Meetings suspended until further notice

Posted in Club Business at 12:21 am by mark

Due to continued difficulty in scheduling meeting times, difficulty in attracting new members, and increasing numbers of conflicts with member schedules, we have decided to suspend face-to-face meetings of the Longmont Anime Club for the time being. The web site and e-mail list remain active, and may be used by club members for communication; you can also reach Kris or myself via the usual e-mail addresses.

Expect to see members at the usual area conventions, and stay tuned to the e-mail list for any future developments.

Live long and prosper!


Longmont Anime Club update

Posted in Club Business, Meeting Announcements at 7:04 am by mark

I apologize that the site has gotten stale — been pretty busy with Real Life. The Longmont Anime Club is still active, though! We are not meeting tomorrow, July 17, but we are meeting on Saturday, July 31, from 1:15 to 3:45 PM at the library.

We’re also discussing some replacement series, as the membership decided to take a break from Naruto and Bleach. We’ve added Baccano to the lineup, with Angelic Layer as a backup when we have a younger audience, and are also discussing:

  • Utawarerumono
  • Daughter of 20 Faces
  • Uchuu no Stellvia
  • Shounen Onmyouji
  • Durarara!!
  • Kimagure Orange Road
  • Amatsuki
  • Devil May Cry
  • Pandora Hearts
  • Ah My Goddess OVA

Please send your thoughts on these series to either Kris or myself!


Manga Borrowing rules

Posted in Club Business at 11:46 pm by Kris

Hi there! Looks like our manga borrowing group is off to a roaring start! To that end, I’m going to post the rules that were proposed over the mailing list last week, just so everyone is clear on the rights and responsibilities here.

1. Members may borrow up to 2(or possibly 3) volumes
at any given time, and must return at least one to its
owner before borrowing another from any member.
2. Volumes must be returned within 2 meetings of when
they were originally borrowed, unless the owner of the
volume allows an extension at their discretion.
3. If the volume is not returned by the specified due
date, the borrowing privilages of the member who
borrowed the book will be suspended until the book is
returned, whereupon privilages will be restored.
4. If the volume in question is not returned by the
second meeting AFTER the one during which the book was
originally due, the member’s viewing privilages with
the club will be suspended until the book is returned.

5. The club will keep a list on file of what books
have been borrowed, from whom, and to whom the book(s)
have been lent. It is the responsibility of the book’s
owner, however, to let a club officer know if these
policies have been violated and that action needs to
be taken.
6. Borrowing is done entirely at the discretion of the
book’s owner, i.e. the book’s owner may decide to
bring a book in to show the other members but is in no
way obligated to lend it out. This applies especially
in the case of rarer materials or artbooks…
7. Apart from the enforcement of these policies, the
club is not responsible for any of the material lent
out, and is not responsible for the content of any of
the volumes. The club also asks that consideration be
made by the book’s owner in regard to its content,
i.e. age-appropriate materials, etc.

There, now it’s official! Several people brought lists of what they’ve got available to the last meeting, which is a great idea. Let me know if you want to post said lists here…
Also, check out the forum over the next couple of days for some new stuff…


Newsletter # 6

Posted in Club Business at 12:55 am by Kris

Hi Everyone! Just a few things in this installment of the Club newsletter…
1. Our next meeting is this Saturday, August 14 at the Library as usual, but at a slightly earlier time, from 11am -1:30pm instead of the usual time. Hope you all can make it!!!

2. Since I know a number of you have been interested in going to Nan Desu Kan, the annual anime convention in Denver, taking place Sept. 17-19, I wanted to let you know that discount advance tickets are still available until August 22. That’s $40 for the full weekend (after the 22nd, prices go up to $45 for the full weekend at the door) For those attending only 1 day, prices are $15 for Friday only, and $25 for Saturday/Sunday (again, only at the door, no 1-day tickets are available for pre-registration) The earlier in the year you register, or even register at this year’s con for next year, the cheaper tickets are, so that’s something to keep in mind. I’m still checking as to whether discount tickets are available to groups like the Club, let you know when I find out more.

