16-30 JUNE 2003 NEWS
30 June 2003 (third update)
- Sorry, just noticed that I stopped mid-sentence
when writing about the two anime movies Chikyu
ga Ugoiita Hi (The Day the Earth
Moved) and 5-tou
ni Naritai (I Want to Become a 5th
Grader) yesterday. What I meant to say was that
you can download previews for those anime at the
pages linked. For more info about the movies, see
- Tired (again). Got more anime in the mail today
\^_^/ Utena, Fushigi Yuugi, Saint Tail... Backlog
of unwatched anime DVDs now stands at 45... -_-
- An anime based on the computer game Maple
Colours (by maker Crossnet)
is in the works. The computer game is an adult
one, I think, but the anime may well be for
general audiences. Source: Moonphase.
Whatever happens, it'll still be a bishoujo anime.
- The Pioneer LDC database has a listing
for the Ai
Yori Aoshi ~ Enishi ~ Saiai
DVD to be released in the lead up to the
broadcast of the second TV series in the northern
(autumn). That listing states that the second
series will be 12 episodes long. Source: Moonphase.
Further, the bonus goods to come with the preview
DVD are tentatively stated to be an Aoi Santa
"big pop" (I expect that means a
relatively large sized carboard figure of Aoi)
illustrated by mangaka Fumizuki Kou, 14 cards and
of course a box to house them all. For further
details on the Saiai DVD, see my 22 May 2003
- Similarly, Pioneer LDC has a listing
up for the first pressing limited edition
Tsuki-hime prologue DVD.
This listing also states that this series will be
12 episodes long. Source: Moonphase. Note
that the DVD is stated to be 3 minutes in length,
although it's not 100% clear whether that's the
entire duration of the DVD or whether that's the
length of the preview for the anime. In either
event, I'd think the DVD will be pretty short.
Tentative plan is for the DVD to also include
design work illustrations. Note further that
whereas the official website for the anime states
that the price would be 1,900 yen, this listing
states the price will be 2,800 yen. The DVD will
be letterboxed. For further release details, see
my 25 June 2003 entry.
website for the anime movie Nasu ~
Andulusia no Natsu (Eggplant ~
Andulusian Summer). This site has two
clips to download on
this page. Source: Aniota
BBS. The movie will be released theatrically
in Japan on 26 July 2003.
- The official website for the upcoming shoujo
anime version of Massugu ni Ikou (Let's
Go Straight) is now up.
half edition. Yumeta Company,
maker of Animation Runner Kuromi, has commenced
production of this new anime. Massugi ni Ikou is
to be broadcast in the (northern) summer. Sorry,
on 27 June 2003 I wrote "autumn", but
that was a careless error on my part. I should
have written "summer". Over time, I've
been getting sloppier than usual... My apologies
m(_ _)m Anyway, hopefully this will be
a quality shoujo anime. The story of high-school
girl Ikuko and her dog Mametarou.
- Mangaoh Club
states that the six volumes of the Tenchi
Muyo! Ryo-ohki 3rd OVA
series will be released in intervals of
three months. So if volume 1 is due out in
September 2003, I guess volume 2 will be out
around December. For volume 1 release details,
see my 16 and 24 June 2003 entries.
- The official
website for the live action dorama version of
Kotoh - Shinryousho (Dr Kotoh -
Clinc) is now open. The series commences
broadcast on Fuji TV on 3 July 2003. Source: ultimatum
- KTV website for the live action dorama version of
no Matsuri. That series commences
broadcast tomorrow. Source: ultimatum
29 June 2003 (last update for the day)
- Updated the news about Cambrian QTS.
- I think I'll leave things at that for today.
Gotta get some work done. Had a headache
yesterday, so I didn't type anything up...
- Any Black Jack fans out there? To celebrate the
30 anniversary of the manga, a Black
Jack Box II will be released by
Akita Shoten on 15 December 2003, price 15,000
yen (excluding tax). The box will comprise eight
items housed in an A3 sized attache case:
Black Jack system notebook (an organiser notebook
with Black Jack data file included).
Crystal with 3D silhouette of Black Jack
Rainbow base (to light up the crystal in a
Reproduction (monochrome) art not included in the
Original belt watch (or attach it to a bag or
display it on a tabletop).
