Anime News Service – May 16 Anime News

  • 20th May 2002
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5-16-02—- She – The Ultimate Weapon Schedules

From Yukio-san:

She. The ultimate weipon.Web site.

* CS broadcasting familiar July 2th(Tue.) night 7 o’clock – every week ONAIR
* Terrestrial broadcasting CBC July 3th(Wed.) midnight 1 o’clock 55 minute – every week ONAIR
* It will be on 8:00 -/Friday on familiar theater re-broadcast Wednesday at 1:00 – /Sunday night 7:30 at midnight in the morning.

5-16-02—- Sony Announces New AIBO

As part of the celebration to commemorate the third anniversary of the AIBO ([ERS-110]) Entertainment Robot, originally launched in May 1999, Sony today announced a new addition to LM series of robots, the AIBO [ERS-31L]. The new robot will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $599 and will include a new AIBO-ware software package, AIBO Pal Special Edition. The new AIBO, which will come in caramel brown, will feature a new look similar to that of a bulldog or pug with a strong family resemblance to other members of the LM series [ERS-311/312]. Further, the new robot [ERS-31L] will include such advanced software enabled features as photo-taking capabilities (saves JPEG image onto Memory StickÔ media upon command), a 75-word vocabulary, interactive and expressive sensors, and more than 200 new behaviors. Beginning June 3 pre-orders will be accepted via the Internet at or by calling the AIBO Adoption Hot Line: toll free 1-888-917-7669 (seven days a week, 24 hours a day). Additionally, starting June 10 AIBO [ERS-31L] can be purchased at Sony Style stores in San Francisco and New York, as well as the Sony Gallery in Chicago. As part of the third anniversary celebration, those purchasing the new robot during the month of June and while supplies last will receive a free AIBO Life AIBO-ware software package, which allows the owner to raise the robot from an infant to an adult, with their purchase.

“AIBO is a home entertainment platform that will evolve as Sony continues to develop and expand artificial intelligence technologies,” said Victor Matsuda, vice president of the Entertainment Robot America a division of Sony Electronics Inc. “The new robot provides even more entertainment with an attractive price that will excite a new audience of AIBO fans.”

AIBO Pal Special Edition AIBO-ware software gives robots in the LM series an energetic personality. The software also provides several new features, including: § Wake-Up Dance: AIBO wakes up with a special dance as a way of saying good morning; § Walk and Explore Snapshots: AIBO will eagerly walk around the room looking for things of interest and when it finds something fun it will snap a photo; § 200 plus new moves and dances for AIBO LM series line; and § New energetic responses and communication with its owner.

In celebration of AIBO’s third anniversary throughout the months of May and June, Sony will be taking the AIBO Orchestra on a nationwide road tour visiting select cities throughout the U.S., where robot fans and music lovers can experience nine AIBOs simultaneously performing Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Scheduled cities· include: Boston May 18 and May 19 FAO Schwarz Chicago June 8 Sony Gallery New York June 22 Sony Style San Francisco June 29 Sony Style

5-16-02—- Recordable DVD Divide

The Daily Yomiuri reports on Microsoft Corp.’s recent announcement that it will support a rewritable DVD (DVD+RW) format causing a stir throughout the electronics industry. Though there are as many as five formats for recording data onto DVDs, makers of DVD equipment have formed two groups, those backing the DVD+RW (read/write) format and those backing the DVD-R, -RW and -RAM formats.

5-16-02—- Media Asia Scoops Up Golden Princess Library

According to Screen Daily reports Media Asia, in a long-term HK deal will see the company handle international rights to the 150-title Golden Princess library of martial arts films and dramas, including pictures by John Woo and Tsui Hark. Within Asia the catalogue is represented by Fortune Star.

“This is one of the few contemporary Hong Kong libraries that is guaranteed to have a strong appeal internationally,” said Jeffrey Chan, MA’s head of sales and distribution. Titles include John Woo’s Chow Yun-fat vehicle The Killer, Bullet In The Head, Tsui Hark’s Swordsman, and Johnny To’s Seven Years Itch. MA also picked up four of cult director Tsui Hark’s other pictures previously handled by independent distributors: Wicked City, Magic Crane, Spy Games and Shanghai Blues.

