A Message from Our Fearless Leader, Fall of 2006

It's hard to believe that the summer is almost over, and that we have passed one year here at our new facility. Time sure travels fast, and it seems as though there are never enough hours in the day. Pretty soon the leaves will start changing! Heck, next year will be our 20th year - boy, do I feel old.

The anime and manga market continues to mature, with lots of new and interesting titles coming out this fall. The big trend over the last year or so seems to be TV series sets in thinpak packaging. We have some of our own series, including Comic Party, His & Her Circumstances, Gravitation, and Boogiepop Phantom, being packaged into value priced sets for this holiday season. If you've never checked out these programs, this is a great chance to get a really good buy on these superb programs! Plus they take up less space on the shelf!

Personally, I'm just excited about our recent release of Ninja Nonsense. This show, reviewed by one website as the front-runner for the best comedy of the year, is just hilarious. We've set up a special website for the series at http://ninja.rightstuf.com - check it out for details about the show, plus great extras such as avatars, wallpapers, ringtones, video clips and more!

You can also keep in tune with what's hot and what's new in the world of anime and manga by checking out our bi-weekly podcast! These can be subscribed to with iTunes or you can listen to them on any MP3 player or on your PC. The newest episodes are always posted to http://www.animetoday.com.

As we look towards 2007, I am pleased to say we're making progress on our restoration and impending release of To Heart, which is discussed herein. This charming show, which is spoofed in the first episode of Comic Party, is sure to warm the hearts of anyone who remembers their time as a teen. Of course, as I have repeatedly said before, it has never been a better time to be an anime fan - with great new anime and manga titles coming every month, it's a far cry from when we started back in 1987.

I truly enjoy my visits with fans with the conventions I visit and by email. A business survives and prospers through the input of its customers, and we certainly appreciate your business. If you have any thoughts on what we might do better or any other suggestions, please feel free to email them to me directly. A great fall and holiday season to you and your family!

Have a great year!

Best Regards,

Shawne Kleckner
Shawne Kleckner
President and CEO