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For a while now my brother (AKA. Lunarmoth) and me wanted to do a podcast, so why now do a vice podcast. Well here it is. Quality is not all that good but It's my first time making a podcast. Any Suggestions or if you want to join just PM me or  Lunarmoth.
http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-04-05T14_40_59-07_00
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I don't know if you realize that outside of this post, the only people to get this information are my email subscribers.  Oh, sure, eventually I might post it to my blog but I've been busy this week.

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Rankings Summary, week ending 29 March 2009

last week’s rankings
About the Charts
Analysis and Commentary Posts

The Weekly Charts:
Your Executive Summary and Index
Week ending 29 March 2009

Manga Top 500

1. ↑4 (5) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [672.3] ::
2. ↓-1 (1) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [653] ::
3. ↑3 (6) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [636.7] ::
4. ↑7 (11) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [615.3] ::
5. ↑2 (7) : Bleach 26 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [609.7] ::
6. ↓-3 (3) : Naruto 34 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [606.1] ::
7. ↓-3 (4) : Naruto 35 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [602.7] ::
8. ↓-6 (2) : Rosario+Vampire 6 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Apr 2009 [590.4] ::
9. ↑1 (10) : Naruto 36 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [590.1] ::
10. ↓-2 (8) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [565.5] ::

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Manga Top 50 Series

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2003 [2637.76] ::
2. ↑1 (3) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [1337.38] ::
3. ↓-1 (2) : Rosario+Vampire – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [1253.39] ::
4. ↔0 (4) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, Feb 2004 [1128.15] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, Jun 2004 [1010.74] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Warriors – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [867.93] ::
7. ↔0 (7) : Death Note – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [733.93] ::
8. ↔0 (8) : Ouran High School Host Club – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2005 [693.17] ::
9. ↑5 (14) : Vampire Kisses – HC/Tokyopop, Sep 2007 [607.2] ::
10. ↔0 (10) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) – Tokyopop, Mar 2007 [597.71] ::

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Top 25 New Releases and Preorders

1. ↑4 (5) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [672.3] ::
2. ↓-1 (1) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [653] ::
3. ↑3 (6) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [636.7] ::
4. ↑7 (11) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [615.3] ::
5. ↑2 (7) : Bleach 26 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [609.7] ::
8. ↓-6 (2) : Rosario+Vampire 6 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Apr 2009 [590.4] ::
10. ↓-2 (8) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [565.5] ::
11. ↑1 (12) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [540] ::
12. ↑14 (26) : Naruto 39 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [521.2] ::
14. ↑20 (34) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [514.7] ::
32. ↑8 (40) : Naruto 44 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [412.8] ::
36. ↓-1 (35) : High School Debut 8 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [385.7] ::
40. ↑4 (44) : Skip Beat! 17 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [374] ::
45. ↑91 (136) : Warcraft Legends 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [357.3] ::
48. ↑89 (137) : Negima! 21 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [340.1] ::
49. ↑69 (118) : Rurouni Kenshin VizBig Edition 5 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [339.6] ::
53. ↑11 (64) : Nana 15 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [336.2] ::
54. ↑1 (55) : Gentlemen’s Alliance† 9 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [334.3] ::
56. ↓-8 (48) : Wild Ones 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [328.5] ::
64. ↓-5 (59) : Claymore 14 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Mar 2009 [309.2] ::
70. ↑105 (175) : xxxHolic 13 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [302.4] ::
71. ↑33 (104) : Me & My Brothers 7 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [297.7] ::
72. ↓-18 (54) : Love Com 11 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [297.2] ::
78. ↑92 (170) : Case Closed 28 – Viz, Mar 2009 [292] ::
88. ↓-9 (79) : S.A (Special A) 9 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [277.7] ::

[Emerging TrendsFull list of ranking New Releases and Preorders]

Manga Midlist 500
What’s the Midlist?

