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Anime News Service – September 14-30 Anime News

9-30-05 (7:57AM EDT)—- Gackt: Admitted Gundam Fanatic

Japanese rockstar Gackt is currently providing the theme music for Sunrise’s Gundam Zeta movies. His song Metamorphoze was released in May as the first movie theme. For the occasion, Gact was in studio at TOKYO FM on the 28th for a live performance of the single and hsi song “Sound In My Life”. Gackt mentioned he was under alot of pressure producing the song because of being such a big Gundam fan. The key focus for him was matching the tune mood correctly to the animation.

9-30-05 (7:57AM EDT)—- TM Revolution’s Nishikawa Pledges Anime Culture Support

Japanese Pop artist T.M.Revolution just released his latest single “Vestige” in Japan last month on the 20th. There was a live perfomance on TOKYO FM shortly after the release. The single has become the new theme song of the TBS animation Gundam SEED DESTINY. After the performance Nishikawa mentioned: “I want to support the animation culture of Japan in music. ” The artist has enjoyed a great amount of success in supplying anime themes, next year will mark the 10th anniversary since his debut. “HEART OF SWORD -Yoakemae (before dawn)-“, his third single released in November 1996 became the theme song for the television anime “Rurouni Kenshin,” and he gained a strong following among both anime and music fans.

9-30-05 (6:45AM EDT)—- Gundam Art Exhibition In Tokyo

The “Kitaru Beki Mirai No Tame Ni” Gundam art exhibition that ran at the Suntory Museum of Art in Osaka from July will be coming to Tokyo. The Ueno area of Tokyo will host the exhibiton November 6th – December 25th at the Ueno Forest Museum. The concept of the exhibition includes modern art renditions based on the first Gundam series.

9-30-05 (6:14AM EDT)—- UPDATE: Takashi Miike On Waru – FINAL

Director King of Japanese Shock Cinema, Takashi Miike has began filming a new movie based on the Maki Hisao (not Hashida Yukari) manga, Waru – FINAL. The news was announced on the 24th in Tokyo. The film will star Matsusaka Keiko (Fall Guy), Aikawa Shou, and Ishibashi Ryou and Maki Hisao (Miike adapted Hisao’s own Yakuza manga into the 1999 feature, Silver). The manga was originally serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine in the 1970’s. Going along with the film’s title, this will be an adaptation of the final section of the original manga. Waru – FINAL opens in theaters nationwide across Japan next spring.

9-29-05 (7:06PM EDT)—- FUNimation Announces 24-Hour Digital Anime Network

FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR), and one of the nation’s leading brand management and independent home video entertainment companies, is launching the FUNimation Channel(SM), a 24-hour digital network featuring programming of top-rated anime brands from Japan. “The broadcast success we’ve experienced with our anime brands proves that solid TV exposure gives fans the chance to see more great anime and it increases sales and licensing opportunities. This has driven us to pursue additional avenues to get more of our shows broadcast exposure in the United States,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. “The FUNimation Channel will give us the opportunity to bring more of our proven, high-rated anime titles from Japan to fans throughout the United States and expand awareness of anime to whole new audiences.”

FUNimation is a brand management company that manages a full spectrum of rights for many of its brands including broadcasting. The company has already experienced notable broadcast accomplishments with network partners in the United States. “Thanks to engaging content and strong titles, both FUNimation and our network partners have experienced success and we look forward to continuing our relationships going forward,” explains Fukunaga. “The FUNimation Channel is the first step in getting more of our top-rated anime shows broadcast and grabbing a larger share of the growing U.S. anime market.”

FUNimation recently signed an agreement with OlympuSAT, a leading distributor of independent digital programming networks, for the distribution of the FUNimation Channel. OlympuSAT is the exclusive distributor and the FUNimation Channel is now available to video service providers throughout the nation. “FUNimation is dedicated to bringing the best anime to the United States and we are extremely excited to begin working with OlympuSAT to bring these leading shows into homes across the nation via the FUNimation Channel,” said Fukunaga. “OlympuSAT is one of the top distributors of independent digital programming in the United States, and coupled with the high quality anime programming from FUNimation, the FUNimation Channel will be an attractive offering for operators across the nation.”

“The FUNimation Channel features great programming from some of the most engaging anime brands in the United States,” said Colleen Glynn, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Distribution for OlympuSAT. “We are confident that U.S. operators will see that the FUNimation Channel is the perfect complement and addition to their digital line-ups.” FUNimation also announced plans to launch the FUNimation Channel website ( within a few weeks. Fans will be able to find more information on the programming, the schedule and the shows. For interested video providers, detailed programming and other exciting network information is available exclusively through OlympuSAT.

9-29-05 (11:30AM EDT)—- ‘Hate Korea’ Manga A Bestseller In Japan

There was a manga published this past summer in Japan that was so controversial that the author simply couldn’t find someone to print it at first, newspapers refused to promote or advertsie it and finding coverage in the media was even difficult. That is, until it started flying off shelves. “Kenkanryu” (Hating Things South Korean) is the creation of Sharin Yamano, who insists the “comfort women” kept in South Korea by imperial Japanese occupational forces during WWII was an entirely fabricated issue. He says he has done his own research and made the manga to dispell the above and other “lies spreading in The Republic Of Korea”. All this comes in the middle of the recent South Korea Style Boom in Japan, Yamano mentions “South Korea Style Boom was produced recently due to mass communication initiation by Japan, it became popular, and there were a lot

Anime News Service – February 24 – March 3 Anime News

3-3-05 (6:45AM EST)—- NASA Teams With Pokemon On Education

NASA and the Pokemon Trading Card Game have developed an in-school program. The program incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes into learning activities for K-6 students nationwide. The collaboration coincides with the recent release of the Pokemon Trading Card Game called EX Deoxys. Deoxys is a space virus with extraordinary origins. It came from space and mutated into a Pokemon when exposed to a laser beam. Deoxys’ name is derived from deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the genetic material of living organisms, including viruses. The STEM learning activities were developed based on the game. The collaboration will provide NASA a unique opportunity to teach children about real world science. Students can learn and use free activities on the Web developed by NASA that explain extraterrestrials, viruses, meteorites, DNA, and the ozone layer. The learning activities are posted on NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Kids Science News Network (KSNN) Web site, and they are accessible to students and teachers. As part of the program, Nintendo of America Inc. has produced awareness bracelets and postcards that have been distributed to educators nationwide. These items are some of the prize-winning incentives for students, as their teachers engage them in science activities. The collaboration is one of many led by Langley’s Center for Distance Learning to reach students from diverse communities. Langley also produces award-winning television and Web series’. Since 1996, children worldwide have collected and traded more than 13 billion Pokemon Trading Cards. Pokemon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokemon Company in Japan, manages and oversees the property outside of Asia. It manages licensing activities; brand promotions; publication of the trading card game; TV animation; home video entertainment; and the official Pokemon Web site. For more information about the NASA and Pokemon Trading Card Game collaboration, visit the Kids Science News Network on the Web, at:

3-3-05 (6:32AM EST)—- AU Mobile Phone Anime Site Opens

Japanese Mobile giant AU has opened their online Anime store, “ani doku me” on March 3. There, users can download and view series such as Giant’s Star, Attack No.1, Adventure of GAMBA, Tomorrow’s Joe, Cat’s-Eye, and Great Detective Holmes. The 525 Yen fee includes the access of 10 files per month. Even if limit is exceeded, it is possible to download additional one for 53 Yen per file. TMS is partnering on the content end.

3-3-05 (6:21AM EST)—- Radio Controlled Iron Man 28

With the new movie out, Ironman 28 fever is sweeping Japan. A new Tetsujin 28 robot which is RC operated was announced Thursday in Osaka by the company Viston. The robot is 38 centimeters in height and weighs 2.5 kilos. The joint of the arm and the leg can move smoothly, and walking close to the style of people can be done. Retail is 351,750 Yen. The scale V.S. that of the new movie version is estimated at about 1/50 (the movie Tetsujin 28 is listed as being 20 meters tall).

