Anime News Service – April 5-10 Anime News

  • 10th Apr 2002
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4-10-02—- Soul Hunter: City Of Fire Release

From the ADV Films Announcement

RELEASE DATE SET FOR SOUL HUNTER: CITY OF FIRE

HOUSTON, April 10, 2002 – ADV Films has set the street date of June 18, 2002 for the DVD release of Soul Hunter: City of Fire, the fifth volume of the amazing anime series based on a series of popular Chinese novels and an incredibly successful Japanese comic book. Soul Hunter is directed by Junji Nishimura of You’re Under Arrest! fame.

The Story: Two potent forces are locked in a frightening standoff. Leading the allied forces of the North and West, Taikoubou and crew attempt to establish a new ruling dynasty. Across the battlefield, noble Bunchu heads the Emperor’s army, reinforced by the sudden return of the Yin princes – now immortals augmented with incredible powers! Will either side back down from the brink of a catastrophic final battle that no one can win? Meanwhile, as her enemies fight each other, Dakki uses her twisted magic to create a gigantic, ravening monster! As it rampages out of control in the capital, Taikoubou must drop everything and play the hero once again. Now the power of immortals locked in conflict rages unchecked through the deserted streets of the doomed city. By the time the battle is done, will China be left for the alliance to rule? Find out in the City of Fire – the fifth exciting chapter of Soul Hunter!

ADV Films’ DVD release of City of Fire ($29.98 SRP) will feature the English-language version as well as the Japanese-language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include translator notes, a “relationship tree” with character descriptions, a comprehensive glossary of terms, voice actor profiles, and ADV previews.

SOUL HUNTER: CITY OF FIRE Running Time: 100 Minutes; Age Rating: 12+ Pre-Book Date: 5/21/02 Street Date: 6/18/02 Format SRP DVD $29.98

4-10-02—- New Escaflowne Dates

Thanks to Bandai Entertainment’s Jerry Chu for this information:

For more information about the Escaflowne movie – please visit www.escamovie.com

4.19.2002

Sacramento UA Market Square at Arden Fair 1739 Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95815 (916)568-1770
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5.3.2002

Boston/Cambridge Brattle Theater 40 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Tempe/Phoenix Harkins Valley Art 505 South Mill Avenue Tempe, AZ 85281 (602)222-4275
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5.24.2002

Portland Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton Street Portland, OR 97202 (503)238-5588 theater

Las Vegas Brenden Palms 14 4321 West Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 89103 (925)677-0462

4-10-02—- Final Nadia In Love Volume Press

From the announcement:

RELEASE DATE SET FOR NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER – NADIA IN LOVE

HOUSTON, April 10, 2002 – ADV Films has set a street date of June 4, 2002 for the home video release of Nadia in Love – the ninth volume of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. This charming anime series was produced by Gainax, the creators of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and loosely based on Jules Verne’s classic tale, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. ADV Films plans a concurrent day & date release for both the VHS and DVD formats of this captivating title.

The Story: With King the lion cub in the evil clutches of Grandis’ former love, it will take everything Nadia and the rest of her friends have to save him! But something sinister awaits our adventurers as they finally draw near to Nadia’s homeland. Dark forces from the past pursue them, while the last pieces of Nadia’s heritage come together. Will her fate doom them all? Or is there someone that can save them? Find out as Nadia’s magical adventure approaches its ultimate conclusion in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water- Nadia in Love!

ADV Films’ VHS release ($19.98 SRP) of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water- Nadia in Love is in the English-language version. The DVD release ($29.98 SRP) will feature the English-language version as well as the Japanese-language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include an interview with voice actor Nathan Parsons (Jean), a preview of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water- The Prophecy Fulfilled (the final volume in the Nadia series), and previews of other ADV releases.

NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER – NADIA IN LOVE Running Time: 100 Minutes; Age Rating: 12+ Pre-Book Date: 5/7/02 Street Date: 6/4/02 Format SRP VHS $19.98 DVD $29.98

4-10-02—- DVD In April Netype

The April 2002 issue of Newtype Magazine includes a supplemental DVD with 5 main menu items. 1st are several Patlabor items, which include a trailer for W XIII, the whole of OAV 1, several interviews, a clip of Minipato. The second menu leads to a trailer for the Turn A Gundam movie, a trailer for the eX-D movie, a trailer for an aerial-combat type show called Seitou Yousei Yukikaze and, finally, a trailer for Legend Of The Sacred Stone. The third menu item leads to trailers for a game and OAV from the project.Hack series. The fourth item leads to clips of the design, production and packaging of Gundam model kits via a documentary with no narration. Menu 5 leads to a Full Metal Panic trailer, and Snow Sugar trailer.

4-10-02—- G-Gundam Arrives In Canada

Reports are coming in from Canada regarding the arrival of G-Gundam model kits in local large retail stores such as Toys R Us and Wal-Mart.

4-10-02—- Ad Firm Seeks Anime Designs

The firm Add-Creative, a recently formed creative design company has mentioned a few their recent comissions have requested that they illustrate in an anime / hentai style. The company is prospecting to possibly explore working relationships with talented individuals who can produce quick sketches and character designs that they can then develop and illustrate theirself. Those interested are prompted to look at the company portfolio first (in particular the Illustration section). Add-Creative has already collaborated with people all over the world and don’t find distance a problem as long at potential applicants speak English.

4-10-02—- Suikoden Release Set

Daniel has posted the following mention to our Mailing List:

Gamespot states the game will be out in Japan on July 11. No information on when it will come out in North America though.

4-10-02—- Viz Graphic Novel Releases For July

From the release:

BAKUNE YOUNG, VOLUME 3 – Creator Toyokazu Matsunaga’s English-language debut, Bakune Young is a savage satire of ultra-violence, drawn with intense detail, black humor and special effects. Now karmic retribution has fallen upon Bakune; lying comatose in a hospital bed after the hostage massacre, he seeks redemption–or at least someone to change his diaper. Meanwhile, the psychic/psychotic daughter of the leader of the Yakuza, Mistress Renge, plots to single-handedly invade and take over an American aircraft carrier, in a megalomaniacal bid to start a war between the U.S. and Japan. Can the disembodied mind(lessness) of Bakune stop her?

BASTARD!! VOLUME 1 – Based on the retouched Bastard!! Perfect Edition, recently released in Japan, rather than the original, older graphic novels, Bastard!! has been cult hit in American fandom for years and now the famous manga finally comes to America in graphic novel format–with a never-before-translated afterword by Hagiwara. The kingdom of Metallicana is under attack, besieged by the dark forces of four evil armies sweeping the world. As orcs and giants besiege their citadel, the desperate defenders turn to a legend that a virgin’s kiss may awaken “Dark Schneider,” an ancient evil wizard sealed within the body of Lucien, a seemingly normal 14-year-old boy. Yoko, Lucien’s teenage stepsister, does the deed and as the castle falls, Lucien metamorphoses into a silver-haired demigod! Dark Schneider, the chaotic, lecherous wizard, has returned, only barely restrained by the magic that forces him to obey Yoko. But a world of demons, dragons, and the four evil generals awaits him…and bloodstained Metallicana may never know peace again.

DRAGON BALL Z, VOLUME 9 – Goku and Captain Ginyu–trapped in each other’s bodies due to Ginyu’s mind-swapping powers–fight it out to the end! Meanwhile, Kuririn and Gohan use the Dragon Balls to summon the true Eternal Dragon and wish Piccolo back to life, but the evil emperor Freeza has discovered how they tricked him to get the Dragon Balls and rushes across the planet to punish the fools who stole HIS wish! Together, Kuririn, Gohan and Vegeta–and Piccolo??!–must fight Freeza, the deadliest fighter in the galaxy!

GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN, NO. 2 – The graphic novel premier of famed Gundam character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s unique take on the original Gundam saga! The Federation carrier White Base departs Side 7 with the Gundam, Amuro, and a group of unruly refugees aboard. Charged with the task of getting the Gundam to Earth, can the White Base and its skeleton crew of inexperienced civilians outwit Zeon ace pilot Commander Char Aznable?

MEDABOTS, VOLUME 1: A BOY AND HIS BOT – The series’ first English-language graphic novel! From backyards to playgrounds to stadiums: kids and their pet robots called Medabots compete against each other in Robattles, hoping to ultimately earn the title of World Robattle Champion. Medabots are robots armed with an A.I. and an impressive collection of weaponry ready to Robattle and win! In fact, the more a Medabot battles, the more powerful it can become…and the more it stands to lose. Medabots that lose a battle yield some of their Medaparts to the winner, so every battle counts! Currently airing on the Fox Kids network and available as toys from Hasbro, Medabots has experienced increasing popularity since its debut.

RANMA 1/2, VOLUME 20 – Genma receives a letter in the mail one day from none other than Ranma’s mother.and she’s coming to visit! In a state of panic, Genma tries to flee with Ranma in tow, only to be stopped by Soun. Why is Genma so terrified of his former wife? Maybe it’s because he promised her that Ranma would grow up to be the manliest of men or face seppuku (ritual suicide)!

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, VOLUME 2: TO PLANT – Jealous of Utena’s abilities, Juri faces off against her supposed rival in another bizarre duel. But against Juri’s superior skill, it will take a miracle for Utena to beat her. Then, Utena has become good friends with Miki, another member of the mysterious student council. But due to the manipulations of the enigmatic entity known as World’s End, Miki chooses to challenge Utena to a duel despite their friendship! The amazing manga predecessor to the hit animated series, Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of the most successful combinations of rare talent in manga history with veteran shôjo artist Chiho Saito and story by artist group BE-PAPAS.

4-10-02—- Viz Comics For July

From the release:

BASTARD!! #8: FIGHTER!!, PART 3 of 3 – Unable to defeat Dark Schneider with her magic, the magician-swordswoman Kai Harn lets loose the dreaded cockatrice, whose touch can turn flesh to stone! But the clueless personality of Lucien Renlen reasserts itself just when Dark Schneider least needs it, leaving him lost in the dark woods in a cape and robes several sizes too big for him. Each issue also includes contests, fan art, heavy metal CD & RPG reviews, and more!

CERES, CELESTIAL LEGEND, PART 3 #2 – Word gets out about Yuki and Hayama’s student/teacher relationship and Yuki blames Aya for the secret getting out. Celestial tempers flare as Yuki bombards Aya with her pyrotechnic fury. Yuhi and Toya protect Aya until she finally transforms into Ceres to take care of business!

DRAGON BALL, PART 5 #2 – The Strongest-Under-The-Heavens martial arts finals commence! First, “Turtle Hermit” disciple Yamcha fights “Crane Hermit” disciple Tenshinhan, a cruel three-eyed master of kung fu! Then, Jackie Chun fights the Wolfman! But why does a werewolf (and 30th-dan black belt) have it out for the last tournament’s winner?

DRAGON BALL Z, PART 5 #7 – Goku’s fight with Freeza continues.On the ground and in the air, Goku and Freeza battle mightily, tearing up the landscape with nuclear-strength punches. But as Freeza says, he’s just warming up. In fact, as he tells Goku after they fight to a standstill, he’s fighting at less than 50% of his full power! Author and artist, Akira Toriyama, originally planned this to be the climax to the series, and it shows with the most intense DBZ battle scenes yet!

INU-YASHA, PART 6 #15 – While everyone else has disappeared into their different worlds of various illusions, Kagome is the only one left when she is confronted by Kikyo, who takes her piece of the Jewel of Four Souls. Then, it’s a wake up call for Inu-Yasha who snaps out of his hallucinated state.but whose aid will he come to?

MEDABOTS, PART 2, #3 & #4 – In Issue #3, Dr. Aki, the father of the Medabots, is about to announce the creation of a brand new Medabot but the Rubber Robo gang are up to something and so is the mysterious Phantom Renegade. Could they be working together? In Issue #4, Ikki and Metabee vs. Koji and Sumilidon! Will they finally settle all grudges and find out who is the better Medafighter? Will Koji ever stop being so ridiculously protective of Karin?

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, PART 7 #3 – The mighty Angel Zeruel continues its advance, dismembering and decapitating Asuka’s Eva Unit-02! As his fellow pilot feels the horror from the entity she is synched to, Shinji learns from Kaji the ultimate goals of NERV’s would-be puppet masters, SEELE. Will it be knowledge enough to get Shinji back into his Eva? Two versions will be available–the regular Neon Genesis Evangelion or the Special Collectors’ Edition, printed in the original right-to-left Japanese format with Sadamoto ‘s original sound effects and translation glossary!

POKéMON ADVENTURES, PART 7 #4: LANCE’S CHARGE – Lance is the greatest Pokémon trainer of the Elite Four, and the only thing standing between him and his insane dream of exterminating humanity is Yellow, a Doduo, a Raticate, an Omanite, a Graveler, a Caterpie and a Pikachu. Six unevolved Pokémon against the fiercest power in the world! Can anyone help Yellow?

RANMA 1/2, PART 11 #5 – Akane witnesses something she’d rather not between girl-type Ranma and Ryoga. Will Ryoga be able to pull himself out of hot water with Akane over this big misunderstanding? What a mess! The pseudo love triangle continues from one of the most outrageous manga series ever!

SILENT MÖBIUS: BLOOD, PART 11 #1 – With Lum Cheng settling in to the A.M.P. and Yuki recovered from her injuries, the A.M.P. is back in full force. Rally Cheyenne is making preparations for what could be the A.M.P.’s final battle against Nemesis. Meanwhile, Ganossa is making preparations of his own-readying a force of 199 megadynes and attempting to reactivate the cyclotron from the Gaia Project.

THE BIG O, PART 2 #1 – Even with a massive hole punched in its chest, Dorothy Two, Dorothy’s giant “sister” robot, still functions-and the criminal Beck is behind the controls! Violently wresting control from Dorothy’s creator Timothy Wayneright, who designed the android in the image of his lost daughter, he fuses Dorothy to the mainframe of Dorothy Two, taunting Roger Smith to destroy one if he wants to destroy the other!

VAGABOND #9 – In the aftermath of his battle with the Yoshioka school, Musashi’s old friend and spiritual guide Takuan nurses Musashi back to health. Although Musashi is preoccupied with perfecting his swordsmanship, Otsu is increasingly beginning to occupy his mind. Will Musashi choose to be reunited with Otsu or will he continue his solitary journey towards enlightenment by way of the sword?

4-10-02—- Viz Set To Release Junko Mizuno’s Cinderella

From the release:

Once Upon A Time There Was A Girl Named Who Lived Happily With Her Father. Her Father Ran A Popular Yakitori Restaurant…. JUNKO MIZUNO’S CINDERALLA GRAPHIC NOVEL

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 10, 2002 – Viz Communications, Inc. today announced the July graphic novel release of Cinderalla by Junko Mizuno, marking her English-language book debut. With lettering and coloring by the author herself, Mizuno recreates the tones for her own work–in effect creating an original work for her American readers–and demonstrates why she is the fastest rising comics star of Japan. Cinderalla features 120 full-color pages for $15.95 U.S. ($26.50 Canada).

Currently featured in PULP: The Manga Magazine, where it is serialized on a monthly basis, Cinderalla is twisted turn on the classic fairy tale–her dad and the stepsisters are zombies, her family runs a yakitori restaurant and the sickly Prince is a pop star on permanent IV support! Mizuno turns this classic story about class, labor and the social role of women, on its head with a distinctly post-pop, post-feminist consciousness with delirious color illustrations, elements of grotesquerie and politically sharp black humor. Brimming with psychedelic soul, Cinderalla is the latest brilliant pop object from cutting-edge Japan. To see a black-and-white preview for yourself, visit http://www.pulp-mag.com/manga/cinderalla/.

Cute but deadly. Powerpuff Girls on acid. Girl power with a grotesque edge. These are some of the ways to describe the utterly unique world of author and artist Junko Mizuno. Born in 1973 in Tokyo, Japan, Mizuno is one of the most promising young artists in Japan’s fast-moving manga scene. Her instantly recognizable illustrations blending the cute and grotesque, grace everything in Tokyo from T-shirts to handbags to skateboards to CD covers to nightclub décor.

Mizuno first came to prominence with Pure Trance (1998), which was originally serialized as booklets released with CDs by the techno-pop label Avex Trax. Her most recent book is a collection of illustrations called Hell Babies (2001). In English, Mizuno’s comics have appeared in Tokion magazine, Secret Comics Japan (Viz, 2000) and PULP: The Manga Magazine, where she illustrated the “Vulgarity Drifting Diary” column.

4-10-02—- Shaolin Soccer Title Opted Over Kungfu Soccer Official Miramax Title

AICN mentions that Miramax is keeping the title Shaolin Soccer.

4-10-02—- English Spirited Away Cast

Thanks to Daniel for informing us AICN is reporting the following cast list for the English American dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away:

Daveigh Chase as the little girl Chihiro, Jason Marsden as the boy Haku, David Ogden Stiers as the Boiler Room Man, Suzanne Pleshette as the Twin Witches, Lauren Holly as Mom, Michael Chiklis as Dad, Susan Egan as Lin, and John Ratzenberger as the Bathhouse Manager.

4-10-02—- Rare Treat For Toronto Fans

Thanks to Silver for informing us, Toronto-based Anime Extreme will be showing the live action GTO drama which was released before the anime version, drawing higher ratings numbers.

AnimeXtreme Reminder/News and Show Info: Saturday April 13, 2002!

Dedicated to “keeping it real”, AnimeXtreme now has over *1200* members! The Largest and Most Electrifying Anime Club in Toronto ^^ 5 years running and it’s 92nd show! Toronto’s Premiere Anime Club with the Biggest Screen and the Biggest Sound.

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Don’t miss our next show, Saturday April 13, 2002!

12:30 City Hunter 38 TV (AP. 25 min)
1:00 Those Who Hunt Elves TV 5, 6 (AP. 50 min)
2:00 Niea Under 7 TV 5, 6 (AP. 50 min)
3:00 Crest of the Stars TV 5, 6 (AP. 50 min)
4:00 GTO – Live Action TV Great 1 (AP. 55 min)!!!
5:00 Earth Girl Arjuna: Director’s Edition TV 12 (AP. 25 min)
5:30 After War: Gundam X TV 33, 34 (AP. 50 min)

4-10-02—- Eiji Okuda Captures Paris Film Festival Award

Japanese director Eiji Okuda, received a Great Award prize for his movie Shoujyo on Tuesday during the award ceremony of the 17th Paris Film Festival. An interview with the director can be read here.

