11-9-06 (7:00AM EDT)—- Madhouse To Animate Maple Story
Japan’s Madhouse animation studio will take charge of creating an animated adaptation of Nexon Japan’s popular online MMORPG Maple Story. The online game first beta tested in Japan in August 2003 and today claims 1.4 million memberships there, mostly made up of those in their teens. The free, 2D, side-scrolling MMORPG boasts several versions of the game available for specific countries or regions and an estimated 50 million players have participated in all of its versions to date. No further details are available although Nexon Japan does mention they hope to telecast the animation in each country where the game is available in the future.
11-9-06 (6:11AM EDT)—- Paprika FYC Image
Oscar Watch currently hosts a FYC image ad created for Sony Pictures Classics’ release for Paprika. The film currently contends for a possible nod for an Best Animated Feature Oscar. Huge Thanks To Daniel Zelter for the news item.
11-9-06 (5:49AM EDT)—- Additional Reideen Details
Unrelayed details in the official English press release for the new Reideen anime are:
– Production I.G. mentions Karasuma Tasuku with illustrate a manga based on Tohokushinsha’s original story. It will be published in Kadokawa’s Monthly Shonen Ace from the January issue, to be released in Japan November 25th.
– Tohokushinsha in their unique release mention the original REIDEEN aired via 50 episodes from April 4 1975 – March 26, 1976 on what is now TV Asahi.
11-9-06 (5:39AM EDT)—- Production I.G. Announces New REIDEEN For 2007
Production I.G and Tohokushinsha Film Corporation are teaming to produce a new animated TV series entitled Reideen, inspired by the TV classic “Reideen The Brave” (Yusha Reideen). When aired in Japan in 1975, “Reideen The Brave” undoubtedly represented a turning point in the history of super robot animation, and a few years later, director Yoshiyuki Tomino and character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko became the creative duo behind the success of “Mobile Suit Gundam”. While inheriting the DNA of “Reideen The Brave”, the new TV series is not going to be a mere “re-make”, but rather a true “re-birth” of its glorious forebear, featuring lavishly detailed mechanical designs by Atsushi Takeuchi (“IGPX”, “Innocence”) and Shinji Aramaki (“Appleseed”), stylish character design by Takuya Saito (“Sakura Wars: The Movie”) and visually stunning 3D animation created with the know-how that made “IGPX”a milestone in computer-generated animation. The music score is entrusted to Yoshihiro Ike, the composer of “Blood: The Last Vampire”. Coming up in spring 2007, Reideen will be directed by Mitsuru Hongo (“IGPX”, “Outlaw Star”). More information coming soon!
Director: Mitsuru Hongo
Assistant Director: Shunsuke Tada
Story Supervisors: Mitsuru Hongo, Masahiro Yokotani
Character Design: Takuya Saito
Mechanical Designers: Atsushi Takeuchi, Shinji Aramaki
Music: Yoshihiro Ike
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
Animation Production: Production I.G
11-9-06 (5:14AM EDT)—- Seto No Hanayome To Be Animated
According to a promo image circulated by Square Enix and info published in the December, 2006 issue of Monthly Gangan WING, Kimura Tahiko’s shounen manga Seto no Hanayome will be animated. 10 tankobon volumes are currently in release in Japan. The manga remains unlicensed in America. Courtesy Anime Waves, the comedy / romance plot focuses on male lead Nagasumi who visits his grandmother near the sea during the summer. While visiting, he goes for a swim, and drowns right after entering the water. Fortunately for him he is saved by a young mermaid. Later as he tells the story to his family, a young girl named San appears at his home and begs Nagasumi to marry her. She’s followed by two large thugs and they take both him and his parents to San’s home under the sea. If that wasn’t strange enough, it turns out San’s parents are mob bosses. Nagasumi is left with the choice of either death or marrying San. He chooses to marry a mermaid. This would likely be that, except San’s father and some members of the mob are not exactly thrilled to have Nagasumi courting San and are determined to bring an end to their relationship–or him. And there is also the matter of keeping it a secret that San is a mermaid.
11-7-06 (10:50PM EDT)—- Hidamari Sketch TV Series Go!
The current issue of Houbunsha’s Manga Time Carat Magazine features one of the first animation screen grabs of Hidamari Sketch TV sereies. Additionally, the cover mentions a TBS premiere in Januray, 2007. The story is based on the manga by Ume Aoki. Cast has been solidified as follows: Kana Asumi: Yuno, Kaori Mizuhashi: Miyako, Ryoko Shintani: Sae, Yuko Goto: Hiro, Miyu Matsuki: Yoshinoya-sensei. The second book volume based on Hidamri Sketch releases in Japan in December.
11-7-06 (10:24PM EDT)—- Dyogrammaton OAV Volume 1 Release
Based on the Clockup adventure game with original concept by Shinozu Katsuto, Dyogrammaton OVA ACT-1 is scheduled to go on sale December 15, 2006.
11-7-06 (9:43PM EDT)—- New Game From Ever 17 Supervisor
Sometime in 2007 Yeti is expected to release the love advanture game Myself;Yourself for PS2. Original concept / direction and production is being handled by Takumi Nakazawa (Ever 17). Character Design and Art Supervision by Sasaki Mutsumi (Happy Lesson), Scenario by Asaginu Nakano , art by Akino Shin, Masahisa Ito and others, title song and music production by Chiyomaru Shikura, development by Regista. The plot involves young men and women who fall in love in a school setting, the heroes being two people. Hirameki first released Nakazawa’s Ever17 Visual Novel Suspense game in English in Fall 2005. From that time the creator has gained a small cult following in America and beyond.