4-29-03—- Tokyo Mint Statue Schedule
Here’s an update on the statues currently solicited by Tokyo Mint with ship dates.
Statue Name Ship Date
Naru Narusegawa in Bikini December, 2002
Shinobu Maehara in Bath Towel June, 2003
Aoyama Motoko with Sword July, 2003
Naru Narusegawa in Pink August, 2003
Naru Narusegawa in Bath Towel September, 2003
Mitsune Konno in Purple October, 2003
Note: There will be two additional Love Hina statues from Tokyo Mint shipping November and December, 2003, which will complete the Tokyo Mint Love Hina statue series.
4-29-03—- Sega Adapts Tezuka Manga
Gamespot mentions Sega will make a game based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga, Dororo, which is about a samurai named Hyakkimaru who goes on a journey “to uncover his past and regain his humanity”. It’s being developed for the PS2.
4-29-03—- Tokyo Mint Announces Mitsune In Purple
Tokyo Mint Announces “Mitsune Konno in Purple” Sixth in Love Hina Series
Tokyo Mint has announced that the sixth statue in its Love Hina line will be the Mitsune Konno in Purple Statue, which is being pre-solicited in May for shipment in October. Mitsune Konno polls near the top of the Love Hina character list, and this larger (1/6 scale) rendering in a dramatic pose and striking outfit make this a strong entry in the line. The exclusive North American Tokyo Mint edition size for the Mitsune Konno in Purple Statue will be only 600 pieces. 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 $129.
4-29-03—- ADV Official Details For Latest Acquisitions
From the official ADV Films release:
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF “AZUMANGA DAIOH” SWIRLING RUMORS AT LAST PROVE TRUE; ADV FILMS PLANS MULTI-VOLUME DVD RELEASE FOR CAPTIVATING JAPANESE ANIMATED SERIES
HOUSTON, April 28, 2003-ADV Films today formally announced the acquisition for stateside release of “Azumanga Daioh,” an acclaimed Japanese animated series that premiered in early 2002 in Japan. “Azumanga Daioh,” was produced by Genco (“Serial Experiments Lain”) and JC Staff (“Excel Saga”), and is based on the manga (serialized in the Japanese magazine Dengeki Daioh) by Kiyohiko Azuma. ADV plans an Anime Network(tm) debut, followed by a DVD-only release for this comedy title.
About “Azumanga Daioh” “Azumanga Daioh” follows the day-to-day adventures of a comical group of high school girls and their equally eccentric friends and teachers. The manga by Kiyohiko Azuma was published as a series of four-panel strips, much like the traditional comic strips published in American newspapers. To reflect the concept of the manga, each episode of the “Azumanga Daioh,” anime consists of several loosely related, character-driven segments, many of which adapt Azuma’s original strips.
ADV Films leadership praised the title. “‘Azumanga Daioh’ is one of the most inventive and clever anime series to come out of Japan in the last few years,” ADV Films President, CEO and Co-Founder John Ledford said. “The original manga was a master stroke of originality, and the anime is very much in keeping with it. I think fans are going to be thrilled.”
Release Plans ADV has not yet announced specific release plans for “Azumanga Daioh,” but Ledford expects the title to debut sometime later this year.
ADV FILMS TO RELEASE “NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: DIRECTOR’S CUT” EPISODES FINAL SIX EPISODES OF ACCLAIMED TELEVISION SERIES TO BE RE-RELEASED ON TWO DVD VOLUMES, EACH INCLUDING ORIGINAL AND DIRECTOR’S CUT VERSIONS.
HOUSTON, April 28, 2003-ADV Films today announced formally that the firm will release the Director’s Cut of the final six episodes of the enormously influential anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” These Director’s Cut episodes include additional footage, never before released in the U.S. ADV Films expects to release the Director’s Cut in two three-episode DVD volumes; each volume will include both the extended Director’s Cut versions and the original versions of the episodes.
ADV Films Co-Founder and Senior Producer Matt Greenfield produced ADV Films’ original release of “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” and he is at the helm of the firm’s Director’s Cut release as well. “It’s very exciting to be working on ‘Evangelion’ again after so many years,” said Greenfield. “The release of the original series was a pivotal moment in the development of the North American anime market, and we’re very eager to see how fans will react to the revisions and refinements the creators have made to their original vision.
“By including both the original and revised episodes,” continued Greenfield, “we’ve made it possible for Eva-philes to get an inside look at the directorial decisions that went into the creation of one of anime’s most brilliant and original series. If you’ve ever wondered what Eva’s really all about, these new collections will get you closer than you’ve ever been before.”
Release Plans ADV Films has not yet announced release dates for “Neon Genesis Evangelion: Director’s Cut” (note: this is a working title only).
ADV FILMS ACQUIRES “MAGICAL SHOPPING STREET ABENOBASHI” FOR BOTH TELEVISION BROADCAST AND HOME VIDEO MAGICAL, HILARIOUS 13-EPISODE ANIMATED (ANIME) SERIES COMBINES JAPANESE SPIRITUALISM, ADVENTURE, AND SAVVY GENRE PARODY
HOUSTON, April 28, 2003-ADV Films today formally announced the acquisition of the rights to release the hit 13-episode Japanese animated (anime) series “Magical Shopping Street Abenobashi” (AKA “Abenobashi Maho Shotengai”). ADV plans an Anime Network(tm) broadcast debut followed by a DVD-only release for the acclaimed title. “Magical Shopping Street Abenobashi” was originally broadcast in Japan in 2002, earning favorable comparisons to such disparate titles as the satirical “Excel Saga” and Hayao Miyazaki’s spiritually informed “Spirited Away.”
“Magical Shopping Street Abenobashi” was directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga (“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “Wings of Honneamise,” “Automatic Maiden”) from a script by Satoru Akahori (“Sorcerer Hunters,” “K.O. Beast”). It was produced by the Japanese animation powerhouses GAINAX (producers of the seminal titles “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “FLCL,” “His and Her Circumstances,” “Otaku no Video” and many others) and Madhouse (“Vampire Hunter D,” “Trigun,” “Cardcaptor Sakura,” “Doomed Megalopolis,” “Ninja Scroll” etc.).
About “Magical Shopping Street Abenobashi” While in pursuit of the truth about a bit of minor family intrigue, the two friends Sasshi and Ayumi discover that, courtesy of a cross-shaped layout and a quartet of animal deities