Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji – Official Anime Title And VA Star Selected

Masato Hagiwara (Takuya Shirakawa – The place promised in our early days) will play the leading role in the TV anime adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto’s Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji manga. The series which begins on NTV in October has been officially titled Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji. The official website launched just days ago has yet to reflect either of these details.


Police Shut Down Odex Protest / Fans Holding Anime Figurines

Reuters reports: A protest action by a group of Singaporeans with Japanese anime figurines such as the 5-inch tall Ultra men, robots, and monsters with placards met some real-life police in the city-state. A handful of fans of Japanese anime had turned up at a Singapore public park on August 25 with armfuls of the toys to protest against a clampdown on Internet downloading of anime material by Singapore animation distributor Odex. The incident was not reported in the local press, but pictures and accounts have started circulating on many blogs and political Web sites. “The police didn’t stop us from what we wanted to do. But them being there was enough to intimidate,” the event’s organizer — who only wanted to be known by his online moniker Zer0 — told Reuters by telephone. He added that police — who had four anti-riot vans at the scene — also took down the anime fans’ particulars and that they were filmed by plainclothes policemen. A police spokeswoman said she could not immediately comment. Public protests are rare in Singapore, where outdoor demonstrations are banned and any public gathering of more than four people requires a permit.


Production I.G. On Star Ocean Anime Sequences

Square Enix launched a portal site for 2 new Star Ocean RPG’s it will be promoting at the Tokyo Game Show later this month. One of them, Star Ocean First Departure for PSP, will feature cut scene animation sequences produced by Production I.G.





Jojo’s Hirohiko Araki Illustrates Cell Cover

An illustration by Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure mangaka Hirohiko Araki dominates the cover of the current issue (Volume 130, Issue 3) of Cell Magazine. The American biweekly scientific journal publication focuses on exceptional research articles in areas including molecular biology, biochemistry, cancer research and cell biology. The issue is publicly available on September 7th. The cover image shows a character like that of an ESP powered member of Stand in Jojo’s stories destroying a harmful protein. From Cell’s own description: On the cover: Presynaptic plasticity is a fundamental, yet poorly understood, a neural phenomenon that is thought to be the basis of learning and memory. In this issue, Yao et al. (pp. 943?957) identify a novel ubiquitin ligase named SCRAPPER, which is responsible for tuning of synaptic vesicle release probability. SCRAPPER ubiquitinates presynaptic active zone protein RIM1, triggering its proteasomal degradation. Neurons from the Scrapper-knockout mice have hyper electrophysiological activity and contained an increased amount of RIM1, and these phenotypes could be rescued by re-expression of SCRAPPER or knockdown of RIM1. The results highlight the importance of protein degradation in the regulation of synaptic activity in vivo. On the cover, the purple SCRAPPER humanoid is putting blue heart-shaped ubiquitins on the red RIM creatures. Japanese manga artist Hirohiko Araki created the cover image with scientific direction from Drs. Setou and Ageta.


D.C.II (Da capo II) Details

New details are out on the forthcoming Da capo II animation in the October issue of Newtype: Director: Hideki Okamoto, Series Composition: Tomoharu Ameno, Character Design: Torisawa Noriko, Animation Production: feel. Broadcast debut: 10/07 Chiba Broadcasting at 23:30-. Opening theme: Sakura Kimi Ni Emu by Yozuca, Ending theme: Yasashi Sa Ha Ame No You Ni by CooRie. Cast includes; Asakura Otohime: Takagaki Aya, Asakura Yukari Yume: Horie Yui, Shirakawa Nanaka: Chihara Miri. It’s been revealed the seiyuu auditions were held 6 times to cast the roles. Original creator Circus wants to have the story adapted to anime film next. Circus is also planning to develop an original anime with Star Child in the future.



Lucky Star DVD Sales Figures

Kadokawa Shoten reports the DVD release of its Lucky Star brand has been highly successful. Volume 1 sold on June 22nd in Japan moved 60,000 units. DVD releases continue through May 2008 and the company predicts each volume will sell between 40,000-60,000 units according to current sales trend data. They expect to rake in 700 million Yen all told on the releases.


Warner Brothers Acquires Robotech Rights

The Hollywood Reporter mentions that after a lengthy negotiation, Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the rights to bring anime classic “Robotech,” which featured giant robots known as mechas, to the big screen. Spiderman actor Toby Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans on being a tent pole sci-fi franchise. “We are very excited to bring ‘Robotech’ to the big screen,” Maguire said. “There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film.” Drew Crevello also is producing through his Supercool Hollywood Big Time Prods. Craig Zahler (“The Brigands of Rattleborge”) has been tapped to write the screenplay. Frank Agrama of rights-holder Harmony Gold will exec produce; Jason Netter will serve in a producer capacity. Matthew Reilly brought the project to Warners and is overseeing. Daniel Shafer brought the project to Maguire and will shepherd for the company. Robotech is based on the Mosepada, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross and Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, anime franchises.


Indie Osaka Anime Series Seeks To Draw Foreign Tourism

FANWORKS has launched its From Osaka With Cheer animation series online. In cooperation with Osaka Prefecture and the Osaka Sightseeing Association, the group is producing a number of anime shorts, appealing to foreign tourists worldwide. The first episode is freely available online now with Japanese, English, Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin subtitles.