Posts in: February, 2001

Anime News Service – February 23-28 Anime News

2-28-01—- Ikuhara Arrives In L.A.

Embarking on his monumental U.S. move, Sailor Moon and Utena director, Kunihiko Ikuhara arrived in L.A. yesterday (2-27). The creator will be living in LA for the next two years, detailed plans will be announced in March. He’s currently learning more English, looking for an apartment and needing to re-learn how to drive an automobile.

Read more about the visionary anime director’s plans for the future in this Akadot article.

2-28-01—- New Color Aibos Unveiled

Sony’s entertainment robotic pet AIBO will soon be available in 2 new 2nd Gen. ERS-210 orange and white colors. The new AIBO units will be on sale in early March and retail 150,000 Yen. New software, “AIBO-ware” which can be used with past and present AIBOs goes on sale in Japan on March 1.

2-28-01—- Digital Garo Service

A new internet subscription based Digital Garo service from the popular Garo manga magazine launches on March 1. Several popular manga and mangaka are being added to the service which will allow users to view manga online at a subscription charge of 2400 Yen for 4 months. In addition, fans can enjoy original wallpaper and computer goodies etc.

2-28-01—- Sega Toys Unveils New Humanoid Robot Toys

Sega Toys today has shown off it’s new “BOT” line of 5 robotic toys. “C-BOT” is a humanoid type robot with 2 arms and legs. The face is a LCD display that can be altered depending on expression of the robot. Each has a voice and light sensor, can process 800 words and messages more than 400,000 patterns. C-Bot is due in Japan from May at 3900 Yen. Others include “M-BOT (pet name (mubo))”, “W-BOT (pet name (wilbo))” and “Y-BOT (pet name (yotti))”, all are expected to arrive on the market in late summer.

2-28-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Capcom has revealed new info on their Naomi / Dreamcast Gundam action game Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation Vs Zion. The game uses a 2 VS 2 team battle system, in which you first select to play on the Federation or the Zion side, then you can select to play the game in Cooperative Mode or Battle Mode, which determines whether the 2nd player or the CPU controller character will be your ally or enemy. You win the battle when the enemy’s War Potential Gauge drops down 0. As long as the War Potential Gauge is not empty, you can revive an ally movable unit (by using up a portion of the gauge energy), no matter how many times it is defeated. During the battle the character is controlled by 4 buttons: Shoot, Fight, Jump and Target, you can perform various special attacks and technique by combination of the buttons. There are a total of 12 stages in the game, and there will be 6 playable characters in the Federation Army and 5 in the Zion Army.

Hudson has revealed their Dreamcast online battle game Bomberman Online, the game will have 3D graphics, but the gameplay will remain in 2D. Up to 10 players can battle over the internet, you can also create your own custom characters. There are 5 play modes: Hyper Bomber, Submarine Attack, Panel Attack and Battle Royal. You can also collect special items in the game and trade them with other users online.

Source: Magic Box

Thanks to Daniel for this news:

A review of Treasure’s upcoming Bangai-O-for the U.S. Dreamcast-is available at this link.

Sega was forced to cut 300 jobs(11% of their staff), in an attempt to improve the efficiency of their company. They will suffer a $500 million loss for the fiscal year ending March 2001. This info was obtained at Gamespot.

ZD Net mentions that WonderSwan Color version of Final Fantasy 2 will be released in Japan on May 3 for $50.

This Gamespot article states that From Software will delay King’s Field 4(for PS2) to summer of 2001. This is for the Japanese release, with no North American release confirmed.

Sonic Adventure 2 pics are available at this link. The game is expected to have a North American release in June.

Bomberman Online pics are at this location. Online battles will involve as many as ten players.

More pics of the FF movie can be viewed at this link. They’re facial shots of the characters, with their respective voice-actors.

2-28-01—- UGO And Tokyopop Hook Up

Excerpted from the press release:

UnderGroundOnline Signs Affiliate Deal With TOKYOPOP

NEW YORK – February 27th 2000 – UnderGroundOnline (www.ugo.com ), the entertainment mecca for 18-34 year-old males on the Web, announces the addition of a new affiliate, TOKYOPOP, to its network. TOKYOPOP is one of the premier sites focusing on anime, manga, music, and Japanese wrestling.

“TOKYOPOP features a range of excellent content and adds a unique and international dimension to our network, “said Chris Weller, Vice President of the UGO Affiliate Network. “We are excited to have them on board.”

