Posts in: August, 2004

Anime News Service – August 22-31 Anime News

8-31-04

Canada’s London Free Press has more hints mnime and manga cues are being examined in the world of high fashion.
The Toronto Star has a full report from the floor of the Canadian Comic Festival.
Indonesia’s Jakarta Post talks about a local comic festival coming up in which anime style will be a key facet.
Slashdog mentions the opening of a new website for the The Loyola College Anime Club (http://lcanime.ig3.net/), a club for the appreciation of the radical artform that is Japanese animation. The club’s first showing will be “Lupin III: Castle Of Cagliostro,” a classic Miyazaki film.
– Wired Magazine has gone in-depth with a piece today: “The Giants of Anime are Coming” in which the Oshii, Otomo and Miyazaki’s forthcoming films to American shores are examined.
– From Daniel – Gamespot says Nuriko Nishiyama of Dragon Voice fame will be doing the character designs for the newest Shining Force for PS2.

8-30-04

The International Herald Tribune has it’s own report on the Nomura OTAKU Report.
The Houston Chronicle examines the apparant American manga format of choice: The Graphic Novel.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch has the Neophyte’s Guide To East Asian Film.
– Anime inspires art is the story reported by The Malaysia Star where students Mohd Khairil Shahrez and Benjamin Cheong from class 5 Bersih used their interest in Japanese anime to paint a muhibbah mural on an empty wall.
Inidiana’s Evansville Courier And Press: “Hoosier teens are drawn to Japanese cartoon style, stories”
The Toronto Star mentions replica weapons were seized at the Canadian Comic Book Expo.
ICV News reports the American comic publisher Top Cow announced a Witchblade anime at their panel at Wizard World Chicago. The licensing went to Gonzo Digimation (Blue Submarine #6) for the production of a 26-episode anime TV series. Matt Hawkins of Top Cow told ICv2 that Gonzo would drop the character of Sara Pezzini, the heroine of the American comics and TV series, in favor of a Japanese policewoman, who comes into possession of the mystical blade.”
Malaysia’s The Star Talks about the booming animation business in southeast Asia.

8-30-04—- Maetel’s Real Life Model

The program broadcast on Sunday on Television ASAHI every week, “Determination! In This is the best 100 of Japan”, Reiji Matsumoto of Comic artist commented the model of “Maetel” of “Galaxy Express 999” that it is an actress’s Kaoru Yachigusa. Many comments are released to Blog by the fan who was surprised at the unexpected relation between “Maetel” and Kaoru Yachigusa. Kaoru Yachigusa is the famous actress of TOHO movie co.ltd and appeared on many movies. Although it is an actress representing Japan, to a SF Movie fan, it is famous as the heroine of “THE HUMAN VAPOR.”
Kaoru Yachigusa is “Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple” broadcast in NHK now, and is also the actress who is performing the voice of Jane Marple.
(news Yukio Suzuki)

8-30-04—- Otaku Rport Official

Yukio-san has sent in the official Nomura Research link of last week’s findings on the Otaku Economy news breaking out of Japan. NRI conducted the original survey which spawned the subsequent worldwide media torrent:

As for a “nerd layer” of Japan, 290 billion yen – Nomura Research Institute estimate 2,850,000 people and a market scale.
Nomura Research Institute released the results of an investigation about the market scale of a maniac consumer layer of Japan in five fields of “animation”, a “comic”, an “idol”, a “game”, and “Assembly PC” on 24 Aug 2004. These “a nerd layer” state, and if population amounts to about 290 billion yen, it will estimate 2,850,000 people and the market scale. For 200,000 people / 20 billion yen, and a comic, 1 million people / 100 billion yen, and an idol are [ the population and the estimation market scale according to field / animation ] 800,000 people / 60 billion yen. About the game, it is dividing and estimating to four items according to a platform. Although there was most “home use” as 570,000 people / 45 billion yen, oligopoly-ization of “big title continues, there is no creation of a new genre, and it is said that it is dullness feeling.” On the other hand, the “network” is 30,000 people / 1 billion yen, and “PC” has indicated 140,000 people / 19 billion yen “Aging progresses and the core user is flowing in the network game and PC game in which a new device game appears.” In addition, the prices of an arcade or a board game etc. were 60,000 people / 13 billion yen. In addition, a game maniac says that he is distributed over his 30’s with the 13-24-year-old younger age group. It carries out “purchasing a new product at an initial price by PC parts shop of the Akihabara electricity town” of the assembly PC. The “rich maniac” (mainly distributed over his 18 years old – 30’s) of “getting ashore at a used shop at next week, and looking for the following part if it installs and a benchmark can be taken”, “in the back street of the Akihabara electricity town The junk parts and used part of inventory disposal are classified into the “junk maniac” (the number of the mains is 40 and they are a small number of distributions to no less than 15-18 years old) of collection” Carrying out. The junk maniac is estimating [ the rich maniac ] 30,000 people / 30 billion yen at 20,000 people / 2 billion yen. By Nomura Research Institute, in the market scale of the whole industry of contents 4 field called animation, a comic, an idol, and a game being about 2,300 billion yen, the rate for which a nerd layer market accounts explains that it becomes 11% with an amount-of-money base. It has indicated “It is impossible to already


