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Anime News Service – October 14-18 Anime News

10-18-01—- Flcl Director Kazuya Tsurumaki To Appear At OmochaBox

FLCL Director Kazuya Tsurumaki to appear at OmochaBox

October 18, 2001 Los Angeles, CA – Kazuya Tsurumaki, director of the cutting-edge, Japanese animated mini-series FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly), will be making an appearance at the OmochaBox retail store on October 27th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to sign autographs.

FLCL is a psychedelic, surreal fantasy set in modern day Japan in a little town called Mabase where the life of pre-teen Naota is torn asunder by the outrageous alien Haruko and the flirtatious, picture of innocence Mamimi. However, Tsurumaki (Evangelion, Nadia of the Blue Water) tosses into this relatively innocuous premise large robots that spring forth from Naota’s head, secret agents that snoop around, lethal uzis battles, even more lethal Vespas, and a sophisticated satirical voice that ties everything together.

Autograph session line priority will be given to customers who purchase one of the many exciting FLCL products available at OmochaBox including FLCL artbooks (FLCLism and FLCL GroundWorks), action figures and more. Priority tickets will be distributed to customers starting October 19th. Only the first fifty customers will be guaranteed an autograph.

What: FLCL Director Kazuya Tsurumaki Autograph Signing
When: Saturday, October 27, 2001
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: OmochaBox
10811 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Web Site: http://www.omochabox.com/retail
Phone: 310.481.1410
Fax: 310.481.1409
Email: retail@omochabox.com

FLCL will be released on DVD in the US beginning in late January 2002. A co-production between Synch-Point (http://www.synch-point.com) and Production I.G USA (http://www2.production-ig.co.jp/eng2/Default.htm), the highly anticipated DVD will contain the first two episodes of the six part OVA series.

10-18-01—- Animevillage Not Scheduled To Be Relaunched

From the Anime Village Posting: posting:

Due to restructuring, AnimeVillage.com will not be relaunched. On www.Bandai-Ent.com, you’ll find timely updates and detailed information regarding our current product line as well as future endeavors and company news, including other projects and sites that will cater to the growing needs of the anime enthusiast! Visit our site at www.Bandai-Ent.com and please give us your comments and suggestions. Thank you for your interest in Bandai Entertainment!

10-18-01—- Michie Tomizawa Retirement Confirmed Only For Sakura Taisen Role

In light of updated information on Michie Tomizawa’s Sakura Taisen role retirement announcement at this past week’s Tokyo Game Show indicate the retiremnent announcement made can at this time only be confirmed for her Kanzaki Sumire role for certain with other possible game and anime voicing role possibilities for the actress left open for the future.

10-18-01—- Love Hina OAV Series U.S. Status

ANS has contacted Jerry Chu of Bandai Entertainment, Love Hina’s current exclusive North American animation licensor, according to Bandai’s Producer of Marketing, Bandai has no imminent announcements regarding the newly announced Love Hina OAV’s for the American market.

10-18-01—- Miyazaki Interview

In the U.K. film critic Jonathan Ross has reviewed Mononoke Hime on the Film 2001 program, along with a short overview of Miyazaki’s other films. The critic reportedly gave the 1997 Ghibli blockbuster a glowing review, of note, in the review of several other Ghibli films, most were credited to “Buena Vista Home Video”, the titles credited are Porco Rosso, Totoro and others.

10-18-01—- 3rd Blackjack Promotional Anime Online

The 3rd Blackjack promotional animation is now here and was posted on Oct. 12. This latest short takes on the style of a movie trailer.

10-18-01—- Tristar Rintaro / Metropolis Primer

Tristar Pictures is proud to announce that METROPOLIS, based on the classic manga (comic book) by Osamu Tezuka (the Godfather of Anime and Manga), directed by Rintaro (“X”) and written by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (“Akira”), will have its first U.S. screening at this year’s inaugural edition of New York’s Big Apple Anime Fest on Friday, October 26 at 5:00PM at the DGA Theater (110 West 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue). METROPOLIS will open theatrically in the U.S. in January 2002.

Based on the classic manga (comic) by Osamu Tezuka, the Godfather of Anime and Manga, METROPOLIS was brought to the screen by two of the most respected figures in Japanese animation today: Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and Rintaro (X, Galaxy Express 999). In fact, Rintaro began his career working for Tezuka on his popular Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) television series.

In the late 1940s, long before Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion established Osamu Tezuka as one of the most influential animators of all time, the legendary illustrator created the classic manga Metropolis. Set in the future, Metropolis is a grand city-state populated by humans and robots, the cohabitants of a strictly segmented society. Amidst the chaos created by anti-robot factions, detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Ken-ichi are searching for rebel scientist Dr. Laughton, to arrest him and seize his latest creation, Tima, a beautiful young girl. Tima is a new top-of the-line android created to succeed the leader of Metropolis. When they locate them, Shunsaku quickly comes to realize that the eccentric scientist is beyond their reach, protected by a powerful man and his fierce desire to reclaim a tragic figure from his past.

More than fifty years since it was first imagined, Tezuka’s vision of the inability of scientific progress to fulfill basic human needs — in spite of its mechanizing even the most fundamental aspects of life — confirms him as a prophet as well as a fabulist. Directed by Rintaro and written by Otomo, the retro-futurism of the story – as well as its precautionary tale — is spectacularly rendered in its visual style, combining the best in Japanese cel animation with the latest in digital technology. METROPOLIS has been selected to be shown at a number of international film festivals including Locarno, Sitges and Hamburg.

10-18-01—- Speed Racer Hollywood Feature Current Status

According to Variety Warner Bros. Pictures has entered into a $1.2 million deal with Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring to write a new script for Speed Racer, a feature adaptation of the classic animated series that has spent more than a decade in development at the studio. Hype Williams is attached to direct the picture. Writers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett (“Madeline”) Jeffrey Abrams (“Joy Ride”) and Patrick Read Johnson (“Dragonheart”) and directors Julien Temple, Gus Van Sant and Alfonso Cuaron have been attached to the project at one time or another over the years. Gudegast and Scheuring who scripted “El Diablo,” recently sold Warners the spec “Black Flag,” with Simon West attached to direct.

