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5 Ways to Market Anime Conventions

It is essential for a successful event professional to understand the use of strategic marketing plans because the events market is increasingly saturated. According to C. A. Preston, in the US alone there are more than 2500 music fests in a year while the UK hosts more than 70 beer festivals per year. With such high levels of overcrowding, a smart planner should not rely on the same attendees’ data base year in year out. If you are thinking of hosting Anime Conventions, how do you stand out?

Here are 5 ways to market Anime Conventions:

 

1.     Begin early

Attracting attendees to your anime conventions should start early in the planning process and not at the final stages. Set your goals early enough and create all the necessary awareness in good time. Some of the things to consider include:

  • Venue
  • Guests for example producers, distributors, artists, performers, and other industry figures
  • Panel questions and topics
  • Contests you may like to show for example costumes, art works, music, videos etc
  • Art shows displays

Pick the right dates and avoid clashes with major holidays or other events that are more preferred to yours. Consider an attractive site that attendees can also enjoy in the off-hours of the convention.

2.     Internet marketing

Websites, emails, search engine optimization as well as social media are all forms of internet marketing. Internet marketing can still be used alongside traditional types like radio, television, newspapers and magazines. You can conduct internet marketing for your anime conventions by hiring a Toronto SEO Agency that can also do website design as you will end up getting a best solution.

3.     Market at other events

Find out where you can get listings of events related to anime conventions and also dig to see who will be attending them. You can send emails or other communication to both the attendees and organizers to say you will be there with your anime creations. You can even set up interviews with various people you consider vital in the success of your convention. Be sure to interact at these events because you may create a new fan base each time you go.

4.     Content marketing

A lot of organizations and brands have adopted content marketing as a way to keep potential attendees interested and so should you. Content marketing is providing steady and relevant information to your target market round the clock. It could be in the form of blog posts, newsletters, podcasts etc. When you focus on providing such information through all possible channels, you can be assured of the success of your anime convention.

5.     Remarketing

Remarketing is an automated concept that was introduced by Google and is also being offered by Facebook and Twitter as well. It is one way of letting brands reach out to people who they have previously interacted with online. You can use it as marketing tool on your website by designing web banners that appear once a not-new visitor clicks on anything that touches on your convention. In this way, you spread awareness easily to an already existing audience.

Conclusion

Anime Conventions can be fun and the much needed exposure for many people in that industry. Your success will depend on how organized you are as well as what you have to offer.


Anime News Service – April 24-27 Anime News

4-27-07 (11:48PM EDT)—- ADV Films Acquires AIR TV And Movie

Today ADV Films co-founder Matt Greenfield announced that ADV has acquired exclusive home video and broadcast rights in North America for the anime series Air and the 85-minute Air Movie. Greenfield made the announcement during a panel at Anime Matsuri, South Texas’ largest anime convention. Volume one of the four-disc Air series will hit store shelves August 14, and the Air Movie is slated for release in late 2007. Air is a fan-favorite series in Japan, having placed #32 in TV Asahi’s all time Top 100 Anime list (2006). A product of the famous production studio Kyoto Animation (Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, Inuyasha) and director Tatsuya Ishihara (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kanon), Air is easily one of the most-anticipated series to reach our shores this year. The standalone Air Movie, which was produced by Toei (Air Gear, Kanon) and directed by Osamu Dezaki (Black Jack The Movie), is a fitting finale to the Air mania sweeping North America. In announcing these acquisitions, Greenfield said “as anime fans ourselves, we’re very excited to announce that ADV will be releasing Air, as it’s already being ranked as one of the most popular anime titles of all time in Japan, and the fans who have seen it here the States are equally enthusiastic in their praise.”

Greenfield continued, “we’re also pleased to say that, while negotiating a title that’s split between two different licensors can be tricky, we have indeed secured the rights for both the TV series and the movie, thereby insuring total continuity between the English language versions.” Synopsis: Yukito Kunisaki is a wandering puppeteer on a jouney to find “the girl in the sky,” a tradition his family has held for generations. Upon arriving in a new town, he is befriended by a lonely young girl named Misuzu, who offers him a place to stay. Yukito soon begins to suspect that Misuzu has ties with “the girl in the sky” when she begins to speak of dreams of flying, but before his suspicions are confirmed, Yukito meets two more mysterious girls. Now Follow Yukito as he pieces together the lives of three different girls to discover the truth of “the girl in the sky.”

4-27-07 (11:08PM EDT)—- Zero No Tsukaima Sequel Gets Title

According to the June, 2007 edition of Megami Magazine, the official title for Zero No Tsukaima TV series 2 is “Zero No Tsukaima: Soutsuki No Kishi”. The title is apprantly sourced from the 9th light novel volume.

4-27-07 (11:08PM EDT)—- Takeshi Koike’s Red Line At TAF2007

We’ve got some never before revealed staff details on Takeshi Koike’s still in production anime film Red Line in a new report.

4-27-07 (8:58PM EDT)—- Crayon Shin-chan North American License Status?

When asked if FUNimation could work with Dr. Master to re-release the manga in conjunction with the Crayon Shin anime, the response given to Shin – AKA: Pocket Rocket Boy’s Myspace Blog was:

“There are several people bidding for the comic/manga license for Shin chan. I don’t know how it will all wash out just yet. Rest assured, I love to share info. So as soon as we know one way or another, I’ll pass the word on somehow…” Also of interest is that, besides dvds, FUNimation plans to sell other merchandise in the future.
Huge Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

4-27-07 (8:53PM EDT)—- Ghost In The Shell – SAC: SOLID STATE SOCIETY USA DVD Details

Anchor Bay has sent over the first details on Bandai’s forthcoming DVD release of Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. – Solid State Society. The film will be released on DVD on 7/3 in two versions. There will be a Standard Edition (SRP $19.98) that includes the film in anamorphic widescreen video with both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio (English and Japanese with English subtitles), as well as the Uchikoma Days featurette, interviews with the English production team, a storyboard gallery and the trailer. There will also be a 3-disc Limited Edition (packaged in a “steel book” case) that includes everything on the standard edition along with 3 more featurettes (World Work File, Anime+Car Design: Designing the Future Car and Making of Tachikoma Robot), an interview with Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (of Production I.G) and the film’s soundtrack on CD.
Source: The Digital Bits | Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

4-27-07 (7:41AM EDT)—- To Heart 2 OVA Volume 2 Release

To Heart 2 OVA Volume 2 has been given a Wednesday, June 27, 2007 release in Japan.

