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Anime News Service – September 3-10 Anime News

9-10-99—- Jou Hisashi Wins JASRAC Prize For Princess Mononoke Soundtrack

This year’s JASRAC Prize winners have been announced, the Japanese authors’ body JASRAC awards JASRAC Prizes, which go to the writers whose songs garnered the most royalties during the year to March 31.

* The Gold Prize went to Mitsuru Igarashi for his song “Time Goes By,” performed by the group Every Little Thing (Avex Thax).

* The Silver Prize was awarded to Hiromasa Ijichi for his song “White Love,” performed by the group Speed (Toy’s Factory).

* The Bronze Prize went to Jou Hisashi for the background music to the anime hit ” Mononoke Hime” (Princess Mononoke) (Tokuma Japan Communications).

9-10-99—- Wild 7: Biker Knights Release

Urban Vision is set to release Wild 7: Biker Knights on November the 11th. Wild 7, written by Mikiya Mochizuki, is a high octane, explosively intense action series based around a crime-fighting squad comprised of ex-criminals, each with their own combat expertise, their mission: to eradicate crime by whatever means necessary.

English Subtitled VHS: $29.95
English Dubbed VHS: $19.95

9-10-99—- 20 Cities To Show Princess Mononoke On October 29th

Team Ghiblink recieved the details from Miramax on what cities are included in the top 20 markets that will first show Princess Mononoke when it starts running late next month. The film will open on October 29th in the following cities:

Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, St. Louis, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC

These will be the first cities. If the box office returns are good (theres a very good chance of this!), then the film will recieve a wider release. Also, there should be an article about Mononoke in this Sunday’s New York Times.

9-10-99—- Win Autographed Amano Goods

Anime Nation has posted a new trivia contest, where they have teamed up with Urban Vision to offer you autographed Yoshitaka Amano (Character Designer: Vampire Hunter D, several Final Fantasy games) stuff! Go check it out here.

9-10-99—- Pokemania On NBC Cable Networks

Last night, CNBC’s (an American business news cable channel) Business Center had a feature on Pokemonaia and it’s effects on sales and stocks. Tonight, on MSNBC’s The News with Brian Williams (9:00 P.M. ET), there will be yet another report on the phenomena and popularity surrounding Pokemon, be sure to catch it!

9-10-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

* Due, in big part to the Pokemon craze, since the first of the year, Nintendo has accounted for 51% of all video game revenues. This Game Informer article has details.

* A number of defective discs managed to make it out into stores for the Dreamcast launch. GameFan has some more on this in a new article: here. If you were one of the unlucky ones to get these call Sega Customer Service toll-free, at 1-800-USA-Sega. Those whose browser software refuses to load are being told to E-Mail Customer Support,, with the subject heading Dreamcast Browser… they’ll get you taken care of.

* Gamespot News has a section up, dedicated to JAMMA (Japan Amusement Machinery Manufacturers Association). It hosts a huge trade convention (which opened yesterday) in Japan where lots of new games will be unveiled.

9-10-99—- South Korea Allows J-Pop Concerts

The South Korean government announced today, a further easing of its ban on cultural imports from Japan, it will allow J-Pop artists to stage indoor concerts in the country. The type of Japanese motion pictures allowed to run at South Korean theaters was also expanded. Japanese movies earning acclaim from some 80 international film festivals will be allowed to run, if suitable for all audiences.

9-10-99—- My Neighbors The Yamadas To Be Shown At MOMA

As previoulsy mentioned, the New York Museum of Modern Art is one of the many institutions in North America holding Ghibli retrospectives, their’s runs from September 16th – the 26th. The mystery “preview” film to be shown on the 16th at 6:08 P.M. will be Tonari No Yamada Kun (My Neighbors, The Yamadas). The film, directed by Takahata, will be subtitled in English and run after the 7 minute long musical short, On Your Mark, which is to be shown at 6:00. My Neighbors the Yamadas has a running time of 104 minutes. Further details including a list of the films to be shown can be had at the official website by clicking here.

9-10-99—- Inside Toei

ANW has a very enlightening article on the goings on inside leading Japanese Animation production studio, Toei Animation. You can read it here. (Thanks to Isaac for the link)

9-10-99—- Sunrise Auditioning Escaflowne Movie Seiyuu Over Phone

Sunrise recently posted an update to their Escaflowne news page, making a mention that they are auditioning potential voice actors and actresses over the telephone, for roles in the upcoming Vision Of Escaflowne Movie. Specifically, they are looking for a female to provide the voice of Millerna, and a male to provide the voice of Ryuon, one of Dilandou’s soldiers. The audition will last until the end of September, and the final selection will be made sometime in the beginning of October.

* You can visit Sunrise’s Escaflowne news page here [Japanese language only].

9-9-99—- Hasbro Acquires Wizards of The Coast

Hasbro, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast, Inc. announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Hasbro (who holds a Pokemon merchandise license) to acquire Wizards of the Coast (producer of the Pokemon card game). The purchase price is approximately $325 million.

*Source: Business Wire

9-9-99—- One Piece Anime

An Anime TV series based on Eiichirou Oda’s popular Manga, One Piece, (an action adventure dealing with sea pirates) is currently in production, and will start running on Fuji TV in October.

9-9-99—- Galaxy Express 999 Postcards Issued

September 9th 1999 (yesterday in Japan) The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications issued a set post cards bearing images from Leiji Matsumoto’s classic Anime, Galaxy Express 999. Each set consists of 5 post cards, and will be issued from Tokyo-and Kantou-Regional Postal Service Bureaus (limited to 500,000 sets each).

August 29 – September 3 Anime News

9-3-99—- Anime USA Convention On Again

The Anime USA convention which was scheduled to be held Oct. 15-17 in Falls Church Virginia, and then subsequently canceled due to lack of rooms, is now back on! Con organizers have reportedly found a new hotel in the area willing to host the event. Details on the new arrangements should be out soon.

9-3-99—- Macross Toy Update

Here’s a few other details I’ve been able to nail down on the upcoming Toycom Macross Plus Valkyrie release:

* Fists of the toys are expected to retract into the forearms when the valkyrie is in fighter mode.
* Box art is expected to be by Shoji Kawamori, but whether it will be existing or original art is still unknown.
* The valkyries will be between 1/100 and 1/72 scale (most likely closer to the 1/72 scale).
*Hands will probably be single piece, and not articulated. However, deluxe versions maybe released later on including additional features such as articulated hands and hinged cockpit canopies.

