1-15 APRIL 2003 NEWS
15 April 2003
- Movie news today.
- It's been announced in this week's issue of manga
Shonen Jump that a second Kochira
Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen Mae Hashutsujo
("Kochi Kame" for short) movie
will be released in January 2004. Official title
and staff have yet to be announced. Source: TA
- Bandai Visual has announced
that Otomo Katsuhiro's movie Steam Boy
will be released in the US and Japan at the same
time in the (northern) autumn. Source: Aniota
BBS. Bandai has previously announced
on 14 March 2003 that the movie would be released
in October 2003. If that schedule still stands, I
guess the movie will be in cinemas in the US by
October as well.
14 April 2003 (second update)
- An "Eiken
for PC" CD-ROM will be released
(well, a package of 2 CD-ROMs, actually) on 23
May 2003. The CD-ROMs will be for Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
and will cost 5,800 yen (excluding tax). Included
will be an adventure game (comprising nine story
segments and six mini-games), digest version of
the manga "Kuma-chan to Issho" and
desktop accessories (including illustration
gallery, wallpapers, voice data, two screensavers
and roughs illustrations by Matsuyama-sensei for
the adventure game). Source: Moonphase.
the official fan club site for production company
Group Komadori, whose stable of actresses
includes Sakamoto Maaya and Kasahara Hiroko, has
an entry under actor Namikawa Daisuke (Frodo in
the Japanese version of LoTR) stating that Onegai
Twins will commence
broadcast on WOWOW in June 2003. Source:
- Slept most of yesterday ^_^
- The CD single of the OP "Revenge" for
the new TV anime Ningen
Kosaten Human Scramble will be
released on 28 May 2003, price 1,000 yen (excluding
tax). In addition, a first pressing
limited edition version will be
available on the same day for 1,600 yen (excluding
tax) - this version will come with DVD.
- Similarly, the CD single of the new OP for the TV
Backers, "Barairo no Sekai (Rose-coloured
World)" by Pierrot, will be released on 4
June 2003, price 1,200 yen (excluding tax) and a first
pressing limited edition version will be
available for 1,500 yen (excluding tax) and bonus
DVD. Source: Musicmarket.
- Those who buy their copy of the Marmalade
Boy DVD box volume 1 from Animate (on
sale 2 May 2003, price 30,450 yen including tax)
will receive a special Animate CD.
- Looks like friends Mr Bear and Mrs Bear will have
a baby. Congratulations! I reckon, if it's a boy
they'll name him Shinji, if a girl, Rei :P
- More info on the Po Po Tan Housou Kaishi
Kinen Ban ~ Mou Gamandekinai, San Shimai no Hi-mi-tsu
~ (Broadcast Commencement Commemoration
Edition ~ Can't Bear It Anymore, Three Sisters'
Secret ~ ) DVD to be released in June 2003. The
DVD will be approximately 20 minutes in length
and contain original promotion film and main cast
discussion. It'll be single layer, Dolby Digital
stereo and anamorphic letterboxed, catalogue
number BCBA-1665. The binder which will come with
the DVD is intended to hold materials which will
come with the DVD release of the TV anime. Source:
For more details on this limited edition DVD, see
my 10 April 2003 entry.
- Furthermore, other Po Po Tan related items are
scheduled to be released, including desktop
accessories, artbook for the PC game and DVD-ROM
version of the game. Also scheduled is a Po
Po Tan manga, to commence serialisation
in the 26 May 2003 issue of Kodansha's monthly
Z. Source: Chara-Ani.com.
- Kubonouchi Eisaku's manga Chocolat will
be adapted into a live action dorama.
The manga will also re-commence serialisation in
issue number 26 of Shogakukan's Big Comic
Spirits. Source: ultimatum
half edition and Big
- Shonen Magazine has a second
webpage up for Tantei Gakuen Q
(Detective School Q). Source: TA
Group BBS. The other page can be found here.
