Posts in: October, 2001

Anime News Service – October 24 – 31 Anime News

10-31-01—- Outlaw Star OAV Probability

According to Anime Nation:

After yesterday’s “Ask John” article about the slim possibility of new Outlaw Star animation being produced, reader “Sany” informed us that the official Japanese Morningstar site has tentative character designs and a story outline for an Outlaw Star 2 OAV series. However, the same page also states that because animation director Mitsuru Hongo is very busy, there is no scheduled production date for this tentative OAV series.

While this may be interesting news, Sany has received the following e-mail response directly from the creator of Outlaw Star confirming that there are no current plans to actually produce any new Outlaw Star anime:
“Hello. My name is Takehiko Ito. I can speak a little English. You looks project in my site contents. It’s plan for Outlaw Star 2. But, that title is only plan and frozen yet. We planning new and different project now. Sorry. I love Outlaw Star too. Maybe I continue Outlaw Star by comic. Thank you!”

10-30-01—-AIC English News

From the AIC English Site comes word that:

the November AIC Japanese website Top Page Illustrator: “Ah! My Goddess” is now online.

The cell-Shading 3D “bishoujyo*” Animation Master online class will start from early November on AIC Japanese website. This online “Animation Master” class will teach people how to modeling anime characters by using Animation Master.

Online Class Staff include Instructor : “Dr. Iguchi” (The 3D CG animation director of “Mahou Yuugi”) Speical class assistance: “Koyori” Speical student : “Akari” (who try to modeling herself)

This class is co-porduced by CG Online. All illustrations are created by Mr. Ryuichi Makino (Battle Athletess character designer) and Mr. Kami Imai.

“Mahou Yuugi” 2D online anime will start to boardcast every Friday from November 16th on Lycos Japan. Go to Lycos’s “Mahou Yuugi” homepage © AIC·Magicaland Magic Union ©1998-2001 Lycos Japan Inc.

“Mahou Yuugi” OVA #1 with Padudu figurine DVD set will release by King Records Inc. on 29th December, 2001 in Japan.

Credits for both 2D and 3D Edition: Dirctor: Mr.Hayashi Hiroki Character designer: Mr. Azuma Kiyohiko 3D Script Writer: Mr.Hideyuki Kurata 2D Script Writer: Mr.Ohnoki Hiroshi “Mahou Yuugi” comic is serialized on monthly comic magazine “Dengeki Daioh” in Japan by Media Works. This comic edition is created by Mr. Katura Yukimaru.

10-30-01—- Lupin TV Series Second DVD Box

Daniel writes in:

Check out http://www.vap.co.jp/lupin/2nd_dvd_box.html for an ad and jacket images for the second series of Lupin on dvd. (Thanks to Lupin Encyclopedia for helping me find it.) All I can tell you is that if you have a region-free player, go for it. It’s not only the best series out of all three, it’s got some excellent Miyazaki-directed and produced episodes near the end.

Included in the set are discs comprising of 26 episodes of the series. Extras are “specially made BOX receipt” and the 2 IN 1 tall case ×13 packs along with Luxurious 160 page booklet. Disc contents include color animation episodes with monaural / stereo soundtracks. DVD’s are single sided and dual layer, 4: 3 aspect ratio. Running time approximately 380 minutes.

10-30-01—- Sailor Moon R Movie Broadcast

Cartoon Network will air the Sailor Moon R movie this Friday, November 2nd, view the schedule here.

10-30-01—- Robotech Topping Amazon Sales

According to the Amazon.com Listing sales of ADV Films Robotech releases dominate the lineup with five in the top ten, including volumes 2-4,7,9.

10-30-01—- Chinese Manga News

Chinese Manga Online is in the process of re-structuring, the URL above will take you to their site.

10-30-01—- SNK Fairwell

From The Magic Box:

SNK has released a press message about their closure:
Dear All NEOGEO fans/customers, It is with deepest grief that In the Autumn of 2001, SNK will close the company history in its business. It was all of your favor and encouragement which made our passion running to make better games for SNK fans. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank and everyone of you for your continuous help and assistance rendered to SNK since its incorporation in Japan July in 1978. Without your support, SNK Corporation would not have been possible throughout 23 years of operation. With all our heart-felt gratitude, thank you once again !

Due to the bankruptcy of SNK, their final arcade game The King of Fighters 2001 will be distributed by Sun Amusement in Japan in mid-November. The Korean firm Eolith also mentioned that they will develop The King of Fighters 2002 for next year.

10-30-01—- Heidi – Yamato Return To Japanese Airwaves

Japanese Broadcast sat station WOWOW has announced it will air the entire TV series run of classic 70’s anime Space Battleship Yamato and Heidi Of The Alps in December. This will be the first time since the original airing in 1974 that the two series have rebroadcast in Japan. Yamato begins December 24th at 23:00, Heidi starts on December 1st at 14:35.

10-29-01—- Yugi-oh Honored

This week’s TV Guide (Oct.27-Nov.2) ranks Yu Gi Oh at the top of “The 10 Best New Kids’ Shows”.

10-29-01—- Konami Character Buses And Trains

Among the multitude of advertising tools and the disposal of anime and game companies in Japan, public transportation vehicles are often chosen due being excellent vectors continuosly being visibale in the often heavily crowded city streets. Two loved Konami properties are currently being heralded in this type of campaign, Sakura Tasen The Movie and Tokimeki Memorial 3. From Nov. 1st the Sakura Taisen campaign is planned to run for 3 months, it of course advertises the movie scheduled to open nationwide in Japan December 22nd. The bus wraps it’s tour of duty on Jan. 31st. It’s route will be in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, also in Tokyo will run the Tokimeki Memorial 3 decorated bus and train. Both will apparantly operate from stations in Shibuya and Shinbashi. Operation period is for 1 year from Oct. 10 2001 – Oct. 10 2002. Fans can view the Sakura Wars Movie Bus here and the Tokimeki Memorial 3 Bus and Train here.

10-29-01—- Channel 4 Animation Special Featuring I.G.

The U.K.’s Channel


Anime News Service – October 14-18 Anime News

10-18-01—- Flcl Director Kazuya Tsurumaki To Appear At OmochaBox

FLCL Director Kazuya Tsurumaki to appear at OmochaBox

October 18, 2001 Los Angeles, CA – Kazuya Tsurumaki, director of the cutting-edge, Japanese animated mini-series FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly), will be making an appearance at the OmochaBox retail store on October 27th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to sign autographs.

FLCL is a psychedelic, surreal fantasy set in modern day Japan in a little town called Mabase where the life of pre-teen Naota is torn asunder by the outrageous alien Haruko and the flirtatious, picture of innocence Mamimi. However, Tsurumaki (Evangelion, Nadia of the Blue Water) tosses into this relatively innocuous premise large robots that spring forth from Naota’s head, secret agents that snoop around, lethal uzis battles, even more lethal Vespas, and a sophisticated satirical voice that ties everything together.

Autograph session line priority will be given to customers who purchase one of the many exciting FLCL products available at OmochaBox including FLCL artbooks (FLCLism and FLCL GroundWorks), action figures and more. Priority tickets will be distributed to customers starting October 19th. Only the first fifty customers will be guaranteed an autograph.

What: FLCL Director Kazuya Tsurumaki Autograph Signing
When: Saturday, October 27, 2001
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: OmochaBox
10811 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Web Site: http://www.omochabox.com/retail
Phone: 310.481.1410
Fax: 310.481.1409
Email: retail@omochabox.com

FLCL will be released on DVD in the US beginning in late January 2002. A co-production between Synch-Point (http://www.synch-point.com) and Production I.G USA (http://www2.production-ig.co.jp/eng2/Default.htm), the highly anticipated DVD will contain the first two episodes of the six part OVA series.

10-18-01—- Animevillage Not Scheduled To Be Relaunched

From the Anime Village Posting: posting:

Due to restructuring, AnimeVillage.com will not be relaunched. On www.Bandai-Ent.com, you’ll find timely updates and detailed information regarding our current product line as well as future endeavors and company news, including other projects and sites that will cater to the growing needs of the anime enthusiast! Visit our site at www.Bandai-Ent.com and please give us your comments and suggestions. Thank you for your interest in Bandai Entertainment!

