Anime News Service - May 12-23 Anime News

5-22-03---- Fox Box 2003-2004 Schedule

"Drum Roll Please..." The 4Kids Entertainment (NYSE: KDE) Saturday broadcast network FOX BOX is announcing a line-up that will be filled with fun, action and adventure..."Ba Dum!" The FOX BOX will unwrap its second season, September 6, with a line-up of established shows and exciting program debuts.

Anchoring the FOX BOX are such network favorites as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, KIRBY: RIGHT BACK AT YA!, THE CRAMP TWINS and ULTIMATE MUSCLE: THE KINNIKUMAN LEGACY. The Fall '03 line-up also boasts the television premieres of SONIC X, SHAMAN KING and FUNKY COPS, as well as the hit show CUBIX, an acclaimed 3-D CGI animated series, which is jet-propelling over to lead off the FOX BOX.

Introducing The New Season FOX BOX Saturday Morning Schedule:
8:00AM: Cubix
8:30AM: The Cramp Twins
9:00AM: Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy
9:30AM: Sonic X
10:00AM Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
10:30AM: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
11:00AM: Shaman King
11:30AM: Funky Cops

"FOX BOX has got funk, squares (cubes), kings, twins, muscles, pink super heroes, mutant turtles and one crazy hedgehog - all packed into a vibrant Saturday morning," said Norman Grossfeld, President of 4Kids Productions. "We do more before noon every Saturday than most networks do in a week! The FOX BOX line-up continues to deliver quality shows and is rapidly becoming a Saturday morning destination."

FOX BOX PREMIERES...

SONIC X Accidentally transported by Chaos Control, Sonic finds himself on a strange planet inhabited by humans and teams up with his newest friend, Christopher. Together, Sonic and Christopher embark on a series of exhilarating and elaborate quests as they search for the "Chaos Emeralds," precious stones delivering the power to conquer the world to whoever possesses them. Through their adventures, Sonic and Christopher must battle Sonic's archrival, the evil Dr. Eggman, a robotics authority, who wants the "Chaos Emeralds" for himself so that he can establish his own empire to dominate the world. Known for speed, power and energy, Sonic helps Christopher overcome his boyhood fears as they meet up with long-time friends Knuckles, Tails and Amy, and encounter new pals Cream and Cheese. In a distant galaxy, the confrontation between Sonic and Dr. Eggman begins once again!

FUNKY COPS Fresh from winning a Best New Animated Series award from the prestigious "Cartoon on the Bay" international animation conference, Funky Cops is 1970's nostalgia and outrageous comedy! Modeled after '70's cop shows, Funky Cops chronicles the adventures of two brothers on the police force who become stars at a San Francisco disco. Brother Ace is the smooth one ... The head of a band fashioned after the Jackson Five, Ace used to be a hairdresser before he became a cop. His partner Dick is the Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry-type. The show was created by brothers Christophe and Benoit Di Sabatino and is produced by Antefilm.

SHAMAN KING From the producers of Yu-Gi-Oh! comes the Shaman King. This adventurous series takes place in a world where anything is possible ... where spirits and ghosts interact with humans. The main character is a 13-year-old boy who is a modern-day shaman, one of the gifted few who can see the spirit world. His power comes by teaming up with Amidamaru, a samurai warrior spirit. Together they travel the globe fighting evil spirits and misguided shamans on their quest to be the next Shaman King. Each battle prepares them for the once every 500 years "Grand Tournament" that will name the new Shaman King.

CUBIX 4Kids' first original animated series, Cubix follows the adventures of robot whiz-kid Connor, a 13-year-old who brings to life a robot named Cubix that had been discarded as useless. After Connor gets done, though, Cubix is anything but useless ... applying his phenomenal super-charged powers to help Connor and his friends face down the endless stream of threats posed by the town's wacky mad scientist, the evil Dr. K. Set in the futuristic world of Bubble Town, where 10,000 of its population of 24,000 residents are robots, Cubix is all about action, adventure - and uncommon friendship.

FOX BOX RETURNS...

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES They're the biggest heroes ever transformed and empowered by globs of weird, glowing green alien ooze. They're a family filled with love for each other - and committed to battling evil wherever they find it. This new series sets itself apart from the past by staying close to the original comic books' strong graphics and rich stories, combining serious butt-kicking ninja action and irreverent humor. This exciting series unfolds in a linear fashion, with each episode setting up the next - keeping kids on the edge of their seats!

