4-19-01—- Live Action Star Blazers News
Thanks to Daniel for the following:
AICN has a review of the script for the long-awaited Disney live-action version of Star Blazers.
4-19-01—- DVD News
Anime On DVD reports:
Some new light has been shed regarding the Ranma 1/2 OVA DVD release from last year. Some may recall that the set had an inverted audio problem that caused headaches for some people (whereas others barely even noticed it if at all) and we had heard from Viz at the convention circuit earlier this year that replacements were in the works and there’d be a swap out deal of some sort. I believe we did cover this before, but just to be on the safe side, the folks at Right Stuf (who handles Pioneer’s customer service and other issues like this) now have confirmed and passed onto their CSR’s that this is an open-ended program if you do have this set that is defective. So be sure to contact them. The way to tell the difference between the two sets (I believe) is that the original has the clear plastic slipcase the slides DOWN over the box like the Tenchi Muyo box set. The new versions have the same slipcase but it’s like the second Fushigi Yugi box in that it slips the disc in on the side, like a book into a boxset.
According to a new post on the Anime On DVD forum from currently vacationing rep David Williams of ADV, Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:8 is set for a 6/26 release, bringing the series to its conclusion.
4-19-01—- Akira Cali Dates
Anime On DVD reports on new Akira theatrical dates for 4/27/2001: Digital Screenings at AMC MEDIA CENTER NORTH 6 770 North First Street Burbank, CA 818-953-9800
AMC 1000 VAN NESS San Fransisco, CA 415-922-4262
4-19-01—- Digimon Spanish News
UMJAMS Anime News reports:
Luis Daniel Ramirez, the Spanish voice of Angemon has announced that they will began dubbing the second season of Digimon on April 17th. Thanks to Mauricio Villarroel for the information.
4-19-01—- June Anime Goods
From the UMJAMS Anime News report:
Diamond Distributor’s Previews magazine is listing the following items for a June time frame release. It is very likely that some will be delayed, and others are already being solicited or post June releases.
Dark Horse Comics will be releasing action figures based on Minnie May, and Rally from Gunsmith Cats. The figures are 6″ tall, and have 10 points of articulation. Both were approved by creator/manga artist Kenichi Sonoda, and will retail for $14.99 each. Both come with an assortment of weapons. (Rally’s is more true to the manga as her gun models match what she used in the manga where as Minnie comes with a a machine gun, and two small handguns in addition to her grenades. This September Dark Horse will be importing two resin statues of Dirty Pair partners Kei and Yuri for $69.99 each. The statues are 8 ½ tall, 1/8th scale, sculpted by Amaha Minatogawa and are fully painted and ready to display. Two t-shirts of the Dirty Pair couple, and two addition t-shirts of the individual members with art by Adam Warren will be released in June. Also arriving in September will be an imported action figure of Shadow Lady for $34.98. Sculpted by Shigeru Yamazaki, the figure comes with a detailed display base and includes De-Mo, her pint-sized, bat-winged sidekick. The figure features limited articulation. An Akira tube poster set, with four posters 15 ½” x 19 ½” posts will retail for 19.99.
A Silent Mobius Tenth Anniversary Lithograph will be released for 25.00. It features a full color image by Kia Asamiya measuring 11 x 17 and is printed on a special, thick, porous paper stock at Asamiya’s personal request. This limited lithograph is specially numbered in red, and limited to 333 copies.
Other t-shirts being released in June include new Dragon Ball Z shirts of Cell saga era events, entitled “Frontline”, “Gohan’s True Power”, and “Hi Density Trunks”. Also being released is a t-shirt of the fan service laden Agent Aika entitled “Little White Secrets”. Robtech -shirts of “Robotech Super Fortress” and “Robotech Veritech Reflective Logo ” are due to be released. Gundam Wing fans can look forward to “Gundam vs. Epyon” and “Gundam Zero Leader” shirts, and a Deathscythe Hell hat. A Martian Sucessor Nadesico “Prayer for Ruri “, and two Kenshin t-shirts “Samurai X Kenshin Collage” and “Samurai X Shadow” will be released. Also being released will be the horror t-shirt entries of t-shirts of Vampire Hunter D “Gathering Storm”, and Wicked City.
In the bust category we can expect Krillin of Dragon Ball Z, and Wolfwood of Trigun for $52.80 each. Krillin will be the second release in Palisades Marketing’s Dragon Ball Z line. The cold-cast resin bust measures approximately 6 ½” tall and comes mounted on a sculpted logo base, apackaged in a collector’s window box.
In the mecha arena the much anticipated Giant Robo die cast figures are due. The figures can in boozako and missile variants and retail for 45.00. The imported 8″ figures are 80% metal and come with Genrei figures. An imported Mazinger Z Resin Statue will retail for 199.99. The painted statue features the Mazinger standing 14 tall, with an 18 wide base with a foot on top of a defeated Garuda K-7. The sixth set of Evangelion Kubricks will feature Misato Katsuragi, EVA-01 Overdrive Version (with removable helmet), and Zaruel The 14th Angel for $12.99. The blue Ghost in the Shell Fuchikoma statue with Batoh is being solicited, but will be released in August. The 6″ figure retails for 65.00.
An other statues being released is a King of Fighters 2000 Cula Diamond Resin Statue for $74.99. The imported statue features an 1/8th scale resin statue was sculpted by Eiji Nakayama, and comes mounted on a display base, enhanced with simulated diamond crystals emerging from the base. The vinyl statues of Final Fantasy VIII’s Laguna Loire, and Quistis Trepe will be re-released for $39.99 each.
The demonic looking figure of Dark Schneider Majin Version of Bastard will retail for 25.99 . Speaking of demonic figures Pushead Mecha-Terror Devil Man Wind-Up Figure will retail for 19.99.
On the music front we can expect the Bouncer Original Video Game Soundtrack, and Anime Toonz Presents Kikuko Inoue.
4-19-01—- Fanboy T-Shirt News
From the official Fanboy Entertainment release:
Fanboy Entertainment Reprints Exclsuive Parody Logo Shirt
New York, NY – Fanboy Entertainment is pleased to announce that they have decided to go back to press on their popular Fanboy parody logo T-shirt. The original run, limited to 100 internet only shirts, sold out almost instantly. Since that time, Fanboy has been flooded with requests for the exclusive shirts.
“We initially started the line of internet exclusive T-shirts as a way to thank our loyal core of fans who visit our website on a regular basis. I thought the concept of creating a series of Fanboy logos which were parodies of already existing Japanese pop culture logos was kind on interesting. Obviously the fans did too.”, explained Fanboy’s C.B. Cebulski. “I can’t believe how fast we moved through these! The first time around, I asked the various news wires not to spread the word about these as I wanted to fans who visited www.fanboyinc.com to be the first to get them. Even without the extra exposure, the shirts sold out in a matter of days. Now we still receive requests on a daily basis for the original parody logo shirt.”
“Well, the fans have spoken and we are happy to give them what they want.”, Cebulski continued. “We have gone back to print for a second run of the shirt, but we’ve only printed 100 more. I don’t expect them to stay in stock long. They are available in S – M – L – XL sizes, in limited quantities of course. You have to specify the size you want when ordering. They are $20.00 each, including shipping. Go to www.fanboyinc.com to check them out and get one while they last. ”
C.B. also mentioned another interesting factor that led to the shirt being reprint – Hollywood! “We have been doing some consulting work on various films for some Hollywood studios over the past few months. In one major film set for release this summer, Fanboy T-shirts will be the featured apparel for one of the main characters. It seems that this particular Fanboy parody logo shirt was a hit among the cast and crew of the film and the studio ordered a bunch of them to hand out on the set. Come summer, if this movie hits as big as they predict it will, these shirts could be all the rage! Here’s hoping…”
The direct link to see the artwork and order the shirt is: http://www.fanboyinc.com/shop/prodinfo.cfm?ProductID=PDY01_FBY
4-19-01— Gaming News
Square to release Final Fantasy X on 7/19, 8800 Yen (Jiji Communications, Reuters Japan) (Jiji Communications, Reuters Japan) Tokyo, Japan- Square has announced to release their hit sequel, “Final Fantasy X” on July 19th. Retail price is set at 8800 Yen. The High Quality version (Limited edition, 2 DVD disks) of Final Fantasy X will be released simultaneously, priced 2000 yen higher at 10,800 Yen Final Fantasy X was originally scheduled for release on March, with an aim of 2.5 million copies to be sold. Square’s IR department declines to comment on their new aim on sales.
