|My first picture in years. It doesn't
look like Natsume Maya, but I like it anyway ^_^
16-31 MAY 2002 NEWS
31 May 2002
- As you can probably guess, I fell asleep again -_-
The news is from 31 May 2002, though I'm typing
this up on 1 June 2002. June may not be a good
month with the World Cup, either...
- The official website
is now up for Sentou Yousei Yukikaze
(Battle Fairy Yukikaze). Volume 1 of this OVA
series is to be released on 25 August 2002.
Amongst the features on the website, there's a
promotion video available for download, though I
can't remember whether it's the same as the
- More official R.O.D calendar wallpapers
are now up for download.
- An Onegai Teacher Visual Collection
will be released by Gakken in July 2002, price 2,400
yen (excluding tax). This will be a collection of
32 A4 sized illustrations on card. It will
include illustrations from advertisements, Megami
magazine and Animedia magazine (both published by
Gakken). Also included will be a 70cm pop-stand
illustration of Mizuho-sensei, drawn by Uon
Taraku, character designer for the series.
- The Kamakur@Love
story has commenced. Kamakur@Love is a "3D
sound novel" - basically a radio dorama,
with an accompanying Flash animation, not that
there's really much real animation, more like
stills of anime-style characters superimposed on
photographic backgrounds (often of the Kamakura
area, where the story takes place). Story 1 is
now up, with four chapters. Each chapter is about
7Mb in size. Sakamoto Takuya graduates from high-school
and moves to Kamakura to study at nearby Shonan
Keihin University. In Kamakura, he meets three
bishoujo instructors at a car driving school.
- The official Blame!
website is up. A Blame! movie is to be
released in the (northern) winter of 2003. Not
much to see now, but six 5 minute episodes of a
web anime are scheduled for distribution
commencing 7 June 2002. The website itself just
says mid-June, however.
- After last week announcing the broadcast of Space
Pirate Captain Harlock ~ The Endless Odyssey ~,
now says that its scheduled commencement on 27
June 2002 will not go ahead...
- In relation to Rikujyou Bouei Tai Mao-chan
(Ground Defense Force Mao-chan), the XEBEC
webpage has updated with a little pic of the
three primary school girls Mao, Misora and
Silvia, who protect Japan from mysterious aliens.
XEBEC was involved with the animation of Akamatsu
Ken's other anime Love Hina as well.
- Two short ads for the upcoming TV anime Saishu
Heiki Kanojo (She, the Ultimate Weapon)
can now be viewed at the official website.
Just click on to the Gallery webpage.
- It's been announced that the Special Limited
Edition version of volume 7 of Tenshi
no Shippo (to be released on 25 July
2002) will come with a 13cm x 17cm photo
stand of Goro and his angels.
- Prior to the DVD release of Nurse Witch Komugi-chan
Magical te on 23 August 2002, episode 1 will
be broadcast on TV Kanagawa on 3 August 2002 and
on Kids Station on 5 August 2002.
- The CD Reverie, a "sound
sketch" by Little Wing based on the novel
"Kino no Tabi", will be released on 16
June 2002. In the meantime, a sample of the music
and a promotion clip can be downloaded here.
- A Playstation 2 game/"visual
novel" based on Vampire Princess
Yui will be released in December 2002.
Price is yet to be determined.
29 May 2002
- Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been flat out
for the past few days. I need a holiday... ^_^;;
- Tomino Toshiyuki's King Gainer
is to commence broadcast on WOWOW on 6 July 2002.
- As earlier reported by Anime
News Service, Lupin has been licensed
in North America and the official site for Kon
Actress is now up.
- The Inuyasha movie DVD will be
released on 21 August 2002. Price 6,300 yen.
It'll come with a special drama CD amongst other
- Volume 1 of the TV series Tenshi na
Konamaiki will be released on the same
day (21 August 2002). Price 3,150 yen.
- Takahashi Youichi's new soccer manga Hungry
Heart, serialised in Akita Shoten's Weekly
Shonen Champion manga magazine, is to
be animated as a TV series. Takahashi is
the author of the Captain Tsubasa manga.
- Update on Space Pirate Captain Harlock
~The Endless Odyssey~. AT-X will be
broadcasting the series (to commence 27 June 2002),
which will be a total of 13 episodes.
- Volume 1 of the manga Saiyuki Reload
by Kinekura Kazuya will be released on 25 July
2002. The limited edition version
will come with an illustration booklet. Price 857
yen (excluding tax). The regular edition will
cost 724 yen (excluding tax) and be released on
the same day. Saiyuki Reload is serialised in
Studio DNA's Monthly Comic Zero Sum.
