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Aug 29

Wait, What? Sanrio Reveals The Hello Kitty Isn’t A Cat


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Hello Kitty 001 20140829 300x300 Wait, What? Sanrio Reveals The Hello Kitty Isnt A CatFile this one in the “what the heck” file.

To not know Hello Kitty in this day and age seems almost ludicrous. For the past 40 years, Sanrio’s mascot has adorned everything, from toys, to clothes, to high-end jewelry. Her iconic appearance and adorable design ensured that Hello Kitty would become the most famous cat in the world.

There’s only one problem, though. Hello Kitty isn’t a cat.

Earlier today, Anime News Network reported a truly unusual turn of events between Sanrio and anthropologist Christine R. Yano. Specifically, Sanrio’s representatives stepped in during the proofreading stage of Yano’s script for Los Angeles’s Japanese American National Museum’s upcoming Hello Kitty exhibit.

“I was corrected — very firmly,” she noted in an L.A. Times article. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”

In addition to this, Yanno revealed that Hello Kitty is a citizen of Great Britain, who lives in London. Furthermore, the character’s real name is “Kitty White,” and she’s the daughter of George and Mary White.

Before you say anything, no. This isn’t the same family as the now-infamous Walter White.

Joking aside this really is an interesting revelation. Over the years, Hello Kitty’s been referred to as “the world’s most famous feline”, among other titles. Fans around the world commonly refer to the character as a cat, and the general consensus has always been that the character is a cat.

Since its first report, the story’s gone viral. The internet is blowing up at the news, as every outlet from Otaku USA to CNN is running the story. In addition, the news is running on TV via local and national programs alike.

To see this spread so far, so quickly is nothing short of astounding. Personally, though, I have to admit that I don’t see the hullabaloo lasting very long.

In the next few days, after the news makes its rounds, there is little doubt that we’ll see things settle down once again. The conversation about the matter will die out, and most people will stop caring once again. There will be some debate among the more dedicated circles, but to most people, the entire idea will seem silly, and Hello Kitty will again become the most popular feline on earth.

It will be interesting to see whether Sanrio ups their messaging on the topic going forward, though. Given that they are so eager to assert this, I wonder if we will begin to see a push to identify Hello Kitty as a non-cat in Sanrio’s marketing and merchandise. With the strength of the brand, the identity, and the characters, I wouldn’t be surprised if we do see some actions taken by the company to really sell their views, and their ideal image of the character.

Of course, depending on how much money is on the table, I wouldn’t be shocked if they do keep quiet and allow things to stay the course for the time being, as well. It’s difficult to predict how a company will behave in a case like this, as both outcomes are very plausible. All we can really do at this point is wait to see what happens.

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Aug 28

This AMV Collects So Many Anime Cliches Into So Little Time


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Anime clichés are a dime a dozen. Don’t deny it, you know it’s true.

We’re all familiar with the many countless clichés and visual cues that pop up across countless anime titles, be it an elaborate visual feat, or the ubiquitous sweatdrop. We see them, we consume them, and after a while, we begin to just tune them out.

Video creators Monju, Sanche, and Pumpkin decided that there were far too many out there that simply shouldn’t be ignored. In a four-minute music video, the three compiled a simply astounding number of popular and fun tropes into a quirky, kinetic short that just works.

Oodles of popular standbys are present, from dramatic building poses, to acrobatic feats of battle and aerial flips. Some of the segments are familiar to a fault, while it’d be hard to blame people for thinking a few of the featured bits were unique.

The entire feature is fast and fun, and it’s simply astounding to see such a broad range of titles from so many different eras brought together.

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Aug 27

Viz To Release Three Pokemon Manga Box Sets In September & October 2014


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VIZ MEDIA’S PERFECT SQUARE IMPRINT ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THREE NEW POKÉMON MANGA BOX SETS

Multi-Volume Box Sets For POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE And POKÉMON ADVENTURES RUBY & SAPPHIRE To Debut In September With POKÉMON ADVENTURES DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM Set For Release In Early October

PokemonAdvRS BoxSet 3D 300x300 Viz To Release Three Pokemon Manga Box Sets In September & October 2014San Francisco, CA, August 27, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers POKÉMON fun and adventure to fans and readers of all ages as it prepares to release a pair of new manga box sets early next month along with a third box set scheduled to debut in early October.

