Anime News Service Partners With Digital Manga To Expand Services – Provide Content To Akadot.Com

Anime News Service, approaching it’s 3rd year of operation as the leading English Language internet destination for Anime (Japanese animation) / Manga (Japanese comics) related news and information, officially announces a partnership with Los Angeles-based Digital Manga Inc. to be the primary news content provider for it’s newly created web-magazine / community site www.akadot.com.

Akadot will feature exclusive features and interviews focusing on the Anime / Manga industry in the U.S., Japan, and worldwide, as well as reviews, previews and event reports. Visitors can look forward to an expansion of site features in the near future that will inlcude interactive message boards, polls, and more.

The partnership will dramatically add to the news resources of Anime News Service, founding editor Jonah Morgan offers: “Akadot’s Tokyo office will give us a permanent presence in Tokyo, the focal point of the Japanese urban culture / anime / manga / j-pop / videogame industries in the world today.” ANS readers can expect exclusive on-sight reports from events in Japan, realtime news as it breaks, as well as interviews with names shaping the state of the art in their respective fields today. Site feature additions are also in the works.

Jonah concludes: “The big winner in this deal is the fan / reader. Anime News Service will continue as it has for the past 3 years, providing the most consistently unique and informative Anime / Manga news on the internet with updates to it’s main page many times daily and whenever news breaks.” “Together with Digital Manga and Akadot we’re hoping to bring a calibur of reporting to the internet that yet to be experienced, get ready.”

Contact: Anime News Service via e-mail: support@animenewsservice.com


October 8-14 Anime News

10-14-99—- Perfect Blue Review

Metro Active Movies has posted a nice review of Satoshi Kon’s pyschological thriller Perfect Blue. You can read it here.

10-14-99—- Manga Event To Aid Taiwanese Earthquake Sufferers

50 popular manga artists, including Tetsuya Chiba and Shinji Mizushima participated in a charity event / auction in Ginza district, Tokyo on Oct 2, with proceeds and contributions of 980 thousand yen in total going to aid sufferers of Taiwan’s recent devistating Earthquake. Mr. Chiba had only recently attended a manga summit held in Taiwan last month, with the goal of improving cultural interchange between Taiwanese / Japanese manga artists. The hotel Mr. Chiba stayed in during the summit was subsequently destroyed in the earthquake.

Source: Anime Scene

10-14-99—- Japanese Fall TV Anime Report

Excel Saga
Based on the manga serialized in the “YOUNG King Ours” magazine, “Excel Saga” the TV series is directed Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus). The story is based around Excel, who belongs to the secret association at the basement of an unknown city, the grop fights in battles to take over the world. However, they actually make a living working at a part-time job and renting a cheap apartment.
Began: Oct. 7th | Airing: 1:15 am on TV Tokyo

One Piece
Based on the popular manga serialized in “Shonen Jump”, the story takes place in a world where the oceans are ruled by pirates, a boy seeks the legendary treasure, “One Piece”, and tries to become the pirate king. The program will air in the slot previously held by the Dragon Ball TV series. The theme will be provided by Hironobu Kageyama (Dragon Ball Z).

Cyborg Kuro-chan
Based on the manga serialized in BonBon Magazine. A black cat, Kuro-chan, who never loses a fight, is transformed into a cyborg.
Began: Oct. 2nd | Airing: 8:00 am on TV Tokyo

Source: J-Dream Direct Newsletter, J-Dream Web

10-14-99—- Space Battle Ship Yamato Official Homepage – Launch!

An official homepage has been created for Reiji Matsumoto’s masterpiece, “Space Battle Ship Yamato”. Titiled “Space Battle Ship Hasshin!” the site has been created by Bandai, and includes news on Playstation titles, information on special books, upcoming DVDs, a database to lookup character backgrounds, story terms and sub-stories, and a monthly commentary magazine, “Monthly Yamato.” The first issue of “Monthly Yamato’s” lead feature s “Yamato and its time.” Click here to go directly to the official site. here (Japanese Only).

Source: J-Dream Direct Newsletter, J-Dream Web

10-14-99—- New Gunsmith Cats Manga

Published by Kodansha, Afternoon Addition, a new quarterly Japanese magazine from the staff of Afternoon Magazine (which features popular serials such as Ah! My Goddess), has lead off it’s inagural Autumn ’99 issue with a new and running Gunsmith Cats manga by Kenichi Sonoda. The new manga could serve as source material for a long rumored 2nd GSC OAV series or possibly a new TV series.

10-14-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Warp’s survival / horror / adventure game D2 is now in beta testing. When released, the game will be span 4 GD-ROMs and is expected out in Japan on Dec. 23rd.

Pro Action Replay CD-X, a CD version of Pro Action Replay will be released in Japan in Nov. and sale for 9800 Yen. The CD will function in the same capacity as the plug-mod version, and is specifically designed for the PSX 9000 series models, where the parallel port is absent.

Sony has sold over 4 million PocketStation units in Japan as of Aug.

10-14-99—- Pokemon Continues To Dominate American Video Charts

Released by Viz, Pokemon video sales continue to dominate the American Billboard Top 10 Kids Video Sales charts, holding no less than 3 positions as of Oct. 16th. Holding spot #2, is Pokemon: Pokey Friends; holding spot #3 is Pokemon: I Choose You Pickachu; and holding spot #6 is Pokemon: Seaside Pickachu.

10-13-99—- Cartoon Network, Toonami And An Anime Channel

John Oppliger from AnimeNation has written up an excellent first hand account of the events that transpired in the recent Cartoon Network Pannel at this past weeks AWA convention. His account cuts through alot of the hype currently circulating and relays the most probable current state of events on the whole range of issues with CN. You can read his report here (Scroll down to Oct. 12th).

In regards to Gundam Wing and other titles that may possibly air on the network John’s account also sheds some light on the actual state of affairs. Cartoon Network’s hint that the network was currently looking into airing other titles concurs with Bandai’s position that they are speaking with Cartoon Network in regards to airing their titles on cable, Gundam Wing being one of them. The status of Gundam Wing has yet to be resolved, so an official deal, if there is to be one, is still forthcoming.

10-13-99—- J-Pop / Seiyuu News

Two-Mix’s upcoming maxi-single “Side Formula”, is expected out the 27th. The single will feature 10 tracks including “Last Tears”, which will be the ending theme to the upcoming Jibakukun anime TV series.

Okui Masami’s upcoming maxi-single “Sorewa Totsuzen Yatte Kuru” will feature a new acoustic version of the Utena anime movie image theme “Tokini Aiwa”.

Delphine’s PC RPG DarkStone will be released in Japan in November, the Japanese character voices will be provided by well known seiyuu, including Hikami Kyoko, who will portray the role of the priestess.

Sakamoto Maaya’s upcoming singles collection, “Pachipochi”, may include pictures taken by producer Yoko Kanno.