10-18-01—- Michie Tomizawa Retirement Confirmed Only For Sakura Taisen Role

In light of updated information on Michie Tomizawa’s Sakura Taisen role retirement announcement at this past week’s Tokyo Game Show indicate the retiremnent announcement made can at this time only be confirmed for her Kanzaki Sumire role for certain with other possible game and anime voicing role possibilities for the actress left open for the future.

10-18-01—- Love Hina OAV Series U.S. Status

ANS has contacted Jerry Chu of Bandai Entertainment, Love Hina’s current exclusive North American animation licensor, according to Bandai’s Producer of Marketing, Bandai has no imminent announcements regarding the newly announced Love Hina OAV’s for the American market.

10-18-01—- Miyazaki Interview

In the U.K. film critic Jonathan Ross has reviewed Mononoke Hime on the Film 2001 program, along with a short overview of Miyazaki’s other films. The critic reportedly gave the 1997 Ghibli blockbuster a glowing review, of note, in the review of several other Ghibli films, most were credited to “Buena Vista Home Video”, the titles credited are Porco Rosso, Totoro and others.

10-18-01—- 3rd Blackjack Promotional Anime Online

The 3rd Blackjack promotional animation is now here and was posted on Oct. 12. This latest short takes on the style of a movie trailer.

10-18-01—- Tristar Rintaro / Metropolis Primer

Tristar Pictures is proud to announce that METROPOLIS, based on the classic manga (comic book) by Osamu Tezuka (the Godfather of Anime and Manga), directed by Rintaro (“X”) and written by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (“Akira”), will have its first U.S. screening at this year’s inaugural edition of New York’s Big Apple Anime Fest on Friday, October 26 at 5:00PM at the DGA Theater (110 West 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue). METROPOLIS will open theatrically in the U.S. in January 2002.

Based on the classic manga (comic) by Osamu Tezuka, the Godfather of Anime and Manga, METROPOLIS was brought to the screen by two of the most respected figures in Japanese animation today: Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and Rintaro (X, Galaxy Express 999). In fact, Rintaro began his career working for Tezuka on his popular Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) television series.

In the late 1940s, long before Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion established Osamu Tezuka as one of the most influential animators of all time, the legendary illustrator created the classic manga Metropolis. Set in the future, Metropolis is a grand city-state populated by humans and robots, the cohabitants of a strictly segmented society. Amidst the chaos created by anti-robot factions, detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Ken-ichi are searching for rebel scientist Dr. Laughton, to arrest him and seize his latest creation, Tima, a beautiful young girl. Tima is a new top-of the-line android created to succeed the leader of Metropolis. When they locate them, Shunsaku quickly comes to realize that the eccentric scientist is beyond their reach, protected by a powerful man and his fierce desire to reclaim a tragic figure from his past.

More than fifty years since it was first imagined, Tezuka’s vision of the inability of scientific progress to fulfill basic human needs — in spite of its mechanizing even the most fundamental aspects of life — confirms him as a prophet as well as a fabulist. Directed by Rintaro and written by Otomo, the retro-futurism of the story – as well as its precautionary tale — is spectacularly rendered in its visual style, combining the best in Japanese cel animation with the latest in digital technology. METROPOLIS has been selected to be shown at a number of international film festivals including Locarno, Sitges and Hamburg.

10-18-01—- Speed Racer Hollywood Feature Current Status

According to Variety Warner Bros. Pictures has entered into a $1.2 million deal with Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring to write a new script for Speed Racer, a feature adaptation of the classic animated series that has spent more than a decade in development at the studio. Hype Williams is attached to direct the picture. Writers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett (“Madeline”)


Jonah ANSwers

  • 15th Oct 2001
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10-15-01—- Michelle asks: I would like to ask a question about your report about Kodansha discontinuing with the export of their bilingual manga’s. 1. Have they just discontinued the exportation of the manga or is the publication of the manga’s still continue? 2. Have they only discontinued exporting in the United States or Will they still export it to other english speaking countries (United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand etc.)?

