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Anime News Service – June 13-17 Anime News

6-17-00—- Cardcaptor Costs

According to this L.A. Times Calender article, Canadian-based Nelvana (the company behind the North American releae of the Card Captor Sakura TV series), has spent roughly $100,000 on each Cardcaptors episode, adding in new music, scripts and vocal tracks.

6-17-00—- Manga Entertainment Developments

Manga has updated their website listing box art for the Patlabor 1 and Sword for Truth DVD’s and VHS artwork for their release of X. Also listed in the Summer explosion page are Angel Cop and the two Patlabor movies.

6-17-00—- Viz Donates $100,000 In Graphic Novels To U.S. Puublic Libraries

Excerpted from the official press release:


San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Comics, America’s 5th-largest comics publisher and largest publisher of Japanese comics, has recently donated over $100,000 in books and videos to U.S. public libraries. “It is pleasing to discover the help of a gift such as yours in active support for the library,” praised Marjorie Rump, Deputy Director, Kern County Library (CA). “Your gift has put some new books on our shelves, a most important element in vital library service.”

Comics are underrepresented in libraries, but the demand for manga (Japanese comics) has never been greater, especially with young readers. “I am certain that San Francisco teens will be thrilled with these titles,” confirmed Jennifer Collins, Middle School Outreach Librarian, San Francisco Public Library.

The increasing popularity of Japanese animation–through TV broadcast of Pokémon, Gundam Wing and Dragon Ball Z, or direct-to-video releases–is leading millions of viewers to the original comics that inspired these popular series. Manga stories cover all genres and ages, and are equally enjoyed by males and females–romance, comedy, crime drama, science fiction, fantasy, action.

In Japan, popular titles regularly sell over 1 million copies per week before being collected in “graphic novel” (book) form, and they as much a staple of Japanese libraries as of bookstores. Viz has actively encouraged greater readership both among children with Pokémon, and teens with Ranma ½. Viz has donated $100,000 of graphic novels, books, magazines, videos and comics to fifteen library regions:

Tucson, AZ
San Francisco, CA
Dallas, TX
Bakersfield, CA
Santa Clara, CA
San Antonio, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Carmel, IN
Seattle, WA
Oakland, CA
Brooklyn, OH
Spokane, WA
San Diego, CA
Columbus, OH
Madison, WI

Viz’s Director of Sales and Marketing Oliver Chin explained the motivation for this large scale effort, “As a publisher, Viz has a enduring responsibility to help improve public literacy and young people’s enjoyment of reading. Since 1997, we have increased the sales of anime and manga on all retail fronts. Simultaneously we have actively increased the supply of circulating copies among libraries which lack the budget and resources to satisfy reader demand. Response has been overwhelmingly positive, and Viz will to continue build enthusiastic readership at the grassroots level across the country.”

In addition, Viz regularly donates to community non-profit organizations, such as the Japanese Community Youth Council, Los Angeles Tofu Festival, and San Francisco Rescue Mission. On June 6, 2000, Viz donated $12,000 of Pokémon calendars and comic books to San Francisco’s Chinatown Branch Library for their Summer Reading program. “Thanks again for your support and generosity towards the public libraries here in the Bay Area (those graphic novels are still flying off our shelves!),” commended Dorothy Yiu Chang, Branch Manager, Oakland Public Library.

6-17-00—- Viz Comics Press Releases

Excerpted from the various Viz Communications Press Releases:


San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Comics proudly announces the October 2000 return of one of the most popular, long-awaited manga ever published in America: Neon Genesis Evangelion Book 5. The psychologically driven science fiction series that revolutionized anime on Japanese television, available on VHS and DVD from A.D.V. Films, Neon Genesis Evangelion resumes monthly publication after a hiatus by the artist and character designer, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.

Studio Gainax’s Neon Genesis Evangelion is Japan’s biggest combination anime and manga hit of the last five years. Now discover (or rediscover) Evangelion in this artistically stunning, psychologically intense manga adaptation which diverges dramatically from the anime! In the year 2015, half of the human race is dead, and the survivors face a terrifying last judgment from giant “Angels.” Within Tokyo-3 and the headquarters of the secretive organization called NERV, a handful of teenagers are trained to pilot the colossal superentities known as “Evangelions” and battle the Angels on their own terms, whatever the cost to their minds and souls.

In This And Future Issues: As withdrawn young Shinji, EVA-02 pilot, struggles to come to terms with his responsibility, his dim view of the world is challenged by his fellow pilots and classmates, the seemingly emotionless Rei and manipulative, moody, brilliant Asuka. But while children play, Kaji, double agent and the former (and possibly future) lover of Shinji’s commander Misato, comes dangerously closer to the secrets of NERV’s true purpose–a secret nailed to a cross in the darkest depths of Tokyo-3, and a secret buried within the Antarctic ice. And the appearance of a giant eye in the heavens heralds the Angels’ latest and deadliest assault…

Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is the character designer for The Wings of Honneamise, Nadia, and many other anime, illustration and art projects. His latest art book, Der Mond, will be released in America by Viz in November 2000. Evangelion is his only full-length manga series.



San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Comics announces the November 2000 release of Banana Fish Vol. 4, the controversial series from Viz’s mature manga anthology Pulp: New Japanese Pop Culture. This graphic novel contains the installments from Pulp Vol. 3#11 through Vol. 4#6.

In 1973, in Vietnam, an American soldier goes mad and guns down his companions. In 1985, in New York City, gang leader Ash Lynx is drawn into a mystery when he is given a strange drug by a dying man. As Ash begins to investigate, his discovery sparks the unwanted interest of Mafia boss Papa Dino, and a series of puzzling suicides tears apart the New York crime community. And a common thread runs behind the seemingly random acts of violence…a common thread known only by a crippled Vietnam vet, who for 12 years has spoken only the words “Banana Fish”…the name of J.D. Salinger’s fictional “fish of death”…

In This Volume: Ash’s father reveals the abuse in Ash’s past, and his own complicity, before the group’s stay in Cape Cod is cut short by Dino Golzine’s hitmen. Fleeing to Los Angeles, they meet Max Lobo’s ex-wife and search for the missing Professor Dawson, whose private files hold the secret of “Banana Fish”. Meanwhile, Dino makes a deal with Chinese crime boss Lee Daai Yan, who sends his dreaded agent Yut Lung to deal with our heroes…and force Shorter Wong to betray his friends!

Banana Fish, which ran in Japan from 1985 to 1994, is the work of shojo (girls’) manga artist Akimi Yoshida. Yoshida’s art style has often been compared to Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira). “A hard-boiled action thriller…an addiction and an emotional roller-coaster ride, with every episode bringing new twists and turns into the complicated plot,” says Frederik Schodt in Dreamland Japan. “A very smart, complex, character-oriented crime-fiction comic book,” says Comics Buyer’s Guide.

Banana Fish Vol. 4 is written and drawn by Akimi Yoshida. Due to adult themes it is recommended for mature readers only. It is b&w, 192 pages long, and retails for $15.95 USA/$24.95 CAN.


San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Communications proudly presents a new batch of Pokemon books for all ages, including new volumes of Pokemon Tales. Don’t be scared this Halloween by these surprising Pokemon products!

Tell your own Pokemon stories with removable stickers! This book comes with tons of removable Pokemon stickers, plus pictures of different settings from the TV series–forests, grasslands, cities, underwater–so you can put any Pokemon anywhere you want. Then, when you want a change, just restick them somewhere else! Unlimited possibilities. Color book with stickers, $11.95 USA/$18.50 CAN

“These books are perfect for all of the younger Pokemon fans out there, but will also be a treat for older fanatics as well.a great addition to any Pokemon fan’s collection.”-GameFan

Viz presents two new Pokemon Tales! Each of these charming board books is beautifully illustrated in full color in a different style. Featuring original artwork direct from Japan (not just the same old images you’ve seen a million places), they’re perfect for reading aloud to very young Pokemon fans, or for collecting by older enthusiasts. Color, 18 pages, 4 1/2″ x 6″. Each book retails for $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN.
. Vol. 15: FIRST PRIZE FOR STARMIE When a group of Starmie race each other across the galaxy, our hero sees the wonders of the cosmos. Story by Kazuyuki Yamamoto, art by Kagemaru Himeno.
Seel, the kindly water Pokemon, rescues a shipwrecked sailor and takes him to a strange island. Story by Kazayuki Yamamoto, art by Naoyo Kimura.

These compact boxed sets (with convenient handles for carrying) contain five Pokemon Tales each! Open and close them, take them anywhere you go. Each gift box retails for $19.95 USA/$30.95 CAN. . Vol. 1: Pikachu, Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur, and the “I’m Not Pikachu!” Movie Special.
. Vol. 2: Psyduck, Clefairy, Butterfree, Dragonite, and the “Pikachu’s Unparalleled Adventure” Movie Special 2 starring Pikachu and Pokemon Gold and Silver character Elekid.

Plus, don’t miss Viz’s ongoing Pokemon monthly comics for October 2000: Pokemon Adventures Part 3 #3: “Saffron City Showdown”, Magical Pokemon Journey Part 2 #3: “Hot Springs Pikachu”, and Pokemon the Movie 2000 Animation Comics: The Power of One #4!


“Top-quality manga…the art is beautiful, the concept is strong” -Comics Buyer’s Guide

San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Comics presents the October 2000 release of Silent Mobius Vol. 5, the latest volume in the supernatural science-fiction thriller by Kia Asamiya (Martian Successor Nadesico, Dark Angel, Steam Detectives, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Manga). Silent Mobius Vol. 5 collects the entire run of the Silent Mobius: Karma 7-issue monthly comic series.

In the 21st century the “Lucifer Hawks” broke through into our dimension…and the human race needed new heroes. Meet the A.M.P., seven young women with incredible powers who must protect the human race from monstrous entities from another world! In the gigantic megacity of 2028 Tokyo, they are the human race’s defenders– sorcerors Katsumi Liqueur and Mana Isozaki, ‘visionaire’ Lebia Maverick, cyborg Kiddy Phenil, psychic Yuki Saito, priest Nami Yamigumo, and Rally Cheyenne, in whose blood flows the magical power of the devils who are their enemies…

In This Volume: An emergency call to a threatened space elevator sends Katsumi on a trip through her memories to when she first joined the A.M.P….when she discovered that she was the inheritor of magical powers on both her mother’s and her father’s side. Now, the devil who took her mother’s life has returned, and Katsumi is its new target! Can the daughter succeed where the mother failed…or will Tokyo’s tallest building be her tomb? Silent Mobius: Karma is a self- contained storyline which was the inspiration for/adaptation of the first Silent Mobius movie which was released in America by Streamline Pictures.