10-13-99—- SyCoNet To License And Distribute Anime And Video Game Soundtracks

Syconet.com Inc. announced the launch of a new division, Otaku Music USA, today, the new division will license and distribute Anime and video game soundtracks. Otaku Music USA expects to acquire 500 to 700 soundtrack licenses, and secure its first agreement and begin production in the next 60 days. The Company’s division will sell the soundtracks through several distribution channels including its two websites, other leading music and CD Internet sites, major music distributors across the United States, and several reputable music and video stores that carry imported soundtracks and have strong


September 29-October 2 Anime News

10-2-99—- Vampire Hunter D Update

An English-dubbed version of the new Vampire Hunter D movie will most likely be released to theaters in America before Japan. The English-language dialogue has been recorded, in the recent Talk Live Discussion, held on the 24 with Vampire Hunter D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi this was revealed. Mr. Kikuchi has been sent a videotape of the complete English dubbed version of the movie with no sound effects or music. It was also revealed that a new PSX Vampire Hunter D game is on the way. It will be a 3D action game with an expected release in Dec.

10-2-99—- Seraphim Call

With the new Sunrise TV series Seraphim Call set to premeire on TV Tokyo the 6th, King Records has announced special character soundtrack albums (each featuring a individual episode ending theme song performed by the character/ seiyuu) will be released 1 month apiece, at 2,000 Yen each. The first album, out the 22nd, features Kasahara Hiroko/”Kurimoto Yukina”. The album includes the first ending theme “Yume Mitemo Iijanai”, along with the episode background image tracks. Preorders are to include a Seraphim Call Calendar for 2000.

10-2-99—- Review: Saber Marionette R

Based on the popular manga and novels by Satoru Akihito, the 3 part Saber Marionette R OAV was originally released in Japan in 1995, a full year before the Saber Marionette J TV series. The story takes place on Lalatsu, a planet that has been inhabited by a male-only population ever since their spaceship drifted onto the planet 200 years previous. The inhabitants develop female androids via cloning technology. Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry are all androids with one exception, they each contain a Maiden Circuit giving them emotions and a heart like real girls. The story begins in the city-state of Romarna.

If you’ve already seen J you should immediatly notice a change in overall tone. R has a gritty feel to it, although it elegantly combines that with a very uplifting cheery, fantasy, blue skies, and lost days of youth sort of feeling, the balance and is incredible. Character designs are provided by Izuna Yoshitsune and Yuichiro Tanuma. A trio of excellent voice actresses make up the the main cast. Lime: Megumi Hayashibara, Cherry: Yuri Shiratori, Bloodberry: Akiko Hiramatsu.

Act 1: Face, the clone of Romana’s ruler Virey, stages a revolt to overtake the throne. Virey’s other son, Junior, attempts to save his home with the help of the Saber Marionettes. He challenges his brother and his saber creations, the Sexadolls.

Act 2: During the battle, Junior, Cherry, and a dysfunctional Lime attempt to flee the city to the lower social sratum. Taking refuge in a farm, they plan to rescue Virey. After some heavy training, they’re on their way butsoon find themselves face to face with Sexadol Brid and some giant fighting robots!

Act 3: Junior, Cherry, and Lime make one last attempt at a rescue, but they are intercepted. Is it too late!?

Saber Marionette R | English Subtitled | Contains Acts 1-3 | 96 min. | $24.98
Order Saber Marionette R directly from Anime Village by clicking here

10-2-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

Bandai plans to release Digimon World, a card battler/RPG for PSX in Japan this Dec. The game will be in full 3D, during the quest you have to search for the Digimon cards, and during the battles, you can summon the different digital monsters to battle for you. They also plan to release DigiMon RPG for PSX in US, due to the increasing popularity of the Anime. Since the game is still under develop in Japan, don’t expect to see the US version of the game until sometime in late 2000.

Sega Zone has reported a special trick has been discovered to allow Japanese Dreamcasts to play US DC games, provided that you have a copy of the demo disc from the Nov. 99 Issue of Official Sega Dreamcast Magazine. This swap trick has been confirmed to work with NFL 2000, it should work with any single disc game. Here is the procedure:
Load up the demo disc
Return to the Dreamcast main menu
Select Play, when the blue Sega screen pops up, as soon as it fades to white, open the Dreamcast CD cover, the disc should stop spinning and the screen will remain in white.
Replace the demo disc with any US game disc, and it will now load properly on a Japanese Dreamcast system.

Sega of Japan has officially delayed the release of Shen Mue Chapter 1: Yokosuka for DC from Oct. 28 to sometime in the spring of 2000. The reason for delay are some complex programming adjustments and a debugging process. Sega also mentioned that the next 4 chapters of Shen Mue (2-5) could be released in a single package next year.

Namco has established a new game software development subsidiary called Monolith Software, the vice president and president of the new firm are Tetsuya Takahashi and Hiroshi Sugiura, former Final Fantasy director from Square. Monolith Software will be developing a series of RPGs for PSX 2 in 2001.

Nintendo will be showing a prototype of the 128 bit Dolphin in Aug. 2000. Full details of the system will be announced at the same time.

10-2-99—- Princess Mononoke Website Updated

Miramax has updated it’s Official Princess Mononoke Website with a much higher quality Quicktime version of the trailer, and a space where you can submit your webpage to become part of the official Princess Mononoke web-ring.

10-2-99—- Slayers To Air On Sci-fi Channel / Anime On MTV Soon?

Kidscreen News has revealed a bit of interesting news in a recent interview with C.B. Cebulski of Central Park media:

“Slayers has been picked up by the Sci Fi Channel, indicating a growing awareness that some anime is not as adult as once thought.”

Another line from the article makes reference to anime on MTV:

“Two of Central Park’s teen anime products have been featured on MTV’s Cartoon Sushi, including Iria (about a female bounty hunter) and Genocyber (a high-tech intergalactic fantasy). MTV has expressed


Anime News Service – September 3-10 Anime News

9-10-99—- Jou Hisashi Wins JASRAC Prize For Princess Mononoke Soundtrack

This year’s JASRAC Prize winners have been announced, the Japanese authors’ body JASRAC awards JASRAC Prizes, which go to the writers whose songs garnered the most royalties during the year to March 31.

* The Gold Prize went to Mitsuru Igarashi for his song “Time Goes By,” performed by the group Every Little Thing (Avex Thax).

* The Silver Prize was awarded to Hiromasa Ijichi for his song “White Love,” performed by the group Speed (Toy’s Factory).

* The Bronze Prize went to Jou Hisashi for the background music to the anime hit ” Mononoke Hime” (Princess Mononoke) (Tokuma Japan Communications).

9-10-99—- Wild 7: Biker Knights Release

Urban Vision is set to release Wild 7: Biker Knights on November the 11th. Wild 7, written by Mikiya Mochizuki, is a high octane, explosively intense action series based around a crime-fighting squad comprised of ex-criminals, each with their own combat expertise, their mission: to eradicate crime by whatever means necessary.

English Subtitled VHS: $29.95
English Dubbed VHS: $19.95

9-10-99—- 20 Cities To Show Princess Mononoke On October 29th

Team Ghiblink recieved the details from Miramax on what cities are included in the top 20 markets that will first show Princess Mononoke when it starts running late next month. The film will open on October 29th in the following cities:

Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, St. Louis, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC

These will be the first cities. If the box office returns are good (theres a very good chance of this!), then the film will recieve a wider release. Also, there should be an article about Mononoke in this Sunday’s New York Times.

9-10-99—- Win Autographed Amano Goods

Anime Nation has posted a new trivia contest, where they have teamed up with Urban Vision to offer you autographed Yoshitaka Amano (Character Designer: Vampire Hunter D, several Final Fantasy games) stuff! Go check it out here.

