9-26-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming
Following up on today’s new info on the Blood Project, Sony has announced Blood The Last Vampire for PS2 will be released in Japan on December 21, retailing at 6800 Yen. The main character is a 17 year old boy, who has the blood of the Shadow Ninja in his body. A vampire has awakened and began feeding on him.
Hudson’s PSX title Bomberman Land is out in Japan in December. This game features several mini games in addition to the traditional game and is being designed to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Bomberman.
9-26-00—- AnimeVillage Newsletter
Anime Village has sent out it’s latest newsletter for September with various updates from Bandai Entertainment, you ca read it here.
9-26-00—- Fanboy Entertainment News
Who is the character featured on the splash screen of Fanboy Entertainment’s homepage?
The “babe” in question is Katsumi from Silent Mobius. She appears in that balck leather costume in the prequel to Silent Mobius called Mobius Klein. An upcoming press release will announce it officially but Mobius Klein kicks off the new line of Fanboy manga titles starting January 2001! Expanding,
Excerpted from the Fanboy Entertainment forum post:
Artists Wanted – Help Fanboy!
Mon Sep 25 20:37:09 2000
No, that headline is not a joke. Yes, Fanboy is looking for artists. We need your help with a few upcoming projects. The guidelines are rather specific though so before you pack up a submission and send it off to us, be sure you can meet the criteria we are looking for.
We need one female penciler with a shojo manga influenced style. We also need two inkers who will ink over already penciled comic pages. No previous professional experience neccessary. You need not have been published. We are looking for hardworking new talent committed to giving their all to bring a few exciting comic projects to fruition which Fanboy will be publishing in 2001! Sound good? Ready to work?
As far as submissions are concerned, we want to see what you’ve got. All artwork has to be SNAIL MAILED to us. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT INTERNET SUBMISSIONS VIA E-MAIL! ANY WE GET WILL SIMPLY BE DELETED AND NOT EVEN CONSIDERED!
Pencilers: We need to see 6 to 8 pages of sequential art. They must clearly demonstrate your layout and storytelling ability. We are looking for a subtle yet kinetic style. We do not want just sketches or pin-ups, although you may feel free to include them. We need fully penciled pages that show you understand pacing and panel-to-panel transition. The pages must tell a complete story. Including the script you work from would also be helpful so we can see how you translate the written page into the visual medium. Please send only photocopies. NO ORIGINALS. We will not return any artwork as it will go on file.
Inkers: Please feel free to send us whatever you like that you feel best demonstrates your skill in capturing the line work of the original penciler. We will need copies of the original penciled work in addition to your inks of the same pages. We would like to see actual inked comic pages as well as covers and pin-up art. Please send only photocopies. NO ORIGINALS. We will not return any artwork as it will go on file.
Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, best time to call and e-mail addresss with your submissions. If you have a webpage with addtional art we can check out, be sure to include that address as well. Also, please write your name and e-mail address on each page you send as they tend to get separted sometimes.
Please send all samples by United States Postal Service. However, you need not use Priority Mail or Express Mail. PLEASE do not send us any samples by UPS, FedEx, Airborne or other express carrier. Just because we get your work earlier does not mean we look at it any faster or give it any kind of preferential treatment.
Also, if we think you have the skills we are looking for, we will contact you. Please do not send constant follow-up e-mails asking if we’ve seen your work. We’ll call you.
We are sorry but we are not looking at any writing samples or story submissions at this time.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please feel free to spread the word if you know anyone who you think could fit the bill.
Thanks for your cooperation. I really look forward to seeing what you’ve got.
9-26-00—- AOL And NTT DoCoMo Tieup
Japan-based telecommunications giant, NTT DoCoMo, is reportedly teaming with the world’s largest internet service provider AOL (America Online) to integrate services in Japan. Under the agreement, NTT DoCoMo will take a stake of more than 40% in AOL Japan, making it the largest shareholder of AOL’s Japanese unit. Through AOL Japan, DoCoMo will gain a foothold in the fixed line Internet access market, but it is already Japan’s biggest Internet service provider with 12 million users logged on through its popular “i-mode” service, which allows users to browse the Web on business-card sized screens on cell phones. Next year, it will become the first company to introduce wireless high bandwidth service, which will be capable of delivering video and CD-quality sound to mobile phones. Some Analysts are predict the similar services could be launched to the American and European markets. For the entire Reuters article regarding this click here.
9-26-00—- Blood Project Details Revealed
News of Production I.G.’s Anime feature film Blood: The Last Vampire has been in circulation for sometime now, after a recent special U.S. screening in L.A. and at various film festivals around the world, it will be released in Japanese theaters in November. Less known is that the Blood film is actually part of a 3 tiered multimedia wide release known as “BLOOD PROJECT”.
Today in Tokyo new details on the Blood Project were revealed. In production since 1996, the project includes the film release as well as