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CARTOON NETWORK ENTERPRISES AND DEL REY MANGA ANNOUNCE GRAPHIC NOVELS BASED ON THE ANIMATED SERIES THE SECRET SATURDAYS

NEW YORK, NY – April 28, 2009 – Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, in collaboration with Cartoon Network Enterprises, today announced two brand new graphic novels based on the hit Cartoon Network action-adventure series, The Secret Saturdays. This deal follows on the heels of the successful debut of the Ben 10 Alien Force and Bakugan Battle Brawlers film-comics in Fall 2008.

Christina Miller, vice president, Cartoon Network Enterprises says, ”The Secret Saturdays features great animation and action, two qualities that lend themselves to a rich publishing program. As a key part of the brand’s consumer products launch this fall, we look forward to building on the success we have had to date with Del Rey Manga to create a strong The Secret Saturdays publishing program.”

The first Secret Saturdays film-comics will release in September 2009 with a second volume to follow. In the same format as both the Ben 10 Alien Force and Bakugan Battle Brawlers film-comics, the book will feature detailed, full-color stills straight from the animated series and will be rated for all ages.

The Secret Saturdays series, which debuted in October 2008, found its home on Cartoon Network’s “Action Fridays” animation block, and its combination of family life, fantastical creatures and action-packed adventures appealed to a large audience. The Saturdays, a family of cryptozoologists, dedicate themselves to protecting secret artifacts and mysterious, hidden monsters, cryptids, across the world. Their adventures—which take them from ancient ruins to bottomless caves—have lead to encounters with some of the weirdest and wildest creatures on the planet. 

“With its rich characters and intriguing stories, The Secret Saturdays is the latest Cartoon Network series to achieve widespread international popularity,” says Mutsumi Miyazaki, director of licensing and acquisitions for Del Rey Manga. “We believe that this new film-comic will bring new fans to The Secret Saturdays, and we look forward to building further success for the franchise while expanding our strong partnership with Cartoon Network.”

ABOUT CARTOON NETWORK ENTERPRISES:

Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network, is charged with building consumer product franchises for Cartoon Network, its brands and characters from the channel's growing library of award-winning original programming. CNE also works to secure and support long-term licensee partnerships across all key merchandising categories. The division currently offers consumer product programs for an array animation franchises including Ben 10, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Chowder, The Secret Saturdays, The Powerpuff Girls, [adult swim] and more, as well as serves as licensing agent for Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master’s Bakugan brand.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

ABOUT DEL REY MANGA:
Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com) was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. Ballantine Books is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, which is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the U.S. publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading international media companies. In 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga (www.delreymanga.com), which has grown to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field. Bestselling titles include Tsubasa, Negima, xxxHolic, and The Wallflower.

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I remember those days like if was yesterday, the glory days of Cartoon Network's Toonami.It began back in the summer of 2000,I was about twelve-years-old and the Dreamcast was at its prime; and I was enjoying the system & its software. But then I discovered a action block on Cartoon Network known as "Toonami". The first show that I got into that Toonami aired was Dragon Ball Z but it didn't stop there, they were other great anime shows that Toonami aired such as Outlaw Star,Gundam Wing,all three of the Tenchi Muyo series,Dragon Ball,etc.And after that, I became interested in anime.But it wasn't just the great anime shows that Toonami aired, Toonami also had a great presentation.

The presentation of Toonami & its host was somehting special.All of the promos that Toonami aired for all of their shows and the block its self were well done; all of the editing of the footages for the promos were very well constructed, but my favorite promo has to be is "Broken Promises [Dreams]". The music for the promos were also great as well, Joe Boyd Vigil did an great job as music composer for Toonami. Tom 2.0 was an awsome host, cool personality & cool design; he gave off a good vibe.Judging by Toonami's presentation I knew the people behind Toonami were also fans of all the shows they've aired.
  

Stay Gold.
Stay Gold.
But after the glory days have ended, things were starting go down-hill for Toonami.All of the anime shows that Toonami aired were no longer around and the focus for Toonami was shifting from anime to American shows but Dragon Ball GT finally made its debut, but turn out to be disappointing.And then things got worse for Toonami, Cartoon Network annouced that Toonami was going to aired on Saturdays because the shows that Toonami was airing was too "volient" for prime time. I didn't think the shows or the shows that Toonami aired in the past was too volient;or even Trigun; an show that was suppose to air on Toonami but aired on Adult Swim because of heavy gun use [Does Cartoon Network even remember Outlaw  Star?]. But finally, Toonami came to a close; on September 20, 2008, Toonami aired its final broadcast.Cartoon Network obviously wanted to put more focus on Adult Swim.

