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A gothic, fantasy anime with lots of Alice in Wonderland references sounds fabulous to me! I'm very excited about seeing it!
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Last week, I got to watch one of director Takashi Miike's (Ichi the Killer, Zebraman) latest films, Sukiyaki Western Django.  It's a play on the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s, particularly the spaghetti western Django. It's mixes Japanese history, such as the Genji and Heike clan riverly, into the western genre. In this movie, the Genji and Heike clans (also referred to as the whites and the reds respectively) are both claiming stake in this small village. A lone gunman comes into town and decided to help this mother and son caught in the middle.

So what's special about this movie? For one, it's in English. By that, I mean the Japanese director Takashi Miike made a film with an almost entirely Japanese cast and crew (exception being Quentin Tarantino), and he had all the actors speak primarily in English. It's a neat idea, but it can be hard to follow at times with the heavy accents if you watch with just audio.

So how's the movie? It's pretty decent and enjoyable. The action was fun, and there was plenty of blood and loss of limbs as one would expect from Miike. Mostly gun fights, but there's some sword usage.

Has anyone else seen it? What are your thoughts?
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So I learned a new academic shorthand term today: BIC - butt in chair --supposedly the best method for getting stuff done; you put your butt in a chair and don't leave the computer until you're done. But this fails to take into account all the distractions that come with a computer and the internet. Sitting in the library with my butt in a chair, and I'm going no where...

I'm going no where on my short response for my Virginia Woolf class on To the Lighthouse whcih is due in less than two hours.

Got done with the epic moving of my furniture from my mother's garage in Paducah to Baku's mom's garage in Shelbyville. It's going no where until the week of April 25 when we start moving into our new apartment!

I decided to go for the frumpy nerd look today. I rolled out of bed, threw on a Harry Potter Ravenclaw T-shirt and baseball cap with the Nintendo DS logo on it (which I borrowed from Baku; he got it for free working for Gamestop one summer). I would put my FF character buttons on my messenger bag, but they have a tendency to get caught on something, fall off and get lost.

So many final papers due and with presentations to boot! Ahhhh!

Decided that in my current financial situation and because Baku's work situation, we're not going to Colossal Con or any summer cons. Instead, I prefer to work all summer save money and have time to put together two awesome cosplays for the fall without having to worry about school work. Found the perfect and most fabulous wig for Sakura, unfortunately have no money to purchase it as of yet.

Le sigh. It's back to work to get this response done before class. Then three hours of BIC listening to my eccentric and gauchely dressed professor lecture on VW's craziness and genius.
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Leading Monthly Manga Anthology In North America Offers  
7 Chapters From NARUTO Volume 45 For Free With Special Password Available Only In May Issue


March 31, 2009 - VIZ Media announced today SHONEN JUMP magazine has a special treat for readers—an invitation to read a free preview of the upcoming NARUTO manga Volume 45 (rated ‘T’ For Teens)—online at, for a limited time only. These chapters will not run in the magazine and will not be available in graphic novel form until July 2009. 

The 120-page preview will be available online beginning today through May 5 exclusively at A preview link appears on the homepage. Visitors must type in the password that appears on page 20 of the May issue of SHONEN JUMP to access the chapters.

NARUTO is one of the hottest series from Japan and continues to be one of VIZ Media’s most successful manga and animated properties. Back in February, VIZ Media unveiled an accelerated publishing schedule for upcoming editions of the best-selling NARUTO manga series. Between February and April 2009, 11 volumes have been scheduled for publication, moving the series from Volume 34 (February 2009) to Volume 44 (April 2009) before returning to a quarterly release schedule beginning with Volume 45 (July 2009).  

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 learns 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 teens, and more than 85 million copies to date have been printed. The manga series has captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America. More information on NARUTO is available at  

In NARUTO Volume 45, Sasuke and Naruto find that their powers are ever increasing. Sasuke can now use the Mangekyo Sharingan in multiple ways, and Naruto may have become even more powerful than his fallen sensei Jiraiya! But is anyone powerful enough to stop the ultimate attack as the Pains of the Akatsuki launch their deadly strike against Naruto's home village?

NARUTO animated episodes are also currently available for free on and through a variety of web-based, video streaming outlets that have partnered with VIZ Media, including HULU and JOOST. More information on NARUTO is available at

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Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Welcomes All Interested
Volunteers to Join the Family

Anaheim, California (March 31, 2009) ‹ Anime Expo® is proud to announce the
launch of its online volunteer registration system.  Now volunteering at the
nation¹s largest anime and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los
Angeles Convention Center is easier and better than ever. More information
can be found on the website
<> .

