On days like today, when the sky is as blank as the paper in my laser printer, the air as thick with moisture as my bath towel on a Saturday night, and the fields, houses and foliage along the roads I travel from work to home as lifeless as the scenery in an old tintype, I just want to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and watch some Azumanga Daioh. Chiyo-chan! You go, Tomo! Get it together, Osaka! Miss Sakaki, you're so cool!
CRUNCHYROLL PRESENTS BEST MOTORING INTERNATIONAL BY GTCHANNEL
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San Francisco, CA (January 05, 2008) – Ferraris, BMW M3, Porches, tire smoking drifting, Honda VTECｓ and more roar onto Crunchyroll with the GT Channel page. More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com> .
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Right now i am listening to You're Gonna go Far Kid By.The Offspring Bullet With Butterfly Wings By.Smashing Pumpkins Plush By.Stone Temple Pilots Hit In the Usa By.The Beat Crusaders Asterik By.Orange Range So what are u listening too huh comment and let me know and let me know what u think of these songs ok PEace An LOve
I went to Mitsuwa, a Japanese supermarket, in Torrance yesterday & I bumped into Mika-san of Aurora Publishing.
I was shopping for instant oshiruko (sweet red bean soup w/ grilled mochi) & instant amazake (sweet sake, although it's non-alcoholic), when she called out my name. Hmm, not particularly how I want people to see me in public... but she knows I like sweets.
She was shopping for dinner, after a few days of vacation for the New Year.
Broccoli USA president Kaname & I are planning to meet w/ her this coming Friday for dinner. Place TBD.
PS. Since Aurora Publishing licensed Cigarette Kisses, I sent them the Broccoli Books production materials to see if they can use them. They haven't received the CDR yet, so I might have to send them a new copy... Time to look for the harddrive that contained all the files. Hopefully the mail was just delayed from the holiday season.
Well, now that it's over, I'll tell you how it went.
Basically the weekend was spent driving home from Florida (I went on a cruise - see my blog for funny details), first spending five hours riding in the car from Ft. Lauderdale to my grandparents' home in Jacksonville, stayed the night at a local hotel, and then another 8 hours the next day from there to home in my undisclosed state that some of you may know already.
The first ride was the worst since all of my good stuff (portable DVD player, DVDs) was left at my grandparents' place before we went on the cruise, and by the time the cruise was over and we were driving home, I had already finished the 14 volumes of Love Hina, 1 volume of Haruhi, 1 volume of Higurashi, and 21 volumes of Kare Kano I had brought with me, so I was very bored.
Well, this weekend my destination was New Hampshire to hit the ski slopes! I had just enough dough in my pocket to be able to afford one lift ticket, and I intended toget the most out of the lifts that I could. I was gonna really cut loose and tear it up!
So, I was gonna be heading out early on Thursday morning because I had to drop my brother off at Logan Airport (BOS) on the way. We were carrying a cargo of surf-boards as he was moving to Hawaii until November. His flight was six and the airport was an hour and a half away, so we left at four o'clock Ante Meridiem, got him on the plane then proceeded north, toward Bretton Woods and so many hundreds of feet of verticle drop.
A head cold! Oh, no!
So, instead of hitting the slopes, I ended up hitting the sack. I took enough meds to knock me out, and I played Star Ocean 2 on my PSP from most of Thursday to about eleven Post Meridiem last night (Saturday.) I think in total I logged about thirty hours on the game.
I did hit the snowmobile trails for about a half an hour or so yesterday when I was feeling a little better, but didn't want to spend too much time in the cold, so I didn't risk an extended jaunt.
Now I am home with all my cash still in pocket, and a slightly sore throat. Oh well, I saved some money, maybe I'll go out and pick up my comics.
With Broccoli USA closing, all of a sudden I don't have to worry about three blogs. But that makes my itchy blogging fingers, well... itchy.
So I thought I'll blog a bit here. Since I don't want to blog about anime/manga/games on my personal blog, since anime/manga/game = work for me.
Plus I never got around to finishing the "What's Not Working in Japan" series on Industry Babble 2.0, so I thought I'd continue it here.
I'll continue to write here periodically as long as I'm not employed. Or my next employer lets me blog my opinions freely here.
For those who aren't familiar with me, here's a bit of an introduction. I've been working in the anime/manga industry for 9+ years. First at Digital Manga, and then as a founding staff member of Broccoli USA. I produced several anime shows in the US including I'm Gonna be an Angel, Di Gi Charat, and most notably FLCL. I was also the managing editor for Broccoli Books, responsible for licensing each of the titles.
Being bilingual, I've worked with people in both Japan and the US. And being the righthand woman for the presidents of both companies, I got to meet lots of executives who make decisions about the Japanese & US content business.
Of course both are small companies, so I also got to dip my hands into retail & e-commerce, manufacturing & wholesale, marketing & sales, event planning & guest relations. I've even tried voice acting (only walla, though!). I'm never going to do that again...
Someone pointed out in my previous blog that the two sites/companies that hosted my Industry Babble blog pulled out of the US market, so maybe it's a cursed blog. So I don't want to put poor Gia out of a job by calling this Industry Babble 3.0 *laugh*
This will just be Shizuki's little corner on AnimeVice.com.
Hope you find my little corner entertaining, if not a bit interesting.
So, someone recently suggested that I was like Nagi from Kannagi (because I accidentally glued a pen to my coffee table, apparently Nagi did something similar with her magical girl wand or whatever?), and it made me think of anagrams. I have a few that include "Nagi" in my full name ("Georgia Manry"):
- A Merry-Go-Nagi - Nagi Ream Orgy
I wonder what other anime characters I can pull together an anagram for? Maybe Nia from Gurren Lagann? - Nia: Gory Gamer - Gar Me Gory, Nia
Currently, I'm rewatching the first episode of Kamen Rider Dragon Knight on CW4kids. For the rest of the weekend, I plan to hang out with some friends I haven't seen in a while and hopefully get some work done blogging and for my anime club.
Yokohama, Japan - January 2, 2009 - HearJapan's 3rd day in its visual kei week is introducing a band that made their debut in 2008. The band is led by lead singer, Mar and the guitarist Takanori Tsunoda. Many fans of the band had the opportunity to see MarBell at this past year's Otakon in Baltimore. MarBell differ from most other visual bands, not because the lead singer is feminine, but because she is actually a female. While the band is supported by the fashion brand H.Naoto and place a high premium on their visuals, the music has numerous pop influences making it great on first listen. Their first album "Sister " is about an imaginary sister the singer Mar would turn to during tough times, especially when her brother died during the production of the album.
HearJapan decided to debut this band on January 2nd, because this day is a new day for MarBell. The band has entered the studio to start recording on their new material today. Upcoming releases from MarBell will also be sold on HearJapan in the future. For now enjoy the band's first offering, "Sister" which is available at HearJapan.com for 1494 yen and comes with 9 extra pictures from the album! If you are new to the band, check out their videos on the "Sister " album page.
As a side update, the live report from X Japan's Countdown live now has high quality pictures from the night. As always with HearJapan you can expect nothing but quality. Tomorrow will conclude HearJapan's Visual Week with a new surprise artist.
What is HearJapan? HearJapan is a digital music store that sells MP3s of all kinds of Japanese music. With an English-language interface, international credit card purchasing capabilities, and exclusive materials from some of Japan's most important, up-and-coming and established bands, it is has become a go-to resource for music lovers worldwide.
MarBell Profile: http://www.hearjapan.com/store/group/MarBell Sister Album Page: http://www.hearjapan.com/store/album_info/Sister