9-3-99—- Princess Mononoke Soundtrack Details

Milan records is set to release the Princess Mononoke Soundtrack October 12th. The 33 track CD will retail for $16.98 and will be available in most major music stores. The soundtrack features score by Joe Hisaishi and two vocal tracks performed by Sasha Lazar. The Studio Ghibli / Miramax release of Princess Mononoke is scheduled to hit 1000 movie theaters nationwide on Oct. 29th.

Here’s A Listing Of The Tracks:
1. The Legend of Ashitaka
2. The Demon God
3. The Journey to the West
4. The Demon Power
5. The Land of the Impure
6. The Encounter
7. Kodamas
8. The Forest of the Gods
9. Evening at the Ironworks
10. The Demon God II — the Lost Mountains
11. Lady Eboshi 2:48
12. The Tatara Women Work Song
13. The Furies
14. The Young Man From The East
15. Requiem
16. Will to Live
17. San and Adhitaka in the Forest of the Deer God
18. Princess Mononoke Theme Song – Instrumental Version
19. Requiem II
20. Princess Mononoke: Vocal Version
21. The Battle Drums
22. The Battle in Front of the Ironworks
23. The Demon Power II
24. Requiem III
25. The Retreat
26. The Demon God III
27. Adagio of Life and Death
28. The World of the Dead
29. The World of the Dead II
30. Adagio of Life and Death II
31. Ashitaka and San
32. Princess Mononoke – Vocal Ending
33. The Legend of Ashitaka, Ending

9-3-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

* Digicube is set to release Final Fantasy VIII Desktop Accessories for Japanese PCs, featuring icons, wallpapers, screensavers, and other desktop accessories. As well as featuring desktop accessories, the disc will include a version of the card game from FFVIII for PlayStation which can be played on PC over a LAN. The price will be 4980 yen ($45), release date in Japan and is Sept. 22. A U.S. release may be announced soon.

*Team Sonic has announced its second of four new secret titles (2 titles have yet to be named). The game, Chu Chu Rocket is an online four-player fighting/puzzle game developed exclusively for the Dreamcast Network. The game should arrive in Japan (U.S. release info is pending) by November and will be sold with a special controller.

9-3-99—- Japan Digital Animation Festival

The Japan Digital Animation Festival, a competition showcasing amateur, computer produced Animation is set for October 16th In Nagoya, Japan. Although the final date for new entries has passed (Aug. 31), the competition is open to anyone, from anywhere and of any age, there are no restrictions on content, all entries must be created using a computer. Among the judges are well known names, Mamoru Oshii (Director: Ghost In The Shell) and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (CEO: Production I.G.). Creators of the best entry will receive 1,000,000 Yen.

9-2-99—- Princess Mononoke Trailer On The Web Soon

It looks like Aint It Cool News and are teaming up to cohost the web debut of the Miramax Princess Mononoke movie trailer debut in the next few days. The following is an excerpt form Moriarty’s column of the week:

I have some technical adjustments to make here in the Labs so that we can premiere the PRINCESS MONONOKE trailer here at AICN in the next few days. We’re going to cohost the event with, and it’s going to be your first chance to see how Miramax is selling this profound and beautiful masterpiece. I think the trailer rocks, and I’m betting you will, too.

More to come… Thanks Isaac for the story.

9-2-99—- Miyazaki To Attend Princess Mononoke Screening / Toronto Film Festival

Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps the most well known Japanese Animation movie director in the world, and director of Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), will be in attendence for a North American screening of that very film at the 24th Toronto International Film Festival which begins September 9th. If you’d like more details on the festival including attendence info go to their official website by clicking here. Thanks Isaac for the story.

9-2-99—- News Bits

* Pioneer’s Subtitled Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, and Sailor Moon Super S Movies are now out. Dubbed versions, as well as DVDs, expected out in the fall.

* Rightstuf has a new contest where you can win Autographed Yoshitaka Amano (Character designer for Vampire Hunter D, several Final Fantasy games) materials, go check it out!

9-2-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

*It’s official. Nintendo is working on a 32-bit handheld super system, now known as Gameboy Advance. The system will display 65,000 colors, have 22 hour continuous play battery life and will be backwards compatible with Gameboy and Gameboy Color games. The system will be able to connect to the Internet, which will enable gamers to download games, participate in multi-player games, and chat and exchange email with friends. The company also plans to release an advanced version of the Game Boy Camera, which will let other gamers see the face of the person they’re playing against. Launch date is scheduled for August 2000 in

August 25-28 Anime News

s about 50,000 children, more than expected crammed to get8-28-99—- Anime On Cable Tonight

Adieu Galaxy Express 999: 3:00 AM ET Sci-Fi Channel
Battle Angel: Part 1: 11:40 PM ET Encore Action Channel
Battle Angel: Part 2: 12:10 PM ET Encore Action Channel

8-28-99—- Ghibli Film Festival Showings Schedule

Due to the upcoming release of the English dub version of Princess Mononoke, a number of Studio Ghibli film festivals are being organized by film festivals, museums, and theaters throughout North America and Europe. Team Ghiblink has compiled a list of of the curent showings planned and will add to it in the future. Check it out and see if you’re city (or a city near you) is on the list, you can view it here.

8-27-99—- Card Captor Sakura Petition / The Anime Name Game has put up a new petition in an effort to get VHS subtitled and DVD releases of Card Captor Sakura. It is unknown if the recently reported name change of the main character Sakura to Niki will have any effect on the effort (It has’nt effected past releases, but often you would only get an original name in a seperate companies release of a title of the same series ie: Sakura (The company that gets the Card Captor Movie (besides Nelvana))-Niki (Nelvana Card Captor TV), Usagi (Pioneer Sailor Moon Movies)-Serena (Dic Sailor Moon TV Series), Hikaru (Animeigo Rerelease of Macross TV)-Rick (Haromny Gold Robotech TV), etc..). but companies generally adopt one name and stick with it. On a side note dub fans are gonna love watching how dubbers fill 3 syllable spaces (Sa-ku-ra) (4 if you ad in chan, san etc..) with 2 syllables (Ni-ki) but it was pulled off with Sailor Moon, Pokemon etc… Anyhow…. I’ll shut up now, go sign the petition here!

