16-31 AUGUST 2002 NEWS
31 August 2002 (final update)
- Well, pretty much caught up all the news for the
past few days, save one item ^_^
- Episodes 1 and 2 of the TV anime version of Piano
will be broadcast on 5 October 2002 as a preview.
Regular broadcast will then start on 11 November
2002 on Kids Station. Source: Megami
magazine and TA
Group BBS. Kids
Station has announced that character designs
will be by Fujishima Kosuke (Oh! My Goddess etc).
This will be a drama about second year junior
high school student and pianist Miu and her
family, friends and loves. In the lead role will
be Kawasumi Ayako, who will also compose and
perform the opening theme music.
- Volume 1 of the Saint Seiya Hades Hen OVA
series will be released in January 2003. Prior to
that, the episode will be broadcast on Sky
Perfect TV on 9 November 2002. Looks like the
official site will be here,
although it's apparently only going to open on 2
September 2002. Source: TA
Group BBS. See the Weekly Shonen Jump
magazine announcement of the OVA here.
- More Aquarian
Age will be animated
next (northern) spring. It'll be based on
Aquarian Age Saga II and the character designs
will be carried out by Mikimoto Haruhiko. Source:
magazine and Moonphase.
Princess, the novel series by Sakaki Ichiro (serialised
in Monthly Dragon Magazine), is to be
animated. A manga version with art by Yabuki
Go is currently being serialised in Monthly
Comic Dragon magazine. Original character designs
for the works were prepared by Azumi
Yukinobu. Source: Monthly
Dragon Magazine and Moonphase. It was
foretold that when Princess Pacifica turns 16,
the world will be destroyed. But when assassins
come after the "Scrapped Princess' "
life, her twin older sisters Shannon and Laquell
decide to protect her.
reports that on 29 August 2002 judgment was
handed down in favour of mangaka Haku
Bayashi in a defamation
case for comments made on an internet bulletin
board (2 channel?). The defendant, a classmate in
high school, was prohibited from making entries
on the BBS and ordered to pay 5.5 million yen
compensation by the Tokyo District Court. Judge
Nakayama Ikujirou stated that the comments
exceeded the limits of freedom of expression.
Haku's manga "Shuumahha" is serialised
in Weekly Shonen Champion. According to the
judgment, commencing in April 2001 the classmate
demanded over the internet that the mangaka
change his pen-name of Haku. Details including
Haku's real name, his home, his parents' home etc
were published on the internet. Further, the
defendant wrote comments such as "die"
and "I want to break your hand". Source:
reports that on 29 August 2002, mangaka Shimabukuro
Mitsutoshi was re-arrested
on another charge of contravening the juvenile
prostitution prohibition laws. This time, it's
alleged that on 15 July 2002, Shimabukuro
commited indecent acts with two 16 year old high
school students in a hotel in Yokohama and paid
one girl 50,000 yen and the other 30,000 yen.
It's again claimed that he met the girls through
a mobile telephone meeting website. Source: Aniota.
This is not the first charge. For details of the
first charge, see my 8 August 2002 report.
- The Mainichi
Shimbun reports that on 28 August 2002, the
Tokyo District Court prohibited professional
storyteller Kanda Kaori from performing the work Hadashi
no Gen (Barefoot Gen), based on the
manga by Nakazawa Keiji (which deals with the
effect of the atom bomb dropped over Hiroshima in
World War II). Judge Iimura Toshiaki accepted
that copyright in the adapted work lay with
Kanda's ex-husband. In 1986 permission was
granted to make the adaptation from the manga,
and that work is considered one of Kanda's
signature pieces. However, the couple were
divorced in 1995, although Kanda paid her ex-husband
royalties for a period after that time. Kanda was
also prohibited from performing another work in
which her ex-husband holds the copyright. Source:
- Looks like the Pia
Carrot e Youkoso!! movie "Sayaka
no Koi Monogatari" is now to commence its
season on 19 October 2002.
- Further, a Pia Carrot e Youkoso!!
Theatrical Release Memorial Special Limited
Edition DVD will be released on 26
October 2002. This DVD will be a first pressing
limited production item, containing movie
trailer, cast interviews, post-recording, scenery
etc. It'll also come with an original beach mat,
since the story seems to be set at the seaside.
