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Anime News Service – January 7 Anime News

1-7-05—- Right Stuf Announces Shingu

SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS DVD 1: ALTERED PERCEPTIONS Pre-book date: 3/1/2005 – Street date: 3/29/2005 Approximately 125 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color. Genre: Science Fiction DVD (English, Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations) Catalog#: RSDVD8035 Suggested Rating: 7+ ISBN: 1-57032-800-5 UPC#: 7-42617-8035-2-9 SRP: $29.95

Right Stuf International proudly presents SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS! Created by acclaimed director Tatsuo Sato (NADESICO / STELLVIA / AZUMANGA DAIOH), with planning by Masao Maruyama (GUNGRAVE / CARDCAPTOR SAKURA MOVIES / CHOBITS), production by Masao Morosawa (GUNGRAVE / JUBEI-CHAN / NINJA SCROLL TV) and character designs by Yuuji Ikeda (SAIYUKI / GUNGRAVE / X TV)!

What if one day, you discovered that the world wasn’t quite what it seemed? In the year 2070, life is rather quiet for Hajime Murata, a curious second-year student at Misumaru Middle School. Classes by day, fights with his little sister by night; nothing too exciting ever happens. Even when a strange alien ship appears over Tokyo, no one’s really that shocked. After all, the government has been covering up aliens for years, right?

Then, a mysterious new transfer student arrives at Misumaru, wearing an ancient school uniform. Gentle and polite, everyone considers Muryou Subaru to be a pretty nice guy – everyone, that is, except for student council vice president Kyoichi Moriguchi. When Kyoichi challenges Muryou to a fight on the school roof, Hajime rushes over just in time to see the simple schoolyard brawl turn into a startling display of psychic powers!

With all these strange events unraveling around him, Hajime is determined to figure out the truth about the world he thought he already knew. This is his story; a tale of aliens and humans, starships and spies, and friends who are often more than they appear.

Contains episodes 1-5.

PLUS! DVD 1 features a special SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS 12-page booklet!

Bonus DVD content includes: Reversible Cover, Character Bios, Line Art Gallery, Special 12-page Booklet, Original Production Notes, English Production Notes, Right Stuf Trailers, Scene Access, English Audio, Japanese Audio, English Subtitles & On-Screen Translations

Graphic of cover is located at:
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SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS DVD 1 PLUS ARTBOX AND T-SHIRT Pre-book date: 3/1/2005 – Street date: 3/29/2005 Approximately 125 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color. Genre: Science Fiction

DVD (English, Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations) Catalog#: RSDVD8034 Suggested Rating: 7+ ISBN: 1-57032-801-3 UPC#: 7-42617-8034-2-0 SRP: $44.95

To comemmorate the release of Tatsuo Sato’s sci-fi epic SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS, Right Stuf International will be releasing a Collector’s Edition artbox to hold the entire five-disc series! The artbox includes DVD 1, PLUS a special high-quality Shingu t-shirt available only with this set!

Contains DVD 1 (episodes 1-5) plus a sturdy high-quality color artbox and an exclusive Shingu t-shirt!

Graphic of cover is located at:
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1-7-05—- Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Second GIG Premiere

Bandai Entertainment and Manga Entertainment announced today a special screening of the highly anticipated follow-up to the smash hit television series �eGhost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex�f by Shirow Masamune�fs (Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell). Two episodes will be screened at the Tokyo International Anime Fair in Hollywood to be held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on February 7th, 2005.

This all-new futuristic anime series continues the story of the acclaimed anime feature film Ghost in the Shell which was based on the popular manga by Masamune Shirow. Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds. Directed by Kenji Kamiyama, the first episode pits Major Kusanagi against a terrrorist group calling themselves the Individual Eleven. Having taken over a building and demanding an immediate solution to the Asian Refugee problem. Section 9 will have to battle both bureaucrats and terrorists if they are to stop the the Individual Eleven.

Seating is extremely limited, please register through the Tokyo Anime Fair official website at www.taf-la.org. Once registered, a lottery system will be held to randomly select tickets to the event. For more information about the Tokyo International Anime Fair in Hollywood event or the Tokyo International Anime Fair in Tokyo Japan, please visit www.taf-la.org or visit www.bandai-ent.com The Tokyo International Anime Fair 2005 is sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitian Government.