4-19-01—- DBZ FAQ Update
From the official DBZ FAQ
Q: What is release schedule for DVD’s?
A: FUNimation is rapidly releasing DBZ DVD’s in the next several months. May 8: Androids – Invincible, Frieza – Summoning will come out and are available as a presale in the DBZ Store. Very exciting news, in June watch for Frieza – Transformation, Garlic Jr. – Black Water Mist, World Tournament – Junior Division. Also in July Garlic Jr. – Sacred Water, Z Warriors Prepare and Frieza – Revealed will be available. That’s right, there will be 3 DVD’s each in June and July.
4-18-01—- CPM Utena Contest
According to Anime Next:
Central Park Media is holding an Utena Fan Tribute Contest to promote the release of their Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie DVD. To participate in this contest you can submit either a cosplay photo of yourself as an Utena character or draw up some Utena fan art. Unfortunately, all submissions must be snail mailed it as no online entries may be submitted. 10 winners will be chosen and will receive a copy of the Utena DVD as well as having their prize winning photo or fan art displayed as a feature on the DVD. All entries must be received by CPM no later than May 21, 2001. You can view the rules and entry form here:
4-18-01—- Vampire Hunter D Statue
4-18-01—- Latin American News
UMJAMS Anime News reports:
Televix Entartainment acquired the japanese animated series Licca Doll (52 episodes), based on the famous japanese doll Licca (popular like a Barbie). Televix Entertainment will be offering the television, video and merchandising rights during L.A. Screenings (suite 1421 Park Hyatt). Televix Entertainment also have the rights of 2 new animes: Koni Chan and Sakura Wars, the four season of Pokémon, new episodes of You’re Under Arrest and Monster Rancher, and Majutsushi Orphen for the Latin American countries. The new acquired series would be dubbed into spanish in Technoworks Ltda. Santiago de Chile. For more information see here Thanks to Mauricio Villarroel for the information.
4-18-01—- Faulconer Dates
Planet Namek reports on a tip passed on to their site:
He sent me 2 Adobe reader files…One is “Trunks Compedium: volume I”. “A collection of favorites from the Trunks Sagas music soundtracks compiled from episodes #118 – 125 of the hit series DragonBall Z. Included are bonus tracks of the complete episode #120, “Another Super Saiyan?” Running time is over 48 minutes. Then the other one is “Best of DragonBall Z: Volume I”. Your music favorites from the sound tracks of the hit series, Dragonball Z. Over 25 Tracks with more than 50 minutes running time. Both will sell for $14.98. “Trunks Compedium” will be available April 24th, 2001. “Best of DragonBall Z” will be available May 8th, 2001. According to Faulconer “We’re waiting on approval from FUNimation for the really cool graphics and picture to appear here: CD tray insert 4 page booklet, CD image, CD real tray card”.
4-18-01—- Broccoli Invests in Digital Manga – DiGi Charat Merchandise Available in the US
From the release:
Broccoli Invests in Digital Manga. DiGi Charat Merchandise Available in the US.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Broccoli Co, LTD (http://www.broccoli.co.jp), Japan’s second largest distributor of Japanese animation (anime) and game merchandise, invested in Digital Manga, Inc. (http://www.emanga.com), corporation, who distributes anime and related merchandise in the US. Digital Manga will begin distributing Broccoli’s original products, which includes “DiGi Charat” and “Aquarian Age” character goods, exclusively in the US.
Digital Manga also plans to open a retail store in the Los Angeles area by July 2001. Broccoli, which operates a chain of retail stores in Japan called “Gamers,” will be supplying the retail store with merchandise from Japan.
There are also plans for Digital Manga to begin licensing Broccoli’s character goods in the US.
Established in 1994, Broccoli opened the first character goods store “Gamers” in 1996. Currently, Broccoli operates 13 retail stores in Japan, and is the second largest retail chain specializing in anime.
Digital Manga, a California corporation based in Los Angeles, was established in 1996. A multi-faceted anime company, Digital Manga distributes anime and related merchandise in the US, localizes anime by translating and creating English language versions, and licenses Japanese properties overseas. Digital Manga and Production I.G (“Ghost in the Shell”) are currently co-producing the English language version of “FLCL,” the newest title by Gainax (“Neon Genesis Evangelion”).
4-18-01—- Akadot Cowboy Bebop Contest #1
From the release:
The first of three contests for “Cowboy Bebop” month is now up! Answer the questions at:
and enter. Russle up the answers and receive the bounty of a Region 1 DVD vol 6 (courtesy of Bandai Entertainment – http://www.bandai-ent.com), signed by the English cast, director, and writer.
But y’all better read the “Cowboy Bebop” roundtable article first! You can take a look at it at:
And while you’re at it, read the sometimes offensive, but always entertaining Matt Yamashita’s take on “Bebop” in the latest KareKano column. This month there’s a new li’l lady in town, guest columnist & Synch-Point (http://www.synch-point.com) producer, Stephanie Sheh.
See you space cowboy…
4-18-01—- FF X Music News
Madman’s Cafe reports:
Final Fantasy X Single CD Details, Third coupled song “Utikisama” announced Final Fantasy X music composer, Nobuo Uematsu has revealed that there will be two songs to be coupled in the single CD “Suteki da ne”. As announced earlier, the first song “Suteki da ne” is the theme song to Final Fantasy X, sung by Okinawa vocalist RIKKI- the second song will be chosen from all previous FF music via an online ballot, and vocalized by RIKKI as well. (The online Ballot will be closing on 4/30/01.) The third song announced, is named “Utikisama” (read also as “Otsukisama” in standard Japanese) which translates to English as “The Moon”. “Utikisama” is a newly written song, composed by RIKKI herself. Uematsu comments the song to be “very healing, and expectedy has a feeling of RIKKI… the accompaniment of Aki Kurota’s Piano is also good.” The CD will be released as a Maxi single. Release date and price are not yet decided.
4-17-01—- Otomo Returning To Manga
Otomo Returns to Comics A DEW Line Report
Here’s a distant early warning from ICv2’s Japanese correspondent– Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of the classic Akira manga (see “Dark Horse Retro Manga Boffo”), is publishing his first comic work in five years. The first installment of the new Otomo story, Orbital Era, will appear in Kodansha’s weekly Young magazine. Otomo’s previous major works like Akira have all been published by Kodansha, which has a close relationship with Dark Horse Comics in the U.S. So American readers can look forward to an English version before too long. Of course the Japanese series is just starting, so it will take awhile, but in both anime and manga the gap between when the Japanese version debuts and the American version is published is narrowing all the time (see “Cartoon Network Adds Two New Anime”).
Another classic manga creator, Nagano Mamoru, has brought his classic Five Star Stories back. Look for installments starting with the May issue of Newtype Magazine.
4-17-01—- FUNimation CEO Interview
Eric writes in with the following:
Pojo’s Dragon Ball (http://www.pojo.com/dragonball) has conducted an interview with Gen Fukunaga, CEO of FUNimation. A direct link to the interview is http://www.pojo.com/dragonball/geninterview.html.
4-17-01—- Wizard Anime Magazine
UMJAMS Anime News reports:
The April issues of previews will solicit a new anime magazine from the creators of the comics magazine Wizard. The first issue will also ship with two covers: one celebrating the restoration of the anime classic Akira, drawn by Warlands co-creator Pat Lee and a second featuring Cartoon Network’s Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon series. Both retail for $4.99.
4-17-01—- Queen Bee DVD Release
From the press announcement:
ON SALE TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2001!
From Osamu Dezaki, the director of “Space Adventure Cobra” & “Black Jack” GOLGO 13: QUEEN BEE SPECIAL EDITION DVD
Some passions are worth dying for…
The Professional is back in action, this time on DVD! Golgo 13, the world’s most notorious assassin, is a real lady-killer… in more ways than one! Golgo’s current assignment is to terminate Queen Bee, the leader of a South American liberation army. The contract gets complicated when Golgo penetrates the hive and discovers that there is more to this assassination plot than meets the eye. Golgo 13 decides that he must step aside as a quest for revenge climaxes to a violently tragic end that will blow you away!
