Posts in: September, 2006

Anime News Service – September 24th-29th Anime News

9-29-06 (5:21AM EDT)—- Anime / Manga Gaming Updates

Gamespot has info on the U.S. release of the Namco Bandai Tales of the Abyss for the PS2, as well as info on the upcoming DS Jump Ultimate Stars here. Thanks To Daniel Zelter for this news.

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. |

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 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.

9-28-06 (8:54PM EDT)—- Pokemon Diamond And Pearl Movie Opening

It was announced on the official website,, 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.

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

Anime News Service – September 9th-22nd Anime News

9-22-06 (7:03PM EDT)—- Adapted Manga Selling Strong In Japan

Kakaku visited a Toranoana manga shop and has some picks of the current top sellers which happen to be the basis for many of the fall’s most popular anime and are arranged in special displays.

9-22-06 (6:54PM EDT)—- Reiji Matsumoto Speaks Out At Copyright Conference

Space Battleship Yamato and Harlock creator Reiji Matsumoto was a speaker at a September 22 “Originator Group Council To Consider The Copyright Problem” conference that was also composed of 16 copyright management groups. The event was assembled by the Agency for Cultural Affairs and largely focused on the question of extending intelectual copyright from 50-70 in postmortem of the original creator. The mangaka and animator said of copyrights: “Though the writer may have spent his whole life establishing it [his work], to be faced with it being discontinued in only 50 years is unbearable.” You can view images of the creator at the meeting at IT Media.

9-22-06 (1:20AM EDT)—- Yasuo Yamayoshi Dead

Manga author and animator Yasuo Yamayoshi died in Tokyo hospital at 3:58PM on 9/14 of acute aortic dissection. He was 64. He was involved with creation aspects of many popular anime including Ja Witch, Gratomagengar and Kinnikuman. His funeral was held in Nerima Ward Kotakemachi at noon on the 17th.
Source: Daily Sports

9-22-06 (1:20AM EDT)—- New York-Tokyo Music Festival Next Weekend

Fujisankei Communications International (FCI) and Sharp Electronics Corporation team up to bring you the New York-Tokyo Music Festival 2006 on Saturday, September 30, 2006 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park a free, all-day, open-air music festival that will showcase the most inspired artistic talent from the East and the West. This year’s festival focuses on artists that are currently breaking new ground in emerging musical subgenres, ranging from Turntablism to Dancehall, Hip-hop to Progressive Jazz. It will establish a cultural and creative bridge between the U.S. and Japan, centered around the universal language of music provided by HIFANA (Break Beats 21st century Japan’s most anticipated artist), PE’Z (Samurai Jazz Japan’s No. 1 Instrumentalists), and MIGHTY CROWN (Dancehall Reggae 4-time world champion) from Japan, as well as DJ A-TRAK (Turntablism Kanye West’s live DJ) and TALIB KWELI (Hip-hop Brooklyn-bred prodigy) from the United States.

Prior to an exciting evening of music, the afternoon will feature high-energy performances by worldly B-boy groups and traditional New Age Japanese instrumentalists. In addition, The New York Tokyo Music Festival will concurrently be showcasing the 2006 collection of the year’s best MUSIC, GAME, and ANIME. MUSIC we will be introducing the top music videos from Japan, showing the uniqueness of the current scene in Japan. GAME we will be presenting our own event of EA’s “Def Jam: Fight for NY,” featuring Def Jam artists in furious battle. ANIME we will be holding a preview of Gonzo-produced “Afro Samurai,” an animation series aired on Spike TV, starring Samuel L. Jackson and the music of RZA. Lastly, the Festival welcomes all attendees with our one-of-a-kind exhibition. Uniqlo will be showcasing its “from Tokyo to NY” fashion in a real-size container. And of course, we won’t forget to have our Game Pavilion, featuring the pre-releases and recently released titles from each publisher, as New York Tokyo’s monthly game event GNG celebrates its 3rd year anniversary. By combining two varying cultures in the greatest outdoor venue in New York City, the Festival aims to highlight the influences, fascination and respect both nations have and share with each other. Festival-goers of all ages will experience first hand, a deeper appreciation of the music, dance, fine art, animation, fashion, and food of Japan and the Far East.

