Posts in: July, 2003

Anime News Service – July 17-27 Anime News

7-25-03—- Gaming Event News

California Extreme 2003 an arcade gaming convention is happening this weekend, July, 26th & 27th at the San Jose Convention Center, Parkside Hall. CA Extreme in its 7th year, has continued to grow bigger each year. Last years convention featured over 350 different arcade games, all set to Free Play mode. Also featured are various video game seminars, the full schedule is available on the official website: http://www.caextreme.org/ Cost: Saturday $25 – Sunday $20 – Full Weekend $40 Hours: Saturday 11 AM – Midnight & Sunday 11 AM – 9 PM

Coming up August, 9th & 10th is the Classic Gaming Expo 2003. Taking place at Jackie Gaughan’s Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This convention is geared towards the classic console game enthusiast. Featured this year are never before seen Atari, Nintendo, and Neo Geo games, plus many more home brew games. There is always a long list of classic gaming celebrities in attendance. Also featured is a dealers room with practically every kind of game console, and software title that you will ever find in one place. For the full details visit the official website: http://www.cgexpo.com

Cost: Saturday $25 – Sunday $15 – Full Weekend $35 Hours: Saturday 9 AM – 8PM & Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM

7-24-03—- Persacon Huntsville Alabama 2004

Persacon (formerly known as Chibicon) will be April 30 – May 2 at the Radisson Huntsville Airport in Huntsville, Alabama!

Our website will be updated soon and is located for the present time at www.geocities.com/chibicon2k3

The hotel website is www.radison.com/madisonal

For other information please email us at: Chibicon2k3@yahoo.com

7-24-03—- Xenosaga Anime

From Gamespot courtesy Daniel:

…Monolith soft also revealed that there are plans for the Xenosaga series to be novelized and also released as an anime.

7-24-03—- New ADV Films Releases

HOUSTON, July 23, 2003-ADV Films today announced an October 7, 2003 release date for Aura Battler Dunbine: The Kings of Byston Well, the third volume of the 49-episode anime classic.

First broadcast in Japan in the mid 1980’s, Aura Battler Dunbine is widely considered one of the finest and most significant titles from the “golden age” of televised anime. Conceived by Yoshiyuki Tomino (creator and director of Gundam) and based on Tomino’s novel Wings of Lin, Aura Battler Dunbine has long been celebrated not only for its exciting plot and extraordinary mecha designs (by Studio Nue, of Macross fame), but also for the series’ emphasis on strong and detailed characterization, and the consistently excellent quality of its animation (produced by Sunrise Animation).

As befits the title’s extraordinary production pedigree, Aura Battler Dunbine is a rich and complex tale, mingling a fantasy-inspired setting with an anachronistic blend of technologies, and spicing the mixture with extensive elements sourced from ancient folklore of the British Isles.

The Story: Show Zama and his comrades are witness to what seems to be the inevitable conquest of Byston Well by Drake Luft’s massive army. Kingdom after kingdom falls as Bern Bunnings pushes Luft’s troops closer and closer to a final showdown in the Land of Ah. Personal relationships are strained; while more mysteries are revealed as both good men and bad fall victim to the relentless appetite of war.

Aura Battler Dunbine is the stuff that legends are made of. An epic, one-of-a-kind adventure that dives headfirst into a rich, fully defined world to create one of the most unique anime experiences ever envisioned.

Aura Battler Dunbine: The Kings of Byston Well (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, containing four complete episodes. Includes both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: a production portfolio; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews.

Collector’s Edition Available! The special edition “Memorial Box,” including the first volume of Aura Battler Dunbine: Tales of Byston Well and a high-quality (“hard”) custom series art box, sized to hold the first six volumes of the series, is also available (SRP $39.98).

HOUSTON, July 23, 2003-ADV Films today announced an October 7, 2003 release date for Eden’s Bowy: Fallen Angels and Flower Towns, fourth volume of the acclaimed anime fantasy series, noted for its multilayered complexity and wide-ranging appeal. Eden’s Bowy is based on a manga by Tennoji Kitsune, and was directed by Tsukasa Sunaga (Southern Cross), with character designs by Kazui Hiroko (Ranma ½, Oh! My Goddess!).

The Story: After everything the old warrior has done, the Princess of Foresight has been snatched back into the hands of Yulgaha. Will Yorn and the rest of our heroes give up? No way! When the going gets tough, the tough pack their bags for Yulgaha! But dangers await Yorn and his companions-they fall off Yulgaha and go crashing to the earth below and then are captured and dragged off to the Yanuess-controlled city of Chanaccare.