Catalogue number PIBA-3151, price 3,000 yen (excluding
tax). Source: Mangaoh
- The first pressing of seiyuu Orikasa Ai's
CD "Letter", to be released on
4 October 2002, will come with a letter set.
Price 2,940 yen (including tax). Source: Animate
- Fuji TV's homepage for the 15 minute 3D
CG anime AF
(Archetypes Forces) is now up. From
30 August 2002 to 30 September 2002, the anime
will be available for streaming download, free.
Set on a spaceship in the near future of 2124, AF
is a sci-fi action anime (with powered suits).
Production is by Buildup, with direction, script
and CG by Suzuki Akira, who was 3D CGI director
on Ao no Rokugo (Blue Submarine No. 6) and who
completed those aspects of AF by himself over
about 6 months. Source: Newtype
30 August 2002
- Sorry for the lack of updates recently. Haven't
been feeling well. Someone make the pain stop...
- It's been announced on Sony's Rurouni
Kenshin page that the release of the
Premium Edition of the Seisou Hen Special
Edition DVD has been put back a week
from 19 September 2002 to 26 September 2002. For
more information on the release, see my 23 June
- Episode 2 of the OVA series Nurse Witch
Komugi-chan Magical te is to be
broadcast on TV, episode 1 having earlier been
broadcast on Kids Station. Broadcast is expected
in early November 2002. Source: TA
Group. The episode 2 DVD is scheduled for
release on 22 November 2002. For more information
relating to the DVD release, see my 3 August 2002
- The Cosplay Complex OVA series,
the final volume of which will be released on 25
September 2002, is also be broadcast on Kids
Station, commencing with episode 1 on 26
September 2002. Source: TA
Group. The limited edition first pressing
versions of the DVD releases come with a couple
of plastic "plates" which you can slip
over the DVD case jacket to change the clothing
of the characters in the front of the cover. For
more details on the DVD release, see my 5 March,
16 April and 3 August 2002 entries. IIRC, ADV
Films has licensed this OVA series in North
- Similarly, the OVA series Gatekeepers 21
is also be broadcast, this time on AT-X
commencing on 29 September 2002. Source: TA
- You can listen to a sample of the OP for the
upcoming TV anime Wei▀kreuz Gluhen
at the Marine Entertainment page.
A special advance broadcast of episodes 1 and 2
will take place on 20 September 2002 before
regular broadcast of the series commences on 28
November 2002. Source: Reinbo
has announced that its broadcast of Maou
Dante (Dante the Devil) will apply
parental lock restrictions to people under the
age of 15 years. Source: infoanime.com.
- A short 15 second preview for the upcoming OVA
Toshi Vara Noir ~ Kingdom of Chaos the Universe ~
(University Town Vara Noir) is now available at
the official website.
For details on the DVD release, see my 1 August
has announced that the new 13 episode series of
Sister Princess, titled Sister Princess
Re Pure, will commence broadast on TV
Tokyo on 2 October 2002. Source: Ma-ten.
- The production company Media Suits has announced
that the baseball manga Jigoku Koushien (Battlefield
Stadium) by Man*Gatarou
(and serialised in Shueisha's Monthly
Shonen Jump) is to be made into a movie (a
live-action one, I think) to be released in 2003.
- More news later (if I survive my continuing
28 August 2002
- The official website for the TV anime Maou
Dante (Dante the Devil) is now up.
Click on the corners of the page to enter the
site. Source: Moonphase.
This series commences broadcast on 31 August 2002.
- The official website for the TV anime version of Get
Backers is also up.
This series starts on 5 October 2002.
- Sorry, would write more news, but my head really
27 August 2002
- The new start date for the TV anime series Boukensha
(The Adventurer) is now 7 November 2002,
according to the news page of Nagai
Ryuun, who sings the OP and ED for the series.
- Did you know that over 70,000 people in Australia
list the Jedi Force as their religion? ^_^ See
this ABC report.
- Episode 2 of the web anime Blame!
Ver.0.11 is now up, but as
previously mentioned, viewing episode 2 onwards
will not be free.
Corporation reports that the DVD of the 1994
anime Rockman Hoshi ni Negai o
is to be released by Capcom on 20 September 2002
(price 4,800 yen). (Click on the picture for an
enlargement). This DVD will contain the 3
episodes Rockman Hoshi ni Negai o, Rockman Mirai
ga Abunai and Rockman Nihon Jyouriku (each 30
minutes) which previously have been broadcast in
the US but have not been released in Japan.
Japanese and English language soundtracks will be
included. However, it appears that the DVD will
only be available at the Tokyo Game Show at that
time. Towards the end of October 2002, the DVD
will also be sold over the internet by mail order
- Doraemon World has posted more details
on the next Doraemon movie, to
be released in the (northern) spring of 2003,
including the title of this 24th theatrical
instalment: "Nobita to Fushigi Kaze Tsukai".
26 August 2002
- Second hand anime store Jungle SCS in
Osaka will be releasing a DVD on 31
August 2002. Jan Jan! Janko-chan will
contain the live-action show of the same
name which was aired on Sky Perfect TV as
well as the anime "Janko"
which was played at Anime Expo 2002. Also
included will be cast interviews etc. And
there'll be an English subtitled
version of the live-action show included! Price 2,000
yen (excluding tax). I'm going to have to get
this ^_^ For screenshots, see Jungle's Japanese
Further, Jungle now has a cafe
open, where the staff are dressed as company
Interactive notes that although it's been a
month since the release of the Sen to
Chihiro no Kamikakushi DVD, complaints
about the red tone of the picture continue,
particularly on the internet. Source: Aniota.
- The final (eighth) volume of The King of
Braves Gaogaigar Final OVA series will
be released on 21 March 2003. However, there will
be a pre-order only limited edition
version as well. Details:
edition Kiniro no Hakaishin Box (Golden
Destructive God Box)
Pre-order cutoff date 14 October 2002
Catalogue number VIZF-25
Comes with a gold version 30cm tall DX
Gaofaighgar and gold version 40cm tall DX Goldion
Hammer (see the above link for pictures)
Price 26,800 yen (excluding tax)
The regular edition DVD will be released on the
same day for 5,800 yen (excluding tax). Source: infoanime.com.
The limited edition version is now available for
pre-order at CDJapan.
Japan reports that Bandai is to release a Playstation
game based on the manga/anime Tenshi
na Konamaiki on 26 September 2002. First
pressing comes with a memo pad. Price 5,800 yen.
- A special 3 x 3 Eyes edition of Kodansha's Young
Magazine will be released on 6 September 2002.
x 3 Eyes: The Last Party, it'll be
over 102 pages and will contain the last 5
chapters of the original serialised version of
the manga (as substantial revisions will be made
for the tankouban release) as well as the "colour
essay manga" titled "Tatakae! Yuzo"
(Fight! Yuzo). Also included will be a mousepad
and mini-game CD-ROM for Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
computers. Price 857 yen.
- On 17 February 2002 I had a report on a new DVD
standard which had been agreed upon by
10 companies across Japan, Europe and Korea. Now Toshiba
and NEC have proposed their own rival product
as the standard to be adopted in future. Read the
Asahi Shimbun's English language article here.
Net reports that from April 2003, Bandai with
the co-operation of the Kanazawa
Institute of Technology (in Ishikawa
prefecture) is to offer a course on the
subject of Gundam. The Bandai Group will
be sending a lecturer as well as offering the
know-how for making character and toy teaching
aids and on image/anime production. The course
will be known as "Gundam Soushutsu
Gaku" (Gundam Creation Studies).
Included will be design theory of the mecha and
marketing theory on the plastic models of which
over 300,000,000 have been sold over the years.
- The TV anime Heat
Guy J is to commence broadcast on 1
October 2002 on TBS. Source: TA
25 August 2002
- Oobari Masami's TV anime series Chojushin
Gravion will commence broadcast on Fuji
TV in October 2002. The official site is also now
- The Asahi Shimbun has an English language article
on Mizuki Shigeru, the author of the
manga GeGeGe no Kitaro, and spirits.
Mizuki lost his left arm in combat in World War
II and was only one of two soldiers in his unit
which survived the war. You can read the article here.
- TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc.) has
announced that a sequel to Chicchana
Yukitsukai Sugar (Small Snow Fairy
Sugar) will be released in the (northern) summer
of 2003. This will be a one-shot special, and the
story will take place several years after the
first anime. Source: TA
- Received the limited edition version of Yuki
Nobuteru's art collection Senshi Bankou
recently. At 14,000 yen, that's slightly more
than the 13,000 yen price for the limited edition
version of Sadamoto Yoshiyuki's artbook Der Mond.
Both releases were published by Kadokawa Shoten,
and both come in similar packaging, namely a
cardboard box holding the books in a thick,
sturdy, silver slipcase, making it a pretty hefty
item for shipping purposes. However, whereas the
Der Mond artbook was hardcover, Senshi Bankou is
comprised of two softcover artbooks. The books
are the same size as the limited edition of Der
Mond, and as Yuki's previous artbook Phantasien,
that is, 33cm x 26cm. I'm sure that Kadokawa will
release a regular edition of the books later, but
I don't have any information about that yet. This
limited edition version was only released at the
beginning of August 2002.
The first book is entitled "Phantasien II"
and as the name suggests, picks up where the
original Phantasien left off. The format and
content of the Phantasien II is pretty much the
same as that for its predecessor, so you'll know
what to expect, ie wonderful cel-plaint-like
illustrations together with the drafts (though of
course the original Phantasien was much cheaper
at 2,800 yen ^_^;; ). This book is 140 full-colour
pages, and is divided into sections for
Escaflowne (predominantly pictures for the movie,
rather than the TV series), Record of Lodoss
Wars, X, Vaelber Saga and miscellaneous artwork.
The second, larger book is Senshi Bankou and
comprises 176 pages (5 black & white). The
basic difference appears to be that for the
artwork in this second book, Yuki used different
media for his illustrations. Or perhaps the
distinction is between digital works and analogue
works...? Many of the works in this second book
appear the product of pencil and watercolours
rather than cel paints. The sections in this book
include Vaelber Saga, Escaflowne (TV series),
Record of Lodoss Wars, Legend of Mana, Chrono
Cross, Kaiser Knuckle, Dragon Force II, Tail
Concerto, as well as illustrations relating to
other various anime, games and books. Oh yeah, I
almost forgot to mention: there are a very few
illustrations in Senshi Bankou with nudity,
generally nothing erotic in nature, but one
particular work I found rather "frank".
All in all, I prefer the slicker look of the
illustrations in Phantasien II, though I've
always liked the art noveau influence which Yuki
sometimes puts in the works, and this is more
apparent in the Senshi Bankou volume.
- I don't normally report on hentai stuff, but
Urushihara Satoshi is popular (I think), so
here's a bit more info on his upcoming hentai OVA
Front Innocent, where he'll have
the credit for original work, direction,
character design and art direction. The concept
for the anime seems to stem from a drama CD
"Lady Innocent" which Urushihara worked
on in 1995. The OVA is planned to have 10 H
scenes during its 30 minute duration, and it
seems that dialogue will be kept to a minimum, so
it doesn't sound like there's a lot of time left
for plot development... ^_^;; From the looks of
it, the H scenes will also include some yuri (main
characters being Fay and Sophia). A release date
has not yet been determined but price is
currently pencilled in at 6,800 yen. I think this
is to be set in the southern US states around the
time of the US Civil War. School boarder Fay
Carson returns home after three months. After a
brief moment of joy catching up with close friend
and Carson family maid Sophia (engaged to John
Carter), Fay's father Michael speaks of Fay's
"high society debut". But what does
"high society" actually mean...? Source:
23 August 2002
- Independent amateur CG anime group T-Zero
Factory has opened a page for it's
next anime Heart.
It's mainly design artwork up at the moment, but
you can also download short clips of the
characters with their mecha on this page.
It's looking good ^_^ The previous work by this
group was Planet
Carrier, a sci-fi story. At the product
introduction page, you can download a trailer
and the first part of the story (in streaming
format) - in addition, there's also a Flash
introduction. If you want to see the whole movie,
you'll need to buy the CD-ROM. Source: Moonphase.
- Just an update on the information which bbq
posted to the animeondvd
forums back on 15 August 2002 regarding the Laputa:
Castle in the Sky DVD Collector's Edition.
To recap the details, as reported by Impress
To be released 4 October 2002
Comes with garden
version of robot soldier figure (with serial
number and certificate), soundtrack CD (re-recorded
by Hisaishi Jo for the US version of the movie),
a CD single of the DVD version image song "Kimi
o tsurete" (based on the theme music "Kimi
o nosete") and a novelisation
Price 18,000 yen
Limited to 10,000 sets
Price 4,700 yen
The DVDs themselves (main feature and bonus disc)
will be double-layer picture discs. Picture will
be anamorphic letterbox. There will be Japanese
and English Dolby Digital stereo soundtracks as
well as Japanese and English subtitles. The bonus
disc will include storyboards, trailers for the
movie, a 15 minute promotion movie, creditless OP
and ED among other items.
- Okay, I updated today's news about the YUA live-action
dorama series and Gundam Seed.
- With volume 1 of the OVA Sentou Yousei
Yukikaze to be released in a couple of
days' time, ZDNet Japan has produced a number of webpages
devoted to the series, including story summary
and character introductions (in Japanese, of
course). Source: infoanime.com.
- Idea Factory has announced
that a manga version of Gakuen
Toshi Vara Noir ~ Kingdom of Chaos the Universe ~
(University Town Vara Noir), based on the
Playstation 2 game and OVA to be released in
October 2002, will commence serialisation in the
November 2002 issue of Comic Zero Sum
(published on 28 September 2002). The mangaka
will be Aoto
Takane. For more details about the OVA
release, see my 1 August 2002 entry. Source: Moonphase.
- There are new websites up for Rikujyou
Bouei Tai Mao-chan (Ground Defense Force
Mao-chan) - www.rikumao.com
and Asagiri no Miko - www.asagiri-miko.com,
though they have yet to be fleshed out with
substantive content. Source: Moonphase.
- The Lupin special Episode:0 ~ First
Contact, will be released on DVD on 23
October 2002, price 5,040 yen (including tax).
Yokohama. This special, which aired on TV in
July 2002, tells how Lupin first met his partners
in crime and Inspector Zenigata.
- Sony's official Rurouni Kenshin
that the Seisou Hen special edition
will be aired on Sky Perfect TV's pay per view
channel between 23 and 25 August 2002.
- Entertainment Goo reports
that at the 10th anniversary event for X,
it was announced that those who purchase
all volumes of the DVD for the TV series
will be able to apply for a set of 18
trading cards, including one illustrated
- The Gundam Seed website has updated
with a cast list. I can't be bothered setting out
the list here (I'm sure there's enough Gundam
fans out there to do that), but I note it
includes Mitsuishi Kotono and Seki Tomokazu.
- Moonphase also
points out from the same update that the ending
theme for Gundam Seed will be by
the "unit" comprising Ishikawa Chiaki (words)
Yuki (music, composer for Shin Kimagure
Orange Road, Noir, etc).
- More details on the upcoming You're Under
Arrest live-action dorama, of course
based on the original manga by Fujishima Kosuke (and
since converted into anime and computer game).
It's been a while since I've had the time to
watch a dorama. Perhaps I'll try to catch this
reports that joining Hara Sachie
(24 years old, and who will have the role of
Misaki (25, Natsumi) will be popular photo
(21), Yoshioka Miho (22) and Kyokuyama
Eri (23). In the photo in the Sponichi
report, Itou is on the left, while Hara is on the
Kazushige will play the role of Miyuki's love
interest, a motorcycle policeman (presumably
Nakajima Ken). Hara has stated that she will make
Miyuki more "genki" than the original
character. Source: Tentative
then reports that broadcast will commence on 17
October 2002. Another popular photo idol, Ichikawa Yui
(16), will also have a role in the series. Also
in the cast will be Itou
Shirou (65) and Watanabe
Eriko (47). There have been a lot of police
doramas in the past, but this appears the first
in Japan with a female duo. Source: Magicalantique.com.
reports that Itou Shirou will have the role of
the chief, and Watanabe Eri will be the Traffic
Division section chief. Source: Moonphase.
For the uninitiated, although the format is known
is "dorama", this doesn't necessarily
mean the show will be particularly dramatic. This
series will have a comedic touch, with some
action. Hmm, wonder if any subbers are going to
work on this series? I've found live-action
doramas harder to sub than anime, though. (Edited
26 August to add a few extra links).
22 August 2002
- Sorry, fell asleep last night before typing up
- Looks like the release date of the Saiyuki
- Kibou no Zaika - "interactive animation"
DVD has been put back from 31 August
2002 to 19 September 2002. For more information
on this DVD, see my 10 July 2002 entry. Source: Animate
- Production IG has announced
that Sky Perfect TV will commence broadcasting Ghost
in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex on 1
October 2002 on a pay-per-view channel. All 26
episodes will be shown over the course of a year.
Is this news...? Also, ZDNet
Japan reports that the TV series will take
place in a "parallel world" where
Kusanagi Motoko doesn't encounter the Puppet
Master. Is that news...? Sorry, I haven't been
keeping up with all the information regarding
this series. Source: Ma-ten.
- Kahoku Online Network reports
that Toei Animation will be distributing the new
Ginga Tetsudo 999 (Galaxy Express 999) anime
from a Yahoo site starting at 9am 9 September
2002. However, this not be a free service. Source:
- So tired...
- Computer crashed >_< Again >_<
- The TV anime version of the manga Nanaka
6/17 (Nanaka Junana Bun no Roku) by Yagami
Ken (serialised in Monthly Shonen Champion)
will commence broadcast in 2003. On the other
Special magazine has announced that the TV
anime version of the manga Asobot Zenki
Gokuu will commence broadcast on TV
Tokyo on 1 October 2002. Source: TA
Place, a fansite for composer Kawai Kenji, states
that Kawai will be working on two more Oshii
Mamoru movies, one being an anime to be
released in about two years' time (title
undetermined) and the other being GRM,
a "digital movie" where a pilot film
has already been created but production has been
suspended for now. Source: TA
Group BBS. Kawai composed the music for Ghost
in the Shell.
- Takahashi Shin's new manga Kimi no Kakera
commenced serialisation in yesterday's issue of
Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine. A little Flash
introduction to the manga can be found on
Takahashi's website here.
Takahashi wrote the SaiKano manga.
- Ariga Hitoshi has mentioned in his diary
that his Big O manga will re-commence
serialisation in the 25 September 2002
issue of Kodansha's monthly Magazine
Z. However, this will be a new work. Source: Moonphase.
- Published Akita Shoten has announced
that a limited edition version of volume
6 of the manga Hanaukyo Maid Tai by
Morishige will be released on 3 October 2002,
price 781 yen, with 6 postcards illustrated by
the author. The regular edition will be released
on the same day for 390 yen. A limited edition
version of volume 5 was released with a desktop
illustration collection. Source: Moonphase.
Shonen Gangan is the magazine where the manga
~ Suiri no Kizuna ~ is serialised. A
Gangan commercial featuring Spiral can be
downloaded from the website
for the TV anime version of the manga. Just click
on the words "Special File 1" in the
"Headline News" section. Source: Moonphase.
- Episode 2 onwards of the web anime Blame!
Ver.0.11 will not be free, it has been announced.
However, those who purchase Blame! goods, such as
a T-shirt or poster, will be entitled to watch
the anime free. Source: Moonphase.
- The Kids Station webpage for the TV anime Princess
Tutu is now
up. Source: Moonphase.
- Two of the character designs for the up-coming
web anime Vie Durant, are now up
at the animate.tv website.
Click on the faces for more information. Source: Moonphase.
- That's enough for today. Need sleep ^_^;;
20 August 2002
- Chapter 4 of story 2 of Kamakur@
Love is now up. Chapters 1 and 2 of
story 3 are due out at the end of August 2002.
For more info, see my entry on 31 May 2002.
- My head still hurts -_-
- The manga Tsuri-baka Nisshi (The
Diary of a Fishing Fool), story by Yamasaki Juzo
and art by Kitami Kenichi (serialised in
Comic Original magazine), is to be animated
in a TV series to commence on 19 October 2002 on
TV Asahi. Anti-hero Hamasaki Densuke is an
unambitious, unorthodox Japanese salaryman who
yet manages to improve his company's fortunes
through his love of fishing over work. Needless
to say, this manga character is a hero to many
young Japanese businessmen ^_^ A series of live-action
comedy movies have been produced in the past.
- For the release of volume 1 of the DVD for the
OVA Sentou Yousei Yukikaze, the
Flash animation on the official homepage has been
updated. Source: Moonphase.
- The manga Asobot Zenki Gokuu by
Aoi Romu is set to commence with the 20 September
2002 issue of Kodansha's Magazine
Special magazine. At the same time, the TV
anime version will commence. This is a
fantasy story set in the near future populated by
humans and Asobots (not sure of the spelling,
since it's written in katakana). With characters
named Gokuu and Sanzou, this sounds like another
story that draws on the Monkey legend. Source: Ma-ten.
19 August 2002
- For fanservice fans, the Najica Dengeki
Sakusen Mission Report book will be
released on 21 August 2002 from Studio DNA,
including story summary, artwork by chief art
director Yamauchi Noriyasu and a discussion of
the story between Yamauchi and director Nishijima
Katsuhiko. Price 1,905 yen (excluding tax).
- The Moonphase
website states that a TV anime series Gunparade
March, presumably based on the
Playstation game and the manga serialised in Dengeki
Daioh, is to commence broadcast in January
- I *hate* it when my computer crashes when I'm
trying to update this page >_<
- Oh, and my head hurts... -_-
17 August 2002
- The Moonphase anime listing
states that a live-action dorama
version of the anime/manga You're Under
Arrest is to commence broadcast on TV
Asahi in October 2002, starring Hara Sachie
Misaki, presumably in the lead roles of
Miyuki and Natsumi.
- Hmm, I thought there was something else I was
going to write, but I've forgotten. Oh well, too
16 August 2002
- According to a flyer,
(Princess Arete) will be released on
DVD on 21 December 2002, price 6,000 yen (excluding
tax). Apparently it has been decided to release
this movie directly to video rather than have any
substantial theatrical release. Also, it looks
like the DVD for Palme no
Ki (A Tree of Palme) will be
released in December 2002 as well, price 6,000
yen. Source: Aniota
- My 14 July 2002 entry included a report of an
idea sketch by Ogawara Kunio for a special
Honda Zoomer. In the past, Ogawara
designed mecha for shows including Gundam. ZDNet
that a custom made working model
of that design will be exhibited at the C3 (Cultural
Convention of Characters) event on 24 and 25
August 2002. A Ogawara designed leather
"rider suit" was also
manufactured to accompany the red Zoomer. The
suit was made by Kadoya, which makes rider suits
and other leather goods. Unfortunately, the
helmet could not be produced due to safety
concerns. Click on any of the pics in the report
(save the photo of Ogawara) for an enlargement.
- The first pressing of volume 1
of the DVD for 12 Kokuki will
come with a booklet. Source: Animate
Yokohama. For more release details see my 12
August 2002 entry.
- Volume 7 of the manga Chobits
will be published on 27 September 2002. As
reported on 4 August 2002, the limited edition
version of this volume will come with a figure.
- The limited edition versions of
volumes 5 for each of the TV anime series Rizelmain
and the live-action TV series Koutetsu
Tenshi Kurumi Pure (Steel Angel Kurumi Pure)
will come with a maxi-single CD with the new
ending theme for the respective shows. Regular
editions of the DVD will cost 4,500 yen (excluding
tax). The limited edition DVDs will cost 5,500
yen (excluding tax). Release date for both shows
is 17 October 2002. Source: Music Market.
- Yumeta Company now has a webpage up for Animation
Seisaku Shinkou Kuromi-chan 2 (Anime Runner
Kuromi 2). Tentative title seems to
be Kuromi Channel (or is that the tentative title
for the page...? ^_^;; ). You can view a Flash
ad, but it doesn't show/tell much other than that
production of the anime is underway. Source: Ma-ten.
- An Australian connection with anime! The Yomiuri reports
that world champion Australian swimmer
Ian Thorpe will appear on a short gag
corner of the episode of the Daichi Akitaro TV
anime series Atashi'n chi to be
broadcast on 23 August 2002. Thorpe is a
household name in Australia, and was a big hit in
Japan too when he travelled to that country last
year for swimming championships. Apparently
Thorpe knows of the manga on which the anime is
based, and even brought back a copy of the manga
when he returned to Australia. Source: Ma-ten.
Though I wonder - does this mean that he simply
brought back a copy of the Yomiuri Shimbun Sunday
edition newspaper with him? ^_^;;
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