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When did funimation secure the rights of Love Hina away from bandai entertainment.


http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/mPqueCjBIDACbufNe5/browse/item/82282/4/0/0
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In this world of wonderful Anime, at least in North America, we seem to be overly flooded with tails of boys (loose use of the term I know) Battling mostly in arena style competitions, normally using cards, tops, (yes those spinney things) along with other things that are boring but supposedly seems less boring when flashy animation and catchy theme music is added.
Now thanks to a blog posting from Anime Vice which can be found here, I have located, watched, and am semi interested into an Anime called Battle Doll Angelic Layer, which seems to have directed this stereotype of male dominant "toy" battling Anime series into something targeted at the female demographic.
Ok, first a brief (uber brief) description of the series
Based on a Manga (really what Anime now a days isn't)
Features a young girl who basically falls in love with this televised battle game, called, now brace yourselves, Angelic Layer! I know, I am totally shocked. Anyway, the story then fallows her love for the game, and battling, her journey into becoming a true competitor. But it mostly focuses on the relationships she builds with all those who she comes in contact with, a real moral filled adventure.

Honestly, the series reminds me a lot of the video game series CustomRobo, just more directed and girls then guys. I mean really, Angelic Layer features little toys that can battle each other, piloted by the owners, using thier minds, and they can build and customize these toys by buying parts and accessories. Just in this series case, they are called dolls and not Robo's though they seem pretty robotic to me, but that is just my humble opinion.

Anyway its not bad, a little dry in parts, but the animation is crisp and enjoyable, especially during the battles. I strongly suggest it, and since it is legally free on the Anime Networks site, found here, I say you have little to no excuse. If you prefer, like myself, to watch Anime subbed (friends don't let friends watch dubs) I suggest you go to Crunchyroll.com. The Angelic Layer page can be found here

Oh God, that post was so close to being a review *bites nails* sooooo close... that is BAD!!
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IF ONLY for exposing the rest of you to Angelic Layer (doesn't do me any good; I own the DVDs) then I'd have to say, yes, ADV gets a special one-day Win.  (expires in 24hrs. if they can't back up the beta launch with some other goodies)
The site only prompts me to ask questions:  What's their business model? Do they have a business model, or are they just throwing stuff up and hoping to win a lottery?  Is the entire ADV library (at least, titles still under license but old enough that DVD sales are close to nil) going to be available, or just an odd mix of midlist and half forgotten series?

Are they going to put Farscape up, or did they lose that license?
(Farscape FTW!  Well, a guy can dream...) 
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Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Talks Anime Movies & More
With Writer & Anime Expert Helen McCarthy

MIX MARKET, “If you like Ouran,” reviews, contests & more in episode 84!

GRIMES, IA, January 16, 2009 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome anime writer, lecturer and advocate Helen McCarthy to episode 84 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, McCarthy talks about her newest book – 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide – and how she worked to narrow the list to “just” 500 picks. She also discusses how writing about anime has changed over the years, the globalization of anime, and her upcoming projects.  

A trailblazer in the field of anime writing and journalism, McCarthy started writing about anime in the United Kingdom during the 1980s and went on to pen books including Anime! A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Animation, The Anime Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation and 500 Manga Heroes and Villains, in addition to co-authoring The Erotic Anime Movie Guide and The Anime Encyclopedia, both with Jonathan Clements. One of the Western world’s foremost experts on Hayao Miyazaki and the works of Studio Ghibli, she has also curated several seasons of lectures and screenings at London’s Barbican Cinema, including a week-long celebration of Osamu Tezuka’s works in Fall 2008.