Will Goldoh and Vilogg find their precious cargo in the maze-like forest of Yaokeshipu-or will they strangle each other first? What angelic tragedy transformed Spike into the angry God Hunter we see today? And who is the mysterious Parella, and where do her loyalties lie?

Eden’s Bowy: Fallen Angels and Flower Towns (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes. Includes both English- and Japanese-language versions, and English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews.

HOUSTON, July 23, 2003 – ADV Films has set a street date of October 7, 2003 for the DVD release of Steel Angel Kurumi 2: Earth’s Guardian Angels, second and final volume of the sequel to the fan-favorite anime series Steel Angel Kurumi.

Produced by Pony Canyon (Vampire Princess Miyu), WOWOW (The Big O) and Kadokawa (publishers of anime magazine Newtype), Steel Angel Kurumi features breathtaking animation from acclaimed studio O.L.M., famous for its work on the Pokemon franchise. The English dub of Steel Angel Kurumi 2 reprises the smashing performances of three of the leads from the first series: Kelli Cousins, Monica Rial and Hilary Haag, plus a host of other fine voice actors.

The Story: Now that Kurumi and Saki are in the 21st century, aren’t they forgetting something? That’s right! Believing the Steel Angels


Anime News Service – July 10-16 Anime News

7-16-03—-Kill Bill Confirmed As Two Movies

Courtesy Daniel’s input, Tarantino’s Kill Bill will indeed be released as two 90 minute movies split about 2-6 months apart from each other, according to this New Yor Times Article. For those who aren’t NYT subscribers, the entire article can be read at Kung Fu Kult Cinema

7-15-03—- Wizard World Becomes LBC Thang In 2004

From the Business Wire Post:

CONGERS, N.Y.-July 15, 2003–Pop-culture expo leader Wizard Conventions Inc. announced today that it would broaden its industry leading multi-media experience, Wizard World, to the west coast, with the addition of Wizard World Los Angeles. The inaugural event will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, March 19-21, 2004. Wizard World Los Angeles joins the previously announced slate of Wizard World shows, including Wizard World East, Wizard World Chicago and Wizard World Texas, further strengthening Wizard Conventions’ position as the pre-eminent venue for fans of pop-culture and those looking to reach that audience. “When we started expanding our events, we always knew that we wanted to be in Los Angeles since its the heart of the comics-to-films movement, and with more films in production than ever before, now is the right time for a Wizard World show in L.A. This new event enables us and our marketing partners to truly reach a national audience through our network of events,” says Gareb Shamus, Chairman and CEO, Wizard Conventions, Inc.

Wizard World events in 2003 will draw over 75,000 people, an increase of over 40% versus 2002. Wizard World Chicago, August 8-10, is expected to draw over 40,000 people. It will be followed by Wizard World Texas, which will premier November 21-23, 2003. In 2004, following Wizard World Los Angeles, will be Wizard World East, now entering its third year. Dates for the 2004 edition of this growing event will be announced soon. All the shows will feature the incredible Wizard World highlights, with the hottest names and companies in comic book, toys, anime, manga and video games, as well as the biggest stars in film and television.

Wizard World Los Angeles, Wizard World East, Wizard World Chicago and Wizard World Texas are produced by Wizard Conventions Inc. Wizard Conventions is a sister company of Wizard Entertainment Group, the industry leader in the collectibles market that publishes four magazines, Wizard: The Comics Magazine, InQuest Gamer: The Gaming Magazine, ToyFare: The Toy Magazine and Anime Insider: The Japanese Animation Magazine, as well as co-publisher of Toy Wishes: The Holiday Gift Guide. Wizard’s publications have a monthly national readership of more than 2 million and are currently sold in 25 countries and five languages.

7-15-03—- Doll Collection

Korea’s Joongan Daily has a report on contemporary Doll Collection (many of anime and film characters) in Seoul as seen from the shop Anime Studio.

7-15-03—- Animation Feature

In Florida’s Sun Sentinel Newspaper courtesy the L.A. Times, comes a lengthy feature of comic book and superherp Animation as expressed on American airwaves.

7-15-03—- Anime, Manga Inspires French Designers

Japan Today carries news of Anime and Manga infiltrating the studios of France’s most oppulant designers.

7-15-03—- Urban Vision At Comic-Con

Courtesy the official website posting via Daniel’s referral:

Urban Vision Entertainment will be having booths (booth numbers 4506 and 4508) at San Diego Comic-Con (www.comic-con.org), coming up this week! Join us for some free goodies, and get a chance to meet Takahiro Yoshimatsu, the Animation Director/Character Designer of Ninja Scroll: The Series!

7-15-03—- Newtype USA Captures SPJA Honor

HOUSTON, July 15, 2003-Recognizing the year-old magazine’s easy dominance of the North American anime magazine market, Newtype USA received the award for “Best Anime Publication-North America” at Anime Expo 2003 from the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA).

The SPJA Awards, given annually at the SPJA’s Anime Expo convention, recognize excellence in the Japanese animation and comics industry in both the United States and Japan.

“We’re exceptionally pleased at SPJA’s recognition,” said John Ledford, President, Co-Founder and CEO of Newtype USA parent company A.D. Vision, Inc. “Newtype USA is a labor of love for us, and we’re proud that our work is being recognized by buyers, subscribers and critics alike.”

7-15-03—- Bandai Announces New Toys

CYPRESS, CA, July 14, 2003 – Renowned among fans for their popular toy and entertainment properties, Bandai America Inc. (http://www.bandai.com/) and Bandai Entertainment Inc. (http://www.bandai-ent.com/) announced today its strongest presence to date at this year’s Comic-Con International—to be held July 17-20 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Bandai America’s new toy properties Jagun Fighters and Superior Defender will be previewed, as well as perennial fan favorite Gundam, now in its fifth year in the U.S. Bandai Entertainment will give convention attendees the opportunity to take a glimpse into the past, present and future of Japanese animation, including its new and highly anticipated titles The Big O II, s-CRY-ed, and Witch Hunter Robin.

Superior Defender

Bandai America and Bandai Entertainment presents “the next BIG thing in robots.” Superior Defender (or “SD”) is an intergalactic adventure of incredible proportions, featuring a variety of vertically challenged robots from three different worlds. The Mobile, Knight and Musha Defenders join forces to fight an enemy with a Napoleon complex of its own, the dreaded Dark Axis. Combining action and humor with a spunky look, the toy line from Bandai America consists of snap-together action figures, 5-inch action figures, 1.5-inch figures, deluxe vehicles and playsets. A brand new 3-D animation TV show inspired by the toys is set to debut in September 2003 on Cartoon Network (see the panel schedule following for a screening of the premiere episode), with an anticipated release on DVD home video 1st Quarter 2004.

Witch Hunter Robin A runaway hit in Japan, Witch Hunter Robin is a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets

X-Files” and promises to be one of the biggest DVD releases of 2003. In the world of Witch Hunter Robin, where witches abuse their supernatural powers, a special team is tasked with hunting this new threat to society. This organization known as the “STN” is comprised of several highly skilled craft users


Anime News Service – July 3-9 Anime News

7-9-03—- Pacific Media Expo Press

Anaheim Welcomes America’s First Asian-Pacific Pop Culture Festival

(Los Angeles, CA) Pacific Media Association (PMA) has unveiled Pacific Media Expo (PMX), America’s first major media show dedicated to Asian-Pacific Media and Popular Culture. Pacific Media Expo is a three-day-long media show sponsored by the Pacific Media Association. Pacific Media Expo will be hosted at the Anaheim Convention Center, May 29th-31st, 2004. This show will feature panel discussions, autograph sessions, live action and animation video rooms, art exhibitions and a charity auction. The centerpieces however, will be a concert facility designed to house 7,000 participants and one of the country’s largest exhibit halls dedicated to Asian media and pop culture.

Pacific Media Expo was created by Mike Tatsugawa, the founder of Anime Expo. When asked about the creation of PMX and its sudden interest within the anime community, Tatsugawa responded, “Now that anime is mainstream, it’s time to focus on the next generation of media and the next generation of challenges. Once we felt that we largely completed our goal of pushing anime into the mainstream, the question loomed, ‘What next?’ That’s where the concept of PMX was born. Many of us have spent the last two years conducting market research, contacting industry members and trying to create a plan for where we believe Asian media will go for the next ten years. This is why our slogan is, “New media for a new generation.”

Volunteers from conventions from throughout the country are working on this new project. Said Tatsugawa about the new staff, “Collectively, our executive committee has about one hundred years of convention experience under our belts. Our staff probably has a combined total of several hundred years of seniority. The greatest benefit of all this collective experience is the level of trust and goodwill we have in the entertainment community. Currently, we are collaborating with one of the United States’ largest electronics retailers, one of Japan’s largest music labels and most of the world’s largest anime companies to put this event together. There will probably be more industry collaboration on this project than anything else anyone in the industry has ever done in the past. We think that we have created a winning formula of veteran staffers, strong industry support and a vision that everyone believes in. The only thing that has surprised us is that nobody in California has tried to do it before.”

