2-18-00—- Hidamari No Ki
The March issue of the Japanese magazine, Animage, mentions Nippon TV will soon air a new late night TV series, Hidamari No Ki (The Tree In The Sun), based on the manga by “The God Of Manga”, Osamu Tezuka. The story is set at the end of Edo period, where samurai, American “black ships”, and the end of “old-Japan” are all factors. A central character, Ryo-an, Tezuka’s real great grandfather who was a “ranpo-i,” a doctor who knows Western medicine. Another central character, Manjiro, is a lowly but a true samurai who believes in justice. Direction will be by Sugi-i Gisaburo, with animation production by Studio-Madhouse. The 25 episode series begins in April.
2-18-00—- Square And Disney Announce Game Project
At the PlayStation 2 Festival in Japan today, third party game designer, Square and American Media-Giant, Disney announced joint PSX 2 game project that will be released in Japan in 2001 and rest of the world in 2002. The games current codename is ‘Disney All Stars’, Square has said the game will include both Disney characters and original characters. Final Fantasy director, Tetsuya Nomura, will lead the project and design new characters for the game. Both companies will share in all aspects of the game’s creation / production.
2-18-00—- Digimon Writers
Pentech International has announced a licensing agreement with Saban Consumer Products to create a line of Digimon writing instruments. Digimon pencils and pens are to be expected in stores in April.
2-18-00—- Miramax Mononoke Hime DVD Minus Japanese Track, English Subs?
The current Image Entertainment Update lists Miramax’s upcoming American DVD release of Mononoke Hime without a Japanese-Language vocal track and Englsih Subtitles.
2-18-00—- Nazca In Entertainment Weekly
Jonathan Klein of New Genration Pictures has passed word that the Nazca TV series received a mention on page 87 of this week’s issue (Feb 25th) of the American Entertainment Weekly magazine.
2-18-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming
Sony Corporation’s main server of it’s www.jp.playstation.com website ceased working early Friday morning after reportedly being bombarded with orders for it’s PlayStation 2 game console. The PSX 2 will be released nationwide in Japan on March 4th, PlayStation.com Inc., began accepting advance orders for the console over the Internet at midnight Thursday. Purchasers buying via the site receive a 1000 Yen discount dropping the total price for the console to 38800 Yen.
Capcom’s upcoming title, Power Stone 2, for Dreamcast / Arcade, will feature a new button layout with the Action button replacing the Jump button, allowing the player to execute differetn actions. 7 different kinds of Power Stones are present, upon collecting 3, the character will transform. Power Stone 2 is scheduled for release in Japan on April 27th.
Square Europe and SVG have announced a partnership to publish and market Squaresoft games in Europe, with Front Mission 3 the first game to be releaasd under the deal.
– Sega of Japan will release Dream Passport 3, which will feature support of the Dreamcast digital camera, Dream Eye for video mail and chatting, a new instant messanger program called Ch@b Talk, and the ability to download and play over 300 classic Mega Drive and PC-Engine titles.
– Sega’s digital camera, DreamEye, scheduled to be released in Japan release in June, will feature a 640 x 480 maximum resolution, once taken, images can be saved into the built-in flash memory or VMS using .JPG compression. The camera runs on AAA batteries, 31 images can be stored in flash memory. A voice message and photograph can be sent out using the Dreamcast as well as video chat with other people over the internet, Sega will also develop games use the DreamEye in-play.
– Sega has confirmed the development of a new VMS, which will feature a much larger memory, store and playback of MP3 audio, and a headphone jack.
2-18-00—- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Commercials Online
2-17-00—- ADV News
Covering a wide range of issues that have arisen out of Katsucon, David Williams of ADV posted the folowing on re.arts.anime.misc today:
ADV Fansubs is a plan I’ve been working on bringing to life for over a year now. This was born out of several issues. One was the future availablity of subbed VHS, given most retailers are losing interested in carrying it. Another was the desire to bring some of the “classic” anime titles to the fans and collectors who would enjoy having good commercial versions. These are subtitled videos targeted directly at the fans. A brief example is with our City Hunter TV releases. People familiar with City Hunter know he has a pet word, “Mokkori”, which is difficult to translate well in every instance where he uses it. Since this line is targeted at fans, we decided to leave the word as is in the subtitles and to provide a “liner note” at the beginning of the video to explain it’s usage. The first two titles are the City Hunter TV series and the Nadia TV series. These will be released at the rate of at least one volume per series each month for $19.98. The primary source for these videos will be direct from ADV via web, mail and phone orders. We also plan to take the ADV Fansubs line to as many conventions around the country as we possibly can. Although we won’t be putting the strong marketing push to retail outlets with these titles that we do with our other titles, we will offer them to retail so some stores may carry them as well. A subscription service will be set up for these titles where you can have the video shipped directly to you as soon as each volume is released. The first volume of City Hunter and Nadia are set to begin sales towards the end of this March. I hope that helps explain a little more about the new line. I’ll