– Steamboy is reviewed by the Daily Yomiuri, 1 week post it’s release to theaters in Japan.
– Oregon’s Salem Statesman Journal has a piece on on how some young artists have gotten pointers from the creator of the Eisner award wining series, Whiteout.
– The Oklahoman mentions the stir the card game Yugi-oh! is creating in an American city.
– The Daily Yomiuri newspaper also reviews Ishii’s newest film, Cha no Aji and draws some anime parallels.
– Gigex mentions Sammy is demoing Guilty Gear Isuka and Spy Fiction” (featuring character design of Renji “Range” Murata (“Last Submarine No.6,” “Last Exile” I and II) at San Diego Comic Con.
– Metroactive Arts has a lengthy article on Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s latest exhibition “Nothing Ever Happens”, at the San Jose Museum of Art (www.sjmusart.org). The show, which opens July 24, is his first retrospective in Northern California.
– The Japan Times has a review of Director Katsuhito Ishii’s latest film Cha no Aji. Ishii’s previous projects, “Samahada Otoko to Momojiri Onna (Sharkshin Man and Peachhip Girl)” (1999) and “Party 7” (2000), found many fans abroad including Kill Bill Director Quentin Tarantino.
– The Straights Times looks at the new Will Smith film I, Robot and makes comparisons of the relationship between man and machines. 2 recent anime productions get a nod:
“Even when overt violence does break out between the two camps, it is kept to a minimum and stops short of a full-blown cataclysmic showdown, as witnessed in Rintaro’s Metropolis (2001), a jaw-dropping anime epic based on the mangas of Osamu Tezuka and Mahiro Maeda’s The Second Renaissance (2003), one of the better The Animatrix shorts that explains the back story of Man’s struggle with the Machines.”
7-21-04—- Exclusive: Geisters 2 At Otakon
The folks at Anime Crash have passed word onto ANS that their release of Geisters Vol. 2 will be announced at Otakon. Fans may remeber in late 2003, The Crash Media Group announced the launch of their Anime Crash DVD line which will be a launch-pad and showcase for animation from Japan and beyond.
7-20-04—- King Of Fighters 2003 Comic Book Coming
San Jose, CA – July 28, 2004 ComicsOne – the King of English-translated Hong Kong comics, has just announced (to the delight of gamers everywhere) the impending release of their latest action-packed comic book series – THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2003. Yes that’s right; the latest installment to the wildly popular competitive action-fighting game series from SNK NEOGEO USA CONSUMER CORPORATION (www.snkneogeousaconsumer.com) is now a full color comic heading to store shelves just in time to compliment SNK’s own THE KING OF FIGHTERS 02/03 Combo Pack for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft!
KOF 2003 marks the beginning of a new epic saga in the KOF series. The tapestry of human relationships that entangles our new hero and an evil entity is revealed by degrees…KOF 2003 is more than just a fighting game – it’s fighting with a purpose. SNK’s most famous characters come to life in THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2003 – the comic!
Fighting game fans will undoubtedly hold their control pads high in salute to the 9th installment of THE KING OF FIGHTERS franchise. So what better way to commemorate the event than with a comic series, which furthers the adventures of your favorite combating teams beyond what is seen in the video games? Those who love to consume anything KOF won’t hesitate to devour both the game and the comic like a well-seasoned porter house steak! Don’t miss the action on-screen and on the page this fall!
Availability THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2003 #1 will be available in November 2004. Each 128 page graphic novel will be priced at $13.95. Visit www.comicsone.com for more detailed series information.
7-20-04—- FUNimation At Comc Con
Fort Worth, TX (July 20, 2004) You don’t have to pinch yourself. This is not a dream. You have entered pop culture paradise. From July 22nd to July 25th in San Diego, California, over 75,000 people will attend Comic-Con International 2004. One bit of fair warning, wear comfortable shoes. FUNimation Productions, Ltd., the foremost producer and distributor of anime in North America, will be at San Diego Comic-Con International 2004 in full force to promote our latest and greatest titles. Come by and visit our island booth #4107. We have many activities in store at the FUNimation island: · Come by for free posters from Fruits Basket, Kiddy Grade, Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Fullmetal Alchemist. · Check out our convention exclusive Fruits Basket Kyo and Yuki fleece and Kyo knit caps. You can only buy them here people! · We will be screening trailers for our current shows and preview upcoming shows like Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon Ball GT – The Lost Episodes, Case Closed and Kiddy Grade to upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist, Spiral and Gunslinger Girl. · Need your gaming fix? Check out the playable demo of the Playstation 2 game Fullmetal Alchemist – The Broken Angel by Square Enix, Inc. For those attendees who love their anime as much as they love their comics, we’ve got you covered…big time.
We’ve invited our friends at Fanboy Radio to get this party started. Fanboy Radio will be interviewing the biggest comic book creators at the FUNimation island. Yes, you’re reading it right, Frank Cho, Greg Rucka, Scott Kurtz, John Cassaday, Robert Kirkman, Brian Michael Bendis and more will be making their appearances at the FUNimation island. (tentitive list, subject to change) It’s like mixing peanut butter and chocolate – the perfect combination of anime and comic books. Sweet! Be sure to check out Atari’s booth #4215 for details on their upcoming Dragon Ball Z and Yu Yu Hakusho games. Score Entertainment’s booth #3229 will have playable demos of their Dragon Ball GT and Yu Yu Hakusho TCG games. Comic-Con will mark the next to last Dragon Ball