Kia Asamiya is currently the most widely translated manga artist in America, with no less than 5 monthly or bimonthly series running concurrently in English. Silent Mobius was his debut as both artist and writer, which first appeared in Japan in May 1998 in Kadokawa’s RPG-oriented comic magazine Comic Dragon. It has since been adapted into two animated movies, a Japanese PlayStation game, and a 1998- 1999 Silent Mobius animated TV series (which was released in the U.S. by Bandai Entertainment). Even Kia Asamiya’s Silent Mobius sketchbooks have been translated.

Silent Mobius Vol. 5 is written and drawn by Kia Asamiya. It is 200 pages long and retails for $15.95 in the U.S. and $23.95 in Canada.



San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Comics proudly announces the October 2000 release of Dragon Ball Vol. 2, collecting the early episodes of Akira Toriyama’s hit martial arts manga! If you’ve seen Dragon Ball Z on the Cartoon Network, step back in time to the beginning of the story when all your favorite characters were younger, and the tone was lighter and funnier.

Meet a naive young monkey-tailed boy named Son Goku, whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven “Dragon Balls.” If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma needs Goku’s help (and his super-strength)! And so the unlikely pair sets off, meeting both friends and foes on their journey…

In This Volume: To recover the sixth Dragon Ball, the Ox King sends Goku on a mission: to find Kame-sen’nin, the Turtle Hermit, whose mighty powers can put out the raging fires of Fry-Pan Mountain! Do I hear a kamehameha? With the bandits Yamcha and Pu’ar on their trail, our heroes continue their quest for the seventh and final Dragon Ball, passing through the domain of Boss Rabbit, who can turn people into carrots. But the seventh Dragon Ball turns out to be the toughest yet, ’cause it’s in the hands of Emperor Pilaf, who wants to use his wish to rule the world! Our heroes’ only hope turns out to be in the most unlikely of places…This volume collects the monthly Dragon Ball comics #7 through #12.

Widely known all over the world for his playful stories and humorous, distinctive art style, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is also known in his native Japan for the wildly popular Dr. Slump, his previous manga series about the adventures of a mad scientist and his android “daughter.” His hit series Dragon Ball ran from 1984 to 1995 in Shueisha’s weekly Shonen Jump magazine, where it was the most popular title in the magazine’s history, and generated innumerable movies, video games and merchandise. Toriyama has also done design work on video games such as Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger and Tobal No. 1.

Dragon Ball Vol. 2 is written and drawn by Akira Toriyama. It is 192 pages long and retails for $14.95 USA/$23.00 Canada.


San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Comics announces the October 2000 release of Aqua Knight Part 2, a 5-issue monthly series continuing the new manga by Yukito Kishiro, the creator of Battle Angel Alita! Aqua Knight mixes humor and action in the shonen manga style, with atmospheric fantasy adventure in the tradition of Ursula K. LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea.

Marmundo–a world of ocean and scattered isles. The Aqua Knights– Noble crusaders who wear “water armor” and ride killer whales. On the remote island of Faro, not far from the World’s Edge, Aqua Knight Ruliya washes ashore after a storm. Befriending the lighthouse keeper, Arrabarus, and his son Ashika, Ruliya promised to make the naive but courageous boy her squire. When the aristocrat Alcontra attacks the island, killing Arrabarus and kidnapping his son, Ruliya vows to rescue Ashika and avenge his father, even if she has to follow him across the world…

In This Part: Ashika has become a slave of the arrogant Alcontra, who studies phrenology, mistreats his servants, and depends on superior technology for his refined lifestyle. Ruliya pursues them, bearing the magic dagger given to her by Vivoantes, the Death Knight. But when a strange boatsman guides her to a giant, partially submerged castle, she finds herself forgetting her mission, and coming under the spell of the castle’s master, the Akuma Knight. Will her one friend in the castle save her from the claws of giant crabs? Plus, see Ruliya’s mother and father, and see Alcontra’s ship cross the Sea of Monsters!

Yukito Kishiro is the creator of the hit 9-volume cyberpunk series Battle Angel Alita and the 1-volume Ashen Victor, both published in Japan in the monthly comic magazine Ultra Jump. Kishiro is famed for designing the worlds of his stories in great thoroughness and detail; now, in Aqua Knight, he does for fantasy what he had previously done for science fiction, creating a setting of legends with a style drawn from the European Age of Exploration.

Aqua Knight Part 2 is a 5-issue monthly series written and drawn by Yukito Kishiro. Each issue is 32-48 pages long and retails for $3.50 in the U.S. and $5.50 in Canada. Issue #1 includes a full-color poster showing the universe of Aqua Knight (as perceived by its inhabitants): a flat disc bordered by a mighty waterfall which plummets into the maws of dragons.


