Posts in: January, 2001

Anime News Service – January 22-26 Anime News

1-26-01—- Urusei Yatsuara Individual DVD’s On Sale From Animeigo

Urusei Yatsura DVD Volume 1 (Episodes 1-4) is now available for individual sale from Animeigo.com.

1-26-01—- Palisades Ryoko Bust

Palisades Marketing has added images of it’s Ryoko Mini Bust:

The 900 year old demon that falls in love with Tenchi, in the smash hit anime series Tenchi Muyo!, will soon be available as a awesome Mini Resin Bust. Standing a little taller then our Trigun bust, Ryoko is a must have for any Tenchi Muyo fan or collector.

1-26-01—- Akira Remastering Details

According to Variety:

“Akira,” one of the earliest and most popular films in the Japanese anime film wave, is being restored in preparation for a theatrical re-release in the U.S. this spring.

Long Beach-based Pioneer Entertainment (USA), which specializes in Japanese animated programming, is spending $1 million on the restoration of the violent and gory science-fiction film released in 1988. Pioneer is planning to introduce the first DVD version of the cult favorite and a new VHS edition in the fourth quarter.

The picture, based on a comic book, follows teenage motorcycle gang members in post-World War III Tokyo who try to control one of their own members who rages out of control when he is given psychic powers as part of a military experiment.

The restoration being done by Intl. Video Conversions will include a high-definition mastering and a remixing of the audio components to create a soundtrack in Dolby Digital AC3 Surround Sound. A new English dub will also be created from a fresh translation of the original Japanese script.

1-26-01—- Avalon Talk

A speaking event with Mamoru Oshii on his latest film Avalon will be held in Shibuya on February 3rd. Oshii will speak on the 5 years production that went into Avalon as it has just opened in Japan and will soon make strides into the world’s theaters, opening 2 weeks in South Korea. Visual effects supervisor Nobuaki and the digital art director will join the well known director at the event.

1-26-01—- Battle Royale Review

Yahoo has posted this article on Kinji Fukasaku’s manga based Battle Royale film.

1-26-01—- DBZ DVD Release News

Excerpted from an update to Anime Nation’s News Page:

FUNimation has confirmed via fax that the four Dragonball Z Android saga DVDs, “Assassins,” “Dr. Gero,” “Invasion” and “Invincible,” will retail for $24.95 but have been delayed to an as yet to be determined release date. FUNimation has also provided distributors with the UPC codes for the Frieza: The Summoning, and Garlic Jr.: Black Water Mist DVDs. No release date is provided for either release, but this does confirm that the Frieza and Garlic Jr. story arcs will be coming to DVD in the not too distant future.

FUNimation has also announced a new round of Dragonball Z VHS releases, bringing us up to approximately 75 tapes of Dragonball Z either available now or scheduled for impending American release. As was done with the conclusion of the Frieza saga and the Garlic Jr. saga, the new round of 6 Dragonball Z TV episode tapes continues the Cell Game story arc and introduces the final boudokai tournament that kicks off the Majin Buu saga. The releases will alternate months and skip over the conclusion of the Cell saga. Perfect Cell: “Temptation” and “Perfection” are scheduled for release on April 17th. One month later, the conclusion to the Great Saiya Man and the beginning of the Boudokai tournament will be released on May 15th as “Great Saiya Man: Crash Course,” and “World Tournament: Junior Division.” More of the Cell saga will be released on June 19th as “Cell Games: Ultimatum” and “Perfect Cell: Unstoppable.” FUNimation has not yet announced a home video release for the ending of the Cell saga, but we assume that the episodes skipped over by these just announced tapes will be forthcoming later this year.

1-26-01—- You’re Under Arrest New TV Series Launch Event

To commemorate the launch of latest TV animation incarnation of Kosuke Fujishima’s You’re Under Arrest series in April, a special event will be held at TBS’s Tokyo Hall on Sunday, March 25th at 14:00. There, the first episode of the new series will screen in a world premiere public showing and several production staff will be on hand to introduce the workings of the latest YUA addition.

1-26-01—- Tales Of Eternia Drama CD

From Pioneer LDC comes a Drama CD version of the recently released Tales Of Eternia Anime / Videogame. Titled “Level. 4”, the CD is out in Japan February 24that 2800 Yen.