3-3-05 (6:51AM EST)—- Japan’s Largest Animation Distributors Headline 27 Companies Signing On To PSP Video Format

SCEI has clarified that 27 Japanese contents manufactures will be producing video releases for it’s PSP (PlayStation Portable) UMD video format with sales beginning on April 13. UMD Video is based on a 60mm in diameter optical disk format which is propriatary to the PSP. Both UMD Video and UMD Music discs are planned. Storage capacity is 1.8GB and copyright protection measures include individual disc ID code and 128bit AES. The only confirmed Anime title thus far has come from Bandai Visual which announced the sale of “Mobile Suit Gundam back in October, 2004. So far no North American Japanese Animation distributor has announced a commitment to the format. The following companies will be doing UMD Video releases:
Aqua Plus Ltd., Asmik Ace Entertainment Ltd., Aniplex Ltd., Enterbrain Ltd., Capcom Ltd., Kabushikigaisha Cora Ltd., Yuugengaisha Saidera Paradeiso, JSDSS Ltd., GDH Ltd., Shogakukan, Inc. Production, Square Enix Ltd., Spike Ltd., Sony Pictures Entertainment Ltd., Sony Music Entertainment Ltd., Digital Media Laboratory Ltd., Azuma North nNew Company Ltd., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., Tommy Ltd., Nikkatsu Corporation, Hudson Ltd., Happinet Ltd., Bandai Co., Ltd., Bandai Visual Ltd., Pony/Canyon Ltd., Marvellous Entartament Ltd., Media Works Ltd.

3-3-05 (3:51AM EST)—- Korean Studio Behind Simpsons Profiled

Yahoo News has an in-depth report on AKOM, the Korean-based animation studio responsible for the animated hit series, The Simpsons.

3-3-05 (2:35AM EST)—- First Look: Star Wars Cine-manga has posted the first images from a trilogy of Cine-Manga books from Tokyopop adapting the original Star Wars films. The Cine-Manga series takes popular films and anime and digitally freeze-frames the actual moving image, breaks it out into comic-style panels in a lively and innovative layout, and peppers the action with manga-style text balloons and sound effects. For the first time, the Star Wars saga is getting the Cine-Manga treatment, and there’s no better place to start than with the films that started it all. These digest-sized books are due out this spring and are exclusive to the UK, Germany and Japan. More Cine-manga books are on their way, including the Clone Wars and the prequel trilogy. Source: Manga News Service

3-3-05 (2:35AM EST)—- Square Enix TV Program

A brand new ‘Variety’ TV show is Square Enix’s latest attempt at diversification, and the programme for TV Tokyo will be revealed fully in Shibuya (Tokyo) today. The first episode will air on April 6th at 1am in Japan, and is called Heavy Metal Thunder. Yoko Kumada will host the show of which Square Enix has high hopes, having also confirmed a tie-in videogame. The show sounds vaguely like a chat show, though may contain ‘Pop Idol’ elements too, which would make the idea of a videogame more sensible. Vaguely punky Japanese band Sex MachineGuns have provided the show’s theme tune, and will perform at today’s showcase in Shibuya, while Kumada interviews special guests. Square Enix has enjoyed previous success by diversifying into manga and anime, though the giant games firm’s first foray into the cinema

Anime News Service – January 11-16 Anime News


– News out of NEW GENERATION WORLD HOBBY FAIR in Osaka include new anime movie versions of Rockman X and Duel Masters are official.
– WSU’s student newspaper The South End reviews Tenchi Muyo!
– Florida’s The Ledger interviews WUSF’s Bethany Cagle who reveals her fan status and desire voice anime.


– After the actor Jean Reno played a starring role in Capcom’s Onimushu game, its seems more stars may be following suit in the near future.
– Amazon UK has leaked some price details on the PSP launch there.
– Move over Otaku, The Japan Times talks about Wota, which the newspaper descrbes as an offshoot branch of Japan’s hobby-obsessed tribe of introverts. While regular otaku seek out anime figurines and high-tech gizmos, the infatuation of the nation’s estimated tens of thousands of wota is for girl idols — particularly the pop group Morning Musume.
– News of the recent American air industry laser scare has reached Japan. Lasers are of course used in household electronics (DVD, CD players) and in idustry for diamond cutting, label printing etc. The price of laser devices over the years has dropped while power levels have increased. Now the air industry has been confronted with the issue of lasers coming into the commercial airliner cockpits. A New Jersey man was recently arrested and charged of doing such a thing (He’s being charged under the US Patriot Act anti-terrorist legislation although authorities admit he’s not a terrorist. “Only terrorists need to fear the USA Patriot Act…” – John Ashcroft, US Attorney General, Sept. 19, 2003). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) breaks laser types down under 4 classifications. It’s mentioned that there is one online company, who sales a device that can burn a hole in a garbage bag for $289 dollars. Wired mentions they tried to contact the company on their policy on sales such a powerful lasers but they were not able to get a comment. A disclaimer is mentioned on the website that relates to the danger that can occur to human eyesight, the criminal penalties for aiming at aircraft etc… The first laser was made in 1960 using a ruby crystal. Use is severely prohibited in some proffessional and school sports stadiums in the USA. Malaysia prohibits the sale of laser pointers. Source: Hotwired (Japan)
– A new computer worm is floating about online that plays Tetris with those infected. The Cellery worm spreads across insecurely configured network shares and distracts infected users with a Tetris-like arcade game and a MIDI music tune while it scours network drives and attached computers for fresh victims. Few copies of the worm have been seen, so Cellery is a curiosity rather than as a serious risk, right now. Source: The Register
– The International Telecommunication Basic Technical Research Institute has established a venture company, “ATR robotics” mentions it will produce small commercial robots. Their first 2 releases will be codenamed “Robovie”. Retailing at 99,750 Yen, the 28 centimeter tall MS robot can transform into a man, robot and dinosaur. The M Ver.2 comes in at 294,000 Yen and was developed for the research of communications. Source: Nikkei News
– While PSP and DS dominate the portable gaming headlines in Japan, ZakZak reports that the handheld system Pokefami, which plays 20 year old Nintendo Famicom game carts is gaining ground among gamers in their 20-30’s. The handheld includes a 2.5-inch TFT LCD and the size not so different from PSP or DS. The weight is 350 grams. Currently retailing at 13,000 Yen, the device is available in specialty stores nationwide in Japan. Game Tec is selling the unit which includes AV out inputs so one can play the games on a larger TV. A secondary controller can also be attached. The only problem currently appears to be an aging and non-renewable software pool, the last Famicon game was released in June, 1994.
The Chicago Tribune has a story on the market for online DVD rentals heating up in the USA. Major industry players are examined along with their unique business models. San Francisco-based GreenCine gets a mention, the article mentions the company caters to exotic tastes like anime, cult and adult titles.
– Who’s interested in the spread of Asian pop culture? How about the elite intelligence community of the United States? Karalanext reports the findings of a recent report created by the NIC and comissioned by the CIA (US Central Intellignce Agency) indicate “An expanded Asian-centric cultural identity may be the most profound effect of a rising Asia,”. “A new, more Asian cultural identity is likely to be rapidly packaged and distributed as incomes rise and communications networks spread.” “Korean pop singers are already the rage in Japan, Japanese anime have many fans in China, and Chinese kung-fu movies and Bollywood song-and-dance epics are viewed throughout Asia. “Even Hollywood has begun to reflect these Asian influences – an effect that is likely to accelerate through 2020,” the report said. “Rising Asia will continue to reshape globalisation, giving it less of a ‘Made in the USA’ character and more of an Asian look and feel. At the same time, Asia will alter the rules of the globalising process.
– The TBS Ah! My Goddess new TV series website has been renewed with DVD release information for region 2.
– The Air Movie site has updated with info of a screening at “Shinecanon Kobe” February 26, 2005.
Kunicon St.Louis will kick off the start of the Robotech 2005 US Convention Tour on March 4-6 at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St Louis, Missouri! Kunicon is the new anime, gaming and music convention run by Subarashii Nation!
Kunicon has invited the entire Robotech team of Tommy Yune, Kevin McKeever, Tom Bateman and Steve Yun as Guests Of Honor. Kunicon has

Anime News Service – December 31 – January 3 Anime News

1-3-05—- MomoCon Press

Atlanta, GA. -December 31, 2004 – Anime O-Tekku of Georgia Tech presents MomoCon, an anime and gaming convention held in Atlanta, GA, March 26-27, 2005 at the Georgia Tech Student Center. MomoCon is a free admission convention, with local vendors and artists selling their wares in addition to numerous special events. MomoCon’s anime events include panels hosted by anime company representatives, voice actor panels, karaoke events, anime showings (including company screeners), and promotional goodies from many anime companies.