KIRBY: RIGHT BACK AT YA! One of Nintendo's most popular characters of all time, Kirby made his U.S. broadcast debut on the FOX BOX. Loaded with action, Kirby is a cosmic comic adventure. Kirby is a Warpstar knight-in-training who crash-lands on the Planet Popstar - and accidentally ends up as the pink protector of villagers. When King Dedede conjures up all his maniacal monsters, Kirby inhales their powers and gives them back a taste of their own medicine! Don't mess with Kirby. He'll send it "Right Back at Ya!"

THE CRAMP TWINS They're sibling rivalry's twin spokesmen ... Meet Wayne and Lucien, a pair of twins with zero in common who have turned Saturday morning television into a raucous laugh fest. Produced by TV-Loonland and based on two graphic novels by Brian Wood, The Cramp Twins is the story of Wayne and Lucien Cramp, 10-year-old twins who are not at all alike. And, that's not just because Wayne has a big, oval shaped, purplish-gray head, in contrast to Lucien's small, round, pink head. It goes much deeper, no doubt all the way back to the womb. Delightfully mischievous, Wayne has one mission in life: to embarrass and bother his brother Lucien. His hobbies include eating, stirring up trouble and collecting weird stuff in his bedroom. And then there's Lucien, eager to please and thoroughly well mannered, he wants to save the world through knitting!

ULTIMATE MUSCLE: THE KINNIKUMAN LEGACY Nothing captures the attention of boys quite like wrestling - and Ultimate Muscle is wrestling at its most radical! Ultimate Muscle pits the powerful but cowardly Kid Muscle in an intergalactic slam-a-rama of fast-paced> excitement and far-out fun. With earth threatened by a sinister and oh-so-muscular band of space baddies, an interplanetary cry for help goes out for a hero to fight off these ne'er do-wells. Reluctantly and accidentally answering the call: Kid Muscle, who must somehow find the courage to compete in a wrestling tournament like none before. In the other corner: hundreds of the most diverse and powerful super-wrestlers that the cosmos has to offer. Oh, yeah, the fate of the universe is at stake, of course! Only one outcome's for sure: Ultimate Muscle will turn up the action and the laughter.

5-22-03---- Exclusive: Saber Marionette J Ultimate Collection

Thanks to Jerry for the following:

Saber Marionette J – Ultimate Collection

Limited Edition

SRP: $199.98

Contains: The entire Saber Marionette J TV series The entire Saber Marionette J Again OVA series The entire Saber Marionette J to X TV series

Street Date: August 5, 2003

There will ONLY be 5000 pcs made.

Each Ultimate Collection will be individually signed/autographed by Saber Marionette J character designer, Tsukasa Kotobuki.

5-21-03---- Junkers Website Goes Wide

JunkersBandai Entertainment announced today the launch of Junkerscomehere.com in conjunction with its limited theatrical and upcoming DVD home video release of an anime family classic, Junkers Come Here. The website will provide an in-depth look into this heart warming film including the latest news, theatrical listings, story background, character profiles, DVD home video information, trailer, e-cards, and music clips.

Based on Naoto Kine’s two-volume novel published in 1989, a theatrical animated film was subsequently released in 1995. Junkers Come Here combines the talents of established anime director Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon) and the late renowned animator director Kazuo Komatsubara (Miyazaki’s Nausicaa: The Valley of the Wind). With its North American premiere at this year’s American Cinematheque Anime Festival at the Egpytian Theater in Hollywood, California – Junkers Come Here has already received critical acclaim for its rich story telling and lush style of animation. Chris Wyatt, Cinescape states, “Junkers Come Here is a delightful anime feature film with a similar sensibility to the Oscar-winning Spirited Away…This one’s going to be a classic.”

Junkers Come Here tells the story of Hiromi Nozawa, a young girl growing up in a home where both of her parents are busy and are seldom home. Her most trusted companion is her dog, Junkers. But this is no ordinary dog! Gifted with the ability to speak and do human-like tasks, this canine is civil enough to use the toilet and, like some of us, won't miss his favorite TV show for the world. When things at home start to go wrong, Hiromi learns that she needs to grow up fast, but also realizes that life has a pretty unique sense of humor.

Theatrical / Festival screenings will be forthcoming and will be announced through the Junkerscomehere.com website.

