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Vice Squad episode 3 is now up and running http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-04-18T22_38_59-07_00. Join me, lunermoth and RedRoses as we go over this weeks topics.

We start of with some industry news with VIZ announcements, mange micro payments and Eva movie info.

http://www.animevice.com/news/quickie-viz-goes-simultaneous-with-rinne/976/

http://www.animevice.com/japan/23-24/mangaka-tests-micropayment-system/97-203332/#1

http://www.animevice.com/news/maaya-sakamoto-gets-fed-up-in-eva/983/

 Then we will talk about what we all spend money on. Form tissue boxes to bed sheets and those creepy little Dollfies

http://www.animevice.com/news/tuesday-is-toyday-what-otaku-spend-money-on/967/

http://www.animevice.com/news/wolf-goddess-bed-sheets-oh-god-horo-is-hot/975/

http://www.animevice.com/news/dollfies-still-scare-me-but-i-kinda-want-these/984/

http://www.animevice.com/news/it-was-only-a-matter-of-time-k-on-guitars/979/

http://www.animevice.com/news/geass-heroines-get-their-time-in-the-sun/981/

cover this weeks WTF topics and with our favorite computerized voice Miku, see who is better vampires or Frankenstein, and 4 chan was on fox news. Plus is Zac Efron, Kira

http://www.animevice.com/news/wtf-wednesday-part-iii-hatsune-miku-song-movie/970/

http://www.animevice.com/news/wtf-wednesday-part-ii-vampire-girl-vs-frankenstein-girl/969/

http://www.animevice.com/news/wtf-wednesday-part-i-fox-on-4chan/968/

http://www.animevice.com/news/zac-efron-to-stay-pure-for-live-action-kira-role/973/

Then controversy hits amazon and the Philippines

http://www.animevice.com/news/dear-amazon-you/959/

http://www.animevice.com/news/did-you-know-all-hentai-kiddy-porn/965/

Stay tuned after the end song to get some cos play info from our special guess RadRoses.

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After all My time and effort I have made it to the twenty thousand. It took a lot of time to reach this but I am glad to have contributed info to this site,  and hope to continue doing so.
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CRUNCHYROLL AND KADOKAWA PICTURES USA BRING NIGHTS OF FRIGHT WITH JAPANESE
HORROR ANTHOLOGIES AND TOMIE TRILOGY TO ONLINE FANS

Number One Online Destination for Anime and Asian Entertainment to Launch
Junji Ito Manga Based Film-Trilogy and Films of Horror

San Francisco, CA (April 16, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll and Kadokawa partner to
bring hours of endless horror and fright to online fans with the highly
popular TOMIE Trilogy and the Japanese Horror Anthology which include
titles: HEARTBROKEN TRIP, NURARIHYON, PEONY LAMP, SHADOWS OF THE WRAITH,
SHE-BEAR and YAMABA beginning April 16, 2009.  More information can be found
at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/

³We are extremely excited and proud to have Kadokawa Pictures USA partner
with Crunchyroll², states Crunchyroll CEO Kun Gao. ³Kadokawa titles are well
known to be of high quality and have a huge existing following.  This
partnership marks a meaningful addition to the Asian live action content
available on Crunchyroll.²

Title Synopsis:
TOMIE
Based on a manga by Junji Ito.

Following some trauma in her past that has since been repressed, a young
woman is trying to recover her memories with the help of a psychiatrist.
During her hypnosis sessions, she repeats the name "TOMIE" but is unable to
recall where she knows it from. Meanwhile, a police detective is
investigating a string of brutal murders, where he also runs across the name
"TOMIE." How are two connected?

TOMIE: REPLAY
A young girl looking through her father's notes finds something written
about the last experiment he worked on before he went insane. Everything in
his notebook looks ordinary until near the last page, at which point his
handwriting deteriorates and the name "TOMIE" is mentioned several times.
From that point forward his notes are written in what looks like blood. At
the same time, another young girl escapes from a hospital. Who is she, and
what does she have planned?

TOMIE: ANOTHER FACE
Another movie about TOMIE, the girl who just won't stay dead. This film is
split into three separate stories in which TOMIE is at different times in
her life, first as a high school student, then as a young woman who falls
for a photographer, and finally as a woman engaged to be married to her true
love. In each story, she is murdered after her unusual secret is discovered,
but she somehow manages to come back from beyond to take her revenge.

