Posts in: September, 2004

Anime News Service – September 23-30 Anime News

9-30-04

The Sun Newspapers mentions some local teens have created anime murals at the Southdale Library in Edina, Minnesota.
The BBC has a report on a new Japanese product, “Boyfriend’s Arm Pillow”, shaped like a man’s torso with one sturdy arm, which has been on sale since December purchased by 1,000 singles. Manufacturer Kameosaid the pillow’s shape also keeps the body balanced. One woman, Junko Suzuki, told AP: “It makes me relaxed… I can hold the arm and feel something warm at my side”. The pillow is only available in Japan, where it costs about 8,500 Yen ($80), and is available in blue, pink or green. Ms Suzuki, who is separated from her husband, says the pillow has other advantages. “It keeps holding me all the way through. I think this is great because this does not betray me,” she told AP.
Japan Today reports that in the wake of the international success of Japanese animation feature films, such as Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away,” many young people are striving to become cartoonists in the country. Animation works across various media represents a market that has grown to some 200 billion yen a year, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). METI estimates that the Japanese contents industry as a whole, including animation, will expand to 17 trillion yen by 2010.
Ryerson’s Independent Newspaper, The Eyeopener has a report on online anime communities and downloads possibly contributing to falling numbers in attendance at the University of Ryerson’s anime club screenings:
“…While the club is still drawing an audience, treasurer Hung Ta said it’s seen better years. URAnime used to easily screen shows for 100 people, when fans could only get their fix at high school and university clubs. Now anime communities have moved online, where people can download shows in a matter of hours.
– Longtime contributor, Daniel, submits a Variety impression on Otomo’s latest film, Steamboy, which can be read at Yahoo News.
– From Alaska’s The Frontiersman comes an article on some Japanese exchange students who told of the ways of the land of the rising sun in the land of the midnight sun.

9-30-04—- eigoMANGA Urges Otaku To Vote

eigoMANGA, an American manga publishing company has formed a long term initiative and non-partisan campaign to encourage anime and comic book fans to become active participants in US democracy. Working with Rock The Vote and the participation of anime organizations in the US, eigoMANGA has the sole focus of encouraging more young people to register and increase youth voter turnout.

eigoMANGA hopes to encourage fans to become involved in the political process by incorporating cutting-edge trends of anime entertainment into its campaigns in hopes to make political participation more appealing. “537 votes in the entire country enabled George W. Bush to win the presidency in the 2000 election, let’s see how hundreds of thousands of new voters who happen to be anime and comic book fans will effect things this time around”, asks Austin Osueke, CEO of eigoMANGA. “With the current presidential election running at a virtual dead heat, American anime fans collectively have the ability to be the deciding factor in this election”.

eigoMANGA has immediately utilized its various business segments to promote the importance of voting to it’s audience. eigoMANGA currently conducts voter registration through its website and through its live events. Printed voter registration forms are included in future eigoMANGA comic book publications such as RUMBLE PAK and SAKURA PAK. The company will also produce and broadcast public services announcements on it’s television program, ANIME MIX. The company is utilizing it’s upcoming live concert event, RUMBLE INVASION as a non-partisan youth rally. And eigoMANGA will utilize its market reach within the anime/comic book industry to encourage it’s business partners and counterparts to support this initiative.

eigoMANGA has experienced early success in blending anime with politics. Back in the spring of 2003, eigoMANGA produced a live event at San Francisco State University, called CAMPUS INVASION. The success of CAMPUS INVASION helped the university become one of the top schools in the US to effectively increase voter registration among students based off a survey conducted by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

9-30-04—- Yamato Announces 7 New Figures

Yamato USA (www.yamatotoysusa.com), is now accepting retailer pre-orders for its latest assortment of miniature collectible figures, action figures and PVC statues scheduled to ship late Winter 2004 / early Spring 2005.

SIF: Hellsing Miniature Collectible Figures
Story! Image! Figure! A Yamato Original! The Japanese sculptor Pilot Ace drew upon the theme of madness in creating this terrifying assortment of six figures, ripped from the pages of the best-selling manga, Hellsing (available from Dark Horse ComicsTM). Stunning in style and detail, each figure stands approximately 4” and comes blister packed with themed weaponry. An absolute must for all Hellsing fans!

SIF: Shonanbakusozoku Miniature Collectible Figures
Story! Image! Figure! A Yamato Original! Meet Eguchi Yoosuke, leader of the Shonan Bakusozoku biker gang and president of the high school handicrafts club as he divides his time between fist fights and some pretty fancy needlework. Think that’s strange? Wait until you meet the rest of his gang gathered here in this six piece assortment of 4” collectible miniature figures. Each figure comes blister packed with a base which together forms a complete display.

SIF EX: Guilty Gear Isuka – Millia Rage PVC Statue
Story! Image! Figure! Extra! A Yamato Original! Deadly weapon or comfy chair? You decide with this beautiful study of Millia Rage from the latest installment of Sammy Studios’ fanatically adored Guilty GearTM series. Sculptor Kazunori Oomoto achieves a delightful balance between hair and body in this must have piece praised by the game development team. This is the first in a series of PVC Statues from the upcoming Guilty Gear IsukaTM.

