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FUNimation Entertainment Announces Strategic Alliance with GDH for More Effective Delivery of Titles to North America
 
Flower Mound, Texas – March 20, 2008 -- FUNimation® Entertainment and Japanese producer GDH have entered into an agreement to broadcast GDH’s current and future hit series via online media distribution and to collaborate on each series DVD launch in the US.
The strategic alliance will begin Friday, March 20 with the action fantasy anime series "The Tower of Druaga" and the action horror series "Blassreiter".
The collaboration will showcase English subtitled versions of GDH properties streamed via FUNimation’s website (www.funimation.com) as well as through GDH’s key video-sharing partners.
 
In addition, FUNimation will offer a download-to-own option for these episodes through www.funimation.com and other sites at $1.99 per episode. 
 
“Our eventual goal is to simulcast these series online in tandem with the Japanese broadcast debut,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. “We will also be working much more closely with GDH on the U.S. DVD release of the dubbed series. This coordination will enhance the success of these series in the U.S.”
 
”We are very excited about this strategic alliance, which enables us to deliver GDH content to US audiences much more effectively in multiple media platforms such as growing online media and traditional packaged media,”  said Shinichiro Ishikawa, Executive Vice President of GDH.
 
 
About GDH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
GDH is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults through its GONZO animation brand. Kids and family product is distributed through the GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands.
GDH is a world leader in content development targeting both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. For additional information, visit www.gdh.co.jp/english (for GDH) and www.gonzo.co.jp(for GONZO - Japanese only).
GDH group companies include GONZO Rosso K.K., GONZO K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., and GK Entertainment K.K.
 
About FUNimation Entertainment
 
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States.  FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

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03.20.2009

TAF 2009 Public Day 1

Today, I had a meeting w/ Organic.
So I went to Big Sight on a public day... which was very crowded & stuffy.

After the lunch meeting w/ Organic, I was about to leave when I get a call from an unknown number.
I had given out my new cell phone number to a bunch of people, so I wasn't sure who was calling...

And it was vocalist Aina Kase, who I met during Anime Expo last year.
She was at TAF with Circus producer tororo and Cy-Rim rev vocalist Miru!!
I quickly headed back to the exhibit hall & met up with them. I hadn't contacted them about going to Japan b/c I wasn't sure if I would have time to meet them... so it was a pleasant surprise.

Both Aina Kase & Miru gave me their most recent CDs.
I will review them here in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

After saying goodbye to them, I headed out to Akihabara to meet up w/ BEI coordinator Loy.
I did a bit of shopping, and then we all headed out to Roppongi to eat sushi w/ an old college friend of mine. I haven't had kaiten sushi in a long time (8 years to be exact), so I specifically requested for it.

Tomorrow... I'll be going to Ikebukuro to meet an old Broccoli colleague.
Then I'm off to Big Sight to have dinner w/ voice actress Asami Sanada (Dejiko).
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Tears to Tiara and Fullmetal Alchemist - Brotherhood to debut across Asia on Animax on same-time and same-week broadcast respectively

Animax-asia in historical broadcast deal to offer world's first same-time simulcast of an anime TV series with Tears to Tiara, premiering 06 Apr 09, airing Mondays 12.35am (SEA/PH/HK/TW) on Animax, simultaneous to the series' 1.35am (Tokyo) debut in Japan

2009's most-anticipated blockbuster anime series Fullmetal Alchemist - Brotherhood to debut on Animax-asia in a same-week broadcast deal, premiering 10 Apr 09, airing Fridays 8.30pm (SEA/PH/TW/SA), with each new episode airing within six days of its premiere in Japan
 
20 March 2009, Singapore – Come 6 April 2009, Animax-asia will write itself firmly into the annals of international TV history as the WORLD'S FIRST BROADCASTER to offer a new anime series outside Japan on a same-time simulcast! Clinching the groundbreaking deal, Animax-asia proudly presents the world premiere of Tears to Tiara across Asia, completely simultaneous with the anime series' debut in Japan on Chiba TV.
 
And with just four days to catch their breath from the record-setting same-time anime simulcast, Animax viewers will enjoy the spectacular premiere of blockbuster anime series Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood in Animax-asia's first same-week broadcast deal on 10 April 2009! Under this agreement, fans across Asia will catch exclusively on Animax, the long-awaited new series that follows the top-rated Fullmetal Alchemist series, within just six days that each new episode premieres in Japan.
 
