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As an Anime fan, I've enjoyed a great many series that were originally licensed by CPM, but I can't feel quite so melancholic about their demise, at least not in the same way.

CPM is the 3rd of a series of major US anime licensors (sp) that have had to do major cut-backs, if not close their doors entirely (the other two being ADV - which is still around but had to do layoffs and sign distribution deals with some of their licenses, and Geneon USA which basically is no more than a holding company - which once again sub-licensed many of their shows to Funimation).

I was one of the ones who said good riddance - but not because I feel they were out-dated in their business practices, but for a different reason - Central Park Media had a boatload of really good films and movies, including Grave of the Fireflies, a film that is considered one of the greatest animated films in the history of cinema. Not just Japanese animation, but of all the films, live action and animated, in the entire world. That's an view held by not only me, and other anime fans, but by people like Roger Ebert, who is considered the best and most knowledgeable film critic alive today. I stress that because Grave of the Fireflies was out of print. If you wanted to get it, you had to get it used. I could go on about the truly classic anime they had licensed, but I already have - I've reviewed a lot of them for Bureau42 - but to get them I had to get them through Netflix.

 Grave of the Fireflies used is reasonably priced, about $20. Getting a copy that's unopened or advertised as in mint condition (so you don't have to worry about scratches) - runs $50, for 2 disks. It's about the same for the Record of Lodoss War OVA. I was lucky and managed to pick up a copy when it was still in print for $25 at Fry's.

I'm listing all these prices because that's money that Central Park Media could have made a chunk of. All they needed to do was a few things. If they weren't able to get DVDs in print, either set up sub-licensing deals like ADV and Geneon did, to get some additional capital to stay afloat and keep their titles in print - or set up streaming deals with sites like Crunchyroll and Hulu, getting the subtitled versions (CPM's dubs leaned a bit toward the iffy), allowing CPM to get some money from them, again, allowing them to stay afloat.

And that is what I wanted them to do. I wanted CPM to live. I wanted to see the Anime Industry in the US to be healthy again, perhaps leaner than it was before, but still alive. It tried to keep itself on life support by putting some of their titles available for streaming through NetFlix, and for sale through iTunes, but it was dubs only, and not the big titles - not Lodoss, not Patlabor, not Grave of the Fireflies. I kept wanting them to hold on though. As I became a staff writer for Bureau42.com, I started reviewing some of their shows, and other older anime series that had been reccomended to me, or I felt needed some more exposure. Among them was Record of Lodoss War, the entire Project A-Ko franchise, and at the time of this writing, the Patlabor Franchise.

However, as of a few weeks ago, I hit my breaking point. Over the past few months, I'd been singing the praises of Patlabor, of Project A-Ko, of Record of Lodoss War to high heaven. However, as I reccomended each show - I got asked one question I dreaded, and the one question I had to expect to be asked (and, if my efforts were to be successful, the person I was reccomending the show to had to ask), "Where can I find it?"

From there, the only answers I could give were - eBay, the Library, Pawn Shops, you can get it used on Amazon.com. I never reccomended Bittorrent, though I started considering it towards the end. I found myself needing to make a choice - do I keep quietly wishing CPM well, hoping it returns to health, or do I wish it ill, wish that it folds, so that it would be forced to liquidate it's licenses, thus allowing other companies to pick them up (or in the worst case scenario, making them available for fansubbing again). To help me decide, and because I'd been reviewing Patlabor for Bureau42, I decided to contact CPM and ask about the status of their licences, in part because I was uncertain if some of the shows I was hoping would be re-licenced were still licenced by them. I sent them an E-mail and waited, and recieved no reply. So, then I tried calling them on the telephone. This is significant because I live in Oregon, they're in New York, so it would have to be a long-distance call, unless I could find a working toll-free number.

I couldn't. So, I looked for a non-toll free number and found several, and of all the numbers I tried, all were disconnected, save one - and that one was busy. As I'd gotten up early  because of the time difference, and because I thought they were in an important meeting, I decided to call back in an hour. It was still busy. It was busy when I called an hour later, and then another hour after that. I spent an entire business day on the phone, trying to reach someone from Central Park Media, and had nothing to show for it.

For me, that was my turning point. Through their silence, through un-bounced and un-responded E-Mails, through the repeated tone of a busy signal, Central Park Media had painted a very vivid picture of their operation. It was most likely entirely inaccurate, but it was vivid nonetheless. The vision was of Central Park Media staff coming in for work, taking their phone of the hook, going into the break room, with a tape or DVD from the back catalog, and watching it, and then when that ended, moving on to another show. All day long.

They say to never attribute to malice what can be justified by incompetiance, but that day, in my mind's eye, the two possiblities intercected into an most annoying picture, and I came to the conclusion that even if the image that was so firmly entrenched in my head was entirely false, that the shows and films that CPM had licenced that I so loved would never see print again, as long as they were in the hands of CPM.

