Right Stuf / Nozomi Entertainment & Tokyopop Team Up to Present a Manga Preview of THE THIRD at www.TheThirdAnime.com

Site features sneak peek at manga prequel, plus downloads and more!

GRIMES, IA, February 29, 2008 - Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc./Nozomi Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures USA are pleased to unveil a sneak preview of THE THIRD manga - available from TOKYOPOP on March 11, 2008 - at www.thethirdanime.com, the official site for THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE.

Also at www.thethirdanime.com, visitors can:

  • Preview sound and video clips, including those from next volume of the anime, Vol. 5: Shadows of the Past, which streets on March 25, 2008.
  • Read about the series, its origin and characters;
  • Watch the series trailer; and
  • Download audio clips, wallpapers, avatars and cell phone wallpapers.

Both the 24-episode anime and the manga are based upon a popular series of novels and short stories written by Ryou Hoshino and illustrated by Nao Goto.

Spanning more than 16 volumes, the original fiction has appeared in Japan’s Dragon Magazine since 1999, alongside the serialized novels that inspired the hit Full Metal Panic! and Slayers anime series. Additionally, the manga for The Third ran in Dragon Age magazine, home to the Full Metal Panic!, Slayers and Chrono Crusade manga.

XEBEC (D.N.Angel, Negima!, Fafner, Elemental Gelade) produced the animation for the TV series, which ran on Japan's WOWOW satellite channel from April through October of 2006.

Volumes 1 through 4 of the anime are now available, with Vol. 3: Gravestone offered in two variations: a standard, disc-only edition and a limited edition that includes two, exclusive puzzles – featuring artwork from the series – plus an art box, designed to house the entire six-volume North American DVD release. Vol. 5: Shadows of the Past is due to street on March 25, 2008, and the series’ final volume, DVD 6: Final Decisions, is due to arrive on May 27, 2008.

Vol. 5 of 6
Pre-Book: 2/26/2008
Street Date: 3/25/2008
Runtime: Approximately 100 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Anamorphic Widescreen, Color
Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Suggested Rating: 15+

Format: DVD (5.1 and 2.0 English, 2.0 Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0803
ISBN: 1-57032-760-2
UPC: 7-42617-0803-2-6
SRP: $24.99

Discs: 1
Case Quantity: 30

DVD Features:
Scene access, Dolby 5.1 mix for English dialogue, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. Plus: Reversible cover, character bios, 12-page color booklet and Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

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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, 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.

Kadokawa Pictures USA is the Los Angeles-based arm of international multimedia empire Kadokawa Holdings, Inc., which includes: Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, one of the largest publishers in Japan; distributor and production company Kadokawa Herald Pictures; and Kadokawa Daiei Film Studios.

Remakes from the Kadokawa library include the successful "THE RING" franchise and smash hit "THE GRUDGE," as well as "SHALL WE DANCE?," "DARK WATER" and the upcoming "ONE MISSED CALL."

Kadokawa publishes over 100 fiction titles a month, is one of the largest publishers of manga (comics) in Japan, and produces and finances up to seven new films a year, as well as creating video games for distribution throughout Pan Asia.

In addition, Kadokawa produces many animated projects each year, including TV series, OVAs and animated films such as Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.