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Anime News Service – November 15-30 Anime News

  • 10th Feb 2006
  • News

11-30-05 (11:33 PM EST)—- Showji Kawamori At Akiba Robot Festival

Macross creator Showji Kawamori was a featured guest at the Akihabara Robot Cultural Festival 2005″. The event was held on November 26-27 at Akihabara Daibiru in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Attendees could do several things there such as joining a “Robot Production Classroom” that allowed them to learn about robot assembly, design, and technological development. An “Advanced Robot Seminar” and “Robot Bazaar” that featured goods on sale related to robots was also there. Kawamori spoke at the “Advanced Robot Seminar”, just coming off of his latest work as a mechanical designer and animation director on the Aquarion TV series. Source: Livedoor News

11-30-05 (10:36 PM EST)—- New TMS President Appointed

Tokushi Koga has been selected to be the new president of Tokyo Movie Shinsha. He was formerly the Managing Director of TMS and hails from Sega who recently bought the longtime producer of Japanese Animation in October of this year. Koga joined the TMS in 1995.

11-30-05 (4:22 AM EST)—- Geneon Postpones Hellsing OVA

Geneon Entertainment’s WILDGEESE posted a statement mentioning their release of the HELLSING OVA Volume 1, originally due on December 9th, will now be postponed to January 25, 2006. This includes those who reserved it. An apology was issued to fans and customers from the staff who mention they did not want to compromise the quality. It’s also asked from the fans that they hold out and brace for the January release.

11-30-05 (3:48 AM EST)—- Sony Drops DAT

Last week in Japan, Sony announced it would end the domestic shipment of its digital audio tape recorder (DAT) standard in the first ten days of December. The portable “TCD-D1000” will become their last DAT recorder product. Sony will still support repair and DAT tape sales. The company sent a signal they were dropping backing for the standard in 2004 when they ceased production of their deck type units. This left only the TCD-D100 as the only DAT recorder in their company’s inventory. The volume of shipments of the unit was said to hover around only 100 per month. Those in search of parts for past devices are already aware of how scarce they are to come by. Sony first marketed DAT in 1987 and has sold around 660,000 related products since then. The recorders were extremely popular among journalists in the field recording statements and interviews. Sony has since introduced its integrated circuit and compact disc-based recorders such as the ultra cool $2000 PCM-D1 and HI-MD. DAT was attractive due to its compact size and storage factor of high-quality audio files in sampling frequencies of 48/44.1/32kHz. The first Sony recorder was the deck type “DTC-1000ES” marketed in March of 1987.

11-30-05 (12:01 AM EST)—- Wao Discontinues University Plans

Wao Corporation, who aimed at the establishment of Japan’s first graduate school for the animation profession has announced it’s discontinuing the university project as of November 28th. The prime reason for the move is The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology revealed it cannot authorize the application of the university at this time. A council ruled on the recommendation, speaking for education minister Kenji Kosaka. the council decided it doesn’t have enough people who would dedicate themselves to education and research in animation. According to Wao Corporation, there was a difference in the interpretation of the text of university establishment standards between themselves and the Ministry. Both creative and business side courses were to be offered. Wao’s bid was drawn up last year after Japan’s fundamentals of Education Law were revised allowing graduate schools in the form Ltd. corporations to be established this year. Several private and public companies in Japan have followed suit one after another to establish their own schools.

11-29-05 (11:57 PM EST)—- 1 Million Gundam SEED DESTINY DVD’s Sold

Bandai Visual has announced it’s sold over 1 million copies of Gundam SEED DESTINY on DVD in Japan. With a release starting in February of this year and stretching to the latest which streeted November 25th over 10 volumes of the series have been released in a digital medium. The DVD run is expected to conclude in February 2006 when volume 13 is released.

11-29-05 (10:40 PM EST)—- Blood Manga Preview

The Official Blood+ Website has pdf files featuring sample artwork from the upcoming manga spin-offs of the new Blood anime series. Thanks to Daniel for the link.

11-29-05 (1:40 AM EST)—- Japanese Box Office

Kogyo Tsushinsha Japanese Box Office Rankings November 26-27
1. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
2. Always -Sunset on Third Street-
3. A Moment To Remember
4. The Brothers Grimm
5. Until The Lights Come Back
6. In Her Shoes
7. Spring Snow
8. Elizabethtown
9. Into The Sun
10. Under The Same Moon

11-29-05 (1:20AM EST)—- Fate/stay night Manga

Type Moon’s insanely fan popular PC Game, Fate/stay night will be adapted to manga. Kadokawa Shoten’s Shonen ACE will serialize the comic from the February 2006 issue of the magazine (on sale 12/26). Story by Type-Moon, Illustrations by Nishiwaki Datto. As an aside the official website of the forthcoming anime by Geneon Entertainment now hosts video clips of the TV CM Preview and Shop Preview.