9-10-99—- Pokemania On NBC Cable Networks

Last night, CNBC’s (an American business news cable channel) Business Center had a feature on Pokemonaia and it’s effects on sales and stocks. Tonight, on MSNBC’s The News with Brian Williams (9:00 P.M. ET), there will be yet another report on the phenomena and popularity surrounding Pokemon, be sure to catch it!

9-10-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

* Due, in big part to the Pokemon craze, since the first of the year, Nintendo has accounted for 51% of all video game revenues. This Game Informer article has details.

* A number of defective discs managed to make it out into stores for the Dreamcast launch. GameFan has some more on this in a new article: here. If you were one of the unlucky ones to get these call Sega Customer Service toll-free, at 1-800-USA-Sega. Those whose browser software refuses to load are being told to E-Mail Customer Support, support@sega.com, with the subject heading Dreamcast Browser… they’ll get you taken care of.

* Gamespot News has a section up, dedicated to JAMMA (Japan Amusement Machinery Manufacturers Association). It hosts a huge trade convention (which opened yesterday) in Japan where lots of new games will be unveiled.

9-10-99—- South Korea Allows J-Pop Concerts

The South Korean government announced today, a further easing of its ban on cultural imports from Japan, it will allow J-Pop artists to stage indoor concerts in the country. The type of Japanese motion pictures allowed to run at South Korean theaters was also expanded. Japanese movies earning acclaim from some 80 international film festivals will be allowed to run, if suitable for all audiences.

9-10-99—- My Neighbors The Yamadas To Be Shown At MOMA

As previoulsy mentioned, the New York Museum of Modern Art is one of the many institutions in North America holding Ghibli retrospectives, their’s runs from September 16th – the 26th. The mystery “preview” film to be shown on the 16th at 6:08 P.M. will be Tonari No Yamada Kun (My Neighbors, The Yamadas). The film, directed by Takahata, will be subtitled in English and run after the 7 minute long musical short, On Your Mark, which is to be shown at 6:00. My Neighbors the Yamadas has a running time of 104 minutes. Further details including a list of the films to be shown can be had at the official website by clicking here.

9-10-99—- Inside Toei

ANW has a very enlightening article on the goings on inside leading Japanese Animation production studio, Toei Animation. You can read it here. (Thanks to Isaac for the link)

9-10-99—- Sunrise Auditioning Escaflowne Movie Seiyuu Over Phone

Sunrise recently posted an update to their Escaflowne news page, making a mention that they are auditioning potential voice actors and actresses over the telephone, for roles in the upcoming Vision Of Escaflowne Movie. Specifically, they are looking for a female to provide the voice of Millerna, and a male to provide the voice of Ryuon, one of Dilandou’s soldiers. The audition will last until the end of September, and the final selection will be made sometime in the beginning of October.

* You can visit Sunrise’s Escaflowne news page here [Japanese language only].

9-9-99—- Hasbro Acquires Wizards of The Coast

Hasbro, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast, Inc. announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Hasbro (who holds a Pokemon merchandise license) to acquire Wizards of the Coast (producer of the Pokemon card game). The purchase price is approximately $325 million.

*Source: Business Wire

9-9-99—- One Piece Anime

An Anime TV series based on Eiichirou Oda’s popular Manga, One Piece, (an action adventure dealing with sea pirates) is currently in production, and will start running on Fuji TV in October.

9-9-99—- Galaxy Express 999 Postcards Issued

September 9th 1999 (yesterday in Japan) The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications issued a set post cards bearing images from Leiji Matsumoto’s classic Anime, Galaxy Express 999. Each set consists of 5 post cards, and will be issued from Tokyo-and Kantou-Regional Postal Service Bureaus (limited to 500,000 sets each).


August 29 – September 3 Anime News

9-3-99—- Anime USA Convention On Again

The Anime USA convention which was scheduled to be held Oct. 15-17 in Falls Church Virginia, and then subsequently canceled due to lack of rooms, is now back on! Con organizers have reportedly found a new hotel in the area willing to host the event. Details on the new arrangements should be out soon.

9-3-99—- Macross Toy Update

Here’s a few other details I’ve been able to nail down on the upcoming Toycom Macross Plus Valkyrie release:

* Fists of the toys are expected to retract into the forearms when the valkyrie is in fighter mode.
* Box art is expected to be by Shoji Kawamori, but whether it will be existing or original art is still unknown.
* The valkyries will be between 1/100 and 1/72 scale (most likely closer to the 1/72 scale).
*Hands will probably be single piece, and not articulated. However, deluxe versions maybe released later on including additional features such as articulated hands and hinged cockpit canopies.

9-3-99—- Princess Mononoke Soundtrack Details

Milan records is set to release the Princess Mononoke Soundtrack October 12th. The 33 track CD will retail for $16.98 and will be available in most major music stores. The soundtrack features score by Joe Hisaishi and two vocal tracks performed by Sasha Lazar. The Studio Ghibli / Miramax release of Princess Mononoke is scheduled to hit 1000 movie theaters nationwide on Oct. 29th.

Here’s A Listing Of The Tracks:
1. The Legend of Ashitaka
2. The Demon God
3. The Journey to the West
4. The Demon Power
5. The Land of the Impure
6. The Encounter
7. Kodamas
8. The Forest of the Gods
9. Evening at the Ironworks
10. The Demon God II — the Lost Mountains
11. Lady Eboshi 2:48
12. The Tatara Women Work Song
13. The Furies
14. The Young Man From The East
15. Requiem
16. Will to Live
17. San and Adhitaka in the Forest of the Deer God
18. Princess Mononoke Theme Song – Instrumental Version
19. Requiem II
20. Princess Mononoke: Vocal Version
21. The Battle Drums
22. The Battle in Front of the Ironworks
23. The Demon Power II
24. Requiem III
25. The Retreat
26. The Demon God III
27. Adagio of Life and Death
28. The World of the Dead
29. The World of the Dead II
30. Adagio of Life and Death II
31. Ashitaka and San
32. Princess Mononoke – Vocal Ending
33. The Legend of Ashitaka, Ending

9-3-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

* Digicube is set to release Final Fantasy VIII Desktop Accessories for Japanese PCs, featuring icons, wallpapers, screensavers, and other desktop accessories. As well as featuring desktop accessories, the disc will include a version of the card game from FFVIII for PlayStation which can be played on PC over a LAN. The price will be 4980 yen ($45), release date in Japan and is Sept. 22. A U.S. release may be announced soon.

*Team Sonic has announced its second of four new secret titles (2 titles have yet to be named). The game, Chu Chu Rocket is an online four-player fighting/puzzle game developed exclusively for the Dreamcast Network. The game should arrive in Japan (U.S. release info is pending) by November and will be sold with a special controller.

9-3-99—- Japan Digital Animation Festival

The Japan Digital Animation Festival, a competition showcasing amateur, computer produced Animation is set for October 16th In Nagoya, Japan. Although the final date for new entries has passed (Aug. 31), the competition is open to anyone, from anywhere and of any age, there are no restrictions on content, all entries must be created using a computer. Among the judges are well known names, Mamoru Oshii (Director: Ghost In The Shell) and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (CEO: Production I.G.). Creators of the best entry will receive 1,000,000 Yen.

