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A.W. Phoenix Festa coming to the West stars

 During Anime Expo, Bandai Namco announced a new entry in the Simulation Action genre with A.W. : Phoenix Festa, coming to the Americas on July 26, exclusively for the PlayStation Vita hand-held system via PlayStation Network. 

Kizumonogatari USA Movie Screening Trailer stars

Fans of the Monogatari series have been clamoring for the much anticipated origin story of Bakemonogatari since it's anime release in 2009. Now after 6 years Aniplex USA plans to bring the film to select US theaters this February.

Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works LA Screening Impressions stars

On Sunday, I was one of the few lucky people in Los Angeles to attend the premier screening of Aniplex's Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works, which was sold out. The location was the Downtown Independent Theater, next to Little Tokyo, and doors did not open until 12:15 PM. Since I had to drive and didn't want to risk getting stuck in LA traffic I left early, but to my surprise there was a long line of fans already in line once I had arrived. At first I wasn't sure if I was at the right place, but once I got closer I heard someone playing music from the Fate/stay series and saw a Rin cosplayer. I signed in and got in line and waited for the doors to open. Once they opened, we were allowed inside the lobby, which had posters of the Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works series and people were taking pictures with them along with the cosplayers who attended the event. Aniplex gave every attendee an exclusive "Unlimited Blade Works Memorial Record" lithograph which has Saber, Shirou, Rin, Archer and Kotomine on it along with the locations of the screenings and date at the bottom to commemorate the event.

Aniplex USA Opens Pre-Orders for Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist stars

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Fans of the Aniplex series, Sword Art Online and Blue Exorcist, will be happy to know that the two A-1 Pictures animated series are now available for pre-order from Aniplex's official retailers including

First Two Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies are set for Physical Release this Summer stars

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SANTA MONICA, CA (April 10, 2013) – This July, Madoka Magica fans will get their wish granted. Aniplex of America has just announced that the first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies Part 1 –Beginnings- and Part 2 –Eternal- will be available on Blu-ray at the end of July. Following its run in theaters worldwide, the demand for the Madoka Magica movies continues to grow everyday with requests for more show times. The not-so-typical story of a middle school girl named Madoka Kaname and her decision to become a magical girl continues to take the world by storm. Part 1 and Part 2 of the Madoka Magica movies retells the original TV series and is set for the big screen. These movies are a must-own for Madoka Magica fans or anybody who is just experiencing Madoka Magica for the first time.

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

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.  

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 and official 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 and 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:

For detailed information on the Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set and to view the official trailer, visit:

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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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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 and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications. For more information, visit ###






LiSA's Upcoming Single "Crossing Field" to be Released Later This Month stars


Fresh off of her 2012 Anime Expo debut, Japanese pop singer LiSA's fifth single "crossing field," the opening to Aniplex's Sword Art Online, will be shipping from online retailers starting August 14th with digital downloads coming via iTunes and Amazon on August 21st. Other tracks on the single includes "itsuka no tegami,""KISS me PARADOX," and an instrumental version of "crossing field." LiSA's previous single, "Oath Sign" peaked at the number five position on the Japanese Oricon chart in 2011.

FanimeCon 2012: Aniplex & VIZ Report stars

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For fans of manga and anime, announcements from both Aninplex USA and Viz Media at Fanime 2012 were sure to please, though both definitely cause a bit of hurt on their wallets. With upcoming releases that will excite old and new fans, both Aniplex and Viz have a little something for everyone.

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