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03.19.2009

TAF 2009 Business Day 2

This morning, I had trouble getting up.
I was waaaay too exhausted, especially after talking to ADR director Michael Sinterniklaas over Skype until 4am.

So I decided to stay in the hotel for a bit longer until lunchtime.
Since I had a lunch meeting.

After lunch, I headed over to Big Sight again.
I dropped off some chocolates with Organic Japan, and I had a meeting w/ Hong Kong figure maker UART.

Then I went to the Bandai Namco group booth to meet up w/ Bandai Visual executive Konno-san.
And former Broccoli USA president Kaname was there too. He's now working at Dwango, which is the company that operates Nico Nico Douga. I guess he had decided to join us for dinner.

BEI coordinator Loy, Bandai Visual manager Maeda-san & Bandai Visual staffer Takai-san were already waiting for us at the restaurant. Konno-san had selected a Korean BBQ restaurant, since Loy likes meat... and doesn't eat a lot of fish or veggies.

With the members who were there... it seemed like we were back in Los Angeles. It was very surreal.

Tomorrow, I have a meeting w/ Organic Japan.
Then I'm off to Akihabara to do some shopping... and then meet up w/ an old college frend to eat kaiten sushi.
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03.18.2009

TAF 2009 Business Day 1

Today was the first day of business day.
Bushiroad gave me an exhibitor pass, so I didn't have to wait in the registration line.

I stopped at the Bushiroad booth first.
They had a pretty big booth promoting their trading card games, including a new TCG for women called Alice.

Note the chairs are all white & cushy looking.

And they had a maze in the back featuring the artwork from their various TCG lines.

Then I wandered around until I found the Gurren Lagann merchandise booth.

They gave me a couple of swag, which I didn't take photos for. A Gurren tote bag, decoration tape & box of snacks.
I also got several Gurren Lagann clear files, so I'd like to give away a few... I'll probably work w/ Gia for a contest.

And the robots of the show came out, so I took a photo w/ them.



I also attended the Anime News Network panel & Crunchyroll panel.
Reporting on these is waaaaay too long, so I'll write up something separate later. I did email Gia a mini report of sorts w/ data, so she might have posted them by now? Pretty interesting things... and I have my slew of opinions, but I won't discuss them now.

Throughout the day I bumped into lots of folks.
Which was my whole intent of coming here. Letting people know that Broccoli USA is closed (we already contacted them), and give them my contact info if they ever need help in the US. Yes, I need to look for work.

At the end of the day, I met up w/ GAINAX manager Saito-san & we headed to Ginza for dinner.
She had selected a nice Italian restaurant that's been around for 50+ years or something.

GAINAX president & director Yamaga-san & GAINAX manager Akai-san came and joined us. We were hoping GAINAX executive Takada-san would come too, but he was exhausted from travelling back from Osaka.

Yamaga-san & Akai-san talked a lot about the current state of the anime industry... and all sorts of things, so I'll have to report on that one of these days too.
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Gardena, CA (March 17, 2009)- Digital Manga Publishing, Inc., one of the industry's most innovative manga companies, is pleased to announce a very special contest for anyone who purchases the DokiDoki titles Train Train Vol. 1 and Princess Princess Plus from now until March 30th! For anyone who has already placed a pre-order, and anyone who places an order until March 30th, you will be entered in a raffle to win one of the following prizes:

-7 shikishis signed by both Mikiyo Tsuda and Eiki Eiki
-10 copies of Princess Princess vol. 1 signed by Mikiyo Tsuda
-10 copies of Dear Myself signed by Eiki Eiki (18+ members only are eligible for this prize)

You can see images of these prizes on the DokiDoki blog, HERE.
Limited books are available NOW!!! Order your book directly from us at Akadot Retailwww.akadot.com, while supplies last! 

To add a little more icing to the promotion, orders placed for either of the DokiDoki books with their original fukuseigenga promotional item, will also come with a Train Train bookmark, a postcard with an illustration by Taishi Zaou, and an Atsumare! Gakuen Tengoku bookmark from Mikiyo Tsuda. 

Items are of a limited supply, so hurry and order your books now!!! Click here for a direct link: DokiDoki Preorder Page
Remember, promotional items require a one-time online registration at: www.dokidokibooks.com, and promotional items alone are subject to a shipping and handling fee limited to the continental US.  
Promo items are limited to one giveaway per book bought, but you are not limited to the number of DokiDoki titles you purchase to obtain the promo item. 

For the DokiDoki prize raffle, we’ll notify the winners by e-mail after March 30, and we’ll also post the list of winners on the DokiDoki website, with their approval.

Good luck!
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About Digital Manga Publishing, Inc. 

Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga Publishing is one of the industry's most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the Western Hemisphere - specifically through the licensing, importation and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for the North American mainstream and subculture markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the expansion of Japanese pop culture institutions into global arenas. The company's imprint line includes DMP: its mainstream imprint, DMP PLATINUM: its classic manga imprint, JUNE´: its boys love imprint, 801 MEDIA: its adult boys love imprint, and DokiDoki: its exclusive co-publishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing. 

For more information about Digital Manga Publishing, visit www.digitalmanga.com
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TV.COM ANNOUNCES CONTENT AGREEMENTS WITH NCAAAND THOUGHT EQUITY MOTION, STARZ MEDIA AND MORE

 

Adds to Existing Line-Up of Premium Content Providers, Bringing TV.com's total Video Library to More than 2,000 Hours of Content

 

SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 — TV.com, the place where television lives online, today announced content deals with NCAA and Thought Equity Motion, and Starz Media, along with niche content providers like Smithsonian Channel, Comedy Time, Howcast and WatchMojo.  This adds to its line-up of existing agreements with premium content companies, including Endemol USA, Metro Goldwin Mayer Studios Inc., PBS, SHOWTIME, Sony Pictures Television and CBS.  The addition of this content brings TV.com's total video library to more than 2,000 hours of content, spanning everything from today's most popular shows to coveted classics.

 

"TV.com already benefits from a massive online community, and our job from here on out is to layer more content on top of this great community to further engage and expand our audience," said Anthony Soohoo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, TV.com. "We continue to see massive growth in video viewers and streams as more and more people turn to TV.com for information and content around their favorite television shows.  We create a highly complementary experience to television, one that uses content to fuel active discussions among our community of TV fans."

 

Through a deal with CBS, the NCAA, and NCAA content library rightsholder Thought Equity Motion, all available semifinal and final games from the Men's Final Four between 1982-2008 are available for viewers to watch in either a full-length format or a condensed two-minute highlight package at TV.com.  Additionally, viewers also can watch NCAA highlight packages set to music, including classic footage from NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships including the 1979 Final Four championship game featuring Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, and many other great games and players from the past.

