11-2-99—- Cebulski Launches Fanboy Entertainment, Partners With Studio Tron
On October 25th C.B. Cebulski, ex-CPM Manga editor-in-chief, announced the formation of a new entertainment venture, Fanboy Entertainment, Inc. Based in New York City, the company will be fan oriented, producing more products and merchandise that comic fans themselves want and request, allying with U.S. and Japanese creators.
Fanboy plans to introduce a number of products in the coming months, launching with a high-quality, signed and numbered Dark Angel lithograph, illustrated by Kia Asamiya. Limited to 1000 copies, the Dark Angel lithograph will go on sale in comic stores across the country in November, but will also be available earlier on the internet auction website eBay.
Other Asamiya products are be offered shortly thereafter as Fanboy Entertainment has entered into a partnership with Kia Asamiya’s STUDIO TRON. Kia Asamiya is the creator of such manga series as Steam Detectives, Dark Angel, Silent Mobius and Nadesico. He is also the artist of the sensational upcoming Star Wars: Episode One manga due out in December from Dark Horse Comics.
“Asamiya-sensei is an amazing talent and a wonderful person. He and I have become extremely good friends over the past few years. When he heard I was leaving CPM, he called to express concern over my future. I told him I had plenty of things lined up and not to worry. He then asked me if I would be interested in representing some of his properties and interests here in the U.S. I was floored to say the least!”, Cebulski said. “Asamiya is a work horse and is extremely busy in Japan as it is, but he really wants to get more work over here in the States. This is something I will be trying to handle for him. He also wants to get his Japanese manga work into the hands of as many of his U.S. fans as possible, which is another task he and I will be tackling here. One of the first jobs we will be undertaking is the construction of his English language website, www.studiotronjapan.com.”
11-2-99—- J-Pop / Seiyuu news
Sony plans to release a special Rurouni Kenshin 3-CD “Premium Collection” box-set Dec. 18th with an extremely limited 1st pressing of 5,000 units. The set will list for 5,631 Yen and is packaged in a special multi-layer tray encased in outer box. Each disc in the set features a unique super picture label illustration. The 1st disc includes popular opening & ending themes from the TV series. The 2nd disc collects best selections of BGM tracks used in the TV series & movie. The 3rd disc features music from the “Tsuiokuhen” OVA series that is exclusive to this set.
11-2-99—- New Anime Of Astro Boy Planned
In Addition to the upcoming Hollywood live action / CG Astroboy film, Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, in association with Tezuka Productions, plans to produce an all new anime version of Tetsuwan Atom, it’s currently unknown if the new anime will take the form of a new TV series OAV or Movie, nore details to come.
11-2-99—- Princess Mononoke Final Opening Weekend Figures
The final boxoffice figures for The Princess Mononoke’s opening weekend in limited release in North American theaters are out. Mononoke brought in $144,446 total for a per-theater average of $18,056.
11-2-99—- Vampire Hunter D PSX Game Site
The official site for the upcoming Japanese Vampire Hunter D Playstation game is up, you can check it out: here. The site is in Japanese only, and features lots of info on the game as well as character designs and graphics. The game is scheduled for release in Japan on December 9.
11-1-99—- New Godzilla Toys
A batch of new Godzilla toys is headed for the market in Japan, with the upcoming release of the new Godzilla 2000 film. Of course, an action figure of the newest incarnation of Godzilla is planned as well as one of his newest adversary, Oruga. A special batttery-operated set of the two is expected to be offered featuring a roaring feature. It’s expected to list for 5,500 Yen. A six-piece Godzilla History set is also in the works, including the various incarnations of the giant lizard from the 1954, 1962, 64, 84, 95, and Millenium films.
11-1-99—- Pokemon Movie Release Date Moved Up
The first Pokemon Movie’s theatrical release date has been moved up from Friday, November 12th to Wednesday, November 10th. Sources at Warner attribute the change to the fact that Thursday, November 11th is Veterans Day, and many elementary schools in America will be closed. Warner is hoping for a strong opening Wednesday evening and Thursday.
11-1-99—- SyCoNet.com Allies With Kanakaris To Offer Anime Books / Films Online
SyCoNet.com, today announced that it has teamed up with Kanakaris Communications, Inc. to license and distribute Anime films and books for exclusive online direct over-the-Internet delivery. Kanakaris will offer books at NetBooks.com with secure proprietary technology and the animated videos at NetMovieMania.com with Microsoft Windows Media Technology.
“The alliance of Kanakaris and SyCoNet.com means that some of the most popular animated videos and books in the world today will be available for the first time over the Internet. Thanks to Kanakaris’ popular and secure website delivery, we intend to offer all our properties, building on the audience base that has been created with the Pokemon video series,” stated Sy Picon, chief executive officer of SyCoNet.com.
“SyCoNet.com and Kanakaris will share revenue, which will include advertising, monthly subscriptions, and individual pay-per-view related to these properties,” Sy Picon added.
The films may be viewed in full screen audio and video and the books may be viewed with several enhanced features, with links from the Kanakaris Entertainment Web portal site, www.kkrs.net.
11-1-99—- Sonic The Hedgehog On The Top
ADV’s Sonic the Hedgehog is still going strong, currently holding 7th place on the Billboard Entertainment Video charts.
11-1-99—- Cell Phones With Color Displays On The Way, Phone Agents A Possibility
Three Japanese J-Phone mobile carriers announced Monday that they will begin selling cellular phones with color display units starting in early December. The J-SH02 model, by