9-2-99—- Princess Mononoke Trailer On The Web Soon

It looks like Aint It Cool News and nausicaa.net are teaming up to cohost the web debut of the Miramax Princess Mononoke movie trailer debut in the next few days. The following is an excerpt form Moriarty’s column of the week:

I have some technical adjustments to make here in the Labs so that we can premiere the PRINCESS MONONOKE trailer here at AICN in the next few days. We’re going to cohost the event with Nausicaa.net, and it’s going to be your first chance to see how Miramax is selling this profound and beautiful masterpiece. I think the trailer rocks, and I’m betting you will, too.

More to come… Thanks Isaac for the story.

9-2-99—- Miyazaki To Attend Princess Mononoke Screening / Toronto Film Festival

Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps the most well known Japanese Animation movie director in the world, and director of Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), will be in attendence for a North American screening of that very film at the 24th Toronto International Film Festival which begins September 9th. If you’d like more details on the festival including attendence info go to their official website by clicking here. Thanks Isaac for the story.

9-2-99—- News Bits

* Pioneer’s Subtitled Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, and Sailor Moon Super S Movies are now out. Dubbed versions, as well as DVDs, expected out in the fall.

* Rightstuf has a new contest where you can win Autographed Yoshitaka Amano (Character designer for Vampire Hunter D, several Final Fantasy games) materials, go check it out!

9-2-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming

*It’s official. Nintendo is working on a 32-bit handheld super system, now known as Gameboy Advance. The system will display 65,000 colors, have 22 hour continuous play battery life and will be backwards compatible with Gameboy and Gameboy Color games. The system will be able to connect to the Internet, which will enable gamers to download games, participate in multi-player games, and chat and exchange email with friends. The company also plans to release an advanced version of the Game Boy Camera, which will let other gamers see the face of the person they’re playing against. Launch date is scheduled for August 2000 in


Anime News Service – August 14-19 Anime News

8-19-99—- Weekend Late Nights Are Primetime For Anime On TV

Increasingly, while the majortiy of Americans are snoring away in the wee hours of the morning on Friday and Saturday Nights, a growing number are finding reasons to stay up and watch Anime! Anime, Late Nights and Weekends are a winning combination for Cable and Satelite channels and aparently viewers as well.

*Encore’s Pay- Per-View Action channel shows Anime Weekly on Saturday Nights At Midnight ET/PT. They have a large selection of Movies from ADV and Urban Vision and plan on building on they’re current library. If you want to see new high quality Japanese Animation in it’s original form you should definetly check it out if you’re able to.

*Showtime has been showing uncut Anime like Wrath Of The Ninja and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (Actually (even though unrated) this has been quite substantially edited from the Japanese version, original music was replaced with KMFDM and Silverchair tunes for example and A Chun Li Shower scene was cut out, but as far as being shown as it was released on video here it would pass.) and you don’t even have to wait till the wee hours of the morning or weekends for anime here (I saw saw Wrath Of The Ninja on a few weeks ago in the afternoon.) so just check the schedule.

* Sci-Fi Channel shows a great (although edited) selection of Anime Movies (Arimitage III, Galaxy Express 999 ) and OAV’s (Iria, Lodoss War) weekly, Late Saturday Sights/ Early Sunday Mornings at 3:00 AM ET. Ocasionally they even do a special on Anime, look for these too.

*Cartoon Network: You can catch the Toonami Midnight Run on Saturday nights at Midnight. It has DragonBall Z (twice), Sailor Moon (twice), Robotech, Voltron, and Thundercats (half anime). Cartoon Network runs a repeat of it’s weekday Toonami Afternoon Lineup at nights, you can look for Dragon Ball around 1 AM ET. Also you can usually find Speedracer On around 4 AM ET.

*TNT/TBS/HBO: Although it’s been awhile TNT and TBS from time to time run anime movies like Robot Carnival and Vampire Hunter D in the wee hours of the morning, its rare but look for it. Then for half credit you can always check out Spawn on HBO, new episodes air Friday Nights at Midnight ET. I say half because Spawn is produced by Japanese Studio Madhouse (Vampire Hunter D, Vampire Hunter D 2) and directed/ written by creator Todd Mcfarlane.

8-19-99—- Anime Sweepstakes & Contests

Want to win Free Anime stuff? Check out these links (If you know of additional contests, E-mail me the link at newtypex@prodigy.net and I’ll post them.):
*Anime Nation: Is giving away some free anime stuff in they’re new contest.
*RightStuf International: Win a $300 Japnese Sword + Ninja Resurection videos.
* Pioneer: Win Nintendo 64 Console, DVD player, Home Theater System, Pokemon Stuff.
*Sega: (18+) Win a trip to New York City, invitation to the Official Sega Dreamcast Launch party, invitation to the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, $500 Cash, A Limo to take you to these events, A Dreamcast and Dreamcast games.

8- 19-99—- Quick Links / Bytes

*Sidewalk Entertainment News Has a story on Nikelodeon a cartoon, “Sponge Bob Sponge Pants” Surpassing Pokemon in Ratings for viewers aged 2-11 on Saturday Mornings.
*C-NET’s Game Center Has gathered a pile of Pokemon links+info click the link & check it out.
*IGN has some new info on the upcoming Resident Evil Movie.

8-19-99—- Anime DVD News

Greg Nyman writes in with word that Urban Vision saying that DNA Sights 999.9 will not be coming out on DVD since they paid a lot for the license, and it has not sold well at all. The Cockpit will be on DVD, but it may be released a bit after the tape version. Gatchaman (the new version they have) will not be out on DVD as the rights are very complicated. Final Fantasy has a very good chance of coming out on DVD. Also Tekkaman will not be out on DVD as Saban has some rights to it.

*Story from http://www.animeondvd.com/

8-19-99—- G-Savior Update

Almost a year ago, we told you about G-Savior, Sunrise’s live action/computer-graphics movie in development. Not much was known about it except a couple scenes out of a New York space habitat and invading Zaku forces. The rest of the effects sequences and composition were unknown.

Well, we’ve seen more of it now, and it looks fine. The animators are using Lightwave to create the space scenes and mobile suit battles, and those look pretty good. Imagine Voyager-level space sequences with Gundams and Zakus blowing each other to pieces, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what it’s going to look like. Watch for a TV premiere sometime in late 99 or early 2000.

*Original Story, Images and A Streaming Video Clip (Real Media) Can Be Seen here: http://scifi.ign.com/news/2189.html

8-18-99—- Interview: Encore’s Plans To Show Anime Features

Go inside Encore Media, they’re outlook on Anime as a popular entertainment product and they’re plans to feature Anime on they’re Pay-Per-View Encore Action channel with Isaac Alexander. A very insightful interview, go check it out: Here

8-18-99—- Satoshi Kon Interview

Anime Online has conducted a wonderfully enlightning 4 page Interview with Perfect Blue Director Satoshi Kon. You can read it at: http://animeonline.org/news/aon_perf ectblue.shtml.