Featuring cutting-edge content in anime, games, cars, wrestling and music, three year-old TOKYOPOP (www.TOKYOPOP.com ) is dedicated to digital entertainment originating from Tokyo and the surrounding Asian region. The site fits into many of UnderGroundOnline’s categories for entertainment, from animation and music to film and wrestling. It will also be the cornerstone affiliate of the new international wrestling section.

“UnderGroundOnline is dedicated to providing the cutting-edge entertainment content that our audience looks for on the Web,” said Matthew Galgani, TOKYOPOP’s Vice President of Marketing. “There is tremendous synergy between our sites.”

About UnderGroundOnline UnderGroundOnline is the entertainment mecca for 18-34 year old males on the Web. As one of the five fastest growing communities on the Web (Source: Neilson NetRatings), UGO has, in just two years, reached 6.5 million unique visitors according to PC Data, 3.7 million according to Media Metrix and boasts 500 million page impressions. It is comprised of over 350 affiliated content partners and owned sites, including UGO.com and UnderGroundStore, an e-commerce mall. UGO caters to music, games, film/TV, technology, animation, wrestling and sports enthusiasts who seek out the most progressive and cutting-edge Web experience. UGO users are technologically


Anime News Service – February 20-22 Anime News

2-22-01—- Escaflowne Edited Releases Cease

According to the Right Stuf Bandai has notified them that they will be discontinuing production on all Vision of Escaflowne Edited Versions after volume 4.

2-22-02—- DBZ DVD Update

Right Stuf is reporting rumors have been flying about a potential March release date for the DBZ Great Saiyaman DVDs. FUNimation flat out denies this – the DVDs do not yet have a potential release date.

2-22-01—- Animeigo Dead Pool Updates

Animeigo has setup a page here with updates on it’s Scott Carlson Deadpool here.

2-22-01—- Gaogaiger FINAL

The last volume of the King Of Braves Gaogaiger FINAL OAV goes on sale in Japan on April 21, based on the drama CD “Strongest character set”. Voice Recording completed on Feb. 21 and the scene was described as emotional since the same voice team had been together on the Gaogaiger TV series since 1997.

2-22-01—- Manga News

‘Initial D Picture Collection’ by Shige Shuuichi is out in June, 2001. The set will be extremely limited and include minicar model. Reservation deadline is Feb. 28, retail price is set at 8,900 Yen.

A Banana Fish Guidebook has been set to be released in Japan on Feb. 24, 1000 pregestering fans will get specially made postcard. Price is set at 933 Yen.

2-22-01—- Tropical Fish Mobile Phone Breeding Game From Bandai

Bandai Networks is setting up a new site called “Aqua mode” where users can go and breed and care for virtual tropical fish via i mode terminal, it launches February 26. Besides selecting from a wide reange of fish, enviroment variables can be set such as water temperature. Keepers will have to maintain with sudden changes in the health of their fish and a web “ranking” will launch on the site one month after the beginning of service, the top 50 high ranking breeders will appear there. A 300 Yen monthly sum will be charged to participate and only color i-mode phonescan be used.

2-22-01—- Robotech Store Opens – Robotech DVD’s Now Can Be Pre-Ordered

Thanks to Steve Yun for tipping us off to this info just added to the Official Robotech Website:

The Robotech.com online store is now taking pre-orders for items that are to go on sale soon. Here are the first products to be listed: ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA DVD VOLUME 1: This highly-anticipated release from AD Vision marks the initial installment of the complete television series for the very first time on DVD. Volume 1, titled “First Contact” contains six complete episodes, including Boobytrap, Countdown, Space Fold, The Long Wait, Transformation, and Blitzkrieg. These thrilling opening chapters of the Robotech epic recount the legend behind the mysterious arrival of Robotechnology to earth and introduce the cherished characters of the Macross saga. ROBOTECH PERFECT SOUNDTRACK ALBUM: This special 2-disc anniversary edition contains a comprehensive collection of the unforgettable musical themes by composer Ulpio Minucci along with the vocals of Lynn Minmay and Yellow Dancer. Also included are special tracks from Robotech: The Sentinels and the single “In My Heart” by Three Dog Night from Robotech: The Untold Story.

Pricing and date of availability of the DVD’s have yet to be determined. Customers who place preorder requests at the Robotech.com online store will be the first to be notified by e-mail as soon as the products are available. No other personal information is required at this time and all online purchases will be handled through secure transactions.

