Posts in: November, 2001

Anime News Service – November 25-30 Anime News

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
www.saiyanz-rage.net

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.

Source: W.

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

From Daniel:

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


Anime News Service: Jonah Morgan Program – Current – Upcoming Guests

11-28-01—- Randy Haberkamp – Organizer Of Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences 2001 Mark Davis Lecture / Anime Tribute

12-7-01—- Helen McCarthy & Jonathan Clements – The Anime Encyclopedia | Stonebridge Press Site

12-14-01—- [Tentative] Escaflowne Film Release In America – Text Interview With Jerry Chu Of Bandai Entertainment | (tentative) Kirsten Maynard: Sony Metreon – Anime Festival – 1st Bandai Store Opening & And Future Plans


Anime News Service – November 17-24 Anime News

11-24-01—- New Releases In America – Ronin Warriors Reallocated

FROM PIONEER/BANDAI: Pioneer recently announced the release of the first Cardcaptors movie! It’s slated for March of 2002. Bandai’s Gundam 0080 Vol. 2 has been moved again to April 23; it was originally scheduled for March 15th. A couple of surprises mentioned that they’re acquiring Saber Marionette J-X and the long-awaited video release of “Ronin Warriors.”

MY TAKE ON RONIN WARRIORS:
It’s been almost 9 years since Ronin Warriors aired on syndicated TV. If you’re not recognized about the series, its the story of 5 young warriors destined to save the world from the evil hordes of the Dynasty. Join Ryo, Sage, Cye, Kento and Rowen (man, I can’t believe I still remember these names!!) as they battle the evil Talpa and the Dynasty! Now the series has come to you for the first time ever on DVD in March/April 2002!!!

FROM FUNimation:
FUNimation announced its release of Blue Gender’s 2nd volume on Januray 15th. Also mentioned, the 5th movie entitled COOLER’S REVENGE (the first of 2 Cooler movies) will be released on the 22nd. The second Cooler movie is slated now in October. And the first of 2 the 4 Imperfect Cell titles, ENCOUNTER and DISCOVERY, are coming to DVD on the January 29. Also mentioned the long-awaited Garlic Jr. saga is out on DVD on the 8th. This saga has been long delayed. They also want to push it on with the Majin Buu titles, THE HATCHING and ATONEMENT on the 29th to DVD.

Source: Rey Albert Pilaro
Anime Video Library
http://members.fortunecity.com/sonic75/index.html

11-24-01—- Further Confirmation Of “Howl’s” Ghibli Film

Daniel sends us the following:

Thanks to Nausicaa.net, for this:

“A scan of the wraparound slip that is included with the Japanese version of “Howl’s Moving Castle” is now available for consumption. The text says: “Planned to be made into an animated film by Studio Ghibli! The slightly strange love story of Sophie, an 18 year old cursed to become a 90-year-old woman, and Howl, a magician who cannot truly love anyone.” Thanks to John Barnier for the scan and Deborah Goldsmith for the translation.”

11-24-01—- New Macross Mecha Profiled

From the announcement:The NMMA website has been updated: Refresh the splash page for data entries on the VEFR-1 and Supervision Forces’ Tactical Pod. Enjoy! 😉
Your interest and support is appreciated.
Windjammer, NMMA
nmma@macrossworld.com
www.macrossmecha.org

11-24-01—- New Site Encourages Anime Art

From the announcement:

Gloves & Holly Art Agency — http://jessebox.com We are a bran-new web site that is dedicated to anime artists. We are non profit and want people to draw anime! So whip out your pencils and doodle all over your paper. Wait, that sounded really gorse. Now that I’m really embarrassed, let’s move on.

Each month we have a contest for prizes! First let’s check out the contest then schmooze on down to the REALLY COOL PRIZES WE ARE GIVING AWAY!!!

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This months contest (Must submit by 10/31/01) jessebox.com/art/general.php Holoween party in a weird place.

Rules: Your entry must have something to do with Holoween. May be original characters or characters from existing manga or anime. You may use what ever medium you feel like.

