Posts in: August, 2000

Anime News Service – August 16 – 25 Anime News

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.

Source: Anihabara

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:

Retas’ site (and image gallery) is at

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

Central Park Media has uploaded DVD cover artwork for the Slayers Next Box Set, Photon, and The Record Of Lodoss War Box Set.

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.


Anime News Service – August 9 – 15 Anime News

8-15-00—- Newsweek Final Fantasy Movie Article Online

MSNBC has posted an article on the upcoming Final Fantasy Movie from Newsweek here.

8-14-00—- NanDesuKan News

Excerpted from the official release:

NanDesuKan, Colorado’s own Japanese animation, manga, and cultural convention, is pleased to announce our new convention this coming October.

NanDesuKan is October 13-15, 2000
at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel, in Lakewood, CO

******************* Japanese Guests!

Hiroki Hayashi of AIC Studios
Creator or El Hazard * Co-Creator of Tenchi Muyo!

AIC Studio’s Hiroki Hayashi will appear and speak both Saturday and Sunday at NanDesuKan. Mr. Hayashi is responsible for many projects at AIC, but is probably best known for El Hazard and Tenchi Muyo! where he served as creator and co-creator, respectively. Mr Hayashi will be accompanied by Mr. Kazuya Tanaka, Sound Director for AIC Studios in Japan.

******************* American Voice Actors from Ah, My Goddess!

We are proud to announce the American Voice Actors theme for this year is the Goddess Gala!

Belldandy (Juliet Cesario),
Skuld (Pamela Weidner),
Urd (Lanelle Markgraf),
and Keiichi (Scott Simpson)
will be joining us, along with translator Shin Kurokawa!

******************* Mari Iijima in concert!

October 13, 2000 – Live at Nandesukan

We are proud to announce the appearance of platinum-selling Japanese recording artist Mari Iijima at NanDesuKan. Ms. Iijima, famed for dozens of albums including such titles as “Midori”, “Miss Lemon”, “For Lovers Only”, and “My Heart in Blue”, will give a one hour concert Friday evening at the convention, and will sign autographs afterward to promote her new U.S. Release *No Limit*.
Friday passes for the convention and concert are only $10!

Ms. Iijima will also speak and sign autographs on Saturday.

*** and So Much More! …that we can only ask that you visit our Web Site: for further details!

NanDesuKan is October 13-15, 2000 (4 pm Friday – straight thru – to 6 pm on Sunday!) at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel, in Lakewood, CO (within the greater Denver metropolitan area)

We hope to see you there!

8-14-00—- Evangelion: The Day Of Second Impact CD Release

To comemorate the fictional date (9-13-00) of the Second Impact Event in Gainax’s Neon Genesis Evangelion series, a special limited edition CD Soundtrack will be released titled Evangelion -TheDayOfSecondImpact- on September 13th in Japan. The CD will retail for 1905 Yen and contain the following tracks:

Cruel Angel’s Thesis
Fly Me To The Moon
Soul Refrain

Other BGM

8-14-00—- Alexander Movie Edition

The Movie edition of Peter Chung’s Alexander Senki will be released to theaters across Japan in the fall of this year. With a premiere in Shinjiku in October.

8-14-00—- Anime / Music News

The Original Soundtrack to the OVA series Angel Game Preserve is out in Japan from King Records on August 23rd at a retail price of 2667 Yen.

The Love Hina TV Series Original Soundtrack featuring BGM music by Masaki Iwamoto & Kouichi Korenaga and a vocal tracks performed by Megumi Hayashibara is out in Japan September 21st retailing at 3429 Yen.

The Yugioh Duel Monsters Original Soundtrack Duel 1 is out in Japan September 6th retailing at 2913 Yen.

Love Hina Mini Album – 3 is out in Japan August 23rd retailing at 1571 Yen.

To-Heart Drama Album “Piece Of Heart” is out in Japan on August 23rd, retailing at 2300 Yen.