Fuck Tim & Eric.
Fuck Tim & Eric.
I will admit, the first couple of years of Adult Swim was okay;Adult Swim had aired some great anime shows but the people behind Adult Swim wanted to put more focus on their dumbass originals and don't really want nothing to do with anime anymore; by now only airing the anime shows on Saturdays now. Hell Adult Swim barely even promotes their anime shows but they have no problems promoting their crappy originals--like Tim & Eric--so what the fuck?


Possible revival of the original?
Cartoon Network has this other channel known as Boomarang.Its a show that airs most of the shows that Cartoon Network aired like some of the Batman series, Powerpuff Girls, and many others. Then it got me thinking, could Cartoon Network air the original Toonami on Boomarang? Some of those shows that Boomarang is airing are licenses; so Boomarang could bring back Dragon Ball Z and some other anime shows that Cartoon Network maybe still have the rights to.So could the classic Toonami return?
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(disclaimer: take the following blog postage with a grain of salt, as my brain may not be 100% there at time of writing)

In between stressing about upcoming finals in a couple weeks and trying not to act like a total dingus outside of these walls I've been catching up on some of the new shows that have been going. Perhaps I should share some thoughts about them with you all? Ohohohoho...

Let's start off with the most recent one I've seen: Shangri-La, a world ravaged by global warming so badly that it seems Japan (Atlas?) is now ruled by lolis and the adults are forced to fight each other for the leftover scraps. Also, that Lady Ryoko chick seems like a sexier version of Futurama's Mom: a ruthless businesswoman who will abuse her wussy, masochistic servant boy for the slightest inconvenience. On the other hand, I gotta say that you don't often see trannies in such main character positions. I find that kinda amusing. Also, a slight possibility that *SPOILER* the main loli princess might be the daughter of Momoko *SPOILER*.

Moving on down the list...Asura Cryin': It's got ghosts who may or may not be dead, an overly powerful student council that might be the current Knights Templar vs. an overly powerful science club led by an evil(?) cyborg woman with an undetermined relationship with the main hero's brother and a Yakuza princess who can shoot fire from her hands. Also, there's ghost-y mechs. Y'know, a lot of shows and movies come to mind where they talk about some variation of the Knights Templar. How about a show where they have a modern-day incarnation of the Hashishin? Well, I guess the Japanese equivalent would be the ninja. Never mind, then. What was I talking about? Oh yeah...anyways, Asura Cryin' looks good, and I think it'll get better as the series goes on. But if it starts turning into another "mons" series ("your White Ghost type is weak against my Green Lancer type!") then I'm tossing this laptop out a window.

Valkyria Chronicles: Considering that I'll probably never play the game unless it gets ported to the 360 and we invent a tie made out of veggie bacon (or "Facon"), this series will have to do. Apparently, they made a tank that can (briefly) go underwater and kill the Naz--er, the Imperial Army, all thanks to the genius of the Jewi--er, Darcsen engineer who built it. Of course, Isara still takes a bunch of shit from her new teammates during that mission for her heritage based on a stupid unproven myth. I guess it was inevitable when you're setting something in a faux-1940's Europa that racism would pop up. The series looks good so far, but episode 4 looks like it's going to be mostly filler.

Eden of the East: Apparently, there are two tropes prevalent with the main characters in almost all animu I stumble across--either they have amnesia, or their parents are dead/missing. Akira seems to fit both pretty well. It didn't sound that interesting at first, but I've kinda warmed up to it as it's been going on. Also, it seems that Akira may or may not have massacred a few thousand NEETs by himself. I'm tempted to ask something like, "How did he get them out of the house? Promises of free lolis and catgirls?" but that would be bad taste. Plus, Oasis does the opening theme, which is awesome but I'm sure you've all heard of that by now.