While it will not feature an anime music video contest, MomoCon will host AMV Iron Chef and AMV creator showcases of local talent in the school theater (with a large movie screen and ample seating). Console gaming at MomoCon will include a console gaming free-play room with numerous rare systems available to play and a rhythm gaming room, customized to host rhythm games like DDR, Beatmania, Donkey Konga, and Amplitude. MomoCon boasts a growing collection of almost 200 console games available to play throughout the convention. Board and card gaming at MomoCon includes a free-play room, with games and card sets available for checkout, and a demo room, to host company demos. Tournaments will include 4 Steve Jackson Games tournaments, with prize support from the company, and an official Magic the Gathering Tournament with a prize pack from Wizards of the Coast. When the initial planning began for this zero budget, first year convention, it was difficult for the organizers to entice famous guests.

Since they have no working capital, they cannot afford to offer hotel or travel expenses to guests, so MomoCon began the workings of a webcomic-themed convention. Webcomic authors are often local, and looking for the exposure that being a con guest can give, so MomoCon welcomes 12 webcomic guests to the convention this year. MomoCon is not limited to anime and gaming, but prefers to welcome all related genres, including costuming. They welcome world-renowned prop-maker Robert Bean, famous for his full Darth Vader costume and pieces, as well as cosplayer and published manga artist Yaya Han. Panels include a workshop on wigs held by a local wig-maker, and a basic cosplay panel from an award-winning cosplay troupe. But all of these features are not all that this free con has to offer. Other events include Vampire the Masquerade LARP, a late night dance, a cosplay café (full with costumed waiters/waitresses), and a panel featuring local anime clubs.

MomoCon welcomes all who would grace its front steps and wishes all fans to have no reserves about attending the convention. “The con feels like The Little Engine That Could,” says Head Director Jessica Merriman. “At first we couldn’t get people to even give us the time of day, now we get requests for guests all the time, and they are willing to make concessions just for us. We really couldn’t ask for a better set of guests.” The dedicated staff and, especially, the eleven heads of staff put hundreds of hours of work into creating a wondrous fan experience, and don’t want to charge you a penny to have fun!
For more information about MomoCon, please visit the website (

1-3-05—- Author Fred Schodt Honored

Well-known translator and writer on manga Frederik L. Schodt’s recent biography of Ranald MacDonald has been named in Choice’s annual Outstanding Academic Titles list, which appears in the January 2005 issue of Choice Magazine. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries reviews significant current books and electronic media of interest to those in higher education. It is a publication from the American Library Association, recognized as an essential tool for collection development in academic libraries.

Ranald MacDonald, not to be confused with a certain fast-food restaurant mascot, has monuments erected in his honor in Astoria, Oregon and Rishiri Island, Japan. In 1988 the Friends of MacDonald society was formed and today it has over 200 members worldwide. There even exists a six-page manga called, “Ranald MacDonald, Japan’s First English Teacher,” an excerpt of which is found in Schodt’s book.

“Writing about Ranald MacDonald, the young adventurer, gave me a chance to explore the North America – Japan relationship in a new way, and help shed new light on a truly extraordinary individual,” Mr. Schodt said of his latest title.

Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan is the true story of a half-Chinook, half-Scot adventurer who entered feudal Japan in 1848 and helped pave the way for its modernization. In a time when Japan was mostly shut off to foreigners, MacDonald, age 24, faked being marooned and was promptly arrested, but his charm led to better treatment than most prisoners as he soon instructed Japanese interpreters in English. He later gave both Japanese and American officials useful tips on how to understand and communicate with each other, a great service when Commodore Perry made his historic arrival on the American “Black Ships” in 1853.

This book documents MacDonald’s early years in the Pacific Northwest, his education in central Canada, and his employment in Ontario. It then follows him to sea working for a New England whaling fleet and his time in Hawaii where he prepared for his adventure to Japan.

Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and professional interpreter who lives in San Francisco. He has written extensively on Japanese comics, and on technology and history. His first book, Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics (Kodansha International, 1983), helped trigger the current popularity of Japanese comics in the United States and along with its sequel, Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (Stone Bridge Press, 1996) is regarded as something of a classic. Dreamland Japan has also been translated into Japanese (Nippon Mangaron, Maaru-sha, 1998), as well as Korean (Daseossure, 1999), and a German edition is planned.

In 2000, Schodt was awarded the special category of the Asahi Shimbun’s Osamu Tezuka Culture Award for his work in popularizing manga overseas. In addition to his own writings, he has been a pioneer in the translation of manga and is responsible for the English versions of

Anime News Service – November 24 – December 2 Anime News


The St. Louis Post Dispatch mentions artist Yoshitomo Nara is coming to the city this Friday. He will preside over the opening of his traveling exhibition, “Nothing Ever Happens,” at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
The New York Sun reports on Art Basel Miami Beach where customers can buy contemporary art pieces and mentions the following:
“Certain recently hot artists – such as Japanese anime artist Takashi Murakami – who tanked at the November contemporary art auctions are nowhere to be found. “Use your eyes,” said New York art adviser Thea Westrich. “And be careful of work that is hot and just of the moment.” ”
– Japan’s top three entertainment conglomerates — Shochiku, Toho and Toei — are partnering to build, manage and operate a new multiplex theater in Osaka. With a projected cost of ¥150 billion ($1.5 billion), the 12-screen, 2,500-seat complex will be the largest in Japan, according to Shochiku president Junichi Sakomoto, who made the announcement Wednesday. The multiplex will be housed above Osaka’s main railway station as part of a new shopping mall and will be “the most technologically sophisticated” complex in the country as well as serving as the three companies’ flagship cinema operation, according to a statement from Sakomoto. The overall cost includes renovation of the station and the mall, with construction due to begin in late 2006 and be finished by 2011.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter Courtesy Daniel Zelter
– The Kyoto District Court has sentenced a file swapper to one year in prison for violation of Japan’s Copyright Law, signaling the first time a conviction has been made in the Asia Pacific region for the illegal distribution of films through the Internet. The sentence was announced Wednesday by the Motion Picture Assn. “The Kyoto conviction represents a judicial milestone not only in Japan but globally,” said Mike Ellis, MPA senior vp and regional director for Asia-Pacific. “It sends a message that illegally distributing copyrighted material via the Internet is not only illegal, but also that those doing so are not anonymous and will be caught. People need to understand that they are breaking the law and face serious consequences if they illegally swap movies online.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter Courtesy Daniel Zelter

12-2-04—- ADV Films To Release Samurai X: Reflection – Director’s Cut

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 28 RELEASE OF SAMURAI X: REFLECTION DIRECTOR’S CUT The tale of assassin Ruroni Kenshin’s atonement for his sins continues with the December 28, 2004 release of Samurai X: Reflection Director’s Cut. This new feature length edition of the DVD hit includes plenty of hot new extras and footage never before seen in the U.S.

Samurai X (also known as Rurouni Kenshin) is an extraordinarily popular international franchise, including both a television series and four OVAs. The OVAs, which appeared after the television series, expand on and detail the background and history of the eponymous 19th-century samurai assassin.

Kenshin is a wanderer, a lost soul, cursed to seek atonement for his life in the bloody trade of the samurai, known throughout all Japan as the Hitokiri Battousai (“sword-bearing master assassin”). The peacetime after a long war to overthrow a corrupt government has brought no peace to Kenshin, despite a vow to draw his sword only for the protection of those in need. Now his wife Kaoru steadfastly awaits his return, mourning his absence as well as that of their son, Kenji. Will Kenshin return before she dies of grief? The past meets the present fifteen years since Kenshin left.

Samurai X: Reflection Director’s Cut ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release with a 98-minute feature, including both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: interviews with the original Japanese vocal cast, clean opening and closing animation, production sketches (video), commentary with J Shanon Weaver (Kenshin), Gray Haddock (Sanosuke) & Katherine Catmull (Kaoru), a reversible cover and ADV previews.