The POKÉMON ADVENTURES RUBY & SAPPHIRE Box Set and the POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE Box Set 2 are scheduled for release on September 2nd under the company’s Perfect Square imprint. A new POKÉMON ADVENTURES DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM Box Set will be available on October 7th. POKÉMON manga are rated ‘A’ for All Ages and each of the forthcoming sets also features a collectible full-color poster.

POKÉMON ADVENTURES RUBY & SAPPHIRE BOX SET ·

MSRP: $59.99 U.S. / $79.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·

Available Sept. 2nd

Ruby’s father Norman is the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City. But Ruby doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps – he wants to win Pokémon Contests! Sapphire’s father Professor Birch is the local Pokémon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data – she wants to win Pokémon Battles! When Ruby and Sapphire meet, they’re more likely to hit each other than hit it off. But then Sapphire challenges Ruby to a competition! Which of them will achieve their dreams in just eighty days?! The box set contains the complete Ruby & Sapphire arc (Vols. 15-22) of the bestselling POKÉMON ADVENTURES series and a collectible color poster!

PokemonBW BoxSet02 3D 189x300 Viz To Release Three Pokemon Manga Box Sets In September & October 2014POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE BOX SET 2 · MSRP: $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages · Available Sept. 2nd 

His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey… What surprising new Pokémon – and people – will they meet along the way?! The manga set includes POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE Volumes 9–14 and a collectible color poster!

POKÉMON ADVENTURES DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM ·

MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $115.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·

Available Oct. 7th 

The box set contains the complete Diamond & Pearl/Platinum story arc (Vols. 1-11) of the bestselling POKÉMON ADVENTURES series and a collectible color poster! Pokémon Trainers Pearl and Diamond are starstruck! Their goal? To perfect their Pokémon comedy act. So how do they wind up as bodyguards to a pampered little rich girl on a quest to reach the peak of Mt. Coronet? Thrills and laughs are guaranteed as the POKÉMON ADVENTURES series continues with POKÉMON DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM.

“POKÉMON fans are guaranteed to have hours of fun with the latest multi-volume box set releases for three of the property’s most popular manga series including POKÉMON ADVENTURES RUBY & SAPPHIRE, POKÉMON DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM, and POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director.“We look forward to this collection of imaginative adventures that feature dynamic characters and exotic new Pokémon complementing the late summer reading season and opening fall for readers of all ages!”

POKÉMON is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. Nickelodeon magazine gave the property its 2009 “Favorite Manga Award,” and more than 260 million POKÉMON video game titles have been sold to-date worldwide. The 17th season of the POKÉMON animation, Pokémon the Series: XY, launched January 2014, in the U.S. on Cartoon Network. VIZ Media is the official North American publisher of a variety of popular POKÉMON manga graphic novel series.

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, manga (graphic novels) and other children’s books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.

Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at http://ift.tt/QUMCwS.

For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

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Aug 26

Semi-Essentials: Zenki


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What Is It?

Zenki Boxart 20140826 Semi Essentials: ZenkiZenki is a 52-episode action show based on the manga series Kishin Dōji Zenki by Kikuhide Tani & Yoshihiro Kuroiwa. The show was directed by Junji Nishimura (Ranma 1/2, Dog Days’), and features character designs by Hideyuki Motohashi (Fushigi Yugi, Hikaru no Go). It was animated as a joint project between Studio Deen and Kitty Film. In the west, Zenki was originally released by Central Park Media on VHS, with a Media Blasters DVD release hitting in 2001.

The series is set in modern-day Japan, in a small village known only as Onmyoji Town. Well, by “modern”, I mean “early 1990s modern,” before cell phones and the internet were really things in the common world. But I digress.

One thousand years before, Japan was dominated by all manner of evil beings. Demons and devils besieged the lands, and humanity was at the verge of destruction. It was only at the hands of high priest Ozuno and the mighty guardian demon Zenki that mankind was able to defeat the darkness that descended upon the earth.

