Posts in: September, 2003

Anime News Service – September 25 Anime News

9-16-03—- UCI Campus Screening Of Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Cypress, CA (September 15, 2003) – Bandai Entertainment announced today a special 35mm film screening of Mamoru Oshii’s animated classic, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade at the University of California, Irvine. The screening of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade is organized by the UC Irvine Cal-Animage Epsilon anime club in association with the UC Irvine Film Society and will be screened on September 25th, 2003 at 7:00 PM in the UCI Film and Video Center / 235 Humanities Instructional Building. For more information please visit http://spirit.dos.uci.edu/cae/CAE.html

In his first directorial debut, Hiroyuki Okiura (Ghost in the Shell) brings to life Mamoru Oshii’s (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor) haunting tale of innocence caught in a web of politics and intrigue.

Set in an alternate history of Japan, Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Battling with guerillas deep within the underground tunnels of the city, Fuse encounters a young girl armed with explosives. Hesitating to the stop the girl, the terrorist triggers the explosive killing herself and injuring Fuse. Sent for retraining, Fuse searches for the reason behind his and why her image continues to haunt him. Upon a chance meeting with the terrorist’s sister, Fuse becomes entangled in a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade…with the lives of those he cares most at stake.

9-16-03—- 5 Soundtracks Coming From ADV Music In October

HOUSTON, September 15, 2003-ADV Films today set a street date of October 28, 2003 for the release of the ADV Music titles Destroy All Monsters; Rebirth of Mothra: Original Soundtrack; Rebirth of Mothra 2: Original Soundtrack; Rebirth of Mothra 3: Original Soundtrack; and Spriggan: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. All five of these soundtracks boast high-end production, including artwork sourced directly from the respective film studios that created the titles.

Soundtracks are highly popular among film and anime fans as collectibles, and for their content-including stirring and evocative orchestral music, Japanese pop and electronica.

Destroy All Monsters Music from the classic all-monster film, composed by Akira Ifukube.

Rebirth of Mothra: Original Soundtrack Composed by Toshiyuki Watanabe. Additional music by Yuji Koseki and by Akiko Yano, with vocal performances by Megumi Kobayashi and Sayaka Yamaguchi.

Rebirth of Mothra 2: Original Soundtrack Composed by Toshiyuki Watanabe. Additional music by Yuji Koseki, with vocal performances by Megumi Kobayashi and Sayaka Yamaguchi.

Rebirth of Mothra 3: Original Soundtrack Composed by Toshiyuki Watanabe. Additional music by Yuji Koseki, with vocal performances by Megumi Kobayashi and Misato Tate.

Spriggan: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Composed by Kuniaki Haishima, with vocal performances by Säju.

9-16-03—- Studio Zero G Launches

Chicago, IL. September 15, 2003 -Created by a group of international artists, Studio Xero G now provides access to uniquely thrilling, anime- style action at the click of a button. Studio Xero G’s debut studio release is Black Daze, an anime-style manga now available online exclusively through the studio’s website: www.studioxerog.com.

StudioXeroG.com offers fans around the world the ability to experience the anime-style action they crave in a portable, color, high-intensity manga format anywhere they have access to the Internet. Black Daze was created to deliver the hard hitting, eye-popping excitement that is Japanese anime in a visually stunning, cell-shaded style directly on any personal computer or laptop screen. No one before has truly captured the actual cinematic feel of anime in a alternate medium. Studio Xero G differs, bringing all the pulse-pounding motion and emotion fans expect of anime in a revolutionary, online manga format.

The West is finally starting to take notice of something that rest of the world is already experiencing: Japanese anime and manga are not just a cult phenomenon of the moment, but rather a strong, and engaging form of art that speaks to all ages. Many fans continue to be disappointed by the lack of accessibility to anime and manga. As diehard fans of both anime and manga, the founders of Studio Xero G felt there was no reason why the exciting elements of both mediums should not be brought together within the same space and made conveniently available to everyone, anytime, anywhere; hence Black Daze.

Studio Xero G is fully dedicated to reproducing the mind-blowing, captivating visual movement and storytelling of anime in their manga productions.

9-16-03—- Millenium Actress Limited Release Opening Box Office

Box Office Mojo says the film made $18,000 for the weekend of Sept. 12-14. Thanks to Daniel for the info.

9-16-03—- Polysics Tour USA This Month

Courtesy http://www.polysics.com and The Japan For Sale Mailing List:

?Sept.17 (wed) Los Angeles at SPACELAND open: 21:00- address: 1717 Silver Lake Bl. LA,90026 tel: 323-661-4380 age: 21+ acts: Pine Marten/ Rex Aquarium/ Vagenius/ POLYSICS

?Sept.19 (fri) San Francisco at BOTTOM OF THE HILL open: 18:00- address: 1233 17th Street San Francisco, 94107 tel: 415-621-4455 age: all acts: RX Bandits/ Locale AM/ Desa/ POLYSICS

?Sept. 20 (Sat) Portland at MEOW MEOW open: 18:00- address: 527 SE Pine St. Portland, OR. 97214 tel: 503-230-2111 age: all acts: RX Bandits/ Locale AM/ Desa/ POLYSICS

?Sept. 21(Sun) Seattle at STUDIO 7 open: 18:00- address: 110 S. Horton Street, Seattle, WA 98134 tel: 206-442-2993 age: all acts: RX Bandits/ Locale AM/ Desa/ POLYSICS

?Sept. 24(Wed) Detroit at ALVIN’S TWILIGHT BAR open: 18:00- address: 5756 Cass Ave. Detroit, MI. 48202 tel: 313-873-3000 age: all acts: RX Bandits/ The Exit/ The Format/ POLYSICS

?Sept.25(Thu) Cleveland at GROG SHOP open: 18:00- address: 1765 Coventry Rd Cleaveland, OH 44118 tel: 216-321-5588 age: all acts: RX Bandits/ The Exit/ The Format/ POLYSICS

?Sept. 26(fri) Philadelphia at THEATRE OF LA open: 18:00- address: 334 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147 tel: 215-922-1011 age: all acts: RX Bandits/ The Exit/ The Format/ POLYSICS

?Sept. 27(sat) Buffalo at CONTINENTAL open: 22:30- address: 212 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202 tel: 716-842-1292 age: 18+ acts: POLYSICS(headliner)/ Burn like Nero/ Neyko

?Sept. 29(mon) Boston at Middle East open: 20:00- address: 472 Massachusetts Ave.Cambridge, Mass. 02139 tel: 617-864-3278 age: 18+ acts:


Anime News Service – Part 1 – Project AE86: Diamond In The Rough

By Jonah Morgan

And so it begins. What originally had it’s roots as a personal project has turned into something I think I will share with the site. As part of an ongoing feature here on ANS we’re going to build a car and bring everyone along for the journey step by step for the duration of the restoration and modification period. What better choice than a car anime fans will probably be intimately familiar with by the fall of 2003 than the Toyota Trueno AE86 “Hachiroku” (sold in the USA as the Toyota Corolla GTS). This car holds a special place in the hearts of many, it is of course the star of the Initial D anime and manga not to mention the car du choice of togue and drift freaks the world over. Our example was found with litteraly a forest growing up all around where it has apprantly sat for some time. Closer inspection revealed a good condition intact interior, and solid exterior shell with few dings and a few spots of rust. In Alabama where American Muscle dominates the hearts of car enthusiasts, such a car is very rarely appreciated, and thusly the asking price: $200, what a steal if you are familiar with the market. Popping the hood we discovered there was no battery, no radiator and half an engine. The head was blown and then removed to be replaced or reworked, aparently that never took place. No big deal as the plan is to replace 80% of what’s to be found under the bonnet anyways.

Next: Refresh!