Anime News Service - January 1-15 Anime News

1-15-02---- Tezuka Article

Rika Ohara has compiled an article for the L.A. Weekly entitled "Mighty Tezuka! God Of Manga", you can view it at the link.

1-15-02---- New Clips

Pioneer has just uploaded new QuickTime Movie Clips have been added to their SoulTaker and Vandread Sites.

1-15-02---- Spanish News

Spain's regional TV channel Canal 33 is currently running Trigun, ran Harlock Saga over the holidays, and has just started running Dragon Quest Dai no Daibouken, Crayon Shin-chan (2 times a day at 14:30 pm and at 19:15 pm), and City Hunter (every saturday and sunday). Selecta Vision has announced the release of Cowboy Bebop DVD volume 2 and Golden Boy DVD vol. 2 for tomorrow. info courtesy Juan Luis and Anihabara.

1-15-02---- Production I.G. At TIA

Production I.G.'s Site has updated with news that the studio will have a booth at the 21st Tokyo International Animation Fair held Feb 15-17.

1-15-02---- Aquarian Age TV

Based on the card game characters by Broccoli, the Aquarian Age TV series animation began running in Japan on the 10th 1:15 minutes on TV Tokyo Channel 12, the show aslo airs weekly on Mondays starting 14th at 2:15 on TV Osaka and on the same day at 1:15 on TV Aichi.

1-15-02---- 35th Anniversary of Ultra 7 Celebrated With Announcement of New Series

In commemoration of it's original 1960's debut on Japanese airwaves, production of a new original 5 volume video series was announced last week in Tokyo, volume 1 streets on DVD format in Nippon on May 21st via VAP for 5800 Yen.

The official homepage for the release is at: http://www.vap.co.jp/u-seven/

1-15-02---- Anime / Manga Gaming

Atlus announced a new PlayStation RPG called Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Red & Black Book, a devil (monster) battle and collection RPG ported over from GameBoy Color. The PSone version will 270 kinds of devils, new championship cup modes and scenes from the TV animated cartoon series of Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children. The game is scheduled for release sometimes this year.

Atlus announced a new PlayStation dodgeball game in Japan called Nijiiro Dodgeball: Maidens' Youth, this is the first console dodgeball game to feature a simulation mode (Story Mode), in which you play as the coach, your mission is to train and promote your team to become the champion.

Square's upcoming Final Fantasy X International (Jan 31 release in Japan) will feature a new side story called FFX Another Story: The Forever Nagi Festival, which will take place 2 years after the original story, so far it is confirmed that Yuna, Wakka and Rikku will be showing up in this new story, will Tidus show up in the new story? (Note: "Nagi Festival" is the time between Sin's defeat and revival, in which people celebrate for the true peace.) Other than the side story, the international version will also feature:
FFX promotion movies FFX TVCMs FFX Theme Songs (in Dolby 5.1) Interview with Japan and US Actors Square Previews: Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XI, Square Masterpieces (WonderSwan Color), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Preview Trailers.

Square and Disney will release a CD single for the theme song of Kingdom Hearts in Japan on March 20, the song will be titled Hikari (translate to "Light"), and it will be composed and performed by the highly popular Japanese singer Hikaru Utada, who have sold a whopping 8 million copies of her first album "First Love" back in 1999.

Capcom will release another Rockman title for GameBoy Advance on March 15 in Japan, called Rockman Zero. This time Zero from the Rockman X series becomes the main character. The story takes place 100 years after Rockman X, in which the world is controlled by an evil force "v", your mission is to control Zero to battle with the evil force. Zero will also have new companions, they are electronic fairies. There are 3 kinds of fairies: Life, Ability and Hacker, they will rise the power of Zero during the quest.

Here are some new screen shots of Takara's J-Phoenix Plus, an enhanced version of the popular PS2 mech combat action game, featuring additional characters and gear parts. A new play mode called Hundred Slashes will be added to the game, a survival mode which allows you to battle with 100 opponents continuously, the money you earned from this mode can be used in the Story Mode. J-Phoenix Plus is scheduled for release in March.

Source: http://www.the-magicbox.com/ Images an further details on these titles can be accessed at the link

1-15-02---- New Evangelion Kubrick Images

Cool Japanese Toys has posted images here, here and here of the coming Evangelion Kubrick sets due in April. Series 8, 9 and 10 will arrive then with sets 8 and 10 retailing at 2,480 Yen. Set 9 will retail at 1,980.

1-15-02---- Toyopop Items

According to the Right Stuf:

Yet another studio headed for DVD only folks. Announced yesterday, Tokyopop will begin releasing all of their new anime series on DVD only. In moving towards this goal, the company has dropped their VHS line of the upcoming release of Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO).
In another surprise, the company has decided to drop their entire English version of Saint Tail. So, beginning with volume 5, the series moves strictly to DVD with only Japanese Audio / English Subtitle tracks. Happily, they are increasing the number of episodes of Saint Tail per disc from 4 to 7.
Fans of Vampire Princess Miyu can breathe a sigh of relief. The series is the only Tokyopop title that will be finishing its entire run on both VHS and DVD. Great Teacher Onizuka!
Joining the anime release of the series, Tokyopop has announced the release of the first volume of the Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) manga on 4/23! Much like Viz’s DBZ graphic novels, Tokyopop has decided to stick with the traditional Japanese right to left styling.
The animated GTO series is expected to begin its DVD only release in March and continue through 2003. Meanwhile, Tokyopop also plans to release the GTO Official soundtrack on 7/23/02. Look for more information to come soon!

1-15-02---- 3G Drawing Closer In U.S. - Japan And Korea Plan 4G

According to Ananova:

Korea and Japan mull 4G phone network Korea and Japan are planning to develop a fourth-generation mobile phone network. The two countries have agreed to form a working group to develop new technical standards later this year. 4G networks promise to deliver seamless services to mobile phone handsets, including movies on demand and video conferencing. The plan was announced after a meeting of the Korean Communications Minister, Yang Seung-taik, and the Japanese Home Affairs Minister Toranosuke Katayama. According to the Korea Times, the two countries are also planning to co-operate in high-speed internet and e-commerce policies. They are planning to launch a trial high-speed satellite service before they co-host the 2002 World Cup finals in May.

1-15-02---- Hitachi Keitai Color Phones And 3G Services Headed To U.S. Via Sprint PCS

According to the article at Handytel

(United States) - Sprint announced that Sprint PCS will be the first wireless carrier to bring Hitachi phones to the United States. A leader in CDMA wireless technology outside of the United States, Hitachi, Ltd., will debut new Third-Generation (3G) Sprint PCS phones in mid-2002 when Sprint PCS launches 3G1X over its nationwide wireless network.

For Sprint PCS customers, 3G is expected to initially mean faster wireless data speeds and enhancements to their existing applications and services. It also creates an opportunity for new and more robust applications as data speeds increase including enhanced games, video and audio clips, high-speed Internet browsing, email with attachments, digital imaging and enhanced messaging.

The new Sprint PCS Phones by Hitachi are expected to support many of these new applications by supporting Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2MEÔ), easy navigation with user-friendly icons and audio and video applications.

"Sprint PCS has been a leader in the U.S. wireless market with new products and services and will clearly continue this tradition by launching 3G nationwide in mid-2002. Hitachi, Ltd., has its own long line of wireless phone firsts with CDMA overseas," said John Garcia, senior vice president of sales and distribution for Sprint PCS. "The combination of these two strong, innovative companies will make quite an impression on wireless customers when 3G Sprint PCS Phones by Hitachi launch in mid-2002."

"Hitachi, Ltd., took note of the unrivaled wireless industry advancements made by Sprint PCS in North America as it mirrors the technological developments Hitachi has made overseas," said Hiroshi Nakayama, Group Executive of Digital Media Group for Hitachi, Ltd., "Sprint PCS is clearly the company through which Hitachi wants to market its wireless phones. And, by introducing the new Sprint PCS Phones by Hitachi as Sprint PCS launches 3G, it enables Hitachi to showcase its best wireless technology supporting the JAVA platform, color-enhanced applications and audio."

1-15-02---- Final Fantasty: The Spirits Within UK DVD Release Info

Thanks to Don for this information:

'Final Fantasy-The Spirits Within', the groundbreaking computer-generated animated motion picture from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is released for VHS rental and DVD retail on 21st January 2002. The DVD release features a stunning 4 hours of ground-breaking added value. There are 2 feature-length commentaries and a grand total of 21 mini-featurettes, fully original interactive documentary with 60 mins of linkouts, 82 mins of 3D playblast video and story board selects plus much, much more..

For more details on the UK release: http://www.finalfantasy-themovie.co.uk/indexr.html

1-15-02---- Star Blazers Comet Empire Part 2 Art

ANS has received a promotional for Star Blazers Series 2 The Comet Empire Vol. 2, you can view it here.

1-15-02---- VHD Bloodlust Press

From www.urban-vision.com courtesy Daniel:

"Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Available Feb. 12, 2002! Direct from theaters, the hunt begins on DVD and VHS! D must hunt hunt down Meier Link, a vampire who has kidnapped a young woman named Charlotte. He's got some stiff competition in the Markus Brothers, and some deadly adversaries in the Barbarois. DOn't miss this thrilling adventure!

"The DVD is packed with special features - a behind the scenes featurette, storyboard-to-film comparison, US and international theatrical trailers and TV spots, merchandise, Remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 for home theater, motion menus, weblinks, UV trailers, and closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing. Don't miss out!"

It's interesting that it comes out the same day the nominees for Best Animated Film are announced. Hope that's a good sign....

1-15-02---- Yuricon 2003 Update

From the release:

Yes, that's right - Yuricon *2003*

Right now, across the globe, yuri and shoujoai fans are mobilizing to create a convention just for them and not as sub-sub-genre of some larger con.

To do this, we'll need your help. Yuricon is looking for responsible people to assist in all aspects of con organization. Experience is great, but intelligence and creativity are just as good! If you'd like to see a celebration of shoujoai and yuri in anime and manga become a reality - then read on!