I have to take one little aside for a moment to explain a little piece of personal philosophy, that will explain my next steps. There are some people that believe that information should be free - as in beer, as they say in the open-source community - that information should be made freely available to anyone and everyone who wants it at no cost and no strings attached. I am not one of those people. However, I do believe that information, in the form of books, movies, music, that which is the stones on what defines one's culture, one's era to future generations, should be available. If there is something I feel is important to me personally, to the history of of professional wrestling (the status of much of ECW's tape library lead to me holding this opinion), to the status of anime fandom, it needs to stay in print. We know where we are going by the path that we left behind us, and we as anime fans better understand the path our hobby will take, and the titles that will come to our shores in the future, by the titles that were licenced in the past - from knowing how anime fandom moves in waves by genre, while certain things ("shonen series based on stuff from Shonen Jump" will generally stay popular), as an entry point to new fans and as junk food entertainment to older fans, or because it's just that good. Consequently, the series, the music, the films, the books, the manga, needs to be available, in some form or another. I don't need to be able to get it for free, I just need to be able to get it.

Thus, upon realizing that if CPM stuck around as it has done for much of this new millennium, quiet, waiting, sitting on it's catalog and not doing much with it - eventually, I and other people who want to be able to see these shows wouldn't be able to get them anymore. The disks would scratch, formats would change, and eventually, if we were lucky, all that would remain would be bittorrent. If we were unlucky, we wouldn't even have that. So - if CPM died, there was a chance that those series that they still held might stand a chance at life, with a different company, with fansubbers, or through Crunchyroll and YouTube.

So, in the course of my reviews on Bureau42, posts on the RPG.net forums, and on my audio feedback to, particularly, the Otaku Generation podcast, I begain bad mouthing CPM. Ultimately saying, on Otaku Generation, that CPM didn't have the common decency to file for bankruptcy so someone else could buy-up the licenses for the shows they currently held and bring them back to print.

This leads us to the death of Central Park Media.

I do not claim credit. It is highly improbable that I was responsible. Even if, by some freak of statistics, I was responsible, I do not want the credit anyway. I'm not particualrly proud for saying what I did, however, I feel that it needed to be said. Now, from here, it is up to the US anime industry and anime fandom - the industry to license the shows that merit saving, and anime fans to contact them and point out the shows worth saving to them (which I will be doing) - as well as, if necessary, fansubbing the shows that slip through the cracks.
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Me? I'm hatake kakashi.
The things i like and things i hate.i don't fell like telling you..
My dreams for the future never thought of that.
As for my hobbies i have a lot of hobbies
Sorry i'm late guys i got lost on the road
A ninja must see through deception
No! you don't get it. that's why i'm telling you
you think you get it. But that's not the same as getting it.Get it?
Unfornately everyone who is important to me have already died
If the bait is obivious don't take it
In this world a nninja who break the rules are scum...
For those who don't care their freind are lower than scum
If comes to a book i''m dying to see it
I will protect you with  all my lives...all of you
obitoo..sorry i broke your promise
obito..rin..sensei i'm coming soon

by kakashislovergirl

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SENTAI FILMWORKS RELEASES APPLESEED

 

ADV Films Will Distribute To Home Video Market

 

HOUSTON, May 4, 2009—Sentai Filmworks announced its forthcoming DVD release of Appleseed, which brings the dystopian sci-fi thriller back in print for the first time in years. ADV Films handles North American home media distribution for Sentai Filmworks and will release the Appleseed movie June 30.

 

Appleseed was first released in North America by Geneon Entertainment (USA) in 2005. Based on the legendary manga series by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, Dominion) and directed by groundbreaking filmmaker Shinji Arimaki (Bubblegum Crisis), Appleseed set a high-water mark for anime features in the 21st century. 

   

Synopsis: Earth's last city, Olympus, rose from the ashes of a global war on the backs of Bioroids, artificial clones who make up half the city's population. Under the strict guidance of a supercomputer, humanity's last survivors enjoy an idyllic peace, but only on the surface Human terrorists within the military seek a return to power and clash with the government's ESWAT forces lead by the legendary soldier, Deunan Knute, and her boyfriend who is 75% machine. Retrieving the Appleseed will end the conflict, and Deunan alone holds its secret. The outstanding feature film based on the manga by Masamune Shirow (Ghost In the Shell), directed by Shinji Aramaki (Bubblegum Crisis), and produced by SORI (Ping Pong) features a soundtrack including Boom Boom Satelites, Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx and more.

 

Appleseed (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only anamorphic release presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles. Prebook orders are due June 2. 

 

DVD Product Details

 

Running Time: 105 mins.

Age Rating: TV 14 (V, S, L)

CAT: SF-AP001

UPC: 702727206627

Pre-Book Date: 6/2/2009

Street Date: 6/30/2009

Format: DVD

SRP: $19.98

 

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

 

 

 

About ADV Films:

ADV is among the largest producer-distributors of Japanese animation (“anime”) outside of Japan and maintains a huge catalog of English-language anime. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films’ extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films also provides home video distribution for a variety of independent clients, including Switchblade Pictures and Sentai Filmworks.

About Sentai Filmworks:

Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing licensors of anime in North America, including hit series like Clannad and Princess Resurrection. Sentai Filmworks is distributed on a non-exclusive basis by ADV Films.