JAPANESE HORROR ANTHOLOGY

Summary
HEARTBROKEN TRIP
Chiharu's boyfriend walked out on her so Yoshiko plans to take her on a trip
to a hot springs resort in order to cheer her up. Chiharu arrives at the inn
before Yoshiko and couldn't have possibly imagined what awaits her there.

LOST SOULS
LOST SOULS - After a long day's drive, a couple is enjoying late night
snacks at a lake-side restaurant. As they are enjoying themselves, a family
of four enters the restaurant but the cook tells the couple to never look at
the family.

NURARIHYON
A boy happens to see a specter known as "Nurarihyon" sneaking into his house
to cause mischief. The boy tries to be good to the specter, but only gets
the cold shoulder. But, at one night, when he is almost attacked by
burglars, he learns good intentions are to pay off.

PEONY LAMP
A Japanese maverick samurai, Shinzaburo, receives a surprise night-time
visit of his former lover, Otsuyu, who is supposed to have died of a
disease. She says the story about her death is a ploy made up by her father
to break the couple. They spend the night together, but Shinzaburo's
colleague cannot believe his eyes when he sees Shinzaburo is holding in his
arms.

SHADOWS OF THE WRAITH
Ryoji and Kazuhiko are two brothers embroiled in a mystery of paranormal
implications, tormenting them while drawing them towards a horror that will
not be denied. At first, Ryoji thinks that the obsessive Asaji is just a
little over the top in her pursuit of him. Professing her love, she begins
to stalk Ryoji, as well as his girlfriend Mariko; they feel her presence
wherever they turn. When people close to Ryoji begin to die mysteriously, he
has reason to suspect Asaji, but he has nowhere to turn for help or escape.
Ryoji's brother, meanwhile, has become involved with a young girl, Naoko,
whose new condominium has a history of horrible accidents. As Naoko begins
to experience ever-stranger phenomena, she must come to terms with what
lurks in the closet.

SHE-BEAR
Schoolgirls Mima and Rika saw a poster in a tunnel that warns, "If you see a
woman with a teddy-bear doll you should run for your life." Mami feels
something disturbing, but Rika dismisses it as just another hoax.

YAMABA
Magazine writers are sent out to an outback village to report on anecdote of
old mountain hag. They get suspicious as every villager appears to be trying
to hide something. They get the answer as a local bonze tells an age-old
story.

About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment
giant KADOKAWA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes KADOKAWA
GROUP PUBLISHING and KADOKAWA PICTURES. KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING is one of
the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers
of Japanese Manga. KADOKAWA PICTURES with its library of over 2,000 titles,
develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films
theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the
art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide
attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and
SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan,Kadokawa
Cineplex.

KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for
an international audience in the English language, such as; ³One Missed
Call,²²Melancholy of  Haruhi Suzumiya.²

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/> .

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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VIZ MEDIA LICENSES FIVE TOP ANIMATED SERIES TO

FUNIMATION CHANNEL FOR US TELEVISION LAUNCH  

San Francisco, CA, April 16, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that five of its animation series will launch on the FUNimation Channel, the premiere anime network from FUNimation Entertainment and OlympuSAT, and will debut in late Spring and Summer 2009.  Titles include BUSO RENKIN, HONEY AND CLOVER, HUNTER X HUNTER, MONSTER, and NANA. 

The series that will be debuting on FUNimation Channel are: 

NANA (drama/relationship/comedy, TV-MA)

Based on the popular manga by Ai Yazawa, NANA follows the adventures of two girls both named Nana. While they share the same name, they couldn't be more different. Nana Hachi Komatsu follows her boyfriend to Tokyo in the hopes of making a new start, while Nana Osaki, who arrives in the city at the same time, is a punk rock beauty who has the ambition of making it big in the world of rock and roll. Although these two young women come from different backgrounds, they quickly become best friends while chasing their happiness and dreams.  For more information on NANA please visit www.nana.viz.com. 

HONEY AND CLOVER (drama/relationship/comedy, TV-14)

Based on the popular manga by Chica Umino, HONEY AND CLOVER is a romantic comedy about a group of art school students who try to find their way. But when an innocent and talented 19-year-old girl enters their lives, things get a lot more complicated as love triangles result. For more information on HONEY AND CLOVER, please visit www.honeyandclover.viz.com. 

Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER (Suspense, TV-MA)

What would you do if a child you saved grew up to be a monster? An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Tenma, a brilliant neurosurgeon with a promising future, risks his career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy named Johan. When the boy, now a coldhearted and charismatic young man, reappears nine years later in the midst of a string of unusual serial murders, Tenma must go on the run to uncover the story of Johan and stop the monster he set loose upon the world. Conspiracies, serial murders, and secret government experiments set against the grim backdrop of the former East Germany are masterfully woven together in this compelling psychological suspense.  
 

BUSO RENKIN (Action/Fantasy, TV-14)

High school student Kazuki Muto thinks he's saving a girl from a monster, but it turns out that he's the one who needs saving! Kazuki is killed while fighting a homunculus, a malevolent creature that feeds on humans. The girl, Tokiko Tsumura, revives him by replacing his heart with an alchemical device called a kakugane. With this device Kazuki can create his own Buso Renkin, an alchemical weapon in the form of a huge lance, capable of destroying homunculi. With his new weapon in hand, Kazuki decides to join forces with Tokiko to eliminate the homunculi and destroy their master, the strange and eccentric Papillon Masked Creator!  

HUNTER X HUNTER (Action/Fantasy, TV-14)

Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasure, magical beasts, and even humans. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Gon might be a country boy, but he has high aspirations. Despite his aunt's protest, Gon decides to follow in his father's footsteps and become a legendary Hunter. The journey begins on the long, arduous road to the Exam Hall, where he meets Leorio and Kurapika, two applicants with the same determination. Gon and his two companions must now prove their worth and earn the right to call themselves Hunters! 

“We are thrilled to partner with FUNimation to debut these exciting series on its premiere 24-hour digital anime network,” says Bill Germain, Director, Programming & Music Sales, VIZ Media. “The multi-faceted plots and dynamic characters that made all these titles so successful as manga translates wonderfully with depth and color to their anime counterparts, adding a captivating new visual dimension to the storylines. We look forward to fans taking full advantage of all the flexibility and convenience of VOD to explore these new series on the FUNimation Channel.”

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. 

About the FUNimation Channel

The FUNimation Channel was conceived as a vehicle to expose a wider audience to the unique storytelling style and graceful animation inherent in the Japanese style of animation. In addition, it provides anime and entertainment fans direct access to FUNimation Entertainment’s exclusive portfolio of leading anime titles as well as top titles from other U.S. anime companies. FUNimation Channel in affiliation with OlympuSAT offers video providers across the nation the FUNimation Channel linear feed as well as top syndicated & multiplatform transactional programming.

For a full list and descriptions of these series and others, or for more information on the FUNimation Channel, its availability or how to get it, visit www.funimationchannel.com 

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.  

About OlympuSAT

OlympuSAT, Inc. is the nation’s top owner and service provider of independent television networks.  Currently the company represents more than two dozen diverse channels through their Hispanic, Digital I and Faith & Families Packs.  OlympuSAT facilitates technical related services including satellite and uplink along with affiliate sales and marketing services.  Additional services provided to networks include, as needed, master control, advertising sales and traffic and billing services.   The OlympuSAT network portfolio is distributed via Intelsat Galaxy 23.  An affiliate of Ocean Communications, OlympuSAT is based in West Palm Beach Florida, serving homes nationwide www.olympusat.com. 

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Ah, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing him more in the anime since he is my all time favorite character in Pandora Hearts.

Break = EPIC WIN

Just Sayin'.
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So I got my wigs in the mail recently and I have started to mess around with them. This is the first time I'm dealing with styling a wig since other my other cosplays didn't have wigs that needed major styling. You can follow my triumph (or downfall) of my process right here on the Vice. So let's begin with a few pictures.


This is the Femme Fatale Wig from Amphigory. I should have taken a picture of the backside but it slipped my mind. Anyway, it's rather curly at the ends of the wig so I had to straighten it. I found a tutorial online from Katie Bair's website where it shows you step by step how to straighten a wig out.

I boiled some water to roughly 180 degrees Fahrenheit and here's how it looks all wet and icky:

Holy tequito Batman it works!

Amazingly, it is super duper straight now. It took forever to dry though... even when I left it outside.

Now here's where I ran into a bit of a conundrum. As I've said, I never styled a wig before so I was trying to figure out what sections of wig fiber goes to which bang. Yoko has bangs and random pieces of hair all over the place.

