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Anime News Service – Silent Hill Movie Hoax

  • 28th Apr 2002
  • News

Daniel submits the following from Corona:

“There currently is no Silent Hill movie in development.

“Five days ago the Bloody Disgusting horror website posted what they claimed was an “interview” with a representative from Dark Aura Entertainment, supposedly a film production company that was developing a movie based on Konami’s survival horror video game Silent Hill. The Bloody Disgusting interview made it seem that the rights were owned or controlled by Dark Aura, that they were in discussions with New Line Cinema to release a Silent Hill movie, and that preliminary casting ideas had already been heard.

“There was just one big problem: it appears they never had the film rights to Silent Hill.

“Whether it was the webmaster of the Bloody Disgusting website that took their source’s authenticity for granted or part of a larger deception remains unclear. The interview with the Dark Aura representative has now vanished from the Bloody Disgusting site. What is clear is that the reports of a Silent Hill movie being in development were picked up by at least half-a-dozen other websites, further propagating the false story.

“According to our own sources, video game manufacturer and Silent Hill rights owner Konami is aware of the false story now and may be taking further action to make sure someone is not misrepresenting their property. We’ve checked with multiple individuals working in Hollywood at high levels and have been told that there was never a Silent Hill movie in development at New Line Cinema.

“We contacted the webmaster of Bloody Disgusting in an attempt to find out more information about their original source. We received this reply: “You know what, I appreciate you letting me know, I have been told this now by 3 good sources, I think I’m going to try and contact New Line myself, and if they deny it, I’m taking any posts of theirs down.” We guess they got that denial from New Line.

“Still, that hasn’t stopped a flood of emails from coming in from people who are now convinced a Silent Hill movie is imminent. There might very well be a movie one day, but it’s not coming from Dark Aura Entertainment. Hopefully, with the creation of this page, we can begin putting a stop to the rumors”

Anime News Service – April 5-10 Anime News

  • 10th Apr 2002
  • News

4-10-02—- Soul Hunter: City Of Fire Release

From the ADV Films Announcement


HOUSTON, April 10, 2002 – ADV Films has set the street date of June 18, 2002 for the DVD release of Soul Hunter: City of Fire, the fifth volume of the amazing anime series based on a series of popular Chinese novels and an incredibly successful Japanese comic book. Soul Hunter is directed by Junji Nishimura of You’re Under Arrest! fame.

The Story: Two potent forces are locked in a frightening standoff. Leading the allied forces of the North and West, Taikoubou and crew attempt to establish a new ruling dynasty. Across the battlefield, noble Bunchu heads the Emperor’s army, reinforced by the sudden return of the Yin princes – now immortals augmented with incredible powers! Will either side back down from the brink of a catastrophic final battle that no one can win? Meanwhile, as her enemies fight each other, Dakki uses her twisted magic to create a gigantic, ravening monster! As it rampages out of control in the capital, Taikoubou must drop everything and play the hero once again. Now the power of immortals locked in conflict rages unchecked through the deserted streets of the doomed city. By the time the battle is done, will China be left for the alliance to rule? Find out in the City of Fire – the fifth exciting chapter of Soul Hunter!

ADV Films’ DVD release of City of Fire ($29.98 SRP) will feature the English-language version as well as the Japanese-language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include translator notes, a “relationship tree” with character descriptions, a comprehensive glossary of terms, voice actor profiles, and ADV previews.

SOUL HUNTER: CITY OF FIRE Running Time: 100 Minutes; Age Rating: 12+ Pre-Book Date: 5/21/02 Street Date: 6/18/02 Format SRP DVD $29.98

4-10-02—- New Escaflowne Dates

Thanks to Bandai Entertainment’s Jerry Chu for this information:

For more information about the Escaflowne movie โ€“ please visit


Sacramento UA Market Square at Arden Fair 1739 Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95815 (916)568-1770

Boston/Cambridge Brattle Theater 40 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Tempe/Phoenix Harkins Valley Art 505 South Mill Avenue Tempe, AZ 85281 (602)222-4275

Portland Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton Street Portland, OR 97202 (503)238-5588 theater

Las Vegas Brenden Palms 14 4321 West Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 89103 (925)677-0462

4-10-02—- Final Nadia In Love Volume Press

From the announcement:


HOUSTON, April 10, 2002 – ADV Films has set a street date of June 4, 2002 for the home video release of Nadia in Love – the ninth volume of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. This charming anime series was produced by Gainax, the creators of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and loosely based on Jules Verne’s classic tale, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. ADV Films plans a concurrent day & date release for both the VHS and DVD formats of this captivating title.

