Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce the launch of rentalmagica.rightstuf.com (http://rentalmagica.rightstuf.com) – the official series site for the RENTAL MAGICA anime, which is set to make its North American DVD debut in late November 2009.
Press Release from Right Stuf, Inc.
GRIMES, IA, November 10, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce the launch of rentalmagica.rightstuf.com (http://rentalmagica.rightstuf.com) – the official series site for the RENTAL MAGICA anime, which is set to make its North American DVD debut in late November 2009.
At rentalmagica.rightstuf.com, visitors can:
* Read the latest news about Rental Magica’s North American release;
* Check out in-depth character profiles;
* Watch a new trailer for the Rental Magica Part 1 DVD Collection;
* Download desktop wallpapers featuring official Rental Magica artwork; and
* Enter a contest for one of 10 Rental Magica posters from Japan!
The Rental Magica Part 1 DVD Collection is scheduled for release on November 24, 2009. It will offer fans the option to view the first 12 episodes of the series in both "broadcast order," as seen on Japanese television (and on the Japanese DVD release), and "chronological order," according to the timeline presented in the novels that served as the anime series’ inspiration. Additionally, the release will include a book that features 128 pages of interviews, director’s commentary and background information about the series and its mythology. (These supplemental materials were originally included with the Japanese limited-edition DVD releases.)
About RENTAL MAGICA
A supernatural action-adventure, Rental Magica is set in a world where magical organizations – staffed by specialists wielding both Eastern and Western disciplines – vie for work, prestige and power.
Written by Makoto Sanda and illustrated by pako, the Rental Magica novel series currently spans more than 14 volumes and was named "Best Action Story" by Japanese fans as part of the 2007 Light Novel Awards. It has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s magazine The Sneaker since its 2004 debut, alongside the novels that inspired The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Trinity Blood anime series, as well as the official novelization of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. Manga interpretations of Rental Magica also appear in the shoujo (girls’) anthology Asuka and the shounen (boys’) anthology Comp Ace.
Rental Magica’s anime adaptation features direction by Itsuro Kawasaki (Sengoku Basara, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: The Movie), series composition by Mamiko Ikeda (Emma: A Victorian Romance), animation character design by Minako Shiba (.hack//SIGN, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE), and animation production by ZEXCS (Chrome Shelled Regios, Mushi-Uta).
Its vocal cast is led by Jun Fukuyama ("Lelouch" in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, "Kimihiro Watanuki" in xxxHOLiC, "Lawrence" in Spice and Wolf), Kana Ueda ("Yumi" in Maria Watches Over Us, "Rin" in Fate/stay night, "Mikan" in Gakuen Alice), Mikako Takahashi ("Amy" in Burst Angel, "Ayumi Yamada" in Honey and Clover, "Gyokuyou" in Coo ~ Our Guardian), and Junichi Suwabe ("Archer" in Fate/stay night, "Greed" in Fullmetal Alchemist, "Fuuma" in X TV).
Visit rentalmagica.rightstuf.com for more information about Rental Magica, to view the trailer and to pre-order the first of two box sets.
About RENTAL MAGICA
Destroying supernatural monsters… dispelling dark magic… It’s all in a day’s work for the mages of Astral! However, after the mysterious disappearance of the company president, they’re left in a lurch. His son, Itsuki Iba, begrudgingly fills in, but Itsuki’s unfamiliarity with magic could spell bad news for Astral – especially with their rival Goetia vying for the very same contracts. As the jobs grow ever more dangerous, they soon find that staying in business is the least of their worries. Episodes 1-12 in both "broadcast" and "chronological" orders.
RENTAL MAGICA Part 1 DVD Collection
Street Date: 11/24/2009
Runtime: Approximately 525 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Drama / Supernatural / Action
Suggested Rating: 13+
Format: DVD (Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0919
Case Qty: 9 / case
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: View episodes in both "broadcast order," as seen on Japanese TV (and the Japanese DVD release), and "chronological order"; character bios; special promo 1; commercial spot 1; clean opening 1; clean closing 1; Rental Magica Part 2 trailer; and Nozomi trailers. AND: A book with more than 100 pages of background information about the series and its mythology.
ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, 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, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us, ARIA and Gakuen Alice, 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.