8-14-00—- Ojamajo DoReMi # Japanese VHS Release Start

The second Ojamajo Do Re Mi (A Useless Witch Doremi) TV season “Sharp” (#) begins VHS release in Japan October 4th. Vol. 1 is out on that date and retails at 3,300 Yen.

In this series DoReMi and her friends Zuki, and Aiko become lost in the garden of the Queen of the Witching World, where they find a baby, Obu-chan being born from a budding flower and are bound to take care of it for one year according to the laws of the Witching World. The baby grows and eventually joins as an apprentice witch.

Video Release Schedule Is As Follows:
Vol. 1 – 10-04-00 – 3,300 Yen
Vol. 2 – 11-02-00 – 6,600 Yen
Vol. 3 – 12-06-00 – 6,600 Yen
Vol. 4 – 01-10-01 – 6,600 Yen
Vol. 5 – 02-07-01 – 6,600 Yen
Vol. 6 – 03-07-01 – 6,600 Yen
Vol. 7 – 04-04-01 – 6,600 Yen
Volumes 8-13 – To Be Announced

8-13-00—- Angels Egg DVD Update

Anchor Bay Entertainment passed on a small progress update on their upcoming Angels Egg DVD release:

We’re still trying to track down quality elements for a release, but we’re still working on it.

8-13-00—- Darkhorse Akira Trade Paperback Release

Excerpted from the Darkhorse website:

Akira Vol. 1 TPB
By: Katsuhiro Otomo

Dark Horse is committed to bringing the finest comics from around the world to America. Now, in association with Kodansha Ltd. and Studio Proteus, Dark Horse has again gathered one of the crown jewels of graphic fiction. Katsuhiro Otomo’s stunning science-fiction masterpiece, Akira! Regarded by many as the finest comic series ever produced, Akira is a bold and breathtaking epic of potent narrative strength and astonishing illustrative skill. Akira is set in the post-apocalypse Neo-Tokyo of 2019, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown power that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government operation, a group who will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like that which leveled Tokyo. And at the core of their motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear: a fear of someone — or something — of unthinkably monstrous power known only as…Akira. And Akira is about to rise! Collected in six massive volumes, Akira has been reproduced in its original, black-and-white majesty as never-before-seen in an English-translated edition. If you love science fiction, manga or comics, Akira is the one work that must be represented in your collection!

Recommended for mature readers.

Published December 13, 2000

SC, 364pg, b&w, 6-3/4″ x 9-3/4″


8-13-00—- G-Saviour Update

Sunrise’s upcoming Live-Action / CGI Gundam project G-Saviour is expected to broadcast in Japan soon. The series is set in Earth’s future, the problems of an exploding population, food shortage, environmental decay, and

July 27 – August 8 Anime News

8-8-00—- Vandread Update

Studio Gonzo has announced that it’s upcoming Vandread TV series will begin airing weekly on Tuesdays October 3rd in the 18:30 – 19:00 timeslot on WoWoW BS Channel 5 unscrambled. Direction is by Mahiro Maeda of Blue Submarine No. 6. Vandread is based on the manga by Mori Takeshi, which runs in Dragon Jr. magazine. The story is based around two planets locked in battle, one, who’s entire population cosists of males named Taraaku and a female-only populated planet Mejeeru. In the midst of the conflict are the space pirates Hibiki, Bato and Duero.

Gonzo screened some world premiere footage of Vandread at AX 2000 that showed some very impressive CGI animation of the mecha and outer space warfare. Now a fuller preview trailer, showing characters, mecha and going more into the storyline has been uploaded to the official Vandread website and can be accessed here.

8-8-00—- The History Of Bandai

A history of The legendary Japanese toy producer Bandai can be read here.

8-8-00—- Use Of Japanese Ads Featuring American Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger Under Fire

Lawyers for American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger have issued a cease-and-desist letter to Zero One Design’s Gaijin a Go Go website for allegedly infringing on the actor’s intellectual property rights by posting this Japanese ad done for DirecTV. The letter also accuses the website of violating DirecTV’s copyrights.