A first for ANY broadcaster outside Japan, the elusive and unprecedented same-day-and-time premiere of Tears to Tiara marks a new standard in international anime broadcast pioneered by Animax-asia. With the fastest TV broadcast of an anime series outside Japan being same-day prior to the deal, Animax-asia breaks all records with Tears to Tiara's 6 April 2009, 12.35am (SEA/PH/HK/TW) early Monday morning premiere that is fully synchronized with Japan's 1.35am (Tokyo) broadcast.
 
“The inaugural deal to bring Tears to Tiara to Animax viewers across Asia simultaneous with viewers in Japan is a milestone not only for Animax-asia, but also for the anime business as the speed of international broadcast is brought to its pinnacle. We are very proud to provide viewers with what was previously seemingly impossible,” said Gregory Ho, Vice President & General Manager, Animax-asia.
 
Promising enthralling characters, beautiful artwork, and an exciting storyline complete with spellbinding powers and epic battles, Tears to Tiara draws its inspiration from the gaming arena where it originates as a captivating fantasy role-playing game on the PC and Sony PlayStation 3 platforms. Published by AQUAPLUS, the Japanese games publisher behind titles like ‘To Heart’ and ‘Utawarerumono’, the ‘Tears to Tiara’ game proved so popular that it sold out across Asia at Sony as of March 2009.
 
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST – BROTHERHOOD WIELDS ITS MAGIC ON ANIMAX
 
Following the exhilaration of Tears to Tiara, Animax viewers will then be among the first in the world outside Japan to enjoy the highly-anticipated Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood when it debuts 10 April 2009, airing Fridays, 8.30pm (SEA/PH/TW/SA) across Asia on Animax!
 
Definitely THE biggest anime series of the year and in the same league of household anime titles including Slam Dunk, Dragon Ball, Gundam and Naruto that have taken the world by storm, Fullmetal Alchemist - Brotherhood will see all 51 episodes come to Animax in the same week of its Japan premiere via Animax-asia's same-week broadcast deal.
 
Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood is the third and latest on-screen rendition of the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise based on the best-selling manga (comics) series by Hiromu Arakawa. Production for Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood is undertaken by anime studio BONES which made the previous Fullmetal Alchemist series, and is directed by Yasuhiro Irie who also helmed Kurau: Phantom Memory, Soul Eater, episodes of Alien Nine and RahXephon, as well as animation sequences in the first Fullmetal Alchemist series.
 
“Set to emulate the overwhelming success of the first series and sequel movie, Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood offers a touching story, exciting action and fantastic artwork that have become hallmarks of the world-renowned Fullmetal Alchemist franchise. Definitely the biggest and most keenly anticipated mega anime title this year, Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood comes to Animax amidst stiff competition for the show worldwide, and that is made all the more satisfying for our viewers with the highly-coveted same-week broadcast,” added Gregory Ho.
 
Airing in original Japanese audio, premiering episodes of Tears to Tiara will be accompanied by local language subtitles, while Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood will include English and Chinese subtitles for a start. To ensure fans do not miss out on the latest action, Animax will offer primetime repeat broadcasts of Tears to Tiara and Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood, as well as a recap marathon of the month's new episodes on the last Saturday and Sunday of each month starting from 25 and 26 April respectively.
 
“Tears to Tiara and Fullmetal Alchemist - Brotherhood are top draw titles and we are very pleased to present this unique opportunity for Animax viewers to join fellow fans in Japan to catch up on the action. With a significant amount of resources invested and efforts to overcome the multitude of logistical challenges, the two shows represent Animax-asia's commitment to bring the very latest and best anime content within the shortest possible time,” added Ho.
 
Finally, from 26 March 2009, viewers can pledge to be part of history at www.ipledgeAnimax.com and join in the online countdown to the historical Tears to Tiara broadcast and debut of 2009's biggest title Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood this April on Animax.
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I am outta here to the land of OZ, not the ones with small orange people and an annoying scarecrow as it's king. There will be no ruby red slippers where I am going. Just lots of Kangaroos, beer and barbaques. BRING ON THE CHICKED SALT....... The main reason im going is to see the one and only Jewel or as I call her My Girl. So I may pop on time to time, there may even be a random video thrown up of our mighty trip to see Watchmen and alot of pictures of my trip. But more importantly I will not really be on for about 5 weeks. Hears the whole vice breathe a sigh, enjoy it guys .

