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Alright, I'll tell you so open up those big ears and listen well. With a man's soul and a strong back, Cure Maid Café celebrates Gurren Lagann: Lagann Chapter (the movie) being released in Japanese theaters on April 25, 2009. They will display various merchandise and costumes and sell things inspired by the movie. Show your manly spirit blazing by quenching your thirst with Simon's blended drink and ordering a Burning Drill Spirit dessert!

When the first movie came out, Cure Maid Cafe had an event dedicated to a Gurren Lagann theme. There were lots of illustrations hung on the walls as decorations and other things on display.

Whether impossible or laughable, this idea should be done somehow in the US. I would definitely go to opening day if there was a café that would do this.

What would you order from the menu if you could visit a Gurren Lagann themed café?
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http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/7amyXokXVwWiy28PQd/browse/item/83382/4/0/0 Nice Bandai! Looks to be Hybrid to, so we'll get a dub. It's not as cheap as Bandai's releases of Galaxy Angel S and Mave-Chan, which were both 9.99, but at 60 minutes it's twice as  much content, so not too shabby. I'd love to see more lower priced one or two episode OVA releases of this sort from Bandai and others, which makes a nice, cheap quick fix compared to collecting assorted TV volumes or an expensive boxset. Even though I haven't bought or even seen Lucky Star, I'll probably be buying this.
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Nov 2009  - Jan 2010
New listings up on amazon for Viz , TKP & CMX
here's what i'm getting so far : http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?tag=***&view=kismet&shelf=list

My god that's 52 volumes i seriously need to cut down. Why do series never seem to end??  ^-^
7 new titles
All My Darling Daughters
Beast Master, Volume 1
Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 1
Jormungand, Volume 1
Karakuriodetto Volume 1
Mad Love Chase Volume 1
Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 1

out of the lot most looking forward to Skip Beat as always, and Natsume.
Anything anyone is looking forward to?



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http://previewsworld.com/support/previews_docs/orderforms/MAY09_COF.txt This is for products shipping in July/Aug and some in Sept. Also, if you go waaaayyy down to the bottom of the list, some of the live action dvd's are long-term solicitations [as are some toys] for items shipping in the future, which is why there's UP, Wolverine Origins and other dvd's of recent movies [note- DragonBall Evolution gets a 2-disc version DVD. Nifty]
I've sent in my orders, have you? I'm currently regretting not ordering the first Muppet Show trade [though I might pick it up at some point]

Sort through the Previews listings for assorted manga you'd like. For new series from this month's previews, I'm ordering WaqWaq  vol.1 and Zone OO Vol.1. Also, ordered Gunsmith Cats Burst vol.4, which we've been waiting for, for a long time. Also keen in my books is new Uncanny X-men First Class miniseries, and a Metroplex Transformers 1shot.
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Hey everyone:

We have to take Animevice down today for a little bit.  When we come back up we'll have a new design and some spiffy new features.  I hope we wont be down for long.  You'll know when we go down cause you wont be able to visit any of the pages. 

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VIZ MEDIA PARTNERS WITH SBT TO BRING NARUTO SEASON 2 TO BRAZIL

Continuing Partnership With Leading Broadcaster Brings Another Season of Popular Animated Action Series To The Largest Market In South America   

San Francisco, CA April 20, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues to expand the global audience base for its successful NARUTO animated series with a continuing terrestrial broadcast partnership with SBT (Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão), one of the largest television networks in Brazil.  

The agreement will bring the 51 episodes of season two of NARUTO, the popular animated series about a young boy training to become a ninja. The NARUTO brand possesses a devout following in Brazil, one of the fastest growing television markets in the world through fan access to the Internet. The first agreement with SBT brought the first 52 episodes of NARUTO to Brazil in 2007. 

“SBT is excited to once again partner with VIZ Media, a leader in bringing unparalleled animation to a global audience,” states SBT spokesperson.  “NARUTO is a key part of SBT’s programming. Season one has become a hit across a wide demographic, and we are thrilled to bring season two into homes in Brazil.” 

“NARUTO is a global success story, and the continued partnership with SBT presents another opportunity to bring additional episodes of this successful animation to Brazil,” says VIZ Media Licensing Director, Andrea Gonzalez. “SBT has demonstrated constant commitment to bring innovative programming to an expanding audience. They continue to be an ideal partner for the NARUTO brand, sharing our goal to entertain with unique animated content.” 

