Anime News Service – February 18-21 Anime News

  • 26th Feb 2002
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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

Figures.com 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: hackthematrix.warnerbros.com

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 http://www.sammohung.com/Japan/.

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 (http://www.madstonecentrum.com/) in Cleveland Heights will be showing Metroplis starting Friday, March 1. They have a detailed description of the movie at this webpage (http://www.madstonecentrum.com/flicks/metropolis.html). 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


Anime News Service – Metropolis DVD Press

Anime News Service – Metropolis DVD Press

ANS has obtained the full Metropolis DVD announcement from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment: the official release:

LEGENDARYrJAPANESE ANIMEiCOMIC

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COMES TO LIFE FOR THE FIRST TIMEoEVER

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AVAILABLE MARCHp12, 2002

Directedvby Rintaro (“X”,p“GalaxyeExpress 999”)

Screenplay bySKatshuhiro Otomo (“Akira”)C

“’Metropolis’ is the newimilestone inpanime. It has beauty, power,wmystery, ande

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— Academy AwardÒ winning directoreJames Cameron

“AdmasterfulNfusion of action,nadventureeandAromance…a science-fictionwmasterpiece”

–WizardrMagazine

“Visually lavish…Oneiof the newrlandmarksvof Japanese animation.”

–Cinefantastique

Culver City, CA (Januaryr7, 2002)F– The acclaimed Japanese anime filmnOsamueTezuka’s Metropolisewill bewreleased asmaoSpecial Edition two-discnDVD set (featuringrthe first-ever “pocket DVD”Nof added value features) and oncvideocassettepon Marchd12, 2002 byFColumbia Tristar Home Entertainment.i Following aenationalAtheatricalcrelease,rOsamu Tezuka’s Metropolisewillrfeature a newly subtitled version of theCfilm onCthewvideocassettemand SpecialiEditioneDVD, along with the dubbed version featured on the DVDras well.

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UPC Code:C0-43396-08215-1

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DVD SPECS

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Trailers: Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis, Final Fantasy,ACowboy Bebop

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Delivery Date:dMarch 5, 2002


Anime News Service – February 6-9 Anime News

2-9-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to the Magic Box:

Softbank is planning to release a Weekly Xenosaga magazine in Japan on February 28, the first issue will come with a Xenosaga mousepad, interviews with development staffs and radio voice actors. The future issues will feature hints and tips on the game, reader contributions, developer interviews and info on the future installment of Xenosaga.

Konami announced that they will release Yugioh Duel Monsters for both GameBoy Advance and PlayStation in US sometimes in March, the TV cartoon series have received high audience rating since the series launched last September.

2-8-02—- Entertainment Weekly Shaolin Soccer And VHD Info

Ever delving into a myriad of sources to bring us news, Daniel has found a plethora of scoops from the February 12 issue of Entertainment Weekly:

Since the bad news outweighs the good, I’ll post the good news first.

Good:
1)Resident Evil is on the magazine’s “A-List” for Spring films.
2)Shaolin Soccer and Jackie Chan’s “Accidental Spy” are scheduled for April 5.
3)The Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust dvd was reviewed, and got a B+.

Bad:
1)Paul Anderson is still the director.
2)It pains me to say this, but EW has confirmed that Shaolin Soccer has been retitled “Kung Fu Soccer”. No mention of whether the movie will be dubbed or edited as previous rumours implied though. Also, a reference to a lethal drug entitled “Anthrax 2” has been omitted from Accidental Spy. So what I would suggest is you buy the Shaolin Soccer dvd now, skip “Kung Fu Soccer”, and see Accidental Spy instead. The reason is that you don’t really miss anything, when a Jackie Chan film gets edited, but Shaolin Soccer’s too good to see edited in any form. To get Shaolin Soccer, try www.banzaianime.com , www.drunkenmaster.tv, or www.hkflix.com. Also, a minor gripe is there’s no mention of a release date for Tsui Hark and Zhang Zhiyi’s “Legend of Zu”, even though it’s already being advertised over here as we speak. [The trailer is in front of “Brotherhood of the Wolf”.]
3)Finally, a minor annoyance is D got compared to Buffy.[I just hate when anime that predates an American film gets compared to that film anyway.] It also got compared to Blade, but that’s fair, since the Blade comic predates the D novels.

2-8-02—- Nintendo America President and Mario Welcome Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog

A photo and details of Nintendo of America president Tatsumi Kimishima and mascot Mario welcoming Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog to Nintendo HQ were released by Nintendo today, you can view then at the above Cinescape link.

2-8-02—- Columbia Metropolis / Bebop / Drunken Master News

According to Anime Nation News:

Video Business Magazine has published a short feature article on the new announcements of Columbia Pictures’ Destination Films subdivision. The article confirms that the DVD release of Metropolis has been delayed do to the strong theatrical opening of the film, earning over $130,000 in nine screens. (By comparison, Escaflowne has earned approximately $80,000 in a week and a half on five screens). The article confirms Destination Films plans to release the Cowboy Bebop movie and Jackie Chan’s classic 1978 Drunken Master, as well as breaking news of an American license for the Tsui Hark directed Black Mask 2.

