30 January 2002

  • Starchild has announced the sale of a Starchild Girls' Character Song Best CD. The limited edition first pressing comes with a Hoshino Ruri figurine. Details:
    Released by Starchild
    Catalogue number KICA-9571
    4,000 yen (including tax)
    Release date 22 May 2002
    Preorder date 20 February 2002
    Comprises character songs by popular voice actresses including Hayashibara Megumi and Horie Yui from shows such as Evangelion, Nadesico, Love Hina and Sister Princess
    A regular edition (KICA-571) will be released on the same day at the lower price of 2,800 yen (including tax)

28 January 2002

  • With the release of the Noir mook "Les Deux Vierges" by Kadokawa Shoten on 25 January 2002 comes news that a sequel to the anime Noir will be made. (Edit 1 February 2002: I haven't been able to confirm this information myself).

25 January 2002

  • Limited edition versions of volume 10 of the Vampire Princess Miyu manga and volume 1 of the Vampire Princess Yui manga will come with figurine. Although it's not yet known whom the characters will be, when combined, the two will form one scene. The limited edition versions of the manga are scheduled for release on 30 May 2002 from Akita Shoten, price 1,500 yen each. Pre-order date is around 26 February 2002.
  • Those purchasing all 13 volumes of the Noir DVDs or VHS tapes will be able to apply for a limited edition set of 4 SD character mascots. See here for pictures, but note that the final product may vary from the illustrations. Look for application details in volume 13 (scheduled for release 23 March 2002).

24 January 2002

  • The manga Asagiri no Miko (Shrine Maiden of the Morning Mist) by Ugawa Hiroki (author of Standard Blue), serialised in Young King Ours magazine will be animated in a TV series.
  • Idea Factory is producing an OVA version of Generation of Chaos Next. This is presumably to coincide with the release of their Playstation 2 game of the same name in the (northern) spring this year.

23 January 2002

  • Asou Kaori (Ririka in Nurse Angel Ririka, Kuromi in Animation Runner Kuromi) will be releasing her first CD album Gentle Heart. Details:
    Released by Asu-One Entertainment
    (Edit 8 Feburary 2002: Catalogue number ASCA-5001)
    2,913 yen (excluding tax)
    Release date 17 February 2002
    10 tracks, including the ending theme to Animation Runner Kuromi "Hidamari no Machi de"

22 January 2002

  • Shueisha may be releasing an Oh! great art book in the (northern) spring this year.
  • You can download an Alien 9 screensaver from the official site here. (Though it's nothing special IHMO.)

16 January 2002

  • Limited edition Alien 9 DVD Taisaku Box. After the release of the concluding 4th volume of Alien 9 on 25 February 2002 comes the Alien 9 Taisaku Box - a special DVD and box to hold the special DVD and all 4 volumes of the OVA series. Details:
    Catalogue number BCBA-1197
    3,800 yen (excluding tax)
    Release date 25 April 2002
    Preorder date 19 March 2002
    Box illustrated by Tomizawa Hitoshi
    Contents of the special DVD: new music clip, main staff interview (including the 3 main characters and Tomizawa Hitoshi), an Alien 9 event in May 2000, promotion video, TV commercials for the first 3 volumes of the OVA. Roughly 30 minutes

14 January 2002

  • Two more XiaoXiao stick figure Shockwave Flash animations are now available here and here. The second is a game, but if you make it through to the end, there's a further animation for your enjoyment.

10 January 2002

  • For fans of Katsura Masakazu, it looks like the 2002 combined nos 6 & 7 issue of Young Jump (out 10 January 2002) has a "perfect version" of his M manga with some retouched colour pages.
  • Fans of Berserk will find a Berserk screensaver available for download at the Young Animal magazine website.

9 January 2002

  • Shin Seiki Evangelion Art Trading Card Book. This book, due out on 22 March 2002, comprises trading cards illustrated by Sadamoto Yoshiyuki. There will be 64 of the trading cards, containing the newest, previously unpublished illustrations by Sadamoto, but since each book only comes with 32 trading cards, you'll need to buy at least 2 copies of the book to get all 64 cards. Published by Kadokawa Shoten, price 2 000 yen.
  • The delayed Shin Seiki Evangelion EXTRA 2002.4-2003.3 calendar is now due out on 15 March 2002, and as the name suggests will cover the period April 2002 to March 2003. It includes a digest of scenes from the manga version of Evangelion, NERV memo paper, character designs by Sadamoto Yoshiyuki and plans for an unknown episode. This will be a small, but thick, block (desktop) calendar, not simply a few large illustrations to hang up. Published by Kadokawa Shoten, price 1 800 yen, B6 size.
  • Egawa Tatsuya's "Ero Pop" art book has been delayed yet again. It's now due out on 25 February 2002.
  • New seinen manga magazine by Wani Magazines. The first issue of monthly Waruzou magazine is due on 18 January 2002. Cover illustration will be by Egawa Tatsuya. Contributors include Egawa Tatsuya (Golden Boy), Kurebayashi Nao, Akana Tadashi, Natsumoto Masato (Lodoss Wars), Tenjiku Rounin, Shibata Masahiro (Sarai), Owada Hideki, OKAWARI, Kimura Chika, Sanbe Kei, Yamada Naito, Terada Katsuya (full colour manga), Isutoshi (Slut Girl) and Kiryu Tomohiko. To commemorate the first issue, a digital art collection CD-ROM will be included, with works by Range Murata, Terada Katsuya, Tsukasa Jun, OKAMA and Hiryuran. Roughly 280 pages. Price 350 yen.
  • Also due out on 18 January 2002 is volume 3 of the manga R.O.D by Kurata Hideyuki and Yamada Shutaro, serialised in monthly Ultrajump magazine. Yay!
  • 12 January 2002 sees the release of volume 2 of the manga Chikyu Misaki by Iwahara Yuji, serialised in monthly Ace Next magazine. I love the artwork of this story about Makishima Misaki, who moves to the town of Hohoro with her father. With new friend Sanae, Misaki discovers the Loch Ness Monster-like Hohopo, which when kissed turns into the boy Neo (named by Misaki on the spur of the moment after the Keanu Reeves character in the Matrix).


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