8-27-99—- Alternative Video Warhouse Sales Soar After San Diego Con

The leading U.S. distributor of Anime videos and DVDs, today announced that sales of its retail division Alternative Video Warehouse increased significantly at the recent San Diego Comicon convention, and established the Company as the sole distributor of all Anime product offerings.‘s retail division Alternative Video Warehouse witnessed phenomenal sales while attending one of the largest comic book conventions this year Comicon in San Diego, CA from August 12th through August 15th. The Company’s retail sales increased 25% over last year’s participation. Alternative Video Warehouse also gained 22 key agreements with retailers to merchandise its Anime products. The new specialty retailers include Lonestar, one of the nation’s leading comic chains, currently operating eight stores in Texas, as well as Camelot Comics of Argentina.

*Source: Business Wire

8-27-99—- Yugioh Event Goes Bad At Tokyo Dome

An event for Yugioh (The King of Games) based on a popular Anime and Video Game at Tokyo Dome in central Tokyo on Thursday turned into a chaos, with riot police eventually being called into to control the scene, as about 50,000 children, more than expected crammed to get into the event held by game maker Konami.

The event included a card game tournament in which participants competed in the hit game “The Legend of the Duelist,” and packs of limited-edition game cards (For 200 Yen) featuring popular characters were advertised as being on sale.
The doors opened at 11 a.m., and the event started at noon. By that time there were already 40,000 people cramming their way into the Bunkyo Ward venue, with another 10,000 waiting in line to get in, according to Konami officials. Overwhelmed by the numbers, the organizer decided to suspend the event at 2 p.m.

At around 3 p.m., a visitor to the event made an emergency call to police, reporting that the venue was overcrowded and that the situation had become dangerous. After the call was received, 30 police officers, as well as riot police, were dispatched to the site. At least two people fell sick and were taken to a hospital, while dozens received treatment at a medical room in the dome, according to the Tokyo Fire Department. The tournament was to feature game software the company had put on the market on July 8. The game became a big hit, with sales of 1 million copies within the first week.

However, it took a long time for visitors to the event to get inside, and the tournament started at about 1 p.m., before all those waiting had entered the dome. According to some visitors, by 11 a.m. when the gates opened, children, their parents and other young game fans who had been waiting in line formed a circle around the dome.

The company then suddenly announced that it would not sell the cards, to prevent the situation from becoming dangerous, and shut down the entire event without explanation at 2 p.m., which only served to worsen the situation. Since the company did not explain to the visitors–including many who had come from outside Tokyo or had been waiting at the dome from the early morning–why the event had

been suspended, many people began to complain, with some shouting loudly. There were cries of “This is a fraud!” and “Let’s talk with the person in charge!” Others shouted that they had come all the way from Hokkaido, while some children cried.

Police are likely to question Konami over the event.

*Sources: Image: Asahi Shimbun, Story: Daily Yomiuri, Fan Sources

8-27-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

*Black Matrix A/D: Much hyped in Japan, NEC’s strategy-RPG for the Sega Saturn will be released in enhanced form, and spread over two discs, for the Dreamcast this September. The game was originally released for the Saturn in very limited quantities. No US release info yet.

*Eternal Arcadia: Formally know as Project Ares, the title of the new RPG currently being developed by the Phantasy Star team, has officially been confirmed as Eternal Arcadia. Graphics are said to be incredible: easily on par with the graphics found in Final Fantasy VIII, except the entire game is rendered in real time. The three main characters (Vyse, Aika and Fina) are “pirates” who travel

Anime News Service – August 14-19 Anime News

8-19-99—- Weekend Late Nights Are Primetime For Anime On TV

Increasingly, while the majortiy of Americans are snoring away in the wee hours of the morning on Friday and Saturday Nights, a growing number are finding reasons to stay up and watch Anime! Anime, Late Nights and Weekends are a winning combination for Cable and Satelite channels and aparently viewers as well.

*Encore’s Pay- Per-View Action channel shows Anime Weekly on Saturday Nights At Midnight ET/PT. They have a large selection of Movies from ADV and Urban Vision and plan on building on they’re current library. If you want to see new high quality Japanese Animation in it’s original form you should definetly check it out if you’re able to.

*Showtime has been showing uncut Anime like Wrath Of The Ninja and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (Actually (even though unrated) this has been quite substantially edited from the Japanese version, original music was replaced with KMFDM and Silverchair tunes for example and A Chun Li Shower scene was cut out, but as far as being shown as it was released on video here it would pass.) and you don’t even have to wait till the wee hours of the morning or weekends for anime here (I saw saw Wrath Of The Ninja on a few weeks ago in the afternoon.) so just check the schedule.

* Sci-Fi Channel shows a great (although edited) selection of Anime Movies (Arimitage III, Galaxy Express 999 ) and OAV’s (Iria, Lodoss War) weekly, Late Saturday Sights/ Early Sunday Mornings at 3:00 AM ET. Ocasionally they even do a special on Anime, look for these too.

*Cartoon Network: You can catch the Toonami Midnight Run on Saturday nights at Midnight. It has DragonBall Z (twice), Sailor Moon (twice), Robotech, Voltron, and Thundercats (half anime). Cartoon Network runs a repeat of it’s weekday Toonami Afternoon Lineup at nights, you can look for Dragon Ball around 1 AM ET. Also you can usually find Speedracer On around 4 AM ET.

*TNT/TBS/HBO: Although it’s been awhile TNT and TBS from time to time run anime movies like Robot Carnival and Vampire Hunter D in the wee hours of the morning, its rare but look for it. Then for half credit you can always check out Spawn on HBO, new episodes air Friday Nights at Midnight ET. I say half because Spawn is produced by Japanese Studio Madhouse (Vampire Hunter D, Vampire Hunter D 2) and directed/ written by creator Todd Mcfarlane.

