1-15 MARCH 2003 NEWS
15 March 2003 (second update)
- The official website for the upcoming Ninja
Scroll TV anime Jubei Ninpucho is now up. Source: Moonphase. The
series commences broadcast on 14 April 2003.
- Studio Pierrot has announced
that the DVD for the anime PiNMeN
will be released on 21 May 2003. This will be a limited
edition release of 10,000 units which
will come with an original figure. Aspect ratio 4:3,
stereo sound, single layer DVD, approximately 40
minute duration containing all episodes, price 3,980
yen. Source: Aniota.
reports that it's been estimated that the economic
effect associated with the celebration of the
"birth" of Astroboy
on 7 April this year will be in the order of 520
thousand million yen over three years.
Approximately 70 companies will be involved with
promotions, involving confectionary, toys, CDs,
shirts, games, commemorative coins etc. Source: Ma-ten.
Publishing reports that the Animatrix
Special Edition DVD, to be released 3
June 2003 by Warner Home Video, will cost 2,500
yen. For more details on the DVD, which will
contain not only the four episodes to be
distributed over the internet, but a further five
episodes, see the official Animatrix website.
This video will be released worldwide on the same
day. I haven't checked the price of the DVD in
14 March 2003 (second update)
- The website
for the anime version of Scrapped
Princess is now officially open. Source:
TV series commences broadcast on 8 April 2003.
- Fuji TV's website for the upcoming TV anime Konjiki
no Gash Bell!! is now
up. Source: Moonphase.
The series commences broadcast on 6 April 2003.
- Bandai has announced
that Otomo Katsuhiro's Steam Boy
movie will be released theatrically in October
2003. Source: Aniota
- From Slashdot Japan, this article
points out that 2003 is the 20th
anniversary of the birth of the term "otaku"
in reference to fandom. The term is
atttributed to Nakamori Akio, writing an article
in the June 1983 issue of the magazine Manga
Burikko. Source: Aniota.
- The website for Kon Satoshi's next movie Tokyo
Godfathers has updated with
information about the three main characters.
For more info on the movie, see my 25 February
- Sorry... You guessed it, I fell asleep again
yesterday before posting up any news... -_-
- TV Osaka has a webpage
up for the upcoming TV anime Di Gi
Charat Nyo. Not much to see, though.
Group BBS. The series commences broadcast on
6 April 2003.
- Takahashi Shin, author of the
manga Saishuu Heiki Kanojo (SaiKano) ~ The Last
Love Song on this Little Planet and author of the
current manga Kimi no Kakera (serialised in
Weekly Shonen Sunday), has announced on his website that work
has stopped indefinitely for the time
being. Source: Ma-ten.
- TV Tokyo's webpages for Ningen
Kosaten Human Scramble and Firestorm
are now up. Source: TA
Group BBS. The former TV series commences
broadcast on 5 April 2003, while the later starts
on 6 April 2003.
- Pretty sure that this isn't news, but with the Ninja
Scroll TV series to commence
broadcast on 14 April 2003, the Hollywood
live action movie is scheduled for
release in 2004 and the second Ninja
Scroll movie is tentatively planned for
a 2005 release. Source: Chara-Ani.com.
- Been a bit busy trying to do a bit of online
shopping today ^_^;;
12 March 2003
- Toei Animation's website for Air Master,
to commence broadcast on 1 April 2003, is now
up. Not much to see at present, though.
- Starchild has a webpage
up for the limited edition DVD release of the 3
x 3 Eyes OVA series on 21 May 2003. I
won't go through all the details, since they're
already available on store listings such as CD
Japan, however, I will point out that apart
from the coming with a mini CD album, it'll also
come with a 48 page book of 3 x 3 Eyes art by
Takada Yuzo and picture labels (presumably on
both DVDs and the CD). Finally the box will be
illustrated by Takada Yuzo. Source: Moonphase.
- The Chunichi Shimbun has an article
about the changing face of Akihabara:
from Electric Town to Otaku Town. While
the district in Tokyo has global reknown for its
electronics stores, there's been a rapid growth
of stores selling game software, figures,
doujinshi etc since about 1998, particularly
given the depressed PC sales market. In cosplay
cafes, waitresses are dressed in maid and other
outfits. The radio hall opposite the train
station used to be full of electronics stores -
now half the stores sell figures or anime-related
products. One 25 year old male freeter
interviewed states that he visits the area once a
week. He's been an anime fan since Neon Genesis
Evangelion - in Akihabara he can get info on
games and see some cosplay. Source: Ma-ten.
- Nifty Animation Online reports
that 120 domains related to Sunrise anime
characters, mecha or products are now available
for email addresses (mailbox has 10Mb
capacity). First month is free, but then there's
a monthly fee of 300 yen per email address.
Homepage for this mail service is here,
and a list of the domains can be seen here.
11 March 2003 (third update)
- Cute SD
figures ^_^ The figures are of the girls in
the Gathering series of goods. In general,
artwork for Girls the Gathering is done by Tanaka
Kunihiko who's the great artist behind Ruin
Explorers Fam & Ihrie.
- At the website for the Commission
for Better Broadcast Programs, the TV station
to concerns by viewers of Gundam Seed
that the TV anime, broadcast at a family viewing
timeslot, had a scene suggesting sex between
minors. Source: Aniota
BBS. I'm not going to bother translating the
complaints and the station's response because (i)
it's Gundam and (ii) there's too much text :P
- The official
website for the upcoming TV anime Ginga
Tetsudo Monogatari is already up. Looks
the like official English title will be "The
Galaxy Railways". The series is set to
commence broadcast in October 2003 on BS Fuji.
- It seems that it's been it's been announced in
this month's issue of Newtype
that another work of Matsumoto
Ginga Series Dai Yamato Hen 7 vs 7 (Great
Galaxy Series ~ Great Yamato Arc 7 vs 7), will
also commence in October 2003. Source: Aniota.
- Release of Urushihara Satoshi's newest
artbook "Love" has been put
back three days to 2 April 2003. For more
details, see my 3 March 2003 entry. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Kurumada (Saint Seiya) Masami's official
website. Source: ultimatum
- There's been a fair bit of discussion about Sen
to Chihiro no Kamikakushi's nomination for the Academy
Awards, but less about the nomination
of Yamamura Koji's "Mt Head" in the
category of best animated short film.
The Asahi Shimbun has an article
(in English) about this anime.
- Not really anime or manga related save for the
coincidence of a name: the Asahi Shimbun also has
in English regarding the Sekihotai,
an ultra-right wing group that has carried out
attacks against the newspaper. This isn't the
first time that the Asahi Shimbun has had an
English language article on the group, but I
thought I'd mention it this time because it
appears that statute of limitations has
just recently expired on any prosecution
for the crimes. Strange that there would be a
statute of limitations on prosecution for
criminal acts in Japan. You can read an ABC news
article on the Sekihotai here
as well. Fans of Rurouni Kenshin may remember
that the Sekihotai was also the name of the group
that Sagara Sanosuke was a member of during the
- According to this store
listing, the DVD of "Neko no
Ongaeshi" and "The Ghiblies episode 2"
will be released on 4 July 2003, price 4,700 yen.
10 March 2003
- The official website for Gadguard
is now up.
However the website won't officially open until 1
April 2003, the day before broadcast is scheduled
to commence, so there's not much to see at
present. Source: Moonphase.
- GAiNAX has announced
that it is working on a Mahoromatic
adventure game, titled, imaginatively
enough, "Mahoromatic Adventure". This
game will be for Windows 98/Me/2000/XP computers
and is scheduled for released this (northern)
spring. Source: Moonphase.
- WOWOW has announced
that it will premier the Neon
Genesis Evangelion renewal version
on 30 April 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- Shochiku's website for the upcoming RahXephon
movie is now
up. There's a trailer you can download, in
Real format. Meanwhile the official website has
updated with more wallpapers
to download. Source: Moonphase. The
movie opens on 19 April 2003.
- Monthly Shonen Magazine has created a website
for the upcoming TV anime Dear Boys,
based on the manga of the same name by Yagami
Hiroki (and of course serialised in Monthly
Shonen Magazine). Not much to look at at
present, just mainly staff and cast lists. Source:
series commences broadcast on 7 April 2003.
- Pioneer has posted
up a third pic from the upcoming third Tenchi
Muyo! OVA series.
As before, click on the pics on the page for
enlargements. Source: Moonphase.
- Although the illustration on the homepage for Morning Star
Studio states "Coming soon! Outlaw Star
2", the studio has posted to its BBS
(message 1604 dated 8 March 2003) that the continuation
of the Outlaw Star manga by Ito
Takehiko, originally planned to be serialised in
Shueisha's monthly shonen manga magazine Ultrajump
last year, has been indefinitely
postponed. Source: ultimatum
half edition. The studio has earlier indicated
on its English page that greater sales may be
required before production of a sequel to the
anime becomes viable.
- First pressing of GAiNAX's PC
Seiki Evangelion Koutetsu no Girlfriend 2nd (Neon
Genesis Evangelion Iron Maiden 2nd)
will come with a mousepad and sticker set. This
adventure game will be for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
computers and will be released on 16 May 2003,
price 8,800 yen. As previously reported, the game
will be set in the alternate universe of episode
26 of the TV series, where Rei is a transfer
student and Misato a teacher.
9 March 2003 (fourth update)
- Well, I drew a grand total of three pictures last
year (which was a lot for me). Spent most of
today lying around and thinking of the
composition of another couple of pics I've
decided to draw. Probably won't end up putting
the pics up on this site, though. But I did learn
today that pencil boards, besides being nice to
look at, actually do work very well as backing
boards when you're drawing something ^_^
- Old news, but the movie Wonderful
Days will be released in South Korea
in April 2003. It's not Japanese anime, but
Korean anime (with lots of CG). Trailer available
for download on the site is very impressive.
Thought I'd mention this stuff since I don't
recall news of it being reported on major
mainstream news sites.
- Read the 1983 full colour manga by Miyazaki Hayao
no Tabi" (Shuna's Journey)
again recently. This manga was inspired by a
Tibetan folk tale which in Japanese is titled
"Inu ni natta Ouji" (The Prince who
became a Dog) and clearly has ideas from Nausicaa
and Mononoke Hime in it. There's no official
English version of this manga. However, fan
translations can be found here
both of which have their merits. For details of
the book, price, ISBN etc, see the Nausicaa.Net
link I've included above. Note that the manga is
pocket-book in size and measures roughly 10.5cm x
- With the Dreamcast version of the Ayanami
Ikusei Keikaku (Rearing Project) game to be
released on 18 April 2003, now it looks like
GAiNAX will also be releasing a game for the
Playstation 2 in the (northern) spring. With the
tentative title of "Shin Seiki
Evangelion Ayanami Ikusei Keikaku ~ Ayanami
Ikusei Keikaku: Asuka Hokan Keikaku ~"
(Neon Genesis Evangelion Ayanami Rearing Project
~ Ayanami Rearing Project: Asuka Complementation
Project ~), it'll add Asuka as a character the
player has to bring up. Source: Moonphase.
8 March 2003 (second update)
- To add to today's earlier news about Texhnolyze,
this month's issue of Newtype
confirms that the series will commence broadcast
on Fuji TV in April 2003. Director will be
Hamazaki Hirotsugu (character designer for Bio
Hunter, Goku - Midnight Eye), script by Konaka Chiaki (lots
of anime including The Big O Second Season,
Hellsing, serial experiments lain), original
character design by Abe Yoshitoshi,
character design by Akabori Shigeo (Shinkai
Densetsu Mermanoid), to be produced by Madhouse.
- In this month's issue of Animedia
magazine, it's reported that the title of the
upcoming TV anime Sensuikan Super 99 will be
changed to its English title Submarine
Super 99. Further, the series will
commence broadcast on AT-X on 8 May 2003. Source:
- Kotegawa Yua has posted on her website
(7 March 2003 diary entry) that Kadokawa Shoten's
manga magazine Monthly
Shonen Ace A will start serialisation of her new
short manga from its June 2003 issue.
half edition. Kotegawa has previously written
manga such as Anne Freaks.
- Sorry, fell asleep.
- I think another one of Sony's "Lucky Price"
low price re-release promotions is coming up. Arc
the Lad will be re-released on DVD on 4
June 2003 at a low price of 2,500 yen (excluding
tax) per volume (9 volumes). Source: Musicmarket.
- On the same day Wild Arms TV
will also be re-released on DVD at the price of 2,500
yen (excluding tax) per volume (8 volumes).
- Akita Shoten's May 2003 release
schedule is out. Source: ultimatum
half edition. The manga Alien 9
Emulators by Tomizawa Hitoshi will be
published on 15 May 2003, price 580 yen (including
tax) \^_^/ This work is just one volume. Also
published on the same day will be Alien 9
Complete, price 1,470 yen (including tax).
Not sure exactly what will be in Alien 9 Complete
- I assume it's just a compilation volume.
