7-31-02—- Panasonic Reveals It’s BAAF Support Initiatives As Anime Is Set To Go On The Big Screen In Times Squre
The Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF) announces that Panasonic, a leading consumer electronics giant, has renewed its support of the annual event, which takes place Labor Day weekend, August 30th through September 2nd. Panasonic will again serve as the Festival’s official Audio/Visual Technology supplier. With Panasonic’s support, BAAF will display two 15-second anime segments throughout the day on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic screen in the heart of Times Square for one week, from August 26th through September 2nd.
Referring to the week of anime segments, Hiro Awanohara, Marketing & Sales Manager for Big Apple Anime Festival states, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to show some outstanding examples of the rapidly-growing anime manga culture on the captivating NBC Astrovision by Panasonic. Panasonic’s generous gifts and dedication to our festival is something we are proud of as we look forward to embracing the eyes of the public at the most popular location of New York City. ”
The Times Square large screen will feature anime from some special BAAF titles including much anticipated World Premiere and Exclusive Sneak Preview titles from TriStar Pictures and Dreamworks as well as classic titles from companies such as Central Park Media.
Industry giant, Panasonic will also supply a wide variety of hi-tech audio/video products to be featured at the Big Apple Anime Fest booth for the duration of the three-day festival. David Williams, Senior Manager of Brand Strategy Group at Panasonic noted, “Panasonic is honored to be joining forces with the Big Apple Anime Festival once again by providing the audio and video resources that will allow the exciting Anime culture to be enjoyed and celebrated by even more New Yorkers.”
Taking place this year over Labor Day weekend, the Big Apple Anime Fest has become known as the “Cannes Film Festival of the Anime Manga Culture.” Japanese animation (anime) is one of the hottest media trends among today’s global youth. Having established itself last year as the largest anime film festival in America, the BAAF 2002 Film Festival will feature premieres, retrospectives, symposiums, autograph sessions, dealer booths, creative panels, and a costume party, The events will be held at locations around Times Square, including The Directors Guild Theater on 57th street [57th St is no place near Times Square], the Marriott Marquis Hotel, and the Virgin Megastore.
This year an all-star collection of anime celebrities including renowned directors, Daichi Akitaroh and Yoshiyuki Tomino, anime producer, Maki Taro, and voice actors such as Mandy Bonhomme, Rachael Lillis, Liam O’Brien, Ed Paul, Eric Stuart, and Jimmy Zoppi are expected as Guests of Honor.
The festival will feature the world premiere the theatrical English dubbed version of “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie,” a sci-fi action adventure scheduled for theatrical release by TriStar Pictures in early 2003. At the premiere, Cowboy Bebop director, Shinichiro Watanabe, score composer, Yoko Kanno and Character Designer, Toshihiro Kawamoto will be on hand to meet their legions of fans. Cowboy Bebop is also currently an enormously popular animated TV show, currently seen in the U.S. on the Cartoon Network.
Panasonic consumer electronic products are marketed in the United States by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. The company is a division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., (NYSE:MC) of Japan, one of the world’s largest producers of innovative electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use. Matsushita Electric Corporation of America is a founding member of the Internet Home Alliance.
7-31-02—- Yasuhiro Imagawa Texan Anime Speaking Tour
From the release:
An Inside Look at Anime
A presentation by Yasuhiro Imagawa World-renowned writer, director, and producer of Japanese animation
Mr. Imagawa will talk about the behind-the-scenes process of making animated series and movies, showing video clips from the various programs he has created or directed. His projects include Mr. Ajikko, G Gundam, 7 Nanas, Gianto Robo—The Night the Earth Stood Still, The Violinist of Hamelin, Boy, and Pet Shop of Horrors.
Monday, August 5, 2002 7:00 p.m. Addison Conference & Theatre Center 15650 Addison Rd. Addision, Texas 75001-9010 Free admission
Tuesday, August 6, 2002 University of Houston Houston Ballroom at UC 6:00 – 8:30 PM with Q & A and autograph session
For more information contact the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth at firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 214-761-1791, fax 214-761-1793.
Contact Kira Farmer at 713-652-2977 or email email@example.com for more information
Presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, AnimeFEST, and the Consulate-General of Japan at Houston.
7-31-02—- Evangelion On Sputnik
From Manga’s latest newsletter courtesy Daniel:
Today is the day you can begin previewing episodes from the first half of the final movement in the epic Neon Genesis Evangelion saga, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth! In the weeks ahead, we will be streaming additional excerpts from this masterful anime classic-in-the-making.
Created by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire) and Studio GAINAX (The Wings of Honneamise), the full-length DVD and VHS releases of Manga Entertainment’s Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth also hit the streets today. The double-sided D&B DVD is Manga’s most technically advanced to date, complete with audio commentary and an interactive, chapter-specific reference guide to Eva terms, characters and plot explication–an important introduction for Eva newcomers and a comprehensive resource for the Eva-literate. See below for an example of the wealth of informational detail contained in the DVD’s “Mokuji Interactive” feature.
We hope you enjoy this and subsequent online sneak previews of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth, the first of two sweeping, all-of- Eva-encompassing anime blockbusters. Stay tuned for future details and streams from the second, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion, in September.
Watch it here! http://www.sputnik7.com/vod/anime
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7-31-02—- Escape From Anime Update
Daniel sends this in:
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