Posts in: May, 2003

Anime News Service – May 24-31 Anime News

5-31-03—- Anime Gets A New Medium: Gameboy Advance Cartridges

4 Kids Entertainment (NYSE: KDE) announced today the debut of GBA-TV, an exciting new application for the estimated installed base of 12 million Game Boy(R) Advance systems.

GBA-TV cartridges containing cartoon episodes play on Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP systems in the same manner as video game cartridges. Special proprietary technology developed by the 4Kids Entertainment subsidiary, 4Kids Technology, Inc., enables kids to watch the cartoons contained in the GBA-TV cartridges on their Game Boy Advance. The technology enables the Game Boy Advance to function as a personal video player with the Game Boy controls allowing the viewer to Pause, Resume, Stop, Rewind and Chapter Search each of the television episodes on the GBA-TV cartridge. There is no need to buy any adapter. 4Kids intends to roll out GBA-TV cartridges at retail in the 4th quarter 2003. Each GBA-TV cartridge is expected to retail for under $20 and feature two television episodes from popular animated kids programs such as Pokemon(R), Kirby: Right Back At Ya!(TM) and Yu-Gi-Oh!(TM) 4Kids has set the upcoming E3 Expo (May 14-16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center) to debut content from the first GBA-TV shows.

“There will be more than games to the Game Boy Advance,” said Al Kahn, Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment. “GBA-TV will be an exciting, new way in which kids can enjoy some of today’s best animated entertainment. We are delighted to join with Nintendo in enabling Game Boy Advance, the top portable video game system, to also serve as a portable video player.” “4Kids Entertainment has developed a new and valuable dimension to Game Boy Advance with the launch of GBA-TV,” said Peter MacDougall, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Nintendo. “Now kids can watch their favorite cartoons and play their favorite Game Boy video games anywhere, anytime.” GBA-TV is a trademark of Nintendo. All Rights Reserved. Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP are registered trademarks of Nintendo of America Inc.

5-30-03—- A Tree Of Palme East Coast Premiere At BAAF

Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF) has announced that The Tree of Palme (subtitled) will be premiered as the East Coast Premiere at BAAF 2003, in Times Square, New York, between August 29 and 31. This movie was directed by Mr. Takashi Nakamura, who worked on the famed-movie, AKIRA, as a director of picture. At the premiere, Mr. Nakamura will be introducing the film and holding a Q & A session with the audience after the movie.

This story happens on a planet which is mostly desert. Palme is a wooden robot created by an old doctor, Foe, to care for his sick wife, Xian. While taking care of Xian, Palme learns about the soul and heart that most human beings have. When Xian passes away from a heart attack — in spite of Palme’s diligent care — Palme looses his desire to live and stops communicating with anyone. One day, Foe sees Palme talking to a female warrior, Koram, who has suddenly appeared with a magical bowl that she has taken from a land above the planet, a land where legend says that God stays. She leaves the bowl with Foe, and makes him promise to take it to the underground city of Tamas. But before Foe can keep his promise, he is mortally wounded by a one of Koram’s pursuers. Knowing that death is approaching, Foe asks Palme to take the bowl to Tamas. This journey leads him towards a goal that Palme had sought for a long time – to become a human being with soul and heart.

Mr. Nakamura sees the movie as depicting Palme’s struggle to give meaning to his life. Palme’s journey seems very much like what most human beings go through in their spiritual lives. Mr. Nakamura believes that the Tree of Palme is a vital story for us right now; and that each member of the audience will find it significant in their own way, because its meaning will found in the person’s own soul and heart.

Festival Director & COO Victor Eisenberg says, “The Tree of Palme looks at the theme of love and humanity as seen through the differences between robots and human beings. Through the journey with Palme, from robot to human spirituality, the audience will see a reflection of the human quest for a way to live in this world. I urge people to see this movie. It is a serious anime that can change not only your perception of anime, but also of the meaning of your life.”