 

Starz Media's Manga Entertainment content available on TV.com will include full episodes of Astro Boy and Virus, as well as short-form videos from titles, including Ninja Scroll, Kai Doh Maru, Street Fighter Alpha, and Hellboy: Blood and Iron, with many more to come.

"Starz Media's Manga Entertainment library has proven very popular with anime enthusiasts and we are very pleased to make some of our best content available to TV.com users," said Marc DeBevoise, senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy for Starz Media. "We look forward to expanding this content lineup in the future and building our partnership with TV.com."

 

Smithsonian Channel will offer shows including "Stories from the Vaults" hosted by Tom Cavanagh, "Remembering Vietnam: The wall at 25," and the Emmy® winning Nature Tech.  Comedy Time, which offers stand-up comedy and original episodic programming known as "Funnysodes"® from today's best comedic talent, will offer content from its brands including "Comedy Time," "Comedy Time Latino" and "Comedy Time Urban."  The TV.com audience will also have access to videos from Howcast, the best source for fun, free, and useful how-to videos, and WatchMojo.com, one of the largest producers of original, professionally-produced, evergreen, ad-friendly high-quality video content, will provide profiles and interviews with musicians and filmmakers, scripted entertainment comedy skits, and fashion shows from runways around the world. 

 

TV.com's content providers have their videos viewed by one of the most active and largest community of TV fans online.  People come to the site for its rich content and dedicated community, posting an average of 6 social contributions per second – things like forum posts and poll votes – for a total of more than 18 million social contributions per month on the site.  In addition, as the site continues to layer more premium video content on top if its community and information features, TV.com posted a 184% increase in unique viewers, 844% increase in streams, and 3101% increase in minutes year-over-year (Nielsen VideoCensus February 2009). 

 

About TV.com

TV.com is one of the leading unbiased destinations for premium entertainment and community around TV.  The site features video content such as full episode streams, video-clips, live-event coverage and behind-the-scenes footage, plus expert editorial content like entertaining features and weekly podcasts. The site also provides in-depth show summaries, episode guides and downloads, bios, photos, news, and more on over 19,000 TV series. This content is greatly enriched by one of the largest and most vocal communities of TV fans who express themselves via show summaries, reviews, ratings, blogs, forums, polls, and videos.

 

About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.  The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions—AT&T, Coca-Cola and Pontiac—and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners—Enterprise, The Hartford, Hershey's, Lowe's, Sheraton and State Farm.

 

About Thought Equity Motion

Thought Equity Motion is the world leader in providing access to high quality film, video and music content. The company's forward-thinking approach to digital video has produced an array of products and services to meet the exploding demand of emerging media. Widely recognized for its expertise in licensing rights, Thought Equity Motion is the licensing agent for renowned media companies including Paramount Pictures, MGM, NBC News, HBO, National Geographic, Sony Pictures, the NCAA and hundreds of others. With offices located around the world, Thought Equity Motion offers the broadest, deepest content collection available. This vast collection, combined with leading-edge technology, makes Thought Equity Motion the preferred destination for multimedia professionals. To learn more, go to www.thoughtequity.com.

About Starz Media

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming – including theatrical films – and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

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AN NYOUNG HA SEH YO!  CRUNCHYROLL TO STREAM MUNHWA BROADCASTING CORPORATION
(MBC) KOREAN DRAMAS: COFFEE PRINCE, JUMONG, LA DOLCE VITA, SPOTLIGHT,
AUCTION HOUSE, GENERAL HOSPITAL 2 AND NIGHT AFTER NIGHT

Leading Online Anime Distributor Seals a Deal to Stream Highly Popular
Korean Dramas

San Francisco, California (March 17, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll, the online world¹s
#1 destination for asian content and social networking service, to begin
streaming highly popular Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Korean dramas
with several complete series released per week over a period of six (6)
weeks starting March 16, 2009.  More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com.

The first six (6) series that will be launched on March 17, 2009 include:

·     AUCTION HOUSE
·     COFFEE PRINCE
·     JUMONG Vol. 1
·     LA DOLCE VITA
·     LAST SCANDAL
·     SOULMATE

³We are extremely excited and happy to have MBC America join the Crunchyroll
family², states Crunchyroll Vice President Ilya Levtov, ³as the #1 largest
online destination for professional Asian content, we are always looking to
increase our online catalog with properties such as Korean dramas, which is
one of the most popular Asian television genres in the U.S. next to Anime,
for the benefit of our fans and members who follow and love the intricacies
and emotional roller coasters brought by the genre.²

Title Synopses:

AUCTION HOUSE
At an auction, everything has monetary value! How much is your life worth in
dollars? Do you want to be appraised? Sotheby¹s of New York, Christie¹s of
London, and Hi Auction of Seoul! This is another battleground. Art, history
and your life can be evaluated in terms of dollars. This drama delves into
the greed of humans that underlie art dealings.
The thrilling action at auction houses, A story about auctioneers who
professionally compete against each other! Hi Auction, Korea¹s best auction
house, is a place of high drama and action that is over the top. At an
auction, there are tensions between the seller and buyer. People try to
figure out who is bluffing or who is making a serious offer. Auctioneers try
to outsmart and outmaneuver buyers and competitors. Art collectors and art
dealers engage in close partnerships or betray each other if the need
arises.

This is harder than ³Mission Impossible!² Cha Yeon-soo is a new recruit at
Hi Auction, Korea¹s best auction house. Since her dad is an art forger, she
is almost forced to quit the company but she tries to hang on to her job by
performing impossible tasks that are delegated to her. This is a story about
her survival! A success story about one young woman who takes on the auction
world.

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

COFFEE PRINCE
COFFEE PRINCE¹s Flagship Store is a TV series that revolves around the love
life and dreams of four young people who meet together at a cafe.
Han-gyeol (actor Gong Yoo) is a smart young man who hates to be tied down to
one career in his life. Abhorring the idea of joining the family business,
he is ordered by his grandmother to manage a cafe. Unable to disobey his
grandmother, he reluctantly takes over the responsibility of running a cafe
and begins to immerse himself in the gourmet coffee business. One day, he
meets Eun-chan, a cheerful girl who has an unpredictable personality, and
learns the meaning of true love...
COFFEE PRINCE¹s Flagship Store is a story about a group of young people who
find themselves drawn to the gourmet coffee business where they also find
love and new hope. The TV series will also show what it takes to run a
family business and become a true steward who can oversee a company.

