Anime News Service - May 31 - June 12 Anime News

6-12-00---- Anime Expo Programming Schedule Announced

The programming schedule for Anime Expo 2000 has been released to the Anime Expo Website which can be viewed here.

6-12-00---- Wong To Direct Live-Action Mai The Psychic Girl

Kirk Wong (The Big Hit) will reportedly direct Sony Pictures' Movie adaption of Mai The Psychic Girl, based on the Manga illustrated by Gekiga Ryoichi Ikegami and written by Kazuya Kudo.

The story of Mai circles around events in the life of an average teenage girl who posses pyschic abilities, and a special heritage, the responsibilities of which she is reluctant to accept until she draws the attention of a secret organization who is actively targeting children with strong psychic powers.

Tim Burton was at one time being reported as a director for the Mai film, later Francis Ford Coppola developed the property further. Kirk Wong directed The Big Hit for Sony and many Hong Kong action films that include Gunmen and Crime Story. Wong is currently developing Six for Warner Bros. Pictures.

6-11-00---- Princess Mononoke Listed On Starz/Encore Site

American cable broadcasters - Starz/Encore has updated it's website listing Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli's The Princess Mononoke which will be aired on the network(s) soon, you can view the entry here.

6-11-00---- Anime Trivia Quiz Book Author Appearence

Ryan Omega, author of The Anime Trivia Quizbook, released by Stonebridge Press will appear today at 8 p.m. at Printers Inc. Bookstore, 310 California Ave., Palo Alto. California.

6-10-00---- Anime / Manga Gaming

SNK will reportedly end American and European operations later this year effecting distribution in those areas for their products for Neo Geo Pocket, Dreamcast, and PlayStation. The company will continue to produce games and systems in Japan, and the possibility exists that third parties will license them for foriegn release.

Sunrise Interactive's G-Saviour for PS2 is reportedly close to completion. the Mecha action title is set for release in Japan this summer to retail at 7800 Yen. Occuring in Space Year 0224, the game's main character Reed Fox, battles against enemies known as bugu.

6-9-00---- Utena 35mm Premiere At AX2000

Excerpted from the official release by Mike Tatsugawa:

The Utena Movie, "Revolutionary Girl Utena: Adolescence Apocalypse," will make its 35mm North American debut at Anime Expo. Directed by AX Guest of Honor Kunihiko Ikuhara and with character designs by AX Guest of Honor Chiho Saito. The Utena movie takes the characters of the popular television series and reveals them in a whole new light. Two showings of this film are being planned, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

6-9-00---- Titan A.E. Article - 'Fox Counting On 'Titan' To Be Giant Hit'

According to this article by Angela Dawson of Entertainment News Wire running in the Friday edition of the Philly Daily News, American film producers - 20th Century Fox are counting on their cross-media animated theatrical feature - Titan A.E. to be a giant hit at the American box office. According to the piece, the film's producers acknowledged the fact that their target audience is generally turned off by animated films and decided to create something different and darker. A moodier color palette used in modern comic books and human characters drawn in an Americanized version of the popular Japanese Anime style are just some aspects topping off the production. You can read the entire article at the above link.

6-9-00---- Macross Toys Delayed

Excerpted from the newsgroup posting:

To all concerned,

Due to product improvement, the release date for the Macross Plus line has been moved back to Early August. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience.

Sincerely,

Toycom Management

6-9-00---- Daily Yomiuri Article - Manga As An Academic Discipline

The Daily Yomiuri Online is running a fascinating article in it's Saturday Edition entitled Manga problem animates academics that tackles the subject of Manga being treated as an academic discipline, you can read the piece at the link.

6-9-00---- SciFi U.K. Anime Brodacast Status

Excerpted from a post to the SciFi U.K. Forum: "There are no plans to increase the amount of anime on a permanent basis. However, once a month we show a double-bill of anime movies on Saturday night (usually starting around 10:00 PM) and in August we are planning a special anime event which will include a whole week of anime movies (some will be premieres) at midnight. Stay tuned for more details."

