– FUNimation has posted their video trailer for Lupin III: Dead Or Alive.
– As per ADV Films announcement today, those wanting a preview of the Windows Media High Definition Format can do so by accessing a number of clips at www.wmvhd.com.
– The UK’s Medical News Today traces the history of the Japanese word “Tsunami”.
– Japan’s Active Fault Reasrch Center has an animation plotting this past weekend’s horrific Sumatra Tsunami.
– Arrow In The Head reviews the live action Cutie Honey (2004) Directed by Hideaki Anno and Starring Eriko Satoh/Cutie Hairi Katagiri/Gold Claw Eisuke Sasai/Sister Jill Mikako Ichikawa/Natsuko.
12-30-04—- ADV Films To Release Titles To Windows Media High Definition Format
Get ready to experience your favorite anime titles in a way you never have before! ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, today announced the release of Noir, RahXephon, and Full Metal Panic! in brand new high definition collector’s volumes. Look for these exciting 2-disc volumes of each series to hit the shelves throughout 2005.
Through the use of Windows Media High Definition Video (WMV HD), movies can now be viewed on computers with DVD drives, as well as on many new set-top DVD and digital media players, with amazing quality and resolution up to 6 times higher than that of today’s standard DVDs! In addition, movies pack a whole new punch with crystal clear DTS Surround Sound audio.
ADV’s high definition collector’s releases will feature 2-disc volumes of each series. The first DVD of each volume will contain the feature presented in new WMV HD video format and Windows Media Audio Professional to be played on Windows Media Player 9 or 10 and WMV HD compatible DVD players. The 2nd DVD will feature a brand new DTS 5.1 audio track to accompany the Dolby 5.1 audio mix and standard definition video feature.
“High definition is the future of home entertainment,” said John Ledford, President and C.E.O. of ADV Films. “With crystal clear picture and sound, high definition is certain to deliver a new and exciting method by which to experience home video. We’re pleased to be able to be on the forefront of delivering this new high definition DVD format to North American audiences.”
Be sure to be on the lookout for more exciting high definition titles from ADV Films!
12-30-04—- Action Channel New Year’s Eve Anime Marathon
From the Starz Press Release:
Get the party started… anime style… with the New Years Eve anime marathon on the Starz Encore Action Channel. Start off 2005 with an anime hangover. The Starz Encore Action Channel has gained much respect over the past few years for its airing of Japanese animated feature films entirely uncut and unabridged. Featuring only the best that the anime industry has to offer, the Action Channel is one of the best sources for anime on cable and satellite television. Many anime fans love the television station as an outlet to find some of the best, classic, anime titles, while others simply seek to have a great and entertaining title to watch around midnight on specific nights of the week.
Recently, the Action Channel has announced an all anime New Years Eve marathon to kick off the 2005-year. After weathering a Last Exile marathon on G4TechTV just on week prior, anime fans can expect to keep the late night tradition alive with the Action Channel, as the network airs some of the best anime films every crafted during a little over twelve hours. This New Years Eve marathon begins 10:00pm ET on Friday, December 31, 2004, beginning with the groundbreaking cyber-punk classic feature film, Ghost in the Shell.
The Action Channel showcases a lot of different Japanese animated titles, including the horror title Hellsing amongst others. The complete marathon schedule is listed as follows; including the time of showing, the feature film or program of note, as well as a detailed synopsis of the program that Encore’s Action Channel is showing. All times shown are scheduled as in the Eastern Time Zone.
Dec 31; 10:00PM — Ghost in the Shell
Directed by Mamoru Oshii. The original science fiction feature film that traverses the universe of that is the human mind, Ghost in the Shell. In a world caught in the grip of information overload, where artificial intelligence is more than the real thing and cyborg cops spend their lives surfing on an electronic sea of living data, only the Ghost – the indefinable element of human consciousness – exists to determine who is alive and who is purely a creation of the net. Major Motoko Kusanagi is an elite officer in the Section 9 security force: a cybernetic agent so heavily modified that little more than her Ghost remains. Along with fellow cyborg Bateau and the mostly human Togusa, Kusanagi is set on the trail of a computer criminal known as the Puppet Master, a data thief skilled enough to hack into the very minds of his victims. His human marionettes live out existences that are nothing more than computer generated fantasy, unwittingly committing their master’s crimes while the Ghost-hacker hides in the darkness. But as Kusanagi digs deeper into the walls of secrecy surrounding the case, it appears that the Puppet Master has a special interest in her alone. And when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shadowy Section 6, enter the scene, Kusanagi becomes tangled in a web of plot and counterplot, and realizes that the true identity of her invisible assailant lies at the center of a vast and lethal political conspiracy.
Dec 31; 11:30PM – X/1999: the movie
Directed by Rintaro. The feature film fictionalization of the popular manga series. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven – two opposing armies. He alone must decide whether humanity should be destroyed to create a purified universe, or whether it should be protected to preserve civilization. Two oracles, the sisters Hinoto and Kanoe