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02.20.2009

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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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF BLUE DRAGON

FOR DOWNLOAD ON XBOX LIVE  

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: www.xbox.com/live.

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 Bluedragon.viz.com, 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 www.VIZ.com.
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Nurse Witch Komugi and friends vs. Spiderman and friends...

You know a Koyori vs. Doc Ock battle would definitely take an ero turn...lol.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - WOW ROCK in partnership with NERVE RECORDS ecstatically present Japanese Visual-entertainment sensation "charlotte / しゃるろっと" for the first time in North America!!!

In November of 2007, a Japanese "visual-kei" artist "charlotte" played a live concert in Brazil as the first Japanese rock band ever in South America. The concerts held in Rio de Janeiro and San Paulo were a huge success.

"charlotte" is not just a normal "visual-kei" band but of a broader scale - they are a visual-entertainment rock band.

Their stunning charm as entertainers can be seen from their live performance which exudes laughter and excitement, and their catchy songs are beginning to move not just the fans of Brazil, but fans all over the World.

Tracks from charlotte's recent SOLD OUT maxi-single "itadakimasu / miharashigaoka" can be previewed on the Release page. Exclusive videos and messages can be viewed at your leisure on our official YouTube. Don't forget to subscribe and add us to your Facebook groups and MySpace friends. Stay tuned in for more exciting developments from charlotte!!

About NERVE RECORDS
In this day and age where the number of Japanese visual-kei rock fans are rapidly increasing around the world, Mr. KUMA of NERVE, with his strong connections with the Japanese rock scene and the outside music scene, is beginning to promote "Charlotte" to markets all over the world.

About WOW ROCK
Founded in 2007, WOW ROCK is the leading company in advancing appreciation and awareness of International music, culture and lifestyle worldwide.
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Rough day more than bad. Totally missed the mark with my response for Chaucer class. Plus mixed up Richard I (Lionheart) with Richard II aloud and in front of the whole class. Had to juggle twenty million different things today because my schoolbag wasn't big enough, and I'm not "an octopus with eight lovin' arms" (kudos if you get the reference); still dropped almost everything. Lost an earring from my ear that was of real monetary value not to mention a favorite. Totally forgot the significance of 1910 in my Virginia Woolf class which is only one of the most important dates I have to remember; again, I looked like an idiot. I had to wear pantyhose today and got a run in them.

Then I called Baku to confirm transportation plans after class; we were supposed to see Celtic Woman together (rather I bought tickets and guilted him into coming). He said he was sick with stomach pain, and didn't feel up to going. Called my good friend Lisa who happened to be nearby and who I usually hung out with after class on Tuesdays; she was more than willing to go. The show was amazing and beautiful! Totally mitigated everything that happened. They performed mostly cover songs; it seemed the show was catered to an American audience more than ever before. The way these songs were arranged though, it was as if I was hearing them for the first time.  I missed several of the older celtic songs, but since the departure of some of the members, they couldn't be performed...at least not yet by the replacements. I think my favorite solo performance was by Lisa Kelly; she did a gorgeous and moving cover of "Fields of Gold." Of course my favorite group performance was "Mo Ghile Mear" well tied with "Isle of Hope." Lisa loved the show and cried. Then she treated me to Denny's because we were both hungry and nothing else was open and close by that we could get a big meal at.

Now I find that Baku has eaten nearly all the Oreos since we bought them which was Sunday. Two of the three rows are all gone. I have eaten three oreos max. OMG! At least there's still a row left of them; they're spring oreos with yellow frosting, though I think the cookie texture is different---less crunchy.

To sum it all up: My day was bad, but it was mitigated by Celtic Woman, but now the day or rather new day is being put into question by the lack of Oreos. Questions: When's the last time you felt like a real dork because you forgot something really important or obvious? What object have you lost that you really miss? What sort of musical acts/concerts are you excited about right now? What should I do or say to Baku when he gets home from work?
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I don't know how many people saw Karas, but it was stylistic, had great animation, and was just plain awesome.

As we all know, Deadpool is Deadpool.

