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PR: Nozomi Announces "Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl's Heart," Vols. 1, 2 & 3

Each volume available for a new $9.99 SRP on June 24, 2008

GRIMES, IA, March 20, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce all three volumes of PIANO: THE MELODY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S HEART will be re-released at a new, lower price of $9.99 per volume on June 24, 2008.

The series, a favorite of librarians, features direction by Norihiko Sudo (Comic Party, To Heart 2), character designs by Kosuke Fujishima (creator, Oh My Goddess! and You’re Under Arrest) and art direction by Junichi Higashi (Midori Days, Super GALS!).

Visit piano.rightstuf.com for more information about PIANO: The Melody of a Young Girl’s Heart, plus video clips, games and downloads.

About PIANO: THE MELODY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S HEART, DVD Vol. 1: Secret Love

Unlock the music within your heart! Miu Nomura once loved to play the piano. As a little girl, the music made her heart soar, and she eagerly shared her songs with all of those around her. Now an introverted teenager, Miu has become too shy to express her feelings – even through her music. Her playing has suffered, and her piano teacher, the moody Mr. Shirakawa, has become impatient with her inability to reach the next level. When Miu develops a crush on upperclassman Takahashi, her best friend Yuuki is the first to notice. Unfortunately, Yuuki’s too distracted with her own emotional troubles: She’s fallen hard for third-year track star Takizawa! However, Mr. Shirakawa has also noticed something… a sudden and remarkable change in Miu’s playing. Can he help her rediscover the joy of the piano and find the courage to share her heart and music once more? Contains episodes 1-3.

PIANO: The Melody of a Young Girl’s Heart, DVD Vol. 1: Secret Love
Vol. 1 of 3
Pre-Book: 5/27/2008
Street Date: 6/24/2008
Runtime: Approximately 72 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Drama
Suggested Rating: 7+

Format: DVD (2.0 English, 2.0 Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0812
ISBN: 1-57032-787-4
UPC: 7-42617-0812-2-4
SRP: $9.99

Discs: 1
Case Qty: 30 / case

DVD Features:
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Reversible cover, character bios, line art gallery, original character sketches, Special Epilogue #1 by Miu’s Japanese voice actress (Ayako Kawasumi), textless opening, English production notes, an exclusive booklet containing Piano Side Story #1: “The Melody of the Hydrangea” and Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

* Cover Art: http://outgoing.rightstuf.com/sleeves/rsdvd0812.jpg
PIANO: THE MELODY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S HEART © Animate Film / Pioneer LDC / Kids’ Station.
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About PIANO: THE MELODY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S HEART, DVD Vol. 2: Confessions

Summer vacation is here, and that means it’s almost time for Yuuki’s birthday! Since it’s over summer break, her birthday is usually a nonevent. But this year, Yuuki has decided that things are going to be different: She’s going to confess her love to Takizawa! But will the handsome and popular third-year track star reject her? The very thought has Yuuki in turmoil. Her best friend, Miu, is doing all she can to support her, but watching Yuuki struggle only reminds Miu of how troubled her own heart is. Meanwhile, Mr. Shirakawa is frustrated at the lack of growth in Miu’s playing. Trying to inspire her, he nominates her to be his sole representative at the Spring Piano Recital. Not only that, but she’ll also be the only student who will have to compose and play her own original piece! If she refuses, Mr. Shirakawa won’t even have a single student participating. Should she play in the recital, even though her heart really isn’t in it? Contains episodes 4-7.

PIANO: The Melody of a Young Girl’s Heart, DVD Vol. 2: Confessions
Vol. 2 of 3
Pre-Book: 5/27/2008
Street Date: 6/24/2008
Runtime: Approximately 96 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Drama
Suggested Rating: 7+

Format: DVD (2.0 English, 2.0 Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0813
ISBN: 1-57032-788-2
UPC: 7-42617-0813-2-3
SRP: $9.99

Discs: 1
Case Qty: 30 / case

DVD Features:
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Reversible cover, character bios, line art gallery, Special Epilogue #2 by Miu’s Japanese voice actress (Ayako Kawasumi), Visual Monologues 1 & 2, English production notes, an exclusive booklet containing Piano Side Story #2: “Sunflower Etude” and Piano Side Story #3: “Freesia’s Refrain” and Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

* Cover Art: http://outgoing.rightstuf.com/sleeves/rsdvd0813.jpg
PIANO: THE MELODY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S HEART © Animate Film / Pioneer LDC / Kids’ Station.
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** Product specifications and content may be subject to change.

About PIANO: THE MELODY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S HEART, DVD Vol. 3: Heartstrings

New Year’s has arrived, but the seasonal festivities don’t seem to be lifting Miu’s spirits at all. With the spring recital fast approaching, Miu is under a lot of pressure to complete her piano composition in time, but she’s having trouble finding any inspiration. To make matters worse, when she returns to school, Miu learns that Takahashi has pushed himself too hard studying over the break and has become very ill. Distracted by everything that’s going on and lacking any motivation to finish the song, Miu is dreading having to face Mr. Shirakawa with the piece still not completed. Meanwhile, Mr. Shirakawa continues to push Miu toward the spring recital. Will his unrelenting drive finally cause her to give up the piano altogether? Contains episodes 8-10.

PIANO: The Melody of a Young Girl’s Heart, DVD Vol. 3: Heartstrings
Vol. 3 of 3
Pre-Book: 5/27/2008
Street Date: 6/24/2008
Runtime: Approximately 72 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Drama
Suggested Rating: 7+

Format: DVD (2.0 English, 2.0 Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0814
ISBN: 1-57032-789-0
UPC: 7-42617-0814-2-2
SRP: $9.99

Discs: 1
Case Qty: 30 / case

DVD Features:
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Reversible cover, character bios, line art gallery, Visual Monologues 3 & 4, textless closing, English production notes, an exclusive booklet containing Piano Side Story #4: “The Cyclamen Message” and Piano Side Story #5: “The Cherry Blossom Concerto” and Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

* Cover Art: http://outgoing.rightstuf.com/sleeves/rsdvd0814.jpg
PIANO: THE MELODY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S HEART © Animate Film / Pioneer LDC / Kids’ Station.
* To view this image, cut and paste the URL into your Web browser.

** Product specifications and content may be subject to change.

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Founded in 1987, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation (“anime”) industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.

Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.

>From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart and The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

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