The Anime Expo® Volunteers program is less demanding than regular staffing
positions but still provides lots of benefits. Volunteering is a great way
to see the convention and get a small glimpse of what goes on behind the
scenes. The duties are very easy and the people met could become friends for
Volunteers work in all areas of the convention. Volunteers assist Anime
Expo® staff in these areas:
·     Packet stuffing
·     Line/crowd control
·     Entry/exit monitoring (badge check)
·     Gophering
·     Special assignments

There are three types of volunteers at Anime Expo® 2009: All-Con (All
Convention) Volunteer, One-Day Volunteer and Minor Volunteer.  More details
are available on the convention¹s official website.
For Volunteer Inquiries, please contact
<mailto:volunteers@anime-expo.> .
Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at
<> .

Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime
News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC and
Central Park Media, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian TV, Animation
Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine and Anime News Network.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest
anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests
of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a
key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and
explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the
industry to conduct business. AX 2009 will be held July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website (

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®.   More
information can be found at its website ( <>
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Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Announces Registration for
Artist Alley Available Now

Anaheim, California (March 31, 2009) ‹ Anime Expo® is proud to announce the
launch of its online Artist Alley registration system for the nation¹s
largest anime and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles
Convention Center.  More information can be found on the website

The Artist Alley at Anime Expo® is a venue for amateur and semi-professional
artists to celebrate Japanese pop culture through fantastic works of art.
Artists come from all over the country and beyond to share their original
artwork, prints, crafts, clothing, comics and Œzines. Don¹t miss the chance
to meet and support these amazing artists!
Students from the Manga and Animation Department at NEEC (Nihon Kogakuin
College) <
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I might form time to time blog.
What will I blog? I don't know. But I do love anime and manga. And try my best to keep my English readable. I'm a engineer not a English teacher.
So, what could you look froward to. Well right now I'm watch the whole series of Sailor Moon (I'm on the 4th series already). Yes, you hear me right and as a guy I fill my manhood slowly fading away, and it would be gone if it wasn't for those short skirts and the show humor. But I'm really joking about what I just said, the show is good but that for the next blog, that if I don't talk about anything else.
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I picked up a package today. I wonder what's inside...

[cool video of me opening my mail]

Oh, look. It's Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.
[cool picture of the game]

I payed out the ass for shipping and customs, but I think I still got it for a pretty good price.

I hope to start playing it after I finish with Persona 4. And I hope to play it for a few days before I get frustrated, toss the game on my shelf, and never look at it again. I'm that good at playing games. :P
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Just using one of these two accounts >_>

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Leading Online Anime Distributor Continues to Legally Stream Highly Popular
Korean Dramas

San Francisco, California (March 30, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll, the online world¹s
#1 destination for asian content and social networking service, now streams
highly popular Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Korean drama titles
SPOTLIGHT and WHO ARE YOU. More information can be found at

The series that will be launched today include:

·     JUMONG Vol. 2

Title Synopses:

A young woman passed the bar examination so that she could become a lawyer
who helps patients in malpractice cases decides to join a residency after
she completes her internship. Then there is the passionate man who is
dedicated to saving lives even though he graduated at the bottom of his
class in medical school. This drama revolves around the lives of these two
people who are 3rd year interns at the same hospital as they mature in their

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

Simple country girl Bong-sun (Eugene, Save the Last Dance for Me) leaves the
mountains in search of her long-lost parents. Helped by an irascible Secret
Service officer (Lee Min Gi, Be Strong, Geum-soon, Dal Ja's Spring) and a
handsome doctor (Ryu Jin, Summer Scent, Capital Scandal), she finds love and
success as a cook in Seoul's most important kitchen, the South Korean
President's Blue House. Along the way, Bong-sun overcomes every obstacle,
learns the true meaning of family, and solves a startling riddle: Could the
President himself be her father?

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

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.

QUE SERA SERA Ep. 1-8 of 17
This series is a story of all-so-proud characters facing a huge blow from
love which they have never taken very seriously. Though it may seem trivial
to others, love is the greatest thing when it walks into your life. It makes
you laugh and cry and it even makes you a fool who's willing to give up your
life for your loved one. It's that foolishness that makes this portrayal of
youth so beautiful.  This is QUE SERA SERA.

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

SPOTLIGHT Ep. 1-8 of 17
Woo-jin (actress Sohn Ye-jin) passed the highly competitive process of
joining the news bureau of a major TV network to achieve her dream of
becoming an anchorwoman. While undergoing the grueling first years as a cub
reporter in the society newsdesk, she comes across a few bitter experiences.
No matter how hard she works, her Cap, Oh Tae-seok(actor Ji Jin-Hee) somehow
always finds fault with her abilities and it drives Woo-jin into a rage. But
she finds the strength to rebound and channels her anger into fighting back
and becoming a hard-hitting investigative journalist. At first, she wanted
the prestige of becoming an anchorwoman but through Oh Tae-seok's hard
training, she grows into a true journalist. She begins to develop a respect
for Oh Tae-seok as a mentor and gradually falls in love with him....

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

A ruthless corporate raider shares his body with a spirit who has 49 days to
spend in this world to meet his daughter!
He'll buy the things he never got to buy for his daughter and take her out
to restaurants that he never could afford before and buy all the clothes
she'll ever want!
Fortunately, the owner of the body that he is borrowing is Cha Seung-hyo,
who happens to be young and filthy rich!
Two men sharing one body: A ruthless corporate raider and a clumsy
motorcycle messenger...
Two souls sharing one body: Two men living under one roof but living
opposite lives! WHO ARE YOU?

MBC (c) All rights reserved.

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

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
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I dont really go to Youtube to watch random vids about people without lives or (at least interesting ones) XD
No i have regular subscriptions that i check every day through Hotmail so i only really go to Youtube to watch new vids from those people and the occasional music vid ^^ here is my list pretty widespread at least to me also i deleted many old and unnessecery subscriptions that became unactive i`m also discovering that many great people have become inactive over the course of time.

My List:

BlueBeetle43: how else am i gonna watch Batman Brave and the Bold? damn Dutch tv wont broadcast it XD
GhostWatching: one of my favorite paranormal channels also because she`s the only one left XD
Damien225: revieuws Kamen Rider toys
gonbessa001: RIDER WARS!!!
JamesNintendoNerd: AVGN RULES!!!(be sure to check out his newest vids that was added like a hour and a half ago)^^
Mirada23: Misc... toku/anime vids
MostHauntedRules: my first favorite i <3 Most Haunted youtube banned this guy because of well Most Haunted but i refuse to take him of the list XD
raulkant007: He broadcasts the Chinese Armor Hero series to bad it aint subbed in English XD 
Screwattack: Hardnews
NostalgiaCriticFan: Needs i say more? lol
Xander2k5: Best Toku music videos on yuotube pure truth!!
xxBoukeNPrimExx: I added her because we have a commen hate ZAIDO SUCKS!!! >_< and she has the occasional cool toku vid a true fan :)

That`s it XD who are on your list? :)
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Purple SKY is a new media site for writers and artists focused on
creatively delivering content about Japanese music, the scenes and the

What does that fancy sentence mean?  All content from purple SKY will be
available online only at  This new format gives
us the opportunity to bring content to fans in more ways than just
writing.  Video, audio, illustrations and more will be mixed, matched and
redefined to give readers a dynamic experience.

Realizing that music can be the creative seed, purple SKY will feature
fashion, makeup and lifestyle articles that appeal to fans of Japanese

New media and online marketing are powerful tools and purple SKY is there
to make sure people take notice.  Press releases receive their own space,
making purple SKY the go to place for all the latest official news.
Purple SKY will incorporate an intuitive tagging and category system to
help readers find exactly what they want by simply searching for a
keyword.  Understanding that there are many flavors to Japanese music and
many different readers, purple SKY has created tabs to help filter
articles by genre.  Click the pop tab and those articles will filter up in
priority.  Readers can comment on articles, share them on their blogs and
actively participate in the news process.

Purple SKY welcomes guest writers, artists, and articles from other
Japanese music sites, fostering a true community based on open
communication and intelligent discussion.

