Posts in: September, 1999

Anime News Service – September 3-10 Anime News

9-10-99—- Jou Hisashi Wins JASRAC Prize For Princess Mononoke Soundtrack

This year’s JASRAC Prize winners have been announced, the Japanese authors’ body JASRAC awards JASRAC Prizes, which go to the writers whose songs garnered the most royalties during the year to March 31.

* The Gold Prize went to Mitsuru Igarashi for his song “Time Goes By,” performed by the group Every Little Thing (Avex Thax).

* The Silver Prize was awarded to Hiromasa Ijichi for his song “White Love,” performed by the group Speed (Toy’s Factory).

* The Bronze Prize went to Jou Hisashi for the background music to the anime hit ” Mononoke Hime” (Princess Mononoke) (Tokuma Japan Communications).

9-10-99—- Wild 7: Biker Knights Release

Urban Vision is set to release Wild 7: Biker Knights on November the 11th. Wild 7, written by Mikiya Mochizuki, is a high octane, explosively intense action series based around a crime-fighting squad comprised of ex-criminals, each with their own combat expertise, their mission: to eradicate crime by whatever means necessary.

English Subtitled VHS: $29.95
English Dubbed VHS: $19.95

9-10-99—- 20 Cities To Show Princess Mononoke On October 29th

Team Ghiblink recieved the details from Miramax on what cities are included in the top 20 markets that will first show Princess Mononoke when it starts running late next month. The film will open on October 29th in the following cities:

Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, St. Louis, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC

These will be the first cities. If the box office returns are good (theres a very good chance of this!), then the film will recieve a wider release. Also, there should be an article about Mononoke in this Sunday’s New York Times.

9-10-99—- Win Autographed Amano Goods

Anime Nation has posted a new trivia contest, where they have teamed up with Urban Vision to offer you autographed Yoshitaka Amano (Character Designer: Vampire Hunter D, several Final Fantasy games) stuff! Go check it out here.

9-10-99—- Pokemania On NBC Cable Networks

Last night, CNBC’s (an American business news cable channel) Business Center had a feature on Pokemonaia and it’s effects on sales and stocks. Tonight, on MSNBC’s The News with Brian Williams (9:00 P.M. ET), there will be yet another report on the phenomena and popularity surrounding Pokemon, be sure to catch it!

9-10-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

* Due, in big part to the Pokemon craze, since the first of the year, Nintendo has accounted for 51% of all video game revenues. This Game Informer article has details.

* A number of defective discs managed to make it out into stores for the Dreamcast launch. GameFan has some more on this in a new article: here. If you were one of the unlucky ones to get these call Sega Customer Service toll-free, at 1-800-USA-Sega. Those whose browser software refuses to load are being told to E-Mail Customer Support,, with the subject heading Dreamcast Browser… they’ll get you taken care of.

* Gamespot News has a section up, dedicated to JAMMA (Japan Amusement Machinery Manufacturers Association). It hosts a huge trade convention (which opened yesterday) in Japan where lots of new games will be unveiled.

9-10-99—- South Korea Allows J-Pop Concerts

The South Korean government announced today, a further easing of its ban on cultural imports from Japan, it will allow J-Pop artists to stage indoor concerts in the country. The type of Japanese motion pictures allowed to run at South Korean theaters was also expanded. Japanese movies earning acclaim from some 80 international film festivals will be allowed to run, if suitable for all audiences.

9-10-99—- My Neighbors The Yamadas To Be Shown At MOMA

As previoulsy mentioned, the New York Museum of Modern Art is one of the many institutions in North America holding Ghibli retrospectives, their’s runs from September 16th – the 26th. The mystery “preview” film to be shown on the 16th at 6:08 P.M. will be Tonari No Yamada Kun (My Neighbors, The Yamadas). The film, directed by Takahata, will be subtitled in English and run after the 7 minute long musical short, On Your Mark, which is to be shown at 6:00. My Neighbors the Yamadas has a running time of 104 minutes. Further details including a list of the films to be shown can be had at the official website by clicking here.

9-10-99—- Inside Toei

ANW has a very enlightening article on the goings on inside leading Japanese Animation production studio, Toei Animation. You can read it here. (Thanks to Isaac for the link)

9-10-99—- Sunrise Auditioning Escaflowne Movie Seiyuu Over Phone

Sunrise recently posted an update to their Escaflowne news page, making a mention that they are auditioning potential voice actors and actresses over the telephone, for roles in the upcoming Vision Of Escaflowne Movie. Specifically, they are looking for a female to provide the voice of Millerna, and a male to provide the voice of Ryuon, one of Dilandou’s soldiers. The audition will last until the end of September, and the final selection will be made sometime in the beginning of October.

* You can visit Sunrise’s Escaflowne news page here [Japanese language only].

9-9-99—- Hasbro Acquires Wizards of The Coast

Hasbro, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast, Inc. announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Hasbro (who holds a Pokemon merchandise license) to acquire Wizards of the Coast (producer of the Pokemon card game). The purchase price is approximately $325 million.

*Source: Business Wire

9-9-99—- One Piece Anime

An Anime TV series based on Eiichirou Oda’s popular Manga, One Piece, (an action adventure dealing with sea pirates) is currently in production, and will start running on Fuji TV in October.

9-9-99—- Galaxy Express 999 Postcards Issued

September 9th 1999 (yesterday in Japan) The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications issued a set post cards bearing images from Leiji Matsumoto’s classic Anime, Galaxy Express 999. Each set consists of 5 post cards, and will be issued from Tokyo-and Kantou-Regional Postal Service Bureaus (limited to 500,000 sets each).

