Anime News Service - October 17 - 20 Anime News

10-20-00---- Dragonball Z At The Top Of The Heap Of Animated Programs On U.S. Cable

Anime Nation is reporting that according to an e-mail press release put out by Funimation, Broadcasting and Cable Magazine shows that Dragon Ball Z has made four out of the 20 listed top cable shows for the week of September 25th through October 1st. Out of the four that made the list, 2 of the time slots were in the top 10.

Dragonball Z is the only show from the Cartoon Network to make the list of top 20 cable shows. The only other animated series on the list were Rugrats and Spongebob, both from Nickelodeon. Dragon Ball Z tied with Rugrats for number 7 on the list of all cable shows. All the shows above Dragon Ball Z and Rugrats were non-animated shows, meaning that Dragon Ball Z tied for the top animated series on cable for the week of September 25th through October 1st.

10-20-00---- ADV Films Slayers Book Of Spells Press Release

Excerpted from the media releases by ADV Films:

ADV Films Announces Release Of Slayers: Book of Spells DVD

HOUSTON - ADV Films is proud to announce the DVD release of Slayers: Book of Spells.

In the annals of fantasy there is no mage as feared, no sorcerer as powerful as the fiery redhead Lina Inverse. And when the exceptionally well-endowed Naga the Serpent accompanies her, the forces of evil will find there's nowhere to hide.

Now, for the first time, their original three adventures will be available on DVD! Join Lina and Naga as they thwart a plan to create the ultimate chimera, with Lina as one of the heads! Struggle with them as they attempt to turn the effeminate son of a noble family into a man deserving of appointment to the Royal Guard. And double the trouble, and the fun, when our intrepid heroines take on a rouge magic user with a mirror that his enemies in reverse.

Slayers: Book of Spells will contain the three OVAs previously released on VHS: The Scary Chimera Plan, Jeffery's Knighthood, and Mirror, Mirror. This DVD will have the original Japanese version with English subtitles and the English-dubbed version of the OVAs. DVD extras also include the original trailers and a "Production Portfolio" for the Slayers titles.

The Slayers: Book of Spells DVD will be released this November and will carry the suggested retail price of $29.98.

ADV Films, the premiere label of A.D.Vision, Inc. formed in 1992, is North America's #1 distributor of Japanese animation ("anime"), with titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 and Martian Successor Nadesico. ADV Films will soon be releasing top-quality, computer-animated titles such as ReBootŪ and Shadowraiders(tm), and Weird-Ohs(tm). ADV Films also distributes American and Japanese live-action programming for theatrical and television broadcast release. Check out ADV Films on the web at www.advfilms.com.

Slayers: Book of Spells DVD
Running Time: 75 minutes Rating: 12+

Pre-Book Date: 10/31/00
Street Date: 11/21/00

Product Invoice Name Format SRP UPC# CAT#
Slayers: BoS DVD DVD(Bilingual) $29.98 702727006029
DVDSL/002

10-20-00---- ADV Films BGC 2040 Vol. 12 Press Release

Excerpted from the media releases by ADV Films:

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040; VOLUME 12

HOUSTON - ADV Films is proud to announce the release of Deathstrike!, the final video in the Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 series.

In a desperate race against time, the three remaining Knight Sabers stage a desperate final attack on Galatea's orbiting citadel. With a limited supply of power and oxygen, they must battle their way through a horrifying gauntlet of living machines before Galatea can activate the Umbrella and spread the voomer plague across the entire planet.

It has been a great ride, but all good things must end, and in February 2001, ADV Films will release this last volume of the widely popular anime series Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040. Deathstrike will be released on digitally mastered VHS Hi-Fi, in two versions: English-dubbed and Japanese with English subtitles. The tape will contain the concluding 2 episodes of the series.

Don't miss out on the previous Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 volume, 1 through 11, also available through the ADV Films catalog.

ADV Films, the premiere label of A.D.Vision, Inc. formed in 1992, is North America's #1 distributor of top-quality Japanese animation ("anime"), with titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Monster Rancher and Martian Successor Nadesico. ADV also distributes American and Japanese live-action programming for theatrical and broadcast release. ADV Films can be found on the web at www.advfilms.com.