Range Murata PSE Solid Collection
The classic, eternal beauty of internationally acclaimed illustrator Range Murata (Blue Submarine No. 6, Last Exile, and the


Anime News Service – September 1-14 Anime News

9-14-04—- GITS: Innocence Web Updates

New content has just been added to the official GHOST IN THE SHELL 2 website at http://www.gofishpictures.com/GITS2
· Exclusive Interview with Mamoru Oshii Writer/director Mamoru Oshii has personally answered 10 of the questions submitted by fans through GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE’s message board. His insightful comments are now available at http://www.ghost2.com/board/showthread.php?p=1075#post1075
· New Motoko Section Check out a brand new section on cult character Motoko Kusanagi, also known as “The Major,” probably the most transcendent character in the “Ghost in the Shell” universe.
· Critics Corner Read what critics have to say about the anticipated sequel at http://www.gofishpictures.com/GITS2/quotes.html GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE was the first anime film ever to compete for the Cannes International Film Festival’s coveted Palme d’Or.
· Updated Playdates Find out where GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE will be playing starting September 17th. It will get the largest opening ever for an adult-themed anime in the U.S. Go Fish Pictures, a division of DreamWorks Pictures, already announced on the movie’s official website additional theaters for late September and early October.
Also make sure to browse the official site at http://www.gofishpictures.com/GITS2 to find out the latest news about the movie, download wallpapers, screensaver and AIM icons, view the trailer or read about the philosophy and making of GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE!

9-13-04—- Tokyopop Announces Tarot Cafe

Los Angeles, CA (September 13, 2004) Step into the life of a hip fortune-teller who can see the future when TOKYOPOP®, the #1 graphic novel publisher, conjures up the The Tarot Café in March 2005. Illustrated by one of Korea’s premier manga artists, Park Sang Sung (creator of TOKYOPOP’s wildly compelling action fantasy series Les Bijoux), The Tarot Café is a mysterious tale that combines fantasy visions and mesmerizing adventure into one spellbinding story. Ranked as one of Korea’s top-selling graphic novels, The Tarot Café is predestined to become a worldwide reader favorite.

The Tarot Café tells the paranormal tale of Pamela, a tarot card reader who is fated to help supernatural beings living in the human world. Welcoming all who walk through her door-from a love-stricken cat, to a vampire spending eternal life running from his one true love-Pamela deals with the problems of others, until she is ultimately forced to face a deep dark secret of her own. “The Tarot Café is a prime example of the sheer talent that makes manga such a publishing phenomenon here in the States,” said Julie Taylor, Senior Editor, TOKYOPOP. “We are thrilled by the opportunity to add The Tarot Café to our 2005 catalog.”

9-13-04—- Anime In The Limelight Returns To The Air

Anime in the Limelight Returns on KORL AM 690, Honolulu, Hawaii, Sept. 18, 2004 Honolulu, HI – Limelight Media announces today that long running Japanese animation music program Anime in the Limelight (AitL) will resume broadcasting September 18, from 6 to 7 pm, HST, on KORL AM 690, hosted by the Legendary Anime DJ Max. This will be a live broadcast, a first for the show, which previously relied on pre-recorded episodes. The show will also be available on Oceanic digital channel 882, KORL cable feed, and on our website, www.limepub.com/radio.html, after the broadcast.

“Our thanks and gratitude to our many listeners and friends who rallied to help return Anime in the Limelight to the air in its darkest hour. Our new grand sponsor Kawaii Kon (www.kawaii-kon.org/) has enabled us to expand our offering, which already includes a classic past episode on our web site each week, in addition to our new KORL episodes,” said William “Doc” Grant Jr., Limelight Media Sales VP. “Once able, we will add an archive block of 10 more past shows each month our listeners may access for a small fee, to help us with our ASCAP fees and some basic operational costs. We hope in the future to expand to 2-3 hours of programming as well as launch a video version in syndication.”

“Anime in the Limelight is very grateful for all the goodwill and support we received from Scott Richardson of Kawaii Kon, Joanne Ninomiya of JN Productions Inc, Chance Gusukuma of GenerationKikaida.com, Hiroyo of ARTFX Kotobukiya, Chuck White of Little Guy Advertising, Aaron Yamasato, Paul Booth and Anderson Le of Blood of the Samurai and Ninja EX, Kokoro OnLine and the Japanese Animation Society of Hawaii. We are stronger, leaner and ready to open new horizons on AitL’s belated seventh birthday”. wph – www.limepub.com

9-13-04—- Godzilla Goes Punk

Popular punk band Sum 41 will write music for GFW. According to a news article posted on Yahoo News Canadian punk rock band Sum 41 will be doing at least some of the music on Godzilla: Final Wars…Look for a more complete translation of the article soon. Source: Monster Zero courtesy Daniel Zelter

9-13-04—- ADV Announces Sister Princess Release

ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced an October 19 release date for the first volume of the chaotic circus of siblings, Sister Princess: Oh, Brother! Based on a popular dating sim in Japan, Sister Princess follows the quirky story of a boy who discovers he has twelve sisters, all of whom are trying to win his undying affection. This situational comedy is great for fans of His or Her Circumstances and Azumanga Daioh!

Wataru Minakami was at the top of his class in middle school and had a pretty comfy life in Tokyo. When he unexpectedly fails his only high school entrance exam because of a computer glitch, his life is suddenly thrown into utter chaos! Jeeves, Wataru’s trusted butler, sends him off to attend school at Stargazer’s Hill in a mysterious place called Promised Island. Upon his arrival, Wataru encounters many friendly, cute girls. This isn’t a problem – until he finds out they are all his sisters! For most kids, adjusting to life at a new school in a different town is tough enough. But for Wataru Minakami, high school will be the easy part! Twelve sisters all at once… What would