1-15 MAY 2003 NEWS
13 May 2003 (second update)
- The official website for the TV anime Sumeba
Miyako no Cosmos Sou - Suttoko Taisen Dokkaida
up. A lot of the features are still to be
added, though. Source: Moonphase. The
sci-fi series is set to commence broadcast in
- The official website for the upcoming OVA Makasete
Iruka! has also opened,
although again there's not much of interest for
the Western fan, though you'll note that as of 7
May 2003, Daichi Akitaroh's still working on the storyboards.
The OVA is scheduled for release in the (northern)
summer of 2003.
- Updated the below two entries: Last Exile with a
bit more detail and corrected the price info, R.O.D
with a few thoughts of my own.
points out that the Gallery section of the R.O.D
The TV website now has pics up of Sumiregawa
Nenene. Sumiregawa is a popular author (even
though she's still in high school) and friend of
Yomiko Readman. She appeared in the R.O.D manga
and novels, but not in the original OVA series.
Looks like she'll appear in the TV series,
though, but now 22 years old and wearing glasses.
And according to Megami Magazine, Yomiko
Readman has disappeared. Just my own
thoughts, but I wonder, could Nenene be wearing
Yomiko's glasses? They look similar. Just like
how Yomiko was wearing Donnie's glasses. And is
the premise that Yomiko's disappeared so Nenene
seeks out the Paper Sisters' detective agency to
find out what's going on...?
- Forgot to post this up yesterday: CDJapan has
released details up for volume 1 of Last
Exile, on sale 23 July 2003. Three
versions are available: regular
edition (retail price 5,800 yen), first
pressing with box
to hold volumes 1 to 7 (retail price 5,800 yen)
limited edition with box,
mousepad and figure of Alvis E. Hamilton
(retail price 7,300 yen). Only 10,000 thousand
units of the special limited edition will be
produced. The Last Exile DVD release will span 13
volumes, two episodes per volume, one volume to
be released each month. Update: The official
website has also updated with the same info,
but in Japanese. But if you go there and click on
the DVD Video button, you'll find a larger pick
of the Alvis
12 May 2003
Age manga magazine has announced that Zerion,
the new manga from Inoue Sora (Real Bout
High School), will commence serialisation its
July 2003 issue, on sale 9 June 2003. Source: ultimatum
- Director Ikuhara Kunihiko has suggested on this email
exchange diary (with Kawakami Tomoko) of his official
website that work has commenced on the
recording of BGM for a 5.1ch version of
Utena. Source: Aniota
BBS. A Renewal of Utena perhaps...?
11 May 2003
10 May 2003 (second update)
- Gatoh Shoji has stated on the "Kimagure
diary" of his official website
that the TV anime Full Metal Panic?
Fumoffu will commence broadcast on Fuji
TV on 4 August 2003. Source: Moonphase. Gatoh
is the creator of Full Metal Panic.
- Another 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 26 May 2003. Episode 5 itself will
be available for download from 8.00am on 31 May
2003. That episode will be available for
a limited time only. The high quality version
will be available until 8.00am on 3 June 2003,
while the low quality version will be available
until 8.00am on 9 June 2003. For more details
about the anime and how to view it, see my 7 and
12 May 2002 entries.
- The official website for the bicycle racing anime
movie Nasu ~ Andulusia no Natsu
(Eggplant ~ Andulusian Summer) is now up.
However, the site hasn't officially opened yet,
and there's nothing to see at present other than
a pic. Source: Aniota
BBS. The movie will be screened at the Cannes
Film Festival and then see theatrical release in
Japan on 26 July 2003.
- According to a post on a message board,
production is underway on a sequel to the
TV anime Ai
Yori Aoshi. Source: ultimatum
half edition. I don't have further
confirmation of this.
- The final chapter of the manga Nanaka 6/17
(by author Yagami
Ken) will be published in issue number 24 of Weekly
Shonen Champion, on sale 15 May 2003.