YAY! At the meeting after next, on August 28, the LAC will be celebrating its second anniversary!!! We’d like to have a little party to celebrate the occasion, so bring some soda or snacks to share, and don’t forget to put on your wildest and wackiest anime-inspired wear (furry ears welcome!), t-shirt from your favorite show, etc. for the club photo!

As part of the celebration for the Club’s anniversary, it would be fun, in addition to a party at the meeting, to possibly go out for an informal dinner or lunch as a group. Obviously this would be voluntary and everyone would be responsible for their own transportation, meal, etc., but it would be great to just go and have a good time at one of Longmont’s Japanese restaurants (or someplace else, if the group prefers) Does this idea appeal to everyone? If so, what day and time would be best? Also, which restaurant? Ichiban has excellent food (including vegetarian options), fairly reasonable prices, and a casual atmosphere. I’ve never been to Sakura; is anyone else familiar with them and could give us some more info? or does everyone prefer someplace else? Let us know either via e-mail or the comments here on the club website. I’ll also mention this at the meetings so we can discuss further!

Well, that’s just about everything. See you at the meeting!


Club Newsletter #5

Posted in Club Business at 1:19 am by Kris

Hi everyone! Here’s all the news from the world of anime:
-First, there was apparently some miscommunication between Viz and Cartoon Network regarding the airing of the first Inuyasha movie; the date has now been pushed back to April of 2005 before it appears on the network.
-Several movies based on popular series have been announced in Japan( may take a while to show up in fansub or eventual release domestically, but something to watch out for anyway); these include:
-A live-action/CG Devilman movie- Oct. 9
-a Fullmetal Alchemist movie to be released next year
-a fourth Inuyasha movie to be released in December
-Ragnarok the Animation Movie sometime next year

dates announced for DVD releases:
-Aquarian Age TV series volume 1 – September 14th
-Neo Tokyo (first bilingual American release) – September 14th
-Chrono Crusade volume 1 – September 21st
-My Dear Marie – September 28th
-Nadesico (unedited) Essential Anime edition volume 1
-Banner of the Stars Complete Collection – September 14th
-Love Hina Perfect Collection -September 28th
-Ronin Warriors Complete Collection – September 28th
-Betterman Collection – September 28th
-Samurai Deeper Kyo box set- November
-Berserk box set – November
-Shaman King Vol 1 and 2 – Oct. 19
-Sakura Taisen: Sumire OVA- Oct. 26

Newly released anime:
– Captain Herlock DVD Vol. 04 The Final Voyage
-Demon Lord Dante Vol. 2
-Stratos 4 Vol. 1
-Chobits DVD 3 Pack (Vol. 01-03)
-Geisters DVD Vol. 01 Fractions of the Earth
-Last Exile DVD 3 Pack (Vol. 01-03)
-Rurouni Kenshin DVD Boxset 03 Meiji Era
-X DVD 3 Pack (Vol. 01-03)
-Yu Yu Hakusho DVD Dark Tournament Saga Set Part 01
-Yu-Gi-Oh DVD Vol. 23 Friends ‘Till The End
-.hack//Legend of the Twilight DVD 02
-Big O II DVD Vol. 04
-Fushigi Yugi The Mysterious Play DVD Vol. 01
-Galaxy Angel DVD Vol. 03
-Azumanga Daioh DVD 3 Rivals
-Blue Gender DVD Movie The Warrior
-Kaleido Star DVD Vol. 03
-Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD 01 Platinum Edition
-Saiyuki DVD Vol. 12

