6-27-03—- Ninja Scroll Site Live
Urban Vision has gone active with it’s Ninja Scroll website. Thanks to John for the info.
6-27-03—- How To Draw Anime Class In Illinois
Elgin Illinois’ Gail Borden Library will host a how to draw anime class next month according to the Kane County Chronicle. The class is open to all teenagers.
6-27-03—- Bebop Movie Reviews
Here it is Friday again and in the states that means it’s time to turn to the papers for weekend entertainment options. Cowboy Bebop The Movie gets a mention in 3 of the USA’s biggest papers today, review #1 comes in the Chicago SunTimes. Review #2 is in The San Francisico Chronicle. Review #3 can be found in The Times Picayune
6-27-03—- Yugioh Article
CNN has a big piece today in it’s online edition concerning the phenomena that is Yugioh.
6-27-03—- Anime Gets Bit Piece In New Indie Film
The Orange County Weekly has a review of a new film entitled Charlotte Sometimes which revolves around a 20 something Asian love theme. Apparantly, a part of the plot involves female lead Lori (Eugenia Yuan) who sneaks over to male lead charter, Michael’s apartment to watch anime. Written and directed by Eric Byler, Charlotte Sometimes is now playing at the University Of Irvine.
6-27-03—- Doi Database Hit’s 60,000 Entries
Hitoshi Doi’s Seiyuu Database has surpassed 60,000 entries. The listing roster includes:
6-27-03—- Exclusive: First Images Of Region 2 Evangelion DVD BOX
Courtesy Yukio in Yokohama, comes a set of 12 exclusive hands on images of the limited reservation Region 2 Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD BOX, released yesterday (6-25) in Japan. The craftsmanship put into the actual construction of box itself rivals that of anything we’ve seen on either side of pacific to date. Carrying a hefty 41,790 Yen price tag, it’s clear this set will be talked about in fan and collectors circles for some time. The remastered audio video contents are almost as impressive a draw, could it poissible this material could be licensed outside of Japan eventually?
6-26-03—- Anime’s Influence
Courtesy Anime Research’s Brian Ruh, the latest installment of the column “From Here to Shinjuku” is now online. Titled “The Animatrix and Anime’s Burgeoning Influence,” this month’s column takes a look at the growing force of anime on popular culture in the United States. The column is available online here.
6-26-03—- High Court For Japanese Intellectual Property Issues May Be In The Works
The Japan Times brings news today that some rearangements could be coming Tokyo and Osaka High Courts which rule on intellectual property matters.
Also it seems the highest tiers of Japanese government are indeed aware of the global success of it’s pop culture. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s Strategic Council on Intellectual Property Prime plans to promote intellectual property, proposing legislation in May of this year which would require the Patent Office to screen applications in a speedy fashion. The government could also prepare a bill to promote the information distribution business on the Web, covering animation, games and music.
6-26-03—- Female Manga Artists
From the great state of Texas, San Antonio Current has an article on female artists. Increasingly it seems many are being inspired by anime and manga.
6-26-03—- Lone Wolf Canadian View
Review today in the Toronto Eye Weekly of the manga epic Lone Wolf & Cub.
6-26-03—- Broekn Saints Interview
6-26-03—- Cablevision Adds Anime Network VOD Content
Cablevision Systems Corporation and The Anime Network today announced the launch of Anime Network On Demand as Cablevision’s seventh subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service for its iO: Interactive Optimum digital cable customers. Anime, a uniquely Japanese style of animation that explores the boundaries of animated moving pictures, has become a western pop culture phenomenon, and anime titles explore a multitude of genres including action, science fiction, martial arts and comedy.
Anime Network On Demand is Cablevision’s latest addition to iO’s industry-leading on demand offering, which features more than 700 titles available at any time and existing SVOD services from HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Fox, Disney Channel and Playboy. iO customers also enjoy access to hundreds of a la carte movies and on demand content that is included at no additional cost including Mag Rack’s original collection of niche lifestyle video magazines and the best of public television from Thirteen On Demand.
“We are committed to enhancing the level of control our iO customers have over the television viewing experience, and continuing to build upon our industry-leading on demand offering is the cornerstone of that effort,” said Kristin Dolan, senior vice president of digital product management. “Anime Network On Demand is a unique and compelling SVOD service that we expect will be very popular with the growing universe of iO customers.”
“America’s growing fascination with anime tells us that this is the ideal time to launch Anime Network, a channel dedicated to this popular style of animation programming,” said John Ledford president, CEO and co-founder of A.D. Vision, Inc., parent company of the Anime Network. “We’re excited to be bringing the Anime Network to Cablevision subscribers,” added Anime Network President Kevin Corcoran. “We’re confident that they will enjoy the Anime Network’s exclusive anime series and feature films in four genres — action, science fiction, martial arts and comedy.”
Initial programming will include more than 20 hours of regularly refreshed fan-favorite feature films and multi-episode series. Over the next few months, the amount of programming available to iO customers through Anime Network On Demand will nearly double. Titles include “NOIR,” “Spriggan,” “Full Metal Panic!,” “Gunsmith Cats,” “You’re Under Arrest: Mini Specials,” “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “RahXephon,” “Zone of the Enders: IDOLO,” “Excel Saga,” “Golden Boy,” “Colorful!,”