Anime News Service – May 18-30 Anime News
5-30-06 (6:18AM EDT)—- CPM Setbacks Caused by Musicland Bankruptcy
Toonzone News has posted some findings regarding Central Park Media’s current status:
Late last week, reports of extensive layoffs at anime licensor Central Park Media led to speculation that the company was preparing for bankruptcy. Though the company has not yet confirmed or denied the filing rumors, CPM founder and managing director John O’Donnell issued a statement to Toon Zone News with more information about the recent financial setbacks. “As our business has been significantly impacted by Musicland’s bankruptcy filing, we are facing tightening sales conditions and are currently focusing on a cost cutting program which will structure the company for future growth without our largest customer. A number of very talented and dedicated employees have unfortunately lost their jobs through no fault of their own. CPM will be happy to assist these fine staff members find employment opportunities, so any company seeking experienced and professional employees are requested to email CPM at HR519@teamcpm.com for further details.” The Musicland retailer chain, which included Suncoast, Mediaplay and Sam Goody and was well known as a major anime purchaser, filed for bankruptcy in January. Most of its assets were sold to Trans World Entertainment in March.
5-29-06 (11:10AM EDT)—- Otome Wa Boku Ni Koshiteru To Be Animated
Based on the Caramel Box / Alchemist Romantic Love Comedy Adventure PS2 game, Otome Wa Boku Ni Koshiteru (“The Maiden Is Falling In Love With The Elder Sister”) will become an animated TV series to debut in Japan in October. Most of the production is coming from past D.C. ~Da Capo~ TV series. Confirmed staff include Director Masanori Nayoshi (D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~), Character Designer Shimasawa Noriko (FullMetal Panic), Series Composition by Katsumi Hasegawa (Blue Gender), Animation Produciton by Feel, Production Commitee: Oto Boku Seisaku Iinkai. UPDATE: In the past 24 hours since we’ve posted this story, the official website has gone live with staff, story and release info. A splashcreen first look at some of the new anime chara designs can also be seen at www.starchild.co.jp/special/otome/.
5-29-06 (10:42AM EDT)—- NITABOH Honored At SICAF2006
At the SICAF animation festival in Seoul this past weekend, it came out that Wao Corporation’s NITABOH took the Grand Prix in the Long Section (Feature Film) competition. 1204 works were exhibited from 54 countries. enterprise that managed 340 bases in 30 years.
5-29-06 (10:26AM EDT)—- Ashi Productions Goes Online
Ashipro is now on the web. The animation studio has a long history working on such projects as Fairy Princess Minky Momo, F-Zero Falcon Legend and Offside but had never created a website until now. They became independent of the Bandai Namco group last year, and started a new business strategy, partnering with toy company Wiz Inc.
5-29-06 (9:50AM EDT)—- Takashi Yanase At Eel Festival
86 year old Anpanman creator Takashi Yanase is a highly colorful and active celebrity in Japan. You can catch glimpse of him at Saturday’s customary Unagi Matsura (“Eel Festival”) in Saitama City courtesy theSaitama Newspaper. Around 50 specialty restaurants dealing in Eel dishes showed off their cooking talents. It turns out that Yanase-sensei designed a special character, “Urawa Unakochan” to represent the show this year. You can see more pics including a manga style promotional poster here.
5-29-06 (9:45AM EDT)—- Live Acion Desnha Otoko Opens In South Korea
Chosun Illbo has the official movie poster and details on the South Korean opening for the live action Densha Otoko film. It arrives in theaters there on June 29th.
5-29-06 (8:53AM EDT)—- Hachikuro Second Season
The second TV animation series ‘Hachikuro II’ (Honey And Clover) begins broadcasting in Fuji TV’s ‘Noitamina’ block in Japan on Thursday, June 29, 2006. Yuki and Suneohair will cover the OP and ED, Shikao Suga and acoustic guitar duo DEPAPEPE will also provide music.
5-29-06 (8:38AM EDT)—- UK: Your PS3 Will Be 90,000 Yen!
Engadget reports our friends across the pond are getting a very special one of a kind 425 HDMI version PS3 with 60 GB HD expected retail around 89,500 Yen.
5-29-06 (8:30AM EDT)—- Busou Renkin Anime Website Up
The Japanese language www.busourenkin.com is now live with a first glimpse at how Watsuki’s manga has transitioned to animation.
5-28-06 (11:03PM EDT)—- Mural Treasure Almost Became Public Bath Fuel
A wall painting by famed manga creator Osamu Tezuka and 8 other artists which had been saved immediately before being burnt as public bath fuel is now being exhibited in Kiyose City, Tokyo. With the theme “Town Of The Future” Takashi Yanase, Hiroshi Tada, Chou Shinta, Ryohei Yanagihara, Kazuo Maekawa and Miyotaro Sagawa were among the contributors. The ten meter long, 2.6 meter high mural was first shown in the Saitama Prefecture Green Festival in 1987. Following the festival, the 11 piece painting was taken down and transferred to the public bathhouse “Noyu” of Kiyose City, where it was to be used as fuel to heat the baths. By chance, 69 year old Noboyasshi Jinbo who managed the public bath found the names of the eight artists in a section of the work and wondered if it may have some value. Restoration by the volunteer cooperation started in 1999. The public became aware of the painting’s existance about a year ago when it was the subject of a TV special.
5-28-06 (10:02PM EDT)—- Kiniro No Koruda TV Update
EG has some of the first chara profiles for Kiniro No Koruda: Primo Passo TV.
5-28-06 (9:52PM EDT)—- New Rurouni Kenshin PS2 Game
Banpresto is working on a new Rurouni Kenshin PS2 game and has just gone live with an official website you can view at the above link.
5-28-06 (9:45PM EDT)—- GITS Style Thermoptic Camo 5 Years Away
Nine MSN mentions more rumblings of real world scitentists trying to make a Ghost In The Shell style thermoptic camoflouge system (aka invisibility cloak). Researchers at Duke University and Imperial College London said they had developed a blueprint for an invisibility cloak that could have a range of uses, from defense applications to wireless communications. Their work was partly funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an agency of the US Department of Defense. The cloak theoretically could be achieved by using exotic artificial composite materials called “metamaterials”, they said. But first they would have to make the metamaterials, which would deflect light and sound and other force waves. “Early versions that could mask microwaves and other electromagnetic radiations could be as close as 18 months away,” he said. The real deal is 5 years out.