12-2-04—- Manga Prepares Ghost In The Shell: Special Edition DVD

Manga Entertainment is proud to release a newly re-mastered Special Edition DVD of the anime feature film that took the world by storm in 1996 — Ghost in the Shell. Nearly decade after the film’s creation, the characters, settings and ideas in this unprecedented, mesmerizing cinematic masterpiece resonate in Hollywood films such as “The Matrix” and the works of James Cameron (Titanic, Aliens, The Terminator) who describes Ghost in the Shell as “stunning…the first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence”. Based on the ground-breaking comic book by Masamune Shirow, veteran director Mamoru Oshii skillfully created a movie that questions the very essence of human existence in the fast-paced world of the information age and produced one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time.

Seamlessly merging traditional cel animation with state-of-the-art computer graphic imagery, Ghost in the Shell challenged the boundaries of mainstream animation with its detailed artistic expression and uniquely intelligent story line. Winner of the 1997 World Animation Celebration Awards for “Best Theatrical Feature Film” & “Best Director of a Theatrical Feature Film,” Ghost in the Shell has since become a an international phenomenon, spawning not only a second theatrical feature (Ghost in the Shell: Innocence currently being distributed throughout the U.S. by Dreamwork’s Go-Fish label) but an animated Television series, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (currently distributed by Manga Entertainment), a PlayStation2 videogame, a second comic book series (Ghost in the Shell: Man Machine Interface published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics) and countless pieces of merchandise.

Synopsis: In 2029 – A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master”, a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.

“Ghost in the Shell – Special Edition” Studio: Manga Entertainment Sales & Distribution: Anchor Bay Entertainment Street Date: January 11, 2005 Pre-Book

Anime News Service – October 1-14 Anime News


– Australia’s The Age has a report on a current Japanese PC craze, Frienzoo.
The Scotsman reviews director Chanwook Park’s manga based film Oldboy. The Straights Times Of Singapore backs that review with one from the opposite side of the world.
– Ohio’s Hamilton Journal News is carrying the somewhat shocking article “Reading more fun than TV, Internet for some teens/8-23”. Oddly enough manga comics seems to be some of the things this group is reading.
The Decatur Daily has the Lady Death review, “Film version of ‘Lady Death’ not as triumphant as comic book “.
The Shorthorn Online has an article on UTA’s college anime club which is going on 10 years.
The Arbiter Online talks about the big plans of Boise State’s college anime club and covers their activities.
– Taka Ichise, who worked on The Ring and Dark Water, talks about The Grudge at Dark Horizons.

10-14-04—- Manga Entertainment Parent Reports On Earnings

IDT Corporation, the parent company of Manga Entertainment has released it’s revenues results, for fourth quarter and fiscal 2004. IDT Entertainment’s revenues were $106.7 million in fiscal 2004, compared with $5.0 million in fiscal 2003. Most of the increase in revenues was a direct result of several acquisitions, particularly the December 2003 acquisition of Anchor Bay Entertainment and the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 acquisition of Film Roman. The improvement in operating performance was primarily due to the operating profits generated by Anchor Bay and Film Roman during fiscal 2004.

In May 2004, IDT Entertainment acquired Manga Entertainment, which distributes “anime” programming from its extensive library of licensed titles, including the award-winning Ghost in the Shell property. Anime is one of the fastest growing genres in the rapidly-expanding home video marketplace and Manga Entertainment is one of the largest distributors of such product in the United States and Europe. Manga Entertainment works closely with Anchor Bay, utilizing its infrastructure and achieving economies of scale. Manga is able to take advantage of Anchor Bay’s logistical distribution agreement with Fox Home Entertainment, making Manga’s properties available to a much broader base of customers through the mass market and other retailers to whom Anchor Bay distributes, such as Wal-Mart, Target and Blockbuster Video.

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Manga Entertainment, IDT Entertainment distributes videos to mass merchants and other retailers. Anchor Bay’s library consists of over 3,500 owned or licensed video titles, including the Thomas the Tank Engine series, the Halloween series, and the Crunch fitness series, and Manga’s library consists of more than 300 titles of “anime,” or Japanese animation. This library provides IDT Entertainment with a significant recurring revenue stream, proprietary rights to future video productions and distribution access to the key mass merchandisers and video retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Blockbuster Video, Best Buy and Kmart.

10-14-04—- eigoMANGA’s RUMBLE PAK Heads To Iraq

A comic book publishing, eigoMANGA is inviting Japanese animation (anime) and Japanese comic (manga) fans you to help support the men and women of the US Military with the “RUMBLE PAK GOES TO IRAQ” program. The program sends care packages to the US Military stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the form of anime gifts.

eigoMANGA is working in conjunction with A.N.I.M.E. Club, an anime group organization comprised of Army troops stationed at Colorado Springs and Air Force troops from Peterson Airforce base. eigoMANGA will send these troops care packages that includes anime and manga gifts, as well as messages from Americans who want to thank the soldiers for their service. These troops will be deployed to Iraq within by the end of October.

eigoMANGA is inviting fans and supporters to contribute in the “RUMBLE PAK GOES TO IRAQ” program by donating any anime, manga, or anime-related gifts through eigoMANGA’s office, website or upcoming live event, RUMBLE INVASION which is happening Oct 23 in San Mateo, CA.

10-13-04—- Exclusive: Wendee Lee USC Talk Program Schedule

ANS contacted Alan Liou, President USC Entertainment Industry Students Association and obtained the following details on Wendee Lee’s upcoming talk session:

1. Anime clip show that will serve as a Wendee Lee retrospective.
2. Autograph session at the very end if people want to bring their poster/hobbies for Wendee to sign.
3. Audience Q & A
4. A “mystery” live reading of one of Wendee Lee’s anime works from Ms. Wendee Lee herself. (Can’t disclose the work, it’s a surprise).
5. And much more.

10-13-04—- Voice Actress Wendee Lee To Speak At USC

USC Entertainment Industry Students Association (EISA) and USC Anime Club is pleased to announce EISA’s keynote speaker series guest of honor: Wendee Lee. Wendee Lee is one of the premiere voice artists in the world of anime today. She has been voicing for such notable titles as COWBOY BEBOP, AKIRA, and VAMPIRE HUNTER D since the mid 1980’s which all began with her first role as Vanessa Leeds in the anime classic ROBOTTECH. (Compiled from

Her credits include: Akira (movie) as Kei Cowboy Bebop (TV) as Faye Valentine Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (movie) as Faye Valentine Great Teacher Onizuka (TV) as Azusa Fuyutsuki; Examinee; Kyoko Uehara; Mrs. Sakurai; Nanako’s Mother; Tadashi Sakurai; Takahama Love Hina (TV) as Kaolla Su; Tama The Big O (TV) as Angel Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (movie) as Charlotte Elbourne Witch Hunter Robin (TV) as Miho Karasuma

Wendee Lee will participate with host Alan Liou, President of USC EISA, in a discussion exploring Wendee Lee’s works, the creative challenges behind voice-acting for anime, and many more topics of interest.

Wendee Lee’s speaking event will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at the University of Southern California in the Taper Hall of Humanities in Room 201 from 8-10 PM. Admission is free. Prior reservation is required.

For information on parking, please go to the following links:

If you would like to attend, please contact Alan Liou at EISA@USC.EDU and give us your full name and

Anime News Service – August 10-21 Anime News


American Daily has an interesting article called “What Is Up With Cute?” today where a few Japanese examples are cited.
The Chicago Tribune has a piece titled Anime Replay which describes the entertainement/ art form as enjoying a huge renaissance in America.
The Straights Times Of Singapore discusses the outbreak of amateur film direction and production in the Southeast-Asian country.

8-20-04—- 10 Disc Ultimate Matrix Collection To Arrive On DVD

“…Warner Home Video will unleash…a ten-disc The Ultimate Matrix Collection on December 7th, featuring all three flicks in one…box set.

“…In additional to brand-new remastered 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers and Dolby 5.1 surround tracks, supplements include (are you ready?): introduction by the Wachowski Brothers, two audio commentaries on the first film by “The Philosophers” Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber, and “The Critics” Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson, plus two more commentaries apiece on both Reloaded and Revolutions; no less than 71 one new featurettes (21 on the first flick, 29 on the second, and 21 on the third!), 23 additional scenes filmed for “Enter the Matrix” video game, the “Roots of the Matrix,” “Re: Action – A Brief History of Action in Cinema,” “Return To Source – Philosophy & The Matrix” and “The Hard Problem – The Science Behind the Fiction” documentaries, something called “The Burly Man Chronicles,” multiple still galleries inside the massive “The Zion Archive” (including conceptual artwork, storyboards, drawings and more), plus music videos, theatrical trailers and TV spots, plus plenty of ROM exclusives to be announced. Retail for this…will be $79.95, and there will also be a Limited Edition Set featuring a Neo mini-bust figurine and 80-page collector’s book for $129.95…”

Source: DVD File courtesy Daniel Zelter

8-20-04—- Anime Seiyuu To Be In Geisha

The Hollywood Reporter talks about Youki Kudoh being in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of the novel, Memoirs of a Geisha. Kudoh played Saya in Blood.
-Mega kudos to Daniel for this hot news

8-20-04—- ADV Films To Release Gmera: The Complete Collection On DVD

ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., is issuing an all points warning that a certain giant turtle, beloved by children and feared by evil monsters everywhere, will soon be stomping the streets near you once more. Gamera- The Complete Collection, a fantastic new deluxe set containing all three-feature films in the critically acclaimed modern Gamera trilogy, packed inside a special collectible metallic box, has a street date of September 28, 2004.

These three must-have classics – directed by Shusuke Kaneko (Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah – All Out Monsters Attack) from screenplays by Kazunori Ito (Ghost in the Shell) – have been acclaimed as the best giant monster films ever by fans around the world and have garnered major critical praise from such luminaries as the New York Times’ Janet Maslin, who says Gamera-Guardian of the Universe is “A zippy new adventure to delight fans….” Andrew Johnston of TIME OUT adds that, “Gamera is giddy, wall-to-wall mayhem. The special effects are first rate and the filmmakers have a grand time flattening landmark after landmark.” CINEFANTASTIQUE chimes in calling Gamera, “a continual series of knock-out ‘money shots’ that hit at just the right dramatic moments,” and “outright exhilarating.” While Roger Ebert not only gives Gamera a big “Thumbs Up,” but goes on to laud Shinji Higuchi’s (The Princess Blade) masterful special effects by commenting in his review of Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park that “The monster-stepping-on-cars sequences in the current Japanese import Gamera: Guardian of the Universe are more entertaining.”

Join Dr. Nagamine, Inspector Osako and the lovely Asagi Kusanagi as they attempt to unravel the mysterious and deadly monster attacks of both the Gyaos and the Legion. With the “help” of the military, the survival of the human race depends on them. And the fate of the world depends on a gargantuan, aeronautic and flamably breathed reptile—Gamera, the guardian of the universe!

Gamera the Complete Collection (SRP $39.98) is a DVD-only release, including three feature length films on three discs housed in a new textured, metallic shell with a zillion extras. Disc 1: Guardian of the Universe in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Disc 2: Attack of Legion and Disc 3: Revenge of Iris in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 language versions with English subtitles.

8-20-04—- GITS: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 2 Release

Bandai Entertainment and Manga announce the joint DVD release of the second volume of the smash anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex on September 28, 2004. The series was co-produced by both Manga and Bandai and created by the revered animators at Japan’s Production I.G (Kill Bill, Ghost in the Shell). Directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade) with music by Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop), GITS:SAC Volume 2 will feature episodes 4 through 8 of the explosive 26-episode sci-fi series.

This all-new futuristic anime series continues the story of the acclaimed anime feature film Ghost in the Shell based on the popular manga by Shirow Masamune. Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds.

In GITS: SAC Volume 2, Section 9 has their hands full with the reappearance of The Laughing Man – a cyber-terrorist who hasn’t been heard from in six years. Arimaki believes that the police’s prime suspect is a decoy and orders his team to investigate. Meanwhile, in response to the Laughing Man’s last threat, Major Makoto Kusanagi stands guard for the Police Superintendent General at a press conference. This will mark the beginning of Section 9’s ongoing encounters with the Laughing Man. In the meantime they will also have to capture a foreign revolutionary and put a stop to what looks like an organ smuggling ring. The Major and Section 9 are determined to bring all of these criminals to justice

The complete series is releasing bi-monthly beginning July 2004

Anime News Service – January 1 – April 25 Anime News

4-12-04—- eigoMANGA Teams With MTV

eigoMANGA has entered a partnership with MTV through various platforms in a mutual effort to expand their exposure towards university students through anime.

eigoMANGA is promoting a live anime concert and anime career fair on the campus of San Francisco State University on May of 2004 called eigoMANGA CAMPUS INVASION. CAMPUS INVASION is stage where eigoMANGA is producing a television pilot for broadcast on MTV’s new cable channel targeting university students, mtvU.

eigoMANGA CAMPUS INVASION will also be the platform where eigoMANGA will host a ROCK THE VOTE rally to encourage university students and young anime fans to register and vote. eigoMANGA CAMPUS INVASION is participating in the “20 Million Loud” project which is supported by MTV.

mtvU has also approached eigoMANGA to be the official sponsor of mtvU’s student animation talent search. University students will submit animation shorts to mtvU in the effort of winning an animation contract with the upstart cable television network.

For more information about eigoMANGA and eigoMANGA CAMPUS INVASION, visit

4-9-04—- Americon To Include Anime Content

The first-ever AMERICON convention is shaping up to be a great success with current guests including: Christi Shake – sizzling hot model & Playboy playmate May 2002, Scott Chong – WWE / MTV Tough Enough 3 Wrestler & reality TV star, Christina Chen – Phenomenal artist on Battle of the Planets and Star Wars, Pop Mhan – dynamic artist behind Dark Horse Comics’ Spyboy and DC Comics’ Demon, Steve Conley – astounding writer/artist behind Astounding Space Thrills & head of, John Gallagher – pop personified writer/artist behind Buzzboy and head of More Fund Comics and Patrick “The Golden Child” Strange – thought provoking writer/poet behind Time Dollars, Blood of Onyx, The WhoWhats?!, Romeo Jones (The Adventures of Thong Raider) and head of Temple Studios / Temple Far East Entertainment.

Other anime & comic creators currently scheduled to appear include (A-Z): David Belmore, Austell Callwood, Philip Clark, David Dandorf, Philip Jean-Pierre, Dwayne Johnson, Nikole Jones, Russ McIntosh, David Napoliello, David Newbold, Dan Nokes, Chris Pitzer and others.

Anime & comic art studios and companies currently scheduled to appear include (A-Z): AdHouse Books,, Dreamchilde Press, Full Armour Studios, Ironhorse Comics, Labyrinth Entertainment, Newbold Creations, New Millennium Comics, SanKnights, Silent Devil Productions, Sky Dog Press / More Fund Comics, Temple Far East Entertainment / Temple Studios and 21st Century Sandshark Studios.

Music Guests currently scheduled to appear include: Caucasian Brown, Philip Clark and Flexible Head / Oddlot Music.

AMERICON 2004 Alpha will debut a special illustration by artist, Jo Chen, designed by Patrick Strange of Temple Far East Entertainment. A limited amount of signed & numbered AMERICON exclusive prints will be available along with a regular unsigned addition. Other merchandise available for purchase at AMERICON include: gold and silver age comic books, independent comic books, anime, DVDs and videos, original artwork, animation cels, autographs, Yu-Gi-Oh & other gaming cards, video games, non-sport cards, baseball / sports cards, CDs, vinyl, music memorabilia, sci-fi / horror merchandise, Star Wars & Star Trek related items, figures & statues, toys (vintage and new), posters & t-shirts, movie / TV / Hollywood memorabilia, NASCAR, WWE / wrestling, clothing, and much more. While supplies last, all vendors and customers attending AMERICON 2004 Alpha on April 25th 2004 will receive a Fulp Fiction ( promo poster for the upcoming, HARRY JOHNSON, three issue mini-series. HARRY JOHNSON is a three issue mini-series centering on the adventures of a goofy, womanizing detective of the same name. The book takes place in the late 1930s and follows detective Harry Johnson as he travels around the world on his biggest case ever! Featuring character designs by animator and Playboy cartoonist Dean Yeagle, pencils by Craig Rousseau (Batman: Gotham Adventures, Batman Beyond, Impulse), inks by Norman Lee (Spyboy, Star Wars), colors by Liquid and letters by Comicraft. HARRY JOHNSON is the creation of writer Charles Fulp, and is produced by the studio of FULP FICTION, Inc. Publisher to be announced with a FALL 2004 release date.

