s about 50,000 children, more than expected crammed to get8-28-99—- Anime On Cable Tonight
Adieu Galaxy Express 999: 3:00 AM ET Sci-Fi Channel
Battle Angel: Part 1: 11:40 PM ET Encore Action Channel
Battle Angel: Part 2: 12:10 PM ET Encore Action Channel
8-28-99—- Ghibli Film Festival Showings Schedule
Due to the upcoming release of the English dub version of Princess Mononoke, a number of Studio Ghibli film festivals are being organized by film festivals, museums, and theaters throughout North America and Europe. Team Ghiblink has compiled a list of of the curent showings planned and will add to it in the future. Check it out and see if you’re city (or a city near you) is on the list, you can view it here.
8-27-99—- Card Captor Sakura Petition / The Anime Name Game
Animeondvd.com has put up a new petition in an effort to get VHS subtitled and DVD releases of Card Captor Sakura. It is unknown if the recently reported name change of the main character Sakura to Niki will have any effect on the effort (It has’nt effected past releases, but often you would only get an original name in a seperate companies release of a title of the same series ie: Sakura (The company that gets the Card Captor Movie (besides Nelvana))-Niki (Nelvana Card Captor TV), Usagi (Pioneer Sailor Moon Movies)-Serena (Dic Sailor Moon TV Series), Hikaru (Animeigo Rerelease of Macross TV)-Rick (Haromny Gold Robotech TV), etc..). but companies generally adopt one name and stick with it. On a side note dub fans are gonna love watching how dubbers fill 3 syllable spaces (Sa-ku-ra) (4 if you ad in chan, san etc..) with 2 syllables (Ni-ki) but it was pulled off with Sailor Moon, Pokemon etc… Anyhow…. I’ll shut up now, go sign the petition here!
8-27-99—- Alternative Video Warhouse Sales Soar After San Diego Con
The leading U.S. distributor of Anime videos and DVDs, today announced that sales of its retail division Alternative Video Warehouse increased significantly at the recent San Diego Comicon convention, and established the Company as the sole distributor of all Anime product offerings.
www.SyCoNet.com‘s retail division Alternative Video Warehouse witnessed phenomenal sales while attending one of the largest comic book conventions this year Comicon in San Diego, CA from August 12th through August 15th. The Company’s retail sales increased 25% over last year’s participation. Alternative Video Warehouse also gained 22 key agreements with retailers to merchandise its Anime products. The new specialty retailers include Lonestar, one of the nation’s leading comic chains, currently operating eight stores in Texas, as well as Camelot Comics of Argentina.
*Source: Business Wire
8-27-99—- Yugioh Event Goes Bad At Tokyo Dome
An event for Yugioh (The King of Games) based on a popular Anime and Video Game at Tokyo Dome in central Tokyo on Thursday turned into a chaos, with riot police eventually being called into to control the scene, as about 50,000 children, more than expected crammed to get into the event held by game maker Konami.
The event included a card game tournament in which participants competed in the hit game “The Legend of the Duelist,” and packs of limited-edition game cards (For 200 Yen) featuring popular characters were advertised as being on sale.
The doors opened at 11 a.m., and the event started at noon. By that time there were already 40,000 people cramming their way into the Bunkyo Ward venue, with another 10,000 waiting in line to get in, according to Konami officials. Overwhelmed by the numbers, the organizer decided to suspend the event at 2 p.m.
At around 3 p.m., a visitor to the event made an emergency call to police, reporting that the venue was overcrowded and that the situation had become dangerous. After the call was received, 30 police officers, as well as riot police, were dispatched to the site. At least two people fell sick and were taken to a hospital, while dozens received treatment at a medical room in the dome, according to the Tokyo Fire Department. The tournament was to feature game software the company had put on the market on July 8. The game became a big hit, with sales of 1 million copies within the first week.
However, it took a long time for visitors to the event to get inside, and the tournament started at about 1 p.m., before all those waiting had entered the dome. According to some visitors, by 11 a.m. when the gates opened, children, their parents and other young game fans who had been waiting in line formed a circle around the dome.
The company then suddenly announced that it would not sell the cards, to prevent the situation from becoming dangerous, and shut down the entire event without explanation at 2 p.m., which only served to worsen the situation. Since the company did not explain to the visitors–including many who had come from outside Tokyo or had been waiting at the dome from the early morning–why the event had
been suspended, many people began to complain, with some shouting loudly. There were cries of “This is a fraud!” and “Let’s talk with the person in charge!” Others shouted that they had come all the way from Hokkaido, while some children cried.
Police are likely to question Konami over the event.
*Sources: Image: Asahi Shimbun, Story: Daily Yomiuri, Fan Sources
8-27-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming
*Black Matrix A/D: Much hyped in Japan, NEC’s strategy-RPG for the Sega Saturn will be released in enhanced form, and spread over two discs, for the Dreamcast this September. The game was originally released for the Saturn in very limited quantities. No US release info yet.
*Eternal Arcadia: Formally know as Project Ares, the title of the new RPG currently being developed by the Phantasy Star team, has officially been confirmed as Eternal Arcadia. Graphics are said to be incredible: easily on par with the graphics found in Final Fantasy VIII, except the entire game is rendered in real time. The three main characters (Vyse, Aika and Fina) are “pirates” who travel