1-30-02—- Cardcaptors Toys Coming
According to the Right Stuf:
Pioneer is cashing in on their WB and Cartoon Network exposure of Cardcaptors to launch their upcoming release of Cardcaptors: The Movie. An article in Video Business Magazine is reporting that Pioneer has signed a deal with Carl Karcher Restaurants (Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr) to put special Cardcaptors toys in their kid? meals nationwide. Each week from April 10th to May 14th a new toy will be released along with an entry form for a special sweepstakes.
1-30-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming
According to The Magic Box:
Konami announced that they will invest 315 million yen into Genki, in exchange of a 32.4% holding to the company. Genki is the developer of various popular titles such as the Tamamayu (Jade Cocoon) and Shutokou Battle (Tokyo Xtreme Racing) series.
Tsunekaze Ishihara, the producer of the Pokemon series for GameBoy, announced that a new sequel of Pokemon for GameBoy Advance is planned for release in Japan in the 4th quarter of this year, the game will feature over 350 Pokemons, including new Pokemons in the upcoming movie. In addition, Nintendo announced the 5th Pokemon animated movie in Japan, called Pocket Monsters: Guardian God of the Water City Ratiasu & Ratiosu, which will be showed in Japan this summer, a sub-Pikachu movie called “Starry Sky of Pika Camp” will be showing along with the movie.
Infogrames is planning to release Dragonball Z game titles for GameBoy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2 and XBox. The GameBoy Advance version will be released first in May, it will be a fighting RPG game. The PlayStation 2 version of Dragonball Z is scheduled for release this fall, which will be an action adventure RPG with over 30 characters from the cartoon series. A GameCube version of Dragonball Z is planned for a 2003 release, which will be similar to the PS2 version, and it will be linkable with the GBA version of the game. Lastly, both XBox and PC will receive an online version of Dragonball Z in 2003.
1-30-02—- Akadot Interviews Hayao Miyazaki – Satoshi Kon Europe Report
1-30-02—- Noir Sequel Update
According to a new Japanese Noir Mook (not manga as we had previously reported) it appears there will l be a sequel of “Noir” made. For the moment it? very likely that the format?l be another TV series.
Sany, a contributor of info in the past had the following to say on the release in the rec.arts.anime forum about the plans being confirmed:
As you might know, Koichi Mashita, former Noir-director, and BEETRAIN are currently working on the “.HACK//SIGN” series scheduled for April (oh yeah, Yuki Kajiura will also deliver the score for this one), so don? expect the return of our killing kittens before summer or autumn.
1-30-02—- Cowboy Bebop Movie DVD Lands At #1
According to several leading ranking charts for the sales of DVD’s in Japan, the release of Cowboy Bebop: Knocking On Heaven’s Door has achieved the #1 slot for Japanese DVD sales since it’s release on the 25th, last week.
1-30-02—- Slayers To Make North American Cable / Satellite Debut On International Channel
According to an well placed yet anonymus source, The International Channel will begin airing Slayers on Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 11 pm Eastern time/8 pm Pacific time (right after DBZ at 10:30 pm Eastern time). For the present it appears DBZ and Slayers will be the only anime broadcasting on IC..
1-30-02—- European Anime TV Schedule
Those interested in a contiuously updated list of popular TV anime showing on European satellite TV can view one here.
1-30-02—- 5th Agency Of Cultural Affairs Art Media Festival
Creators of Animation in the Game, TV, Film and Web venues will soon descend upon Tokyo’s 5th Agency Of Cultural Affairs Art Media Festival. There 120 works will be showcased, judged and awarded various prizes. The event occurs at theTokyo Fine Arts Museum from Feb. 28th – March 10th. Special Personel will be admited from the 28th and the general public will be admited from the 1st of March. It depends on the grand prix prize-winner and others symposium. 24 CG works and 17 short and 11 long animation compilations will be screened along with Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis and Satoshi Kon’s Millenium Actress.
1-29-02—- C.B. Cebulski Joins Mangaverse
1-29-02—- Manchester U.K. Events
Corner House Cinema in Manchester:
Mon 4 Feb, 6.00pm: Studio Ghibli Talk with Helen McCarthy Cornerhouse is delighted to welcome Helen McCarthy, Ghibli expert and author of Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese animation for an illustrated talk on about the work of the fascinating Japanese animation studio that rivals Disney both artistically and commercially. Tickets ?50 full / ?50 concs. Buy a ticket for the talk and receive ?00 off a ticket to MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
This talk is part of the ongoing Studio Ghibli season shown at Cornerhouse in January and February. Shown in February are PRINCESS MONONOKE (Fri 1 – Thu 7 Feb.), My Neighbor Totoro (Sun 3 – Mon 4 Feb) and The Crimson Pig (Sun 10 – Mon 11 Feb).
February season pass are available for all three films ?.50 full / ?50 concs, you will also receive 10% off the price of Helen McCarthy’s book when you buy a season pass)
METROPOLIS (Fri 15 – Thu 21 Feb) Dir Rintaro Japan 2001 1hr 30m Subtitled Inspired by an earlier Manga tribute to Fritz Lang’s master piece, AKIRA director Kastuhiro wrote a screenplay. The resulting film, which took 5 years to complete, mixes distinctive Tezuka-styled, cel animated characters with digitally created backgrounds to create a perfectly suited retro-futurism. Metropolis is a city populated by humans and robots living in strict segregation. A beautiful robot has been designed to rule over all, but doesn’t realise that she is