Posts in: March, 2000

Anime News Service – March 23-27 Anime News

3-27-00—- Top Anime DVD Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1. Angelique-Shiroi Tsubasa no Memoir-[Making]
2. Infinite Ryvius S-1
3. Urusei Yatsura: Only You (Un-cut Theatrical Feature)
4. Momoiro Sisters

3-27-00—- Top Manga Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1.Kareshi No Kanojo No Jijou 9
2. Monster 13
3. Hana Yori Dango 25
4. Yugi-oh 17
5. Angelic Layer 2
6. Rookies 9
7. Wild Cats 1
8. Basara 27
9. Kochira Katsushi Kaku Kamearikouenmae Hashutsusho 118
10. Naruto 1

3-27-00—- Top Video Game Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1. Ridge Racer V – PS2
2. Kessen – PS2
3. Fantavision – PS2
4. Street Fighter EX3 – PS2
5. Mobile Suit Gundam Gihren’s Greed Blood Of Zeon – PSX
6. Beatmania Append 5th Mix – Time To Get Down – PSX
7. Pokemon Silver – GB
8. Pokemon Gold – GB
9. Eternal Ring – PS2
10. Driver – PSX

3-27-00—- Top J-Pop Album Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1. “Eternity” – Every Little Thing
2. “Sakurano Kinoshita” – Aiko
3. “Dreams Come True Greatest Hits: The Soul” – Dreams Come True
4. “Romantist Egoist” – Porno Graffitti
5. “Mediumslow” – Masayuki Suzuki
6. “Ayu-Mi-X II Version US+EU” – Ayumi Hamasaki
7. “Hide Best Psycho Community” – Hide
8. “B’z The Mixture” – B’z
9. “Here” – Grapevine
10. “Horizon Millenium Abum&Singles” – Gardens

3-27-00—- Top J-Pop Single Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1. “Stay By My Side” – Mai Kuraki
2. “Deep Impact” – Dragon Ash Featuring Rappagariya
3. “Red Beat Of My Life” – Eriko With Crunch
4. “Tsunami” – Southern All Stars
5. “Akai Nikkicyou” – Akagumi 4
6. “Kiiroi Osorade Boom Boom Boom” – Kiiro 5
7. “Sukininatteku Aishiteku / Kinkino YaruKimanman Song” – Kinki Kids
8. “Aoi Sports Car No Otoko” – Aoiro 7
9. “Love Day After Tomorrow” – Mai Kuraki
10. “Good Bye Yesterday” – Miki Imai

3-27-00—- Pioneer Release Update

Excerpted from the Pioneer Entertainment Weekly update:

Vision Of Escaflowne: Vol. 1 Dragons and Destiny DVD Bandai 10406
669198043093 $29.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
0430 13UP Stereo 100 Canada
Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical problems, but when a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, her life changes forever. Drawn into a strange vortex with the swordsman, Van, Hitomi is thrust into the strange world of Gaea. Van must learn to master the suit of armor, Escaflowne, before he and Hitomi are crushed by the ambitions of the Empire of Zaibach. Van and Hitomi will encounter both allies and enemies in an effort to unlock the secrets within Escaflowne, and Hitomi’s heart, stirred by love and adventure, will, at times ache with sorrow. But why was she sent to this world? Her journey has just begun!

Cowboy Bebop: Session 2 DVD
Bandai 10385
669198129193 $29.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
1291 13UP Stereo 125 Canada
Contains episodes 6-10 of the television series – five full episodes! Spike and Vicious conclude their reunion with a deadly duel. And after that, more mayhem and hilarity await as the crew of the Bebop continues to try and make a living as bounty hunters. As they travel, they will meet up with a feisty space trucker, make a stop on Venus, and meet up with the great hacker Ed.