Gaijin representatives deny that they are violating any copyrights, claiming that they haven’t made any money from their site. The website recently posted the following:

“Arnold’s lawyers have demanded that Gaijin a Go-go remove this commercial and any material related to Arnie or DirectTV. You have until August 10th to view the commercial” They have also posted a chronology of evvents from their perspective here.

Anime fans may be interested to learn that DirecTV ads featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger have ran in Newtype Magazine and can be seen in the July 1998 issue on page 39.

8-8-00—- U.K. Anime Broadcast News

The new issue of Radio Times mentions the U.K.’s Channel Four will be showing an animation theme week in September with several non-anime related titles being broadcast along with “late night manga action from Japan”.

8-8-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Video clips of Activision’s upcoming Sorcerer Stabber Orphen title Scion Of Sorcery can be viewed here, preview notes and screenshots can be viewed here.

Working Designs has pushed back it’s release of Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete for PSX to November. Arc The Lad Collection has also been pushed back to a first quarter 2001release. Working Designs revealed plans to release a “mystery” Play Station 2 title sometime close to launch.

8-8-00—- Mars Colony And Palisades Team To Produce Ninja Scroll Action Figures

Excerpted from the official press release:

The Mars Colony And Palisades Team Up For Ninja Scroll Action Figures!

Beginning in early 2001 the combined forces of The Mars Colony and Palisades Marketing will begin releasing several ultra cool products based upon Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s cult classic anime feature ‘Ninja Scroll’. “From the first time I saw Ninja Scroll I thought these characters would be perfect for an action figure line. Now I’m fortunate enough to be help make this “fan boys” dream come true,” said Mike Renegar, Palisades Executive Vice President.

Steve Ortiz, Vice President of The Mars Colony, stated, “We are honored to be working with Animation Studio Mad House on this the first of several lines based on Mr. Kawajiri’s master works. Furthermore, to be working with Palisades, a company which sets the standards for detail and quality in this industry, assures that this will be one of the best anime lines ever produced!” Still in it’s planning stages, the first action figure line-up will include Jubei, the reluctant hero for hire, Kagero, the brooding female ninja of the Koga clan, Tessai, the stony monstrosity with a boomerang sword, Shijima, master of stealth and misdirection who strikes from the shadows with his metal claw and Mushizo, the disfigured dwarf that houses a swarm of wasps in his misshapen back.

In addition to the action figures, which are being designed using Kawajiri’s artwork as a guide, Mars colony and Palisades plans to release high end resin statues, wall scrolls and a collectible lunch box. This first in the highly detailed resin series will be Jubei and his arch rival Lord Gemma, the undying commander of the Devils of Kimon. The resins will be the first product to be released some time this winter.

8-8-00—- Street Fighter II Movie / Zero OAV Release News In Japan

The Street Fighter Zero OAV DVD will be out in Japan at the very end of this month (8-30). Two versions of the DVD will be available including a limited version package (with Street Fighter II 10th Anniversary T-shirt and special box) and regular version. On both version DVD’s are: Dolby Digital Stereo Soundrack, 4:3 Aspect Ratio; OAV episodes 1 and 2. Special features include the 1st American Street Fighter II TV series animation episode; Interviews with director, art director, and seiyuu, “making of footage”, TV commercials, a collection of photographs of staff members. A mailing card is also included with the DVD and upon combining it with a an insert with the Street Fighter II DVD movie release, it can be redeemed by mail for a “Street Fighter Zero V.S. Street Fighter II” phone card. Limited Edition retail lists at 8190 Yen, Regular Edition – 6090 Yen.

Street Fighter II the Movie is out in Japan on DVD September 20th. Special additions to the disc include a 45-minute Street Fighter video game documentary titled “Street Fighter II – The History”; also a music video-style grouping of clips from the SFII Film playing to the movie’s theme – Shinohara Ryoko’s “Itoshisa to setsunasa to kokorozuyosa to”; Movie trailers and commercials are also included. The disc has a running time of 152 minutes. This DVD includes the proof mark mentioned above that is needed to attach to the mail in card included with the Street Fighter Zero OAV to mail in and obtain the Street Fighter phone card.