February 2010

February 26, 2010 Update:

We've got something new for everybody!

Gurren Lagann Ground Work The Movie ~The Lights in the Sky Are Stars~

The second movie just came out and this ground works has been dedicated to the movie. This book got the same qualities as the predecessors but with more. Join Simon, Yoko, and the rest of the cast as they head out on their next journey. If you have the other ground works from this series, then you would know all the neat stuff it has in store for you. Finish your collection with this new ground works from this famous ground breaking series.

Background Visual Material Vol. 9 - Government Agencies

From the series that sweep the nation with wonderful references to use, comes the next volume of the Background Visual Material series. In this installment, we get the view the Japanese police stations, fire departments, hospitals, and hyper rescue. It shows a lot of their internal uses such as offices, fire trucks, ambulances and more. Add this reference book into your collection!



Watchmen's Alex Tse Wrote Script for Live-Action Ninja Scroll

Also wrote animated Tales of the Black Freighter based on Moore, Gibbons' comic

The Hollywood Reporter newspaper notes in a Monday article that Alex Tse, a co-writer of the live-action Watchmen film, wrote a film script for Warner Brothers' proposed live-action adaptation of the Ninja Scroll anime. Yoshiaki Kawajiri wrote and directed the original 1993 anime film about a wandering ninja fighting a conspiracy of demons. Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company acquired the live-action adaptation rights to the anime for Warner Brothers in 2008.

Tse and David Hayter (X-Men, The Scorpion King) co-wrote the live-action film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen graphic novel. Tse and Watchmen director Zack Snyder also co-wrote the Tales of the Black Freighter animated video based on Watchmen's "comic-within-a-comic" story. Tse has since written a script for Warner Brothers' planned new film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man classic short story anthology. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tse is scripting a proposed film version of John Twelve Hawks' Fourth Realm trilogy of science-fiction novels.

In Japan, Tatsuo Sato directed a Ninja Scroll television anime sequel for the MADHOUSE anime studio in 2003. MADHOUSE co-founder Masao Maruyama is still working on plans for a second Ninja Scroll anime film. However, as of 2008, project still needs a script that is acceptable to Maruyama himself and Kawajiri.

Source: Anime News Networksoel

February 25, 2010 Update:



Seattle's Sakura-Con to Host Haruhi Artist Noizi Ito

Ito also illustrated Shana & Bee-be-beat it!, designed Shining Force Feather

Sakura-Con has announced that it will host Haruhi Suzumiya illustrator Noizi Ito during the April 2-4 convention in Seattle, Washington. According to Sakura-Con, this will be her first convention appearance.

Ito is best known for illustrating Nagaru Tanigawa's nine Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, and her work served as the basis for the character designs in the subsequent anime and manga adaptations. She also created the illustrations in Yashichiro Takahashi's Shakugan no Shana fantasy light novels, which in turn inspired two television anime series, an anime movie, several anime videos, and manga.

She later illustrated Jinno Masaki's Bee-be-beat it! light novel in Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Age Pure magazine and drew the "Yume-Miru Vampire" manga short. In the gaming world, she designed Flight-Plan's Shining Force Feather game for the Nintendo DS and several titles for UNiSONSHIFT.

Sakura-Con had previously announced that the rock bands High and Mighty Color and Dazzle Vision, voice actress Mayumi Tanaka, animator Tsuyoshi Nonaka, director Yasuhiro Imagawa and Satoshi Nishimura, and character designers Yutaka Minowa and Takahiro Yoshimatsu will be attending the convention.

Bandai Ent. Delays Releases of Code Geass, Gundam 00

The North American anime distributor Bandai Entertainment has revealed this week that it has delayed the following March DVD releases:

* Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Part 4 (Regular & Limited Editions)
* Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season Part 1 (Regular & Special Editions)

Both of these releases were originally slated for release on March 2, and have been pushed back to April 6.

Bandai also revealed that it will re-release Mobile Suit Gundam - The Movie Trilogy in its lower-priced Anime Legends reissue format in May. The movie trilogy retells the story of the original Mobile Suit Gundam mecha anime series. ANN is currently streaming the original TV series in English-dubbed format along with two other series from the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise.

Source: Anime News Networksoel

February 24, 2010 Update:

Another day and another great books for our customers!

Tony Works - Ciel

We don't have to explain to you about Tony Work. This latest edition to the artist's collection is one to look at. When you are done with Tony's doujinshis, come and check this book out. It has everything a fan wants from Tony and more. This collection will surprise you and have you drooling for more. We will guarantee you it will ran out fast so get a copy of it today!

