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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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Last week, I got to watch one of director Takashi Miike's (Ichi the Killer, Zebraman) latest films, Sukiyaki Western Django.  It's a play on the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s, particularly the spaghetti western Django. It's mixes Japanese history, such as the Genji and Heike clan riverly, into the western genre. In this movie, the Genji and Heike clans (also referred to as the whites and the reds respectively) are both claiming stake in this small village. A lone gunman comes into town and decided to help this mother and son caught in the middle.



So what's special about this movie? For one, it's in English. By that, I mean the Japanese director Takashi Miike made a film with an almost entirely Japanese cast and crew (exception being Quentin Tarantino), and he had all the actors speak primarily in English. It's a neat idea, but it can be hard to follow at times with the heavy accents if you watch with just audio.

So how's the movie? It's pretty decent and enjoyable. The action was fun, and there was plenty of blood and loss of limbs as one would expect from Miike. Mostly gun fights, but there's some sword usage.

Has anyone else seen it? What are your thoughts?
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So I learned a new academic shorthand term today: BIC - butt in chair --supposedly the best method for getting stuff done; you put your butt in a chair and don't leave the computer until you're done. But this fails to take into account all the distractions that come with a computer and the internet. Sitting in the library with my butt in a chair, and I'm going no where...

I'm going no where on my short response for my Virginia Woolf class on To the Lighthouse whcih is due in less than two hours.

Got done with the epic moving of my furniture from my mother's garage in Paducah to Baku's mom's garage in Shelbyville. It's going no where until the week of April 25 when we start moving into our new apartment!

I decided to go for the frumpy nerd look today. I rolled out of bed, threw on a Harry Potter Ravenclaw T-shirt and baseball cap with the Nintendo DS logo on it (which I borrowed from Baku; he got it for free working for Gamestop one summer). I would put my FF character buttons on my messenger bag, but they have a tendency to get caught on something, fall off and get lost.

So many final papers due and with presentations to boot! Ahhhh!

Decided that in my current financial situation and because Baku's work situation, we're not going to Colossal Con or any summer cons. Instead, I prefer to work all summer save money and have time to put together two awesome cosplays for the fall without having to worry about school work. Found the perfect and most fabulous wig for Sakura, unfortunately have no money to purchase it as of yet.

Le sigh. It's back to work to get this response done before class. Then three hours of BIC listening to my eccentric and gauchely dressed professor lecture on VW's craziness and genius.
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120-PAGE PREVIEW OF NARUTO MANGA VOLUME 45 ONLINE FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

ON SHONENJUMP.COM

Leading Monthly Manga Anthology In North America Offers  
7 Chapters From NARUTO Volume 45 For Free With Special Password Available Only In May Issue

 

March 31, 2009 - VIZ Media announced today SHONEN JUMP magazine has a special treat for readers—an invitation to read a free preview of the upcoming NARUTO manga Volume 45 (rated ‘T’ For Teens)—online at www.shonenjump.com, for a limited time only. These chapters will not run in the magazine and will not be available in graphic novel form until July 2009. 

The 120-page preview will be available online beginning today through May 5 exclusively at www.shonenjump.com. A preview link appears on the homepage. Visitors must type in the password that appears on page 20 of the May issue of SHONEN JUMP to access the chapters.

NARUTO is one of the hottest series from Japan and continues to be one of VIZ Media’s most successful manga and animated properties. Back in February, VIZ Media unveiled an accelerated publishing schedule for upcoming editions of the best-selling NARUTO manga series. Between February and April 2009, 11 volumes have been scheduled for publication, moving the series from Volume 34 (February 2009) to Volume 44 (April 2009) before returning to a quarterly release schedule beginning with Volume 45 (July 2009).  

NARUTO depicts the adventures of a young boy named Naruto Uzumaki who trains to become a ninja, and through his exciting adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right versus wrong. Created by Masashi Kishimoto, NARUTO was first introduced in Japan in 1999 and quickly became that country’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens, and more than 85 million copies to date have been printed. The manga series has captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America. More information on NARUTO is available at www.naruto.com.  

In NARUTO Volume 45, Sasuke and Naruto find that their powers are ever increasing. Sasuke can now use the Mangekyo Sharingan in multiple ways, and Naruto may have become even more powerful than his fallen sensei Jiraiya! But is anyone powerful enough to stop the ultimate attack as the Pains of the Akatsuki launch their deadly strike against Naruto's home village?

NARUTO animated episodes are also currently available for free on NARUTO.com and through a variety of web-based, video streaming outlets that have partnered with VIZ Media, including HULU and JOOST. More information on NARUTO is available at www.naruto.com.

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ANIME EXPO® LAUNCHES 2009 VOLUNTEER ONLINE REGISTRATION

Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Welcomes All Interested
Volunteers to Join the Family

Anaheim, California (March 31, 2009) ‹ Anime Expo® is proud to announce the
launch of its online volunteer registration system.  Now volunteering at the
nation¹s largest anime and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los
Angeles Convention Center is easier and better than ever. More information
can be found on the website
http://www.anime-expo.org/
<http://www.anime-expo.org/> .

The Anime Expo® Volunteers program is less demanding than regular staffing
positions but still provides lots of benefits. Volunteering is a great way
to see the convention and get a small glimpse of what goes on behind the
scenes. The duties are very easy and the people met could become friends for
life.
Volunteers work in all areas of the convention. Volunteers assist Anime
Expo® staff in these areas:
·     Packet stuffing
·     Line/crowd control
·     Entry/exit monitoring (badge check)
·     Gophering
·     Special assignments

There are three types of volunteers at Anime Expo® 2009: All-Con (All
Convention) Volunteer, One-Day Volunteer and Minor Volunteer.  More details
are available on the convention¹s official website.
For Volunteer Inquiries, please contact volunteers@anime-expo.org
<mailto:volunteers@anime-expo.> .
Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org
<http://www.AXBackstage.org> .

Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime
News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC and
Central Park Media, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian TV, Animation
Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine and Anime News Network.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest
anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests
of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a
key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and
explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the
industry to conduct business. AX 2009 will be held July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).

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