2-23-05 (6:16PM EST)—- Zeta Gundam Singles Release
Starchild has announced a set of Zeta Gundam Maxisingles to commemorate the coming Z Gundam Movie Version opening this summer. 4 songs total are due on April 27. The original 85-86 OP themes, Zeta – Toki wo Koete by Maya Ayukawa and Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete by Hiroko Moriguchi along with the ED theme Hoshizora no Believe by Maya Ayukawa and DRESS will be included. The jacket art actually is a reprint of one the original EP releases of the time period. Retail is 1,260 Yen.
2-23-05 (5:17PM EST)—- Charahobby 2005 Announced
The C3&HOBBY 2005 (aka: Charahobby 2005) show has been announced to occur over 2 days, Saturday, August 20-21st in Chiba and Makuhari Messe. The entertainment event collects the hobby culture of the character etc. from the latest games and the anime. It’s considered one of Japan’s premiere contents related fan draws. 57,200 people were present at “Charahobby 2004” held last August. A similar scale attendance is expected this year. Admission is 1,300 Yen for Adults. Checkout the official website at www.chara-hobby.com.
2-23-05 (4:50PM EST)—- ADV Films Cromartie High School DVD Reelase
School’s in session with the highly anticipated March 15, 2005 release of the first volume of Cromartie High School: Cromartian Rhapsody. With giant gorillas, a robot with an identity crisis, and a school full of brain-damaged delinquents, this is going to be the craziest academic adventure seen this side of the Pacific!
Produced by Production I.G. (Blue Seed, Ghost in the Shell) and TV Tokyo (Final Fantasy: Unlimited) and based on the wildly popular manga by Eiji Nonaka, Cromartie High School ventures forth into the deranged and wacked-out world of the infamous school for delinquents. Packed to the brim with crazy humor, pithy puns, political satire, and characters you’ll love to despise, Cromatrie High School will leave your brain fried and your funny bone sore. Poor Kamiyama! Somehow he has been enrolled in Cromartie High School, the infamous school for delinquents. When your classmates are the meanest, toughest (and often dumbest) students around, you do what you can to fit in. But when you add a 400-pound gorilla, a robot with an attitude, and a macho brute that bears a striking resemblance to a world famous celebrity, it makes blending much more difficult. So put on your best tough-guy swagger and get a lesson in insanity from the hilarious losers of Cromartie High.
Limited Collector’s Edition Available with First Volume of Cromartie High School Manga You think you’re tough enough to handle Cromartie High? Only the meanest of the mean and baddest of the bad can face the collector’s edition! This special edition box set includes the volume 1 DVD of the series, the first volume of the manga from ADV Manga, and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire anime series (SRP $44.98). So, if you think you’re up to challenge�c Cromartie High School: Cromartian Rhapsody (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including eight complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: cultural notes & comments, clean opening and closing animation, original Japanese TV warnings and ADV Previews.
CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL: CROMARTIAN RHAPSODY Volume: 1 of 4 Running Time: 100 minutes Rating: TV 14 (L) CAT: DCHS/001 (DVD), DCHS/BX1 (Collector’s Box) UPC: 702727109324 (DVD), 702727129322 (Collector’s Box) Pre-Book Date: 02/15/05 Street Date: 03/15/05 Format: DVD SRP: $29.98 (DVD), $44.98 (Collector’s Box)
2-23-05 (6:38AM EST)—- Battle Angel (GUNNM) Creator Interview
Manga News Service has conducted an exclusive interview with manga author Yukito Kishiro and is proud to be the first news organization in the world to get his input on Director James Cameron’s (Titanic, Terminator, The Abyss) coming Hollywood adaption of his work Battle Angel (GUNNM). You can view the entire piece here.
2-23-05 (6:36AM EST)—- ISID Delivers Toei ERP Solution
According to a Japanese press release out of Toei on Wednesday, the Japanese firm ISID has delivered the backbone system that will supply new contents management functions to the animation house. As previously reported the system being used is the MySAP ERP suite, which includes four individual solutions that support key business processes. The 4 are: mySAP ERP Financials, mySAP ERP Human Capital Management, mySAP ERP Operations, mySAP ERP Corporate Services.
ISID (Dentsu International Information Service Ltd.) is headquartered in Tokyo’s Minato Ward with a capital of 8,180,500,000 Yen. They have developed a new key system that mounts animation contents controlling functions with “MySAP ERP” suite. This specific application of this system within Toei is mentioned in the release to be a first for the contents industry of Japan. The rapid expansion of Toei’s content properties and media releases such as DVD – Internet Delivery – Pay-Per-View and moves into foreign markets have presented challenges for management on how raise earnings systematically. This new system is supposed to radically change this for the better. ISID consulted with Toei on the solution centered around this backbone system. Contents of each media and classification by countries are managed along with revenue and expenditure. As a result, the user will be able to understand how much to raise earnings with automatic ticketing and accounting of the earnings distribution of contents. All of these functions will be synchronized in real time in-house.
Key Features include:
– Calculating contract structures relating to copyright and the selling agreements for each work.
– Distribution of earnings (distribution of the rental to the right person such as the original writers) is calculated automatically, and it has synchronized with accounting in real time.
– Management accounting of each segment
– Project accounting in which revenue and expenditure of each work is managed
Effect of introduction
– Real-time results summing up &BS/PL output
– Making of Balancing of accounts early stage
– Labor saving of business (automation of distribution money calculation to right person and exclusion of plural input)
– All companies unitary of accounting details information management
2-23-05 (12:35AM EST)—- Ghibli Tackles Yomiuri Commercial
Studio Ghibli has produced a promotional Television Commercial for the Yomiuri Shimbun