Posts in: February, 2002

Anime News Service – February 26-28 Anime News

2-28-02—- Metreon Anime Screening Updates

San Francisco’s Metreon has announced free Anime screenigs will occur throughout 2002. More info can be obtained at Action Theatre at Metreon-A Sony Entertainment Center will be host to an ever-changing line-up of anime and action movies, and will present features from leading anime film makers throughout the year. Features from leading anime film and toy maker, Bandai Entertainment will screen in February and March.

JIN-ROH WEEKEND – March 1-3
From the creators of “Ghost in the Shell” and “Akira”, Action Theatre is proud to present the ADVANCE DVD SCREENING of
“Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade”

FRIDAY, March 1 at 7:30pm;
SATURDAY, March 2 at 1:00pm and 7:30pm
SUNDAY, March 3 at 5pm

Starting Friday, March 1, 2002 in Action Theatre, a limited number of “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade” DVDs will be available for purchase before its national release date. You will also receive a free Jin-Roh poster with a purchase of a DVD, while supplies last.

Metreon.com’s Shopping page can be accessed here, check there for more info on the Bandai Shop at Action Theatre – a 500 square-foot retail space featuring anime products, toys, model kits and DVDs.

2-28-02—- Domestic Licensing Items

Also in this months Right Stuf Updates Pioneer Entertainment has raised the prices on the Armitage III: Dual Matrix DVD (Special Edition w/ltd edition lunchbox/figure). Although the company has yet to decide on the final costs they have temporarily raised the price of the set to $69.98.

Synch Point has mentioned to Right Stuf an indefinite delay for the release of I’m Gonna Be An Angel DVD. A pre June target date has been mentioned and a firm release date is expected for next month.

2-28-02—- Tenchi Muyo GXP Request Overload

According to the latest Right Stuf International update, (AIC), the Japanese producers of the Tenchi Muyo Series, have been swamped with so many requests from American fans for information on the release of the new series outside of Japan that they’ve had to post a message on their English website asking fans to stop asking. The company has promised to post everything they have regarding the English release as soon as it’s been licensed (which could be some time considering its just beginning production). For more info: http://www.aicanime.com/http://www.aicanime.com/

2-28-02—- Sen Confirmed Down Under

From Nausicaa.net via Daniel:

“Dale confirmed with Madman Entertainment that the firm is bringing “Spirited Away” to Australia:Madman is hoping to do a theatrical run hopefully in late 2002, with an Australian VHS/DVD release in early 2003. The above dates are very tentative at this stage, since this must be the biggest project Madman has ever done.”

2-28-02—- Best Motoring International Updates

For fans of the best selling Japanese motorsports video magazine, the staff of Best Motoring International will be in the U.S. in April to exhibit at the SEMA/International Auto Salon (http://www.ias2k2.com). BMI plans to bring along a very special car (and possibly a very special guest) from Spoon Sports.

Currently, the magazine releases it’s volumes on VHS video cassette, regarding some viewer questions asking about a possible DVD release, Cost, overall market demand and piracy are some of the issues that are holding BMI back from the transition.

Although BMI is currently focuses on the North American market, a PAL territory release may be pending. On requests for a driving techniques video BMI has mentioned it is under consideration.

BMI’s Official web site, linked above will be upgraded in the next several weeks with the Vol. 4 release promos, MPEG Library updates, new wallpaper downloads, redesigned forums and more.

2-28-02—- Truly Lost Treasure – Astroboy Episode 34 Among Discovered Cache Of Episodes Screening In Japan

A big thanks to Yukio-san (Dead Shot Club | ISDN Fanclub) for submitting the following:

From an article running at FUJI ZAK ZAK Evening News:

“A lost episode of “Astro boy” is broadcasted 39 years later.”

Masterpiece “Astro boy” of Mr. Osamu Tezuka broadcasted as the domestic anime series of the beginning of 1968. Episode 34 “Midoro ga numa” (Midoro marsh) called “a lost work” revives till now for 39 because film does not exist and lets you please with the former fan.
New program “BS entirely perfection collection” of NHK-BS2 digging up a one theme broadcasting it deeply. NHK features “hero of eternity, Astro boy” intensively in April from March, and the whole book broadcasts volume 25 minutes of “Midoro ga numa” (Midoro marsh) sealed by a program of this we April 3 (10:00 p.m.). As for the anime series of an atom, film of a 6 work is not discovered among all 193 stories.
English version of “Midoro ga numa” (Midoro marsh) was America, and it was discovered last year.
“Because it was the 50th year and wanted to make you the first theme of a new program by all means since comics of an atom appeared this year, I borrowed it with the sound tape which a MUSHI- production saved together and I revised digital and re-constructed” it (a NHK chief producer) Atom challenges a lizard of “Midoro marsh” which a story has advanced intelligence, and turned a person into a slave a fight. A lizard is the contents which an adult I prophesy that “mankind will fall sometime soon”, and to die is made to think about last. Between fans, the reason why a work by the same author product was considered to be “an illusion” has one more.
It “is the only work which “zero studio” made of Syoutaro ishinomori, Fijio akatsuka, Fujio / F / Fujiko, Jiro Tsunoda which lived with “Tokiwa sou” (Tokiwa Apartment) which is famous for a younger student of Mr. Tezuka” (enthusiast comics magazine editing person) Furthermore, from what was never broadcasted again, there was such a legend. “When Mr. Tezuka watched a preview, I have remained silent in pessimistic contents.”
Therefore the production staff minded it, and it was said that I disposed of Japanese version (enthusiast comics magazine editing person). As for I understand nobody truth, but “Astro boy” being


Anime News Service – February 18-21 Anime News

  • 26th Feb 2002
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2-21-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to The Magic Box:

Studio Skip announced that a new GameCube RPG is under development, Kenichi Nishi is the leading producer of the project, who produced Nintendo’s Super Mario RPG 2 (Paper Mario in US) for Nintendo 64. The game is scheduled for release by the end of the year.

Media Ring has delayed the release of their GameBoy Advance RPG Lunar Legends in Japan by one month from March 15 to April 12.

2-21-02—- Asia AICN Items

Thanks to Daniel for this HK/China news:

1) Shaolin Soccer has been nominated for the 7th Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

2) Jay Chou’s manager, Jacky Wu, confirmed that Jay will star in the $25 mil US remake of Bruce Lee’s classic “Fist of Fury”. Jackie Chan also spoke up to approve the choice. Jackie was hurt last week during the shooting of “Highbinders”. The actor was struck by a flying wire and was sent to hospital immediately. Producer Alfred Cheung said that while the close-up shots are delayed, the production cannot be shut down, as the film has to be finished before March 3rd.

3) Stephen Fung will star in a Japanese production, the film is literally titled “White Hair Ghost”. [Stephen Fung is best known here for his role in Gen X Cops. (Amazon Link ) ]

Source: AICN

2-21-02—- Anime Figure Items

Figures.com has coverage of Bandai America’s unveilings at Toy Fair, a snap of the bbi figures and the 12″ Vash The Stampede figure.

2-21-02—- Matrix Reloaded Official Website Opens – New Media Overload

The following is from Corona thanks to Daniel for the scoop:

“1. Go to this website address: hackthematrix.warnerbros.com

2. Click on the keyboard that appears on your monitor until the ENTER CODE box appears.

3. Enter “reload”.

4. Clear the next couple of hours from your schedule because a ton of new interviews, QuickTime VRs, stills, videos and downloads from The Matrix Reloaded just went online today. And soon there will be a lot more..” Daniel adds, click on the first box from the left on “Mainframe”, you see a few stills from the anime, a production staff list for the shorts, and a statement telling you of more details coming soon.

2-21-02—- Japanese Sammo Hung Site

Thanks to Daniel for mentioning the Japanese Sammo Hung fan site, for those interested is at http://www.sammohung.com/Japan/.

2-21-02—- New Tekken Film Announced

This just in from Cinescape:

“Looks like the next video game series to get a big screen version will be the violent fight game, TEKKEN. Crystal Sky will be the production company doing the heavy work of translating a remarkably story-lite game into a feature film.

“Tetsu Fujimura, CEO of Gaga, and I have wanted to make a big commercial movie together for a long time,” said Steven Paul, Crystal Sky president, to the Hollywood Reporter. “I have had a long and wonderful relationship with (him) and Masaya Nakamura, chairman of Namco, for over 12 years now. The time was right, and ‘Tekken’ was the perfect game to pursue our dreams together.” No word on actor, director, script or release date as of yet.”

[Note: This film is not to be confused with the Hong Kong production with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao previously referred to as “Legend of Tekken”, and now known as “Avenging Fist”.]

Source: Daniel

2-21-02—- Metropolis In Cleveland

Excerpted from a newsgroup posting by Allen Peters:

The Madstone Cetrum (http://www.madstonecentrum.com/) in Cleveland Heights will be showing Metroplis starting Friday, March 1. They have a detailed description of the movie at this webpage (http://www.madstonecentrum.com/flicks/metropolis.html). This movie is rated PG-13 for violence and destruction.

2-21-02—- Imai Hobby Declares Bankruptcy

According to Scott Hards of Hobby Link Japan Japan’s Imai Hobby has gone bankrupt. HLJ has reportedly confirmed rumors which have been circulateing in the Japanese hobby industry since last week. This is the fourth time the company has achieved the status in 25 years, however this time, it is expected that there may be no chance for recovery due to Japan’s bankruptcy laws which impose a liquidation upon a firm that has failed repeatedly to get their business back on its feet.

Fans may recall Imai as being responsible for kits including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, wooden sailing vessels, traditional Japanese architecture and character-related merchandise from shows like Thunderbirds, Gotchaman, Mospeada, Orguss and most recently, Speed Racer.

2-21-02—- Japan’s First Ninja School Opens Outside Of The Shadows

The Mainichi is running an article today via Weekly Playboy on Japan’s first publicly acknowledged ninja school, Koga Iga Ninjutsu Gakuen. Tuition for an entire course will set one back 1.5 million Yen, the school will begin offering classes in the Shiga Prefecture village of Koga in six weeks.

“We haven’t made or done anything special. And the school will not be officially recognized by the government,” ninja expert and ninja school boss Keiichiro Kashiwagi tells Weekly Playboy. “What we aim to do is help people develop by instructing them in the practical skills of ninjutsu.”