The Story: With King the lion cub in the evil clutches of Grandis’ former love, it will take everything Nadia and the rest of her friends have to save him! But something sinister awaits our adventurers as they finally draw near to Nadia’s homeland. Dark forces from the past pursue them, while the last pieces of Nadia’s heritage come together. Will her fate doom them all? Or is there someone that can save them? Find out as Nadia’s magical adventure approaches its ultimate conclusion in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water- Nadia in Love!

ADV Films’ VHS release ($19.98 SRP) of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water- Nadia in Love is in the English-language version. The DVD release ($29.98 SRP) will feature the English-language version as well as the Japanese-language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include an interview with voice actor Nathan Parsons (Jean), a preview of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water- The Prophecy Fulfilled (the final volume in the Nadia series), and previews of other ADV releases.

NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER – NADIA IN LOVE Running Time: 100 Minutes; Age Rating: 12+ Pre-Book Date: 5/7/02 Street Date: 6/4/02 Format SRP VHS $19.98 DVD $29.98

4-10-02—- DVD In April Netype

The April 2002 issue of Newtype Magazine includes a supplemental DVD with 5 main menu items. 1st are several Patlabor items, which include a trailer for W XIII, the whole of OAV 1, several interviews, a clip of Minipato. The second menu leads to a trailer for the Turn A Gundam movie, a trailer for the eX-D movie, a trailer for an aerial-combat type show called Seitou Yousei Yukikaze and, finally, a trailer for Legend Of The Sacred Stone. The third menu item leads to trailers for a game and OAV from the project.Hack series. The fourth item leads to clips of the design, production and packaging of Gundam model kits via a documentary with no narration. Menu 5 leads to a Full Metal Panic trailer, and Snow Sugar trailer.

4-10-02—- G-Gundam Arrives In Canada

Reports are coming in from Canada regarding the arrival of G-Gundam model kits in local large retail stores such as Toys R Us and Wal-Mart.

4-10-02—- Ad Firm Seeks Anime Designs

The firm Add-Creative, a recently formed creative design company has mentioned a few their recent comissions have requested that they illustrate in an anime / hentai style. The company is prospecting to possibly explore working relationships with talented individuals who can produce quick sketches and character designs that they can then develop and illustrate theirself. Those interested are prompted to look at the company portfolio first (in particular the Illustration section). Add-Creative has already collaborated with people all over the world and donโ€™t find distance a problem as long at potential applicants speak English.

4-10-02—- Suikoden Release Set

Daniel has posted the following mention to our Mailing List:

Gamespot states the game will be out in Japan on July 11. No information on when it will come out in North America though.

4-10-02—- Viz Graphic Novel Releases For July

From the release:


Anime News Service – March 16-19 Anime News

  • 19th Mar 2002
  • News

3-19-02—- Midnight Eye Updates

New at midnight Eye this week is an interview with Kazushi Watanabe, the actor best known for playing the title role in Takashi Miike’s VISITOR Q. Watanabe is currently making a career for himself as a director, and together with our interview we also review his debut feature 19. You can view it here.

Several new book reviews have been added here.

3-19-02—- Ring Remake

“Received word that the remake is already scheduled for a September release in Japan via the Toho distribution arm.”

Also, a teaser for the film-which appeared in the back of the comic adaptation of the recent “The Time Machine”-is linked to

Thanks to Daniel for the link.

3-19-02—- Possible Avalon Release Date

The following information on Oshii’s live-action film came from Upcoming Movies, thanks to Daniel for posting this to our Mailing List:

“Release Date: TBA 2002 (limited release; at least at first)… Languages: Polish with English subtitles (note: there’s a chance Miramax might have this dubbed, but subtitles seem more likely)….”

3-19-02—- Sequential Tart Anime Chat

Sequntial Tart will host a special anime and manga chat on Wednesday March 20th at 9 PM EST. Fans can participate at:

This month in the anime and manga section of the site ST focussed on horror and the many works that “scare” them. You can check that out here.

