3-14-01—- Akira Restoration Comparison
Pioneer has updated it’s Akira restoration site with a comparison shot of the restoration being done on the film, you can view it here.
3-14-01—- Yamato Eternal Edition Conclusion CD
The score of ‘Chapter Of Space Battleship Yamato Conclusion’ which opened in theaters in Japan in 1983 is headed to CD as part of Nippon Columbia’s Yamato Eternal Editon collection. “File No. 8.9” retails at 3,800 Yen and was released on March 1, 2001. On disc are 21 tracks of rare BGM music. “Space Battleship ETERNAL EDITION File No. 10 “Space battleship Yamato vocal collection” goes on sale at 2500 Yen when it is released on March 31. The CD includes 14 tracks of vocal tunes, a limited edition BOX will go sale also with a limited production run of 5000.
3-14-01—- Anime Videos In Kids Top 10
The Top 10 Childrens Videos as of March 17, 2001 as posted to The WB Animation Archive:
2.“Sailor Moon: The Legend Begins,” DIC Entertainment.
6. “Digimon: The Movie,” FoxVideo.
8. “Pokemon: The Movie 2000,” Warner Home Video.
10. “Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker,” Warner Home Video.
3-14-01—- Figure / Toy News
Toynami has posted images of their Capcom vs SNK key chains.
Figures.com has posted these“>this article on the recently released Great Mazinga figure.
The Getter 1 Robo figure which is part of the Getter Robo Kubrick Box Set is shipping with a variant head that will be based on either the manga or anime version of the character. Boxes containing the variant carry a silver starburst sticker on the front panel (with Japanese text) for easy identification.
3-14-01—- Amano And DC
DC comics has announced new painted posters of Batman and Superman (individually) by well known artist and character designer Yoshitaka Amano, each retails at $7.95 and the posters arrive in stores on July 18. Each measures 22″ x 34.
3-14-01—- Sen to Chihiro Going Digital
According to the March the 13rd issue of Nippon Keizai Shimbun, Movie distributor firm Toho and telecommunication company NTT West Japan decided to conduct tests on distribution of digitalized films via high-speed network joinly with the Geneal Affairs Ministry. They start distribution of Miyazaki’s latest film Sen to Chihiro in July to some Toho-running theaters in Osaka. Toho also plans to conduct tests on distribution of Final Fantasy movie in fall via digital network.
3-14-01—- DVD News
Anime News Network is reporting the following info gleaned from a reader’s email response to ADV Films:
“Sorcerer Hunters 2 is in the works (in fact, I have the relevant masters piled up on my desk right now ;p). Nadesico will be 6 DVDs; the last two volumes will have 5 each. We’ll definitely be releasing the Prince of Darkness movie; no news yet on the Gekigangar 3 OAV. We’ll be doing the remaining two missions of Dirty Pair Flash, as well as the original Dirty Pair OAVs.
Andy Kent ADV Films”
Anime On DVD is reporting:
Some folks have started seeing the Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X movie DVD appearing in a few stores over the past couple of days and have come across a problem; there’s no reversible cover! Recalling when the OVA’s came out, ADV indicated that the movie would receive the same treatment, allowing those who don’t want to see the Samurai X logo on the cover the ability to see the original Japanese logo. So what happened? According to ADV, the printer goofed and there is indeed supposed to be a reversible cover, not just a Samurai X one. The printer will be redoing them (and handling the trade ins, as it was their error) with details to follow soon both here and from the ADV website.
3-14-01—- DBZ Megacon Report
According to DBZ Kingdom:
MegaCon in Orlando (March 2-4) was an enormous success for Dragon Ball Z and its fans. FUNimation was there in full force selling products and giving out information about Blue Gender and Yu Yu Hakusho while Sean Schemmel, voice of Goku, was interacting with the fans. The FUNimation booth had to be the busiest of the show. Fans came by to chat, ask questions, buy cool new DBZ merchandise and to show off their DBZ costumes. Fans lined up outside the booth daily to get autographs from Schemmel. Autographs lines exceeded 2 hours each day. Schemmel said, “MegaCon was absolutely unbelievable. I was so glad to see so many fans come out…My personal thanks to every single fan who waited in line for hours…It was my sincerest pleasure to meet each and every one of you and I hope to do so again.” Hunter Muse, FUNimation’s representative at MegaCon, said, “Dragon Ball Z fans are the coolest, most die hard, loyal fans I have ever met. It was great to talk with them, answer their questions and see their reaction to Sean.” Saturday and Sunday fans were treated to a 30 minute Q and A with Schemmel that was followed by a sneak preview of videos Great Saiyaman – Declaration (Saturday) and Great Saiyaman – Gohan’s Secret (Sunday). During the Q and A, Schemmel talked about how he started with DBZ and what is involved in being a voice actor. Schemmel constantly had the crowd roaring with his one liners and various impressions.
3-14-01—- Sean Scemmel Chat
From Planet Namek The long awaited chat with Sean Schemmel, voice of Goku, is here. Wednesday March 14, 2001 we will run our first live chat with Schemmel. Since this chat is our first this will also be a test. Please pay close attention to the chat rules. Only 100 simultaneous users will be allowed in the room. We apologize more people will not be able to get into the room. We want to keep the numbers low for the first time to ensure success. If all goes well with this chat we will allow up to 500 people in the room next time. If that goes well we may allow even more later. (We are tentatively planning on having a chat