ANIME TODAY #92: Talking Manga Publishing With Erica Friedman of ALC Publishing

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Episode run down:

Many fans often think to themselves, “why don’t we go out and license this overlooked niche title so that it gets a chance to be released in the US?” In this episode, we’re going to be talking with someone who started out just that way. Erica Friedman is President of Yuricon and ALC Publishing, and is a regular blogger and contributor to various review sites. In this interview, you’ll get a taste of what its like to be a manga publisher and how she’s been able to bring yuri titles to the US.

The music for this episode is from’s Romantic Waves CD by BESPA KUMAMERO. We’d like to thank for letting us feature music from their CDs, a full list with the times each song was played will be posted at the bottom of this episode’s show notes at Also, if you’re in the Boston area, they’re going to be a guest at Anime Boston this year, which is just a couple weeks away.

Chad starts out this episode with his rundown of What’s Hot in the World of Anime and Manga, and then Shawne’s “Falling in Love with Savings” on FUNimation DVDs. After that, we’ll have the first part of our interview with Erica Friedman.

Rich and Nick have the winners for the latest “Weekly Otaku Blitz” Contests and then Chrisy returns with an all new If.../Then segment on Fullmetal Alchemist. Kris and Judy are back just in time to update us on some relaxing new trends in the Japanese art world and then we jump back in to Erica's interview to discuss the lengthy process from acquisition to publication. Rich and Nick have the latest con updates from and then Judy fields a question from a listener about Japanese travel destinations for tourists looking for a traditional Japanese experience and also for those looking for more of an “anime and manga” experience. In the final part of Erica's interview, we go into the challenges of distribution for a smaller company and what's coming up in the future for Yuricon and ALC Publishing. We wrap things up with a few recent customer reviews from


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Seeking to change an apathetic, lazy and unmotivated society, the government decides to give its populace a serious wake-up call. How? By reminding citizens of how precious - and precarious - life can be through a regular lottery that selects a random citizen to be killed within 24 hours of notification of his “luck.”

Discover what fate has in store for the characters of Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit Graphic Novel 1 on May 12th.

When rogue shinigami Ryuk deliberately drops his Death Note in the human world as a way to combat his boredom, he has no idea how far the human who picks it up will take his newfound power. With the Death Note in hand, brilliant high school student Light Yagami vows to rid the world of evil. When criminals begin dropping dead one by one, genius detective L steps in to track down the elusive killer known only as Kira, and an epic battle of wits pitting one brilliant mind against another begins.

Ryuk's not bored anymore! See events unfold through different eyes when Death Note Relight 1: Visions of a God stalks in on June 16th.

While wandering the war-torn countryside, a nameless ronin stumbles upon a young boy named Kotaro, his dog and the many Chinese assassins dispatched to claim the boy in some strange ritual for immortality. Seeing something of his own past within the child, the nameless swordsman chooses to act as his bodyguard. But can he truly keep Kotaro from the clutches of the Ming and their bloodthirsty blonde mercenary, Luo-Lang?

While supplies last, customers ordering this Sword of the Stranger DVD will also receive a Sword of the Stranger collectors' book! Previously sold at the Japanese theaters that originally screened the film, this square-bound, 30-page movie program features full-color promotional artwork, screenshots, character designs, concept art, and more!

Prepare for battle, as the Sword of the Stranger DVD charges in on June 16th.

The train is pulling in and both mobsters and monsters are ready to settle a score that's been a long time coming. But this isn't about revenge or pride. This is about the ins and outs of living forever. It's about making your way among thieves with honor and sticking up for the guys standing by your side and the gals that love you.

Watch the final set of events unfold when Baccano! DVD 4 hits the streets on June 16th.

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

Shawne's Specials and the Fall in Love With Savings Sale!

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Erica Friedman, President of Yuricon and ALC Publishing

Erica Friedman, President of Yuricon and ALC Publishing

Yuricon and ALC Publishing:
Okazu – *The* Yuri anime and manga blog:
Yuri Monogatari 6 video trailer:
Yuricon on Twitter:

ALC Publishing Titles at Non-Adult   Adult 18+


Right Stuf Contests and Updates


We’re excited to offer listeners a chance to win one of FIVE (5) one-day passes to Anime Expo 2009, which takes place July 2-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center! (This contest is for one day’s admission to the convention itself. You will still be responsible for your own travel and hotel arrangements.) To enter, visit our Contest page in the “What’s Hot” bar at before June 4th. We’ll announce the winner during the June 5th episode of Anime Today!