Cowboy Bebop: Session 3 DVD
Bandai 10386
669198129292 $29.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
1292 13UP Stereo 100 Canada
Contains episodes 11-14 of the television series – four full episodes! First, the crew must fight against a strange organism that’s boarded the Bebop. Surviving that, they move on to find their lost cash, and Spike begins the search for the missing Julia. But it turns out that his old enemy Vicious is involved. Finally, they must solve the mystery of a high-tech crime that seems to have been perpetrated by a ghost.

Blue Submarine No. 6: Vol. 2 Pilots DVD
Bandai 10378
669198094194 $19.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
0941 13UP Stereo 30 Canada
After surviving another undersea battle with Zorndyke’s forces, the crew of Blue Submarine No. 6 returns to base for repairs. While on base, Tetsu continues to display his trademark lack of concern for authority and continues to annoy Mayumi. However, during a battle planning video conference, Zorndyke breaks in with a pirate transmission, sending the human forces into a panic. What cruel fate does he have in store for mankind, and has he truly turned his back on his own people?

Created by Satoru Ozawa – CG company GONZO Mechanical designs by Shoji Kawamori (Macross Plus)
Utilizes the latest in 3D Computer Graphics (CG) Animation 5.1 Surround Audio for the Japanese tracks!

Haunted Junction DVD Collection
Bandai 10428
669198113093 $39.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
1130 13UP Stereo Canada
Meet Haruto Hojo, an ordinary high school student with an unusual problem. He’s got ghosts and spirits running amuck at school! Appointed President of the Saints Club, Haruto, Mutsuki, and Kazuo are charged with the task of investigating strange phenomena on campus and improve the quality of life for the school spirits that roam the halls. But how can three students handle the likes of Hanako, the sultry bathroom spirit, a Kosak-dancing skeleton, a fish monster living in the school’s pool, Red Mantle, Nino-kun, and the rest of the Saito school spirits?

Originally created by Atsuko Nakajima

3-27-00—- Anchor Bay Update

Anchor Bay Entertainment has updated their news page with the following today:

-to the fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s NausicaƤ of the Valley of Wind (a.k.a. Warriors of the Wind) we are currently in neogtiations with a company to provide the DVD community with the original uncut version of the film under the original name. There will be additional postings once some final details are worked out.

3-27-00—- Kizuna OAV #3 In Production

K2 Company’s website (personal homepage of Kodaka Kazuma) is reporting that they are currently working on Kizuna OVA #3.

Title: “KIZUNA ~Koi no Karasawagi~” (KIZUNA ~Much Ado About Love~)

Staff: Director/Story/Storyboard – Yamazaki Kazuo (Director of Please Save My Earth; Asst Director of Slayers Complete)
Character Design/Art Director – Yamamoto Sawako (Mecha Art Designer of Gasaraki)
Producer – Kawasaki Tomoko (Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Kusatta Kyoushi no Houteishiki, FAKE)


Anime News Service – Event Report: Animazement 2000 March 10-12 Raleigh, North Carolina

Day 1 (Friday, March10)

On Friday Morning at 11:20 AM ET, at this past weekend’s Animazement ’00 convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, one could not help but feel the energy of excitement as the time drew near for the opening ceremonies. Approaching the Raleigh North Hilton hotel from the front, con-goers who may not have been certain that this was the hotel of the convention were at least reassured that something relating to Anime was going on here by the fact of House Of Anime’s large storage truck matted on the left, right, and back door with a full mural of anime-series illustrations.

Con-goers were out in full force, the turnout on Friday alone was staggering. The side-lobby of the Hilton served as registration point at the front desk, to the left of it were two long gropings of tables, from left-right, the lower tables were the pre-registration desk, to the left of it was a table selling Animazement ’00 T-Shirts, on down the row were many pro/fan artists, showcasing their works. From left-right, the upper groupings of tables were composed of companies, exhibiting different works, handouts, posters etc. Of note were Neko-Con R ’00’s setup. On down the tables some distance, Jerry Chu of Bandai Entertainment was setup, on their table were many flyers, posters, a 1/100 scale Wing Gundam model, a brand-new 4-page handout of the Gundam Wing VHS/DVD release, and a 22-25 inch TV. What was playing on that TV clearly was drawing the most attention though, it was a near-complete version, volume 1 of the Cowboy Bebop DVD. The disc is to include five episodes, the usual digital features and loads of extras, namely, Session 0 (or a part thereof), and an awesome menu. Mike Toole of Anime Jump asked Jerry to switch over to the menu, it was really incredible, and visually intense, featuring animated selection variables. Upon selecting a partucular episode, a sub-menu was brought up with smaller thumbnail video clips from different parts in that episode. The menu interface resembled a cross between the computer display that Spike and Jet use onboard the Bebop.