About Mr. Takashi Nakamura
Born in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan, in 1955, Takashi Nakamura began his anime career at TATSUNOKO Production. After his debut as an Animation Director in the TV series Golden Soldier, Gold Rytan in 1981, Nakamura teamed up with Katsuhiro Otomo and assisted Otomo as a character designer in Harmagedon (1983: Theatrical Movie). His talent and ability in drawing were rapidly acknowledged after his work on Nausica of the Valley of Wind, Macross, and many other smash hits. In 1987, he debuted as a screenwriter and a director in his segment of Robot Carnival, called Chicken Man and the Red Neck (referred to in its American release simply as Nightmare).

Nakamura, as a chief animator, left a strong impression of his talent in AKIRA (1988), and in 1995’s Catnapped! and proved his unlimited ability as scenario writer, screenwriter, director, character design, and animation director. His multiple talents have led Nakamura to the top of the Anime industry.

5-30-03—- Metrocon 2003 In Tampa

Experience Japanese animation 24 hours a day at METROCON 2003 – Tampa Bay, Florida’s first, full-fledged anime convention – from Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20, at the Crowne Plaza – Tampa at Sabal Park, 10221 Princess Palm Ave.

The weekend-long event celebrates numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment – from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by “idols”) to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games, with:

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Anime News Service – May 12-23 Anime News

5-22-03—- Fox Box 2003-2004 Schedule

“Drum Roll Please…” The 4Kids Entertainment (NYSE: KDE) Saturday broadcast network FOX BOX is announcing a line-up that will be filled with fun, action and adventure…”Ba Dum!” The FOX BOX will unwrap its second season, September 6, with a line-up of established shows and exciting program debuts.

Anchoring the FOX BOX are such network favorites as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, KIRBY: RIGHT BACK AT YA!, THE CRAMP TWINS and ULTIMATE MUSCLE: THE KINNIKUMAN LEGACY. The Fall ’03 line-up also boasts the television premieres of SONIC X, SHAMAN KING and FUNKY COPS, as well as the hit show CUBIX, an acclaimed 3-D CGI animated series, which is jet-propelling over to lead off the FOX BOX.

Introducing The New Season FOX BOX Saturday Morning Schedule:
8:00AM: Cubix
8:30AM: The Cramp Twins
9:00AM: Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy
9:30AM: Sonic X
10:00AM Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
10:30AM: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
11:00AM: Shaman King
11:30AM: Funky Cops

“FOX BOX has got funk, squares (cubes), kings, twins, muscles, pink super heroes, mutant turtles and one crazy hedgehog – all packed into a vibrant Saturday morning,” said Norman Grossfeld, President of 4Kids Productions. “We do more before noon every Saturday than most networks do in a week! The FOX BOX line-up continues to deliver quality shows and is rapidly becoming a Saturday morning destination.”


SONIC X Accidentally transported by Chaos Control, Sonic finds himself on a strange planet inhabited by humans and teams up with his newest friend, Christopher. Together, Sonic and Christopher embark on a series of exhilarating and elaborate quests as they search for the “Chaos Emeralds,” precious stones delivering the power to conquer the world to whoever possesses them. Through their adventures, Sonic and Christopher must battle Sonic’s archrival, the evil Dr. Eggman, a robotics authority, who wants the “Chaos Emeralds” for himself so that he can establish his own empire to dominate the world. Known for speed, power and energy, Sonic helps Christopher overcome his boyhood fears as they meet up with long-time friends Knuckles, Tails and Amy, and encounter new pals Cream and Cheese. In a distant galaxy, the confrontation between Sonic and Dr. Eggman begins once again!

FUNKY COPS Fresh from winning a Best New Animated Series award from the prestigious “Cartoon on the Bay” international animation conference, Funky Cops is 1970’s nostalgia and outrageous comedy! Modeled after ’70’s cop shows, Funky Cops chronicles the adventures of two brothers on the police force who become stars at a San Francisco disco. Brother Ace is the smooth one … The head of a band fashioned after the Jackson Five, Ace used to be a hairdresser before he became a cop. His partner Dick is the Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry-type. The show was created by brothers Christophe and Benoit Di Sabatino and is produced by Antefilm.