Reproduction full colour art (with serial number).
Black Jack 30th Special Book (commemorative book
containing the first chapter and the last chapter).
Tezuka Osamu anthology - a reprint of the 1973
Black Jack special issue of Weekly Shonen
On the page linked above, you'll see the crystal
with rainbow base, the organiser and the belt
watch pictured. Click on the pics for
enlargements. Source: Aniota.
More on Black Jack next time (if I have the time).
- Among the upcoming DVD releases are the anime
ga Ugoiita Hi (The Day the Earth
Moved), a hopeful story about school children
affected by the Kobe earthquake of 1995, and 5-tou
ni Naritai (I Want to Become a 5th
Grader), about a young but physically handicapped
girl Ritsuko. I'd think these are family oriented
anime rather than the sort of shows that anime
fans get into. Each movie is roughly 75 minutes
long. Price of each is 3,800 yen. You can view
promo clips on the pages linked above. Source: DVDCatalog
- The manga Cambrian QTS (one page
in Megami Magazine,
and also appearing as a web
comic on Megami Magazine's website) is to be
adapted into a game. The official website is
now up. However, note that on the left hand frame
of that page is a button stating "introduction
to the anime". You can't click on the button
yet - it's under construction - but I wonder if
that means a full blown anime is in the works as
well...? Update: the "introduction
to the anime" button is now gone from the
site. Source: Moonphase.
Cambrian QTS are a fictional prehistoric lifeform
discovered to still exist in the South Pacific
last year. I think the second word QTS should be
- The anime version of magical comedy Maburaho
will commence broadcast on WOWOW in October 2003.
The manga is serialised in Monthly
Dragon Age magazine.
- The latest issue of Megami
Magazine (to be published tomorrow) reports
that the second season of UFO
Princess Walkure will be broadcast
commencing October 2003. Title of the second
season will be UFO Princess Walkure - Jyuuni
Tsuki no Yasoukyoku (December Nocturne). Source: Moonphase.
Magazine has also announced the production of
a TV anime titled Okusama wa Mahou Shoujo
(The Wife is a Magical Girl), with character
designs by Hasegawa Shinya and production by JC
Staff and Amber Films Works. However, from the
looks of it, this won't be a mahou shoujo anime
aimed at young girls, but rather a sexy bishoujo
anime. Broadcast is scheduled for next (northern)
spring. Source: Moonphase.
27 June 2003 (last update for the day)
- More stuff to write up, but I'll leave it for now...
- A post
to 2 channel states that an advance copy of
August 2003 issue of the monthly manga magazine Comic
Blade (officially on sale 30 June 2003)
announces that the manga Peacemaker
Kurogane by Kurono Nanae (serialised in
the same magazine) will be made into an
anime. Director will be Hirata Tomohiro
(character designer for Irresponsible Captain
Tylor). Source: ultimatum
- CD Japan has release details for the Divergence
Eve series, which will commence
broadcast on 2 July 2003. Looks like there'll be
six volumes. You can find the details
at CD Japan. However, I'll just point out that
there'll be first
pressing limited edition of volume 1
(to be released 25 September 2003) which will
come with box among various other items.
See the link for all the details.
- Volume 1 of the anime Firestorm
will be released on 27 August 2003, price 4,800
yen (excluding tax), containin two episodes.
- Volume 1 of the TV anime Corokke!
will be released on 20 August 2003, price 2,400
yen (excluding tax), containing two episodes.
- First pressing of volume 1 of Mermaid
Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
will come with a box to hold seven
volumes (presumably half the series). To be
released 20 August 2003, price 3,045 yen (including
tax). Source: DVDCatalog.
Corporation reports that sales of the
Renewal of Evangelion DVD box set ranked number
18 for the week to 26 June 2003. This
despite the fact that, as a box set, it's
considerably expensive, and the fact that the
official release of the box set was 25 June 2003.
It still couldn't beat Morning Musume, though (number
3). I don't think the report states where the
sales data is compiled from, though.