6-8-00---- Ranma 1/2 Movie 2 On KTEH This Month

San Jose California-based public television station KTEH will broadcast Ranma 1/2: Nihao, My Concubine (The second movie) June 25th, at 9:30 P.M.

6-8-00---- World's 1st DVD-RAM Recorders From Hitachi In August

Japanese Electronics firm Hitachi Ltd. announced on Thursday it plans to roll out the world's first DVD-RAM video recorders and camcorders to the Japanese market on August 25th.

6-8-00---- FUNimation Launches New DBZ Site

FUNimation has rolled out the company's latest Dragonball Z Website which can be viewed by clicking on the link.

6-8-00---- Anime / Manga Gaming

Banpresto has announced development of a new sequel to Super Robot Taisen Alpha, tentatively titled Super Robot Taisen Alpha 2, a Japanese release is expected sometime by the end of the year.

Capcom newest Vampire Hunter / Darkstalkers sequel for Dreamcast and Naomi has been announced. The title will feature network-battle support.

6-8-00---- Diecast GM

Bandai reportedly has a new diecast GM Gundam toy in production in Japan to be part of the same toy line featuring diecast Gundam and Red and Green Zaku.

6-8-00---- Daily Yomiuri Online Article - Crayon Shin Chan's Prospects In The U.S.

The Daily Yomiuri Online Japanese Newspapaer is running an article today entitled "Will 'Crayon Shin-chan' crash and burn in U.S.?", it has some interesting information on the series' prospects of crossing over into America.

6-7-00---- Disney/SPJA Costume Policy For AX2000

Excerpted from the official release by Mike Tatsugawa:

After consulting with Disneyland's Hotel, Security and Legal Departments, we have agreed on the following guidelines for costumes at Anime Expo/Disneyland:

Disneyland considers the entire Disney experience to be a "show". This "show" begins from the moment that guests enter the Disneyland properties. This rule applies especially in the case of the Disneyland Park and less so at the Disneyland Resort Hotel.

As this experience is a "show", all Disney employees are "cast members" who participate in this "show" and they all work towards making each guest's experience memorable.

In respect to people in costume for Anime Expo, the most important guideline to remember is that in no situations can any guest, no matter which group they belong to, interfere with the "show". This means that you may not create confusion among guests as to where Disney characters end and Anime Expo Cosplayers begin. Even if not in costume, you may not interfere with a Disney cast member who is trying to play his "role" in the Disney "show".

What does this mean? Put simply, if an Anime Expo attendee wants to wear their Miyu costume and go to Disneyland in a kimono, nobody will probably notice or care too much. If you walk around the hotel or park as Pikachu and pose with kids for photos, there is a huge problem. Much of this will be good common sense. Fortunately, Anime Expo controls all of the function space within the Disneyland Convention Center, so there is little likelihood of confusion among mundane Disneyland Resort Hotel guests within our function space. Please use caution and good judgement when in common space within the Disneyland Hotel.

Despite rumors that Disney will boot out costumers or ban them from the hotel, nobody has those intentions at all. Disney is actually going to the extra trouble of notifying all of their hotel guests that Anime Expo attendees will be wandering the halls in costume. The goal of both Disney and SPJA/Anime Expo is to make sure that ALL guests of Disney, whether they are anime or Mickey Mouse fans enjoy themselves without infringing upon the enjoyment of others.

