Anime News Service - December 11-20 Anime News

12-20-99---- Otakon Announces First Guests Of Honor

The Otakon 2000 Anime Convention has announced it's first guests of honor as Mr. Yoshitoshi Abe (Character designer: Serial Experiments Lain) and Production 2nd's Yasuyuki Ueda (Creator of Serial Experiments Lain). Otakon is scheduled for the dates of August 4-5-6, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

12-19-99---- Top Anime LD Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. Shugogetten! Vol. 6
2. Galaxy Express 999 Memorial Vol. 2
3. You're Under Arrest: The Movie
4. Detective Conan Vol. 7
5. Card Captor Sakura Vol. 12
6. Kikou Senki Doroguner Memorial Box 1

12-19-99---- Top Anime DVD Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. Nadesico The Movie: The Prince Of Darkness
2. Kareshi Kanojo No Jijo Op.1
3. You're Under Arrest: The Movie DTS
4. D4 Princess Vol. 4

12-19-99---- Top Manga Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. One Piece 11
2. Card Captor Sakura 10
3. Futari H 9
4. Hikaru No Go 4
5. Ah My Goddess 20
6. Kochira Katsushikaku Kamearikouenmae Hashutsusho 117
7. Pocket Monster Special 6
8. Shaman King 6
9. GTO 13
10. Case Files Of Young Kindachi 5
11. Heat 3
12. Lost Universe 3
13. Sensei 9
14. Angelique 6
15. ARMS 10
16. Flames Of Recca 21
17. Tokyo University Story 28
18. Super Natural Powers Wild Com
19. Kanata Kara 10
20. Akagi 10

12-19-99---- Top Video Game Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. Gran Turismo 2 - PSX
2. Yugi-Oh Shin Monsters Duel Monsters - PSX
3. Pokemon Gold - GB
4. Pokemon Silver - GB
5. Donkey Kong 64 - N64
6. Virtual On Tangram - DC
7. Legend Of Dragoon - PSX
8. Let's Go By Professional Train Shiyou -PSX
9. Soumatou - PSX
10. Custom Robo - N64
11. Pachislot Aruze Oukoku 2 - PSX
12. Virtua Striker 2 Ver. 2000.1- DC
13. Chrono Cross - PSX
14. Vib Ribbon - PSX
15. Tokimeki Memorial 2 - PSX
16. Yugi-Oh Shin Monsters Duel Monsters (Limited Edition) - PSX
17. Doko Demo Issyo Pocket Station Mo Issyo - PSX
18. DX Jinsei Game 3 - PSX
19. Simple 1500 Series Vol. 22 The Pro-Wrestling - PSX
20. Golf Shiyouyo - DC

12-19-99---- Top J-Pop Album Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. "Magnum Collection 1999 Dear" - Masaharu Fukuyama
2. "Max 6 Best Hit's In The World '99" - Various Artists
3. "Loveppears" - Ayumi Hamasaki
4. "Sukinahito Kirorono Sora" - Kiroro
5. "Limit Control" - ^ Ucifer
6. "Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix" - Various Artists
7. "On The Street Corner 3" - Taturou Yamashita
8. "Sheep" - Masayoshi Yamazaki
9. "Crystal Planet" - Double
10. "Now10" - Various Artists
11. "Trophy" - Ulfuls
12. "Muzai Moratorium" - Ringo Shena
13. "Super EuroBeat Presents Intial D Second Stage Selection1" - Various Artists
14. "Nihilism Mitsuhiro Oikawa Greatest Hits 90's" - Mitsuhiro Oikawa
15. "Frozen Roses" - Yumi Matutouya
16. "Heavy Gauge" - Glay
17. "Fact Of Life" - Chikuzen Sato
18. "T-Bolan Final Best: Greatest Songs&More" - T-Bolan

12-19-99---- Review: Vampire Hunter D Re-release

When asked to name one modern classic, many American anime fans will tell you that the original Vampire Hunter D OAV qualifes instantly. Based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi, directed by Toyoo Ashida, and with character designs by Yoshitaka Amano, the original Vampire Hunter D OAV was first released in English under the Aegis of Carl Macek's Streamline Pictures in an English dub-only format some years ago. Since the folding of that company, and after 2 1/2 years in Moritorium, Urban Vision is set to release the classic VHD dub on video in America once again, and for the first time ever it will also be available in English subtitled format.