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

JUMONG Vol. 1
The Legend Begins.  Korea¹s epic history comes alive in the blockbuster TV
drama JUMONG.  180 B.C. The Korean kingdom of Ancient Josun has fallen to
China¹s Han Empire, leaving the land and its people divided. Rising from the
turmoil, one man stands alone, destined to unite the nation and bring
freedom to his people.
Journey into the life of one of Korea¹s most legendary figures, JUMONG (Song
Il-Kook, Emperor of the Sea), founder of the Koguryo kingdom.  Amid sweeping
battles and equally sweeping romance, he embarks on an adventure to bring
peace and glory to the land once more.

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

LA DOLCE VITA
A drama about a man who commits suicide. A detective tries to solve the case
and figure what really happened. The drama goes back in time to six months
before the man, Lee Joon Soo, committed suicide. Yoon Hye Jin and Ha Dong
Won's marriage is on the rocks. Though they have two daughters together,
both have secret love affairs with other people. Joon Soo accidentally meets
Hye Jin in Japan and falls for her. Hong Da Ae is the woman whom Dong Won is
seeing on the side. She never wanted to be his wife nor his mistress and
that is why their affair has lasted for so long. That was till Da Ae met
Joon Soo. She realized that she could no longer continue seeing Dong Won and
she fell for Joon Soo. Did Joon Soo really kill himself?

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

LAST SCANDAL
When a woman turns 39, she¹ll think about getting Botox injections to cover
up her wrinkles that don¹t seem to recede well under cheap wrinkle removing
cosmetics. She¹ll also probably need to wear a corset to tuck in her flabby
stomach and bulging hips but she¹ll ignore such thoughts as she lives in a
world where she thinks she¹s still a nubile teenager. This is another TV
drama that is presented to middle-aged women who dream of wonderful
romances.

Going back and forth from fantasy and reality, this new drama, ³Scandalous
Affair² will bring back flashbacks of those days when their hearts fluttered
when they met their first love. This drama is dedicated to middle-aged women
who still dream of being reunited with their first love!

What if Cinderella was portrayed as a 39-year old woman with a kid? That¹s
the opening scene for this drama that tries to give hope to middle-aged
women - who watch teen romances to vicariously relive the good ol¹ days -
that they can also overcome the constraints of their middle-aged lives and
find true love once again.

A woman who has inner beauty is called a middle-aged woman.
They¹ve learned the wisdom of life, which eludes the youth, as they are a
year away from hitting the big Four-O. They¹ve learned that real love is
looking after their families first and foremost. They¹re also humble and
will be thankful when someone tells them that they look great. They¹re
beautiful in every way.

This drama will provide them with a solution in life that they themselves
are not aware of.


Women are beautiful even when they are forty or fifty simply because they
are feminine beings!

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

SOULMATE
The person you meet once in your lifetime that fate has brought to you!
This person you call your soulmate. The year 2006, your soulmate is secretly
creeping up on youŠWhat if my other half is really living somewhere out
there; will I be able to notice them?  It is a question that can be asked by
anyone who is in their marital age. A time when matchmaking agencies are
flooded with people!  Try re-identifying the true meaning of marriage and
love while watching 6 couples live the same life that you¹re living in.  We
will show you everything you need to know in the love game! is a sitcom
young adults and adults can enjoy. Members of all age groups can enjoy it,
and benefit from its honest and ongoing talk about love. It gives its
viewers some final answers to the ³love game² questions and presents
confusing issues in a way that everyone can understand.  The drama will tell
you everything you¹ve always wanted to know, from spending a night with a
guy you don¹t like, to how to completely win over a guys heart; and much
more!!It spills out all the secrets of the love game. ³It is easier to stir
up a women¹s hear than to drink wine. ²Dong-wook, a playboy who no one can
even dare to follow.³  My boyfriend of 5 years!! He is definitely my
soulmate!! ²Soo-kyung, a girl who only looks at one man like a sunflower; a
perfect, pure hearted character. Two people who have never seen each other,
and who live on the opposite sides of the world from each other live and
love in their own way, but from some point on they start to move towards the
same dream and feel the same physiological feelings.  Two people who have
met by fate in a world full of mixed up fates.  Now, the most amazing
things, which no one could have ever thought of, start to unfold between the
two.

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

About Crunchyroll
Headquartered in San Francisco, California ­ Crunchyroll is hailed as a
leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online
community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime,
drama and music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content.
Crunchyroll¹s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content
to over five million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the
premiere group 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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VIZ MEDIA SWEEPS ALL TOP 10 SPOTS

ON THE NEWEST NEW YORK TIMES

MANGA BEST SELLER LIST

 

San Francisco, CA, MARCH 17, 2009VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that its titles dominated the entire Manga category in the most recent listing of the New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List for the week ending March 7, 2009. The massively popular NARUTO occupied 7 of the Top 10 spots, with other widely read VIZ Media manga titles BLEACH, BLACK CAT and shojo manga THE GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE † impressively rounding out the list. 

The complete Graphic Books Best Seller List (Manga) follows below: 

    1. NARUTO, Vol. 40, by Masashi Kishimoto
    2. NARUTO, Vol. 41, by Masashi Kishimoto
    3. NARUTO, Vol. 38, by Masashi Kishimoto
    4. NARUTO, Vol. 39, by Masashi Kishimoto
    5. BLEACH, Vol. 26, by Tite Kubo
    6. NARUTO, Vol. 37, by Masashi Kishimoto
    7. NARUTO, Vol. 35, by Masashi Kishimoto
    8. THE GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE †, Vol. 9, by Arina Tanemura
    9. BLACK CAT, Vol. 19, by Kentaro Yabuki
    10. NARUTO, Vol. 36, by Masashi Kishimoto
 

The List is also viewable on the New York Times web site at:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes. 

“It’s extremely gratifying to see the continued strong performance of BLEACH and NARUTO alongside other unique properties like BLACK CAT and GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE † which all have been recognized by the New York Times on its Manga Best Seller List,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President, Sales & Product Marketing VIZ Media. “BLACK CAT, BLEACH and NARUTO feature the captivating art, multi-layered character-driven storylines and plenty of edge-of-your-seat action that epitomizes the best attributes of the manga genre. The popularity of THE GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE † continues to show the momentum behind the shojo category (comics for girls), which offers romantically tinged titles aimed at a sizeable segment of female readers.” 

BLACK CAT (Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) Train Heartnet, also known as "Black Cat," was an infamous assassin for a secret organization called Chronos...until he abandoned that cold-blooded existence to live on his own terms as an easygoing bounty hunter. But is Train's past as far behind him as he thinks? Find out in this action-packed series created by Kentaro Yabuki. 

