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I was playing around with my new camera and I took a picture of my nemesis. You can actually see the malice in his eyes.
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Leading Online Video Distributor Finalizes Deal to Stream Highly Popular
Korean Dramas

San Francisco, California (March 16, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll, the online world¹s
#1 destination for Asian content and social networking service, announces a
strategic partnership with the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to
stream more than 30 complete Korean dramas series, of which the first will
begin streaming week of March 16, 2009.  More information can be found at

This strategic partnership will bring MBC dramas to the North American
segment of Crunchyroll¹s international platform that serves over five (5)
million unique users.  Each week more complete MBC series will be released
on the Crunchyroll platform for free ad-supported viewing.

³We would like to extend our warmest welcome to our newest content partner
MBC², states Crunchyroll Vice President Ilya Levtov. ³The Crunchyroll
audience has always been passionate about Korean dramas and it is a pleasure
to make this collection of great dramas available to our millions of users
in North America.²

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

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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Aurora Publishing Announces Borders Exclusive for Chika Shiomi¹s Latest
Series, Queen of Ragtonia!
Torrance, CA, March 16, 2009 ‹ AURORA PUBLISHING, INC., the innovative manga
publishing company that debuted its first releases in 2007, announced a
chilling and provocative shojo horror/fantasy series currently running in
Japan.  Filled with suspense, adventure, drama and the emotional
rollercoaster a young princess must undergo when faced with a tragic past
and an uncertain destiny, QUEEN OF RAGTONIA makes its highly anticipated
debut in the United States.  After a string of top-selling hit titles both
in Japan and in the U.S. such as CANON, NIGHT OF THE BEASTS, and YURARA,
CHIKA SHIOMI'S QUEEN OF RAGTONIA Volume 1, rated ³T²(Teen) for ages 13 and
above, will be in BORDERS Bookstores in March 16, 2009 and will retail for

CHIKA SHIOMI'S QUEEN OF RAGTONIA is the noted mangaka¹s remake of a

(fan comic work) that she created prior to her professional debut as a manga
artist in Japan.  First appearing in the pages of Shodensha's Mugen
Anthology Gensou Collection under the Japanese title Ragtonia, the fantasy
thriller depicts the riveting story of Princess Falna.  She was the only
member of her kingdom¹s royal family to escape the ruthless Necromancer¹s
bloody attack that took the lives of her family and every one who tried to
protect her.  This turned her into a member of the Ragtonia, a person who
has had a part of their body stolen by the Necromancer. On the brink of
death, Falna is saved when she makes a pact with the spirit of a dead
soldier from her kingdom.  Joining forces with a sword-wielding giant and
possessing the magical demon-busting sword, the Igliese, she begins her
quest to kill the Necromancer, release the Ragtonia and free her country
from horror and destruction.  All the elements of drama, romance, and
adventure that made CHIKA SHIOMI an international success are masterfully
woven together in this compelling new shojo fantasy series.

³CHIKA SHIOMI¹S amazing talent appeals to both shoujo and shonen readers,
and her latest work is sure to captivate fans of all genres in North
America. We are very thrilled with the exclusive deal with Borders, for they
are the biggest supporter of manga and know how manga works very well², said
Nobuo Kitawaki, president of AURORA PUBLISHING, INC. The exclusive will be
for 4 months, and the title is going to be available at any other retailers
in August, 2009.

About Aurora Publishing, Inc.:
Located in Torrance, California, Aurora Publishing, Inc. (established 2006)
is a fully-owned subsidiary of Ohzora Publishing Co., the number one
publishing house in Japan in terms of female manga franchises and number of
manga publications for women.  Dedicated to publishing manga of the highest
artistic quality with the highest entertainment value for females of all
ages, Aurora Publishing, Inc. is focused on publishing translated Japanese
manga titles for the North American market, as well as developing American
manga for the worldwide market.  More information can be found online at: <http://www.aurora-publishing.> . ³Aurora
Publishing -Experience the Allure of Manga"
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Online Media Distribution Giant to Launch Overseas Premiere of "Real Life"
Comedic Series

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 16, 2009) -- On the wave of a
successful partnership since Global Shinkai Day, Japanese entertainment
company, Comix Wave Films, continues a fruitful partnership with online
media distribution giant, Crunchyroll, to debut Ry?ichi Mori's comedy shorts
PEEPING LIFE to an international audience this Spring.  More information can
be found at <> .

