Hit manga and video game, Alice in the Country of Hearts has been adapted into a film.  QuinRose announced that the movie will follow a new story-line, that still fits with the Alice in Wonderland theme that made the series popular.  Along with a note from the developer, who said that the movie could be easily viewed by both the manga readers, and those who've played the game, and that previous knowledge of the game was not required for full enjoyment. The cast list includes Rie Kugimiya as Alice Liddell, with Yuko Kaida as Vivaldi, Jun Fukuyama as both Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Tsugou Mogami as Elliot, Katsuyuki Konishi as Blood Dupre, Kouki Miyata as Peter White, Daisuke Hirakawa as Ace, Noriaki Sugiyama as Boris, Akira Ishida as Joker, Tomokazu Sugita as Nightmare, Takehito Koyasu as Julius, and Kenyuu Horiuchi as Mary Gowland.The film is set to open in seven Japanese cities on the 30th of July.

Mamenosuke Fujimaru will began a new manga series entitled Alice in the Country of Joker:The Circus and the Lying Game, which  aired in the  June issue of Monthly Comic Zero-Sum.

Alice in the Country of Hearts Volumes 1-5 have been published by TokyoPop, and the future of Volume 6 is still unknown.  Two more video games, Alice in the Country of Clover, and Alice in the Country of the Joker, have also been released.

For a preview of the movie go to http://quinrose.com/game/alice_h_m/movie.html, or click the picture below. All pictures are copyrighted to QuinRose. Source:ANN
Welcome to the World; The biggest online RPG forum, where the player use headsets to enter a world that is so real, it becomes another reality. In this reality, you can be anything, and do anything you want.  Enter brother and sister Shugo and Rena, respectively. Rena has just won limited edition avatars for a special version of the game and pesters her brother to try it. Almost immediately, they are attacked by a level 40 Golem. With the Golem having a good 39 levels over them, you do the math, they would have been killed instantly but for two factors. Those factors names are: Aura, a mysterious girl who-not only saves Shugo's life- but gives him a strange bracelet that will help him defeat his enemies. And then, with a kiss, and an obscure message, that Shugo is the chosen one, destined to follow in the footsteps of the legendary .hackers, heroes that are more myth than reality. The other factor is an administrator named Balmung. Originally a very powerful player in the world, Balmung has turned his talents to administration, the planning of events and of course, the saving of very pretty young girls.

After their adventure, and the restoration of their game lives, they meet a rare items collector, a girl named Mireille. Mireille offers to team up with them because of their rarity, and because she finds them entertaining. Over the course of the book, they also befriend Ouka, a werewolf- this friendship resulted from a rather embarrassing incident, in which Shugo, believing Ouka,who at the time was in wolf form,  to be a NPC(Non-Player Character), gives her a dog collar and begins begging his sister to let them keep her.

Since Ouka is a high-level, and in Mireille's warped senses rare, it is no surprise the two are fast friends.  The next day, when the four agree to meet, Ouka and Mireille are running late. While Shugo and Rena are waiting, a newbie named Hotaru comes to them asking for help curing a sick grunty. (Grunty- a small pig-like creature that is rasied in The World, and can be, when mature,used to ride like a horse.) Apparently the only cure is Phoenix Down, a rare substance, costing more than either Shugo, who has agreed to help, or Hotaru can afford.

They set off to the Valley of Hades, to fight Cerberus, who is known to sometimes carry extra Phoenix Down with him. During this previous interval, Ouka and Mireille arrive, and express concerns over whether or not Shugo can handle such a high-level monster. All ends well however, and Shugo and Hotaru return safely, and the grunty is cured.

The last thing in volume 1 is the reappearance of Balmung, who is hosting a contest. In this contest, male players set out to save the "princess". Rena is chosen as princess and Balmung and Shugo fight it out to see who will rescue her first. Even though it basically ends in a tie, Rena acknowledges Balmung as  her champion.

Published by TokyoPop, .hack//LEGEND OF THE TWILIGHT is rated T, and is highly recommended by this website.

Ja Ne,
Sunday, June 5, 2011

Hatsune Miku X Corolla

Hatsune Miku and the Toyota car Corolla have formed a partnership. Miku now stars in two Corolla commercials that are currently being aired in the United States. For more on MikuXCorolla, go to toyota.com/corollamiku

Toyota is also helping to fund Miku's next live concert  in the US, which will be held in California, on July 2nd. 

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Friday, June 3, 2011


Picking up where the last episode ended, Inspector de Blois, (not to be  confused with his father the Marquis de Blois), and Victorique arrive outside of the theater where the performance of the Rose of Sauburne is to be held. Where upon, as they enter the building, Kujo, missing them by moments, finds Cecile and several stunned policemen. Cecile, as a teacher concerned for the safety of her students, had apparently stowed away in one of the Inspector's traveling cases, and has just now freed herself.

After hearing Cecile's disturbing report on Victorique's state of mind, Kujo races inside the theater in search of her. In voice-over, and while still conducting his frantic search, Kujo promises her that no matter what storm may come, he'll always be there.

When Kujo finally finds her, deep within the building, Victorique rejects him, telling him, with a pain and determination clear in her eyes, that this is as far as they will go. Kujo is then captured by two very annoyed doormen.