3-19-02—- Konami Yugioh Cards GBA Addition

Thanks to Daniel for this Gamespot Item :

“Konami has announced that a set of collectible cards will included in the Game Boy Color version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories, its upcoming trading-card game for the Game Boy Color. The set will include three different holographic silver-foil cards that will only be available inside the packaging for the game. Only the initial shipment of the game will include the limited-edition cards. Subsequent shipments will include a completely different set of cards. The limited-edition cards will include three monsters: blue-eyed white dragon, exodia the forbidden one, and dark magician. Yu-Gi-Oh! games have sold in excess of 7.5 million units in Japan. Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories for the Game Boy Color ships to North American retailers tomorrow.”

3-19-02—- X Manga Return Note

Thanks to Jorge for this news:

I just bought today the new issue of Animerica Extra. Inside are the details for the return of X/1999 to it’s pages:

The End of The World is Coming Back!
X/1999 fans rejoice! You get to see the pain and misery of your favorite characters as we resume the countdown to the end of the world in graphic novel format!

Our apologies for the wait, but starting in may, the long awaited X/1999 volume Volume 7:Crescendo will see it’s North American debut! Volume 8 will come out in August, and Volume 9 will come out just in time for Christmas! It’s been a long time and a lot of work, but it’s finally happening!

The rest of the colums talks about a new Animerica Extra cover done by Chiho Saito, a Haiku contest, a Fushigi Yuugi poster and an old favorite returning to the pages of Animerica Extra in september. That’s about it.

Source: Animerica Extra (

3-19-02—- Square/Nintendo Reunion Perspective

The below link incudes a perspective report concerning the Square/Nintendo deal, thanks to Jorge for the scoop

: FFOnline

3-18-02—- Yaoi Con Looking For A Few Good Volunteers

From the release:

Yaoi-Con 2002

Yaoi-Con 2002 is sending out a call to fans interested in helping to create a slam-bang convention event for yaoi enthusiasts worldwide! If you’ve got the time, skills and determination to see tasks through to completion, play well with others, and harbor a love for all things yaoi that just won’t quit, have we got a job for you!

Being a Yaoi-Con Staff member offers many rewards, not the least of which is having a hand in making Yaoi-Con 2002 bigger and better than our groundbreaking 2001 premiere!

Take a look at our committee and requirements profiles and find out if there’s a niche you’d be the perfect fit for:

– Programming – Events/Panels/Workshops – needs enthusiastic people to bring out ideas of what to do at Yaoi-Con 2002 and to help coordinate programming and events. If you’ve got ideas, we want them – and you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Contact Kiri at

– PR needs people to work on premiums (design and contacts), write and edit con announcements, and assist in convention representation in the anime world. Contact April at

– Volunteering needs a few dedicated individuals who are willing to commit a lot of convention time to manning the volunteer/info table and a minimal amount of pre-con involvement. Have any questions or interest? Contact Bill at

– Dealers Committee needs people to help contact and coordinate with prospective and confirmed companies coming to Yaoi-Con. Contact Tracy at

– Mailing List Distribution needs people who are willing to help spread the word about Yaoi-Con by passing on written announcements and/or auctions to MLs. Please contact us *first*; we need to coordinate the ML postings and moderator permissions on the lists. (“Please don’t try this on your own.” -g-) Contact April at

– Sponsorship Committee needs assistance in gathering quotes for various sponsorship items, and numerous other projects. Contact Tracy at

If you think you can help, please contact the supervisors for more information about the committees and tasks.

Thank you for your interest in Yaoi-Con!

3-18-02—- Immoral Angel Title Correction

Thanks to Frank of CPM for sending us these revised details on the Immoral Angel release:

Immoral Angel Book One: Fall From Grace (graphic novel)

Remi would do anything to save her father’s life, including being forced into servitude by sadistic Nekozo Kyuso. She endures unimaginable torture at his hands, and is strained to the breaking point for her master’s amusement.

When will her sufferings come to an end? How many more humiliations can she endure before she strikes back? And just what is the menace of the Lemmings?

7/3/2002 $16.95 176 pages Black and White Manga18 Adults Only ISBN: 1-58664-868-3 UPC: 7-19987-00622-5-00111 Catalog: CMX 62201G

2-18-02—- New Guardians Of Order RPG Imprint

From the Guardians Of Orderrelease:


Anime News Service – February 18-21 Anime News

  • 26th Feb 2002
  • News

2-21-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to The Magic Box:

Studio Skip announced that a new GameCube RPG is under development, Kenichi Nishi is the leading producer of the project, who produced Nintendo’s Super Mario RPG 2 (Paper Mario in US) for Nintendo 64. The game is scheduled for release by the end of the year.

