Posts in: December, 2001

Anime News Service – December 1-28 Anime News

12-28-01—- DVD Vision Japan Japanese Final Fantasy And Cowboy Bebop Movie Updates

From the release:

We at DVD Vision Japan hope that everyone is having a happy holiday. Here in Japan, we have a Winter Wonderland, and yet we still work. Oh well.

Here is some information we have received.

Cowboy Bebop, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door has an official street date of January 25th. The movie will contain a Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 audio track, a special ISSB booklet, and theatrical trailers. Price is $80

Also, in honor of the new Cowboy Bebop movie, Seatbelts Future Blues has been released on DVD. Consisting of a 45 minute musical movie and over 20 minutes of concert footage, this is your chance to experience the hip sounds of Yoko Kano and the seatbelts on a stunning DVD. Price is $40.

Finial Fantasy Japan style!

There are 2 versions of the 100% CGI masterpiece Finial Fantasy: The Spirits Within being released in Japan.

Spiritual Edition ($100) 2 Disc set Disc one: The movie with DTS or 5.1 sound. Japanese and English audio tracks. Japanese and English subtitles. Multiple commentary tracks

Disc two: Same extras as on the US version. No word if the L’Arc-en-Ciel music video will make it on this version.

Regular Edition ($40) Disc one: The movie with DTS or 5.1 sound. Japanese and English audio tracks. Japanese and English subtitles. Multiple commentary tracks. Release date is February 22.

A new series called Factions of the Earth has just been released. In the future, a comet impacts the Earth. some of the human race escape to space while the ones left behind went underground. Years later, the mutated humans of Earth battle the ones that escaped into space. The series has superb animation, and is well worth the visit. Price per DVD is $55 and contains 2 episodes. Out now!

We have some additional info, covers of the above DVD’s, and a new feedback/info page. Please come by and visit.

12-27-01—- Lone Wolf And Cub 2100

There’s a report at Newsarama ( regarding a new comic mini-series to be published by Dark Horse entitled Lone Wolf and Cub 2100. This comic book will be done by an American team, and will feature a lone warrior carrying a child with him through a hostile world. As skeptical as some fans of the original series are likely to be about this new project, it is apparently being created with Koike’s blessing.

12-22-01—- “Great Movies” Series Showcases Miyazaki Clasic

Renown movie critic (and apparently a Ghibli fan), Roger Ebert, has selected “My Neighbor Totoro” to feature in his biweekly “Great Movies” newspaper column. It’s not the first time a Studio Ghibli film has received his attention: “Grave of the Fireflies” was featured in the column back in March 2000 and “Princess Mononoke” made 8th place on his list of the top 10 films of 1999. To read the Totoro review, visit

12-21-01—- Wes Craven On Pulse

Cinescape states that Wes Craven will be directing the re-make of Kyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse! Production should be finished in 2002. Note that while I haven’t seen Pulse, I saw Cure, and hated it, because it was too vague by the end.

12-20-01—- Mari Iijima Event Info

[This is a fan news submission. All original information can be found at Mari Iijima’s Official Site.

Mari Iijima, the original voice actress (seiyuu) for Macross’ Lynn Minmei, has been visiting Japan during December 17-23 to tape her one hour TV special for the FOLK AND ROCK MASTERS LIVE (Sky PerfecTV). She is also recording 2 songs (including the main theme) for the upcoming Galaxy Angel game in Tokyo. Upon her return to the United States, Mari Iijima will be performing live and celebrating the holidays with fans at the Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles on December 27 at 8:30 PM (PST). All fans are welcome to attend but should prepare to arrive early, since earlier engagements have been sold out in the past. More information can be found at Mari Iijima’s Official Site.

12-19-01—- New VHD: Bloodlust Openings This Week

From the announcement:

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is opening this Friday (12/21) at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City, UT, and is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

12-18-01—- Escaflowne Movie Site Opens

From the release:


Hollywood, CA (December 18, 2001) – Bandai Entertainment launches the official website to help promote the upcoming theatrical release of Escaflowne in theaters January 25, 2002.

A motion picture production based on one of the most popular anime titles of all time, Escaflowne is celebrated animator Shoji Kawamori’s cutting-edge vision of a world where good and evil hinge on a girl’s ability to find meaning for her own life. features news and information on the upcoming theatrical release of Escaflowne in theaters, background information on the Escaflowne world, characters, story, filmmaker biographies, multimedia interviews with cast and creators, trailers, and future home video information.

12-18-01—- Dutch News

Thanks To Leon for this nes:

I-mode is a-go! Troubled Dutch telecom provider KPN Mobile has finally decided to go ahead with I-mode, although some called the decision a desperate last gamble to get the company back on track. Thanks to its ties with I-mode creator NTT Docomo, KPN will be the first to introduce I-mode to the west. It is expected that the massively popular internet/telecom service will get a simultaneous introduction in Holland and Germany. Belgium has to wait for a few months at least. KPN aims to launch I-mode early next year and announced it will eliminate the Achilles’ heel of the Japanese original: Spam. According to a spokesman, all e-mail will be extensively filtered to remove unwanted messages. Dutch readers can view the original article here:

More Dutch manga?
Rumors about a possible new manga showing up in Dutch stores have gotten a new impulse with this snippet of info. After the rather successful introduction of the Dragon Ball manga, comic book publisher Glènat has been planning to publish

Anime News Service – February 14-15 Anime News

12-15-01—- Uncut DBZ Manga Returns?