- Toei Animation's website for the Matsumoto Leiji/Daft
Punk work Interstella 5555 - the 5tory of
the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem is now
up. I'm getting tired of typing "5"
for "S" >_<
- Romanov Higa has a couple of wallpapers
relating to his full 3D CG independent anime URDA
available for download. Just click on the "Character
link". An additional wallpaper will be added
each day. However, note that the wallpapers will
only be up for a few days. If you need any help
extracting the wallpapers from the .lzh archives,
my 12 May 2002 entry may help. Source: Aniota.
For more details about the anime and how to view
it, see my 7 May 2002 entry. A DVD release is
planned as well.
- Sorry, my 25 June 2003 info about the release of
CLAMP's Tsubasa - RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE -
was incomplete. There'll be two editions of
volume 1 (at least) published. The standard
edition will be published on 12 August
2003, price 390 yen. Apparently this will be
pocketbook sized. The other edition which I
referred to previously will be the "aizou"
(treasured) version, which will be
published a few days earlier on 9 August 2003.
Apparently that version will be duodecimo size,
hardcover, with some colour pages and will come
in a case (or box...?). Price of that version is
yet undetermined. Source: ultimatum
- Shueisha's female monthly manga magazine Chorus
that Ozawa Mari's shoujo manga Nikoniko
Nikki (serialised in Chorus, of course) will
be adapted into a live action dorama series.
Looks like it'll start 18 August 2003. Source: ultimatum
- Furthermore, Chorus magazine has also announced
that the highly-regarded shoujo manga
Massugu ni Ikou (Let's Go Straight) by Kira
will be made into a TV anime to be
broadcast in the (northern)
(Update 30 June 2003: sorry, that should be
broadcast in the summer). Source: ultimatum
Akihito's manga Eat-man will
finish with the September 2003 issue of manga
Comic Gao! (on sale 26 July 2003). Source: ultimatum
- In the advertising pamphlet enclosed with the
Renewal of Evangelion DVD box set, it's stated
that the Eva
Best best CD album (tentative title)
will be released on 24 July 2003 (same date as
the release of Anno's live action movies), price
2,800 yen (including tax). Then again, the date
of this release has been put back a few times in
the past (and the price has increased since the
last announcement), so I wouldn't take this as
set in stone :P
Japan cites a Jiji Press report that Toei
Animation yesterday commenced legal proceedings
against second hand store Mandarake in
the Tokyo District Court for the return
of a Sailormoon cel. Toei claims the
cel, which it describes as "important
property" was one of the items stolen from
the company's warehouse in May 2002. Source: Tentative
Name. See my 23 July 2003 for info about the
- For Sakamoto Maaya fans awaiting
the release of her "Single
Collection+ Nikopachi" CD, her JVC
now has samples of the singles which you can
listen to. Source: Magicalantique.com.
For release details, including limited edition
version with DVD, see my 21 May 2003 entry.
- (Updated twice.) The important things first. My
Renewal of Evangelion
DVD box arrived \^_^/ No time to watch
any of it yet, though -_- But one thing people
may find interesting is that the booklet which
comes with it contains the original
script for the live action part of episode 26
(or the second half of the End of Evangelion
script). Many Eva fans will know of the "alternate
version" posted on the Evaotaku
website of Brendan Jamieson, translated
by Bochan_Bird. Brendan states on his site that
he and Bochan_Bird strongly believe that that
alternate version is genuine. Well, I haven't
gone through the booklet in detail, but it seems
to me that it confirms the alternate
version is genuine. If you haven't read
the alternate version/original script before, you
may find some of it quite adult. The cast of this
original script are a 24 year old Asuka, 29 year
old Misato, 29 year old Rei, 25 year old Touji
and a 30 year old Ritsuko. There appear to be
minor differences (eg none of the questions marks
which Brendan mentions on his page appear in the
printed script), but that may just have been
GAiNAX tidying up the script for publication
purposes. The booklet puts a the live action
script in a bit of context by also setting out a
bit of the dialogue before the live action part
commences (scene 44) and a description of what
scenes follow after (together with a couple of
lines of dialogue). I haven't checked to see
whether there's any difference between those
parts and the final version of the movie. Hope
that makes sense.
26 June 2003
- Just a few things today. Tired, will post a
couple more bits up tomorrow or Saturday.