Students will be taught ninja history, ninja logic and undergo practical lessons on the fighting arts of the ninja. Graduation from one level requires students to complete all seven subjects offered.

“We’ll also make sure people learn such things as defending themselves from an armed attack, as well as train them thoroughly in the use of throwing stars, swords and chains,” Kashiwagi tells Weekly Playboy.

2-20-02—- DVD Replacement Unveiled

According to the Asia BizTech article:

The world’s 10 leading electronics companies have reached agreement to standardize their recordable digital video disc (DVD) devices.

The 10 electronics leaders are Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd., Sharp Corp., Pioneer Corp., Royal Philips Electronics NV, France’s Thomson Multimedia Group, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and LG Electronics Inc.

They are slated to make public the basic standard in the week and start the concerted effort by forming a joint technology development team for launching the new DVD disc and drive in 2003. The agreement was


Anime News Service – February 22-25 Anime News

2-25-02—- Viz Set To Release Tezuka’s “Life Work”

From the Viz release, thanks to Daniel for the heads up:

PHOENIX: A TALE OF THE FUTURE

GRAPHIC NOVEL RELEASE IN MAY 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 25, 2002 – Viz Communications, Inc. proudly announces the May release of Phoenix: A Tale of the Future, by acclaimed author Osamu Tezuka, widely known and respected for his numerous contributions to the manga and anime industries. A 296-page, square-bound graphic novel, Phoenix: A Tale of the Future retails for $22.95 U.S. ($37.95 Canada).

After several nuclear wars, civilization has gone underground due to the toxic atmosphere. The five cities resemble huge shopping malls, with each city ruled by an enormous super-computer that calculates every action for its inhabitants and rules supreme. Meet Masato, who secretly keeps a Moopie as a companion – a forbidden extraterrestrial creature capable of assuming any form and inducing hallucinations in those it contacts. In this highly regimented world, the super-computer Hallelujah cannot allow for anything outside its exacting calculations. When Hallelujah discovers Masato’s secret and decrees that the Moopie, known as Tamami, must be destroyed, Masato chooses to defy the order and makes a daring escape with Tamami to find a safe haven. Their escape triggers a visitation by a mythical bird and an adventure of epic proportions.

Regarded by many as the “God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka was born in 1928 in Toyonoka, in Osaka, Japan. A prolific author and artist, Tezuka is generally regarded as the single figure responsible for developing Japan’s massive manga and anime industries. His cinematic art style and novelistic narratives have made his work as universally accessible and relevant now as when first published in Japan. A list of his well known and universally loved work includes the classic Jungle Emperor Leo (also known as Kimba the White Lion), Black Jack, Adolf, Mighty Atom (which became known as Astro Boy in the U.S.) and Metropolis (recently made into a hit anime film). Tezuka continued creating comics until his death in 1989.

About Phoenix
The twelve self-contained yet interlinked stories that compose Phoenix (Hi no tori in Japanese, literally “Firebird”) is considered by many to be the summit of Osamu Tezuka’s artistic achievement. Tezuka himself referred to Phoenix as his “life work.” Painstakingly composed over a span of decades (early versions appeared as early as 1954), serialized in a number of venues and left incomplete with Tezuka’s death in 1989, Phoenix represents Tezuka’s ambitious attempt to push all he knew about the comics medium to address fundamental questions about existence. This edition, Phoenix: A Tale of the Future, is an English translation of the second of the twelve Phoenix stories (“Future”).

2-24-02—- I-Mode Articles Japan

The BBC is currently running an article on the success of DoCoMo’s I-Mode Service in Europe and Japan, Cellular News has info on the expansion of 3G video phone coverage and expansion.

2-23-02—- Asimo Rings NYSE Bell

Yahoo has an article and image here of the Honda Robot Asimo opening the New York Stock Exchange on Valentine’s Day.

2-23-02—- J-Pop Milestone – Hikaru Utada Signed In U.S.A

Courtesy to Jay for this item:

J-pop diva Hikaru Utada is set to make her American debut soon after just signing a contract with Island Def Jam Records this week. The now 19 year old Utada’s 1999 album “First Love” sold a record 9,000,000 copies, her newest single “Light ” is due in Japan on March 20th. Details on the release of her first American album have yet to be set but already the announcement is making huge press all across Japan this weekend. The singer was born in New York in 1983 and entered school at the American Colombian University in September of 2000. More details are sure to follow.

2-23-02—- Hoishi No Koe DVD Release

Details are out today on a new 2D – 3D combo digital animation project entitled Hoshi no Koe: The Voices of a Distant Star. The release is set arrive on DVD in Japan from April 19th. The animation focuses on a long distance relationship between a boy and girl setet in 2046 after the discovery of the ruins of an alien civilization on Mars. Created by winner of the DoGA CG Animation Contest Grand Prix, Shinkai Makoto. Tentative DVD price listed at 5,800 Yen, 4 soundtracks included on disc including original version 5.1ch Dolby Digital, original version stereo linear PCM, seiyuu version 5.1ch Dolby Digital, seiyuu version stereo linear PCM. Running time: 25 minutes. Extras include 55 minutes of animated storyboards for the whole volume, 4 trailers, Shinkai’s previous work “Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko” (English title “Their Standing Points”) with English subtitled version, a 3 minute version and digest, interview with Shinkai. Includes 16 page color booklet. A trailer can be viewed here.