9-22-06 (1:13AM EDT)—- Devil May Cry Anime Presite

The official presite for the forthcoming animation series adaptation of the Devil May Cry videogame has launched at Look for the broadcast start on WOWOW in 2007.

9-22-06 (1:06AM EDT)—- Mina Presite Opens

The Getsumen Usagi Heiki Mina TV animation is now confirmed with the official presite opening at Broadcast is set for Fuji Television Network at midnight on Saturdays weekly from January, 2007.

9-21-06 (8:23PM EDT)—- Gundam License Plate Draws $110,000 USD

The Turkish Daily News reports that in a first of a kind auction in the former British territory of Hong Kong, specialized registration plates were sold off to aid of local charities. One featuring “GUNDAM,” named after a Japanese anime character, fetched $110,000.

9-21-06 (8:14PM EDT)—- Mandarake Gets New Building In Akihabara

Japanese brick and mortar Anime and Manga second hand goods retailer Mandarake announced it will buy a new building store front location in the heart of the otaku’s sacred ground, Akihabara. To be located in Sotokanda, Mandarake is making the real estate purchase from present owner Suzuden Corporation. Altough the agreed price has not been revealed, the layout of the new location is about 231 square meter indoors on 1075 square meters of land. 11 branches of the store exist now.

9-21-06 (6:35PM EDT)—- FREEDOM OVA 1 New Release Date

Put on hiatus a few weeks back, OVA 1 of Katsuhiro Otomo’s FREEDOM will go on sale November 24th. The original release was set at October 27 but then suspended to improve the quality of the product.

9-21-06 (6:33PM EDT)—- English Subs And Dub On Japanese Brave Story DVD

GONZO has announced the simultaneous DVD, UMD, HDDVD and Blu Ray media release of their anime film Brave Story through Warner Brothers on November 12th, 2006. Extras on the 2980 Yen DVD include an English Dubbed audio track and English subtitles.

9-21-06 (5:54PM EDT)—- New Mystery Anime On TV Tokyo

Japan’s TV Tokyo Channel 12 mentioned a new and as yet untitled kids anime program is set to broadcast in a late night frame from January, 2007.

9-21-06 (5:42PM EDT)—- Inukami! Movie Announced

A commerical following the just broadcast (in Japan) 25th episode of Inukami! mentions the production decision for a theatrical film adaptation has been announced.

9-21-06 (4:48PM EDT)—- Lucky Star To Be Animated

According to informaiton published in the latest issue of bishoujo magazine Comptiq, Yoshimizu Kagami’s 4-panel Seinen

Anime News Service – September 4th-8th Anime News

9-8-06 (7:43PM EDT)—- New Evengelion Movies: Will Original Voice Cast Be Reprised?

With 4 new animated Evangelion movies now confirmed and in production there has been some questioning regarding the Japanese voice casting. All of the main original members of the TV and Movie cast are still living but some have retired or moved away from voice acting work. Megumi Hayashibara (Rei Ayanami) had retired for a period but then returned to seiyuu work. Likewise, Yuko Miyamura (Asuka Langely Sohryu) is thought to have put some distance between herself and voiceover work. A comment from one of her her last known public appearances can be viewed at her official website at the above link mentioning paid travelling expenses would be a requirement to persue any further vocal work.

9-8-06 (7:22PM EDT)—- Update: Evangelion Shin Gekijou Ban

A few new details regarding the new Eva project, Evangelion Shin Gekijou Ban from the October, 2006 Japanese edition of Newtype Magazine:
– The cover illustration featuring characters Ayanami Rei Nagisa Kaworu is by Shunji Suzuki. Suzuki had worked on the Shin Seiki Evangelion TV series as chief animator and on the End Of Evangelion movie as an animation director. Although not officially connected by name to the new project as yet, his image appearing on the Newtype cover would suggest involvement.
– Images released so far depict Rei Ayanami in observably more provacative and animated moods than before. How will she change? The silent and submissively naturered character with her trademark blue hair and style made her an all time fan favorite of otaku everywhere, catapulting her to the top of the monthly Animage character poll for many, many issues.
– From Toshimichi Ohtsuki’s interview: Just before this new project started up director Hideaki Anno rewatched the entire original television series back to back. Ohtsuki relays that he heard Anno say for the first time: “Eva is interesting, I did not think it was so interesting (laughing).” The comment almost broght Ohtsuki to tears.
– Ohtsuki goes on to say that it is true Eva has become a smash hit animation. However, it’s success caused misunderstanding and disarray has arisen in the animation field because of it. An overproduction of inferrior works was caused.
– Ohtsuki says the Newtype cover image featuring Rei and Kaworu symbolizes the new movie project. Japanese fans have questioned whether this is a hint at Rei And Kaworu’s possibly being at the center of the new story or getting expanded focus in the course of the story of the films.

9-8-06 (6:23PM EDT)—- Newtype: REBUILD OF EVANGELION Commercials

Kadokawa Shoten has posted 2 Quicktime radio commercials (although as yet not the video commercial, the screenshots of which went worldwide) for the October, 2006 Japanese edition of Newtype Magazine. The spots are narrated by seiyuu Noriko Kuwajima. The magazine, which features an exclusive on 4 upcoming Evangelion movies was released in Japan today, Saturday, September 9th.

9-7-06 (11:03PM EDT)—- Binbou Shimai Monogatari Sequel Coming

According to a September 9 entry in Episode Director Keiichi Sugiyama’s blog, the Binbou Shimai Monogatari TV series may get a sequel animation. The news comes as the 9th episode (of 10) airs on TV Asahi in Japan.

9-7-06 (10:11PM EDT)—- Aquaplus Comes Out Against Doujinshi

Aquaplus, the Japanese company behind such hugely fan favorite manga and anime as To Heart, Comic Party, Utawarerumono and a host of lesser known underground favorites has revised it’s rules regarding the use of it’s properties in doujinshi and fanfiction. They ask fans not use their original material directly in the production of such works. Distribution of such material at events (like Comike), websites or mail order venues is also prohibited. The rules were first amended to the above link on September 1st. Third party observers have pointed out the doujinshi market of such material may now be a very real threat to mainstream publishers and copyright holders in Japan.

9-7-06 (7:32PM EDT)—- Shueisha: Obata’s Works Not To Be Affected At Present

The Mainichi Shimbun contacted Shueisha Thursday regarding their position on the arrest of 37 year ol illustrator Takeshi Obata. The company publishes his Hikaru No Go (23 volumes – 10 million copies sold) and Death Note (12 volumes – 20 million copies sold) manga. According to the Shueisha public relations office they are presently checking facts in the matter and there are no plans on the table at this time for any of his works to be affected (suspension of publication etc..). An effort to get a position from Nippon Television which will broadcast the Death Note animation adaptation from October was fruitless as the person responsible for issuing a response was not present to comment at the time of press.

9-7-06 (7:07PM EDT)—- Suga Shikao Puts Out New Album

After providing theme songs for Death Note and XXX HOLiC Suga Shikao has released his first original album ‘PARADE’ after an interval of about two years. Arriving in Japanese stores on September 6th, the album will be accompanied by the first single “Gogo No Parade” (Parade In The Afternoon). Hi past anime / manga related hits will be incorporated into the album along with new material. Also for the first time a DVD collecting varios music videos will be released to the public.

9-7-06 (6:45PM EDT)—- Paprika Gets “So-So” Reaction In Venice

According to the Asahi Shimbun Satoshi Kon’s Paprika has received a “so-so” overall international response and review at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival.