More exciting products, including toys, posters and apparel, are on the way and you can be sure Robotech.com will be the first place to find out about it!

2-22-01—- Gunbuster UK DVD

According to Anime On DVD though no date was given, a timeframe of March/April was given. It appears that Kiseki will be releasing Gunbuster on one dual layered disc later this year, Japanese language only with subtitles. Extras include a “photo gallery”, “biographies” and “reviews”

2-22-01—- FLCL Movie

According to this Gainax page, trailers for an FLCL MOVIE “will start appearing in early February.”

Source: Anime Next

2-22-01—- Latin America Anime News

On the Locomotion channel there will be a marathon on the days 24 and 25 February where they will broadcast episodes of Saber Marionette J and R.

2-22-01—- ADV News

Thanks to David of ADV Films for writing in and confirming their data for the Robotech discs: 6 eps at $14.98 each. According to ADV more details can be expected out of Anime Central.

2-22-01—- One Piece Movie Update – Music File

Toei’s One Piece Animation is headed for the silver screen in Japan with a full length theatrical feature debuting nationwide on March 3. A music file to the film is out on March 14 from Avex Mode, retailing at 2718 Yen, the file features composition by Tanaka-sensei of Sakura Taisen fame. The recordings for the film and sound file were just wrapped on Feb. 13. The sound file includes 31 tracks and an all page color booklet on the film.

2-21-01—- Card Captor Sakura Song Collection Update

Initial pressing limited release

This 4-CD set is the ultimate Card Captor Sakura song collection which contains all 38 songs w/vocals. The 4 CDs are each categorized as the “Sakura” disc, the “Tomoyo” disc, the “Theme Songs” disc, and the “Characters” disc. The collection includes a new song called “Nishikaze no Kaerimichi (The Way Back on West Wind)” by Sakura Kinomoto (Vocal actress: Sakura Tange), plus 6 previously unpublished versions of the songs. 7800 Yen. The 6 special features include:
1. Gatefold (foldout) sleeve with artwork illustrated by CLAMP
2. A special “multi” case
3. 32-page booklet
4. A special clear (transparent) case
5. 4-Color picture label featuring one of the show’s classic moments
6. A set of 4 character bookmarks

2-21-01—- Salary Man Kintaro TV

Salary-man Kintaro started on Feb.18 at BS-i. It’s aired 2 hours every week, and will be concluded in 5 weeks.

Source: Anihabara

2-21-01—- Brazil Anime News

I’d Like to complete your information about Sakuta, Pokemon and Sailor Moon. Theya are all showing at a cabo TV, the Cartoon Network Brazil. Another anime whos is in carton Is DZB.


Anime News Service – February 16-19 Anime News

2-19-01—- Katsucon News

According to The Right Stuf news out of this past weekend’s Katsucon, includes news out of the Anime on DVD Panel:

Maison Ikkokou will be coming to DVD.
Ranma ½ is coming to DVD. Simultaneous releases for season 6 and past seasons are currently in the works. Yes, Robotech, will be coming to DVD – 6 episodes per disc, estimating a May 2001 release. Spriggan may still be released this Fall, but total confirmation is still on hold.

Thompson proudly announced that the much anticipated title Kare Kano (Kareshi Kanojyo no Jijou) is slated to be released beginning Fall 2001. We are currently anticipating a 4 disc release for the series, but nothing has been set in stone just yet.

He also confirmed that Right Stuf is planning to release Boogie Pop Phantom beginning this fall.

More details on these titles will be forthcoming from Right Stuf in the coming months.

2-19-01—- Morning Musume Musical

Zetima’s teen idol group of 10 girls, Morning Musume will star in their first musical “All LOVE Century” The story of the musical is set in a amusement park called “Century Land”. 7 additional cast members outside of the group were selected at audition earlier this year. The musical will ocur May 3-27th at the Nissei Theater in Tokyo. Advance tickets go on sale from March 25.

2-19-01—- Kuromi-Chan OAV

According to Anihabara:

Daichi Akitaro’s new OVA work, Kuromi-chan may be marked by its strong individuality. Kuromi-chan finds work with an anime studio, but it’s much harder than she’s expected…. This is the first “anime-making anime” as far as I know. So it may be a new bible next to Otaku no Video. It will be released on March 30.

2-19-01—- Another FF Movie Trailer View

On the recent flurry of reviews of the FF movie pre-screening, AICN has one slightly different view (spoiler warning) at this location.