There is no limit to the number of entries. Entries must be scanned and emailed in JPG, GIF or SWF (flash) formats. No copying! If you are caught copying existing artwork your piece will be not be an eligible submission.

Submission: Send attached files to: gloves_holly@pluginbox.net Include the artist’s name, and web site if you have one. Your work will be reviewed and posted under “Entries” usually within a week. Entries will be judged by you! From November 1st to 15th voting will be open. Entries must be received by: October 31, 2001

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Available prizes in the Prize Vault jessebox.com/art/prize_vault.php PRIZES!!!
This is what it’s all about folks! The prizes! We’ll not for me it’s not. I don’t get to have any of the prizes. ~_~ But what this means is that you get one better chance to get PRIZES!!! What you need to envision is Happosai from Ranma 1/2. Instead of him going crazy about braziers, you’re going crazy about PRIZES!!! Below you will find some of the prizes you can pick form once you win, because it’s going to be you* who wins!!!

*Warning May not be you.

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Reminder to vote jessebox.com/art/general_entries.php Even more than entering in the contest to get PRIZES!!! you need to vote! How can anyone win if you don’t view the entries and vote for your favorite! You only get one vote so pick wisely!

I just remembered something… You can’t vote!!! It’s not because you aren’t old enough. It’s because we don’t have a previous month’s contest to vote on! This means that you can vote on November 1st for October’s contest but that’s not for a heck-a long time. Just something to keep in the back of your mellon.

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Last months winner Don’t forget to check the previous winners. These are the people you have to train night and day to become better than them. You have to train like Goku did on his way to Namak or like the sailor scouts did! Oh wait… I don’t think the sailor scouts did much training for any battle. So not like the sailor scouts. Probably more Tenchi. Sorry I’m naming these old school anime, nothing new is coming into mind.

There is only one problem with this. Our site is tooooo new!!! WE HAVE NO PREVIOUS MONTHS!!! So this means that you are going to have to be disciplined and train without knowing your rivals abilities and special attacks. Maybe I should lay off the competition bit. I mean art isn’t meant to be a competition. It’s meant to look nice and increase a person’s view on the world. To share creative ideas… yea. I like that… Everyone will get prizes. Oh crap! we don’t have that many prizes ~_~ I’m sorry it will have to stay a competition. We aren’t made of money you know. A lot of these prizes are coming out


Anime News Service – November 13-16 Anime News

11-16-01—- Docomo Preparing Wireless Multimedia Content Rollout

According to this allnetdevices article Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is about to start distributing video and other multimedia over it’s 3G Wireless phone service: The multimedia service, dubbed i-motion, will become available to the company’s 3G customers on November 19, the company said. The company said that 28 content providers initially will offer the videos. The videos and other multimedia can be downloaded from sites that are accessed via DoCoMo’s wireless portal. The company said that, initially, the content providers will offer promotional videos and news clips, still frames with sound showing scenes from popular movies, and music files. The multimedia service will be included in the basic monthly fee paid for subscribers of DoCoMo’s 3G service, which goes by the brand name of FOMA. The company said it also will start selling a handset on November 19 that is compatible with i-motion. DoCoMo has been gradually rolling out FOMA throughout Japan since its initial roll-out in early October. It currently is available throughout the Tokyo area and is being expanded to other areas of the country. DoCoMo is trying to repeat its success with the i-mode data service, which supports slower speeds. It claims nearly 30 million i-mode subscribers since the product’s introduction in 1999, making it, by far, the most successful wireless data service in the world. DoCoMo said that the i-motion service will be available everywhere FOMA is currently available.

11-16-01—- Jonah Morgan Program Schedule Update

Due to our server problem earlier in the week the currently running audio show with guests Rintaro and Murayama-sensei will run until Monday. Monday’s upload will feature guest Randy Haberkamp from the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, organizer of last Wednseday’s Mark Davis Lecture / Japanese Animation tribute in Los Angeles.

11-16-01—- Manga Holiday Contest

From the release:

MANGA ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS A NEW ONLINE HOLIDAY CONTEST SPREADING GOOD CHEER AND HAVING FUN IN THE PROCESS

Chicago, IL – (November 16, 2001) Manga Entertainment is offering fans a golden opportunity to spread good cheer to friends and family, as well as win some fantastic prizes in the process this holiday season with their brand new online Holiday Contest.