August 29 – September 3 Anime News

9-3-99—- Anime USA Convention On Again

The Anime USA convention which was scheduled to be held Oct. 15-17 in Falls Church Virginia, and then subsequently canceled due to lack of rooms, is now back on! Con organizers have reportedly found a new hotel in the area willing to host the event. Details on the new arrangements should be out soon.

9-3-99—- Macross Toy Update

Here’s a few other details I’ve been able to nail down on the upcoming Toycom Macross Plus Valkyrie release:

* Fists of the toys are expected to retract into the forearms when the valkyrie is in fighter mode.
* Box art is expected to be by Shoji Kawamori, but whether it will be existing or original art is still unknown.
* The valkyries will be between 1/100 and 1/72 scale (most likely closer to the 1/72 scale).
*Hands will probably be single piece, and not articulated. However, deluxe versions maybe released later on including additional features such as articulated hands and hinged cockpit canopies.

9-3-99—- Princess Mononoke Soundtrack Details

Milan records is set to release the Princess Mononoke Soundtrack October 12th. The 33 track CD will retail for $16.98 and will be available in most major music stores. The soundtrack features score by Joe Hisaishi and two vocal tracks performed by Sasha Lazar. The Studio Ghibli / Miramax release of Princess Mononoke is scheduled to hit 1000 movie theaters nationwide on Oct. 29th.

Here’s A Listing Of The Tracks:
1. The Legend of Ashitaka
2. The Demon God
3. The Journey to the West
4. The Demon Power
5. The Land of the Impure
6. The Encounter
7. Kodamas
8. The Forest of the Gods
9. Evening at the Ironworks
10. The Demon God II — the Lost Mountains
11. Lady Eboshi 2:48
12. The Tatara Women Work Song
13. The Furies
14. The Young Man From The East
15. Requiem
16. Will to Live
17. San and Adhitaka in the Forest of the Deer God
18. Princess Mononoke Theme Song – Instrumental Version
19. Requiem II
20. Princess Mononoke: Vocal Version
21. The Battle Drums
22. The Battle in Front of the Ironworks
23. The Demon Power II
24. Requiem III
25. The Retreat
26. The Demon God III
27. Adagio of Life and Death
28. The World of the Dead
29. The World of the Dead II
30. Adagio of Life and Death II
31. Ashitaka and San
32. Princess Mononoke – Vocal Ending
33. The Legend of Ashitaka, Ending

9-3-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

* Digicube is set to release Final Fantasy VIII Desktop Accessories for Japanese PCs, featuring icons, wallpapers, screensavers, and other desktop accessories. As well as featuring desktop accessories, the disc will include a version of the card game from FFVIII for PlayStation which can be played on PC over a LAN. The price will be 4980 yen ($45), release date in Japan and is Sept. 22. A U.S. release may be announced soon.

*Team Sonic has announced its second of four new secret titles (2 titles have yet to be named). The game, Chu Chu Rocket is an online four-player fighting/puzzle game developed exclusively for the Dreamcast Network. The game should arrive in Japan (U.S. release info is pending) by November and will be sold with a special controller.

9-3-99—- Japan Digital Animation Festival

The Japan Digital Animation Festival, a competition showcasing amateur, computer produced Animation is set for October 16th In Nagoya, Japan. Although the final date for new entries has passed (Aug. 31), the competition is open to anyone, from anywhere and of any age, there are no restrictions on content, all entries must be created using a computer. Among the judges are well known names, Mamoru Oshii (Director: Ghost In The Shell) and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (CEO: Production I.G.). Creators of the best entry will receive 1,000,000 Yen.

9-2-99—- Princess Mononoke Trailer On The Web Soon

It looks like Aint It Cool News and are teaming up to cohost the web debut of the Miramax Princess Mononoke movie trailer debut in the next few days. The following is an excerpt form Moriarty’s column of the week:

I have some technical adjustments to make here in the Labs so that we can premiere the PRINCESS MONONOKE trailer here at AICN in the next few days. We’re going to cohost the event with, and it’s going to be your first chance to see how Miramax is selling this profound and beautiful masterpiece. I think the trailer rocks, and I’m betting you will, too.

More to come… Thanks Isaac for the story.

9-2-99—- Miyazaki To Attend Princess Mononoke Screening / Toronto Film Festival

Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps the most well known Japanese Animation movie director in the world, and director of Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), will be in attendence for a North American screening of that very film at the 24th Toronto International Film Festival which begins September 9th. If you’d like more details on the festival including attendence info go to their official website by clicking here. Thanks Isaac for the story.

9-2-99—- News Bits

* Pioneer’s Subtitled Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, and Sailor Moon Super S Movies are now out. Dubbed versions, as well as DVDs, expected out in the fall.

* Rightstuf has a new contest where you can win Autographed Yoshitaka Amano (Character designer for Vampire Hunter D, several Final Fantasy games) materials, go check it out!

9-2-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

*It’s official. Nintendo is working on a 32-bit handheld super system, now known as Gameboy Advance. The system will display 65,000 colors, have 22 hour continuous play battery life and will be backwards compatible with Gameboy and Gameboy Color games. The system will be able to connect to the Internet, which will enable gamers to download games, participate in multi-player games, and chat and exchange email with friends. The company also plans to release an advanced version of the Game Boy Camera, which will let other gamers see the face of the person they’re playing against. Launch date is scheduled for August 2000 in