6-7-00---- Key Anime Expo 2000 Events Scheduled

Excerpted from the official release by Mike Tatsugawa:

Friday: Saturday: Sunday: Monday:
Registration: 0800-1900 0800-1800 0800-1800 0800-1600
Exhibit Hall: 1200-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1500
Live Programming: 1000-2400 1000-2400 1000-2400 1000-1900
Video Theaters: 1200-2400 0800-2400 0800-2400 0800-1500
Midnight Madness: 2400-0800 2400-0800 2400-0800
Karaoke (Open Mic) 2000-0800 2200-0800
Film: 1200-2400 1000-2400 1000-2400 1000-1600
Console Games: 1200-2000 1000-1900 1000-2000 1000-1400
Gaming: 1200-2400 2400-2400 2400-2400 2400-1500
Art Show: 1200-1930 1000-1930 1000-1930 1000-1400
Artist Alley: 1200-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1500
Press+: 0900-1700 0900-1700 0900-1700 1000-1500

+ Closed from 12-1 for lunch daily

KEY EVENTS:

Thursday, June 29th

Pre-Registration Opens 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday, June 30th

Anime Expo Opening Ceremonies 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Karaoke Preliminary Round 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Escaflowne: A Girl from Gaea 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Meet the Guests Reception 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Karaoke Evening Competition 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Dance 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Saturday, July 1st

Masquerade 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Escaflowne: A Girl from Gaea 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Sunday, July 2nd

Live Band 7:00 PM -

Music Video Contest 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Monday, July 3rd

Art Auction 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Charity Auction 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Awards Ceremony 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

6-7-00---- Shiozawa Kaneto Memorial Exhibition

In Japan, a Memorial Exhibition in honor of Shiozawa Kaneto, poplular veteran male seiyuu known from his roles in anime such as Ideon, Heroic Legend Of Arslan, Legend of Galactic Heroes, Dragon Half, and Street Fighter II who died through a tragic accident in his home last month will be held in June on the 10th-24th. Clips of Shiozawa Kaneto's seiyuu works, photos, and favorite belongings will be shown. There will be 4 sessions during the weekend and 2 sessions during weekdays. Due to large expected crowds during the weekends, anyone wishing to attend then must make reservations by sending in a postcard.

6-7-00---- Football USA - Saban Digimon Collaboration

Excerpted from the official press release:

Fotoball USA Inc. announced today it has signed an agreement with Saban Merchandising Inc. to produce sporting goods for Digimon: Digital Monsters.

The license covers various sporting goods including playground balls, basketballs, baseballs, footballs, and sports sets. Digimon: Digital Monsters is a children's animated episodic television series shown regularly on Fox Kids Network. The license agreement, which runs through June 2002, allows Fotoball to utilize all copyrights and trademarks of the licensed property for special product designs and marketing material. Furthermore, the agreement covers distribution of products to various retail channels in the United States, including mass merchants, specialty shops, sporting goods stores and the Internet. Fotoball expects product to ship during the third quarter of fiscal year 2000.

Michael Favish, president and chief executive officer of Fotoball stated, ``We are very excited to work with another successful brand. As is the case with our various portfolio licenses, our intent is to enhance the value of the Digimon brand by developing a unique array of high quality products for a variety of distribution channels. Over time, as we add exciting new licenses, we will continue to diversify our revenue stream.''

Elie Dekel, president, Saban Consumer Products stated, ``Interest in `Digimon' among licensees, promotional partners and retailers is white hot, proving that `Digimon' has carved out its own unique success in the anime and kids entertainment arenas.''

Fotoball also today announced that, effective July 1, 2000, Jon Schneider will rejoin the company as vice president, promotions and marketing. Schneider will report directly to Michael Favish. Schneider was previously employed by Fotoball from 1993 to 1999, and has significant experience and contacts in marketing, licensing and promotions.

Source: Business Wire

6-6-00---- Blue Sub No. 6 Broadcast Date

Zap 2 It TV News is reporting that Cartoon Network will air Bandai Entertainment's release of the 4-part Studio Gonzo produced CG anime OAV Blue Submarine No. 6. on Saturday mornings in July, starting Saturday, July 8th, at 11 a.m.