8-19-99—- Anime Sweepstakes & Contests

Want to win Free Anime stuff? Check out these links (If you know of additional contests, E-mail me the link at and I’ll post them.):
*Anime Nation: Is giving away some free anime stuff in they’re new contest.
*RightStuf International: Win a $300 Japnese Sword + Ninja Resurection videos.
* Pioneer: Win Nintendo 64 Console, DVD player, Home Theater System, Pokemon Stuff.
*Sega: (18+) Win a trip to New York City, invitation to the Official Sega Dreamcast Launch party, invitation to the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, $500 Cash, A Limo to take you to these events, A Dreamcast and Dreamcast games.

8- 19-99—- Quick Links / Bytes

*Sidewalk Entertainment News Has a story on Nikelodeon a cartoon, “Sponge Bob Sponge Pants” Surpassing Pokemon in Ratings for viewers aged 2-11 on Saturday Mornings.
*C-NET’s Game Center Has gathered a pile of Pokemon links+info click the link & check it out.
*IGN has some new info on the upcoming Resident Evil Movie.

8-19-99—- Anime DVD News

Greg Nyman writes in with word that Urban Vision saying that DNA Sights 999.9 will not be coming out on DVD since they paid a lot for the license, and it has not sold well at all. The Cockpit will be on DVD, but it may be released a bit after the tape version. Gatchaman (the new version they have) will not be out on DVD as the rights are very complicated. Final Fantasy has a very good chance of coming out on DVD. Also Tekkaman will not be out on DVD as Saban has some rights to it.

*Story from

8-19-99—- G-Savior Update

Almost a year ago, we told you about G-Savior, Sunrise’s live action/computer-graphics movie in development. Not much was known about it except a couple scenes out of a New York space habitat and invading Zaku forces. The rest of the effects sequences and composition were unknown.

Well, we’ve seen more of it now, and it looks fine. The animators are using Lightwave to create the space scenes and mobile suit battles, and those look pretty good. Imagine Voyager-level space sequences with Gundams and Zakus blowing each other to pieces, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what it’s going to look like. Watch for a TV premiere sometime in late 99 or early 2000.

*Original Story, Images and A Streaming Video Clip (Real Media) Can Be Seen here:

8-18-99—- Interview: Encore’s Plans To Show Anime Features

Go inside Encore Media, they’re outlook on Anime as a popular entertainment product and they’re plans to feature Anime on they’re Pay-Per-View Encore Action channel with Isaac Alexander. A very insightful interview, go check it out: Here

8-18-99—- Satoshi Kon Interview

Anime Online has conducted a wonderfully enlightning 4 page Interview with Perfect Blue Director Satoshi Kon. You can read it at: ectblue.shtml.

8-18-99—- Mononoke Hime’s Showing At The San Diego Comic Con

This weekend a lengthy and really interesting review of the Mononoke Hime was written up by Adam Tierney. It details some changes made in the English Dub dialogue, but maintains the film is visiually intact. The writeup also chronicles goings on with the Voice Actors and the writer Neil Gaiman and other happenings at the Con. You can read it here at: Aint-It-Cool-News.

8- 18-99—- Yoshitaka Amano / Sandman Update

Yoshitaka Amano was on hand over the weekend at the Los Angeles Comic-con to speak about his work on the upcoming graphic novel The

July 25-August 13 Anime News

8-13-99—- Galaxy Express 999 At Shinagawa Station

Since August 1 a replica steam engine based on the Galaxy Express 999 (Ginga Tetsudou 999) is being exhibited at Shinagawa station in Tokyo Prefecture. The Galaxy Express 999 appeared in the popular anime of the same name created by Reiji Matsumoto, and had the outside appearence of very old-fashioned steam engine locomotive, on the inside it was packed with advanced technology allowing it to ply the cosmos. The 1/1 scale real life replica, a Japanese made steam engine a C-62 model will be displayed as the 999 from August until September. Anime is being shown in the 11 coaches such as Sailor Moon and of course Galaxy Express 999.

8-13-99—- Top Manga Sales (Japan) [As of August 9th]

1. Detective Konan (24) Shogo Aoyama
2. Inu Yasha (11) Rumiko Takahashi
3. Cardcaptor Sakura (9) CLAMP
4. GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!! (37) Takashi Shina
5. Vagabond (3) Takehiko Inoue
6. Me-gumi no Daigo (19) Masato Soda
7. Tenjo Tenga (3) Oh! great
8. Tokyo Crazy Paradise (10) Yoshiki Nakamura
9. Shanimu ni Go (2) Marimo Ragawa
10.Sekai de Ichiban Daikirai (5) Mari Hidaka

8-12-99—- Breath Of Fire 4

Capcom has updated it’s site with tons of info (In Japanese) on the new RPG Breath of Fire 4. Go see:

8-12-99—- Live Anime Jazz Songs Concert

A pianist, Makoto Kuria is famous for his performance of jazz-type music that is based on anime songs. On July 28th, he held his concert at Tokyo Minamiaoyama Mandala. The concert celebrated his second album, “ANTITHESES #2” with his jazz-type anime music collected. On the stage were Makoto Kuriya, Koichi No, Masahiko Osaka, Andy Wolf, Gen Ittetsu and more, who worked on the production of this album. All the titles from “ANTITHESES #2,” including the following, and the titles from the previous album, ANTITHESES” were played at this concert.
* “Devil Man Again Somewhere Today” – The opening song from “Devil Man”
* “Lupin The III Sono 2” – The ending song from “Lupin The III”
* “Theme of the Galaxy Express 999” – The theme song from the
motion picture, “The Galaxy Express 999”
* “Tank!” – The opening song from “Cowboy Bebop”

8-12-99—- Magazine Boom

This year in Japan has been the year for the new magazines in manga, anime and game industry to start publishing. “Dengeki Animation Magazine,” the new anime magazine that was started in April, “Magazine Z,” the new multimedia manga magazine that started in June, “Character Grand Prix,” the new character goods magazine that has been around from July. One of the newest magazine among them is “Tokyo Robot News” started publishing by Keibunsha on July 27th. This magazine specializes the history of robot anime creations, illustrations, its changes and more. The other new magazine, “Megami Magazine,” a “bishojo” cute girl character magazine was started publishing by Gakken on July 28th. The first issue includes articles about “Ah! My Goddess,” which will be in theaters this coming April as a motion picture, and other cute girl characters in other anime and games. It also introduces the strategies for the bishojo girl games and their character goods.
What’s more, an anime magazine, “Hi-Ge” will be started by Eichi Shuppan on October 10th. It will be a sensational culture magazine that deals with anime in a totally new way: it is supposed to be an interactive magazine to which a CD-ROM will be attached.

