Posts in: December, 2000

Anime News Service – December 11-17 Anime News

12-17-00—- Central Park Media Press

CPM has updated their website with March 2001 product releases.

12-17-00—- Anime On Vox

There has been a flurry of anime broadcasting on German satellite channel VOX (Astra 19 deg.E) throughout December including the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series.

12-17-00—- Yamato Typing Game Commemoration Event

To commemorate the sale of typing software “Toku-Uchi Heros – Space Battleship Yamato — Typing Wave Cannon”, Sasaki Isao held a mini-live event in LAOX Hobby-kan in Akihabara, Japan recently.

12-16-00—- Controversial Japanese Movie Screens Against The Backdrop Of Protests

Despite recent public official appeals to curb the theatrical screening of violent films, a new controversial Japanese movie featuring a series of fatal fights by junior high school students opened Saturday to the public at cinemas nationwide. Kyodo has a writeup on the events here.

12-16-00—- Mixx Adds DVD Listing

Mixx has updated their website with a mention of the companies first DVD release, Kenji’s Spring and Chaos. Due on 2/14, there is no price listed currently with no listed price. Japanese and English language options and Spanish, French, German, Korean, Chinese subtitles are expected.

12-16-00—- Landmark Ruling From Canadian Supreme Court On Erotica

From the Globe and Mail comes an article on an important court ruling which certainly impacts on some types of anime and manga flowing in and out of Canada – Canadian customs agents have done a shoddy job of intercepting potentially obscene material coming into Canada, but they may continue to police obscenity if they brush up their act, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.

12-16-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Submisions regular, Daniel, sends in this Videogames.com article link where an updated hands on preview of the U.S. localized Lodoss War title for Dreamcast. Details on story and battle system are provided.

The GIA has been updated with a report that Konami has announced the full slate of items included slated for inclusion in the limited edition of its forthcoming PlayStation 2 title Zone of Enders. The Z.O.E Premium Package will include an 150-page coffee table artbook, a CD single of the game’s opening theme, and a special DVD edition of the Zone of Enders anime. The Premiuim Package will retail for 13,800 Yen. The Suncoast-created video, titled Z.O.E 2167 Idolo, will be released as a separate item at the same time as the game. The stand-alone editions of the anime will lack some of the features of the DVD included the the Premium Package. Z.O.E is due on March 1st in Japan.

12-15-00—- Manga Site Upgrades Status Of Evangelion Movie Release

Manga Entertainment has added the following listing:

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (movie) – Comming Summer, 2001!

12-15-00—- Trigun Vash Variant Coming From Diamond

Figures.com is reporting Diamond Previews will offer a limited edition variant figure of Trigun’s Vash the Stampede which is made up ofan entirely new paint scheme from the originally offered “standard” figure. Vash’s hair is white, his coat and clothing black, and the detailed display base is now spattered with “blood”. Part of Kaiyodo’s Toy Tribe series, this figure was designed by Trigun creator, Yasuhiro Nightow, and features 22 points of articulation, interchangeable hands, detailed base — complete with Vash’s wanted poster, and packed on original Japanese blister card packaging. Scheduled to be in stores by 3/14/2001 for $15.

12-15-00—- Pioneer Delay – Right Stuf Updates

The Right Stuf reports that Pioneer has announced that they will be delaying the release of Saber Marionette J DVD Collection 1 until 1/23/01.

Following is their other noteworthy listing updates from today:

Crest of the Stars 1: To the Stars DVD (Hyb)
Date Available – Mar 6 2001
Format – Hybrid
100 Minutes
Publisher – ANIME VILLAGE
Rating – 13+
Normal Price: $29.98
Sale Price: $26.99

Orphen: Scion of Sorcery 1 (D)
Date Available – Mar 27 2001
Format – Dubbed in English
75 Minutes
Publisher – AD VISION
Rating – 12+
Normal Price: $19.98
Sale Price: $17.99