BLEACH (Rated ‘T’ for Teens)

Creator Tite Kubo’s massively popular supernatural action-adventure manga series centers on Ichigo Kurosaki, a fifteen-year old student with the ability to see ghosts. His fate takes an extraordinary turn when he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper who shows up at Ichigo's house on the trail of a Hollow, a malevolent lost soul.  Drawn to Ichigo's high level of spiritual energy, the Hollow attacks Ichigo and his family, and Rukia steps in to help but is injured and unable to fight. As a last resort, Rukia transfers part of her Soul Reaper powers to Ichigo. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper, he joins Ruika to face the challenges that lie ahead. More information on BLEACH is available at: http://bleach.viz.com. 

The Gentlemen's Alliance(Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens)

Renowned manga artist Arina Tanemura created this acclaimed series that exemplifies the shojo manga style with highly stylized artwork and romantic plot twists presented with a swirl of billowing ribbons, romance and heartbreak. In return for a business loan of 50 million yen, the prestigious Kamiya family gave their daughter Haine away to the wealthy Otomiya family. Haine, now an Otomiya, is appointed to the student council of the exclusive Imperial Academy, a private school for the aristocracy. Even though Haine is of proper lineage to be on the council, she finds herself struggling to find her place among the many secrets of its elite members, especially those of the president who holds her heart – Shizumasa Togu, aka "the Emperor." More information on THE GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE † is available at: http://www.shojobeat.com/ 

NARUTO (Rated ‘T’ for Teens)

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 learn 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 tees and more than 85 million copies to-date have been printed. The manga series (rated ‘T’ for Teens) has captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America. More information on NARUTO is available at www.naruto.com.  

The latest volumes of NARUTO (Shippuden) pick up two years after Naruto left to train with Jiraiya. Now a teenager, he reunites with his old friends to find out everyone is stronger than before – and maybe even stronger than he is!  

In response to the strong fan interest in NARUTO Shippuden, VIZ Media has launched an accelerated publishing campaign for upcoming editions of the series, making them available to North American audiences sooner than ever before. Between February and April, eleven new volumes of NARUTO manga will be released, moving the series from Volume 34 to Volume 44 before returning to a quarterly release schedule beginning with Volume 45 (July 2009). First print-run editions of the volumes released in March and April also will include a special promotional bookmark or sticker. 

VIZ Media manga titles continue to captivate millions of readers across North America and are regularly featured on a variety of nationally syndicated Graphic Novel and Manga Best Seller lists, some of which include: 9 VIZ Media titles on the Bookscan Top 20 Graphic Novels for 2008 list, assorted VIZ Media titles featured on the USA Today Top 150 Bestseller List on multiple occasions, and more. Retail industry watchdog ICV2 recently included BLACK CAT, BLEACH, NARUTO and GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE † among its Top 25 Manga Properties for 2008. NARUTO was also noted as the Number 7 most-searched term in 2008, as reported by the Yahoo! 2008 Year In Review Top 10 Search list.

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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This past weekend, a group of us headed down in the wee hours of the morning to for the free, two-day convention MomoCon. Sponsored by Anime O-tekku, the anime club of the Georgia Institute of Technology, this was the con's fifth year. It's typically held in March at the beginning of the university's spring break. While it was also on our spring break, it was at the end of it, making Monday morning somewhat unpleasant. Enough about that though and onto the con.

Registration was a fairly long mess at first glance, but it actually moved fairly well. One might wonder why a free con has registration. For one, liability and emergency information. From another standpoint, it gives them demographic data for marketing.

However, despite the registration maintaining a decent line flow, it was flooded Saturday. The convention, held in two buildings on the Georgia Tech campus, eventually set up a satellite registration table in the building registration wasn’t in. This table, by the way, was basically 10 feet away from the MTAC table. Great for us for getting foot traffic by the table.

Speaking of the other building, spreading the con over two buildings meant having to physically leave one building for more content. The buildings aren’t far from each other, which would be fine on a nice weekend. Not so much on a rainy one. The weather wasn’t so bad, just rainy and dreary enough to make going from one building to another a chore. Due to rain, some of the outdoor events had to be cancelled (like the chalk drawing) or moved inside (like cosplay).

Again with the convention being on a college campus, there were technical issues the con staff couldn’t fix because there was no university staff to help. Breakers flipped and outlets failed in gaming areas.

Otherwise, the campus aspect helped with plentiful food from cafeterias and vending machines, as well as class rooms already providing technical requirements panelists may need.

Onto the content, there were a decent amount of panels and events, especially considering the limited day and time restrictions due to being on a campus. Panels and events pretty much started at 11:30 a.m. On Saturday, they pretty much lasted until 11:30 at night. Things closed slightly earlier on Sunday. There was a good variety from fan panels to workshops. Most guests, not really the big names usually found at anime cons due to this being put on by an anime club with little budget, fit well with the panels and workshops.

The two panels I went to were on anime clubs and conventions. Both panels were the first of the day, anime clubs on Saturday and cons on Sundays. Saturday, I was dead tired from lack of sleep and an early departure to , so I didn’t actively participate as much as I would have liked. Still, it’s often good to hear what other anime clubs do in compared to my own club and ideas.

The conventions panel, I was awake for. I always enjoy these panels, not for the how-to tips but for the stories. Panels on running cons are 80% stories of how things went wrong or how something completely random came up. More often than not, these stories are fairly funny, as are many bad experiences through retrospect. Stories about surviving tornados or bad hotels with pools filled with sludge or taking place at the same place and time as a cricket match or an expectant mothers’ trade show, these things seem awful at the time, but in hindsight, they are looked at with a chuckle because these were experiences survived and persevered through.

Of course, when remembering any con, there has to be mentioning of the dealer room. MomoCon split up its dealers into four rooms, as they did not have a single room large enough to accommodate all of them. The main dealer room 1 was decently sized, but the other three were fairly small, and thus fairly crowded. There were a few good dealers, and I made off with a tall Kamen Rider Stonger figure (thank you for filling my Kamen Rider need).

All in all, I enjoyed my stay at MomoCon. It was a fun little weekend trip with my friends to enjoy some panels and partake of some dealers. If you go to cons for big-name guests or the most competitive AMV or cosplay competitions in the area, this con might not be for you. If, however, you want a relatively cheap con trip (who doesn’t these days) with a few panels, some dealer swag, and hang out time with your friends, MomoCon is a good choice for your 2010 con year.

