Anime News Service – October 21 – 30 Anime News

10-30-00—- Spanish Card Captor Sakura Voice Actors

The Card Captor Sakura TV series, to air from Nov. 1 on Cartoon Network Latin America will feature the following Spanish Voice Actors:

Sakura : Cristina Hernandez
Shoran : Uraz Huerta
Tomoyo : Monica Villase
Fuyitaka : Enrique mederos Kerberos (Kero) : Yamil Atala
Yukito : Enzo Fortuni
Touya : Luis Daniel Ramírez

Source: Anihabara

10-30-00—- More Manga Bits

A few more information bits on upcoming Manga Entertainment releases today from reader, Dan:

Will Giant Robo have any of the extras of the region 2 Giant Robo? Will the X dvd have the X music video? And how many episodes will be on each Streetfighter 2V dvd?

Manga: “1) We’re working on it. 2)I don’t think so 3) 29 episodes on 4 DVDs divides into seven episodes on the first 3, and eight on the last disc.

10-30-00—- Amamo’s World Web Updates

Excerpted from the Amano’s World Website Announcement List (www.amanosworld.com):

Hello!

It’s been quite a while since you’ve heard from us here on the Amanosworld list. We’ve been working very hard to update the website and put up lots of new art for you to enjoy. There will now be regular updates so check back often. Many of the updates will be art that is exclusive to the site. You won’t see it anywhere else! Make sure to check out the “Weekly Amano” section to see new and unpublished art. We will be keeping a back log of a few weeks of updates, but after that, we will be removing them. Be sure to check out the art while it is up! This week will feature a special Halloween greeting and art series from Amano. We’re also working to add some exciting new items to the store and a new forum will be open soon for discussing artwork and the projects on which Amano has worked. There are many exciting new things happening here at Amanosworld and we look forward to sharing them with you.

Sincerely,
Amanosworld Staff

10-30-00—- Anime Article

The Honolulu Star Bulletin has posted this article on the growing popularity of Anime / Manga.

10-30-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Five Star Stories Creator Mamoru Nagano designed the 3P Anna character in Tekken Tag Tournament released in the U.S. last week for Sony’s Playstation 2 console.

A stuffed animal version of Sony’s popular Pocket Station character Toro is being released in Japan and marketed under the product name Pose Taro by SCE.

Initial broadband experiments have recently taken place in Osaka, Japan, where Sony is interconnecting a Play Station 2 console via cable modem to the internet. The empty Expansion Bay (PCMCIA slot) on currently released PS2 units will house the hard disk drive / modem when they are marketed in Japan and the U.S. in 2001.

Sega announced this week it will grant licenses on the architecture of it’s Dreamcast console. This opens the door for other companies to develop 3rd party products (Televisions, PC’s car navigation units, and advanced cell phones) capable of acessing Dreamcast software.

10-30-00—- Matrix DVD Listed Under “Hollywood Price” In Japan

As previously reported, Warner Home Video rolled out a new DVD pricing structure in Japan in September called “Hollywood Price”. Titles marked under “Hollywood Price” (61 to date) carry a MSRP very close (2000 – 2500 Yen) to the American retail of the same DVD.

The Anime-inspired techno thriller The Matrix Iron Giant Special Edition, and Deep Blue Sea Special Edition are among the newest DVD’s. The American film Romeo Must Die featuring HK star Jet Li will also carry “Hollywood Price” pricing, marked at 2500 Yen when it’s released on DVD in Japan on Nov. 23rd.

10-30-00—- ROBODEX 2000

The 3-day Japanese robotics expo “ROBODEX 2000” will kick off in Yokohama Nov. 24th. Several robot manufacturers will exhibit their creations. Sony’s robotic pet AIBO and Honda’s Humanoid robot P3 will be among some of the robots on display.

10-30-00—- Anime Screening In Toronto

Excerpted from the info release:

This is the Anime Club east of Bloor and Bathurst!

—————————————————– Don’t miss our next meo show on November the 4th!

1:00 Jubei-Chan The Ninja Girl TV 5, 6 (AP. 50 min meo) 1:50 City Hunter TV 1, 2 (AP. Mokkori 50 min) 2:40 Furi Kuri OVA 1, 2 (AP. 60 min meo!) 3:40 Kochira Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo The Movie (AP. 100 min) Canadian Premiere! ^^ meo5:20 Berserk TV 20, 21 (AP. 50 min) —————————————————–

A big welcome goes out to all of AnimeXtreme’s Newest suckers, I mean, members! Be sure to pick up your membership cards at the next show.

