Press Releases - June 2008
- Atlus and NIS America Continue Distribution Partnership with Three Upcoming Titles; Atlus to Serve as Exclusive North American Distributor for Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, Disgaea DS, and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure ()
- Pop Japan Travel's Mind Over Manga Tour Adds Meeting with Ghibli Art Director, Visit to Nippon Animation ()
- RIT Anime Club Announces Date and Art Request for Tora-Con 2009 ()
- FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Heroic Age from Kodansha Ltd. ()
- DMP Presents Hideyuki Kikuchi and Saiko Takaki at Anime Expo 2008 ()
- Viz Media Announces DVD Release of Naruto The Movie 2: The Legend of the Stone of Gelel ()
- Otakon© 2008 Line-Up Further Revealed ()
- OTAKON© 2008 Announces Webcomics Contest ()
- DC Anime Club and Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan Present: Shinobi: Heart Under Blade ()
- Del Rey Manga Announces Manga-ka Hiro Mashima's Comic-Con International Schedule ()
- Enoki Films USA, Inc. Presents Slayers Revolution ()
- Right Stuf & Nozomi Entertainment at Anime Expo 2008 ()
- Il Blog Italiano di Rinkya Connects Japanese Culture and Collectibles with Italian Fans ()
- Maruione.jp & Kera magazine to host "Street Snap" Event at Anime Expo ()
- Samurai Champloo 12 Inch Action Figures ()
- Animasyros 1.0 International Animation Festival ()
- Florida Supercon Presents: Super Anime Day & Super Comic Day - September 6 & 7, 2008 - Davie, FL ()
- Anime Expo® Introduces Hosts For AXBackstage ()
- Organic Hobby, Inc Releases the Eighth Character/Figure as a Part of Kaiyodo's “Fraülein Revoltech,” “Rei Ayanami (Bandage Version)” ()
- Aktiv Digital and Crunchyroll Announce Asia Pacific Regional Partnership ()
- Yoshitaka Amano at NYAF ()
- Anime Festival Orlando 9 Announces Guest Updates ()
- Organic Hobby, Inc releases three new figures as a part of Kaiyodo's “Revoltech Series, “Revoltech Gurren Lagann Fulldrillized, Revoltech ARX-8 Laevatein & Yotsuba DX (Summer Vacation Set)” ()
- Yamato USA Announces Fantasy Figure Gallery: Akira, Inspired by the Work of Dorian Cleavenger ()
- Anime USA 2008 Announces Freezepop as Musical Guests of Honor ()
- Tezuka Moderno Labo – “Atom” – 3” PVC Figure ()
- Anime Network Selects TVN Entertainment for Comprehensive Long-Term Deal ()
- Blazblue Location Test Tour Announced ()
- IATV and Bandai Entertainment Announce “The Block Fueled By Bandai Entertainment” Weekly Programming Showcase ()
- Japanfiles.Com Launches a New Category Today - Japanese Hardcore. ()
- Setsucon 2009 Officially Open, Attendee Registration is Up and Running ()
- Viz Pictures Debuts New Slapstick Geisha Comedy Maiko Haaaan!!! on DVD ()
- Viz Media Parent Company Shueisha Invests in Japanese Publisher Shogakukan's Licensing and Merchandising Subsidiary to Form New Partnership – Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd. ()
- Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment Announces the Aria the Animation DVD Collection ()
- L.A. Film Fest Starts Tomorrow ()
- Gon, the All Time Favorite Comic Series in TV Animation ()
- Rinkya's Redesigned Blog Brings Japan Unko, Unchi and Undies to the Internet ()
- Critical Mass Video Announces September 30 Release a Double Scoop of Vanilla: Sinful Pleasures (HOLY VIRGINS / SPOTLIGHT) ()
- Viz Media Licenses Blue Dragon TCG to Konami Digital Entertainment ()
- Big Tent Entertainment and Internet Television Pioneer Veoh Networks Team Up for Exclusive Launch of Original Episodes Starring Japanese Viral Sensation Domo ()
- ANA Presents “Nippon Eiga” Series: Part 13: Paprika - with Special Guest Appearance by Director Satoshi Kon ()
- DC Anime Club and Alliance Comics Present: The Cosplay Party ()