Junkers Come Here
Street Date: 8/19/2003
Rated 7UP
TRT: 105 min.
SRP: $29.98

DVD Features and Extras include: Interactive Animated Menus, Dolby Digital Audio, English/Japanese Language, English Subtitles Optional, Art Gallery, Interviews, Trailer with English Subtitles, Pilot Film with English Subtitles.

© 1995-2003 Naoto Kine/BANDAI VISUAL – Kadokawa Shoten

5-21-03---- ADV To Produce Live Action Evangelion Feature Film

In an announcement sure to make waves in the entertainment industry, ADV Films President and CEO John Ledford today publicly confirmed industry rumors that the firm has acquired the rights to produce, and has already begun development of, a live-action feature-film based on the Japanese animated television series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," a multi-million dollar worldwide franchise and perhaps the most influential anime title in the history of the art form. The project is a collaboration between ADV Films, Gainax and Weta Workshop, Ltd.

The Participants ADV Films is the leading producer-distributor of Japanese animation in North America. The Japanese anime and game studio Gainax Network Systems was one of the original production studios responsible for "Neon Genesis Evangelion," and Weta Workshop, Ltd. is the New Zealand-based special effects studio that created the effects for Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

"The three main players here represent something of a 'dream-team' for a project like this one," said Ledford. "Between the quality and significance of the Gainax title, Weta's industry-leading skill in the creation of special visual effects, and our expertise in the marketing and promotion of anime and anime-related content, this project is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The Story "Neon Genesis Evangelion" is the story of a reluctant young hero, called upon to pilot an immense robotic weapon in battle against alien invaders. Including both a 26-episode television series and at least two animated motion pictures, "Neon Genesis Evangelion" has long been both a fan favorite and an extraordinary critical and commercial success, with the worldwide franchise producing many millions of dollars in revenue.

Timetable The "Neon Genesis Evangelion" live-action motion picture is in the earliest stages of development. Ledford confirmed, however, that the timetable is an aggressive one, and that more information on the project is forthcoming.

About Weta Workshop, Ltd Founded in 1987 by Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger, Peter Jackson and Jamie Selkirk, Weta is a physical and digital effects company providing creatures, special make-up effects, prosthetics, miniatures, armor, weaponry and digital effects for the film and television industry. Over the past sixteen years the company has provided effects for Jackson's "Meet the Feebles", "Braindead" (aka "Dead Alive"), "Heavenly Creatures," "The Frighteners," and "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy, as well as for advertisements and television shows including the popular "Hercules" and "Xena" series. At the height of production on "The Lord of the Rings," Weta Workshop employed 150 physical effects technicians and 350 digital effects technicians at Weta Digital. Weta's work on "The Lord of the Rings" has garnered worldwide praise including two Academy Awards in 2002 (for Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup), and one in 2003 (for Best Visual Effects). The British Academy has also honored Weta's work by awarding two BAFTAs in 2002 (for Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup) and two more in 2003 (for Best Visual Effects and Best Costume).

About Gainax Gainax was founded in 1984. It began as a corps of amateur filmmakers, centered around current company president Hiroyuki Yamaga and anime director Hideaki Anno. Their first work, "Wings of Honneamise," continues to garner praise worldwide. Gainax's highly original style of filmmaking spans the generations, appealing to fans both young and old. 1995's "Neon Genesis Evangelion" whipped up an anime fever of extraordinary proportions, receiving attention not only from anime fans, but also from many other corners of society. Hideaki Anno, who directed "Neon Genesis Evangelion," commands respect from even the likes of "Spirited Away" director Hayao Miyazaki.

About ADV Films: In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as "NOIR," "Sailor Moon," "Samurai X," "Hello Kitty's Paradise," "RahXephon," "Spriggan," "Robotech," "Full Metal Panic" and "Neon Genesis Evangelion." In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda," "Mutant X" and The Jim Henson Company's "Farscape," and classic science fiction such as the updated "Gamera" trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates The Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

5-20-03---- Urban Vision Event Appearances

Urban Vision Entertainment will be attending Fanime in Santa Clara, CA from June 20-22, 2003! We'll be having a panel talking all about the new Ninja Scroll: The Series, plus screening a trailer for it, and giving out some goodies as well! So come out and see us!

Also, we will be having a booth and a panel at Anime Expo 2003 in Anaheim, CA from July 3-6, 2003! Our panel is on Saturday, 10am, in Live Programming Room 2! We will be screening the first episode of Ninja Scroll: The Series there, so be sure to come!

Source: http://www.urban-vision.com/ via Daniel-san

5-20-03---- Head Spirited Away Animator Breaks Out With Directorial Project This Summer

Courtesy Koji's Post to the Miyazaki ML:

Kitaro Kosaka ( supervising animater of SA,PM etc ) has directed feature film "Nasu - Andarusia no natu". The title means "Eggplant - Summer of Andalusia". This is Kosaka's first film as director. However, it is not Ghibli's film. It is produced by Mad-house( Anime studio ). It will start at 26 July in Japan. "Nasu" is in "The Directors Fortnight" of "Cannes Film Festival" now. An introduction and any data of this film ( in English ) are in official web site of "The Directors Fortnight".

http://www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/uk/archives/fichefilm.asp?filmID=13952

And, official web site of this film is in the works now. But you can see an illustration ( for a poster ).

http://nasu-summer.com/

5-2-03---- Spirited Away Takes Saturn

Cinescape mentions that Spirited Away won the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film.

In addition, the Ring remake won an award for best horror film, along with its actress, Naomi Watts.

Thanks to Daniel For The News

5-20-03---- Japanese Blood Type/Personality Relationship Explained

Two links for our reader's perusal today on a common anime/manga/gaming theme of Japanese Blood Type/Personality Association. Why are your favorite charters often listed with their blood type on a stats sheet? Check these links:

http://members.aol.com/darklite07/blood.html

http://www.pref.saga.jp/soumu/kokusai/sagasaga/archives/saga9806.htm

5-20-03---- Matrix Box Office And Media

Box Office Mojo has the full box office analysis from the weekend opening of Matrix: Reloaded. To say the film's opening has crushed records is a bit of an understatement with an almost $92,000,000 download.

Also in the vein, Daniel refers us tohttp://whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com/ which has interviews and clips on the making of the film. It's only recommended for people who've already seen it.

5-19-03---- New Anime Frontiers Articles

The May edition of Anime Frontiers features interviews with AN Entertainment and Shawne Kleckner, CEO at The Right Stuf International.

In our interview with John Oppliger at AN Entertainment, we learn how Anime Nation went from selling anime, to creating their own brand. We also lean why they chose Risky Safety as their first release. The interview can be found at this link.

Second is an interview with Shawne Kleckner, CEO and founder of The Right Stuf International. Mr. Kleckner tells the story of how a company originally created to sell telescope equipment became an anime powerhouse. This interesting interview can be found here.

5-19-03---- Kikuko Inoue Party

Marking 15 years as a seiyuu, Kikuko Inoue will have a "tea party" held in her honor on June 15th in Japan. Two sessions will occur at 14:00 and 17:30 at Club eX in Shinagawa.

5-19-03---- AIBO Eyes Software Hits On Fourth Anniversary

Entertainment Robot America (ERA), a division of Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL), announced today it is releasing a new software application, entitled AIBO EYES [ERF-220AP08E], in honor of its famous robot's fourth anniversary. The new software will now allow AIBOÒ to send digital images from its owner's home or --any other remote location-- to a user's office PC or mobile communication device. Also, in conjunction with AIBO's fourth anniversary, Sony will be releasing a sleek, new cobalt-blue colored AIBO Entertainment Robot [ERS-210A/LI] dubbed AIBO Cyber-Blue. Both AIBO EYES (suggested retail price $119.99) and AIBO Cyber-Blue (suggested retail price $1,299) can be purchased by visiting the Sony Style Stores (New York and San Francisco), Sony Gallery (Chicago), select retail outlets nationwide or by visiting www.us.aibo.com beginning May 20. With AIBO EYES software, the four-legged robot can now be controlled remotely via e-mail commands. Users can send an e-mail message to the robot and receive a JPEG image with their

computer or other mobile communication device, capturing a picture of what AIBO sees allowing them, for example, to view their home or children while away.

In addition, AIBO EYES software will allow family and friends to communicate through audio messages. For instance, AIBO owners can now send a message command from a remote device, such as a PC or mobile communication device, to AIBO and have the robot deliver a pre-recorded message aloud such as congratulations! Further, AIBO EYES will also enable owners to remotely e-mail message commands to AIBO and have the robot perform selected songs, such as When the Saints Come Marching In and Ode to Joy.

