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Gainax is actually giving [B][COLOR="Red"]Yoko Ritona[/COLOR][/B] center stage again, via what's billed as her "idol debut." It's a corporate turnaround by Gainax and comes as a most pleasant -- though long overdue -- surprise, after the dishonorable and shabby treatment Yoko endured in the anime and manga series [i]Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann[/i].

[quote]....a new Yoko character song-- titled "S.t.a.r.S.," is going to have an animated music video to go along with it, presumably done by Gainax. It's being released in a premium box set called [i]Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Kirameki * Yoko BOX ~Pieces of Stars~[/i]. It comes with a special box illustrated by character designer Atsushi Nishigori, a DVD that includes the music video, the song's CD from seiyuu Marina Inoue, and a 132-page booklet containing new Yoko illustrations....the DVD also has an interview with Inoue.[/quote]


Below are the two Gainax locations of information on this product:

[quote][url=http://www.gurren-lagann.net/yoko/][b]天元突破グレンラガン キラメキ☆ヨーコBOX -PIECES of SWEET STARS[/b][/url]

[url=http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/news/0248.html][b]GAINAX NET|Works|Animation & Films|天元突破 グレンラガン|News&Topics[/b][/url][/quote]

As usual for myopic Gainax, there's no English-language option available. But, there's a partial English-language Web site which is taking pre-orders. It's located at....

[quote][url=http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%A4%A9%E5%85%83%E7%AA%81%E7%A0%B4%E3%82%B0%E3%83%AC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%A9%E3%82%AC%E3%83%B3-%E3%82%AD%E3%83%A9%E3%83%A1%E3%82%AD%E2%98%86%E3%83%A8%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B3BOX-%7EPieces-sweet-stars%7E%E3%80%90%E5%AE%8C%E5%85%A8%E7%94%9F%E7%94%A3%E9%99%90%E5%AE%9A%E3%80%91/dp/B001V70TA2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1236756467&sr=8-1][b]Amazon.co.jp: 天元突破グレンラガン キラメキ☆ヨーコBOX ~Pieces of sweet stars~【完全生産限定】 [DVD]: オリジナルアニメ: DVD[/b][/url][/quote]

It's due out in May, so I've gone ahead and pre-ordered it. My laptop computer lets me change regions back and forth, up to four or six times; and I've not yet changed it from Region 1, so I'm in luck there. On the other hand, I'm not literate in Japanese. Alas!


In the event, it's great to know Yoko has a place in Gainax's future plans. Let's hope there's no stupid executive meddling this time, like there was with the anime series. I'm just happy to see Yoko [i]on her own[/i] -- being the star she is, unimpeded by male-superiority sexism. Even the knucklehead executives at Gainax finally got it through their thick skulls that [i]Yoko is popular[/i]. Duh!


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