9-13-01—- Post WTC Disaster NYC Anime / Manga Industry Status
A gratious extension of thanks to Fanboy Entertainment’s C.B. Cebulski and Octavio for the following questions and answers provided by the manga publisher’s head:
>>1. Where were you when the incident happened?
Asleep. We work late, usually on the phone to Japan until the early AM hours, and in turn we sleep later than most people. I got to the office a little before 11AM and turned on the computers. I couldn’t connect to the net on the computer that booted up first, one that still has a 56K modem. I then went over to one of the other computers with a cable modem and checked our e-mail. All of a sudden I had about 50 e-mail messages on my screen in Japanese and English, all titled ARE YOU OK?, IS EVERYTHING ALRIGHT? and such. I immediately flipped on a TV and saw the Twin Towers had been destroyed. I seriously thought I was still asleep, deep in some bad dream.
>>2. If in NYC, How far away were you from the scene?
Pretty far. We are uptown on 82nd St., several miles from “ground zero”. We went outside around noon and saw thousands of people were marching north up Broadway, walking home or trying to get out of the city.
>>3. What are your feelings are at this moment after all that >has passed?
I honestly still can’t believe the Twin Towers are gone! We were just there Friday with relatives who were visiting NYC from Sweden. It actually helps put things into better perspective as I clearly remember how monumental and enormous they were.
>>4. Do you know anybody that maybe or is a victim of the attacks and are
Thankfully, as far as I know, no one I know was hurt or personally affected by all this.
>>5. What are the feelings of Mr. Kia Asamiya and any Japanese guests that
>are visiting NYC about this event?
Kia Asamiya has been back in Tokyo for a few weeks. He is as shocked as anyone else by all this, maybe more so as he just recently left New York after spending so much time here. Kia had just seen the Towers last month with his own eyes as well. No other Japanese guests, in the manga/anime sense of the word, I know of were in NYC at the time. I have seen lots of Japanese tourists though who are now stranded here for ther foireseeable future.
>>6. Are you planning to do anything in the efforts of aiding those in need?
Trying to give blood but the lines are still too long right now. Mutsumi is type O which is needed at this time. We’ve also been donating whatever is needed. The church in front of our home is a relief center and collecting things like water, flashlights and batteries.
>>7. Is Fanboy Entertainment affected by these turns of events?
Not directly. However, we have been expecting FedEx packages and deliveries and what not which have not arrived. There is also no mail service. We hope people understand that we will not be able to fulfill orders and get product out for a few days. Phone service is still spotty and unreleiable so e-mail is the best way to get in touch with us now.
>>8. What is the statement you wish to make towards the anime fans on your
>well being and others involved with Fanboy Entertainment?
Don’t worry about us. All is well here. Your thoughts and prayers should be for the victims of this terrible tragedy, the relief workers, and those in need here in NYC.
>>9. Do you know anybody else in NYC that is ok? (Lisa Ortiz, Crispin
>Freeman, any other voice actors in NYC, other people involved in anime in
I know most people at Marvel Comics, DC Comics and CPM are fine. I hear the folks at Media Blasters are OK as well. Not sure about any of the voice actors and actresses though. Manga retouch artist Dan Nakrosis is alright. Licensing agent Dave Bernstein is fine. Dubbing Director Tony Salerno is OK.
9-13-01—- Japanese Anime / Manga / Seiyuu Events – September 2nd Half
From the list compiled by Hitoshi Doi:
2001.09.15 6th Animation Kobe
Kanai Mika Nogawa Sakura Kakazu Yumi Kobayashi Yumiko Kawakami Tomoko Komori Manami
2001.09.15 The Place of Happiness event in Ishimaru Soft One
2001.09.16 Chara Fes Osaka 2001 Aki
Adachi Mari Sonozaki Mie Sasajima Kaoru Koyama Kimiko
2001.09.16 [12:00] Shiawase Baizou Keikaku -Kolla Pa! event Yamagiwa Soft
2001.09.16 [15:00] Shiawase Baizou Keikaku -Kolla Pa! event Ishimara Soft One
2001.09.16 Senoir Seniorita vol 1 event in Aoni Museum
Takazuka Masaya Kisaichi Atsushi Nagashima Yuko Komatsu Rika
2001.09.16 The Place of Happiness event in Animate Shibuya
2001.09.13 Iwao Junko Toga Toga 4 days
2001.09.14 Iwao Junko Toga Toga 4 days
2001.09.15 Iwao Junko Toga Toga 4 days
2001.09.16 Iwao Junko Toga Toga 4 days
2001.09.21 Baby Leaf event in Animate Ikebukuro
2001.09.22 The Place of Happiness event in Animate Machida
2001.09.22 Baby Leaf event in Animate Kichijoji
2001.09.22 Birthday Disk Imai Yuka event in Yamagiwa Soft
2001.09.23 Strawberry Room event in Yamagiwa Soft
2001.09.23 [13:00] Hatoni Mamedeppo! event in Animate Ikebukuro
Yamamoto Maria Nasu Megumi Kugimiya Rie
2001.09.23 [17:00] Hatoni Mamedeppo! event in Disk Inn Kichijoji
Yamamoto Maria Nasu Megumi Kugimiya Rie
2001.09.23 Baby Leaf event in Animate Shibuya
2001.09.23 Valgo Birthday Party in Yokohama
2001.09.23 Pink Pineapple talk event
2001.09.23 Iwao Junko Live Circuit 2001 in Bottom Line
2001.09.24 Iwao Junko Live Circuit 2001 in Nagano
2001.09.29 Strawberry Room event in Animate Ikebukuro
2001.09.29 Tennensui 1 Day’s Live
Adachi Mari Sayama Riko Matsumoto Miwa
2001.09.29 Baby Leaf event in Animate Machida
2001.09.29 Iwao Junko Live Circuit 2001 in Kooriyama
2001.09.30 Di Gi Charat Tour 2001 in Club Diamond Hall
Sanada Asami Sawashiro Miyuki Hikami Kyoko
2001.09.30 Kingetsu Mami Live -Jump Daze!
2001.09.30 Shiawase Baizou Keikaku event
2001.09.30 Iwao Junko Live Circuit 2001 in Sendai