The guest list for AMERICON 2004 Alpha premiere convention promises to be even bigger with some of the hottest creators in anime & comics, hot models, professional athletes, music artists, voice actors and movie & TV guests lining up to attend! The premiere AMERICON Convention opens to the public April 25, 2004 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In addition to the festivities, AMERICON will be hosting and accepting submissions for a charity auction to benefit the group ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots) and the CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund). For further info on the AMERICON convention and Temple Far East Entertainment, e-mail at and check out and The AMERICON convention fan-site is

3-26-04—- Anime Toonz Vol. 2 Release

A new CD project has released in recent weeks by American dance label JellyBean-Recordings, New York – Tokyo out of the NYC and distributor Sony Discos. Titled Anime Toonz Vol. 2: Maria Kawamura, this marks the followup installment to the 2001 Anime Toonz release featuring Kikuko Inoue. The premise takes a compilation of fan favorite Anime theme songs, have a popular Japanese vocalist perform them in his or her unique voice and then have club DJ’s remix the tracks from the originals to hard house, cyber trance etc.. The vocalist for this volume is seiyuu Maria Kawamura, remixers are Nigel Richards (611 records), Bitshifter (8-bit music, Gameboy music), dablade (Ayumi Hamasaki remixer From Tokyo) and others. CD cover art is by Niki, UK resident character designer of “Sudeki” (X-Box game. Already released in Japan and will be soon in the US). 11 tracks include “sakura saku” from Love Hina, ”Forever love” from “X”. “Ai Oboeteimasuka” from Macross, El Hazard and others.

Of special interest to ANS readers, editor Jonah Morgan has added a written submission to the CD in the form of “forward” piece on page 7 of the liner notes book dealing with “Anime Song”. Look for our review to be posted soon.

3-19-04—- Japan Now: Golgo 13 Manga –

Anime News Service – April 30 – May 9 Anime News

5-9-03—- Pop Japan Travel Fall 2003 Tour Schedule

Fresh on the net, Pop Japan Travel’s Fall 2003 Tour schedule has been posted. Although the schedule is tentative noted changes include an excursion to the Fall Tokyo Game Show. Anime studio(s) to be visisted this time around are to be announced, more details to come. Start your journey by checking out what happens on days 1-2.

5-9-03—- Princess Nine Soundtrack Coming From Anime Trax

Princess Nine Original Soundtrack 1 CD Pre-book date: 7/29/2003 – Street date: 8/26/2003 Running Time: approx 46 minutes, 22 tracks

Audio CD Catalog#: AT9327 ISBN: 1-57032-934-6 UPC#: 7-42617-9327-2-4 SRP: $14.98

From renowned composer Masamichi Amano (SiN: the Movie / Ninja Resurrection / Giant Robo / Ruin Explorers / Urotsukidoji) comes the Original Soundtrack to Princess Nine!

Head back out to the mound with the music from Princess Nine! Featuring songs composed by Masamichi Amano and performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, this CD has all the touching melodies and stirring themes that played during the Princesses’ rise to the top. It also has the TV-size opening and closing songs, “Princess Nine” and “Passionate Days”! Toss in liner notes and story exposition from series producer Kensei Date, and you have a package that no Princess Nine fan should be without.

Graphic of this CD jacket is located at:

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE PRINCESS NINE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKS: “Princess Nine’s music is… some of the best background music you will hear in recent anime.” –

5-9-03—- Anime North Updates

Anime North, Canada’s hottest Anime Convention gets ready for another action packed weekend during the Victoria day long weekend of May 16-18, 2003 at Toronto’s Regal Constellation Hotel.

Highlights for this year’s event include Special Guest of Honor- comic book artist and screenplay writer- Frank Miller! Mr. Miller is noted for his work of Lone Wolf and Cub, Batman, Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, Ronin and Daredevil. YTV hosts Sugar, Carlos and Paula will be going ‘anime crazy’, broadcasting The Zone and Vortex live from the event.

Anime North will be honoring Mr. Miller with the prestigious, “Momiji” Award, in appreciation for his tireless efforts on behalf of classic titles like Kazuo Koike’s Lone Wolf and Cub, and his integration of Eastern influences and styles in his original creations like Ronin, Dark

Knight Returns and Sin City, Mr. Miller has been an important force in bringing Japanese creators, their art form and influences to a wider audience

This award will be presented jointly by the organizers of Anime North and by the Consul of Japan.

Other special guests include:

* Hikaru Midorikawa: a famous “seiyuu” (voice actor) whose notable roles include the popular original Japanese anime- Yu-Gi-Oh, to which Mr. Midorikawa was the voice for Kaiba. Other roles include anime titles of Fushigi Yuugi, Sailor Moon, Weiss Krues, Cowboy Bebop and Gundam Wing.

* Stan Sakai- a three-time Eisner award winner! His creation, Usagi Yojimbo, is the story of a samurai rabbit living in a feudal Japan populated by anthropomorphic animals. It first appeared in Albedo Comics in 1984, and since then, Usagi has been on television as a guest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as toys, on clothing, in comic books and in a series of trade paperback collections.

* Actor David Kaye- whose credits include the next X Men movie- XMEN 2-X2 ! David is also the voice of Professor Xavier in the popular show, X-Men: Evolution, not to mention his continued work in as the evil leader- Megatron in Transformers: Armada. David is one of the most heard voices around.

Also included are many more voice actors of various favorite anime series to include Scott McNeil, Brian Drummond, Kirby Morrow, Saffron Henderson, Mark Hildreth and Brad Swaile.

Special events include the Red and White Show, J-Rock Room, Art show, anime and manga workshops, a Masquerade, the National Dragon Ball Z card tournament and the Beyblade blast off!

Special anime premieres include Kaidohmaru- from Production I.G and Manga Entertainment.

Kaidohmaru is a touching story on how a girl, named Kintoki, is brought up as a boy and fights battles like a boy, but in reality, she is a girl. She falls in love with the General who leads her, but he is hardly aware of her feelings. At the same time the beautiful evil princess, Ouni-Hime, being driven by jealousy, tries to destroy not only these two but also the whole city in the course of her rage. It is a dramatic plot that is developed by puzzled emotions between these three characters.

In addition- there will be various fundraising events for the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, to which Anime North, a non- profit organization, proudly supports.

YTV and Beyblade will be present, in full force. Corus Entertainment will be hosting Beyblade demonstrations as well as having the voice actors of Kenny and Kai at their booth, meeting the fans and signing autographs.

YTV’s after-school programming block The Zone will be broadcast LIVE on Friday, May 16, 4 – 6 p.m., from Anime North, with hosts Sugar and Carlos. On Saturday, May 17, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Paula hosts Vortex LIVE from the first official day of Anime North. Get to know Paula, Vortex’s new host, as she gets to know anime, from movies to games, books to dancing, and plenty of surprises.

This will be Anime North’s Seventh year and Canada’s largest fan run anime convention! It hopes to have over 5000 attendees for 2003 to make it the largest party ever for anime and manga fans!

For more information about specific guests and events, please visit:

5-8-03—- Animatrix Exclusive Teletoon Premiere

Matrix mania is already well underway, with The Matrix Reloaded opening in theatres across Canada on Thursday, May 15th. But now Matrix fans can get the inside track on 2003’s biggest entertainment phenomenon, by tuning in for a one-night only exclusive TELETOON animation premiere.

