October-December ’98 Anime News
12-26-98—- New Anime Series In The Next Year
-From Kaicho’s Anime Page-
Oja-Majo Doremi (Feb.7)
Doremi and her two friends aim at full-fledged witches. They have to buy “Maho-Dama (Magic Ball)” to imporve their magic power. So they made a magic item shop named “Maho-Do”. This is their business story (?).Microman the Small Giant [Chiisana Kyojin Microman] (Jan.4)5 heroes have come to the earth from the planet “Microearth”, and they are only 8centimeters tall. A boy, Kohei Kuji came to to know them, and he provided his desk as a Microman Base.Himiko-den (Jan.6)Kutani and Himiko wandered into an old kingdom, Yamataikoku, and they have to help a new queen to throne.Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (Feb)Jeanne steals art objects in which devils lurk, and she seals devils into chessmen.Mito’s Great Adventure [Mito no Daibouken] (Jan.4)Mito seems a small child, but she is a visitor from outer space, and a space pirate listed in police-wanted list level special A. She can disguise herself everything, so even Aoi (her son, earthling) didn’t know her true character.The Emblem of Star World [Seikai no Monshou] (Jan.2)An SF story. The original work got the Galaxy Prize (This prize is given to the best Japanese SF novel in the year. “The Legend of Galactic Heroes” got this prize, too).Dual! Paralle-Lun-Lun-Monogatari (Apr)Pioneer’s another “Another World” story.Super Bida-Man (Jan.4)This is not concerned with Bomber-man (^_^; A game of Bidama (marble) is played in old days, but I don’t know it’s wheather this anime will treat such an old game or not.Betterman (Unknown)An odd phenomenon struck the future world, and Keita tries to solve the cause and the mystery of Betterman.The Soul of the best guy in Japan [Nippon-ichi no Otoko no Tamashii] (Jan.4)It’s aired after the final episode of “If I could see you in a dream…”.
12-12- 98—-CG BeastWars Movie/ Bandai America ’99 Releases
*CG Transformers Beast Wars movie is due out in Japan in Jan. ’99.
*Bandai America is releasing Cowboy Bebop, Haunted Junction, Outlaw Star, Eat Man and the Blue # 6 between now and early summer ’99.
12-8-98—- TokyoPop/ Steamboy Production Halted
*As many of you already know Michael Kiley (Creator of the UCI Online Anime store) decided to leave that operation recently to run an E-commerce Anime site called TokyoPop, where you can find Anime related products and information.
* Production on Katsuhiro Otomo’s new motion picture, ‘Staem Boy’ has been put on hold indefinetly, no reason as yet on why.
12-7-98—- Pokemon Card Game/ Ghibli News Bytes
* Wizards Of The Coast is producing a Pokemon cardgame.
*The new Studio Ghibli film, Isaho Takahato’s Tonari No Yamada-Kun is to be entirely computer animated.
*Studio Ghibli had a major role in the production of the new PSX RPG Tamamayu Monogatari.
12-6-98—-Media Blasters Aquires Magic Knights Rayearth
That’s right! Media Blasters officially annouced they own US rights to both seasons: All 49 eps. of Magic Knights Rayearth, earlier this week. This is definetly exciting news, as Rayearth is already a VERY popular series amongst American otaku. According to the press release the series should be availible around 9/99, the series is being translated possibby to be aired on TV (I certainly hope the content will stay as in tact as to the original version as possible!) I’ll be sure to post any other news that comes my way!
11-18-98—- Gainax Tax Evasion? ::UPDATE::
The following came from the Daily Yomiuri Online, © Yomiuri Shimbun:
:: Animation company accused of tax evasion
The Gainax animation production company, creator of the popular “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” and the firm’s president have been accused of allegedly concealing 1.5 billion yen in profits and evading 560 million yen in corporate taxes, sources said Thursday. Gainax has admitted evading taxes evasion and said it intended to submit a revised tax return, the sources said. The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau, which filed a complaint against Gainax with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, inspected the Musashino, Tokyo-based company on Thursday. A Gainax public relations official refused to comment on the inspection. Gainax produces television programs and films, as well as developing software for personal computer games. The television program “Evangelion” won great popularity when it was broadcast for six months from autumn 1995. The company’s sales boomed following the 1997 release of a movie version of “Evangelion”, which was followed by the release of a compact disc and other spin-off goods. The sources said Gainax chalked up profits of more than 2 billion yen from August 1995 to July 1997, but padded its production costs to declare an income of only 500 million yen to 600 million yen. The company concealed part of the untaxed money in a safety deposit box. “Evangelion” is the story of a 14-year-old boy who fights mysterious enemies in Tokyo in 2015 with a flying robot named Eva. Its handling of such topics as religion, life, egotism and fights between parents and children won the film widespread acclaim, as well as numerous awards. The program ended without revealing the robot’s real identity–an ending that generated controversy among fans. A book about the robot also sold well.