10-18-01—- Love Hina OVA Series Planned – Ending Of Manga Announced

ANS has confirmed mangka Love Hina creator Akamatsu Ken is behind development on a new 3 volume DVD OVA adaptation of the series is in the works to go on sale in Japan from January. Also announced is news that Love Hina the manga version will close with volume Chapter 123 Volume 14. According to Kamatsu-sensei the discontinuation should not be looked upon “regretably” by fans and indeed a very happy ending will be achieved. The author has completed to story 121 with 2 storys remaining for the series. With the OVA release, the introduction of the character Kanako, Keitero’s adopted sister, reportedly a close seiyuu match for the character has been achieved to the author’s satisfaction. This will be the character’s animation debut as she has not appeared in the TV series version to be released in America via Bandai Entertainment. Love Hina manga volume 2 goes on sale in Jpaan on Nov. 17.

An image posted here refered by Anime News Network alludes to the OVA project.

10-18-01—- Omron Introduces NeCoRo High-End Robotic Cat Companion

A huge thanks to awesome reader Jim for this news:

From the release:

October 16, 2001 — Omron Corporation (President and CEO: Yoshio Tateisi, Headquarters: Kyoto) will begin selling as a new product a cat type communication robot from November 20. Orders can be placed at Takashimaya (limited to 7 stores) starting October 17, and orders will be accepted by phone or over the Internet from November 3. Available in two colors, gray and brown, sales at this time will be restricted to 5,000 units.

Model Product name Price (excluding tax) EPA-R01 NeCoRo 185, 000 yen

Envisioning a society embodying a wide diversity of values, where everyone can live comfortably at peace (what Omron calls the Optimization Society), Omron sees the importance in the realization of a machine that can communicate with humans and understand them. A machine that is gentle to humans and responds appropriately to an individual’s needs. Natural communication between humans and machines is made possible with the cat type communication robot NeCoRo.

Created with Omron’s core sensing and control technology and artificial intelligence technology, NeCoRo realizes natural human to robot communication. Because of its ability to react to human movement and express its own emotions, people pour their affection into this robot and feel attached to it as they would a pet. By living with each other day after day, the person becomes at ease with the robot as it enriches the person’s life.

NeCoRo, a robot with synthetic fur giving it a feline appearance, introduces communication in the form of playful, natural exchanges as between a person and a cat. Via internal sensors of touch, sound, sight, and orientation, human action/thoughts can be perceived, and feelings/wants are generated based on internal feelings. Using 15 actuators inside the body, it behaves in response to its feelings. It will get angry if someone is violent to it, and express satisfaction when stroked, cradled, and treated with lots of love. Based on its own physiological rhythms, it will express its desire to sleep or cuddle. Moreover, through a learning/growth function, while living with each other day after day, the cat will become attached to its owner and its personality will adjust to the owner. And as it begins to remember the sound of the owner’s voice and its own name, it will recognize its name when called out by the owner.

1) Responds to human movement/emotions 2) Has feelings and desires, and its personality will adjust to its owner 3) Remembers its name and acknowledges its name when called 4) Synthetic fur gives it a feline appearance, so it feels natural to treat it like a cat, stroking and hugging it

Specifications Dimensions Outer dimensions : 260mm160mm320mm (excluding tail) Weight : 1.6 Kg (when battery is inserted) Fur material : Acrylic (gray or brown)

Sensing and recognition Tactile sensors are embedded in the head, chin and back, so it can recognize stroking and patting A microphone is in the head, so it can detect sound and recognize the source of the sound As it’s name is called over and over it will remember its name and react when called Within its scope of vision, it can perceive the direction of moving objects An internal acceleration sensor allows it to know its position when cradled or spun around

Feeling generation mechanism Equipped with Omron’s proprietary MaC (Mind and Consciousness) technology, feelings are generated according to recognition feedback, which is dependent on configurations based on psychological concepts, leading to cognitive decisions and actions determined by these feelings (applicable patent acquired) Feelings of satisfaction, anger, and uneasiness generated based on recognition feedback Desires to sleep or be cuddled generated according to physiological rhythms Via a learning function, personality traits such as selfishness and the need for attention will change in response to the owner Via a growth function, expressive patterns in reaction to the owner will increase

Actuators 4 legs (each with two degrees of freedom), tail with two degrees of freedom, neck with two degrees of freedom, and eyelids, ears, and a mouth each with one degree of freedom, for a total of 15 degrees of freedom. Equipped with many movement patterns and a voice speaker, 48 different cat sounds can be vocalized. Power supply Replaceable nickel hydrogen battery (Ni-MH) Battery is good for 1 hour and 30 minutes of operation (battery is charged to full capacity in 2 hours)

Accessories Battery pack/special charger/instruction manual/ brush

Support system
Home page: http://www.necoro.com (*this site is only in Japanese) On-line from the evening of October 16 NeCoRo Customer Center: Handles inquiries about the product — Beginning October 17 NeCoRo Care Center: Provides information to customers — Scheduled to open from November 20

Ordering NeCoRo
From October 17: Takashimaya outlets (Tokyo, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Tamagawa, Osaka, Kyoto, and JR Nagoya) From November 3: By phone or through the web page (until November 18)

Product shipment
From November 20 in sequence of orders

10-18-01—- Soul Calibur 4 Images

Magic Box has posted new Soul Calibur 4 Images from Namco, view them here.

10-18-01—- Pioneer Releases

The Pioneer Animation website has updated with the following tentative release dates and summaries for it’s upcoming titles.

