Right Stuf ANNOUNCES EMMA, LOST UNIVERSE COLLECTION & NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Right Stuf ANNOUNCES EMMA, LOST UNIVERSE COLLECTION & NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT

Anime Expo: New property announcements, preview of 20th Anniversary Year

GRIMES, IA, June 30, 2007 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. kicked off its 20th anniversary year a few weeks early with a trio of announcements during its June 30th panel at Anime Expo 2007. Right Stuf President and CEO Shawne Kleckner revealed plans to release both seasons of VICTORIAN ROMANCE EMMA, a collection release of the (previously) out-of-print, sci-fi comedy LOST UNIVERSE, and the renaming of Right Stuf’s production division to Nozomi Entertainment, as well additional details about the release of THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE.

VICTORIAN ROMANCE EMMA, Seasons 1 and 2

Right Stuf announced its acquisition of VICTORIAN ROMANCE EMMA, as well as its continuation (“Second Act”), which is currently airing on Japanese television. A historical drama set in late 19th century London, the series chronicles the love story – and the complications that result – when Emma, an honest and hardworking young maid, and William, an earnest suitor and member of the “gentry” class, fall for each other. 

Spanning a total of 24 episodes between the two seasons, this anime adaptation of Kaoru Mori’s manga features direction by Tsuneo Kobayashi (The Twelve Kingdoms, Glass Mask OAV, Super GALS!) and scripting by Mamiko Ikeda (Sgt. Frog, Fruits Basket, Princess Tutu). The original manga was honored with an Excellence Prize at the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival and is available to North American readers via DC Comics’ CMX Manga imprint.
Right Stuf will release the anime series through its Nozomi Entertainment label as two “season” box sets with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles:

  • The initial box set release will contain the 12-episode first season in its entirety; and
  • The second box set will include the 12 episodes of the series’ “Second Act,” plus “Episode 0: Intermission,” a recap/preview that aired prior to the start of the Season 2 telecast.

Additionally, the first 1,000 anime fans to order each box set will be recognized in a “special thanks” section of the DVD credits for that respective set.

For more information on Victorian Romance Emma, and to pre-order the box sets, visit emma.rightstuf.com.

LOST UNIVERSE Collection Thinpak

Right Stuf announced its license for LOST UNIVERSE, a sci-fi comedy/drama/adventure referred to by anime fans as “Slayers in space.” Both anime properties were based upon novels by Hajime Kanzaka (Slayers), directed by Takashi Watanabe (Slayers, Slayers Next, Slayers Try, Shakugan No Shana) and feature character designs by Naomi Miyata (Slayers, Slayers Next, Slayers Try).

The series’ first-ever DVD collection will include all 26 episodes of Lost Universe with the English-language dub from the original North American release, Japanese audio and updated English subtitles. The Lost Universe Collection Thinpak is scheduled to street during Fall 2007.

Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment & 20th Anniversary Celebration

As part of Right Stuf’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, Kleckner announced the renaming of its production division and the creation of its namesake anime label, Nozomi Entertainment.  The new designation is intended to reflect the division’s commitment to “what fans want,” as well as the specialty nature of the properties it will be releasing. The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye will be the first property released under the Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment label. For additional information, visit www.NozomiEnt.com .

The official launch of Right Stuf’s year-long anniversary celebration will take place on July 31, 2007, the date of the anime producer, distributor and retailer’s founding (which also happens to be the release date for The Third, Vol. 1).

More About THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE

Finally, Kleckner confirmed that Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures USA plan to offer an art box as part of the North American release for The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye. The first volume of the series, Encounter, streets on July 31, 2007. For more information, visit www.thethirdanime.com.


ABOUT THE RIGHT STUF, INC.

Founded in 1987, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.

Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.

From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Comic Party, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart and The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com .