1. (11) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [540] ::
2. (27) : Maximum Ride 1 – Yen Press, Jan 2009 [440.8] ::
3. (29) : Warriors 3 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2008 [420.1] ::
4. (35) : Death Note 1 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [398.5] ::
5. (36) : High School Debut 8 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [385.7] ::
6. (37) : Chibi Vampire 12 – Tokyopop, Jan 2009 [381.3] ::
7. (38) : Dark Hunger – Feehan, Zid – Berkley, Oct 2007 [377.9] ::
8. (40) : Skip Beat! 17 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [374] ::
9. (41) : Death Note 2 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Nov 2005 [372.7] ::
10. (42) : Death Note vols 1-13 box set – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2008 [366.7] ::
11. (44) : Death Note 3 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jan 2006 [357.9] ::
12. (45) : Warcraft Legends 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [357.3] ::
13. (46) : Warriors 1 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [351.2] ::
14. (48) : Negima! 21 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [340.1] ::
15. (49) : Rurouni Kenshin VizBig Edition 5 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [339.6] ::
16. (50) : Yu-Gi-Oh! GX 2 – Viz Shonen Jump, Nov 2008 [338.8] ::
17. (51) : Phoenix Wright 2 – Del Rey, Feb 2009 [337.6] ::
18. (53) : Nana 15 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [336.2] ::
19. (54) : Gentlemen’s Alliance† 9 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [334.3] ::
20. (56) : Wild Ones 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [328.5] ::
21. (57) : Berserk 27 – Dark Horse, Jan 2009 [326.7] ::
22. (59) : Death Note 4 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Mar 2006 [320.5] ::
23. (60) : Death Note 13 How to Read Death Note – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2008 [316.4] ::
24. (61) : Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 20 – Del Rey, Jan 2009 [313.4] ::
25. (62) : Hellsing 9 – Dark Horse, Oct 2008 [312.9] ::

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The greatest anime, nay, the greatest show of this season, is Queen's Blade. They managed to pack so much utter insanity into the first episode alone that no critic will be able to resist its siren song. What other show can you think of contains the following in its pilot episode:

  • A demonic bunnygirl with small hands formed from her own hair that squeeze her breasts which squirt acid instead of milk?
  • A barbarian woman who dresses her captive in bondage gear...just because she can?
  • A blond-haired princess who really, really likes her sister?
  • An angel who seems to be voiced by the same seiyuu behind the godly Haruhi?
  • A battle preparation montage where putting on one's thong is considered important enough to include?
  • Gigantic Exploding Boobs!

Until you find me a show that can contain all of this in its first episode, I must submit to you that Queen's Blade will be known as the greatest show of this season, and possibly the best anime of all time!
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Sakura-con is coming up, April 10th, and Hangry and Angry are going to be there!!!!!!!!!!!  I have no idea who they are, but I just landed on their page and thought they looked bad ass!  Here's their myspace: http://www.myspace.com/hangryandangry

Here's some info I have garnered from the interwebs:

Name: HANGRY (who might be Hitomi Yoshizawa)
Sex: Female cat
Height: 164 cm (not including hair)
Birthplace: H44 Star Nebula
* A very punk girl. Even though she looks wild and untamed, she is actually delicate and hates things that are out of order.






Name: ANGRY (who might be Rika Ishikawa)
Sex: Female cat
Height: 156 cm (not including hair)
Birthplace: H44 Star Nebula
* A girl who loves goth and appears to be very cute, but in reality, she has a secret devilish side. She believes that people will feel the true power of her music.






Japanfiles.com has the exclusive scoop on buying Hangy and Angry's album "Kill Me Kiss Me".   Ok so who is hotter, Hangry or Angry? 












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CRUNCHYROLL  SERVES IT UP WITH HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER 2ND SEASON (HAYATE
NO GOTOKU !!)