10-18-01—- Armitage: Dual Matrix English Voice Actress Named

From the release:

ARMITAGE Dual-Matrix

New Anime Film Debuts In The U.S. On Video And DVD in Spring 2002

Long Beach, CA – Pioneer Entertainment announced today that Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear) will voice the character Naomi Armitage in ARMITAGE Dual-Matrix, the highly-anticipated sequel to the popular ARMITAGE Poly Matrix, which has sold over a 150,000 units on home video. ARMITAGE Dual-Matrix will be available on VHS and DVD in Spring 2002.

In ARMITAGE Poly Matrix, the prequel, Naomi Armitage Asakura, an illegally created android that is more human than anything ever made, meets Ross Sylibus while working at the Martian Police Department (MPD). Ross was transferred from the Chicago Police Department after a robot killed his partner. Attracted by their mutual desire to fight against the Martian Government because of its initiatives to terminate “Third Robots,” Naomi and Ross become partners.

Directed by Katsuhito Akiyama and created and character designed by Hiroyuki Ochi, ARMITAGE Dual-Matrix takes place six years after the first film. Naomi and Ross have changed their names and live with their daughter Yoko as a normal happy family on Mars until a robot riot breaks out at an anti-matter plant on Earth and Armitage learns that the riot is a plot to suppress evidence of illegal research and development of “Third Robots.”

While Colonel Strings basks in the glow of his new-found fame for quelling the riot at the plant, the anti-robot movement is growing more active. Armitage decides to go to Earth alone to find out who is behind this plot, but what she discovers is the most powerful enemies she has yet encountered…replicas of herself.

10-18-01—- Anime Festivals At Megacon

Daniel informs us that according to www.newsaskew.com, Megacon 2002, a comic con held in Orlando Florida from February 22-24, will have “Japanese Animation film festivals”.

10-18-01—- Previews Listings

DVD Animania is reporting from The Diamond Comics Previews:

January 2002 Releases (Tentative)
Adventures Of The Mini Goddess: Vol. 1 The Gan Files DVD – $29.98
Battle Of The Planets: Vol. 3 DVD – $19.95
Battle Of The Planets: Vol. 4 DVD – $19.95
Beast Wars DVD – $19.95
Betterman: Vol. 1 DVD – $29.98
Boogiepop Phantom: Evolution 4 DVD – $29.95
Cardcaptor Sakura: Vol. 4 Sakura Fight DVD – $29.98
Cardcaptor Sakura: Vol. 7 Magical Mystery DVD – $29.98
Cardcaptors: Vol. 7 End Of Days DVD – $24.98
Ceres, Celestial Legend: Vol. 6 DVD – $29.98
Cosplay DVD – $14.95
Cleopatra DC DVD – $29.95
Dragonball Z – Frieza: Namek’s End DVD – $24.95
FLCL: Vol. 1 Fooly Cooly DVD – $29.95
Gasaraki: Vol. 8 DVD – $29.98
Gatekeepers: Vol. 3 Infiltration DVD – $29.98
Gundam MS 08th Team: Vol. 4 DVD – $24.98
I’m Gonna Be An Angel: Vol. 1 Earth Angel DVD – $29.95
Kite: Director’s Cut DVD – $29.95
Love Hina: Vol. 1 DVD – $29.98
Love Hina Box Set 1 DVD – $34.98
Madonna DVD – $29.95
Magic Woman M DVD – $29.99
Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Vol. 6 DVD – $24.98
Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Vol. 7 DVD – $24.98
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: Vol. 1 DVD – $29.98
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Vol. 1 DVD – $29.98
NieA Under 7: Vol. 4 DVD – $29.98
Now And Then, Here And There: Vol. 1 Discord And Doom DVD – $29.99
Nadia, Secret Of Blue Water: Vol. 6 DVD – $29.98
Pokemon – Johto Journeys: Vol. 49 Squirtle Squad DVD – $24.98
Pokemon – Johto Journeys: Vol. 50 Midnight Heroes DVD – $24.98
Princess Nine: Vol. 2 Double Header DVD – $19.98
Ranma 1/2 Random Rhapsody: Vol. 7 Ukyo’s Secret Sauce DVD – $29.98
Sailor Moon SS: Collection 1 DVD – $29.98
Saint Tail: Vol. 2 It’s Show Time DVD – $29.98
Saint Tail: Vol. 3 Spring Love DVD – $29.98
Sorceror On The Rocks: Vol. 1 DVD – $24.98
Strange Dawn: Vol. 1 DVD – $29.95
Three Stooges: Classic Cartoons DVD – $19.95
Transformers: Season 1 DVD Box Set – $89.95
Transformers – Season 1: Vol. 1 DVD – $19.95
Transformers – Season 1: Vol. 2 DVD – $19.95
Transformers – Season 1: Vol. 3 DVD – $19.95
Transformers – Season 1: Vol. 4 DVD – $19.95
Transformers – Season 1: Vol. 5 DVD – $19.95
Vampire Princess Miyu TV: Vol. 2 Haunting DVD – $29.98
Vampire Princess Miyu TV: Vol. 3 Illusion DVD – $29.98
Vandread: Vol. 1 Enemy Engaged DVD $29.98

10-17-01—- Con For Gundam Fans

Source: Newtype Asylum

October 17, 2001: This year’s Great American Anime Expo, which will be held between October 19-21, 2001 at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., will be a feast for Gundam fans: its guest of honors will include Japanese mecha designer Mika Akitaka (of 0080, 0083 and ZZ fames) and Scott McNeil (American voice actor for Duo Maxwell from the Gundam Wing saga). The Great American Anime Expo will also feature autograph and Q&A sessions, seminar/workshops, exhibition rooms, and anime theatres. – Silver Khosla

10-17-01—- More Theaters For

Daniel sends us more announced theatrical screening locations for the:

Dead or Alive theatrical release at www.viz.com :

10/19-25 (Chicago) Facets Cinematheque

10/31 only (Boulder, CO) International Film Series/Macky Auditorium

11/16 Starts (Los Angeles) Laemmle’s Sunset 5, morning & midnight

1/11&12, 18&19, 25&25 only (Seattle) Grand Illusion Cinema

Coming to more theaters soon.