5-16-02—- DVD Dates For Tenchi Muyo GXP

Tenchi-web has just announced that “Tenchi Muyo! GXP” Vol.1(including #1-#4, both DVD and VHS) and the soundtrack CD will release on July 24th, 2002 in Japan! AND, if you pre-order it before June 16th, you can get the “Swimming suit edition of original illustration B2 poster” in the shop in Japan on July 24th. For more information, please visit Tenchi Web.(Japanese site)

Source: AIC Anime

5-16-02—- World Cup Anime Given Green Light

The Yomiuri reports the CG anime TV series based on the mascots of the 2002 Japan/South Korean soccer World Cup, the Spherics, will commence broadcast in Japan on 7 June 2002 after earlier problems securing a sponsor.

Source: Natsume Maya

5-16-02—- Huge Miike And Suzuki Cult J-Cinema Showing Coming To The Egyptian

Thanks to ML comrade Daniel for the following:

I got this off a flyer from the Egyptian Theater Mailing List. Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer will be shown at the Egyptian Saturday June 22 at 5 p.m., Happiness of the Katakuris will be shown Wednesday June 26 at 9:30 P.M., and Suzuki’s Pistol Opera will be shown June 21 at 7:00 p.m. and June 26 at the same time. Also showing as part of the Revenge of the Japanese Outlaw Masters series are Black Rose Mansion and If You Were Young by Kinji Fukasaku, Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41, Black Tight Killers, Vengenace for Sale Dora Heita, and Japanese Devils!

5-16-02—- Police Chief Dorama On The Way

The Daily Yomiuri reports that the manga Keisatsu Shochou (Police Chief) by Takamochi Gen (who passed away in July 2000), will be turned into a live-action dorama to commence broadcast on 8 July 2002. Keisatsu Shochou was serialised in weekly Morning manga magazine.

Source: Natsume Maya

5-16-02—- X-Box Price Cut

Microsoft Corp. announced today that it’ll be cutting the prices of the Xbox from all of North America and Japan, just 2 days after Sony Corp. slashed the U.S. price down for the PlayStation2.In America it went from $299 to $199, in Canada the Xbox will not cost at $299 down from $359 and the Japanese Xbox will now retail at \24,000 yen from \34,000 yen. All price reductions are in effect immediately. Link source: via Anjiro-san

5-16-02—- Raijin News

According to Nikkei Net, Shinchosha and Sega today announced that they’d commence publishing their US weekly manga magazine Raijin Comics From October. Raijin will reportedly comprise titles including Hokuto no Ken (First of the North Star), City Hunter and Slam Dunk. Apart from serialising manga, the magazine will also provide anime and game information. At present, the companies are aiming at sales of 15,000 copies. In future, sales of related videos and games are also planned. According to the piece, also planned are sales in European nations such as Germany and Italy.

Source: Natsume Maya

5-16-02—- Ape Escape Anime

“Sony Computer Entertainment has announced plans for an animated motion picture based on the Ape Escape series. Unfortunately, details are scarce, but it is scheduled to hit theaters in Japan beginning August 17. Meanwhile, Ape Escape 2 for the PlayStation 2 is currently scheduled for a July 18 release in Japan.”

Source: Gamespot

5-16-02—- Yoko Kanno Items – New Album Samples Online

Samples can now be downloaded from JVC of Yoko Kanno/Sakamoto Maya mini-soundtrack “23-ji no Ongaku” to the NHK live-action dorama Mayonaka wa Betsu no Kao (The Other Side of Midnight). Price 1,500 yen (excluding tax). Catalogue number VICL-60885. To be released 22 May 2002.

JVC Music’s page for the Cowboy Bebop CD-BOX has been posted, there one can view an image of the set.

Source: Natsume Maya

5-16-02—- Shoujo Ai Icons Confirmed As Yuricon Guests

Yuricon, a celebration of shoujoai and yuri in anime and manga, have confirmed as Guests of Honor for 2003:

Rica Takashima, author of “Rica ‘te kanji!?” in “Anise,” Japan’s premier lesbian publication and their own Kathryn Williams, author of “A Shadowlander’s Dream.”

Takashima-san’s manga deals with the soft, happy side of lesbian love, as genki Rica comes to Tokyo and learns more about herself -as well as her newfound friends.