12 April 2003 (sixth update)
- As pointed out by Sly on the revamped AoD
forums, my 8 April 2003 post about the
internet distribution of Munto
referred to distribution in March when it
should've in fact been April. I've now corrected
that entry ^_^;;
- Animax has a website
up for the upcoming shoujo TV anime Ultra
Maniac. The series commences normal
broadcast on 20 May 2003, with an advance
premiere broadcast on 17 May 2003. Source: Magicalantique.com.
for the Green Green series.
Nothing to see at present, though. The TV anime
version will commence broadcast in July 2003,
with internet distribution under consideration.
up for volume 1 of the OVA series Lingerie
Soldier Papillon Rose. IIRC, this
will be a six volume release. Volume 1 will be
released on 25 April 2003, price 5,800 yen (excluding
tax). Source: Moonphase.
The pic in the centre is Tsubomi (Papillon Rose)
performing her Pinkish Viagra move ^_^;;
Music's website has updated again. Amongst
the CDs which you can sample are the RahXephon
movie. Source: Moonphase.
- A fifth
screenshot of the upcoming Tenchi
Muyo! third OVA series is now up at the official
website. Source: Moonphase.
- TV Tokyo's websites for Di
Gi Charat Nyo and Corokke!
are now up. Source: Moonphase.
- TV Tokyo's website for Sora
no Stellvia is now also officially
open. Source: Moonphase.
- The Asian edition of Time magazine is running a poll
of Asian heroes. Among them, Chinese
basketballer Yao Ming, Pakistani cricketer Wasim
Akram and Japanese Oscar winner Miyazaki
Hayao. Source: Aniota
- The official Gadguard
website is still yet to officially open. However,
Fuji TV now has a website
up for the TV series which is set to commence
broadcast in four days' time. Source: TA
- Sorry for not updating further on 10 April 2003.
I was going to take a little rest, but fell
asleep... ^_^;; Then yesterday I fell asleep
again -_- Also, was watching that Chinese movie Hero ^_^
A martial arts movie with a bit of a difference.
I liked the cinematography from the very start of
the movie. Then I found out that the
cinematographer was Du Ke Feng, better known in
some places by his name Christopher Doyle. He's
Caucasian and an Australian, but is regarded by
some as the best cinematographers in Asia, doing
work on a lot of Chinese and some Japanese movies
(enough work in Asia to get a Chinese name Du Ke
Feng). He filmed the beautiful Chungking Express,
one of my favourite movies. Doyle also appeared
in the live-action Japanese pop sci-fi movie
Andromedia as the villain. I think he should
remain behind the camera instead of trying to act
in front of it ^_^;; But to be fair, the entire
movie was pretty average. If anyone's interested
in that movie, the region 2 DVD of Andromedia
comes with English subtitles, IIRC.
- For fans of Enomoto Atsuko (Kurumi
in Steel Angel Kurumi, Yukino in KareKano), her official
site is now open. Source: Reinbo
- Fuji TV's website for the upcoming anime Texhnolyze
up. Source: Moonphase.
- It was a day late, but the R.O.D
website has been renewed for the upcoming TV
series. Not a great deal of info there, but at
least it's something. I note that music for the
TV series will also be done by Iwasaki Taku (R.O.D
OVA, Rurouni Kenshin OVAs), so that's a good
- It's been announced
on the official
website for the doujin product Tsuki-hime
that the TV anime will be broadcast on BS-i this
(northern) autumn. Source: ultimatum
10 April 2003
- The Hajime
no Ippo TV Special 2003
will be released on DVD on 25 June 2003, price 6,090
yen (including tax). Source: Animate
- A Po Po Tan Housou Kaishi Kinen Ban ~ Mou
Gamandekinai, San Shimai no Hi-mi-tsu ~
(Broadcast Commencement Commemoration Edition ~
Can't Bear It Anymore, Three Sisters' Secret ~ )
