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this is the first cool battle where you see the witchblade in action i love it and this is an extended scene too OMG im getting goosebumps


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It's finally growing back after having to sell parts of my collection (or having parts of it stolen by a jerk of an ex-boyfriend):
61 DVDs (including dismantled boxsets)
70 Manga
4 Novelized Volumes
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The Watchmen-tan thingies are horrifying for so many reasons....
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I have seen alot of depressing and weird news but this one surprises me.

Sankaku Complex reports that a 17-year old boy stabbed his father to death, attempting to resolve his problem. Then the Hikikomori called the police and was arrested at the scene.

This article is pretty depressing, seeing in my perceptive of a hikikomori lifestyle. The reaction of this article, upsetted me as I feel symphony for this hikikomori. Being forced out of his isolation to the real world, is not a easy task to accomplish. And that also applies to the comments, spreading a huge amount of prejudice to this person, "to face reality" and other nonsensical facts. Judgment cannot condone to a hikikomori as they have a reason to stay in isolation. But some potential will merit through psychologists or counselors. Some have criticized or over exaggerated as they conceive hikikomori are the real killers.

For about the rest of my life, I stayed in isolation and go to school sometimes-to-rarely now. Ever since, I have been bullied, threatened and insulted upon through the rest of my life. Everyone contradicts and deceits were made upon their assumptions. It wasn't my undoing, but a mere assumption was placed upon them, and started rumor prejudice. And it all started in Elementary school, that started me into a hikikomori. My parents were like this father, resolving forcefully, breaking my door and kicking me out. It wasn't a good experience. every time
Not wanting to wake up...
Not wanting to wake up...
I go out, the sudden panic disorders hitted me and everyone treated me poorly. What makes it even worse that I started a outrage in my school, lifting a table and it hit a teacher. Towards now I just reject to go to school, and continuing a hikikomori lifestyle.

Throughout these years, I met psychologists, counselors and was forced to stay at a hospital for about a year, nothing of these helped me, as of now, it gradually became worse. In essence of relatives, trying to offer me to Church guidance to Gymnastics, I refused at first but took the offer. Knowing like a hikikomori that I will regret, stepping outside of my house and disdaining myself. I also took night school, as a Japanese course, which in regards are failing at this moment. Initially gaining panic disorders and anger, every week as it grows my hatred towards the students in my class.

Which also begs a continuation to another article. A Removal of NEETs & Hikikomoris out of their rooms.

This in fact, like I stated is nonsensical. There could be potential that removing them out is good, but it may cause more harm to them, from past experiences. It has been a trend in Japan with a number of hikikomoris and NEETs, being widespread. Going out to society from a hikikomori's perceptive is like living in a brutal experience, it may cause fatal consquences. And getting more prejudice won't make the times, they live isolated, from their experience with society. That also applies towards getting probation officers to psychologists, pills might work, sure but learning from experience it didn't.

It's really depressing to get remind of that...

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The Weather has been gorgeous today. Yesterday, too, though a bit on the chilly side. No, not the hot and spicy kind. More like, "Brrr! Is it still winter? Oh, man! 2 whole months to go!"

Been having trouble with my browser (Safari) and email (Mail), so I switched to Firefox and Thunderbird. I've tried them before, and hope they hold up better than the other two.

Getting ready to watch the last disc (#5) of Azumanga Daioh. I love this series. Hoping to get my hands on the omnibus version of the manga, but my usual sources show it as out of stock. I'll just have to grit my teeth and bear it, till I can locate a copy. Ow! That hurts!
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Seriously, they're not all that cute to begin with, and they're just plain WRONG!
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You know, the third Mummy movie? It was bad, but not as bad as I was expecting, all things considered.

In other news, I'd really like to push this MTV Greatest Badass vote-skewing idea, so if you could assist me by digging it, that'd be awesome!
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For those who didn't know, I won the first Contest here at AnimeVice. It was a carol contest and I have fun making a rendition of a Christmas Carol.

Here's the contest and my Winning entry!

Yesterday, the package came earlier and I was excited to see the limited edition of Black Lagoon: Second Barrage on DVD!


Thanks again! AnimeVice! My Birthday present has finally arrived!

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If you've been on the site (on the boards more specifically)  yesterday afternoon, you may have noticed that we recently launched Forum Polls for you guys. 