- As to the Hajime
no Ippo OVA which I
wrote about yesterday, the official website has
now updated with release details. Title will be
Mashiba vs Kimura: Shikeishikkou (Execution). To
be released 5 September 2003. Catalogue number
VPBY-11804, price 6,090 yen., duration 60 minutes.
- As to the first pressing limited edition Mahoromatic
Tokuhou Shuu DVD to be released on 26
September 2003, animate.tv
reports that the bonus items which will come with
the DVD will be a six card set of miniature
versions of promotional posters (together with a
card file) and two miniature versions of
promotional cardboard figures used in record
stores. Apart from containing the promotional
clips for the two TV seasons of Mahoromatic as
well as a promotional clip for the upcoming
"Mahoromatic Natsu no TV Special", the
DVD will contain the (presumably live-action)
clip "Bistro! Mahoromatic" with seiyuu
Kawasumi Ayako and Shimizu Ai in a "cooking
challenge". Source: alternative-live.
The same information can be found at the official
website. Catalogue number PIBA-1387, price 1,500
yen (excluding tax).
- Another website up for KaleidoStar.
- A trailer is now available for download
in relation to volume 3 of the Sakura
Taisen (Sakura Wars) OVA series Ecole de Paris
at the official
website. Source: Moonphase. Volume
3 will be released on 20 August 2003. For release
details, see my 4 April 2003 entry.
Entertainment Inc. has announced that the TV
anime version of Gunslinger Girl
will be 13 episodes in length, to commence
broadcast in the (northern) autumn. Further it's
confirmed that a TV anime version of the
Shinsen Gumi Moeken (which has
character designs by Takahashi Rumiko) will be
made, to be broadcast on CS. Source: Moonphase. See
the 25 June 2003 news on the Marvelous website
for the announcement.
- Two pages of screenshots
of the upcoming anime Dead
Leaves, being produced by Production
IG and Manga Entertainment. Source: Moonphase. You'll
also find six pages of design works here.
Retro reminds me of Kanchi from FLCL.
25 June 2003 (fourth update)
- Scientific proof that watching anime is good for
you. Well, sort of... The ABC
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation) reports
that a study by La Trobe University
in Australia has found that children's
language skills improve if they repeatedly watch
animated videos. Unfortunately, the
independence of the study has been called into
question since the study was funded by the
distributor of Disney videos in Australia. I
don't know if repeatedly watching anime has
improved my English language skills, but it's
definitely improved my Japanese language skills
^_- Mata ne!
Shinobu's latest manga is Toritsu
Mizusho (The School of Water Business),
serialised in Weekly
Young Sunday manga magazine. Based on the
novel by Murozumi Hikaru, the manga is about a
high school geared towards teaching young people
about the entertainment/night-life world (ie the
"water trade") - with courses on being
a hostess, manager, host, sexual services/prostitute
and gay bars. You can download a Toritsu Mizusho wallpaper
from Young Sunday's website, as well as
wallpapers of other manga including Tetsuwan
Birdy (Birdy the Mighty). Furthermore, you can
download Toritsu Mizusho calendar
wallpapers from Inokuma's website (currently
for the months of May to August 2003). Source: ultimatum
half edition. Knowing Inokuma's work, and
since the manga is serialised in Young Sunday,
I'd expect this manga to be at most teasing, and
more comical than erotic or particularly adult. I
love Inokuma's artistic style, but hate the
official English titles of his manga. For
example, the English title of his manga Kaze no
Tachibana is "The Draft of Citrus"... -_-
- The September 2003 issue of manga
(on sale 25 July 2003) will come with a
Kaiyodo figure of Manji from the manga Blade of
the Immortal by Samura Hiroaki. Visit
the link above for a pic of the figure in the top
right hand corner of the page.
- Volume 1 of the TV anime KaleidoStar
will be released on 12 September 2003. There'll
be a first pressing limited edition and a regular
edition. Both versions of volume 1 will contain
four episodes. Regular edition will cost 5,800
yen. First pressing limited edition
will cost 7,800 yen but come with red velvet DVD
case, 16 colour page liner notes, mini desktop
accessory CD-ROM containing sound files and
wallpapers of screenshots from episodes 1 to 4,
KaleidoStage "Romeo and Juliet" ticket
(either a platinum ticket with serial number or a
premium ticket) and four sheets of "Sora's
diary". Source: Animate.