4-27-07 (4:45AM EDT)—- Gainax Director Takami Akai Resigns Over Mixi Diary Commentary

One of Gainax’s founding members, Director Takami Akai has announced his resignation after comments he published on co-worker Mimori Keiko’s Mixi Diary were scrutinized by fans for being “discomforting”. He was a producer and prominent force behind Gainax’s latest animation, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann which started running on Japanese TV this month. Akai published his resignation on the Gainax website on April 27th. He’s well known as the creator of the popular “Princess Maker” girl grooming simulation games. The comment in question lashed out at alleged criticism of Gurren Lagann made on 2ch with some rather graphic language (something about one bringing one’s face to one’s anus and breathing deeply). A wave of fan comments subsequently poured into the main Gainax blog indicating they had collectively been insulted. Akai posted an apology along with his resignation, saying that there was no room for an excuse to his actions. His mixi diary was open to the general public. His name will disappear from the credits of Gurren Lagann from the 5th episode, scheduled to broadcast on the 29th. He expressed heartbreak at leaving the staff of the show after having been intimately involved on the production for over 5 years. Akai has his own company titled NineLives and is married to mangaka Kimiko Higuchi. He did the original character designs for the DAICON III animation and was a classmate of Evangelion director Hideaki Anno in


Anime News Service – April 12-16 Anime News

4-16-07 (5:15PM EDT)—- New Japanese Service To Rent Manga Online

Internet / digital book seller Renta has begun a new service to rent electronic manga on April 10th in Japan. 100 Yen nets users a loan period of 24 hours. An electronic ticket system, allows transactions via credit card and cellular phone. Buyers won’t have to use a propriatary software browser as was the case with similar past services. New material will be added on Tuesdays weekly, the company aims at 3000 book offerings in the first year. Titles such as Salary Man Kintaro and content from publishers like Mag Garden will be sold. The company behind Renta was a digital books pioneer in Japan, first going online in 1995. They’ve done business with 395 cooperating publishers 60,000 titles as of March.

4-16-07 (4:51PM EDT)—- Bandai and Itochu Bolster Ishimori Entertainment’s Efforts

Bandai and Itochu have announced a business and capital tie-up with the Ishimori Entertainment Group (www.ishimori-e.jp) which manages the contents copyrights of the late manga master Shotaro Ishinomori. In the offing is a strengthening of the business deployment efforts of the work of Shotaro Ishinomori inside and outside Japan. New business deployment in foreign countries will include merchandise, toys that do whether this cooperation, and character merchandising. Europe, America and Asia are prime first targets. Ishimori Entertainment will change its official operating title to Ishimori Professional from June 1. Things on the horizon include moving plans forward for a Hollywood film based on one of the author’s creations. Bandai is joining in and hopes to capitalizes with character merchandising.

4-16-07 (4:39PM EDT)—- Independent Animation Dominates EZ Award 4 Winners Ledger

Winners are out for the EZ Award 4 Digital Entertainment competition. KDDI and Digital Hollywood jointly put on the effort. Winners were announced at ceremony at the KDDI Design Studio in Harajuku. Divisions included “graphic” and “general contribution”. Each enterant had to work with theme “BLACK”. This included the color, dark humor, and black jokes. Winners included: Grand Prix: “Experiment” Megumi Terada, Semi-Grand Prix “Vegita Strike” Aya Techno, Sayoshi Sato Prize: “Net Cooking Consumer Electronics” Changu, Riichirou Mashima Prize: “Juggling” Yukiko Uehara, Nagai Hidekazu Prize: “Black Ball1,2” Sawai Fumiya.

4-16-07 (4:30PM EDT)—- Kyoto Animation Launches Web Magazine

Kyoto Animation, the studio behind Haruhi Suzumiya has launched Kyo Ani Bon, a new web exclusive magazine project. There you’ll find original content submitted byt the various creators, cast and staff involved with the producer. 10 projects will be presented which all have the opportunity of being adapted to anime by the studio. Feedback from the public will determine which actually do make the transition to animation. The offering is extremely unusual as the planning stage for new anime is usually a strictly confidential in-house affair. Those series in the running in the first issue include MUNTO 3.

4-16-07 (4:06PM EDT)—- Anpanman Kids Hair Salon Opens

Bandai will open the first ever Anpanman kids hair salon at the Anpanman museum in Yokohama, Minatomirai on April 20th. The long running series is still a favorite among Japanese children. It becomes the one that it drinks and the character was made a theme. The target demographic are 0-6 year olds. A revenue somewhere in the ballpark of 40 million yen are expected by the end of March, 2008. 22 companies have co-invested in the new 6,800 square meter museum which also opens its doors for the first time on the 20th.

4-16-07 (3:57PM EDT)—- Animelo Summer Live 2007 Generation A Event Scheduled

Animelo Summer Live 2007 Generation A will occur at Nippon Budoukan on July 7. The large anime songs concert will feature many popular artists and seiyuu. Similar events were presented in 2005 and 2006. 10,000 people showed up last year. Hironobu Kageyama, Masami Okui, Nana Mizuki, and Momoi of JAM Project are confirmed participating artists this time around. A CD featuring the particpating artists songs will be put on the market on June 20th.

4-16-07 (3:40PM EDT)—- Viz Snags Rights To Blue Dragon

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies announced today that it has secured from a consortium including TV TOKYO Corporation and Shueisha Inc, the television, home video and non-video game merchandising rights for the Americas, Europe and Oceania to BLUE DRAGON, a new anime series based on the popular Microsoft Xbox 360 Role Playing Game. VIZ Media makes the announcement in conjunction with its participation at the MIPTV conference, the world’s preeminent audiovisual and digital content market, taking place in Cannes, France, April 16-20. VIZ Media has a prominent presence at the show in Booth #AO12.

The Xbox 360 game “BLUE DRAGON” is developed by Hironobu Sakaguchi (the creator of Final Fantasy). BLUE DRAGON also features characters by Akira Toriyama, the creator of the best-selling DRAGON BALL series of manga (which is published in North America by VIZ Media and featured in SHONEN JUMP Magazine). The anime series debuted in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 7, 2007 and is produced by Studio Pierrot, which is well known for its work on NARUTO and BLEACH, also licensed by VIZ Media. BLUE DRAGON television broadcast and key licensing partners will be determined shortly. The BLUE DRAGON video game has already established itself in Japan as one of Microsoft’s hottest releases in the RPG category and will be released in North America and Europe in August 2007. In the European market, VIZ Media will proactively distribute and market Blue Dragon through VIZ Media Europe, S.A.R.L, (VME) its Paris-based subsidiary established in late 2006.

The BLUE DRAGON Anime is a classic adventure story of magical Shadow powers, flying air fortresses, and unbounded heroism! Brought together by fate, Seven Soldiers of Light must awaken the Shadow within themselves in time to overcome a despotic power and bring peace to their land. Their ensuing journey through a rich fantasy world is also an internal journey to awaken the great power within each of them. Journey with them into the world


Anime News Service – March 17 – April 11 Anime News

4-11-07 (3:23AM EDT)—- Hollywood Developing Films Based On Madhouse Anime

Madhouse made no bones about the fact that they are cozying up to Hollywood at this year’s Tokyo International Anime Fair. In fact, they put the information out into plain view. Checkout our exclusive high resolution pic of their poster heralding the news and follow our deductive reasoning on which of their anime will be remade into potential American blockbusters in the new feature: TAF2007 Exclusive Report: Hollywood Developing Films Based On Madhouse Anime.

