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Anime is a type of animation that started in Japan. Basically, you can call it a Japanese version of cartoons. However, anime has some big differences. Where American animation tends to be geared primarily towards children, there are actually many types of anime, geared for many ages and interests. There are many different thematic styles of anime, including those centered around robots, romantic anime, fighting anime and so on.

Manga is simply the Japanese version of comic books or graphic novels. Many anime series are based on a manga series. Any anime fan would love the original manga their favorite anime is based on. For original Japanese manga, you can usually find some on eBay and at Japanese importers like JustManga and For the most popular anime series, like Inuyasha, you can find English translated manga books at many major bookstores.

Some anime and manga series have a live action version, like Sailor Moon, that a Sailor Moon fan would likely be interested in. There are many Japanese drama series aimed at tweens and teens that usually take place in school or high school. Check out Nodame Cantabile, Hana Yori Dango and Gokusen, each was based on anime or manga series or both. Look for these series at places like PlayTech-Asia and on eBay. Make sure to get the English subtitled versions.

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I finally bought a new Kubrick figure and some manga i bought the chibi Kamen Rider Ichigo Kubrick figure finishing my double Rider team. The last i wanna buy is Zanki / Todoroki which i`m gonna do sooner or later XD
Don`t they look cute? XD
Don`t they look cute? XD

I also buyed a couple of manga volumes
  • Someday`s Dreamers volume 2
  • Shaman King 1
  • Karin 9
And that`s it for now i`m probably not gonna be online for about to weeks (points to user status) so goodbye :) 
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Do you have free time this Friday night about 10 maybe 11 (CST) at night. Well... come join Vice Squad. What is Vice Squad? Well  we don't even know yet but you can listen to the first episode on my bros blog  So Vice Squad is a podcast where we'll talk about this weeks topic on Vice and have a swell time.
You can pm me in you interested in joining the force. (We use skype so... that might help some of you get ready for the show.)
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This thread is for discussing Cryptology, Ufology and every Paranormal concept in between.
I think Aliens are stupid but Monsters are cool. 
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I saw a white lady in our garden.
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Here a very interesting interview with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (NIN). If you don't know, NIN are one of the rare band that give there music for free. If you what to listing to them then just go to there website and get it. There not just simple mp3 were talking about but uncompress FLAC file and even digital master. Even the bitorrents are upload by the band themself. Trent Rezner talk about the pirating of music, how the Internet has change the way we distribute music. It really Interesting and you sense that his get it. Don't fight the Internet, work with it. The interview focus in the music industrie but somehow it impact anime. Heck, that how we get the info about anime or even watch the new show that are made across a massive ocean. The interview is done by Kevin Rose, the fonder of


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The instant the last frames came to a dim on 2006's Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), my mind was thoroughly fixed on what Mamoru Hosoda could possibly do next. His already smooth, expressive style had adorned films like the Digimon movie, and now this film had been the one to blow the doors open, leaving a very tangible taste that this guy may very well be the next Miyazaki. Tokikake's blend of beautiful animation, lush backgrounds, and mutidimensional characters signaled a subtle, but potent emergence of fresh, singular talent.

So when I heard last year that he was going to pull off a more fun film to be released this year, I went all a goo. And sure enough the first trailer's here! Get a first dig at SUMMER WARS!

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Goodmorning.  Does anyone know who these cosplay chicks are?  Or have any more pics of these two in a friendly embrace?  I must see them :)

Saw this at Sankaku (here)
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Yup, on Otaku Mitsukai online shop it was a drawing for people who ordered something in the month of March. It's a nice figma that comes out 06/30/2009 ~ You can see their announcement on their site. I've ordered from them twice and they are a very nice site with their items and quick shipping as well.

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World Anime Channel Partners with Japan's Leading Commercial Broadcaster to

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (April 8, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll and Fuji
Television partner to bring the highly-anticipated shojo anime RISTORANTE
PARADISO, based on acclaimed manga by Natsume Ono, to Crunchyroll. More
information can be found at

RISTORANTE PARADISO, also known as Rispara, launches April 8, 2009 with a
special two episode double-header event. As a special treat to fans, the
first episode of the double header will be available to all visitors to
Crunchyroll, while the second episode will only be available to
Crunchyroll's Anime Members. To mark this launch event, special Crunchyland
avatars will be available at the official RISTORANTE PARADISO group. Title
will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia,
and New Zealand and subtitled in English.