It's not expressly stated, but it's implied that
there'll be a first pressing limited edition of
each volume of this DVD release.
- On 9 and 16 May 2003, I wrote about the limited
edition first pressing SutePRIX versions of the Scrapped
Princess DVD release. There'll be a
SutePRIX edition of each DVD volume, a total of
12 volumes in the series. As previously reported,
the SutePRIX version of volume 1 (on sale 25
August 2003) will come with a figure of Pacifica.
You'd expect the second volume to come with a
figure of another character, like one of her
siblings. However, the WOWOW website for the
anime series has announced
that the SutePRIX version of volume 2
(on sale 25 September 2003) will come
with a 27cm tall figure of Pacifica. You
can see a pic of the large figure, and comparison
to a standard DVD case on the page linked above.
- The Triangle
Heart ~ Sweet Songs Forever ~
official website has made a number of updates,
of episode 2 of the OVA series (click on the
thumbnails for enlargements) and three versions
of the preview
for download. Source: Moonphase. For
release details, see my 30 May 2003 entry.
- A first pressing limited edition Shingetsutan
Tsuki-hime prologue DVD
will be released by Pioneer on 26 September 2003,
catalogue number PIBA-1416, price 1,900 yen.
It'll contain a promo clip and come with a
picture book with a prologue story for Tsuki-hime.
The TV series will commence broadcast in the (northern)
- This week's issue of Weekly
Shonen Magazine has announced that a 60
no Ippo OVA will be
released on 5 September 2003. This boxing OVA
will focus on the fight between Kimura and
Mashiba. Source: Aniota
- "Obi" on tankouban of the manga Hagane
no Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist)
Hiromu state that the TV anime will commence
broadcast on TBS on 4 October 2003. Source: TA
- KSS has announced
changes to the broadcast times and broadcast
commencement of its Happy
Lesson Advance TV series. The anime
will now first commence broadcast on TV Osaka on
3 July 2003. Source: alternative-live.
- TV Tokyo's website for the upcoming TV
anime Takahashi Rumiko Gekijo (Theatre)
is now up, though there's not much to see at
present. Source: alternative-live.
The series will commence broadcast on TV Tokyo on
5 July 2003.
- Kodansha's August 2003 manga
release list is now up. Among the titles in
the shonen category is CLAMP's Tsubasa
- RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE -. Volume 1 will
be published on 9 August 2003, price is yet
24 June 2003 (third update)
- I bought a scanner! \^_^/
- A Tennis no Oujisama (Prince of Tennis) 1
Hour Special will be broadcast on TV
Tokyo tomorrow. This special will consist of
three parts, the first two being short stories
with SD characters, the third part being titled
"Bowling no Oujisama" (Prince of Ten
Pin Bowling). You can view a trailer here.
If I had to watch any Tennis no Oujisama, I think
this would be what I'd watch ^_^
- This scan
from a Sponichi article has design art for the live
action Cutey Honey movie. Source: Aniota.
Of course, it's just design art. Don't expect the
finished product to be the same.
- HMV has a listing for a CD
OST for a Lupin III TV special,
titled "Otakara Henkyaku Dai-sakusen"
(Mission to return the treasure). The CD will go
on sale on 21 August 2003, but the TV special is
stated as being scheduled for broadcast on NTV on
1 August 2003. Source: Moonphase.
- The DVD of Bend it Like Beckham
will be released in Japan on 3 October 2003. Impress
Corporation reports that it'll come with
original English soundtrack as well as Japanese
dub. In the Japanese dub, Shiina Hekiru
(Shidou Hikaru in Magic Knights Rayearth) will
voice the lead role of Jess Bhamrag. Source: Magicalantique.com.
- VAP now has a webpage
up for the upcoming Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki
3rd OVA series. Not much to see unless
you like jumping cabbits. The official Tenchi Muyo
website has also been updated. However, a bit
more info can be gleaned from both websites. The
OVA will be presented in 4:3 standard aspect
ratio and episode one will be 45 minutes long,
whereas subsequent episodes will be 30 minutes
long. There'll be two Dolby Digital soundtracks:
2.0ch stereo and 5.0ch. Well, the text on the
official website and the VAP webpage state 5.0ch
sound but the large yellow text on the VAP
webpage says 5.1ch... For further release
details, see my 16 June 2003 entry.
