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Kadokawa Promotes Lollipop Chainsaw with Highschool of the Dead

Imagine my surprise as I was browsing for pictures of Saeko Busujima that I stumbled on this illustration by Shouji Sato, artist on HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD, of the star of LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW, Juliet Starling, along with Saeko and Rei Miyamoto, two of the stars from H.O.T.D..

Highschool of the Dead x Lollipop Chainsaw by Shouji Sato
Highschool of the Dead x Lollipop Chainsaw by Shouji Sato

I was originally pretty confused about this cross promotion. Other than they are both about chopping zombies up. I didn't see any other connection. I know Dragon Age magazine, where H.O.T.D. is originally serialized, loves to put Saeko and Rei on the covers despite the series being on hiatus. It wasn't until I paid more attention to the LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW trailer that it all fell into place. H.O.T.D. is published by Kadokawa. LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW is being published by Kadokawa Games.

Oh yeah, if you didn't know, That's the living-disembodied head of Juliet Starling boyfriend, Nick, tied to her belt. It all makes more sense once you realize this is another Suda 51 project. You can check out a trailer for the game here:

[UPDATE]

A big thanks to user DrifterInGreen for jogging my memory that I saw pictures a while ago for alternate costume options for Juliet that include both Saeko and Rei. A little further digging led me to even more anime based costumes for Juliet. The list I could find includes Haruna from IS THIS A ZOMBIE?, Shiro from DEADMAN WONDERLAND, and Chisusa Manyu from MANYU HIKEN-CHO. What bothers me though is that I've yet to be able to confirm if these costumes will be available outside of the Japanese version.

HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD is currently being published in the U.S. by Yen Press and the first six volumes are currently available to buy. LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW will be coming to the XBox 360 and PS3 this June.

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

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The Anarchy Sisters do more than just curse in English now, but why no Blu-ray?!

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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010)

The raunchy, western influenced GAINAX anime Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt tore through the anime scene in late 2010 and took everyone by surprise. It was simulcast on Crunchyroll, but was taken down after FUNimation Entertainment obtained the licensing rights. They would eventually host the thirteen episode comedy series to their FUNi Elite members only, and it left many of us P&S fans dying to know when we'd get a US release and Dub cast. Well, turns out that's today.

It was on Saturday 28 at Anime Central that FUNimation at their Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Focus Panel they finally revealed their US dub cast to take on the role of the fallen angels and assorted others. The release date is for July 10th 2012. Sure to be a smoking hot summer release. Panty will be played by Jamie Marchi (who has voiced Charlotte E. Yeager and Liz Thompson) and Stocking will be done by Monica Rial (who has voiced May Chang and Tashigi). Full Cast listing can be found HERE

Hold up! Maybe we'll just have to wait for Blu-ray.
Hold up! Maybe we'll just have to wait for Blu-ray.

The most surprising part of this news is that on FUNimation's own news page about their releases through July lists Panty & Stocking being on DVD only. The Japanese production was distributed in both DVD and BD. Oddly enough, other FUNi released for Shiki, Dragon Age The Movie, and Ouran High School Host Club are offering Blu-ray. Back at Anime Boston, FUNimation had promised the audience a DVD/BD release, but that was all changed when Kadokawa Pictures began restricting the international licensors of many series to drop all Blu-ray releases for this calendar year. Their reasoning behind the decision is unknown and has caused some fans to cancel their original pre-orders for series that they were originally promised for Blu-ray.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt BD Volume 1 JPN (Dec 2010)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt BD Volume 1 JPN (Dec 2010)

Now, this doesn't mean there will never be a Blu-ray release outside of Japan. Kadokawa has just not yet allowed licensors to release Blu-ray. So far, we know it just wont be happening this year. Kadokawa's latest mandate seems foolhardy when you consider that the U.S. audience has been slowly favoring Blu-ray over DVD in the past few years. It just seems to be in our nature that we want our products to be of the highest possible quality available to us. You really have to wonder what got into Kadokawa's head that they wouldn't want to offer a product that people are begging to buy from you. I was personally very excited for this, but I really think you could count me among those who would rather just wait for Blu-ray. How about the rest of you?

