8-25-00—- Encore Action Anime Update
DVD Animania’s Cable TV listings have been updated with new Encore Action Channel dates and times. In September a schedule for the Bubblegum Crisis OVA from AnimEigo is posted, it begins airing September 2nd running each weekend for the rest of the month.
8-25-00—- Fox Kids’ interviewed On Escaflowne
Fantasticon has posted a real audio interview with Fox Kid’s regarding their recent broadcast acquisition of Escaflowne. The 35 minute interview is in real audio format and asks the following questions:
– Why was Escaflowne selected as a show for Fox.
– Why did FOX KIDS feel it was necessary to change Yoko Kanno’s musical compositions.
– Why did FOX KIDS skip the first episode of Escaflowne.
– Will you be phasing out the more romantic elements of the show and focus on the action?
– Does FOX KIDS feel that Hitomi’s Tarot card reading will prove too controversial to leave in?
– Will any more episodes be cut from the shows broadcast?
8-25-00—- New Anime Stamps In Japan
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications annouced the design of “Commemorative Stamps of the 20th Century – Part 14”. It contains Oh Sadaharu (home run king of the world), Giant Panda (a present from the People’s Republic of China), Star Blazers, and Rose of Versailles, etc. It’ll be released on Sep.22, and the price is 740 yen.
8-25-00—- Multimedia 2000 BGC DVD Current Status
Following up the Animeigo information from earlier, Multimedia 2000 passes on that as of now they have no definite new information regarding the Bubblegum Crisis release, though though hope to be able to make an announcement very soon. At that time they also hope to announce their plans on the disc upgrade. A release is expected by mid-September.
8-25-00—- Escaflowne Fox Kids’ Premiere Ratings
The Vision Of Escaflowne posted a Kids 6-11 rating of 2.4/10 share and Kids 2-11 2.5/ 12 share during it’s broadcast premiere on the American Fox Kids’ network this past weekend.
8-25-00—- Animeigo BGC DVD Update
Animeigo has confirmed The Bubblegum Crisis Megaset DVD set containing corrected discs for OVA volumes 1-3 and the Hurricane Live disc with extras may see a release later than a September 15th date which is currently floating around the net. This is due to the fact that dvd beta disks have not been completed. Multimedia 2000, who is producing the new discs, will be handling the upgrade option being offered those who purchased defective descs on the first release.
8-25-00—- Nan Desu Kan Announces Digital Animation Guest Scott Frazier
Excerpted from the official press release:
Industry Expert Scott Frazier will be visiting us again this year, giving classes and weighing in on panels. But he has a new gift to bring to fans at NDK this year. Mr. Frazier has had a long-time interest in the development of digital animation. In that vein, he will be representing Trimedia corporation at the convention.
Normally Retas digital animation software packages run about $5300. Trimedia has donated one full RETAS software package, including a complete set of the three main RETAS Pro modules: TraceMan, PaintMan and CoreRETAS, to be given away to one lucky person who attends Scott’s Digital Animation panel. This is software used in creation of An American Tail, Animaniacs, Anpanman, and Arete, Lupin III, Blue Sub 6, Gundam, Princess Mononoke, and Batman. Also Sonic, Cybersix, Invasion America, and Dr. Slump.
And for anyone else who ever wanted to buy the software, Scott will give a %30 show discount – making the software package cost $3200. There are also special extremely discounted educational prices for both students and schools available. Student groups should check with Scott on pricing, and see about teaming together to buy a package while it is this cheap.
For anyone who is serious about Digital Animation, it’s an incredible deal on a killer app, and the chance to win one of these software packages makes it a panel that no one who wants to be an animator should miss under any circumstances! The discount is actually worth flying in to Denver just for the software sale, for anyone working on animation development. We’re stunned at Trimedia’s generosity, and glad they were so kind to think of our attendees.
Nan Desu Kan, as noted previously, will be held October 13-15, 2000, at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood Colorado. Web Site: http://www.ndk.cc
Retas’ site (and image gallery) is at http://www.retas.com
8-24-00—- Third Pokemon Movie In American Theaters This Spring
The Hollywood Reporter has mentioned that Warner Bros. has acquired rights to the third Pokemon movie Pokémon movie, “Kesshoto no Teio (Emperor of the Crystal Tower) with plans to release it in America in the spring. The film was released in Japan this summer with the short film, Pichu and Pikachu. The movie has grossed around $6 million dollars at the Japanese box office.
8-24-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming
Nintendo revealed it’s next generation game systems, the 128 Bit console Game Cube, the 32 Bit handheld GameBoy Advance, and Mobile Sysytem GB at Nintendo Spaceworld over the past few days. Nintendo’s Spaceworld website has been updated with many details and photos of the hardware, and actual screen shots of what these system’s graphics power is capable of, you can view the pages here.
8-23-00—- CPM DVD Cover Art Online
8-23-00—- Di Gi Charat Summer Special Video Release
Just broadcsast in Japan a few days ago, the Di Gi Charat Summer Special 2000 is headed for a DVD and VHS release as Vol. 3 of the series on October 25th. Both formats run 40 minutes and retail at 4,700 Yen.
8-23-00—- Toei Enters Japanese DVD Market In October
Toei Co., Ltd. has announced it’s entry into the commercial Japanese DVD market in October. From Toei’s large existing video catalog are drama, kids’, theatrical and anime titles. One Piece and Digimon are a few of the mentioned titles to see a possible release.