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GLASS MAIDENS ARE FROM VENUS AND CAT MEN ARE FROM MARS: CRUNCHYROLL TEAMS
WITH FUJI CREATIVE CORPORATION

Online Media Distribution Giant to Stream GLASS MAIDEN and CAT MAN from FCC

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 18, 2009) ‹Fuji Creative
Corporation (FCC) and online media distribution giant, Crunchyroll, announce
a digital partnership with the launch of the FCC anime titles GLASS MAIDEN
and CAT MAN starting this spring. More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

Fuji Creative Corporation Senior Director Yukio Sonobe states, "Crunchyroll
is an exciting platform for FCC to utilize in our efforts to expand the
reach of our digital contents which include not only anime but other unique
forms of programs and series.  We hope that by tapping into the global
online audience, with Crunchyroll as a partner, the reach and popularity of
our animation works will reach even more people."

"Fuji Creative Corporation a legendary Japanese content company," states Rob
Pereyda, Crunchyroll K.K.¹s Senior Director. "Being able to partner with FCC
is truly an honor for Crunchyroll and we look forward to the many successes
we will have together for years to come."

Title Synopses:

GLASS MAIDEN
In the near-future...

Lags Town is located in a corner of Asia symbolizing a negative side of
false prosperity.
A hard-boiled buddy story is staged in this town presenting spectacular
gun-battles!

GLASS MAIDEN is a stylish and full-blown animation, and props and gadgets
are depicted in meticulous detail whole through the story.

Having gone through 5 years of preparation, this original story is finally
about to unfold...

CAT MAN
CAT MAN is a temperamental character with no time for other people. Living
in the city, he lives a solitary life and doesn't bother himself with the
rest of the world.
In his stubbornness, he sticks to his own way of doing things, but can't
seem to find any peace of mind.

"Always in pursuit of the greater good... to what end?" he murmurs to
himself. He tries to be cool and in control, but he also wants to find
deeper meaning in his life.
Will CAT MAN ever find any rest for his troubled soul?

About Crunchyroll
Headquartered in San Francisco, California ­ Crunchyroll is hailed as a
leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online
community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime,
drama, music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content.
Crunchyroll¹s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content
to over five million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the
premiere group Venrock.  More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <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 HITS IT BIG WITH TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS AND YOMIURI TELECASTING
CORPORATION (YTV) WITH THE FIRST EVER RELEASE IN ENGLISH-SPEAKING
TERRITORIES OF THE AWARD-WINNING BLACK JACK ANIME

Online Media Distribution Giant, Leading Animation Production Studio and
Major Japanese Broadcaster to Stream Osamu Tezuka¹s 1970¹s Classic Anime
Title

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 18, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll, Tezuka
Productions and Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (YTV) collaborate to bring
Osamu Tezuka¹s award winning original 70¹s manga/anime classic of the
medical adventures of the eponymous doctor BLACK JACK to Crunchyroll anime
members and fans worldwide.  More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

BLACK JACK was directed by Makoto Tezuka (Osamu Tezuka¹s son) and is
considered one of the top three most famous manga titles by the world famous
manga-ka and anime producer that won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award for the
shonen category in 1977.

"Osamu Tezuka's creations represent one of the greatest masterpieces to have
ever graced both the printed page and silver screen, and we are honored that
we will be able to offer these very special episodes to our community,"
states Rob Pereyda, Crunchyroll Senior Director, "these BLACK JACK  episodes
are especially exciting to us as they have never been released before
outside of Japan. Fans are in for a real treat."
BLACK JACK planner and general manager of Tezuka Productions, Yoshihiro
Shimizu, states, "on behalf of Tezuka Productions, I am very pleased that '4
Miracles of Life' will be presented to anime fans all over the world.  It is
a very special program to us, and we are excited that we can collaborate
with YTV and Crunchyroll on its international release."
"Crunchyroll represents a strategic overseas distribution outlet for YTV in
the digital age," states Shinichiro Nishigaki, Director of YTV's contents
business development division, "we are not only looking forward to the
potential online distribution success of our contents, but deeply appreciate
that Crunchyroll gives us ownership of all the subtitles they create.
Working together, our partnership has no limit."
Title Synopsis:

BLACK JACK

BLACK JACK "Four Miracles of Life" Special Episode 1: Where¹s the Doctor

Akudo, the rich, spoiled son of a wealthy capitalist, is mortally wounded in
an accident while driving recklessly. His father calls in a host of doctors
and promises great rewards if they heal his son, and terrible consequences
if they fail. No doctor is willing to take on the hopeless case, until the
mysterious unlicensed surgical genius Dr. BLACK JACK comes in.

BLACK JACK "Four Miracles of Life" Special Episode 2: The Disowned Son

BLACK JACK and Pinoko are caught in a storm while traveling, and taken in by
an old woman. It is her sixtieth birthday, she says, and while she lives
alone, she is excited because her three sons have promised to visit her
today.

BLACK JACK "Four Miracles of Life" Special Episode 3: U-18 Knew

U-18 is a medical supercomputer, running a fully automated hospital in which
all the functions of all nurses, doctors, pharmacists, are performed by one
central machine with the world¹s most advanced AI. When the computer
malfunctions, it insists stubbornly that it is sick, that it is a human, and
that only the famous Dr. BLACK JACK can heal it, and holds its patients
hostage threatening to kill them if BLACK JACK is not summoned to treat it.

BLACK JACK "Four Miracles of Life" Special Episode 4: Like a Pearl

This story retells, with few changes, what is perhaps the most famous single
BLACK JACK story, portraying BLACK JACK¹s relationship with Dr Honma, his
mentor, teacher and father figure. After many years without contact, BLACK
JACK receives a strange package from Dr. Honma, a long, rounded stone made
of calcium, with a scalpel inside. Black Jack goes to visit Dr. Honma, who
says he has something he must confess, and we hear the story of BLACK JACK¹s
accident, childhood, and the beginning of his medical career.

About Crunchyroll
Headquartered in San Francisco, California ­ Crunchyroll is hailed as a
leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online
community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime,
drama, music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content.
Crunchyroll¹s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content
to over five million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the
premiere group Venrock.  More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <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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This is fixed now. Go to a Movie page and look in the right column.  If there is no franchise listed, you should and can now link the movie to it's overall franchise. Thanks!
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I thought I would post these for you guys and gals as there's some pretty cool news here, I have never heard of these series, but I'm sure you can make fun of me in the comments for that right?  :)

GLASS MAIDENS ARE FROM VENUS AND CAT MEN ARE FROM MARS: CRUNCHYROLL TEAMS
WITH FUJI CREATIVE CORPORATION


Online Media Distribution Giant to Stream GLASS MAIDEN and CAT MAN from FCC

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 18, 2009) ‹Fuji Creative Corporation (FCC) and online media distribution giant, Crunchyroll, announce a digital partnership with the launch of the FCC anime titles GLASS MAIDEN and CAT MAN starting this spring. More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

Fuji Creative Corporation Senior Director Yukio Sonobe states, "Crunchyroll is an exciting platform for FCC to utilize in our efforts to expand the reach of our digital contents which include not only anime but other unique forms of programs and series.  We hope that by tapping into the global online audience, with Crunchyroll as a partner, the reach and popularity of our animation works will reach even more people."

