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December 20-30 Anime News

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.

DVD:
Akira
Legend Of The Overfiend & Demon Womb
Street Fighter II The Movie
Perfect Blue
Ghost In The Shell
Ninja Scroll
X
Macross Plus The


December 4-11 Anime News

12-11-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

SNK has released two video clips of their upcoming PSX 3D Samurai Spirits sequel: New Chapter of Blade (Samurai Shodown: Warrior Rage 2 in US):
Samurai Spirits Soukou A (MPEG)
Samurai Spirits Soukou B (AVI)

Capcom’s Dreamcast version of Gunbird 2 will include many new elements over the Arcade version. Morrigan (Vampire Hunter) will a playable character in the game, this game will have internet support, download of new features will be possible and players can post high scores to the internet ranking. A new Illustration Gallery Mode is also incorporated, new images will be unlocked upon reaching different high scores.

Sega of Japan’s upcoming Dreamcast title, Shen Mue Chapter 1: Yokosuka, will feature 4 different dialog and text display modes, deactivation of speech is possible, as well as changing the text display to “Kid Mode”, in which all the text will be displayed in Katakana and Hiragana instead of Kanji. Shen Mue is out in Japan Dec. 29th.

Koei announced plans for a new GameBoy Color RPG, MetaMode, scheduled for release in Japan in Feb. In the game, the hero will travel with a device called MetaMode, which enables him to transform into over 90 different forms, each with its own strengths and its own set of techniques (5 – 6 per form).

Nintendo of America will be bringing their voice recognition Pokemon title, Pikachu Genki Dechu, to North America under a new title in the coming year.

12-11-99—- Anime Toy / Figure News

Kaiyodo will be releaseing figures from the video game Virtual-On. The first 2 releases, Fie Yen and Temujin will retail for 3,800 Yen and are out in January in Japan.

12-11-99—- Urban Vision Acquires Petshop Of Horrors

Urban Vision has announced acquisition of the Petshop Of Horrors TV series, release of the first volume is scheduled for March 28th. The series will be released on two episode volumes retailing at $19.95 for the English dub $29.95 for the English subtitled version.

12-10-99—- Miyazaki In Current Rolling Stone

The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine (RS830/831) features a small piece on Princess Mononoke Director, Hayao Miyazaki. The article can be found on page 65, Miyazaki-sensei lists his biggest Influences from the pop world as: rocker Bruce Springsteen and the film “Easy Rider”.

I’ve also been influenced by the films of John Ford, especially “My Darling Clementine.” I was also influenced by several books: Erich Fromm’s “Escape from Freedom”, Norman Mailer’s “The Naked and the Dead”, David Reisman’s “The Lonely Crowd” and Fritz Pappenheim’s “The Alienation of Modern Man.”

12-9-99—- American Gundam Wing TV Series Premiere In California

Northern California’s Rafael Film Center to Preview Gundam Wing

Gundam Wing Premiere
Saturday, December 11
6:40, 9:15 (pm)
Japanese Animation Producer to Speak

Ken Iyadomi, one of the pioneers of bringing Japanese animation to the United States, will speak before a special sneak preview of Bandai Entertainment’s new series of Gundam W (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing). Three new episodes of Gundam Wing will screen at 6:40pm and 9:15pm at the Rafael Film Center on Saturday, December 11.

Mr. Iyadomi has produced many of the most successful Japanese anime in the U.S. including Ghost in the Shell and Akira. He is executive vice president of Bandai Entertainment. Bandai Entertainment is premiering the Gundam Wing TV series here.

Also showing: Saber Marionette J Again (Dec 12, 21), Blue Submarine No. 6 (Dec 13), The Clamp School (Dec 16, 19), Cowboy Bebop (Dec 17), The Vision of Escaflowne (Dec 23), and several other anime titles.

Calendar Programs for The Rafael Film Center are available throughout the Bay Area. Admission tickets are available one hour before showtime at the Rafael box office. For showtimes and additional information call the Rafael Film Center at 415-454-1222. The Rafael Film Center is located at 1118 Fourth Street, Downtown San Rafael, California.

Visit their website for more info and directions: www.finc.org

12-9-99—- Pokemon / Princess Mononoke American Box Office Roundup

Pokemon: The First Movie, in it’s fourth week of release in North America drew in $2,343,365 over the weekend, dropping it to 6th place on the Daily Variety movie chart. To-date, Pokemon has grossed $80,771,180. Meanwhile, in it’s second week of expanded release, The Princess Mononoke (which is in it’s 6th week in limited release) pulled in $212,161 bringing it up from the #26 spot to #25. To-date Miramax’s limited Mononoke release has grossed $1,937,984.

12-9-99—- Megumi Hayashibara Booklet Addition In January Newtype

Included in the January, 2000 edition of the Japanese magazine, Newtype, is a memorial booklet on the career of perhaps the most familiar seiyuu name: Megumi Hayashibara. Inside the booklet, readers can see the life of Megu-san with her 3 favorite characters (Her kettle and toaster have one of the characters on them). One story tells how she once composed a melody for her latest album, Fuwari while in a restaurant. When the aspiration hit her, she called her own answering machine at home using her keitai to try and record the melody. Upon arriving home, she found that there was too much background noise in the recording to recognise the melody.

12-9-99—- Slayers On Sci-Fi In January?

In the past few months, indications on the Sci-Fi Channel website in corelation with other revalations were leading many to believe Slayers and possibly another anime TV series were coming to the American Sc-Fi Channel cable network In January. According to their schedule, the names and slots of the new shows, are no longer listed for January. Saturday Anime is also not for January.

12-9-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Sony has released a special edition of PSX in Japan, Doko De Mo Issyo Playstation, featuring the popular PocketStation characters Toro and Mono, from the breeding game Accompaniment Anywhere, which sold over 500,000 copies in Japan. Special editions of PocketStation are also available, with Accompaniment Anywhere preloaded into the handheld.

Capcom of Japan has confirmed production of Dino Crisis 2 for PSX 2, scheduled for release in Japan next fall.

Sega of Japan has opened a new high speed network game server system called Dream Net which supports up to 5000 people playing Virtual


November 28- December 3 Anime News

12-3-99—- My Neigbor’s The Yamada’s European Premiere In France

A The “Forum des Images” is an animation festival running from Dec. 15th to Dec. 22nd, featuring several Studio Ghibli films, including the European premiere of Tonari No Yamada-kun. Several other Miyazaki and Takahata films will be screened, and Takahata will be present at the screenings of all the films that he directed. Here is a digest version of the program:

15 Dec. 20h00: Mononoke Hime (French sub).
18 Dec. 15h00: Porco Rosso (French dub)
18 Dec. 17h00: Gauche, the Violoncelist (French sub)
19 Dec. 15h00: Panda kopanda (Original version with comments from the spokeman)
21 Dec. 14h30: Totoro (French sub)
22 Dec. 15h00: Grave of the Fireflies (French sub)
22 Dec. 18h30: Gauche, the Violoncelist (French sub)
22 Dec. 21h00: Tonari no Yamada-kun (French sub)
More info is available on the official website of the festival: www.forumdesimages.net

12-3-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

NineLives is currently producing the 4th Princess Maker title which will be ported to multiple platforms.

Banpresto’s SRPG, Super Robot War Compact 2: First Ground Eidosopic Chapter for WonderSwan, is scheduled for release in Japan on March 30th, retailing for 4500 Yen.

Rumor has it that Nintendo will release a new Pokemon title for Gameboy Advance, at launch this summer.

12-3-99—- Seikai No Monsho Sequels Planned

Sunrise’s original anime sci-fi series Seikai no Monsho will return to WOWOW BS Ch. 5 in Japan this spring. A condensed broadcast movie adaption of the first series with new footage, “Seikai no Monsho Sou shu hen”, will air, and followed by “Seikai no Tansho Tanjou”, a 25 minute episode adapting a story that appeared in the Aug. ’96 issue of SF Magazine. “Seikai no Senki”, an original 13-episode sequel series will follow those.