More comprehensive information on Pacific Media Expo can be found at http://www.pacific-media-expo.com or by sending E-mail to press@pacific-media-expo.com.

For additional information, write to: Pacific Media Expo 914 Westwood Blvd., Suite 586 Los Angeles, CA 90024-2905

7-9-03—- New Zealand Spirited Away Review And Giveaway

Fans in the NZ should note Nzoom is hosting a review and giveaway contest presently.

7-9-03—- Initial D Zip Zaps Coming

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 9 Beginning this fall, Radio Shack Corporation will unveil ZipZaps SE (Special Edition), the next generation of micro RCs featuring the latest innovations in ZipZaps technology including six-person racing, headlights and taillights for nighttime racing and digital-proportional steering for precision maneuverability.

“Following our success last year and earlier this year with our X2 and 2 Fast 2 Furious line up of ZipZaps, we decided to ask our fans about additional features for the next generation of ZipZaps,” said Don Carroll, senior vice president and general manager, Connecting Things, RadioShack. “We found out that consumers wanted the option to race with multiple friends, more precise steering and lights for nighttime racing. We listened and created ZipZaps SE, a great extension of the ZipZaps franchise that has proven so popular with kids and collectors alike.”

Hot New Features and Models The new ZipZaps SE line offers an industry first — six selectable 27 MHz frequencies that allow up to six people to race simultaneously. Headlights and taillights, perfect for nighttime racing or just showing off to friends, add another realistic dimension to the new line up. Catering to the most common request among avid micro RC racers for increased maneuverability, the ZipZaps SE series features digital-proportional steering for realistic control over speed and handling as racers zoom along fast curves and tight stretches. A steering trim adjuster allowing for pin-point tracking and an all-new controller design features a reversible control trigger for right or left hand use.

Kicking off the ZipZaps SE collection this September is a lineup of tricked-out cars based on Initial D, the fast-paced “manga comic book” series from Japan that features the action-packed adventures of reluctant hero, Tak, a teenage tofu delivery boy who gets swept up in the world of street racers. Truly an enormous hit in Japan, the Initial D property has already sold more than 30 million graphic novels, boasted a 47% market share in its television time slot and earned more than $300 million in revenue from the Asian market alone. “With Manga Mania just hitting the U.S., the Initial D ZipZaps will hit RadioShack store shelves at a great time to fulfill the desires of Manga fans,” added Carroll.

RadioShack’s Initial D ZipZaps SE lineup will consist of several red-hot vehicles from TOKYOPOP’s hit series, including two Special Edition (SE) Initial D starter kits: the SE Mazda Savanna FC3S RX-7 Starter Kit (driven by Ryosuke “Ry” Takahashi) and SE Mazda Enfini FD3S RX-7 Starter Kit (driven by Keisuke “K.T.” Takahashi). Each respective special edition starter kit includes the latest innovations in ZipZaps technology with six selectable 27 MHz frequencies to allow six cars to race at once and working headlights and taillights for nighttime racing.

Two special edition body kits will also be available for the Initial D ZipZaps line. The SE Initial D Body Kit I features the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 (driven by Takeshi “Zack” Nakazato) and the Honda Civic SiR2 EG-6 kit (driven by Shingo Shoji) including four hubcaps for each car along with body tops with headlights and tail lights to work in the ZipZaps SE chassis. The SE Initial D Body Kit II features the Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno (driven by Takumi “Tak” Fujiwara) and


Anime News Service – July 1-2 Anime News

lms today announced a September 9, 2003 street date for the feature film Original Dirty Pair: Project Eden, packed with zany, action-filled polic7-2-03—- Akadot Forumsrent files sharing protocol first siezed upon widely by the i

Along with the rollout of ANS’s new forums linked above, Akadot and Akadot Retail have both come online with their own forum offerings which can be viewed here and here respectively.

