16-31 MAY 2003 NEWS
31 May 2003 (fifth update)
- Anime-TV has announced
that Karte 3 of Nurse
Witch Komugi-chan Magical te will be
broadcast on 30 August 2003 on TV Kanagawa and 2
September 2003 on Kids Station. Source: Tentative
Name. The DVD will then be released on 10
September 2003. For release details for the DVD,
see my 30 May 2003 entry.
- Volume 1 of the Sonic X TV anime
will be released on 23 July 2003, catalogue
number POBE-5501, price 3,800 yen (excluding tax).
However, there'll also be a "Hi-Spec"
version released with 5.1ch sound and bonus video
clip, catalogue number POBE-5601, price 4,800 yen
(excluding tax). Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Updated the news about the Chicchana Yukitsukai
- Updated the news about URDA.
- The fifth and final episode of the full 3D CG
independent anime URDA
by Romanov Higa is now available for download.
This nine minute finale to the series took
approximately three months to complete. Source: Moonphase. An
interesting ending. I thought so, anyway. Just
click on the #5 link on the left hand side of
that page. As previously reported, the episode
will be available for a limited time only. The
high quality version (72Mb) will be available
until 8.00am on 3 June 2003, while the low
quality version (11Mb) 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. Further, a DVD is planned,
containing all the episodes.
- In what's described as a "world
reports that there have been live
commercials for a manga magazine prior to
theatrical productions. The commercial
took the form of a short comedy involving the
manga magazine Big
Comic Spirits (published by Shogakukan).
Shogakukan has engaged seven theatre companies to
put on five minute long plays/commercials prior
to actual feature production. (Sounds like the
equivalent of a trailer before a movie). Each
company is free to develop its own scenario,
provided only that the theme of the skit must be
Big Comic Spirits. The seven theatre companies
will put on 56 performances over 42 days in front
of audiences totalling approximately 13,300 and
each company will be paid hundreds of thousands
of yen, which still works out much cheaper than
the cost of a TV commercial. Planner Kono
Yoshitake (37 years) explained that the theory
behind this form of advertisement is that people
who make the conscious effort to pay money to
watch a play are more likely to absorb the live
commercial than a TV viewer who may watch a TV
commercial inattentively. Shogakukan is hoping
this form of advertising will broaden the market
of Big Comic Spirits from its mainly 30-something
readership into the 20-something bracket. Source:
- On 29 May 2003, an anti-smoking conference
announced the results of a poll on which
celebrity the public thought would have the greatest
influence to quit smoking. Nikkansports.com
reports that 386 voters submitted their top three
choices. And the winner is... Kimura Takuya of
the multi-talented all male musical group SMAP.
In fifth place was Beat Takeshi (he's not the
sort of guy you'd want to refuse ^_^;; ), in sixth
place was Miyazaki Hayao and in sixth
place was female singer, actress, etc Matsu
Takako. It's World No-smoking Day on 31 May 2003.
- More details on the Saint Beast Fan Disc which I
wrote about yesterday. Wonderfarm has announced
that the title will be "Saint
Beast ~ Seiju Kourin Hen ~
Fan Disc" and that the DVD will
contain seiyuu discussions from the Saint Beast
specials which were broadcast on 24 April 2003
and 1 May 2003, creditless OP, six commercials
for the series as well as a digest movie for the
series. To consolidate the details, this fan disc
will be released on 22 August 2003, catalogue
number ORS-1002, price 2,940 yen (including tax).
The disc will have stereo sound and will be
approximately 45 minutes in duration. Source: Moonphase.
- On 20 May 2003, I wrote about the Shaman
King "Hao no Maki"
DVD to be released on 24 July 2003,
price 2,940 yen (including tax). As expected, Neowing
states that this DVD contains highlights of Hao
from the TV series.
- Continuing straight on from 30 May 2003... (don't
forget to read yesterday's news as well, though
it's mainly product news).
- A sequel OVA series to the TV anime Raimu
(Lime) iro Senkitan is to be
made. Volume 1 is schedule for release
in the coming (northern) spring. Looks like it'll
be a three volume series. Source: Moonphase and Megami
- Apparently the Chicchana
Yukitsukai Sugar (Sugar: A
Little Snow Fairy) Special to be
broadcast in the (northern) summer will involve a
17 year old Saga and Greta. The special will
consist of two 30 minute episodes. Source: Moonphase, alternative-live
- Volume 1 of the second OVA series of
Futari Ecchi is to be released in the (northern)
autumn. Source: Moonphase
- The Moekan (Moekko Company) OVA
will be three volumes, with the first volume to
be released in the (northern) winter. Source: Moonphase. The
anime will be based on the adult
computer game of the same name and Megami
- Phantom the Animation, the OVA
based on the DVD player game Phantom
the Inferno, is scheduled for release in
December 2003. Source: Moonphase and Megami
30 May 2003 (final update for the day)
- WOWOW has a page
up for the upcoming TV series Onegai
Twins. Mizuho-sensei and Morino Ichigo
will appear in this series. Source: Moonphase.
Nothing to see on the above page, however. The
series commences broadcast on 15 July 2003.
- It's been announced
on the official Submarine
707R (707 Revolution) website that
the DVD included with the July 2003 issue of
Animage magazine (on sale 10 June 2003) will
contain promo clip for this upcoming two volume
OVA series. Source: Aniota.
- The July 2003 issue of CG
World magazine (published yesterday) states
that a sequel to Zoids/Zero will be produced. The
new anime will be titled Zoids Fuzor.
- In the West, people put gnomes in their garden,
but in Kyoto, 35 year old Uematsu
Masaki's house is attracting attention with the
Totoro, Kodama and other popular characters which
inhabit his garden (see this
report by the Kyoto Shimbun). The fire
department official started making the statues
out of concrete and steel in November last year
and has now made approximately 20 figures. The
one metre tall Totoro took over a month to make.
Uematsu is hoping to make a Catbus as well.
- Release of the Raimu (Lime) iro Senkitan
Special DVD Senshi no Kyuusoku (Soldier's
Rest) has been put back from 23 May 2003 to 27
June 2003. Catalogue number remains KSXA-24508
and price 3,000 yen (excluding tax). This DVD
will include clips of the live Raimu event held
on 30 March 2003, "making of" clip,
illustration slideshow, etc. Also included will
be two character cards, while the first pressing
will come with an additional Elf character "Raimu
iro" version playing card. You can see the
cards for all the DVDs released to date on this
page of the official website.
However, note that since the DVDs are "director's
cut" versions and more ecchi in nature,
there's a bit of the nudity on the website.
