September 25, 2002 / by Anime News Services / Archived News / No Comments

Anime News Service – September 25 Anime News

9-25-02—- New Anime Articles

www.akadot.com got in contact with Ninja Scroll character designer Yutaka Minowa. At this link he reveals that the Kawajiri segment of the Animatrix will be a samurai drama.

Thanks to Daniel for the news.

9-25-02—- L.A. Times Reviews Nadesico

In yesterday’s L.A. Times newspapaer, Charles Solomon published a review of ADV’s Martian Successor Nadesico. View it here.

9-25-02—- TGS Highlights In Japanese Press

Thanks to Yukio-san (The Dead Shot Club) for this news from CNET Japan:

“TOKYO GAME SHOW 2002” (COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SUPPLIER’S ASSOCIATION ) opened in Chiba and Makuhari Messe on the 20th. 85 companies and the organization displayed about 500 titles mainly by the game maker and game vocational school of Japan and an overseas. The first day introduces exhibition of attention for the persons concerned and from the business day for presses. In addition, general public presentation is for two days on 21 or the 22nd. An admission ticket is 1200 yen (below a schoolchild is no charge) on the day.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCEI) displays the action game for PS2 “Ratchet-rank” as an 8th anniversary work of the “PlayStation” (PS) birth. A unique character runs about, all mechanics are equipped from an omnipotent wrench to Multiple Launch Rocket System, and it fires away at an enemy. This is put on the market on December 3. To others, many titles, such as a sequel “Xi-GO” (December 19 sale) of a popular puzzle game, music action “Let’s bravo music” (winter sale schedule) performed together by two persons, and the formal fantasy RPG “Dark chronicle” (November 28 sale), were sent for display. Moreover, reference exhibition of PS2 of a white body is carried out. It is undecided whether it puts on the market.

Sega turned PS2 and announced the robot waging-war action game “Virtualon Mars.” The automatic operation system by which a beginner can also enjoy a high-speed movement battle easily is adopted. Manual operation was also prepared for upper persons. 2003 year spring sale schedule. “Game cube” RPG “Eternal arcadia legend” displayed for turning calls it the thing which can be called “perfect version” which added the large additional element instead of the mere transplant of the Dreamcast version. November 28 sale. “Xbox” For turning, the sequel “Panzer-dragoon ORTA” of a popular shooting game is displayed. That sale is scheduled for December.

TECMO displays “Fighter of Argus” which remade the popular arcade game of former years for PS2. This game was again born as a 3D action game. NTT DoCoMo exhibited much those for “504i” series using the “i mode terminal” “i appli.”

BANDAI displays the object “SD Gundam G-Generation-NEO” for PS2. It is said for the original story for games that those who know old Gundam can also enjoy themselves in a fresh feeling. November 28 sale. Moreover, 2 titles, “From TV Animation One Piece TreasureBattle” (November 1 sale) and a “New-Kinnikuman new generation fighter vs tradition fighter” (November 22 sale), are displayed for game cubes. In addition, the game dealing with popular characters, such as “the Ninpyu squadron hurricaneger”(Ninryuu sentai hurricaneger) and “mask rider Ryuuki”, was announced for PS.

Pacific Century cyber-works Japan (PCCW) exhibited 3 titles of a professional wrestling live action game “Toukon heat” and the game “LOWRIDER’S” which competes for action of a car for PS2 by the “Game Boy advance” advance [ an action puzzle game “Toukon Inoki-doh” and ] The Antonio Inoki producing turning PS2 and turning. All three works will be sale-scheduled for December. Square turned PS2 and exhibited the playable version of the simulation game for RPG”Unlimited:SAGA” (December 19 sale) Game Boy advances “Final fantasy tactics advance” (this winter sale schedule).

9-25-02—- Special Dell And Square FF XI Computer Collaboration

Thanks to Yukio-san (The Dead Shot Club) in Kanagawa for this news:

Dell Computer sells the “Dell Dimension+Final Fantasy XI package model” which enclosed the on-line RPG of Square “Final Fantasy XI” (FFXI) to the desktop PC “Dimension” series for individuals.

According to the company, “Dimension 8200” of a high-end model and “Dimension 4500” of a main stream model are a base. For both models, CPU is Pentium 4. 1.8 GHz and graphics carried “GeForce4 Ti4200” of U.S. ENUBIDIA, and made the set the 19 inch liquid crystal display monitor “1900FP.” Customize by BTO is possible for fine specification. For FFXI (the PC version), it is the feature that it is the on-line RPG of sale and a high resolving image can be enjoyed rather than the 2nd edition of PS on November 7. For CPU, four or more Pentium and graphics are [ recommendation operation environment ] more than “GeForce3.” Moreover, in the case of “GeForce4 Ti” series, the picture effect of exclusive use can be enjoyed. The selling price and time of a package model are undecided. Dell supposes that it will notify by the website, as soon as details are decided.

Source: CNET Japan

9-25-02—- Kikuko Inoue Birthday

Happy Birthday Kikuko Inoue on September 25th!

9-25-02—- Bandai In November

From the release:

NOVEMBER 2002 RELEASE UPDATES Mobile Fighter G Gundam

Broadcast on Cartoon Network’s popular Toonami block – Mobile Fighter G Gundam has topped the ratings chart among anime features currently on broadcast! With a full line of action figures and model kits, apparel, Playstation 2 video games, and other related merchandise – Experience Gundam like never before on DVD home video!

Directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa (Giant Robo) – The action and excitement of Gundam reaches epic proportions! The year is Future Century 60 – It is time for the “Gundam Fight” tournament! Each country sends a Gundam to Earth for this prestigious tournament in the hopes of winning power and glory for their homeland! But this time, there’s an unseen evil lurking behind the scene. Domon Kasshu, Neo Japan’s reluctant Fighter, is determined to uncover this evil and clear his family name! The fight to the top begins now!

The first 15 episodes will be released individually on DVD as three separate volumes – A special collector’s DVD box set will also be released containing the first 15 episodes as well. Featuring Interactive animated menus, the original Japanese and English language tracks, English subtitles option, Bandai Previews, and additional features to be announced.