The story of Vampire Hunter D is set in the year 12,090 A.D. on a future Earth where modern civilization's technological state of progress has been halted for some millenia (in the first minutes of the OAV a close look at what first appear to be mountains reveal crumbled skyscrapers eroding as a mute testimony to some great people's past achievement), a new dark age has set in where the Earth is now host to magic and humanity's greatest fears, incarnate in the form of monsters, mutants, and aristocratic vampires who rule over them and the remaining pockets of society. The ruler of one such kingdom, Count Magnus Lee, has taken an interest in a young girl named Doris living in a local village and has marked her as his for future entertainment. In desperation, Doris hires a mysterious Vampire Hunter known as D to kill the count and renounce his claim.

Visually and audio-wise, Urban Vision's dub release of VHD has a noticeable sharper transfer over previous releases. The original OVA is here on the heels of the New Vampire Hunter D Movie's arrival in America and Japan, it's already one of the most anticipated Anime movies of the coming decade.

Vampire Hunter D | English Subtitled Version | $29.95 | Release: 1/18/00 | Running Time: 80 Min.
Vampire Hunter D | English Dubbed Version | $19.95 | Release: 1/18/00 | Running Time: 80 Min.

Released By: Urban Vision

12-19-99---- Review: Wicked City Re-release

Wicked City is another classic that has just seen American re-release by Urban-Vision, it too is available in Dub and (for the first time) Sub formats. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, with screenplay by Kisei Choo, Wicked City is set in the modern era where Earth shares a connection between our familiar reality and an alternate dimension known as The Black World inhabited by powerful supernatural entities.

For centuries a pact has existed between the two worlds, and has maintained an uneasy peace, negotiations are about to resume to continue relative co-existance. In The Black World there exists a faction that recognizes their inhabitant's advantage to humans and will stop at nothing to disrupt the accords. Taki, A human, and Makie, a Black Worlder are both members of The Black Guard (defenders of balance betwen the two realms), and are paired to ensure the negotiations are carried on without interference. Specifically they are assigned to protect a key figure in negotiations (and big-time troublemaker): Guiseppe Mayart.

The Urban Vision re-release of Wicked City also has a noticeable Audio / Video transfer over past releases. A classic that deserves a place in any video library!

Wicked City | English Subtitled Version | $29.95 | Release: Available Now | Running Time: 90 Min.
Wicked City | English Dubbed Version | $19.95 | Release: Available Now | Running Time: 90 Min.

Released By: Urban Vision

12-18-99---- Anime / Game Soundtrack CD Releases (Japan)(December)

12/1
Ichiro Mizuki Super Best (2 CD's / 45 Tracks) 5040 Yen
11(Double One)Ongakushu (13 tracks / Cyber Formula OVA BGM) 1800 Yen
Bread Kaga Vocal Collection 1800 Yen
Rainy Night (Cyber Formula Drama) 1800 Yen
Pictureland II: Hakugin no taiketsu (Cyber Formula Drama) 1800 Yen
Pictureland III: First Love Never Love (Cyber Formula Drama) 1800 Yen
Singles (14 Tracks / Cyber Formula Singles Collection) 2500 Yen
Memories (22 Tracks / Cyber Formula) 2500 Yen
Come into My Life (6 Songs) 1800 Yen
Sorewa Kesshite Rakuna Michinori Dewa Nai (10 Tracks) 1800 Yen
Houshin Engi LEVEL-III (Drama) 3000 Yen
CD Drama Collecitons Angelique Another Story3 Vol.1 3000 Yen
Gamedra Vocal Corection Best 3150 Yen
Dennousenki Virtualon: Oratorio Tangram Remix Album 3150 Yen
Kikansha-Tomas Orignal Songs Vol.1 2100 Yen
Oh my Goddess: Orhcestra Albam 2940 Yen
BGM ROUND I (Cyber Formula) 1800 Yen
BGM ROUND II (Cyber Formula) 1800 Yen
THE RAIBU (Mini Drama / Music) 1800 Yen
VOCAL COLLECTION I 1800 Yen
VOCAL COLLECTION II 1800 Yen
Rei VIEW 1Maku (Mini Drama) 1800 Yen
Rei VIEW 2maku 1800 Yen
Tonari no Totoro Songs & Karaoke (21 Tracks, 10 Songs, 40-page book w/ scores) 2500 Yen
Card Captor Sakura: Tomoeda Shogakko Chorus Bu Christmas Concert 2100 Yen
12/3
Warera Scryus (Medalot / character songs) 1020 Yen
Tokimeki Memorial 2 Original Game Soundtrack Vol.1 (2-CD / 100 Tracks) 3364 Yen
Tokimeki Memorial 2 Original Game Soundtrack Vol.2 (2-CD / 100 Tracks) 3364 Yen
Forever With You (Tokimeki Memorial / Shiori Fujisaki Best) 2548 Yen
Ultramaniax//RHYTHM (Beatmania) 2447 Yen
Ultramaniax//BEAT (Beatmania) 2447 Yen
Digimon Adventure: Chracter Songs + Mini Drama CD 2800 Yen
Langrisser Millenium - Sound files 3900 Yen
Tokyo Nightmare - Strange Case Files Of Ryoko Yakushiji (Drama) 3800 Yen
12/4
ONE - Kagayaku Kisetsu E (Drama) 3150 Yen
12/8
Initial D Extra Edition - A Black Lightning (Drama) 3059 Yen
12/15
D.N. ANGEL WINK 3RD TARGET: Love Pleasure 2835 Yen
HCD "Berserk 1000nen Teikoku no Taka, Soushitsuka no Sho: Game Soundtrack 2800 Yen
12/16
Mugen No Ryvius Original Soundtrack 3045 Yen
Ningyo Soushi Ayatsuri Ukon Original Soundtrack 1 3045 Yen
Excel Saga Ohinaru Soundtrack Jikken 1 3045 Yen
12/17
D no Shokutaku 2 Original Soundtrack + MIL CD 3500 Yen
Yukyu Genso-Kyoku 3 Perpetual Blue 2940 Yen
AGNOIA Audio Drama CD 2940 Yen
12/18
Prismaticallization Vocal & BGM Shu 2500 Yen
Episode Series [ROOM With Karin] 2700 Yen
Episode Series Room With Ayano 2700 Yen
Ultraman NICE Shudaika 1000 Yen
Tokyo Jushouden: Original Album 2940 Yen
Graduation M World DJ Album "Hello, Mipipe!!" 2940 Yen
The World of Emeraldas 2940 Yen
The world of "Beast Wars" - Beast Wars Song Bible 2940 Yen
Guruguru Hanamarukun Uta To Ongakusyu 2940 Yen
Oideyo Kameari 1155 Yen
Sotsugyo M (Graduation M) Last Song 1155 Yen
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen ''Revenge'' Soundtrack Part 1 2548 Yen
Kochira Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo The Movie 2854 Yen
Samurai Spirits Shinsho (New Chapter) Kenkaku-Ibunroku (2-CD) 2310 Yen
Parasite Eve II 2854 Yen
Chrono Trigger Soundtrack 2039 Yen
Chrono Chross Soundtrack 3364 Yen
Rurouni Kenshin-Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Premium Collection 5913 Yen
Arc the Lad III Original Soundtrack 2854 Yen
12/22
Trouble Chocolate Pre-mini ALBUM 2100 Yen
Tales of Destiny: Preust (Drama) 3990 Yen
Hunter X Hunter Original Soundtrack Vol.1 3150 Yen
Serafimcall Mini Sound Track (Ayako Kawasumi) 2100 Yen
Serafimcall Mini Sound Track (Maria Yamamoto) 2100 Yen
Maho No Tenshi Creamy Mami 3150 Yen
Soreike! Anpanman Best Hit 2500 Yen
12/23
Kaze no Uta - Hoshi no Michi (Songs of Wind - Star-guided Roads) (Part 1) 2940 Yen
Houshin Engi Ohgakubo [Chi] 3059 Yen
Growlanser - Original Soundtrack 3000 Yen
Maken X - Original Soundtrack 3000 Yen
Tokimeki Memorial 2 Vocal Tracks 3059 Yen
12/25
DJCD [Only Sentimental Night 2] Vol.1 2940 Yen

12-18-99---- Anime / Manga Gaming

www.booyaka.com Is an excellent resource on Sega Dreamcast VMS/VMU/VM.

