16-30 SEPTEMBER 2002 NEWS
30 September 2002
- Starchild's page for Kikou(?) Sennyu
Rouran (to commence broadcast on 15
November 2002) is now
open. Source: TA
- TV Tokyo has announced
that it will commence broadcast of (edit 8
October 2002: the new TV series of) Platonic
Chain on 4 October 2002. Source: Aniota
BBS. For info on this CG anime, see my 8
August 2002 and 18 September 2002 entries.
lists "Cog 1" of the TV anime series Hibane
Renmei (to commence broadcast on 9
October 2002) as coming out on 21 December 2002,
catalogue number PIVS-2511, price 2,800 yen (excluding
tax). I presume this will be start of the series,
rather than some special or promotional disc.
Looks like this first volume will be 23 minutes
long. Source: Moonphase.
- According to this week's Weekly
Shonen Jump, a new Hunter
x Hunter OVA will
be released in February 2003.
- Wonderfarm has announced a Saint
Beast anime in the (northern)
spring of 2003. Source: Moonphase. A spin-off
from the anime series Tenshi no Shippo, Saint
Beast will centre on the four bishonen beast gods
who appeared as the villians in that series. A
few days ago, and prior to the announcement of
this anime, a Saint Beast vocal/drama CD album
29 September 2002
- The homepage for NTV's live-action dorama Psycho
Doctor based on the manga by Matoba Ken
and Aki Tadashi is now up,
though there's nothing to see. The dorama
commences broadcast on 9 October 2002.
- Looks like the Ogata
Megumi album which I mentioned on 25
September 2002, "Aitai ~ passed, and next
1992-2002 ~", will be a 4 CD "best of"
compilation. As previously mentioned, to be
released 4 December 2002, price 6,000 yen. Source:
- It's been announced on Daichi
Radio, the radio program with Daichi
Akitaroh and Saito Ayaka, that the manga Makasete
Iruka! (story by Daichi Akitaro, art
by Takashita Takashi) will be animated as
an OVA in 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- Well, looks like the Chii figure which comes with
the limited edition version of volume 7 of the Chobits
manga was not created by Miyagawa
Takeshi but rather by another popular modeller Asai
Masaki (also known as Masaki Apsy). Asai
Masaki was the modeller for the Nadia
figure which comes with the Fushigi no Umi no
Nadia DVD box. You can see a small pic of the
figure on CLAMP's Chobits news page here.
Small pic, but still looks nice ^_^
- Maybe more news in an hour or two.
28 September 2002
- I love slow news days ^_^
- Studio Deen now has it's own official Get
up, with a nice illustration on the front page.
Group BBS. The TV anime series is to commence
broadcast on 5 October 2002.
- Paper Moon has more release
details for Palme no
Ki (A Tree of Palme) and Arete-hime.
Palme no Ki:
To be released 21 December 2002
Catalogue number TDV-2700D
Price 6,000 yen (excluding tax)
Movie approximately 136 minutes, DVD will also
have a bonus clip on it.
To be released 21 December 2002
Catalogue number SDV-2702D
Price 6,000 yen (excluding tax)
Movie approximately 105 minutes, DVD will also
have a bonus clip on it and trailers.
- About the anime version of Milkyway
which I wrote about yesterday - Studio Orphee's diary
now states that this will be an adult anime. Oh
- And about my report on Toshiba EMI's
"DVD Video Sound" on 25
September 2002. The releases apparently will not
be the DVD-Audio standard, but rather the usual
DVD-Video. Also, it seems the song Eternal Snow
is to be the new ED for Full
Moon o Sagashite. I've edited my 25
September entry a bit to clarify that.
27 September 2002 (final update for the day)
- Chapter 4 of story 3 of the "sound novel"
Love is now up. For more info, see
my entry on 31 May 2002.
- I hate it when I'm trying to update this page and
my computer crashes >_<
- Lemon Heart has announced
that it will release an anime based on
the adult(?) computer game Milkyway by Witch in the (northern)
spring of 2003 with animation by Datama Film.
However, while script will be by Studio
Orphee's impressive combination of Kuroda
Yosuke (Trigun, etc) and Kurata Hideyuki (R.O.D),
I presume Lemon
Heart tends to be involved with hentai(-ish?)
anime. So is this going to be a hentai anime...?
- Guardian Hearts, the manga by Amatsu
Sae and serialised in Kadokawa's Monthly
Shonen Ace-A, will be animated by KSS as a
three volume OVA, with the first volume due out
the (northern) spring of 2003. KSS already has a
webpage for the OVA up here.
High school student Kazuya lives with five
beautiful young girls, but they happen to be
aliens. Another romantic comedy.
lists the first pressing of the OST CD to
Mahoromatic ~ Motto Utsukushii Mono ~,
tentatively titled Ongaku Hen, as coming with a clear
CD box to hold all 5 CDs from the series.
To be released 6 December 2002
Catalogue number PICA-1258
Price 2,913 yen (excluding tax)
It'll contain the OP, ED, BGM and omake messages
from Mahoro and Minawa
Web reports that the Tokyo Regional Tax
Bureau has charged Aoba Publishing Co. Ltd and
its president Takeda Hiroshi (57) and tax
accountant Takahashi Yukimasa (45) with tax
evasion. It's alleged that the company concealed
income of approximately 260 million yen in the
two years to August 2001 by claiming fictitious
subcontracting expenses, thus evading
approximately 70 million yen in tax. Aoba
Publishing Co. Ltd publishes manga such as the
million seller Hamster Club,
popular with children and young females. The
company has now filed an amended tax return.
- On 27 August 2002, I wrote about the sale of the Rockman
Hoshi ni Negai o DVD via Capcom's
website towards the end of October 2002. Dengeki
Online reports that due to fan interest and
early readiness, Capcom has decided to start
accepting online pre-orders for the DVD (and
Rockman CDs) now, with the sale date of 11
October 2002. If you didn't get these items at
the Tokyo Game show, they'll only be available
via Capcom's site. For more info, see my 27
August 2002 entry. Source: Aniota.
- Every now and then, some anime will be promoted
on a train or bus. I don't normally write about
those (eg the Azumanga bus, etc). But in this
case, it's a bit more fitting. Asahi.com
reports that a couple of Galaxy Express
999 train carriages have been prepared,
to commence running from November 2002. The
images of Maetel and Tetsuro appear along the
both sides of the carriage, and the face of
Tetsuro at the head (as you can see in the
photograph). Source: Aniota.
Online reports that Nagai Go,
author of Mazinger Z, has today commenced
proceedings in the Tokyo District Court against
the East Japan
Railway Culture Foundation and East Japan
Railway Company seeking damages of
approximately 20 million yen for unauthorised use
of the Mazinger Z motif in posters and
illustrations at an exhibition at the Tokyo
Station Gallery in February 2002. The Foundation
disputes that Nagai's rights have been
contravened. Source: Ma-ten.
- Another Friday. Je suis fatigue. Sorry for no
- I want a Misato
soapdish ^_^ (It's to be released in
March 2003 together with Asuka and Rei versions,
I think - see the fifth pic from the bottom).
- TV Tokyo's preview for Sister Princess Re
Pure is now up here.
The anime will commence broadcast on 2 October
- The Overman King Gainer website
and Bandai catalogue
both advise that the first pressing of
volume 1 of the DVD for the series will
come with a box illustrated by character
designer Nishimura Kinu to hold all nine volumes
in the series, a 32 page booklet and an "Encyclopedia
File". Both first pressing and later
pressings will also have a further 16 page
Catalogue number BCBA-1311
Price 5,000 yen (excluding tax)
Contains two episodes and special show, 75
minutes in total
Double-layered, anamorphic letterboxed
Succeeding volumes will then be released each
month thereafter, with those later volumes to
contain three episodes each (price 6,000 yen
excluding tax). The first pressing of later
volumes will also come with an instalment of the
- I don't get a huge amount of traffic to this
site, but I note that some of the visitors are
people who maintain or report to other news
sites, whether in English or in other languages
like Spanish, French, etc. I'm flattered if
people take news from my page, but if you're
doing so, it'd be nice if you gave me a credit
and linked my page. Thanks. That way, when I get
something wrong, you'll have someone to blame
^_^;; For those of you who already give me a
credit, thanks as well ^_^
- To celebrate the broadcast of Spiral ~ Suiri no
Kizuna, Sony has set up an "Aki no Mystery
with pics from the following anime: Spiral
~ Suiri no Kizuna, King of
Bandit Jing, Mirage of Blaze,
Rurouni Kenshin, Yokohama
Kaidashi Kikou, I'll/CKBC
and R.O.D. Firstly you'll need
to enter the password "spiral". Then
click on the star which represents the anime.
