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I'd like to push that sexy Poke-man story :)
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In the land of anime and manga alike exist many swords big and small bright and dark. It is truly in the naure of the Japanese to create works of art in the shape of blades here are some impressive swords Ive had the pleassure to see some are from anime/manga while others are works of art and would impress any anime lover enjoy.

Paper Krane Katana
Paper Krane Katana

Phoenix Sword
Phoenix Sword

Raijin Katana Folded
Raijin Katana Folded

Bushido Elite Katana
Bushido Elite Katana

Tiger Elite Sword
Tiger Elite Sword

Sakura Bushido Sword
Sakura Bushido Sword

Soten Shokudo Sword Guard
Soten Shokudo Sword Guard

Golden Dragon Samurai Swords
Golden Dragon Samurai Swords

Blade Sword Original
Blade Sword Original

Vengance Knives
Vengance Knives

Deva Sword ancient vajara
Deva Sword ancient vajara

Katana of the Legendary Ryu
Katana of the Legendary Ryu

Demon Sword
Demon Sword

Hiro's Sword from the show HEROES
Hiro's Sword from the show HEROES

Samurai Shaploo Sword
Samurai Shaploo Sword

Last Samurai Sword
Last Samurai Sword























Shinobi Asassination Blade

Red Ascention Sword
























White Dragon Sword
White Dragon Sword

Blade of the Oni
Blade of the Oni

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Ludo: "The Horror of Our Love" and Death Note. Is there anyway to embed media here instead of linking?
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Ever notice something about the main three Shoehen series? 

Yes, they have massive story problems, and use all types of bullcrap to get you to watch the show.

But I have a strange feeling about this. 

It seems from the symbology to the concepts of these series, their not really meant for our generation nor the one coming after - but for a generation after them.

This has happened many times before in Western Literay works. Edgar Alien Poe in his last work and other such comments stated his work would be more popular in future years after his death and that he has gone beyond the "human experience". There is Cezane who never was popular in his life time, but he influenced Picasso. 

So Naruto, One Piece and Bleach may be in the same boat. I don't think at this time with the business the way it is that these three series can find any sort of Pokemon -esce success. I don't even believe that Naruto or Bleach has enough western concepts to survive the upcoming massive societal changes - that there maybe a case that Naruto would just continue to be a fad based on too small of an audience to make that much money for Viz. And I know Viz's people are here, the Lawyers who couldn't make it on Fox News (how sad, or maybe not so sad that an alcoholic messed up dude can have a TV show while you with all your work and schooling cant even get on late night fox news). Your series was never destined for success. One Piece was but the Fans Ruined it for everyone and if anybody with the fucking balls wants to have a war with me about that issue then they can bring it on, any day, any time any fucking where.

But besides that - These franchises would have to wait a few more years (more like 12 -15) before they can be accepted as is. I say it because that all three series have symbols and symbology that flies over the head of western audiences. It took a while for Sailor Moon to be accepted, but thats because of the Power Rangers and it took not too long for Pokemon to be accepted. Dragon Ball Z was accepted because it was accepted in the western world's slums and ghettos (which uses asiatic motifs) first and then grew from there. But it took years for DBZ, same for Sailor Moon and the same for Pokemon.

It will be the same for these three shows, but it will be much longer. It may not be even them but another show that will take the lead and they will follow after words.

But the environment right now isn't conducive for massive success.

So I'm sorry folks. You fans are at the outside looking in. Your the ones in the bubble. Everybody else's bubble has popped, but you keep inflating it with hot air and bad jokes and horrible tact. Maybe when your bubble pops and you deal with your issues maybe then the show will be successful.

But by then, a new fanbase will form and they might be more respective to those that understand that even though the animation is different and has to be different , the fans are the same and fight the same fight.

Thats all it ever should have been.

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So one of the things I've been doing in my smidgens of spare time here in Maui is getting scuba certified! I finally got to go out on my first 'real' dive. We were supposed to go to Molokini, which is a C-shaped crater between the southern tip of Maui and the island of Kahoolawe (which is uninhabitable and unvisitable, because it was used for a lot of bomb testing by the US military). I've snorkeled there in the past, and it's a really cool place to do so. Because it's a little crater, it doesn't have a sandy beach or anything-- the coral and fish all live on the crater itself under the water, which means there's a lot to see even at the shallow depths a snorkeler can visit. (I'm the kind of snorkeler who dives down lower a lot.) It also tends to have really great visibility almost regardless water conditions other than sun. So, it's a really cool spot, but hard to get to on one's own, hence the need for a dive or snorkel boat!