1-7-05—- Light Novels Becoming The Basis For More Anime

Manga and graphic novels may be the hottest trend currently in the North American litterary market but in Japan where they’ve been there, done that and some would say are good indicator of where the rest of the world will be next, the move has recently seen both readers and publishers embrace the format of the “light novel”. Light illustrated fictional works known as gokan were actually banned at one time in Japan many years ago but the current incarnation of the light novel is hotter than ever, popular with teenagers, even birthing events such as The Light Novel Festivalwhere fans, vendors and guests such artists and writers gather. The number of original works being published in this format are increasing and maybe a surprise to some, they are being used as the original source material more and more as the basis of creating anime. Much attention has been attracted to this format recently by the character industry. Interestingly, the light novel is not really a recent phenomena. Almost everyone reading this should be familiar with the work Slayers by Kanzaka Hajime which was released in Japan and later adapted to one of the most successful animation franchises in recent times. The staus of Slayers elevated Kanzaka-sensei to that one of the highest paid writers in Japan. Likewise in the 90’s such works as Kouhei Kadono’s Boogiepop and Keiichi Sigsawa’s Kino’s Journey sold three million units and went onto become hit anime. The reason for the increase in popularity is seen as the fact that the current generation grew up with these works in throughout their various incarnations since their big appearance in the 1980’s. Publishers have been sensitive to this evolution, Shueisha for instance started their “Shueisha pocket edition” from 2000. The most recent light novel – to anime success story is Starship Operators which just began running as a TV series on TV Tokyo from the 5th. Coming soon is the work, “Trinity Brad” which is actually being spun out into character goods and merchandise.
Source: Fuji Sankei Business-i