DVD will be released on 27 June 2003, price 2,940
yen (including tax). This will be a limited
edition DVD, with a pressing of 10,000
units. As suggested by the title, this DVD will
be released to celebrate the broadcast of the Po
Po Tan TV anime. It'll come with character image
song CD, binder and stuffed toy. Source: Animate
- Volumes 2 and 3 of the DVD release of Maju
Sensen The Apocalypse will go on sale on
25 July 2003, with volumes 4 and 5 to hit the
streets on 22 August 2003, price 6,090 yen (including
tax) each. In addition, a limited edition
version of volumes 2 and 4 will be
available on the same respective days, which will
each come with a figure. These versions will cost
7,140 yen (including tax). Source: Animate
- Volume 1 of the DVD for Ebenbourg no Kaze
(Wind of Ebenbourg) will be released on
25 July 2003, price 7,140 yen (including tax).
I'm assuming this will be an non-adult-but-still-bishoujo
OVA based on the adult love simulation computer
game by Studio
e.go! and set in the latter half of the 19th
century. Source: Animate
- The DVD for the second
Inuyasha movie Kagami no Naka no Mugenjo
will be released on 21 August 2003,
coincidentally a year to the day that the DVD for
the first Inuyasha DVD was released. The second
movie DVD will come with a drama CD, booklet etc.
Yokohama. (Edit 12 April 2003: price 6,300
yen including tax).
- The fourth
One Piece movie Dead End no Bouken
will be released on DVD on 21 July 2003, price 4,725
yen (including tax). Source: Animate
9 April 2003
- Another low-price re-release
from Sony. Volume 1 of Gravitation
will be re-released 25 June 2003 at the price of
2,500 yen, catalogue number SVWB-1567. Source: Neowing.
- Akamatsu (Love Hina) Ken has announced in the diary
(7 April 2003 entry) on his website that
volume 1 of his latest manga Mahou Sensei
Negima! (Magister Negi Magi!) be will be
published on 17 July 2003. Source: ultimatum
- The sequel to Chojushin
Gravion will be called
Chojushin Gravion Zwei (at least that's
how I read the katakana). This second season will
include a new character the pilot Faye and new
mecha - see the official website linked above for
reports that Konami is to produce a
Playstation 2 adventure RPG game based on 12 Kokuki.
Release is scheduled for the (northern) summer. Source:
- JVC Music has a website
up for the TV anime D.N.Angel,
however it won't officially open until the end of
April. Source: Moonphase.
- Takara Toys has a website
up for the TV anime Mermaid
Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, but it's
mainly just to flog their toys. Source: Moonphase.
8 April 2003 (second update)
- Been watching the Neon Genesis Evangelion
01 Test-Type DVD again. Interesting that
this time, the title on the region 2 DVD cover is
the English title of "Neon Genesis
Evangelion" rather than the Japanese title
of "Shin Seiki Evangelion". Anyway,
what's interesting about the full size OP
included with the DVD is that it has the clearest
shots yet of the images which are superimposed
with the Reis in the tank in episode 23. The
images aren't sharp, but they're certainly easier
to discern than in episode 23 itself. For
example, there's a shot of what I presume is the
unearthing of Adam in Antarctica. You can see two
prongs sticking out of its back, presumably the
Lance of Longinus. The shot of what is presumably
Eva 01 being cloned from Lilith is clearer too.
- A limited edition of volume 3 of the
manga Loveless by Kouga Yun (serialised
in Monthly Comic Zero Sum) will be published by
Studio DNA on 25 June 2003, price 762 yen (excluding
tax). It'll come with an illustration booklet,
just as the limited editions of volumes 1 and 2
did. Source: Mangaoh
- Asahi.com English language reports
relating to Astroboy: editorial
hoping that robots will not be developed for non-peaceful
on fans lining up to collect their momento of
Astroboy's birthday, report
on scientists inspired by dreams to build their
- The Sankei Shimbun reports that the broadcast
of Astroboy on Fuji TV on 6 April 2003 got
ratings of 11.2%, with a peak of 13.6%
at 9.54pm. Source: goo
- Shueisha has a website
up for the manga Papa Told Me by
Haruno Nanae (serialised in Shueisha's
monthly shoujo Young You magazine). The live
action dorama series based on the manga will
commence broadcast on NHK on 12 April 2003.
