4-30-02—- ITV Digital Shut Down To Leave Many UK Anime Fans Minus CN Wednesday
Depleted of operating funds with no apparent bailout in the form of a third party aquisition, ITV Digital, the UK’s only terrestrial based digital system will be forced to pull the plug on 25 pay services (all pay channels) Wednesday around 7am. The move will leave close to 1 million subscribers of the world’s first digital terrestrial television service with only free-to-air channels, such as BBC4 and ITV2. Heavy anime programmer Cartoon Network is among the channels that will no longer be carried.
4-30-02—- Shoujocon 2002 Latest
Shoujocon, coming up on the July 18-21st weekend in New Jersey has issued it latest update release.
4-30-02—- The Thumb Generation
The American New York Times Newspaper has an article today on Urban Japan’s “oya yubi sedai”, or thumb generation. In a society which boasts the latest technology in videogames and possibly the fastest alpha-numeric keypad tappers on earth (highschool girls), the thumb rules. According to one UK-based expert, a new study of cellphone habits across eight major world cities ranked Japan the most advanced in the world.
“What impressed me in Tokyo was their ability to tap in a message without even looking at the keypad,” she said of her study, which was financed by Motorola.
Television stations in Japan have held thumbing speed contests. Last year, one young woman was clocked thumbing out 100 Chinese characters in a one-minute burst, similar to typing 100 words a minute, a feat normally done with all fingers flying.
Those signed up with the NY Times can view the entire article here.
4-30-02—- Anime Sequels In Japan
The Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002 Film (“Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002 Takao vs Daichi”) is due in Japan on August 17th 2002.
Morning Star’s is adorned with a new image reading “The Second Season Outlaw Star in future 200X!!!”. However on the image’s opposite side are the words “Don’t believe/trust me!”
A sequel OVA of R.O.D (Read Or Die) and in some form for Noir may be in the works.
Source: Natsume Maya
4-30-02—- DVD Medium Growth USA
According to Video Business Magazine:
DVD software sales soared 74% in the first quarter compared with the year earlier period, topping 120 million units for the three months ended March 31, according to a report by Ernst & Young compiled for the DVD Entertainment Group.
Since DVD’s inception in 1997, 790 million units have been shipped. Roughly 15,000 movie and music titles were available on DVD in the first quarter, with roughly 100 new titles added weekly, according to DEG.
Hardware sales also creeped up 29% in the first quarter compared to 2001, with 3.6 million DVD players shipped to retailers in the period. That brings the total units shipped since the format’s launch to 35 million units with an install base estimated at 27.4 million, DEG said. About 125 DVD player models are now on the market, according to DEG.
4-30-03—- Anime Producer Arrested
ZakZak reports former anime producer Sengoku Shizuhiko (54) was arrested today for threating to kill his brother in law (66) with a mountain-climbing knife. His brother-in-law suffered a cut to his left hand in the incident, which was a dispute over the sale of Sengoku’s parents’ home. Sengoku worked on anime such as Lupin III, Jarinko Chie and Makoto-chan in the early 80s.
Source: Natsume Maya
4-30-02—- Internet Usership Growing In Japan’s Youth
The Yomiuri Shimbun has a report indicating that Japanese children at the age of 12 or under are spending over 1.6 hours online in the month of March compared to the previous year, a recent survey was conducted by NetRatings Japan Inc. For more details, go to Yomiuri Shimbun, here, thanks to Anjiro-san for the link
4-30-02—- Past Ghibli Contributors To Create Original Works
Studio Hibari whose talent in the past has been a contribution to the works of Studio Ghibli, has announced an original anime planned for distribution over the internet. Five illustration boards can be viewed on the site’s news section.
Source: Natsume Maya
4-30-02—- Many First Timer Companies To Spring Character Festival
This year’s Spring Character Festival occured this past weekend at Tokyo Big Site. April 29th saw 60+ companies showing their character related goods and media. Adult titles were popular and more newcomers than ever have emerged onto the scene.
4-30-02—- Transformers Revives As Economic Force In America
CNN has just posted an article about the rebirth of Transformers in the US market place. It mentions the re-release of the series on DVD as well as the upcoming “Armada” series. It also has a pictorial and links to the official Transformers sites. Check it out here
Thanks to Matt Anderson of DVD Vision Japan for the link
4-30-02—- Studio Proteus On Harvey Wins
From the latest update to the Studio Proteus Website:
Studio Proteus received 3 Harvey Award nominations this year:
Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work: Lone Wolf and Cub
Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Lone Wolf and Cub Super Manga Blast!
I’m not at all surprised about Lone Wolf …best-selling books always get nominations, but the SMB nomination is a real surprise and of course makes me pretty happy, as that mag is my baby. Lone Wolf will win, of course, but the nomination is nice. My sincere thanks to everyone who works on SMB.
4-30-02—- Gaming News
The Magic Box has details and images from Taito’s newly announced game addition in the Densha Go! Series. The PlayStation 2 train simulation Densha de Go! Chapter of Ryojo, scheduled to release in Japan this summer. This time in the game you will control the ground level trams (street cars), which runs within the city traffic. The trams will have more stops than trains, and you have to let passengers to get on and off the trams, as well as announcing the name of the stop. There are 3 view modes available: Front View, Driver View and Outer View. The game will have new routes and an original mode not found in the arcade version. Due to the