Anime News Service – August 10-21 Anime News

8-20-04

American Daily has an interesting article called “What Is Up With Cute?” today where a few Japanese examples are cited.
The Chicago Tribune has a piece titled Anime Replay which describes the entertainement/ art form as enjoying a huge renaissance in America.
The Straights Times Of Singapore discusses the outbreak of amateur film direction and production in the Southeast-Asian country.

8-20-04—- 10 Disc Ultimate Matrix Collection To Arrive On DVD

“…Warner Home Video will unleash…a ten-disc The Ultimate Matrix Collection on December 7th, featuring all three flicks in one…box set.

“…In additional to brand-new remastered 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers and Dolby 5.1 surround tracks, supplements include (are you ready?): introduction by the Wachowski Brothers, two audio commentaries on the first film by “The Philosophers” Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber, and “The Critics” Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson, plus two more commentaries apiece on both Reloaded and Revolutions; no less than 71 one new featurettes (21 on the first flick, 29 on the second, and 21 on the third!), 23 additional scenes filmed for “Enter the Matrix” video game, the “Roots of the Matrix,” “Re: Action – A Brief History of Action in Cinema,” “Return To Source – Philosophy & The Matrix” and “The Hard Problem – The Science Behind the Fiction” documentaries, something called “The Burly Man Chronicles,” multiple still galleries inside the massive “The Zion Archive” (including conceptual artwork, storyboards, drawings and more), plus music videos, theatrical trailers and TV spots, plus plenty of ROM exclusives to be announced. Retail for this…will be $79.95, and there will also be a Limited Edition Set featuring a Neo mini-bust figurine and 80-page collector’s book for $129.95…”

Source: DVD File courtesy Daniel Zelter

8-20-04—- Anime Seiyuu To Be In Geisha

The Hollywood Reporter talks about Youki Kudoh being in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of the novel, Memoirs of a Geisha. Kudoh played Saya in Blood.
-Mega kudos to Daniel for this hot news

8-20-04—- ADV Films To Release Gmera: The Complete Collection On DVD

ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., is issuing an all points warning that a certain giant turtle, beloved by children and feared by evil monsters everywhere, will soon be stomping the streets near you once more. Gamera- The Complete Collection, a fantastic new deluxe set containing all three-feature films in the critically acclaimed modern Gamera trilogy, packed inside a special collectible metallic box, has a street date of September 28, 2004.

These three must-have classics – directed by Shusuke Kaneko (Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah – All Out Monsters Attack) from screenplays by Kazunori Ito (Ghost in the Shell) – have been acclaimed as the best giant monster films ever by fans around the world and have garnered major critical praise from such luminaries as the New York Times’ Janet Maslin, who says Gamera-Guardian of the Universe is “A zippy new adventure to delight fans….” Andrew Johnston of TIME OUT adds that, “Gamera is giddy, wall-to-wall mayhem. The special effects are first rate and the filmmakers have a grand time flattening landmark after landmark.” CINEFANTASTIQUE chimes in calling Gamera, “a continual series of knock-out ‘money shots’ that hit at just the right dramatic moments,” and “outright exhilarating.” While Roger Ebert not only gives Gamera a big “Thumbs Up,” but goes on to laud Shinji Higuchi’s (The Princess Blade) masterful special effects by commenting in his review of Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park that “The monster-stepping-on-cars sequences in the current Japanese import Gamera: Guardian of the Universe are more entertaining.”

Join Dr. Nagamine, Inspector Osako and the lovely Asagi Kusanagi as they attempt to unravel the mysterious and deadly monster attacks of both the Gyaos and the Legion. With the “help” of the military, the survival of the human race depends on them. And the fate of the world depends on a gargantuan, aeronautic and flamably breathed reptile—Gamera, the guardian of the universe!