6-6-00---- July Issue Of Dragon Ball Z Comic Will Ship With Special Poster

Excerpted from the official press release:

July Issue of "Dragon Ball Z" will ship with 20" x 30" color poster

Viz Comics proudly announces that the July issue of "Dragon Ball Z" (Part 3, #6) will ship with a 20" x 30" folder color poster. This poster, featuring Vegeta, Goku, Piccolo, Yamcha, Tenshinhan and other popular characters, is only available in this issue of the comic and is not for sale separately.

One of America's bestselling manga, with circulation increasing every month, "Dragon Ball Z" is the original story by Akira Toriyama which as made into the anime now playing on the Cartoon Network. Join the adventures of Goku, Earth's strongest hero, and his friends as they fight the good fight against aliens, time travelers, and other villains who want to control the world and the 7 wish-granting Dragon Balls. It's a battle where martial arts power is stronger than guns or bombs... and where even the Gods are getting involved! "Dragon Ball Z" is the ultimate super-action/science fiction story, spwaning over 400 TV episodes, and #1 in Japan for over 10 years! Viz Comics is also printing "Dragon Ball," a separate monthly comic showing the adventures of Son Goku as a child, from earlier in the "Dragon Ball Z" continuity.

6-6-00---- Grave Of The Fireflies To Brodcast In Germany

I Germany, the German / French culture network Arte will broadcast the Studio Ghibli/Takahata Grave of the Fireflies (Die letzten Gluehwuermchen) Movie on the 12th of this month.

6-6-00---- Nausicaa DVD Update Part 2

Excerpted from a posting to the Hayao Miyazaki Discussion Group by Ryo Toyama:

Concerning the Nausicaa DVD from Anchor Bay, here is a comment from Tokuma International:

"It is our understanding that Anchor Bay no longer releases Nausicaa DVD."

6-6-00---- Viz Cursors

Excerpted from the official release:

Viz is pleased to announce an agreement with CometZone to provide RANMA ½ cursors for your website and desktop! Fans of anime/manga are sure to enjoy the cursors on your site as well as appreciate learning where to find them. Rather than the standard arrow, customize your sites with cool images from Viz's hit manga and anime series RANMA ½. Choose from six different images featuring P-chan, Shampoo in cat form, Genma in panda form, and Ranma in girl- type, which changes back to boy-type instead of the standard pointing finger! There is no registration, user name or password necessary, and it's free! Get your cursors at www.viz.com.

6-5-00---- Jojo Figures

The JoJo's Bizarre Adventures series has new action figures coming out from Kotobukiya. New two-figure sets will retail at 4800 Yen. Each set will include a fixed-pose character and an articulated figure of the character's STAND. An American release of the figures is likely.

6-5-00---- Sailor Moon Ads

Cartoon Network is currently running new advertising showcasing new episodes of Sailor Moon to begin June 12th at 4:00 pm. The new 38 episodes will span the Japanese season, Sailor Moon S.

6-5-00---- Tenchi Muyo Ads

Cartoon Network is also currently airing Tenchi Muyo commercial spots, for the series to-begin July 3rd. The ads feature clips from the OAV and a TV series.

6-5-00---- Anime / Manga Gaming

Sakura Taisen's July 25th Gameboy release will take on the 5 following packages:

Standard: 4800 yen.
Pocket Sakura Pack: includes Pocket Sakura - Sakura Taisen (8300 Yen).
Character Pack: Exclusive to Lawson conveniece store (6 variations will feature one of the main characters, each includes game, pin and phone strap) (5800 Yen).
GameBoy Color Pack: includes Sakura Taisen version of Gameboy Color and game (12600 Yen). Premium Pack: includes game and T-shirt (6800 Yen).

In Japan Bandai will release a Limited Edition of SD Gundam G Generation-F on Aug. 3, featuring crystal glass card folder, plastic model kit, 0079 calendar, and a Gundam V binder. Retail price will be 9980 Yen.

Tecmo has announced new sequels to Monster Farm (Monster Rancher) expected to be released in Japan before March 2001.

From Software's PS2 title Armored Core 2 will feature USB Mouse support. The mouse can be used to do mech customization.

GameArts plans to release two versions of their Grandia II for Dreamcast. The standard version will include the game disc, package and instruction manual (retail 5800 Yen). The Limited Edition version includes game, manual, databook, Soundtrack CD (retail 7800 Yen) Release is set for Aug. 3rd.

Konami's Pop n' Music Animelo is headed to Gameboy Color with scheduled Japanese release of September 7th. Anime theme songs from popular anime including as Galaxy Express 999 and Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon are featured in the title.

6-4-00---- Anime Expo Announces New Guest

The Anime Expo 2000 convention has announced Kazuki Akane as a Guest of Honor. Kazuki Akane is the director of the television series version of Vision of Escaflowne, and the movie Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaia.

6-4-00---- New Shirts From Fanboy

Fanboy Entertainment will release a series of t-shirts starting this month, featuring characters from Kia Asamiya's Steam Detectives, Dan Brereton's The Nocturnals (to-be released in July), and Andi Watson's Geishi (to-be released in July).

6-4-00---- New Vampire Hunter D Movie Update

Excerpted from the Urban Vision website:

The new Vampire Hunter D movie is completely finished, and now, as of 6/1/00, we are still working to get the dubbed version (which was completed before the Japanese version) out in theaters. Since we really want to give the new film the kind of backing it deserves, we are currently determining a plan to release it in theaters. All this is strictly hush-hush, so our apologies, but you'll have to wait until we confirm everything before we can post any info on the website!

A new trailer and character images are now available on the site.

6-3-00---- Chiho Saito To Illustrate VariantSpellbound Cover

Excerpted from the official release:

CHIHO SAITO TO COVER SPELLBOUND #1 Revolutionary Girl Utena Creator Comes to Fanboy

New York, NY - Fanboy Entertainment is pleased to announce that Revolutionary Girl Utena creator Chiho Saito will be providing a variant cover for SPELLBOUND: The Magic of Love #1!

"What can I say?! I am thrilled to announce this one!" remarked Fanboy¹s C.B. Cebulski. "Miss Saito is one of Japan's premier shojo manga artists, whose delicate style and detailed artwork is loved around the world. I never expected I'd be privileged enough to have her name associated with ours! Hopefully this will be but the first of many projects she will be doing with Fanboy! (Hint, Hint)"

Miss Saito will be providing the variant cover to Tomoko Taniguchi's SPELLBOUND: The Magic of Love #1. SPELLBOUND is an original manga created by Miss Taniguchi for her foreign fans that will first be published in the United States. The story centers around Ami, a hip, street smart Japanese teenager who also happens to be a practicing witch. For Ami, magic is more for causing trouble and having fun than anything else... except love. However, try as she might, she can't get any love spells to work on the object of her affection, Hiro. And when Hiro's is snatched away by the foreign fashion designer Nicole, it's up to Ami to save him from her evil machinations.

"Two top-notch, respected shojo manga artists together on one book! Tomoko herself couldn't be happier. Although not a big anime fan, Tomoko fell in love with that Saito-sensei's Revolutionary Girl Utena. They met for the first time in Chicago at Anime Central last month and Tomoko was starstruck! But they immediately hit it off and here you see the result of a newfound friendship!" Cebulski commented. "As far as I know, this may be the first time a shojo manga artist has ever done a variant cover for another shojo manga artist. Unfortunately, none of Saito-sensei's manga have been published in English yet so we're happy to be publishing a new piece of her artwork for all her hungry fans here to see. Tomoko Taniguchi + Chiho Saito = Happy Manga Fans!"

SPELLBOUND: The Magic of Love #1 ships in August for $2.95. It is currently preordering in the new issue of Diamond Previews. The variant cover will be shipped in a 50/50 ratio. To find a comic store near you, call 1-888-COMIC BOOK.

Be sure to check out http://www.fanboyinc.com for more information and artwork on SPELLBOUND: The Magic of Love #1 as well as lots of other anime and manga news.