Media Ring has delayed the release of their GameBoy Advance RPG Lunar Legends in Japan by one month from March 15 to April 12.

2-21-02—- Asia AICN Items

Thanks to Daniel for this HK/China news:

1) Shaolin Soccer has been nominated for the 7th Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

2) Jay Chou’s manager, Jacky Wu, confirmed that Jay will star in the $25 mil US remake of Bruce Lee’s classic “Fist of Fury”. Jackie Chan also spoke up to approve the choice. Jackie was hurt last week during the shooting of “Highbinders”. The actor was struck by a flying wire and was sent to hospital immediately. Producer Alfred Cheung said that while the close-up shots are delayed, the production cannot be shut down, as the film has to be finished before March 3rd.

3) Stephen Fung will star in a Japanese production, the film is literally titled “White Hair Ghost”. [Stephen Fung is best known here for his role in Gen X Cops. (Amazon Link ) ]

Source: AICN

2-21-02—- Anime Figure Items has coverage of Bandai America’s unveilings at Toy Fair, a snap of the bbi figures and the 12″ Vash The Stampede figure.

2-21-02—- Matrix Reloaded Official Website Opens – New Media Overload

The following is from Corona thanks to Daniel for the scoop:

“1. Go to this website address:

2. Click on the keyboard that appears on your monitor until the ENTER CODE box appears.

3. Enter “reload”.

4. Clear the next couple of hours from your schedule because a ton of new interviews, QuickTime VRs, stills, videos and downloads from The Matrix Reloaded just went online today. And soon there will be a lot more..” Daniel adds, click on the first box from the left on “Mainframe”, you see a few stills from the anime, a production staff list for the shorts, and a statement telling you of more details coming soon.

2-21-02—- Japanese Sammo Hung Site

Thanks to Daniel for mentioning the Japanese Sammo Hung fan site, for those interested is at

2-21-02—- New Tekken Film Announced

This just in from Cinescape:

“Looks like the next video game series to get a big screen version will be the violent fight game, TEKKEN. Crystal Sky will be the production company doing the heavy work of translating a remarkably story-lite game into a feature film.

“Tetsu Fujimura, CEO of Gaga, and I have wanted to make a big commercial movie together for a long time,” said Steven Paul, Crystal Sky president, to the Hollywood Reporter. “I have had a long and wonderful relationship with (him) and Masaya Nakamura, chairman of Namco, for over 12 years now. The time was right, and ‘Tekken’ was the perfect game to pursue our dreams together.” No word on actor, director, script or release date as of yet.”

[Note: This film is not to be confused with the Hong Kong production with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao previously referred to as “Legend of Tekken”, and now known as “Avenging Fist”.]

Source: Daniel

2-21-02—- Metropolis In Cleveland

Excerpted from a newsgroup posting by Allen Peters:

The Madstone Cetrum ( in Cleveland Heights will be showing Metroplis starting Friday, March 1. They have a detailed description of the movie at this webpage ( This movie is rated PG-13 for violence and destruction.

2-21-02—- Imai Hobby Declares Bankruptcy

According to Scott Hards of Hobby Link Japan Japan’s Imai Hobby has gone bankrupt. HLJ has reportedly confirmed rumors which have been circulateing in the Japanese hobby industry since last week. This is the fourth time the company has achieved the status in 25 years, however this time, it is expected that there may be no chance for recovery due to Japan’s bankruptcy laws which impose a liquidation upon a firm that has failed repeatedly to get their business back on its feet.

Fans may recall Imai as being responsible for kits including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, wooden sailing vessels, traditional Japanese architecture and character-related merchandise from shows like Thunderbirds, Gotchaman, Mospeada, Orguss and most recently, Speed Racer.

2-21-02—- Japan’s First Ninja School Opens Outside Of The Shadows

The Mainichi is running an article today via Weekly Playboy on Japan’s first publicly acknowledged ninja school, Koga Iga Ninjutsu Gakuen. Tuition for an entire course will set one back 1.5 million Yen, the school will begin offering classes in the Shiga Prefecture village of Koga in six weeks.

“We haven’t made or done anything special. And the school will not be officially recognized by the government,” ninja expert and ninja school boss Keiichiro Kashiwagi tells Weekly Playboy. “What we aim to do is help people develop by instructing them in the practical skills of ninjutsu.”

Students will be taught ninja history, ninja logic and undergo practical lessons on the fighting arts of the ninja. Graduation from one level requires students to complete all seven subjects offered.

“We’ll also make sure people learn such things as defending themselves from an armed attack, as well as train them thoroughly in the use of throwing stars, swords and chains,” Kashiwagi tells Weekly Playboy.

2-20-02—- DVD Replacement Unveiled

According to the Asia BizTech article:

The world’s 10 leading electronics companies have reached agreement to standardize their recordable digital video disc (DVD) devices.

The 10 electronics leaders are Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd., Sharp Corp., Pioneer Corp., Royal Philips Electronics NV, France’s Thomson Multimedia Group, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and LG Electronics Inc.

They are slated to make public the basic standard in the week and start the concerted effort by forming a joint technology development team for launching the new DVD disc and drive in 2003. The agreement was

May 31 – June 12 Anime News

  • 12th Jun 2000
  • News

6-12-00—- Anime Expo Programming Schedule Announced

The programming schedule for Anime Expo 2000 has been released to the Anime Expo Website which can be viewed here.

6-12-00—- Wong To Direct Live-Action Mai The Psychic Girl

Kirk Wong (The Big Hit) will reportedly direct Sony Pictures’ Movie adaption of Mai The Psychic Girl, based on the Manga illustrated by Gekiga Ryoichi Ikegami and written by Kazuya Kudo.

The story of Mai circles around events in the life of an average teenage girl who posses pyschic abilities, and a special heritage, the responsibilities of which she is reluctant to accept until she draws the attention of a secret organization who is actively targeting children with strong psychic powers.

Tim Burton was at one time being reported as a director for the Mai film, later Francis Ford Coppola developed the property further. Kirk Wong directed The Big Hit for Sony and many Hong Kong action films that include Gunmen and Crime Story. Wong is currently developing Six for Warner Bros. Pictures.

6-11-00—- Princess Mononoke Listed On Starz/Encore Site

American cable broadcasters – Starz/Encore has updated it’s website listing Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli’s The Princess Mononoke which will be aired on the network(s) soon, you can view the entry here.

6-11-00—- Anime Trivia Quiz Book Author Appearence

Ryan Omega, author of The Anime Trivia Quizbook, released by Stonebridge Press will appear today at 8 p.m. at Printers Inc. Bookstore, 310 California Ave., Palo Alto. California.

6-10-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

SNK will reportedly end American and European operations later this year effecting distribution in those areas for their products for Neo Geo Pocket, Dreamcast, and PlayStation. The company will continue to produce games and systems in Japan, and the possibility exists that third parties will license them for foriegn release.

Sunrise Interactive’s G-Saviour for PS2 is reportedly close to completion. the Mecha action title is set for release in Japan this summer to retail at 7800 Yen. Occuring in Space Year 0224, the game’s main character Reed Fox, battles against enemies known as bugu.

6-9-00—- Utena 35mm Premiere At AX2000

Excerpted from the official release by Mike Tatsugawa:

The Utena Movie, “Revolutionary Girl Utena: Adolescence Apocalypse,” will make its 35mm North American debut at Anime Expo. Directed by AX Guest of Honor Kunihiko Ikuhara and with character designs by AX Guest of Honor Chiho Saito. The Utena movie takes the characters of the popular television series and reveals them in a whole new light. Two showings of this film are being planned, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

6-9-00—- Titan A.E. Article – ‘Fox Counting On ‘Titan’ To Be Giant Hit’

According to this article by Angela Dawson of Entertainment News Wire running in the Friday edition of the Philly Daily News, American film producers – 20th Century Fox are counting on their cross-media animated theatrical feature – Titan A.E. to be a giant hit at the American box office. According to the piece, the film’s producers acknowledged the fact that their target audience is generally turned off by animated films and decided to create something different and darker. A moodier color palette used in modern comic books and human characters drawn in an Americanized version of the popular Japanese Anime style are just some aspects topping off the production. You can read the entire article at the above link.

6-9-00—- Macross Toys Delayed

Excerpted from the newsgroup posting:

To all concerned,

Due to product improvement, the release date for the Macross Plus line has been moved back to Early August. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience.


Toycom Management

6-9-00—- Daily Yomiuri Article – Manga As An Academic Discipline

The Daily Yomiuri Online is running a fascinating article in it’s Saturday Edition entitled Manga problem animates academics that tackles the subject of Manga being treated as an academic discipline, you can read the piece at the link.

6-9-00—- SciFi U.K. Anime Brodacast Status

Excerpted from a post to the SciFi U.K. Forum: “There are no plans to increase the amount of anime on a permanent basis. However, once a month we show a double-bill of anime movies on Saturday night (usually starting around 10:00 PM) and in August we are planning a special anime event which will include a whole week of anime movies (some will be premieres) at midnight. Stay tuned for more details.”

6-8-00—- Ranma 1/2 Movie 2 On KTEH This Month

San Jose California-based public television station KTEH will broadcast Ranma 1/2: Nihao, My Concubine (The second movie) June 25th, at 9:30 P.M.

6-8-00—- World’s 1st DVD-RAM Recorders From Hitachi In August

Japanese Electronics firm Hitachi Ltd. announced on Thursday it plans to roll out the world’s first DVD-RAM video recorders and camcorders to the Japanese market on August 25th.

6-8-00—- FUNimation Launches New DBZ Site

FUNimation has rolled out the company’s latest Dragonball Z Website which can be viewed by clicking on the link.

6-8-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Banpresto has announced development of a new sequel to Super Robot Taisen Alpha, tentatively titled Super Robot Taisen Alpha 2, a Japanese release is expected sometime by the end of the year.

Capcom newest Vampire Hunter / Darkstalkers sequel for Dreamcast and Naomi has been announced. The title will feature network-battle support.

6-8-00—- Diecast GM

Bandai reportedly has a new diecast GM Gundam toy in production in Japan to be part of the same toy line featuring diecast Gundam and Red and Green Zaku.

6-8-00—- Daily Yomiuri Online Article – Crayon Shin Chan’s Prospects In The U.S.

The Daily Yomiuri Online Japanese Newspapaer is running an article today entitled “Will ‘Crayon Shin-chan’ crash and burn in U.S.?”, it has some interesting information on the series’ prospects of crossing over into America.

6-7-00—- Disney/SPJA Costume Policy For AX2000

Excerpted from the official release by Mike Tatsugawa:

After consulting with Disneyland’s Hotel, Security and Legal Departments, we have agreed on the following guidelines for costumes at Anime Expo/Disneyland:

Disneyland considers the entire Disney experience to be a “show”. This “show” begins from the moment that guests enter the Disneyland properties. This rule applies especially in the case of the Disneyland Park and less so at the Disneyland Resort

December 11-20 Anime News

  • 20th Dec 1999
  • News

12-20-99—- Otakon Announces First Guests Of Honor

The Otakon 2000 Anime Convention has announced it’s first guests of honor as Mr. Yoshitoshi Abe (Character designer: Serial Experiments Lain) and Production 2nd’s Yasuyuki Ueda (Creator of Serial Experiments Lain). Otakon is scheduled for the dates of August 4-5-6, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

12-19-99—- Top Anime LD Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. Shugogetten! Vol. 6
2. Galaxy Express 999 Memorial Vol. 2
3. You’re Under Arrest: The Movie
4. Detective Conan Vol. 7
5. Card Captor Sakura Vol. 12
6. Kikou Senki Doroguner Memorial Box 1

12-19-99—- Top Anime DVD Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. Nadesico The Movie: The Prince Of Darkness
2. Kareshi Kanojo No Jijo Op.1
3. You’re Under Arrest: The Movie DTS
4. D4 Princess Vol. 4

12-19-99—- Top Manga Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. One Piece 11
2. Card Captor Sakura 10
3. Futari H 9
4. Hikaru No Go 4
5. Ah My Goddess 20
6. Kochira Katsushikaku Kamearikouenmae Hashutsusho 117
7. Pocket Monster Special 6
8. Shaman King 6
9. GTO 13
10. Case Files Of Young Kindachi 5
11. Heat 3
12. Lost Universe 3
13. Sensei 9
14. Angelique 6
15. ARMS 10
16. Flames Of Recca 21
17. Tokyo University Story 28
18. Super Natural Powers Wild Com
19. Kanata Kara 10
20. Akagi 10

12-19-99—- Top Video Game Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. Gran Turismo 2 – PSX
2. Yugi-Oh Shin Monsters Duel Monsters – PSX
3. Pokemon Gold – GB
4. Pokemon Silver – GB
5. Donkey Kong 64 – N64
6. Virtual On Tangram – DC
7. Legend Of Dragoon – PSX
8. Let’s Go By Professional Train Shiyou -PSX
9. Soumatou – PSX
10. Custom Robo – N64
11. Pachislot Aruze Oukoku 2 – PSX
12. Virtua Striker 2 Ver. 2000.1- DC
13. Chrono Cross – PSX
14. Vib Ribbon – PSX
15. Tokimeki Memorial 2 – PSX
16. Yugi-Oh Shin Monsters Duel Monsters (Limited Edition) – PSX
17. Doko Demo Issyo Pocket Station Mo Issyo – PSX
18. DX Jinsei Game 3 – PSX
19. Simple 1500 Series Vol. 22 The Pro-Wrestling – PSX
20. Golf Shiyouyo – DC

12-19-99—- Top J-Pop Album Sales (Japan) (As Of 12-20)

1. “Magnum Collection 1999 Dear” – Masaharu Fukuyama
2. “Max 6 Best Hit’s In The World ’99” – Various Artists
3. “Loveppears” – Ayumi Hamasaki
4. “Sukinahito Kirorono Sora” – Kiroro
5. “Limit Control” – ^ Ucifer
6. “Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix” – Various Artists
7. “On The Street Corner 3” – Taturou Yamashita
8. “Sheep” – Masayoshi Yamazaki
9. “Crystal Planet” – Double
10. “Now10” – Various Artists
11. “Trophy” – Ulfuls
12. “Muzai Moratorium” – Ringo Shena
13. “Super EuroBeat Presents Intial D Second Stage Selection1” – Various Artists
14. “Nihilism Mitsuhiro Oikawa Greatest Hits 90’s” – Mitsuhiro Oikawa
15. “Frozen Roses” – Yumi Matutouya
16. “Heavy Gauge” – Glay
17. “Fact Of Life” – Chikuzen Sato
18. “T-Bolan Final Best: Greatest Songs&More” – T-Bolan

12-19-99—- Review: Vampire Hunter D Re-release

When asked to name one modern classic, many American anime fans will tell you that the original Vampire Hunter D OAV qualifes instantly. Based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi, directed by Toyoo Ashida, and with character designs by Yoshitaka Amano, the original Vampire Hunter D OAV was first released in English under the Aegis of Carl Macek’s Streamline Pictures in an English dub-only format some years ago. Since the folding of that company, and after 2 1/2 years in Moritorium, Urban Vision is set to release the classic VHD dub on video in America once again, and for the first time ever it will also be available in English subtitled format.

The story of Vampire Hunter D is set in the year 12,090 A.D. on a future Earth where modern civilization’s technological state of progress has been halted for some millenia (in the first minutes of the OAV a close look at what first appear to be mountains reveal crumbled skyscrapers eroding as a mute testimony to some great people’s past achievement), a new dark age has set in where the Earth is now host to magic and humanity’s greatest fears, incarnate in the form of monsters, mutants, and aristocratic vampires who rule over them and the remaining pockets of society. The ruler of one such kingdom, Count Magnus Lee, has taken an interest in a young girl named Doris living in a local village and has marked her as his for future entertainment. In desperation, Doris hires a mysterious Vampire Hunter known as D to kill the count and renounce his claim.

Visually and audio-wise, Urban Vision’s dub release of VHD has a noticeable sharper transfer over previous releases. The original OVA is here on the heels of the New Vampire Hunter D Movie’s arrival in America and Japan, it’s already one of the most anticipated Anime movies of the coming decade.

Vampire Hunter D | English Subtitled Version | $29.95 | Release: 1/18/00 | Running Time: 80 Min.
Vampire Hunter D | English Dubbed Version | $19.95 | Release: 1/18/00 | Running Time: 80 Min.

Released By: Urban Vision

12-19-99—- Review: Wicked City Re-release

Wicked City is another classic that has just seen American re-release by Urban-Vision, it too is available in Dub and (for the first time) Sub formats. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, with screenplay by Kisei Choo, Wicked City is set in the modern era where Earth shares a connection between our familiar reality and an alternate dimension known as The Black World inhabited by powerful supernatural entities.

For centuries a pact has existed between the two worlds, and has maintained an uneasy peace, negotiations are about to resume to continue relative co-existance. In The Black World there exists a faction that recognizes their inhabitant’s advantage to humans and will stop at nothing to disrupt the accords. Taki, A human, and Makie, a Black Worlder are both members of The Black Guard (defenders of balance betwen the two realms), and are paired to ensure the negotiations are carried on