Posts in: January, 2000

January 21-23 Anime News

1-23-00—- Bandai Entertainment News Out Of L.A. Science Fiction And Comic Con

Bandai Entertainment announced at it’s press conference for Mobile Suit Gundam Wing this afternoon that the Gundam Wing TV series will begin airing daily (on weekdays) on the American cable TV Cartoon Network, begining March 6th at 5:30 P.M. ET. The version airing in this timeslot will be edited, however in a very interesting move (and exciting one for fans), two uncut episodes will air as part of Cartoon Network’s Saturday Toonami Midnight Runs. Bandai pointed out that the three volume Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz OVA series will be aired and see VHS video release.

A side note to the Gundam announcements: Bandai’s representative indicated that the Vision Of Escaflowne TV Series could see a Region 1 DVD release as early as a June or July release with an English dub soundtrack.

1-23-00—- Manga Exposition In The Netherlands

An Manga exposition will be held at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, Netherlands, titled “Manga from 1945 until now” starting March 26th.

Opening times of the Kunsthal are Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 and on Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00, the Kunsthal is located at the Westzeedijk 341 (near Dijkzicht Hospital and the Euromast).

The exposition is a part of the celebration of 400 years relations between the Netherlands and Japan this year. 400 years ago in 1600 A.D., a ship called the “De Liefde” beached itself near Nagasaki. Japan allowed the Dutch to open a tradingpost on a artifical island called Decima in Nagasaki wich was the start of 400 years of relations between the two countries.

More information can be found at www.kunsthal.nl/manga.html and www.kunsthal.nl

1-23-00—- Nazca Clips Show In Malcom In The Middle

Clips from Pioneer’s Nazca TV series were shown tonight on the American Fox Television Network’s sitcom, Malcom in the Middle. One clip showed the character Shiogami, and another of a blond haired skateboarder-character from the third episode of the series.

1-23-00—- Ranma 1/2 / Tenchi TV Series Region 1 Release Details

Anime Fan is reporting that Pioneer plans to release the Region 1 DVD Ranma 1/2 OVA box set on April 25th for around the same cost of the Region 1 Tenchi OVA box set ($120). It’s a possibility that the Tenchi Universe TV series will see a summer release as a box set. Pioneer has made an allusion to another possible summer release, however no other official details have been given.

1-23-00—- Horrifying Pokemon Related Assault In Las Vegas

Two teenagers allegedly used Pokemon trading cards to lure at least eight young boys to a mobile home for sex, Las Vegas police said Friday. One 18, and 16 year-old male were arrested on charges including sexual assault. Police said the assaults on boys age 8 to 11 apparently had been going on for several months before they were tipped off by a parent.

Source: The Washington Post

1-23-00—- Ayanext Industry and Piracy Panel Trasncript

Animeijin has posted a transcript of the Ayanext Industry and Piracy Panel held on Nov. 6th, 1999 at the Ayanext anime convention in Birmingham, U.K., the panel was intended for the discussion of piracy and other issues regarding anime in the United Kingdom.

1-23-00—- Pokemon Center Tokyo

Located in the Nihonbashi business district in Tokyo, the Pokemon Center Tokyo store, which first opened April 1998, specializes in Pokemon merchandise of all kinds. The store is quite popular, attracting around 1,500 visitors per-day during the weekdays and between 3,000 – 4,000 visitors on the weekends, on many occasions it has had to limit the number of people entering the store at one time. Over the Japanese school summer vacation this year, customers reportedly had to wait for up to two hours just to get in, during the Christmas ’99 season in the wait was reportedly one hour. The store sells around 1,500 Pokemon-related products including game cards, stationery, confectioneries and many others. Among it’s most popular offerings are exclusive items depicting the store’s mascot’s: Pikachu, Charmander, and Poliwhirl.

An estimated 30% of the Pokemon Center’s clientele are foreigners. This is understandable, taking into account Pokemon’s phenomenal success in other parts of the world and the fact that almost all of the store’s products are only available domestically within Japan. Buses carrying groups of tourists often make stops at the Center, the largest number of foreign visitors come from the United States, it’s not unusual for these visitors to purchase several dozen items at once. On a recent visit to Tokyo, Actor Bruce Willis reportedly bought a suitcase’s worth of Pokemon merchandise for his daughter.

Most Popular Purchases At Pokemon Center Tokyo:
1. Pokemon Card Game
2. Pokemon Center Original Confectioneries
3. Pokemon Badges

1-23-00—- Nazca / Malcom In The Middle Update

As was reported earlier, clips of Pioneer’s Nazca TV series, will be appearing on the prime time American Fox-TV-network comedy, Malcolm In The Middle. The clips from Nazca will be incorporated into the new opening sequence for the series having the title character, Malcolm, channel surfing through some of his favorite TV shows which will include Nazca. Information on when the new opening will premiere on Fox is currently unknown, however, there is a possibility it could show tonight (Sunday, January 23rd 8:30 P.M. ET):

Jonathan Klein, Vice President of New Generation Pictures, has confirmed from Pioneer that the master tapes with the clips requested have been sent to Fox. New Generation Pictures has produced the sub, dub and Region 1 DVD versions of Nazca for Pioneer. The following questions were posed to him with some very enlightening answers.

Anime News Service: How was the decision of the incorporation of Nazca clips into Malcolm In The Middle reached? Were any of the actors, script writers, or production staff involved in the series a fan of Nazca, or Anime in-general?

Jonathan Klein: Somebody involved with Nazca sent an early screener to one of the people working on Malcolm in The Middle. He liked it so much that he wanted to incorporate it in the opening sequence as one