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Anime News Service – Marvel Mangaverse Goes Monthly

  • 16th Jun 2002
  • Blog

WhiledtheagangdinwtheyBullpenwthinks it’s cool whentbig rolloutsxlike THE

ULTIMATES and CAPTAIN AMERICAdlightmup the scoreboards,xweqalso enjoycwhatd

weacall “theblittle books thatdcould”. In this case, we’re talking about

MARVEL MANGAVERSE,bwhichzstarted out as a one-week event, but — due to fan

demand —whas grown into an ongoing series!d

In fact, it’sdnot just fans clamoring for more monthly adventures inythe

surprise-filled setting,dbutsretailerseas well! Here’s just aasampling of

comments thataran in the latestdissue ofpComics & GamesyRetailer:qn

Barry Osser of NorthpCoast RolezPlaying (Eureka, CA): “MARVEL MANGAVERSEt

stuffpexploded outsofqhere. I orderedg40%mover what I expected tocsell anda

still sold outcon thetfirst day.”m

John Tinkessdof Another Dimension (Calgary,fAlberta, Canada): “Quick

sellouts ofmthe MARVEL MANGAVERSEptitles really tookqmedby surprise.”

JeremynShorrtof Titan Comicsq(Dallas,dTX): “MARVEL MANGAVERSEbwasdanb


Darrell MintytofdWarp One Comics &eGamest(Edmonton, Alberta,gCanada): “Wee

underestimated the fan responsebtomthe MARVEL MANGAVERSE titleseand theyw

solddout quickly.”

Richard Spychalski of SpytComicsb& Cards (Federal Way, WA): “Positivee

Surprise: MARVEL MANGAVERSE — didn’t expectfthat.”

BillpWilliams ofxTime Warpc(Bartlesville, OK): “The MARVEL MANGAVERSEftitles

did ratherywell.dI’mygladpthat Marveledecided to do an ongoing series.”f

Andato give you an advance taste of the actiontcoming your way, feastcyourw

eyes on these full-color pagesefrom thebdebut issue (which, as iteme#

FEB021908D4, retailers can stillcorder fromdDiamond until March 14th)!

“Weaallcknew we hadfsomethingmspecial on our handstwhen we launched the

Mangaverse eventsback indJanuary, but I don’tethinkaanytof ustup hereeatyThe

House expectedfthisekind of overwhelming response to ourylittle EastzMeetsy

Westsexperiment,” admittedteditor C.B.yCebulski.d“Marvel aims to please

though,xand thedongoing series will uphold thegstandardqwe set on a monthlym

basis!xBeneDunnxwill not only continue topdevelop the universecandg

characters hetintroduced inxthe originalfstory, but alsoeexpand itxall

beyonddour wildest imaginations!”


Covergby Ben Dunn

BenqDunn & KevindGunstone (W)/ BenxDunn (P & I)

*qTHEeSCOOP:aBecausegyou clamored for it, The House proudlysannounces thea

return of the Marvel Mangaverse as its own monthly title!

* THEmSTORY: Meet Marvin Elwood, timid teenager…gand possiblexsavior ofp

Earth! Heir to alien Kree technologyyandgthe awesomeaNega Bands, Marvin musts

facezhisclegacy as —dCaptain Marvel! Butecanpeven thisscosmicacrusaderdsavec

the worldpfrom the gigantic threatpofqGalactus? Guest-starring the Megascale

Metatalent Response Team FantasticyFour!

* THE CREATOR: Youqthought hisxMARVEL MANGAVERSEybook-ends rocked… now see

what writer/artist Ben Dunn can do when allowed to reallyxcut loose!

* THE FORMAT: The debut issue of thisnongoingpmonthlyxseries is 32fpages,m

with ads.

Anime News Service – ADV Press – Airbats – Getter Robo – Princess Nine



HOUSTON, April 3, 2002 – ADV Films has set the street date of July 23, 2002 for the Getter Robo: Armageddon Power Pack, a comprehensive collection of the thirteen-episode Getter Robo: Armageddon series on four discs.