Highlights include the original City Hunter TV series starting at AnimeXtreme, By order of Akira Kamiya the GOD of all voice actors, and voice of our beloved pervert/hero “Ryo Saeba”, he has ordered Silver to start showing all City Hunter episodes if Silver wants him as a guest at CNAnime’01 ^^ mokkori..mokkori??

Furi Kuri is also beginning at Axe. It is uh, GAINAX! Hello?!? For our members that don’t know, Gainax are them brains that worked on some show called “Evangelion”. This one’s a no brainer, you must come and see it. It’s a robot anime, but not a robot anime. What is it? There’s a huge iron in the middle of the city. A robot comes out of a kid’s head and insanity begins… need I say more? Actually, it’s Gainax trying to reinvent the “robot anime” genre/stereotype and taking HARSH shots at Yoshiyuki Tomino (Gundam creator) while there at it! Woohoo! Good for them. Take that for abandoning the newtype concept you punk. Vol. 2 will be the REGION 2 DVD BABY! with english subs for those that wanna check it out.

meo Then there’s the movie with the insanely long title, the movie is even more insane than the title! The title means “This is the Police Box in front of Kameari Park”! Based on the popular manga which is OVER a 100 books (and u think dragonball and ranma is long?) and known as the longest running cartoon serial in Japan. Come find out why Ryotsu is “the man!”, well..sort of… He’s a self proclaimed “OTAKU” of everything AND a cop. And he’s got his own chogokin toy! ^^ They don’t make movies like this anymore folks. It’s simply nuts. You will laugh so much you’ll cry. A Canadian Premiere! Widescreen. ANOTHER REGION 2 DVD! WOOHOO!

Please meo excuse our technical difficulty as a little black cat decided to scamper around this message.

the Axe Team

http://i.am/animextreme

10-29-00—- Card Captor Sakura Airing In Latin America

Cartoon Network Latin America will broadcast “Card Captor Sakura” under the title “Sakura Card Captor” from November 1, a promotional commercial shows secuences of the first Sakura episode.

10-29-00—- Ah! My Goddess Event In Fukuoka

Today in Fukuoka, a theater premiere screening commeration event will take place around the debut of the Ah! Megami Sama Movie. Series creator Kousuke Fujishima and Kikuko Inoue are a few of the listed guests to appear.

10-29-00—- Malaysia Anime Broadcast News

Mospeada & Card Captor sakura aired this month in Malaysia. Mospeada airs Fridays at 10:30 a.m. on the TV3 network. Card Captor Sakura airs Saturdays at 11 a.m. on NTV7.

Source: Anihabara

10-29-00—- Blood Event

In advance of the Nov. 18 Japanese wide release, Production I.G., SPE Visual Works’ digitally produced anime feature Blood The Last Vampire will be the focus of a staged a premiere event featuring a number of the production staff at the Tokyo Fantastic Film Festival Nov. 2nd and 9th. Director Hiryuki Kitakubo will appear at the Nov. 2nd event and at the Nov. 9th event with Production I.G. president Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.

10-29-00—- CPM Slayers DVD Update

Central Park Media has updated their site with info addressing Japanese audio track problems in the 1st Slayers DVD collection.

10-28-00—- 13th Tokyo International Film Festival Kicks Off In Japan

This year’s Tokyo International Film Festial has begun in Shibuya, 146 films will be featured over the course of nine days. Among them, Mamoru Oshii’s latest film – Avalon will make it’s world premiere screening on Nov. 4th. Avalon is a live action – CG science fiction film project directed and supervised by the Ghost In The Shell director. Digital audio and video effects are widely featured in this movie, a Dolby Digital 6.1ch surround sound EX soundtrack has been produced for the film. The primary music composer of the Patlabor Movie is producing music for Avalon with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra performing.

10-28-00—- Princess Mononoke Hitting Pay-Per-View This Weekend

Excerpted from DVD Animania: From DirecTV.com:
Princess Mononoke will be featured on All-Day Direct Ticket Pay-Per-View (You pay once, and can view it for every showing during that same day) from Friday 27th till Tuesday 31st. It will revert to a standard Pay-Per-View pricing on Wednesday Nov. 1st.

10-28-00—- Interesting Devilman Bits From Manga

Reader Dan sends in the following response he was sent via e-mail in response to a Devilman query regarding the recent listing of “Amon Saga” on the Manga Entertainment website:

Does that mean Devilman Amon? And if so will it be bilingual? Also will you be releasing the original Devilman oavs with a Japanese track, now that you have the rights?”

Manga’s response: “AMON Saga,” and “Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman” are two different titles. We are looking into getting the later as well. We will not be re-releasing the original series with Japanese language tracks, though.

On another Devilman note, a petition to bring the Devilman PSX game to the U.S. has been setup at this very comprehensive resource on the series.

10-28-00—- Laws Of The Sun Japanese Theatrical Release Info

After an American premiere in Los Angeles October 7th “The Laws of the Sun,” a new Computer-aided animation film directed by Tak Ishiyama (Sakura Taisen) will make it’s public theatrical debut in Japan on the 28th of this month.

The Toei released production has a listed running time of 101 minutes, computer graphics work was carried out at SimEx, LA. Based on the best selling book released in 1987, “The Laws of The Sun” has sold around 10 million copies worldwide. Story – Some 120 million years ago, a king named Satan fell to hell and instigated a rebellion against gods, all kinds of confusion and evil effects began to occur on earth. El Cantare, the highest existence of Earth, allowed a part of his spirit to descend on earth to put an end to the realm of Hell. El Cantare’s consciousness descended to the continent of Mu, to Atlantis, to ancient Incan Empire, to Greece, and to India as Gautama Siddhartha and awakened people with the power of enlightenment.

The film’s production staff consists of international and crtically acclaimed figures. Art Director Don Davis is an Emmy award winning space artist, his works in the past include drawings of the surface of the moon for the USGS and work on the project which earned him his Emmy – the TV adaptaion of late Astronomer / author Carl Sagan;’s “COSMOS”.

Seiyuu for Laws Of The Sun include: Miki Itoh, Hidekatsu Shibata and Kikuko Inoue.

10-28-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Enix of America’s new website includes a Dragon Warrior section that may pique gamers’ interest as it has a lot of rough sketches from Toriyama and basic faq’s about the name changes that were used for the American versions. Another interesting question from the faq reads as folows:

Will Dragon Warrior 5 and Dragon Warrior 6 be released in the US? Can these be packaged in anthology form for the PlayStation?

Enix does not currently have plans to release Dragon Warrior 5 or 6 in North America; however, we will revisit our plans and consider releasing these games to help “fill in the gaps” for our fans if the demands for these games grow.

2 days after the U.S. launch of Sony’s Playstation 2 to the U.S. market Japan’s Asahi newspaper has mentioned videogame producers Sega and Nintendo will combine their efforts by setting up a new joint company. Citing Sega’s recently announced financial losses based on poor Dreamcast performance, the company mentioned it’s not basing its future exclusively on Dreamcast – even though it is planning to continue to support the console. Sega mentioned it wants to reinforce the network gaming side of its business and has decided to go into a joint venture with Nintendo and well known J-music producer Tetsuya Komuro (who has worked with Namie Amuro, Ami Suzuki, and Globe).

10-27-00—- Animeigo Testing DVD’s On PS2

Excerpted from the Animeigo mailing list post by Robert Woodhead:

Just to let you know, Catherine stood in line for over 5 hours last night to get AnimEigo a PS2, and as a reward, she’s getting to spend the day watching all the UY DVDs on it. So far she’s spot checked all the sequences that have caused problems for some people on some players, as well as watched the entire first DVD, and it’s been flawless.

More details as they become available.

10-27-00—- Utena Characters On LA Times Calender

The LA Times October 26 Calander section features a large spread of the characters Utena and Anthy from Shoujo Kakumei Utena.

10-27-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Konami has announced that Tokimeki Memorial 3 will be released in Japan in 2001, the game will be in full 3D, with 2D anime style animation. There is another Tokimeki Memorial related title being developed for PS2 for releases sometime next year.

Sega has announced the release date of the new Dreamcast Japanese Perphreals: The Dreamcast Memory Card 4X will be released on December 14, retailing at 4800 Yen, Sakura Taisen Dreamcast for Internet will be released on December 26, for 25800 Yen, and the Sakura Taisen DC Controller will be released on December 28, for 2800 Yen.

Source: The Magic Box

Orphen PS2 Release:

Excerpted from the official press releases:

Activision Launches ‘Orphen: Scion of Sorcery’ Day-and-Date with The PlayStation 2 Computer Entertainment System SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 26 – The wait is over. On October 26th, to coincide with the release of the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Activision, Inc. launches “Orphen: Scion of Sorcery,” one of the first action role-playing games for PlayStation2. The stunningly beautiful DVD-based game takes full advantage of the new system’s technical advancements to deliver astounding graphics and an incredibly detailed and immersive adventure. “Orphen: Scion of Sorcery” carries a suggested retail price of $49.99, and has been rated “T” (with Mild Animated Violence — “Teen” — content suitable for persons ages 13 and older) by the ESRB.

Based on a popular Japanese anime television series, “Orphen: Scion of Sorcery” challenges players to unravel a host of mysteries in order to escape the enigmatic island of Chaos. As they embark on their quest, players assume the role of Orphen, a powerful but lazy sorcerer. As the game progresses, they are able to play as five additional characters and unlock three different storylines, each with its own world, monsters, traps and trials.

“We are very excited to have ‘Orphen: Scion of Sorcery’ included as one of the titles that will launch simultaneously with the new PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system,” states Ron Doornink, President and COO, Activision, Inc. “The game’s beautiful cinematic 3D world features real-time light sourcing, shadows, environmental effects and anime cut scenes that showcase the graphical power of the PlayStation 2.”

Developed by Shade, Inc. and produced by Kadokawa Shoten and ESP Inc., “Orphen: Scion of Sorcery” immerses gamers in a fantastical story in which they must run, climb and jump through a variety of 3D environments including underground caverns, giant castles, and dark forests. Players encounter 30 different amazingly detailed monsters and nine bosses, each with their own unique attacks and strengths and weaknesses. The action-packed gameplay is laced with hundreds of puzzles and secrets that challenge players to utilize over 30 spells and weapons. Additionally, stunning anime movies further enhance the game’s compelling storyline.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $572 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000.

Activision maintains operations in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.

10-27-00—- Jin-Roh Japanese Release Details

Exceprted from an update to the Production I.G. Website:

DVD “JIN-ROH” DTS Edition
Sale starts on December 21, 2000
BCBA-0650 / 1 Disc / 98 mins / DTS 5.1 ch & Dolby Surround Digital / 1 Disc (Special)
Price: 12,800 yen (plus tax)
Sold & Distributed by: Bandai Visual
(Special)
1) Box Cover Illustrated by Director Okiura.
2) Collection of JIN-ROH Storyboard.
3) JIN-ROH Booklet (20 pages)
4) Preview Trailer, Staff Interviews, Art Material, Preview of Oshii’s “Avalon.” Sale Period: Only 1 Year

Video “JIN-ROH”
Video Rental Starts on December 21, 2000.
BER-250 / Stereo Hi-Fi / 98 mins
16,000 yen (plus tax)
Sold & Distributed by: Bandai Visual
Specifications:
1) Reversible Video Package.
2) Preview Trailer of “Avalon.”
Video Currently For Rental Only.

LD “JIN-ROH”
Sale starts on January 25, 2000
BELL-1541 / CLV 100 mins (Film: 98 mins) / Dolby Digital 5.1 ch / Dolby Surround
9,800 yen (plus tax)
Sold & Distributed by: Bandai Visual
Special:
1) Preview Trailer
. Orders Until Dec. 13 Only. We will not be making any more LD’s. This is the only chance to order your LD now!

10-27-00—- Duvet Getting Airplay In New England

Newsgroup reports have mentioned the publicly funded WBER (Rochester/Syracuse NY area) has recently given airtime to Boa’s Opening Theme to Serial Experiments Lain – “Duvet”.

10-27-00—- New Toei Video Rental / Sales Campaign In Japan

Toei Video is launching a new Anime promotion campaign in Japan which involves a quiz of vrious Toei titles, some of whic are headed to video for sale and rental. Those taking part are then elligible to recieve various goods for taking part in the quiz. The campaign launches November 10 with the releases of Digimon Adventure 02, Initial D Extra Stage, and One Piece. Rental of One Piece Vol. 1-4 begins Dec. 8.

10-27-00—- Card Game Fest

A planned massive event for card game players and fans titled “Card Game Fest” will take place in Tokyo on December 3rd. The event is held 3 times a year in Japan.

10-27-00—- Toonami Schedule Changes

Excerpted from cnxtoonami.cjb.net :

There will be a new schedule for all three Toonami franchises (Toonami, Midnight Run, and Rising Sun). ReBoot’s last week on the block for a while (it will be back, my friends) will be the week of November 6. The next week, a new lineup begins, but things are, as usual, subject to change.

Monday through Fridays:

4 PM: Gundam Wing
4:30 PM: Sailor Moon

Monday through Thursdays:

5 PM: Dragon Ball Z
5:30 PM: Tenchi
6 PM: Batman
6:30 PM: Superman

Fridays at 5 PM: Toonami Movies (The First Four):

November 10: Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
November 17: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest
November 24: DBZ: The World’s Strongest
December 1: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. After all, in July on this site (and officially in September), it was announced that all the episodes of Batman AND Superman will be seen on Toonami this year. And lo and behold, there it is? What were you expecting, Outlaw Star? Well, it’s still coming, read on.

For the first time since it’s relaunch in March from a weekly overnight block on Saturday nights to a weeknight hour block, Toonami Midnight Run has a new lineup. Gundam Wing (uncut) is on the outs (don’t worry, you can still buy the DVDs, they’re worth the price!), and Tenchi is in the block. And before you ask, NO, Tenchi won’t be uncut. There are network standards you know (people getting naked and all is kind of stuff is a no-no on a basic cable network). Slightly edited? Not sure, but they’re airing the episodes at 12:30 AM EST/PST, and with a couple of episodes running overtime, cutting into the trillionth rerun of Scooby Movies is not a bad thing (vote Courage!). You be the judge.

So the new TMR lineup will be Dragon Ball Z at Midnight and Tenchi at 12:30 AM EST/PST.

Rising Sun’s lineup is a mishmash of things, and the lineup IS changing soon, either on November 11 or November 18. One thing’s for certain. Gundam Wing WILL be seen on Saturday afternoons at 12 PM EST/PST followed by Dragon Ball Z (kind of like the old TMR lineup, eh?) Wait, the confusion is growing (and you thought the PS9 commercials were bad). One schedule shows the World’s Finest Team taking over the Thundercat hour on Rising Sun at 10 AM EST/PST (hmm, Batman vs X-Men: Evolution [premiering in November] on Kids’ WB, could be interesting) while another one shows Thundercats staying on. One schedule shows Sailor Moon leaving Saturdays and in it’s place, the North American television debut of Outlaw Star starting on November 11 at 11 AM EST/PST, while another shows the pretty soldiers back to back with Tenchi and company. Head hurts, will delay posting a lineup until things clear up.

10-27-00—- Megazone 23 DVD Release Event

A special event comemorating the release of the MAGAZONE 23 DVD-BOX of sale on December 16 in Japan will take place Dec. 14th and 16th. The 1st Tokyo event will consist of a screening, attractions and guest speaker talks by related names – Itano Ichirou, Kazuki Yao, and more. The 2nd event in Osaka will include a screening, schedule guest speaker talks with Itano Ichirou, Haruhiko Mikimoto, and others.

10-27-00—- Manga Entertainment 2001 DVD Lineup

Exceprted from the update to the Manga Entertainment Website:

Street Fighter Alpha DVD – 01/30/2001, SRP=$29.95

Street Fighter II V – Vol.1 DVD – 02/27/2001, SRP=$29.95
Street Fighter II V – Vol.2 DVD – 02/27/2001, SRP=$29.95
Street Fighter II V – Vol.3 DVD – 02/27/2001, SRP=$29.95
Street Fighter II V – Vol.4 DVD – 02/27/2001, SRP=$29.95

Amon Saga DVD – 03/27/2001, SRP=$24.95
Bounty Dog DVD – 03/27/2001, SRP=$24.95
Dark Myth DVD – 03/27/2001, SRP=$24.95

Blood DVD – 04/24/2001, SRP=$24.95
Appleseed DVD – 04/24/2001, SRP=$24.95
Black Magic M-66 DVD – 04/24/2001, SRP=$24.95

Shadow Skill The Movie DVD – 05/29/2001, SRP=$29.95
Tokyo Revelation DVD – 05/29/2001, SRP=$24.95
Landlock DVD – 05/29/2001, SRP=$29.95

Psychic Wars DVD – 06/26/2001, SRP=$24.95
X DVD – 06/26/2001, SRP=$29.95

Violence Jack DVD – 08/28/2001, SRP=$29.95

Vampire Wars DVD – 09/25/2001, SRP=$24.95

Giant Robo Vol.1 DVD – 10/30/2001, SRP=$29.95
Giant Robo Vol.2 DVD – 10/30/2001, SRP=$29.95

10-27-00—- Anime Music News

Marine Entertainment and Pioneer LDC will release the tentatively titled WeiB Kreuz BEST ALBUM, featuring music from a variety of realted productions and remixes. The CD is out in Japan on November 29th, retailing at 2,667 Yen.

10-27-00—- Dragonball Z Card Game Tour

Excerpted from the PR News Wire Update:

DragonBall Z Tour Invades Media Play; Tour Brings One of the Hottest Trends Among Young Boys from TV to Local Fans

WHAT: DragonBall Z, one of the hottest trends among young boys around the country and the number one anime hit from the Cartoon Network, is touring Media Play stores across the country. The tour features the DragonBall Z Collectible Card Game Hummer and the voices of the cartoon heroes, Goku and Cell.

— Sean Schemmel, the voice of the cartoon’s hero Goku, and Dameon Clarke, the voice of Cell, will perform, sign autographs and teach their young fans how to create their own cartoon voices

— Fans will have a chance to have photos taken with Goku

— Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Games will demonstrate the new card game to young players

— Dragon Ball Z collectible cards and T-shirts will be given away

ABOUT DBZ: DragonBall Z consistently tops the ratings at Cartoon Network, and also has hit number one in Japan, France, Spain, Hong Kong and Mexico. In addition to being a hot television show, the series has generated sales of more than $3 billion in related merchandise worldwide, including home video sales and the collectible card game.

WHEN: Sunday, November 5 Noon – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Media Play North Point Market 6440 North Point Parkway Alpharetta, Georgia

10-26-00—- ADV News

Fantasticon has conducted an audio interview with Matt Greenfield of ADV Films.

– ADV has posted a new interview revealing some secrets to voice acting with the Dirty Pair American seiyuu: KEI, Pam Lauer and YURI, Jessica Calvello.

10-26-00—- Yamato Producer Nishizaki Hirofumi Sentenced

Anihabara is reporting that Nishizaki Hirofumi, who served as producer for Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Starblazers) has been sentenced to 5 years and 6 monthes’ penal servitude in Japan. Nishizaki-sensei was arrested several months go on drugs and posession of illegal arms charges. The chief judge admonished him to atone for the wrong he’d done, and not to waste his talent.

10-25-00—- Anime A Go Go Update – Changes

Excerpted from the info release:

The UCLA Film & Television Archives has slightly altered the order of films screening on Halloween at the James Bridges Theater:

On Tuesday, October 31st, Vampire Hunter D, the new movie, will screen first at 7:30pm. After a brief intermission, Angel’s Egg will follow.

Free copies of Vampire Hunter D Special Edition DVD (the original video) will be given out as prizes at the screening!

Don’t miss out on these fantastic films! Remember, tickets will only go on sale the day of the screening, approximately one hour prior to showtime! For directions and other inquiries, please visit www.cinema.ucla.edu for more information.

10-25-00—- Anime Expo 2001 Location Chosen

Excerpted from the info release:

The SPJA is proud to announce that the 10th Annual Anime Expo will be hosted at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach Hyatt Hotel and the Long Beach Westin Hotel.

Long Beach Hyatt $135/160
(562) 491-1234 (General Line)
200 South Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802-4553

Long Beach Westin $119/139
(562) 436-3000 (General Line)
333 East Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, California 90802

The convention will span from Thursday July 5th to Sunday July 8th.

We expect the two hotels to sell our quickly, so please book early.

Further information will be posted on our homepage shortly.

Mike Tatsugawa,
SPJA

10-25-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

As previously reported, ESP and Kodansha are currently developing a PS2 game based on the manga Hajime No Ippo. As development stands, the game will feature 40 characters, several modes including V.S. and Single. Hajime No Ippo: Victorious Boxers is currently slated for release in Japan on December 14th at the retail price of 6,800 Yen.

10-24-00—- Shoujocon Registration Opens

Excerpted from the info release:

Shoujocon, the premier convention dedicated to girls’ and women’s manga and anime, is pleased to announce that registration is now open!

Please note! Due to our fantastic response last year, Shoujocon needed room to grow and we are now in a new place on a different date.

Taking place July 14th and 15th at the East Brunswick Hilton, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Shoujocon 2001 promises something for everyone with an expanded Dealer’s Room, a shoujo-centric panel track, and one-of-a kind video programming. Now, for a limited time, you can experience the entire weekend-long celebration at special discount prices!

From now until December 31st, weekend admission to Shoujocon is only $20.00! Register to attend Shoujocon between January 1 and May 15, and pay $30.00. If you decide to go only at the very last minute, weekend admission is $40.00 at the door. Day passes are available at differing rates. Visit us at www.shoujocon.com for more information and to register online with Paypal!

For questions about registration, please email registration@shoujocon.com

10-24-00—- New OAV – “Rekojiru”

A new OAV with animation production by J.C. Staff is headed for release in Japan on DVD and VHS on January 24th. The retail listing for each format will be 4,800 Yen and the OAV has a running time of 30 minutes.

10-24-00—- Eagle Feature Article In L.A. Times

As previously reported, at this year’s Anime Weekend Atlanta convention Viz editor Carl Horn mentioned an upcoming LA Times newspaper article focusing on the manga he edits titled Eagle: The making of and Asian-American President. The following was excerpted from a Viz mailing list today:

The Monday, October 23 issue of the Los Angeles Times includes a feature article about Eagle: The Making Of An Asian-American President within it’s “California Living” section. This is not the first time the Los Angeles Times has featured Kaiji Kawaguchi’s manga works. In 1990, the L.A. Times ran a piece giving critical acclaim to Kawaguchi’s military thriller manga “Silent Service”, calling him “the Tom Clancy of Japan.” If the L.A. Times is available in your area, don’t hesitate to read up.

The article can be read online here.

10-24-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

A little over 1 day remains until Sony’s 128-bit Playstation 2 console is launched in the U.S. on Thursday, Oct. 26th. Many retailers across the country will have their stores fully staffed and shelves fully stocked with PS2 accesories, with doors open at 12:00 AM Thursday morning. While it appears that many prospecting buyers who have not signed up on reserve lists months in advance of the launch will not have much luck in finding a system on Thurs., many will and a there are few stores and tactics that IGN PS2 has examined that may serve to aide in fans landing this hot console. You can read the piece here.

At a Square press conference held in Japan this week, it was announed that U.S. R&B singer Shanice Wilson will be performing the theme song for their PlayStation 2 RPG The Bouncer, the song is titled “Life Is a Gift”, and is produced by Michael Walden Narada. The Bouncer has current scheduled release date of December 21st, and a MSRP of 6800 yen.

Square EA has announced Final Fantasy IX for PlayStation will be released on November 14 across North America.

Nintendo of America has announced that Pokemon Gold & Silver for GameBoy Color have sold 1.4 million copies in the first week of release.

Source: The Magic Box

10-23-00—- Battle Of The Planets TV Revival In UK

Excerpted from Animejin:

The classic TV series ‘Battle of the Planets’ is set for a revival, with both a rerun of the show on TV and the release of the series on video.

Bravo Digital is currently broadcasting the show at 5pm every day, and Mollin Video will be releasing all 85 episodes of the series on video, starting with the first four episodes in one volume on 4th December for £12.99. Further volumes and a DVD version will follow next year.

10-23-00—- Sakurai Tomo Revival Concert

Seiyuu / singer Sakurai Tomo who has taken a pause from her career since since February, recently sent a message to her fanclub in Japan. The letter mentioned her “revival concert”, will taek place on December 3rd.

10-23-00—- Blue Sub No. 6 Commercials – Broadcast Date Info

Commercial spots for GONZO’s Blue Sub No. 6 began running on the U.S. Cartoon Network on Monday. The English dub of 4 eps. OAV series released in the U.S. by Bandai Entertainment will debut on the network on November 6th at 6:00 PM in the spot previously held by Tenchi-Muyo. Blue Sub No. 6 will show Monday – Thursday.

10-23-00—- Massive Digital Broadcast Platform Announced For Japanese Market

In Tokyo on Monday, Sony, Hitachi, Matsushita Electric, and Toshiba unveiled plans for a joint digital TV broadcast standardization platform titled “e-platform”. The platform will be promoted through the launch of a joint venture compnay ePF Network Corp.

10-23-00—- ADV – DIC Sailor Moon Release

Excerpted from the official press release:

ADV FILMS AND DIC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF SAILOR MOON

ADV Films is proud to announce their recent acquisition of the home video rights to the first 82 episodes of Sailor Moon, the #1 television series for girls on the Cartoon Network’s “Toonami” programming block, from DIC Entertainment.

Sailor Moon is the story of Serena, a junior high school student who discovers that she has mystical powers and is destined to protect the world from the evil Queen Beryl and the fiends of the Negaverse. Gradually, Serena assembles a team of Sailor Scouts to help her battle the forces of darkness in the name of Queen Serenity of the Emperium. Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Venus and Sailor Jupiter round out the rest of Sailor Moon’s team. Sailor Moon is given her powers by Luna, a trusted advisor of Queen Serenity, who takes the form of Serena’s cat and sticks with her through thick and thin.

The Sailor Scouts must take on the dwellers of the Negaverse, while also dealing with the problems of adolescence. Bad grades and crushes at Crossroads Junior High can be just as fearsome as the forces of evil. All the while, Serena moves slowly toward her destiny, to save the universe as Neo-Queen Serenity in the name of the Moon. It’s not easy being a pretty soldier.

An anime sensation that has appeared in the “Lycos Top 50” consecutively for the past 41 weeks, Sailor Moon is a proven multi-billion dollar brand in specialty and mass channels, with products ranging from toys and games to clothing and school supplies. Sailor Moon appears Monday through Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the Cartoon Network during the “Toonami” block of programming, and is seen by over 1.1 million viewers a day. Cartoon Network also airs Sailor Moon on Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m.

Next month, ADV Films will begin releasing the 82 original episodes of the fabulous Sailor Moon television series. The first 2 VHS cassettes, which include 4 episodes each, will be released on November 21st and will contain the English-dubbed, family/children friendly version of the show, as seen on television. Each tape will introduce episodes never before seen on home video and will carry the suggested retail price of $12.98 each. Other VHS volumes will follow shortly thereafter.

ADV Films, the premiere label of A.D.Vision, Inc. formed in 1992, is North America’s #1 distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”), with titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 and Martian Successor Nadesico. ADV Films will soon be releasing top-quality, computer-animated titles such as ReBoot® and Shadowraiders(tm), and Weird-Ohs(tm). ADV Films also distributes American and Japanese live-action programming for theatrical and television broadcast release. Check out ADV Films on the web at www.advfilms.com.

Sailor Moon: The Legend Begins and Sailor Moon: The Power of Friendship Running Time (both tapes): 90 minutes Rating: ALL AGES

Street Date: 11/21/00
Both Priced at $12.98 SRP

10-23-00—- Classic Translated Shoji Kawamori Interview Online

Macross World has posted it’s first Macross translations article, a very interesting interview that was ran in a December 1985 dated Bandai Making Journal. In the piece, Macross creator Shoji Kawamori comments on post SDF-Macross Valkyrie designs and his “Advanced Valkyrie” series. Take a peek into Macross worlds that could have been, worlds that have been, and ones still in the making here.

10-22-00—- Transformers Movie DVD Specs

Transformers: The Movie is out in the U.S. on DVD from Rhino on October 24th. DVD Sewer is reporting that the movie will not be in widescreen format and Rhino simply could not find the elements necessary. Rhino issued the following statement on the disc and its contents: “The DVD version features the film in its much-requested unedited form with remastered picture quality, plus storyboards for unusual scenes, an interview with the composer of the film’s score, Vince Di Cola, and 5.1 audio!

10-22-00—- Berserk Manga Licensed In U.S.

Fanboy Entertainment has recently received an e-mail from the agent representing Japanese publisher Hakusensha informing them that Kintaro Miura’s Berserk manga has been licensed to a U.S. publsiher for English publication. No other details are known at this point. For more information on their findings including specualtion as to who may have the rights, visit the Fanboy Homepage above link.

10-21-00—- Locke The Superman New OAV Update

Update on the new Locke The Superman OAV in production in Japan, titled “Mirroring”, it will be released to DVD in Japan on Dec. 22nd at the retail price of 7,800 Yen. The OAV is being produced by Pioneer LDC and Byblos. The running time on the disc is listed at 60 minutes, first press units include a 100 page Locke comic “Goddess and Legend”. Extras include character, mecha info, background art etc. A four page color mannual is also included. Character design on the project is by Junichi Hayama.

10-21-00—- Anime Event In Anchorage

The Chugiak-Eagle River Library in Anchorage, Alaska will host “Explore the World of Japanese Animation and Comics: Anime & Manga,” Oct. 21st 1:30 p.m.

10-20-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Seikaiden 2: From TV Animation Houshin Engi will be released on the Japanese color hanheld WonderSwan Color in December, the rpg game will feature mobile phone support.

Digimon Adventure 02: D1 Tamer for Wonderswan will include over 230 Digimons. Players can share data with the portable machine Digimon D3. The RPG is scheduled to be released in Japan this December at the MSRP of 3980 Yen. The cart is 32 MB and features WonderGate mobile phone modem support.

Source: The Magic Box

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