Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment to Release the Anime Adaptation of Kozue Amano's Aria

May 1st 2008
Season One box set scheduled for September 30, 2008


GRIMES, IA, May 1, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment announced plans to release ARIA on DVD – as box sets with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles – starting with the series' 13-episode first season, Aria the Animation, on September 30, 2008.

Based on the best-selling manga by Kozue Amano, the ARIA anime is helmed by Director Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Sgt. Frog, Sailor Moon/ Sailor Moon R), features animation by Hal Film Maker (Boys Be..., Pretear, Slayers Premium, Sketchbook ~full color'S~), and encompasses three television seasons, plus an OVA (original video animation). The franchise's third season, Aria the Origination, completed its TV Tokyo broadcast in March 2008.

Amano's 12-volume ARIA manga and its two-volume prequel, AQUA, are both published in North America by TOKYOPOP. In Japan, ARIA was originally serialized in Mag Garden's Comic Blade magazine.

About ARIA

Hundreds of years in the future, mankind has transformed the harsh landscape of Mars into a world covered by water and has renamed it “Aqua.” Refined gondoliers and tour guides, known as “undines,” navigate the canals of Aqua's Neo-Venezia, a city that boasts both the architecture and the atmosphere of its Venetian namesake. ARIA follows the day-to-day adventures of Akari – a recent arrival to the planet and a gondolier-in-training with the prestigious Aria Company – as she works toward her dream of becoming an undine and explores her new home.


Visit aria.Right Stuf.com for more information about ARIA and to pre-order the Aria the Animation DVD Collection now.


ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 21st 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, 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, The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye and Emma: A Victorian Romance, 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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