From Wednesday, November 21st through January 1st, 2002, visitors to Manga’s website (www.manga.com) will have the chance to enter and win a host of prizes, including a state of the art Sony DVP-CX 860 CD/DVD player with 301 disc capacity. 15 runners-up chosen at random from among all entrants will win a Manga prize package including a Manga T-shirt, two Manga DVDs, and other assorted stocking stuffers.

Entries may be submitted online at www.manga.com. Simply go to the contest page, select one of the two specially designed anime holiday greeting cards, and submit five email addresses for friends and family you’d like to receive your greeting. If your Holiday mailing list is larger than that, feel free to enter as many times as you’d like! Please just make sure all addresses are accurate, as false or incorrect addresses will cause your entry to be eliminated from the contest.

Complete contest rules and regulations are available online.

11-16-01—– Takashi Miike Revealed

The LA Weekly has an article on Takashi Miike where you can finally see what he looks like, and find out his philosophy on certain films he directed.

Source: Daniel

11-16-01—- Animatrix News

From Daniel:

The Matrix anime will be a 5-part series. Kawijiri is directing one episode, Mahrio Maeda(Blue Sub) another, and Square is producing another episode. There’s a lot more on it at Anime News Network

11-16-01—- Sen To Chihiro Items

According to Daniel:

“Over 150 theaters will continue to show “Sen” into 2002.
“Tokuma is currently in the negotiation with both Disney and DreamWorks concerning the US release of “Sen”.
“Miyazaki-San commented on his next film, “there might be a chance, if it’s (a film to be released) in the summer of 2004. I have to go into the totally different field (from where I’ve been) before.”
“”Sen”‘s stay at the top might be short-lived, as “Harry Potter” looks to be a strong performer in Japan once it opens in early 2002.”

Source: Nausicaa.net

11-16-01—- X-Box And Sony

This is from gamespot.com:

“In a recent interview with The Financial Times, Kunitake Ando, president and CEO of Sony, said that the Microsoft Xbox, which comes with a hard drive and Ethernet adapter out of the box, could force the company to transition to the PS3 earlier than intended. “The biggest threat to the PlayStation 2 is that the Xbox changes the industry’s life cycle,” said Ando, who feels that it is unclear whether the current PS2 business model is sustainable and that its console life cycle could be reduced to three years as a result. Although sales of the PlayStation 2 console remain strong, Ando said that the company is still in the process of recuperating its high front-end chip manufacturing costs….

“Research for and development of the PlayStation 3 is already under way. Sony has partnered with Toshiba and IBM, as part of a combined $400 million, five-year investment, to develop the technology for the PS3. Production of the chip, at last report, was slated to begin in 2004. According to Sony, the new chip design will be fundamentally different from what the company has used in the past and will have a greater focus on delivering communication and broadband services.”

11-16-01—- Orphen Statue Update

From Daniel:

At www.advfilms.com, they have this to say about the Oprhen statue:

“Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the Limited Edition Orphen statue, ADV Films has recently been able to negotiate a limited, one-time reproduction of more of the best statue in town! Originally solicited at $179.95, because of such limited supply, this beautiful statue is being made available at a drastically reduced price of only $69.98! To top it all off, ADV will be offering a refund to all of you already paid the original price! What a deal! We could only acquire two-hundred more, so get your orders in NOW because once these are gone,


Anime News Service – C.B. Cebulski On Mangaverse

From the release:

C.B. CEBULSKI ISpINmTHE HOUSE!

Marvel Builds A BridgeaTo The EastpWith AtKey AdditionyTo The Editorialx

Team!

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Housedhasemadepanotherzmove topreachaout to Mangazand Animeqcreatorsdwith

the additionfofgC.B. Cebulski — as an Associate Editorm— to it’s growing

editorialyteam.