The King of Fighters Character Encyclopaedia

A blast from the past or a new edition to a large collection. Whatever suits you, this book has all of the characters that we remembered that includes their battle references, illustrations, and more. It is great that there is an art book for this series. Don't you agree?



SD Gundam Sangokuden TV Anime Confirmed for April

SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors film already set for Saturday

The April issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Kerokero Ace magazine is confirming on Friday that an SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors television anime series has been green-lit. The anime will premiere on April 3 at 10:15 a.m. on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. TV Tokyo's 10:00-10:30 a.m. timeslot on Saturdays is currently occupied by the Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunsō) anime series.

The Hobby Net retail website had already listed a television anime adaptation of Bandai's SD Gundam Sangokuden plastic model line in a January 22 update. A separate anime film called Chō Denei-ban SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors will open in Japan on February 27. A manga called BB Senshi Sangokuden ~Senshin Kettō-hen~ has been running in Kerokero Ace.

The SD Gundam Sangokuden model series features the heroes of the Chinese literary classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms only they have been re-imagined as two-head-high Super Deformed Gundam robots. Liu Bei (Ryū Bi) Gundam, Guan Yu (Kan U) Gundam, and Zhang Fei (Chō Hi) Gundam protect the legendary continent Mirisha from General Dong Zhuo (Tō Taku) Zaku, the assassin Hu Zhen (Ko Shin) Gyan, and other enemies.

Seattle's Sakura-Con Hosts Trigun Film Premiere, Staff

Director Nishimura, designer Yoshimatsu, One Piece's Luffy actress Tanaka

Sakura-Con has announced that it will hold the world premiere of the Trigun: Badlands Rumble film during the April 2-4 convention in Seattle, Washington. The convention is three weeks before the April 24 opening of the film in Japan.

Like the television anime series that came before it, the anime studio MADHOUSE is basing the film on Yasuhiro Nightow's popular Trigun manga. Director Satoshi Nishimura, character designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu, mechanical designer Noriyuki Jinguji, and musical composer Tsuneo Imahori are returning to the franchise after having worked on the television series . Nightow and Nishimura conceived of the story concepts which Yasuko Kobayashi (Claymore, Shakugan no Shana, Witchblade anime) turned into a shooting script. Masaya Onosaka, Sho Hayami, Hiromi Tsuru, and Satsuki Yukino are reprising their roles of Vash the Stampede, Nicolas D. Wolfwood, Meryl Stryfe, and Milly Thompson, respectively.

Nishimura and Yoshimatsu are appearing as guests of this year's Sakura-Con. In addition to Trigun, Nishimura directed Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit) and Shin Cho Bakumatsu Shonen Seiki Takamaru, and he storyboarded episodes of Black Lagoon, Card Captor Sakura, Monster, Paradise Kiss, and Revolutionary Girl Utena. Yoshimatsu designed the characters in several Slayers and Future GPX Cyber Formula projects, Basquash!, Kiba, Desert Punk, and the two Jubei-chan - Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch television series.

Source: Anime News Networksoel

February 23, 2010 Update:

We would like to thank you for all of you that came out to greet us at the Long Beach Convention Center's Comic Con 2010. It was a great success and we would like to thank you all for it. THANK YOU TO OUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS AND FANS!!!



Bandai Ent. Adds Code Geass: Knights & Queens Manga

Manga anthologies based on Sunrise's Code Geass anime franchise

The North American anime and manga distributor Bandai Entertainment has announced on Monday that it has licensed two new manga anthology series: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Knights and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Queens. Knights is the "Official Manga Anthology for Girls" based on the male characters of Sunrise's Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion science-fiction anime series, while Queens is the anime's "Official Manga Anthology for Boys" based on the anime's female characters.

The first volume of Knights will ship in May, while the first volume of Queens will ship in June. Both series are five volumes long.

Bandai Entertainment already licensed the original anime and three other manga series from the Code Geass franchise: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Code Geass: Suzaku of the Counterattack, and Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally. Gun Zi (Gan Jii) drew another manga series, Bakumatsu Ibun-roku Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate), in Kadokawa Shoten's Kerokero Ace magazine in 2008.

Tomomasa Takuma, the artist of Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally and Kurogane Communication, is launching still another manga series called Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya (Code Geass: Jet-Black Renya or Code Geass: Renya of the Blackness) this year. The latest manga is part of the launch of the new Code Geass project.