NARUTO, created by Masashi Kishimoto, depicts the adventures of a young boy named Naruto Uzumaki who trains to become a ninja, and through his exciting adventures learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right versus wrong. First introduced into Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999, NARUTO quickly became Japan’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens. The NARUTO animated series, produced by Pierrot Co., Ltd., debuted in Japan in October 2002 on TV TOKYO and quickly established itself as one of TV TOKYO’s highest rated animated series. The NARUTO series has captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America. 

NARUTO is considered one of the most popular animated series in Japan’s history, and has achieved immense success not only as a manga and TV title, but also in the realm of licensed categories such as toys, trading card games and video games.

 
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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CRUNCHYROLL CONTINUES LICENSED STREAMS OF MUNHWA BROADCASTING CORPORATION
(MBC) KOREAN DRAMAS: BEHIND THE WHITE TOWER, DR. GANG, H.I.T., JUMONG, ONE
FINE DAY AND QUE SERA SERA

Leading Online Anime Distributor Continues Existing and Launches New
Episodes and Titles of Highly Popular Korean Dramas

San Francisco, California (April 20, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll, the online world¹s
#1 destination for Asian content, continues the licensed streaming of highly
popular Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Korean drama titles with the
continued k-drama stories for JUMONG part 4 and QUE SERA SERA.  In addition,
Crunchyroll launches new k-drama titles BEHIND THE WHITE TOWER, DR. GANG,
H.I.T. and ONE FINE DAY.  More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com/drama.

These Korean drama titles are free for all users in the U.S., Canada and
U.S. provinces.

Title Synopses:
BEHIND THE WHITE TOWER
Brilliant and ambitious, Jang Joon-Hyuk (Kim Myung-Min, The Immortal Lee
Soon-Shin) will do anything to become the next chief surgeon. But his new
rival, Roh Min-Gook (Cha In-Pyo, Star in My Heart), is more than willing to
give Jang a taste of his own medicine.  Committed to the well-being of his
patients, fellow doctor Choi Do-Young (Lee Sun-Gyoon, Coffee Prince) is
prepared to risk his career in order to do the right thing. Find out what
really goes on BEHIND THE WHITE TOWER.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Behind_the_White_Tower
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Behind_the_White_Tower>

DR. GANG

DR. GANG follows character Kang Dal-go, a man hunted by gang members, trying
to stay alive.  Fronting as a doctor for safety, Kang Dal-go must keep a low
profile.  Knowing full well that if he's found, it will mean his own death;
however keeping a low profile is harder than it seems for Kang Dal-go as
this phony doctor can never quite keep quiet inside the hospital.
Co-starring next to Kang Dal-go is Kim Yoo-nah, an independent and strong
character, but can oftentimes seem like an outrageous ³princess."  As she
learns about Kang Dal-go's identity and tries to have him reveal it, her
emotions get in the way...
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Dr_Gang
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Dr_Gang>

H.I.T.
A story about men and women who have different values in their profession,
who each go through their personal conflicts and doubts, but in the end,
come to understand each other. This series challenges the stereotype of a
male dominated work place, that prosecutors are rigid and always play by the
book, and only men can be homicide detectives. This series is based on a
real-life prosecutor representing his new generation and the first female
chief of homicide. It will deliver their challenging spirit to the viewers
and satisfy their needs for something new as well as entertain through the
portrayal of a life of a woman in a man's world.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/HIT
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/HIT>

JUMONG part 4
The epic JUMONG saga comes to a thrilling climax!  After years of valiant
struggle and painful sacrifices, JUMONG, is closer than ever to his goal of
uniting the rivaling factions of ancient Korea against the Han Chinese
forces.  Born from these turbulent times, the legendary leader must now face
his final battle to bring peace to the land and forge a new day for his
people.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Jumong
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Jumong>

ONE FINE DAY
When does love begin? Starring Korean TV drama favorites Gong Yoo (Coffee
Prince) and Sung Yu-ri (The Snow Queen), and co-starring Mangoong Min and
Lee Yeon-hee (Emperor of the Sea), One Fine Day presents a heartrending,
bittersweet love story amid the beautiful vistas of Australia and Korea.
Orphaned as children, step-siblings Gun (Gong Yoo) and Ha-neul (Sung Yu-ri)
are adopted into very different lives.  Ha-neul grows up in Korea with a
wealthy, loving family, while Gun becomes a small-time thug in Australia.
Reunited after 15 years, they have nothing in common but painful memories.
As the two grow closer, however, Gun and Ha-neul realize their feelings run
deeper than that of brother and sister.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/One_Fine_Day
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/One_Fine_Day>