SHAMAN KING From the producers of Yu-Gi-Oh! comes the Shaman King. This adventurous series takes place in a world where anything is possible … where spirits and ghosts interact with humans. The main character is a 13-year-old boy who is a modern-day shaman, one of the gifted few who can see the spirit world. His power comes by teaming up with Amidamaru, a samurai warrior spirit. Together they travel the globe fighting evil spirits and misguided shamans on their quest to be the next Shaman King. Each battle prepares them for the once every 500 years “Grand Tournament” that will name the new Shaman King.

CUBIX 4Kids’ first original animated series, Cubix follows the adventures of robot whiz-kid Connor, a 13-year-old who brings to life a robot named Cubix that had been discarded as useless. After Connor gets done, though, Cubix is anything but useless … applying his phenomenal super-charged powers to help Connor and his friends face down the endless stream of threats posed by the town’s wacky mad scientist, the evil Dr. K. Set in the futuristic world of Bubble Town, where 10,000 of its population of 24,000 residents are robots, Cubix is all about action, adventure – and uncommon friendship.


TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES They’re the biggest heroes ever transformed and empowered by globs of weird, glowing green alien ooze. They’re a family filled with love for each other – and committed to battling evil wherever they find it. This new series sets itself apart from the past by staying close to the original comic books’ strong graphics and rich stories, combining serious butt-kicking ninja action and irreverent humor. This exciting series unfolds in a linear fashion, with each episode setting up the next – keeping kids on the edge of their seats!

KIRBY: RIGHT BACK AT YA! One of Nintendo’s most popular characters of all time, Kirby made his U.S. broadcast debut on the FOX BOX. Loaded with action, Kirby is a cosmic comic adventure. Kirby is a Warpstar knight-in-training who crash-lands on the Planet Popstar – and accidentally ends up as the pink protector of villagers. When King Dedede conjures up all his maniacal monsters, Kirby inhales their powers and gives them back a taste of their own medicine! Don’t mess with Kirby. He’ll send it “Right Back at Ya!”

THE CRAMP TWINS They’re sibling rivalry’s twin spokesmen … Meet Wayne and Lucien, a pair of twins with zero in common who have turned Saturday morning television into a raucous laugh fest. Produced by TV-Loonland and based on two graphic novels by Brian Wood, The Cramp Twins is the story of Wayne and Lucien Cramp, 10-year-old twins who are not at all alike. And, that’s not just because Wayne has a big, oval shaped, purplish-gray head, in contrast to Lucien’s small, round, pink head. It goes much deeper, no doubt all the way back to the womb. Delightfully mischievous, Wayne has one mission in life: to embarrass and bother his brother Lucien. His hobbies include eating, stirring up trouble and collecting weird stuff in his bedroom. And then there’s Lucien, eager to please and thoroughly well mannered, he wants to save the world through knitting!


Anime News Service – April 30 – May 9 Anime News

5-9-03—- Pop Japan Travel Fall 2003 Tour Schedule

Fresh on the net, Pop Japan Travel’s Fall 2003 Tour schedule has been posted. Although the schedule is tentative noted changes include an excursion to the Fall Tokyo Game Show. Anime studio(s) to be visisted this time around are to be announced, more details to come. Start your journey by checking out what happens on days 1-2.

5-9-03—- Princess Nine Soundtrack Coming From Anime Trax

Princess Nine Original Soundtrack 1 CD Pre-book date: 7/29/2003 – Street date: 8/26/2003 Running Time: approx 46 minutes, 22 tracks

Audio CD Catalog#: AT9327 ISBN: 1-57032-934-6 UPC#: 7-42617-9327-2-4 SRP: $14.98

From renowned composer Masamichi Amano (SiN: the Movie / Ninja Resurrection / Giant Robo / Ruin Explorers / Urotsukidoji) comes the Original Soundtrack to Princess Nine!

Head back out to the mound with the music from Princess Nine! Featuring songs composed by Masamichi Amano and performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, this CD has all the touching melodies and stirring themes that played during the Princesses’ rise to the top. It also has the TV-size opening and closing songs, “Princess Nine” and “Passionate Days”! Toss in liner notes and story exposition from series producer Kensei Date, and you have a package that no Princess Nine fan should be without.

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE PRINCESS NINE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKS: “Princess Nine’s music is… some of the best background music you will hear in recent anime.” –

5-9-03—- Anime North Updates

Anime North, Canada’s hottest Anime Convention gets ready for another action packed weekend during the Victoria day long weekend of May 16-18, 2003 at Toronto’s Regal Constellation Hotel.