Japan reports that Bandai
Channel has commence
distributing the RahXephon
TV series on the internet. Episode 1 is available
for viewing free, but presumably the
rest of the series will only be available on a
fee paying basis. Just click on the pop-up window
that appears, to take you to the correct page and
a list of sites from which you can view the
episode. Before the episode starts, there's a 90
second trailer for the upcoming movie. Source: alternative-live.
- Currently listening to "Like a Snowy Kiss"
- The Nihon
Keizai Shimbun reports that Bandai
has shipped 85,000 units of volume 1 of DVD
release of the Gundam
Seed series (volume
1 went on sale on 28 March 2003). For a normal TV
series, moving even 20,000 units for the first
pressing of the first volume of the DVD would
make it a big hit. Further, in the Oricon charts
for the week 24-31 March 2003, Gundam Seed volume
1 was fourth on the DVD sales charts (the top 3
being music DVDs). Bear in mind that Gundam Seed
was only released on 28 March 2003, so that chart
position was achieved with only four days of
sales. With one volume of the series to be
released every month, Bandai is hoping to achieve
sales of 1.3 million units by the end of April
2004. Source: Aniota.
- The DVD of the anime Munto
was released on 21 March 2003. However, less than
a month after release, producer Kyoto
Animation will distributing all 50 minutes of the
entire anime free over the internet. Of
course, this free distribution is subject to
conditions that it's for home view only, and
won't be re-distributed etc. The anime will be
split into three parts, with each part being
available for download
for one day only:
Part A will be available only from 10am 14 April
2003 to 10am 15 April 2003.
Part B will be available only from 10am 15 April
2003 to 10am 16 April 2003.
Part C (including ending) will be available only
from 10am 16 April 2003 to 10am 17 April 2003.
All times would be Japan times, I presume. Source:
12 April 2003).
7 April 2003
- Too tired yesterday to go online. However, in
future if you find that I don't update this page
for a while, it could be that computer has kicked
the bucket and I'll need to time to repair it.
Already it's making noises it shouldn't be making
- Today is the birthday of Astroboy
of course. Japanese anime has come a long way
since episode 1 of Tetsuwan Atom back in 1963.
Back then, the character design and the humour (slapstick,
visual gags etc) was much more like US cartoons
than the sort stuff we're used to now from
Japanese anime. Not that Tetsuwan Atom was the
first Japanese TV anime. The Complete Anime Guide
(Trish Ledoux & Doug Ranney, Tiger Mountain
Press, Issaquah, 1997) suggests that that
distinction may go to Otagi Manga Calendar which
commenced broadcast in 1962. Lip synching of the
voices actors was pretty bad back in those days
^_^;; Japanese voice actors still aren't great at
lip synching compared to their Western
counterparts, but IMNSHO they more than make up
for this with the emotion they're able to give to
- Volume 1 of the TV anime Sonic
X will be released on 23 July 2003,
catalogue number POBE-5501, price 3,800 yen. The
series commenced broadcast yesterday. Source: Neowing.
- It's been about three months since I bought any
region 1 or region 4 DVDs, and now my list of
stuff to get is huge (or at least larger than
before). On the upside, I'm so behind that stuff
I want is actually already out in Australia,
which means that lots of stuff I was intending to
buy will only cost me half now ^_^
- The TV anime Cinderella Boy,
with original story by Monkey Punch,
will commence broadcast on AT-X on 21 June 2003.
Among the cast of this gag and action detective
drama will be Koyasu Takehito
as Ranma and Touma Yumi as Rera (Rella?). Source:
- GAiNAX has announced
that the upcoming Mahoromatic TV special
will be an original side story. Source: Magicalantique.com.
Production, the website of
illustrator Maruyama Kaoru, has a new Flash
animation up. Just go to the "Flash"
page (of course) to select which clip you wish to
view. Source: Moonphase.
- TV Tokyo's website for D.N.Angel
is now officially open. Source: Moonphase.