Courtesy to Natsume Maya for the translation of soime details.

2-23-02—- Wild 7 Another Production Concert

Staff and Cast for the newly announced Wild 7 Another TV Series assembled at a production concert on February 22nd in Japan. The story of the new series focuses on the second opening of the Panama Cannal, and the capture of hostages by a number of jungle resistance fighters. April 6th will see the debut of the new series.

2-23-02—- Chobbits TV Conversion Event

March 31st will see a special commemoration event in Tokyo for the TV Animation conversion of the popular CLAMP Manga Chobbits. There the first episode will receive a premiere screening, a live talk chat will follow with staff and cast.

2-23-02—- My Family To Animation TV Series

According to Nikkan Sports, the manga Atashi’n chi (My Family) by Kera Eiko serialised in Yomiuri Shimbun Sunday edition newspaper will be animated by rival corporate group TV Asahi after years of negotiations. The manga focuses on the everyday lives of the Tachibana family of four from the point of view of high school daughter Mikan. It has been described as “Sazae-san of the Heisei (Emperor Akihito) period”. This family anime is set to begin broadcast at 7.30pm on Fridays in April 2002, after


Anime News Service – Metropolis DVD Press

Anime News Service – Metropolis DVD Press

ANS has obtained the full Metropolis DVD announcement from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment: the official release:

LEGENDARYrJAPANESE ANIMEiCOMIC

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“AdmasterfulNfusion of action,nadventureeandAromance…a science-fictionwmasterpiece”

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“Visually lavish…Oneiof the newrlandmarksvof Japanese animation.”

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Culver City, CA (Januaryr7, 2002)F– The acclaimed Japanese anime filmnOsamueTezuka’s Metropolisewill bewreleased asmaoSpecial Edition two-discnDVD set (featuringrthe first-ever “pocket DVD”Nof added value features) and oncvideocassettepon Marchd12, 2002 byFColumbia Tristar Home Entertainment.i Following aenationalAtheatricalcrelease,rOsamu Tezuka’s Metropolisewillrfeature a newly subtitled version of theCfilm onCthewvideocassettemand SpecialiEditioneDVD, along with the dubbed version featured on the DVDras well.

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Anime News Service – February 10-12 Anime News

2-12-02—- Perspective: Final Nails In The Coffin For Traditional Animation In America?

From the IMDB article on February 12. Courtesy Daniel:

“The continued box-office success of computer-animated films is resulting in wholesale layoffs and other cutbacks in traditional animation departments, particularly at Disney, the Los Angeles Times indicated today (Tuesday). Steve Hulett, a business representative of the screen cartoonists’ union told the newspaper that the “huge amount of dislocation” affecting studio animators has resulted in the union’s membership dropping from a high of 2,999 in 1996 to about 1,500 today. Tom Schumacher, president of Walt Disney Animation, acknowledged that the unit, which cut hundreds of jobs last year, will likely cut several hundred more by the end of the year. Meanwhile, traditional animators are flocking to local colleges and specialized schools to be trained in computer skills, the Times observed, quoting one computer animation teacher as saying, “I have a waiting list longer than my arm.””

2-12-02—- Latest Kaishaku Manga To Animation

Kaishaku’s (Steel Angel Kurumi) latest manga work has been announced to be animated in Japan. Enban Koujo (UFO Princess) Walkure is expected to release in manga in Feb. with an anime version to follow in the summer

2-12-02—- Euro AICN

Courtesy Daniel:

“French sales agent Wild Bunch[which is an affiliate of Studio Canal which is somehow related to Vivendi] is poised to pick up world sales rights to animated feature Spirited Away during the Berlin Film Festival. The picture, which was a late addition to the Berlinale competition, is the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time. Click Here for the facts

This and a Takashi Miike interview are available at AICN

2-12-02—- Midnight Eye Updates – Satoshi Kon Interview

According to the Midnight Eye weekly email update:

Interview: Satoshi Kon
The director of the acclaimed and highly successful Perfect Blue talks about his new film Millennium Actress and his future projects. “As its creator I was actually a bit hesitant about Perfect Blue getting shown in theatres.”
http://www.midnighteye.com/interviews/satoshi_kon.shtml

Movie of the Week: AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON
Yasujiro Ozu’s final film is a fitting summation of the director’s themes and concerns. http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/anautaft.shtml

2-12-02—- Mitsubishi Selling Keitai Ringtones……. In America?

According to an article running on CNET today, Mitsubishi Electric recently announced a ceasure on the selling of mobile phones in the United States however the Japanese branch of th company may want to sell mobile ring tones to American cell phone owners, according to the remarks of a spokesman on Monday.

The company is searching for a U.S.-based ring tone company in which to invest an undisclosed amount. This would give the carmaker and electronics giant a way to sell these 15-second song snippets directly to U.S. customers, said Tetsuya Otani, Mitsubishi’s division manager in Palo Alto, Calif.

“We want to start selling ring tones in the United States,” Otani said. “But we have no sales channel.”

