Posts in: July, 2002

Anime News Service – July 21-25 Anime News

7-25-02—- More On Guillotine Release

Thanks to Daniel for mentioning Amazon has Master Of The Flying Guillotine for pre-order under $20, and claims it will be available on dvd Sept. 17.

7-25-02—- Asian Cult Films Latest

Thanks to nick for this news from KFCS:

Battle Royale DVD
From sexgoremutants Here’s coming the much-anticipated directors version of the cult movie ‘Battle Royale’. Released in cinemas in Japan, but never before seen in the UK, the Battle Royale Directors Cut DVD features an extra 8 minutes, including an alternative ending (all with optional English subtitles), presented in anamorphic widescreen. This limited edition two-disc set also features a Making Of documentary, interviews with director Kinju Fukasaku and Beat Takashi Kitano, and original theatrical trailer. In addition, the boxed set will include a poster art collectors card and a unique film frame card and a 4-page booklet. Choose your weapon and fight for your copy now before the new term begins. The limited edition set will retail for £29.99 and will go on sale from the 29th of September.

The Ultimate Godzilla DVD Collection DVD
From Sony Music! Five huge DVDs in one monstrous collection! The Ultimate Godzilla DVD Collection features Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla VS. Mothra, Godzilla’s Revenge, and Terror of Mechagodzilla, as well as a special bonus DVD, Rodan. Release Date: September, 2002/A>

Dolls Takeshi Kitano’s [Fireworks, Brother, Kids Return, Violent Cop] next directorial project, “Dolls”, is finally complete and will be released in Japanese theater this October and will be released internationally sometime next year. The film’s central theme is love and focuses on 3 stories overlapping each other. Official Web Page:

Drive The new Sabu [Non-Stop] movie, Drive, is also getting a release this August in Japanese theater. Official Web Page:

Tokyo 10+01 is the new movie from director Higuchinsky (Uzumaki) and will be released in August in Japanese theater. WE don’t have that much info about it yet, except that Japanese actor Masanobu Ando is on the main cast and that the movie si distributed by KSS (Versus) Official Web Page:

At last, the masterpiece MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE, will be released as a special edition. The DVD will contain the English and mandarin language and English sub. A remastered wide screen transfer and a couple of interesting extra: 12 Minutes Of Restored Footage; Audio Commentary By Film Critics Wade Major & Andy Klein; Trailers (Original Chinese Release, US Release, US Restored Version Release); Still Gallery; Biographies

The original Ring
The book of The Ring, writ[ten] by Koji Suzuki, will be available in English in North America this September, for a listed price of 15$. As for the American remake of Hideo Nakata’s movie, it will open in theater on October 18th.

And finally, straight from the Miramax headquarters is J. D. Nguyen’s interview of RING’s Executive Producer and all around cool guy, Roy Lee. Wanna know what’s happening with all the Asian remakes and future upcoming projects that are coming out in Hollywood? Read on and be amazed!

7-25-02—- Nintendo To Establish Booth In Panasonic Center From September

Thanks as always to Yukio (Dead Shot Club) for this info:

Matsushita Electric Industrial(“Panasonic co’ltd”) announced establishing the booth “Nintendo Game Front” (NINTENDO game front) where Nintendo can experience the game software of the company in the “Panasonic center” to be opened in the Ariake waterfront subcenter in September on 24. The about 30-person accommodation by 130.72 square meters are possible for the width of a booth. Free experience of a “NINTENDO game cube”, the newest game software of the “Game Boy advance”, etc. can be carried out. At the present ordinary homes, it is said by using Matsushita’s newest digital equipments, such as a big screen plasma display and a video projector, that the highest game experience with difficult realization is offered. Furthermore, proposals of new “play”, such as a cooperation function of a game cube and the Game Boy advance, are performed. The Panasonic center is an institution which generally introduces a product, technical development, etc. of the Matsushita group. In the company, it is regarded as the “comprehensive information reception-and-transmission base” which is not a mere showroom institution. In addition, about collaboration with other companies of Nintendo, it is said that it is now undecided.

7-25-02—- ADV Manga?

Courtesy Michael and sourced to a piece on Right Stuf’s, it looks like anime giant ADV Films will soon be backing up it’s initial foray into publishing by jumping into the manga arena, competing with manga giants Viz, Dark Horse, Tokyopop and CPM.