9-7-06 (6:07PM EDT)—- Itochu Becomes Strategic Investment Partner in Comic Book Movies, LLC

Comic Book Movies, LLC, a new franchise-building entertainment company based in Hollywood established by veteran film producer Michael Uslan and partner M. Jonathan Roberts welcomes the Itochu Corporation as its strategic investment partner. As a result of this investment, Itochu Corporation now holds a 10% share of CBM and becomes CBM’s merchandise partner in Japan. The investment is a dramatic step for Itochu into the world of film, television and digital media, and is expected

The Loot Report: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge TV Flyer

By Jonah Morgan

Having just started running a few weeks earlier on Japanese television, our visit to the TV Tokyo Medianet and Nippon Animation booths at TIFFCOM revealed the North American license for Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge was still up for grabs. Directed by fan favorite anime supervisor Shinichi Watanabe (aka Nabeshin of Excel Saga fame), the original story is already available in book form in the USA through the original “Wallflower” manga by Tomoko Hayakawa courtesy publisher Del Ray. That combination alone ensures this TV series is one of the hot properties to watch for future release in America and beyond.

Flyers and promotional material obtained by the original Japanese anime companies at trade events like the business days of the Tokyo Anime Fair or TIFFCOM are really special one-off items. Sometimes there are real nuggets of previously unknown information to be read in them. Most of the time the language is aimed at prospective buyers and representatives of potential licensees in prime foreign markets like the USA. Based on seeds planted by the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, in the 20th and 21st centuries English has emerged as the first truly global language (the language of science, business, the internet, and the most common 2nd language people from entirely different parts of the world commonly use to communicate). As such, the convention these days for Japan’s anime sellers is to have something printed in English.

The show title at the top center of the flyer for Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge reads broadly in English: “How to make a Cinderella”. Now given the several titles this story is already known by, does it really need another one? TV Tokyo assured us this was not an official title they were giving it but rather a tentative they were shopping it around with. Getting back to the one off special nature of these promotionals, it’s an interesting trivia item none the less. Continuing, with smaller subtitle text out to the right of the title it reads: “(Out of a Splatter Movie Addict Young Lady Absolutely Convinced Shi is Ugly and Gloomy)”. The the writeup follows: “Met Sunako, our protagonist, a born horror movie addict, who is depressed of her conviction that she is ugly and plain. After a case of heartbreak, Sunako locks her[self] up in a mansion owned by her aunt, saying: ‘I hate myself as I am so ugly.’ Her aunt, very concerned of the young girl’s attitude, talks four hyper nice looking boys into making a deal: The boys are offered free lodging in her gorgeous mansion should they be successful in ‘bringing her up’ to be a nice lady who is confident of herself. The boys have no reasons to reject the proposal, thus their odd life kicks off, with Sunako ‘dazzled’ by the boys’ shining beauty and ever aggravating her complex. Will they ever make it to help her to regain her lost self esteem and drag her out of her seclusion? ‘How to make a Cinderella Out of a Splatter Movie Addict Young Lady Absolutely Convinced Shi is Ugly and Gloomy’ is a wacky off-beat comedy that deals with the contemporary question of inferiority complex, an issue none of us are free from in a uniquely humorous way. (25 half-hours [episodes]) “

Anime News Service – September 2nd-4th Anime News

– 9-4-06 (7:12PM EDT)—- Web Newtype interviews the cast of GONZO’s new TV animation series Pumpkin Scissors. Premiere is set for October.

– 9-4-06 (7:09PM EDT)—- Yahoo Streaming will freely deliver a preview of Katsuhiro Otomo’s FREEDOM OVA between the 18th – 24th of September. The prequel story DVD “FREEDOM Previsited” will retail for 1,575 Yen with an October 27 release. DVD Vol. 1 will retail at 3,990 Yen and is now scheduled for release at the end of November. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Nissin Foods Cup Noodle the 24-minute first volume will also be available free of charge during the the first ten days of November. A FREEDOM screening party will occur in Palette Town, September 17-18.

9-4-06 (5:13PM EDT)—- Anime inspiresd artist Takashi Murakami will be exhibiting in South Africa, at 34 LONG in Cape Town from 14 November to 9 December 2006.

