Anime Today Interviews Bandai Entertainment President & CEO Ken Iyadomi



An exclusive talk about the business of anime (and Haruhi), reviews & more in Episode 33

GRIMES, IA, February 2, 2007 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer The Right Stuf International welcomes Ken Iyadomi, the president and CEO of Bandai Entertainment, to the latest podcast episode of ANIME TODAY.

In this exclusive, two-part interview, Mr. Iyadomi discusses the differences between the Japanese and U.S. anime markets, the impact of anime's exposure via the Internet, Bandai Entertainment's plans for future manga and soundtrack releases and their 2007 release slate, including Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Also in Episode 33 of ANIME TODAY:

o Chad tells listeners “What's Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
o Kris and Judy talk about the popular custom “Fukubukuro” and fill listeners in on how they can take advantage of these bargain grab bags of merchandise in this episode's “Anime and Gamers' Guide.”
o Shawne tells listeners how they can “tune in” for savings on titles from Media Blasters, Tokyo Shock and Kitty Media.
o Vic reviews the high-speed, live-action Initial D movie.
o Judy-sensei talks about the weather in her latest mini-Japanese 101 lesson.
o Kris and Judy answer a new Q and A question about DVD box set and thinpak releases.
o Rich and Nick announce the winners of the latest Ninja Nonsense and Gravitation contests and kicks off February's “Aim for the Top!” Gunbuster contest.
o And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from visitors.

Have questions about anime, manga or Japan? Call the Anime Today “Q and A” Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. (Fans whose questions are featured on the podcast will receive a $10 Right Stuf gift certificate.)

Visit 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.


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


Founded in 1987, The Right Stuf International was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry. Both a giant online anime/manga retailer and a U.S. producer of anime, Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products as well as information about the anime/manga industry, in general. On the production side, Right Stuf is dedicated to creating the highest quality products and chooses to focus on a limited number of anime titles each year. With a product line ranging from anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to the most modern comedies and dramas, such as His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu, Ninja Nonsense and To Heart. Right Stuf produces quality anime for fans of all ages. For more information, visit

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