Posts in: July, 2000

July 17-26 Anime News

July 17-26 Anime News

7-26-00—- Urban Vision News

Urban Vision has pushed back the release date on their Vampire Hunter D DVD to Oct. 17th. Goku II: Midnight Eye (VHS) is out in stores Sept. 26th. The new Vampire Hunter D movie maybe heading to theaters around October.

7-26-00—- Viz November Releases

Viz Communications has sent out it’s press release revealing new products to hit the market in November.

7-26-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Marvelous Entertainment is producing a Gameboy Color version of Love Hina. Japanese release is set for Aug. 4th with a retail price of 4200 Yen.

7-26-00—- Cartoon Network News Out Of Comic Con

From http://anime.about.com/movies/anime/blpress0724.htm:

presented by Mr. Martin Lazlo

Toonami will be trying to acquire or has just acquired the following shows: More Gundam, Outlaw Star, Big O, the two Reboot movies, and they are in discussion for two Sailor Moon movies. They are also working on some independently developed material. Two that are coming up are Aqua Team Hunger Force, think food products as detectives and Leave it to Barack. Think Leave it to Beaver with a gundam as a neighbor.

7-26-00—- Anime Chat Reminder

Taliesin Jaffe and Jonathan Klein of New Genration Pictures will host a chat session tomorrow, July 27th at 7:30 P.M. Pacific Time (9:30 ET), on anime.about.com.

7-26-00—- Anime Boxoffice Report In Japan

For the weekend of July 16-17 The third Pokemon Movie landed the number 3 spot on the Japanese nationwide boxoffice rankings. At # 7 was The Summer of 2000 Toei Co., Ltd. Animation Fair, and during it’s openig weekend, the second Card Captor Sakura Movie weighed in at #9.

7-26-00—- U.K. Anime Broadcast News

U.K. Anime fans note ITV2 will be airing a “Japan TV Weekend” from 7pm on August 6th- the 7th.

Japan TV Weekend

A weekend of special programmes from the Far East. Highlights include of of Japan’s most popular animated TV Series; “Lum the Invader Girl”, and a special documentary on Manga introduced by Jonathan Ross

For More Info: http://www.itv2.co.uk

7-26-00—- Otakon Guests

From the official release:

OTAKON 2000 is proud to announce the latest additions to our roster of guests:

SIMON YAM
A talented and versatile character actor who has appeared in over 100 films, Simon is OTAKON’s first guest from Hong Kong. His many films include John Woo’s Bullet in the Head (1990), Tsui Hark’s Once Upon a Time in China (1991), Ringo Lam’s Full Contact (1992), and the recent The Legend of Speed (1999). His roles have brought him together with many other leading Hong Kong actors including Jet Li, Chow Yun-Fat, and Andy Lau.

KUNIHIKO IKUHARA (Be-Papas)
Mr. Ikuhara is one of the great talents of recent television anime production. After establishing himself as the director of the tremendously popular Sailor Moon TV series, he went on to found the collaborative group Be-Papas. He went on to create and direct the acclaimed Revolutionary Girl Utena TV series, and later the Utena movie Revelation of Adolescence. His most-recent work includes Shell Bullet, co-authored with Mamoru Nagano (Five Star Stories)

SHINYA HASEGAWA
Mr. Hasegawa is a gifted illustrator, best known as the character designer for Revolutionary Girl Utena. He has worked as an animation producer on such memorable shows as Sailor Moon (R, S, and SS), Neon Genesis Evangelion, and of course Utena. He is currently working on a new manga title, and an illustration collection to be published soon.

HIROAKI SAKURAI
Mr. Sakurai made his solo directorial debut with the Cyber Team in Akihabara movie, and has since gone on to direct DiGi Carat (left), currently the # 1 OAV series in Japan. He had previously worked as an assistant/episode director on such showa as Jubei-chan, Martian Successor Nadesico, Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Child’s Toy, and Akazukin ChaCha.