Tags, community building, open communication, press releases and other
innovative features bring web traffic to purple SKY.  Place an ad on our
site and let us do the promotion work.
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i'm guilty cuz

i skip some practice for my graduation today

aaah! what am i gonna do tommorrow


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let's see what i can do to my first

anime website

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So apparently Skip Beat episode 25 is the last episode? Seriously? There're like, a bazillion more chapters of the manga! You didn't even CONCLUDE anything!
In other words, you had BETTER not make me wait long for season two, or I am going to be in SUCH a snit, HAL and Hakusensha!
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It's not 100% done-- but we're about 99% there. I still need to grab doublesided tape for the back of the top, and also deal with the eyebrows. close!
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*sob* just watched the last episode. and they didn't manage to get to the acting practice at Tsuruga's place, one of my favourite scenes.  But they've left it open ended so it could continue, god it so needs a second series *prays* (or a good JDrama).
I thought it was a pretty good adaption, except for them cutting out the Moko side plots eg Hio Uesugi, stalking Moko with Maria ; and Ogata's backstory.
They managed to squeeze almost every character in it so far, in as a cameo at the end, plus a shot of Hio with Moko  ^_^
They ended with 'Next Stage Is.....'     a new season i say, or quit teasing.
What will i use my Crunchyroll membership for now , hmm?  the new season stuff they've got so far is uninspiring.
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March 28, 2009 - Following their Friday night concert on April 10 at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Japanese rock band girugamesh will make a special in-store appearance at the Hot Topic store in Southcenter Mall on Saturday, April 11.


Hot Topic has been a major supporter of girugamesh's USA CD releases, with over 3000 girugamesh CDs sold by the nationwide chain since October 2008. The albums "Girugamesh" and "MUSIC" are available at Hot Topic stores and at Hot Topic's website, with the same artwork and booklet as the Japanese releases.


girugamesh's appearance at Hot Topic is sponsored by and Sakura-Con.



From HOT TOPIC's MySpace page:


girugamesh will be signing autographs at the Southcenter Mall Hot Topic located at 2676 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, WA 98188 on Saturday, April 11th at 6:30 PM.


Beginning Friday, March 27th, purchase any girugamesh CD or T-shirt from the Southcenter Mall Hot Topic location ONLY and receive a wristband that guarantees the opportunity to meet the band on April 11th!* Need more info? Call the Southcenter Mall Hot Topic at 206.244.5021. We'll see you there!

*Available while supplies last. Space is limited. Offer not valid online. Limit one wristband and one autograph per person. See associate for further details.



girugamesh on -

Hot Topic MySpace page -

Sakura-Con website -




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Gimmick! manga, reviews, Year of the Otaku, contests & more in episode 89!

GRIMES, IA, March 27, 2009 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. goes inside the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2009 (TAF) in episode 89 of ANIME TODAY.

In this special TAF 2009 edition of the “Anime and Gamers’ Guide to Japan,” Judy is joined by Right Stuf President and CEO Shawne Kleckner, who shares his first-hand impressions of this year’s event – which was attended by more than 129,000 people – as well as photos from the show’s exhibition hall.

Also in episode 89 of ANIME TODAY:
  • Chad’s back with “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
  • Shawne reminds fans about the last days to “Lock on to Savings” on DVDs, Blu-ray and CDs from Bandai Entertainment.
  • Chad and Nick remind listeners about the last days to enter the Year of the Otaku contest for gift certificates, kick off a new contest for Darker Than Black Starter sets from FUNimation, and kick off a new, Year of the Otaku weekly prize blitz.
  • Marie takes a look at the manga series Gimmick!, written by Youzaburou Kanari and illustrated by Kuroko Yabuguchi.
  • Rich provides a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of
  • Listen to musical clips from the CD bud by Dirty Old Men.
  • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from visitors.
Have a question about anime and manga? Want to comment on one of the podcast’s segments? Call our Anime Today Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. You may hear yourself on a future episode of Anime Today!

Visit and for this episode, as well as an archive of all ANIME TODAY episodes and extended liner notes. Listeners can also download and subscribe to ANIME TODAY via the Apple iTunes Music Store.

Meet other anime fans, talk with ANIME TODAY listeners, submit your suggestions for future episodes and more at the new ANIME TODAY forums: .

Follow ANIME TODAY on Twitter at  .

Released every other week, ANIME TODAY is the first commercially-produced podcast aimed at enthusiasts of Japanese animation and comics (“anime” and “manga”). Each episode features fresh content and gives listeners a glimpse into what's new and what's hot in the world of anime and manga. Segments include reviews of titles from all major anime studios, insights into the industry from anime producers, tips on traveling to and around Japan, interaction with listeners, contests, prizes and more.

“If you’re into anime and what’s happening in the anime market then this is the podcast for you!”
- User review on iTunes

Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.

Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.

From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us, ARIA and Gakuen Alice, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit and 
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