16-30 NOVEMBER 2002 NEWS
23 November 2002
- My grandfather passed away today, the only
grandparent I ever knew. He was loving and loved.
I don't think he felt any pain at the end, and
that's all you can really hope for at that stage.
While his condition was terminal, he didn't seem
in such bad shape to me a couple of weeks back,
so this news is a bit sudden. At least he can
rest in peace now. And at least my parents were
able to get to see him one last time. When
someone's approaching the end of their life,
don't delay what you intend to do, as their
condition can deterioriate quite quickly.
It may be cliched, but my grandfather was a
simple man, and had simple tastes. He seemed to
favour me a bit, though I'm not sure why. His
experiences in life were a bit mixed, from being
beaten by the Japanese in the War during his
youth, to a comfortable life with his family
after his retirement. In all, I'd like to think
he lived a full life and enjoyed it (perhaps a
bit too much at times). He would've liked to have
visited Australia again, though. It's strange,
earlier this year, I was thinking of taking him
on a holiday later in the year. It remained a
thought, and I never acted on it. I got busy at
work. And then they discovered his cancer. My
philosophy is to try to live life so that there's
no regrets, but maybe I'll regret that I didn't
do anything earlier.
21 November 2002
- A preview is now up for the upcoming OVA series Space
Pirate Captain Harlock ~ The Endless Odyssey ~.
Click on the "A Preview" section (of
course). Only the Pre-release trailer is up for
now. Source: Moonphase.
- A second Chobits desktop accessory CD
will go on sale. The Digital
Fan Box 2 will be released on 13
December 2002. It'll contain voice data,
database, mascot characters, calendar, CD player,
launcher(?) and icons. For Japanese Windows 95/98/Me/NT4.0/2000/XP.
First pressing will come with schedule calendar
in a CD case, original CD jacket, picture label,
postcard and coaster. Source: Moonphase.
- Shueisha has a site up
for the manga Okusama wa Joshi Kousei by
Kobayashi Hiyoko. There's a web comic with poor
animation. And those who've purchased volume 1 of
the manga or volumes 1 or 2 of the novelisation
can download screensavers and a wallpaper by
entering the full ISBN from the back of the
volume. Each ISBN gives access to a specific
screensaver/wallpaper. Source: ultimatum
- More details on the box set release of three live
action movies by Oshii Mamoru. The
Oshii Mamoru Cinema Trilogy will
have audio commentary. Further, the fourth (special)
DVD in the box will be approximately 90 minutes
in length and include the document movie "Dog
Days After - Onna-tachi no Oshii Mamoru",
"making of" video for Kerberos, the BGV(?)
"Dog Days", design stills, etc. The
special CD will be an "OST Best" with
tracks selected by Kawai Kenji from all three
movies and will be approximately 45 minutes long.
The booklet will be 64 or 72 pages long.
Catalogue number BCBJ-1519. For more details, see
my 26 October 2002 entry. No mention of English
- The DVD for the 1993
BonoBono movie will be
released on 25 February 2002 with Dolby Surround
sound. Catalogue number BCBA-1561, price 4,800
yen (excluding tax).
- The Arcade
Gamer Fubuki Ichigeki de
Clear Box will cost 3,800 yen. For more
details, see my 17 November 2002 entry. Source: Bandai.
- Sorry, I'll probably just leave news at this for
now. More tomorrow (or Saturday).
20 November 2002 (early update)
- Firstly I need to point out that the source of
the updated information yesterday for the R.O.D
TV anime was Moonphase.
In my haste, I forgot to credit the information.
Sorry m(_ _)m I've now made the proper
attribution to yesterday's news.
- Thanks again to Adam
T, this time for pointing out that (i)
further release details for Millennium
Actress can be found on Bandai's
online catalogue here
(Collection Box) and here
(regular edition) and (ii) the DVD release will
have English subtitles. From those further
details, you'll note that:
- the Collection Box comes with a second disc
containing the 30 minute "making of" (no
mention of subtitles for that disc)
- the movie itself will be Dolby Digital (5.1ch),
double layered, anamorphic letterboxed; the
Collection Box special disc will be stereo,
single layer, 4:3 aspect ratio
- the regular edition book will come with
explanation book as well.