4-10-02—- Bluetooth Wireless Network Gameboy Cartridge

From the release:

X-traFun, Inc. – First Wireless GameBoy That Connects Others Around The World.

You can now wirelessly access the Internet using the GameBoy handheld console. X-traFun Inc., of Castle Rock, Colorado has designed and developed a cartridge for the GameBoy family of products that will enable mobile edutainment for kids of all ages. Besides interactive game playing, kids can now receive and send e-mails, perform chat messaging, e-book reading, and much more. Parents can send messages to their children while away from home.

“The beauty of this device is that it is a plug-n-play cartridge similar to what consumers are familiar with.” Claims the former NASA Engineer & local Wireless Internet Executive Mark Kramer. He goes on to add, “The X-traFun experience uses the latest hardware and software technologies from various sources around the world.” The device uses wireless Bluetooth Technology, embedded microprocessor, and FLASH memory, which connects to an application, web, and data base servers.

The enthusiastic, excitable Kramer adds in the same breath, “and here’s the best news of all. The product will not cost much more than a standard game cartridge does today. This new product was designed and developed to provide:

1) Mobile edutainment experience for all. 2) Low cost Internet communications access device. 3) Provide endless content information to the user. 4) A World of Fun.

X-traFun is in the process of partnering with various retail entertainment distributors to advertise and sell its product and services. The company will introduce the product first in North America and then abroad. The company hopes to receive a favorable endorsement from the Nintendo Corp., who develops and licenses the GameBoy™ brand products. “This is like a David and Goliath encounter.” Remarks Kramer who is the President and CEO of X-traFun, Inc. “In the end, we just want to make A World of Fun for kids.”

X-traFun, Inc. is a leader in the development of wireless Internet web-enabling technologies, products, and services for the consumer electronics industry. X-traFun is the first Bluetooth, handheld entertainment, educational, and personalized services communications network targeted to all kids. It combines interactive game play, chat messaging, e-mail, and other network service applications in one compact mobile device. For more information on X-traFun, Inc., visit our website at: www.x-trafun.com.

4-10-02—- Java Mobile Phones Becoming More Practical For Business Use In Japan

Nikkei BP reports many past restrictions on businesses utilizing Java App mobile phones in day to day affairs are vanishing with the advancement of technology. Packaged software for Java equipped phones is now common in Japan and the emergence of middleware is increasing the flexibility of software development. That said, the functions and flexibility of application development for Java mobile phones are not yet comparable to those for PCs and PDAs. Some constraints persist, such as incompatibilities between Java phones.

Java phone program capacity for NTT DoCoMo compatible phones is limited to 10KB, while KDDI Corp. and J-Phone Co. feature 50KB capacity. NTT DoCoMo i-Appli Java program capacity stands at 30KB at maximum in its “FOMA” services. Data storage area assigned to each i-Appli program called “Scratch Pad” also will be expanded to approximately 100KB at maximum. J-Phone’s new model phones released on March 1, 2002, the maximum capacity of Java applications for both program and data storage was expanded from 50KB to 100KB.

4-10-02—- Robotech Super Poseables Series 2 News

According to Toynami, the company second series of Robotech Super Poseable Action Figures has been postponed. While the figures are going to have newly designed ball-socket hip joints, allowing for an increased range of motion and poseability in the legs, part of the delay comes with the fact that Toynami wanted to show their appreciation to all the Robotech fans who made the first series such a success. Therefore, they went back to the drawing board and incorporated Booster Armor into the figures, giving them a whole new look, and giving the loyal customers who bought Series One something new and different as well. Check out the prototypes for Robotech Series Two Super Poseables here.

4-10-02—- Amazon Kurosawa Exclusives

Video Business Magazine has announced Wellspring Media will release a limited edition Akira Kurosawa collector’s DVD package exclusively through Amazon.com. Wellspring will make 5,000 individually numbered copies of the Limited Edition Kurosawa DVD Collection available on Amazon starting in September. The e-tailer is accepting preorders at $99.89 each.

4-10-02—- New Eva Kubricks

Figures.com reports on the April issue of Diamond Previews is currently offering fans Medicom’s latest set of Neon Genesis Evangelion Kubricks. Images can be seen at the link. Set I features:

*The 12th Angel Leliel—the bizarre antagonist from episode sixteen that ends up engulfing EVA 01 inside its structure — the Leliel Kubrick can be opened up and EVA 01 can be placed inside

*Kaji Ryoji—NERV’s resident lady’s man and all-around rogue

*”Bloody Awakening” EVA Unit-01— showing the EVA unit’s organic form after it goes berserk upon destroying EVA 03, stripping off it’s own purple armor!

All three figures come packaged in a fifth-panel window box, and include connecting display bases with a full color backdrop scene. $12.99.

