Anime News Service – February 23-28 Anime News

2-28-01—- Ikuhara Arrives In L.A.

Embarking on his monumental U.S. move, Sailor Moon and Utena director, Kunihiko Ikuhara arrived in L.A. yesterday (2-27). The creator will be living in LA for the next two years, detailed plans will be announced in March. He’s currently learning more English, looking for an apartment and needing to re-learn how to drive an automobile.

Read more about the visionary anime director’s plans for the future in this Akadot article.

2-28-01—- New Color Aibos Unveiled

Sony’s entertainment robotic pet AIBO will soon be available in 2 new 2nd Gen. ERS-210 orange and white colors. The new AIBO units will be on sale in early March and retail 150,000 Yen. New software, “AIBO-ware” which can be used with past and present AIBOs goes on sale in Japan on March 1.

2-28-01—- Digital Garo Service

A new internet subscription based Digital Garo service from the popular Garo manga magazine launches on March 1. Several popular manga and mangaka are being added to the service which will allow users to view manga online at a subscription charge of 2400 Yen for 4 months. In addition, fans can enjoy original wallpaper and computer goodies etc.

2-28-01—- Sega Toys Unveils New Humanoid Robot Toys

Sega Toys today has shown off it’s new “BOT” line of 5 robotic toys. “C-BOT” is a humanoid type robot with 2 arms and legs. The face is a LCD display that can be altered depending on expression of the robot. Each has a voice and light sensor, can process 800 words and messages more than 400,000 patterns. C-Bot is due in Japan from May at 3900 Yen. Others include “M-BOT (pet name (mubo))”, “W-BOT (pet name (wilbo))” and “Y-BOT (pet name (yotti))”, all are expected to arrive on the market in late summer.

2-28-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Capcom has revealed new info on their Naomi / Dreamcast Gundam action game Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation Vs Zion. The game uses a 2 VS 2 team battle system, in which you first select to play on the Federation or the Zion side, then you can select to play the game in Cooperative Mode or Battle Mode, which determines whether the 2nd player or the CPU controller character will be your ally or enemy. You win the battle when the enemy’s War Potential Gauge drops down 0. As long as the War Potential Gauge is not empty, you can revive an ally movable unit (by using up a portion of the gauge energy), no matter how many times it is defeated. During the battle the character is controlled by 4 buttons: Shoot, Fight, Jump and Target, you can perform various special attacks and technique by combination of the buttons. There are a total of 12 stages in the game, and there will be 6 playable characters in the Federation Army and 5 in the Zion Army.

Hudson has revealed their Dreamcast online battle game Bomberman Online, the game will have 3D graphics, but the gameplay will remain in 2D. Up to 10 players can battle over the internet, you can also create your own custom characters. There are 5 play modes: Hyper Bomber, Submarine Attack, Panel Attack and Battle Royal. You can also collect special items in the game and trade them with other users online.

Source: Magic Box

Thanks to Daniel for this news:

A review of Treasure’s upcoming Bangai-O-for the U.S. Dreamcast-is available at this link.

Sega was forced to cut 300 jobs(11% of their staff), in an attempt to improve the efficiency of their company. They will suffer a $500 million loss for the fiscal year ending March 2001. This info was obtained at Gamespot.

ZD Net mentions that WonderSwan Color version of Final Fantasy 2 will be released in Japan on May 3 for $50.

This Gamespot article states that From Software will delay King’s Field 4(for PS2) to summer of 2001. This is for the Japanese release, with no North American release confirmed.

Sonic Adventure 2 pics are available at this link. The game is expected to have a North American release in June.

Bomberman Online pics are at this location. Online battles will involve as many as ten players.

More pics of the FF movie can be viewed at this link. They’re facial shots of the characters, with their respective voice-actors.

2-28-01—- UGO And Tokyopop Hook Up

Excerpted from the press release:

UnderGroundOnline Signs Affiliate Deal With TOKYOPOP

NEW YORK – February 27th 2000 – UnderGroundOnline (www.ugo.com ), the entertainment mecca for 18-34 year-old males on the Web, announces the addition of a new affiliate, TOKYOPOP, to its network. TOKYOPOP is one of the premier sites focusing on anime, manga, music, and Japanese wrestling.

“TOKYOPOP features a range of excellent content and adds a unique and international dimension to our network, “said Chris Weller, Vice President of the UGO Affiliate Network. “We are excited to have them on board.”

Featuring cutting-edge content in anime, games, cars, wrestling and music, three year-old TOKYOPOP (www.TOKYOPOP.com ) is dedicated to digital entertainment originating from Tokyo and the surrounding Asian region. The site fits into many of UnderGroundOnline’s categories for entertainment, from animation and music to film and wrestling. It will also be the cornerstone affiliate of the new international wrestling section.

“UnderGroundOnline is dedicated to providing the cutting-edge entertainment content that our audience looks for on the Web,” said Matthew Galgani, TOKYOPOP’s Vice President of Marketing. “There is tremendous synergy between our sites.”

About UnderGroundOnline UnderGroundOnline is the entertainment mecca for 18-34 year old males on the Web. As one of the five fastest growing communities on the Web (Source: Neilson NetRatings), UGO has, in just two years, reached 6.5 million unique visitors according to PC Data, 3.7 million according to Media Metrix and boasts 500 million page impressions. It is comprised of over 350 affiliated content partners and owned sites, including UGO.com and UnderGroundStore, an e-commerce mall. UGO caters to music, games, film/TV, technology, animation, wrestling and sports enthusiasts who seek out the most progressive and cutting-edge Web experience. UGO users are technologically


Anime News Service – February 20-22 Anime News

2-22-01—- Escaflowne Edited Releases Cease

According to the Right Stuf Bandai has notified them that they will be discontinuing production on all Vision of Escaflowne Edited Versions after volume 4.

2-22-02—- DBZ DVD Update

Right Stuf is reporting rumors have been flying about a potential March release date for the DBZ Great Saiyaman DVDs. FUNimation flat out denies this – the DVDs do not yet have a potential release date.

2-22-01—- Animeigo Dead Pool Updates

Animeigo has setup a page here with updates on it’s Scott Carlson Deadpool here.

2-22-01—- Gaogaiger FINAL

The last volume of the King Of Braves Gaogaiger FINAL OAV goes on sale in Japan on April 21, based on the drama CD “Strongest character set”. Voice Recording completed on Feb. 21 and the scene was described as emotional since the same voice team had been together on the Gaogaiger TV series since 1997.

2-22-01—- Manga News

‘Initial D Picture Collection’ by Shige Shuuichi is out in June, 2001. The set will be extremely limited and include minicar model. Reservation deadline is Feb. 28, retail price is set at 8,900 Yen.

A Banana Fish Guidebook has been set to be released in Japan on Feb. 24, 1000 pregestering fans will get specially made postcard. Price is set at 933 Yen.

2-22-01—- Tropical Fish Mobile Phone Breeding Game From Bandai

Bandai Networks is setting up a new site called “Aqua mode” where users can go and breed and care for virtual tropical fish via i mode terminal, it launches February 26. Besides selecting from a wide reange of fish, enviroment variables can be set such as water temperature. Keepers will have to maintain with sudden changes in the health of their fish and a web “ranking” will launch on the site one month after the beginning of service, the top 50 high ranking breeders will appear there. A 300 Yen monthly sum will be charged to participate and only color i-mode phonescan be used.

2-22-01—- Robotech Store Opens – Robotech DVD’s Now Can Be Pre-Ordered

Thanks to Steve Yun for tipping us off to this info just added to the Official Robotech Website:

The Robotech.com online store is now taking pre-orders for items that are to go on sale soon. Here are the first products to be listed: ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA DVD VOLUME 1: This highly-anticipated release from AD Vision marks the initial installment of the complete television series for the very first time on DVD. Volume 1, titled “First Contact” contains six complete episodes, including Boobytrap, Countdown, Space Fold, The Long Wait, Transformation, and Blitzkrieg. These thrilling opening chapters of the Robotech epic recount the legend behind the mysterious arrival of Robotechnology to earth and introduce the cherished characters of the Macross saga. ROBOTECH PERFECT SOUNDTRACK ALBUM: This special 2-disc anniversary edition contains a comprehensive collection of the unforgettable musical themes by composer Ulpio Minucci along with the vocals of Lynn Minmay and Yellow Dancer. Also included are special tracks from Robotech: The Sentinels and the single “In My Heart” by Three Dog Night from Robotech: The Untold Story.

Pricing and date of availability of the DVD’s have yet to be determined. Customers who place preorder requests at the Robotech.com online store will be the first to be notified by e-mail as soon as the products are available. No other personal information is required at this time and all online purchases will be handled through secure transactions.