Right now, we're working on some key aspects of Yuricon development. If you'd like to assist in any of these areas, please contact the following committees:

Public Relations: We're looking for people people who are persistent and curious. If you like researching, writing, or art, we can use you. Our PR committee will be developing advertising banners, print ads, and is responsible for submitting press releases to online and print journals and events listings.

To join the PR committee, please contact Menagi-chan at: yuricon_pr@hotmail.com

Entertainment: Yuricon plans on having its share of interesting and compelling events, contests, workshops and panels. We need people who are creative and dedicated. In addition, Yuricon is planning several events and parties for 2002 at various venues. Here's a chance to plan the anime party you've always wanted. If you've ever thought, "why don't cons do that kind of event?" then this is the committee for you!

To join the Entertainment committee, contact cheebs! at: yuricon_ent@hotmail.com

Hotel: We're working on getting a nice hotel with good facilities, so the con is the best you've ever been to. If you are in the New York City/ New Jersey area and have any hotel contacts or experience, then we'd very much like you to be part of our team.

To join our Hotel committee, please email: yuricon_hotel@hotmail.com

***

In addition, we're already working on programming our Video rooms, with hours of the best in shoujoai and yuri anime, from the sweetest of shoujo titles to the hottest yuri hentai around. Programming will also assist in obtaining and showing anime for our 2002 parties. Contact yuricon_program@hotmail.com if you'd like to be a part of the Programming committee.

In the next few months, we'll also be looking for responsible, enthusiastic people to head up the following committees:

Registration Security Guest Relations Volunteer Coordination

If you are interested in being part of any of these committees, please contact us at anilesbocon01@hotmail.com

For more information about Yuricon and our 2002 events, visit our website at http://www.yuricon.org

We're looking forward to a great 2002 and an even better con in 2003!

1-14-02---- Seiyuu Event In Hawaii

Seiyuu Yamamoto Maria will appear in an event scheduled to occur in the American state of Hawaii between January 25-28. Titled "Maria-chan to Rakuen Hawaii de Aloha Time" Japanese citizens payed 98000 Yen a head to attend the event with a maximum cap of 30 people, who needed to reserve by 11/29.

1-14-02---- ADV Press

From the releases:

Release Date Set for Power Stone: Friends & Enemies January 14, 2002 Houston, TX -

ADV FILMS has set the street date of May 21, 2002 for the DVD release of Power Stone: Friends & Enemies, the fifth volume of the thrilling anime series based on the popular Capcom video game.

When young adventurer Edward Falcon discovers Dulustown is under attack by powerful Indians, he has no choice but to use his Power Stones to save the troubled town. But when Falcon and his companions arrive in Aqua Land, they discover angry attackers are nothing compared to the devilish plot of the pirate Kraken! In Aqua Land, Falcon and his friends find he only way to defeat Kraken is to join forces-or die trying! But things get even more mysterious for Falcon as he discovers his idol - the fearsome fighter, Valgas - in the midst of a heated battle. But is Valgas friend? Or foe? Find out in the exciting fifth volume of Power Stone!

The animated series Power Stone is based on the best selling Capcom fighting game of the same name. ADV FILMS' DVD release ($19.98 SRP) of Power Stone: Friends & Enemies will feature the English-language version, as well as previews of upcoming ADV FILMS releases.

A.D. Vision (ADV) is a revolutionary force advancing the art of anime in North America -- and across the world. Since its inception in 1992, ADV, its labels and subsidiaries (including ADV Films) has broadened a once limited niche market into a global industry with growing appeal. North America's #1 distributor of Japanese animation, ADV distributes premier titles, such as: Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis Evangelion. For more information, visit ADV on the web at www.advfilms.com.

Power Stone: Friends & Enemies

Running Time: 100 Minutes; Age Rating: 12+ Pre-Book Date: 4/23/02 Street Date: 5/21/02

Format SRP DVD $19.98 Release Date Set for Legend of Crystania: The Chaos Ring January 14, 2002 Houston, TX -

ADV FILMS has set the street date of March 19, 2002 for the DVD release of Legend of Crystania: The Chaos Ring, the second DVD for the popular anime series set after the events of the classic series Record of Lodoss War.

The land of Crystania has been at peace for some time. But like a shallow sleep, tranquility is shattered by nightmares born of the deepest, blackest night. The seals that protect Crystania are coming undone, and the Bell of Wakening tolls on terror after terror being unleashed upon the land and its people. Tornados, basilisks and Dragon Lords roam, heralding the return of King Barbas. With every second the land is scarred more deeply. Village after village is destroyed, and the gods of Crystania are next. Only King Ashram, trapped in the World of Chaos, provides a glimmer of hope. But will Redon's innocence and Priotesse's love be enough to provide him with a portal home?

Legend of Crystania is a continuation of the popular Record of Lodoss War series. ADV FILMS' DVD release ($29.98 SRP) of The Chaos Ring will feature the English-language version as well as the Japanese-language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include the original Japanese opening, a trailer for Legend of Crystania: The Motion Picture, and ADV previews.

