1-15 JULY 2002 NEWS
14 July 2002
- Again, sorry for the lack of updates. Been busy
with other things.
- Firstly, what's this site www.kuroitsuki.com
(ie WWW Black Moon Dot Com) all about? An
upcoming anime perhaps...?
- Tokuma Shoten will be publishing two books
related to the OVA Hoshi no Koe at the end of
September 2002. First is "Hoshi no
Koe" no Kike, which will be
published in paperback duodecimo size and will
contain articles/reports by famous people
relating to the release of the anime created by
Shinkai Makoto. Price will be 1,800 yen (excluding
tax). Second is the Hoshi no Koe Animage
Library DVD Book. This mook will be
hardcover A5 size and approximately 80 pages. It
will include colour backgrounds and storyboards (including
some storyboards which haven't been published
before). The DVD will contain the stereo version
of the "original" anime, that is, the
version with amateur voice actors. Price will be
2,500 yen (excluding tax).
- Here's another curry commercial with scenes from
Studio Ghibli's Neko no Ongaeshi.
Just click on the words below to view the clip.
Thanks again to my friend Yankumi for encoding
the clip ^_^/
Watch my Video
on your browser to start the clip and also a
relatively fast internet connection, otherwise
you may only get sound).
- Gonzo has updated its news
page with an announcement that it is about to
start production on a new TV anime series Gadguard.
This sci-fi action drama is set in the city of
Unit 74, where hero Sanada Hajiki meets the
robotic Lightning. You'll see a few small design
pics on the page. More details are in the August
2002 issues of Newtype, Animage and Animedia.
- The third season of Galaxy Angel
is set to commence broadcast in October 2002 on
- Been working my way though the anime series Now
and Then, Here and There. CPM has been
pushing the fact that the series was directed by
Daichi Akitaro. But while I like Daichi's works,
I knew I'd have to buy this series when I found
out that it was written by Kurata Hideyuki (the
man behind R.O.D) and featured music by Iwasaki
Taku (composer for R.O.D, and the two Rurouni
Kenshin OVA series).
- Ever wanted to be a seiyuu? ZDNet
Japan reports that Namco has announced the arcade
game Afureco (After Recording, ie Post-Recording
- the voices in anime are recorded after
the animation has been created), scheduled for
release in the (northern) winter. In the game,
players must perform the voice of a character in
famous scenes from certain well-known anime such
as Ashita no Joe, Alps no Shoujo Heidi, Ace o
Nerae (Aim for the Ace), Tensai Bakabon,
Versaille no Bara (Rose of Versaille).
- GAiNAX's webpage for the third
Mahoromatic CD-ROM is now up.
It'll come with 40 wallpapers, calendar and other
items. For more details see my 7 July 2002 entry.
The CD-ROM will be for Windows XP/ME/98 computers.
- A TV anime series will be
produced in relation to the Game Boy Advance
Megami Tensei Devil Children Book of
Light and Book of Darkness. The game series deals
with raising little creatures to fight against
devils raised by other monster handlers.
- Similarly, ZDNet Japan reports
that a TV anime Bomberman Jetters
will commence broadcast this (northern) autumn.
The Game Boy Advance game Bomberman Jetters is
set for release on 24 October 2002.
- Ogawara Kunio, who designed some mecha for shows
such as Gundam, has also created an idea
sketch of a special Zoomer
for Honda. The Zoomer is a 50cc scooter
aimed at younger generations. You can view what a
standard Zoomer looks like here.
- The manga Mouse
by Akahori Satoru (Saber Marionette J, Maze,
Bakuretsu Hunters etc) and Itaba Hiroshi (and
serialised in the fortnightly manga magazine
Young Animal) is to be animated.
Muon Sorata seems like a quiet, gentle, part-time
teacher. But what the world doesn't know is that
he's in fact the mysterious thief "Mouse",
with three bishoujo accomplices Mei, Yayoi and
10 July 2002
- Sorry for the delay in updating again. No news
yesterday because I couldn't be bothered :P
- Tokuma Shoten's roman album for Studio
Ghibli's Neko no Ongaeshi will be
released on 6 August 2002. The Art of
Neko no Ongaeshi book will be released
by the same publisher on 9 August 2002. No
details on price yet.
- The cover for volume 4 of the R.O.D manga
(to be released on 19 July 2002 - when hopefully
my order from Mangaoh Club will ship ^_^ ) is now
- A second series of each of the
TV anime series Rizelmain
and TV live action series Koutetsu
Tenshi Kurumi Pure has now been
confirmed by CharaAni.com. Both series will
commence broadcast in October 2002.
- Avex Mode now has a page
up with details of the release of the Ginga
Tetsudo 999 (Galaxy Express 999) TV series DVD
box sets. Each box set will also come
with a illustration board. Box 1 comes with
episodes 1-16, box 2 has episodes 17-36, box 3
has episodes 37-55, box 4 has episodes 56-74, box
5 has episodes 75-93 and the final box 6 has
episodes 94-113. The special bonus disc that
comes with the 6th box will include creditless OP
and ED, commercials for the series, a digest
episode which was originally only broadcast in
certain regions, and the Glass no Claire short (17
minute) film. On that page you'll also see an
image of the mother's keepsake pendant to come
with the 1st box. For further details, see my 15
June 2002 entry.
reports that the manga Dragon Head
by Mochiduki Minetaro (serialised in Young
Magazine) is to be converted into a live-action
movie and will feature singer Sayaka.
What's Dragon Head about? Online magazine EX has
a review here.
- GAiNAX now has a page
up for its upcoming Abenobashi
Digital Shotengai CD-ROM. Release date
seems to be 30 August 2002 now, though. For
further details, see my 23 June 2002 entry.
has the Saiyuki - Kibou no Zaika - "interactive
animation" DVD (to be released 31
August 2002) on its listings now. As the name
suggests, as the story unfolds, icons appear on
the screen and the viewer makes a selection which
affects how the story continues and ultimately
ends. During some battle scenes, you may need to
press the remote button pretty quickly, as this
may affect the outcome. All sounds a bit like the
old LD based arcade game Dragon's Lair. Included
on the DVD is a special discussion by the four
main seiyuu - this clip can only be accessed
after you've viewed all the endings on the DVD.
For a pictorial sample of how the system works
for general decisions, battle scenes and other
action scenes, see Studio
Pierrot's page for the DVD.
- A pachinko
game with the theme of Science Ninja
Team Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets)
has been released.
- Not satisfied with just cubic watermelons in
Japan (see my entry on 18 June 2002), the United
Arab Emirates is growing a range of cubic fruits
and vegetables, the ABC
reports (that's Australian Broadcasting
Corporation). Sorry, no pic this time.
- Even stranger, the ABC reports
that a German psychic has developed a method of
buttock-reading (as opposed to palm-reading)...
- For fans of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
(Yokohama Shopping Travelogue), the music
page of the official website now has a sample
of the main theme song by Choro Club. Seems in
keeping with the music which Gontiti wrote for
the first OVA series.
- Character illustrations and introductions for the
upcoming Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magical
te OVA (with associated TV broadcast)
are now up.
(Edited 22 September 2002 to update link).
- The website
for Gundam Seed is now up, in a
fashion. You'll be able to view the characters
and the Strike Gundam. The basic premise of the
story is also set out at that site and in the
following press release by Bandai
- but I don't really care much about Gundam, so
I'm not going to bother translating it at present
^_^; With the main characters being 16 year old
Kira and Asuran, the anime is aimed at children
10 years and older in high school. One production
insider said that it's hoped that this new Gundam
can generate the same feeling with the current
generation of viewers that the original series
did when broadcast in 1979 (source: Sponichi).
Japan reports that Bandai has announced that
it'll be release Playstation 2 games
based on anime series Gundam Seed (in
December 2002) and Dragon Drive
(on 3 October 2002).
- The official website for the anime Heat Guy
J is now up. The TV series will
commence broadcast this (northern) autumn.
Character designs remind me of Tenkuu no
Escaflowne (Vision of Escaflowne).