12-3-99—- New Gaogaiger OVA Series

The upcoming Sunrise, 8-part “Yusha O Gaogaigar Final” has been announced as the last sequel to the popular brave-robot TV + OAV Series series. The first volume is entitled “Yusha O Shinsei” (The rebirth of the brave king), and will be released in Japan Jan. 21st. The opening single “Yusha O Tanjo!: Shinwa Version” (The birth of the brave king – Legend Version) goes on sale Jan. 1st.

12-3-99—- Anime Figure / Toy News

Bandai will add the amphibious ZUGOCK from the original Gundam TV Series / Movies to it’s “Mobile Suit in Action” action figure line,it will retail 1000 Yen.

Miracle House has just released new costumes for their Golgo 13 doll: a leather suit and leather jacket. Each retail for 4800 Yen.

12-3-99—- Pokemon Card Discontinued For Offensive Symbol

Nintendo of American announced Thursday that it will be discontinuing a Japanese language Pokemon card because a symbol next to the Goldbat and Ditto characters might be offensive to Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors. The symbol, which resembles a reverse Nazi swastika, is known in Japan as a “manji” and signifies good fortune. Predating the Nazis by hundreds of years, the manji also represents a Buddhist temple.

12-2-99—- Production Go For 3rd Pokemon Movie In Japan

Nintendo Of Japan has confirmed development is underway on the third Pokemon movie: “Emperor in the Crystal Tower”. The film will be released throughout Japan in theaters this summer.

12-2-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

NEC Interchannel will be porting their Saturn love adventure game, Friends, to PSX, adding new characters and events.

Namco is working on a new PSX RPG, tentatively titled The God RPG. The game uses 2D characters and 3D background, with character designs by Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross). Japanese release is planned for sometime in 2000.

Takara will release Transformer Beast War Metals: Gan Gan Battle for PSX on Dec. 2nd, a 3D fighting game based on the anime. The game features 8 fully transformable playable characters.

Square will be developing 9 new titles for Bandai’s WonderSwan portable system, they include games in the Final Fantasy series, Romancing Saga series, Seiken Densetsu 2 (Legend of Mana in US), and Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeons 2. All of these titles will be compatible with WonderGate (cellular modem periphreal) and WonderWave (linking to WonderSwan PS and PS2). Four titles are scheduled to be released in April 2000.

12-2-99—- MIP Asia

MIP Asia, an international film, program, and hardware market for TV, video, cable, satellite, licensing and merchandising convention, featured many Japanese Animation series’ Following is a list of the new titles being advertised at the convention and the companies involved:

Crayon Kingdom – Toei
Magical Do Re Mi – Toei
One Piece – Toei
Young Kindaichi – Toei
Hunter X Hunter – Nippon Animation
Marcelino Pan y Vino – Nippon Animation
Tenshi ni Narumon – Bandai Visual
Clamp School Detectives – Bandai Visual
Magical Stage Fancy Lala – Bandai Visual
Maho Tsukai Tai – Bandai Visual
Juubei-chan – Bandai Visual
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie – Bandai Visual
Cardcaptor Sakura TV – NHK
Monster Rancher – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.
Little Moonlight Rider – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.
Sakon the Ventriloquist – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.
Mask of Glass – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.
Knight Hunters – TMS-Kyokuichi Corp.

12-2-99—- Yoshitaka Amano Cancels Visit To U.K.

Due to an unfroseen emergency in Japan, Yoshitaka Amano (Character Designer on Vampire Hunter D, several Final Fantasy games), who was scheduled to make upcoming appearances in the United Kingdom at Birmingham, Brighton, and London branches of Forbidden Planet stores has canceled his current visit.

12-1-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Konami will release an addition disc for Tokimeki Memorial 2 in Japan early next year, called Tokimeki Memorial 2: Separate Volume Hibikino Watcher Vol. 1 Append Disc. It will feature voice data of 3 corresponding characters that will talk in full voice through the Emotional Voice System when playing Tokimeki 2.

After the announcement of the delay of Final Fantasy IX, the stock price for Enix and Square have dropped sharply.. Square’s stock price has dropped by 7.9% and Enix has dropped by 5.9%.

Sega of Japan will be putting over 300 Sega Mega Drive and NEC PC-Engine game titles on the internet, for players to download and play on the Dreamcast using emulation software. Each game will cost between 100 – 300 Yen.

ESP / Media Work’s Dreamcast SRPG, Ouka Houshin, is out in Japan on Dec. 16th. The story


Anime News Service – November 19-27 Anime News

11-27-99—- Character Kits To Ship In December

Anime related character figure kits to be released in Japan in December:

Card Captor Sakura (1/8th Scale)
Kinomoto Sakura Movie Version #2 (B-Club Medium: Resin) 8800 Yen
Kinomoto Sakura [Painted and Completed] (Kaiyodo Medium: Other) 12,000 Yen

Chrono Cross (Kotobukiya, Completed)
Kid (Medium: Other) 9800 Yen
Yamaneko Medium: Resin 12000 Yen

Final Fantasy VIII (Kotobukiya)
Seifer Almasy & Ordin (Medium: Other, Completed) 24800 Yen
Quistis Trepe (1/6th Scale Completed, Medium: Soft Vinyl) 6800 Yen
Seifer Almasy (1/6th Scale Medium: Resin) 9800 Yen
Selphie Tilmitt (1/6th Scale Medium: Resin) 9800 Yen

To Heart (Kotobukiya Completed 1/8th Scale)
Multi (Medium: Other) 8000 Yen
Kurusugawa Serika Swimsuit (Medium: Other) 8000 Yen

Nadesico (Kurushima)
Mascot Ruri & Yukina (Medium: Resin) 7800 Yen

To North (Kurushima 1/7th Scale)
Haruno Kotori (Medium: Resin) 12000 Yen

D4 Princess (Kurushima 1/8th Scale Medium: Resin)
Ruridou Dorisu 19800 Yen
Ruridou Dorisu 19800 Yen

Betterman (Kurushima 1/8th Scale)
Sai Hinoki Divingsuit (Medium: Resin) 7800 Yen
Kurenai Kaede Divingsuit (Medium: Resin) 7800 Yen

Galaxy Express 999 (Yellow Submarine)
Queen Emeraldas Action Doll (Medium: Resin) 13800 Yen

Sailor Moon (Kaiyodo 1/4th Scale)
Sailor Venus (Completed Medium: Other) 28000 Yen

11-27-99—- Model Kits To Ship in December

Anime related model kits to be released in Japan In December:

Cyber Formula (Aoshima 1/24th Scale)
Aoi Orga Complete Model (Medium: Injection, Wgt: 440 g, some parts plated.) 2200 Yen

GaoGaiGar (Aoshima Medium: Injection)
Goldymarg [Goldion Hammer] 2000 Yen

Master Grade (Bandai 1/100 Scale Medium: Injection)
ZZ Gundam 4000 Yen Yen
RGM-79N GM Custom 3000 Yen
RGM-79Q GM Quel 3000 Yen

Gundam 0079 (B-Club)
Zaku “Side 7 Attack” (Medium: Resin) 6800 Yen

Zeta Gundam (B-Club)
Messala (1/144 Scale Medium: Resin) 19800 Yen
Psycho Gundam Mk.II (1/220 Scale Medium Scale) 26800 Yen

Sakura Wars
Koubu-kai for Sakura (Medicom, Completed and painted, Contains figure) 3980 Yen
Koubu-kai for Ri Kouran (Medicom, Completed and painted, Contains figure) 3980 Yen
Koubu-kai for Iris (Medicom, Completed and painted, Contains figure) 3980 Yen
Koubu-kai for Iris DX (Wave 1/24th Scale, Gold Plated, Medium: Injection) 2200 Yen

Macross (Yellow Submarine 1/144 Scale Medium: Resin)
VF-1X Plus w/Pilot Figure 7200 Yen
VF-22 w/Reatolis Figure (Includes display base, About 70 parts, 12cm – completed.) 8500 Yen

11-27-99—- New Card Captor Sakura Figure Kits + Movie Trading Cards

Two new Card Captor Sakura figure kits are scheduled to go on sale this month in Japan. One is of Sakura Kinomoto in new dress from the new TV season. Height is 18 centimeters, comes unpainted and unassembled. The kit retails for 7800 Yen.

