red Roses, and Schwindelmagier. as we go cover anime vice and AX news.

Vanguard Princess is a good game and it's free so GO PLAY IT.

We get some eroge game coming to the US.

Kaiji is on a boat and on the big screen.

20th Century Boys is a trilogy.

New Gundam Movie.

New anime stuff.

Fist of the North Start licenses.

New Darker Than Black confirmed.
Brake Blades gets anime.
loli vampire anime.
Rumor on SZS and Moyashimon.
Kamen rider on Toonami
Moe tanks.

Japan Still wired and still likes its lolis

Arrested for rapelay.

Don't tase me hello kitty.

Toys Macross and Ranka.

Remember watch Haruhi on the net

Lastly anything AX

There too much to list.

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