Unfortunately, the wind was so freakin' crazy they literally couldn't get our little dive boat IN to the crater area! They tried a couple of times to get the right bearing and couldn't, and then they called out on the radio and discovered there were NO boats out there, so no one else had been able to either. So, no Molokini for us. Sad!

Instead we went to a place called Ben Gun. This cracks me up: Ben Gun is named after a homeless guy who used to be spotted on the shore of the area, where he threw rocks at snorkelers and divers. Yeesh. Anyway, the visibility was so-so...wind doesn't have as big an effect on scuba diving as it does snorkeling. When you snorkel you're at the surface and even little waves off-shore can make it difficult to get around and can get water in your snorkel. When you scuba dive, you're way below the waves, and they don't affect you much.
But! If it's very windy on top it is still moving more toward the bottom, even if it's not necessarily feel-able. So the sand and other murky stuff gets stirred up in the water and makes it hard to see.

But we still saw some cool octopus (we couldn't get him to come out and play, though, but octopi are really neat...they can make themselves completely rigid or very nearly liquid), I spotted a zebra eel curled up in a head of coral, but I wasn't able to get good pics of either of those. (Though one of my photos is of a fish hiding in coral...can you spot 'im?) But most of my photos are of fairly common species of fish and the like.

Our second dive was at a place called Coral Gardens, which is less known for fish and more known for the ridiculous amounts of coral, natch. But I DID see a rare fish called a Flying Gurnard, which is a cool lookin' thing-- it has fins that look like wings. He was sitting on the sand, as they usually do, so I swam around him and took a bunch of photos. I got close enough that he opened his wings for me (I presume this is a defensive posture), which made for at least one really cool photo, see left...

I actually saw one of these on my certification dive, too, so I've seen this rare fish twice on this trip. Neither my dad (who dives and snorkels a LOT out here) nor I had ever seen one before. Well, Dad still hasn't because he was too far away for me to get his attention and show him. Which is a shame; he has a much better camera setup and more patient to get awesome photos!

Anyway, here are the rest of the shots. I hope you like them :) And feel free to ask questions about them, if you want!

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Even an evil dude like Hitler isn't happy with what is being done with Dragonball Evolution.



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JapanFiles releases club music top pick Ikio Ayaka
February 27, 2009 - Following up on the success of Rainbow Entertainment label mates cargo, Ikio Ayaka's debut album "RE: ACID QUEEN" was a MySpace Japan and iTunes Japan top pick for its release in January 2009.


Combining dance beats and electronica, Ikio Ayaka is performing in dance clubs across Tokyo. The album also contains a remix of the first single "Spin Me Round" by iTunes Japan #1 dance chart group cargo.



Ikio Ayaka appears on by arrangement with Rainbow Entertainment.




Ikio Ayaka on -

Ikio Ayaka Official Website  -

Ikio Ayaka Official MySpace -



Ikio Ayaka - Spin Me Round




Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, specializes in MP3 sales and media promotion for Japanese music, with over 250 indie and major bands reaching their USA fans - rock, hip-hop, punk, and techno! All downloads are DRM-free and only 99 cents each!

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Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Goes Inside the Anime Industry
With Writer & Anime Expert Jonathan Clements

Sweet Vacation, Penguin Revolution, reviews, contests & more in episode 87!

GRIMES, IA, February 27, 2009 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome writer, translator, lecturer and anime-industry insider Jonathan Clements to episode 87 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, four-segment interview, Clements discusses his new book – Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade – a collection of columns, speeches, interviews, insights and more from his nearly 20 years of writing about anime and the anime industry. He also discusses how the industry and its fans have evolved over the past two decades, the mainstream media’s perception of anime, whether any subjects are “off limits,” and his future projects.