Sydney Manga and Anime Show Hosts Actress Yuko Miyamura

Also at Australia con: voice actress Tiffany Grant, ADV co-founder Matt Greenfield

The Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH) has announced that voice actresses Yuko Miyamura and Tiffany Grant and ADV Films co-founder Matt Greenfield will attend the convention, which is to be held on August 7 at the Sydney Town Hall in Sydney, Australia.

Yuko Miyamura (Outlaw Star's Aisha, Berserk's Casca) and Tiffany Grant (Chrono Crusade's Satella, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu's Bonta-Kun) both portrayed the character of Asuka in Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series in the Japanese and English versions, respectively.

SMASH will also be hosting Matt Greenfield, who was a producer, director, writer and even voice actor for the English adaptations of such titles as Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, Excel Saga, Golden Boy, Gunsmith Cats, RahXephon, and Slayers.

SMASH is switching to one day due to the cost of hiring the Sydney Town Hall. Ticket prices will be AU$20 and AU$25 for advance sales and at-the-door sales, respectively.

Mag: Live-Action Vampire Hunter D, More Anime Planned

Rue Morgue reports Hideyuki Kikuchi is also writing new Yashakiden novel

The January/February issue of Marrs' Canadian horror magazine Rue Morgue reports that 60-year-old author Hideyuki Kikuchi "is busy working on a [Vampire Hunter D (VHD)] live-action film with the producer of the Biohazard video game (a.k.a. Resident Evil in North America), writing a new novel about vampires, entitled Yashakiden, and planning a new VHD anime series in Japan."

Kikuchi created the character of D as a half-human, half-vampire hunter of vampires in a desolate far future. Digital Manga Publishing has been releasing Kikuchi's original Vampire Hunter D novels in North America, and it is also publishing a manga version by Saiko Takaki as well as the first novel volumes of Yashakiden. Streamline Pictures and Urban Vision both released the 1985 anime video adaptation of Vampire Hunter D in North Amercia, while Urban Vision also released the 2000 movie version, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

Source: Anime News Networksoel

February 19, 2010 Update:

We would like to remind you that we will be in Long Beach Convention Center tomorrow Saturday February 20,2010. Come along and bring your family and friends to this event. And remember, the first 10 customers will get a free gift. So, get ready. Get set. And go!



Media Blasters Confirms Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei License

Also in May: Urotsukidoji adult video series, movie compilation from Kitty Media

The North American anime distributor Media Blasters has confirmed that it has licensed the Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei anime series in its retail solicitation list for May 2010. The first English-subtitled DVD volume will ship on May 25. The high school comedy centers around a pathologically depressed teacher who somehow finds the will to deal with a class of oddball students.

Media Blasters' Kitty Media adult label will also release the uncut version of the first Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend video series, as well as its movie compilation, on May 18. Both were previously released in North America by Central Park Media's Anime 18 label.

Del Rey published the fifth volume of Kji Kumeta's original Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei manga in North America last month. Since the first television anime series aired in 2007, the Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei sequel aired in 2008. The three-part Goku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei original anime DVD series ran from 2008 to 2009, and the third television series, Zan Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei, aired in 2009. Two more original anime DVD volumes have since shipped in Japan.

J-Pop Band Chatmonchy to Perform in New York, California, Texas

All-girl band performed ending themes for Bleach, Hataraki Man

The Japan Nite U.S. tour has announced this week that the all-girl J-pop band chatmonchy will perform in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in March. Chatmonchy performed ending theme songs for the Bleach and Hataraki Man anime.

The band will perform in New York on March 21, in San Francisco on March 26, and in Los Angeles on March 27. Chatmonchy will also appear at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, on March 19.

The Japan Nite U.S. tour will perform in six cities and will also feature the bands Omodaka, Red Bacteria Vacuum, OKAMOTO'S, and JinnyOops!

Source: Anime News Networksoel

February 18, 2010 Update:

Just as a reminder for those who have not seen our banner on the front page. The Long Beach Comic Con is coming and we want you to join us! Join us this weekend on February 20, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center Promenade Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. We will give out free gifts to those lucky 10 customers who arrive at our booth. Make sure you bring your family or a bunch of friends. More people equal more fun!

We have new section on our site! It is called the "Restock" section. You would find them throughout our main section tabs. We have Titles, Figures, and Accessories restock sections. Don't forget to check them out before they go missing again.

