And don't forget, there is a new 'Forward E-Mail' Link at the bottom of this e-mail, so if you have a friend that might be interested in getting a copy, please send it their way!
It's another happy Friday from RACS World Headquarters!
Well, the long holiday weekend is finally upon us - so let summer begin! Don't forget, we'll be closed on Monday May 28th for the Memorial Day holiday. All orders placed between now and Monday will be processed when we return on Tuesday May 29th. We hope everyone has a great long weekend, and in between bar-b-ques and ball games you are able to find some time for a little Anime (for us it's going to be an Arrietty
Have a great weekend everyone! See ya Tuesday!
-Bob (aka Robert) and the RACS Crew
MEMORIAL DAY SALE - SAVE 10% THIS WEEKEND ONLY!
Do some Anime shopping at RACS over the holiday weekend and you can save an additional 10% off any IN STOCK items throughout the store!! This includes sale and out of print items - pretty much EVERYTHING we carry!! (except for pre-orders)
To save an additional 10% off any in stock order (no minimum), just use the following coupon code during checkout:
The more you purchase the more you save, so be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to load up on some of the Anime stuff you've had your eye on! US customers can combine this offer with our super saver shipping option to save even more on your favorite in stock Anime series, Manga, Figure, or Character Items!
Valid for new orders of IN STOCK items only (no pre-orders please).
Offer expires at midnight EST on May 31st, so don't wait!!
SPRING FIGURE SALE
SAVE 20-70% ON OVER 300+ ANIME FIGURINES AT RACS!
We're offering our best spring deal ever on over 300+ in stock Anime figurines from RACS!
We've discounted almost our entire selection
of in stock FIGURINES for the new year by up to 20-70% off the regular price, and you can use our Super Saver or flat rate FedEx Ground shipping options to save even more!
These prices are already marked down
on the store site, so you can even combine them with our current coupon sale for the ultimate in figurine savings! Good grief, what is Robert thinking!
But don't wait, at these prices our selection won't last long - so grab what you want before it's too late - or before Robert changes his mind...!
*** ANIME CORNER UPDATES ***
It's been a slow news week because of the upcoming holiday, so I really have no updates in this issue. That means nothing got bumped, delayed, canceled or otherwise frigged up this week - and that's a good thing! :-)
I did want to mention that we are talking to the folks that make the neuro Neko Neko ears about becoming one of a small pool of US dealers, so hopefully we'll be able to add this awesome item to our catalog soon. I've had a sample pair for awhile that are rarely not on my head while at the office, and they are very cool.
And finally, as we get ready to break for the long holiday weekend, I'm going to leave you all with some excellent life advice - from the cast of Gilligans Island... -_^
Have a great long weekend everyone!
Getting Social With RACS is Now Easier Than Ever!
Just FYI folks, we've made it easier than ever to get social with RACS! You can use the following easy to remember links to find us on Twitter, Facebook, or our official blog:
Be sure to share these links with your friends too - THANKS!
This week Chris wrote in to let us know how we helped him make his girlfriends birthday a very special one:Rob,I feel the need to express my gratitude for your wonderful customer service. I have been a long time shopper at your online store (since '03 or '04) and a large percent of the anime I own has come from you. I have always received quick responses and deliveries from you and your staff. I recently went to order a figurine for my girlfriend for her birthday (1/6 scale sayaka from madoka). Unfortunately the website I initially ordered from did not update their site. After a week went by with no shipping confirmation I contacted the site. Two days later I get a response saying the figure I ordered was not being released until the end of August! The other figure I knew she would love was the 1/6 scale Art Works Aigis figure. The site advertised the figure but there was no button to click to place my order! I remembered seeing that figure on your site and sure enough there it was and in stock! I placed my order over the weekend, got a shipping confirmation from you on Monday, and received the package the next day, all with free shipping! That same day the figure arrived was my girlfriend's birthday and she was overjoyed when she saw Aigis. Thank you again for helping me give someone I love a very happy birthday. I have now taken an oath that any figures I buy online in the future will be purchased only from your store. Thank you to you and your staff for everything.From,Chris and Kate
Thank you very much you two! Glad we could help out! :-)
Top Sellers for the Week of May 25th
Best selling products at RACS by category during the past week in order of sales rank:
DVD / BD
Figures & Toys
Odds and Sods
Jason DeMarco, former Toonami producer and recently promoted vice president of strategic marketing and promotions for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, revealed via his Twitter account on Thursday that the revived Toonami block's schedule will remain a secret until its airing on May 26. ANN previously posted TV Guide's listing for Toonami's programming block, but DeMarco responded via Twitter, "That is NOT the lineup. But to be clear, I don't think that's a bad lineup." The TV Guide listing included Cowboy Bebop, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Durarara!!, FLCL, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG. Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network that is paired with Cartoon Network, revealed on Wednesday that it will bring back its Toonami programming block. Adult Swim's press release also revealed that "new original anime programming" is being developed for the return of the Toonami programming block. Previous series featured on the block will also make their return.
They will be showing Deadman Wonderland & Casshern Sins as well. The entire line up for Saturday night (Sunday morning actually) will be:
12:00 a.m. - Bleach
12:30 a.m. - Deadman Wonderland
1:00 a.m. - Casshern Sins
1:30 a.m. - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
2:00 a.m. - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
2:30 a.m. - Cowboy Bebop
and then over again from 3 to 6am.
The Yahoo! Japan auction for the winner to have his or her image projected from the cockpit section of the rebuilt life-size Gundam at the Gundam Front Tokyo at Diver City Tokyo ended on May 16 with a winning bid of 779,000 yen (about US$9,800). The auction, which ran for one week, opened with a starting bid of 1 yen (about US$0.01). A digitally-rendered image of the winner will be created from photos and projected from the statue. The winning amount will be donated to charity to aid the victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
It's going to a good cause.
Police in Kanagawa Prefecture arrested composer Hideki Taniuchi (Death Note, Kaiji, Otogi Zoshi, Aoi Bungaku Series) for possession of dried cannabis on Tuesday. According to the prefectural police, the 39-year-old man asked to speak with a lawyer and has not provided a deposition yet. Police reported that Taniuchi was taken into custody from his Yokohama home at about 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday. He was allegedly concealing a pipe and 1.5 grams (about 0.053 ounces) of marijuana valued at about 9,000 yen (about US$110) in his second-floor living room. Authorities went to Taniuchi's residence after receiving testimony from a Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) employee. Kanagawa Prefectural Police had arrested 36-year-old Miki Teshima on Saturday for marijuana possession. Teshima claimed that she received the marijuana from Taniuchi. According to police, Taniuchi had been giving Teshima marijuana for five or six years. In addition to composing music for television anime series, Taniuchi performed opening theme songs for Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit) as a guitarist in the rock band Shocking Lemon.
Well, they say that pot doesn't make Anime better, but instead that Anime makes pot better!
Retail news source ICv2 reported on Tuesday that Trans World Entertainment, which operates 400 F.Y.E. and Suncoast stores, recorded a $2.8 million profit in its first quarter. Trans World Entertainment began seeing profit in 2011 again, making the year its first profitable one since 2006. The gain is compared to a nearly equal $2.5 million loss for last year's first quarter.
First profit since 2006? Yeah, that sounds about right. I think that's everyone's story. -_^
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that he supports tiered broadband Internet plans, a growing trend that has drawn criticism from Netflix. Julius Genachowski said during a cable industry trade show in Boston that "usage-based pricing could be healthy and beneficial" for broadband and high-tech industries. Cable service providers and wireless carriers have changed billing practices to charge users by how much data they use. They say they are moving away from unlimited data plans as users - particularly on wireless networks - congest networks with their heavy use of Internet services.
The cable companies are angling for data caps and meter based bandwidth pricing, just like the big telecoms did with wireless services a couple of years ago. Services like Netflix are far too cheap and bandwidth metering is a good way to make them more expensive for everyone. More here.
And finally, in my regular "there is a Zucker born every minute" column - in consideration of the Facebook IPO debacle that occured earlier this week, someone took some time to think about what it would like like if historical events were on Facebook. It's a funny and enlightening way to demonstrate how people like Mark Zuckerburg would like for us to compartmentalize all our social interactions down to a a few dozen words at a time.
Well, that's it for this week. Have a great long weekend everyone, and enjoy your Anime! We'll see ya Tuesday!
Secret World of Arrietty DVD/BD Combo Set
The Secret World of Arrietty is a remake of the magical fairy tale The Borrowers, as seen through the keen, imaginative eye of Japanese writer Hayao Miyazaki. The American version of this delicately, richly animated film is that rarest of children's movies--one that is a deeply engaging experience for adults as well. The visuals and graphics are gasp-inducing, yet never over the top or too showy. And the actors dubbing Arrietty in English, including standouts Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, and Carol Burnett, are expressive and emotive. The Secret World of Arrietty tells the tale of a small family of "borrowers," tiny people who live underneath the homes of the "beans" (human beings). The borrowers must stealthily gather small bits of items they need--a sugar cube, a sheet of tissue, biscuits--from the upstairs without being discovered by the beans. Arrietty is a plucky teenager (voice by Bridgit Mendler) whose parents (Poehler and Arnett) think she's ready for her first "borrowing" excursion. But meanwhile, a young "bean" named Shawn has moved into the house above them, to rest and prepare for a heart operation, and to be cared for by the flighty Hara (Burnett). Shawn thinks he might have seen... something... moving in the meadow where he rests and reads. It's not giving away too much to say that Arrietty and Shawn brush against each other's lives--and neither's is the same afterward. For any fans of Miyazaki's other films, and anyone of any age seeking immersive family-friendly entertainment that's life-affirming, The Secret World of Arrietty is a winning experience.
Tales of Vesperia the Motion Picture DVD/BD Combo Set
In a mythical kingdom, the mighty Imperial Knights harness a magical substance known as Aer to power their weapons and protect humanity from the monsters of the forest. But something strange is afoot; the Aer is somehow changing, causing the wilderness to waste away and stirring the woodland beasts to attack with greater frequency. As danger creeps steadily closer to civilization, two young recruits - Flynn, the rigid son of a fallen hero, and the rebellious and brash Yuri - must ride with their fellow Imperial Knights to distant ruins in hopes of uncovering the truth behind the transforming Aer. Some will not survive the thrilling journey. Some will be betrayed. If Flynn and Yuri cannot overcome their differences and learn to fight together, all will be lost for the people of the realm.
Kurenai Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-12)
He's only a teenager, but Kurenai Shinkurou is already both a master of an arcane martial art and an experienced professional mediator with a long track record of resolving disputes. Not bad for someone who's just sixteen and still in school, but everyone has their limits and Kurenai may have met his when his boss and role model Benika responds to his request for a more challenging assignment by giving him the task of protecting young Murasaki Kuhoin. Never mind that she's only seven, the fact that the people Kurenai's supposed to protect her from are her own very rich and extremely powerful family is guaranteed to take this job into the danger zone. Now the heat is on and Kurenai's scrambling to put out as many fires as he can, even as the secrets surrounding his young charge bring everything else to a flashpoint in KURENAI- THE COMPLETE COLLECTION!
Dragonball Z Kai Season 1 Part 8 DVD & BLURAY Boxed Set (Eps #89-98)
The legendary Z reborn! For the first time in history, experience the legendary Z as the master intended with this manga-centric, fresh take on Akira Toriyama's original vision! The last descendants of an evil race of warriors known as the Saiyans are on a collision course with Earth, and Goku - the strongest fighter on the planet - is all that stands between humanity and extinction. To save his friends and the world he loves, Goku must travel to a realm from which few return, but should he survive, he'll discover the power to face the villainous Saiyan warlord - Prince Vegeta. Contains episodes 89-98.
We also have in stock this week:
Boogiepop Phantom Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Re-Issue)
Laputa Castle in the Sky DVD/BD Combo Set
Whisper Of The Heart DVD/BD Combo Set
Karate Girl DVD (Live Action)
Female Convict Scorpion BLURAY (Live Action)
More new DVD & BD arrivals here!
*** TRADE IN YOUR DVDs, CDs, MANGA, or GAMES - IT'S EASY! ***
Did you know that you can trade in your previously viewed DVD's, CD's, Manga, and Video Games for store credit?
Trading in your excellent condition previously owned stuff for credit is now very easy, and we've even expanded the program for some non-Anime items too! Just click on this link to see the trade in values of your used stuff, then pack-up your items and send them to us - there is no need to contact us first or obtain an authorization number. Once they arrive and are inspected, we'll e-mail you with a special credit code you can spend on our store.
It's that easy!
So why just let your stuff collect dust? Trade it in and get something you really want!
Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend, and enjoy your anime!
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