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Final Day to Donate and Win Anime!

Our charitable campaign is coming to an end.  At midnight tonight (Pacific Time), we’ll conclude our taking of donations for Samaritan’s Purse, through which we’re funding three different causes:

  • Hope for children with disabilities: Your donations will help supply specialized equipment, corrective surgery, or schooling to help a child overcome disabilities.
  • Care for orphans: Your gifts can demonstrate love by providing food, housing, healthcare, and other essentials.
  • Protection for vulnerable women: Your charity can help protect victims of gender-based violence, provide basic education, or meet other needs to ease a woman’s daily struggle for survival.

Thanks you all, we’ve raised over $700 so far, exceeding our goal for the campaign.  Thank you to all who spread the word about it, and especially to those who donated.

We’ve love to make a bit more for the charity – please consider donating in these final few hours.  For every $10 you give, you’ll earn one entry into our anime raffle, which includes these wonderful prizes:

  1. HOTD Pack: High School of the Dead Collectors Edition (Blu-Ray/DVD + bandana, postcards, booklet, short novels, and collectors sticker)
  2. Hanasaku Iroha Pack: Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ Premium Bonus Set (including Blu-Ray disc and artbook)
  3. Prinna Pack: Prinna plushie from NIS, valued at $19.99 (the plushie pictured above may not be the same one given as a prize
  4. Moe Pack: Tari Tari Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Meganebu! Complete Collection, Yusibu Complete Collection, Noucome Complete Collection
  5. Love Pack: Golden Time Collection 1, Ef – A Tale of Memories & Melodies Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Rozen Maiden Complete Collection, Okamikakushi Masque of the Wolf Blu-Ray Complete Collection
  6. Mature Pack: Amagami SS Complete Collection, Infinite Stratos 2 Complete Collection, Diabolik Lovers Complete Collection, Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors OVA BD Collection
  7. Gatchaman Pack: Gatchman Complete Collection (105 episodes + OVAs)

Visit our campaign page: Anime Fans Giving Back

Thank you for giving!

Help Orphans. Win Anime.

A week and a half ago, we started a charitable campaign drive to raise funds for orphans, children with disabilities, and women in vulnerable situations.  I’m happy to update that with about two weeks to go, we’re over 75% of the way to our goal of $600!  Thank you to those of you who have donated and to the many who have helped spread the word about our campaign.

But we still need more help.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider giving.  This holiday season, through the Samaritan’s Purse organization, your money can help so many who are less fortunate.  And in doing so, you also have an opportunity win DVDs!

For every $10 donated, you get one entry into our raffle, which is full of great anime collections and items (generously given to us by Sentai Filmworks and NIS America):

  • Pack 1 – HOTD Pack: High School of the Dead Collectors Edition (Blu-Ray/DVD + bandana, postcards, booklet, short novels, and collectors sticker)
  • Pack 2 – Hanasaku Iroha Pack: Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ Premium Bonus Set (including Blu-Ray disc and artbook)
  • Pack 3 Prinna Pack: Prinna plushie from NIS, valued at $19.99
  • Pack 4 – Moe Pack: Tari Tari Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Meganebu! Complete Collection, Yusibu Complete Collection, Noucome Complete Collection
  • Pack 5 – Love Pack: Golden Time Collection 1, Ef – A Tale of Memories & Melodies Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Rozen Maiden Complete Collection, Okamikakushi Masque of the Wolf Blu-Ray Complete Collection
  • Pack 6 – Mature Pack: Amagami SS Complete Collection, Infinite Stratos 2 Complete Collection, Diabolik Lovers Complete Collection, Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors OVA BD Collection
  • Pack 7 – Gatchman Pack: Gatchaman Complete Collection (105 episodes + OVAs)

These collections are brand new and amazing!  You have an awesome chance at getting one of the prize packages if you donate!

For more information and to give, visit our campaign page:

Anime Fans Give Back!

Anime Fans Give Back! Help the Less Fortunate and Win Anime DVDs

Isn’t it strange how the holiday season becomes all about us?  Christmas has turned into an occasion to spent lots of money (and oftentimes on ourselves).  Our writers want to flip the focus this year and turn toward those who are in need.  We are eager to help heal and care for individuals who are less fortunate than we are.

We ask that you help us meet our goals by contributing funds for this holiday raffle.  Donations will be divided equally between three campaigns for Samaritan’s Purse, a highly rated Christian charitable organization:

  • Hope for children with disabilities: Your donations will help supply specialized equipment, corrective surgery, or schooling to help a child overcome disabilities.
  • Care for orphans: Your gifts can demonstrate love by providing food, housing, healthcare, and other essentials.
  • Protection for vulnerable women: Your charity can help protect victims of gender-based violence, provide basic education, or meet other needs to ease a woman’s daily struggle for survival.

Our goal is to raise $600 for these three programs.

And here’s the fun part – we’re making this event into a raffle!  For every $10 you give, you’ll earn one raffle ticket.  After the campaign ends, I’ll draw numbers and the winners will receive one of several anime prize packs, graciously donated by Sentai Filmworks and NIS America.

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  • Pack 1 – HOTD Pack: High School of the Dead Collectors Edition (Blu-Ray/DVD + bandana, postcards, booklet, short novels, and collectors sticker)
  • Pack 2 – Hanasaku Iroha Pack: Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ Premium Bonus Set (including Blu-Ray disc and artbook)
  • Pack 3 Prinna Pack: Prinna plushie from NIS, valued at $19.99 (the plushie pictured above may not be the same one given as a prize
  • Pack 4 – Moe Pack: Tari Tari Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Meganebu! Complete Collection, Yusibu Complete Collection, Noucome Complete Collection
  • Pack 5 – Love Pack: Golden Time Collection 1, Ef – A Tale of Memories & Melodies Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Rozen Maiden Complete Collection, Okamikakushi Masque of the Wolf Blu-Ray Complete Collection
  • Pack 6 – Mature Pack: Amagami SS Complete Collection, Infinite Stratos 2 Complete Collection, Diabolik Lovers Complete Collection, Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors OVA BD Collection
  • Pack 7 – Gatchman Pack: Gatchman Complete Collection (105 episodes + OVAs)

Just head to the link below to contribute, and thank you for your generosity!

Anime Fans Giving Back Campaign

Christmas in October

This week, my wife went Christmas shopping.  She gathered lots of goodies for three packages full of presents, like magnifying glasses, crayons and clothes.  We excitedly wrapped the presents while watching Glee, and explained to our toddler son that these presents are not for him.  They are for children like Gina:

Gina is 12. Her father left when she was young and her stepfather has recently died from cancer. She and her mother, Natasha live in a tiny flat in Belarus. Working as a seamstress, Natasha constantly struggles to earn a living. When Gina opened her shoebox she could not believe her eyes. For there, amongst the brightly coloured gifts was a calculator – something she had often dreamed of owning but never been able to afford. She also found a moving letter that we were able to read out to her. Gina sings in her church and likes playing volleyball and table tennis at the church youth club. Her face shone when she exclaimed, “I like everything in the shoebox – thank you!”

(Story taken from the UK OCC site)

Gina is one of thousands of children who will get Christmas presents this year when they may not expect any.  In fact, through Operation Christmas Child, thousands of children will receive Christmas presents for the very first time.  Some have never even heard of Christmas before.  Operation Christmas Child is a program through Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity, in which children receive both presents and learn about the meaning of Christmas.

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Give back this year

Today is Blog Action Day, when bloggers ask their readers to take action for a cause.  While it may be a bit early to think about Christmas, now is the time to shop for this charity if you’re interested.  It takes time to process the gifts so that they may arrive around the world by Christmas Day.  For $15 or so, you can put a huge smile on a child’s face. 

I recommend that you think about the price of the next anime-related product you’re going to buy, and instead use that money for one, two or more shoeboxes.  We do one for each family member.  For me, I’ve decided to skip out on buying volume 2 of Toradora!, instead using that money for this campagin.  And this project need not be expensive – Wal-Mart, Target and even dollar stores have wonderful, inexpensive items that children will love.  We also include hygienic items…and maybe a little candy.  The OOC site gives a list of items for packing and other important processing information.

I’m also using this post as a way to launch my new Resources section, which includes charitable organizations, along with a FAQ page and a Christian anime sites page.

Even if you don’t participate in this ministry, I hope that you’ll remember the world and those suffering in this holiday season that’s upcoming.  The world is bigger than us; it’s bigger than our developed countries.  It’s time we spend some money helping others than on that collectible item.  It’s time we reach out to the world with a big hug…and some Christmas presents.

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