Bye Sparrow

goes to sit on a plane for 20 hours.

 

(yes I copied half my blog from vine:p)

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I have a confession to make...I never have seen Full Metal Alchemist!

But I am correcting that, I have had the first season of DVDs for a while and recently picked up the second season set, so I am all set to go!

I have Spring Break coming up (starts tonight!, hooray!). Last week I started watching it with my best friend and we're currently 12 episodes in and I am absolutely sucked in already!

I had seen the movie at Anime Expo 2006 and really enjoyed it and was able to follow it to a certain degree.

I also joked with my girlfriend today about spending an entire day watching Fate/stay Night again (did I mention I REALLY like this anime yet :)?) which could be fun, maybe I'm not joking?

Some other series I am considering that I need to watch:
  • Someday's Dreamers
  • Welcome to the NHK
  • Patlabor 2
  • Howl's Moving Castle

Are there any "big" anime that you haven't seen that you're embarrassed about? Let me know :) I want to hear your confessions! Or let me know which series I should dig into next after FMA!
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Well spring break is almost ended, and I haven't done shit. My family's been involved in the epic process of preparing to move from one state to another. It's been ridiculous, so all my thoughts have been filled with packing and transporting all the stuff I've ever owned from Paducah to Louisville. Have a ton of homework due after the break--seriously, assigning work after the break--that's almost as cruel as having make-up class over the break. Sick again--allergies and spring--bring cough and congestion. Next weekend, Baku and I are going back to Paducah to move all the furniture my mom doesn't want up to Louisville. Then at the end of April--we're moving again from a house (shared with two other roommates) to an apartment (where it'll be the two of us and the cat). We found a very nice and reasonably priced apartment today that isn't going to charge me out the ass for my cat. I refuse to pay a  $100 pet fee (non refundable) and then a $150 pet deposit and then $25 extra a month! All in all, things have been a little crazy for me. Grad school and two moves and sickness are draining me of energy.

Anime related things:
-found a black longsleeve turtleneck to use in my TR Sakura cosplay in the clearance section at Kohl's; I was beginning to give up hope of finding one in this season
only, the shorts, gloves, gun, wig, and cape to go!

-Watched Howl's Moving Castle -- read the book early in high school and loved it; never saw the movie until recently-- it was amazing! albeit very different, but wonderful nonetheless!

-Watched the Ah! My Goddess movie-- thought it was okay. I didn't like the dub of the movie; for some reason the voices sounded a little different from the series dub (which I loved)--maybe it's just me; I should go look that up.

-My Tsubasa Art book came in the mail today, and it's beautiful! I'd forgotten that Baku had recently ordered it. I just saw the mailman and went out to get the mail. He looked at the name on the package and then handed it to me. I thought,  "Oh, a package for me! I didn't order anything, especially not from Japan Imports...did I win something in a contest I forgot about (that happened recently)...oh wait...It's my Tsubasa art book!" I always think it's fun and  exciting to get mail when it's not bills or junk.

-Horrified but not really shocked upon finding out about a Twilight anime. I wonder how gay Edward will look with all his sparkles and how much more Yaoi shipping there's going to be; I predict also lots of cross-fandom shippings with other animes/mangas that involve attractive male vampires.

Questions: Spring break--over or starting and for how long? Do you have it all free or is there a huge pile of homework lurking in the shadows? How are cosplay progresses? Are you looking forward to the seasonal change? Do you prefer real mail or email? Do you get excited about receiving packages, wait eagerly for the mailman and check your mailbox excessively?

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I <3 all Harvest Moon games so much that i can type a decent blog about pretty much every one of those games (the handheld ones of course) without even looking them up again on the net and I could do that but this aint the Bomb so i`ll hold back with those lol
What i do have is two short manga chapters from the Shogaku San-Nen-Sei magazine translated by the nice people of Fogu which is the best site to go to for help with your Harvest games.
The Manga is separated in two 16 page chapters each about the main characters of the Harvest Moon:island of Happiness and the upcoming Harvest Moon: Sun and Companions games the first of which i dont play because i hate the fact that people keep leaving the darn island.
The first Chapter is a little bit more serious then the second chapter and shows what will probably never happen in your game but you`ll have to read that up yourself. :)

The second chapter is a i previously said more humor filled i love how Chelsea screws up on page 11 XD

Yeah i know not much huh? well i`m happy to have this funny manga in the first place since no one else in the HM community has even spoken about it since it was put up lol that`s it for today if you want to know more about the Harvest Moon franchise just ask and i`ll blog some more :)
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I was looking back at that Twilight post and I noticed that there was a bit of arguing between some of you guys about people using (or failing to use) proper grammar. I thought I'd go ahead and address it here.