The entire series can now be pre-ordered on Amazon.com HEREfor $49.99 USD and Rightstuf.com HERE(Limited Edition) for $38.99 USD, but Amazon prices have known to drop on pre-orders as the release date nears. Paid Elite members of FUnimation's website can watch the entire series run on their website HERE

Sources: ANN HERE / FUNimation.com HERE& HERE/ AnimeNew.biz HERE

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

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CRUNCHYROLL CONTINUES KADOKAWA TUESDAYS WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEW TITLES-NEVER
GIVE UP, SLEEPLESS TOWN, INUGAMI AND ST. JOHN¹S WORT

New Titles from Kadokawa Pictures USA on the Number One Online Destination
for Anime and Asian Entertainment


San Francisco, CA (June 9, 2009) ‹ ³Kadokawa Tuesdays² continue on
Crunchyroll with tales of mysterdy, drama, action and the supernatural with
the launch of NEVER GIVE UP, SLEEPLESS TOWN, INUGAMI and ST. JOHN¹S WORT.
More information can be found at:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection> .

These ³Kadokawa Tuesdays² titles are available at 12:00 pm PST today, for
FREE, to all fans and members in the U.S., Canada, American Samoa, United
States Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Island regions.

NEVER GIVE UP
Director Junya Sato (The Go Masters) and best-selling Japanese author
Seiichi Morimura (Proof of the Man) combine forces to deliver an epic of
drama, mystery, and action. Following the mass murder in rural Japan,
ex-special forces soldier Ajisawa (Ken Takakura, Black Rain) adopts the only
remaining survivor of the massacre, an amnesiac young girl named Yoriko.
Seeking to put the secrets of the past behind them, the pair instead finds
themselves in conflict with the corrupt and powerful leaders of a small
town. As Yoriko's memories begin to reemerge, Ajisawa must call upon his
killer instincts to survive against the odds.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Never_Give_Up?src=nevergiveup
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Never_Give_Up?src=nevergiveup>

SLEEPLESS TOWN
Kenichi (Takeshi Kaneshiro) deals in stolen goods in Kabukicho, a
battleground for criminal groups from all over the continent. Half Chinese
and half Japanese, he was once a member of the Taiwan mafia, but he soon
realized that his mixed blood left him no future. He decides to operate
alone, using his wits to keep himself safely balanced among the contending
Taiwan, Shanghai, and Beijing criminal groups.
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<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Sleepless_Town_-_Movie?src=sleeplesstown
>

INUGAMI
The Bonomiya family's women are the protectors of the Inugami, evil dog
spirits. If the Bonomiya women fail to keep watch over the spirits - or
worse, if they decide to use them for revenge - then the Inugami will run
wild in the village looking for blood. Middle aged family member Miki leads
a lonely life as a traditional papermaker in a remote mountain village. When
Miki falls for the handsome new school teacher, Akira, her new youthful
appearance stirs rumors and family problems. But when unexpected tragedy
strikes, suspicion and strange events upset the calm community. An eerie fog
cloaks the village, but it can no longer hide the secrets of Miki's past...
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Inugami?src=inugami
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Inugami?src=inugami>

ST. JOHN¹S WORT
A game designer and his girlfriend Nami drive out to a decrepit mansion she
just inherited, to film backgrounds for a new video game called St. John's
Wort. As they search through the dark halls, a series of chilling paintings
reveal clues to Nami's past, including a picture of twin babies, named Nami
and Naomi. In another room, intrigue turns to terror when they find the
mummified bodies of six young boys. Now, if the couple is to survive the
night, they must discover the horrifying truth behind the paintings, the man
who created them and the twin that Nami never knew existed.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/St_Johns_Wort?src=stjohnswort
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/St_Johns_Wort?src=stjohnswort>

About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment
giant KADOKAWA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes KADOKAWA
GROUP PUBLISHING and KADOKAWA PICTURES. KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING is one of
the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers
of Japanese Manga. KADOKAWA PICTURES with its library of over 2,000 titles,
develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films
theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the
art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide
attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and
SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan, Kadokawa
Cineplex.

KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for
an international audience in the English language, such as; ³One Missed
Call,²²Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.²

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

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animation (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers¹ Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Crunchyroll.com¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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ANIME EXPO® 2009 TEAMS UP WITH UTB HOLLYWOOD

Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Teams Up with First 24-Hour
Japanese Television Channel in North America

Anaheim, California (June 5, 2009) ‹ UTB, United Television Broadcasting
Systems, Inc., the first 24-hour Japanese digital television channel in
North America announces their media partnership with the nation¹s largest
anime and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention
Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org
<http://www.anime-expo.org> .

UTB aggregates and broadcasts the best programming from Japan alongside its
own original local content. The weekly programming schedule includes live
news from Japan, entertainment, documentaries, educational programs, movies,
dramas and anime. All around the world, interest in Japanese ³anime² has
skyrocketed in recent years. UTB is a free resource for anime lovers all
over Southern California, broadcasting a range of popular, highly rated
anime that everyone will enjoy.

UTB will be launching following anime programs starting June 6, 2009
(English subtitled):

From Kadokawa Pictures:
· THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 6/6- 6/19
· THE THIRD
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 6/20- 7/13

From Bandai Entertainment:
· TRUE TEARS
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 7/14- 7/26
· SOLA
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 7/27- 8/10

For details, please check UTB's website:
http://utbhollywood.com/en/anime/index.php (English)
http://utbhollywood.com/anime/index.php(Japanese)

Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki
Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori, Satoshi
Nishimura and Kari Wahlgren.

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org
<http://www.AXBackstage.org> .

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


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

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®. More
information can be found at its website (www.spja.org <http://www.spja.org>
).

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Anime Expo®/SPJA¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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CRUNCHYROLL TO STREAM KADOKAWA PICTURES USA TITLES A LUSTFUL MAN, ALL MIXED
UP, THE INUGAMI FAMILY AND THE QUIET DUEL TODAY

New Titles from Kadokawa Pictures USA Collection on the Number One Online
Destination for Anime and Asian Entertainment


San Francisco, CA (June 2, 2009) ‹ Kadokawa Pictures USA continue to stream
new titles from the Kadokawa Pictures USA Collection on Crunchyroll with
tales of insatiable pursuits of love, mystery, horror and drama. More
information can be found at:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection> .

These Kadokawa Pictures USA titles are available at 12:00 pm PST today, for
FREE, to all fans and members in the U.S., Canada, American Samoa, United
States Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Island regions.

Title Synopsis:
A LUSTFUL MAN
Yonosuke lived in an insatiable pursuit of love affairs with women and a
celebrated courtesan. He first made love to a woman during his childhood.
Thereafter, always devoting himself to the affairs, Yonosuke ended up, at
60, sailing to Nyogogashima ("Isle of Women"). This film was adapted from
the famous novel, Koshoku Ichidai Otoko which narrates 54 years of his
adventures in affairs of women.
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an
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man>

ALL MIXED UP
An unhappy lawyer's wife falls in love with a young, mysterious woman she
encounters at an art class. Soon their affair involves her husband and the
young woman's impotent lover and together the four slowly descend into a web
of desire, deceit, blood oaths and suicide pacts. The first movie in
Japanese history to deal explicitly with homosexuality.
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up
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dup>