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– Yamanashi Precture kids have a chance to play in the snow with Hamtaro when he appears at the Fujikyu Highland in the coming weeks. The snow play plaza and skating rink will be decorated with character illustrations and a Hamtaro balloon 5 meters in height will adorn a ski slope. Rentals of sleds feature Hamtaro illustrations can be acquired by kids and adults. The Hamtaro theme will through Feb. 27th.
Source: Mapplle
– A classical music performance with an anime twist occured recently in front of a large aquarium with 2500 fish. The OEK member string quartet performed at the Natojima Aquarium In Nanao City. Mr. Sakamoto lead the orchestra ensemble from Kanazawa in front of the “Seaweed water tank” of 7 meters in height and 12 meters width at the park’s natural ecology pavilion. Music including Hayden’s “Bird”, Mozart’s “Serenade” as well as the Title Song for “Totoro” filled the air as 17 kinds of fish swam behind the 4 person group. Source: Chunichi News
Gaten Magazine will soon run the manga “Gaten Michi Icchokusen” introducing readers to the the various areas of employment covered in it’s pages (civil engineering and construction, manufacturing, driver, interior, equipment construction). 12 categories in total will emphasize “Gaten employment” in comic form. the manga will target highschool students and be distributed in collected form for educational purposes. A mini promotionals animation will broadcast on TV Tokyo Mondays 22:54-23:00 over 12 episodes January 10-March 28. The circulation of Gaten is currently 54,000, released weekly.
– Following up on news from early December where it was announced that Takarazuka University of Art and Design in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture has invited 2 directors to teach – Yoichi Sai, 55, a noted filmmaker who directed “Tsuki wa Dotchi ni Dete Iru” (All Under the Moon) and other works, and Reiji Matsumoto, 66, a popular animator known for his “Uchu Senkan Yamato” (Space Battleship Yamato). More schools are looking at classes of this type and students are signing up in large numbers because the animated cartoon of Japan receive high appraisal in foreign countries, and animation is being seen as a new industry with a promising future. Osaka University of Arts will set up “Character Forming Subject” this spring. Divided into three major areas, the class will encompass animation, manga and games. Students will be guided in character desing working with the latest technlogy. Machiko Satonaka will head the class. She made her debut at 16 with her work ‘Pia no Shozo’, for which she received the Kodansha award for new artists. Her early titles include ‘Lady Ann’, ‘Manayome Sensei’ and ‘Hime Ga Yuka’.
Source: Kobe Shimbun
– The Prince Of Tennis will broadcast on the all-cartoon television channel in China from March. The manga published in China last December and became exteremely popular. The Japanese company which sells overseas rights is expected to acquire the authorization of the broadcast from the Chinese government very soon. The Chinese dubbed version will screen through the satellite channel of the first all animation netework established by “Sea Media Group” (HQ in Shanghai) on December 26 last year. Not only boys but girls have embraced the manga published by Shueisha, sales have reached 35 million in Japan. Comic sales in China are also performing well with 25 volumes being released to the market in China at once last December. 20,000 copies of each volume were originally released (500,000 total) and now a reprinting is planned. Pirate editions have already appeared on the market. Tennis made a big boom there after the Chinese gold medal win in women’s doubles in the Athens Olympics.
Source: Fujisankei Business
The Tokyo Vegetarian Guide has been launched by Hiroko Kato and has information on finding Japanese foods to suit even the Vegan lifestyle.
RBB Today released it’s Broad Band Awards 2004 which lets readers rank their favorite broadband internet services and contents throughout the year. Of note in the contents department are awards going out the Korean Winter Sonata in the drama section, and Aki No Douwa Hotel 1% no Kiseki taking the Excellent prize there. The anime section saw the Highest award go to Gundam SEED, with the Excellent prize going to Initial D, Gundam SEED DESTINY, and Galaxy Express 999. In the online music distribution section the Highest Award went to MORRICH with Excellent prize going to MSN music, Mora, and MTV JAPAN.COM. In games the Highest award went to Hangam with Excellent prize going to FINAL FANTASY XI, Ragnarok Online, and Rinaju II.
Google announced it top search trends for 2004. Anime gets several nods here with Pokemon ranked the 2nd in we queried for Popular Television Shows. Image queries for Popular Cartoons show Pokemon ranked 2nd, Hello Kitty ranked 5th and Dragon Ball Z ranked 9th.
– The theme song of the upcoming anime film One Piece: “omatsuri danshaku to himitsu no shima” will be performed by Cocoroza, it opens in theaters on March 5th in Japan. The music from the movie will be released March 2nd. A member of the group admits they are a fan of the original series. Source: Yahoo Japan
– Domestic shipments of digital cameras within Japan have reportedly decreased by 13% from December compared with the same month of the previous year. The findings come courtesy the industry association (CIPA). Foreign sales have been strong on the other hand representing a 37% increase in both North America, Europe, and Asia compared with the same month of the previous year. Source: Asahi News
– Yoshinoya beef bowl fans may be interested in the fact the company announced improved sales in December. A new menu item “Cow Roast Meat Bowl” sold from Dec. 2nd has become a popular item. Beef is used from Australia in the product and accounts for 30 percent of the customer orders presently.
Asahi Japan
– A new art exhibition in a Kanazawa city museum features 6 works dealing on the 21st century submitted from around the world. The exhibit “Biba Riba Projectorstanda” by Yanobe Kenge featues a robot measuring three meters in height. Interestingly the Chernobyl nuclear accident is a motif of the eerie infant figure. The exhibiiton runs through March. Source: Shinichi News
Konami Style has announced an exremely limited 1/1 scale (lifesize) figure of Snake in MGS3 form. Only 10 of these will be sold from January 9th at 100,000 Yen. Medicom Toy will market the more accessible MGS3 REAL ACTION HEROES Snake figure in 1/6 scale. This one was created under the spervision of MGS chara designer Yoji Shinkawa. Release is also January 9th at 16,800 Yen. The line is limited to 1,000 figures.
Watch Impress has some images of Comike 67 which just wrapped and mentions the voice actress, Tomoko Kanada (Full Metal Panic / Fumoffu Bonta-kun – Hanaukyo Maid Tai / Cynthia / Grace) was on hand. In the auspecies of the animation network AT-X, Kanada appeared in one of their program broadcast on December 25. Apparently a large logo of her name appeared in the AT-X booth where fans gathered for the autograph signing. Several prizes were given away. Kanada cosplayed as “Heidi” on ranch at the foot of Mt. Fuji “Real variety project” that will be released to DVD. There she did the real work of a farmer including caring for cows and rowing a field.
– SCE announced the number of the shipped PSP units that had been put on the market on the market in Japan at the launch was 510,000. 3 million units are expected to be shipped worldwide by March. Popularity in Japan has meant the speeding up of the production process. Likewise the Japanese production numbers for Grantsurismo 4 released on December 28 was one million copies. Source: Nikkei News
TV Aichi’s World Cosplay Expo 2005 site has been officially lauched. The event will draw 40 cosplayers (individuals and groups) portraying anime, manga and game characters from 7 countries includig the USA, Germany, France, Spain, China, Italy and Japan when it occurs this summer on August 7. A qualification attache will be dispensed to the member countries throughout 2005 to select the candidates. The attache will appear at the following events:
CONNICHI – Germany – Sept. 10-12 2004 – estimated attendance: 20,000
ROMICS – Italy Oct. 7- 10 2004 – estimated attendance: 40,000
X SALON DEL MANGA – Spain – 10/29-11/1 2004 – est. attendance: 45,000
JAPAN EXPO – France – July 2005 – estimated attendance: 45,000
ANIME EXPO – United States – July 2005 – estimated attendance: 35,000
WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT – China – 2005 – Planning for searches in Beijing, Shanghai, and Kuangchou
Of note on the site is a running writeup up of each event completed along with imagery. Although several events have been completed, Germany is so far the only one cataloged in this fashion. Also a broader account of the anime and manga findings in Germany during the visit has been posted in their column section.
San Jose Mercury News talks about the coming USA battle between PSP and Nintendo DS.
– India’s Hindustan Times reports a Korean firm thinks it has developed the world’s smartest robot.
Newtype Magazine Japan has the postrecording report for episoide 2 of KSS’ Raimuiro Senkitan X Cross TV series. Broadcast began on January 4th. For more details please see the official website.
IT Media reports Konami will release a version of it’s Tokimeki Memorial dating simulation for i-mode FOMA 900i/901i series phones. Originating in 1994 on the PC engine SUPER CD-ROM2, the new game compact as it may be seems retain much of the original’s key features such as BGM.
– Information for Pony Canyon MOE’s sentai UG-Ultimate Girls TV series has been uploaded to the official site. Streaming video and audio clips have been added including the OP and ED. Staff on the work include Mutouyuge as director. Animation is produced by Studio Matrix.
– 1 year from the TV broadcast’s wrapping, details on Japan’s upcoming region 2 DVD BOX release of Gunslinger Girl were released on Thursday. Due on March 10th, the box wil retail at 5,750 Yen. All 13 episodes will be collected in the 3 disc set. Special features inculde an illustrated frame by creator Hiroshi Aida, animation continuity gallery, original booklet, postcard etc… Features on disc include creditless ED and OP.
Source: Gunslinger Girl Official Site
Kids Station’s Gyagu Manga site has updated with news Masuda Kousuke’s Gyagu Manga Hiyori will run from the Feb. issue of Montly Shonen Jump.
– 2×2=Shinobuden mangaka, Koga Ryoichi has updated his website with a New Years Card to his fans.
– The UK’s New Statesman reviews Peter Carey’s new book, Wrong About Japan.
The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will usher in the Year of the Rooster with its biggest annual celebration, the New Year’s Ohana Festival, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Japanese Animation Society of Hawaii will show popular anime there.
– Singapore’s Electric New Paper reviews the Hellsing anime which is curretly running on the Arts Central, Wednesdays to Fridays at 11.30pm.
– Anime Overdose has announced that MAXMEDIA will be attending their convention. The company brought the Korean animation “Wonderful Days” North America. Now their in-house film “Sky Blue” is being released. More than just a single format, “Sky Blue” is what they like to call “multimation,” combining elements of 2D, 3D, and live action all into one picture.
– Update on the Japanese Trust Business Law extension we reported on a few days ago which encompases intellectual property such as Animation and Games. The move has reportedly triggered a rush of activity into previously uncharted areas in the business world. “Japan Digital Contents Inc., aims to obtain a license to become a trust operator as early as February. The company, which supports film and computer software production firms, plans to woo investors with the anticipated profits from the DVDs and videotapes, as well as the games and toys tied to film characters. “We are schooled in how things work in the video content business,” said Hirobumi Doi, president of Japan Digital Contents. “We’re able to act more agilely than trust banks.”
Source: Asahi English