1-15 NOVEMBER 2002 NEWS
7 November 2002
- I'm tired and busy and have a headache and
something's come up. Will post some news today,
but it'll be even more brief than normal, sorry.
May post a bit of news tomorrow as well, but then
that'll be it for a week. If there's then no
further update to this website by Sunday week,
call the prime minister. Yankumi, if you happen
to read this, sorry, I've been really busy lately
m(_ _)m Will email when I get the chance.
- Apparently on the picture
diary page of Kaishaku's homepage,
there was reference to a second season of
the TV anime UFO Princess Walkure.
However, that reference was removed soon after.
- Seems that Kodansha is promoting Oh!great's
new manga Air Gear a bit. When you first
click on the homepage
for weekly manga magazine Shonen Magazine, you're
presented with an ad for Air Gear for a few
seconds before the site switches to its normal
format. This week's issue of the magazine,
published yesterday, has 70 pages of the new
serial. Next week's issue will have a further 50
- Asahi.com English language article
on the fact that the Japanese have been
slow to take up online gaming.
- On 17 October 2002 I reported about the limited
edition version of volume 8 of the manga Chobits,
to be released on 27 November 2002. More concrete
details now. Toranoana
states that the limited edition will come
with a box to hold all eight volumes and a
mousepad. Both box and mousepad will be
illustrated by CLAMP of course. Price 1,600 yen (excluding
tax). Toranoana does not accept overseas orders.
In any event, the page also states that the pre-order
period is over. Note that the pic on the above
link is a pic of volume 7, not volume 8. Source: ultimatum
half edition. I have yet to see the book
listed on other online sites like Amazon Japan or
Mangaoh Club, though. BTW, the official CLAMP
site stated that the manga was to be released on
29 November 2002, but then again, the official
site's information was a bit vague at that time.
- The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and
that characters from the old anime Kyojin
no Hoshi are being used to
promote off-peak commuting in the month
of November (to minimise peak hour traffic
congestion). A website has
been set up. Source: Aniota.
- In recognition of the birthday of Tetsuwan
Atom (Astroboy) on 7 April 2003, Triumph
Japan has created the Triumph
@Mune Bra. (Is that supposed to be a
bit of a pun? @Mune. Attomune...?). This
bra is not for sale. Source: Aniota.
Sorry, not item to really go into the design of
the outer cup, the inner left cup, the inner
right cup, the straps etc...
- Toho Amusement Park has more release
details for Palme no Ki (A Tree of
Palme). To consolidate those details:
To be released 21 December 2002
Catalogue number TDV-2700D
Price 6,000 yen (excluding tax)
Anamorphic letterboxed picture, 5.1ch sound,
double-layer, movie approximately 136 minutes,
with bonus material of approximately another 45
minutes: "Making of Palme no Ki" (a 25
minute re-edit of a special preview program which
was broadcast on WOWOW), "Art of Palme no Ki"
(design works collection - still images), image
board collection (still images), storyboard
highlights selected by the director, trailer
collection. Source: Aniota.
And as Falls
on Deaf Ears has mentioned on the AoD
forums, the DVD will have with
- According to Kyodo
News, Japanese government body
examines expanding the financing methods for
anime production. Anime is a field in
which high growth is hoped for in a Japan which
is facing de-industrialisation and it's hoped
that revision of the business laws will help the
domestic animation industry compete with other
major animators like Disney. Source: Aniota.
- Plans to construct the Tezuka Osamu World
Kawasaki theme park have been abandoned,
Online reports. Kawasaki was decided as the
location of the theme park back in May 1998, but
due to the recession and poor performance of
other theme parks in the recent past, the Tezuka
World Plan was revisited in December last year.
It was proposed to include characters by other
authors, reduce the plan area and use a new
design. However, ultimately Tezuka Production
cancelled its investment. A new use will need to
be found for the planned construction site of 38
hectares. Source: Aniota.