English/Japanese Language English Subtitles

DVD Box Set I – Rounds 1-3 (Eps.1-12) TRT: 375 min. / Rated 13UP SRP: $49.98 UPC# 669198214295 / EDP# 11851 Order Date: 9.24.2002 / Street Date: 11.5.2002

Round 1 (Eps. 1-4) TRT: 125 min. / Rated 13UP SRP: $19.98 UPC# 669198213090 / EDP# 11787 Order Date: 9.24.2002 / Street Date: 11.5.2002

Round 2 (Eps.5-8) TRT: 125 min. / Rated 13UP SRP: $19.98 UPC# 669198213199 / EDP# 11788 Order Date: 9.24.2002 / Street Date: 11.5.2002

Round 3 (Eps. 9-12) TRT: 125 min. / Rated 13UP SRP: $19.98 UPC# 669198213298 / EDP# 11789 Order Date: 9.24.2002 / Street Date: 11.5.2002

Cowboy Bebop Best Sessions

The hit anime series on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim now available in a special collector’s edition – ONLY on DVD home video! ‘Best Sessions’ features six completely remixed episodes chosen by acclaimed director Shinichi Watanabe and fans of Cowboy Bebop! Experience the adventures of the Bebop and her crew like never before!

Meet Spike and Jet, a drifter and a retired cyborg cop who have formed a partnership in a bounty hunting enterprise. In a converted fishing ship the Bebop, with the help of the intelligent data dog, Ein, and the voluptuous and vexing femme fatale, Faye Valentine – Spike and Jet scour the galaxy in search of wanted criminals. They’re going to clean up space, one bounty at a time!

A true DVD Collector’s dream! Cowboy Bebop – Best Sessions will include six episodes completely remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound and DTS Surround sound. Featuring both the original Japanese and English language tracks, Dolby Digital 5.1 (Japanese and English), and an exclusive DTS (Japanese), English subtitles option, Filmography (Shinichi Watanabe, Toshihiro Kawamoto), Bandai Previews, and LIMITED Best Sessions collector’s DVD slipcase!

English/Japanese Language English subtitles TRT: 150 min. / Rated 13UP SRP: $34.98 UPC# 669198129797 / EDP# 11852 Order Date: 10.8.2002 / Street Date: 11.19.2002

Carried by the Wind – Tsukikage Ran Shocking Secrets (V.2)

Famed director, Akitaroh Daichi (Jubei-Chan the Ninja Girl) reveals a different side of life in feudal Japan! From MADHOUSE studios (Ninja Scroll) comes a martial arts comedy like none you’ve ever seen! Carried by the Wind is a story of Ran, a young ronin samurai on a journey across Japan. She’s a master swordsman with a strong sense of honor combined with the courage to fight injustices. Along with Neko martial artist, Meow – the two will seek good food and good drink!

Our heroine Ran is still saddled with her erstwhile sidekick, Meow. Together, they continue traveling the countryside looking for wrongs to right, and of course, a good drink! When Meow is scouted by a “modeling” agent, things don’t seem quite right and its up to Ran to figure out what it is. When a string of robberies are committed, all fingers point towards our heroic heroines! Can the two clear their names and help a poor inventor on the verge of discovering electricity?!

Carried by the Wind – Shocking Secrets features Interactive animated menus, the original Japanese and English language tracks, along with English subtitles option, liner notes, production art gallery, and Bandai Previews.

English/Japanese Language English subtitles TRT: 75 min. / Rated 13UP SRP: $29.98 UPC# 669198193194 / EDP# 11804 Order Date: 9.24.2002 / Street Date: 11.5.2002

Fancy Lala Taking Center Stage (V.3)

From beloved anime illustrator, Akemi Takada (Kimagure Orange Road) – When junior high school girl Miho is given the power to transform herself into the pop star, Lala – the world had better watch out! Life can be pretty scary as a star, but Miho can handle it – boys, concerts, and shopping! What more can a girl ask for?

With Lala’s debut CD a hot seller, she’s very busy these days! Throwing the first pitch for a regional baseball tournament and appearing on various television shows, life has certainly changed! But just when things are going well, Miho encounters all sorts of troubles when there’s a hitch in the “Memories of Time”. No one seems to remember who she is anymore! Is this real or is Miho dreaming?

Fancy Lala – Taking Center Stage features Interactive animated menus, the original Japanese and English language tracks, English subtitles, DVD cover art commentary by Akemi Takada, and Bandai Previews.

English/Japanese Language English subtitles TRT: 100 min. / Rated 7UP SRP: $24.98 UPC# 669198133299 / EDP# 11799 Order Date: 9.24.2002 / Street Date: 11.5.2002

Love Hina And the Winner Is… (V.6)

Based on the best selling comic book series by Ken Akamatsu! The Love Hina romantic comedy continues to win over new fans as Keitaro attempts to keep his promise to his long lost love and enter the prestigious Tokyo University! But who is this mystery girl!?

Love is in the air! Could Naru finally be opening up to geeky Keitaro!? The residents of Hinata Inn sure hope so! With the Inn under construction, the fun loving gang must deal with time away from the Hinata Inn, but what will happen to the residents after Keitaro’s shocking announcement! Will he finally fulfill his lifelong promise to enter Tokyo University or will he seek something…errr someone new?!

Love Hina –features interactive animated menus, scene selection, English and Japanese language tracks, English subtitles option, Dolby Digital audio, Keitaro’s Sketchbook feature, and Bandai Entertainment Previews. Be sure to check out the Love Hina website at lovehina.bandai-ent.com for more information!

English/Japanese Language English subtitles TRT: 100 min. / Rated 13UP SRP: $29.98 UPC# / EDP# Order Date: 10.8.2002 / Street Date: 11.19.2002

Ronin Warriors The New Ally (V.8)

The anime cult hit has finally arrived on DVD home video! One of the first wave of anime hits broadcast on syndication, Sci-Fi channel, and Cartoon Network’s Toonami block – Ronin Warriors is presented uncut from its original North American and Japanese broadcast! (as Samurai Troopers)

The identity of the Ancient is revealed. Ryo and Rowen, the two Warriors left standing in the fight against Talpa, continue their difficult quest. One of Kayura’s tricks backfires, and the two warriors find themselves in Arago’s realm. However, Arago servant Dara lies in wait for them. And to make matters worse, they’re plotting to possess the Inferno Armor! But during the battle, Kayura starts to wonder why she’s fighting so hard against Ryo…

English/Japanese Language English subtitles TRT: 200 min. / Rated 13UP SRP: $24.98 UPC# 11778 / EDP# 669198195792 Order Date: 10.8.2002 / Street Date: 11.19.2002

9-24-02—- French Broadcast Policy And Anime

In July of this year, the Mailing List (which now serves as a discussion forum for 520 fans) carried discussion of reports that a French right-wing politician Christine Boutin put forward a draft bill “aimed at banning scenes of pornography and gratuitous violence from television”. The draft bill is based on a July 2 proposal by French broadcast watchdog the Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel to ban pornography from all existing and future TV channels. Boutin, a deputy for the ruling UMP party, said her text was designed to meet the demands of the majority of French people and those of the European directive Television Without Borders. Article 22 of the directive states that TV services must not broadcast any program likely to be harmful to minors, especially those including pornographic or gratuitously violent scenes.

Not directly related to the above but involving some of the same parties, recently, The CSA (Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel) gave a 150,000 Euro fine to Mangas (a TV channel dedicated to the broadcast of anime) due to non compliance with French guidelines of broadcast (which include maintaining at least 60% of european productions and 40% of french productions).

Thanks to both Daniel and Jmeb for the information.

9-24-02—- Details Of Spirited Away Box Office

Mike has provided the following breakdown and analysis of this weekend’s Spirited Away Boxoffice numbers:

Pulled from several sources, but I got the full numbers breakdown first from http://www.the-numbers.com/.

Spirited Away did $449,839 gross reciepts this weekend at only 26 theaters across the nation, making an average take per theater $17,302. According to the chart at Yahoo
( http://movies.yahoo.com/hv/boxoffice/latest/rank.html ) that makes it number 18 at the box office. A little math shows that it did better per screen than any other movie out there this weekend – by comparison number 1 was Barbershop which did $12,817,223 on 1894 screens or $6767 per screen.

Finally, Nausicaa.net is listing another 28 theaters which will start showing the film this Friday. Loads of LA and NY/NJ theaters and one in Maryland. It looks like every week they are adding more theaters in the US and Canada to the list so check to see if your area has been reported yet. My friend in Salt Lake City is chomping at the bit to see it there, but so far he’s out of luck. If the numbers sustain themselves, though, I would predict a wide release before Halloween. http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/sen/theaters.php

Buy the Japanese Spirited Away DVD at Akadot Retail

9-24-02—- 9 New Tokyo Images

The Tokyo district of Ikebukuro features many attractions and shops for the anime/manga fan and on Page 16 of our Japanese file photo archive we show you some of the places of interest like Kbooks, Kbooks 2, Animate and Gamers.

9-24-02—- Misc. Anime Items

The October Fangoria has an interview with Ring re-make actress Naomi Watts.

Gamespot states a new Transformers game is in the works from Takara, and some of the developers behind one of the ZOE and Super Robot Wars games.

Reviews of new Gamera Legion toys are available at Monster Zero.

Finally according to www.dragonballz.com, Jackie Chan has got the most votes to play Vegeta in the live-action DBZ film. Now the site is asking you to input your choices for director.

Thanks as always to Daniel for all this news.

9-24-02—- The Return Of DVD Vision Japan / Disney Courts Japan

According to a CNN article, Disney is courting Japan for distribution of Anime in the US. Article courtesy of Matt Anderson of DVD Vision Japan (www.cybamall.com/dvdvision) who mentions their site will have it’s first major update in 4 months on the 15th of October.

9-24-02—- End Of Eva DVD’s Arrive At Akadot Retail

As the headline reads, Akadot Retail is now selling Manga’s End of Evangelion DVD’s, buyers get free stand up frames with purchase.

9-24-02—- New MB Acquisitions

According to Media Blasters, the company seems to have picked up Demon Lord Dante, Dog World, Idol Project, Madara, 10 Warriors of Tokyo, and Wild 7.

Thanks to Daniel for the link.

9-24-02—- Spirited Away American Opening Weeekend Boxoffice

According to E! Online Disney’s release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away on it’s opening weekend drew a estimated total of $450,144 in 28 theaters with a per-site average of $17,313.

9-23-02—- 9 New Tokyo Images

After Comike 59, we face the huge crowd leaving via mass transport and decide to hoof it, pedestrian style across the Daiba region and see what attractions lay in wait. The boarwalk laden Decks, The Rainbow Bridge, Sega Joypolis and Ikebukuro lay in wait as we continue on Page 15.

9-23-02—- Kyojin No Hoshi

Thanks to Yukio (Dead Shot Club) for this news:

It crosses in four days from October 23, and they are animation “Kyojin no Hoshi special editing. Mouko.Mitsuru Hanagata” (all 13 episode) is broadcast. This work inserts and reconstructs a new work cut on the existing image. With this work, Mitsuru Hanagata which is the rival of Hyuuma Hoshi of the hero of original of “Kyojin no Hoshi” plays a hero. After recording is redone with the viewpoint of Hanagata and the psychology of Hanagata is expressed. If it is the Hanshin fan, it is revival of the animation moved deeply.

http://channel.goo.ne.jp/news/sanspo/geino/20020906/20020906-10.html

*”kyojin no Hoshi”(“The star of Giants”) original story: ikki Kajiwara. comics:Noboru Kawasaki. Mitsuru Hanagata is the greatest rival of a hero’s Hyouma Hoshi in the talk of this work acceding to a professional baseball team “the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants” after difficulties of a hero’s Hyouma Hoshi, and fighting with many rivals.

9-23-02—- Future Of Marvel Mangaverse

C.B. Cebulski talks about the future of Marvel’s Mangaverse line at this link. Thanks to Daniel for the news.

9-23-02—- Latest Vampire Hunter D News

Check out the latest additions to the fanart page at www.vampirehunterdbloodlust.com! Also, a couple of new links have been added!

If you’re in the Downers Grove, IL area, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust will be showing at The Tivoli Theatre! Midnight shows starting 9/27/02!

Or, if you happen to be in Riga, Latvia (yes, Latvia), at the Riga International Film Festival “Arsenals”, 21-29 September 2002, they will screen the film! Go here for a description of the festivalhttp://www.latfilma.lv/ars/index.html.

9-23-02—- Kill Bill Influenced By Anime And J-Pop

Thanks to Daniel for this observation on the coming Live Action Hollywood film directed by Quentin Tarantino, Kill Bill:

I just read that article in the Sept. 20 issue of Entertainment Weekly, and it seems that in order to get the actors into the mood of the film, Tarantino exposed them to samurai, kung fu films, and “obscure anime”.

