16-30 APRIL 2002 NEWS
30 April 2002
- Firstly, a couple of paragraphs about anime
sequels. I received my copy of the Newtype
Illustrated Collection "NOIR -Les deux
vierges -" recently, in which the interview
with Kuwashima Houko (seiyuu for Kirika) is the
source of the speculation that a new
series of Noir will be made. Anyway, *bearing
in mind that I don't speak Japanese*, this is the
last part of the interview with Kuwashima: ..I'm
most happy to have taken part in such a great,
original work. It's my treasure. Thank you.
Truly, will a sequel be made? Look forward to it.
"Let's meet again/see you next time/etc.
Yoisho." (...Konna suteki na original
sakuhin ni derureta koto ga naniyori ureshii.
Watashi no takaramono desu. Arigatou. Honto ni,
zoku hen tsukurun desu ka? Tanoshimini shiteimasu.
"Mata aou ne. Yoisho.") Other than
that, the book does have a nice collection of
artwork by Kikuchi Yoko and others (mainly works
earlier published in Newtype and other magazines).
- It seems that in the latest issue of Paletta, at
the end of the R.O.D article,
Kurata Hideyuki speaks of making a sequel
("Zoku hen wa, yarimasu."). My copy of
the magazine is still waiting to ship ;_;
Apparently, however, the setting may be 5 or 10
years in the future and Yomiko may no longer be
the main character (the title of "The Paper"
may have passed on to someone else). Idle fan
speculation includes the focus being on Yomiko's
child, another agent, or Wendy as "The Paper"
^_^;; By the way, for those who didn't know, the
kanji "yomi" in the name "Yomiko"
means "to read" ^_^
- The MorningStar
Studio homepage has a pic up with the words
"The Second Season Outlaw Star
in future 200X!!!". Then again, on the other
side of the pic are the words "Don't believe/trust
me!" ^_^;; There will, however, been the
continuation of the manga in Ultrajump later this
year. The studio has earlier indicated on its
English page that greater sales may be required
before production of a sequel becomes viable.
- The official site for the CG movie BonoBono ~
The Tree of Kumomo~ is up. The grand
opening of the website will be on 1 May 2002. The
shoujo magazine Ribon has a website up for Full
Moon o Sagashite (not much to see,
though) while Ciao magazine has a website up for Mirumo
de Pon! (which is
more interactive). Finally, Family Gekijyo has a
website up for Saishu
Heiki Kanojo (She, the Ultimate Weapon)
but that doesn't have much to look at.
- Tomy's website has updated with the start of
- A movie version of Bakuten Shoot Beyblade
2002 is due out on 17 August 2002. The
title will be "Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002
Takao vs Daichi". The TV
series is currently airing on TV Tokyo.
reports that former anime movie producer
Sengoku Shizuhiko (54 years old) was arrested
today for threating to kill his brother in law
(66 years old) with a mountain-climbing knife.
His brother-in-law suffered a cut to his left
hand in the incident, which was a dispute over
the sale of Sengoku's parents' home. Sengoku
worked on anime such as Lupin III, Jarinko Chie
and Makoto-chan in the early 80s.
- Victor Entertainment has webpages up for .hack//SIGN
Kokki. Presumably in due course
samples of the soundtracks will become available
Hibari, which has worked on various
anime (including a number of Studio Ghibli movies)
is working on an original anime planned for
distribution over the internet. Five illustration
boards can be viewed on the news page (just click
on the picture).
29 April 2002
- Upcoming DVD release information:
Abenobashi Mahou Shotengai (Abenobashi Magic
Volume 1 (one
be released 26 June 2002
1,800 yen (excluding tax)
Volume 2 (limited
edition with box for the whole series)
be released 24 July 2002
5,500 yen (excluding tax)
Volume 2 (regular
be released 24 July 2002
5,500 yen (excluding tax)
Full Metal Panic
Volume 0 EX with
be released 25 July 2002
2,500 yen (excluding tax)
Volume 6 (limited
edition with figure)
be released 25 July 2002
7,800 yen (excluding tax)
Volume 6 (regular
be released 25 July 2002
5,800 yen (excluding tax)
- More news on the Hoshi no Koe soundtrack
to be released. The CD will have 12 tracks from
the anime, including the theme song "Through
the Years and Far Away". Running time will
be approximately 25 minutes. Jacket will be
illustrated by Shinkai Makoto. Price 1,600 yen.