- The August 2002 issue of Comic Dragon has
announced that the recently commenced manga Mahou
Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto (I'd
translate that meaning something like: Important
for Using Magic) is to be animated. The same pair
Kojita and Yamada Norie who produce the manga
will work on the anime as well, with Kojita
preparing the original character designs and
Yamada working on the script. Kojita's website (including
a gallery of artworks) can be found here.
- Looks like a third season of Galaxy Angel
is set to commence broadcast in October 2002.
- The first pressing of volume 1 of the
Tokyo Mew Mew DVD (to be released 21
August 2002) will come with a box.
states that the box will house two volumes only,
but that the first pressing of every alternate
volume will come with a box. Six episodes for 5,040
yen (including tax) for a region 2 DVD isn't bad.
- The Vandread Gekitou Hen DVD
will be released on 25 October 2002. The first
pressing limited edition version will
cost 8,925 yen (including tax) and will come with
five bonus items. The regular edition will cost 7,140
yen (including tax). Sounds rather expensive for
what will presumably be mainly a digest film.
Think I'll give it a miss. It's not like I can
really afford most of the stuff I report on
- Volume 2 of the .hack//SIGN OST CD
will be released on 21 September 2002, price 3,045
yen (including tax). First pressing will
come in a box. As most people know, the
music for this series is composed by Kajiura
Yuki, who also did the music for Noir. I recently
realised that Kajiura also composed the music for
the Shin Kimagure Orange Road movie, with its
excellent main theme "Kyosuke No. 1".
- Volume 7 of the sci-fi manga GANTZ
by Oku Hiroya (and serialised in Shueisha's Young
Jump manga magazine) will be released on 19
September 2002. The first limited edition
will come with a mobile phone strap, price 1,500
yen (excluding tax). Relatively little
text in the manga makes it a bit easier to read.
Though each volume generally tends to have a
number of ecchi illustrations of female Kei (two
of the main characters are named Kei, one male,
the other female). There's also a girl named
Sadako in the manga, who looks a lot like her
namesake in the Japanese horror movie Ring series.
- First my internet connection is slow, then my
computer crashes on me >_<
- The movie version of Guystars,
the TV series which aired over 2001/02, will be
released in two parts on 17 August 2002 and 24
August 2002. You can view a trailer here.
- A transcript of an AX panel with Mashimo Koichi,
director of Noir, posted on Animeondvd.com
suggests that there will be no sequel
to the TV series.
7 July 2002
- Sorry for the lack of updates (again) - been
particular sleepy this week ^_^;; All eyes are
focused on AX anyway ^_^
- I hate it when FrontPage Express freezes up
>_< As reported on 23 June 2002, the
broadcast of TV series Wei▀kreuz GlüEen
was delayed due to copyright issues regarding the
character designs (see also the 19 June 2002
entry). The new character designs can now be
viewed on this
page of seiyuu Koyasu Takehito's website.
Just click on the bishonen of your choice.
Designs are quite different.
- Yamauchi Noriyasu of AIKa, Honoo
no Labyrinth (Labyrinth of Flames) and Najica
Dengeki Sakusen fame/infamy is working
on a new TV series to be released next year. The
series will include airplanes and bishoujo (of
- Starchild's webpages for the following anime TV
series are now up: Samurai
Deeper Kyo, Rikujyou
Bouei Tai Mao-chan (Ground Defense Force
Mao-chan) and Asagiri
no Miko. Sunrise's official webpage
Hunter Robin is also up. [Edit 29
July 2002 to correct transposed links]
- More details on the Tokinoyu limited edition
version of volume 1 of UFO Princess
Valkyrie: it'll come with drama CD (which
includes a previously unreleased track), 40 page
hardcover design works book, trading card, 3
clear cards and picture label. The first pressing
of the regular version will come with trading
card and picture label. For further details, see
my 29 June 2002 entry.
- Looks like GAiNAX will be releasing a third
Mahoromatic Digital Maiden desktop accessory CD-ROM.
This time, contents will include wallpapers, mini-game(s),
sound files of characters, a comical screensaver
and other mini-accessories. To be released 30
August 2002, price 4,800 yen (excluding tax).