While he was indeed mighty, Zenki could only be controlled by Ozuno himself. Fearful that nobody would be able to stand up and tame the demon, Ozuno sealed Zenki into a stone monument before he drew his final breath. And, of course, all was peaceful, unicorns farted rainbows, and pocky rained from the sky for a millennium… or something.

Anyway, in the modern world, the shrine’s fallen into less fortunate times, and young priestess Chiaki Ozuno spends her days doing everything possible to bring money into its coffers. Her fate is forever changed, though, when a strange demonic object known as a Seed of Evil is awakened.

Legend has it that the day the Seeds begin to awaken is the beginning of humanity’s decline. And, once again, it falls upon Zenki’s shoulders to save humanity. Leading the charge behind him is Chiaki, descendant of the great Ozuno and trusted heiress to the powers to control the beast. Will she be able to save the world from the forces of evil, or will she be overcome by the sheer will of the great beast Zenki?

Why Was It Passed Up?

Truth be told, Zenki was always a below-the-radar release. The show first hit stores on VHS on September 5, 1995. This was a period when the anime market was in its earliest days, and shows sold primarily on word of mouth. It was during this year that we saw a number of classics first hit western shores, including Ninja Scroll, Urusei Yatsura, Doomed Megalopolis, and My Youth In Arcadia.

Before I go on, let me just say this. In 1995, Ninja Scroll as pretty much the title to own. This was a film that created fans, and drove an entire generation of anime enthusiasm. It was the one show that was on every single fan’s shelf that year, and the one show that just dominated the conversation.

So, given the soft launch of Zenki combined with the magnitude of the “must have” titles of the year, the series simply didn’t have a chance.

In 2001, Zenki suffered a similar fate. The first volume was quietly released against just about every major property that could hit stores in 2001. Seriously, in the show’s release month of September 2001, the following heavy hitters had volumes hitting stores:

That doesn’t even begin to scrap what hit in the months immediately before and after! Much like the show’s VHS release, the DVD was simply doomed to fail at market.

Why This Show?

I’m going to level with you. Zenki is a monster of the week show.

That said, it’s a genuinely good monster of the week show. It’s a series that uses the format to its advantage, to continuously up the stakes, and really deliver that sense of oncoming dread. The monster designs are genuinely creepy at times, and the series continually hammers home the fact that they are little more than human hosts, who may be killed when the Seed of Evil is defeated. Battles are well-paced, and just bloody enough to deliver a taste of the brutality of a battle between demons.

At the same time, though, Zenki is utterly charming. The main cast is lively well-developed, with quirks and eccentricities that really endear these characters to the viewer. The chemistry between players is wonderful, and the dialogue is generally well written. At the same time, there’s a whimsical sense of humor through the show, that combines straightforward jokes, slapstick, and a few mild perverted gags to round out the mix.

That said, there is a perverted old monk, and he is just delightful.

The show’s plot presents itself well, with a mix of the lighthearted and the dire that allows for urgency, without becoming too heavy. The characters grow and evolve through the show’s run, especially in regards to the relationship between Chiaki and Demon Lord Zenki.

And did I mention that Zenki is an utter badass? Because he totally is.

Closing Thoughts

Zenki is one of those shows that is just plain fun to watch. It’s a series that manages deliver a darker storyline without becoming overbearing. At the same time, it’s able to be playful and silly, without really ruining the overall feel of the series proper.

The voice acting is fantastic, pulling in players like Chisa Yokoyama (Tenchi Muyo!, Sakura Wars) and Yuji Ueda (Love Hina, Rurouni Kenshin). And who can hate the show’s Hironobu Kageyama opener?

That said, the show does have a few definite warts. The animation is fairly low budget, and there is a definite stiffness outside of the battle scenes. In addition, there are a few segments in which the humor simply falls flat.

Still, given Zenki‘s many positives, it’s hard to not recommend it to those looking for an alternative to the average weekly shonen show.

Trailer

Note: the trailer is unavailable. We’ve included the opening sequence instead.

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Survey Corps Moves Out In Latest Attack on Titan Dub Clip


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These Attack on Titan dub clips seem to be getting more frequent!