You'll be taken the page for that anime, with
roughly 30 screenshots or illustrations for each
anime. Some of the pictures have previously been
displayed on Sony's various sites. Back at the
main page, if you click on the door instead of a
star, you'll be taken to a page with a wallpaper
to download for each of the named anime, as well
as Kikaider 01. Looks like
Sony's site will be up until 4 October 2002.
reports that Yoshioka Miho will be playing the
role of a somewhat ecchi schoolboy (Ichitaka?) in
the upcoming I''s OVA.
Convenience stores such as 7-11 and Family Mart
will start taking reservations on 6 November 2002
(the OVA is to be released on 9 December 2002).
The three idols/first-time seiyuu in the photo in
the report are (from left): Yoshioka Miho, Nakane
Kasumi and Isoyama Sayaka. For more info about
the I''s OVA, see my 12 September 2002 entry.
Japan reports that Bandai Networks' LaLaBit
Market has begun accepting orders for the Gundam
"Type Char" motorbike helmet,
with the "Char's Zaku" motif. The site
will be accepting orders until 29 November 2002
and the helmets will ship in March 2003. Price 29,800
yen (excluding tax). The helmets come in three
sizes: M, L and XL. Source: Ma-ten.
25 September 2002 (final update for the day)
- The top banner on this Sunrise page
announces that the Playstation 2 3D robot battle
action game Kikou Busou G-Breaker (Ground-Breaker)
Legend of Cloudia, to be
released on 7 November 2002, will include an
anime version clip with original as well as old
characters. Source: Moonphase.
Corporation and Ichimy
report that Toshiba EMI has announced that it
will start releasing music as "DVD
video sound" as of 7 November 2002.
The audio portion of the DVD will contain 48 kHz/24
bit sound, while the video portion will contain
still images. First up will be Changin' My Life's
new single Eternal Snow. Five tracks will be
included on the DVD single, including the (edit
28 September 2002: new ending theme Eternal Snow)
and insert song (or songs) from the TV anime Full
Moon o Sagashite. The visual portion
will contain over 40 stills including photos of
the artists as well as illustrations from the TV
anime series. Price 1,048 yen (excluding tax).
The CD single will be released on the same day
for the same price and with the same tracks. But
while it won't contain the stills, the CD single
of course has the advantage of being capable of
being played in a CD player. Source: Aniota
Note that you can't read the Ichimy article
unless you register with their site (registration
- This is probably nothing new, but I had a look at
the Ghibli Museum site today. Nice catbus on the main
- AIC has a page
up for the Blue Gender movie The
Warrior. I haven't check the trailer
yet, but I presume it's the same one as was
previously on its homepage. Source: Moonphase.
- The official website for Saishuu
Heiki Kanojo (She, the Ultimate Weapon)
has updated with release details for the DVDs.
Click on the pick button and on the pop-up window
which appears you'll see a pic of the Chise
figure which comes with the limited edition
version of volume 1. Click on the "More Info"
button and you'll see the Takahashi Shin
illustration to be used for the box, together
with a pic of the box. The 72 minute bonus disc
which comes with the limited edition of volume 1
will contain a 25 minute special program "Saishuu
Heiki Kanojo no Subete", a 25 minute
interview, five 4 minute mini-programs "SaiKano
Jyouhoukyoku", four 15 second Family Gekijo
TV ads, three 30 second Family Gekijo TV ads and
a 15 second CBC TV ad. Source: Moonphase. And
note that, among the specifications set out for
each disc, the DVD release will have
English subtitles. Yes, gotta add that
to my buy list \^_^/ For more info about the
volume 1 release, see my 12 and 14 September 2002
- Tenmon, composer of the
soundtrack for Hoshi
no Koe, has updated his homepage
which a piece of music "Prologue" which
you can listen. Just click through to the
Download page. Source: Moonphase.
