6-21-00—- Mach 5 Replica On Ebay
As reported in Septemeber of last year, A 1/1 scale fully functional replica of the Mach 5 (including saw blade cutters, jumping ability through a special hydraulics system and interactive voice responses to steering wheel mounted buttons.) from the Speed Racer (Mach Go! Go! Go!) TV series was constructed by Focus on Cars, a Long Beach CA. group for The Child Safety Network. Engineer Mark Towne designed the car which among the above extra vehicular amenaties, posses a 400-horsepower engine and an estimated top speed of 185 mph. CSN created the car to promote a nation-wide safety tour, called Child Safety Day At The Races.
The replica Mach 5 privately debuted at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, Nov. 2-5, 1999, in Las Vegas. Cos-playing characters including Speed Racer to Chim Chim were a part of the promotional events surrounding the tour of the Mach 5 around the country.
Now the 1/1 replica Mach 5 that cost $385,000 to build is up for auction on eBay. As of Monday, the auction has drawn $30,500 in bids. Community Benefit Alliance and the Children Safety Network will split the proceeds of the auction to end June 29th.
6-21-00—- Manga DVD Releases
Excerpted from the official press releases:
MANGA ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE BEST SWORD FIGHTING ACTION SINCE NINJA SCROLL
ON JULY 25, 2000
“An action-packed portrayal of warring ninja factions…quality action adventure.” Slap Magazine
Chicago, IL- Manga Entertainment presents the July 25th DVD release of Sword for Truth – a film where nonstop action and masterful swordplay are challenged by one courageous fighter for truth.
Ancient feudal Japan was ruled by clans of Shoguns whose rule was absolute; they owned the land and the people on it! One man, Shuranosuke Sakaki the master swordsman, furiously protected his independence. Bearing his distinctive “Scythes Of Death” crest he walks alone and unafraid, cutting a swathe through those who stand in his way.
In this action packed adventure, Shuranosuke is hired by the Tokugawa Shogunate to rescue Princess Mayu from the clutches of a group of bandit ninjas, the Seki Ninja. They will stop at nothing to protect their captive and call upon the undead spirits in Hell to assist them. Shuranosuke’s skills are put to the ultimate test as he leaves a trail of blood and severed limbs in a desperate attempt to save the Princess. Watch this classic samurai adventure and find out why Shuranosuke is a cut above the rest.
DVD features include: a Digital Remaster; In English, Japanese and Japanese with English Subtiles (all in Stereo); Scene Index; Manga 2000 Previews; Manga Fan Club Info; Manga Web Link.
Street Date: July 25, 2000 Pre-book Date: June 5, 2000 Running Time: 60 minutes Retail Price: $24.95
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF GHOST IN THE SHELL COMES MAMORU OSHII’S TECHNO-ROBOT MOVIE
A MANGA ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE
“A must-see for both hard-core anime fans as well as newcomers alike.” Animeco
Chicago, IL – PATLABOR 1: THE MOVIE, made popular by the highly acclaimed TV series Patlabor Mobile Police, is a science-fiction police film set against a tale of danger and high-tech revenge. Manga Entertainment is proud to announce the DVD release of Patlabor 1 on July 25, 2000.
In the year 1999, Tokyo’s Mobile Police have a new weapon in the war on crime – advanced robots called “Labors” that are used to combat criminals who use new technologies for illegal means. In the midst of the police mobilization, the suicide of a mysterious man on the massive Babylon Project construction site sets off a cascade of events that may signal the destruction of Tokyo. What is the connection between the suicide and the Mobile Police?
While cops Noah Izumi and Azuma Shinohara investigate an unexplained wave of rogue Labors’ rampaging the city, they uncover a sinister plot to infect Tokyo’s eight thousand Labor robots with the deadly BABEL virus. With the future of the city hanging in the balance and a typhoon poised to trigger the devastation, Noah, Azuma and their teammates must destroy the source of the virus – the giant Babylon Project Tower in Tokyo Bay.
DVD features include: a Digital Re-master; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English; Japanese and Japanese with English Sub-titles in Stereo; Special Japanese Trailers; Scene Index; Manga 2000 Previews, Fan Club info and Manga Web Link.
Street Date: July 25, 2000 Pre-book Date: June 5, 2000 Running time: 120 Minutes Retail Price: $29.95
6-21-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming
In Japan, Bandai plans create downloadable levels and various data additions for their Mobile Suit Gundam: Giren’s Ambition: Genealogy of Zion for Dreamcast. 48 downloadable levels will be available total, each month after for 6 months – Bandai will make 8 additional levels available. A charge for the full package of 48 levels will cost 2000 Yen, the monthly package of 8 levels is 500 Yen, and single levels will cost 100 Yen.
Bandai’s handheld Digimon games have sold over 9.5 million copies since their initial release in 1997.
6-20-00—- Anime Jump’s Anime Central 2K Con Report
Mike Toole of Anime Jump has issued his very unique report of the events transpiring at this year’s Anime Central con outside Chicago. Begin your journey through the Arlington Height’s Sheraron’s labrynthine sprawl of corridors here.
6-20-00—- Urusei Yatsura DVD Status
A post this morning by Robert Woodhead Animeigo to the company’s DVD mailing list, mentions the following on their progress with producing the Urusei Yatsura DVD’s:
“- we got everything fixed (cross fingers…), and the set is now in replication. There’s a good chance we’ll have it and be shipping in time for Anime Expo at the end of the month.”
6-20-00—- Pony Canyon Set To Distribute Video Programs Via Web
Japanese Music company, Pony Canyon Inc. has announced it will distribute video programs over the Internet begining Wednesday. The move makes Pony Canyon the first Japanese company to offer original video programs on the web. To be initially released is an image program of Japanese vocalist Momoe Shimano performing three songs and a three-part image program with actress Megumi Okina. Each program will cost 500 Yen to view.
6-20-00—- New Toonami Lineup