- The website for the TV anime Kimi ga
Nozomu Eien is now up. This
anime, another one of those based on a bishoujo
computer game, will be broadcast in October 2003.
There'll be 14 episodes in the series. Source: ultimatum
23 June 2003 (second update)
- The official Legend
of the Galactic Heroes website has
posted up info about the DVD
release. The info provided there is generally
the same as that on Animate Yokohama's listing
but there's a few changes, the main one being
that the individual volume releases in December
2003 will be the two movies and the OVA "Golden
Wings", not the first three volumes of the
Gaiden. Furthermore, if you purchase
either all the DVD boxes or all the individual
volumes, you can apply for something.
What that something is has yet to be announced.
I'll set out the official website info here, but
where there's additional info from Animate
Yokohama, I'll add that in:
DVD Box 1 to be released 23 October 2003,
catalogue number BBBA-9081, price 50,925 yen (including
tax), contains volumes 1 to 7 of the TV series (ie
the first season), the two movies "My
Conquest is the Sea of Stars" and "Overture
to a New War" and the OVA "Golden Wings".
DVD Box 2 to be released January 2004, price 59,640
yen (including tax), contains volumes 8 to 14 of
the TV series (ie the second season) and four
volumes of the Gaiden.
DVD Box 3 to be released April 2004, price 66,780
yen (including tax), contains volumes 15 to 22 of
the TV series (ie the third season) and four
volumes of the Gaiden.
DVD Box 4 to be released July 2004, price 65,205
yen (including tax), contains volumes 23 to 28 of
the TV series (ie the fourth season) and six
volumes of the Gaiden.
First pressing of the boxes will come with some
large playing cards. If you purchase all the DVD
Boxes, you'll have a complete set of playing
The series will also be released as 45 individual
Volumes 1 to 3 TV series to be released 23
October 2003, catalogue numbers BBBA-4001 to 3,
price 5,565 yen (including tax) each.
Volumes 4 to 6 TV series to be released 27
November 2003, price 5,565 yen (including tax)
each (the website actually states 27 October, but
I think that's an error).
Volume 7 TV series to be released 27 November
2003, price 3,990 yen (including tax) (the
website actually states 27 October, but I think
that's an error).
"My Conquest is the Sea of Stars" movie
to be released 25 December 2003.
"Overture to a New War" movie to be
released 25 December 2003.
"Golden Wings" OVA to be released 25
Volumes 8 to 10 TV series to be released January
Volumes 11 to 14 TV series to be released
Volumes 1 to 4 Gaiden series to be released March
Volumes 15 to 18 TV series to be released April
Volumes 19 to 22 TV series to be released May
Volumes 5 to 8 Gaiden series to be released June
Volumes 23 to 25 TV series to be released July
Volumes 26 to 28 TV series to be released August
Volumes 9 to 14 Gaiden series to be released
First pressing of the individual volumes will
come with large playing cards as well. As with
the DVD Boxes, if you purchase all the individual
volumes, you'll have a complete set of playing
- On 20 June 2003, I wrote about October and
November 2003 issues of monthly magazine Dengeki
Daioh (on sale August and September
2003 respectively) coming with an Onegai
Twins figure. The
magazine now has a pic of the Miyafuji Miina
figure which will come with the October 2003
issue. See this
page. It being summer in the northern
hemisphere, the issue will also come with the
third instalment of the "Swimsuit Collection
2003" booklets. Source: Ma-ten.
- On 9 June 2003, I wrote about Tanaka Kikinzoku
Jewellery is to sell a limited edition of 50 gold
Hello Kitty figurines. goo
anime now has a report from Reuters Japan
with a pic of the gold figurine with crystal ball.
Net reports that Pioneer in Japan plans to
sell Pioneer LDC, its wholly owned DVD/VHS
production and sale subsidiary. The business will
be sold to Dentsu in deal likely to be worth
thousands of million of yen. The company will now
concentrate on developing its audio-visual
hardware, such as plasma TVs. Source: everywhere.
Wonder how this will affect the Rondo
Robe label and future anime from Pioneer LDC...?
