Anime News Service – August 14-19 Anime News
8-19-99—- Weekend Late Nights Are Primetime For Anime On TV
Increasingly, while the majortiy of Americans are snoring away in the wee hours of the morning on Friday and Saturday Nights, a growing number are finding reasons to stay up and watch Anime! Anime, Late Nights and Weekends are a winning combination for Cable and Satelite channels and aparently viewers as well.
*Encore’s Pay- Per-View Action channel shows Anime Weekly on Saturday Nights At Midnight ET/PT. They have a large selection of Movies from ADV and Urban Vision and plan on building on they’re current library. If you want to see new high quality Japanese Animation in it’s original form you should definetly check it out if you’re able to.
*Showtime has been showing uncut Anime like Wrath Of The Ninja and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (Actually (even though unrated) this has been quite substantially edited from the Japanese version, original music was replaced with KMFDM and Silverchair tunes for example and A Chun Li Shower scene was cut out, but as far as being shown as it was released on video here it would pass.) and you don’t even have to wait till the wee hours of the morning or weekends for anime here (I saw saw Wrath Of The Ninja on a few weeks ago in the afternoon.) so just check the schedule.
* Sci-Fi Channel shows a great (although edited) selection of Anime Movies (Arimitage III, Galaxy Express 999 ) and OAV’s (Iria, Lodoss War) weekly, Late Saturday Sights/ Early Sunday Mornings at 3:00 AM ET. Ocasionally they even do a special on Anime, look for these too.
*Cartoon Network: You can catch the Toonami Midnight Run on Saturday nights at Midnight. It has DragonBall Z (twice), Sailor Moon (twice), Robotech, Voltron, and Thundercats (half anime). Cartoon Network runs a repeat of it’s weekday Toonami Afternoon Lineup at nights, you can look for Dragon Ball around 1 AM ET. Also you can usually find Speedracer On around 4 AM ET.
*TNT/TBS/HBO: Although it’s been awhile TNT and TBS from time to time run anime movies like Robot Carnival and Vampire Hunter D in the wee hours of the morning, its rare but look for it. Then for half credit you can always check out Spawn on HBO, new episodes air Friday Nights at Midnight ET. I say half because Spawn is produced by Japanese Studio Madhouse (Vampire Hunter D, Vampire Hunter D 2) and directed/ written by creator Todd Mcfarlane.
8-19-99—- Anime Sweepstakes & Contests
Want to win Free Anime stuff? Check out these links (If you know of additional contests, E-mail me the link at email@example.com and I’ll post them.):
*Anime Nation: Is giving away some free anime stuff in they’re new contest.
*RightStuf International: Win a $300 Japnese Sword + Ninja Resurection videos.
* Pioneer: Win Nintendo 64 Console, DVD player, Home Theater System, Pokemon Stuff.
*Sega: (18+) Win a trip to New York City, invitation to the Official Sega Dreamcast Launch party, invitation to the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, $500 Cash, A Limo to take you to these events, A Dreamcast and Dreamcast games.
8- 19-99—- Quick Links / Bytes
*Sidewalk Entertainment News Has a story on Nikelodeon a cartoon, “Sponge Bob Sponge Pants” Surpassing Pokemon in Ratings for viewers aged 2-11 on Saturday Mornings.
*C-NET’s Game Center Has gathered a pile of Pokemon links+info click the link & check it out.
*IGN has some new info on the upcoming Resident Evil Movie.
8-19-99—- Anime DVD News
Greg Nyman writes in with word that Urban Vision saying that DNA Sights 999.9 will not be coming out on DVD since they paid a lot for the license, and it has not sold well at all. The Cockpit will be on DVD, but it may be released a bit after the tape version. Gatchaman (the new version they have) will not be out on DVD as the rights are very complicated. Final Fantasy has a very good chance of coming out on DVD. Also Tekkaman will not be out on DVD as Saban has some rights to it.
*Story from http://www.animeondvd.com/
8-19-99—- G-Savior Update
Almost a year ago, we told you about G-Savior, Sunrise’s live action/computer-graphics movie in development. Not much was known about it except a couple scenes out of a New York space habitat and invading Zaku forces. The rest of the effects sequences and composition were unknown.