- Similarly, volume 1 of Kouga Yun's manga Loveless
will be released on 25 July 2002 and will have a limited
edition version with an illustration
booklet. Price 762 yen (excluding tax). The
regular edition 552 yen (excluding tax) will be
released on the same day. Loveless is also
serialised in Monthly Comic Zero Sum.
- The Mainichi
Shimbun has reported that as of 1 June 2002
no Mori Ghibli Art Museum in Tokyo
will, in collaboration with JTB (the Japan Travel
Bureau), commence sale of tickets in 6
countries: the US, Canada, England,
France, Italy and Australia. Initially, the
tickets on offer will be for the period July to
September 2002. Tickets to the museum have since
December been sold in Hong Kong, Taiwan and South
Korea, where approximately 2,500 tickets have
been sold to date.
Net reports on the next stage in
PuriKura (Print Club) photographs. Now
the Osaka based ten pin bowling/amusement chain Round One,
with 39 locations across Japan is providing a
free service "CosPuri" to female
members. Members will be able to choose from a
range of 22 outfits when taking their photos at
the PuriKura corner of the sites. Outfits include
the wedding dress, nurse uniform and police
uniform. Particularly popular are the sailor suit
and China dress.
26 May 2002
- Sorry for late update. Fell asleep (again)
yesterday and have been busy today.
- Independent anime studio/circle Ishikawa Pro now
have one of their earlier works available for
download. In Ramen Chai-nyan, 14
year old Chai-nyan from China runs a ramen shop.
With her Men-robo (Noodle-robo), she fends off
troublemakers. This 5 minute 30 second anime took
40 days to make and 1,300 cels. I love the ending
theme "Rame Rame Ramen" ^_^ Screenshots
and download can be found here.
Click on the sitting Chai-nyan for broadband
connections and the snail if you've got a
narrowband connection (the file is the same but
the latter is a zipped file). A manga story of
Chai-nyan is also available here.
If you wish to purchase the anime, you can
probably get it from Jungle SCS. Ishikawa Pro's
current title is Mahou no Chocolate (see my news
entries on 5 April and 17 March 2002).
- It's been officially
announced that the title of the second series of Mahoromatic
will be "Mahoromatic ~ Motto Utsukushii
- Kodansha's monthly Afternoon
manga magazine has announced that a new
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Yokohama Shopping
Travelogue) anime will be produced.
Sounds like it'll be a 2 volume OVA, to be
released in the (northern) winter.
- More information on the Happy Lesson TV
series DVD releases. Each volume will
contain 2 episodes and be released on a monthly
basis. There will be a deluxe edition of each
volume, which will come with a 1/10 scale figure.
Details for volume 1, to be released on 26 July
Limited edition first pressing deluxe edition-
Price 7,800 yen (excluding
Comes with box to
hold all 7 volumes, Ninomai Kisaragi figure,
limited edition Furuyama Kimiko trading card,
WakuWaku CD-ROM (containing art data collection,
character design works collection, complete
storyboards for episode 2, photos from a Happy
Lesson event, character personal data collection,
TV series opening sequence, seiyuu and staff
comments, character compatability test). The
deluxe edition will also come with the items in
the regular edition
Price 2,800 yen (excluding
Comes with Minaduki
character CD and Mutsuki postcard
Later volumes of the deluxe edition will cost 7,800
yen (excluding tax) and of the regular edition
will cost 5,000 yen (excluding tax). For a
picture of the Kisaragi figure, see here.
The figures for future releases are scheduled to
be Yayoi (volume 2), Uduki (volume 3), Satsuki (volume
4), Minaduki (volume 5), Fumitsuki (volume 6) and
Haduki (volume 7).
- A Chobits computer game is set
for release on 5 July 2002, price 7,580 yen (excluding
24 May 2002
- Sorry for the late update (again). I fell asleep
(again). Not much news, but that's good for me at
- A preview for the upcoming CG Appleseed
work is available for download here.
English voice acting... hmm...
- The new Captain Harlock work, titled Space
Pirate Captain Harlock ~ The Endless Odyssey ~
will be broadcast on AT-X
on 27 June 2002 before seeing the first volume
"Hakidame no Blues" of the DVD release
on 19 September 2002. I presume the June
broadcast will only be of volume one. For more
information see my 13 February 2002 news. Though
this seems to indicate that the original plan of
a TV series to broadcast in September 2002 has
22 May 2002
- Volume 1 of the new Macross Zero
OVA will be released on 25 October 2002, price 5,040
yen (including tax).