Getter Robo: Armageddon is the latest chapter in the more than two decades strong Getter Robo franchise Created by the legendary Go Nagai (Devil Man, Cutey Honey), Getter Robo blazed new trails in the world of anime when it originally aired on Japanese television in the seventies. Featuring three different vehicles that combined to form one massive robot, Getter Robo was the original transforming battle robot, spawning an entire genre of anime including Robotech and Transformers.

Key Facts: The Getter Robos were created to defend the planet from all that would threaten it. But the massive robot weapons were so powerful; those they protected began to fear them. A fear so great it drove humanity to destroy its saviors and their creator. But now a shadow has crept across the moon. The faint echoes of evil laughter can be heard. Terrified whispers tell of the Invaders. Mankind now cowers under the watchful eye of an extraterrestrial menace beyond their nightmares. Their only defenses are the Getter Robos, and the only man who can bring them back lies rotting in the Earth. Or does he?

ADV’s release of Getter Robo: Armageddon Power Pack ($59.98 SRP) contains the entire thirteen-episode Getter Robo series on four discs in one collector’s edition case. Episodes come in the English-language, as well as the Japanese language with English subtitles. DVD extras include behind the scenes features, clean credit animation, Japanese laser disc covers and insert materials, production sketches and ADV previews.

ADV Films is Anime-and more. In 1992 ADV Films (ADV) transformed a niche market into a global industry by bringing Japanese animation to North America and beyond. As the #1 distributor of Japanese animation, ADV’s holdings include such premier titles as: Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Medabots, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis Evangelion. ADV’s commitment to genre programming, including popular science fiction programs such as Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Farscape and Gamera: Guardian of the Universe has helped ADV become a burgeoning entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV on the web at

GETTER ROBO: ARMAGEDDON POWER PACK Running Time: 325 Minutes; Age Rating: 15+ Pre-Book Date: 6/25/02 Street Date: 7/23/02 Format SRP DVD $59.98



HOUSTON, April 3, 2002 – ADV FILMS has set a street date of May 28, 2002 for the DVD release of Strike Zone – the fourth installment of the family-friendly anime series, Princess Nine, hailed recently by Ain’t It Cool News as being “simple, high energy, and full of likable characters.”

ADV launched an official Princess Nine website at Featuring interviews with ADR Director Matt Greenfield, star Hilary Haag (“Ryo”), customized baseball cards featuring the characters from the show, desktop backgrounds and more. The site has proven to be a popular stop for anime fans, garnering thousands of unique page views per week since its debut in early March.

The Story: Just when it looked like Japan was getting ready to accept the Princesses, a maelstrom of tragedies tear the all-girls baseball team asunder! As the Parents Association attempts to shut down the baseball program, Yoko and Kanako are pulled from the team and the revelation of the secrets in Ryo’s past leave the young pitcher devastated and alone. Will the sins of her father drive Ryo to edge of destruction? The remnants of the team race to the rescue in the fourth explosive volume of Princess Nine!

ADV FILMS’ DVD release ($19.98 SRP) of Princess Nine: Strike Zone will feature the English-language version as well as the Japanese-language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include voice actress profiles, textless open and close credits, outtakes and behind the scenes features, and previews of ADV releases.

ADV Films is Anime-and more. In 1992 ADV Films (ADV) transformed a niche market into a global industry by bringing Japanese animation to North America and beyond. As the #1 distributor of Japanese animation, ADV’s holdings include such premier titles as: Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Medabots, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis Evangelion. ADV’s commitment to genre programming, including popular science fiction programs such as Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Farscape and Gamera: Guardian of the Universe has helped ADV become a burgeoning entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV on the web at

PRINCESS NINE: STRIKE ZONE Running Time: 100 Minutes; Age Rating: 12+ Pre-Book Date: 4/30/02 Street Date: 5/28/02 Format SRP DVD $19.98



HOUSTON, April 3, 2002 – ADV Films has set the street date of June 11, 2002 for the DVD premiere of 801 T.T.S. Airbats, the popular anime series directed by Yuji Moriyama (All Purpose Catgirl Nuku Nuku). This is the first time the Airbats series has been available on DVD.

