Posts in: December, 1999

December 31 Anime News

12-31-99—- Mint Na Bokura Ends In February Ribbon

Created by Marmalade Boy author, Wataru Yoshizumi, and after 30 chapters (6 vols.) published since July 1997, the Mint Na Bokura manga has officially has completed it’s run in the Feb. issue of Ribbon magazine. Mint Na Bokura tells the story of twins Maria and Noeru, when Maria decides to follow his crush to a boarding school, Noeru chooses to reluctantly accompany her. Discovering that the school has no more room for male students, Noeru attends as a female.

12-31-99—- New Years Day Anime Festival On Encore Action Channel

The American Encore Action cable TV channel will be playing host to a 12 hour Japanese Animation Festival on New Years Day. Here’s the schedule, please note, all times are listed as Eastern Standard Time (EST):

Appleseed | 7:15 AM Encore Action Channel
Blood Reign: Curse Of Yoma Part 1 | 8:25 AM Encore Action Channel
Blood Reign: Curse Of Yoma Part 2 | 9:06 AM Encore Action Channel
Tekkaman Blade II: Part 1 | 9:50 AM Encore Action Channel
Tekkaman Blade II: Part 2 | 10:18 AM Encore Action Channel
Tekkaman Blade II: Part 3 | 10:46 AM Encore Action Channel
Tekkaman Blade II: Part 4 | 11:14 AM Encore Action Channel
Tekkaman Blade II: Part 5 | 11:43 AM Encore Action Channel
Tekkaman Blade II: Part 6 | 12:11 PM Encore Action Channel
Patlabor I | 12:45 PM Encore Action Channel
Patlabor II | 02:30 PM Encore Action Channel
Appleseed | 04:25 PM Encore Action Channel
Psycho Diver | 05:40 PM Encore Action Channel
Ghost In The Shell | 06:35 PM Encore Action Channel


December 20-30 Anime News

12-30-99—- Tokimeki Memorial DVD’s

King Records is set to release both volumes of the Tokimeki Memorial OVA series on DVD in Japan March 3rd. The discs will list for 5,800 Yen seperately, include Standard Stereo audio and new interviews with the seiyuu cast.

12-30-99—- Anime Music News

Nakatsukasa Masami’s first album, “Ame”, is scheduled for release Feb. 4th, listing for 3,059 yen. The album includes newly arranged versions of the opening theme of the To Heart Anime TV series, “Feeling Heart” and ending theme “Sorezore no Mirai (ashita) he”.

12-30-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Enix’s first PSX 2 adventure game, the 2 DVD-ROM 0 Story (Love Story) is scheduled for release in spring in Japan. 0 Story is about searching for true love, the main character is a young man who dies in an accident, with the help of angels, he becomes a ghost to find a true love before he crosses over to the spirit world. Appearing as a human, the player encounters different females who have the potential to become a true-love. As a ghost, the character has the ability to read others minds to find out their interest towards him. It’s also possible to use an “Arrow Of Love” to discover the nature of characters’ hearts.

SNK’s Dreamcast port of King Of Fighters ’99, has received the official title: “The King of Fighters ’99 Evolution”. The port will have new 3D backgrounds, and Striker characters not found in the arcade version. The DC game will feature internet support.

Nintendo’s Super Mario RPG 2 will feature 3D backgrounds, 2D characters, and a turn based battle system.

ASCII’s RPG Tsukuru (RPG Maker) is out on GameBoy Color on March 17th, it will list for 4800 Yen. As in previous ports of the game the player designs his or her own RPG, it supports the link cable, allowling exchange of designs with friends.

12-30-99—- Uri Geller To Sue Nintendo Over Pokemon

According to the British Guardian newspaper, world famous paranormalist Uri Geller, plans to sue Nintendo Co. for ?m over allegedly using his image without his permission on a Pokemon game card. Geller claims that the card, known in the west as “Alakazam”, and in Japan as “Un-geller” (available in two versions, Good Un-geller and Evil Un-geller), is clearly based on himself. The monster shown on the game card carries two bent spoons in its hands and is described as a magician and “psychic”. The Un-geller cards are worth around ? in shops and on the internet. British shops sell the English version for around ?.

Geller discovered the cards last week while Christmas shopping at the Pokemon Center, in Tokyo, Japan. At first, he said, he was bemused when the store manager rushed out from his office continuously bowing, as hundreds of children thrust Pokemon cards at him to autograph while chanting what sounded like Uri Geller.