Hopefully, this should be a fun way to create discussion / debate around some interesting topics in the world of anime - (and of course, finally settle the timeless naruto vs. dragonball z argument).... 

Use it, enjoy it! Big ups to Dave for some slick styling and UI enhancements late this afternoon :)

Here are some screenshots.....


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January 8, 2008 (Cypress, CA) – Bandai Entertainment Inc. wanted to remind everyone that the
U.S. broadcast of the anime series Kurokami (The Animation) from Sunrise (Code Geass,
Gundam 00) is tonight, January 8th, on ImaginAsian TV (IATV) at 8pm est/pst. This is part of a
historic simultaneous release of an anime series. The series will be broadcast in Japan on TV
ASAHI at 2:40 a.m. on January 8th and in Korea on January 9th at 10pm on AniBOX.
Kurokami The Animation is based on the manga by the same name from Korean creative team
consisting of writer Young Lim Dall and artist Park Sung Woo (the manga has been released in
the U.S. by Yen Press under the title Black God).

The anime is directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi (director of The Twelve Kingdoms) with series story composition by Reiko Yoshida, and
character designs and animation direction by Hiroyuki Nishimura (Fatal Fury, Full Metal
Alchemist the movies). The story centers on a world in which one’s happiness and misfortunes,
even their lives are controlled by “luck.” In this world, there are tree identical looking people in
existence who split between them an energy-like force called “Tera.” This energy can be
attributed to the amount of “Luck” or “Life Energy” that an individual possesses. There also
exists beings who observe the human world, maintaining the balance of Tera, known as the
“Coexistence Equilibrium.” These beings possess ability that surpass that of a normal human
being and reside in hiding in places known as the “Pure Place” in tribes. They are called the Tera
Guardians. This is a tale of battle that begins with the meeting between a human boy named
Keita and a young Tera Guardian girl named Kuro…

Following its U.S. broadcast it will be released on DVD in 2009 by Bandai Entertainment Inc.

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 Gurren Lagann, Gundam 00, Lucky Star, The Girl Who Leapt Through
Time, Sword of the Stranger, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star,
Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and many more.
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Online Anime Distribution Leader Makes History With Simulcast of Two of the
Most Popular Anime Titles of All Time One Hour After Japanese Television
Broadcast Debut

San Francisco, California and Tokyo, Japan (January 8, 2009) ­ Crunchyroll,
the world¹s largest anime-focused content and social networking service,
takes a huge and bold step in making a decisive transition from a platform
for user-uploaded content to a platform of professionally-produced content
with the historic launch of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN and GINTAMA one hour after its
Japanese television broadcast debut today. More information can be found at
the company¹s website at
<>  and

The first program to launch today will be NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, the most popular
anime title by the trio of producers and Japanese Anime industry leaders: TV
TOKYO Corporation (³TV TOKYO²), SHUEISHA Inc. (³Shueisha²) and Pierrot Co.,
Ltd. (³Pierrot²) (collectively producers of many of the most popular anime
titles of all time). Crunchyroll will be offering episodes of the NARUTO
SHIPPUDEN series, as well as a lineup of other blockbuster anime titles, as
a ³simulcast² for the first time immediately following it¹s broadcast in
Japan.  Crunchyroll¹s online community of over five (5) million users will
be able to access the content in both subscription streaming and
advertising-supported services.

 ³We are extremely excited and pleased to be bringing the long awaited
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN title to the Crunchyroll community², states Kun Gao, CEO of
Crunchyroll. ³It is definitely an exciting time to be an anime fan.  As this
simulcast launch definitely shows that the industry is aware of technology
and is taking positive steps towards the future. ²

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,
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
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Hey again,

Somewhere around December 22nd or so, some of you may have noticed I disappeared for about 2 weeks. I was away on a trip to visit my grandparents in Florida, and from there my extended family went on a week long cruise. The cruise itself was pretty good, (and I swear I don't mean to sound like a rich asshole or anything when I say this, believe me I'm not) but I didn't find this cruise to be quite as enjoyable as the last cruise I went on 2 years ago. Apparently now they're more focused on the "business meetings in exotic locales" kind of groups now, since this ship had EIGHT conference rooms compared to the last one's two. Also, they had about twice as many people and rooms on the same square footage of boat, so there was a lot less deck space of actual fun stuff to do. In any case, the food was nice and it was a nice change of scenery. Every night though we'd dress up to eat at the main dining room - this was the kind of place where khakis pants and a polo shirt would barely classify as "casual" clothing, where they use the term prawns instead of shrimp (I didn't know they were the same thing), where you have 4 forks and 3 spoons, and where Akiha Tohno would have been very impressed with my mad table manner skillz.