Also in episode 84 of ANIME TODAY:
  • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
  • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of the FUNimation “Dossier of Deals.”
  • Kris and Judy talk about their recent video gaming experiences during a new “Anime and Gamers’ Guide.”
  • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the FUNimation Claymore DVD 1 contest and remind listeners about the K-drama contest for posters and preview DVDs of YA Entertainment’s The King and I. Then they kick off a new contest for passes to Bandai Entertainment’s upcoming theatrical screenings of Sword of the Stranger.
  • In a new “If…/Then” segment, Christy offers recommendations to fans of the Ouran High School Host Club anime.
  • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com.
  • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD Shiawase no Elephant by MIX MARKET.
  • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com 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 www.rightstuf.com and www.animetoday.com 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: http://www.rightstuf.com/ .

Follow ANIME TODAY on Twitter athttp://www.twitter.com/ .

ABOUT ANIME TODAY
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

ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
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 RightStuf.com 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 www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com .
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Heaven's Will
Heaven's Will
EXCITING NEW SHOJO MANGA FROM VIZ MEDIA

TO KICK OFF 2009 
 

San Francisco, CA, January 16, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced several eagerly awaited new shojo manga series (graphic novel) series, scheduled for release during the First Quarter of 2009.  

Published under the company’s popular Shojo Beat imprint, the new series will include HEAVEN’S WILL, THE MAGIC TOUCH and OTOMEN as well as VIZBIG editions of FUSHIGI YUGI and HOT GIMMICK. The VIZBIG titles will offer omnibus volumes in a 5-3/4 x 8-5/8 size (larger than the standard 5 x 7½ manga size) with special premium presentations including new cover art and added content such as author interviews, updated text and character art.  

“We’re very excited to kick off 2009 with several new manga series from some of the most talented creators in the shojo genre,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Product Marketing for VIZ Media. “These stories are filled with zany antics of love-struck high school kids in THE MAGIC TOUCH and OTOMEN to the supernatural fun of HEAVEN’s WILL. Readers also won’t want to miss the first VIZBIG treatments of two popular shojo manga series – FUSHIGI YUGI and HOT GIMMICK. The hefty editions are a great new way to have these two classic titles presented to new fans as well as seasoned readers. ” 

FUSHIGI YUGI VIZBIG · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $17.99 US / $21.99 CAN · Available Now!

FUSHIGI YÛGI is a beloved fantasy from Yu Watase, one of Japan's top manga creators. The new omnibus VIZBIG edition is wonderfully exciting, funny, and heartfelt tale of a normal junior-high-school girl who is transported into a fictional version of ancient China after reading a strange book called The Universe of the Four Gods. While there she becomes a High Priestess and encounters an array of villains and dashing heroes but yet she still manages to worry about her grades and her next school banquet. Each VIZBIG edition of FUSHIGI YÛGI contains three volumes, bonus color content, and updated text. 

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An acclaimed manga artist for nearly 20 years, Yu Watase first gained acclaim in 1989 when her short story, An Intrusion in Pajamas, appeared in the monthly manga anthology Shôjo Comic. She has since gone one to create many long-running and renowned series including ALICE 19,  FUSHIGI YÛGI and its sequel, FUSHIGI YUGI: GENBU KAIDAN, as well as Ceres Celestial Legend, and Absolute Boyfriend (all published by VIZ Media). FUSHIGI YÛGI has sold more than 13 million copies in Japan and over 1.1 million copies in North America and spawned two animated television series, an OVA series, anime soundtrack CDs, and a string of related novels.  

HOT GIMMICK VIZBIG · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $17.99 US / $21.00 CAN · Available March 17, 2009

In tiny, company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else. This apartment complex, in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives, is ruled over by the rumor-mongering, self-righteous Mrs. Tachibana. Get on her bad side and life becomes hell. One day Hatsumi buys a pregnancy test for her popular but flirty sister Akane. Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret, only if she will become his slave. Soon after a boy named Azusa, who was Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood, and despite a budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki continues to have control over her through the secret pact that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family. Usually a sensible and mild-mannered young girl, Hatsumi suddenly finds herself in a swirl of drama that threatens to drive her totally crazy.   

