3-22-05 (11:22PM EST)—- ADV Films Announces Maburaho Release
When a wizard is down on his luck, usually the world cowers in fear of the terrible consequences. However, the less-than-adequate pseudo-wizard Kazuki is certainly not about to be feared by anyone! But he sure has a lot to be afraid of when three powerfully beautiful (and completely insane) magical babes are out to get him for his genes! The magically-charged romantic comedy Maburaho is ready to conjure up some fun when it hits the shelves on April 19th. Adapted from the best-selling Japanese series of novels, Maburaho is sure to leave you spellbound with its hilarious antics, heart-warming romance, and high-energy magical mischief. The series was directed by Shinchiro Kimura (Cosplay Complex, Burn Up! Excess) and features the character-design work of Yasunari Nitta (Azumanga Daioh, Sister Princess, Yu Yu Hakusho).
High school student Kazuki Shikimori comes from a line of powerful magicians with extraordinary DNA and he attends the most prestigious school for wizards in all of Japan. It would seem that life is good for Kazuki. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. He’s not the most smooth when it comes to the ladies, his grades are poor, his athletic skill is next to none, and to top it all off, he can only use his magic eight times before he turns into dust! However, three magical hotties have learned of his genetic secret and are all after him! Suddenly he has become the most “popular” kid in class. Are all these girls out to romance him, or are they only after his DNA?
Limited Collector’s Edition Available! The first volume of Maburaho is also available as a Collector’s Edition, which includes the Maburaho: Bewitched and Bewildered Volume 1 DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house all seven volumes of the series (SRP $39.98).
Manga Series Launches in April! This April ADV is launching the Maburaho manga series as well. Written and illustrated by Miki Miyashita, volume 1 of the hilarious new manga runs 168 pages and is available at bookstores everywhere this April for $9.99. Also, be sure to check out the super sexy schoolgirl-sorceress Yuna as she struts her stuff in the steamy centerfold poster for the May issue of Newtype USA, the number one English-language source of anime and manga news.
Maburaho: Bewitched and Bewildered (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release featuring four complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 audio with English subtitles. Extras include: “The Magic Times” insert, clean opening and closing animation, The Art of Maburaho, translator’s comments, original Japanese promos, and ADV previews.
MABURAHO: BEWITCHED AND BEWILDERED Volume: 1 of 7 Running Time: 100 minutes Age Rating: TV 14 (S, D) CAT: DMB/001 (DVD), DMB/BX1 (Collector’s Box) UPC: 702727123429 (DVD), 702727082627 (Collector’s Box) Pre-Book Date: 03/22/05 Street Date: 04/19/05 Format: DVD SRP: $29.98 (DVD), $39.98 (Collector’s Box)
3-22-05 (11:22PM EST)—- Anime Insider Magazine Goes Monthly
Wizard Entertainment Group, the country’s foremost authority on everything related to pop-culture, comic books and collectibles, is pleased to announce that Anime Insider, America’s best-selling independent anime magazine, will be issued monthly beginning with issue #22 this June. “We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” said Gareb Shamus, founder and chairman of Wizard Entertainment. “Our readers have been asking us to go monthly for years, and we’re happy to finally oblige.” Every aspect of Anime Insider will be revamped and updated for the ever-growing anime fandom. To this end, Anime Insider will be expanding its coverage with new departments for anime soundtracks and J-pop music, as well as for the newest trends of Japanese youth culture and the hottest spots to hit in Tokyo. Additionally, Anime Insider will be adding a dedicated section for anime conventions. The first issue in Anime Insider’s new monthly cycle will include massive coverage of Naruto, the most anticipated show of the year, and an exclusive interview with Akitaro Daichi, the director of such hit series as Fruits Basket and the upcoming Kodocha. Plus, check out the latest news on Fullmetal Alchemist, Tenchi Muyo, Fafner, Gantz and Samurai Champloo. Anime Insider #22 will ship with two covers, the first featuring Naruto and the second featuring Sana from Kodocha. The issue goes on sale June 22nd at comic book specialty stores and on July 5th at newsstands everywhere.
3-22-05 (4:16AM EST)—- 1st Ever Chinese International Animation Festival To Be Held In June
While Japan is gearing up it’s largest annual animation event, the TAF (11 Chinese companies will be exhibiting there), kicking off in about a week’s time, it was announced Monday the 1st Chinese International Animation Festival will be held in Hangzhou on June 1st-5th. The event will be sponsored by the national broadcasting movie / television bureau and the Chechiang province government. Based on recent announcements, China is aiming to greatly expand it’s Contents based industries and this event will serve as a springboard in the internationalization process. Activities planned include screnings animation competition, industrial summit forums, and animation talent invitation rallies.
3-22-05 (3:34AM EST)—- Malaysian Cosplayer Numbers Growing
Those engaged in Malaysian costume play clubs are reportedly on the rise along with the numbers of fans of manga and animation of Japan. While their numbers were estimated at only 50 people in 2003 there are now projected to be 955 people copsplaying as anime, manga and game characters. Series such as Ghost in the Shell, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and even the new Stand Alone Complex TV series draw young and old fans alike in Malaysia. The size of the demand is reflected also by the growing number of shops selling related products such as VCD, DVD, and toys. In the last few years the market as witnessed explosive growth though only ten years have passed since Japanese manga and anime entered Malaysia.
3-22-05 (3:25AM EST)—- BECK Soundtrack Scorching Hot In Japan
The rock group BEAT CRUSADERS that represent the creative force behind the music in TV Tokyo’s BECK TV Series are reaching new heights of popularity in Japan. Evidence of this can be seen