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Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

Three kids are stuck in a strange city causing massive mayhem through the land. They are searching for an atypical rabbit in order to return home. Koto, the eldest of the three, seems to have some sort of connection to this weird place ruled by a monk, a demon, and a priest.

For more Fall 2012 trailers, check out the Fall 2012 anime anthology blog!


  • Koto (voiced by Rie Kugimiya)
  • Myou (voiced by Kenichi Suzumura)
  • Lady Koto (voiced by Aya Hisakawa)
  • Shouko (voiced by Chiwa Saito)
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Nissan Joins the Straw Hat Crew!

  The Thousand Sunny
 The Thousand Sunny
Do you want to live the life of an adventuring pirate, but are sadly landlocked? No great sea to explore? Well, a rather peculiar corporate collaboration may help you explore the Grand Highway in a new mini van. The Nissan company has joined forces with One Piece's own Luffy to bring you a unique model for the redesigned Nissan Serena on November 29th. This vehicle was specially decorated to look similar to the Straw Hats' latest pirate ship, the Thousand Sunny.

Back on Nov. 19th on the island of Odaiba in Tokyo's bay, a costumed Luffy with announcer Mika Sugisaki revealed the car to be called the "Thousand Serena". It's decorated to mimic the Thousand Sunny with the lion-figurehead on the hood, the docking system ports on the side, and the Straw Hats' jolly roger adoring the roof, rear view mirrors, and hubcaps.
Reveal Ceremony on Odaiba Island

To further the promotion of this van, a 15 sec. anime commercial produced by Toei Animation was release on December 5th, and Nissan has a website currently live where you can watch the commercial (see links below). In the commercial, Franky, the Straw Hat Pirates' shipwright; reveals the Thousand Serena from the docking system of the Sunny. The whole crew is excited until Franky mentions how it seats for eight, but there are nine Straw Hat Pirates. A quick game of Rock, Paper, Scissors decides the loser, and poor Usopp is left riding Nami's White Hobby Horse along side.
Commercialism is hardly a new concept in manga and anime, or anything for that matter. You can always find commercials starring anime characters for sodas, snacks, and other sorts of products. This just feels a little different. This is a car, a major investment. Though, I have seen the price of some figures that get pretty damn steep for something that sits around gathering dust.

Source: / Car Watch / Nissan promo site

One Piece Restaurant

  One Piece Restaurant - Going Merry
 One Piece Restaurant - Going Merry
So, you have a nice van to take all your friends out. Now, you just need somewhere to go. Well, there is always the One Piece restaurant named after the Going Merry, the crew's first ship. Though it met it's fate in the Grand Line. It lives on in the streets of Tokyo at the Ginza Meza Marche complex and opened it's doors on December 11th. The restaurant was funded by Fuji TV, that airs One Piece in Japan. The interior is all suppose to be decorated as if you are inside the actual Going Merry.
The menu consists of a sixteen separate dishes that are all themed after members of the One Piece cast or are meals that have appears in the series made by Sanji. There is Luffy's favorite meat on the bone, a Nami mikan-yogurt parfait, and Zoro's three grilled beef skewers. Even down the the cherry pie that Blackbeard loved in Mocktown on Jaya Island. The price of each dish is shown on the website for the Going Merry Restaurant as shown in Berries (One Piece world currency).
Reservations will at first be by ticket holders, but will become available for walk-in customers on December 18th. Diners of this Going Merry will also be given a special prize "pop-up coaster" that you can dispplay on your computer through a webcam and see a the whole of the Straw Hat crew in 3D on the coaster due to the display software. This same design is also being used in greetings cards with year. Special events are planned for the diner's run that will include guest appearances by the voice actors from One Piece.
  Luffy's meat on bone / Nami's Parfait / Zoro's beef skewers
 Luffy's meat on bone / Nami's Parfait / Zoro's beef skewers

  Straw Hat  omelet / Sanji's soup / Going Merry dessert
 Straw Hat  omelet / Sanji's soup / Going Merry dessert

It's only opened for a limited time and will close on May 11th 2011. So, if you are craving some of Luffy's meat. You better get going. .......Wait a tick, that sounded weird.
We may not get a Straw Hat restaurant here in the U.S., by gang over at FUNimation found their own Straw Hat Pizza in Texas to celebrate the opening of the Going Merry restaurant and the release of the One Piece season 3 DVD. Check out this video of the people responsible for bringing One Piece to North America.
Their FUNimation youtube channel also recently hit 200,000 subscribers. Honestly, it's free-legit anime online. Why isn't that number a lot bigger?

