3-8-07 (10:45PM EST)—- Goshou Aoyama Manga Factory Staff Uniforms
The staff uniforms for the Goshou Aoyama Manga Factory which opens in Tottori, Kitasakae-cho on the 18th of this month have been revealed. They are themed around similar clothing appearing in the Detective Conan manga.
3-8-07 (10:46PM EST)—- Kyojin No Hoshi Seiyuu Kyoharu Kobayashi Dies
Voice Actor Kyoharu Kobayashi died of a subarachnoidal hemorrhage in hospital in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo at 1:02 AM on the eighth, he was 75 years old. His funeral will be held on the 14th. He appeared in the 1969 anime TV series Kyojin No Hoshi.
3-8-07 (10:23PM EST)—- First Look: Dragon Ball Online
Rasphard’s Diary has some of the first screens from a new Dragonball Online MMORPG being developed in South Korea.
3-8-07 (10:03PM EST)—- Honda Comes Clean With Mask Rider Bike Details
Honda has added a new trivia FAQ related its motorcycle conncetions to Shotoaro Ishinomori’s Mask Rider.
3-8-07 (9:51PM EST)—- City Hunter 100t Hammer To Be Exhibited At Tokyo Anime Center / Auctioned
A 1/1 scale real life replica of the “100t hammer” that appears in Tsukasa Hojo’s manga City Hunter and Angel Heart will be exhibited at the Tokyo Anime Center between March 9th-20th. The hammer is being sold via a Yahoo Charity Auction. The composition of the object is styrene foam finished with fiber reinforced plastics. Weight is about 50 kilograms, and the size is 1.5 meters in height, 1.8 meters in depth and 1.4 meters in width. The auction runs until the 16th.
3-8-07 (9:09PM EST)—- DLSite Open To Foreign Works
CuriousFactory today announced that DLSite.com, Japan’s most notable distribution portal site for Doujin and Indy products, is accepting works from outside of Japan. DLSite.com carries thousands of Doujin products such as Doujinshi, CG collection, game, novel, music, and utility tool. Due to the increasing interest from the creators and users outside of Japan, CuriousFactory and DLSite.com is now working together to accept works from outside of Japan. Ayaka Hahn, the Director of CuriousFactory says, “DLSite.com has a long experience in the field of online digital product distribution in Japan. They have been helping many creators to self-publish their works effectively. Recently the Internet allows the creators all over the world to share, distribute and sell their works. With trusted, experienced product download distribution service like DLSite.com, it is now easier than ever for individual creators to distribute and market products to reach the world audience”.
Characteristics of DLSite.com
– In total, DLSite.com has more than 4,200 registered creators and productions, has more than 19,000 registered titles, and has sold more than 7,000,000 products to date. – There is no limitation to the product size that can be uploaded onto DLSite.com for distribution. (On average, each title is about 1 GB) – Once the creator registers his/her title, it is distributed on DLSite.com forever, unless he/she decides to terminate the distribution. – DLSite.com will take care of marketing, sales and distributing products in total so that creator can focus on just creating his/her works. – DLSite.com accepts products in various genre including General, R, and Mature (18+). – There is absolutely NO registration fee.
CuriousFactory will be the exclusive agent to handle products for DLSite.com that is submitted from outside of Japan. Creators outside of Japan are required to register with CuriousFactory’s distribution service in order for their products to be listed / distributed on DLSite.com.
3-8-07 (8:24PM EST)—- Australia’s Eminence Symphony Orchestra To Score Romeo x Juliet
GDH K.K. has announced that the soundtrack for Romeo x Juliet, the animated series produced by GDH’s main production subsidiary GONZO K.K. will be performed by Eminence Symphony Orchestra (Founder & Artistic Director: Hiroaki Yura, hereafter Eminence), the celebrated orchestra based in Sydney, Australia. GONZO’s Romeo x Juliet is the first attempt ever to adapt William Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet into an animation. The new series, set against a quasi-medieval background reminiscent of the original play, will revive the classic tale of love, addinginnovative twists to the storyline accompanied by GONZO’s incredible visuals and first rate music. Twenty-eight of the 39 tracks provided for the show by renowned composer Hitoshi Sakimoto will be performed by Eminence. Eminence was established in 2003 in Australia as the first orchestra in the world to specialize in music for video games and animation. It is highly recognized for its performances of scores for animations, films and video games. GDH looks forward to collaborating with Eminence and to bringing together their beautiful music and GONZO’s powerful animation capabilities. The animated series is scheduled for television broadcast from April 2007. Chubu Nippon Broadcasting and SKY Perfect Well Think join GDH in the production of the show.
3-8-07 (8:24PM EST)—- Different Afro Samurai To Broadcast In Japan
GDH K.K. has announced that AFRO SAMURAI, the animated series produced by GDH’s main production subsidiary GONZO K.K., will be broadcast in Japan on WOWOW starting at 23:00 on Thursday May 3rd, 2007. Based on Takashi Okazaki’s comic, AFRO SAMURAI is a five-episode animated series produced to commemorate the 15th anniversary of GONZO. It follows Afro Samurai’s journey to avenge his father who was brutally murdered before his own eyes. Packed with action and with an underlying message about the futility of revenge, the show takes the audience into a unique world that fuses American hip-hop culture with the world of the classical samurai. AFRO SAMURAI first aired in the US as a five-week mini-series on Spike TV from January 4th, 2007 and proved to be immensely popular. The program stars (and is co-produced by) Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson as the hero, and also features Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Kelly Hu (X2: X-MEN United). The soundtrack is composed by the revolutionary hip-hop artist The RZA, adding his considerable creative talents to help create an animation experience for audiences around the world unlike anything seen before. The Japan premiere will feature a complete Director’s Cut version, including footage that was not part of the Spike TV broadcast. The series will be aired with English dialogue and Japanese