I even managed to get a little casino action in, and I actually managed to come out ahead by $10 (I was ahead by $60 in roulette, but behind by 50 thanks to my relatives in slots). In any case, it rained about 4 out of the 7 days, and inside the ship there wasn't much to do. For the whole trip I had brought all 14 volumes of Love Hina, 21 of Kare Kano, and 1 of Higurashi and Haruhi. By the time I had stepped off the ship, I only had 2 volumes of Love Hina left to read - I was pretty bored.

In any case, now I'm back, and it feels good. Classes have started again for me but it's not all that bad, and thanks to Gia's article being a straw that broke this camel's wallet, I just bought a PS3 to play Valkyria Chronicles. Judging from the S&H speed, I'm guessing it'll arrive probably Monday or Tuesday.
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Speed Racer was miles better than at least half of the films i saw last year
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Today, Broccoli USA president & I had set up a dinner meeting w/ Miyuki Trading president Yasuda-san & Organic president Ikegami-san. We went to eat at Sushi Roku, a sushi restaurant in Santa Monica, CA.

Broccoli USA had met Miyuki Trading at New York Comic-Con several years ago, and Kaname met w/ Yasuda-san pretty regularly because both companies were located in the Los Angeles area. Miyuki Trading is an import company that handles books and magazines, and occasionally does anime & manga related merchandise. They also handle a bit of San-x merchandise (this is where my ears perked up. I LOVE San-x merchandise!) and some cosmetics too.

We talked for 3 hours, and decided that we still had more to talk, so we're meeting again tomorrow. *laugh*

They're totally ignoring my schedule, aren't they?

No, no. I'm having lots of fun.
But I haven't had time to send out any of my New Year's greeting, which is now waaaay too late to be a New Year's greeting. And I want to respond to everyone who sent their greetings too. Ack!

I'm booked for the next three days, which means no weekend for me~
But I shouldn't complain since I need these connections to get me a job!
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I'm slowly dying of consumption and do not feel like spending all day in class tomorrow. I just spent a copious amount of money on books and am none too happy.

I have a rather large obsession with forensic science shows--not CSI mind you (though I will vouch for SVU), but the real ones like you see on Discovery and TLC and A&E.

I'm an English major and an anime geek, so why have I not seen Romeo x  Juliet (the anime movie...series...not sure...should go wiki that...)? I've seen pictures, and it looks pretty to say the least.  Oh that could be because it's not been released in the U.S. yet...
There's a Tale of the Genji anime coming out that looks neat. I wonder if there are more animes based on "classic texts" (albeit loosely). I'm taking Chaucer this semester and feel that a Chaucer anime should now be in place. I should take it upon myself to write it. I can put the words "adaptation" in the credits and can play freely with the plot. Just imagine the Canterbury Tales or Troilus and Cressiyda as an anime...*sigh* silly English major brain... :P

Bought two patterns and fabric onsale at Hobby Lobby needed to create my FFIII Devout --or as I call it, "Kitty White Mage" --cosplay.
First cosplay ever, so very excited! So that brings me to two outfits for Ohayo con-- a gothic lolita and a FFIII Devout. I want another, but don't really have any strong desire to cosplay any other character but Sailor Saturn (which I have no time to make nor funds to purchase). I kind of wish Baku would pick back up his original Negima/Nodoka idea; we would've been so cute together and the costume would be so easy to put together. The colors and thus uniforms of the catholic school by house colors match with Mahora's. I'd just go beat up a snobby catholic school girl and steal her skirt and jacket. LOL.
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Leading On-Demand Web Retailer Offers Unique Apparel, Stationery And Other Items Inspired By

Japanese Pop Culture, Manga And Animation  

San Francisco, CA, January 7, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a partnership with Zazzle to launch a new line of J-Pop, manga and anime-inspired apparel, stationery, and other items. VIZ Media’s J-Pop Style Stop at Zazzle is located at and offers a variety of visually compelling and original designs inspired by a love of Japanese pop culture available on an on-demand basis with most products produced within 24 hours of ordering.  