Online Anime Distribution Leader Streets Hours of Laughter and Chuckles with
New Anime Title Today

San Francisco, California (April 3, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll announces the
availability of the stunning harem manga inspired anime HAYATE THE COMBAT
BUTLER 2ND SEASON (HAYATE NO GOTOKU !!). More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com/hayate2 <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER 2ND SEASON (HAYATE NO GOTOKU !!) is the follow up
anime series about a highly unlucky man who rescues an heiress and becomes
her live-in butler. The series will be broadcast on Crunchyroll one hour
after Japan TV broadcast. The first episode is available immediately to
everyone worldwide excluding Asia. Crunchyroll Anime Members can enjoy
higher quality streaming and with no advertisement. To become an Anime
Member, go to www.crunchyroll.com/anime_.

Title Synopsis:
HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER 2ND SEASON (HAYATE NO GOTOKU !!)
The stunning harem manga is coming back to the TV screen, with new episodes
filled with more chuckles and excitements that touch the heartstrings of
anime-loving teenagers.  Hayate is a super-unlucky 16 year-old-boy who ends
up shouldering his parents' financial havoc.  By chance, he rescues Nagi,
the well-dressed little heiress to a mega-rich family from hoodlums, then he
gets hired as a live-in butler that guards her from all sorts of troubles.
His career, however, requires more than just mental and physical strength:
he needs to be entertaining too!

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.

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Crunchyroll.com¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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CRUNCHYROLL CONTINUES LICENSED STREAMS OF MUNHWA BROADCASTING CORPORATION
(MBC) KOREAN DRAMAS: I REALLY REALLY LIKE YOU, JUMONG, LA DOLCE VITA, MR.
BIG¹S LAWYER, NEW HEART AND SPOTLIGHT

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

San Francisco, California (April 4, 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 I REALLY REALLY LIKE YOU, part 2; JUMONG, part
3; LA DOLCE VITA, ep. 13-24  and SPOTLIGHT, ep. 9-16.  In addition,
Crunchyroll launches new k-drama titles MR. BIG¹S LAWYER  and NEW HEART.

Title Synopses:
I REALLY REALLY LIKE YOU; part 2
(www.crunchyroll.com/library/
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/> )
The second half of this series contains the answer to the question: Is the
President himself Bong-sun's father? As the mystery of her true identity
begins to unfold, Bong-sun overcomes every obstacle with some help from Dr.
Jang, Secret Service officer Nam Bong-ki and the Head Chief.

JUMONG; part 3
(www.crunchyroll.com/library/
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/> )
JUMONG continues his heroic quest to bring freedom and peace to the ancient
people of Korea.  Aided by three new associates, JUMONG struggles to fulfill
his destiny amid secret plots and the jealousy of his brothers Daeso and
Youngpo.  In addition, JUMONG's precarious relationship with King Kumwa
continues to deteriorateŠ

LA DOLCE VITA; ep. 13-24
(www.crunchyroll.com/library/
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/> )

A melodramatic story and mystery.  Set around a high-priced luxury apartment
located in the downtown area of Seoul. In this peaceful neighborhood, one
young man committed suicide under uncertain circumstances.  Park
Byeong-shik, a retired detective, discovers that the dead man is Lee
Joon-soo, a fugitive he had been pursuing for years before he left the
force. He picks up clues to solve the uncertain cause of his death. The
story begins with events that had happened six months before the man died.
Did Lee Joon-soo really kill himself? He had a lover named Hong Da-ae.  And
somehow he was also linked to middle-aged housewife named Yoon Hye-jin. But
what exactly was their relationship? The drama traces events in the past and
present to reveal the intricate web of story arcs.