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This post is a part of a series of Appendixes for an unfinished article dealing with Berserk and Jikan: 

I wanted to like One Piece.

I wanted One Piece to succeed. 

But looking back of this issues that lead into One Piece's demise, a lot of mistakes were made. And I feel its time to let the cat out of the bag and see where I was correct on my assertions. 

I believe the whole issue with One Piece's editing and other things - came down to a conspiracy - I do not know who or what organizations were apart of this that basicly wanted 4Kids destroyed over this issue. What it really lead into was the separation between two businesses and business models that need each other. 

I think honestly that Arlong Park maybe or is connected to these organizations. Crunchyroll might have been apart of these organizations.  

The reason i say this is because Al Kahn really gave a damn about One Piece despite all the talk about he didn't, that he was a racist and all the rest. The proof is in a press call he made back in 2003. Now things would have changed and what not - but that press call told me more than anything Arlong to get along Park has ever said during, since and after the fact.

When it came with the Voice Actors for 4Kids's run of One Piece - it was really difficult to figure out why they would say those things in a Convention against the new dub. But what now i sense was just like in the 1960's and certain agitators started riots during the Anti War movement - they did the same thing in the Conventions.  You have to realize that there are tricks to the trade - ADV used to do this in the early days of the Conventions. 

When it comes to the Race issue - thats more towards the side of the Japanese industry and not our end. Political Correctiveness isn't so much of a concept in Japan than it is to the states. When it comes to the issue with missing words and what not - still not 4Kids's fault. You got to understand that they pre-buy the show they want to air - they do a half - translation. It makes it unique. Some words that were missing was because they couldn't digitally place the word into that area without discoloring. It happens way too many times even in the best of programs (CS3 Photoshop can allow you to finally edit videos in certain ways) So its better or erase it. Or in some cases replace it with a symbol. 

When it comes to the actual voice acting - the 4Kids VA's are underrated. The Funi ones were being too pretentious. 

When it came the actual show, 4Kids wanted to keep to the main folk - and remember i stated that they half translate. They skipped (or left for later use) certain arcs to get to major parts of the series. They may have gone back (like they did with other series) and dubbed these episodes. 

Did 4Kids get a head of themselves - maybe but I look back and I said - this series could be cool.

But all the arguments about the differences between American kids and Japanese - About TV editing and the like. About Al Kahn's words in a debate during the Toy Fair in New York back in 2005. 

But the aftermath, seems to be this. Crunchyroll grows by leaps and bounds - while the main three kids companies looking on another chance to get on the Anime/Japanese bandwagon to complement there Hanna Montana/Jamie Lynn Spears/High School Musical gains realize that "second source" of income isn't going to come from people who look like dirt from the gutters. The anime fans seems content on becoming moot. The animation fans deal with Family Guy and Seth MacFarlaine taking over the animation world not locked down by Disney, Nick or CN. And where is One Piece?

Back in the hands of the Pirates. 

What there needs to be is the full story. Not just the hatred for 4Kids coming from people who know nothing about how the company works. Even despite this - many companies who have worked with 4kids has stated the same thing - the same courteous, respectful and dare i say it... NICE company to deal with? Something tells me that 4Kids get the worst rap in the world and some dubbers may have bitten more than they can chew. Its time soon for the real story to come out and let things fall where they may.

One Piece did deserved better. It needed 4Kids in the end of the day. Maybe it needed a new look from fans so blind to realities of life. Maybe it needed...

A fresh start.
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Leading Online Anime Distributor Launches New Korean Drama Series

San Francisco, California (May 4, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll, the online world¹s
number one destination for Asian content, will begin streaming Munhwa
Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Korean drama titles 2 OUTS IN THE 9TH INNING,
OVER THE RAINBOW, PRINCE HOURS and YI-SAN (episodes 1-38 of 77) legally and
for free to users. More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com/drama.

These Korean drama titles are free for all users in the U.S., Canada and
U.S. provinces.

Title Synopses:

2 OUTS IN THE 9TH INNING
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Two_Outs_in_the_Ninth_Inning
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Two_Outs_in_the_Ninth_Inning>
In life and in baseball, you need comebacks!

This is a love story about two characters played by the lovely actress
Soo-ae and handsome actor Lee Jung-jin.

A poet once said that the party is over at 30 but ³Two Outs, Bottom of the
Ninth² counters that with the mantra that the party starts at the age of 30.
Hong Nan-hee (actress Soo-ae) has never hit a home run in life, not to
mention a single as she reaches 30. She thought she worked hard to get ahead
in life but all she has are some small savings in her bank account and a
mother nagging her to get married. But she has one thing to be happy about
in her life. Her current boyfriend is Jung-joo, a talented baseball pitcher
who is aiming to play in the big leagues in America and eight years her
junior. However, like in baseball, there are obstacles to overcome and you
won't know the outcome until the last batter steps up with 2 outs in the
bottom of the 9th Inning ... and swings ...

OVER THE RAINBOW
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Over_The_Rainbow
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Over_The_Rainbow>
Stardom is youth¹s perpetual pursuit.

