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Anime News Service – June 26-28 Anime News

6-28-02—- New At Midnight Eye

Something of a New Wave theme to this issue, with a look back at the Glory Days of 60s experimental cinema in Shohei Imamura’s too often ignored pioneering piece of documentary trickery, A MAN VANISHES. Then we take a look at that what happens when you take one former linchpin of the 60s avant-garde and stick him in the savannah with James Stewart and a pack of lions: AFRICA STORY. And the excitement reaches fever pitch as TADANOBU ASANO allows us a peak through the door of stardom to reveal exactly what it means to be one of Japan’s top favourite box office draws! Enjoy!

6-28-02—- Laputa DVD R2 Specs

Thanks to Daniel for this:

Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta (Laputa: Castle in the Sky)
DVD (Region 2, NTSC)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
4 October 2002
Catalog #:
124 minutes
2 Discs. Japanese and English audio (both DD 2.0) with Japanese and English subtitles. It is not yet known if the English audio track is the new Disney dub or the older Streamline dub. Second disc contains storyboards, trailers, and other extras.


6-28-02—- Tokyopop To Complete Saint Tail Collector’s Edition

According to Anime Dream:

According to TOKYOPOP’s Kristien Brada-Thompson, “TOKYOPOP has decided to create a single, collector’s edition package for SAINT TAIL’s remaining three volumes, rather than publishing them individually. We strongly believe that this three-pack series finale will be a fan-favorite — very reasonably priced and a substantial value to collectors.”

Several series have been dropped midstream by other companies due to lack of sales, however this will not be the case with Saint Tail as TOKYOPOP is committed to finishing out the whole run. No release date has been announced for the collector’s edition, though we suspect an announcement at this year’s Anime Expo.

6-28-02—- Kirby Anime USA TV Premiere

Kirby the animated series premieres on September 14 2002 on FoxKids. You can check out NintendoPower magazine for their Kirby comic based on the show.

Thanks to Miceal for the link.

6-28-02—- More G On DVD

Thanks to Daniel for this news:

August 21, 2002 will see the release of both GMK and Godzilla’ 95 on DVD in Japan. GMK will be a 3 disc set priced at 10,000y. Disc 1 will be the film, Disc 2 & 3 will have hours of behind the scene footage, image galleries, and more. The GMK VHS will be on sale August 2.

Godzilla vs. Destroyer[The one where he dies.] is a single disc priced at 6,000y. It will have the usual audio commentaries, trailers, image galleries, and more. As usual neither GMK or GvsD will have English subtitles. Contact your favorite import dealer for ordering info.” Source: Monster Zero

6-28-02—- Japanese Elements Of Quentin Tarantino’s New Film Kill Bill

What went on at the Japanese set of Kill Bill-including some photos-can be found at AICN. Of note is that Japanese all-girl punk band The 5,6,7,8’s will have a cameo, and Aki Maeda (Noriko Nakagawa of Battle Royale fame)will have a part in the film.

Thanks to Daniel for the news

6-28-02—- HK/ Japan DVD Distribution Deal

Thanks to Daniel for this news from The Hollywood Reporter:

Video distributor Panorama Entertainment Ltd. has inked a deal with Japan’s Shochiku Co. Ltd. to distribute the latter’s film library of more than 4,000 titles in Hong Kong over the next five years. The deal between Shochiku and Panorama, which successfully applied for a public listing in May, was one of two official announcements at the sixth Hong Kong International Film and Television Market, also known as Filmart, which winds up today. This is the first deal that Shochiku has signed with any Hong Kong video distributor for its film library, which spans 107 years and includes classic titles such as “Tora San” and “Twilight Samurai.” The deal, with options to renew, includes Shochiku’s back-catalog label, Classic Movies, which includes titles by auteurs such as Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa. [Note from Daniel: Shochiku is also a distributor for Pistol Opera and the Katakuris.]

6-28-02—- Mangaverse #4 Preview

Stills and a summary of Marvel’s Mangaverse #4-featuring art by Ben Dunn-are available at Movie Poop Shoot.Thanks to Daniel for the link.