Orphen: Scion of Sorcery 1 DVD (Hyb)
Date Available – Mar 27 2001
Format – Hybrid
75 Minutes
Publisher – AD VISION
Rating – 12+
Normal Price: $29.98
Sale Price: $26.99

Outlaw Star DVD 3 (Hyb)
Date Available – Mar 6 2001
Format – Hybrid
200 Minutes
Publisher – ANIME VILLAGE
Rating – 13+
Normal Price: $44.98
Sale Price: $40.49

Saber Marionette J DVD Collection 2 (Hyb)
Date Available – Mar 6 2001
Format – Hybrid
200 Minutes
Publisher – ANIME VILLAGE
Rating – 13+
Normal Price: $44.98
Sale Price: $40.49

12-15-00—- YF-21 Images

Macross World has posted images of the just released Yamato YF-21 Mechanical Transformer.

12-15-00—- Hentai Comic At Center Of Legal Battle

An interesting article here on a legal battle which recently ended in Dallas, Texas. At the center of the controversy is now dropped obscenity charge against a Dallas comic shop clerk. The clerk allegedly sold a copy of the hentai Demon Beast Invasion: The Fallen #2, and Legend of the Overfiend.

12-15-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Sega has released new details on their latest arcade entry, Virtual On Force (tentative title), an upgrade to Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram which features a new 2 VS 2 battle system. 4 characters can combat in the battle field simultaneously. A new Leader System is adapted in the battle, during the game, your team is defeated when the leader’s life gauges reaches 0 (even if the second character have a full life gauge). If time limit reaches 0, the side with higher combined life guage becomes the winner. However, during the battle, you can recharge your partner’s life gauge by contacting your partner, and use Resuce Dash move (pushing the Start Button). What’s more interesting is that when the second character is defeated, the leader character can revive his partner by giving half of its life to the partner. During the battle, you can switch your attacking target by pusing both left and right turbo button.

Sega Sonicteam has posted a TV Commercial movie and a font set for the Dreamcast online RPG Phantasy Star Online.

Atlus is planning to port its classic Super Famicom RPG


Anime News Service – November 29 – December 1 Anime News

12-1-00—- Irwin CEO Moves Forward

Excerpted from the official press release:IRWIN TOY ANNOUNCES GEORGE IRWIN RESIGNED AS PRESIDENT AND CEO TO PURSUE OTHER INTERESTS AFTER SETTING COMPANY ON STRONG GROWTH PATH

Toronto, Ontario – Irwin Toy Limited (TSE: IWT) announced that George Irwin today resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer to pursue personal interests and other business opportunities, after having set the Company on a strong growth course during his tenure. S. Macdonald Irwin, Chairman of the Board, will resume the additional post of President on an interim basis, until a successor is appointed George Irwin, in announcing his decision, said, “I am proud of the Irwin Team and feel confident the executives and outstanding staff of the company, as well as its important business partners, will continue on the strong growth path Irwin Toy enjoys today.
” In a statement, Irwin Toy said that the Board of Directors regretfully accepted George Irwin’s resignation and thanked him for his contribution to the Company, especially his role in guiding Irwin Toy as it has evolved from Canada’s leading toy company to an increasingly significant factor in the international toy business. S. Macdonald Irwin said, “Irwin Toy is stronger today than at any point in the Company’s 75-year history. The Board of Directors and all employees of the Company join me in thanking George for his leadership, for delaying personal plans to continue as Chief Executive Officer during the past year and for guiding the Company during a critically important transition and expansion phase over the past year.
” George Irwin joined Irwin Toy 28 years ago, rose through the ranks and was appointed President in 1990. He was named Chief Executive Officer in June 1994. Under his leadership, Irwin Toy experienced a financial and operational turnaroud, regaining profitability in Fiscal 2000 following two years of losses, framing the Company’s currently successful product brand strategy, property licensing initiatives and international expansion. The Company said it is confident that the strong management team in place at Irwin Toy will continue the direction the company has experienced in the past year. The Board of Directors said it established a committee of the Board to conduct the search for a new President and Chief Executive Officer. Irwin Toy Limited develops, manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of toy and games. Irwin Toy markets its products globally with a current focus on Canada, the United States and Australia.