6 November 2002
- Still got a few more minor items of news to post,
but my computer just crashed, so I don't know if
I'm in the mood to do much more >_<
- When Chojushin
Gravion finishes broadcast in January 2003,
looks like it'll be replaced by Wolf's
Rain on 6 January 2003 on Fuji TV.
Further, L/R will replace Kiddy
Grade and Gunparade March will
Renmei. Source: Moonphase.
- I've been watching Macross
recently, so I'll point out that Victor
for the series has updated with streaming samples
of songs from the CDs to be released tomorrow and
later this year. Source: Moonphase.
- It's been stated on the BBS
at the official R.O.D
site that it looks like the sequel to the
anime will be the final chapter in R.O.D,
but will have an all star cast. I'm not certain,
but that information may have come from the
recently published special issue of Weekly Shonen
Jump, titled Yomu
Jump, which contains a discussion between
Kurata Hideyuki (original concept) and Masunori
- Various wallpapers are now available for download
at the You're
Under Arrest live action dorama site.
At present the designs are mainly of Natsumi and
Miyuki and some mecha. However, I think there'll
be more wallpapers up tomorrow. Further, the
first/main item presently on display for download
is a Bokuto screensaver.
- Release details for the 13 episode Saint
Seiya The Hades Chapter - Sanctuary
Volume 1 to be released 25 January 2003,
catalogue number BCBA-1521, contains one episode,
price 4,800 yen (excluding tax), first pressing
will come with Pegasus Saint Cloth (mobile phone?)
Volume 2 to be released 25 February 2003
Volume 3 to be released 28 March 2003
Volume 4 to be released 25 April 2003
Volume 5 to be released 23 May 2003
Volume 6 to be released 27 June 2003
Volume 7 to be released 22 July 2003
Volumes 2 to 7 will each contain two episodes and
each cost 7,800 yen (excluding tax). Source: Nifty
- Pre-orders for the From
I''s OVA start today. The OVA will
be released on 9 December 2002. You can view a
pic of the cover here.
Further, in news that will please I''s fans, I
note that this DVD is stated to be "Zenhen",
ie it's just the first volume.
Giving the DVD a description like that suggests
to me that the series will be likely either two
or three volumes.
- The December 2002 issue of Animage
magazine (published 9 November 2002 by
Tokuma Shoten) will include a Dejiko T-shirt.
The shirt will be US size M. Price will be usual
590 yen (excluding tax) I think. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- On this Datam Polystar product page,
it's stated that the TV anime Raimu
(Lime) iro Senkitan
will commence broadcast on 3 January 2003. Source:
- Independent amateur CG anime group T-Zero
Factory has a trailer available for
its next anime Heart
on this page.
You can choose from either Real Media or Windows
Media and from either streaming download (two
speeds) or straight download (two file sizes).
- Looks like the 15 minute block after Nanaka
6/17 (Nanaka Junana Bun no Roku) will be
filled by D.N.Angel. I've now
updated my 4 November 2002 entry. Source: TA
- According to the October 2002 issue of Bandai's
game information magazine Monthly
.hackey, The TV anime .hack//Tasogare
no Udewa Densetsu is to commence
broadcast on 8 January 2003. Source: TA
4 November 2002 (final update for the day)
- Forgot to add one more thing. Perhaps CD Japan
announced this earlier, but I can't remember.
Anyway, DVDs with a slight difference. On 25
December 2002, three DVDs will be
released, each with approximately 150
illustrations by Amano Yoshitaka set to
various works of music. For more details, see
these CD Japan entries for:
Yoshitaka - Karei naru Gensoubi no Sekai Vol. 1
Yoshitaka - Karei naru Gensoubi no Sekai Vol. 2
Yoshitaka - Karei naru Gensoubi no Sekai Vol. 3
- Not much news to report makes Maya very happy ^_^
- The TV anime Nanaka 6/17 (Nanaka Junana
Bun no Roku) based on the manga by Yagami
Ken (serialised in Monthly Shonen Champion)
will commence broadcast on 8 January 2003 on TV
Tokyo. Source: TA
- What would follow in the 15 minute block after
Doesn't seem clear at present, but
apparently it could be one of the three following
anime: the rumoured Try! Try! Try!, D.N.Angel or
an Azumanga Daioh 2. Looks like it'll be
D.N.Angel. Source: TA
Group BBS. (Edited: 6 November 2002)
- Keeping strange hours again.
approaches city. Source: Aniota
- There's an article about Studio Ghibli's
Howl's Moving Castle in this month's
issue of Nikkei
Entertainment. As previously reported on the
internet, production on the movie will re-commence
in February 2003, but apparently it's also stated
that movie will be released in 2004. Source: Aniota
- A new manga by Egawa (Golden Boy) Tatsuya
has commenced serialisation in the November 2002
issue of Cyzo
(on sale 18 October 2002), which also features a
cover illustration by Egawa. What's a bit
different about this manga is that Egawa is the
main character. The manga's titled Egawa
Shiki Benkyou Hou (Egawa Style Studying
Method). According to the blurb, it's "new
ground for the genius who brought you Tokyo
Daigaku Monogatari (Tokyo University Story) and
Magical Taruto-kun and who's at the forefront of
the manga world, Egawa is the main
character, dealing a blow to the
absurdity of this world!?" Source: Aniota.
Japan reports that Nakazawa Keiji,
the author of manga Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)
has been honoured with this year's Tanimoto
Kiyoshi Peace Prize, which is presented
to the person who has served, and contributed to,
the cause of peace. Nakazawa's anti-war manga has
been translated into 11 languages. The award,
established in 1987, is named after the Reverend
Tanimoto Kiyoshi, who witnessed the Hiroshima
atomic bombing, founded hundreds of orphans of
the atomic bomb and brought the "Hiroshima
maidens" (with faces etc burnt by the
effects of the bomb) to the US for plastic
surgery. Source: Aniota.
Dr Floyd Schmoe, another recipient of the
Tanimoto award, started work on the Seattle Peace
Park with the monetary prize that he received
with the award.
thanks for your comments, but I'm not the
prophet, I'm just a very naughty Maya :P
- Updated yesterday's info about URDA.
3 November 2002 (second update)
- I don't often write about figures which are being
released, but these Kerberos
soldiers from Oshii Mamoru's
Kerberos ~ Jigoku no Banken (Kerberos ~ Watchdogs
of Hell) look pretty detailed. Click on the small
pics for enlargements. Each figure (regular
edition and the Toy 'R' Us battle damage edition)
is about 30cm/12 inches and costs 9,800 yen. To
be released January 2003 by Yamato Toys. Made of
ABS (what's that?), PVC and die-cast. Each comes
with MG-42, Mauser C-96, ammunition belt and
metal helmet. The crimson glasses on the regular
edition light up. The battle damage edition has
battle damage on the protective gear and a
removable mask but the glasses don't light up.
T of the newly upgraded AoD
forums has posted
additional information regarding the Dragonball
Z TV series DVD boxes. The pages cited
there mention that the figure will be produced by
Kaiyodo and the digitally remastered discs will
have picture labels. I don't know much about
Dragonball but it seems some TV special will be
included as well. To add to that, Sankei
Sports reports that not only the first box,
but also the second box will include an original
action figure, special booklet and special disc (contents
of which have yet to be finalised). Both boxes
will contain 26 discs (25 for the TV series and
the special disc). Source: Entertainment
goo Anime Square and Aniota.
page for the box sets adds that the bookets for
"navigation" of the world of Dragonball
Z will contain character introductions and
episode explanations among other things.
- I've been keeping slightly different hours
recently, so updates haven't been made at the
- Arrghh, dammit! FrontPage Express crashed on me
AGAIN. And I've got quite a bit of stuff I wanted
to post >_< If I've forgotten it already,
then too bad! >_<
- Forgot to mention on Friday that volume 2 of the Dragonball
Z TV series box set will also cost 100,000
yen (excluding tax). I've now updated Friday's
- In addition, the official Dragonball
information site Jumpland
is now open. Source: ultimatum
- Mangaoh Club
states that the TV anime Piano
will be ten episodes. There may be more TV anime
being produced, but it's getting shorter and
shorter. The series is to be released on DVD over
five volumes, which means 2 episodes per volume.
- In addition, I note that the official Piano
website has release
details for all volumes:
Volume 1, to be released 21 December 2002,
catalogue number MMBV-6001, first pressing will
come with illustration card
Volume 2, to be released 24 January 2003,
catalogue number MMBV-6002
Volume 3, to be released 21 February 2003,
catalogue number MMBV-6003
Volume 4, to be released 21 March 2003, catalogue
Volume 5, to be released 25 April 2003, catalogue
Each volume will cost 6,090 yen (including tax).
In addition, those who purchase all five
volumes will be able to apply for a Kawasumi
Ayako Piano Special DVD.
- Haibane Renmei is to be five
volumes as well, with volume 1 containing one
episode presumably and the later volumes
containing three episodes each.
the official fan club website for Takahashi
Mikako has announced
that Pioneer/Rondo Robe's new TV anime L/R
will commence broadcast on Fuji TV in January
2003 and that Takahashi will play the role of
Noeru/Noel/Noelle and sing the ending theme.
- The Yumeta
Company website has updated with news about Animation
Runner Kuromi 2. Actually, the news
doesn't say much, although I can tell you it
won't be a love story ^_^;; And there are rough
designs up of the bad guy in this episode -
Takashimadaira Rei. All the main characters from
the original will appear, save one. The theme for
the original OVA was Nihon no anime wa
watashi ga tsukuru! (I'm going to make
Japanese animation!) This time it'll be Nihon
no anime ni tamashii wa aruka!? (Is there a
soul in Japanese animation!?) No release date
yet, only that it'll be some time next year.
- In addition, the website for Daichi Akitaroh's
upcoming OVA Makasete Iruka! (based
on the manga by Akitaroh and Takashita Takashi)
is now up.
Not that much to see at present. Production of
the anime is underway. The logo on the page is
the logo used for the manga - perhaps the logo
for the anime will be different. Source: Aniota.
- Sunrise's mecha TV anime Shutsugeki!
Machine Robo Rescue will commence
broadcast on TV Tokyo on 8 January 2003. The
official site (just the one page) is here.
- A trailer for episode 3 of the full 3D CG
independent anime URDA
by Romanov Higa is now available for download.
Just click on the #3 link on the left hand side
of that page. For more details about the anime
and how to view it, see my 7 and 12 May 2002
entries. (Edit 4 November 2002: This preview will
be up until the end of November 2002. Episode 3
itself is scheduled for release on 10 December
2002.) Source: Aniota.
2 November 2002
- Sony's got a preview up for the upcoming Yokohama
Kaidashi Kikou (Yokohama Shopping
Travelogue) OVA at its Morrich
BroadBand Magazine. Source: Moonphase. I can
only get patchy audio and none of the visuals
since I only have a narrowband connection
details for the December 2002 issue of Newtype
(on sale 10 November 2002) are out. As you can
tell from the cover pic, the cover story will be
the upcoming TV anime .hack//Tasogare no Udewa
Densetsu (to commence broadcast in January 2003).
Apart from articles on anime presently being
broadcast in Japan, I note that there'll be a
section titled "Journey to January"
dealing with Wolf's Rain, Stratos Four and Mahou
Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto. Wonder if those
articles will appear in English in Newtype USA...?
Wonder when I'll get my copy of issue 1 of
- VAP's site for the Space Pirate Captain
Harlock ~ The Endless Odyssey ~ OVA
series is now
open. Source: Moonphase.