The Main Karas versus Deadpool would maybe be one of the best fights ever.
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As long as it's the SINS version. I loves me some Casshern.
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Little bit fast and a way lot less thought through i got a writersblock halfway so i just deleted my whole blog and made a small list xP
Howard the Duck meets The Genie family (Just for funnies) XD
Gatchaman and the X-men
Yatterman and the Power Pack (You HEARD me!!! xP)
Tekkaman (Blade) and Ironman
Karas and Wolverine
Samurai Pizza Cats and ? (I wouldnt know but they just have to be in there) XD
Casshern (sins) & Hurricane Polymar wth Spidey and DD vs anybody

As i said i just fixed up some my favorits im gonna go to bed now its been a very busy day :)
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Anyone else agree? XD
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Gardena, CA (February 24, 2009)- Digital Manga Publishing, Inc., one of the industry's most innovative manga companies, is proud to announce the launch of their newest imprint DokiDoki, a special co-publishing line exclusively between popular Japanese publisher SHINSHOKAN and DIGITAL MANGA. The DokiDoki line is essentially "The Gateway from Shojo to Yaoi", with stories varying between shojo and shonen-ai to yaoi, and will be for ages anywhere from 13+ to 18+.  To celebrate this newest addition to the Digital Manga family, Digital Manga is excited to present a very special promotional giveaway!

Each DokiDoki title comes with a special promotional item exclusive to their particular book with purchase. To kick off this giveaway will be the first two titles on the DokiDoki line, TRAIN TRAIN VOL. 1 by Eiki Eiki and PRINCESS PRINCESS PLUS by Mikiyo Tsuda.  Each of these two titles comes with "fukuseigenga", two full-size (B5) prints of the original artist pages.  To get your special promo item, as well as to introduce the entire DokiDoki brand, Digital Manga has created their newest website: www.dokidokibooks.com

There are two ways to retrieve your special promo item: the first is to go to www.dokidokibooks.com, and click on the Register button for the DokiDoki newsletter. Just fill out a brief survey, and it'll direct you to Akadot Retail (www.akadot.com) checkout for purchase of the book of your choice with the promo item. For those who purchase a DokiDoki title in bookstores, there is a special promo code in the back of the book. All you have to do is go to www.dokidokibooks.com, and click on the Enter Promo Code button. Enter the promo code specific to your title, and after filling out the survey, you will be able to checkout just the promo item. Easy!  

Now the legal details: promotional items are limited in quantity, and are therefore on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. Promotional items are free, but are subject to a shipping and handling fee (continental US only) and are only eligible after registration for the DokiDoki newsletter and a one-time survey participation. We will not divulge any personal information to any third party, nor is it used for anything but internal purposes-but your participation in the survey helps us help you!  Promo items will vary from book to book.  Promo items are limited to one giveaway per book bought, but you are not limited to the number of DokiDoki titles you purchase to obtain the promo item. By all means, buy as many as you want!  Plus, being on the DokiDoki newsletter will keep you notified ahead of time of the newest titles, their date of availability, and the special items that come with each title. To start, you can pre-order these two titles now to be first in line for your promo item! 

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TRAIN TRAIN VOL. 1 written and illustrated by EIKI EIKI - Rated YA+ (Ages 16+), 5" x 7.2", MSRP: $12.95 US, Available: April 22, 2009 
*Available for Pre-order Now!

Welcome to Minami-Kitazawa Station, where the trains run strictly on time, customer service is an important priority, and the staff is entirely made up of super good-looking guys! That’s the environment 18-year-old Asahi Saruta gets dropped in the middle of when he finds himself assigned there. Asahi’s goal is to one day become a train operator like his father, but never in his wildest dreams did he imagine he’d have to deal with a group of strange co-workers like this. Even though Asahi may have been chosen more for his cuteness-factor than his job skills, can he rise to the challenge, or will the day-to-day mayhem of working in a train station cause him to reevaluate his career path altogether?!

PRINCESS PRINCESS PLUS written and illustrated by MIKIYO TSUDA - Rated YA+ (Ages 16+), 5" x 7.2", MSRP: $12.95 US, Available: April 22, 2009 
*Available for Pre-order Now!

The new school year is here! Fujimori Academy students Kiriya Matsuoka and Tomoe Izumi have been chosen as this year’s princesses, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work to bring them up to speed. Enter former princesses Kouno, Shihoudani and Yutaka for a bit of princess training! Although Matsuoka and Izumi seem willing and able to take over the job of dressing up as girls and cheering at school events, they’re not exactly what you’d call “friends.” In fact, they seem to be about as opposite as two people can get. This animosity spells trouble for a student body that depends on their princesses to give them a warm, glowy feeling all year long. Can President Sakamoto and the ex-princesses convince Matsuoka and Izumi to bond for the sake of the school? Or will it take more than a common experience to bring two very different people together?

