4-27-02—- New From Radio Comix
An anthology comic dedicated to promoting manga and manga-style comics in America! Articles this issue include the Eye on Manga review, the Manga Checklist, and Doujin World by Dan Kanemitsu! Comics this issue include “Spiral” by JC Amberlyn, “The Tank” by Neumann and “Switch” by Amado Rodriguez Jr.!
For more info: http://www.radiocomix.com
4-27-02—- Patlabor WXIII UK Premiere At OneDotZero Film Festival
This year’s ICA Onedotzero film festival, which maintains the unofficial tradition of showing at least one anime film, playing host in the past to Perfect Blue, X, will play host this year to Madhouse’s Patlabor WXIII. For the the festival’s info page check here, it will be showing from Sunday, May 18th.
4-27-02—- Super Techno Arts Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Press
From the Super Techno Arts press release, thanks to Danile for the scoop:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure out on Region 1 DVD Fall/Winter of 2002
Based on the original manga series by Hirohiko Araki, the first volume of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” DVD will be released in Fall/Winter of 2002. 13 episodes will be available on total of 6 volumes, with sound and music upgraded to 5.1 surround system for the original 6 episodes. Character design and animation director by Junichi Hayama, music composed and arranged by Marco d’Ambrosio of MarcoCo., and sound design by Tom Myers of Skywalker Sound.
Street Date: Fall/Winter 2002 (date TBA)
Episode count: 1st Volume 3 Episodes x 30 minutes each
Format: Region 1 DVD
Animation Production: A.P.P.P.
Executive Producer: Kazufumi Nomura
Distribution by: TBA
Official Super Techno Arts Inc. Website Launch Date: 5/01/02
More than 100 years have past since the battle between Jonathan Joestar and the vampire, Dio Brando. Dio’s escape from the ocean depths awakens the psychic power known as “Stand” within Josef Joestar and Jotarou Kujo (JoJo). They join forces with other Stand Users to face the ultimate evil to save JoJo’s mother Holly from the deadly curse.”
4-27-02—- Soultaker Spinoff On The Horizon?
The TV anime Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magical te (Soul Taker Spinoff?) begins broadcast in August.
Source: Natsume Maya
4-26-02—- Irwin 5′ DBZ Figures In Stores
Irwin’s 5″ DragonBall Z Series 8 action figures are now starting to appear in stores. This series stars include: Dabura, Angelic Goku, SSJ Gohan, Videl, and Trunks & Goten 2-pack. To see a pic of the new figures and get more info, got to figures.com.
Source: AnimePro – http://ap.rice-box.com
4-26-02—- DoCoMo Begins 3G Streaming
All Net Devices reports NTT has launched a trial version of its forthcoming streaming video service, V-Live which uses MPEG 4, streaming live and archived video content to phones and PDAs via its third-generation (3G) FOMA system.
4-26-02—- Pia Carrot e Youkoso Movie
Akiba-K News has updated mentioning an anime movie based on the game Pia Carrot e Youkoso will be produced, although the movie will have a new storyline, with the season planned to commence at the end of September 2002. A tentative title could be “Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! ~Sayaka no Natsu Monogatari~” (Sayaka’s Summer Story).
Source: Natsume Maya
4-26-02—- Vandread News
Vandread.com has announced the production of a Vandread Gekitou Hen, as a new part to the Second Stage. It’s the second instalment of “another Vandread” by director Higuchi Shinji, with new theme music.
Source: Natsume Maya
4-26-02—- New Astroboy Anime And Manga Status
According to Charabiz a new Tetsuwan Atom (Astroboy) TV anime is slated for broadcast in April 2003, with broadcast lined up for Southeast Asian countries (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, etc) likely for around October 2003. The full CG Hollywood Tetsuwan Atom movie is scheduled for release in July 2004, with simultaneous release in Japan and in the US. The movie will be a joint production of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Jim Henson Pictures. Director will be Eric Leighton (who worked on Disney’s “Dinosaur”). Production costs are estimated at 10,000,000,000 yen with a similar budget for advertising. Apart from the two anime, a new manga will be published by Shogakukan commencing October 2002 and various Tetsuwan Atom events are planned, including on Atom’s birthday on 7 April 2003.
Source: Natsume Maya
4-26-02—- Subway Cinema Asian Film Fest In The NYC
“Subway Cinema in New York City will be sponsoring an Asian film festival April 26 through May 2 with Gamera 2 & 3 showing. Gamera 2 will be screening on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 pm, while Gamera 3 will screen on Saturday, April 27 at 4:15 pm and again on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 pm. In addition Club Daikaiju will be sponsoring raffles for Gamera merchandise at the film festival on Saturday”
Also, the Subway Cinema site mentions Visitor Q(now banned in New Zealand) and Pistol Opera will be there, as well as a movie called Kiss the Moon from the people behind the Korean hit Attack the Gas Station.
Thanks to Daniel for the news
4-26-02—- Ang Lee Hulk Direction
You can read about Ang Lee’s intended approach to the Hulk movie at Cinescape. Thanks to Daniel for the link.
4-26-02—- Hellsing Site
The Right Stuf reports the official website for Gonzo’s Hellsing has opened courtesy Pioneer at hellsingdvd.com.
4-26-02—- Ninja Scroll TV Series
The Right Stuf reports Urban Vision’s website is indicating that the company has licensed Ninja Scroll TV and the show is currently under production. The series will be supervised by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) and directed by Tatsuo Sato (Nadesico), with character designs by Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Trigun). No information on when the series will be released as of the present.
4-26-02—- ADV Press: Nadia – Sailor Moon
ADV Films has circulated new press on Nadia: The Prophecy Fulfilled and 2 new Sailor Moon releases.
4-26-02—- TRSI – Anime Trax Listings For June 2002
The Right Stuf has circulated June press for it’s coming Video titles and CD’s coming from Anime Trax.
4-26-02—- Mature Anime Themes – Minneapolis Anime Festival
The Star Tribune has a cover report on the growing relations of Japan’s adult (read: not neccesarily