Anime Today: Episode 43

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Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Interviews

Central Park Media’s John O’Donnell

Interview, “Anime & Gamers’ Guide” and more in Episode 43!

GRIMES, IA, June 22, 2007 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome John O’Donnell – the co-founder and managing director of Central Park Media (CPM) – to episode 43 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, O’Donnell discusses CPM’s start, how the North American anime and manga industry has changed and the company’s goals for 2007, including its anime, Asian Pulp Cinema and Below the Radar video releases, as well what fans can expect from its print division.

O’Donnell co-founded Central Park Media in 1990, and it was among the first anime companies to achieve distribution in major retail outlets throughout the United States. Additionally, CPM was one of the first U.S. publishers to release English-language translations of comics from Japan (manga) and Korea (manwha).

Also in Episode 43 of ANIME TODAY:

– Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga.

– Kris and Judy talk about uniquely Japanese drinks in the “Anime and Gamers’ Guide.”

– Shawne tells listeners about the last few days of the “Geneon Bountiful Bargain REMIX” sale.

– Marie reviews the manga Vampire Knight, which is currently being serialized in Shojo Beat.

– And Rich and Nick announce the winners of the .hack// contest, kick off a new contest for a Full Metal Panic! figure set and remind listeners about the current Gravitation and The Third contests.

Have questions about anime, manga or Japan? Call the Anime Today “Q and A” Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. (Fans whose questions are featured on the podcast will receive a $10 Right Stuf gift certificate.)

Visit for this episode, as well as an archive of all ANIME TODAY episodes and extended liner notes. Listeners can also download and subscribe to ANIME TODAY via the Apple iTunes Music Store.Meet other ANIME TODAY listeners, submit your suggestions for future episodes and more at the official ANIME TODAY forums at


Released every other week, ANIME TODAY is the first commercially-produced podcast aimed at enthusiasts of Japanese animation and comics (“anime” and “manga”). Each episode features fresh content and gives listeners a glimpse into what’s new and what’s hot in the world of anime and manga. Segments include reviews of titles from all major anime studios, insights into the industry from anime producers, tips on traveling to and around Japan, interaction with listeners, contests, prizes and more.

“If you’re into anime and what’s happening in the anime market then this is the podcast for you!”

– User review on iTunes


Founded in 1987, 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 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, Comic Party, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart and The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit and

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