Queen's Brade: I don't know why I keep watching this thing. I guess it's to see how far they can keep pushing the bar with the pantsu and oppai. Episode #2 was kinda lame, featuring a ninja girl and shinto priestess vs. evil ninjas who morphed into some kinda perverted toad creature. #3 upped the ante with Reina, mud/oil wrestling and the tit-biting snake. #4 seemed more oriented towards those with a fetish for vomit and electric torture, though Aya Hirano got a few more lines in than the past episodes and I couldn't help but laugh when her angel character got sprayed with her own milk (I think that was milk?). #5 looks like it will feature a large-breasted Japanese Cleopatra. You think they would've saved the tit-biting snake for that one. Or maybe Brendan Fraser will be looking for Imhotep in that pyramid and get distracted. Who knows?

Phantom: looks to be kinda like Noir (according to the credits, Bee Train is behind part of the show and Ein does seem to be a dead ringer for Noir's Kirika). Though it's starting to get a little boring to follow when the main characters are supposed to be emotionless killing machines. Admittedly, it was because of this that Ep. #4 threw me for a loop when Ein and Zwei showed actual emotion, but apparently it was all just an act for the cameras. I'm just hoping someone (friend or enemy) goes batshit insane in the next couple of episodes to throw in some spice to the otherwise bland flavor of this series. If they start having to fight an army of blue-suited soldiers with impeccably bad aim (*cough* LES SOLDATS *cough*), then I'm dropping this from my list of "to watch."

I'm starting to get the feeling I should set up a mic and go all Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw up in this piece, but I don't think I'd be able to fake an English accent that well. Feel free to agree with me or bitch about some trivial thing I wrote in the comments.
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Definitely vampire. Most vampires are intelligent and quick, the traditional Frankenstein tend to be ignorant (usually because they were just created) and slower. Obviously there are exceptions, but I still say vampire.
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Vice Squad Ep. 4
http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-04-27T18_45_42-07_00
We are back, a little behind but none the less here. This time on Vice Squad we greet a new podcast the Squadcast. Vicesquad, Are we out of the job?
Next up new and updates on shows, what do you want licensed, should we be in more despair, and what up with the new DBZ.
We get dirty with How to get laid, and a vary dirty show.
We'll talk about if K-on rocks or not and a 'nice boat'.
A bit of game new with the Sexy bikini Zombie Killer.

Also cover the Future of anime industry, and Userday good job Kuro.

  • Some forums stuff, Mmmm… I want eat their plus do I have free will.

  • After the the ED song Duran Duran - Girls on film.  We talk to see what it take to buy a loli dress.
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JapanFiles announces LM.C full digital catalog plus two USA CD releases

April 27, 2009 - JapanFiles partners with Pony Canyon to present the full digital catalog of LM.C, plus two USA CD releases in May 2009.

The USA CD releases of SUPER GLITTER LOUD BOX and GIMMICAL IMPACT!! are available now for pre-order at the JapanFiles.com online CD store. Both CDs will include the original Japanese-language booklet and artwork (GIMMICAL IMPACT!! will also include a LMC sticker).

SUPER GLITTER LOUD BOX and GIMMICAL IMPACT!! will be available at Hot Topic stores nationwide and online at www.hottopic.com at the end of May (individual store dates will vary).

LMC.'s digital tracks are available on JapanFiles.com at 320 kbps (DRM-free).

LM.C will perform live in May 2009 at A-Kon in Dallas, TX.

Official profile (from Pony Canyon):

LM.C is a "New Century Electrock" unit that consists of two members: maya (vocalist) and Aiji (guitarist). LM.C is widely known for the songs called, “Rock the LM.C” and “OH MY JULIET.”, as ending theme songs for the popular Japanese animation series, “RED GARDEN”.

On October 4th, 2006, their debut singles, "Trailers[Gold]" and "Trailers[Silver]" were released simultaneously and were followed with appearances on the covers of several music and other magazines. In the same year, tickets for their very first live performance, "the Release Party" at Shibuya O-EAST, completely sold out. In the summer of 2007, they were invited to perform at the "2007 FORMOZ Festival", the biggest rock festival in Taiwan. In the fall of the same year, their mini album "GLITTER LOUD BOX (overseas special edition)" was released in Europe. In February 2008, LM.C successfully finished their own concert tour in Korea and Taiwan as part of their "Club Circuit" tour.

In June 4 2008, their newest single “88” was released in Japan and first appeared on the ORICON weekly charts at #3. Also, the song was played as one of the opening theme songs for the popular Japanese anime series “Katekyo Hitman REBORN!” This was the second time they created the theme song for this anime series. The first one was “BOYS&GIRLS” from their 3rd single.