To be released 24 May 2002.
26 April 2002
- Sorry for late news today.
- Volume 1 of the manga Yaeka no Karte by
Takeda Hinata and serialised in Monthly Comic
Dragon manga magazine is to be released on 30
April 2002 from Kadokawa Shoten, price 740 yen (excluding
tax). As the subtitle says, "Yaeka is
exerting herself to become a veterinary surgeon"
^_^;; Very cute (if nothing else).
- The life-sized Chobits cut-out of Chii is
now available for pre-order. 6,800 yen (excluding
tax). Scheduled release date is the end of June
2002. You can now view the cut-out here.
- For those who've missed episodes of Psychic
Academy, Lycos will have episodes 1 to 6
available for viewing on 3, 4, 5 and 6 May 2002 (during
Golden Week). Episode 5 commenced online
- Those who collect all the coupons from the six Najica
DVDs and the CD soundtrack can apply for the
chance to win one of 100 prints illustrated by
Yamauchi Noriyasu (each with serial number
or should that be "shiri-al"
number ^_^;; - and autographed by Yamauchi and
Nishijima). The illustration can be viewed here,
but note that it is subject to change.
- A limited edition of 10,000 units of a volume
0 DVD to the TV anime series G-on Riders
(yet to commence broadcast) will be produced. The
DVD will include a special clip, interviews with
the three main cast members, an opening theme
promo, etc. There will be a reversible DVD jacket
and a character standing(?) as a bonus. Details:
To be released 9 August 2002
Catalogue number ASHB-1003
Price 2,940 (including tax)
- The TV anime Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magical
te (presumably a spin-off from Soul Taker) is
to commence broadcast in August 2002.
News reports that an anime movie based on
the game Pia Carrot e Youkoso will be
produced, although the movie will have a new
storyline, with the season planned to commence at
the end of September 2002. A tentative title
could be "Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! ~Sayaka no
Natsu Monogatari~" (Sayaka's Summer Story).
has announced the production of a Vandread
Gekitou Hen, as a new part to the Second
Stage. It's the second instalment of "another
Vandread" by director Higuchi Shinji, with
new theme music.
- A notice
on the official Alien 9 website states
that the site will end at the end of April 2002.
That doesn't bode well for any more being
animated ;_; On the other hand, the manga is to
reports that the new Tetsuwan Atom (Astroboy)
TV anime is slated for broadcast in April
2003, with broadcast in South East Asian
countries (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, etc) likely to
commence in October 2003. The full CG Tetsuwan
Atom movie is scheduled for release in July
2004, with simultaneous release in the US. The
movie will be a joint production of Sony Pictures
Entertainment and Jim Henson Pictures. Director
will be Eric Leighton (who worked on Disney's
"Dinosaur"). Production costs are
estimated at 10,000,000,000 yen with a similar
budget for advertising. Apart from the two anime,
a new manga will be published by
Shogakukan commencing October 2002 and various
Tetsuwan Atom events are planned, including on
Atom's birthday on 7 April 2003.
25 April 2002
- The June 2002 issue of Animage (published 10 May
2002) will have a feature on Hoshi no Koe.
Moyu at Jungle SCS told me that the DVD has sold
out quickly everywhere.
- The official
site for Enban Oujo Walkure (UFO
Princess Valkyrie) has its grand opening
today. Things are still to be added to the site,
but you'll be able to view cast and staff details
and character designs.
- The Tokyo (parliamentary) Assembly
has a streaming web
anime for kids to learn more about
this arm of government. But animation is of the
basic paper cutout variety.
- Two upcoming DVD releases with limited edition
figures included are:
Full Metal Panic volume 5 (to be
released 25 June 2002, comes with Teresa
Testarossa figure, price 7,800 yen (excluding
tax) - regular edition is 5,800 yen (excluding
tax)). The series will comprise a total of 12
Shichinin no Nana volume 8 (to
be released 6 November 2002, comes with Nana
Ranger figure, price 8,000 yen (excluding tax) -
regular edition is 6,500 yen (excluding tax)).