The bright and dark side of the world of stars is dramatically captured in
this drama by giving a realistic depiction of singer-wannabe's ambition and
their dash for stardom. A story about the painstaking work it takes to
become a popular singer, the intrigues and betrayals arising from constant
meetings and partings, and heartbreaking love that blooms amidst all that.
It presents viewers with a glimpse of a life that burns like a flame.

PRINCE HOURS
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Prince_Hours
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Prince_Hours>
Her Royal Highness, the Queen, is still unwed despite being in her early
thirties. Since she is an only daughter with no prospect of bearing a child
in the foreseeable future, the royal succession is left in uncertainty when
the current heir to the throne meets a sudden death. Seizing the opportunity
afforded by this crisis, the conservative faction, that presently holds sway
in the Court, begins plotting for the crown. Sensing the threat, the Queen
secretly searches for a new Crown Prince outside the palace walls and
discovers Lee Hu, a young man who has been making his living by delivering
Chinese food, in complete ignorance of his royal heritage. Hu, who has never
even dreamed of becoming the King, is unexpectedly ushered into the palace
and subjected to strict training to become the royal heir. This is where the
main action of PRINCE HOURS begins.

YI-SAN (episodes 1-38 of 77)
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Yi_San
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Yi_San>
In the late 18th century, Lee San became the 22nd kind of the Joseon
Dynasty! It was the most tumultuous times ever seen in the 500-year-old
Joseon monarchy!
He was an open-minded, wise king who championed democratic values.
The stories of his glorious triumphs, ordeals, regrets, and historical
achievements are shown in this TV drama.

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

About Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length
episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian
entertainment. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders
including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, d-rights, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony
Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa
Broadcasting Corporation America and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .


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SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF JAPANESE ANIMATION
ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR THE 2009 SPJA INDUSTRY AWARDS

Public Online Voting to Begin at Noon PST on May 4, 2009

Anaheim, California (May 4, 2009) ‹ The Society for the Promotion of
Japanese Animation (SPJA), announces finalists of the 2009 SPJA Industry
Awards today and opens up ALL categories for public voting via both the SPJA
(www.spja.org) and Anime Expo® (www.anime-expo.org) websites. More
information can be found on the website
www.spja.org/spja-industry-awards/spja-industry-awards-polls/

Public voting for the 2009 SPJA Industry Awards will be held via online and
winners will be announced during the Anime Expo® 2009 Industry Reception
held on July 2, 2009 (during Anime Expo®) in Los Angeles, CA.

Leading the pack with 8 nominations is GURREN LAGANN (Bandai Entertainment)
followed by DEATH NOTE (Viz Media) with 6 nominations. Other nominations
include THE GIRL WHO LEPT THROUGH TIME, BLEACH, NARUTO, AFRO SAMURAI, THE
GIRL WHO LEPT THROUGH TIME and much more (see below for full list).

Category 01: Best Voice Actor (Japanese)
-Jun Fukuyama ­ CODE GEASS - Lelouch Lamperouse
-Kappei Yamaguchi ­ DEATH NOTE - L
-Katsuyuki Konishi ­ GURREN LAGANN - Kamina

Category 02: Best Voice Actor (English)
-Samuel L. Jackson ­ AFRO SAMURAI RESURRECTION - Afro and Ninja Ninja
-Dave Wittenburg - NARUTO - Kakashi Hatake
-Kyla Hebert - GURREN LAGANN - Kamina

Category 03: Best Voice Actress (Japanese)
-Riisa Naku ­ THE GIRL WHO LEPT THROUGH TIME - Makoto Konno
-Maaya Sakamoto ­ THE GARDEN OF SINNERS - Shiki Ryogi
-Junko Takeuchi - NARUTO - Naruto Uzumaki

Category 04: Best Voice Actress (English)
-Laura Bailey ­ SHIN CHAN - Shin Chan
-Michelle Ruff - GURREN LAGANN - Yoko
-Michelle Ruff ­ BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY - Rukia Kuchiki

Category 05: Best Casting Director
-Jaime Simone - BLEACH
-Jaime Simone - AFRO SAMURAI RESURRECTION
-Kaeko Sakamoto - GURREN LAGANN

Category 06: Best Character Design
-Masaru Kitao of Madhouse - DEATH NOTE
-Yuji Iwahara ­ DARKER THAN BLACK
-Daisuke Nakayama ­ TWEENY WITHCES

Category 07: Best Mechanical Design
-Yoh Yoshirari - GURREN LAGANN
-Takeshi Takakura ­ GENESIS OF AQUARION
-Niohiro Washio ­ THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE

Category 08: Best Male Character
-Tamaki ­ OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB
-L - DEATH NOTE
-Hei - DARKER THAN BLACK

Category 09: Best Female Character
-Rukia Kuchiki - BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY
-Revy ­ BLACK LAGOON: SECOND BARRAGE
-Sei Sato ­ MARIA WATCHES OVER US (MARIA-SAMA GA MITERU)

Category 10: Best Mascot Character
-Mokona ­ XXXHOLIC
-Kon - BLEACH
-Boota - GURREN LAGANN