4-10-07 (10:48PM EDT)—- Production I.G. Unveils Shinreigari / Ghost Hound At TAF2007

Back on February 27th ANS was the first (and only) English source to break details on Masamune Shirow and Production I.G.’s first collaboration since 1994’s Ghost In The Shell. The duo are co-producing the new manga and anime Shinreigari: GHOST HOUND. Following our short-line prediction, anime details were indeed announced at the Tokyo Anime Fair 2007: Celebrating the 20th anniversary from its foundation, Production I.G announces at TAF 2007 a new project, “Ghost Hound” (original title: Shinreigari / Ghost Hound), written by Production I.G and Ghost in the Shell-famed Shirow Masamune. The main staff includes director Ryutaro Nakamura (Serial Experiments Lain, Kino’s Travels), scriptwriter Chiaki J. Konaka (Serial Experiments Lain, The Big O) and character designer Mariko Oka (Jigoku Shojo, Jing: King of Bandits). The story will be co-developed by Crossroad. “Ghost Hound” will premiere in Japan fall 2007 on WOWOW. The comic version of “Ghost Hound”, drawn by Kanata Asahi, will start serializing in Japan on Monthly Comic Blade (published by Mag Garden) from March 30, 2007. www.productionig.com

4-10-07 (10:48PM EDT)—- Germany’s AnimagiC Convention Adds Guests

New Guests of Honor at this years AnimagiC, germanys biggest anime- & manga-convention We are pleased to announce the next guests of honor for AnimagiC 2007: Founder & President of Studio GONZO Shoji Murahama, Last-Exile-Character-Designer Range Murata and Black-Cat-Director Shin Itagaki. Together with the concert-agency Rock Identity we proudly present Plastic Tree as this years j-rock-act. More guests of honor to be announced. The ninth AnimagiC will be held in the famous Beethoven-Hall in Bonn from july 27th to july 29th 2007. AnimagiC, germanys biggest anime- & manga-convention, is famous for its guests of honor. This year we already announced the following guests: Kouta Hirano, Tomokazu Tokoro, Yasuyuki Ueda, Hideyuki Kurata, Thorsten Munchow, Koh Kawarajima and Haruka Fukushima. AnimagiC is presented by AnimaniA, Germanys leading magazin for anime, manga and japanese popculture (since 1994). The magazin ist published monthly and available in a normal and a special DVD-edition. AnimagiC July 27-29, 2007 estimated attendee: 12.000 + Beethovenhalle, Bonn, Germany www.AnimagiC-Online.de

4-10-07 (10:41PM EDT)—- Freedom To Release In USA / Japan on DVD / HDDVD Simultaneously In June

TORRANCE, Calif., March 20, 2007 – Bandai Visual today announced the simultaneous U.S. and Japan release of the bestselling OVA “Freedom” Vol. 1 in HD DVD/DVD Twin disc format. “Freedom,” which is the first HD DVD product from Bandai Visual, will be released in North America by Bandai Visual USA through their distributor Geneon Entertainment (USA). The product will also be available in Japan at .ANIME (www.dot-anime.com), an integrated online anime portal operated by Anime Channel Co., Ltd. After “Freedom” Vol.1, Bandai Visual will start releasing other HD DVD and Blu-ray titles in Japan, with plans to distribute overseas under its flagship international label Honneamise.

Bandai Visual is vigorously developing product for next generation formats and has previously announced a collaboration with Memory-Tech Corporation and Microsoft Co., Ltd. on a project to improve image quality for the latest HD DVD video compression technology for the global anime software market. The “Freedom” Vol. 1 release in HD DVD/DVD Twin format will be the first result of the collaboration. The three companies have fine-tuned VC1 specifically to achieve higher visual quality for Japanese anime. The “Freedom” HD DVD/DVD Twin disc will also include HDi network function which will offer new ways to enjoy the product. Bandai Visual intends to utilize the expanded technological capabilities of the new formats and hopes to present viewers with added-value on its new products. Its goal is to create a companywide structure to produce and release premier anime titles simultaneously in North America and internationally.

“Freedom” is a science fiction anime series whose use in Nissin instant noodle TV ads created much attention in Japan. The drama unfolds on the moon’s surface in the city of Eden, the last human settlement, and focuses on a youth whose actions threaten to shake the freedom and peace of Eden. The scale of the story and the dynamic action have earned the series high marks. Bandai Visual is confident that this work, which uses the latest concepts and technology to combine 3DCGI with the 2D animation that has long been a key strength of Japan’s anime industry, is ideal as a technology development source for the next generation medium of HD DVD. Two volumes of the six-part series “Freedom” have been released so far in Japan on DVD and already more than 100,000 units have been shipped. The June 26 HD DVD/DVD Twin release will be the first introduction of the title in North America.

Title: FREEDOM Vol. 1 (of 6) Format: HD DVD/DVD Twin Catalog #: BUHH0117 UPC#: 858604001172 Street Date: June 26, 2007 SRP: $39.99 Spec: Japanese audio with English subtitles Extras: Special prologue to the series and trailers Further information will be available at www.bandaivisual.us/freedom and also at www.myspace.com/honneamise.

4-10-07 (10:35PM EDT)—- Play Along Granted Domo-kun North American Master Toy License

New York-based integrated family entertainment company Big Tent Entertainment has named toy industry powerhouse Play Along, a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK), master toy partner for the Japanese animated character and viral sensation Domo. Through the long-term agreement, Play Along, known for creating innovative, blockbuster toy lines for such hit properties as Cabbage Patch Kids and Care Bears, has acquired the North American licensing rights to develop a wide range of captivating Domo toy products. Play Along’s line will be highlighted by Domo plush (with and without articulation and sound)


Anime News Service – January 19-24 Anime News

1-24-07 (11:45PM EST)—- Princess Resurection Anime Staff

The just released March, 2007 edition of Shonen Sirius confirmed rumors (see our January 7th entry) attaching Director Sakoi Masayuki (Strawberry Panic) to the forthcoming anime TV series adaptation of Yasunori Mitsunaga’s Kaibutsu Oujo (Princess Resurrection) manga. Other staff inlude: Character Designs: Kazuya Kuroda (Sakura Taisen), Color Scheme: Shuji Uemura, Art Director: Yuka Okamoto, Sound Supervision: Takakuwa Ichi, Music Production: Jinnan Studio, Animation Production: Madhouse. Princess will be voiced by Ayako Kawasumi, Hiro Hiyorimi will be voiced by Oura Fuyuka. Broadcast start on TBS in April, 2007.

1-24-07 (11:17PM EST)—- Correction: Seiyuu Ami Koshimizu Married

On January 13th voice actresses Shinrou Sanpei (Not Yuko Sanpei) and Ami Koshimizu (Tenma Tsukamoto – School Rumble) were married. Their wedding was broadcast on the radio program AniSuper. The 2 knew each other since they were 12 years old time because of belonging to the same theatrical company Wakakusa. Kaori Nazuka who voiced Eureka and worked with Koshimizu gave a word at the ceremony. You can view pics of the on air ceremony here. ANS apologizes for our error.