5-28-06 (9:39PM EDT)—- Jigoku Shoujo Season 2
Look for a Fall, 2006 broadcast start in Japan for Jigoku Shoujo season 2.
5-28-06 (9:24PM EDT)—- Love Doll – Lovely Idol: New Lyrics Anime
Enterbrain’s Love Doll – Lovely Idol: New Lyrics will be adapted to an anime Tv series for broadcast this fall. The Aoi Nishimata/Kohki Kanoh creation has been made into a drama CD and PS2 game.
5-28-06 (9:21PM EDT)—- GAINAX Not On Negima?
Although anime studio Shaft is confirmed, newly surfaced information would seem to suggest the production team of the second season of Mahou Sensei Negima TV will not include GAINAX afterall. On May 10th ANS first reported on this possibility. The second Negima season remains officially unannounced.
5-28-06 (4:17AM EDT)—- Pokemon Seizure Victims Go On With Life
Yomiuri reports that almost 10 years after occuring, one of the original experiencers of the Pokemon episode responsible for causing widespread seizures across Japan continues to live with epilepsy. Now 17, the results prescribed drugs have had on his illness is explored.
5-28-06 (4:15AM EDT)—- Takahata’s South Korean Adventure
Studio Ghibli director Isao Takahata left for South Korea on May 24th. He almost didn’t make it. Arriving at the Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) in the afternoon, Takahata presented his passport to a staff member of his chartered airline. When the staff opened it up they were perplexed to see a woman’s photograph looking back at them. It turns out Takahata-sensei had accidently grabbed his wife’s passport before confirming the interior contents. As a result, one of his schedued interviews in South Korea was delayed four hours. He was quoted saying something along the lines of “When working on my works though concentration was shown by staying up all night numerous days, my only failures occur in daily life.” This was his third that visit to South Korea. Source: Chosun Illbo
5-28-06 (3:57AM EDT)—- Evangelion Slot And Pinball Machines
D3 Publisher, Bisty and Gainax are gearing up for a release of new Evangelion pinball and slot machines in June.
5-28-06 (3:52AM EDT)—- Aura Battler Dunbine Japanese Site
A newly launched official Japanese langauge website for Aura Battler Dunbine is now live at www.dunbine.net.
5-28-06 (2:57AM EDT)—- New Book Tells You How To Open A Maid Cafe
Goma Books has published a new book in Japan entitled Maid Cafe Kaigyou Manual (“Housemaid Tea Shop Opening Manual”). Written by Takushi Akahori, the 1,365 Yen book explores the housemaid cafe business that’s explosively increasing throughout Japan and Asia as an after effect of the MOE boom. With all the assorted publications existing on Maid culture, this book prides itself on giving readers the first backstage look into maid business itself. Information contained therein was obtained by speaking with and sending questionnaires to the staff of such shops around Japan. was going to be addressed to the housemaid having tea of the whole country and to be sent. Chapters and subchapters include: “Basis of housemaid business”, “Current state of Moe boom”, “Large progress of housemaid tea shops”, “Kinds of housemaid businesses”, “Housemaid business-chapter of tavern” (explores the idea of employing maids as bar tenders), “Housemaid business-chapter of costume play cabaret club”, “Procedure and preparation until a business is opened”, “Opening a large store”, “Picking talent”, “Research of rival houses”, “Effective ways to advertise”, “Menu making”, “Picking a stocking agent”, “Inspections, public health center and fire station concerns”, “Managing”, “Calculation of profits and losses”, ” Trouble that can occur inside the store and countermeasures”, “Trouble that can occur outside the shop and countermeasures”, “Various troubles in store management”. Additionally, in-depth interview sections with owners and managers appear throughout.
5-28-06 (2:57AM EDT)—- Dueling Con Reports
5-27-06 (11:25PM EDT)—- Kaiyodo Opens Akihabara Hobby Shop
High quality anime and SFX toymaker Kaiyodo will manage a new store on the fourth floor of the Akihabara Radio Hall. Called the “Kaiyodo Hobby Lobby Tokyo, the company wants to make this place a central destination point of the hobby culture of Akihabara. Plans in the future call for a mini exhibitions and sales of exclusive goods.
5-27-06 (11:22PM EDT)—- Landmark Punishment In HK Anime Piracy Case
People’s Daily and Asia Media mention a Hong Kong company owner was jailed for six months yesterday for selling pirated Japanese cartoon and animation discs over the internet. Customs officials said it was the heaviest sentence of its kind. The 31-year-old was convicted in Kwun Tong Court of “possession for the purpose of or in the course of, any trade or business of infringing copies of copyright works with a view to committing any act infringing the copyright without the licences of the copyright owners”.
5-27-06 (10:55PM EDT)—- Live Action Sukeban Deka To Be Released Worldwide
Directed by Kenta Fukusaku, it’s now understood that the new live action Sukeban Deka Film will screen in 4 countries outside Japan. The story is based on the manga by Shinji Wada. Achieving a cult status, there has been a long history of moving pictures adaptations for the work, including 3 live-action television series starting in the 1980’s and three feature films. There was also a Sukeban Deka OVA in 1991 and associated video games. For the new film, singer Matsuura Aya will star in the leading role of rogue sailor skirted detective Asamiya Saki. Revealed at Cannes, an opening in Germany is confirmed with two or more offers coming from Britain, France, and the United States. The final negotitaions on those countries is now being finalized. The official English title for the movie is “YO-YO GIRL COP”. The official Japanese theatrical release is slated for September 30th, 2006. The official website is www.sukeban.jp.
5-27-06 (9:49PM EDT)—- Original Castlevania Arcade Coming To PS2
GPARA mentions Hamster is going to port the 1988 arcade game Haunted Castle, Akumajo Dracula, to the PlayStation 2 in May 2006 as part of the “Oretachi Game Center Zoku” series. Release is set for May, 2006. The 6 stage game, priced at under 2,000 Yen includes authorized guidebook, privilege DVD, game music CD, and the game title itself. Wikipedia has more information on the original arcade game.
5-27-06 (9:49PM EDT)— DEATH NOTE: A Look Back
On the occasion of the end of the DEATH NOTE manga, for those interested in a loooooooong Japanese language retrospective article looking back at the lifecycle of the series as it currently stands, please click the above link.
5-27-06 (9:03PM EDT)—- Zenibana Drama
Wake Issaku (Actress) and Kurashina Ryou’s (Actress) Zenibana manga is headed for a TV drama on Nippon Television Network in June. Ryoko Kuninaka will star.
5-27-06 (10:37AM EDT)—- Anime And Manga Catching On
From the belly of the beast this weekend, the Boston Globe newspaper has apparently just now picked up on the fact that anime and manga is hot in the USA.
5-27-06 (9:48AM EDT)—- Suppli Adapted To Drama
Mari Okazaki’s Suppli manga will become the basis for a new Fuji TV television drama in Japan. Starring Misaki Ito, the debut is schedued for July.
5-27-06 (5:35AM EDT)—- Gorillaz Creator Honored
AWN reports Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett has been named Britain’s designer of the year for his groundbreaking animation for the virtual band. Hewlett, who first earned fame for co-creating the comicstrip, TANK GIRL, won the award May 22, 2006, in a ceremony at the Design Museum. He was honored for conceiving the graphics, animation and “live” performances for the band, which is composed of four animated, fictional members. Hewlett co-formed the Gorillaz with Blur singer Damon Albarn. The virtual band’s albums include the self-titled, “Gorillaz,” and “Demon Days.” In an interview with Wired magazine the creator revealed his anime influences: “ I took a lot of influences from Studio Ghibli, which is the Japanese animation studio that made Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky. They’re like the Japanese version of Disney – but without all the schmaltz. They make beautiful films that are also a bit dark, which is how I want Gorillaz animation to turn out.”
5-27-06 (5:35AM EDT)—- Sony Sells Off Magazine / Book Publishing
On May 23rd in Japan Sony announced it has sold the division responsible for select magazines and books (including paperbacks and light novels) to We’ve Inc. The transfer price was undecided. We’ve has said they will establish a subsidiary company to specifically handle their new publication business. In the past We’ve has been responsible for anime production, broadcast collaborations and organizing events related to anime and SFX. It’s worth noting We’ve had also worked with Sony in the past on putting together the now defunct Anime X Magazine. Starting in March, 1998 as a CD-ROM only publication, the magazine was discontinued shortly after going to print follwoing Sony’s move to withdraw in October, 2001. Besides being about news and info, AX saw the birth of several popular manga in it’s pages such as Yoshitoshi Abe’s Serial Experiments Lain. No word as of yet if We’ve could pick up the publication of that title or go forward with any new anime magazine. Sony had just started up it’s new pocket edition label for young women this spring.
5-26-06 (4:04PM EDT)—- Further Genshiken Animation Likely
Despite widespread reports to the contrary, ANS is hearing that a sequel or further animation to the Genshiken TV series is still likely. The official website www.genshiken.info has renewed after a longtime this week. Many Japanese observers point to 2 things there that could suggest a sequel. Number 1: the new “Copyright 2006” mark on the site. 2: The splash screen happens to be the last scene of the TV series, showing a new member entering the club’s room. A new TV or OVA adaptation is being predicted. It was first hinted in a compilation of Comiket 69 news that Media Factory had announced a second season of Genshiken TV to broadcast in October, 2006. Doubt was cast on a possible sequel this week when news surfaced that a Kujibiki Unbalance TV series was due to debut in the fall of 2006 and perhaps the true work Media Factory had alluded to at Comike. Kujibiki Unbalance is an anime within the Genshiken anime.
5-26-06 (3:41PM EDT)—- 15th Anniversary For GONZO And WOWOW Event
For the occasion of sat broadcaster WOWOW and producer GONZO’s 15th anniversary, Production I.G will unveil their new TV anime Le Chevalier D’Eon and GONZO will unveil their OVA Murdock Scramble at a special event in Shiodome FS Hall on August 5th. Many of the key staff and cast are scheduled to appear.
5-26-06 (3:12PM EDT)—- Mitsuteru Yokoyama Inheritence
Another item on Sally The Witch, Tetsujin 28 and Romance Of The Three Kingdoms creator Mitsuteru Yokoyama who died at the age of 69 last April. On May 24th it was announced by the Toshima tax office that the manga author’s taxable inheritance total is about 1.12 billion Yen. His copyrighted works, real estate and monetary holdings were all figured into the number. Yokoyama’s eldest son and the eldest daughter are his legal succesors. An inheritance tax of about 430 million Yen has already been paid.
5-26-06 (2:18AM EDT)—- Mitsuteru Yokoyama Memorial Planned In Kobe
In his old hometown of Kobe, there’s been recent talk of creating a memorial to Tetsujin 28 (Iron Man 28, Gigantor) creator Mitsuteru Yokoyama. On this occasion of the character’s 50th anniversary, local volunteers are planning to construct a monument to Tetsujin 28 and a memorial to Yokoyama around the JR Shin-Nagata Station. Being called the “KOBE Tetsujin Project”, the first move will be a Tetsujin 28 art exhibition to be held in June. The author died tragically in a fire in 2004. Hikari Production who holds the copyrights to many of his works has agreed to cooperate, and a planning committee and finance campaign will start up soon. The exhibition will run from June 17- July 2 featuring around 150 items including illustrations, figures and elaborate robots.
5-26-06 (1:40AM EDT)—- Oshii’s Kerberos Could Return To Film
Based on the master’s lifework, Bunka Broadcasting has revealed they will air the Mamoru Oshii scripted radio drama “Kerberos Koutetsu No Ryouken” (Hound of the Steel Kerberos) on May 31st in Japan. Kawai Kenji will provide music. It’s been revealed this work and the delivery of related images are being handled by a newly formed company called Raiden involved in wireless broadcasting and Internet streaming. Oshii said the planned cross media promotion and collaboration could lead to a new film adaptation. After the planned broadcast, the drama may be packaged with related design materials in the form of a CD or DVD. A 3DCG trailer and interview for the project will be offered online free of charge. The Kerberos saga started in Oshii’s live action film Red Spectacles and unites 2 of his passions: heavily armed and armored riot police and machine guns. The “Protect Gear” armored suit and signature blood red glowing eyes of the Kerberos panzer shock troops has become a popular mecha of sorts in Japan. Although places, people and storylines change in each incarnation of the work, the Kerberos characters later transitioned into Production I.G.’s anime movie Jin Roh and manga illustrated by Kamui Fujiwara. The stage of the new drama is Europe and World War II’s eastern front. The Germans are using the Protect Gear armored troops against Russia. Oshii is writing all 30 of the dramas by himself, he said “Kerberos is an original story that exists only in my head, and knowledge concerning war and arms is also necessary”. Seiun Award winner Suemi Jun (The Tower of Purgatory) has redesigned the Protect Gear suit for the drama, and the result is something resembling a dark suit of medieval armor. Oshii says he drafted the redesign to harden the Kerberos imagine within him. He may use the new design in future projects. Additionally, the director says he will consider making a film based on the image in 3 years. One of the holdbacks to charging forward with such a project now seems to be the large world scale you have to portray in a battlefield story. The radio drama and new designs serve as a foundation for any forthcoming movie. A 3DCG video trailer created by a young CG animator of production IG without permission was screened at the announcement symposium. The sequence will be eventually be made available online. Oshii likes the 3DCG medium what the animators were able to do with his story and could be leaning towards it as a canvas for future developments. Watch Impress has images from the event.