On Monday, May 26th, TELETOON Unleashed will present Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ groundbreaking animated short film Final Flight of the Osiris, a visually spectacular prelude to The Matrix Reloaded. It will air at the beginning of

Anime News Service – August 26 – September 16 Anime News

9-16-02—- Media Blasters Theatrical Release Schedule

From, courtesy to Daniel for the link:

October 05 Scarlet Diva Calgary Film Festival, Calgary, Canada
October 09 Fudoh 4 Star Theater, San Francisco, CA
October 12 Versus Olympia Film Society, Seattle, WA
October 12 Scarlet Diva Royal Cinema, Toronto, Canada
October 18 Fudoh Clinton Street Theatre, Portland, OR
October 18 Versus Dark Wave Festival, San Francisco, CA
October 19 Versus/Freeze/Q/Ichi Exophagy Film Festival, Alberta, Canada
October 25 Scarlet Diva Cinema du Parc, Montreal, Canada
October 25 Riki Oh – The Story of Ricky Rhode Island Horror Festival, Newport, RI
October 25 Robotrix Rhode Island Horror Festival, Newport, RI
October 31 BioZombie The Grand Illusion, Seattle, WA
November 01 Fudoh Cinema du parc, Montreal, Canada
November 01 Scarlet Diva 4 Star Theater, San Francisco, CA
November 07 Fudoh Royal Cinema, Toronto, Canada
November 10 Riki Oh – The Story of Ricky Subway Cinema, Asian Horror Festical, New York, NY
November 10 Visitor Q Carnegie Melon U, Pittsburgh, PA
November 13 BioZombie Subway Cinema, Asian Horror Festical, New York, NY
December 07 Pistol Opera Smithsonian, Washington D.C.,
December 11 Fudoh George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

More features will be added later in the month to help theater vendors. Our Theatrical Representative at Media Blasters is Carl Morano and he can be reached at (212) 944-9224 Ext. 240

9-16-02—- Ring Novel News

5 September, 2002: The English version of the Ring that had been listed on Amazon has turned out to be bogus. Just as we suspected, the listing was based on an older press release naming Viz as the publisher, while a newer statement from Viz (issued in June) claims that copyrights are instead held by Vertical, Inc. Word is that the we can expect the Vertical edition around Spring of 2003 (Thanks Johhny Butane).

Source: Thanks to Daniel for the link

9-16-02—- Animagic Guests

Ani-Magic 2002 Guest List: Petrea Burchard – Ani-Magic welcomes Petrea to her very first Ani-Magic appearance! Petrea has been acting professionally for over 20 years in the Los Angeles area. To say she’s ‘best known’ as Ryoko (Tenchi Muyo) would be an understatement – over several series and movies, her voice has become synonymous with that troublesome space pirate. Recently, she lent her voice Lain’s mother (Serial Experiments Lain). Mrs. Burchard will be appearing at Ani-Magic on Saturday only.

Tristen Citrine – Tristen is an exceptionally talented costumer, both as a fan and as a professional. At the Venetian Resort/Casino in Las Vegas, she works on costumes and wigs for the scores of actors in their performances. At Ani-Magic, it’s more likely we’ll see her in a perfect recreation of some character, or perhaps in a costume entirely of her own design! Her website is at

Robert DeJesus – Robert is one of the most popular American manga artists, both in the U.S. and in Japan! Here his work can be found in Small Bodied Ninja High School, Family Pet, or Ai Candy. Across the ocean, he is one of the few American artists to have his work appear at Japan’s Comic Market. The Offical Robert DeJesus Home Page is at

Tiffany Grant – Tiffany has been acting since 1994, and to list all her roles would fill this page! To name a few – Maki (Burn Up), Madam President (Golden Boy), Elysse (Plastic Little), Asuka Langley Sohryu (Evangelion), June (Sol Bianca), Chocolate (Sorcerer Hunters), Dug Fin (Dragon Half), and several roles in Excel Saga. Not just a voice actress, she has also written several script adaptations for AD Vision. You can find her homepage at

Matt Greenfield – Matt is the producer for ADV films, bringing us the quality subs and dubs we come to expect from them. He was once just an anime fan, but managed to make it a profession! ADV’s massive release schedule has forced Matt to cut back on convention appearances, so we’re glad to have him at Ani-Magic. ADV’s home page is

Yaya Han – Yaya has been cosplaying since 1999 – although some of her extravagant costumes look like they’d take a decade to make! Her cosplay extends not only to anime, but to J-Rock costumes as well as her own original creations. As if that weren’t enough, Yaya is also a talented artist, weaving detailed linework into her compositions. Yaya’s site is at

Mike Hayes – The Haze-man hails from New Jersey, where he rules Haze Studios as a divine monarch. At the con, he’ll be showing the basics to drawing manga, as well as some advanced techniques, proving to would-be-artists that yes, you too can draw! Check out Haze Studios, at

Amy Howard-Wilson – Some of us may be too young to remember Amy’s best work, but you can always find a tape (or the new DVD collection) of Star Blazers. Her role as Nova drew many early anime fans into what is now an international obsession. More recently she has reentered the voice acting realm, playing Miranda in Irresponsible Captain Tylor! We’ll be hearing Amy’s voice for years to come. Her webpage is at

Katy Kleinhaus – Katy will be representing Speed Racer Enterprises at the con, bringing with her the Speed Racer 35th Anniversary Party! Has it really been 35 years since young Speed cruised across our TV screens? Come check out classic episodes from the series, a day when men were men, and cars were fast! The Speed Racer Official Pit Stop is at

Jason Lee – Is he a voice actor, a stand-up comedian, or an anime producer? Jason may well be known for his role of Mamoru Kusanagi (Blue Seed), but his biggest contribution to anime is coming through Gaijin Productions. This new translation and dubbing studio, founded by Jason and Amanda, will soon bear fruit with the release of Burn Up Xcess! Gaijin Productions makes their home on the web at

Wendee Lee – What hasn’t Wendee done? A Southern California native, she’s known for many of the most popular characters in anime – Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop),

Anime News Service – June1-3 Anime News

6-3-02—- New Macross Series Update

The upcoming Macross Zero OVA series will be 5 episodes long, presumably each episode being 30 minutes in length.

Source: Natsume Maya

6-3-02—- I.G. Item

Read about the experiences of Korean-American Rober Hwang in regards to working at Production IG at Production I.G..

Thanks to Daniel for the news

6-3-02—- Heart Cocktail To Become Anime

Watase Seizo’s Heart Cocktail Again will see the transition to mini TV anime shorts, each 5 minutes long. Watase, an illustrator who has toured with exhibitions in the U.S. has seen his “Heart Cocktail” romantic manga selling very well in Japan.

Source: Natsume Maya

6-3-02—- Manga Evangelion Movies Press

From the release:

Manga Entertainment Proudly Presents On DVD and VHS July 30, 2002

Chicago, IL- From the animators of GAINAX Studios (The Wings of Honneamise) and Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire) comes the most decisive chapter in the Neon Genesis Evangelion saga. Featuring groundbreaking animated action sequences and mind-blowing dramatic revelations; Death & Rebirth is truly a composition of epic proportions. Manga Entertainment will release Evangelion: Death & Rebirth on DVD and VHS in both English and the original Japanese language on July 30, 2002. Visit the special site to view the trailer, or participate in either our webmaster or online fan contest.

Manga’s most technically advanced DVD to date includes a double-sided DVD, special audio commentary and an exclusive Mokuji Interactive feature (Mokuji = “Contents”). Once activated, this feature will allow the viewer to select from an on-screen, chapter specific index of Eva-related terms, character descriptions, and other valuable information while viewing the film. The perfect resource for the seasoned Evangelion fan eager to learn more as well as a comprehensive introduction for those new to the story!

15 years after the Antarctic blast known as the Second Impact, the world once again faces the threat of the Angels – super-powered entities with the capacity to bring about a Third Impact capable of destroying all human life.

Summoned by his estranged father, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari reluctantly embraces his destiny as the pilot of the bio-engineered vessel known as “Evangelion Unit-01.” Alongside fellow Eva pilots Asuka Langley and Rei Ayunami, Shinji battles against the host of invading Angels. But all is not as it seems. Amidst layers of subterfuge, and the competing agendas of secret government organizations each seeking to manipulate the children and their Evas for their own ends, Shinji, Rei and Asuka must each come to terms with their past and unearth their own identities.

Told from the various perspectives of the tale’s primary characters, Death & Rebirth is a composition of epic proportions. The first half of the film is an orchestrated retelling of episodes 1 through 24 of the original groundbreaking Neon Genesis Evangelion saga. Supplemented with startling new animated sequences, Death offers a unique insight into the personal worlds of the characters as conceived of by the series’ director Hideki Anno.

In Rebirth, the second half of the film, we see an alternate vision of episode 25 of the original series. Seele, the secret international organization behind the development of both the Evangelion project and the Human Complementation project, is concerned about the way the projects’ director, Ikari Gendo, is proceeding. Convinced that Gendo is implementing his own plans, they set out to wrest control of the projects and capture Eva Unit-01. Using the nine-production model Evangelions under their command, and a force of conventional troops, Seele undertakes a full-scale invasion of Central Dogma – the operation control center beneath Tokyo-3. All key roles in the English language version of Death and Rebirth are reprised by the original voice-actors from the Neon Genesis Evangelion series!