2-12-02—- Anime Films Not In Running – 74th Academy Awards Best Animated Feature Film Category

According to Oscars.org:

Best animated feature film of the year

“Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” Nominee to be determined
(Paramount and Nickelodeon Movies)
“Monsters, Inc.” (Buena Vista) Nominee to be determined
“Shrek” (DreamWorks) Aron Warner

2-12-02—- DBZ Toyfair Items

Figures.com has complete coverage of Toyfair 2002’s Irwin DBZ announcements.

2-12-02—- Lightwave Price Cut For Final Cut Pro Users

Digital Animators using Final Cut Pro (FCP) can take advantagbe of a new offer from NewTek, makers of Lightwave 3D, who are offering FCP users a copy of LightWave 3D Version 7 for $1,495, or $1,000 off the suggested retail price. The program suite is used across the professional anime industry including in Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis.

Source: Yahoo

2-11-02—- PSFS Meeting Plus Philcon News

ANS Mailing List contributor and American Starblazers seiyuu Amy Howard Wilson has posted the following:

We had a whole lot of fun in Philly this weekend at the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society meeting:

http://www.psfs.org/

For the info of those who don’t already know, the PSFS also hosts PhilCon every year:

http://www.philcon.org/

and we were discussing the con this weekend with Oz Fontecchio. He told us that he wants to branch out even further into anime and he has extended us a gracious invitation to be guests this year. He also asked me to contact as many other VA’s and industry folk as possible! The con will be held Dec 13-15, so please spread the word, check their website soon for updates and come join the fun!

2-11-02—- Power Stone: The Last Battle Release

From the announcement:

RELEASE DATE SET FOR POWER STONE: THE LAST BATTLEFIELD

HOUSTON, Feb. 6, 2002 – ADV FILMS has set a street date of July 2, 2002 for Power Stone: The Last Battlefield, the anticipated final volume of the fun-filled and action-packed anime series based on the popular Capcom video game.

When two of the mysterious and magical Power Stones are stolen, young adventurer Edward Falcon sets out to warn his friends Wang Tang and Gunrock. His warning arrives too late, however, as dark hands of magic are already circling around our intrepid heroes. Mysterious apparitions begin to attack Edward and his friends-monsters that somehow seem connected to his idol, the fighter Valgas. Then, Edward discovers the terrible secret behind his enemies’ acquisition of the Power Stones – and you can bet it won’t be welcome news. Finally, in the terrifying Dark Land, Edward and his combative cohorts are confronted with the supreme evil incarnate. You won’t believe how this one ends! Don’t miss a single second of the thrilling conclusion of Power Stone!

The animated series Power Stone is based on the best selling Capcom fighting game of the same name. ADV FILMS’ DVD release ($19.98 SRP) of Power Stone: The Last Battlefield will feature the English-language version, as well as previews of upcoming ADV FILMS releases.

A.D. Vision (ADV) is a revolutionary force advancing the art of anime in North America — and across the world. Since its inception in 1992, ADV, its labels and subsidiaries (including ADV FILMS) has broadened a once limited niche market into a global industry with growing


Anime News Service – February 6-9 Anime News

2-9-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to the Magic Box:

Softbank is planning to release a Weekly Xenosaga magazine in Japan on February 28, the first issue will come with a Xenosaga mousepad, interviews with development staffs and radio voice actors. The future issues will feature hints and tips on the game, reader contributions, developer interviews and info on the future installment of Xenosaga.

Konami announced that they will release Yugioh Duel Monsters for both GameBoy Advance and PlayStation in US sometimes in March, the TV cartoon series have received high audience rating since the series launched last September.

2-8-02—- Entertainment Weekly Shaolin Soccer And VHD Info

Ever delving into a myriad of sources to bring us news, Daniel has found a plethora of scoops from the February 12 issue of Entertainment Weekly:

Since the bad news outweighs the good, I’ll post the good news first.

Good:
1)Resident Evil is on the magazine’s “A-List” for Spring films.
2)Shaolin Soccer and Jackie Chan’s “Accidental Spy” are scheduled for April 5.
3)The Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust dvd was reviewed, and got a B+.

Bad:
1)Paul Anderson is still the director.
2)It pains me to say this, but EW has confirmed that Shaolin Soccer has been retitled “Kung Fu Soccer”. No mention of whether the movie will be dubbed or edited as previous rumours implied though. Also, a reference to a lethal drug entitled “Anthrax 2” has been omitted from Accidental Spy. So what I would suggest is you buy the Shaolin Soccer dvd now, skip “Kung Fu Soccer”, and see Accidental Spy instead. The reason is that you don’t really miss anything, when a Jackie Chan film gets edited, but Shaolin Soccer’s too good to see edited in any form. To get Shaolin Soccer, try www.banzaianime.com , www.drunkenmaster.tv, or www.hkflix.com. Also, a minor gripe is there’s no mention of a release date for Tsui Hark and Zhang Zhiyi’s “Legend of Zu”, even though it’s already being advertised over here as we speak. [The trailer is in front of “Brotherhood of the Wolf”.]
3)Finally, a minor annoyance is D got compared to Buffy.[I just hate when anime that predates an American film gets compared to that film anyway.] It also got compared to Blade, but that’s fair, since the Blade comic predates the D novels.

2-8-02—- Nintendo America President and Mario Welcome Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog

A photo and details of Nintendo of America president Tatsumi Kimishima and mascot Mario welcoming Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog to Nintendo HQ were released by Nintendo today, you can view then at the above Cinescape link.