6-28-02—- All Tenchi Muyo Characters Present In Upcoming GXP Episode

According to the “project report section” on, all characters in Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki will appear in the episode 17 of “Tenchi Muyo! GXP.” Seinan will back to earth to visit Masaki family, and YES! Tenchi, Ryoko, Washu, Ayeka, Sasami, Mihoshi, Yosho and Ryoohki will be there to welcome Seinan.

Source: AIC Anime

6-28-02—- Puffy AmiYumi Sells Out Show Date In Los Angeles – Announces Extra Date

Due to overwhelming demand, Roxy (LA) show is SOLD OUT. Puffy AmiYumi is happy to announce that an extra date is added in Los Angeles.

Date: Friday 5 July Venue: Spaceland Address: 1717 Silverlake Bl. Los Angeles 90039 Info line: 323.661.4380 Door Open @ 8:30 pm Puffy on stage @ 11:30 pm Age restriction: 21yr old or over

TICKETS ON SALE FROM WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2002. Tix Hot Line: 1-800-965-4827

July 5 Los Angeles/Spaceland (age: 21+)
July 6 Los Angeles/Roxy **SOLD OUT**
July 8 San Francisco/The Fillmore (opening for The B-52s)
July 9 San Francisco/The Fillmore (opening for The B-52s)
July 11 Portland/Aladdin Theater
July 12 Seattle/I Spy
July 13 Vancouver/Richard’s on Richards (age: 19+)
July 16 Minneapolis/Quest
July 17 Chicago/Park West
July 19 Washington D.C./9:30 Club
July 20 NYC/Irving Plaza
July 21 Boston/Paradise Rock Club (age: 18+)
July 23 Toronto/The Opera House

6-28-02—- OTAKU Exhibit In L.A.

Thanks to Cool Japanese Toys for news that OTAKU, a new exhibit of artwork celebrating vinyl kaiju, will begin this Saturday. The show will feature paintings by Glenn Barr, Tim Biskup and Coop. Date: June 29 – August 10, 2002 Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29th from 8-11pm Where: Copro/Nason Gallery 11265 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230 Learn more about the show at the Copro/Nason website:

6-28-02—- New Lupin

Anime News Service – Marvel Mangaverse Goes Monthly

  • 16th Jun 2002
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what writer/artist Ben Dunn can do when allowed to reallyxcut loose!

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with ads.

Anime News Service – Status

Michael James Pinto has sent in some details on the current and future status of the recently emerged website.

“Right now our main goal for is to keep the front page fresh with reviews and links to anime (and animation) conventions.”

Michael notes the state of the site that fans have been familiar with for the greater part of it’s existance has subsided and given way to a “living” state:

“We know the website has a bad rep for being “under construction” for eons, so our first goal is to let the fans know that it’s alive (and worth coming back because there will be something new every month). We are also letting know distributors know that we exist, so we can act as an outlet for reviewing titles as they come to market.”

Also the people behind the site were involved in the truly early stages of organized fandom in America years before a good number of modern anime fans were born:

“Since two of the owners come from a background in fandom we see it very important to be fan friendly (of course we have to pay the rent too) so our first goal is to win back the fans by showing that the website is alive. One of the reasons we are including the convention listings is because Brian and myself ran some of the first anime rooms in the United States (blackmail material: Lunacon ’83) so we feel it’s one of our first jobs to help give some limelight to those brave souls who run the anime conventions and fan clubs of today. The people who run these conventions and video rooms never get much thanks for taking all the risks – yet they are the ones who introduce so many people to anime, so listing those conventions was one of the first things we wanted to do with the website.”

Anime News Service-Review: Pistol Opera

By Nicholas O’Malley

‘Pistol Opera’

Directed by … Seijun Suzuki

112 mins.

Most people don’t like films that alienate, jar, and toy with them. But I guess I won’t lie. I loved this movie. I like weird films so maybe I’m biased. But as that may be, Pistol Opera’s style can’t be denied. It grabs you by the back of your neck like a lion holding her cub. It’s not MTV, it isn’t Hollywood and it doesn’t even feel all that Asian. What is it? Imagination at its best. This is a ride through the characters minds, feelings, and actions. Some are imaginary, most are real but almost all are represented in minimalist moves like in a Noh play, except that almost every scene contains a burst of color sound and energy.

