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03.16.2009

TAF Pre-Show Day 1

Today, I had a meeting w/ Bushiroad at 12pm.
I got there a little early which worked out b/c Circus producer tororo was at the office & we all ended up going to lunch together.

Circus had a concert in Taiwan recently & producer tororo said the fans there were really enthusiastic. And a bunch of the fans are taking a tour to visit TAF too.

Oh, Bushiroad gave me an exhibitor pass for TAF.
They have 40 booths at TAF (biggest booth at the event?), and so they probably have an unlimited number of exhibitor badges *laugh* I promised to help them translate if they get any English speaking visitors... so if you stop by, I'll be there every so often.

Immediately after the Bushiroad meeting, I had a meeting w/ a manga editing production studio Dream Maker.
They're working on an online manga, and needed someone to be the point person in the US.
It was the first time meeting Dream Maker president Nakamura-san, but we talked as if we've known each other for years!
I ended up staying there for 2-1/2 hours... egads!

Nakamura-san invited me to a get-together w/ couple of her industry friends... but I had a separate dinner of industry folks, so I had to skip out. Bummer. I hope I have a chance to talk to her more in the future.

Anyhoo, I went to eat dinner at an izakaya in Shinagawa.
I took pictures, but I'm too tired to upload them now.

Tomorrow is an exciting day.

I get to go to a recording session (first time in Japan!).
And a meeting w/ Bandai Visual.
Then a reunion dinner w/ Sakura Con 2008 guests.
I also got in touch w/ manga artist Sekihiko Inui, who will be joining HARUKA director Tsunaki-san, Secret of Mana music composer Kikuta-san & Detroit Metal City director Nagahama-san. They're each bringing other folks, so it's going to be one fun dinner.
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...well, I didn't really finish it. There's still one episode left, but that's just some prologue. Anyway, it was really bittersweet. This series is one of the (very)few that have made me cry, and the only one to do so several times. Wait, did I say cry? Sorry, what I meant was that some testosterone leaked out of my eyes*cough*. Touching moments, sad ones, funny ones... this anime had it all. I felt that the ending was kind of a lazy way to end the story, but I don't really see how they could have ended it better at that point. I will always cherish Clannad as one of the best shows I have ever seen.

Also, I'm surprised. I made some edits at the site over the course of a few days, and then left for months, and I'm still in the top 30. I find that slightly weird...
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This is a pet peeve of mine, and not a big deal or anything I guess, but it irks me in that tiny little bubble of elitism that, try though I might, does exist in the back of my brain.

Japanese plurals are exactly the same as singulars.

The plural of anime, therefore, is "anime." Manga's is "manga." A group of anime nerds are "otaku" just as much as I, alone, am one.

So seeing "animes" "mangas" and "otakus" around the 'net annoy me. I'm not saying everyone needs to go out and study Japanese, but considering how flexible English-speakers are with plurals in general (the plural of cat is cats, the plural of medium is media, and the plural of moose is moose, after all), I wouldn't think it'd be tough to get the hang of these ones...so help me spread the word! ;)
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These are some funy videos ive managed to find i know they prolly belong in comicvine but i thought they were to funny to leave on just one site so laugh, enjoy and post, you folks better make posts or I swear I will hunt you down...one by one...

  
  
  
  

  

you folks better make posts or I swear I will hunt you down....on by one....


again
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03.15.2009

I made it safely to Japan.

It's been 2 years since the last time I visited Japan.
And they have a new finger print & photo taking machine at the immigration counter now! I guess it's been around for a year (or the man behind me told me), but it was a neat little machine.

I researched how to get to Shinagawa area from Narita.
I usually take the limousine bus, but it costs 3,000yen. And now that I'm not on any company expense account, I wanted to see if there was a cheaper way to get into the city. And limited express train was the way to go. Thank goodness for the internet, where I can research all the possible routes. Thank you, Yahoo Japan. Too bad it doesn't have a list of the train times by station/line... unless I'm not looking at the right place.

And thanks to Facebook, I learned that BEI coordinator Loy, voice actress Stephanie Sheh & voice actor Michael Sinterniklaas arrived safely too. Loy said they were all sitting an arms-length away from each other. How neat! Me? I sat among a big group of 50-year old ladies who were going home after a week long tour in Los Angeles/Las Vegas.

I'm a bit bummed that my prepaid cell phone isn't working.
So I have to go to a Softbank store first thing in the morning to see what's up.

And I'm super bummed that I lost my SUICA card (prepaid train card), and uber bummed that it was in a CUTE Dragon Quest Slime card holder.

Tomorrow I have meetings w/ Bushiroad & Dream Maker.
Both companies are in Nakano, which makes it easier for me to travel around.