MR. BIG¹S LAWYER
(www.crunchyroll.com/library/
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/> )
Woo Lee-kyung worked at a major law firm as a secretary when she fell
head-over-heels in love with Byun-hyuk, a rising star attorney in the firm.
They fell madly in love with each other and ended up living together for
three years. However, one day, Byun-hyuk decided to leave her, and all she
had left were his law schoolbooks. The despaired Lee-kyung studied day and
night with Byun-hyuk¹s books, and soon passed the bar exam herself.
Lee-kyung ends up opening her own tiny office with no employees. Her first
task is to represent Han Min-kook, who winds up in a huge divorce lawsuit
that could cost him an incredible sum of $100 million dollars. This case
also lands Lee-kyung in a funny, cute tale of romance. Meanwhile, the story
takes an odd twist when it is discovered that Han Min-kook¹s ex-wife, Lee
Ae-ri, is Lee-kyung¹s good friend, and the lawyer representing Ae-ri is none
other than Byun-hyuk himself. At the end of the day, Lee-kyung is left with
the challenge of facing a showdown with her friend, Ae-ri, as well as her
first love, Byun-hyuk.

NEW HEART
(www.crunchyroll.com/library/
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/> )
Chest surgery is the most demanding field in medicine, and is the most
difficult and dangerous type of surgery to perform, but is regrettably
shunned by the medical community.  NEW HEART is a medical drama that will
depict the lives of chest surgeons as close to reality as possible. Their
tears... Their joy... Their troubles... All of this and more are intertwined
in an engaging, heartwarming story. The courage they display will make you
realize how precious a life is...

SPOTLIGHT; ep. 9-16
(www.crunchyroll.com/library/
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/> )
Woo-jin grows into a better reporter after handling a variety of assignments
and Tae-seok looks on with approval of her progress. He becomes enamored
with the person he mentored. Tae-seok transforms Woo-jin into a better
journalist and those changes also open up Tae-seok¹s heart. As Woo-jin and
Tae-seok take  on difficult assignments where they are threatened and
pressured to back off,  they develop a camaraderie that grows into feelings
of love. Woo-jin gradually becomes a brilliant journalist who no longer
needs any guidance from Tae-seok.  But will she ever acheive her goal to
become the new co-anchor of GBS Nightly SPOTLIGHT?

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 their 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.

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Crunchyroll.com¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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Ok I know this image was posted on Gizmodo a while back but I  just landed on that page and thought it was rad.  This is a pic taken in Japan and I think it's crazy:




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FUNimation Entertainment Announces New Digital Partnership with Toei Animation

Alliance Begins With Digital Distribution of Catalog Series

 

Flower Mound, Texas – April 3, 2008 -- FUNimation® Entertainment and Japanese powerhouse producer Toei Animation Co., Ltd. have entered into a digital content partnership in which the U.S. anime leader will distribute seven series from Toei’s catalog starting Friday, April 3rd.

 

 

 

English-subtitled episodes from “Air Master”, “Captain Harlock”, ”Digimon Adventure 02”, “Fist of the North Star”, “Galaxy Express”, “Pretty Cure” and “Slam Dunk” will be offered in the U.S. by streaming via FUNimation’s online video portal, www.funimation.com/video.

 

Totaling more than 500 episodes, these seven series launch with “Fist of the North Star”. One complete series will be added each week for seven weeks.

 

Fist of the North Star -- Set in a time when war has turned the world into a nuclear wasteland. The oceans have dried up, the land is scorched and the surviving humans have formed a violent society. In this world of mayhem, a drifter in possession of a lethal fighting style known as the Divine Fist of the North Star wanders the arid desert seeking to rescue his lover, Yuria.

Slam Dunk -- A high-school drama about a young loser who goes out for the basketball team in hopes of winning the affection of a cute girl. In his quest for love, he sparks a rivalry with the team’s star as they set out to win the championship.

Digimon Adventure 02 -- New enemy Digimon Kaiser, appears in the Digital World and is out use his considerable powers to control all Digimon. The crisis gives rise to a new generation of hero, the Veemon, which is able to combine with DigiMental to create a new type of Digimon.

Captain Harlock – Set in the year 2977, mankind has become complacent and stagnant, devoting its time to entertainment while machines do all the work. When a mysterious invader from the stars catches Earth unaware, only the legendary space pirate Captain Harlock and the crew of the Arcadia have the will to stand up against it.