More exciting products, including toys, posters and apparel, are on the way and you can be sure Robotech.com will be the first place to find out about it!

2-22-01—- Gunbuster UK DVD

According to Anime On DVD though no date was given, a timeframe of March/April was given. It appears that Kiseki will be releasing Gunbuster on one dual layered disc later this year, Japanese language only with subtitles. Extras include a “photo gallery”, “biographies” and “reviews”

2-22-01—- FLCL Movie

According to this Gainax page, trailers for an FLCL MOVIE “will start appearing in early February.”

Source: Anime Next

2-22-01—- Latin America Anime News

On the Locomotion channel there will be a marathon on the days 24 and 25 February where they will broadcast episodes of Saber Marionette J and R.

2-22-01—- ADV News

Thanks to David of ADV Films for writing in and confirming their data for the Robotech discs: 6 eps at $14.98 each. According to ADV more details can be expected out of Anime Central.

2-22-01—- One Piece Movie Update – Music File

Toei’s One Piece Animation is headed for the silver screen in Japan with a full length theatrical feature debuting nationwide on March 3. A music file to the film is out on March 14 from Avex Mode, retailing at 2718 Yen, the file features composition by Tanaka-sensei of Sakura Taisen fame. The recordings for the film and sound file were just wrapped on Feb. 13. The sound file includes 31 tracks and an all page color booklet on the film.

2-21-01—- Card Captor Sakura Song Collection Update

Initial pressing limited release

This 4-CD set is the ultimate Card Captor Sakura song collection which contains all 38 songs w/vocals. The 4 CDs are each categorized as the “Sakura” disc, the “Tomoyo” disc, the “Theme Songs” disc, and the “Characters” disc. The collection includes a new song called “Nishikaze no Kaerimichi (The Way Back on West Wind)” by Sakura Kinomoto (Vocal actress: Sakura Tange), plus 6 previously unpublished versions of the songs. 7800 Yen. The 6 special features include:
1. Gatefold (foldout) sleeve with artwork illustrated by CLAMP
2. A special “multi” case
3. 32-page booklet
4. A special clear (transparent) case
5. 4-Color picture label featuring one of the show’s classic moments
6. A set of 4 character bookmarks

2-21-01—- Salary Man Kintaro TV

Salary-man Kintaro started on Feb.18 at BS-i. It’s aired 2 hours every week, and will be concluded in 5 weeks.

Source: Anihabara

2-21-01—- Brazil Anime News

I’d Like to complete your information about Sakuta, Pokemon and Sailor Moon. Theya are all showing at a cabo TV, the Cartoon Network Brazil. Another anime whos is in carton Is DZB.


Anime News Service – February 16-19 Anime News

2-19-01—- Katsucon News

According to The Right Stuf news out of this past weekend’s Katsucon, includes news out of the Anime on DVD Panel:

Maison Ikkokou will be coming to DVD.
Ranma ½ is coming to DVD. Simultaneous releases for season 6 and past seasons are currently in the works. Yes, Robotech, will be coming to DVD – 6 episodes per disc, estimating a May 2001 release. Spriggan may still be released this Fall, but total confirmation is still on hold.

Thompson proudly announced that the much anticipated title Kare Kano (Kareshi Kanojyo no Jijou) is slated to be released beginning Fall 2001. We are currently anticipating a 4 disc release for the series, but nothing has been set in stone just yet.

He also confirmed that Right Stuf is planning to release Boogie Pop Phantom beginning this fall.

More details on these titles will be forthcoming from Right Stuf in the coming months.

2-19-01—- Morning Musume Musical

Zetima’s teen idol group of 10 girls, Morning Musume will star in their first musical “All LOVE Century” The story of the musical is set in a amusement park called “Century Land”. 7 additional cast members outside of the group were selected at audition earlier this year. The musical will ocur May 3-27th at the Nissei Theater in Tokyo. Advance tickets go on sale from March 25.

2-19-01—- Kuromi-Chan OAV

According to Anihabara:

Daichi Akitaro’s new OVA work, Kuromi-chan may be marked by its strong individuality. Kuromi-chan finds work with an anime studio, but it’s much harder than she’s expected…. This is the first “anime-making anime” as far as I know. So it may be a new bible next to Otaku no Video. It will be released on March 30.

2-19-01—- Another FF Movie Trailer View

On the recent flurry of reviews of the FF movie pre-screening, AICN has one slightly different view (spoiler warning) at this location.

2-19-01—- AIC Hayashi Hiroko Interview

AIC has posted an interview with Tenchi Muyo co-creator Hayashi Hiroko here.

2-19-01—- DBZ Card Game News

Planet Namek:

here’s the latest from Score:

LATEST CELL TAPES FEATURE DBZ CCG CARDS!

Starting next week, you can watch your favorite cartoon and receive free cards! On February 20th, DBZ videotapes in the Cell series will feature special DBZ CCG rainbow holographic cards. When you buy Imperfect Cell “17’s End” or Perfect Cell “Hunt for 18,” you will receive two common Trunks cards and one exclusive Trunks foil card. Check out the hottest new Cell tapes and add cool cards to your collection!

NEW OFFER

Soon, you will be able to receive a randomly selected common Trunks Saga card when you purchase a Saiyan Saga Booster Pack. One Trunks Saga common card will be shrink wrapped to each Saiyan Saga 9-card Booster Pack. Stay tuned to http://www.DBZcardgame for more details about this exciting offer.

ANDROID SAGA IS COMING

The next expansion set of the DBZ CCG, the Android Saga, will release early this summer. The booster-only release offers many special features, including: A martial arts theme that makes the game faster and more exciting Battlefield cards that expand deck creation options Updated versions of old personalities Matching foil cards in each Booster Pack

2-18-01—- New Battle Royal Trailer

AICN has linked a new trailer for the Battle Royale special edition.

2-18-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Thanks to Daniel for the folowing:

Electronic Arts will distribute Capcom games in Europe, according to Gamespot. SFEX3 will be the first game to be published under this agreement, and it will come out March 3. Onimusha will be out in June.

PS2.IGN.COM has posted a report of reaction to Columbia Pictures’ recently screened 15-minute trailer from its forthcoming Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Read it here.

IGN has posted a video trailer for the upcoming PS2 Z.O.E. game, you can view it here.

To celebrate the release of the upcoming Final Fantasy X RPG, Square will be holding a promotion in Japan which highlights the music of the Final Fantasy series. Music has been one of the most memorable facets of the series so far, and fans in Japan will have the chance to relive their favorite themes in remixed form. The promotion works like this. Fans of the Final Fantasy music can vote at Square’s Play Online website for their favorite theme songs from FF lore. The song that turns out the most votes will undergo a slight conversion, with a new arrangement and new lyrics, and will be included with the Maxi CD for Final Fantasy X’s theme song, “It is wonderful.” The lyrics for the number one song will be sung by RIKKI, who’s also singing the theme for FFX.

A release date and pricing info have yet to be revealed for the FFX Maxi CD. However, Square has already begun the music promotion at the PlayOnline site. Click here if you’d like to vote. The deadline is April 30th.

Source: PS2.IGN.COM

2-17-01—- DBZ News

“Toonami Updates and Reminders!”

Toonami/CN has decided to broadcast Dragonball Z back to back for one full hour during the Mid-night Run, from 12:00 am to 1:00 am EST/PST starting March 26th, 2001. Toonami will still be broadcasting the new “DBZ Season 4” during midnight. There is a good chance that “Gundam Wing (UNCUT)” might replace DBZ after some time. This news is semi-Confirmed.

It looks like starting March 10, 2001 will be the end for the Saturday morning Toonami show Rising Sun. Toonami/CN to Re-air Outlaw Star. This comming, Monday Feb. 19th they will re-run all 25 eps. of Outlaw Star over again. Outlaw Star will air two times at 5:30 pm and 7 hours later at 12:30 am.

LATEST CELL TAPES FEATURE!

Starting next week, you can watch your favorite cartoon and receive free cards (CCG)! On February 20th, DBZ videotapes in the Cell series will feature special DBZ CCG rainbow holographic cards. When you buy Imperfect Cell “17’s End” or Perfect Cell “Hunt for 18,” you will receive two common Trunks cards and one exclusive Trunks foil card. Check out the hottest new Cell tapes and add cool cards to your collection!

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Anime News Service – February 12-13 Anime News

2-13-01—- Akadot Comike Trivia Contest

Excerpted from the official press release:

February 9, 2001 For Immediate Release Contact: Ardith Santiago 310.397.4713 ext 111

Los Angeles, CA,- Akadot (http://www.akadot.com) continues its multifaceted coverage by traveling to the home of manga and anime and focusing on Japan’s most famous manga related convention, Comike (also called Comic Market or Comiket).