- A trailer for the Saint Seiya Hades
Chapter OVA series can now be viewed at
the official website here
and at the Toei Animation trailer page here
(third item down). Source: Moonphase.
- Sorry for no update yesterday. Decided to catch
up on sleep.
- Hazukashii ^_^\ My site got mentioned on Jungle SCS's
English page. Thanks guys ^_^/ If I'd known you
knew about my site, I would've written more about
Jan Jan! Junko-chan. Though I
preferred Jungle SCS before it set up its English
and Korean pages - less competition from anime
fans for items then ^_-
- Thanks to k_chan
for pointing that fact out to me ^_^ You may be
interested to know that Ogata Megumi
(one of my favourite seiyuu too) will be releasing
an album on 4 December 2002. Title will
be "Aitai - passed, and next 1992-2002-".
That kinda suggests it'll be a "best of"
compilation. Price 6,000 yen. Source: Reinbo
- For those interested in the Tenchi Muyo!
Juu Shuunen Kinen (10th Anniversary Memorial) DVD
Box to be released in March 2003, you
can view a pic of the planned design of the
wooden box at Animate's website here.
Note the drawer at the base to store the Azaka
and Kamidake paperweights. Wonder if it'll come
with the purple Tenchi Muyo! print cloth
furoshiki as wrapping as well? For more details
about the release, see pages like CD Japan's listing
or Animaxis' report here
(when their site is up again).
- Shin Seiki Tetsu Mars will
commence broadcast on Sky Perfect TV's AT-X
on 31 October 2002. It's based on the 1976 robot
manga Mars by Yokoyama Mitsuteru (Testujin 28 Go,
Giant Robo). Seki Tomokazu will take the lead
role as Mars, a boy found on an island which
appears after the eruption of underwater
volcanoes in 2002. Source: TA
Online Network reports that as a result of
complaints regarding the red tint in the Japanese
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
DVD the National
Consumer Affairs Centre of Japan yesterday
requested that Buena Vista Home Entertainment not
cause similar trouble in future. Buena Vista has
replied that it will take into account the
Centre's comments. The Centre does not regard the
present measures taken by the company in placing
an explanatory sticker on the DVDs to be
sufficient. Source: Ma-ten.
23 September 2002
- In the October issue of Bandai's Beat Magazine
pamphlet comes news that music for Gundam
Seed will be composed by Sahashi
Toshihiko (Big O, Full Metal Panic). Sound
director will be Urakami Yasuo (who has worked on
various Gundam series). Source: TA
- On Yamada Akihiro's official
website, he writes that there will be
approximately 20 minutes of new footage in the RahXephon
movie. Sounds like a digest movie.
Yamada is the character designer for the series.
- The 13 episode Sister Princess Re Pure
commences broadcast on 2 October 2002. You can
view the OP (Tokyo Game Show 2002 Stage version)
here in this Aniradi report.
Just click on the first link you come across.
- The November 2002 issue of Kadokawa's Asuka
magazine (on sale tomorrow) has announced that
the shoujo manga D.N.Angel by Sugisaki
Yukiru is to be animated. D.N.Angel
tells the story of Niwa Daisuke who switches back
and forth with his alter ego the legendary thief
Dark depending on which of the Harada twin
sisters he's thinking of. Source: Moonphase.
- According to Houchipurei2,
the vampire manga Hitsuji no Uta
by Toume Kei (serialised in Monthly
Comic Birz), which was recently adapted into
a live-action movie, is to be made into a
four volume OVA to be released around
May 2003. Source: Moonphase.
22 September 2002 (final update for the day)
- Studio Perriot is selling a character
design works book for the anime Like
the Clouds, Like the Wind exclusively
through its Perriot Shop. Price 2,500 yen (excluding
tax), orders close 30 September 2002 and will be
shipped at the end of October 2002. This book
will contain approximately 50-60 pages (8 in
colour) and will be A4 in size. The minimum
number of 100 orders to ensure production has
already been reached. Source: Aniota.