Double-sided DVD Features: · Letterbox · English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound · English & Japanese Stereo · Subtitle options for Dialogue & On-screen Text · Audio Commentary by Amanda Winn Lee (English Language Director, and voice of Rei Ayanami) other voice commentary by Taliesin Jaffe & Jason C. Lee · Mokuji Interactive Feature* · In-depth Index of Characters, Angels, Evas & Terms · Photo Gallery · Original Japanese Trailers · Japanese Production Credits · End of Evangelion Preview · Manga Previews · Web Links · Manga Fan Club

Studio: Manga Entertainment Sales & Distribution: WEA Street Date: July 30, 2002 Pre-Book Date: July 3, 2002 Genre: Drama/Action Running Time: 115 minutes (both DVD and VHS) DVD: SRP: $29.95; Barcode: 6-60200-4107-2 (8); Catalog Selection #: MANGA4107-2 VHS (English): SPR $19.95; Barcode: 6-60200-4108-3 (4); Catalog Selection #: MANGA4108-3 VHS (Subtitled) SRP: $24.95; Barcode: 6-60200-4108-3 (4); Catalog Selection #: MANGA4108-3

6-3-02—- Garinpeiro Reveals Details On New Projects Xevious And 6 Angels

Garinpeiro’s Debut for their 95 minute animated feature 6 Angels at a Tokyo movie festival in December of 2001 drew a large amount of attention from fans and press alike. Starting July 6th, the film begins nationwide theater distribution starting in Ikebukuro screening in DLP.

Directing is Akimoto Yasuwith Gundam Z and ZZ mecha designer Kobayashi Makoto reprising that role of production on this project while Kato Yutaka of (I’m Gonna Be An Angel) adds her talent as character designer.

Based on the 1983 arcade title, the Xevious anime feature runs 75 minutes and is due from August 3rdalso running at Ikebukuro in DLP format. Purodyusa and Naco will team on production, Takano Yutaka willdesign characters, Masaharu Ogawa is on Mecha design.

6-3-02—- Charity Selection For Anime Expo Auction

According to Mike Tatsugawa of Anime Expo:

We have looked through over 200 charities to try to determine the best cause to donate the proceeds of the SPJA 9/11 Charity Auction. We have narrowed down the candidates to a select eight. We have cleared these organizations with the Better Business Bureau to insure their status as a legitimate aid organization for the victims of 9/11. Because I’m not a local from the New York area, any comments on these charities is extremely welcome while we talk to these organizations to get it down to one or two recipients.


The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

Robin Hood Foundation

September 11, 2001 Children’s

Anime News Service – May 13-15 Anime News

5-15-02—- Matrix Anime First Web Images

Daniel has informed the ML that a still of the Square USA Matrix anime can be seen at whatisthematrix. 2 resolutions are available for the “JUE:” Hero Stance” pic. Thanks to Corona

5-15-02—- PS2 Price Cuts – Japan View

Thanks yet again to Yukio-san ( in Yokohama City for his news tips making the Japanese scene:

It was announced that Sony Computer Entertainment makes the price of PlayStation 2 (PS2) amendment, and makes an open price the present manufacturer’s suggested price of 29,800 yen from May 16. Thereby, it is expected that a market price falls. It changes PS2 to 199 dollars from the present 299 dollars PSONE also in the U.S. to 49 dollars with the low price offensive in the whole Playstation platform, such as price reduction and making a liquid crystal one apparatus game machine “PSone& liquid crystal display monitor COMBO” into 18,000 yen from the conventional open price further.

Takeshi Kutaraki- CEO of the company “as for PS2, total shipment amounted to 30 million sets in two years and two months after sale. This is 2.5 times as much vigor as the conventional PS. It is being said that PS2 and PS have soft low rank compatibility, and its PSone is also still fine and they have been the strong point of this PS format.”

Source: PC Web

5-15-02—- Gundam Online News

Thanks to Yukio-san ( in Yokohama City:

The newest screen shot of “UNIVERSALCENTURY.NET GUNDAM ONLINE” (following, UC) was exhibited on UC formal site. UC is a work which is attracting attention as MMORPG (large-sized on-line RPG) dealing with popular animation “a movement fighter cancer dam.” The pictures added this time total six and others, a military uniform and a pilot suit, the modeling picture of a human body, etc. are exhibited. [ image / landscape ] It could be said that the form as a game beginning to be in sight at last. In addition, by Online Player vol.007 on sale, the independent interview to the development origin of UC is carried now. the trend of UC wrapped in many etc. — mind — I want you to surely check the direction.

5-15-02—- 1/400 Gundam Figure Collection Unveiled

Thanks to Yuko for the following:

Animation popular in a generation even with an adult broad from a child focusing on the male in his 20-30’s “a movement fighter cancer dam.” BANDAI CO., LTD. has put the low unit price and painted new series of this figure “Gundam Collection” on the market from May 10, 2002 at convenience stores all over the country etc. A price is 180 yen (according to tax).

Full length is about 45mm and commercialized the MOBIRU suit which appears in a “gundam” on 1/400 scale. It is the finished-goods figure which gave an elaborate form and elaborate paint. The 1st cartridge lineup is the popular MOBIRU suit of a total of 16 kinds. It is the pleasure after opening a box which MOBIRU suit comes out. Furthermore, the same MOBIRU suit also has arms, a marking difference, etc., and they are only works unbearable to a fan. I will surely arrange here all kinds!

The 1st cartridge lineup (all 16 sort + arms and those with a marking difference) Gundam (the television version), Gundam NT-1, Guncanon, ZAKU II only for Char, ZUGOKKU only for Char, GERUGUGU only for Char, mass-produced type ZAKU II, ZAKU II, DOMU, rucksack DOMU, RIKKUDOMU II, GOGGU, AGGAI

Source: Goo

5-15-02—- Asian Cinema Briefs

According to the schedule at Festival-Cannes, Kiju Yoshida’s Women in the Mirror, and Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha will be among the numerous films at the Cannes.

“Charlie’s Angels” star Lucy Liu is in talks to take on a different kind of “Charlie” role, as the title character in a modern-day version of the classic detective franchise “Charlie Chan” for 20th Century Fox. Liu will executive produce and star in the film, a hip reinvention of the legendary franchise, as the similarly named granddaughter of the famed supersleuth. “Chan” will be produced by John Woo and Terence Chang’s Lion Rock Prods. and will be overseen for the studio by Hutch Parker. Fox distributed the original “Chan” films, which were based on a series of novels by Earl Derr Biggers centering on the Chinese-American detective. Nearly a dozen “Chan” films were released during the 1930s and ’40s, with such actors as Warner Oland and Sidney Toler taking the lead role.

Source: HollyWood Reporter And much thanks to Daniel

5-15-02—- Japanese Game Shows Scrutinized

Japanese TV has been known for it’s off the wall game shows for many years. Some of the reality based themes were even in place years before they were chic or trendy in America. is carryig the following Associated Press story which takes a closer look at concerns over recent injuries and even a death involving the programs.

5-14-02—- 4Kids Announces Fox Kids FOX BOX Lineup

From the release:

Beginning September 14, a new Saturday morning kids network takes to the television airwaves. From 4Kids Entertainment, the company responsible for some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, comes the FOX BOX – where inside awaits the best in action, adventure and comedy for kids nationwide. “Kids love stuff that comes in a box– whether it’s presents, toys, cereal, games -you name it – kids can’t wait to open a box to get at what’s inside!” said Al Kahn, Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment. “And inside the FOX BOX are hit shows and an exciting and innovative format that brings new ideas and energy to Saturday morning kids television. More than a programming service, FOX BOX is designed to become a real, tangible part of kids’ lives.”

Backed by the support a multi-million dollar tune-in marketing campaign, the FOX BOX debuts with a powerhouse roster of high-profile kids entertainment brands that includes Nintendo’s smash hit franchise KIRBY…the debut of an all-new, back-to-its-roots TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES in first quarter 2003…and the introduction of an exciting array of non-stop action and