"We are very excited to introduce another new and talented creator's work to
the world through Crunchyroll" states Comix Wave Films Director Kazuki
Sunami.  "Peeping Life gives fans around world a glimpse at how comedians
here make typical Japanese life situations humorous and fun."

Crunchyroll Representative Director, Vince Shortino, states "PEEPING LIFE
introduces some great MANZAI (Japanese comedic duos) that we think will be
give our fan's not only a great laugh, but a peep into Japanese life. "

PEEPING LIFE utilizes the animation technique of rotoscoping, developed and
patented by Max Fleisher, in which animators trace over live-action film
movement, frame by frame, for usage in animated films.  This technique
creates realistic fluid movements and has been used in many well known
animated and live-action projects to create a sense of realism.

Title Synopsis:

PEEPING LIFE features popular comic duos ad-libbing around sticky situations
that are not too uncommon in Japanese society.   Take a break from the
stresses of daily life, sit back and enjoy a good laugh!

About Comix Wave Films
CoMix Wave Films began in creative contracting and currently engages in
animated movie production, distribution and package sales as well as
overseas sales. We staff each step with a small number of highly skilled
people, hoping to create works that will both fully display its creators'
abilities and stand the test of time. Our mission is to work with
imaginative artists to deliver heartfelt works to the people of the world.

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
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 ChibiSan, is the woman who I portray. :]

So, if you've got her on your friends list, then add?


Love Always,

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New Episode Coincides With Debut Of Capcom’s Street Fighter IV Video Game And Spotlights Related Manga And Anime On Popular Web Site


Burbank, Calif. and New York, NY, March 16, 2009 – Bang Zoom! Entertainment, a leading full-service audio post production company and producer of original entertainment content, has produced a special new episode of “Manga Minutes” focusing on the popular Street Fighter video game, manga, and anime properties. Video game manufacturer Capcom recently released the highly anticipated Street Fighter IV, the next iteration of the genre-establishing fighting game series. This marks the first new video game entry announced for the property in nearly eight years, following the acclaimed Street Fighter III Third Strike. The Street Fighter episode is available at:


“Manga Minutes” is a fun, new web-based series that complements Manga Entertainment’s destination site,  “Manga Minutes,” which has been nominated for a 2009 Webby Award, features a unique blend of video, product-related information and other editorial content and offers fans a customized way to experience a wide range of manga and anime. “Manga Minutes” is hosted by Yoko and Rogue, a duo of lively, animated hosts and showcases reviews of anime, manga, and video games from a variety of publishers. Manga.Com is the official site of Manga Entertainment, a leading publisher of anime titles such as Ghost in the Shell, Astro Boy, Ninja Scroll, Blood: The Last Vampire, and many more.

Street Fighter revolutionized the fighting genre and created a global legacy since its debut over 20 years ago.
Street Fighter started a phenomenon in arcades in 1987 and went on to spawn several successful sequels that continue to be played. The massive popularity of the game further inspired a feature-length anime film, a live-action movie starring Jean Claude Van Damme, a manga series, and an array of trading cards and other collectables. 


“The massive international fan base for Street Fighter epitomizes the synergy between video games, anime, manga and film and the special feature on Manga Minutes gives a fun and informative look at how this unique game has impacted all these genres,” says Grant Luke, Capcom Sr. Product Marketing Manager.


