NEW YORK, NY - March 5th, 2012 - The anime community came together one year ago and raised over $30,000 to support the people of Japan in their time of need. This year the anime community is coming together again for a second "Anime Fans Give Back" marathon to raise awareness for the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. We will be running a 24-hour podcasting marathon live on Ustream
and on the website (http://animefansgiveback.com
) starting March 10th at 5:00PM EST and running through 6:00PM EST on March 11th. We are looking to raise over $20,000 for a $50,000 total over the last year through GlobalGiving (http://globalgiving.org
) for those in Japan. Here are just a few of the guests that will be joining us this year:J. Michael TatumWendee LeeTerri DotyStephen Hoff
Steve BlumPatrick SeitzChristopher R. SabatMike McFarlandMicah SolusodMichelle RuffJessica StrausMaile FlanaganCristina VeeSarah WilliamsChristine Marie CabanosClarine Harp
R. Bruce ElliottCrispin FreemanSpike SpencerStephanie YoungBeau BillingsleaEric ValeAntimere RobinsonIan Sinclair
We are also working with Anime News Network
and the ANNCast, Anime Expo Live, Anime World Order, The AniManga Podcast, Daizenshuu EX, Chainsaw Buffet, That Anime Show, and many others in an effort to bring attention to the continued need for those in Japan. We will also be interviewing renowned authors, translators, and members of the anime community. We'd also like to thank FUNimation Entertainment
for their continued support.
Proceeds will go to the donor's choice of two GlobalGiving drives. The "Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund" goes to disaster recovery and long-term relief for the victims of the tsunami and earthquake. The "Help Orphans in Japan Rebuild Lives Post-Tsunami" drive, operated by "Smile Kids Japan" helps buy material support for children orphaned by last year's disaster.
ABOUT ANIME FANS GIVE BACK TO JAPAN - Anime Fans Give Back to Japan was started by The One Piece
Podcast and a conglomeration of many other podcasts in an effort to bring together the anime community to help victims of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. The 2011 event raised well over $30,000 over the course of the week, most of it during the 24 hour event. The organization has also garnered significant press in the United States and Japan.
Anime Fans Give Back to Japan
Cost to Watch: Free