Source: Guardian News

12-30-99—- Hideaki Anno Looks Toward The Future In Recent Interview

In a recent interview with Asahi Evening News reporter, Ken Kawashima, Studio Gainax’s Hideaki Anno (Director of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Fushigi No Umi No Nadia) has revealed he’s currently on a break period and getting ready to direct his second full-length live-action movie in the coming year. When asked about the proliferation of Japanese Animation in the U.S. and around the world Anno commented:

“Japan is the only country in the world that actually has an anime industry, and can mass-produce animated works of a high quality for a large audience. It’s only natural then, that this product would be in demand from the rest of the world.”

“Japan is unrivalled in this sense. Disney is really no competition because Disney can only release one film at a time. They are not capable of handling the wide range of stories that we see in Japanese anime. Real anime exists only in Japan, and this is about the only original product Japan can offer to the world-anime, manga and computer games.”

It was also revealed in the interview that Anno-sensei has just received a new haircut, he now sports a mohawk hairstyle. He leaves readers with comments on the direction in which he believes Japan is headed in the next millennium:

“Whether it be a few years into the future or 10 years in the future, I don’t know, but there is going to be a radical change or event that will change Japan.”

“There will come a time when Japan is going to go through a big shake-up-so much so that Japan may no longer be able to survive. But it won’t be because of politics, and it won’t be the result of any natural disaster.”

“It’s the Japanese economy; the backlash of our economy. Right now, people are always telling us that our economy is on the upswing and all that …” (pause) … “but I don’t believe them.”

Source: Asahi Shimbun | Text In Quotation: © Asahi Shimbun

12-29-99—- Bandai Entertainment Confirms First DVD Releases

Bandai Entertainment, via the Anime Village Website, has posted official information regarding their first DVD releases, they also have hinted at a new DVD area to be setup on the site next month.

BLUE SUBMARINE No. 6 (Vol 1 of 4) April 2000 | 5.1 Japanese (English subtitled)
2-Channel English | 1st OVA $24.98

COWBOY BEBOP (Vol 1 of 6) April 2000 | 2-Channel Japanese (English subtitled)
2-Channel English | Ep. 1-5 SRP $29.98

EAT-MAN ’98 (2 disc set) April 2000 | 2-Channel Japanese (English subtitled)
Ep. 1,2 2-Channel English | Ep. 1-12 SRP $39.98

12-29-99—- Kite DVD Release

Media Blasters will be releasing the cut version of Kite on DVD on April 25th for 24.95. Extras will include: Interactive Menus, Scene Selections, Animation Cel Gallery, and Storyboards, contains 2 episodes, length: 45 Minutes.

12-29-99—- Manga U.K. Releases

Rod Shaile of Manga Entertainment sent an e-mail to UK Manga email club members listing the following titles to be released on DVD and VHS in the United Kingdom in the coming year.

DVD:
Akira
Legend Of The Overfiend & Demon Womb
Street Fighter II The Movie
Perfect Blue
Ghost In The Shell
Ninja Scroll
X
Macross Plus The


December 11-20 Anime News

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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


November 28- December 3 Anime News

12-3-99—- My Neigbor’s The Yamada’s European Premiere In France

A The “Forum des Images” is an animation festival running from Dec. 15th to Dec. 22nd, featuring several Studio Ghibli films, including the European premiere of Tonari No Yamada-kun. Several other Miyazaki and Takahata films will be screened, and Takahata will be present at the screenings of all the films that he directed. Here is a digest version of the program:

15 Dec. 20h00: Mononoke Hime (French sub).
18 Dec. 15h00: Porco Rosso (French dub)
18 Dec. 17h00: Gauche, the Violoncelist (French sub)
19 Dec. 15h00: Panda kopanda (Original version with comments from the spokeman)
21 Dec. 14h30: Totoro (French sub)
22 Dec. 15h00: Grave of the Fireflies (French sub)
22 Dec. 18h30: Gauche, the Violoncelist (French sub)
22 Dec. 21h00: Tonari no Yamada-kun (French sub)
More info is available on the official website of the festival: www.forumdesimages.net

12-3-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

NineLives is currently producing the 4th Princess Maker title which will be ported to multiple platforms.

Banpresto’s SRPG, Super Robot War Compact 2: First Ground Eidosopic Chapter for WonderSwan, is scheduled for release in Japan on March 30th, retailing for 4500 Yen.

Rumor has it that Nintendo will release a new Pokemon title for Gameboy Advance, at launch this summer.

12-3-99—- Seikai No Monsho Sequels Planned

Sunrise’s original anime sci-fi series Seikai no Monsho will return to WOWOW BS Ch. 5 in Japan this spring. A condensed broadcast movie adaption of the first series with new footage, “Seikai no Monsho Sou shu hen”, will air, and followed by “Seikai no Tansho Tanjou”, a 25 minute episode adapting a story that appeared in the Aug. ’96 issue of SF Magazine. “Seikai no Senki”, an original 13-episode sequel series will follow those.

