10-31-05 (9:48PM EDT)—- E-SIA Steps Up Contents Delivery Efforts In China And Korea
E-SIA has accelerated it’s animation contents deleivery via broadband to China and South Korea. The Suginami-based company is partnering with a local broadband partner to execute the distribution. Likewise, both E-SIA and Cinequanon are developing the movie theaters Kadokawa Holdings in South Korea. Currently a cultural deregulation is taking place in China, and while the tight controls are in place an aim is being made at the net strategy.
10-31-05 (9:08PM EDT)—- Usagi No Glass Screenings
Based on the best-seller by Toshiko Takagi, screenings of the animated film Rabbit Of Glass, have been continuing around Japan since the original May release. The story tells the true life account of Takagi who survived the Tokyo fire bombings by the allies in World War II. Director on the movie is Setsuko Shibuichi, Production is by GoGo Visual Planning, Kyodo Film and TokyoMX TV. Actress Keiko Takeshita voices the 12 year old lead role. The film runs 84 minutes. The most recent screening will occur in Yurakucho on November 4. Toshiko Takagi’s original book was published in 1977, and the film play and TV drama were produced based on it.
10-31-05 (8:53PM EDT)—- Pretty Cure Rail Pass
The Tokyo Electric Express Railway has began selling a new Passnet based on Toei Animation’s Pretty Cure: Max Heart 2 on November 1. The film will be released to theaters across Japan on December 10. 250 pairs and 500 people total are invited to the premiere preview of this movie held at Pacifico Yokohama on December 4. The group will be selected from the buyers of this special railpass. The price is 1,000 Yen and it will be sold at the following stations: The Den-en-toshi line Shibuya station, Kodomono-kuni Sen’onda, Kodomono-kuni Station, and Setagaya line.
10-31-05 (8:41PM EDT)—- ELO’s Twilight
Nikkei BP mentions a very famous piece of music in otaku history is now searchable on the Mora online Japanese music store. The group is the 1970s Birmingham (UK) rock group ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), the song: “Twilight” circa 1981. Used as a theme to the Train Man TV drama, it’s roots in otaku lore go back to the SF Osaka Rally in 1983. There, it was used as the BGM in the DAICON 4 animation short created by GAINAX’s founding members Hideaki Anno, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Takami Akai, Shinji Higuchi and of course Yamaga-san.
10-31-05 (7:31PM EDT)—- Chikan Otoko Film
Following the lead of Densha Otoko (Train Man), Chikan Otoko (Molester Man) will become a film. Both happened to be born from the internet bulletin board 2 Channel. 19 year old Yanagi Koutarou directs the film which will open to the public on the 19th of November. The plot involves a love story based on the true account of 3 women and 1 man who is a withdrawn anime freak mistaken for a university student. Nao Nagasawa and Sayaka Isoyama will play 2 of the heroines. The young men’s acting troop “D-BOYS” will also star, they gainedp popularity for their musical version of Prince Of Tennis. The official website can be viewed here.
10-31-05 (4:10PM EDT)—- Takada Akemi On WYD MMORPG
Famed character designer Takada Akemi (Urusei Yatsura, Kimagure Orange Road, Patlabor) has been announced to create characters for JOY IMPACT and Hanbit Ubiquitous Entertainment’s new PC MMORPG “WYD” which begins beta testing in Japan at the end of November. She appeared at a launch event for the game wearing a necklace of her own design. The event was held at the Akihabara Convention Hall on Monday. South Korean Singer, YURI performed a live rendition of the theme song she created for the game. Takada said she planned on putting detail into the design of jewelry, and adornment of the various characters in WYD. The company is expecting about 10,000 players to join the game. HUE’s website can be found here and the official game website is www.wyd.jp.
10-31-05 (4:02PM EDT)—- East Meets South 2005 Location
Our friends at the East Meets South anime convention in Anniston, Alabama have announced their official location for the 2005 event. Coming up in just about 1 month, East Meets South Year 2 (December 2-4, 2005) will take place on the old Fort McClellan complext at the new JSU/Gadsden State campus. Directions can be found on the official website.
10-31-05 (3:49PM EDT)—- HRP-3P Robot
IT Media has a report and images on a new hunmanoid robot being developed in Japan that is supposedly immune to water and dust. Kawada Industries, The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Usou), and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. have jointly developed the new robot named “HRP-3P”.
10-31-05 (3:14PM EDT)—- Kosaka Affirms Support To Animation Industry
In his first press conference as Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister, House of Representatives member Kenji Kosaka announced his support to Japan’s animation industry. Kosaka was appointed to the position through a shakeup in Prime Minister Joichiro Koizumi’s cabinet. Japan’s various contents related industries fall under his perview via the culture designation of his appointment. He said at the event on Monday “I want to deepen the understanding of Japan from foreign countries through animation and the culture of game software etc.”
10-31-05 (2:34PM EDT)—- Nihon University Manga Prize Winners Announced
The 4th “Nihon University Manga Prize” winners, awarded to those who have inspired the “passion, courage, dream, and impression” of manga were announced in Tokyo on Monday. Comedian Kinichi Hagimoto, supervisor Iwaki Hiroshi and Live Action Touch star Masami Nagasawa. Sponsorship was done by the Japan Cartoonists Association and major publishing companies.
10-31-05 (2:19PM EDT)—- BS Hi Broadcast Of Cowboy Bebop: Knockin On Heavens Door
NHK announced the forthcoming BS hi (high definition satellite) broadcast of the movie Cowboy Bebop: Knockin On Heavens Door. The feature is currently scheduled for Friday, December 23rd.
10-31-05 (2:11PM EDT)—- One Piece Movie 2006 Site
Toei Animation launched the offical website for their 2006 One Piece Animated Film “Karakuri Shiro No Mecha Kyo Hei”. The movie opens