HOT GIMMICK creator Miki Aihara turned the manga world upside down with this salacious, outrageous, and funny hit series. If you think being a teenager in America is hard, wait until you read HOT GIMMICK! Aihara made her debut in 1991 with Lip Conscious!, which was published in the Bessatsu Shojo Comic anthology and she remains a major contributor to the magazine. In addition to HOT GIMMICK, Aihara also created TOKYO BOYS AND GIRLS (available from VIZ Media), TEACHER’S PET, THE CLEAR WIDE BLUE SKY, SO BAD! and AS LONG AS THERE IS A SUN IN THE SKY, among others. 

HEAVEN’S WILL · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: 8.99 US / $10.99 CAN

· Available Now!

Sudou Mikuzu has a very special talent/power – she can see ghosts. And because of this, she's become a magnet for all sorts of unwelcome spirits and monsters. Lucky for her she's just met Seto, a friendly, cross-dressing young exorcist. Sudou needs protection from all the creepy phantoms bugging her and Seto needs to practice his exorcism skills. Consequently, the pair decides to team up and help each other. In return for Seto’s help, Sudou promises to bake him a cake every time a ghost gets zapped!  

Created by Satoru Takamiya, HEAVEN’S WILL first appeared as a short story in Chu Chu magazine, a popular Japanese shojo manga anthology for teen girls published by Shogakukan. HEAVEN’S WILL offers a premise similar to popular supernatural sagas like BLEACH but introduces a romantically-tinged plot element combined with stylized gothic appeal. Fans of popular supernatural television series such as Medium, Journeyman, Ghost Whisperer, and Pushing Daisies won’t want to miss HEAVEN’S WILL.  

THE MAGIC TOUCH · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: 8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available February 3, 2009

Aside from being the star of her high school's Massage Research Society club, Chiaki Togu is a normal, quiet girl—until she falls head over heels in love with a gorgeous back, which happens to belong to Yosuke, the hottest guy at her school! Unfortunately, Chiaki's attraction to Yosuke is thwarted by her own insecurity and the scheming of other girls, especially those of her twin sister Sayaka! Although Yosuke seems out of Chiaki's league, she will do almost anything to give him a massage. The two eventually strike a deal where she will be allowed to touch his back if she can make him fall in love with her. What Chiaki doesn't know is the real reason Yosuke wants to hang around her: to avenge his younger brother, who was allegedly deceived and dumped by somebody named Chiaki Togu! Is this a simple case of mistaken identity or the beginning of a tragedy? 

THE MAGIC TOUCH was created by Izumi Tsubaki, who began drawing manga during her first year of high school. She was soon selected to be among the Top 10 artists selected by popular manga anthology Hana to Yume (Flowers And Dreams) and went on to win the publication’s Big Challenge manga contest. THE MAGIC TOUCH was a best seller in Japan (where it was originally known as Oyayubi kara Romance, or Romance from the Thumbs), and fan buzz across North America has created great anticipation for the series debut. In addition to THE MAGIC TOUCH, Tsubaki is currently working on the manga series, I’M THE TEACHER.  

OTOMEN · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: 8.99 US / $10.50 CAN

· Available February 3, 2009

Asuka Masamune is a guy who loves girly things–sewing, knitting, making cute stuffed animals and reading shojo manga. But in a world where boys are expected to act manly, Asuka must hide his beloved hobbies and instead play the part of a masculine jock. Ryo Miyakozuka, on the other hand, is a girl who can't sew or bake a cake to save her life. Asuka finds himself attracted to Ryo, but she likes only the manliest of men! Can Asuka ever show his true self to anyone, much less to the girl that he's falling for?  

OTOMEN, created by Aya Kanno, is currently being serialized in Japan's BetsuHana magazine. OTOMEN is a best seller in Japan, with each new volume appearing in the Top 15 of Japan’s Tohan rankings that chart manga popularity and sales. Aya Kanno’s other series, BLANK SLATE, is also published by VIZ Media recently debuted across North America. 

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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So, I'd been thinking for a while that I should donate some of my copious, lengthy hair to Locks of Love, and today I finally did it. Here are the results!

