Right Stuf's ANIME TODAY Talks Manga With TOKYOPOP's Stu Levy

Plus reviews, Japanese 101, Ketchup Mania, contests & more in episode 61!

GRIMES, IA, February 29, 2008 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Stu Levy - the president, C.E.O. and Chief Creative Officer of TOKYOPOP – to episode 61 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, Levy discusses how he was introduced to Japanese pop culture, the challenges of pioneering the right-to-left manga format in North America, the effects of a saturated manga market, how TOKYOPOP differentiates itself from other publishers, social networking, his company's film and television projects, his personal favorite titles and what TOKYOPOP has in store for 2008.

Also in episode 61 of ANIME TODAY:

  • Chad tells listeners "What's Hot" in the world of anime and manga.
  • Shawne reminds fans about the "Bebop 'n' Bargains" on titles from Bandai Entertainment.
  • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the contest for a New York Anime Festival souvenir package and unveil a new contest for Dragon Ball Z video games on several game platforms.
  • Marie checks out Mine Yoshizaki's Sgt. Frog manga.
  • Judy-sensei talks about "coming and going" in a new Japanese 101 lesson.
  • Listen to musical clips from the recent JapanFiles.com release, Greetings from Tokyo by Ketchup Mania.
  • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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Released every other week, ANIME TODAY is the first commercially-produced podcast aimed at enthusiasts of Japanese animation and comics ("anime" and "manga"). Each episode features fresh content and gives listeners a glimpse into what's new and what's hot in the world of anime and manga. Segments include reviews of titles from all major anime studios, insights into the industry from anime producers, tips on traveling to and around Japan, interaction with listeners, contests, prizes and more.

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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.