12-1-00—- New TV Anime – Earth Defense Family

New from Bandai Visual in Japan is an upcoming TV anime titled Earth Defense Family, it is described as an Earthbound comedy with Sci-fi elements. The series focuses on a postmodern – somewhat typical Japanese family living in a Chiba Pref. apartment house. A Salaryman computer programmer dad grapples with the collapse of the family home structure and possible divorce. A mysterious FAX is received reading “Defend The Earth”, and sbsequently a mysterious object crash lands nearby. Broadcast starts on WoWoW scramble January 9th – 18:30 – 19:00. Directing is Satoshi Kimura.

21-1-00—- Card Captor Sakura News

The 4-CD vocal themes collection Card Captor Sakura Complete Vocal Collection goes on sale in Japan Feb. 21st at 7800 Yen. CLAMP provides the jacket illustration for the collection.

A Card Captor Sakura i-Mode game is being released by Kodansha in early Dec., member registration is necessary for the use of this service.

12-1-00—- Shiki Jitsu Event

An event in advance of the public theatrical opening of the live-action film Shiki Jitsu, directed by Hideaki Anno, will take place December 6th in Japan. Featured will be photos from a “PHOTO CONTEST’ surrounding the film.

12-1-00—- Kizuna – Bonds OVA

From Byblos And KSS the latest OVA animated version of the popular boys love manga Kizuna goes on sale with the release of ‘Bonds’ on March 3, 2001. The volume has a running time of 45 minutes in VHS & DVD format.

12-1-00—- Anime Music News

Based on the Enix manga, the Drama CD ‘Crescent Noise’ Vol. 3 including full-color CG illustration booklet goes on sale in Japan Jan. 24 at 2,913 Yen.

12-1-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Sega announced the frequently delayed Dreamcast Blue Submarine No. 6 ‘Time and Tide’ title will see releasse in Japan on December 7th, the retail price of 5800 Yen.

12-1-00—- i-Mode Closer Still?

Japan’s Yomiuri Newspaper printed this summary of a series of monumental business moves by Japan’s NTT DoCoMo yesterday. The company’s tie up with AT&T Corp, acquiring a 16 percent stake in Wireless Group, a mobile phone division of the U.S. telecommunications giant, for 1.08 trillion yen (9.8 billion dollars) will lay the groundwork for the possible introduction of new technology in the U.S., including NTT’s i-Mode mobile phone internet service.

12-1-00—- Digital Broadcasting Starts In Japan

This Asahi Newspaper article covers Japan’s first day of high-definition, interactive digital broadcasting which began at 11 a.m. today.

12-1-00—- Right Stuf Updates

The Right Stuf has posted new updates, listing a number of new titles:

Knights of Ramune 1-3 DVD (Hyb)

Date Available – Mar 13 2001
Format – Hybrid
180 Minutes
Publisher – CENTRAL PARK MEDIA
Rating – 13+

Slayers Try DVD Box Set (Hyb)

Date Available – Apr 10 2001
Format – Hybrid
650 Minutes
Publisher – CENTRAL PARK MEDIA
Rating – 13+

Speed Racer The Movie (Classic) DVD (English Dubbed)

Speed Racer, space hero Colonel Bleep and all their friends join up for this exciting animated feature.

First, Speed Racer, his girlfriend Trixie and all the gang are in a desperate race to save hundreds of lives from the evil clutches of the “The Car Hater”.

But wait, there’s more as Speed Racer returns at breakneck speed to bat excitement is interspersed with the three wonderfully creative classic animated “words from tle evil, on and off the track, with “The Race Against the Mammoth Car.” All this fun and our sponsor” from the 1960’s!

So grab your popcorn, fasten your seat belt and get ready to blast off for the best in animated action!

Special Features: Interactive Menus, Audio Commentary by Peter Fernandez and Corrinne Orr (voices of many Speed Racer characters), Speed Racer Trivia Game and