Highlights for this year’s event include Special Guest of Honor- comic book artist and screenplay writer- Frank Miller! Mr. Miller is noted for his work of Lone Wolf and Cub, Batman, Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, Ronin and Daredevil. YTV hosts Sugar, Carlos and Paula will be going ‘anime crazy’, broadcasting The Zone and Vortex live from the event.

Anime North will be honoring Mr. Miller with the prestigious, “Momiji” Award, in appreciation for his tireless efforts on behalf of classic titles like Kazuo Koike’s Lone Wolf and Cub, and his integration of Eastern influences and styles in his original creations like Ronin, Dark

Knight Returns and Sin City, Mr. Miller has been an important force in bringing Japanese creators, their art form and influences to a wider audience

This award will be presented jointly by the organizers of Anime North and by the Consul of Japan.

Other special guests include:

* Hikaru Midorikawa: a famous “seiyuu” (voice actor) whose notable roles include the popular original Japanese anime- Yu-Gi-Oh, to which Mr. Midorikawa was the voice for Kaiba. Other roles include anime titles of Fushigi Yuugi, Sailor Moon, Weiss Krues, Cowboy Bebop and Gundam Wing.

* Stan Sakai- a three-time Eisner award winner! His creation, Usagi Yojimbo, is the story of a samurai rabbit living in a feudal Japan populated by anthropomorphic animals. It first appeared in Albedo Comics in 1984, and since then, Usagi has been on television as a guest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as toys, on clothing, in comic books and in a series of trade paperback collections.

* Actor David Kaye- whose credits include the next X Men movie- XMEN 2-X2 ! David is also the voice of Professor Xavier in the popular show, X-Men: Evolution, not to mention his continued work in as the evil leader- Megatron in Transformers: Armada. David is one of the most heard voices around.

Also included are many more voice actors of various favorite anime series to include Scott McNeil, Brian Drummond, Kirby Morrow, Saffron Henderson, Mark Hildreth and Brad Swaile.

Special events include the Red and White Show, J-Rock Room, Art show, anime and manga workshops, a Masquerade, the National Dragon Ball Z card tournament and the Beyblade blast off!

Special anime premieres include Kaidohmaru- from Production I.G and Manga Entertainment.

Kaidohmaru is a touching story on how a girl, named Kintoki, is brought up as a boy and fights battles like a boy, but in reality, she is a girl. She falls in love with the General who leads her, but he is hardly aware of her feelings. At the same time the beautiful evil princess, Ouni-Hime, being driven by jealousy, tries to destroy not only these two but also the whole city in the course of her rage. It is a dramatic plot that is developed by puzzled emotions between these three characters.

In addition- there will be various fundraising events for the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, to which Anime North, a non- profit organization, proudly supports.

YTV and Beyblade will be present, in full force. Corus Entertainment will be hosting Beyblade demonstrations as well as having the voice actors of Kenny and Kai at their booth, meeting the fans and signing autographs.

YTV’s after-school programming block The Zone will be broadcast LIVE on Friday, May 16, 4 – 6 p.m., from Anime North, with hosts Sugar and Carlos. On Saturday, May 17, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Paula hosts Vortex LIVE from the first official day of Anime North. Get to know Paula, Vortex’s new host, as she gets to know anime, from movies to games, books to dancing, and plenty of surprises.

This will be Anime North’s Seventh year and Canada’s largest fan run anime convention! It hopes to have over 5000 attendees for 2003 to make it the largest party ever for anime and manga fans!

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5-8-03—- Animatrix Exclusive Teletoon Premiere

Matrix mania is already well underway, with The Matrix Reloaded opening in theatres across Canada on Thursday, May 15th. But now Matrix fans can get the inside track on 2003’s biggest entertainment phenomenon, by tuning in for a one-night only exclusive TELETOON animation premiere.

On Monday, May 26th, TELETOON Unleashed will present Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ groundbreaking animated short film Final Flight of the Osiris, a visually spectacular prelude to The Matrix Reloaded. It will air at the beginning of