Posts in: November, 2003

Anime News Service – October 26 – November 7 Anime News

11-7-03—- Toycom Berserk Beherit Pendants

The possibility of giving one person their life long dreams and ambitions through a simple wish has an unforeseeable downside; a trade for your flesh and blood. The all-powerful Beherit stone is capable of such powers; all you have to do is ask yourself what is more important, flesh or fantasy? Toycom is proud to announce the upcoming release of an all-new collectible pendant based on this demonic pendant from Kentaro Miura?s bloody manga epic, Berserk.
At 2inches tall, the Beherit Pendants fits in the palm of your hand or can be hung around your neck with the included 12? rope strap. Choose from normal Beherit or the Beherit Tears Pendants, both beautifully hand detailed and created from solid resin and fully painted, sealed in a clear window collectors box. Available this December.

Item #: 24142-8, 24143-5
UPC #: 6-93904-24142-8, 6-93904-24143-5
MSPR: $11.99 ea.
Ship Date: December

11-6-03—- Tokyopop Adds 5 CLAMP Manga Titles

Los Angeles, CA (November 4, 2003)?TOKYOPOP Inc. is pleased to announce another feast of delicious new manga from CLAMP, the most popular manga creators in Japan… if not the world. TOKYOPOP will publish RG Veda, Suki, Legal Drug, The Legend of Chun Hyang and The One I Love, five titles that will feed the frenzy of hungry manga fans everywhere. This news comes on the heels of TOKYOPOP’s September announcement that it will publish CLAMP’s highly anticipated Tokyo Babylon series next May.

RG Veda (Fantasy, Volume 1 Release: TBD) CLAMP’s first professional work, RG Veda ran for 10 volumes, inspired an anime of the same name, and cemented the team’s reputation as one of Japan’s top manga talents. In this clever and beautifully illustrated story-which draws loosely from Hindu mythology-an evil emperor has controlled the once peaceful world of Tenkai for 300 years. The only hope of ending his tyrannical reign lies in a stargazer’s prophecy, which foretells the union of six warriors known as the “Six Stars.”

Suki (Romance/Drama, Volume 1 Release: 2/10/04) In this three-volume series, CLAMP explores what it means to be in love, a theme central to their biggest hits, Chobits and Cardcaptor Sakura. Suki is about a teenage girl’s first crush… the story of Hinata Asahi, a quiet and painfully shy high school student whose teddy bears are her only form of companionship. Her life becomes much more exciting when the handsome Shirou moves in next door. Not only is he really cute-and much older-but he’s also her new teacher!

Legal Drug (Action/Fantasy, Volume 1 Release: 10/12/04) One of CLAMP’s newest series still running in Japan, Legal Drug is a perfect dose of mystery, psychic powers and those ornately drawn characters the femme-four creators are famous for. With cameos from the cast of Suki, the story revolves around the adventures of Kazahaya and Rikuou. By day, they’re two ordinary pharmacists. By night, their boss has them filling prescriptions for the peculiar… for clients’ “special” ailments that can’t be cured using ordinary elixirs.

The Legend of Chun Hyang (Fantasy, Release: 8/10/04) A departure from CLAMP’s usual fare, this stand-alone historical fantasy is set in Korea and features striking brushstrokes reminiscent of their work in Shirahime-syo. Its story follows a beautiful warrior princess who must protect a village from the tyrannical government.

The One I Love (Romance, Release: TBD) Combining CLAMP’s legendary manga storytelling, color artwork and elegant prose, The One I Love is a wonderfully unique 12-story anthology. The volume opens with a special eight-page full-color feature before diving into the single subject CLAMP seems to know best… love.

Other bestselling CLAMP manga published by TOKYOPOP include Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, Angelic Layer and Clover.

11-5-03—- 4KIDS Set To Release New Kirby Anime Titles

NEW YORK, NY (November 4, 2003) – 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., the home video unit of 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), in conjunction with FUNimation, will release Kirby’s Egg-Cellent Adventure – part of the Kirby: Right Back At Ya! home video series – on November 4, 2003 at retail and at the www.4KidsHomeVideo.com Web site in both DVD and VHS formats.

One of Nintendo’s leading video game character franchises, Kirby made his U.S. television debut on 4Kids Entertainment’s Saturday morning broadcast network – the FOX BOX – in September 2002. Kirby’s Egg-Cellent Adventure contains three episodes from the action-packed animated television series and a bonus feature of a 15-minute Video Strategy Guide for the Kirby(tm) Air Ride video game.

The Kirby Collection – a special three-volume gift pack – also will be released on November 4, 2003 at select retailers in both DVD and VHS formats.

Kirby, a Warpstar Knight-in-training, 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!”

VOLUME 3: Kirby’s Egg-Cellent Adventure

Episode 7: Kirby’s Egg-Cellent Adventure The ancient bird, Dyna Blade, has reappeared in Cappy Town after 100 years to lay and hatch her egg. When the eggshell turns up empty, is Kirby’s unruly appetite to blame?

Episode 8: Curio’s Curious Discovery The burial site of an ancient Cappy King is discovered, proving King Dedede’s ancestor established the Cappy civilization. Unconvinced, Tiff does some digging and uncovers a big secret.

Episode 9: The Fofa Factor Ever notice how FoLolo and FaLala are always together? Why don’t they ever split up, and just where do they come from, anyway? Perhaps King Dedede knows the secret to FoLolo and FaLala’s attraction.

DVD extras:

Kirbyoke: Viewers get a chance to sing along with Kirby to his catchy opening theme song …Kirby Kirby Kirby…Right Back At Ya!

Who’s Who in Cappy Town: This DVD extra is chock full of information on Kirby and his cohorts, including character bios and video clips.

VOLUME 3 TITLE: Kirby’s Egg-Cellent Adventure RUNNING TIME: Approximately 60 minutes RATING: Not-Rated SRP VHS: $9.95 SRP DVD: $12.95 PRE-BOOK: September 30, 2003 STREET DATE: November 4, 2003

THREE-PACK TITLE: The Kirby Collection Volume 1: Kirby Comes To Cappy Town Volume 2: A