2-8-02—- Cyborg Art Exhibition In BC

Thanks to Ed for this item:

Please check out the web page: www.vanartgallery.bc.ca.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is doing an exhibition called “The Uncanny: Experiments In Cyborg Culture”. According to the ad I have, this exhibit “…explores cyborg evolution from early robotics and modern paintings to the hi-tech hybrids seen in Hollywood films, videogames and Japanese animation.” Admission is C$11 Canadian.

The show runs from Feb 9 to May 26 2002.

2-8-02—- Yomiuri Articles

The Daily Yomiuri Newspaper is running articles on a theater troop’s on stage adaptation of manga here, Asian Filmakers At The Rotterdam Film Festival, a piece on the Keitai becoming the focus of a TV show here and finally a look at the new Kamen Rider TV series here.

2-8-02—- New Speed Lines

Ray H.’s latest Speed Lines column has been posted to the RTM site, it focuses on:

Kamen Rider Ryuhki
Hurricaneger
Rockman EXE
Onimusha
Rave trading figures
Trigun capsule figures
Sailor Moon Gashapon

2-8-02—- Akadot Anime Academy Awards 2001

Akadot is gearing up for it’s 2nd annual Akar Anime Awards for releases occuring in the year 2001, entries will be accepted from Feb. 13th.

2-8-02—- DBZ GBA Preview

Check out an early preview-with screenshots-of Dragonball Z: TheLegacy of Goku-for GBA-at Gamespot.

From Daniel

2-8-02—- Palm No Ki Trailers

Trailers for the upcoming film Palm No Ki have been uploaded to the official site in streaming Quicktime and Windows Media format.

2-8-02—- Kanon DVD Release

The Kanon TV series has been announced to release in Japan on DVD from April 1st, an application ticket is included which can be redeemed for a special CD from Pioneer LDC. Retail is Price 2800 Yen from Toei, Pioneer LDC, Visual Art’s and Key.

2-8-02—- TRSI Snags Exclusive Here And There, Then And Now Art DVD Box’s

From the Right Stuf release:

Coming this May – Right Stuf International will become the exclusive retailer for ordering the stand alone Art Box to ‘Here and There, Then and Now the Collector’s DVD Box Set’! Limited to just 1000 units, this special offer will include the stand alone Art Boxes and the bonus DVD disc found only in the collector’s DVD edition of the series. This bonus disc includes: ‘From Then to Now: Behind the Scenes’, the Japanese Opening, Character Sketches, Mechanical Sketches, Background Sketches, Storyboards, and Trailers! Full details, pictures, and ordering information can be seen at:
http://www.rightstuf.com/mailing-preorder/usmd2214

2-8-02—- Mirage Of Blaze

Sony’s Mirage Of Blaze TV series is headed for DVD-BOX release in Japan with soundtrack and the image album following in close succession. February 27th will see the series soundtrack release at 3150 Yen, the disc is also a hybrid CD-ROM, a “SPECIAL CD COLLECTION” 4 disc release hits the street on March 20th at 5090


Anime News Service – January 1-15 Anime News

1-15-02—- Tezuka Article

Rika Ohara has compiled an article for the L.A. Weekly entitled “Mighty Tezuka! God Of Manga”, you can view it at the link.

1-15-02—- New Clips

Pioneer has just uploaded new QuickTime Movie Clips have been added to their SoulTaker and Vandread Sites.

1-15-02—- Spanish News

Spain’s regional TV channel Canal 33 is currently running Trigun, ran Harlock Saga over the holidays, and has just started running Dragon Quest Dai no Daibouken, Crayon Shin-chan (2 times a day at 14:30 pm and at 19:15 pm), and City Hunter (every saturday and sunday). Selecta Vision has announced the release of Cowboy Bebop DVD volume 2 and Golden Boy DVD vol. 2 for tomorrow. info courtesy Juan Luis and Anihabara.

1-15-02—- Production I.G. At TIA

Production I.G.’s Site has updated with news that the studio will have a booth at the 21st Tokyo International Animation Fair held Feb 15-17.

1-15-02—- Aquarian Age TV

Based on the card game characters by Broccoli, the Aquarian Age TV series animation began running in Japan on the 10th 1:15 minutes on TV Tokyo Channel 12, the show aslo airs weekly on Mondays starting 14th at 2:15 on TV Osaka and on the same day at 1:15 on TV Aichi.

1-15-02—- 35th Anniversary of Ultra 7 Celebrated With Announcement of New Series

In commemoration of it’s original 1960’s debut on Japanese airwaves, production of a new original 5 volume video series was announced last week in Tokyo, volume 1 streets on DVD format in Nippon on May 21st via VAP for 5800 Yen.

