Posts in: December, 1999

December 11-20 Anime News

  • 20th Dec 1999
  • News

12-20-99—- Otakon Announces First Guests Of Honor

The Otakon 2000 Anime Convention has announced it’s first guests of honor as Mr. Yoshitoshi Abe (Character designer: Serial Experiments Lain) and Production 2nd’s Yasuyuki Ueda (Creator of Serial Experiments Lain). Otakon is scheduled for the dates of August 4-5-6, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

12-19-99—- Top Anime LD Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. Shugogetten! Vol. 6
2. Galaxy Express 999 Memorial Vol. 2
3. You’re Under Arrest: The Movie
4. Detective Conan Vol. 7
5. Card Captor Sakura Vol. 12
6. Kikou Senki Doroguner Memorial Box 1

12-19-99—- Top Anime DVD Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. Nadesico The Movie: The Prince Of Darkness
2. Kareshi Kanojo No Jijo Op.1
3. You’re Under Arrest: The Movie DTS
4. D4 Princess Vol. 4

12-19-99—- Top Manga Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. One Piece 11
2. Card Captor Sakura 10
3. Futari H 9
4. Hikaru No Go 4
5. Ah My Goddess 20
6. Kochira Katsushikaku Kamearikouenmae Hashutsusho 117
7. Pocket Monster Special 6
8. Shaman King 6
9. GTO 13
10. Case Files Of Young Kindachi 5
11. Heat 3
12. Lost Universe 3
13. Sensei 9
14. Angelique 6
15. ARMS 10
16. Flames Of Recca 21
17. Tokyo University Story 28
18. Super Natural Powers Wild Com
19. Kanata Kara 10
20. Akagi 10

12-19-99—- Top Video Game Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. Gran Turismo 2 – PSX
2. Yugi-Oh Shin Monsters Duel Monsters – PSX
3. Pokemon Gold – GB
4. Pokemon Silver – GB
5. Donkey Kong 64 – N64
6. Virtual On Tangram – DC
7. Legend Of Dragoon – PSX
8. Let’s Go By Professional Train Shiyou -PSX
9. Soumatou – PSX
10. Custom Robo – N64
11. Pachislot Aruze Oukoku 2 – PSX
12. Virtua Striker 2 Ver. 2000.1- DC
13. Chrono Cross – PSX
14. Vib Ribbon – PSX
15. Tokimeki Memorial 2 – PSX
16. Yugi-Oh Shin Monsters Duel Monsters (Limited Edition) – PSX
17. Doko Demo Issyo Pocket Station Mo Issyo – PSX
18. DX Jinsei Game 3 – PSX
19. Simple 1500 Series Vol. 22 The Pro-Wrestling – PSX
20. Golf Shiyouyo – DC

12-19-99—- Top J-Pop Album Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. “Magnum Collection 1999 Dear” – Masaharu Fukuyama
2. “Max 6 Best Hit’s In The World ’99” – Various Artists
3. “Loveppears” – Ayumi Hamasaki
4. “Sukinahito Kirorono Sora” – Kiroro
5. “Limit Control” – ^ Ucifer
6. “Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix” – Various Artists
7. “On The Street Corner 3” – Taturou Yamashita
8. “Sheep” – Masayoshi Yamazaki
9. “Crystal Planet” – Double
10. “Now10” – Various Artists
11. “Trophy” – Ulfuls
12. “Muzai Moratorium” – Ringo Shena
13. “Super EuroBeat Presents Intial D Second Stage Selection1” – Various Artists
14. “Nihilism Mitsuhiro Oikawa Greatest Hits 90’s” – Mitsuhiro Oikawa
15. “Frozen Roses” – Yumi Matutouya
16. “Heavy Gauge” – Glay
17. “Fact Of Life” – Chikuzen Sato
18. “T-Bolan Final Best: Greatest Songs&More” – T-Bolan

12-19-99—- Review: Vampire Hunter D Re-release

When asked to name one modern classic, many American anime fans will tell you that the original Vampire Hunter D OAV qualifes instantly. Based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi, directed by Toyoo Ashida, and with character designs by Yoshitaka Amano, the original Vampire Hunter D OAV was first released in English under the Aegis of Carl Macek’s Streamline Pictures in an English dub-only format some years ago. Since the folding of that company, and after 2 1/2 years in Moritorium, Urban Vision is set to release the classic VHD dub on video in America once again, and for the first time ever it will also be available in English subtitled format.