Best known to North American anime fans as the co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia (with Helen McCarthy) and for his series of columns in Newtype USA, Clements’ anime writing career started in the United Kingdom as a student of Asian studies. He went on to work as a translator, screenwriter, voice director/actor, analyst and commentator inside the anime industry, in addition to covering it for organizations such as NEO Magazine, Manga Max, the Sci-Fi Channel and the BBC. Beyond his anime-focused work, he is the author of The Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama, The Pirate King: Coxinga and the Fall of the Ming Dynasty and Confucius: A Biography, plus numerous other non-fiction projects. He has also written official audio dramas, short stories and novels for cult favorites, including Strontium Dog, Judge Dredd and Doctor Who.

Also in episode 87 of ANIME TODAY:
  • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
  • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of “Revved Up” deals on most DVDs from Geneon Animation.
  • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the Death Note II: The Last Name contest and remind listeners about the first Year of the Otaku contest for gift certificates.
  • Marie takes a look at the CMX Manga series Penguin Revolution by Sakura Tsukuba.
  • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of
  • Listen to musical clips from the CDs Do the Vacation!! and More the Vacation!! by the duo Sweet Vacation.
  • 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 and ARIA, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit and .

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According to wired japan dose not like the I phone or any other western brand for that matter. Kinda make scene because their phone have always surpassed outs. Now I'm no Mac 'fan boy' in fact I refuse to enter the apple store unless I'm looking at and IPhone. I have to say it's and amazing piace of tecnolgy with cool apps. To bad it's so dam expensive. Oh well heres hopeing the second geration Android will be better.

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Date: Wednesday March 4, 2009
5:45 pm Doors open
6:00 pm Lectures begin
8:30 pm Seminar ends
Location: Ryerson University, 245 Church Street, Toronto ON
George Vari Engineering & Computing Centre, Room ENG103
Admission: Free, Reservation is recommended for guaranteed seating
RSVP at OR OR 416-966-1600 x600

The Digital Value Lab (Ryerson University) and the Japan Foundation, Toronto are pleased to present
a seminar on anime and contemporary Japanese society. Two scholars—Prof. Jaqueline Berndt,
Yokohama National University and Prof. Kaichiro Morikawa, Meiji University—have been invited from
Japan to introduce the audience to Japanese society today through multi-disciplinary perspectives. At
the conclusion there will be a Q + A and a response from the discussant.

POST-CRITICAL ANIME: Observations on its ‘Identities’ within Contemporary Japan
While anime is being watched on a global scale, there are significant differences in its contemporary
reception. The gap between regular consumers and critical spectators, sometimes appearing in the
form of Japanese audiences vs. foreign Japanologists, deserves special attention since it raises a
number of questions, such as what sort of animated film is identified as ‘anime’; who relates anime to
politics, history and society; what kind of meaning is at play in anime’s performative images, and to
what extent one can read ‘Japanese society’, or even ‘culture’, out of anime. Comparing Kurosawa’s
Seven Samurai (1954) and Gonzo’s Samurai 7 (2004) as well as touching upon anime’s history, this
lecture focuses on aesthetic and cultural identities ascribed to anime in modern Japan and their
contemporary relevance.

Jaqueline Berndt is Associate Professor of Art and Media Studies, Yokohama National University. She specializes in
aesthetics/art theory, visual cultural studies, Japanese studies, aesthetics of comics, art in modern Japan, anime and

OTAKU CULTURE: Personality, Space and City of Anime Fans
In Japan, optimism about an ever-progressing technological future ran out in the 1970’s. It was in the
mid-1980’s that the term otaku was coined to signify a new type of personality that emerged as a
reaction to the loss of ‘future’. The term evokes a stereotyped image of a geeky computer nerd, long
past adolescence but still obsessed with games and anime. The presentation shall explore how this
otaku personality became a geographical phenomenon in a district called Akihabara, together with its
role in the development of Japanese anime.
Kaichiro Morikawa is Associate Professor of Contemporary Culture in the School of Global Japanese Studies at Meiji
University. His research interests include design and architectural theory. Prof. Morikawa served as commissioner of the
Japanese pavilion at the Venice Biennale 9th International Architecture Exhibition in 2004.