- Like CDJapan,
SCS has now opened a character goods
section to its online store.
Online and Sankei
Web report that volume 24 of the
manga One Piece by Oda Eiichiro (former
assistant of Rurouni Kenshin's Watsuki Nobuhiro),
published on 4 July 2002, has broken the
record for the highest circulation for a first
edition, with 2,520,000 copies on the
market. At 390 yen per copy (excluding tax),
publisher Shueisha must be pretty happy. A second
impression of 20,000 copies is said to be in the
works. The previous record was volumes 21-23 of
the manga Slam Dunk (author Inoue Takehiko),
where 2,500,000 copies of each were published in
- The Puchipuri Yushii official
GAiNAX page has now shifted to this address.
- A few days ago was 4 July 2002.
Which means, of course, it's the celebration of
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition in New
York. Last year's champion hailed from Japan:
Kobayashi "Tsunami" Takeru, who smashed
the previous record by doubling it. Read
an in-depth report into the subtle techniques and
factors in this complex sport here.
Could Tsunami defend his Mustard Yellow
International Belt this year? ZakZak
reports that the answer was... yes, Tsunami this
year broke his own record by half a hot dog.
Runner-up Eric "Badlands" Booker could
only manage 26 hot dogs. On 3 July 2002, Tsunami
was weighed as being 51.3kg. After the
competition, his weight was 58.5kg. The prize is
of course a year's supply of hot dogs.
Online Network and Mainichi
Shimbun have articles on the anime
industry. A report released by a study
group of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and
Industry points to the de-industrialisation
of the Japanese animation industry as a result of
the increasing tendency to shift production
overseas (eg, to South Korean and southeast Asia).
Other issues have been low wages
in the industry to attract talent and the weak
bargaining position of anime production companies
(traditionally the broadcasting stations own the
intellectual property rights and subcontract
production to the anime companies). The group
recommends application of existing trade
practices/antitrust laws to try to redress the
balance. The Ministry also unveiled a plan to
amend the business trust laws to widen the
avenues by which finance can be raised for anime
- On the other hand, there's good news in other
sections, with an article in the August 2002
issue of Nikkei
Entertainment! (published 4 July 2002) on how
Japanese animation is influencing
Hollywood and a Mainichi
Interactive article that sales of toys
aimed at adults continue to be strong at
a time when the Japanese birthrate is declining.
Apart from mecha for the (grown-up) boys, certain
stuffed dolls such as Bandai's Primopuel
have proved popular with the (grown-up) girls.
Toys such as the beer serving robot "Let's
Beer" have also proved popular.
- The latest instalment in the gif anime
stories of Non-chan by Nosferatu
is up. Nosferatu has an English language site here
too. You can view the anime in Quicktime format
There's a number of stories, including the 8
chapter Kidou Senshi Non-chan (the 37Mb clip - my
favourite), so it may take a while to watch them
all. The latest instalment is the one highlighted
- Looks like there'll be a fourth episode to the Happy
Lesson OVA series next year.
- CDJapan has the Mizuiro volume 1
DVD available for pre-order
but doesn't list the bonus items with the first
pressing. Looks like the items will be a stand
with picture CD (containing mini-dorama and
characters' answering machine voice messages).
- Three versions of the Galaxy Angel CD-ROM
will be released on 23 August 2002. There's the
limited edition version which comes with booklet,
soundtrack CD and poster (price 9,240 yen). Then
there's the super limited edition Mint Pack and
Millefeuille Pack, both of which come with
booklet, soundtrack CD, poster, figure, T-shirt
and sticker (both priced at 13,440 yen).
3 July 2002
- GAiNAX's webpage for Puchipuri Yushii
is now up. As
is TV Tokyo's website for Rikujyou Bouei
Tai Mao-chan (Ground Defense Force Mao-chan)
and Asagiri no Miko. The latter
two series commenced broadcast today and share
the same entry webpage.
- Volume 6 of the Chobits manga is
expected out towards the end of July 2002 from
Kodansha. The limited edition version will come
with a telephone card this time. Price 2,200 yen
(excluding tax). The regular edition will likely
be released on the same day, price 514 yen (excluding
tax). Looks like both editions will come with a
postcard illustrated by CLAMP as well.