The Zazzle partnership represents VIZ Media’s first foray into the ‘on-demand’ arena and is focused initially on several original (non-licensed) designs. The result will allow fans and the general public to show their enthusiasm for Japanese pop culture in a unique way with fun designs. The partnership is the initial phase of a larger projected product rollout with Zazzle that will tentatively include shojo (female)-focused fashion designs and other special designs to come in 2009.  

“We are pleased to announce the partnership between VIZ Media and Zazzle,” says David Rewalt, Senior Director of Licensing & Retail Development, VIZ Media. “The launch of a J-Pop inspired fashion and accessories line is exactly what our consumers are looking for, and as a leader in the industry, we are thrilled to be able to bring it to them.  Our partnership with Zazzle is allowing us to bring fans the products they want by working with a leader in the industry.  We’re both very excited to embark on this new endeavor and envision great success.”  

Zazzle is the only on-demand retail platform for consumers and major brands to offer retail quality, one-of-a-kind products, many of which are produced within 24 hours of ordering. The first VIZ Media design phase offers graphics that are available through on T-shirts, note cards, real US postage, bags, and other fun items. The program allows fans and the general public alike to show their adoration for manga and anime by being able to choose from some great designs and customize them to their liking. This first phase of designs will include graphics with wording such as a manga panel that says ‘I Love Manga’ and a similar one that says ‘I love Anime’, available on T-shirts, note cards, stamps, bags and more. 

“VIZ Media is one of the most innovative anime studios in the industry and their content is compelling and extremely popular. We are thrilled to be working with them to bring fans around the globe an array of one-of-a-kind products exclusively, and on-demand,” said Jason Kang, Vice President of Marketing, Zazzle.  

Digital printing is considered the leading technology for on-demand apparel customization. It provides literally millions of colors and makes it affordable to manufacture even a single item, as opposed to other more cumbersome processes, which offer a limited color palette and often require the customer to order in bulk quantities because of high setup costs.  

This partnership is just the first step for VIZ Media into the original design and the ‘on demand’ world - both of which will better serve fans old and new. This launch is the beginning of a projected ‘bigger picture’ rolls out with Zazzle, which ultimately may include more shojo-focused fashion designs, bigger statement ‘otaku’ (fan of anime and manga) designs and additional popular designs 

Some of the new J-Pop designs were also included in the official gift bags that were distributed to the talent that presented and performed at the 2008 SPIKE TV Video Game Awards in December, where the VIZ Media-licensed video game, Ubisoft's Naruto: The Broken Bond, was one of the nominees for Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show. 

For additional information on VIZ Media please visit

About Zazzle

Infinite and Instant, Zazzle is the only on-demand retail platform for consumers and major brands, offering billions of retail quality, one-of-a-kind products, most of which are produced within 24 hours. With the largest library of customizable digital images from world-class brands, Zazzle enables content owners to unlock their entire libraries of content, making it available for purchase and customization by consumers. Through Zazzle's innovative on-demand retail and technology platform, users can instantly create, customize to fit their personal style, purchase and sell a near infinite array of products online.  The company launched in 2005 and is based in Redwood City, California.

For more information 

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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Online Anime Leader Expands Catalog with Four Quality Titles from Gonzo

San Francisco, California (January 7, 2009) ­ GDH K.K. (Gonzo) continues its
commitment to online distribution in the US market, announcing the addition
of several all-time favorite classic Gonzo titles available via streaming on <>  today (January 7, 2009).
In addition to free streaming on Crunchyroll, fans will have the option of
downloading-to-own and a subscription video-on-demand service. More
information can be found at the company¹s website at

The titles that are launching on Crunchyroll, available to North American

³We are having great success with GDH in creating a online channel for
Gonzo¹s work and we¹re delighted to be able to bring some great classics to
Crunchyroll,² states Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll.  ³We are continuing the
growth of the largest, legitimate online catalog so fans have as many title
options and with as many anime genres for them to enjoy.²

³We are honored to be able to distribute more GONZO titles through
Crunchyroll and to its many users all over the world. GDH plans to continue
to strengthen its partnership with Crunchyroll, and to meet the demands of
anime fans of the world²,  said Tetsuo Karasawa, CEO of GDH.