The second is Sakura in her movie dress. Height is 20 centimeters, comes unpainted and unassembled. The kit retails for 8800 Yen.

A new 246 card CCS trading card set from the movie will is also expected out this month. The set contains 216 normal and 30 metallic cards. Pack of 8 cards retails for 200 Yen.

11-27-99—- Panzer Century G Breaker

Sunrise Interactive is working on a new PSX 2 real time simulation RPG titled, Panzer Century G Breaker. The game will feature several original Mobile Suit Designs called GT. The story of the game takes place 20 years before the story in Sunrise Heroes for Dreamcast. Release is expected in Japan this summer. Panzer Century G Breaker will also be adapted into it’s own Anime TV series to air in Japan in the coming year. Mecha designers on the project include Shoji Kawamori (Macross), Junya Ishigaki (Xenogears), and Kunio Okawara (Gundam).

11-26-99—- GundamOfficial Updated

GundamOfficial.com, the official American Gundam website has been updated with detailed Gundam descriptions and paint tips for constructing models.

11-26-99—- Anime Figure / Modeling News

A limited clear set of Fist Of The Northstar figures have just seen release in Japan. Called “Clear Crystal Box” it retails for 10,000 Yen, and contains clear-colored versions of: Kenshiro, Toki, Rei, Sousa and Shiou.

Two resin Macross 7 Valkyrie garage kits have just been released in Japan. One is a 1/100 scale VA-3 Invader from the Macross Dynamite 7 OAV series, the resulting figure is full-action and perfect variable. Designed by Hajime Takashima, it retails for 21,000 Yen (assembly requires seperately sold polycap joints). The second is a 1/100 scale YF-19 Fire Valkyrie (A special red version of the kit was released at the Feb. 7 Wonder Festival, held in Japan, retailing for 21,000 Yen), this normal version of this kit features a “Openable Shoulder Speaker System.” This kit is also designed by Hajime Takashima, is fully transformable and requires separately-sold polycap joints. This kit retails for 25,200 Yen.

A new Kaiyodo Devilman Lady action figure, sculpted by Urabe Katsumi has just been released in Japan. Retail is 2,800 Yen.

11-26-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai is developing a new Mobile Suit Gundam action game for PSX 2 in Japan. Japanese release is scheduled for April.

Square is starting a reservation promotion for Parasite Eve II, scheduled for release in Japan on Dec. 16, those preordering the game at convenience stores will receive a keychain of Aya, and those preordering at game shops will receive a year 2000 Parasite Eve Postcard Calendar.

11-25-99—- American Version Of Dragonball Z Needing Original Music

The following post was made on Taxi, a web site that matches professional musicians with others needing music, check out their site for more information:

* NEW LISTING–Music supervisor for the movie version of the Cartoon Network series “Dragonball Z” looking for master quality “high energy, pulsing” Rock Songs a la Rage Against The Machine, White Zombie, Kid Rock, etc. etc. Lyrics or Instrumental, ok. Songs written with a specific character in mind are welcome. Watch the show or check out a website about it for background information. This is also an opportunity to have music used in the TV show. Please submit one or two songs per cassette/CD, include lyric sheets. All submissions will be screened by TAXI on a YES/NO BASIS ONLY–NO CRITIQUES FROM TAXI. PLEASE ENCLOSE A S.A.S.E IF YOU WOULD LIKE A RESPONSE. As always, we will notify those forwarded. Submissions must be received no later than January 4, 1999.

TAXI # Y000104RK

11-25-99—- Secret 7 Year Sony Research Program Concludes ESP A Reality

To those familiar with Anime and Manga, the concepts of Phsycic Ability,


November 9-18 Anime News

11-18-99—- Princess Mononoke’s Distribution To Expand To 120 Theaters By 11-24

Miramax is expanding The Princess Mononoke’s limited American theatrical distribution to 120 theaters by Nov. 24th, here are a list of upcoming cities, dates, and theaters.

NEW YORK
Oct 29 Angelika
Oct 29 Lincoln Square
Nov 19 Cinema 2
Nov 24 Cinema Arts- Huntington
Nov 24 Malverne
Nov 24 Clairidge-Montclair
Nov 24 Showcase- Fairfield

LOS ANGELES
Oct 29 Sunset
Oct 29 Monica – Santa Monica
Oct 29 So Coast Village – Santa Ana
Nov 19 Colorado- Pasadena
Nov 24 UA Westwood
Nov 24 AMC Orange
Nov 24 Edwards Ontario
Nov 24 Edwards Long Beach
Nov 24 Pacific Winnetka

CHICAGO
Oct 29 McClurg Court
Nov 24 Old Orchard
Nov 24 Yorktown
Nov 24 Canterra
Nov 24 South Barrington

PHILADELPHIA
Nov 5 Riverview
Nov 24 Bala
Nov 24 Neshaminy- Bensalem
Nov 24 AMC Hamilton

SF – OAKLAND – SAN JOSE
Nov 5 Embarcadero
Nov 5 Camera One – San Jose
Nov 24 Oaks- Berkeley
Nov 24 Park-Menlo Park
Nov 24 Sequoia-Marin
Nov 24 AMC Saratoga
Nov 24 Lighthouse Monterey
Nov 24 Rio-Santa Cruz

BOSTON
Oct 29 Coolidge Corner
Nov 24 Kendall Square- Cambridge
Nov 24 Framingham

WASHINGTON
Nov 5 Inner Circle
Nov 24 Potomac Yards

DALLAS – FT WORTH
Nov 5 Inwood
Nov 24 Cinemark-l Pano

DETROIT
Nov 5 Maple – Bloomfield Hill
Nov 24 Michigan Theater- Ann Arbor

HOUSTON
Nov 5 Greenway
Nov 24 Angelika Center

ATLANTA
Nov 5 Garden Hills

CLEVELAND
Nov 19 Centrum

MINNEAPOLIS – ST PAUL
Nov 5 Carmike – Apple Valley
Nov 5 Mall of America – Bloomington
Nov 5 Showplace – Coon Rapids
Nov 5 Eagan
Nov 5 Centential Lake – – Edina
Nov 5 Showplace – Inver Grove
Nov 5 Lakeville
Nov 5 Lagoon
Nov 5 Wynnsong – Mounds View
Nov 5 Pavilion – Roseville
Nov 5 White Bear – White Bear Lake
Nov 5 Elk River
Nov 5 Crossroads – Waite Park(St. Cloud)
Nov 5 Willowcreek- Plymouth

SEATTLE – TACOMA
Nov 5 Pacific Plaza
Nov 5 Varsity 3

MIAMI-FT LAUD
Nov 24 Paradise Park- Hollywood
Nov 24 Mayfair- Coconut Grove
Nov 24 Aventura

