2-4-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming
SNK’s upcoming PSX version of The King Of Fighters ’99: Millennium Battle will reportedly be based on the Neo Geo CD Version, hidden characters: Kyo and Iori are playable from the start and the last boss Krizalid will be playable after some advancement. There is a new Art Gallery Mode, Voice Gallery Mode and Color Edit Mode, where players can customize the costume color of each character, save, and reuse in other play modes. There will be no extra Striker characters as in the Dreamcast port. Release in Japan is set for March 23rd, the title will list at 5800 Yen.
Capcom / Arika’s PSX 2 launch title, Street Fighter EX3, will feature several new characters including a totally new character, Ace. New play modes include Arena Mode, Tag Battle, Dramatic battle (1 v.s. 3 or 2 v.s. 1 etc.), Team Battle (up to 5 v.s. 5), and a new Character Edit Mode, where players can create their own character by earning experience points, which is used to purchase new moves. Japanese release is scheduled for March 4th for a listing price of 6800 Yen.
Square EA will reportedly release Front Mission 3 for PSX in the U.S. on March 22nd.
Microcabin has announced they are producing Marionette Company 2 for both PSX and Dreamcast, the game will be the sequel of their promotion adventure Marionette Company.
Jaleco’s Stepping Stage 3 Superior arcade machine is set to appear in Japanese arcades in March. Jaleco has partnered with Avex and BMG to bring together pop songs from U.S., there will be a number of movie and anime themes also including Galaxy Express 999 themes.
2-4-00—- Studio Sunrise Selling Exclusive Anime Images Via Website
Studio Sunrise, the animators of such famous series as Gundam, Votoms, and Cowboy Bebop has added a new feature to it’s website, where they are selling exclusive images for downloading / viewing. Images cost between 120Y – 200Y image, you must be a member of Sunrise’s members club” providing a valid credit card #. You can visit the page below:
2-4-00—- ADV Films And The Right Stuf Strike Distribution Deal
U.S. Anime licensing giant, ADV Films announced on Thursday, a distribution deal for the entire catalog of films for The Right Stuf International Inc. The Right Stuf Inc. is an impressive player in the U.S. Anime industry in it’s own right, holding licenses to Osamu Tezukas’s Kimba The White Lion, and Studio Gainax’s Kareshi No Kanajo No Jijou.
2-3-00—- Seiyuu News
Male seiyuu group E.M.U. will release their final album “Ore Tachi No Sotsugyou” in Japan on Feb. 19th. Contains new solo songs, new group songs, and some old group songs.
The schedule for seiyuu Sakura Tange’s upcoming March concert tour has recently been set. Tickets are will go on sale Feb. 5th. at 5000 Yen per-ticket:
3/15: Akasaka Blitz
3/25: Nakano Sun Plaza
3/26: Nakano Sun Plaza
2-3-00—- Anime / Manga Gaming
Seiyuu, Okada Junko, and much of the cast of the Sentimental Graffiti, will comprise the voice talent in the upcoming new Dreamcast title, Innocent Tears.
Character MP3’s and other information can be had at the official website.
Innocent Tears Voice Cast:
Kagura Haruaki – Nojima Kenji
Homura Kagari – Inoue Kikuko
Yumi – Ohmoto Makiko
Kagura Akira – Ogata Megumi
Kaga Yukiko – Tomizawa Michie
Kaga Shirou – Itou Kentarou
Claude – Masuya Yasunori
Kira – Suzuki Mariko
Yoshino Saki – Maeda Ai
Kugami Aoi – Minami Omi
Taira Katsutoshi – Isobe Hiroshi
Kujou Sara – Okada Junko
Johaness – Iwamoto Norio
Tachibana Maki – Noda Junko
Tachibana Miki – Noda Junko
2-3-00—- Studio Pierrot To Produce Ayashi No Ceres & Saiyuuki TV Series’
Animation production house, Studio Pierrot, will reportedly be adapting Fushigi Yuugi creator, Yuu Watase’s latest, popular manga, Ayashi No Ceres (running in Shogakukan’s Flower Comics), into a new TV series to begin airing in Japan in April. The series will be co-produced by Bandai Visual and air unscrambled on BS Ch. 5 WoWoW. Seiyuu Iwao Junkyo will play the role of Ceres/Aya
Begining it’s run in 1996 the Ayashi No Ceres manga tells the story of Mikage Aya and her twin brother, Aki. On their 16th birthday the two are brought to their grandfather’s house where all their relatives were gathered and shown a box with a mummified hand inside. At the sight of the hand a mysterious power in Aya is released and her grandfather orders her to be killed. She escapes an attempt on her life, but her brother Aki is imprisoned. Aya discovers that she possesses the blood of the “Tennyo” (Heavenly Maiden), when severely taken over with emotion her power will manifest itself, transforming her into Ceres. If left to live, she is believed to be destined to bring ruin to the Mikage family. Aya struggles to fight with her destiny and rid herself of Ceres so she can once again return to the life of a normal teenage girl. She must avoid other attempts on her life by her grandfather and other Mikage family members, and win her brother’s freedom. Assisting Aya is Suzumi Aogiri, a woman who also possesses tennyo blood and Suzumi’s brother-in-law Yuuhi, a boy Aya’s age assigned to protect her. Working in the background is Aya’s cousin Kagami who tells the Mikage family’s henchman Tooya not to kill the girl, but to keep an eye on her while investigating her powers.
Studio Pierrot is also reportedly producing an Anime TV series version of Kazuya Minekura’s Saiyuuki manga (already a 3 Vol. OVA). Saiyuuki tells the Chinese legend of the Monkey King. Humans and demons share a state of peaceful co-existance In the land of Togenkyo, after the attempt of the use of chemistry and magic to resurect Gyumao, a powerful demon who was sealed and buried by Nataku Taishi (one of the five gods