- Independent amateur CG anime group T-Zero
Factory is creating a six
episode full 3D CG anime of Choco
Naruto. Note that
the Choco Naruto website has some nudity, so I'm
not sure if this anime will have adult content.
Each episode will be approximately three minutes
long and the work is scheduled to be completed in
mid-July 2003. Previous works by the group are Heart
(at which website you can download approximately
half of the movie) and the sci-fi Planet
Carrier (where you can also download the
first part of the story). In each case, to see
the whole movie, you'll need to buy the CD-ROM.
5 April 2003
4 April 2003 (final update for the day)
- The official Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars)
website now has a page for the Ecole
de Paris OVA series, setting out the
release details and including a promo
movie for download. I already reported
details for volume 1 in my 27 January 2003 entry.
I previously also reported details for volume 2,
but now more information is available, so I'll
consolidate the information for that volume: volume
2 will be released on 18 June 2003.
There will be a first pressing limited
edition version which will come
with a box, picture label DVD, 12cm CD
including a different ED and a Chattes Noires
spoon and pin brooch set - catalogue number HSB-0005,
price 8,800 yen (excluding tax). The regular
edition of the DVD will cost 5,800 yen (excluding
tax), catalogue number HSB-0006. The third
and final volume will be released on 20
August 2003. Again, there will be a first
pressing limited edition version.
However, as with volume 1, the first pressing
limited edition version will be the same price as
the regular edition - 5,800 yen (excluding tax).
The limited edition version, catalogue number HSB-0007,
will come with picture label DVD and 12cm CD
including what is presumably yet another ED.
Regular edition catalogue number is HSB-0008.
- Rondo Robe's website
for Texhnolyze will open on 16
April 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- Updated the news on Shin Hokuto no Ken.
- TV Tokyo's website
for Mugen Senki Portriss (Tank Knights
Portriss) is now official open. In
addition, Sunrise's website
for the same TV anime is also open. Source: Moonphase.
- TV Tokyo's website for Matantei
Loki Ragnarok is also now officially
open. Source: Moonphase.
- Rondo Robe has acknowledged that there's an error
with the chapter menu on volume 9 of the Tokyo
Underground DVD, released 28 March 2003.
Those who have bought volume 9 can send in the
DVD only to the address on the page linked above.
Rondo Robe then hopes to start shipping out the
corrected DVD around 24 April 2003. Source: Aniota.
I have no idea whether this exchange plan applies
to people outside Japan.
- Daichi Akitaroh (director of
Kodomo no Omocha) has written in his diary
(3 April 2003) that he was to attend Sakura Con 2003
in Seattle but he has had to cancel. His short
anime Dango Gonta was to be screened at
the convention, but since he's unable to attend,
he's got the "overseas edition"
available for download (a 6.3Mb
Quicktime file). You'll see it in the 3 April
2003 diary entry linked above. Source: Aniota.
- Broadcaster MBS has a website up
for the TV anime Narue no Sekai.
- The opening of the official Gadguard
website has been put back to 11 April 2003. It
had originally been planned to open the site on 1
April 2003. However, the illustration on the site
has changed, if you're interested.
- I hate it when there's lots I want to type up and
the computer crashes >_<
- The Sankei Shimbun reports that the bicycle
racing anime movie Nasu ~ Andulusia no
Natsu (Eggplant ~ Andulusian Summer)
will debut theatrically on 26 July 2003. The 47
minute long movie is based on a 48 page short
manga. As reported a year ago, this work will be
directed by Studio Ghibli's
Kousaka Kitarou (who is an amateur bike racer
himself), with production by Madhouse. Voice cast
will include idol Koike Eiko. Source: goo
Anime. (Updated 7 February 2004.)
- Impress Corporation reports
that Volume 1 of the Shin Hokuto no Ken (New
Fist of the North Star) OVA will be
released on DVD on 24 July 2003, price 6,800 yen.
