Anime News Service – March 23-27 Anime News

3-27-00—- Top Anime DVD Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1. Angelique-Shiroi Tsubasa no Memoir-[Making]
2. Infinite Ryvius S-1
3. Urusei Yatsura: Only You (Un-cut Theatrical Feature)
4. Momoiro Sisters

3-27-00—- Top Manga Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1.Kareshi No Kanojo No Jijou 9
2. Monster 13
3. Hana Yori Dango 25
4. Yugi-oh 17
5. Angelic Layer 2
6. Rookies 9
7. Wild Cats 1
8. Basara 27
9. Kochira Katsushi Kaku Kamearikouenmae Hashutsusho 118
10. Naruto 1

3-27-00—- Top Video Game Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1. Ridge Racer V – PS2
2. Kessen – PS2
3. Fantavision – PS2
4. Street Fighter EX3 – PS2
5. Mobile Suit Gundam Gihren’s Greed Blood Of Zeon – PSX
6. Beatmania Append 5th Mix – Time To Get Down – PSX
7. Pokemon Silver – GB
8. Pokemon Gold – GB
9. Eternal Ring – PS2
10. Driver – PSX

3-27-00—- Top J-Pop Album Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1. “Eternity” – Every Little Thing
2. “Sakurano Kinoshita” – Aiko
3. “Dreams Come True Greatest Hits: The Soul” – Dreams Come True
4. “Romantist Egoist” – Porno Graffitti
5. “Mediumslow” – Masayuki Suzuki
6. “Ayu-Mi-X II Version US+EU” – Ayumi Hamasaki
7. “Hide Best Psycho Community” – Hide
8. “B’z The Mixture” – B’z
9. “Here” – Grapevine
10. “Horizon Millenium Abum&Singles” – Gardens

3-27-00—- Top J-Pop Single Sales (Japan) (As Of 3-27)

1. “Stay By My Side” – Mai Kuraki
2. “Deep Impact” – Dragon Ash Featuring Rappagariya
3. “Red Beat Of My Life” – Eriko With Crunch
4. “Tsunami” – Southern All Stars
5. “Akai Nikkicyou” – Akagumi 4
6. “Kiiroi Osorade Boom Boom Boom” – Kiiro 5
7. “Sukininatteku Aishiteku / Kinkino YaruKimanman Song” – Kinki Kids
8. “Aoi Sports Car No Otoko” – Aoiro 7
9. “Love Day After Tomorrow” – Mai Kuraki
10. “Good Bye Yesterday” – Miki Imai

3-27-00—- Pioneer Release Update

Excerpted from the Pioneer Entertainment Weekly update:

Vision Of Escaflowne: Vol. 1 Dragons and Destiny DVD Bandai 10406
669198043093 $29.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
0430 13UP Stereo 100 Canada
Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical problems, but when a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, her life changes forever. Drawn into a strange vortex with the swordsman, Van, Hitomi is thrust into the strange world of Gaea. Van must learn to master the suit of armor, Escaflowne, before he and Hitomi are crushed by the ambitions of the Empire of Zaibach. Van and Hitomi will encounter both allies and enemies in an effort to unlock the secrets within Escaflowne, and Hitomi’s heart, stirred by love and adventure, will, at times ache with sorrow. But why was she sent to this world? Her journey has just begun!

Cowboy Bebop: Session 2 DVD
Bandai 10385
669198129193 $29.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
1291 13UP Stereo 125 Canada
Contains episodes 6-10 of the television series – five full episodes! Spike and Vicious conclude their reunion with a deadly duel. And after that, more mayhem and hilarity await as the crew of the Bebop continues to try and make a living as bounty hunters. As they travel, they will meet up with a feisty space trucker, make a stop on Venus, and meet up with the great hacker Ed.

Cowboy Bebop: Session 3 DVD
Bandai 10386
669198129292 $29.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
1292 13UP Stereo 100 Canada
Contains episodes 11-14 of the television series – four full episodes! First, the crew must fight against a strange organism that’s boarded the Bebop. Surviving that, they move on to find their lost cash, and Spike begins the search for the missing Julia. But it turns out that his old enemy Vicious is involved. Finally, they must solve the mystery of a high-tech crime that seems to have been perpetrated by a ghost.