8-12-99—- Top Anime LD Sales (Japan) [As of August 9th]

1. Mobile Suit Gundam No.08 Team -Last Resort
2. Cowboy Bebop 8th Session
3. You’re Under Arrest Special vol.1
4. To Heart vol.3
5. Gasaraki vol.7
6. Saber Marionette J to X vol.8
7. Herlock Saga the Ring of Niberung -Gold of the Line- vol.4
8. The Crest of the World of Stars vol.2
9. Devilman Lady vol.7
10.Master Keaton vol.2

8-12-99—- New Sakura Wars OAV Series / Live Action Play / Dreamcast Game

Bandai Visual has announced that they will release a new 6 volume OAV series of “Sakura Wars,” based on a very popular adventure game from SEGA, begining at the end of 1999. At the site this was announced, Oji Hiroi, Satoru Akahori, who has been directing the series, Hiroyuki Kawasaki, a scriptor, and the music composer, Kohei Tanaka were present. They revealed that each volume of the OVA will have different theme song and ending song, and that this OVA will have interesting plots and ideas in its episodes.

Also a play based on “Sakura Wars,” “Sakura Wars Kayou (Songs) Show” will be held in August. The voice actors who will appear in this play, Chisa Yokoyama and Ruaua Takano were also at this announcement gathering. The third episode of the OVA seems to be about this “Kayou Show.” The main character of the first volume will be Maria, whose voice is by Urara Takano.

Sakura Wars will be continued onto the Sega Dreamcast. Their have been two RPG game titles for the Sega Saturn. The new game will be Hanagumi (Flower Branch) Columns, based on puzzle column games.

8-11-99—- Manga Dream Factory Mourns Shotaro Ishinomori’s Death

“Manga is the world’s common language” was the motto of the original creator of “Cyborg 009,” Shotaro Ishinomori, who died last year. The event for this comic artist was held July 10th to August 31st. The site is Nagoya Herald Cineplaza. The entrance fee is 600 yen ($5).
The event includes
* July 10th-23rd Shotaro Ishimori and Science Fiction Comics
* July 24th-August 3rd The World of Disney, Animation and Art
* August 4th-August 10th The Magnificent World of AIC Bishojo
Girl Animation Cel Works
* August 11th-August 31st Monky Punch and Hero Comics Exhibition (Shotaro Ishimori and the Contemporary Comic Artists Exhibition
is also held at the same site from July 10th to August 31st.)
At this event, the brock prints are displayed for sale.
Visitors will receive an Shotaro Ishimori original sticker.
The participating comic artists are: from science fiction comics, Shotaro Ishinomori and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, from hero comics, Takao Yaguchi, Takao Saito, Monky Punch and more.

8-10-99—- US Pokemon Movie

July Anime News

7-24-99—- The Pilot of Star 2 Comet

A CD drama based Yuichi Sasamoto’s Sci-Fi Novel: The Pilot of Star 2 Comet , The Pilot of Star 2 Comet which received the Japanese science fiction award, “Seiun Sho”, will be produced by GAINAX and the CD will be on sale on July 25th. Illustrations are done by Masahisa Suzuki. The voices for the main characters are by Yuko Miyakura and Fumi Hirano, the voice of Ram in “Urusei Yatsura.” For a limited period of time, the CD includes “Space Planning Pass,” the card that has the password for entering for the members’ page at GAINAX homepage. The price of the CD is 4800 yen (about $40) in Japan.

7-24-99—- New Acquisitions

* JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Super Techno Arts, A Japan based company is going to sub JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Super Techno Arts,Inc.
Tel:(415) 920-9337
Fax:(415) 920-9335

*JaJa Quartet CPM has JaJa Quartet: Crown Knights

Manga And Clamp Manga stated that they hope to release the Magic Knights RayEarth OAV series by the end of 1999.

The theatrical release of X may occur in November of 1999. Regardless of the date, the VHS and DVD releases of the titles will occur very shortly thereafter. Manga is also planning another theatrical release for the Spring of 2000, though they are not giving details on the title to be released.

7-24-99—- Pocket Monsters Epilepsy Aftermath

*Color Changes In TV Cartoons Cause Seizures

A rash of epileptic seizures triggered by a television cartoon has pinpointed a new type of epilepsy, according to a report in this month’s Annals of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society.

One evening in Japan in 1997, at precisely 6:50 in the evening, 685 people, most of them children, simultaneously suffered epileptic seizures. The culprit was not difficult to identify: all were watching the popular animated TV show, “Pocket Monsters.”

Japanese researchers have now found evidence that the seizures were provoked by rapid changes of blue and red in the background of the cartoons.

Flickering lights such as strobe lights or even the images on a television or video screen are well known as triggers for epileptic seizures. Patients who experience such seizures are said to suffer from photosensitive epilepsy.

Rapid light/dark changes or alternating high-contrast patterns cause nerve cells in the brain to fire electrical impulses more rapidly than usual. In people with photosensitive epilepsy, the resulting “electrical storm” in the brain can lead to muscular convulsions or loss of consciousness.

Although photosensitive epilepsy is not a new phenomenon, the events in Japan appear to be unprecedented.

“This may be the world’s largest simultaneous occurrence of photosensitive symptoms in children provoked by viewing a TV program. Therefore, the seizures were considered to be triggered by a single uniform visual stimulus,” said Shozo Tobimatsu, M.D., a neurologist at Kyushu University in Japan and one of the authors of the article.

Tobimatsu and his colleagues studied 4 boys who had suffered seizures during the cartoon. Like many others, they were not known to suffer from epilepsy, although some had a family history of epilepsy.

The researchers measured brain wave responses as the boys watched the cartoon in color or in black and white. They found that only 2 of the boys were sensitive to light/dark changes, but that all 4 boys had abnormal, epilepsy-like brain changes when exposed to the color version of the cartoon.

Because the cartoon had a flickering blue and red background, the researchers also showed the boys rapidly alternating blue and red images.