2-19-01—- AIC Hayashi Hiroko Interview

AIC has posted an interview with Tenchi Muyo co-creator Hayashi Hiroko here.

2-19-01—- DBZ Card Game News

Planet Namek:

here’s the latest from Score:

LATEST CELL TAPES FEATURE DBZ CCG CARDS!

Starting next week, you can watch your favorite cartoon and receive free cards! On February 20th, DBZ videotapes in the Cell series will feature special DBZ CCG rainbow holographic cards. When you buy Imperfect Cell “17’s End” or Perfect Cell “Hunt for 18,” you will receive two common Trunks cards and one exclusive Trunks foil card. Check out the hottest new Cell tapes and add cool cards to your collection!

NEW OFFER

Soon, you will be able to receive a randomly selected common Trunks Saga card when you purchase a Saiyan Saga Booster Pack. One Trunks Saga common card will be shrink wrapped to each Saiyan Saga 9-card Booster Pack. Stay tuned to http://www.DBZcardgame for more details about this exciting offer.

ANDROID SAGA IS COMING

The next expansion set of the DBZ CCG, the Android Saga, will release early this summer. The booster-only release offers many special features, including: A martial arts theme that makes the game faster and more exciting Battlefield cards that expand deck creation options Updated versions of old personalities Matching foil cards in each Booster Pack

2-18-01—- New Battle Royal Trailer

AICN has linked a new trailer for the Battle Royale special edition.

2-18-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Thanks to Daniel for the folowing:

Electronic Arts will distribute Capcom games in Europe, according to Gamespot. SFEX3 will be the first game to be published under this agreement, and it will come out March 3. Onimusha will be out in June.

PS2.IGN.COM has posted a report of reaction to Columbia Pictures’ recently screened 15-minute trailer from its forthcoming Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Read it here.

IGN has posted a video trailer for the upcoming PS2 Z.O.E. game, you can view it here.

To celebrate the release of the upcoming Final Fantasy X RPG, Square will be holding a promotion in Japan which highlights the music of the Final Fantasy series. Music has been one of the most memorable facets of the series so far, and fans in Japan will have the chance to relive their favorite themes in remixed form. The promotion works like this. Fans of the Final Fantasy music can vote at Square’s Play Online website for their favorite theme songs from FF lore. The song that turns out the most votes will undergo a slight conversion, with a new arrangement and new lyrics, and will be included with the Maxi CD for Final Fantasy X’s theme song, “It is wonderful.” The lyrics for the number one song will be sung by RIKKI, who’s also singing the theme for FFX.

A release date and pricing info have yet to be revealed for the FFX Maxi CD. However, Square has already begun the music promotion at the PlayOnline site. Click here if you’d like to vote. The deadline is April 30th.

Source: PS2.IGN.COM

2-17-01—- DBZ News

“Toonami Updates and Reminders!”

Toonami/CN has decided to broadcast Dragonball Z back to back for one full hour during the Mid-night Run, from 12:00 am to 1:00 am EST/PST starting March 26th, 2001. Toonami will still be broadcasting the new “DBZ Season 4” during midnight. There is a good chance that “Gundam Wing (UNCUT)” might replace DBZ after some time. This news is semi-Confirmed.

It looks like starting March 10, 2001 will be the end for the Saturday morning Toonami show Rising Sun. Toonami/CN to Re-air Outlaw Star. This comming, Monday Feb. 19th they will re-run all 25 eps. of Outlaw Star over again. Outlaw Star will air two times at 5:30 pm and 7 hours later at 12:30 am.

LATEST CELL TAPES FEATURE!

Starting next week, you can watch your favorite cartoon and receive free cards (CCG)! On February 20th, DBZ videotapes in the Cell series will feature special DBZ CCG rainbow holographic cards. When you buy Imperfect Cell “17’s End” or Perfect Cell “Hunt for 18,” you will receive two common Trunks cards and one exclusive Trunks foil card. Check out the hottest new Cell tapes and add cool cards to your collection!

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Anime News Service – February 12-13 Anime News

2-13-01—- Akadot Comike Trivia Contest

Excerpted from the official press release:

February 9, 2001 For Immediate Release Contact: Ardith Santiago 310.397.4713 ext 111

Los Angeles, CA,- Akadot (http://www.akadot.com) continues its multifaceted coverage by traveling to the home of manga and anime and focusing on Japan’s most famous manga related convention, Comike (also called Comic Market or Comiket).