Before
Before
After!
After!
Wow, that was a lot...
Wow, that was a lot...
I mailed it out today
I mailed it out today











Yes, my hair looks much straighter in the "after" pic, but that's primarily because she blow-dried it...the first thing I did when I got home was rinse my hair again so it'll dry out in a fashion more normal for me (I NEVER blow-dry my hair). In fact, since there's a lot less weight now, my hair may wind up even wavier than before.

The woman who cut my hair, Nicole, was good, and friendly, and knew what she was doing. She cut my bangs significantly shorter than I wanted, but I guess that was mostly just varying definition of "chin-length," and it'll grow out soon enough.
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I just hope for the best that it won't stink near as Dragonball Evolution.

Worst & Best lists..
 
Worst
  • The casting for Edward will probably be a kid
  • Everything cool from Cowboy Bebop will probably be lame in this one
  • show any cliche stuff like both Dragonball Evolution and Street Fighter
  • make the dog, Ein talk
  • Make up another storyline
  • Casting for bad actors
  • Performance
  • Directed by Paul Anderson(see Resident Evil)
  • Keana Reeves not in Character


Best
  • Will be Released in 2011, hopefully no one will be around
  • Might have a hot actress to play Faye
  • Keana Reeves with shaggy hair and a cigratte might look cool
  • Not a talking dog
  • A kid actor might be played as Ed
  • Keana Reeves might pulled it off without any stunt coordination

This might pull off a good Cowboy Bebop movie, I think...



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Japan has been producing alot of interesting inventions lately, tinkering from hardware to house-hold applications. The district of Akihabara is currently the example for these cool inventions, besides being "the" otaku district for anime and video games, the most prominent for its popularity is technological devices to house-hold products. It really fascinates me that every year, they produces these gadgets but yet I haven't seen these appearances on television nor website. It might be the ridiculous, invovated design for its unnecessarily features or implementation that westerners haven't have the clue for its usetage. Japan is also popular for their usetage of venting machines to sorts of stuff besides food and drinks.

Speaking of ridiculous, yet somehow cool prizes. Danny Choo reports that Nissin, famous for their cup noodles since 1971 is offering a prize for a chance to win your very own Cup Noodle venting machine!

My initial, first impressions were that its similar to a Espresso coffee machine where you add coffee and then the neccessarily condiments in it.

Here is the procedures:

  1. You add the cup noodles,
  2. Add the hot water
  3. and here comes the weird part, put the money inside the venting machine so the cup noodle comes out
  4. Open the lid
  5. Put the cup noodle in the small window so the hot water will pour into the cup noodle
  6. Get the cup noodle out and tape it so that it can cook
  7. wait for three minutes and ENJOY!
Seems easy! Heres the video demonstration!

Depending on the yen, this might considered to be worth it but then again this might be confusing or yet a weird invention. And the fact that its only Japan-exclusives.

Damnit! Which gives me another reason to go to Japan!


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01.15.2009

I got a call from Bushiroad VP Kurokawa-san last night.

The first question out of his mouth was
"Do you think you can go to Germany with us?"

Bushiroad is participating in the Germany Toy Fair in Nurnberg, and I've been helping them contact the event planners. Good thing they speak English in Germany.

Anyhoo, I figured they just needed help setting up their booth from the State-side, but they thought it would be good to have someone who can speak English there the whole time. I must say Kurokawa-san's English is rather good for someone who's never worked in the US before.

I've never been to Europe, so I thought it would be awesome to go to Germany (and not out-of-pocket is a definite plus!). But I realized it would be around the same time as Broccoli USA's annual financial review field work. So I'd have to be available just in case they need some documents dug up.

So long, my dream of being a globe-trotting (unemployed) business woman.
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RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Announces
New Street Date of March 24, 2009 for the
MARIA WATCHES OVER US – Season 3 DVD Collection

 
GRIMES, IA, January 15, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment have rescheduled the release of the MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru) - Season 3 DVD Collection to March 24, 2009.