To celebrate this wonderful institution and its long history, the staff at Akadot has created a little trivia contest on Comike. You can enter Akadot’s Comike no Trivia Contest starting today, February 9 through to February 23, 2001.

If you answer all the questions correctly, you will be entered into a drawing for prizes that we procured at this past winter’s Comike 59! The lucky winners will be announced on Akadot on Friday, March 2, 2001. You can win rare Comike goodies such as a Final Fantasy inspired wall clock, Card Captor Sakura inspired stationary, Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars) inspired stickers, Final Fantasy VIII inspired stationary and even Trigun inspired trading cards created by talented amateur artist in Japan.

For rules, regulations and to enter, please go to Akadot.com!

2-13-01—- DBZ Charity News

DragonballZ.com has updated with the following:

New York – Goku and Vegeta are humming into the Big Apple in the CCG Dragon Ball Z Hummer for Toy Fair to and to spend the week visiting New York’s hospitalized children. Goku, Vegeta and the Hummer already part in the Toy Fair Parade February 11th and had a blast. To bring smiles to faces of DBZ fans, Goku and Vegeta will cruise the medical centers in the Hummer, including Memorial Sloan Kettering, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY Presbyterian Hospital, the Hospital For Joint Diseases, Beth Israel Hospital, NYU Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House and others. Gen Fukunaga, President of FUNimation, said, “Dragon Ball Z is a big hit with fans of all ages, especially kids, so we wanted their favorite characters, Goku and his pal Vegeta, to drop by to cheer them up.” Frances Wells Cunningham, Vice President Global Marketing at Irwin Toy, Ltd., which make Dragon Ball Z action figures, vehicles and accessories, said, “The children truly love Goku and Vegeta and it is our pleasure to brighten up their day with a visit from their favorite TV pals.” Londa Robinson, National Marketing Director of Score, the official Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game company, said, “Goku and Vegeta will be bringing Dragon Ball Z games for the children to play and each fan will get a special collector’s pack of the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game. The CCG Dragon Ball Z Hummer travels the nation bringing fun to children, especially in hospitals, and we are thrilled to bring Dragon Ball Z cheer to the show’s fans in New York.

2-13-01—- DiGi Charat Valentines Party

Broccoli hosted a Di Gi Charat Black-Gema Black Valentine Party on Feb 12. It was a mini-concert for the Black-Gema voice actors and marked the first time they split the event into male & female shows. About 200 people attended each event. Young women brought chocoloate for the voice actors.

2-13-01—- German Anime Items

A huge thanks to David Heinemann and Marcus Tieschky who are sending in the following from Germany in the European Union:

After the success of MTV Italia MTV Germany has decided to start also with anime. They will begin airing with “Goldenboy” from the 28th of march at 22:00 CET. More Information will be available soon under http://www.mtvhome.de.

RTL 2, one of the only stations, who is airing animes like Pokemon, Sailormoon, Monster Rancher, Dragoball, will launch th 24th of april Wedding Peach and from the 29th of may they will be show Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. Announced is also Ojamajo Doremi.

2-13-01—- Triangle Session Anime TV Series Coming

As previously reported, ADV Films first announced at AX 2000 that they were co-producing a new anime series in Japan titled Triangle Session. ANS has confirmed more details for the animation series. The radio version ran in 1999 in a radio drama incarnation of 3 young girls Acari, Yuuki and Nozomi who are attending music school with the aim of becoming super idols. The 3 radio seiyuu who worked on the audio drama will reprise their roles in the animation version and have recorded the OP and ED themes on Feb 4th. Broadcast date is still pending but currently the following staff are confirmed:

Director: Shin Kudou
Character Design: Fumi Muroi
Art director: Hidetoshi Kaneko
Color design: Naoko Kodama
Animation Production: Madhouse

2-13-01—- Misc. News Links

Thanks to Daniel for this news:

The Feb. 13 edition of Cinescape mentions Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon has been mentioned as having been nominated for about 9 Academy Awards including Achievement in art direction, Achievement in cinematography, Achievement in costume design, Achievement in directing, Achievement in film editing, Best foreign language film of the year, Achievement in music in connection with motion pictures, Best motion picture of the year and Screenplay based on material previously produced or published.

Gamers Republic is running news that Nintendo has announced that Game Boy Advance will be out in the U.S. on June 11, and March 21 in Japan. Also, GR claims that the Japanese GBA should be able to play Japanese and American GBA games without a problem.

Game Cube will come out in Japan in July and October in the U.S., despite rumours that it would be released in November here. This is at this ZD article

The IDSA (Interactive Digital Software Association) will be announcing their plans-to the FTC-for counteracting marketing of M-Rated games(such as RE) to kids under 17. The details can be found at this link.

Sony and Vodafone are working together to provide games through portable phones. Also, cinescape is doing a monthly Digital Democracy section where you can vote on your favorite sci fi. Anime is most likely allowed.

This article has pictures and descriptions of lesser known Transformer toy lines.

2-13-01—- R.O.D.S OVA Preview Event

A preview event around the OVA 1st volume release of R.O.D.S based on the manga by Hideyuki Kurata will take


Anime News Service – February 8-11 Anime News

2-11-01—- New Manga Dates

Excerpted from the Manga Entertainment’s website:

FEBRUARY 27, 2001
Street Fighter II V – Vol.1 (DVD) SRP=$29.95
Street Fighter II V – Vol.2 (DVD) SRP=$29.95
MARCH 27, 2001
Street Fighter II V – Vol.3 (DVD) SRP=$29.95
Street Fighter II V – Vol.4 (DVD) SRP=$29.95
APRIL 24, 2001
Appleseed (DVD) SRP=$24.95
Black Magic M-66 (DVD) SRP=$24.95
MAY 29, 2001
Amon Saga (DVD) SRP=$24.95
Ultraviolet Box Set (2 DVDs) SRP=$39.95
JUNE 26, 2001
Shadow Skill The Movie (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
Tokyo Revelation (DVD)* SRP=$24.95
Landlock (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
Black Magic M-66 (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
JULY 31, 2001
Psychic Wars (DVD)* SRP=$24.95
Blood (DVD)* SRP=$24.95
AUGUST 28, 2001
SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
Violence Jack (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
OCTOBER 30, 2001
Vampire Wars (DVD)* SRP=$24.95
Virus Vol. 3 (Dub)* SRP=$19.95
Virus Vol. 3 (Sub)* SRP=$24.95
NOVEMBER 27, 2001
Giant Robo Vol.1 (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
Giant Robo Vol.2 (DVD)* SRP=$29.95
DELAYED RELEASES:
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (movie) – Coming Summer, 2001!

2-11-01—- DBZ Bits

Toy Island has posted an exclusive report on DBZ offerings at this year’s Toy Fair here, there you will find news and a report of concept art for new toy designs.

Ocean’s original Dragon ball English voice actors are doing work for a new version showing in Holland, you can read more here and listen to audio outtakes here.

2-12-01— Anime / Manga Gaming

According to the Madman’s Cafe:

Reader Comments In an interview by Softbank publishing, Sega’s Co-COO (Co- Chief Operating Officer) Tetsu Kayama has Quoted that the Playstation2 version of Sakura Wars will not be a Dreamcast port, and that an estimated two fan-service Sakua Wars titles will be released for the Dreamcast. Quoted by Kayama;

“…The PS2 version of Sakura Wars will not be “Sakura Wars4″. It’s nothing in that direction. It isn’t concrete, but there are ideas for a gaiden(side story) to Sakura Wars 3 -it won’t be something stupid like a port of Sakura wars 1 and 2. There’s a lot of ideas, such as an Director’s cut version of Sakura Wars(1) with the edited two chapters included. As the Saturn’s sold 700,000, there is an aim this time for 1 million to be sold.”

“If there is to be a fan service for Sega fans, this time we will be having Overworks to create about 2 Sakura Wars titles for the Dreamcast. This is promised.”

Final Fantasy IX Bandai figures are now out in stores in the U.S., the figures retail for $9.99 and are available in sets of two. One features Zidane and Vivi while the other includes Garnet and Steiner, each with accessories.

2-11-01—- Starblazers DVD III Release Details

ANS has received details for Voyager Entertainment’s next Starblazers DVD installment “Quest For Iscandar Series 1 Part III” [Episode 10-13]. The 90 minute disc is due out in the U.S. on February 27th at an SRP of $29.95. It carries the UPC code #769071-0003-94. Voyager reports reader feedback suggesting extra features is going great and as a product of this Vol. III contains a “Virtual Tour” of the space cruiser Argo and a preview for Vol. 4.