A.D. Vision (ADV) is a revolutionary force advancing the art of anime in North America -- and across the world. Since its inception in 1992, ADV, its labels and subsidiaries (including ADV Films) has broadened a once limited niche market into a global industry with growing appeal. North America's #1 distributor of Japanese animation, ADV distributes premier titles, such as: Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis Evangelion. For more information, visit ADV on the web at www.advfilms.com <http://www.advfilms.com>.

Legend of Crystania: The Chaos Ring

Running Time: 135 Minutes; Age Rating: 12+ Pre-Book Date: 2/19/02 Street Date: 3/19/02

Format SRP DVD $29.98

1-14-02---- Ghibli Items

Thanks to Daniel for this item posted to our mailing list:

A Spirited Away review at Euro-AICN (http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=11227)has confirmed an April 10 theatrical release of the film in France.

And these items come from
http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/newspro/latest_news.shtml#newsitem1010988825,31672,:

"A special double-feature is taking place in Melbourne (Australia) on January 19. "Metropolis" and "Princess Mononoke" (sub) are scheduled to show at The Astor Theatre at 1:00pm on the 19th. Click here for details and to purchase tickets...

"Miss the BBC Scotland radio show? An MP3 will be available in the near future, watch this space for the link."

1-14-02---- Adult Swim News

Sailor Mech sends the following:

According to a news post in Toonzone.net's forums, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup will be changing majorly starting Saturday, February 23. It will begin airing on Saturday nights (in addition to Sunday and Thursday, I assume) and several brand-spanking new anime titles will be joining the block: Yu Yu Hakusho, Pilot Candidate (Candidate for Goddess), and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory.

Here is the URL for the post:
http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=16933

1-14-02---- TAF Tour Info

From the release:

ULTIMATE TOUR to experience INTERNATIONAL ANIME FAIR, GHIBLI MUSEUM, and TOKYO CITY LIFE

Pre-Package Tour includes:
-5 nightsı accommodations on double occupancy basis
-one round trip economy class airfare between cities and Narita, Japan
-admission of TAF (two day ticket)
-admission of Ghibli Museum
-one welcome dinner
-one round trip shuttle bus ticket between Narita Airport hotel
-one day transportation pass to explore Tokyo

ITINERARY

February 12, Tue. (Day 1) Depart from Newark Airport and other major cities in U.S. to Tokyo by major airlines

February 13, Wed. (Day 2) Arrive at Tokyo Intıl Airport in Narita; welcome party will lead you to an airport shuttle bus that takes you to KEIO PLAZA HOTEL, centrally located in Tokyoıs dynamic Shinjuku district. Relax and recuperate yourself from jet lag.

February 14, Thu. (Day 3) Leisure day. Explore Kichijoji Town (known as anime town) and visit "Ghibli Museum", by using "Tokyo One Day Free Kippu" giving you unlimited free rides on JR, subways and buses in Tokyo. Dinner at "Izakaya", a cozy and Japanese-like pub & restaurant

February 15, Fri. (Day 4) Leisure day. Try Mt. Fuji, Harajuku or even Tokyo Disneyland ??

February 16, Sat. (Day 5) TAF ­ stroll the event on your own Enjoy the first and the largest Anime Fair in Japan at Tokyo Big Sight.

February 17, Sun. (Day 6) Leisure day. You may want to visit the last day of TAF with your 2-day admission pass.

February 18, Mon. (Day 7) Check out of hotel and take an airport shuttle bus to Narita Airport on your own. The shuttle is available at the hotel. Leave Japan for your city in U.S. by major airline -- Cross the Intıl date line -- Arrive in your city on the same day.

FOR DETAILS AND RESERVATION,

http://www.jtbusa.com/enhome/speciale.asp Contact Norio Hasegawa of JTB at 800.223.6104/212.698.4929 or nhasegawa@jtbusa.com

ABOUT TAF

The first and the largest annual international Anime fair. Through this first-of-its-kind event, TAF plans to bring the Anime world together at Big Sight, Tokyo bay area's most beautiful venue. TAF will be an exciting event at which Anime industry and creators from Japan and the world network to discuss future project collaborations and where companies sell their products to festival attendees. New talent discovery and Anime Awards will also be featured themes at this yearly event. There is also a symposium scheduled during the event. Date : February 15-17, 2002
Place : Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan
Organized by : New Century Tokyo International Anime Fair 21 Executive Committee Secretariat
Sponsored by : Tokyo Metropolitan Government Contents :
[A] Trade Fair [B] Competition [C] Event Exhibitors :
Production I.G. (best known for "Ghost in the Shell" and "Blood"), Studio Ghibli ("Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away"), ShoPro ("Pokemon"), Mad House ("Metropolis"), Toei Animation ("Dragon Ball Z"), Sunrise ("Gundam") , NATPE and others... around 100 exhibitors from the world.
TAF official website : http://www.taf.metro.tokyo.jp/e question@taf.metro.tokyo.jp

ABOUT TOKYO TOUR PROJECT
Organized by : New York ­ Tokyo Anime Festival
Supported by : Japan National Tourist Organization
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Kichijoji Welcome Campaign Committee
Tour Operated by : JTB (Japan Travel Bureau)

1-14-02---- Battle Royale Rumor Denied

A post to Anime On DVD's Message Board has confirmed that Battle Royale has not been picked up.

