Posts in: August, 2003

Anime News Service – July 27 – August 19 Anime News

8-19-03—- Latest Details On HK Initial D

….Location scouting has begun for Initial D which will most likely be set in parts of China and Japan, and shooting is set to begin in October. This Cantonese language film, about a delivery boy who turns to street racing, will be produced by Media Asia and cast Edison Chen as the lead.

Source: Special Thanks as always to Daniel-kun
http://www.kungfucinema.com/news/2003-08-18-02.htm

8-19-03—- Special Junkers Come Here Screening In Toronto

Cypress, CA (August 19, 2003) – After years of barking from enthusiastic fans, Bandai Entertainment, the premiere distributor of Japanese animation in North America, has slated August 19 for the DVD release of the animated feature film, Junkers Come Here. An anime family classic released in 1995, the film’s story has developed a diverse following from audiences who cannot seem to get enough of Junkers, a dog that speaks the human language and the companionship he provides his owner during troubled times.

“We are delighted to bring to North America one of the most compelling anime feature films produced in Japan,” said Jerry Chu, Marketing Manager, Bandai Entertainment. “Junkers Come Here is a story of life, hardship and growth told through the eyes of a young girl. With the recent success of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, Junkers Come Here is a film that we believe American audiences can appreciate and relate to.”

Based on Naoto Kine’s two-volume novel published in 1989, Junkers Come Here boasts an impressive assembly of anime creators, including director Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon) and animator director Kazuo Komatsubara (Miyazaki’s Nausicaa: The Valley of the Wind). Junkers Come Here is a touching tale that illustrates the subtle and confused teenage emotions experienced by 11-year-old Hiromi, and her unique friendship with Junkers, a talking dog. As their relationship develops, Hiromi struggles with a longing for adulthood as she is faced with the challenges of her parents’ unexpected divorce. Will Hiromi be able to restore happiness in her life?

Junkers Come Here originally debuted during a limited theatrical release in Japan in 1995 where it received critical acclaim. To this day, independent screenings continue to be held annually throughout Japan at the request of the local communities, schools, and universities. Junkers Come Here has received the distinct honor of being officially approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education. As an advance preview to the DVD release, Bandai Entertainment will present Junkers Come Here on Friday, August 22nd in its original Japanese-language format (English subtitles) as part of the Canadian National Anime Expo in Toronto. The film will be shown at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor St. W / at Bathurst Subway Station). For pricing and showtime, please visit www.hobbystar.com.

8-18-03—- ADV Gears Up Hello Kitty Holiday Box

HOUSTON, August 15, 2003-ADV Films today announced a release date of October 28, 2003 for Hello Kitty’s Paradise: The Holiday Box Set, collecting all 16 episodes from the four volumes of the acclaimed animated children’s series Hello Kitty’s Paradise. The series has been enormously popular, with the title’s warm-hearted combination of learning and fun making it a favorite with parents and little ones alike. The Hello Kitty’s Paradise: The Holiday Box Set is a DVD-only release, including a custom seasonal art box!

Hello Kitty’s Paradise is another successful element of the Sanrio Company’s wildly popular Hello Kitty(r) franchise, built around the adorable, instantly recognizable kitten character. The title centers around the adventures of Hello Kitty(r), her best friend Mimmy(tm) and their friends from school. Hello Kitty’s Paradise is a joyful take on childhood adventures, with a healthy smattering of educational content about such important skills as sharing, having good table manners, writing letters and being polite.

Hello Kitty’s Paradise: The Holiday Box Set ($39.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release, including 16 complete episodes (32 segments) on four discs. Includes loads of “Fun & Games” special features, such as “Animals! Animals!,” “Guess the Shape,” “Kitty’s Caterpillar Quiz,” “Guess the Shape” and much more.

8-18-03—- 4Kids 2nd Quarter Statement

NEW YORK, August 13, 2003 – 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) today announced net revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2003 climbed 185% to $23.4 million from $8.2 million in the same period last year. Net income for the quarter was $3.6 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.2 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the yearearlier period, an increase of 200%.

For the six months ended June 30, 2003, net revenues rose 193% to $44.3 million from $15.1 million in the same period last year. Net income for the six-month period was $6.6 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the same period a year earlier, an increase of 136%.

Al Kahn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Second quarter results reflect continuing momentum in our licensing segment as retail sales of Yu-Gi-Oh!T products remain strong. Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesT toys are also performing well at retail, adding significantly to our licensing revenues.”

Commenting on the FoxBox, 4Kids’ four hours of programming on Saturday mornings on the Fox Network, Al Kahn said, “While FoxBox ratings have been below expectations, the FoxBox has created additional revenue opportunities for 4Kids in merchandise licensing, home video and music publishing. These additional revenue sources, such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line, were one of the primary reasons for the lease of the FoxBox programming block. We will be launching a new FoxBox season on September 6 with exciting new shows, including Shaman King, Sonic XT and Funky Cops as well as new episodes of returning shows Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesT, Kirby: Right Back At Ya!T and Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman LegacyT,” said Kahn.

“We had a strong second quarter and are very pleased with the performance of our properties. Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon® continue to be among the most highly rated kids shows on network television. While Yu-Gi-Oh! products continue to drive our licensing revenues, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products have gained substantial momentum at