"AIBO EYES enhances AIBO's ability to be the ultimate robotic companion, keeping people informed and connected by enabling owners to use the robot to receive digital images," said Victor Matsuda, ERA's vice president. "Over the last four years, we've pushed the boundaries of what robots can do and with AIBO EYES, the market is witnessing the future of things to come: A robot that is not only a companion but also offers practical applications."

AIBO EYES expands the robot's role as a personal agent, adding to features that ERA introduced with the AIBO Messenger software that enabled AIBO to read aloud text-based information from Web sites along with its owner's incoming e-mail aloud.

### EDITOR'S NOTE - AIBO EYES is compatible with AIBO Entertainment Robots [ERS-210/210A] and [ERS-220/220A]. AIBO EYES software requires an IEEE802.11b wireless access point or wireless router connected to a broadband service in order to receive digital images and send message commands. Further, owner's mobile communication devices must be able to receive a JPEG in order to receive digital images from the robot.

5-19-03---- .Hack Manga Licensed

Marc writes in:

.hack//legend of the twilight bracelet (.hack//dusk) has been licensed with Tokyopop and the first volume will be coming out in september of this year.

5-16-03---- Shoujocon Guests Latest

Continuing a three-year tradition of bringing together fans of manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese animation) aimed at girls and women, Shoujocon is proud to announce the comics industry guest roster for its 2003 event. This year's guests include mangaka (comics artists) from both sides of the Pacific.

Shoujocon's Japanese mangaka guest this year is Tomoko Taniguchi, a professional shoujo artist whose works include Aquarium, Call Me Princess and Princess Prince. Her career started with winning top prizes, including subsequent publication in a number of comics contests, blossoming into a fanbase spanning Asia and North America. Her works are available in English from Central Park Media.

More locally Shoujocon is proud to announce an appearance by Katie Bair, an American artist whose works include "Oasis Destiny" (from the upcoming anthology title Shoujo!) and Ninja High School. She also is active in the fan community as a wig designer and cosplayer. Her works are currently available from Antarctic Press.

5-16-03---- German Scene Latest Exclusives

Courtesy Harry of www.animecity.deTV Alliance: VIVA TV and RTL TV in Germany have started a large campaign with anime to catch some guests from MTV (Goldenboy, Lupin3rd, Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne). Their program on Viva:
Angel Sanctuary (Start 5/16/2003 Friday 10:00 PM and Saturday 0:00 AM) CFG – The Candidate for Goddess (Start 5/18/2003 Sunday 6:00 PM, Monday 9:00 PM, Wednesday 9:30 PM) Blue Submarine No. 6 (Start 6/27/2003 Friday 10:00PM and Saturday 0:00 AM)

Japan: Broccoli announced a new Digicharat DVD for release on July 25. 100 Min. with about 8 episodes, price 6000 Yen. The special edition includes a dubbing artist interview, a new work sound drama and character files for 8800 Yen. KSS Animation announced Happy World the 3rd OAV for 6/27/2003 and Happy Lesson 5 for 5/23/2003 with an original book cover and 10 pictures.
Production I.G. currently works on "Dead Leaves" and seeks for new publishing partners in the United States (probably also for Europe).
Clamp has released" xxxHOLIC" in Kodanshas Young Magazine as an parallel story with connection to their latest work "Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE" in the new Weekly Shônen Magazine. They will reveal the backgrounds of this parallel story in one of the next issues in an exclusive Interview with Clamp.

5-15-03---- KO Beast

K.O. Beast DVD 2: V-Darn Strikes Back! Pre-book date: 7/29/2003 - Street date: 8/26/2003 Approximately 60 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color. Adventure / Comedy

DVD (English, Japanese, Japanese with English Subtitles) Catalog#: RSDVD2032 Suggested Rating: 13+ ISBN: 1-57032-056-X UPC#: 7-42617-2032-2-0 SRP: $24.95

Created and Produced by Satoru Akahori (MAZE TV / MASTER OF MOSQUITON / SABER MARIONETTE J / SORCERER HUNTERS TV) with Director Hiroshi Negi (BURN UP W / TENCHI MUYO MOVIE 1: TENCHI IN LOVE / TENCHI MUYO UNIVERSE TV), and Original Character Designs by Takehiko Ito (OUTLAW STAR)!

Who knew treasure hunting could make life so miserable? After constant battles with the Humans, our rowdy band of heroes is in quite a mess. With their Jinns badly damaged, they're off to Atlas City to find Don the Repairer who's rumored to have the ability to fix anything - for a price of course.