Epoch is developing a Gameboy Color Macross 7 shooter for release in March. The game will have 6 stages, 3 playable jets, and special events throughout each stage.

NEC Interchannel has delayed the release of their love sim, Sentimental Graffiti 2 for Dreamcast from Jan. 27th to sometime in March.

Imagineer will release Bikkuriman 2000: Charging Card GB for Gameboy Color in April.

12-18-99---- Production I.G. Homepage Updated

Production I.G. has updated it's English site with many new items, including information on Bee Line, new Blood character boards, A map to the Production I.G. facilities and more.

12-17-99---- Pokemon / Princess Mononoke American Box Office Roundup

Pokemon: The First Movie, in it's fifth week of release in North America drew in $1,184,559 over this past weekend, dropping it to 9th place on the Daily Variety movie chart. To-date, Pokemon has grossed $82,369,077. Meanwhile, in it's third week of expanded release, The Princess Mononoke (which is in it's 7th week in limited release) pulled in $128,630 bringing it down from the #25 spot to #30. To-date Miramax's limited Mononoke release has grossed $2,142,914.

12-17-99---- Pokemon World To Be Built In Kyoto

Nintendo Co. president, Hiroshi Yamauchi announced in Kyoto on Friday, plans to build a "Pokemon World" theme park in Kyoto, based on the characters from the Pocket Monster franchise. Nintendo has asked the Kyoto municipal government for help in the search for a possible site for the project within, or around the city and plans to complete construction of the park 1 year after a location is found. The municipal government had agreed to help in the search for a suitable location for the theme park as it will add a new attraction to the city's ancient temples and shrines. The park could be the size of the Tokyo Dome (about 47,000 square meters), and is likely to draw Pokemon fans from around the world, some are already calling it Japan's Disney Land. That may be an applicable title as Mr. Yamauchi has said that he planned to make the Pokemon characters as popular as Mickey Mouse.

12-17-99---- ADV Launches Movie Websites

ADV Films has launched 2 official websites for it's upcoming movie releases, Spriggan and Lady Death:

www.sprigganthemovie.com

www.ladydeaththemovie.com

12-16-99---- X American Theatrical Launch

Through it's Manga2000 promotion, Manga Video has announced a March premiere for Clamp / Madhouse's X-1999 across the United States.

12-16-99---- New Manga Video / Suncoast / Media Play Promotion

Today, Manga Video announced the launch of a nationwide sweepstakes to take place between Jan. 3rd through the 30th at all Suncoast Motion Picture Company and Media Play locations. Customers can look for Manga Video 2000 "The Ultimate in Anime" displays at participating outlets where they can sign up for a chance to win an assortment of prizes, including a trip for two to New York City to see the theatrical opening of X; a complete Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD home theatre system; and 25 runner up 'gift packs' from Manga including a limited edition Manga 2000 poster, T-shirt, cap and DVD.

A special Musicland in-store DVD will feature a four minute Manga Video 2000 trailer with music by Wax Trax/TVT recording artists KMFDM. Manga 2000 badges with imagery from Perfect Blue stating "Ask Me About The Manga 2000 Promotion" will be worn by store managers. Over 500 stores will display the theatrical poster of Perfect Blue. Select Manga Video titles will be on sale throughout the duration of the promotion and customers will receive a free limited-edition Manga Video 2000 poster, featuring the Suncoast and Media Play logos, with purchase of Manga VHS or DVD.