From my circled diagram (fear my awesome Photoshop skills):

There are five main sections I have to deal with. There's two long parts that are symmetrical on her head (they're kinda like sideburns but... not). Then there's two side bangs where one floats to the side miraculously (where the skull pin is) while the other floofs up. The last bang is the one in the middle.

So after staring at my wig for God knows how long, I've sectioned them off with hair ties and clips:

It looks quite funky since it isn't styled yet but I kinda know what I'm doing (I think... and hope).

As for my other wig (Punky XL) I ordered:


I started straightening it a bit more since it was folded from delivery. Instead of using Katie's method, I used Catherine Jone's method. It turned out good because it took out all of the random creases that were on the wig. I will be using a large hair clip to attach this wig as a ponytail. When I fake ponytailed it to my real hair, it reaches roughly my bum so I'm happy about the length of it.


And now I fear my pair of scissors because I will now start styling my bangs... It's the moment of truth and I will make my first wig cut today. Wish me luck.


In non-wig news, I got a new computer. Here's a picture:

I'm still not used to the monitor being so huge.


Previous Yoko Cosplay Blog Entries:
Update 1
Update 1.5
Update 2
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So I taught my first lesson last week. Here's the video, with my reaction to follow:

  


Analyze and Reflect About the Lesson

Analyze your assessment results and think about possible explanations for why they turned out the way they did.  

  1. Were you surprised by anything in the assessment results?  If so, what?  Why was that surprising? On thing that really surprised me was that I was missing a few assessments. Was it my fault? Did the students just not turn it in? I wasn't very surprised that most students were below standards. I could tell while I was teaching the lesson that the students weren't grasping what I was teaching them, but I didn't have time or another class in which I could expound on my lesson.
  2. What conclusions do you draw about how well these students learned?  Be sure to refer to the assessment results to support your conclusion(s). I can see what a poor job I did in getting the information across. The lesson, which I could have maybe taught in a normal class period, should have been shorter; the fact that most students were below standards or missing is proof of this. They did not learn well enough, and it is easy to see that it wasn't their fault: it was mine.
  3. Consider and comment about how each of the following might have affected these assessment results: a) the assessment instrument, b) the lesson, c) the students, d) other factors. The main thing that hampered the assessment results was the lesson. There was not enough information given to them for them to be successful. There was also too much information; as Paula said, "I'm having trouble remembering it all. It's a lot." I underestimated the time I would take trying to pass on the knowledge, and how much I would need to spend on each aspect of the sonnets.

Instructional Planning

Strengths of your planning and why those were effective: One thing I did when planning that I found to be essential to what small success I had is that I looked through every moment, and planned for what could have gone wrong. I am a bit of a worse case scenario person, so it is what I do naturally.

Areas for growth in planning, why, ideas for improvement: I should have practiced it more. I should have realized that what I was doing was too much for people who had little experience with sonnets before. The best thing I could do is get peer feedback on the lesson, and practice it beforehand more.

Thoughts/questions about instructional planning: I underestimated the importance of this step. I needed much more practice and preperation than I gave myself.

Teaching/Implementing

Strengths of teaching/implementing your lesson and why those were effective: According to the feedback I had gotten, I did grab students with my personality. I remember setting out to smile and seem happy through the lesson, though the video revealed that my nervousness got the best of me; I lost my smile. I would also say that my flexibility was fairly good. When the sound didn't work, I acted out the clip for the students. When the assessment wasn't completed, I offered ways to make up the grade, and tried to make the students not stressed out.

Areas for growth in teaching, why, ideas for improvement: Teaching in-depth enough. I touched the tip of all of the elements of a sonnet, but didn't get into those elements enough. This heavily impacted the student's understanding of the topic.

Thoughts/questions about teaching/implementation: Through this part of it, I have learned better to pay attention to the limitations of time.

Assessment of Student Learning

Strengths of your assessment and why those were effective: Had I taught the students well enough, I think that the summative assessment I had planned would have been a very good assessment. It allows students to put everything that they learn to use, and allows the teacher to make sure that they understand each of the elements of a sonnet.

Areas for growth in assessing student learning, why, ideas for improvement: I shouldn't have offered extra points. In my head, I figured it was simply a good way to get the students to work until the bell, but simply telling them that it would be great if they would keep going should have been enough. I will not offer extra credit again unless it's needed.