- Today Pioneer held an event for its Rondo
Robe label. Among the announcements was the
news that a Tsuki-hime anime
will be produced next year. Tsuki-hime is an
adult doujin computer game by the circle Type-Moon,
which has since spawned music, books, figures and
goods etc, but since Rondo Robe will be behind
the anime, I presume the anime won't be hentai.
Also promoted at the event were other works
slated for completion by Rondo Robe next year,
including L/R and Texinolize.
- Those who purchase all six volumes of the Asagiri
no Miko DVDs will be able to apply
for a book containing storyboards by director
Moriyama Yuji and illustrations by Ugawa Hiroki (author
of the manga on which the TV anime is based). And
those who purchase all three box sets of Rikujyou
Bouei Tai Mao-chan (Ground Defense
Force Mao-chan) will be able to apply for a set
of three Mao-chan figures. Source: Paper
BizTech reports that during a press
conference about Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone
Complex on 20 September 2002, Oshii Mamoru spoke
about a full digital anime movie in the works
with Production IG (which I presume is the Ghost
in the Shell 2 movie...?). Work started two years
ago, and the movie should be completed in another
one and a half years. Source: Ma-ten.
Net reports that Japan Rail
exhibited its new Ampanman
carriage on 20 September 2002. In a
three carriage configuration, the front half of
one carriage has been converted into an Ampanman
playground for children. The walls and floor are
padded to avoid injury to the children and
illustrated with characters from the popular TV
anime series. The service will commence its run
on 6 October 2002 between Takamatsu and Tokushima.
Special reserve tickets will be required. Source:
- Episode 2 of the OVA Nurse
Witch Komugi-chan Magical te will be
broadcast on TV Kanagawa on 2 November 2002 and
on Kids Station on 4 November 2002. Source: TA
- Volume 1 of the DVD for Overman
King Gainer will be released on 21
December 2002. Price has yet to be determined.
- The website for Mahou
Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~ Someday's Dreamers
(to commence broadcast in January 2003) has now
opened. Still a lot of sections under
construction, but at least you'll get a look at
the main characters and see a couple of
screenshots. Artwork looks beautiful.
20 September 2002 (updated)
- In the latest entry
in his official webpage,
director Anno Hideaki (Evangelion) writes on work
on the 2'36'' short Studio Ghibli anime Kuusou
no Kikai-tachi no Naka no Hakai no Hatsumei.
Postrecording dubbing and photography have been
completed and they're now up to the rush check
stage. Source: Moonphase.
Net reports that Fuji TV has acquired a stake
in the Chocovader
character by paying several hundred million yen
to developing companies Sony Music Entertainment
and digital film producer Buildup. Chocovader is
an alien-toy-in-a-chocolate-egg confectionery. A Chocovader
anime will also commence broadcast in
October 2002. Source: Ma-ten.
- The Space Pirate Captain Harlock ~ The
Endless Odyssey webpage
was finally restored today. Volume 1 "Hakidame
no Blues" will be released on 21 December
2002, catalogue number VPBY-11581, price 4,800
yen (excluding tax). The OST CD will cost 3,000
yen (excluding tax), catalogue number VPCG-84766.
- The TV anime version of Tsuri-baka Nisshi
(The Diary of a Fishing Fool) will now commence
broadcast on the later date of 2 November 2002.
Shogakukan, publisher of the manga, has an
announcement page here,
and Toei Animation also has a page
up, but there's not much to see at either. Source:
Group BBS. For more information about the
story, see my 20 August 2002 entry.
- Bandai has updated its upcoming
releases page. I won't go through all the
products since I may have previously discussed
them or they may be releases of old shows.
However, I notice that the first pressing of Ghost
in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex volume
1 will come with a trading-card-type character ID
card. Further, Bandai's catalogue page for volume
1 adds that the first pressing will also come
with a box to hold the first five volumes
of the DVD. It'll be a double layer DVD with
anamorphic widescreen picture. Apart from that
first pressing bonuses, the DVD will also come
with an 8 page booklet. Bonus features on the DVD
will be a special CGI movie and a "making"
video. For more details, see my 10 September 2002
- The three volumes of the Happy
World! OVA series (based on the
manga serialised in monthly Ultrajump
magazine) will be released on 13 December 2002,
28 March 2003 and 26 June 2003. Price of volume 1
will be 2,940 yen (including tax) while volumes 2
and 3 will be 5,250 yen (including tax) each.
Yokohama. You can view a few screenshots from
the opening title sequence on the KSS's page
- More Happy Lesson DVDs are
coming out. This time it's "Chara DVD's".
The Mutsuki volume will be released on 13
December 2002, then the Kisaragi volume on 24
January 2003, the Yayoi volume on 28 February
2003, the Uduki volume on 25 April 2003 and the
Satsuki volume on 26 June 2003. Price of each
volume will be 3,150 yen (including tax). Source:
- A limited edition version of volume 13 of
the manga Beck by Harold Sakuishi will
be published by Kodansha on 15 November 2002.
Price 2,000 yen (excluding tax). Included will be
a 40'35'' tribute CD with 10 pieces of music.
issue of Super Robot Magazine (volume 9, on
sale 19 November 2002) will have mahou shoujo
Minky Momo against the giant robot Sengoku Majin
Goshogun. Huh? Source: Aniota.
- Chapter 3 of story 3 of the "sound novel"
Love is now up. For more info, see
my entry on 31 May 2002.
19 September 2002
- Shin Seiki Tetsu Mars will
commence broadcast on AT-X on 31 October 2002.
X-press News (thanks Yankumi ^_^ ).
- Webpages for this season's live-action dorama
series which are based on manga:
Under Arrest (commencing 17 October
2002) - for more information see my 23 August
(commencing 12 October 2002) - the page will
officially open on 4 October 2002; for more
information see my 6 September 2002 entry.
- Friend Yankumi saw Neko no Ongaeshi
at the start of the month and liked it a lot,
finding it simpler but more fun and enjoyable
than Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, although the
latter had better production values. The
following is Yankumi's summary/review, though
I've edited it. The artwork in Sen was much
better and more detailed, more fantastic; the
music better and the story also more fantastic.
On the other hand, Neko no Ongaeshi was light,
fresh and funny - more relaxing work than Sen,
which had a more complex storyline.
Yankumi didn't find all of The Ghiblies
Episode 2 interesting, though, only the
part about eating curry ^_^ Wasn't impressed by
the artwork in this short work either. Note
however, the voices in The Ghiblies Episode 2
were performed by famous actors and actresses
such as Suzuki Kyouka, Nishimura Masahiko and
Shinohara Tomoe. The Ghiblies Episode 2 played
first and was about 20 minutes long. After a
break of about 10 minutes, Neko no Ongaeshi began.
High school girl Haru doesn't know what she's
doing with her life, and what's more she's
depressed because the boy she's got a crush on
has a pretty girlfriend. One day, Haru saves a
cat from being run over by a truck. The cat turns
out to be Run/Lun, son of Neko Ou (the Cat King)
from Neko no Kuni (the Land of Cats). That night,
Neko Ou and his entourage (a humourous sight) pay
a visit to Haru at home to thank her. She's
invited to Neko no Kuni but then it's proposed
that she marry Run/Lun... In the Land of Cats,
Haru meets of number of characters, including
Muta, the Baron and the crow Toto. Don't want to
spoil things for you, but Yankumi said that the
scenes which followed next were creative ^_^ Cast
for Neko no Ongaeshi:
Chizuru as Haru
Yoshihiko as the Baron
Takayuki as Run/Lun
Aki as Yuki
Kenta as Natori
Mari as Natoru
Yousuke as Toto
Hitomi as Hiromi
as Neko Ou
Kumiko as Haru's Mother
Tetsu as Muta
Yankumi, thanks very much for your review and for
the links m(_ _)m I owe you one (again) ^_^/
- Bandai has opened a website for OVA series Jungle
wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu Deluxe.
