Posts in: April, 2000

April 16-27 Anime News

4-27-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai’s Mobile Suit Gundam Ambition of Giren: Genealogy of Zion for Dreamcast will feature internet support, players will be able to download the guidebook for this game from Bandai’s website. VGA Box will be included in the porrt. Japanese release is set for June 29, at the retail price of 6800 Yen.

After some delays, Nec Interchannel’s Sentimental Graffiti 2 for Dreamcast will be released in Japan on July 25th.

4-27-00—- CPM Subtitle VHS Moratorium Looms

Reportedly, due to corporate repricing and restructuring within American Anime & Manga producers / distributors Central Park Media, virtually all of CPM’s subtitled VHS titles, including Patlabor, Project A-ko and Utena, have been placed on moratorium until sometime this fall.

Source: Anime Nation

4-26-00—- Princess Mononoke DVD Update

Excerpted from a summary of a telephone conversation between Michael Johnson (owner of nausicaa.net) and Eric Maehara (VP of Home Video, Buena Vista Home Entertainment):

Mononoke DVD: no firm release date, other than “before the end of the year,” according to Mr. Eric Maehara, VP of Home Video, Buena Vista Home Entertainment. He also could not give any details about the features or contents of the DVD. Team Ghiblink will continue to check with Buena Vista to bring you the release date and contents of the DVD when that information becomes available.

4-26-00—- Maruchi’s Tea Time Online Manga

Maruichi’s Tea Time, an online Manga by Nozomi Yanahara can be found on American cable news network, CNN’s website, as part of a feature on Japan and technology. Maruichi’s Tea Time tells the story of a family’s purchase of Maruichi, a robot which mimicks human actions. Click here to read more.

4-26-00—- Animazement Report

Mike Toole of Anime Jump has issued his report of this year’s Animazement Convention, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, it can be viewed here. The account is one of the most comprehensive released to-date, with exclusive photos, and analysis delivered with Mike’s unique brand of humor. (Thanks for the comments Mike!)

4-26-00—- New Jersey Based Anime Club Hosting Marathon

Friday, April 28th, starting at 8:00 pm, the Steven’s Anime Club (located in Hoboken, NJ) will be holding their annual Boken all-night anime marathon. There is no cost to gain entry, and the club plans to provide free junk food.

The club is hoping to get a big fan turnout this year. Series already booked to be screened include: Riding Bean, Transformers The Movie (Canadian release).

For Directions And More Informaiton:
Steven’s Anime Club

4-26-00—- Iwao Junko Summer Concert Tour Dates

7/16 – Kobe Kitchen George
7/20 – Nagano Junk Box
7/30 – Yokohama 7th Avenue
8/12 – Kyoto
8/13 – Kyoto
8/20 – Nagoya Bottom Line
9/9 – Hibiya Yagai Dai Ongakudou

4-25-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Square has revealed the official names+stats Final Fantasy IX’s major characters:
Zidane Tribal: 16 years old, has a tail.
Adelbert Steiner: 33 years old, a knight of the royal family, with a duty to guard the princess.
Vivi Ornitier: 9 years old, black wizard.
Garnet Til Alexandros 17th: princess of the royal family.
Eiko Carol: 6 years old.
Freija Cresent : female knight with a murky past.
Quina Quen: a gourmand.
Salamander Coral: a wolfman.

Epoch is producing a new 3D N64 action Doraemon title, Doraemon 3: Futoshi Town SOS. The game will utilize the N64 microphone. There will be mnay mini spread throughout the game. Japanese release is set for July 28th with a retail of 6800 Yen.

Konami’s upcoming Gameboy Color card battle game Yugioh Duel Monsters III will reportedly include over 10,000 types of cards in the game, among them will be cards from the Yugioh Official Card Game.