Tankoubon volume 11 will be published on 22 May
2003, while the final tankoubon volume 12 is
scheduled for released on 19 June 2003. Source: ultimatum
9 May 2003 (final update for the day)
- The Killers
official website is now officially open. Killers
is a live action "omnibus movie"
comprising five movies by five different
directors, one of which is Mamoru Oshii (Patlabor,
Ghost in the Shell etc). Source: Aniota
BBS. For more info, see my 3 May 2003 entry.
- The Yomiuri
reports that the long version of
Matsumoto Leiji's anime for French techno music
group Daft Punk will have its world premiere
screening at the Cannes Film Festival on
18 May 2003. Originally, the plan was to create
videos for four tracks on Daft Punk's album, but
later it was decided to create a long version to
cater for all 14 tracks on the album. The title
of this Japanese-French collaborative anime is
"Interstella5555 - the 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar
5ystem -". The anime is about one
hour long. In the show, the four members of the
rock band "The Crescendos" are
kidnapped. Source: Ma-ten.
Wonder when the DVD for this will come out...
- The Wandaba
Style anime commenced broadcast a
month ago. Now Famitsu.com
reports that a Playstation 2 game
based on the show is set to be released in August
2003 by D3 Publisher, price 6,800 yen. This will
be an adventure action game, but will also
combine dance action, with players having to
respond to the timing of the music. The game will
include 15 new songs by the idol group Mix Juice.
The game will come with an original anime
DVD as well. Source: Ma-ten.
Yua will have a four chapter short
suspense manga serialised in Shonen
Ace magazine, starting with the August 2003
issue, on sale 26 June 2003. Title of the manga
has yet to be determined. Source: ultimatum
half edition. I still need to finish reading
- Updated the Die Sterne info.
- Volume 1 of the TV anime version of Scrapped
Princess will be released on 25
August 2003. There'll be a first pressing
limited edition "SutePRIX" version
which will come with a figure, price 7,800
yen. The regular edition will cost 5,800 yen.
Subsequent DVD volumes of the series will be
released on a monthly basis, as is usual. Sounds
like there'll be "SutePRIX" version of
- Furthermore, volume 2 of the Scrapped
Princess manga (by Sakaki Ichiro and
Yabuki Go) will be published by Fujimishobo on 1
August 2003, while the Sutepri
volume will be published on 1 June 2003. Source: Animate.
- CDJapan has a listing
up for the first DVD box for Sora no
Stellvia. No indication of any
extras other than the fact that the four DVDs
will come in a digipak and that there'll be a 24
page booklet. For more details on the DVD release
of this TV anime, see my 23 April 2003 and 5 May
- A King
of Bandit Jing DVD Box
for the TV anime will be released on 6 August
2003, catalogue number SVZB-1501, price 18,000
yen (excluding tax). This will be a first
pressing limited edition item.
Containing all 13 episodes, this'll work out at
only about 60% of the cost of purchasing the
individual volumes. The DVDs will be housed in a
digipak and will come with seven special
postcards, four special stickers and an extra
trading card. Source: CDJapan.
Meanwhile, the upcoming OVA series will be
released in the (northern) winter.
- If you purchase the Marmalade Boy DVD
Boxes from Animate will receive a
special CD - a different CD for each DVD Box. DVD
Box 2 is due out on 26 September 2003, price 30,450
yen (including tax). DVD Box 3 is due out on 26
December 2003, price 30,450 yen (including tax).
Yokohama. Are the special CDs the only bonus
item to come with those DVD boxes? As reported on
1 May 2003, Animate has suggested that those who
purchase boxes 2 and 3 may be able to apply for a
- Volume 1 of Matsumoto Leiji's Submarine
Super 99 will be released in August 2003,
price 5,040 yen (including tax). Source: Animate
Yokohama. This TV anime should've just
commenced broadcast yesterday.
- DVD release details for Air
Volume 1, to be released 24 July 2003.
Volume 2, to be released 21 August 2003.
Volume 3, to be released 25 September 2003.