According to Daizenshuu:

Well Well well…after pleading, petitioning, and even in some cases begging, it would appear that finally Dragonball will once again be seen correctly in the US. What?! no, not the dub you dummy, I’m talking about the mangas! Didn’t you read the topic of this news post? Anyways, The evidence comes to me in the form of several emails (with more popping up as I type this) along the lines of this one;

“Hey! Love your sites.

I recently purchased DB graphic Novel #4 at my local comic book store. It seems Viz has come out with the uncut versions, because mine is identical to the others except it has a “RECOMMENDED FOR AGE 13 AND UP” sticker on it, and inside it shows Goku’s… well, you know. I don’t have an edited one to compare it with, but my other edited ones put something over Goku’s nudity. I am not sure if the other novels have Uncut versions.”

12-15-01—- Shogakukan Annual Cartoon Prize

Shogakukan has announced the results of it’s boy section of the 46th annual Shogakukan cartoon prize. Mangaka Aoyama Goushou’s Detective Boy Conan and Hiroyuki Nishimori’ A Cheeky Angel have been declared the winners.

2-15-01—- Carl Macek Interview

Anime.About.Com has posted an interview with Carl Macek here.

Carl Macek has been a name in the anime industry for the past 20 years. Alternately praised and reviled, he has had a large impact upon Anime in the US and is arguably one of the individuals responsible for it’s current popularity. The Anime Guides spoke with Carl at San Diego Comic Con 2000 about his experiences at Harmony Gold, Streamline, fans and fandom, and his new work with AD Vision.

If you remember, Carl Macek was fellow responsible for putting together the Robotech and Captain Harlock series at Harmony Gold. He then left HG to form his own company, Streamline Videos. They then imported and distributed a number of Anime movies (My neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s delivery service, Porco Rosso, Robot Carnival, and more). After Streamline was purchased by Orion Pictures, he pretty much dropped out of sight. Recently he was hired on to work for AD Vision, to help them get into the movie business in addition to their video business.

2-15-01—- CPM Additions

CPM has updated their Press Kit with 9 new releases, view them here.

2-15-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to The GIA:

What began as a fantastic rumor took a step towards reality today with confirmation from Sega of an RPG title currently being developed with Nintendo. Charles Bellfield, vice president of marketing and corporate communications for Sega of America, admitted to the project’s existence in a recent interview with industry magazine GameWeek.

GameWeek: Charles, can you confirm or deny the existence of this so-called “top-secret RPG” being worked on by Sega and Nintendo?

Bellfield: (long pause) I’m trying to recall… Tetsu Kayama [Sega of Japan strategy consultant] talked about a number of things last week and I would normally refer back to what he said, but let’s put it this way: whatever he said, the answer is “yes.” Whether the game at all matches the scope of the original rumor is unknown, as the project was originally said to combine characters and worlds from both companies’ best known franchises and was too unrealistic to be reported as anything but speculation at the time.

More details are possible at E3, but in the meantime, check out the full interview at GameWeek.

Thanks to Daniel for this news:

Microsoft will be working with Japanese companies Softbank Commerce and Happinet Corp. Softbank will distribute the software in Japan, while Happinet will use its wholesale channel for toys and TV game equipment. The X Box will be in Japan by the end of the year. This info was obtained from this ZDNet article.

According to this piece, Sega will not be releasing stand-alone demo discs, as originally planned. But they will still continue to pack demos with “select Dreamcast games”, due to the success of Sonic Adventure 2’s demo.

Pictures of Kou Shoei-in Shen Mue II-can be found at this link. She’s supposed to be a mysterious character who’s into Taoism.

Hot off the success of Phantasy Star Online, [SOA claims to have sold 75,000 copies the first day.]there are already considerations for a PSO2. This information is available at this link. According to this article, DC software has been the top-selling software for the week ending February 3. PSO is number 1, and Shen Mue is number 2. Pokemon Silver moved to number 7, and Gold to number 9, but not before selling 6.3 million copies since the U.S. release on October 15,2000.

Dreamcast IGN at this Korean site one can view an an MPEG video of the Japanese commercial for Shoeisha’s M3 title for Dreamcast.

2-14-01—- DVD News

Anime On DVD is reporting David Williams of ADV has posted details to AOD’s forum on a DVD cover cover change for vol. 1 of Sorcerer Hunters. Apparently a large amount of fans have expressed a dislike in the 1st cover selection. The disc cover has already been finished and is making its way to retailers but the cover for volume two will be done more in the vein of the VHS releases.

But what if you end up with one of the first pressing covers, as is likely if you’ve got it on preorder? “We’ll print some extra covers and work up some sort of exchange program where you can get the new cover if you’d like. Details to follow.”

Diamond Previews listing items shipping in May has been updated listing Ranma 1/2 Random Rhapsody Vol. #1 at $24.95; The Bastard OVA DVD collection in just disc ($29.99) and disc and action figure versions ($49.99) and The Fushigi Yugi OVA box set weighing in at $69.99.

Anime On DVD is reporting that Pioneer’s release of Akira will be out in standard and Deluxe version out on 7-3. In addition