- It's stated
on the official Mahoromatic
website that Pioneer will release a first
pressing limited edition Mahoromatic Tokuhou Shuu
DVD (tentative title) on 26 September
2003, catalogue number PIBA-1387, price 1,500 yen
(excluding tax). It'll contain promotional ads
for Mahoromatic and "Mahoromatic ~ Motto
Utsukushii Mono ~" (presumably from the
previous limited edition DVDs which have been
released) as well as a promotional clip for the
upcoming "Mahoromatic Natsu no TV Special".
It's stated elsewhere
on the website that the DVD will come with some
unspecified special items. Source: alternative-live.
- Publisher Mag Garden has announced
that its Blade Comics re-release of
volumes 9 and 10 of the manga Mamotte
Shugogetten! by Sakurano Minene will be
published on 10 June 2003. As previously
reported, the final volume 10 will
contain chapters 67 and 68, which were
not included in the previously released Enix
tankoubon. Also, those who purchase all
volumes of the new release will be able
to apply for a figure set of Shao and Rishu. You
can view pics of the figures on the page linked
above. Source: ultimatum
- Akita Shoten has announced
that it'll publish volume 2 of the manga
Koi Koi 7 by Morishige (Hanaukyo Maid
Tai) on 21 August 2003. As with volume 1,
there'll be a limited edition version of volume 2.
This time the limited edition version
will come with 20 page full colour data book,
illustrated postcard holder and set of six
postcards. Price of this limited edition will be
1,050 yen. Source: ultimatum
- Issue number 30 of Weekly
Shonen Jump (on sale around 23 June 2003)
will see the start of a new manga by
Watsuki Nobuhiro, who was of course the
author of Rurouni Kenshin. Title will be "Busou
Renkin", I think, but I'm not sure about how
to read the last word/last two kanji in the title.
half edition. Watsuki's manga Gun Blaze West
fired blanks, so hopefully his new manga will be
- The live action dorama based on the manga
Kunimitsu no Matsuri (story by Andou
Yuuma, art by Asaki Masashi, serialised in Weekly
Shonen Magazine) will commence broadacst on
Fuji TV on 1 July 2003. Source: ultimatum
- The live action dorama based on the manga
Kotoh - Shinryousho (Dr. Kotoh -
Clinic) by Yamada Takatoshi (serialised in the Weekly Young
Sunday) will commence broadcast on Fuji TV on
3 July 2003. Source: ultimatum
- The live
action Lone Wolf and Cub dorama
series based on the manga of the same
name by Koike Kazuo and Kojima Goseki will
commence broadcast on TV Asahi on 7 July 2003.
half edition. Update 5 June 2003: this will
be the second
season of the dorama series.
- The live action dorama based on the manga
Tokumei Kakarichou Tadano Jin (at least
I think the name is read "Tadano Jin")
by Yanagaisawa Kimio will commence broadcast on
TV Asahi on 4 July 2003. Source: ultimatum
- A Saint
Beast Fan Disc DVD
will be released on 22 August 2003, price 2,940
yen (including tax). Source: Animate
Yokohama. I don't know what the contents will
- A "Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon!
Magical DVD" will be released on 6
August 2003, price 1,029 yen (including tax).
Yokohama. I don't know what the contents of
this DVD will be either.
- Volume 1 of the OVA series True Love
Story will be released on 26 September
2003, price 5,250 yen (including tax). In
addition, there'll be a first pressing
limited edition version which will come with box
and fan disc at the higher price of 8,190
yen (including tax). Source: Animate
Yokohama. This will be a three volume OVA
series based on the Playstation 2 game series of
the same name.
- Release details for the Triangle Heart ~
Sweet Songs Forever OVA series:
Volume 1 to be released on 24 July 2003
Volume 2 to be released on 27 August 2003, first
pressing will come with poster
Volume 3 to be released on 27
November 2003, first pressing will come
with box and poster
Volume 4 to be released on 26 December 2003,
first pressing will come with poster
Each volume will cost 6,090 yen (including tax).
- Volume 6 of Heat Guy
J will be released on 25 July 2003,
price 5,000 yen (excluding tax). First
pressing will come with box to hold
volumes 6 to 9 (as well as the usual cards).
- Volume 2 of D.N.Angel
will be released on 28 August 2003. As with
volume 1, there'll be two versions available: the
boys' "Sky" version costing 6,200 yen (excluding
tax) and the girls' "Peach" version
costing 5,000 yen (excluding tax). Source: Musicmarket.
IIRC, there'll be two versions of each volume
- More details on the first pressing limited
edition release of volume 3 of the OVA Nurse
Witch Komugi-chan Magical te on 10
September 2003, price 6,090 yen (including tax).
It'll come with a large Maugimaru stuffed toy
mobile telephone strap and 12 page booklet.
29 May 2003 (final update for the day - extra)
- One last thing I'll mention is that three Final
Fantasy X-2 Vocal Collection CD/DVD sets
will be released on 16 July 2003, price 1,800 yen
(excluding tax) each, one for each of the
characters Rikku, Yuna and Paine. Each CD will
contain two songs four versions. Each DVD will
include CG footage from the game (fight scenes
etc) and recording scenes with the particular
seiyuu behind the character. For more
information, see the CD Japan listings for the Rikku,
- Like the music from the 3D CG independent anime URDA?
You can download musical pieces
from episode 2 to the final episode 5 from this
page. Source: Moonphase.
- A 14.5Mb DiVX preview of the 3 minute "dramatic
music clip" AELO (Air Element Lady Object)
is now available for download. This work is an
independent anime production. Source: Moonphase.
- More upcoming Sega toys:
Metal keyrings for the Initial D fan here
(to be released in October 2003).
and Askua UFO catcher dolls dressed up as the
third Angel (to be released in November 2003).
And more pics of the SD
Evangelion mini display figures - Christmas
collection (to be released on October 2003).
Click on the photos for enlargements.
- The TV anime of D.C. ~
Da Capo ~ will commence broadcast on
TV Kanagawa on 5 July 2003. Source: TA
- It's been announced on the official website for
the TV anime Narutaru,
based on the manga by Mohiro Kitou, that the
series will commence broadcast on 7 July 2003.
Group BBS. Episodes 1 and 2 will be previewed
on 28 June 2003, however.
- It was originally announced that those
who purchase all six volumes of the Asagiri
no Miko DVDs would
be able to apply for a book containing
storyboards by director Moriyama Yuji and
illustrations by Ugawa Hiroki (author of the
original manga). However, Ugawa has now written
on his website
that his illustrations will not be contained in
that book. Instead, it looks like those who
purchased all volumes have two options:
either send in the application and a 1,000 yen
postal order to King Records (makers of the DVD)
by 30 May 2003 (tomorrow ^_^;;) to get the
previously mentioned book plus a book of Ugawa
illustrations, or send in the application only to
Shonengahosha (publishers of the manga) by 31
July 2003 to get the book of Ugawa illustrations
only. For more details see Ugawa's website.