THE INUGAMI FAMILY
Based on Seishi Yokomizo's masterpiece mystery novel, "The Inugami Family"
is the hugely successful classic horror film directed by Kon Ichikawa. It
tells a story of a strange will left by a wealthy man which reveals a
peculiarly twisted set of relationships and triggers four deaths and several
other murder attempts.
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amily
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection?src=inugami
family>

THE QUIET DUEL
(Directed by Akira Kurosawa) During a life-saving operation, army surgeon
Fujisaki (legendary actor Toshiro Mifune) contaminates himself with
syphilis, a disease virtually incurable in 1940's Japan. After the war, he
returns to work at the hospital maintained by his obstetrician father
(Takashi Shimura) but agonizes over the disease that threatens to destroy
his impending marriage, while simultaneously trying to save other patients'
lives - including the man from whom he contracted the disease.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_Quiet_Duel_-_Movie?src=quietduelkuros
awa
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_Quiet_Duel_-_Movie?src=quietduelkuro
sawa>

About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment
giant KADOKAWA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes KADOKAWA
GROUP PUBLISHING and KADOKAWA PICTURES. KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING is one of
the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers
of Japanese Manga. KADOKAWA PICTURES with its library of over 2,000 titles,
develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films
theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the
art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide
attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and
SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan, Kadokawa
Cineplex.

KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for
an international audience in the English language, such as; ³One Missed
Call,²²Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.²

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

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animation (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers¹ Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Crunchyroll.com¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


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CRUNCHYROLL TO LAUNCH THE BEAST TO DIE, EARLY SPRING STORY, GIRL OF TIME,
KEKKON ANNAI MYSTERY, SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN, STORY OF THE DETECTIVE
AND TRAGEDY OF W TODAY FOR KADOKAWA TUESDAYS

Bone Chilling New Titles from Kadokawa Pictures USA on the Number One Online
Destination for Anime and Asian Entertainment


San Francisco, CA (May 5, 2009) ‹ ³Kadokawa Tuesdays² continue on
Crunchyroll with tales of horror, suspense and the supernatural with the
launch of THE BEAST TO DIE, EARLY SPRING STORY, GIRL OF TIME, KEKKON ANNAI
MYSTERY, SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN, STORY OF THE DETECTIVE AND TRAGEDY OF
W. More information can be found at:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Pictures_Collection> .

These ³Kadokawa Tuesdays² titles are available at 12:00 pm PST today, for
FREE, to all fans and members in the U.S., Canada, American Samoa, United
States Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Island regions.

Title Synopsis:
THE BEAST TO DIE
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beasttodie
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=beasttodie>
A cop was killed and his gun was stolen. It was used for the next murder
case. Detective Kashiwagi who investigated this case got a testimony about a
perpetrator; "He walks like a dead man". The detective found a guy named
Date (Yusaku Matusda) who was an ex-Vietnam veteran cameraman descended into
madness after committing a string of murders. Yusaku Matsuda lost 8 kg of
body weight and allegedly even had some of his teeth pulled out in order to
achieve the gaunt look for the murderer.

EARLY SPRING STORY
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earlyspringstory
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528576/kadokawa-pictures-collection-1/?src
=earlyspringstory>
A university student Hitomi falls in love with a middle-aged man Okawa, who
was the lover of her deceased mother. Hitomi's feelings shift back and forth
as she is not sure whether it is true love or just a realization of her
mother's romantic dream.

GIRL OF TIME
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girloftime
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528578/kadokawa-pictures-collection-3/?src
=girloftime>
A romantic 16-year-old high school girl in love with a classmate starts
dreaming about events before they actually happen. As it turns out, the
object of her love is actually a space alien affected by her own romantic
views of life and because of their unified wave length.

KEKKON ANNAI MYSTERY
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kekkonannaimystery
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=kekkonannaimystery>
A 19-year-old girl Hiroko Terasawa working in a matching agency promises her
client Masakazu Sekine that she'll pose as his fiancee for a remarkable cash
reward. Hiroko moves to Sekine's mansion and prepares to attend the family's
meeting. However, this only turns out to be a prelude of a bloody fight over
the family's legacy.

SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN
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sailorsuitandmachinegun
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=sailorsuitandmachinegun>
Following the unexpected death of her mob boss father, a young high school
student (Hiroko Yakushimaru) inherits his Yakuza gang. They investigate her
father's murder and take out the drug dealers who are responsible for his
death. The scene of Hiroko when she sprays a room with machine gun fire and
then exclaims "Kaikan!!" became somewhat famous in Japan at the time with
people using the phrase in the same tone of voice as Hiroko.

STORY OF THE DETECTIVE
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528584/kadokawa-pictures-collection-6/?src=
storyofthedetective
<http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-528584/kadokawa-pictures-collection-6/?src
=storyofthedetective>
Naomi (Hiroko Yakushimaru) is a university student who is leaving in a week
for the US to study; Shuichi (Yusaku Matsuda) is a washed-up gumshoe who's
hired by Naomi's father to bodyguard his daughter until she leaves. Things
got worse when Naomi and Shuichi stumble upon a murder.

TRAGEDY OF W
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tragedyofw
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=tragedyofw>
A young girl is striving for stardom. In order to get a lead role in a new
production, she agrees to stand-in for a famous star whose rich patron died
in her arms one night. The real-life drama gradually comes to mirror the
story of the play being performed by her.

About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment
giant KADOKAWA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes KADOKAWA
GROUP PUBLISHING and KADOKAWA PICTURES. KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING is one of
the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers
of Japanese Manga. KADOKAWA PICTURES with its library of over 2,000 titles,
develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films
theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the
art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide
attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and
SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan, Kadokawa
Cineplex.

KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for
an international audience in the English language, such as; ³One Missed
Call,²²Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.²

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

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animation (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers¹ Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Crunchyroll.com¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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CRUNCHYROLL AND KADOKAWA PICTURES USA ANNOUNCE KADOKAWA TUESDAYS WITH MPD
1-3, TOMIE: FORBIDDEN FRUIT AND TOMIE: REBIRTH

Members and Fans Can Now Expect New Titles from Kadokawa Pictures USA Every
Tuesday at the Number One Online Destination for Anime and Asian
Entertainment

San Francisco, CA (April 21, 2009) ‹ Thrills, chills, hauntings and psychos
visit Crunchyroll fans and members every Tuesday as Crunchyroll and Kadokawa
partner to bring ³Kadokawa Tuesdays² starting today. More information can be
found at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/publisher/kadokawapicturesusa

Title launching ³Kadokawa Tuesdays² include the psychopathic trilogy MPD
I-III and the continued saga of a mysterious girl who appears again and
again in various people¹s lives and haunts them until their eventual end in
TOMIE: FORBIDDEN FRUIT and TOMIE: REBIRTH.


Title Synopsis:
MPD I
Memories of Sin/Drifting Petals:
A sadistic criminal is turning his victims into human flower pots. Detective
Amamiya Kazuhiko is called out of early retirement to work on the case,
which is tied to horrific events in his past. His new wife goes missing and
a mysterious cult with barcodes tattooed on their eyeballs surfaces to wreak
havoc on the city

How to Create a World:
A brutal serial murderer cuts babies from their mothers' womb in what
appears to be a copycat crime from five years earlier.  All of the women
have barcodes tattooed to their eyeballs.  The victims, under some sort of
hypnosis, purchase the surgical quality knives used to kill them the day
before their murders! As Detective Amamiya's wife wanders the city in a
trance, he discovers someone from his past is involved in the crime wave...

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/MPD_Psycho_

MPD II
Life is a Constant Helix:
Chiaki Kuriyama (KILL BILL) guest stars in the episode, which finds
Detective Amamiya and the police team investigating the mass suicide of
forty girls from a posh high school.  Amamiya goes undercover as a high
school teacher to find out why and learn more about a new generation of
barcoders, many of whom are students at this militaristic school.