Newly released manga:
-Angel Sanctuary Vol. 3
-Full Metal Panic Vol. 5
-Aquarian Age Juvenile Orion Vol. 2
-Battle Royale Graphic Novel Vol. 08
-Battle Vixens Graphic Novel Vol. 03
-Berserk Graphic Novel Vol. 04
-Boys Over Flowers Graphic Novel Vol. 07
-Candidate for Goddess Graphic Novel Vol. 03
-Comic Party Graphic Novel Vol. 02
-D.N.Angel Graphic Novel Vol. 03
-Dragon Knights Graphic Novel Vol. 15
-Dream Saga Graphic Novel Vol. 01
-Fruits Basket Graphic Novel Vol. 04
-One Graphic Novel Vol. 03
-One Piece Graphic Novel Vol. 04
-Rave Graphic Novel Vol. 10
-Rebirth Graphic Novel Vol. 09
-Ruler of the Land Graphic Novel Vol. 03
-Samurai Deeper Kyo Graphic Novel Vol. 08
-Sky Blade Graphic Novel Vol. 02
-Those Who Hunt Elves Graphic Novel Vol. 04
-Those Who Hunt Elves Graphic Novel Vol. 05
-To Heart Graphic Novel Vol. 02
-Tuxedo Gin Graphic Novel Vol. 07
-A.I. Love You Graphic Novel Vol. 04
-Demon Ororon Graphic Novel Vol. 03
-Flame of Recca Graphic Novel Vol. 07
-Get Backers Graphic Novel Vol. 04
-Gravitation Graphic Novel Vol. 07
-Rebound Graphic Novel Vol. 09
-Steel Angel Kurumi Graphic Novel Vol. 06
Ok, that’s about it for now. See you next week!


LAC Newsletter #4

Posted in Club Business at 1:26 am by Kris

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday!
Quite a few anime and manga releases this week, and also plenty of announcements concerning newly licensed titles out there because of Anime Expo! Here we go:

New Releases:
-RahXephon The Movie
-Gungrave Vol. 1
-Sailor Moon S TV Box Set
-Ai Yori Aoshi Vol. 1
-Knight Hunters Eternity Vol. 1
-Di Gi Charat DVD Vol. 02
-Robotech DVD Remastered: Masters Collection 1 Set 4
-Sonic Soldier Borgman DVD OVAs
-Heat Guy J DVD Vol. 07 Revolution
Titles rereleased in discount editions
-Gate Keepers DVD Vol. 04 (Signature Series)
-Sailor Moon S TV DVD Vol. 06 (Signature Series)
-Tenchi Muyo OVA DVD Vol. 04 (Signature Series)
-Tenchi Universe DVD Vol. 04 (Signature Series)
-Trigun DVD Vol. 06 (Signature Series)

-Dragon Ball Z Graphic Novel Vol. 16
-Knights of the Zodiac Graphic Novel Vol. 04
-Nambul: War Stories GN 01 Invasion
-Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 2nd Ed. GN 05
-Transformers Energon Cine-manga 02 The Ultimate Betrayal
-XXX Holic Graphic Novel Vol. 02
-Excel Saga Graphic Novel Vol. 07
-Mermaid Saga Graphic Novel Vol. 01
-Neon Genesis Evangelion 2nd Edition GN 04
-Please Save My Earth Graphic Novel Vol. 05
-Princess Ai Graphic Novel Vol. 01
-Video Girl Ai Vol.8

As for the licensing:

-Flame of Recca (Viz)
-To Heart (Right Stuf)
-Boys Be…(Right Stuf)
-Asagiri no Miko (Media Blasters)
-Rumiko Takahashi Theater seasons 1 & 2 (Season 2 is Mermaid’s Forest)
-Shin Getta Robo OAV/TV series[Geneon]
-Tenchi Muyo OAV series 3 (Funimation)
-Area 88 TV series (AD Vision)
-Detective Loki Ragnarok (AD vision)
-Gensomaden Saiyuki movie 1(AD Vision)
-Tactics(AD Vision)
-Tree of Palme(AD Vision)
-Yumeria(AD Vision)
-Jungle wa Itsumo Hare Nochi Guu TV series
and its follow-up OAV series Hare Nochi Guu Deluxe(AN Entertainment)

Wow!(gasping for breath)

And now for the manga:
-Yami no Matsuei (Viz)
-DearS (Tokyopop)
-Hyper Police(Tokyopop)
-Lagoon Engine(Tokyopop)
-Blade of Heaven(Tokyopop)
-Gundam Seed Astray R(Tokyopop)
-CLAMP North Side & South Side illustration collection books(Tokyopop)
-Sorcerer Hunters manga re-release in original Japanese right-to-left format.
-CLAMP no Kiseki guidebook/magazine series (Tokyopop)
-Infinite Ryvius (Comics One)

Well, that’s enough to keep anyone busy for a while! Now that you’re probably all drooling in anticipation, you’ll want something to entertain you while you’re waiting for all these titles to actually be released. So, I’ve got anime mp3s for you, lots of ’em, for free! Go check out:


for a terrific archive of songs from a wide variety of series!