12-3-99—- New Gaogaiger OVA Series

The upcoming Sunrise, 8-part “Yusha O Gaogaigar Final” has been announced as the last sequel to the popular brave-robot TV + OAV Series series. The first volume is entitled “Yusha O Shinsei” (The rebirth of the brave king), and will be released in Japan Jan. 21st. The opening single “Yusha O Tanjo!: Shinwa Version” (The birth of the brave king – Legend Version) goes on sale Jan. 1st.

12-3-99—- Anime Figure / Toy News

Bandai will add the amphibious ZUGOCK from the original Gundam TV Series / Movies to it’s “Mobile Suit in Action” action figure line,it will retail 1000 Yen.

Miracle House has just released new costumes for their Golgo 13 doll: a leather suit and leather jacket. Each retail for 4800 Yen.

12-3-99—- Pokemon Card Discontinued For Offensive Symbol

Nintendo of American announced Thursday that it will be discontinuing a Japanese language Pokemon card because a symbol next to the Goldbat and Ditto characters might be offensive to Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors. The symbol, which resembles a reverse Nazi swastika, is known in Japan as a “manji” and signifies good fortune. Predating the Nazis by hundreds of years, the manji also represents a Buddhist temple.

12-2-99—- Production Go For 3rd Pokemon Movie In Japan

Nintendo Of Japan has confirmed development is underway on the third Pokemon movie: “Emperor in the Crystal Tower”. The film will be released throughout Japan in theaters this summer.

12-2-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

NEC Interchannel will be porting their Saturn love adventure game, Friends, to PSX, adding new characters and events.

Namco is working on a new PSX RPG, tentatively titled The God RPG. The game uses 2D characters and 3D background, with character designs by Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross). Japanese release is planned for sometime in 2000.

Takara will release Transformer Beast War Metals: Gan Gan Battle for PSX on Dec. 2nd, a 3D fighting game based on the anime. The game features 8 fully transformable playable characters.

Square will be developing 9 new titles for Bandai’s WonderSwan portable system, they include games in the Final Fantasy series, Romancing Saga series, Seiken Densetsu 2 (Legend of Mana in US), and Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeons 2. All of these titles will be compatible with WonderGate (cellular modem periphreal) and WonderWave (linking to WonderSwan PS and PS2). Four titles are scheduled to be released in April 2000.

12-2-99—- MIP Asia

MIP Asia, an international film, program, and hardware market for TV, video, cable, satellite, licensing and merchandising convention, featured many Japanese Animation series’ Following is a list of the new titles being advertised at the convention and the companies involved:

Crayon Kingdom – Toei
Magical Do Re Mi – Toei
One Piece – Toei
Young Kindaichi – Toei
Hunter X Hunter – Nippon Animation
Marcelino Pan y Vino – Nippon Animation
Tenshi ni Narumon – Bandai Visual
Clamp School Detectives – Bandai Visual
Magical Stage Fancy Lala – Bandai Visual
Maho Tsukai Tai – Bandai Visual
Juubei-chan – Bandai Visual
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie – Bandai Visual
Cardcaptor Sakura TV – NHK
Monster Rancher – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.
Little Moonlight Rider – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.
Sakon the Ventriloquist – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.
Mask of Glass – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.
Knight Hunters – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.

12-2-99—- Yoshitaka Amano Cancels Visit To U.K.

Due to an unfroseen emergency in Japan, Yoshitaka Amano (Character Designer on Vampire Hunter D, several Final Fantasy games), who was scheduled to make upcoming appearances in the United Kingdom at Birmingham, Brighton, and London branches of Forbidden Planet stores has canceled his current visit.

12-1-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Konami will release an addition disc for Tokimeki Memorial 2 in Japan early next year, called Tokimeki Memorial 2: Separate Volume Hibikino Watcher Vol. 1 Append Disc. It will feature voice data of 3 corresponding characters that will talk in full voice through the Emotional Voice System when playing Tokimeki 2.

After the announcement of the delay of Final Fantasy IX, the stock price for Enix and Square have dropped sharply.. Square’s stock price has dropped by 7.9% and Enix has dropped by 5.9%.

Sega of Japan will be putting over 300 Sega Mega Drive and NEC PC-Engine game titles on the internet, for players to download and play on the Dreamcast using emulation software. Each game will cost between 100 – 300 Yen.

ESP / Media Work’s Dreamcast SRPG, Ouka Houshin, is out in Japan on Dec. 16th. The story