TAMPA-ST PETE
Nov 24 Hollywood- Sarasota
Nov 24 Regency

ST LOUIS
Nov 5 Plaza- Frontenac

PITTSBURGH
Nov 24 Manor

SACRAMENTO – STOCKTON
Nov 5 Century Dome 14
Nov 24 Olympus Point- Roseville

PHOENIX
Nov 5 Camel View

BALTIMORE
Nov 24 Towson

DENVER
Nov 5 Esquire
Nov 24 AMC Westminster
Nov 24 Flatirons-Boulder

SAN DIEGO
Nov 5 Hillcrest
Nov 24 AMC La Jolla

PORTLAND
Nov 24 Broadway

HARTFORD/NEW HAVEN
Nov 24 Cinema City
Nov 24 York Square

ORLANDO-DAY BCH
Nov 19 Enzian- Maitland

INDIANAPOLIS
Nov 24 Castleton

PORTLAND
Nov 24 Broadway

MILWAUKEE
Nov 24 Downer

CINCINNATI
Nov 24 Esquire Art

KANSAS CITY
Nov 24 Palace 14

CHARLOTTE
Nov 24 Manor

RALEIGH-DURHAM-C HILL
Nov 24 Rialto-Raleigh

NASHVILLE
Nov 24 Green Hills

SALT LAKE CITY
Nov 24 Broadway Center

COLUMBUS, OH
Nov 24 Drexel

GREEN-ASH-SPAR
Nov 24 Fine Arts- Asheville

NORFOLK-N NEWS
Nov 24 Columbus Center- Virginia Beach

SAN ANTONIO
Nov 24 Crossroads

BUFFALO
Nov 24 Amherst #3

NEW ORLEANS
Nov 24 Canal Place

MEMPHIS
Nov 24 Wolfchase

PROVIDENCE
Nov 24 Cable Car Cinema

OKLAHOMA CITY
Nov 24 Tinseltown

LOUISVILLE
Nov 24 Baxter Avenue

ALBUQUERQUE
Nov 24 Century Rio
Nov 24 Grand Illusion- Santa Fe

DAYTON
Nov 19 Centerville

ALBANY-SCHNECTADY
Nov 24 Spectrum

W PALM-FT PIERCE
Nov 24 Carefree

JACKSONVILLE
Nov 24 Orange Park

RICHMOND
Nov 24 Willow Lawn

KNOXVILLE
Nov 24 Downtown West

SYRACUSE
Nov 24 Westcott Cinema

AUSTIN
Nov 24 Arbor

ROCHESTER, NY
Nov 24 Little 5

DES MOINES
Nov 24 Varsity Theater

OMAHA
Nov 24 AMC Oakview

TUCSON
Nov 24 El Con, Foothills

CEDAR RAPIDS
Nov 24 Campus-Iowa City

LAS VEGAS
Nov 24 Orleans

BATON ROUGE
Nov 24 Tinseltown

MADISON
Nov 24 Orpheum

HONOLULU, HI
Nov 12 Dole Cannery- Honolulu
Nov 12 Kahala Mall- Honolulu

GUAM
Nov 24 Continental

ANCHORAGE, AK
Nov 24 Century 16

 

11-17-99—- Turn A Gundam Diecast

Bandai is set to release a new diecast Turn A Gundam toy in Japan in a few weeks, it is to retail for 7,800 yen. Quality of the toy has been rated as exceptional and it is rumored to contain titanium parts.

11-17-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Capcom’s Dreamcast version of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Legacy for the Future, scheduled for release in Japan on Nov. 25, will contain two games in 1 package, the original Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and the semi sequel: Legacy for the Future Edition. Both games will be identical to the CPSIII arcade.

11-16-99—- Anime Inspired Holiday E-Cards

RIAP has released three of four animated e-cards for the holidays. These e-cards are created in an anime-inspired style and will appeal to fans of kawaii SD girls. They are free for download. Click here to download the holiday e-cards.

11-16-99—- StudioNext.com Announces Fall Programming Schedule

StudioNEXT.com Corporation, a web site delivering programming exclusively through the Internet, announced earlier this week the launch of its fall season program lineup which includes new offerings of Japanese Animation on it’s Voyeager Anime channel.

In partnership with Voyager Entertainment, Inc., StudioNEXT.com’s Voyager Anime is currently running the 80’s Sci-Fi series, Star Blazers. StudioNEXT.com plans to feature the entire Star Blazers series as well as other series in the coming months.

11-16-99—- Special Astro Boy New Year’s Postal Cards

The Japanese Ministry Of Posts and Telecommunicaions is issuing a special New Year’s Postal Card this year featuring an illustration of Osamu Tezuka’s Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy). On Nov. 1, the date this and other cards began selling, over 500 people were lined up in front of the entrance to the Tokyo Central Post Office before it opened at 9 a.m. The Tetsuwan Atom cards cost 50 yen.

Source: Anime Scene

11-16-99—- Pokemon: The First Movie Final Figures

The final boxoffice numbers are in for Pokemon: The First Movie for it’s opening weekend in North American theaters. Ticket sales for Friday through Sunday show the film has grossed $31,036,678 on 3,043 screens, averaging about $10,642 a theater. Total American gross to-date for Pokemon: The First Movie is $50,754,104. The film was acquired by Warner Brothers for $5 million and the studio reportedly spent $10 million in production to turn out the American version.

11-16-99—- Princess Mononoke Final 3rd Weekend Figures

The final boxoffice figures are also in for The Princess Mononoke during it’s 3rd weekend in limited release in North American theaters. This week the the film was added to 9 screens. Ticket sales for Friday through Sunday show the


October 30-November 2 Anime News

11-2-99—- Cebulski Launches Fanboy Entertainment, Partners With Studio Tron

On October 25th C.B. Cebulski, ex-CPM Manga editor-in-chief, announced the formation of a new entertainment venture, Fanboy Entertainment, Inc. Based in New York City, the company will be fan oriented, producing more products and merchandise that comic fans themselves want and request, allying with U.S. and Japanese creators.

Fanboy plans to introduce a number of products in the coming months, launching with a high-quality, signed and numbered Dark Angel lithograph, illustrated by Kia Asamiya. Limited to 1000 copies, the Dark Angel lithograph will go on sale in comic stores across the country in November, but will also be available earlier on the internet auction website eBay.

Other Asamiya products are be offered shortly thereafter as Fanboy Entertainment has entered into a partnership with Kia Asamiya’s STUDIO TRON. Kia Asamiya is the creator of such manga series as Steam Detectives, Dark Angel, Silent Mobius and Nadesico. He is also the artist of the sensational upcoming Star Wars: Episode One manga due out in December from Dark Horse Comics.

“Asamiya-sensei is an amazing talent and a wonderful person. He and I have become extremely good friends over the past few years. When he heard I was leaving CPM, he called to express concern over my future. I told him I had plenty of things lined up and not to worry. He then asked me if I would be interested in representing some of his properties and interests here in the U.S. I was floored to say the least!”, Cebulski said. “Asamiya is a work horse and is extremely busy in Japan as it is, but he really wants to get more work over here in the States. This is something I will be trying to handle for him. He also wants to get his Japanese manga work into the hands of as many of his U.S. fans as possible, which is another task he and I will be tackling here. One of the first jobs we will be undertaking is the construction of his English language website, www.studiotronjapan.com.”

11-2-99—- J-Pop / Seiyuu news

Sony plans to release a special Rurouni Kenshin 3-CD “Premium Collection” box-set Dec. 18th with an extremely limited 1st pressing of 5,000 units. The set will list for 5,631 Yen and is packaged in a special multi-layer tray encased in outer box. Each disc in the set features a unique super picture label illustration. The 1st disc includes popular opening & ending themes from the TV series. The 2nd disc collects best selections of BGM tracks used in the TV series & movie. The 3rd disc features music from the “Tsuiokuhen” OVA series that is exclusive to this set.

11-2-99—- New Anime Of Astro Boy Planned

In Addition to the upcoming Hollywood live action / CG Astroboy film, Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, in association with Tezuka Productions, plans to produce an all new anime version of Tetsuwan Atom, it’s currently unknown if the new anime will take the form of a new TV series OAV or Movie, nore details to come.

11-2-99—- Princess Mononoke Final Opening Weekend Figures

The final boxoffice figures for The Princess Mononoke’s opening weekend in limited release in North American theaters are out. Mononoke brought in $144,446 total for a per-theater average of $18,056.

11-2-99—- Vampire Hunter D PSX Game Site

The official site for the upcoming Japanese Vampire Hunter D Playstation game is up, you can check it out: here. The site is in Japanese only, and features lots of info on the game as well as character designs and graphics. The game is scheduled for release in Japan on December 9.

11-1-99—- New Godzilla Toys

A batch of new Godzilla toys is headed for the market in Japan, with the upcoming release of the new Godzilla 2000 film. Of course, an action figure of the newest incarnation of Godzilla is planned as well as one of his newest adversary, Oruga. A special batttery-operated set of the two is expected to be offered featuring a roaring feature. It’s expected to list for 5,500 Yen. A six-piece Godzilla History set is also in the works, including the various incarnations of the giant lizard from the 1954, 1962, 64, 84, 95, and Millenium films.

