9-29-06 (5:21AM EDT)—- Anime / Manga Gaming Updates
9-29-06 (5:21AM EDT)—- Sailor Blouse / Delinquent Girl Cop Revival In Japan
Although it didn’t really go anywhere, Asahi Shimbun reports a Japanese movie and TV heroine are bringing back the sailor uniform by donning it widely this autumn. Both are based on works of the 1980’s. The first film is Kenta Fukasaku’s “Sukeban Deka: Code Name Asamiya Saki starring Aya Matsuura. It opens in theaters September 30th. Interestingly, The Japan Times has an article today titled “Return of the ‘delinquent girl cops'” mentioning this movie. The second is “Sailor Fuku To Kikan Juu” (Sailor Blouse And Machine Gun) starring Masami Nagasawa. It begins running on TBS on October 13. Madhouse’s underground hit anime movie Tokikake also happens to feature a sailor bloused female lead. Many have seen the uniform type a kind of social shackle until the 1980’s when it first attained foothold in pop culture. Sailor Moon did alot to establish the sailor fuku social phenomenon in the 1990’s which had girls adopting unique styles including rolled up loose socks and mini-miniskirts.
www.sukeban.jp/ | www.tbs.co.jp/kikanjyu2006/
9-29-06 (4:36AM EDT)—- Anime Gets A Mention In New Prime Minster’s Keynote
On Friday, September 29th Incoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deliered his first keynote address after assuming the position. Amongst a host of issues outlined was the new government’s “Japanese Culture Industrial Strategy” which will involve hardening the information sending power and international competitiveness in the world of its’ contents, pop culture, and traditional cultures etc. Thes include the animation, and music sectors.
9-29-06 (4:20AM EDT)—- Giant Robo Gohkin Densetsu
Soft Garage has setup a page for it’s forthcoming high quality Giant Robo Gohkin Densetsu figures.
9-29-06 (4:12AM EDT)—- Kotobukiya Opens New Store In Akihabara
Japanese hobby company Kotobukiya is making preperations to open a new shop in the Akihabara Radio Hall. Various manga character merchandise, figures and related products will be sold there. have been treated. It opens in December, 2006.
9-29-06 (3:50AM EDT)—- “Chinese Culture Is Blasphemed” By Japanese H Game
Controversy surrounding Hentai video game character copying is in the news again today. This time around some Chinese net critics are calling foul over a new Japanese made hentai computer game released there which they say uses direct character likenesses from the 18th century classic Chinese novel Kouroumu. Some say the game and it’s depiction of characters is a “Blasphemy”, others demand a formal apology to the Chinese peope and the cease of production and sales by the game designer. Many of these comments can be seen at the portal site Sohu.com. A comment could not be obtained from Takayashiki development who is the development agent of the game. Source: IT Media
9-29-06 (3:38AM EDT)—- Comic SEED 11 Out
Issue 11 of the free online Japanese language manga anthology Comic SEED has just hit the web. www.comicseed.jp
9-28-06 (8:54PM EDT)—- Pokemon Diamond And Pearl Movie Opening
It was announced on the official website, www.pokemon-movie.jp, today that the tenth anniversary Pokemon Diamond And Pearl movie will officially open in the summer of 2007. Currently, the staff are looking at settings and stories, you can read a special note by Director Kunihiko Yuyama as well.
9-28-06 (10:02AM EDT)—- Death Note Anime Episode 1 Recording Wraps
More than likely the biggest anime TV series to start this fall, AV Watch has images from the Death Note Anime episode 1 post recording event held on September 28th in Tokyo. There, cast and staff assembled after wrapping voice work on the initial TV story titled “shinsei” (newborn) which airs on NTV at 56 minutes past midnight on October 3rd. The entire episode itself was screened for reporters. Toshio Nakatani, Producer for Nippon Television said the network had examined a prime time airing frame because of the original story’s extraordinarily high popularity and awareness. However, it came to be thought that a midnight slot might to better embody the world outlook of this work the most. Visual observations from the screening say the animation quality in Death Note is drastically higher than other midnight TV series. Additionaly it is said to be more violent than usual (something else you can get away with in the late night slots). The BGM selections and timing with events are said to be excellent as well. www.ntv.co.jp/deathnote/
9-28-06 (9:51AM EDT)—- 8 Arrested for “Otaku Hunting” In Akihabara
8 14-18 year old school boys were arrested Thursday by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department juvenile crime section, Manseibashi station for what is being called “Otaku Hunting”. The students are suspected of blackmailing “otaku” in the Akihabara region. Some have already fessed up, saying “Otaku were weak and they are blackmailed easily and had money”. Extortion cases of this type have begun to increase over the past three years in the Akihabara region. About 25 such inncidents were logged this year.
9-28-06 (7:30AM EDT)—- Mini OP/ED: Why Unpackaged Media Doesn’t Exist
The newest buzzword in the English Language internet anime news community recently is “Unpackaged Media”. This term has virtually appeared out of nowhere overnight, being used to refer to the recent launch of online video delivery sites such as Google Video, ADV Universe and Amazon Unbox. The term refers to the idea of the video contents being delivered online somehow being unconfined by the physical constraints of a DVD case (for instance). Oddly enough, no one seems to use it, the companies themselves with their millions of dollars and brilliant corporate minds have failed to think to list this word in reference to their new services and partnerships, probably because they know better. “Unpackaged Media” is somewhat of a contradictory and misleading term in this case. While it might not ship in a plastic shrinkwrapped black thinpack box-set, anyone who