RightStuf/Kadokawa to release Rental Magica

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Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment &
Kadokawa Pictures USA to Release
First of two DVD box sets planned for Fall 2009.

GRIMES, IA, April 24, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc./Nozomi
Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures USA today announced the licensing of RENTAL
MAGICA , plus plans to release the 24-episode television series as two DVD box sets
– with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles – starting in Fall 2009.

Each DVD collection will offer fans the option to view Rental Magica in their choice
of “broadcast order,” as it aired on Japanese TV (and appeared on the Japanese DVD
release), or “chronological order,” according to the timeline presented in the
novels that served as the anime series’ inspiration. Additionally, each box set will
include a book that features well over 100 pages of background information about the
series and its mythology. (These supplemental materials were originally included
with the Japanese limited-edition DVD releases.)

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. When Itsuki Iba inherits the position of
president for the Astral “magic-for-hire” service, he and his colleagues find
themselves battling dangerous rivals in a fight for their company’s very survival.
Will Itsuki be Astral’s final president? And is he really as powerless as he seems?

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 , “Kraft 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 box set.

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 .

Kadokawa Pictures USA is the Los Angeles-based arm of international multimedia
empire Kadokawa Holdings, Inc., which includes: Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, one of
the largest publishers in Japan; distributor and production company Kadokawa Herald
Pictures; and Kadokawa Daiei Film Studios.

Remakes from the Kadokawa library include the successful “THE RING” franchise and
smash hit “THE GRUDGE,” as well as “SHALL WE DANCE?,” “DARK WATER” and the upcoming

Kadokawa publishes over 100 fiction titles a month, is one of the largest publishers
of manga (comics) in Japan, and produces and finances up to seven new films a year,
as well as creating video games for distribution throughout Pan Asia.

In addition, Kadokawa produces many animated projects each year, including TV
series, OVAs and animated films such as Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid and The
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya .

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