I haven't been to Nakano in over 5 years!
For those who aren't familiar, Nakano is where the original Mandarake store is located (in shopping center Nakano Broadway). I'm a bit creeped out by that building, but I guess it's awesome for an otaku to visit.

Oh, no photos today.
I should have taken a photo of the view from the first hotel room I was in... because it looked into the bay (and if I stretched out, probably could have seen the Rainbow Bridge). But it was a smoking room & the smell was giving me a headache, so now I get the city view. But not really a city view, because I just see the building across the street.
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Yeah... I dont know any Anime Cons around my area, but there is a ComicCon up in San Diego thats only about a two hour drive from where I'm at. I might go there and they do have some anime stuff there, kinda a anime/comic kinda thing. Never been to it before, but I'm hoping that I can save enough money to go to it this year.

This happens around summer time in July, idk the dates yet, but I'm sure their already up xD
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New Posterzine to Feature Exciting Action And Main Character Shots From Upcoming Live-Action Feature Film 

San Francisco, CA, March 13, 2009 VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the upcoming release of a special SHONEN JUMP DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION posterzine, based on the upcoming live-action film from 20 Century Fox starring Justin Chatwin as Goku, Emmy Rossum as Bulma, Jamie Chung as Chi Chi, and Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi. Dragonball: Evolution opens nationwide on April 8 and is inspired by Akira Toriyama’s smash hit DRAGON BALL manga (graphic novel) series, also published domestically by VIZ Media and featured in SHONEN JUMP magazine. 

The new SHONEN JUMP DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION posterzine celebrates the upcoming live-action adventure feature film Dragonball: Evolution. Both the movie, directed by James Wong, and the DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION posterzine, published by VIZ Media, bring to life the action and the characters from the eagerly awaited film. Look for the posterzine on newsstands wherever SHONEN JUMP magazine is sold and online at store.viz.com beginning March 31st The SHONEN JUMP DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION posterzine carries an MSRP of $9.99 and is rated T for Teens. The posterzine features 11 full-color posters that fold out to 16” x 22” and depict a variety of vivid action shots and all the film’s main characters.  

“We're very excited to announce our first live-action Hollywood posterzine product to support the highly anticipated release of the Dragonball: Evolution movie,” says Christopher Boily, VIZ Media Sr. Director, Newsstand. “It's great to see our hugely popular DRAGON BALL manga get the full Hollywood treatment for the big screen – and the high quality glossy images will help bring everyone’s favorite characters to life and offer a fun way for fans to pay homage to this incredible new movie.” 

Dragonball: Evolution, the live-action feature film (rated PG) centers on a team of warriors, each of whom possess special abilities. Together, they protect Earth from a force bent on dominating the universe by controlling the mystical objects from which the film takes its name. Dragonball: Evolution features Justin Chatwin as Goku, Emmy Rossum as Bulma, Jamie Chung as Chi Chi, and Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi. Dragonball: Evolution the movie is based on the popular Japanese manga series created by Akira Toriyama (also published in North America by VIZ Media). For more information on the DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION books, or DRAGON BALL manga series please visit www.viz.com. 

DRAGON BALL has become a global pop culture and entertainment phenomenon that has generated more than $3 billion in worldwide sales of a vast array of products including manga, DVDs, video games, toys, apparel and other collectibles. Over 1.6 million copies of the manga series have been sold in North America to date, while the animated counterpart remains the most successful domestic anime series ever with over 500 episodes and 17 animated movies broadcast or released on DVD to date. Over 30 DRAGON BALL video game titles are also available for the PS2, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 platforms, and have sold a total of more than 11 million units worldwide. 

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.

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JapanFiles.com simultaneous digital release of Morning Musume's new album "PLATINUM 9 DISC"

 

March 13, 2009 - JapanFiles.com will release Morning Musume's new album "PLATINUM 9 DISC" for digital download on March 18, 2009, the same day as the Japanese release.

 

The album will be available at 320 kbps for under $10.00.

 

Track list:

1. SONGS

2. Resonant blue

3. Ame no furanai hoshide wa aisenai darou

4. Take off is now!

5. Naichau kamo

6. Watashi no miryoku ni kidukanai donkanna hito

7. Gurguru JUMP

8. Mikan

9. Jounetsu no kiss wo hitotsu

10. It's You

11. Onna ni sachi are

12. Kataomoi no owari ni

13. Kanashimi twilight

 

 

Morning Musume will perform at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA, held July 2 - 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Anime Expo Official Website: http://www.anime-expo.org

 

 

Links!

