Appleseed, Ubunchu, Walking' Butterfly Posted on iPhone
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A.D. Vision's Anime Network has begun offering Shinji Aramaki's first computer-animated Appleseed film on Apple's iTunes Store as an App for the iPhone and iPod touch mobile devices. The App allows unlimited viewing of the film on the devices (which have standard-definition video output via a cable) and includes wallpapers and a chat board. Warner Brothers offers the Appleseed Ex Machina sequel in the iTunes Store as a standard iTunes movie.
NTT Solmare already sells Masamune Shirow's original Appleseed manga as Apps in English. NTT Solmare's other manga Apps in English include Captain: Taniguchi Chronicles, Cyborg 009, Dominion, Eleven, Magic Academy -Miire & Rajie, Salaryman Kintaro, and various titles by Solaruru.
Robot Comics has released Ubunchu!, Hiroshi Seo's manga about "the world's cutest" distribution package of the Linux operating system (OS), for free in English and Japanese for the iPhone and iPod touch this week. In this "slapstick school romantic comedy," three high school students — the fervent UNIX user and club president Akane Kisaragi, the hardcore gal-game otaku vice-president Masato Midō, and the dōjinshi-drawing Mac fan Risa Shīna — are learning how to use the Ubuntu OS in their systems adminstration club. The manga is available in two formats: the original right-to-left page format, and a left-to-right page format. The manga was originally published in ASCII MediaWorks' Kantan Ubuntu! (Easy Ubuntu!) book in Japan, but it is now freely available under a Creative Commons license.
Aurora Publishing began offering Chihiro Tamaki's Walkin' Butterfly josei manga on App Store last month. The story centers on an awkwardly tall girl named Michiko who develops her self-confidence and determination while becoming a runway model.