Imagineer has announced two new Hello Kitty related Gameboy Color title projects, “Hello Kitty’s Sweet Adventure: To meet Mr. Daniel”, and “Dear Daniel’s Sweet Adventure: To look for Hello Kitty”. Japanese release is set for both of these titles for June 10th, with a retail of 3980 Yen for each.

4-25-00—- Toonami Website Launch

An official website for Cartoon Network’s Toonami programming block has been launched containing games, comics, information on shows and scheduling. You can hop over to the site by going to www.toonami.com.

4-25-00—- Anime USA 2000 Convention Announced

Excerpted from a post to rec.arts.anime.misc:

Anime USA is pleased to announce the date and location for its second year anime convention. The convention will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn Westpark Hotel on September 8-10, 2000. It is located one block away from the Rosslyn Metro Station. Please note this is twice as large as the hotel that we had last year.

Holiday Inn Rosslyn Westpark Hotel at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Dr.
Arlington, VA 22209

1-800-368-3408, Special Code AUI
Hotel rates are $96 per room

You’ll find everything that we had at last year’s convention, but with twice the room. This is the only anime convention in Northern Virginia for the rest of the year!

*3 Video Rooms
*Fan Video Contest
*Costume Play
*Dance
*Dealers Room
*Karaoke
*Art Show & Auction
*Video Game Room
*Panels

For a limited time, pre-registration is $20. If you send us a valid hotel confirmation number with your payment, you can pre-register for only $15. You can also pre-register and pay on-line through our secure server with a credit card at http://www.anime-usa.com If you would like to mail your registration, please include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (optional) to:

Anime USA
7395-B Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042

4-24-00—- Urusei Yatsura TV DVD Orders Closed

Posted to the Animeigo mailing list today by Robert Woodhead:

The UY DVD 1-5 set is in replication. We are no longer accepting orders for this set online (if you contact us directly, we might be able to squeeze you in, but no promises).

If you have already signed up, you will get an email within the next few days reconfirming your order. If you don’t get one by Friday, April 28th, please contact us to check. The phone number is 1-800-24-ANIME or 1-910-251-1850; the email address is uydvdorders@animeigo.com.

4-24-00—- Anime Central Guest Additions

Guest Addiitons for Anime Central Anime Convention, to be held in


April 6-15 Anime News

4-15-00—- New Vampire Hunter D Movie Completed

Excerpted from a recent post to the Urban Vision website:

The new Vampire Hunter D movie is completely finished, and now, as of 4/12/00, we are still working to get the dubbed version (which was completed before the Japanese version) out in theaters. Since we really want to give the new film the kind of backing it deserves, we are currently negotiating sale of the script to another studio, or a partnership, or coming up with a budget to release it in theaters ourselves. All this is strictly hush-hush, so our apologies, but you’ll have to wait until we confirm everything before we can post any info on the website!

4-15-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

– Banpresto’s upcoming Dreamcast SD Gundam title, Super Hero Avengers has had it’s release delayed until July.

In Japan, Sony’s PlayStation2 console and 8-megabyte memory card it comes with have reportedly been designated as ”general-purpose products related to conventional weapons” under the foreign exchange control law, due to the fact that they contain components that can be used for military applications+devices.

4-14-00—- Kia Asamiya Working On Batman Manga

Manga artist / creator, Kia Asamiya, is also working on a black-and-white Batman manga in Japan titled Child of Dreams. The manga is running monthly in Kodansha’s Magazine Z and is the first original Batman comics series to be published in Japan. “In it, a Japanese news crew travels to Gotham to report on the mysterious legend of the Batman. And of course they end up running right into him,” Cebulski said. “So far, in the series, Batman has encountered Two Face, the Penguin, the Riddler and the Joker, but none are the real deal. There is a new drug circulating through Gotham that makes average citizen think they are these villains from Batman’s rogues gallery. Bruce Wayne has also taken an interest in the Japanese female reporter Yuko Yagi.”