Morning Musume on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/

Morning Musume official website - http://www.helloproject.com/

 

 

 

About JAPANFILES.COM:

Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles.com specializes in MP3 sales and media promotion for Japanese music, with over 250 indie and major artists reaching their USA fans - rock, hip-hop, punk, and techno!
All downloads are DRM-free and only 99 cents each!
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March 13, 2009 - JapanFiles.com has begun the conversion of its digital tracks to 320 kbps.

 

In July 2004, JapanFiles.com started the first digital download service focusing exclusively on Japanese music. JapanFiles.com downloads have always been DRM-free, with all royalties paid directly to artist management in Japan. Until 2008, tracks were available at 192 kbps.

 

As of January 1, 2009, all new releases on the JapanFiles.com website have been encoded at 320 kbps. In addition, the company has begun the process of retro-fitting their entire catalog to the higher bit rate, including girugamesh, Dazzle Vision, Hangry & Angry, ketchup mania, Head Phones President, Sweet Vacation, BESPA KUMAMERO, and Swinging Popsicle.

 

JapanFiles.com will allow users to upgrade their music and re-download previously purchased albums and singles for no charge.

 

More information about the conversion, including upgrade instructions, can be found at:

http://www.japanfiles.com/spotlight/320

 

 

 


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Already attended NYCC

I'll be at Animenext, Anime Expo, New York Anime Festival, and Manganext.

Maybe a few smaller ones accross the way.

Why? BECAUSE THEY'RE AWESOME
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hey hey its my b-day 2day!!!
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03.11.2009

I had the opportunity to watch a bit of the English dub of FREEDOM on Tuesday.
For those who aren't familiar w/ FREEDOM, it's an OVA series released under the Honneamise label by Bandai Entertainment. Conceptual designs are by Katsuhiro Otomo, who created AKIRA.

The initial HD-DVD/DVD hybrid release didn't have an English dub... which didn't bother me, since I don't watch them all the time. Although I did think that the series would benefit from a dub, it probably wasn't possible w/ the release schedule (released 1-2 months after the Japanese release).

And they included the dub for the BluRay version.
I only watched a few scenes, but the dub is really good!
The voices were well-matched to the Japanese. The dialogue was smooth. And everything sounded natural.

Anime Jungle staffer Yoichi was telling me how it's still too early for BluRay releases, since a lot of the customers who come in interested in buying FREEDOM sadly say they don't have a BluRay player yet. So I'm guessing not a whole lot of people have seen the FREEDOM dub.

But this is how an English dub should be!
I highly recommend watching it anyway you can.
If you don't have a BluRay player, bug your local anime club or anime convention to screen the series.
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I'm kind of a big deal around here.
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I'll just go ahead and get MTAC out of the way. I'm working the con and running panels on anime clubs and on super sentai. If anyone else is going to be there and sees me, feel free to stop by my panels.

For early 2009, I already attended Ohayocon and Con Nooga.

This upcoming weekend, I'll be at MomoCon, which is held in Atlanta. It's a free two-day con sponsored by the Georgia Tech anime club Anime O-tekku.

I'd love to try Anime Central for once, especially after talking to some of the staff while at Ohayocon. Great graduation present, if anyone wants to treat me to something *hint hint*

I want to try and hit up OMGcon in Paducah, KY in June, with perhaps another detour to the Superman Museum in Metropolis, Il.

And then there's September and the Atlanta trifecta. I'm doubting my financial situation to make it to Dragon*Con again this year. I'll most likely make it to AWA again, doing more MTAC promotion as usual. Same deal with JapanFest.

After September, no clue.
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APPLIYA RELEASES EVANGELION

CALENDAR AND PUZZLE GAME APPLICATIONS FOR

IPHONE AND IPOD TOUCH

 
 

Tokyo, Japan, March 12, 2009 - Appliya Inc., a leading publisher of Japanese mobile applications, has just launched two new applications in their Evangelion Series.  Now iPhone and iPod Touch users can enjoy a calendar app that features exclusive art from the Rebuild of Evangelion films, along with a challenging puzzle game.  Learn more at http://appliya-inc.com/en/ 

Evangelion Puzzle provides an exciting new twist on puzzle apps.  This latest entry in Appliya’s Evangelion application series uses imagery taken directly from the Rebuild of Evangelion movies in a challenging puzzle game that will have you occupied for hours!  The rules of the game are simple: load up your app and choose an image, difficulty setting, and type of grid.  Each puzzle consists of an image that has been broken up into a grid of scattered tiles.  Use your touch screen to slide the tiles into the proper place, but there’s only one empty space on the grid so your number of moves will be limited. Be smart and plan your moves carefully!  If you’re not quite sure where a piece should go, use the “hint” button to give you a full-view version of the puzzle image in its solved state.  Amateurs can choose a 3 x 3 grid on Easy or Normal, but serious puzzle pros will love the challenge of the Hard 5 x 5 grid.  When you crank up the difficulty, the time limit for solving the puzzles decreases, so be quick!  As you complete puzzles, you’ll unlock new ones that use new scenes from Rebuild of Evangelion.  The app also keeps track of your best puzzle completion times, so you can brag to your friends or motivate yourself to do better! 