The Story: Meet the fighter pilots of the 801 Tactical Training Squadron, codenamed Airbats. With their sleek curves and lightning fast moves, they give new meaning to the term “the friendly skies” – and I’m not talking about their jets! The Airbats are the hottest, wildest team of female flyers you’ll ever meet, and when they climb into the cockpit, the clear blue skies of Japan aren’t big enough to contain all the aerial action these ladies get into! Whether it’s ghostbusting the spirit of a dead kamikaze Zero pilot, facing off against a team of world famous American aeronautical acrobats, or winning a year’s supply of noodles in a ramen-noodle-eating contest, you’d better believe the Airbats have the “right stuff” to get the job done!

ADV’s release of 801 T.T.S. Airbats ($34.98 SRP) is a two-disc set collecting all seven episodes of the popular anime comedy in the English-language, as well as the Japanese language version with English

Anime Mysteries: Licensed Anime Soundtracks In America – Why Only Now?

  • 11th May 2002
  • Blog

By Jonah Morgan

Musical score, vocal themes and background tracks on Compact Disc have accompanied the media blitz campaigns associated with many anime title releases in Japan since the 1980’s. In the early 80’s CD was a highend audiophile’s domain but as the new format penetrated the mainstream in Japan and America, costs associated with almost every aspect of creation, production and sale were being streamlined. It was not very long before the dominate format of magnetic audio tape was relegated to the obsolescence bin. When the decade turned to the 90’s CD sales began outpacing tape but left the average consumers with the desire to do something with the format they would have to wait several more years to do cost effectively= record. By the year 2000 with the overwhelming ubiquity of the global internetworking of computers, faster connection speeds, advancements in audio compression algorythms and decreasing cost of Hardware, coupled with human nature, the music industry was faced with issues and profit losses few could have forseen at the medium’s introduction 20 years hence.

Another type of relatively new and expensive magnetic tape format was used to store video on in the 1980’s. VHS as it was known brought some of the first anime clubs in America a glimpse at all that which we were missing out on. Sparse dribs, drabs, mixes and matches of anime programs could be spotted on analog television in those days which was the only game in town then. The revolution of Digital Television would see many of those sets probably lighting peoples rooms with incandescent snow by the end of this decade while governments collect further profits on the rights to use those particular bandwidths all over again.

Big Anime Business had launched by the early 90’s and anime slowly washed up more and more commercial profits for those daring captains and for the most part on VHS. In right behind for the remainder of the decade were merchandise, few video games, manga, toys, and ton of hotly questioned yet dirt cheap anime soundtrack CD’s from Asia. There was a time not so long ago when you could attend a major anime con and see close to 100% representation of all the soundtracks being sold on a dealer floor being of this type, put them side by side on a table priced at around $20 (dealers or even individuals could get them for $15 or less) compared to a legitimate Japanese imported CD going for $30-40 U.S dollars and guess which sold faster…. or even at all.

I personally believe this initial saturation influx of cheap anime music in the mid 90’s may have potentially dissuaded and staved off by 5 or so years, the domestic industry’s quest for acquiring the licenses and beginning to market the music themselves. A valiant initial effort to bring some of the highest profile anime music stateside was conducted by JVC in 1995. JVC’s competitively priced (on par with traditional American CDs) releases of the Macross Plus soundtracks for instance were marketed in music stores around the country and I even spotted one priced at $12.95 new in an Alabama Musicland outlet just a few years ago. By the end of the 90’s a growing consensus had developed with the anime conventions regarding questionable Asian audio products, by 2002 they have for the most part departed the con commerce scene, banned as bootlegs. Anime music had certainly not droped in demand, on the contrary it has only risen, so in the void of “bootlegs” con dealers were foreced to import the real Japanese released soundtracks and sell them at higher prices similar to those mentioned above. While $30 dollars for a CD may seem steep to Americans, dealers had no real problems selling them. The background effect of all this was to prepare the slate for the return of affordable pricing for anime music this time licensed by American industry.

At the beginning of the year 2000, exisiting anime licensor ADV Films announced it’s entry to the Anime Music arena, with plans to release soundtracks from a wide range of anime titles at the rate of approximately four per month. The first four releases announced for ADV Music (as the label was known by at the time) were (most of the repressed JVC releases) The Akira Symphonic Soundtrack, Macross II OST, Macross Plus OST, and Macross Plus OST 2. That news was followed in several months by the announcement of a joint venture between The Right Stuf International, Inc. and ADV Music/AD Vision. The AnimeTrax label announcement in 2001 had the special Irresponsible Captain Tylor Audio Collections coming out with two CD compilations slated for production being Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA OST and Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV Series 1: Sentehishyo. The above mentioned ADV music titles were also released in short order. At about the same time Tokyopop launched it’s music label Anime Soundtrax With Three Fan Favorite compilations for: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Trigun and Vampire Princess Miyu.

As these labels continue to advance into the present day we have seen other offerings such as a oneshot Kikuko Inoue anime songs mix compilation from Jellybean record in the summer of 2001. Domo Records appeared on the scene in recent months with it’s Domo Anime label and Metropolis CD Soundtrack release as well. Finally CD Soundtracks have appeared from Anime companies with no apparent official music label ambitions such as Bandai/Viz’s Jin-Roh collectors DVD set and Bandai’s latest collectors set release for the Escaflowne Movie.

So if you’ve hung on this far into the article I’ll finally pose the question: Given the anime industry’s general startup here in the early 90’s encompassing all media, manga and goods and projecting it forward to the point it is at today (around 13 years elapsed), why have we only seen anime music licenesed and released in America en masse in only the last several years?

Certainly, the fact that the major players tackling the soundtracks today are primarily video

Anime News Service – AppleSeed Movie Confirmed

Sponichi reports that work on an Appleseed movie project is to commence soon, with the theatrical release planned in Japan, USA, and Europe in the spring of 2003. This movie will employ a new “Trinity Engine” 3D CG animation engine.

Source: Natsumi Maya

Thanks to EK Rivera For This Info:

There are at least two easter eggs on the CB: KOHD Region 2 DVD. They’re on the Extras Menu in the flying face. If you’re using a DVD-Rom, roll-over the eye and it’ll turn from red to black (or maybe vice versa). When you click on it, you’ll get a trailer with a voice-over by Kouichi Yamadera about the movie. If you roll over the teeth on the right hand side, you’ll get the same movie trailer, but with a voice-over by Aoi Tada.

Anime News Service-Review: Ichi The Killer

  • 22nd Mar 2002
  • Blog

By Nicholas O’Malley

“Ichi the Killer”

Kakihara … Tadanobu Asano
Nao Omori … Ichi
Shinya Tsukamoto … Jijii
Based on the manga by … Hideo Yamamoto
Directed by … Takashi Miike
126 mins.

So here we are at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. And here I am trying to pry Daniel Zelter away from Patrick Macias, author of “TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion”. Macias was doing a book signing today and now I had to pull Daniel, long time contributor to ANS, away so we could find a couple of seats before the movie starts. When Daniel had gone into his “I hate Animerica” rant, I knew time was up. “Dear God, man.” I said, and dragged him away. I knew if I had not interacted, Daniel would still be hanging on to Macias’ every word. That Patrick, he must be the devil himself! Just kidding, that was a lie. The Macias devil bit that is. He’s a cool guy. Into the theater we went.

Before we get to business, I want to talk about Chuck D. Now Chuck has been a great supporter of Japanese film festivals in the U.S. and is the organizer of the Japanese Outlaw Masters festival held at the Egyptian. I want to thank him for coming up with such a prestigious or notorious selection of new, recent, and old films. Now on to the film.

There isn’t a lot in ‘Ichi’ that can be said without giving some surprises away. Here’s an example:


Don’t worry he won’t rape you anymore.


Did you kill him?


Yes. Now I can rape you.

If you can comprehend something like that, you’re halfway to feeling the disturbing nature of the film. Its two main characters are both equally sick. Kakihara, a man with hideous open wound scars on his face, is on the trail of Ichi after he killed his boss, the Shinjuku Yakuza leader of the Anjo Group. Ichi, a sad crybaby who’s been bullied all his life, is the hitman for Jijii and his group, who want Anjo Group out of the way for reasons never really explained. Ichi dons a rubber super hero outfit with ichi-ban (1) on the back and razor blades on the back heels of his shoes. Jijii tells Ichi that the yakuza are bad men, worse than the bullies that beat him up and that he has to kill them. When Ichi gets mad, he goes homicidal, killing and dismembering everything in his path. Kakihara is excited that someone as destructive as Ichi exists. He wants to kill him badly.

Forty percent of what I liked about ‘Ichi’ is listening to the audience squirm, moan and tap their toes at what for them must be an excruciating experience. I did my share of squirming as well but as my dad always told me, when there’s a gory or scary moment in the movie, just think of all the people behind the cameras bored, drinking their millionth coffee, and listening to the director drone on take after take. Kind of detracts from the onscreen horror presented to you or just a little. I was expecting rows of people to start disappearing but amazingly a lot of them stayed. I was even surprised to see an elderly couple hanging in to the very end of the flick even though they thought it was sick. But unfortunately ‘Ichi’ has awfully realistic violence and upon that there are tons of scenes that will make you squirm.

But as I thought about it, if you take away all the violence in ‘Ichi’ you basically have a thirty-minute film of actual narrative. The narrative itself is weak and contains an ending that makes the film fall apart. ‘Ichi’ based on the manga by Hideo Yamamoto (Voyeurs Inc.) didn’t especially rely on an involving story to sell the book but instead sheer shock value. The manga has actually been banned in a few prefectures in Japan. It’s this kind of formula that works for the dangerous filmmaker, Miike who has always made absurd movies with unbelievable scenes of violence and action. I myself have advocated most of these films to friends but I can honestly say with Ichi, I felt jerked around.

Technically, ‘Ichi’ is a superior film in make-up and special effects. It’s rare to see a man split in half by razor blades with his guts spilling out, look so well.

The casting is awesome. Asano (Gohatto, Electric Dragon 80,000 Volts) as Kakihara is a performance that makes you both laugh and shudder to think what he’ll do next as he enters a room. Shinya Tsukamoto (director of Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Gemini, and Tokyo Fist) who last appeared in Miike’s Dead Or Alive 2: Birds, gives a rare full-fledged performance that actually includes lines and nudity! And Nao Omori as Ichi a strange twisted character, so unbelievable that to even think of having empathy with someone like that may very well bring you certain death.

As I said earlier, there isn’t a lot in ‘Ichi’ that can be said without giving some surprises away. So much of this movie is riding on the absurd violence and the absurd comedy of that violence. On that level, I enjoyed it a lot. This isn’t a film for everyone. Don’t take it seriously.


Anime News Service – C.B. Cebulski On Mangaverse

From the release:


Marvel Builds A BridgeaTo The EastpWith AtKey AdditionyTo The Editorialx


Withfthe Marvel Mangaversepone-shots selling outtacross thencountry, The

Housedhasemadepanotherzmove topreachaout to Mangazand Animeqcreatorsdwith

the additionfofgC.B. Cebulski — as an Associate Editorm— to it’s growing


C.B.,zwho assisted Associate EditoraBrian Smith in orchestrating theyMarvelg

Mangaversecevent, joinsmThecHouse after spending years helping Mangadand

Animegsecure a strong footholdqit noweenjoys in America. While at Centrald

ParkpMedia, Cebulski was instrumentaldin bringing titles suchdas Record of

LodosseWar, Slayers, Plastic Little, Geobreeders,mDark Angel,gand Nadeisco

tosU.S. audiences. Aftersforming strong relationshipsewith severalpof the

Japaneseecreatorsahedworked with, C.B. was one of thezfirstgAmerican editors

to work directly with Japanese artistseto create Mangaband Anime product

specificallydfor Western audiences.

While atzFanboyxEntertainment,mCebulskimworked closely with KiapAsamiyaeto

produce DarkdAngel: PhoenixxResurrection comic series, the first color Manga

tomland on Americanashores in overt10yyears. Cebulski then followed this up

bypproducing the first shojoz(girls’) Manga ever createdtspecifically forn

Western sensibilities and stylingswwereysuccessfullymcombined withmsuper

herodthemesein themseries Sidekicks, by J.gTorres and Takeshi Miyazawa,q

which Cebulski edited.wHecalso worked withdsuch creators as YoshtoshiyAbe ofm

Serial Experiments Lainnand Range Muratatof Blue SubmarinepNo. 6 on theira

critically acclaimed art collections.b

“It’sfbecome extremely evident to all of usxatyMarvelbthatyMangazand Animex

are more than justsampassing phase,”dsaid Marvel Editor In Chief Joe

Quesada. “Ask any comic retailernand they’ll telltyou thatdthe best wayetoe

reachgyounger readers —dand theeeverzelusive female reader —eand they’ll

tell you thatbManga and Animeyareethepwayzto go. It’setoughato arguedthisy

when youasee the ever-growing legions oftyoung girls dressed as Sailor Moon

characters atpcomic conventions.”p

“That said, right after hisdconsulting workswithaus on ourfMarvel Mangaverse

event,twe knewdC.B. was destined tosworkwwith us as a full timezMarvel

Editor,” explained Quesada. “Notzbecause he haswincredible contacts in the

worlddofpMangazand Anime, not becauseeheghasyincredible taste in storyfande

art, and notybecause he speaks fluentgJapanesezand willabe bringing some ofa

the greatestfartists inqJapan todwork withtus. No, you see, it’spbecause

almost everyoneeateMarvel hasna nicknameqthatgBill Jemas and I slave to

create,wandnweehadta greatbone for C.B. sincedday one!bSo Idwant everyone tox

welcome C.B.-san to the team! Wezlook forward tonall theawonderful stuffe

that he’ll be generating for allnthe Marveldfans. With C.B.-san’s help,

we’ll be striving to hit the mark with youngyreaders andpgirl-friendly books

that we’ll be launchingdlater thistyear!”d

“SoaC.B.-sanditwis!”ylaughedwCebulski. “But seriously, Itcan’t tellxyou how

excited I am todbemup in thexHallowedqHalls ofcMightydMarvel!aWhile Ibam

mainly knowndas the ‘Manga Guy’ around the industry, I havebbeenzreading

Marvel Comics for as long as I can remember.”

“Recently, in Japan,wmany Manga creators have been takingdmore ‘American

comicdstyle’ approaches to their art and storytelling, which theyyfreely

admit,” Cebulskidcontinued.s“Theyeare just as influenced byaour comics as wea

are by their Manga,dand Ipknow many ofytheqJapanesenartists are already

chompingpat thezbit to take a cracktatpdrawing Marvel’ssheroes.”q

When asked ifghemcould name any names, Cebulskicdropped aafew. “Well, Ic

think ittgoes withoutmsaying thatdKia Asamiya’s name willfbe turning up on

somemMarvel comics beforeptoo long. Inqfact,djust look fornhistcover to IRONq

MANd#55 in May.bIdhavebalsogtalked with TakehikotIto,dcreator of Outlaw

Star,eandtillustrator KatsuyagTerada ofeZenbu and BLOOD: ThebLastmVampire

fame, and theyehave alsowlineddup some upcoming work for Marvel.tAndbthe

list continues to grow daily!”e

All of us at Marvel welcomefC.B.-san topThe House!x

Bill Rosemannc

Marketing Communications Manager

Marvel Comicsf


Anime News Service – MTV’s New Animation Plans

Animation Magazine is running an article today indicating MTV, who closed its in-house animation studio last fall, is planning new half-hour prime time animation programs. Spider-Man, produced by Sony Pictures Family Entertainment and executive produced by Marvel Clone High, co-produced by Nelvana; and The Freshman, created by Mark hentemann. There was no indication what animation type spare planned to be used or if Japanese out-sourcing or Japanese styling are to be used.

Source: Animation Magazine Related Links: | Nelvana

Anime News Service – International Broadcast Items

In The UK on Channel 5, a new anime series has started in the early mornings of Saturday in the form of Strange Dawn. You can catch it as part of the Milkshake television show at 9AM.

Panama’s regional TVN channel 2 has began broadcasting “Zoids”(Kijû Shinseiki Zoids) (13:30-14:00).

Argentina-based fans also comment Channel 7 is airing Digimon, Slayers, Zoids and Card Captor Sakura.

Source: Anihabara