Posts in: September, 2007

SMAP Drama Pushes EVA To #2 Box Office Slot

  • 11th Sep 2007
  • News

The film adaptation of the local TV hit “Hero” has taken the Japanese boxoffice by storm, opening Saturday on a record-breaking 475 screens and earning 1.08 billion ($9.4 million) over the weekend. Distributor Toho said that about 750,000 people saw the big-screen debut of the Fuji Television Network series, but that figure might have been even higher had the country not been recovering from the impact of a major typhoon. With a per-screen average of $19,790, Toho predicts “Hero” will surpass 10 billion in earnings and has a chance of being the highest-earning title in Japan this year. “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” presently holds the top spot, with a gross of 11 billion. The film has benefited enormously from the presence of Takuya Kimura, a member of the popular boy band SMAP, who plays the lead role of unconventional public prosecutor Kohei Kuryu. “Hero” was initially a TV drama in 2001, quickly becoming the most-watched series in Japanese history, with an average viewer share of more than 34%. After a five-year break, Fuji resurrected the show in 2006 with a two-hour TV special, another big ratings success that paved the way for the movie version. Directed by Masayuki Suzuki, the title has already been snapped up in other Asian markets and there are high hopes that it will break into the U.S. and European markets as well. Kimura was in Cannes this year to promote the movie, which also will screen at the upcoming Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea. Source: The Hollywood Reporter Thanks To Daniel Zelter For The News.




Comic Yoshimoto Could Return

  • 10th Sep 2007
  • News

Although they are estimated to have lost between 2-300 million Yen on the project, publishers for manga comedy magazine Comic Yoshimoto have said they’ll pull back and examine the needs of comedy fans and examine a possible restart in the future. See our September 8th entry for background details.




Ookami to Koushinryou To Broadcast In Winter

  • 10th Sep 2007
  • News

First announced in August, the 12 episode anime TV adaptation of author Isuna Hasekura and illustrator Juu Ayakura’s light novel Ookami to Koushinryou has been scheduled to begin in winter 2008. A manga adaptation by Keito Koume will start serialization in Dengeki Maoh on September 27. The series has sold over 500,000 copies in Japan as of August, 2007. www.spicy-wolf.com


37 New Fall TV Series Scheduled

With the new Japanese fall anime TV season now locked in, it’s come to light that 37 series will comprise the schedule. The number is down 18 series on 2006 autumn season.


Animax Grand Prize Winner To Be Animated Professionally

All anime broadcaster Animax has announced the winner of its 6th Animax Grand Prize anime scenario competition. A two million Yen prize was awarded to Takamaga Hayato for his Takane No Jitensha which will be animated by A-1 Pictures in 2008. 3000 entries were received from across Asia, this was the first year the competition was open to the international audience.


Hirohiko Araki Image Hype Crashes Cell Website

After being picked up as mainstream news in the Japanese press on Friday, a current issue cover image by Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure mangaka Hirohiko Araki has apparently sent a barrage of interest (most likely by those seeking a higher res image of the cover as opposed to the relatively smaller ones that have been circulating) to the Cell Magazine website, taking it offline for most of the last 24 hours. As of this post, a placeholder has been posted relaying the site “is currently unavailable due to high demand”.


Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji – Official Anime Title And VA Star Selected

Masato Hagiwara (Takuya Shirakawa – The place promised in our early days) will play the leading role in the TV anime adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto’s Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji manga. The series which begins on NTV in October has been officially titled Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji. The official website launched just days ago has yet to reflect either of these details.


Police Shut Down Odex Protest / Fans Holding Anime Figurines

Reuters reports: A protest action by a group of Singaporeans with Japanese anime figurines such as the 5-inch tall Ultra men, robots, and monsters with placards met some real-life police in the city-state. A handful of fans of Japanese anime had turned up at a Singapore public park on August 25 with armfuls of the toys to protest against a clampdown on Internet downloading of anime material by Singapore animation distributor Odex. The incident was not reported in the local press, but pictures and accounts have started circulating on many blogs and political Web sites. “The police didn’t stop us from what we wanted to do. But them being there was enough to intimidate,” the event’s organizer — who only wanted to be known by his online moniker Zer0 — told Reuters by telephone. He added that police — who had four anti-riot vans at the scene — also took down the anime fans’ particulars and that they were filmed by plainclothes policemen. A police spokeswoman said she could not immediately comment. Public protests are rare in Singapore, where outdoor demonstrations are banned and any public gathering of more than four people requires a permit.