6-17-00—- Cardcaptor Costs
According to this L.A. Times Calender article, Canadian-based Nelvana (the company behind the North American releae of the Card Captor Sakura TV series), has spent roughly $100,000 on each Cardcaptors episode, adding in new music, scripts and vocal tracks.
6-17-00—- Manga Entertainment Developments
Manga has updated their website listing box art for the Patlabor 1 and Sword for Truth DVD’s and VHS artwork for their release of X. Also listed in the Summer explosion page are Angel Cop and the two Patlabor movies.
6-17-00—- Viz Donates $100,000 In Graphic Novels To U.S. Puublic Libraries
Excerpted from the official press release:
MANGA OUTREACH TO NEW AUDIENCES NATIONWIDE
San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Comics, America’s 5th-largest comics publisher and largest publisher of Japanese comics, has recently donated over $100,000 in books and videos to U.S. public libraries. “It is pleasing to discover the help of a gift such as yours in active support for the library,” praised Marjorie Rump, Deputy Director, Kern County Library (CA). “Your gift has put some new books on our shelves, a most important element in vital library service.”
Comics are underrepresented in libraries, but the demand for manga (Japanese comics) has never been greater, especially with young readers. “I am certain that San Francisco teens will be thrilled with these titles,” confirmed Jennifer Collins, Middle School Outreach Librarian, San Francisco Public Library.
The increasing popularity of Japanese animation–through TV broadcast of Pokémon, Gundam Wing and Dragon Ball Z, or direct-to-video releases–is leading millions of viewers to the original comics that inspired these popular series. Manga stories cover all genres and ages, and are equally enjoyed by males and females–romance, comedy, crime drama, science fiction, fantasy, action.
In Japan, popular titles regularly sell over 1 million copies per week before being collected in “graphic novel” (book) form, and they as much a staple of Japanese libraries as of bookstores. Viz has actively encouraged greater readership both among children with Pokémon, and teens with Ranma ½. Viz has donated $100,000 of graphic novels, books, magazines, videos and comics to fifteen library regions:
San Francisco, CA
Santa Clara, CA
San Antonio, TX
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Viz’s Director of Sales and Marketing Oliver Chin explained the motivation for this large scale effort, “As a publisher, Viz has a enduring responsibility to help improve public literacy and young people’s enjoyment of reading. Since 1997, we have increased the sales of anime and manga on all retail fronts. Simultaneously we have actively increased the supply of circulating copies among libraries which lack the budget and resources to satisfy reader demand. Response has been overwhelmingly positive, and Viz will to continue build enthusiastic readership at the grassroots level across the country.”
In addition, Viz regularly donates to community non-profit organizations, such as the Japanese Community Youth Council, Los Angeles Tofu Festival, and San Francisco Rescue Mission. On June 6, 2000, Viz donated $12,000 of Pokémon calendars and comic books to San Francisco’s Chinatown Branch Library for their Summer Reading program. “Thanks again for your support and generosity towards the public libraries here in the Bay Area (those graphic novels are still flying off our shelves!),” commended Dorothy Yiu Chang, Branch Manager, Oakland Public Library.
6-17-00—- Viz Comics Press Releases
Excerpted from the various Viz Communications Press Releases:
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION BOOK 5
MONTHLY COMIC SERIES
San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Comics proudly announces the October 2000 return of one of the most popular, long-awaited manga ever published in America: Neon Genesis Evangelion Book 5. The psychologically driven science fiction series that revolutionized anime on Japanese television, available on VHS and DVD from A.D.V. Films, Neon Genesis Evangelion resumes monthly publication after a hiatus by the artist and character designer, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.
Studio Gainax’s Neon Genesis Evangelion is Japan’s biggest combination anime and manga hit of the last five years. Now discover (or rediscover) Evangelion in this artistically stunning, psychologically intense manga adaptation which diverges dramatically from the anime! In the year 2015, half of the human race is dead, and the survivors face a terrifying last judgment from giant “Angels.” Within Tokyo-3 and the headquarters of the secretive organization called NERV, a handful of teenagers are trained to pilot the colossal superentities known as “Evangelions” and battle the Angels on their own terms, whatever the cost to their minds and souls.
In This And Future Issues: As withdrawn young Shinji, EVA-02 pilot, struggles to come to terms with his responsibility, his dim view of the world is challenged by his fellow pilots and classmates, the seemingly emotionless Rei and manipulative, moody, brilliant Asuka. But while children play, Kaji, double agent and the former (and possibly future) lover of Shinji’s commander Misato, comes dangerously closer to the secrets of NERV’s true purpose–a secret nailed to a cross in the darkest depths of Tokyo-3, and a secret buried within the Antarctic ice. And the appearance of a giant eye in the heavens heralds the Angels’ latest and deadliest assault…
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is the character designer for The Wings of Honneamise, Nadia, and many other anime, illustration and art projects. His latest art book, Der Mond, will be released in America by Viz in November 2000. Evangelion is his only full-length manga series.
BANANA FISH VOL. 4 PULP GRAPHIC NOVEL
A CRIME EPIC OF ’80S NEW YORK, THE MOB, AND FINE YOUNG MEN
San Francisco, CA (6/16/00)-Viz Comics announces the November 2000 release of Banana Fish Vol. 4, the controversial series from Viz’s mature manga anthology Pulp: New Japanese Pop Culture. This graphic novel contains the installments from Pulp Vol. 3#11 through Vol. 4#6.
In 1973, in Vietnam, an American soldier goes mad and guns down his companions. In 1985, in New York City, gang leader Ash Lynx is drawn into a mystery when he is given a strange drug by a dying man. As Ash begins to investigate, his discovery sparks the unwanted interest of Mafia boss Papa Dino, and a series of puzzling suicides tears apart the New York crime community.