Well, we’ve seen more of it now, and it looks fine. The animators are using Lightwave to create the space scenes and mobile suit battles, and those look pretty good. Imagine Voyager-level space sequences with Gundams and Zakus blowing each other to pieces, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what it’s going to look like. Watch for a TV premiere sometime in late 99 or early 2000.
*Original Story, Images and A Streaming Video Clip (Real Media) Can Be Seen here: http://scifi.ign.com/news/2189.html
8-18-99—- Interview: Encore’s Plans To Show Anime Features
Go inside Encore Media, they’re outlook on Anime as a popular entertainment product and they’re plans to feature Anime on they’re Pay-Per-View Encore Action channel with Isaac Alexander. A very insightful interview, go check it out: Here
8-18-99—- Satoshi Kon Interview
Anime Online has conducted a wonderfully enlightning 4 page Interview with Perfect Blue Director Satoshi Kon. You can read it at: http://animeonline.org/news/aon_perf ectblue.shtml.
8-18-99—- Mononoke Hime’s Showing At The San Diego Comic Con
This weekend a lengthy and really interesting review of the Mononoke Hime was written up by Adam Tierney. It details some changes made in the English Dub dialogue, but maintains the film is visiually intact. The writeup also chronicles goings on with the Voice Actors and the writer Neil Gaiman and other happenings at the Con. You can read it here at: Aint-It-Cool-News.
8- 18-99—- Yoshitaka Amano / Sandman Update
Yoshitaka Amano was on hand over the weekend at the Los Angeles Comic-con to speak about his work on the upcoming graphic novel The Sandman: The Dream Hunters. Amano is known for his work on SquareSoft’s Final Fantasy I – VI games. Coming in at 136 pages, The Sandman: The Dream Hunters will feature full-page paintings from Amano. It will also contain an eight-page gatefold from the artist. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters (suggested for mature readers) should arrive in comic-book stores on October 27, at a suggested retail price of US$29.95.
*Story from: Gamespot.Com [Includes images]
8-18-99—- Pokemon Denounced As Satan’s Work
Madcap minister Mark Juvera, full of holy vitriol and smouldering with the righteous fires of heaven, burnt Pokémon trading cards and whacked a Pokémon action figure with a 30 inch sword in front of 85 incensed children at the Grace Fellowship Church, Colorado recently.
Following the crazed assault on the Nintendo products, Juvera’s 9 year-old son ripped the limbs and head of a Pokémon doll. During the frenzied outburst, the massed pre-pubescent congregation screamed, “Burn it, burn it” and, “Chop it up, chop it up”. The pastor continually affirmed to the children of the evil undercurrents associated with the franchise.
Nintendo’s PR manager Beth Llewellyn was as mystified as the rest of the gaming world. “We’ve only heard good things, very… positive things about Pokémon,” she told the Denver Post Southern Colorado Bureau. “We get volumes and volumes of letters from parents and kids about how wonderful they think Pokémon is. They say, ‘My kids are now reading because they want to read all they can about Pokémon.’ It’s a universally positive experience.”
Mark Cowart, pastor of the 1,500-member, nondenominational church, said he was alerted to the evil of Pokémon whilst driving with his children. According to the Colorado publication, he heard them in the back seat of the car talking about “Abra” and “Cadabra,” and his “antenna went up”.
“It’s got sugar coating on it, but underneath, it’s poison,” howled Cowart. He continued, saying the sword was used in the demonstration because the Bible teaches that the “way you come down against the powers of darkness is with the sword of the spirit. We don’t do things just for the sake of being sensational like the World Federation of Wrestling.”
*Story from: Fastest Gaming News Online
8-18-99—- Pokemon Jet
ANA (All Nippon Airways) is enjoying enormous sucess (and profits, with an increase in yeild of over 2 billion yen since they’re introduction) with it’s addition of “Pokemon Jets” whose bodies, engines, tail and wings are painted with characters from the super popular Nintendo video game, Anime and Manga. Passengers on the jets are welcomed aboard by cabin attendants with Pokemon aprons and sit in seats with Pokemon designs on the covers. ANA is so impressed with the jets sucess that they plan to add 3 more “Pokemon Jets” to the current fleet of 3 in the coming year. At least 1 “Poke-Jet” is now transiting to New York. The design for the most recently comissoned Pokemon Jet was selected by Japanese elementary school students. Go check out the ANA Official Pokemon Jet Page (Japanese).