7-2-03—- Manga Academy Launches

Attention manga artists!
Authentic Japanese manga instruction just got a little closer to the US…
Manga Academy strives to be a pioneering clearinghouse of information on how to draw manga online. We will be adding a variety of techniques in the same styles and ways manga is learned in Japan. Along with various forms of instruction not yet brought to the west, we will feature intense peer-to-peer forums and online galleries.
Don’t forget our contests either! Where coming soon your art can win you a trip to Japan!
School is in session…

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7-2-03—- Manga Show And Tell In VA

Fredricksburg Virginia’s Freelance Star has posted info that the Salem Church Snow branch will host the following event on July 7th:

Manga Maniacs: Graphic Novel Discussion: Come discuss your favorite graphic novel (Manga or otherwise!). Grades seven to 12. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sign up.

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7-2-03—- Wizard World East Anime Bits

Sequential Tart has new piece on the goings on at this year’s Wizard World East. Of course anime and manga were hot draws, get the scoop at the above link.

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7-2-03— Classic Anime Revisited

Sequential Tart has another great article today looking at the past and present of anime and classics in the genre.

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7-2-03—- Crouching Tiger Comic’s Andy Seto To Attend Comicon

ComicsOne has announced it will bring Andy Seto, the famous kung fu comic creator to Comic-Con 2003 in sunny San Diego, California July 17th-20th. At the ComicsOne booth, Andy will be shaking hands, discussing comics and signing copies of his acclaimed Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Saint Legend and Story of the Tao graphic novels.

Andy has come all the way from Hong Kong to meet his loyal fans, brand their Seto comic du jour and talk about his future projects with ComicsOne, namely the comic book adaptation of the Miramax film – Shaolin Soccer! This one is sure to be a hit sensation. Flyers and concept sketches will be available at the booth!
Be one of the first to meet the legend.
Andy Seto has worked in comics for nearly 20 years. In 1983, he started his career with Jade Dynasty Publishing. Later, in 1989, he joined Freeman Publications LTD, and created Sword Kill followed by the famous Gambling Saint. During 1993, a comic book named Cyber Weapons Z was born, drawn by Seto. Upon its creation, he became the star of the comics world in Hong Kong. Fast forward a few years, in 1997, he served as illustrator for Story of the Tao, which was originally a novel. Then he went to establish his own company – Neo Company Limited. Over the next couple of years Seto and the NCL acquired the copyrights to illustrate The King of Fighters Z, and Saint Legend, both of which were well received with rave reviews. In 2002 Seto took on the challenge of producing the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon series and in 2003 he is going to outdo himself by recreating the Shaolin Soccer movie in comic form.

Purchase or bring your copies of your favorite Andy Seto titles to the ComicsOne booth #3550. Seto will have a scheduled autograph session on Friday and Saturday. Check the ComicsOne booth for times. Hope to see you there!

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7-2-03—- Metrocon Cosplay Details

TAMPA BAY, FL, July 1, 2003 – Fans of Japanese animation will have the chance to compete for recognition and prizes in two, separate costume contest events during METROCON 2003 – Tampa Bay, Florida’s first, full-fledged anime convention – taking place at the Crowne Plaza – Tampa at Sabal Park, 10221 Princess Palm Ave., on the weekend of July 18-20, 2003.

The “Cosplay” Contest, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, showcases the Japanese hobby of “costume play” as costume-clad individuals and groups perform skits featuring their favorite anime and video game characters. Awards for this “Gong Show-style” contest will include “Best Presentation,” “Fan Favorite,” “Best Comedy,” “Best Drama” and a “Judges’ Award.” Entries for the Cosplay Contest will be processed at the convention registration desk. The deadline for entry is 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19.

Participants will be judged primarily on the construction and execution of their anime-related costumes at METROCON’s more traditional, runway-style Costume Contest, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. Awards will include “Best of Show,” “Best Technical,” “Best Costume – Junior, Under 12 Division,” “Best Costume,” and “Judges’ Honorable Mentions.” Mandatory pre-judging will start at 12 noon, and sign-up for the Costume Contest will take place outside the main ballroom. The deadline for entry is 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 20.

Full rules for both competitions may be found at the METROCON site, www.metroconventions.com.

Visit www.metroconventions.com for more information.

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7-2-03—- Anime News Service Forums Live

Discussion returns to ANS! Hi guys, I’m very excited to officially unveil our new forums utilizing the PHPBB system and graciously hosted by the folks at Manga Academy. The setup went live yesterday and we’ve been refinining things since then. Currently, we have 10 solid discussion topics which I’m happy with and room to expand or contract based on feedback from our readers. I want to build this community for you all and offer the same unique spin on the boardside that you’ve come to expect from ANS siteside. By all means feel free to interact mail me with your opinions and get involved at the forums via this URL:
http://www.mangaacademy.com/forums/index.php?c=3

Jonah Morgan