San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz throws its hat into the ring with the October 2000 release of Eagle Book 2, collecting the second 4 issues of the acclaimed monthly series by Kaiji Kawaguchi. Now, the story of Democratic candidate Ken Yamaoka is available in one massive 424-page graphic novel.

Ken Yamaoka, a third-generation Japanese-American, has all the qualifications of a presidential candidate: he studied at Yale, he fought in the front lines in Vietnam, and he has been a Senator for several terms. Now, as he challenges the Vice President for the Democratic presidential nomination, he summons a young Japanese journalist, Takashi Jo, to Washington, D.C. to cover his campaign. But Takashi soon discovers that he cannot be an impartial observer. He is Yamaoka’s son out of wedlock, conceived while the future candidate was on a stopover in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. Now the bastard child knows the truth that could destroy Yamaoka’s campaign.but why has his father told him this? Is the candidate a man of confidence and idealism…or arrogance and ruthless pragmatism? And, in the struggle of American politics, is there any way to know where one ends and one begins?

Intelligently written, exciting, critically acclaimed, Eagle presents a near-future vision of America as seen through the eyes of one of Japan’s most politically aware manga artists: Kaiji Kawaguchi, the creator of the Cold War drama Silent Service, which the Los Angeles Times compared to a Japanese version of Tom Clancy. With a contemporary story and relevant characters, Eagle combines an insider’s attention to detail with a fascinating outsider perspective on American politics.

In This Volume: Takashi investigates Yamaoka’s past, learning of the struggle between young Yamaoka and his father; the term in Vietnam that nearly killed him; and the story of Patricia Hampton, Yamaoka’s wife and the inheritor of millions, who met him in their college years. But today, is he a hardened, pragmatic opportunist, or is he still the idealistic young man that Patricia loved? As the New York primaries approach, Yamaoka vies with Democratic front-runner Albert Noah for the endorsement of Gilbert Blackburn, mayor of NYC and political power broker. But as the TV debates begin, Takashi and his half-brother discover that racism in America is far from dead. Contains issues #5-8 of the monthly series.

Eagle, Book 2 is b&w, 424 pages long, and retails for $19.95 U.S./ $30.95 Canada.

6-16-00—- 2000 Olympic Anime Festival

During this year’s summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Dendy Cinemas, Opera Quays, in conjunction with the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation will host Japanime, a Film Festival tribute to the innovation and imagination of contemporary Japanese Animation. The festival will occur over 4 days (August 23rd – 27th) and will host the Australian premiere of The Princess Mononoke.

Excerpted from the Dendy Cinemas website:

“Japanime is proud to showcase the films of Studio Ghibli directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, a creative partnership which has produced the best loved and most critically acclaimed body of work in Japanese animation. Highlights of the Japanime program include the Australian Premieres of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, a profoundly human and spectacularly realised animated masterpiece along with Isao Takahata’s gentle domestic comedy, My Neighbours the Yamadas.

Japanime will also pay tribute to the grandfather of modern Japanese animation, Osamu Tezuka. Tesuka is well known to Australian audiences through his beloved creations Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. Tezuka’s short films, television work and features based on his manga creations Blackjack and Jungle Taitei will feature in the Japanime program.”

Location And Admission Information:

Dendy Cinemas, Opera Quays
Address: 19 Martin Place, Sydney 2000
Phone: (02) 9233 8166
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tickets: Purchase At Venue

A tentative schedule can be seen at the Dendy Cinemas link above.

6-16-00—- CPM DVD Box Set Art

Central Park Media has posted box set art of coming DVD releases: Slayers TV and MAZE OAV.

6-16-00—- Digimon Movie Information

Twentieth Century Fox has announced plans to release Digimon: The Movie in the U.S. on Oct. 6th.

6-16-00—- Urban Vision Contest

Urban Vision has announced an online contest to coincide with it’s first summer video release of Goku: Midnight Eye.

After viewing the video, fans are prompted to go to the Urban Vision Website’sGoku page where they will be able to answer three questions and be entered for the chance to win a “Kawajiri Collection”, consisting ofa collection oftitles that Kawajiri has worked on including “Wicked City”, “Pet Shop of Horrors”, “The Cockpit”, and “Bio Hunter”.

6-15-00—- Jin-Roh Theater Status

After it’s recent premiere, 20 theaters (including one which is screening the film in DTS surround sound) across Japan are currenlty listed to screen Mamoru Oshii / Hiroyuki Okiura’s film Jin-Roh between now and the Fall of this year.

6-15-00—- Blood Director To Appear At Tokyo Film Festival

Blood Director Hiroyuki Kitakubo will make a lecture appearence at the 2nd Pia Co., Ltd. Film Festival in Tokyo July 2nd.

6-15-00—- Kazuo Komatsubara Memorial

A memorial tribute to animator/director/character designer Kazuo Komatsubara who died in March of this year will be held in June 20th – 25th in Japan. In his several decades working in the Anime Industry, Komatsubara-sensei lended his talent to such works as Captain Harlock, Captain Future, Grendizer, Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, and others. Several of the creator’s original illustrations will be on display at the event, a talk show is also scheduled to take place at some time during the memorial.

