1-31-03—- Anime Nation Enters Production Arena With Risky Safety Acquisition
Anime Nation is proud to announce its entry into the official translation and distribution of Japanese animation, more commonly known as “anime,” in the American marketplace with the acquisition of “Omishi Magical Theater: Risky Safety” (Omishi Mahou Gekijou Risky Safety). AnimeNation is committed to bringing this wonderful and charming contemporary classic to English speaking viewers with a DVD exclusive release that will appeal to casual anime viewers and attract devoted anime aficionados. Risky Safety will be the debut release from newly created AN Entertainment, AnimeNationis home entertainment subsidiary devoted to providing Japanese animation to English speaking viewers.
ABOUT RISKY SAFETY: Broadcast on Japanese television between October 1999 and April 2000, Risky Safety is a gorgeously visual and emotionally touching humorous drama unlike anything else ever released in America before. The Risky Safety story revolves around junior high school girl Moe Katsuragi who is first introduced deeply saddened over her perception that the boy she likes has no interest in her. At the depths of Moe’s despair, the tiny apprentice death spirit Risky appears before her, urging Moe to give in to sadness and give up her soul. Matters become confused when Moe discovers that the little devil Risky actually shares a body with the clumsy but pure hearted apprentice angel Safety. The tug-of-war over Moe’s soul between devilish Risky and angelic Safety sets in motion a funny and touching 24 episode tale of fate, love, friendship, the cosmic balance of the universe, and even a few giant monsters!
In the tradition of Buena Vista distributed anime titles including Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away, Risky Safety is an inspiring and heartwarming story suitable for family viewing. At the same time, Risky Safety includes enough elements of traditional imported Japanese anime to appeal to even the most seasoned and selective anime fan. Risky Safety is based on a comic book story created by Ray Omishi, the creator of popular and successful anime series Sorcerer Hunters. Risky Safety also features a memorable theme song performed by fan favorite vocalist Maaya Sakamoto, the singer responsible for theme songs to popular anime imports including Escaflowne, Lodoss War, Card Captor Sakura, and RahXephon. The Risky Safety animation was created by Studio A.P.P.P., the veteran Japanese studio responsible for breakthrough hit anime titles including Robot Carnival and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures. The all-star Japanese voice cast includes veteran actors Maaya Sakamoto, Kikuko Inoue, Horie Yui, Rumi Kasahara, and Yuri Shiratori.
For images and additional detail about Omishi Magical Theater Risky Safety, visit the official English language Risky Safety website at RiskySafety.com.
ABOUT THE RISKY SAFETY DVD: AnimeNation is committed to providing discriminating anime viewers with an authentic and credible presentation of this imported Japanese series. To that end, AN Entertainmentis three volume Risky Safety DVD release will contain both English language audio and the original Japanese audio track with optional English subtitles. The subtitles will be adapted from a thoroughly researched “fansub” script- a dialogue script transcribed by devoted anime fans emphasizing translation accuracy and veracity to the original Japanese dialogue. Viewers that prefer English language dialogue will find Risky Safety immediately accessible and highly entertaining, especially supplemented with the extensive bonus liner notes detailing cultural and translation details that will be included on the AN Entertainment DVDs. The Risky Safety DVDs will also be packed with value-added bonus features including staff and cast biographies, trailers, image galleries, reversible DVD covers, and more. AnimeNation’s goal is to produce an archival, reference quality DVD release of Risky Safety that will keep viewers of all ages enthralled, and meet the high standards expected by die-hard anime fans and connoisseur of fine imported film.
1-31-03—- Saiyuki Release updates From ADVFilms
HOUSTON, January 30, 2003-ADV Films today announced an April 29, 2003 release for Saiyuki: The Journey Begins, first volume of the thrilling, humorous, wildly entertaining, 50-episode anime saga.
The first iterations of the Saiyuki tale were animated in the late 1960s, and based on the 16th-century Chinese novel Xiyouji, by Wu Cheng-En; ADV Films’ release of Saiyuki is based on a manga by Kazuya Minekura, and directed by Hayato Date.
Special Edition Available! ADV’s release of Saiyuki: The Journey Begins will be available in two versions: as a DVD in its standard case, or as a special edition, including the DVD, a t-shirt and a custom series art box, sized to hold the first six volumes of the series.
The Story: Once, demons and man lived together in harmony. But when a band of rogue demonic forces sought to resurrect a diabolical monster, dark spiritual energy began to cover the land-and the demons decided mankind was no longer friend, but food. Now, it’s up to a renegade priest, a monkey king, a lecherous water sprite, and a sympathetic demon to stop the resurrection and return harmony to the dangerous land.
Enter the world of Saiyuki! A unique universe of beauty and betrayal, where sacred scrolls battle enchanted weaponry and where dragons can transform into jeeps. A land of magic and menace, where four reluctant heroes are just as concerned about having a good time, a stiff drink, and a beautiful woman as they are about saving the world…
Saiyuki: The Journey Begins (SRP $29.98; special edition $44.98) is a DVD-only release, including both English- and Japanese-language versions of the title. Extras include clean opening and closing animations; historical background; production sketches; a Saiyuki trailer and ADV Previews.
SAIYUKI: THE JOURNEY BEGINS Running Time: 125 minutes; Age Rating: 15+ Pre-Book Date: 4/1/03 Street Date: 4/29/03 Format SRP DVD $29.98 DVD + Custom Series Art Box + T-Shirt $44.98
1-31-03—- AnimeBB Revamps
TALLAHASSEE, FL. January 31st, 2003 – AnimeBB.ORG of the AnimeBB Networks, announced the official release of AnimeBB V2.0 PHP. Since its opening in October 2001, the site has averaged well over 1 million hits and 30 thousand page views.
“We are happy by the current status of AnimeBB and the release of our newest version to the public.” said Lloyd Romero, AnimeBB Administrator and Founder. “We look to the future to provide the