5-7-02—- Kadokawa Shoten & Toshiba To Provide Digital Broadcast Contents
Major Anime media holder Kadokawa Shoten Publishing who also owns film producer and distributor Asmik Ace, has teamed up with with electronics maker Toshiba to provide film and other contents for digital broadcasts. As part of the tie-up, Toshiba bought a 1% stake (270,000 shares) in Kadokawa in March, with the intention of increasing it to 3% in the future. Kadokawa also owns 250,000 shares of Toshiba stock, for a 0.01% stake. The partners will begin offering an interactive pay service in July on digital satellite TV. In addition to film, the service will feature a variety of lifestyle programming. Content and other sales are expected to amount to $125m (Y16bn) by 2005. Also, at the end of 2003, Kadokawa will start providing entertainment and city-related information via mobile phones, personal digital assistants and car navigation systems, in association with Toyoyta and other partners.
Source: Screen Daily
5-7-02—- Vote To Predict Live Action DBZ Actors
FUNimation has updated their official American DBZ site with a form on which fans can vote for actors to play live action versions of respective DBZ characters. According to the site:
FUNimation Vice President and Producer Daniel Cocanougher had this to say:“FUNimation is very excited to be working with FOX in their production of a live-action Dragon Ball Z Feature Film. FOX plans to place this movie on a fast-track production schedule, and may have a movie released as early as Fall 2003 or Summer 2004. FOX is an excellent movie studio, producing such huge hits as X-Men and Star Wars, among many others. They feel that this project will not end with one movie, but will become a major, multi-picture franchise like Star Wars. Clearly, this is a remarkable upward turning point for the Dragon Ball Z property. It will also be very interesting for all Dragon Ball Z fans to try to predict the names of the stars, the director and producers, and the storyline that will be used.
5-7-02—- Chobits Clips
JVC Music’s Mserve has uploaded TV CM streaming OP and ED video clips for the CLAMP anime Chobits.
5-7-02—- Sailor Moon X?
The Japanese fan site Moon Phase has updated it’s current and future anime schedule with a listing for Fall 2002 reading “Sailor Moon X?” (note the question mark opposed to other listings). To their credit or likewise, Moon Phase’s schedule is used by a number of English language websites forcasting what the future holds anime wise and the structure and comments there mirrors some more closely than others. In the past, Moon Phase broke information that The Big O Season 2 would be forthcoming and would possibly air in America first then in Japan (it should be noted that those items have yet to be confirmed, or indeed, denied by an official party).
5-7-02—- Nanaka 6/17
Based on the manga Nanaka 6/17 (Nanaka Junana Bun no Roku) by Yamagi Ken, serialised in Monthly Shonen Champion, an anime adaptation has been announced in Japan. To be produced by JC Staff (Utena), director Sakurai Hiroaki is attached to the project about an seemingly ordinary highschool girl with a 6 year old’s spirit.
Source: Natsume Maya
5-7-02—- Anime Style Comic – Wanderlust Luanches
From the release:
Wanderlust from Chiseled Comics is “go for launch”
A multitude of worlds have been pioneered beyond the boundaries of Sol, and the major rivals in this limitless expanse are the Interplanetary League and the Omega Coalition. Several months after a struggle over each other’s territories, an unidentified party brutally strikes two deep-space traveling ships of the League Armada. Are the attackers their old enemies the Omegas, or as some have suggested, a nameless threat so staggering that the League personnel cannot muster a true defense? Outgunned but undaunted, Jake Sumner and Helen Wentzel fire up their AMPs…
Filled with epic space battles and daring espionage, Wanderlust is created and written by Bryant Shiu, with artwork by rising star Brett Weldele and inks by Michael Halbleib (Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe). Best known for his work on the successful Couscous Express for AIT/PlanetLar, penciller/colorist Weldele was picked by Wizard Magazine as one of the Top Five Buzz Creators of 2002. His artwork also can be found in May’s Ultimate Spider-Man Special for Marvel and Shot Callerz from Oni Press.
For Wanderlust, Weldele fused qualities of manga/anime and animation, in general, with his own style to generate a look that stands on its own. “From the outset, Bryant wanted the flavor of anime mixed into the art,” Weldele said. “It’s been a fascinating process, starting from our collaboration during the character and mecha designs, to see how much of the anime influence ends up in a series that really runs the spectrum in concept and design.”
Weldele’s talent and enthusiasm are familiar to veteran comics pro Halbleib, who has known him for several years and is “a personal fan of his work.” Halbleib had referred Shiu to Weldele at the start of Wanderlust. The inker’ s versatile technique proved to be a perfect fit for Weldele’s pencils. “The comic required a smoothness and grace to the inked lines that I thought we carried off superbly,” Halbleib said.
Shiu agrees. “Both these guys have amazing range and expertise,” he said. “There’s a sleekness, and yet so much drama and excitement are conveyed that there really could be no one better artistically for the book.”
But as important as those ingredients are to the comic, another is Shiu’s approach to penning space sagas. He describes Wanderlust as possessing “a distinct edginess and focus on characterization. This is Top Gun meets Star Wars meets Saving Private Ryan meets Alias the tv series.”
While providing pulse-pounding dogfights between squadrons of weapon-laden mecha and the intrigue of deadly, elusive spies, he’ll be exploring the backdrop for the story as well as the different motivations of the characters. “The scope of the Interplanetary League is promptly established and the League-Omega conflict will be addressed from time to time, though the unidentified threat