Friday, September 23, 2011

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 11-17

Ok guys! The New York Times has sent out their list of best selling manga for this week. I think they are only manga that are published in America.

Here is the list of Best Selling manga:

RankPrev. RankTitleAuthorPublisherPriceWeeks on ListCover
1-Sailor Moon Vol. 1Naoko TakeuchiKodansha ComicsUS$10.991
2-Codename: Sailor V Vol. 1Naoko TakeuchiKodansha ComicsUS$10.991
3-xxxHOLiC #17CLAMPKodansha ComicsUS$10.991
42Bleach #36Tite KuboViz MediaUS$9.992
51Naruto #52Masashi KishimotoViz MediaUS$9.992
63Black Bird #10Kanoko SakurakojiViz MediaUS$9.992
7-One Piece #58Eiichiro OdaViz MediaUS$9.991
8-Shugo Chara! #12Peach-Pit Kodansha ComicsUS$10.991
99Karakuridōji Ultimo #6Stan Lee, Hiroyuki TakeiViz MediaUS$9.992
104Dengeki Daisy #6Kyousuke MotomiViz MediaUS$9.992

Sailor Moon and Sailor V got the top 2! Yes!

If you want to have your favorite manga in the top of the list then buy the manga. Besides, it's also supporting the artist so buy them.

Bakuman's Dub Cast

Hey guys! The manga and anime series Bakuman will be dub in English! The North America anime distributor, Media Balsters, has already announced their english cast for this latest upcoming series. Here are the list of cast:
  • Moritaka Mashiro – Michael Sinterniklaas
  • Takagi Akito – Kevin T. Collins
  • Miyuki, Iwase – Veronica Taylor
  • Miho Azuki – Stephanie Shea
  • Kawasaki, Hayato – Jason Griffith
  • Fumio, various teachers – Mike Pollock
  • Kayoko – Julie Francis
  • Suzuki, Eiji – Robby Sharpe
  • Hattori – Wayne Grayson
  • Aida, incidentals – Scottie Ray
  • Sasaki – Dan Green
  • Nobuhiro, Kim – Marc Diraison
  • Miyoshi, incidentals – Amanda Shuckman
  • Yujiro – Chris Niosi
  • Various – Matt Bernhard, Rachael Lillis

They will be releasing their first volume this November. They also confirmed that they will be releasing Bakuman 2 as well.

(Info taken from Anime News Network)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sakura Hanazono and Shuzuko Kaga

To continue on with this month's anime/manga/game; from Kaichou wa Maid-sama today will be two of Misaki's friends:

Sakura Hanazono and Shizuko Kaga!

They are both Misaki's two good friends in school.

Sakura is 16 and likes to sing Karaoke. She considers Misaki as a reliable "Big Sister" always looking out for her. She is friendly and cheerful and, like other girls, relies Misaki for protection from the boys of Seika High.

Sakura is actually quite popular among the boys but always rejects them. Shizuko states that, she falls in love without even thinking what the person is really like. She also likes this famous band called UxMishi, partically the lead vocalist.

Shizuko is 16 years old. She is a sensible and intelligent girl who often spends her lunch time with Sakura and Misaki. She is a member of the flower arranging club and is good at math but she isn't good with anything physical. She has an older brother in a university and a younger sister in junior high.

All in all, these two are supporting characters in the show, always there for Misaki and trying to help her as much as they can, like she helped protect them at school.

(Info taken from Kaichou wa Maid-sama Wiki)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Blog Post

Hey everyone!

I'm sure that you guys noticed that I haven't been updating the blog. Well, it's school time for me and Midterms are coming up so I won't be able to upload it as much as I want.

So, here's how it goes:

1. I will still be updating my blog but the max post I will make is  3 or 4 posts a day or maybe more depending on the time I have, but I'll try to post at least 3.
2. For news, I might not get all the news to post for this blog but there are other alternatives. One of them is Anime News Network, so look at their website for more news.
3.I will still post up the Today's anime/manga/game but it will be change to this month's anime/manga/game (and depending on the series it might take more months) and I'll try to update at least 2 or 3 times a week, maybe more depending on the time I have.

I'm sorry again. I'll do my best to keep this posted.