To celebrate this wonderful institution and its long history, the staff at Akadot has created a little trivia contest on Comike. You can enter Akadot’s Comike no Trivia Contest starting today, February 9 through to February 23, 2001.

If you answer all the questions correctly, you will be entered into a drawing for prizes that we procured at this past winter’s Comike 59! The lucky winners will be announced on Akadot on Friday, March 2, 2001. You can win rare Comike goodies such as a Final Fantasy inspired wall clock, Card Captor Sakura inspired stationary, Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars) inspired stickers, Final Fantasy VIII inspired stationary and even Trigun inspired trading cards created by talented amateur artist in Japan.

For rules, regulations and to enter, please go to Akadot.com!

2-13-01—- DBZ Charity News

DragonballZ.com has updated with the following:

New York – Goku and Vegeta are humming into the Big Apple in the CCG Dragon Ball Z Hummer for Toy Fair to and to spend the week visiting New York’s hospitalized children. Goku, Vegeta and the Hummer already part in the Toy Fair Parade February 11th and had a blast. To bring smiles to faces of DBZ fans, Goku and Vegeta will cruise the medical centers in the Hummer, including Memorial Sloan Kettering, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY Presbyterian Hospital, the Hospital For Joint Diseases, Beth Israel Hospital, NYU Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House and others. Gen Fukunaga, President of FUNimation, said, “Dragon Ball Z is a big hit with fans of all ages, especially kids, so we wanted their favorite characters, Goku and his pal Vegeta, to drop by to cheer them up.” Frances Wells Cunningham, Vice President Global Marketing at Irwin Toy, Ltd., which make Dragon Ball Z action figures, vehicles and accessories, said, “The children truly love Goku and Vegeta and it is our pleasure to brighten up their day with a visit from their favorite TV pals.” Londa Robinson, National Marketing Director of Score, the official Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game company, said, “Goku and Vegeta will be bringing Dragon Ball Z games for the children to play and each fan will get a special collector’s pack of the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game. The CCG Dragon Ball Z Hummer travels the nation bringing fun to children, especially in hospitals, and we are thrilled to bring Dragon Ball Z cheer to the show’s fans in New York.

2-13-01—- DiGi Charat Valentines Party

Broccoli hosted a Di Gi Charat Black-Gema Black Valentine Party on Feb 12. It was a mini-concert for the Black-Gema voice actors and marked the first time they split the event into male & female shows. About 200 people attended each event. Young women brought chocoloate for the voice actors.

2-13-01—- German Anime Items

A huge thanks to David Heinemann and Marcus Tieschky who are sending in the following from Germany in the European Union:

After the success of MTV Italia MTV Germany has decided to start also with anime. They will begin airing with “Goldenboy” from the 28th of march at 22:00 CET. More Information will be available soon under http://www.mtvhome.de.

RTL 2, one of the only stations, who is airing animes like Pokemon, Sailormoon, Monster Rancher, Dragoball, will launch th 24th of april Wedding Peach and from the 29th of may they will be show Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. Announced is also Ojamajo Doremi.

2-13-01—- Triangle Session Anime TV Series Coming

As previously reported, ADV Films first announced at AX 2000 that they were co-producing a new anime series in Japan titled Triangle Session. ANS has confirmed more details for the animation series. The radio version ran in 1999 in a radio drama incarnation of 3 young girls Acari, Yuuki and Nozomi who are attending music school with the aim of becoming super idols. The 3 radio seiyuu who worked on the audio drama will reprise their roles in the animation version and have recorded the OP and ED themes on Feb 4th. Broadcast date is still pending but currently the following staff are confirmed:

Director: Shin Kudou
Character Design: Fumi Muroi
Art director: Hidetoshi Kaneko
Color design: Naoko Kodama
Animation Production: Madhouse

2-13-01—- Misc. News Links

Thanks to Daniel for this news:

The Feb. 13 edition of Cinescape mentions Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon has been mentioned as having been nominated for about 9 Academy Awards including Achievement in art direction, Achievement in cinematography, Achievement in costume design, Achievement in directing, Achievement in film editing, Best foreign language film of the year, Achievement in music in connection with motion pictures, Best motion picture of the year and Screenplay based on material previously produced or published.

Gamers Republic is running news that Nintendo has announced that Game Boy Advance will be out in the U.S. on June 11, and March 21 in Japan. Also, GR claims that the Japanese GBA should be able to play Japanese and American GBA games without a problem.

