Right Stuf's Anime Today Interviews Writer, Director & Voice of Speed Racer Peter Fernandez

Event preview, gift giving in Japan, contests, reviews & more in episode 55.

GRIMES, IA, December 7, 2007 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome actor, writer and director Mr. Peter Fernandez – the voice “Speed” and “Racer X” in the classic 1960s Speed Racer anime – to episode 55 of ANIME TODAY.

In this all-new interview, conducted just before the New York Anime Festival, Mr. Fernandez discusses getting started in the entertainment business, how adapting and directing anime has changed over the years, his roles in the new Speed Racer live-action movie and animated series, and why the Speed Racer story has an impact on audiences.

While Mr. Fernandez is best-known to anime fans as an actor and as the writer and director for Speed Racer, he also wrote, directed and performed in a variety of dubs for classic programs including Marine Boy, Star Blazers, Ultraman and some of the Godzilla films, was responsible for ADR work for live-action films such as A Fist Full of Dollars, and even more recently directed the animated series Courage the Cowardly Dog for the Cartoon Network.

Also in episode 55 of ANIME TODAY:

- Chad tells listeners “What's Hot” in the world of anime and manga.

- Shawne – and the Right Stuf Glee Club – chime in with the details of this year's “12 Days of Anime,” which lasts through midnight on December 25, 2007.

- Kris and Judy discuss the rules foreign visitors now encounter when entering Japan in the “Anime and Gamers' Guide.”

- Rich and Nick announce the winners of the Viz Pictures' Gackt: Greatest Filmography and Ping Pong contests, kick-off a new contest Geneon Entertainment “Volume 1” gift packs, and remind listeners about the Anime Today and Nozomi Entertainment MySpace contests.

- Marie checks out Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga.

- And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

Visit www.rightstuf.com 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.

Meet other ANIME TODAY listeners, submit your suggestions for future episodes and more at the official ANIME TODAY forums at AnimeOnDVD.com: (http://www.animeondvd.com/forum/showforum.php?fid/57/).

Visit ANIME TODAY on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/animetoday.

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, 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 RightStuf.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, Comic Party, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart and The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

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