6-2-00---- Nausicaa DVD Situation

According to a post to the Miyazaki Mailing list, a message inquiring into the present status of Anchor Bay Entertainment's previously announced possible DVD release of, "Warriors of the Wind" received a response from the company stating progress had been held up because of rights negotiations with another company. The company apparently still does have the right to release Warriors of the Wind but will not be pursuing the option at this time.

6-2-00---- Akon News - Funimation Dragon Ball Z DVD Dates

Dragonball Z Vol. 18 and Vol. 19 - July 1st Release - Retail: $24.95

6-1-00---- Live At Project A-Kon

Anime News Service is live at this year's Project: A-Kon convention, to be held June 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport. Keep checking the site for updates, photos, interviews, and reports. Also watch the site for our E3 and Anime Central coverage to-be posted soon.

6-1-00---- Urban Vision Titles Showing On Cinemax

Urban Vision's June brodcast schedule or titles to air on the American cable network, Cinemax:

6/11 12:00 am Goku: Midnight Eye
6/11/00 1:00 am Golgo 13: Queen Bee
6/18/00 12:00 am Wicked City
6/25/00 12:00 am Vampire Hunter D

5-31-00---- Manga X Video Release Info

Excerpted from the official press release:

MANGA ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE SUPERNATURAL ANIMÉ THRILLER OF THE SUMMER

ON HOME VIDEO JULY 25, 2000

FROM ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR RINTARO BEST KNOWN FOR THE TV SHOWS KIMBA THE WHITE LION AND ASTRO BOY WITH ART DIRECTION BY SHUH-ICHI HIRATA (BACKGROUND DESIGN GHOST IN THE SHELL)

Chicago, IL - (May 31, 2000) Manga Video proudly presents "X," their most recent Japanese animation theatrical hit (50 U.S. cities) to be released on home video July 25, 2000 (English dub version). The DVD and subtitled versions will be released this fall.

Based on the popular manga of the same name, X brings together Japan's most talented team of animators and storytellers. A mythic legend with an evocative musical score, X is based on the best-selling comic book featuring the striking artistry of Clamp four women animators who head up an all female animation studio in Japan (Magic Knight Rayearth) and the stunning animation of Mad House Studios (Ninja Scroll and Perfect Blue).

A post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure, X is the story of Kamui, a young man with special powers who goes to Tokyo to protect his childhood friends Fuma and Kotori. Unbeknownst to Kamui, his arrival sets off a war between two opposing armies, The Dragon of Earth and The Dragon of Heaven. The Dragon of Earth plan to destroy civilization before humans destroy the Earth and the Dragon of Heaven fight to save humanity. It isn't until Kamui realizes that his two childhood friends are in grievous peril that he decides to step into his fated position in a climactic struggle against the Dragons that will decide the fate of the universe.

Critics hail X as: "...a visually stunning film that blends drawn animation and computer graphics...The animation detail, from huge city buildings down to small creases in the cloth, is much better than most Disney pictures, and the haunting score gives a nice touch." - Seattle Post Intelligencer

"X is one of the greatest orgies of battle and destruction ever seen in a live-action film or an animated one...a feast for the eyes." - Fantasia

Be sure to stop by a Manga booth this summer and enter to win X-citing prizes:
Project A-Kon June 2 - 4, Dallas, TX
Anime North June 16 - 18, Toronto, Ontario
Anime Expo 2K June 30 - July 3, Anaheim, CA
Comic-Con International July 20 - 23, San Diego, CA
Wizard World August 4 - 6, Chicago, IL
Otakon August 4 - 6, Baltimore, MD
Anime Weekend Atlanta October 6 - 8, Atlanta, GA

X
Street Date: July 25, 2000
Pre-book Date: June 5, 2000
Rating: R
Running Time: 98 minutes Category: Sci-fi anime
Order number: 6-60200-40443-7
Price: $19.95

To view the X trailer, go to www.sputnik7.com/vod and select anime.

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