But with very little pocket money and their Jinns out of action, they could be in for some serious trouble! V-Darn's been waiting for them in Atlas City and he's determined to finally have his revenge on our little band of treasure hunters! With Mei-Mer on the verge of death, Wan is determined to grant her last request, even when it could cost him his own life. More laughter, tears, and off-the-wall surprises in this second great volume of K.O. Beast!

Bonus DVD content includes: Outtakes, Character Bios, Translator Notes, Animated Art Gallery, Original Openings for Episode 4&5, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo for English and Japanese Dialogue, English Subtitles, "Soft" Subtitles for On-screen Text, Right Stuf Trailers, and Scene Access.

Graphic of cover is located at: http://www.rightstuf.com/outgoing/sleeves/rsdvd2032.jpg

5-15-03---- Matrix Reloaded Hits

Today is the day many Matrix fans have been looking forward to for sometime as highly anticipated sequel arrives in American theaters. Check Fandango for you local theater's times.

5-15-03---- BAAF And Raijin Team On MANGAFEST

The Big Apple Anime Fest™ and Raijin Comics are proud to announce that Raijin Comics will be the exclusive presentation sponsor for the 2003 BAAF MangaFest!™ , a celebration of manga and comic art influenced by Asian pop culture. BAAF MangaFest™! will take place during the Big Apple Anime Fest on Labor Day Weekend, August 29-31, 2003 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. BAAF MangaFest™! will bring together creators from Japan, Korea, and the United States for three exciting days of industry panels, how-to workshops, Guest of Honor autograph sessions, dealer sales and much more. BAAF MangaFest™! is expected to offer one of the largest manga and graphic novel dealer rooms in the U.S., making it easy for fans to find their back issues and favorite works. BAAF MangaFest™! is one of many activities taking place during Big Apple Anime Fest 2003 under the slogan, "World Anime Party®."

Mr. Nobuhiko Horie, CEO of Gutsoon! Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Raijin Comics, commented, "We are excited and proud to be the exclusive presentation sponsors of the 2003 BAAF MangaFest™!. It speaks to our continued commitment to bring the art and storytelling that is manga to more and more American fans."

"BAAF MangaFest™! offers even more attractions to the attendees of BAAF this year," said Ryoko Maebayashi, Liaison Manager of the Big Apple Anime Fest. "Many fans of anime are also fans of manga, but most anime fan conventions don't focus on manga. We at BAAF want to treat our fans to an exciting, festival experience which celebrates manga as well as anime, so we are making BAAF MangaFest™! the largest event of its kind. We are especially grateful to Raijin Comics for helping BAAF and the fans by sponsoring BAAF MangaFest™! and by supporting the creation of this unique event!"

5-14-03---- Animage 25th Grand Prix Results

Anime Ranking:
1 - Gundam Seed 2 - Azumanga Daioh 3 - Inu Yasha

Male Character:
1 - Kira Yamato (Gundam Seed)
2 - Asuran Zara (Gundam Seed)
3 - Inu Yasha (Inu Yasha)

Female Character:
1 - Rakusu Kurain (Gundam Seed)
2 - Kagari Yura Asuha (Gundam Seed)
3 - Honda Touru (Fruit Basket)

Seiyuu Ranking

1 - Hoshi Souichirou
2 - Hayashibara Megumi
3 - Ishida Akira
4 - Horie Yui
5 - Yamaguchi Kappei
6 - Kawasumi Ayako
7 - Tanaka Rie
8 - Seki Tomokazu
9 - Kuwashima Houko
10 - Ogata Megumi

5-14-03---- BAAF Cosplay On Broadway Grand Prize Winner Will Goto TAF

The Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF) today announced that Japan Airlines (JAL) will award a round-trip ticket to Tokyo as the grand prize at Cosplay on Broadway™ during the Big Apple Anime Fest, held in Times Square from August 29th ~ 31st. The winner will attend the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) 2004 as a guest of BAAF and JAL.

Mr. Hiroki Miyazaki, Director of Passenger Marketing at JAL Eastern Region office, commented, "We at Japan Airlines welcome all the anime and manga fans at Big Apple Anime Fest in New York. It is very nice to see that as more people, regardless of age, love anime and manga, the more Japanese culture is exposed in the public in the U.S. It is our pleasure to assist in increasing global awareness of the one aspect of Japanese culture."

