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ANN reports that animeanime.jp reports that Sunrise wants to simultaneously release Gundam Unicorn worldwide. This has me psyched. Sunrice has yet to announce a release or distribution method though. It could be a full series, an OVA, a movie, a flip book, pictures we see on passing cars to give us the illusion or animation, etc. I'm betting on a short 12-26 episode series, which we'll get streaming, but Sunrise could surprise us.
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I loaned my tablet to a friend for the weekend >_<;;; I wants it back! Must...draw...rargh! My fingers are twitching!
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Vampires usually have powerful magic and arent rotting corpses.
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Well, the Doujin Work box is technically from the end of March, but I wanted to post a pic of it since it's so slick :) It's a cardstock artbox with the first dvd and the first volume of the very geeky manga. It's pretty insightful if you want to learn more about the Doujinshi world..... not all encompassing (doujin aren't all adult works, which poor Najimi could of saved some embarassment by researching into) , but generally fun, informative and self deprecating.

I also picked up a whack of Kenshin by surprise (really enjoyed a previous batch of the series], along with some other random stuff like Wandaba Style, which was entertainingly nerdy in another way. Finally caved into getting BALDR Force .EXE, though I haven't watched it yet [I like OVA's :)]. Wierdest acquisition is probably the Phantom DVD game though.

In terms of anime I watched recently, finished Wandaba Style vol.1 last night, and finished the Tweeny Witches OVA tonight, putting the last set into the artbox. This was one of my favorite releases of the past year, and I really should post pics of the boxset and packaging soon- it has a fantastic dub, something you don't often see for lesser known series nowadays, and each volume is actually a 2-disc set, so you get a fair amount of anime. Media Blasters just repackaged the 4 sets into the Artbox that came with vol.1, with 8 discs for 90 or so bucks, about the same cost as the singles and artbox originally (which are also still available). The boxset is shaped like the book that plays an important role in the show's plot. The OVA is mostly more stores set within the original series, with 1/2 the eps more random fun adventures, while others focus more on the characters pasts, such as Sheila's early encounter with a fairy, the Grandmaster's youth, and a witch named Toma who almost brought destruction to the Witch's Realm long ago. It's serious fantasy, a nice breath of fresh air in the midst of a glut of fan service and shonen action shows.

There's also a used copy of InuYasha the Movie 2 this month, but for some reason Blockbuster didn't have the coverart, so it's just in a blank dvd case with a white BB slip. Ah well, wanted to watch it again, and it's been off TV awhile so why not :)
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Traditionally, vampires are immune to pretty much everything except sunlight and garlic. Frankenstein was kind of dumb, as I recall, so I doubt he'd know that or figure it out...so i'd put my money on Vampire Girl, definitely.
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Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Voice Acting Special
Love Attack manga, DEAVID SOUL, reviews, Year of the Otaku, contests & more in episode 91!

GRIMES, IA, April 24, 2009 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. tackles fans’ most frequently asked questions about anime voice acting – from getting started in the industry to vocal exercises and more – in episode 91 of ANIME TODAY.

The feature includes excerpts from the following actor interviews over the years: Greg Ayres, Luci Christian, Crispin Freeman, Kyle Hebert, Rich McNanna, Vic Mignogna, Anna Morrow, Liam O’Brien, Chris Patton, Sam Regal, Monica Rial and Sean Schemmel.

Also in episode 91 of ANIME TODAY:

  * Chad’s back with “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
  * Shawne reminds fans about the last days of our “Bargain Bin Blowout.”
  * Rich and Nick reveal the next Year of the Otaku weekly prize blitz and announce the winners of the Death Note: L‚ change the WorLd tickets and the Darker Than Black starter sets, plus the winners of our two most recent “Year of the Otaku” contests.
  * Marie takes a look at the manga series Love Attack by Shizuru Seino.
  * Rich provides a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com.
  * Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD Sparkling Music by DEAVID SOUL.
  * And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

Have a question about anime and manga? Want to comment on one of the podcast’s segments? Call our Anime Today Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. You may hear yourself on a future episode of Anime Today!

Visit www.rightstuf.com and www.animetoday.com for this episode, as well as an archive of all ANIME TODAY episodes and extended liner notes. Listeners can also download and subscribe to ANIME TODAY via the Apple iTunes Music Store.

Meet other anime fans, talk with ANIME TODAY listeners, submit your suggestions for future episodes and more at the new ANIME TODAY forums: http://www.rightstuf.com/ubbthreads/.