- Marine Entertainment's page for the TV anime Piano
currently on air is now
up. Source: Moonphase.
Net has an article on Hello Kitty,
its license agreement with Lisa
Loeb's record label and plans for
expansion into China. On 15 October 2002, Loeb's album
Hello Lisa (a re-worked and re-released
version of her Cake and Pie album) was released,
with Sanrio's Kitty on the cover with the singer.
You'll notice the Hello Kitty influence on Loeb's
website. Loeb is not the only celebrity in the
West to admit to being a Hello Kitty fan. See for
example this USA
Today article from back in April.
1 November 2002
- The upcoming TV series by Studio Fantasia, Stratos
Four (to be broadcast in January 2003),
will be 13 episodes. Source: Moonphase.
- Victor Entertainment's music page for Macross
up. Source: Magicalantique.
- The website for Yumeta
Company, the ones who brought you Animation
Runner Kuromi, has been renewed. Still
no further information in relation to Kuromi 2,
but you'll note there are now English language
pages in relation ot the original Kuromi OVA.
- Story 4 Chapter 1 of the "sound novel" Kamakur@
Love is now up. For more info, see
my entry on 31 May 2002.
- Still tired -_-
Yokohama states that volume 1 of Haibane
Renmei will come with a CD-ROM,
character card and booklet. For more release
details, see my 14 October 2002 entry.
- First pressing of volume 4 of Ojamajo
Doremi Dokkan! will come with a box and
sticker. It'll be released on 8 January 2003,
price 6,090 yen (including tax). Source: Animate
- Volume 1 of Digimon Frontier
will be released on 21 January 2003, price 5,800
yen (excluding tax) and will contain four
episodes (93 minutes). Volume 2 will be released
on 21 February 2003 at the same price and contain
four episodes as well. Source: Music Market.
- I don't report the bulk of old anime which is
released on DVD, but just thought I'd mention
that the Dragonball Z TV series
will be released in two box sets. The first box
"Dragon Z Hen vol. 1" will be released
on 19 March 2003 and will cost 100,000 yen (excluding
tax), will contain the first 147 TV episodes and
include figure, bonus clips, box and booklet. Vol.
2 will be released on 18 September 2003 and will
contain the final 144 TV episodes. (Edit 3
November 2002: Vol. 2 will also cost 100,000 yen
excluding tax). Source: Music Market.
Web reports that on 26 October 2002, toy
company Takara commenced proceedings
in the High Court against Hong Kong company
Tigerway International alleging the
production of unauthorised copies of Beyblade
goods. Takara is seeking an injunction
against manufacture of further copies and damages.
In September 2001, Takara dispatched an
investigator to the offices of Tigerway and it's
alleged that a large number of copied goods,
including Beyblade goods, were discovered. A
director of Tigerway also allegedly stated that
the goods were manufactured in mainland China.
This is the first suit which has been commenced
in respect of copied Beyblade goods in Hong Kong.
Sales of Beyblade goods in Hong Kong since
October 1999 have totaled 390 million yen, with
the anime commencing broadcast there last year.
Annex reports that mangaka Ebisu
Yoshikazu is to direct a film version of his
short story Isayama Setsukou. He's also
prepared storyboards for the black comedy. The
movie will be released on DVD in February 2003.
Web reports that Professor of the Osaka
University of Arts and writer (of works such as
Lone Wolf and Cub) Koike Kazuo has
started a manga magazine Kanan Bungei - Manga Hen
to be published commencing November 2002.
It's proposed as a companion volume to the
literature magazine Kanan Bungaku published by
Koike's fine arts department. Koike will be
editor and the first issue will feature a cover
by Takahashi Rumiko. The magazine will be
published twice a year. The writer regards the
biggest problem facing the present manga
community as the shortage of talent with true
potential. Source: Ma-ten.
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