Source: Inside Games / Going Merry Restaurant website / FUNimation Blogs

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt
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FUNimation Entertainment Announces New Digital Partnership with Toei Animation

Alliance Begins With Digital Distribution of Catalog Series


Flower Mound, Texas – April 3, 2008 -- FUNimation® Entertainment and Japanese powerhouse producer Toei Animation Co., Ltd. have entered into a digital content partnership in which the U.S. anime leader will distribute seven series from Toei’s catalog starting Friday, April 3rd.




English-subtitled episodes from “Air Master”, “Captain Harlock”, ”Digimon Adventure 02”, “Fist of the North Star”, “Galaxy Express”, “Pretty Cure” and “Slam Dunk” will be offered in the U.S. by streaming via FUNimation’s online video portal,


Totaling more than 500 episodes, these seven series launch with “Fist of the North Star”. One complete series will be added each week for seven weeks.


Fist of the North Star -- Set in a time when war has turned the world into a nuclear wasteland. The oceans have dried up, the land is scorched and the surviving humans have formed a violent society. In this world of mayhem, a drifter in possession of a lethal fighting style known as the Divine Fist of the North Star wanders the arid desert seeking to rescue his lover, Yuria.

Slam Dunk -- A high-school drama about a young loser who goes out for the basketball team in hopes of winning the affection of a cute girl. In his quest for love, he sparks a rivalry with the team’s star as they set out to win the championship.

Digimon Adventure 02 -- New enemy Digimon Kaiser, appears in the Digital World and is out use his considerable powers to control all Digimon. The crisis gives rise to a new generation of hero, the Veemon, which is able to combine with DigiMental to create a new type of Digimon.

Captain Harlock – Set in the year 2977, mankind has become complacent and stagnant, devoting its time to entertainment while machines do all the work. When a mysterious invader from the stars catches Earth unaware, only the legendary space pirate Captain Harlock and the crew of the Arcadia have the will to stand up against it.

Galaxy Express 999 – In the distant future a boy names Tetsuro wants his body replaced with a robotic one. For this to happen, he must reach the Immortal Planet by space train Galaxy Express 999. He is joined on the journey by Maetel, a beautiful and mysterious woman.


Pretty Cure – This series revolves around Nagisa and Honoka, eighth graders at the Verone Junior High School for girls, who encounter two mysterious creatures that came down from the sky one night. Named Mepple and Mipple, the creatures fled their homeland, known as the Field of Light, in order to escape an attack by the evil forces of Dotsuku Zone. They grant Nagisa and Honoka the power to transform into superheroes dubbed “Cure Black” and “Cure White,” who may be our planet’s only hope in battling the evil Dotsuku Zone.

Air Master -- Maki Aikawa, a 16 year old schoolgirl turned street fighter. She fights opponent after opponent gracefully, demonstrating the gymnastic skills that in turn earn her the name, "Airmaster".

   AAAAaAbout Toei Animation Co., Ltd.

With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong,
Shanghai and Paris, Toei Animation (Jasdaq: 4816) ranks amongst the world’s
most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation’s operations
include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and
program licensing. Since its founding in 1956, Toei Animation has produced
more than 9,000 episodes of TV series (189 titles) and 172 long feature films.


About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States.  FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit
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Welcome Officially to the first episode of Virtuous Queen. This is actually part two of a post i made over at the site named Cartoon Electro, where I was talking about Modern Era (1998 - 2009) problems. Hayao Miyazaki, one of the greats (but not the greatest, that title belongs to the one and only Osamu Teskua) made a comment, stating that he doesnt watch many modern day animated features because its...too wild for him, too weird.

But to put in another way, Part of the reason - is the japanese animation companies going global - and that comes with massive growing pains.

Crunchyroll isnt helping matters.

In fact, it might lead into the end of the anime industry once held as the rebellion to wake up the american and european industries. 