Follow ANIME TODAY on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/animetoday.

ABOUT ANIME TODAY
Released every other week, ANIME TODAY is the first commercially-produced podcast aimed at enthusiasts of Japanese animation and comics (“anime” and “manga”). Each episode features fresh content and gives listeners a glimpse into what's new and what's hot in the world of anime and manga. Segments include reviews of titles from all major anime studios, insights into the industry from anime producers, tips on traveling to and around Japan, interaction with listeners, contests, prizes and more.

“If you’re into anime and what’s happening in the anime market then this is the podcast for you!”
- User review on iTunes

ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.

Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.

From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us, ARIA and Gakuen Alice, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

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RELEASE YOUR CHAKRA WITH NARUTO: SHIPPUDEN APPAREL FROM RIPPLE JUNCTION 

April 24, 2009 - Ripple Junction is delivering a supernaturally charged ninja kick to your wardrobe with a new line of officially licensed apparel from the next iteration of the NARUTO saga—NARUTO: Shippuden. 

NARUTO: Shippuden continues the story of Naruto Uzumaki—a ninja in training who, due to a childhood encounter, has a Nine-Tailed Fox Spirit sealed within him. During his coming-of-age journey, Naruto meets many new friends and enemies as he endeavors to become the Hokage of the ninja village, Konohagakure. NARUTO is one of the highest-rated animated series ever in Japan, and NARUTO: Shippuden is set to take the U.S. by storm. Free official English-subbed streaming episodes have already attracted an audience of 160,000 viewers a week online at www.naruto.com. 

“We are proud to have Ripple Junction on our team since NARUTO came to the States,” says Andrea Gonzalez, licensing director, VIZ Media. “Their experience with the world of apparel is as deep as Naruto’s reserves of chakra.” 

“Naruto’s adventures span the globe, and so does our distribution of his official apparel,” says Neil Hoynes, president of Ripple Junction. “Our NARUTO line currently has key placement in Hot Topic, Trans World, and numerous online and independent stores.” 

Genin in training can suit up for their own adventures with all-new NARUTO apparel at RippleJunction.com. For more information on NARUTO and to view free episodes of NARUTO Shippuden animation (English Subtitled) please visit www.naruto.com. 

About Ripple Junction

Ripple Junction is a leading manufacturer of licensed pop culture merchandise, known for combining great art with a quirky sense of humor applied to current and retro properties. In addition to Naruto: Shippuden, Ripple Junction produces apparel for Seinfeld, Family Guy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Chuck Norris, Grateful Dead, The Big Lebowski, Bleach, The X-Files, Futurama, Saved by the Bell, and many others.
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 www.VIZ.com. 

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VIZ MEDIA BRINGS ACTION PACKED NEW EPISODES OF SMASH-HIT SERIES BLEACH TO ADULT SWIM 

BLEACH Arrancar Story Arc Debuts With Two New Back-To-Back Episodes To Air Each Week 

San Francisco, CA, APRIL 24, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, brings the latest action-packed English dubbed episodes of BLEACH to Adult Swim. Beginning with episodes 110 and 111 of the Arrancar story arc, Adult Swim premiered two new BLEACH episodes back-to-back on Saturday, April 18th and will continue air two new back-to-back episodes each week.

Check local times for availability (http://www.adultswim.com/shows/bleach/index.html). 

BLEACH is a popular manga and animated series (both rated ‘T’ for Teens), distributed domestically by VIZ Media, that follows the adventures of Ichigo, a 15-year old student with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow — a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters Rukia, a Soul Reaper, and inadvertently absorbs her powers. Now, he’s dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace.  

In the new Arrancar story arc of Bleach, Ichigo meets an unusual new student named Shinji Hirako, who has come to Karakura Town to recruit Ichigo into the Visoreds, a group of ex-Soul Reapers that have crossed over into the realm of the Hollows. Meanwhile, ex-Soul Reaper Captain Sosuke Aizen has sent his vicious mob of Arrancars to the World of the Living. When Ichigo is faced with this new and extremely powerful adversary, it will be up to him to protect everyone! 

“BLEACH remains a massively popular series and this is one of the most gripping plot developments yet,” says Bill Germain, Director, Programming Sales, VIZ Media. “Fans will be glued to the edge of their seats as Ichigo and Ruika face a wicked new force of tremendous power. Will the Arrancars succeed in their evil plan to topple the Soul Society? Find out in two new episodes each week!” 