1-26-01—- Z.O.E. TV Special

A TV special focusing on the Zone Of Enders videogame/anime and featuring famed Metal Gear creator, Hideo Kojima will be broadcast on TV Tokyo, 9:00-9:54 on 2/12. Included will be a totaly behind the scenes peek at the game world and the production secrets, game / anime story, etc., creator / staff profiles, an introduction to the OVA version including staff interviews within Sunrise.

1-26-01—- Toonami Announces Outlaw Star Re-runs!

Great news for all Outlaw Star fans! Toonami and Cartoon Network have decided to Re-run Outlaw Star. The 25 episode first-run ends on Friday, Feb. 16th. And the following Monday, Feb. 19th they will re-run all 25 eps. of Outlaw Star over again. But it will air at 5:30 pm and not 6:30 pm. Outlaw Star will air two times at 5:30 pm and 6 hours later at 12:30 am. You know what this means change in Toonmai line-up and Good Bye Batman!

4:00 pm — Ronin Warriors
4:30 pm — Sailor Moon
5:00 pm — Dragon Ball Z 5:30 pm — Outlaw Star
6:00 pm — Tenchi
6:30 pm — Superman

Bad news for Batman fans. But don’t worry it will be back on Toonmai soon. There is no change in the ‘Min-night Run’ line-up its the same. DragonBallZ at 12:00 am and Outlaw Star at 12:30 am. Thats the news for now check back later for updates on the Toonami Schedule.

Source: http://samuelyohann99.cjb.net

1-26-01—- Misc AICN News

Thanks to Daniel for these submissions:

This latest update to AICN mentions Momoru Oshii’s next project is


Anime News Service – January 19-21 Anime News

1-21-01—- New Anime Central Guests

A staff member of Chicago’s Anime Central convention, Frank Sanchez, posted the following 2001 guest list, on the forum of Anime News Network:

In addition to:

Kia Asamiya – Character Designer – Nadesico, Silent Moebius

Yoshitoshi Abe – Character Designer for Serial Experiments Lain

We now have for Japanese guests:

Range Murata – Character Designer for Blue Submarine No. 6

Naoko Matsui – seiyuu with large track record in voice acting, some of her credits include Akane from Kimagure Orange Road, Rally Vincent from Riding Bean, and Azusa Shiratori from Ranma 1/2

Shin Nasagawa – From Squaresoft, Character Designer for Final Fantasy IX and the upcoming Final Fantasy X.

Yoshio Yamakawa – Also from Squaresoft, Monster Designer for Final Fantasy IX and the upcoming Final Fantasy X.

I’m really excited and I sure hope all of you are too. Hope this helps bring you over to Anime Central this year! ^_-

1-21-01—- DBZ Translator Article

Planet Namek has posted a new interview from this weekend with Steven J. Simmons, the translator for the subtitles of the DVDs. The interview is rather lengthy and answers many questions on the production.

1-21-01—- Toynami Robotech Toy Item

Excerpted from the newsgroup post:

Here is a post by Tom Bateman from earlier today over at the RDF HQ newsboard:

“Hey all,

I just wanted to let you know that I just conducted a very detailed interview with George Sohn, the President of Toynami, in which we discussed his company’s plans for upcoming ROBOTECH toys.

Its good to see that the keychains, morphers and figurines are getting a good response, but I wanted to tell you all that these items are just the beginning.

George and his company is hard at work creating the REAL VF-1 Valkyries and are shooting to have their first one out by this summer.

I would like to say more, but you’ll have to wait until George’s interview (which I am working on transcribing right now) to learn more. I plan to have it ready for the official launch of ROBOTECH.COM, coming VERY soon.

Tom Bateman ROBOTECH.COM

p.s. There is no way we would EVER remake that crappy Matchbox Veritech.”

1-21-01—- Battlefield Earth Anime Planned

Excerpted from this Publisher’s Weekly piece:A deal with Japan’s Pine Com International has been made for 20 hour-long animated films based on Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard; the deal, worked out between Javier Ruiz of Author Services and Sammy Sakoda of Pine Com, also includes rights to interactive games and a comic book series.

1-21-01—- Battle Royale Kubrick Figures Announced

Based on the characters from the controversial Japanese manga based film Battle Royale, come new Kubrick figures from Medicom. Each of the 3 figures retails at 905 Yen, is about 60mm tall, includes map card. When Map pieces A-C are combined a complete larger map is made. Damage stickers are included with 2 of the 3 figures. Commisioned by (BR) Manufacture Committee.

