Right Stuf & Kadokawa Pictures USA Announce THE THIRD, Vol. 1 for July 31

Apr 18th 2007

RIGHT STUF and KADOKAWA PICTURES USA ANNOUNCE JULY 31 DEBUT OF THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE, VOL. 1: ENCOUNTER

GRIMES, IA, April 18, 2007 – Anime producer and distributor The Right Stuf International and Kadokawa Pictures USA are pleased to announce the North American DVD debut of THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE. The first of six volumes, Encounter, contains the series' first four episodes and will be available on July 31, 2007.

The 24-episode anime, also known as “The Third: Aoi Hitomi no Shoujo,” is based upon a popular series of novels and short stories written by Ryou Hoshino and illustrated by Nao Goto. Spanning more than 16 volumes, the original fiction has appeared in Japan's Dragon Magazine since 1999, alongside the serialized novels that inspired the hit Full Metal Panic! and Slayers anime series. Additionally, a manga adaptation ran in Dragon Age magazine, home to the Full Metal Panic!, Slayers and Chrono Crusade manga.

XEBEC (D.N.Angel, Negima, Fafner, Elemental Gelade) produced the animation for the TV series, which ran on Japan's WOWOW satellite channel from April through October of 2006.

One Girl. One Tank. No Problem.

In a devastated world overrun by monstrous bugs and ravaged by outlaws, there's only one person to call when you really need a job done right: Honoka. With a sixth sense for danger, sword skills that are second to none, and a smart-aleck A.I. tank by the name of Bogie, she's ready to tackle any job and solve any problem for her clients. But while crossing the desert one night, she finds a young man alone in the wasteland. It's the first step of a journey that will challenge even Honoka's amazing skills to their very limit! Contains episodes 1-4.

For more information about The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, visit the series site at www.thethirdanime.com.

THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE, VOL. 1: ENCOUNTER Vol. 1 of 6 Pre-Book: 6/26/2007 Street Date: 7/31/2007 Runtime: Approximately 100 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Anamorphic Widescreen, Color Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi Suggested Rating: 15+

Format: DVD (5.1 and 2.0 English, 2.0 Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations) Catalog#: RSDVD0712 ISBN: 1-57032-754-8 UPC#: 7-42617-0712-2-5 SRP: $24.99

DVD Features: Scene access, Dolby 5.1 mix for English dialogue, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, English subtitles, plus English on-screen translations. Extras to be announced.

Cover image is located at http://outgoing.Right Stuf.com/sleeves/rsdvd0712.jpg THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE © 2006 The Third Partners.

ABOUT THE RIGHT STUF INTERNATIONAL Founded in 1987, The Right Stuf International 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 Right Stuf.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, Comic Party, 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.Right Stuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

ABOUT KADOKAWA PICTURES USA Kadokawa Pictures USA is the Los Angeles-based arm of international multimedia empire Kadokawa Holdings, Inc., which includes: Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, one of the largest publishers in Japan; distributor and production company Kadokawa Herald Pictures; and Kadokawa Daiei Film Studios.

Remakes from the Kadokawa library include the successful “THE RING” franchise and smash hit “THE GRUDGE,” as well as “SHALL WE DANCE?,” “DARK WATER” and the upcoming “ONE MISSED CALL.”

Kadokawa publishes over 100 fiction titles a month, is one of the largest publishers of manga (comics) in Japan, and produces and finances up to seven new films a year, as well as creating video games for distribution throughout Pan Asia.

In addition, Kadokawa produces many animated projects each year, including TV series, OVAs and animated films such as Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.


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