As a late Nondenominationalmas present to all you import lovers out there, it has just been announced that the U.S. will share Blu-ray Region 1 status with South America and, more importantly, East Asia minus China. (For the 58% of young Americans who are unable to locate it on a map, this means that Japan and the US are in the same region). This is good news for anime fans, who should soon have an easier way to feed their Japanimation habit; as for gamers, even if PS3 games end up using region coding, U.S. consoles could still potentially play Japanese titles, although the hot hits coming out of Russia, Africa, and Slovakia will still remain teasingly out of reach.

[Thanks, Kyle]