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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).