Posts in: September, 2004

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
· 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
· 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 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 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,, 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 ( 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, 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 –

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