“Rapid color changes between blue and red in the cartoon were clearly the most important factor compared with color changes of other kinds and flickering light,” said Tobimatsu.

These results, combined with a report last year of color-induced seizures in Great Britain, led the Japanese team to propose a new subcategory of photosensitive epilepsy called chromatic sensitive epilepsy.

Other authors of the report were You Min Zhang, M.D., and Motohiro Kato, M.D., also of Kyushu University; and Yasuko Tomoda, M.D., and Akihisa Mitsudome, M.D., of Fukuoka University.

7-23-99—- Live Cowboy Bebop Concert

A live performance of the music from the popular Anime Cowboy Bebop will be held in Shibuya in August. The jazz-based music of the Sunrise Anime was composed by Yoko Kanno, who has also composed for “Macross Plus,” and “Escaflone.” It received the “Japan Golden Disc Award” as a contribution to Japanese music culture. Kanno recently was guest of honor at 2 Anime conventions in America where she performed playing piano. The concert will be held at Tokyo Shubuya On Air East on August 16th, and the ticket is 4500 yen (about $37.50). The tickets will be sold out for sure since the hall only holds about 300 people.

7-23-99—-Top Anime LD Sales (Japan) [As of July 19th]

1. Neon Genesis GPX Ciber Formula SIN vol.3
2. Trigun vol.12
3. Ultra Seven: Glory and Legend
4. The Affiars of Two Lovers vol.4 (Limited Version)
5. Nanako’s Scrapped Medical Records vol.1
6. Cowboy Bebop 7th Session
7. D4 Princess vol.1
8. To Heart vol.2
9. Gasaraki vol.6
10. Samurai Spirits 2 vol.1 New Asura Magic

7-23-99—- Schell Bullet Manga

Schell Bullet, created by Five Star Stories creator, Mamoru Nagano and Utena director, Kunihiko Ikuhara, and introduced in Newtype, will get it’s own two volume manga series this August. Highly stylized artisticly, Its story is about humans far into the future, where they are armed and divided into three kinds.

7-22-99—- Ayatsuri Sakon Anime

Ayatsuri Sakon, a recent popular manga by OBATA Takeshi is getting it’s own anime series which begins in October.

7-20-99—- More AX Tidbits

*Manga Entertainment mentioned that Blackjack the Movie will have a small theatrical release, and will actually be released BEFORE Perfect Blue or X.

*ADV announced that they plan a LARGE scale theatrical release of Spriggan. They also announced that they are looking into aquiring the entire Sunrise older catalog. ADV also working on a deal with Suncoast of information on is pretty scarce.

7-19- 99—- New Movie News

Over the weekend Pocket Monsters 2: Revelation-Lugia and the new Studio Ghibli film: My Neighbors The Yamadas opened in Japan in high anticipation by fans.


Battle Royale Report

Battle Royale Report

Ever since I heard about the controversy and saw the trailer, I had to
see Battle Royale
for myself. The commercial made me think I’d get plenty of campy,
action-packed goodness. So when
a friend told me it’d be screening at a film theater in my area(The Egyptian
on Hollywood), I
hurried and got myself a ticket. And I was fortunate to have gotten mine in
advance, because they
were sold out on the same day the movie was showing. And what a day it was.
Knowing the awful
parking I’d have to deal with, I showed up about 45 minutes early; and there
was a HUGE line of
people waiting to get in. (It almost extended to the block.) As for the
typed of people there,
they were generally men and women in their 20’s and 30’s. (with some in
their 40’s)
Apparently, the director(Kinji Fukasaku) was the big highlight of the
show. He was getting
photographed by many people. (I think there might’ve been someone who was
recording the event
for Japanese tv.) And the audience went wild when he was there to introduce
Battle Royale. As
for me, I was kind of shocked that he was older than I expected him to be. I
was thinking maybe
he’d be some young avant-garde filmmaker who didn’t take abuse from anyone.
(I even confused
his son for him.)
[For those interested, this was Fukasaku’s 60th film. (He’d been in the
industry since the
60’s.) He’s most famous for yakuza(Japanese gangster) movies, with his 1973
“Battles Without
Honor And Humanity” being voted one of the 20 Best Japanese Movies of all
times by Japanese
I also was surprised about how good-humored he was. [The whole
atmosphere strangely seemed
that way, what with the music of female j-pop singers playing before the
show started. And one
woman brought her CHILDREN to see the film.] He was joking about the whole
controversy, saying
that the film was given a rating of “R-15”; and then he attacked the rating
by stating it should
have been rated R-50. (“People who are 50 aren’t allowed to see it.” [I’m
paraphrasing, by the way.])
And sadly, I did not get an interview with him, because I had to leave as
soon as the movie ended.
But one of the presenters there mentioned that Fukasaku’s touring his films
across the country-
through major cities like New York, Cleveland, and Toronto-so hopefully
fellow ANS readers will
have the opportunity to see Battle Royale as well. (And for those interested
in importing the dvd
-whenever it comes out-Toei distributed this film.)
Now on to the movie. Basically, the plot is about Japan going through an
economic crisis,
and kids getting out of control.[In one early scene, a kid stabs his
teacher.] So a government
policy is instituted. Known as the Battle Royale Project,
students(particularly middle school
students) are randomly picked, and dragged onto an island.In a twisted
version of Survivor,
they’re forced to kill each other-in an alloted time-until one student
survives. Otherwise,
the collars the kids are wearing will explode, when the time is up.
In typical high-school movie fashion, the students all play stereotypical
roles. There’s the
slut, the popular girl, the loner, the gang-member(maybe a jock), and the
loser who’s really
the winner. But to keep up with current times, there’s even (for the
computer age) a hacker and
a Goth. Yes, you heard me: a Goth! I was almost about to ask the director if
he wrote this as a
satire about the furor over Columbine. And surveying these students’ carnage
was their fascist
teacher, by the name of Kitano. (Played by famous Japanese actor Takeshi
Kitano. I’ll get to him
I wasn’t expecting any humor in a film like this, but some of the
unexpected jokes were over
the top. I mean how would you react to a cheerful “how-to” video, in which
the female instructor
gleefully shows students the proper rules to kill your fellow peers? I think
there was also a
small pun on Romeo and Juliet in one scene. (I won’t say how, cus then that
would be a spoiler.)
How they managed to fit in a small love triangle in this movie also astounds
me. And the climax
of the film-with Kitano-was so unbelievable, (and yet hilarious) that the
audience had to applaud
And the music! They actually use cheerful tunes, such as one of the middle
compositions in
2001, as well as a traditional wedding song. I don’t know if they were
trying to add comic relief,
or whether they were trying to be morbid, but one can’t help laugh about how
inappropriate those
themes are in the film.
As for the violence, it IS shocking. With weapons such as axes, scythes,
machine guns, hand-
guns, bombs, tazers, and even grenades being used, you can tell the action
will end up being
hectic. Even though Japanese youths as young as 15 were allowed to see it in
their native
country, I wouldn’t be surprised if the MPAA gave this movie an NC-17.
Audience members were
gasping at some scenes. So anyone considering seeing this movie should be
warned, if they have
a weak stomach.
As for the actors, there were only 3 that really impressed me: the one who
played the gang-
member[I didn’t have time to get his name, but he was known as “Kawada” in
the movie.], the
actor who played the Goth [Don’t remember his name either.], and Kitano
While the focus is on the loser-turned-hero,he doesn’t leave enough of an
impression to be
remembered. They try to make his past as tragic as possible, but the
audience tended to chuckle
more often than feel for him. The gang-member is the real attraction in the
film, with his
easy-going attitude, his quick reactions, and his overall togetherness. All
I can say is that
he’s got the potential to be in major roles for future films. The Goth is
basically this