Jerry said that the Vision Of Escaflowne TV Series should see a release date on DVD near June, Outlaw Star is set for DVD release in July, it could feature the same price/format that Cowboy Bebop has.

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing will not receive a Subtitled VHS release.

Prelimenary television ratings from Cartoon Network’s Premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing earlier this week rank it as the highest rated Toonami slot show for that day. Midnight Run airings of Toonami are also seeing a significant boost by Gundam Wing’s addition.

Bandai will release Silent Mobius TV and Brain Powerd VHS, switching over to filling tapes with 5-6 episodes very soon, prices will remain the same. Bandai hopes to have both titles released on DVD eventually.

Around 12:00 it was time for opening ceremonies, walking through the main-lobby, past the elevators and down the main hall where the panel rooms were, a line of several hundred people had formed. One point of importance about Animazement, was that although you were aware that close-to several thousand people were here doing something or another at a particular point in time, you never felt that presence of a large crowd. Almost all con-goers were very easy-going, and of-course excited, the energy was there and almost every guest of honor made reference to the high level of enthusiasm of the fans in attendence. Another point of interest is the high female con-going turnout, the ratio of guys-to girls there was maybe 3 or 4 to 1. Costumers were out in high numbers as well, many of the costumes were very well put-together.

At opening ceremonies, all guests of honor were present on stage (Kia Asamiya, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Akira Kamiya, Chiho Saito, Yuu Watase, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Kazuto Nakazawa, Koichi Tsunoda, Nov. Takahashi, Toshifumi Inagawa, Brett Weaver, Scott Houle, Rachel Lillis, Lisa Ortiz, and Pamela Weidner), the con was officially kicked off and every guest gave an opening statement.

Yuu Watase’s panel was to be held in the same room at 1:00. Many people left after opening ceremonies but the room still managed to be filled to near capacity, with open seats near the back. Watase-san briefly stepped off stage after opening ceremonies, and talked with various attendees, posed with people for photos etc.. In attendence on the right side of the room was Michiyuki Honma, producer of Studio Pierrot, the studio that produced the Fushigi Yugi Anime and who is currently producing Miss Watase’s upcoming TV series Ayashi No Ceres. The panel began, and Watase-san took the stage with Taka, the translator. Questions to her varried from her influence on different works, to how she got her start in drawing Manga, to her favorite character and even some on assertations that some of family-related characters were “closer” than just family (^_^). Watase-san said she had drawn since an early age, she got her professional boost in highschool when she won an art-contest. Those in attendence were very enthusiastic, at one point a troop of cos-players walked in, among them was the giant white cat (Ack! what was that series/character!!??) costumer who won the award for top prize costume on Saturday. At their appearence, Miss Watase laughed, pleasently startled, the crowd joined in also. The majority of questions were focused on Watase-san’s most known U.S. work, Fushigi Yugi, she said that she selected the voice actor of Tamhome out of 10 candidates, and asked the crowd which media they had greater access to, Anime or Manga books, the answer that came back was anime. Towards the end of the panel, the focus of conversation shifted to her recent Ayashi No Ceres Manga / upcoming anime TV series to begin airing in April on WoWoW BS ch. 5 in Japan. She mentioned that in her opinion, the anime had a much better direction and production team than Fushigi Yuugi. It was asked if this series will

Anime News Service – February 22-March 7 Anime News

3-7-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Square has announced that it’s upcoming PSX RPG, Final Fantasy IX is currently set for release in Japan in July. PS2’s FF X is due out in Japan next spring.