³We are very interested in the synergy with Crunchyroll's attentive, young
female consumer,² states Fuji Television's producer of RISTORANTE PARADISO.
³We are excited about how the online debut of RISTORANTE PARADISO fits with
that market.²

³We are looking forward to delighting our fans with RISTORANTE PARADISO,²
states Kun Gao, CEO and co-founder of Crunchyroll. ³Our fans, especially our
strong female base, demand only the best quality shows, and being allowed to
offer a show from legendary producer Koji Yamamoto should do well to please

³It is an honor to be able to present our work to fans overseas the same day
(simulcast) as Japan,² states Taito Okiura, CEO and co-founder of David
Production. ³We believe it gives us an extra venue for exposure, profit and
legitimate traffic, which potentially may become another major medium for
the industry²

RISTORANTE PARADISO marks Fuji Television's first same-day release of an
animation title overseas with its Japanese broadcast, continuing the
three-party partnership between Fuji Television, Fuji Creative Corporation,
and Crunchyroll. Each episode of RISTORANTE PARADISO will be available only
to Crunchyroll's Anime Members within one hour of its Japanese broadcast,
and will be available to the general public one week later.

Title Synopsis:
Italy, Rome

When she was a child, Nicoletta was taken in by her grandmother so that her
mother could remarry. Now grown up, she leaves everything in the countryside
behind to visit her mother and  her mother's second husband, a ristorante
owner. To her surprise, her stepfather did not know his wife had a daughter!

A ristorante she had previously visited, casetta dell'orso is hosted by a
cast of dreamy, cool gentlemen who all happen to wear glasses. This curious
restaurant's staff include cameriere (waiters)  Claudio, Luciano, and Vito,
GiGi the sommelier, and chefs Furio and Teo. Because women find the staff so
enchanting, business is bustling and reservations are extremely hard to come
by at this little Roman treasure.

Amongst all this, Nicoletta decides, on a whim, to work at the ristorante.
Gradually, she begins to become interested in one of the gentlemen...

Delicious food and dreamy gentlemen await at the ristorante, casetta
dell'orso. For everyone who works there, a tender connection to the hearts
of each visitor is spun, and the curtain raises on a story about these
first-rate Italian gentlemen in spectacles.

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 <> .
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I'm just flipping around through Youtube one day like I normal do when I'm bored, when I stumbled across this video(above). At first when i saw this video my jaw dropped and Literally applauded to my Computer screen. Then I started thinking this guy or girl has too much time on their hands,but if I had the chance....Hell YES! would try to do it.!! I would use Sephiroth's theme from Final Fantasy 7 to start out and practise with^_^

So Guys would you try to do something like that if you had the time, if so what song or songs would you use?

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Hi leave a coment in my wall.Tnx.
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I complain that it's hard to review a con when I'm stuck promoting at it. It's even harder when it's the one I actually work at.

This year was my fifth Middle Tennessee Anime Convention, the fourth I worked at and the second I was actually staff for. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, it was my busiest MTAC ever. We had a packed house this year with well over 4,000 attendees. We even sold out of our badges. With some more responsibility on my sholders ths year, I was running around and being fairly busy. I didn't get to take my own photos, which is sad because there were some truly photo-worth sights. Luckily, that's what everyone else with cameras were for.

Starting with content, there was a lot. We had seven different programming tracks: art, cosplay, Japanese culture, martial arts, mature, music and otaku. All of which had plenty of panels and events. The two panels I organized were the Running an Anime Club panel and the Super Sentai panel. The other host talked most of the time in the anime club panel, which was fine as he knew what he was talking about.

I'm on the right, in my 5-second cosplay of Tsukasa (Kamen Rider Decade) from Blade's world. Yes, it's my belt.
I'm on the right, in my 5-second cosplay of Tsukasa (Kamen Rider Decade) from Blade's world. Yes, it's my belt.
The Super Sentai panel, however, was a bigger blast than I had expected. I hosted it with some input from friends in the MTSU Anime Club. I had a nice powerpoint pre sentation, if I do say so myself, including some neat clips (never get tired of the 25 red rangers from Gaoranger vs Super Sentai). It wasn't just Super Sentai though. I actually based my panel around that and Kamen Rider, with about equal content for both (if not more for KR). Also showed off some of my toys. I was fortunate enough to have both a Kamen Rider 1 and a Green Ranger cosplay in the audience. I even got my picture taken with Kamen Rider 1, as you can see for yourself.

