A Message from Our Fearless Leader, 2001

My, how the anime market has changed. Only 10 years ago, the market consisted primarily of males watching programs which were copies of copies of copies in Japanese.

Today, the awareness of anime has spread, and more and more females and children are fans. Television networks even have anime lineups, including FoxKids' "Anime Invasion", the Toonami Anime Block, and Anime on the WB. Digimon, Pokémon, Flint: The Time Detective, Monster Rancher, Tenchi Muyo, Escaflowne, Blue Submarine Number 6, Dragonball-Z, and more can be viewed almost daily.

To adapt to our changing marketplace, TRSI has done some redesigning on our printed catalog ; although we want to be a one-stop shop for all of your anime needs, we realize that there are several varied groups who receive our book, and want to make it useful to your specific taste.

Since anime is a wide-ranging medium, with programming for all ages, having all of the different types of material in one book is truly a challenge. Therefore, you'll notice that all of the adult material has been placed within a sealed section. Anything rated 18+ is in this section. It is also removable, so if you do not want to view the material, or don't want your children to view it, simply rip the section out and throw it away. It’s our way of being responsive to many parents’ concerns about inappropriate materials.

2001 truly begins the new millennium (since there was no year 0), and we see nothing but continued growth for anime, and TRSI will grow with it to meet your anime needs. We again doubled our warehouse space this past year, and our staff keeps getting larger. Throughout the book our employees have noted some of their favorite anime picks to share with you!

No print catalog can ever really be current. To see new products, which are added daily, check our website at www.rightstuf.com, or subscribe to our purchasing club, which gives you our quarterly newsletter and additional discounts and specials. Our website also has a great deal of anime information, including current product news, specials, an e-mail notification list, product reviews, cool contests, and much more! Check it out!

Our company is dedicated to the service of our customers. If you have any comments or suggestions, on the catalog or on other matters, please email me directly. I'll be out digging for the monolith.

Best Regards,

Shawne Kleckner
Shawne Kleckner
President and CEO