Industry and Fan Panel/Workshop Application Available Online Now

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An Outspoken Outsider With Amazing Singing Talent Tries To Fit In And Still Maintain Her Hard Edge In The Latest Manga Series From VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat Imprint

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Official Hotel Room Blocks Open and Special Passport and Hotel Room Block Only Benefits and Discounts for this Summer’s Most Anticipated Fan Event

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Written by Jim (Skullkickers) Zub, Illustrated by Shun Hong Chan in stores May 2012 from UDON and Diamond Distribution

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(February 7, 2012) — “BUTTERFLY,” the long-awaited new album from one of the most celebrated Japanese rock bands, L’Arc~en~Ciel, will be released in North America (U.S.), Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico on Wednesday; February 8, 2012 via iTunes. Described by Kerrang! as “The biggest band you’ve never heard of”, L’Arc~en~Ciel has sold over 40 million records and will also return to the U.S. in 2012, for the 2nd time in 20 years, on March 25th with a historic performance at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden. More information can be found at www.LArc-en-Ciel.com <http://www.LArc-en-Ciel.com>

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15 New Shonen Jump Series Now Available For Barnes & Noble’s 7-Inch NOOK© Devices, Including BAKUMAN?, BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, NARUTO, ONE PIECE And More!

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FIRST SQUAD: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

Posted On February - 6 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

First Squad is a Russian/Japanese collaborative animation effort that produced a dramatic WWII film with supernatural terrors amidst the horrors of war. Nadya is a teenager with the second sight, she can see the future. She was taken in and trained by the Soviet military to fight against the evil rise of the Nazi regime. However, when the SS raise the dead to try to defeat Russia, Nadya must use her own talents to contact the dead and fight the unstoppable.

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SYNOPSIS:
Life hasn’t been fair to Koyomi Morishita. Even though she’s in high school, she’s so short that everyone assumes she’s still in grade school. The boys and girls in her school tease her mercilessly, and she’s not exactly graceful either. On the other hand, she’s still better off than Yumiko, who has a magician trying to kill her… or at least, Koyomi was until their paths crossed! Fortunately, salvation arrives in the form of master mage and graduate student Misa Anehara, who agrees to take Koyomi under her wing in learning the new style of magic, which breaks enchantment down into sequences of code. That’ll be quite a task, given that so far Koyomi’s talent seems to consist of making washbasins randomly fall out of the sky. But if it was easy, it wouldn’t be magic, would it?

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BLUE EXORCIST VOLUME 5

Posted On February - 6 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Life’s never been a breeze for Rin Okumura, he’s never been to bright and he has a knack for landing himself in trouble far to often, but when he’s accepted into True Cross  academy to be trained up as an exorcist he thinks hes found a place where he fits in. Unfortunately, his friends have now seen his blue flame and his demonic powers first hand and are avoiding him like the plague! Rins brother Yukio is also riddled with uncertainties after an encounter with an exorcist/demon makes him question his motives and purpose.

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KAMISAMA KISS VOLUME 3

Posted On February - 6 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Nanami has been chosen to be the shrine deity even though she’s human. But being a shrine goddess sure does make it hard to focus on human things like attending school and keeping up with friends. Plus it doesn’t help that she’s developing a god-sized crush on her way too pretty guardian fox spirit guy, the cunning and handsome Tomoe!

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HOUSTON, February 6, 2012 — Sentai Filmworks is pleased to announce its license of PLANZET, a science fiction tale of invasion and human struggle and survival.  The creation of writer, director and character designer Jun Awazu, the movie is presented by industry innovator CoMix Wave (5CM Per Second, Hoshizora Kiseki) and has been featured at festivals such as the 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and SIGGRAPH Asia 2010.  CGI is directed by Shin Miyahara (Karas: The Prophecy) and music is by Shingo Terasawa with the main theme being sung by Chitose Hajime (Blood+).

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HOUSTON, February 3, 2012— Sentai Filmworks is glad to announce its licensing of THE BOOK OF BANTORRA, the action-packed anime where the story of your life is a book – literally!  Based on the light novels written by Ishio Yamagata and illustrated by Shigeki Maeshima, the 27 episode series is directed by Toshiya Shinohara (Black Butler, Inuyasha movies) with character designs by Masaki Yamada (Tiger & Bunny, Appleseed: Ex Machina) and music by Yoshihisa Hirano (Death Note, Broken Blade).

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REDLINE

Posted On February - 3 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Do you love racing enough to die for it? Your life is on the line when you race the Redline!

 

This is a phenomenal spectacle in animation! It is set in the distant future, in a galaxy far away where die hard race fans still compete in supped up cars at death defying speeds to win it all – the glory, the fame and for some, the money. JP is a racer who has racing in his blood. He could be a serious contender but his past and ties to the criminal syndicate force him into having to take the fall in races he dearly longs to give his all to win.  However Redline has more than a few surprise and many dangers. For one, the planet the final race is to be held on is a surprise announcement where not the racers or even the planet knows until the announcement. When it is announced to be Roboworld, a military planet that has no desire to hold the race and is fine killing anyone that tries, racers drop out. JP suddenly is given the chance of a lifetime and a chance at the beautiful number 1 racer Sonoshee.

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ROZEN MAIDEN COMPLETE COLLECTION

Posted On February - 3 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

SYNOPSIS:
Remember those nightmares you had as a child, where your toys came to life? That’s the reality that Jun Sakurada suddenly finds himself living in when Shinku arrives in a box. She’s the first of several magical Rozen Maidens to invade the secluded life he has made for himself since refusing to attend school anymore and living the life of a hermit. Worse, he finds himself magically bound to Shinku, his life force powering hers, and she’s not too crazy about the way he’s been living his life.

 
Unfortunately, fixing everything that’s wrong with Jun is going to have to take a back seat to making sure that Shinku survives the Alice Game, a competition that pits Rozen Maiden against Rozen Maiden for the prize of becoming a real girl, while the losers’ life essence is drained and they become lifeless toys again. In order to win this deadly game, Jun and Shinku will have to find a way to work together – but to do that they’ll have to start trusting each other first!

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THE MANGA GUIDE TO BIOCHEMISTRY

Posted On February - 3 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Biochemistry is a tough subject to wrap one’s head around, but luckily the Manga Guide series from No Starch Press has again come through with a guide that makes the material easy to access and fun to digest by way of a manga styled comic book format. It makes the subject matter easily accessible through large diagrams and the characters in the manga as they dial down the concepts by first introducing them by way of the girl tackling a diet.

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