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Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment Announces the Aria The Natural – Part 1 DVD Collection for Jan. 27, 2009

Box set to include first 13 episodes of ARIA anime's second television season

GRIMES, IA, October 15, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce the Aria the Natural – Part 1 DVD Collection will be released on January 27, 2009.

The Aria the Natural – Part 1 DVD Collection will contain the first half of the ARIA anime's second television season. (The box set with the remaining 13 episodes of Aria the Natural will be announced in early 2009.)

“simply magical” - Protoculture Addicts
“the latest crown jewel in [Nozomi and Right Stuf's] catalog and deservedly so.”
– AnimeOnDVD at Mania.com
“a major phenomenon among fans attendant to slice-of-life series.” – Otaku USA

Based on Kozue Amano's best-selling ARIA manga, the ARIA anime consists of three television seasons – Aria the Animation, Aria the Natural and Aria the Origination – plus an OVA (original video animation). The entire anime adaptation features direction by Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Sgt. Frog, Sailor Moon/ Sailor Moon R) and animation by Hal Film Maker (Boys Be..., Prétear, Slayers Premium, Sketchbook ~full color'S~).

The Aria the Animation DVD Collection – containing the franchise's complete 13-episode first season – is currently available from Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment and was voted a “Pick of the Week” by the readers of AnimeOnDVD at Mania.com.

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

Visit aria.Right Stuf.com for more information about the ARIA anime and for the trailer, downloads and more.

About Aria the Natural – Part 1 (Season 2, Part 1 - TV)

Akari, Aika and Alice are three girls who share a single dream: to become the most talented gondoliers in all of Neo-Venezia! Every day they train toward their goal, exploring all the wondrous sights that the water-covered planet Aqua has to offer. Whether it's spending a wild day at Carnevale, sharing a beautiful sunset, or even crossing paths with the mysterious spirits that dwell in Aqua's shadows, for these three friends, each day is a new adventure! Contains episodes 1-13 of the second ARIA television season.

Aria the Natural – Part 1 DVD Collection (Season 2, Part 1 - TV)
Pre-Book Date: 12/30/2008
Street Date: 1/27/2009
Runtime: Approximately 325 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Science Fiction / Drama
Suggested Rating: 13+

Format: DVD (Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0903
ISBN: 1-57032-785-8
UPC: 7-42617-0903-2-5
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: Special features to be announced!

* Cover Art: http://outgoing.Right Stuf.com/sleeves/rsdvd0903.jpg
Aria the Natural © 2006 Kozue Amano / Mag Garden - ARIA Company.
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** Product specifications and content may be subject to change.

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

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