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Mangaversecevent, joinsmThecHouse after spending years helping Mangadand

Animegsecure a strong footholdqit noweenjoys in America. While at Centrald

ParkpMedia, Cebulski was instrumentaldin bringing titles suchdas Record of

LodosseWar, Slayers, Plastic Little, Geobreeders,mDark Angel,gand Nadeisco

tosU.S. audiences. Aftersforming strong relationshipsewith severalpof the

Japaneseecreatorsahedworked with, C.B. was one of thezfirstgAmerican editors

to work directly with Japanese artistseto create Mangaband Anime product

specificallydfor Western audiences.

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produce DarkdAngel: PhoenixxResurrection comic series, the first color Manga

tomland on Americanashores in overt10yyears. Cebulski then followed this up

bypproducing the first shojoz(girls’) Manga ever createdtspecifically forn

Western sensibilities and stylingswwereysuccessfullymcombined withmsuper

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which Cebulski edited.wHecalso worked withdsuch creators as YoshtoshiyAbe ofm

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critically acclaimed art collections.b

“It’sfbecome extremely evident to all of usxatyMarvelbthatyMangazand Animex

are more than justsampassing phase,”dsaid Marvel Editor In Chief Joe

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reachgyounger readers —dand theeeverzelusive female reader —eand they’ll

tell you thatbManga and Animeyareethepwayzto go. It’setoughato arguedthisy

when youasee the ever-growing legions oftyoung girls dressed as Sailor Moon

characters atpcomic conventions.”p

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event,twe knewdC.B. was destined tosworkwwith us as a full timezMarvel

Editor,” explained Quesada. “Notzbecause he haswincredible contacts in the

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art, and notybecause he speaks fluentgJapanesezand willabe bringing some ofa

the greatestfartists inqJapan todwork withtus. No, you see, it’spbecause

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create,wandnweehadta greatbone for C.B. sincedday one!bSo Idwant everyone tox

welcome C.B.-san to the team! Wezlook forward tonall theawonderful stuffe

that he’ll be generating for allnthe Marveldfans. With C.B.-san’s help,

we’ll be striving to hit the mark with youngyreaders andpgirl-friendly books

that we’ll be launchingdlater thistyear!”d

“SoaC.B.-sanditwis!”ylaughedwCebulski. “But seriously, Itcan’t tellxyou how

excited I am todbemup in thexHallowedqHalls ofcMightydMarvel!aWhile Ibam

mainly knowndas the ‘Manga Guy’ around the industry, I havebbeenzreading

Marvel Comics for as long as I can remember.”

“Recently, in Japan,wmany Manga creators have been takingdmore ‘American

comicdstyle’ approaches to their art and storytelling, which theyyfreely

admit,” Cebulskidcontinued.s“Theyeare just as influenced byaour comics as wea

are by their Manga,dand Ipknow many ofytheqJapanesenartists are already

chompingpat thezbit to take a cracktatpdrawing Marvel’ssheroes.”q

When asked ifghemcould name any names, Cebulskicdropped aafew. “Well, Ic

think ittgoes withoutmsaying thatdKia Asamiya’s name willfbe turning up on

somemMarvel comics beforeptoo long. Inqfact,djust look fornhistcover to IRONq

MANd#55 in May.bIdhavebalsogtalked with TakehikotIto,dcreator of Outlaw

Star,eandtillustrator KatsuyagTerada ofeZenbu and BLOOD: ThebLastmVampire

fame, and theyehave alsowlineddup some upcoming work for Marvel.tAndbthe

list continues to grow daily!”e

All of us at Marvel welcomefC.B.-san topThe House!x

Bill Rosemannc

Marketing Communications Manager

Marvel Comicsf

 


Anime News Service – November 1-8 Anime News

11-8-01—- Afternoon Animation Programming To Cease On Fox Kids

From the newsgroup posting, Zentertainment reports no further weekday afternoon animation will air on Fox Kids from 12/31/01.