In July, they performed at Anime Expo® in Los Angeles, followed by a show at Crash Mansion (downtown Los Angeles, US). Also in July, they rocked the house completely at their first hall concert at C.C. Lemon Hall (Shibuya, Japan); the tickets were sold out in 2 minutes! Closing on July, they were again invited to perform at the "FORMOZ festival" in Taiwan as a main act for the second consecutive year. In November 2008, LM.C’s first album “SUPER GLITTER LOUD BOX” and the second album “GIMMICAL IMPACT!!” were released worldwide

About 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, hip-hop, punk, and techno! All downloads are DRM-free and only 99 cents each!

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VIZ MEDIA DELIVERS SCI-FI, ROMANCE, NINJA, DINOSAURS AND HEAVY METAL

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2009

 

Ten New Manga Series – Something For Everyone

 

San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced ten new manga series set to debut throughout the Second Quarter of 2009.

 

Science fiction, fantasy action/adventure, romance, feudal Japan, dinosaurs and even rock and roll provide an array of story backdrops and themes for an exciting Q2 filled with new manga series. Mature readers will be riveted to the page with the new gritty action series DOGS, while IKIGAMI: THE ULTIMATE LIMIT offers an alternate take on the future of crime deterrence and DETROIT METAL CITY screams tongue-in-cheek heavy metal fun. GESTALT takes readers on an amazing fantasy quest, while shojo fans will delight in the romantic debuts of HONEY HUNT, RASETSU, and a special Tail of the Moon Prequel: The Other Hanzo(u). Younger manga readers also have plenty of new titles to enjoy with the debuts of DINOSAUR HOUR and LEAVE IT TO PET! by the popular VIZKIDS imprint, as well as a special second edition of PokÉmon Adventures.

 

New VIZ Media Manga Titiles for Q2 Include:

 

DOGS PRELUDE, Volume 0 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences ·

MSRP: $12.99 US / $15.00 CAN · Available Now!

Boasting furious action, switchback plotting, magnetic characters and dazzling art, DOGS is a series created by Shirow Miwa that tells the story of four individuals struggling to survive a bleak dystopian urban future with a mix of gun, sword, courage and luck.

 

Heine, the “Stray Dog,” is a cipher of a young man with a mysterious metal collar bolted to his neck and a disturbing talent for mayhem. Badou is a hired gun for petty jobs, both legal and not, whose reckless facade hides a serious intent. Naoto, a preternaturally skilled swordswoman, is searching for the assassin who cut down her family and mentor. And Mihai, a middle-aged former hit man, has been trying to live a quiet life but is continually haunted by the deaths of his lover and protégé. Driven by their ghosts, both dead and alive, and a desire for truth, all of them are inexorably drawn to the “Underground,” the dark and dangerous sector below the city that holds all the secrets--ones that can only be had for a price. DOGS, originally published in Ultra Jump magazine in Japan, weaves a dramatic tale of an alternate future reminiscent of great thrillers like Blade Runner and Battle Royale.

 

IKIGAMI: THE ULTIMATE LIMIT, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences ·

MSRP: $12.99 US / $15.00 CAN · Available May 12

Congratulations! You have been randomly selected by the government…to DIE in 24 hours! Please enjoy your final day and take pride in the fact that your death will inspire others to live life to the fullest!

 

Welcome to the world of Ikigami, the Death Notice, where to keep citizens on the straight and narrow path of productivity and prosperity, citizens are randomly selected by the government for termination!

 

IKIGAMI was created by Motoro Mase and originally debuted in Young Sunday. The manga presents a wicked slant on crime deterrence as readers see the last 24 hours through the eyes of the very people slated to die for their country with no hope of reprieve. What happens when people have no hope of survival will shock readers to the core in this new frighteningly dark series! IKIGAMI has sold more than a million copies and recently debuted in Japan as a live-action film. An acclaimed artist and manga creator, Mase was also nominated for Shogakukan’s 43rd Grand Prize for best comic by a new artist.

