Right Stuf & Nozomi Entertainment Announce The Art of Aria Lithographs

Fan vote to determine which print will be produced first;
Poll now open at aria.rightstuf.com.

GRIMES, IA, July 14, 2009 – Anime producer and online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. and its Nozomi Entertainment division are pleased to announce the Art of ARIA lithograph series and open the poll – which can be accessed via the official series site at aria.rightstuf.com (and animetoday.com) – to determine which artwork will be produced and released first.

Fans are invited to view the pieces and cast their votes, from July 14 through July 31, 2009, for their favorite of the following works:
Option A: “That Sunny Day” From ARIA The NATURAL;
Option B: “That Meeting With Friends” From ARIA The ANIMATION;
Option C: “That Day at the Beach” From ARIA The ANIMATION;
Option D: “Those Nightshine Chimes” From ARIA The NATURAL; or
Option E: “That Lovely Day We Shared” From ARIA The NATURAL.
As previously announced at Anime Expo 2009, each limited-edition, numbered print will be priced at $49.99 and include a certificate of authenticity.

“a whimsical ride” – Active Anime
“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

The anime series' first two seasons are currently available on DVD from Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment, which also plans to release the third season and special – ARIA The ORIGINATION + The OVA ~ARIETTA~ – in a single box set in 2010.

The ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection contains the franchise's complete 13-episode first season and was voted the “Best DVD Release of 2009” by fans at Anime on DVD at Mania.com. The ARIA The NATURAL – Pt. 1 DVD Collection was selected as the “DVD of the Month for January 2009” at the site, and the ARIA The NATURAL – Pt. 2 DVD Collection was voted a “Pick of the Week.”

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…, Pretear, Slayers Premium, Sketchbook ~full color'S~).

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.rightstuf.com to vote and for more information about the ARIA anime and for the trailers, downloads and more.

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, ARIA and Gakuen Alice, 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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