8-18-99—- Mononoke Hime’s Showing At The San Diego Comic Con

This weekend a lengthy and really interesting review of the Mononoke Hime was written up by Adam Tierney. It details some changes made in the English Dub dialogue, but maintains the film is visiually intact. The writeup also chronicles goings on with the Voice Actors and the writer Neil Gaiman and other happenings at the Con. You can read it here at: Aint-It-Cool-News.

8- 18-99—- Yoshitaka Amano / Sandman Update

Yoshitaka Amano was on hand over the weekend at the Los Angeles Comic-con to speak about his work on the upcoming graphic novel The


July 25-August 13 Anime News

8-13-99—- Galaxy Express 999 At Shinagawa Station

Since August 1 a replica steam engine based on the Galaxy Express 999 (Ginga Tetsudou 999) is being exhibited at Shinagawa station in Tokyo Prefecture. The Galaxy Express 999 appeared in the popular anime of the same name created by Reiji Matsumoto, and had the outside appearence of very old-fashioned steam engine locomotive, on the inside it was packed with advanced technology allowing it to ply the cosmos. The 1/1 scale real life replica, a Japanese made steam engine a C-62 model will be displayed as the 999 from August until September. Anime is being shown in the 11 coaches such as Sailor Moon and of course Galaxy Express 999.

8-13-99—- Top Manga Sales (Japan) [As of August 9th]

1. Detective Konan (24) Shogo Aoyama
2. Inu Yasha (11) Rumiko Takahashi
3. Cardcaptor Sakura (9) CLAMP
4. GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!! (37) Takashi Shina
5. Vagabond (3) Takehiko Inoue
6. Me-gumi no Daigo (19) Masato Soda
7. Tenjo Tenga (3) Oh! great
8. Tokyo Crazy Paradise (10) Yoshiki Nakamura
9. Shanimu ni Go (2) Marimo Ragawa
10.Sekai de Ichiban Daikirai (5) Mari Hidaka

8-12-99—- Breath Of Fire 4

Capcom has updated it’s site with tons of info (In Japanese) on the new RPG Breath of Fire 4. Go see: http://www.capcom.co.jp/newproducts/consumer/bof4/index.html.

8-12-99—- Live Anime Jazz Songs Concert

A pianist, Makoto Kuria is famous for his performance of jazz-type music that is based on anime songs. On July 28th, he held his concert at Tokyo Minamiaoyama Mandala. The concert celebrated his second album, “ANTITHESES #2” with his jazz-type anime music collected. On the stage were Makoto Kuriya, Koichi No, Masahiko Osaka, Andy Wolf, Gen Ittetsu and more, who worked on the production of this album. All the titles from “ANTITHESES #2,” including the following, and the titles from the previous album, ANTITHESES” were played at this concert.
* “Devil Man Again Somewhere Today” – The opening song from “Devil Man”
* “Lupin The III Sono 2” – The ending song from “Lupin The III”
* “Theme of the Galaxy Express 999” – The theme song from the
motion picture, “The Galaxy Express 999”
* “Tank!” – The opening song from “Cowboy Bebop”

8-12-99—- Magazine Boom

This year in Japan has been the year for the new magazines in manga, anime and game industry to start publishing. “Dengeki Animation Magazine,” the new anime magazine that was started in April, “Magazine Z,” the new multimedia manga magazine that started in June, “Character Grand Prix,” the new character goods magazine that has been around from July. One of the newest magazine among them is “Tokyo Robot News” started publishing by Keibunsha on July 27th. This magazine specializes the history of robot anime creations, illustrations, its changes and more. The other new magazine, “Megami Magazine,” a “bishojo” cute girl character magazine was started publishing by Gakken on July 28th. The first issue includes articles about “Ah! My Goddess,” which will be in theaters this coming April as a motion picture, and other cute girl characters in other anime and games. It also introduces the strategies for the bishojo girl games and their character goods.
What’s more, an anime magazine, “Hi-Ge” will be started by Eichi Shuppan on October 10th. It will be a sensational culture magazine that deals with anime in a totally new way: it is supposed to be an interactive magazine to which a CD-ROM will be attached.

8-12-99—- Top Anime LD Sales (Japan) [As of August 9th]

1. Mobile Suit Gundam No.08 Team -Last Resort
2. Cowboy Bebop 8th Session
3. You’re Under Arrest Special vol.1
4. To Heart vol.3
5. Gasaraki vol.7
6. Saber Marionette J to X vol.8
7. Herlock Saga the Ring of Niberung -Gold of the Line- vol.4
8. The Crest of the World of Stars vol.2
9. Devilman Lady vol.7
10.Master Keaton vol.2

8-12-99—- New Sakura Wars OAV Series / Live Action Play / Dreamcast Game

Bandai Visual has announced that they will release a new 6 volume OAV series of “Sakura Wars,” based on a very popular adventure game from SEGA, begining at the end of 1999. At the site this was announced, Oji Hiroi, Satoru Akahori, who has been directing the series, Hiroyuki Kawasaki, a scriptor, and the music composer, Kohei Tanaka were present. They revealed that each volume of the OVA will have different theme song and ending song, and that this OVA will have interesting plots and ideas in its episodes.

Also a play based on “Sakura Wars,” “Sakura Wars Kayou (Songs) Show” will be held in August. The voice actors who will appear in this play, Chisa Yokoyama and Ruaua Takano were also at this announcement gathering. The third episode of the OVA seems to be about this “Kayou Show.” The main character of the first volume will be Maria, whose voice is by Urara Takano.

Sakura Wars will be continued onto the Sega Dreamcast. Their have been two RPG game titles for the Sega Saturn. The new game will be Hanagumi (Flower Branch) Columns, based on puzzle column games.

8-11-99—- Manga Dream Factory Mourns Shotaro Ishinomori’s Death

“Manga is the world’s common language” was the motto of the original creator of “Cyborg 009,” Shotaro Ishinomori, who died last year. The event for this comic artist was held July 10th to August 31st. The site is Nagoya Herald Cineplaza. The entrance fee is 600 yen ($5).
The event includes
* July 10th-23rd Shotaro Ishimori and Science Fiction Comics
Exhibition
* July 24th-August 3rd The World of Disney, Animation and Art
* August 4th-August 10th The Magnificent World of AIC Bishojo
Girl Animation Cel Works
* August 11th-August 31st Monky Punch and Hero Comics Exhibition (Shotaro Ishimori and the Contemporary Comic Artists Exhibition
is also held at the same site from July 10th to August 31st.)
At this event, the brock prints are displayed for sale.
Visitors will receive an Shotaro Ishimori original sticker.
The participating comic artists are: from science fiction comics, Shotaro Ishinomori and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, from hero comics, Takao Yaguchi, Takao Saito, Monky Punch and more.

8-10-99—- US Pokemon Movie


July Anime News

7-24-99—- The Pilot of Star 2 Comet

A CD drama based Yuichi Sasamoto’s Sci-Fi Novel: The Pilot of Star 2 Comet , The Pilot of Star 2 Comet which received the Japanese science fiction award, “Seiun Sho”, will be produced by GAINAX and the CD will be on sale on July 25th. Illustrations are done by Masahisa Suzuki. The voices for the main characters are by Yuko Miyakura and Fumi Hirano, the voice of Ram in “Urusei Yatsura.” For a limited period of time, the CD includes “Space Planning Pass,” the card that has the password for entering for the members’ page at GAINAX homepage. The price of the CD is 4800 yen (about $40) in Japan.