Galaxy Express 999 – In the distant future a boy names Tetsuro wants his body replaced with a robotic one. For this to happen, he must reach the Immortal Planet by space train Galaxy Express 999. He is joined on the journey by Maetel, a beautiful and mysterious woman.

 

Pretty Cure – This series revolves around Nagisa and Honoka, eighth graders at the Verone Junior High School for girls, who encounter two mysterious creatures that came down from the sky one night. Named Mepple and Mipple, the creatures fled their homeland, known as the Field of Light, in order to escape an attack by the evil forces of Dotsuku Zone. They grant Nagisa and Honoka the power to transform into superheroes dubbed “Cure Black” and “Cure White,” who may be our planet’s only hope in battling the evil Dotsuku Zone.

Air Master -- Maki Aikawa, a 16 year old schoolgirl turned street fighter. She fights opponent after opponent gracefully, demonstrating the gymnastic skills that in turn earn her the name, "Airmaster".

   AAAAaAbout Toei Animation Co., Ltd.

With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong,
Shanghai and Paris, Toei Animation (Jasdaq: 4816) ranks amongst the world’s
most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation’s operations
include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and
program licensing. Since its founding in 1956, Toei Animation has produced
more than 9,000 episodes of TV series (189 titles) and 172 long feature films.

 

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States.  FUNimation 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. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.
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FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood for North American Release

Anime Leader to Stream Episodes of Highly Anticipated Series Within Days of Japanese Television Debut

Flower Mound, TX – April 3, 2009 -- FUNimation® Entertainment has acquired digital, broadcast, DVD and merchandising rights to the megahit anime series “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” from Aniplex and debuting on Japan’s MBS and TBS nationally at 5:00 pm on April 5th.

Starting Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m., FUNimation will deliver high-quality, free, original Japanese dialogue accompanied by English subtitles, streaming episodes of studio Bones’ new Fullmetal Alchemist via www.funimation.com as well as key video-sharing partners.

“We are proud to be able to simulcast the most anticipated series of 2009,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. “I hope our fans will appreciate the video and subtitle quality we have achieved as we are working toward the simulcast of more series this year.”

The blockbuster anime series (2003-2004) by the Japanese studio Bones, and subsequent franchise, is based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa. The followup film “Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa” (2005) ended the series but many fans wished to see the story continue.

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is directed by Yasuhiro Irie (“Kurau: Phantom Memory”, “Soul Eater”). Romi Paku and Rie Kugimiya will reprise their roles as Edward and Alphonse, though some of FMA’s original cast have been replaced. Roy Mustang will now be voiced by Shinichiro Miki (Asato Tsuzuki, “Descendants of Darkness”). Winrey Rockwell will now be voiced by Megumi Takamoto (Mahou Sensei Negima!) and Riza Hawkeye will be voiced by Fumiko Orikasa (Bleach, RahXephon, Vandread)

ABOUT FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is set in a fictional world where alchemy – the transmutation of raw materials into objects – is science and the way of life. The series follows the Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse on their perilous journey in search of the legendary Philosopher's Stone. They set forth in the hope that the magical artifact can restore their bodies after a failed attempt to revive their dead mother cost Edward's left leg and right arm; as well as Alphonse's entire body, leaving his soul affixed to a suit of armor.

 

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States.  FUNimation 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. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.
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sankaku complex   says that haruhi reairs will run 2 cours making it 28 episodes so does this mean that dissapearence will be intersparced with the reairs, will we get  some new storys amongst the old ones such as bamboo leaf rhapsody only several weeks of waiting it out can tell.
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ANN is reporting that Shouji Murahama has started a new company, Lambda Film, only a day after leaving Gonzo. In his parting notes he still asked fans to watch Shangri-la which premiers on April 5, which is Gonzo's newest Sci-Fi anime series. Murahama will act as a representative director for Lambda Film's board of directors.


Just two days ago we reported on Gonzo closing their gaming division and there has been layoffs and spliting of divisions in recent months at the anime company.