Earlier today, FUNimation began streaming a new dub clip for Attack on Titan. The clip, which was aptly titled “Scouts! Move Out!”, focuses on the Survey Corps, as they move out on their latest recon mission.

The real star of the clip this time is J. Michael Tatum as Erwin, whose intensity really helps to sell the scene. We’ve provided the clip above, so definitely give it a look!

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Aug 25

Viz Announces Blood Lad Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray Set


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY AND DVD COMBO PACK FOR THE PARANORMAL ANIME ACTION COMEDY BLOOD LAD

An Otaku Vampire Obsessed With The Human World Falls For a Pretty Girl That Becomes A Ghost; 10-Episode Anime Series Also Features Talented English Dub Cast 

San Francisco, CA, August 25, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, gives fans and viewers the opportunity to add BLOOD LAD to their personal home media collections as it announces the release of the complete anime series as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and also as a Standard Edition DVD set, on September 2nd. VIZ Media is the exclusive North American master licensor for the BLOOD LAD anime property.

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The 10-episode paranormal action comedy about a nerdy vampire that is obsessed with the human word is rated ‘TV-14’ and will be offered as a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $89.99 CAN. The special set comes packaged in a full-color chipboard box featuring 4 discs containing the entire series as well as the BLOOD LAD “BLOOD LAD-EX” OVA short film and a 96 page premium art booklet featuring episode guides, art, interviews and more. Other combo pack bonus features include an interactive art gallery,  nearly a half-hour of English dub session outtakes, an Anime Central convention chalk art video along with series trailers and clean opening and ending segments.

The Standard Edition 2-disc DVD set for BLOOD LAD features the complete series and OVA film and will be offered at an MSRP $44.82 U.S. / $43.24 CAN. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and standard DVD set both feature English dubbed and original Japanese stereo audio selections (with English Subtitles).

The Demon World: a place where it’s good to be bad. Werewolves, zombies, and even the Abominable Snowman fight day and night for the title of Territory Boss. The vampire Staz, however, finds the whole thing to be a serious pain. He spends his time watching anime, playing video games, and daydreaming about going to the Human World. That all changes when he meets Fuyumi, a human girl who instantly wins Staz’s heart but subsequently loses her life to a man-eating plant. Staz refuses to give up on the girl of his dreams and travels across the Demon and Human Worlds in search of a way to bring Fuyumi back to life by any bloody means necessary.

The English dub cast for BLOOD LAD notably stars Bryce Papenbrook as Staz and Xanthe Huynh as Fuyumi and also features talented voice actors such as Johnny Yong Bosch, Kyle Hebert, Cristina Vee and Wendee Lee in key supporting roles.

“BLOOD LAD was adapted from Yuki Kodama’s bestselling manga series and offers a hilarious, action packed story featuring plenty of adventure and laughable situations, and fans won’t want to miss the chance to own the complete series as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Animation Marketing Manager. “The combo pack also features a wealth of entertaining bonus material including the BLOOD LAD OVA which picks up right after the series’ final episode and follows Staz and Fuyumi as they journey to the Demon Acropolis. Don’t miss this special release coming next month!”

For more information on BLOOD LAD, or other award-winning anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

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Fox ADHD’s Goodbye Ghibli Is A Quirky And Sweet Tribute to Studio Ghibli’s Magic


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The announcement that Studio Ghibli would cease feature film production for a while sparked a lot of powerful emotions in the fan community. Since the day the news broke, we’ve seen a massive outpouring of thanks and affection from fans of all stripes.

We’ve seen fan art, written tributes, and video messages, as admirers expressed their hopes, their regrets, and their deepest affections for the magic that studio was able to craft.

Even Fox’s ADHD group, who are best known for cheeky parodies and off-color humor, weren’t immune to this. Their latest video, “Goodbye Ghibli,” is a touching love letter to the studio and its legacy. Set to a sweet acoustic song, the short gives props to all things Ghibli, from Kiki’s Delivery Service to Porco Rosso and Totoro.

Before you ask, yes. Pom Poko gets a nod, and yes, it’s for the reason you’d expect.

Anyway, the short itself is just two minutes of pure Ghibli love, delivered in a way that can bring a tear to even the driest eyes.