Title Synopses:

In the 1920¹s, a gun-toting nun named Sister Rosette Christopher and a boy
demon named Chrono are New York¹s first line of defense against the spirits
and devils that haunt the city¹s streets. As part of an elite convent
designed to battle demons, they stalk the streets on their dark mission ­
kill the demons, one ugly beast at a time!
© 2003 Gospel

High flying circus action on the Kaleido Stage - a thrilling show combining
circus and magic acts. Watch Sora, a young girl, follow her extraordinary
dream to become the top circus performer - the KALEIDO STAR. Created and
directed by Junichi Sato, creator of SAILOR MOON and DOREMI.
© Junichi Sato€HAL€GDH/Kaleido Stage

In this richly romantic/action adventure fantasy, a young duo unravel an
aerial epic. Their adventures lead them into magnificent battles as they
struggle to unlock the mysteries that grip their planet in eternal conflict.
Behold this stunning display of GONZO¹s boldest 2D/3D series to date!
Directed by Koichi Chigira (Blue Submarine No.6, Full Metal Panic!) and
character design by Rrange Murata (Blue Submarine No.6, Sega Saturn
© 2003 GONZO/Victor Entertainment€GDH

A young boy named Tetsu joins an exclusive samurai force to learn the skills
he needs to avenge his father¹s death. With fierce enthusiasm, he trains his
sword skills and grows-up fast in a dark world of conspiracy and death.
Along the way, he meets friends and rivals, but nothing deflects his
vengeful focus! Tetsu will stop at nothing until his father¹s murderer is
found and killed by his own hand!
© 2003 Nanae Chrono€MAG Garden/Shinsengumi-Tonsyo

About GDH K.K.
GDH is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000.
The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults
through its GONZO animation brand. Kids and family product is distributed
through the GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands.

GDH is a world leader in content development targeting both domestic and
international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and,
usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution
for the content it produces.
For additional information, visit
<>  (for GDH) and
<> (for GONZO - Japanese only).

GDH group companies include GONZO Rosso K.K., GONZO K.K., Future Vision
Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., and GK Entertainment K.K.

About 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 five million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the
premiere group Venrock.  More information can be found at its website
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Well the main reason I joined Anime Vice was because 1: the Giantbomb dudes said so and 2: I like anime.  I was going to just post here and there and spend a little time checking the main page.  That changed however and I decided to help out and post updates to pages and do reviews (even though I dislike writing :P ).

Oh, by the every new site I join, at one point or another I have to comment on my name and pictures.  I like the hammer and sickle, I am not a Communist!  Many people sadly don't know world history so most times it goes unnoticed but to the few who were wondering. So as you can tell, I add the hammer and sickle to my pictures.  I also like to draw.

A little about me (dealing with anime): I am a weird case (I believe so).  I am a guy so I of course like me some Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece.  But I also like stuff like Fruits Basket, School Rumble, and Tweeny Witches.  I guess I tend to love action and a love story. I also love Lucky Star and Shin Chan. (o-O) Like I said earlier, I am a member over at Anime Vice's sister (or brother since its just dudes over there) site, Giantbomb.  I am a gamer; live, breath, and video games!

So yeah...that's all I can say about myself.
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It was Twilight dur.
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Yesterday was a hectic day.
I won't get into details, but we had lots of cleaning to do at the Broccoli USA offices.

Anyhoo, I went over to Broccoli USA temporary office to do some accounting work. I'll be assisting them until February to close books & wrap up any loose ends.

And then Broccoli USA president Kaname & I went over to Organic USA's office. Organic is a figure manufacturer & distributor, and I assisted them a bit with their promotion at Anime Exo 2008. Organic Japan president Ikegami-san was in town, so we paid him a visit.

Ikegami-san showed us some new products they started selling in Japan.
One of them was Tokyo Tower water!

It's sold exclusively at the Tokyo Tower gift shop & apparently it's doing quite well even though it's a pricey 300 yen. Ikegami-san was hoping there's a way to sell them in the US, possibly in the trendy celeb market. I think it would do okay at anime conventions too.

He said they're also making Tachikoma (from Ghost in the Shell, of course) ningyou-yaki. Ningyou-yaki (lit. doll bakes) are snacks that are like pancake-like molds filled with sweet red bean taste. So you might find some Tachikoma ningyou-yaki in upcoming anime conventions this year.
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