– 9-3-06 (5:32PM EDT)—- The DVD “Animelo Summer Live 2006 -OUTRIDE-” featuring the concert festival of anime theme songs held at Nippon Budoukan on July 8, 2006 will be released from King Records and the Victor entertainment in Japan on December 21st. Retail is 5040 Yen. The set will contain four and a half hours of performances by Masami Okui, JAM Project, Nana Mizuki, Naozumi Takahashi, Kuribayashi Minami, Chihiro Yonekura, ALI PROJECT, savage genius, AKENN with The NaB’s and more. Extras include artist rehearsals and backstage footage.

– 9-3-06 (4:16PM EDT)—- The upcoming Rozen Maiden Ouburture special will feature an opening song by ALI PROJECT. The broadcast is expected at year’s end.

– 9-3-06 (2:39PM EDT)—- Nikkan Sports has an update on Paprika at Italy’s Venice Film Festival. It’s said the film was spoken very highly of from spectators and media alike. The main theater built to hold 1000 where it was shown was filled to overcapacity. 1060 tickets sold out in less than an hour. A 5 minute standing ovation followed the screening. SONY Pictures has high expectations being quoted as saying “There is a possibility of receiving some prizes”. Prizes will be announced on September 9th. You can catch another view of Director Satoshi Kon following the event at Tokyo Shimbun.

– 9-3-06 (2:16PM EDT)—- Due on Japanese newstands in less than 1 week, some advertisements for the October, 2006 edition of Newtype Magazine have been circulating around hyping their big Evangelion scoop. The cover will supposedly read ‘REBUILD OF EVANGELION’.

– 9-3-06 (2:10AM EDT)—- eg has images and a report from a “NHK Ni Yokouso” fan event held in Akihabara on August 27th. A number of cast and staff were on hand to talk to fans.

– 9-3-06 (2:06AM EDT)—- Web Newtype has images and details of a talk event featuring the main cast of “Naruto” held August 4th in Tokyo.

– 9-3-06 (1:50AM EDT)—- According to Bandai Visual their upcoming R2 DVD-BOX release of the 7 episode AIKa OVA will feature video created using a HD Telecine of the original 35mm film. Look for the BOX on January 26, 2007 for 16,800 Yen. Creditless openings and audio commentary are special features.

– 9-3-06 (1:46AM EDT)—- As High Definition Video Disc Media Creeps Closer A Number Of Series Are Going For Their Last Stab In The Japanese Market On DVD. Bandai Visual Is Giving Fans A Chance To Get All 6 Episodes Of Blue Submarine No. 6 In A 2 Disc Set For 10,395 Yen. The Release Will Occur On 12/22/06. Watch Impress Has Details.

9-3-06 (1:23AM EDT)—- Dengeki Online: Final Episode Of “Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni” TV Anime Recorded. Dengeki Has An Image Of The 7 Main Cast Members On The Occasion And Records Their Thoughts On The 26 Episode Studio Deen Work. The Episode Brodacasts via Kansai Telecasting Corporation on September 27th at 2:00.

– 9-3-06 (1:03AM EDT)—- The duo Porno Graffiti will perform the ending theme of the “Ayakashiayashi” TBS TV anime series which debuts in October. The single including the song “Winding Road” will go sale on October 4th. The group first drew acclaim in the anime world after performing the theme of Full Metal Alchemist In 2003. That single sold 500,000 units. The announcement was first hinted at a July 22nd concert in front of 60,000 fans. A 20 page special booklet will come with the single. The corresponding music video and jacket design will be heavily influenced by the animation.

9-3-06 (12:35AM EDT)—- Chunichi Shimbun: Forget Crop Circles From Orbs Of Light, Black Helicopters, Doug & Dave And the Aliens, a Japanese kindergarten has created a stunning image of Anpanman in an adjacent rice field. It’s said that parts of the image will change color over time (the cheeks will turn red showing the character’s trademark blush) as the crops there begin to bear fruit. Harvesting is scheduled for the first ten days of October.