- Fujisawa Tooru will have another
manga series serialised in Young Jump
magazine starting with the issue number 27, on
sale 5 June 2003. That makes it three manga which
he's currently working on: Rose Hip Rose in Young
Magazine Uppers, Tokko in Afternoon,
and now this new manga in Young Jump.
Sunday magazine has now announced
that a Umizaru movie will be produced as
well as a second Umizaru live action dorama,
so there'll be two new instalments of this story
of the maritime safety officer. Umizaru is a
manga by Satou Shuuhou. The movie is scheduled
for theatrical release next year. Source: ultimatum
- The August 2003 issue of Dengeki
Comic Gao! (on sale 27 June 2003) will
contain the final chapter of Koge
Donbo's manga Pitaten.
- Issue 15 of Akita Shoten's manga magazine Young
Champion (on sale 10 June 2003) will see the
start of Tomizawa
Hitoshi's new manga "BR
II/Blitz Royale". Source: ultimatum
- Way too tired yesterday.
- Pioneer's website for the upcoming anime version
of Tsuki-hime is now
up. The title of the TV anime will be "Shingetsutan
Tsuki-hime". Source: Magicalantique.com.
Not much to see at present, though.
- Looks like release of the "Blame!
Ver.0.11: salvaged disc by Cibo"
DVD has been put back to 21 June 2003.
- A Comic Party OVA is in the works.
page for the announcement. The pic you see is
the flier enclosed with the Comic
Party DC Edition computer game by Aquaplus.
That game is not an adult game.
- Mainichi Broadcasting System has a webpage
up for the live action dorama
version of Kubonouchi Eisaku's manga Chocolat,
broadcast of which started on Monday. Source: ultimatum
half edition. The manga is serialised in
Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine.
27 May 2003 (last update for the day)
- Anno Hideaki's live action movie Love
& Pop was released on DVD back in
2000. Now, GAiNAX
has announced that a new digital video
new master version will be released on
24 July 2003: the "Love & Pop SR version".
Among the extras on the disc will be previously
unreleased promotion video. The original DVD
release was apparently 126 minutes long. This DVD
will be 160 minutes long. A 16 page booklet will
also be enclosed. Finally, this new version will
cost 3,800 yen - cheaper than the 4,700 yen of
the original version. Source: Moonphase. Anno's
other live action movie Shiki-jitsu will be
released on DVD on the same day. Since that DVD
will have English subtitles, is it too much to
hope that this new version of Love & Pop will
have English subtitles as well...? For release
details of Shiki-jitsu, see my 6 May 2003 entry.
- On 9 May 2003, I gave CD Japan's details for the King
of Bandit Jing TV series DVD
box. The official website has updated
to confirm that information save that there's no
mention of a trading card. Instead, there'll be a
special crystal pendant head included with the
box. Source: Moonphase.
- On 16 May 2003, I pointed out that CD Japan had
listings up for the two versions of D.N.Angel
volume 1, the Peach version and the Sky version.
The official D.N.Angel
website has now updated and confirms this
information, save that it looks like the Peach
version will come with the postcards, not the Sky
version. Source: Moonphase.
- Cute Christmas Eva figures in
this report by ZDNet
Japan. Those and other toys are some of the
products which Sega and Taito exhibited on today.
The toys will appear as prizes from games machine
between October and December 2002. Source: Moonphase.
- AT-X's website for the upcoming TV anime Cinderella
Boy is now open.
This series by Monkey Punch
(Lupin III) commences broadcast on AT-X on 21
- TV Asahi has a list
of 20 best anime and 50 best lines in
anime. Source: Aniota.
However, being TV Asahi, the anime shows listed
aren't the sort of shows that the average Western
anime fan may be interested in, and many are
relatively old, so I won't bother going through
- It's World No-smoking Day on 31 May 2003. Yahoo
Japan reports that the Northern Welfare
Health Centre at Nagoshi on Okinawa yesterday
released the results of a study into scenes
of smoking on television. 32 TV programs
which young people may watch were examined. Of
those, 15 had scenes related to smoking. Dorama
shows had an average of 3.2 tobacco related
scenes per episode, anime shows an average of 1.4
scenes, variety shows 0.9, music shows 0.4
and children's shows 0. Source: Aniota.
- The Last
Exile website has a ten
minute long digest movie available for download
now. (Click on the top "movie start"
button). Also available on that page (from top to
bottom) are a commercial for the opening theme
song, TV ad for the series and 2 minute 23 second
trailer for the series. Source: Aniota.
- More Shirow information... On 24 May 2003, I
wrote about Ghost in the Shell 1.5
being released. Yes, it's a reprint, but Playstation.com
reports that it's a reprint of the four
chapters of Ghost in the Shell which didn't make
it into the tankouban: "Fat Cat"
published in 1991, "Drive Slave"
published in 1992, "Mines of Mind"
published in 1995 and "Lost Past"
published in 1996. To consolidate the
release information, this book will be published
on 23 July 2003, price 2,381 yen, 184 pages.
Furthermore, it will come with a CD-ROM
(including screensaver). Source: Aniota.
reports that Studio Ghibli
has today announced that Miyazaki Hayao
is to make a series of four commercials for House
Foods Corporation, based upon a
theme of family at the table in the mid-1950s to
mid-1960s. These will be the first commercials by
Miyazaki. The insert song for the commercial will
be sung by Kamijo Tsunehiko, who was one of the
seiyuu in Porco Rosso. The commercials will
commence broadcast across Japan from 1 June 2003.
designed by Amano Yoshitaka, on show
at the 30th anniversary fashion show by Sagami, a
company making kimono. Source: Ma-ten.
- Computer software make Age has
confirmed that the TV anime Kimi ga
Nozomu Eien will be produced by Studio
Fantasia. Furthermore, character design for the
series will be carried out by Kikuchi Yoko (Noir,
Arc the Lad etc). Source: TA
Group BBS. This wouldn't be the first time
Kikuchi has worked with Studio Fantasia. For
example, Yamauchi Noriyasu (of Studio Fantasia)
and her appear to have been the main character
designers for AIKa. And many years before that,
she worked under Yamauchi on Idol Densetsu Eriko
(Legendary Idol Eriko). I presume Age is the
company which created the original Kimi ga Nozomu
Eien computer game.
- Sorry, going to write more yesterday, but fell
asleep. Have been snowed under with work recently.