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Aug 24

AniWeekly, 8/24/2014: Vampires and Doujins and GALs, Oh My!


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Welcome to our second installment of AniWeekly! We’re still feeling out the kinks, so let us know what you like!

Let’s start with a little shameless self promotion. Anime Herald is looking for a pair of DVD/Blu-Ray reviewers. If you think you can talk nerdy with us, feel free to drop us an application!

Who wants more Clannad? At this weekend’s Japan Expo USA, Sekai Project announced that they’ll release Visual Arts’ Clannad (Full Voice Edition) on Steam. No date was announced, but Sekai Project is working with Key to localize Planetarian for a September 12 release.

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Welcome to Toonami, Alucard! FUNimation announced that Hellsing Ultimate will hit Adult Swim’s Toonami block. The series will replace Black Lagoon in the 3:00AM Eastern (12:00AM Pacific) time slot. Each episode will be edited to adhere to a TV-MA rating, as well as to fit that 1-hour time slot.

By the way, have you heard that FUNimation’s finally releasing the last two episodes in the west? That’s right. The conclusion to this exceptional OVA finally hits on October 26!

That series that sparked an obsesion. What was the series that got you into anime? Was it The Slayers? How about Haruhi? Or was it something like Steins;Gate or Sword Art Online? In the name of science (and entertainment!), Charpedia polled its users to see what shows dragged them into the subculture. The results were surprising, to say the least.

Any Saori Hayami fans out there? Japanator published an interview with the Eden of the East and Anohana star. It’s short, but definitely worth a read.

What are the doujinshi translation ethics? Lauren at Otaku Journalist published an article about the ethics of translating and distributing doujinshi, as well as the potential roadblocks that may arise in the process.

Looking to round out your weekend watch list? Manga Entertainment has the entire run of Super GALS! for free viewing on their YouTube channel. If you’re on the fence about whether it’s worth a watch, you might want to give our review a quick look.

Under the Dog, but over the top in promise. Earlier this week, we published an in-depth look at KickStarter project Under the Dog. In addition to a breakdown of the drive itself, we had a chance to interview the folks making it happen.

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And now for something completely different: Have you heard of  #OperationPlatinum? The fan drive aims to drive a million sales of upcoming Wii U game Bayonetta 2 by raising awareness via social media and other means. Best of luck, everyone!

Your moment of zen. It turns out that practice actually doesn’t make perfect. Go figure!

Weekly Fun Stuff: To celebrate Hellsing Ultimate’s addition to the Toonami lineup, let’s get a little AMV-ish in here! The selection below took Best Action at FanimeCon 2014. Just a warning for the squeamish: there IS  some gore!

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Aug 23

A Breakdown of Japan’s Piracy Crackdown That’s Equal Parts Funny And Informative


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Last month, Japanese government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry revealed that they would launch a major anti-piracy campaign. The campaign would be the first of its type, as the government banded with publishers and anime producers in an attempt to crack down on piracy of popular anime and manga.

In addition to a five-month engagement, which includes the monitoring of traffic and sending of takedown notices, the group started the Manga Anime Guardians project. Through the project, the group’s website would ideally serve as a hub for anime fans. Searches for shows would direct users to places where users can legally view or buy the show. The site itself is slickly designed and quite functional, and the campaign in general is a fairly benign attempt to switch users to official channels.

While it’s a good start, there’s a lot of work to be done.

That said, there are bound to be questions about the campaign and its potential impact on the anime world at large.

Enter Tofugu.

YouTuber Tofugu uploaded a video that does a great job of explaining the drive in general terms, as well as various shortfalls and areas for general improvement. It’s funny, well-produced, and surprisingly informative about a generally dry topic.

Also, bonus points for name-dropping What’s Michael? That series really needs more love.

Anyway, we’ve posted the video above, so definitely check it out!

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Help Wanted: DVD/BD Reviewers


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We are currently accepting applications for two Blu-Ray/DVD reviewers at Anime Herald. We are seeking someone who is familiar and passionate about anime, and open-minded enough to embrace everything the medium has to offer. Review material will be provided. If you are interested in the position, please fill out the form below. [contact-form-7]

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