The one-month shift is being made to accommodate the rigorous approval process that is required to bring the series to English-speaking audiences, said Right Stuf President and C.E.O. Shawne Kleckner. “We and our counterparts in Japan are dedicated to providing the fans of Maria Watches Over Us with the quality DVD presentation they have come to expect. We thank you for your continued support, and we’re looking forward to bringing you the summer adventures of our favorite Lillian students.”

The Season 3 DVD Collection will feature the five-episode OVA (original video animation) and five specials that comprise the series’ third season. It is also the third of several “season box sets” scheduled for the North American DVD release of Maria Watches Over Us.
  • Each set features Japanese audio, along with English on-screen translations, and two English-language subtitle tracks: one with regular dialogue subtitles and a second, special subtitle track that retains the Japanese honorifics.
  • Additionally, each set will include the “specials” – comedic shorts that depict the series’ characters in “chibi” form – for its respective season.

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“Best Shojo” Anime of 2008 –
Anime Insider

“A beautifully illustrated, surprisingly effective slice-of-life drama…” Anime News Network
“this series is awesome” Otaku USA
“leaves you eagerly wanting more”AnimeOnDVD at Mania.com
“Shelf Worthy” Anime News Network’s Shelf Life
“a truly beautiful anime” - Future Anime

An AnimeOnDVD.com Pick of the Week

 
The Maria Watches Over Us anime is based upon an ongoing series of novels – written by Oyuki Konno and illustrated by Reine Hibiki – that began in 1998 and currently spans more than 33 volumes. Short stories related to the series have been published in the shoujo (girls’) magazine Cobalt, and a manga adaptation was serialized in the anthology magazine Margaret. The series’ publisher, Shueisha, also produced 14 drama CDs (featuring radio-style plays).
 
The anime adaptation of Maria-sama ga Miteru – also referred to by fans as “MariMite” – encompasses two, 13-episode TV seasons, a 5-episode OVA (original video animation) as its third season, and a fourth season, which is currently in production and airing on Japanese TV.
 
The first three seasons of Maria Watches Over Us feature animation by Studio DEEN (Fruits Basket, Gravitation, Rurouni Kenshin), direction by Yukihiro Matsushita (Blue Dragon, Sugar Sugar Rune), and scripting by Reiko Yoshida (Aria, Boys Over Flowers, Story of Saiunkoku).
 
The Maria Watches Over Us – Season 1 DVD Collection was released on July 29, 2008, and the Season 2 DVD Collection: Printemps was released on December 9, 2008. Both are now available. 

Visit mariasama.rightstuf.com for more information about Maria Watches Over Us (Maria-sama ga Miteru), including detailed character profiles, trailers, downloads and more.


About MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru) – Season 3

Summer has arrived, and the students of Lillian Girls' Academy are on break! Yumi and Sachiko head out to the Ogasawara family's summer home, but what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation takes a turn for the worse when some of Sachiko’s old acquaintances drop by for tea. These rich and snobby debutantes don’t think Yumi is worthy of Sachiko's affection, and they’re out to make this summer one she'll regret. Contains the complete 5-episode third season (OVA), plus “specials” 1-5.

 
MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru) - Season 3 DVD Collection (OVA)
Pre-Book: 1/27/2009  
NEW Pre-Book: 2/24/2009
Street Date: 2/24/2009  NEW Street Date: 3/24/2009
Runtime: Approximately 255 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Anamorphic Widescreen, Color
Genre: Drama
Suggested Rating: 13+

 
Format: DVD (Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0901
ISBN: 1-57032-792-0
UPC: 7-42617-0901-2-7
SRP: $39.99

Discs/Set: 3
Item Measurements: 5 3/8” x 15/16” x 7 9/16” (LxWxH)

 
DVD Features: 
Scene access; Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue; two English subtitle tracks (regular dialogue subtitles, plus a special subtitle track that includes Japanese honorifics); and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Season 3 “Specials,” character bios, liner notes and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

 
* Cover Art:  http://outgoing.rightstuf.com/  
MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru) 3rd Season OVA © OYUKI KONNO / SHUEISHA • YAMAYURIKAI II Licensed by d-rights Inc.
* To view this image, cut and paste the URL into your Web browser. 