11-1-99—- Pokemon Movie Release Date Moved Up

The first Pokemon Movie’s theatrical release date has been moved up from Friday, November 12th to Wednesday, November 10th. Sources at Warner attribute the change to the fact that Thursday, November 11th is Veterans Day, and many elementary schools in America will be closed. Warner is hoping for a strong opening Wednesday evening and Thursday.

11-1-99—- SyCoNet.com Allies With Kanakaris To Offer Anime Books / Films Online

SyCoNet.com, today announced that it has teamed up with Kanakaris Communications, Inc. to license and distribute Anime films and books for exclusive online direct over-the-Internet delivery. Kanakaris will offer books at NetBooks.com with secure proprietary technology and the animated videos at NetMovieMania.com with Microsoft Windows Media Technology.

“The alliance of Kanakaris and SyCoNet.com means that some of the most popular animated videos and books in the world today will be available for the first time over the Internet. Thanks to Kanakaris’ popular and secure website delivery, we intend to offer all our properties, building on the audience base that has been created with the Pokemon video series,” stated Sy Picon, chief executive officer of SyCoNet.com.

“SyCoNet.com and Kanakaris will share revenue, which will include advertising, monthly subscriptions, and individual pay-per-view related to these properties,” Sy Picon added.

The films may be viewed in full screen audio and video and the books may be viewed with several enhanced features, with links from the Kanakaris Entertainment Web portal site, www.kkrs.net.

11-1-99—- Sonic The Hedgehog On The Top

ADV’s Sonic the Hedgehog is still going strong, currently holding 7th place on the Billboard Entertainment Video charts.

11-1-99—- Cell Phones With Color Displays On The Way, Phone Agents A Possibility

Three Japanese J-Phone mobile carriers announced Monday that they will begin selling cellular phones with color display units starting in early December. The J-SH02 model, by


Anime News Service Partners With Digital Manga To Expand Services – Provide Content To Akadot.Com

Anime News Service, approaching it’s 3rd year of operation as the leading English Language internet destination for Anime (Japanese animation) / Manga (Japanese comics) related news and information, officially announces a partnership with Los Angeles-based Digital Manga Inc. to be the primary news content provider for it’s newly created web-magazine / community site www.akadot.com.

Akadot will feature exclusive features and interviews focusing on the Anime / Manga industry in the U.S., Japan, and worldwide, as well as reviews, previews and event reports. Visitors can look forward to an expansion of site features in the near future that will inlcude interactive message boards, polls, and more.

The partnership will dramatically add to the news resources of Anime News Service, founding editor Jonah Morgan offers: “Akadot’s Tokyo office will give us a permanent presence in Tokyo, the focal point of the Japanese urban culture / anime / manga / j-pop / videogame industries in the world today.” ANS readers can expect exclusive on-sight reports from events in Japan, realtime news as it breaks, as well as interviews with names shaping the state of the art in their respective fields today. Site feature additions are also in the works.

Jonah concludes: “The big winner in this deal is the fan / reader. Anime News Service will continue as it has for the past 3 years, providing the most consistently unique and informative Anime / Manga news on the internet with updates to it’s main page many times daily and whenever news breaks.” “Together with Digital Manga and Akadot we’re hoping to bring a calibur of reporting to the internet that yet to be experienced, get ready.”

Contact: Anime News Service via e-mail: support@animenewsservice.com


October 8-14 Anime News

10-14-99—- Perfect Blue Review

Metro Active Movies has posted a nice review of Satoshi Kon’s pyschological thriller Perfect Blue. You can read it here.

10-14-99—- Manga Event To Aid Taiwanese Earthquake Sufferers

50 popular manga artists, including Tetsuya Chiba and Shinji Mizushima participated in a charity event / auction in Ginza district, Tokyo on Oct 2, with proceeds and contributions of 980 thousand yen in total going to aid sufferers of Taiwan’s recent devistating Earthquake. Mr. Chiba had only recently attended a manga summit held in Taiwan last month, with the goal of improving cultural interchange between Taiwanese / Japanese manga artists. The hotel Mr. Chiba stayed in during the summit was subsequently destroyed in the earthquake.

Source: Anime Scene

10-14-99—- Japanese Fall TV Anime Report

Excel Saga
Based on the manga serialized in the “YOUNG King Ours” magazine, “Excel Saga” the TV series is directed Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus). The story is based around Excel, who belongs to the secret association at the basement of an unknown city, the grop fights in battles to take over the world. However, they actually make a living working at a part-time job and renting a cheap apartment.
Began: Oct. 7th | Airing: 1:15 am on TV Tokyo

One Piece
Based on the popular manga serialized in “Shonen Jump”, the story takes place in a world where the oceans are ruled by pirates, a boy seeks the legendary treasure, “One Piece”, and tries to become the pirate king. The program will air in the slot previously held by the Dragon Ball TV series. The theme will be provided by Hironobu Kageyama (Dragon Ball Z).

Cyborg Kuro-chan
Based on the manga serialized in BonBon Magazine. A black cat, Kuro-chan, who never loses a fight, is transformed into a cyborg.
Began: Oct. 2nd | Airing: 8:00 am on TV Tokyo

Source: J-Dream Direct Newsletter, J-Dream Web

10-14-99—- Space Battle Ship Yamato Official Homepage – Launch!

An official homepage has been created for Reiji Matsumoto’s masterpiece, “Space Battle Ship Yamato”. Titiled “Space Battle Ship Hasshin!” the site has been created by Bandai, and includes news on Playstation titles, information on special books, upcoming DVDs, a database to lookup character backgrounds, story terms and sub-stories, and a monthly commentary magazine, “Monthly Yamato.” The first issue of “Monthly Yamato’s” lead feature s “Yamato and its time.” Click here to go directly to the official site. here (Japanese Only).

Source: J-Dream Direct Newsletter, J-Dream Web

10-14-99—- New Gunsmith Cats Manga

Published by Kodansha, Afternoon Addition, a new quarterly Japanese magazine from the staff of Afternoon Magazine (which features popular serials such as Ah! My Goddess), has lead off it’s inagural Autumn ’99 issue with a new and running Gunsmith Cats manga by Kenichi Sonoda. The new manga could serve as source material for a long rumored 2nd GSC OAV series or possibly a new TV series.

10-14-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Warp’s survival / horror / adventure game D2 is now in beta testing. When released, the game will be span 4 GD-ROMs and is expected out in Japan on Dec. 23rd.

Pro Action Replay CD-X, a CD version of Pro Action Replay will be released in Japan in Nov. and sale for 9800 Yen. The CD will function in the same capacity as the plug-mod version, and is specifically designed for the PSX 9000 series models, where the parallel port is absent.

Sony has sold over 4 million PocketStation units in Japan as of Aug.

10-14-99—- Pokemon Continues To Dominate American Video Charts

Released by Viz, Pokemon video sales continue to dominate the American Billboard Top 10 Kids Video Sales charts, holding no less than 3 positions as of Oct. 16th. Holding spot #2, is Pokemon: Pokey Friends; holding spot #3 is Pokemon: I Choose You Pickachu; and holding spot #6 is Pokemon: Seaside Pickachu.

10-13-99—- Cartoon Network, Toonami And An Anime Channel

John Oppliger from AnimeNation has written up an excellent first hand account of the events that transpired in the recent Cartoon Network Pannel at this past weeks AWA convention. His account cuts through alot of the hype currently circulating and relays the most probable current state of events on the whole range of issues with CN. You can read his report here (Scroll down to Oct. 12th).

In regards to Gundam Wing and other titles that may possibly air on the network John’s account also sheds some light on the actual state of affairs. Cartoon Network’s hint that the network was currently looking into airing other titles concurs with Bandai’s position that they are speaking with Cartoon Network in regards to airing their titles on cable, Gundam Wing being one of them. The status of Gundam Wing has yet to be resolved, so an official deal, if there is to be one, is still forthcoming.