Gamera the Complete Collection (SRP $39.98) is a DVD-only release, including three feature length films on three discs housed in a new textured, metallic shell with a zillion extras. Disc 1: Guardian of the Universe in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Disc 2: Attack of Legion and Disc 3: Revenge of Iris in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 language versions with English subtitles.

8-20-04—- GITS: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 2 Release

Bandai Entertainment and Manga announce the joint DVD release of the second volume of the smash anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex on September 28, 2004. The series was co-produced by both Manga and Bandai and created by the revered animators at Japan’s Production I.G (Kill Bill, Ghost in the Shell). Directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade) with music by Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop), GITS:SAC Volume 2 will feature episodes 4 through 8 of the explosive 26-episode sci-fi series.

This all-new futuristic anime series continues the story of the acclaimed anime feature film Ghost in the Shell based on the popular manga by Shirow Masamune. Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds.

In GITS: SAC Volume 2, Section 9 has their hands full with the reappearance of The Laughing Man – a cyber-terrorist who hasn’t been heard from in six years. Arimaki believes that the police’s prime suspect is a decoy and orders his team to investigate. Meanwhile, in response to the Laughing Man’s last threat, Major Makoto Kusanagi stands guard for the Police Superintendent General at a press conference. This will mark the beginning of Section 9’s ongoing encounters with the Laughing Man. In the meantime they will also have to capture a foreign revolutionary and put a stop to what looks like an organ smuggling ring. The Major and Section 9 are determined to bring all of these criminals to justice

The complete series is releasing bi-monthly beginning July 2004


Anime News Service – July 28 – August 1 Anime News

8-1-04—- Super Eurobeat 150 Track Listing

AVEX has released details on the track listings for it’s milestone Super Eurobeat album SEB 150. The album includes 2 50 track CD’s and 1 collectors DVD. Street in Japan is August 4th at 3,150 Yen:

DISC1 : SEB GOLDEN HITS 50
01. YESTERDAY / CHERRY
02. NIGHT OF FIRE / NIKO
03. DANCER / MAKO
04. HOT VAMPIRE / GO GO GIRLS
05. MICKEY MOUSE MARCH / DOMINO
06. I WANNA DANCE / DOMINO
07. ANNIVERSARY / DAVE, DOMINO & VIRGINELLE
08. ONE NIGHT IN ARABIA / GO GO GIRLS
09. I NEED YOUR LOVE / DAVE SIMON
10. MONEY GO ! / MARKO POLO
11. MADE IN JAPAN / DAVE RODGERS
12. TOO YOUNG TO FALL IN LOVE / EDO
13. LIKE A VIRGIN / VIRGINELLE
14. TORA TORA TORA / DOMINO
15. HARMONY / VALENTINA
16. SEVENTIES / MEGA NRG MAN
17. TRY ME / LOLITA
18. HOT LOVE & EMOTION / VIRGINELLE
19. SHOTGUN KILLER / LOVE & PRIDE
20. SUGAR BABY / ALEXIS
21. LOVE IS DANGER / LINDA ROSS
22. DARK IN THE NIGHT / MAIO & CO.
23. HEART BREAKER / MIKE HAMMER
24. WILD REPUTATION / THE BIG BROTHER
25. KING AND QUEEN / KING &anp; QUEEN
26. FANTASY / VIRGINELLE
27. DOCTOR DOCTOR / LISA JOHNSON
28. HURRICANE / KAREN
29. KAMIKAZE / DJ NRG
30. HE-HEY DANCIN’ / KING & QUEEN
31. HEARTBEAT / NATHALIE
32. SPEEDWAY / NIKO
33. SPACE BOY / DAVE RODGERS
34. BURNING DESIRE / MEGA NRG MAN
35. BOOM BOOM FIRE / D.ESSEX
36. EUROBEAT / DR.LOVE
37. FEVER THE NIGHT / MATT LAND
38. BEAUTIFUL DAY / LOLITA
39. WE’LL SEE HEAVEN / DIGITAL PLANET
40. SUNDAY / NUAGE
41. DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU BABY / NUAGE
42. ME, MYSELF & I / CHRISTINE
43. LET’S GO, COME ON/ MANUEL
44. THE RACE IS OVER / DAVE RODGERS
45. COCOA BILL / BABY BAZOOKA
46. JINGLE JUNGLE BOY / BABBY ONE
47. HORROR FANTASY / SCREAM TEAM
48. SUPERBAD / NIKO
49. TSUNAMI COMES / MAD MAX
50. NOT FOR SALE / GO2