2-8-02—- Columbia Metropolis / Bebop / Drunken Master News

According to Anime Nation News:

Video Business Magazine has published a short feature article on the new announcements of Columbia Pictures’ Destination Films subdivision. The article confirms that the DVD release of Metropolis has been delayed do to the strong theatrical opening of the film, earning over $130,000 in nine screens. (By comparison, Escaflowne has earned approximately $80,000 in a week and a half on five screens). The article confirms Destination Films plans to release the Cowboy Bebop movie and Jackie Chan’s classic 1978 Drunken Master, as well as breaking news of an American license for the Tsui Hark directed Black Mask 2.

2-8-02—- Cyborg Art Exhibition In BC

Thanks to Ed for this item:

Please check out the web page: www.vanartgallery.bc.ca.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is doing an exhibition called “The Uncanny: Experiments In Cyborg Culture”. According to the ad I have, this exhibit “…explores cyborg evolution from early robotics and modern paintings to the hi-tech hybrids seen in Hollywood films, videogames and Japanese animation.” Admission is C$11 Canadian.

The show runs from Feb 9 to May 26 2002.

2-8-02—- Yomiuri Articles

The Daily Yomiuri Newspaper is running articles on a theater troop’s on stage adaptation of manga here, Asian Filmakers At The Rotterdam Film Festival, a piece on the Keitai becoming the focus of a TV show here and finally a look at the new Kamen Rider TV series here.

2-8-02—- New Speed Lines

Ray H.’s latest Speed Lines column has been posted to the RTM site, it focuses on:

Kamen Rider Ryuhki
Hurricaneger
Rockman EXE
Onimusha
Rave trading figures
Trigun capsule figures
Sailor Moon Gashapon

2-8-02—- Akadot Anime Academy Awards 2001

Akadot is gearing up for it’s 2nd annual Akar Anime Awards for releases occuring in the year 2001, entries will be accepted from Feb. 13th.

2-8-02—- DBZ GBA Preview

Check out an early preview-with screenshots-of Dragonball Z: TheLegacy of Goku-for GBA-at Gamespot.

From Daniel

2-8-02—- Palm No Ki Trailers

Trailers for the upcoming film Palm No Ki have been uploaded to the official site in streaming Quicktime and Windows Media format.

2-8-02—- Kanon DVD Release

The Kanon TV series has been announced to release in Japan on DVD from April 1st, an application ticket is included which can be redeemed for a special CD from Pioneer LDC. Retail is Price 2800 Yen from Toei, Pioneer LDC, Visual Art’s and Key.

2-8-02—- TRSI Snags Exclusive Here And There, Then And Now Art DVD Box’s

From the Right Stuf release:

Coming this May – Right Stuf International will become the exclusive retailer for ordering the stand alone Art Box to ‘Here and There, Then and Now the Collector’s DVD Box Set’! Limited to just 1000 units, this special offer will include the stand alone Art Boxes and the bonus DVD disc found only in the collector’s DVD edition of the series. This bonus disc includes: ‘From Then to Now: Behind the Scenes’, the Japanese Opening, Character Sketches, Mechanical Sketches, Background Sketches, Storyboards, and Trailers! Full details, pictures, and ordering information can be seen at:
http://www.rightstuf.com/mailing-preorder/usmd2214

2-8-02—- Mirage Of Blaze

Sony’s Mirage Of Blaze TV series is headed for DVD-BOX release in Japan with soundtrack and the image album following in close succession. February 27th will see the series soundtrack release at 3150 Yen, the disc is also a hybrid CD-ROM, a “SPECIAL CD COLLECTION” 4 disc release hits the street on March 20th at 5090


Anime News Service – February 4-5 Anime News

2-5-02—- Berlinale 2002 Mini Report

Following up on an item relateing to the Berlinale 2002 festival, a huge thanks to Sven in Germany for this news:

I want to complete the news from the berlin film festival called “Berlinale 2002”.

On this film festival you can see TWO of the newest and hottest anime from japan: the record-anime “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” (engl. and german sub) and “Palumu no Ki” ( A Tree of Palme) (engl. sub). The last anime “Palumu no Ki” is not started in japan yet. So, the germans can see it as the first in the world. ^_^ To the japan films: on “Berlinale 2002” will be screening 11 films from japan or co-productions with japan. You can see it in the programm. The films are:

“KT” by Junji Sakamoto (jap./korean) – engl. sub
“Honogurai Mizuno Sokokara” (Dark Water) by Hideo Nakata (jap.) – engl. sub
“All about Lily Chou-Chou” by Shunji Iwai (jap.) – engl. sub
“Itai Futari” (A Painful Pair) by Hisashi Saito (jap.) – engl. sub
“GO” by Isao Yukisada (jap./ korean) – engl. sub
“Manzan Benigaki” by Ogawa Shinsuke, Peng Xiaolian (jap.) – german sub
“Hama Maiku” (“Namae no Nai Mori” and “Yokohama Mike” by Aoyama Shinji (jap.) – engl. sub
“Shurayuki Hime” (The Princess Blade) by Sato Shinsuke (jap.) – engl. sub
“Kasei no Kanon” (The Mars Canon) by Kazama Shiori (jap.) – german sub
“Enan no Musume” (Daughter from Yan’an) by Ikeya Kaoru (jap./ mandarin) – engl. sub