BLEACH is a tremendously successful multimedia property internationally. The manga has been licensed to more than a dozen countries and has sold over 50 million copies in Japan alone. In North America, the manga has been a sales hit and the popular animated series is viewed weekly by millions in the United States and Canada on cable broadcast. This success has further spawned an array of related video games, apparel, action figures and other merchandise. 

BLEACH animation can be viewed through a variety of other web-based, video download and streaming outlets that have partnered with VIZ Media, including iTunes®, Xbox Live JOOST and HULU. For more information on BLEACH please visit www.bleach.viz.com. 
 
 

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 www.VIZ.com. 

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Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment &
Kadokawa Pictures USA to Release
RENTAL MAGICA
First of two DVD box sets planned for Fall 2009.

GRIMES, IA, April 24, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc./Nozomi Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures USA today announced the licensing of RENTAL MAGICA, plus plans to release the 24-episode television series as two DVD box sets – with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles – starting in Fall 2009.

Each DVD collection will offer fans the option to view Rental Magica in their choice of “broadcast order,” as it aired on Japanese TV (and appeared on the Japanese DVD release), or “chronological order,” according to the timeline presented in the novels that served as the anime series’ inspiration. Additionally, each box set will include a book that features well over 100 pages of background information about the series and its mythology. (These supplemental materials were originally included with the Japanese limited-edition DVD releases.)

A supernatural action-adventure, Rental Magica is set in a world where magical organizations – staffed by specialists wielding both Eastern and Western disciplines – vie for work, prestige and power. When Itsuki Iba inherits the position of president for the Astral “magic-for-hire” service, he and his colleagues find themselves battling dangerous rivals in a fight for their company’s very survival. Will Itsuki be Astral’s final president? And is he really as powerless as he seems?

Written by Makoto Sanda and illustrated by pako, the Rental Magica novel series currently spans more than 14 volumes and was named “Best Action Story” by Japanese fans as part of the 2007 Light Novel Awards. It has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s magazine The Sneaker since its 2004 debut, alongside the novels that inspired The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Trinity Blood anime series, as well as the official novelization of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. Manga interpretations of Rental Magica also appear in the shoujo (girls’) anthology Asuka and the shounen (boys’) anthology Comp Ace.

Rental Magica’s anime adaptation features direction by Itsuro Kawasaki (Sengoku Basara, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: The Movie), series composition by Mamiko Ikeda (Emma: A Victorian Romance), animation character design by Minako Shiba (.hack//SIGN, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE), and animation production by ZEXCS (Chrome Shelled Regios, Mushi-Uta).

Its vocal cast is led by Jun Fukuyama (“Lelouch” in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, “Kimihiro Watanuki” in xxxHOLic, “Kraft Lawrence” in Spice and Wolf), Kana Ueda (“Yumi” in Maria Watches Over Us, “Rin” in Fate/stay night, “Mikan” in Gakuen Alice), Mikako Takahashi (“Amy” in Burst Angel, “Ayumi Yamada” in Honey and Clover, “Gyokuyou” in Coo ~ Our Guardian), and Junichi Suwabe (“Archer” in Fate/stay night, “Greed” in Fullmetal Alchemist, “Fuuma” in X TV).

Visit rentalmagica.rightstuf.com for more information about Rental Magica, to view the trailer and to pre-order the first box set.

ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.

Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.

From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us, ARIA and Gakuen Alice, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

ABOUT KADOKAWA PICTURES USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA is the Los Angeles-based arm of international multimedia empire Kadokawa Holdings, Inc., which includes: Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, one of the largest publishers in Japan; distributor and production company Kadokawa Herald Pictures; and Kadokawa Daiei Film Studios.

Remakes from the Kadokawa library include the successful “THE RING” franchise and smash hit “THE GRUDGE,” as well as “SHALL WE DANCE?,” “DARK WATER” and the upcoming “ONE MISSED CALL.”

Kadokawa publishes over 100 fiction titles a month, is one of the largest publishers of manga (comics) in Japan, and produces and finances up to seven new films a year, as well as creating video games for distribution throughout Pan Asia.

In addition, Kadokawa produces many animated projects each year, including TV series, OVAs and animated films such as Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

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Told you I'm not much of an artist ^^ But I think for a webcomic it'd do...