 

DETROIT METAL CITY, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences ·

MSRP: $12.99 US / $15.00 CAN · Available June 9

Prepare to have your mortal soul devoured by the demonic Johannes Krauser II, front man for Detroit Metal City, the most outrageous death metal band on the Japanese indie rock scene! Soichi Negishi dreamed of moving to Tokyo and starting a bubblegum pop band, but now he’s fronting the most scandalous and demented metal band in Japanese rock! Deep down, Soichi still dreams of acoustic guitars and trips to Paris, but when the makeup comes on and he transforms into his alter ego, Krauser II, not even the denizens of hell are safe from his soul-devouring death metal sound. Can Soichi reconcile his sensitive inner yearnings with his wild on-stage persona – the vilest hard rocker in Japanese (and possibly world) history?

 

DETROIT METAL CITY takes the zany rock antics inspired by films like Spinal Tap to hilarious new extremes in this witty series created by Kiminori Wakasugi. A live action version of the film was recently released in Japan featuring cameos by Gene Simmons (KISS) and Marty Friedman (Megadeth). The DETROIT METAL CITY animated counterpart has also gained a major following across North America and the debut of the manga promises to be the most outrageous, profane, and funny rock and roll adventure ever!

 

GESTALT, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available June 16

In the legendary past the gods battled for supremacy and cast out a demon whose name cannot be spoken. Banished to earth, the demon found refuge on the mysterious and dangerous island known only as “G.” After experiencing a crisis of faith, Father Olivier of the Valaria Order decides to go there and find out the truth behind the legends. But Olivier’s journey is unsanctioned and the head of the Order engages the dark elf Suzu to stop him at any cost. As he begins his quest, Olivier encounters Ouri, a young girl from the south who cannot speak. When Suzu catches up to them, Ouri reveals herself as a powerful sorceress and quickly disposes of Suzu, at least for the moment. The pair continues their journey south, dodging the agents of Olivier’s order, the considerable native dangers of the island of G, and Ouri’s secret past.

 

GESTALT was created by Yun Kouga, one of the biggest names in manga, and incorporates many visual facets from computer and tabletop role-playing games to give the series a video game-like ambiance. 

 

New SHOJO BEAT Manga Include:

 

HONEY HUNT, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available Now!

Life's not easy when you're living in the shadow of your famous parents. Can shy Yura, the daughter of an award-winning composer and a world-renowned actress, find the courage to step out on her own when her super-celebrity parents get divorced? Already accustomed to the daily pressures of being the child of celebrities, Yura's frustration explodes in a rant against her parents – and to make things worse her emotional tirade is broadcast live on national TV! But when a powerful talent scout hears her impassioned declaration, he actually offers to represent her. The doors to showbiz are suddenly flung open for this timid wallflower. Will Yura step from out from the shadows to assume her place in the spotlight? Find out in this fascinating look at the crazy side of Japanese show business.

 

HONEY HUNT was created by Miki Aihara, one of the most popular shojo manga artists in Japan. Her popular series HOT GIMMICK and TOKYO BOYS AND GIRLS (both published domestically by VIZ Media) have gained her a significant following in North America.

 

RASETSU, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available June 2

A fantastic supernatural spin-off to the hit shojo manga series YURARA (also published by VIZ Media), RASETSU is about a girl named Rasetsu Hyuga who works for an exorcist agency where she uses her special powers to banish evil spirits. But there's a story behind the mysterious red flower mark on her chest. It's a memento left by a powerful spirit that vowed to claim her on her 20th birthday. Unless Rasetsu can find true love by then, she’s fated to become his. Yako Hoshino, a young man with spiritual powers and a past of his own, comes to the agency one day seeking help with a possessed book. He's seen a lot of strange phenomena in his day, but the last thing he expects to see is Rasetsu bearing a striking resemblance to his old love Yurara! Fans of Chika Shiomi’s popular shojo series YURARA won’t want to miss this exciting debut.

 

TAIL OF THE MOON PREQUEL: THE OTHER HANZO(U) · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available June 2

This is the one-shot prequel to the critically acclaimed romantic melodrama TAIL OF THE MOON and also serves as an addition to the popular shojo series created by Rinko Ueda. Set in feudal Japan, a young woman is found with a huge scar on her back and has no memory of who she is. She’s given the name "Kaguya" and taken in by a local brothel where she's put in charge of babysitting and housekeeping duties. Hanzou Hattori, the head guard of the nearby castle, starts to pursue her romantically. He eventually realizes that they’ve met before in the past...under very surprising circumstances! Later, a case of mistaken identity leads Kaguya to the village of Iga where she meets the high-ranking ninja leader Hanzo Hattori. Things get complicated when she figures out she’s gotten her Hanzo(u)s mixed up!