With an intricate plot and nonstop action and intrigue, Queen Bee has something for everyone! The exciting sequel to the groundbreaking The Professional: Golgo 13, Golgo 13: Queen Bee continues the tradition of thrilling story lines and unabashed adult content that has established the “Golgo 13” character across the board in theatrical movies, comic books and video games!
Remastered in 5.1 for both English and Japanese Language Tracks! Audio Commentary by the Japanese Director and Executive Producer! Chapter Selections! UV Trailers! UV Website!
Warning: Not rated. Contains scenes of violence and nudity. Recommended for a mature audience.
Approx. Running Time: 60 min.
Based on Graphic Novel “Golgo 13” (“Big Comic”, Shogakukan) By Takao Saito/Saito Production
Executive Producer: Mataichiro Yamamoto
Directed by: Osamu Dezaki
Screenplay by: Akihiro Tago & Matt Aichir
Character Design & Animation Directors: Akio Sugino & Hiroshi Uchida
Art Director: Mieko Ichihara
Music Director: Seiji Suzuki
Music: Fujimaru Yoshino
Animation Production by: Tezuka Production
Produced by BMG Japan/Filmlink International/Goodhill Vision
©1998 Saito Production/Shogakukan/Goodhill Vision/BMG Japan/Filmlink International
4-17-01—- Figures News
Figures.com has details and images of the FF VIII Guardian Forces figure line, which has been delayed for some time.
4-16-01—- New Conan Movie
The 5th Detective Conan Movie, “Countdown To Heaven” is complete and recently screened at press preview event in Tokyo on April 9. Staff, Conan’s mangaka and cast were on hand and reportedly many young children fans of the show were in attendance with parents as well. The theme song for movie #5 is “always” by KURAKI Mai. The single release date is set for May 5th. Conan 5 opens nationwide in Japan in Toho affiliates April 21st.
4-16-01—- Animeigo News
From the release:
AnimEigo News Bulletin Immediate Price Reductions from AnimEigo The Suggested Retail Price has been lowered on the following VHS titles. Please adjust your systems accordingly. New Catalog # Title UPC Code SRP ET095-003 BAOH (dub) 7-37187-00112-3 $ 9.95 AS098-016 ADPolice Files Complete 3 Ep. (dub) 7-37187-00284-7 19.95 AS098-017 AD Police Files Complete 3 Ep. (sub) 7-37187-00285-4 19.95 AS099-030 Genesis Surviver Complete Gaiarth (dub) 7-37187-00298-4 14.95 AS099-029 Genesis Surviver Complete Gaiarth (sub) 7-37187-00297-7 14.95 AS099-018 Bubblegum Crash Total Crash Collection (sub)7-37187-00286-1 19.95 AS099-019 Bubblegum Crash Total Crash Collection (dub)7-37187-00287-8 19.95 AT098-041 Kimagure Orange Road TV V1(Ep 1-4) (sub) 7-37187-00311-0 24.95 AT098-042 Kimagure Orange Road TV V2(Ep 5-8) (sub) 7-37187-00312-7 24.95 AT098-043 Kimagure Orange Road TV V3(Ep 9-12) (sub) 7-37187-00313-4 24.95 AT098-044 Kimagure Orange Road TV V4(Ep 13-16) (sub) 7-37187-00314-1 24.95 AT098-045 Kimagure Orange Road TV V5(Ep 17-20) (sub)7-37187-00315-8 24.95 AT098-046 Kimagure Orange Road TV V6(Ep 21-24) (sub)7-37187-00316-5 24.95 AT099-047 Kimagure Orange Road TV V7(Ep 25-28) (sub)7-37187-00317-2 24.95 AT099-048 Kimagure Orange Road TV V8(Ep 29-32) (sub)7-37187-00318-9 24.95 AT099-049 Kimagure Orange Road TV V9(Ep 33-36) (sub)7-37187-00319-6 24.95 AT099-050 Kimagure Orange Road TV V10(Ep 37-40) (sub)7-37187-00320-2 24.95 AT099-051 Kimagure Orange Road TV V11(Ep 41-44) (sub)7-37187-00321-9 24.95 AT099-052 Kimagure Orange Road TV V12(Ep 45-48) (sub)7-37187-00322-6 24.95 PRICE REDUCTIONS ARE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY! We regret to inform you that Spirit of Wonder DVD is out of print. Please remove this item (Catalog # AV200-061)from your order systems.
4-15-01—- Ayashi No Ceres Date
Viz to release Ceres! Viz Communications has announced long awaited release of Ceres, Celestial Legend 1: Destiny on VHS / DVD on 7/24/01! It’s the story of Aya Mikage and her twin brother Aki who thought they were two normal teenagers until one incredible day turned their lives around forever… Aya discovers that she is a descendent of Ceres, a tennyo (celestial maiden or angel) who was captured a hundred years ago! Only now Ceres’ wants her revenge and she plans to use Aya to do it!
4-15-01—- Adobe And Electronic Manga
Adobe is set to announce Japanese-language versions of Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.0 and Adobe Content Server 2.0. It will also announce support from comic book-content provider Ebook Initiative Japan (EBI), according to Yoh Tsujimura, a spokeswoman for Adobe. Adobe and EBI are banking on network publishing becoming a major part of the publishing industry, and will seek deliver e-book content, a category of devices that EBI plans to promote. EBI has its roots in a 145-company experimental research-organization that, from 1998, began distributing e-book content to terminals stationed at major bookstores. These companies went on launch EBI in May 2000. EBI president and CEO Yuusuke Suzuki believes that, because comic books have a 40 per cent share in the current publication market in Japan, they will be also be in demand in the e-book market. The announcement will made three days before the start of the Tokyo International Book Fair on April 19.
4-15-01—- Gaming News
Japanese arcade supersite Challenger HP has updated its arcade release list with first info on an arcade game based off the Initial D series of comics and television shows. According to the site, Sega will be developing this game for the Naomi 2 arcaded board for release at an undisclosed date. The Initial D series seems like it would make a perfect videogame in that the story is centered around car racing. The main character in the series is Takumi, an excellent driver who managed to emerge victorious in numerous races despite using his low-powered family Toyota (tuned just a bit). The series came to the PlayStation in game form before, although it obviously wasn’t through Sega. Whenever Challenger HP announces a game, the game tends to be officially unveiled in the near future.
According to the The GIA:
As previously reported, Square is once again promoting their latest Final Fantasy with collectable figurines . The promotion began at the start of this month with four variations of Tidus and Yuna available with the purchase of bottles of Coca-Cola. Now pictures of the super-deformed versions of all eight characters in the promotion have leaked out on the web, revealing two new additions to the game’s cast. Joining the six known characters are a sword fighter named Aaron and a mage whose name we’ve tentatively translated as Shimoa (or possibly Seymour). The Japanese text that appears above the characters identifies Aaron as a party member, while Shimoa is an NPC. What role Shimoa will play in the story is currently unknown (as is his/her sex), but the character’s stern demeanor does seem to indicate an antagonist. The name of the mysterious woman seen in the Virge Temple section of the TGS demo has been revealed as Ryukku, not Zorenne as we had previously reported. As previously speculated, she will indeed be joining as the party’s thief, complete with the “steal” skill.
4-14-01—- Akira Dates
Pioneer has announced Akira will continue screening in 35mm format at the New York Empire AMC at 7:30pm and 10:15pm. Akira opens in Los Angeles and San Francisco soon.
4-14-01—- New Anime CD Soundtrack Released By Jellybean
From the release:
Jelly Bean Recordings is proud to present “Anime Toonz Presents Kikuko Inoue”, a compilation of dance remixes of songs from various hit anime series. Each song on this collection is covered in its original Japanese language by popular seiyuu (voice actor) Kikuko Inoue, who is well known to anime fans as the voice of Belldandy in “Ah! My Goddess”, Kasumi Tendo in “Ranma 1/2”, and Rune Venus in “El Hazard”. Ms. Inoue has played countless other roles in anime and video games, has released about 30 music CDs, played concerts, done radio shows and performed voice-overs for Japanese-language dubs of American movies. The vocals layed down by Ms. Inoue were then remixed by three up & coming DJ/remixers: Small Jet from Japan, KGK from NYC, and Beta from NJ/NYC. The remixes vary in genre from deep house to progressive house to trance to drum & bass; this variety of styles provides a fresh, exciting twist to the original songs which will be enjoyed by fans of anime and dance music alike. Artwork for the CD and printed inserts was illustrated by Mr. Shinya Hasegawa, who is famous for this character design and work for Sailor Moon R, S and SuperS, as well as for Neon Genesis Evangelion and the Utena TV series and movie. The compilation was produced by Jason Chin and Taeko Baba, both clubkids/longtime fans of anime and anime music. It is released on the U.S.’s #1 (per Billboard Magazine year 2000 club play chart share) dance label — Jellybean Recordings. Look for “Anime Toonz Presents Kikuko Inoue” at your local or internet music store as of April 10, 2001, or at your favorite anime specialty store. Future volumes with different songs sung by other popular seiyuus or J-pop artists are in the works. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail
4-14-01—- Figure News
Two new variant action figures are joining Kaiyodo’s Virtual On series: “Winter White” Tenjin and Fei-Yen “The Tiger”. Offered for pre-order in the latest issue of Diamond Previews for $20.99 each and scheduled to ship this September. Temjin, done up in a “Winter White” paint scheme, includes a display stand, variant head, three pairs of variant hands, rifle and pistol accessories, and removable booster rockets. Fei Yen features 29 points of articulation and a new tiger-stripe design along with a tail. Also included are several optional hands. Both figures sculpted by Katsuhisa Yamaguchi.
Kaiyodo/ Xebec’s Toy Tribe action figure line- awesomely detailed figures featuring characters from Trigun and other creations by Yasuhiro Nightow! Figures so far in this series include the already released revolver slingin’ Vash the Stampede (3 versions: red coat with and without shades and black coat), machine-gun/cross bearing Wolfwood, and the massive cybernetic mass of metal and weaponary: Monev the Gale. Sculpted by Katsuhisa Yamaguchi (of Virtual On figure fame), Monev stands nine inches tall, and features an insane amount of articulation- the figure actually contains an interior skeleton for added movement, but it is still a traditional PVC action figure. The figure itself is comprised of over 100 individual pieces of plastic. Although the mass and weight of this figure are considerable, this toy will be packaged on a blister card. Due in stores Spring/Early Summer 2001 via Diamond. Bandai has released new details on it’s latest Gundam MS action figures which are now appearing in stores. The 4″ tall figures feature multiple points of articulation and accessories:
Deluxe Original Gundam Mobile Suit Action Figures: 4.5″ figs, SRP of $7.99 each and shipping this April. Includes:
RGM-79 GM & RB-77 Ball
MS-07 Gouf & Do-Dai YS
RX-79(G) Gundam Ez8
Gundam GP-01 Fullburnn
Mobil Suit Original Gundam Action Figures: 4.5″ figures with 14 points of articulation. Shipping thisApril for a SRP of $5.99 each. Includes:
MS-06S Char’s Zaku
MSM-07 Char’s Z-Gok
4-13-01—- Toonami CD
CDNOW reports that New Toonami CD comming to stores this May! CD NOW has released some information on the upcomming new Toonami CD. The Toonami CD titled: “Toonami: Deep Space Bass” has an expected release date in stores of, May 15, 2001. There are 18 tracks on the “Toonami: Deep Space Bass” CD. For a list of all 18 Track Names click here. The price range varies but it is retailed to be 13 to 14 bucks (aprox.).. We have exactly 1 month before the CD’s release in stores, but you can pre-order a copy of the CD right now.
Courtesy of Sam from the DBZ Kingdom
4-13-01—- Viz To Offer Eagle In Light Of Eisner Nomination
According to the press release:
VIZ OFFERS FREE COMICS TO CELEBRATE ITS EISNER AWARD NOMINEE!
EAGLE: THE MAKING OF AN ASIAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT
San Francisco, CA (4/12/01)-Viz Comics is pleased and honored that EAGLE: THE MAKING OF AN ASIAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT has been nominated in four major categories for the 13th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the top award in American comics.
EAGLE is a nominee for Best New Series, Best Continuing Series, and Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material. Creator Kaiji Kawaguchi is nominated for Best Writer/Artist.
To celebrate EAGLE’s nomination, Viz is offering samples of the monthly issues, each one a 100+ page graphic novel, to all interested comics retailers. To receive a sample, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with store name, contact and shipping information by June 30, 2001.
Viz is proud to bring EAGLE here as a rare example of the kind of manga that are the real backbone of an industry that has made comics as big as TV in Japan-the truly radical concept of comics that succeed not through gimmicks or anime, video game and merchandise tie- ins, but contemporary stories and relevant characters that appeal to a mass readership.
“I was content to get my regular political fiction fix from THE WEST WING. Then I discovered EAGLE,” says SAVANT MAGAZINE’s James Lucas Jones. Warren Ellis has described EAGLE as “A wild tangle of sex and secrets and hate and Machiavellian intrigue. It’s PRIMARY COLORS in a really bad mood.”
EAGLE, a 22-issue monthly series, follows Yale man, Vietnam vet and two-term senator Kenneth Yamaoka’s presidential campaign across America. Kawaguchi, previously attracting political attention for his international technothriller, THE SILENT SERVICE, does it again as he draws a story combining the rough-and-tumble arena of a U.S. presidential race with the political dynamite in the lingering distrust surrounding Asian-Americans. EAGLE is a well-researched drama that combines an insider’s feel with an outsider’s fascinating perspective on the great contest.
Read more about the Eagle campaign at http://series.viz.com/eagle
4-12-01—- Cowboy Bebop Month At Akadot
From the release:
April 11, 2001 For Immediate Release Contact: Ardith Santiago Tel: 310.397.4713 ext. 111
LOS ANGELES, CA- Hi Amigos! How ‘yall doin’. Akadot (http://www.akadot.com) will be launching a three week long homage to Cowboy Bebop on April 16 featuring a Bebop roundtable starring the American voice cast, exclusive articles on the Bebop experience and three special Bebop contests. Shucks, howdy.
There will be one contest in each of the three weeks that will focus on one aspect of Cowboy Bebop – the acting, the music, the art, the genre.
The prize for the first contest is a Cowboy Bebop Session 6th DVD (featuring the final four episodes, the conclusion to the epic; courtesy of Bandai Entertainment – http://www.bandai-ent.com/) signed by the American voice cast, director and writer.
The prize for the second week’s contest is a Cowboy Bebop soundtrack (CD format; courtesy of Omochabox.com – http://www.omochabox.com/s/) signed by composer Yoko Kanno, whose last rare appearance in the United States was two years ago at Anime Expo.
The third and final contest’s prize is a Cowboy Bebop Artbook (also courtesy of Omochabox.com – http://www.omochabox.com/s/) signed by Bebop’s character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, director Shinichiro Watanabe and screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto. (Very rare signatures, since some of these people have never been to any US conventions at all!)
Sign up for Akadot’s email mailing list and receive updates about the contests and information on how to view images of the prizes. Instructions for signing up are on our main page (http://www.akadot.com)
The first contest will start on April 16, the second will begin April 23 and the final will begin April 30. Each will last only one week and contest details will be posted on the respective launch dates listed above.
For the contests please go to http://www.akadot.com/contest/index.html. Also, check out the articles at Akadot.com, where anime news is read (http://www.akadot.com).
…See you space cowboy.
