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Aniplex of America announces Blast of Tempest will be streaming on Crunchyroll

The new anime series will be streaming a couple hours after it airs in Japan starting in October

SANTA MONICA, CA (October 1, 2012) – Aniplex of America announces the new anime series Blast of Tempest will be streaming on Crunchyroll. This brand new animated murder-mystery is one of the highly anticipated series of this fall. A couple hours after its broadcast in Japan, Blast of Tempest will be available for streaming in the following territories: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The 1st episode will premiere at 10:00am PST on Thursday, October 4th for Crunchyroll premium members. Free members will be able to view Blast of Tempest one week after initial broadcast on Crunchyroll (www.crunchyroll.com/zetsuen).

A synopsis of Blast of Tempest : The Kusaribe family is a family of sorcerers under the protection of the "Tree of Origins". Their princess, Hakaze Kusaribe, was the greatest sorceress of their family. But Samon Kusaribe, a member of their family seeking to resurrect the "Tree of World's End", a tree that opposes the "Tree of Origins" and controls the power of destruction, stuffs her into a barrel, and banishes her to a deserted island. From the deserted island, she sends a message out to sea, which is picked up by Mahiro Fuwa, a young boy who's sworn vengeance upon the criminal who killed his little sister, Aika. Mahiro agrees to help Hakaze under the condition that she find Aika's killer with her magic. But once Mahiro's best friend and Aika's lover, Yoshino Takigawa is rescued from danger, he too gets dragged into this tale of revenge. More information about Blast of Tempest can be found at: www.AniplexUSA.com/blastoftempest

"Blast of Tempest is an exciting new title for Aniplex and I hope many viewers will enjoy this dark murder-mystery. We're happy to see that fans in several different countries will be able to watch this series immediately after its airing in Japan" says Hideki Goto, the president of Animation Business of Aniplex of America. "Blast of Tempest is another example how we continue to strive to provide fans with access to more anime content immediately as possible."

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite DVD and Blu-Ray releases such as Gurren Lagann the Movies, Durarara!!, R.O.D series, the Garden of Sinners and Baccano! The company's ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles, Blue Exorcist, Rurouki Kenshin OVA and Movie, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

www.AniplexUSA.com
www.Youtube.com/AniplexUS

About Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll is a leading global video network and developer of social media applications for Japanese anime and Asian media. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, TV set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, Crunchyroll delivers officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to consumers.
http://www.crunchyroll.com

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Aniplex of America announces the Garden of Sinners Limited Edition DVD Box Set Details and Release Date

The legendary eight-chapter animated epic that captivated Japan will be available on DVD on November 20th, 2012news garden-of-sinners

SANTA MONICA, CA (September 24, 2012) – Following its Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box Set release last year, Aniplex of America has just announced the product details on the upcoming DVD release of the Garden of sinners. Written by KINOKO NASU of TYPE-MOON (Fate/stay night) and produced by ufotable (Fate/zero), the eight-chapter animated epic originally released in theaters in Japan and instantly became a box office smash. Each movie follows the story of Shiki as she must tackle supernatural incidents with her special abilities while searching for a reason to live. All eight movies will be in aLimited Edition DVD Box Set on November 20th, 2012 and will be available through anime distributor RightStuf.com and official retailers (http://aniplexusa.com/retailers/).

This Limited Edition DVD Box Set features all eight movies in 8 discs, a deluxe 36-page booklet (including an Image Gallery of breathtaking artworks of announcement key visuals, theatrical posters, Japanese video covers and more!), and a set of beautiful 14 postcards illustrated by TAKASHI TAKEUCHI (the original character design) and SUDO TOMONORI (animation director / anime
character design). All of the discs will have its own digi-pak case featuring an original illustration, bonus materials and will be packaged inside a gorgeous study rigid box.