6-15-00—- Mononoke Screening In New Jersey

A screening of The Princess Mononoke will take placeat Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ at Scott Hall 123 on June 18th at 7:00 pm. There will be a $5.00 entry fee.

6-15-00—- Gundam Wing Toys – Bandai Merchandise News

Bandai Entertainment will be giving away free anime production cels, posters, limited Escaflowne/Jubei-Chan the Ninja Girl T-shirts throughout Anime Expo (to occur in Anaheim, CA June 30-July 3) at the convention’s Bandai booth. Those Purchasing $50 or more of Bandai’s VHS/DVD product from any participating retailer at Anime Expo can redeem the receipt for a free Escaflowne/Jubei-Chan T-shirt.

As announced at the E3 Electronics show in Los Angeles, a line of 4″ Gundam Wing Action Figures will be releassed in the U.S. this summer with all major mecha (including Tallgeese) being represented.

A promotion will be offered with the Gundam Wing DVD releases where those redeeming proof of purchase cards inserted within the packaging of the DVD’s will be able to recieve Gundam Wing action figures. The distribution of proofs to DVD’s will be setup in the following way so upon purchasing X # DVD you will be elligible to receive X figure:

DVD 2-3 Gundam Wing Action Figure
DVD 4-5 Gundam Deathscythe Action Figure
DVD 6-7 Gundam Sandrock Action Figure
DVD 8-9 Gundam Shenlong Action Figure
DVD 10 Gundam Heavyarms Action Figure

A larger transformable Gundam Wing DX Action Figure will also be released this summer.

Collectible card producers – Upperdeck is producing a set of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Trading Cards to be released in the fall, fans can expect many premium card inserts, etc.

6-15-00—- Evangelion TV And Sci-Fi Channel Anime Program Status Update

A report earlier in the week of spotted ad running on the U.S. cable Sci-Fi Channel including footage from Neon Genesis Evangelion TV and the Rurouni Kenshin OAV series. The ad has been confirmed as an advertisement for an new Sci-Fi Channel relaeted anime website. Sci-fi reportedly still holds the rights to a Slayers TV series, however, according to the network’s online program guide which projects to around September of this year, no new Anime TV series are slated to run.

6-15-00—- ADV Announcements

ADV has updated it’s website announcing a U.S. DVD release date for Bubblegum Crisis 2040 AD Volume 1 and Lost Universe Volume 1 (both will include English, Japanese & Spanish dialog and English subtitles and four episodes each retailing at $29.98) of 9-12.

ADV also reanounced their acquisition of the Devilman Lady TV series and that it’s Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 2 DVD has been delayed.

Finally, to combat piracy, ADV has established a piracy division, those spotting pirated copies of ADV released material are prompted to write in and report at nopiracy@advfilms.com.

6-14-00—- Trigun Cartoon Network Blurb Retracted

Following up from yesterday, Animerica Online’s running headline stating that the Trigun series was coming to the Cartoon Network has been retracted and confirmed as a print typo. The site’s headline now reads:

Trigun A double-barreled desperado in a comedy-Western shoot-em-up. By Patrick Macias and Andy Nakatani CORRECTION Trigun is NOT coming soon to the Cartoon Network. Due to a mix-up, the Trigun headline was confused with a previous article Gundam Wing. Animerica regrets the error.

6-14–00—- Sanrio Wins Internet Domian Ruling

On April 20th, Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty won a ruling in it’s favor issued by The World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center where the company charged unauthorized use of the name Pochacco, one of it’s character’s for a Web site domain. The ruling ordered the user of the domain name www.pochacco.com to transfer domain rights.

6-14-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Nintendo has released details on a Pokemon Edition of it’s N64 console titled Pika-Nintendo 64. Pikachu and a power switch shaped like a Pokeball now adorn the top chasis of the special console replaced by a Pokeball. The system is out in Japan July 21st, retailing at 14000 Yen, in orange and blue colors. A U.S. and European release is slated for sometime this year.

6-14-00—- Escaflowne Statues – News Bits

From The Viz Retailer Distributor Mailing List:

1. Two original, limited edition cold-cast statues of Escaflowne (armor suit) and Hitomi (girl).

Figure MS Retail Price Discount Retailer Price
Escaflowne $129.98 35% $ 84.49
Hitomi $89.98 35% $58.49

2. Minimum Order of 5 pieces each (plus shipping)
3. Street Date is October 3, 2000.
4. Order deadline is no later than August 7, 2000

PICTURES will be posted on the retail section of the Viz website

Escaflowne News: Animerica (8/00) Cover Feature (still can preorder
this issue)
1. Fox Kids will air 26 Episodes from August or September, Saturday Morning every week.
2. Bandai Entertainment’s VHS (dub) & DVD relaunch with the TV launch on street date 10/3/00 and will premiere the Escaflowne Movie at Anime Expo.

