2-10-00—- American Sol Bianca DVD Vol. 1 Release Set
The Pioneer Entertainment Update lists Sol Bianca The Legacy: Vol. 1 Lost Treasures DVD with a U.S. release date of March April 25th retailing at $29.98.
2-10-00—- Monster Rancher Toy Update
Playmates line of action figures and products based on the anime TV series / video game, Monster Rancher, is hitting stores across the U.S., with plush beanie toys and more than 400 monster action figure toys attainable through collecting “Mystery Monster Rancher” four, eight and 18-packs. Talking electronic Monster Rancher toys are slated for a July release.
2-10-00—- Sakura Taisen Music News
A Sakura Taisen 4-CD music box titled, Taishou Kayou Karaoke Daizenshuu is scheduled for release in Japan on March 15th retailing for 7,140 Yen. The CD’s include a collection of close to 60 background tracks, newly arranged from the Sakura Taisen game series, CD drama, OVA’s, and musical’s. 1st presses come with special packaging.
The Sakura Taisen Gokakenran OVA CD single is currently scheduled for release on March 15th, listing at 1050 Yen. The single will feature the title track, Furui Piano by Takano Urara, and the B-Side track, Kagayaki, by Nishihara Kumiko & Ikura Kazue. 1st presses include a jacket-size original illustration sticker.
2-10-00—- Wizards Of the Coast Announce Release Of Card Game Base Set 2
Wizards Of The Coast have have announced the launch of it’s Base Set 2 expansion to it’s Pokemon collectible card game. The release comes on the one-year anniversary of the initial trading card game release, Base Set 2 contains a mix of cards from the original base set and the Jungle expansion. Each of the 130 cards in the new deck will feature a Base Set 2 symbol. Wizard’s also plans to release a two-player Starter Set containing an instructional CD-ROM or CD-ROM and video. Three Base Set 2 preconstructed theme decks will be released soon also, titled “Lightening Bug,” “Grass Chopper,” “Hot Water”, and “Psych Out.”
2-10-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming
Namco has completed a gun sniping Golgo 13 arcade title, set for release in Japan on March 3rd. The game will feature an original story with selectable stages from the start.
Capcom USA plans to realease their upcoming PSX RPG, Breath of Fire IV to America with a release set for this fall.
Playstation 2 Information:
– A Japanese newspaper has reported that the PSX 2 may have incompatibility issues with existing PSX games, apparently, some games are programmed to work directly with the PSX 1 hardware. Sony plans to release a complete list of games that are incompatible with PSX2.
– Sony has revealed that the PSX 2 DVD capabilites will support all contemporary DVD player protocols, including multi-angle, multi-story, wide screen and subtitling features. Sony will reveal more PSX2 DVD applications at the Playstation Festival 2000, to be hosted February 19 – 20. A demo DVD title to be used at the event, will be the American live action film, The Matrix.
2-9-00—- American VHS Video Release Date Set For Slayers Try
CPM’s VHS release of Slayers Try Vol. 1: Majestic Journey is slated for May 9th. Sub and Dub tapes will contain 4 episodes and are priced at $19.99.
2-9-00—- CPM Geobreeders DVD Release Date
2-9-00—- Pulp Editors Release Statement To United Kingdom Readers
The following statement was released on the internet today to U.K. readers of Viz Comic’s Pulp Magazine:
Dear UK readers,
Hello from San Francisco. We’ve recently come to the somewhat belated discovery that there’s been a respectable (or, considering the magazine at hand, not entirely respectable) amount of discussion of our magazine, PULP, on this newsgroup.
We would like to invite and encourage you to send in your comments and/or fan art via e-mail if you so desire. We certainly don’t mind printing your criticism as well as any positive remarks.
Beginning with our June issue, PULP will be adding two new manga stories in addition to the ones currently running, as well as an expanded range of articles. Our price, however, will remain the same at US$5.95. We’re reaching a little closer towards the Japanese model of plenty of manga between one cover for a low price.
Recently, two writers associated with PULP had the opportunity to meet with European fans of manga and anime culture at the International Film Festival, Rotterdam’s “Japan Edge” presentation. Even though it is true that PULP is an American magazine and may sometimes give the impression of addressing only American audiences, we are certainly gratified that it has a following abroad. When you look at it, Europeans and Americans alike come as strangers to manga, but I don’t doubt that you have a slant on things that would be most interesting. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please send your mail to:
Carl Gustav Horn, Manga Editor
Alvin Lu, Columns & Departments Editor PULP
2-9-00—- Kamen Rider Making A Comeback
The Kamen Rider (Masked Rider) Live-Action henshin sci-fi TV series, originally airing in 1970 and created by late cartoonist Shotaro Ishinomori is now back, more popular than ever, airing in Japan on TV Asahi networks in the Kamen Raida Kuga (cougar) series. According to TV Asahi, the first two episodes of the new series, aired 8-8:30 a.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, posted viewer ratings of 27.5 and 28.4, respectively, among children aged between 4 and 12 years old. The rating for viewers of all ages stood at 8.9 for the first episode, faring well against news programs on NTV (16.4), TBS (12.1) and Fuji TV (4.5) that shared the same time slot. On Feb. 2nd the TV station’s official Kuga Web site (www.tv-asahi.co.jp/kuuga/) received 36,857 hits, which is the highest figure for any of TV Asahi’s program Web sites.
The story is based around 24-year-old Yusuke Godai (played by Jo Odagiri), who secretly acquires a belt with strange powers, found during an archeological excavation in Nagano Prefecture. The Archeologists accidentally break the magic seal on a