16-28 FEBRUARY 2003 NEWS
27 February 2003
- Volume 1 of DVD release of the OVA Hitsuji
no Uta, to be released on 25 May
2003, will cost 5,565 yen (including tax). The
cast of this four episode OVA will include
Hayashibara Megumi and Seki Tomokazu. First
pressing of volume 1 will come with a postcard.
- The latest issue of Young Animal
states that the TV anime series Air
Master will commence broadcast on 1
April 2003, April Fool's Day. Source: the new TA
- Furthermore, it's been announced
on the website for Narue
no Sekai (The World of Narue) that
the TV series will commence broadcast on MBS on 5
April 2003 and on CBC on 23 April 2003. Source: TA
- Game maker Age Soft has announced
that its game Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
is to be adapted into a TV anime series
later this year. Source: Magicalantique.com.
- Kodansha has a website
up for the medical manga Black Jack
ni Yoroshiku (Say Hello to Black Jack)
by Satou Shuuhou (serialised in the weekly
magazine Morning). The live action
dorama version of the story will commence
broadcast on TBS on 11 April 2003. Source: ultimatum
- A Hajime
no Ippo TV special
will be broadcast on NTV on 4 April 2003.
Meanwhile, volume 25 of the DVD,
to be released on 21 March 2003, price 6,090 yen
(including tax), will contain a
previously unbroadcast episode. Source: Moonphase.
- On 13 October 2002, I wrote about the French
label Louis Vuitton using a new design for its
famous "L" and "V" mark by Japanese
artist Murakami Takashi. Ascii24.com
reports that on 25 February 2003, a preview
screeing was held of the 5 minute anime
"Superflat Monogram" by Murakami and
Louis Vuitton. The anime is to
commemorate the release of some of Louis
Vuitton's 2003 spring and summer collection and
has a theme of the "spirit of travel".
Superflat Monogram features the character
designed by Murakami "LV Panda". Young
schoolgirl Aya is waiting for her friend in front
of the Louis Vuitton store when LV Panda suddenly
appears - so starts Aya's Alice in Wonderland-like
adventure. The anime was produced by Toei
Animation, including staff from the series
Digimon. Click on the photos on the above link
for enlargements. It's planned to screen the
anime in at least 18 of Louis Vuitton stores
across the globe from 1 March 2003, including at
Matsuya in Ginza (Tokyo), Fifth Avenue (New York?),
Beverley Hills Rodeo Drive (Los Angeles), Champs
Elysees (Paris), Canton Road (Hong Kong), Plaza
66 (Shanghai) and Ngee Ann City (Singapore?). You
can view a few screenshots of the anime on this
page of the Murakami's Kaikai Kiki
website. You can also see the LV Panda character
gracing the Louis
Vuitton website in a Flash animation. Source:
- The Playstation 2 love simulation game True
Love Story ~ Summer Days, and yet...
will be released in July 2003. And in the (northern)
summer, a three volume OVA will
also be released by KSS. I have no idea whether
this is going to be a hentai game or OVA...
- Remember the card game Uno? From
March 2003, One Piece and Doraemon
versions of the card game will be
released (price 1,200 yen each). Source: Bandai
26 February 2003 (second update)
- Well, I'm finally getting back into the swing of
reporting news ^_^
- The website for the AD Police spinoff OVA series Parasite
Dolls is now up.
Volume 1 of the three volume DVD release will go
on sale on 22 May 2003, price 4,800 yen,
catalogue number BBBA-3571. Volume 2 will go on
sale 25 June 2003 (catalogue number BBBA-3572)
and volume 3 on 24 July 2003 (catalogue number
BBBA-3573). Source: Moonphase.
- The Comptiq website for .hack//Tasogare
no Udewa Densetsu is now up.
- A second image from the upcoming third
Tenchi Muyo OVA series is now up on the official
website. Click on the image for an
enlargement. Source: Moonphase.
- It's noted in this month's issue of manga
magazine Shonen Ace that volume 1 of the OVA Guardian
Hearts (based on the manga of the
same name) will be released on 23 May 2003.
- The assistant director of the TV anime Gadguard,
Miyao Yoshikazu, has posted on his website
that the series will commence broadcast on Fuji
TV on 2 April 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- Cute Berserk
Kubricks, especially Gatts ^_^;; On
sale July 2003, price 3,800 yen.
- Volume 1 of the ecchi Lingerie
Soldier Papillon Rose OVA, to be
released 25 April 2003, will cost 5,800 yen.
This is the Sailor Moon parody series which web
anime version apparently had a transformation
scene to the words "Rose Orgasm Power - Make
Up!" and attack calls like "Rose
Pinkish Viagra!" Though I don't know whether
this OVA series is going to be hentai or not. I
never saw the original web anime.
- Volume 0 of the series Tenshi no Shippo
chu! will be released on 24 April 2003,
price 2,500 yen. Source: DVDCatalog.
- Toei Animation has announced
that it will produce the second series of
the anime Kinnikuman II Sei (Kinnikuman Second
Generation) primarily for the overseas (US)
market. The series finished broadcast
with episode 51 in Japan on 25 December 2002.
However episodes 52 onwards will be broadcast in
the US. These later episodes will be tailored
more to US tastes, while maintaining the original
world of Kinnikuman. Source: Ma-ten.
- I thought the Gundam laptop computer wasn't such
a bad idea (see my 16 February 2003 entry). The
Gundam bicycle was pretty pointless, though (see
my 16 February 2003). But the Gundam
Floor Chair seems pretty stupid to
me ^_^;; Only 14,800 yen. The chairs will go on
sale at the end of April 2003. 57cm tall x 58.5cm
wide x 64cm deep, these chairs come in three
colours: grey, blue and yellow. Source: Ma-ten.
- The official website for the upcoming TV anime Scrapped
Princess (based on the novel and manga
series) is now
up. Not much to see at present, though.
The series will commence broadcast on 8 April
- New official
website for Naruto. Source: Ma-ten.
Web reports that JR East Japan and Miyagi
prefecture have come up with a manga
train, to start operation in March 2003.
The body of the train will feature art of manga
characters such as Cyborg 009. The "Mangattan",
so named in reference to Manhattan in New York,
will see its maiden journey on 22 March 2003,
where Kamen (Masked Rider) Ryuuki will be present
to cut the tape. Source: Ma-ten.
- First pressing of the DVD release of
volume 4 of Princess Tutu will come with a box.
To be released 21 May 2003, price 7,140 yen (including
tax). Source: Animate
- Yomiuri reports
that the manga Doubutsu no Oisha-san
(Animal Doctor) by Sasaki Noriko is to be
adapted into a live action dorama series
commencing 17 April 2003. The manga was
serialised in the bi-weekly shoujo manga magazine
Hana to Yume from December 1987 to November 1993
and went on to sell over 21.6 million volumes.
IIRC, another dorama series in this season's
lineup to be based on a manga is Kimi wa
Pet. Source: ultimatum
half edition. [Updated 1 March 2003 to
correct author's personal name]
- The monthly manga magazine Afternoon
that its May 2003 issue (on sale
March 2003) will come with a figure of
Miggy. Sorry, I don't know what series
that figure might relate too. Looks weird ^_^;;
- On the same
page on the Afternoon website, it's stated
that the Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
(Yokohama Shopping Travelogue) Ashinano
Hitoshi Art Collection artbook will be
released on 20 March 2003. This A4 size book will
cost 2,800 yen. In addition to illustrations,
there'll be rough drawings and an interview in
which the author talks about the design of the
world of Alpha and her friends. The first
edition of the book will come with a paper
diorama you can set up.
25 February 2003
- First pressing of volume 8 of Ojamajo
Doremi Dokkan! will come with a box and
sticker. It'll be released on 23 April 2003,
price 6,090 yen (including tax). Source: Animate
- Volume 1 of the OVA Generation
of Chaos 3 ~ Toki no Fuuin ~ will be
released on 21 May 2003, price 4,935 yen (including
tax). Source: Animate
Yokohama. Volume 2 will be released on 25
June 2003 for the same price.