1-24-07 (10:04PM EST)—- USA Premiere Of Mamoru Oshii’s Tachigui

Mamoru Oshii’s “Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters” (original title: Tachiguishi Retsuden) will receive its USA premiere at Film Comment Selects 2007, the film series organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center from February 14 to 27, 2007 in New York City. Screening schedule:
Date: February 23, 2007 (Fri) Time: 08:30 pm Place: The Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Upper level
Date: February 25, 2007 (Sun) Time: 01:00 pm Place: The Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Upper level (Screening dates may changes. Please refer to Film Comment Selects 2007 official website: www.filmlinc.com) ”

1-24-07 (9:11PM EST)—- Plagiarized Image In Switch?

Japanese comic fans online have raised concerns that portions of Rin Yoshii’s manga serial SWITCH may contain imagery copied from elsewhere. According to the claims, a photograph from the Nivember, 2006 issue of the fashion magazine SWEET was copied for a serial of SWITCH appearing in Shuisha’s January, 2007 edition of Cookie. You can see side by side comparisons here and here.

1-24-07 (8:40PM EST)—- Real Life Skullsuit

In an interesting move to promote the upcoming Skull Man TV anime, a series of photographs have been released to the media depiciting (what we thought were total CG at first) a mocked up real-world Skullman costume. Based on the original 1970 / 1998-2001 Media Factory manga by Shotaro Ishinomori and Kazuhiko Shimamoto, the staff was recently announced: Director: Takeshi Mori, Series Composition: Yutaka Izubuchi, Script: Hiroshi Ohnogi, Seishi Minakami, Music: Shiro Sagisu, Character Designs: Jun Shibata, Animation Director: Jun Shibata, Mechanical Designs: Yoshinori Sayama, Director of Photography: Susumu Fukushi, Conceptual Designs: Yutaka Izubuchi, Design Work: Shingo Takeba, Editing: Kengo Shigemura, Set Design: Masanori Kikuchi, Takuhito Kusanagi, VFX Director: Yasushi Muraki, Production: Skull Man Production Committee (BONES, Geneon Entertainment, Inc., Ishimori Entertainment Inc., Toyokasei Co. Ltd.), Animation Production: BONES. Broadcast is expected in the spring. Tokyopop has the USA manga license has released 7 English language volumes to market.

1-24-07 (7:52PM EST)—- J.C. STAFF On Concerto Gate Animation Sequences

Square Enix and NHN Japan held a massive press conference In Roppongi on the 24th for their new MMORPG Concerto Gate. Beta testing is expected to wrap in April. It was announced J.C. STAFF (Utena) will create animation sequences for the game. Kenji Ito is producing the soundtrack and played the theme on stage on piano. It was also hinted that this work would form the corner stone of a big project with all the elements (anime? manga?) not yet revealed. Square is looking at a domestic release in spring / summer followed by an international rollout.

1-24-07 (7:25PM EST)—- Alcohol Manga Boom In Korea

In recent months South Korea has seen a small popularity explosion relating to Japanese manga that tackle the subjects of wine, cocktails, mixed drinks and bartending practices. The wine focused Kami no Shizuku (Teardrops of God), written by Agi Tadashi and drawn by Okimoto Agi is among the most popular, selling 550,000 copies in Korea (and 950,000 copies in Japan across 9 volumes). The creators are in South Korea this week, doing research for an upcoming series of serials to take place in the country. A production company there is said to have recently bought the rights to create a TV drama based on the work. Cocktail manga is Bartender written by Joh Araki and drawn by Nagamoto Kenji is also said to be extremely popular on the peninsula.

1-24-07 (6:53PM EST)—- Comic Dolphin Cancelled?

Bishoujo / ero manga magazine Comic Dolphin will suspend publication from the March edition to go on sale in Japan on January 22nd. Several magazine mangaka diaries announced the news although it has not been officially confirmed by the publisher Tsukasa Shobo.

1-24-07 (6:45PM EST)—- Death Note’s Matsuyama In New Manga Based Drama

Japanese actor Kenichi Matsuyama (L In Death Note Movies) has signed on to the starring role of a NTV drama based on the Sexy Voice And Robo manga. The serial drama will start running at 22:00 on Tuesdays in April. Matsuyama will play the role of a young robot loving otaku with a collection of 15,000 action figures. He dreams to become a spy. In 2002 the original manga by Io Kuroda won the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards Grand Prize. It serialized in Shogakukan’s Ikki Magazine but the story was never completed. 2 collected volumes exist on the market. Viz holds the USA license and released the English translation a few years back.

1-24-07 (6:29PM EST)—- Anime To Appear In Hollywood Film Smokin Aces

Adult Source Media has announced several of their best selling adult titles will be prominently featured in the new American major motion picture, Smokin Aces. The dark action comedy, starring Entourage star Jeremy Piven, Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta, Jason Bateman & Andy Garcia is the latest thriller from Narc director Joe Carnahan. “We are absolutely thrilled that a major mainstream


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


Anime News Service – May 18-30 Anime News

5-30-06 (6:18AM EDT)—- CPM Setbacks Caused by Musicland Bankruptcy

Toonzone News has posted some findings regarding Central Park Media’s current status:

Late last week, reports of extensive layoffs at anime licensor Central Park Media led to speculation that the company was preparing for bankruptcy. Though the company has not yet confirmed or denied the filing rumors, CPM founder and managing director John O’Donnell issued a statement to Toon Zone News with more information about the recent financial setbacks. “As our business has been significantly impacted by Musicland’s bankruptcy filing, we are facing tightening sales conditions and are currently focusing on a cost cutting program which will structure the company for future growth without our largest customer. A number of very talented and dedicated employees have unfortunately lost their jobs through no fault of their own. CPM will be happy to assist these fine staff members find employment opportunities, so any company seeking experienced and professional employees are requested to email CPM at HR519@teamcpm.com for further details.” The Musicland retailer chain, which included Suncoast, Mediaplay and Sam Goody and was well known as a major anime purchaser, filed for bankruptcy in January. Most of its assets were sold to Trans World Entertainment in March.

5-29-06 (11:10AM EDT)—- Otome Wa Boku Ni Koshiteru To Be Animated

Based on the Caramel Box / Alchemist Romantic Love Comedy Adventure PS2 game, Otome Wa Boku Ni Koshiteru (“The Maiden Is Falling In Love With The Elder Sister”) will become an animated TV series to debut in Japan in October. Most of the production is coming from past D.C. ~Da Capo~ TV series. Confirmed staff include Director Masanori Nayoshi (D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~), Character Designer Shimasawa Noriko (FullMetal Panic), Series Composition by Katsumi Hasegawa (Blue Gender), Animation Produciton by Feel, Production Commitee: Oto Boku Seisaku Iinkai. UPDATE: In the past 24 hours since we’ve posted this story, the official website has gone live with staff, story and release info. A splashcreen first look at some of the new anime chara designs can also be seen at www.starchild.co.jp/special/otome/.

