Posts in: January, 2002

Anime News Service – January 28-30 Anime News

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

Akadot has posted interviews with Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress Director Satoshi Kon and Ghibli Director, Hayao Miyazaki.

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

According to a new release from Marvel, formerly of Fanboy Entertainment, C.B. Cebulski is climbing on board full time to the American comic label’s Mangaverse project as associate editor.

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

Anime News Service – January 20-23 Anime News

1-23-02—- Production Of Latest Rurouni Kenshin Animation Wraps

Sound work and post production has recently wrapped in Japan on the final chapter of Sony’s latest 2 part Rurouni Kenshin Seisouhen (“Years chapter”) OVA.

March 20th will see it’s release in Japan on DVD for 5,600 Yen. Running time is 60 minutes (45 minutes animation), DVD will be Single Sided, 1 layer / 16:9 aspect / Linear PCM / Stereo / Double Sided color jacket (transparent case) / limted sticker with first presses. Extras include background / character / setting art and cast and staff interviews. Cover Illustration by Aki Matsushima.

Considering the message on the Japanese website for this release mentioning the resonance caused by Kenshin in America being partly responsible for the new series creation, fans in the rest of the world, including North America could be seeing the series brought over shortly.

[ORIGINAL STORY] Nobuhiro Watsuki (Shueisha Jump Comic) [DIRECTOR] Kazuhiro Furuhashi [STORYBOARD/ANIMATION DIRECTOR] Kazuhiro Furuhashi [CHARA DESIGN] Aki Matsushima [SCRIPT] Reiko Yoshida [MUSIC] Taku Iwasaki [ANIMATION PRODUCTION] Studio Deen

1-23-02—- New Bandai Networks Java Cell Phone Games

Bandai Networks has released three new Java cell phone mini games downloadable for 150 Yen / month. Gundam, Sanrio characters and Space Battleship Yamato comprise the 3 titles. The Gudam game stars the Gun Cannon MS, who stands on a beach overlooking water and must discover the enemy position of the Zeon MS by locating airbubles on the surfcace and firing. The Yamato title is a vertical scrolling shooter, player must guide the Yamato and destroy enemy fighters. The Sanrio title “Candy Catch” involves character players who must earn points by catching candy.

1-23-02—- New Products From Kusanagi

Kusanagi is set to release the Meros theatrical work arts CD-ROM collection on February 18th at the 21st Tokyo International Animation Fair with the retails of 4000 Yen. Contents include artboards, backgrounds, character intro and wallpaper / screen savers as well as staff interviews. R.O.Ds Background CD-ROM Collection Vol 2 includes wallpaper, with first editions including special original picture card. Release is in March.

1-23-02—- Pulp / Shock Anime Misc. Updates

For people who can make it Saturday, here’s the schedule for the Battle Royale screening in San Francisco, courtesy of Pulp :

“TokyoScope vs. Battle Royale! Book Reading/Signing/Screening

A Walk on the Wild Side of Japanese Cinema:

Meet Patrick Macias, author of TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion & See the Bay Area premiere of Kinji Fukasaku’s infamous ultraviolent thriller Battle Royale!

2575 Bancroft Way @ Bowditch
Berkeley, California
(510) 642-1412


6:30 P.M.:
TOKYOSCOPE READING/SIGNING -Patrick Macias reads from his new book, TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion and introduces Kinji Fukasaku’s controversial Battle Royale.

7:00 P.M.:
-At last! Beverly Hills 90210 meets Survivor meets Sam Peckinpah in Kinji Fukasaku’s ultraviolent, antiauthoritarian epic about schoolkids on a deserted island stabbing, shooting, and strangling one another for TV prizes! The teacher: Beat Takeshi.

-More on Battle Royale

9:30 P.M.:
-A rare gem from the PFA archives! Real-life yakuza Noboru Ando plays himself in this classic mid-sixties gangster flick co-starring Bunta Sugawara and Tetsuro Tanba!!!

Also, is up again. The webmaster had this to say in his update:

“ has finally returned. There are a few things I’ve added to help out upcoming animators and filmmakers. Genryu’s Blade 2 is currently in production. Expect to see it later this year. Also I’m looking for hot flash films for the Films section. Submit your film today.”

Source: Daniel

1-23-02—- Tezuka’s More Infamous Titles

Daniel sends in the following:

Check out Pulp Online to read about Tezuka’s foray into the world of sex and violence (which were meant to provide some social merit) in manga and anime.

1-23-02—- Gundam Rumors FAQ

Neo-Era has given ANS permission to run his compiled Gundam Series Rumors FAQ which has supporting and refuting data behind the many Gundam series rumor avenues.

1-23-02—- Meryl Strife Figure has images and details of Kaiyodo’s fourth Toy Tribe Trigun Meryl Strife figure release.

1-23-02—- Sequential Tart Chat

Jen has informed us that tonight Sequential Tart is hosting yet another anime/manga chat hosted by our anime/manga editor, Danielle Fletcher. The chat is at 9 pm EST.

1-23-02—- DIC To Share 4KIDS Time On Fox

Animation Magazine has learned that there was a little more information to be announced concerning the 4Kids purchase of the Fox Kids Saturday morning block reported yesterday. Al Kahn, chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment, confirmed that his company made a separate deal with competitor DIC to provide a half-hour of educational programming within the block. Said Kahn, “Fox wanted a half-hour of FCC-friendly programming and we didn’t have that so we are contracting with DIC.” When asked to disclose the terms of the deal Kahn replied, “We haven’t figured that out yet.”

1-23-02—- Nelvana Press Out Of NATPE

Thanks to Kris for pointinf us towrd the following from the release:


Programming Deals Secured Include Output Deal with Venevision For Four Shows Plus First Look Option, ABC-TV Australia Licenses Seven Shows, FETV Jumps On Board for 100 Half Hours of Nelvana Animation and More

(Las Vegas, NV/Toronto, January 23, 2002) – An expanded programming roster from animation powerhouse, Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana (NYSE: CJR, TSE: CJR.B), garnered the attention of movers and shakers from around the globe at NATPE 2002 this week. Drawing from its expertise of creating quality, age-specific programming, Nelvana is broadening its program options creating a multitude of opportunities for NATPE attendees.

“NATPE provided an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our new, innovative and diverse programming,” said Michael Hirsh, President and CEO of Nelvana. “By targeting all key youth demographics and adding to our portfolio of brands known throughout the world we are able to reach entirely new audiences.”

Television program executives took notice of Nelvana’s roster with many agreements signed at the convention. Among those deals are:

Hot off the NATPE floor was an output deal closed with Venesion Free TV in Venezuela which includes four shows per year and first

Anime News Service – January 1-15 Anime News

1-15-02—- Tezuka Article

Rika Ohara has compiled an article for the L.A. Weekly entitled “Mighty Tezuka! God Of Manga”, you can view it at the link.

1-15-02—- New Clips

Pioneer has just uploaded new QuickTime Movie Clips have been added to their SoulTaker and Vandread Sites.

1-15-02—- Spanish News

Spain’s regional TV channel Canal 33 is currently running Trigun, ran Harlock Saga over the holidays, and has just started running Dragon Quest Dai no Daibouken, Crayon Shin-chan (2 times a day at 14:30 pm and at 19:15 pm), and City Hunter (every saturday and sunday). Selecta Vision has announced the release of Cowboy Bebop DVD volume 2 and Golden Boy DVD vol. 2 for tomorrow. info courtesy Juan Luis and Anihabara.

1-15-02—- Production I.G. At TIA

Production I.G.’s Site has updated with news that the studio will have a booth at the 21st Tokyo International Animation Fair held Feb 15-17.

1-15-02—- Aquarian Age TV

Based on the card game characters by Broccoli, the Aquarian Age TV series animation began running in Japan on the 10th 1:15 minutes on TV Tokyo Channel 12, the show aslo airs weekly on Mondays starting 14th at 2:15 on TV Osaka and on the same day at 1:15 on TV Aichi.

1-15-02—- 35th Anniversary of Ultra 7 Celebrated With Announcement of New Series

In commemoration of it’s original 1960’s debut on Japanese airwaves, production of a new original 5 volume video series was announced last week in Tokyo, volume 1 streets on DVD format in Nippon on May 21st via VAP for 5800 Yen.

The official homepage for the release is at:

1-15-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Atlus announced a new PlayStation RPG called Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Red & Black Book, a devil (monster) battle and collection RPG ported over from GameBoy Color. The PSone version will 270 kinds of devils, new championship cup modes and scenes from the TV animated cartoon series of Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children. The game is scheduled for release sometimes this year.

Atlus announced a new PlayStation dodgeball game in Japan called Nijiiro Dodgeball: Maidens’ Youth, this is the first console dodgeball game to feature a simulation mode (Story Mode), in which you play as the coach, your mission is to train and promote your team to become the champion.

Square’s upcoming Final Fantasy X International (Jan 31 release in Japan) will feature a new side story called FFX Another Story: The Forever Nagi Festival, which will take place 2 years after the original story, so far it is confirmed that Yuna, Wakka and Rikku will be showing up in this new story, will Tidus show up in the new story? (Note: “Nagi Festival” is the time between Sin’s defeat and revival, in which people celebrate for the true peace.) Other than the side story, the international version will also feature:
FFX promotion movies FFX TVCMs FFX Theme Songs (in Dolby 5.1) Interview with Japan and US Actors Square Previews: Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XI, Square Masterpieces (WonderSwan Color), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Preview Trailers.

Square and Disney will release a CD single for the theme song of Kingdom Hearts in Japan on March 20, the song will be titled Hikari (translate to “Light”), and it will be composed and performed by the highly popular Japanese singer Hikaru Utada, who have sold a whopping 8 million copies of her first album “First Love” back in 1999.

Capcom will release another Rockman title for GameBoy Advance on March 15 in Japan, called Rockman Zero. This time Zero from the Rockman X series becomes the main character. The story takes place 100 years after Rockman X, in which the world is controlled by an evil force “v”, your mission is to control Zero to battle with the evil force. Zero will also have new companions, they are electronic fairies. There are 3 kinds of fairies: Life, Ability and Hacker, they will rise the power of Zero during the quest.

Here are some new screen shots of Takara’s J-Phoenix Plus, an enhanced version of the popular PS2 mech combat action game, featuring additional characters and gear parts. A new play mode called Hundred Slashes will be added to the game, a survival mode which allows you to battle with 100 opponents continuously, the money you earned from this mode can be used in the Story Mode. J-Phoenix Plus is scheduled for release in March.

Source: Images an further details on these titles can be accessed at the link

1-15-02—- New Evangelion Kubrick Images

Cool Japanese Toys has posted images here, here and here of the coming Evangelion Kubrick sets due in April. Series 8, 9 and 10 will arrive then with sets 8 and 10 retailing at 2,480 Yen. Set 9 will retail at 1,980.

1-15-02—- Toyopop Items

According to the Right Stuf:

Yet another studio headed for DVD only folks. Announced yesterday, Tokyopop will begin releasing all of their new anime series on DVD only. In moving towards this goal, the company has dropped their VHS line of the upcoming release of Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO).
In another surprise, the company has decided to drop their entire English version of Saint Tail. So, beginning with volume 5, the series moves strictly to DVD with only Japanese Audio / English Subtitle tracks. Happily, they are increasing the number of episodes of Saint Tail per disc from 4 to 7.
Fans of Vampire Princess Miyu can breathe a sigh of relief. The series is the only Tokyopop title that will be finishing its entire run on both VHS and DVD. Great Teacher Onizuka!
Joining the anime release of the series, Tokyopop has announced the release of the first volume of the Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) manga on 4/23! Much like Viz’s DBZ graphic novels, Tokyopop has decided to stick with the traditional Japanese right to left styling.
The animated GTO series is expected to begin its DVD only release in March and continue through 2003.