For more information visit www.manga2000.com

12-16-99---- Anime / Manga Gaming

Nintendo has announced development of a new Pokemon title (tentatively titled as Pocket Monster X), which will utilize the Gameboy cellular phone adapter. The game is scheduled for release in Japan (at launch of the adapter) in April, featuring internet support, allowing players to battle and exchange Pokemon over cellular phones or the Nintendo game server, and with the ability to receive updates from Nintendo.

Konami will expand their Information Service Provider ventures into the Japanese cellular phone realm. After adding services to NTT's iMode network, Konami plans to add services to the two other major cellular networks in Japan: J-Phone J-Sky Web and IDO EZ Access early next year. Over 100,000 people have accessed Konami's Tokimeki Memorial 2 iMode service via phone in the first week.

Namco has announced over 1 million copies of Soul Calibur have been sold worldwide. They plan to post 2 Soul Calibur VMS mini games online, for download. Upon completion of the two VMS mini games, players will receive a special reward in Soul Calibur.

12-15-99---- New Miyazaki Film Budget

Hayao Miyazaki's latest project, Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi will be bedgeted at $19.2 million.

12-15-99---- Pokemon 2 American Release Date Set

Warner Brothers has set the the American theatrical release date for Pokemon 2 as July 21st.

12-15-99---- New Gainax OVA

Studio Gainax's latest project is a new OAV series titled Furi-Kuri. The first of six volumes is scheduled for release in March. Animation will be by Production IG, art direction by Hiromasa Ogura, animation direction by Imaishi Hiroyuki, and character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.

12-15-99---- J-Pop / Seiyuu News

Seki Tomokazu's new album, Naked Mind has been pushed back for a Feb. 16th release. The CD will feature 8 tracks, including an acoustic version of the ending theme Kimiga Iru from the Initial-D Second Stage anime TV series.

12-15-99---- Anime / Manga Gaming

Nintendo of Japan's Gameboy Color card battler, Trading & Battle Card Hero, is scheduled for release on Feb. 21st, listing at 3800 Yen. The game features 114 monsters, who appear in card form. When you win, you can pick a card from the opponent to expand your collection.

SNK's Neo Geo Pocket Color title, SNK Gal Fighters, scheduled for release in Japan on Jan. 27th, will be developed by Yumekobo, and feature 8 female fighters from various SNK fighting games: Mai, Yuri, Athena, Leona, Whip and Shermie (KOF99); Nakoruru, Akari and Sai (Samurai Spirits, Last Blade); plus new characters.

12-15-99---- Japanese Music Sales Figures

According to the Recording Industry Association of Japan, a total of 366.49 million CDs, records and music cassette tapes were produced in 1999 as of the end of October, down 7 percent over the corresponding period the previous year. The total wholesale value also fell, by 4 percent to 468.8 billion yen. Sales figures compiled by Oricon Co. reveal as of the end of November, there were nine singles and 24 albums that sold a million units or more, compared to 19 and 23, respectively, in the first 11 months of last year. The number of albums with sales of between 400,000 and 800,000 also dropped from 38 last year to just 27, according to Oricon.

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

12-14-99---- New Doraemon Movie Plot

The 21st Doraemon movie, "Nobita No Taiyo-o Densetsu", announced last september, will appear throughout Japan in theaters on March 11th. The story of the film revolves around Nobita, who falls into a time warp and winds up in a jungle, hestumbles upon a young boy, Tio, who claims to be the Prince of Mayana's kingdom. The plot was realized from an expedition late Doraemon creator, Mr. Fujiko, had undetaken to Mayan ruins in Central America. The original manga for the film, created by Shinichi Hagiwara and Fujiko Production, began running in the monthly magazine Korokoro Comic's Sept. 14th issue.

12-14-99---- Miyazaki's New Animation Project

Earlier this week, Studio Ghibli held a press conference where they announced the next film to be directed by acclaimed animation director, Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke). To be released in Japanese movie theaters in the summer of 2001, the project is tentatively titled "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi" (A Thousand and Chihiro's Spirited Away). The film takes place in modern-day Japan and is about a ten year-old girl, Chihiro, whose parents were transformed into pigs, she travels to the land of spirits where adventures lie-in-wait. American Animation producer, Disney, is partially funding the project.

Character sketch here.