Volume 4, to be released 22 October 2003.
Volume 5, to be released 21 November 2003.
Volume 6, to be released 21 December 2003.
Volume 7, to be released 21 January 2004.
Volume 8, to be released 25 February 2004.
Volume 9, to be released 24 March 2004.
Price per volume 5,040 yen (including tax).
- Updated: Animate
Yokohama and e-Shopping!
Books has the new Evangelion
Seiki Evangelion Gashuu Die Sterne"
as being released on 15 July 2003, whereas Mangaoh Club
merely states it'll be mid-July. Furthermore,
Animate, e-Shopping! Books and Mangaoh Club have
the price of the book at 2,800 yen (excluding tax),
Toranoana lists it at 3,000 yen (excluding
tax). ISBN will be 4-04-853652-4. For more
details on the book, see my 8 May 2003 entry.
8 May 2003 (second update)
reports that CoMiX Wave, which produced Shinkai
Makoto's solo effort "Hoshi no Koe",
has established the label "CW Films"
to market its future titles. One of those titles
will be a DVD single of Shinkai Makoto's
digital anime for the song "Egao"
(Smiling Face) sung by Iwasaki Hiromi. The anime
was created between January and March 2003. Details of
To be released 2 July 2003.
Duration 21 minutes (tenative). Will contain
three versions of "Egao", each 2
minutes 20 seconds long. First will be the
original broadcast version, then a dorama-like
closeup version and finally an animated
storyboard version. The remaining 14 minutes will
comprise interview with Iwasaki, interview with
Shinkai and "making of" clip. The DVD
will come with subtitles for the song lyrics, but
I presume they'll just be Japanese subtitles.
Price 1,500 yen.
For a bit more info on the "Egao"
anime, see my 19 March 2003 entry.
- Furthermore, the CW Films website has a page up
for Shinkai's next feature anime, Kumo no
Mukou, Yakusoku no Bassho. That page
states that the anime will be released at the end
of 2003. Source: Moonphase.
I think they're referring to screening of the
anime, rather than DVD sale. Also, one minor
point: whereas Shinkai's website gives the
English subtitle for the anime as "The place
promised in our early days", the CW Films
website gives the subtitle as "Standing by
the place that was promised".
- A new Evangelion
artbook will be published by Kadokawa
Shoten in July 2003. Titled "Shin
Seiki Evangelion Gashuu Die Sterne"
(Neon Genesis Evangelion Art Collection Die
Sterne), it'll contain 200 illustrations from
anime magazines, video packaging etc and will be
supervised by Anno Hideaki. The book will be B4
in size (IIRC that'd make it the same size as the
Intron Depot books) and 122 pages. Price 3,000
yen (excluding tax). Source: Comic
7 May 2003 (second update)
- Just updated the CLAMP news. Might leave it at
that for today...
reports that KSS
is to produce not only a "Wind
- a breath of heart -" OVA, but also OVAs
based the "DVD video game" Phantom
of Inferno and the adult
computer game Moekan
(Moekko Company). Source: ultimatum
half edition. The Phantom of Inferno DVD game
was produced by the company Digiturbo,
while the Moekan computer game was produced by
the company KeroQ.
Animation Online reports that the Bandai
Group is to open a Bandai
Museum on 19 July 2003. The museum will
exhibit famous characters from the Bandai Group,
such as super sentai series, Kamen Rider, Sailor
Moon, Ultraman and Gundam. This Nikkei press
release from Bandai also states that there'll
be a cafe and theatre. In addition, the Gundam
exhibit will include Gundam cafe and Gundam shop
and 8m tall "life size" bust of a
Gundam. Admission to certain exhibits will be
free, but other exhibits (eg Gundam) will require
an entrance fee. Bandai hopes to attract 400,000
visitors by February 2004. Source: Aniota.
- It's been announced
on the official CLAMP
website that a new manga "Tsubasa"
(tentative title) will commence serialisation in
issue 25 of the manga magazine Weekly
Shonen Magazine (on sale 21 May 2003).
Details about the manga are still a secret.
half edition. Update: there's also this announcement
on the CLAMP website, where the title of the new
manga is stated to be "Tsubasa -
RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE -". Source: Moonphase. Could
be a story about parallel universes. And editor
Sugawara Kiichiro hinted that the story was about
the world being connected.
states that in an interview on Fuji TV on 6 May
2003, James Cameron has confirmed that
work is in progress for the movie version of
Battle Angel Alita. Looks like Fox has
domain as well.
6 May 2003 (last update for the day)
- Someone owns too many life-sized
dolls of girls. Source: Magicalantique.com.
Each one of those dolls must cost a fortune...
- Manga magazine Weekly
Shonen Magazine has announced
that the manga Kunimitsu no Matsuri
(story by Andou Yuuma, art by Asaki Masashi, of
course serialised in Weekly Shonen Magazine) is
to be made into a live action dorama
series to be broadcast in the (northern) summer
of 2003. Source: Moonphase.
Entertainment Inc. has issued a press
release in relation to E's
Otherwise. Included in the release
is information on the DVD release of the anime:
the first volume is scheduled to be sold on 18
September 2003 and it's planned that each volume
will contain three episodes (approximately 80
minutes). Price has yet to be determined. Source:
- For fans of director Anno
Hideaki (Evangelion), his live action
will be released on DVD on 24 July 2003,
catalogue number KIBF-5077, price 3,800 yen (excluding
tax). Disc specifications: double layer disc,
Macrovision, anamorphic letterboxed (Cinemascope),
Dolby Digital 2.0ch surround sound, Japanese and English
subtitles. Bonus features are scheduled
to be a short 11 minute clip "Tetsudo to
Shoujo" (Railroad and Girl), 8 minute "making
of" clip and 5 minute alternative "end
roll" using the DVD's multi-angle feature.
Not certain what an "end roll" is - I
presume it means there's an alternate end credits
sequence which you can select using the multi-angle
option. The DVD will also come with a photo
booklet. The movie itself is about 128 minutes in
length. Source: Aniota
- DVD volume 1 of the TV anime D.N.Angel
will be released on 24 July 2003. However there'll
be two versions: "Peach" for
girls, price 5,000 yen (excluding tax) and "Sky"
for boys, price 6,200 yen (excluding tax). I
don't know what the difference between the two
versions is, nor why the boys' version is more
expensive... Source: Musicmarket.
- DVD volume 7 of PuchiPuri
Yushii will be released on 25 July
2003, price 4,800 yen (excluding tax). First
pressing will come with a box to hold
three DVD volumes and a set of four calendar
cards. Source: Musicmarket.
- As reported on 26 April 2003, volume 3 of
the manga Tenshou Yaoyorozu by Kinatsu
Kanoto will be published on 27 August 2003, price
552 yen (excluding tax). There'll be a limited
edition version available as well, with
a figure (made by Kotobukiya) and 20 page booklet
included, price 1,429 yen (excluding tax). Comic
Toranoana now has a pic of what the figure
will look like. Cute.
- Looks like the five seiyuu for the main
characters in the anime version of Dear
Boys are to form a "seiyuu
unit", ie presumably a musical
group. They've now got a webpage up
for this seiyuu unit. Source: Reinbo
5 May 2003 (final update for the day)
has announced that those who purchase
first pressings of all four volumes of the Sister
Princess Re Pure Stories
DVDs and also the first pressing of the Sister
Princess Re Pure Characters DVD (to be
released 25 June 2003) will be able to
apply for a set a five figurines (Rin
Rin, Chikage, Mamoru, Hinako and Aria). See the
pics at the bottom of the page linked above.
- Episode 1 of the (presumably amateur) Coneconeco
anime by Yoshida
Dou is available for download
here. Source: Moonphase.
The main character (I don't recall seeing her
name) wants a cat, but she can't afford one. Then
science teacher Hirota-sensei happens to overhear
her talking to friend Yuki-chan.