First off: yes, we do try to insist on decent grammar for the wiki. This is because people use the wiki to find information, and if the information is convoluted by poor grammar, then it can't be conveyed properly. And if there IS information, even if it uses poor grammar, it may stop someone from later adding information said more properly.

That said...remember that this is a website about a medium that comes from another country, whose fans exist all around the world. Meaning that a lot of the people on this site (and others) speak English as a second language. Note that a lot of the people here may be young, and yes, some of them may be less intelligent, or even have developmental issues-- should they be any less permitted to interact with people on a website?

That said, there ARE steps you can take to try and bring up the intelligence (or at least grammar) level of the site-- and note that NONE of them involve whining, bitching,  and yelling at people in the comment threads, eh?

The biggest thing you can do is to simply start intelligent conversations. Participate in other conversations intelligently. And then you can also bring your intelligent friends to the site, too-- I'm particularly fond of that one :)

So, to sum up: try to play nice. Using poor grammar doesn't mean someone a bad person, and yelling or whining isn't likely to make them magically learn several years' worth of phonics. Try some of the more positive, productive tips I mentioned above.

Thanks! <3
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Another day on Anime Vice. having hard time adding images. I like Shugo Chara.
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NARUTO SHIPPUDEN DOUBLE-HEADER TO INCLUDE FREE SIMULCAST OF NARUTO SHIPPUDEN
EPISODE ON CRUNCHYROLL

Crunchyroll to Host Week of Naruto Promotions Around Special Event

San Francisco, California (March 19, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll announced today
that it will make anime history again by offering a free simulcast of NARUTO
SHIPPUDEN episode 101 on March 26, 2009 as part of a double-header NARUTO
event. Week prior to double-header will feature interactive community events
and contests centered around NARUTO popular characters, including the
birthday of protagonist Sakura Haruno. More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

Although NARUTO SHIPPUDEN will be unavailable on the night of March 19 due
to TX Network's programming schedule, the hit show will return on March 26
with two (2) brand-new episodes in a special double-header event on the
night of March 26 at 7:59pm Japan Standard Time (JST). Crunchyroll is taking
this unique opportunity to let NARUTO fans experience NARUTO SHIPPUDEN for
free online within one hour of its Japanese broadcast.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN episode 102 will be available on March 26 within one hour
of its Japanese broadcast exclusively to Crunchyroll's Anime Members, and
the following week for free to the general public.

Leading into this special event, Crunchyroll kicks off a week of promotions
with a free virtual item for Crunchyland avatars, none other than the sword
of the evil Kisame Hoshigaki. Fans can ³steal² the Kisame's famed sword on
his birthday, trying to ruin this villian's special day.

Meanwhile, starting today, members of the Crunchyroll community will be able
to visit an official group dedicated to Sakura Haruno, and collaboratively
nominate their ³Best Sakura Moments.² Out of these best moments, none other
than Crunchyroll's very own Shinji will his favorite five based on the
community input and launch the ³Best Sakura Moments Contest.² A copy of
Sakura's trademark kunoichi outfit for Crunchyland avatars for a limited
time at the official group during this time.

Fans will be able to enter in the ³Best Sakura Moments Contest² simply by
voting in Shinji's ³Best Sakura Moments² poll until March 28th, her
birthday. From all the entrants, Crunchyroll will select one (1) winner of a
grand prize pack and nine (9) runners-up, to receive brand-new NARUTO
SHIPPUDEN merchandise from official licensees.

All prize winners will receive ULTIMATE NINJA 4: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN for the
PlayStation®2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME: A NEW CHRONICLE
booster packs,  t-shirts, and much more, courtesy of Namco Bandai Games,
Bandai of America, and Ripple Junction, respectively.