"The demand for the Garden of sinners has been tremendous. Immediately after the Blu-Ray Box Set sold out here in North America, we received numerous requests from fans in North America to bring this masterpiece back. We are certain that everyone will be pleased with this release." says Hideki Goto, the president of Animation Business of Aniplex of America. "Fans will be able to enjoy this release just in-time for the holiday season." This release is a US and Canada Exclusive and available while supplies last.

the Garden of sinners Limited Edition DVD Box Set features:
<BD Features and Bonus Contents>

  • Video: 16:9/ Widescreen / MPEG-2
  • Audio: Japanese dialog / Dolby Digital Stereo / 5.1 Surround
  • Subtitles: English
  • Includes all 8 movies on 8 DVD discs, Total length of more than 530 minutes!!
  • Bonus Videos: “Theater Pre-show Reminder” videos and trailer
  • 8 digi-paks inside deluxe rigid box
  • 36-page Deluxe Booklet featuring an Image Gallery of announcement key visuals, theatrical posters,
  • Japanese video covers and more!,
  • A set of 14 postcards ( illustrated by TAKASHI TAKEUCHI and SUDO TOMONORI)

the Garden of sinners Limited Edition DVD Box Set can be pre-ordered and purchased at: Rightstuf.com

About the Garden of sinners

the Garden of sinners is a series of hit cult novels written by KINOKO NASU of TYPE-MOON ("Tsukihime -Lunar Legend-", "Fate/stay night") and published in KODANSHA BOX series. The best-selling novel series has since been adapted into seven fully animated theatrical films, of which each corresponding movie directly covers each of the original seven chapters. In Japan, the series of movies were released in theaters, starting December 2007. Each successive release became a box office smash with record high attendees, while skyrocketing DVD sales of each movie outperformed many other series and movies.

STAFF
Original Story: Kinoko Nasu (Published in Kodansha Novels)
Director: Ei Aoki (Chapter 1) / Takuya Nonaka (Chapter 2) / Mitsuru Obunai (Chapter 3) / Teiichi Takiguchi (Chapter
4) / Takayuki Hirao (Chapter 5) / Takahiro Miura (Chapter 6) / Shinsuke Takizawa (Chapter 7) / Hikaru Kondo
(Chapter 8)
Character Concept: Takashi Takeuchi
Character Designer & Animation Director: Tomonori Sudo/Takuro Takahashi/Mitsuru Obunai
Screenplay: Masaki Hiramatsu (ufotable)
Music: Yuki Kajiura
Art Director: Nobutaka Ike / Kazuo Ogura
Shooting Director: Yuichi Terao / Shigeji Matsuda
3D Director: Shintaro Nakamura
Color Setting: Emi Chiba
Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
Production Manager: Noboru Suzuki
Producer: Hikaru Kondo
Animation Production by: ufotable
Distributed by: Aniplex Inc.
Produced by: the Garden of sinners The Movie Committee

CAST

Shiki Ryougi: Maaya Sakamoto
Mikiya Kokutou: Kenichi Suzumura
Touko Aozaki: Takako Honda
Azaka Kokutou: Ayumi Fujimura
Souren Araya: Jouji Nakata
Kirie Fujou: Rie Tanaka
Fujino Asagami: Mamiko Noto
About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in
Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and leading provider of anime content
and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite DVD and
Blu-Ray releases such as Gurren Lagann the Movies, Durarara!!, R.O.D series, the Garden of Sinners
and Baccano! The company's ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles, Blue
Exorcist, Rurouki Kenshin OVA and Movie, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Official Websites:

www.AniplexUSA.com/thegardenofsinners
www.Youtube.com/AniplexUS

About Right Stuf Inc.

Currently celebrating its 23rd year in business, 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, through its
online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.
For more information, visit www.RightStuf.com.

 

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GHASTLY PRINCE ENMA BURNING UP RELEASES TODAY IN NORTH AMERICA!

NIS America's newest anime Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up now shipping nationwide! news-ghost-prince-enma

Santa Ana, CA (September 11, 2012) – NIS America is thrilled to announce that Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up Complete Series Premium Edition releases today in North America. Ghastly Prince Enma Burning up Complete Series Premium Edition will deliver complete satisfaction with its collectible slipcase, extensive hardcover art book, and on-disc bonus features. Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up will expose you to gallons of insane action and goofy gags, as well as lethal levels of pop culture references from days gone by. Go Nagai, the show's original comic author, is famous for his unique characters and stories, and this newest iteration of his classic tale will knock your perception of Japanese anime on its butt! Prepare yourself for a wild ride, as this title is now available at select online retailers: Right Stuf, The Anime Corner Store, Anime Pavilion, and NIS America Online Store.

Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up Complete Series Premium Edition

About the show:

Meet the Demon Patrol: a hotheaded demon prince; a sultry, half-naked ice princess; a lusty frog-demon spy; a talking wizard hat... Plus a little girl shows up. This rag-tag group has been charged with the protection of Earth from a multitude of demons who would love nothing more than to bring their world crashing down around them. They'll face off against a vengeful squid, a somnambulant kittycat, a pot full of snakes, a night-stalking deciduous, a hater of crotches, and even a literal butthead! Descend into an unreality filled with pratfalls, lewd behavior, and enough obscure cultural jetsam to drown us all!

About the extras:

- A hardcover art book (full color, 36 pages) that explores the show's outrageous world and characters,
with detailed bios, illustrations, concept art, roundtable discussions with cast and crew, and an all-new
interview with the original author, Go Nagai himself! - Clean openings and endings for each episode (except episode 3 ending)

Cast

Kappei Yamaguchi as Enma (Inuyasha, One Piece, Death Note)
Mamiko Noto as Yukiko (kimi ni todoke, Clannad, Negima!)
Takehito Koyasu as Kappavier (Fushigi Yugi, Baccano!, Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge)
Minoru Inaba as Chapeauldie (One Piece, Case Closed, Berserk)
Ayako Kawasumi as Harumi (Fate/Zero, Nodame Cantabile, PandoraHearts)
Rumi Shishido as Enpi (Xenosaga the Animation, High School of the Dead, Welcome to the N.H.K.)

Produced by

Original author: Go Nagai (Devilman, Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, Cutie Honey) Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani (Brigadoon, Betterman)
Studio: Brain's・Base (Baccano!, Durarara!!, Natsume's Book of Friends)

About NIS America

In 2003, NIS America was established in Southern California to bring exciting, one-of-a-kind Japanese culture to North America. NIS America's team members devote themselves to the fans. Their respect for their fans is at the heart of everything they do. As an established entertainment publisher in the U.S., NIS America is committed to continuous growth and improvement. NIS America is a subsidiary of Nippon Ichi Software, Inc., a Japanese company famous for its unique line of strategy RPGs with titles such as Disgaea, Phantom Brave, and Makai Kingdom. NIS America has also become a publisher of Japanese anime titles, such as Toradora!, Katanagatari, and kimi ni todoke -From Me to You-. Contact: NIS America, Inc. 1221 E. Dyer Road, Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92705 / 714-540-1122 / NISAmerica.com

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First Two Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies are set for Theatrical Release across the US

news madokaFans of the dark mahou shoujo series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica can thank their lucky Kyubey that the first two films Part 1: Beginnings and Part 2: Eternal will be debuting in the US this October across the United States. Similar to Gainax's effort with the two Gurren Lagann films, the two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films are an alternative retelling of the film from Shaft, the same creators of Gen Urobuchi's masterpiece. The film is slated to be released this October in Japan, making this part of a worldwide release for Aniplex. For showtimes, locations and dates of the theatrical screenings, please refer to the press release below. Cities include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco.  

Read more: First Two Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies are set for Theatrical Release across the US

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The Long-awaited Release of Bakemonogatari is set to hit North America this Holiday Season!

pr-bakemonogatariThe Long-awaited Release of Bakemonogatari is set to hit North America this Holiday Season! The Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box Set will be Available on November 20th, 2012

 

SANTA MONICA, CA (September 10, 2012) – Aniplex of America has just released the product details on the upcoming release of Bakemonogatari. The critically acclaimed series directed by Madoka Magica Director Akiyuki Shinbou follows the story of a high school student named Koyomi Araragi and his encounters with girls who have apparition-related issues. The long-awaited release of this hit anime will be in a Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box Set on November 20th, 2012 and will be available through anime distributor RightStuf.com and official retailers (http://aniplexusa.com/retailers/).

