Posts in: October, 2002

Anime News Service – Musical Background For Yoko Kanno’s Latest Project

According to Steve Conte’s Thunderdog Music label, while not much information surrounding the project is available to date Seatbelts member Steve Conte has confirmed a reunion with anime composer Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts group on the new animated TV series, “Wolf Rain”. The setting for the show occurs on Earth post a future ice-age. The series will be animated by Bones (Cowboy Bebop), with composition by Yoko Kanno and lyrics by Tim Jensen, performance by the Seatbelts.

According to the site:

Last month Yoko came from Tokyo to NYC to record Steve on three new songs at Soundtracks Studio. They recorded a song called “Stray”, and two versions of the title song “Wolf Rain”…one with the Seatbelts and one with Steve solo on a nasty, funky acoustic guitar. The sessions were engineered by the great Joe Chiccarelli who was Frank Zappa’s main engineer for 20 years and just recorded the new Elton John album.

Anime News Service – First Tokyo Mint Love Hina Statue Sells Out

Tokyo Mint, LLC has informed ANS that its first imported Love Hina statue-the gorgeous Naru Narusegawa Bikini Statue-sold out before shipping to retailers in December. The Naru statue, which was imported in an exclusive North American edition of 600, shipped to distributors December 12.

“We’ve been extremely gratified by the response to this first release in our Love Hina statue series,” said Tokyo Mint President Milton Griepp.

“Since we were just beginning to establish distribution for the line and a number of distributors have told us that they’ll begin carrying our line with our second statue, we expect even heavier demand for future releases.”

The second release in the Tokyo Mint Love Hina statue series, the Shinobu Maehara Bath Towel Statue, is scheduled for release in May 2003, but because of the long lead time for manufacturing distributors and some retailers will begin taking pre-orders in January. The new 1/8-scale statue, featuring another popular character from the Love Hina series, will be released in a limited North American edition of 800 at a MSRP of $99.

Tokyo Mint, LLC has also announced that the second statue in its exclusive line of Love Hina collectible statues will be Aoyama Motoko with Sword. This statue will be the first of this character, and the first at the larger 1/6 scale; it stands a full 13″ high. The North American edition will be 600, the same edition size as Tokyo Mint’s sold out Naru Narusegawa Bikini statue, which was released in December 2002. Each statue displays beautifully on a wooden base, and comes carefully packaged in an attractive color box (Japanese packaging with Tokyo Mint edition labeling). MSRP will be $139.

Anime News Service – September 26 – October 17 Anime News

10-17-02—- New Manga From Tokyopop

From the release:


Rebirth, Chronicles of the Cursed Sword, Dragon Hunter and King Of Hell

Los Angeles, CA (October 16, 2002) – TOKYOPOP® expands its Fantasy/Action library with the acquisition of four new manga properties that will be published and distributed throughout the U.S. Favorites among teen boys, Rebirth, Chronicles of the Cursed Sword, Dragon Hunter and King of Hell are action-packed fantasy adventures chock full of swordplay, magic and the supernatural. Each will be released as part of TOKYOPOP’s growing collection of Japanese and Korean manga, which is currently distributed to national retailers such as Borders, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks and SUNCOAST across the country.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to release these best-selling titles on the heels of the success of Dragon Knights, Ragnarok and Priest in the same genre,” said Stuart Levy, TOKYOPOP Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “These acquisitions could not be more timely as we continue the explosive expansion of our highly successful manga business.”

Rebirth Created by Kang-Woo Lee and first published in Korea in 1998, Rebirth tells the story of Dark Magician Deshwitat Rudbich, a vampire who was sealed in limbo 300 years ago by the Light Magician Kalutika. Resurrected in the present day, Deshwitat now vows to destroy Kalutika. He has the help of a team of spiritual warriors, and is determined to unlock the Light Magic necessary to bring this mad magician down for good.