5-29-06 (10:42AM EDT)—- NITABOH Honored At SICAF2006

At the SICAF animation festival in Seoul this past weekend, it came out that Wao Corporation’s NITABOH took the Grand Prix in the Long Section (Feature Film) competition. 1204 works were exhibited from 54 countries. enterprise that managed 340 bases in 30 years.

5-29-06 (10:26AM EDT)—- Ashi Productions Goes Online

Ashipro is now on the web. The animation studio has a long history working on such projects as Fairy Princess Minky Momo, F-Zero Falcon Legend and Offside but had never created a website until now. They became independent of the Bandai Namco group last year, and started a new business strategy, partnering with toy company Wiz Inc.

5-29-06 (9:50AM EDT)—- Takashi Yanase At Eel Festival

86 year old Anpanman creator Takashi Yanase is a highly colorful and active celebrity in Japan. You can catch glimpse of him at Saturday’s customary Unagi Matsura (“Eel Festival”) in Saitama City courtesy theSaitama Newspaper. Around 50 specialty restaurants dealing in Eel dishes showed off their cooking talents. It turns out that Yanase-sensei designed a special character, “Urawa Unakochan” to represent the show this year. You can see more pics including a manga style promotional poster here.

5-29-06 (9:45AM EDT)—- Live Acion Desnha Otoko Opens In South Korea

Chosun Illbo has the official movie poster and details on the South Korean opening for the live action Densha Otoko film. It arrives in theaters there on June 29th.

5-29-06 (8:53AM EDT)—- Hachikuro Second Season

The second TV animation series ‘Hachikuro II’ (Honey And Clover) begins broadcasting in Fuji TV’s ‘Noitamina’ block in Japan on Thursday, June 29, 2006. Yuki and Suneohair will cover the OP and ED, Shikao Suga and acoustic guitar duo DEPAPEPE will also provide music.

5-29-06 (8:38AM EDT)—- UK: Your PS3 Will Be 90,000 Yen!

Engadget reports our friends across the pond are getting a very special one of a kind 425 HDMI version PS3 with 60 GB HD expected retail around 89,500 Yen.

5-29-06 (8:30AM EDT)—- Busou Renkin Anime Website Up

The Japanese language www.busourenkin.com is now live with a first glimpse at how Watsuki’s manga has transitioned to animation.

5-28-06 (11:03PM EDT)—- Mural Treasure Almost Became Public Bath Fuel

A wall painting by famed manga creator Osamu Tezuka and 8 other artists which had been saved immediately before being burnt as public bath fuel is now being exhibited in Kiyose City, Tokyo. With the theme “Town Of The Future” Takashi Yanase, Hiroshi Tada, Chou Shinta, Ryohei Yanagihara, Kazuo Maekawa and Miyotaro Sagawa were among the contributors. The ten meter long, 2.6 meter high mural was first shown in the Saitama Prefecture Green Festival in 1987. Following the festival, the 11 piece painting was taken down and transferred to the public bathhouse “Noyu” of Kiyose City, where it was to be used as fuel to heat the baths. By chance, 69 year old Noboyasshi Jinbo who managed the public bath found the names of the eight artists in a section of the work and wondered if it may have some value. Restoration by the volunteer cooperation started in 1999. The public became aware of the painting’s existance about a year ago when it was the subject of a TV special.

5-28-06 (10:02PM EDT)—- Kiniro No Koruda TV Update

EG has some of the first chara profiles for Kiniro No Koruda: Primo Passo TV.

5-28-06 (9:52PM EDT)—- New Rurouni Kenshin PS2 Game

Banpresto is working on a new Rurouni Kenshin PS2 game and has just gone live with an official website you can view at the above link.

5-28-06 (9:45PM EDT)—- GITS Style Thermoptic Camo 5 Years Away

Nine MSN mentions more rumblings of real world scitentists trying to make a Ghost In The Shell style thermoptic camoflouge system (aka invisibility cloak). Researchers at Duke University and Imperial College London said they had developed a blueprint for an invisibility cloak that could have a range of


Anime News Service – January 18 – May 7 Anime News

5-7-06 (11:59PM EDT)—- Gundam SEED To Become Animated Film

Sunrise has announced Gundam SEED will become an animated theatrical feature to be directed by Mitsuo Fukuda. Although it will based on the 2002-2004 tv anime, the plot is expected to be all new. This marks the first original Gundam Movie since Mobile Suit Gundam F91 opened in 1991. T.M. Revolution will perform the theme song to the film and also made an announcement at “SonyMusic Anime Fes.06” in Tokyo on the 7th. The event, held at Shibuya AX over Saturday and Sunday of this past weekend drew a total of 30,000. A release date has not yet been announced.

5-6-06 (1:44AM EDT)—- Recognition Of The Term “MOE” In Japan

A term commonly used among otaku to refer to a fetish for or love for characters in video games or anime and manga, recognition of “MOE” is growing wider in Japan. According to a recent survey conducted by the 2006 CESA Ippanseikatsu Mono Chousahoukoku Kaki “2006 CESA General Dweller Investigation Report” 60% of those examined were aware of the term. CESA is the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association, based in Japan and started in 1996. 2.4% of the whole woman’s sample said they had used it. Those who answered “Know it” was 26.7% “Heard it” was 36.8% and “Do not know it” was 32.5%. Among men those who answered “Use it” was 4.4% and “Know” was 36.2%. Across both sexes in their late teens through early 30’s 40% said they knew of the term. 12.1% of 15-19 year old women said they used it alot, 11.1% of 20-24 year old womenh said they used it alot. In Men 8.9% of 20-24 years old admitted using the term alot. The research was carried out in the Kansai region including 1103 men and women 3-79 years old.

5-5-06 (8:22AM EDT)—- Nagasaki 1945: Angelus No Kane To Screen Globally

ANS has reported in the past on the Mushi Productions / Kaishagaiyou anime film Nagasaki 1945: Angelus No Kane, following the completion of the English subbed version in January, it was announced April 29th that the film will screen outside Japan for the first time. Screenings are planned for the U.S. in Nevada and in Germany and France. Director Arihara Seiji wants viewers who are even partially aware of the occurrence in Nagasaki to consider the fact that nuclear weapons are all over the world now. The Internationales Trickfilmfestival 2006 held in the German city of Stuttgart returned comments that 1945 was a “significant social work”. Having passed the initial examination, a formal invitation to screen at the film festival was sent. The showing occured on May 2nd. Next, the French Festival international du film d’animation a Annecy will hold a screening as where it’s being reviewed as a special invitation work in the beginning of June. Finally, the Atomic Testing Museum in the US state of Nevada is also scheduling a screening at an atomic bomb exhibition to held in August.