9-2-06 (11:48PM EDT)—- Satoshi Kon And Goro Miyazaki Arrive At Venice International Film Festival

– 9-2-06 (11:18PM EDT)—- T.M. Revolution front man Takanori Nishikawa is currently celebrating 10 years since his professional debut. His newly formed band which include guitarist Hiroshi Shibasaki of WANDS fame, the “Abingdon Boys School” will provide a theme to the D Gray Man TV anime which will debut on TV Tokyo this October.

9-2-06 (7:12PM EDT)—- Black Blood Brothers To Broadcast And Be Available Online Simultaneously
– 9-3-06 (2:01PM EDT)—- German online magazine AnimeY reports Wedding Peach creator Nao Yazawa will visit the Frankfurter Buchmesse bookfair in Germany which takes place October 4th-8th, 2006. There she will participate in a conference, as well as doing book-signings.Source: Special Thanks To Mica.

– 9-2-06 (10:12PM EDT)—- Mainichi Shimbun has a crictical look at Yasuhisa Hara’s “Kingdom” and Glass No Kantai.

– 9-2-06 (9:20PM EDT)—- Asahi Shimbun has a review of Enterbrain and marginal’s occult / mystery manga “Astral Project Gatsu No Hikari”.

– 9-2-06 (8:36PM EDT)—- Yomiuri Shimbun mentions Yoko Nihonbashi (G Senjou

Exclusive Screening Report: Shin Seiki Evangelion Movies Death (True)2 / Air / Magokoro Wo, Kimi Ni (The End Of Evangelion) At animecs T!FF In Akihabara 2006

By Jonah Morgan

Drops of rain were beginning to fall on the evening of Sunday, October 22nd as I made my way up the stairwell from the Hibiya subway line platform to an exit of Akihabara station. Some kind of remodelling project was going on around this area and there was plastic and diagonally stripped black and yellow hazard tape along the walls. I had come this way the day before when I made my first visit ever to the Tokyo Anime Center and I would make the same journey at least a dozen more times during the coming 8 days of excursions to Akihabara for various Otaku culture research and animecs / Tokyo International Film Festival / EntaMatusuri functions.
Darkness was falling on Tokyo but the brilliant neon hue of “electric town” would soon bleed out most of it. The street crowd was slightly less than the day before, probably because it was going to start raining profusely and probably because it was Sunday evening and a holiday on top of that. Walking up to the UDX building which houses the Akiba 3D Theater and TAC I first caught a glimpse of a mysterious feature there I had only read about before online. Similar to some of the buildings in Times Square, UDX has a sort of a static information ticker system for pedestrians which manifests itself upon a thin series of digital screens which ring the outside of building. The readout is very thin, about a character high and bright green like an LED alarm clock. As the story goes, at nigh time recently the ticker has begun to exclusively show a sequence of seemingly unintelligible number combinations. No one seems to know the purpose or meaning.

I was here to catch back to back screenings of the Shin Seiki Evangelion Movies Death (True)2 / Air / Magokoro Wo, Kimi Ni (The End Of Evangelion) at 18:45. Before the days of YouTube, file sharing networks and high quality video codecs I was among the first Americans to see the Death And Rebirth movie just a few weeks after it’s theatrical release in Japan in 1997. The medium at that time was a VHS cassette copy of a Chinese VCD with Chinese subtitles and the method of video capture looked to involve sneaking a video camera into a theater. Since then I probably have seen the Evangelion movie series 10 times or more, but we all have though right? It’s one of those seminal anime works that has defined my generation of otaku. Now, this said, I had never seen Eva in a theater so the experience was to be a new and highly anticipated one.

Getting access into anime films was not a cut and dry procedure and this is one of the very few complaints I had regarding TIFF. I must preface this by saying it was due on no part at all to the outstanding staff of the Tokyo Anime Center And Akiba 3D Theater who did an exceptional job and who went out of their way at every opportunity to accommodate my wishes and requests. I had a full week’s press pass to TIFF and in years’ past this could get you into any film being shown at the event. This year however the rules changed and TIFF had a series of “ID only screenings” seperate from the general screenings in which members of the media and other VIPS could see some of the films. The tradeoff was special ID holders (press included) would not be granted access to general screenings. The downside to this was the ID screenings were an extremely limited cross section of the total number of films being shown at the festival (mostly the works up for awards) and their number sadly included no anime films at all. A pretty frustrating predicament for someone who was there to cover anime and manga / anime based live action more or less exclusively.