10-13-99—- J-Pop / Seiyuu News

Two-Mix’s upcoming maxi-single “Side Formula”, is expected out the 27th. The single will feature 10 tracks including “Last Tears”, which will be the ending theme to the upcoming Jibakukun anime TV series.

Okui Masami’s upcoming maxi-single “Sorewa Totsuzen Yatte Kuru” will feature a new acoustic version of the Utena anime movie image theme “Tokini Aiwa”.

Delphine’s PC RPG DarkStone will be released in Japan in November, the Japanese character voices will be provided by well known seiyuu, including Hikami Kyoko, who will portray the role of the priestess.

Sakamoto Maaya’s upcoming singles collection, “Pachipochi”, may include pictures taken by producer Yoko Kanno.

10-13-99—- SyCoNet To License And Distribute Anime And Video Game Soundtracks

Syconet.com Inc. announced the launch of a new division, Otaku Music USA, today, the new division will license and distribute Anime and video game soundtracks. Otaku Music USA expects to acquire 500 to 700 soundtrack licenses, and secure its first agreement and begin production in the next 60 days. The Company’s division will sell the soundtracks through several distribution channels including its two websites, other leading music and CD Internet sites, major music distributors across the United States, and several reputable music and video stores that carry imported soundtracks and have strong


October 3-7 Anime News

10-7-99—- Seiyuu News

Yuko Miyamura will release a new Singles Collection album Dec. 1st, listing for 3,045 Yen.

Houko Kuwashima’s new single “Toki Hanate”, is scheduled for release November 10th, selling for 1,020 Yen. The title track is featured as the opening theme song to the new Blue Gender anime series airing on TBS in which Ms. Kuwashima provides voice for the character Joey. The B-Side track “Aiga Oshiete Kureta” is featured as the ending theme to the series. Ms. Kuwashima also has an upcoming release relating to the Kaitou Ranma OVA series, in which she plays Koishikawa Sana, out Jan. 28th.

10-7-99—- Major Anime Spread To Appear In TIME

A “major” feature on Anime is expected to appear within the next two weeks in the American TIME Magazine. The feature is to come out just in time for the nationwide release of Princess Mononoke, and is to center around the films world famous dirrector Hayao Miyazaki. It’s rumored that TIME had a chance to conduct a 1 on 1 interview with Mr. Miyazaki during his recent travels in Norh America. Helen McCarthy, author of the recently released, and incredibly well put together filmography/biography on Mr. Miyazaki: Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation is also expecrted to be interviewed by TIME.

10-7-99—- Media Blasters Acquires Rurouni Kenshin

Word is coming out of the East Coast Video Show, being held in Atlantic City that Media Blasters has acquired the Rurouni Kenshin TV series and possibly the OAV’s and Movie as well. A more formal announcement is to be made at AWA. More details to come.

10-7-99—- Seikai No Monsho

Bandai Visual is currently set to release a new PSX game based on the Star Emblem (Seikai No Monsho) Anime this spring. Star Emblem is a recent 13 episode sci-fi television series that ran on the WOWOW broadcast satellite channel earlier this year from Jan.- March. Directed by Yasuchika Nagaoka (New Cutey Honey OAV series), and featuring the voice talent of Yuka Imai, the anime itself is based on a series of science fiction novels by Shibue Morioka. The story chronicles a distant future where the planet Martin is invaded by the Arv, a group that is on its way to establishing a galactic empire. Martin becomes an Arv colony, governed by an Arv, Lock Lin. Seven years pass and Lock’s son, Jinto Lin, convinces his friend Count Hyde to get him a commission in the military, however, Jinto is not at all interested in a military life, he needs to hitch a ride on a space vessel so he can meet the granddaughter of Arv Emperor Rafil. The series is very well written, with excellent character designs. Seikai No Monsho is currently available on LD and in Japan, hopefully it will be licensed in the U.S. soon.
For more info visit Sunrise’s Seikai No Monsho hompeage here (Japanese).

10-7-99—- American Pokemon English Dub To Air In Japan

The American English dub of the Pokemon TV series will start airing in Japan later this month. To be called “Pocket Monsters Encore”, it will air Tuesdays on TV-Tokyo starting Oct. 19, its SAP (Second Audio Progaram) audio channel will provide the English dub audio track along with a newly added “Memo on Pokemon’s English conversation”. The Japanese Ministry of Education has reportededly voiced some interest in the billingual version.

Source: Anime Scene

10-7-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

The Osaka District Court ruled today that the sale of second hand computer game software illegal.

To fill the 10,000 seats at The Square Millennium Private Show in Yokohama on Nov. 23 Square will draw to give out tickets from those who submitted a ticket application. the Application will be included in upcoming Square titles. Major announcements are expected at the show, including the next Final Fantasy game.

The Final Fantasy VIII Orchestra CD Sountrack is out in Japan on Nov. 21.

Bandai Visual is working on a new PSX adventure / war strategy title based on the Star Emblem anime produced by Sunrise. The game is divided into adventure and strategy modes, in adventure mode, you collect information and choose how the story proceeds, when you encounter enemies, the game switches into war strategy mode. The game is expected out in Japan next spring.

Sega will release Godzilla Generations Maximum Impact for DC in Japan this December, the sequel to their previous Godzila title. In the game you have to defeat the boss or complete certain tasks to finish the missions. There will be twice as many Godzilla types, the graphics and visuals have been imprioved.

Koei is working on a new Gameboy card battle game based on the characters of the Angelique series, called SweetAnge. This game will support the Pocket Printer, enable you to print out the cards, you can also exchange the cards with your friend using the link cable. The game is expected out in Japan in Dec.

10-7-99—- Anime In The Manistream Media

Anime has popped up in a few other American mainstream media Sources lately. The current October 18 issue of Forbes Business Magazine includes a short article on anime and manga entitled “Anime Opens on Main Street”. The article talks about the Pokemon craze, Mononoke, others and has a picture from the new Vampire Hunter D Movie. There’s also a story on Pokemon that’s expected to air on the CBS Evening News Tonight.

10-6-99—- You’re Under Arrest The Movie

You’re Under Arrest The Movie is slated for release on LD and DVD in Japan on Nov. 25th. The Movie set one year after the TV series ending, Natsumi and Miyuki’s have matured slightly and the story more serious than before. The story begins when Natsumi and Miyuki return to Bokuto precinct after one year of training at Police HQ. Traffic lights around the city are apparently malfunctioning and causing traffic inncidents. They discover a mysterious diskette, confiscated in a smuggling case, connecting it to the this to the traffic light mystery. The disk also contains a threat about the Sakura bridge being blown up. Who is the terrorist behind this latest case? Will Natsumi and Miyuki


September 29-October 2 Anime News

10-2-99—- Vampire Hunter D Update

An English-dubbed version of the new Vampire Hunter D movie will most likely be released to theaters in America before Japan. The English-language dialogue has been recorded, in the recent Talk Live Discussion, held on the 24 with Vampire Hunter D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi this was revealed. Mr. Kikuchi has been sent a videotape of the complete English dubbed version of the movie with no sound effects or music. It was also revealed that a new PSX Vampire Hunter D game is on the way. It will be a 3D action game with an expected release in Dec.

10-2-99—- Seraphim Call

With the new Sunrise TV series Seraphim Call set to premeire on TV Tokyo the 6th, King Records has announced special character soundtrack albums (each featuring a individual episode ending theme song performed by the character/ seiyuu) will be released 1 month apiece, at 2,000 Yen each. The first album, out the 22nd, features Kasahara Hiroko/”Kurimoto Yukina”. The album includes the first ending theme “Yume Mitemo Iijanai”, along with the episode background image tracks. Preorders are to include a Seraphim Call Calendar for 2000.

10-2-99—- Review: Saber Marionette R

Based on the popular manga and novels by Satoru Akihito, the 3 part Saber Marionette R OAV was originally released in Japan in 1995, a full year before the Saber Marionette J TV series. The story takes place on Lalatsu, a planet that has been inhabited by a male-only population ever since their spaceship drifted onto the planet 200 years previous. The inhabitants develop female androids via cloning technology. Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry are all androids with one exception, they each contain a Maiden Circuit giving them emotions and a heart like real girls. The story begins in the city-state of Romarna.

