Necomimi Cat Ears Make a Splash at Comic Con 2012

Attendees from all over the country came out for the U.S. launch of Necomimi cat ears at the Andaz Hotel Rooftop Lounge to test the brainwave monitoring headsets, which created quite a stir during their four-day appearance at Comic Con in San Diego.

Guests enjoyed Necotini cocktails and cat-themed cupcakes served by cocktail waitresses wearing the moving headsets, along with red superhero capes, at the launch held on Thursday, July 12.

Everyone in attendance enjoyed trying on the cat ears, which move according to the user’s brainwave patterns and emotions. Ears perk up when the wearer is alert, droop down when the user is relaxed and spin in circular motions when the user is “in the zone.” Partygoers were also able to speak with members of the Necomimi team, who explained the technology behind the headsets.

Necomimi first became popular within the anime and costume communities in Japan because of a viral YouTube video by Neurowear, a fashion electronics company. Since then, audiences have been eagerly awaiting the US launch.

Necomimi is great for parties, tailgating at sporting events, bachelorette parties and can be used anytime to entertain friends and family.  The product became available for $99.95 beginning July 12th through select authorized resellers, retail partners and on www.necomimi.com.

Tom Hanks’ New Animated Series “Electric City” Online Now

Today, July 17, Yahoo! unveils the first ten episodes of Tom Hanks’ “Electric City,” a ground-breaking, new 90- minute action-packed sci-fi adventure series. Yahoo! brings Hanks’ vision and storytelling to a global audience through a first-of-its kind 360 degree online interaction of digital, social, mobile and gaming media. Through superior quality, high-end graphic animation designed specifically for the Internet, “Electric City” features an immersive and interactive online experience featuring a 3-D map of ‘Electric City,’ behind-the-scenes footage of the cast, games and more.

 “Electric City” features a multi-talented cast that includes the voices of Tom HanksJeanne Tripplehorn (“Big Love,” “Grey Gardens”), Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”),Ginnifer Goodwin (WALK THE LINE, A SINGLE MAN, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU), Jason AntoonChris Parnell, Paul ScheerJune Diane Raphael and Georg Stanford Brown among many others. The series, produced in partnership with Playtone and Reliance Entertainment, was created by Tom Hanks and executive produced by Gary Goetzman and Amitabh Jhunjhunwala, Vice Chairman Reliance Entertainment Group.

#SDCC: Dark Horse Debuts Lance Henriken’s To Hell You Ride!

 Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce To Hell You Ride, written by horror movie icon Lance Henriksen (MillenniumAliensNear Dark)!

Teased during a thrilling “Drawing on Your Nightmares” panel at San Diego Comic-Con, this new horror series is written by Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey (Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film), with art by Tom Mandrake. To Hell You Ride marks Lance Henriksen’s comics debut!

A deadly curse plagues the small town of Telluride, melting the flesh from its victims—it’s the violent revenge four warriors set in motion when their sacred burial grounds were disturbed for the sake of gold miners’ greed!

Praise for the work of Henriksen and Mandrake:

“Mandrake is an artist who deserves to be a superstar.” —Comic Book Resources

 “Henriksen’s undeniable talents as a storyteller are on full display here.” Rue Morgue

To Hell You Ride #1 is on sale December 12, 2012!

The “Game Of Thrones” Season 3 (SDCC 2012)

If you where at this years Comic-Con 2012 Game Of Thrones Panel for season 3 then you’ll know everything I’m about to say, but if you didn’t attend this years con listen up.

The “Game of Thrones” Comic-Con panel brought in a packed house to the massive Hall H. With Author George R.R. Martin acting as moderator, stars Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and producer Carolyn Strauss all talked about Season 3.  The panel kicked off with the announcement of the New Season 3 cast:

  • Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell. Also known as “The Queen of Thorns,” Lady Olenna is the grandmother of Margaery and Loras Tyrell and is, in many ways, the true leader of their powerful family.
  • Mackenzie Crook as Orell. A wildling raider, Orell is a “warg” or “skinchanger,” with the ability to enter the mind of an animal and control its actions.
  • Clive Russell as Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully. Known far and wide as “The Blackfish,” Brynden is a famous knight and the uncle of Catelyn Stark. He quarreled bitterly with his brother, Lord Hoster Tully, and the two were estranged for many years.
  • Nathalie Emannuel as Missandei. Originally from the peaceful island of Naath, Missandei was sold into slavery as a child, along with her brother. She received education in various languages and became a translator to the slave trader Kraznys in Astapor.
  • Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon, the only child of Stannis Baratheon. An avid reader, she escapes her lonely life through myths and stories – her books are her most treasured possessions.
  • Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr. A key member of the outlaw band known as the Brotherhood Without Banners, he is a Red Priest, in service of the Lord of Light, and originally hails from the Free City of Myr, in Essos.
  • Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed, a mysterious and enigmatic young man who becomes an important ally to Bran Stark.
  • Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed. The eldest daughter of Howland Reed and a staunch Stark loyalist, Meera and her younger brother Jojen seek out Bran Stark to protect him on his hard journey north.
  • Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion. Once the lord of Blackhaven and a celebrated warrior, Lord Beric has now become the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, a band of vigilante outlaws.
  • Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. A famed wildling warrior and chief lieutenant of the “King Beyond the Wall,” Mance Rayder, Tormund is fearsome and strong, with a large build and a beard to match.
  • Philip McGinley as Anguy, an extremely skilled archer and key member of the outlawband known as the Brotherhood Without Banners.
  • Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon. The wife of Stannis Baratheon, Selyse spends much of her life in seclusion, shut away in a gloomy tower.
  • Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully. The younger brother of Catelyn Stark, Edmure has recently become Lord of Riverrun in the wake of his father’s death.
  • Anton Lesser as Qyburn, a former maester of the Citadel, who was stripped of his chain many years ago.

Martin opened the panel by cracking a joke about the SNL sketch about the 13-year-old kid who made sure the TV series has plenty of boobies.  Then long video recaping season 2 was shown.  Afterwards, we got a look at the actors who are playing new characters in season 3.  We didn’t see them in character or in costume, and it was each actor and actress saying who they were playing and how excited they were to be part of the show. In the end the panel wasn’t all that great in some areas for the simple fact George R.R. Martin was not a good moderator he lacked energy like he was going through the motions. Some of that missing energy came when it was time for Q&A, but if your a fan of the series and bummed out that you missed the panel don’t be you didn’t miss much that’s if you where looking for any other major announcements.

Review – Spider-Men #3 – “Spider-Men vs Mysterio”

Written by:  Brian Michael Bendis
Art by:  Sara Pichelli
Cover by: Justin Ponsor & Jimmy Cheung
Variant Cover by: Sara Pichellis,Rainier Beredo,Terry & Rachel Dodson

Jim Cheung
Jim Cheung

After blowing up the helicopter Peter and Miles confront the avatar of Mysterio, a brash Miles jumps into action without hesitation and is quickly taken down. At that moment Peter begins to understand situation and tells the younger spider-man to step so he can handled it, but before he can come up with a plan they hit with one of Mysterio’s illusions and are attack by a barrage of 616 and Ultimate villains. Form hear the action plays out with the two spider-men clashing with the likes of Green Goblin, Venom and Miles uncle Aaron, the action in this section is kinda straight forward with the two spidey’s taking down Mysterio quite easy, you would think when Miles is confronted by his uncle would produce some drama but that’s not the case here. Bendis could have done alot of things here by inserting some humor or more emotion as the two tag team it out.

Form there the story picks up allitle bit when Nick Fury and the The Ultimates show up at the end of the Mysterio fight. Bendis sheds more light on the tech Mysterio is working with, meanwhile peter takes off to resume his quest to find out what has exactly happened to the Spider-Man of this world. The last last few pages of this issues does show more emotion and the humor that was missing earlier, notably when Peter finds out the truth about himself and when he returns home and confronts Aunt May and Gwen. Although the script in this issue missed in alot of areas, the one thing that was a hit is Sara Pichelli artwork it’s very consistent in each panel action or non action, character figures are spot on as she blends the 616 and Ultimate villains together.

Spider-Men #3 is a decent issues but considering there’s only a few more issues left in the series, I expect the story to get deeper and more emotionally. Let’s see if Issue #4 will answer that call, I’m anxious to find-out

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Comic-Con 2012 Cosplay and Show Picture Gallery (SDCC) Day 0 / 1

We have tons of goodies coming for you guys but I wanted to do a picture dump from the first day(s) walking around SDCC. I’ll have more images to go out as the show rolls on and impressions and even more.

Notable things to do if you want to wander down in San Diego:

  • Hit up the Dodge Dart event for free snow cones
  • Hit up the History channel for some excellent BBQ (free)
  • Stop by the cnet Game Station for free drinks, food, wi-fi, games and phone charging
  • Pass by the Grimm forest and Trailer for a limited edition bag and poster
  • Stop by the Free arcade to play new titles and others you may have missed
  • Check out Sega down the way for Aliens and Sonic Racing
There are a ton of other cool things to do including trying to track down the Adult Swim [Free Rides] car as well. Good luck and happy hunting!

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IDW Publishing SDCC 2012 Signing Schedule!

IDW (#2643) has announced their HUGE signing schedule so get ready, cause there’s something for everyone!

 

Wednesday July 11th Preview Night

6:00 – 8:00  SPECIAL EVENT! Richard Starks’ Parker: The Score Launch Party –
Darywn Cooke (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
6:00 – 7:00  SPECIAL EVENT! Neal Adams’ Thrill Kill: Artist’s Edition Portfolio
Launch Party
  –  Neal Adams

Thursday July 12th

11:00 – 12:00 Deadworld – Gary Reed
12:00 – 1:00 The Cape: 1969 – Joe Hill, Zach Howard (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
1:00 – 2:30  Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score – Darywn Cooke (*Check out the show
exclusive hardcover!
)
3:00 – 4:00  Godzilla – Duane Swierczynski
3:00 – 4:00  Love and Capes – Thom Zahler (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
4:00 – 5:00  TRANSFORMERS – Chris Metzen, Flint Dille, John Barber, Livio
Ramondelli, Brendan Cahill, Andrew Griffith, Scott
Mairghread, Priscilla Tromontano

5:00 – 6:00  30 Days of Night, Frankenstein: Alive, Alive – Steve Niles
6:00 – 7:00  Smoke & Mirrors – Mike Costa, Jon Armstrong
6:00 – 7:00  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz,
Dan Duncan

 
Friday July 13th

10:00 – 11:00 Kill Shakespeare – Andy Belanger
11:00 – 12:00 Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who – Scott Tipton, J.K. Woodward
11:00 – 12:00 Memorial  – Chris Roberson
12:00 – 1:00 The Cape: 1969 – Joe Hill, Zach Howard (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
1:00 – 3:00  Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score – Darywn Cooke (*Check out the show
exclusive hardcover!
)
3:00 – 4:00  KISS – Gene Simmons, Chris Ryall, Jamal Igle (*ticketed signing – See
employee for details
)
4:00 – 5:00  Dungeons & Dragons  – Steve Ellis
5:00 – 6:00  Locke & Key – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover & exclusive keys by Israel Skelton!
)
6:00 – 7:00  Ghostbusters  – Dan Schoening, Erik Burnham, Tristan Jones, Luis
Antonio Delgado, Nick Runge

6:00 – 7:00  Crawl to Me  – Alan Robert

Saturday July 14th

10:00 – 11:00  Night of 1,000 Wolves – Bobby Curnow, Dave Wachter
11:00 – 12:00  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz,
Dan Duncan

11:00 – 12:00  Zombies vs Robots – Chris Ryall, Brea Grant, Jeff Conner
12:00 – 1:00  The Crow – John Shirley, Kevin Colden
1:00 – 2:00  Locke & Key – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover & exclusive keys by Israel Skelton!
)
1:00 – 2:00  Silent Hill – Tom Waltz
2:00 – 3:00 Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who – Scott Tipton, David Tipton, J.K.
Woodward

3:00 – 4:00  Star Trek: The Next Generation – Brannon Braga, Joe Corroney
(Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00  Star Trek – Mike Johnson, Joe Corroney
5:00 – 6:00  Nevsky: A Hero of the People – Ben McCool, Steve Saffel
5:00 – 6:00  G.I. JOE– Mike Costa, Larry Hama (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
6:00 – 7:00  True Blood – Michael McMillian, Joe Corroney

Sunday July 15th

11:00 – 12:00  Doctor Who – Mark Buckingham, Joshua Fialkov
12:00 – 1:00  TRANSFORMERS – Chris Metzen, John Barber, Livio
Ramondelli, Andrew Griffith, Scott Mairghread, Priscilla
Tromontano

1:00 – 2:00  Zombies! – Craig Yoe, Steve Banes
2:00 – 3:00  Smoke & Mirrors – Mike Costa, Jon Armstrong
3:00 – 4:00 Danger Girl  – J. Scott Campbell

Munky King SDCC 2012 Artist Signing Schedule!

Munky King (#4539) is serving up a bunch of great artist signings this year, the list is as follows:

Thursday, July 12th:

12pm – 1:30pm: 3D Printing Demo by Makerbot Studios and Dave Bondi
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Martin Hsu
3:30pm – 4:30pm: TOUMA

Friday July 13th:

12pm – 1:30pm: Luke Chueh
2:00pm – 3:00pm: TOUMA
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Camilla d’Errico

Saturday, July 14th:

12pm – 1:30pm: Luke Chueh
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Martin Hsu

 

 

Cartoon Network’s Regular Show & Annoying Orange SDCC 2012

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Friday, July 13

 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

 

The Hilton Bayfront – AQUA 300

Annoying Orange

Friday, July 13 @ 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.                                                              

Room: 6A

 Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube views to date, Annoying Orange is the Web sensation transformed into a new Cartoon Network television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a wide range of adventures taking them from the fruit stand to parts unknown and everything in between. Join series creator Dane Boedigheimer ( Orange ), Toby Turner (Nerville) and others for a delightfully annoying time.

Regular Show

Friday, July 13 @ 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.      

Room: 6A

 Yeaaauuhhh! It’s Regular Show at Comic-Con 2012! Join series creator JG Quintel (Mordecai, High Five Ghost), Bill Salyers (Rigby), Sam Marin (Benson, Pops, Muscle Man) and others for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the comedy, drama and tomfoolery that make this Regular Show so jolly good.  Come for the merrymaking, stay for songs, sneaks and surprises! 

Square Enix launches Comic-Con 2012 Schedule (SDCC)

Get ready for SDCC madness, while the past few game announcements have been pretty tame it’s hard to say this falls into the same category. Square Enix is touching down at the show with a massive plan for fans including searches, demos and more. Check out the release below for the full briefing.

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 Comic-Con attendees will be able to preview and play the following Square Enix titles:

• HEROES OF RUIN™ – Available on July 17, HEROES OF RUIN challenges players to carve their own adventure as a Gunslinger, Alchitect, Vindicator or Savage. Pushing social and online interaction to the forefront of gameplay through innovative use of the Nintendo 3DS™ system, players can trade rare and powerful items through an in-game shop which has an inventory updated through creative use of StreetPass™.

• KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] – Celebrating the franchise’s 10th anniversary, KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] features a spectacular story that promises to be a fun backdrop to the colorful cast of Disney characters making their 3D debut on a handheld title. In addition to brand new worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will also feature never before seen gameplay elements and will be available on July 31.
• Sleeping Dogs™ – Sleeping Dogs catapults players into the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organizations from the inside – the Hong Kong Triads. As players explore the bustling and crowded Hong Kong island, through its neon-lit side streets and sprawling street markets, an incredible story unfolds of loyalty and betrayal, where Wei begins to question his own motives as he is sucked in deeper than he could ever imagine.
• HITMAN®: ABSOLUTION™ – HITMAN: ABSOLUTION follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted — and now hunted by the police — he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.
• TOMB RAIDER – Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, TOMB RAIDER delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.

 

In an exclusive partnership with the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Square Enix is a joint sponsor of The Nerd Machine’s Nerd HQ with TOMB RAIDER as the main event. TOMB RAIDER will be playable on more than 20 Xbox 360 units and will sponsor The Nerd Machine party on Friday, July 13.
NERD HQ
HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, Sleeping Dogs, TOMB RAIDER
Block No 16 Union and Spirits
344 7th Ave
Thursday, July 12 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Friday, July 13 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, July 15 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
San Diego Comic-Con attendees can play the Square Enix lineup at multiple locations including:

 

Square Enix Booth
HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance], Sleeping Dogs, TOMB RAIDER
San Diego Convention Center, Booth 3829

 

Nintendo Lounge
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] and HEROES OF RUIN
Mariott Marquis & Marina – San Diego Ballroom
333 W. Harbor Drive
Thursday, July 12 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, July 13 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.;
Saturday, July 14 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 15 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

GameSpot Gameroom

HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, Sleeping Dogs, TOMB RAIDER
Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Lou and Mickey’s
224 Fifth Avenue

 

SPIKE Booth

TOMB RAIDER
San Diego Convention Center, Booth 3729

 

Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel
HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, Sleeping Dogs, TOMB RAIDER
Thursday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hard Rock Hotel – Legends Room
207 5th Ave

 

In addition to getting the first chance to go hands-on with these blockbuster titles, Comic-Con attendees will have the opportunity to gain greater insight into the world of TOMB RAIDER through two dedicated panels:

 

TOMB RAIDER
Nerd HQ: Block No 16 Union and Spirits, 344 7th Avenue – Saturday, July 14 at 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Zachary Levi (star of Chuck and Tangled and a long-time gamer) will host a special TOMB RAIDER panel at Nerd Machine’s San Diego Comic-Con headquarters, featuring Karl Stewart (TOMB RAIDER global brand director), John Stafford (narrative designer), Camilla Luddington (voice of Lara Croft) and the lead writer. All attendees will receive a TOMB RAIDER lithograph that can be signed after the panel.

 

REIMAGINING A GAMING ICON, LARA CROFT 

San Diego Convention Center, Room 5AB – Saturday, July 14 at 6 p.m. – 7p.m.
Karl Stewart (TOMB RAIDER global brand director), Noah Hughes (creative director), John Stafford (narrative designer) and Camilla Luddington (voice of Lara Croft) discuss the journey of reimagining one of the most iconic franchises in video game history, TOMB RAIDER, through story, performance and a lot of planning! As a world exclusive for the Comic-Con panel the team will also be joined by the lead writer responsible for crafting the story over the last two years. Join the team for this Q&A session moderated by Geoff Keighley (host, Spike TV). All attendees will receive a TOMB RAIDER lithograph that can be signed after the panel.

 

Along with the panels, Square Enix fans will have several opportunities to take home fun and unique items during the show. With contests, interactive activities and more, Comic-Con attendees will have multiple chances to win amazing prizes and collect Comic-Con only Square Enix merchandise.

 

HITMAN: ABSOLUTION PHOTO SNIPING CONTEST

Upload your best photo sniping image to be entered for a chance to win a custom HITMAN: ABSOLUTION PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Runners up will receive miniature figures of Agent 47 and HITMAN themed ties and tie clips. Participants can upload their photo entries at hitman.com/photosnipe or by the photo sniping app on the HITMAN Facebook page.

 

TOMB RAIDER THEMED XBOX 360 SWEEPSTAKES
A special edition TOMB RAIDER themed Xbox 360 will be given out once a day at each of these locations: the Square Enix booth (3829), Nerd Machine HQ (344 7th Avenue) and at the GameSpot Gameroom area at Lou and Mickey’s restaurant (224 Fifth Avenue). Winners will be chosen each day of the show. Additional prizes will be given away daily Thursday through Saturday during the GameSpot Live Prize-Pow-Looza daily drawings at Lou and Mickey’s.

 

TOMB RAIDER Cosplay Event

Calling all cosplayers! Plan on dressing as gaming’s leading lady at Comic-Con? Meet up with other Lara Croft look-alikes in front of Lou and Mickey’s restaurant (224 Fifth Avenue) Sunday at 1 p.m. for an exclusive prize and photo opportunities. All Lara iterations are welcome at the event.

 

Sleeping Dogs GIVEAWAYS
The Sleeping Dogs team will be handing out exclusive Sleeping Dogs posters featuring Tyler Stout artwork and foam versions of the cleaver used in the game. Stop by the Square Enix booth to receive yours.

 

SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS PASSPORT PROGRAM

Visit booth 3829 to get your Square Enix Members Passport card. Participants will receive a stamp for every title they play at the booth. Once the passport is complete, participants can turn in to receive a set of pins featuring custom logos from Square Enix titles and a special lanyard.

 

The Square Enix booth will also feature the release of the limited edition Comic-Con exclusive BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM™ PLAY ARTS -KAI- figurines. These limited edition figurines will be priced at $59.99 and will be available on July 12. The BATMAN [BLACK & WHITE EDITION]and the JOKER [BLACK & WHITE EDITION] are currently available for pre-order while supplies last.

 

Finally the SQUARE ENIX MANGA STORE, the official online portal for more than 170 volumes of manga will be featured at the booth with popular titles FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST® and SOUL EATER available for purchase. Manga artist’s autographs and artwork will be on display along with a special exhibit of two manga titles, SOUL EATER NOT! and BLACK BUTLER. SOUL EATER NOT!, is a manga series released simultaneously in Japan and North America in conjunction with Yen Press and BLACK BUTLER is a popular manga series that has become an anime series in Japan.