The Crushed Ant:
Perfectly severed body parts with numbers cut into them are discovered in a
field.  In a nearby arcade, two rival youth gangs battle each other and
Amamiya's wife is taken prisoner by a gang leader.  The Police Chief tries
to put together more of Amamiya's hidden past with the assistance of a one
eyed snuff filmmaker.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/MPD_Psycho_

MPD III
Coronation of the Cursed King:
Cult members spontaneously combust when the barcoder network is infected.
The burn victims are taken to the local hospital where a lonely employee's
cyber girlfriend tells him to kill people.  Detective Amamiya and his team
lock down the hospital, while strange things happen on the secret 13th
floor.

Soaring Souls and Human Bondage:
The Police Department denies that the barcode case ever existed in the
massive cover-up attempt.  Three remaining members of the investigation team
decide to continue working on the case on their own. The Police Chief's
entire family dies under mysterious circumstances.  Amamiya tracks the baby
stealer to a remote cabin in a snowstorm for a final showdown to recover his
own missing child

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/MPD_Psycho_

TOMIE: REBIRTH
Hideo, an art student, is painting a portrait of Tomie when she suddenly
dismisses it as a poor work of art and destroys her own portrait. In a
moment of rage, Hideo picks up an art knife and ends up killing Tomie.
Hideo¹s friends help bury her and try to cheer him up by throwing a party. A
girl appears at this party, uninvited that resembles Tomie in many ways.
Hideo has gone missing but this girl begins to appear wherever these friends
go.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_Tomie_Collection

TOMIE: FORBIDDEN FRUIT
Tomie's father, Kazuhiko Hashimoto hasn't forgotten about the love from his
youth. His daughter encounters a mysterious girl who is also named Tomie.
The girls befriend each other and when Kazuhiko meets his daughter's new
friend, he is surprised to see that she resembles the girl he fell in love
with 25 years ago. It soon becomes clear that the meeting of the two girls
was not by mere chance.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_Tomie_Collection

About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment
giant KADOKAWA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes KADOKAWA
GROUP PUBLISHING and KADOKAWA PICTURES. KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING is one of
the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers
of Japanese Manga. KADOKAWA PICTURES with its library of over 2,000 titles,
develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films
theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the
art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide
attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and
SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan,Kadokawa
Cineplex.

KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for
an international audience in the English language, such as; ³One Missed
Call,²²Melancholy of  Haruhi Suzumiya.²

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

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animation (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers¹ Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .
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CRUNCHYROLL AND KADOKAWA PICTURES USA BRING NIGHTS OF FRIGHT WITH JAPANESE
HORROR ANTHOLOGIES AND TOMIE TRILOGY TO ONLINE FANS

Number One Online Destination for Anime and Asian Entertainment to Launch
Junji Ito Manga Based Film-Trilogy and Films of Horror

San Francisco, CA (April 16, 2009) ‹Crunchyroll and Kadokawa partner to
bring hours of endless horror and fright to online fans with the highly
popular TOMIE Trilogy and the Japanese Horror Anthology which include
titles: HEARTBROKEN TRIP, NURARIHYON, PEONY LAMP, SHADOWS OF THE WRAITH,
SHE-BEAR and YAMABA beginning April 16, 2009.  More information can be found
at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/

³We are extremely excited and proud to have Kadokawa Pictures USA partner
with Crunchyroll², states Crunchyroll CEO Kun Gao. ³Kadokawa titles are well
known to be of high quality and have a huge existing following.  This
partnership marks a meaningful addition to the Asian live action content
available on Crunchyroll.²

Title Synopsis:
TOMIE
Based on a manga by Junji Ito.