“Licensed content from throughout the “Street Fighter” franchise has been amongst of the most successful in the broader Manga Entertainment library of content,” said David Katz, Executive Director, Digital Media for Starz Media’s Manga Entertainment. “We celebrate the release of Capcom’s ‘Street Fighter IV’ with this special ‘Manga Minutes,’ as well as special promotions we have on Facebook (“Street Fighter” wallpaper), YouTube (Street Fighter playlist on Manga Entertainment’s YouTube channel), and more at”


Street Fighter IV is the latest in the wildly popular franchise and promises to deliver an extraordinary experience that will re-introduce the world to the fast-paced action of virtual martial arts. Capcom brings 25 fighters, including the return of the original 12 World Warriors, Ryu, Chun-Li, and more. The characters and environments are rendered in stylized 3D computer graphics (CG), while the game is played in the classic Street Fighter 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes. Mixing tried-and-true classic moves and techniques with all-new game play systems, Street Fighter IV brings a brand new fighting game to eager fans around the world.


Street Fighter has captivated millions of players around the world for more than two decades and the enduring popularity of the related anime and manga have prepped nearly two generations of fans for the debut of Street Fighter IV,” says Eric P. Sherman, President of Bang Zoom! Entertainment. “With plenty in store for the new game and lots of other related genres to explore there is plenty to get excited about in this latest Manga Minutes episode!”



About Capcom
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. Founded in 1983, the company has created world-renowned franchises including Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Breath of Fire, Devil May Cry and the Onimusha series. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan the company maintains operations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Tokyo, Korea and Hong Kong. More information about Capcom and its products can be found on the company’s web site at


About Manga Entertainment

Manga Entertainment Ltd. is an entertainment company specializing in the production, marketing and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, television, Internet, DVD and home video release worldwide.  The Manga film library is marketed and distributed in the U.S. through Anchor Bay Entertainment.  The company is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in London and Tokyo.  Manga Entertainment is a division of Starz Media LLC (, a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, attributed to Liberty Capital Group.


About Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Inc.

Headquartered in Burbank, California, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Inc. is a leading and award winning full service audio post production studio working in the fields of feature films, television, electronic entertainment, anime and direct to home entertainment projects. Founded in 1993, Bang Zoom! Entertainment maintains operations in the U.S. with three buildings, six recording/mixing stages and a staff of just under 200 actors, writers, directors and technicians. Bang Zoom! Entertainment is committed to carrying out innovative projects that contribute to the promotion of global cultural awareness. More information about Bang Zoom! Entertainment and its products can be found on the company’s web site, which is located at

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TAF Pre-Show Day 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tomorrow is an exciting day.

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

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

Japanese plurals are exactly the same as singulars.

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

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



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

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I made it safely to Japan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About VIZ Media, LLC

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

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


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


Track list:


2. Resonant blue

3. Ame no furanai hoshide wa aisenai darou

4. Take off is now!

5. Naichau kamo

6. Watashi no miryoku ni kidukanai donkanna hito

7. Gurguru JUMP

8. Mikan

9. Jounetsu no kiss wo hitotsu

10. It's You

11. Onna ni sachi are

12. Kataomoi no owari ni

13. Kanashimi twilight



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

Anime Expo Official Website:




Morning Musume on -

Morning Musume official website -





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


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


As of January 1, 2009, all new releases on the website have been encoded at 320 kbps. In addition, the company has begun the process of retro-fitting their entire catalog to the higher bit rate, including girugamesh, Dazzle Vision, Hangry & Angry, ketchup mania, Head Phones President, Sweet Vacation, BESPA KUMAMERO, and Swinging Popsicle. will allow users to upgrade their music and re-download previously purchased albums and singles for no charge.


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




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Already attended NYCC

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

Maybe a few smaller ones accross the way.

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hey hey its my b-day 2day!!!
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I had the opportunity to watch a bit of the English dub of FREEDOM on Tuesday.
For those who aren't familiar w/ FREEDOM, it's an OVA series released under the Honneamise label by Bandai Entertainment. Conceptual designs are by Katsuhiro Otomo, who created AKIRA.

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

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

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

But this is how an English dub should be!
I highly recommend watching it anyway you can.
If you don't have a BluRay player, bug your local anime club or anime convention to screen the series.
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