Thanks to Daniel for this news.

1-13-02---- Battle Royale Acquired?

Thanks to Daniel for the following, according to a post on:

The forum at Anime On DVD Viz may have picked up Battle Royale. Bonus: Check out a new Takashi Miike interview from the most recent issue of Pulp at Pulp Mag

1-13-02---- Matrix Update

Jet Li was supposed to be the bad guy in the Matrix sequels, but AICN says he was replaced by Collin Chou, the antagonist in Bodyguard from Beijing, one of Jet Li's better films. The site says Bodyguard is also available in a dubbed version called "The Protector", but Jet Li films are best left un-dubbed. Try http://www.hkflix.com to get a copy.

Thanks To Daniel For This Scoop

1-13-02---- Anime Boston Convention Announced

From the release:

The New England Anime Society, Inc., a non-profit organization, and Anime On DVD (www.animeondvd.com) the Internet's largest web site devoted to Japanese Animation on DVD, are pleased to announce Anime Boston 2003 (www.animeboston.com).

Anime Boston 2003 will be a three-day convention held April 18-20, 2003 at the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Adam Ferraro, convention chairman, stated that Anime Boston brings a fan-run anime convention to New England's largest city.

"Japanese Animation (commonly referred to as "anime") is a growing phenomenon in the United States, with sales of videos routinely ranking in the top charts. For a long time the New England region has lagged behind in gatherings of this type, and hopefully, with this convention things will start to change," said Mr. Ferraro "We are all very excited to be a part of this."

Anime Boston's diverse programming schedule includes a masquerade contest, game shows, modeling contest, 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 special one of a kind panels found nowhere else. The video game program brings to attendees the Game Dungeon - over 5,000 square feet of dedicated gaming space. The video-programming track has three giant video rooms open until the early morning hours showing videos from the past, present and future. Moreover, there is a dedicated anime dealers' room selling 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 $25.00 with registration before April 2002. Registration forms are available at the official convention web site: www.animeboston.com

1-13-02---- Escaflowne Trailer

A quicktime trailer for the American release of the Escaflowne movie has been posted at Apple's QuickTime site:

http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/escaflowne.html

1-12-02---- Kon Ichikawa Screenings

Legendary Japanese director, Kon Ichikawa, is having his films presented at the Gene Siskel film center in downtown Chicago during the month of January. Ichikawa has directed everything from humanist antiwar films to samurai movies to slapstick comedies and satire.

THE GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER
OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
164 N. STATE ST., CHICAGO, IL 60601
TEL: 312.846-2600, FAX: 312.332-5859

1-12-02---- GMK Current Status

Thanks to Daniel:

"GMK continues to remain in the top ton, as of January 6 it was in 7 place, down from fifth. Even better, is boxoffice wise the film is doing very well. By December 30 (Dec 15 opening date) GMK had sold 1 million tickets---that is more than twice what the previous 2 films sold in a one month period, Toho had a celebration about it. Just this past week GMK was expected to exceed 2 million tickets sold, and Toho has said it expects to sell over 4 million tickets, the last film to do that was 1992's GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA.I think its defintely safe to say Godzilla will continue to live on.

"WHAT'S NEXT FOR GODZILLA?

There is no word if Kaneko will be asked back for a follow up but I think Toho would be wise to do so. Nonetheless, G-Fan's J.D. Lees says he will have some info on the possible content of the next film in the next issue of his fanzine. On the Monster Zero forums he posted a teaser about the next film being less fantasy oriented and with lots of monster. Check G-Fan for subscription information.

Keep your fingers crossed in the coming months as talks continue to bring GMK to theaters and GXM to the home video/DVD front.

"THE YEAR IN TOYS

The always great Club Tokyo has an excellent article on the year in toys and kaiju by site owner Richard Cox and contributor Bill Schneider. Based on a month long poll of collectors the article covers favorite new toys, companies, and resources--of which thanks for including Monster Zero in it. :-) Check it out today!"

Finally, audience reviews can be found at Cinescape.

1-12-02---- HLJ News

From the announcement:

Recently, increased customer traffic loads have been seriously impairing the performance of our web site. In particular, functions that require CGI scripts, such as the online status function, or ordering, or searches, are extremely slow, and sometimes don't work at all.

We are working with our hosting service to install another server to share the loads as quickly as possible, and we expect that this will solve the problem. In the meantime, we ask your patience as you keep trying to get through. We're aware of the trouble and working on it!

The irony here is that it's all your support that's causing the problem in the first place, so telling you to stop visiting our site would be the quickest solution. Of course, that would create other, far more serious side-effects!

Thanks to all, as always.

