3-20-01—- Riidocomic Magazine
The men’s comic magazine Riidocomic is beig reintroduced to the Japanese market on March 27th (May edition). Featuring action works such as Red Caeser by Kenji Okamura, the book will retail at 300 Yen.
3-20-01—- 5th Tezuka Nominations
According to Anime News Network
According to March the 18th of Asahi Shimbun, seven Manga have been nominated for the 5th Tezuka Osamu Bunka-sho (“Tezuka Cultural Award”). These are:
Inyoh-Shi (“The Master of Shade and Light”) , story by YUMEMAKURA Baku, drawn by OKANO Reiko, published by Hakusen Sha.
Gu-gu Datte Neko De Aru (“Even Gu-gu is a Cat”) by OSHIMA Yumiko, published by Kadokawa Shoten.
Kemusho on Naka (“In the Penal Institution”) by HANAWA Kazuichi, published by Seirin Kogei Sha.
Vagabond by INOUE Yuhiko, published by Kodansha.
Berserk by MIURA Kentaro, published by Hakusen Sha.
Yajikita in DEEP by SHIRIAGARI Kotobuki, published by Aspect.
ONE PIECE by ODA Eichiro, published by Shueisha (One Pieve got the greatest number of nominations from manga fans for the second straight year).
The winners will be announced in May. Last year’s winner was Morohoshi Daijiro (Familly name first) who won for his manga “Saiyu-Yoen-Den”, which is based on the Chinese legend of the Monkey King (Hsi Yu Chi), on which Akira Toriyama’s Dragonball is also losely based. Frederik. L. Schodt won a special award for his book “Dreamland Japan”.
3-20-01—- Sailor Moon S Date
Right Stuf reports Pioneer will release Sailor Moon S TV Series 5/6 DVD on 6/12/200, with a running time of 140 minutes it will retail at $29.99.
3-20-01—- Dark Angel T-Shirt And WWF
From the Fanboy Entertainment mailing list:
Last night, the WWF wrestler Raven wore a Fanboy DARK ANGEL T-shirt, based on the Kia Asamiya manga title, during his match on MTV. I guess he is known for typically only wearing comic related shirts based on titles and characters he enjoys reading. Someone mentioned to me that this is the first time he has worn and anime or manga related shirt. However, another fan replied that he has worn the other Fanboy produced Kia Asamiya DARK ANGEL T-shirt before in the ring.
Well, anyway, here are some of the pics of him in the shirt last night. They’re kind of blurry though…
3-20-01—- Misc. Asia Cinema And Gaming Links
Thanks to Daniel For This News:
According to http://www.gaga.ne.jp/ekoeko/ and http://www.toei-video.co.jp/data/ekoeko/link.html , there’s a new Eko Eko Azarak movie in the works. The movies are based off a manga by Shinichi Koga; and the film is being directed by Kosuke Suzuki, with Natsuki Kato starring as Misa.
According to Gamespot, CSK and AM2 have licensed the rights for the software-used in Shen Mue-to third-party companies.
Gamespot mentions that Tetsu Kayama co-CEO of Sega, is expected to take the place of Sega’s former president. He’s expected to fulfill that position, after a shreholders’ meeting in June. Meanwhile, Yoshiji Fukushima will become acting chairman until the leadership issue is resolved.
Gamespot has details of the updated Capcom Vs SNK that Capcom is releasing for DC. There will be two new fighters from both companies, as well as the ability to play-by default-previously unlockable characters in the original version. The game, as well as CVS2, are expected to be shown at TGS.
And contrary to speculation, Capcom will not be leaving the arcade business. There will be a new arcade game within the next fiscal quarter. But they do admit that arcade sales have been minimal, and they’re diverting some of their funding towards the home market. This information was obtained at Gamespot
According to AICN , there’s a mini-review of the Japanese horror-action-comedy movie known as Versus, and an interview with the director, Ryuhei Kitamura, as well as four of the actors. The interview hints that an American distributor(possibly Miramax) might have picked it up. Also, Harry mentions that he saw Avalon, and is working on a review.
Pictures of Breath of Fire for GBA are available at Gamespot . Supposedly there are new environments and easier gameplay. The game will be released in Japan around July, with no American release dates confirmed.
3-20-01—- Daa! Daa! Festival 2001
The “Daa! Daa! Daa! Festival 2001” event will take place from 3/27 to 4/1 at Animate Ikebukuro, 8th floor. There one can find cels, illustrations, goods, etc on display, admission is free. Special events are planned for which one needs tickets:
3-31 Kawamura Mika signing session
4-1 Daa! Daa! Daa! Producer and Seiyuu Talk Show
3-20-01—- Diamond Time
A new TV show called Diamond Time DX is airing on Sky PerfecTV channel 729 which has information on anime, games, and seiyuu.
3-20-01—- Gundam Wing Endless Waltz Movie # 3 On Billboard
The Billboard top video sales chart lists the Gundam Wing Endless Waltz Movie in the #3 slot this week.
3-20-01—- Figures News
Made from PVC, these gorgeous 7″(approx) Dark Angel Action Figures(SRP $12.95 each) from Toycom come packaged in a great lookingblister pack to compliment the figures. Dark Angel has 8 points ofarticulation and comes with sword and Kyo (small angel) and Leen has5 points of articulation and comes with 4 crystal balls and Shiki (smallangel).
These are Pre-Order Items, expected to be in Toycom’s warehouse by earlyJune. These will produced in limited quantity, and due to a verylarge response from showing the products at the recent NY Toyfair and theincreasing popularity of this great Manga comic book, Toycom has almostsold out their entire inventory.
This summer, Irwin will release the first wave of a new kind of action figure–figures that come with special rubber-like suits that can be used to “morph” this figure into a more powerful form!
In the case of these Secret Saiyan Warriors, each Saiyan figure, which will be about 4″ tall, will come with a Super Saiyan suit, so you can power-up the figures yourself!
Each figure will be articulated at the ankles, hips, waist, shoulders, and neck, and will retain this articulation to some degree within the outer suit.
Look for these in stores mid-summer, retailing for approximately