Another bunch of news for you. Enjoy!


Adult Swim to Begin at 9:00 p.m. Starting in 2011

Starting in January 2011, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block will start at 9:00 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m in the United States. In January 2009, the adult-animation segment had changed its start date from 11:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Stu Snyder, COO of Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media, said the move will be a chance for the brand to further develop. "Let's be clear," Snyder said, "the choice to go to 9 p.m. is 100 percent a reflection on the success of Adult Swim as a brand."

According to Nielsen data, last year Cartoon Network's viewer average between 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. increased 9 percent from the year before to 1.1 million viewers. It also had the largest amount of viewers aged 18-34 for a cable station at 448,000, up 8 percent from the year before. Adult Swim carries a mix of programming from the United States, Japan, and elsewhere.

Adult Swim premiered the dubbed version of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Saturday. Adult Swim had hinted in January in an onscreen bumper on January 11 that "we think we bought three series [maybe]" after confirming that it will no longer air Death Note and Blood+.

Walt Disney Japan Confirms 2010 BDs for Ghibli Catalog

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) confirmed its plans to "convert [Studio Ghibli's] older works to Blu-ray in 2010" during the ceremony for the 2nd annual Digital Entertainment Group Japan Awards/Blu-ray Prizes on Thursday. WDSHE received the top award, the Grand Prix, for its release of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. WDSHE also earned awards for its release of two Pixar films: Pete Docter and David Silverman's Monsters, Inc., and Andrew Stanton's WALL-E. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Ponyo on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on March 2.

Source: Anime News Networksoel

February 16, 2010 Update:

We will be doing some news from time to time just for our customers to know what is going on in the world of Anime. Hope you enjoy them! Here they are:


One Piece Anime Theme Park Attraction to Open in March

Japan's 1st park attraction to follow journey of Luffy's pirate gang

The Laguna Gamori marine resort complex has announced on Monday that it will host a "One Piece Memorial Log in Lagunasia" theme park attraction from March 20 to June 27. While there have been theme park exhibits based on the One Piece anime franchise before, Laguna Gamori promotes the new project as Japan's first attraction to follow and recreate the journey of the pirate captain Luffy and his gang.

The complex is located in Gamori City in the central Japanese prefecture of Aichi, and it already held a "Mighty Atom Exhibition in Lagunasia" event from September to November of last year. That earlier event featured a statue of Tezuka's Astro Boy (Mighty Atom) character which stood over three meters (10 feet) tall.

Totoro Makes Cameo in Pixar's 3rd Toy Story 3 Trailer

Totoro helmer Hayao Miyazaki, Pixar founder John Lasseter are longtime friends

The title character of Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro film makes a cameo in Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich and Pixar's film project which just released its third trailer on Thursday. Toy Story 3 will open in North America on June 18.

Miyazaki and Pixar founder John Lasseter have been personal friends for two decades; the two have visited each others' studios frequently over the years, and Lasseter helped oversee the English release of Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Ponyo. Along with previous efforts, Lasseter opened a 2008 charity auction at Pixar's own headquarters for the Totoro Forest Project, an effort to save one of the forests that inspired My Neighbor Totoro.

Funimation Announces Dragon Ball Z Kai's English Cast

Same as earlier Dragon Ball Z cast except for Gohan, Bulma, Narrator, Chiaotzu/Puar The North American anime distributor Funimation has announced the English dubbing cast of the Dragon Ball Z Kai anime series at the Katsucon event in Maryland on Sunday. Dragon Ball Z Kai's main cast will be the same as in Funimation's original English dub of Dragon Ball Z, except for four new cast members:

Gohan: Colleen Clinkenbeard
Bulma: Monica Rial
Narrator: Doc Morgan
Chiaotzu and Puar: Brina Palencia

Funimation confirmed that it will ship the first part of the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 18. Navarre Corporation, Funimation's parent company, had revealed the Dragon Ball Z Kai license earlier this month during its Q3 2010 earnings conference call.

The Dragon Ball Kai television series condenses the 1989-1996 Dragon Ball Z anime series to more closely follow Akira Toriyama's original Dragon Ball manga. In addition to a digital high-definition remastering and a re-recorded soundtrack, Dragon Ball Kai also enhances selected scenes with new effects or re-animated footage. Due to the years that have passed since the broadcast of Dragon Ball Z, some of the Japanese cast members have also been replaced in Dragon Ball Kai's re-recorded dubbing.