After they part, Victorique goes on alone to face the Marquis Albert de Blois, her father. She is lead to an old stage, the room filled with microphones, paper screens, and loud speakers.  Victorique  goes into an explanation as to why they want her to solve the Coco Rose case now.
The Inspector then launches into an overview of the Coco Rose Case for Kujo:
After Coco Rose (Queen of Sauburne)  had been moved to a country house, a French emissary came to visit her. She was then summoned to the royal palace to meet the aforementioned emissary.  Then, a headless corpse was found in the queen's chambers. The only person who had gone in or out of the room at the time was his Majesty, the King of Sauburne. Since there was no evidence pointing to him, he did not come under suspicion.  At the same time, the head fell into a room in the Queen's home, and then spontaneously caught on fire.  The case was never solved. 
He also states that if she cannot solve this case, she will probably not be allowed to return to the academy with Kujo. Upon learning that Victorique only has access to already public information Kujo sets out to find her what she'll really need. On his way out of the building, Kujo, hesitating for a moment because he sees a picture of Victorique, or rather it's really Cordelia, he meets one of Cordelia's old friends, who tells him about Cordelia's strange disappearance. (See our review on episode 19.) Just as he's leaving, he is startled by thew next picture, that of a girl named Nicole Le Roux, a woman who, nicknamed the Downtown Blue Rose, was not only a dead ringer for Queen Coco, but also disappeared somewhere near the theater.

After that, you see Brian Roscoe hiding in the shadow, looking out at the theater, and Cordelia, up on the roof of a nearby building looking down on her old workplace.

Then, Victorique tells her father she does not have enough Chaos fragments yet, and the guards surround her.  Kujo, in the meantime, discovers that the girl Nicole applied for a very specific job as a secretary immediately before her disappearance.  Their search leads them to the grave of Nicole, which lists her death as in the year 1900 the year of her disappearance, while sources remember seeing her alive 10 years after she abruptly left the stage.

 Then we pan back to Victorique, her hands bound behind her, as she sits in the middles of a magic circle, guards stand around her with bells ringing in their hands.  The Inspector begs his father to stop, but the Marquis tells him to watch and see the power of his younger sister. Critical to the end, Victorique sits and mocks the Ministry of the Occult' attempts to heighten her senses.

Cecile and Kujo are waiting outside for the Inspector to tell him what they know, when as he doesn't appear, Kujo sees Brian Roscoe, and chases him down a side street.  When he gets to the alley, naturally Brian is gone, but there is a rope hanging down out of an open window. Up the rope goes Kujo. While attempting to figure out how to get passed the guards, Roscoe again appears, and demands of Kujo where his fight and spirit went.  Flying past Kujo, Brian breaks down the door, and running quick enough to blow out the candles, grabs Victorique out from under her guards, and runs with her onto the stage.
        Now this is where it gets confusing, so pay attention:
Brian  lets Kujo in, telling him that the "Wolf Cub" is past the inner door, but when Kujo reaches Victorique, another, different Brian, the same one who apparently rescued her, is there, and with a swish of his cape, sends a gust of air through the room, and when the haze clears, only the Inspector, Kujo and Victorique are left in the room.

Kujo runs to her, and when Victorique realizes who's now holding her, she begins to panic, telling him she can't solve this case. But the touching moment is ruined when, of all things, the guards return. As it becomes clear the Inspector cannot hold the guard off any longer, Victorique rises and say she can solve the case.

After commending Kujo on his ingenuity in thinking to look closer at the Nicole Le Roux case, she goes to the cemetery to dig up Nicole's grave.         

                                            And so naturally, the episode ends here.                                                     
France has decided to knight manga creator Jiro Taniguchi, who's works include The Walking Man and The Ice Wanderer, Taniguchi will have the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters)conferred onto him.  France has not announced a specific date as of yet.
On her Twitter Account Thursday, Natsumi Matsumoto announced that her hit manga, Yumeiro Pâtissière, will end in the July issue of Ribon. Reaching 10 volumes by the end of the series, Yumeiro Pâtissière has been awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award, Children's Category, been adapted into an anime, as well as a second season anime titled Yumeiro Pâtissière SP Professional, both of which were simulcast on CrunchyRoll.  

Matsumoto also worked on St. Dragon's Girl, the last volume of which was published by Viz earlier this year.


Pictures From:ANN, Twitter, Simon and Schuster Publishing Company.
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Madhouse Meiji Candy Commercial

The Meiji Confection Company has released a line of original  commercials, which they created with the help of  the Madhouse animation studio, to showcase their line of new fruit flavored ( Grape, Mandarin Orange) gummys.  The 1st of the ad's was directed by Rintaro(Metropolis,X) with character designs by Yusuke Nakamura,and theme by GReeeeN. A second spot will air in July.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Furuichi arrested for threating Hirano

Today, police arrested Tomokazu Furuichi, 24, for threatening the life of voice actress Aya Hirano. Furuichi allegedly made numerous threats on the life of the popular voice actor, many of these threats were made on the internet forum, 2channel(2ch). These threats, made between April and May, included his statement that he would "Blow up Fuji TV.", and other "forcible obstruction of business".  Someone, using the name Tomokazu Furuichi, has been sending Twitter messages to Hirano's fans,  threatening them, saying he would kill her. 

For some time, Furuichi had been harping on Hirano's role in Picaru no Ashi demanding that the producers remove her from the show.  As time progressed, the tweets became more violent and direct, telling Hirano to kill herself, and so on.

FNN News posted a video (Japanese) covering the story.

picture from ayahirano.com
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