Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment Launches Official Site for Aria The Animation at aria.rightstuf.com

Celebrates release of ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection

GRIMES, IA, September 30, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to celebrate the September 30 release of the ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection with the launch of the series' official site, at aria.rightstuf.com (http://aria.rightstuf.com).

At aria.rightstuf.com, visitors can:

· Read the latest news about the series' North American release and reviews of the first season;

· Check out in-depth character profiles;

· Watch the first season trailer; and

· Download wallpapers and avatars featuring artwork from ARIA The ANIMATION.

The ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection – which includes the franchise's entire 13-episode first season – is now available and was just voted the “Pick of the Week” by the readers of AnimeOnDVD at Mania.com.

While supplies last, customers who pre-order the ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection from RightStuf.com will receive an exclusive postcard set featuring artwork from the series.

ARIA The ANIMATION is the first of three television seasons, plus an OVA (original video animation), that comprise the anime adaptation of Kozue Amano's best-selling Aria manga. The ARIA anime is helmed by Director Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Sgt. Frog, Sailor Moon/ Sailor Moon R) and features animation by Hal Film Maker (Boys Be…, Pretear, Slayers Premium, Sketchbook ~full color'S~). The franchise's third season completed its TV Tokyo broadcast in March 2008.

Amano's 12-volume Aria manga and its two-volume prequel, Aqua, are both published in North America by TOKYOPOP. In Japan, Aria was originally serialized in MAG Garden's Comic Blade magazine.

Visit aria.rightstuf.com for more information about ARIA and the ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection.

About ARIA THE ANIMATION (Season 1 - TV)

Akari Mizunashi, at the age of 15, has left everything behind to travel to a sparkling planet covered in water, known as Aqua. More than anything, Akari wants to be an “undine” – a female gondolier who navigates the canals of the Aquan city of Neo-Venezia. As she begins her training with the prestigious Aria Company, will she be up to the challenges that await her on the path to achieve her dream? Contains the complete 13-episode first season.

ARIA THE ANIMATION DVD Collection (Season 1 – TV)
Pre-Book: 8/26/2008
Street Date: 9/30/2008
Runtime: Approximately 325 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Science Fiction / Drama
Suggested Rating: 13+

Format: DVD (2.0 Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0822
ISBN: 1-57032-786-6
UPC: 7-42617-0822-2-1
SRP: $49.99

Discs/Set: 4
Case Qty: 10

DVD Features:
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Apprentice Undines Interview, Parts 1 and 2; Primas Interview, Parts 1 and 2; SATOJUN's “Venice, I'm Sorry!,” Parts 1-4; 30-second and 15-second commercials; U.S. Season 1 trailer; clean endings 1 and 2; U.S. Season 2 preview; Nozomi trailers; and a 40-page Neo-Venezia Guidebook.

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ARIA The ANIMATION © 2005 Kozue Amano / MAG Garden - ARIA Company.
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Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, 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, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us and ARIA, 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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