Posts in: September, 2002

Anime News Service – September 25 Anime News

9-25-02—- New Anime Articles got in contact with Ninja Scroll character designer Yutaka Minowa. At this link he reveals that the Kawajiri segment of the Animatrix will be a samurai drama.

Thanks to Daniel for the news.

9-25-02—- L.A. Times Reviews Nadesico

In yesterday’s L.A. Times newspapaer, Charles Solomon published a review of ADV’s Martian Successor Nadesico. View it here.

9-25-02—- TGS Highlights In Japanese Press

Thanks to Yukio-san (The Dead Shot Club) for this news from CNET Japan:

“TOKYO GAME SHOW 2002” (COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SUPPLIER’S ASSOCIATION ) opened in Chiba and Makuhari Messe on the 20th. 85 companies and the organization displayed about 500 titles mainly by the game maker and game vocational school of Japan and an overseas. The first day introduces exhibition of attention for the persons concerned and from the business day for presses. In addition, general public presentation is for two days on 21 or the 22nd. An admission ticket is 1200 yen (below a schoolchild is no charge) on the day.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCEI) displays the action game for PS2 “Ratchet-rank” as an 8th anniversary work of the “PlayStation” (PS) birth. A unique character runs about, all mechanics are equipped from an omnipotent wrench to Multiple Launch Rocket System, and it fires away at an enemy. This is put on the market on December 3. To others, many titles, such as a sequel “Xi-GO” (December 19 sale) of a popular puzzle game, music action “Let’s bravo music” (winter sale schedule) performed together by two persons, and the formal fantasy RPG “Dark chronicle” (November 28 sale), were sent for display. Moreover, reference exhibition of PS2 of a white body is carried out. It is undecided whether it puts on the market.

Sega turned PS2 and announced the robot waging-war action game “Virtualon Mars.” The automatic operation system by which a beginner can also enjoy a high-speed movement battle easily is adopted. Manual operation was also prepared for upper persons. 2003 year spring sale schedule. “Game cube” RPG “Eternal arcadia legend” displayed for turning calls it the thing which can be called “perfect version” which added the large additional element instead of the mere transplant of the Dreamcast version. November 28 sale. “Xbox” For turning, the sequel “Panzer-dragoon ORTA” of a popular shooting game is displayed. That sale is scheduled for December.

TECMO displays “Fighter of Argus” which remade the popular arcade game of former years for PS2. This game was again born as a 3D action game. NTT DoCoMo exhibited much those for “504i” series using the “i mode terminal” “i appli.”

BANDAI displays the object “SD Gundam G-Generation-NEO” for PS2. It is said for the original story for games that those who know old Gundam can also enjoy themselves in a fresh feeling. November 28 sale. Moreover, 2 titles, “From TV Animation One Piece TreasureBattle” (November 1 sale) and a “New-Kinnikuman new generation fighter vs tradition fighter” (November 22 sale), are displayed for game cubes. In addition, the game dealing with popular characters, such as “the Ninpyu squadron hurricaneger”(Ninryuu sentai hurricaneger) and “mask rider Ryuuki”, was announced for PS.

Pacific Century cyber-works Japan (PCCW) exhibited 3 titles of a professional wrestling live action game “Toukon heat” and the game “LOWRIDER’S” which competes for action of a car for PS2 by the “Game Boy advance” advance [ an action puzzle game “Toukon Inoki-doh” and ] The Antonio Inoki producing turning PS2 and turning. All three works will be sale-scheduled for December. Square turned PS2 and exhibited the playable version of the simulation game for RPG”Unlimited:SAGA” (December 19 sale) Game Boy advances “Final fantasy tactics advance” (this winter sale schedule).

9-25-02—- Special Dell And Square FF XI Computer Collaboration

Thanks to Yukio-san (The Dead Shot Club) in Kanagawa for this news:

Dell Computer sells the “Dell Dimension+Final Fantasy XI package model” which enclosed the on-line RPG of Square “Final Fantasy XI” (FFXI) to the desktop PC “Dimension” series for individuals.