Thoughts/questions about assessment of student learning: Any learning problems that arose in my lesson were no one's fault other than my own.

 


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Classic Sci-Fi Horror Vampire Hunter D Newest Manga on Apple App Store from UCLICK®

Kansas City, MO (April 14, 2009) – Digital Manga Publishing’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi horror series Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D is the latest manga title to arrive in the App Store courtesy of Uclick, the #1 distributor of comics and manga on mobile.  The new Vampire Hunter D manga apps present volume one of the DMP series in six downloads, available now for $.99 (US) cents each.

“DMP is very excited to be working with Uclick in bringing Vampire Hunter D to mobile phones,” said DMP Production Director Daryl Kuxhouse. “I know fans will enjoy having a completely new way to experience the adventures of Hideyuki Kikuchi's half-vampire hero.”

Vampire Hunter D began in 1983 as a very popular series of prose novels written by Hideyuki Kikuchi with illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano. Kikuchi mixed elements of gothic horror, science fiction and romance with the classic Western to produce a wholly original, post-apocalyptic vision of the distant future, where humanity is ruled by vampires and tormented by a host of creatures including demons, werewolves and mutants, as well as half-human, half-vampire ‘dhampirs’ like the series’ namesake, D.

Vampire Hunter D novels have an international fan base, having sold more than 17 million copies around the world. The novels have been adapted into two anime movies, an audio drama, a video game and printed manga adaptations.

“The Vampire Hunter D series is similar to our series of Bone apps, in that it’s another superb example of a story with tremendous scope and scale, presented on the Multi-Touch display,” said Uclick CEO Douglas Edwards. “Uclick is not limited to telling small-scale stories on the Apple devices. This is a blockbuster-sized epic filled with action, horror, romance and intrigue, and we’ve taken great care to ensure that this series of apps truly captures the power of the story and imagery.

“Our presentation of Vampire Hunter D takes full advantage of the large, backlit iPhone and iPod touch screens to give readers a captivating and unprecedented manga experience.” 

Uclick has released over 100 manga, comic book, graphic novel and webcomic applications in the Apple App Store. Vampire Hunter D joins a vast and growing group of popular manga titles from Uclick that includes Svetlana Chmakova’s three-volume smash-hit Dramacon, the virtual reality-themed comic fantasy Reality Check!, and the sci-fi horror favorite Guilstein. Uclick has also released comic book apps featuring Jeff Smith’s Bone, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series Tales of the TMNT and IDW’s recent Ghostbusters series.

Most of the iPhone Uclick apps are currently available at $.99 (US) cents each and feature tap-and-swipe, panel-by-panel controls. The Apple devices’ large Multi-Touch displays enable a clear, high-resolution presentation. The zoom feature allows an even closer look at any panel.

To get Vampire Hunter D and other favorite manga, comic books and graphic novels for the iPhone and iPod touch go to the Uclick Web App by typing Uclick.com into the Safari browser or visit the App Store on the iPhone or on iTunes.



About UCLICK:

 UCLICK® is the leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, manga, graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and other content for desktop, web and mobile phones. Uclick is also the leading creator and distributor of crosswords, and other word and number puzzles. Partners featuring Uclick content include the leading consumer portals Yahoo!, MSNBC.com, New York Times, Slate.com, washingtonpost.com, CNN, USA Today, and AOL. Uclick features include the top brand franchises Garfield, Doonesbury, Calvin and Hobbes, Paul Frank, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TOKYOPOP, USA Today, Pat Sajak, Wyland, and many more. Uclick creative content and services are available through the GoComics.com website, U.S. mobile phone operators, the iTunes App Store, and other distributors worldwide. UCLICK, LLC is a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, the leading newspaper syndicate and publisher of humor books and calendars in North America.

For more information on Uclick, visit www.uclick.com.



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 DokiDoki: its exclusive co-publishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing. 
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CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion TO STREAM ON CRUNCHYROLL

Legendary Anime Studio's Content to Appear on World Anime Channel

San Francisco, CA (April 15, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll announced today that it is
partnering with Bandai Channel to bring blockbuster hits CODE GEASS Lelouch
of the Rebellion from legendary anime studio Sunrise to Crunchyroll starting
today. More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com/CodeGeass
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/CodeGeass> .