- JVC/Victor Entertainment's "Victor
Internet Station" is here
with, among other things, a two minute commercial
for various anime, and a Macross
the Tribute Live! broadcast. The
commercial can be viewed at any time, however the
Macross performance will be available at 11pm on
29 November 2002 (presumably Japan time). Source:
Broadband challenged people will probably have a
hard time seeing/hearing anything.
- Portion of the song Yaneura no Chizu
(Map of the Attic) can be downloaded from Studio21-NET's
page on .wma and real formats. Just click on the
Works button, then go to the section titled
Rabsaris New Song. The song was composed
by Tenmon and is sung by Low, the same
combination on Shinkai Makoto's Hoshi no Koe ~
The voices of a distant star ~. Source: Moonphase.
- I've previously written about the Oh! Super Milk-chan:
Milk no IT Kakumei Shockwave animation. Further Shockwave
animations can be viewed at the same
Apart from the Super Milk-chan, the most popular
anime on the site appears the Catman
episodes. Source: Moonphase.
- TV Tokyo's website for the anime Shutsugeki!
Machine Robo Rescue is now
up. Source: Moonphase.
The anime commences broadcast on 8 January 2003.
- The long dormant official website for Rikujyou
Bouei Tai Mao-chan (Ground Defense Force
Mao-chan) has been updated. Source: Moonphase. Other
official websites for the anime can be found here
- In the lead up to the release of the new Yokohama
Kaidashi Kikou (Yokohama Shopping
Travelogue) OVA series "Quiet Country Cafe",
Sony is periodically publishing some screenshots
page. Source: Moonphase.
19 November 2002 (final update for the day)
Animation Online points out that the Sony
related broadband site Morrich has a Yokohama
Kaidashi Kikou (Yokohama Shopping
Travelogue) Special available for free
download. The 14 minute special includes
introduction to the world in which the anime is
set, the characters and a clip of the new OVA
series to be released in the coming months. The
special will be available until 25 December 2002
and is a 500kbps clip, which means I almost
certainly won't be able to view it >_< To
view it, click on the "Video Clip 24"
button on the top right hand corner of the
Morrich homepage, then click on the (mini) guide
to bring up the options of clips to view and find
the Yokohama clip. If you can't read the
Japanese, it should be the title above the "Morrich
Creator Awards" clips. Hope that helps.
- Updated the info on the new R.O.D anime.
- A pic
from the new Astroboy anime? For
more on the broadcast, see my 17 November 2002
Moon has details for the DVD release of Millennium
Actress: it'll be released on DVD on
25 February 2003. There will be two versions:
Collection Box (first pressing
Price 12,800 yen
approximately 400 page book of storyboards and
design works, explanatory book, postcard book,
special towel and box illustrated by Kon Satoshi.
DVD will have "making of" and trailers.
Price 4,800 yen
DVD will have
No mention of subtitles at this point, but I
doubt such a feature would be important to a
store like Paper Moon.
- The January 2003 issue of Ultrajump
magazine, on sale 19 December 2002, will
come with a Tenjou Tenge bandana
illustrated by Oh!great. See this ad
for the January issue. Source: ultimatum
- The new R.O.D anime will be a TV series.
You can see the silhouettes of three figures on
the main page of the official R.O.D
site. They seem to me to fit the three Paper
Sisters from the new Read
Or Dream manga in monthly manga magazine
Ultrajump. The figure on the left looks like the
eldest sister Michelle with her long wavy hair,
Anita would be the youngest sister in the middle
with her hair in buns, and (if I'm right)
Maggie's the tall, short-haired sister on the
right. Based on the first chapter of the manga,
that would mean no Yomiko... More information
will be posted to the official site on 10
December 2002. UPDATE from Moonphase: it
seems from the December 2002 issue of Ultrajump (on
sale today) that the main staff from the original
OVA series will return, including director
Masunori Kouji, script by Kurata Hideyuki and
character designs by Ishihama Masahi based on
designs by Uon Taraku. Further, manga is stated
to be by Ayanaga Ran. This seems to confirm that
the anime will be about the three Paper Sisters.
- Speaking of Ultrajump, the release of the
Ultrajump Megamix vol. 1 anthology manga
(with short story "S - song of sapphire star
-" by Oh!great) has been put back
to 17 January 2003. On the other hand, I can now
tell you that the title for the Matsumoto (Agharta)
Takaharu manga in the anthology will be "i/o".
- Sorry for lack of update yesterday. I haven't
been feeling 100% lately.
Animation Online reports that the currently
airing TV anime Shin Seiki Den Mars
will be released by the new Albatros
label "Albatros Anime". The 13 episode
series will be released over seven DVD volumes,
two episodes per volumes, with the final volume
containing episode 13 and approximately 30
minutes of bonus clips. Release
Volumes 1 & 2 to be released 21 February 2003
Volumes 3 & 4 to be released 21 March 2003
Volumes 5 & 6 to be released 25 April 2003
Catalogue numbers PAND-5001 to PAND-5007, price 5,800
yen (excluding yen) each. DVD will come with full
colour picture label, trading card and clear
Amaray case. Bonus clips to be included (it's not
clear to me whether some of these will appear on
the each volume or all will be on the final
volume 7) are next episode previews, commercials
for the series, promotion clip, design stills,
creditless OP and ED, staff and cast interviews,
- The spy TV anime L/R will
commence broadcast in January 2003 on Fuji TV.
However, Pioneer's Rondo Robe label has announced
that on 23 November 2002 a pilot film
for the anime will be broadcast on Anime TV.
- Shirow Masamune's short manga Pile Up,
previously published in Uppers
magazine in 1987, will be published as a volume
by Kodansha on 6 December 2002, tentative price 1,905
yen. 60 pages with an omake 10 pages. A
CD-ROM is included but looks like it'll
contain the same contents as the book. Source: Mangaoh Club.
1,905 yen seems pretty pricey, but I'll probably
end up ordering it anyway >_<
- And speaking of Shirow, I note
issue no. 23 (of 2002) of Uppers magazine has
Poster" of his. (The link will
probably become obsolete in a couple of weeks).
See my 26 October 2002 entry for a description of
this A3 poster. This will be poster number 5.
Poster number 4 was included with issue number 21
- That's all for today. More tomorrow (if I'm not
17 November 2002 (second update)
- I'll leave it at this today. More tomorrow.
- TV Tokyo's website for the anime Pokemon
Advanced Generation, to commence
broadcast on 21 November 2002, is now
up. Source: Ma-ten.
- Sony's website for the upcoming OVA series Submarine
707R (707 Revolution) is also now
up. This OVA series, based on the manga by
Ozawa Satoru, who also wrote the manga Ao no
Rokugo (Blue Submarine No. 6), will comprise two
volumes to be released in the northern (summer)
of 2003. First pressing bonuses and price are yet
to be determined. Source: Ma-ten.
- Hakusensha's monthly magazine Moe
has announced that a new Stray Sheep no
Po anime will commence broadcast at the
end of this year on Fuji TV. Source: TA
Group BBS. The earlier anime has been
licensed by Tokyopop.
- According to the latest issue of Newtype (Japan),
Wolf's Rain will commence
broadcast on Fuji TV on 6 January 2003 and be 26
episodes, with music by Kanno Yoko. Source: TA
Animation Online reports that the new
Astroboy TV anime Astroboy - Tetsuwan Atom
will commence broadcast on 7 April 2003 (the
birthday of Astroboy). However, in recognition of
the debut of the original series on 1 January
1963 forty years ago, the first episode of the
new series will be broadcast on Animax on 1
January 2003 in English with Japanese subtitles.
- Just point out that volume 1 of the
Memories Off 2nd OVA series "Manatsu no Naka
de..." will come with a box to hold
all three volumes of the series. Further,
there'll be a limited edition of
volume 1 as well, which will also include
a Shirakawa Hotaru figure. CD Japan has
English language details up here
(limited edition) and here
Animation Online points out that the title of
movie (to be released in the (northern) spring
will be RahXephon Tagen Hensoukyoku
- It's been announced
on CLAMP's website that a Chobits
original art book will be published,
with illustrations from the manga, goods, DVD,
CDs, postcards etc and commentary. A bonus item
is also planned for the first edition. Release
date and price have yet to be announced. Further,
the official site also states that Kodansha
will publish a Chobits fanbook in the
early (norther) spring of 2003. Source: ultimatum
- Yes, I'm back at my computer, all's right with
the world. But I'm not particularly refreshed...
