1-15 AUGUST 2002 NEWS
15 August 2002
Sports reports that the manga Tensai
Yanagisawa-kyouju no Seikatsu (The Life
of Gifted Professor Yanagisawa) by mangaka
Yamashita Kazumi (and serialised in Kodansha's
manga magazine Weekly Morning) is to be made into
a live-action dorama series on Fuji TV. This
dorama about the Professor and his family will
commence broadcast on 16 October 2002. In the
lead role of the very proper professor will be
Matsumoto Koshiro. Source: Aniota.
- Not only is OCN Broadband Media streaming Tokyo
Mew Mew over the internet (see my 27
July 2002 entry, though only episode 1 is up at
the moment), but now Nifty has
also started streaming the same TV anime.
Episodes one to four are now available to watch,
however you'll need to register with Nifty.
Further, the Nifty service will only be free for
the month of August; after that there'll be a
monthly fee payable. In return for the fee,
members will not only be able to view the anime
but also have access to wallpapers, screensavers
and other items. Or, there are also free trailers
available for download on this
page on the site. Simply scroll down to the
pink box in the middle of the page, select
whether you wish to view the promo movie, the
trailer for episode two, three or four and click
on either the narrow-band or broadband buttons.
- Kyoto Animation has updated its website
with details of seven anime in planning. Munto
is currently in production. Also in scheduled are
Kanpeki! Perfect Half (Flawless!
Perfect Half) to be directed by Ishihara Tatsuya,
0 no Ryouiki (Domain of 0) to be
directed by Yoneda Mitsuyoshi, Brian
Sasha (? - can't make sense out of the
katakana ^_^;; ) to be directed by Ikeda Akiko, Alice
in the Darkness to be directed by
Takemoto Yasuhiro, Teito Tantei Zeo
(Imperial Capital Detective Zeo) to be directed
by Atani Tomoe and Yuuki Shinsei Garuzeon
(Brave Machine New Garuzeon) to be directed by
Kitanohara Koushou. Source: Moonphase.
- Today: a special trailer edition of the news ^_^
Firstly, 15 and 30 second ads for the Rurouni
Kenshin Seisou Hen Special Edition DVD
are now up at Sony's site.
None of what is shown seems like new footage,
though, dammit >_<
- A trailer is also now up at the Bakuten
Shoot Beyblade 2002 Takao vs Daichi
You can download the trailer on this page.
The movie will open in two days' time. Source: Moonphase.
- Also, as Anime
News Network has mentioned, Bandai's site for
the Macross Zero OVA is now up.
Click on the ad for the 20th Anniversary Premium
Collection DVD towards the bottom right hand
corner of the page, and this will open up a new
page. Click on the "CM Check!" icon
towards the bottom of that page and you'll see a
taste of what's to come, as previewed in the
Premium Collection DVD ^_^
13 August 2002
- Sorry, forgot to mention that Bandai's release
page has updated with the DVD release
of the TV anime series Witch Hunter Robin
will commence on 25 November 2002. Volume 1 will
be in Dolby Digital Stereo, contain two episodes
and cost 5,000 yen (excluding tax). The first
pressing will come with an art panel with stand.
- Tired... I need a holiday... -_-
- TV Tokyo's website
for the Naruto TV series is now
up. Source: Ma-ten.
Nothing to see yet, though.
- The official SaiKano site has
updated with details of the DVD release:
To be released 28 November 2002
Special edition - catalogue
number TBD-3000, price 5,800 yen (excluding tax)
Regular edition - catalogue number TBD-3001,
price 2,800 yen (excluding tax)
Contains one episode. No details yet what the
special edition will contain.
To be released monthly thereafter, to contain
three episodes each, price 5,800 yen (excluding
- Sorry, a few corrections to yesterday's news. I
need to proof-read my work -_- Main ones are to
make it express that Project Gen is working on
the English translation of the manga Barefoot Gen
and that the TV anime Naruto is set to commence
on 3 October 2002, not 2003. I've now made
the corrections to yesterday's entries. Sorry for
any inconvenience caused m(_ _)m
12 August 2002
- Looks like Abe Yoshitoshi's new TV anime series Hibane
Renmei will commence broadcast in
October 2002 and will be 13 episodes in length.
- The two and a half minute CG anime Mai
may mind! by Tsuji Kyohei is
now available for download. Just click on the Mai
may mind! graphic. This will start up a 1.1Mb
Flash introduction. The menu is the bar with the
three black dots on the right. The top dot will
describe design and the story characters. The
middle dot will discuss production of the anime
and the bottom dot will download the main 4.7Mb
Quicktime movie. Finally, the musical note at the
bottom of the bar will turn music on, while the
rest to the [13/8/01 edit: right] of it will turn
music off. And the coda symbol will end the
program. Source: Moonphase.
- After the broadcast of episodes 1 and 2 of Wei▀kreuz
Gluhen in September 2002, Kids Station
that broadcast of the TV series will commence in
earnest in November 2002. The announcement page
also has pics for three new characters. Source: Moonphase.
- The official
website for the CG anime movie Xevious,
which commenced its season this month, is now up.
Xevious is based on the old 1980s computer game.
- The next manga by Iwahara
Yuuji will be Ibara no Ou (King
of Thorns?) and will commence serialisation in
the October 2002 issue of monthly Comic
Beam. You can view initial designs at the top
page on Iwahara's website. Moonphase.
- 6 August 2002 marked the 57th anniversary of the
dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Asahi.com
reports that Project Gen (formed by Japanese and
US volunteers in 1976) is now 80% of the way
through the English translation of Hadashi
no Gen (Barefoot Gen) manga by Nakazawa
Keiji, which tells the story of young boy Nakaoka
Gen living in WWII Japan. It is expected that
translation will be completed next year, the 30th
year since the manga commenced serialisation in
Weekly Shonen Jump. By 1976, four of the ten
volumes had been translated, however translation
was interrupted. Furthermore, some anti-US
dialogue was censored out. Source: Aniota.
- The October, November and December 2002
issues of Newtype will come with a DVD each.
As a result, the price of those issues will rise
by about 100 yen each. Contents of the October
issue DVD (on sale 10 September 2002) will be:
Super Dimension Fortress Macross, episode 1
Trailer for the upcoming OVA Macross Zero
Segment in which Kiddy Grade seiyuu check out HDD
Segment on the DVD visual database used by
Kawamori Shoji in Macross Zero
Trailers for King Gainer, Ghost in the Shell:
Stand Alone Complex, Witch Hunter Robin, Heat Guy
J, The Big O - Second Season, Dragon Drive
Chikyuu Bouei Kazoku (Earth Defence Family) DVD
Sentou Yousei Yukikaze (Battle Fairy Yukikaze)
Trailer for Millennium Actress
- Looks like rumours of a TV anime version of the
manga Naruto have been confirmed
by the current issue of Weekly Shonen Jump (combined
issues 37 and 38) and it's to commence broadcast
on TV Tokyo on 3 October 2002, with production by
Studio Perriot. Source: TA
- Just got the CD soundtrack for 12 Kokuki,
which comes in a DVD case. One of the leaflets in
the case mentions that volume 1 of the DVD is
slated for release on 17 October 2002, price 3,800
yen (excluding tax), containing two episodes. But
if the series is going to be 39 episodes long, I
hope it's not going to be two episodes per volume...
^_^;; Nice soundtrack, BTW.
- Also, after the repeat broadcast of the first
story arc, the next part of the 12 Kokuki
story will continue broadcast on 3 September 2002.
- Sunrise has announced
that all 13 episodes of the Big O
(First Season) will be broadcast starting October
2002, to be followed by the Second Season.
A special website for the show will open on 10
September 2002. Source: infoanime.com.
Japan reports that Asmik Ace Entertainment is
to release a Lupin III adventure game for
the Gamecube in December 2002. Players
will take the part of a boy who meets Lupin. All
the usual suspects will also make an appearance,
with the same voice cast as for the TV anime
series. Price has yet to be determined. Source: Ma-ten.
10 August 2002
- Matsumoto Leiji has lent the space
battleship Yamato to an advertising
campaign of the car maintenance company Car
Convenience Club Co. Ltd. In the "Yamato
Vehicle Inspection" commercial, the great
space battleship docks for a quick inspection
prior to its mission to save the Earth. The
official site for the Yamato advertising campaign
can be found here,
with the commercial on this
page. As production of the Great Galaxy
Series anime is currently underway by Venture
Soft (see my 19 July 2002 entry), the design of
the Yamato seen in the advertising campaign will
be similar to that of the ship in the anime.
- Chapter 3 of story 2 of Kamakur@
Love is now up. Chapter 4 is now due
out on 16 August 2002. For more info, see my
entry on 31 May 2002.
- Animaxis now has English language details
for the Tenchi Muyo! Juu Shuunen Kinen (10th
Anniversary Memorial) DVD Box to be
released in March 2003.
- Sony's official website for the TV anime series
based on the manga Spiral ~ Suiri no
Kizuna ~ is now up.
- I wish I knew more about html. Then I wouldn't
need to rely on FrontPage Express and its
periodical crashing >_<
- GAiNAX has announced
that the release of the Abenobashi
Digital Shotengai CD-ROM will be delayed.
No date has been given to replace the original
release date of 30 August 2002.
- The official
website for the anime version of Mahou
Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~ Someday's Dreamers
is now up. This will be a TV anime series to
commence broadcast in 2003. Source: infoanime.com.
- The Mainichi
Shimbun reports Shueisha has decided
to stop serialisation of Shimabukuro
Mitsutoshi's manga Sekimatsu Leader Den
Takeshi! (serialised in Weekly Shonen
Jump) in the light of Shimabukuro's arrest (see
my 8 August 2002 entry). The 13 August 2002 issue
of Weekly Shonen Jump will be the last issue to
contain the manga. Furthermore, the schedule
release of volume 25 of the tankouban for the
manga will be stopped, as will the shipment of
any more copies of volumes 1 to 24. Source: Aniota.
- JVC Music's website for the OVA series Sentou
Yousei Yukikaze (Battle Fairy Yukikaze),
volume 1 of which will be released on 25 August
2002, is now
up. Source: Moonphase.
8 August 2002
- The TV anime version of the manga Spiral
~ Suiri no Kizuna ~ (serialised in Monthly
Shonen Gangan, with story by Shirodaira Kyou
and art by Mizuno Eita) will commence broadcast
on 1 October 2002 on TV Tokyo. Source: Moonphase.
- CD Japan has on its listings the OVA Koroshi-ya
1 (Ichi the Killer) Episode 0, to be
released on 27 September 2002. As the description
states: "The anime is based on the action/violence
manga by Hideo Yamamoto. The show picks up [where]
the live action film ended, and [follows] Ichi's
story of becoming a killer. Takashi Miike, the
director of the live action film, stars as the
voice of Kakihara." Unlike the live action
movie, this OVA will not have as much mature
content. Source: infoanime.com.
You'll find a review of the live action movie on
News Service site, on the left hand side of
the main page.
- According to Reinbo
Actress, The Big O is to
commence broadcast in Japan in October 2002.
- A TV series based on the novel Platonic
Chain, by Watanabe Kouji and
serialised in Weekly
Famitsu, (edit 18 September 2002: has been) animated
using full 3D CG by the company ACiD,
with character designs by Okazaki Takeshi. This
will comprise five short stories about three
girls Hitomi, Rika and Kanae and will be set in
the Shibuya district of Tokyo in the future when
mobile telephones have expanded functions. The
anime is also planned to be distributed online.
Group BBS and Eizo
- Watanabe and Okazaki also worked together to
produce the colour sci-fi manga @Run-city,
previously serialised in Shogakukan's manga
That story is also being turned into a TV
series. Source: TA
Group BBS and ACiD.
states that November 2002 will see the start of
the TV anime series Piano,
following the popularity of the drama CD. Also
in the works are a manga (to be authored
by Terao Naomi and serialised in Dengeki Comic
Gao) and an internet radio program "Kawasumi
Ayako's Piano" (to be distributed by animate.tv).
Character designs will be by Fujishima Kosuke (Ah!
My Goddess). Source: TA
- This coming (northern) winter, animate.tv will
also release it's first production Vie
Durant, an eight episode web
anime about seven vampires. Source: TA
- The UN Development
Programme's 2002 report is out, including Human
Development Indicators, seen as a sort of
ranking of the best places in the world to live.
Australia ranks fifth, just ahead of the United
States again (in sixth place). I'm sure Australia
would've done even better if not for the fact
that it's so hard to get anime or manga here ^_^
- I notice one of the translators on KareKano (His
and Her Circumstances) was formerly a fansubber.
Always nice to see fans turn their hobby into
something more. And from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well. I
studied at UIUC for a short while, and stayed at
the "Six Pack" ^_^
- Takara will release a Playstation adventure
RPG based on the TV anime Tokyo
Mew Mew in December 2002. Price 4,980
yen. Source: Ma-ten.
Online reports that Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi (27),
the author of manga Sekimatsu
Leader Den Takeshi! (serialised in
Shueisha's manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump) has
been arrested on a charge relating to
high-school student prostitution.
Shimabukuro is alleged to have engaged in
indecedent acts with a 16 year old high school
student in a hotel in Yokohama on 12 November
2001 and to have passed her 80,000 yen cash. It's
claimed that he met the girl through a mobile
telephone meeting website, (31 August edit: used
a false name, and) purported to be a computer
company employee. In 2001, Shimabukuro was
awarded the Shogakugan Comic Prize (children's
section) for Sekimatsu Leader Den Takeshi! Source:
- According to the Otomo Katsuhiro database site Apple
Paradise, the live action movie So
What, based on Otomo's short manga of
the same name, will make its DVD debut on 25
October 2002, having previously been released on
VHS and LD. Otomo is of course the man behind sci-fi
manga and anime Akira. The DVD will be titled the
So What Special Edition. Price 4,700 yen (excluding
tax), catalogue number BIBJ-3221, approximately
98 minutes with approximately 15 minutes of bonus
materials such as a discussion between the staff.
The first 5,000 units will also come with a
booklet containing the original manga. Source: Aniota.
6 August 2002
- c_adam2 of the Anime
on DVD forums has pointed out that the Tenchi
Muyo! Juu Shuunen Kinen (10th Anniversary
Memorial) DVD Box (see my 3 August 2002
entry) will contain 25 discs, including the OVA,
TV series and movies.
- The VAP site for the TV anime series Wagamama
Fairy Mirumo de Pon! is up here.
- Shonen Magazine has announced
that the TV anime of the manga
Get Backers will commence
broadcast on 5 October 2002. Source: Moonphase.
- A full colour version of the pilot independent
(Fight)! Astromasa is now available
for download here.
5 August 2002
- Bandai has today announced
that the release of volume 1 of the Macross
Zero OVA has been delayed
from 25 October 2002 to 21 December 2002. Source:
- Yay! My R1 Escaflowne the Movie Ultimate Edition
box arrived (amongst other stuff) ^_^ And the
features disc isn't defective ^_^ I also got
volume 1 of KareKano with box. Why I chose
episodes 1-4 of KareKano as one of my first
fansubbing projects I have no idea ^_^;;
4 August 2002
- Although still only rumour at
present, it's been suggested that a TV
anime series based on the manga Naruto
will commence broadcast in October 2002. Naruto,
by Kishimoto Masahi and serialised in Weekly
Shonen Jump, tells the story of Uzumaki
Naruto, a boy growing up in a ninja village, but
with a fox demon sealed within him. Confirmation
of the TV series may be forthcoming within the
next week. TA
- Volume 9 of the Tenjou Tenge manga
(probably due out in December 2002 or so) will
come with a Natsume Maya figure created
Takeshi \^_^/ Moulding has been successfully
tested and the colour is now being tested.
Presumably there'll be a limited edition version
of the manga and a regular edition.
- Also, apparently this week's issue of Young
Magazine states that the limited
edition version of volume 7 of the Chobits manga
will come with a figure by the company Kaiyodo.
Source: BBS of Miyagawa Takeshi's site T's
System. Don't know if this means Miyagawa
will have any involvement with this figure, but
his Chobits figures are pretty good. Young
Magazine is of course the manga magazine which
- Busy. Better head off to work now.
3 August 2002
- The Nippon Animation website
for the upcoming TV anime Hungry Heart -
Wild Striker is now up. Source: Moonphase.
- The .hack//SIGN OST volume 2 CD
is now up on the listings at CD Japan. You can
see the details here.
The first pressing will come with a box
to hold 4 CDs.
- A Tenchi Muyo! Juu Shuunen Kinen (10th
Anniversary Memorial) DVD Box will be
released on 7 March 2003 with two paperweights, a
booklet and a wooden box. This
item will be a pre-order item only, though that
doesn't mean retail stores won't pre-order a
large quantity. Hmm, I wonder if there would be
any problems with Customs if the box was wooden.
With Australia being an island, quarantine
regulations are relatively strict and it's
generally prohibited to bring wood products into
the country. Oh yeah, price will be 105,000 yen (including
tax). Source: Animate
- A Bubblegum Crisis DVD Box will
be released on 25 September 2002, containing 4
DVDs. Catalogue number BBBA-9038, price 17,800
yen (excluding tax). Source: Mangaoh
- Volume 3 of the Cosplay Complex
OVA will be released on 25 September 2002. A limited
edition first pressing version will be
available, which, similarly to previous volumes,
will come with cosplay jacket and kisekae (dress
up?) plates for Sachiko and Reika. Catalogue
number BIBA-3143 (limited edition), BIBA-3123 (regular
edition), price 5,800 yen excluding tax (limited
edition), 4,800 yen excluding tax (regular
edition). Source: Mangaoh
- The first pressing of the Nurse
Witch Komugi-chan ~ Magical te volume 2
DVD will come with a Koyori-chan figure, more
"aid" goods and a Mugi chart. To be
released 22 November 2002, price 6,090 (including
tax). Source: Animate
1 August 2002
- Idea Factory will release its Playstation 2
adventure/simulation game Gakuen
Toshi Vara Noir ~ Kingdom of Chaos the Universe ~
(University Town Vara Noir) on 24 October 2002.
This will tie in with the release of the two
volumes of the OVA
version on 23 October 2002 and 27 November 2002.
Catalogue number KIBA-808 (volume 1 DVD), KIBA-809
(volume 2 DVD)
Price 4,935 yen each (including tax)
Each volume approximately 60 minutes
- A trailer for episode 2 of the full 3D CG
independent anime URDA
by Romanov Higa is now available for download
until the end of August 2002. The full episode
will then be released in September 2002. For more
details about the anime and how to view it, see
my 7 and 12 May 2002 entries. Source: Moonphase.
- The start date for the broadcast of GAiNAX's TV
anime series Puchipuri
Yushii has been brought forward from
30 October 2002 to 30 September 2002. Source: Moonphase.
- The official website for Kyoto
anime is now up. Source: Moonphase.
reports that the TV anime series Maou
Dante (Dante the Devil), based on the
manga by Nagai Go, is set to commence broadcast
on AT-X on 31 August 2002. Originally, it had
been planned for a July 2002 start. Source: infoanime.com.
- The region
2 DVD release of Ghost in the Shell:
Stand Alone Complex is slated to
commence rollout on 21 December 2002. Is this
mentioned on the English language page...? Sorry,
I'm not keeping up with that page... Also, for
those who aren't aware, when I mention any DVD/CD/manga/book/etc
releases on this page, they're all release dates
in Japan unless otherwise stated ^_^
- The Tokyo
Institute of Polytechnics has opened
a website in commemoration of its animation
course to commence in April 2003,
which, IIRC is the first of its kind to be
offered by a university. Source: infoanime.com.
- The mystery manga Spiral ~ Suiri no
Kizuna ~, serialised in Monthly
Shonen Gangan, with story by Shirodaira Kyou
and art by Mizuno Eita, is to be animated
as a TV series. More details will be
released in the September 2002 issue of Gangan.
- The soccer TV anime series Hungry
Heart - Wild Striker, based on the
manga by Takahashi Yoichi of Captain Tsubasa fame
(and serialised in Weekly Shonen Champion manga
magazine) will commence broadcast on 11 September
2002. Source: TA
- Yomiko-san, mou hitotsu wallpaper desu yo! A new R.O.D
is available for download from the official Sony
- The Sankei Shimbun has reported that Amazon
Japan has deleted a number of its customer
reviews for the Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi DVD
which complained of the movie's red tint, citing
concerns of possible libel. By 19 July 2002, 25
customer reviews had been posted on Amazon
Japan's page for the DVD. By the evening of 30
July 2002, there were only nine reviews, only two
of which referred to the colour of the movie.
- This is not the first time Amazon Japan has been
mentioned in a report on the Sen DVD. Back on 26
July 2002, Mainichi
Interactive reported that complaints about
the colour tone of the movie were still
continuing, including on the internet. The
Mainichi report stated that by 19 July 2002, 9 of
the 16 customer reviews posted on Amazon Japan by
that time had referred to the colour problem.
- The Asahi Shimbun has an English language report
on the new Astroboy TV series.
It's set to commence broadcast on 7 April 2003,
Astroboy's birthday. Auditions for a voiceacting
role are in motion. For more details, read the
full article here.
Anime Square reports that over ten episodes
have now been completed. Added to the characters
of Astroboy/Atom, his sister Uran-chan and Dr
Tenma, there'll be a new robot character. The
interview process for voiceacting will span the
months of August to October 2002. Apart from
securing a role in the anime, Sony Music will
also release a debut CD for the successful
candidate. Finally, infoanime.com
notes that Sony's audition details can be found
on this Japanese page.
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