- Shueisha has a website
up for the baseball manga Mr
Fullswing by Suzuki Shinya. Source: ultimatum
half edition. Not all the sections are up
yet, though, such as the game etc.
- Got another shipment from Japan \^_^/ Alien
9 Complete by Tomizawa
Hitoshi comes with a new 18 page final
chapter and also a few colour pages at the
beginning. At 646 pages, this is one thick volume.
- Got the sequel Alien 9 Emulators as well. More
- Received the latest issue 25 of Weekly
Shonen Magazine too, with chapitre 1 of the
manga Tsubasa - RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE -.
Rougher artwork than for the manga Card Captor
Sakura, which seems to be the norm when CLAMP
produces shonen manga, though the linework this
time isn't as rough as it was with Angelic Layer.
The lines are bolder this time too. Chapitre 2 is
due out tomorrow (issue number 26 of the magazine).
- Issue number 25 of Weekly Shonen Magazine also
has the concluding chapter of the short
manga Afghanistan de Okotta Koto by
Saegusa Yoshihiro about the Japanese doctor
Nakamura Tetsu and his work in post-Taliban
Afghanistan, with reference to topical issues
such as the Northern Alliance, the terrorist
attack on the US on 11 September, etc.
- More info on the booklet poster collections in
the manga magazine Young
Magazine Uppers. And some corrections as well:
seems like most of my March info was correct, but
some of the changes I then made in my April
entries were incorrect, so just ignore most of
what I wrote in April on the topic ^_^;; I've
gone back and updated my March and April entries.
- Okay, the Shirow booklet poster which kicked off
the second series (issue number 11, published 20
May 2003) is titled "Galgrease 004 Wild West
Quest", with main character Phara L. Olyn in
a modern (1999) jungle adventure setting. The
second title in this second series will be "Hellcat".
Presumably as with the first series of booklet
posters, there'll be three titles. I'm still
presuming the third title will be "Galhound
II". It looks like Shirow has decided to
change the title of the "Hyakki Shou"
series to "Hellhound", so I'd think the
six titles will be: Wild Wet West, Hellhound,
Galhound I, Wild Wet Quest, Hellcat and Galhound
II. The overall title of the booket poster series
will be "Galgrease".
- Furthermore, it's been announced that the
first three Shirow booklet poster collection
artbooks are all in the works: "Galgrease
001 Wild Wet West", "Galgrease 002
Hellhound" and "Galgrease 003 Galhound".
Alongside this information is the word "summer"
followed by a question mark, suggesting that
release of those books is tenatively scheduled to
start from the (northern) summer. Galgrease 001
Wild Wet West will be a full colour 48 pages, B4
in size (ie same size as the Intron Depot books).
A total of six volumes of the booklet poster
artbooks are planned. (I'd earlier suggested that
there'd be six Intron Depot books - rather, there
will be six booklet poster artbooks. However,
there is at least a fifth Intron Depot book in
26 May 2003
- Volume 2 of Fujiwara Kokoa's manga "dear"
will be published by Square Enix on 27 September
2003. There'll be a regular edition (price 552
yen) and a limited edition (price
1,429 yen). The limited edition tankoubon will
come with a Kotobukiya
figure (cute!) and special bookcover. Source:
- Volume 5 of the manga Mahoraba by Kojima
Akira will also be published by
Square Enix on 27 September 2003. There'll be a
regular edition (price 552 yen) and a limited
edition (price 1,429 yen). The limited
edition tankoubon will come with a Yujin
figure and some sort of Tarot (card?).
Mahoraba is to be distinguished from Maburaho -
the latter is a manga/novel and soon-to-be anime
series. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Volume 7 of the manga Keroro Gunso by Yoshizaki
Mine will be published by Kadokawa
Shoten at the end of September 2003. There'll be
a first edition limited edition Keroro
Shoutai Shuketsu Pack (Keroro Platoon
Muster Pack) available, price 1,500 yen, which
will contain volume 7 of the tankoubon with a
different cover to the regular edition and a
platoon of five figures. Source: Mangaoh Club.
Keroro Gunso has always seemed like a pretty
silly manga to me...
- Website for Daft Punk and Matsumoto Leiji's Interstella
5555 - the 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem.
You can view a couple of clips and a number of
stills. Source: Aniota
- On 24 May 2003, I wrote about the Gekijoban
Lupin Sansei DVD Limited Box (Movie
version Lupin III DVD Limited Box). Just
a bit more info. Impress
Corporation reports that the catalogue number
will be TDV-2735D. Furthermore, each of the three
movies will also be released separately on the
same day of 24 October 2003, price 4,800 yen:
"Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo"
catalogue number TDV-2736D, "Lupin III: The
Legend of the Gold of Babylon" catalogue
number TDV-2737D, and "Lupin III: The Fuma
Conspiracy" catalogue number TDV-2738D.
However, if you buy the DVDs separately, you
presumably won't get the bonus 4th DVD which
comes with the Limited Box containing the "Lupin
III: Secret Files 1 & 2". File 1
contains a Lupin pilot film as well as a movie
trailer collection, while File 2 contains TV
series eyecatches as well as 14 OP & ED songs
(27 versions). Source: alternative-live.
- It's been announced in monthly manga magazine Comic Gum (on
sale on the 26th of each month) that the TV anime
version of Ikki
Tousen will commence broadcast on 30
July 2003. Source: TA
25 May 2003 (third update)
- The official Sora
no Stellvia website has various desktop
accessories to download. There's a
screensaver, three mouse pointers and three
wallpapers (two sizes of each), for Windows as
well as Mac computers. To download, select the
"Information" menu on the website and
select the first/new option. You'll be asked to
enter a password. Type in "MISSION" in
capital letters in the white box and click the
login button to the right of it. You'll then need
to answer six questions about the show (how often
you watch it, your thoughts, your age etc). Don't
worry, you don't need to be able to type Japanese.
For each question, there's a pull-down menu of
answers you can select. There are seven
questions, but you're only required to answer the
six with the red asterisk next to them. Then
click on the left hand grey button and you'll
then be able to download the accessories. Source:
To install the screensaver on Windows, run the
screensaver program that you download. A setup
wizard window will popup with a row of three
buttons at the bottom. Just click the right hand
button three times to install. I haven't tried
installing the screensaver myself, so don't blame
me if something goes wrong ^_^;;
- It's been mentioned on an animator's website that
the broadcast of the TV anime Kimi ga
Nozomu Eien, originally scheduled for
this (northern) autumn, has been put back.
Further, it seems this anime will be produced by
Studio Fantasia (Stratos 4, AIKa etc). Source: Moonphase. The
anime is based on the computer game of the same
- A post to the Aniota BBS states that Pony Canyon
has the scheduled the following anime releases:
Green (TV, I presume), one volume
per month starting 3 September 2003, total six
Kosaten Human Scramble, six volumes
starting 1 October 2003.
