14 September 2002 (final update for the day)

  • A special Gamers limited edition version of the Dejiko no Champion Cup Gekijo manga will be released on 26 September 2002, price 1,029 yen (including tax). It'll come with a set of playing cards illustrated by Koge Donbo. Regular edition is 410 yen (including tax). Pre-order cutoff date for the limited edition is 22 September 2002. Source: Mangaoh.
  • The limited edition version of volume 6 of the Rizelmain DVD (ie second volume of the second season) will come with a BGM CD. Price 5,500 yen (excluding tax), to be released 20 November 2002. The regular edition will be released on the same day for 4,500 yen (excluding tax). Source: Music Market.
  • The limited edition of volume 6 of the live action Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi (Steel Angel Kurumi) Pure DVD (ie again, second volume of the second season) will come with a DVD with the "film-like version" of the remastered 1st to 3rd episodes, whatever that exactly means... Prices and release date are the same as for Rizelmain volume 6.
  • A Wild 7 another Collectors DVD box will be released on 25 November 2002, with a number of "rare" items including a reproduction genga (key animation illustration) and booklet. 390 minutes, 35,000 yen (excluding tax). Source: Music Market.
  • Music Market also suggests that the box which comes with the first pressing of volume 1 of the second season of Mahoromatic, Motto Utsukushii Mono, will only contain four of the total seven volumes, so I assume the first pressing of one of the later volumes will also come with a box to hold the final three volumes. To recap on the details for volume 1:
    To be released 6 December 2002
    Price 5,250 yen (including tax)
    50 minutes in length
  • Looks like the first pressing limited edition of SaiKano will come with a 72 minute special disc as well as the Chise figure and box. Source: Music Market. For more details on this release, see my 12 September 2002 entry.
  • Some other upcoming release dates:
    12 Kokuki volume 2: 20 November 2002, price 3,800 yen, 52 minutes.
    Maou Dante (Dante the Devil) volumes 1 and 2: 25 November 2002, price 5,800 yen each (excluding tax).
    Palme no Ki (A Tree of Palme): 21 December 2002, price 6,000 yen (excluding tax), 136 minutes long.
    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex volume 2: 25 January 2003, price 6,000 yen (excluding tax).
    Source: Music Market.
  • Volume 1 of the DVD for the basketball OVA I'll/CKBC will be released on 18 December 2002, price 5,880 yen (including tax). Volume 2 will then be released on 19 February 2003 at the same price. Source: Animate Yokohama. For more information on this work, see my 3 May 2002 entry.
  • Watched Jan Jan! Junko-chan! this week. I don't normally watch tokusatsu, but it was fun, cos the show revels in its B-grade production qualities ^_^ I understand the next Jungle SCS blockbuster will be the 30 minute tokusatsu powered suit story "Power Sis", currently scheduled for release at the end of the year.
  • A Playstation 2 adventure game based on Ao Yori Aoshi will be released next year by Kid Corporation. Source: Ma-ten.
  • The Sakura Taisen one-shot OVA Kanzaki Sumire Intai Kinen (Retirement Commemoration) "Su-mi-re" will be released on 12 December 2002. There will be a first pressing limited edition special DVD box with T-shirt, pamphlet and 12cm CD. Price 9,240 yen (including tax). A regular edition will be released on the same day, price 6,090 yen (including tax). Source: Animate Yokohama.
  • The DVD of the live action movie Eat and Run is to be released on 25 September 2002. Yuko and Rikako, as the title of the movie suggests, like to eat and run, ie they go to famous restaurants, eat and then run (without paying). The duo travel to Osaka to eat in a famous Italian restaurant, but then become embroiled in an illegal weapons sale taking place there. Why am I mentioning this action comedy live-action movie in anime and manga news? Cos the cast includes a lot of anime seiyuu (whose first names in the show are basically the first names of the actors). In the lead roles are Miyamura Yuko (Asuka in Evangelion) and Aikawa Rikako. Other seiyuu to appear in the movie include Iizuka Mayumi (Millerna in Vision of Escaflowne), Kouda Mariko (Miki in Marmalade Boy), Seki Tomokazu (Van in Vision of Escaflowne), Iwata Mitsuo (Kintaro in Golden Boy), Kozakura Etsuko (Alielle in El Hazard), Noto Mamiko (Rin in Inu Yasha), Toyoshima Machiko, Morikubo Shoutarou (Orphen in Sorcerous Stabber Orphen), Chiba Taeko and Itoh Hidetoshi. You can view various interviews etc on this page, including this 3 minute, 6Mb trailer. Details:
    Catalogue number CPVA-1004
    Price 3,800 yen (excluding tax)
    Approximately 80 minutes, single layer, stereo, standard 4:3 aspect ratio.
    DVD includes cast interviews and "making video"
    First pressing of the DVD comes with "making" photo.
    A soundtrack CD will be released at the end of October 2002.
  • The 2002 Campus Film & Movie Festival is underway and taking votes over the internet during September. You can view the nominated films by student creators here. In the anime section are two works, both from Sakamoto Rie of Yoyogi Animation Gakuen. (Yoyogi Animation Gakuen is also the school which produced the Junko music video anime for the Jan Jan! Junko-chan DVD). Both works are about 27 minutes in duration, the first titled "Wing!", the second "Hoshi Aii". Click on the screenshot, not the words/link below (that link is to vote ^_^ ). Source: Moonphase.

12 September 2002 (final update for the day)

  • Katsura Masakazu's manga I''s is to be animated, but it seems it'll be a 30 minute anime. Further, the company DigiCube has announced that it will have the exclusive sale rights. And the anime is to be put out in collaboration with HMP, which, from what I can tell, makes adult and idol videos. Hmm... The anime will also include three gravure idols Nakane Kasumi, Yoshioka Miho (soon to be seen in the live-action dorama version of You're Under Arrest) and Isoyama Sayaka as seiyuu. Details-
    Title (tentative): Original anime DVD "I''s Aizu"
    Release date: Beginning of December 2002
    Price 2,500 yen (excluding tax)
    Iori has set aside a possible career as an idol and started on the road to becoming an actress. Itsuki has returned to the US in futherance of her modelling. Ichitaka decides to go on a bicycle trip to work out his feelings. This is the story of one summer for the three "I's". Source: Moonphase.
  • Chapter 2 of story 3 of the "sound novel" Kamakur@ Love is now up. For more info, see my entry on 31 May 2002.
  • A RealPlayer preview for the Blue Gender the Warrior movie can now be viewed at AIC's homepage. Source: Moonphase. For more details about the movie (a digest of the TV series), see my 2 and 4 September 2002 entries.
  • In today's third instalment of the web radio program "Kawasumi Ayako no Piano" on animate.tv, there's a four and a half minute preview of the TV anime Piano (character designs by Fujishima Kosuke). For more details on Piano, see my 31 August 2002 update. On the animate.tv page, click on either of the buttons with the green arrows (left is for narrowband connections, right is for broadband). The Piano anime preview occurs around about the 18.30 mark.
  • Bandai has announced that it'll be releasing "Karaoke Station", which allows people to download music from the internet and enjoy karaoke on their television, on 19 October 2002. Price 9,800 yen (excluding tax). The item is aimed at a market ranging from primary school girls to families. Bandai is hoping to move 200,000 units by March 2003. The Karaoke Station website, due to officially open in October, should have 4,000 songs (with images and lyrics) available for download, with 10,000 by March 2003. There'll be a charge for download, of course. This is a bit outside the scope of this page, so I'll stop here ^_^ More details (in Japanese) can be found at the link above. Source: Ma-ten.
  • The website for Oobari Masami's TV anime series Chojushin Gravion has updated, including the announcement that the series will commence broadcast on 7 October 2002. Source: Moonphase.
  • The limited edition version of volume 1 of Saikano will come with box to hold the series, Chise figure and booklet. The regular edition will just have the booklet. Source: Animate Yokohama. For more details on the release, see my 13 August 2002 report.
  • Updated: The RahXephon website has announced that a movie of the anime will be released in the (northern) spring of 2003 by Shochiku. Source: Ma-ten. You can view a short 15 second clip with the announcement here, which was shown after the recently broadcast final TV episode. That clip comes from the Tokyo Jitterbug Boys page. I've provided a direct link to the clip (normally I'd just link the page) because the page may contain a couple of spoilerish screenshots and descriptions (in Japanese) of the series. Source: Magicalantique.
  • Another place to view the Gundam Seed Count Zero trailer.
  • Abe Yoshitoshi's new TV anime series Hibane Renmei is to commence broadcast on 9 October 2002 on Fuji TV. Source: TA Group BBS.
  • TV Tokyo's page for Asobot Zenki Goku (another anime with a Monkey legend influence) is now up. Source: TA Group BBS.
  • Looks like Witch Hunter Robin is going to be 26 episodes, with a 13 volume DVD release (2 episodes per volume). Source: TA Group BBS.

10 September 2002

  • gregorm at the Animeondvd forums has discussed the DVD magazine Grasshoppa!, which features short films, including the special Hal and Bons edition. Yahoo's "Short Movie Box" has an interview with director Ishii Katsuhito here (in Japanese, of course). But you will also find episodes 1 and 2 of Hal and Bons and episode 1 of TRAVA - Fist Planet there, available for streaming download at rates of up to 1M. Source: Aniota.
  • The Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Yokohama Shopping Travelogue) website has undergone renewal, and a release schedule for four products has been revealed:
    Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou 3 (drama CD)
         To be released 4 December 2002
         Catalogue number SVWC-7148
         Price 3,000 yen (excluding tax)
         Comes with 8 page booklet
    Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou - Quiet Country Cafe - #1 (OVA DVD)
         To be released 18 December 2002
         Catalogue number SVWB-7120
         Price 5,600 yen (excluding tax)
         5.1ch sound, music track also included.
         BGM will be by Choro Club, but ED will be composed by Iwasaki Taku ^_^
         DVD includes design works
         When a midsummer storm damages Cafe Alpha, Alpha decides to go on a journey to raise money for the repairs. This story is partly original and partly based on volume 7 of the manga.
    Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou - Quiet Country Cafe - OST
         To be released 22 January 2003
         Catalogue number SVWC-7149
         Price 2,900 yen (excluding tax)
         Music by Choro Club, with four tracks arranged by Iwasaki Taku, also includes ED
         Comes with 6 page booklet
    Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou - Quiet Country Cafe - #2 (OVA DVD)
         To be released 19 February 2003
         Catalogue number SVWB-7121
         Price 5,600 yen (excluding tax)
         Specifications same as for volume 1 but DVD will come with promotion video instead.
         Alpha works part-time jobs in Kamakura for two months (where the temple and torii gate are largely submerged under water) before moving on to new places and new encounters.
    In addition, those who purchase all four items will be able to apply for a special item, the details of which have yet to be determined. However, the application form will be contained in volume 1 of the OVA. Volume 2 of the OVA, the drama CD and OST CD will then come with stickers to be affixed to the application form. Completed applications must be submitted by mid-March 2003.
    Source: Moonphase.
  • The Kiddy Grade website is now open. Source: Moonphase.
  • My package finally arrived. Seems customs decided to inspect the contents. Wonder what they thought of the Jan Jan! Junko-chan! DVD? ^_^;; A friend of mine has always wondered, if he tried to ship the TV series of Akazukin Chacha by mail, would customs sit through the entire mahou shoujo series to see if there was objectionable material? ^_^
  • The Bomberman Jetters TV anime will commence on 2 October 2002. The official website is also up, though there's not a great deal to see except descriptions of the main characters. Source: TA Group BBS. The special team Jetters is formed to prevent the evil deeds of the Hige Hige thieves.
  • It's showtime. Bandai's The Big O website is now up. This will only be up until 30 December 2002.
  • Volume 1 of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex will be released on DVD (in Japan, of course) on 21 December 2002, catalogue number BCBA-1391, price 6,300 yen (including tax). It'll be 60 minutes long and will contain just the first two episodes of the 26 episode TV series. Presumably widescreen with 5.1ch sound. Source: Animate Yokohama and Panorama LD-DVD.com.
  • Volume 1 of Atashi'n chi will be released on the same day for the same price, but that anime is to released on VHS - no details of any DVD release yet. Source: Animate Yokohama.
  • Further, volume 1 of the Saint Seiya OVA, Meiou Hades Juunikyuu Hen, will be released on 25 January 2003, price 5,040 yen (including tax) and will come with a Saint Cloth strap (I guess that means a mobile phone strap). Source: Animate Yokohama.
  • Not news in any way, but I just thought that I'd mention that Seishinsha's Shirow Masamune website has updated again with another two Shirow pics. The page is updated with two pictures every month.
  • From yesterday's episode of Media Watch comes a timely report on the bias and scare mongering in (some parts of) Australian media. Not anime/manga related. One or two comments may require you to be familiar with a few events in Australian news and politics, some recent, some over the past year. Trust Media Watch, Media Watch is your friend ^_^
  • This day last week (or maybe it was last Monday), I appear to have had about 6,500 hits to this page \^_^/ From what I can work out, it was because my page was mentioned on a second Japanese fan news site that day. That's about 6,499 more hits than usual (thanks Mum and Dad ^_^/ ). The next day, things were probably back to normal but no bill from my friendly ISP, so everything's fine ^_^
  • And remember: reality is for those who can't handle anime.

9 September 2002

  • An OVA version of the computer game Kikou Heidan J-Phoenix has been announced in Comic Dragon magazine. Source: Moonphase.
  • As if there weren't already enough Gundam Seed pages up, Nifty now has one up too, where you can also view the Count Zero preview clip. Source: Moonphase. For other sites hosting the clip, see my 1 September 2002 entry.
  • At the Bones website you'll see four screenshots of the upcoming anime Wolf's Rain.
  • As reported on 22 August 2002, the Flash anime version of Ginga Tetsudo 999 (Galaxy Express 999) is now underway at the Yahoo site. While viewing the episodes is not free, you can watch a Flash trailer here. You can also watch the OP and ED in streaming .asx format on the main page. Just look for the 56k and 300k buttons. Source: Aniota.
  • For fans of Koge Donbo, the tankouban of the manga Dejiko no Champion Cup Gekijo will be released on 26 September 2002, price 410 yen (including tax), by Akita Shoten. Source: Ma-ten.
  • There's a new trailer up for Millennium Actress at the official website. Source: infoanime.com.
  • Shinkai Makoto has announced on his website that the two Hoshi no Koe books which I reported on on 14 July 2002 will be released on 25 September 2002. A bit more detail: the DVD Book version of the anime will not contain the seiyuu soundtracks, nor the 5.1ch soundtracks, nor the trailers, nor Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko, nor the booklet. The DVD will contain just the stereo version of the "original" soundtrack. Publisher Tokuma Shoten has also set up a page for the two book releases. The DVD Book will include storyboards (64 pages), comments and CG animation technical descriptions by Shinkai, key visuals from the anime (in colour), and comments from related persons. The book "Hoshi no Koe" no Kike will be 260 pages with a colour frontispiece, but since that book will be basically text, I doubt a lot of fans in the West would be interested in this second book. Source: infoanime.com.
  • Today I picked up volume 1 of the manga Kaze no Tachibana by Inokuma Shinobu (and serialised in Weekly Shonen Sunday). (edit 10 September 2002: Official English title of the manga seems to be "The Draft of Citrus" - hmm). This is the story of Tachibana Tachibana (that *is* his name), a 15 year old boy who's short for his age, but though he's basically never picked up a shinai (bamboo sword) before, proves to be a prodigy at kendo due to his relatively hardy lifestyle. Personally, I'd prefer a more realistic storyline. Basic introduction of the story reminds me of Chiba Tetsuya's 1984 manga series Ore wa Teppei (Chiba also wrote Ashita no Joe). I prefer Inokuma's artwork though ^_^ You'll see relatively large pics of the main characters on Inokuma's Kaze no Tachibana page. Prior to this series, the author wrote Salad Days (also serialised in Shonen Sunday), a collection of generally unrelated short shonen love stories (although the series continued for 18 volumes).
  • Sorry for not making any further updates yesterday. Yankumi, if you're reading this, I guess I'm not completely over the virus as I'd thought... -_-
  • Chara-Ani.com reports that the second series of Rizelmain and the live-action Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi Pure (Steel Angel Kurumi Pure) will commence broadcast on 5 October 2002. You can also listen to the new EDs here. Finally, you can view previews for the first episode of each second season (ie the thirteenth episode) here (for Rizelmain) and here (for Kurumi Pure). Just click on the title for the thirteenth episode towards the bottom of the respective pages. Source: Magicalantique.
  • According to Comic Dragon magazine, the TV anime Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~ Someday's Dreamers is to commence broadcast in January 2003 on TV Asahi. Source: TA Group BBS.
  • October 2002 will see the commencement of broadcast of Shin Seiki Tetsu Mars (not sure how to read the title, particularly the part in katakana) on Sky Perfect TV's AT-X. Source: TA Group BBS. I have no idea what this TV anime will be about, but it seems it'll be an original work.
  • Details are out for the second phase of Sony's reduced price DVD releases. The following are all to be released on 4 December 2002, and prices all include tax:
    Arislan Senki (Heroic Legend of Arislan), price 8,400 yen
    Gakkou no Kaidan (School Horror Stories), price 14,700 yen
    Gallforce, price 10,500 yen
    Kasho no Tsuki ~ Aki Kyougen, price 2,100 yen
    Carol, price 2,100 yen
    Grandeek ~ Gaiden, price 2,100 yen
    Ko Seiki Beast Sanjuushi (Ko Century Beast: Three Beast Warriors), price 4,200 yen
    Mahojin Guruguru movie, price 2,100 yen
    Kodomo no Omocha (Child's Toy) Chuugakusei Hen, price 25,200 yen
    Twin Signal, price 2,100 yen
    Parappa the Rapper TV series, price 16,800 yen
    Source: Animate Yokohama.

8 September 2002

6 September 2002 (final update for the day)

  • With manga magazine GanGan Wing's October 2002 issue "GanGan Wing minimini Edition" comes rough designs for Kojima Akira's new work "Seiken Shoujo" (Holy Sword Girl). Source: Moonphase. Cute and somewhat strange designs. Like, why does elf girl Tsurugi have the holy sword embedded in her head? ^_^;;
  • The release of volume 3 of the OVA Cosplay Complex has been put back from 25 September 2002 to 25 October 2002. For release details, see my 30 August 2002 entry.
  • According to the Kyoto Shimbun, Mushi Production, the animation company founded by Tezuka Osamu, is to produce a 100 million yen anime about the construction of the Lake Biwa canal in Kyoto during the Meiji era. Construction of the canal will be told via the plot device of a girl in present-day Kyoto time-slipping to the past. With the 3rd World Water Forum (to be held in Kyoto next year) in mind, the anime will also have the theme of water and man and the future. The provisional title is "Kyoto Incline Monogatari (Story)", the same name as the original novel by Tamura Yoshiko. The anime will be approximately 70 minutes in duration and will also mix in live action footage and computer graphics. Director and scriptwriter will be animation pioneer Yamamato Eiichi, who directed the Jungle Taitei (Kimba the White Lion) series. Source: Aniota.
  • The third set of character designs for the upcoming web anime Vie Durant is now up at animate.tv. Click on the faces for more detail. Click on the URLs at the bottom of the page for the past updates regarding that anime. Source: infoanime.com.
  • Sorry, fell asleep before I could report news again yesterday... And today's update is late too... ^_^;;
  • Volume 1 of the DVD for the second season of Mahoromatic, Motto Utsukushii Mono will be released on 6 December 2002. First pressing will come with a box. Price 5,250 yen (including tax). Source: Animate Yokohama.
  • The limited edition version of volume 7 of the Chobits manga (with figurine), to be released on 27 September 2002, will cost 2,500 yen (excluding tax). Source: Mangaoh Club.
  • Chapter 1 of story 3 of the "sound novel" Kamakur@ Love is finally up. For more info, see my entry on 31 May 2002.
  • Apart from You're Under Arrest and Tensai Yanagisawa-kyouju no Seikatsu (The Life of Gifted Professor Yanagisawa), two more manga which are to be turned into dorama for broadcast in October 2002 are the mystery series Remote by Koshiba Tetsuya and Amagi Seimaru and Psycho Doctor by Matoba Ken and Aki Tadashi. Remote will air on Fuji TV and star Fukada Kyoko. Amagi Seimaru is associated with a number of mystery manga series including Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (The Case Files of Young Kindaichi). Psycho Doctor will run on NTV and star Takenouchi Yutaka. Source: Kodansha Bookclub. For more information about the YUA dorama, see my 23 August 2002 entry. For more info about the Professor Yanagisawa dorama, see my 15 August 2002 entry.
  • Newtype has announced that 8 October 2002 will see the broadcast commencement of the new Gonzo work Kiddy Grade. This series will mark the directorial debut of Goto Keiji (usually known for his character designs). The official site is up, but there's nothing to see at the moment except some screenshots. Source: TA Group.
  • The TV anime series of the Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children computer games will commence broadcast on TV Tokyo on 5 October 2002. Source: Reinbo Actress. The game series deals with raising little creatures to fight against devils raised by other monster handlers.