Click on the flowers to watch a TV commercial for
- "The Paper" is back! \^_^/ The November
2002 issue of Ultrajump (on sale 19 October
2002) will see the commencement of the Shin
R.O.D manga (tentative title). Whereas
the original manga was by Yamada Shutarou (who
has a short manga Hexagon in this month's issue
of Ultrajump) with Kurata Hideyuki, Shin R.O.D
will be by Ayanaga Ran with Kurata
Hideyuki. Shin R.O.D will deal with three
sisters, and it seems from the pic that they're each paper
masters. Although the blurb refers to "The
Paper", there's no reference to Yomiko. Will
there be a different Paper...?
18 September 2002
- Episode one of the (edit 8 October 2002: 2001
version of the) 3D CG anime Platonic
Chain is now available for streaming
download at Cafe
Creators. Episodes two to five will be made
available every four days or so. Source: Aniota.
However, you'll need to register with the site
first (this is free, but the registration is of
course in Japanese). For more information on the
anime, see my 8 August 2002 entry.
- The official SaiKano (Saishu Heiki Kanojo
- She, the Ultimate Weapon) website has
updated with five additional wallpapers to
download. Source: Moonphase.
Just click on the Present option. You'll need to
answer a quiz of three multiple choice questions
correctly first, but it's not hard to do with
trial and error.
- Sorry about slow updates recently. Been sleeping
- Asahi.com has an article
on freeters, ie people like Oe Kintaro in Golden
Boy and Konno Mitsune in Love Hina.
- For anyone considering getting the Sakura
Taisen (Sakura Wars) Complete Song Box,
Animate has a complete listing of all 139 tracks here
- JVC's page for Overman King Gainer
up. Source: infoanime.com.
- TBS' Chobits
page has updated. Source: infoanime.com.
Included among the updates are details on DVD
volume 9, which will be a digest volume. The
volume will contain digest episodes 9, 18 and
another episode. Episode 26 is supposed to be the
last episode. So what's this other episode going
to be? Some other digest episode...? I dunno.
Volume 9 will be released on 21 February 2003,
catalogue number PIBA-7172.
reports that the 1,500 million yen live action
movie Dragon Head (based on the
manga by Mochiduki Minetaro) will be released in
the (northern) autumn of 2003. The cast and crew
travelled to Uzbekistan for two months, where
sets were created, including the tunnel where the
bullet train crashed, setting the story in motion.
For more information, see my 10 July 2002 entry.
- Toho now has a page
up for Azumi, the live
action movie based on the manga of the same name.
A trailer will later be available for download.
For more information, see Anime News Service's 12
July 2002 entry.
- The Heat Guy J website has
updated with news that the manga
version of the story will commence
serialisation with the November 2002 issue of Monthly
Magazine Z (on sale on 26 September 2002).
The mangaka will be Ogishima Chiaki, but based on
original character designs by Yuki Nobuteru.
- Sony's website for Yokohama
Kaidashi Kikou (Yokohama Shopping
Travelogue) has updated with a storyboard for
episode one of the OVA. A new storyboard will be
put up each week. Just click on Products and then
select the furthest right menu item. Source: Moonphase. One
thing I like about the site is the option to
choose from one of three tracks as your
background music while you browse the site.
16 September 2002
- Got the Pandora
Tarot, illustrated by Chen Shu Fen. Wonderful
pics, but a bit disappointing that the cards are
only about 5.5cm x 12.5cm in size. Of the 78
cards, save for ace to ten of each of the four
suits, each of the cards are individually
illustrated. Also comes with a 112 page booklet (in
Chinese) on how to use tarot cards. Not that I'm
ever going to use them. Look nice anyway ^_^ Chen
Shu Fen's webpage, which she shares with husband
Ping Fan can be found here.
- Episode 2 of the full 3D CG independent anime URDA
by Romanov Higa is now available for download.
Just click on the #2 link on the left hand side
of that page to get to episode 2. This 5 minute
episode took approximately three months to create.
The low quality version is 7.4Mb in size. The
high quality version is 45Mb. In this episode,
Elna and Janet don't trust the mysterious girl's
story of where she came from, but the Nazis seem
to believe it. For more details about the anime
and how to view it, see my 7 and 12 May 2002
- Kajiura Yuki has stated on the BBS on her website
that, although See-Saw composed the ending theme
Seed, she will not be writing the
BGM for the series. Source: TA
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