Blue Submarine No. 6: Vol. 2 Pilots DVD
Bandai 10378
669198094194 $19.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
0941 13UP Stereo 30 Canada
After surviving another undersea battle with Zorndyke’s forces, the crew of Blue Submarine No. 6 returns to base for repairs. While on base, Tetsu continues to display his trademark lack of concern for authority and continues to annoy Mayumi. However, during a battle planning video conference, Zorndyke breaks in with a pirate transmission, sending the human forces into a panic. What cruel fate does he have in store for mankind, and has he truly turned his back on his own people?

Created by Satoru Ozawa – CG company GONZO Mechanical designs by Shoji Kawamori (Macross Plus)
Utilizes the latest in 3D Computer Graphics (CG) Animation 5.1 Surround Audio for the Japanese tracks!

Haunted Junction DVD Collection
Bandai 10428
669198113093 $39.98 5/2/00 6/6/00
1130 13UP Stereo Canada
Meet Haruto Hojo, an ordinary high school student with an unusual problem. He’s got ghosts and spirits running amuck at school! Appointed President of the Saints Club, Haruto, Mutsuki, and Kazuo are charged with the task of investigating strange phenomena on campus and improve the quality of life for the school spirits that roam the halls. But how can three students handle the likes of Hanako, the sultry bathroom spirit, a Kosak-dancing skeleton, a fish monster living in the school’s pool, Red Mantle, Nino-kun, and the rest of the Saito school spirits?

Originally created by Atsuko Nakajima

3-27-00—- Anchor Bay Update

Anchor Bay Entertainment has updated their news page with the following today:

-to the fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausica√§ of the Valley of Wind (a.k.a. Warriors of the Wind) we are currently in neogtiations with a company to provide the DVD community with the original uncut version of the film under the original name. There will be additional postings once some final details are worked out.

3-27-00—- Kizuna OAV #3 In Production

K2 Company’s website (personal homepage of Kodaka Kazuma) is reporting that they are currently working on Kizuna OVA #3.

Title: “KIZUNA ~Koi no Karasawagi~” (KIZUNA ~Much Ado About Love~)

Staff: Director/Story/Storyboard – Yamazaki Kazuo (Director of Please Save My Earth; Asst Director of Slayers Complete)
Character Design/Art Director – Yamamoto Sawako (Mecha Art Designer of Gasaraki)
Producer – Kawasaki Tomoko (Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Kusatta Kyoushi no Houteishiki, FAKE)

Production: KSS And Zexcs

The OVA Story combines “Your’ All…” and “Koi no Karasawagi” chapters. Instead of telling 2 separate stories, the story will start out with “Koi no Karasawagi” and go into the flashback sequence of “Your’ All…”

For more information (Japanese Language Website):
www.din.or.jp/~k2c/k2c/ova/frame001.html

3-27-00—- Sakura Taisen TV Changes Networks

The upcoming Sakura Taisen TV series has recently shifted from an original broadcast date of April 8th on TBS/MBS to a new broadcast date and network of April 19th on the TUF, Teleview Fukushima, network.

3-27-00—- New Spring Television Season In Japan

Some new Anime TV Series’ to be hitting the airwaves in Japan this spring:

Corrector Yui (NHK)
Corrector Yui Sequel.

Seikai No Senki (Apr. 14th 19:30, WoWoW BS Ch.5)
Seikai No Monsho Sequel.

Mahoujin Guru-Guru

Da! Da! Da! (May. 28th, NHK)

Monster Firm (Monster Rancher?) -The Road To Legend- (Apr.1 7:30, TBS)

Digimon Adventure 02 (Apr.2 9:00, Fuji)
Digimon Sequel.

Ojaru-maru (Apr. 3rd 7:46, NHK)
Third Ojaru-maru series.

Nintama Rantaro (Apr. 3rd 17:50, NHK)
Eighth Nintama Rantaro series.

Hidamari no Ki (Apr.4th 24:50, NTV)

Kaitou Kirameki-man (Apr. 5th 18:00, TV TOKYO)

NieA_7 (Apr. 26th WoWoW)

Boys Be… (Apr. 11th WoWoW)

Ginsou Kikou Odian (Apr. 4th WoWoW)

Gatekeepers (Apr. 3rd WoWoW)

Love Hina (Apr.)

