There are hundreds, if not thousands, of American voice actors in the anime industry. Some are swept underneath the rug, confined to the realm of voice acting—or so choose to be—while others climb the ladder, moving on and achieving success in Hollywood or on Broadway. One talented voice actor has seen it all. Despite the fact that his voice acting career has covered roles in anime, video games, and American cartoons, Lex Lang wasn’t always the tenor of these characters. In this exclusive Anime3000 interview, Lang comes clean about his bottle water company, his band, and the time he was shocked—literally—during his first voice acting experience.
NEW MANGA SERIES FROM RUMIKO TAKAHASHI
VIZ Media and one of its parent companies – Japanese publishing giant Shogakukan – have announced a BRAND NEW series set to debut from Rumiko Takahashi, one of today’s greatest manga creators.
This is the first new original manga series from Takahashi sensei since her epic INUYASHA series ended in 2008. Shogakukan’s popular WEEKLY SHONEN SUNDAY manga magazine, which has featured Takahashi’s work since the early 1980’s, will be debuting the new series and VIZ Media will be publishing the manga series later in 2009!
With over 170 million copies sold in Japan alone, Rumiko Takahashi's various works continue to be loved by a multitude of readers, regardless of their age or gender. Takahashi's works, full of wonderfully endearing characters that readers are drawn to, combine the various elements of comedy, love, fantasy, and martial arts, and continue to create truly unique worlds.Add a comment
Kemono no Souja Erin (The Beast Player Erin)
Synopsis (1 episodes):
Kemono no Souja Erin is about a girl named Erin who lives with her mother in a town called Aka. Her mother watches over monsters known as Toudas as both their tamer and doctor. In the opening sequence of this series, we see the destructive force of the Toudas as they dismantle an entire army. The time period seems to be in the thirteenth or fourteenth century.
There is a cartoon quality to both the animation and character design. It's reminiscent of classic 1985 series, David the Gnome. There is a serious problem with pacing as the story seems to crawl in its pursuit to a main storyline.
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
Synopsis (1 episode):
It's always a good sign when you're laughing ten seconds into the show. Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou quickly disarms you with some quick slapstick, shortly before throwing you into a confrontation with a youkai world similar to that of a Miyazaki creation. There was a nagging sense that this wasn't the first episode to a new series. This wouldn't be revealed until later when news of an earlier 2008 series "Natsume Yūjin-Chō" surfaced. Even without the prior knowledge accompanying this episode, you can still follow the story.
Sora Kake Girl: The Girl Who Leapt Through Space
Synopsis (2 episode):
Sora Kake Girl takes place in the not so distant future where police ride around in mecha and cars travel on an x/y axis. The first two episodes force you digest a mouthful of characters, some more bland than others.
Akiha is a free spirited high school student that’s part of the affluent Shishidou family. She is alarmed to learn that’s she’s betrothed to a mystery man. Immediately she escapes the confines of her home and jets through space to go to school. Her assistant in the form of a robot potato named Imo-chan joins her on her great escape.
Synopsis (2 episodes):
"We can see your panties". Rin Ogata recklessly pilots one of the coolest motorcycles ever seen in any anime. It's half motorcycle, half gundam, but realistic enough to be the future of street racing. The main draw for this series is the adrenaline filled racing.
Ride Back takes place in the year 2025. The world is ruled by a new world order called GGP. Terrorists called BMA threaten to topple this newly formed government. What's great about Ride Back is the fact that this cliche story isn't the central focus of the series. Instead, it revolves around a student named Rin Ogata. She follows in her mother's footsteps and becomes a world famous ballerina. One day while performing on the main stage, she twists her ankle and opts for early retirement. It shows her struggling to live her life outside of the spotlight as well as her struggle with being a well known celebrity. It seems like she can't have a moment's peace as countless students approach her and remind her about her past.
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES ANIMATED DVD RELEASES FOR APRIL 2009
San Francisco, CA, January 28, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced their DVD lineup for April 2009, which include animated favorites such as HUNTER X HUNTER, DEATH NOTE, NARUTO, INUYASHA and POKÉMON. VIZ Media’s April releases include many hefty box set editions as well as some featuring special premium collectibles. VIZ Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro.
Del Ray Manga:
Del Ray chooses to play it safe this year given the economic situation, though not nearly to the degree that Vertical Publishing chose to (e.g., two Black Jack editions and a plethora of sudoku and o’ekaki volumes). Immediately upon introduction of their “new acquisitions”, Del Ray noted that they are “very proud to the publisher of CLAMP in the United States”, setting the stage for a slew of CLAMP stuff which, for the most part, is not original content (a Tsubasa art book and xxxHoLiC: The Official Guide). However, besides these safe and rather obvious additions to the Del Ray library, we see the release of Clamp in America, written by one of the editors at Del Ray, which could present an interesting look at the collaboration between CLAMP and Del Ray over the years.Add a comment
Synopsis (1 episode):
Akikan is about a can of soda that transforms into a girl. That’s the long and short of the plot. What makes up the charm and appeal of this series is the perverted nature of the boy that purchases the can of soda. His reaction to the soda pop girl is priceless. When he first presses his lips to the melon soda can, he suddenly finds himself pressing lips with a beautiful green-haired girl. His first inclination is to believe he is dreaming, so he immediately tries to have sex with her. Normally, simulated rape isn’t funny, but in this story it has its charm.
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