Animation World Network’s ( latest newsletter contained an interesting blurb on a new partnership formed between ADV Films and Japanese based CoMix Wave, Inc.. ADV will work towards promoting CoMix Wave’s properties stateside.

You can read the excerpt from AWN’s newsletter below.

North American anime distributor A.D. Vision, Inc. (ADV), has partnered with CoMix Wave, Inc., a Japanese anime and manga management and production company, to promote and popularize CoMix Wave’s creative talent and holdings. CoMix Wave manages more than 50 of Japan’s top manga artists and illustrators, and works to discover and promote new talent within the industry. The company also manages production – both in Japan and overseas – of a variety of anime projects, including Koji Morimoto and Studio 4C’s Clio Award- winning spots for Hong Kong shoe franchise La Saunda, and the film Voices of a Distant Star by Makoto Shinkai. As part of the new alliance, ADV hopes to expand recognition of manga artists within an American fan base. ADV will also help CoMix Wave create and market merchandise and related media from the artists’ works and intellectual properties.

7-24-02—- Anime Music Takes To Costa Rican Airwaves

Thanks to Jay for this:

Today, Wednesday july24th, radio station 979 conexion gave the fandom of Costa Rica the oportunity to listen to 4 anime hit songs: Zankoku no Tenchi no Thesis from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Its Gonna Rain from Rurouni Kenshin, Sakura Saku from Love Hina

Anime News Service – July 11-17 Anime News

7-17-02—- New York Tokyo Video Coverage On Air

“Random Intelligence” (30 minutes)
Premiere : Fri, 7/19 @7:00pm
Repeats : Sat, 7/20 @2:30am & 3:00pm
Sun, 7/21 @3:00am, 11:00am, 6:30pm & 10:30pm
Time Warner Digital Ch.132.
also available on Direct TV satellite.

7-17-02—- MTAC Announces Takayuki Karahashi

Thanks to Cole Stant of the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention for informing us the con has recently announced the Japanese guest Takayuki Karahashi present at this year’s convention taking place August 9th – 11th.

This will be the third MTAC ever and we’re expecting a large number of people as well as a wide array of quality events and guests.

Middle Tennessee Anime Convention

7-17-02—- Sony In Trouble?

From the July 17th edition of IMDB Thanks to Daniel for nabbing this news:

Shares in Sony dropped more than 4 percent on the Tokyo stock exchange today (Wednesday) following a further rise in the Japanese yen as well as reports that the company may have engaged in questionable accounting practices. Reuters, which commented that the company is “widely considered one of Japan’s most conscientious firms in financial disclosure,” quoted a company spokesman as saying that the rumors “have no foundation in fact.” The rumors were reportedly touched off by Howard Schilit, author of Financial Shenanigans, who raised questions about Sony’s accounting practices during congressional testimony earlier in the week. Schilit’s Center for Financial Research and Analysis (CFRA) investigates corporate accounting deception. The Sony spokesman said that the company had never been contacted by the CFRA.

7-17-02—- Millenium Actress Dream Works Acquisition Mention

Courtesy Daniel, proving some of the most cutting edges sources of news can also be lagging on some angles, AICN has profiled the topic.

7-17-02—- Production I.G. Set To Unveil New Project Online

Production I.G. has announced that on July 22nd at midnight (0:00am) Tokyo time, the studio will release a new section within our current website with details covering our next animated project that has been in development for nearly two years.

The new website will include video clips, image galleries, interviews and will be updated regularly as production moves forward. I.G. head, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa has expressed he is personally very proud of the work done on this project. All of the creators and people involved in making this project have worked extremely hard to demonstrate our steadfast commitment to creating high quality Japanese animation for the world to enjoy.

Fans can check out on July 22nd to learn more about this high profile project.

7-16-02—- International Channel Slayers Episode Mixup

During the International Channel’s ongoing run of the Slayers TV series, epsiode 21 was skipped recently. Reportedly, this was due to “plain and simple human error” and so now fans can catch Episode 21 will this Sunday, July 21. Episode 22 will air on July 28, and episode 23 will air on August 4. Those interested in more info can sign up for their free monthly e-connections newsletter by clicking on Club IC on the web site. This will keep you up-to-date regarding scheduling changes and upcoming movies and special programming.