Presented by
Digital Value Lab
Ryerson University
Supported by
The Consulate General of Japan in Toronto

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Film Is One Of Three By Renowned Anime Auteur Makoto Shinkai To Be Streamed This Weekend On Leading Video Distribution Website


Burbank, CA, February 26, 2009 – Bang Zoom! Entertainment, a leading full-service audio post production company and producer of original entertainment content, has announced a new English dub it completed for Makoto Shinkai’s critically acclaimed animated film, 5 Centimeters Per Second, which debuts this coming Saturday, February 28 on the Crunchyroll video distribution website. The film will stream for 24 hours to commemorate Global Shinkai Day, which celebrates the work of this innovative anime auteur.


arranged this special presentation with CoMix Wave Films, the producers of Shinkai's works in Japan, and will offer a trio of Shinkai’s films this weekend including Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, in addition to 5 Centimeters Per Second. Visit for more details.


Set in Japan beginning in 1990s and ending in the present day, 5 Centimeters Per Second is a collection of romantically tinged short stories centering on a boy named Takaki Tono. The film depicts the impacts of time and distance on Takaki and his relationship with a childhood friend named Akari Shinohara for whom he has feelings. After their families move away from each other the pair tries to remain in contact – during a time before cell phones and email. But as the years pass it becomes harder to stay connected and a rift between Takaki and Akari begins to grow. As he reflects on the experiences he once shared with his friend, Takaki wonders if he will ever get the chance to meet Akari again.


For the new dub, Bang Zoom! assembled a cast of talented, veteran anime voice actors that included Johnny Yong Bosch (Bleach, Lucky Star, Gurren Lagann) as Takaki, Erika Weinstein (Ergo Proxy, Rozen Maiden) as Akari, and Kira Buckland (AIKa R-16, Xombie) as Kanae, another girl in Takaki’s class that has a crush on him but is afraid to confess her feelings.


Bang Zoom! was tapped by CoMix Wave Films to develop a fresh English dub after it heard of the company’s vast experience with anime, having dubbed thousands of episodes. “We paid special attention to Makoto Shinkai’s original artistic vision for this film and the way the characters were portrayed,” says Eric P. Sherman, President of Bang Zoom! Entertainment. “We stuck to the translated script religiously and agonized over every subtle nuance in the actors’ performances to make sure they sounded as compelling as possible. Casting Director Kaeko Sakamoto had extremely high standards for this production and everyone worked very hard to remain true to the original artistic vision of this poignant film. We invite fans to check out Crunchyroll this Saturday for this very special presentation!”



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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ARIA The NATURAL – Pt. 2 DVD Collection
to be released March 24, 2009

GRIMES, IA, February 26, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and its Nozomi Entertainment division are gearing up for the March 24 release of the ARIA The NATURAL – Part 2 DVD Collection with the addition of new content – including a new “virtual postcard,” wallpapers and avatars – at the series’ official site, ( ).

At, visitors can:
  • Read the latest news about ARIA’s North American release, plus reviews;
  • Check out in-depth character profiles;
  • Watch trailers for both ARIA The NATURAL and the anime’s first season, ARIA The ANIMATION; and
  • Download new wallpapers and avatars featuring artwork from parts 1 and 2 of ARIA The NATURAL.
While supplies last, customers who pre-order the ARIA The NATURAL – Part 2 DVD Collection from will receive an exclusive, ARIA papercraft set, depicting the undines (and undines-in-training) of the Aria Company, Himeya Company and Orange Planet.

The ARIA The NATURAL – Part 2 DVD Collection will contain the second half of the ARIA anime’s second television season. (The box set containing the first 13 episodes of ARIA The NATURAL is now available.)

“a whimsical ride” – Active Anime
“simply magical”
– Protoculture Addicts

“the latest crown jewel in [Nozomi and Right Stuf’s] catalog and deservedly so.”
– AnimeOnDVD at
“a major phenomenon among fans attendant to slice-of-life series.”
– Otaku USA

Based on Kozue Amano’s best-selling ARIA manga, the ARIA anime consists of three television seasons – ARIA The ANIMATION, ARIA The NATURAL and ARIA The ORIGINATION – plus an OVA (original video animation). The entire anime adaptation features direction by Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Sgt. Frog, Sailor Moon/ Sailor Moon R) and animation by Hal Film Maker (Boys Be…, Pretear, Slayers Premium, Sketchbook ~full color’S~).

The ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection – containing the franchise’s complete 13-episode first season – and ARIA The NATURAL – Pt. 1 DVD Collection are currently available from Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment, and both were voted a “Pick of the Week” by the readers of AnimeOnDVD at

Amano’s 12-volume ARIA manga and its two-volume prequel, AQUA, are both published in North America by TOKYOPOP. In Japan, the ARIA manga was originally serialized in MAG Garden’s Comic Blade magazine.

Visit for more information about the ARIA anime and for the trailer, downloads and more.

About ARIA The NATURAL – Part 2
(Season 2, Part 2 - TV)

Akari, Aika and Alice continue to strive toward their goal of becoming Neo-Venezia’s top gondoliers. But as their skills improve, they find themselves faced with new challenges. On their journey to become Primas, the three girls will have to paint a palina, serve as hostesses at the Festa del Redentore, and even learn how to be brave in the face of a dangerous passenger! Contains episodes 14-26 of the second ARIA television season.

ARIA The NATURAL – Part 2 DVD Collection (Season 2, Part 2 - TV)
Pre-Book: 2/24/2009
Street Date: 3/24/2009

Runtime: Approximately 325 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Science Fiction / Drama
Suggested Rating: 13+

Format: DVD (Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0904
ISBN: 1-57032-784-X
UPC: 7-42617-0904-2-4
SRP: $49.99

Discs/Set: 5
Case Qty: 10

DVD Features:
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Aria Company Roundtable Discussion, Himeya Company Roundtable discussion, clean ending 2, Orange Planet Roundtable Discussion, Cast Reflections on ARIA The NATURAL Parts 1 & 2, Director Discussion on ARIA The NATURAL, Nozomi trailers and a guidebook.

* Cover Art: 
ARIA The NATURAL © 2006 Kozue Amano / MAG Garden - ARIA Company.

* To view this image, cut and paste the URL into your Web browser.

** Product specifications and content may be subject to change.

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 and ARIA, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit
and .
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please read again...the naruto spoilers said kakaski dies..i REFUSED to believe that kakashi dies...i will be pissed off with masashi kishimoto if he decide to do the manga that kakashi dies...masahi better not do it...
i am not sure who is white tiger...i will look up more there are two naruto spoiler websites: (that one i copy the list and paste it on message to you)

non-spoiler naruto website: (must have log in; register first)

by the way...i keep look for more information...there are so many spoilers and i have to think which one is correct information not false that is why i sent you lists of websites so you can look up and think it is true or not...let us pray that kakashi is alive and think POSITIVE *^__^*

 copy this from website...

All the fans at Japan already knew the ending of Naruto because they read the storyboard. If you want to know the ending then read this, if not do not click that spoiler tag..

4th Hokage (Yondaime)
The 4th is actually quite like the itachi that we've been described to so far. He is nice on the outside and all but he is actually very uneasy with his position. On one hand, he has a duty to protect the village; on the other hand he feels the village puts a limit on his growing power. so during the raid of Kyubi( nine tail), 4th sealed the fox in the belly of his son naruto and left the village with his wife and founded Akatsuki. when the battle is over, and the 3rd saw the seal (and 4th instructions?), he mistakenly thought 4th used the forbiden technique and died. the whole village believing in the 3rd, and the legend of 4th lived on.

4th's wife
Naruto's mother, 3rd daughter. loving mother and loyal wife. she left her new born son with tears. later, she became a member of Akatsuki group. rank #8.

After the 4th left Konoha, he sends invatation for the 3 most potential shinobi in the vilage. Orochimaru, Jiraya and Itachi. Orochimaru accepted immediately, but Jiraya and Itachi refused. 4th doesn't want to go against the will of his old sensei, but he did not give up on young Itachi. (i think there is a time lag between inviting oro and Itachi) 4th threatens to kill the Uchiha clan, Itachi still wont give in. thus 4th sends #2 ranked Akatsuki "white tiger" to murder most of Uchiha clan. Seeing that he is no match to Akatsuki, Itachi agreed to join if "white tiger" would spare Sasuke. Itachi want his brother to became stronger than him, thus lied about the family's death, hoping to let Sasuke's anger to become his strength. Itachi then joined Atatsuki as #3, Orochimaru as #5.