Crunchyroll, TV Tokyo Sue YouTube Users for Unauthorized Anime Uploading

Crunchyroll and TV Tokyo have issued a lawsuit against 13 YouTube uploaders for allegedly illegal distribution of anime episodes, according to a copyright infringement complaint filed on May 11 and served between July and September. Crunchyroll and TV Tokyo are seeking reparation for "great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money" because of the defendants' allegedly unauthorized copying, uploading, and distributing via YouTube of multiple Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, and Bleach episodes.
Based on their YouTube subscriber information, the defendants reside in the United States, Japan, Canada, Denmark, and Hungary. Crunchyroll maintains its main offices in California (as does YouTube), so the suit was filed as a U.S. copyright violation in the Northern District Court of California. For the purposes of the lawsuit, TV Tokyo is giving Crunchyroll legal permission to act on its behalf in order to "permanently remove the illegal uploads of infringing parties from file-sharing services and to obtain legal relief against infringers."
The plaintiff companies' claim is that they "lose a customer opportunity" each time the uploading parties illegally disseminated anime episodes for which TV Tokyo and Crunchyroll hold legal distribution rights. TV Tokyo holds the broadcasting rights for Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, and Bleach. Crunchyroll holds online streaming rights for the mentioned episodes, including worldwide exclusive streaming rights for the first week after the original Japanese broadcast.

Crunchyroll issued a takedown notice to YouTube to remove the offending episodes. YouTube complied with the request, and the episodes involved in the suit have since been removed from the site. Under YouTube's video removal procedures, counter notifications were sent to the defendants, and the defendants each responded that the videos were removed due to a "mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled." However, Crunchyroll and TV Tokyo claim that because the defendants knew they did not have legal rights to the videos, they were engaging in willful copyright infringement.
Crunchyroll and TV Tokyo want the defendants to cease illegal uploading, destroy all illegal copies, and refrain from further unauthorized uploading. Crunchyroll and TV Tokyo are also seeking court costs and damages caused by the worldwide YouTube streaming.
On August 18, the Northern District Court of California granted a motion to allow the involved sides to pursue settlement outside of court if they so choose. The first date for the Crunchyroll and TV Tokyo representatives to meet with the defendants and a judge is set for November 18. According to documents filed on Wednesday, September 21, summons were served to three of the defendants on July 11, July 21, and September 20.

Crunchyroll's Statement

Crunchyroll co-founder and CEO Kun Gao has provided ANN with a comment on the situation:
Crunchyroll fully supports the legal streaming of anime, and even encourages users to watch our licensed videos on our official anime channel on YouTube. Categorically, we don't endorse legal action against anime fans and viewers. Recently, we have identified a few specific accounts on YouTube which were responsible for over 200 million unauthorized streams of our licensed content. These accounts were owned by repeat uploaders who continued to illegally distribute licensed shows despite receiving multiple DMCA takedown notices. In compliance with YouTube's TOS, filing a formal legal complaint was a necessary step in order to keep these illegal streams off of YouTube.
With permission and cooperation of our Japanese partners, we will continue to work on their behalf to protect their content from illegal distribution.
Crunchyroll is the only legal website where anime fans can watch shows such as Naruto Shippūden and BLEACH immediately after TV broadcast in Japan. Revenue we receive is shared with anime producers in Japan and goes toward making more great anime titles in the future. We want to thank anime fans worldwide for their continued support in helping us promote legal distribution of Anime.

Previous Legal Actions Against Anime/Manga Uploaders

This is not the first time legal action or proactive measures have been taken to stop the illegal uploading of anime and manga. The Japanese Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers asked YouTube to strengthen anti-piracy policies in 2006. 10 people were arrested in Japan in 2009 for using Share file-sharing software to upload various content including anime onto the Internet. In June 2010, a Japanese teenager was arrested for uploading scans of the One Piece manga onto YouTube. Other individuals were also apprehended in Japan last year for illegal uploading of anime with Perfect Dark file-sharing software. Internet downloading of anime episodes has also received prosecution around the world in the past. In 2007, Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs proposed plans to crack down on illegal downloaders and continued to push forward the initiative. In 2008, several Japanese anime studios filed a writ of summons for "heavy downloaders" in Singapore. Last March, Funimation filed a copyright infringement complaint against 1,337 BitTorrent downloaders of a One Piece episode. Funimation later dismissed its claim but retained the right to re-file the suit.

(Info taken from Anime News Network)

Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere's TV Ad Streamed

Bandai Visual's Lantis label began streaming a 21-second televisioncommercial for Manabu Ono and Sunrise's Kyōkai Senjō no Horizon (Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere) anime on its YouTube channel on Tuesday.
Minoru Kawakami's original school fantasy light novel series is set in a distant future when Japan is divided into feudal territories and conquered by other countries. There is a floating city named Musashi that is composed of eight ships in the skies. A war that will determine the fate of the world will be fought by students on the Musashi.
The anime will premiere in Japan on October 1. Bandai Visual confirmed on Saturday that the anime will have Blu-ray Discs at retail, but not DVDs.

(Info taken from Anime News Network)

4th Towa no Quon Film's 1st 8 Minutes Streamed

The ticket service Pia and NEC BIGLOBE's Anime One service began streaming the first eight minutes from the fourth installment in BONES' six-film series Towa no Quon on Tuesday. The fourth film opened in Japan on September 10, and the next installment will open on November 5.

(Info taken from Anime News Network)