7-16-02—- Bandai Purchases Tsukuka

BANDAI announced that it has purchased the Japanese toy company, TSUKUDA ORIGINAL on July 16.

BANDAI acquires all of TSUKUDA ORIGINAL’s stock since July 15. The acquisition price is not clarified and business in the new system will be started in October.

A toy enterprise is strengthened with long seller items, such as “Othello”, a “Rubix Cube”, etc. which TSUKUDA original has. Bandai wants to expand their business by utilizing the toy making know how Tsukuda Original. It is supposed that joint development goods will be put on the market within the year.

TSUKUDA original was established as the manufacturing department of TSUKUDA in 1974. Besides Othello and the Rubix Cube, “Slime” and air compression type water gun “Air Water Gun” series is sold.

7-16-02—- Cowboy Bebop English Dub Movie Premiere At BAAF


Much Anticipated Film Debuts August 30th With Widely Popular Original English Voice Cast

New York, NY – The Big Apple Anime Fest 2002 (BAAF 2002) is proud to announce that the festival will premiere the theatrical English dub version of “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” on August 30th, 8:00pm at Loews State Theater (Virgin Megastore) in New York City’s Times Square. 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 Cartoon Network. The show, which fuses compelling sci-fi elements with an amazing soundtrack, has been called one of the greatest Japanese anime imports ever. Cowboy Bebop fans have not only been eagerly anticipating the movie, but they also successfully lobbied to make sure that film included the original English-language voices they have come to know and love. Cowboy Bebop is scheduled for release by Columbia-TriStar Pictures in early 2003.

Cowboy Bebop takes place in outer space during the year 2071. Spike Spiegel, a former gangster and Jett Black, a former cop are a bounty hunting team who chase down the galaxy’s toughest criminals for the price on their heads. Throughout their action-packed adventures, they are joined by Faye Valentine, a cool, confident, sexy gambler and Ed, a brilliant, teenage computer hacker. David Lucas is the voice of Spike Spiegel, Wendee Lee is Faye Valentine and Beau Billingsley is Jett Black.

Ryoko Maebayashi, Big Apple Anime Fest Coordinator, says she is thrilled to premiere Cowboy Bebop: The Movie at the 2002 festival. “Cowboy Bebop is one of the greatest anime shows to come out of Japan. The English language version will be a true event and we are proud that fans will be able to see this film first at BAAF 2002.”

The Big Apple Anime Fest, a weekend long celebration of anime manga culture, will launch its 2002 event on Friday,

Anime News Service – July 5-10 Anime News

7-10-02—- Mobile Suit Gundam Seed And Dragon Drive Games Coming

Bandai has announced that it will release PlayStation 2 titles based on upcoming animated series Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Dragon Drive in Japan. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed is the latest installment in the Gundam series, and it is scheduled to begin airing this October, followed by the release of a PS2 game sometime in December in Japan. Meanwhile, Dragon Drive is scheduled for a release on October 3 in that territory. The release of the animated series and the PlayStation 2 titles in the North American market has not been announced.

Source: Gamespot via Daniel

7-10-02—- Fist Of The North Star Manga Clarifications

Regarding Gutsoon’s Fist Of The North Star manga announcements at AX, thanks to Sam Humphries of Gutsoon Entertainment for this news:

As revealed in the Gutsoon!/RAIJIN COMICS panel at AX, Gutsoon! will be publishing trade paperback collections of a “remastered” and full color edition of Fist of the North Star in the near future.

So, Gutsoon! does have the Fist of the North Star license. Fist of the Blue Sky will be first serialized in RAIJIN COMICS and then collected, while Fist of the North Star will go direct to tankoban.

Keep your eyes on for more information on these publication and all of Gutsoon!’s plans!

Also, the DVD that is offered with the one year subscription will have the first episode of the new Fist of the Blue Sky anime, as well as the first episode of the Baki the Grappler anime. Full details can be found at our site.