Orochimaru's leaving Konoha was strongly objected by Jiraya. Jiraya ,always believed he could save Orochimaru, finally tipped the 3rd about Oro's secrect place, hoping his sensai would finally talk him out of it. (I dont think this is the same event that was shown in the anime, Oro left village long before Kyubi's attack) In Akatsuki, Orochimaru never trusted Itachi's loyalty with the group, and always was bitter about his being #5. He told 4th about Itachi's real loyalty does not lie with Akatsuki. 4th told Orochimaru if you have the power of Sharingan, then i'll believe you. Orochimaru then challenges Itachi but lost to Sharingan. He then left the group.

Sasuke did not really turn evil. He only wanted to pocess more power. Sasuke's sharingan became more powerfull and eventually killed orochimaru with the help of Kabuto. In the end Sasuke killed Itachi and finally found out the truth, and was send again into despair.

Kakashi died in the battle with "white tiger" while protecting Gai-sensei.(Lee's sensei)

Naruto's final battle is with his father, the legendary "Yellow Flash", the 4th Hokage. Naruto defeated 4th with the help from his mother (died while protecting Naruto, but wounded 4th).In the end, naruto became Hokage as he wished.

Sakura became Tsunade's student. Gaara became Kazekage of sand village. Hinata and Naruto got together, so is Shikamaru and Temari. ( some are told by manga already)
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Fremont, CA – (February 25, 2009) YAOI GENERATION is pleased to announce that it has licensed Tender Affairs (aka Yasashii Kankei) and Perfect World by Shinri Fuwa, originally published by Futami Shobo. Additional information will be updated soon on the company's website at
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Just a list of the Rider stuff i added theses few months and those who still need lots of editing or atleast better editing which i need cuz it kinda get hard to keep track of my progress and i dont wanna use the list feature of the site for this project XD and keep in mind that im doing alot wiki`s more then this franchise :P

Kamen Rider Series Added (by me):

Kamen Rider Stronger
Kamen Rider Super-1
Kamen Rider Kuuga
Kamen Rider Ryuki
Kamen Rider Faiz
Kamen Rider Blade
Kamen Rider Hibiki
Kamen Rider Kabuto
Kamen Rider Den-O
Kamen Rider Kiva
Kamen Rider Decade

Added the Hyper Battle Video`s as a series rather then a couple of stand-alone movies.

Kamen Rider Characters added (by me):

Kamen Rider Ichigo
Kamen Rider Nigo
Kamen Rider V3
Kamen Rider X
Kamen Rider Stronger
Electro Wave Human Tackle
Kamen Rider Super-1
Kamen Rider ZX
Kamen Rider Shin
Kamen Rider ZO
Kamen Rider J 
Kamen Rider Kuuga
Kamen Rider Agito
Kamen Rider Ryuki
Kamen Rider Faiz
Kamen Rider Blade
Kamen Rider Hibiki
Kamen Rider Kabuto
Kamen Rider Den-O
Kamen Rider Kiva
Kamen Rider Decade
Kamen Rider G

Rider System

Various Rider stuff that still needs massive Editing or Adding
Kamen Rider G Challenge by S.M.A.P
Kamen Rider G (Character)
Kamen Rider X (Character)
Kamen Rider Stronger (Character)
Electro Wave Human Tackle (Character)
SkyRider (Character)
Kamen Rider Super-1 (Character)
Kamen Rider ZX (Character)
ShadowMoon (Character)
Kamen Rider Shin (Character)
Kamen Rider ZO (Character)
Kamen Rider J (Character)
Kamen Rider Kuuga (Character)
Kamen Rider Agito (Character)
Kamen Rider Ryuki (Character)
Kamen Rider Faiz (Character)
Kamen Rider Blade (Character)
Kamen Rider Hibiki (Character)
Kamen Rider Kabuto (Character)
Kamen Rider Den-O (Character)
Kamen Rider Kiva (Character)
Kamen Rider Decade (Character) (updated on a weekly basis)
Kamen Rider Decade (Series) (updated on a weekly basis)

Yep that`s my whole list the ones that arent on the need-to-do-list-are done for me atleast the basic stuff :P.
I wont promise that i`ll do it as good as HeeroYuy does with the Gundam Franchise but i will work on it!!.
Adding episodes and characters also the movies need to be added and it has to be atleast somewhat better then JHero`s list they screwed up on the fact that a few movies are missing XD pictures are gonna be added too i promise to try and add 1 picture to every episode of Decade especially if Take from TV-Nihon finds one that i find fitting.