8-17-99—- New Series *Rumors*
Rumors on a number of new anime TV series and Movies are circulating, they include a possible new Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Series or Movie (Sailor Moon is still very popular in Japan, and even more so worldwide). With the first series wildly successful, a second Berserk TV series is almost certain to materialize. (And I can forsee the first series being picked up stateside if it already has’nt been.) Also there’s the rumored 4th (or 5th if you count Lost Universe) Slayers TV series, this is pretty sure to come to fruition also, it could likely happen in spring 2000, and may feature the regular Slayers TV cast with an addition of Naga!
8-17-99—- JAF-CON 8
JAF-CON is one of the 3 biggest events in summer (COMICKET, WONDER-FEST, JAF-CON) for Otaku. Held at Tokyo Bigsight, professional and novice Garage Kit enthusiasts alike gathered in Tokyo July 20th for the convention which is sponsored by Hobby Japan. An excellent site with pictures and a review of the event can be seen here: JAF-CON 8 REPORT
8-17-99—- Pokemon 2 To Meet Expectations
Pocket Monsters 2 Revelation Lugia, has been showing in Japanese theaters for exactly a month. The film is likely to earn more than 3 billion yen ($ 26.3 million dollars) in its distribution profit.
Ever since the official announcement at A-kon word is getting around that ADV has big plans for it’s US theatrical release of Spriggan The Motion Picture slated for Spring or Summer 2000 release. Supposedly the film will get a “mainstream” scale (1000 theaters+) wide release here in the U.S. on the scale of Mononoke Hime or larger.
Originally released in Japan in September ’98 Spriggan is based on the Spriggan Manga by writer Hiroshi Takashige, and art by Ryoji Minagawa (released in the US and Europe as Striker). Specifically the story of the Movie is based on the Spriggan manga volume: “Noah’s Ark” which was originally serialized for 7 years from 1989 to 1996. (with sells over 6 million copies)
The director of the film is Mr. Kawasaki (He also directed Stink bomb, the second story in Memories.) The chief editor is a very familiar name in the US: Katsuhiro Ohtomo director of Akira (Supervisor of Perfect Blue, and also returned to the directors chair on his first film since Akira on Memories final story: Cannon Fodder, his new project: Steam Boy is supposedly loosly based that story and is currently in production.)
The story of the Spriggan movie centers on Yu Ominae, 17 years old and leader of the super secret strike force: Arkam. Spriggan is a code name assigned to agents of Arkam. They’re equiped with special battle armor called AM suits which grant the wearer 30 times the power of a normal man due to “spirit reactive metal fibers” which reinforce artificial muscles in the armor. The Arkam foundation’s mission is to keep imense power locked in remaining ruins left by a ancient super advanced civilization sealed away out of the reach of the U.S. military, who is seeking to use and exlpoit such a great power for war purposes. Upon Arkam’s discovery of “Noah’s Ark” (A weather controling monument left from this ancient civilization.) on Mt. Ararat in Turkey, A US Cyborg Platoon led by a boy named McDougall is sent out to attack the Arkam research team. The boy is an “Esper”, a super psychic to the nth degree (Mcdougall’s character really reminds of one of the super psychic kids in Akira for some reason.), A Giant Cyborg about the size of 2 or three regular men with a cybernetic limb for which he has a Vulcan Cannon atachment and a little guy who jumps around and has razor sharp fishing lines which he can cast out and slice things in half with. Though originally sent out by the US, the Cyborg Army’s plan is to betray the US and destroy mankind. Yu faces ambush on almost every leg of his journey to Ararat, battles the Cyborg Army with help from French Spriggan Gin and finally McDougall.
8-17-99—- Mononoke Hime Piercing The American Mainstream
Princess Mononoke, still scheduled for a nationwide October 29th release is begining to appear In the mainstream American news and entertainment media, with both favorable and not so favorable reviews.
The August ’99 20/27 double issue of Entertainment Weekly issue No. 499/500, as part of its 1999 Fall Movie Preview, the magazine briefly and unfavourably mentions Princess Mononoke.
August 6th, Princess Mononoke made a brief appearence on Entertainment Tonight. The hour-long weekend show featured the film on its “ET First” segment. The segment described the film as “the first to break the $150,000 mark in Japan”.