6-14-00—- New Gundam Wing Product Licenses

Excerpted from the Yahoo Business Wire press release:

Gundam Wing Phenomenon Grows With Addition of New Licensees as Television Ratings and Toy Line Sales Surge Bandai Expands Gundam Wing Franchise Into Sporting Goods, Apparel and Leisure Markets

Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today at Licensing Show 2000 the extension of the Gundam Wing property with the signing of eleven new licensee partners in the apparel, sporting goods and leisure markets. With the hit television series “Gundam Wing” airing on Cartoon Network during the Toonami time block and a popular model kit toy line, Bandai Entertainment will build the already successful brand with these strategic alliances. New product lines will include sleepwear, loungewear, fashion underwear, screen printed t-shirts, trading cards, back-to-school supplies, headwear, posters, wall scrolls, skateboards, scooters, kites and a Valentine’s Day card set.

“We are proud to see the Gundam Wing brand already well-positioned in the United States since its arrival last fall,” said Ken Iyadomi, executive vice president, marketing, Bandai Entertainment Inc. “Interest in Gundam Wing has made the property the eighth most researched topic on the Lycos search engine and now fans will be able to enjoy Gundam Wing with exciting new product.”

The new Gundam Wing roster of licensees includes AME (Sleepwear, Loungewear Blanket Sleepers and Fashion Underwear); Banzai Anime, Inc. (Wall Scrolls); CSS Industries, Inc. (Children’s Exchange Valentines); Entertainment Calendars, LLC. (Calendars); Headstart Licensed Products, LLC. (Embroidered Headwear: Baseball Caps, Bucket Hats, Beanies and Knit Caps); Kittrich Corp. (Back-to-school Supplies); ODM (Screen printed T-shirts, Sweatshirts and Tank Tops); Pace Entertainment, LLC. (Posters); Sport Fun, Inc. (Skateboards and Scooters); Top of the Line, Inc. (Kites) and Upper Deck Company, LLC. (Trading Cards).

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in Japan, Gundam Wing became a hit in the United States when Bandai America, master toy licensee of Gundam Wing, first launched the action figure model kits in fall 1999. Due to popular demand among consumer audiences, Bandai America will release the 4.5-inch action figures of the Gundam mobile suits in July, three months earlier than planned.

The Gundam Wing brand continued its strong presence in March 2000 when Cartoon Network launched “Gundam Wing,” an animated science fiction series of five teenage boys who are selected to pilot Gundam mobile suits and journey to Earth to save the planet and preserve peace. Airing twelve times a week on the Cartoon Network, Gundam Wing continually has ranked since its launch as either the No. 1 or No. 2 show for kids and teens during the Toonami block. The series is set to continue in fall 2000 and spring 2001.

6-14-00—- Digimon Licenses

Excerpted from the Yahoo PR News Wire Release:

‘Digimon’ Licensees Sign as Ratings, Retail Success Grows ‘Digimon’ Beats Out ‘Pokemon’ in TV Ratings and Toy Sales – Plus Second TV & Retail Season Promises Even More Success

The retail juggernaut keeps growing with an ever-increasing roster of licensees as “Digimon: Digital Monsters” approaches the launch of its first planned theatrical release and its second television season, it was announced today by Elie Dekel, President, Saban Consumer Products (Booth #3905).

“The heady success we’ve enjoyed with the ‘Digimon’ franchise is obviously thrilling,” said Elie Dekel, “Yet we’re also using this department’s background of managing and cultivating evergreen brands to magnify Digimon’s value to its retail partners and — more importantly — its fans.”

“Interest in ‘Digimon’ among licensees, promotional partners and retailers is white hot,” continued Elie Dekel, “Proving that ‘Digimon’ has carved out its own unique success in the anime and kids entertainment arenas. We plan on rolling out more QSR deals, packaged goods promotions, on-air promotions and many more marketing initiatives — so look for even more ‘Digimon’ presence in 2001.”

Launched on August 14, 1999, “Digimon: Digital Monsters” catapulted into a retail frenzy a mere three months later and now, in mid-2000, the brand dominates the TV, toy, trading card and nearly every category it touches. During the first week of May sweeps, on April 29, 9am, “Digimon” beat out “Pokemon” in head-to-head competition with Kids 2-11 and 6-11 (Neilsen Galaxy Explorer) — as well as beating “Pokemon” and all other toy lines two months running with action figures toy sales (Toy Book, Apr & Mar 2000).

Some of the “Digimon” success highlights include:
— “Digivolve” On-air Sweepstakes spots on Fox Kids (5/8 to 5/20) with a grand prize, 1000 runner-up prizes, plus FoxKids.com and Fox Kids magazine support.
— Jel-Sert Packaged Foods National Promotion (April-June, 2000) on nearly ten million packages of Flavor Ice, Flavor Aid and Wyler’s drink mix — includes TV commercials on Fox Kids and Fox Family Channel, cross-sell coupons and national FSI.
— Taco Bell Kids Meal (July-Sept, 2000) at 4,200 Taco Bell locations nationwide.
— Slated for late 2000, “Digimon” and other Fox Kids properties will be part of a national film theater chain promotion (to be announced soon).
— “Digimon” Apparel Boys Backwall Promotion at Target early 2000 with 12-foot Backwall Signage program.
— Second “Digimon” Apparel Boys Backwall Promotions at Target (July 15 to October 15, 2000) featuring twelve-foot Backwall Signage promotion.
— Promotion at Aahs! (Mar 2000 to Dec 2000) with in-store signage and end-cap.
— Promotion at Toys ‘R’ Us Feb 2000 with eight-foot feature wing and roto ad.
— Exclusive costume at Party City stores for Halloween 2000.
— “Digimon” Mid-Tier Distribution at Lord and Taylor, Robinsons-May Company, Dillards and JC Penny stores.
— Feature area and signage program at Sears stores July to Dec 2000.