- The Mangaoh
Club shop website seems to suggest that
there'll be two DVD boxes
released for the anime Samurai
Deeper Kyo, one for the first half
in October 2003, and the other for the second
half in February 2004. I don't have further
details on this. Does this mean DVD box sets? Or
empty DVD boxes to hold the DVDs...?
- Software company minori
has announced that an anime based on its
"interactive novel" computer game Wind
- a breath of heart - is to
be created. Source: Moonphase. Not
certain whether that game is an adult game or not.
Looks like a bishoujo game anyway. Anime fans may
recall that the opening movie for the computer
game was produced by none other than Shinkai
- An OVA based on the 1997 computer game Heartwork
by the software company Active
is also to be produced. Source: Moonphase. I'm
guessing that the game is an adult game, but I
don't know for sure. I don't know whether the OVA
will be adult or not...
- Couldn't be bothered updating yesterday :P
- A couple of days ago, bookstore Manga no Mori
published a list of manga etc to
be released in June 2003. Source: ultimatum
half edition. Among that list was the
However, whereas volume 5 of the DVD stated that
the book would be published by Kadokawa Shoten in
July 2003, Manga no Mori's list has the book
being released on 25 June 2003, price 2,800 yen.
The title of the book will be Haibane Doumei, as
opposed to Haibane Renmei.
- On 23 April 2003, I posted up the DVD release
details for Sora
no Stellvia. At that time, it wasn't
clear from the Animate
Yokohama listings whether DVD boxes 1 and 2
would contain volumes 1 to 4 and 5 to 8
respectively or fewer volumes. The Mangaoh Club
listing now states that DVD box 1 will contain
four discs, episodes 1 to 13. Catalogue number
for that first DVD box will be KIBA-9901 and
it'll be a first pressing limited edition item.
- Steam Boy trailer up for
download at this French
website. Source: Aniota
3 May 2003 (final update for the day)
- Didn't get much done today (again). Was going to
subtitle, but ended up reading various manga and
having a Haibane Renmei marathon ^_^;;
Web reports that Tantei
Gakuen Q (Detective School Q) will
be released on DVD starting August 2003, and E's
Otherwise will be released on DVD
starting September 2003. Source: Ma-ten.
- The Kyoto
Shimbun reports that the Korean 3D
anime Dinga is to be broadcast by Kids
Station in Japan starting 2 June 2003. Each
episode is short, only about a minute or so in
length. The official Japanese website
is up, and a couple of clips can be viewed
there. Below each screenshot on the download page
are three buttons. Left button is for the biggest
screen size, middle is for normal size screen,
right is for smallest screen size. Dinga is a
primary school student in the world of cats, who
likes pizza and napping. Source: Aniota.
- What if Azumanga Daioh was made
into a live
action dorama? Not to be taken seriously.
has an entry for Otomo's upcoming Steam
Boy anime movie. There's a small pic of
a promotional poster there, too. However, whereas
Bandai announced a few weeks ago that there would
be simultaneous release in Japan and the US, the
Eiga webpage states that the movie will be
released in Japan in October 2003 and in US
cinemas in November 2003. Music is by Steve
Jablonsky (Hannibal, Pearl Harbour). Source: Aniota.
- The Dai
Ginga website - for
the Dai Ginga Series Dai Yamato Hen 7 vs 7 (Great
Galaxy Series ~ Great Yamato Arc 7 vs 7) anime -
has a short little (four second) animation clip
available for download
in relation to "Space Zero" (whatever
that is). Just click on the top link on the page.
- The official website for the live action
omnibus movie Killers
is now up. This movie will be theatrically
released in Japan on 14 June 2003 and will
contain five movies by five different directors. One
of those short movies will be .50
Woman, directed by Mamoru
Oshii. Music for Oshii's contribution
will be composed by Kawai
Kenji (of course). You can view a trailer at
the official website. Source: Aniota.