Programm download as .pdf format:
Click Here
The official Site: www.berlinale.de

2-5-02—- Animejin UK News

The below is as reported by Animejin all italicized text in this item Copyright Jonathan Weeks:

Pokemon Musical to tour UK:
The latest incarnation of Pokemon, the musical ‘Pokemon Live!’ is set to tour the UK in May.
The tour dates will include:
Glasgow Armadillo: 2nd-3rd May
Manchester Apollo: 4th-5th May
Brighton Centre: 7th May
Bournemouth International Centre: 8th May
London’s Hammersmith Apollo: 9th-11th May
Newcastle Telewest Arena: 12th May
Nottingham Arena: 14th May
Blackpool Opera House: 16th May
Birmingham NIA Academy: 17th-18th May
Cardiff International Arena: 19th May
Unfortunately, the actual content of the show is too cringe inducing to describe here.
Sources: Ana Nova
ekidsinternet

Minamicon closes registration
Every March, anime fans gather in Southampton for the annual Minamicon anime convention organised by the London Anime Club. This year, the event has proven so popular that the convention has sold all of its places in advance. The organisers are therefore asking anyone who is not already registered, not to turn up on the day as they will be unable to let them in.
Source: http://www.minamicon8.anime.org.uk

2-5-02—- Matrix Reloaded Updates

From Daniel-san, thanks goes out to him for this news:

This came in from Corona :

“On today’s edition of Entertainment Tonight there will be some kind of first look at The Matrix Reloaded. Exactly what will be shown on the pop culture program is unclear, but it’s bound to be of major interest to fans of the sci-fi franchise. “The sequel carves a continuation of [my character] Neo’s journey and his quest to find out the truth,” Keanu Reeves told ET at their website. “It’s more about the conflict with the machines and the humans.”

“Jada Pinkett-Smith will also get a chance to talk a bit. “These sequels are going to blast the original off the screen, and that’s exactly what the fans want,” the actress who plays Morpheus’ love interest, Niobi, had to say.Check your local listings for when today’s Entertainment Tonight airs in your neck of the woods. [Originally appeared on Entertainment Tonight’s website.]”

2-5-02—- Site Related: ANS Archive Expansion

In a further effort to build on site features, while one can always find the most current up to date news on our main page, more visitors are utilizing our archive and search features to find news from months or years past. News on the topics we cover are often missed by our efforts and also existed long before ANS and the internet and so we will no longer ignore this body of knowledge. As of today, ANS will begin expanding our archives back through time, adding news items from the past with no back limit. It’s our goal to build the largest news database on the topics we cover and we will soon be adding stories from weeks, months, years, decades, centuries-ago etc….. Readers who have news items from the past to contribute can do so by emailing them to Newtypex@prodigy.net.

2-5-02—- New OAV Series: Gate Keepers 21

A new website has launched to coincide with the announcement of the new Gatekeepers 21 OAV series. A joint production between Kadokawa, Bandai Visual and GONZO, Directing will be Yamaguchi Harashi, Character Designs by Keiji Goto, monster designs by Mahiro Maeda, mecha designs by Kawahara Tomohiro.

2-5-02—- Japanese Cinema News

Thanks to Daniel for this news:

Spirited Away will be one of the films competing at the Berlin film festival, along with “KT” (A Japanese/Korean co-production)and “Bridget”.(A French/Japanese co-production)

Source: AICN

www.whoisichi.com mentioned that Ichi the Killer will be playing at the Film Comment Selects in New York from February 18-28. The main site for Film Comment (Filmlinc) mentions that Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Barren Illusion” and “Pulse”,Makoto Shinozaki’s “Not Forgotten”, Hideo Nakata’s “Ring”, Nobuhiro Suwa’s “H-Story”, and Akihiko Shiota’s “Harmful Insect” will also be present.

This post states Viz’s theatrical releases for this year will be “Uzumaki”,[Check out the manga from Pulp.]Hideo Nakata’s “Chaos” and Katsushito Ishii’s “Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl”. Unfortunately, no word on when exactly Dead or Alive will hit dvd, but a poster at Anime On DVD’s has mentioned that Patrick Macias is trying to insure the film will receive decent treatment.

Via Cinescape:

1)”The big news today is that last week…GMK…was shown to the suits at Sony. An insider attended the showing that will determine if GMK will have a theatrical release. The insider remarked he was impressed with the


Anime News Service – January 31 – February 3 Anime News

2-3-02—- YTV Scoops Up Yugi-Oh

Canadian broadcaster YTV plans to broadcast Yu-Gi-Oh, with episode one to air this Monday (feb. 4) at 6:00 pm.

2-2-02—- Tokyopop Responds On Misquote – Live Action Initial-D Acquisition Potential Probed

ANS has confirmed with Tokyopop’s Ken Lee that a recent mention in an Animation Magazine article regarding Initial D’s music was indeed a misquote. According to Mr. Lee:

I was talking to the reporter about how Initial D in Japan used Avex Trax as a launching point to infuse the show with many of the top Japanese artists and a way to introduce new, hip music. I said, naturally, we have an opportunity to the same *IF IT GOT ON TV.*” Ken told us he had “always planned to release the Unedited, Untouched Original Japanese version of Initial D on DVD, with original music intact“.

