Right Stuf's Anime Today Interviews FUNimation Founder & C.E.O. Gen Fukunaga

Plus J-music, a Katsucon preview, contests & more in episode 59!

GRIMES, IA, February 1, 2008 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Gen Fukunaga – the founder and C.E.O. of FUNimation Entertainment – to episode 59 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, 45-minute interview, Fukunaga discusses the challenges of the current North American anime marketplace, the move toward online distribution and packaged anime collections, the advantages of having an in-house dub studio, and FUNimation's plans for the rest of 2008.

Also in episode 59 of ANIME TODAY:

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

- Shawne reminds fans about the “Super Savings” they can find on select ADV Films titles.

- Kris and Judy talk about Japanese slang in a new installment of the “Anime and Gamers!' Guide.”

- Marie discusses the anime adaptation of The Twelve Kingdoms.

- Rich and Nick announce the winner of the Viz Pictures contest for a Love*Com gift pack, remind listeners about the contest celebrating the new TV season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and kick-off a new contest for a New York Anime Festival souvenir package.

- Judy-sensei teaches a crash course on anime slang in the latest Japanese 101 lesson.

- Chad Diederichs joins us for a preview Katsucon's 14th annual convention, which takes place on the weekend of February 15-17, in Washington, D.C.

- Listen to musical clips from the recent JapanFiles.com release, Fresh Cuts From Japan CD 2.

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

Have a question about anime and manga? Want to comment on one of the podcast's segments? Call our Anime Today Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. You may hear yourself on a future episode of Anime Today!

Visit www.Right Stuf.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 Right Stuf.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, 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.Right Stuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

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