1-30-05—- Annies Pass On Innocence
The Hollywood Reporter mentions that Pixar’s The Incredibles won all the Annie awards for which it was nominated, which according to www.annieawards.com, leaves the second GITS film out of the race. No word yet on whether or not Yoko Kanno won for Best Music in a animated tv production. Thanks to Daniel for the links.
1-30-05—- UK Innocence OST Review
Music From The Movies based out of the UK reviews Kenji Kawai’s GITS2: Innocence soundtrack which is getting a release there through K-O records.
1-30-05—- FUNimation Seeks Fan Support For Lupin
The next issue of FUNimation’s Prime Animation Report, which will be out on February 1st, will ask the fans of Lupin to help in promoting the Lupin movies with ads, banners, posters, etc. The Prime Animation Report will also include a new Lupin online game called Lupin the 3rd: Target Practice. Visit the Prime Animation Report at newsletter.funimation.com.
1-30-05—- MSDF Disciplines 2 For Staging Brutal Airgun Survival Games
Investigation into an assault incident onboard the Japanese MSDF escort ship Tachikaze based at Yokosuka has led to 2 recieving a conviction with a suspension of sentence. The 2 reportedly staged survival games with junior officers involving airguns inside the operational control center (CIC) of the warship. Reportedly the senior officers were bullying the juniors, thus leading to the assault charge. It’s being considered exceptional that the Self Defense Force would publish the findings on this incident at all. An officer that may have been involved commited suicide at the end of October although no connection was made by the investigation.
1-30-05—- New GAINAX Series Site Launch
www.gosyujinsama.com has officially launched as the web home to GAINAX’s coming Korega watashi no Goshujin-sama TV series. Uploaded is a video preview in Windows Media and Real formats in the news section.
1-30-05—- Aquarion TV Date And Novel
The upcoming Shoji Kawamori collaboration TV series Aquarion will commence broadcast from Aprill 2005 according to new information posted to the official Japanese website. A text novelization of the story has been decided to run in “Monthly Dragon Magazine”.
1-29-05—- Free Anime Broadcast Rights For Developing Countries
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is discussing providing broadcasters in developing nations with animation content free of charge. Promotion of Japanese culture and the expansion of the anime market are the aims. This will be financed by a management expense grant donated to The Japan Foundation which is an independent administrative agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The fund will be used to buy the broadcasting right of the desired anime properties. Series to be considered would stretch about 20 episodes and 30 minutes in length. Works with an international appeal such as soccer anime would be prime candidates. Markets are being looked at in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Japan’s animation exports accounts for about 60% of all animation viewed throughout the world and have become a powerful economic force in 1st world nations such as Europe and America.
1-29-05—- Upcoming Tezuka Lecture In Tokyo
The eldest son of the late animation master Osamu Tezuka will host a public public lecture at Yamaha Hall in Chuo Ward Ginza 7 at 2:00PM, March 12th. 520 people will be admitted free of charge. A visualist and movie director in his own right, Makoto Tezuka (43) picked up the work of his father by supervising the latest BlackJack TV series that began airing in October. Additionally, a special showing of the Takarazuka Osamu Tezuka Memorial original animation “Osam and Musashi” will occur.
1-29-05—- Magazine Editors Look Over Animation School Work
Niigata City’s Animation Specialty School had 3 editors from Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Jump on hand on Friday to expertly critique the work of about 30 students. Furthermore, the critiqued illustrations of 21 students are to be published in the magazine. Common suugestions include changing the facial expressions on characters.
1-29-05—- Oshii Developing Kanazawa Museum Exhibit
A Kanazawa area museum is preparing to run it’s “State of the anime production” exhibit that will showcase the process etc. of Japanese Animation production including Director Mamoru Oshii’s work. Part of the exhibit centers around the making of Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence. Production I.G. is played a role on piecing this together at 21st Century Museum Of Kanazawa. It opens on the 29th. 300 related items of interest will go into the exhibition usch as set materials and the figures, original sketches, storyboards, etc… Screenings of related animation works and even video game demos will be on hand to view / interact with.
1-29-05—- Colorful Ice Sculpture Exhibit In Karuizawa
Nagano Prefecture Karuizawa-cho is currently hosting their anime themed “Karuizawa ice sculptural international exhibition 2005” where domestic and foreign creators are competing near the JR Karuizawa Station along the street. Carving of about 30 sculptures began the day before in -10 celsius conditions. After dark a rainbow of lights shows upon the exhibit which will run through the 30th.
1-29-05—- New Bebop CD: TANK! The Best
It might have slipped past some fans that back at the end of December a new Cowboy Bebop CD hit the market, “COWBOY BEBOP TANK THE BEST”. Therein you can find three Yoko Kanno tracks done for the latest PS2 title. Kanno just recently composed the “Song of X’smap” Christmas tune for SMAP. The 1st Bebop TV soundtrack sold 250,000 units.
Full Track Listing:
2.WHAT PLANET IS THIS.
(PRETTY WITH PISTOL)
5.Don’t Bother None (TV edit)
6. PIANO BLACK
12.Gotta knock a little harder
Released Dec. 22nd 2004 – Sale Price: 2100 Yen
1-29-05—- 200 Characters In Namco VS Capcom
Famitsu reports as many as 200 characters total will appear in the new joint PS2 title Namco VS Capcom. Players move the character on the map and then when encountering an enemy, the screen changes to battle mode. Some part of the game’s story will occur in The Tokyo district of Shibuya. The official website can be viewed here.
1-29-05—- Azumi 2 Media
The Movie Box linked to two WM clips of Azumi