10-17-01—- Mazinkaizer OAV Release

Source: Cool Japanese Toys

The OAV of MAZINKAIZER was released on the 25th of last month in both DVD and VHS formats. This series, which brings the popular video game character of Mazinkaizer to life, is getting some good buzz. The story not only involves Mazinkaizer, but also the original MAZINGA Z and GREAT MAZINGA. The tone and style is very old-school, with all of the character designs being based on the ORIGINAL MANGAS. Everyone in the Mazinga family is here: Dr. Hell, Koji Kabuto, Boss Borott. Garada K7 even makes an appearance. This clarifies things about the SOUL OF CHOGOKIN line. Although the item after the GETTA ROBO series is a manga-style MZ, it’s also now an OAV style as well. Perhaps it should be considered OAV style first, since this OAV is clearly why it was chosen. Assuming this new Mazinkaizer series is as good as it should be, expect a big run of toys from it.

10-17-01—- NTT & Honda Team On Wirelss Information Systems

Nikkei News is reporting:

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. and Honda Motor Co. announced Tuesday that they have developed an information system enabling drivers to exchange e-mail via a voice system and to listen to information about nearby restaurants/stores while driving. The two firms will finish developing the technology by next year and initially install the system in Honda’s cars. When e-mail is delivered to the driver, the voice system will read the most important part of the message using pre-registered key words. The system connects vehicles and servers via a third-generation cellular phone network. Once information on restaurants/stores is stored on servers, pertinent information will be read out loud when the car approaches such locations.

10-17-01—- Monkey Punch Signing

Lupin III and Siamese Cat creator, Monkey Punch and Yasuo Otsuka will appear on a tour through Shibuya, Nagoya and Sapporo at the end of this month. Titled the LUPIN THE THIRD EXHIBITION the event will be at Utsunomiya location Oct. 25th – Nov. 11. 10:00 – 20-30. Monkey is scheduled to sign on 10/27 at 14:00 and Yasuo Otsuka will sign on 11/3. Admission is free of charge. Limited edition goods and a raffle will also take place.

10-17-01—- Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Anime Tribute

According to Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Research page (http://www.cartoonresearch.com/news.html):

I’m involved in the planning of an Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences tribute to anime, currently scheduled for Wednesday November 14th. More details to come, but I believe this event is the Academy’s annual Mark Davis on Animation. The evening will include 35mm clips from some of the greatest anime films past and present – and a panel discussion. Panelists are still being finalized, but Katsuhiro Otomo (AKIRA) and Mark Dippe (director of the live action SPAWN) have confirmed their participation. The event will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, 8949 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. I will post more details on this event in the next few weeks – but if you are interested in anime, mark your calendar now!

10-17-01—- Ushicon Announces Dr. Susan Napier As Guest

Ushicon has announced Dr. Susan Napier, author of “Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation” as attending Ushicon 1, Austin’s own anime and manga convention! Dr. Napier is also working on a new book covering American anime fandom! Come meet her in Austin, Feb 1-3, 2002, at the Sheraton Four Points off I-35N and Hwy. 183.

Our other confirmed guests at this time are: Bruce Lewis Brett Weaver Tiffany Grant Jessica Calvello Diana Sprinkle Joshua Lesnick

10-17-01—- Evangelion Interest Waning In Japan?

According to Anime Nation:

AnimeNation’s Japanese suppliers have informed us that production of the 2002 Evangelion calendar has been canceled because there’s no longer enough interest in the series in Japan to make a new Evangelion calendar marketable to Japanese consumers.

10-17-01—- Escaflowne Movie Release In The U.S.

ICV2 Reports:

Bandai is planning a limited North American theatrical release of the Escaflowne feature film — Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea — in January. A release in five cities is planned at this point: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Vancouver. Retailers in those cities (or where consumers are exposed to the p.r. related to that release) can capitalize on consumer interest by selling the TV episode DVDs, currently available from Bandai. The DVD of the movie will probably be released next summer, around the time of Anime Expo.

10-17-01—- FF X Single Launch Event

A special event celebrating the CD release of the FF X album Fell/Go Dream was held in Japan on Oct. 11, another such show will occur with the main performer of the FFX theme playing live on Oct. 20 in Tokyo. To attend the event fans must obtain a ticket that can be goten by redeeming the slip in the album case.

10-16-01—- VHD DVD News

Daniel sends us this info from the VHD Message Board:

the Japanese track on the region 2 dvd of Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust will be on the Region 1 version as well. Also, the administrator of the forum has made it a point to challenge naysayers who feel the film wasn’t “meant” to be dubbed in English first, by stating that Kawijiri himself demanded it for the theatrical version.

10-16-01—- New Theaters For VHD: Bloodlust

From Daniel:

According to www.vampirehunterdbloodlust.com , the folllowing theaters and times have been added to the scheudle:

11/2 TBA Dallas, TX

11/2 Crossroads Cinema Cafe
Roanoke, VA

11/30 TBA
Knoxville, TN

11/30 Tower Theatre
Salt Lake City, UT

10-16-01—- Final Days Events – New York – Tokyo Anime Festival

10/17 (Wed.)
Cinema Village (22 E. 12th St.):
1:30 Yamato – The New Voyage
3:30 Wings of Honeamise
6:00 Adieu Galaxy Express 999
8:45 FLCL
10:30 Castle of Cagliostro

10/18 (Thurs.)
Cinema Village (22 E. 12th St.) (212):
1:30 Be Forever Yamato
4:30 Noiseman Sound Insect + Tokyo Digital Movies
6:15 Queen Emeraldas
7:45 Love HIna + Slam Dunk
9:30 Final Yamato

Anime Festival Closing Party
9pm – 4am
at Centro-fly (45 West 21 Street)

The event is also giving away the New York-Tokyo Anime Festival Poster at Cinema Village

10-16-01—- New DVD’s

Source: Anime On DVD

The Right Stuf site has updated with some new titles today. Saint Tail Vol. #3 will street on 01/22/2002 with four more bilingual episodes. Vampire Princess Miyu TV Vol. #3 will also street that day with four more bilingual episodes and the unedited original Japanese opening and an image gallery.