12-14-99----- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai's PSX RPG, Gundam: Giren's Ambition: Genealogy of Zion, is scheduled for a Feb. 3rd release in Japan, listing at 6800 yen. This title is a port from the Saturn. The PSX port will have new elements and play modes: new battle and movement commands, over 40 minutes of animation, and two separate stories on each disc.

Sega has announced that the pre-order of Shen Mue Chapter 1: Yokosuka for Dreamcast has surpassed 100,000 units, Sega is expecting to sell 500,000 - 600,000 copies of the title in January.

Square EA has announced that the PC version of Final Fantasy VIII will be available in the U.S. on January 25.

12-13-99---- Legend Of The Galatic Heroes Side Stories

Tokuma Shoten has announced plans to release seven new monthly Legend Of The Galatic Heroes Side Stories OVA's between December and this June. The new releases will feature Yang Wen-li in the lead role, voiced by Gouda Hozumi. Ishiguro Noboru (Macross) will serve as chief director, Studio Madhouse and Artland will produce the animation.

12-13-99---- More Details On Macross 3D

The coming Big West OVA series, Macross 3D, will be an all CG production. The story will center around Lauryn, a former soldier of Redline, and a young girl named Karno.

12-12-99---- Top Anime LD Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-13)

1. You're Under Arrest: The Movie
2. Card Captor Sakura Vol. 12
3. Kikou Senki Doroguner Memorial Box 1
4. To-Heart Vol. 6
5. D4 Princess Vol. 4
6. Neoranga Vol. 11
7. Turn A Gundam Vol. 1
8. Detective Conan Vol. 7
9. Sekai No Monsho Vol. 6
10. Harlock Saga Vol. 6
11. Starship Girl Yamamoto TV LD 3
12. Shugogetten Vol. 5

12-12-99---- Top Anime DVD Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-13)

1. D4 Princess Vol. 4
2. Kareshi Kanojo No Jijo Op.1
3. You're Under Arrest: The Movie DTS
4. Card Captor Sakura Vol. 12
5. Turn A Gundam Vol. 1

12-12-99---- Top Manga Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-13)

1. Ah My Goddess 20
2. GTO 13
3. Hanakazari No Kimitachie 10
4. ARMS 10
5. Case Files Of Young Kindachi 5
6. Flames Of Recca 21
7. Inu Yasha 13
8. F Compo 10
9. Ghost Sweeper Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen 39
10. Shadow Skill Phantom Of Sade
11. Le Cirque De Karakuri 10
12. Kaiouki 6
13. Sensei 9
14. Love Hina 5
15. Kagen No Tsuki 3
16. Shikei Shikkoutyuu Datsugoku Sinkoutyuu
17. Peach Girl 6
18. Kabachitare
19. Star Ocean The Second Story 2
20. Hamelin Violin-Hiki 30

12-12-99---- Top Video Game Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-13)

1. Pokemon Silver - GB
2. Pokemon Gold - GB
3. Legend Of Dragoon - PSX
4. Virtua Striker 2 Ver. 2000.1- DC
5. Sunrise Heroes - DC
6. Chrono Cross - PSX
7. Tokimeki Memorial 2 - PSX
8. Pachislot Aruze Oukoku 2 - PSX
9. Jikkyou J-League 1999 Perfect Striker - PSX
10. Doko Demo Issyo Pocket Station Mo Issyo - PSX
11. DX Jinsei Game 3 - PSX
12. Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Remix Append Club Version Vol. 1
13. Dai Koukai Jidai 4 -Porto Estado- - PSX
14. Baku Bomber Man 2 - N64
15. Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Remix - PSX
16. Card Captor Sakura - WS
17. Beat Mania GB 2 - GB
18. Maken X - DC
19. Dragon Valor - PSX
20. Star Twins - N64

12-12-99---- Top J-Pop Album Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-13)

1. "Loveppears" - Ayumi Hamasaki
2. "Sheep" - Masayoshi Yamazaki
3. "On The Street Corner 3" - Taturou Yamashita
4. "Crystal Planet" - Double
5. "Fact Of Life" - Chikuzen Sato
6. "T-Bolan Final Best: Greatest Songs&More" - T-Bolan
7. "Winter Star" - Touko Furuuchi
8. "Frozen Roses" - Yumi Matutouya
9. "Heavy Gauge" - Glay
10. "Now10" - Various Artists
11. "Super EuroBeat Presents Intial D Second Stage Selection1" - Various Artists
12. "Bird Limited Silver Edition" - Bird
13. "Nina" - Nina
14. "Muzai Moratorium" - Ringo Shena

12-11-99---- Ricca-Chan Musical

A "Ricca-Chan" musical project was announced in Japan on Nov. 12th. The dress-up doll, "Ricca-chan" first went on sale in 1967, and has sold 44.5 million units so far. A TV series version of "Ricca- chan", "Super Doll Recca-chan" began airing last year. The musical will be held at Ginza Hakuhinkan Museum from Dec. 24th - Jan. 6th. The main character, Ricca-chan will be played by 15 year-old Asami Katsura who was selected from 1154 applicants for this role. The musical is scripted and directed by Yuji Mitsuya. Other roles are played by famous seiyuu, such as Chisa Yokoyama, Chieko Higuchi, Yumi Kakazu, Akiko Kimura, Masami Suzuki and others.

Source: J-Dream Direct Newsletter, J-Dream Web

12-11-99---- Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Series Supervised By Hideaki Anno

The filming of Japan Self-Defense Force equipment and training, supervised by Gainax director, Hideaki Anno (Evangelion), is being released in Japan on LD and DVD. The first volume: "JUSDF FLEET POWER1 -Yokosuka- Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force" went on sale on Nov. 25th. The first volume includes scenes of carrier-based aircraft and asroc shooting and retails for 5800 Yen.

Source: J-Dream Direct Newsletter, J-Dream Web

12-11-99---- Director Akitaro Daichi's Latest Work: Kaze Makase Tsukikage Ran

Akitaro Daichi, producer of many anime series this year (Jubei-chan, Ojaru-Maru, and Ima Soko ni Iru Boku), has unveiled his latest anime project: "Kaze Makase Tsukikage Ran (Moon-Shadow Ran on the Wind)." It seems to be a comic story based on the old Japanese samurai show on TV, "Su-ronin Tsukikage Hyogo." The story has been scripted by Yosuke Kuroda (Ryvius), Tatsuo Sato (Nadesico), Ryosuke Takanashi (Votoms), and others. Production is by Mad House, the series will begin airing in Japan in January on WOWOW BS Ch. 5.

Source: J-Dream Direct Newsletter, J-Dream Web

12-11-99---- Turn X

Turn X A new mobile suit, "Turn X" has been announced for the Turn A Gundam TV series currently airing in Japan. Syd Mead designed this Mobile Suit, director Yoshiyuki Tomino has asked for the Turn X to carry an "anti-hero" image. Turn A Gundam staff members have made comments on Turn X, saying they have never seen a Gundam that does not look like the classic Gundam (RX-78).

Source: J-Dream Direct Newsletter, J-Dream Web

12-11-99---- New Devilman OVA In Production

A new Devilman OVA is in production titled "The Revelation of AMON Devilman." Character designs are provided by Yasushi Nirasawa, director is Toyoo Ashida (Fist of the North Star), production is being handled by Studio Live. Characters are said to be closer to the designs of the original Devilman, an are are depicted vividly. Character figures from the OVA go on sale in March. The OVA is scheduled to be released in Japan in spring by SPE Visual Works.

www.sme.co.jp/devilman/index.html

Source: J-Dream Direct Newsletter, J-Dream Web

12-11-99---- New Macross Project: MACROSS 3D

Big West has announced a new Macross OVA project with the tentative title of Macross 3D for the coming year. Production will be handled by GONZO. Story Concept, Mechanical Design, and Executive Direction will be conducted by Shouji Kawamori; Director will be Takeshi Mori; Script will be written by Dai Satoh; Character Designs will be by Sonehachi; Mechanical Designs and Art Production Design will be by Kazutaka Miyatake.

A conceptual CG character image can be see here.

12-11-99---- Discontinued Pokemon Card Featuring Manji

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