This is the final volume of the series.
- Today is ANZAC Day, when we remember the men and
women of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps
who have fallen in the line of duty when called
by their country (and in the past the Empire).
Lest we forget.
24 April 2002
- The soundtrack for Hoshi no Koe (The
Voices of a Distant Star) is to be
released on 24 May 2002.
a Japanese fan site, reports that this month's
issue of Comic Gum contains the official
announcement of a second series of
Mahoromatic, confirming the earlier
speculation. Details (including whether the
second series is to be a TV or OVA series) have
not yet been released.
23 April 2002
- A correction: sorry, in my rush to get the news
out yesterday, I stated that Paletta was a manga
- in fact it's a magazine. I hope that was
implied from the context anyway ^_^;;
- For those who can't afford the Paper Moon life-size
Chii doll, Kodansha will be releasing a life-sized
Chii cut-out. Preorders start 26 April
2002. Otherwise, there's the life-sized
Chii body pillow to snuggle up to in
bed. 3 kg in weight and only 12,600 yen ^_^
- The Mainichi
Shimbun reports that the winners of the 6th
Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (for manga
released in 2001) were announced yesterday. The grand
prix went to Inoue Takehiko for
Vagabond (original work by Yoshikawa
Eiji), while the prize for excellent work
was awarded to Miura Kentaro for Berserk.
Apart from the bronze statues, the winners
received 2 million and 1 million yen respectively.
- A compilation volume of the manga Abenobashi
Mahou Shotengai by Tsuruta Kenji (and
serialised in monthly manga magazine Afternoon)
was released today. Apart from compiling the
manga into a B5 size volume (same size as
Afternoon), the volume includes extra pages such
as guest illustrations, discussion between the
creative staff of the anime. Price 1,200 yen (excluding
tax). For more details, see the GAiNAX news
report on 22 April.
- The release of the Art Collection Onegai
Teacher CD-ROM by Kusanagi has been put
back from 26 April 2002 to 1 May 2002.
- A preview movie for Arcade Gamer Fubuki
volume 2 (to be released on DVD on 25
April 2002) can be viewed here.
- JVC's "Chobits the Limited Room"
is now open.
This room will be open only until 30 November
2002. If you've got RealPlayer, Shockwave and
ConnecteD installed on your computer (each can be
freely downloaded via the links on the page), and
you insert your Chobits CD into your CD drive (the
first Chobits music release will be the OP single
tomorrow), then you'll be able to access a
special page with "images" to see and
or hear and wallpapers to download.
- The first part of the manga Nasu (Eggplant)
by Kuroda Iou, "Andulusia no Natsu" (Andulusian
Summer), is to be animated by Madhouse.
The manga, published by Kodansha, deals with
bicycle road racing. The anime will be directed
Takasaka Kousaka Kitarou from
Studio Ghibli. (Updated 7 February 2004.)
- Details of Iwao Junko's sixth and latest
CD album "1/f" (F Bun no Ichi)
have been released. The album will be released on
15 May 2002 and cost 3,000 yen (including tax). A
track listing can be found here.
22 April 2002
- Sorry for late update - I fell asleep ^_^;;
- Uchiyama of Ruputer
Fan has created an Azumanga
- The spring 2002 issue (no. 3) of Paletta
(published by Enterbrain
on 18 April 2002, price 1,143 yen) has a 6
page article on R.O.D. Hopefully my copy will
ship soon ^_^ Paletta is a magazine with
information about games, anime and manga. Other
topics in this issue include Onegai Teacher and
- Speaking of Onegai Teacher,
those who purchase all seven volumes of that DVD
release from Animate
stores will receive a Quo card. When you purchase
volume one, you'll receive a card at the register.
Collect the stamps with each volume to receive
the Quo card with the seventh volume. I know few
people would be able to order their copies from
Animate, but thought I'd mention it anyway ^_^;;
Don't know if the US branch of Animate would
offer the same item.