7-24-99—- New Acquisitions

* JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Super Techno Arts, A Japan based company is going to sub JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Super Techno Arts,Inc.
Tel:(415) 920-9337
Fax:(415) 920-9335
E-MAIL: Supertekno@aol.com

*JaJa Quartet CPM has JaJa Quartet: Crown Knights

Manga And Clamp Manga stated that they hope to release the Magic Knights RayEarth OAV series by the end of 1999.

The theatrical release of X may occur in November of 1999. Regardless of the date, the VHS and DVD releases of the titles will occur very shortly thereafter. Manga is also planning another theatrical release for the Spring of 2000, though they are not giving details on the title to be released.

7-24-99—- Pocket Monsters Epilepsy Aftermath

*Color Changes In TV Cartoons Cause Seizures

A rash of epileptic seizures triggered by a television cartoon has pinpointed a new type of epilepsy, according to a report in this month’s Annals of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society.

One evening in Japan in 1997, at precisely 6:50 in the evening, 685 people, most of them children, simultaneously suffered epileptic seizures. The culprit was not difficult to identify: all were watching the popular animated TV show, “Pocket Monsters.”

Japanese researchers have now found evidence that the seizures were provoked by rapid changes of blue and red in the background of the cartoons.

Flickering lights such as strobe lights or even the images on a television or video screen are well known as triggers for epileptic seizures. Patients who experience such seizures are said to suffer from photosensitive epilepsy.

Rapid light/dark changes or alternating high-contrast patterns cause nerve cells in the brain to fire electrical impulses more rapidly than usual. In people with photosensitive epilepsy, the resulting “electrical storm” in the brain can lead to muscular convulsions or loss of consciousness.

Although photosensitive epilepsy is not a new phenomenon, the events in Japan appear to be unprecedented.

“This may be the world’s largest simultaneous occurrence of photosensitive symptoms in children provoked by viewing a TV program. Therefore, the seizures were considered to be triggered by a single uniform visual stimulus,” said Shozo Tobimatsu, M.D., a neurologist at Kyushu University in Japan and one of the authors of the article.

Tobimatsu and his colleagues studied 4 boys who had suffered seizures during the cartoon. Like many others, they were not known to suffer from epilepsy, although some had a family history of epilepsy.

The researchers measured brain wave responses as the boys watched the cartoon in color or in black and white. They found that only 2 of the boys were sensitive to light/dark changes, but that all 4 boys had abnormal, epilepsy-like brain changes when exposed to the color version of the cartoon.

Because the cartoon had a flickering blue and red background, the researchers also showed the boys rapidly alternating blue and red images.

“Rapid color changes between blue and red in the cartoon were clearly the most important factor compared with color changes of other kinds and flickering light,” said Tobimatsu.

These results, combined with a report last year of color-induced seizures in Great Britain, led the Japanese team to propose a new subcategory of photosensitive epilepsy called chromatic sensitive epilepsy.

Other authors of the report were You Min Zhang, M.D., and Motohiro Kato, M.D., also of Kyushu University; and Yasuko Tomoda, M.D., and Akihisa Mitsudome, M.D., of Fukuoka University.

7-23-99—- Live Cowboy Bebop Concert

A live performance of the music from the popular Anime Cowboy Bebop will be held in Shibuya in August. The jazz-based music of the Sunrise Anime was composed by Yoko Kanno, who has also composed for “Macross Plus,” and “Escaflone.” It received the “Japan Golden Disc Award” as a contribution to Japanese music culture. Kanno recently was guest of honor at 2 Anime conventions in America where she performed playing piano. The concert will be held at Tokyo Shubuya On Air East on August 16th, and the ticket is 4500 yen (about $37.50). The tickets will be sold out for sure since the hall only holds about 300 people.

7-23-99—-Top Anime LD Sales (Japan) [As of July 19th]

1. Neon Genesis GPX Ciber Formula SIN vol.3
2. Trigun vol.12
3. Ultra Seven: Glory and Legend
4. The Affiars of Two Lovers vol.4 (Limited Version)
5. Nanako’s Scrapped Medical Records vol.1
6. Cowboy Bebop 7th Session
7. D4 Princess vol.1
8. To Heart vol.2
9. Gasaraki vol.6
10. Samurai Spirits 2 vol.1 New Asura Magic

7-23-99—- Schell Bullet Manga

Schell Bullet, created by Five Star Stories creator, Mamoru Nagano and Utena director, Kunihiko Ikuhara, and introduced in Newtype, will get it’s own two volume manga series this August. Highly stylized artisticly, Its story is about humans far into the future, where they are armed and divided into three kinds.

7-22-99—- Ayatsuri Sakon Anime

Ayatsuri Sakon, a recent popular manga by OBATA Takeshi is getting it’s own anime series which begins in October.

7-20-99—- More AX Tidbits

*Manga Entertainment mentioned that Blackjack the Movie will have a small theatrical release, and will actually be released BEFORE Perfect Blue or X.

*ADV announced that they plan a LARGE scale theatrical release of Spriggan. They also announced that they are looking into aquiring the entire Sunrise older catalog. ADV also working on a deal with Suncoast of information on is pretty scarce.

7-19- 99—- New Movie News

Over the weekend Pocket Monsters 2: Revelation-Lugia and the new Studio Ghibli film: My Neighbors The Yamadas opened in Japan in high anticipation by fans.