Murahama had formerly left Gainax before co-founding Gonzo with anime director Mahiro Maeda and film director Shinji Higuchi. Wednesday is also the day that parent company GDH absorbed Gonzo along with the name.
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Full, original post can be found here. The below is about 50% of it.

In the book Japanamerica, the lives and habits of some genuine otaku are documented, almost like a tribute to Otaku no Video. Now the word “otaku” gets used in a wide variety of ways in the States. To some extremes, I’ve heard corporate marketing people mention it in interviews with press, saying it interchangeably as the in word for “fans” with us anime/manga people. It felt like he’s gotten the 1-sentence low-down on it and decided to use the word as if it gives him some cred (see: stupid Sakura-con commercial! Sushi! J-rock! Otaku! Etc.) To that end, Japanamerica also documented the term and its definition over time, of the transformation from its normal verbiage in Japanese to its first, sci-fi, roots. The continuing transformation of the term to today’s uses by the Japanese, is briefly documented in the book. And…it’s all just to point out the delicious irony on how Americans totally watered down the term, despite how some Japanese folks referred to the old school geeks here, who may fill the halls of a SCA meeting or a Leonard Nimoy autograph line, as the first otaku.

But is it really so different? I think some of us (Americans) use the term that way still, and it fits. I find myself using the term “Akiba-kei” or the branched-out/derogatory versions of otaku (fujoshi, kimo-ota, etc) in the place of how some calls plain-vanilla “otaku” more and more, but that’s probably because there grows a necessity to distinguish, and those words became available and acceptable in recent years.

Honestly, I have no claim to any otaku fame compared to those who calls themselves that in Japan and East Asia. They are just that much closer to the source, to the scene, to the culture, that unless take, you are no match. The full plunge here means you go live and breathe Japan for a while! And by doing so you might just well earn the right to call yourself otaku in the eyes of the world, even to the Japanese. A few transplants were interviewed in the book too, and you can tell they are likely to take the term otaku like I do.

Which, if you’d ask me, the word otaku is more like "The Scarlet Letter" than a "Metal of Honor." And I think the problem between these varying definitions of the word otaku arises from that impression–it’s not something to be wore with pride, to some! But alas, this is as “Japanamerican” as it gets–they take our culture, we take it back, and so on, and so forth. The end result is probably not anything we should be worrying about.

However, this leaves people like me in a bind–we’re too “otaku” to call ourselves otaku, but we’re not at all like normal folks, or even like the people who would call themselves otaku! Ah well. Who cares?

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Ok so I've had a lot of cosplay projects going on lately. One of which everyone has been watching the progress of right here on Anime Vice. But along with that I'm also helping a few friends with their costumes, and working on my own in the mean time. So it's really no wonder that I can't get cosplay out of my mind (been having cosplay dreams, I'm sure that says wonderfull things about my pchyce).
So when my students were testing a few weeks ago I started randomly writing down tips to share with everyone that have helped me in the past, and I figured I'd share some. I hope anyone reading this can gain a few nuggets of wisdom. I've also started a general convention tips list that I'll post in the future.

Cosplay Tips

1. Always Wear Makeup

This is number one for a reason

Even if it’s just a little foundation, put some on. A small amount of makeup in the right places can make a simple costume pop (L from Death Note for instance). Also If you're wearing a fantastical costume with bright hair in any color, your face looks really washed out in photos without a little help.

This tip is for men as well. I know it’s embarrassing, ask your girlfriends for help if you must, I’ve seen too many pimply Could Strifes for me to abide anymore. You’ve got a cool costume, and usually a really awesome weapon, don’t let your skin ruin pictures for you.

2. Iron Your Costume

Many photos of amazing costumes are ruined because of wrinkles (Unless the character wears it that way, which is rare), I’ve been a victim once or twice myself. There are very few hotels now-a-days that don’t include irons with the rest of the amenities. Take the time to iron it before you wear it. You can even do it the night before if you hang it up or fold it nicely.

