Anime News Service – May 23-24 Anime News

5-24-02—- UK Sci-Fi Channel Item

From the Animejin update, text in this item Copyright Jonathan Weeks

Sci-Fi Channel Anime Rescheduled Again
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The Sci-Fi Channel’s new anime series have been rescheduled again. They are now promising a July start. Here’s a quote from their latest press release:

SAIKO-EXCITING *UK TELEVISION PREMIERE*
Begins Saturday 6 July at 10am Brighten-up your weekend with an awesome two-hour blend of computer games, cutting-edge animation, radical Japanese music videos and competitions all airing in Sci·Fi’s new strand SAIKO-EXCITING. Fronted by the human face of anime, Sci·Fi’s Seera, she’s joined by Jonathan Clements, who offers the latest anime news updates, and gamer-guru Emily Newton-Dunn who gets to grips with Sci·Fi’s brand new gaming show SFG. For the first time ever in the UK, catch two of the most acclaimed anime series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION and MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO, much- requested and eagerly awaited and at last, airing on TV! SAIKO-EXCITING also taps into the stylish world of Japanese music videos as Sci·Fi debuts some of the best examples of J-Pop never see before on UK television. Finally, competitions, interactivity and audience participation complete the two-hour line-up.

5-24-02—- Eiko Koike’s First Seiyuu Challenge

Thanks to Yukio-san for this item:

A super-bust idol and Eiko Koike (21) are a first challenge to the voice actor of an animation movie. An interview was given in metropolitan area studio on the 22nd. Koike who attended the stand-in appears in the shirt of cream-colored PICHIPICHI (The meaning of “GURAMARASU super-bust.”. By yukio). The illustration of the rabbit of the bosom swelled clearly and glued upon the look of the persons concerned. The girl “my mushroom” who appears in the simultaneous public presentation work “Tekka no Maki-chan and golden Kamameshi-don” of open “ANPAN-MAN” on July 13 was played prettily. [ Swerve and go! ] Koike “although it was able to do as hard as possible, NG is repeatedly. Whether sigh voice like “HAA and HAA” being difficult” and photogravure photography realized different difficulty.

Source: eGoo

5-24-02—- Anime Research Relaunch

AnimeResearch has undergone a major graphic overhaul and has been updated with new links and articles. Of particular note is the essay “Unoriginal Trash or the Future of Manga?: The Role of Parody Doujinshi” and “A Cyborg Mephisto: Mythology in the Science Fiction Films of Oshii Mamoru,” a thesis written for the webmaster’s M.A. degree in Asian Cultures and Languages from the University of Texas, Austin. Also up is a new feature, the Book of the Week. Over the next few months, books relating to anime, manga, and Japanese popular culture will be highlighted. This week’s feature is “Anime: From Akira to Princess Mononoke” by Susan J. Napier. AnimeResearch.com still has a complete and ever-growing list of links and print materials relating to in-depth inquiry into the form and meaning of anime and manga. All this and more can be found at http://www.animeresearch.com.

5-24-02—- Dreamworks Acquires Millenium Actress

Screen Daily, in a report from Cannes has mentioned Satoshi Kon’s (Perfect Blue) Millennium Actress, handled by distributor Klockworx, has become the first foreign-language animation to be acquired by Dreamworks SKG. Dreamworks has picked up all rights outside Asia to the film, which won the best animation prize when it premiered at Fant-Asia last July and took the animation award at Sitges, Spain. Dreamworks has not yet finalised its distribution plans for the picture, but Klockworx says that it is hoping for international theatrical release through UIP. Klockworx will itself handle the Japanese distribution in early autumn through a “mini-chain” release.

5-24-02—- Asia AICN Cinema Bits

Thanks to Daniel for this news:

China/HK: “Is “Stormriders2” finally greenlighted? Andy Lau confirmed that director Andrew Lau and Andy’s Teamwork Productions has found a company to do the CGI for the movie. The sequel will focus more on Wind (Ekin Cheng) and his new master No Name (Andy Lau). Meanwhile Andy Lau will produce Ekin Cheng’s next film “Taiwanese Goddess (lit. title)”, a romantic comedy co-starring Cherrie Yan and directed by Wilson Yip.

Japan: 1)”Director Junji Sakamoto (“KT”) has already started shooting his next film, “Bokunchi”, which is based on a popular comic of the same name. The story, which stars Mizuki Arisa, focues on the lives of a small family living in a remote fishing village.

2)”The latest word on “The Sea Watchers”, directed by Kei Kumai and written by the late Akira Kurosawa, is that it’s quite horrible. The direction is too dull and the acting was pretty damn horrid – even the Cannes officials have snubbed this film (and they wouldn’t really snub a Kurosawa film!) for other films. Still, there is some hope for a US release from Sony Classics…

3)”The Rock was in Japan last week doing promos for “Scorpion King”…he attended the Japanese premiere of his new film, with was filled with over 3000 audience members and many popular Japanese wrestlers.

4)”Japanese wrestling superstar Masahiro Chono may be appearing in Guillermo Del Toro’s next movie (it could either be “Blade 3” or “Doumu”(written by Akira’s Katsuhiro Otomo’). Guillermo is coming to Japan privately next week to make a deal regarding “Doumu”.

5)”Japanese “Star Wars” fans are keen to get pirate copies of “Episode 2” and are really angry at Fox for releasing the film so late compared to the rest of the world (it opens in mid July). Fox wants to avoid facing with “Spiderman” which has been ruling the Japanese box office charts for the last 2 weeks and doesn’t look like it will slow down. It is a rumor that George Lucas wants to keep the number of press screenings to a minimum – people will see it no matter what the critics say!!

6)”Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s next film, “Akaruimirai (Bright Future)” has just completed principal photography. The story is still being hidden but the director has stated that the film will make you understand things that you can’t understand (?!?). The films stars Tadanobu Asano and Tatsuya Fujii and will be released early next year.”

Source: AICN

4-24-02—- 504i 3G Phones To Debut In Japan

From the Dow Jones Newswire, NTT DoCoMo has unveiled its first series of enhanced “i-mode” Internet-capable cellphones that feature data transmission speeds of up to 28.8 kilobits per second, three times faster than current devices. The first handsets – Mitsubishi Electric Corp.’s D504i model and Fujitsu Ltd.’s F504i model – will also support Java archive (JAR) applications of up to 30KB and associated data of up to 100KB per application. Current “503i” models support JAR applications and data of up to only 10KB each. The higher resolution of the display screens and the expanded range of ringing tones of DoCoMo’s new handsets also gave some analysts a pleasant surprise. DoCoMo says its Mitsubishi 504i handset, for example, offers 262,144 colors on its display screen, far exceeding the usual range of 4,000-65,000 colors on display screens, Boodry noted. DoCoMo’s two new 504i handsets also feature 32 ringing tones, twice that of conventional 503i handsets. Moreover, they are equipped with three-dimensional video display and are compatible with JPEG (joint photographic experts group) files, by which digital still images are sent. The new phones last a bit longer on a single battery charge, with standby time of 500 to 525 hours and talk time of 135 to 140 minutes. By contrast, Mitsubishi’s current “D503iS” model has standby time of 450 hours and talk time of 130 minutes. The upcoming DoCoMo model, the P504i by Matsushita Communication Industrial Co. (J.MCI or 6781), could be the slimmest flip-top cellphone ever at just 17 millimeters and may offer some of the highest resolution available in the market, Boodry said.

4-24-02—- Will M-Life Succeed

Will M-Life Ever come close to stacking up to an equivilant American success story as i-mode has been in Japan. Salon takes a look at this situation.

4-24-02—- Char’s Counterattack Web

For the upcoming release of Bandai’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack an official site has launched at www.GundamOfficial.com.

4-24-02—- Games Items

Read about the Fatal Frame movie adaptation at Jagged Team and a Matrix online game here.

4-24-02—- Clock Tower 3 Coming From Battle Royale Director And Capcom To USA

Daniel reports:

I managed to pick up a Capcom press book, and found out that they will be releasing Clock Tower 3 in the U.S. As you know, Kinji Fukasaku worked on the game, and having seem a demo of the clip, it almost seemed like they used the same style of music they used in Battle Royale!

4-24-02—- Lupin III Message Board

FUNimation has opened it’s official Lupin III Message Board Forums for Movies, Arsene Lupin III, Fujiko, Goemon, Jigen, Zenigata, Other Characters.

5-24-02—- Games To Datacast Via Iblast – 1st American Anime Network Coming From Unanticipated Sector?

According to a Reuters news piece, in a bid to bypass the bottlenecks of the Internet, a company backed by major U.S. television station owners will launch a service to bring video games and other content to PCs via unused broadcast bandwidth. iBlast, founded in 1999, taps the digital television bandwidth that goes largely unused in most major cities to deliver content to PCs at speeds faster than 19 megabits per second. By comparison, a cable connection runs at about 1 megabit per second. Starting on July 25 in Los Angeles, iBlast Games will offer users as much as four gigabytes of data every month at service fees of $4.99 to $9.99 per month. The hardware will cost $99 to $199, including a digital television antenna and a receiver, available either as an add-in card or as an external USB device.

“Games will be the first of what we think will be many services,” Dan Kendall, vice president of network distribution for iBlast, told Reuters on Thursday. “We have the capacity to send hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of files a day.” Other offerings after games are expected to include Japanese “anime” cartoons, and a joint venture to deliver Hindu-language programming and sports.

5-23-02—- Press Mention For Hamtaro

Marc Berman’s TV Tidbits at Media Week has made the following comments on Hamtaro:

Hamtaro, currently one of Japan’s hottest television programs, will debut on Cartoon Network on Monday, June 3 in its regularly scheduled Monday-Friday 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET time periods. In this new anime series Hamtaro, the insatiably curious hamster and hamster pals “The Ham-Hams” work together to solve problems and embark on countless adventures.

5-23-02—- New NSX-R Debuts In Japan As Highest Priced Domestic Car

According to Kyodo News, Honda Motor Co said Thursday it will add a new model to its NSX series of sports cars at a price of 11.95 million yen, the highest for a car made in Japan. The NSX-R will go on sale in Japan on Friday with an annual sales target of 60 units, Honda said. The two-seater NSX-R, a new version of the NSX-R sold between 1992 and 1994, is equipped with a 3.2-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission.

Several additions to this model include items usually popular as additions in the aftermarket such as a lighter, stronger and better heat conductive carbon fiber hood and rear wing.

5-23-02—- Pioneer Additions

According to Pioneer Animation’s News Section, their Coming Attractions page has updated with listing for X and Vandread: The Second Stage.

5-23-02—- His And Her Circumstances DVD Notes

According to the The Right Stuf there are 79,713 assets in their first His And Her Circumstances volume. “Assets” include Menus, Still pictures, Subtitles, Audio segments, Video files and menu button masks. Yes, you read that right. 79 THOUSAND. A normal DVD has about 1,000 assets.

There are 347,006 lines of code in the DVD authoring. For comparison, another DVD-9 we compared this disc to has 6,466 lines of code. “Daydream Believers”, a pretty complicated and impressive DVD-9 with several interviews, 3 commentary tracks, and many bonus features, weighs in at 13,649 lines of authoring code (and only about 800 assets). According to the company, it is possible the DVD may be the most complex currently released. The disc includes Spanish subtitles and sign tracks, whereas the packaging doesn’t say that they’re there.

5-23-02—- Action Channel To Relaunch In July

According to Matt Anderson of DVD Vision Japan Encore’s Action Channel is planning to re-launch in July. The network plans to show the newly restored Akira and 3X3 Eyes sometime in July.

5-23-02—- Ebert Mentions Laputa

From Daniel-san:

In this week’s edition of Ebert’s “Movie Answer Man” column, a question about the status of “Castle in the Sky” is answered by Moriarity of AICN. [Note from Daniel: I’ll just post the good part, so you don’t have to scroll down. 🙂 “Despite that, all of the Disney DVDs will be released with the original Japanese audio tracks (with English subtitles available) as well as whatever English audio dub has been produced. Ghibli will actually be handling the authoring of all of the DVDs, so they’ll be comparable to the Japanese releases both in content and quality.”]

Thanks to Thomas Holbrook for the news.

Source: Nausicaa.net

5-23-02—- Cannes Items

You can read comments from Hollywood studio reps about where international films stand in the U.S. market at The Hollywood Reporter.

Also, you can read about how the Japanese movie industry is doing-with mentions of the films Go and Spirited Away-at also at the Hollywood Reporter

Thanks to Daniel for the news

5-23-02—- Multiplexs Changing Japanese Thetrical Landscape

According to Reuters News, when Western cinema operators first brought multiple-screen theaters to Japan en masse nine years ago, the industry was in decline. Cinemas were folding and attendance had dropped to the lowest level on record. The newcomers had big visions that multiplexes would turn things around. So far, attendance nationwide has failed to rise convincingly despite an annual increase in the number of screens. But industry executives say multiplexes have shaken up Japan’s infamously closed and rigid cinema industry and laid the groundwork for a long-awaited rebound. One of the biggest changes has been a shift in the balance of power away from local industry giants such as Toho Co and Shochiku Co.

In the past, Toho’s and Shochiku’s cinemas drew the biggest crowds in Japan’s “Big Nine” cities. Distributors, whose profits are proportionate to ticket sales, were eager to get business from them and agreed to exclusive deals. That effectively gave Toho and Shochiku the power to decide which movies played where. Even after the first multiplexes opened, that system continued. Industry sources say Japanese cinema operators often forced distributors to hold a film’s release elsewhere until after it had played in their theaters for a week or two. U.S. companies repeatedly protested. But as multiplex cinemas began to dominate in outlying areas, distributors’ allegiance to Toho and Shochiku crumbled. Toho and Shochiku recognized this, and now operate about a dozen multiplexes each.

5-23-02—- Headline News Scan

As always, thanks to Anjiro-san for this news:

Los Angeles – With the recent console wars price cuts, president of SCEA, Kaz Hirai, says that the Console Wars are over – Sony wins. Please read this article: zdnet for further details.

CNN Sci-tech has a cover report detailing about the release of Final Fantasy XI in Japan: CNN

Steve McLure wrote a sneakpeak of Hikaru Utada’s upcoming 3rd album at: The Japan Times and as well as other relevant Japanese music news.

Metropolis.co.jp has a feature article about Britney Spears’ recent concert debut in Japan: Metropolis

5-23-02—- Love Hina Infinity Fan Book

Love Hina Infinity will be released on 17 July 2002. This fan book, the companion volume to Love Hina Zero, will come with 2 pages of clear stickers. Price 900 yen (excluding tax). Total 450 pages with the main part being 320 pages (64 in colour). A separate volume “Hinata Hiyori” (128 pages) will contain early character designs, a previously unreleased story, Akamatsu’s detailed notes etc. Volume 4 of Iro-Hina will be released on the same day with a sticker mousepad(?).

Source: Natsume Maya

5-23-02—- AD Vision Press

RELEASE DATE SET FOR SAILOR MOON: FIGHT TO THE FINISH! AND SAILOR MOON: THE DOOM TREE STRIKES!

POPULAR SAILOR MOON ® SERIES CONTINUES ON DVD FROM ADV FILMS

HOUSTON, May 20, 2002 – ADV Films has set a street date of September 3, 2002 for Sailor Moon: Fight to the Finish! and Sailor Moon: The Doom Tree Strikes!, the seventh and eighth volumes in ADV’s DVD premiere of the international best-selling title.

Sailor Moon has become a proven entertainment franchise worldwide. Hundreds of different SKUs of licensed merchandise such as toys, comic books, clothing and apparel have been sold over the past decade, generating millions of dollars in revenue. Sailor Moon has been watched by over six million viewers nationwide on Cartoon Network and on syndicated television. Cartoon Network recently announced the return of Sailor Moon to their programming starting in June.

Sailor Moon: Fight to the Finish! You think you have problems? Things are bad enough for Sailor Moon when the evil Queen Beryl tries to recapture the Rainbow Crystals, but the forces of the Negaverse finally manage to break into our universe! Now, the Sailor Scouts have to face off against both Beryl and her “doom and gloom” girls! And if that’s not bad enough, there are newer and even tougher villains just waiting to take over from Beryl!

Sailor Moon: The Doom Tree Strikes! The devastating Doom Tree has arrived, and only Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts can stop it! As the evil Anne and Alan continue to scheme up new ways to steal the Earth’s energy for the Doom Tree, will the combined power of all the Sailor Scouts be enough? The power of friendship will be tested as never before when our planet’s mightiest protectors join forces in their greatest battles yet!

Previously available only on VHS, fans of the worldwide hit series Sailor Moon have anticipated the release of these episodes in the DVD format. As seen on television, these installments of Sailor Moon include the English-language, family-friendly versions of this exciting animated program. Each disc will include six episodes and will retail at $14.98.

SAILOR MOON: FIGHT TO THE FINISH! Running Time: 135 Minutes; Age Rating: All Pre-Book Date: 8/6/02 Street Date: 9/3/02 Format SRP DVD $14.98

SAILOR MOON: THE DOOM TREE STRIKES! Running Time: 135 Minutes; Age Rating: All Pre-Book Date: 8/6/02 Street Date: 9/3/02 Format SRP DVD $14.98

RELEASE DATE SET FOR CITY HUNTER: THE MOTION PICTURE

ADV RELEASES FULL LENGTH CITY HUNTER ADVENTURE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD

HOUSTON, May 20, 2002 – ADV Films has set the street date of July 23, 2002 for City Hunter: The Motion Picture, the second DVD release from the world famous action franchise. This is the first time the popular anime feature has been available to American fans on DVD.

The City Hunter franchise has generated millions of dollars in revenue worldwide with comic books, movies, a television series, and other merchandise. The City Hunter graphic novel series by Tsukasa Hojo sold millions of copies every week, while the television series scored big ratings all over the world. City Hunter also spawned a hit film starring international movie star Jackie Chan. The Story: A mysterious soldier known only as the Professor takes his revenge on the government that betrayed him – and Tokyo is brought to its knees! Unless the government pays the Professor an impossible ransom, downtown Tokyo will be completely destroyed, and the Professor’s beautiful sister will be the first to go! Only City Hunter – expert detective, master sharpshooter and shameless ladies’ man – has the skills necessary to protect his city. The bullets fly furiously and the women have never been more tempting as City Hunter uses all his wits and charm to keep Tokyo from being blown sky high. City Hunter: The Motion Picture is an explosive drama that will rock your senses and blow you away!

ADV’s release of the feature-length City Hunter: The Motion Picture ($29.98 SRP) comes with the English-language version, as well as the Japanese language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include character bios, original Japanese TV spots, clean credit animation, and ADV previews.

CITY HUNTER: THE MOTION PICTURE Running Time: 90 Minutes; Age Rating: 15+ Pre-Book Date: 6/25/02 Street Date: 7/23/02 Format SRP DVD $29.98

RELEASE DATE SET FOR MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: COMPLETE CHRONICLES

THE ENTIRE MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO SERIES NOW AVAILABLE IN ONE COMPLETE COLLECTION

HOUSTON, May 20, 2002 – ADV Films has set a street date of September 24, 2002 for the Martian Successor Nadesico: Complete Chronicles, a special collector’s edition package containing the entire Martian Successor Nadesico television series on six discs.

Based on the manga created by Kia Asiyama (Silent Möbius) in Japan’s Monthly Ace magazine, Martian Successor Nadesico has been hailed as one of the best anime series of the nineties. It’s winning combination of satire, action and drama earned the series many accolades, including being named “The Best Anime show of All Time” by a 1998 Animage Animation Fan Survey.

The story: The Earth, the Moon and our Martian Colonies are under alien attack and our space fleets are powerless to stop the invasion. Disgusted by the incompetence of the Terran military, the independent arms manufacturer Nergal builds its own space battle cruiser and launches a new offensive in a desperate attempt to save the Earth. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of trained military personnel, the crew is a little unorthodox…. With a reluctant assistant cook as a pilot, a ditsy General’s daughter in command, and the largest contingent of geeks, misfits and anime fans ever sent into orbit, the poor enemy Jovians won’t stand a chance! There’s love, war and giant robots galore in the award winning anime masterpiece Martian Successor Nadesico!

ADV Films’ release of the Martian Successor Nadesico: Complete Chronicles ($89.98 SRP) contains the entire twenty-six episode series on six discs in the English language, along with the Japanese language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include character bios, clean credit animation, and ADV previews.

MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: COMPLETE CHRONICLES Running Time: 650 Minutes Age Rating: 12+ Pre-Book Date: 8/27/02 Street Date: 9/24/02 Format SRP DVD $89.98

5-23-02—- Macross Zero 1st Volume Release

Volume 1 of the new Macross Zero OVA will be released on 25 October 2002, price 5,040 yen (including tax).

Source: Natsume Maya

5-23-02—- Asian Entertainment Represents In Top 100

The June 2002 issue of Cinescape includes Shigeru Miyamoto(CEO of Nintendo), Ken Kutaragi(CEO of Sony), Shusuke Kaneko(director of Gamera 1-3 and GMK), Katsuhiro Otomo(creator of Akira), Jackie Chan and Ang Lee in their “Top 100 of Genre Entertainment”. Some interesting trivia is that Kanek wrote some of the scripts for Urusei Yatsura, and Otomo himself has never ridden a bike.

Thanks to Daniel for the news

5-23-02—- Media Blasters News

Daniel has mentioned Media Blasters has renovated their site, and now you can see their official theatrical release schedule at http://www.media-blasters.com/theatrical.cfm which goes as follows:

May 23 Robotrix 4 Star Theater, San Francisco, CA
May 23 Versus Seattle Int’l Film Feastival, Seattle, WA
May 24 Visitor Q Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, TX
May 29 Visitor Q Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY
June 06 Riki Oh – The Story of Ricky The Uptown, Minneapolis, MN
June 07 Freeze Me Cinema Village, New York, NY
June 08 Visitor Q Facets Cinematheque, Chicago, IL
June 09 Visitor Q CineVegas, Palms Casino, Las Vegas, NV
June 14 Visitor Q Clinton Street Theatre, Portland, OR
June 14 Visitor Q Cinema du parc, Montreal, Canada
June 15 Riki Oh – The Story of Ricky 11th Annual Florida Film Festival, , FL
June 27 Robotrix Alamo Cinema Draft House, Austin, TX
June 28 Visitor Q Cinema Village, New York, NY
July 05 Scarlet Diva Cinema Village, New York, NY
July 25 Freeze Me Facets Cinematheque, Chicago, IL
August 16 Freeze Me Clinton Street Theatre, Portland, OR
September 06 Riki Oh – The Story of Ricky Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA

5-23-02—- Bandai Entertainment Acquires .hack//SIGN

From the release:

BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF THE JAPANESE ANIMATED .hack//SIGN SERIES FOR RELEASE ON DVD HOME VIDEO AT THE ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (“E3”)

Los Angeles, CA (May 22, 2002) – Bandai Entertainment announced today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (“E3”) – the acquisition of the Japanese animated series, .hack//SIGN (pronounced dot-hack) for release exclusively on DVD home video. A release date has not yet been scheduled. Is it a game? Or is it a world? .hack//SIGN the anime series… “The World” is immersive virtual gaming environment of the future. Millions of players log on each day to test their skills in virtual adventures and battles. But when reality and virtual reality collide, a whole new adventure unfolds. .hack//SIGN boasts character designs by famed illustrator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion and Wings of Honneamise), an engaging and immersive storyline scripted by Kazunori Ito (Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor), and directed by Kouichi Mashimo (Noir and Irresponsible Captain Tylor).

Bandai America’s video game division has also announced at E3 the release of .hack for Playstation 2. .hack features the perfect fusion of action/RPG game play presented in an anime format. In addition to the .hack PS2 game a separate OVA DVD disc will also be included (Please note that the OVA series is a completely different and separate series from .hack//SIGN). Touted as a “Virtual MMORPG or Massively Multiplayer Online RPG, .hack utilizes the latest in rendering technology enabling environments to transform in real time. Alongside game play, .hack gamers will also have the option to choose between Japanese and English dialogue. Scheduled for release October 2002, .hack carries a suggested retail price of $49.98. For more information, please visit www.dothack.com.

5-23-02—- Asia Cinema Items

Reviews of the Zatoichi dvds are available at The Onion

DVD File states that the Accidental Spy will be out on 8/21 along with Jet Li’s “The Master”.

5-23-02—- Virgin Megastore To Host Guest Appearances During Big Apple Anime Fest

From the release:VIRGIN MEGASTORE TO HOST GUEST APPEARANCES DURING BIG APPLE ANIME FEST 2002

World$B!G(Bs Largest Entertainment Store Signs on for Second Year as Sponsor of BAAF Autograph Sessions NEW YORK (May 21, 2002) ? The Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF), considered to be the $B!H(BCannes Film Festival of Anime Manga Culture,” announced today that The Virgin Megastore Times Square will be returning for the second year in a row as the event$B!G(Bs Guest Appearance Venue, where Festival VIPs will sign autographs as well as participate in $B!H(Bmeets and greets.$B!I(B BAAF will take place over Labor Day Weekend (August 30th ? September 2nd), and will celebrate all aspects of Anime Manga Culture, a growing phenomenon that promotes appreciation of Asian artistry in animation and graphic novels. Guests of honors such as anime producer, Maki Taro, and anime director, Daichi Akitaroh, along with voice actors such as Mandy Bonhomme, Rachael Lillis, Liam O’Brien, Ed Paul, Eric Stuart, and Jimmy Zoppi are expected to attend numerous events at the Megastore. Additional guests will be added as the holiday weekend draws near.

$B!H(BThe events that we held at the Virgin Megastore last year were such a success that we are thrilled to partner with them again this year,$B!I(B said Hiro Awanohara, Marketing & Sales Manager for Big Apple Anime Festival. $B!H(BFans of anime know that the Virgin Megastore has always been on the cutting edge with music, videos, and DVD$B!G(Bs and they certainly recognize that Virgin is leading the way with Anime Manga culture. $B!H(B

As one of New York City$B!G(Bs biggest attractions and the largest entertainment store in the world, the Virgin Megastore Times Square store has 600 listening posts, 100 video viewing stations and a one-and-a-half story music video screen. Anime lovers can watch continuous anime programming on the $B!H(Bjumbo$B!I(B screen throughout the entire weekend of the Big Apple Anime Festival. In addition to hosting top anime artists and their works, Virgin will have an Anime and Graphic Novel sale. Big Apple Anime Fest goers can look for big savings on new and classic Japanese animation DVD$B!G(Bs and graphic novels.

$B!H(BIt was obvious to us from working with Big Apple Anime Fest last year that many of our customers love anime and that sales of anime are on the upswing. A partnership between Virgin and The Big Apple Anime Festival is a perfect match,$B!I(B said Andy Moreno, East Coast Marketing Manager for Virgin Megastores. $B!H(BWe are certain that our participation in the Labor Day weekend festivities will help to make it a huge success for both Virgin and The Big Apple Anime Festival.$B!I(B

Virgin will also run promotional campaigns for the Big Apple Anime Festival at all three of its New York locations, which include Times Square, Union Square and Westbury, LI. Anime fans can look for ticket give-aways, posters, flyers, DJ announcements and much more.

About Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF) – www.bigappleanimefest.com

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