The ET review was fairly positive for the most part, it’s going to be interesting to see how Mononoke and it’s impact on mainstream American popculture plays in the press in the coming months, especailly considering the number of times I’ve heard some people refer to this film’s nationwide theatrical release as “The Event That Could Make Anime Mainstream”.
8-16-99—- Pokemon Comic #1 In America
Viz Comics’ Pokemon series is the best- selling comic in America. Totaling ongoing sales from comic stores, newsstands, and other retailers, each issue of Pokemon sells more copies than any other U.S. comic published In June. This is the first time that a manga, a black & white comic, and Viz, America’s 5th largest comic publisher, has been #1.
Viz’s first Pokemon issue (Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu #1)in November ’98 sold out immediately. Viz has published 9 printings in thepast 9 months, selling a total of over 300,000 copies, with no end in sight. The first printings of The Electric Tale of Pikachu #1 are ranked by Wizard magazine (June ’99) as the most collectible comic in America. The next 10 issues have continued this trend, with a total of over 2 million comics incirculation.
8-16-99—- Manga Forges Alliance With Sputnik7.com
Sputnik7.com, an entertainment-based online destination supporting independent music, film and culture, announced at the preview presentation of “Perfect Blue,” the latest release from Manga Entertainment, that they will be adding Anime films as part of its content strategy in September.
“People who enjoy anime will enjoy everything sputnik7.com has to offer, ” said David Beal, CEO of sputnik7.com. “Along with our indie music and film content, we’re catering to the needs of a very specific group — an audience that respects and enjoys indie culture. As the site grows, we will focusmore on this lifestyle to create the premier online community for like-minded people with an independent spirit.”
Marvin Gleicher, President and CEO for Manga Entertainment comments: “The Internet is the ultimate tool to reach anime enthusiasts. The sheer interactive nature of sputnik7.com is a perfect match for Manga fans. The site is an immediate outlet for us to offer our consumers sneak peaks of upcoming Manga films, movie trailers, and clips from our DVD and home videolibrary.”
8-16-99—- Wonder Festival
The Tokyo Wonder Festival was held last weeek. It’s a major garage kit convention and was held at Tokyo Big Site near Tokyo Bay. 1300 groups and more than 30,000 people gathered to enjoy the festival which is held twice a year in the spring and summer.
8-15-99—- New OAV’s In Japan
*Masami Obari (Fatal Fury) has a new Action/Fantasy OAV series on the way titled Dangizer 3.
*Satoru Akihori (Saber Marionettes) has a new OAV series titled Chivas 1-2-3.
8-15-99—- Weekend Movie Releases
Over the weekend in Japan the highly anticipated Shojo Kakumei Utena (La Fillete Revolution Utena) Movie was released, from early reviews I’ve heard that it’s really good and definetly more mature in theme than the TV series. The same day Cyber Team In Akihabara also appeared in theaters, and was also well received by fans.
8-15-99—- Ghibli Museum
A museum dedicated to Studio Ghibli is currently under construction in Tokyo’s Inokashira Park. The popular animator Hayao Miyazaki is a leading designer of the 4,000 square-meter, 3 billion yen museum. Studio Ghibli once stood near this park in which Miyazaki reportedly often took a walk.
A number of Anime films are being produced specifically for the museum including a short sequal to the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro). The current issue of Animage reports that it is one of three such shorts being made for exclusive show there when it opens in 2001. The film will be a follow-up of Totoro tentatively entitled “Mei and the Kittenbus”. The project is slated to be only 10 minutes long, however, it’s well known that other Miyazaki projects have started out like this and ended up feature length animation films.
8-14-99—- Final Volume of Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team
The last episode of MS Gundam 08th Team OVA did not reveal the fate of the main characters Shiro and Aina. This special OVA was released July 25th from BANDAI VISUAL, with episodes that attempt to tie up loose ends and follow upthe unclear ending.
Migel retires from the federation army when the war is over, and goes onto a jouney with Kiki, to find out whether shiro is alive or not. They get into a jungle and meet the villegers who know Shiro.
The characters are designed by the illustrater, Toshihiro Kawamoto, who is currently very popular for his character design for “Cowboy Bebop.”
8-14-99—- Final Fantasy Movie Trailer
Gamespot News has trailer footage for the upcoming Final Fantasy movie available for download.
8-14-99—- Cardcaptor Sakura On It’s Way To North America
TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ – NELVANA LIMITED today announced the acquisition of North American TV distribution and merchandise licensing rights to the 70-episode Japanese animation series, Cardcaptor.