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SCHOOL¹S BACK IN SESSION! SCHOOL DAYS TO STREAM ON CRUNCHYROLL

Leading Online Anime Streaming Site to Launch Riviting School-Themed Anime
Titles from Marvelous Entertainment

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (April 24, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll and
Marvelous Entertainment partner up to bring the intense school-themed anime
SCHOOL DAYS to Crunchyroll starting this spring. More information can be
found at www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

President of Marvelous Entertainment¹s Audio Visual Company and co-founder,
Yoshiaki Matsumoto, states, "I am pleased to be able to present this very
raw and intense story to fans overseas for the very first time in English.
We hope that fans overseas will be able to discover SCHOOL DAYS and
appreciate its unique story."

"SCHOOL DAYS is one of the most unique, biting pieces of entertainment to
have come out of Japan in the past few years," states Rob Pereyda, Senior
Director of Crunchyroll's Japan office. "I believe that the very passionate,
seasoned anime fan Crunchyroll will appreciate the story it tells."

SCHOOL DAYS will be available in enhanced definition without video
advertisements to Crunchyroll¹s Anime Members and will be available for
free, to the general public, one week thereafter for regular members at a
lower streaming quality. Regional and age-based access restrictions may
apply.

Title Synopsis:

SCHOOL DAYS

It was at the entrance ceremony of Sakakino High School that Makoto Ito met
Kotonoha Katsura for the first time.

Kotonoha was in the class next to Makoto's, lived along the same railway
line, caught the same train to school every morning read a book. Although
Makoto had a little crush on her, she was to be looked at from a
distance...that was all she was.

Then, a message on Makoto's cell phone appeared:
  YOUR ROMANCE WILL COME TRUE IF YOU KEEP YOUR LOVE INTEREST'S
PHOTO ON YOUR CELL PHONE SCREEN FOR THREE WEEKS WITHOUT ANYONE
KNOWING.

As ridiculous as Makoto thought it was, he took a shot of Kotonoha on the
train and made it his wallpaper, only to be discovered by Sekai Saionji, his
classmate at the next desk, right the next day.

Though the portent seemed to turn out to be of little consequence, Sekai
volunteered to play matchmaker between Makoto and Kotonoha to make up for
sneaking a look at his cell phone. From that day on, Makoto's ordinary life
started to take a new turn...

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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New York, NY – April 23, 2009 – Aspire Communications, Inc. is pleased to announce 

Japanese "Maid" Show in NYC, performed by a Japanese cosplay singer Reni.

"A genuine Japanese idol that American fans can finally call their own."- AnimeAlmanac.com 



What: Japanese "Maid" Show: Japanese Pop Star Reni performs Anime songs and J-Pop in Karaoke Cosplay, Akihabara style, singing and dancing. 

When: May 3rd 5:00 - 6:00 PM (Door opens 4:30PM)
Where: TopTunes 303-305 E 53rd St, NYC NY 212-758-3818 http://www.karaoketoptunes.com/
Cost : No cover charge/one drink minimum
Note: Cosplayers welcome

 

Space is limited. Please come early to reserve.

More info at http://www.renireni.com
Contact: fan@renireni.com

About Reni

She specializes in Akihabara style performance, a genre that emphasizes the cute look of Japanese pop-culture with the hip appeal of Japanese animation. As a unique cultural phenomenon, these Akihabara idols have attracted an enthusiastic fan following all over Japan. As interest in Japanese entertainment grows among the American youth, Reni offers the most fun and authentic Japanese pop experience without ever having to travel to Tokyo. She is quickly winning over the hearts of many new local fans thanks to her pretty stage costumes, upbeat personality, and talented singing ability. 


Reni's Bio
Reni was born in Japan and began her formal ballet training at the age of seven. Since then, she has been dancing nearly every day in styles ranging from Jazz and Hip Hop to "Nihon Buyo," traditional Japanese dance. Reni expanded her talents to the theatrical world by joining the well-known Japanese company "Seinenza," where she played an active role in both performing and directing.
In 2005, Reni won a major music contest in Tokyo, out of 1,000 participants. Her first CD was produced by Takahiro Yamautsuri, who composed music for one of the Pokemon movies. Her live performances in the major music clubs and show houses in Japan have grabbed the attention of a wide range of audiences. Her quality singing and powerful dancing in Akihabara style keeps them coming back for more. In 2008 she relocated to the U.S.A., started a monthly event, Japanese "Maid" Show and is quickly gaining a loyal fan base. Reni was recently invited as a guest performer to Krazy Cosplay Party organized by Japan Society.

