3-16-07 (8:02AM EDT)—- Paprika To Be Released On DVD – UMD – Blu-ray Disc In Japan
Sony Pictures has announced Satoshi’s Kon’s animated feature Paprika will arrive on a number of commerical media formats simultaneously on May 23rd. These include: Blu-ray Disc (5,980 yen), DVD (4,980 yen), DVD BOX (13,440 Yen) and UMD Video (3,990 Yen). The Blu-ray and standard DVD will feature the film which runs about 90 minutes in length with 2 Japanese audio channels (DD 5.1ch) and (DTS 5.1ch) along with an art direction featurette and a Megumi Hayashibara, Satoshi Kon and Susumu Hirasawa vocal commentary track. The DVD BOX will consist of a 2 disc set. The first disc will be the standard DVD release accompanied by a omake disk with about 30 minutes of extra material consisting of an interview with seiyuu Yasutaka Tsutsui, Megumi Hayashibaru and Toru Furutani. Additional featurettes will cover things like the filming supervision, 3DCG element construction, etc.. other extras with the BOX include a 760 page storyboard book, interview booklet and lavishly illustrated BOX enclosure. The UMD version will include the same features as the regular DVD version with 2 audio channels and Japanese subtitles.
3-16-07 (5:54AM EDT)—- Non-Exclusive: Shibuya Becomes Death Note Viral Promotional Vector
Yahoo has a photo of a real, life-size figure of the Death Note shinigami hero Ryuk being displayed at the Shibuya Tatsuya to commemorate the DVD release of the second film. Several other lifesize Ryuk displays showed up at HMV andTower Record Shibuya outlets on the 14th. Additionally, a promtional campaign for the coming spinoff “L” movie starring Ken Matsuyama has begun in the district centering on ad placements being made on the giant videoscreens such as Super Lisa and QFront which ring Hachiko Square. You can see an image of those ads here (click for enlargement).
3-16-07 (5:20AM EDT)—- Yoko Kanno In South Korea
Famed anime music composer Yoko Kanno will be in South Korea on March 26th, for a preview of “Yuuga Na Sekai”, a new film she scored. It stars Sung Ganho.
3-16-07 (5:10AM EDT)—- Blood Live Action Lead Adopts New Stage Name
Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun has taken on the acting name “Gianna Jun” for her Hollywood debut in the live action adaptaiton of Production I.G.’s Blood: The Last Vampire. She chose the pseudonym after as she’s run into the problem of foreigners not being able to remember her proper Korean name. Filming on Blood started on the 15th in Beunos Aires, Argentina, its scheduled to run about 3 months. The movie hits theaters in the summer of 2008.
3-16-07 (4:58AM EDT)—- Production I.G.’s Yoshiki Sakurai To Lecture In Eastern Europe
Ghost In The Shell: SAC scenario writer Yoshiki Sakurai has been elected to a special lecturer position to Eastern Europe by the Cultural Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He’ll tour the region giving several speeches in countries such as Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria. The events will introduce the culture and the art of Japan via embassy and consulate general sponsorship. The tour will occur March 19-24th. Sakurai will talk about production and technology involved in the Japanese anime industry.
3-16-07 (4:45AM EDT)—- Sumomomo Momomo Episode 23-24 To Be DVD Exclusive
With the final broadcast episode having aired on March 15, 2007, it’s been revealed Sumomomo Momomo: Chijou Saikyou No Yome stories 23-24 will be appear exclusively as extras on the DVD release of the series. Then, let’s introduce the comment of the performer who finishes collecting
3-16-07 (4:09AM EDT)—- Sony Uses Moe To Sell Disc Drives In Taiwan
Sony’s been running an Taiwan exclusive “Be You” DVD/Blue Ray PC drive campaign utilizing Moe style anime characters in Taiwan.
3-16-07 (3:47AM EDT)—- New Versions of Vista Discovered In China
Watch Impress has images and details on the latest crop of Windows Vista pirate copies being sold on the black market (virtually everywhere) in China. Among them are some editions that don’t even legitimately exist from Microsoft including “Windows Vista Professional 2007.”
3-16-07 (3:31AM EDT)—- Yellow Tanabe Claims Shogakukan Manga Prize
As we first reported back on January 23rd, Yellow Tanabe’s manga Kekkaishi took the Shogakukan 52nd Manga Prize in the Childrens Division. The work has serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday since 2004 Web Newtype has pics from the awards ceremony.
3-16-07 (3:13AM EDT)—- Newsweek Japan Looks At World Of Moe
Newsweek Japan has a major feature article on the “Moe World” in its 3/21 issue which goes on sale in the country on March 14th.
3-16-07 (2:59AM EDT)—- Otome Road Video News Report
NTV News 24 has a television news excerpt on Ikebukuro’s female otaku locus Otome Road.
3-16-07 (2:49AM EDT)—- Bakugan Sets Sites On World Domination
The production announcement symposium for the coming Bakugan Battle Brawlers TV anime was held in Tokyo on the 15th. Broadcast begins on TV Tokyo on April 5th. The property will simultaneously launch a collectible battling card / toy game. The rock band “Psychic Lover” that will do the theme song to the show had a live performance at the event as did Elephant Girl who will perform the ED theme “Air Drive”. International distribution is already planned with a Canadian broadcast for the animation scheduled in May, followed by rollouts in Asian, American and European countries to occur in short order. Other product tie-ins extending to gashapon, chewing gum and videogames (including one coming up for the Nintendo DS) are in the works now. Staff includes: Director Mitsuo Hashimoto, Series Composition by Jun Maekawa, Character Designs by Yoshihiro Nagamori, Monster Designs by Susumu Imaishi, Sound direction by Jin Aketagawa, Animation Production by TMS Entertainment, Planning and Original Concept by Sega Toys, SPIN MASTER, Bakugan Project.
3-16-07 (2:22AM EDT)—- Shigurui To Be Adapted To TV Series
Illustrator Takayuki Yamaguchi and writer Norio Nanjo’s critically acclaimed Samurai comic Shigurui will be adapted to TV animation according to scans of handbill flyers that have been spotted in advance copies of Vol. 1 of the manga which streets on 3/20. The broadcast debut is set for July, 2007 in Japan.