– Game Pro reviews the Japanese version of Astroboy for PS2.
– Asia Media has updates on a court case involving an archaeologist in Japan who was accused of faslifying discoveries and Yoshinori Kobayashi’s comic series “Shin Gomanism Sengen”.
– The New York Times reviews Darkhorse’s MEGATOKYO graphic novel. The art is drawn in manga style by Fred Gallagher
– MTV News reports the American music group Linkin Park will release a package containing a DVD, comic book and T-shirt on July 27. The disc will contain the animated music video for “Breaking the Habit” and behind-the-scenes footage, and the comic and T-shirt will be illustrated in an anime style reminiscent of the animation in the video.
– The Washington Times has a review of Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, from Atari (for Game Boy Advance).
7-17-04—- Dreamworks To Promote Anime Holdings At Comic-Con
Dreamworks has informed ANS that it will be promoting it’s upcoming animated projects at the Comic-Con International, being held from July 22-25 in San Diego, CA. DreamWorks will be hosting a booth (#4321) where Anim? fans can get a sneak peek at ?Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence,? as well as last year?s ?Millennium Actress.? Visitors to the booth will be among the first to see footage from ?Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, written and directed by Mamoru Oshii, is the anticipated sequel to his cult anime film ?Ghost in the Shell.? The film, which was the first anim? to ever screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year, is the story of a solitary cyborg who desperately wants to hold on to what?s left of his humanity in a world where the worth of the human soul is fading almost into obscurity. ?Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence? will be released in U.S. theaters on September 17, 2004 under the Go Fish Pictures banner, a division of DreamWorks Pictures. This is the second anim? film to be distributed by Go Fish Pictures after Satoshi Kon’s ?Millennium Actress? in September 2003.
– According to Inidie Wire, IFC Films has acquired two Cannes ’04 competition films, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-ada’s “Nobody Knows” and Hans Weingartner’s “The Edukators” from Germany. Celluloid Dreams handled sales on both films.
– Games Industry interviews Square Enix Ltd.’s John Yamamoto in a new article and reveals the company’s plans on their European rollout and has some thoughts on the cross media marketing of product franchises: “Fullmetal Alchemist is a perfect example; the games alone would probably be quite good, but taken in the context of a long-running manga story and a popular animated TV series, the franchise takes on a whole new depth. “
– PR Newswire has a release from Wizards of the Coast on their product rollout plans at San Diego Comic Con.
– Software Zone out of Italy mentions the new DIVX 5.2 codec is out with support for 3 new languages: French, German and Japanese. The new DIVX has enhancements for rendering anime: Decoder: Blocking fix (Oops!) The 5.2 decoder corrects a small issue that can cause blocks to be displayed along high-contrast edges in the picture, mainly affecting anime content. Watch Pok?mon as it was meant to be viewed once again!
– Extreme Tech has an article on the release of the DIVX 5.2, a popular video codec for computers. In an interview with chief codec architect Eric Grab, “…the new codec has improved handling of different quantization levels, meaning that it can adapt its encoding bitrates for different video streams. “A good example is anime,” Grub said. “Animated video uses a different quantization matrix than Star Wars.”
– DVD Talk has an advanced review of GITS: SAC Vol. 1.
– Gigex has a bit on NIS America., Inc., who publishes Nippon Ichi Software products in North America. The company announced today that Phantom Brave, the anime style strategy role-playing game for the Playstation 2 game console, is set for pre-orders. Phantom Brave is published by NIS America and exclusively distributed by Atlus USA. Gamers who pre-order before August 31, 2004 at select retailers and online stores may receive the special Phantom Brave soundtrack bundle with the game. Consumers may pre-order at the following stores and more to receive the special pre-order bundle version of Phantom Brave.
– Japanese Snacks get huge props in the American mainstream press today with a full featured article in the Louisville Kentucky Courier Journal.According to the article “….Pocky is gaining popularity particularly among young Americans enchanted by Japanese pop culture ? including anime (a form of animation) and manga (graphic novels). In Louisville, Pocky has popped up in such places as video stores, including Suncoast, comic shops like The Zone, and even at one movie theater’s concession stand.”
– The Anchorage Daily News mentions the 2 Boscos comic stores in the are will be hosting some events this summer. One asks kids to submit their artwork into the anime art contest. See stores for details. Deadline is Aug. 31
– The San Jose Mercury News reports from Aug. 27 Japanese anime will bolster the exhibition of works by Yoshitomo Nara at the nearby San Jose Museum of Art.
7-16-04—- Game Engine 2 In NYC
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and New York-Tokyo present:
Game Engine 2 A two hour showcase of videogame related footage from The New York Video Festival, followed by an after party.
Game Engine 2: Sunday, July 18 th 9pm. Walter Reade Theatre in Lincoln Center Admission: $10, 7$ students Film Society of Lincon Center Website
After Party: Sunday, July 18th immediately after Game Engine 2 Tribeca Grand Hotel Admission: Free, 21 and up.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and New York-Tokyo present the second annual Game Engine program, a two hour showcase of video game footage, and special