According to the company, “Dimension 8200” of a high-end model and “Dimension 4500” of a main stream model are a base. For both models, CPU is Pentium 4. 1.8 GHz and graphics carried “GeForce4 Ti4200” of U.S. ENUBIDIA, and made the set the 19 inch liquid crystal display monitor “1900FP.” Customize by BTO is possible for fine specification. For FFXI (the PC version), it is the feature that it is the on-line RPG of sale and a high resolving image can be enjoyed rather than the 2nd edition of PS on November 7. For CPU, four or more Pentium and graphics are [ recommendation operation environment ] more than “GeForce3.” Moreover, in the case of “GeForce4 Ti” series, the picture effect of exclusive use can be enjoyed. The selling price and time of a package model are undecided. Dell supposes that it will notify by the website, as soon as details are decided.

Source: CNET Japan

9-25-02—- Kikuko Inoue Birthday

Happy Birthday Kikuko Inoue on September 25th!

9-25-02—- Bandai In November

From the release:

NOVEMBER 2002 RELEASE UPDATES Mobile Fighter G Gundam

Broadcast on Cartoon Network’s popular Toonami block – Mobile Fighter G Gundam has topped the ratings chart among anime features currently on broadcast! With a full line of action figures and model kits, apparel, Playstation 2 video games, and other related merchandise – Experience Gundam like never before on DVD home video!

Directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa (Giant Robo) – The action and excitement of Gundam reaches epic proportions! The year is Future Century 60 – It is time for the “Gundam Fight” tournament! Each country sends a Gundam to Earth for this prestigious tournament in the hopes of winning power and glory for their homeland! But this time, there’s an unseen evil lurking behind the scene. Domon Kasshu, Neo Japan’s reluctant Fighter, is determined to uncover this evil and clear his family name! The fight to the top begins now!

The first 15 episodes will be released individually on DVD as three separate volumes – A special collector’s DVD box set will also be released containing the first 15 episodes as well.

Anime News Service – August 26 – September 16 Anime News

9-16-02—- Media Blasters Theatrical Release Schedule

From, courtesy to Daniel for the link:

October 05 Scarlet Diva Calgary Film Festival, Calgary, Canada
October 09 Fudoh 4 Star Theater, San Francisco, CA
October 12 Versus Olympia Film Society, Seattle, WA
October 12 Scarlet Diva Royal Cinema, Toronto, Canada
October 18 Fudoh Clinton Street Theatre, Portland, OR
October 18 Versus Dark Wave Festival, San Francisco, CA
October 19 Versus/Freeze/Q/Ichi Exophagy Film Festival, Alberta, Canada
October 25 Scarlet Diva Cinema du Parc, Montreal, Canada
October 25 Riki Oh – The Story of Ricky Rhode Island Horror Festival, Newport, RI
October 25 Robotrix Rhode Island Horror Festival, Newport, RI
October 31 BioZombie The Grand Illusion, Seattle, WA
November 01 Fudoh Cinema du parc, Montreal, Canada
November 01 Scarlet Diva 4 Star Theater, San Francisco, CA
November 07 Fudoh Royal Cinema, Toronto, Canada
November 10 Riki Oh – The Story of Ricky Subway Cinema, Asian Horror Festical, New York, NY
November 10 Visitor Q Carnegie Melon U, Pittsburgh, PA
November 13 BioZombie Subway Cinema, Asian Horror Festical, New York, NY
December 07 Pistol Opera Smithsonian, Washington D.C.,
December 11 Fudoh George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

More features will be added later in the month to help theater vendors. Our Theatrical Representative at Media Blasters is Carl Morano and he can be reached at (212) 944-9224 Ext. 240

9-16-02—- Ring Novel News

5 September, 2002: The English version of the Ring that had been listed on Amazon has turned out to be bogus. Just as we suspected, the listing was based on an older press release naming Viz as the publisher, while a newer statement from Viz (issued in June) claims that copyrights are instead held by Vertical, Inc. Word is that the we can expect the Vertical edition around Spring of 2003 (Thanks Johhny Butane).

Source: Thanks to Daniel for the link

9-16-02—- Animagic Guests

Ani-Magic 2002 Guest List: Petrea Burchard – Ani-Magic welcomes Petrea to her very first Ani-Magic appearance! Petrea has been acting professionally for over 20 years in the Los Angeles area. To say she’s ‘best known’ as Ryoko (Tenchi Muyo) would be an understatement – over several series and movies, her voice has become synonymous with that troublesome space pirate. Recently, she lent her voice Lain’s mother (Serial Experiments Lain). Mrs. Burchard will be appearing at Ani-Magic on Saturday only.

Tristen Citrine – Tristen is an exceptionally talented costumer, both as a fan and as a professional. At the Venetian Resort/Casino in Las Vegas, she works on costumes and wigs for the scores of actors in their performances. At Ani-Magic, it’s more likely we’ll see her in a perfect recreation of some character, or perhaps in a costume entirely of her own design! Her website is at

Robert DeJesus – Robert is one of the most popular American manga artists, both in the U.S. and in Japan! Here his work can be found in Small Bodied Ninja High School, Family Pet, or Ai Candy. Across the ocean, he is one of the few American artists to have his work appear at Japan’s Comic Market. The Offical Robert DeJesus Home Page is at

Tiffany Grant – Tiffany has been acting since 1994, and to list all her roles would fill this page! To name a few – Maki (Burn Up), Madam President (Golden Boy), Elysse (Plastic Little), Asuka Langley Sohryu (Evangelion), June (Sol Bianca), Chocolate (Sorcerer Hunters), Dug Fin (Dragon Half), and several roles in Excel Saga. Not just a voice actress, she has also written several script adaptations for AD Vision. You can find her homepage at

Matt Greenfield – Matt is the producer for ADV films, bringing us the quality subs and dubs we come to expect from them. He was once just an anime fan, but managed to make it a profession! ADV’s massive release schedule has forced Matt to cut back on convention appearances, so we’re glad to have him at Ani-Magic. ADV’s home page is

Yaya Han – Yaya has been cosplaying since 1999 – although some of her extravagant costumes look like they’d take a decade to make! Her cosplay extends not only to anime, but to J-Rock costumes as well as her own original creations. As if that weren’t enough, Yaya is also a talented artist, weaving detailed linework into her compositions. Yaya’s site is at

Mike Hayes – The Haze-man hails from New Jersey, where he rules Haze Studios as a divine monarch. At the con, he’ll be showing the basics to drawing manga, as well as some advanced techniques, proving to would-be-artists that yes, you too can draw! Check out Haze Studios, at

Amy Howard-Wilson – Some of us may be too young to remember Amy’s best work, but you can always find a tape (or the new DVD collection) of Star Blazers. Her role as Nova drew many early anime fans into what is now an international obsession. More recently she has reentered the voice acting realm, playing Miranda in Irresponsible Captain Tylor! We’ll be hearing Amy’s voice for years to come. Her webpage is at

Katy Kleinhaus – Katy will be representing Speed Racer Enterprises at the con, bringing with her the Speed Racer 35th Anniversary Party! Has it really been 35 years since young Speed cruised across our TV screens? Come check out classic episodes from the series, a day when men were men, and cars were fast! The Speed Racer Official Pit Stop is at

Jason Lee – Is he a voice actor, a stand-up comedian, or an anime producer? Jason may well be known for his role of Mamoru Kusanagi (Blue Seed), but his biggest contribution to anime is coming through Gaijin Productions. This new translation and dubbing studio, founded by Jason and Amanda, will soon bear fruit with the release of Burn Up Xcess! Gaijin Productions makes their home on the web at