Kidou Shinsen Gumi Moeken, four
volumes starting this (northern) autumn.
I don't have any other confirmation of these
details, though. Presumably the Moeken anime is
to be based on the game of the
same name with character designs by Takahashi
- Australia's Governor-General
His Excellency the Right Reverend Dr Peter
Hollingworth AC OBE tendered his resignation
today. Australia is a monarchy and its head of
state is of course Queen Elizabeth II in her
legal capacity as "Queen of Australia and
Her other realms and territories". But since
Her Majesty isn't often in Australia, the
Governor-General is her representative in
Australia and exercises her powers when she's not
in the country (ie most of the time), so it's an
important if merely ceremonial role. A little bit
of trivia: succession to the role of head of
state of Australia is determined by United
Kingdom law. Section 1 of the United Kingdom's Act
of Settlement (passed in the year 1701)
effectively provides that the only people
eligible to be the King or Queen of Australia are
the lineal descendants of Sophia, Electress and
duchess-dowager of Hanover (1630-1714, the
twelfth child of Frederick V, king of Bohemia).
You have to be Protestant as well. That rules me
- Was going to update more yesterday, but was too
- Today is the 34th birthday of Ayukawa
Madoka from Kimagure Orange Road \^_^/
The character's fictional year of birth is 1969.
Studio's Abcb BBS.
- The August 2003 issue of monthly manga
(on sale 25 June 2003) will come with a CD-ROM.
The theme of the CD-ROM will be summer and
swimsuits, so the CD will contain manga swimsuit
wallpapers, as well as screensaver, desktop clock
and desktop sticker (whatever that is). This will
be a hybrid CD-ROM, so it can be used by Mac
users as well.
- Meanwhile, the July 2003 issue of Afternoon, on
sale today, contains chapter 2 of Fujisawa
(GTO) Touru's new manga, titled "Tokko".
Fujisawa currently also has another manga, Rose
Hip Rose, serialised in Young
- Filming still start soon on a Umizaru 2
live action dorama, based on the manga
of the same name by Satou Shuuhou (Say Hello to
Black Jack) about a young sea rescue/safety
officer. The first Umizaru dorama was broadcast
on NHK last year. Shogakukan has announced that a
movie version will be produced. It's not clear
whether Umizaru 2 will be this movie or whether
it's a separate dorama. Source: ultimatum
24 May 2003 (third early update)
- Further to yesterday's release information for Ai
Yori Aoshi ~ Enishi ~, Dengeki
Online reports that:
- the second series will take place one year
after the first TV series;
- the title of the new anime on the special DVD
will be "Aoi Santa no O-hanashi";
- the special DVD will include music clips;
- the first pressing of the special DVD will come
with bonus item(s).
I've updated my 22 May 2003 entry to collate all
the DVD release information.
- Volume 1 of the Triangle Heart ~ Sweet
Songs Forever OVA will be released on 24
July 2003, price 6,090 yen (including tax).
Yokohama. I guess this anime series is based
on the (adult?) computer game.
- The top animated gif on the UFO
Princess Walkure official website
states that the Special DVD will
be released on 23 August 2003. This DVD, to be
released prior to the second series of the TV
anime, will contain episode 1 of the second
series, price 5,040 yen (including tax). Source: Moonphase. It'll
apparently also contain a digest of the first
series, but I don't know what else it'll contain
(if anything). Title of the DVD is said to be
"Shichitenbattou Hanayome Shuugyou".
Online reports that a live action
movie of Tetsujin 28-go (Gigantor) is to be made
(using CG for the robot, of course). Producers
are still casting for the lead role of Kaneda
Shotaro, the young boy who controls the massive
robot Tetsujin 28. If you're between 10-14 years
of age, male, height up to 160cm, then send your
application and photo to the Japanese address in
the link above by no later than 31 May 2003 ^_^
Previous acting experience is not required.
Filming begins in mid-July 2003. The movie is
scheduled for theatrical release next year. The
Tetsujin 28-go manga on which the movie will be
based was authored by Yokoyama Mitsuteru and
commenced serialisation in the monthly Shonen
magazine in 1956 and was later animated as a TV
series. Source: Ma-ten.
- For Lupin fans, sale and rental store Tsutaya
states that the Gekijoban
Lupin Sansei DVD Limited Box (Movie
version Lupin III DVD Limited Box) will
contain "Lupin III: The Mystery of
Mamo", "Lupin III: The Legend of the
Gold of Babylon", and "Lupin III: The
Fuma Conspiracy". Also included
will be a "Lupin III: Secret File 1
& 2" DVD with movie trailer
collection and OP & ED collection. Finally,
there'll be pocket sized reproductions of the
movie pamphlets and a booklet to go with the box.
To be released 24 October 2003, price 13,800 yen
(excluding tax). As the name of the product
suggests, this is a limited edition product.
- Kodansha's manga
release list for July 2003 is now up.
Among the manga scheduled for release are:
Mahou Sensei Negima! (Magister Negi Magi!)
volume 1 by Akamatsu
Ken (Love Hina), to be published 17 July 2003,
price 390 yen (volume 2 may be out by 17 August
Air Gear volume 2 by Oh! great,
to be published on 17 July 2003, price 419 yen.
Rikujyou Bouei Tai Mao-chan
volume 1 by Ran/Kuroda Yosuke/Akamatsu Ken,
to be published 17 July 2003, price 390 yen (presumably
the release date was put back from the original
date of 16 May 2003).
Wolf's Rain volume 1 by Iida
Toshitsugu/Bones/Nobumoto Keiko, to be published
23 July 2003, price to be determined.
Ghost in the Shell 1.5 by Shirow
Masamune, to be published 23 July 2003, price 2,381
yen (apparently this is just a reprint in a
larger format). Update 27 May 2003: see now my 27
May 2003 entry for more information.
Koikaze volume 3 by Yoshida
Motoi, to be published 23 July 2003, price 514
Nasu ~ Andulusia no Natsu (Eggplant
~ Andulusian Summer) by Kuroda Iou, to be
published 25 July 2003, price to be determined.
xxxHolic (pronounced "Holic")
volume 1 by CLAMP,
to be published at the end of July 2003, price to
There's also various Gundam stuff to be published.