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 Volume 12: Deathstrike!
Running Time: 60 minutes Rating: 15yrs.+
Street Date: 2/13/01

Format SRP
VHS(English-Dubbed) $19.98
VHS(English-Subtitles) $29.95

10-20-00---- ADV Films Lost Universe Press Release

Excerpted from the media releases by ADV Films:

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF 5th VIDEO IN LOST UNIVERSE SERIES

HOUSTON - ADV Films is proud to announce the latest addition to the stellar Lost Universe home video collection.

There was always something a little strange about Rail Claymore, Kain's contact in the Universal Guardians. But who knew that he was a spy feeding information to the dark forces? Now that this former friend is on the lam Kain, Millie, and Canal are up the Psionic River without a phase drive. Four arch-enemies are breathing down their necks, Kain's having a meltdown, and the whole Swordbreaker crew is wanted for treason. Things only get worse when three evil star cruisers show up with one goal in mind: to reduce Swordbreaker to space dust.

Can our heroes survive a long night of laser blasts, psychotic ships, and light whips? ADV Films won't let you down. Don't miss out in February 2001, when ADV releases the 5th video in this spectacular series, on VHS in English dubbed and English subtitled versions. The Lost Universe Volume 5 DVD will be on the shelves in March, and will contain the English dubbed version, along with the original Japanese version, with English subtitles.

ADV Films, the premiere label of A.D.Vision, Inc. formed in 1992, is North America's #1 distributor of top-quality Japanese animation ("anime"), with titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 and Martian Successor Nadesico. ADV Films will soon be releasing top-quality, computer-animated titles such as ReBootŪ, Weird-Ohs(tm) and Shadowraiders(tm). ADV Films also distributes American and Japanese live-action programming for theatrical and broadcast release. Check out ADV Films on the web at www.advfilms.com.

Lost Universe: Volume 5
Running Time: 100 minutes Rating: 12yrs+

VHS Street Date: 2/13/01
DVD Street Date: 3/13/01

VHS English Dubbed: $19.98
VHS English Subtitled: $29.95
DVD (Multilingual): $29.98

10-20-00---- Anime Music News

An Opening and Ending theme song single CD for the GONZO TV series Vandread, directed by Mahiro Maeda will be released in Japan in the next few weeks. The 5 track OP single "Trust" features the series opening theme performed by Salia, it goes on sale Nov. 29th at the retail price of 1,500 Yen. A Vandread trading card is included with each CD. The Ending theme single "Himegoto" with the closing theme performed by SiLC goes on sale next week on October 25th. The 6 track single will retail at 1,500 Yen.

10-19-00---- Fox Kids Confirms Broadcast Status Of Escaflowne

ANS has confirmed the television broadcast status of the Escaflowne TV series with the Fox Kids network. A representative at Fox commented that a decision has made to "temporarily" put the broadcast on hold with no presently determined date set to resume the airing of the series.

A number of TV listings show this Saturday's (Oct. 21st) episode (Number 11 in the series), "Prophecy Of Doom" as the last scheduled episode.

The Fox Kids Representative cited no reasons behind the move.

10-19-00---- Anime / Manga Gaming

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun is reporting that Capcom is developing emulation software that will allow their games to work on all of the next generation systems and work around barriers commonly associated with porting titles. Next fall Capcom will allow users of PC, PlayStation 2, Dreamcast, Xbox and GameCube to play online matches with other players regardless of the machines they use. The goal is to eliminate the risk involved in developing products for one specific machine. The new games will help Capcom stabilize its revenue by making it less susceptible to the fluctuations in popularity of particular game consoles. The company intends to keep adding new titles to existing series of video games for individual machines, while releasing new games capable of overcoming operating system differences simultaneously for all major consoles.

"We expect to cut development costs about 25 percent thanks to the emulator software," said Capcom spokesman Miho Hashimoto.

Source: Retrogames

Sega has unveiled a new line of Sakura Taisen products in Japan. They include a new Dreamcast e-mail software program called Sakura Taisen & Movie Tron Flower Class Mail, scheduled to be released in Japan on December 28 for 2800 Yen. A Sakura Taisen 3 preview movie will be included in the software. Sega will also release a new model of Dreamcast called Sakura Taisen Dreamcast for Internet, which will retail for 25800 Yen this December, the package will include a Dreamcast, Visual Memory, Dream Passport 3 Sakura Taisen Version, and Sakura Taisen & Movie Tron Flower Class Mail. The Sakura Taisen version of Dreamcast will be in full pink color.

An updated preview of Bandai's upcoming PlayStation 3D action game Fist of the North Star: Saviour of the end of the Century can be viewed at the link. The game is scheduled to be released in Japan on October 26, for 5800 Yen.

Source: The Magic Box

10-19-00---- Toycom U.S. Valkyrie Toy Release Update

Excerpted from a message by Kevin Lam of The Valkyrie Exchange:

We spoke to Toycom today (Jess Basal- Auden's replacement) regarding the Macross Plus Valkyries. Apparently, the HG/Big West licensing negotiations are near completion. Toycom will be contacting us within a week or two with the official results as to whether these toys are going to be released here in the US.

If a negotiations is finalized and the US release is approved, Toycom indicated that they are targeting a December release date of all three Valkyries. (That is assuming all YF-21 and VF-11 are out. The YF-21 is scheduled for Japan/Pac Rim release in late November)

10-19-00---- Urusei Yatsura Japanese DVD BOX Release

While U.S. fans have had Animeigo's 1st Urusei Yatsura DVD BOX release available on the marketplace for some time now, the Japanese market will see the release start of 5 years and 218 episodes of the Urusei Yatsura TV series with the debut of the first UY BOX set from Pioneer LDC in December.

Urusei Yatsura DVD BOX 1 will be released in Japan on December 8th, it will contain 25 discs (eps. 1-121), each with a 100 minute running time. The 1st BOX will retail at 120,000 Yen.

UY BOX 2 goes on sale on March 9th of 2001, it will contain 2 discs (eps. 122-218+ OP ED extras), each with a 100 minute running time.

An extra feature in the 1st presses that appears to be included half in the first set and half on the second set is video of the Aug. 1st 1991 UY 10th anniversary commemoration event. A few other extras are apparently planned for these massive releases, more details will be posted soon.

10-19-00---- Cartoon / Fantasy Organization Anime Screenings

Excerpted from the announcement:

The Cartoon/Fantasy Organization (C/FO) of the Los Angeles area will be meeting Saturday, October 21, 2000

Program Schedule:

12:30 p.m. Doors Open
1:00 p.m. Open Programming
1:30 p.m. Cowboy Bebop - Episode 6 - Dubbed
2:00 p.m. Trigun - Episode 5 - Dubbed
2:30 p.m. Magic Knight Rayearth - Episode 4 - Dubbed
3:00 p.m. Slayers - Episode 20 - Subtitled or Dubbed
3:30 p.m. Legend of Black Heaven - Episode 2 (Special Pioneer Authorized Advanced Screening)
4:00 p.m. Fushigi Yuugi - Episode 7 - Subtitled or Dubbed
4:30 p.m. El Hazard, Alternate World - Episode 10 - Dubbed
5:00 p.m. Business meeting
6:00 p.m. Heavy Metal 2000 - English
8:00 p.m. Meeting Ends

The C/FO is a club primarily for the discussion and enjoyment of Japanese and American Animation. It meets the THIRD SATURDAY of each month.

The meeting place is located at the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society (L.A.S.F.S.) Clubhouse at:

LASFS
11513 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, California

QUICK DIRECTIONS: Take the 101 Freeway from the West or South, or the 134 Freeway from the East to the intersection with the 170 (Hollywood) Freeway going North. Go two exits north on the 170 Freeway to the Burbank Blvd. exit. Go East on Burbank Blvd. about a quarter of a mile to the LASFS Clubhouse on the North side of the street at 11513 Burbank Blvd. The Clubhouse is located behind the main building. Maps are available at the WWW page at

The Cartoon/Fantasy Organization WWW Page is at: http://c_fo.tripod.com/

10-19-00---- Space Adventure Cobra On DVD

Takeshi Terasawa's Space Adventure Cobra anime TV series is headed to DVD in Japan next week as part of a special edition Space Adventure Cobra DVD-BOX. The 8 piece box set carries a 38,400 Yen MSRP with a release date of October 25th. 31 episodes are included as well as an interview with creator Takeshi Terasawa. Extras include a 32 page booklet, a 2001 Cobra calender, and Jewel Cases / Box in which the set is housed.

Individual Vol. 1(eps. 1-4) -2(eps. 5-8) of the Cobra DVD's will also go on sale on Oct. 25, both will retail at 4,800 Yen. The individual DVD release run will also run 8 volumes (thru Jan. 25th) with each containing 4 eps. save the 8th vol. which will include 3 eps. and the interview with Terasawa-sensei.

10-18-00---- X TV Series Confirmed

CLAMP has confirmed plans for a TV series adaptation of it's X manga. Details around the project are expected to be released soon.

10-18-00---- Anime / Manga Gaming

Generation X has announced they will port Nine Lives / Gainax's popular Princess Maker series to Dreamcast, the DC version will be a compilation of Princess Maker 1 & 2, called Princess Maker Collection, scheduled to release in Japan on January 25. A non-interactive demo of Princess Maker IV will be included in the game.

Broccoli has announced that they will be releasing a trading card game for Capcom's upcoming bi-monthly RPG series Eldorado Gate, the Eldorado Gate Trading Cards will be released on October 28. The cards will feature illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano with chances to receive a special edition of the trading card with Yoshitaka Amano's autograph.

Source: The Magic Box

10-18-00---- Escaflowne Drama CD Info

Following Sunrise's theatrical run of the Escaflowne movie this summer, 2 Escaflowne drama CD's from Victor are scheduled to be released in Japan next week.

Escaflowne Prologue 1 - Earth will carry the retail price of 2,500 Yen, it has a listed running time of 64 minutes and a release date of October 21st.
Escaflowne Prologue 2 - GAEA will carry the retail price of 2,500 Yen, it has a listed running time of 59 minutes and a release date of October 21st.

Both CD's will feature jacket artwork by Nobuteru Yuki. Both will also feature the Opening Theme CALL YOUR NAME (Short Ver.) performed by Maaya Sakamoto and arranged by Yoko Kanno and the Ending Theme Ring (Acorstic Ver.) with lyrics by Yuuho Iwasato, vocals by Maaya Sakamoto, and arrangement by Yoko Kanno. Supervision and scenario on the 2 Drama albums is conducted by Akane Kazuki, music is supervised by Hajime Mizoguchi and Yoko Kanno.

Main Cast:
Hitomi - Maaya Sakamoto
Van - Seki Tomokazu
Yukari / Sora - Iizuka Mayumi
Folken - Nakata Jouji
Allen - Miki Shinichiroh
Dilandu - Takayama Minami
Millerna - Takeda Aki

10-18-00---- Yomiuri Article On Tekkoki Mikazuki

The Daily Yomiuri is running an article on an upcoming big budget Japanese SFX / Robots + Monsters TV movie with a nostalgic twist from Keita Amemiya, a key creative mind behind Zeiram and Kamen Rider-ZO. You can read the piece on the movie "Tekkoki Mikazuki" here.

10-18-00---- Gaming Music News

While U.S. fans await the launch Ridge Racer V racing tile from Namco, in Japan a special edition Ridge Racer V CD and DVD set including music, remixed beats, video, and extras will be released in early November. Perhaps one of the most coveted features of the DVD is it's 5.1ch Dolby Digital Surround Soundtrack.

With the tentative title "Ridge Racer Type V official bootleg CD with DVD", the set is out in Japan Nov. 1st at the retail price of 3,200 Yen.

A sampling of listed CD content:
HydroPrism U mix -Select BGM - Junx kotax -Dare Devil
kotax Euphoria sano dj remix Paris remix

DVD Content Sampling:
Tsui Tsui 5.1ch mix Paris 5.1ch mix

The DVD has a running time of about 50 minutes.

10-18-00---- Pokemon Movie II And III Release Details In Japan

Pokemon Movie II (Revolution Lugia) is currently scheduled to be released on DVD in Japan on November 22nd. The single layer disc is listed with a running time of 108 minutes and 4,300 Yen MSRP. Beyond the Japanese movie the disc also inlcludes a "preview version" of the Pokemon II film that was recently released to theaters in the U.S. and a Pikachu extra feature.

The third Pokemon Movie which showed in theaters this summer in Japan is headed to VHS in Japan on December 1st. The video has a 2,800 Yen MSRP and a listed running time of 45 minutes.

Both releases are being handled by Media Factory.

10-18-00----- Asahi Interview With Keisuke Kuwata

Asahi Newspapers recently conducted an interview with Keisuke Kuwata of the Japanese rock group Southern All Stars, you can read it here.

10-18-00---- Gundam - Hot Holiday Gift In The U.S.

This Boston article gathering some of American retailers' hot picks for gifts this christmas lists Gundam by Bandai among the top favorites. Thanks to Mike Toole of Anime Jump for submitting the link.

10-18-00---- BGC Megaset Update

Recent reports of problems associated with the previous Bubblegum Crisis DVD release in newly shipped versions apparently boil down to old discs + the 4th new disc being inserted in new set packaging. Anime On DVD is reporting that Multimedia 2000 is asking that if you if you get one of these early bad sets, to sen M-2K an email and send the package to them. When the real set is ready (within 2-3 weeks), they'll ship a new one and cover postage costs both ways. We recieved the following comments from Greg of M-2K on the new set's timetable:

We will be shipping the BGC Mega Set in two to three weeks. Express.com appears to be out of stock at this time and no other vendor has been shipped. So, by mid to late November there should be plenty of the new Mega Series available direct from us and from retailers.

10-17-00---- Anime TV News In Panama

In Panama The Slam Dunk TV Series and Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series will be aired soon dubbed in spanish dubbed and possibly unedited. Both will air in primetime on Channel 4.

Source: Anihabara

10-17-00---- Vampire Hunter D Special Edition DVD Released Today

Excerpted from an e-mail sent by Rhona of Urban Vision:

Today the Vampire Hunter D Special Edition DVD is available in stores nationwide!

Special Features on the disc include footage from the new PlayStation video game, a collection of original artwork form Yoshitaka Amano (the original character designer for the novels), original trailers, as well as the trailer for the all-new original Vampire Hunter D theatrical film!

10-17-00---- Access Japan Final Weekend Mini Report

Submitted by an Access Japan 2000 volunteer:

Update on the Anime Festival portion of Access Japan 2000, here in Toronto, at the Royal Ontario Museum's 300-seat Theatre ROM. This weekend was the last of the four.

It was a roaring success. The shows were a double header of Kiki's Delivery Service and Madcap Island, followed by a showing of Princess Mononoke. Buena Vista and Alliance Atlantis provided us with 35mm prints of Kiki and Mononoke. Both the Saturday showings were completely sold out, and we had over 180 people for the 10:00 AM Sunday show. We ended up selling out the final, 1:45 PM Sunday showing of Mononoke by noon that day. Mr. Takahashi of the Japanese Consulate came by just before we sold the last one, and immediately began making arrangements to get permission for an encore showing of Princess Mononoke. Once again, the response was terrific, with the special, unscheduled encore performance attracting another 200 viewers. And like on previous weekends, few of the people the volunteers saw were recognized from the anime clubs in town or from the conventions. Most seemed to be completely new to anime. Over four weekends, the event raised well over $12,000 for the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. The cost of the event was completely covered by sponsorships.

10-17-00---- Lupin III Generations

VAP is gearing up to release the recently broadcast Lupin III TV special "$1 Money Wars" to VHS and DVD. The special, based on the manga by Monkey Punch, aired on Nippon Television on July 28th, the home video releases are set for Ocotber 21st. The VHS edition has a retail pricetag of 9,800 Yen, the DVD has a pricetag of 4,800 Yen, both have a listed running time of 90 minutes.

Simultaneously on Oct. 21st, VAP is releasing several marked down VHS (Lupin III Generations) editions of Lupin TV movies that have aired since 1995:

- "Lupin III Generations - "The Hunt for Harimao's Treasure" - 1995 - - 3,800 Yen - 91 min.
- "Lupin III Generations - Secret Of Twilight Gemini" - 1996 - 3,800 Yen - 92 min.
- "Lupin III Generations - Walther P-38" - 1997 - 3,800 Yen - 93 min.
- "Lupin III Generations - TOKYO CRISIS" - 1998 - 3,800 Yen - 93 min.
- "Lupin III Generations - Fujiko's Unlucky Days" - 1999 - 3,800 Yen - 92 min.

10-17-00---- Clamp Update

Clamp Print News:
- Kadokawa Shoten will release Mystery Deluxe magazine on December 6th featuring "Lawful Drug".
- Kadokawa Shoten will releases Asuka magazine on December 24th featuring "X".
- Kadokawa Shoten will releases Shonen Ace on December 25th featuring Angelic Layer.
- Kodansha is serializing "Sayobisu" weekly on Mondays in Young magazine.
- The magazine "Wings" will release pocket editions collecting the Tokyo Babylon "light lords" manga, each will retail at 600 Yen. Vol. 1-2 will be released at the end of November, Vol. 3-5 will be released in December.

Clamp Game News:
- The Dreamcast picture taking title "Card Captor Sakura - Tomoyo's Video Masterpiece War" is currently set for releases in Japan this winter in regular (5,500 Yen) and limited (8,800 Yen) editions.

10-17-00---- Funimation Delays Dragonball DVD's

Funimation recently sent distributors a releases notice stating it's pending Dragonball Z androids saga DVDs 1-3 (Androids: Invasion, Dr. Gero & Assassins) scheduled for release at the end of October and November, have been delayed until an undetermined future date.

Source: Anime Nation

10-17-00---- BGC Megaset Problem Comments

Animeigo's Shin Kurokawa posted the following comments on recent circulating reports of problems on the Animeigo / M-2K BGC Megaset rerelease:

All I can say is that we have voluntarily spent hundreds and hundreds of hours detecting and debugging Multimedia 2000 Inc.'s ver.1.0 BGC DVDs, correcting errors and glitches, and offered new materials when we felt they were necessary. We helped incorporate these changes and create a new set of DLT's (ver. 2 point something) for BGC Disks 1-4.

However, to be honest with you, I have no idea what exactly is being replicated and/or shipped right now, since it is another company's product (and I have not seen the actual box set yet myself either) -- AnimEigo does not make any decisions related to replication, choice of DLT's, scheduling, packaging, shipping, etc. as far as the BGC DVD Set is concerned.

The symptoms you are describing are characteristic of the ver.1.x disks played on many machines.

Sorry I can't be more specific at this time.

-Shin

10-17-00---- Roxanne Beck Performance

Excerpted from the e-mail:Please note the corrected date in the first part (Oct. 18th) I had misposted the date previously and my original correction didn't seem to make it to the list. Thanks!

Roxanne Beck (The voice of Lum from Beautiful Dreamer, Wakaba from Utena, and Kayoko from Ayane's High Kick among others) will be performing Wednesday October 18th at 9pm at the Sidewalk Cafe. The address is Avenue A & 6th Street in New York City.

ROXANNE BECK BAND SIDEWALK CAFE
(Avenue A & 6th Street)
with
Jon Pondel - guitar
Jon Cowherd - keyboards
Ryan Cavan - drums
Jon Warcholak - bass
Wed., October 18
9:00 p.m.
NO COVER!!!

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