Right Stuf's Nozomi Ent. Launches Antique Bakery Site With Interview, Recipe and More!

ANTIQUE BAKERY at antique.rightstuf.com
Features interviews, recipes & more;
Complete 12-episode series available on April 5, 2011.

GRIMES, Iowa, February 14, 2011 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and its Nozomi Entertainment division are pleased to announce the grand opening of http://antique.rightstuf.com ) – the official site for the ANTIQUE BAKERY anime series, which is scheduled to make its North American DVD debut in April 2011.

At antique.rightstuf.com, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the culinary world that serves as a backdrop for Antique Bakery, via a series of special features that will include articles written by popular food bloggers, chefs and specialists, as well as interviews with business owners and cook book authors, recipes and more.

The first installment of this series is an interview with Nicole Bermensolo, the proprietor of Kyotofu, Japanese dessert bar and bakery based in New York City. In it, she discusses how she got interested in Japanese cooking and desserts, Kyotofu's East-meets-West philosophy, and how the eatery is actively working to bring favorite dishes to fans worldwide through its online store and relationships with Dean & Deluca and All Nippon Airways (ANA). Bermensolo also shares Kyotofu's recipe for mini green tea chocolate cakes.

Additionally, the site offers visitors the opportunity to:

  • Read the latest news about the North American release of the Antique Bakery anime series;
  • View character profiles and screenshots for the series, as well as its packaging;
  • Watch the series trailer;
  • Browse cook books;
  • Explore regular, mobile and iPhone versions* of the series site; and
  • Make return visits, as more features and content continue to be added.

For mobile versions of the site, scroll to the bottom of the site's landing page OR access it directly via http://antique.rightstuf.com/m/

The Antique Bakery DVD Collection will feature the complete, 12-episode television series in a single DVD box set with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles. It will be housed in a collectors' art box, and its on-disc extras will include the clean opening and closing, live event coverage, and an interview with AKB48 member Tomomi Kasai, who voices a supporting role in the series. Additionally, the set will include a booklet that contains character bios, quick facts, featured desserts, and two interviews with all four lead voice actors, as well as manga creator Fumi Yoshinaga (Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy!).

Antique Bakery aired as part of Fuji TV's popular noitaminA animation block – home to series including Honey and Clover, Paradise Kiss, Moyashimon (Tales of Agriculture) and Nodame Cantabile. It features animation by Nippon Animation (The Wallflower, Fantastic Children) and Shirogumi, Inc. (Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture), plus opening and closing music by the R&B duo Chemistry and performances by a cast of fan-favorite actors that includes Keiji Fujiwara (“Maes Hughes” in Fullmetal Alchemist, “Holland” in Eureka Seven), Shinichiro Miki (“Allen” in Escaflowne, “Kurz Weber” in Full Metal Panic!), Mamoru Miyano (“Light” in Death Note, “Tamaki” in Ouran High Host Club), and Eiji Hanawa (“Dumas” in Fantastic Children).

Fumi Yoshinaga's original manga received the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for shoujo (girls') manga and also served as the inspiration for both a live-action Japanese television drama and a 2008 live-action Korean film adaptation. The Antique Bakery manga is published in North America by Digital Manga Publishing and was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2007.

Visit antique.rightstuf.com for information about the series and to pre-order the ANTIQUE BAKERY DVD Collection.

In food and in life, one must taste what is bitter to appreciate what is sweet… Troubled that memories of the past continue to invade his dreams of the present, Keiichiro Tachibana stuns all who know him by abruptly quitting his ordinary office job to open a bakery. He envisions a predominantly feminine clientele and a wait staff of cute girls. Instead, his employees include a playboy pâtissier who's been fired from every job he's ever had, an ex-boxer with an insatiable sweet tooth, and an absent-minded childhood friend and family servant. Can this unlikely quartet overcome personal tragedies, learn to work together, and discover a recipe for culinary success? The complete 12-episode series!

Pre-Book: 3/1/2011
Street Date: 4/5/2011
Runtime: Approximately 300 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Drama
Suggested Rating: 16+

Format: DVD (Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD1142
ISBN: 1-57032-655-X
UPC: 7-42617-1142-2-9
SRP: $49.99

Discs/Set: 3
Case Qty: 14 / case

DVD Features:
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: U.S. trailer, clean opening and closing, interview with Tomomi Kasai (actress and member of AKB48), live event coverage, and Nozomi Entertainment trailers. AND: A special booklet that includes character bios, quick facts, featured desserts, and two interviews featuring all four lead voice actors, as well as the creator of the manga, Fumi Yoshinaga.

* Cover Art: http://outgoing.rightstuf.com/sleeves/rsdvd1142.jpg
ANTIQUE BAKERY (Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten ~Antique~)
© Fumi Yoshinaga / SHINSHOKAN
© Fumi Yoshinaga / SHINSHOKAN / Antique Committee
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** Product specifications and content may be subject to change.

Currently celebrating its 23rd. 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 promo te 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, Ninja Nonsense, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us, ARIA, Gakuen Alice, Rental Magica, Dirty Pair and Junjo Romantica, 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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