Crunchyroll, to keep it short are nothing more then what I like to call, the Socialization of American Business, they take but do not make deals to serve themselves and their industry they feel they are the "stewards" of. They say they are legit but just like Bernie Madoff Before them, they are nothing more than a ponzi scheme and maybe the worst of them all - because it effects how one country business men talks to those who want to make something of themselves and not create something that is against what this country stands for - or diss this country or make fun of those actually trying to find work and or working to feed themselves or kids if they feel they can take it (thats another matter)

Crunchyrolls fan base (or at least the majority of it) are nothing more than those that feel that America has failed them - and for some who are not white - up and until Obama's administration being sworn in, America felt foreign, these folks get the money after work to feed themselves but not feed the need to be free and the good things America can be. They felt they have no voice. Well guess what  for both of yall in that majority of a fan base - your still dont have a Political voice, maybe not even a voice to speak...the only voice they have is the voice that would use them as joke and a curiosity  - see the Pikachu Bread girl - speak in broken Japanese and you can be a porn star too - just be a honky tonky weeboo female with no sense of self or woman hood or self respect and you too can be famous on youtube. And there boyfriend's if  they have are no better - they just want get tail and they dont care if its male. 

Crunchy Roll is not Naspter - it not even close to its metameme nor what it portend to the music industry (which is in its Post Modern Stone Age, and thats because they couldn't find a replacement for its CD format- the music world was recovering from the death's of Tupac/Biggie/Cobain and the music coming out was badly produced and over produced - see Guitar Heroes Youtube comparing both the DVD/Blu-Ray sample in the game from the CD version) 

Here is why you cannot respect Crunchyfail- and the fans that follow them. One, nobody in the anime industry worth any soul or morality stopped them. Two, Crunchy and Arlong to get along Part started this whole trend during the time of 4Kids's One Piece run. Their Board and Their connections with 4Chan and there script kiddies and Shakedown artists, that talked shit over at Live Journal; showed the American Animation fan base to look at the situation and realized they did not want any part in this, this Nonsense - they knew the rules they do need certian rules. But this Bullshit that AP and CR was playing was most foul. 

The American Animation business, to protect there bottom lines and themselves, started asking Retaliers for better space in there video shelves. This in turn finally got the motor running for the Anime Correction of 2006-2009 but what they didnt know is how pervasive Crunchroll became after the dust settled.  

What Crunchroll represents is a change, but not in the change that will bring true respect to this genre. In fact just like the Wii now with the Video Game hobby - it creates a brand new ghetto, where old memes come back and the fanbase doesn't do ANYTHING to change it outside of a few conventions north of New York. And note when I say fanbase I mean This Particular Era of the Fanbase - not the 60's one - not the 80's or 90's versions - not even the Pokemon/Dragonball Z fanbase - THIS Particular era. Its their behaviors, narcissistic overtly feminized weaklings that do fit the type of what the American Animation industry is trying to avoid for many reasons, some I strongly agree with and some i disagree slightly on their execution, of said plans.

When the fanbase is ready to make behavioral, economic and cultural attitude changes to their way of promoting there hobby, and when they are really ready to understand how to do business with the rest of the American animation community and stop supporting Crunchyfail and there cohorts at Arlong to Get Along Park - and until then - you do deserve to be mocked by the rest of the animation fanbase - your teachers do have the right to fail you when you cant even draw Jack Kirby Style - your girlfriend should worry about your anime female model collection if she isn't apart of that world and MTV has the right to laugh at you - because your acts and your behaviors and your anger are all fucking CHILDISH!  

You live in a virtual world, where those shows you watch have no power, no wonder - no joy and no feeling - it might have some idea of it but when you dont hold the item in your hand, in the form of Blu-Ray or a UMD to place in a console or Blu-Ray player in order to show you the wonder of this business -you are nothing more than consumers, acting like drug addicts waiting for the next Dere fix or Uggu wail or "dont go there" moment. You dont see the pens, the paper the effects and the magic in many great series. You have falling into the same trap that the rest of the yuppie/college life folk has fallen into - a lifeless future, where all are the same and there is no change - no wishes hopes and dreams - everything has become nothing but ones and zeros. 

That is what Crunchyroll means - its is the whimpering end of everything that real anime fans have fought for. And there maybe no one who want to stand up and show a real change and stand up for what is right. That is why the modern era reeks of death... 

It took me a while to get this done, but Its finished. But Virtuous Queen is more than just doom and gloom - this Anon of the Internet has other issues and great series you may never hear about I will showcase here. 

Until next time.

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