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Today was a reunion dinner for Broccoli USA.
Well, it was a farewell party for Broccoli USA president Kaname, so we also invited a few non-Broccoli USA staffers who had worked w/ Kaname during his 4-year stint. So Bandai Entertainment/Bandai Visual staffer Loy, Organic Hobby USA web designer Haruna & Organic Hobby admin staffer Etsuyo joined us.

Where did we go?
All-you-can-eat Korean BBQ Manna in Koreatown. Which is the default wrap-up dinner location for Broccoli USA.

I was the organizer, so I was busy making sure everyone had food and the bill was paid for, so I didn't get to talk to the former staff much. But it seems like everyone was able to catch up with each other, so I'm pleased ^__^

Kaname promised to come back for Anime Expo, so we'll all meet again.
My "work" with Broccoli USA is wrapping up at the end of this week, with my last task being taking Kaname & his cat to the airport. I hope I don't cry too much at the airport *laugh*
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Round 2 of BBQ eating.
Round 3 of Broccoli USA president Kaname's farewell dinner.

Tonight, Kaname & I went to Chosun Galbee, a Korean BBQ restaurant in Koreatown, with Anime Jungle store manager Tetsu & Anime Jungle staffer Yoichi. Two BBQ in four days? Heh, we're not even done yet... (read tomorrow's entry)

I went to dinner w/ lots of stuff in tow.
I had two Trader Joe bags full of FLCL masters that I needed to hand over to Kaname, who was seeing Production IG admin manager Kazama-san the next day. So far two companies have contacted either Broccoli USA or Broccoli Japan about securing the license for FLCL, so maybe you'll see new versions of FLCL released by 2009? Who knows. Of course I won't know if the new licensees would use the original FLCL dub or not, but I did hand those materials over too.

And I had a wig samples from a manufacturer to give to Anime Jungle, so they can display them in their store. If any cosplayers are interested in wigs, please visit their store & check them out. More info about wigs... coming soon?

Let's see... I don't think we talked about anything new.
Yoichi told us that they had a lot of people who bought Bandai Visual's FREEDOM because they showed it in their stores & caught the eyes of people who had watched AKIRA many many years ago. And that they were able to sell Super Robot Wars TV series because one of their staffers watched the sample DVDs provided by Bandai Visual & told customers that cool robots start appearing in the 3rd volume. He said it would be good for manufacturers to give specific details on the selling point of each series, so it would be easier for retailers to sell them. Of course this type of teaching/training can only be done at the independent store level.

We also talked about live-action shows that are produced in Japan that are for a very niche market.
They started out w/ standard sentai shows, but lately they've been making yaoi sentai shows. They're targeted to the fujoshi market, and it's like a yaoi story with the characters who transform into super heroes. Of course the DVDs only sell to a very small number of women, so the costs are kept low & the DVD prices high to make the production profitable.

Kaname mentioned that's how anime production used to be when otaku titles were being released on VHS.
Back in the days when VHS were only available for rental, anime were sold at OVAs which cost $100 a pop. There was a small market of consumers who would buy anime as a collectible item, so that's how things were priced. Then came DVDs and the prices started to drop as more consumers bought to own. But the anime consumer size never really expanded like the rest of mainstream movies, and the industry is caught in a dilemma of low prices and low quantities sold.

Like I mentioned before, there will have to be a big change in the anime business model in Japan... before companies can make anime business work in the US. How it'll change, we'll just have to watch for the next 2-3 years.
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Tonight, Broccoli USA president Kaname & I went to Manpuku w/ former Geneon producer Satoshi.

Manpuku is a restaurant along Sawtelle in West LA that serves Japanese style BBQ (yakiniku).
What's good?
Shio-tan (beef tongue flavored w/ salt & onions) and shio-karubi (boneless short ribs flavored w/ salt) and miso-hormone (miso-flavored intestines).