22 June 2003 (early update)
- On 1 July 2003, Kodansha will publish a special
issue of Monthly
Shonen Magazine known as Dear
Boys RMX (Remix) containing 529
pages of the Dear Boys manga relating to the
second half of the anime
version of the series. There'll also be a poster
by author Yagami Hiroki, more of "Matsukaze
Masaya no Dear Boys Assist!" which is
serialised in Monthly Shonen Magazine (Matsukaze
voices the role of Fujiwara Takuya in the anime)
and information about the Dear Boys game for
Playstation 2 by Konami. Furthermore, this
special edit of the manga will come with a special
DVD containing a digest of the first
three episodes of the anime narrated by Moritaka
Mai (voiced by Kawase Akiko), discussions by the
main cast of their own characters, interview with
Yagami regarding the anime and what's in store
for the manga, DVD VHS CD and game release
information, main staff and cast profiles, demo
movie of the Playstation 2 game and a clip of the
"Dear Boys" comprising the seiyuu for
the five main characters. Price 860 yen. Source: ultimatum
- On 1 July 2003 Kodansha will also publish a compilation
of the mah jong manga Shoubushi Densetsu Tetsuya
(Gambler Legend Tetsuya) (concept by Sai Fumei,
manga by Hoshino Yasushi, serialised in
Shonen Magazine). While it's a compilation,
it couldn't possibly be a compilation of the
entire manga, which is at least 23 tankoubon long.
Furthermore it'll come with a special DVD.
The DVD will contain episode 8 of the anime
(episode 8 was only one of two episodes of the TV
anime which was an original story not based on
the manga) and a one day trial version of the
internet mah jong game based on the series. Price
780 yen. Source: ultimatum
half edition. The internet mah jong game
based on the series is Shoubushi
Densetsu Tetsuya@Tonpu Sou. That internet
service commenced just over a week ago - it's a
fee paying service, but you can play for free
during the month of June if you register.
- Currently listening to Neon Genesis
Gabbangelion's CD "Genesis:0". Tired of
listening to your usual anime CD soundtracks? Sharpnel
Sound in Tokyo releases techno
music with samples taken from anime, games and
hentai. The music is described as "All
high speed music (e.g.Gabber, Speedcore,
Hardcore, HappyHardcore, gabberpop, Techno,
Trance) meets Anime/Game Samples from Japan,
Genesis Gabbangelion is one of the artists
under the Sharpnel Sound label, and its music is
described to be "Nu-style, Gabber, real
Dutch hardcore". Visit the Sharpnel
Sound English website linked above for more
information, including how to buy their CDs. You
can view a few movie
clips of a 2002 party and also download samples
of music. Please note that the last page and
some of the music contains language (in English
and Japanese) that some may find offensive (eg
Ebichu from GAiNAX's Ai no Awa Awa Hour). Please
don't ask me to go into the details ^_^;; Maybe
it's just because I wouldn't recognise samples
from games or hentai games/anime, but don't
expect all the music to be full of recognizable
anime music: the otaku culture is merely sampled.
Sometimes it's dialogue which is sampled,
sometimes it's music. It's best to try out the
music downloads available to get a feel of the
music and to decide whether it's the kind of
thing for you. As to Genesis:0, you can read a
short review and article on main producer
Nakagami Ryuta in this
article by Melbourne online magazine Sleepy
Brain. The Genesis:0 CD comes with a bonus
small mpg clip "Visual Impact 00" set
to one of the tracks. Of course, the clip is
taken from Evangelion, but unfortunately it's
almost literally postage stamp in size. With a
title like "Genesis:0", as you can
guess, tracks like "No One Can Live Alone"
and "Rebirth" use samples from
Evangelion. But there's other stuff like "Powerpuff
Gabberz". Unfortunately, my favourite track
"Blue Noah" isn't available for
download for people to check out - that track
uses samples from the OP for Fushigi no Umi no
Nadia. It's of course a reference to the Red Noah
in the TV anime.