Category 11: Best Backround Design
-Ogura Workshop - THE GIRL WHO LEPT THROUGH TIME
-GREEN ­ HELL GIRL
-Minoru Nakamura of Studio Pierrot - BLEACH

Category 12: Best Original Video Animation
-KITE LIBERATOR - Media Blasters
-BALDR FORCE EXE - Funimation Entertainment
-LUCKY STAR OVA - Bandai Entertainment

Category 13: Best Feature Film
- THE GIRL WHO LEPT THROUGH TIME - Bandai Entertainment
- BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY - VIZ Media
-VEXILLE - Funimation Entertainment

Category 14: Best Television Series
-SHIN CHAN - Funimation Entertainment
-NARUTO - VIZ Media
-GURREN LAGANN - Bandai Entertainment

Category 15: Best Original Score
- DEATH NOTE Score - DEATH NOTE - Yoshihisa Hirano and Hideki Taniuchi
-MAD BOMBER - Aquarion - Yoko Kanno and Hokari Hisaaki - Victor
Entertainment
-EMMA: A VICTORIAN ROMANCE (Season 1) - EMMA: A VICTORIAN ROMANCE - Kanihiko
Ryo - Pony Canyon

Category 16: Best Original Song
-"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" - Bleach - Beat Crusaders - Aniplex Inc. - Beat
Crusaders
-"Undine" - ARIA The Animation - Yui Makino - Victor Entertainment - Mina
Kubota ( Music), Eri Kawai (Lyrics)
-"Combat" - AFRO SAMURAI RESURRECTION - RZA and P.DOT - Wu Music - R.Diggs
and N. Greenwood

Category 17: Best Director (Japanese)
-Tetsuro Araki - DEATH NOTE
-Mamory Hosoda - THE GIRL WHO LEPT THROUGH TIME
-Hiroyuki Imaishi - GURREN LAGANN

Category 18: Best Director (American)
-Karl Willems - DEATH NOTE
-Joe DiGiorgi ­ THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE
-Mike Mc Farland ­ ONE PIECE

Category 19: Best Manga - Action
-TSUBASA: RESERVIOR CHRONICLE - Del Rey Manga - CLAMP
-HELLSING - Dark Horse - Kohta Hiano
-BLACK LAGOON - VIZ Media - Rei Hiroe

Category 20: Best Manga - Comedy
-FAIRY TAIL - Del Rey Manga - Hiro Mashima
-TOKYO ZOMBIE - Last Gasp - Yusaka Hangkuma
-KITSUNE NO YOMEIRI - Kodansha Co., Ltd. - Takagi Satoshi

Category 21: Best Manga - Drama
-MONSTER - Viz Media - Naoki Urasawa
-KITCHEN PRINCESS - Del Rey Manga - Miyuki Kobayashi - Natsumi Ando
-GHOST TALKER¹S DAYDREAM - Dark Horse - Okuse Saki - Meguro Sankichi

Category 22: Best Publication
-Shonen Jump - VIZ Media
-Style School - Dark Horse
-Shojo Beat - VIZ Media

Category 23: Best Full Motion Video in Video Game
- AFRO SAMURAI - Namco Bandai
-FINAL FANTASY IV - Square Enix
-LEFT 4 DEAD - Valve/Electronic Arts Inc.


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

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VIZ MEDIA DELIGHTS NARUTO FANS WITH THE NEW SHONEN JUMP NARUTO SHIPPUDEN COLLECTOR 

New Comprehensive Release For Summer 2009 Is The Ultimate Guide For Naruto Shippuden

Manga, Anime, Video Games, Trading Cards And More  

San Francisco, CA, MAY 4, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that SHONEN JUMP is releasing Naruto Shippuden Collector for Summer 2009 on May 5th. The volume is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.  

This exciting edition covers everything about the exotic world of Naruto, from the first-ever in-depth look at the new Shippuden anime story arc to an 11-volume manga guide. It also examines the latest Naruto Shippuden video games, card game and merchandise releases, and is loaded with puzzles, activities and a bonus 17-page manga preview. Also included are two double-sided full-color pinups, a Might Guy promo card, a 100+ Shippuden episode guide, and breakdowns on Series 12 and 13 of the Naruto Trading Card Game. 

“The Naruto phenomenon is dominating many manga and literary best-seller lists across the US,” says Grant Lowery, Editor-In-Chief, SHONEN JUMP Magazine. ”This special Naruto Shippuden Collector is the ultimate guide for both casual and die-hard fans. New fans will love the informative introduction to the world of Naruto Shippuden while experts will be engrossed with the detailed insider coverage of the manga and anime series, as well as video games, trading card games, and merchandise. This is the ultimate must-own collection for any Naruto fan!” 

More than 4.4 million copies of Naruto manga have been sold in North America alone and the property recently held the top 7 spots on The New York Times Manga Best Seller List (April 24, 2009). 

Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto was first introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999 and quickly became that country’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens and has sold more than 85 million copies to-date. The manga series (rated ‘T’ for Teens) and animated counterpart (Naruto rated ‘T’ for teens, and Naruto Shippuden rated ‘T+’ for older teens), is one of VIZ Media’s most successful properties and has captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America. Naruto is a co-production of TV TOKYO, VIZ Media parent company Shueisha Inc., and Pierrot Co., Ltd. 