The September 20 issue of Entertainment Weekly also has an on-set report of Kill Bill, with photos-including one with Chiaki Kuriyama(Chigusa) from Battle Royale

9-23-02—- Anime Boston ’02 Press

From the relase:

The New England Anime Society, Inc. and AnimeOnDVD.com, joint sponsors of Anime Boston 2003, are proud to announce that the following guests will be appearing at Anime Boston 2003: Special Musical Guests: MIYU – MIYU Porando (no) Musume is the name of the duo that was created from the initiative of the parents of the sisters Kate and Eve Bronowski. The girls made their debut in 1998 on the first Sailor Moon Day in Warsaw, where they were a hit with the audience of manga and anime fans from Poland. The band has given several other appearances at concerts in Poland, such as Cosmic Manga I, Cosmic Manga II, Cosmic Manga III Prologue, the second Sailor Moon Day, the third Sailor Moon Day, First Impact, and Mega Manga Christmas Party…not to mention their Child’s Day and Christmas concerts. They all paved the way to record to the first single. Their first European-scale debut took place at Animagic 2000 in Koblenz, Germany where Miyu makes an annual appearance. Next was Bonenkai in Karlsruhe and then Connichi in Ludwigshafen. The girls found their greatest success in concert with Yoko Kanno, the composer of music from anime such as Record of Lodoss War, Escaflowne, and Cowboy Bebop.

In Miyu’s repertoire you’ll find some of anime’s best music, including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Captain Tsubasa Road to 2002, Sailor Moon, Record of Lodoss War, Himiko-den, Slayers, Noir, Mononoke Hime, Ghost in the Shell, Vision of Escaflowne, Macross, Ojamajo Doremi, Ah! My Goddess, Maho Tsukai Tai (Magic User’s Club), Neo Ranga, Weiß Kreuz (Knight Hunters), Gundam Wing, Fushigi Yuugi, Kaitou Saint Tail, Kodomo no Omocha, Romeo no Aoi Sora (Romeo’s Blue Sky), Strange Dawn, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Tenchi Muyo, Ayashi No Ceres, Angel Links, and Inu-Yasha. Their J-Pop/ J-Rock repertoire includes Utada Hikaru, Boa, Kuraki Mai, X Japan, Ayumi Hamasaki, Morning Musume, Max, Kiroro, Two Mix, and Maaya Sakamoto. Their repertoire also includes music from games such as Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX, and Final Fantasy X. They also sing Japanese versions of “Barairo No Hibi” (a Japanese version of “Larger Than Life”), “Country Roads”, “Hakuna Matata”, “Smooth”, and many more. The girls’ best repertoire and interpretations can be found on their CD which will be released soon.

Miyu will be making their North American debut at Anime Boston 2003. Visit Miyu’s web site (which is currently under redesign) at www.miyu.de. Industry Guest: Mark C. MacKinnon – the president of Guardians Of Order. His writing and publication credits include “Toying With Destruction,” “Big Eyes, Small Mouth,” “the Sailor Moon Role-Playing Game and Resource Book,” “Tenchi Universe” and co-writer of “Silver Age Sentinels.” Mark also served as Lead Designer for Dart Flipcard’s Sailor Moon Collectible Card Game. Guardians Of Order is headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Founded in early 1996 Guardians Of Order is dedicated to publishing quality games that stress entertainment and playability over complex rule mechanics.

Guest Artist: Robert DeJesus – is an Indiana born, self-taught artist. In 1990, he got his first art career break when he sent an eight-page short story to Antarctic Press’ anthology, “Mangazine.” From that, he was asked to work on other assorted AP comics, such as “Ninja High School,” “Mangazine,” “Not Ninja High School Again,”and “SB Ninja High School.” Robert’s biggest claim to fame has to be designing Banzai Chibi Chan, the mascot for “PlayStation Magazine.” He recently worked on two children’s books based on Spiderman, released on the weekend of the movie debut. Robert and his wife, Emily, have started their own company, Studio Capsule. Capsule will be involved in creating a line of underground doujinshis, animations, portfolios and other sorts of memorabilia. Find out everything that’s new with either Studio Capsule or Robert DeJesus at www.robertdejesus.com

Anime Boston 2003 is a three-day convention that will be held April 18-20, 2003 at the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Anime Boston’s diverse programming schedule includes a masquerade contest, game shows, music video contest, art show, role-playing, karaoke and more. Panel programming consists of fan panels as well as panels hosted by our guests of honor and industry guests. The video game program brings to attendees the Game Dungeon, filled with the latest in console gaming hardware. The video-programming track has video rooms open until the early morning hours showing videos from the past, present and future. Moreover, our dealers’ room will be selling a wide variety of anime and anime related merchandise.

The official convention hotel is the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel, located right in the heart of beautiful downtown Boston. The New England Anime Society has negotiated a special room rate for the convention at $119.00 per night. This rate applies for either a single or a double room. Reservations can be made by calling the Boston Park Plaza central reservations office toll free (1-800-225-2008) or directly through The Boston Park Plaza reservation line (1-617-426-2600). You must mention Anime Boston to get the discount. A three-day pass for Anime Boston is $30.00 with registration before October 13, 2002. Registration forms are available at the official convention web site: www.animeboston.com

9-23-02—- Broadband Distribution Of Gundam Animation Begins In Japan

Thanks to Yukio-san (The Dead Shot Club) for this news item:

The broad-band contents distribution company of the BANDAI group and the BANDAI channel undertake an enterprise for the charged distribution of the animation works, such as “Mobile Suit Gundam”, from October 1 a start and first. The BANDAI channel is the contents distribution company which four companies, BANDAI, Sunrise, BANDAI visual, and the BANDAI networks, founded. It ties up with the communication entrepreneur who offers broad-band communication service, ISP, an electric power company, etc., and contents are offered focusing on animation work 180 series which Sunrise holds. A distribution format and required zone width are set up by the provider side who performs actual distribution, a provider also bundles up collection of a charge and it performs them. TV animation work 11 series 417stories including introduction and “Mobile Suit Gundam”, movie 6 work, and OVA2 work are distributed. TV series of audience fee money is 1story of 100 yen, 4stories pack of 300 yen, 5stories pack of 400 yen, 6 – 7stories pack of 500 yen, and 10stories pack of 700 yen. Moreover, all the story-packages of one series are offered for about 70 yen per 1story. A movie and OVA are one work of 300 yen. It can view and listen any number of times between one week by payment once. New work is under work not only as the existing work but as original broadc-band animation (OBA), and preparation is advanced towards the distribution start by the BANDAI channel in 2003. The charge of OBA is due to become one work of about 500 – 1000 yen. The service start time in overseas is undecided.

http://japan.cnet.com/News/Infostand/Item/2002-0919-J-1.html

9-23-02—- ADV Licenses Hello Kitty Paradise

From the release:

ADV FILMS ACQUIRES DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO HELLO KITTY’S PARADISE
ANIMATED CHILDREN’S PROGRAM FEATURES SANRIO CHARACTER HELLO KITTY(r) AND HER FRIEND MIMI, LEARNING, HAVING FUN!

