9-28-99—- Encore News
DVD Animania, in an interview with Encore media, learned of the network’s plans to begin running it’s first Anime series, Blue Seed. It will be run 2 episodes a week starting Saturday Nov. 6 on the Encore Network.
9-28-99—- Pokemon Lawsuit Attorneys Almost Sue Themselves
The San Diego law firm won’t be suing Wizards of the Coast and 4Kids Entertainment over Pokemon cards after all. Milberg Weiss, one of the firms involved in the suit, discovered it was suing one of its own clients, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. The firm realized it must withdraw as lead plaintiff in the case and it cannot defend its client. Three others firms in New Jersey, Los Angeles and San Diego are taking over the case.
9-28-99—- Lodoss Wars
SyCoNet.com announced today that it plans to market Record Of Lodoss War action figures domestically within the next 10 days. Interestingly, the move in marketing the figures is being made on anticipation of the Lodoss Wars TV series, which is expected to air in the U.S. before the end of the summer 2000.
9-28-99—- Goddess Cadets
As previously mentioned, Xebec is working on a new TV series adaption of Goddess Cadets (Megami Kohosei), based on Yukiru Sugizaki’s popular manga. The series, expected to start airing sometime soon, will use 3D CG in it’s production. Production IG and IKIF are heavily involved in making this series visually stunning. The series will be Directed by Mitsuru Hongo, with Character Designa by Shinichi Yamaoka, here is a list of production staff:
Assistant Director: Takahiko Hoshiai
Megami Designer: Shingo Takenaka
Ship and Victim Designer: Akitoshi Maeda
Mechanical Artists: Takeshi Matsuda, Yoshiki Kuge
Setting/Script: Akira Okeya
Science Fiction Setting: Mitsuhasu Sakai
Color Setting: Yuko Kanamaru
Art Director: Toshihisa Koyama
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
9-28-99—- Kijuu Shinsekai Zoid
Kijuu Shinsekai Zoid (Zoid the New Century of Mechanical Beasts) began airing Sep. 4th on the Japanese network TBS. The TV series is based on Michiro Kamiyama’s popular manga of the same name. Kamiyama sensei is also the creator of Kaiki Keisatsu, Sai Police. Produced by Xebec, Zoid will make use of 3D Computer Graphics.
9-28-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming
Hudson’s Baku Bomberman 2 for N64 is 85-percent complete, and will be out in Japan on Dec. 3rd for 6800 yen. The gane will feature a story mode and a survival mode, at the start. Upon completeion of the story mode you’ll be able to play through a royal battle mode, as well as a time-attack mode. You’ll have both a two and four player option as well. New bomb types will also be included in the game including fire bombs, water bombs, and earthquake bombs. A US version of the game, ported by Nintendo, is already being planned for next year.
9-28-99—- Blood Character Designs
Production I.G. recently released character sketches of Saya (a mysterious girl with amazing swordmanship, the ultimate slayer to end to the vampire history) from it’s upcoming Digital Animation Action / Horror film, Blood:
(1) Saya Expressions
(2) Saya School Uniform
9-27-99—- Animetronic On MTV Tonight
A behind the scene look of Animetronic with Pioneer Producer, Yuji Moriya will be featured on MTV’s Road Rules tonight At 10 ET. For more information on Animetronic, click here (the 4th article down).
9-27-99—- The Real Mach 5
A 1/1 scale fully functional replica of the Mach 5 (including saw blade cutters, jumping ability through a special hydraulics system and interactive voice responses to steering wheel mounted buttons.) from Speed Racer (Mach Go! Go! Go!) is being constructed by Focus on Cars, a Long Beach CA. group for The Child Safety Network. CSN is creating the car to promote a nation-wide safety tour, called Child Safety Day At The Races.
Total cost to build the Mach 5 is estimated to be between $175,000 and $200,000. Currently, details of the public unveiling are still under wraps, the Mach 5 will privately debut at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, Nov. 2-5, 1999, in Las Vegas. Cos-playing characters from Speed Racer to Chim Chim will be part of the promotional events surrounding the movement of the Mach 5 around the country.
9-27-99—- New Sonic Toys On The Way
Grand Toys International, today announced that it has acquired the Canadian distribution rights for new Sonic The Hedgehog products from Toy Island Manufacturing. New York based Toy Island recently received the rights to manufacture and distribute Sonic The Hedgehog toys including 5.5″ action figures, vehicles, playsets, wind up vehicles, bendable figures, plush toys, electronic plush toys, remote control figures and vehicles, paper and stationery products, spring and summer toys and junior sporting goods based on Sega’s popular video game character, as he is featured in Sonic Adventure for the Sega Dreamcast and in the new animated television series Sonic Underground. Products are currently expected to be out across North America next year.
9-27-99—- Official Princess Mononoke Website Launches
Miramax has setup their official Princess Mononoke website at: www.princess-mononoke.com. When the site is completly fleshed out it will offer gallaries featuring hundreds of images from the film, behind the scenes footage, graphics to add to your own site, chat, web rings, and more!
9-27-99—- Ocean Group Begins Card Captor Dub Production
Canadian based Ocean Studios Group has begun English Dub production of Clamp’s Card Captor Sakura TV series, recently licensed by Nelvana. The series will most likely begin airing in North America in the Fall 2000 TV season.
9-27-99—- Bandai Visual (Emotion) Unveils Digital Engine Project
Bandai Visual (Emotion) recently announced their “Digital Engine Project”, set to seamlessly combine present animation production techniques with the most advanced digital technology currently available. Bandai’s goal is to forge new techniques for producing Digital Animation features that will be utilized by animators for sometime to come. 2 Forerunners of their project are now in production: Katsuhiro Otomo’s (Akira) Steam Boy and Mamoru Oshii’s (Ghost in The Shell) G.R.M, each film is budgeted at 4 billion yen.
Without the use of a single frame of traditional cell animation, Special Effects Director Shinji Higuchi and Digital Technology