RIGHT STUF's Nozomi Entertainment Presents Japanese Snack Review's “Top 10 Snacks” by Shari Custer At Antique Bakery Site

Apr 21st 2011

Complete 12-episode ANTIQUE BAKERY anime series now available.

GRIMES, Iowa, April 20, 2011 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and its Nozomi Entertainment division are pleased to present “Top 10 Japanese Snacks,” a new piece by Shari Custer of Japanese Snack Reviews, at antique.rightstuf.com (http://antique.rightstuf.com/) – the official site for the ANTIQUE BAKERY anime series, which is now available on DVD.

In this new article, Custer shares, via both commentary and photographs, a detailed list of which of the more than 700 different products that she's sampled are her favorites.

Shari Custer has lived in Japan and worked there as a writer, graphic designer and teacher for 21 years. She started Japanese Snack Reviews (http://japanesesnackreviews.blogspot.com) in September 2008, and she writes about and photographs treats, ranging from savory to sweet, more than three times a week. Custer also writes at 1000 Things About Japan (http://1000thingsaboutjapan.blogspot.com/), and her thoughts on life in Japan can also be read in the Tokyo Journal magazine.

At antique.rightstuf.com, visitors can immerse themselves in the culinary world that serves as a backdrop for the Antique Bakery anime series via articles written by popular food bloggers, chefs and specialists, as well as interviews with business owners (Nicole Bermensolo of Kyotofu) and cookbook authors (Just Bento's Makiko Itoh), recipes and more. The site also features the latest news about Antique Bakery's North American release, character profiles and screenshots, the series trailer and the ability to browse cookbooks.

* 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 is now available and features the complete, 12-episode television series in a single DVD box set with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles. It is housed in a collectors' art box, and its on-disc extras 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 includes 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 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!

Available NOW!
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 promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online s torefront 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 < a href="http://www.rightstuf.com/" target="_blank">www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

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