4-10-02—- Cool Japanese Toys At 5

Cool Japanese Toys is celebrating their 5th anniversary, new at their site is news on a teaser for the upcoming teaser for GODZILLA X MEKAGODZILLA at the official Japanese Godzilla site. Also, from Douyusha comes a new series of diecast Valkyries thatr will hit shelves this month. There are currently five planned in the series. The VF-1A, the VF-1S, the YF-19 (from Macross Plus), VF-1J MAX and the VF-1J MIRIA. These toys will be 1/144 in scale and apparently will be NON TRANSFORMING. You get them in fighter mode and that’s it. They should have a retail price somewhere in the 3,000 Yen range. 1/144 MACROSS VF-1J Maximilian Genius Diecast Model : 24 pcs per case

4-10-02—- Akars Announced

Winners of the second annual Akadot Akars Awards have been announced and can be viewed here

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4-10-02—- Tenchi GXP Manga Announced

The manga adaptation of Tenchi Muyo! GXP begins serialisation in the June 2002 from monthy Comic Dragon.

Source: Natsume Maya

4-10-02—- Matrix Reloaded Trailer To Screen With Star Wars Episode II

Corona has reported:

“A well-known source has informed Coming Attractions that the teaser trailer for The Matrix Reloaded will ship “loose” with all prints of Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones. That film will debut in theaters on May 16.

“By loose, we mean that the trailer for Reloaded will ship with the print of Episode II and will not be attached to the film. This means theaters will have the choice to either attach the trailer with Episode II or place it with other films. The final decision will remain with the managers. [Anonymous.] “Dark Horizons also confirmed this story today.

“We have also received unconfirmed scoop that a decision has been made as to who will replace Aaliyah in the Matrix sequels. According to a first-time scooper, “An agent assistant friend of mine told me that while its STILL a touchy subject, the studio has chosen Nona Gaye to replace Aaliyah’s character Zee in the sequel and that Nona, a good friend of Aaliyah was still wrestling with replacing the late star in the role.”

“Gaye’s listing at the IMDb lists her most recent acting credit in last year’s Ali.”

4-10-02—- Lupin Items

The official site for the Lupin III Arcade Typing game from Sega is at wow-ent.co.jp. Those having any problems joining the Lupin Mailing List should know Lupin Enyclopedia and the founder of www.lupinthethird.com now have a yahoo group you can join at Yahoo Groups. Fans will be greeted to fanart, fan fiction, and pics from the 2002 oav, including a rare picture of a hat-less Jigen. Thanks to Daniel for this news.

4-10-02—- Jackie Chan – Tuxedo Trailer

You can catch the link for Jackie Chan’s upcoming movie “The Tuxedo” (being produced by Steven Spielberg and co-starring Jennifer Love Hewitt) at Counting Down. Thanks to Daniel and AICN for the link.

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4-9-02—- Anime Inspired Swordsmen Animation

Canada.com has a piece on the online animation Swordsmen by Jay Lee.

4-9-02—- Cowboy Bebop Music Featured On Public Radio International

The PRI radio network program Marketplace featured several clips from the Cowboy Bebop soundtracks today. At 13 minutes into the show “Rush” was played, later on “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” was also played. The program can be heard (possibly for 1 day only) here.

4-9-02—- New ATX Anime Dates

Maou Dante (Dante the Devil) (presumably based on the manga of the same name by Nagai Go) is to start it’s broadcast run from July on AT-X. Princess Tutu starts air in August on Kids Station.

Source: Natsume Maya

4-9-02—- Kungfu Soccer Postponed

Upcoming Movies states “Kung Fu Soccer” has been pushed back to the first quarter of 2003.

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4-5-02—- Anime.com Status

Michael James Pinto has sent in some details on the current and future status of the recently emerged Anime.com website. We’ve compiled them into a mini feature that can be read here.

4-5-02—- Slayers Premium DVD Details

A new page created by Starchild for the release of the Slayer’s Premium DVD reveals that among other things the Japaese R2 DVD will include a scenes not present in the original threatrical release.

Limited edition version details: Catalogue number KIBA-9784 33 minutes Comes with drama CD, special booklet containing a previously unpublished instalment of the Slayers Premium comic (serialised in Dragon Junior) and clear case To be released 3 July 2002 Price 5,500 yen (excluding tax)

A regular edition will be released on the same day, catalogue number KIBA-784, price 3,800 yen (excluding tax).

Source: Natsume Maya

4-5-02—- Silent Hill Movie News – Metal Gear Film Possible

Thanks to Justin for this:

According to an article on IGN.com, the Silent Hill movie has begun looking for cast members. Their dream team of actors seems to be, “…Johnny Depp, Carrie-Anne Moss, Bill Pullman, Lisa Marie and Anjelica Huston…”

and also… “It seems that actress Chyler Leigh (Not Another Teen Movie [That 80s Show]) is entering into negotiations to play the role of Lisa Garland, the nurse from the first game.” Also, New Line Cinema has begun talking with Konami about possibly making a Metal Gear film.