Game Cube will come out in Japan in July and October in the U.S., despite rumours that it would be released in November here. This is at this ZD article

The IDSA (Interactive Digital Software Association) will be announcing their plans-to the FTC-for counteracting marketing of M-Rated games(such as RE) to kids under 17. The details can be found at this link.

Sony and Vodafone are working together to provide games through portable phones. Also, cinescape is doing a monthly Digital Democracy section where you can vote on your favorite sci fi. Anime is most likely allowed.

This article has pictures and descriptions of lesser known Transformer toy lines.

2-13-01—- R.O.D.S OVA Preview Event

A preview event around the OVA 1st volume release of R.O.D.S based on the manga by Hideyuki Kurata will take


Anime News Service – February 8-11 Anime News

2-11-01—- New Manga Dates

Excerpted from the Manga Entertainment’s website:

FEBRUARY 27, 2001
Street Fighter II V – Vol.1 (DVD) SRP=$29.95
Street Fighter II V – Vol.2 (DVD) SRP=$29.95
MARCH 27, 2001
Street Fighter II V – Vol.3 (DVD) SRP=$29.95
Street Fighter II V – Vol.4 (DVD) SRP=$29.95
APRIL 24, 2001
Appleseed (DVD) SRP=$24.95
Black Magic M-66 (DVD) SRP=$24.95
MAY 29, 2001
Amon Saga (DVD) SRP=$24.95
Ultraviolet Box Set (2 DVDs) SRP=$39.95
JUNE 26, 2001
Shadow Skill The Movie (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
Tokyo Revelation (DVD)* SRP=$24.95
Landlock (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
Black Magic M-66 (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
JULY 31, 2001
Psychic Wars (DVD)* SRP=$24.95
Blood (DVD)* SRP=$24.95
AUGUST 28, 2001
SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
Violence Jack (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
OCTOBER 30, 2001
Vampire Wars (DVD)* SRP=$24.95
Virus Vol. 3 (Dub)* SRP=$19.95
Virus Vol. 3 (Sub)* SRP=$24.95
NOVEMBER 27, 2001
Giant Robo Vol.1 (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
Giant Robo Vol.2 (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
DELAYED RELEASES:
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (movie) – Coming Summer, 2001!

2-11-01—- DBZ Bits

Toy Island has posted an exclusive report on DBZ offerings at this year’s Toy Fair here, there you will find news and a report of concept art for new toy designs.

Ocean’s original Dragon ball English voice actors are doing work for a new version showing in Holland, you can read more here and listen to audio outtakes here.

2-12-01— Anime / Manga Gaming

According to the Madman’s Cafe:

Reader Comments In an interview by Softbank publishing, Sega’s Co-COO (Co- Chief Operating Officer) Tetsu Kayama has Quoted that the Playstation2 version of Sakura Wars will not be a Dreamcast port, and that an estimated two fan-service Sakua Wars titles will be released for the Dreamcast. Quoted by Kayama;

“…The PS2 version of Sakura Wars will not be “Sakura Wars4″. It’s nothing in that direction. It isn’t concrete, but there are ideas for a gaiden(side story) to Sakura Wars 3 -it won’t be something stupid like a port of Sakura wars 1 and 2. There’s a lot of ideas, such as an Director’s cut version of Sakura Wars(1) with the edited two chapters included. As the Saturn’s sold 700,000, there is an aim this time for 1 million to be sold.”

“If there is to be a fan service for Sega fans, this time we will be having Overworks to create about 2 Sakura Wars titles for the Dreamcast. This is promised.”

Final Fantasy IX Bandai figures are now out in stores in the U.S., the figures retail for $9.99 and are available in sets of two. One features Zidane and Vivi while the other includes Garnet and Steiner, each with accessories.

2-11-01—- Starblazers DVD III Release Details

ANS has received details for Voyager Entertainment’s next Starblazers DVD installment “Quest For Iscandar Series 1 Part III” [Episode 10-13]. The 90 minute disc is due out in the U.S. on February 27th at an SRP of $29.95. It carries the UPC code #769071-0003-94. Voyager reports reader feedback suggesting extra features is going great and as a product of this Vol. III contains a “Virtual Tour” of the space cruiser Argo and a preview for Vol. 4.