2-11-01—- Jubei Chan Vol. 4 On The Charts Again

Jubei-chan Vol. 4 is currently holding the #9 spot on Billboard’s Top 10 Video Sales chart in the February 17 week issue.

2-10-01—- Cowboy Bebop Movie Updates

The official Cowboy Bebop Japanese website has been updated with news that production of the film version continues with a planned summer 2001 Japanese theatrical release. As previously reported Yoko Kanno has recorded 2 original songs for the movie. Seiyuu for the 5 main characters and Staff for “Knockin On Heaven’s Door” remains virtually unchanged in the film version save new set designer Shiho Takeuchi and Art Director Atsushi Morikawa. Story setting is in virtually the same 2071 (betweeen eps. 22-23) but the story of the movie could be looked at as an alternate series of events that the characters come into contact with and not neccesarily within the TV series universe. The 4 bounty Hunters are on the trail of a terrorist (Vincent) who commited a massive attack at the Mars crater capital injuring and killing 500, a pricetag of 300,000,000 Woolong rests on his head. Supporting TV characters Punch and Judy (hosts of the TV bounty hunters program) and the 3 old guys Carlos, Antonio, and Jobin return. TV mecha also return (images here) with an upgrade for Spike’s SwordFish II, and the introduction of a new black diamond shapped Martian fighter that will be piloted by the movie’s main villian.

Also added here is info and imagery from a production dinner at a Kichijoji area restaurant in January. Assembled there were staff and seiyuu for Bebop and even a few members of the Production I.G. camp, Kitakubo-sensei, director of Blood The Last Vampire and Okiura-sensei of Jin-Roh. Seiyuu Megumi Hayashibara did a sketch (another sketch can be seen here) at the dinner which can be seen by clicking the the link in the paragraph at the above page.

The semifictional Seat Belts group which performed a good amount of the TV series soundtrack is reunited with Yoko Kanno (images can be had here). This page has a fictional excerpt from the ‘Jupiter daily report (2043.2.5.)’ on the Seatbelt band and the figure Y.K. Apparently in the future a number of the Seatbelts’ tunes are remixed and played on pirate net broadcast.

New goods include a number of Cowboy Bebop mobile phone straps featuring character and mecha figurines which can be viewed here. Each retails at 950 Yen and go on sale in Japan at the end of February from StockCube. Hobby shops and Tokyu Hands will carry them. A new 2001 year calender has also been produced (images viewed here). It features a number of stunning images (some from the new movie), retails at 1,200, and goes on sale between the end of February and early March from Movic. Look for it in Animate stores. The calender will cover 2 months for each image and


Anime News Service – February 2-4 Anime News

2-4-01—- Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Musical Graces Japanese Stages In Spring

Just in time for school spring break in Japan and for the 9th year seasonaly, the latest Sailor Moon theactrical stage opens in Japan in March 19 running through April 8th. The play will travel around to venues across the country. Naoko Takeuchi will pen the original script fot the two part play.

2-4-01—- Vandread DVD & VHS Debut Event

A commemoration event for the Gonzo CG / Digital Anime TV series Vandread home video debut in Japan was held on January 28th in Kyoto. Vol. 2 VHS And DVD goes on sale March 30th. A new 162 card line of Vandread trading cards will be released on March 30th.

2-4-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Accrding to this IGN article:

Famitsu.com has shared a few clean, albeit tiny, pictures of Bandai’s third (and we presume final) Dreamcast Gundam game. Titled Gundam Battle Online, this Online real time strategy game allows you to assemble a team and go out to the battle field. You command your troops via a map mode and view the action, interacting along the way, in the battle mode. Gundam Battle Online is set for Japanese release in the Spring. No word yet on a possible US release.

2-4-01—- Tokimeki Memorial 2 Event

A major event for Konami’s flagship lovesim title, Tokimeki Memorial 2 will be held in Tokyo at Suginami Hall Sunday, April 8th at 14:30. A number of the major game seiyuu will be on hand performing and talking. Tokimeki music collection 1-2 goes on sale March 16th retailing at 2718 Yen.

2-4-01—- For The Barrel News

Excerpted from the release announcement:

STOP PRESS! ( http://www.newtype-net.com/ )

BREAKING BARREL NEWS$B!D(B IN ENGLISH!?

Gichi Ohtsuka, author of the new Gundam novel “For the Barrel”, has dropped critical hints about the story to American fans. In his exclusive column FOR THE BARREL: UPDATE on Newtype’s online edition, Mr Ohtsuka revealed tantalising details about the identities of certain hotly-debated characters, and background details still unknown to the Japanese audience. He also spoke at length about realism in giant robot shows such as Patlabor, in an exclusive Q&A session with fans. Mr Ohtsuka’s web column presents an unmissable opportunity for English-speaking fans to communicate with a professional from the anime/manga industry ? the unique chance to express opinions direct to the author in Japan. See “Special Topics” in this month’s Newtype online.

2-4-01—- Latin America Anime Broadcast News

The TV series You’re Under Arrest, Mobile Police Patlabor and DinoZaurs will soon air in Latin America. RCN network in Colombia will broadcast the first episode of YUA on January 3. Fox Kids will broadcast Patlabor and DinoZaurs March 1st. Also Fox Kids will air the first Patlabor movie at the end of Feb. Coming soon to Latin America TV are ‘Sorcerer Hunters’, ‘ Orphen Sorcerer Stabber’ and ‘ Yamazaki’.

“Patlabor, policía especial” (Special Police Patlabor), will on Fox Kids in Spanish and Portuguese American countries. The series will be running in an anime block every day of the week. The daily schedule starting in March will be:

17:30 Digimon
18:00 Monster Rancher
18:30 Flint
19:00 Patlabor
19:30 Dinozaurs

Super Cerdita (Super pig, the Saban version of Tonde Boorin) is not included, but airs at 13:00 Monday to friday. Also, Digimon and Patlabor will be repeated at 21:30 and 22:00, each, Monday to Friday. The first Patlabor will be airing on Fox Kids in Spanish in February 24th, 25th an 26th as part of an anime marathon. The central time zone/Mexican time zone schedule for the marathon will be:

9:00 AM 4 episodes of Super Cerdita (Saban version of Tonde Boorin)
11:00 4 episodes of Digimon
13:00 4 episodes of Monster Rancher
15:00 4 episodes of Flint
17:00 other 4 episodes of Digimo
19:00 two episodes of Dinozaurs
20:00 Patlabor 1
22:00 Patlabor 1 (again)
Sunday 25th:
9:00 4 of Flint
11:00 two of Dinozaurs
12:00 4 of Digimon
14:00 4 of Monster Rancher
16:00 2 of Dinozaurs
17:00 Patlabor 1
19:00 one of Digimon
Monday 26th:
9:00 AM 4 episodes of Super Cerdita
11:00 4 episodes of Digimon
13:00 4 episodes of Monster Rancher
15:00 4 episodes of Flint
17:00 other 4 episodes of Digimo
19:00 two episodes of Dinozaurs
20:00 Patlabor 1
22:00 Patlabor 1

Source: Doblaje Latinoamericano UMJAMS Anime News

2-3-01—- Stan Lee Media Woes

This article from AWN chronicles the recent financial burdens experienced by Stan Lee Media.

2-3-01—- New Kenichi Sonada Project Unveiled – Wrestloid Baby

The character designer of “Gun Smith Cat”, “Gal Force”, “Bubble Gum Crisis” Mr. Kenichi Sonada unveiled his new project – ” Wrestloid Baby”(Tempt). Its the story about a popular female robot wrestling game “FWFG-Female type Wrestloid Fighters Grand prix” in the future Japan. View details on AIC’s English site here.

2-3-01—- Kite Less Edited Review

Anime Prime has updated with the following:

IT’S HERE! I have completed my review of the less-cut version of Kite currently available from Kitty Media on VHS (sub and dub) under the name “Kite Director’s Cut”. Overall, they restored most of the cut footage and only several seconds of scenes featuring sexual contact between Young Sawa and Akai have been cut. I’ve reorganized the Kite editing report page as well to accomidate the information on the heavily edited AnimeWorks version and the newly released Kitty media version. I plan on adding a page of screen shots when I have the chance. Read the editing reports here.