Mr. Victor Eisenberg, Festival Director & COO, said, "Japan Airlines has been the official airline sponsor since our inaugural year of 2001. All anime fans - especially those who compete in Cosplay on Broadway™ this year -- are benefiting from JAL's continued strong commitment to BAAF and the World Anime Party™."

Round-trip travel on Japan Airlines for the winner may originate from New York, Chicago, San Francisco or Los Angeles to Tokyo, Japan. TAF admission provided by BAAF. Winner must be at least 18 years old at the time of the travel, or be accompanied to Tokyo by fare-paying parent(s) and/or guardian(s).

5-13-03---- UK Broadcast Bits

Channel 5, the UK channel, will be showing the Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris at 23:35 on Wednesday 21st May. Also, MTV UK will be showing a documentary about the 9 anime shorts called Matrix Animatrix Special, at 18:30 on Friday 23rd May.

Ghost in the Shell: Special Edition due out AUgust, will be a new mastrer of the film along with bonus unseen footage.

Wanwan Sanjushi is now available on DVD, under the title of "Dogtanian and the three Muskehounds", in English only. The DVD features 9 episodes, character and fact file on each of the characters, Song words for the original Dogtanian Theme Tune, a biography of Alexandre Dumas, will be region 0 and has an RRP of £7.99.

Source: UKAnime (http://www.uk-anime.net/)

5-13-02---- Exclusive First Peek At New Monkey Punch Anime Project: Cinderella Boy

Cinderella Boy a new TV Anime series created by Monkey Punch will begin airing in Japan on June 21st on the satellite channel Anime Theater X. Monkey Punch will also work as a supervisor for the show. Most anime fans will surely see a connection between gCinderella Boyh and Takahashi Rumikofs gRanma 1/2h, as the main character in both series is named Ranma and changes gender (to rule out the possibility of this being coincidence, Ranma is an extremely rare name in Japan, and both characters use the same Kanji, Chinese characters, for his name). As Lupin III fans know, this is not the first time that Monkey Punch has used a famous character name and some attributes as a starting point for building his own highly original works, his most famous character, Lupin III, used the famous French literary character of Arsene Lupin as a base (Lupin III is the grandson of Arsene Lupin). The following is a translation of the Japanese series explanation on the Anime Theater X page:

gGiraffe Town, the city with the worldfs highest crime rate, Ranma and Rera open the R&R Detective Agency. While on one of their cases, someone is trying to kill them and arranges for their gaccidentalh deathc They survived, but something strange happened. In the Middle of the night, at the stroke of 12, Ranmafs body disappears in a transformation and becomes Rera. The two share one body! Ranma and Rera, what will happen to them!? Then, Alice, a mysterious woman appears before Ranmac what is her purpose!? Now, let the sparkling action and comedy begin!!h

(Source: Tzara's translation from the Anime Theater X web site: http://www.at-x.com/atx/new/6.html).

5-12-03---- Tokyopop Taps Former WHV Executive

TOKYOPOP Inc., North America’s leading graphic novel publisher and a burgeoning force in international entertainment, has hired John Powers to helm its marketing division. As Vice President, Marketing, Powers will use his extensive experience in the consumer packaged goods and entertainment industries to increase TOKYOPOP’s brand awareness and drive the company’s marketing initiatives.

Powers is no stranger to the marketing demands inherent with emerging product lines. He has successfully developed and executed strategic marketing plans for new consumer products, brands and technologies with leading Fortune 100 companies such as Warner Bros., Gemstar-TV Guide, Pepsi Cola and Johnson & Johnson. As Warner Bros.' Vice President DVD Market Development-Worldwide, Powers and his marketing team launched the home entertainment industry's most successful new packaged media format. During his post as Gemstar-TV Guide’s Vice President of Strategic Marketing, he developed the marketing plans for TV Guide’s introduction of an interactive set-top box program guide.

“John Powers is a creative visionary with proven leadership skills and a longstanding history of marketing success stories,” said John Parker, President & COO. “We couldn’t have found him at a more ideal time in the company’s growth, as this is—by far—TOKYOPOP’s biggest year yet. We are delighted to add him to the team, and look forward to watching him work his marketing magic.”

“I look forward to helping shape the future of TOKYOPOP,” Powers comments. “This company already has a growing portfolio of truly successful products, and I’m energized by the potential for further growth as we adopt a more aggressive consumer-marketing-driven strategy.”

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