If you’ve already seen J you should immediatly notice a change in overall tone. R has a gritty feel to it, although it elegantly combines that with a very uplifting cheery, fantasy, blue skies, and lost days of youth sort of feeling, the balance and is incredible. Character designs are provided by Izuna Yoshitsune and Yuichiro Tanuma. A trio of excellent voice actresses make up the the main cast. Lime: Megumi Hayashibara, Cherry: Yuri Shiratori, Bloodberry: Akiko Hiramatsu.

Act 1: Face, the clone of Romana’s ruler Virey, stages a revolt to overtake the throne. Virey’s other son, Junior, attempts to save his home with the help of the Saber Marionettes. He challenges his brother and his saber creations, the Sexadolls.

Act 2: During the battle, Junior, Cherry, and a dysfunctional Lime attempt to flee the city to the lower social sratum. Taking refuge in a farm, they plan to rescue Virey. After some heavy training, they’re on their way butsoon find themselves face to face with Sexadol Brid and some giant fighting robots!

Act 3: Junior, Cherry, and Lime make one last attempt at a rescue, but they are intercepted. Is it too late!?

Saber Marionette R | English Subtitled | Contains Acts 1-3 | 96 min. | $24.98
Order Saber Marionette R directly from Anime Village by clicking here

10-2-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai plans to release Digimon World, a card battler/RPG for PSX in Japan this Dec. The game will be in full 3D, during the quest you have to search for the Digimon cards, and during the battles, you can summon the different digital monsters to battle for you. They also plan to release DigiMon RPG for PSX in US, due to the increasing popularity of the Anime. Since the game is still under develop in Japan, don’t expect to see the US version of the game until sometime in late 2000.

Sega Zone has reported a special trick has been discovered to allow Japanese Dreamcasts to play US DC games, provided that you have a copy of the demo disc from the Nov. 99 Issue of Official Sega Dreamcast Magazine. This swap trick has been confirmed to work with NFL 2000, it should work with any single disc game. Here is the procedure:
Load up the demo disc
Return to the Dreamcast main menu
Select Play, when the blue Sega screen pops up, as soon as it fades to white, open the Dreamcast CD cover, the disc should stop spinning and the screen will remain in white.
Replace the demo disc with any US game disc, and it will now load properly on a Japanese Dreamcast system.

Sega of Japan has officially delayed the release of Shen Mue Chapter 1: Yokosuka for DC from Oct. 28 to sometime in the spring of 2000. The reason for delay are some complex programming adjustments and a debugging process. Sega also mentioned that the next 4 chapters of Shen Mue (2-5) could be released in a single package next year.

Namco has established a new game software development subsidiary called Monolith Software, the vice president and president of the new firm are Tetsuya Takahashi and Hiroshi Sugiura, former Final Fantasy director from Square. Monolith Software will be developing a series of RPGs for PSX 2 in 2001.

Nintendo will be showing a prototype of the 128 bit Dolphin in Aug. 2000. Full details of the system will be announced at the same time.

10-2-99—- Princess Mononoke Website Updated

Miramax has updated it’s Official Princess Mononoke Website with a much higher quality Quicktime version of the trailer, and a space where you can submit your webpage to become part of the official Princess Mononoke web-ring.

10-2-99—- Slayers To Air On Sci-fi Channel / Anime On MTV Soon?

Kidscreen News has revealed a bit of interesting news in a recent interview with C.B. Cebulski of Central Park media:

“Slayers has been picked up by the Sci Fi Channel, indicating a growing awareness that some anime is not as adult as once thought.”

Another line from the article makes reference to anime on MTV:

“Two of Central Park’s teen anime products have been featured on MTV’s Cartoon Sushi, including Iria (about a female bounty hunter) and Genocyber (a high-tech intergalactic fantasy). MTV has expressed


September 24-28 Anime News

9-28-99—- Encore News

DVD Animania, in an interview with Encore media, learned of the network’s plans to begin running it’s first Anime series, Blue Seed. It will be run 2 episodes a week starting Saturday Nov. 6 on the Encore Network.

9-28-99—- Pokemon Lawsuit Attorneys Almost Sue Themselves

The San Diego law firm won’t be suing Wizards of the Coast and 4Kids Entertainment over Pokemon cards after all. Milberg Weiss, one of the firms involved in the suit, discovered it was suing one of its own clients, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. The firm realized it must withdraw as lead plaintiff in the case and it cannot defend its client. Three others firms in New Jersey, Los Angeles and San Diego are taking over the case.

9-28-99—- Lodoss Wars

SyCoNet.com announced today that it plans to market Record Of Lodoss War action figures domestically within the next 10 days. Interestingly, the move in marketing the figures is being made on anticipation of the Lodoss Wars TV series, which is expected to air in the U.S. before the end of the summer 2000.

9-28-99—- Goddess Cadets

As previously mentioned, Xebec is working on a new TV series adaption of Goddess Cadets (Megami Kohosei), based on Yukiru Sugizaki’s popular manga. The series, expected to start airing sometime soon, will use 3D CG in it’s production. Production IG and IKIF are heavily involved in making this series visually stunning. The series will be Directed by Mitsuru Hongo, with Character Designa by Shinichi Yamaoka, here is a list of production staff:

Assistant Director: Takahiko Hoshiai
Megami Designer: Shingo Takenaka
Ship and Victim Designer: Akitoshi Maeda
Mechanical Artists: Takeshi Matsuda, Yoshiki Kuge
Setting/Script: Akira Okeya
Science Fiction Setting: Mitsuhasu Sakai
Color Setting: Yuko Kanamaru
Art Director: Toshihisa Koyama
(Production AI)
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima

9-28-99—- Kijuu Shinsekai Zoid

Kijuu Shinsekai Zoid (Zoid the New Century of Mechanical Beasts) began airing Sep. 4th on the Japanese network TBS. The TV series is based on Michiro Kamiyama’s popular manga of the same name. Kamiyama sensei is also the creator of Kaiki Keisatsu, Sai Police. Produced by Xebec, Zoid will make use of 3D Computer Graphics.

9-28-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Hudson’s Baku Bomberman 2 for N64 is 85-percent complete, and will be out in Japan on Dec. 3rd for 6800 yen. The gane will feature a story mode and a survival mode, at the start. Upon completeion of the story mode you’ll be able to play through a royal battle mode, as well as a time-attack mode. You’ll have both a two and four player option as well. New bomb types will also be included in the game including fire bombs, water bombs, and earthquake bombs. A US version of the game, ported by Nintendo, is already being planned for next year.

9-28-99—- Blood Character Designs

Production I.G. recently released character sketches of Saya (a mysterious girl with amazing swordmanship, the ultimate slayer to end to the vampire history) from it’s upcoming Digital Animation Action / Horror film, Blood:
(1) Saya Expressions
(2) Saya School Uniform

9-27-99—- Animetronic On MTV Tonight

A behind the scene look of Animetronic with Pioneer Producer, Yuji Moriya will be featured on MTV’s Road Rules tonight At 10 ET. For more information on Animetronic, click here (the 4th article down).

9-27-99—- The Real Mach 5

A 1/1 scale fully functional replica of the Mach 5 (including saw blade cutters, jumping ability through a special hydraulics system and interactive voice responses to steering wheel mounted buttons.) from Speed Racer (Mach Go! Go! Go!) is being constructed by Focus on Cars, a Long Beach CA. group for The Child Safety Network. CSN is creating the car to promote a nation-wide safety tour, called Child Safety Day At The Races.

Total cost to build the Mach 5 is estimated to be between $175,000 and $200,000. Currently, details of the public unveiling are still under wraps, the Mach 5 will privately debut at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, Nov. 2-5, 1999, in Las Vegas. Cos-playing characters from Speed Racer to Chim Chim will be part of the promotional events surrounding the movement of the Mach 5 around the country.