This deluxe Blu-ray Box Set features the entire series (15 TV episodes) on 6 Blu-ray discs, a deluxe 36-page booklet (production designs and Ending Card Illustrations and more!), audio commentary tracks by main characters, textless openings and endings, and more! All of the discs and bonus materials will be packaged inside a study rigid box featuring original illustration by Akio Watanabe (character design).

In addition, fans will be happy to know that Bakemonogatari will also be available streaming online through Crunchyroll.com and Hulu.com. The first episode of the original TV broadcast will premiere on September 14th with new episodes added each week.

“We have received numerous requests and input from the fans in North America and we are very excited to finally be able to answer these loyal fans of ours by bringing Bakemonogatari here in the US. We are certain that everyone will be pleased with this release.” says Hideki Goto, the president of Animation Business of Aniplex of America. “The Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set release is just another example of how we strive to bring the best experience while providing the fans highest quality of releases.” This release is a US and Canada Exclusive and available while supplies last.

Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set features:

  • Video: 16:9 HD Widescreen / 1920×1080p / MPEG-4 AVC
  • Audio: Japanese dialog / Linear PCM Stereo 48KHz/16bit
  • Subtitles: English
  • Includes 6 Blu-ray discs, Total length of more than 350 minutes!!
  • Character audio commentary included (with optional subtitles)
  • Bonus Videos: Textless Openings and Endings, TV version previews
  • 3 Blu-ray cases inside Rigid Box with Key art
  • Double Sided Blu-ray case wrap featuring main characters
  • 36-page Deluxe Booklet (production designs and Ending Card Illustrations and more!)

The Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set can be pre-ordered and purchased at: Rightstuf.com

For detailed information on the Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set and to view the official trailer, visit: www.AniplexUSA.com/bakemonogatari

About Bakemonogatari

“Bakemonogatari” (translated “Ghost Story”) was written by Nisioisin, one of the most popular writers in Japan, and the series consists of 5 different stories. Animation production was done at studio SHAFT (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) and directed by Akiyuki Shimbou (Director of Puella Magi Madoka Magica). Thanks to Meme Oshino, Koyomi Araragi, a high school student, is able to remain a human after coming across a female vampire.

However, since the incident, Koyomi seems to meet girls who have an apparition-related issue. Hitagi Senjyogahara doesn’t weigh anything, Suruga Kanbaru’s right arm becomes like that of a monkey’s, and a young girl, Mayoi, cannot find her way home no matter how many times she tries. Koyomi, a Mr. Nice Guy, ends up helping each and every girl solve her problem with the help of Meme Oshino.

STAFF

  • Original Story: Nisioisin "Bakemonogatari" (Kodansha BOX)
  • Director: Akiyuki Shimbou
  • Screenplay: Fuyashi Tou, Akiyuki Shimbou
  • Character Design & Supervising Animation Director: Akio Watanabe
  • Series Director: Tatsuya Oishi
  • Visual Director: Nobuyuki Takeuchi
  • Music: Satoru Kosaki
  • Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
  • Art Director: Hisaharu Iijima
  • Color Setting: Izumi Takizawa
  • Visual Effects: Motoki Sakai
  • Director of Photography: Takayuki Aizu
  • Editing: Rie Matsubara
  • Animation Production: SHAFT

CAST

  • Koyomi Araragi: Hiroshi Kamiya
  • Hitagi Senjyogahara: Chiwa Saito
  • Mayoi Hachikuji: Emiri Kato
  • Suruga Kanbaru: Miyuki Sawashiro
  • Nadeko Sengoku: Kana Hanazawa
  • Tsubasa Hanekawa: Yui Horie
  • Meme Oshino: Takahiro Sakurai
  • Karen Araragi: Eri Kitamura
  • Tsukihi Araragi: Yuka Iguchi

About Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite DVD and Blu-Ray releases such as Gurren Lagann the Movies, Durarara!!, R.O.D series, the Garden of Sinners and Baccano! The company's ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles, Blue Exorcist, Rurouki Kenshin OVA and Movie, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Official Websites:

www.AniplexUSA.com/bakemonogatari

www.Youtube.com/AniplexUS

About Right Stuf Inc.

Currently celebrating its 23rd year in business, 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, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications. For more information, visit www.RightStuf.com. ###

 

 

 

 

 

 
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