- The Museum
of the Institute for Fire Safety & Disaster
Preparedness includes references to Gundam
(and Tetsuwan Atom/Astro Boy) in
its "Firefighting in the Future"
Not much to see, but I thought I'd mention it
- For fans of H-anime, it looks like a DVD
box of Septem
Charm Magical Kanon will be
released, with a new 30 minute anime. Release
date is expected to be 25 August 2002, with the
box to be illustrated by Yokoto Mamoru. Note that
the above site does have linked pages which
contain adult images.
- The website for 6 Angels (a sci-fi
anime about an all-female private security firm)
is now open.
21 April 2002
- A big thank you to Falls on Deaf Ears for
correcting my previous news about Jungle wa
Itsumo Hare nochi Guu. The DVD release
in August is NOT a re-release of the TV
series but rather is the release of a new
OVA series. I've corrected the entry
below now. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Please forgive me ^_^;;
reports that at a Tenshi no Shippo
event today, a Playstation game
based on the anime was announced. To be released
by Bandai, the price and sale date are still
undetermined. The production of a second
part to the anime was also formally
announced, although whether it will take the form
of a TV series or OVA series is unknown.
- A collaboration of the doujin circles Watanabe
Seisakujo and Shunpuutei Koubou has produced a game
version of Glove on Fight, a one-on-one
fighting game for Windows computers. Originally a
Flash animation, now you can pit your favourite
bishoujo characters against each other (eg Dejiko
from DiGi Charat, Tsukimiya Ayu from Kanon, etc).
Price 2,000 yen (excluding tax). To be released
21 May 2002. For screenshots, see here
and click on the pictures for enlargements.
19 April 2002
- Upcoming region 2 DVD releases by Bandai
on 25 August 2002 include:
Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu deluxe volume
1 (this is the OVA series, not the TV
series; comes with an eight page booklet and a
Hokute strap, price 3,800 yen, Dolby Digital
Sentou Yousei Yukikaze volume 1 (Dolby
Digital 5.1, price 5,800 yen, comes with 15
minute making video and reversible DVD jacket)
Dominion volumes 1 and 2 (three episodes
per volume, Dolby Digital stereo, price 3,800
each, includes four page booklet)
Fushigi Yuugi OVA series volume 1 (three
episodes, Dolby Digital stereo, price 3,800,
includes the bus trip omake clips)
Macross 20th Anniversary Premium Collection
(price 3,800 yen, a limited edition item) (I
don't think this is an anime; could be a live
- The first episode of the web anime Fairplays
is now available for download here
(together with the OP, ED and trailer).
- The website
for Shueisha's shoujo manga magazine Ribon
has updated with a new Flash game based on
the serialised manga Mujyuuryoku Shonen by Azuki
Ryo. Click on the green sign to download the
Flash game. Help Fuuko to catch Choro within the
time limit. However, make sure none of the
cameramen snap Fuuko using her gravity-defying
superpowers or the game's over. Use the cursor
keys to direct Fuuko she can move along
the thick black lines (eg walk up walls). Use the
space key to jump, to use the trampoline (eg so
that Fuuko can jump onto the signboard) and to
catch the balloon (to rise to the top of the
apartment). The large red arrows which appear on
the screen will give you the general direction of
Choro. The four previous games are available on
the site as well.
18 April 2002
- The May 2002 issue of the monthly manga magazine Ultrajump
(published 19 April 2002) will come with a Tenjou
Tenge clear file. The illustration will
be the picture of Natsume Maya ^_^ used for volume
6 of the manga.
- Looks like first copies of Mimi o
Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart) (to be
released 24 May 2002) will come with a pin badge.
- For those who missed out on the Full
Metal Panic volume 0 EX DVD with box,
the item will be re-released on
25 July 2002 the same day of the release
of volume 6 of the series. The contents of the re-release
are not expected to change (including the 2,500
yen price), although the box art will be
- For hentai fans of Words Worth, 25 June 2002 sees
the release of Words
Worth Kaiden: Honryu no Naka de...
volume 1. Price 6,800 yen. This will be a two
- Issue no. 1 of Wani Magazines' latest monthly
manga magazine Comic Love Love
goes on sale on 19 April 2002. Described as a
love comic for men, I presume it'll have adult
content. Contributors will include Ditama Bou (Mahoromatic),
Hiryu Ran, Takahashi Mako, Hoshiai Hiro, YUG,
Itaba Hiroshi, Pon Takahanada, Eno Akira,
Katuomaki Asahi and others. B5 size, price 350
yen (excluding tax).