- More details on the Azumanga DVD
release (see my 17 May 2002 news). It'll be a 3
volume release, with the box which comes with
volume 1 to hold all 3 volumes. Each volume will
have 2 DVDs. Volume 1 will have 9 episodes,
volume 2 10 episodes and volume 3 will have 7
- Love Hina Infinity will be
released on 17 July 2002. This fan book, the
companion volume to Love Hina Zero, will come
with 2 pages of clear stickers. Price 900 yen (excluding
tax). Total 450 pages with the main part being
320 pages (64 in colour). A separate volume
"Hinata Hiyori" (128 pages) will
contain early character designs, a previously
unreleased story, Akamatsu's detailed notes etc.
Volume 4 of Iro-Hina will be
released on the same day with a sticker mousepad(?).
21 May 2002
- Sorry for the late update. Have been busy in the
real world ^_^
- Yomiko-san, poster desu yo ^_^ My R.O.D
art collection vol. 2 CD-ROM arrived.
Because I pre-ordered, I received some posters,
the main one being an illustration by Uon Taraku
(who did the character designs for the novels) of
Yomiko, Nancy, Drake, Joker and Wendy at the
beach (well, mainly Yomiko and Nancy). First
pressing of the CD-ROM also comes with a card of
the same pic. (As one of the first 30 pre-orders
for vol. 1, I received 2 A3 size cel background
reproductions - one for R.O.D and one for El
Hazard). Whereas vol. 1 came in a CD jewel case,
vol. 2 comes in a DVD-size case with space to
hold the vol. 1 CD-ROM as well. The spine is
similar to the volumes of the anime, so this item
sits nicely next to my R.O.D DVDs ^_^
- There's a couple of interviews on the CD-ROM. The
first is an interview with director Masunori
Kouji. The last question by the interviewer was: If
there's something about the sequel to R.O.D,
please tell me. (R.O.D no zokuhen nitsuite
nanika arimashitara kikasete kudasai.) Masunori: I'm
just going to say I've had concrete/definite
discussions with Kurata-san and that it's pretty
much settled (laughs) [I'm unsure of this
line, but I think Masunori is saying something
along those lines ^_^;; ]. (Kurata-san
to gutaiteki na hanashiai wo shiteiru tokorode
hobo kimatta toiu tokorodesu.) Although I
can't give details yet, I think it can be called
a sequel because it will shed light on some of
the mysteries. (Kuwashii koto wa mada ienai
no desuga, fukusen no nazo no kaimei mo fukumete
sonomama zokuhen toiu kanji ni naruto omoimasu.)
- There's also a long discussion between Kurata
Hideyuki and others which was conducted on 18
March 2002. At one spot, Masunori says: The
manga will finish soon. (Mou sugu manga wa
owarunda yo ne.) Kurata: Two more chapters.
But is it really the end? (laughs) (Ato 2
kai desu. Demo honto ni owaruno kanaa.) Kusanagi
staffer (Kusanagi was the company which painted
the backgrounds for R.O.D): By the way, will
the anime R.O.D have a sequel? (Tokorode,
anime R.O.D wa zokuhen wa arun desu ka?) I can't
work out Kouji's reply, though ^_^;; Anyway, I
wasn't sure with last month's issue of Ultrajump
whether we were merely coming to the end of a
story arc or the end of the manga. Looks like
it's the latter. Further, it seems pretty much
clear that the chapter in this month's issue of
Ultrajump (June 2002, released 19 May 2002) is
the final chapter (though I won't get my copy
until early June). So the manga will be 4 volumes
and basically dealt with introducing us to Yomiko
and Nenene and matters relating to Donnie
Japan reports that au's anime distribution
service "ezmovie" for mobile phones is
using a Gundam theme to teach people
English conversation while they're commuting.
- More details on the sCRYed Fan Discs.
Fan Disc Gold will include openings for the
characters Kazuma, Kanami, Kimishima and Cougar,
a seiyuu round-table discussion (Native Team),
previously unreleased BGM, voice drama etc.
Catalogue number BCBA-1296, price 2,800 yen (excluding
tax). Fan Disc Silver will contain openings for
the characters Ryuhou, Sherisu, Mimori and HOLY,
a seiyuu round-table discussion (HOLD),
previously unreleased BGM, voice drama etc.