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

 
ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
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 RightStuf.com 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 www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com . 
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JapanFiles.com partners with Spice Records for ORANGE RANGE and sodopp
 

 

January 15, 2009 - JapanFiles.com announces a partnership with Spice Records to release two early ORANGE RANGE albums and the newest release from all-girl-punk-trio and SXSW favorites sodopp.

 

Now on sale:

ORANGE RANGE - Orange Ball

ORANGE RANGE - Michishirube / Midnight Gauge

sodopp - POP RIDER

sodopp - Lookin' Color 8

 

ORANGE RANGE Bio:

ORANGE RANGE is a Japanese hip-hop and rock band hailing from Okinawa. They started when childhood friends, Kitao "Kat-chan" Kazuhito (former drummer) and Hiroyama Naoto (guitarist) got together and decided to form a band. They then recruited Miyamori Yoh (bassist), Hokama Hiroki (mid vox), Yoh's brother, Ryo (low vox) and Ganeko Yamato (high vox).

In 2002, they signed under Spice Music and released their first mini-album, Orange Ball, which carries their single, Michishirube. In 2003, they signed under Sony Music and released two singles, Kirikirimai and Shanghai Honey, in which the later debuted in #5 in the Oricon charts. After that, they gained even more fame when their next single, Viva Rock, was featured as the third ending theme song for the hit anime Naruto. Later in that same year, they released their first major album, 1st Contact. Through the years, their songs were featured in TV dramas, anime, commercials, movies (including the Hollywood hit 2005 Fantastic Four) and even major events like the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

 

sodopp Bio:

sodopp was originally formed in Kagoshima in 1999. After a member change, they settled on the current lineup of Satoko Kojima (vocals, guitar), Ayano Yamashita (bass, vocals), and Seina Yoshimori (drums, vocals). In 2002, sodopp won 2nd place at the "teens' festival" of Southern Kyushu. The band began to build their musical career opening for POLYSICS, touring Kyushu extensively and organizing their own gigs, which lead to sign Spice Records in 2006. sodopp's debut album "POP RIDER" earned heavy airplay on FM Kagoshima, a very rare support for newcomers. First released only in Kagoshima, its sales spread to Kyushu and Okinawa, then throughout Japan in August of 2007.

In March of 2008, sodopp played their first USA show as part of Japan Nite at SXSW (Austin, Texas, USA) along with avengers in Sci-Fi, detroit7, and ketchup mania. After going back to Japan, sodopp performed at "Sotsu-Fes. 2008," the Universal Studios Japan seventh anniversary special live (other guests: Ai Otsuka, Chatmonchy, FUNKY MONKEY BABYS, GO!GO!7188, Aqua Timez). sodopp even sold out their first solo gig at the band's home venue, SR HALL in Kagoshima.

Their second album "Lookin' Color 8" was released on August 27, 2008.

 

 

Be on the lookout for more Spice Records releases in the coming weeks on JapanFiles.com, including All Japan Goith, the do-nuts, Dirty Old Men, Atomic Poodle, and more.

 

 

sodopp Links!

sodopp on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/

sodopp Official MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/sodopp

sodopp Official Website – http://www.sodopp.com

 

sodopp Videos!

sodopp - Real - http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=

 

 

ORANGE RANGE Links!

ORANGE RANGE on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/

ORANGE RANGE Official Website – http://or.spicemusic.jp/top.

 

 

About JAPANFILES.COM:

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This is what I think would be the best cast for Cowboy Bebop.

Spike Spiegel = John Cusack.

Jet Black= Michael Clarke Duncan.

Faye Valentine = Jenny McCarthy.