The official homepage for the release is at: http://www.vap.co.jp/u-seven/

1-15-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Atlus announced a new PlayStation RPG called Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Red & Black Book, a devil (monster) battle and collection RPG ported over from GameBoy Color. The PSone version will 270 kinds of devils, new championship cup modes and scenes from the TV animated cartoon series of Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children. The game is scheduled for release sometimes this year.

Atlus announced a new PlayStation dodgeball game in Japan called Nijiiro Dodgeball: Maidens’ Youth, this is the first console dodgeball game to feature a simulation mode (Story Mode), in which you play as the coach, your mission is to train and promote your team to become the champion.

Square’s upcoming Final Fantasy X International (Jan 31 release in Japan) will feature a new side story called FFX Another Story: The Forever Nagi Festival, which will take place 2 years after the original story, so far it is confirmed that Yuna, Wakka and Rikku will be showing up in this new story, will Tidus show up in the new story? (Note: “Nagi Festival” is the time between Sin’s defeat and revival, in which people celebrate for the true peace.) Other than the side story, the international version will also feature:
FFX promotion movies FFX TVCMs FFX Theme Songs (in Dolby 5.1) Interview with Japan and US Actors Square Previews: Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XI, Square Masterpieces (WonderSwan Color), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Preview Trailers.

Square and Disney will release a CD single for the theme song of Kingdom Hearts in Japan on March 20, the song will be titled Hikari (translate to “Light”), and it will be composed and performed by the highly popular Japanese singer Hikaru Utada, who have sold a whopping 8 million copies of her first album “First Love” back in 1999.

Capcom will release another Rockman title for GameBoy Advance on March 15 in Japan, called Rockman Zero. This time Zero from the Rockman X series becomes the main character. The story takes place 100 years after Rockman X, in which the world is controlled by an evil force “v”, your mission is to control Zero to battle with the evil force. Zero will also have new companions, they are electronic fairies. There are 3 kinds of fairies: Life, Ability and Hacker, they will rise the power of Zero during the quest.

Here are some new screen shots of Takara’s J-Phoenix Plus, an enhanced version of the popular PS2 mech combat action game, featuring additional characters and gear parts. A new play mode called Hundred Slashes will be added to the game, a survival mode which allows you to battle with 100 opponents continuously, the money you earned from this mode can be used in the Story Mode. J-Phoenix Plus is scheduled for release in March.

Source: http://www.the-magicbox.com/ Images an further details on these titles can be accessed at the link

1-15-02—- New Evangelion Kubrick Images

Cool Japanese Toys has posted images here, here and here of the coming Evangelion Kubrick sets due in April. Series 8, 9 and 10 will arrive then with sets 8 and 10 retailing at 2,480 Yen. Set 9 will retail at 1,980.

1-15-02—- Toyopop Items

According to the Right Stuf:

Yet another studio headed for DVD only folks. Announced yesterday, Tokyopop will begin releasing all of their new anime series on DVD only. In moving towards this goal, the company has dropped their VHS line of the upcoming release of Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO).
In another surprise, the company has decided to drop their entire English version of Saint Tail. So, beginning with volume 5, the series moves strictly to DVD with only Japanese Audio / English Subtitle tracks. Happily, they are increasing the number of episodes of Saint Tail per disc from 4 to 7.
Fans of Vampire Princess Miyu can breathe a sigh of relief. The series is the only Tokyopop title that will be finishing its entire run on both VHS and DVD. Great Teacher Onizuka!
Joining the anime release of the series, Tokyopop has announced the release of the first volume of the Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) manga on 4/23! Much like Viz’s DBZ graphic novels, Tokyopop has decided to stick with the traditional Japanese right to left styling.
The animated GTO series is expected to begin its DVD only release in March and continue through 2003.


Anime News Service – December 1-28 Anime News

12-28-01—- DVD Vision Japan Japanese Final Fantasy And Cowboy Bebop Movie Updates

From the release:

We at DVD Vision Japan hope that everyone is having a happy holiday. Here in Japan, we have a Winter Wonderland, and yet we still work. Oh well.

Here is some information we have received.

Cowboy Bebop, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door has an official street date of January 25th. The movie will contain a Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 audio track, a special ISSB booklet, and theatrical trailers. Price is $80

Also, in honor of the new Cowboy Bebop movie, Seatbelts Future Blues has been released on DVD. Consisting of a 45 minute musical movie and over 20 minutes of concert footage, this is your chance to experience the hip sounds of Yoko Kano and the seatbelts on a stunning DVD. Price is $40.

Finial Fantasy Japan style!

There are 2 versions of the 100% CGI masterpiece Finial Fantasy: The Spirits Within being released in Japan.

Spiritual Edition ($100) 2 Disc set Disc one: The movie with DTS or 5.1 sound. Japanese and English audio tracks. Japanese and English subtitles. Multiple commentary tracks

Disc two: Same extras as on the US version. No word if the L’Arc-en-Ciel music video will make it on this version.

Regular Edition ($40) Disc one: The movie with DTS or 5.1 sound. Japanese and English audio tracks. Japanese and English subtitles. Multiple commentary tracks. Release date is February 22.

A new series called Factions of the Earth has just been released. In the future, a comet impacts the Earth. some of the human race escape to space while the ones left behind went underground. Years later, the mutated humans of Earth battle the ones that escaped into space. The series has superb animation, and is well worth the visit. Price per DVD is $55 and contains 2 episodes. Out now!

We have some additional info, covers of the above DVD’s, and a new feedback/info page. Please come by and visit.

www.geocities.com/dvdvisionjapan

12-27-01—- Lone Wolf And Cub 2100

There’s a report at Newsarama (www.comicon.com/newsarama) regarding a new comic mini-series to be published by Dark Horse entitled Lone Wolf and Cub 2100. This comic book will be done by an American team, and will feature a lone warrior carrying a child with him through a hostile world. As skeptical as some fans of the original series are likely to be about this new project, it is apparently being created with Koike’s blessing.

12-22-01—- “Great Movies” Series Showcases Miyazaki Clasic

Renown movie critic (and apparently a Ghibli fan), Roger Ebert, has selected “My Neighbor Totoro” to feature in his biweekly “Great Movies” newspaper column. It’s not the first time a Studio Ghibli film has received his attention: “Grave of the Fireflies” was featured in the column back in March 2000 and “Princess Mononoke” made 8th place on his list of the top 10 films of 1999. To read the Totoro review, visit http://www.suntimes.com/ebert/greatmovies/sho-sunday-ebert23.html

12-21-01—- Wes Craven On Pulse

Cinescape states that Wes Craven will be directing the re-make of Kyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse! Production should be finished in 2002. Note that while I haven’t seen Pulse, I saw Cure, and hated it, because it was too vague by the end.

12-20-01—- Mari Iijima Event Info

[This is a fan news submission. All original information can be found at Mari Iijima’s Official Site.

Mari Iijima, the original voice actress (seiyuu) for Macross’ Lynn Minmei, has been visiting Japan during December 17-23 to tape her one hour TV special for the FOLK AND ROCK MASTERS LIVE (Sky PerfecTV). She is also recording 2 songs (including the main theme) for the upcoming Galaxy Angel game in Tokyo. Upon her return to the United States, Mari Iijima will be performing live and celebrating the holidays with fans at the Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles on December 27 at 8:30 PM (PST). All fans are welcome to attend but should prepare to arrive early, since earlier engagements have been sold out in the past. More information can be found at Mari Iijima’s Official Site.

12-19-01—- New VHD: Bloodlust Openings This Week

From the announcement:

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is opening this Friday (12/21) at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City, UT, and is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

12-18-01—- Escaflowne Movie Site Opens

From the release:

BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES THE OFFICIAL ESCAFLOWNE MOVIE WEBSITE – ESCAMOVIE.COM

Hollywood, CA (December 18, 2001) – Bandai Entertainment launches the official Escamovie.com website to help promote the upcoming theatrical release of Escaflowne in theaters January 25, 2002.

A motion picture production based on one of the most popular anime titles of all time, Escaflowne is celebrated animator Shoji Kawamori’s cutting-edge vision of a world where good and evil hinge on a girl’s ability to find meaning for her own life.

Escamovie.com features news and information on the upcoming theatrical release of Escaflowne in theaters, background information on the Escaflowne world, characters, story, filmmaker biographies, multimedia interviews with cast and creators, trailers, and future home video information.

12-18-01—- Dutch News

Thanks To Leon for this nes:

I-mode is a-go! Troubled Dutch telecom provider KPN Mobile has finally decided to go ahead with I-mode, although some called the decision a desperate last gamble to get the company back on track. Thanks to its ties with I-mode creator NTT Docomo, KPN will be the first to introduce I-mode to the west. It is expected that the massively popular internet/telecom service will get a simultaneous introduction in Holland and Germany. Belgium has to wait for a few months at least. KPN aims to launch I-mode early next year and announced it will eliminate the Achilles’ heel of the Japanese original: Spam. According to a spokesman, all e-mail will be extensively filtered to remove unwanted messages. Dutch readers can view the original article here: http://www.webwereld.nl/cgi-bin/nav/chello.pl?9524

More Dutch manga?
Rumors about a possible new manga showing up in Dutch stores have gotten a new impulse with this snippet of info. After the rather successful introduction of the Dragon Ball manga, comic book publisher Glènat has been planning to publish



Anime News Service – C.B. Cebulski On Mangaverse

From the release:

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Anime News Service – November 1-8 Anime News

11-8-01—- Afternoon Animation Programming To Cease On Fox Kids

From the newsgroup posting, Zentertainment reports no further weekday afternoon animation will air on Fox Kids from 12/31/01.

11-8-01—- International Channel Questionaire

From the post:

Dear Valued International Channel Viewer, In the past you have corresponded with us, expressing your opinions about our programming. We value your thoughts and would like to hear more. Please take a few moments to complete our survey. All completed surveys will be entered into a random drawing to win a gift from International Channel. Click on the link below to let us know how you feel about our programs.http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?G0D5212EYLJACQ0HTBX9349N Thank you, International Channel Research and Development Surveys must be completed in full to become eligible for the drawing. Ten names will be randomly selected to win the IC gift.

http://Zentertainment.com/ reported today that Fox Kid’s is dropping their Mon-Fri animation offerings after Dec 31, 2001 . At that point, there will no longer be animation during the week on any major network with the exception of the minimal coverage WB gets. I know we don’t get it here in Columbus, Ohio either by local station or even as far as I can tell on any of the major cable systems.

11-8-01—- “Mini Pato” Official Sites

According to the post by Sany Production I.G. has opened the following Japanese and English sites for the shorts.

11-8-01—- News Around The World

According to Anihabara:

Perhaps this is rather too late, but the rumor of INU YASHA will broadcasted was true. Since November 4, 2001 Indosiar will INU YASHA broadcasted every Sunday Morning, 07.00-07.30 AM with Indonesian Dub

After a long while, Dragonball Z returns to Dutch television. Only this time it’ll be shown on Yorin in stead if Cartoon Network. Starting the 5th of November, Yor Kiddin’ will show Dragonball Z every weekday at 16:20h GMT+1

News from Animeportal [in Spanish]: * New serieses in ETC… TV (http://www.etc.cl) [in Spanish]. During this month (November, 2001), they will start to run “Cybercats” (“Cyborg Kuro-chan” in Japanese) and “Zoids”. “Zoids” will be aired Monday-Friday 15:30 CLST and “Cyborg Kuro-chan” will be aired Saturday-Sunday 15:30 CLST& and schedule can be found here. Chilevision [in Spanish] also started to run “Cyborg Kuro-chan” at Saturday mornings. Besides, ETC… TV [in Spanish] created a new Saturday-morning segment called “Grandes aventuras en ETC… TV” (“Big Adventures in ETC… TV” could be a translation 😉 from 9:00 CLST until 15:00 CLST every Saturday. During this 6-hours segment, they will run a kind of marathon dedicated to their serieses. They started with “Tenchi Muyo”. * “Orphen” is out from ETC… TV’s schedule 🙁

Desde el lunes 5 de noviembre, junto con una renovación de su imagen, Locomotion L.A. comenzó a transmitir Cowboy Bebop.

11-8-01—- New Pioneer Releases

From the official Pioneer Animation Website:

02/26/02: The SoulTaker Vol. 1 “The Monster Within” Bilingual DVD Running Time: 75 min Rating: 16 up SRP: $29.98

Sherlock Hound Vol. 1 “Case File 1” Bilingual DVD Running Time: 125 min Rating: 3 up SRP: $29.98

In the Works! Cardcaptor Sakura Movie – Spring 2002! Armitage Dual-Matrix: Featuring the voice of Juliette Lewis as Naomi Armitage! Pioneer Entertainment is a member of Hellsing production committe and also the DVD distributor of this project in North America. Visit www.hellsing.net (Japanese site) Pretty Sammy OVA DVD – previously hinted as a February 2002 release, this project no longer has a street date.

11-8-01—- Exclusive: Final Details For Academy Anime Tribute

Drawing from Japan: Anime and Its Influences Wednesday, November 14, 2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Samuel Goldwyn Theater – 8pm

Whether your knowledge of Japanese animation is limited to SPEED RACER or you’re a full-fledged Otaku, prepare yourself for a unique visual feast.
This tribute to the Japanese animated feature film will examine the origins, history, and influences of this prolific art and industry. Clips from such seminal films as AKIRA, GHOST IN THE SHELL, PRINCESS MONONOKE, PERFECT BLUE, WICKED CITY and POMPOKO, plus some special surprises, will receive rare U.S. big screen presentation.
The evening will illustrate the diversity of genres displayed in Anime, the specific Japanese approach to animation, the effect Anime is having on world culture, and highlight the work of several of Anime’s most respected artists, writers, and animators.
Our panel of commentators will consist of animation historians, distributors, and filmmakers from both sides of the Pacific. Confirmed participants (subject to availability) currently include:
Jerry Beck, animation historian and author
Mark A.Z. DippJ, Director – SPAWN, ILM Visual Effects Supervisor
Frank Gladstone, Dreamworks SKG Animation
Kunihiko Ikuhara, Director -SAILOR MOON and REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA.
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Producer – GHOST IN THE SHELL, BLOOD
Fred Patten, Streamline Pictures
CAUTION: This program examines many different styles and genres of Japanese animation. Some excerpts may be too violent or explicit for children.

Tickets Available Now. Information – 310-247-3000 x111.

11-8-01—- SDF 1 Mugs

From Steve Yun:

Want an SDF-1 mug, as seen in Macross and Robotech? Right now Robotech.com is taking polls on what kind of detailing Macross and Robotech fans want on their mugs:http://www.robotech.com/news/viewarticle.php?id=56

11-8-01—- Anime News UK

According to Animejin

Gundam Wing on UK video
A UK video release for Gundam Wing is now being listed as forthcoming by various on-line video retailers. According to the listings, two volumes of 75 minutes each will be release on 10th December priced at £11.99 each. I have been unable to uncover any other details about the release. It is not even known which company is releasing the tapes, although it seems most likely that Bandai is organising it themselves.

Brighton manga conference details
The web page for the manga conference in Brighton that I reported on last time has been located. It is at: http://www.artnowjapan.org.uk/manga/Conference_2001-11-24.htm Amongst other things, it reveals that the speakers at the conference will be Jonathan Clements, James Swallow, Helen McCarthy, Jim Walker and Tony Luke.

Current UK anime video release schedule
MVM’s releases for this month have been put off for a week until the 12th.

All of the following dates are


Anime News Service – FUNimation Acquires Fruits Basket

According to appostmto the Anime On DVD forums,aFUNimation has licensedpthe 26tepisode FruitsyBasket TVxseries. Voicefactors and releasepschedule have reportedlytnot beenndecided. Fruits Baksetdconsistseofp26z30 minutepepisodes.aIn the show,za girlqfindsda family whofaregtransformed into an animal when confronting ammember of the opposite sex.y

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Natsuki Takaya –aOriginal Story

Akitaro Daichi –yDirectorg(JubeicChan ,mKodomocno Omocha)

Nagisa Miyazaki – Asst.dDirector (Jubei-chan)g

Rika Nakase –qSeries Editore(Kodomo no Omocha)

Akemi HayashidpCharacter Designs – (Utena)d

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Toru Hondap– Yui Horiee(LoveaHina)d

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Shigure Soma – Ryotaro Okiayuz(KazamixTatsuyammUTENA)

Arisa UotanipeYuka Imai (WakabadShinohara –xUTENA)

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Momiji Soma – Ayaka Saitoh (MegumipHonda – You’re UnderzArrest)

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Source: Anime On DVD Related Links: FUNimation | Fruits Basket


Anime News Service – October 24 – 31 Anime News

10-31-01—- Outlaw Star OAV Probability

According to Anime Nation:

After yesterday’s “Ask John” article about the slim possibility of new Outlaw Star animation being produced, reader “Sany” informed us that the official Japanese Morningstar site has tentative character designs and a story outline for an Outlaw Star 2 OAV series. However, the same page also states that because animation director Mitsuru Hongo is very busy, there is no scheduled production date for this tentative OAV series.

While this may be interesting news, Sany has received the following e-mail response directly from the creator of Outlaw Star confirming that there are no current plans to actually produce any new Outlaw Star anime:
“Hello. My name is Takehiko Ito. I can speak a little English. You looks project in my site contents. It’s plan for Outlaw Star 2. But, that title is only plan and frozen yet. We planning new and different project now. Sorry. I love Outlaw Star too. Maybe I continue Outlaw Star by comic. Thank you!”

10-30-01—-AIC English News

From the AIC English Site comes word that:

the November AIC Japanese website Top Page Illustrator: “Ah! My Goddess” is now online.

The cell-Shading 3D “bishoujyo*” Animation Master online class will start from early November on AIC Japanese website. This online “Animation Master” class will teach people how to modeling anime characters by using Animation Master.

Online Class Staff include Instructor : “Dr. Iguchi” (The 3D CG animation director of “Mahou Yuugi”) Speical class assistance: “Koyori” Speical student : “Akari” (who try to modeling herself)

This class is co-porduced by CG Online. All illustrations are created by Mr. Ryuichi Makino (Battle Athletess character designer) and Mr. Kami Imai.

“Mahou Yuugi” 2D online anime will start to boardcast every Friday from November 16th on Lycos Japan. Go to Lycos’s “Mahou Yuugi” homepage © AIC·Magicaland Magic Union ©1998-2001 Lycos Japan Inc.

“Mahou Yuugi” OVA #1 with Padudu figurine DVD set will release by King Records Inc. on 29th December, 2001 in Japan.

Credits for both 2D and 3D Edition: Dirctor: Mr.Hayashi Hiroki Character designer: Mr. Azuma Kiyohiko 3D Script Writer: Mr.Hideyuki Kurata 2D Script Writer: Mr.Ohnoki Hiroshi “Mahou Yuugi” comic is serialized on monthly comic magazine “Dengeki Daioh” in Japan by Media Works. This comic edition is created by Mr. Katura Yukimaru.

10-30-01—- Lupin TV Series Second DVD Box

Daniel writes in:

Check out http://www.vap.co.jp/lupin/2nd_dvd_box.html for an ad and jacket images for the second series of Lupin on dvd. (Thanks to Lupin Encyclopedia for helping me find it.) All I can tell you is that if you have a region-free player, go for it. It’s not only the best series out of all three, it’s got some excellent Miyazaki-directed and produced episodes near the end.

Included in the set are discs comprising of 26 episodes of the series. Extras are “specially made BOX receipt” and the 2 IN 1 tall case ×13 packs along with Luxurious 160 page booklet. Disc contents include color animation episodes with monaural / stereo soundtracks. DVD’s are single sided and dual layer, 4: 3 aspect ratio. Running time approximately 380 minutes.

10-30-01—- Sailor Moon R Movie Broadcast

Cartoon Network will air the Sailor Moon R movie this Friday, November 2nd, view the schedule here.

10-30-01—- Robotech Topping Amazon Sales

According to the Amazon.com Listing sales of ADV Films Robotech releases dominate the lineup with five in the top ten, including volumes 2-4,7,9.

10-30-01—- Chinese Manga News

Chinese Manga Online is in the process of re-structuring, the URL above will take you to their site.

10-30-01—- SNK Fairwell

From The Magic Box:

SNK has released a press message about their closure:
Dear All NEOGEO fans/customers, It is with deepest grief that In the Autumn of 2001, SNK will close the company history in its business. It was all of your favor and encouragement which made our passion running to make better games for SNK fans. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank and everyone of you for your continuous help and assistance rendered to SNK since its incorporation in Japan July in 1978. Without your support, SNK Corporation would not have been possible throughout 23 years of operation. With all our heart-felt gratitude, thank you once again !

Due to the bankruptcy of SNK, their final arcade game The King of Fighters 2001 will be distributed by Sun Amusement in Japan in mid-November. The Korean firm Eolith also mentioned that they will develop The King of Fighters 2002 for next year.

10-30-01—- Heidi – Yamato Return To Japanese Airwaves

Japanese Broadcast sat station WOWOW has announced it will air the entire TV series run of classic 70’s anime Space Battleship Yamato and Heidi Of The Alps in December. This will be the first time since the original airing in 1974 that the two series have rebroadcast in Japan. Yamato begins December 24th at 23:00, Heidi starts on December 1st at 14:35.

10-29-01—- Yugi-oh Honored

This week’s TV Guide (Oct.27-Nov.2) ranks Yu Gi Oh at the top of “The 10 Best New Kids’ Shows”.

10-29-01—- Konami Character Buses And Trains

Among the multitude of advertising tools and the disposal of anime and game companies in Japan, public transportation vehicles are often chosen due being excellent vectors continuosly being visibale in the often heavily crowded city streets. Two loved Konami properties are currently being heralded in this type of campaign, Sakura Tasen The Movie and Tokimeki Memorial 3. From Nov. 1st the Sakura Taisen campaign is planned to run for 3 months, it of course advertises the movie scheduled to open nationwide in Japan December 22nd. The bus wraps it’s tour of duty on Jan. 31st. It’s route will be in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, also in Tokyo will run the Tokimeki Memorial 3 decorated bus and train. Both will apparantly operate from stations in Shibuya and Shinbashi. Operation period is for 1 year from Oct. 10 2001 – Oct. 10 2002. Fans can view the Sakura Wars Movie Bus here and the Tokimeki Memorial 3 Bus and Train here.

10-29-01—- Channel 4 Animation Special Featuring I.G.

The U.K.’s Channel


Anime News Service – October 14-18 Anime News

10-18-01—- Flcl Director Kazuya Tsurumaki To Appear At OmochaBox

FLCL Director Kazuya Tsurumaki to appear at OmochaBox

October 18, 2001 Los Angeles, CA – Kazuya Tsurumaki, director of the cutting-edge, Japanese animated mini-series FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly), will be making an appearance at the OmochaBox retail store on October 27th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to sign autographs.

FLCL is a psychedelic, surreal fantasy set in modern day Japan in a little town called Mabase where the life of pre-teen Naota is torn asunder by the outrageous alien Haruko and the flirtatious, picture of innocence Mamimi. However, Tsurumaki (Evangelion, Nadia of the Blue Water) tosses into this relatively innocuous premise large robots that spring forth from Naota’s head, secret agents that snoop around, lethal uzis battles, even more lethal Vespas, and a sophisticated satirical voice that ties everything together.

Autograph session line priority will be given to customers who purchase one of the many exciting FLCL products available at OmochaBox including FLCL artbooks (FLCLism and FLCL GroundWorks), action figures and more. Priority tickets will be distributed to customers starting October 19th. Only the first fifty customers will be guaranteed an autograph.

What: FLCL Director Kazuya Tsurumaki Autograph Signing
When: Saturday, October 27, 2001
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: OmochaBox
10811 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Web Site: http://www.omochabox.com/retail
Phone: 310.481.1410
Fax: 310.481.1409
Email: retail@omochabox.com

FLCL will be released on DVD in the US beginning in late January 2002. A co-production between Synch-Point (http://www.synch-point.com) and Production I.G USA (http://www2.production-ig.co.jp/eng2/Default.htm), the highly anticipated DVD will contain the first two episodes of the six part OVA series.

10-18-01—- Animevillage Not Scheduled To Be Relaunched

From the Anime Village Posting: posting:

Due to restructuring, AnimeVillage.com will not be relaunched. On www.Bandai-Ent.com, you’ll find timely updates and detailed information regarding our current product line as well as future endeavors and company news, including other projects and sites that will cater to the growing needs of the anime enthusiast! Visit our site at www.Bandai-Ent.com and please give us your comments and suggestions. Thank you for your interest in Bandai Entertainment!

10-18-01—- Michie Tomizawa Retirement Confirmed Only For Sakura Taisen Role

In light of updated information on Michie Tomizawa’s Sakura Taisen role retirement announcement at this past week’s Tokyo Game Show indicate the retiremnent announcement made can at this time only be confirmed for her Kanzaki Sumire role for certain with other possible game and anime voicing role possibilities for the actress left open for the future.

10-18-01—- Love Hina OAV Series U.S. Status

ANS has contacted Jerry Chu of Bandai Entertainment, Love Hina’s current exclusive North American animation licensor, according to Bandai’s Producer of Marketing, Bandai has no imminent announcements regarding the newly announced Love Hina OAV’s for the American market.

10-18-01—- Miyazaki Interview

In the U.K. film critic Jonathan Ross has reviewed Mononoke Hime on the Film 2001 program, along with a short overview of Miyazaki’s other films. The critic reportedly gave the 1997 Ghibli blockbuster a glowing review, of note, in the review of several other Ghibli films, most were credited to “Buena Vista Home Video”, the titles credited are Porco Rosso, Totoro and others.

10-18-01—- 3rd Blackjack Promotional Anime Online

The 3rd Blackjack promotional animation is now here and was posted on Oct. 12. This latest short takes on the style of a movie trailer.

10-18-01—- Tristar Rintaro / Metropolis Primer

Tristar Pictures is proud to announce that METROPOLIS, based on the classic manga (comic book) by Osamu Tezuka (the Godfather of Anime and Manga), directed by Rintaro (“X”) and written by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (“Akira”), will have its first U.S. screening at this year’s inaugural edition of New York’s Big Apple Anime Fest on Friday, October 26 at 5:00PM at the DGA Theater (110 West 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue). METROPOLIS will open theatrically in the U.S. in January 2002.

Based on the classic manga (comic) by Osamu Tezuka, the Godfather of Anime and Manga, METROPOLIS was brought to the screen by two of the most respected figures in Japanese animation today: Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and Rintaro (X, Galaxy Express 999). In fact, Rintaro began his career working for Tezuka on his popular Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) television series.

In the late 1940s, long before Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion established Osamu Tezuka as one of the most influential animators of all time, the legendary illustrator created the classic manga Metropolis. Set in the future, Metropolis is a grand city-state populated by humans and robots, the cohabitants of a strictly segmented society. Amidst the chaos created by anti-robot factions, detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Ken-ichi are searching for rebel scientist Dr. Laughton, to arrest him and seize his latest creation, Tima, a beautiful young girl. Tima is a new top-of the-line android created to succeed the leader of Metropolis. When they locate them, Shunsaku quickly comes to realize that the eccentric scientist is beyond their reach, protected by a powerful man and his fierce desire to reclaim a tragic figure from his past.

More than fifty years since it was first imagined, Tezuka’s vision of the inability of scientific progress to fulfill basic human needs — in spite of its mechanizing even the most fundamental aspects of life — confirms him as a prophet as well as a fabulist. Directed by Rintaro and written by Otomo, the retro-futurism of the story – as well as its precautionary tale — is spectacularly rendered in its visual style, combining the best in Japanese cel animation with the latest in digital technology. METROPOLIS has been selected to be shown at a number of international film festivals including Locarno, Sitges and Hamburg.

10-18-01—- Speed Racer Hollywood Feature Current Status

According to Variety Warner Bros. Pictures has entered into a $1.2 million deal with Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring to write a new script for Speed Racer, a feature adaptation of the classic animated series that has spent more than a decade in development at the studio. Hype Williams is attached to direct the picture. Writers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett (“Madeline”)