- Tip for those with the handcuff keyring from the
You're Under Arrest Theme Song Full Collection CD
box: don't try to bring it onto an airplane.
Airport security will not allow you to board the
plane with it. I guess they consider a single
miniature handcuff (which could only fit one
finger in it, which doesn't lock/work and which,
being a single handcuff, couldn't be attached to
something else even if it did work) as some sort
of terrorist threat. Yet the cabin crew didn't
appear to have any concerns about distributing
300 pairs of stainless steel knives and forks for
lunch. Good to see airport security has its
priorities right >_<
- It's been announced on the official website for Mahou
Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~ Someday's Dreamers
that the TV anime will commence broadcast on 9
January 2003 on TV Asahi. Source: Moonphase.
- Chapter 2 of story 4 of the "sound novel"
Love is now up. Each instalment of
this story always seems to be released late. For
more info, see my entry on 31 May 2002.
- I think a second ad for the third Tenchi
Muyo! Ryoohki OVA series is now
up for download. I didn't bother watching the
first one myself, not being a big Tenchi Muyo fan.
has announced that a revised final (13th)
episode of the TV anime G-on Riders
will be distributed freely over the internet,
for a limited time from 12 December 2002. Source:
half edition. I won't be around on 12
December 2002 to post the site where the episode
will be available, so you'll have to keep an eye
out for it yourselves.
Champion Red magazine has announced that the
new Saint Seiya manga (to commence
serialisation in the February 2003 issue, to be
published 19 December 2002), will be
authored by Okada
Megumu. Source: ultimatum
half edition. The issue will also include a
poster by Kurumada Masami.
- Monthly Afternoon
manga magazine has announced that the
desktop accessory CD-ROM included with the
special edition of volume 25 of the Oh! My
Goddess manga will now also be sold separately.
Price and release date for the separate sale have
yet to be announced. For more details about the
CD-ROM, see my 8 and 27 October 2002 entries.
- Weekly manga magazine Young
Jump has announced that the manga
Skyhigh by author Takahashi Tsutomu (who also
wrote Ice Blade) will be turned into a live
action dorama series to commence
broadcast on 17 January 2003 on TV Asahi. Source:
- I got my copy of issue 1 of Newtype USA. No time
to read it properly yet, of course.
- An ad for Macross Zero can be
downloaded from Bandai's website here.
Also recently put up on that page is a commercial
for the DVD release of G Gundam.
reports that the first pressing of each volume of
the DVD release of the TV anime Get
Backers will come with a clear file. For
release details for volume 1, see my 8 October
2002 entry. Catalogue number for that volume will
be BCBA-1508. One volume will be released each
month thereafter. The first few volumes will
contain two episodes. After volume three, each
volume will contain three episodes and cost 4,800
yen (excluding tax).
Animation Online reports that a special Arcade
Gamer Fubuki DVD and box will be released.
The first pressing limited edition Arcade
Gamer Fubuki Ichigeki de Clear Box will
contain a special DVD with new and previously
unreleased clips among other things and a box to
hold all four volumes of the OVA series. The box
will be released on 28 March 2003, price has yet
to be determined.
- According to Animate, it's now been determined
that volume 6 of the Mahoromatic manga
will be published on 24 January 2003 and that
price will be 2,300 yen (excluding tax). Then
again, Mangaoh Club has the same price but states
that the release date will be the end of February
2003. As reported on 3 October 2002, the first limited
edition of the tankouban will come with
a 10cm Mahoro figure with stand.
For more pics of the Mahoro figure, see here,
The regular edition of the manga will be released
on the same day for 950 yen (excluding tax).
Looks like the Mahoro figure will be one of a
planned set of ten figures. The other nine will
be available for sale by mail order through Comic Gum
magazine (where the Mahoromatic manga is
serialised). Details in the February 2003 issue
of Comic Gum (published in December 2002).
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