4-23-07 (8:28PM EDT)—- Tokyo Anime Fair 2008
The Tokyo International Anime Fair Executive Committee has treated ANS to an exclusive sneak peek at their official 2008 promotional poster. Next year’s event is scheduled to run from March 27th – 30th at Big Sight. Features include: International Trade Fair – Exhibition, Creators World, Anime Rookies, Buyers World, Screenings, Press Center, Press Conferences, Sales of character goods, TAF Welcome Night Party, Anime Bazaar, Special Project Exhibitions, Symposiums, Animated Cartoon Theater, Stage Events, Kids Zone, Charity Auction, Quiz Rally, Special Stage, Tokyo Animation Song Festival, CGAC2008, Tokyo Anime Awards, 4th Special Contribution Awards, MX TV Special Program, Animation Congress. The Committee will begin solicitng art submissions for next year’s mascot character starting May 1st. The deadline is June 29, 2007. The character will then be selected and announced towards the end of summer. Last year’s character was submitted by Mariko Tokida. Her design was chosen out of 392 entries. TAF representatives tell us they retain exclusive use copyrights to their mascot characters for 2 years and actually only heavily use the character for around 1 year total. After a 2 year period the rights fall back to the original creator. Besides positively influencing aspiring artists’ careers, a cash purse of 200,000 Yen stands to be won for 2008. TAF aims at drawing new talent especially to this competition. Guidelines include: a) the character must be original and previously unpublished and b) must represent Tokyo And Animation. The contest is open to all nationalities.
4-23-07 (7:53PM EDT)—- 19th CG Anime Contest Go
The 19th CG Anime Contest selected works screening event will be held on May 5th in Nakano. The longest running CG competition of its type in Japan, over 400 entrants have submitted their works this year. Past Grand Prix winners include Romanov Higa’s TANK S.W.A.T 01 and Makoto Shinkai’s Hoshi No Koe.
4-23-07 (7:30PM EDT)—- Manhwa Exhibition In Kawasaki
The Kawasaki City Museum will present an exhibition on South Korean Comics from April 21st-June 3rd. The project is part of a greater aim to deepen the cultural exchange and friendship between sister city Buchon on the 10th anniversary since their avowed urban coalition. Much of the exhibit material is coming from the Fuchuan comics information center. Original illustrations of over 30 popular manhwa authors who were active from the 1980’s through the present day will be included. Additionally a special corner will feature over 350 manhwa examples Japanese visitors can read in their native language. Kim Dongwha (A Story of Kisaeng and Bug Boy), So-Hee Park (Goong) and 4 other creative luminaries will appear as special guests of honor on Saturday, the 28th for talk and autograph sessions.
4-23-07 (6:50PM EDT)—- Aachi And Ssipak / Tokikake At The Egyptian
In a new screening report Daniel Zelter shares his experience from the West Coast debut of Aachi And Ssipak and Mamoru Hosoda’s Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo 1 month ago.
4-23-07 (5:55PM EDT)—- Paprika Covered In Entertainment Weekly
The summer previews issue of Entertainment Weekly includes Paprika as number 2 on columnist Lisa Schwarzbaum’s anticipated movie list for the quarter. It’s listed before Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” and after Danny Boyle’s “28 Weeks Later”. Thanks, Daniel Zelter.
4-23-07 (5:54PM EDT)—- Tokyo Majin Anime Sequel Announced
Based on the cult hit Asimk Ace game series which debuted on the PS1 in 1998, the 14th and final episode of Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho broadcast on April 20th in Japan mentioned a new TV series “Tokyo Majin Manabu Enken Fuujou Ryuu Ryuu Kenbu hen” will begin in July.
4-23-07 (5:13PM EDT)—- Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien: Haruka Route OVA Details
The tentatively titled Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Haruka Route (Rumbling Hearts) OAV (first reported here on August 28th) has gotten some updates courtesy the Age FC Bulletin No.13. Staff will include Director takayama hideki, Character Designs by Tamura Kazuhiko, Scenario by Kouno Takamitsu, Animation Production: Brains Base. Release date remains unknown. Based on Age Soft’s 2001 love adventure videogame.
4-23-07 (5:02PM EDT)—- Ar Tonelico 2 Site
Banpresto has posted their official Japanese website for the upcoming anime style RPG Ar Tonelico 2. An OVA based on the first game was released in 2006.
4-23-07 (4:53PM EDT)—- IM@S Light Novel
The TV anime version of Idolmaster: XENOGLOSSIA will be adapted to light novel form. Serialization will begin the July issue of Dragon. Original Story by Hajime Yatate and Suzukaze Sayaka, Illustrations by Ein.
4-23-07 (4:40PM EDT)—- Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Updates
The anime TV series adaptation of Koji Kumeta’s Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is scheduled for a summer start in Japan. Much of the current Negima staff from Studio Shaft will carry over. The Director will be Akiyuki Shinbo, Character Design by Hideyuki Morioka, Series Composition by Kenichi Kanemaki. Production by Starchild (King Record). For more info read our original mention on March 8th.
4-23-07 (4:12PM EDT)—- Kyo Kara Maoh! OVA Schedule
Kyo Kara Maoh! is scheduled to run 5 OVA volumes to begin releasing in Japan in Fall. ANS first got onto this story on March 5th. The Spring edition of Newtype Romance magazine first reported the adaptation. Based on the light novel and manga by Tomo Takabayashi, the work was previously adapted to 2 39 episode TV animation series which ran between 2004-2006.
4-23-07 (1:44PM EDT)—- Death Note Invades Anime Expo 2007
Famed director Tetsuro Araki and character designer Masaru Kitao announce their attendance at Anime ExpoR 2007 as Official Guests of Honor. In addition, Anime ExpoR has also obtained the rights to screen the blockbuster films, starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, from Japan DEATH NOTE (123 minutes) and DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME (140 minutes) on 35 mm print at the highly anticipated 2007 convention June 29-July 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.
Born November 5, 1976, in the Saitama Prefecture and a graduate of the School of Literature at Senshu University, Tetsuro Araki gained mass fame and media attention as the director of the “Desu noto” (2006 also