-- Scott T. Hards President Hobby Link Japan

1-12-02---- UK News

According to Animejin:

Metropolis set to tour the country
The following is an extract from an e-mail that was sent by Columbia Tristar Films UK recently concerning their theatrical release of the new anime movie 'Metropolis':

> Columbia Tristar Films UK will be releasing METROPOLIS
> on January 11 2002 at the ICA, The Mall, London, SW1
> (www.ica.org.uk).
> The print will then be touring around the country and the
> next dates that we have are:
> Feb 15th Corner House Manchester
> Feb 22nd Cine City Norwich
> Mar 1st Phoenix Arts Leicester
> Mar 8th Metro Derby
>
> The film should then go on to tour most major cities (Edinburgh,
> Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield etc)

It appears that these are start dates for a series of screenings at each venue, not just one-offs.

More information on Metropolis can be found at the official website at http://ww.metropolis-movie.com.

Source: Columbia Tristar Films UK

Fox Kids UK announce 2002 line-up
Cable and satellite channel Fox Kids has released details of its new shows for the early 2002 season. Included are two anime shows, 'Medabots' and 'Shinzo'. From the press release:

"Medabots, a 52-episode series acquired from Nelvana International, launches on the channel during the February half-term holiday week (18-24 February). The show is set in a technologically advanced future where every child owns a high-performance pet robot endowed with artificial intelligence."

"Shinzo, acquired from Saban International, is an anime series charting the adventures of Yokumo, a young earthling who is the planet's only hope of survival (Fox Kids cable & satellite premiere)."

The full press release can be found on the Fox Kids corporate website at http://www.foxkidseurope.com/press_release.cfm?articleid=13332

Source: http://www.foxkidseurope.com

Ghibli screening news
Some of the venues that are hosting showings of the Studio Ghibli films that are currently touring the country have put up details on their websites. Here is a list:

Animated Exeter - http://www.animatedexeter.co.uk
Cornerhouse (Manchester) - http://www.cornerhouse.org
Chapter (Cardiff) - http://www.chapter.org
Filmhouse (Edinburgh) - http://www.filmhouse.demon.co.uk
Gilmorehill Film Theatre (Glasgow) - http://www.gilmorehillg12.co.uk

1-12-02---- Metropolis UK Item

From Alka-Setz:

Rintaro's Metropolis is showing at the ICA Cinema in London between 11th Jan and 24th Jan!

Listings and info can be found at http://www.ica.org.uk/film/metropolis_rintaro/

1-12-02---- Manga Event In London

Thanks to Alka-Setz for these items:

Manga: Short Comics from Modern Japan

This is a Japan Foundation touring exhibition which brings together a showcase of Japanese Manga. These new Japanese comics share its style with traditional art such as scroll paintings. Location: The London Institute Gallery, 65 Davies Street, London, W1K 5DA Date: 9 January - 8 February Time: The London Institute Gallery opens: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, (free admission) Contact: Lynne Trembath, Gallery Manager, 020 7514 8083, e-mail: l.trembath@linst.ac.uk or Sarah Young, Events Manager, 020 7514 6127, e-mail: s.young@linst.ac.uk

Info taken from http://www.linst.ac.uk/

Also, a one-day synoposium will be hosted by Fusanosuke Natsume (the exhibition curator) and a panel of manga experts on Friday 1st Feb. Tickets are £30 or £20 concessions.

1-11-02----Miike News

According to www.whoisichi.com, Ichi the Killer will be shown at the "International Film Festival Rotterdam", which is from January 23-Feb.3. The official site for the festival is at This Link

Thanks to Daniel for this news.

1-11-02---- Escaflowne Theaters

From the Bandai Entertainment release:

New York AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street 234 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036 (212) 398-3939

Los Angeles GCC Galleria Cinema 3rd Level of the Mall 1815 Hawthorne Blvd. Redondo Beach, CA (310)777-FILM

Chicago GCC City North Cinema 2600 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 (773)394-1601

Vancouver CANADA Cinemark's Tinseltown 88 W. Pender #3000 International Village Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6N9 (604) 806-0799

San Francisco TBA

Confirmed Openings in February 2002

Seattle Boston Dallas

More to be announced

1-11-02---- DBZ DVD Boxes

New just released from FUNimation: FUNimation said they plan to make box sets of the following:

New Dragon Ball DVDs (including Sleeping Princess...) DB: Tournament VHS Boxset DBZ: Imperfect Cell Saga VHS Boxset DBZ: Perfect Cell Saga VHS Boxset DBZ: Garlic Jr. Saga VHS/DVD Boxset DBZ: Androids Saga VHS/DVD Boxset DBZ: Captain Ginyu Saga DVD Boxset DBZ: Frieza Saga DVD Boxset DBZ: Trunks Saga DVD Boxset

-Daniel Kurland of SzR Source: http://www.saiyanz-rage.net

1-10-02---- Brett Weaver Chat

Thanks to Animation HQ For Sending Us The Below:

Hi, I am hoping you will publish this as a reminder to people about our upcoming chat. We are hosting Brett Weaver on 'Sunday, January 6th at 8pm EST (US Time). For a list of characters Mr. Weaver has played or information on how to get to the chat, please include the URL http://www.AnimationHQ.net/events as it has all of that info. As a side note to your readers, AnimationHQ (http://www.AnimationHQ.net) will also be hosting a chats in the near future with both Crispin Freeman and Jamie McGonnagil.

