RightStuf!/Nozomi Entertainment Industry Panel – Anime Expo 2012

Celebrating their 25 years of bringing anime fans plenty of joy, RightStuf!/Nozomi Entertainment held a panel filled with a few surprises that go beyond their new brand Five Point Pictures that cater to fans of Korean and Japanese live-action cinema. Believe me, RightStuf! simply does not disappoint in the very least as it offers us a peek into what we can come to expect in 2012 and even next year.

There’s a big announcement for manga fans as will be looking at a new service called RightStuf on Demand where manga fans will be able to read their favorite manga whenever they’d like … especially those titles that have been dropped or discontinued by their original publishers. You can now finish the manga version of Hetalia Axis Powers with Volume 3 of the series coming soon. Among the other manga titles is Psy-Comm, Volume 3 coming up this August and Bizenghast, Volume 8 that will become available on July 2012.

RightStuf will also be selling two original litographs for the Angel Beats series so fans of the anime series will finally be able to get their hands on these unique items.

Ah, but it’s their anime releases that got anime fans cheering including the news that Nozomi Entertainment will be sharing a spotlight with yet another new label, Lucky Penny. Nozomi Entertaiment will concentrate on their old releases while titles under the new banner, Lucky Penny, well be new ones. Here’s what they have in store for us.

Rental Magica and Maria Watches Over Us – These two familiar titles will be re-released in a more affordable package so those who missed out of these two awesome titles will get their chance very soon.

Dirty Pair Flash – The original Dirty Pair adventures can be found in this Flash edition and it is available through the RightStuf! website now.

Martian Successor Nadesico, Complete Collection – We have been looking forward to this one for a long time now so fans of the series will finally get their hands on this collection that will include the entire TV series, all the OVA episodes and the movie. You can expect this one to be released on September of this year.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

As I mentioned above, Lucky Penny is a new anime label that handles the new release anime titles and there are not one announced titles but three of them! Here are titles you can come to expect this year as well as next year.

Ristorante Paradiso – That right, Natsume Ono’s manga comes to life in this anime version that will be sure to please Ono fans everywhere or those who like a unique romance story. We can come to expect this series sometime this Fall.

Hyakko, Complete Series – The complete series collection will be released on DVD somewhere in Spring of next year and we already cannot wait.

Sweet Blue Flowers – The Complete Series will be available on DVD in Spring of 2013 and believe me when I say that it is sweet and sure to be a big hit.

FINAL THOUGHTS

All of these titles already look and sound fantastic and the new Lucky Penny line has us already wishing they were available especially Ristorante Paradiso. This is definitely going to be a great year (and already an interest 2013) for RightStuf! that will continue to be our favorite online retailer and anime producer for the next 25 years and beyond.

– Felicia Day

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