Right Stuf's ANIME TODAY Looks Forward to 2008 with Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network and Protoculture Addicts

Jan 18th 2008
Plus Japanese 101, contests, reviews & more in episode 58.


GRIMES, IA, January 18, 2008 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Zac Bertschy – executive editor of Anime News Network (AnimeNewsNetwork.com) and managing editor of Protoculture Addicts – to episode 58 of ANIME TODAY.


In this new interview, Bertschy takes a look back at the successes and surprises of 2007, experiments in packaging and distribution, the differences between what series are popular with Japanese and Western fans, and the issues and challenges facing the North American anime industry in 2008.


Also in episode 58 of ANIME TODAY:

- Chad tells listeners “What's Hot” in the world of anime and manga.

- Shawne reminds fans about the final days of Right Stuf's “Savings That Rule” on books and DVDs from Viz Media.

- Judy-sensei returns with a new Japanese 101 lesson about weather-related phrases.

- Marie recommends the manga With the Light, one of the inaugural releases from Yen Press.

- Rich and Nick remind listeners about the Viz Pictures contest for a LoveCom gift pack and kick off a new contest that celebrates the new TV season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

- Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com.

- And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from Right Stuf.com visitors.


Have a question about anime and manga? Want to comment on one of the podcast's segments? Call our Anime Today Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. You may hear yourself on a future episode of Anime Today!

Visit www.Right Stuf.com for this episode, as well as an archive of all ANIME TODAY episodes and extended liner notes. Listeners can also download and subscribe to ANIME TODAY via the Apple iTunes Music Store.


Meet other ANIME TODAY listeners, submit your suggestions for future episodes and more at the official ANIME TODAY forums at AnimeOnDVD.com: (http://www.animeondvd.com/forum/showforum.php?fid/57/).


Visit ANIME TODAY on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/animetoday.


ABOUT ANIME TODAY
Released every other week, ANIME TODAY is the first commercially-produced podcast aimed at enthusiasts of Japanese animation and comics (“anime” and “manga”). Each episode features fresh content and gives listeners a glimpse into what's new and what's hot in the world of anime and manga. Segments include reviews of titles from all major anime studios, insights into the industry from anime producers, tips on traveling to and around Japan, interaction with listeners, contests, prizes and more.


“If you're into anime and what's happening in the anime market then this is the podcast for you!”
- User review on iTunes


ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
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 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, 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.

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