HOUSTON, September 20, 2002-ADV Films today announced the acquisition of rights to distribute the series “Hello Kitty’s Paradise” on VHS and DVD. Detailing the adventures of legendary Sanrio character Hello Kitty(r), her best friend Mimi and their friends from school, the series is a joyful take on childhood adventures, with a healthy smattering of educational content about such important skills as sharing, having good table manners, writing letters and being polite.

“Hello Kitty’s Paradise” is another successful part of the Sanrio Company’s wildly popular Hello Kitty(r) franchise, built around the adorable, instantly recognizable kitten character. Episodes of “Hello Kitty’s Paradise” include “A Blooming Good Morning,” “Kitty’s Clean Cuisine,” “Streetwise,” “A Day Out with Dad,” “Minding Manners” and more.

” ‘Hello Kitty’s Paradise’ is a standout example of the type of spirited, high-quality content that is synonymous with Sanrio’s Hello Kitty(r) brand,” said ADV President, CEO and Founder John Ledford. “We’re very pleased to be able to bring ‘Hello Kitty’s Paradise’ to the home video market, and expect that this title will create many thousands of new Hello Kitty(r) fans.”

Format “Hello Kitty’s Paradise” is in 16 half-hour episodes. ADV Films plans to release the title concurrently on VHS and DVD. The DVDs will be in child-friendly plug-and-play format-no menu navigation necessary. Release will be in sequential multi-episode volumes.

Availability “Hello Kitty’s Paradise” will be available through ADV’s website and other on-line outlets, and in the children’s section of major retailers coast-to-coast. ADV further hopes to make the title available in Sanrio boutique stores across the country.

No release date has been specified at this time, but ADV is targeting a Q4 2002 release.

9-23-02—- ADV License Oppertunities At Mipcom 2002

From the release:

ADV FILMS TO OFFER EXTENSIVE LICENSING OPPORTUNITIES AT MIPCOM 2002, CANNES AVAILABLE TITLES INCLUDE LADY DEATH: THE MOVIE, KALEIDO STAR, NOIR, HONOR HARRINGTON-LIVE ACTION TV SERIES, MORE

HOUSTON, September 20, 2002-ADV Films, the leading distributor of anime and genre live action programming in the English-speaking world, today announced a partial list of the global licensing opportunities the firm will have available at MIPCOM 2002, the annual international licensing fair to be held in Cannes, France October 7th through 11th, 2002. Aimed primarily at the international television market, MIPCOM features representatives of the TV broadcasting, TV production & distribution industries, DVD and video producers and distributors, Internet and new media companies, advertising firms, licensing and merchandising firms and myriad collateral service providers.

ADV Films, to be located at MIPCOM Booth 11.01, has scores of titles available to be licensed for broadcast and distribution in markets across the globe. Apart from these television and home video rights, ADV Films is also offering merchandising, game and other rights for licensing.

“We’re offering titles in numerous genres, in numerous formats, with availability in Europe, Africa, Australasia, Central and South America and more,” said ADV Films President, CEO and Founder John Ledford. “The quality and distinction of our titles is unmatched in the industry, and we have extensive ancillary opportunities available as well.”

“The strength of our available properties this year is really unprecedented,” said Griffin Vance of ADV’s licensing division. “MIPCOM is the ideal one-stop setting for meeting potential licensees and for discussing the exciting opportunities each of our properties has to offer.”

Complete Properties Television, Home Video, Merchandising and Game rights are available for these and other ADV titles:

· “Lady Death” The Movie Animation 1 x 72 minutes
· “Kaleido Star” Anime 26 episodes x approx. 25 minutes
· “The Super Milk Show” Animation 13 eps x approx. 25 minutes + 14 eps x 5 minutes
· “SIN” The Movie Animation 1 x approximately 50 minutes
· “Rahxephon” Anime 26 episodes x approx. 25 minutes
· “Noir” Anime 26 episodes x 25 minutes
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Properties In Active Production Co-Production, Investment and Pre-Sale Opportunities are available for:

· “Honor Harrington” Live action TV series 22 episodes x 50 minutes.
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9-23-02—- International Channel El Hazard Broadcast Layout

According to a well placed contact, it seems the International Channel will air the OVA’s (El Hazard) first, and then Wanderers. Confirmation has come on the airing of the English dub version throughout.

9-23-02—- Seven Samurai Game

From Jagged Team:

“Sammy announced today at the Tokyo Game Show The Seven Samurai for the Playstation 2. Based off of the movie of the same name, a film directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa and released in 1954 in Japan, Shichinin no Samurai is considered by many critics and viewers to be the greatest Japanese film made to this point.
While not many details are known about the videogame, we can report that Hisao Kurosawa, Akira’s son, will be producing the game.”

Thanks to Daniel for the news.

9-23-02—- New GITS PS2 Game

From Production I.G.:
Ishikawa-san from Production I.G (together with Sony and Bandai,) announced that there will be a new Ghost in the Shell video game to be released on the PS2. They showed the game’s intro movie that was 100% CG that featured an Motoko and Tachikoma in action. The designs for the game were based on the characters from the new Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex television anime coming this fall. Oshii-san came as well to speak and offer his support for the announcement.

Thanks to Daniel for the link.

9-23-02—- AFF LA Updates

10/10-10/26: UCLA Film and Television Archive & Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles present Seoul Cinema, a 6-film series highlighting the latest and best in South Korean cinema today. The LA Premiere of Turning Gate with director Hong Sang-soo in attendance on Oct. 26 at 7:30pm is co-sponsored by AFF. Catch it before the studios snatch it up!

9/25-9/26: My Sassy Girl at the KCCLA. Don’t miss this blockbuster about an innocent looking cutie who smashes guys’ heads for fun! And it’s FREE as usual. With English subs at the Korean Cultural Center 7 pm.

Thanks to Daniel for these links.

9-23-02—- Comics One Changes

The company is no longer selling ebooks; purchases of their comics can be made at Amazon. Also, PDF preview downloads of Crayon Shin Chan and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon are now available at http://www.comicsone.com. Kudos to Daniel for the tip.

9-23-02—- New Kinnikuman Game Hits Production In Japan

Gamespot via info supplied by Daniel, states Bandai of Japan is producing a Kinnikuman game based on the current Kinnikuman series for the GameCube.