- The release date for Kodansha's mook for
the Oh! My Goddess movie, titled The Field of
Goddess, has been put back to 23
September 2002. Price remains 3,400 yen (excluding
tax). Similarly the release date for Media Works'
Urushihara Satoshi Growlanser Character
Collection book has been put back to 5
- The August
2002 issue of Newtype, to be released 10 July
2002, will include an article on the new Gundam
series, provisionally titled New Mobile
Suit Gundam Seed. Main mobile suit for
this series will be the G-5 Strike Gundam, while
main character will be Kira Yamato. I wonder if
there's any chance the preview issue of the
English language NewtypeUSA, to be released at
Anime Expo 2002 shortly, will contain a similar
- The lineup
of new works that will be discussed in the
August issue of Newtype also seems to include Gungrave.
Does this mean an anime version
of the computer game is to be produced...?
2 July 2002
- Sorry, another late update.
- GAiNAX's Puchipuri Yushii will
commence TV broadcast on 31 October 2002.
- The second Inu Yasha movie Kagami no Naka
no Mugenjo (the first being Toki o Koeru
Omoi) will see theatrical release during the (northern)
2002 winter vacation. See the official
website for further details. A trailer will
be available for download in due course.
- The official website for 12 Kokki
is now up. Though I note the site URL is Kokuki...
Anyway, DVD release is scheduled to commence this
autumn, but no further details at present.
- Even further details on the Mahoromatic
Housou Kaishi Kinen DVD (Broadcast
Commencement Commemoration DVD). Disc one will
contain the trailer for the new series, a short 4-5
minute digest for episode one and cast interviews.
Disc two will contain all the songs from the 27
April 2002 event "Live! Mahoromatic".
For further details, see my 1 July 2002 and 26
June 2002 entries.
- KSS now has a webpage up for the upcoming TV
(Lime) iro Senkitan.
It's only the one page at the moment, though.
- That's all for now. I'm out of time ^_^/
1 July 2002
- A giant explosion rocks the earth. 13 years
later, the story starts when a young boy sees a
mysterious girl. Mysterious attacks on mankind.
Mecha. Penguins. A man who cannot forget the
past, consumed with his goal for the future. One
of his lieutenants, a woman of science who
betrays him. A white giant creature in a huge
cavern under the surface of the earth. A boy and
girl laying on the shore as the waters lap the
sands. Crayon illustrations. Themes of the power
(and danger) of science and nature, the lessons
of growing to adulthood, loneliness, the need for
social interaction. The TV anime series directed
by Anno Hideaki, which soon became a hit, with
character designs by Sadamoto Yoshiyuki and music
by Sagisu Shiro and which spawned a movie. Yes,
it's Nadia, the Secret of Blue Water, and my R2
DVD box set arrived today, just a few days after
my Eternal Nadia Series of CDs which contains all
the music from the series (and a number of vocal
songs). A wonderful ocean-blue box illustrated by
Sadamoto, containing six Amaray cases (five of
them slick double cases) with jackets illustrated
by Sadamoto and picture discs (art by Sadamoto
again), the next episode previews for each
episode on the DVDs (cf the ADV Films R1 release),
a bonus disc with 135 minutes of extras including
the Nadia Omake Theatre clips, a 100 page DVD-case-sized
book of notes, character designs etc, a 68 page
DVD-case-sized book of colour illustrations, and
a figure of Nadia and King, all in a thin, clear
plastic box. This is how DVD box sets should be.
If you don't mind the lack of English subtitles (or
a dub) and have a spare A$800 (or can't resist
the temptation), this is the set to get ^_^;;
- Oh yeah, I ordered the box set through CDJapan's
Japanese sister site Neo Wing and effectively
received 5% off the purchase, as someone
mentioned on the AoD forums earlier. When you
order through Neo Wing, you receive 15% off for
payment by cash and 8% off for payment by credit
card. I only got a 5% discount, I guess either
because it's a foreign credit card (or perhaps a
foreign purchase) - the downside is that the 5%
discount can only be applied to your next
purchase, you can't use it on the purchase you
earn it with, ie I only really save the 5% on the
Nadia boxset if I make another purchase through
Neo Wing. Note a couple of things: the Neo Wing
site is in Japanese and you have to register
separately with that site (registration with
CDJapan is insufficient); secondly, Neo Wing
refuses to accept emails in English, so if
there's any problems, you'll need to be able to
read their Japanese emails and reply in Japanese.