2-11-01—- Jubei Chan Vol. 4 On The Charts Again

Jubei-chan Vol. 4 is currently holding the #9 spot on Billboard’s Top 10 Video Sales chart in the February 17 week issue.

2-10-01—- Cowboy Bebop Movie Updates

The official Cowboy Bebop Japanese website has been updated with news that production of the film version continues with a planned summer 2001 Japanese theatrical release. As previously reported Yoko Kanno has recorded 2 original songs for the movie. Seiyuu for the 5 main characters and Staff for “Knockin On Heaven’s Door” remains virtually unchanged in the film version save new set designer Shiho Takeuchi and Art Director Atsushi Morikawa. Story setting is in virtually the same 2071 (betweeen eps. 22-23) but the story of the movie could be looked at as an alternate series of events that the characters come into contact with and not neccesarily within the TV series universe. The 4 bounty Hunters are on the trail of a terrorist (Vincent) who commited a massive attack at the Mars crater capital injuring and killing 500, a pricetag of 300,000,000 Woolong rests on his head. Supporting TV characters Punch and Judy (hosts of the TV bounty hunters program) and the 3 old guys Carlos, Antonio, and Jobin return. TV mecha also return (images here) with an upgrade for Spike’s SwordFish II, and the introduction of a new black diamond shapped Martian fighter that will be piloted by the movie’s main villian.

Also added here is info and imagery from a production dinner at a Kichijoji area restaurant in January. Assembled there were staff and seiyuu for Bebop and even a few members of the Production I.G. camp, Kitakubo-sensei, director of Blood The Last Vampire and Okiura-sensei of Jin-Roh. Seiyuu Megumi Hayashibara did a sketch (another sketch can be seen here) at the dinner which can be seen by clicking the the link in the paragraph at the above page.

The semifictional Seat Belts group which performed a good amount of the TV series soundtrack is reunited with Yoko Kanno (images can be had here). This page has a fictional excerpt from the ‘Jupiter daily report (2043.2.5.)’ on the Seatbelt band and the figure Y.K. Apparently in the future a number of the Seatbelts’ tunes are remixed and played on pirate net broadcast.

New goods include a number of Cowboy Bebop mobile phone straps featuring character and mecha figurines which can be viewed here. Each retails at 950 Yen and go on sale in Japan at the end of February from StockCube. Hobby shops and Tokyu Hands will carry them. A new 2001 year calender has also been produced (images viewed here). It features a number of stunning images (some from the new movie), retails at 1,200, and goes on sale between the end of February and early March from Movic. Look for it in Animate stores. The calender will cover 2 months for each image and


Anime News Service – February 2-4 Anime News

2-4-01—- Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Musical Graces Japanese Stages In Spring

Just in time for school spring break in Japan and for the 9th year seasonaly, the latest Sailor Moon theactrical stage opens in Japan in March 19 running through April 8th. The play will travel around to venues across the country. Naoko Takeuchi will pen the original script fot the two part play.

2-4-01—- Vandread DVD & VHS Debut Event

A commemoration event for the Gonzo CG / Digital Anime TV series Vandread home video debut in Japan was held on January 28th in Kyoto. Vol. 2 VHS And DVD goes on sale March 30th. A new 162 card line of Vandread trading cards will be released on March 30th.

2-4-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Accrding to this IGN article:

Famitsu.com has shared a few clean, albeit tiny, pictures of Bandai’s third (and we presume final) Dreamcast Gundam game. Titled Gundam Battle Online, this Online real time strategy game allows you to assemble a team and go out to the battle field. You command your troops via a map mode and view the action, interacting along the way, in the battle mode. Gundam Battle Online is set for Japanese release in the Spring. No word yet on a possible US release.

2-4-01—- Tokimeki Memorial 2 Event

A major event for Konami’s flagship lovesim title, Tokimeki Memorial 2 will be held in Tokyo at Suginami Hall Sunday, April 8th at 14:30. A number of the major game seiyuu will be on hand performing and talking. Tokimeki music collection 1-2 goes on sale March 16th retailing at 2718 Yen.

2-4-01—- For The Barrel News

Excerpted from the release announcement:

STOP PRESS! ( http://www.newtype-net.com/ )

BREAKING BARREL NEWS$B!D(B IN ENGLISH!?