“But as for its Japanese format, it will continue running monthly in Magazine Z in Japan for 10 more months, 14 parts in all. It will clock out at around 400 pages total,” he said. “It is scheduled to be collected into two 200-page editions in Japan as well. It is taking place in Gotham now but his investigation into the drug takes Batman to Japan halfway through the story in Part 8.

“The first Japanese collected edition, the Gotham Collection — might not be the actual title but that is what we are calling it — will collect parts 1-7 where Batman is still in Gotham. It should be released later this year. The second edition, the Toyko Collection, will collect the second half of the story, chronicling Batman’s adventures in Tokyo. Due in late 2001 probably.”

Source: Comics Continuum

4-14-00—- Burger King And Pokemon 2

American Hanburger chain, Burger King has signed a deal to offer promotional toys from Warner Brothers’ North American release of Pokemon 2 Movie.

4-14-00—- Urusei Yatsura DVD Images From Animeigo

Animeigo has uploaded 2 images of it’s forthgoming Urusei Yatsura DVD release. You can view a package and disc image by clicking on the links.

4-14-00—- ADV Sakura Diaries DVD Release

ADV has announced a street date for the first Sakura Diaries DVD:

Sakura Diaries Chapter 1 DVD
Street Date: 7/25
Contains episodes 1 – 3
English and Japanese Audio
English Subtitles
SRP: $24.98

4-14-00—- A-Kon Guest Additions

Recent Gust of Honor additions to this year’s Project: A-Kon convention, to be held June 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport:

AKEMI TAKADA – We are very proud to announce our Special Guest this year will be Akemi Takada. Ms. Takada is the character designer/illustrator for Kimagure Orange Road, Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura, Creamy Mami, Fancy Lala, and Mobile Police Patlabor, among others. MUCH thanks to Digital Manga for sponsoring her visit to A-Kon! We must show her how great the fans at A-Kon are and make sure she feels welcome! Her official homepage is http://www.pierrot.co.jp/artists/takada/

SHAWN THE TOUCHED – White Radish returns with new animation that will premier at A-Kon 2000!

KUGAYAMA RIKAKO – A very well-known artist in the dojinshi world, she draws bishojo artwork and has published many pieces commercially. She’s also a character designer and is current designing characters for an anime to be broadcast next year.

BIJOKI JUNCTION – Very well known dojinshi artist, he draws many bishojo dojinshi, specializing in erotica. Has published several comics commercially

For more information: www.a-kon.com

4-13-00—- Bandai (Emotion) Release News In Japan

In Japan, Bandai Visual (Emotion) will release Gundam Wing DVD Collection 1 on June 25th. Total Running time on the collection is 325 minutes, retail is 18,000 Yen.

June 25th, Dunbine Exact Memo Box 1 Baistonueru is out, running time 750 minutes, retail is 36,800 Yen.

Also on June 25, the 1st Slayers OVA series will be released as a collection-BOX DVD, all 3 OVA’s (90 min.) are included, retail is 6,00 Yen.

Finally on June 25, Blue Sub No. 6 “Blue Sixth Digital Plus”, a behind the scenes production on the Blue Sub OVA series and upcoming PSX title is out with a running time of 45 minutes and a retial of 3,800 Yen.

4-13-00—- YTV To Air Original Japanese Gundam Wing OP

An addendum to the earlier news of the Gundam Wing TV series’ upcoming broadcast on Canada’s YTV. Reportedly, the original Japanese opening sequnce featuring (OP) TWO-MIX’s “Just Communication” will air as in the original Japanese version, just prior to the start of the episode.

4-13-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai has a new Great Detective Conan adventure game for WonderSwan in development, Japanese release is set for July.

4-13-00—- Urusei Yatsura DVD Update

Excerpted from today’s post to the Animeigo Website:

RED ALERT – UY DVD Preorder will close at 8:00AM ET, Monday April 17th!

The UY DVD 1-5 set is being sent to replication this week. If you want to order the set and have not done so yet, please sign up now! If your order is late, we will try to fill it but there can be no guarantees. If