6-29-01—- Tomoko Kawakami Anime Expo Appearance Hosted By Synch-Point
From the release:
Synch-Point is proud to host Tomoko KAWAKAMI for Anime Expo 2001.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Best known for her voice acting in such memorable anime as Revolutionary Girl Utena (Utena), Fushigi Yuugi (Chiriko) and Tenshi ni Narumon (Noelle), the talented Ms. Kawakami amazes animation fans everywhere with her vocal range.
A special guest of Synch-Point (Digital Manga, Inc.), Ms. Kawakami will be participating in several panels at Anime Expo.
Barring schedule changes, Ms. Kawakami has a planned joint panel with Kunihiko IKUHARA, Director of Revolutionary Girl Utena will be held on Friday and a special Tenshi ni Narumon!/Synch-Point panel to be held the same day!
Ikuhara urges fans to meet Ms. Kawakami. In a statement released by the famed director, he says “Tomoko Kawakami is a talented voice actress. She has many kinds of voices that range from pretty and cool, to strong. And of course, she looks good! I encourage you to meet her. She’s a lot of fun.”
Ms. Kawakami will be a key panel member of a special Tenshi Ni Narumon!/Synch-Point panel with Diana Kou (English voice of Noelle) to discuss the finer points of voiceover acting and Tenshi ni Narumon! on Friday. This in-depth panel will cover various Digital Manga projects and the trials and tribulations of translating a challenging series like Tenshi ni Narumon!/I’m Gonna Be An Angel! to English. Other panel speakers include Fusako Shiotani (English voice over director) and Stephanie Sheh (producer).
Synch-Point is the Production division of Digital Manga, Inc. Founded in 1996, DIGITAL MANGA INC. is dedicated to bringing quality anime and manga experiences to both fans and the mainstream. DIGITAL MANGA localizes and produces titles in English that communicate across culture lines and commits itself to bridging communications between the US and Japan. DIGITAL MANGA devotes itself to strengthening ties with Japanese anime studios and product manufacturers with the goal of making Japanese anime more understood in the United States and other countries.
6-28-01—- Robotech Release News
According to a post to the Anime On DVD forum by ADV’s David Williams, a 9/18 release has been set for Robotech discs 5 & 6 ($14.95 each) and the 3rd box set ($44.95).
6-28-01—- Gundam Ace Magazine In Japan
Anihabara mentions a new magazine called “Gundam Ace” was recently started in Japan, it features the manga “Kidou Senshi Gundam the Origin” by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, who worked on many of the Gundam series, but this is his first time to illustrate a comic.
6-28-01—- Orphen Limited Edition Figure
6-28-01—- Akira Items
According to an update on the Akira website, the DVD will feature a “Capsule Option” – translation of Japanese graffiti and over 4500 stills.
6-28-01—- Osamu Tezuka Online
According to Kyodo News:
Animation works by Osamu Tezuka, a deceased popular Japanese cartoonist, will be available on the Internet from August, Tezuka Production Co officials said Tuesday. The company and CONTENTS JAPAN, an Osaka-based Internet production firm, established a new web site to show the animations Tuesday
6-28-01—- Viz El Hazard Graphic Novels Delayed
Viz has announced via TSRI that they are delaying the pending release of the El Hazard graphic novels to a later, as yet unspecified date.
6-28-01—- Palisades Busts Delays
The Right Stuf mentions Plalisades Marketing’s Tenchi Muyo Ryoko Mini Bust has been pushed back until 8/1, the DBZ Goku Mini Bust has been pushed back until 8/15.
6-28-01—- DBZ CD Release
Faulconer Productions has announced the release of 2 DBZ soundtracks on 7/15: the Trunks Compendium and the Best of DBZ.
6-28-01—- Fanboy Items
According to The Right Stuff Fanboy Inc has canceled the publication of their Kia Asamiya Sketch Collection: Sketchy Situations. Their upcoming release of Yoshitoshi ABe’s one shot manga White Rain, has been delayed to a 7/25 date.
6-27-01—- Resident Evil News
Daniel sends in the following:
I got this from http://www.jaggedteam.com/bin/shownews.cgi?id=510: First off, the film’s official title is Resident Evil: Ground Zero. Then the article explains why none of the characters from the games are in the movie. “Speaking to Shivers magazine, Anderson explained, “To be scary you have to be unpredictable, and that’s why I felt completely free to reinvent the story and use my own set of fresh characters. There was no point in using the Jill Valentine character from the first Resident Evil game, as the fans would know she wasn’t going to be killed because she pops up in the later games. The suspense dynamic of who is going to live, who is going to die and what people’s allegiances are was only going to work with new characters.”
6-27-01—- Japanese Cinema Bits
Thanks to Daniel for this news from the Asia AICN Report:
1)”The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas (kinda long name, I know) is having a Kinji Fukasaku retrospect, and will be screening “Battle Royale” on July 6th, 7:30 pm. They are also screening his awesome “Black Lizard” along with some other lesser known stuff…
“More info can be found here: http://www.bam.org/asp/bam_frameset.asp ”
3)”- Two new Japanese horror films have been completed. The first one, “Moju vs. Isshunbousi” was directed by legendary cult director Teruo Ishii while “Watashi No Hone” was directed by first time director Takayuki Ogino. I’ll keep you up-to-date on these films as more information is released.”
6-27-01—- Escaflowne News
According to the last DVD of Escaflowne (#8), there will be a limited release of the Escaflowne movie later in 2001, followed by a VHS and DVD release sometime in 2002. Bandai has also reserved the URL http://www.escamovie.com but has yet to add any content.
Thanks to Justin Evans for this item
6-26-01—- Boogiepop Phantom DVD Release
Anime On DVD has posted the following release dates and info on TSRI’s release of Boogipop Phantom:
Boogiepop Phantom Vol #1 – 09/25/01
Vol #2 – 10/30/01
Vol #3 – 11/27/01
Vol #4 – 01/29/02
Box Set (all 4 Volumes) – 1/29/02
Each individual vol. retails at $29.95 and has