"Between the double-header and the interactive promotions, this is an
exciting month for the NARUTO brand online," states Rob Pereyda, Senior
Director of Crunchyroll's Japan office. "Since the community as a whole
knows the brand as a whole better than anyone, what better source to rely on
for collaborative information in crafting promotions than them."

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. Crunchyroll¹s content is provided by Asian media leaders
including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony Canyon,
Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting
of America and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and
Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in 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/> .

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 AND ANIPLEX PLAY BEAUTIFUL MEDLODIES TOGETHER WITH LA CORDA
D¹ORO

World Anime Channel and Japanese Anime Company to Stream 1st Series and to
Simulcast 2nd Series Along with Its Japan Debut

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 19, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll and Aniplex
team up to bring the 1st series of the charming and musical anime franchise,
LA CORDA D¹ORO, to Crunchyroll Anime Members starting on March 20, 2009 and
to simulcast the 2nd series on March 26, 2009.  More information can be
found at www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

The first series, LA CORDA D¹ORO PRIMO PASSO, is a stylish and rhythmic
anime set in the high school in Japan and is an anime based upon the highly
popular same titled manga adapted by character designer Yuki Kure who also
designed the original characters for the role-playing game series.

The second series, LA CORDA D¹ORO SECONDO PASSO, will premiere on March 26,
2009 with a one hour special and will be simulcast to all Crunchyroll Anime
Members along with its Japan debut. The availability of this anime to
non-anime members will be limited and announced at a later date.

"I am excited that we can stream this latest series of LA CORDA D'ORO
through our partnership with Crunchyroll," states Henry Goto Executive Vice
President of Aniplex's International Business Development Group, ³through
this streaming, we hope to attract more of the overseas female anime fans."

Crunchyroll Senior Director Rob Pereyda states, "LA CORDA D¹ORO is the kind
of charming, exciting anime title that the Crunchyroll and world anime
community yearns for.  In fact, it was the tremendous amount of postings
from the community fan-groups, electronic bulletin boards and overwhelming
international love of the show that got LA CORDA D¹ORO on our radar in the
first place, so we are very happy to be able to give the Crunchyroll and
global community an opportunity to obtain a true gem of an anime title
through our simulcast."

Title Synopsis:

LA CORDA D¹ORO PRIMO PASSO
Kahoko Hino, the main character, goes to Seiso Gakuen High School that
specializes in music.  Her school has two curriculums, the normal course and
the music course. She was taking the ordinary course and having a normal
life until one day, Lili, the fairy gave her the magical violin. The
following day, the competitors of the prestigious music contest are
announced and Kahoko¹s name appears on the list. All the other competitors
are elite students that take the music courses. How will the contest turn
out?

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. Crunchyroll¹s content is provided by Asian media leaders
including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony Canyon,
Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting
of America and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and
Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in 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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CRUNCHYROLL AND GONZO FORGE THE ³URBAN JUNGLE² OF SHANGRI-LA WITH DREAM TEAM
MEMBERS BESSHO, OHNOGI, MORI AND MURATA

World Anime Channel and Japanese Anime Company to Stream and Debut 1st
Original Animated 3D-CGI Sci-Fi Property From NewType

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 19, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll and Gonzo
team up again to bring the 1st original animated 3D-CGI sci-fi property,
based on the original novel by Eiichi Ikegami, SHANGRI-LA to Crunchyroll for
a worldwide debut starting on April 06, 2009. More information can be found
at www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/> > .

SHANGRI-LA  is a must-see anime series put together by a dream team of
acclaimed talents including director Makoto Bessho, writer Hiroshi Ohnogi,
creative producer Takeshi Mori and character designer Range Murata. Each
episode of SHANGRI-LA will be available within one hour after its Japanese
broadcast to Crunchyroll Anime Members in high definition without video
advertisements, and for free thereafter one (1) week after for non-members
in standard definition with video advertising support.

Title Synopsis:

SHANGRI-LA
SHANGRI-LA is the story of a young woman fighting for her survival in a real
"urban jungle". Only 18 years old, Kuniko Hojo finds herself at the heart of
the battle for humanity's future when she discovers that the government
which rules Atlas intends to continue marginalizing the less-privileged
masses outside the tower - by force, if necessary.

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. Crunchyroll¹s content is provided by Asian media leaders
including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony Canyon,
Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting
of America and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and
Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in 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/> .




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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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
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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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