5-5-06 (7:45AM EDT)—- Anime Style Mecha Battles To Be Reproduced In Space

If one Japanese company gets it’s way, remote controlled robots will participate in combative sports matches in low Earth orbit as early as a targeted date of October 10, 2010 (10/10/10). “Robo-One Uchuu Taikai” (English title: “ROBO-ONE in the Space”) is an event being promoted by the ROBO-ONE Committee who already regularly hosts robot duels under the constraints of 1G of gravity in Tokyo. The projected launch / payload costs are said to approach 200 million Yen. The plan calls for a 125,000-cubic centimeter satellite loaded with 4 robots to go into a 400-600km high polar orbit. Once deployed the robots will fight while tied to a 5 meter tether connected to the satellite. A camera attached to the satellite will broadcast the battle to earth and allow the earth-bound pilots to control their actions via remote control. The satellite’s orbit will carry it over Japan four times a day, each fighting match will run around 10 minutes. According to the rules, the robots can propel themselves with gas jets, a robot is considered thrown out of the ring (similar to sumo) when it’s tether is fully taut. The company plans to use a combination of foreign and domestic Japanese rockets to launch to get there. ROBO-ONE has already designed high quality robots for toy and anime production companies. Indeed it’s an expressed goal of the committee to specifically reproduce space battles similar to those seen in Japanese animation. Official Website: www.robo-one.com.

5-5-06 (5:30AM EDT)—- Hobby Japan Establishes Light Novel Imprint

Hobby Japan, well known for their magazine which covers the action figure and model scene in Japan, has announced an entry into pocket novels with their new HJ bunko publishing label. Junior high school students through men and women in their thirties are the target audience. As for the types of fiction to be expected HJ has said they don’t want to conform to any genre, opting to publish “interesting stories” of all types. The first novel release will go sale from July 1st and a new one is scheduled to follow on the first of every month thereafter. Anime fans should note talented artist Mutsumi Inomata (Tales Of Eternia, BrainPowerd) will illustrate the inagural novel’s cover (illustration seen left). Writers due to release books for HJ Bunko include: Takehiro Arihara (TAKE FIVE), Junichi Osako (Specter), Kaihana Daisuke (Ragnarok Online), Shinya Kasai (Anireon!), Okina Kamino (Asobiniiku yo !), Kimura Kou (PetoPeto-san), Yu Godai (Karuta Tsukai no Kagami), Ichiro Sakaki (Scrapped Princess), Takashi Shoji (STARSHIP GIRL YAMAMOTO YOHKO, Twinkle Starship), Kanou Arashi (Takadono Madoka), Natsu Midori (Idenshi – DNA Nohimitsu), Reiko Hikawa (Gude Crest), Fujiwara Seiya (Denshi Kiyoukou Purachinamu Chiyairudo), Miyuki Shoutarou (Lost Moment), Hachihara Yuuki (will be making professional debut with HJ Bunko), Watanabe Masaki (Yuu Nagino Machi).

5-5-06 (4:59AM EDT)—- Slayers Cast Reunites For 10th Anniversary

It really has been 10 years since the first Slayers TV series graced the airwaves on TV Tokyo. 11 years to this


Anime News Service – November 15-30 Anime News

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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


Anime News Service – December 1-12 Anime News

12-12-05 (12:39PM EST)—- Paprika / Toki Wo Kakeru Press

Madhouse has drafted an Official Press Release on their coming anime film adaptations of the Yasutaka Tsutsui novels Paprika / Toki Wo Kakeru. The majority of the information therin is already known however, it seems the Madhouse subsidiary, Index Corporation will have a pronounced role in the development of these projects. Additionally, Paprika, which had been listed with a 2006 debut has been confirmed in the release for a 2007 theatrical opening in Japan. Finally, the news site Little Harlock’s Newslog’s (which many English news sites have cited as the story’s origin) source for Paprika Script writer Kiyosuke Mizukami was incorrect according to the new press release. ANS tanranslated these details seperately last week and correctly arrived at Seishi Minakami (Paranoia Agent / Boogiepop Phantom). The kanji is very similar for both names.

12-12-05 (10:06AM EST)—- Pretty Cure 2 Aims For 1 Billion Yen Opening

This wekeend Toei Animation’s new film Pretty Cure Max Heart 2 opened in Japan. According to Toei, their target box office for the opening weekend is 1 billion Yen. The first movie which opened in April earned 850 million Yen for it’s opening.

12-12-05 (9:18AM EST)—- Female Otaku Admit Little Stress

Intage and Yahoo Research Monitor recently conducted a survey of females. The investigation was conducted among 598 women in their 20’s-40’s. The actual breakdown was: women in the 20’s: 29.4%, 30’s: 33.8%, 40’s: 36.8%. The investigation was held November 29th – December 2nd. 87.0% of answers admitted “It is likely to be enthusiastic now (Fit in)”, In the object field (two or more answers), “Internet” was the answer of 22.7%, “Fashion” was the answer of 39.5%, “Travel” 22.4%. and “Movie” 21.6%. 13.0% said they were enthusiastic about nothing. 20.4% said they were otaku. Hobbies among those who revealed their otaku status included: Manga And Anime: 32.6%, Pet: 26.1%, Entertainer: 26.7%. 36.5% said “Life Today Is Happy”. 54.9% said they had little or no stress in their lives.

12-12-05 (9:18AM EST)—- Angelique To Be Animated

Based on Koei’s flagship dating sim “Angelique” seires which debuted in 1994, Angelic will be animated in the form of a TV series to begin running in 2006.

12-12-05 (9:11AM EST)—- What Can Japan Boast To World? Anime Tops List

A recent investigation of 200 men and women in their teens was conducted by the Chinese Hokuhodo Institute of Life And Living. When asked “What Can Japan Boast To The World?” animation was the top response for boys and 2nd place response for girls. The survey was done on the Internet in August. Excluding anime, some of the other answers included “Height Of Technology”, “Economic Prosperity”, “Politeness”, and “Cars” came in 10th place for boys.

12-12-05 (8:53AM EST)—- Howl And Geisha Get BFCA Nominations

The American Broadcast Film Crtics Association have come out with their film nominations for 2005. In the category of Best Picture Bob Marshall’s Memoirs of a Geisha (Sayuri) received a nod. Meanwhile in the Best Animated Feature section, Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle was nominated. The winners will be announced in Santa Monica, California on January 9th next year.

12-12-05 (8:13AM EST)—- Studio Ghibli Website Renewal

Preparing for a big announcement on their next feature film expected in the coming days, Studio Ghibli has changed their website design and URL. The new address has not yet been revealed although it will launch on 2:00PM, Tuesday, December 13th. New features on the site will include, picture galleries and 2 diaries which will replace the current one.

