ANIME TODAY #47: Anime Iowa Special: Interviews With Convention Guests, Cosplayers & More!

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It’s August in Iowa and that means a few things: The corn’s now most likely taller than you, the folks at the Iowa State Fair are sculpting things out of butter and frying things to sell on sticks, AND otaku from all over the Midwest converge for one weekend to celebrate a common love for anime and manga. Emerging from our anime compound hidden in the fields of small town Iowa, Rich, Alison, Chad and Nick decided to trek on over Coralville last weekend for a fun and relaxing time at Anime Iowa 2007. For episode 47 of Anime Today, we’ll be sharing some of the quick interviews we managed to snag from cosplayers between photo opts and con guests between panels. Thanks to Geneon for the rockin’ music throughout this episode and Rich will clue you in to where it’s from at the end of the show.

Starting things off is Chad with some great anime picks in his “What’s Hot” segment with an all new Uso Deshou mystery plot coming up next. Shawne’s beginning a new Magical Summer Savings sale on DVDs and CDs from Geneon and then listen to my first few interviews live from the Anime Iowa dealer’s hall.

Kris and Judy discover ways to cool off from Japan’s summer heat in the latest Anime and Gamer’s Guide and then Nick returns with the Freedom contest winners and launch the new Galaxy Angel Rune contest. Our next few interviews from Anime Iowa are with two of this year’s featured guests, Jonathan Klein and Greg Ayres. Judy-sensei talks about the summer heat in the latest Mini-Japanese 101 lesson and then hear some of the new customer reviews from our online store. Rounding out this episode are the brief interviews Nick and Rich snagged from some of the terrific cosplayers as they wandered through the crowds and posed for photos by the beautiful lake fountain.

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What's Hot?

Satou is an unemployed college dropout and total recluse who has come to the conclusion that everything surrounding him is a conspiracy -- and that a secret organization called the NHK is the source of it all! He wants to bust free from the NHK’s influence but his inability to even go outside by himself presents somewhat of a problem, until he meets Misaki, a mysterious girl who chooses him for a “special project” which includes curing his anti-social, hikikomori tendencies. Will Misaki be able to help Satou change his ways? Find out when the anime adaptation of Welcome to the NHK makes its North American debut on October 2nd.

Reality and fantasy seem to be breaking down for student Kyo Sogoru. Is he really the smart, but unpopular swim enthusiast at his high school or the pilot of the giant robot Zegapain in a war-devasted world? From the day he meets Shinzuno, a mysterious girl, his life changes forever and he begins to question reality and his own sanity. Which life is real and which is fantasy? Kyo searches for answers as he fights the forces of the enemy GARDS-ORM and tries to keep his school swim club going. But is the truth even stranger than he's ready to deal with? Find out when Zegapain DVD 1 streets, with regular and box set editions, on October 2nd.

One day, Yuri, an average baseball-loving high school student, tries to save his former classmate from a group of hoodlums. But the thugs soon turn on him, dragging Yuri into the bathroom and pushing his face into the toilet. When they flush the toilet, he is transported to another world! Upon arrival, Yuri is taken to a castle and crowned King of the Demon World. Is he going to end up as the leader of the land, surrounded by his extraordinarily handsome liege, or will he make it back home? Join Yuri on his journey when the Kyo Kara Maoh! Season 1 DVD Set arrives on October 9th.

Born into an aristocratic Parisian family, Albert leads a privileged – yet dull life – until he embarks on a journey with his best friend, Franz. They travel to Luna, on the surface of the moon, and there they meet a very wealthy man called the Count of Monte Cristo. Completely fascinated by the man’s mysterious demeanor, Albert welcomes the Count into Paris high society, but soon he will discover the Count’s true motive: revenge. Will the count succeed? Find out on October 16th with the arrival of the DVD box set for Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.

After the massacre of her troops at the hands of the Valentine Brothers, Sir Integra recruits the aid of the legendary mercenary group "Wild Geese." In a rare moment of cooperation - and self-serving righteousness –the Vatican calls a meeting with Sir Integra revealing classified information behind the shadowy Millenium Organization.

This shocking truth (and troubling link to World War II) spurs her to send Arucard, Seras, and the Captain of the Wild Geese to South America on a search and destroy mission. However, the tables are quickly turned and Arucard and Seras are framed as international terrorists! The resulting bloodbath and public display of overwhelming power and carnage lights the fuse on a powder keg containing the Hellsing Organization and the Vatican's dirty little secret, The Millenium Organization. The latest installment of the Hellsing OVA hits North America when Hellsing Ultimate DVD 3 debuts, with regular and special editions on October 16th.

Save 25% or more on these titles by preordering them from at least 10 days before their street dates. Get another 10% off by joining the Got Anime purchasing club for Frequent Buyers.

Check out the PREORDERS and the Got Anime? Purchasing Club!

Shawne's Specials and Magical Summer Savings Sale!

Shawne's Specials and Magical Summer Savings Sale!

Where has the time gone? The summer has just flown by. But you can still take full advantage of the last days of summer with magical savings on DVDs and select CDs from Geneon! It's the perfect time to catch up - and/or get your pre-orders in - for established favorites like Ergo Proxy, Fate/Stay Night and Shakugan no Shana or discover new ones like Karin, Black Lagoon, Story of Saiunkoku and When They Cry!

From now until August 26 take at least 35% OFF the retail price of DVDs and take at least 28% OFF the retail price of select CDs* from Geneon. (This includes pre-orders!)

Just use the reusable coupon code magic when you check out through

REMEMBER: If you're a Got Anime member, you can stack your disave up to 42% OFF on DVDs and up to 35% OFF CDsscounts for even more savings! (This means you have the potential to ! Check out for more details.)

To get started on your savings, just click on the "Magical Summer Savings" banner at This will bring up a list of all of the Geneon products we carry! Now - this list will also include Bargain Bin and Closeout items, which are already discounted well beyond the sale percerntages, so they’re not eligible for more discounts - but they’re also great deals to add to your order, with some items as low as $3.99. You can tell which items are excluded on the individual product pages (they will say "not eligible for additional discounts"). Then add as many great items to your cart as you can, and enter the coupon code on checkout!

Not to be left out, there are great box sets in the weekly specials this week for 45-60% off - giving you some amazing savings. Stock up on as much anime as you can - the cold, harsh winter is fast approaching...

See all of Shawne's Weekly Specials!
Check out the Bargain Bin!

The Anime and Gamer's Guide with Kris and Judy

The Anime and Gamer's Guide with Kris and Judy

The Anime and Gamer's Guide with Kris and Judy
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Right Stuf Contests and Updates

Galaxy Angel Rune DVD 1 (S): Launch! Angels Galaxy Angel Rune DVD 2 (S)

It’s time to check in with the Angel Troupe and tag along on their adventures – and misadventures – as they strive to protect peace in the galaxy!
In our new Bandai Visual contest, two lucky winners will each receive a prize package that includes both volumes 1 and 2 of Galaxy Angel Rune!
This contest runs for a full 4 weeks so be sure to check out our Contests page , under “What’s Hot” at and get your entry in before September 13th! We’ll be announcing the winners on the episode 49 of Anime Today!

Freedom DVD 1

Congratulations to Irene D of Eagle Pass, Texas and Cydney B of Fall River, Maine! Each of you will soon receive a copy of Freedom DVD 1, the first anime dual HD-DVD and DVD disc released in North America!

Dragon Ball Z Season 3 Uncut DVD Set (Hyb)

Mini Japanese 101 with Judy-sensei!

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