 

New VIZKIDS Manga Include:

 

DINOSAUR HOUR!, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages ·

MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.50 CAN · Available April 7

Journey back in time to an age when dinosaurs ruled the earth, fierce – and funny! In this world, dinosaurs are just regular dudes who may try to eat each other, but still have social foibles like the rest of us. With some of their antics, its no wonder dinosaurs went extinct. In each installment, DINOSAUR HOUR! introduces younger readers to exciting dinosaur species through fun and easy-to-read educational factoids mixed with wacky humor. Kids will also delight in dinosaur puppet cut-outs in the back of the book that readers can use to create fun dino-ramas. Educational and captivatingly illustrated, the humorous vignettes in DINOUSAUR HOUR! create the universal appeal of these creatures to make a captivating choice for even the most reluctant young reader.

 

LEAVE IT TO PET!, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages ·

MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.50 CAN · Available May 5

One day, nine-year-old Noboru does the responsible thing and recycles a plastic water bottle, but little does he know that the bottle will come back to him as PET, a robot with a mission to pay Noboru back for recycling him! The only problem is that PET’s sense of "helping" isn't quite in touch with reality. LEAVE IT TO PET! combines the visual appeal of manga with episodic comedy, adorable characters, and a few gentle lessons about protecting the environment. The manga also features color pages and related activities and cut-outs, giving it strong all-ages appeal. This series an excellent candidate for book clubs and fairs, schools and libraries.

 

Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 1 (2nd Edition) · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.50 CAN · Available June 2

Go back to where the adventures of Ash and Pikachu all began in this new edition of the very first POKÉMON saga!

 

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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Rankings Summary, week ending 5 April 2009

Yes, the charts have expanded, and yes, that’s pretty much why I had to take a month off; in hindsight I should have sent out an email update to my subscribers, but—I’m playing a lot of this by ear. ;)

The next scheduled email will be for the rankings of the week ending 3 May.  All apologies for the gap, and I hope you like the expanded data set.

--M.

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last posted rankings: Manga 500 week ending 29 March

About the Charts
Analysis and Commentary Posts

The Weekly Charts:
Your Executive Summary and Index
Week ending 5 April 2009

Graphic Novel Top 500

1. Watchmen [763] ::
2. Batman The Dark Knight Returns [705.6] ::
3. V for Vendetta [705.6] ::
4. Batman The Killing Joke [692.4] ::
5. Fruits Basket 22 [668.8] ::
6. The Joker [658.3] ::
7. Batman RIP [612.9] ::
8. Naruto 38 [605.2] ::
9. Naruto 40 [595.9] ::
10. Sandman 1 [590.2] ::

[more]

Top 50 Series/Properties
[see note]

1. Naruto [2268.7] ::
2. Batman [1818.29] ::
3. Fruits Basket [1242.43] ::
4. Sandman [1207.91] ::
5. Bone [1151.47] ::
6. Watchmen [1147.68] ::
7. Y The Last Man [1098.91] ::
8. Bleach [1064.78] ::
9. Vampire Knight [1059.81] ::
10. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [1009.45] ::

[more]

Manga Top 500

1. ↑13 (14) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [668.8] ::
2. ↓-1 (1) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [605.2] ::
3. ↑27 (30) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [595.9] ::
4. ↑24 (28) : Naruto 39 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [588.3] ::
5. ↑19 (24) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [582.7] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [566.9] ::
7. ↑1 (8) : Naruto 36 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [556.3] ::
8. ↓-4 (4) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [518.4] ::
9. ↓-7 (2) : Naruto 35 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [518.2] ::
10. ↓-7 (3) : Naruto 34 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [513.8] ::

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Manga Top 50 Series

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2003 [2268.7] ::
2. ↑1 (3) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [1059.81] ::
3. ↑1 (4) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, Feb 2004 [1008.91] ::
4. ↓-2 (2) : Rosario+Vampire – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [904.93] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, Jun 2004 [785.07] ::
6. ↑14 (20) : Negima! – Del Rey, Apr 2004 [592.76] ::
7. ↔0 (7) : Death Note – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [581.4] ::
8. ↑13 (21) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [496.34] ::
9. ↓-1 (8) : Ouran High School Host Club – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2005 [488.86] ::
10. ↓-4 (6) : Warriors – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [479.39] ::