1-9-02---- Capcpm DBZ Game Rumors

Was sent the following info by Capcom:

"At this time, Capcom has not announced that we are working on any DBZ related game. Rey Jimenez www.capcom.com Capcom Customer Services"

Well there it is.

-Daniel Kurland of SzR

Source: www.saiyanz-rage.net

1-9-02---- Steel Angel Drama

Courtesy Sany:

as promised in my earlier posting on this topic, here are some more details about the live-action dorama version of "Steel Angel Kurumi". M.O.E. has now updated their website with photos of the actresses in duty. The show is targeted for TV on spring 2002. The story premise will be largely the same compared to the anime with the exception that Kurumi´s status as a battle android has been changed to a android nurse.Source: http://www.pc-moe.com/pure/index.html

1-8-02---- VHD: Bloodlust Second Chance At Oscar

From the release:

As of December 12, 2001 Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust was denied Academy consideration for the category of Best Animated Feature Film. Upon subsequent review, the Academy has decided to allow eligibility for award consideration to Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. The film will participate with the nine other eligible films in the Academy screening process for the Best Animated Feature Film Category.

1-8-02---- Escaflowne Movie Release Article

Video Business Magazine has profiled the forthcoming U.S. release of Escaflowne: A Girl In Gaia in North America, following are some excerpts of note from the piece:

Bandai is planning a big campaign for Escaflowne's video launch--on DVD only. The effort will include promotion at the July 4-7 Anime Expo in Long Beach, Calif., and cross-promotion with a new collector's edition DVD box of all eight volumes of the Escaflowne TV series, which has aired on the Fox network.

"We'll probably be offering various P.O.P. and ways for retailers to get involved in the success of the DVD release," Chu said.

Bandai will release the Escaflowne movie on DVD in a standard edition and as a special edition including Dolby and DTS sound, interviews, production art and other features. The special edition package also will carry an exclusive CD with the soundtrack.

Bandai has similar plans for Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, which opened a limited theatrical release in June. Jin-Roh's standard and special edition DVDs street March 5 for $29.98 and $59.98, respectively. The entire article can be read here.

1-7-02---- Sakura Taisen Shinshun Show Mini Report

Kemuri-san has compiled a report of the events witnessed at this the recent Sakura Taisen Live Shinshun Show in Tokyo, it can be viewed here.

1-7-02---- Disney's Treasure Planet - Anime Influences?

Daniel has submitted the following to our list:

I was reading an article at AICN last year where they were commenting that one of Disney's newest animated features would generate even more controversy-over its similarity to an anime-than Atlantis did. It's called Treasure Planet, and is basically a sci fi re-make of Treasure Island. Anyway, check out http://www.corona.bc.ca/films/mainFramed.html to see a couple of stills from the film and decide for yourselves whether it's similar to anything you've already seen.

1-7-02---- Top New Gaming Platform Of 2001

Thanks to Daniel for the following:

Game Boy Advance! According to Cinescape, it trounced the PS2, Game Cube, AND the X box! The X Box itself seems to be a better seller than the Game Cube by 100,000 units.

1-7-02---- Midnight Eye Profiles Spirited Away & More

From the official newsletter:

As 2002 kicks off, so does Midnight Eye. And how! We have a red hot exclusive in the shape of an interview with HAYAO MIYAZAKI, as well as a review of his anxiously awaited record-breaking new film SPIRITED AWAY! http://www.midnighteye.com

Interview: HAYAO MIYAZAKI
A talk with the master animator, fresh off his box office triumph. "It's not me who makes the film. The film makes itself and I have no choice but to follow." http://www.midnighteye.com/interviews/hayao_miyazaki.shtml

Movie of the Week: SPIRITED AWAY
Japan's biggest-ever box office success, and deservedly so. Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY (SEN TO CHIHIRO NO KAMIKAKUSHI) is another Ghibli marvel. http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/spiraway.shtml

Review: H STORY
In what might well have been one of the last films produced by the now-defunct Suncent Cinemaworks, director Nobuhiro Suwa shows exactly why things went wrong for the prestigious production house. http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/hstory.shtml

Review: SILVER
An oddity from Takashi Miike's videography. Round-breasted women in wrestling uniforms duke it out with the yakuza. http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/silver.shtml

Coming soon:
Next week, Midnight Eye will reveal its favourite Japanese films of the past year, as well as offer a look back at the highs and lows of 2001. PLUS! Your chance to vote for your favourite Japanese film of 2001!

1-7-02---- New Anime Fringe

From the release:

The first issue of Animefringe Online Magazine (www.animefringe.com) for the year 2002 is officially online and it sports a sleek new look and layout This new way of issue access makes navigation a breeze. Plus, we're hard at work on converting our archive so expect to see that unveiled next month... if not sooner.