5-25-06 (11:56PM EDT)—- Takada Akemi Jewelry Exhibition
Famed anime chara designer Takada Akemi (Urusei Yatsura, Patlabor) will have a jewelry and original illustration exhibition in Tokyo Ginza on May 30. In recent years her attention has turned to jewelry design and she was even honored by the Japan Jewelry Association in 2005 for her creations. The exhibition is being titled “Angel Mythos 2-Angel Myth 2”.
5-25-06 (11:52PM EDT)—- ZOIDS ONLINE WARS Beta Test
4Gamer mentions Takara Tomy’s new game ZOIDS ONLINE WARS is going into Beta test soon.
5-25-06 (11:25PM EDT)—- Yoyogi Animation Busted For False Advertising
If you’re used to viewing raw tv anime broadcasts, you’ve probably seen the Yoyogi Animation Gakuin commercial spots for years and years. Now, an ad the school took out in magazines has landed them in hot water. Charged with violating the “keihin hyoujihou” (Law for Preventing Unjustifiable Extra or Benefit and Misleading Representation), it’s said their advertisement, which reads enrollees who later drop out will have their entire tuition refunded. After a number of complaints, Yoyogi was sent a cease and desist letter by the Fair Trade Commission, ordering proper payment for incidents occuring between April, ’04 and January, ’05. The school maintains 12 campuses and a student body of 6000. It’s said that for the standard entrance tuition of 590,000-650,000 Yen, 220,000 Yen was not compensated in these cases. According to the Fair Trade Commission, Yoyogi’s sales in fiscal year 2005 are close to 4.7 billion Yen. Source: Nikkan Sports
5-25-06 (11:25PM EDT)—- Takahata In South Korea
Following up on a past report, the other half of Studio Ghibli (or maybe it’s third now), Director Isao Takahata made it to South Korea and Chosun Illbo has pics of his whirlwind visit.
5-25-06 (11:05PM EDT)—- Big International Interest For DEATH NOTE LA
Opening on June 17 in Japan, the first of 2 upcoming live action DEATH NOTE films are garnering enormous attention overseas. Based on the bestselling manga with 14 million copies in circulation, 8 Asian countries are confirmed to be planning a release of the film. Additionally, offers of interest poured into the Nippon Television booth from 50+ companies located in Europe and America at the Cannes film fest. Golden Harvest has just closed on negotiations for the Hong Kong release. Companies in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore are said to be close to completting negotiations as well. Screenings are expected to start as early as the summer.
5-25-06 (9:05PM EDT)—- Akihabara@DEEP Live Action Film / Anime Updates
As reported earlier in the month, the American children’s network Nickelodeon has announced a deal with Japanese 3D animators Polygon Pictures to create a animated TV series based on the Ira Ishida (Ikebukuro West Gate Park) manga, Akihabara@Deep. The Shinjuku, Tokyo based animation house vows to create a work that aims at foreign markets as a goal while using the full animation technology of Japan. Production starts next spring, and a telecast start is planned for America and Europe by 2009 at the earliest. The story features six young people who are fighting against a criminal organization in Akihabara. Digging through the archives researching this story, we discovered some additional background on the anime which was listed under the Tokyo Project Gathering funds / interest raiser in 2005: Akihabara@Deep Original story by Ira Ishida Character Design: Ippei Gyobu The band of misfit programmers and punks digitally created an AI search engine called Crook. A huge corporation decides to obtain Crook even it costs the misfits-their lives.”
The big update out of Japan this week is the 46 year old Naoki Literary Award winning author’s work will also be adapted to film directed by Takashi Minamoto (Tokyo Tower) and starring Narimiya Hiroki and Yamada Yu. This marks the first time any of Ishida’s works have seen the transition to film and Toei just happens to be the company that acquired the rights. Co-starring is Shugo Oshinari, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi and Haruma Miura. The scheduled theatrical opening is planned for September 2nd.
5-25-06 (5:10PM EDT)—- Doraemon Undersea Express Adds Train
An additional special train done up in Doraemon livery called the “Doraemon Kaitei Ressha” (Doraemon Undersea Express) will go into service via JR Hokkaido on July 15th. The train will ply the JR’s Tsugaru Kaikyo line via the Seikan railway tunnel in Japan which burrows beneath the seabed, connecting the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. At 53.9 km long, Seikan is currently the longest railway tunnel in the world. It turns out the Doraemon train will stop at Yoshioka-Kaitei undersea station which is about 17 kilos from the Hokkaido side entrance. A special anime related exhibition “Nobita No Heya” will be held inside the station 149.5 meters under the surface of the sea. Construction work on the Hokkaido Shinkansen started in the spring of 2005, the sea station was being used as a materials base for rails etc. related to the project. The final train is expected to stop there August 27th. Official Website | Yoshioka Pics
5-25-06 (7:19AM EDT)—- What’s In A Name? Busou Renkin Update
Possibly fueling fires to past news of an anime adaptation, registered on 5/10 by Hiromichi Kinoshita of SHUEISHA Inc. www.busourenkin.com is now extant. There’s nothing there as to yet besides a placeholder.