SCOTT FRAZIER – Animator and Digital Animation Consultant IAN KIM – Artist
STEVE BENNETT – Studio Ironcat
CHRIS BEVERIDGE – AnimeonDVD (http://www.animeondvd.com)
STEVE PEARL – Fan Guest
JEFF THOMPSON – The Right Stuf, Intl.
NEIL NADELMAN – Translator
AMY HOWARD – Voice Actress
ADAM WARREN – Artist
AMANDA BONHOMME – Voice Actress
GILLES POITRAS – Author
SCOTT HOULE – Coastal Carolina Studios
ROBERT FENELON – Fan Guest
PAMELA WEIDNER – Voice Actress
JOHN STATON – Artist

Previously-announced guests include Serial Experiments Lain creator/producer Yasuyuki Ueda of Production 2nd, Lain character designer Yoshitoshi ABe, Production I.G’s Hiroyuki Kitakubo (BLOOD) and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Founder), as well as the British band, BOA, known for the Serial Experiments Lain OP song, ‘Duvet’.

Hiroyuki Okiura (JIN-ROH), previously announced, will be unable to attend.

OTAKON 2000 will be held August 4-5-6, 2000 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Lodging is currently provided by the Days Inn Inner Harbor, the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, and the Hyatt Regency Downtown Baltimore. You can learn more about OTAKON at http://www.otakon.com

7-25-00—- August – Big Anime Month On Encore

Encore media has announced some big anime-related broadcast plans for August.

7-25-00—- Viz Release

Viz has sent out a small info release with various updates.

7-25-00—- Various Comic Con Info

Various info from Comic Con from a post to rec.arts.anime:

-Pioneer has no Bastard DVD planned currently.
-Pioneer’s Tenchi Universe 2 DVD will be delayed a month due to a situation with sub timing.
-Manga will release Akira around a year from now, the DVD version will have many extras including 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, full remastering, a new dub with famous voice actors is possible, it will be anamorphic and a U.S. theatrical release is possible.
-Pioneer confirmed an Armitage the 3rd sequel is being developed.
-Urban Vison is still in negotiations for Berserk and Alexander, both will be released to DVD and no subtiteld VHS version will be available.
-Bandai Entertainment’s release of Ayashi no Ceres has a tentative date of Spring 2001.
-Viz will release Ranma 1/2 TV DVD’s in 2001.
-Manga’s DVD release of Wings of Honneamise will inlcude many extras, reportedly more than Perfect Blue.
-Manga’s DVD release of the Evangelion Movies will be anamorphic. Apparently the release will be delayed until next year due to contract problems and source materials from Gainax.

7-25-00—- ADV Comic Con Report

Gamepro magazine has written up an article on ADV Film’s showing at this


Anime News Service – June 30 – July 16 Anime News

7-16-00—- Animethon 7 Article

Canoe by way of the Edmonton Sun newspaper is running an article entitled “Animethon 7 is on” on the Animethon 7 convention being held this weekend near Edmonton, Alberta Canada. You can read it here.

7-16-00—- Golgo 13 Rerelease

Excerpted from the official press release:

See the film that touched off a new generation in animation. A thrilling masterpiece, The Professional: Golgo 13 is hitting stores once again this summer!

Meet Duke Togo, the infamous Golgo 13, the ultimate hitman for hire. Ruthless, cold-blooded, and lethal, Golgo is an arcane legend amongst killers, respected and feared in the covert world of assassins. In the merciless realm of power, wealth, and ambition, this flawless executioner faces treachery and bloodthirsty enemies.

Fulfilling a contract to assassinate the son of a notorious industrial tycoon, Golgo is caught in the crosshairs of the most relentless forces money can buy. With legions of hired cutthroats scouring the world for his head, Golgo must put all of his skills and training to the ultimate test of survival. Betrayal and murder hide in every corner, making every city unsafe, every friend an enemy.

The Professional: Golgo 13 set the precedent for theatrical animation when it was first released here in the US. Adapted from Takao Saito’s classic comic book series, this animated film is unbelievably incredible with a style that has not been affected by the years. The complex story, outrageous characters, unexpected plot twists and breath-taking action sequences rival any big-budget blockbuster’s, animated or live-action. The Professional made American audiences realize the full scope of Japanese animation as a versatile medium of entertainment, enjoyable as a film, either live or drawn.