The work around involved either paying the 1,500+ Yen general admission or putting in a special request at the reception area prior to a film’s start. In some instances we even got a proper ticket (ie: Eva) and some not, just being ushered into the theater. For Evangelion we initiated this procedure a day before on Saturday at the main TAC desk. Phone calls to several other TIFF staff were made and then special approval given. We were told we might be able to get entry if the show didn’t sell out completely. So, even at this time returning to the TAC just before the screening I didn’t even know if I’d be granted access. Actually, my mind was made up around 90% that I for certain wouldn’t be allowed in, surely the EVA films would sellout the 174 seat theater.

I decided to not even worry about the ticket until 15 or 20 mins prior to screening. If I didn’t make it in it was really no big deal, I would just observe as much as I could. Before the show start though I allowed myself a good hour and some change to hang around the Anime Center and the theater lobby itself. I wanted to do some coverage of the buildup before the actual movie, to take pictures and talk to Japanese fans about EVA and the impact on their lives. Beyond this though, I wanted dig around some for something special. The strange thing is I didn’t even know what that was. I’m of the mind set that just by injecting yourself into situations in life you can allow interesting people and things to come to you. And in this case, they did in spades.

A line had begun forming around the long hallway to the Akiba 3D theater which is all indoors, the crowd was already dense with 50-60 people mostly made up of Japanese males in their early-mid 20’s. Based solely on physical appearance I spotted some true otaku, some a-boys (Akihabara boys), some otome and many very commonly

Satoshi Kon And Goro Miyazaki Arrive At Venice International Film Festival

9-2-06 (11:48PM EDT)—- Satoshi Kon And Goro Miyazaki Arrive At Venice International Film Festival

Directors Satoshi Kon and Goro Miyazaki have arrived at The 63rd Venice International Film Festival. Their films Paprika and Gedo Senki are in the process of screening there now (Paprika, screened in the festival’s main theater in the competition division (the winner of which will take the Golden Lion), Gedo in the special invitation division). Satoshi Kon is said to have arrived at the festival on the 31st just in time to take part in a midinght screening of Paprika. Kon-sensei held a press conference on Saturday, the 2nd where he admitted to thinking he’s received more honor than he deserves due to the fact that he had not created a maintream animation. Regarding Paprika, the director said “From the connection of the story, the connection of the image was valued”. In all 6 Japanese works are taking part in the festival, they include Akira Director Katsuhiro Otomo’s Live Action Mushishi. You can view images of Satoshi Kon at his press conference at Daily Sports Online and Yahoo courtesy Reuters.

Black Blood Brothers To Broadcast And Be Available Online Simultaneously

9-2-06 (7:12PM EDT)—- Black Blood Brothers To Broadcast And Be Available Online Simultaneously

In what many are calling a Japanese industry first, Front Media, JIG and Toshiba Entertainment are coming together offer the first episode of the new Black Blood Brothers TV anime online free to Japanese users via Quick.TV immediately following the broadcast TV premiere this autumn. The series is Science Fiction action tale of vampires taking place in Japan and Hong Kong. To download the program, interested parties must signup as a member through The “simulcast” could be beneficial to those in rural areas without access to terrestrial television broadcasts.

Anime News Service – September 1st Anime News

9-1-06 (10:12PM EDT)—- Solid State Society Raws Hit Net

As the Labor Day weekend arrives in the USA, ANS has learned raw (untranslated from Japanese) video files of Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society have hit internet file sharing networks. These legally ambiguous files are often used as the foundation for fansub creation. The SSS TV movie aired in Japan on September 1st. As of yet no English Language fansubs have appeared. In recent weeks Bandai Entertainment (who holds the American license) issued a warning of strict legal action against anyone creating or distributing English fansubs of the film. An official American version will be produced and released in 2007.

9-1-06 (4:23PM EDT)—- Taiyo no Mokushiroku Anime Premieres

Based on the manga by Kaiji Kawaguchi (Zipang, Eagle, Silent Service), a TV anime adaptation of Taiyo no Mokushiroku (A Spirit of the Sun) will air as part of WOWOW’s 15th annivesary programming. Serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Magazine, 12 volumes of the manga have been released in Japan now and this animation will cover the storyline told in volumes 1-4 (From the Eaerthquake to the Taiwan arc). The work won the 51st Shogakukan manga prize. Like most of Kawaguchi’s other popular comics, Taiyo no Mokushiroku delves in alternative reality set in our real world. Japan is devastated by a series of natural cataclysms (Mount Fuji errupts, a massive earthquake literally splits Japan in half). In the aftermath, politics, terrorism, Japanese nationalism and race all feed into story. Where will Japan go from here? Oddly enough all of the above issues have been simmering in the headlines of actual Japanese newspapers for some time now. Episode 1 airs at 22:00 on September 17th, followed by part 2 on September 18th. In addition, (and a first for WOWOW) a massive net preview effort is being carried out where of first story will be posted online where epsiode 1 will be available online from Friday, Sptember 1st at 17:00 through Sunday the 3rd at 24:00. The 500 kbs video stream will utilized Windows Media 9. Cast includes: Yanagi Ichiro: Matsuda Yoji, Cho: Rikiya Koyama, Haneda Taro: Tomoyuki Morikawa. Staff includes Director Masayuki Kojima (Monster), Sound Supervision by Yoshi Shimizu, Character Design by Tsukasa Hojo, (Angel Heart), Screenplay by Tatsuhiko Urahata (Monster), Music by Toshiyuki Honda (Metropolis), Animation Production by Madhouse. You can view the preview on the official website by clicking on the orange box and filling out a short questionaire.

9-1-06 (3:23PM EDT)—- NHK Self Imposes Video Guidlines

NHK has announced they are self-adopting a rule not to broadcast any imagery such as intense blinking or rapid flashing to guard agains possible Photosensitive Epilepsy and other health hazards that could be experienced by viewers. The new guideline went into place August 31st. The criteria is defined as 3 or more flashes in 1 second. NHK had in the past been called out by the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications for carrying programming with 56 instances of such flashing, one of which was a concert program in January of this year. 1997’s Pokemon Seizure fiasco was said to have been caused under similar circumstances.

9-1-06 (3:21PM EDT)—- Pokemon 9 Japanese Box-Office

According to the current issue of Variety magazine, the 9th Pokemon movie, now in it’s 7th week of release in Japan has amassed an accumulated gross of $25,555,026.

9-1-06 (2:42PM EDT)—- XXX HOLiC Movie In Spain

Gekijouban xxxHOLiC Manatsu no Yoru no Yume (Midsummer Night’s Dream) which opened in Japanese theaters last summer is se to screen at the 7th Madrid International Animation Film Festival (Animadrid 2006) to be held in Madrid, Spain September 26th – October 6th. The Tsutomu Mizushima anime feature will compete alongside 5 others in the “animated feature film” category.

9-1-06 (1:25PM EDT)—- Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Blu-Ray Details

Full details are out on Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan’s December 6th, 2006 Blu-Ray Disc release of Innocence (known outside Japan as Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence). Boasting HD audio (Japanese LPCM 7.1, Japanese DDS 6.1EX, Japanese DTS-ES 6.1), video, the 3 disc set also includes the INTERNATIONAL VERSION (featuring Japanese, English, French, Korean and Taiwanese subtitles). ) of Director Mamoru Oshii and Produciton I.G.’s 2004 99 minute anime film. Retail is 7,800 Yen (8,190 Yen (including tax). Extras include trailers, audio commentary courtesy Mamoru Oshii and Toshihiko Nishikubo, the 15 minute featurette “Making Of Innocence”, the 38 minute featurette “Scenes of Innocence” and 44 minute special featurette “Did INNOCENCE Transcend National Borders?” (with Mamoru Oshii and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa).