16-31 JULY 2002 NEWS
30 July 2002
- Yay, I managed to update this site on two
consecutive days for the first time in a long
while ^_^ Not much news, though ^_^;;
- One alternative for English translated
manga may be the Singaporean company Chuang
Yi Publishing. For example, Chuang Yi is up
to volume 7 of Slam Dunk and
volume 6 of Love Hina. I
understand that these versions are licensed. I've
also heard that some Singaporean versions of
manga may not have perfect English spelling or
grammar, although I don't know whether that was
in relation to Chuang Yi's releases or perhaps
some other company's.
- A trailer for the Pia Carrot e Youkoso!!
movie, to be released in September 2002, can now
be downloaded from the official
website. Source: infoanime.com.
- The Emotion 20 Shuunen Kinen Theme
Collection TV Hen two CD set is now
available for pre-order at CD Japan and will
contain 35 songs from various Emotion shows. Mangazoo
states that the limited edition first
pressing of the CD (different
catalogue number) will come with a third bonus 8cm
CD containing TV size versions of 14 of the songs.
29 July 2002
- The DTS version of Akira is now
available for pre-order at CD
Japan. Looks like it'll be a limited edition
item as well.
- For the Gundam otaku, the Gundam Emblem
Collection will be released by Kodansha
on 28 August 2002, price 2,000 yen (excluding tax).
This 64 page all-colour book will contain 223
emblems and markings from the Gundam series and
will come with a 7 colour original Slegger Lau
emblem, all in a video casette case. ISBN:
- Enix's website for its manga magazine G
Fantasy has TV commercials for the Silent
Mobius Tales manga available for
download. For more details on the manga, see my
18 April 2002 entry. Source: Moonphase.
- The official
website for the Beyblade movie Bakuten
Shoot Beyblade 2002 Takao vs Daichi is
now up. The movie's season commences on 17 August
2002. Source: TA
Group BBS. A trailer will be available for
download in due course.
27 July 2002
- On 17 and 22 May 2002, I wrote about the three
DVD box sets for the Azumanga Daioh
TV series. Now it looks like there'll be a
release of the individual DVDs as well:
Volume 1, release date 2 October 2002, price 6,825
yen (including tax)
Volume 2, release date 6 November 2002, price 6,825
yen (including tax)
Volume 3, release date 4 December 2002, price 5,775
yen (including tax)
Volume 4, release date 8 January 2003, price 5,775
yen (including tax)
Volume 5, release date 5 February 2003, price 5,775
yen (including tax)
Volume 6, release date 5 March 2003, price 5,775
yen (including tax)
- Similarly with the release of Rikujyou
Bouei Tai Mao-chan (Ground Defense Force
Mao-chan). There'll be individual volumes on
sale, as well as three limited edition box sets
as well. The first box set, also called the Mao-chan
Pack, will be released on 23 October 2002,
contain 9 episodes and come with a mousepad,
alarm clock, booklet and cardboard figures.
Details for the other box sets and volumes:
Volume 1, release date 23 October 2002, price 5,040
yen (including tax)
Volume 2, release date 22 November 2002, price 4,410
yen (including tax)
DVD Box 2 (Misora-chan Pack), release date 25
December 2002, price 13,440 yen (including tax)
Volume 3, release date 25 December 2002, price 5,040
yen (including tax)
Volume 4, release date 22 January 2003, price 4,410
yen (including tax)
DVD Box 3 (Shirubii-chan Pack), release date 26
February 2003, price 13,440 yen (including tax)
Volume 5, release date 26 February 2003, price 4,410
yen (including tax)
Volume 6, release at the end of March 2003, price
4,410 yen (including tax)
- Volume 1 of the TV anime series Samurai
Deeper Kyo will be released on 23
October 2002 too. Each volume will cost 4,179 yen
(including tax). The later volumes' release dates
Volume 2 - 22 November 2002
Volume 3 - 25 December 2002
Volume 4 - 22 January 2003
Volume 5 - 26 February 2003
Volume 6 - end of March 2003
Volume 7 - end of April 2003
Volume 8 - end of May 2003
Volume 9 - end of June 2003
- Volume 2 of TV anime series Asagiri no
Miko will be released on 6 November 2002,
price 5,250 yen (including tax). The first
pressing will come with a box. Later
volumes will cost the same and will be released
Volume 3 - 4 December 2002
Volume 4 - 8 January 2003
Volume 5 - 5 February 2003
Volume 6 - 5 March 2003
- The Gundam Fix Box is listed at Mangaoh
as having its release put back from 2 August 2002
to 26 August 2002. For more information on this
item, see my 9 April 2002 entry.
- For those who purchased the Fushigi no
Umi no Nadia Collector's Disc CD-ROM,
released on 19 July 2002, one of the wallpapers
was omitted from the disc. You can download it
from GAiNAX's support page here.
For more on the CD-ROM, see my 17 and 18 June
- Fans of the TV series Tokyo Mew Mew
may be happy to learn that you can now watch it
on the internet via free streaming
download at OCN
Broadband Media. You'll need to register with
OCN, but registration is free (though the page is
in Japanese). Only episode 1 is up at the moment.
Unfortuntely my connection isn't fast enough to
get more than sound... ;_; Source: Tentative
- Pioneer's website for the upcoming TV anime Haibane
Renmei, is now up.
Annex reports that Buena Vista Entertainment
is advising retailers that the image quality and
colour tone of the Sen to Chihiro no
Kamikakushi DVD cannot be guaranteed if
it is played on personal computers or through an
AV selector (whatever that is ^_^;; ). The Buena
Vista recommends that the DVD be played on
dedicated DVD players. Source: Ma-ten.
states that issue 1 of Media Work's Dengeki
AniMaga animation magazine will be
published on 10 August 2002, at a price of 980
yen. Included will be a Pitaten mousepad.
- More details are now available for the Vandread
Gekitou Hen DVD to be released on 25
October 2002. It'll be approximately 85 minutes
Limited edition version-
Price 8,500 yen (excluding tax)
Comes with and Vandread vocal collection album (11
songs, being 8 songs from the two series and
Taidou Hen, vocal and karaoke versions of the
main theme for Gekitou Hen and finally a piano
version of the main theme from the second series),
170 page full colour Vandread Art Collection,
reversible DVD jacket, box, three trading cards
and liner notes.
Price 6,800 yen (excluding tax)
Comes with liner notes.
- A limited
edition version of volume 1 of the manga Kidou
Senshi Gundam Wakaki Suisei no Shouzou (by
Kitazume Hiroyuki and serialised in Kadokawa
Shoten's Gundam Ace magazine) will be released on
19 November 2002. It'll come with a figure of
Haman Karn. Price 1,300 yen (excluding tax). Pre-order
deadline is 23 August 2002. Source: Ma-ten.
25 July 2002
- Sorry, been sleeping a lot ^_^;;
- Thanks to Aurealis of the AoD forums for
providing a bit of confirmation of the news
regarding the DTS version of Akira
to be released on 25 November 2002 ^_^/
- Yay! My package from Mangaoh Club arrived,
including the concluding volume 4 of R.O.D (the
manga) and volume 8 of Tenjou Tenge ^_^ The story
needs more of Maya at this point ^_- BTW, in the
yon-koma section at the end of the TenTen
tankouban, there's reference to (and small photos
of) an upcoming Natsume Maya "official
figure" by Miyagawa
Takeshi ^_^ Looks different from the Maya and
Aya statues in the May 2002 issue of Previews (thanks
for pointing out the latter info to me). More
recently, Miyagawa has produced a number of Card
Captor Sakura and Chobits figures.
- I also managed to snap up sale copies of the Shin
KOR Madoka's Piano Files Image Mini Album CD and
Golden Boy OST CD, both of which I've been
looking for for years ^_^
- Thanks to everyone who visits this page, there've
now been about 7,000 requests for this page since
I started counting. I love youse all (yes, even
the dub-watchers) ^_^/ Well, maybe not those who
don't give a satisfactory answer to this psychological
test, which is doing the rounds on email. The
number of visitors is relatively small, I guess (I
don't know this kind of stuff), but I kinda
prefer keeping it a cosy little site - keeps the
ISP bills away ^_^
- Something I've never gotten around to doing is
properly giving credit for the sources of my news
(the Japanese fan news pages I visit). I
should've done this a long time ago, particularly
since one of my favourite shows on Australian TV
which scrutinises media reporting standards in
Australia, but in an entertaining manner. Sounds
like a fun show, huh? ^_- (You can watch it on
the net, or just read the articles, just go to
the link above). However, while I've been meaning
to give proper credit, I always saw my site as
just a little patch of virtual real estate on the
farthest reaches of the internet. Anyway, from
today, I hope to cite my sources much more
comprehensively. Sorry I didn't do this earlier.
Please don't hate me m(_ _)m
- Sorry for all the editorial stuff today. On to
the news... chapters 1 and 2 of story 2 of the
"3D sound novel" Kamakur@
Love are now up. Chapters 3 and 4
are scheduled to go on line on 9 August 2002. For
more info, see my entry on 31 May 2002.
- The September 2002 issue of Megami
magazine (volume 28, to be released 30 July
2002) will have an article on Urushihara
Satoshi's upcoming anime Front Innocent.
But as noted on 14 June 2002, this will be an
lists the Anime Data Collection volumes 2
and 3 as coming out on 2 August 2002,
price 10,200 yen each (excluding tax). These
software packages will contain episodes 2 and 3
of the Takada Akemi OVA Mahou Shoujo Mai.
For more info, see my 25 and 27 June 2002 entries.
reports that the Bomberman Jetters TV
anime series will commence broadcast in
October 2002. Prior to that, the Bomberman
Jetters manga will commence
serialisation in the September issue of
Shogakukan's Monthly Korokoro Comic.
Animation Online reports that those who
purchase first pressings of all six volumes of
the TV anime series Oh Dorobou Jing (King
of Bandit Jing) can apply for a box to
hold all the DVDs. Then again, Animate
Yokohama suggests that the bonus item is some
kind of binder... Volumes 1 and 2 go on sale on 7
- The webpage for the Chobits CD-ROM Chobits
Digital FanBox is now
up. The CD-ROM, for Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP,
will include character voice data, character
profiles, storyboards, design illustrations,
movie clips of noted scenes and desktop
accessories such as wallpapers, clock, mouse
pointer, and screensaver. On sale 6 November 2002,
price 5,800 yen (excluding tax). The first
pressing will come with bonus items including
picture label disc, promotion card, PC emblem
sticker set and mousepad. Source: Moonphase.
- Don't know if this was reported at Anime Expo
2002, but Abe (serial experiments lain)
Yoshitoshi mentions on his Japanese website
that his TV anime series Haibane Renmei
will commence broadcast this (northern) autumn.
Some of the pics in Abe's CG
library seem to be related, such as these: 1,
- Two preview Flash movies for the manga Pilgrim
Jäger (by Ubukata Tou and Itou Mami and
serialised in Young
King Ours manga mangazine) can be viewed at
website for the manga. Source: Moonphase. Set in
16th century Renaissance Italy, Adele and Karin
are two female entertainers with special
abilities in this dark action fantasy manga.
23 July 2002
- A preview for the OVA series Futari Ecchi
(volume one of which will be released in three
days time), can be downloaded here.
World has announced that a 24th
Doraemon movie will be produced.
Released is scheduled for the (northern) spring
of 2003. The theme of this movie will be the wind.
Doraemon and friends visit the Village of Wind.
- Another Nikkei
Net report states that the Ghost in
the Shell TV series will have a new
story by Shirow Masamune and will be 26 episodes
- With the current fan dissatisfaction with the red
tint in the Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
DVD, here's another report, this time by Mainichi
Interactive, which also suggests that the red
tint is intentional, and further that Ghibli
currently has no plans to change the colour tone
and re-release the DVD.
- Apparently a low-priced, 2 disc DTS
version of Akira will be released by
Pioneer on 25 November 2002. Price will be 3,800
- For fans of mangaka Shinohara Chie, a limited
edition Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hitori Special Box
will be released by Shogakukan in mid-February
2003. The item will include an art collection, a
drama CD, a set of playing cards bearing
illustrations of characters from the manga, Aslan
soft-toy, Kail's choker and perfume bottle. Price
will be 12,000 yen (excluding tax).
Online reports that Kubo Masahiko, former
sub-editor of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine,
was today found guilty of the charge of
possession of cannibis and sentenced by
the Nagoya District Court. Judge Tezuka Minori
sentenced Kubo (36) to one year's prison, with a
three year stay of execution. The prosecution had
sought a one year's imprisonment. For more on the
case, see my 29 June 2002 and 21 May 2002 entries.
Online Network reports that police today
charged Izumitani Munenobu (36) with theft
of Sailor Moon animation cels. The
unemployed Izumitani is said to have sworn an
affidavit to the effect that he liked anime but
stole the cels to pay his living expenses.
Izumitani is alleged to have broken the window of
a Toei warehouse in Nerima to gain entry and to
have stolen approximately ten cels with a value
of 4,500,000 yen. Police also investigating
another approximately 70 cels of works including
Dragonball and Candy Candy which are missing.
21 July 2002
- The upcoming TV anime series Ghost
in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,
will commence broadcast in October 2002. Nikkei
Net reports that this series will cost 800
million yen, about twice the cost of a standard
TV anime series. Three subsidiaries of Bandai are
financing this series: Bandai Visual, Bandai
Entertainment (California) and Dentsu. Oh, and
music will be by Kanno Yoko.
currently has a short 4 minute video article on adult
yaoi/"boy's love" games for girls.
The software producer featured in the article is Black "H"
Box and their game EXodus. There's a small
trial version of EXodus available from the
company's website, but don't expect to see
anything ecchi in the trial version.
- The two CLAMP illustration books CLAMP no
E Shigoto North Side and CLAMP
no E Shigoto South Side will be released
on 21 and 22 August 2002 respectively. The former
will be published by Kodansha, cost approximately
2,000-2,100 yen (excluding tax) and include art
from Clover and Magic Knights Rayearth among
other titles. The latter will bepublished by
Kadokawa Shoten, cost 2,500 yen (excluding tax)
and include art from Clamp School Detectives,
Wish and Fushigi no Kuni no Miyuki-chan among
other titles. For more information on the books,
see CLAMP's miscellanous topics page.
- Nippon Animation has announced
that it will be releasing a Rascal movie.
In 1977, Nippon Animation also made a 52 episode
TV anime series Araiguma Rascal, based upon the
1963 novel Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era by US
author Sterling North. Those watching Neko no
Ongaeshi at the cinemas this (northern) summer
may see a trailer for the Rascal movie.
19 July 2002
- Venture Soft has announced
that production of the TV series Great
Galaxy Series ~ Great Yamato Arc ~ 7 vs 7
(provisional title) is underway. This is
different from the New Space Battleship Yamato
manga which is serialised in Shogakukan's Comic
Gotta magazine and features original story and
designs by Matsumoto Leiji. Nor is production of
the New Space Battleship Yamato anime yet
underway. The 52 episode Great Galaxy Series will
use a fusion of CG techniques and animation
techniques and one of its themes will be the
growth of the young crew of the Great Yamato,
including main character Oki. The year is 3199
and the Milky Way galaxy is engaged in an
unprecedented war with the Metanoids. Against the
onslaught of the Metanoids, the Great Yamato is
called into action.
- The Vandread
Gekitou Hen episode is to be broadcast
on Sky Perfect TV's pay per view service between
14 and 30 September 2002 prior to the DVD release
on 25 October 2002.
- The official homepage for the upcoming Pia
Carrot movie is now up here. The
title of the movie has been slightly altered to
"Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! ~Sayaka no Koi
Monogatari~" (Sayaka's Love Story). Based on
the computer game series, this movie will feature
a new character and new story and is planned for
release in September 2002.
- More details are out for the upcoming Macross
Zero OVA release. Details for volume
To be released 25 October 2002
Catalogue number BCBA-1332
Price 5,000 yen
Approximately 30 minutes, Dolby Digital sound (5.1
and stereo), single layer, 16:9 anamorphic aspect
Billed as a movie quality OVA, eight years have
passed since war broke out after the famous alien
spaceship crashed on Earth in 1999. In those
years, veteran pilots have fallen one by one and
now teenagers take to the battlefield. Young UN F-14
pilot Kudo Shin crash lands on a deserted island
in the South Pacific. However, an unusual energy
reading is detected on the island and soon UN and
anti-UN forces are fighting for control of the
island, thought to hold the legacy of technology
(Protoculture) bought by the aliens to Earth in
ancient times. Kudo was not to know that this was
the start of important event that was to be
erased from the annals of history...
This Bandai page
currently has a few pics in the second box from
- Yeah, so it's another late update. So sue me.
- Yomiko-san, nude desu yo! Zakzak
reports that Miura Rieko's photobook Hugs is to
be published today. In it, the 28 year old Miura,
former member of the group Coco, appears nude
for the first time. Miura Reiko
is also the seiyuu for Yomiko Readman in
R.O.D. In the 160 page book, about 10%
of the photos are of nudes. The photos were shot
in Amsterdam, known for its "window brothels".
Miura had a publicised divorce with rock singer
Diamond Yukai last November and also suffered the
death of her father this year.
- Yay, my order with Mangaoh has shipped, including
the August 2002 issue of Ultrajump
^_^ The September 2002 issue of the magazine will
come with a Puchimon leisure bag.
Puchimon is a manga by Nanase Aoi
serialised in monthly Ultrajump.
The bag will be illustrated by Nanase.
reports that Buena Vista has shipped over 5.5
million copies of Sen to Chihiro no
Kamikakushi (3 million DVDs and 2.5
million VHS tapes), making it the highest ever
selling movie in Japan. It's already beaten the
previous record set by Titanic, which sold over 5
- JVC's website for Witch Hunter Robin,
the TV anime series that recently commenced
broadcast, is now up.
Not much to hear or do yet, though.
- DVD volumes 1 and 2 for the TV series Ojarumaru
will be released on 21 September 2002 for 3,500
yen each (catalogue numbers CRBD-2020 and CRBD-2021
respectively). Ojarumaru is the child of an
aristocrat in the Heian period of Japan, who
timeslips 1,000 years into the present age.
Director for the series was Daichi Akitaro and
seiyuu include Kotono Mitsuishi.
Japan reports that Sega yesterday held a
private viewing for media of its on-demand
movie/music clip/anime distribution service
Cinepolis. Like karaoke rooms, people
will be able to hire out the room with sofas and
television and then select the show they wish to
view. Room charges and equipment vary with the
locations. The pics in the report are of the sofa
and plasma television at the Ikebukuro location,
I presume. The service is being trialled in a few
locations until November 2002. Sega is hoping to
later establish a Cinepolis corner at its game
- Shueisha has announced
that it will be stopping publication of
its magazine Manga Allman with
the 17 July 2002 issue to restructure its seinen
manga interests. Some of the manga serialised in
that magazine will be transferred to other manga
magazines in the Shueisha stable, such as
Business Jump, Super Jump and Ultrajump.
Japan reports that, riding on the success of
One Piece, Toei Animation has opened a One
Piece character goods specialty shop.
Certain One Piece goods will be available only at
the store. The store will be moved to various
locations and will only be open for a limited
time at each location. Pics in the report are of
the store when it was open at the Ikebukuro
branch of Animate between April and June.
- That's all for today. More news tomorrow if I've
got the time...
16 July 2002
- An Onegai Teacher Music Clip DVD
will be released on 25 November 2002, price 3,800
yen (excluding tax). I don't have any more
details at present, though.
- Volume 1 of G-on Riders, which
just commenced broadcast, will be released on 9
October 2002, 60 minutes, price 5,000 yen (excluding
tax). The first pressing will come with a box.
- First pressing of the Vandread Gekitou
Hen DVD, to be released on 25 October
2002, will include a vocal collection CD among
the five bonus items. The DVD itself will be 90
minutes long. For further details, see my 10 July
- Volume 1 of Asagiri no Miko,
which recently began broadcast, will be released
on 2 October 2002. At a price of 2,800 yen (excluding
tax), I expect the DVD will only contain one
episode. Volume 1 of Dragon Drive,
which has only commenced broadcast a few weeks
ago, will be released on 25 October 2002, price 5,000
yen (excluding tax). Finally, volumes 1 and 2 of Full
Moon o Sagashite will both be released
on 21 December 2002, price 3,800 yen each.
- The official
website for the second Inu Yasha
movie Kagami no Naka no Mugenjo now has
available for download.
Japan reports that Judge Takahashi Hiroshi of
the Kanazawa District Court today sentenced 29
year old construction worker Kumamoto Ikuo to 18
months' imprisonment (as sought by the
prosecution) with a three year stay of execution.
Kumamoto had been charged with accidental
homicide for leaving his 19 month old (eldest)
daughter in his car while pursuing his passion
for reading manga in a manga cafe. His daughter
ultimately died from heat stroke.
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