Vice President and COO of Bandai Channel, Takeshi Shimizu, states, "We are
looking to create a synergy effect between the world-class contents of one
group company, Sunrise, and the retail distribution strength of another
group, Bandai Entertainment, culminating digitally on Crunchyroll."

"This relationship is very important for us," states Vince Shortino,
Representative Director of Crunchyroll's Japan office."Sunrise owns the
sci-fi/action genre in the anime world, and this gives us a piece of that
segment. We look forward to being a part of their success"

CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion (25 episodes) will be available to
viewers in the United States and Canada and will be immediately available in
its entirety, featuring both English dubbed and English subtitled versions,
to all visitors in these territories, free of charge and featuring
advertisements.

Title Synopsis:

CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion

On August 10th of the year 2010 the Holy Empire of Britannia began a
campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Operations were completed in
one month thanks to Britannia's deployment of new mobile humanoid armor
vehicles dubbed Knightmare Frames. Japan's rights and identity were stripped
away, the once proud nation now referred to as Area 11. Its citizens,
Elevens, are forced to scratch out a living while the Britannian aristocracy
lives comfortably within their settlements. Pockets of resistance appear
throughout Area 11, working towards independence for Japan. Lelouch, an
exiled Imperial Prince of Britannia posing as a student, finds himself in
the heart of the ongoing conflict for the island nation. Through a chance
meeting with a mysterious girl named C.C., Lelouch gains his Geass, the
power of the king. Now endowed with absolute dominance over any person,
Lelouch may finally realize his goal of bringing down Britannia from within!

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
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ANIME EXPO® 2009 AND BANG ZOOM! ENTERTAINMENT TEAM UP TO BRING BACK AX IDOL

SEASON 7


Sign Ups Available Online This Evening and Attendance of Special Judge

Tsunku♂


Anaheim, California (April 15, 2009) — Think you got what it takes to be the

next AX Idol?  Thousands will audition for the most coveted singing and

voice acting contest at the nation’s largest Anime/Manga convention and win

amazing prizes!  Anime Expo® 2009 will be held from July 2-5, 2009 at the

Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.  More information can be

found on the website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .


Anime Expo® 2009’s AX Idol event is one of the most coveted and attended

events at the nation’s largest anime and manga convention.  This year,

contestants will have an additional treat as the prolific producer, of

Morning Musume fame, Tsunku♂ will appear as a special industry guest judge.


"AX Idol 2009 will give attendees a special opportunity to showcase their

singing and voice acting talents in front of industry professionals from

Bang Zoom! Entertainment and Tsunku♂-one of the most famous music producers

from Japan. It is my honor to be a part of such a great event that give our

attendees the dream to become a part of the anime industry”, states Kacie

Chatfield AX Idol Manager.


Interested contestants must be registered Anime Expo® 2009 attendees and can

register online at www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> after 6:00

pm PST today.


Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video

coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org.


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 2008 will be held July 3 – July 6, 2008 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>

).


About Bang Zoom! Entertainment

Headquartered in Burbank, California, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Inc. is a

leading and award winning full service audio post production studio working

in the fields of feature films, television, electronic entertainment, anime

and direct to home entertainment projects. Founded in 1993, Bang Zoom!

Entertainment maintains operations in the U.S. with three buildings, six

recording/mixing stages and a staff of just under 200 actors, writers,

directors and technicians. Bang Zoom! Entertainment is committed to carrying

out innovative projects that contribute to the promotion of global cultural

awareness. More information about Bang Zoom! Entertainment and its products

can be found on the company's web site, which is located at

www.bangzoomentertainment.com <http://www.bangzoomentertainment.com> .

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I heart Mel Brooks and The Producers has to be one of my favorite movies and musicals! I prefer the original move to the new movie musical. While I enjoyed both, I have to say, Gene Wilder beats Matthew Broderick hands down.

Hmmm...what did I get on the internet for again...? Oh wait, I was in the middle of reading The Waves and then got distracted by notions of studying abroad for a year or for a summer. I got on the web to look for stuff of study abroad programs and scholarships related to English and Med-Ren literature. So...how'd I end up on Vice...? Just habit I guess.

Had a fabulous Easter. Went to Baku's parents' house where I had a late lunch with his whole family. Lunch consisted of ham and lots of dishes with cheese. There were also vegan chocolate cupcakes made with beer that had a coffee icing that tasted amazing.We came back home with a ton of leftovers and Easter candy. For some reason, Baku's mom decided to include beef jerky in our Easter baskets. I have to keep a close eye on my Easter candy or else Baku will eat it all.

