Posts in: May, 2000

Anime News Service – May 8-19 Anime News

5-19-00—- Blue Sub No. 6 To Air On Cartoon Network

Excerpted from the official press release:


Home video distributor Bandai Entertainment Inc., proudly announces the future broadcast debut of Blue Submarine No. 6 on Cartoon Network. Broadcast details, including airdate will be forthcoming.

================================ The oceans of Earth have risen, leaving most of the land underwater. Even worse, humanity is plagued with attacks by a race of sea mutants, dedicated to the eradication of mankind. Our last hope is the state of the art Blue Submarine No. 6 and her crew. Made up of the best personnel in the naval fleet, ace pilots Mayumi and Tetsu are in for the fight of their lives as the fate of all mankind hangs in the balance. ================================

BLUE SUBMARINE No. 6 combines traditional cel and cutting-edge 3D animation to provide a unique look never seen in an animated series before. Blue Submarine No. 6 is considered one Japan’s most technically advanced animated features today.

5-19-00—- Boy’s Be TV Seiyuu Data

Boys Be Kanzaki Kyouichi – Suzumura Kenichi
Kurumizawa Makoto – Ishida Akira
Kenjou Yoshihiko – Ishikawa Hideo
Nitta Chiharu – Murai Kazusa
Mizutani Aki – Shiratori Yuri
Kazama Yumi – Nagasawa Miki

5-18-00—- Final Slayers Novel

The Final Slayers novel titled The Demon Slayers was released in Japan May 15th. The first novel was first released in January 1990.

5-18-00—- Fanboy’s Sidekicks #1 Expands to 40 Pages

Excerpted from the official press release:

SIDEKICKS #1 Expands to 40 Pages, Variant Covers Announced

Fanboy Entertainment is pleased to announce that due to the enormous demand for the eight page Sidekicks Preview Edition and the unexpected positive hype the book has generated, they will be increasing the page count of the Sidekicks #1 from 32 pages to 40 pages! The cover price will not change and remain at $2.75 as solicited.

“J. and Takeshi have a story to tell, and what a fabulous story it is.”, comments Fanboy Entertainment’s publisher, C.B. Cebulski. “The first issue was supposed to be 32 pages, but Takeshi ran a little wild and the book clocked in at 35 pages. What we originally planned, as was announced in an earlier press release, was that the eight pages originally seen in the Preview Edition were going to be removed and J. and Takeshi were going to rework the story with new art to make it shorter. But after the three of us got together in Chicago at Anime Central last weekend, plans changed. The previews were snatched up and the fan reaction was overwhelming. After reviewing all the original art for Sidekicks #1 and trying to formulate a plan, we all agreed that book should be left as is, unchanged.”

Fans will now be able to enjoy the full Sidekicks experience as it was originally meant to be read. “I’d been pondering the expansion idea for a while, ever since J. first informed me of the page crunch. I saw CrossGen came out and did the same thing recently. I’ve heard their actions received a really positive response from the fans and retailers, so we felt that there was no harm in our trying something similar.”, Cebulski explained. “Eight more pages of story for the same price. Who’s going to complain about that?”

In addition, it appears that not all of the buzz Sidekicks has been generating has been restricted to the fan community. Several prominent comic creators have also taken an interest in the series and in the manga stylings of newcomer Takeshi Miyazawa. Cebulski explains, “After I sent out the Sidekicks Preview Editions to the press, industry and a few friends, the calls started coming in. J.’s story grabbed people and Takeshi’s art started making waves. Now, thanks to the kind offers of several artists, Sidekicks will sport a few very high class variant covers. Manga master Kia Asamiya will be providing the alternate cover to the first issue. Ed McGuiness, Superman’s superstar penciler, will be covering Sidekicks #2. Then, on the third issue of Sidekicks, Tellos’ talent Mike Wieringo and Kaboom’s kickin’ Keron Grant provide the alternate covers. Never did we expect that kind of line up on a start-up series by a start-up publisher!” The variant covers for Sidekicks #1 and 2 will!

ship in 50/50 ratios, with the main cover drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa. Issue #3 will see the covers shipped equally between the three artists.

Cebulski also notes that the Sidekicks lettering has been changed. “Takeshi handlettered the eight page Sidekicks Preview Edition himself. Personally, I loved it. It was fun and original. However, reaction to it for the most part has been negative. It’s about the only complaint we received about the book. Most people said they thought it was hard to read. But I guess that’s a bonus benefit of having done the preview book. We’ve now gone back in and relettered the whole book to make it clearer and more legible. I guess it’s better we found out sooner than later. People are going to be blown away!”

Sidekicks #1 goes on sale in June for $2.75.

5-17-00—- J-Pop / Seiyuu / Anime Music News

The Sakura Taisen Gouka Kenran OVA single, Furui Piano is now set for release June 14th, listing at 1,260 Yen. Featured on the track are seiyuu, Takano Urara, Nishihara Kumiko, and Ikura Kazue, and image tracks, Furui Piano Kagayaki.

Komori Manami’s new single, Poppuna Yuuki, featuring the main theme to the upcoming Ojamajo Doremi # (sharp) anime motion picture.

Yonekura Chihiro’s new single, Return to Myself, will include the new opening theme song to the Monkore Knight anime TV series. The B-Side track, Tohkue will become the ending theme to the Monkore Knight movie set for releasde later in the summer in japan. Release for the single is set for July 26th, with a retail price of 1,020 Yen.

5-17-00—- Bandai Entertainment Announcements

Releases from Bandai Entertainment on the horizon – Excerpted from an E-mail by Jerry Chu:

Tenamonya Voyagers – Bilingual DVD (FIRST [Exclusive] DVD [Release] – THERE WILL BE NO VHS – DUB or SUB)

Don’t Leave Me