Catalogue number BCBA-1297, price 2,800 yen (excluding
tax). Each disc will be approximately 50 minutes
- The Macross 20th Anniversary Premium
Collection DVD (a first pressing limited
edition item) will be about 45 minutes long and
contain a pilot film for the Macross Zero OVA to
be released in the (northern) autumn, the "Macross
3D" pilot film for the next Macross work, a
completely new "Macross 20th Anniversary"
clip, clips from Macross computer games,
collection of no-credit opening and ending
sequences for 5 Macross series, trailer
collection for 3 Macross movies and more. To be
released 25 August 2002. Catalogue number BCBA-1286,
price 3,800 yen (excluding tax).
- The WXIII Patlabor movie DVD box set
(the "Special Edition") will have a
booklet and 2 DVD tall cases (including "making-of"
clips) contained in the box. Again, it's to be
released 25 September 2002, price 12,800 yen.
- As CD Japan
has noted on its site, the new CD by Hayashibara
Megumi to be released this June 2002
will be titled "free well". [Edited 22
May: the title should be "feel well"]
- Oniisama E... DVD box 2 will be
released on 21 December 2002 for 15,000 yen (excluding
tax) and will contain the final 13 episodes (325
- Previews movies for episodes 8 of Rizelmain
Tenshi Kurumi Pure are now up.
- Samurai Deeper Kyo will commence
broadcast on 1 July 2002. Rikujyou Bouei
Tai Mao-chan will commence on 3 July
2002. Asagiri no Miko will
commence on 3 July 2002 as well. Horie Yui will
voice-act in all three. Horie played Naru in Love
Hina. Rikyujyou Bouei Tai Mao-chan is Akamatsu
Ken's latest work, and apart from voice acting,
Horie will sing the OP and ED. The manga
version of the anime will commence serialisation
in the July 2002 issue of the monthly Magazine
Special, to be published on 20 June 2002.
While Akamatsu worked on the original concept and
original character design, the manga seems to be
credited to "RAN".
- The first pressing of volume 1
of Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magical te
will come with a Komugi-chan figure.
To be released 23 August 2002. Price 5,800 yen (excluding
tax). The DVD otherwise comes with a Komugi-chan
fan club membership card and booklet.
- A new Quicktime 5 sample movie
of Tsukiyo no Banni can be
downloaded from director Yaginuma Kazuyoshi's website.
(See also my 12 May 2002 news).
- The Yomiuri
Online reports that 3 people, including two
sub-editors of Kodansha's manga magazine Shonen
Magazine, were arrested for possession of
cannibis. The accused are sub-editor
Ohtsubo Satoshi (42), his wife and sub-editor
Kubo Masahiko (36). The Ohtsubos are alleged to
have been in possession of 1 gram of cannibis,
whereas Kubo is alleged to have been in
possession of 4 grams. Such arrests may affect
the image of the magazine.
- A Komatsubara
Kazuo animation art collection will
be released in mid-August 2002. Hardcover, A4
size, 160 pages, price 4,800 yen (excluding tax).
Komatsubara was a famous animator who worked on
anime such as Tiger Mask, Devilman, Getta Robo,
Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Kaze no Tami
no Nausicaa and Metropolis.
- The web television pages of Jungle's
Japanese language site has updated with previews
for a few indie works (2 anime and 2
sentai). A commercial
for Jungle can also be viewed here.
- A TV anime series of the manga Get
Backers, serialised in weekly Shonen
Magazine, is to commence broadcast in October
2002. The website for the manga (about two boys
with special powers) is here.
Authors are Aoki Yuya and Ayamine Rando.
- Volume 7 of the Tenshi no Shippo
DVDs will come with a 13th episode, not
previously broadcast. The DVD, to be released on
25 July 2002, will come with a Mini Mini Shippo
Theatre clip and a 2 month school calendar. The
Special Limited Edition of the DVD will also come
with a bonus DVD (approximately 30 minutes long)
containing seiyuu interviews, post-recording
17 May 2002
- The Wonderfarm site wallpaper
page has updated with wallpapers for Cosplay
- Animate's website has updated with release
details for Azumanga Daioh DVDs,
presumably for the TV series:
25 September 2002
Azumanga Daioh 1-nensei
first pressing limited edition version (comes
Price 13,440 yen (including
22 November 2002
Azumanga Daioh 2-nensei
first pressing limited edition version (special
art collection included)
Price 15,540 yen (including
22 January 2003
Azumanga Daioh 3-nensei
first pressing limited edition version (comes
with Chiyo-chichi key holder)
Price 11,550 yen (including
reports that the rankings of highest
income tax payers with the National Tax
Administration Agency are out. In the
"others" section, the highest income
tax payer was Takahashi Rumiko (225,360,000
yen - projected income 615,810, 000 yen). With
Inuyasha's popularity on TV, the big screen in
print, Takahashi was up from 5th place the
previous year. Note that is only in the "others"
section. Over all sections however, Takahashi's
ranking may be relatively low. For example, in
1999, the highest income tax payer in Japan was
Okada Kazuo, president of a pachinko machine
making company (2,540,000,000 yen tax).