Ed= This girl is unknow actress but she look like Ed.   
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NARUTO SHIPPUDEN AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY FOR FREE VIEWING ON CRUNCHYROLL

Leading Online Anime Distributor to Simulcast the Newest NARUTO SHIPPUDEN
Episode for Members and Provides Previous Week¹s Simulcast for Free Viewing

San Francisco, California (January 15, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll, the world¹s
largest anime-focused content and social networking service, has launched
last week¹s premiere simulcast (episode 91) of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN for free
viewing.  Simultaneously, Crunchyroll is launching the current week¹s
premiere simulcast (episode 92) immediately after its broadcast in Japan,
for its Anime Members.  Going forward, each brand new episode of NARUTO
SHIPPUDEN will be available for Members right after airing in Japan and one
week later for free viewing on Crunchyroll.  More information can be found
at www.crunchyroll.com/naruto <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

³We are excited by the success of last week¹s historic simulcast and plan to
build on that success in the coming weeks and months,² states Kun Gao, CEO
of Crunchyroll. ³We are especially grateful to fans that are supporting the
industry by watching NARUTO SHIPPUDEN legally on Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll is
the only place to watch new episodes legally immediately after broadcast in
Japan and we encourage fans to support the anime industry and sign up for
the Anime Membership.²

Crunchyroll Anime Member benefits include higher quality streams of all
shows (including 720p High Definition for selected shows), no advertisements
and early access to currently airing shows including: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN,
GINTAMA, NATSUME YUJINCHO, SKIP BEAT, SHUGO CHARA!, WEB GHOSTS PIPOPA,
LINEBARRELS OF IRON, THE TOWER OF DRUAGA ­THE SWORD OF URUK­ and more, all
available as early as one hour after premiering in Japan. To become an Anime
Member, go to www.crunchyroll.com/anime_
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

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.
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01.14.2009

One of the last items offered at Broccoli USA was the Hobby Japan exclusive figure Queen's Gate "Alice."

I got word that the shipment finally arrived from Japan & this figure will be heading out to retailers in the US later this week.

I don't remember which retailers ordered them, but check with your local anime shop to see if they got one of these. I think only 400 of them were made available for the US, so it's quite limited.

For those who are interested, the armor she wears is removable.
That seems to be the most common question figure makers get when product information is sent out.

Retail Price should be around $90.00 (US).

If you have trouble locating the figure, I believe Broccoli USA has a few units left over so PM me here & I'll let you know how you can buy one.
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BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT JOINS FORCES WITH TECHNICOLOR FOR DVD REPLICATION

January 14, 2009 – Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today that it will begin
operations with Technicolor, a division from Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS), for
standard definition DVD replication on many of its upcoming Japanese animation titles with
specific titles to be announced later.

“Many of our upcoming titles and back catalog will be replicated by Technicolor -- they
have a pedigree in the realm of DVD replication that few can match and we are excited to be
working with them moving forward on our releases,” said Director of Marketing Robert Napton.
Recognized as an optical industry pioneer, Technicolor is the world’s largest manufacturer
of DVD and Blu-ray Discs based on a total combined output. The company has the capacity to
produce 2.1 billion discs per year.

“We’re very pleased to be working with Bandai Entertainment to replicate their Japanese
animation DVD titles,” said Stephan Corti, senior vice president, worldwide sales for
Technicolor. “This relationship further demonstrates Technicolor’s commitment to continued
growth in DVD replication.”

About Bandai Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier distributor
of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North America. Titles include
Code Geass Lelouch of Rebellion, Gurren Lagaan, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star,
Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Gundam Seed Destiny, My Hime, and many more.
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I remember learning of a new Mazinger series that's supposed to be coming out this season, Z Mazinger, but I haven't heard anything recently on it. Anyone know anything?

Otherwise, I'm slowly catching up on Gundam 00 and Linebarrels of Iron.