9-27-99—- New Sonic Toys On The Way

Grand Toys International, today announced that it has acquired the Canadian distribution rights for new Sonic The Hedgehog products from Toy Island Manufacturing. New York based Toy Island recently received the rights to manufacture and distribute Sonic The Hedgehog toys including 5.5″ action figures, vehicles, playsets, wind up vehicles, bendable figures, plush toys, electronic plush toys, remote control figures and vehicles, paper and stationery products, spring and summer toys and junior sporting goods based on Sega’s popular video game character, as he is featured in Sonic Adventure for the Sega Dreamcast and in the new animated television series Sonic Underground. Products are currently expected to be out across North America next year.

9-27-99—- Official Princess Mononoke Website Launches

Miramax has setup their official Princess Mononoke website at: www.princess-mononoke.com. When the site is completly fleshed out it will offer gallaries featuring hundreds of images from the film, behind the scenes footage, graphics to add to your own site, chat, web rings, and more!

9-27-99—- Ocean Group Begins Card Captor Dub Production

Canadian based Ocean Studios Group has begun English Dub production of Clamp’s Card Captor Sakura TV series, recently licensed by Nelvana. The series will most likely begin airing in North America in the Fall 2000 TV season.

9-27-99—- Bandai Visual (Emotion) Unveils Digital Engine Project

Bandai Visual (Emotion) recently announced their “Digital Engine Project”, set to seamlessly combine present animation production techniques with the most advanced digital technology currently available. Bandai’s goal is to forge new techniques for producing Digital Animation features that will be utilized by animators for sometime to come. 2 Forerunners of their project are now in production: Katsuhiro Otomo’s (Akira) Steam Boy and Mamoru Oshii’s (Ghost in The Shell) G.R.M, each film is budgeted at 4 billion yen.

G.R.M
Without the use of a single frame of traditional cell animation, Special Effects Director Shinji Higuchi and Digital Technology


September 11-17 Anime News

9-17-99—- Mixx To Publish Gundam Wing Manga

Today, Mixx Entertainment announced that they have acquired the exclusive North American publishing rights to New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, the most popular Gundam title of the ’90’s. The manga will begin running monthly in it’s own comic book beginning in February 2000, and will be compiled into a series of Pocket Mixx graphic novels beginning in May 2000.

The Gundam Wing story takes place in the year AC 195 in the midst of a space colony revolution. After two decades of oppression, a network of space-based rebels strike back at their opposing force, OZ. Using super-strong armor called gundanium, scientists construct advance mobile suits called Gundams. Five highly-trained combat pilots are dispatched to Earth to wage a guerilla war against OZ and its Alliance.

Bandai U.S. has already announced that it will release the the Gundam Wing TV series and Endless Waltz (OAVs / Movie) domestically soon. Rumors are also circulating on a possible U.S. TV release of the series.

9-17-99—- Tezuka Exhibit At Pacific Science Center

The Pacific Science Center, located in Seattle, Washington is planning an exhibit to one of Osamu Tezuka’s greatest works, Astroboy (Mighty Atom). “Astro Boy: The Art of Japanese Comics and Animation”, will be shown in the Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery from October 16th through 31st. Exhibit displays will feature manga and anime), original cels, demonstrations of illustrations and CG anime presentations by leading artists of Japan’s comic and animation industries. The exhibit is to be sponsored by Hyogo Prefecture, Hyogo Business and Cultural Center and Tezuka Productions. Here’s the planned events schedule for the opening day:

Saturday, Oct. 16
Seattle Rotary Discovery Labs
Special lectures
2:00 p.m. Machiko Kusahara, media researcher and associate professor of the University of Kobe Graduate School
3:00 p.m. Frederik L. Schodt, Japanese comic specialist, author and translator

* For more information, goto the Pacific Science Center website by clicking here. (Thanks to Isaac Alexander for the link.)

9-17-99—- Princess Mononoke To Show At Cleveland Ghibli Film Festival

Princess Mononoke will highlight an upcoming Studio Ghibli film festival at Cleveland Cinematheque Theater of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio. The festival will run from Oct. 28th through Nov. 4th.

Thursday, October 28th
8:15PM- Princess Mononoke (Dub) Friday, October 29th
7:30PM- My Neighbor Totoro (Sub)
9:20PM- Castle in the Sky
Saturday, October 30th
5:30PM- Kiki’s Delivery Service (Dub)
7:30PM- Porco Roso (Sub)
9:30PM- Nausica and the Valley of the Wind (Sub)
Sunday, October 31st
1:30PM- Pom Poko (Sub)
3:45PM- Whisper of the Heart (Sub)
8:45PM- Only Yesterday (Sub)
Thursday November 4th
7:00 PM Grave of the Fireflies (Sub?)

9-17-99—- New Perfect Blue Theater Dates

Directly from Manga Entertainment, here are new Perfect Blue theatrical screening dates and cities.

AUG 20 Cinema Village New York, NY
SEP 17 Piper’s Alley Chicago, IL
OCT 1 Varsity Theater Seattle, WA
OCT 8 Laemmle Monica Santa Monica, CA
OCT 8 Laemmle Colorado Pasadena, CA
OCT 8 Edwards University Irvine, CA
OCT 15 Opera Plaza Theatre San Francisco, CA
OCT 15-19 UC Theatre Berkeley, CA
OCT 15 Towne Theatre San Jose, CA
OCT 29 Rafael Film Center San Rafael, CA
NOV 5 Cedar Lee Theatre Cleveland, OH
NOV 5 Regal Arbor Theatre Austin, TX
NOV 5 Regal Koin Center Portland, OR
NOV 19 Crest Theatre Sacramento, CA
DEC 3 Regal University 6 Anchorage, AK

9-17-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Square has announced Parasite Eve 2 for PSX. Japanese release is expected in December. In the game you again assume the role of Aya, the camera angle will shift according to her moves, and you can use radar to detect hidden enemies. Square has also revealed their Tokyo Game Show list. Games to be shown include: Dew Prism, Vagrant Story, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Chocobo Stallion and an unannounced title (Parasite Eve 2?).

Sunrise Interactive has released some new info on Sunrise Heroes, their new robot battle SRPG scheduled for release on Dreamcast in Japan in December. This game will feature a HUGE selection of mecha and characters from various Sunrise anime series. The game is to include custom battle formations before entering a mission. When engaged in battles, your mothership can perform long range assistance attacks to help your forces in the field.

Production I.G. will be handling animation production in Namco’s new PSX RPG, Tales of Eternia. The story takes place in a peaceful world Eternia, the main hero is a boy, Rid and his childhood girlfriend Farrah. Expect the game out in Japan in the spring of 2000.

It’s currently unknown whether SNK’s upcoming PSX Samurai Spirits sequel will be an RPG or a Fighter. The game is to be totally original, it takes place 20 years after Samurai Spirits 2, Haomaru is now an old swordsman and Nakoruru has become a protective holy spirit. Battle sequences will be in full 3D, and many new characters are to be introduced including Seishifou Kuki, Tohma Kuki, Jin-Emon, Yaci Izangi, Haito, Jushirou, Hanzo II, Saya, Garyou, Rapo and Mikoto.

Tecmo is porting Monster Farm (Monster Rancher) to GameBoy Color, expect the Japanese release this winter.

Those who pre-ordered a Dreamcast at Sega.com before September 3, but failed to receive their console on time will be sent a mystery gift directly from Sega.

9-16-99—- Bandai News

Bandai U.S. is set to release it’s remaining titles for 1999. Subbed volumes of AWOL, Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Brain Powered (you read that right, Brain PowerEd with an E, the Japanese title was Brain Powerd. Also of note on the U.S. Brain Powered release, the English dub version will contain a newly created opening for mass release, the subtitled version contains the original, uncensored opening sequence.), EAT MAN ’98 vol.1-2, Ehrgeiz, Silent Mobius TV, Cowboy Bebop vol. 2 and Haunted Junction Vol 6 will all be released soon. Also expect English Language Dubs for Saber Marionette J Again, Gundam Movies, Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, and Blue Submarine No. 6 in the near future and DVD releases of Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star early next year.

*Source: AnimeVillage Weekly

9-16-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Square has announced over 400,000 copies of Final Fantasy VIII