Following the spelling history of anime and manga titles once they break out of the kanjisphere is always interesting. It seems the day that a company can decide upon a single name for a property cross market and platform is still to come. If anything else, adopting such a convention may help avoid any confusion among fans and potential customers. In this case, searching google for “Busou Renkin” returns 18,100 results. “Buso Renkin” seems the more popular spelling with 38,600 returns. It’s worth mentioning that news sites such as this one can and have had a profound impact on how people relate to the title of a particular anime / manga name due to the fact that we are often the first point of reference for such a title’s existance. There are 5 sites I can name off the top of my head with average daily readership in the 10’s-100’s of thousands that ran our anime announcement along with the Viz BEA press and have the Buso spelling firmly established in the minds of many this week. The Busou spelling, however, can be clearly derived from the katakana and kanji titles on the cover of the Japanese manga. At anyrate, it seems this month was to be a big push for the Buso / Busou Rnekin franchise as we have the domain registration, news leaks of a possible anime and Viz Media announcing the English manga release this past wekeend at Book Expo America:
BUSO RENKIN, Vol. 1 – MSRP: $7.99 – Available August 2006 BUSO RENKIN is the next big series from Nobuhiro Watsuki, the creator of RUROUNI KENSHIN, which is one of the best selling SHONEN JUMP manga series. Buso Renkin is the story of teenager Kazuki Muto, who dies trying to save a girl who was being attacked by an eerie monster. The next morning, however, Kazuki is left wondering whether it was all a dream. Lo and behold, the girl, the monster, and his death are all real! The girl, Tokiko Tsumura, was actually trying to slay the homunculus, but Kazuki got in her way. To revive Kazuki, Tokiko replaces his heart with a “kakugane,” an alchemic device that allows him to summon a lance with which to fight the monsters. It turns out that Tokiko is a member of the Alchemist Warriors, an organization sworn to protect the world from the diabolical creatures. Soon, Kazuki joins Tokiko in her quest to terminate the sinister being that creates and controls the homunculus. BUSO RENKIN was originally serialized in the Japanese version of SHONEN JUMP and has sold a total of over 3 million copies to-date in Japan.
5-25-06 (6:11AM EDT)—- Honda Working On Man-Machine Brain Interface
The Washington Post reports that In a step toward linking a person’s thoughts to machines, Japanese automaker Honda said it has developed a technology that uses brain signals to control a robot’s very simple moves. In the future, the technology that Honda Motor Co. developed with ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories could be used to replace keyboards or cell phones, researchers said Wednesday. It also could have applications in helping people with spinal cord injuries, they said. In a video demonstration in Tokyo, brain signals detected by a magnetic resonance imaging scanner were relayed to a robotic hand. A person in the MRI machine made a fist, spread his fingers and then made a V-sign. Several seconds later, a robotic hand mimicked the movements. Further research would be needed to decode more complex movements. The machine for reading the brain patterns also would have to become smaller and lighter _ like a cap that people can wear as they move about, said ATR researcher Yukiyasu Kamitani. What Honda calls a “brain-machine interface” is an improvement over past approaches, such as those that required surgery to connect wires. Other methods still had to train people in ways to send brain signals or weren’t very accurate in reading the signals, Kamitani said. Honda officials said the latest research was important not only for developing intelligence for the company’s walking bubble-headed robot, Asimo, but also for future auto technology. “There is a lot of potential for application to autos such as safety measures,” said Tomohiko Kawanabe, president of Honda Research Institute Japan Co. Asimo, about 50 inches tall, can talk, walk and dance. It’s available only for rental but is important for Honda’s image and has appeared at events and TV ads. At least another five years are probably needed before Asimo starts moving according to its owner’s mental orders, according to Honda. Right now, Asimo’s metallic hand can’t even make a V-sign.
5-24-06 (6:33PM EDT)—- Con-Neko06 To Be Streamed Live Over Net
If you wanna see how the Germans do things, there will be a live video stream of the entire Con-Neko06 convention this weekend. From May the 27th – May the 28th they will show live stage performances and the latest anime trends live at http://www.animetv.info.
5-24-06 (6:07PM EDT)—- Brave Story In Germany
News out of the Cannes film festival seems to suggest global rights holder Warner Brothers was successful in getting Brave Story a theatrical distribution release in Germany. This marks the first market outside of the USA and Japan (where a guarenteed release was scheduled from the outset) that has been confirmed. No details are known so far other than it’s pretty much a done deal.
5-24-06 (5:51PM EDT)—- GONZO Anime Expo Tour
Watch Impress reports GONZO and Nippon Travel Agency are teaming up to run a tour to Anime Expo this summer. Expected to bring a contingent of Japanese to convention, the tour is scheduled for June 30th – July 4th. Participation is 248,000 Yen. The Witchblade anime is a big feature of this tour and the official title is “Anime Witchblade Presents Anime Expo Tour 2006”. Besides, the con, GONZO USA will be visited.
5-24-06 (4:26PM EDT)—- Gedo Senki Complete
Alot of people could have predicted this coming, but Nausicaa.net reports an May 23rd entry in the Studio Ghibli Production Diary announced the completion of animation on the film. Below is a history of production, it’s worth noting Anime News Service stuck our neck out on September 26th as the first news source to report on the possibility of such an animation.
Sep 06, 2005: animation production began
Jan 20, 2006: 149 cuts (12%)
Jan 27: 180 cuts (15%)
Feb 03: 230 cuts (19%)
Feb 17: 326 cuts (26%)
Mar 03: 422 cuts (34%)
Mar 10: 481 cuts (39%)
Mar 17: 517 cuts (42%)
Mar 30: 687 cuts (55%)
Apr 7 : 776 cuts (63%)
Apr 17: 844 cuts (68%)
Apr 25: 935 cuts (76%)
May 1 : 997 cuts (81%)
May 8 : 1,056 cuts (85%)
May 15: 1,176 cuts (95%)
May 23: 1,236 cuts (100%)
Animation production length:
Tales from Earthsea: 8 months and 17 days
Howl’s Moving Castle: 17 months and 6 days (2/1/2003-7/7/2004)
Spirited Away: 16 months and 26 days (2/1/2000-6/27/2001)
5-24-06 (6:58AM EDT)—- GONZO THE BEST
Similar to the discounted digest versions of your favorite anime that have been released to DVD in the USA, GONZO has announced it will be doing something similar in Japan. GDH Ltd. has announced their repackaged / repriced “GONZO THE BEST” DVD’s to begin release with the Samurai 7 series to go on sale in Circle-K SUNKUS stores. Volume 1 and 2 will hit the market at a 2,940 Yen retail on June 28th. 2-3 volumes will follow monthly until October. This marks GONZO’s first attempt at selling anime via convenience stores.
5-24-06 (5:54AM EDT)—- Maids Come Out Against Anti-Conspiracy Law
There’s a draconian bit of thought crime legislation pending in the land of the rising sun. Japan’s government is pushing for the passage of an anti-conspiracy law with potentially far-reaching consequences. Called the Kyoubouzai Hoan (conspiracy or collusion law), the legislation appears headed for passage in the diet (parliament) as soon as next week. In its present form, it could result in Japanese citizens being detained or punished for merely agreeing with one another. In combination with another statute that permits detention without charge, the new law could have a chilling effect on civil liberties, including freedoms of speech and assembly and the right to organize. On May 21st a group called the The Anti Conspiracy Crime Girls and the Kyoubou Zai Ni Hantai Suru Hyougen Sha Tachi No Kai (“associations of those who express opposition to conspiracy crime”) set up shop on Nakano, Tokyo street corners passing out handbills (flyers) with information to educate the public on the dangers of the new conspiracy crime bill. Otaku were a target of this campaign and at Nakano Sun Plaza one group of girls were dressed as housemaids passing out handbills containing educational manga imagery. The maids successfully distributed over 1000 of the handbills. You can see pictures of the maid activists at the below Labornetjp link. Sources: Sixth Column | Labornetjp | More Maid Pics (Kyobozai Official Site)
5-24-06 (4:30AM EDT)—- Taro Aso Rozen Maiden Rumor Addressed?
Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso’s otaku status and love of manga is well known even outside of Japan. His favorite title is publicly known as Golgo 13, from which it’s rumored he learned many political skills. and Now, a new interview article conducted with the minister is garnering alot of attention in the Japanese otaku blogoshphere. Appearing the inagural issue of Kodansha’s new “Mechabi” (describing itself as an “otaku information synthesis magazine”), the piece is titled “Taro Aso – Kontentsu Gaikou, Soshite Roozen Meiden Giwaku Ni Kotaeru” (“Taro Aso – It Answers The Contents Diplomacy And The Rozen Maiden Doubt”). The title references a widespread internet rumor that minister Aso was observed reading a volume of Peach-Pit’s Rozen Maiden manga while inside the VIP Room of the Diamond Premiere Lounge of Haneda Tokyo International Airport in 2005. The truth of that inncident is said to surface in the interview. The magazine is due on store shelves in Japan June 2nd. A recent entry in the Mechabi Editorial Office Blog seems to indicate the magazine is trying to distance itself from endorsing Minster Aso politically with the coverage, emphasizing only to focus on the otakuness and manga affinity of the man.
5-23-06 (9:02PM EDT)—- Bleach Rock Musical Site
Following a successful run in 2005, Studio Pierrot has established an official website for the “Rock Musical Bleach”, due to start up again this summer.
5-23-06 (7:15PM EDT)—- Kadokawa Establishes 2 Billion Yen Anime Fund
Kadokawa Shoten has established a large-scale animation fund of two billion Yen in Japan. The fund will serve as an investment outlet for an estimated 35 animation works including television series and movies be produced in the next. In the past Kadokwa often procured capital through the production committee method composed of parties concerned. Financial institutions such as the Development Bank of Japan besides Kadokawa Shoten has invested in the fund. Kadokawa is breaking out into somewhat virgin territory with the move, as an animation fund intended for two or more works is unusual in Japan. The first fruits of the fund, a television series, will debut in Japan soon.
5-23-06 (7:12PM EDT)—- Bruce Willis Sends Whisper Of Love To BoA?
Daily Sports talks about BoA’s appearances at Cannes this past weekend. An interesting photograph accompanies their headline “B. Willis The Whisper Of Love To BoA”. Chosun Illbo has a good shot as well. BoA can be seen posing with American singer Avril Lavigne here.
5-23-06 (7:00PM EDT)—- GAGA And GDH On Peggy Sue Theatrical Animation
Serge Brussolo’s popular French novel series character Peggy Sue will be headed to the big screen with a new animated film coming from Gonzo Digimation Holdings and GAGA Communications. Specifically, the story in the 2nd novel in the series, “Peggy Sue Shinkirou No Kunihe Tobu” (“Peggy Sue – Fly To The Country Of The Mirage”) will adpated for this work. The Best-selling juvenile literature series currently boasts eight volumes in France, and six volumes published in Japan. The story is an adventure fantasy featuring Peggy Sue and her blue dog who must journey to the country of mirages to help a family. The Japanese theatrical opening is planned for the latter half of 2008. Following their recent announcment of NIGHT HEAD GENESIS, This marks GAGA FILMS’ second foray into anime after launching in 2005.
5-23-06 (1:59AM EDT)—- Keigo And FLOW Bounce Back
As many may be aware, Keigo, lead vocalist of j-rock group Flow, was hospitalized with whiplash in December following a traffic accident. The singer was waiting at a signal in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward when he was hit from behind by a mini-van. After 8 months without a new song, FLOW is back, with the “Re:member” which has become the opening theme to TV Tokyo’s NARUTO TV series.
5-23-06 (1:22AM EDT)—- Dolby Demo Extended – Anime Added
We first reported on Dolby’s HD2 Emotion high def audio demonstration being held in Omotesando Hills, Tokyo on May 15th. The demo has been such a success, Dolby has extended the originally 2 week scheduled event to 3 weeks, increased the seating capacity and added new content. In particular, Dolby has seen a huge response to the original anime content (Warner Bros. Pictures’ Brave Story and Production I.G.’s Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, 2nd Gig) being screened to show off their audio experience. To that end they are adding three new episodes of “Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd GIG”. The plans are to screen the 25 min episode run two times a day. A special attraction for anime fans is said to be in preparation as a finale of the event on the final day. Phileweb has images and reports from HD2 Emotion.
5-23-06 (12:52AM EDT)—- Pinky:st. Trailer
The Official Website for Gonzo’s upcoming OVA Pinky:st. is now hosting a streaming video trailer.
5-22-06 (10:30PM EDT)—- Pop Culture & Contents Helping Japan’s Image?