Wendee Lee – What hasn’t Wendee done? A Southern California native, she’s known for many of the most popular characters in anime – Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop),

Anime News Service – Riki-Oh West Coast Theatrical Premiere Report

A Night Out With Ricky

By Daniel Zelter

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky is based on an incredibly obscure manga and anime. I didn’t even know about the live-action film until I read about it in one of my HK movie guides. It looked campy, but my peers were calling it “the best kung fu movie ever”. (Whether they were being sarcastic is something I still am not sure about to this day.) So I decided-through my connections-to get myself a bootleg. Now at the time, Media Blasters didn’t own the movie, and the import dvd was already out of stock. (Even if it was in stock, Media Asia-the original distributor-is infamous for putting out inferior transfers.) When I first saw the movie, I was a little shocked and very disgusted. You see, Riki-Oh is disgustingly and absurdly violent. If you’re looking for another romantic martial arts movie like Crouching Tiger, this is NOT it! If you’re looking for a big-budget movie with decent special effects like Spiderman(which sucked by the way), this is NOT it! However, if you’re looking for a movie where the protagonist is so powerful, he literally punches holes in his enemies, washes glass shards away from his eyes, and sews his own wound with his veins, then Riki Oh is the movie for you!

So if I was obviously disgusted the first time, why did I see it again? Because my friend with whom I shared the bootleg would occasionally reference it, so I wanted to give it a second chance, and gradually its cheesiness eventually grew on me. So much so that I eventually got the dvd. (Available at Amazon for those interested.)

Basically, The Story of Ricky is about a powerful martial artist who gets arrested, because he killed a drug lord who kidnapped his girlfriend. In prison, the Assistant Warden(who has a claw for a left hand and a plastic eye for his left socket) sends his Gang of Four to exploit the inmates for labor and for torture. The Gang of Four include a guy with a dragon tattoo and a machete, an androgynous guy with some weird martial arts, a bearded behemoth, and a guy with blonde highlights who uses ropes and needles as weapons. For some reason, Ricky tends to be pacifistic, rather than defend his fellow in-mates and attack the guards. But when his life is threatened, he fights to the death.

If the blood being splattered like tomato ketchup wasn’t enough, the campiness is further extended when you see Ricky’s flashbacks with his girlfriend and uncle who trained him, not to mention Ricky’s closeness with his friends. The male relationships seem so blatantly homoerotic; and yet I doubt even the most hardcore yaoi fans would want to depict any of these muscled brutes together. And the violence is laughable at times, because they use damaged rubber dolls for close-ups.

Also, despite the name changes, the dub is the only way to see this movie! It just adds even more hilarity and unbelievability to the film. That’s why I decided to go-well that, and to mock what was on the screen.

The Nuart is primarily known for screening the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a film where you shout obscene and funny comments at the screen. When I actually got to the Nuart, a line was already forming, gradually becoming long enough to have to be pushed back into the alley. Obviously, the majority of the audience consisted of men (including one of my friends who works at Broccoli and the webmaster of; but there were a few women who came along for the ride, including a girl who was making out with a guy in line in front of me. One of the guys in line was a true Riki Oh fan, because he had a t-shirt. We had to wait a little bit past the show’s starting time, because the audience for the first movie hadn’t left.

But once we got to our seats, the excitement began. People were coming up with quick lines. My favorites include the scene where Ricky is meditating to heal from his last battle, and some guy in the audience shouts, “Damn Mexican food!” when he winces in pain. I also liked the part where Ricky is blowing his flute, when all of a sudden, a guard tells him to be quiet, and someone in the audience exclaimed, “You jerk!” Of course, people were also laughing at the dubbed voices, cheering everytime Ricky exerted his power, or expressing their disgust when people died in brutally violent ways. But by the end, everyone was really into the movie.

In the end, I still go by my warning that this movie isn’t for everyone. (It’s unrated for a reason!) But if you happen to find the movie playing near you, and you’re genuinely interested, go for it.