3-7-00—- Kubrick Medicom Evangelion Toys On The Way

Medicom has slated the release of three new Kubrick sets of figures from Neon Genesis Evangelion, the toys will go on sale in Japan in June.

3-7-00—- March Import Anime DVD Listings

DVD Anime releases scheduled for release this month in Japan: (All prices listed in Yen):

Cyber Team in Akihabara Pata-Pi 6 5229
Kareshi Kanojo No Jijo OP. 4 5229
Akazukin ChaCha DVD BOX 3 28350
Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi DVD-3 6090
Excel Saga (Road to Excel Saga) 1 First-pressing limited BOX Edition 6090
Senkaiden Houshin Engi Vol.5 6930
Shojo Kakumei UTENA (Revolutionary Girl Utena) (Theatrical Feature) 7875
OVA Tokimeki Memorial Vol. 1 6090
OVA Tokimeki Memorial Vol. 2 6090
Nanako’s Anatomy Report opr. V The Last Spiral_Former Part 6090
TENCHI MUYO (Kaikoki) DVD-BOX First Press Limited Edition 25200
TENCHI MUYO (Kaikoki) [Chikyu-hen] DVD-BOX First Press Limited Edition 20160
TENCHI MUYO (Kaikoki) [Ucyu-hen] DVD-BOX First Press Limited Edition 20160
Serial Experiments Lain DVD-BOX Resurrection First Press Limited Edition 29400
Maison (Mezon) Ikkoku DVD 24-Limited pressing 121800
Golden Boy 5+6 4935
Sotsugyosei 3 6090
Mujinto Monogatari XX 2 (Tales from the Desert Island) XX 2 7140
Doukyusei 2 7+8 4935
Dragon Night 4 3+4 4935
Ninpo Midare Karakuri 1 + 2 4935
Angelique-Shiroi Tsubasa no Memoir-[Making]
Urusei Yatsura: Only You (Un-cut Theatrical Feature) 6090
Neolanga Vol.12 6090
BETTERMAN VOL.8 Limited Box Edition 6090
BETTERMAN VOL.8 Regular Edition 6090
TRIGUN D-6 7140
Rurouni Kenshin-Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 24 5775
Rurouni Kenshin-Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 25 5775
Rurouni Kenshin-Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 26 5775
WILD ARMS Twilight Venom Vol. 3 6300
Chikyu Bouei Kigyo Die Gard 3 6090
Gaogaiger FINAL02 – Destroyer god ”Decisive battle in storm” 6090
Karakuri-soushi Ayatsuri Sakon 2 8190
Karakuri-soushi Ayatsuri Sakon 2 8190
Excel Saga (Road to Excel Saga) 2 6090
Theatrical Freatures LUPIN III : Kutabare Nostradames 5040
Theatrical Freatures LUPIN III : DEAD OR ALIVE 5040
MASTER KEATON File 10 6090
Boogiepop Phantom evolution 1 6090
Magic Monkey(Saiyuuki) 5040
Ninpu Kamui Gaiden (The Dagger of Kamui) Vol. 6 5250
Gigantor (Tetsujin 28go) Vol. 7 5250
Gigantor (Tetsujin 28go) Vol. 8 5250
Yusei Shonen Papy Vol. 2 5250
Yusei Shonen Papy Vol. 3 5250
Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko: Mission 7 5880
Cyber Team In Akihabara The Movie 2011 nen no natsuyasumi 7875
DiGiCharat Vol. 1 4935
Kakyusei The Director’s Cut Vol. 7 6090
Jibaku kun 4 6930
Ima Sokoniiru Boku Vol.4 5775
Nanako’s Anatomy Report (Kaitai Shinsho) opr.VI The Last Spiral Later Part 6090
Beast Wars Metals: TRANSFORMERS DVD-BOX 1 (First-pressing Limited Release) 18900
Iketeru futari 7140
SOL BIANCA 4 – Cuarto- 6090
SHIN (New) TENCHI MUYO! TV 21-23 6090
SHIN (New) TENCHI MUYO! TV 24-26 6090
Magical girl PRETTY SAMY TV 1-4 6090
Magical girl PRETTY SAMY TV5-7 6090
Shin Hakkenden Vol. 8 7140
BURN-UP EXCESS DVD vol. 5 3990
BURN-UP EXCESS DVD vol. 6 3990
Ao no 6 go Vol. 4 [MINASOKO] (Last) 6825
Tenshi ni Narumon! (Angel’s Web) Vol. 8 6300
Eden’s Bowy Episode 8 6300 Release 3/25/2000
Angel Links Vol. 7 (Last) 5250
Power Stone 7 (Last) 8190
Cyber Star 6 5250
Maho Tsukai-Tai! Vol. 5 6300
Turn A Gundam 4 8190
Stellar Buster Mito (The Adventures of Space Pirate Mito) 2 Queens Vol.3 5250
Macross DVD Collection MACROSS PLUS 2 10290
Macross DVD Collection The Super Dimension Fortress MACROSS 2 15750
Little Princess 1 3990
Little Princess 2 3990
Little Princess 3 3990
Mugen no Ryvius Vol. 1 5250
Ao no 6 go Vol.4 [MINASOKO] (Last) 6825
Vampire Miyu Integral 7 5040
ORGUSS DVD-BOX [First Limited Edtion] 42630