1-21-01—- Mainframe Animation Update

Mainframe Entertainment recenlty listed it’s current projects in this excerpt from the company’s latest press release:

Mainframe Entertainment Inc. is the world’s most prolific producer of computer animation for television, and is expanding into long-form CGI for feature films and interactive entertainment. Since 1994 Mainframe has had six computer animated television series on air in the North American market, on YTV, ABC, the Cartoon Network, Fox Kids and Fox Family Channel. The company is currently in production on 26 half-hour episodes of Action Man(TM), an all-CGI television series that began regularly scheduled broadcasts on Fox Kids and YTV in August and the all-new Heavy Gear(TM) television series, based on the popular video game. As well, the studio is in production on a large-format stereoscopic feature film based on Gulliver’s Travels for release in IMAX 3D theatres.

Source: DBZ Kingdom

1-20-01—- D-Boy At Toyfair

Figures.com reports D-Boy’s expected offerings for Toyfair include a Vash the Stampede piece, from Trigun: already 2 action figures and a collectible resin bust, will be getting the vinyl treatment! Stay tuned for more details!

*Nine Rings of Wu-Tang: been curious to what happened with this action figure line based on the hip hop rap group Wu Tang Clan? Well, the comic of which these are based on, is no longer- thus the delay. D-Boy does have plans to release two of the figures, however- Femme Kryle and Ghost Face Killa – both to kind of test the waters and see if fan interest is still there.

Dark Angel: characters from the original black and white manga by Kia Asamiya will be on display. The first series will include: Dark, Leen, Zen, and Tan.Size will be 1/8 scale, that’s between 8 and 10 inches tall, come equipped with a GOOD amount of articulation, base and accessories, and will come packaged in window boxes.

1-21-01—- Z.O.E. OVA Update

New staff details on the upcoming Zone Of Enders 2167 IDOLO OVA series follow below. The game version is produced by Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Series), the plot occurs in the 22nd century in the Solar System. Mankind has established space colonies out to the orbit of Jupiter, a colony there named Antilla is the farthest human settlement from Earth and referred to as the end of the world, residents of Antilla are called “Enders” for this reason. A introvert boy living there, Leo Stenbuck accompanies his friends to a UN Space Force facility to steal from their junkyard and gets apprehended. At the same time a fanatical military regime on Mars called Z.O.E. hijacks the Antilla colony which becomes a battlefield. Leo witnesses the death of his friends who used to bully him, he feels responisble for their deaths and runs from the scene to find the reason of the colony’s hijacking the giant robot humanoid weapon “Jehuty”. The game system includes support for the analog stick, which enables free aerial movement. The game allows for the best camera angle when locking onto an enemy target.

The game is being touted as a “Robot Animation Simulator and features some industry veterans including Character Designer Nobuyoshi Nishimura who worked on


Anime News Service – January 17-18 Anime News

1-18-01—- ADV Delay

The Right Stuf is reporting ADV’s upcoming release A.D. Police TV television is now delayed from a previous 1/23 release date to 3/20/01.

1-18-01—- Guardians Of Order RPG Bits

The Right Stuf reports that RPG makers, Guardians of Order has decided to cancel their Tenchi Muyo Button Men Game Edition. Originally planned as an addition to brifge their existing sets. On the Sailor Moon Button Game Edition, the company had no official word on the continuation of that particular line in the future.

1-18-01—- Anime Village Addition

Anime Village has posted the following:

“Would you like to see some new (or old) anime come to America? Please email LordRichard@animevillage.com with any ideas or suggestions you may have.”

1-18-01—- Charles Schultz Exhibition

Peanuts creator Charles Schultz is being honored in a special “Snoopy And Charlie Brown’s World – Charles Schultz Original Picture Exhibitions” which is currently touring Japan.

1-18-01—- Outlaw Star Eps. 3 CN Edits

Excerpted from the newsgroup post by Kyle Thomas Pope:

This round of edits were minimal but a couple of them are almost beyond comprehension.

1. Melfina now wears a digital bikini in the piloting tank.
2. Gene’s “she’s nuts to get naked” changed to “she’s nuts to get wet”. (This was an improvement!?)
3. Jim’s “these guys are anal” changed to “these guys are tight”.
4. Scene of Harry MacDougall yelling “die, die, die, die…” while firing missiles cut.
5. Harry MacDougall’s “she was really hot” changed to “she was really cute”. (While definitely attractive I would not describe Hilda as “cute”.)
6. Scene of Tao Master getting incinerated shortened.
7. Scene of Hilda biting her suicide capsule and the subsequent detonation cut. (Oh come on. GW had multiple suicide attempts and noble sacrifices.)
Given the heavy action in these last couple of episodes there really wasn’t much beyond language to edit. This will probably change when the story shifts to planetside again.

1-18-01—- Mamoru Oshii Avalon Stage Greeting

To commemorate the opening of his latest film project Avalon, Director Mamoru Oshii will be holding stage greeting events in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya in the coming days. The action / CG film five years in the making and shot on location in Poland combines Sci-Fi and Anime / Manga style elements.

1-18-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to The GIA: After months of speculation and rumors of cancellation, Sega has finally unveiled Shenmue 2 to the public. Japanese customers who pre-orded AM2’s Fighting Vipers 2 through Sega’s online Dreamcast Direct received a special Shenmue 2 trailer as a bonus.

The bulk of the trailer consists of Ryo exploring the wilds of what is presumably China, where the sequel takes place. The touted improvements in the Shenmue engine are on full display, showing off complex, organic environments, sharp detail, and little draw-in. The areas in the demo are unpopulated, so only time will tell if Suzuki’s team was able to make good on their promise of up to fifty characters on screen at once.

One important character does appear in the trailer, however. Shenhua, the mysterious woman from the prologue of the first game, looks to take a more prominent role in the sequel; a fireside conversation between her and Ryo is featured at the beginning and end of the trailer.

Sega has yet to set a Japanese date for Shenmue 2, but they’ve made assurances that once it is released it will be making the trip stateside.

More Info on FF X can be read here.

Atlus recently announced a release date for the PlayStation version of Shin Megami Tensei. The first of three such Super Famicom remakes, Shin Megami Tensei will hit Japanese shelves on March 29 at a price of 4800 yen ($41 US). Each copy of the game will include one of three different unique MegaTen trading cards.

Also arriving on March 29 is Square’s second WonderSwan Color title, WildCard. The latest installment in the SaGa series will retail for 4300 yen ($36 US). A two-player battle mode has recently been added to the game for extra value.

1-18-01—- Yu Yu Hakusho Items

According to a post at this site relating an e-mail between FUNimation’s Gen Fukunaga and Darent Sapphie of Juunanagou:

1. We will keep the original music.
2. We will try to preserve the content of the show but usually the broadcast network dictates how far we can go.
3. The release of tapes/DVD is usually driven by what our retailers tell us we need to create. They are the “800 pound gorilla” in this situation because most of a company’s sales come from just a handful of major retail chains.
4. We are trying to get Steve to do the translations.

1-18-01—- Asia AICN Bits

Sent in by Daniel:

Interestingly enough, Battle Royale is also a hit in Hong Kong. As for Japan, there are some interesting tidbits, courtesy of AICN.

1)- Kazuki Oomori’s (“Godzilla vs Biolante”, “Natu, the Legend of the Dancing Ninja”) next film will be “Run Ichiro!”, which Toei will be producing. The film features 5 short stories in Kobe, a city destroyed by an earthquake in 1995. Japanese baseball star, Ichiro (who just joined the Seattle Mariners) appears as himself. The film will be released in May.

2) – Sony Pictures is getting closer to produce “Astro Boy”, based on Osamu Tezuka’s famous cartoon.

3) – Mamoru Oshii’s excellent film, “Avalon” will be showing at a sixth of the total screen in Korea, which will be the country’s widest foreign release. The film will open on February 3rd.

4) TV Azteca is currently running Sailor Moon (they have 199 episodes except 89, the episode was 45 mins long and the dubber Intertrack didn’t want to cut it), Magic Knight Rayearth, Captain Tsubasa J, but because of complaints they mov ed Escaflowne from weekdays to Sundays at around 11 AM.

5) The magical girl St. Tail series has replaced Escaflowne in its 1:30pm weekday time slot. St. Tail has been effect by dubbing chan ges byCentral-America having name changes and the “god please forgive me” transformation phrase changed.