I also ended up sitting on three other panels: Fandumb, Crossover Fans and Running a Convention. Fandumb is talking about what all is dumb about fandom, which is always funny. Crossover Fans is for those fans of anime and other fandoms, such as me and superhero comic books and movies. Running a Convention was the oddest as I had the least experience as any of the other panelists, which included our con chair and the con chairs of MomoCon and OMGcon. It was fun as usual. Like I said in my MomoCon post, it's about the stories.

While I didn't get to enjoy these as much (nor are they my cup of tea), MTAC really bulked up its mature and music tracks. I've been hearing differing opinions about whether such a strong focus on those is a good idea or a bad one. Particularly that it detracts from the anime nature of the con. I can see both sides. What do you think? What kind of content do you prefer to see at cons?

There were some hickups along the way though. Delays plagued us throughout the con, some of which partially the fault of a freak storm and tornado during Thursday set up. Some fire alarms went off too by accident, but otherwise, not much incident.

All in all, it was busy, crowded, even rowdy at times, but I had a blast. I got to work along side some of my very good friends and help put on an amazing show. I'm resubmitting all my panels again, even asking for more of my Super Sentai/Kamen Rider panel.

With that said, I very much enjoyed the Middle Tennessee Sleeping Convention that coincidentally took place the day after MTAC.

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Ok, i know yall.

Remember im an Animation fan first. So when I hear NOTHING all weekend on the anime interwebs but Acid Boobies i got to see whats up.

And damn if im not shocked.

This is another Elven Lied, if not storywise but attuide wise.

But Queens Blade is something i remeber playing when it was once called (Yes, it was a game in the states LOOOOONG before it became this!) Dragons Blade. There were the mainstays of the whole fantisy world. But Dragons Blade wasnt a sucessful franchise as Magic later became.

So sometime later, they sold the Blade franchise to a Japanese company. It became semi successful once retooled and renamed as Queens Blade.

The fact its getting such attenction doesnt really suprise me in the slightest. Is it softcore (which from the looks of it - isnt - its used in acts of attacking and not sexual use) or is it the next stage of ani-crazyness like it was during the late 80's early 90's?

The lines between hentai acts and just ecchi acts are blurred. I think it started with Fate/Stay Night - an ero game thats wasnt really ero. It had a better story than one would think.

Could it be that the ero game makers maybe the only animation/design indies left in the Japanese metaculture? Thats isnt so - we have many new animation folks in this season than it has been in years. But the majority of them are in the ero or came from the ero side of the industry.

Could it be that the Japanese sexual revelution is yet heading into another stage?

Could it be that the VA's are getting desprete for better work? Could the Haruti delay cause a rift between the director and his VA's leading into Aya going into Queens Blade?

Could the cenorship seen way back when Marmo was on the air, head into a backlash that even the big boys of J-TV cannot control? It has happened before and the results are never pretty and it wasnt even about sex.

Could it be that the Otakus are sick and tired of being freaks and preds and just want to be "normal" freaks?

Could it just be the next big male fantisy?

Is this the next big franchise to make the governments go crazy?

Or is it something more strange and dark about this series?

I know though what it is.

Come on, not to hate on yall - but the site is called Anime Vice!

And this journal is called Virtious Queen.

But the site called Vice people are asking for Virture from this show. There cannot be.

Its a ho show folks. Just like Rumble Roses was, like Dead or Alive was. Nothing more or less. There are and should be more complaints about whats really going down in the industry in the states now than whats going on over there.

And there is no way it will make it here because were still anti human society. I like to see them try though but no US VA  would even try touching this...

And maybe thats why the series was made. And maybe thats why more will be like this. Maybe this particular studio doesnt want to deal with the US Otaku nonsense along with anti human senciblities that they and the mainstream media over here showcases.

I gave yall lots to think about - what say yall?

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New Mazinger series!!!

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Seriously, we talked about the fanservice fest Queen's Blade a LOT yesterday. First Ethan reviewed the show, then Baku_Sensei won the first spring '09 contest prize pack by updating the show's pages on the site, and then came my own review...