  • Platonic Chain is to commence broadcast on 8 October 2002. Source: Reinbo Actress. For more details on this 3D CG series, see my 8 August 2002 entry.
  • Oobari Masami's TV anime series Chojushin Gravion will commence broadcast on Fuji TV on 7 October 2002. Source: Reinbo Actress.

4 September 2002

  • Watched the region 1 DVD of Escaflowne the movie last week with the "isolated score" audio option. I was struck by the relatively sparse use of music in the movie. Compare that with something like Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, where I literally could not remember one pause in the music. The BGM in that movie got annoying once I noticed this.
  • A preview for episode 2 of the TV soccer anime Hungry Heart ~ Wild Striker, which commences broadcast on 11 September 2002, is now up at the official website. Source: Moonphase. Since it's the next episode preview which plays at the end of each episode, there's of course no preview for episode 1.
  • The Hokkaido Shimbun Press reports that six people, ranging in ages from 17 to 27, were arrested yesterday for extorting 1.9 million yen from a university student. It's alleged that they copied the idea from the manga Minami no Teiou, which I presume is for mature readers. Source: Aniota.
  • Sorry for no update yesterday and late update today. More headache -_- On top of that, after a long day's work today, I went to drive home, when the starter motor died on me >_< The RAC is your friend. Trust the RAC ^_^
  • My site was mentioned on Japanese fan site Tentative Name \^_^/ Domo arigato gozaimasu m(_ _)m You'll see it in the 3 September 2002 entry, in the paragraph about the M.O.E Cup 2002 Grand Prix Character rankings. As you can see, the winner (from among the characters from the anime produced by M.O.E) was Kalinka from the live action Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi Pure. However, why I'm mentioned amongst that I'm not completely certain ^_^;; Curse my lack of knowledge of the Japanese language. Sumimasen, nihongo wa wakarimasen m(_ _)m
  • Publisher Fujimishobo has announced that the third season of Galaxy Angel will commence broadcast on 6 October 2002. According to the TA Group BBS, this third season will be more gag-oriented.
  • VAP has a webpage up for Hanada Shonen Shi. The series is to commence broadcast on 1 October 2002. Nothing much to see at the page at the moment, however. Source: TA Group BBS.
  • Corrected some links posted over the past few days. Sorry for any confusion ^_^;;
  • Publisher Asahi Sonorama Bunko has announced that the sci-fi novel Hoshimushi (Star Bug) by Iwamoto Takao is to be animated. Source: TA Group BBS. High school student Tomomi dreams of becoming an astronaut. One evening, she sees a light descending. The next morning there's a small jewel-like bug attached to her. Soon there are bugs on people around the world. At first, these bugs enhance and improve people's senses and they become known as "star bugs". However, the bugs start to gradually grow in size.
  • The Saint Seiya Hades Hen OVA page is now up, but it's only the single page.
  • Yesterday, 3 September, was Doraemon's birthday. Source: Ma-ten.
  • About the Blue Gender The Warrior DVD which I wrote about on 2 September 2002. I've learned that this movie has been licensed by FUNimation. Further, it apparently has never been released before. I don't know much about Blue Gender, but in those circumstances, presumably the R1 DVD release will have the same main feature (ie same new scenes etc). In that case, perhaps it may be better to just wait for the R1 release. Sorry for any inconvenience ^_^;;

2 September 2002

  • My head hurts again, so I'll be brief >_<
  • TBS's official website for the TV anime series Heat Guy J (to commence broadcast on 1 October 2002) is now open. Source: Ma-ten.
  • Kodansha's manga magazine Young Magazine Uppers has announced that the manga Hanada Shonen Shi (The Story of Young Hanada) by Isshiki Makoto is to be animated as a TV series to commence in October 2002. Source: TA Group BBS. Hanada Shonen Shi is the story of Hanada Ichiro, a young boy who, after a traffic accident, finds that he is able to communicate with ghosts. Isshiki's manga Piano no Mori (Forest of the Piano) is currently being serialised in Young Magazine Uppers.
  • The Saint Seiya Hades Hen OVA page is now up, but it doesn't look like there'll be anything to actually see until tomorrow. Source: Moonphase.
  • AIC has announced that the Blue Gender The Warrior DVD, a digest version of the Blue Gender TV anime series but with new scenes included, will be released on 21 November 2002. Source: Moonphase. CDJapan has come preliminary details for the DVD up here.
  • Konaka Chiaki, story editor and writer-in-chief of the Big O TV series has an English language page up and writes a bit about the history surrounding the decision to make the second season of the Big O. Source: Moonphase.

1 September 2002

  • Henjinkutsu.net has photos of a live action Doremi Dokan event ^_^;; Those photos will soon be archived, so unless you check it soon, you'll need to look through that site's archive to find them. If you click on the last photo, you'll download a wmv clip of one of the dance numbers from the performance. Source: Tentative Name. At least the audience in the foreground appears to be young kids. If it was adults, I'd be more worried ^_^;;
  • During September 2002, Yahoo Japan has a special Gundam Seed page up, with a special sample clip "Count Zero" available for download at connection rates of up to 1M. AII has a page with the same clip up as well, but at connection rates of up to 2M. Gundam Seed is set to commence broadcast on TBS on 5 October 2002. Source: Moonphase. The clip shows the various Gundam units etc. Seems a fair bit of CG use. And why is there always a masked character in Gundam? Is it Char again? Not that I really care ^_^
  • In the "notebook" on his website, Kon Satoshi (of Perfect Blue fame) has released more staff details for his next work Tokyo Godfathers, although music and some other details are yet undecided. You'll also see an illustration for the work on the page (it's the second illustration on the page). Sorry, can't be bothered going through all the staff details. You'll see some of the very basic information and a bit more info about the movie in my 5 April 2002 entry. In the third section of the page, Kon announces that he'll be working on another movie as well, called Family Muke (For Families). This will be the tale of a boy growing up, of adventure, love and courage. And it looks like he's also thinking of a TV series, in which he'll be producer and provide the original work. He doesn't plan to direct the series, but plans to be involved in series composition and script. The series will be Perfect Blue style horror and will deal with one relatively small incident setting off a chain of events and affecting unlikely people. The main character in each episode will differ, but the chain of events will eventually boomerang and return to the origin. Thus, the incident itself will be one of the main characters. Sounds like an interesting TV series ^_^ Source: Moonphase.


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