2-3-01—- Pokemon 4 Details

Nintendo of Japan has announced the fourth movie of Pokemon, called Pokemon: Serebei’s Time Adventure, the movie will be showing in Japan on July 7. The story is about Ash and friends meeting with a youth who came from 40 years in the future, with the help of Serebei’s time traveling power, they will also meet up with another legendary Pokemon Suikun. Serebei is the rarest creature in Pokemon Gold & Silver.A short Pikachu movie called Pikachu’s Doki Doki Hide & Seek Game will be showing as a sub-movie, in which Pikachu and friends will be playing


Anime News Service – January 22-26 Anime News

1-26-01—- Urusei Yatsuara Individual DVD’s On Sale From Animeigo

Urusei Yatsura DVD Volume 1 (Episodes 1-4) is now available for individual sale from Animeigo.com.

1-26-01—- Palisades Ryoko Bust

Palisades Marketing has added images of it’s Ryoko Mini Bust:

The 900 year old demon that falls in love with Tenchi, in the smash hit anime series Tenchi Muyo!, will soon be available as a awesome Mini Resin Bust. Standing a little taller then our Trigun bust, Ryoko is a must have for any Tenchi Muyo fan or collector.

1-26-01—- Akira Remastering Details

According to Variety:

“Akira,” one of the earliest and most popular films in the Japanese anime film wave, is being restored in preparation for a theatrical re-release in the U.S. this spring.

Long Beach-based Pioneer Entertainment (USA), which specializes in Japanese animated programming, is spending $1 million on the restoration of the violent and gory science-fiction film released in 1988. Pioneer is planning to introduce the first DVD version of the cult favorite and a new VHS edition in the fourth quarter.

The picture, based on a comic book, follows teenage motorcycle gang members in post-World War III Tokyo who try to control one of their own members who rages out of control when he is given psychic powers as part of a military experiment.

The restoration being done by Intl. Video Conversions will include a high-definition mastering and a remixing of the audio components to create a soundtrack in Dolby Digital AC3 Surround Sound. A new English dub will also be created from a fresh translation of the original Japanese script.

1-26-01—- Avalon Talk

A speaking event with Mamoru Oshii on his latest film Avalon will be held in Shibuya on February 3rd. Oshii will speak on the 5 years production that went into Avalon as it has just opened in Japan and will soon make strides into the world’s theaters, opening 2 weeks in South Korea. Visual effects supervisor Nobuaki and the digital art director will join the well known director at the event.

1-26-01—- Battle Royale Review

Yahoo has posted this article on Kinji Fukasaku’s manga based Battle Royale film.

1-26-01—- DBZ DVD Release News

Excerpted from an update to Anime Nation’s News Page:

FUNimation has confirmed via fax that the four Dragonball Z Android saga DVDs, “Assassins,” “Dr. Gero,” “Invasion” and “Invincible,” will retail for $24.95 but have been delayed to an as yet to be determined release date. FUNimation has also provided distributors with the UPC codes for the Frieza: The Summoning, and Garlic Jr.: Black Water Mist DVDs. No release date is provided for either release, but this does confirm that the Frieza and Garlic Jr. story arcs will be coming to DVD in the not too distant future.

FUNimation has also announced a new round of Dragonball Z VHS releases, bringing us up to approximately 75 tapes of Dragonball Z either available now or scheduled for impending American release. As was done with the conclusion of the Frieza saga and the Garlic Jr. saga, the new round of 6 Dragonball Z TV episode tapes continues the Cell Game story arc and introduces the final boudokai tournament that kicks off the Majin Buu saga. The releases will alternate months and skip over the conclusion of the Cell saga. Perfect Cell: “Temptation” and “Perfection” are scheduled for release on April 17th. One month later, the conclusion to the Great Saiya Man and the beginning of the Boudokai tournament will be released on May 15th as “Great Saiya Man: Crash Course,” and “World Tournament: Junior Division.” More of the Cell saga will be released on June 19th as “Cell Games: Ultimatum” and “Perfect Cell: Unstoppable.” FUNimation has not yet announced a home video release for the ending of the Cell saga, but we assume that the episodes skipped over by these just announced tapes will be forthcoming later this year.

1-26-01—- You’re Under Arrest New TV Series Launch Event

To commemorate the launch of latest TV animation incarnation of Kosuke Fujishima’s You’re Under Arrest series in April, a special event will be held at TBS’s Tokyo Hall on Sunday, March 25th at 14:00. There, the first episode of the new series will screen in a world premiere public showing and several production staff will be on hand to introduce the workings of the latest YUA addition.

1-26-01—- Tales Of Eternia Drama CD

From Pioneer LDC comes a Drama CD version of the recently released Tales Of Eternia Anime / Videogame. Titled “Level. 4”, the CD is out in Japan February 24that 2800 Yen.

1-26-01—- Z.O.E. TV Special

A TV special focusing on the Zone Of Enders videogame/anime and featuring famed Metal Gear creator, Hideo Kojima will be broadcast on TV Tokyo, 9:00-9:54 on 2/12. Included will be a totaly behind the scenes peek at the game world and the production secrets, game / anime story, etc., creator / staff profiles, an introduction to the OVA version including staff interviews within Sunrise.

1-26-01—- Toonami Announces Outlaw Star Re-runs!

Great news for all Outlaw Star fans! Toonami and Cartoon Network have decided to Re-run Outlaw Star. The 25 episode first-run ends on Friday, Feb. 16th. And the following Monday, Feb. 19th they will re-run all 25 eps. of Outlaw Star over again. But it will air at 5:30 pm and not 6:30 pm. Outlaw Star will air two times at 5:30 pm and 6 hours later at 12:30 am. You know what this means change in Toonmai line-up and Good Bye Batman!

4:00 pm — Ronin Warriors
4:30 pm — Sailor Moon
5:00 pm — Dragon Ball Z 5:30 pm — Outlaw Star
6:00 pm — Tenchi
6:30 pm — Superman

Bad news for Batman fans. But don’t worry it will be back on Toonmai soon. There is no change in the ‘Min-night Run’ line-up its the same. DragonBallZ at 12:00 am and Outlaw Star at 12:30 am. Thats the news for now check back later for updates on the Toonami Schedule.

Source: http://samuelyohann99.cjb.net

1-26-01—- Misc AICN News

Thanks to Daniel for these submissions:

This latest update to AICN mentions Momoru Oshii’s next project is


Anime News Service – January 19-21 Anime News

1-21-01—- New Anime Central Guests

A staff member of Chicago’s Anime Central convention, Frank Sanchez, posted the following 2001 guest list, on the forum of Anime News Network:

In addition to:

Kia Asamiya – Character Designer – Nadesico, Silent Moebius

Yoshitoshi Abe – Character Designer for Serial Experiments Lain

We now have for Japanese guests:

Range Murata – Character Designer for Blue Submarine No. 6

Naoko Matsui – seiyuu with large track record in voice acting, some of her credits include Akane from Kimagure Orange Road, Rally Vincent from Riding Bean, and Azusa Shiratori from Ranma 1/2

Shin Nasagawa – From Squaresoft, Character Designer for Final Fantasy IX and the upcoming Final Fantasy X.

Yoshio Yamakawa – Also from Squaresoft, Monster Designer for Final Fantasy IX and the upcoming Final Fantasy X.

I’m really excited and I sure hope all of you are too. Hope this helps bring you over to Anime Central this year! ^_-

1-21-01—- DBZ Translator Article

Planet Namek has posted a new interview from this weekend with Steven J. Simmons, the translator for the subtitles of the DVDs. The interview is rather lengthy and answers many questions on the production.

1-21-01—- Toynami Robotech Toy Item

Excerpted from the newsgroup post:

Here is a post by Tom Bateman from earlier today over at the RDF HQ newsboard:

“Hey all,

I just wanted to let you know that I just conducted a very detailed interview with George Sohn, the President of Toynami, in which we discussed his company’s plans for upcoming ROBOTECH toys.

Its good to see that the keychains, morphers and figurines are getting a good response, but I wanted to tell you all that these items are just the beginning.

George and his company is hard at work creating the REAL VF-1 Valkyries and are shooting to have their first one out by this summer.

I would like to say more, but you’ll have to wait until George’s interview (which I am working on transcribing right now) to learn more. I plan to have it ready for the official launch of ROBOTECH.COM, coming VERY soon.

Tom Bateman ROBOTECH.COM

p.s. There is no way we would EVER remake that crappy Matchbox Veritech.”

1-21-01—- Battlefield Earth Anime Planned

Excerpted from this Publisher’s Weekly piece:A deal with Japan’s Pine Com International has been made for 20 hour-long animated films based on Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard; the deal, worked out between Javier Ruiz of Author Services and Sammy Sakoda of Pine Com, also includes rights to interactive games and a comic book series.

1-21-01—- Battle Royale Kubrick Figures Announced

Based on the characters from the controversial Japanese manga based film Battle Royale, come new Kubrick figures from Medicom. Each of the 3 figures retails at 905 Yen, is about 60mm tall, includes map card. When Map pieces A-C are combined a complete larger map is made. Damage stickers are included with 2 of the 3 figures. Commisioned by (BR) Manufacture Committee.

1-21-01—- Mainframe Animation Update

Mainframe Entertainment recenlty listed it’s current projects in this excerpt from the company’s latest press release:

Mainframe Entertainment Inc. is the world’s most prolific producer of computer animation for television, and is expanding into long-form CGI for feature films and interactive entertainment. Since 1994 Mainframe has had six computer animated television series on air in the North American market, on YTV, ABC, the Cartoon Network, Fox Kids and Fox Family Channel. The company is currently in production on 26 half-hour episodes of Action Man(TM), an all-CGI television series that began regularly scheduled broadcasts on Fox Kids and YTV in August and the all-new Heavy Gear(TM) television series, based on the popular video game. As well, the studio is in production on a large-format stereoscopic feature film based on Gulliver’s Travels for release in IMAX 3D theatres.

Source: DBZ Kingdom

1-20-01—- D-Boy At Toyfair

Figures.com reports D-Boy’s expected offerings for Toyfair include a Vash the Stampede piece, from Trigun: already 2 action figures and a collectible resin bust, will be getting the vinyl treatment! Stay tuned for more details!

*Nine Rings of Wu-Tang: been curious to what happened with this action figure line based on the hip hop rap group Wu Tang Clan? Well, the comic of which these are based on, is no longer- thus the delay. D-Boy does have plans to release two of the figures, however- Femme Kryle and Ghost Face Killa – both to kind of test the waters and see if fan interest is still there.

Dark Angel: characters from the original black and white manga by Kia Asamiya will be on display. The first series will include: Dark, Leen, Zen, and Tan.Size will be 1/8 scale, that’s between 8 and 10 inches tall, come equipped with a GOOD amount of articulation, base and accessories, and will come packaged in window boxes.

1-21-01—- Z.O.E. OVA Update

New staff details on the upcoming Zone Of Enders 2167 IDOLO OVA series follow below. The game version is produced by Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Series), the plot occurs in the 22nd century in the Solar System. Mankind has established space colonies out to the orbit of Jupiter, a colony there named Antilla is the farthest human settlement from Earth and referred to as the end of the world, residents of Antilla are called “Enders” for this reason. A introvert boy living there, Leo Stenbuck accompanies his friends to a UN Space Force facility to steal from their junkyard and gets apprehended. At the same time a fanatical military regime on Mars called Z.O.E. hijacks the Antilla colony which becomes a battlefield. Leo witnesses the death of his friends who used to bully him, he feels responisble for their deaths and runs from the scene to find the reason of the colony’s hijacking the giant robot humanoid weapon “Jehuty”. The game system includes support for the analog stick, which enables free aerial movement. The game allows for the best camera angle when locking onto an enemy target.

The game is being touted as a “Robot Animation Simulator and features some industry veterans including Character Designer Nobuyoshi Nishimura who worked on


Anime News Service – January 17-18 Anime News

1-18-01—- ADV Delay

The Right Stuf is reporting ADV’s upcoming release A.D. Police TV television is now delayed from a previous 1/23 release date to 3/20/01.

1-18-01—- Guardians Of Order RPG Bits

The Right Stuf reports that RPG makers, Guardians of Order has decided to cancel their Tenchi Muyo Button Men Game Edition. Originally planned as an addition to brifge their existing sets. On the Sailor Moon Button Game Edition, the company had no official word on the continuation of that particular line in the future.

1-18-01—- Anime Village Addition

Anime Village has posted the following:

“Would you like to see some new (or old) anime come to America? Please email LordRichard@animevillage.com with any ideas or suggestions you may have.”

1-18-01—- Charles Schultz Exhibition

Peanuts creator Charles Schultz is being honored in a special “Snoopy And Charlie Brown’s World – Charles Schultz Original Picture Exhibitions” which is currently touring Japan.

1-18-01—- Outlaw Star Eps. 3 CN Edits

Excerpted from the newsgroup post by Kyle Thomas Pope:

This round of edits were minimal but a couple of them are almost beyond comprehension.

1. Melfina now wears a digital bikini in the piloting tank.
2. Gene’s “she’s nuts to get naked” changed to “she’s nuts to get wet”. (This was an improvement!?)
3. Jim’s “these guys are anal” changed to “these guys are tight”.
4. Scene of Harry MacDougall yelling “die, die, die, die…” while firing missiles cut.
5. Harry MacDougall’s “she was really hot” changed to “she was really cute”. (While definitely attractive I would not describe Hilda as “cute”.)
6. Scene of Tao Master getting incinerated shortened.
7. Scene of Hilda biting her suicide capsule and the subsequent detonation cut. (Oh come on. GW had multiple suicide attempts and noble sacrifices.)
Given the heavy action in these last couple of episodes there really wasn’t much beyond language to edit. This will probably change when the story shifts to planetside again.

1-18-01—- Mamoru Oshii Avalon Stage Greeting

To commemorate the opening of his latest film project Avalon, Director Mamoru Oshii will be holding stage greeting events in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya in the coming days. The action / CG film five years in the making and shot on location in Poland combines Sci-Fi and Anime / Manga style elements.

1-18-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to The GIA: After months of speculation and rumors of cancellation, Sega has finally unveiled Shenmue 2 to the public. Japanese customers who pre-orded AM2’s Fighting Vipers 2 through Sega’s online Dreamcast Direct received a special Shenmue 2 trailer as a bonus.

The bulk of the trailer consists of Ryo exploring the wilds of what is presumably China, where the sequel takes place. The touted improvements in the Shenmue engine are on full display, showing off complex, organic environments, sharp detail, and little draw-in. The areas in the demo are unpopulated, so only time will tell if Suzuki’s team was able to make good on their promise of up to fifty characters on screen at once.

One important character does appear in the trailer, however. Shenhua, the mysterious woman from the prologue of the first game, looks to take a more prominent role in the sequel; a fireside conversation between her and Ryo is featured at the beginning and end of the trailer.

Sega has yet to set a Japanese date for Shenmue 2, but they’ve made assurances that once it is released it will be making the trip stateside.

More Info on FF X can be read here.

Atlus recently announced a release date for the PlayStation version of Shin Megami Tensei. The first of three such Super Famicom remakes, Shin Megami Tensei will hit Japanese shelves on March 29 at a price of 4800 yen ($41 US). Each copy of the game will include one of three different unique MegaTen trading cards.

Also arriving on March 29 is Square’s second WonderSwan Color title, WildCard. The latest installment in the SaGa series will retail for 4300 yen ($36 US). A two-player battle mode has recently been added to the game for extra value.

1-18-01—- Yu Yu Hakusho Items

According to a post at this site relating an e-mail between FUNimation’s Gen Fukunaga and Darent Sapphie of Juunanagou:

1. We will keep the original music.
2. We will try to preserve the content of the show but usually the broadcast network dictates how far we can go.
3. The release of tapes/DVD is usually driven by what our retailers tell us we need to create. They are the “800 pound gorilla” in this situation because most of a company’s sales come from just a handful of major retail chains.
4. We are trying to get Steve to do the translations.

1-18-01—- Asia AICN Bits

Sent in by Daniel:

Interestingly enough, Battle Royale is also a hit in Hong Kong. As for Japan, there are some interesting tidbits, courtesy of AICN.

1)- Kazuki Oomori’s (“Godzilla vs Biolante”, “Natu, the Legend of the Dancing Ninja”) next film will be “Run Ichiro!”, which Toei will be producing. The film features 5 short stories in Kobe, a city destroyed by an earthquake in 1995. Japanese baseball star, Ichiro (who just joined the Seattle Mariners) appears as himself. The film will be released in May.

2) – Sony Pictures is getting closer to produce “Astro Boy”, based on Osamu Tezuka’s famous cartoon.

3) – Mamoru Oshii’s excellent film, “Avalon” will be showing at a sixth of the total screen in Korea, which will be the country’s widest foreign release. The film will open on February 3rd.

4) TV Azteca is currently running Sailor Moon (they have 199 episodes except 89, the episode was 45 mins long and the dubber Intertrack didn’t want to cut it), Magic Knight Rayearth, Captain Tsubasa J, but because of complaints they mov ed Escaflowne from weekdays to Sundays at around 11 AM.

5) The magical girl St. Tail series has replaced Escaflowne in its 1:30pm weekday time slot. St. Tail has been effect by dubbing chan ges byCentral-America having name changes and the “god please forgive me” transformation phrase changed.

6)The rival national channel of TV


Anime News Service – January 11-16 Anime News

1-16-01—- Otaku TV News

Excerpted from the release:

Otaku Television is a public access television program that focuses on Japanese animation, video games, import toys, and anything that’s interesting in the fandom community. Our first episode is finished, and it’s ready to air in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties of Maryland. We are working on getting the exact dates and time, so please visit OTV’s website at www.otakutelevision.com for updated information. If you’re an out-of-towner, or just want to have a sneak peak of the show, we are streaming Episode #1 in its entirety online at the website! You can submit viewer mail and fanart for our next episode, so be sure to let us know what you think of the show, and share your thoughts with fellown viewers in our Forum!

1-16-01—- Manga Obscenity Charge Update

According to this page, one of the obscenity charges filed against the comic store-for selling Demon Beast Invasion and Overfiend manga-has been dropped.

1-16-01—- Toynami Updates

Toynami has updated it’s website with a news based front page and welcome message that the site is intended to give information on their products and services to both our fans and retailers. Contact information for general questions and spring catalogs have been added.

1-16-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Here more info on Square’s upcoming FF X can be found. The male and female lead are named Tidus and Yunda, respectively, and this is supposed to be the first FF game with voiceovers.

1-16-01—- Dragon Ash Album And Tour Data

Japanese Hip Hop group Dragon Ash’s latest album, “Lily OFDA VALLEY” goes on sale March 14th and includes 12 tracks. The group’s tour “21st Century Riot” has been annonced.

1-16-01—- Happy Lesson Event

A KSS event for the OVA Game Happy Lesson is scheduled for 3/20 in Tokyo.

1-16-01—- Street Fighter ALPHA DVD Details

The DVD version of Manga release of the Street Fighter Alpha OAV will features Digitally Remastered 4×3 Transfer , “Motion Menus “,Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound English , Dolby Pro-Logic Surround Sound Japanese, Interviews, and Street Fighter Alpha Trailer .

Source: UMJAMS Anime News

1-16-01—- New Voice In Latest Ghibli Project

The Hayao Miyazaki Web’s mailing list has made mention of a seiyuu name being added for Ghibli’s latest feature, “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi”. Chihiro has been named to be voiced by Rumi Hiiragi who recently had a role in the NHK morning TV novel series “Suzuran”.

1-16-01—- Sputnik 7 Update

DVD Animania is mentioning that Sputnik7 has added the third volume of Violence Jack. Description follows: Violence Jack: Vol. 3 Slumking. One man has risen to power in the corpse-strewn wasteland that was once Japan. His name is Slumking, and his rule over the shattered settlements of Kanto is both harsh and absolute. Running time: 40 min.

1-16-01—- Net Anime

A group at Original Net Anime is planning to screen “Lingerie Fighter Papillon Rose”, a 25 episode creation via the internet from February. A small and large trailer is available for download.

1-16-01—- Outlaw Star 1st Episode Edits

Past site contributor Kyle Pope has posted a list of his personal observations in the realm of editing with the 1st Outlaw Star Episode on Cartoon Network to rec.arts.anime:

Gene’s “hell” changed to “heck”
OP gone (of course)
Pirate fighter pilot’s “damn” changed to “blast”
Again, see above.
Small edit of Gene and Jim playing cards in the bar.
Dialogue changed so Gene and Jim are playing Go Fish instead of Poker
Scene of Gene throwing down his Poker hand before the fight cut.
Jim’s “damn” changed to “darn”.
Death Rob’s “killed 30 men” changed to “taken 30 men”.
Blood matted out when Gene shoots Death Rob.
Scene of Gene shooting death Rob in the head cut.
Scene of Death Rob spitting up blood when Gene knifes him cut.
Scene of Gene fondling Iris’ butt cut. Jim’s dialogue altered accordingly.
Jim’s “hit the casino” changed to “hit the club”.
Scene of Gene and Jim’s sexual banter before splitting up cut.
Jim’s “scumbag” changed to “loser”.
Scene of Gene in hotel room with hooker cut completely.
Gene’s girly poster over his bed now has a digital bathing suit.
Blood matted out of street fight between Gene and the pirates.
Pirate’s “damn” changed to “blast”. Jim’s “hell” changed to “heck”.
Gene’s “asshole” changed to “loser”.
Pirate girl’s “they’ve been killed” changed to “they’re destroyed”.
Scene of Hilda putting her gun to Gene’s chest and firing cut.
Small cut from Gene putting his gun to Hilda’s head cut.
Melfina wearing digital leotard in trunk.
Gene’s “naked girl” changed to “weird girl” in preview.
Not an edit… They actually used the original full length ED.

1-16-01—- Japanese Rurouni Kenshin OVA Recollection Compilation DVD Box Details

From Sony in March comes a new DVD release of all 4 volumes of the Rurouni Kenshin OAV (Samurai X) series in a very special “recollection compilation” limited sale of 3000 sets. Perhaps the most interesting features on this release are a listed “Samurai X” (English dub track) track and Japanese subtitles. Also included is postrecording script and collectors box. Release is set for March 23rd of 2001 at 15200, running time is 140 minutes, 4:3 ratio included on video and Japanese subtitles. The disc is single layer, Samurai X edition track and “MEMIX audio ” track is also ondisc.

1-16-01—– Kaiyodo Wolfwood Figure

Figures.com has added images of Kaiyodo’s new Toy Tribe action figure- Wolf Wood-. This figure appears to be a preacher which carries a large cross wrapped in cloth and tied with belts. In actuality, this “cross” is a minature arsenal that opens up nicely when unwrapped, the cross-plank laden with pistols, the main shaft a rather powerful machine gun! Expertly designed by Trigun creator Yasuhiro Nightow, Wolf Wood features multiple points of articulation, a detailed cross ladden display base, and an amazing amount of accessories including: 2 pistols, opening Cross Machine Gun, an array of alternate hands, alternate head with shades, cloth and real metal chains for wrapping “Cross Gun”, and


Anime News Service – January 6-10 Anime News

1-10-01—- Berserk DVD Box Set Release Details

While U.S. fans will have to hang on a bit longer for a domestic release of the anime TV series adaptation of Kentaro Miura’s very intricately plotted low fantasy manga, Berserk, Japanese fans and importers can look forward to a very special Region 2 DVD Box Set release of the late night anime in March. Topping off the outside box art are totally new illustrations by creator Miura-sensei as well as originally illustrated jackets for each of the 7 DVD cases in this set. Video prints are totally remasted, and animated menus are included on each disc. Of the 7 discs 1 is a special addition with bonus footage. Extras include a illustrated poster and production notes. Those who preorder will also get a very special 2001 illustrated calnder by Miura and bonus book. Retail price is 31,500 Yen and the set will arrive in Japanese retailers on March 20th.

1-10-01—- Next Generation World Hobby Fair

January 13th – 14th the Next Generation World Hobby Fair will be held at Tokyo Big Sight, the largest convention center in Japan (and one of the largest in the world). Game, toy, manga and anime companies are among the headliners here, Nintendo Co. will fill it’s 20010 name limitation list for limited Pokemon Gold / Silver / Crystal characters.

1-10-01—- Otakon ’01 Details

Excerpted from the official release:

Otakon 2001 will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on the weekend of August 10th through the 12th (Friday, August 10th to Sunday, August 12th). Currently, members can register for $35 by sending a check/money order to:

OTAKON
491 Baltimore Pike #689
Springfield, PA 19064-3810

Available hotels are currently (you MUST mention OTAKON to get the rates):

Holiday Inn: $119/night + tax. Phone: 1-410-685-3500. There are only a few rooms available at this hotel.

Wyndham (formerly the Omni): $119/night + tax. Phone: 1-800-WYNDHAM or 1-410-385-6700. We have a large room block at this hotel. It is not immediately next to the BCC, but is a Nice Hotel which is willing to accommodate the Otaku.

OTAKON is currently engaged in contract negotiations with a few other Inner Harbor hotels, and more information on these arrangements will be forthcoming.

The OTAKON webpage (http://www.otakon.com) will reflect this information soon, and will continue to be updated as the year progresses with Guest of Honor, hotel, and other convention information.

Please direct general inquiries concerning OTAKON 2001 to info@otakon.com Contact information for other departments is currently available on the website.

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Jonathan Harmon
Press Dept Head
Otakon 2001

1-10-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

According to DC.IGN.COM Capcom’s first planned Gundam fighting game underwent location test this past weekend in Japan. The game will be named Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs Geon.

Konami is developing a new Java game version of Dance Dance Reveloution for use on Mobile Phones such as NTT’s I-Mode 503 I series. Players will have to match moves on screen with keypad presses and high score can be uploaded to a total internet ranking. Utilization fee of 300 Yen a month is currently being panned and new tunes can be uploaded in the future.

1-10-01—- Z.O.E. OVA Update

New staff details on the upcoming Zone Of Enders 2167 IDOLO OVA series follow below. The game version is produced by Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Series), the plot occurs in the 22nd century in the Solar System. Mankind has established space colonies out to the orbit of Jupiter, a colony there named Antilla is the farthest human settlement from Earth and referred to as the end of the world, residents of Antilla are called “Enders” for this reason. A introvert boy living there, Leo Stenbuck accompanies his friends to a UN Space Force facility to steal from their junkyard and gets apprehended. At the same time a fanatical military regime on Mars called Z.O.E. hijacks the Antilla colony which becomes a battlefield. Leo witnesses the death of his friends who used to bully him, he feels responisble for their deaths and runs from the scene to find the reason of the colony’s hijacking the giant robot humanoid weapon “Jehuty”. The game system includes support for the analog stick, which enables free aerial movement. The game allows for the best camera angle when locking onto an enemy target.

The game is being touted as a “Robot Animation Simulator and features some industry veterans including Character Designer Nobuyoshi Nishimura who worked on Z Gundam for studio Sunrise in 1985, SD Gundam (1989), The Mobile Police Patlabor TV series (as illustration director) in 1989, V Gundam (1993 as illustration director), and Gundam Wing in 1995 (as illustration director). In 1996 he was the character designer and illustration director for Gundam X and joined KCE in 1998 where was a member of the motion crew for Metal Gear Solid for PSX. Mecha Designer, Yoji Shinakawa was the mecha and mechanical designer for Metal Gear Solid, the design of Jehuty and other “orbital frames” find theri roots in his school day sketchbooks.

OVA Production Data:

Director: Tetsuya Watanabe
Scenario: Shin Yoshida
Main, mechanical design: Tsutomu Suzuki/Tsutomu Miyazawa
Production: Sunrise
Sales: VAP
Price: 5,800 Yen
Time: 50 minutes
Release: March 1, 2001 – DVD

A first press premium ZOE package will also be released from March 1st at the retail price of 13,800 Yen. Included is special edit of Z.O.E 2167 IDOLO and PS2 game.

1-9-01—- Battle Angel ADV Status

According to The Right Stuf has a report on recent rumors surrounding some of AD Vision’s older titles. Battle Angel (VHS / DVD) is going on hiatus (meaning no more copies will be made for awhile), but no – they are not out of production (yet). Further, a number of ADV’s series that have had single episode tapes, such as Golden Boy, are being consolidated into fewer tapes but not discontinued. Finally, when the company asked ADV if they were considering changing all of their older titles into DVD only, they were non-committal. However, if ADV follows the lead of a number of other Anime companies, it’s more than likely that


Anime News Service – January 1-5 Anime News

1-5-01—- TV Seiyuu Data

Seiyuu information for new TV series airing on SkyPerfecTV:

Hiatari Ryoukou!

Episode 1
Kasumi: MORIO Yumi
Yuusuke: MITSUYA Yuuji
Shin: SHIOZAWA Kaneto
Ariyama: HAYASHIYA Kobuhei
Makoto: NANBA Katsuhiro
Chigusa: KOMIYA Kazue
Girl A: HAYASHI Yuuko
Girl B: TAKAYAMA Yukari

Master Keaton

Chapter 1: Mystery Man
Keaton Taiichi: INOUE Norihiro
Sofia: SHINOHARA Emi
Daniel O’Connell: TSUJI Shinpachi
Leon Papas: SUGOU
Ox Payer: YAMANO
Marcus: OOKI Tamio
taxi driver: NISHIMURA
college student: MAKISHIMA Naoki
female college student: FUKUSHIMA Nanako
college staff: AMADA
underling: ISHII Kouji
Narration: Keaton YAMADA

1-5-01—- Avalon Trailer

AICN’s Harry mentions rumor has MIRAMAX as negotiating really hard at one point on Mamoru Oshii’s latest Sci-Fi film, Avalon. A new trailer can be viewed here.

1-5-01—- German Anime News

RTL2, the german broadcaster that already shows Sailor Moon, Digimon, Dragon Ball and Pokemon and will show Monster Rancher, Flint and Wedding Peach in the next time will eventualy show Ojamajo Doremi and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (“Jeanne, Die Kamikaze-Diebin”) as well.

1-5-01—- Simpsons Anime Cameo

Reader, Dan sends in:

On the Simpsons that aired today, they had a reference to anime. The Simpsons go to an animation convention, and Bart’s watching what he calls “Japanimation”. And they show some guy in a samurai outfit shooting a net that ensnares a girl with the Kusanagai(of GITS) haircut. But her legs turn into metal fins and they spin out. And then the guy turns into some shoes and runs away.

1-5-01—- Official Toonami Outlaw Star Page

The official Toonami website has just added a new feature introduction page for their latest anime TV series addition, “Outlaw Star”. The page can be seen here.

Source: DBZ Kingdom

1-5-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai has released 350,000 copies of its PlayStation2 giant robot game Mobile Suit Gundam. According to the company, the entire shipment sold out in four days. Bandai intends to ship an additional 150,000 units by the end of March.

Source: DBZ Kingdom

1-5-01—- Final Fantasy PG-13 Rating Explanation

From regular contributor Dan comes an explaniation of recent reports as to why the upcoming Final Fantasy film will apparently be shooting for a “PG-13” target. According to the Monday-January 8-update of www.cinescape.com , they explain why the chose PG-13 as his rating.

“He [Sakaguchi] didn’t want to pursue a story that appeals only to a younger audience. And we feel that by creating a PG-13 feature…certainly we’re not going to do an R feature, that’s too huge of a risk. But by creating something that will pass as a PG-13, we can still appeal to a wider audience, and yet still not be impacted by the content being too immature. We will be able to tell the story that the director really wanted to be able to tell. So it is very important for us to be able to create it as a PG-13 movie, and the thought of appealing to a younger audience never crossed our minds.” They also add a link to a longer interview w/ him at:
http://www.gamers.com/news/488302

1-4-01—- Anime / Manga Gaming

The GIA reports Final Fantasy X’s Nobuo Uematsu’s vocal theme songs will be performed by Okinawan folk singer Rikki. Rikki’s latest album is “Miss You Amami”.

Enix announced that they have shipped a total of 4 million copies of their hit PlayStation RPG Dragon Quest VII in Japan, since its release on August 26, 2000. DQ7 is now the biggest selling PlayStation game in Japan and the best selling title in the Dragon Quest series.

Square has announced its sales statistics and plans for the stock holders in Japan. The software performance is better than expected for the year, Final Fantasy IX has sold 2.82 million copies in Japan, and Gekikuukan Pro Baseball for PS2 has sold 650,000 copies. The software sales in oversea has significantly increased, Parasite Eve II has sold 570,000 copies in US, Vagrant Story has sold 500,000 copies, and Chrono Cross has sold 410,000 copies in the fall. They are expecting the oversea market to continue to expand next year.

Nec Interchannel announced that they are porting the two popular Sega Saturn title to PlayStation. Both Sentimental Graffiti and Sentimental Graffiti: Promise are scheduled for release in March, for 5800 yen and 3800 yen respectively.

Konami has announced yet another Gameboy Advance launch title in Japan, called Yugioh Dungeondice Monsters, a board game based on the ultra popular anime Yugioh. In this game you roll the dice, summon monsters to produce a path and dungeon for you in the board, and defeat the opponents and their dungeons in the board. Each die carries different LV point and crest symbol, there are 5 crest symbols in the game: Summon, Attack, Defense, Progress, Magic and Trap, different combinations of dice will give you different actions. Once a monster is summoned, you can command it to combat against enemy’s monsters and dungeons in the board. Over 100 monsters are included in the game, several new elements are added to the game, including the ability to bargain with the rivals.

Nintendo has confirmed the release date of the two GameBoy Color Zelda action roleplaying games. Both Legend of Zelda: Mystical Acorn – Chapter of Gaia and Chapter of Earth are scheduled for release in Japan on February 27, for 3800 yen each. The two games are connected to each other, you can import save data from one of the other version to unlock additional paths and secrets in the game.

Sega has released some new info on Shenmue II for Dreamcast, in this game the hero will encounter a new female character with red hair in Hong Kong, she will play an important role in the game. Further details of Shenmue II will be revealed in Shenmue The Movie on January 12 in Japan. Also a movie trailer of the game will be included in the upcoming Dreamcast fighting game Fighting Viper 2.

Sega has announced a definite release date for their highly anticipated Dreamcast dramatic adventure game Sakura Taisen 3: Hometown Paris is burning, the game is now set for release on March