What is it about acid-shooting boobies that brings people together?
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World Anime Channel to Hold Contest for Autographed Posters from Naruto
Umezaki's Legendary Voice Actress, Junko Takeuchi, on April 9

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (April 7, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll and TV TOKYO
partner again to bring a special double-header event for  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN
to Crunchyroll. More information can be found at

On April 9, 2009, all visitors to Crunchyroll will have free access to the
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN episode 103, normally only available to Crunchyroll's Anime
Members, and only one hour after airing on TV TOKYO in Japan. Any user with
a registered account (both free and premium accounts) who watches episode
103 within 48 hours of its premiere on Crunchyroll will automatically be
entered into a drawing to win one of five (5) posters autographed by Junko
Takeuchi, the legendary voice actress who provides the voice for Naruto

Crunchyroll will be the only place in the world to see episode 104 one hour
after broadcast with English subtitles.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN returns to its normal schedule the following week, with
Crunchyroll's Anime Members having exclusive access to the latest episodes
only one hour after Japan, commercial free, and in 720P high-definition.
Everyone else will be able to continue to enjoy the same episodes for free
in standard definition made possible by advertisements.

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 <> .
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So reading the forums I came across a post by gaming artist asking for help finding "professional sources" for a paper on anime and censorship. I know there's not a lot of critical writing in academic journals about anime or manga much less in books (that I know of). I went poking around on the net and somehow stumbled across what I first thought was the first book in a series entitled Mechademia 1: The Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga. What caught my eye was that it the little brief search description provided by Google mentioned the words: "academic and anime" together. Hmmm...I thought....academic anime....two words you don't see put together often. I then did a search for Mechademia and found the offical website

Apparently, this is a forum in print form or rather a  journal for discussing  "anime, manga, and the fan arts." This is a goldmine for acamdeic anime otaku! Many articles are written by critics and academics, but the journal also features and asks for writing from publishers, artists, writers, and filmakers. The topics vary widely to include not only anime and manga, but gaming, cosplay, toys, graphics, and all around fandom.

This is an annual journal--it's put out once a year. It appears, three volumes have been released so far. The journal is produced by the University of Minnesota Press. The editor-in-chief is Frenchy Lunning. She has a doctorate from University of Minnesota in Design Communications and Cultural Studies. She began her studies in comic books and in film which led to her finding out about manga and anime. She's done lots of study and lectured frequently on the cultural implications and meanings of this type of work before she founded Mechademia. There is a full editorial board--meaning a large  group people who review the articles and decide which get published in the journal--made up almost entirely of academic scholars from a broad range of specialities from physics, english, film studies, asian studies, fashion, etc. Many of these people hold PhDs, teach, write and lecture at universities which I find very impressive.

They accept submissions from writers of different backgrounds. There's a whole section detailing the submission process. According to the site, "Mechademia essays may be up to 5,000 words, plus citations.
Shorter pieces are also welcome, and we will consider submissions in creative, non-traditional formats as well." Writers are encouraged to include relevant illustrations (up to five black and white illustrations and in some cases, with permission of publisher, color illustrations); NOTE: it is the writer's responsibility to obtain permission for use of these images. You cannot grab random images from the web or make screencaps and include them in with the article. Each volume apparently has a theme. Submissions are being accepted for Volume 6: Lines of Sight; this apparently has something to do with "Cartesian perspectivalism" (not quite sure what that is; the site sort of explains it). The due date for submissions is January 5, 2010.

I haven't found any information yet as to whether or not you can subscribe to this journal. For now, all I've been able to find is individual issues for sale. If you buy directly from University of Minnesota Press the price is $19.95 USD. On Amazon the price is about $14.96 USD (for volume 1) but there are used copies selling for $10.18.

So what do you guys think? Is any one familiar with this journal? Has anyone even heard of it? How cool is this? Am I just a big nerd for finding this to be freaking awesome?! Finally, there's a place where you can find respectable scholarship on anime, manga, and all the stuff that goes along with it! All the articles are being written by really smart and devout anime fans. The journal certainly qualifies as an academic journal, so it might be a great place to look for information if ever you're looking to incorporate anime into your writing for school or other academic purposes. Plus, it just seems like a really interesting read. What excited me most is that you can see there are people thinking critically about anime and working to making it a subject worth in-depth study! In other words, it helps make anime fans look good and can help reduce the negative stigma of the "anime otaku." Right now, this journal isn't a widely distributed one (meaning you're not going to find it in your local library or even a typical university library), so it looks like you'll have to purchase an issue in order to read it. I'll certainly, buy the first issue and write up a review when finals are done. Anyone else planning on doing that? Anyone, besides me, thinking of submitting sometime in the later future?
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