6)The rival national channel of TV


Anime News Service – January 11-16 Anime News

1-16-01—- Otaku TV News

Excerpted from the release:

Otaku Television is a public access television program that focuses on Japanese animation, video games, import toys, and anything that’s interesting in the fandom community. Our first episode is finished, and it’s ready to air in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties of Maryland. We are working on getting the exact dates and time, so please visit OTV’s website at www.otakutelevision.com for updated information. If you’re an out-of-towner, or just want to have a sneak peak of the show, we are streaming Episode #1 in its entirety online at the website! You can submit viewer mail and fanart for our next episode, so be sure to let us know what you think of the show, and share your thoughts with fellown viewers in our Forum!

1-16-01—- Manga Obscenity Charge Update

According to this page, one of the obscenity charges filed against the comic store-for selling Demon Beast Invasion and Overfiend manga-has been dropped.

1-16-01—- Toynami Updates

Toynami has updated it’s website with a news based front page and welcome message that the site is intended to give information on their products and services to both our fans and retailers. Contact information for general questions and spring catalogs have been added.

1-16-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Here more info on Square’s upcoming FF X can be found. The male and female lead are named Tidus and Yunda, respectively, and this is supposed to be the first FF game with voiceovers.

1-16-01—- Dragon Ash Album And Tour Data

Japanese Hip Hop group Dragon Ash’s latest album, “Lily OFDA VALLEY” goes on sale March 14th and includes 12 tracks. The group’s tour “21st Century Riot” has been annonced.

1-16-01—- Happy Lesson Event

A KSS event for the OVA Game Happy Lesson is scheduled for 3/20 in Tokyo.

1-16-01—- Street Fighter ALPHA DVD Details

The DVD version of Manga release of the Street Fighter Alpha OAV will features Digitally Remastered 4×3 Transfer , “Motion Menus “,Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound English , Dolby Pro-Logic Surround Sound Japanese, Interviews, and Street Fighter Alpha Trailer .

Source: UMJAMS Anime News

1-16-01—- New Voice In Latest Ghibli Project

The Hayao Miyazaki Web’s mailing list has made mention of a seiyuu name being added for Ghibli’s latest feature, “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi”. Chihiro has been named to be voiced by Rumi Hiiragi who recently had a role in the NHK morning TV novel series “Suzuran”.

1-16-01—- Sputnik 7 Update

DVD Animania is mentioning that Sputnik7 has added the third volume of Violence Jack. Description follows: Violence Jack: Vol. 3 Slumking. One man has risen to power in the corpse-strewn wasteland that was once Japan. His name is Slumking, and his rule over the shattered settlements of Kanto is both harsh and absolute. Running time: 40 min.

1-16-01—- Net Anime

A group at Original Net Anime is planning to screen “Lingerie Fighter Papillon Rose”, a 25 episode creation via the internet from February. A small and large trailer is available for download.

1-16-01—- Outlaw Star 1st Episode Edits

Past site contributor Kyle Pope has posted a list of his personal observations in the realm of editing with the 1st Outlaw Star Episode on Cartoon Network to rec.arts.anime:

Gene’s “hell” changed to “heck”
OP gone (of course)
Pirate fighter pilot’s “damn” changed to “blast”
Again, see above.
Small edit of Gene and Jim playing cards in the bar.
Dialogue changed so Gene and Jim are playing Go Fish instead of Poker
Scene of Gene throwing down his Poker hand before the fight cut.
Jim’s “damn” changed to “darn”.
Death Rob’s “killed 30 men” changed to “taken 30 men”.
Blood matted out when Gene shoots Death Rob.
Scene of Gene shooting death Rob in the head cut.
Scene of Death Rob spitting up blood when Gene knifes him cut.
Scene of Gene fondling Iris’ butt cut. Jim’s dialogue altered accordingly.
Jim’s “hit the casino” changed to “hit the club”.
Scene of Gene and Jim’s sexual banter before splitting up cut.
Jim’s “scumbag” changed to “loser”.
Scene of Gene in hotel room with hooker cut completely.
Gene’s girly poster over his bed now has a digital bathing suit.
Blood matted out of street fight between Gene and the pirates.
Pirate’s “damn” changed to “blast”. Jim’s “hell” changed to “heck”.
Gene’s “asshole” changed to “loser”.
Pirate girl’s “they’ve been killed” changed to “they’re destroyed”.
Scene of Hilda putting her gun to Gene’s chest and firing cut.
Small cut from Gene putting his gun to Hilda’s head cut.
Melfina wearing digital leotard in trunk.
Gene’s “naked girl” changed to “weird girl” in preview.
Not an edit… They actually used the original full length ED.