Evangelion Calendar brings Evangelion into your daily activities.  This app enables you to create a wallpaper calendar that uses special images from the highly popular Evangelion franchise.  Choose a scene from our picture gallery, which features characters, sketches, mecha, and vehicles from the anime, then pick the months you want to display on your calendar, and in just a few seconds you’ll have a new Evangelion wallpaper with a quick reference calendar on it! 

These apps are the result of a joint production effort between Appliya and anime merchandise company BROCCOLI Co., Ltd.  The first applications in Appliya’s Evangelion series, Evangelion Clock and Evangelion Picture Stamp, have been very popular with anime fans.  In its first few days of availability, Evangelion Clock shot up to #3 on the best-selling list of the Utilities category on the Japanese iTunes App Store.    
 

The Appliya Evangelion App Series: 

Evangelion vol.1: Cut Out

Application for:  iPhone, iPod Touch

      Price:                $1.99 

Evangelion vol.2: Clock

Application for:  iPhone, iPod Touch

Price:                $2.99

Evangelion vol.3: Picture Stamp

Application for:  iPhone, iPod Touch

Price:                $1.99  

Evangelion vol.4: Calendar

Application for:  iPhone, iPod Touch

      Price:                $0.99 

Evangelion vol.5: Puzzle

Application for:  iPhone, iPod Touch

Price:                $1.99  

 
 
 
 
 

 

After a catastrophic event called the Second Impact, the Earth’s population was halved.  All that remains of Japan is Tokyo-3, a city that is constantly attacked by giant creatures that seek to eradicate the human race, called Angels. Fourteen-year-old Shinji Ikari is summoned by his estranged father to urgently come to the headquarters of NERV, a military organization that deals with the destruction of the Angels through the use of giant cyborgs called Evas.  Shinji's objective is to pilot the Eva Unit 01, while teaming up with the Eva Unit 00 pilot, Rei Ayanami, and Eva Unit 02 pilot Asuka Langley Soryu.  Together, these three teenagers will battle the Angels, and decide the fate of the world. 
 

About Appliya Inc.

Appliya specializes in the production and publishing of iPhone and iPod Touch applications. The company has recently partnered with Japanese mobile industry giant Softbank Mobile Corp. to bring the unique elements of Japanese culture to an international audience through mobile applications. Their efforts include exclusive licensing deals with major anime and manga producers.  Appliya will also have collaborations with Japanese artists and photographers, Haraju-ku fashion related applications, Akihabara otaku related apps, and other applications focused on more traditional aspects of Japanese culture.
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I've only ever been to two conventions ever, and the last one was at least 2 years ago.

This year I'd really like to go to MTAC, though at this rate and considering it's the weekend before finals before me, I probably won't be able to (AGAIN...). And so the other one I'm hoping to go to and I have a little better chance of being able to is AWA.

Still can't decide if I want to do another Gundam cosplay, a Valkyria Chronicles cosplay, a Fate/Stay Night cosplay, or a (it would be pretty simple though) Kara no Kyoukai cosplay.
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I have bought the hole show to Speed Grapher.  The first five episodes Witchblade and the first two episodes to Pet shop of horrors.  I'm thinking about getting Ah my goddess season 2 X-box 360 marketplace as well.  I might just get that one on the computer from the FUNmation website.  Each episodes only cost 2.00 bucks on both.  I think it's worth it.  Some show's I don't mind downloading only  and some show's I like haveing the DVD for.  What do you guys or gals think. 
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For right now I've only got one planned:

Colossal Con which is somewhere in Ohio, I want to say Cincinnati. It's happening in early June. Going with a large group this time with people I know through extension of Baku. A little concerned, but from what I'm told they are all friendly, practice proper hygiene, and can function in the real world--well most of them can. Hoping for two cosplays, Sakura from Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations and Eruka from Soul Eater. Don't know if time and finances will allow it, but crossing my fingers. The hotel where the con is being held is next to a water park--though I doubt I'll have time much less be able to go swimming. Summer + Con + Waterpark = massively long lines in scorching heat and not having much fun.

I'd really like to go to Anime Punch in April, but Baku can't go; plus it's coming up too fast for me to save up the funds and get together a cosplay. So passing until next year.
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