Right Stuf's Anime Today Takes on Anime Expo 2009

Right Stuf / Nozomi Entertainment Panel & Announcements;
the scoop on Bandai's KANNAGI release; fan interviews;
LM.C; contests & more in episode 97!

GRIMES, IA, July 17, 2009 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to present this year's Anime Expo 2009 special – as well as the scoop on Bandai Entertainment's release of Kannagi – with episode 97 of ANIME TODAY.

Shawne Kleckner, Right Stuf's President and C.E.O., hosts the Right Stuf / Nozomi Entertainment panel, which includes license announcements for the anime adaptations of Junjo Romantica and Antique Bakery, news about the third television season and OVA for ARIA, and more. (A bonus download, featuring a half-hour of fan questions is also available.) Then Marie hits the convention with her microphone to conduct interviews with fans attending Anime Expo.

And Robert Napton, Bandai Entertainment's marketing director, drops in to talk about Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, the first DVD of which is now available for order and ready to ship via RightStuf.com. In this new interview, he talks about what makes the show special, their DVD release and online streaming plans, and what led to their decision to release Kannagi's first DVD on the same date as the announcement of their license for it.

Also in episode 97 of ANIME TODAY:
Chad shares “What's Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
Shawne gives fans the lowdown on the sensational savings to be found with the latest RightStuf.com “10 items for $50” and “25 items for $100” sale.
Rich and Nick announce the latest Year of the Otaku winners (and new weekly contest), announce the winners of the Baccano! contest with FUNimation, and remind fans about the current Gakuen Alice contest with TOKYOPOP.
Rich provides a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com.
Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD GIMMICAL IMPACT!! by LM.C.
And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.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.rightstuf.com and www.animetoday.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 fans, talk with ANIME TODAY listeners, submit your suggestions for future episodes and more at the new ANIME TODAY forums: http://www.rightstuf.com/ubbthreads/.

Follow ANIME TODAY on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/animetoday.

Find Right Stuf on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rightstuf.

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

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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