5-16-02—- Hiropon Art Auctioned For $380,000

Asahi News Online reports one the three editions of the Hiropon artwork by Murakami Takashi (who runs a studio also named Hiropon – slang for “heroin”) sold at a Christie’s auction in New York yesterday for $380,000. Hiropon is a larger than life-sized, near naked and very well-endowed fibreglass figure of a bishoujo created by Murakami, an artist known for his anime/manga designs and dubbed the “Ota-king” by none other than Okada Toshio of GAiNAX. For Christie’s has a description Hiropon here. An image of the figure can be viewed here.

Source: Natsume Maya

5-16-02—- Infogrames Ships 300,000+ Units Of Dragonball Z: The Legacy Of Goku

From the release:

Infogrames, Inc. , one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S., today began shipping Dragon Ball Z®: Legacy of Goku® for Game Boy® Advance to more than 20,000 retail outlets nationwide. Critically acclaimed with the dedicated video game media, Dragon Ball Z®: Legacy of Goku® is one of the year’s hottest consumer properties with initial shipments of the game exceeding 300,000 units, thus making it the largest Game Boy Advance property in Infogrames’ history.

“Without a doubt this is Infogrames’ largest introduction of a Game Boy Advance game in terms of both units shipped and marketing activity,” said Paul Rinde, senior vice president and general manager of Infogrames’ Minneapolis studio. “The consumer demand and retail support have been overwhelmingly positive, and it is fitting that we kick-off our summer lineup with such a high-profile property.”

One of the most exciting properties brought to the interactive entertainment arena, Infogrames’ Dragon Ball Z® video game has been selected by Nintendo of America to participate in a variety of select retailer programs. Most notably, the inclusion of Dragon Ball Z® on Nintendo’s video compilation is running on more than 10,000 interactive stations at leading retailers nationwide, and in Nintendo’s POP/Merchandising program.

Additionally, Infogrames is supporting the launch of the game with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign highlighted by a high-energy, thirty-second TV spot airing on the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and WB Kids.

Increasing online awareness is a high-profile banner campaign via that offers more than 10 million impressions to the core Game Boy® Advance audience, and an online outreach program with Cartoon Network that promises to generate more than 3.5 million impressions. Other elements of Infogrames’ marketing campaign include four-page Dragon Ball Z® video game posters in such targeted publications as Nintendo Power, Beckett Dragon Ball Z Collector and Pocket Games.

The “Dragon Ball Z®” program, produced by FUNimation Productions, LTD., is an exploding phenomenon and has become one of the top-rated anime shows on Cartoon Network’s Toonami Block. Infogrames’ Dragon Ball Z®: The Legacy of Goku encapsulates the popular sagas from the show into an immersive interactive experience that puts the Dragon Ball Z® world under control of the player.

Developed by Webfoot Technologies, Inc., Dragon Ball Z®: The Legacy of Goku will be available nationwide on May 14 for a suggested retail price of $29.99. Infogrames will also be introducing Dragon Ball Z®: Collectible Card Game for the Game Boy® Advance next month.

5-16-02—- Anime Juku – World’s First Online Anime Course Now Available In English.

Anime Juku ( is a web-based traditional animation course aimed at both beginning and professional animators. Initially offered in Japanese in April 2001, Telecom Animation Film co. Ltd. ( has created an English language version of the popular course and is now accepting students from around the world.

Courses are available for both beginners as well as those with animation experience. Emphasis is put on the dynamics of animation style character movement. This will greatly benefit anyone who wants to learn how anime characters are brought to life. The course provides the student with a wide variety of assignments. The beginner’s course takes the student though the techniques required for drawing anime step by step. By the time the student is done with the course, he/she should be able to draw simple animation scenes. The Standard course concentrates on dynamic character action for experienced animators.

The system is quite simple. The student signs in and chooses the assignment he/she interested in. Once that assignment is downloaded the student uses PencilMan School (offline) to do the necessary drawing to complete the assignment. Upon completion the assignment is compressed and uploaded to the Anime Juku server. The assignments are then graded and corrected and the student is notified via e-mail. The student can then log on and see his/her grade on the online Report Card and has up to 3 tries to get an A. Students who have all A’s and B’s will graduate and receive a certificate and a memento. Anime Juku is based on a special version of the award winning 2D software application RETAS Pro PencilMan (PencilMan School) developed by CELSYS Inc. ( PencilMan allows the animator to draw directly into the computer using a Wacom Intuos2 graphics tablet.