The story of Vampire Hunter D is set in the year 12,090 A.D. on a future Earth where modern civilization’s technological state of progress has been halted for some millenia (in the first minutes of the OAV a close look at what first appear to be mountains reveal crumbled skyscrapers eroding as a mute testimony to some great people’s past achievement), a new dark age has set in where the Earth is now host to magic and humanity’s greatest fears, incarnate in the form of monsters, mutants, and aristocratic vampires who rule over them and the remaining pockets of society. The ruler of one such kingdom, Count Magnus Lee, has taken an interest in a young girl named Doris living in a local village and has marked her as his for future entertainment. In desperation, Doris hires a mysterious Vampire Hunter known as D to kill the count and renounce his claim.

Visually and audio-wise, Urban Vision’s dub release of VHD has a noticeable sharper transfer over previous releases. The original OVA is here on the heels of the New Vampire Hunter D Movie’s arrival in America and Japan, it’s already one of the most anticipated Anime movies of the coming decade.

Vampire Hunter D | English Subtitled Version | $29.95 | Release: 1/18/00 | Running Time: 80 Min.
Vampire Hunter D | English Dubbed Version | $19.95 | Release: 1/18/00 | Running Time: 80 Min.

Released By: Urban Vision

12-19-99—- Review: Wicked City Re-release

Wicked City is another classic that has just seen American re-release by Urban-Vision, it too is available in Dub and (for the first time) Sub formats. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, with screenplay by Kisei Choo, Wicked City is set in the modern era where Earth shares a connection between our familiar reality and an alternate dimension known as The Black World inhabited by powerful supernatural entities.

For centuries a pact has existed between the two worlds, and has maintained an uneasy peace, negotiations are about to resume to continue relative co-existance. In The Black World there exists a faction that recognizes their inhabitant’s advantage to humans and will stop at nothing to disrupt the accords. Taki, A human, and Makie, a Black Worlder are both members of The Black Guard (defenders of balance betwen the two realms), and are paired to ensure the negotiations are carried on


December 4-11 Anime News

12-11-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

SNK has released two video clips of their upcoming PSX 3D Samurai Spirits sequel: New Chapter of Blade (Samurai Shodown: Warrior Rage 2 in US):
Samurai Spirits Soukou A (MPEG)
Samurai Spirits Soukou B (AVI)

Capcom’s Dreamcast version of Gunbird 2 will include many new elements over the Arcade version. Morrigan (Vampire Hunter) will a playable character in the game, this game will have internet support, download of new features will be possible and players can post high scores to the internet ranking. A new Illustration Gallery Mode is also incorporated, new images will be unlocked upon reaching different high scores.

Sega of Japan’s upcoming Dreamcast title, Shen Mue Chapter 1: Yokosuka, will feature 4 different dialog and text display modes, deactivation of speech is possible, as well as changing the text display to “Kid Mode”, in which all the text will be displayed in Katakana and Hiragana instead of Kanji. Shen Mue is out in Japan Dec. 29th.

Koei announced plans for a new GameBoy Color RPG, MetaMode, scheduled for release in Japan in Feb. In the game, the hero will travel with a device called MetaMode, which enables him to transform into over 90 different forms, each with its own strengths and its own set of techniques (5 – 6 per form).

Nintendo of America will be bringing their voice recognition Pokemon title, Pikachu Genki Dechu, to North America under a new title in the coming year.

12-11-99—- Anime Toy / Figure News

Kaiyodo will be releaseing figures from the video game Virtual-On. The first 2 releases, Fie Yen and Temujin will retail for 3,800 Yen and are out in January in Japan.

12-11-99—- Urban Vision Acquires Petshop Of Horrors

Urban Vision has announced acquisition of the Petshop Of Horrors TV series, release of the first volume is scheduled for March 28th. The series will be released on two episode volumes retailing at $19.95 for the English dub $29.95 for the English subtitled version.

