News Aniplex Launches Kannagi "Nagi-sama Fanclub" in English (update 2)
posted on 2009-05-27 14:57 EDT
Aniplex's Hiroe Tsukumoto (formerly of Geneon USA) announced at Anime Boston this past weekend that Aniplex is launching an English language "Official Nagi-sama fan club" for the lead character of Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens. In the anime and Eri Takenashi's original manga, Nagi-sama is a goddess who comes to life before an art student when he carves a statue from a Kannagi tree.
Currently the website has no content other than a counter that counts visits to both the English website and Sony's official Japanese Kannagi website.
Neither Aniplex, nor any licensee, has announced any plans for a North American release of Kannagi at this time.
The anime aired in Japan on Tokyo MX TV and other TV stations starting in October 2008. The DVD releases have been regular entries in the Japanese Oricon animation DVD rankings. The seventh and final volume, which includes an unaired 14th episode, was released in Japan today.
Image © ERI TAKENASHI/Ichijinsha, Aniplex
Update: Aniplex has released a press release regarding the website. According to the press release the website will be an English language version of the Japanese Nagi-sama fan club website. Similarly to the Japanese website, Aniplex will provide membership cards to individuals who join the fan-club. It isn't stated if these will be the same membership cards that were given to members of the Japanese fan-club. The Japanese fan club deliberately limited the number of available memberships; and only issued cards to randomly selected applicants. In online auctions, people paid over $250 for membership cards.
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