Following some trauma in her past that has since been repressed, a young
woman is trying to recover her memories with the help of a psychiatrist.
During her hypnosis sessions, she repeats the name "TOMIE" but is unable to
recall where she knows it from. Meanwhile, a police detective is
investigating a string of brutal murders, where he also runs across the name
"TOMIE." How are two connected?

TOMIE: REPLAY
A young girl looking through her father's notes finds something written
about the last experiment he worked on before he went insane. Everything in
his notebook looks ordinary until near the last page, at which point his
handwriting deteriorates and the name "TOMIE" is mentioned several times.
From that point forward his notes are written in what looks like blood. At
the same time, another young girl escapes from a hospital. Who is she, and
what does she have planned?

TOMIE: ANOTHER FACE
Another movie about TOMIE, the girl who just won't stay dead. This film is
split into three separate stories in which TOMIE is at different times in
her life, first as a high school student, then as a young woman who falls
for a photographer, and finally as a woman engaged to be married to her true
love. In each story, she is murdered after her unusual secret is discovered,
but she somehow manages to come back from beyond to take her revenge.

JAPANESE HORROR ANTHOLOGY

Summary
HEARTBROKEN TRIP
Chiharu's boyfriend walked out on her so Yoshiko plans to take her on a trip
to a hot springs resort in order to cheer her up. Chiharu arrives at the inn
before Yoshiko and couldn't have possibly imagined what awaits her there.

LOST SOULS
LOST SOULS - After a long day's drive, a couple is enjoying late night
snacks at a lake-side restaurant. As they are enjoying themselves, a family
of four enters the restaurant but the cook tells the couple to never look at
the family.

NURARIHYON
A boy happens to see a specter known as "Nurarihyon" sneaking into his house
to cause mischief. The boy tries to be good to the specter, but only gets
the cold shoulder. But, at one night, when he is almost attacked by
burglars, he learns good intentions are to pay off.

PEONY LAMP
A Japanese maverick samurai, Shinzaburo, receives a surprise night-time
visit of his former lover, Otsuyu, who is supposed to have died of a
disease. She says the story about her death is a ploy made up by her father
to break the couple. They spend the night together, but Shinzaburo's
colleague cannot believe his eyes when he sees Shinzaburo is holding in his
arms.

SHADOWS OF THE WRAITH
Ryoji and Kazuhiko are two brothers embroiled in a mystery of paranormal
implications, tormenting them while drawing them towards a horror that will
not be denied. At first, Ryoji thinks that the obsessive Asaji is just a
little over the top in her pursuit of him. Professing her love, she begins
to stalk Ryoji, as well as his girlfriend Mariko; they feel her presence
wherever they turn. When people close to Ryoji begin to die mysteriously, he
has reason to suspect Asaji, but he has nowhere to turn for help or escape.
Ryoji's brother, meanwhile, has become involved with a young girl, Naoko,
whose new condominium has a history of horrible accidents. As Naoko begins
to experience ever-stranger phenomena, she must come to terms with what
lurks in the closet.

SHE-BEAR
Schoolgirls Mima and Rika saw a poster in a tunnel that warns, "If you see a
woman with a teddy-bear doll you should run for your life." Mami feels
something disturbing, but Rika dismisses it as just another hoax.

YAMABA
Magazine writers are sent out to an outback village to report on anecdote of
old mountain hag. They get suspicious as every villager appears to be trying
to hide something. They get the answer as a local bonze tells an age-old
story.

About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment
giant KADOKAWA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes KADOKAWA
GROUP PUBLISHING and KADOKAWA PICTURES. KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING is one of
the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers
of Japanese Manga. KADOKAWA PICTURES with its library of over 2,000 titles,
develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films
theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the
art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide
attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and
SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan,Kadokawa
Cineplex.

KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for
an international audience in the English language, such as; ³One Missed
Call,²²Melancholy of  Haruhi Suzumiya.²

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

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animation (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers¹ Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Crunchyroll.com¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

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Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

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Episode #2. W&L. I wish this were better.

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