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Hi everyone :) I'm a long-time lurker and new account holder here at Anime Vice.

I was born in San Jose, CA before heading up to Bend, OR for a while after high school. After I graduated from Central Oregon Community College I found a job back in the Bay Area and I've been living here ever since :)

I'm not much of an artist, but I've got a webcomic project I'm working on on the side-- keep an eye out for that? :D
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Hey guys,

We just finished up (well last friday), our first Whiskey Media Developer Podcast: The Speakeasy. 

It's really just a chance for developers on the sites to discuss what we've been working on, certain challenges we're facing, what's coming up from a feature standpoint on our sites, etc. We also wanted to briefly talk about the most important topics happening on each of the three Whiskey sites (AnimeVice, ComicVine and GiantBomb).

So, if you're interested in how the sites are built, what new features we're going to be launching or are just curious to hear the devs shoot the shit for a bit, then check out the podcast and give us your feedback.


Note: This is our first one, so we're probably going to be tweaking the format of the podcast a bit each week until we find something that we're all stoked on -- so, if you have any suggestions, please drop them in the comments. 

Also, if you're a developer and you have any questions about anything really - go ahead and PM them to me and we'll try to work them into next week's podcast. Thanks guys - hope you dig it :)
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http://www.girlamatic.com//comics/jeepers.php?view=archive&chapter=13886  Hey folks, just thought I'd inform everyone my webcomic updated. If you enjoy kawaii culture, Jeepers just might be the webcomic for you, centering on a bunny who lives in a magical valley, and the assorted magical girls, strange monsters, merchandise oriented maniacs, cats, and all kinds of creepy ladies said bunny encounters. You can check out 6 years worth of strips all right here http://www.girlamatic.com//comics/jeepers.php?view=toc

The current storyline started here http://www.girlamatic.com//comics/jeepers.php?view=archive&chapter=13813&mpe=0

[edit -attached to manga forum, cause hey, manga means comics y'know :) Plus, I have a serious overdose on manpu usage]
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Just posted a new doodle to my DA, a postcard with a surly Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle....

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/120166512/
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Anyone remember Haim Saban, cartoon music producer who later became a multimedia mogul after success importing assorted anime and repackaging Power Rangers for international markets? Whatever fans have to say about his work, he did play a big part in popularlizing anime,  with his main production company [and TV network The Family Channel] being sold to Disney awhile back.

Apparently he's found himself in the middle of a political controversy, like a monstrous creation of Rita Repulsa, only one the Power Rangers can't finish off by episode's end

http://gawker.com/5222987/meet-israeli-influence-peddler-haim-saban


CNN has a bit more
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/21/harman.wiretap/
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A friend was looking back into his older articles, which lead me on a search through my own archives, and I came up with the following data:

animeOnline - January 3rd to July 20th, 2007
- 1500 articles over 201 days, average of 7.5 posts per day. I didn't post on weekends there.

giapet.net - May 28th, 2007 to January 1st, 2009
- 1509 articles over 587 days, about 2.5 posts per day. I was also working full-time as a freelancer for a good chunk of that time, and on Vice in the background for the rest :)

AnimeVice.com - Dec. 4th to April 20th, 2009
- 1000 articles over 137 days, about 7.3 posts per day.

GRAND SUM TOTAL:
- 4,009 articles over 837 days, for an average of about 4.8 posts per day.

There's some overlap with articles I crossposted on giapet.net and AnimeVice prior to the latter's launch, but I figure they're probably more than made up for by the anime-related freelance work I've done.

No wonder I'm so tired all the time! ;)
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Gardena, CA (April 21, 2009)- The newest DokiDoki promotional giveaways are here, with beautiful fukuseigenga to go with them! The next two titles in the DokiDoki inaugural line are Living For Tomorrow by Taishi Zaou, and Brilliant Blue Vol. 1 by Saemi Yorita!  Hurry and order today to receive a great promo item with it-and for DokiDoki members-remember, books are available early in late April/early May in limited supply! Still wondering what fukuseigenga are? Check out pictures and customer feedback on the DokiDoki Blog!

