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Right Stuf, Inc. to Distribute Pony Canyon Productions in USA and Canada

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Right Stuf, inc has announced that they will be the distributor of all Pony Canyon media and merchandise for the USA and Canada. Pony Canyon currently produces Yuki Yuna is a Hero and Denki-Gai, and has previously been a part of Free!, K-On!, and the CLANNAD, Kanon, and AIR series. Yuki Yuna is a Hero […]

Review: "Karneval" - You Don't Always Need 3 Rings, Sometimes 1 Is Plenty

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Carnivals evoke thoughts of cotton candy, vaguely maintained rides and probably rigged games. Karneval is none of those things. It’s an action-adventureish series that is really more of a character study in disguise. The character being studied is Gareki, a loner and professional thief for various angst-filled reasons who spends his days looking for easy […]

Review: "Toy Story That Time Forgot" Short on Run Time, Long on Fun Time

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Well, it’s Christmas time in…ummm…where ever the Toy Story world is, and apparently it’s someplace that gets snow, so that means it’s time for the toys to go on an adventure. Some of them anyway, since Bonnie can only fit so many into her bag. So Woody, Buzz, Rex, Trixie, and a cat angel ornament […]

Review: "Kiki's Delivery Service" Blu-ray - One of Miyazaki's Best Has Never Looked Better

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The films also look absolutely gorgeous, better than any time since the original theatrical release. Studio Ghibli is certainly not known for producing bad animation, and Kiki’s Delivery Service is no exception. You could frame almost any cell as a painting. It may not have the absolute precision of a current production, but that may […]

Otakon 2014: Ed Chavez of Vertical Press on How to License Manga

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Ed Chavez of Vertical, Inc. did a panel presentation at Otakon 2014 on several of Vertical’s upcoming publications and gave an overview of the process of licensing manga and other publications from Japan. Upcoming Vertical releases include Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, a retrospective of Satoshi Kon’s manga works entitled Dream Fossil-The Complete Satoshi […]

Otakon 2014: Tony Oliver's Adventures in Voice Acting

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Tony Oliver, voice of numerous anime and video game characters over the many years of his career, gave a panel presentation on some of the ways to train yourself to be a voice actor. His first piece of advice, as is heard from pretty much any voice actor that on “How do you become a […]

Otakon 2014: FUNimation Announces "Hellsing Ultimate 9 & 10" and more

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At Otakon 2014, FUNimation made numerous licensing announcements, both for new and re-licensed properties, as well as cast announcements and a number of home video releases. The biggest new license announcement was the final two episodes, 9 and 10, of Hellsing Ultimate. They also announced the full rights for Black Butler: Book of Murder OVA. […]

Otakon 2014: Thoughts on Friday

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Well, so far so good this year. The weather is pretty decent if a touch humid, the con funk is minimal, and I think the registration line is finally gone, but I could be wrong about that. Apparently there were folks in line until after midnight Thursday who were told that they couldn’t get their […]

Otakon 2014: The Prelims

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Night before the con. The anticipation. The lines. The….sirens. Yep, it’s Otakon time again. Hey, it’s Baltimore, sirens come with the territory. Hopefully not like the last time I stayed in this particular hotel, the Renaissance Harborplace, since the last time I stayed here for Otakon was 2001… the year Baltimore kinda…well…exploded…during the con. Seriously, […]

Review: "Eureka Seven AO" - Needs Less Plot, More Action

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Ao Fukai, the lead character of Eureka Seven: AO, has problems. He’s an orphan for starters, and an outsider in a future Okinawa that has real problems with non-natives in general. And by “outsider,” I don’t mean that he’s from some other country: he’s quite literally an alien, or half-alien anyway. That’s not a spoiler, […]

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