That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend and see you soon!


Club Newsletter #3

Posted in Club Business at 2:36 am by Kris

Hi everyone,
Hope all of you are getting ready for a fantastic July 4th weekend! Just a reminder, no meeting this week, it’ll be two weeks from this Saturday. No serious club business to report this time around, but at the next meeting, we will be discussing the club policy toward fansubs; depending on the feedback we receive, it may affect how we select shows in the future, so come and voice your opinions!!!

This Saturday is also Free Comic Book Day, so check out what’s going on at your local comic book store(s) and maybe bring a couple of friends along to introduce them to the wonders of comics!

Just a couple of things:
The first Inuyasha movie will be airing on Cartoon Network on Saturday, October 23. Also, on November 6, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex will begin airing on Adult Swim.

MTV2 is apparently having an anime festival of some kind this Saturday, for those who have that channel. I’m not sure what they’ll be airing, except for one title, called Galerians: Rion, a cyberpunk type thing. Check out the press release here: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/pressrelease.php?id=441m

Ah My Goddess fans will be happy to learn that a new series is in the works, which is set after the OAV series and will continue the storyline as laid out in the manga version. It should be released later this year.

No major releases this week, so I’ll sign off. Have a great weekend!


LAC Newsletter #2

Posted in Club Business at 11:43 pm by Kris

Hello again,
Here we go again with the second installment of the club newsletter! First off, our next meeting will take place on July 17, not on July 3, since the Library will be closed for the July 4 weekend. So go out and enjoy the fireworks (and avoid the mosquitoes while you’re at it), and we’ll see you on the 17th from 1:15 to 3:45!

Well, not too much new stuff to report from the world of anime this week. Some unfortunate news came down the wire regarding Disney’s release of several Hiyao Miyizaki films, including Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (we saw the fansubbed version of this terrific film a couple of months ago), Porco Rosso, and My Neighbor Totoro. Apparently Disney has indefinitely delayed the release of these titles, initially scheduled to be released on August 31. Keep your fingers crossed and hope these films do eventually make it to this side of the ocean…

Anime titles licensed recently:
– One Piece (by 4Kids)
-Tokyo Mew Mew (by 4Kids)
– E’s Otherwise ( by AD Vision)
– Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (by AD Vision)
-Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta ( by Bandai)
-Gunslinger Girl ( by Funimation)

Anime release dates announced:
Get Backers- Vol. 1 -August 24
Inuyasha TV series Season 1 Box set- Sept. 7
First Inuyasha movie- Sept. 7
Second Inuyasha movie- Dec. 28
Flame of Recca vol. 1- Oct. 26
Third Urusei Yatsura movie: Remember My Love-Sept.7
GTO box set 2- Oct. 12
Rave Master(Groove Adventure Rave) vol. 1-Oct. 12

Also, don’t forget the Cherry Blossom Festival is taking place in Denver this weekend; more info available at http://www.jascolorado.org/events_cbf.htm

Have a great weekend and see you soon!!!


Club Newsletter #1

Posted in Club Business at 4:40 am by Kris

Howdy everyone! This is the first installment of what should become a weekly newsletter to discuss club business, first and foremost, and secondly, what’s happening in the world of anime and manga; what’s out there, what’s coming to the US, what’s available in fansubs and scans, neat cultural stuff, and more!