Japan’s international image has not been the best in recent years. With the 60th anniversary of WWII having come and gone, past wounds inflicted by the empire are still fresh in some parts of Asia. Roger Pulvers writes about in the Japan Times: Between October 2005 and January 2006, the BBC World Service conducted a poll to find out which countries were considered in a favorable light. Nearly 40,000 people in 33 countries responded, choosing Japan as “the country that has the most positive influence on the world.” Only two nations taking part did not regard Japan highly: China and South Korea. This overall sanguine result was referred to by Foreign Minister Taro Aso in a speech he delivered April 28 at Digital Hollywood University, an educational institution located not, as its name would suggest, in Anaheim, the California haven for ardent Disney fans, but in Akihabara, the Tokyo refuge for armies of post-analog geeks. In his speech, Aso waxed enthusiastic about Japan’s future as a cultural leader around the world.
5-20-06 (9:24PM EDT)—- Mangaka Interviews Grabbag
We don’t have time to translate these but there are several new interviews online this weekend in Japanese, featuring prominent mangka. So whip out your dictionaries, point your favorite machine translation toward these links or drag your Japanese savy friends in front of the computer screen for the following. First off, Books Rakuten interviews Futatsu no Spica creator Kou Yaginuma. Then, Nikkei Business Online sits down with Silent Service, Eagle and Zipang author Kaiji Kawaguchi for long discussion on postwar Japan.
5-20-06 (8:45PM EDT)—- New Appleseed Film And PS2 Details
Just released at the end of the week, the latest issue of Famitsu reports on both the upcoming Appleseed film sequel and newly revealed PlayStation 2 game adaptation of the 2004 Appleseed anime film (which in turn was based on the Masamune Shirow manga). Sega is publishing the Dream Factory developed game. The action genre title is said to follow the movie’s storyline closely. You play as Deunan and Briareos and as Deunan, you can board a Landmate mech for added speed and power. Digital Frontier, the film’s staff is helping out with the project. In addition to creating an animated opening movie, the staff is creating new enemies and areas exclusively for the game. The announcement of the Appleseed PS2 adaptation has been timed to coincide with the announcement of “Appleseed Saga Ex Machina”, a new full 3DCG film set in the Appleseed world and being directed by Shinji Aramaki and produced by John Woo. Production on the project is said to be in the advanced stage. The PS2 title will have some undisclosed connections to the new film. The PS2 adaptation is due in September. The new movie is set for release in 2007. You can see a first look at the Appleseed Ex Machina production art at the below Famitsu link. Sources: IGN | Famitsu
5-20-06 (7:14PM EDT)—- Katori Shingo To Star In Hsi Yu Chi Movie
At a surprise press / production announcement conference in Cannes on Saturday, SMAP’s Katori Shingo announced he would take on the role of Son Goku in a live action film adaptation of version of the Fuji TV serial drama (which is in turn based on the ancient Chinese folktale) Hsi Yu Chi (pronounced in Japanese as Seiyuuki or Saiyuki). Also known as Journey To The West, Hsi Yu Chi could very well qualify as the most retold story in anime, manga and J-drama, having formed the basis for series such as Dragonball, Saiyuki and Monkey Magic. Directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro (Returner) the film is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters next summer. This was Katori’s first time in Cannes, he starred in the Fuji Television Network TV drama Hsi Yu Chi which was broadcast in January of this year, recording a high average audience rating of 23.2%. Fuji plans to invest a total 100 million Yen to advertise the film globally. On a side note, the singer met with French Director Luc Besson who said he wanted him to do the Japanese dubbing of the hero in his upcoming animated film Arthur.
5-20-06 (5:58PM EDT)—- Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Buso Renkin To Be Animated
Based on the manga by Rurouni Kenshin creator Nobuhiro Watsuki, Buso Renkin is destiend for it’s own anime TV series adaptation with a scheduled fall start in Japan. The comic serialized in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump in Japan between 2003 and 2005. VIZ Media holds the North American license, with a planned English version release for vol. 1 starting on August 1, 2006. The title’s English translation litteraly means “Weapon Alchemist”. The shonen story with adventure and comedy elements deals with school students who fight off monsters with magical alchemical devices. Confirmed staff positions include Director Takao Kato (Sorcerer Hunters, Zoids, Rockman.EXE), Series Compostion by Akatsuki Yamatoya (Naruto, Zatch Bell, Fullmetal Alchemist), Chacter Designer Takami Akio (Shaman King) and Animation Production by XEBEC. Jun Fukuyama (Gankutsuou-Albert de Morcerf) will voice hero Kazuki Muto, Yuzuki Ryoka (Armitage Dual Matrix-Naomi Armitage) will voice Tokiko Tsumura. All things considered, this anime has a very high likelyhood of international distribution.
5-19-06 (8:50PM EDT)—- Nausicaa Packs Out House At Cannes
A “new print version” of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind was screened at the 59th Cannes International Film Festival on the 18th. Being showed in the “Cannes Classics” section, it’s said viewers formed a line at the doors a full hour prior to the showing. The 450 person theater filled to overcapacity with very enthusiastic fans and it’s said a collective shout of joy filled the theater when Miyazaki’s name appeared on the ending credits.
5-19-06 (8:11PM EDT)—- Stiff Sentence For Uploading Manga In Japan
After being arrested on February, 3 people were recently sentenced in Fukuoka after being convicted of breaching the Copyright Act. The trio was accused of uploading scans of popular manga to the 464.jp website. On May 17th The Fukuoka district court handed down a penalty of 500,000 Yen and a 3 year prison sentence (2 years were suspended). The Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS) says that after uploading the manga, it was made available to view free of charge. 649 titles were said to have been made available such as Police Box, Touch and Takehiko Inoue’s SLAM DUNK.
5-19-06 (7:33PM EDT)—- Maid Cafes Go Asia
This week in the Japanese press, it seems Maid Cafe’s opening up outside of Japan has become a popular topic. The trend was set off by a May 13th article in the Sankei Shimbun, mentioning one was setting up shop as part of art festival being held in Beijing, China. Fuji Sankei Business-i followed, covering a recent opening in Bangkok Thailand and in Seoul, South Korea.
5-19-06 (6:30PM EDT)—- Future Of Manga: Will Pixels Pummel Paper?