Ayashi no Ceres (Apr. 20th 18:30 WoWoW)
Based on Yuu Watase’s popular manga.

Source: Anihabara

3-27-00—- Ayashi No Ceres Voice Cast

The following is alisting of Character/Seiyuu for Studio Pierrot’s upcoming Ayashi no Ceres television series:

Ceres: Iwao Junko
Aya: Kakazu Yumi
Aki: Chiba Susumu
Q-san: Ijira
Suzumi: Asano Mayumi
Kagami: Sugita Tomokazu
Tooya: Konishi Katsuyuki
Yuuhi: Itou Kentarou
Chidori: Kawasumi Ayako
Alec: Seki Tomokazu

3-27-00—- Old Man And The Sea Wins Oscar For Best Animated Short Film

The Japanese, Russian, and Canadian joint production, The Old Man And The Sea, won the Oscar for best animated short film of 1999 at the 72nd Academy Awards, Sunday. The film is based on the Nobel Prize-winning 1952 novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, and was created on the centennial anniversary of the author’s birth last year.

3-27-00—- Sailormoon And Digimon To Be Broadcast In U.K.

On April 1st, U.K. cable and satellite channel (block) Fox Kids will begin running the Digimon and Sailor Moon Anime TV series’. Sailor Moon airs at 8:20 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. local time and Digimon at 8:45 a.m., both shows are expected to air daily.

3-27-00—- Guest Of Honor’s Perspective On AX ’99

Ms. Kazuko Tadano, a 1999 Anime Expo Convention Guest Of Honor has recently posted her con memories on her homepage, they can be read here.

3-26-00—- Magic Knights Rayearth DVD Box Extras

According to one-sheet information on Media Blasters’ forthcoming Magic Knights Rayearth DVD-Box Set today, some extras/features to be included are an art gallery, alternative auditions, outtakes, bloopers, character profiles, roll call, cast credits, interviews with the cast, creators, magical spell index, alternative openings/endings (omake endings), alternative song versions and interactive menus scenes.

Source: Anime On DVD

3-26-00—- Anime Nation “Studio Day” Report

Kevin Cook of DVD Animania has posted a report of the Anime Nation Grand Re-Opening party, that took place on Saturday. Nice Report, you can read it at the link under Saturday (3/25) news.

3-25-00—- Kenshin TV Video Release Scheduled

The Right Stuf catalog lists the release of the first and second VHS volumes (Legendary Swordsman, and Battle In The Moonlight ) of Media Blasters’ Ruroni Kenshin as July 18th. Each volume will contain four episodes, and retail for $24.95 dubbed / subtitled. The first volume DVD, containing four episodes, and Japanese and English language soundtracks will be released July 18th, retailing for $29.95.

3-25-00—- Nissan Hello Kitty Promotional Campaign

Japanese carmaker, Nissan, has announced a new showroom promotional campaign. Starting April 5th, Nissan will run an 8-minute anime film featuring Hello Kitty to promote child seat safety in 3000 Nissan dealership showrooms nationwide in Japan. As part of the campaign, Nissan will also distribute Hello Kitty stickers meant to be placed on child safety seats.

3-24-00—- Manga Entertainment Castle Of Cagliostro DVD Release

Manga Entertainment Press Release:

Manga Entertainment presents The Castle of Cagliostro, the first film written and directed by anime pioneer and visionary Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Laputa: The Castle in the Sky). Digitally restored for DVD and VHS, fans of all ages can now enjoy this lighthearted adventure story which Steven Spielberg once called “one of the greatest adventure movies of all time” (Toons Magazine).

Loosely based on French novelist Maurice Leblanc’s (1864-1941) Arsene Lupin: Gentleman Thief adventure stories; Lupin, an underworld version of Sherlock Holmes, is famous for swindling goods from the rich all around the world. First introduced in the late 1960s in a Japanese comic-book by Monkey Punch, the character Lupin III is the fictional grandson of LeBlanc’s famous Lupin character, a modern-day James Bond. Lupin III adventures became some of Japan’s most popular stories with three television series, five movies and numerous made-for-TV movies. The animated movie The Castle of Cagliostro, was the second movie featuring the Lupin character and was originally made in 1979. In addition, a Sony Playstation game of “Cagliostro” was released in January 1997 and film footage was used in an early 80s laserdisc-based arcade game called “Cliffhanger.”

In the film, master thief Lupin III, a.k.a. “The Wolf,” and his right-hand gunman, Jigen, are hot on the trail of a counterfeiter who swindled them. But when their search leads them to the fictional secluded European country of Cagliostro, they find far more than they bargained for. Lupin unwittingly attracts the attention of the nation’s mysterious monarch when he tries to help a damsel in distress escape the Count’s henchmen and in the process stumbles upon the key to finding the lost fortune of the Cagliostro clan.

The DVD features digitally re-mastered visuals and sound in Letterbox format; in English, Japanese and Japanese with English subtitles; Dolby Digital Stereo; Scene Index; Manga 2000 previews; Manga Fan Club Info; Manga Web Link
The VHS version is in stereo.
Genre: Comedy/Action-Adventure. Not Rated. 90 minutes.
Pre-book: April 7th Street Date: April 25th
VHS $19.95 (dub) 60200-40103-0, VHS $29.95 (sub) 60200-40113-9, DVD $29.95 60200-40512-0

3-24-00—- Manga Entertainment Devilman DVD Release

Manga Entertainment Press Release:

Based on Go Nagai’s best-selling manga comic book, Devilman, Manga Entertainment presents two animated volumes on one DVD – in stores April 25, 2000. The DVD’s Special features are: a full screen version digital re-master, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, a Scene Index, Go Nagai Biography and Filmography, Photo Gallery, Original Trailer, Manga Video Previews and Manga Video Web Link.

EPISODE 1 THE BIRTH: Normal life in modern day Tokyo is unexpectedly disrupted for a young high school kid named Akira. First his parents disappear, then his pet rabbit is viciously slaughtered and finally his best friend, Ryo Asuka, reveals a terrifying secret – something that guarantees that Akira’s life will never be the same again.

Ryo’s dead archaeologist father left him a dark and sinister legacy, knowledge of which condemns Ryo in the same fate as his father – an eternal sentence of suffering and torment.

However, Ryo understands that his legacy also has the power to salvage the human race from torturous damnation at the hands of demons. But whoever kills a demon must become a demon – and only one who is pure of heart can possess the body of a demon … only one like Akira!

EPISODE 2 DEMON BIRD: Demons, once trapped in the glacial ice of the Earth, have been unleashed on mankind after centuries of inactivity. Only two men have the ability to stop them, the cool-headed Ryo and the fearless Akira who, as Devilman, possesses the body and strength of a demon but the heart and soul of a human.

In DEMON BIRD, Akira is confronted by the deadly horror of grotesque creatures who struggle to take control of the world. Fighting off a brutal enemy, Akira is unable to protect his girlfriend, Miki from a brutal attack by the fiendish water-demon Gelmar. The combination of human and demon makes Akira a formidable force … until he meets the vicious talons of Siren, the invincible Demon Bird!

Street Date: April 25, 2000 Pre-Book Date: April 7, 2000
Horror. Not Rated. Contains Violence, Nudity and Explicit Language. Parental Discretion Advised.
Running Time is 120 minutes with a suggested retail price of $29.95.
Distributed by Rykodisc Partners Order number: 6-60200-40502-1

3-24-00—- Interview – Kia Asamiya

Kia Asamiya made his professional manga debut in 1986 when his Vagrants story appeared in the February issue of Kadokawa-Shoten’s Computieku. His Silent Mobius manga was later published in the May issue of Computieku, the unique style, designs, and characterizations therein were highly recognized, launching him into the status as a fan-favorite manga artist in Japan, and now, worldwide. Silent Mobius has since spawned reprints in multiple languages, a manga prequel: Mobius Klein, two Anime movies, and more recently, an Anime TV series which is just recently being released in the U.S. by Bandai Entertainment.

In 1989, his Gunhed was published by Newtype 100% Comics, followed by Compiler published in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine in 1990. Compiler became instantly popular among fans, it’s sequel, Assembler was later published in 1993.

In September of 1990, Asamiya-sensei’s Dark Angel manga made it’s Japanese debut in Newtype, it’s revamped U.S. debut, will soon be forthcoming from Image Comics.

In 1995, Steam Detectives began running in Jump Comics, it was an instant hit, and was adapted it’s own Anime TV series. In 1997, his highly popular Martian Successor Nadesico debuted from Kadokawa, it has been adapted to a TV series, movie (released in the U.S. by ADV Films), and video games.

Mr. Asamiya is constantly breaking new ground as a creator, pushing the envelope of his artform. He’s currently being represented in the U.S. by Fanboy Entertainment and will be touring the U.S., appearing at several Anime Conventions this summer, he has already appeared as Guest Of Honor at Animazement in North Carolina, 2 weeks ago.

* A secial thanks to C.B. Cebulski of Fanboy Entertainment for arranging this interview between us and Asamiya-sensei *

Anime News Service: What are your current projects in the U.S. and Japan? What can fans expect to see hitting the market in the next 6 months.

– Kia Asamiya: I just wrapped up my first girls’ manga series, Corrector Yui, which I did for my daughter. My son got jealous though so now I am working on a new kids series called Ebiru-kun for him. My Batman manga will continue monthly as will Steam Detectives. Silent Mobius ended last year but may be back. My new series D-Divine, my “Japanese X-Men” is starting in Comic Gao this month. And of course, Dark Angel: Phoenix Resurrection in the U.S. from Image in May. I also have my second artbook, Venus, coming out the end of March. I will be doing several variant covers for American comics here in the U.S. as well.

There will also be a series of sketchbooks based on my individual manga and anime series published by Fanboy Comics. The first is Steam Detectives “Pushing Pencils” in May. I will also be including a lot of commentary on the sketches as well as sequential sketch art to give readers more of an insight into drawing manga. The Dark Angel sketchbook, from the old and new series, will be in June, followed by Silent Mobius in July.

C.B. Cebulski and I are also planning an entirely brand new manga series that will see publication in the States first, possibly next year, from Fanboy Comics.

ANS: Do you have any animation projects currently in-progress in Japan or any lined up for the near future? Could fans expect to possibly see a Dark Angel TV, OAV series or movie in the future?

– KA: I do not have any animation work lined up at this time. From now on I will only be working on anime based on my manga and characters. An animated Dark Angel project is a definite future possibility, one I hope will become a reality. I am hoping the new color Dark Angel: Phoenix Resurrection series will generate interest (and funding) in doing an animated version.

ANS: What are your impressions on U.S. fandom? How was the Animazement convention a few weeks ago?

– KA: I was impressed by the level of enthusiasm that U.S. fans have for manga and anime. It rivals that of Japanese fans. It actually caught me a bit off guard. Animazement was my first U.S. anime convention. I had only previously attedned comic conventions, like San Diego and Wizard World. I was surprised to see howe many fans were into “cos-play”. Also, I never expected so many people to attend my signings. I really like American fans. Not only are they extremely knowledgable and nice, they are so polite. I have had fans in Japan literally follow me into restrooms asking me for an autograph or a sketch. At Animazement, the fans treated me as an equal and respected my wishes and privacy. I felt I was just another fan, not a guest, as I could comfortably walk around the convention and talk to fans.

ANS: On the current exponential boom of Anime / Manga as a popular form of entertainment in the U.S., from a creator’s standpoint what are your views?

– KA: I think it is a positive thing. I really get a kick out of seeing Japanese anime on TV here in English. Japan has been so influenced by Western pop culture over the past few decades it is great to see some Japanese influence exerting itself here. This boom has opened up new doors for me here too. ANS: Finally, do you have any words to fans of your works reading this from around the world?

– KA: “Thank you.” comes to mind. The fans are the reason I do what I do. They are the reason I get up in the morning. They are the reason I keep creating. I appreciate their support and will strive to keep them entertained with new manga, anime and characters. As long as I know that there is still one fan out there who is enjoying my comics, I will never stop working. You have my appreciation.

3-24-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Kadokawa Shoten’s upcoming The Record of Lodoss War: Devil Advent RPG for Dreamcast will feature an original story, 2D graphics and a 45 degree field-view angle. Japanese release is slated for June 29th, the game will retail at 6800 Yen.

NEC Interchannel’s Dreamcast dating sim, Kanon, will include 5 girls the player can select, each will have varrying personalities and attributes, character selection will directly affect the outcome/events of the game. Adult content / scenes present in the PC port will be replaced with milder for this this console release.

3-24-00—- Manga Perfect Blue DVD Release

Posted To The Manga Entertainment Mailing List:

PERFECT BLUE DVD TO RELEASE APRIL 25, 2000
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Manga Entertainment announces the DVD release of Satoshi Kon’s animated psychological thriller Perfect Blue on April 25, 2000. This dramatic Japanese animation feature has been recently nominated by The Motion Picture Sound Editors for a Golden Reel Award along with six other 1999 animated feature films including Tarzan, Toy Story II, Pok√©mon and Princess Mononoke. Perfect Blue has been hailed by critics across the country, Kevin Thomas of the LA Times writes “an amazing feat of animation, a stylish psychological thriller…creates an increasingly terrifying world and pulls you into it with the effectiveness of a Hitchcock suspense classic.”

In the film, pop singer Mima Kirigoe looks forward to a bright new career when she quits her chart-topping trio to become an actress. When she lands a role in a sexually charged murder mystery series, Mima’s life begins to fall apart. Reality and hallucinations merge into a terrifying netherworld where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares. Quickly descending into a dangerous state of paranoid delusions, Mima discovers an internet site describing every intimate detail of her daily life. Helpless and afraid, she watches as her associates are threatened and killed by a mysterious stalker.

On the DVD you can enter Mima’s room and find interviews with director Satoshi Kon, special advisor Katsuhiro Otomo and key English and Japanese voice actors from the film. Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks are available in both English and Japanese along with Japanese with English subtitles. Additional features include a musical photo gallery, special behind the scene performances, hidden songs, theatrical trailer, previews, fan club info, DVD catalog, CD-ROM content and web links.

In the tradition of great suspense masters, director Satoshi Kon (Memories), special advisor Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and Madhouse Studios (Ninja Scroll), bring Yoshikazu Takeuchi’s thrilling suspense novel to the screen, in a tour de force that brings animation to a bold new level.

Unrated Director’s Cut in letterbox format DVD-9. For Mature Audiences Only. Contains graphic violence, nudity, adult language, and adult situations. Parental Discretion Advised.

UPC: 6-600200-40492-5
Street Date: April 25, 2000
Suggested Retail Price: $29.95

3-23-00—- ADV Fansubs Update

ADV has launched it’s ADV Fansubs site and is now taking signatures for it’s upcoming Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water TV series and City Hunter releases. Each volume will contain 4 episodes and sell at $19.98, with a new volume every month.

3-23-00—- Animeigo Speaks On DVD

Statement posted to the Animeigo website Thursday afternoon:

Every day we get about a dozen emails asking “when will my favorite video be coming out on DVD?” It’s driving us nuts!

Folks, we’re working as hard as we can to get our products out on DVD at the level of quality you expect from AnimEigo. We spent over 6 months last year patiently working out ways to do DVD subtitles in the AnimEigo style — we even found bugs in one of the major DVD authoring systems that had to be corrected.

We now have two DVD authoring studios working on getting our titles out. One is working full time on Urusei Yatsura (and will also do some samurai films), the other is ramping up to release our other titles. Because we don’t want to make promises we later find we can’t keep, we aren’t even going to announce release dates on DVDs until the authoring is done, the packaging is ready, and all we have to do is send them off for replication.

The first DVD title that will be released is going to be the UY TV 1-5 box set. We are just going through our final paranoia checks and it should be sent to replication (and announced) around April 1 (appropriate for UY, don’t you think?).

Our second (new) authoring studio is hard at work on DVDs of Baoh and Spirit of Wonder. We know, it sounds like we are nuts, doing two of our less well-known titles first, but we want to start out with two simple titles to make it easier for the new studio to get up to speed with our style of subtitles, etc. That way, if any mistakes get past us, it won’t be a major problem. Once that’s done, we intend to release almost all of our catalog on DVD, roughly in order of popularity.

This means that you should expect to see us release titles like Bubblegum Crash, AD Police, Vampire Princess Miyu, Oh My Goddess, You’re Under Arrest, and KOR OVAs/Movie within the next year or so. We’re just not promising in which order, or exactly when. In addition, we’ll be releasing the Lone Wolf & Cub and Zatoichi samurai films on DVD, and it looks almost certain that sometime early in 2001 we will release KOR TV on DVD as well.

So please, be patient, check the website every so often to find out what’s new (or subscribe to AnimEigo-News, see below), and stop bugging poor Robert about the darn DVDs! If he cracks under the pressure, none of them will get released anytime soon!

3-23-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Capcom’s upcoming RPG serial-series, Emblem Of Eru, to be released bi-monthly for Dreamcast will unfold over 24 volumes starting this summer. The first chapter, Emblem Of Eur: El Dorado will contain 7 volumes of the whole series. Character designs for this game are provided by Yoshitaka Amano, with story written by Flagship. Each chapter will retail for 2800 Yen.

3-23-00—- Fanboy Entertainment Creates Publishing Division

Fanboy Entertainment announced on Tuesday the formation of its new publishing arm, Fanboy Comics. The division will begin operation this May.

“This is not an entirely unexpected move for us. I guess anyone could have seen it coming. It’s just another natural progression for Fanboy.”, comments Fanboy Entertainment’s C.B. Cebulski. “Starting with prints, posters and T-shirts helped us gain some exposure as well as establish a foothold in the market. More importantly, it allowed us to gauge fan reaction to our new company and to our products before we took the plunge into the somewhat uncertain comic market. We have been extremely pleased with the market and fan response to our products and have decided to expand into comics at this time.”

Fanboy Comics’ first project will be with manga artist Kia Asamiya. Fanboy and Asamiya’s Studio Tron have produced several projects together over the past few months including DARK ANGEL prints and T-shirts as well as the wildly popular STEAM DETECTIVES Ling Ling/ Lang Lang Lingerie Print Set. Fanboy Comics’ first publishing project will be a STEAM DETECTIVES sketchbook entitled Pushing Pencils.

“Pushing Pencils is a project that Mr. Asamiya is extremely excited about. He really enjoyed the Kia Asamiya Sketchbook that came out last year and wanted to take that idea and build upon it. He wants to do a series of longer, expanded sketchbooks for each of his individual manga and anime series.”, Cebulski explained. “Last month, Asamiya-sensei opened up his sketchbooks to us and we ran wild choosing images together. We were shooting for forty eight pages, but there are just too many gorgeous images and concepts that the fans just have to see! The STEAM DETECTIVES Pushing Pencils sketchbook will now clock in at sixty-four pages, packed with sketches and designs of the entire cast of STEAM DETECTIVES from the manga series, anime series and various toy lines. All your favorite characters will be there – Narutaki, Ling Ling, Lang Lang, Goriki, The Red Scorpion, The Phantom Knight, Shadow Bolt #1 and 2, and a few new surprises!”

Pushing Pencils will not just be an ordinary sketchbook, “Last year at Wizard World, Mr. Asamiya was shocked to see how many people showed up for his “How To Draw Manga” workshop. He had no idea that many people wanted to learn to draw manga! So here, with Pushing Pencils, he thought he would take the sketchbook concept and include commentary on and examples of some of the techniques and styles he uses when drawing manga. He will be reviewing all the sketches we have chosen and try to offer fans insight into each piece and the thought processes he uses when illustrating his manga. While it will not be an official “How To Draw Manga The Kia Asamiya Way” guide, it will feature sequential sketch art and give fans advice and instruction on some of the finer points of drawing manga from one of the best. And as an added bonus, Mr. Asamiya will be illustrating and coloring an original STEAM DETECTIVES cover just for the sketchbook.”

Pushing Pencils will be but the first in a series of Kia Asamiya sketchbooks. STEAM DETECTIVES Pushing Pencils will be a 64 page comic, available in May for $3.95. It will be followed in June by DARK ANGEL Sword Strokes, which will run 48 pages for $3.50 and include sketches and commentary on both the new and old DARK ANGEL manga series.

Fanboy Comics will be announcing their publishing plans for other manga and comic series with diverse creative teams in the weeks to come.

3-23-00—- Please Save My Earth DVD Materializes

Diamond Comics’ June release listings, indicates Viz will release their Please Save My Earth DVD, more details should be forthcoming.

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