When asked about the potential of Tokyopop acquiring / releasing the currently in-production Live Action HK Initial D film featuring Jackie Chan as executive producer, we received the follwoing reply: “We can’t say anything on the live-action movie but if further details develop, we’ll be sure to let you know..”

2-2-02—- Metropolis Reviewed By Ebert And Roeper

The American syndicated weekly film review TV program Ebert And Roeper has reviewed Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis which is in current release across North America. The noted American movie critic Roger Ebert who had previously praised the film in his review column for the Chicago Sun Times Newspapaer reiterated his love for Rintaro’s work and mentioned it may well make his year-end Top Ten list.

Ebert’s partner on the program, Mr. Roeper issued a negative review for Metropolis, noting the character design, movement, animation, and found the plot far fetched and boring.

The program airs weekly in most TV markets around the country. The review is the second on the show.

2-2-02—- Red Ribbon DBZ Saga To Begin In February?

According to ToonZone’s CN schedule for February and March, Cartoon Network is to begin airing the Red Ribbon saga on February 11th. This seems to back up statements made by FUNimation employee Justin Cook during a recent chat on the official site.

2-2-02—- Anime Daisuki Forums Online

Although Anime Daisuki’s site has shut down for the present, their forums can still be accessed.

2-2-02—- Taco Bell Halts Cardcaptors “Tarot Card” Promotion

Source: rec.arts.anime:

Excerpted from the Agape Press Article:

A national fast-food chain has stopped a promotion featuring cards that resemble tarot cards, which are associated with the occult.

Earlier this week, AgapePress reported on a promotion at Taco Bell that involved occult symbols. The company’s “Cardcaptors” program involved the use of “Clow Cards,” which are similar in appearance to tarot cards used in occult practices. Following that report, Taco Bell’s national promotions director Lori Gannon says the company has halted the program following customers’ complaints. She says it was a mistake. “It’s a cartoon program that’s not meant to have anything to do with witchcraft, but we do see how consumers thought [the promotion] could have been misconstrued as that,” Gannon says. “So we took a look at the items and we’ve held them all at the distribution center — we’re not sending them to our restaurants any more and pretty much have ended the program.”

2-2-02—- Japanese Cinema Of 2001

The Japanese Cineaste Union which is composed of the major production studios, theater groups etc. in Japan has revealed their of Japanese market release movies of 2001. 349 foriegn and 281 Japanese films opened throughout the year across Japan with 163,280,000 total attendees crowding into Japanese theaters.

2-2-02—- Whistle! Announced For Anime Conversion

Daisuke Higuchi / co-creator Tatuya Watanabe’s WHISTLE! manga, based around a soccer story has been announced for animation conversion in Japan. Syo Kazamaturi is a short football player on the Sakurazyosui junior high school soccer club which has many rivals. Musasinomori junior high school soccer club, Hiba junior high school soccer ciub and Kokubu second junior high school soccer club challenge our main character and his team.

2-2-02—- Ice Crystals TV Anime Halt

Due to copyright issues between anime creator Marine Entertainment and a claimant on 2/2/02 the Ice Crystals TV series has been suspended on the Kids Station Network.

2-2-02—- New Gainax Website

Gainax has renewed the site design to GAINAX NETWORK SYSTEMS.

2-2-02—- Pita-Ten Details

New info on the recently announced Pita-Ten Anime TV series based on the Broccoli work. Coming from Mediaworks, 4/7 will see the TV series debut 9:30-10:00 on TV Tokyo Channel 12. Staff includes original story by Koge Tonba, Director: Toshifumi Kawase and Yuzo Sato, Character design: Hisashi Sakai.

Official Homepage: http://www.mediaworks.co.jp/topics/pitaten/pitaten.html

2-2-02—- Metropolis Expansion

Thanks to Daniel for this scoop:

The Metropolis website (http://www.spe.sony.com/cthv/metropolis/) mentions that the movie will expand to Honolulu at the Varsity on February 8. Also, in in

credible news, the movie is being shown at the Mann Chinese 6 on Hollywood Blvd this weekend at 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00, and 12:15 A.M. for Saturday. Now the reason it’s incredible-for non-Angelenos-is because the Mann Chinese Theater only shows mainstream films-NOTHING independent! Not to mention that it’s right across the street from the El Capitan, which caters to Disney films. So I’m definitely interested to know whether the presence of Metropolis will cut in on the Mouse’s turf. I will admit the theater presented Shrek last year, but Shrek was a film with hype. Metropolis only has word-of-mouth going for it. So in conclusion, does this move mean Hollywood is ready to accept anime?

2-2-02—- Tokyo Character Show 2002 Opening Day Decided

The largest comics / games / animation character related event held in Japan, the Tokyo Character has officially been announced for 2002. July 20th will see the opening of the 5th such show. Last year’s attendance was logged at 55,431.

Official Site: www.jolf.co.jp/tcs/

2-2-02—- Free Ranma 1/2 Screening In San Francisco

This is from www.viz.com via Daniel: “Press Releases : February 2002 : Ranma 1/2 Free Showing

“The 2002 Asia Business Conference in conjunction with VIZ Communications presents

ANIME NIGHT

Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma 1/2 Feb 6, 8-10pm Haas School of Business