5-31-02—- Cornelius American Tour Dates
Among an increasing influx of Japanese musical talent streaming into American venues this summer, add the name of one incredibly gifted musician, Cornelius. His American tour dates are as follows:
8/07 – Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
8/08 – Philadelphia, PA (Theatre Of Living Arts)
8/09 – New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
8/10 – Boston, MA (Axis)
8/12 – Detroit, MI (St. Andrews Hall)
8/13 – Chicago, IL (Park West)
8/14 – Minneapolis, MN (Ascot Room @ Quest Club)
8/23 – Los Angeles, CA (El Rey Theatre)
5-31-02—- Upcoming TV Series Peeks
According to Natsume Maya-san, images of characters from Xebec’s coming Rikujyou Bouei Tai Mao-chan (Ground Defense Force Mao-chan) have been added to the studio’s website. There one can see an image of the three primary school girls Mao, Misora and Silvia, who protect Japan from mysterious aliens.
Two short ads for Saishu Heiki Kanojo (She, the Ultimate Weapon) can be viewed at the official site’s gallery.
5-31-02—- Capatin Harlock Endless Odyssey Series Broadcast Discontinued
As previously reported, in recent days news regarding the planned upcoming AT-X broadcast in Japan for the new Space Pirate Captain Harlock: The Endless Odyssey TV series had been building with the network reported to be airing the 13 episode series from June 27th. In a surprise move as viewed by many today (although original plans called for the airing to begin in September), a discontinuance of broadcast notice has been issued by AT-X citing “circumstances in regard to production” as being behind the move. If the series will be rescheduled to air in the future is currently unknown, however, a planned DVD video release by VAP of the first volume “Hakidame no Blues” on September 19th still holds with no apparent changes in that date at this time.
As fans may recall, the new Harlock series is simply star studded in regards to top industry talent filling the various battle stations of production. Metropolis director and former Osamu Tezuka colleague, RinTaro who directed the original 1978 Harlock TV anime has returned to the directors chair. Escaflowne character designer Nobuteru Yuki serves as character designer with script by Sadayuki Murai (Perfect Blue, Boogiepop Phantom) writing script. Seiyuu on the project include Kouichi Yamadera (Spike Spiegel – Cowboy Bebop) Nachi Nozawa (Cobra) as Doctor Zero, Yuko Minakuchi (Yawara), Rei Sakuma (Aika), Seki Tomokazu (Van Fanel – Escaflowne), Emi Shinohara (Mizuki Kaho – Card Captor Sakura) as Shizuka and Fumiko Orikasa (Nazna – Inuyasha).
What’s known of the story to date is Rintaro’s request for a completely original story in the same setting of Arcadia as the original.
5-30-02—- New Bandai Shows On Adult Swim
According to Bandai Entertainment’s website, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is currently showing Cowboy Bebop, Mobile Suit Gundam: Stardust Memory, Outlaw Star, and Pilot Candidate. Mobile Suit Gundam, the show that started it all, will also be returning to Adult Swim starting in June. • Adult Swim airs Saturday and Sunday night on Cartoon Network. Saturday programs start from 11:00PM till 2:00AM (e/p). For show times, visit www.adultswim.com.
5-30-02—- Shin Departs Animeigo
According to a post on Animeigo’s discussion list by Robert Woodhead, longtime producer Shin Kurokawa has left AnimEigo to pursue:
some other opportunities (bigger and better things than he could do here, we hope), and of course we all wish him well. Before he left, Shin diligently trained the current production staff in the secrets of the AnimEigo way, so there should be no disruption in our output or change in our level of quality. Finally, Shin will probably be doing some work for AnimEigo on a consultant basis in the future. In particular on things like Liner Notes.
5-30-02—- City Hunter Author Tsukas Hojo And Northstar’s Tetsuo Hara Split From Shueisha
French fan site www.animeland.com reports Tsukas Hojo (City Hunter, Angel Heart) and Tetsuo Hara (Hokuto no Ken, Hana no Keiji) have split from Shueisha to create the new company, Coamix. A shakeup in the foreign translation rights seems to be occuring at this time with new rights not being granted. As existing rights expire, they may not being renewed. Animeland mentions in France the fallout includes licensor Tonkam withdrawing Rash and volumes 6-10 of Cat’s Eye in late June with future withdrawls expected. City Hunter and “Ken le Survivant” appear to be unaffected in their respective French releases. As fans may recall, Coamix is involced in Gutsoon! Media’s Raijin weekly manga anthology project slated for release in America this fall.
5-30-02—- Devil Hunter Yohko Collection 2
From the release:
RELEASE DATE SET FOR DEVIL HUNTER YOHKO COLLECTION 2
RELEASE CONCLUDES ADV FILMS’ TENTH ANNIVERSARY DVD PREMIERE OF ITS FIRST ANIME TITLE
HOUSTON, May 30, 2002 – ADV Films has set the street date of July 9, 2002 for Devil Hunter Yohko Collection 2, the final of two volumes collecting the popular horror/action anime title.
Originally directed by Katsuhisa Yamada (animator – Macross), Hisashi Abe (designer – Pet Shop of Horrors), and Akiyuki Shinbo (director – Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko), Devil Hunter Yohko was the first title licensed by ADV founders John Ledford and Matt Greenfield after the company’s formation in 1992. In celebration of ADV’s tenth anniversary, they are premiering this historic title on DVD.
The Story: Demonic bloodbath? Trial by hellfire? These things might cause a few problems for most people, but not teenage exorcist Yohko Mano. She’s the latest in a long line of professional Devil Hunters, and kicking monster butt is all in a day’s work for her. It’s a good thing too, because she’s going to need all her creature-slaying skills to survive the latest trials and tribulations that lie before her. The demon Tokima plans to open the floodgates to the demon plane and if Yohko wants to survive this battle, she’ll have to recruit some heavy-duty help! Then, there’s a new Devil Hunter in town. She looks like Yohko. She talks like Yohko. She even fights like Yohko. But she’s definitely not her, since she wants to eliminate Yohko and take over as