DISC2 : J-EURO GOLDEN HITS 50
01. TRY ME -B4 ZA BEAT REMIX- / NAMIE AMURO
02. SEASON / NAMIE AMURO
03. BURNING LOVE / NAMIE AMURO
04. GO! GO! / NAMIE AMURO
05. STOP THE MUSIC / NAMIE AMURO
06. MEMORIES / NAMIE AMURO
07. KISS ME KISS ME, BABY / MAX
08. SEVENTIES / MAX
11. HARMONY / MAX
12. EXTASY / MAX
13. LOVE LOVE FIRE / MAX
14. SUMMER TIME / MAX
15. SO MUCH IN LOVE / MAX
16. STRANGER IN THE NIGHT / MAX
17. DON’T YOU LOVE ME / MAX
18. BROKEN HEART / MAX
19. BECAUSE I NEED YOU / MAX
20. REALITY / MAX
21. LOVE DESIRE / MAX
22. KISS TO KISS / MAX
23. ENDLESS LOVE / MAX
24. LOVE IS A MELODY / D&D
25. SHAPE UP LOVE / D&D
26. TOGETHER FOREVER / D&D
27. BRAND NEW LOVE / D&D
28. REMEMBERING YESTERDAY / D&D
29. BE MY LOVER / D&@;D
30. IN YOUR EYES / D&D
31. KISS IN THE SUN / AYA & CHIKA from D&D
32. DANCIN’ MY HEART / AYA & CHIKA from D&D
33. RISE IN MY HEART / AYA & CHIKA from D&D
34. WAITIN’ FOR HEAVEN / AYA & CHIKA from D&D
35. AMAZING LOVE / Folder 5
36. IT’S UP TO YOU / Folder 5
37. BELIEVE / Folder 5
38. LIAR / Folder 5
39. READY! / Folder 5
40. GEMINI / Folder 5
41. FOLLOW ME / Folder 5
42. HEART BEAT / Folder 5
43. BREAK THE SILENCE / Folder 5
44. NIGHT OF FIRE / dream
45. DO YOU WANNA DANCE / dream
46. JEALOUSY / dream
47. KING & QUEEN / dream
48. TRUE LOVE / HIROKO ANZAI
49. LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT / wi?th
50. ON MY OWN / vivace

DISC3 (DVD):
1.SUPER EUROBEAT HISTORY
2.PARAPARA HISTORY
3.ALL NIPPON PARAPARA BATTLE
4.SEB’S ARTIST & PRODUCER

8-1-04

– Alaska’s Juneau Empire talks graphic novel quality and quantity in the local library and
The San Jose Mercury news talks Japanese contemporary art and it’s influences.
The Alameda Star is running the Boston Globe’s story a few days old on girls getting into Japanese comics.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer has some views from Brazil including one of a group of fans who were recently traveling to an anime convention in the country when they were robbed.
Time Magazine’s Andrew Arnold goes to Comic Con and shares his report.
– Singapore’s Experience Gaming interviews Toru Kobu who produced Gungrave with Red Entertainment.
The Register interviews DIVX and discovers there are 2 million handheld CE devices which have been sold bundled with the DiVX MPEG 4 based-codecs into equipment that is sold in retail. There are plans to sell another 18 million by Christmas.
The Corvallis Gazette Times examines the phenomena which is Adult Swim.
The Oregonian covers Comic Con and gives some details and history of the event.
– The Official Larc-en-Ciel website has uploaded stunning images from it’s concert to occur at this weekend’s Otakon.

7-31-04—- Rahxephon Voice Actors At US Military Base

Actors from the hugely popular animated series “RahXephon” paid a visit to Ft. Hood, TX on Saturday, July 24 to meet with base personnel and their families. Lead voice actors Chris Patton (“Ayato Kamina”) and Monica Rial (“Haruka”) signed t-shirts and DVDs of the hit anime series, which airs in the U.S. exclusively on Anime Network. “Anime fans come from every corner of the country,” explains Kevin Corcoran, President of Anime Network. “However, many of our fans in the military are unable to travel to anime conventions to meet their favorite actors, so we decided to come to them; and since Anime Network is a