"Fuji Creative Corporation a legendary Japanese content company," states Rob Pereyda, Crunchyroll K.K.¹s Senior Director. "Being able to partner with FCC is truly an honor for Crunchyroll and we look forward to the many successes we will have together for years to come."

Title Synopses:

GLASS MAIDEN
In the near-future...

Lags Town is located in a corner of Asia symbolizing a negative side of false prosperity. A hard-boiled buddy story is staged in this town presenting spectacular gun-battles!

GLASS MAIDEN is a stylish and full-blown animation, and props and gadgets are depicted in meticulous detail whole through the story.

Having gone through 5 years of preparation, this original story is finally about to unfold...

CAT MAN
CAT MAN is a temperamental character with no time for other people. Living in the city, he lives a solitary life and doesn't bother himself with the rest of the world. In his stubbornness, he sticks to his own way of doing things, but can't seem to find any peace of mind.

"Always in pursuit of the greater good... to what end?" he murmurs to himself. He tries to be cool and in control, but he also wants to find deeper meaning in his life. Will CAT MAN ever find any rest for his troubled soul?



Sounds interesting even though I have never heard of either of the series, but hey free anime is free anime right? Can't beat that!

CRUNCHYROLL HITS IT BIG WITH TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS AND YOMIURI TELECASTING CORPORATION (YTV) WITH THE FIRST EVER RELEASE IN ENGLISH-SPEAKING TERRITORIES OF THE AWARD-WINNING BLACK JACK ANIME

Online Media Distribution Giant, Leading Animation Production Studio and Major Japanese Broadcaster to Stream Osamu Tezuka¹s 1970¹s Classic Anime Title

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 18, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll, Tezuka Productions and Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (YTV) collaborate to bring Osamu Tezuka¹s award winning original 70¹s manga/anime classic of the medical adventures of the eponymous doctor BLACK JACK to Crunchyroll anime members and fans worldwide.  More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

BLACK JACK was directed by Makoto Tezuka (Osamu Tezuka¹s son) and is considered one of the top three most famous manga titles by the world famous manga-ka and anime producer that won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award for the shonen category in 1977.

"Osamu Tezuka's creations represent one of the greatest masterpieces to have ever graced both the printed page and silver screen, and we are honored that we will be able to offer these very special episodes to our community," states Rob Pereyda, Crunchyroll Senior Director, "these BLACK JACK  episodes are especially exciting to us as they have never been released before outside of Japan. Fans are in for a real treat." BLACK JACK planner and general manager of Tezuka Productions, Yoshihiro Shimizu, states, "on behalf of Tezuka Productions, I am very pleased that '4 Miracles of Life' will be presented to anime fans all over the world.  It is a very special program to us, and we are excited that we can collaborate with YTV and Crunchyroll on its international release." "Crunchyroll represents a strategic overseas distribution outlet for YTV in the digital age," states Shinichiro Nishigaki, Director of YTV's contents business development division, "we are not only looking forward to the potential online distribution success of our contents, but deeply appreciate that Crunchyroll gives us ownership of all the subtitles they create. Working together, our partnership has no limit."

Title Synopsis:

BLACK JACK

BLACK JACK "Four Miracles of Life" Special Episode 1: Where¹s the Doctor

Akudo, the rich, spoiled son of a wealthy capitalist, is mortally wounded in an accident while driving recklessly. His father calls in a host of doctors and promises great rewards if they heal his son, and terrible consequences if they fail. No doctor is willing to take on the hopeless case, until the mysterious unlicensed surgical genius Dr. BLACK JACK comes in.

BLACK JACK "Four Miracles of Life" Special Episode 2: The Disowned Son

BLACK JACK and Pinoko are caught in a storm while traveling, and taken in by an old woman. It is her sixtieth birthday, she says, and while she lives
alone, she is excited because her three sons have promised to visit her today.

BLACK JACK "Four Miracles of Life" Special Episode 3: U-18 Knew

U-18 is a medical supercomputer, running a fully automated hospital in which all the functions of all nurses, doctors, pharmacists, are performed by one central machine with the world¹s most advanced AI. When the computer malfunctions, it insists stubbornly that it is sick, that it is a human, and that only the famous Dr. BLACK JACK can heal it, and holds its patients hostage threatening to kill them if BLACK JACK is not summoned to treat it.

BLACK JACK "Four Miracles of Life" Special Episode 4: Like a Pearl

This story retells, with few changes, what is perhaps the most famous single BLACK JACK story, portraying BLACK JACK¹s relationship with Dr Honma, his mentor, teacher and father figure. After many years without contact, BLACK
JACK receives a strange package from Dr. Honma, a long, rounded stone made of calcium, with a scalpel inside. Black Jack goes to visit Dr. Honma, who says he has something he must confess, and we hear the story of BLACK JACK¹s accident, childhood, and the beginning of his medical career.


Ok, so maybe I've heard of Black Jack...but I've never read it.

This seems like another good amount of content for Crunchyroll, is there anyone who still won't watch content on even though it's legal and free now?
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Wow! Something tells me that I have seen these before.

If you are interested, it costs 525 yen(like 5 bucks) and 3150yen for the whole set.
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03.17.2009

TAF Pre-Show Day 2

I was too tired to blog last night... and I'm running late today, so I'll keep it short for now & add more later tonight (If I'm awake).

Today, I met w/ ADR director Michael Sinterniklaas in Shinagawa to head to Shinjuku for the recording session. He had asked BEI producer Toshi to arrange for him to see the recording session for Kurokami. We met up w/ Sunrise international licensing staff Hagino-san & headed off to the studio.

They were recording episode 17 today.
(more on recording session later)

After the recording session, we were really hungry so Hagino-san took us to an Italian restaurant.
You know.. Japan has one of the best Italian restaurants, I think. We had crab & creamy tomato spaghetti (so yum!), eggplant & bacon pizza and ceasar salad.

Then I headed to Bandai Visual office w/ Michael.
We bumped into BEI coordinator Loy at the train station so we went to the office together.

(more on the meeting later)

After the meeting, Bandai Visual staff Takai-san & manager Maeda-san took all of us to Akihabara.
On the 8th floor of Yodobashi Camera, they have a restaunt floor & we went to a Chinese food restaurant for the Sakura Con guests get together.