6-14-00—- Saban Product Licenses

Excerpted from the Yahoo PR News Wire Release:

Saban Consumer Products’ strategic property previews for Licensing Show 2000 include nine television series covering genres from action/adventure to girl-oriented teen audience programming. The “all kids” Fox Kids line-up includes the white-hot phenomenon “Digimon: Digital Monsters,” the tremendously successful saga of the “Power Rangers” franchise; the triumphant return of the high-octane “NASCAR Racers” series; the much anticipated live-action epic adventure series “W.I.Z.A.R.D.S.,” plus a powerhouse lineup of other exciting properties including “Los Luchadores,” “DinoZaurs,” “Escaflowne” and Fox Family Channel’s Emmy-nominated “Angela Anaconda.” The news was announced today by Elie Dekel, President, Saban Consumer Products (Booth #3905).

“We’re very excited to offer licensees a broad scope of programming on two distinct television destinations, Fox Kids Network and Fox Family Channel,” said Dekel. “Fox Kids features action and adventure, while Fox Family Channel offers quirky, contemporary family fun. This combination gives us unprecedented flexibility in creating and supporting a broad range of exciting licenses.”

Saban’s Licensing Show 2000 Line-up:

Fox Kids Network’s “DIGIMON: DIGITAL MONSTERS” — which beat “Pokemon” in head-to-head competition during May Sweeps — celebrates its second season with 52 digivolving, action-packed episodes of detailed anime. After eight kids are thrust into a mystical realm called the digital world, they soon befriend a collection of monsters called Digimon. But now after the kids have saved the digital world from all sorts of evil Digimon, they encounter the most diabolical — and surprising — enemy of all!

Fox Kids Network’s “DINOZAURS” — Sixty-five million years ago, dinosaurs stopped the insidious space Dragozaurs from robbing the Earth’s life-force at a terrible price: their own extinction. Now resurrected by science and turned into an unstoppable team, the DinoZaurs and a group of kids are determined to stop the Dragozaurs and save the planet. Produced by Sunrise and Bandai Entertainment, there are 26 CGI and cel anime episodes.

Fox Kids Network’s “ESCAFLOWNE” — This Japanese Anime saga follows the adventures of Hitomi, a female high-school student who has visions of events that come to pass with frightening accuracy. Her world is torn upside down when a mysterious swordsman, Prince Van, appears before her and they are suddenly transported to the mystical world of Gaea. Together, Hitomi and Van must learn to master the secrets of Escaflowne, a battle suit of enormous power, and the only hope of saving Gaea. 26 episodes by Bandai Visual.

6-14-00—- Nausicaa.net Back From The Abyss

Nausicaa.net recently suffered severe technical problems that brought the popular Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli related web destination down for several weeks. Excerpted from an announcement on the Miyazaki Mailing List:

Nausicaa.net’s back, though it make take a little while to be reachable for everyone, and doubtless there will still be a few quirks to work out with the new machine and configuration… but we should have all the old data there.

6-13-00—- Possible Macross DVD Sample By Otakon

Excerpted Question And Reply By Robert Woodhead Of Animeigo On The Animeigo DVD Mailing List This Morning:

-It seems that a month or so ago one of you stated that there may be a sample
-DVD of Macross TV making its way to some conventions this summer.

Yeah, Otakon most likely.

The Otakon Convention is set for Aug. 4-5-6 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.

6-13-00—- Pokemon And Theology

Fastest Gaming News has written up an article on Pokemon being endorsed by the Catholic Church, meanwhile the United Kingdom’s Guardian Newspaper has compiled a piece on The Church Of England and Pokemon.

6-13-00—- Toycom Macross Toy Update

Exceprted from the newsgroup posting:

Hey folks, Okay, first to answer a couple of questions that have been floating around the NG.

1. The release of the entire Macross Plus line, all three toys, has been delayed. Not sure of the exact reasons. Mostly to do with the reworking of the YF-19’s hips. Sexy hips…

2. No word yet on any actual prototyping of the classic VF series toys. Sounds like the powers that be are really waiting to see the overall performance of the Macross Plus line.

Stickers, stickers, stickers…

I finally got a fax of what the sticker look like today and they are pretty darn cool. It looks like a sticker sheet from a model kit with all sorts of “DANGER”, “WARNING” and “NO STEP” decals along with numbers ranging from 0 to 9 repeated several times. There are also about eight UNSpacy logos of various sizes.

The most interesting thing to me is that it looks like the YF-19 and 21 share the same sheet. The stylized numbers 19 and 21 appear as do the pilot names ISAMU D. and GALDO G. B. Even more interesting are the additional pilot names MIKIO Y. and MIRAD J. I might have the spellings wrong on all of these, there kind of small and hard to see, but I think I got it right. Anybody know who these extra pilots are?

Our scanner is down so but I’m going to try to get a decent scan through our All-in-one fax machine to post later this week.

That’s all for today.


6-13-00—- Cartoon Network Related Articles

Kidscreen News is running an article on new Cartoon Network Programing that can be read here and an article on Tenchi Muyo that can be read here.

6-13-00—- D-BOY To Produce Dark Angel Figures

Excerpted from the official release:

D-BOY To Produce DARK ANGEL Figures

D-Boy, Inc., in association with Kia Asamiya’s Studio Tron and Fanboy Entertainment, is pleased to announce they will be producing and action figures based on Kia Asamiya’s DARK ANGEL manga series. Scheduled for early 2001, the first wave of DARK ANGEL toys will include four characters from the original black and white manga series. The line up includes Dark, Leen, Sen and Tan.

“D-Boy, Inc. is very excited in working with Mr. Asamiya on this line of figures.” comments Erik Ko, owner of D-Boy, who has been a long time fan of Mr. Asamiya’s work. “I have been a long time follower of Asamiya-sensei’s work, starting about 10 years ago with Silent Mobius. I still remember how excited I was when I saw DARK ANGEL for the first time in the NewType Magazine!”

“I am so happy about this! As hard as it is to believe, these will actually be the first action figures ever made based on one of my manga!”, Asamiya explains. “I’ve had dolls, statues, PVCs, vinyl kits and models made of almost all my characters, but never an action figure! That makes working with D-Boy on this project all the more exciting for me. I’m glad D-Boy will finally be putting DARK ANGEL toys into the hands of the fans.”

Fanboy Entertainment’s C.B. Cebulski notes “I’ve known Asamiya-sensei has wanted to see action figures made of his manga and anime characters for a while now. As big action figure collectors, it is something we both wanted to make happen. After getting a peak at the beautiful work D-Boy is doing on Warlands and Wu-Tang, Asamiya-sensei and I feel his DARK ANGEL characters are in the best hands possible! As Asamiya-sensei has created an enormous array of characters over the years, we hope this is just the start!”

D-Boy, Inc. is famous for their attention to detail, and their ability to capture the true likenesses of each character. In this case, to keep the true manga feel of each character, sculpting will be done by a number of top Japanese sculptors including the master craftsmen from Max Factory and Kotobukiya in Tokyo. Other D-Boy projects include Solar Lord & Dragonman Hyper Detail Action Figures, the Danger Girl Abbey Chase Statue, and their upcoming line of Warlands and Nine Rings of Wu Tang action figures.

To view full color Kia Asamiya art of all four characters, please visit the following links:


6-13-00—- Dragon Ball Article

The Fort Worth Star Telegram recently ran an article on Dragon Ball Z on the front page of it’s business section. You can read the article here.

6-13-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Banpresto is producing a new Seikaiden: Hoshin Engi SRPG for release on Gameboy Color in Japan this September.

6-13-00—- Manga Artists High On List Of Famous Japanese Taxpayers

According to the Japanese Ministry of Finance’s 1999 list of Top Taxpayers in the category of Entertainment, taking the #1 spot is Yugi-Oh creator Kazuki Takahashi (owing $4,000,000 U.S. in taxes).
Dragonball creator Akira Toriyama, takes #2 (paying $2.8 million U.S. in taxes).
Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama comes in at #8 (paying $1.7 million U.S.).
Ranma 1/2 creator Rumiko Takahashi takes #18 (paying $741,000 U.S.).

Source: Fanboy Entertainment

6-13-00—- Dark Angel In France

The French language edition manga of Kia Asamiya’s Dark Aangel # has reportedly completely sold out of its 1st print run in France. Publisher, Generation Comics, reports Dark Angel #1 has been nominated Album of the Month at FNAC a leading French chain of multimedia retailers. The development led to increased interest sales, depleting the publisher’s backstock in near-record time. Generation is considering a second printing for the collection.

Source: Fanboy Entertainment

6-13-00—- New Sailor Moon Dubbed TV Episodes Premiere

As previously mentioned, American cable broadcaster, Cartoon Network began running new English dubbed Sailor Moon S episodes Monday afternoon. Several Changes over the previously aired SM episodes were noted and have been discussed heavily online since the premiere:

Dubbing is being produced by a company named CWi.
Much (all?) of the original Japanese soundtrack is left intact.
Much of the dub dialouge is very close to the original Japanese dialouge.
Ending sequence matches that of Japanese S ending closely.

6-13-00—- AX2000 Membership Data Online

Excerpted from the official release by Mike Tatsugawa:

All the Membership data is now in our computers! For immediate verification, please feel free to check our Friends & Family homepage.

Postcard confirmations of the last batch of memberships will be sent out Saturday and should be arriving towards the middle of next week. Please remember that these cards will be VERY useful in processing you quickly. Should you not receive your card, but DO find yourself on the Friends & Family list, the address may have been incorrect or the postal service ate it. In either case, just bring a photo ID and ideally the confirmation sheet that our web site provided and we can process your quickly.

Just FYI, AX broke another record and processed more than 3,500 pre-con memberships this year.

Anime Expo ’99 total memberships exceeded 6,400 members.