Derby season is about to kick off in Louisville. The start of it is this weekend which is coincidentally a week before all my final papers are due. So I'm going to have a busy couple of weeks, probably won't be on the site much, except to submit and check things on the wiki here and there or if I'm majorly procrastinating. Baku and I move into our new apartment the 25--which is the when I have two papers due, one the day after, and another two days after.

I'm so relieved the semester is almost over! I cannot wait until summer, even though I'll only be staying in Louisville. When I'm not working, I'll be reading (going to try the 50 book challenge again), working on cosplay, going back to icon making, going to a couple weddings (which I love), visiting my family in their new home in SC, and of course having more time to add to the wiki on vice. Also, planning to research, write, and submit a paper to Mechademia on the construction of gender and sexuality in Ouran. 

Going to open up a credit card account and considering buying a new laptop this summer. I've had mine since my freshman year of college. It's still working fine and dandy, though it's a tad slow and doesn't always want to work right with everything. Debating whether to get a Mac or stick with a PC. If I get a PC, I'll likely get a Dell since Baku gets a discount through his work.

Questions:

  • Producers: old or new? Why?
  • Been studying abroad? More than once? What country and for what subject? If not, do you want to?
  • How was your Easter and did it involve lots of candy?
  • How close are finals? Tests or papers? And do they in the least bit concern you?
  • Plans once school is out?
  • Mac or PC?

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So Anime Expo announced today a couple new GoH including Toshimichi Mori (lead artist and designer for BlazBlue, which is a 2D fighting game) but a bigger deal to me is the fact that Daisuke Ishiwatari (created 1st Guilty Gear and does the music for Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series) is going to be there.

THEY BETTER HAVE A CONCERT!

That's all I want. I just want to rock out to Guilty Gear in the Nokia Theather (assuming they get it). Heavy guitar riffs and just all around awesome music.

Is anyone as excited as me??
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Spanning from the first Red and Green to Platinum which one of ALL the Pokemon you ever owned and trained is your favourite and why? more then one entry is allowed.

Mine would be either Turtoise!! - Blastoise from my old Red game or Dugtrouble!! - Dugtrio also from Pokemon Red both where very reliable and strong. They also have my most favorite moves like dig and Hydropump and helped me out alot on Pokemon Gold so much so that on later games(even Platinum) i always try to get a Squirtle and a Diglett and rename them like my old ones i always seem to have those two on my team and probably will continue doing so for many Pokemon games to come.
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Hay everyone it time for Vice Squad ep.2 It's just me and my bro again but we'll try to pick up some new member. If you wan to join just PM me or my brother lunermoth.
http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-04-12T00_37_04-07_00
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I bought some new ones the only ones that aren't pictured here is my 2 Noizi Ito art books and a Zero no Tsukaima one. In order right to left and below they are:  4 Zero no Tsukaima art books(5 images), Megami Super Deluxe, Rightstuf catalog thrown in, Saber Portraits art books(4 images posted), and last but by far the best, is the Tinkle Byakuya Chakai rare art book(7 images posted).

If you own any anime/manga art books make sure to share them.
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Hello again everyone,

As many of you may have notice, progress on my Ultimate Gundam Wing wiki has been at a standstill as of late. This is due to a combination of many factors including but not limited to:
  1. Being busy as hell with school (especially the past two weeks if you've noticed my status)
  2. Rebuilding my computer: I bought an i7 not too long ago, and so I had to get a new motherboard, RAM, and power supply to go with it. As many of you know, this pretty much means you have to reinstall your OS, and for me, that means reinstalling photoshop, premier, my hundreds of codecs, tools, and well you get the idea...
  3. Experimenting with video editing: Part of the reason I got these new parts for my little Rin (my computer's name) is so I could finally get around to messing around with video editing -something I've wanted to do for a long time but was limited by the power of a single core AMD 3500+ processor.
  4. Trying to catch up on my viewing: In combination of rebuilding my computer and my school's network being weird, a 3 week gap formed in my viewing record of the shows I had been watching up till then, and I really want to see the ends of the shows that have finished.
So, combine all those factors and basically I've had a real crappy time getting around to adding any info to the wiki. I added a bit of info for the first episode of FMA: Brotherhood, but that was mainly because I was watching it anyway at the time and the time it took to upload everything and take the screenshots was incredibly insignificant. Since the semester is winding down, my classes seem to be firing down on me like the Lightning Count...and they don't show any signs of easing off any time within the next two or three weeks. In the absolute worst case scenario, my summer is largely going to be spent at my tech support job, so I should be able to add quite a bit of material to the wiki assuming it's not constantly busy.