12-12-05 (7:47AM EST)—- Anti-Korean Japanese Comic Upsets Patriots

Chosun Illbo reports the manga Ken Kanryu is still pissing off Koreans. Author Sharin Yamano has become a bestselling author, having sold more than 300,000 copies. An interviewed high-ranking Tokyo official said any anti-Korea sentiment comes only from a tiny minority. “I don’t think there is a kind of resentment or hatred or ill-feeling toward Korea mounting in Japan, not at all. There are some groups of people who entertain those sentiment, the so-called conservatives. This is not a prevailing trend, I would say.” Because of the high demand, Amazon-Japan says delivery can take up to six weeks. Nonetheless, there’s a growing appetite. A sequel — called simply �gAnti-Korean Wave 2�h — is coming out by the end of the year.

12-12-05 (7:41AM EST)—- Paramount Acquires Dreamworks

According to Yahoo , Paramount Pictures has succeeded in its bid to purchase Dreamworks SKG. This includes their Go Fish label which holds the rights to anime films Millenium Actress and Ghost In The Shell II: Innocence. Of note in the article is the following: Paramount will retain distribution rights to the 59 library titles, which includes such hits as Oscar-winners “American Beauty” and “Gladiator.” The agreement does not include DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., which was the most profitable part of the company. The animated unit went public last year. Paramount does gain the right to distribute the animated studio’s lucrative films for the next seven years, including the profitable “Shrek” franchise. It will also have the right to make television shows using DreamWorks Animation characters. Grey said the arrangement with DreamWorks Animation makes Paramount a larger player in family and children’s movies. Paramount already produces films with Viacom’s Nickelodeon and MTV cable channels.

12-11-05 (2:19PM EST)—- Evangelion Stamps

Gainax will commision 2 sets of postage stamps to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Each set will feature images of characters Asuka and Rei. Seperately each stamp will cost 80 Yen, sets will be 3.150 Yen. A special illustrated collectors folder will also be made available. Loppi will take reservations until Sunday, December 18th. The actual sale will be carried out on February 7th, 2006.

12-11-05 (1:43PM EST)—- Akiba Shoshinsha Q-sai Tour Update

The Akiba Shoshinsha Q-sai Tour project of GONZO and Nippon Travel Filled it’s 30 attendee slots within one day of the announcement several weeks ago. The tour’s official site recorded 10,000 or more accesses within the same time period. Attendees are varried across


Anime News Service – October 24-31 Anime News

10-31-05 (9:48PM EDT)—- E-SIA Steps Up Contents Delivery Efforts In China And Korea

E-SIA has accelerated it’s animation contents deleivery via broadband to China and South Korea. The Suginami-based company is partnering with a local broadband partner to execute the distribution. Likewise, both E-SIA and Cinequanon are developing the movie theaters Kadokawa Holdings in South Korea. Currently a cultural deregulation is taking place in China, and while the tight controls are in place an aim is being made at the net strategy.

10-31-05 (9:08PM EDT)—- Usagi No Glass Screenings

Based on the best-seller by Toshiko Takagi, screenings of the animated film Rabbit Of Glass, have been continuing around Japan since the original May release. The story tells the true life account of Takagi who survived the Tokyo fire bombings by the allies in World War II. Director on the movie is Setsuko Shibuichi, Production is by GoGo Visual Planning, Kyodo Film and TokyoMX TV. Actress Keiko Takeshita voices the 12 year old lead role. The film runs 84 minutes. The most recent screening will occur in Yurakucho on November 4. Toshiko Takagi’s original book was published in 1977, and the film play and TV drama were produced based on it.

10-31-05 (8:53PM EDT)—- Pretty Cure Rail Pass

The Tokyo Electric Express Railway has began selling a new Passnet based on Toei Animation’s Pretty Cure: Max Heart 2 on November 1. The film will be released to theaters across Japan on December 10. 250 pairs and 500 people total are invited to the premiere preview of this movie held at Pacifico Yokohama on December 4. The group will be selected from the buyers of this special railpass. The price is 1,000 Yen and it will be sold at the following stations: The Den-en-toshi line Shibuya station, Kodomono-kuni Sen’onda, Kodomono-kuni Station, and Setagaya line.

10-31-05 (8:41PM EDT)—- ELO’s Twilight

Nikkei BP mentions a very famous piece of music in otaku history is now searchable on the Mora online Japanese music store. The group is the 1970s Birmingham (UK) rock group ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), the song: “Twilight” circa 1981. Used as a theme to the Train Man TV drama, it’s roots in otaku lore go back to the SF Osaka Rally in 1983. There, it was used as the BGM in the DAICON 4 animation short created by GAINAX’s founding members Hideaki Anno, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Takami Akai, Shinji Higuchi and of course Yamaga-san.

10-31-05 (7:31PM EDT)—- Chikan Otoko Film

Following the lead of Densha Otoko (Train Man), Chikan Otoko (Molester Man) will become a film. Both happened to be born from the internet bulletin board 2 Channel. 19 year old Yanagi Koutarou directs the film which will open to the public on the 19th of November. The plot involves a love story based on the true account of 3 women and 1 man who is a withdrawn anime freak mistaken for a university student. Nao Nagasawa and Sayaka Isoyama will play 2 of the heroines. The young men’s acting troop “D-BOYS” will also star, they gainedp popularity for their musical version of Prince Of Tennis. The official website can be viewed here.

10-31-05 (4:10PM EDT)—- Takada Akemi On WYD MMORPG

Famed character designer Takada Akemi (Urusei Yatsura, Kimagure Orange Road, Patlabor) has been announced to create characters for JOY IMPACT and Hanbit Ubiquitous Entertainment’s new PC MMORPG “WYD” which begins beta testing in Japan at the end of November. She appeared at a launch event for the game wearing a necklace of her own design. The event was held at the Akihabara Convention Hall on Monday. South Korean Singer, YURI performed a live rendition of the theme song she created for the game. Takada said she planned on putting detail into the design of jewelry, and adornment of the various characters in WYD. The company is expecting about 10,000 players to join the game. HUE’s website can be found here and the official game website is www.wyd.jp.

10-31-05 (4:02PM EDT)—- East Meets South 2005 Location

Our friends at the East Meets South anime convention in Anniston, Alabama have announced their official location for the 2005 event. Coming up in just about 1 month, East Meets South Year 2 (December 2-4, 2005) will take place on the old Fort McClellan complext at the new JSU/Gadsden State campus. Directions can be found on the official website.

10-31-05 (3:49PM EDT)—- HRP-3P Robot

IT Media has a report and images on a new hunmanoid robot being developed in Japan that is supposedly immune to water and dust. Kawada Industries, The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Usou), and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. have jointly developed the new robot named “HRP-3P”.

10-31-05 (3:14PM EDT)—- Kosaka Affirms Support To Animation Industry

In his first press conference as Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister, House of Representatives member Kenji Kosaka announced his support to Japan’s animation industry. Kosaka was appointed to the position through a shakeup in Prime Minister Joichiro Koizumi’s cabinet. Japan’s various contents related industries fall under his perview via the culture designation of his appointment. He said at the event on Monday “I want to deepen the understanding of Japan from foreign countries through animation and the culture of game software etc.”