22 May 2003 (final update for the day)
- Today was an even longer day than yesterday in
- The Ai
Yori Aoshi website has now updated
with news of the second series. Title will be "Ai
Yori Aoshi ~ Enishi ~" (not Midori
- I've updated yesterday's entry now). Further,
it's stated that the second series will be
broadcast in the (northern) autumn of 2003. To
celebrate the broadcast, a memorial CD and DVD
will be released:
Yori Aoshi no Natsuyasumi drama CD
To be released 19
Price 2,800 yen (excluding
Will include one
new vocal song
First pressing will
come with an as yet undetermined item
Yori Aoshi ~ Enishi ~ Housou Kaishi Kinen Ban (Broadcast
Commencement Commemmoration Edition) DVD
To be released 26
Price 3,800 yen (excluding
Includes a new
anime (update 24 May 2003: "Aoi Santa no O-hanashi")
based on the "Aoi Santa Hen (story arc)"
in volume 5 of the manga. (Update 24 May 2003:
the DVD will also include music clips).
(Update 24 May 2003:
first pressing will come with bonus item(s)).
Orphee has stated in its diary
that not only will the DVD included with the July
2003 issue of Animage magazine (on sale
10 June 2003) contain a promo clip for Onegai
Twins, it'll have a promo clip for R.O.D
The TV as well as a clip of the
creators discussing matters. Source: Aniota
BBS. Studio Orphee is involved with the
production of both anime.
TV's mascot character On-chan will star in a
TV special to be broadcast in Hokkaido on 5
August 2003. Titled On-chan
Yume Power Daibouken (On-chan Dream
Power Big Adventure), On-chan and friends travel
to Earth, where they meet brother and sister
Kenta and Haruka, who are in the midst of moving
from Tokyo to Sapporo. Source: TA
reports that the sci-fi bishoujo TV anime Divergence
Eve will commence broadcast on AT-X
on 2 July 2003. Source: TA
- A DVD box set for the TV anime Kikou
Sennyo Rouran will be released: 22
October 2003, price 31,290 yen (including tax).
Of if you can't wait, you can get the individual
Volume 1 to be released 6 August 2003, price 6,300
yen (including tax), first pressing comes with
Volume 2 to be released 3 September 2003, price 6,300
yen (including tax), first pressing comes with
Volume 3 to be released 1 October 2003, price 6,300
yen (including tax), first pressing comes with
Volume 4 to be released 6 November 2003, price 7,875
yen (including tax)
Yokohama. I don't know what extras (if any)
the DVD box set will have.
- Volume 3 of the OVA Nurse
Witch Komugi-chan Magical te (yeah,
I figure the title should be Magi-karte, but I'm
used to writing it as "Magical te" and
the mix of katakana and hiragana in the title
suggests that latter...) will be released on 10
September 2003, price 6,090 yen (including tax). Animate
Yokohama lists the DVD as being a first
pressing limited edition item. No mention of what
bonus items may come with the DVD.
- A couple of Tennis no Oujisama (Prince of Tennis)
special DVDs will be released on 26 September
2003, each priced at 2,625 yen (including tax):
Tennis no Oujisama DVD Fandisc Seigaku
Tennis no Oujisama DVD Fandisc Best Play
From the titles, I assume they're cut-and-pastes
of highlights from the TV anime. Source: Animate
Yokohama. I've only seen one episode of this
series, and frankly, that was enough for me.
- A Tetsuwan
Atom (Astroboy) Book CD
will be released on 16 July 2003, price 1,785 (including
tax). First pressing will come with Atom picture
book. Source: Animate
21 May 2003 (fourth update)
- It's been a long day...
- The July 2003 issue of Animage magazine
(on sale 10 June 2003) will come with a
DVD. Among the contents will be a promo
clip for Onegai
- The manga version of Onegai
Twins (original story by Please!,
manga by Akikan) will commence serialisation in
the August 2003 issue of Media Works' magazine Dengeki
Daioh (on sale 21 June 2003). Source: Moonphase.
- It'll be officially announced in the next issue
of manga magazine Young Animal
(on sale 23 May 2003, but some advance copies are
now circulating) that a second season to
the anime series Ai
Yori Aoshi will be produced. Title
of the new series will be "Ai Yori
Aoshi ~ Enishi ~" (title updated 22
May 2003). The magazine had previously advertised
that a big announcement would be made in relation
to the manga/anime series. As expected, it's a
second TV series. Source: Moonphase. The
announcement also refers to sale of a DVD at the
end of September 2003. Personally, I'm assuming
that'll be some preview DVD, but I can't be
certain of that.
- CD Japan
now has the RahXephon
movie DVD on its listings. The DVD will
be released on 23 August 2003. You'll find
details of the first pressing limited
edition release here
and details for the regular edition here.
- The Yomiuri
reports that the anime movie Boku no Son
Goku (My Son Goku) will be released
theatrically in Japan on 12 July 2003. The
popular idol Yuka will be seiyuu for Son Goku (ie
Monkey). This will be the second seiyuu role for
Yuka, though her first time voicing a male
character. This movie has been in the works for
five years. Source: Ma-ten.
For more details on the movie, see my entry
- JVC Music has announced
that Sakamoto Maaya's "Single
Collection+ Nikopachi" CD will be
released on 30 July 2003, catalogue number VICL-61158,
price 2,500 yen (excluding tax). This CD will
contain 17 tracks including her songs from anime
such as the RahXephon movie and TV series, Wolf's
Rain, Escaflowne movie and Chikyu Shoujo Arjuna (Earth
Girl Arjuna). In addition, a limited
edition version with DVD will be available,
catalogue number VIZL-85, price 3,800 yen (excluding
tax). The DVD will contain promotion videos and a
secret omake clip. Only 30,000 units with the DVD
will be available.
- Volume 1 of the TV series Texhnolyze
will be released on 8 August 2003, catalogue
number PIBA-1431, price 2,000 yen (excluding tax).
Club. For that price, I presume it'll only
contain the one episode.
- I wrote yesterday about the Galaxy
Angel AA Vol. 1-3 Limited
Special Pack. Mangaoh Club
now lists the Vol. 1-3 Special Pack as being a
first pressing limited edition item with a box
containing new clip, music clip and music
collection 2. Catalogue number is BCBA-1697. No
details yet on what will come with the Vol. 4-6
- My thoughts on the live action Evangelion
movie which ADV Films has announced.
As an Eva fan, I hope it's a great movie. I'll
watch it when it comes out. But while I hope
it'll do well, I have a bad feeling about it...
Some things are better left in their original
format. The Love Hina manga was better than the
anime, I thought (although I was reading the
manga before the anime came out, so that may
colour my view on that topic). But the Love Hina
novel was *definitely* a bad move. The live
action Sailor Moon was also aborted (thankfully).