9-22-02—- 9 New Tokyo Images

Comike 59’s second day wraps as our pictoral journey continues with Page 14.

9-21-02—- 45 New Tokyo Images Posted

Our Japanese adventure continues with day number 2 of Comike 59, here fans can check out some of the cosplayers and oogle at the massive amount of fans at the worlds largest dojin/chara/anime/manga con. Begin that journey on Page 9 and follow it on Page 10, Page 11, Page 12 and Page 13.

9-21-02—- NHK Drops Mega Spoiler On Dorama Fans

According to the Mainichi Newspaper

NHK blooper sparks viewer ire

Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) mistakenly aired the 150th part of its popular morning series “Sakura” instead of the 149th part on Friday, causing over 3,000 people to call the station and complain.

NHK officials apologized for the blunder, and aired both parts on Saturday. The program was mistakenly aired after a tape was accidentally switched at the department in charge of the program, officials said.

“The problem was caused by a mistake in broadcast tapes, and we deeply apologize to viewers,” a message aired on NHK on Friday read.

The part that was accidentally aired showed the main character, Sakura, saying an emotional farewell to her family and the school where she had worked, as well as what was due to be aired the following and final week of the series.

The broadcaster has reportedly received thousands of telephone complaints and inquiries about the mistake.

9-20-02—- Live Action YUA Exposed

Akadot has added a news article about the live action You’re Under Arrest series, you can view it here.

9-20-02—- PS2 Sales Break 40 million

Thanks as always to Yukio (The Dead Shot Club) for this news:

Sony Computer Entertainment was announced that the total shipment number of the whole world of “Playstation 2 (PS2)” amounted to 40 million sets on September 17. Sale is started in March, 2000 and PS2 became achievement in about two years and six months after sale. The group is extracted, and it is that the number of total shipment exceeded 30 million sets on May 5, this year, and it means that, as for the vigor of PS2, it had shipped 10 million more sets by about four months and half only henceforth in the game machine market. When it is a time of about three years and eight months passing that the conventional model of PS2 and Playstation (PS) went up to the 40 million totals, it is between the synchronizations after sale and compares from sale, PS2 will have sold about 2.3 times of PS. By the area, 10,970,000 sets and North America have become 17,010,000 sets, and Europe (area which is using the television of a PAL system) has become [ Japan (Asia, such as South Korea, is included) ] 12,060,000 sets. Moreover, the total production shipment number is over 200 million, and the software for PS2 is also referred to as that the number of titles will exceed 1,000 all over the world in the 2002 fiscal year. In the company, since it corresponds to a demand uptrend from the whole world towards the sales battle term of the end-of-the-year beginning of the year, production and shipment of 3 million or more monthly outputs are scheduled for this September.

Source: PC Web

9-20-02—- Jean Reno In Wasabi

According to info by Daniel, viewers can read the summary, see the trailer, and find out in which cities this Japanese/French co-production-starring Jean Reno, and Yuki Sakai-will be playing over the next month at Yahoo:

Release Date: September 27th, 2002 (LA/NY); October 4th, 2002 (San Francisco, Seattle); October 11th, 2002 (Minneapolis); October 18th, 2002 (Chicago)
French Release Date: October 31st, 2001

9-20-02—- Stand Alone Complex Supplement

According to an email from Daniel-san, the newest update at Production I.G., it looks like Dwight Hwang’s I.G. documentary will be included with one of the Ghost in the Shell dvd’s from Bandai.

9-20-02—- Spirited Away In Southeast USA – Atlanta

From the post to the Miyazaki Mailing List

Opens October 4th here: United Artists Tara IV Cinemas 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road I-85, Exit Cheshire Bridge Rd. Theatre is 3 blocks off Interstate, on Left Atlanta, GA 30324 404-634-6288

This is a nice place, a tad better than where Princess Mononoke opened. Hopefully other places will get it later, I know the AMC 24 at Town Center was playing PM during Christmas.

9-20-02—- Spirited Away Makes Bay Area Press

Thanks to Justin for the following:

I work for a newspaper here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Specifically, the Contra Costa Times. The CCT is owned by the same company who owns the LA Times, the New York Times, Miami Herald and other big newspaper in the country. I worked at the Creative Dept. who does all the ads for the paper. I just want to let you know that the Friday Entertainment Section of the newspaper called “Time Out” features Hayao Miyazaki’s

“Spirited Away”. The link is here: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/entertainment/

They also have a couple of articles about it inside the Time Out. The first feature article was about Miyazaki himself. And the other was a review of the actual movie. The reviewer gave it an astounding “A”. Which is the highest.

Buy the Japanese Spirited Away DVD at Akadot Retail.

9-19-02—- Mortal Kombat Film Producers Launch First And Only 24 Hour Martial Arts Entertainment Cable Network

From the release:

(Los Angeles, CA) The producers of the “Mortal Kombat” feature film franchise, one of the biggest and best-known martial arts franchises of all-time, today announced Black Belt TV, the first and only 24-hour Martial Arts Entertainment Cable Network devoted entirely to serving the hundreds of millions of martial arts entertainment fans throughout the world.

With a management team comprised of leading cable executives, Blackbelt TV has assembled the largest martial arts entertainment and sports library in the world from leading worldwide fight organizations and Hollywood studios including Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Totaling nearly 15,000 hours, the library consists of some of the greatest martial arts films of all times including “Enter the Dragon,” “Once Upon A Time in China,” “The Karate Kid,” “Drunken Master,” “Double Impact,” “Out For Justice”; classic and new martial arts television series such as “Kung Fu” and “Mortal Kombat Conquest”; fights from all over the world including World Championship Kickboxing from Thailand, Mixed Martial Arts from Japan, Boxing from Europe and the U.S., Judo from Korea; Japanese animation; health, fitness and self defense programming as well as original shows like “Soul of the Champion.”

Blackbelt TV is working directly with the biggest Hollywood Studios to bring the best martial arts films and TV shows to its new home on television. Blackbelt TV has entered into exclusive licenses within the martial arts genre with two of the top providers of martial arts entertainment in the U.S., Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Blackbelt TV will also import films and television programming from all over the globe including some of the largest Asian film libraries in the world. Despite being considered cult classics, many of these martial arts films have never before appeared on domestic television. Blackbelt TV’s programming unites the biggest celebrities in martial arts entertainment including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Chow Yun Fat, Steven Seagal, Sammo Hung, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Yuen Woo Ping of Matrix fame.