7-10-02—- Tokyopop Announces Akira And Lupin The 3rd Manga

Fromn the release:

Los Angeles, CA (July 5, 2002) – TOKYOPOP® today announced the acquisition of publishing rights to the highly popular manga series Lupin the 3rd and the movie books for Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. Adding to its successful and unprecedented line of Authentic Manga books, TOKYOPOP® will publish the classic series Lupin the 3rd in its original right-to-left format. Akira will join such mega-hits as Cardcaptors in the company’s growing catalog of Cine-Manga titles (digitally captured screen stills laid out in a storyboard format).

Created by renowned manga-ka (author) Monkey Punch, Lupin the 3rd first debuted in a 1967 issue of Japan’s Manga Action Weekly magazine. Since then, the Lupin the 3rd franchise – including a long list of anime TV shows, movies, merchandise and maestro Hayao Miyazaki-helmed feature Castle of Cagliostro – has become a national hallmark in Japan.

The manga follows the life of international master thief Lupin III, who comes from a long line of high-stakes bandits committed to stealing from the rich for personal wealth. Lupin is joined by partners-in-crime Daisuke Jigen, an ex-mafia hit man who carries himself with a somber demeanor, and Goemon Ishikawa, a tacit swordsman who mysteriously fades in and out of Lupin’s exploits. Fujiko Mine – a thief herself — is the object of Lupin’s affections, but the duo’s romance remains in turmoil as their fierce competition interferes.

Considered the most successful anime feature film to date, Akira’s 1988 U.S. release introduced the anime genre to a new generation of Americans. Its digitally restored 2001 theatrical release was followed by a DVD that topped anime charts last year and spawned a series of action figures.

Akira is set in the futuristic post-war megalopolis known as Neo-Tokyo. Sinister, dangerous and infested with gangs, this is a world in which the government and crime syndicates differ only in their methods of deviousness. Neo-Tokyo’s dirty secrets are hidden by its powerful military and corruption runs rampant. When two childhood friends find themselves in a massive government cover-up, their lives, along with countless others, are threatened. A single boy – Akira – may be their only hope.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to release such treasured classics as Lupin the 3rd and Akira, two series that hold tremendously high esteem with both anime aficionados and the mainstream public,” said Stuart Levy, TOKYOPOP Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “These acquisitions could not be more timely as we continue the expansion of our successful authentic manga and Cine-Manga businesses.”

7-10-02—- Steel Angel Kurumi Rizerumoin Second Series

Character designs on Pc-Moe’s Rizerumoin second series can be seen at Chara Ani here. Some recapped details on the second Steel Angel Kurumi TV series which will run as part of Anime Complex NIGHT from October can be viewed here.

7-10-02—- Atsushi Takeuchi Announced For AXNY

Anime Expo New York is proud to announce Mr. Atsushi Takeuchi, the talent behind the cutting edge mecha designs from Production IG, as our Mecha Designer Guest of Honor. Mr. Takeuchi served as the mecha designer for Ghost in the Shell, Sakura Wars the Movie, Sol Bianca, Starship Cruiser Yamato 2520, Tenchi Muyo (AKA No Need for Tenchi), Armitage the III, Patlabor and Evangelion. Mr. Takeuchi has also shown his skills as a director, with titles like Ace Combat 3 (opening animation), Sakura Wars 3 Game (opening animation) and Yuki Kaze under his belt. Mr. Takeuchi has also served as the production designer for Ah My Goddess. Mr. Takeuchi has also done work as a key animator on Top Wo Nerae (AKA Gunbuster), Giant Robo, both of the Patlabor movies. Mr. Takeuchi is not limited to just the anime world. He has also done live action work doing storyboard, art and CG design for Andromedia (Movie) and was the mecha designer for Avalon, and Patlabor Live Action (Pilot Film). Finally, Mr. Takeuchi has done commercials for NTT DoCoMo, NTT DoCoMo and FROMA. This is Mr. Takeuchi’s first visit to an anime convention. For additional information, please visit the Anime Expo New York webpage at

7-10-02—- L.A. Times On AX 2002

The American newspaper, The L.A. Times has again attended Anime Expo and offered their view and encounters. Note: Readers must register with the time to read online.

7-10-02—- 4th Pokemon Movie American Title And Details

Yahoo states the American title for the 4th Pokemon movie will be Pokemon4Ever. It also mentions the directors