Posts in: April, 2003

Anime News Service – April 10-29 Anime News

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:


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.


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).


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

Anime News Service – April 1-9 Anime News

4-9-03—- Manga And Skypilot Reveal Key DVD Summer Release: Kai Doh Maru

Skypilot Entertainment (, producers of films and revised versions of international film properties, has announced the completion of audio and video post-production on the English language adaptation of the highly anticipated “Kai Doh Maru”, the forthcoming DVD release from Manga Entertainment ( on June 24th. “Kai Doh Maru” is the brand new anime production from Japan’s Production IG studios, creators of “Ghost in the Shell” and “Blood: The Last Vampire”. The story is set during Japan’s Heian era and follows the tale of Kai Doh Maru, a strong woman who is enlisted as a warrior with ‘the four knights’ to protect the capital city of Kyoto from warring enemies. The anime film combines traditional animation with stunning computer generated imagery.

Skypilot producer Peter Bavaro was chosen by anime distributors Manga Entertainment to spearhead the English production. “A variety of excellent source materials were made available to us” say Bavaro, “and the project remained 100% digital throughout production, preserved at 1:1 resolutions”. All audio services were performed using ProTools Mix 24 and video post was performed on Avid Symphony systems. Bavaro adds, “We chose to post on the Symphony to keep multiple methods of color correction available, allowing us to accurately preserve the original image and eliminate even the most subtle shifts in color when creating text treatments and other necessary paint-outs”.

For fans of the DVD format “Kaidohmaru” contains a variety of significant extras. In addition to the main program Skypilot revised character trailers, interviews, and spectacular 3D fly-throughs of rendered models used in the film. According to Mr. Bavaro “This is one of those works that subtly resets the frontiers of the art form, and the additional material helps exemplify the talent involved.”

Kevin Wilson, Skypilot’s audio engineer on the project adds, “When [Mr. Bavaro] first showed me the film I was completely blown away. The action scenes are incredible. With this kind of imagery it was essential to create custom tonalities for the voice performances. For the final mix we combined a variety of ambient “surfaces” within the digital environment to ensure the dramatic accuracy of voice placements and proximities”. Wilson continues, “Even the title track by Yutaka Fukuoka is in surround, and it’s one of the best examples to date of what’s possible with 5.1 music mixes. Basically, if you sprung for a surround setup at home, get this disc.”

According to Margo Coughlin, Production Manager for Manga Entertainment, “We are very excited about this project. Meshing 21st century animation technology with traditional artistry and story elements has resulted in a spectacular film. IG PLUS and Production I.G. have once again pushed the boundaries of imagination”. Additional information about the release can be found at

Skypilot Entertainment continues to supply film dubbing, territory revision and placement services for entertainment released around the world. Skypilot has provided services on over 100 titles including previous releases by Manga Entertainment such as “Virus”, “Ghostsweeper” and the “RayEarth” series and continues to expand its reputation as a premier service provider for exceptional programming destined for release in North America.

4-9-03—- CPM July DVD Offerings

All new releases will be available on July 8, 2003.

Alien Nine From the creators of Excel Saga. From the screenwriter of Millennium Actress, Cowboy Bebop and Bubblegum Crisis, and the producer of Tenchi Muyo! Based on the best-selling manga by Hitoshi Tomizawa. Defense from Grade 6! Yuri is totally bummed. She just started 6th grade and has been elected to capture and eliminate the aliens that are constantly invading the school…a difficult and dangerous job! Even worse, she has to wear a creepy symbiotic alien helmet to get the job done…GROSS!

The Alien Nine DVD offers the following features: * Behind-the-Scenes Video (Making the English Dub) * Producer Taro Maki Comments on Alien Nine * Alien Nine Japanese Promos * Alien Nine Manga Preview * Art Gallery * Sketch Gallery * Alien Nine Trailers * Previews * English & Japanese with English Subtitles

TITLE: Alien Nine RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes RATING: Ages 13 & Up SRP PRICE: $29.99 GENRE: Science Fiction CATALOG #: USMD 2241 STREET DATE: July 8, 2003 PRE-ORDER DATE: June 9, 2003

Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection Terror stalks the night and only one man can save the innocent! Evil walks the earth and only supernatural detective Tsuzuki can stop it! Tsuzuki takes on vampires and demons with style and skill, but his afterlife has been haunted by the specter of the evil Dr. Muraki, a heartless immortal serial killer. Can Tsuzuki’s brash and beautiful new partner help him control his deadly supernatural powers and defeat the villainous Dr. Muraki before he kills again? Contains episodes 1-13. “Gripping” – NewtypeUSA Magazine. “Stunningly beautiful” –

The Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection DVD offers the following features:

* Fun Facts Video * Virtual Tarot Card Reading * Music Video * Art & Sketch Gallery * Character Profiles * Descendants of Darkness Trailers * Previews * English & Japanese with English Subtitles * DVD-ROM Features: Art Gallery, Scripts, Cast & Production Credits…and more!

TITLE: Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection RUNNING TIME: 325 minutes RATING: Ages 13 & Up SRP PRICE: $99.99 GENRE: Action/Adventure, Supernatural CATALOG #: USMD 2220 STREET DATE: July 8, 2003 PRE-ORDER DATE: June 9, 2003

Descendants of Darkness: Demon’s Reckoning A Demon Snare! A mad scientist stalks Tsuzuki, seeking to cage him and clone his supernatural powers. Trapped in the diabolical doctor’s laboratory, Tsuzuki comes face to face with his oldest enemy, a vengeful immortal who has hunted him throughout his afterlife. Now, his brash young partner must rescue him from the killer’s underground lair, before Tsuzuki loses his soul and sanity to the demon, and is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice! Contains episodes 10-13.

The Descendants of Darkness: Demon’s Reckoning DVD offers the following features:

* Art Gallery * Character Profiles * The Legend of Suzaku Synopsis * Descendants of Darkness Trailers * DVD Previews * English & Japanese with English Subtitles

TITLE: Descendants of Darkness: Demon’s Reckoning RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes



Images Courtesy Yukio

Specifications (According to
Release: June 25th 2003 (reservation limited commodity)
Item #: KIBA – 91001 – 91010
Retail Including Tax: 41,790 Yen

10 DVD’S+Bonus Discs
920 Minutes Total Running Time
Color/Single Sided/ Dual Layer
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Rental Prohibition

Digitally Remastered Video
New masters have been created for this release. The Movies 35mm prints have been transfered to HD24P telecine. TV edition (16mm) 26 episodes have been cleaned up as well as image shaking. Supervised by Director Hideaki Anno, the color tone has been pured to original specs. Enormous time was taken to go through the frames and remove scratches and rubbish.

Digitally Remastered Audio
Supervised by the director, all TV episodes soundtracks have been remastered digitally including sound effects, music, the mixing etc. Original 2 channel audio included.

Bonus Disc Material’s:
Neon Genesis Evangelion Genesis 0:0 In the Beginning
Neon Genesis Evangelion Genesis 0:0′ The Light from the Darkness
Gekijoban # 26 Part (Live Action Video including Hayashibara Megumi, Mitsuishi Kotono and Miyamura Yuko)
Trailer Collection
Remastered OP and ED (minus credits)
AR Rush Film

Print Extras:
95-page explanatory book (Data of EVANGELION), and 14 reports for fan clubs.