Volume 2 will be released in October 2003, with
volume 3 to come in January 2004. More may be
produced depending on popularity. This OVA series
will include 3D CG, but then again, what anime
doesn't have CG in it nowadays...? Theme song
will be sung by Gackt, who'll also voice a
character in this OVA series. Sega's name has
appeared among the companies involved with the
production, prompting speculation that a game is
in the works. Screenshots for the OVA can be seen
in the article linked above. Click on the images
for enlargements. Source: Magicalantique.com.
In addition, you can view two sample
movies for the OVA on production company
Obi Kikaku's website.
For a few more screenshots, see this ZDNet
Japan report. Further, another
report by Impress Corporation states that the
first DVD will be approximately 60 minutes long,
catalogue number BBBA-3681, with Dolby Digital 5.1ch
sound and anamorphic letterboxed picture. The
story for the OVA series is based on the Hokuto
no Ken novels, which tell the story of Kenshiro
after the end of the mana. Source: Moonphase.
- Shogakukan's manga magazine Big Comic Original
that issue number 9 (on sale 19 April 2003) will
feature Takahashi Rumiko's manga "Help".
- Crashing once is bad enough, twice is really
annoying >_< >_<
- Three times! Now I'm really pissed >_<
- A special Tenchi Muyo! DVD will
apparently be released on 25 June 2003, price 1,900
yen (excluding tax). The tentative title appears
to be the unwieldy "Tenchi Muyo!
Notenkasu Nabe ~ Kitai wa Tsunoru ga OVA wa itsu
nanda ~". Contents will include the
OP for the upcoming third OVA series, to be
released this (northern) autumn. Included with
the special DVD will be CD containing a mini-drama
as well as source music for Tenchi Muyo! GXP
which wasn't included on the OST. Source: Musicmarket.
now states that Shirow Masamune's Intron
Depot 3 Ballistics will be released in
Japan at the end of April 2003. Doesn't make much
difference to me - other stuff I've got ordered
won't be published until the end of April.
- Volume 2 of Asobotto Senki Gokuu
volume 2 will be released on 21 May 2003, price 3,800
yen (excluding tax). First pressing will come
with a box to hold three volumes. Source: Musicmarket.
- First pressing of the Yamamura Koji Works
Collection DVD will come with a mousepad.
For more details of the release, see my 16 March
2003 entry. Source: Musicmarket.
- Looks like volumes 2 onwards of the DVD release
4 will contain 3 episodes, not 2
episodes as previously suggested.
- Volume 1 of the upcoming OVA series Eiken
(based on the manga of the same name) will be
released on 25 June 2003. The first
pressing limited edition version will
cost 6,800 yen and come with CD among other
goodies. Source: Musicmarket.
- As previously reported, there'll be a first
pressing limited edition release of volume 1 of Wandaba
Style with a box to hold all six
volumes, mini CD and design works. Musicmarket
states that the box will also hold a binder. I'm
not sure what the binder is to store. Perhaps the
design works booklets? First pressing of each
volume will come with a design works booklet. For
further release details, including for all
volumes, see my 28 March 2003 entry.
3 April 2003 (final update for the day)
reports that the Ghibli Art Museum at
Mitaka today recorded its one millionth visitor
since opening in October 2001. Visitor number 1,000,000
was four year old Kato Chinatsu from Nagoya, who
was visiting with her parents and eight year old
brother Masahito. Chinatsu (that's how I'm
reading her name anyway) received a cel from Sen
to Chihiro no Kamikakushi. She said that her
favourite character was Tatari-gami from Mononoke
Hime. Chinatsu is the girl on the left hand side
of the photo in the link above. Source: Aniota.
Looks like my friend Ruri, who was in Japan a
week ago, just missed out ^_^;;
- TV Tokyo has trailers up for the following TV
Loki Ragnarok and Ningen
Kosaten Human Scramble. Source: Moonphase.
- Animation production company Studio Deen also has
up for Matantei Loki Ragnarok,
which is to commence broadcast on 5 April 2003.
Not all the sections of the webpage are up yet,
though. Source: Moonphase.