- Well, the World Cup is over for another four
years. I was barracking for the Mannschaft, but
at least they got into the final. Friend Ruri
tells me that there's a bit of an anime/manga
connection to the soccer players: certainly it
wouldn't be unusual that Japanese players such as
Nakata Hidetoshi and Ono Shinji grew up reading
the Captain Tsubasa manga and/or
watching the TV series. But did you know Italian
players Francesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero
apparently did as well? They grew up with the
Italian language version, of course.
- The TV Tokyo webpage for Witch
Hunter Robin is now up. The anime
commences broadcast tomorrow. Similarly, the TV
network's page for Fortune
Dogs is now up with a preview
available for download. In addition, some pics of
the main characters in Rikujyou Bouei Tai
Mao-chan (Ground Defense Force Mao-chan)
can be found on XEBEC's page.
That anime commences broadcast on 3 July 2002.
- Asahi.com has an English language article
about Mizuki Shigeru, author of
the manga Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro,
and his inspirations and experiences.
- VAP has today changed its information
page regarding the halt of Space
Pirate Captain Harlock ~ The Endless Odyssey ~
to announce that it will now resume
production after receiving messages of
encouragement from fans and more importantly the
consent of Matsumoto Leiji. While the first
episode was originally scheduled for sale on 19
September 2002, the new release date has yet to
- Looks like the Mahoromatic Housou Kaishi
Kinen DVD (Broadcast Commencement
Commemoration DVD) will come with a set of Mahoro
playing cards, mousepad and postcard. For more
details on the DVD, see my 26 June 2002 entry.
- Looks like the five episode Sentou Yousei
Yukikaze OVA series is going to be
released over twelve months. Volume 1 will be
released on 25 August 2002 at a price of 6,090
yen (excluding tax). Volumes 2 to 5 will then be
released at 3 month intervals: 25 November 2002,
25 February 2002, 25 May 2002, 25 August 2002.
- Medi Com is releasing a set of Lupin:
Castle of Cagliostro Kubricks, with
the first series out in October 2002. Click on
the picture for an enlargement.
- The August 2002 issue of Dengeki
G's Magazine (published on 30 June 2002)
reports that more Sister Princess is to
- A trailer
is now up for download of the movie version of 6
Angels. A web anime version of 6 Angels
was earlier released.
- And a trailer for Kon Satoshi's Millennium
Actress movie can be downloaded here.
- Pioneer will release the movie Genso Dai
Yoj˘han Dai Monogatari on DVD on 23
August 2002. This 1980 movie was directed by
Matsumoto Leiji and is based on his manga of the
same name - a semi-autobiographical work that's a
romance/coming-of-age story. Judging by the
catalogue number, I think it's a live-action
Catalogue number PIBD-1111
Price 4,700 yen (excluding tax)
97 minutes, Dolby Digital monoaural Japanese
language track, using a new 16:9 anamorphic
telecine master and including a 2 minute trailer
for the movie
Comes with 4 page booklet
- Last but not least, Sega has announced its Sakura
Taisen World Project series, which
will comprise a manga series, six Playstation 2
games, one game for Windows based machines, a
musical event and two OVA series. I won't bother
reporting on any of it except the OVA series and
manga. First up will be a one-shot OVA: Sakura
Taisen ~ Kanzaki Sumire Intai Kinen (Retirement
to be released in December 2002. Next will be a
three volume OVA series: Sakura
Taisen ~ Ecole de Paris, to be
released over the (northern) spring to summer of
2003. The manga will commence serialisation in
Kodansha's monthly Magazine Z with the 26 July
2002 issue. Further, Famitsu.com
reports series editor Akahori Satoru as saying
that a TV series and movie should also be
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