4-12-01—- Tenshi Ni Narumon Postcard Giveaway
According to the Official Studio Pierrot News Page
“Tenshi ni Narumon” postcard give-away! In collaboration with synch-point, we will be giving away Fanime Con 2001 exclusive Noelle postcards. These cards were only given out at the synch-point panel & the Omochabox.com booth, and this is your chance to get the rare collectible postcard! Fill out the questionnaire below, push the SUBMIT button, and you’re entered! We will be giving away the Noelle postcards to 10 lucky folks. While you’re at it, sign up for our Mailing List by clicking on the little box at the bottom, or email email@example.com
4-12-01—- Parappa Page
Production I.G. has setup a page for their upcoming Parappa The Rapper Animation, listed are the following details:
Staff: Original Concept: Rodney Alan Greenblat Director: Hiroaki Sakurai Character Designs by: Rodney Alan Greenblat Animation Character Designs by: Takayuki Goto Art Director: Hiromasa Ogura Music: Masaya Matsuura Production House: JC Staff, in cooperation with Production I.G Guster: Rei Naitoh Produced by: Fuji TV/SME Visual Works Cast: Masaya Matsuura Parappa: Jiyu Irino PJ: Masami Kikuchi (Keiichi from Ah! My Goddess, Tenchi from Tenchi Muyo) Matt: Kenichi Suzuki Katy: Rina Nakayama Paula: Akiko Kobayashi Sunny: Mika Kanai Groover: Akio Toyama
4-12-01—- Eisner Nominations
Nominees for this year’s Eisner Comic Awards have been announced. Kaiji Kawaguchi’s Eagle, released in the U.S. by Viz was nominated for Best Continuing Series, Best New Series,and Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material. Mangaka Kawaguchi was nominated for Best Writer/Artist. Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, Book One, released stateside by Dark Horse and Kazuo Koike’s Lone Wolf and Cub were nominated for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material. Lone Wolf and Cub was also nominated for Best Archival Collection/Project. Osamu Tezuka has been nominated for an introduction into the Hall of Fame. Award winners are announced at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con International.
4-12-01—- Blood Trailer
Manga Entertainment has added a trailer of Blood here.
4-12-01—- Eva Movies U.S. Release
According toThe Right Stuf:
EVA Movies! Manga Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing the unedited Neon Genesis Evangelion Movies!
The new movies chronicle the 26 episodes of the original series. Death & Rebirth will contain excerpts of the first 24 episodes with some additional material edited-in (yes added in instead of edited out!), and will have first 3rd of the new ending (episode 25).
The Evangelion Movie (AKA “End of Evangelion”) will contain episodes 25 and 26 (the alternate ending) in their entirety.
Manga is currently planning to release both the VHS and DVD versions of the shows on 10/31/01. Pre-Order yours today! Death & Rebirth (DUB / SUB / DVD) Evangelion the Movie (DUB / SUB / DVD)
4-12-01—- Spanish Sakura Reruns
UMJAMS Anime News reports:
Yesterday, Cartoon Network for Spanish and Portuguese language American countries, broadcast the 70th episode of Card Captor Sakura, with all original credits and the Sakura giving thanks for audiences. And today, CN begins the re-run of the series since 1th episode, also in the midnight run. Thanks to César De la luz for the information.
4-11-01—- DBZ FAQ Update
According to the official DBZ FAQ: Q: Is there a sequel to Dragon Ball GT that is called DragonBall AF?
A: No, DragonBall AF is just a rumor. FUNimation wants fans to know from the official source that Dragon Ball GT is the last series and AF does not exist. As far as we know, and Toei has confirmed this matter, there are no future plans for any continuance of the Dragon Ball series beyond GT.
4-11-01—- DVD Items
David Williams of ADV has made the following post to Anime On DVD’s forum:
Orphen volume 1 has been assigned a street date of 7/10/01.
Justin Sevakis of CPM has made the following post to Anime On DVD’s forum on the Utena TV U.S. release status:
A lot of questions have been raised regarding the status of the remainder of the television series “Revolutionary Girl Utena”. As many fans know, we announced that we obtained the rights to the subsequent episodes of the TV series, and intended to begin release preparations immediately upon receipt of materials from our licensor.
We made this statement because our contract gives us these rights. However, our licensor has demanded that we renegotiate the terms of our existing contract. Although we consider this to be a breach of our contract, we have been willing to be flexible in order to continue the release. Discussions have been underway for a long time, and are likely to continue for a long time, due to the nature of the consensus decision making process.
In the mean tiome, to continue to provide Utena to our fans, we have licensed the Revolutionary Girl Utena Movie, which was available from a different licensor. While we are disappointed that we are unable to continue the television series in a timely manner, we hope that you will enjoy the movie version in the mean time. In addition, we are flying the original series and movie director, Mr. Kunihiko Ikuhara, to New York City this month so that he can personally oversee the production of the English version. The subtitled version was written by his hand-picked translator, and Mr. Ikuhara himself will be on hand to autograph copies after the film’s English language premiere at Big Apple Anime Fest this October.
As you can see, we are working hard to ensure that Utena fans are taken care of, and we hope you’ll bear with us while we take care of unforeseen issues. Most importantly, we hope that you understand that this problem is not one caused by our company (and we do have our share of those!) but by others.
We at CPM thank all the fans for their patience in this matter.
Production Associate, Central Park Media
4-11-01—- Gaming / Entertainment Links
Thanks to Daniel as always:
You can read about an online petition to bring more mature games to the GameCube at Jagged Team, 3000 people have signed it so far.
Details about the N64 Dr Mario can be found at Jagged Team.
You can read about plans for the Game Cube(including the status of Mother 3)at Jagged Team.
According to Gamespot , Namco will be making a PS2 port of Time Crisis 2.
And a preview for Devil May Cry is available at Gamespot
4-11-01—- Cowboy Bebop Site Redesigned – English Version On The Way
The official Cowboy Bebop site at Cowboy Bebop.com has been redesigned. An English edition is forthcoming, but the Japanese version is worth a look for a great interface that captures the tone of the series. The site has been divided into section for “news”, there is new information about movie tickets for the movie and upcoming merchandise, “Heaven’s Door” with characters shots of Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed for the movie, “Original Sessions” about the tv series, “Bebop U.T”, “Big Shots” with creator spot lights, insights, and diaries modeled after the series’ bounty hunter show within a show with Punch and Judy, and “YMCA: Youngman’s Cowboy Association” which is the site forums, featuring cowboy wannabe Andy. A section dedicated to the series’ Japanese DVD release will be up on 4/15.
4-11-01—- Media Blasters Announcements
The Right Stuf reports:
Media Blasters’ latest round of announcements has some of us dragging our tongues on the floor. From the latest Rurouni Kenshin to the much talked about Voogies Angel and onto the hentai tale of Very Private Lesson there’s something for everyone’s collections. All available 7/31/01!
Magic Users Club 3 (DUB / SUB / DVD)
New Big Boss LiveAction (DUB / DVD D)
Rurouni Kenshin 10 Death (DUB / SUB)
Voogies Angel DVD
New Adult and Hentai listings
Dragon Rider Vol. 1 (S)
Tokio Private Police 1-2 (DUB / DVD)
Very Private Lesson (DUB / DVD)
Women in Fury LiveAction (DUB / DVD D)
4-11-01—- Figures News
According to Figures:
Back with our New York Toy Fair 2001 coverage, we revealed to you that Toycom would be importing a highly detailed Fuchikoma and Botah resin statue set, to be sold seperatley in three colors variants. Color variants on display included: Silver, Camo, Red, Blue, and Green.
Now, at least one color variant has been chosen- BLUE. This will be a Diamond Previews Exclusive, the Fuchikoma (multi-limbed police robot) decorated in a deep blue paint scheme, and comeing fully assembled and ready for display. As an added bonus, a scale figure of Lt. Kusanagi’s cyborg partner, Botah, is also included. Piece measures approximately 6″ in length. Original Japanese packaging. Scheduled to ship in August 2001 for $65.
4-10-01—- Earth Defense Family Soundtrack
Update on the new lavish TV animation project involving Macross creator Shoji Kawamori, and airing on WOWOW BS Ch. 5. The Earth Defense Family Original Soundtrack featuring insertion opening song by Rolly, TV size ED theme and BGM tracks was released in Japan March 23 at 2,900 Yen. Distribution is by Victor Entertainment.
4-10-01—- Hajime No Ippo Soundtrack Release
Nippon Television Network’s new boxing animation had a recent OST release in Japan on March 16. Hajime No Ippo OST – First KO features BGM, opening theme “Understar” and 27 tracks alltogether is out now, retailing at 2,667 Yen. Dist. is by VAP.
4-10-01—- Argent Soma OST II Release
Sunrise’s recent Argento Soma anime featuring OP theme by Noriko Kuwajima and BGM by DJ K. HASEGAWA (KH-R) had a major sountrack release in Japan on March 23rd where the second OST was released at a 2,900 Yen retail. Also ondisc are acoustic ver. of the OP theme “Silent Wind” as well as full size OP and ED. Release is by Victor.
4-10-01—- Arjuna OST
The much anticipated release of the Earth Girl Arjuna OST featuring the latest BGM creations by master composer / arranger Yoko Kanno occured on March 23rd. The subtitle on the OST is “Arjuna Into Another World”. Track listing is as follows:
1. Early Bird 2. Awaking 3. Close 4. Time To Die 5. 2nd Life 6 . Diving 7. Clone 8. Feel The Circle 9 . Aerobics 10. Omega Blue 11. Nipponia Nippon Dripping 12. Earth Resonance 13. Prophet 14. Before Breakfast 15. Bells For Her 16. Motorcycle 17. Diamond 18 . legume Siva 19. Kookie 20. Aqua Aqua
All tracks were composed and arranged by Kanno, Maaya Sakamoto performs vocals on tracks 16 and 18, Gabriela Robin performs vocals on tracks 1,3,6,7,10,13,19 and 20. Distribution by Victor Etertainment.
4-10-01—- Touch Crossroads Special Video Rental Release
The Touch Crossroads TV special aired in Japan on Feb. 9 is headed into Japanese video rental outlets in 2 days on April 13. The VHS version has a running time of 93 minutes.
4-10-01—- Malice Doll DVD And VHS Release
A new Darque / SF 3DCG original video animation with an apparent strong sexual undercurrent about a android girl is headed for release in Japan soon. Production staff includes names who have worked on Magic Knights Rayearth. In the world of Malice Doll, female androids called “Dolls” are made to comfort ruler’s sexual desires, the series appears to deal in part with the line between subservant machine and sentient machine becoming blurred. Character Design is by Shinobu Nishioka.
DVD Release Data:
Chapter:01 – Hard Fresh – 30 minutes – April 27 – 6,800
Release by @ Entertainment
4-10-01—- Game And Entertainment Links
A big thanks to Daniel for the following:
You can read about the new PS2(the model being called SCPH-30000) being shipped in Japan at Gamespot
Jagged Team has linked an article about the Japanese gaming market, with comments from developers at Capcom, Enix, Konami and Nintendo.
And according to Jagged Team , Acclaim will be producing Crazy Taxi for PS2.
And Euro-AICN (AICN) mentions that Avalon will be one of three films-from Japan-shown at the Cannes.
4-10-01—- Sakura Con Press
Seattle, WA – April 2001 – Sakura Con (http://www.sakuracon.org) is pleased to announce that Spring and Chaos: The Life Story of Kenji Miyazawa will be presented at our convention this year. Originally titled Ihatov Genso: Kenji no Haru, this is the English dubbed version that is set to be released in the US by TOKYOPOP (http://www.TOKYOPOP.com)
Spring and Chaos is a semi-biographical look at the life of 20th Century writer Kenji Miyazawa, considered Japan’s most famous modern poet. Miyazawa is famous in Japan for his children’s stories and poems, most of which were published after he passed away at the age of 37. His stories have inspired children and adults alike in Japan for decades. Spring and Chaos is a creatively artistic portrayal of the life of Miyazawa, shown through almost every animation medium including traditional cels, computer graphics and colored pencils.
Spring and Chaos is directed and co-written by Shoji Kawamori, creator of Wings of Escaflowne and Macross. Scheduled for release on DVD on May 29, Spring and Chaos will be the debut title of TOKYOPOP’s new anime line, TOKYOPOP® Anime. For more information, please visit http://www.TOKYOPOP.com/spring/.
Sakura Con will be held on April 27-29th 2001, at the Everett Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Everett, WA. For more info on Sakura Con, please visit our website at http://www.sakuracon.org
4-10-01—- ADV Press
From the press release:
Official Press Release For Immediate Release April 10, 2001
ADV Films Announces DVD Releases Of Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: For All Mankind
ADV Films is proud to announce the upcoming DVD conclusion to one of the greatest anime series to come out of Japan, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.
Like a multi-headed serpent, the branches of the Dragon Line become the arms with which Galatea seeks to crush the last vestiges of human resistance in Tokyo. Now the city is abandoned. Only the Knight Sabers remain, mankind’s last line of defense against the nightmarish spawn of man and machine. But can even the Sabers defeat a beast with a million eyes and the mind of an insane child?
This summer is gonna be HOT when ADV Films Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: For All Mankind on DVD, June 5. This remarkable DVD includes the original Japanese version with English subtitles, plus the English and Spanish versions of the following episodes: “Physical Graffiti,” “Hydra,” “Light My Fire,” “Walking on the Moon” and “Still Alive and Well.” Don’t miss out as the war against Galatea moves to the highest frontier, and the Sabers stage a final desperate assault in the cataclysmic conclusion of Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.
The complete Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 series is now available on VHS, through the ADV Films product catalog.
ADV Films, the premiere label of A.D.Vision, Inc. formed in 1992, is North America’s #1 distributor of top-of-the-line Japanese animation (“anime”), with titles such as Sailor Moon, Samurai X and Neon Genesis Evangelion. ADV Films, along with distributing top-quality, computer-animated titles such as ReBoot® and Shadowraiders(tm), and science fiction hits like Farscape(tm), also produces American and Japanese live-action programming for theatrical and broadcast release. Check out ADV Films on the web at www.advfilms.com .
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: For All Mankind Running Time: 125 minutes; Age Rating: 15+ Pre-Book Date: 5/8/01 Street Date: 6/5/01 SRP: $29.98
<<…>> Official Press Release For Immediate Release April 10, 2001
ADV FILMS and DIC ENTERTAINMENT Announce Release of “Sailor Moon: Field Trips” & “Sailor Moon: Trials and Troubles”
ADV Films and DIC Entertainment are proud to announce the upcoming home video releases of Sailor Moon, Cartoon Network’s #1 “Toonami” series for girls.
ADV Films will release Sailor Moon: Field Trips and Sailor Moon: Trials and Troubles on July 3, 2001. The latest VHS collections of the original Sailor Moon series will contain the English-dubbed, family/children friendly version of the show, as seen on television. Sailor Moon: Field Trips will also include a collector’s edition, full-color Sailor Moon locker poster, and Sailor Moon: Trials and Troubles will include exclusive Sailor Moon trading cards that can’t be found anywhere in stores! Each tape contains four lost episodes never before seen on home video and will carry the suggested retail price of only $12.98 each!
Sailor Moon: Field Trips Adventure can happen anywhere… especially when you’re Sailor Moon! First, a trip to a finishing school turns into a nightmare when it’s discovered that the teacher really wants to finish off her students! Then, an avalanche threatens to disrupt the scouts’ skiing trip, a hunky ice skating star turns out to be a pawn of the evil Negaverse, and a lake creature tries to wreck Serena’s family vacation!
Sailor Moon: Trials and Troubles Poor Serena! Things are bad enough when the evil Queen Beryl tries to recapture the seven who found the Rainbow Crystals, but when the Sailor Scouts start arguing among themselves things begin to go seriously wrong. When the forces of the Negaverse finally manage to break into our universe, Sailor Moon has to face off against Beryl, her “doom and gloom” girls and Tuxedo Mask!
ADV Films, the premiere label of A.D.Vision, Inc. formed in 1992, is North America’s #1 distributor of top-of-the-line Japanese animation (“anime”), with titles such as Samurai X, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. ADV Films, along with distributing top-quality, computer-animated titles such as ReBoot® and Shadowraiders(tm), and science fiction hits like Farscape, also produces American and Japanese live-action programming for theatrical and broadcast release. Check out ADV Films on the web at www.advfilms.com .