The full article can be found here.

4-5-02—- Trigun Manga Coming?

According to the Spring 2002 issue of the American Anime Invasion magazine, rumor has it that the release of the Trigun manga may be coming this summer. There are reportedly several interested companies pursuing the rights, and an announcement should be forthcoming citing the company who wins the bidding war.

4-5-02—- Tenshi Na Shousei Iki Seiyuu

Starting it’s broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo this Saturday the following seiyuu for Tenshi Na Shousei Iki (TV Tokyo Site) are confirmed:

Amatsuka Megumi – Hayashibara Megumi
Soga Genzo – Takagi Wataru
Hanakan Miki – Oomoto Makiko
Fujiki Ichiro – Tanaka Issei
Yasuda Tasuke – Ueda Yuuji
Kobayashi Ichimonji – Hiyama Nobuyuki

4-5-02—- Latest Movie Project From Perfect Blue Director Announced – Tokyo Godfathers

Perfect Blue – Millenium Actress Director Satoshi Kon has announced via his BBS that his new animated film work now in production is titled Tokyo Godfathers. The movie centers on three homeless people – two middle-aged men (one homosexual) and a 16 year old girl. Storyboards are 90% finished and the movie is expected to be completed within one year’s time.

Original concept, director – Kon Satoshi
Script – Kon Satoshi and Nobumoto Keiko
Character design – Kon Satoshi & Konishi Kenichi
Produced by Madhouse and GENCO

Source: Natsume Maya

4-5-02—- New Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Dates + Venues

Urban Vision has announced the following new locations and dates for their theatrical release of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust:

The Urban Institution of Contemporary Art – 4/11-4/13/02 Grand Rapids, MI
Incredible Film Fest – 4/11 and 5/2 New Zealand
Sub Films Iowa State – 4/20/02 Ames, IA
Halfway to Hollywood – 5/7-5/8/02 Mission, KS
Cinemuerte International Horror Film Festival – 7/6-7/7/02 Vancouver, Canada
The Oak Cinema – 8/9-8/10/02 Baton Rouge, LA

4-5-02—- Spirited Away Japanese DVD Release – Limited Edition DVD Player

Watch Impress reports Buena Vista (Japan) has annnounced that Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi will be released on DVD this summer. Also available will be a special Ghibli DVD player. Details Include:
Vista size (ie letterboxed) squeeze (ie anamorphic) Dolby digital stereo soundtracks: Japanese, French, Chinese DTS soundtrack: Japanese Subtitles: Japanese, French, Chinese, English

Regular edition- 2 discs, picture discs, includes storyboards for the entire film and film trailers, packaged in an Amaray double box Pre-orders will also receive the “Haku’s rice ball” figure noted below Catalogue number VWDZ-8036 Price 4,700 yen

Limited edition collector’s edition- (10,000 units): Price 15,000 yen Comes with set of 3 movie posters, oil store diorama, Berlin Film Festival press booklet and “Haku’s rice ball” figure

Limited edition DVD player bundle edition- Comes with Ghibli DVD player (Chihiro edition) Price 19,800 yen For a picture of the DVD player, see here. The acorn on the top is the remote control. In October 2001, Buena Vista released a Disney DVD Player bundled with the Snow White DVD. Functions on the Ghibli DVD player will be similar to those on the Disney one. For a picture of the rice ball figurine, see here (the rice ball is being held by promotion manager Itoi Shigesato).

Source: Natsume Maya

4-5-02—- Kung Fu Cult Cinema Briefs

According to http://www.kfccinema.com via Mike:

Woo reteaming with Nic Cage & Chow Yun-Fat?
From Variety.com
John Woo is looking to put two leading men that he’s worked with in the lead roles for his next movie, “Men with Destiny.” Woo is trying to get Nicholas Cage (“Face/Off”) to co-star with Chow Yun-Fat (“Hard Boiled”) in this film about the 19th century construction of the American railroads. Based on a script by Tom Vaughan and rewritten by “Face/Off” scribes Mike Werb and Michael Colleary, the trade reports that “Cage would play an Irish immigrant who at first clashes and then bonds with his Chinese co-worker (Chow Yun-Fat) when they find common ground in the immigrant struggle for the American dream.”

Media Blasters theatrical release
From Fangoria.com
Media Blasters has announced theatrical dates for a quartet of shocking Asian films. The cult classic THE STORY OF RICKY opens March 21 at the Alamo Cinema Draft House in Austin, TX; April 26 at the Mayan in Denver, CO; May 3 at the Nuart in Los Angeles, CA; and May 5 at the Egyptian in Seattle, WA. Takashi Miike’s VISITOR Q debuts April 27 as part of the Anthology Film Archives’ New York Asian Film Festival, Takashi (GONIN) Ishii’s FREEZE ME hits Manhattan’s Cinema Village May 24 and ROBOTRIX plays the Alamo Cinema June 27. FREEZE ME will also be in the NY Asian Fest (which runs April 26-May 2), along with the anxiously awaited NYC theatrical premieres of Shusuke Kaneko’s GAMERA 2 and 3! Fangoria.com

The Sea Watches
AKIRA KUROSAWA is back, well not exactly but one of his scenarios has been used for the movie, “The Sea Watches.” Directed by Kei Kumai the movie will hit Japanese theater this June. Official Web Page: http://www.umiwamiteita.com/

Agitator
The latest Takashi Miike film has already been out in theaters in Japan since March 30th. It tells the story of friends since childhood in a Yakuza war. The movie has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Official Web Page: Click Here! (Note: This movie got lousy reviews at Rotterdam)

Plus there is a review of the Thailand film Tears of the Black Tiger: here

4-5-02—- Ninja Scroll Press Conference Postponed To June

Initially scheduled for April, a Japanese press event surrounding the recent licensing deal between Threshold Entertainment and Madhouse has been moved back to June due to the ovewhellming response by the world press. Masao Maruyama of Studio Madhouse and co-producer Hikaru Sasahara of Digital Manga are scheduled to be on hand along with Larry Kasanoff of Threshold Entertainment.

4-5-02—- Turn A Gundam Movies DVD Release

Sunrise Studios’ official Turn-A Gundam Movie website reveals that the Turn-A Gundam motion picture duology, ‘Part I: Earth Light’ and ‘Part II: Moonlight Butterfly’, which were shown nationwide across Japan since February, will be available as DVD (for sale only; ¥6000 each) and VHS videotapes (for rental inside Japan) on June 25, 2002.

Source: Newtype Asylum

4-5-02—- Ghibli Fighting Film Piracy

Anime Adrenaline has referenced a new English Daily Yomiuri Article mentioning pirated camcoreder taped theater copies of Studio Ghibli’s Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi are being distributed illegally on the Internet. The studio will reportedly investigate the piracy claims.

4-5-02—- NEC To Market 2.5G-3G Handsets In USA

Asahi has an article on NEC’s plans to step back into the U.S. Mobile handset market.

4-5-02—- In The Politcial Crossfire: Videogames And Epilepsy Related Issues

Video Business has an article posted dealing with a controversial Bill making it’s way through the New York State Assembly last week that would require retailers to alert customers to a possible connection between playing videogames and epileptic seizures.

4-5-02—- The Gaming Intelligence Agency Closes

Longtime game news and info site The GIA has announced it’s closing down, several of the staff members have mentioned they will shortly be launching game news sites of their own. A farewell message to fans and readers can be viewed here.

4-5-02—- Final Fantasy Parody Flash Animation – 8 Bit Theater Updates

A new episode of the Final Fantasy Parody Flash Animation series 8 Bit Theater has been uploaded to Newgrounds here. Newgrounds is reportedly frequently going on and offline due to bandwidth consumption issues.

4-5-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to The Magic Box

TDK Mediactive will release a new mech-combat action game called Robotech for XBox in US this fall. The game is developed by Vicious Cycle, currently 50% completed. Robotech adopts the cel-shaded graphics to make the game look like the classic hit cartoon of the same name. In this game you play as a transformable Veritech fighter to battle against the Zentraedi in a series of missions. You can transform into 3 different forms: Fighter Jet, Guardian and Battloid Robot. A two-player split screen mode will be included in the game as well. Some of the characters in the game include Lisa Hayes, Rick Hunter, Lynn Minmei, Lynn Kyle, Khyron, Azonia, Miriya, Max Sterling, Roy Fokker, Glaudia Grant, and Captain Gloval. A two-player split screen mode will be included in the game as well. Robotech is also coming to both GameCube and PlayStation 2.

After From TV Animation: One Piece Grand Battle 2, Bandai will release another 2D fighting game for PlayStation in Japan this spring called Shaman King: Spirit of Shaman, the game is based on the popular anime / manga series Shaman King. In this game each character can summon a spirit to attack the enemy, just like the stands in Capcom’s Jojo Bizarre Adventure. Some character will have up to 5 different spirits.There is a two-level Synchronization Gauge in the game, if you perform the actions the spirit specify, the gauge will increase. When the first level of the gauge is filled, you can execute the Shaman Attacks (performed by both yourself and the spirit). When the gauge reached the second level, you can perform the mighty Super Shaman attacks. Images are here.

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