10-16-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to The GIA is mentioning a press release from Konami today confirmed that Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty for PlayStation 2 will not be delayed because of the recent events of September 11, although one minor scene will be modified to remove the Twin Towers. The game is still set for a November 13 release in the U.S., with a November 29 date in Japan and undecided 2002 releases in Europe.

Nintendo announced that they will release the GameBoy Advance e-Card Reader (model number AGB-010) in Japan on December 1, for 5800 yen. Pokemon e-Card will be the first game to support the e-Card Reader, you can download mini games, short movies and program data from different e-Cards. Each e-Card can hold up to 3360 bytes of data.

Atlus announced that Shin Megami Tensei Online is heading to XBox.

Source: Magic Box

10-16-01—- More Pokemon DVD’s

At DVD File, From Daniel a rather poking bit on the latest Pokemon DVD release:

First up we have more from the terrifying world of Pokemon (isn’t this fad over with yet?), Pokemon: Mewtwo Returns. Presented in full frame with English 5.1 and French and Spanish 2.0 dubs, extras including the “Uncut Story of Mewtwo’ Origin” and character bios. Retail is $19.95.

10-16-01—- ZOIDS Headed To Cartoon Network

Toonzone has revealed that the Cartoon Network has acquired the American broadcast rights to the Kijû Shinseiki Zoids anime TV series. The show premieres Monday, November 5th at 5:00 PM.

Based on the line of mechanical robot toys produced by Tomy in the 1980s, the 1999 Zoids TV series produced by Xebec is a serious, futuristic war story combining traditional cel animation with CG rendered mecha. The series has proven popular enough in Japan to have a 67 episode first series, followed by the Zoids Shinseiki Zero series.

Article Source: Scott Green
Anime Nation | Anime News Network

10-16-01—- Original VHD To Air On Cinemax Affiliate Not Bloodlust

Contrary to previous reports Urban Vision representative Rhona Medina has confirmed to Anime News Network that Cinemax does not have the rights to air Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and that they are airing the original Vampire Hunter D OVA from 1985.

10-16-01—- Chihiro Recaptures Top Japanese Boxoffice Spot

Proving not to be easily defeated, Japan’s most viewed film ever, Studio Ghibli’s Sen To Chihiro has recaptured the top boxoffice spot from Lara Croft Tomb Raider after having spent 11 Weeks in the #1 slot. Spirited Away was knocked down to second place in the box office rankings last weekend and has in turn left Tomb Raider in the 2nd spot this weekend (Oct. 13-14).

10-16-01—- Miyazaki’s Panda KoPanda Announced For DVD Release In Japan

Hayao Miyazaki’s classic 1972 30 minute movie work Panda KoPanda! has been announced for release on DVD in Japan. Sen To Chihiro and Mononoke Hime Director developed the pre-Studio Ghibli project creating script, layouts, and key animation on his own with Takahata providing direction. In the film, a young girl, Mimiko is left alone when her Grandmother leaves, she meets a Panda and adventures ensue. Both the original ’72 film and the ’73 sequel “Rainy Day Circus” will ship from Buena Vista Home Entertainment in Japan as part of a special “Ghibli Collection” 2 disc release on December 19th for 4700 Yen. Both projects were produced when a wave of “panda fever” was sweeping Japan in the early 1970’s after Panda’s were introduced to Japan from China.

Extras include an an interview with Miyazaki and Takahata televised in 1994 where the two comment on their Lupin III work. A drawing for a special clock will be held.

10-16-01—- Classic Tezuka Manga Published In Esperanto

A volume of “Hi no Tori” (The Phoenix), an omnibus manga story by the late cartoonist Osamu Tezuka, was translated into Esperanto for the Japan Esperanto Institute’s annual conference, held from Friday through Sunday in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. The manga artist spent most of his youth in the city. “Hi no Tori” is considered to be Tezuka’s lifework, and the volume translated into the international language presents Tezuka’s views on space. More than 1,000 copies of the first edition were published, double the usual number printed for Esperanto-language books. Copies were distributed to the participants in the conference as souvenirs and were sold for 1,800 yen near Hankyu Takarazuka Station. A Polish ophthalmologist invented Esperanto about 110 years ago in the hope that it would function as an international language. It is estimated that about 1 million people around the world use the language. According to the publisher, Tezuka often said manga was an international language. “I hope this Tezuka manga written in the Esperanto language will contribute to building world peace,” a spokesman for the publisher said.

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

10-16-01—- Special Brown Valk Transformer From Yamato

Cool Japanese Toys reports via this Macrossworld piece that Yamato will release a special brown version of their 1/60 VF-1A VALKYRIE at Toys R Us stores in Japan. The toy will be out in November and, aside from color will be identical to the normal-colored VF-1A. A second release of the Brown version is expected to be appear in other stores sometime later.

10-16-01—- Asahi Anime

The online version of the Japanese Asahi News is running a new web short animation titled Nonochan, based on the 4 scene cartoon of the same name serialized in the morning edition. The shorts last 30 seconds and cost 300 Yen to view.

10-16-01—- DBZ Card Game To Penetrate Deeper Into Market?

From ICV2:

Although Score has been selling its highly successful Dragon Ball Z CCG to mass merchants for some time, at the recent Retailer Summit in Las Vegas, ICv2 learned that that penetration will become much more visible in the coming months. Beginning in November, the Dragon Ball Z CCG will appear in end-caps at Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer. Although a heavy presence in discount department stores has tended to sharply reduce sales in pop culture stores on some products (for example the Gundam models), Score is taking steps to differentiate the product sufficiently to make the pop culture stores continue to be an attractive channel. The DBZ CCG has been a consistent top seller in ICv2’s Top 10 Cool Games lists (see “Top 10 Cool Games”), based on sales in pop culture stores, so there’s a lot to protect in the existing channels.

10-15-01—- VHD: Bloodlust On Cinemax OuterMax Channel

Mark posted some information regarding VHD: Bloodlust on the Anime News Mailing List this weekend, acording to http://www.cinemax.com, it turns out that Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust on the OuterMax channel, as well as Wicked City. Scedule is as follows:

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Wed, Oct 3 10:40pm OMAX East
Mon, Oct 15 12:00am OMAX East
Fri, Oct 19 3:00am OMAX East
Tue, Oct 23 12:00am OMAX East
Thu, Oct 25 12:00am OMAX East
Wicked City
Thu, Oct 4 12:00am OMAX East
Mon, Oct 8 12:00am OMAX East
Thu, Oct 18 4:10am OMAX East
Sun, Oct 21 12:00am OMAX East
Tue, Oct 30 10:35pm OMAX East

OuterMax is not available on either Dish or DirectTV, and may not even be carried on your local Cable system.

10-15-01—- Transformers Con

Daniel has added an item to the ANS Mailing List indicating a report from recent robot con here.For those interested in attending next year’s con, go to http://www.botcon.com/ . Note that 2002’s con location and date haven’t been set up, and the cities for each con change year by year.

10-15-01—- More Comments OnUtada In Time

From Nick:

I was at the orthodontist today, and saw jpop sensation Utada Hikaru on the cover of an issue of TIME magazine along with several other world music artists (including Bjork). The magazine actually has a full two-page spread all on her! I was completey amazed. The article spoke of her roots in New York, her attending Columbia University in upper Manhattan, and her recent collaboration with Foxy Brown. Definately a big surprise, I am still in shock!

10-15-01—- Ang Lee Hulk News

Daniel reports Cinescape is running an article mentioning the actor chosen for the Burce Banner alter ego of the Incredible Hulk is Eric Bana. He’s getting a 7-figure deal for the film, with the option for two sequels. The actual production for the movie will start in March 2002.

10-15-01—- Bebop Movie Digisub

Without listing sites, more than a month from debuting in Japanese Movie theaters and with no U.S. announced release, an English language copy of Sunrise’s Cowboy Bebop: Knockin On Heaven’s Door film is already in circulation on the internet since late Sept. / early Oct.

10-15-01—- Facelifted NSX Images

U.S. Honda Division Acura has released 2 new images of their facelifted Model Year 2002 NSX to be sold in America, you can view them here. Most noticeable over the previous model (91-01) are fixed projector lense lights and redesigned front grill / spoiler. Powerplant is unannounced but both V6 and V8 options are reportedly under consideration by Tochigi. The ’02 model is meant to be a facelifted version of the existing model that will most likely be produced for 2 years. In 2004 Honda plans to totally redesign the NSX from the ground up.

10-15-01—- Cell Phone Gaming News Out Of TGS

In a flurry of gaming news out of this past weekend’s TGS perhaps the most overlooked arena is the Japanese cellular phone gaming industry and some interesting delopments there. Java is the predominate programming script game designers are currently using in designing handset games, several developers were showing off their latest creations including Docomo who was showing off a super high scrolling top-down space shooter ala Aleste, the game’s title is Star Exceed. Konami had it’s I-mode version of DDR for show and Bandai Networks was showing it’s latest Gundam title which actually was released today.

10-15-01—- Blaze Of Mirage – Clawless Hawk Anime TV Series Conversion

Based on the popular early 90’s Shueisha 32 book manga series by Hamada Shouko / Kuwahara Mizuna, Mirage of Blaze – Clawless Hawk is being adapted to it’s own TV series presently by SME Visual Works. The first the 13 episodes in the new series will air Jan. 7th 2002 at 20:00 on Nippon sat-net “Kids Station” ch. 276. and cable television.

Original Story: Mizuna Kuwahara
Supervisor: Toshio Hirata
Character design: Taketa Itsuko
Composition: Tokita Hiroko
Music: Koichiro Kameyama
Production: Madhouse – Sony Music Entertainment Visual Works

Cast: Toshihiko Seki, Sho Hayamizu, Yasunori Matsumoto.

10-15-01—- Gundam Cell Phone Clip Holders

New Gundam Cell phone clip holders are about to go sale in Japan from October 27th, for price 2980 Yen. Not simply just a holder the unit actually is meant to be connected to the phone where it reproduces classic Gundam Anime lines from Rei Amuro. The original seiyuu for Amuro, the protagonist of Mobile Suit Gundam reportedly has gone back into the recording to studio to record new Amuro lines for the product. Clips are made for both J-Mode and Docomo handsets.

10-15-01—- Sony Pictures Receives Mysterious Envelope

Police have confirmed Culver City based Sony Pictures was mailed an Envelope containing powder feared to be the biological agent anthrax. Sony reportedly informed police on Friday evening that an employee opened an envelope containing white powder sent to the company and touched the powder. The employee, who was examined at a nearby hospital, did not show any symptoms of being infected with anthrax, police said.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, is part of a subsidiary of Sony, who owns Sony Pictures and Sony Records (Columbia). The group releases many anime TV series, Movies and OVA’s in Japan and the Columbia Tristar unit is working on the live action Astroboy movie now as well as just recently releasing the Final Fantasy: Spirits Within feature in America.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

10-15-01—- Vampire Kinzu

Fuji TV has confirmed “Bannpaiyakinzu”, a family aimed TV animation for broadcast this fall on Saturdays at 6:30. Shinji Arakawa directs.

10-15-01—- Update: Michie Tomizawa Retirement

As previously reported this past weekend, well known game and anime seiyuu, Michie Tomizawa announced her retirement from the world of games voicing. According to new information, the announcement was made at this weekend’s Tokyo Game Show at the Sega Booth by Miss Tomizawa’s producer Oji Hiroi. January 2nd of 2002 will be her actual retire date after she has completed her role as Kanzaki Sumire in the Sakura Taisen Shinshun Kayou theatrical show in January and voicing her in Sakura Taisen 4 in games. Still in question is Michie Tomizawa’s future voicing Anime. While On Japanese BBS sites dedicated to following the siyuu, fans share their heartfelt appreciation for her work, on American mailing lists there still seems to be some debate on the fate of her career in voicing.

10-15-01—- DBZ Dub Soundtrack Info

From the Funimation FAQ update:Q: Will you be getting any soundtracks?
A: Great News! On or about October 15th, your local record stores and the FUNimation Store will have available for purchase, Collectible numbered CDs featuring the soundtracks of The History of Trunks and Bardock, Father of Goku.

10-15-01—- Gundam Toy News

October 15, 2001: the U.C. Gundam Character collections – which include two sets of six different character figures from Gundam (0079) and Gundam 0083 avaialble in North America since August 2001 at US$4.99 each – now also available as free present via the circular coupon on the domestic release of 1/100 Master Grade Gundam models such as RX-78-2 Gundam (original version) and RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Type, etc.. The U.C. Gundam Figure Collection includes the following character figures: Gundam (0079) – Amuro Ray, Sayla Mass, Char Aznable, Garma Zabi, Gihren Zabi, Ranba Ral, Crowley Hamon, and Matilda Ajane; Gundam 0083 – Kou Uraki, Nina Purpleton, Anavel Gato, and Aiguille Delaz. – Kris/Greedo3534

Source: Newtype Asylum

10-15-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

As mentioned yesterday the new TGS MGS2 trailer is now online at the official Konami MGS2 website.

The GIA is reporting via Famitsu that Atlus held a short press event at this weekend’s Tokyo Game Show to give Cozy Okada, director of the Shin Megami Tensei series, the chance to talk about the franchise’s first online outing, which was announced in August for Xbox. Though no concrete details were mentioned, Okada did state that the game would indeed have a single player, off-line mode. Whether this will be a separate off-line quest, or a single player version of the online game is unknown, but Okada stated that it is the company’s aim to create a game that can be enjoyed in either mode — though online play will be the focus of the game.

Other than that, Okada only mentioned that the game would feature all the signature MegaTen elements: conversations and negotiations with monsters, as well as the ability to capture them and fuse them into new creations. The game will also support realtime voice communications between players. Okada stressed that the game is only in the very early planning stages, so don’t expect more in-depth details for quite a while.

Groove Adventure for PlayStation, a new action RPG based on the popular Japanese manga Rave. This game will feature 2D overhead view, colourful graphics and support up to 3 players simultaneously. From the screen shots, the game system is similar to Square’s Seiken Densetsu series, in which you play as two original characters: Angela and Eason, you will meet and teamup with the Rave characters Elie, Musica and Puru. There is a new game system called RPD, in which you can give different commands to your partner during battles, and they will change their attack and defense pattern in real time.

Source: Magic Box

10-15-01—- Figure News

New From Diamond:

Imported from Japan, the beautifully sculpted Neon Genesis Evangelion Asuka Langley Action Figure is the second “human” figure in the best-selling Neon Genesis line, and perfectly captures the hit show’s half-German/half-Japanese EVA pilot with her righteous attitude fully intact. Standing 7″ tall, the figure comes with three variant heads, three sets of arms, and an arsenal of weapon accessories. This highly articulated work of toy art comes on original Japanese blister card packaging, and is scheduled to ship in February 2002.

Figures has details and images on FFX merchandise from Diamond here and Battle Of The Planets Figures here.

Source: Toymania

10-15-01—- “Spirited Away” To #2

Yahoo has released Japanese boxoffice stats mentioning Sen to Chihiro, having spent 11 Weeks as the number one ranking movie in Japan has been replaced by Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Spirited Away Moves to second place.

Souce: Anime News Network

10-15-01—- DBZ #1 On American Cable

Anime News Network reports that according to the Nielson Ratings for the week of September 24th through September 30th Dragon Ball Z, which is broadcast on Cartoon Network’s Toonami five times a week, was the number one show for four of those five days with ratings varying between 2.1 and 2.7.

10-15-01—- Final Otakon Numbers

Anime News Network reports the Official Otakon 2001 attendance figures are 10,275 persons, representing a 33% growth on the previous year attendee ranking.

10-15-01—- Interesting Miyazaki Article

Independant Enjoyment, based in the UK has posted a new Hayao Miyazaki piece, The Emporer Of Anime’s Last Shot, interestingly enough the piece mentions Miayazki has already completed an in-house English subtitled version (which does not totally rule out a possible film festival debut screening in America or Europe at some point. Sharp readers of ANS will note one such event, the AFI 2001 Festival was planning to screen what they dubbed a “surprise” Studio Ghibli film which was just recently replaced by the Escaflowne film. The surprise film was not named.)

Also of note in the article, ‘Princess Mononoke’ will receives it UK premiere at the Barbican on 19 Oct. It will be released on video and DVD there on 22 Oct. ANS previously revealed that the Princess Mononoke has just received the rating PG and will come to Britain uncut from the Japanese releases as per BBFC decision.

Source: Anime News Network

10-15-01—- New Jonah ANSwers Column – Kodansha Questions Tackled

Introducing a new Q & A feature to Anime News Service, in this week’s launch column article we’re asked a question regarding the recent Kodansha manga exportation cessation. Now that export has stopped will all out production on the titles be halted as well and will it still be possible to get the manga from domestic Japanese sources, read Jonah’s ANSwers at the above link.

10-15-01—- AIBO Anime Update

Unleashed in Japan in September, “LATTE” and “MACARON” are the latest robotic editions to the AIBO family are the focus of a push on the new AIBO TV anime in Japan. animation in the television appearance! Directed by ‘PARTY 7’ writer Katsuhito Ishii, the series will feature the newest AIBO robots which can interact with the anime itself via the “Media Link” feature. The 1st story was broadcast on October 11th of 2001 Episode 2 airs on Thursday 22:54 – 22:56 on www.fujitv.co.jp/ bureaus in Japan.

Director / Supervisor: Katsuhito Ishii
Plan: Kenji Kiyomizu
Animation character design: Kajitani Chikako
Animation Producer: Masashi Yoshida
Production Cooperation: The Sony AIBO Creative Team, Yuka Takeda, Kenichiro Ueda
Animation: Studio 4 Degrees Celsius
Literary work: SONY, Fuji Telecasting Co.

10-14-01—- Paracon – First Anime Convention in Major American Theme Park

Japanese animation will invade Paramount’s Great America for the park’s first annual ParaCon – the first Anime convention ever at a major U.S. theme park – on Saturday, Oct. 27. See Anime premieres, meet industry leaders, and check out the latest games and merchandise. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.pgathrills.com or by calling 408-986-5853.

Santa Clara, Calif. – Explore the fascinating world of Japanese animation (Anime) at Paramount’s Great America’s first annual ParaCon – the first Anime convention ever at a major U.S. theme park – on Saturday, Oct. 27.

See Anime premieres on a seven – story screen in the IMAXâ Cinema, meet Anime industry leaders such as Keith Burgess – voice of Akuma in Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie, Carl Gustav Horn – Animerica contributor and editor of the Neon Genesis Evangelion comic book and the production and design team behind Capcom’s revolutionary video games, compete in the Dance Dance Revolution championships (US and Japanese versions) and purchase the latest Anime merchandise and import gaming in the Paramount Pavilion as Northern California’s most thrilling park turns into a celebration of one of Japan’s most popular cultural exports.

Once dismissed as simply a cult phenomenon, Anime has crossed into the American mainstream and can be found throughout the U.S. cultural landscape. From legendary hip – hop artist Jay-Z’s clothes to some of the top programming on Cartoon Network, Anime’s bold and experimental style has attracted fans of all ages and backgrounds.

In recent years Anime fans have increasingly met at conventions throughout the country to make new friends, learn how to design Anime, see the latest Anime premieres, and purchase Anime merchandise. The first Anime convention ever to descend upon a major U.S. theme park – ParaCon – comes to Paramount’s Great America in the San Francisco Bay Area: a region already known for its large Anime fan base and successful conventions such as Fanime.

Tickets for ParaCon are $18 and include park admission and all event activities. Order tickets by calling 408-986-5853.

Call 408-988-1776 or visit the park on-line at www.pgathrills.com for more information on Paramount’s Great America’s 2001 season.

10-14-01—– Games News

The GIA has new trailer impressions from an new composition trailer of MGS running at TGS here. New official character art from MGS is here. Phantasy Star Online details for Nintendo game Cube is here.

10-14-01—- Toronto AnimeClub News

UTARPA – A University of Toronto Anime Club
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

NEXT SHOW: Friday, October 19th, 2001 (Read on for more details)

Now over 6 years old, UTARPA is Toronto’s oldest established anime (Japanese animation) club. At each of our monthly showings, we run quality anime and have raffle draws for multiple anime-related prizes.

UTARPA showings are held at the Michener Institute, located at 222 St. Patrick St., near St. Patrick subway stop. Shows officially begin at 6:30 PM, but the doors are open at 6:00 PM. So come early and grab your favourite seat, because we will start with a surprise pre-show at 6:00PM!

Our lineup for our next anime showing on Friday, Oct. 19th, 2001:

6:30pm Magic Knights Rayearth II #39-41
7:30pm Trigun #5-6
8:30pm Ghost Sweeper Mikami: The Great Paradise Operation
9:30pm break
10:00pm Gasaraki #11-12
11:00pm The Laughing Target

(all of the above are subtitled in English)

NOTE: times are approximate, and shows are subject to change without notice.

Memberships in UTARPA are $6 for every three months, up to $24 for 12 months (one year). There are no additional fees. UTARPA operates throughout the year, including the summer break, and memberships are open to all at the same low price.

For more information, see our web page at: http://www.utarpa.org/ or send e-mail to: webmaster@utarpa.org To receive these announcement on a monthly basis, join our announcement mailing list by e-mailing: announce@utarpa.org

or join our general discussion mailing list by e-mailing: subscribe@utarpa.org

10-14-01—- Tokyo Model Show Pictures

Hiroaki Fukuda has uploaded some pictures from the Tokyo Hobby Show. View them here.

10-14-01—- Gundam Toy News

the following North American ‘Deluxe Version’ of U.C.-based Gundam mecha playset is now available for North American market: – the ‘Transport’ playset: Zeon’s Gallop class transport hovercraft (US$19.99; inc. MSiA Zaku I (Ranba Ral’s custom) action figure, the ‘Giren’s Greed: Blood of Zeon’ repainting of the soon to be released MSiA MS-05B Zaku I (Old Zaku) action figure). Also, unconfirmed report from this year’s Plamo Radicon model convention in Tokyo Japan suggested that the U.S. ‘Deluxe Transforming’ Gundam action figure series, i.e. the 11-inch tall Gundam GP01 Full Vernier and Gundam GP02, will be available in Japan domestically in early 2002 under the series title ‘DX MS in Action’ at (approx.) ¥4000 each. – Nightingale

Source: Newtype Asylum

10-13-01—- Select Kodansha Bilingual Manga Titles To Cease Export

Shizuki informs ANS that Kodansha International will cease exporting some bilingual manga titles they have been publishing. The titles that are not going to be exported are Card Captor Sakura, Love Hina, GTO, and Ah! My Goddess. For now, the other titles (Kindaichi Shounen’s Mystery Files; OL Shinkaron; Sazae-san; etc) will continue to be exported.

It’s currently not known the reason for the cease in printing or if overseas license holders may have expressed an opinion to Kodansha that the bilingual edition sales may have been cutting into domestic sales profits. It should be mentioned that Kodansha’a Bilingual manga is released worldwide in Europe, Asia & South America.