Number 3 Killer, Stray Cat, is a cocky up-start assassin for the Guild which is (As I can only imagine.) a conglomerate of hit men that keeps the world under control. She dreams of being the big shot, Number 1 Killer but is constantly seduced and belittled by her operator, a mysterious woman who wears a purple veil around her face. Stray Cat is sent on the assignment to kill Hundred Eyes, the Number 1 Killer, who went rouge and has been killing other assassins in the Guild. But no one is really sure who Hundred Eyes is as the higher up killers are more elusive.

What makes this movie interesting is the fact that it is a sequel to ‘Branded to Kill’, the cult film that was so bizarre, it got director Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu Studios. Goro Handa, the original Number 3 Killer (Originally played by Jo Shishido. Now played by Mikijiro Hira) reappears as Number 0 and is off and on a mentor and romantic interest of Stray Cat.

Surprisingly, Pistol Opera contains a variety of strong performances mostly given in soliloquies. My favorite is the one spoken by the servant of Stray Cat. She talks about a dream where a goldfish as big as a whale rotted to death and how the town people had to live so close to it. The servant in her dream though, didn’t mind living by death. It’s a perfect motto for an assassin and a very involving scene, one that makes me want to make sure I read the writing credits correctly when it said Kazunori Ito (Writer of the Gamera trilogy, Ghost in the Shell, and Avalon.).

This also goes back to my theory of Noh plays. A lot of this film relies on restrained movement and action. In a Noh play a few steps could equal as much as a hundred miles. You have to use your imagination to travel with those scenes. Of course the movie is wild, inventive and frenetic when it has to be. Especially for it’s bizarre shoot-outs and the big finale in the horror museum that looks like an Edogawa Rampo nightmare. Also I found like in Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter that most of the representational action is often similar to something I have seen in anime. It is very unique to find the influences of anime through Japanese live action cinema. Hopefully the boom of new exploitive films aren’t the end all reason to become interested in them.

People may not find this film wholly weird but kind of funny. The audience I saw it with definitely got a kick out of it (Even I didn’t take it all that seriously.) But I do highly recommend Pistol Opera for being a lush and radiant example of pure cinema.

Anime News Service – June1-3 Anime News

6-3-02—- New Macross Series Update

The upcoming Macross Zero OVA series will be 5 episodes long, presumably each episode being 30 minutes in length.

Source: Natsume Maya

6-3-02—- I.G. Item

Read about the experiences of Korean-American Rober Hwang in regards to working at Production IG at Production I.G..

Thanks to Daniel for the news

6-3-02—- Heart Cocktail To Become Anime

Watase Seizo’s Heart Cocktail Again will see the transition to mini TV anime shorts, each 5 minutes long. Watase, an illustrator who has toured with exhibitions in the U.S. has seen his “Heart Cocktail” romantic manga selling very well in Japan.

Source: Natsume Maya

6-3-02—- Manga Evangelion Movies Press

From the release:

Manga Entertainment Proudly Presents On DVD and VHS July 30, 2002

Chicago, IL- From the animators of GAINAX Studios (The Wings of Honneamise) and Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire) comes the most decisive chapter in the Neon Genesis Evangelion saga. Featuring groundbreaking animated action sequences and mind-blowing dramatic revelations; Death & Rebirth is truly a composition of epic proportions. Manga Entertainment will release Evangelion: Death & Rebirth on DVD and VHS in both English and the original Japanese language on July 30, 2002. Visit the special site to view the trailer, or participate in either our webmaster or online fan contest.

Manga’s most technically advanced DVD to date includes a double-sided DVD, special audio commentary and an exclusive Mokuji Interactive feature (Mokuji = “Contents”). Once activated, this feature will allow the viewer to select from an on-screen, chapter specific index of Eva-related terms, character descriptions, and other valuable information while viewing the film. The perfect resource for the seasoned Evangelion fan eager to learn more as well as a comprehensive introduction for those new to the story!

15 years after the Antarctic blast known as the Second Impact, the world once again faces the threat of the Angels – super-powered entities with the capacity to bring about a Third Impact capable of destroying all human life.

Summoned by his estranged father, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari reluctantly embraces his destiny as the pilot of the bio-engineered vessel known as “Evangelion Unit-01.” Alongside fellow Eva pilots Asuka Langley and Rei Ayunami, Shinji battles against the host of invading Angels. But all is not as it seems. Amidst layers of subterfuge, and the competing agendas of secret government organizations each seeking to manipulate the children and their Evas for their own ends, Shinji, Rei and Asuka must each come to terms with their past and unearth their own identities.

Told from the various perspectives of the tale’s primary characters, Death & Rebirth is a composition of epic proportions. The first half of the film is an orchestrated retelling of episodes 1 through 24 of the original groundbreaking Neon Genesis Evangelion saga. Supplemented with startling new animated sequences, Death offers a unique insight into the personal worlds of the characters as conceived of by the series’ director Hideki Anno.

In Rebirth, the second half of the film, we see an alternate vision of episode 25 of the original series. Seele, the secret international organization behind the development of both the Evangelion project and the Human Complementation project, is concerned about the way the projects’ director, Ikari Gendo, is proceeding. Convinced that Gendo is implementing his own plans, they set out to wrest control of the projects and capture Eva Unit-01. Using the nine-production model Evangelions under their command, and a force of conventional troops, Seele undertakes a full-scale invasion of Central Dogma – the operation control center beneath Tokyo-3. All key roles in the English language version of Death and Rebirth are reprised by the original voice-actors from the Neon Genesis Evangelion series!

Double-sided DVD Features: · Letterbox · English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound · English & Japanese Stereo · Subtitle options for Dialogue & On-screen Text · Audio Commentary by Amanda Winn Lee (English Language Director, and voice of Rei Ayanami) other voice commentary by Taliesin Jaffe & Jason C. Lee · Mokuji Interactive Feature* · In-depth Index of Characters, Angels, Evas & Terms · Photo Gallery · Original Japanese Trailers · Japanese Production Credits · End of Evangelion Preview · Manga Previews · Web Links · Manga Fan Club

Studio: Manga Entertainment Sales & Distribution: WEA Street Date: July 30, 2002 Pre-Book Date: July 3, 2002 Genre: Drama/Action Running Time: 115 minutes (both DVD and VHS) DVD: SRP: $29.95; Barcode: 6-60200-4107-2 (8); Catalog Selection #: MANGA4107-2 VHS (English): SPR $19.95; Barcode: 6-60200-4108-3 (4); Catalog Selection #: MANGA4108-3 VHS (Subtitled) SRP: $24.95; Barcode: 6-60200-4108-3 (4); Catalog Selection #: MANGA4108-3

6-3-02—- Garinpeiro Reveals Details On New Projects Xevious And 6 Angels

Garinpeiro’s Debut for their 95 minute animated feature 6 Angels at a Tokyo movie festival in December of 2001 drew a large amount of attention from fans and press alike. Starting July 6th, the film begins nationwide theater distribution starting in Ikebukuro screening in DLP.

Directing is Akimoto Yasuwith Gundam Z and ZZ mecha designer Kobayashi Makoto reprising that role of production on this project while Kato Yutaka of (I’m Gonna Be An Angel) adds her talent as character designer.

Based on the 1983 arcade title, the Xevious anime feature runs 75 minutes and is due from August 3rdalso running at Ikebukuro in DLP format. Purodyusa and Naco will team on production, Takano Yutaka willdesign characters, Masaharu Ogawa is on Mecha design.

6-3-02—- Charity Selection For Anime Expo Auction

According to Mike Tatsugawa of Anime Expo:

We have looked through over 200 charities to try to determine the best cause to donate the proceeds of the SPJA 9/11 Charity Auction. We have narrowed down the candidates to a select eight. We have cleared these organizations with the Better Business Bureau to insure their status as a legitimate aid organization for the victims of 9/11. Because I’m not a local from the New York area, any comments on these charities is extremely welcome while we talk to these organizations to get it down to one or two recipients.


The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

Robin Hood Foundation

September 11, 2001 Children’s