- Short ads for Gatekeepers 21 (volume
one of which is to be released on 24 April 2002)
are available for streaming download here.
- This isn't something particularly new, but with
the recent airing of the Chobits anime, I thought
I'd point out that the Chobits fanatic can buy a life
sized Chii doll from Paper Moon.
With 14 movable parts (and fingers), the doll
stands 152 cm tall and costs 450,000 yen (excluding
tax). Click on the pictures for enlargements.
Other dolls in the product lineup include Ayanami
Rei (Evangelion), Maehara Shinobu (Love Hina),
Hoshino Ruri (Nadesico), and in the past Kinomoto
Sakura (Card Captor Sakura).
- The Nakoruru
website has updated with a 90 second promo
now available for download.
Tron's website reports that Asamiya Kia's new
Silent Mobius Tales manga will commence
serialisation in Enix's monthly shonen manga
Fantasy with the June 2002 issue (released 18
May 2002). Seven instalments are planned, to deal
with each of the AMP members one by one. After
that, a new work Silent Mobius Neos
is planned, also to be serialised in G Fantasy.
The website also mentions the release of the
Silent Mobius DVDs in June 2002 in the US and
refers to a DVD special package and a special
version of the manga, but suggests that these may
be for promotional purposes, not retail sale.
- A promo for the upcoming Sentou Yousei
Yukikaze can now be downloaded here.
16 April 2002
- The official website for the 2 volume OVA of Nakoruru
~ Anohito karano okurimono~ (to be released
on 25 May 2002) is now open here,
with a short ad available for download from the
promotion page. A limited edition version of
the volume 1 DVD is available with a
Limited edition version-
Price 6,800 yen
Price 5,800 yen
In addition, the first pressing (presumably of
either edition of DVD) will come with a pencil
board. For pics of the phone card and pencil
board, see the video & DVD page of the
- A limited edition box of the manga Okusama
wa Joshi Kousei by Kobayashi Hiyoko (and
serialised in Young Jump) is to be released by
To be released 20 June 2002
Includes 125mm figure of Asami-chan, Asami-chan
poster (728mm x 514mm), and guide chart for the
Playstation 2 game "Roomate: Asami ~Okusama
wa Joshi Kousei~" to be released on the same
Price 2,700 yen (excluding tax)
The figure seems a bit ecchi to me ^_^;; For more
details, see this page.
For another picture of the figure, see this page,
where you can click on the arrows to alter the
point of view and enlarge the photo. (Edit 21
November 2002: corrected name Asami).
- For fans of Mahoromatic, a DVD with the end of
year special will be released after volume 6.
To be released 25 June 2002
Planned contents are the Mahoromatic end of year
special (broadcast on 14 December 2001) (with a
digest of episodes 1 to 8) and "Live!
Length 25 minutes
Catalogue number PIBA-1357
Price 1,800 yen (excluding tax)
reports that those who purchase all 8 volumes
of the Chobits DVD will be able to apply for a
special DVD. The release schedule for the
volumes has also been set:
Volume 1 - 26 June 2002 (first pressing will come
with box to hold three volumes, sticker,
stationery set, picture label DVD and
Volume 2 25 July 2002
Volume 3 23 August 2002
Volume 4 26 September 2002
Volume 5 25 October 2002
Volume 6 22 November 2002
Volume 7 21 December 2002
Volume 8 24 January 2003
- Details for volume 2 of Cosplay Complex
have been released. As with volume 1, there will
be a limited edition version of volume 2
with similar bonus items. Details:
Limited edition version-
Price 5,800 (excluding
label, special case, 4 page all colour booklet,
32 page directorial collection and 2 kisekae (changing
Regular edition version-
Price 4,800 yen (excluding
Includes 4 page all
Both versions will be 30 minutes in length and
released on 25 July 2002. The final volume 3 is
set to be released on 25 September 2002.
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