Sometimes one of the benefits of manga/anime is
the fact that the cartoon depiction of the
characters can help with one's "suspension
of disbelief". If Evangelion was live
action, I think it'll be harder for the viewer to
bridge that gap of disbelief. Personally as well,
one of the main things I liked about the series
was the direction by Anno Hideaki. I'm concerned
that a live action movie will concentrate more on
telling the basic story (with some emphasis on
special effects) and that without particularly
distinctive direction, it'll turn into just
another robot story. Did I mention that I
ordinarily don't like robot stories? Of course,
that's all just my pessimism of the movie at this
point, but I just have a bad feeling about it :)
20 May 2003 (third update)
goo cites a Sankei Shimbun report that the anime
movie "Boku no Son Goku", based on a
Tezuka Osamu work, will be released in the (northern)
summer. Boku no Son Goku (My Son Goku)
was a manga of Tezuka's which was serialised for
seven years and, as the name suggests, is a
version of the Chinese tale known variously as
The Journey West, Monkey, Saiyuki etc. Former
Speed member Imai Eriko will sing the main theme
"Butterfly" (she also wrote the lyrics
for the song). Furthermore, she'll also make her
voice-acting debut as the love interest for
Monkey (ie Son Goku).
- It's been announced on the Chojushin Gravion
website that a Chojushin Gravion manga is
to be serialised in the bimonthly Super
Robot Magazine (published by Futabasha), starting
with the 19 July 2003 issue. Source: Moonphase.
new manga "Tsubasa - RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE
-" commences in issue
25 of the manga magazine Weekly
Shonen Magazine (on sale tomorrow). The cover
of the issue is a CLAMP illustration. The blurb
says it's about a "Syaoran and
Sakura". Source: Moonphase. Heh,
while subbing the Card Captor Sakura anime
series, I sometimes wondered what it would be
like if CLAMP ever did a manga after the two card
captors had grown a bit older. Maybe we'll now
find out :P I wouldn't say for certain this manga
is about the same two characters, but by giving
the characters the same names I guess CLAMP at
least wanted readers to make some sort of
connection. Then again, this is to be a "parallel
adventure", so I guess it may be like those
alternate universe Tenchi Muyo or El Hazard
storylines. Syaoran and Sakura are torn apart.
What must Syaoran do to regain the heart of
Sakura? I wish I could afford to subscribe to
Weekly Shonen Magazine >_< Oh! great and
CLAMP! This first instalment of Tsubasa will be
61 pages. The next issue (on sale 28 May 2003)
will have a further 40 pages \^_^/
- Something went wrong with internet connection
yesterday, so I gave up trying to update the site
and went to bed ^_^ If I've forgotten any news in
the meantime, too bad :P
- Issue number 11 of 2003 of Kodansha's seinen
manga magazine Uppers
went on sale today. That issue will see the start
of the second series of Shirow Masamune's
- Also, I note this month's issue of Shueisha's
monthly manga magazine Ultrajump
(on sale today), has Chibi Maya and Aya on the
cover. Further, there's one or two colour pages
for the instalment of Tenjou Tenge, which of
course suggests that another tankoubon will be
published in the next few months :)
- Volume 2 of the Complete (full digital)
Edition of the manga Bastard!! by Hagiwara
Kazushi will be published by Shueisha on 30
May 2003, price 2,800 yen (excluding tax). To
commemorate this, Shueisha yesterdat opened a website
for the manga where you can, among other things,
watch a Flash digest movie and play a game. If
you finish the game, you can download a
screensaver. I haven't been able to play the
game, though... A wallpaper will also be
available for download in future.
- A Shaman
King "Hao no Maki" DVD
will be released on 24 July 2003, price 2,940 yen
(including tax). Source: Animate
Yokohama. I don't know what the contents will
be, but I'm guessing it'll be a highlights DVD...
- Release details for Submarine Super 99
Volume 1 to be released 20 August 2003
Volumes 2 & 3 to be released 25 September
Volumes 4 & 5 to be released October 2003
Volumes 6 & 7 to be released November 2003
Each volume will cost 5,040 yen (including tax).
- After the six volumes of Galaxy Angel A, the next
DVD release of the series will be known as Galaxy
Angel AA. Release
details are as follows:
Volumes 1, 2 & 3 to be released 22 August
Volumes 4, 5 & 6 to be released 28 November
Each volume will cost 6,090 yen (including tax).
Furthermore, the six volumes will be released as two
limited edition special packs:
Galaxy Angel AA Vol. 1-3 Limited Special Pack, to
be released 22 August 2003, price 22,260 yen (including
Galaxy Angel AA Vol. 4-6 Limited Special Pack, to
be released 22 August 2003, price 22,260 yen (including
Yokohama. I don't know what bonus items (if
any) will come with the special packs.
- Toranoana has confirmed
that the Alien 9 Complete book
which was published on 15 May 2003 (price 1,400
yen excluding tax) was in fact a compilation of
the three previous tankoubon. However, this
compilation includes a new chapter.
Dammit, I already had the separate volumes, now I
have to get this volume as well >_<
- Interestingly, of the five manga recommended by
Toranoana on the page linked above, four of them
I either have or have on order: Alien 9 Complete,
Alien 9 Emulators, Air Gear volume 1 and Ibara no
Ou (King of Thorn) volume 1. I've only scanned
through Ibara no Ou (by Iwahara
Yuji), but I've found it an enjoyable sci-fi
romp. People are being struck down by the "Medusa"
disease which turns them to stone. Main character
Kasumi has been infected and is put into cold
sleep with 159 other patients in the hope of
finding a cure. But when the cold sleep patients
wake up, the cold sleep centre is a crumbling
ruin overrun by thorny vines and dinosaur-like
creatures roam the environs.
18 May 2003 (second early update)
- The Computer Graphics World website has a report
on the CG movie Kaena: The Prophecy.
Although at first glance it appears to be a
French movie, I've written about it here because
apparently Namco is also involved with the movie.
- The National Tax Administration Agency has
released its lists of highest income tax
payers for the 2002 financial year. In
the "others" section, where
people in the anime/manga industry are most
likely to appear, Takahashi Rumiko takes
8th place with income tax of 172,140,000
yen - down from 1st place last year (her income
tax paid is down too). Relevant persons in the "others"
section this time around are:
3. Komuro Tetsuya (song writer and producer to a
number of singers and bands) (tax 240,200,000 yen)
- last year in 4th position
7. Tsunku (music producer of groups including
Morning Musume) (tax 172,350,000 yen) - last year
in 5th position
8. Takahashi Rumiko (tax 172,140,000 yen) - last
year in 1st position
10. Konomi Takeshi (mangaka -
author of Tennis no Oujisama/Prince of Tennis) (tax
159,170,000 yen) - debut on the list
Again, note that this only in the "others"
section. People in the anime/manga industry do
not figure in the overall lists.
