9-17-99—- Mixx To Publish Gundam Wing Manga
Today, Mixx Entertainment announced that they have acquired the exclusive North American publishing rights to New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, the most popular Gundam title of the ’90’s. The manga will begin running monthly in it’s own comic book beginning in February 2000, and will be compiled into a series of Pocket Mixx graphic novels beginning in May 2000.
The Gundam Wing story takes place in the year AC 195 in the midst of a space colony revolution. After two decades of oppression, a network of space-based rebels strike back at their opposing force, OZ. Using super-strong armor called gundanium, scientists construct advance mobile suits called Gundams. Five highly-trained combat pilots are dispatched to Earth to wage a guerilla war against OZ and its Alliance.
Bandai U.S. has already announced that it will release the the Gundam Wing TV series and Endless Waltz (OAVs / Movie) domestically soon. Rumors are also circulating on a possible U.S. TV release of the series.
9-17-99—- Tezuka Exhibit At Pacific Science Center
The Pacific Science Center, located in Seattle, Washington is planning an exhibit to one of Osamu Tezuka’s greatest works, Astroboy (Mighty Atom). “Astro Boy: The Art of Japanese Comics and Animation”, will be shown in the Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery from October 16th through 31st. Exhibit displays will feature manga and anime), original cels, demonstrations of illustrations and CG anime presentations by leading artists of Japan’s comic and animation industries. The exhibit is to be sponsored by Hyogo Prefecture, Hyogo Business and Cultural Center and Tezuka Productions. Here’s the planned events schedule for the opening day:
Saturday, Oct. 16
Seattle Rotary Discovery Labs
2:00 p.m. Machiko Kusahara, media researcher and associate professor of the University of Kobe Graduate School
3:00 p.m. Frederik L. Schodt, Japanese comic specialist, author and translator
* For more information, goto the Pacific Science Center website by clicking here. (Thanks to Isaac Alexander for the link.)
9-17-99—- Princess Mononoke To Show At Cleveland Ghibli Film Festival
Princess Mononoke will highlight an upcoming Studio Ghibli film festival at Cleveland Cinematheque Theater of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio. The festival will run from Oct. 28th through Nov. 4th.
Thursday, October 28th
8:15PM- Princess Mononoke (Dub) Friday, October 29th
7:30PM- My Neighbor Totoro (Sub)
9:20PM- Castle in the Sky
Saturday, October 30th
5:30PM- Kiki’s Delivery Service (Dub)
7:30PM- Porco Roso (Sub)
9:30PM- Nausica and the Valley of the Wind (Sub)
Sunday, October 31st
1:30PM- Pom Poko (Sub)
3:45PM- Whisper of the Heart (Sub)
8:45PM- Only Yesterday (Sub)
Thursday November 4th
7:00 PM Grave of the Fireflies (Sub?)
9-17-99—- New Perfect Blue Theater Dates
Directly from Manga Entertainment, here are new Perfect Blue theatrical screening dates and cities.
AUG 20 Cinema Village New York, NY
SEP 17 Piper’s Alley Chicago, IL
OCT 1 Varsity Theater Seattle, WA
OCT 8 Laemmle Monica Santa Monica, CA
OCT 8 Laemmle Colorado Pasadena, CA
OCT 8 Edwards University Irvine, CA
OCT 15 Opera Plaza Theatre San Francisco, CA
OCT 15-19 UC Theatre Berkeley, CA
OCT 15 Towne Theatre San Jose, CA
OCT 29 Rafael Film Center San Rafael, CA
NOV 5 Cedar Lee Theatre Cleveland, OH
NOV 5 Regal Arbor Theatre Austin, TX
NOV 5 Regal Koin Center Portland, OR
NOV 19 Crest Theatre Sacramento, CA
DEC 3 Regal University 6 Anchorage, AK
9-17-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming
Square has announced Parasite Eve 2 for PSX. Japanese release is expected in December. In the game you again assume the role of Aya, the camera angle will shift according to her moves, and you can use radar to detect hidden enemies. Square has also revealed their Tokyo Game Show list. Games to be shown include: Dew Prism, Vagrant Story, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Chocobo Stallion and an unannounced title (Parasite Eve 2?).
Sunrise Interactive has released some new info on Sunrise Heroes, their new robot battle SRPG scheduled for release on Dreamcast in Japan in December. This game will feature a HUGE selection of mecha and characters from various Sunrise anime series. The game is to include custom battle formations before entering a mission. When engaged in battles, your mothership can perform long range assistance attacks to help your forces in the field.
Production I.G. will be handling animation production in Namco’s new PSX RPG, Tales of Eternia. The story takes place in a peaceful world Eternia, the main hero is a boy, Rid and his childhood girlfriend Farrah. Expect the game out in Japan in the spring of 2000.
It’s currently unknown whether SNK’s upcoming PSX Samurai Spirits sequel will be an RPG or a Fighter. The game is to be totally original, it takes place 20 years after Samurai Spirits 2, Haomaru is now an old swordsman and Nakoruru has become a protective holy spirit. Battle sequences will be in full 3D, and many new characters are to be introduced including Seishifou Kuki, Tohma Kuki, Jin-Emon, Yaci Izangi, Haito, Jushirou, Hanzo II, Saya, Garyou, Rapo and Mikoto.
Tecmo is porting Monster Farm (Monster Rancher) to GameBoy Color, expect the Japanese release this winter.
Those who pre-ordered a Dreamcast at Sega.com before September 3, but failed to receive their console on time will be sent a mystery gift directly from Sega.
9-16-99—- Bandai News
Bandai U.S. is set to release it’s remaining titles for 1999. Subbed volumes of AWOL, Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Brain Powered (you read that right, Brain PowerEd with an E, the Japanese title was Brain Powerd. Also of note on the U.S. Brain Powered release, the English dub version will contain a newly created opening for mass release, the subtitled version contains the original, uncensored opening sequence.), EAT MAN ’98 vol.1-2, Ehrgeiz, Silent Mobius TV, Cowboy Bebop vol. 2 and Haunted Junction Vol 6 will all be released soon. Also expect English Language Dubs for Saber Marionette J Again, Gundam Movies, Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, and Blue Submarine No. 6 in the near future and DVD releases of Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star early next year.
*Source: AnimeVillage Weekly
9-16-99—- Anime / Manga Gaming
Square has announced over 400,000 copies of Final Fantasy VIII