Naruto Shippuden episodes are currently available for free at www.naruto.com and through a variety of other web-based, video streaming outlets that have partnered with VIZ Media, including Joost and Hulu.  

For more information on Naruto please visit the official Naruto website at www.naruto.com.
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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I was just reminded that I never posted these, in the midst of travel, running around seeing people, heading to the con, etc. So...here's Sheryl!

But first, let me take a moment to advertise my good friend and photographer, Dustin Eppers, who took these photos...and handled the whole thing with the utmost of patience dealing with the terrible, terrible lighting in my apartment (we kept hoping we'd get sun and take photos outside, but no luck), and with posing me and the whole shebang. If you need a photographer in the Pacific Northwest, he's fantastic, and you can contact him at dustin.eppers@gmail.com.

Without further ado!





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http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-05-03T15_41_31-07_00

This time on Vice Squad lunermoth and me, talk about some upcoming shows. some with giant robots, a island and, The Red Army.

Then we get into some news on manga and artbook.

Next up WTF are they thinking.

There's more bad news out there with Jun US shutting down, and CPM filed Chapter 7

Things heat up with funi.

Congratulation to Agent_Lost enjoy your stash.

Plus we all love our Not Miku.

Sic-Fi con caned and people want their money.

Death note movie

hentai in trouble ...... again.

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*flashback*
It was a normal fall day as Hatake Kakashi walked down the trail from his training area to his home.
'A normal day' the young prodigy thought, 'Rin persists in obsessing over me, Obito is late, and I'm one step closer to mastering Chidori.' A smirk crept over the masked face of the chuninn (he hasn't been promoted yet.) of the thought of the look on his teamates faces' as he revealed his secret technique to them. The Smirk quickly faded though as the thought coming home to his father sank into his mind. The elder Hatake had been acting rather strange lately, and Kakashi knew why. Yet the prodigy ingnored the truth, and stepped into the threshold of his home.

"Otou-sama, I'm home!" He called.
"Ahh good Kakashi, come here I have something to tell you." The deep voice of his father boomed.
Every muscle tensed in the young nins body. His father rarely called for him, especialy after that last mission. Sakumo only asked for his son when Kakashi was in trouble.
"H-hai Otou-sama, nani doukashita no?" He asked with a quiver in his voice as he entered the sunroom where his father was sitting.
"Iie," Sakumo said, a light chuckle in his voice, "no you're not in trouble." A sigh of relief overcame Kakashi as he heard his fathers' words.
"Think of it as an early bitrhday present. You are old enough to handle it, plus you know how to use it. Happy Birthday my son." The elder nin said with a smile as he handed the gift to his son. Kakashis' eyes lit up with a glint that was like a kid getting $100 to his favorite candy shop for chirstmas. He nearly jumped for joy.

"Ohh but Kakashi," Sakumo said, voice suddenly growing dark,"The White Fang comes with a price." In the blink of an eye Kakashi was up against the wall a kunai at his throat. He looked into his fathers' dark gray-blue stromy eyes.
"Otou-sama..." Kakashi manged to squeak out.
"Kakashi, I do not want you to make the same mistake I did. Finish your mission at all costs; your commrads can take care of themselves." And with that Sakumo made some hand signs, pinning Kakashi to the wall with a genjustu that didn't allow him to move or close his eyes. The older nin took a katana from the wall and pionted it to his heart.

"Ohh but Kakashi," Sakumo said, voice suddenly growing dark,"The White Fang comes with a price." In the blink of an eye Kakashi was up against the wall a kunai at his throat. He looked into his fathers' dark gray-blue stromy eyes.
"Otou-sama..." Kakashi manged to squeak out.
"Kakashi, I do not want you to make the same mistake I did. Finish your mission at all costs; your commrads can take care of themselves." And with that Sakumo made some hand signs, pinning Kakashi to the wall with a genjustu that didn't allow him to move or close his eyes. The older nin took a katana from the wall and pionted it to his heart.

His final words were, "Boku no aishii..." The silver tint of the sword turned red with blood.
"Otou-sama, aishimasu, itsumo, itsumo" Kakashi cried out.
*back to present*
The secene played in Kakashi's mind as he stood over the Konoha Memorial stone reading the four names that meant so much: Yondaime, Rin, Uchiha Obito, and of course Sakumo Hatake.
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dear kakashi,

i was put in the worst situation on my latest mission. To choose between my comrades whom had been with me from the start, and completing that crucial mission...
i choose to save their lives..risking the safety of the village.. i knew in my heart i was doing the right thing, i was so sure...heck, even if i had gone through with the mission, who's to say the information would have been any of use...but...now,i am hated for it... the very thought of being  hated  by my very own village makes me feel sick.. i am sick of being  looked at as a pile of crap! and it kills  me that they hate you for it.. just as much as me... and to see you stand up for me.. to see you fight anyone who bad mouth me..i''m so proud..so proud the person you have become...if only you really understand what's really going on.... then you might not be so  quick to fight my battlefield ... i don't know  what else to do..they've banned me from taking mission now..that was my whole life..it's all i ever known..if you reading this kakashi... i decide to go through with suicide..is my only option..not just to spare  me the pain but... to protect you.. to make sure it doesn't go any further ..this way,  i know you will gain respect..y you still have a chance...please don't make the same mistake as i didd and I'm sorry i broke my promise.. i know we were going a msiison together to clebrate you become chunnin... but because of the circumstance..it wasn't possible..sorry ..goodbye kakashi love from your ftaher

by kakashisXgal
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http://www.girlamatic.com//comics/jeepers.php?view=archive&chapter=13893

It's the 13th page of the my current storyline, which went up on Friday. Just thought I'd share the link here :) If you're wondering what's up with Jeepers "pet", read the archives, specifically this story http://www.girlamatic.com//comics/jeepers.php?view=archive&chapter=11695

I'm slowly realizing just how crazy it is that this comic has been updating for 6 years. I'm contemplating finishing off the new page of Chateau Wonderful I have partly done http://www.webcomicsnation.com/andre/ChateauWonderful/series.php but keep thinking maybe I should wait till I have more pages. I do plan on posting whatever I can over the summer before convention planning stuff happens again.
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As you can see, Rin is more happy with her costume than Kat.
As you can see, Rin is more happy with her costume than Kat.
...I forgot to finish Kat's !@#$ing mouth interior after I worked on the inking. Sigh!
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Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May when Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. actually does something good for the world of comics and works with the big and small publishers alike to produce and distribute free comics to be obtained at participating comic book shops around the nation.

But don't take my word for it. Listen to famous celebrity Hugh Jackman!

  


About 40 different comics were made for the day. I could only get my hands on three of them before my guilt of taking too many would kick in. Here's the rundown on what I got.

Blackest Night #0

Hal Jordan and Barry Allen (He's back if you missed a step) discuss the loss of friends and colleagues, as well as their own respective funerals, over Batman's grave. Hal makes note of how vulnerable the JLA has become since Barry's death and despite he and Bruce not getting along much, Hal still considers Bruce a friend. Then Black Hand of the Black Lantern Corps. comes to raid dead heroes' graves for fresh recruits

(Side note: Sue Dibney has a slightly bigger, more imressive tombstone than her husband Ralph, a.k.a. Elongated Man. Poor Ralph.)

The rest of the book is a mini enclypedia covering the different colored lantern corps. It's a good catch up for people who didn't know green and yello weren't the only colors anymore.

The Avengers

This book pits the New Avengers and the Dark Avengers (What, no Mighty?) begrudgingly working together to defeat a frost giant and save the world. Oh, and Thor's there for a little bit. The story is told from Spider-Man's view, which is obviously a great vantage point to see how screwed up it is to have Norman Osborn lead the Avengers, and even moreso when he actually makes sense (Those must be some powerful meds).

Also, just have to say, I love Venom back to the old spider symbol on his suit. Is anyone else waiting to see the Iron Patriot be painted green and purple though?

Shonen Jump Special: Karakuridoji Ultimo

Stan Lee's manga drawn by Shamen King creator Hiroyuki Takei makes its stateside debut. This crazy, old scientist (who bears an uncanny, amazing, incredible, fantastic resemblance to a certain comic creator) creates two mechanical boys that embody perfect good and perfect evil, names Ultimo and Vice respectively. Then time jump 1,000 years and Ultimo shows up to fight a giant monster.

Not much to the story in these few pages. However, this free comic has some neat extras, namely an interview of Lee by Takei, as well as a two-page wide centerfold with the Lee-esque scientist on the front. Finally, the book contains liner notes of other Shonen Jump series in the back.

So there you go. Three of the many books available for free from comic shops around the nation. If you want to know what the others are like, head to your local shop and see if they have any left. They are free after all.

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It was a good day, a productive day. Even got a Gurren Lagann shirt on sale, and then managed to lose it somewhere in the mall. There goes a formerly well-spent $10.
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This began as an attempt to fill out the About Me section, but it kinda got a bit big for that so I decided to post it as a blog


This is where....
This is where....
Hey, my name's Aidan. I'm 17 years old and I live in a semi-suburban area in Australia, just south of Sydney. My anime fandom probably started at about 8 when I used to watch Toonami almost religiously. Both Sailor Moon and Digimon held great interest with me and I recorded and watched every episode of both shows many, many times. I watched a few others such as DBZ and Transformers occasionally though my love for Digimon spurred me so far as to cut together a rudimentary 'best of' tape (keep in mind this was the work of a 10 year old with a pair of VCR's so it wasn't exactly spectacular).
...it all began
...it all began

My interest tapered off as I started high school and was completely replaced with a passion for video games. I got heavily into Flash and Newgrounds, here is where I began my introduction into the ways of the internet. Forums, IRC's, blogging, usernames, avatars - all these terms and more were slowly introduced to me. At 13, I started to teach myself Flash's proprietary coding language, Actionscript and I've known since then that making games is what I want to do for a living.

About 2 years ago, however I started getting back into anime in a big way. It began with a conversation with a few friends reminiscing over the old cartoons we used to watch as kids and the huge amount of enjoyment we got from them. The conversation eventually got around to how one of them had watched the entire of DBZ on Yahoo! Video. This surprised me as I had never really looked into the priracy scene, the extent of my experience being grabbing a few songs off of Limewire and I'd used it enough to know that if you were looking for a video file, you would never find what you were after through the hoards of virus infested porn. With this tidbit of information in hand, I found the 290 episode playlist in a matter of minutes and spent the following 2 week school holidays marathon watching the entire series and absolutely loving it.
The awesome action and drama kept me riveted.... at least until the Bount arc
The awesome action and drama kept me riveted.... at least until the Bount arc

With the completion of DBZ, I started looking for other shows that might interest me and I was eventually led to a little number called Bleach. Whilst DBZ piqued my interest in what anime offered, Bleach solidified my fandom and inadvertently introduced me to the concept of the fansub. Up until now, I hadn't even considered watching the shows any other way but in the English dub. The site I steamed it from, however, only had the first handful of episodes in English, before alternating between the dub and the sub,until, at about episode 9 or 10, it completely swapped to the original Japanese audio. I think it was the direct comparison of watching one episode in English and straight away, watching the next in Japanese that allowed me to see that the Japanese audio was light years better than the dub.

After coming back to school, I found that the 3 other friends that I had that nostalgic conversation with had also undergone similar experiences. One told me of the drama and action of FullMetal Alchemist, another talked of the suspense and grip of Death Note and yet another talked about the shock and power and Elfen Lied. As I watched each of these shows, one after the other, the sheer scope of the medium opened up to me. Top ten lists and forum posts guided my viewing and words like shonen, shojo, seinen, moe and otaku began to enter into my vocabulary. I started reading manga and grasped the basics of the japanese language.

Whilst all this was happening, my understanding and appreciation for games had also been growing at an arguably greater rate and an event occurred which affected be, to be honest, way more that it probably should have. A man who lives on the opposite side of the globe, whom I've never met, was fired for doing his job. This event (I'm sure most of you know what I'm talking about) led me to a website called Giant Bomb, a truly unique website which I began visiting daily. A few months after their official launch, they announced the creation of a sister site, to be named Anime Vice, which along with their original website, Comic Vine, continued to expand Wiskey Media's attempt to make the most nerdgasmic websites on the internet.

Well, this is where I sit right now, in front of my moniter, typing onto this form and whilst It'll always take a back seat to games, I love anime and I hope to be an otaku for life!
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Yeah, I can't color for shit. It's the shading that kills me.


She didn't really know what she'd signed up for when she said she'd cosplay. And yet it's pretty clear she shaved for the gear though. Silly Kat. (Yes, Rin is dressed as Ranka, but I haven't finished her yet.)
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Okay... so I've read over the rules and other such threads in the RPG section, but I'm still a bit confused by how things are handled here. It isn't all fight-based rpging, correct? Also, you can play both original and canon characters depending on the thread/rpg?

And most importantly, how do I get myself involved in the rpgs? There is the Official Training thread, but it doesn't look like much is actually going on in it so I'm not sure what I should be doing. Any help would be awesome.
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Was ruined by that guy who killed 7 people and himself while trying to hit the bus our royal family was in. D@mn that`s the one thing that ruined my day i was having so much fun till i heard about it:(. So yeah that sucked but i gotta move on.

only €4.00
only €4.00



























What i Bought:

I didn't buy much only the market was waaaaay smaller this year i didnt see much stuff i wanted and all the good merchendize was already taken when i arrived at one guy who sells awesome collectors items but i still got a good deal from him.
  • A used Operation Overdrive Morpher / Go Go Phone the package is all broken up the screen is scratched and there is a small piece of plastic missing. It isn't as great as the real Go Go Phone i already had in my possession but it was so cheap and it still works so i couldn't resist myself from buying it.:)
  • 6 DVD`s (see photo) my favorite buy here is ''the Legend of the Evil Lake'' by Lee Kwang-Hoon its one of my most favorite K-Horror movies next to ''The Red Shoes'', ''Three'' and ''Cinderella''
  • Misc Power Ranger figures: TimeGreen, TimeYellow, WildForceRed and a NinjaStorm Green (hell the guy just thruw them in my bag he was so glad to be rid of them)
  • and a couple of finger sized Super Sentai mech from an unknown 3rd party company from left to right DynaRobo, a miss-colored BioRobo, a Miss-colored TurboRobo, a badly colored LiveRobo and a Turbo Robo with the right colours these are just cool i didnt bought them because it was the last thing he had XD

Also a couple of comics those where only €0.50,- pp CHEAP!!!
  • Civil War misc. (havent really looked what i bought yet but i got 10 civil war books now)
  • Earth X collection book (hardcover)
  • Batman: Year One
  • Joker the Killing Joke (hardcover)
  • Superman: time and time again.
  • The Spirit (hardcover)
  • Marvels #1
  • Hellsing #7
That`s it i wasnt really in a buying mood anymore i`m still sad :(
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