Jason Young

Jason Young

Former staff editor, occasional contributor to The-O Network. Part athlete, part avid gamer, 100% otaku certified.  

No Japanese Audio on Persona 4 the Animation Blu-ray Release stars

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Earlier today, North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks informed press outlets that their upcoming release of Persona 4 The Animation on Blu-ray will not include the original Japanese audio dub lowering their original MSRP from $69.98 to $59.98. Fans of the series who still want to hear the Japanese dub will have to settle for the DVD version which will include both tracks in addition to Japanese episode commentary. The English version will feature the original voice actors from the PlayStation 2 title including Yuri Lowenthal and Michelle Ann Dunphy.

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Multiple Acquisitions at Otakon

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Over the weekend, FUNimation announced a huge number of acquisitions including the rights to distribute AICSPIRITS' Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar, Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection, Fairy Tail Season 2, Fairy Tail the Movie, Aquarion Evol, the classic cult science fiction film Akira, One Peace Season 5,  and the One Piece Film at Otakon 2012.

Tamiyasu Tomoe (民安 ともえ) Interview @ Anime Expo 2012 stars

This year MangaGamer brought acclaimed eroge voice actress Tamiyasu Tomoe with them to Anime Expo 2012 as an industry guest. Tamiyasu's extensive resume includes her role as Yayoi in OVERDRIVE's Deardrops and as Rin/Riki/Sasasegawa in KEY's Little Busters!. Tomoe was gracious enough to sit down with our resident staffers, Benjamin Chu and Jason Young, to give us the lowdown on her career as a voice actress and who would win in a dispute between Rin and Yayoi!

May'n (Accel World, Macross Frontier) to release new album on USA iTunes stars

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As part of the effort to globalize May Nakabayashi's (May'n) popularity, RESONANCE Media has announced that the J-Pop starlet's latest album releases HEAT and If you... will be released in the USA iTunes store to help celebrate her upcoming ROCK YOUR BEATS Tour in San Francisco and Los Angeles this June.

Full press release after the jump.

Okami-san and Her Seven Companions (Blu-Ray/DVD) Review stars

Before I start, let me get something straight: I wanted to like Okamisan and Her Seven Companions, I really did. With Yoshiaki Iwasaki, one of the creative directors of Love Hina, at the helm and J.C. Staff, who animated Toradora! as well as the Shakugan no Shana series, producing the series, Okamisan and Her Seven Companions couldn't possibly have failed me.

Jack Niida: NIS America Producer Interview stars

We at T-ONO recently had a chance to interview NIS America producer Jack Niida at their annual press event in San Francisco. With the upcoming release of Atelier Meruru on the PlayStation 3 and Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention on the PlayStation Vita, a lot of fans are wondering what NISA has been up to these days. Here's what we found out.

Niconico and Aniplex of America presents "Puella Magi Madoka Magica English Screening Premiere"

Niconico and Aniplex of America presents
"Puella Magi Madoka Magica English Screening Premiere"news madoka magica
A FREE simultaneous streaming live event

Aniplex of America has announced today that they will host an Exclusive Screening of the first episode of the
hit anime series "Puella Magi Madoka Magica” in English. This will be a treat for fans as this screening event
will be shown in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan simultaneously for free. This one
day event will be on the Niconico Live-Streaming channel on February 10th, Friday at 20:30 PST (February
11th Saturday at 2:30pm Japan local time).

This will be the first time in history fans will get to hear their favorite Madoka Magica characters in English.
Japanese Fans will be happy to know that the show will be subtitled in Japanese. In addition, before the
episode there will be a special greeting from the English Voice of Madoka, Homura and Kyubey just for the
fans.

“It’s wonderful to share the opportunity to watch the English version of Madoka together with not only North
America but also in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. This will be a great chance for Anime fans to
re-visit and discover this great show,” says Hideki Goto, the president of Animation Business of Aniplex of
America.

Volume 1 of “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” will be available on February
14th (Valentine’s Day) in North America. The second and third volumes of
the series are available for pre-order at Rightstuf.com.

■Detail of the Live-Streaming
PROGRAM TITLE:
Puella Magi Madoka Magica English Screening Premiere
DATE:
Friday, February 10, 20:30pm US Pacific Standard Time
Saturday, February 11, 13:30 Japan local time
Saturday, February 11, 4:30
UK local time
Saturday, February 11, 15:30 Australian Eastern Daylight Time
(* Total length 30 min: minute program with special greeting)
URL:
http://live.niconico.com/watch/lv79795448

・Niconico.com: Niconico Live
http://live.niconico.com/
・Aniplex of America HP
http://www.aniplexusa.com
・Puella Magi Madoka Magica US Website
http://www.MadokaMagicaUSA.com
・Detail about Australian Release
http://www.madman.com.au

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

© Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Partners, MBS
※Illegal copy and usage is prohibited.

■Story of Puella Magi Madoka Magica
She has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time...
Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader at Mitakihara middle school, lives such a life.
One day, she has a very magical encounter.
She doesn't know if it's by chance or by fate yet, but this meeting will change her destiny.
This is the beginning of a new story of magical girls...

What is niconico?

Niconico is one of the largest video-sharing websites with roughly 23 million registered members and 1.4 million paid members in
Japan. In this site, users are allowed to share their feelings by writing comments onto uploaded videos being played.
As for its live streaming service, users can communicate with not only other users, but also performers or audiences appearing on live
videos by writing comments in real time. 【Japanese】http://www.nicovideo.jp/ 【English】http://www.niconico.com/

About niwango Inc.
(Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Representative Director & President: Seiji Sugimoto)
Niwango Inc. offers network entertainment services featuring epoch-making asynchronous communication including "Nico Nico
Douga", Japan's biggest video community service as well as "niwango", a search engine service making use of user-friendly mail
system. Official homepage: http://niwango.jp/

About Aniplex of America
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of
Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan.
Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite DVD and Blu-Ray releases such as Gurren Lagann the Movies, Durarara!!, R.O.D
series, the Garden of Sinners and Baccano! The company's ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles, Blue
Exorcist, Rurouki Kenshin OVA and Movie, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.. Official homepage: http://www.AniplexUSA.com


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