11-30-01—- Production I.G. Updates
The English Production I.G. website here has updated mentioning their I.G. Production Label Site has launched, also the Mini Pato site has been updated with titles from the 3 features in production. The site for new project, Kaidomaru has been updated with staff and cast info and release data.
11-30-01—- Red Ribbon Voices
Kyle Hebert will be voicing General White (done with Russian accent) and Chris Sabat will be voicing General Silver (done with Austrailian accent).
Source: Daniel Kurland of SzR
11-30-01—- Novels Via Keitai
According to The Asahi Newspaper, publisher Shinchosha Co. will distribute serialized novels through mobile phones starting in Japan in January, working with NEC Interchannel, the computer software developer. Subscribers can download the novels for 100 yen a month, in addition to the basic phone charge. Customers of au, a mobile phone unit of KDDI Corp., and Tu-ka will be able to download daily installments of the serialized novels from EZWeb, the mobile Internet service. Titles to be serialized will be drawn from works by Asa Nonami and Masumi Hattori. Both women have won the prestigious Naoki literary prize. The installments, issued Monday through Friday, are in segments of 1,000 to 1,200 characters, or about the length of serialized novels in daily newspapers. Most phone displays are limited to showing about 100 characters at a time. The novels are on Web sites, or can be retrieved as e-mails.
11-30-01—- Inu Yasha Movie News
Sunrise has determined the opening day for the INU YASHA movie at last. Set for Saturday, 15 December, INU YASHA: TOKI O KOERU OMOI (Love which transcends time) is the long-awaited theatrical adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi´s popular manga. In the meantime the TV version has been running for over 50 episodes on Nippon Television and keeps rolling well. A preview trailer of the movie can be seen here.
Thanks to Sany for this and the below two items.
11-30-01—- 7th EVA Manga Release Date
Gainax has slated the 7th EVANGELION manga for December 1st. A cover design has also been published on the studio´s homepage.
11-30-01—- Bandai Visual listed on JASDAQ
As of November 29th Bandai Visual will be officially listed on the JASDAQ stock market. Another subsidiary of media giant BANDAI, Bandai Visual is one of Japan´s leading animation and live film production companies. “The listing of Bandai Visual shares will benefit the Bandai Group by allowing the video portion of our branded character business to develop more rapidly,” said President and COO, Takeo Takasu. The 3000 shares issued by the company will be put together from Bandai Visual (2000 shares) and the parent company Bandai´s own shares (1000).
11-30-01—- WoWoW In The Red
Well known for it’s wide array of Anime related broadcast time allotment, and exclusive anime series from such highly acclaimed studios as Sunrise, Sat broadcaster WOWOW announced Wednesday it has slipped into debt for the the fiscal first half of the year (to Sept 30), this adds up to a net loss of 2.32 billion yen. In 2000 the network showed a net profit of 536 million yen. Higher costs in the digital broadcasting arena were cited with this latest showing.
11-30-01—- French Sentai Team
According to the post by Sany:
Squeeze in your spandex now, cause there´s a new super hero team in town. Following close on the tradition of the “Power Rangers”, the FRANCE FIVE is a group of, well, five individuals of outstanding courageousness who have devoted themselves to the protection of our planet. As ultra-evil Glou Man Chou attempts to subdue Earth with all its denizens, it´s up to Red Fromage, Black Beaujolais, Blue Accordeon, Yellow Baguette and Pink a la mode (you can´t make up such a thing, man) to stave off the attacks of the universe´s scourge.
As with every sentai team a secret source of power is indispensable. Lucky we, since France has already come with its own version of the Tokyo Tower. With the the Eiffel tower emiting powerful force waves to promit any mass arrival of the enemy, all what the FRANCE FIVE has to do is to preserve Gustav Eiffel´s creation from Glou Man Chou´s insidious actions. Their first adventure being mastered with bravery, the five has already geared toward the second episode. And if you´re still wondering what the hell this Sany guy is talking about, why don´t swing by http://www.francefive.com/index_e.shtml and see it for yourself. Click on DOWNLOAD and let the action sweeps you away. Go FRANCE FIVE! 🙂
11-30-01—- More On Fox Kids And Anime
This Yahoo Article goes into recent Animation block issues recenty reported.
11-30-01—- UK Anime DVD Offering In Video Game Mag
This month’s edition of PlayStation 2 mag PlayNation includes a free copy of Dominion Tank Police (Acts I & II) on DVD (region 0 disc). The mag costs £2.99.
11-30-01—- Yamato Femto Cold Cast
ToyCom has announced a new Berserk cold cast resin statue made by Art of War. This 7-inch statue of Griffith’s transmigration into Femto (manga/comic book version) is prepainted and will retail for about $99.95 USD. This statue will ship in March 2002. For more details, check the ToyCom web site. Source: Toymania
11-30-01—- Ultraman Items
Anyway, here’s what’s new about Ultraman. “With the secrecy surrounding the release of the ULTRAMAN COSMOS movie, expectations for this new production were high. This was compounded by the success of the previous three Ultraman series and the fact that the premier was on July 7, 2001 to commemorate Eiji Tsuburaya’s 100th birthday.
“Tsuburaya Productions had successfully prepared Ultraman for the new millennium by producing three auspicious and highly entertaining series, ULTRAMAN TIGA (1996-1997), ULTRAMAN DYNA (1997-1998) and ULTRAMAN GAIA (1998-1999). All three inspired their own feature films; original video adventures, live stage performances and continued the Ultraman merchandising empire.
“Unfortunately, with ULTRAMAN COSMOS, Tsuburaya went in a new, but very familiar direction, focusing on a younger audience. This trend actually started with the short Bandai infomercials starring the aptly named ULTRAMAN NICE