3. Check Yourself

Let’s face it, you don’t cosplay to blend into the crowd, you want your picture taken, so do yourself a favor and check yourself first before leaving the hotel room. Is your wig on straight, makeup look good, and go through a few poses in the mirror.

Next if someone does ask for a photo, look around, if you’re in the middle of a walk way, or there are too many people, find a better spot and just say, “How about we do it over there?”

Third take all the stuff that doesn’t have to do with your character off (i.e watches, purses, glasses, convention badge) and set if off somewhere you can see it. Or better yet hand it to a friend.

And last POSE, don’t sand there like a lump, if your from Naruto look up photos of Ninja and mimic them, if you’re a princess character ask yourself, “would a princess just stare at the camera or would they look dreamily off into the distance (again depends on the character).

4. Don’t Use Satin

It’s really ugly for photos, even really good costumers can’t make it look good. I do make an exception for low sheen casa satin, but I personally wouldn’t use it for a whole costume.

5. Wear a Wig

If you’ve got a costume where your haircut is similar but the characters hair is bright pink for goodness sake don’t dye your hair. A good wig (made of Kanekalon) is usually better looking than your own hair when it’s healthy, it will look ten times better than hair that’s been dyed within an inch of it’s life.

6. Bring a “Quick Fix Kit”

Several convention have places you can fix your costume if something happens. Some are free, some require payment, and some are specifically for the cosplay show only. So just in case, it’s usually a good idea to bring a scaled down version of what you would normally use to fix things. Your fix kit might include, but certainly wouldn’t be limited to.

Needles, and several different colors of thread.

Scissors

Glue (fabric and/or plastic)

Markers (great for covering up shoe scuffs, making fake tattoos, and using on your wig.)

Etc…

7. You’re too big to go in there!

I’m a big stickler about this, a lot of people who cosplay are quite young and forget that the world doesn’t revolve around them, or older and think they deserve special treatment,

If you’re costume involves large wings (Ah My Goddess), large unwieldy props (Trigun), or large dresses (Tsubasa), steer clear of heavily populated, or confined areas (game room, manga library, dealers room). It annoys people to have to circumvent your costume, there is also the very real possibility that someone could get hurt, which would mean more rules for the convention and a possible limit on the size and scale of props. Also these lovely items that you worked so hard on could be damaged and you’d only have yourself to blame.


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I never thought of this one before but...a manga based around Mao, and C.C of course, but Mao...he was a pretty interesting (though sometimes annoying) character in the first season of Geass but if there was a manga, wouldn't even have to be a whole series maybe just one or two volumes it would be neat to see.
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For me the series would have to be Kara no Kyoukai. I didn't know much about this series until I was looking through some TYPE-MOON articles and came across this series so I decided to look into it more and found it to be a great series with beautiful artwork, amazing action scenes and a really great storyline. A recommendation to any Type-Moon fans as well as fans of any anime in general.
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Well, this year I plan to attend the anime con that I missed out on last year...and the year before which is Anime North in Toronto, Ontario so while I don't leave the country I can still enjoy what I'm sure will be a really good anime convention.
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When I heard that this series was going to be part of the Spring lineup, I was interested to know more about it so throughout my search I came across a trailer for it. (This was I believe a week before or something...) anyway, when I watched the trailer my interest in the series increased and I thought to definitely check it out. Not only is it by Production I.G but the storyline seems to be very interesting so I'm looking forward to watching (and perhaps reviewing) this series after its release.
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Yuki-chan, my beloved Dell laptop, is suffering from a massive hard drive failure T_T I'm going to have to run her to a repair shop to see if they can extract some of her data at least. Sigh! I'm extra annoyed because this means I lost an article I'd just finished writing (and thought I'd posted, actually..)

At least I have enough backup computers to last me a lifetime O_O
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A gothic, fantasy anime with lots of Alice in Wonderland references sounds fabulous to me! I'm very excited about seeing it!
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