Takahashi does not make the top
100 overall. This year, the highest income
tax payer overall in Japan was Hashimoto Hiroshi,
chairman of a pharmaceutical company, who paid
income tax of 1,705,100,000 yen.
In the writer's
section, Ono Fuyumi - author of the 12 Kokuki
novels - takes 10th position with income
tax paid of 39,890,000 yen.
Taxes for other relevant persons:
Miyazaki Hayao - 26,840,000 yen.
Satou Shuuhou (mangaka - author
Jack ni Yoroshiku (Say Hello to Black Jack) -
For last year's results, see my 17 May 2002 entry.
- Furthermore, the Asahi Shimbun has an English
language article about the fact that the economic
slump in Japan has reduced the levels of income
tax paid by Japan's wealthy.
- No update yesterday cos I was watching Matrix
Reloaded. Some good special effects (some not so
good). The movie definitely lacked something,
- It's been announced that the TV anime of Takahashi
Rumiko Gekijo (Theatre) will be
broadcast starting July 2003. Source: TA
- On 16 May 2003 I wrote about episode 1 of
Gunparade March being distributed free over the
internet by animate.tv
starting on 20 May 2003. Animate.tv now has an article
up on this fact, stating that the episode will be
available from 20 May 2003 to 3 June 2003. Source:
half edition. On 20 May 2003, the episode
will be available for download on this
page. All the buttons up on that page are
currently for previews for each episode, the left
hand blue button being for narrowband
connections, and the right hand being for
broadband. I assume when the time comes a new
pair of buttons will be inserted on the page.
16 May 2003 (final update for the day)
has an English language article up on the results
of the 27th Kodansha Manga Awards.
- Meanwhile, Sankei
Web reports that mangaka Hirokane
Kenshi shared the grand prix (a prize of
500,000 yen) with Ishii Hisaichi at the
32nd Japan Cartoonists Association Awards,
held on 7 May 2003. Hirokane was recognised for
his manga "Tasogare Ryuuseigun",
serialised in Shogakukan's magazine Big Comic
Original. Ishii won for his manga Nono-chan,
which is serialised in the Asahi Shimbun. Source:
In contrast to most manga which makes its way
West, the main characters in Tasogare Ryuuseigun
are elderly. Hirokane is also the author of the
series of manga on businessman Shima Kosaku. The
Nono-chan manga was previously called Houhokekyo
Tonari no Yamada-kun (My Neighbours the Yamadas)
and is the manga which the Studio Ghibli movie is
- Yahoo Japan, citing the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, reports
Fashion System, the producer
of the TV anime Firestorm,
hopes to market the anime for broadcast overseas
by the (northern) summer of 2004. Target
markets are North America and Europe. Work
will begin on an English language version of the
anime at this end of this month. Source:
- On 9 May 2003, I wrote about the first
pressing limited edition "SutePRIX"
versions of the DVD releases of Scrapped
Princess. Volume 1 will come with a figure
of Pacifica. You can find a pic of the
- Animation company Pierrot now has a webpage
up for the TV anime E's Otherwise.
that it will be producing OVAs based on the "Wind
- a breath of heart -", Phantom
of Inferno and Moekan
(Moekko Company) computer games. The
first is a school love story game, the second an
adventure game and third an adult maid adventure
game. Source: Ma-ten.
- It's been announced
on the official
website for Gunparade March
that episode 1 of that series will be distributed
free over the internet by animate.tv
starting on 20 May 2003. Source: Magicalantique.com.
reports that otaku artist Murakami
Takashi's artwork "Miss ko2" was sold
for US$567,500 at an auction at
Christie's in New York on 14 May 2003. The
artwork is an approximately 2 metre tall
fibreglass figure of a girl. For a pic of the
figure and a few more details, see the bottom
part of this
page. Source: Tentative
Name. In May 2002, another of his works was
sold for US$380,000 - see my 16 May 2002 entry.
Murakami has also recently done work for Louis
Vuitton (see my 27 February 2003).
- Starchild has announced on its website
for seiyuu Horie Yui that her third
CD album will be released on 24 July
2003 and will contain 13 tracks including the OP
and ED to Rikujyou Bouei Tai Mao-chan. Catalogue
number KICS-1023, price 3,000 yen. First
pressing willl come with photo booklet
and special case. Source: Reinbo
- On 1 May 2003 I posted info from Animate about
the DVD release of Matantei
Loki Ragnarok. It seems that the
offer of a mobile telephone strap (for those
who purchase volumes 1 to 5) is not
limited to will be released on Animate sales:
- On 6 May 2003 I posted info about volume 1 of the
TV anime D.N.Angel
to be released on 24 July 2003. There'll be two
versions: "Peach" and "Sky". Musicmarket
listed the former as being for girls and costing
5,000 yen (excluding tax) and the latter as being
for boys and costing 6,200 yen (excluding tax).
CD Japan now has details up for both the Peach
version and the Sky
version and further states that each version
is a first pressing limited edition release. Also,
those who purchase all volumes
of the DVD release will be able to apply for a
bonus item - don't know what it is, though.
- DVD release details for Dear
Volume 1, to be released 6 August 2003, price 3,360
yen (including tax)
Volume 2, to be released 3 September 2003, price
6,090 yen (including tax)
Volume 3, to be released 8 October 2003, price 6,090
yen (including tax)
Volume 4, to be released 5 November 2003, price 6,090
yen (including tax)
Volume 5, to be released 3 December 2003, price 6,090
yen (including tax)
Volume 6, to be released 7 January 2004, price 6,090
yen (including tax)
Volume 7, to be released 4 February 2004, price 6,090
yen (including tax)
- Shogakukan has announced
that the live action dorama series based
on the manga Chocolat by Kubonouchi
Eisaku will commence broadcast on TBS on 26 May
2003. Source: ultimatum
- The official
website for the TV anime version of Da
Capo is now up. Not much to see at
present, though. The series is set to commence
broadcast in July 2003.
- A manga version of Onegai
Twins has been announced
on the official website for the TV anime. The
manga will be serialised in Media Works' magazine
Dengeki Daioh. Source: Moonphase.
- Production company Bones has a webpage
up for Scrapped
Princess, but there's not much of
interest there except cast and staff details and
episode summaries (all in Japanese). Source: Moonphase.
- It's stated in the production
diary of the official
website for Tokyo Godfathers
that they're aiming for theatrical release in
November 2003. Source: Aniota.
- Couldn't update on Wednesday because of some
problem with internet connection >_< Was
busy anyway. Then didn't updated on Thursday cos
I couldn't be bothered :P
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