The series, produced by Kodansha, one of Japan’s leading book and multi-media publishers, is a high-quality half-hour adventure program targeted at the U.S. $1.5 billion youth market of girls aged six to 11. The series is now airing on Japan’s public television network, NHK.
Under the terms of the agreement, Nelvana will serve as the North American television and home video distributor and merchandise licensing agent for the series. Nelvana will retain 100 percent of all broadcast license fees, and will act as U.S. and Canadian merchandise licensing agent for the property, retaining a full license fee and expenses. Financial terms of the acquisition remain confidential.
The agreement is the latest example of Nelvana’s ongoing strategy to expand its global distribution partners, extend its demographic reach and accelerate growth in the Company’s merchandising business through the acquisition of high-profile character brands with strong growth potential. Michael Hirsh, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Nelvana Limited said: “Cardcaptor has all the elements of a highly-visible and successful merchandising brand. Nelvana believes the series promises to generate substantial ancillary revenue from related game products. Like Pokemon, Cardcaptor is filled with an unlimited cast of collectible card, toy and magazine characters that appeal to children and pre-teens. We are optimistic the series has strong potential to build our merchandising revenues and profits.”
Each Cardcaptor episode follows the lead character, a precocious young girl who discovers a powerful and ominous deck of 70 playing cards in her dusty cellar. When she opens the deck, the cards are unleashed on the world. With the help of Kero, the card master and able assistant who comes to life from the deck, the young moppet is swept up in a flurry of action and adventure as she gains extraordinary powers to capture each card. Nelvana’s acquisition of Cardcaptor is the Company’s first foray into the exciting world of “Anime” (Japanese for animation), which has generated such well-received and profitable productions as Pokemon and Sailor Moon. Nelvana is an integrated family entertainment company, focused on building, acquiring and managing quality classic and contemporary character brands for television and feature film production, distribution, merchandising and publishing. Based in Toronto, the Company’s production facilities are among the largest in Canada. Sales offices are located in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Tokyo and Shannon, Ireland. Nelvana’s family of popular properties includes such well-known characters as: Franklin, Little Bear, Babar, Rolie Polie Olie, Rupert and Donkey Kong.
8-13-99—- Tokyo Special Effects Convention
From August 4th to the 9th, a talk show by the special effect program producers was held at Tokyo Shinjuku Loft Plus One. The theme of each discussion and the guests were the following. 4th: Theme – From Mirai Ninja to “Tao no Tsuki.” And “Mikazuki?”
Guests – Director Keita Amemiya, actor Yukijiro Hotaru,
designer Katsuya Terada, etc.
* Keita Amemiya is famous for his creation, “Iria.” His
next project is “Mikazuki,” the robot special effect
piece. 2 billion yen was put into its production.
5th: Theme – Creators of “Gojira (Gozzila)” movies
Guests – Scriptor Ayumii Mimura, scriptor Hiroshi
Kashiwabara, etc. * Influenced by the Hollywood’s “Gozzila,” Japanese Gojira
will be in the new episode. The talk was a report from
its production team.
6th: Theme – Our “Gamera” Is On Who’s Side?
Guests – Director Noriaki Yuasa, Actor Chikara Hasimoto, Designer Hideo Okamoto, etc.
* “Gamera” has been revived in the 90’s and gaining a great popularity. The discussion went deep into the first “Gamera” in the 60’s.
7th: Theme – Good Bye “Gaia”! Ultra Scriptors’ Gathering Guests – Scriptor Chiaki Konaka, Scriptor Keichi Hasegawa, etc.
* The Talk by the scriptors of The latest “Ultra Man” series, “Ultra Man Gaia”
8th: Theme – The successors of “Ultra” Special Effect * As the generation becomes yonger in the special effect industry, CG and SFX productions changes
8-13-99—- New Fall TV Season
The upcoming Fall Japanese TV season is begining to take shape. Some new shows to look out for are:
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Revenge Second Orphen TV series starts in October.
Dai Gard Starts October 5th.
Lebiath Starts October 6.
THE BIG O Starts October 13th.
Ima Sokoniiru Boku Starts October 14th
TV Series Continuing:
Starship Girl YAMAMOTO YOHKO
Gokudo Kun Manyuki
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