This month we usher in the new look with a feature on the paranoia inducing series from Right Stuf, Boogiepop Phantom. We've also got a look at one of the last great Dreamcast games, Shenmue II--if you haven't played it yet you really don't know what you're missing. We've also got a chance to sit down with DreamWave to see what they plan to do with their brand new Transformers license. We've also got the latest Chasing Otakuism which takes crystal ball look at what might lay ahead for the industry in the coming year. Top this all off with a ton of new Anime Briefs and the other regular sections and you've got some serious reading material ahead of you.

1-4-02---- Square PlayOnline Update

A big thanks to Daniel for this item on Square's Playonline service which among other things, offers visitors online digital manga:

"SquareSoft has announced that its PlayOnline service will no longer incur a monthly fee. However, some of the products that will use the service, like the online RPG Final Fantasy XI, will still have its own monthly fees. Square's PlayOnline service is scheduled to begin this spring in Japan. The online network service lets registered users access e-mail, chat rooms, and games such as Final Fantasy XI and Tetra Master. The company plans to announce further details sometime next month.

"The beta test for Final Fantasy XI for the PlayStation 2 is currently underway in Japan..."

Source: Gamespot

1-3-02---- Tokyo International Anime Fair In February

From the release:2002's Anime starts with Tokyo International Anime Fair

The first annual "Tokyo International Anime Fair 21" (TAF) has been announced by The New Century Tokyo International Anime Fair 21 Executive Committee. Through this first-of-its-kind event, TAF plans to bring all Anime worlds together in Big Sight, Tokyo bay area's most beautiful venue. This should be the exciting place which Anime industry, creators, and media/press from Japan and the world network to discuss and set up future projects together, provide the public and other entertainment firms with information about themselves, and where companies sell their products to the festival attendees. New talent discovery and Anime Awards will also be featured themes at this yearly event, as well as symposium.

Date : February 15-17, 2002 Place : Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan Organized by : New Century Tokyo International Anime Fair 21 Executive Committee Secretariat Sponsored by : Tokyo Metropolitan Government Contents : [A] Trade Fair [B] Competition [C] Event Exhibitors : Production I.G. (best known for "Ghost in the Shell" and "Blood"), Studio Ghibli ("Princess Mononoke"), ShoPro ("Pokemon"), Mad House ("Metropolice"), Toei Animation ("Dragon Ball Z"), Sunrise ("Gundam") , NATPE and others ..around 100 exhibitors from the world.

For further information, please visit TAF official website : http://www.taf.metro.tokyo.jp

1-2-01---- Anipike Founder Retires From Duties

The following was posted by Jei Fubler Harvey to the Anime Web Turnpike this morning. (Editors Note: "Jei Harvey is my humble estimation, one of Anime's true internet pioneers, and his contribution and foresight 6 years ago has helped to bring the fan community into the digital age. Jei's Anime Web Turnpike has played a considerable role at building the fortunes of this industry's players and brought many fans in this country and truly worldwide closer to the artforms that they love. ANS has long shared links and messages with Anpike's wonderful staff including Jei and we wish him the highest on whatever endevours he should wish to tackle". - Jonah Morgan:

As of today, Wednesday, January 2, 2002, I am announcing my official retirement from all Anime Web Turnpike related duties. I'd like to heartily thank all the fans that have come to the site over the past six years as well those who've helped with various AniPike related duties and pages. None of this could have been done without your hard work and dedication to the anime & manga cause. I will always be grateful for the amazing support you've always provided.

I must also give a special thanks to the AniPike crew: Ryan Mathews, Hans Raillard, Sylvia "Nikkou" Lim, and Miro Pihkanen. Hontou ni arigatou for putting up with me all these years and for adding your special talents and interests to the AniPike mix. All that is the AniPike is that much richer because of you. Those who now run the AniPike will make themselves and their future plans known in due course. Here's to another six years (and beyond) of the Anime Web Turnpike serving the needs of anime and manga fans throughout the world! The AniPike has been a life changing experience for me that I will always cherish. All of which couldn't have been done without all of you. Again, Hontou ni arigatou!

With Love, Much Respect and Eternal Thanks,

1-1-02---- Wangan Midnight PS2 Port Announced

According to the Magic Box where images can be viewed:

Wangan Midnight

Publisher: Genki Platform: PlayStation 2 Genre: Racing Release: March 2002 Origin: Japan

Genki announced a PlayStation 2 port of Namco's recently released arcade racing game Wangan Midnight, the PS2 version is scheduled for release in March 2002, for 6800 yen. The game will support communication battle with i.Link cable, and the GT Force controller. Wangan Midnight is based on the popular comic, the home version will have additional play modes not found in the arcade version, such as the Scenario Mode. The racing battle is similar to Genki's Shutokou Battle / Tokyo Highway Battle series, in which you have to decrease teh Spirit Point (SP) of the rival to win the races, you can decrease the enemy SPs by pass through the opponents.

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