Based on the Graphic Novels by: Takao Saito
Directed by: Osamu Dezaki
Written by: Hideyoshi Nagasaka

Genre: Action
Rating: not rated; contains scenes of extreme violence, nudity and sexual situations. Suggested for mature audiences.
TRT: approx. 90 minutes
Copyright: ã 1983 Saito Productions
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.95 (English Dubbed)
$ 29.95 (English Subtitled)
Catalog Numbers: UV1046 (English Dubbed)
UV1047 (English Subtitled)
Preorder Date: July 31, 2000
Street Date: August 29, 2000
Available in: VHS (Hi-Fi Stereo)

7-16-00—- Gundam Wing Trading Card Preview

Below are sample scans of Upper Deck’s Gundam Wing Trading Cards, currently slated for a U.S. release in a few months:

7-15-00—- New Otakon Guests

Excerpted from the newsgroup post:

OTAKON 2000 is proud to announce the latest additions to our roster of guests:

KUNIHIKO IKUHARA (Be-Papas)
Mr. Ikuhara is one of the great talents of recent television anime production. After establishing himself as the director of the tremendously popular Sailor Moon TV series, he went on to found the collaborative group Be-Papas. He went on to create and direct the acclaimed Revolutionary Girl Utena TV series, and later the Utena movie Revelation of Adolescence. His most-recent work includes Shell Bullet, co-authored with Mamoru Nagano (Five Star Stories)

SHINYA HASEGAWA
Mr. Hasegawa is a gifted illustrator, best known as the character designer for Revolutionary Girl Utena. He has worked as an animation producer on such memorable shows as Sailor Moon (R, S, and SS), Neon Genesis Evangelion, and of course Utena. He is currently working on a new manga title, and an illustration collection to be published soon.

HIROAKI SAKURAI
Mr. Sakurai made his solo directorial debut with the Cyber Team in Akihabara movie, and has since gone on to direct DiGi Carat (left), currently the # 1 OAV series in Japan. He had previously worked as an assistant/episode director on such showa as Jubei-chan, Martian Successor Nadesico, Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Child’s Toy, and Akazukin ChaCha.

SCOTT FRAZIER – Animator and Digital Animation Consultant IAN KIM – Artist
STEVE BENNETT – Studio Ironcat
CHRIS BEVERIDGE – AnimeonDVD (http://www.animeondvd.com)
STEVE PEARL – Fan Guest
JEFF THOMPSON – The Right Stuf, Intl.
MICHARL GRANBERRY – Voice Actor
NEIL NADELMAN – Translator
AMY HOWARD – Voice Actress
ADAM WARREN – Artist
AMANDA BONHOMME – Voice Actress
GILLES POITRAS – Author
SCOTT HOULE – Coastal Carolina Studios
ROBERT FENELON – Fan Guest
PAMELA WEIDNER – Voice Actress
JOHN STATON – Artist

Previously-announced guests include Serial Experiments Lain creator/producer Yasuyuki Ueda of Production 2nd, Lain character designer Yoshitoshi ABe, Production I.G’s Hiroyuki Kitakubo (BLOOD) and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Founder), as well as the British band, BOA, known for the Serial Experiments Lain OP song, ‘Duvet’.

OTAKON 2000 will be held August 4-5-6, 2000 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Lodging is currently provided by the Days Inn Inner Harbor, the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, and the Hyatt Regency Downtown Baltimore. You can learn more about OTAKON at http://www.otakon.com

7-15-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai plans to release an appendix CD, Hero’s Tracks to Space Battleship Yamato for PSX. On the disc are a new scenario, Chapter of Eternal Jura, and anime movies. Japanese release is set for September 28th, with a 2800 Yen retail price.

Sunrise Interactive’s Play Station 2 title, G-Saviour is set for release in Japan September 14th.

7-15-00—- Pokemon Movie 2000 TV Special

The American WB TV network will air The Power of One: The Pokemon 2000 Movie Special on July 16th, at 8:00 PM Eastern and Pacific time. The special will preview the story of the movie and songs for the movie’s soundtrack with behind the scenes interviews and video of recording sessions with Dream Street, Alysha, and Weird Al Yankovic.

7-15-00—- Robotech Panel At San Diego Comic Con

Excerpted from the official release:

I just wanted to let you know about the ROBOTECH panel at the San Diego Comic Con. I will be moderating the panel which will include myself, Carl Macek, Alan Letz of Harmony Gold and Charles Harribey from Mattel Interactive. We will be covering a wide range of issues regarding ROBOTECH, including discussion of upcoming licenses and products and the launch of the official website.

We will also be showing the test footage that Netter Digital produced for ROBOTECH 3000, so you will finally be able to see what everyone is wondering about as well as some other surprises regarding the future of ROBOTECH. We definitely want real fan input so we hope to see you there.

The panel is scheduled for