Attention “Death Note” fans

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VIZ Media has partnered with Hot Topic Inc. to promote the release of the live-action movie version of “Death Note.” Folks who buy the “Death Note” T-shirt or DVD in select Hot Topic stores will get a free ticket to the movie.

The movie will be shown in 300 cities at 7:30 p.m., May 20 and 21. The film based on the manga was released in Japan in 2006 and follows the manga’s story line closely, as far I know.

Ya want info on the event, head on down to deathnotefilms.com. If you’re curious about the manga itself, go to www.shonenjump.com.

News from the land of purple-haired school girls

Anime News Network, which I think is an essential source of anime info for every fan, is reporting that Viz Media will release “Death Note” on DVDs as well as have it available via digital downloads. No date yet when this will happen. Also no details on how this thing is supposed to work.

I guess the company is catering to fans like me who can’t wait to watch fansubs of the latest anime from Japan because we MUST see it now. Of course, when the official licensed versions come out on U.S. shores, I do rent or buy them.

According to ANN, fans will be able to download to own or download to rent soon after an episode is shown in Japan. It’s supposedly a first.

I highly recommend checking out Anime News Network for all things related to anime and manga. A friend asked recently what manga was. I guess you could roughly call it Japanese comic books.

Anyhoo, ANN is at www.animenewsnetwork.com

It was about time!

If you feel guilty sneaking around, downloading those illegal fansubs, you can now join ADV Films’ ‘Digital Universe’ website and download all you can… for a fee.

Still in its infancy, the site offers about a dozen different series to download, and for a limited time you can even get one “Guyver” episode for free!

According to the website, all episodes are DVD quality or better, and you will need Windows Media Player to watch them. If you have a Mac you might get away with just using the free plug-in for QT, flip4mac, to play your “PC files”, however, the files are encrypted so there’s a chance you might not.

Now that you know, quit that Bittorrent and your Limewire, and start paying for some of your Anime.

Fullmetal Xmas presents

If you can’t get enough of Fullmetal Alchemist, rejoice!.

Destineer’s Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy game for Nintendo DS is scheduled to ship this fall.

Aside from being able to play as Edward or Alphonse Elric, Roy Mustang, Alex Louis Armstrong, Izumi or Scar and stealing moves, the game will also include voice-overs from the English version of the series as well as cinematic scenes to keep things authentic. More than 10 touch screen mini-games have also been added between the main battles just in case you start to get bored.

Destineer is known for publishing titles such as Age of Empires III, Halo for the Mac, Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, and Starship Troopers.

So, before you run to the store and get your new ‘Tickle me Elmo’ you might want to check this out.

Bleach the Movie

For those of you who are fans of this series be glad to know that Bleach the Movie will be airing in Japan this December.

Although little is know about the plot various trailers have made it to youtube and other websites. If you can read Japanese you can also pay a little visit to http://www.bleach-movie.com/ , the official site, and maybe you can get a little extra info.

Rumors are that the movie will only be an hour long, which in my view makes more of a ‘special’ than a movie. Nevertheless I’ll be surfing the web to try and get a peak at this movie.

For those of you in the know, I’m sure you will find a way to watch it, probably the same day it airs in Japan.