- Madhouse's website for Kon Satoshi's
latest work Tokyo Godfathers is now
up, although not all the sections are open
yet. One Christmas night, three homeless people -
two middle-aged men (one gay) and a 16 year old
girl - start on a small adventure. Theatrical
release is planned for this (northern) winter.
- Seishinsha has announced
that sale of Shirow Masamune's artbook
Intron Depot 3 has been put back to mid-April
2003 in Japan. For more details on the book, see
my 5 February 2003 entry. Source: ultimatum
- The official
website for the movie Dragon Head,
to be released 30 August 2003, is now up. Source:
The live action movie is based on the manga by
Mochiduki Minetaro. A trailer is available for
download at the site.
24 February 2003
- Been away.
- It'll be announced in the April 2003 issue of
monthly manga magazine Comic Gum (on
sale 26 February 2003, I think) that the
Tousen by Shiozaki Yuuji is
to be animated. This "hyper
bishoujo action" manga is a high school
fighting manga with reference to the Three
Kingdoms period of China. As I've mentioned
before, this manga of Shiozaki's reminds me of Oh!great's
Tenge - except Shiozaki seems to have less
sex and more panty shots ^_^;; Not only is the
genre of the two manga the same but Shiozaki
seems to blatantly copy Oh!great's artwork from
time to time. Compare page 144, volume 5 of Ikki
Tousen (first published about September 2002)
with page 125, volume 5 of Tenjou Tenge (first
published about July 2000) for example. Amazing
resemblance, huh? ^_^;; Still, Shiozaki's
character designs and style, which remind me of
Sadamoto (Evangelion) Yoshiyuki's style, are
attractive. It'll be interesting to see how this
anime turns out. I've sometimes wondered whether
a Tenjou Tenge anime would be good - but
ultimately I think Oh!great's work would be best
enjoyed in the manga format.
- Useless piece of information: Sadamoto Yoshiyuki
says that apart from "Evangelion",
another title which director Anno Hideaki
considered was "Arushion" (Alshion?).
More useless information: in the recent March
2003 issue of Newtype,
a number of staff of Evangelion were asked
approximately ten questions, one of which was
about more Evangelion. I didn't checked all the
responses carefully, but IIRC a number of the
responses seemed to be along the lines of it
being up to Anno. Nothing new there.
- The website Gasaraki
Web is now open. No longer a current
series, and nothing really new there, but if
you're a fan you might want to have a look...
- Episode 4 of the full 3D CG independent anime URDA
by Romanov Higa is now available for download.
half edition. Just click on the #4 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.
- Screensavers for the Playstation game
version of Tenshi no Shippo are
available for download here.
Maid Mai is being distributed over
the internet on a fee paying basis. However a pilot
film is available for download free here.
Just click on the clapperboard pic on the bottom
right hand corner of the page. Source: Magicalantique.com.
- TV Tokyo has announced that it'll commence
broadcast of the following anime series on the
no Stellvia on 2 April 2003. (To me,
the title appears to be Uchuu no Stellvia in
kanji, but the furigana suggests the title should
be read Sora no Stellvia)
Bouken Yuuki Pluster World on 3
Ningen Kosaten Human Scramble on
5 April 2003.
Sonic X on 6 April 2003.
Fire Storm on 6 April 2003.
Dear Boys on 7 April 2003.
Exile on 7 April 2003.
Daioh school uniform for fans or
cosplayers. Only 29,800 yen.
the convenience store chain in Japan, have
planned a special 5121 Pack version of
the DVD release for Gunparade
March ~ Arata naru Kougun Uta ~ (A
New March Song). Basically, the 5121 Pack of each
volume of the DVD release will come with a limited
edition figure (approximately 14cm tall)
and cost 8,000 yen instead. For regular DVD
volume release details, see my 15 February 2003
entry. Figures will be:
Volume 1: Hayami Atsushi
Volume 2: Higashihara Nonomi & Buta
Volume 3: Hara Motoko
Volume 4: Twin seater Spirit of Samurai mecha
Volume 5: Tanabe Maki
Volume 6: Shibamura Mai
Animation Online and Gunparade March official
- Groove Corporation has a page up for the four
volume vampire OVA series Hitsuji
no Uta. Volume 1 of the DVD will be
released on 25 May 2003. Source: ultimatum
- The May 2003 issue of Monthly
Comic Dengeki Daioh (on sale 20 March 2003)
will see the start of the manga version
of the anime Sora
no Stellvia by Akizuki
Ryo. Source: ultimatum
19 February 2003 (third update)
- Those who purchase all seven volumes
of the DVD release of Shin Seiki Den Mars
will be able to apply for a special figure. At
least I think it's a special figure. The small
print is hard to read ^_^;; Source: Newtype
March 2003 issue.
- The first pressing limited edition
version of volume 4 of the DVD for Mahou
Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~ Someday's Dreamers
will come with a box illustrated by
Yoshizuki Kimuchi, presumably to hold the last
three volumes of the series. To be released 6
June 2002, price 5,000 yen (excluding tax),
catalogue number PIBA-7180. The regular edition
catalogue number is PIBA-7184. Volumes 5 and 6
will be released on 10 July 2003 and 8 August
2003 respectively, at the same price, catalogue
numbers PIBA-7185 and PIBA-7186. Source: Newtype
March 2003 issue.
- The renewal version of Neon
Genesis Evangelion will be broadcast
on WOWOW starting April 2003. Source: Newtype
March 2003 issue.
- Updated: the DVD box set for Nanaka 6/17
will be released on 17 June 2003, price 26,250
yen (including tax) and will come with a booklet.
Yokohama. This box set will contain 4 DVDs (all
12 episodes) plus an extra disc with an original
episode. Source: Newtype
March 2003 issue.
- Inoue Sora, author of manga Real
Bout High School, will be releasing an artbook
on 20 March 2003, titled "Real Blue".
This book will be published by Media Works, A4 in
size, 112 pages, price 2,000 yen (excluding tax).
(Love Hina) Ken's latest
manga Mahou Sensei Negima! (Magister Negi Magi)
will commence serialisation with issue 13 of
manga magazine Weekly
Shonen Magazine, on sale 26 February 2003.
It's another school love comedy, this time about
10 year old boy and magic-user Negi and a junior
high school class 30 female students. For a pic
of the new manga, see here,
though the pic may not be up for long. Further,
issue 4 of sister manga magazine Magazine
Special (on sale 20 March 2003) will contain
a colour poster of "Negima" as well as
three chapters of the manga Rikujyou
Bouei Tai Mao-chan (Ground Defense Force
Mao-chan) and a special Mao-chan paper figure.
- Issue 7 of the manga magazine Shoujo
Comic (on sale 5 March 2003) will contain the
final chapter of Watase (Fushigi Yuugi)
Yuu's manga "Alice 19th".
- Sorry I didn't update further yesterday. Too
18 February 2003 (early update)
- Sorry for lack of update yesterday. Headache.
- Finally saw episode 1 of the renewal
version of Neon
Genesis Evangelion yesterday. The
picture was sharper and colours brighter. I've
never seen Eva look this good/clear, though this
does seem to have given rise to a certain grainy-ness
in the picture. There's still the dust etc
visible on the cels. Significantly, the screen
wobble gone - and GAiNAX have done it in a manner
much better than ADV Film's attempt with it's
original volume 1 of the DVD. Overall, this will
be the best version of the series yet, I think.
Eva fans should look forward to it.
- Got more to post, but busy. If I've got time,
I'll type up more stuff tonight.
16 February 2003 (second update)
- It's been announced in the March 2003 issue of Monthly Coro Coro
Comic (on sale 15 February 2003) that the
TV anime version of the manga "Corokke!"
will commence broadcast in April 2003. Source: ultimatum
- Is it just me or has animation quality been
dropping with TV anime series episode length?
Maybe it's just the particular series I've been
watching. And while use of computers is the way
of the future for animation, it's annoying where
it becomes an cheap and unattractive alternative
to properly animate a particular sequence. Sorry
for the rant. Give me the higher quality series
17 ^_^ which maintained its high production
values throughout the episodes.
- Yomiuri reports
that for the first time, Studio Ghibli
has invested in Western animation. That
work is France's "Kirikou and the
Sorceress", directed by Michel
Ocelot. Takahata Isao will oversee the Japanese
subtitled version and Japanese dubbed version.
Kirikou and the Sorceress was first released in
France in 1999, where it became that country's
most popular animation at the box office. Kirikou
and the Sorceress tells the story of Kirikou, a
new born baby in an African village, who sets out
to free his village from the curse of the witch
Karaba. While this is the first Western animation
that Studio Ghibli has obtained rights in, it's
not the first Western movie it's invested in -
that being the Czech movie Dark Blue. Source:
- The TV anime Gold
Muscle commenced broadcast yesterday.
The year is 2036 and advances in biotechnology
see superhuman athletes in competition, striving
to break record after record. Source: Ma-ten.
This series is just a few episodes, I think.
- The website Gasaraki
Web is to open on 25 February 2003.
- Starchild has a website
up for the upcoming TV anime Uchuu no
Stellvia. Nothing to see at present. It
just basically states that director of this sci-fi
anime will be Sato Tatsuo, who directed Nadesico,
and that character designer will be Uno Makoto (who
did the designs for the anime version of Love
Hina). Source: Ma-ten.
- The official Tenchi Muyo website
has a pic from episode 1 of the third OVA
series up. It's the pic of Ryoko. Click
on the pic for an enlargement. Source: Ma-ten.
- ZDNet Japan reports
that Bandai Networks is selling Gundam
bicycles. There'll be two models: a
Gundam design "Gundam Bicycle Type 20 RX-78-2
Gundam-7S" and a Zaku design "Gundam
Bicycle Type 26 MS-06 Zaku II-21S". Release
date is planned for the end of April 2003. Price
50,000 yen each. The bicycles were designed
with the advice of Ogawara Kunio, mecha
designer in the Gundam series. Pictured in the
report is the Zaku model of the bicycle. Source: Ma-ten.
- Or if you want something Gundam that's more hi-tech,
there's the Gundam
personal computer series. First up
is the "Char Model". It's red, of
course, for the Red Comet. CPU 1.33 GHz Celeron
processor, 256MB memory, approximately 20GB hard
drive, CD-R/RW and DVD-ROM drive, bundled with
various software including Lotus Super Office,
Win DVD 4.0, Norton Antivirus 2002, etc. Also
included will be various Gundam icons,
wallpapers, sounds etc. More specs on this
page. And more pics are available on this
page. Price 198,000 yen. Preorder cutoff date
is 28 February 2003. Source: Ma-ten.
- Echizen Ryoma, the hero of the
anime Tennis no Oujisama (Prince of Tennis), will
release a CD album on 5 March
2003. The CD has yet to be titled, but price will
be 2,857 yen (excluding tax) and first pressing
will come with special disc. Source: Musicmarket.
- Shiina Hekiru's CD "10 Carat"
will be released on 12 March 2003. There'll be a
first pressing limited edition version
which will cost 3,300 yen (excluding tax) and will
come with a DVD of Shiina live at the
Budokan. Otherwise the regular edition of the CD
will cost 2,913 yen (excluding tax). Source: Musicmarket.
- The manga Mamotte Shugogetten by
Sakurano Minene is being re-released in Japan.
Volumes 1 and 2 of the new release were published
on 10 February 2003 for 552 yen each. What's
different about this version is that the final
volume will contain chapters 67 and 68, which
were not included in the Enix tankoubans. Also, those
who purchase all volumes of the new release
will be able to apply for a bonus, which I think
will be a figure set of Shao and Rishu. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- The TV anime Narue
no Sekai (The World of Narue) is set
to commence broadcast on MBS on 5 April 2003.
- It's been announced in the manga magazine Young Animal
that the TV anime Air Master is
to commence broadcast on NTV in April 2003.
- I'd like to report more, but I'm busy at the
moment. Work... Subbing... Plus, I'm just too
tired now -_-
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