In addition to the greatest martial arts films and TV shows of all time, Blackbelt TV has entered into exclusive relationships with leading promoters of championship fights and martial arts competitions from around the globe. Blackbelt TV viewers will enjoy world championship bouts that have never before aired on US television from countries such as China, India, Japan, Russia, Europe, Korea and Thailand. For example, Blackbelt TV will show world championship Judo bouts directly from the International Judo Federation in Korea; explosive kickboxing from the US, China and India via the World Championship Kickboxing; the fury of Muay Thai Kickboxing directly from Thai Stadiums in Thailand; the fighting spectacle called K-1, the number one martial arts kickboxing tournament originated in Japan with tournaments held in Tokyo, Europe, Latin America, Australia and the U.S.; top rank boxing from England’s World Boxing Federation; and Karate from the USA World Championships, the largest Karate tournament in the U.S.

Blackbelt TV programs and events will have a look unlike anything on television today. Blackbelt’s on-air look and feel will be created by its sister company Threshold Digital Research Labs (TDRL), one of Hollywood’s leading digital animation and visual effects companies whose technology alliance is with IBM. The feature film quality bumpers, interstitials and Network IDs will be created by the same digital wizards that produce special effects, theme-park attractions, and animation for MGM, Miramax, Paramount and others. Blackbelt TV will be hosted by gorgeous female “Fight Jocks” who will provide humorous, sexy and no holds barred interstitial commentary.

Blackbelt TV chairman, Larry Kasanoff, announced the network adding, “Martial arts has permeated our pop-culture today. You can see outstanding martial arts sequences in virtually every blockbuster film and hit TV show today from “Charlie’s Angels” to “Star Wars.” Despite the millions of practicing martial artists, the tens of millions of fight fans and the hundreds of millions of action enthusiasts around the world, there is no one entity dedicated to these fans. Blackbelt TV is a lifestyle brand for the 18-34 old male that will become the one authority for all martial arts entertainment just as MTV has for music and Discovery for learning.”

“I’m very pleased that we will be providing programming for the launch of Blackbelt TV,” said Eric Frankel, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution. “Our library contains some of the world’s premiere martial arts series and features that are sure to be solid hits with Blackbelt’s viewers.”

The network will generate additional forms of revenue by tapping into the billion dollar martial arts ancillary markets through its Blackbelt TV Network Enterprises Division. The division is responsible for developing Blackbelt TV branded home video/DVD, music, video games, apparel, toys, interactive television, on-line and off-line gaming, martial arts instruction and a line of health, fitness and self-defense products.

Primary investors in Blackbelt TV include Threshold Entertainment, Fusient Media Ventures, and Sirius Investment Corp.

Blackbelt TV is headed by leading entertainment and cable executives with established track records in starting new enterprises and producing successful branded, mainstream properties. Together their credits include blockbuster feature films like “True Lies” and “Mortal Kombat”; hit TV shows like “Babylon 5”; technology breakthroughs like the first digital movie and digitally recorded score; theme park attractions like “King Kong,” “Robocop” and “Earthquake”; studio experience including Sony, Disney and Vestron; and cable TV experience including BET, VH-1, Animax, Sony Entertainment Television, Discovery Networks, and AXN.

9-19-02—- Waterloo Anime Festival In Ontario

The second annual Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC) will be held this year on November 6-7th, 2002, at the Waterloo Galaxy Cinema in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. This state-of-the-art theatre features ten screens, DTS/Dolby digital sound, two digital projectors, and stadium seating. The theatre is located conveniently 1 hour’s drive from Toronto, 1.5 hours from Niagara Falls/Buffalo, or 3 hours from Windsor/Detroit.

Last year’s inaugural festival featured “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust”, “Metropolis” and “Jin-roh: the Wolf Brigade”. This year, we’ve got an even more exciting lineup planned. We are pleased to announce the first two titles on our programme:

– “Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (2001): an action-packed all-new story of the band of bounty-hunting misfits from the fan-favourite anime TV series, “Cowboy Bebop”. Action, with style.
– “A Tree of Palme” (2002): a fantasy-adventure written and directed by Takashi Nakamura, whose earlier credits include the wonderfully imaginative “Catnapped!”, as well as the anime TV series “Peter Pan” and the “Nightmare” segment of “Robot Carnival.” Mr. Nakamura was also the chief animator for the classic anime film “Akira.”

Additional titles will be announced shortly.

Join us to watch the best animated feature films of the past year, in their their full 35mm glory with digital surround sound – the way anime movies are meant to be seen. Please visit us over the upcoming days at http://www.wfac.cav for the latest news, movie reviews and ticketing information.

9-19-02—- J-Pop Singer Misia On New PS2 Soundtrack

Thanks as always to Yukio-san (The Dead Shot Club) for this

The pop singer of R&B and MISIA (24) will sing the theme music of TV game for the first time. “the small bird which has forgotten how to fly” recorded on the album “KISS IN THE SKY” with which the extravagant game using the voice of the singer representing Japan is the software for PlayStation 2 “the star ocean 3” (ENIX. November 28 sale), and a musical piece will be put on the market on September 26 It is what was realized since MISIA was greatly pleased in this game, and this music is newly recorded as a “KISS IN THE SKY – star ocean version” in full orchestra for a game. Powerful vocal of MISIA is made still grander by orchestra performance. Since there is no schedule by which the single cut of this version is carried out, it can be asked to this version only in this game. MISIA is saying, “I think that the talk unfolded in the large universe on the themes of new departure and new love, and courage is perfect for this music.”

Source: Goo News

9-19-02—- Black Jack Trivia

Our dear friend Yukio (The Dead Shot Club) has contributed the following trivia item:

I was looking at the video in the yesterday. The work which I was looking at is “Blackjack” of the Osamu Tezuka. The actor who “blackjack” has the animation version and the dramatic film version, and is performing the blackjack of the dramatic film version is Daisuke Ryuu, and is a famous stage actor. He is also the person who voiced the hero of U.S. TV drama “the Miami Vice”, and Don Johnson’s voice again. Therefore, even if we familiar to the stand-in of animation see, the blackjack which Daisuke Ryuu performs does not have sense of incongruity, and is wonderful.

9-19-02— Blood Sequel Unlikely?

From a post by one of the I.G. staff, Dwight, at Production I.G.:

I’m not sure if they’re even considering a longer version of Blood as the original movie was more or less, for a lack of a better word, an experiment. Sort of like testing their own guns. Also, the director of Blood isn’t working at I.G anymore.