3-7-00—- March Import Anime Laserdisc Listings

Laserdisc Anime releases scheduled for release this month in Japan: (All prices listed in Yen):

Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi LD-3 6090
TV Animation Series Houshin Engi Vol. 5 6930
Steam Detectives Rinrin Box 23100
Nanako’s Anatomy Report opr.V The Last Spiral_Former Part 6090
Cyber Formula SIN Round 5 5040
Urusei Yatsura, the TV series: Complete Edition 242697
Trouble Chocolate ACT.2 7140
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo 2 Satsuriku no Deep Blue 4935
Kaito Jeanne Vol.6 5775
BETTERMAN VOL.8 Regular Edition 6090
MASTER KEATON File 10 8190
Boogiepop Phantom evolution 1 6090
Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko: Mission 7 5880
Danguiser (Choushinki Dangaiza) Vol.3
Kakyusei Director’s Cut Vol. 7 6090
Nanako’s Anatomy Report(Kaitai Shinsho) opr.VI The Last Spiral Later Part 6090
SOL BIANCA 4-Cuarto- 6090
Ima Sokoniiru Boku Vol. 4 5775
Bibanca no Daiboken 4935
MELTYLANCER The Animation CODE:006 [Hoshi no kanatae…] (Last) 6090
Tenshi ni Narumon! (Angel’s Web) Vol. 8 6300
Eden’s Bowy Episode 8 6300
Angel Links Vol. 7 (Last) 5250
Power Stone 7 (Last) 8190
Cyber Star 6 5250
Maho Tsukai-Tai! Vol. 5 6300
Turn A Gundam 4 8190
Stellar Buster Mito (The Adventures of Space Pirate Mito) 2 Queens Vol.3 5250
BLACK JACK Vol. 8 [Midori no Omoi] 6300
Vampire Miyu Integral 6 5040

3-6-00—- Final Fantasy Movie Website Launch

Square launched it’s official website for it’s upcoming CG theatrical feature, Final Fantasy, this morning. is visually impressive with many features and information related to the film.

3-6-00—- Gundam Wing Uncut To Air On Weeknights

On the heels of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing’s debut on Cartoon Network today, the uncut version of the series will air on weeknights beginning tonight at 12:00 AM.

3-6-00—- Card Captor Sakura TV Series American Broadcast Debut In Fall?

The current issue of LICENSE! Magazine includes a full