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  • 24Sep

    The School of Tomorrow: The Use of RFID within Schools

    Each day technology is entering the school system. Better computers, smartboards, projector units, software for core subjects and let’s not forget the technology that is used each day in terms of students and even teachers to communicate. The “21th centery” school has begun. With that being said, what should this school include? Should the technology be used only for the benefit of students and the educational process or should the use of technology be extended to the monitoring, or dare I say policing? This fundamental question arrises because a school district within Connecticut has decided to place RFID chips within the I.D Cards of the students and staff of their schools. They have also decided to include the chips within a number of educational items within the school. Items that this would include would be T.V units, Projectors and Laptops.  For clarification, I shall do into a lengthy discussion of the

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  • 10Feb

    KIRENJI GIRLS COMBAT SCHOOL on sale now!

    Section 23′s latest release (or rather, their clients Switchblade Pictures) will sure to be a hit with those who love fighting crossed with Japanese high school girls! KIRENJI GIRLS COMBAT SCHOOL is available as of the 9th of February, and is a live-action film. Here’s a rundown of the film: Kirenji is so definitely NOT your typical Japanese girls’ school. For example, while the word “hot” might describe an attractive girl at other places of higher education, at Kirenji it’s more likely to mean “hot blooded,” “hot tempered” and “ready for red hot action” (as in physical combat, that is)! So when 17 year old Maki enrolls, thinking she’s the baddest bad girl of them all, she quickly learns the hard way that at Kirenji she’ll have to punch her way to the top of the pulchritudinous power pyramid… and it’s just too bad that the equally intimidating Natsumu is

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  • 22Jan

    Tune in to Terebi: Samurai High School

    Let’s face it. A lot of us weren’t always the best students. We daydreamed in class, sometimes forgot to study for an exam or scrambled the night before to get our homework assignments finished. This is the story of one such boy. A senior high school student with poor grades and no real post-secondary plan, Kotaro Mochizuki (Miura Haruma, Gokusen 3 and 14sai no Haha) finds himself given a history assignment during one of his escapades in math class. After sleep-talking in class about samurai, his sensei tells him to write a report. Kotaro visits a strange library where the woman historian hands him a book about a samurai general from over 400 years ago. Kotaro is the same age and shares the same name as the general in the book, and has a sort of flashback. Kotaro’s father mentions that they could be descendants of the general in that

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  • 04Jan

    “Natsume’s Book of Friends” out soon!

    New Year, new manga – and we’re starting the year with some supernatural beings! The manga in question is named “Natsume’s Book of Friends” and is by Yuki Midorikawa. The manga was first published in a magazine called LaLa DX, and was also a finalist in the first Manga Taisho Awards (2008). Here’s a synopsis for you: Takashi Natsume can see spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he’s a troubled high school student who has come to live in a small town where his grandmother, Reiko, grew up. And there he discovers that he has inherited more than just the power of Sight from the mysterious Reiko. When Reiko was Takashi’s age, she bound the names of demons and spirits in her Book of

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  • 04Jan

    Let’s go see an “eiga”!

    Thinking of going to the movies with some friends or that special someone? If you’re a San Francisco resident, there could be something for you on right now at the VIZ Cinema complex! Our friends at VIZ have let us know about some of the cool Anime and Japanese films you will have the opportunity to see from now until the beginning of February! They’re calling the whole event “Hit Me With Music, Volume 2“, taking inspiration from the way in which music can shape the ways of our lives. So what can we see, and when? Starting off, we have “Shindo“. This film has been screening since December 26th 2009, and finishes up on January 7th 2010. Shindo is based on a manga series created by Akira Sasou. Wao is a high school graduate wanting to go to music school and he meets Uta, a 13-year-old child prodigy pianist.

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  • 14Nov

    Even more items for that Manga wishlist of yours!

    Yes, it’s true – there is more you could possibly add to your list of wants for this Christmas. Don’t blame me though – it’s VIZ’s fault, but considering they keep on bringing out so many great releases it’s not exactly easy to keep yourself from being greedy! This time we have vampires, ghosts, crime drama and teenage angst awaiting us. I won’t hold back – so what’s in store? VIZ Signature releases include: Children of the sea, Vol. 1 (available now) and Vol. 2 (available December 15, pictured – top right) Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens – $14.99 US / $17.50 CAN each When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange

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  • 14Nov

    Go shopping in a Shojo Mangaland!

    The holidays are coming, which means apart from it being the season where we all get a bit silly (and I fit in perfectly) it is also a time for gift-giving/going a little penniless. VIZ Media are helping us get there by bringing out plenty of Shojo manga ideas for our bewildered loved ones to choose from. So I hope you have room on your wishlist – this could get ugly otherwise! If you’re a fan of Arina Tanemura then you’ll probably be after THE ART OF GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE † – a collection of lavish drawings and designs from the hit series. There is a new manga title out by the name of BEAST MASTER, as well as the most recent volume of VAMPIRE KNIGHT, and the VIZBIG omnibus editions of FUSHIGI YUGI and HOT GIMMICK. Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Marketing, VIZ Media: “Shojo manga fans have much

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  • 13Nov

    Fresh from the Section 23 presses…

    2 new releases are out this week thanks to Section 23′s clients Sentai Filmworks and Switchblade Pictures, with a new Anime and a new J-Horror film to add to your bulging collection. Sentai Filmworks have brought us a brand new Anime in the form of Special A Collection 1 (also known as “S.A,”), which has been on Japanese TV since April 2008. The release contains 12 episodes, and is rated PG. It is also in Japanese with English subtitles, and is expected to cost $39.98US. Here is a series synopsis: At age six, Hikari Hanazono was the best at everything, so when she challenged Kei Takishima to a wrestling match, she naturally assumed she would win. Unfortunately, she lost; he won; and the natural order was disrupted. Ever since, Hikari’s entire life has been structured around beating Kei at SOMETHING. Unfortunately, try as she might, Hikari always comes up just

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  • 25Sep

    Review: Fushigi Yugi – The Mysterious Play (Collection 1)

    Release Date: 20/05/2009 Languages: ENGLISH, JAPANESE Genre: Action/Adventure, Anime, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance Subtitles: ENGLISH subtitles Number of Discs: 4 Runtime: 650.0 mins Format: DVD, Region 4 (PAL) Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Original Aspect Ratio Buy it from RightStuf Buy it from Amazon Fushigi Yugi introduces us to 15 year old Miaka Yuki and her best friend Yui Hongo. They are Japanese middle school students who are trying to prepare themselves for entrance exams to enter the same high school together. One afternoon, Yui has to return a book to the National Library. Much to the surprise of her friend, Miaka volunteers to go with her. While Yui is handing in her book, Miaka has a bit of a look at the vending machines. Just as she pulls out a coin to buy something, a gush of wind rushes past her and a red light is seen going up a flight of

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  • 09Sep

    Hey Jude…

    “don’t make it bad. Take a sad song and make it better. Remember to let her into your heart, Then you can start to make it better.” Any Beatles fan knows this song. This song has been an anthem for many people going through rough times or people that just enjoy a good slow song once in a while. Across the Universe helped its popularity. Bands have done covers of it. Including my high school’s marching band. This song has a lot of meaning for me because I played it my Sophomore year in high school (just 4 years ago, okay?) as the senior band students’ song, when we do our good-byes and recognize everything they’ve done. The year we played that song was my first year as a trombonist. I practiced hard to make sure every line was perfect; I wasn’t playing for myself, I was playing for my

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