- A trailer for the final episode 5 of the full 3D
CG independent anime URDA
by Romanov Higa is now available for download.
Just click on the #5 link on the left hand side
of the URDA page. The trailer will be available
until 20 April 2003. For more details about the
anime and how to view it, see my 7 and 12 May
Japan has a 12.4Mb trailer for download of
the upcoming Mizuiro OVA. Volume
1 of the OVA will be released on 25 April 2003,
price 6,800 yen (first pressing limited edition
version), 5,800 yen (regular edition). Further, animate.tv
has the entire first episode available for
broadband viewing as of today, but on a fee-paying
basis (400 yen). A sample is also available on
that site. Source: Moonphase.
I haven't written much about the Mizuiro OVA cos,
well, frankly, I don't care much for anime based
on bishoujo games...
- TV Tokyo's websites for Last
Exile and KaleidoStar
are now officially open, as is TV Osaka's website
Gi Charat Nyo. Source: Moonphase.
- Updated the report about the Astroboy figure.
- A 12
Kokuki internet RPG is set to start
this (northern) spring, courtesy of Asmik Ace
Entertainment Inc. At present the homepage
doesn't have much information other than that
this will be a new style of RPG using web browser
and email. More details will be released near the
start of this month. Source: Ma-ten.
reports that a bejewelled 100 million yen
figure of Astroboy has been created and
is on display at Takashimaya in Nihonbashi, Tokyo
until 15 April 2003. See the report linked for a
pic of the figure. The figure is approximately 10cm
in height and is made from precious stones such
as diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The exhibit,
including other works related to creator Tezuka
Osamu, will travel to other Takashimaya stores in
Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka from May 2003. Source: Ma-ten.
Web reports that Astroboy's black head and
pants are black diamonds, his red mouth and boots
are rubies, his belt is emeralds and other parts
of his body have over 32 carats of diamonds.
- Hobby Search's
states that Yamato
will release a Rurouni Kenshin Story
Image Figure Set. This set of 10
completed PVC figures will be modelled by
Shiragami Takayuki (who made the second version
of Natsume Maya and Natsume Aya figures for Epoch).
The figures will be released at the beginning of
June 2003, price 6,000 yen. Apparently, of the 10
figures, five will be "original colour"
and five will be "repaint colour". Does
that make sense? I don't know much about figures.
I've got my Tenjou Tenge and R.O.D (Yomiko ^_^)
figures, but that's about all. Then again, on
Kenshin page, there are pics of five figures
from the Kyoto arc: Kenshin, Kaoru, Sanosuke,
Yahiko and Saitou, the release date is stated to
be end of May 2003 and price is stated to be 500
yen each. Figures are stated to be 6-10cm in
height. The details on that page are stated to be
subject to change, though.
- Fujimishobo's new manga magazine Monthly
Dragon Age kicks off this 9 April
2003, price 540 yen (excluding tax). The magazine
will include manga serialised in Monthly Comic
Dragon and Monthly Dragon Junior. To commemorate
the first issue, the magazine will come with special
"comics private jackets" for volume 1
of the manga Galaxy Angel, volumes 1 and 2 of
Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto and volume 0 of
Maburaha, presumably new jackets which
you can use to cover those particular tankouban.
New manga to be featured in the magazine will
include Zeroin, a new offering from Inoue Sora (Real
Bout High School). Source: Animate
- Sorry I didn't update more yesterday. I had a
couple of headaches, one of the physiological
kind, one of a metaphorical nature. Neither's
completely gone away yet -_-
- On 22 March, I wrote about the limited edition
version of volume 1 of the upcoming OVA series Guardian
Hearts. Mangaoh Club
and the official
KSS website refer to the limited edition
version with a drama CD and a character song CD.
However, this Nifty
Animation Online report states that it'll
come with a CD containing two drama episodes and
two character songs. Wonder which is correct...
- The TV Aichi website for the upcoming shoujo TV
Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch now has a
trailer available for download. Source: Tentative
Name. The series commences broadcast on 5
- Strange story about the time
traveler from the future who's been busted for
insider trading: in two weeks he's converted
US$800 into US$350 million.