(more on the get together later)
(and karaoke)

Tomorrow is the first day of TAF business day.
I plan on going to couple of panels... and I'll be eating dinner w/ the GAINAX staff.
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Hey everyone, there are 2 main parts of the our site, the Forums and the Wiki.  First I wanted to let you know that we are growing everyday.  Each day we get more traffic from the previous day, and alot of it comes from people searching for anime stuff on Google, then google sends them to our wiki pages. 

If you have time and you wanna pitch in here are some of the top pages on the site that do NOT have BIOS written for them.  So if you are looking for something to write (and want POINTS),  there are great places to start!

Franchises:


1 Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective
2
Hell Girl
3 20th Century Boys
4 Vanilla Series
5 Eureka Seven
6 Ghost in the Shell
7 Mezzo Forte
8 Rave Master
9 Hills Have Size
10 Tenchi Muyo

Anime Series:


1
Dragon Ball Z: Plan to Destroy the Saiyajin
2 Lingerie Office
3 Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
4 Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
5 Sonic X
6 Switch
7 Koihime Musou
8 Papa to Kiss in the Dark
9 One Piece
10 Toradora



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UCLICK Offers Free Dramacon Comic App on Apple’s App Store

 

Kansas City, MO (March 17, 2009) – Uclick, the #1 distributor of comics and manga on mobile, in partnership with graphic novel and manga publisher TOKYOPOP, has announced the release of Dramacon Volume 1, Part 1 from TOKYOPOP, as a free app on Apple’s App Store. The free app is a full-length comic book application featuring the first of five installments that make up volume one of the international bestselling manga.

 

The free app is available now in the App Store on iPhone or on iTunes. Users can also access the free Dramacon app through the Uclick Web App by typing Uclick.com into the Safari browser.

 

“We’re making Dramacon 1.1 free because it gives us a chance to show off our panel-by-panel reading format with a very popular book from our lineup,” said Uclick CEO Douglas Edwards. “The Uclick comic apps offer the slickest and most intuitive comics reading experience on the iPhone and iPod Touch, and we offer the widest variety of titles and genres on the Apple devices.

 

“We want users to have the chance to try the reader for free and experience it for themselves, then check out our library of more than 100 titles and find more great comics.”

 

TOKYOPOP’s Senior Editor Lillian M. Diaz-Przybyl added, "As leaders in original manga and graphic novel creation, it's been a real pleasure to work with Uclick, who are clear front-runners in mobile entertainment. Their understanding of the marketplace and of the structure of comics is second-to-none, ensuring that their mobile versions are perfectly constructed and paced, retaining the experience of reading the original graphic novel." 

 

The Dramacon Volume 1, Part 1 app is the first free application from Uclick and TOKYOPOP. Most of the Uclick comic apps are available for $0.99 (US) cents. Other popular comic app titles from Uclick include Bone, Ghostbusters, Pibgorn, GODLAND, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Garfield Minus Garfield.

 

Dramacon is Svetlana Chmakova’s story of a manga artist attending her first fan convention. As her status quo unravels, encounters with her manga idol and a mysterious stranger take her life in an unexpected and exciting new direction.

 

“This is a very popular manga title with a large, loyal fan base,” said Edwards. “The story is instantly accessible and emotionally addictive, which makes Dramacon a great fit for all kinds of audiences, from diehard manga fans to those who’ve never read manga before.”

 

"Svetlana's work has touched hearts and tickled funny-bones worldwide,” Diaz-Przybyl said, “so Dramacon was an obvious choice when it came to launching a new series through the App Store. We look forward to both current fans and new readers discovering the joy of Dramacon in this exciting new format!"

 

The free Dramacon app for the iPhone and iPod Touch features tap-and-swipe, panel-by-panel controls. The Apple devices’ large Multi-Touch displays enable a clear, high-resolution presentation. The zoom feature allows an even closer look at any panel.

 

To receive the Dramacon free app and other favorite comic books, manga, webcomics and graphic novels for the iPhone and iPod touch go to the Uclick Web App by typing Uclick.com into the Safari browser or visit the App Store on the iPhone or on iTunes.

 

 

About UCLICK:

 

UCLICK® is the leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, manga, graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and other content for desktop, web and mobile phones. Uclick is also the leading creator and distributor of crosswords, and other word and number puzzles. Partners featuring Uclick content include the leading consumer portals Yahoo!, MSNBC.com, New York Times, Slate.com, washingtonpost.com, CNN, USA Today, and AOL. Uclick features include the top brand franchises Garfield, Doonesbury, Calvin and Hobbes, Paul Frank, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TOKYOPOP, USA Today, Pat Sajak, Wyland, and many more. Uclick creative content and services are available through the GoComics.com website, U.S. mobile phone operators, the iTunes App Store, and other distributors worldwide. UCLICK, LLC is a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, the leading newspaper syndicate and publisher of humor books and calendars in North America.

 

For more information on Uclick, visit www.uclick.com.

 

About TOKYOPOP:

 

TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and upcoming partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto the new social networking site www.TOKYOPOP.com, reading its books, which are licensed in 41 countries in more than 20 languages, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace.

Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.

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Remember that Eva clock app I review for the iPhone/iPod touch?

An update came out last week that added a a few things in the settings (which is in the settings app).

- You turn off sounds from that menu now
- You can turn off the auto-dim for this app

Those are nice little touches, I hope to see more additions hopefully in the coming months!
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BLOCKBUSTER ANIME FRANCHISE GETS REBORN! GLOBALLY ON CRUNCHYROLL

World Anime Channel and Leading Intellectual Property House Partner to
Stream REBORN! Within One Hour of Japanese Broadcast

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 17, 2009) —Crunchyroll and
d-rights Inc. team up to bring action-comedy anime REBORN!, based on the
manga by Akira Amano (serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump -Shueisha), to
Crunchyroll starting on March 21, 2009.  More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

One of the top-rated action anime programs in Japan, Crunchyroll's release
marks the first time REBORN! will be available in North America. As part of
its phenomenal Japanese success, numerous merchandise including video games,
action figures and apparel, have been released and sold in Japan at
blockbuster levels.

"As one of the most popular anime in Japan, we are pleased to finally bring
REBORN! to North America and fire start the franchise," states Miyako Toda,
d-rights’ Vice President of international division, “this partnership with
Crunchyroll is highly strategic for us, not only do we gain a strong video
platform and community, but also powerful marketing tools to expand this
series on an international platform."

"We are excited to begin our relationship with d-rights Inc., one of the
premiere animation rights management and production companies in the world,"
states Vince Shortino, Representative Director and head of Crunchyroll's
Japan office, "we look forward to the success of REBORN! and being a central
part of its marketing efforts."