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Top 25 Manga New Releases and Preorders

1. ↑13 (14) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [668.8] ::
2. ↓-1 (1) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [605.2] ::
3. ↑27 (30) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [595.9] ::
4. ↑24 (28) : Naruto 39 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [588.3] ::
5. ↑19 (24) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [582.7] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [566.9] ::
8. ↓-4 (4) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [518.4] ::
11. ↔0 (11) : Bleach 26 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [508.5] ::
12. ↑25 (37) : Naruto 44 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [490.2] ::
13. ↓-8 (5) : Rosario+Vampire 6 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Apr 2009 [461.1] ::
14. ↑108 (122) : Naruto 43 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [456] ::
20. ↑176 (196) : Negima! 21 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [370] ::
21. ↑106 (127) : Naruto 42 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [363.5] ::
26. ↓-10 (16) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [336.8] ::
40. ↑186 (226) : xxxHolic 13 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [293.9] ::
51. ↑266 (317) : Junjo Romantica 9 – Tokyopop Blu, Apr 2009 [243.3] ::
53. ↓-9 (44) : Skip Beat! 17 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [234.1] ::
54. ↑475 (529) : Warcraft Legends 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [231.5] ::
60. ↑385 (445) : Kitchen Princess 9 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [219.8] ::
69. ↑768 (837) : Negima! Neo 1 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [206.3] ::
79. ↓-1 (78) : Black Cat 19 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [184.1] ::
82. ↑151 (233) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2 – Yen Press, Mar 2009 [182.2] ::
88. ↑new (0) : 07-Ghost 2 – Go! Comi, May 2009 [176] ::
91. ↓-36 (55) : Gentlemen’s Alliance† 9 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [174.6] ::
92. ↓-51 (41) : Wild Ones 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [169.8] ::
94. ↓-10 (84) : Captive Hearts 3 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [167.1] ::

[Please Note: the Emerging Trends and Full list of ranking New Releases and Preorders reports are suspended while I take time to digest the new graphic novel data. I hope to resume posting these reports soon.]

Manga Midlist 500
What’s the Midlist?

1. (15) : Maximum Ride 1 – Yen Press, Jan 2009 [408.5] ::
2. (16) : In Odd We Trust – Koontz, Chan – Del Rey, Jun 2008 [402] ::
3. (20) : Negima! 21 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [370] ::
4. (26) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [336.8] ::
5. (33) : Death Note 1 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [310.5] ::
6. (35) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [304.8] ::
7. (37) : Death Note 3 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jan 2006 [301] ::
8. (40) : xxxHolic 13 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [293.9] ::
9. (41) : Death Note 2 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Nov 2005 [287.3] ::
10. (43) : Yu-Gi-Oh! GX 2 – Viz Shonen Jump, Nov 2008 [281.7] ::
11. (44) : Chibi Vampire 12 – Tokyopop, Jan 2009 [281.2] ::
12. (46) : Dark Hunger – Feehan, Zid – Berkley, Oct 2007 [274.8] ::
13. (50) : Death Note 4 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Mar 2006 [245.2] ::
14. (51) : Junjo Romantica 9 – Tokyopop Blu, Apr 2009 [243.3] ::
15. (52) : Ouran High School Host Club 1 – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2005 [238.3] ::
16. (53) : Skip Beat! 17 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [234.1] ::
17. (54) : Warcraft Legends 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [231.5] ::
18. (56) : Warriors 3 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2008 [224.4] ::
19. (57) : Death Note 10 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Mar 2007 [223.4] ::
20. (58) : Vampire Kisses 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Sep 2008 [222.3] ::
21. (60) : Kitchen Princess 9 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [219.8] ::
22. (61) : Kingdom Hearts 1 – Tokyopop, Oct 2005 [216.3] ::
23. (62) : Death Note 11 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, May 2007 [215.9] ::
24. (63) : Warriors 1 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [213.9] ::
25. (64) : Fullmetal Alchemist 17 – Viz, Oct 2008 [213] ::

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There are faster smarter and in my Opinion...


More hotter;)
More hotter;)


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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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