QUE SERA SERA
Kang Tae Joo is an ordinary employee in a department store.  Shin Joon
Hyuk's got a bit of baggage, but on the exterior seems to have things
together. They both fall in love with the heroine of this story: Han Eun
Soo.  Cha Hye Lin is the daughter of a rich shopping mall executive and is
an aspiring fashion designer.  Independent, strong and spoiled, she is
hopeless and careless in front of love.  After an emotionally traumatizing
first relationship, Hye Lin stops believing in true love, and then chooses
to "buy" herself new boyfriends by paying them money and forcing them to
sign contracts.  QUE SERA SERA delves into a messy and complicated web of
love, lies and relationships amongst the four of these characters.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Que_Sera_Sera
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Que_Sera_Sera>

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

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 its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .
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Hi, I'm Andre, using my occasional nick Paploo. I draw Jeepers for Girlamatic, which you can read here http://girlamatic.com/comics/jeepers.php as well as assorted other webcomics at http://www.webcomicsnation.com/andre

I created the mascots of Animaritime, Atlantic Canada's longest running anime convention, http://www.animaritime.org and you can also stalk my DA at http://andrepaploo.deviantart.com

I am a big nerd in general about lots of stuff, including anime, and am fairly outspoken about creator rights due to long exposure to comics fandom and making comics myself. I also have a whack of DVD's.
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MORNING MUSUME。’S “3,2,1 – BREAKIN’ OUT!” ANNOUNCED AS
OFFICIAL ANIME EXPO® 2009 THEME SONG

Nation’s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Announces Official 2009 Theme
Song With Up Front Agency and JapanFiles.com

Anaheim, California and Tokyo, Japan (April 20, 2009) — “3,2,1 Breakin’
Out!” by Anime Expo® 2009 Guests of Honor MORNING MUSUME。, is announced as
the official convention theme song for this year’s event held July 2-5, 2009
at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  More information can be found on the
website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .

Written and produced by prolific music producer TSUNKU♂, this “3-2-1
Breakin’ Out!” will appear on all Anime Expo® 2009 media campaigns. “Hello,
How do you do? I am TSUNKU♂!”, states  the legendary producer, writer and
musician, “I am a producer of MORNING MUSUME。I am happy to hear that there
are many anime fans in America. I think Anime culture is universal and I'm
glad to hear American people are so into it. I believe good anime remains a
masterpiece forever.  At the same time, there is a very important element:
music. I think music is a universal language, and music should be enjoyable
from generation to generation.  I am proud that MORNING MUSUME。has made the
theme song for Anime Expo® 2009. The concept of this song is positive power
even during hard times. I wrote this song just for Anime Expo® 2009. I
imagined everybody’s smile when I wrote it, and I'm looking forward to
seeing you guys at the MORNING MUSUME。concert. I hope new great energy will
be born at the convention from this collaboration between Japanese and US
culture, and that it will last into the future.”

A :30 second preview sample of this song will be available on the Anime
Expo® 2009 website and on JapanFiles.com's MySpace page
(www.myspace.com/japanfiles <http://www.myspace.com/japanfiles
<http://www.myspace.com/japanfiles> > ).

In connection with the MORNING MUSUME。 performance at Anime Expo® 2009,
JapanFiles.com will produce physical and digital USA CD releases of both
PLATINUM 9 DISC and "Shouganai Yumeoibito" (which includes "3,2,1 - Breakin'
Out!"). Both CDs will be identical to the regular Japanese releases, and
PLATINUM 9 DISC will also include random member photo cards.

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org
<http://www.AXBackstage.org>  and to register for the 2009 convention at
www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.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 2009 will be held July 2 – July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo®.  More
information can be found at its website (www.spja.org <http://www.spja.org>
).

About JAPANFILES.COM <http://JAPANFILES.COM <http://JAPANFILES.COM> >
Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles.com specializes in
digital music sales and media promotion for Japanese music, with over 300
indie and major artists reaching their USA fans - rock, pop, hip-hop, punk,
and techno! All downloads are DRM-free and only 99 cents each!
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Last night was my 23rd birthday party (actual birthday was April 15). For my birthday, my girlfriend surprised me with this Bulbasaur cake. Bulbasaur is my favorite starter and is in the running for favorite pokemon.
Pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. Delicious too.

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Had to go to the beach
Had to go to the beach


ITS A DANGEROUS BEAR...honestxD
ITS A DANGEROUS BEAR...honestxD


Its a whole diffrent world in my mind.
Its a whole diffrent world in my mind.







Jewel and Sparrow
Jewel and Sparrow





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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
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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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