11-8-01—- International Channel Questionaire

From the post:

Dear Valued International Channel Viewer, In the past you have corresponded with us, expressing your opinions about our programming. We value your thoughts and would like to hear more. Please take a few moments to complete our survey. All completed surveys will be entered into a random drawing to win a gift from International Channel. Click on the link below to let us know how you feel about our programs.http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?G0D5212EYLJACQ0HTBX9349N Thank you, International Channel Research and Development Surveys must be completed in full to become eligible for the drawing. Ten names will be randomly selected to win the IC gift.

http://Zentertainment.com/ reported today that Fox Kid’s is dropping their Mon-Fri animation offerings after Dec 31, 2001 . At that point, there will no longer be animation during the week on any major network with the exception of the minimal coverage WB gets. I know we don’t get it here in Columbus, Ohio either by local station or even as far as I can tell on any of the major cable systems.

11-8-01—- “Mini Pato” Official Sites

According to the post by Sany Production I.G. has opened the following Japanese and English sites for the shorts.

11-8-01—- News Around The World

According to Anihabara:

Perhaps this is rather too late, but the rumor of INU YASHA will broadcasted was true. Since November 4, 2001 Indosiar will INU YASHA broadcasted every Sunday Morning, 07.00-07.30 AM with Indonesian Dub

After a long while, Dragonball Z returns to Dutch television. Only this time it’ll be shown on Yorin in stead if Cartoon Network. Starting the 5th of November, Yor Kiddin’ will show Dragonball Z every weekday at 16:20h GMT+1

News from Animeportal [in Spanish]: * New serieses in ETC… TV (http://www.etc.cl) [in Spanish]. During this month (November, 2001), they will start to run “Cybercats” (“Cyborg Kuro-chan” in Japanese) and “Zoids”. “Zoids” will be aired Monday-Friday 15:30 CLST and “Cyborg Kuro-chan” will be aired Saturday-Sunday 15:30 CLST& and schedule can be found here. Chilevision [in Spanish] also started to run “Cyborg Kuro-chan” at Saturday mornings. Besides, ETC… TV [in Spanish] created a new Saturday-morning segment called “Grandes aventuras en ETC… TV” (“Big Adventures in ETC… TV” could be a translation 😉 from 9:00 CLST until 15:00 CLST every Saturday. During this 6-hours segment, they will run a kind of marathon dedicated to their serieses. They started with “Tenchi Muyo”. * “Orphen” is out from ETC… TV’s schedule 🙁

Desde el lunes 5 de noviembre, junto con una renovación de su imagen, Locomotion L.A. comenzó a transmitir Cowboy Bebop.

11-8-01—- New Pioneer Releases

From the official Pioneer Animation Website:

02/26/02: The SoulTaker Vol. 1 “The Monster Within” Bilingual DVD Running Time: 75 min Rating: 16 up SRP: $29.98

Sherlock Hound Vol. 1 “Case File 1” Bilingual DVD Running Time: 125 min Rating: 3 up SRP: $29.98

In the Works! Cardcaptor Sakura Movie – Spring 2002! Armitage Dual-Matrix: Featuring the voice of Juliette Lewis as Naomi Armitage! Pioneer Entertainment is a member of Hellsing production committe and also the DVD distributor of this project in North America. Visit www.hellsing.net (Japanese site) Pretty Sammy OVA DVD – previously hinted as a February 2002 release, this project no longer has a street date.

11-8-01—- Exclusive: Final Details For Academy Anime Tribute

Drawing from Japan: Anime and Its Influences Wednesday, November 14, 2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Samuel Goldwyn Theater – 8pm

Whether your knowledge of Japanese animation is limited to SPEED RACER or you’re a full-fledged Otaku, prepare yourself for a unique visual feast.
This tribute to the Japanese animated feature film will examine the origins, history, and influences of this prolific art and industry. Clips from such seminal films as AKIRA, GHOST IN THE SHELL, PRINCESS MONONOKE, PERFECT BLUE, WICKED CITY and POMPOKO, plus some special surprises, will receive rare U.S. big screen presentation.
The evening will illustrate the diversity of genres displayed in Anime, the specific Japanese approach to animation, the effect Anime is having on world culture, and highlight the work of several of Anime’s most respected artists, writers, and animators.
Our panel of commentators will consist of animation historians, distributors, and filmmakers from both sides of the Pacific. Confirmed participants (subject to availability) currently include:
Jerry Beck, animation historian and author
Mark A.Z. DippJ, Director – SPAWN, ILM Visual Effects Supervisor
Frank Gladstone, Dreamworks SKG Animation
Kunihiko Ikuhara, Director -SAILOR MOON and REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA.
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Producer – GHOST IN THE SHELL, BLOOD
Fred Patten, Streamline Pictures
CAUTION: This program examines many different styles and genres of Japanese animation. Some excerpts may be too violent or explicit for children.