2 April 2003 (second early update)
- With the Saint
Beast TV anime set to commence
broadcast on 8 May 2003, Arisugawa
Kei has announced that a manga
version will be released as well. Source:
- TV Tokyo now has trailers up for
Exile. Source: Moonphase. Both
those series commence broadcast on 7 April 2003.
- TV Tokyo's website for the TV anime E's
Otherwise, based on the manga E's,
is now open. Source: Moonphase. The
series commenced broadcast yesterday.
- Shogakukan's manga magazine Shonen Sunday has a website
up for the TV anime Konjiki no Gash
Bell!!, based on the manga of the same
name. Source: Moonphase.
The series commences broadcast on 6 April 2003.
- A Sankei Web photo
of judo champion Tamura Ryoko (also known as Yawara-chan
after the judo anime series Yawara) pitching the
ball at the opening ceremony of the Orix Blue
Wave vs Seibu Lions match on 31 March 2003.
Yawara-chan is engaged to an outfielder on the
Orix team. Source: Aniota.
- JIJ Web reports
that TYO Group's CG production company Digital
Frontier will produce a full CG anime
based on the manga Atagooru Monogatari
by Masumura Hiroshi. Source: Ma-ten.
Masumura mainly uses cats as the main characters
in his manga, and it appears it was Masumura's
version of Miyazawa Kenji's "Ginga Tetsudo
no Yoru" which was used to create the anime
"Night on the Galatic Railroad".
has a small screenshot of the anime which Shinkai
Makoto created for the song "Egao"
for NHK's program "Minna no Uta". For
more information about the work, see my 19 March
2003 entry. Source: alternative-live.
- Anime production company arms have announced
on their website that Yasuomi Umetsu's Mezzo
TV series is in the planning stages.
This is based on the Mezzo Forte OVA previously
released. Source: Ma-ten.
Click on the each of four main characters in the
picture for more character designs.
- T & K Telefilm has anounced that it expects
to finish work on the feature-length anime Ryokan-san
this April. The anime will tell the life story of
Ryokan-san, a Zen Buddhist priest and poet who
led a simple life between 1758 and 1831. Source: Ma-ten.
1 April 2003 (second update)
- Limited edition tankouban of
manga serialised in Monthly
Comic Blade come with bonus limited edition
Erementar Gerad volume 3, to be
released 10 July 2003, will come with design
artwork and an additional card set for the
Erementar Front trading card game, price 933 yen.
Peacemaker Kurogane volume 3, to
be released 10 July 2003, will come with a mobile
phone strap and cost 933 yen. (Title corrected 27
Jinki Extend volume 3, to be
released 10 July 2003, will come with an all-colour
comic book titled "Ura-Jinki", price
Regular editions of each manga will be published
on the same day, price 552 yen. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- First pressing of volume 4 of the DVD
release of L/R
will come with a box and "mission
cigarette". To be released 25 June 2003,
catalogue number PIBA-1407, price 5,000 yen (excluding
tax). Source: Mangaoh
- The manga magazine Young
Animal has a website up for Air
Master, a TV anime based on a manga
of the same name. Source: ultimatum
half edition. The TV series commenced
- Had some stuff to post yesterday, but decided to
sleep instead :)
- It's 1 April and a number of companies
have decided to renew their websites,
including Sony Visual Works (with its new Aniplex
(a division of Kadokawa), the goo
Anime news website, NHK's Anime
World, WOWOW (with its new Wow
- Among those websites, note that the R.O.D
website will be updated on 10 April 2003 in
relation to the upcoming TV series. Further,
NHK's Anime World website now includes pages for
anime including Kasumin
Kokuki. And the Wow Ani website
includes pages for anime including Jubei
Ninpucho TV, Scrapped
no Tabi and Evangelion.
- The ABC reports that Japan
is considering deploying Astroboy-type robots to
help reconstruct Iraq.
- Headache coming on... More later if I don't feel
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