Dear Michelle,
Sure, I’ll see what I can do: 1. Publication appears to still be continuing, the manga is actually seized upon in Japan to help teach Japanese speakers (as well as other foreign language speakers) English. 2. My sources tell me export has stopped more or less alltogether, which means it’s not leaving Japan commercially unless you buy it in the country (if information comes my way to indicate otherwise I’ll be sure to post it), so then it’s not in theory totally impossible to get the manga still, just find it in a Japanese shop online or in bricks or print. More than likely, it would seem like an interesting business idea now for some shops in the west to go about some posturing and buy bulk quantities of the manga from the same shops I mentioned above in Japan and still continue to sell it. Remember supply and demand theory. Just try to look around for a competitive price because this gives those retailers with access to a rare product a chance to gouge you for your hard earned dollars, pounds (and Euro notes very shortly).


Anime News Service – October 5-13 Anime News

10-13-01—- Tomizawa Michie Retires From Gaming Seiyuu World

Tomizawa Michie (Kanzaki Sumire – Sakura Taisen) (Sailor Mars – Sailor Moon | Doris – VHD) announced yesterday she is retiring from video games voicing. Sakura Taisen 4 will be her last game performance. The Shinshun Kayou Show in January for ST will also be her last performance. It’s currently unknown if the seiyuu will continue on in Anime roles, but not to be ruled out.

10-13-01—- Queen Emereldas Debut On Encore Action

The Encore Action Channel debuts Queen Emeraldas tonight (Saturday, Oct. 13th, 2001) at 11:30 PDT. Go to :

http://www.starzencore.com/se/action/title.html?version_id=2306451&episode_num=-1&on_air_title=Queen%20Emeraldas

10-13-01—- UK Sci-fi Channel Anime Schedule

The UK sci-fi channel will be showing the following films this November:

Vampire Princess Miyu – Saturday 3rd November
The Dark Myth – Saturday 3rd November, 2am
Madox-01: Metal Skin Panic – Saturday 10th November
Genocyber – Saturday 10th November, 12:50am
Dangoi – Saturday 10th November, 2:30am
Megazone 23 – Saturday 17th November
Vampire Princess Miyu – Saturday 17th November, 2am
The Secret of Mamo – Saturday 24th November
Goku Midnight Eye- Saturday 24th November, 2am

All at midnight unless otherwise stated.

Source: www.CometAnime.com

10-13-01—- Takashi Miike Interview

From Daniel:

The trailer, summary, and a 4 page interview for Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive can be found at Viz’s website at www.viz.com . (Look under the lower left corner of the main page to find the link.) These are the theaters and times it’s supposed to be showing at:

“Coming soon in October (Portland) Clinton Street Theater

Coming soon in October (Atlanta) Cinefest Theatre

Coming soon in October (Chicago) Facets Cinematheque”

10-13-01—- VHD: Bloodlust New Info And Contest

There’s a new contest for the film at www.vampirehunterdbloodlust.com . Here is the preliminary information:

“There will be a new contest every 2 weeks. There will be various contest types, including trivia, caption, and others.

Send your contest entries to contest@vampirehunterdbloodlust.com We will randomly choose two winners from the best entries. One entry per contest please.

Prizes will include limited edition Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust T-Shirts, posters, and/or other merchandise.

On 12/21/01 We will randomly choose 3 grand prize winners from all entries; one to receive a PRE-RELEASE Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust DVD, and two to receive ACTUAL animation cels from the film!”

The contest itself is a series of trivia questions from the film, located at http://www.vampirehunterdbloodlust.com/contest_current.html

10-13-01—- Bad DBZ Dubbing In UK

Source: Burning Anime

Well many of you may have noticed the extremely poor quality of the UK DBZ episodes lately. The sound is poor. The picture is poor. Quite simply it’s a bit hard to watch. Here is what CN has been screening thoughout the bad quality episodes:

“We apologise for the poor picture and sound quality on the programme. Please do not adjust your set”

Well I don’t know what’s going on at CN, but hopefully, it’ll be fixed soon.”

10-12-01—- Takashi Miike Reviews

Summaries and reviews of Miike’s Dead or Alive2: Birds, Visitor Q, and Ichi the Killer-all shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival-can be found at AICN .

Source: Daniel

10-12-01—- Games News

According to The GIA Sega announced production of Outrun 2 for X-BOX / Shenmue II will be released on Xbox Exclusively in America.

