12-30-99—- Tokimeki Memorial DVD’s
King Records is set to release both volumes of the Tokimeki Memorial OVA series on DVD in Japan March 3rd. The discs will list for 5,800 Yen seperately, include Standard Stereo audio and new interviews with the seiyuu cast.
12-30-99—- Anime Music News
Nakatsukasa Masami’s first album, “Ame”, is scheduled for release Feb. 4th, listing for 3,059 yen. The album includes newly arranged versions of the opening theme of the To Heart Anime TV series, “Feeling Heart” and ending theme “Sorezore no Mirai (ashita) he”.
12-30-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming
Enix’s first PSX 2 adventure game, the 2 DVD-ROM 0 Story (Love Story) is scheduled for release in spring in Japan. 0 Story is about searching for true love, the main character is a young man who dies in an accident, with the help of angels, he becomes a ghost to find a true love before he crosses over to the spirit world. Appearing as a human, the player encounters different females who have the potential to become a true-love. As a ghost, the character has the ability to read others minds to find out their interest towards him. It’s also possible to use an “Arrow Of Love” to discover the nature of characters’ hearts.
SNK’s Dreamcast port of King Of Fighters ’99, has received the official title: “The King of Fighters ’99 Evolution”. The port will have new 3D backgrounds, and Striker characters not found in the arcade version. The DC game will feature internet support.
Nintendo’s Super Mario RPG 2 will feature 3D backgrounds, 2D characters, and a turn based battle system.
ASCII’s RPG Tsukuru (RPG Maker) is out on GameBoy Color on March 17th, it will list for 4800 Yen. As in previous ports of the game the player designs his or her own RPG, it supports the link cable, allowling exchange of designs with friends.
12-30-99—- Uri Geller To Sue Nintendo Over Pokemon
According to the British Guardian newspaper, world famous paranormalist Uri Geller, plans to sue Nintendo Co. for ?m over allegedly using his image without his permission on a Pokemon game card. Geller claims that the card, known in the west as “Alakazam”, and in Japan as “Un-geller” (available in two versions, Good Un-geller and Evil Un-geller), is clearly based on himself. The monster shown on the game card carries two bent spoons in its hands and is described as a magician and “psychic”. The Un-geller cards are worth around ? in shops and on the internet. British shops sell the English version for around ?.
Geller discovered the cards last week while Christmas shopping at the Pokemon Center, in Tokyo, Japan. At first, he said, he was bemused when the store manager rushed out from his office continuously bowing, as hundreds of children thrust Pokemon cards at him to autograph while chanting what sounded like Uri Geller.
Source: Guardian News
12-30-99—- Hideaki Anno Looks Toward The Future In Recent Interview
In a recent interview with Asahi Evening News reporter, Ken Kawashima, Studio Gainax’s Hideaki Anno (Director of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Fushigi No Umi No Nadia) has revealed he’s currently on a break period and getting ready to direct his second full-length live-action movie in the coming year. When asked about the proliferation of Japanese Animation in the U.S. and around the world Anno commented:
“Japan is the only country in the world that actually has an anime industry, and can mass-produce animated works of a high quality for a large audience. It’s only natural then, that this product would be in demand from the rest of the world.”
“Japan is unrivalled in this sense. Disney is really no competition because Disney can only release one film at a time. They are not capable of handling the wide range of stories that we see in Japanese anime. Real anime exists only in Japan, and this is about the only original product Japan can offer to the world-anime, manga and computer games.”
It was also revealed in the interview that Anno-sensei has just received a new haircut, he now sports a mohawk hairstyle. He leaves readers with comments on the direction in which he believes Japan is headed in the next millennium:
“Whether it be a few years into the future or 10 years in the future, I don’t know, but there is going to be a radical change or event that will change Japan.”
“There will come a time when Japan is going to go through a big shake-up-so much so that Japan may no longer be able to survive. But it won’t be because of politics, and it won’t be the result of any natural disaster.”
“It’s the Japanese economy; the backlash of our economy. Right now, people are always telling us that our economy is on the upswing and all that …” (pause) … “but I don’t believe them.”
Source: Asahi Shimbun | Text In Quotation: © Asahi Shimbun
12-29-99—- Bandai Entertainment Confirms First DVD Releases
Bandai Entertainment, via the Anime Village Website, has posted official information regarding their first DVD releases, they also have hinted at a new DVD area to be setup on the site next month.
BLUE SUBMARINE No. 6 (Vol 1 of 4) April 2000 | 5.1 Japanese (English subtitled)
2-Channel English | 1st OVA $24.98
COWBOY BEBOP (Vol 1 of 6) April 2000 | 2-Channel Japanese (English subtitled)
2-Channel English | Ep. 1-5 SRP $29.98
EAT-MAN ’98 (2 disc set) April 2000 | 2-Channel Japanese (English subtitled)
Ep. 1,2 2-Channel English | Ep. 1-12 SRP $39.98
12-29-99—- Kite DVD Release
Media Blasters will be releasing the cut version of Kite on DVD on April 25th for 24.95. Extras will include: Interactive Menus, Scene Selections, Animation Cel Gallery, and Storyboards, contains 2 episodes, length: 45 Minutes.
12-29-99—- Manga U.K. Releases
Rod Shaile of Manga Entertainment sent an e-mail to UK Manga email club members listing the following titles to be released on DVD and VHS in the United Kingdom in the coming year.
Legend Of The Overfiend & Demon Womb
Street Fighter II The Movie
Ghost In The Shell
Macross Plus The