The Anime Juku site also has excellent resources for anyone interested in Japanese animation including an explanation of the production path used by anime studios and a glossary of anime terms. Information on course pricing and duration is available on the Anime Juku website.

Telecom Animation Film Co. Ltd. ( is an award-winning animation studio in Japan which has worked on such animation works as “LupinIII: Castle of Cagliostro”, Feature; “Little Nemo”, Feature; “Tiny Toon Adventures”, TV Series; “Animaniacs”, TV Series; “Pinkey and the Brain”, TV Series; “Superman”, TV Series; “Batman”, TV Series; and “Cybersix”, TV Series.

CELSYS Inc. ( is the Tokyo, Japan based developer of With over 10,000 installed systems worldwide, the award-winning RETAS!Pro ( the industry standard for 2D animation software. RETAS software has been used to produce feature films and television series such as Pokémon, Digimon, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Princess Mononoke, Blue Submarine #6 and CYBERSIX.

5-16-02—- Read Or Die Staff At Anime Expo

Thanks to Gai for pointing out the new additions from the Read Or Die staff made to the Anime Expo guests section:

Hideyuki Kurata
Anime Expo is pleased to announce Hideyuki Kurata as Guest of Honor for 2002. Mr. Kurata is the Creator and Writer of Read or Die and was chief writer for such popular anime shows like Excel Saga, Battle Athletes OVA, Battle Athletes TV, Pretty Sammy 2 OVA, Pretty Sammy TV, and Brigadoon: Marin and Meran.

Masashi Ishihama
Anime Expo is pleased to announce Masashi Ishihama as Guest of Honor for 2002. Mr. Ishihama is credited as being Character Designer for Read or Die and Tenamonya Voyagers. He is also Mecha Designer for Space Cruiser Yamamoto Yohko and New Hurricane Polymer.

Koji Masunari
Anime Expo is pleased to announce Koji Masunari as Guest of Honor for 2002. Mr. Masunari served as Director for large number of popular anime shows such as Read or Die, Photon, Kokoro Toshokan (Spirit Library), Android Announcer MAICO 2010, Omishi Magical Theater Risky Safety, Lamune and 40 EX, and Saber Marionette. He also worked on Storyboards and Direction for the Ah My Goddess! OVAs.

5-16-02—- Puffy AnmiYumi Makes A Big North American Push This Summer

Courtesy Anjiro-san below are the schedule for Puffy’s “ROLLING DEBUT REVUE TOUR 2002” tourdates in North America:
JULY 6 – Los Angeles at the Roxy
JULY 8- San Francisco at the Fillmore opening for the b-52s
JULY 9- same as above date
JULY 12- Seattle at I SPY (House of Blues presents)
JULY 13- Vancouver at Richard’s on Richard’s (House of Blues presents)
JULY 16- Minneapolis at Quest
JULY 17- Chicago at Park West
JULY 19- Washington DC at 9:30 Club
JULY 20- NYC at Irving Plaza
JULY 21- Boston at Paradise
JULY 23- Toronto at TBC

Also according to the PuffyAmiYumi Newsletter, the group’s new album “An Illustrated History” will be out in the U.S.A. (BarNone Records – BRN-CD-128) on the 21st of May and Canada (Sony Music Canada – CK 91660) on the 4th of June. Ondisc are two English songs – “Love So Pure” and “Asia no Junshin (TRUE ASIA)”

To celebrate the new release of “An Illustrated History”, Ami and Yumi will be at Aron’s Records for autograph session from 14:00 on Tuesday 21 May 2002:

Date: Tuesday 21 May 2002
Time: 14:00
Place: Aron’s Records
1150 N. Highland Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Source: Puffy AmiYumi

5-16-02—- Official USA Hamtaro Launch Event Scheduled For Seattle

ShoPro USA, a sister company of Shogakukan Production Co. Ltd. along with Nintendo of America Inc., Communities In Schools (CIS), will participate in the official announcement event of the U.S. launch for Hamtaro in Seattle at Zion Preparatory Academy. Hamtaro is a Japanese animated TV series featuring the Hamster of the same name and his hamster pals, the Ham-Hams. Hamtaro is currently one of Japan’s most popular children’s television series and one of the top children’s brands exceeding over $2.5 billion in retail sales since the TV launch in 2000. The heartwarming adventures and fun of Hamtaro will premiere on Cartoon Network June 3. The story line of Hamtaro promotes teamwork, respect and responsibility to kids.

Over 250 Zion Preparatory Academy students K-5th graders will have the opportunity to meet and greet Hamtaro in person, do the Ham-Ham dance and see an episode of Hamtaro before it debuts nationally. In addition to the donation there will be a ceremonial cutting of the Hamtaro cake to officially launch Hamtaro in Seattle. In addition, ShoPro and Nintendo representatives will be on hand to present Communities In Schools and Zion Preparatory Academy with a donation check to support CIS’ efforts at Zion. This is the first effort, in a newly formed alliance with CIS. A more formal announcement of a partnership is expected in New York during the International Licensing Show, June 11-13.

The event occurs at Zion Preparatory Academy 4730 32nd Ave. South, Seattle, Wshington on Monday, May 20, 2002:
1:00 p.m. Media Reception, hosted by ShoPro USA and Nintendo Representatives
1:30 p.m. Premiere of Hamtaro
2:00 p.m. Hamtaro Arrives, Presentation of Check, Cake Cutting

Photo Ops will include a Big costumed Hamtaro, greeting and dancing with 250 kids (Ham-Ham dance), large Hamtaro cake cutting, background visuals of Hamtaro and his hamster pals, the Ham-Hams.

5-16-02—- Viz News Items

From the releases:


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 15, 2002 – Viz Communications, Inc. today announced the August video release of Ranma Forever, Volume 2: From the Depths of Despair, on VHS and DVD. Part of the Viz Video line, From the Depths of Despair is the second volume in the final season of the popular, long-running series. The VHS, featuring English-dubbed or option subtitles, retails for $19.98 U.S. ($33.00 Canada), while the DVD, including an English or Japanese audio option, retails for $24.98 U.S. ($40.95 Canada).

In “Pick-a-Peck o’ Happosai,” the first of three featured episodes, a pack of magical, powerful cards has fallen into the wrong hands, and now Happosai is even more of a pain than before! It was bad enough when there was just the one of him-now there are six! Then, in “From the Depths of Despair, Part I,” Ryoga’s new move has got Ranma on the run. The construction-specific “Breaking Point” technique was bad enough, and that only worked on rocks! Can Ranma get away fast enough? And finally, in “From the Depths of Despair, Part II,” to perfect the dangerous “Shishi Hôkô-Dan” technique, Ryoga must travel to the depths of despair.where he lives most of the time anyway. But why is Ranma trying to make Ryoga even more miserable?

Creator Rumiko Takahashi is the world’s most popular female comic artist. Beginning her comics career under the tutelage of Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub, Crying Freeman), her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Lum*Urusei Yatsura, began in Shônen Sunday and successfully ran for over nine years, selling over 22 million copies. With the success of Ranma 1/2, Takahashi’s compiled works have sold over 100,000,000 copies (including Maison Ikkoku and Inu-Yasha). Her works have also provided the basis for three long-running animated TV series and over eight animated movies, almost all of which are available in the U.S through Viz Video.

About Ranma 1/2 Martial-arts training hall or “dojo” owner Soun Tendo thought engaging one of his three daughters (the fiery-tempered Akane) to Ranma, son of longtime friend and training partner Genma Saotome. That, though, was before “he” turned out to be a “she”! Due to an unfortunate accident at the cursèd Chinese training ground known as Jusenkyo — when martial artists Ranma and his father, Genma, got splashed with cold water — dad now transforms into a giant panda, while male Ranma becomes a buxom young girl! Hot water reverses the effect, but only until the next time. When Ranma is constantly challenged by battle-crazed martial artists for offenses both real and imagined, and pursued by lovesick suitors of both genders, what’s a half-boy, half-girl to do?

Viz Communications, Inc. today announced its August graphic novel titles. Part of the extensive Viz Comics line, the following titles are the next installments in their respective, continuing series and feature black-and-white art for prices ranging from $5.95 to $15.95 U.S.

MAGICAL POKéMON JOURNEY, VOLUME 6: Gold & Silver – Eevee has a major crush on another Eevee, but the target of its affection is way too shy to introduce itself. Can Hazel and Coconut help love bloom between the two Eevee? Then, Ditto is good at mimicking Pokémon, but can it do a human? Plus, Hazel finds an egg floating down the river and takes it upon herself to care for it. Will this egg hatch or become breakfast for the Pokémon? Story & Art by Yumi Tsukirino 168 pages $13.95 USA/$22.95 CAN

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0079, VOLUME 6 – While the White Base is docked in Belfast for repair and resupply, Char launches an attack from the sea! Then, White Base heads across the Atlantic to the Federation’s South American headquarters located at Jaburo to deliver the Gundam and its battle data. Little does the crew know that Char has no intention of letting the Federation have its Gundam back in one piece, and now the battle for Jaburo has begun! Story & Art by Kazuhisa Kondo 192 pages $9.95 USA/$16.50 CAN

POKéMON ADVENTURES, Adventure 6: The Cave Campaign – To battle the incredible strength of the Elite Four, crusading gym leaders Green, Blue, and Bill must team up with their old archenemies in Team Rocket if they hope to stand a chance! See the best of the best in the Pokémon world clash in one titanic battle! Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by MATO 192 pages $13.95 USA/$22.95 CAN

SILENT MÖBIUS, VOLUME 8: Advent – It has been a full year since Roy’s death and the A.M.P. each receive an e-mail from a woman claiming to be Katsumi. Everyone is suspicious when she proposes meeting in a junkyard and their old friend’s appearance only confirms that Katsumi has become corrupted by Nemesis! Now, the A.M.P. must develop strategies against an enemy that knows them better than they know themselves! Story & Art by Kia Asamiya 192 pages $15.95 USA/$26.50 CAN

X/1999, VOLUME 8: Crescendo – Three mysterious men arrive at Fuma and Kotori ‘s house and announce themselves as the directors of CLAMP Academy, a school designed for the express purpose of protecting the second sacred sword until “The Day To Come.” After arriving, Kamui watches a final message left by his aunt imploring him to choose his own destiny in the battle ahead. Will Kamui choose to protect the present as a Dragon of Heaven or will he vie for change as a Dragon of Earth? Story & Art by CLAMP 192 pages $15.95 USA/$26.50 CAN

ZOIDS: CHAOTIC CENTURY, VOLUME 7 – The battle is set and the pieces are in place for the final showdown between Van and Raven over the secrets of the port town and the fate of the rare ZOID Wendeen. Then, Van, Zeke, and Fiona get Moonbay, Irvine, and Rebecca to accompany them on a long trip over the ocean to the capital city of the Republic. But before their giant, turtle-like ZOID, Kracken, can carry them there, they are confronted with a pint-sized know-it-all by the name of Melissa Su, and an underwater minefield that a Kracken can’t possibly avoid! Can Van, Zeke, and the Shield Liger Caesar find a solution? Story & Art by Michiro Ueyama 80 pages $5.95 USA/$9.95 CAN

Viz Communications, Inc. today announced its August monthly comic titles. Part of the extensive Viz Comics line, the following titles are the next installments in their respective, continuing series and feature black-and-white art for prices ranging from $2.75 to $4.95 U.S.

THE ALL-NEW TENCHI MUYÔ!, PART 1 #4 – Mihoshi, Solar System Regional Officer of the Galaxy Police, has even more problems than Tenchi. First, she’s got a full-time job. Second, even though she’s an alien, she’s practically the only person in the house who can’t fly, walk through walls, survive nuclear explosions, or resist the gravitational force of a black hole with sheer muscle power. Now if only she could keep from crashing her spaceship into the house every time she lands…a fact which is about to drive her housemate Ryoko into kicking Mihoshi out for good! Story & Art by Hitoshi Okuda 32 pages $2.95 USA/$4.95 CAN

BASTARD!! #9: VAMPIRE!!, PART 1 of 2 – Who’s the greatest undead ally of the Dark Armies of Chaos? Who’s the mighty vampire with the high-pitched singing voice? It’s King Dai-Amon, the scourge of the night, and now he craves power by killing Dark Schneider and drinking Tia Noto Yoko’s blood! Werewolves and undead are hurled at our heroes as they make their way through the dark mountains to reinforce the defenders of Metallicana–and Dark Schneider, the bastard wizard who might save them, is trapped within his wimpy alter ego! Plus, heavy metal & RPG reviews!! Story & Art by Kazushi Hagiwara 64 pages $3.95 USA/$6.50 CAN

THE BIG O, PART 2 #2 – On the foggy seas around the port of Paradigm City, a ghost fleet of military warships still follows their orders from 40 years ago, before the Age of Forgetfulness. A beautiful and mysterious woman, Casey Jenkins, asks Roger Smith to help negotiate with the commanders-or computers-of the fleet, sending them both out onto treacherous waters where even the Big O fears to tread. Created by Hajime Yatate, Story & Art by Hitoshi Ariga 48 pages $3.50 USA/$5.95 CAN

CERES, CELESTIAL LEGEND, PART 3 #3 – The Yûki Urakawa story comes to a tragic fiery end! As Yûhi recovers from the wounds he received protecting Aya, his father and brother come for a visit and we learn more about Yûhi’s background. Caught in an emotional moment, Yûhi confesses his undying love for Aya. The love triangle soap opera plot thickens. Story by Yû Watase 48 pages $3.50 USA/$5.95 CAN

DRAGON BALL, PART 5 #3 – In a fierce battle between the shorter students of the Crane and Turtle Schools, Kuririn pulls out a kamehameha while Chaozu reveals HIS special attack–the Dodon-pa blast! But where did Chaozu learn the Dodon-pa, the signature move of Taopaipai, the evil assassin?!? Then, in the fourth match, Goku faces the super kickboxer Panpoot! Story & Art by Akira Toriyama 48 pages $2.95 USA/$4.95 CAN

DRAGON BALL Z, PART 5 #8 – Special 80-page issue! Same low price! Even with the Kaiô-ken technique multiplying his natural strength by 20, Goku is no match for Freeza. His only hope is to form the “Genki-dama”–a power sphere gathered from the life energy of the plants and animals on Namek and the surrounding worlds! That is, if Goku can stay alive long enough to do it… Story & Art by Akira Toriyama 80 pages $2.95 USA/$4.95 CAN

INU-YASHA, PART 7 #1 – Totosai comes to Inu-Yasha for protection against Inu-Yasha’s brother Sesshomaru, who has a sword powerful enough to give life, instead of taking it away! What Sesshomaru wants is the complete opposite–a sword as powerful as Inu-Yasha’s! Will these two battle it out to the end? Story & Art by Rumiko Takahashi 40 pages $2.95 USA/$4.95 CAN

MEDABOTS, PART 3, #1 & #2 – In Issue #3, Salty and Ikki meet a talking bird that asks them to take him to Dr. Aki, the father of Medabots. When they go to the Medabot corporation, Metabee gets himself into a raging robattle with an experimental flying Medabot. If Metabee wins he’ll get some flying medaparts of his own. Then, in Issue #4, Koji throws a party and everyone’s invited! But in the middle of all the fun, Rokusho goes on a rampage. With all the oil-spilling and medapart carnage going on, it’s a perfect opportunity for the Rubberobo Gang to cause some trouble! Story & Art by HORUMARIN 40 pages $2.75 USA/$4.50 CAN, per issue

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, PART 7 #4 – With a single blast, the Angel Zeruel nearly destroys the pyramidal surface structure of NERV HQ; on the floor of the Geofront, Rei has the desperation of a kamikaze, charging the Angel with a tactical nuke in her Eva’s hand! And as the Dummy Plug system fails, Gendo is astonished to see one person’s face repeated over and over again on his control monitors. Two versions of this issue are available–the regular Neon Genesis Evangelion or the Special Collectors’ Edition (printed in the original right-to-left Japanese format with Sadamoto’s original sound effects!). Story by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto 32 pages $2.95 USA/$4.95 CAN

POKéMON ADVENTURES, PART 7 #5: PRIMARY COLORS – Lance gets the eighth badge, all he needs to carry out his fiendish plot to rid the world of humanity, and with the power he creates a dragon Pokémon made of pure energy! Red, Green and Blue are able to unite, but the only one who can stop Lance is Yellow–and his only Pokémon are Butterfree and Pikachu! Story & Art by MATO Square-bound, 48 pages $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN

RANMA 1/2, PART 11 #6 – What’s with all this fighting?! Gosunkugi buys a mail-order powersuit to impress the ladies (Akane in particular) and takes on Ranma in the process! The suit won’t come off him until he throws a punch to someone he hates. Then, Lime and Mint show up on the scene, and are fast and strong. Guess what they’re fighting about…more gals! Story & Art by Rumiko Takahashi 32 pages $2.95 USA/$4.95 CAN

SILENT MÖBIUS: BLOOD, PART 11 #2 – While Kiddy, Lum Cheng, and Lebia investigate the cyclotron, which is being reactivated by Nemesis for the Gaia Project, Superintendent Rally has a secret meeting with none other than Ganossa himself! They strike a deal, but what does Ganossa want and what will Rally have to sacrifice? Story & Art by Kia Asamiya 40 pages $2.95 USA/$4.95 CAN

VAGABOND #10 – Musashi sets out to test his skill against the famed Hozoin Spear technique. But Gion Toji, from the Yoshioka school, is hot on his trail and beats Musashi to the Hozoin temple. Is Musashi tough enough to take on Gion AND the monks of the Hozoin temple? Story & Art by Takehiko Inoue 88 pages $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN

5-16-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai will release a new Gundam action battle game for PlayStation 2 this summer called Mobile Suit Gundam Record of a War, the game will feature action elements like in Federation vs Zion and strategy like in Zeonic Front. There will be 30 playable characters in the game.

Bandai has released new info on their upcoming PlayStation fighting game Shaman King: Spirit of Shaman, scheduled for release in Japan on June 6, for 5800 yen. The game is based on the popular anime Shaman King, each character in the game can summon a spirit to battle with the enemy, similar to Capcom’s Jojo Bizarre Adventure. There is a Synchronization gauge in the game, which fills up when you press the “concentrate” button. When the gauge reaches 100%, the power of the special attacks will double, you can also execute the dual super combo between you and your spirit. There are 12 initially playable characters and 8 game modes. Images here.

After One Piece Grand Battle and Shaman King, Bandai will release another new fighting game for PlayStation called TV Animation X: The Chosen Fate, scheduled to release in Japan this summer for 5800 yen. This game is based on the popular anime “X”, developed by the creator of Taito’s Psychic Force. The game feature an air battle system similar to Psychic Force, each playable character can battle with their unique psychic power. The game modes include Main Story, Single and Team Battle. Images here.

Source: The Magic Box

5-16-02—- Le Voyage De Chihiro Setting New Precedents For Japanese Film In France

The French transliteration of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece work Sen to Chihiro has continued it’s theatrical blitz, setting new records in the market. Last week, Le Voyage De Chihiro (official French site) was seen on 305 screens, the first time that the film passed over 300 screens. A total of 140,499 people are estimated to have seen Chihiro last week which surpasses 132,000 of the previous week. The total boxoffice tally of 961,835 to date indicates that at a continuing rate of ecrewment the film will surpass 1 million entries this week. The performance sets a new standard for how Japanese film and anime perform in French theaters.

Source: René-Gilles Deberdt
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5-16-02—- J-Pop Performances By Mayu Kitaki On USA East And West Coasts

Both East and West US coasts will play host to Japanese pop music performances in the coming week. Two West Coast Japan For Sale Parties featuring a special Live Performance by Mayu Kitaki will kick off on Monday May 20th from 8:00-10:00PM at The Echo 1822 Sunset Blvd., (Just east of Alverado in Echo Park) in Los Angeles and Wednesday May 22/02 from 7:00-9:30PM at the Sony Metreon located 101 Fourth Street in San Francisco. Admission to both events is free.

On the east coast Mayu Kitaki Arrives as part of the New York-Tokyo Music Festival on Friday May 24th. The Concert, Live And DJ Party will occur on Fulton Street East River, NYC from 9:30 PM-5:00 AM.

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