- Anime Expo® 2008 Presents The 3rd Annual SPJA Industry Conference Key Notes and Panels ()
- Anime Expo® 2008 Alternates Your Vision ()
- Yamato USA Presents the Fantasy Figure Gallery, Resin Quality Figures at PVC Prices ()
- Bang Zoom! Entertainment Helps Lucky Star Make North American Debut ()
- FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Big Windup! from Kodansha Ltd. ()
- Enchanting Music Box Renditions of Music from Miyazaki's Award-Winning Anime ()
- Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios Announce Partnership on Astro Boy ()
- Power Rangers Voice Actor to Appear In Huntington, WV ()
- Strait Jacket Avant Première in Tokyo Roppongi ()
- Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008 Celebrates Father's Day ()
- Nvidia to Rock San Jose With “Video Games Live” Show at Nvision 08 ()
- Zenkaikon 2008 Announces Cosplay Ball, Cosplay Dating Game and AMV Contest ()
- Ninja Warrior Champion Makoto Nagano Makes First U.S. Appearance at Chibi-Pa Festival ()
- Command & Conquer Music to World Premiere at Video Games Live in Las Vegas This Weekend ()
- Asian Dance-Rock Band Featured on NPR's All Things Considered ()
- SMC "Belldandy" Ah! My Goddess (Fighting Wings Version) – 8” PVC Figure ()
- Witchblade “Reina Soho” – 12” PVC Figure ()
- Future Shop Invites Toronto to The Ultimate Free Gaming Event, including Video Games Live Show at Yonge-Dundas Square ()
- Class in Session ... Anime Expo® & Bang Zoom!® Entertainment Present Voice Acting 101 Classes ()
- DrMaster Listens to Delightful Music with Divine Melody ()
- Crunchyroll and T.O Entertainment Announce Strategic Online Distribution and Promotion Partnership ()
- New ketchup mania CD - F.L.A.G - Same-Day USA/Japan Release on JapanFiles.com! ()
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Theatrical Poster Giveaway at Imaginasian Center and Imaginasian Theater, June 13 ()
- Hideyuki Kikuchi to Attend the New York Anime Festival ()
- Anime Expo® 2008 & Intermixi Tours to Give Away Trip to Japan ()
- T-MODE Hosts Lobby Party for Bleach the Movie ()
- The New York Asian Film Festival 2008 ()
- Right Stuf's Anime Today Interviews AnimEigo Founder & C.E.O. Robert Woodhead ()
- Drmaster to Release Lunar Legend Tsukihime Vol. 6 ()
- Metal Gear Solid 4 x UT Special Hideo Kojima Autograph Event ()
- Catch a Lucky Star and Pierce the Heavens at Anime Expo® 2008 with Bandai and American Cosplay Paradise! ()
- Viz Media Brings Unique and Exciting Properties for All Ages and Interests to 2008 Licensing International Expo ()
- Subway Cinema Presents the Final Line-Up of the New York Asian Film Festival 2008 ()
- Alteil, Japan's #1 Online Card Game, Annouces the Alpha Test Sign-Up ()
- Kakkoi Con 2008 Announces Second Round of Guests ()
- Video Games Live Announces 50 Shows for Continuing Blockbuster World Tour ()
- Hideo Kojima is a Guinness World Record Breaker ()
- Lolita and Maid Fashion Day at Kinokuniya ()
- POP Wonderland :: Little Red Riding Hood – 7 ½” PVC Figure ()
- Anime Expo® 2008 Pursues Beauty and Cuteness ()
- Japanese Films Screening at L.A. Film Festival ()
- Win Free Tickets from T-Mode to See Bleach the Movie ()
- Tokyopop Spins Off Media Company in Reorganization ()
- Organic Hobby, Inc releases three new figures as a part of Kaiyodo's “Revoltech Series, “Revoltech Detroit Metal City - Krauser II – Jagi - Camus” ()
- Galaxy Angel Rune Episode 1 Streaming on dot-anime.us ()
- Now Available from Yamato USA: Tandem Twin Animal Girls: Dog Annerose ()
- Viz Media Announces Unprecedented In-Person Appearances for June 11 New York City Movie Event Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody ()
- The Dark Knight Flies over Anime Expo® 2008 ()
- GDH and GONZO Rosso to Forge Business and Capital Alliance with TOMY ()
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