Thanks to Daniel for the link.

9-18-02—- El Hazard Arrives On International Channel

According to a well placed contact, The International Channel will begin airing Pioneer/AIC’s El Hazard on September 25, 2002, from 9:30-10 pm Eastern time. It will replace the DBZ repeat. For the time being, IC won’t repeat DBZ. Not many details are currently available on El Hazard such as order of showing (ie: OVA’s before Tv), it seems the dubbed version will be seeing air.

9-18-02—- Ckon2002 Plans

Thanks to Ryan for this:

Ckon2002 is almost here. Ckon2002 is a somewhat new anime convention in Indiana. It is being held from November 15-17 at the The Indianapolis Marriott East 7202 E. 21st Street Indianapolis, IN 46219 (317)352-1231
It is being put on by the Ball State University Japanese Animation Society and is already huge!!!! so far our guest list goes as follows thsse are all confirmed guest
Voice Actors
Trisan Macavery(Gendo Ikari, Joyrock) Tiffany Grant(Asuka, Kome, Ryoko) Amy Howard Wilson(Nova, StarBlazers, and someone can’t remember who in Captain Tylor Micheal Brady(Crusher Joe) Weendee Lee(Faye Valentine, Countless other roles and Director of the Love Hina/Outlaw Star dubs)
Industry Guest Robert Dejesus Steve Bennet
and a few others
we have 3 videos rooms going non stop for the con(that’s six full days of anime) Panals dealing with all sorts of fan issues.
I’ll post more updates when i get them if that is okay.
well i hope you all come to our anime convention the biggist anime con in Indiana.
Pre-reg now to save some money and if you ask about Ckon when making your hotel reservations the room rate is 89 dollars a night
for any other information and for updates go to www.ckon2002.com

9-18-02—- New French Animated Film Draws Cues From Anime

Thanks to Johnny Bluejeans for this info:

Yo: Never wrote before, but I was so impressed with the trailer I just saw thought I should share it with you all. It seems there a French animated movie in progress that’s strongly influence by the visual/pacing/dramatic style of anime (whatever that means)… but that’s the extent of it. The trailer looks so awesome my skin crawled. The story takes place circa 1908 between Siberia and Shanghai, a blend of historical fiction, adventure, mystery, with a touch of Oriental arcane. I think it may be based on a French comic.
Here’s the link

http://www.cinemovies.fr/fiche_film.php?IDfilm=585

9-18-02—- Palm Pictures Secures Funding

Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures said Tuesday that it has secured a new round of funding from Latin American outfit Grupo Santo Domingo as well as additional funding from longtime Palm investor Avalon Capital Group. Grupo Santo Domingo holds assets in broadcast television, radio and print media, while Avalon is the equity investment vehicle for Gateway Inc. founder, chairman and CEO Ted Waitt. Palm did not disclose financial details of the deals. According to Blackwell’s media unit, the new capital will be used to “accelerate the growth of Palm Pictures,” which is “focused on using new technology platforms to bring consumers its unique mix of forward-looking entertainment from around the world.” [Note from Daniel: For those who didn’t know, Palm Pictures is the owner of Manga Entertainment.]

Source: The Hollywood Reporter via Daniel’s post to our ML

9-17-02—- SanJose Mercury News On Paracon

According to the Mercury News Article:

Great America features anime Paramount’s Great America is staging its second annual “Paracon” Japanese animation festival Sunday, featuring anime presentations in the amusement park’s IMAX theater. Although not an IMAX film, the “Mobile Suit Gundam” movie “Char’s Counterattack” will be shown on the Pictorium Theater’s 65-foot-high screen, as will two episodes of the TV series “X: One.” Festival guests are scheduled to include voice actor Jennifer Sekiguchi and anime expert and writer Carl Gustav Horn. Admission to the anime events comes with park admission. Call (408) 988-1776 or contact www.pgathrills.com for more information.

9-17-02—- New At Akadot

A review of the live-action adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto’s Ping Pong can be found at this link, and contributor Daniel’s personal account of the Spirited Away event-along with a review of the film-is now up at Akadot.

9-17-02—- TM Revolution’s Nishikawa On Gundam Seed

Thanks as always to Yukio-san (The Dead Shot Club) for the following:

Takanori Nishikawa of T-M-Revolution challenges the voice actor of a “Mobile Suit Gundam”!

Takanori Nishikawa (31) of T-M-Revolution appears on the new series “Mobile Suit Gundam SEED” (Saturday afternoon 6, TBS system, October 5 start) of popular TV-animation as a voice actor. Nishikawa appears to the 3rd time as an enemy’s role of a pilot. This is the first time that a pop singer acts as a voice actor in these TV series that is proud of 23 years of history. Since his new song “INVOKE” (October 30 sale) was appointed as the program theme song, his performance was decided. Although these news were announced in the city of Tokyo on September 16, since it was divorced in Yumi Yoshimura (27) of PUFFY, and July, this has been the first time that Nishikawa received reporters. “From now on, it will be new. — Is what is necessary just to be able to make a living from the easier position? When a fan and the staff could also be touched mental more positively”, the mental state which returned to single was told. He also celebrates the birthday on the 19th in single. It passes to “work busily so that lonesomeness may not be felt. It seems to also obtain cost by the advance, furthermore to have you anxious from ” and the circumference. Real intention is uttered to the restart of life, saying “If it gets used to a popular person is persuaded to itself.” The enthusiasm constructed in a new song on it, saying “I want to stir up one’s new portion and to embody that” was also shown.

Source: Goo News

9-17-02—- Big Changes At Sony

Sony Pictures Entertainment is extending the Sony moniker to its domestic and international television divisions. Columbia TriStar Domestic Television has been renamed Sony Pictures Television, while Columbia TriStar International Television has been rechristened Sony Pictures Television International. “By more closely aligning our television operations with the Sony name, we will be able to leverage the power of one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands,” SPE chairman and CEO John Calley said. Sony’s decision last fall to fold its network TV division into its cable and syndication department raised questions in the industry about Sony’s long-term commitment to television production. But Calley said that branding the TV divisions with the Sony name “further enforces our commitment to television production, distribution and syndication around the world.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter via Daniel-san

9-17-02—- Ishikawa Strives For Western Breakthrough

According to the most recent thread by “The Spy Who Loved Kimchi” at Productionig.com , President Ishikawa of I.G. “longs for an I.G film to break into the Western mainstream AND be a success.”

Thanks to Daniel for the item.