11-29-05 (1:00 AM EST)—- Katsuhiko Nagata Manga

The story of an Olympic wrestler (and silver medalist in his class of 69 kg/152.15 lbs & under) and martial artist / K1 fighter Katsuhiko Nagata is being adapted to manga. KINGS ROAD- The Katsuhiko Nagata Story by Aoki Ryou and Uhyo Suke will run for 4 weeks in Weekly Young Sunday Magazine (Shogakukan) from the December 1st-22nd issues. Katsuhiko Nagata announced he’s entering Japanese professional wrestling on the 25th of this month.

11-29-05 (12:12 AM EST)—- Saiunkoku Monogatari To Be Animated

Yukino Sai and Yura Kairi’s Light Novel/Manga series Saiunkoku Monogatari (published by Kadokawa Shoten/Beans Bunko) will be adapted to anime sometime in 2006. A Drama CD


ANS Feature – Nerima: The Cradle Of Japanese Animation

By Jonah Morgan

Ask the average fan where anime originates from and chances are you’ll get the following answer: Japan. But where in Japan? Cultured fans can take it a step further offering up Tokyo or Osaka perhaps. It’s true that Tokyo hosts about 80% of the country’s animation companies with Osaka hosting around 16%. Beyond this point though, you will probably be hard pressed to find many foreigners at all who could tell you where in these massive metropolitan areas anime is actually being centered as an industry. In recent years, some have been successful on an international scale at associating their particular geographic location within Japan with some facet of anime or manga. Mitaka city is now well known for Studio Ghibli and their museum. Manga circle, CLAMP, is known to hail from Osaka. In an effort to mark their regions on essential pilgrimage maps for otaku, various other cities and towns are flocking to create memorials, shrines, museums, libraries and assorted structures to their locally born mangaka stars.

The sharpest otaku, those who read this site regularly, those who have lived in Japan or happened to visit there probably know the true heart of Japan’s modern animation industry – Suginami. This area, northwest of the Tokyo metro hosts over 60 anime production houses. Here you can find the likes of TMS Entertainment, Madhouse, A.P.P.P, Sunrise and Bones. 80 more can be found directly north in lesser known Nerima-ku. Nerima is the northwestern-most of the 23 wards comprising the urban center of Tokyo. It’s in this area that Japanese Animation was born and almost all the companies involved in production from the beginning in the 1950’s can be found. Rumiko Takahashi’s (Inu Yasha) home is in Nerima and her manga Ranma 1/2 took place there. Major studios include Toei Animation, Mushi Productions, and AIC.

In July, 2004, The Nerima Animation Conference launched a major promotional effort to establish Nerima as “The Cradle Of Japanese Animation” and to rejuvenate the local industry. The conference is composed of over 50 member companies, and recently opened a liaison office to collectively engage in negotiations over sales of character goods and joint productions. It is also consider collecting and preserving animated works and fostering human resources for the next generation.

According to a statement released by Mayor Toshiro Shimura of Nerima City: “Placing animation as a flagship local industry which characterizes Nerima City, we have stepped up our efforts to promote it’s publicity within and outside of our community. In short, we will strive to invigorate the local economy by animation.” 10 member companies of the conference were exhibitors at the 2005 Tokyo Anime Fair and several students Nerima-based College of Art and Nihon University showed off their original works in the special category of the competition.

In December, 1956, Toei Animation Pictures Studio (today’s Toei Animation Co., Ltd.) was setup in Higashi-Oizumi. They had only 2 artists who could draw original pictures, which were illustrated the typical action poses of different characters in the story. There weren’t enough assistants either to draw the succession of 1000’s of frames that would go into a piece of animation. In those days it was necessary to foster young artists employed in increasing numbers , while producing short piece works. In Ocotber, 1958 the studio produced Hakujaden, Japan’s first all color feature length animation film. At the time, Osamu Tezuka was the most popular comic creator who regularly contributed serials in 10 different publications monthly. When he saw Hakujaden he was so impressed that he began to tell others “I want to create a pice like that myself.”

Capitalizing on the successful performance of Hakujaden, Toei Animation decided to produce it’s third animation Saiyuki, which was adapted from Tezuka’s Boku No Songoku. With this connection, Tezuka became an affiliated staff for Toei. After accumulating his experience in animation production, Tezuka established Mushi Productions in 1962 located in Fujimidai, Nerima City. On January 1st, 1963, Japan first saw the broadcast of Astroboy. it was followed in 1965 by Jungle Taitei, Japan’s first color TV animation program. In 1965 a total of 15 TV works including Obake No Q-Taro. 1966 saw 9 new animations including Sallly The Witch and 14 new series including Mach GoGoGo followed in 1967.

Takahata, Miyazaki, Rintaro and Gisaburo Sugii all got their professional start in Nerima. Popular comic artists including Tetsuya Chiba, Mitsutoshi Furuya, Reiji Matsumoto and Makoto Adachi have locatd their homes near Nerima to carry on their creative activities.