Posts in: December, 2003

Anime News Service – November 11 – December 31 Anime News

12-31-03—- Hollywood Reporter Bit

Courtesy The Hollywood Reporter via Daniel on the last day of the year:

Bandai Korea, the Korean branch of Japan’s biggest animation house, opened a video-on-demand Web site in Korea at the end of November, bringing its vast and popular catalog to a cartoon-hungry country. By taking its product to the Internet, not only can Bandai avoid many of Korea’s Japanese culture restrictions banning such Japanese exports as music videos and films (many of which are scheduled to be repealed in the new year), it is also a sign of the significance that the online world is gaining as a broadcast medium. Individual episodes of programs like “Gundam” cost 800-1,200 won (about $0.65-$1) depending on the bandwidth of the broadcast. “We would like to afford cartoon fans a chance to watch our content,” says Shinsuke Kojima, the digital contents team manager at Bandai Korea. “We hope to have 1 million downloads in 2004.”

Also, a positive review of Tokyo Godfathers is at this link

12-29-03—– February Releases From ADV Films

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR FULL METAL PANIC! MISSION 07 FINAL VOLUME OF HIT SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 17, 2004

HOUSTON, December 29, 2003-ADV Films today announced a February 17, 2004 release date for the seventh and concluding volume of Full Metal Panic!, the anime series that has astounded fans and critics alike with its intoxicating combination of side-spitting comedy and thrilling action, putting it on the fast track to becoming a modern classic.

The Tuatha de Danaan is under fire! A U.S. Navy captain with an axe to grind has targeted the sub. In order to stop this modern-day Ahab, Mithril’s Lt. Commander Kalinin goes straight to the top.

But aboard the de Danaan, the chain of command is missing a few key links, leaving Sousuke and Kurz to find out just who is running the ship. Meanwhile, Kaname has to call on every ounce of her power as a Whispered. Boatloads of intrigue, dynamite action, and a knockdown, drag-out fight to the finish! It’s all here in the final installment of Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic!, which was directed by Kouichi Chigara (Gate Keepers, Phantom Quest Corps) and produced by GONZO Digimation (Hellsing, Blue Sub No. 6), successfully mixes mecha combat, martial arts, international criminal intrigue, and high-school politics with a final dash of teen romance to make this series an irresistible treat that appeals to everyone.

Critical Acclaim for the Series: Reviews of Full Metal Panic! have overwhelmingly endorsed the title:

“Full Metal Panic! is at once a farce, a romantic comedy, a mech fantasy that looks about as good as the big budget special effects in movies, AND a nail-biting, action-adventure thriller.”-Sequential Tart

“Full Metal Panic! is the anime of the year.”-Anime-Reviews.net

“[Full Metal Panic!] is one of the most addictive and fun anime series that I’ve have seen in recent times.” -Japan Hero

Full Metal Panic! Mission 07 (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, including three complete episodes. Includes English 5.1- and 2.0-language versions and a Japanese 2.0-language version, with English subtitles. Extras include a reversible cover; a foldout poster; production sketches; clean opening and closing animations; Japanese piracy warnings; and ADV Previews.

Collector’s Edition Available! The first volume of Full Metal Panic! is also available as a special collector’s edition, which includes the DVD and a custom art box sized to fit the entire series (SRP $39.98).

Full Metal Panic! manga! Don’t forget to check out the bestselling Full Metal Panic! manga series, available in stores now from ADV Manga!

FULL METAL PANIC! MISSION 07 Running Time: 75 minutes; Age Rating: 15+ Pre-Book Date: 1/20/04 Street Date: 2/17/04 Format SRP DVD $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR ANGELIC LAYER: FAITH, HOPE & LOVE FOURTH VOLUME OF CLAMP STUDIO’S FIRST SHONEN TITLE DUE OUT FEBRUARY 17, 2004

HOUSTON, December 29, 2003- ADV Films today announced a February 17, 2004 release date for the fourth volume of the remarkable and completely original series Angelic Layer, a shonen anime created by all-female studio CLAMP (Chobits, Rayearth, Tokyo Babylon) and revolving around fighting action figures in tournament combat.

It’s the semifinal games in Kanto, and only the best player will survive and advance to the National Tournament. The stakes are high, and Misaki and Hatoko face their toughest competitors so far.

Tamayo and Kotaro are there to cheer the girls on, and it looks like Misaki has an important new supporter. The action heats up, and everything reaches a critical turning point, forcing each player to decide what it is they’re fighting for.

As secrets are revealed, discover the truth about Icchan, and learn about Misaki’s past while she gets ever nearer her destiny in the next thrilling chapter of Angelic Layer!

Angelic Layer was animated by BONES, the animators of the highly acclaimed RahXephon and Wolf’s Rain.

Angelic Layer: Faith, Hope & Love (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean and opening closing animation; production artwork; commentary; a mini poster; and ADV previews.

Collector’s Edition Available: The first volume of the series, Angelic Layer: Divine Inspiration, is also available as a collector’s edition, which includes the DVD and a custom series art box, sized to fit the entire series.

ANGELIC LAYER: FAITH, HOPE & LOVE Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 13+ Pre-Book Date: 1/20/04 Street Date: 2/17/04 Format SRP DVD $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ADV ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR THIRD VOLUME OF PRETEAR VOLUME THREE OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FANTASY ANIME SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 17, 2004

HOUSTON, December 29, 2003-ADV Films today announced a February 17, 2004 release date for the third volume of Pretear, the enchanting fantasy anime series created by Kaori Naruse and noted anime fantasy creator Junichi Sato (director of the first series of Sailor Moon and creator of Kaleido Star).

The title cleverly combines elements of the age-old fairy tales Cinderella (the heroine has a new family complete with a new stepmother and stepsisters) and Snow White (she finds friends, and romance, in seven handsome knights) under