Field Trips Trials And Troubles Street Date:07/03/01 Street Date:07/03/01 Price: $12.95 Price: $12.95 Running Time: 100 minutes Running Time: 100 minutes Rating: G Rating: G
4-10-01—- Amano’s World Update
From the Amano’s World Website Announcement List – http://www.amanosworld.com
This week Baku Yumemakura was kind enough to allow us to put a section of one of his books up on the site. This is the first time that this has been available in English, so we are really excited to be able to share it with you. Perhaps if we hear that people have enjoyed it, Baku will be kind enough to allow us to share more of the book with you. You can find the book excerpt in the Weekly Amano section. We hope you enjoy it.
4-10-01—- New Toriyama Manga News
According to sources in Japan, it seems Toriyama’s new manga in the June issue of Monthly Jump will be a 22-page “yomi-kiri”, or what we call a One-Shot. It’s dissapointing that it’s only a one-shot, and it’s so short, but it’s still something to look forward to. Hopefully, AK and I will scan and translate it shortly after it comes out on May 2nd.
What is strange is that even though it may be a one-shot, Toriyama is choosing Monthly Jump instead of Weekly Jump, the more popular magazine that his major series Dr.Slump, Dragonball, Cowa!, Kajika, Sand Land, etc. were in. AK proposed the likely theory that Shueisha is putting it in Monthly Jump in order to boost sales and interest. It’s apparently working, as I’m already interested in a couple of series in there.
4-10-01—- DBZ DVD News
The Right Stuf is reporting on some new domestic U.S. DBZ DVD items:
FUNimation has announced that they will be releasing Dragon Ball Z Androids: Invincible DVD and Dragon Ball Z Frieza: Summoning DVD on 5/8/01.
Although an official release date has not yet been set, the company also announced the upcoming release for: Dragon Ball Z Garlic Jr: Black Water Mist DVD Dragon Ball Z Z Warriors Prepare DVD Dragon Ball Z Frieza: Transformation DVD
Are you a DBZ fanatic? You won’t have to wait for the TV release anymore! Coming 4/17: DBZ 48: Perfect Cell: Temptation (D) Edited / UNCUT DBZ 49: Perfect Cell: Perfection (D) Edited / UNCUT
4-10-01—- Pokemon The Movie 2000 UK DVD News
Warner Bros. will be releasing the UK release of Pokemon the Movie 2000 on DVD, 21st May 2001. This DVD will contain Pikachu’s mini-movie, Pikachu’s Rescue Adventure and the main feature, The Power of One. Features includes footage from the US Pokemon roadshow and trailers including one for the upcoming Pokemon 3: The Movie. Like the US version, the DVD will come with a Pikachu playing card and a Lugia coin.
4-10-01—- SF II UK Movie DVD News
It seems that Manga Entertainment won’t be releasing Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie with a Japanese language track on its upcoming DVD release. It’s become apparent that the US and UK releases of the film were cut and dubbed, making the Japanese audio track unsuitable and out of place. Manga has said that inorder to add the original Japanese audio track, they would have to publish it on a seperate DVD. It would also mean that they would have to summit the original Japanese edit of the film to the BBFC for classification, which means more delays. Manga Entertainment have said that if the DVDs sell well, they would consider a special edition version containing both the Japanese and English edits of SF II.
4-10-01—- i-Mode USA & Asia – This Time Next Year – Euro Zone – End Of ’01
The Daily Yomiuri reports in an article today’s edition:
NTT DoCoMo Inc. will launch its i-mode mobile phone Internet service in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium by the end of this year as part of a strategy to turn its wireless system into the mobile phone market’s de facto standard, it has been recently learned. The company also plans to expand the service to other European countries, the United States and Asia within the next year. The overseas launch will be conducted with the cooperation of local partners such as Dutch telecommunications company KPN Mobile N.V. and U.S. AT&T Wireless, which concluded business tie-ups with NTT DoCoMo last year. In Europe, NTT DoCoMo intends to concentrate on the three countries, in which KPN already has a strong business base, and expand later to the rest of the continent. In Asia, NTT DoCoMo plans to initially offer the i-mode service to Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea, where mobile phones are in common use. In the United States, it will start service in part of the country by spring 2002 and expand later to other areas. Before starting overseas operations, NTT DoCoMo will offer a new i-mode-capable mobile phone to overseas users, and establish a computer center in each country to provide the service.
4-10-01—- Daft Punk Japanese Scene News
Toshiba EMI’s official Daft Punk site has uploaded a streaming real audio version of Aerodynamic here. The group’s Album Discovery is on sale in Japan via Toshiba EMI at the retail price of 2548 Yen, a promotional video collecting the animation directed by Leiji Matsumoto can also be obtained. The director is rumored to be working on more collaborations with Daft Punk however timetables and specifics have not been nailed down. Meanwhile Discovery has been released worldwide where it has quickly ascended charts, while the video for One More Time and Aerodynamic have received heavy airplay and rotation on music video networks like MTV.
4-10-01—- 60th Anniversary Of Bruce Lee’s Birth Event In Tokyo
Special events commemorating the late martial arts master Bruce Lee’s 60th birthdaya re being planned in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro ward April 28th-May 25th. Titled “Dragon Easter 2001” four of his most cherished starring works are being screened. In the set are Way Of The Dragon, Game Of Death and The Life And Death Of Bruce Lee. Also, a new complete, original version of Fist Of Fury is planned to screen with original Cantonese dialogue, this will be this version of the film’s premiere screening in Japan.
4-10-01—- Dark Horse In July
According to Scott Green’s UMJAMS Anime News:
In July Dark Horse comics has rolled out they July release list. They will be releasing Super Manga Blast #14 with Club 9, four What’s Michael? stories, 3×3 Eyes, Shadow Star, and Seraphic Feather. Indivual issues being released include Dirty Pair Sim Hell 3 of 4 remastered features ar by Adam Warren, and coloring by GURU eFX, Gunsmith Cats MISTER V #10 (of 11), Blade of the Immortal #58 Secrets part 1 of 4, featuring the journey of the series’ antagonist Anotsu Kagehisa, and Usagi Yojimbo #50 featuring Usagi’s appearent death at the hands of Yakuza thugs, the return of the thief Kitsune, and and Usagi re-evaluating his rash decision making .
Graphic novel collections being released include Lone Wolf and Cub volume 12: Shattered Stones, Domu: A Child’s Dream 2nd ED by Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of Akira, and Blade of the Immortal: The Gathering, a collection of issues #1-8 of The Gathering series.
On August 29th Dark Horse Comics will be releasing a cold-cast resin statue of the Gunsmith Cats features outlaw bounty-hunters Rally and Minnie May culpted by Sam Greenwell of Acornboy Studios, and the paintmaster was created by Mr. Tsuyoshi Maeda of Kotobukiya Co. in Japan. The 8″ statue will retail for $150.00. They will also be releasing a companion to the Masamune Shirow Cybergirls portfolio with six 13 1/2″ x 10 3/8″ oversize full-color plates featuring Shirow’s work.
4-10-01—- Figures News
According to Figures.com:
Bandai America has created a brand new toy line based on “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” feature film, the first computer-generated (CG) animated motion picture with photo-real characters. The feature film and the toy line will concurrently launch in summer 2001.
The movie’s futuristic vehicles, the Black Boa and Copperhead, will be featured as miniature playsets that house up to four 1-inch action figures. The set includes an articulated 1-inch action figure, mini vehicles, accessories and a display stand. The vehicle playsets will sell at a suggested retail price of $14.99 and are due out this July.
Takara has announced six new Transformers Generation 1 reissues, which will be released in pairs, as follows: Ironhide & Ratchet Sideswipe & Red Alert Skywarp & Thundercracker Each pair of figures is from the same basic mold, which explains the reason why they are being released in pairs. Each figure will be an exact replica of the original figure; the only differences for American collectors will be the Japanese package. These figures are not going into general distribution like previous G1 reissues; rather, they will be special items at various toy shows across Japan, and will be extremely limited, at only 1000 pieces each. Get your pre-orders in early!
4-10-01—- DVD News
4-9-01—- Blood The Last Vampire Chat Event
A talk event commemorating the DVD release of Production I.G. / SME Visual Works’ Blood The Last Vampire is scheduled to occur at the popular HMV Shibuya on Wed. April 25th from 18:00-19:00. There, Mamoru Oshii (Director Ghost In The Shell) and Hayashi Hiromi will be special guests, the films Blood, Avalon and Angel’s Egg will be discussed with fans. Video clips of Oshii-sensei’s will be reviewed live.
