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