Pocket


Battle Royale Report

Battle Royale Report

Ever since I heard about the controversy and saw the trailer, I had to
see Battle Royale
for myself. The commercial made me think I’d get plenty of campy,
action-packed goodness. So when
a friend told me it’d be screening at a film theater in my area(The Egyptian
on Hollywood), I
hurried and got myself a ticket. And I was fortunate to have gotten mine in
advance, because they
were sold out on the same day the movie was showing. And what a day it was.
Knowing the awful
parking I’d have to deal with, I showed up about 45 minutes early; and there
was a HUGE line of
people waiting to get in. (It almost extended to the block.) As for the
typed of people there,
they were generally men and women in their 20’s and 30’s. (with some in
their 40’s)
Apparently, the director(Kinji Fukasaku) was the big highlight of the
show. He was getting
photographed by many people. (I think there might’ve been someone who was
recording the event
for Japanese tv.) And the audience went wild when he was there to introduce
Battle Royale. As
for me, I was kind of shocked that he was older than I expected him to be. I
was thinking maybe
he’d be some young avant-garde filmmaker who didn’t take abuse from anyone.
(I even confused
his son for him.)
[For those interested, this was Fukasaku’s 60th film. (He’d been in the
industry since the
60’s.) He’s most famous for yakuza(Japanese gangster) movies, with his 1973
“Battles Without
Honor And Humanity” being voted one of the 20 Best Japanese Movies of all
times by Japanese
critics.]
I also was surprised about how good-humored he was. [The whole
atmosphere strangely seemed
that way, what with the music of female j-pop singers playing before the
show started. And one
woman brought her CHILDREN to see the film.] He was joking about the whole
controversy, saying
that the film was given a rating of “R-15”; and then he attacked the rating
by stating it should
have been rated R-50. (“People who are 50 aren’t allowed to see it.” [I’m
paraphrasing, by the way.])
And sadly, I did not get an interview with him, because I had to leave as
soon as the movie ended.
But one of the presenters there mentioned that Fukasaku’s touring his films
across the country-
through major cities like New York, Cleveland, and Toronto-so hopefully
fellow ANS readers will
have the opportunity to see Battle Royale as well. (And for those interested
in importing the dvd
-whenever it comes out-Toei distributed this film.)
Now on to the movie. Basically, the plot is about Japan going through an
economic crisis,
and kids getting out of control.[In one early scene, a kid stabs his
teacher.] So a government
policy is instituted. Known as the Battle Royale Project,
students(particularly middle school
students) are randomly picked, and dragged onto an island.In a twisted
version of Survivor,
they’re forced to kill each other-in an alloted time-until one student
survives. Otherwise,
the collars the kids are wearing will explode, when the time is up.
In typical high-school movie fashion, the students all play stereotypical
roles. There’s the
slut, the popular girl, the loner, the gang-member(maybe a jock), and the
loser who’s really
the winner. But to keep up with current times, there’s even (for the
computer age) a hacker and
a Goth. Yes, you heard me: a Goth! I was almost about to ask the director if
he wrote this as a
satire about the furor over Columbine. And surveying these students’ carnage
was their fascist
teacher, by the name of Kitano. (Played by famous Japanese actor Takeshi
Kitano. I’ll get to him
later.)
I wasn’t expecting any humor in a film like this, but some of the
unexpected jokes were over
the top. I mean how would you react to a cheerful “how-to” video, in which
the female instructor
gleefully shows students the proper rules to kill your fellow peers? I think
there was also a
small pun on Romeo and Juliet in one scene. (I won’t say how, cus then that
would be a spoiler.)
How they managed to fit in a small love triangle in this movie also astounds
me. And the climax
of the film-with Kitano-was so unbelievable, (and yet hilarious) that the
audience had to applaud
it.
And the music! They actually use cheerful tunes, such as one of the middle
compositions in
2001, as well as a traditional wedding song. I don’t know if they were
trying to add comic relief,
or whether they were trying to be morbid, but one can’t help laugh about how
inappropriate those
themes are in the film.
As for the violence, it IS shocking. With weapons such as axes, scythes,
machine guns, hand-
guns, bombs, tazers, and even grenades being used, you can tell the action
will end up being
hectic. Even though Japanese youths as young as 15 were allowed to see it in
their native
country, I wouldn’t be surprised if the MPAA gave this movie an NC-17.
Audience members were
gasping at some scenes. So anyone considering seeing this movie should be
warned, if they have
a weak stomach.
As for the actors, there were only 3 that really impressed me: the one who
played the gang-
member[I didn’t have time to get his name, but he was known as “Kawada” in
the movie.], the
actor who played the Goth [Don’t remember his name either.], and Kitano
himself.
While the focus is on the loser-turned-hero,he doesn’t leave enough of an
impression to be
remembered. They try to make his past as tragic as possible, but the
audience tended to chuckle
more often than feel for him. The gang-member is the real attraction in the
film, with his
easy-going attitude, his quick reactions, and his overall togetherness. All
I can say is that
he’s got the potential to be in major roles for future films. The Goth is
basically this


October-December ’98 Anime News

12-26-98—- New Anime Series In The Next Year

-From Kaicho’s Anime Page-

Oja-Majo Doremi (Feb.7)

Doremi and her two friends aim at full-fledged witches. They have to buy “Maho-Dama (Magic Ball)” to imporve their magic power. So they made a magic item shop named “Maho-Do”. This is their business story (?).Microman the Small Giant [Chiisana Kyojin Microman] (Jan.4)5 heroes have come to the earth from the planet “Microearth”, and they are only 8centimeters tall. A boy, Kohei Kuji came to to know them, and he provided his desk as a Microman Base.Himiko-den (Jan.6)Kutani and Himiko wandered into an old kingdom, Yamataikoku, and they have to help a new queen to throne.Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (Feb)Jeanne steals art objects in which devils lurk, and she seals devils into chessmen.Mito’s Great Adventure [Mito no Daibouken] (Jan.4)Mito seems a small child, but she is a visitor from outer space, and a space pirate listed in police-wanted list level special A. She can disguise herself everything, so even Aoi (her son, earthling) didn’t know her true character.The Emblem of Star World [Seikai no Monshou] (Jan.2)An SF story. The original work got the Galaxy Prize (This prize is given to the best Japanese SF novel in the year. “The Legend of Galactic Heroes” got this prize, too).Dual! Paralle-Lun-Lun-Monogatari (Apr)Pioneer’s another “Another World” story.Super Bida-Man (Jan.4)This is not concerned with Bomber-man (^_^; A game of Bidama (marble) is played in old days, but I don’t know it’s wheather this anime will treat such an old game or not.Betterman (Unknown)An odd phenomenon struck the future world, and Keita tries to solve the cause and the mystery of Betterman.The Soul of the best guy in Japan [Nippon-ichi no Otoko no Tamashii] (Jan.4)It’s aired after the final episode of “If I could see you in a dream…”.

12-12- 98—-CG BeastWars Movie/ Bandai America ’99 Releases

*CG Transformers Beast Wars movie is due out in Japan in Jan. ’99.
*Bandai America is releasing Cowboy Bebop, Haunted Junction, Outlaw Star, Eat Man and the Blue # 6 between now and early summer ’99.

12-8-98—- TokyoPop/ Steamboy Production Halted

*As many of you already know Michael Kiley (Creator of the UCI Online Anime store) decided to leave that operation recently to run an E-commerce Anime site called TokyoPop, where you can find Anime related products and information.
* Production on Katsuhiro Otomo’s new motion picture, ‘Staem Boy’ has been put on hold indefinetly, no reason as yet on why.

12-7-98—- Pokemon Card Game/ Ghibli News Bytes

* Wizards Of The Coast is producing a Pokemon cardgame.
*The new Studio Ghibli film, Isaho Takahato’s Tonari No Yamada-Kun is to be entirely computer animated.
*Studio Ghibli had a major role in the production of the new PSX RPG Tamamayu Monogatari.

12-6-98—-Media Blasters Aquires Magic Knights Rayearth

That’s right! Media Blasters officially annouced they own US rights to both seasons: All 49 eps. of Magic Knights Rayearth, earlier this week. This is definetly exciting news, as Rayearth is already a VERY popular series amongst American otaku. According to the press release the series should be availible around 9/99, the series is being translated possibby to be aired on TV (I certainly hope the content will stay as in tact as to the original version as possible!) I’ll be sure to post any other news that comes my way!