October-December ’98 Anime News

12-26-98—- New Anime Series In The Next Year

-From Kaicho’s Anime Page-

Oja-Majo Doremi (Feb.7)

Doremi and her two friends aim at full-fledged witches. They have to buy “Maho-Dama (Magic Ball)” to imporve their magic power. So they made a magic item shop named “Maho-Do”. This is their business story (?).Microman the Small Giant [Chiisana Kyojin Microman] (Jan.4)5 heroes have come to the earth from the planet “Microearth”, and they are only 8centimeters tall. A boy, Kohei Kuji came to to know them, and he provided his desk as a Microman Base.Himiko-den (Jan.6)Kutani and Himiko wandered into an old kingdom, Yamataikoku, and they have to help a new queen to throne.Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (Feb)Jeanne steals art objects in which devils lurk, and she seals devils into chessmen.Mito’s Great Adventure [Mito no Daibouken] (Jan.4)Mito seems a small child, but she is a visitor from outer space, and a space pirate listed in police-wanted list level special A. She can disguise herself everything, so even Aoi (her son, earthling) didn’t know her true character.The Emblem of Star World [Seikai no Monshou] (Jan.2)An SF story. The original work got the Galaxy Prize (This prize is given to the best Japanese SF novel in the year. “The Legend of Galactic Heroes” got this prize, too).Dual! Paralle-Lun-Lun-Monogatari (Apr)Pioneer’s another “Another World” story.Super Bida-Man (Jan.4)This is not concerned with Bomber-man (^_^; A game of Bidama (marble) is played in old days, but I don’t know it’s wheather this anime will treat such an old game or not.Betterman (Unknown)An odd phenomenon struck the future world, and Keita tries to solve the cause and the mystery of Betterman.The Soul of the best guy in Japan [Nippon-ichi no Otoko no Tamashii] (Jan.4)It’s aired after the final episode of “If I could see you in a dream…”.

12-12- 98—-CG BeastWars Movie/ Bandai America ’99 Releases

*CG Transformers Beast Wars movie is due out in Japan in Jan. ’99.
*Bandai America is releasing Cowboy Bebop, Haunted Junction, Outlaw Star, Eat Man and the Blue # 6 between now and early summer ’99.

12-8-98—- TokyoPop/ Steamboy Production Halted

*As many of you already know Michael Kiley (Creator of the UCI Online Anime store) decided to leave that operation recently to run an E-commerce Anime site called TokyoPop, where you can find Anime related products and information.
* Production on Katsuhiro Otomo’s new motion picture, ‘Staem Boy’ has been put on hold indefinetly, no reason as yet on why.

12-7-98—- Pokemon Card Game/ Ghibli News Bytes

* Wizards Of The Coast is producing a Pokemon cardgame.
*The new Studio Ghibli film, Isaho Takahato’s Tonari No Yamada-Kun is to be entirely computer animated.
*Studio Ghibli had a major role in the production of the new PSX RPG Tamamayu Monogatari.

12-6-98—-Media Blasters Aquires Magic Knights Rayearth

That’s right! Media Blasters officially annouced they own US rights to both seasons: All 49 eps. of Magic Knights Rayearth, earlier this week. This is definetly exciting news, as Rayearth is already a VERY popular series amongst American otaku. According to the press release the series should be availible around 9/99, the series is being translated possibby to be aired on TV (I certainly hope the content will stay as in tact as to the original version as possible!) I’ll be sure to post any other news that comes my way!

11-18-98—- Gainax Tax Evasion? ::UPDATE::

The following came from the Daily Yomiuri Online, © Yomiuri Shimbun:

:: Animation company accused of tax evasion

The Gainax animation production company, creator of the popular “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” and the firm’s president have been accused of allegedly concealing 1.5 billion yen in profits and evading 560 million yen in corporate taxes, sources said Thursday. Gainax has admitted evading taxes evasion and said it intended to submit a revised tax return, the sources said. The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau, which filed a complaint against Gainax with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, inspected the Musashino, Tokyo-based company on Thursday. A Gainax public relations official refused to comment on the inspection. Gainax produces television programs and films, as well as developing software for personal computer games. The television program “Evangelion” won great popularity when it was broadcast for six months from autumn 1995. The company’s sales boomed following the 1997 release of a movie version of “Evangelion”, which was followed by the release of a compact disc and other spin-off goods. The sources said Gainax chalked up profits of more than 2 billion yen from August 1995 to July 1997, but padded its production costs to declare an income of only 500 million yen to 600 million yen. The company concealed part of the untaxed money in a safety deposit box. “Evangelion” is the story of a 14-year-old boy who fights mysterious enemies in Tokyo in 2015 with a flying robot named Eva. Its handling of such topics as religion, life, egotism and fights between parents and children won the film widespread acclaim, as well as numerous awards. The program ended without revealing the robot’s real identity–an ending that generated controversy among fans. A book about the robot also sold well.