1-16-01—- Japanese Rurouni Kenshin OVA Recollection Compilation DVD Box Details

From Sony in March comes a new DVD release of all 4 volumes of the Rurouni Kenshin OAV (Samurai X) series in a very special “recollection compilation” limited sale of 3000 sets. Perhaps the most interesting features on this release are a listed “Samurai X” (English dub track) track and Japanese subtitles. Also included is postrecording script and collectors box. Release is set for March 23rd of 2001 at 15200, running time is 140 minutes, 4:3 ratio included on video and Japanese subtitles. The disc is single layer, Samurai X edition track and “MEMIX audio ” track is also ondisc.

1-16-01—– Kaiyodo Wolfwood Figure

Figures.com has added images of Kaiyodo’s new Toy Tribe action figure- Wolf Wood-. This figure appears to be a preacher which carries a large cross wrapped in cloth and tied with belts. In actuality, this “cross” is a minature arsenal that opens up nicely when unwrapped, the cross-plank laden with pistols, the main shaft a rather powerful machine gun! Expertly designed by Trigun creator Yasuhiro Nightow, Wolf Wood features multiple points of articulation, a detailed cross ladden display base, and an amazing amount of accessories including: 2 pistols, opening Cross Machine Gun, an array of alternate hands, alternate head with shades, cloth and real metal chains for wrapping “Cross Gun”, and


Anime News Service – January 6-10 Anime News

1-10-01—- Berserk DVD Box Set Release Details

While U.S. fans will have to hang on a bit longer for a domestic release of the anime TV series adaptation of Kentaro Miura’s very intricately plotted low fantasy manga, Berserk, Japanese fans and importers can look forward to a very special Region 2 DVD Box Set release of the late night anime in March. Topping off the outside box art are totally new illustrations by creator Miura-sensei as well as originally illustrated jackets for each of the 7 DVD cases in this set. Video prints are totally remasted, and animated menus are included on each disc. Of the 7 discs 1 is a special addition with bonus footage. Extras include a illustrated poster and production notes. Those who preorder will also get a very special 2001 illustrated calnder by Miura and bonus book. Retail price is 31,500 Yen and the set will arrive in Japanese retailers on March 20th.

1-10-01—- Next Generation World Hobby Fair

January 13th – 14th the Next Generation World Hobby Fair will be held at Tokyo Big Sight, the largest convention center in Japan (and one of the largest in the world). Game, toy, manga and anime companies are among the headliners here, Nintendo Co. will fill it’s 20010 name limitation list for limited Pokemon Gold / Silver / Crystal characters.

1-10-01—- Otakon ’01 Details

Excerpted from the official release:

Otakon 2001 will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on the weekend of August 10th through the 12th (Friday, August 10th to Sunday, August 12th). Currently, members can register for $35 by sending a check/money order to:

OTAKON
491 Baltimore Pike #689
Springfield, PA 19064-3810

Available hotels are currently (you MUST mention OTAKON to get the rates):

Holiday Inn: $119/night + tax. Phone: 1-410-685-3500. There are only a few rooms available at this hotel.

Wyndham (formerly the Omni): $119/night + tax. Phone: 1-800-WYNDHAM or 1-410-385-6700. We have a large room block at this hotel. It is not immediately next to the BCC, but is a Nice Hotel which is willing to accommodate the Otaku.

OTAKON is currently engaged in contract negotiations with a few other Inner Harbor hotels, and more information on these arrangements will be forthcoming.

The OTAKON webpage (http://www.otakon.com) will reflect this information soon, and will continue to be updated as the year progresses with Guest of Honor, hotel, and other convention information.

Please direct general inquiries concerning OTAKON 2001 to info@otakon.com Contact information for other departments is currently available on the website.

—–

Jonathan Harmon
Press Dept Head
Otakon 2001

1-10-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to DC.IGN.COM Capcom’s first planned Gundam fighting game underwent location test this past weekend in Japan. The game will be named Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs Geon.

Konami is developing a new Java game version of Dance Dance Reveloution for use on Mobile Phones such as NTT’s I-Mode 503 I series. Players will have to match moves on screen with keypad presses and high score can be uploaded to a total internet ranking. Utilization fee of 300 Yen a month is currently being panned and new tunes can be uploaded in the future.