Ranking in the "others" section:
1. Takahashi Rumiko (tax 225,360,000 yen -
projected income 615,810,000 yen)
4. Komuro Tetsuya (song writer and producer to a
number of singers and bands) (tax 183,930,000 yen
- projected income 503,840,000 yen)
5. Tsunku? (music producer of groups including
Morning Musume) (tax 165,410,000 yen - projected
income 453,780,000 yen)
6. Aoyama Gosho (author of Detective Conan) (tax
162,340,000 yen - projected income 445,490,000
10. Horii Yuji (writer for the game Dragon Quest)
(tax 101,060,000 yen - projected income 279,860,000
By comparison, Miyazaki Hayao's tax was 31,820,000
yen. Income levels are estimates because only
income tax liabilities are released.
- Check out the CG anime movies by the group Kamikaze
Animation. The latest work Mars
Brat, is a 15 minute film set on Mars
100 years after mankind has started to settle the
planet. The anime was completed by 4 people over
the last three months of 2001. The movie
available for download
is just a 53 second digest of the work. The
group's two previous works can also be downloaded.
Also on the site are some screenshots and design
16 May 2002
- The second thousand number of requests for this
page took less than half the time of the first
thousand (since I start counting). Thanks again
reports that one the three editions of the Hiropon
artwork by Murakami Takashi (who runs a
studio also named Hiropon - slang for "heroin")
sold at a Christie's auction in New York
yesterday for US$380,000. Hiropon is a
larger than life-sized, near naked and very well-endowed
fibreglass figure of a bishoujo created by
Murakami, an artist known for his anime/manga
designs and dubbed the "Ota-king" by
none other than Okada Toshio of GAiNAX. For
Christie's description of Hiropon, see here.
For a picture of the figure, see here.
Click on the picture for an enlarged image.
- Samples can now be downloaded from JVC's
page of the Kanno Yoko/Sakamoto Maya
mini-soundtrack "23-ji no Ongaku"
to the NHK live-action dorama Mayonaka
wa Betsu no Kao (The Other Side of Midnight).
Price 1,500 yen (excluding tax). Catalogue number
VICL-60885. To be released 22 May 2002.
- Both Famitsu.com
Online report that an anime movie
version of the Sony Playstation game Sarugecchu
(Ape Escape) is to be released on 17
August 2002 by Toho.
- JVC's page for the Cowboy
Bebop CD box is also up. Perhaps not
much by way of new information, but at least you
can see what the box and goods will look like.
- The Enix
webpage for the manga version of Tokyo
Underground is now up. The anime TV
series version of the story is currently being
broadcast in Japan.
Net reports that Shinchosha and Sega today
announced that they'd commence publishing their
US weekly manga magazine Raijin Comics in
October 2002, with titles including Hokuto no Ken
(First of the North Star), City Hunter and Slam
Dunk. Together with Coamix, these
companies have established the company Gutsoon
Entertainment in California. Apart from
serialising manga, the magazine will also provide
anime and game information. At present, the
companies are aiming at sales of 15,000 copies.
In future, sales of related videos and games are
also planned. Also planned are sales in European
nations such as Germany and Italy.
- Another Nikkei
Net report states that, based upon pre-orders,
DVD and video sales of Sen to Chihiro no
Kamikakushi are expected to pass the 5 million
mark in Japan. Titanic has sold over 4.5
- A sample of the anime Time
Bokan, which commenced distribution
on the internet on 10 May 2002, can be downloaded
A fee will be charged to view the episodes,
Online reports that the CG anime TV
series based on the mascots of the 2002 Japan/South
Korean soccer World Cup, the Spherics,
will commence broadcast in Japan on 7 June 2002
after earlier problems securing a sponsor.
reports that the manga Keisatsu Shochou (Police
Chief) by Takamochi Gen (who passed away
in July 2000), will be turned into a live-action
dorama to commence broadcast on 8 July 2002.
Keisatsu Shochou was serialised in weekly Morning
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