July ’98 Anime News

Anime News Service – July 1998 Anime News

7-8-98—- Slayers NEXT, Fushigi Yuugi On The Way To America

Software Sculptors (CPM) annouced plans that it will continue the Slayers TV series, releasing Slayers NEXT, after the Slayers series has finished it’s release. Pioneer also announced it had aquired the TV series rights for Fushigi Yuugi.

7-6-98—- Animage Grand Prix Results: Favorite Male Character Of The Year

Here’s the top 10 from this years Animage Grand Prix poll for “Favorite Male Character Of 1998”:

Favorite Male Character: 1998

1. Shinji Ikari (End Of Eva)
2. Slayers TRY (Xerros)
3. Ashitaka (Mononoke Hime)
4. Himura Kenshin (Ruroni Kenshin)
5. ? (Let’s & Go)
6 Kaworu Nagisa (End Of EVA)
7. Gourry (Slayers TRY)
8. Guy (Gaogaiger)
9. Akito (Nadesico)
10. Conan (Detective Conan)

Favorite Theme Song Of the Year: Shojo Kakumei Utena OP (Masami Okui)

7-5-98—- A.D.V Announces Nadia

This weekend at AX (Anime Expo) ADV announced that it had acquired the rights to Nadia: Secret Of Blue Water.

7-4-98—- Animage Grand Prix Results: Favorite Female Character Of The Year

Here’s the top 10 from this years Animage Grand Prix poll for “Favorite Female Character Of 1998”:

Favorite Female Character: 1998

1. Lina Inverse (Slayers)
2. Ruri Hashino (Nadesico)
3. Utena Tenjoh (Shojo Kakumei Utena)
4. Akari (Battle Athletes)
5. Rei Ayanami (End Of EVA)
6 Asuka Langly (End Of EVA)
7. San (Mononoke Hime)
8. Yurika Misumaru (Nadesico)
9. ? (Yat main character)
10. Miyuki (You’re Under Arrest)

7-3-98—- Bandai To distribute Gundam, Escaflowne And Others In America

The following is an official press release put out today by the recently established American “BEI” regarding plans to distribute some highly anticipated Anime titles in North America!

Press Release 07/03/98

Bandai Entertainment, Inc. (“BEI”) announces the creation of, a virtual community on the World Wide Web for the exclusive distribution of anime (Japanese animation) directly to fans and consumers in North America. Fans and visitors can now log on, learn more about the village, register and be immediately entered into a sweepstakes for valuable prizes. The full launch of the community is scheduled for September 1, 1998. will bring to North America some of the most intensely sought-after and famous titles in anime. Celebrating twenty years of continuing storyline and art, the entire historic saga of Gundam (Sunrise, Inc.) will finally be translated and brought to eagerly waiting fans. To be released at launch (all sub-titled in English) will be the first three Gundam movies as well as the series Gundam 0080 and Gundam 0083. Also of significant importance are the long-awaited translations and releases of the complete episodes of Escaflowne, The Clamp School and Saber Marionette J, all featuring stunning art and stories. The titles are amongst the most requested anime titles on the internet and in the marketplace.

These and other titles to be announced in the future will be available only through; there is no scheduled traditional retail distribution planned. officials believe that by going straight to the consumers and fans, they can offer benefits and features not economically feasible or otherwise possible.

“ is intended and will be more than just another commercial, advertising site,” says Marlon Schulman, BEI vice president – Home Video. “ is a community designed for and by fans; it will be a place which will constantly evolve and grow – through the contributions and attention paid to it by fans and visitors. Like any other village, it will be a place to share, to chat, to learn, to play; in general, to interact. Fans and causal visitors will be able to get information directly from source(s) in Japan previously unavailable in any form or language in North America. And, because of its pedigree, will have the distinction of being the only place that one can go to browse and buy exclusive titles and merchandise such as the historic and continuing saga of Gundam.” will feature live chats and appearances by anime directors, writers and artists. The community will house and host bulletin boards and facilitate the trading of anime merchandise and original art by and between fans. Auctions of long sought-after memorabilia such as original cells, scripts and storyboards from exclusive anime titles will be featured.

“ offers possibilities you couldn’t find anywhere else,” continues Mr. Schulman. “Fans will be encouraged to contribute to the community themselves. Featured will be specially selected fan sites and art. We hope to soon offer the Fan Art Gallery – a place where artists can register, display (and sell!) their original art.”

Direct relationships with colleges, universities and anime clubs throughout North America, will enable to offer special discounts and features directly to the fans of this highly stylized art.

Contests, sweepstakes and games – created by fans for fans will be featured as will magazines brought and translated by from Japan with all the latest anime news being presented. Features and columns from other magazines (not only anime-related) will also be published.

The economic benefits of pure, direct sales will flow to the quality of purchases from

More episodes will be included on the tapes (at no extra charge) than from any other company and, after release, there will be continuing availability of all episodes due to “virtually unlimited shelfspace”. Specially selected art will be displayed on all special “collector clamshells” and sleeves.

“All of us at, as well as Bandai Entertainment, Inc., Sunrise, Inc., Bandai Visual Co., Ltd., Bandai Digital Engine (a division of Bandai Co., Ltd.) and others, recognize the significant importance of the release of these titles as well as those to be released in the coming months. We have created as the significantly different, superior virtual company not only for the distribution of the titles but towards the recognition and acceptance of the art form as well.”

7-3-98—- Animage Grand Prix Results: Favorite All Time Anime

Here’s the top 10 from this years Animage Grand Prix poll for “Favorite All Time Anime”:

Favorite All Time Anime: 1998

1. Evangelion (TV)
2. Nausicaa (Movie)
3. Nadia (TV)
4. Yu Yu Hakusho (TV)
5. Slayers NEXT (TV)
6 Gundam W (TV)
7. Ah! Megami-sama (OAV)
8. Magic Knights Rayearth (TV)
9. Laputa (Movie)
10. Zeta Gundam (TV)

7-2-98—- 1998 Animage Grand Prix Results: Favorite Anime Of The Year

Annually, Animage magazine polls Japanese fans on many subjects related to Anime, from they’re favorite shows and movies of the year