Chronicles of the Cursed Sword Created by Beop-Ryong Yuy, this tale follows the life of Rayan, an orphan with no home, no skills and no apparent purpose in life. However, when he happens upon the PaSa sword — a cursed blade made from the bones of a demon king — he suddenly realizes he has the power to be a great hero. The sword’ s creator is the evil Shiyan, a royal vizier who needs the weapon to help him usurp the kingdom from its rightful monarch.

Dragon Hunter Created by Hong-Seock Seo, Dragon Hunter takes place in Kaya, a world where dragons shape people’s lives. Hunters make a living by slaying them, while shamans control them with incantations. Seur-Chong is a hunter with the Dragon’s Curse, a condition that gives him incredible strength and stamina, but it is slowly killing him. While this mercenary’s only initial concern is money, he is thrust in the middle of the power play among those who hire the hunters, and finds himself fighting for a cause more noble than anything he’ d ever imagined.

King of Hell In Na In-Soo’s King of Hell, there’s a rift between Hell and the mortal world, and lost souls have been escaping to torment the living. The King of Hell has released Ma-Je — the greatest swordsman in the underworld — to stop the wayward souls. A story with striking artwork and steeped in Eastern and Western mythology, King of Hell is currently one of the hottest new series in Korea.

10-17-02—- Manga On EOE

Thanks to Daniel for this:


October 14, 2002

Dear Manga customers,

Over the past 2 weeks we have received some e-mails in regard to our latest DVD release, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION “The End of Evangelion.” There have been isolated reports of the disc not performing well on certain DVD players. We have spent a great deal of time investigating these reported technical issues with some of the country’s leading DVD authoring, replication and QC facilities.

As a standard procedure with all Manga DVDs, the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION “The End of Evangelion” DVD was tested on over 50 different brand DVD players at a leading professional DVD lab and passed all performance and functionality tests before it was released. Through our new research we have found that the product for sale in the marketplace meets all performance, quality and playback standards.

If you have experienced difficulties playing your disc, we recommend the following:

1.If you have purchased a possible problematic disc, please return it to your store for an exchange. It is highly likely that the replacement disc will perform correctly.

2.If this procedure does not work for you, please send us your disc including the packaging to:

Manga Entertainment Evangelion DVD P.O. Box 482 Lincolnshire, Il 60069-0482

After our manufacturer tests and confirms your returned disc to be problematic, we will send you a replacement disc (allow 2 weeks delivery.) If your returned disc tests not to be problematic, it will be returned to you as is.

In recognition of any confirmed problematic DVD and to cover the inconvenience of shipping costs and delay to you, we will also send you a courtesy advance DVD of our upcoming November release Virus, from acclaimed anime director Masami Obari (Fatal Fury-The Motion Picture). This offer is valid only through November 26, 2002.

We have also been receiving many e-mails in appreciation of the excellent quality and production of the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION DVDs and we thank you for your feedback and support.

Isolated DVD performance and functionality issues are industry wide due to the nature of DVD technology, players and replication. Manga Entertainment takes pride and has given every effort to bring you the highest quality DVD productions on both of our NEON GENESIS EVANGELION DVD releases.

Thank you,

Manga Entertainment

10-17-02—- Free Anime Stuff In California

Bay Area Anime is giving away some anime stuff FREE ! See link below. (Open only to California residents though)

10-17-02—- Akadot Contest

Akadot is hosting a special Halloween contest, details, prizes and more can be read at:

10-17-02—- Newtype Launch Party

NEWTYPE USA and NEWYORK-TOKYO are hosting a launch party for NEWTYPE USA – THE MOVING PICTURES MAGAZINE tonight in New York City. A special anime screening by ADV Films, Anime video scratching by SQUARESQUARE, Music by BETA, SHEROQ, OSCAR POCHE and an Open bar & Hors d’oeuvres will be part of the festivities.

10-16-02—- Ikuru North American Release

Home Vision Entertainment, one of the leading distributors of foreign and classic films on DVD, announced at the 38th Chicago International Film Festival Critic’s Choice on