4-9-01—- Shattering The Broadcast Paradigm – Figure17 Tsubasa And Hikaru
SkyPerfecTV network’s newest entry to it’s “Animated Cartoon Theater X” is a new show coming in May featuring the creative force behind Steel Angel Kurumi and To-Heart. Figure 17 Tsubasa And Hikaru is a rather unique entry to the broadcast landscape in that it will last an 1 hour, air monthly for 1 year and feature near theatrical quality animation throughout. Heading the project are sci-fi bishoujo wizards director Takahashi Naohito (Kurumi) and character designer Senba Yuriko (Kurumi). Opening theme is “Boy” performed by The Alfee. Broadcast premiere is set for Sunday, the 27th of May at 22:00. Plan is by GENCO, Monster Mechanical designs are by Yasuhiro Nishinaka, Sound Supervisor is Atsushi Watanabe, Sound Production is by HALF HP STUDIO, Animation production is by OLM. Voice cast includes Yashima Akiko, Tomiko Orikasa and Kikuko Inoue. Broadcast is scheduled to run through May of 2002.
4-9-01—- Sister Princess TV News
The long anticipated Sister Princess TV animation has began in Japan, a special, Sister Princess Zen’yasai aired before the 1st episode’s broadcast on TV Tokyo last week featuring outakes of Sister Princess anime press conference where the 12 lead seiyuu and staff were onhand
The lead seiyuu are:
Karen – Kuwatani Natsuko
Sakuya – Horie Yui
Hinako – Chiba Chiemi
Marie – Yuzuki Ryouka
Chikage – Kawasumi Ayako
Yotsuba – Hanba Tomoe
Haruka – Kakazu Yumi
Rinrin – Kanzaki Chiro
Mamoru – Kobayashi Yumiko Aria – Mizuki Nana
Kaho – Mochizuki Hisayo
Shirayuki – Yokote Kumiko
4-9-01—- Battle Royale Special Volume Stage Greeting Report
As previously reported, this weekend a stage greeting event was staged in Tokyo for the rerelease of Battle Royale in it’s less edited “Special Volume” version. It was announced the original R-15 release drew 1,800,000 viewers generating 2.5 billion Yen in sales. Staff and cast were on hand. The special volume has a running time of 1 hour, 53 minutes. About 100 new edits are in this version.
4-9-01—- Voice Arena 2000
Seiyuu working on SME Visual Works are expected to appear at the event VOICE ARENA 2000 ‘Chat festival in spring’ which is scheduled to begin today and run through the 13th.
4-9-01—- DSL Japan Update
The Japanese Ministry of General Affairs announced the number of subscribers to DSL internet services in Japan stood at 68746 as of the end of March. DSL subscription there has skyrocketed over recent months, as of February, 2001 there were 34372 subscribers, and only 10194 subscribers as of January. NTT and Japan Telecom Co., Ltd. are two of the main service providers in Japan, ADSL there offers 512Kbps max connection at a close to 4050 Yen / month fee.
4-8-01—- ADV Voice Reps At Conventions
According to ANN:
I’m pleased to announce that this is starting to bear fruit and, in addition to the ever-popular Jessica Calvello, Tiggany Grant, and Brett Weaver, both Hilary Haag and Kira Solar will be attending Anime Weekend Atlanta this year (Sept. 21-23, 2001). This wil be the first anime con for both of these ladies…” I’m also informed that AWA is talking with several other ADV VA’s as well, but that those haven’t been firmed up yet. If you have any other requests, please feel free to keep sending them in or ask us about them in person at one of the cons this year. In addition to AWA, fellow ADR director David Williams and myself will both be at Anime Central (5/11-13), Animazment (5/25-27), Project A-kon (6/1-3) and Otakon (8/10-12), with Lowell Bartholomee, one of the ADR directors from Monster Island, joining us at A-kon. Also, I’ll be going solo at Sakura Con (4/27-29) and Anime Expo (7/5-8).
4-8-01—- Final Fantasy Date Advanced
DVD Animania is quoting PRNewswire:
Sony’s state-of-the-art CGI-animated Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within has moved from its previous date of July 13. The photo-realistic sci-fi action-adventure will land in theaters Wednesday, July 11, giving the film a two-day jump on the competition.
4-8-01—- Jin-Roh Theatrical Premiere Updates
According to the Anime Grapevine post:
Anime Festival at CSU Long Beach (May 25-27)
At Fanime Con last week, I picked up a flyer for the 2nd Annual Japanese Animation Festival (May 25-27, 2001) to be presented at The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, California State University, Long Beach.
For three days, various anime will be presented on the big screen. According to the flyer, the state-of-the-art performance hall and screening facility has more than 1,000 plush seats, dolby digital sound, video and film projection capabilities, and a 21′ x 50′ movie screen.
Major screenings will include the premieres of:
Escaflowne: The Movie
There will be special appearances by:
Mamoru Oshii (Jin-Roh author, Ghost in the Shell director)
Hiroyuki Okiura (Jin-Roh director, Ghost in the Shell character designer)
Mitsushisa Ishikawa (Production I.G. President)
Other showings will include Cowboy Bebop, Perfect Blue, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, and more.
For a full listing of the schedule, visit the following link: http://www.carpenterarts.org/2000/jaf.html
Apparently, there will be a Market Place open an hour and a half before each day’s showing schedule. This information is listed on the printed flyer but not mentioned on the website (at this time). Maybe we can expect to see some anime vendors?
Perhaps we could make this an AGV LA Chapter meeting?
For tickets, directions, and other information, call (562)985-7000 or visit http://www.carpenterarts.org
4-8-01—- New Dangaiou TV Series
Just aired this weekend in Japan from AIC, Asahi TV and a fairly recent anime production entry Avex is a revamp of the Haja Taisei Dangaiou OAV series, over a decade old. The debut episode of the new series was broadcast on April 6, in the 3:44 – 4:14 am timeslot. Staff includes Director Shunki Hirano (Shin Vampire Princess Miyu (TV) / Rayearth), Character Designs by Masaki Yamada ( Bubblegum Crisis TOKYO 2040), Mechanical Designs by Gorou Murata and Go Ogawa and Concept Design by Kenji Teraoka.
The series story: In the year 198X the catastrophic crash of an aerial object in Japan prompts a quick military sealoff of the area from the public. A release is made citing the crash as the rentry of space junk into atmosphere. However, this explanation is lacking for many, a young girl who was witness to the crash seeks out her own answers to the mysterious event. 10 years hence troops of a robotic army appear in every country in the world, disabling military forces, a mad scientist, Dansei Hijima bursts on to the world scene proclaiming the army, “EX Tartaro”. A former member of the Dangaio development team, he now appears to have aspirations of world domination. Suddenly a white fortress appears which houses Dangaiou. Strong spirited 15 year old “impeachment II” pilot Kuya Amaya controls the Dangaiou, along with comrade pilots 15 year old genius girl Hitomi Chidou and 15 year old heartful Manami Ushio. A mystery character has also been announced who sometimes appears on the battlefield observing actions of both the Dangaiou force and the robot army.
4-8-01—- Offside Animation
Based on the Natsuko Heiuchi soccer manga serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine between 1987-1992, “Offside” was announced this week in Japan to be in production to air in May on SkyPerfecTV’s new anime network powerhouse, Animax. The show focuses on Kumagaya Gorou who joins a small and weak high school soccer team, now he must lead them to conquering every team in Japan to dominating the highschool sportsworld. The series is said to be a moving drama of friendship and love and of course much football action. Offside begins Thursday, May 10th with a premiere of 2 episodes in the 21:30-22:30 timeslot. Henceforth, regular broadcast on Thursdays picks up on the 17th with episode 3 in the 22:00 – 22:30 slot. Seiji Okuda has been selected to direct Offside, with Arai Yutaka providing character designs. The theme single featuring the OP and ED from the TV animation, “Loved shoes” (OP) and “Deary” (ED) is out on June 21, retailing at 1200 Yen. Sales and distribution by Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.