At this moment it is 5:23AM April 11th (Saturday) where I am, and I'm pretty tired, so I'm not going to try and sum up what's left for me to do on each section, just know that there's a lot left to be done and I hope to be getting back to it soon. Hopefully once all this Differential Equations and Waveform Dynamics HELL clears up I'll have time to get back to adding in everything. Till then I wish you all best of luck on whatever projects you may be working on!
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04.10.2009

I got a PM from someone on Anime Vice asking me about general ADR questions.
I thought it might be of an interest to others, so I got permission to re-post my comments here.

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1. When you're looking for a voice acting studio, what qualities do you look into?
I actually select the voice acting director, instead of basing it on the studio.
If the director is good, then the pool of voice acting talent is pretty much the same for every studio.

2. When scripting and voice casting, do you look for something close to the Japanese version or are actors allowed to take their own spin on characters?
It depends on the series.
If it's a comedy, we have guidelines for the characters, but let the voice actors play around w/ the character and voice.

For FLCL, we actually selected the voice actors on their voice quality. We just wanted them to sound similar to the Japanese voice, since that was the key point for the Japanese director. But for acting, we let them do their own interpretation.

But for serious stuff (which I haven't worked on), I think getting the right emotion & nuances are important. So I wouldn't venture too far from what the Japanese audio sounds like.

3. How is a normal production schedule setup?
I think the normal schedule these days is to do a 4-episode block in 2-3 weeks.

For pre-production, it takes about 3-5 days for translation; 5 days for ADR writing (matching lip flap) per episode. But studios typically give 4 weeks for translation; 2 weeks for ADR writing. And they schedule the cast right when the script will be ready, so you can turn out the recordings quickly.

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I get questions about ADR and publishing every so often... so I'll share them here whenever I can.
Hmm, maybe I should have expanded a bit more on some of these topics.

Let me know if there's anything I should clarify or expand on!
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I dunno if this is cool or stupid.  What do you think?  Found it here.   It's $40! ( buy here )  Are comics to anime crossovers just a bad idea, marketing ploy, cheesy?




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ok what grinds my gears is the fact that when i work my ass to go see an anime viewing and it dosen't get me angry but its something tha concerns me that they always switch it to japanese dub. Whats up with that? its almost like they came to learn the language as well as watch the action i mean seriously it seems to show little appreciation for that fact that we have english dub anime which isn't bad ya know but they totally neglect it which is just bogiss and one more thing to the opnion that english dub sucks due to the voice actors that are not your liking well i just say too bad cuz that opnion which is probably used to much is why they frickin use the japanese dub instead the use of the language i was trained to use for my whole life now its like i have to learn japanese and i'll admit they have subtitles but thats not good enough since japanese can said very fast and some won't be able to read it quick enough and you'll be sayin "damn what did he just say?" and you'll be sayin that over and over tryin to read those subtitles some of but not all of you but fine if you like listening to the japanese dub thats fine but it just feels kinda unfair since im like one of the only ones to like listening to the english dub when they only feature the jap dub at the viewings but im not revolting against it im just gonna to each his own but im a lover of the english dub and they should use it as much as the jap dub and thats what grinds my gears thank you for reading.

warm regards Desisashi

p.s. whoever thinks that the bounts are lame bad guys are going down im serious i will frickin kill you. i'll tear your arm off stick it up your ass and call you a guysicle.

ok maybe that was the wrong way to go but i really think bounts rule 
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WARTNING: This has nothing to do with anything!
I've just baked cupcakes with my two cusins(Marie and Louise) I'm at Louises place and the muffins are in the window. They look sooo delecius. It's chocolate muffins, and they are cutted in the middle and then there is strawberry-wipped cream  in the middle. And on the top there is a half straberry and some kind off sugar on the top>3<~
Okay, they maybe sound more pretty than thay are, but myyy~ I'm looking forward to eat them with to of the most wonderfull persons I've ever met.  But we have to eat dinner first...fish and fries~!!>w<

Anyways, stay happy~

-Panda-san
 
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