Gichi Ohtsuka, author of the new Gundam novel “For the Barrel”, has dropped critical hints about the story to American fans. In his exclusive column FOR THE BARREL: UPDATE on Newtype’s online edition, Mr Ohtsuka revealed tantalising details about the identities of certain hotly-debated characters, and background details still unknown to the Japanese audience. He also spoke at length about realism in giant robot shows such as Patlabor, in an exclusive Q&A session with fans. Mr Ohtsuka’s web column presents an unmissable opportunity for English-speaking fans to communicate with a professional from the anime/manga industry ? the unique chance to express opinions direct to the author in Japan. See “Special Topics” in this month’s Newtype online.

2-4-01—- Latin America Anime Broadcast News

The TV series You’re Under Arrest, Mobile Police Patlabor and DinoZaurs will soon air in Latin America. RCN network in Colombia will broadcast the first episode of YUA on January 3. Fox Kids will broadcast Patlabor and DinoZaurs March 1st. Also Fox Kids will air the first Patlabor movie at the end of Feb. Coming soon to Latin America TV are ‘Sorcerer Hunters’, ‘ Orphen Sorcerer Stabber’ and ‘ Yamazaki’.

“Patlabor, policía especial” (Special Police Patlabor), will on Fox Kids in Spanish and Portuguese American countries. The series will be running in an anime block every day of the week. The daily schedule starting in March will be:

17:30 Digimon
18:00 Monster Rancher
18:30 Flint
19:00 Patlabor
19:30 Dinozaurs

Super Cerdita (Super pig, the Saban version of Tonde Boorin) is not included, but airs at 13:00 Monday to friday. Also, Digimon and Patlabor will be repeated at 21:30 and 22:00, each, Monday to Friday. The first Patlabor will be airing on Fox Kids in Spanish in February 24th, 25th an 26th as part of an anime marathon. The central time zone/Mexican time zone schedule for the marathon will be:

9:00 AM 4 episodes of Super Cerdita (Saban version of Tonde Boorin)
11:00 4 episodes of Digimon
13:00 4 episodes of Monster Rancher
15:00 4 episodes of Flint
17:00 other 4 episodes of Digimo
19:00 two episodes of Dinozaurs
20:00 Patlabor 1
22:00 Patlabor 1 (again)
Sunday 25th:
9:00 4 of Flint
11:00 two of Dinozaurs
12:00 4 of Digimon
14:00 4 of Monster Rancher
16:00 2 of Dinozaurs
17:00 Patlabor 1
19:00 one of Digimon
Monday 26th:
9:00 AM 4 episodes of Super Cerdita
11:00 4 episodes of Digimon
13:00 4 episodes of Monster Rancher
15:00 4 episodes of Flint
17:00 other 4 episodes of Digimo
19:00 two episodes of Dinozaurs
20:00 Patlabor 1
22:00 Patlabor 1

Source: Doblaje Latinoamericano UMJAMS Anime News

2-3-01—- Stan Lee Media Woes

This article from AWN chronicles the recent financial burdens experienced by Stan Lee Media.

2-3-01—- New Kenichi Sonada Project Unveiled – Wrestloid Baby

The character designer of “Gun Smith Cat”, “Gal Force”, “Bubble Gum Crisis” Mr. Kenichi Sonada unveiled his new project – ” Wrestloid Baby”(Tempt). Its the story about a popular female robot wrestling game “FWFG-Female type Wrestloid Fighters Grand prix” in the future Japan. View details on AIC’s English site here.

2-3-01—- Kite Less Edited Review

Anime Prime has updated with the following:

IT’S HERE! I have completed my review of the less-cut version of Kite currently available from Kitty Media on VHS (sub and dub) under the name “Kite Director’s Cut”. Overall, they restored most of the cut footage and only several seconds of scenes featuring sexual contact between Young Sawa and Akai have been cut. I’ve reorganized the Kite editing report page as well to accomidate the information on the heavily edited AnimeWorks version and the newly released Kitty media version. I plan on adding a page of screen shots when I have the chance. Read the editing reports here.

2-3-01—- Pokemon 4 Details

Nintendo of Japan has announced the fourth movie of Pokemon, called Pokemon: Serebei’s Time Adventure, the movie will be showing in Japan on July 7. The story is about Ash and friends meeting with a youth who came from 40 years in the future, with the help of Serebei’s time traveling power, they will also meet up with another legendary Pokemon Suikun. Serebei is the rarest creature in Pokemon Gold & Silver.A short Pikachu movie called Pikachu’s Doki Doki Hide & Seek Game will be showing as a sub-movie, in which Pikachu and friends will be playing