- For the Evangelion
fan, the June 2003 issue of Newtype
(to be published in a week or so) will come with
a mini artbook of Evangelion
illustrations. I guess it may turn up in
a future issue of Newtype USA
- A screensaver
can be downloaded from the official website for
Doraemon movie: Nobita to Fushigi Tsukai.
The movie was released in cinemas back in early
March 2003. Source: ultimatum
- Alice 19th finished back in March. Issue
number 12 of the semi-monthly (ie twice a
month) shoujo magazine Shoujo Comic
(on sale 20 May 2003) will see the start o Watase
Yuu's new manga Zettai Kareshi (Absolute/Unconditional
Boyfriend). The Shoujo Comic website has also
updated with a new
wallpaper to download (there's also a
screensaver at the bottom of that page). Source: ultimatum
half edition. Watase of course wrote the
manga Fushigi Yuugi.
- A bit tired on Friday.
1 May 2003 (final update for the day)
- Animation production company Chaos
Project has stated
on its website that work on the second
OVA series of Futari Ecchi is underway.
Chaos Project also made the original OVA series.
Looks like the main staff will be the same for
this second series.
- Chaos Project has also announced
that it'll be creating a 5 minute short anime for
the 26 episode TV series D.C.
~ Da Capo ~. The rest of the series
is to be produced by Zexcs, so it'll be an anime
within an anime.
Station has announced that it'll start
broadcast of the TV anime Narutaru,
based on the manga by Mohiro Kitou, in July 2003.
Furthermore, there'll be an preview broadcast of
episodes 1 and 2 on 28 June 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- As reported on 17 January 2003, the three DVD
box sets of the Marmalade Boy TV series
will be released on 2 May 2003, 26 September 2003
and 26 December 2003 respectively. Box 1 will
contain the first 25 episodes using a digital
component new master. In addition, it looks like
episode will include a commentary track with
contributions from the producer, Kouda Mariko (Miki)
and Okiayu Ryoutarou (Yuu). The booklet included
with the box will come with staff interview,
"making of" info, design works and
synopses. Furthermore, as reported on 14 April
2003, if you purchase Box 1 from Animate, you'll
receive special limited Animate Marmalade Boy CD
"Sweet Cold 1" containing a new message
from Miki and Yuu and the songs "Egao ni
Aitai (Miki version)", "Suteki na
Serenade (Miki version)" and "Egao ni
Aitai (Chu-Chu-La scat version)". Finally, animate.tv
has announced that those who purchase
Boxes 2 and 3 will be able to apply for
a bonus item (although what that is hasn't been
announced yet). I'm not sure whether this bonus
item offer is only limited to Animate sales,
though. Source: alternative-live.
has announced that volume 1 of the DVD release of
Loki Ragnarok will be released on 25
July 2003, price 3,000 (excluding tax) and will
contain the first two episodes. Those who
purchase volumes 1 to 5 will be able to
apply for a mobile telephone strap (again I'm not
sure whether this offer is limited to just
Animate sales, though). Source: alternative-live.
Update: see now 16 May 2003 entry.
Renmei artbook will
be published by Kadokawa Shoten in July 2003.
It'll contain colour illustrations as well as
previously unpublished rough design works.
Gavriel Kay's collection of
poetry "Beyond this Dark House"
was published in Canada in early April. Kay's
writings are excellent. Just about the only
fantasy literature I read nowadays. Everything
else is bland in comparison. I've got all of his
novels in hardback. Though I don't know about
poetry. Sorry, I'm just not bright enough to
appreciate that sort of stuff...
for the upcoming TV anime Ultra
Maniac, to commence broadcast on 20
May 2003. Click on the left hand blue button if
you have a narrowband connection, the right hand
button if you have a broadband connection. Source:
- It's been announced in the June 2003 issue of the
new monthly manga magazine Dragon
Age (on sale 9 May 2003) that the manga
Chrono Crusade by Moriyama Daisuke is to be
animated. Source: ultimatum
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