1-10-01—- Z.O.E. OVA Update

New staff details on the upcoming Zone Of Enders 2167 IDOLO OVA series follow below. The game version is produced by Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Series), the plot occurs in the 22nd century in the Solar System. Mankind has established space colonies out to the orbit of Jupiter, a colony there named Antilla is the farthest human settlement from Earth and referred to as the end of the world, residents of Antilla are called “Enders” for this reason. A introvert boy living there, Leo Stenbuck accompanies his friends to a UN Space Force facility to steal from their junkyard and gets apprehended. At the same time a fanatical military regime on Mars called Z.O.E. hijacks the Antilla colony which becomes a battlefield. Leo witnesses the death of his friends who used to bully him, he feels responisble for their deaths and runs from the scene to find the reason of the colony’s hijacking the giant robot humanoid weapon “Jehuty”. The game system includes support for the analog stick, which enables free aerial movement. The game allows for the best camera angle when locking onto an enemy target.

The game is being touted as a “Robot Animation Simulator and features some industry veterans including Character Designer Nobuyoshi Nishimura who worked on Z Gundam for studio Sunrise in 1985, SD Gundam (1989), The Mobile Police Patlabor TV series (as illustration director) in 1989, V Gundam (1993 as illustration director), and Gundam Wing in 1995 (as illustration director). In 1996 he was the character designer and illustration director for Gundam X and joined KCE in 1998 where was a member of the motion crew for Metal Gear Solid for PSX. Mecha Designer, Yoji Shinakawa was the mecha and mechanical designer for Metal Gear Solid, the design of Jehuty and other “orbital frames” find theri roots in his school day sketchbooks.

OVA Production Data:

Director: Tetsuya Watanabe
Scenario: Shin Yoshida
Main, mechanical design: Tsutomu Suzuki/Tsutomu Miyazawa
Production: Sunrise
Sales: VAP
Price: 5,800 Yen
Time: 50 minutes
Release: March 1, 2001 – DVD

A first press premium ZOE package will also be released from March 1st at the retail price of 13,800 Yen. Included is special edit of Z.O.E 2167 IDOLO and PS2 game.

1-9-01—- Battle Angel ADV Status

According to The Right Stuf has a report on recent rumors surrounding some of AD Vision’s older titles. Battle Angel (VHS / DVD) is going on hiatus (meaning no more copies will be made for awhile), but no – they are not out of production (yet). Further, a number of ADV’s series that have had single episode tapes, such as Golden Boy, are being consolidated into fewer tapes but not discontinued. Finally, when the company asked ADV if they were considering changing all of their older titles into DVD only, they were non-committal. However, if ADV follows the lead of a number of other Anime companies, it’s more than likely that


Anime News Service – January 1-5 Anime News

1-5-01—- TV Seiyuu Data

Seiyuu information for new TV series airing on SkyPerfecTV:

Hiatari Ryoukou!

Episode 1
Kasumi: MORIO Yumi
Yuusuke: MITSUYA Yuuji
Shin: SHIOZAWA Kaneto
Ariyama: HAYASHIYA Kobuhei
Makoto: NANBA Katsuhiro
Chigusa: KOMIYA Kazue
Girl A: HAYASHI Yuuko
Girl B: TAKAYAMA Yukari

Master Keaton

Chapter 1: Mystery Man
Keaton Taiichi: INOUE Norihiro
Sofia: SHINOHARA Emi
Daniel O’Connell: TSUJI Shinpachi
Leon Papas: SUGOU
Ox Payer: YAMANO
Marcus: OOKI Tamio
taxi driver: NISHIMURA
college student: MAKISHIMA Naoki
female college student: FUKUSHIMA Nanako
college staff: AMADA
underling: ISHII Kouji
Narration: Keaton YAMADA

1-5-01—- Avalon Trailer

AICN’s Harry mentions rumor has MIRAMAX as negotiating really hard at one point on Mamoru Oshii’s latest Sci-Fi film, Avalon. A new trailer can be viewed here.

1-5-01—- German Anime News

RTL2, the german broadcaster that already shows Sailor Moon, Digimon, Dragon Ball and Pokemon and will show Monster Rancher, Flint and Wedding Peach in the next time will eventualy show Ojamajo Doremi and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (“Jeanne, Die Kamikaze-Diebin”) as well.