Enter the "Anime Expo 2009" Contest!
Enter the "Anime Expo 2009" Contest!

Congratulations to our Otaku Week #5 winner: Jeremiah K of Rock Springs, Wyoming, won a Blue Dragon gamer pack featuring Blue Dragon for the Nintendo DS, plus a Blue Dragon T-shirt!

And congratulations to our Week #6 winner: Thomas J of Hayward, California, who will receive a Bleach gift pack, containing a Bleach mini-figurine and trading cards!

For this week’s contest one lucky fan will win the first three volumes of the manga Toto! by Yuko Osada!

To enter for this week’s contest, visit for more information and get your entry to us by the end of the day on May 14, 2009. The next contest kicks off on May 15st! We’ll announce the winners both via Twitter and on the next episode of Anime Today!

Enter the "Weekly Prize Blitz" Contest!
Enter the "Weekly Prize Blitz" Contest!

If…/then with Christy

You’ve most likely come across the fan frenzy that’s erupted since the premiere of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Both the original Fullmetal Alchemist and the current retelling follow the journey of the Elric brothers as they tirelessly search for the fabled Philosopher’s Stone in order to reverse a near tragedy from their youths. A mix of supernatural powers, action, drama, horror and comedy come together resulting in one of the most popular series from the last several years.

If you find yourself squirming in anticipation of each week’s next installment, there are loads of options to help tide you over.

First and foremost, if you can’t get enough of Ed, Al, Roy and the rest, you definitely want to pick up the Fullmetal Alchemist manga.

If you were intrigued by how a childhood trauma was integral in shaping the Elric brothers’ lives, you might want to check out the newly released D.Gray-Man, Part I. Allen Walker, the young hero of the story, experienced great loss as a child and is fueled throughout his adventures by a mix of duty and revenge. The supernatural current that flows throughout the series is similar, in a sense, to that of Fullmetal Alchemist. And while Allan’s abilities wouldn’t be classified as alchemy, nor are akuma the same as homunculi, there’s definitely a compelling similarity between the two series.

Chrono Crusade, like Fullmetal Alchemist and D.Gray-Man, blends supernatural elements with drama and action to create a setting full of thrills and epic adventure. The two main characters, Sister Rosette and demon Chrono, are tied together by a mystical bond which gives Chrono extra special abilities. Each time he keys into those powers, however, a sacrifice of sorts must be made. The relationship between the two is a constant struggle to find a balance between duty and love. And if that weren’t complex enough, add to it a plot to overthrow Heaven and Earth, factions of “devils” and “sinners,” and a quest to save Rosette’s younger brother.

As always, we have a few extra suggestions for FMA fans from our forum members, including Joelgundam01’s recommendation of Last Exile. Kakashi12210 also thought that fans might enjoy Buso Renkin. “Both Fullmetal Alchemist and Buso Renkin have the presence of alchemy, the Philosopher's Stone and homunculi.”

These titles, as well as a number of others made on the forums, are available in North America.

To view all of the recommendations, or provide some of your own, head to our Anime Today discussion forums on, and make a post in the Fullmetal Alchemist If…/then thread. You’ll also find rec threads for potential If…/then segments.

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  • Romantic Waves By BESPA KUMAMERO

    Romantic Waves By BESPA KUMAMERO

    0:00:00 --- 04. Melty Vision

    0:02:32 --- 05. haguregumo

    0:05:20 --- 07. Muddy Romantic

    0:06:59 --- 13. wise brain computer

    0:18:57 --- 01. Crazy Bathroom

    0:20:37 --- 08. buried future

    0:23:35 --- 06. Nylon Wave

    0:30:51 --- 13. wise brain computer

    0:38:55 --- 10. Badger

    0:40:20 --- 14. losing time

    0:44:27 --- 13. wise brain computer

    0:57:46 --- 11. AIR

    1:00:38 --- 03. R.R.D. (Retro Radio Disco)

    1:01:25 --- 14. losing time