11-18-98—- Gainax Tax Evasion? ::UPDATE::

The following came from the Daily Yomiuri Online, © Yomiuri Shimbun:

:: Animation company accused of tax evasion

The Gainax animation production company, creator of the popular “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” and the firm’s president have been accused of allegedly concealing 1.5 billion yen in profits and evading 560 million yen in corporate taxes, sources said Thursday. Gainax has admitted evading taxes evasion and said it intended to submit a revised tax return, the sources said. The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau, which filed a complaint against Gainax with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, inspected the Musashino, Tokyo-based company on Thursday. A Gainax public relations official refused to comment on the inspection. Gainax produces television programs and films, as well as developing software for personal computer games. The television program “Evangelion” won great popularity when it was broadcast for six months from autumn 1995. The company’s sales boomed following the 1997 release of a movie version of “Evangelion”, which was followed by the release of a compact disc and other spin-off goods. The sources said Gainax chalked up profits of more than 2 billion yen from August 1995 to July 1997, but padded its production costs to declare an income of only 500 million yen to 600 million yen. The company concealed part of the untaxed money in a safety deposit box. “Evangelion” is the story of a 14-year-old boy who fights mysterious enemies in Tokyo in 2015 with a flying robot named Eva. Its handling of such topics as religion, life, egotism and fights between parents and children won the film widespread acclaim, as well as numerous awards. The program ended without revealing the robot’s real identity–an ending that generated controversy among fans. A book about the robot also sold well.


July ’98 Anime News

Anime News Service – July 1998 Anime News

7-8-98—- Slayers NEXT, Fushigi Yuugi On The Way To America

Software Sculptors (CPM) annouced plans that it will continue the Slayers TV series, releasing Slayers NEXT, after the Slayers series has finished it’s release. Pioneer also announced it had aquired the TV series rights for Fushigi Yuugi.

7-6-98—- Animage Grand Prix Results: Favorite Male Character Of The Year

Here’s the top 10 from this years Animage Grand Prix poll for “Favorite Male Character Of 1998”:

Favorite Male Character: 1998

1. Shinji Ikari (End Of Eva)
2. Slayers TRY (Xerros)
3. Ashitaka (Mononoke Hime)
4. Himura Kenshin (Ruroni Kenshin)
5. ? (Let’s & Go)
6 Kaworu Nagisa (End Of EVA)
7. Gourry (Slayers TRY)
8. Guy (Gaogaiger)
9. Akito (Nadesico)
10. Conan (Detective Conan)

Favorite Theme Song Of the Year: Shojo Kakumei Utena OP (Masami Okui)

7-5-98—- A.D.V Announces Nadia

This weekend at AX (Anime Expo) ADV announced that it had acquired the rights to Nadia: Secret Of Blue Water.

7-4-98—- Animage Grand Prix Results: Favorite Female Character Of The Year

Here’s the top 10 from this years Animage Grand Prix poll for “Favorite Female Character Of 1998”:

Favorite Female Character: 1998

1. Lina Inverse (Slayers)
2. Ruri Hashino (Nadesico)
3. Utena Tenjoh (Shojo Kakumei Utena)
4. Akari (Battle Athletes)
5. Rei Ayanami (End Of EVA)
6 Asuka Langly (End Of EVA)
7. San (Mononoke Hime)
8. Yurika Misumaru (Nadesico)
9. ? (Yat main character)
10. Miyuki (You’re Under Arrest)

7-3-98—- Bandai To distribute Gundam, Escaflowne And Others In America

The following is an official press release put out today by the recently established American “BEI” regarding plans to distribute some highly anticipated Anime titles in North America!

Press Release 07/03/98

Bandai Entertainment, Inc. (“BEI”) announces the creation of AnimeVillage.com, a virtual community on the World Wide Web for the exclusive distribution of anime (Japanese animation) directly to fans and consumers in North America. Fans and visitors can now log on, learn more about the village, register and be immediately entered into a sweepstakes for valuable prizes. The full launch of the community is scheduled for September 1, 1998.

AnimeVillage.com will bring to North America some of the most intensely sought-after and famous titles in anime. Celebrating twenty years of continuing storyline and art, the entire historic saga of Gundam (Sunrise, Inc.) will finally be translated and brought to eagerly waiting fans. To be released at launch (all sub-titled in English) will be the first three Gundam movies as well as the series Gundam 0080 and Gundam 0083. Also of significant importance are the long-awaited translations and releases of the complete episodes of Escaflowne, The Clamp School and Saber Marionette J, all featuring stunning art and stories. The titles are amongst the most requested anime titles on the internet and in the marketplace.

These and other titles to be announced in the future will be available only through AnimeVillage.com; there is no scheduled traditional retail distribution planned. AnimeVillage.com officials believe that by going straight to the consumers and fans, they can offer benefits and features not economically feasible or otherwise possible.

“AnimeVillage.com is intended and will be more than just another commercial, advertising site,” says Marlon Schulman, BEI vice president – Home Video. “AnimeVillage.com is a community designed for and by fans; it will be a place which will constantly evolve and grow – through the contributions and attention paid to it by fans and visitors. Like any other village, it will be a place to share, to chat, to learn, to play; in general, to interact. Fans and causal visitors will be able to get information directly from source(s) in Japan previously unavailable in any form or language in North America. And, because of its pedigree, AnimeVillage.com will have the distinction of being the only place that one can go to browse and buy exclusive titles and merchandise such as the historic and continuing saga of Gundam.”

AnimeVillage.com will feature live chats and appearances by anime directors, writers and artists. The community will house and host bulletin boards and facilitate the trading of anime merchandise and original art by and between fans. Auctions of long sought-after memorabilia such as original cells, scripts and storyboards from exclusive anime titles will be featured.

“AnimeVillage.com offers possibilities you couldn’t find anywhere else,” continues Mr. Schulman. “Fans will be encouraged to contribute to the community themselves. Featured will be specially selected fan sites and art. We hope to soon offer the Fan Art Gallery – a place where artists can register, display (and sell!) their original art.”

Direct relationships with colleges, universities and anime clubs throughout North America, will enable AnimeVillage.com to offer special discounts and features directly to the fans of this highly stylized art.

Contests, sweepstakes and games – created by fans for fans will be featured as will magazines brought and translated by AnimeVillage.com from Japan with all the latest anime news being presented. Features and columns from other magazines (not only anime-related) will also be published.

The economic benefits of pure, direct sales will flow to the quality of purchases from AnimeVillage.com.

More episodes will be included on the tapes (at no extra charge) than from any other company and, after release, there will be continuing availability of all episodes due to “virtually unlimited shelfspace”. Specially selected art will be displayed on all special “collector clamshells” and sleeves.

“All of us at AnimeVillage.com, as well as Bandai Entertainment, Inc., Sunrise, Inc., Bandai Visual Co., Ltd., Bandai Digital Engine (a division of Bandai Co., Ltd.) and others, recognize the significant importance of the release of these titles as well as those to be released in the coming months. We have created AnimeVillage.com as the significantly different, superior virtual company not only for the distribution of the titles but towards the recognition and acceptance of the art form as well.”

7-3-98—- Animage Grand Prix Results: Favorite All Time Anime

Here’s the top 10 from this years Animage Grand Prix poll for “Favorite All Time Anime”:

Favorite All Time Anime: 1998

1. Evangelion (TV)
2. Nausicaa (Movie)
3. Nadia (TV)
4. Yu Yu Hakusho (TV)
5. Slayers NEXT (TV)
6 Gundam W (TV)
7. Ah! Megami-sama (OAV)
8. Magic Knights Rayearth (TV)
9. Laputa (Movie)
10. Zeta Gundam (TV)

7-2-98—- 1998 Animage Grand Prix Results: Favorite Anime Of The Year

Annually, Animage magazine polls Japanese fans on many subjects related to Anime, from they’re favorite shows and movies of the year