First, I have an important issue to discuss with all of you, and your input is very important since it may well affect the way this club functions in the future. It concerns the newest addition to our lineup, Fullmetal Alchemist. We’re currently on episode #3, I believe, and I think there are 52 episodes total, so, like with Naruto and Hikaru no Go, we’ll be watching this one for a while.
What sets it apart from the other two shows mentioned, however, is the fact that it’s just been licensed. The version we’re watching right now, as with all of our shows, is a fansub, meaning that it’s being subtitled by fans for other fans for free distribution. The grounds for fansubbing get a little fuzzy when a show is actually licensed by a company for release domestically. Some fansub groups stop distribution immediately when the license is announced; others wait until the show is actually available on DVD or is being shown on TV, while still others continue to release fansubs even AFTER the show is on DVD or TV (something of a no-no)
In the case of Fullmetal Alchemist, it’s been licensed by Funimation, and supposedly it’s coming to Cartoon Network starting October 23. In terms of fansubbed episodes, we have everything that’s been subbed so far that’s out there. For future episodes, one of the groups we got the subs from has decided to stop distribution and move on to other projects; another group, however, has decided to continue with future episodes as they are released, which means that we can continue watching the show at least until October. Hopefully all episodes will be out in fansub by then and we can have the full run of the series. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; sometimes if a licensed show doesn’t do that well, the later episodes are never released domestically, (as in the case of the series Twelve Kingdoms), which means hard-to-get fansubs or bootleg copies are the only way to complete it. I doubt this’ll happen with Fullmetal Alchemist, but I want you all to know what’s going on just for the record.
The club has watched fansubs of shows that were licensed and released domestically during the time we had them scheduled as part of the lineup in the past (Berserk, Hellsing, Rahxephon, and Galaxy Angel, among others), but this is the first time we’ve had a show get licensed this early in terms of our showing it. What I need to know is this: is this a problem for you all or not? Please post your opinions, comments, concerns, etc. to the mailing list, the forum, or as comments here on the club website!!! It’s very important that I know what your stance on this is!!!

In other news,

Recent Anime releases:

Several of the titles acquired by Cartoon Network and that are currently airing there will recieve an uncut DVD release in the next couple months, including Wolf’s Rain and the newest addition to Adult Swim, Case Closed(a.k.a. Detective Conan), so if you want to catch them in their entirety as they were meant to be seen , you’ll have your opportunity…
Also, the Read or Die tv series is finally coming out, Vol. 1 will be available June 29. We got to see the Read or Die OAV a while back and it rocked, hopefully the series will be just as enjoyable…

Manga: Lots of new titles in the past couple of months, including several that have been a very long time in coming to American shores. The manga versions of several series we’ve watched are now available, including Hellsing and Galaxy Angel. Dark Horse has apparently had some success with their release of the Berserk manga and has decided to continue: Vol. 1-3 are currently out, and Vol. 4 will be out July 15 (mature readers on this one, please; as I’ve said before, the Club won’t be paying for anyone’s therapy ;) Chrono Crusade is now available and highly recomended, as is the manga version of Saiyuki, which I actually prefer to the anime…

For shoujo manga fans, Vol. 1 of the long-awaited manga version of Tokyo Babylon is finally out in a very nice edition from TokyoPop. We have several fans of X the Movie and the X TV series out there, not to mention the X manga; this is essentially the prequel and a must-read for any fan of Clamp’s work.

Fansubs and scanlations: Lots of good stuff here, direct from Japan: check out www.Animesuki.com for a good list of available fansubs of all kinds of shows.

For manga scanlations: The US version of Shonen Jump has a “Manga Explorer” section in each issue, discussing popular manga titles not yet available in the US. Many of these titles can be found at www.toriyamaworld.com, where you can read the manga for Fullmetal Alchemist (that’s how I found the series to begin with), download Naruto fansubs if you like, see lots of Akira Toriyama’s early work before Dragonball and Dragonball Z, and check out one of my newest favorites, Bremen, a weird, wild title about a rock band.

Peacemaker Kurogane was one of the runners-up when we decided on our latest series to watch; if you want the manga version, it’s called Peace Maker Shinsengumi Imon and it’s available for download at www.mangacity.net. Awesome for any fan of samurai-type anime or manga like Rurouni Kenshin or Samurai Deeper Kyo.

Finally, for a bit of local cultural flavor, the 32nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is taking place in Denver on June 26th and 27th. Always a wonderful experience…for more info, check out the Japan America Society of Colorado’s website at http://www.jascolorado.org/events_cbf.htm

To see any of the aforementioned websites, just paste the URLs into your browser window and GO!

Hope all this keeps you busy and throughly entertained. Now go out and get anime-ted!!! See you next week!


Additional Officer

Posted in Club Business at 9:24 pm by mark

Kris has informed me that Casey Columbus is another vice-president of the club.