I'm also looking forward to Samurai Sentai Shikenger and Kamen Rider Decade
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My own anime blog launched last week.  I'm still working on posts, but I hope some people will read it and comment. ^^
Tokidoki Anime
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I copied this from my old blog its a quick checklist of what im gonna try to go through this year mostly on the PC ofcourse ^^
There are old series on the lis and the ones i`ve seen have a +  the ones i liked have 2  the ones i liked the most have 3. :)
Comics i dont know gonna stick with Spidey and gonna drop dark tower this year green lantern is gonna be my 2nd comic.
Anime series im gonna try to watch

Rosario + Vampire 3
Zero No Tukaima 4
Maria-sama ga Miteru 4 ++
To Love Ru 2 (i know never heard of a season 2, but im hoping so much for it and it ended so open :P)
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
Mushishi+++ (Still awesome)
Akikan! ++ (started collecting cans)
Ride Back
The Tower of Druaga: sword of Uruk+
Nagasarete Airantou ++
KuroKami+ (Not on Veoh?)
Genji Monogatari Senenki+
Asu no Yoichi! ++ (Same as the manga i hope Yoichi gets some beating soon lol)
Gundam 00++ (I`ve waited to long with starting now i am)
Maria Holic++ (I loved the OP but crossplaying still hard not to laugh)

Tokusatsu series im gonna try and watch

Kamen Rider Decade+++ (all riders get owned by a pink guy what where they thinking?)
woot!! DCD
woot!! DCD









Samurai Sentai Shikenger (ShinkenRed`s awesome sword!!!! 0.0)
Kamen Rider G (Toei`s answer to Duffman XD )
Jikuu Keisatsu Wecker Signa +++ (im finally back to hot girls in spandex season 3!! yay :D)
Wecker Signa
Wecker Signa








Kamen Tenshi Rosseta++ (Faleon punch!!! lol)
Kai Ji Yong shi +++
Changerion+ (Again)
Jiraiya+++ (again)
Zansaber++ (WOW awesome)
Erexion +++ (Only 4 subbed episodes on the net and 0 raws :( )
Blader (why? i dont know XD)

Magazines/comics im gonna buy
Aniway (Dutch)
Power Unlimited (Dutch)
Quest (Dutch)
Shonen Jump
Nationalgeographic

Games to Download
 
Pokemon Platinum (U)
Harvest Moon Shining Sun and Friends (U) Get to work Rising star
Harvest Moon Wind`s Bazaar (U) if by a miracle it happens to be available darn Rising Star

Misc every cool comic series that comes my way

O hell yes Green Lantern and Spidey unless my comic book store doesnt get them american versions in time again :)
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JapanFiles.com releases Sweet Vacation

 

January 14, 2009 – JapanFiles.com adds up-and-coming Japanese dance/electronic unit Sweet Vacation to its catalog this week! Both the band's first two albums - "Do The Vacation!!" and "More the Vacation!!" are now available for fans of the up-and-coming unit that is already selling out live houses in Japan, Korea, and Thailand.

 

Sweet Vacation was formed in 2007 by members May (Vocals) and Daichi Hayakawa (Sound Producer, Keyboards, Chorus, Vocoder). Daichi is a longtime Japanese music producer who travels all over the world to make completely new pop music. May is a 19-year-old singer and student who speaks English, Japanese, and Thai.

Their music is primarily pop but heavily influenced by the latest club music with touches of retro new wave and rave. Sweet Vacation's trademark is their unique take on many cover songs, including works by Coldplay, Blur, and Cyndi Lauper.

Check out the video link below for a special English-language introduction from May!

 

Links!

Sweet Vacation on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/

Sweet Vacation Official MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/

Sweet Vacation Official Website - http://www.sweetvacation.jp

 

Videos!

Sweet Vacation - I Feel So Good (w/ May intro) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?

 

Sweet Vacation - Asobi ni Ikou yo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?

 

 

About JAPANFILES.COM:

Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles.com 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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Natsume Twojinchou and the second season of Druaga. Luckily, the longer shows from last season are still going.
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