Each episode of REBORN! will be available within one hour of its Japanese
broadcast to Crunchyroll's Anime Members in high definition without video
advertisements, and for free a week after for non-members in lower quality
with advertisements.

Title Synopsis:

REBORN!

Tsuna, a timid junior high student, is a failure at school, sports, and
social life. But everything around Tsuna has been completely changed when a
baby called Reborn, who claims to be an Italian hit man from Vongole family
shows up! Reborn was sent to groom Tsuna for his future life as a mafia boss
of the family!

After a short while, Tsuna started to get involved into a couple of intense
battles and overcomes any numerous trials and grows up surrounded with
Reborn and good fellows!

About Crunchyroll
Headquartered in San Francisco, California – Crunchyroll is hailed as a
leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online
community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime,
drama, music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content.
Crunchyroll’s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content
to over five million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the
premiere group Venrock.  More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

About d-rights Inc
d-rights Inc. is a 100% owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation handling
entertainment content for a variety of Media, with a current focus on
production and licensing of animation.“Beyblade” is one of its productions.
Mitsubishi Corporation is one of  the world’s biggest general trading
company,
http://www.d-rights.com <http://www.d-rights.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.com’s 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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Crossposted from the RocketBomber Mothership, Once again:

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Rankings Summary, week ending 8 March 2009

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

The Weekly Charts:
Your Executive Summary and Index
Week ending 8 March 2009

Manga Top 500

1. ↑1 (2) : Naruto 35 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [717.7] ::
2. ↓-1 (1) : Naruto 34 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [717.6] ::
3. ↑1 (4) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [700.8] ::
4. ↓-1 (3) : Naruto 36 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [696.2] ::
5. ↑1 (6) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [692.6] ::
6. ↓-1 (5) : Naruto 33 – Viz Shonen Jump, Dec 2008 [646.2] ::
7. ↔0 (7) : Naruto 32 – Viz Shonen Jump, Nov 2008 [573.4] ::
8. ↑36 (44) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [560.7] ::
9. ↔0 (9) : Rosario+Vampire 5 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [556.5] ::
10. ↑4 (14) : Vampire Knight 1 – Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [546] ::

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Manga Top 50 Series

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2003 [2969.46] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, Jun 2004 [1612.53] ::
3. ↔0 (3) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, Feb 2004 [1392.82] ::
4. ↑1 (5) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [1319.14] ::
5. ↓-1 (4) : Death Note – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [1307.64] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Rosario+Vampire – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [1241.82] ::
7. ↔0 (7) : Chibi Vampire – Tokyopop, Apr 2006 [930.42] ::
8. ↔0 (8) : Warriors – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [891.23] ::
9. ↑1 (10) : Ouran High School Host Club – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2005 [718.39] ::
10. ↓-1 (9) : Fullmetal Alchemist – Viz, Apr 2005 [713.32] ::

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Top 25 New Releases and Preorders

1. ↑1 (2) : Naruto 35 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [717.7] ::
2. ↓-1 (1) : Naruto 34 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [717.6] ::
3. ↑1 (4) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [700.8] ::
4. ↓-1 (3) : Naruto 36 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [696.2] ::
5. ↑1 (6) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [692.6] ::
8. ↑36 (44) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [560.7] ::
9. ↔0 (9) : Rosario+Vampire 5 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [556.5] ::
13. ↓-5 (8) : Bleach 26 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [535.2] ::
26. ↑1 (27) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [478.9] ::
30. ↑95 (125) : Rosario+Vampire 6 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Apr 2009 [461.6] ::
31. ↓-2 (29) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [456.7] ::
32. ↑35 (67) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [451.9] ::
34. ↑2 (36) : Naruto 39 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [447.8] ::
40. ↑86 (126) : High School Debut 8 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [397.2] ::
46. ↑52 (98) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [388.1] ::
56. ↑40 (96) : Naruto 44 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [362.1] ::
57. ↑65 (122) : Phoenix Wright 2 – Del Rey, Feb 2009 [361.9] ::
62. ↓-22 (40) : Otomen 1 – Viz Shojo Beat, Feb 2009 [342.6] ::
63. ↑123 (186) : Love Com 11 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [341.4] ::
70. ↑110 (180) : Wild Ones 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [333.6] ::
72. ↑167 (239) : Claymore 14 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Mar 2009 [326.9] ::
76. ↓-17 (59) : One Piece 20 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [316.8] ::
77. ↓-20 (57) : Tail of the Moon 15 – Viz Shojo Beat, Feb 2009 [315.4] ::
80. ↓-18 (62) : D. Gray-Man 12 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [312.4] ::
81. ↓-11 (70) : Higurashi When They Cry 2 – Yen Press, Feb 2009 [309] ::

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Manga Midlist 500
What’s the Midlist?

1. (9) : Rosario+Vampire 5 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [556.5] ::
2. (17) : Chibi Vampire 12 – Tokyopop, Jan 2009 [514.2] ::
3. (21) : Rosario+Vampire 3 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2008 [496.5] ::
4. (23) : Rosario+Vampire 2 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Aug 2008 [487.2] ::
5. (24) : Maximum Ride 1 – Yen Press, Jan 2009 [484.9] ::
6. (27) : Rosario+Vampire 4 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Dec 2008 [476.3] ::
7. (29) : Rosario+Vampire 1 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [462.6] ::
8. (30) : Rosario+Vampire 6 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Apr 2009 [461.6] ::
9. (36) : Berserk 27 – Dark Horse, Jan 2009 [424.4] ::
10. (37) : Dark Hunger – Feehan, Zid – Berkley, Oct 2007 [421.7] ::
11. (40) : High School Debut 8 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [397.2] ::
12. (41) : Fullmetal Alchemist 17 – Viz, Oct 2008 [396.6] ::
13. (43) : Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 20 – Del Rey, Jan 2009 [392.9] ::
14. (44) : Hellsing 9 – Dark Horse, Oct 2008 [392.5] ::
15. (46) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [388.1] ::
16. (47) : Warriors 1 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [386.7] ::
17. (49) : Junjo Romantica 8 – Tokyopop Blu, Jan 2009 [383.1] ::
18. (51) : Warriors 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Dec 2007 [379.3] ::
19. (54) : Warriors 3 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2008 [374.1] ::
20. (57) : Phoenix Wright 2 – Del Rey, Feb 2009 [361.9] ::
21. (62) : Otomen 1 – Viz Shojo Beat, Feb 2009 [342.6] ::
22. (63) : Love Com 11 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [341.4] ::
23. (64) : Vampire Kisses 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Sep 2008 [337.7] ::
24. (70) : Wild Ones 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [333.6] ::
25. (71) : Negima! 20 – Del Rey, Dec 2008 [331.3] ::

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