There are two ways to retrieve your special promo item: the first is to go to www.dokidokibooks.com, and click on the Register button for the DokiDoki newsletter. Just fill out a brief survey, and it'll direct you to Akadot Retail (www.akadot.com) checkout for purchase of the book of your choice with the promo item. For those who purchase a DokiDoki title in bookstores, there is a special promo code in the back of the book. All you have to do is go to www.dokidokibooks.com, and click on the Enter Promo Code button. Enter the promo code specific to your title, and after filling out the survey, you will be able to checkout just the promo item. Easy!  

Now the legal details: promotional items are limited in quantity, and are therefore on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. Promotional items are free, but are subject to a shipping and handling fee (continental US only) and are only eligible after registration for the DokiDoki newsletter and a one-time survey participation. We will not divulge any personal information to any third party, nor is it used for anything but internal purposes-but your participation in the survey helps us help you!  Promo items will vary from book to book.  Promo items are limited to one giveaway per book bought, but you are not limited to the number of DokiDoki titles you purchase to obtain the promo item. By all means, buy as many as you want!  Plus, being on the DokiDoki newsletter will keep you notified ahead of time of the newest titles, their date of availability, and the special items that come with each title. To start, you can pre-order these two titles now to be first in line for your promo item! 

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LIVING FOR TOMORROW written and illustrated by TAISHI ZAOU - Rated M+ (Ages 18+), 5" x 7.2", MSRP: $12.95 US, Yaoi Manga, Available In Stores: May 20, 2009 
*Click here to order!

High school student Tasuku Mizuochi has a secret he knows and a secret he doesn’t. Even though he punches, kicks, and otherwise abuses fellow karate team member, Ryouta, on a daily basis, Tasuku has hidden feelings for his childhood friend. When Tasuku’s mother died, Ryouta was always there to comfort him, and these emotions grew over time to become something else. Confused and embarrassed by his secret crush, Tasuku takes his frustrations out on Ryouta to keep him from ever knowing the truth. When Tasuku learns that his late mother may have been an “ageman” (ah-gay-man) – a woman who brings men good fortune – he starts to believe he’s inherited these powers, too. Can having the ability to influence luck give Tasuku and Ryouta a future together? Or will all the people crawling out of the woodwork wanting to use Tasuku’s power cause him to run screaming for the hills?!

BRILLIANT BLUE VOL. 1 written and illustrated by SAEMI YORITA - Rated YA+ (Ages 16+), 5" x 7.2", MSRP: $12.95 US, Yaoi Manga, Available In Stores: May 6, 2009 
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When Shouzo Mita left home, he thought it would be for good. Although he followed his father’s career path as a construction manager, Shouzo never wanted to enter the family business – that is, until dad got laid-up with an injury. Forced to return home and oversee his father’s company, Shouzo finds that a lot of things haven’t changed, but some things have. Nanami, a childhood acquaintance, has gone from being an awkward fatty to a sparkling pretty-boy straight out of a shojo manga. As an electrician contracted to work for Mita, Nanami’s simple, naive charm and healthy appetite manage to flip Shouzo’s switch. With the choice between remaining independent and accepting responsibility for his family even more complicated, what will Shouzo do?

TAISHI ZAOU is the pen name for MIKIYO TSUDA, creator of PRINCESS PRINCESS and THE DAY OF REVOLUTION for all her BL (boys love) manga. SAEMI YORITA is the creator of various shonen-ai and yaoi manga in Japan, and BRILLIANT BLUE is her first US english release. 

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About Digital Manga Publishing, Inc.

Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga Publishing is one of the industry's most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the Western Hemisphere - specifically through the licensing, importation and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for the North American mainstream and subculture markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the expansion of Japanese pop culture institutions into global arenas. The company's imprint line includes DMP: its mainstream imprint, DMP PLATINUM: its classic manga imprint, JUNE´: its boys love imprint, 801 MEDIA: its adult boys love imprint, and DOKI DOKI: its exclusive co-publishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing. 

For more information about Digital Manga Publishing, visit www.digitalmanga.com 

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This is going to be harder when I start running out of pictures. But I got tons laying around. So each night I'll show you a new one and you tell me what you think.
I'll try to tell you as much as I can about the person and the con, but mostly I want to have fun at it so... here we go.


As some as you can tell, She is doing a cosplay form Host Club. It ways really fun to get a shot of her she jumped on a chair and pose for me with that lovely rose. A bit out of focus but one of my first shots. Taken at Tulsa Mini-con 06.








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