10-31-05 (2:34PM EDT)—- Nihon University Manga Prize Winners Announced

The 4th “Nihon University Manga Prize” winners, awarded to those who have inspired the “passion, courage, dream, and impression” of manga were announced in Tokyo on Monday. Comedian Kinichi Hagimoto, supervisor Iwaki Hiroshi and Live Action Touch star Masami Nagasawa. Sponsorship was done by the Japan Cartoonists Association and major publishing companies.

10-31-05 (2:19PM EDT)—- BS Hi Broadcast Of Cowboy Bebop: Knockin On Heavens Door

NHK announced the forthcoming BS hi (high definition satellite) broadcast of the movie Cowboy Bebop: Knockin On Heavens Door. The feature is currently scheduled for Friday, December 23rd.

10-31-05 (2:11PM EDT)—- One Piece Movie 2006 Site

Toei Animation launched the offical website for their 2006 One Piece Animated Film “Karakuri Shiro No Mecha Kyo Hei”. The movie opens


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10-23-05 (11:36PM EDT)—- Special Strawberry 100% Episode Will Air

Animax PPV will run a special episode of Strawberry 100% on Friday, November 18th. The story will be seperate from the rest of the TV series, as a bonus the production and seiyuu symposium will also air.

10-23-05 (11:36PM EDT)—- 35 Million Hit Commemoration Wallpaper

Japanese Moe PC game makers Neko Neko, which are marking their 6th anniversary, have relesed some sepcial character wallpaper to commemorate their 35 millionth hit. You can easily find the special wallpaper on the site homepage.

10-23-05 (10:19PM EDT)—- Zaizen Jotaro To Be Animated

Based on the original manga written by Kitashiba Ken and illustrated by Watanabe Yasuhiro (Wild Leager), Naikaku, Kenryoku Hanzai Kyosei Torishimarikan (Government Crime Investigation Agent) Zaizen Jotaro will be animated in the form of a TV series. The manga is serialized by Shinchosha Bunch Comics. The expected broadcast of a 13 episode run will come in 2006. The storyline follows a hardboiled, tough as nails investigator who seeks out corruption inside the highest halls of power of Japan’s Diet. Several factions battle for influence, manipulation and power therein including the American CIA, Yakuza gangs, nepotistic cabals and shadowy puppet masters which have pulled the strings of Japan’s corporate and governmental establishment since the close of the second World War.

10-23-05 (9:52PM EDT)—- Viz Media To Outsource Manga Production Through eigoMANGA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – eigoMANGA STUDIOS has announced a new partnership with Viz Media to produce English versions of some of Viz Media’s most popular manga titles beginning in the summer of 2006. Starting in July of 2006, eigoMANGA STUDIOS will provide translation, English language scripts, lettering, and sound effects for some of Viz’s best-selling manga publications. As part of the deal, eigoMANGA will produce English-language editions of Basara, a popular Shojo manga series, and Flame of Recca, one of Viz’s popular Shonen titles. eigoMANGA STUDIOS aims to maintain the consistent quality readers have come to expect across the entire Viz line of publications, according to Austin Osueke, Project Manager for eigoMANGA STUDIOS. “We’re really excited about working with Viz on these books, particularly Basara”, said Osueke. “It’s one of the books that inspired me to become part of the manga industry in the first place.”
About eigoMANGA STUDIOS:
http://www.eigoMANGA.com/impact/index.html
eigoMANGA STUDIOS is a business to business production and marketing consulting firm specializing in producing anime and manga projects for clients looking for custom-brand anime themes for their marketing and business needs. eigoMANGA STUDIOS is a subsidiary of eigoMANGA Ltd.

10-23-05 (9:43AM EDT)—- Fansub Production Time Down To Mere Hours

ANS has learned the turnaround time for digital fansubs continues to plumet as technology becomes cheaper and more easily procured and as Japanese language skills improve in the rest of the world. The current record for quickest fansub turnaround is claimed by one group to be only around 1-2 hours from procuring an original broadcast video stream to net release. What’s more, the time to see raw Japanese broadcast recordings dumped on the net has also dropped. These increased turnaround speeds regularly see Japanese animation TV series air for the first time in Japan in the evening on one day and be released in fansub format before the same time on the same day in the USA for instance.

10-23-05 (8:27AM EDT)—- Toritsu Mizushou Drama

Shinobu Inokuma’s Toritsu Mizushou manga will be adapted to TV drama by NTV according to details to be published in Shogakukan’s Young Sunday #50, scheduled to go on sale on 11/10 and #47 which was released in Japan on the 20th.

10-23-05 (8:13AM EDT)—- Adult Magazine Publishers To Self Impose Sales Restraints

The Japan Magazine Publishers’ Association has announced that they are strengthening the seal on content related to adult magazines sold in the bookstore etc. so as not to be viewable to the eyes of those less than 18 years old. As of the 20th they have executed a reinforced self-imposed restraint plan. This will be transitioned to retail outlets as early as November. A special transparent blue tape will mark adult magazines so they will be easy to distinguish. The tape masks a portion of the cover and will not allow readers to open the pages. Similarly taped magazines first appeared last July on adult magazine such as those sold in convenience stores. Only about 1/8 or less of the content will not be able to be seen. Earlier methods were easy to bypass and peeloff, involving plastic wrapping and string. Instead this new tape will be fixed at 2 points.

10-23-05 (8:08AM EDT)—- New Suetsugu Yuki And Bessatsu Friend Statements

In addition to Kodansha’s apology released on October 19th, the editorial staff of Bessatsu Friend has issued a seperate statement of apology to their website as of October 21st. The language is somewhat similar to the original with a few new details directly from the publisher which have allready been repoted in the Japanese press. Most noteable is the admission that the publisher believes her currently running serial Silver did contain “appropriations”:
“When Suetsugu Yuki was appropriating from works such as “Slam Dunk” and “Real” the areas were pointed out and received from the reader. Many of these facts are confirmed, and Yuki also admitted much of this while the details are investigated. This has already been reported by the newspaper and TV, etc. The editorial department took the measures of stopping the shipment and discontinuation of all of Setsugu’s works at the end. Moreover, it becomes clear that “Silver” under serial to Besatsu Friend has use of appropriations and it will not be carried from the December edition (sale on November 12th). The series “Your Black Wings” will also discontinue publishing from the January edition (sale on November 28). The editorial department apologizes for catching this situation heavily, for causing deep reflection, and troubling you the reader and parties concerned. The magazine will go forward making an effort further so that this should never happen again, and it asks for love and trust by the readersin the future.
October 21, 2005
Bessatsu Friend
Editorial Department”

“Apology From Author
I am really sorry for inviting such a situation this time. The act he mistook for the sweetness of recognition when protecting copyright is defended seriously, it catches deeply shamefully as cartoonist, and I apologize to the copyright people and everybody of parties concerned with