EIKI EIKI is the creator of THE ART OF LOVING, WORLD'S END and DEAR MYSELF all published on Digital Manga's June imprint. MIKIYO TSUDA is creator of the popular PRINCESS PRINCESS series, FAMILY COMPLEX and THE DAY OF REVOLUTION, all published on Digital Manga's DMP imprint. The two are best friends and are known to collaborate frequently on projects together.
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VIZ Media's BLUE DRAGON ANIME

NOW AVAILABLE ON THE iTunes STORE

Special Launch Promotion Includes Free Download Of The First Episode of BLUE DRAGON on iTunes Through March 10, 2009 
 

San Francisco, CA, February XX, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced today the availability of its popular animated series BLUE DRAGON on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com) in US and Canada. As a special launch promotion, the first episode of BLUE DRAGON will be available for download for free on the iTunes Store until March 10 and can be found at www.itunes.com/tv/bluedragon.

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 and available on iTunes.

"We are excited to add the beloved BLUE DRAGON animation to the growing library of VIZ Media titles now available on the iTunes store.” says Ken Sasaki, Sr. Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, VIZ Media. “VIZ Media is committed to giving fans the best in animated entertainment and we are thrilled to provide the best options in delivering exciting animated content in a high quality digital way.”  

For more information on BLUE DRAGON please visit the dedicated website at Bluedragon.viz.com, which currently features anime series trailers, character descriptions, artwork from the animation, 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 www.VIZ.com.
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CRUNCHYROLL TO PARTICPATE IN GLOBAL SHINKAI DAY

Online Anime Distribution Leader and Fans to Celebrate the Work of Acclaimed
Anime Director Makoto Shinkai on February 28, 2009

San Francisco, California and Tokyo, Japan (February 24, 2009) ­  When fans
speak Š Crunchyroll listens. With blessings from CoMix Wave Films, Makoto
Shinkai English fan forum and fansite,
http://cherryblossomsfalling., and the online anime
distribution leader, Crunchyroll, will collaborate in honoring one of the
anime industry¹s celebrated directors and visionaries for one day only on
February 28, 2009. More information can be found at the company¹s website at
www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com> .

5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND, VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR and A PLACE PROMISED IN
OUR EARLY DAYS are titles that are synonymous with world famous anime
director Mr. Makoto Shinkai ("Hailed as the 'Next Miyazaki'" - The Japan
Times), and Crunchyroll is celebrating his ³awesomeness² with 24 hours of
Shinkai¹s most celebrated works to all Crunchyroll members at up to 480p.

³We are very happy to see how the world has embraced Mr. Shinkai¹s work²,
states Mr. Kazuki Sunami of CoMix Wave Films, ³anime is a wonderful art form
and CoMix Wave Films is very proud to work with Crunchyroll  in bringing Mr.
Shinkai¹s vision to the world.  We hope everyone enjoys it.²

In addition, anime fans will have an opportunity to celebrate Mr. Shnkai¹s
work by participating in the official Makoto Shinkai forum pages moderated
by Makoto Shinkai English fan forum and fansite (and long time fan!) owner,
Mr. Laz Long, ³I'm really excited that Crunchyroll is hosting these films
online and allowing us to share these amazing films with people all over the
world.²

Titles to air include:

·     5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND
·     VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR
·     A PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS

Shinkai¹s work debuted at many high profile film festivals such as the
Ottawa International Animation Festival and has won countless awards such as
the animation grand prize at Italy¹s Future Film Fest in 2008 for 5
CENTIMETERS PER SECOND.

"Hailed as the 'Next Miyazaki'" - The Japan Times

"Legendary anime" - IGN.com

Crunchyroll Anime Member benefits include higher quality streams of all
shows (in some cases at 720p High Definition Video) with no advertisement
and early access to simulcast shows such as NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA,
NATSUME YUJINCHO, SKIP BEAT, SHUGO CHARA!, WEB GHOSTS PIPOPA, LINEBARRELS OF
IRON, THE TOWER OF DRUAGA ­ THE SWORD OF URUK - and additional titles as
early as one (1) hour after its Japan Broadcast.

About Crunchyroll
Headquartered in San Francisco, California ­ Crunchyroll is hailed as a
leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online
community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime,
drama, music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content.
Crunchyroll¹s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content
to over four 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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Las Vegas, NV, February 24, 2009 - Yaoi Press invites fans to join their new affiliate program at Everythingyaoi.com.     

Yaoi Press began a new affiliate program for their Everythingyaoi.com store.  Fans can earn commissions on referral sales, create their own stores based on Everythingyaoi.com's catalogue of over 1,000 items, and recruit other affiliates to generate a continuous passive income.  Affiliates earn $2 for each sale they refer to Everythingyaoi.com.  When they recruit new affiliates they are paid 5% based on the new affiliate's income.   

Affiliates in the program can place one of three banners on their web sites to drive traffic to Everythingyaoi.com.  Affiliates can also 'deep-link,' a process where a specific item is directly linked to with a thumbnail image.  Yaoi Press' affiliate partner, Clixgalore, generates html pages for those affiliates who want to create their own yaoi web store.  The product listings, complete with images and descriptions, link to the appropriate items on Everythingyaoi.com.   

About Everythingyaoi.com

Everythingyaoi.com is known for being an exceptional source for BL products on the web.  With customer incentives, free gifts, free shipping offers, and discounted prices, the store has grown exponentially since its launch in 2006.   

About Yaoi Press

Yaoi is a romantic genre that deals with stories about men in love with men for a traditionally female audience.  Yaoi Press was founded in 2004, and has published forty successful yaoi graphic novels.  Yaoi Press titles are distributed by Diamond Book Distributors.   

For more information about the affiliate program please visit www.everythingyaoi.com

For more information about Yaoi Press LLC please visit www.yaoipress.com
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APPLIYA RELEASES EVANGELION CLOCK AND PICTURE STAMP FOR IPHONE AND IPOD TOUCH

 

Tokyo, Japan, February 24, 2009 - Appliya Inc., a leading publisher of Japanese mobile applications, has just announced the Evangelion Clock and Evangelion Picture Stamp, the first available iPhone applications based on the popular Rebuild of Evangelion films produced by Khara Inc. Evangelion Clock is now available worldwide in the iTunes Application Store, and Evangelion Picture Stamp will soon be available too.

Learn more at http://appliya-inc.com/en/ 

The Evangelion Clock makes checking the time an exciting event!  This app is designed to fit the unique style of the computer screens at the headquarters of NERV―the special organization in the Evangelion storyline that is tasked with saving Earth.  The app includes graphics that are faithful to the movies, optional sound effects, and theres also an exciting timer setting that switches to emergency red countdown mode with ten seconds left. Learn more at http://appliya-inc.com/en/ 

Appliya’s new Evangelion Picture Stamp application allows anime fans to integrate the Evangelion anime movies into their photos. Find out what your classmate might look like with Rei’s signature blue hairstyle, or add NERV military vehicles over that picture of an aircraft carrier you just took.  The Picture Stamp app allows you to make any picture more interesting with the inclusion of vehicles, character elements, and mecha from the newest Evangelion films.

Learn more at http://appliya-inc.com/en/ 

These apps are the result of a joint production effort between Appliya and anime merchandise company BROCCOLI Co., Ltd, and they represent the first entries in a series of upcoming anime-related iPhone products from Appliya. 

More information: 

“Evangelion vol.2: Clock” Application Details

Application for:  iPhone, iPod Touch

Released:         February 24th, 2009

      Price:                $2.99 
       

“Evangelion vol.3: Picture Stamp” Application Details

Application for:  iPhone, iPod Touch

Released:         February 24th, 2009

Price:                $1.99


          Images from Evangelion Clock    Image created with Evangelion Picture Stamp 

 

After a catastrophic event called the Second Impact, the Earth’s population was halved.  All that remains of Japan is Tokyo-3, a city that is constantly attacked by giant creatures that seek to eradicate the human race, called Angels. Fourteen-year-old Shinji Ikari is summoned by his estranged father to urgently come to the headquarters of NERV, a military organization that deals with the destruction of the Angels through the use of giant cyborgs called Evas.  Shinji's objective is to pilot the Eva Unit 01, while teaming up with the Eva Unit 00 pilot, Rei Ayanami, and Eva Unit 02 pilot Asuka Langley Soryu.  Together, these three teenagers will battle the Angels, and decide the fate of the world. 
 

About Appliya Inc.

Appliya specializes in the production and publishing of iPhone and iPod Touch applications. The company has recently partnered with Japanese mobile industry giant Softbank Mobile Corp. to bring the unique elements of Japanese culture to an international audience through mobile applications. Their efforts include exclusive licensing deals with major anime and manga producers.  Appliya will also have collaborations with Japanese artists and photographers, Haraju-ku fashion related applications, Akihabara otaku related apps, and other applications focused on more traditional aspects of Japanese culture. 
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Ya, I'm still waiting to get my new laptop, hope it comes today or tomorrow, but at least I'm still able to get on.
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  • This is blog post is long and has nothing to do with anime. You will not be interested in reading it. You have been warned.

 I can't deny that I spend much more time on the internet than I probably should. While I do go out and spend time face-to-face with my friends, our different schedules and distance from one-another, combined with lackluster public transportation on evenings and weekends and the bitter cold of winter limits our get-togethers to weekends and public holidays, when we can spend enough time together to justify the effort of assembling in one place. Thus, most of our interaction happens via instant messaging with the occasional phone call. Because of the time I've spent online, whether it be on forums, games or chat room, I've met a few people that I genuinely enjoy spending time with.

The irony in all this is that I find myself becoming closer and closer to the people I've met online, to the point where I begin to feel as attached to them as I do to people that I have met physically - I hesitate to use the term "in real life", because the people I've met online are no less real than those I've seen in the flesh. At this point in time, I have more "friends" online than I do in real life thanks to a combination of "anti-social" behavior and general dislike of people. Because of this, I often find myself at odds with older family members and acquaintances that have a more "normal" social life who would challenge my use of the word "friend."

What, then, defines a friend? Are they limited to physical acquaintances? While I would agree that you often become closer to people you're around physically, I cannot discount the people I've met online over the years as mere acquaintances. With how easy it is to ignore people on the internet, I can easily limit my interaction so that it happens primarily with people who I want to interact with, in stark contrast to my recent physical interaction with people. While I treasure my friends, I often come home after a night out knowing that I would have enjoyed myself more at home, at the computer. It isn't that I regret spending time with my friends - I enjoy spending as much time with them as I can. The problem lies with their "friends", or rather their use of the word "friend." The more I observe the people around me, the more I realize that in today's society, the words "friend" and "acquaintance" are virtually interchangeable. The end result is that the people that others consider friends are much less pleasent to be around than I would have expected from someone a friend of mine considers a friend.

To me, a friend is somebody I trust, not simply someone I met at a party and got added to their Facebook or MSN contacts. A friend is something precious - I care about them and they care about me, and we enjoy the time we spend together, regardless of physical proximity, age, race, gender, etc. To others, a friend is anyone you would hang out with - the most socially promiscuous of my friends would argue that his "friends" are more real than my online friends, regardless of the trust I place in them and the time I spend with them, simply because I've never met them in person. I prefer to believe this isn't the case - good people are hard to come by, and one should treasure them regardless of how you meet them.

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Got to watch the OVA of Tsubasa finally; I'd been going through withdrawal for a while. Can't believe it's only three episodes, but more happened and was explained in those three than in like 5 or 6 episodes of the original season. I'm so ridiculously emotionally invested in this show; I get really excited and cheer loudly for the characters one minute and the next, I'm practically weeping. I love how it took one episode to pretty much explain everything. Review is in the works. Movie is done downloading. Excited for what I believe is a second OVA to be released in March.....I think. Asking for the Tsubasa artbook for a 3 year anniversary present from Baku...if we can find it...not sure if it's out of stock or out of print.

Moving on from my addiction:

Graphic novel, film, and narrative structure panel was cancelled. I ended up going to a panel on "ghostly bodies" --relating to women's bodies, ghosts, women's writing and postmodern fiction. Then I went to another panel--also relating to postmodern feminism--on Women, Mojo, and the Hegemony of Power; the films My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Kill Bill 2 were discussed in the papers. Magical realism, space, and phallic symbols a.k.a. swords were the big topics. Both were really great and fun panels, despite being early in the morning. I'm not a super huge fan of postmodernism, but it looks like this is where feminist literary theory is going.

In other news, while I have come down with a sort of "sickness"--sinus, allergy, bronchial related--I am in no way, shape, or form "down" with it. LOLZ.

I have a gigantic bruise on my right knee which I obtained by tripping over my cat in the kitchen which also resulted in me spilling orange juice all over the floor. My cat was perfectly unharmed and had the nerve to express her distaste of the floor being sticky afterward.

Not much else to say tonight. It has been a very unexciting weekend and Monday.

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I was quite pessimistic about the Shin Megami Tensei games. Ever since watching gameplay videos to impressions, I feel withdrawn out of the series due to the Shuffle minigame, the day/night cycle and Social Links(which I assumed is like a Dating Sim). Persona 3 is one of the first suspects that introduced me into the Shin Megami Tensei game. Besides the faults that I hate, I really enjoyed watching those gameplay videos where there is a cast of characters that talk in the game, making it enjoyable as it is for a Role-playing Game. The sense of a dating sim that is implemented in these Persona games are pretty neat too, as you can select your preferred girlfriend. The obstacles that you faced in those games, living a ordinary life as a high-school student but becoming a hero in the other world, sounds appealing.
I know how you feel..Haru... I mean Minato. Due to the lack of images.
I know how you feel..Haru... I mean Minato. Due to the lack of images.

One of the aspects that I also adore in these Shin Megami Tensei games , is the soundtrack. It features great J-PoP/Rock music during your adventures and its quite addicting as well. Provided by Shoji Meguro in Persona 4, I really crave the up-beat rhythm music that the game persists, especially when it sung in English on J-Pop. The openings of Persona 4 is the evidence for that. As it consists of the cast of characters, you will encounter through the game, the town of Inaba which has a "bewildering fog" and the other dimension in which you enter through the TV through Junes.

As the game boots up and entering my name as "Kenji Satou". Ignor whom was persists in the previous installments as well as Margert explains to me about the challenges that I will faced through the course of the storyline. It then flashes to an anime sequence where Kenji is leaving his hometown to the rural countryside of Inaba. The impression that I saw in the opening made me want to go to Japan but as evidence to the last blog that I posted recently, I have second thoughts of it..sadly

Anyways, Kenji arrives to the town of Inaba where he was met by his uncle/cousin, Dojima and his daughter Nanako. Where he is staying at his place for about a year and the trials and tribulations that he will face here. It's quite fun to have a prolonged sequence of dialogue /w voice acting and seeing how awesome the Atlus guys did to localized it. Upon welcoming Kenji to their new home as well as having a dream sequence of the fighting mechanic. Kenji was introduced to Yasogami High School where he met Chie Satonaka, a kung-fun fanatic, Yosuke Hanamura, a clumsy yet hilarious dude and Yukiko Amagi, shy yet popular girl at this school. After brief introductions were made by Kanji from Rappiest, McRappier, a murder investigation which
Everyday's Great at your Ju-Nes!
Everyday's Great at your Ju-Nes!
Yamato(the announcer) was murdered and then Saki Konshi. Kenji, Chie and Yosuke took action finding who is all behind this, ending up in the TV dimensional world with our buddy, Teddie. In the television at Junes where no-one could afford a Flat-screen Television due to this being a PS2 game. Facing obstacles like Yosuke's shadow form to introducing Kenji's PERSONA!, Izumangi as well as Yosuke's PERSONA! Jiraya(no! not that one). After that, as everyone wonders where is Yukiko and destined to save her as evidence by an anime sequence. Wanting to "score a hot stud" and wanting to take the pants off so that he could go inside to do business with her.

Upon entering Yukiko's castle, featuring a new bond with Yosuke and now Chie as "they will take a mortal blow to you" as well as Ignor and Margert explaining how the fuse Personas which I still have the difficulty on doing so. Purchasing a Chain mail for Kenji and now can explore freely through the town of Inaba. He went to the North Shopping District and ate at the Chinese restaurant, increasing his Courage. Within each day, he was introduced by new concepts such as working "a part-time job" and after-school activities as well as increasing his traits through the lectures that he has, with Chie and Yosuke taking advantage of him with the correct answer. When the after school bell rang, he was met by a Quiz/Riddle Dude which gave him some potions for answering the correct answer. He explores this school, having some interaction with students to granting him to be a part of a basketball team and then a drama club. It was awe-inspiring from what Sunohara and Tomoya did before. Knowing that his weakness is that of the Social Links' aspects. Then, Kenji decided that he wants to become a day-care attendant because of how much it was paying.
Kenji showing his "feminine" side.
Kenji showing his "feminine" side.

As of right now, three hours into Persona. Upon beating "Shadow" Chie and now doing the Social Links with joining the basketball and drama club. It feels quite complicated to me to progress more due to that damned Yukiko Castle and getting "pressure" each day. It's that type of pressure that I usually have when I play "Dating Sims" and getting stressed out about the time system and how to manage my character's trait everyday. The one possible thing that I did is upping my Knowledge and Courage to Informer/Reliable and having some level ups for my Social Links. Everyday as I was pressure by both Yusuke and Chie about rescuing Yukiko. I went there and have my ass kicked by those enemies, seeing how I'm still at a low level and haven't gotten much Personas yet. Due to that damned Shuffle minigame in which I really suck it.


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Cross-posted from the RocketBomber Mothership; latest batch of manga rankings for your delectation:

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The Weekly Charts:
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Week ending 22 February 2009

Manga Top 500

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto 34 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [730.5] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Naruto 35 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [728.4] ::
3. ↑1 (4) : Naruto 36 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [705] ::
4. ↑1 (5) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [695.2] ::
5. ↓-2 (3) : Naruto 33 – Viz Shonen Jump, Dec 2008 [676.6] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Rosario+Vampire 5 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [607.2] ::
7. ↔0 (7) : Naruto 32 – Viz Shonen Jump, Nov 2008 [601.4] ::
8. ↑2 (10) : Fruits Basket 21 – Tokyopop, Nov 2008 [567] ::
9. ↓-1 (8) : Naruto 31 – Viz Shonen Jump, Sep 2008 [560] ::
10. ↑2 (12) : Bleach 25 – Viz Shonen Jump, Dec 2008 [549.9] ::

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Manga Top 50 Series

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2003 [2937.44] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, Jun 2004 [1558.97] ::
3. ↔0 (3) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, Feb 2004 [1458.02] ::
4. ↔0 (4) : Death Note – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [1382.65] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [1265.13] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Rosario+Vampire – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [1240.33] ::
7. ↔0 (7) : Chibi Vampire – Tokyopop, Apr 2006 [982.24] ::
8. ↔0 (8) : Warriors – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [874.18] ::
9. ↔0 (9) : Fullmetal Alchemist – Viz, Apr 2005 [801.02] ::
10. ↑1 (11) : Ouran High School Host Club – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2005 [727.55] ::

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New Releases and Preorders

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto 34 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [730.5] ::
2. ↔0 (2) : Naruto 35 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [728.4] ::
3. ↑1 (4) : Naruto 36 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [705] ::
4. ↑1 (5) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [695.2] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Rosario+Vampire 5 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [607.2] ::
27. ↑93 (120) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [452.2] ::
31. ↑70 (101) : Bleach 26 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [443.9] ::
36. ↓-2 (34) : Tail of the Moon 15 – Viz Shojo Beat, Feb 2009 [410.9] ::
38. ↑20 (58) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [408.4] ::
42. ↑14 (56) : Otomen 1 – Viz Shojo Beat, Feb 2009 [398.9] ::
49. ↑1 (50) : One Piece 20 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [368] ::
58. ↑72 (130) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [353.9] ::
61. ↑71 (132) : Naruto 39 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [349.9] ::
64. ↑125 (189) : Battle Vixens 14 – Tokyopop, Feb 2009 [343.6] ::
65. ↑87 (152) : Higurashi When They Cry 2 – Yen Press, Feb 2009 [335.8] ::
66. ↓-2 (64) : D. Gray-Man 12 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [331.6] ::
74. ↑22 (96) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [323.5] ::
82. ↑143 (225) : 20th Century Boys 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [315.6] ::
91. ↑11 (102) : Black Lagoon 4 – Viz, Feb 2009 [302.2] ::
93. ↑124 (217) : Trinity Blood 9 – Tokyopop, Feb 2009 [295.9] ::
96. ↑4 (100) : Hikaru no Go 14 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [292.6] ::
97. ↑10 (107) : Afro Samurai 2 – Seven Seas, Mar 2009 [291.6] ::
102. ↑41 (143) : Black Knight 4 – Tokyopop Blu, Feb 2009 [279.2] ::
105. ↑182 (287) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [274.1] ::
106. ↑27 (133) : Your & My Secret 4 – Tokyopop, Feb 2009 [274] ::

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Manga Midlist 500
What’s the Midlist?

1. (6) : Rosario+Vampire 5 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [607.2] ::
2. (11) : Chibi Vampire 12 – Tokyopop, Jan 2009 [543.1] ::
3. (18) : Rosario+Vampire 4 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Dec 2008 [496.9] ::
4. (19) : Maximum Ride 1 – Yen Press, Jan 2009 [489] ::
5. (24) : Rosario+Vampire 3 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2008 [466.9] ::
6. (25) : Junjo Romantica 8 – Tokyopop Blu, Jan 2009 [453.4] ::
7. (28) : Hellsing 9 – Dark Horse, Oct 2008 [448.4] ::
8. (30) : Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 20 – Del Rey, Jan 2009 [444.7] ::
9. (33) : Berserk 27 – Dark Horse, Jan 2009 [431.4] ::
10. (34) : Fullmetal Alchemist 17 – Viz, Oct 2008 [430.3] ::
11. (35) : Dark Hunger – Feehan, Zid – Berkley, Oct 2007 [419.4] ::
12. (36) : Tail of the Moon 15 – Viz Shojo Beat, Feb 2009 [410.9] ::
13. (37) : Rosario+Vampire 2 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Aug 2008 [410] ::
14. (42) : Otomen 1 – Viz Shojo Beat, Feb 2009 [398.9] ::
15. (45) : Warriors 3 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2008 [385.6] ::
16. (49) : One Piece 20 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [368] ::
17. (51) : Warriors 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Dec 2007 [359.6] ::
18. (52) : Negima! 20 – Del Rey, Dec 2008 [359.4] ::
19. (53) : Rosario+Vampire 1 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [359.3] ::
20. (56) : Vampire Kisses 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Sep 2008 [355.8] ::
21. (62) : Fairy Tail 5 – Del Rey, Jan 2009 [348] ::
22. (64) : Battle Vixens 14 – Tokyopop, Feb 2009 [343.6] ::
23. (65) : Higurashi When They Cry 2 – Yen Press, Feb 2009 [335.8] ::
24. (66) : D. Gray-Man 12 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2009 [331.6] ::
25. (67) : Saiyuki Reload 9 – Tokyopop, Jan 2009 [330.1] ::

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Either making us laugh or feel disgusted at their articles. Now you know that their specialty is making you have a eroge/jerk off to their enormous galleries of naked women to disgusting random pictures. I have known this from experience and the way the
My reaction and spoiled life ruined!
My reaction and spoiled life ruined!
comment section is filled up with perverts, its now become a real joke instead of loving that site. The real culprit on this case on making me avoiding too much "exposure" to that site is THIS.

Codenamed 露出狂(Exposure Madness). As an army of attracted/unattractive girls send to the streets of Japan to expose "all their glory" of being feminine. Embarrassing as it may be or really messed up, these young ladys are having a "good time" with posing themselves nude and loving it. This exposure can led to perverts, ending up raping them as evidence by the later photos. The funny part is that the people there isn't surprised at this "nudity" and seems to yet promote "HENTAI" and increase sexism. At any time in which given moment they posed nude, anywhere someone is there to see their glory and they don't mind at all. Just to please the fans.

Is it all arousing? No! I feel quite sorry for the people there in Japan and feel more sorry for those sick perverts. Showing no modestry as they show their asses/boobs in the public and the reaction to the public is yet amusing. It's shocking yes, it looks like Japan is endorsing it like no-one got arrested after, for either rapping, revealing femininally or especially "disturbing the public". As amused by the comment section of how disgusting they can to "NOT" shave off "you know what". It's really really disgusting to even share to you guys, seeing those disturbing and ugly images that I will regret it again.

There are plenty more when that came from but now I spoiled myself entirely...


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