Anime News Service – September 1st Anime News
9-1-06 (10:12PM EDT)—- Solid State Society Raws Hit Net
As the Labor Day weekend arrives in the USA, ANS has learned raw (untranslated from Japanese) video files of Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society have hit internet file sharing networks. These legally ambiguous files are often used as the foundation for fansub creation. The SSS TV movie aired in Japan on September 1st. As of yet no English Language fansubs have appeared. In recent weeks Bandai Entertainment (who holds the American license) issued a warning of strict legal action against anyone creating or distributing English fansubs of the film. An official American version will be produced and released in 2007.
9-1-06 (4:23PM EDT)—- Taiyo no Mokushiroku Anime Premieres
Based on the manga by Kaiji Kawaguchi (Zipang, Eagle, Silent Service), a TV anime adaptation of Taiyo no Mokushiroku (A Spirit of the Sun) will air as part of WOWOW’s 15th annivesary programming. Serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Magazine, 12 volumes of the manga have been released in Japan now and this animation will cover the storyline told in volumes 1-4 (From the Eaerthquake to the Taiwan arc). The work won the 51st Shogakukan manga prize. Like most of Kawaguchi’s other popular comics, Taiyo no Mokushiroku delves in alternative reality set in our real world. Japan is devastated by a series of natural cataclysms (Mount Fuji errupts, a massive earthquake literally splits Japan in half). In the aftermath, politics, terrorism, Japanese nationalism and race all feed into story. Where will Japan go from here? Oddly enough all of the above issues have been simmering in the headlines of actual Japanese newspapers for some time now. Episode 1 airs at 22:00 on September 17th, followed by part 2 on September 18th. In addition, (and a first for WOWOW) a massive net preview effort is being carried out where of first story will be posted online where epsiode 1 will be available online from Friday, Sptember 1st at 17:00 through Sunday the 3rd at 24:00. The 500 kbs video stream will utilized Windows Media 9. Cast includes: Yanagi Ichiro: Matsuda Yoji, Cho: Rikiya Koyama, Haneda Taro: Tomoyuki Morikawa. Staff includes Director Masayuki Kojima (Monster), Sound Supervision by Yoshi Shimizu, Character Design by Tsukasa Hojo, (Angel Heart), Screenplay by Tatsuhiko Urahata (Monster), Music by Toshiyuki Honda (Metropolis), Animation Production by Madhouse. You can view the preview on the official website by clicking on the orange box and filling out a short questionaire.
9-1-06 (3:23PM EDT)—- NHK Self Imposes Video Guidlines
NHK has announced they are self-adopting a rule not to broadcast any imagery such as intense blinking or rapid flashing to guard agains possible Photosensitive Epilepsy and other health hazards that could be experienced by viewers. The new guideline went into place August 31st. The criteria is defined as 3 or more flashes in 1 second. NHK had in the past been called out by the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications for carrying programming with 56 instances of such flashing, one of which was a concert program in January of this year. 1997’s Pokemon Seizure fiasco was said to have been caused under similar circumstances.
9-1-06 (3:21PM EDT)—- Pokemon 9 Japanese Box-Office
According to the current issue of Variety magazine, the 9th Pokemon movie, now in it’s 7th week of release in Japan has amassed an accumulated gross of $25,555,026.
9-1-06 (2:42PM EDT)—- XXX HOLiC Movie In Spain
Gekijouban xxxHOLiC Manatsu no Yoru no Yume (Midsummer Night’s Dream) which opened in Japanese theaters last summer is se to screen at the 7th Madrid International Animation Film Festival (Animadrid 2006) to be held in Madrid, Spain September 26th – October 6th. The Tsutomu Mizushima anime feature will compete alongside 5 others in the “animated feature film” category.
9-1-06 (1:25PM EDT)—- Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Blu-Ray Details
Full details are out on Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan’s December 6th, 2006 Blu-Ray Disc release of Innocence (known outside Japan as Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence). Boasting HD audio (Japanese LPCM 7.1, Japanese DDS 6.1EX, Japanese DTS-ES 6.1), video, the 3 disc set also includes the INTERNATIONAL VERSION (featuring Japanese, English, French, Korean and Taiwanese subtitles). ) of Director Mamoru Oshii and Produciton I.G.’s 2004 99 minute anime film. Retail is 7,800 Yen (8,190 Yen (including tax). Extras include trailers, audio commentary courtesy Mamoru Oshii and Toshihiko Nishikubo, the 15 minute featurette “Making Of Innocence”, the 38 minute featurette “Scenes of Innocence” and 44 minute special featurette “Did INNOCENCE Transcend National Borders?” (with Mamoru Oshii and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa).