9-4-07 (11:06PM EDT)—- Tsuribaka Nisshi Spinoff Manga Announced
Based on the long running comedy fishing manga by Juuzou Yamazaki and Ken’ichi Kitami, a new sequel series to Tsuribaka Nisshi (The diary of a fishing fool) has been revealed through recently running print ad spots. The original serial began in “Big comic original” in 1979 and today is up to 71 collected volumes. The storyline features the fishing excursions across Japan between white collar worker Densuke Hamazaki and his construction company President Ichinosuke Suzuki. The story was adapted to animation by Toei in 2002 and enjoyed a respectable 9% ratings share on average in its prime time Saturday slot. Although it ocasionally beat out slot competitor Crayon Shin Chin, it was never able to gain ground on Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo which was serializing in Shonen Jump at the time. In the moving pictures medium, Tsuribaka Nisshi is best known in Japan for its 20 film strong live action film series produced by Shochiku. The latest film has just been released to theaters. Actor Toshiyuki Nishida plays lead Densuke Hamazaki in the films, Rentaro Mikuni portrays Suzuki Construction president Ichinosuke Suzuki. The new spinoff manga is being titled “Tsutte! Koi Tarou” and Hamazaki Densuke’s son becomes the hero. The serial begins running in Shougaku Go Nensei from the October edition. Given the long running success of the film franchise there are many expectations that the new story could also be adapted to a live action movie at some point.
9-4-07 (10:23PM EDT)—- Kamikaze Girls Author Arrested On Hemp Possession
Sankei Sports reports Toshiaki Takemoto (Novala Takemoto), author of the original Kamikaze Girls novel was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Shinjuku station for suspiscion of violating the Hemp Control Law (for possession of 0.22 grams) on September 3rd. Police say the suspect made a suspicious-looking gesture, quickly turning his eyes away soon after seeing a policeman. Takemoto has already testified he first smoked it out of curiosity in foreign countries. The station is examining the possibility of cannabis trafficing routes coming in from foreign countries. The author was wering a black jumper and trousers and concealed a black drawstring bag in his right pocket which contained the drug. His early novels Emily and Lolikita were nominees for the Yukio Mishima Prize. He also wrote Shimotsuma Monogatari (Kamikaze Girls) which inspired a later live action film and manga series and worked with the Hello Kitty brand.
9-4-07 (6:33AM EDT)—- New Eva Film To Screen In Korea
Variety Asia reports The Pusan International Film Festival has announced a 275 film line up for its 12th edition (October 4-12). Among them is Hikeaki Anno’s just released anime film Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone.
9-4-07 (6:16AM EDT)—- Cofesta Appoints Koji Yakusho As Spokesman
The Executive Committee for the Japan International Contents Festival (Cofesta) have announced the appointment of actor Koji Yakusho (Babel) as their official spokesman. The festival will combine anime, manga, music, movies and video games into a large collection of events to occur between September 19th – October 28th, 2007. At a press event on the 4th Yakusho was asked what hos favorite animation was. He responded that he thought the work of the Miyazaki Hayao was “really wonderful”. Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Amari, who’s a big supporter of the event revealed his manga love of Dragonball Z and Slam Dunk, saying he bought Weekly Shonen Jump every Monday even after becoming a diet member.
9-4-07 (5:36AM EDT)—- Mikie Hara Ready For Cutie Honey Role
TV personality and gravure idol Mikie Hara spoke at a press conference today for the new live action TV series Cutie Honey: The Live. It begins running in October on TV Tokyo. The show marks the first TV drama adaptation of one of mangaka Go Nagai’s works. The demands for any woman tackling the lead role of Honey Kisaragi are quite high as she has a G cup, 94 centimeter breast size. The actress says she’s trained three times a week for two months to prepare for the part.
9-4-07 (5:03AM EDT)—- Tezuka Productions Puts Out Shingle On iTunes Music Store
Japan based Tezuka Productions will start offering video content on Apple’s US-based iTunes Music Store starting September 4th. In the TV Shows category Astroboy will be offered, as well as 13 episodes of 2004’s Hi No Tori and all 10 episodes of the 1993-2000 Blackjack OVA. All are English-dubbed versions, each episode will be $.99 cents. In the Movie vategory an English dubbed version of Gekijou-ban Jungle Taitei (Jungle Emperor Leo) will also be offered. 8 of Tezuka’s much touted experimental animation shorts produced between 1962-1988 will be avaialble in the Short Films category. While you may have seen some of the above titles being sold commercially in the USA in the past this time around TP has contracted directly with Apple. While anime is nothing new on iTunes this marks the first such direct partnership between a Japanese animation distributor and retailer.
9-4-07 (4:49AM EDT)—- TGS2007 To Provide Venue For Anime / GONZO To Announce New Work
The Tokyo Game Show 2007 which kicks off at the end of this month will host a special movie square showcasing movies and animation works with a “born from videgames” theme as part of the 1st ever Japan International Contents Festival. On September 20th GONZO will hold a production symposium for a little publicized animation project titled “Tower of Druaga”. GDH acquired the rights to develop the property in animation and in online game format in March, 2006 and new updates on the project went stale shortly therafter, leading many to believe the production had been discontinued. TOD was originally a Namco arcade game originally released in June, 1984.
9-4-07 (4:09AM EDT)—- Hataraki Man Actor Confirmed
Hayame Mokomichi (ROUGH) will