Tickets Available Now. Information – 310-247-3000 x111.

11-8-01—- SDF 1 Mugs

From Steve Yun:

Want an SDF-1 mug, as seen in Macross and Robotech? Right now Robotech.com is taking polls on what kind of detailing Macross and Robotech fans want on their mugs:http://www.robotech.com/news/viewarticle.php?id=56

11-8-01—- Anime News UK

According to Animejin

Gundam Wing on UK video
A UK video release for Gundam Wing is now being listed as forthcoming by various on-line video retailers. According to the listings, two volumes of 75 minutes each will be release on 10th December priced at £11.99 each. I have been unable to uncover any other details about the release. It is not even known which company is releasing the tapes, although it seems most likely that Bandai is organising it themselves.

Brighton manga conference details
The web page for the manga conference in Brighton that I reported on last time has been located. It is at: http://www.artnowjapan.org.uk/manga/Conference_2001-11-24.htm Amongst other things, it reveals that the speakers at the conference will be Jonathan Clements, James Swallow, Helen McCarthy, Jim Walker and Tony Luke.

Current UK anime video release schedule
MVM’s releases for this month have been put off for a week until the 12th.

All of the following dates are


Anime News Service – MTV’s New Animation Plans

Animation Magazine is running an article today indicating MTV, who closed its in-house animation studio last fall, is planning new half-hour prime time animation programs. Spider-Man, produced by Sony Pictures Family Entertainment and executive produced by Marvel Clone High, co-produced by Nelvana; and The Freshman, created by Mark hentemann. There was no indication what animation type spare planned to be used or if Japanese out-sourcing or Japanese styling are to be used.

Source: Animation Magazine Related Links: MTV.com | Nelvana


Anime News Service – International Broadcast Items

In The UK on Channel 5, a new anime series has started in the early mornings of Saturday in the form of Strange Dawn. You can catch it as part of the Milkshake television show at 9AM.

Panama’s regional TVN channel 2 has began broadcasting “Zoids”(Kijû Shinseiki Zoids) (13:30-14:00).

Argentina-based fans also comment Channel 7 is airing Digimon, Slayers, Zoids and Card Captor Sakura.

Source: Anihabara





Anime News Service – FUNimation Acquires Fruits Basket

According to appostmto the Anime On DVD forums,aFUNimation has licensedpthe 26tepisode FruitsyBasket TVxseries. Voicefactors and releasepschedule have reportedlytnot beenndecided. Fruits Baksetdconsistseofp26z30 minutepepisodes.aIn the show,za girlqfindsda family whofaregtransformed into an animal when confronting ammember of the opposite sex.y

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Rika Nakase –qSeries Editore(Kodomo no Omocha)

Akemi HayashidpCharacter Designs – (Utena)d

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sJapanese Seiyuu: e

Toru Hondap– Yui Horiee(LoveaHina)d

Yuki Soma – Aya Hisakawa (SkuldzgOh My Goddess)

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Shigure Soma – Ryotaro Okiayuz(KazamixTatsuyammUTENA)

Arisa UotanipeYuka Imai (WakabadShinohara –xUTENA)

Kagura Soma – Kotono Mitsuishi (JurimArisugawa – TsukinoaUsagi – SailortMoon)y

Momiji Soma – Ayaka Saitoh (MegumipHonda – You’re UnderzArrest)

Hatori Somat– KazuhikonInoue (Sanzenin Mikado –wRanmay1/2)m

Source: Anime On DVD Related Links: FUNimation | Fruits Basket