Funimation already licensed both the Dragon Ball Z television series and the earlier Dragon Ball television series. Viz Media publishes the original manga in North America.

Source: Anime News Networksoel

February 15, 2010 Update:



Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Premieres on U.S. TV

Adult Swim debuts 2nd anime version of dark fantasy manga at midnight

The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television anime series will premiere on Cartoon Network 's Adult Swim programming block at midnight EST/PST early Sunday morning in the United States. The weekly English-dubbed episodes will also be available, as a download-to-own option, on the PLAYSTATION Network and Zune Marketplace on Sundays. Each new dubbed episode will then stream from the Adult Swim website on Wednesdays.

Like the first Fullmetal Alchemist television series in 2003-2004, the ongoing Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime adapts Hiromu Arakawa's dark fantasy manga about two brothers who risked their bodies with human alchemy to unsuccessfully resurrect their mother. Now the two attempt to restore their bodies by seeking the illusive Philosopher's Stone, and they are not alone in their quest.

Unlike the earlier anime effort, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows the manga more closely; Arakawa has acknowledged that her manga is coming to an end soon. The new anime retains the same main cast from the earlier anime's English dub, except for two recasted characters and one all-new character. Maxey Whitehead replaces Aaron Dismuke as Alphonse Elric, and J. Michael Tatum already replaced Dameon Clarke as Scar in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium Collection video spinoff. Bryan Massey plays the new character Isaac McDougal.

Funimation began streaming the television anime series in Japanese with English subtitles in North America last April, and it will release Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part One on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 25. Viz Media published the 22nd volume of the original manga last month.

Source: Anime News Networksoel

February 8, 2010 Update:

This month we got two new ground-breaking game titles that we think you should own. These two incredible titles are well-known throughout the world and have been played in millions household world one. And, one of them is a sold out title in many stores and website:

Metal Gear Solid 4 Master Art Works Book

This is a must for all fans out there who are in love with the game as much as we are. This sold out title contains so many images and sketches that it is hard to find a good place to start. This art book is dedicated from the MGS4: Guns of the Patriots Tactical Espionage Action video game with tons of sketch after sketch. Don't miss your opportunity to own this title before they are all sold out!

Tekken 6 - Perfect Guide Book

Another video game that was recently release to the public - Tekkon 6. If you ever wonder how many moves does Jin Kazama or one of the newest member Alisa Bosconovitch has, then this book has that and much more. There are over 40 characters' moves to learn, custom designs of each character, special artwork done by famous artists such as CLAMP. Great book to own if you want to destroy your opponent with.

Kiyo Kyujyo Illustrations Works - Trinity Blood ~rubor~

The most thrilling vampire series just released a new art book! This is book features the front cover illustrations from the manga and a pull-out poster from the artist that brought you Trinity Blood! Sink you teeth into this art book full of wonderful drawings and the Hope of a better future.


In addition to all these nice Japanese books, we have also these great French books that we know you will show the same love. Come check out our French Books selection and find what other customers are finding out.



Borrowers Adaptation Next for Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli will be borrowing the classic book The Borrowers to be the basis for its next feature film.

Hiromasa Yonebayashi will direct Karigurashi no Arrietty (Arrietty Borrows Everything), set for release in summer 2010 in Japan with Toho distributing, Variety reports.

Hayao Miyazaki will supervise the production.

Mary Nortons book was published in 1952 and tells the tale of tiny people who borrow everyday items from full-size humans.

Watase Ends Sakura-Gari, Restarts Fushigi Ygi: Genbu

Yuu Watase to replace Sakura-Gari manga with Genbu Kaiden in Rinka magazine.

Manga creator Yuu Watase ended her Sakura-Gari series in Shogakukan's Rinka magazine on January 4, and she later confirmed in a January 17 blog entry that she will resume her Fushigi Ygi: Genbu Kaiden romance manga in the same magazine.

Watase had announced in June of 2008 that Shogakukan is ceasing publication of its Yuu Watase Perfect World Fushigi Ygi magazine, and therefore Genbu Kaiden would move from that magazine to Monthly Flowers magazine. She also launched a new manga called Arata Kangatari in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in the fall of 2008. However, she announced in a March 2009 blog entry that Genbu Kaiden would not resume until spring of 2010. She cited her physical condition and her work schedule for Sakura-Gari and Arata Kangatari for Genbu Kaiden's delay.

Source: Anime News Networksoel