1-5-01—- Simpsons Anime Cameo

Reader, Dan sends in:

On the Simpsons that aired today, they had a reference to anime. The Simpsons go to an animation convention, and Bart’s watching what he calls “Japanimation”. And they show some guy in a samurai outfit shooting a net that ensnares a girl with the Kusanagai(of GITS) haircut. But her legs turn into metal fins and they spin out. And then the guy turns into some shoes and runs away.

1-5-01—- Official Toonami Outlaw Star Page

The official Toonami website has just added a new feature introduction page for their latest anime TV series addition, “Outlaw Star”. The page can be seen here.

Source: DBZ Kingdom

1-5-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai has released 350,000 copies of its PlayStation2 giant robot game Mobile Suit Gundam. According to the company, the entire shipment sold out in four days. Bandai intends to ship an additional 150,000 units by the end of March.

Source: DBZ Kingdom

1-5-01—- Final Fantasy PG-13 Rating Explanation

From regular contributor Dan comes an explaniation of recent reports as to why the upcoming Final Fantasy film will apparently be shooting for a “PG-13” target. According to the Monday-January 8-update of www.cinescape.com , they explain why the chose PG-13 as his rating.

“He [Sakaguchi] didn’t want to pursue a story that appeals only to a younger audience. And we feel that by creating a PG-13 feature…certainly we’re not going to do an R feature, that’s too huge of a risk. But by creating something that will pass as a PG-13, we can still appeal to a wider audience, and yet still not be impacted by the content being too immature. We will be able to tell the story that the director really wanted to be able to tell. So it is very important for us to be able to create it as a PG-13 movie, and the thought of appealing to a younger audience never crossed our minds.” They also add a link to a longer interview w/ him at:
http://www.gamers.com/news/488302

1-4-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

The GIA reports Final Fantasy X’s Nobuo Uematsu’s vocal theme songs will be performed by Okinawan folk singer Rikki. Rikki’s latest album is “Miss You Amami”.

Enix announced that they have shipped a total of 4 million copies of their hit PlayStation RPG Dragon Quest VII in Japan, since its release on August 26, 2000. DQ7 is now the biggest selling PlayStation game in Japan and the best selling title in the Dragon Quest series.

Square has announced its sales statistics and plans for the stock holders in Japan. The software performance is better than expected for the year, Final Fantasy IX has sold 2.82 million copies in Japan, and Gekikuukan Pro Baseball for PS2 has sold 650,000 copies. The software sales in oversea has significantly increased, Parasite Eve II has sold 570,000 copies in US, Vagrant Story has sold 500,000 copies, and Chrono Cross has sold 410,000 copies in the fall. They are expecting the oversea market to continue to expand next year.

Nec Interchannel announced that they are porting the two popular Sega Saturn title to PlayStation. Both Sentimental Graffiti and Sentimental Graffiti: Promise are scheduled for release in March, for 5800 yen and 3800 yen respectively.

Konami has announced yet another Gameboy Advance launch title in Japan, called Yugioh Dungeondice Monsters, a board game based on the ultra popular anime Yugioh. In this game you roll the dice, summon monsters to produce a path and dungeon for you in the board, and defeat the opponents and their dungeons in the board. Each die carries different LV point and crest symbol, there are 5 crest symbols in the game: Summon, Attack, Defense, Progress, Magic and Trap, different combinations of dice will give you different actions. Once a monster is summoned, you can command it to combat against enemy’s monsters and dungeons in the board. Over 100 monsters are included in the game, several new elements are added to the game, including the ability to bargain with the rivals.

Nintendo has confirmed the release date of the two GameBoy Color Zelda action roleplaying games. Both Legend of Zelda: Mystical Acorn – Chapter of Gaia and Chapter of Earth are scheduled for release in Japan on February 27, for 3800 yen each. The two games are connected to each other, you can import save data from one of the other version to unlock additional paths and secrets in the game.

Sega has released some new info on Shenmue II for Dreamcast, in this game the hero will encounter a new female character with red hair in Hong Kong, she will play an important role in the game. Further details of Shenmue II will be revealed in Shenmue The Movie on January 12 in Japan. Also a movie trailer of the game will be included in the upcoming Dreamcast fighting game Fighting Viper 2.

Sega has announced a definite release date for their highly anticipated Dreamcast dramatic adventure game Sakura Taisen 3: Hometown Paris is burning, the game is now set for release on March