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.
1-26-01—- Misc AICN News
Thanks to Daniel for these submissions:
This latest update to AICN mentions Momoru Oshii’s next project is