The Daily Yomiuri has a great new article on the direction modern manga is heading in. Comic SEED, and digital mediums for the art are explored.
5-19-06 (5:35PM EDT)—- Anime Music Sweeps 2006 JASRAC International Category
JASRAC annually presents the JASRAC Awards to the copyright holders whose musical works represent a large share of the royalty distribution. The Awards are now in their 24th year. The 2005 JASRAC Awards were bestowed based on the share of royalties contributed during the one-year period from April 2005 to March 2006. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are presented for the three domestic works that gained the three largest totals, while the Foreign Work Award is conferred on the foreign musical work that earned the largest total royalties, and the International Award goes to the work that earned the largest amount of royalties from foreign copyright societies. Unlike 2005, when they only occupied 9 slots, anime themes swept all 10 placings of the International Prize category this year. For the 5th straight year of being on top, Pocket Monster BGM was yet again won the International Award. Following in second was the BGM from Great Detective Conan, in 3rd Hamtaro BGM, in 4th Sunrise’s 1995 Gundam Wing animation, in 5th, Doraemon, in 6th CAT’S EYE BGM, in 7th Attacker YOU BGM, in 8th Captain Tsubasa BGM, in 9th Beyblade and in 10th Medalot. Additionally, in the Domestic section, GUNDAM SEED DESTINY BGM placed 6th. Source: JASRAC
5-19-06 (11:31AM EDT)—- Older Japanese Crazy For Plastic Model Kits
From Antara News, model kits are hot in Japan among middle aged and older Japanese. Shunsaku Tamiya of Tamiya Inc. who was trailblazer in the industry is interviewed.
5-19-06 (11:21AM EDT)—- China: Sleeping Animation Giant
A new Yomiuri piece talks about China’s recent initiatives to help grow it’s own domestic animation industry. The Chinese government is to announce measures to support the production of more domestic animation in the hope of developing the business into an export industry, following the success of Japanese anime. According to a Chinese Web site showing animation from various countries, including China, 60 percent of young Chinese polled said they liked Japanese anime most, while 29 percent of respondents said they liked animation produced in Europe and the United States. Only 11 percent of those questioned said they liked animation produced in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
5-19-06 (11:20AM EDT)—- Emaki Scrolls Represent Old School Manga
Asahi reports on the forerunner medium to modern manga, the emaki illustrated hand scrolls that came into vogue in Japan’s early Heian Period (794-1185).
5-19-06 (10:59AM EDT)—- Viz Wants to Make SF’s J-Town J-Pop Center
Interesting new article from the Nichibei Times. Shoji Horibuchi, president of Viz Media, aparently has big plans for San Francisco’s Japantown. He envisions a building dedicated to Japan’s modern pop culture and he’s doing all he can to make it a reality. When the Hokubei Mainichi building at 1746 Post St. went up for sale, Horibuchi and Viz snapped it up and immediately began trying to create the “J-Pop Center.” He hopes to house several businesses inside the building including a cafe, a Kinokuniya annex bookstore as the main tenant, and his primary reason for the purchase a movie theater. He plans to specialize in Japanese films, including animation. There is also a possibility of theater usage for live performances related to Japanese culture. Initial plans are for the theater to seat 160. Once torn down and rebuilt, the building would total five floors, with the cafe in the basement, the bookstore at street level, the theater comprising the second and third floor, and the fourth and fifth dedicated to offices. The fifth floor is reserved for the offices of Viz’s new Japanese film distribution venture, “Viz Films.”
5-19-06 (10:59AM EDT)—- Mobicon 9 This Weekend
Those near the Alabama Gulf Coast should be aware Mobicon 9 is occuring today through Sunday. AL.com is carrying an article on the lead up to the annual three-day convention for fantasy, science fiction, horror, comic book, anime, and gaming fans. Their convention will be held at the Ashbury Hotel and Suites. Past years have seen around 350 visitors. Organizers are already looking at a substantial rise in pre-registrations and are hoping to have more than 500 registered participants. The norm in past years has been about 350.
5-19-06 (10:59AM EDT)—- Power Puff Girls Z Presite
Aniplex has launced their official presite for Power Puff Girls Z.
5-19-06 (10:20AM EDT)—- Death Note Live Action Movie Trailer
Quicktime Japan is now hosting a video trailer for the upcoming live action Death Note Film. Thanks to Daniel for the link.
5-19-06 (9:50AM EDT)—- Live Action Blood Director
Variety has confirmed that Ronny Yu is to direct a live-action adaptation of Hiroyuko Kitakubo’ 2000 anime “Blood: the Last Vampire”. The film, which will follow a young demon-fighting female vampire is apparently to be filmed in a mixture of languages, with location scouting currently being carried out in Japan, Russia and the Philippines. Yu’s last effort, “Fearless”, which supposedly marks Jet Li’s final wuxia outing, is due for release in the U.K. in June and the U.S. in August. Source: Special Thanks to Daniel for this news | www.kfccinema.com
5-18-06 (3:24PM EDT)—- Manabi Straight To Be Animated
According to the July, 2006 edition of Media Works’ Dengeki Daioh magazine, UFOTABLE has announced it will adapt the moe, seinen manga Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! to animation. The manga, serialized in Dengeki Daioh since October of 2005 is illustrated by Taatan Check with story by UFOTABLE. There’s been rumblings of this project getting off the ground for several months. In the past, UFOTABLE was responsible for the seinan / moe themed 2×2 Shinobuden, Dokkoida, and Futakoi Alternative animations. A few staff confimrations were also reported by the magazine such as Story Director Ryunosuke Kingetsu (Tales Of Phantasia), Visual Director and Character Designer Atsushi Ogasawara (Galaxy Angel A, Z), Layout Director Takahashi Takuro (Futakoi Alternative), Tech Director Takayuki Hirao and Key Animators Miura Takahiro and Kadekari Mutsumi. Additionally, the lead role of Manabi will be voiced by Horie Yui (Orphen-Fiena, Love Hina-Naru Narusegawa).
5-18-06 (3:44AM EDT)—- ANS Adds RSS Newsfeed
Probably the most requested feature not implemented to date, ANS is pleased to announce we have added our own RSS news feed which is now live for your use. The link to know when accessing it from your RSS reader aggregator or embeding it into your own homepage is http://www.animenewsservice.com/ans.xml. Look for the signatory orange RSS button posted permanently to the main page.