Apparently Satoshi is working at another company now, but since he just started, he hasn't sent out an email to anyone yet. So I can't mention it here, but it's good to know he's working in the industry again.

Most of the evening was spent discussing how to get consumers to buy anime again.
Kaname & Satoshi have differing opinions, so they had a heated debate over niche market anime vs semi-mainstream anime. Kaname wants to have two separate types of anime. Mainstream anime like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh & Naruto (seen by millions) and super niche anime like the moe titles & the like. While Satoshi would prefer to have more of the semi-mainstream titles like Hellsing and Ghost in the Shell, and not have the super niche titles. Well, Satoshi thought as long as the content is good, people would want the title & it would no longer be a super niche title.

I don't think this argument ended up anywhere.
Of course I think their opinions differ b/c they're looking at the recoup cost from different perspectives... Kaname thinking in terms of recouping from the Japanese original production standpoint (with costs running $2 mil and up per season), and Satoshi thinking about recouping as a licensee (about $1 mil without the Minimum Guarentee). And the market in Japan and the US are different, where Japan already knows how many people buy anime vs the US with an untapped market that's still blurry to all of us in the industry.

Oh yeah, no pictures today either.
I don't take pictures when I'm too hungry & concentrate on eating. Of course I was concentrating on eating & didn't really participate in the conversation either *laugh*
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Special Launch Promotion! Xbox LIVE Community Will Be Able To Download the First Episode of BLUE DRAGON For Free

Until March 2, 2009

San Francisco, CA, February 25, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the availability of the hit animated series BLUE DRAGON on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Fans in the U.S. will now have the ability to watch these episodes on a Download-To-Own (DTO) basis through Xbox LIVE for 160 Microsoft Points per episode. As a special launch promotion, the first episode of BLUE DRAGON will be available for download for free at Xbox LIVE until March 2nd.  Episodes and more information are available at:

The BLUE DRAGON animated series, based on the popular Xbox 360 role playing game (RPG), is a classic adventure story of magical Shadow powers, flying air fortresses, and unbounded heroism! Brought together by fate, Seven Soldiers of Light must awaken the Shadow within themselves in time to overcome a despotic power and bring peace to their land. Their ensuing journey through a rich fantasy world is also an internal journey to awaken the great power within each of them. Journey with them into the world of BLUE DRAGON!

The Xbox 360 game “BLUE DRAGON” was developed by Hironobu Sakaguchi (the creator of Final Fantasy). The game and animated series feature memorable characters designed by Akira Toriyama, the creator of the best-selling DRAGON BALL series of manga (also published in North America by VIZ Media and featured in SHONEN JUMP Magazine). The animated series debuted in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 7, 2007 and is produced by Studio Pierrot, which is well known for its work on NARUTO and BLEACH, also licensed by VIZ Media. The “BLUE DRAGON” video game has already established itself in Japan as one of the hottest releases in the RPG category and also enjoys a sizable and growing fan-base in North America.

“The anime genre continues to enjoy a huge and growing following among avid Xbox 360 owners,” said Scott Nocas, Group Product Manager for Xbox LIVE. “The addition of the BLUE DRAGON series from VIZ Media to the Xbox LIVE library will be a big attraction.”

Xbox LIVE provides easy access to hundreds of full-length TV shows for download-to-own and the latest feature films for download-to-rent. Xbox 360 is also the first gaming console to offer Standard and High Definition TV shows and movies via digital distribution. Xbox LIVE currently includes a worldwide social entertainment network reaching more than 17 million members and offering 24/7 online access to gaming, movies, music, TV shows and more.

“We are very excited to continue our successful relationship with Microsoft and add BLUE DRAGON animation to the growing library of VIZ Media animated titles now available on Xbox LIVE,” says Brian Ige, Director of Sales, Home Entertainment, VIZ Media. “The combination of the hottest television and movie programming, video gaming and social networking interaction continues to make Xbox LIVE a compelling platform to present our hit animated series. We look forward to fans across the United States turning to Xbox LIVE for the latest in online animated programming from VIZ Media.”

For more information on BLUE DRAGON please visit the dedicated website at, which currently features animated series trailers, character descriptions, artwork from the anime, and a news section that will be updated regularly with announcements regarding the anime series.

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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