12-10-99—- Miyazaki In Current Rolling Stone

The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine (RS830/831) features a small piece on Princess Mononoke Director, Hayao Miyazaki. The article can be found on page 65, Miyazaki-sensei lists his biggest Influences from the pop world as: rocker Bruce Springsteen and the film “Easy Rider”.

I’ve also been influenced by the films of John Ford, especially “My Darling Clementine.” I was also influenced by several books: Erich Fromm’s “Escape from Freedom”, Norman Mailer’s “The Naked and the Dead”, David Reisman’s “The Lonely Crowd” and Fritz Pappenheim’s “The Alienation of Modern Man.”

12-9-99—- American Gundam Wing TV Series Premiere In California

Northern California’s Rafael Film Center to Preview Gundam Wing

Gundam Wing Premiere
Saturday, December 11
6:40, 9:15 (pm)
Japanese Animation Producer to Speak

Ken Iyadomi, one of the pioneers of bringing Japanese animation to the United States, will speak before a special sneak preview of Bandai Entertainment’s new series of Gundam W (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing). Three new episodes of Gundam Wing will screen at 6:40pm and 9:15pm at the Rafael Film Center on Saturday, December 11.

Mr. Iyadomi has produced many of the most successful Japanese anime in the U.S. including Ghost in the Shell and Akira. He is executive vice president of Bandai Entertainment. Bandai Entertainment is premiering the Gundam Wing TV series here.

Also showing: Saber Marionette J Again (Dec 12, 21), Blue Submarine No. 6 (Dec 13), The Clamp School (Dec 16, 19), Cowboy Bebop (Dec 17), The Vision of Escaflowne (Dec 23), and several other anime titles.

Calendar Programs for The Rafael Film Center are available throughout the Bay Area. Admission tickets are available one hour before showtime at the Rafael box office. For showtimes and additional information call the Rafael Film Center at 415-454-1222. The Rafael Film Center is located at 1118 Fourth Street, Downtown San Rafael, California.

Visit their website for more info and directions: www.finc.org

12-9-99—- Pokemon / Princess Mononoke American Box Office Roundup

Pokemon: The First Movie, in it’s fourth week of release in North America drew in $2,343,365 over the weekend, dropping it to 6th place on the Daily Variety movie chart. To-date, Pokemon has grossed $80,771,180. Meanwhile, in it’s second week of expanded release, The Princess Mononoke (which is in it’s 6th week in limited release) pulled in $212,161 bringing it up from the #26 spot to #25. To-date Miramax’s limited Mononoke release has grossed $1,937,984.

12-9-99—- Megumi Hayashibara Booklet Addition In January Newtype

Included in the January, 2000 edition of the Japanese magazine, Newtype, is a memorial booklet on the career of perhaps the most familiar seiyuu name: Megumi Hayashibara. Inside the booklet, readers can see the life of Megu-san with her 3 favorite characters (Her kettle and toaster have one of the characters on them). One story tells how she once composed a melody for her latest album, Fuwari while in a restaurant. When the aspiration hit her, she called her own answering machine at home using her keitai to try and record the melody. Upon arriving home, she found that there was too much background noise in the recording to recognise the melody.

12-9-99—- Slayers On Sci-Fi In January?

In the past few months, indications on the Sci-Fi Channel website in corelation with other revalations were leading many to believe Slayers and possibly another anime TV series were coming to the American Sc-Fi Channel cable network In January. According to their schedule, the names and slots of the new shows, are no longer listed for January. Saturday Anime is also not for January.

12-9-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Sony has released a special edition of PSX in Japan, Doko De Mo Issyo Playstation, featuring the popular PocketStation characters Toro and Mono, from the breeding game Accompaniment Anywhere, which sold over 500,000 copies in Japan. Special editions of PocketStation are also available, with Accompaniment Anywhere preloaded into the handheld.

Capcom of Japan has confirmed production of Dino Crisis 2 for PSX 2, scheduled for release in Japan next fall.

Sega of Japan has opened a new high speed network game server system called Dream Net which supports up to 5000 people playing Virtual