- In Enterbrain's latest release
schedule, it looks like publication of volume
1 of Iwahara
Yuji's manga Ibara no Ou
has been put back to 25 April 2003 ;_; Price
remains 620 yen. Source: ultimatum
- Apparently the official title for the follow up
to the TV anime Onegai Teacher will be "Onegai
Twins". Source: Aniota
- Apparently the TV anime Texhnolyze
(produced by Pioneer/Rondo
Robe) will commence broadcast on 8 April 2003.
Draft character designs will be by Abe Yoshitoshi
of Haibane Renmei fame. Back on 10 February 2003,
Abe had posted to the BBS
of animator Kobayashi
Osamu's website that he was working on the
character designs for another anime after Haibane
Renmei. Source: Moonphase.
Note that this doesn't necessarily mean the final
designs for Texhnolyze will be by Abe, as opposed
to merely based on his draft designs. For
example, the original character designs for the
anime Himiko-den were by Oh!great but the final
designs were done by Kadonosono Megumi.
- Sotsu Agency has announced
that the TV anime E's Otherwise,
based on the manga E's by Yuiga Satoru (serialised
in Enix's monthly G
Fantasy magazine), will commence broadcast on
TV Tokyo on 1 April 2003. Source: Moonphase.
6 March 2003
- Tired. And late with my update today because I
was looking into other things.
- Nifty Animation Online reports
that the Hajime
no Ippo TV special 2003
will be broadcast on NTV on 18 April 2003, not 4
April 2003 as previously thought.
reports that the anime Ginga Tetsudo
Monogatari (Galaxy Express Story) will
commence broadcast in October 2003 on BS Fuji.
This TV series will feature a new story
by Matsumoto Leiji, based on the world
of Galaxy Express 999, which series was first
broadcast 25 years ago. Source: TA
5 March 2003
- For fans of seiyuu Kouda Mariko,
website is now up. Source: Magicalantique.com.
- Volume 1 of the DVD release of Wolf's
Rain will go on sale on 23 May 2003,
according to the official website. Catalogue
number BCBA-1601, containing three episodes, next
episode previews, creditless OP, promotion video
and commercials, price 6,000 yen (excluding tax).
Jacket will be illustrated by Kawamoto Toshihiro.
First pressing will come with a cloth
poster. One volume will be released each
Mercury outfit (women's size M),
apparently made by Chacott (a
Japanese dance fashion company), on
auction at Yahoo Japan. As I write this,
there are just under two days left in the auction.
Current bid is at 99,000 yen (approximately A$1,400).
Comes with skirt/leotard, gloves, choker, chest
ribbon, waist ribbon, boots covers. Does not
include the brooch, tiara or the pumps (within
the boots covers) in the photos. Please note that
the photographs were taken with the consent of
Sachie-san, who is modelling the cosplay outfit,
and should not be reproduced without consent.
- Sponichi Annex reports
that the upcoming TV anime Ningen Kosaten
Human Scramble (to commence broadcast on
5 April 2003) will see performances by such well
known live-action actors as Sorimachi
Yutaka and others. For Sorimachi, it will be
his first time as a seiyuu - he will appear in
the first episode as a boxing champion. The anime
will be based on the manga by Yajima Masao and
Hirokane Kenshi. Source: ultimatum
half edition. Hirokane is also known for his
manga series on (Division Chief) Kosaku Shima.
See also this report by Yomiuri.
- The TV anime version of the manga Corokke!
will commence broadcast on 7 April 2003 and will
be directed by Takahashi Naohito (Figure 17,
Steel Angel Kurumi). Source: TA
- The series Mugen Zenki Potorisu(?)
will commence broadcast in 5 April 2003. Source: TA
Group BBS and Moonphase.
- Last, but not least, thanks to k-chan
for pointing out that Media Blasters has some
time previously already announced that 12 Kokuki
will be at least 68 episodes in length. Sorry, I
haven't caught up to US news yet ^_^;;
4 March 2003
- This update's a bit later than usual because I
decided to browse a few online stores ^_^;;
- The April 2003 issue of monthly shoujo manga
(published yesterday) states that the TV anime Ultra
Maniacs, based on the manga of the same
name by Yoshizumi (Marmalade Boy) Wataru, will
commence broadcast on 17 May 2003. Source: TA
- A TV commercial states that the TV anime version
of the manga Tantei
Gakuen Q (Detective School Q) will
commence on TBS on 15 April 2003. TBS' site for
the anime is now up here,
confirming the broadcast date. Source: TA
- TV Tokyo's website for the upcoming TV anime Matantei
Loki Ragnarok is now
up. The series commences broadcast on 5 April
2003. Source: TA
- Kadokawa is releasing an apparently limited
no Udewa Densetsu Rena
Special Pack. The pack will be released
on 1 July 2003, price 1,300 yen and will come
with 50 page comic by Izumi Rei (who provides art
for the manga version of the story), figure of
Rena and Puchiguso ball chain. See this image here.
3 March 2003 (second update)
- The Mahoromatic website
has updated its DVD
page with info on the Mahoromatic
Ongaku Matsuri DVD. To consolidate the
information with my previous posts, the DVD will
be released on 9 May 2003, price 4,725 yen (including
tax). It'll be a first pressing limited edition
DVD containing footage from the live performance
by the seiyuu in December 2002 and seven animated
character song music clips. In addition, the DVD
will come with a maxi-single with the full
versions of four songs. Catalogue number PIBA-1386.
- In a post to the Groover
BBS, a Groover staff member has stated that broadcast
of the upcoming Green Green TV anime over the
internet is under consideration. See
message number 1017 dated 2 March 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- The RahXephon ~ Tagen Hensoukyoku (Pluralistic
Variation) movie website
has updated with more wallpapers.
The movie opens in cinemas on 19 April 2003.
- TV Tokyo's website for the upcoming TV anime KaleidoStar
up. The series commences broadcast on 3 April
2003. Source: Moonphase.
- The second footnote at the bottom of this
NHK broadcasting schedule suggests that a
new series of 12 Kokuki
will commence from July 2003. Apparently the
original plan was to create a 68 episode series.
Does this mean this new series will take the
episode count up to 68? Source: Moonphase. And
will Media Blasters have the rights to a new
- Kitagawa Shou's manga Hotman,
which was serialised in Shueisha's manga magazine
Jump from 1997 to 2000, is to be made
into a live action dorama
series, to commence broadcast on 10
April 2003 on TBS. Furthermore, the number 18
issue of Young Jump, on sale in a few weeks'
time, will see the beginning of the new Hotman
2003 story. Source: ultimatum
- Not really news, but Kids Station's website for Tenshi
no Shippo Chu! is up here.
The series commences broadcast on 6 March 2003.
- Shueisha's shoujo manga magazine Ribon has announced
that it will commence serialisation of Obana
(Child's Toy) Miho's new short manga "Pochi"
in its May 2003 issue, on sale 3 April 2003.
- Finally got down to doing my accounts and
reconciling my finances. How long does it take to
do five to six months' accounts? About six
Rurouni Kenshin CDs. Calculated the rough cost of
my trip (mainly to the US and Japan) and got a
huge shock. It came to twice what I'd expected.
Now by far the most expensive trip I've ever
taken. Then again, just the cost of air ticket
and other preparations was already a lot. And I
bought a couple of particularly expensive items
this time, including the Studio Ghibli cel.
Somehow, I've still got some savings. On the
upside, I've got a lot of frequent flyer points
with my airline now and must have *a lot* of
points on my credit card as well ^_^;;
- I've got a backlog of stuff to watch, but when
I've got free time, instead of watching those
DVDs, I feel like re-watching Kimagure Orange
Road, Rurouni Kenshin or doramas as the moment...
- Old news, but Animation
Runner Kuromi 2 is scheduled for
release in the (northern) summer of 2003 with a
duration of 40 minutes. Further, Daichi
Akitaroh's other upcoming OVA Makasete
Iruka! is also planned for release
in the (northern) summer of 2003 with a duration
of 30 minutes. Source: Animage.
- Urushihara Satoshi will release a new
artbook "Love (Hadakamai)" on
31 March 2003. It's expected to have over 100
illustrations. A4 size, published by Gakken.
Judging by the title "Love (Naked Dance)"
and the pic on this
page, I expect there'll be a lot of nudity.
Club. Oh yeah, the price will be 2,200 yen.
- I couldn't be bothered writing about it before,
but the April 2003 issue of Newtype
(on sale in a week) will come with a 1:144
scale plastic model Strike Gundam and
paper maintenance head for you to assemble to
"house" the mecha (see the pic at the
bottom of this
2 March 2003
- Noticed some of the internal links in my archived
news don't work. I'll fix those when I get the
- The May 2003 issue of the monthly shoujo manga
(on sale 3 April 2003) sees the start of Koge
Donbo's new manga "Kamichama
Karin". Source: ultimatum
half edition. Koge Donbo's also got a Harry
Potter fansite, where she's got some
- Looks like the second season of Happy
Lesson TV will be
known as Happy Lesson Advance. Further, Yoshioka
Takawo, a freelance writer for TV anime, OVAs and
games etc has stated on his website that both Happy
Lesson Advance and Ikki
Tousen will commence broadcast in
July 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- I love slow news day ^_^
1 March 2003 (third update)
- I updated today's news about a Green Green TV
series with the tentative broadcasting month.
- I don't know if this news or not, but as a Kimagure
Orange Road fan I found it interesting.
At message 01809
of the Abcb
BBS on Matsumoto (KOR) Izumi's website,
vice administrator of the site Itono Taisuke
explains that Matsuomoto is irritated and angry
that writer Terada Kenji's Shin KOR
novels "soiled and profaned" the main
characters and betrayed the KOR world.
The Shin KOR novels should be regarded as "non-relevant"
to Matsumoto. Strong words. I thought the first
novel "Soshite, Ano Natsu no Hajimari (Summer's
Beginning)" was fine, with its anime movie
adaptation capturing the feeling of the original
series (and featuring the wonderful music by
Kajiura Yuki), while providing an optimistic end
after the depressing first KOR movie. But the
second novel was certainly Bad. Can't remember
that much of the third novel at present, so I
can't really comment on that one (or perhaps it
was forgettable ^_^;; ).
- The April 2003 issue of Megami
magazine reports that the upcoming TV anime Po
Po Tan, based on the adult game of the
same name, will be broadcast in the (northern)
summer. Source: Moonphase.
- The KSS webpage for the upcoming OVA series Guardian
Hearts has finally updated with
information. Source: Moonphase.
To be released 23
Two 15 minute
5,000 yen (excluding tax)
pressing limited edition version:
7,800 yen (excluding tax)
with postcard, dorama CD, character song CD and DVD
To be released
To be released
The DVD box with the first pressing of volume 1
will be illustrated by Amatsu Sae, author of the
manga on which the OVA is based.
- Wonderfarm has announced
that its TV anime series Wandaba
Style is to commence broadcast on TV
Saitama on 5 April 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- Sorry for lack of update yesterday. Fell asleep.
- VAP's website for the upcoming TV anime Air
Master, to commence broadcast on 1 April
2003, is now up.
Nothing much to see at present, though. Source: ultimatum
- Comic Gum magazine has announced
that it's planned to broadcast the upcoming Ikki
Tousen anime this (northern) summer.
- The website for Gonzo's latest anime Last
Exile is now
open. Source: ultimatum
- I've previously reported on the limited edition
version of volume 6 of the Mahoromatic manga,
which comes with Mahoro figure. However, the
release of that volume has been put back, so I
might as well post up the info again: To be
published 12 March 2003, price 2,300 yen (excluding
tax). The first limited edition
of the tankouban will come with a 10cm
Mahoro figure with stand. For more pics
of the Mahoro figure, see near the bottom of this
page, the bottom of this
page and here.
The regular edition of the manga will be released
on the same day for 950 yen (excluding tax) and
will have a different cover. 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). Source: ultimatum
- The website for the bishoujo anime Divergence
Eve by RADIX is now up. Source: Moonphase.
- TV Tokyo's website for the upcoming TV anime D.N.Angel
also up. The series commences broadcast on 3
April 2003. Source: Moonphase. Not
much to see at present.
- TV Tokyo also has a site
up for Bouken Yuuki Pluster World
as well. That series commences broadcast on the
same day of 3 April 2003. Source: Moonphase. Again,
not much to see at present.
- TV Asahi's website for the live-action dorama Doubutsu
no Oisha-san (Animal Doctor) is now up.
The series starts on 17 April 2003 and is based
on the manga by Sasaki Noriko. It's said that the
manga, published in the late 80s and early 90s,
contributed to a boom in the popularity of
Siberian Huskies. The main character's dog Chobi
is a husky. Source: Ma-ten.
- Updated: Groover has announced
that following its Green Green game and OVA, a Green
Green TV anime series will be produced
as well. The 1 March 2003 entry of the staff
diary on the Groover website states that it's
planned to broadcast the series on UHF stations
such as TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama, Chiba TV etc)
from July 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- Mediaworks has announced
that a Kino no Tabi Playstation 2 game
will be released in June 2003, price 4,800 yen (excluding
tax). Source: Ma-ten.
- ZakZak reports
that in the five months since October 2002, the Bandai
Channel has distributed 1
million episodes of anime through its
fee paying broadband service. As of 28 February
2003, the service offers 36 titles and a total of
807 episodes for viewing. Source: ultimatum
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