Konami has launched the official Metal Gear Solid 2 Homepage with media and Flash opening.

10-12-01—- First Deluxe Dragonball Figure Images

ICV2 has published the first images of the prototype Dragonball figures from IF Labs, the partnership between FUNimation and Irwin Toys. As previously reported, and verified by these early images, the line of Dragonball action figures coming from IF Labs will feature stunning sculpting, on par with the best action figures available anywhere, intended for toy collectors and high end fans.

Source: Scott Green Article Anime News Network | Anime Nation

10-12-01—- Darkhorse Manga Sales Figures

Dark Horse Comics has revealed that the success of its graphic novel re-releases of the Lone Wolf & Cub and Akira manga have met with unanticipated, overwhelming success. It’s been revealed now that even at a significantly higher cover price, the first graphic novel volume of Lone Wolf & Cub has amassed sales that rival the sales of an average monthly issue of Batman.

The first Lone Wolf and Cub collection, for example, has over 42,000 copies in print and is in its fifth printing. The second and third volumes are both on their third printings, and books two through four each have about 35,000 copies in print. The remaining collections (5-12) each have about 30,000 copies in print.

The first Akira collection is on its third printing, and like the first Lone Wolf, has about 42,000 copies in print. The second has about the same number of copies in print, and collections three and four each have around 30,000 copies in print.

However, the popularity of these series has yet to break into the mainstream market. About 90% of the sales of Lone Wolf and Cub come from comic stores, and about 80% of the sales of Akira are from that channel.

Source: ICV2.com – Scott Green Article Anime News Network | Anime Nation

10-12-01—- Article References BAAF Going On In Face Of Attacks

An article running in the Evansville Courier Press here entitled “Attacks prompt some Americans to plan less gory, more patriotic Halloween” refrences the upcoming Big Apple Anime Fest in New York City:

But still other Americans are refusing to change their plans. That includes the organizers of the Big Apple Anime Fest, who have decided to heed New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s calls to “go about our normal way of life.”

The celebration of Japanese animation, scheduled the weekend before Halloween, is expected to draw 2,500 teens, college students and others. Many will dress as their favorite Japanese cartoon characters -like Dragon Ball Z and “revolutionary girl” Utena -for a costume parade along Broadway.

10-12-01—- Gundam PG MKII First Images

The first image of the upcoming Bandai Gundam MKII Perfect Grade have been posted here, according to the article, a special DVD “Gundam MK-II Special Films Evolution” featuring Gundam CGI Animation will be included.


Anime News Service – September 23 – October 4 Anime News

10-4-01—- Final Fantasy Movie DVD Review

A review of the Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within dvd is available at DVD File. Thanks to Daniel for the above.

10-4-01—- Hellsing TV Series Premiere Broadcast Change

Pioneer’s newest Anime TV series Hellsing, will now begin airing from Wednesday October 10th in Japan from 26:40 – 27:10 and broadcast weekly thereafter weekly on Wednesday nights in the 26:25 – 26:55 slot.

10-4-01—- ADV Press

From the releases:

Robotech – Flight 5: Robotech Masters September 18th, 2001 Houston, TX ADV Films has set a street date of December 11, 2001 for the DVD release of the 5th flight of the best-selling Robotech series containing the dramatic conclusion of the Robotech Masters saga. ADV Films plans a concurrent release for Robotech v9: Robotech Masters-“Counter Attack” (SRP $14.98), Robotech v10: Robotech Masters-“The Final Solution”(SRP $14.98), and Robotech Masters: Robotech Legacy Collection 5 (SRP $44.98). Robotech v9: Robotech Masters-“Counter Attack” The Robotech Defense Forces plan an all-out counter attack against the Robotech Masters. The hope is to catch the invaders off guard and achieve victory before the Earth is destroyed. The RDF finds an ally in Zor, a captured enemy pilot who turns out to be an important piece of the puzzle behind the secrets of Robotechnology. An intimate chapter in the Robotech Saga – one of the most popular and longest running animated science fiction serials of all time. Robotech v10: Robotech Masters-“The Final Solution” Victory in the 2nd Robotech War will be decided, not by superior strength, but rather by a willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice. Once the secrets of protoculture are revealed, the tough decisions that must be made, on both sides, will ultimately determine the fate of two civilizations. The manner in which the various characters choose to accept their fate forms a dramatic backdrop to the powerful conclusion of the second act of the epic, multi-generational Robotech Saga. Robotech Masters: Robotech Legacy Collection 5 Legacy Collection 5 is a 3-disc collection that includes -“Counterattack”, “The Final Solution” and an “extras” disc available exclusively in this boxed set. Highlights on this latest collector’s volume are the never-before-seen English-language pilot for episode #1 of “Macross” – a pre-Robotech version of this classic TV episode (featuring scenes cut from episode #1 of Robotech) along with a promotional music video, preview trailer and pre-production art (including original storyboards and an “animatic” sequence) from the rarely seen Robotech theatrical feature; plus Robotech International – featuring clips from the series played in multiple languages; rare pre-production art from unproduced sections “Robotech II: The Sentinels” and the Japanese anime series “Southern Cross” (known here as The Robotech Masters) – including character and mecha designs. This package of Robotech rarities is only available on DVD in this special 3-disc collector’s edition.

“Orphen: Ruins & Relics” October 2nd, 2001 Houston, TX – ADV Films has set the street date of November 27th, 2001 for the home video release of “Orphen: Ruins & Relics”. ADV Films plans a concurrent day & date release on both VHS and DVD format for the third installment of the popular Orphen series. As the search for the dragon Azalie continues, Orphen and his friends travel to a mysterious island in a sea of lost ships. While there, they discover a magical ring that holds the key to release the legendary dragon. Unfortunately, a rat gets in the way – and we’re not talking the devious troll, Volcan! Speaking of Volcan, as he and his cohort Dortin find a giant Golem, it appears they finally have a weapon capable of facing Orphen and his allies. However, the devilish duo aren’t the only enemies Orphen has in the City of Canals. Orphen’s old friend Stephanie has accidentally unleashed an evil Doll that lives for one purpose and one purpose alone . . . to destroy Orphen! Orphen is based on the popular series of Japanese fantasy novels that served as a basis for the hit Playstation® 2 video game, as well as the TV series. ADV Films’ VHS release ($19.98 SRP) of “Orphen: Ruins & Relics” contains the English-language version. The DVD release ($29.98 SRP) will feature the English-language version as well as the original Japanese-language version with optional English subtitles. Extras include production sketches, “textless” end credits, and previews of upcoming ADV releases.

Dirty Pair Flash: “Angels at World’s End” September 18th, 2001 Houston, TX – ADV Films has set the street date of December 11th, 2001 for the DVD release of the anime fan favorite – Dirty Pair Flash: “Angels at World’s End” – the latest installment of the hilarious adventures of Kei and Yuri – agents for the World Welfare & Works Association (3WA). Kei and Yuri [aka The Lovely Angels] are assigned to protect a computer troubleshooter. But the girls would rather spend their time sowing wild oats on the galaxy’s number one party planet than keeping a young nerd from getting assassinated. Unfortunately, their plan is shot to pieces (along with a number of innocent bystanders) when the idyllic World’s World suddenly becomes a magical kingdom of death! With android hit-women and cross-dressing assassins on their tails, the Lovely Angels learn there’s no place to hide when somebody wants you dead. Their ultimate vacation becomes a living nightmare as a deadly chase leads Kei and Yuri through haunted houses, five-star restaurants and a painstakingly authentic re-creation of one of Earth’s most barbaric eras – the 20th Century! ADV Films’ DVD release ($29.98 SRP) of Dirty Pair Flash: “Angels at World’s End” contains the English-language version as well as the original Japanese-language version with optional English subtitles Extras include character biographies, the original series trailer, “textless” end credits, and previews of upcoming ADV releases.

10-3-01—- Final Fantasy Unlimited Games

From Anime Dream:

In an interview conducted over the phone with Hironobu Sakaguchi on Tuesday, the director was asked about the new Final Fantasy anime series, Final Fantasy Unlimited. He described the show as taking place in a parallel world, which “leans towards game creation.” When asked to clarify, Mr. Sakaguchi