20 June 2003 (last update for the day)
- One or two other minor things to write, but I'll
leave that for tomorrow.
on page 46 of the 18 June 2003 issue of Newsweek
Japan, "From Niche to Mass". Japanese
anime and manga, once considered a niche
market for otaku, has blossomed into a
global business. In many parts of Europe
the growth of translated Japanese manga
publication is in contrast to recession in other
areas of the publication industry. In France,
which itself has a history of the "bande
dessinee", Japanese manga now makes up 12%
or 260 million Euros of the market. There's been
rapid growth in North America as well. Toei,
which produces anime such as Pokemon and Digimon,
earned 6,253 million yen or approximately 35% of
its revenue from overseas operations last year.
Similarly, foreign operations are now a
significant part of Bandai's revenue. The
president of Coamix (publishers of Raijin Comics)
states that the US market for Japanese manga grew
threefold from 2000 to 2002. The US market for
Japanese manga is estimated to be worth US$40
million. As to anime, 60% of the animation which
is broadcast in the world today (80% in Italy) is
made in Japan (although of course it seems to me
that Japan does outsource work to neighbouring
countries, inbetweening etc). The US market for
Japanese anime is estimated to have been about
US$100 million in 1999 but is estimated to be
about US$500 million today. The broadcasting
license fee for one episode of anime has
increased from about US$1,000 to about US$2,000-$4,000
(I think that's for cable TV, perhaps for the US
or France). Despite all this growth in recent
years, these US and European markets are still
relatively small compared to the domestic
Japanese market where the manga market is 520
thousand million yen (approx. US$4.4 thousand
million), the anime market is 160 thousand
million yen (approx. US$1.35 thousand million)
and the character goods market is worth one
billion yen (approx. US$8.45 thousand million). (Note
that since I'm Australian, I'm referring to the
Australian/British "billion", which
people in the US would call "one trillion",
that is - one million million).
Comparison of markets for Japanese manga:
US - 4,760 million yen
Germany - 2,500 million yen
France - 36,140 million yen
Japan - 520,000 million yen
Breakup of Toei Animation's sales:
In 1999, 8,233 million yen from Japan, 1,561
million yen from abroad.
In 2000, 9,393 million yen from Japan, 5,452
million yen from abroad.
In 2001, 8,876 million yen from Japan, 7,154
million yen from abroad.
In 2002, 11,442 million yen from Japan, 6,253
million yen from abroad.
- I feel I need to make an apology in respect of KaleidoStar
(which I think has been licensed by ADV Films,
hasn't it?). Back on 18 April 2003, I wrote that
episode 1 of the series apparently used about 9,000
cels or frames. Although I stated that I didn't
know much about animation standards, I wrote that
that seemed like a fairly low figure to me. Now
it seems it's not uncommon for a standard TV
anime episode to use only about 5,000 cels or
frames. That would mean the count for episode 1
of Kaleido Star was actually pretty good (I guess
with the first episode of any series they try to
make it a bit more spectacular to grab the
viewer's attention). I've only seen a few clips
of the series, no whole episodes, and it's hard
to judge animation quality when viewing a small
mpeg clip, but what I saw seemed pretty
interesting. I'll look forward to it. (And I
think the original delay in the broadcast May
have been due to news reporting commitments on
the war in Iraq...?) I've now amended my 18 April
- Back on 7 May 2003 I wrote about the Bandai
Museum, which will open on 19 July 2003.
The website for the museum can be found here. The
museum is located in Chiba prefecture and will be
open from 10am to 7pm, though the store in the
museum will be open til 11pm. As previously
reported, admission is free, but certain exhibits
will incur a fee, ie the Gundam Museum costs 300
yen and the Bandai Character World costs 300 yen.
The theatre will also charge a fee, but that will
vary with the item screened. For a bit more info,
see my 7 May 2003 entry.
- Looks like the October and November 2003
issues of monthly magazine Dengeki
Daioh (on sale August and September
2003 respectively) will each come with an
The manga version of the story (original story by
Please! manga by Akikan) should start in
tomorrow's August 2003 issue.
- The Triangle
Heart ~ Sweet Songs Forever ~
official website has updated screenshots
of episode 1 of the OVA series. Source: Moonphase. Click
on the thumbnails for enlargements. For release
details, see my 30 May 2003 entry.
- If you have a fan website on a Broccoli
product, such as Di Gi Charat or Galaxy Angel,
the company has now set up a system for authorised
fan sites. For more information, read
language article by Animaxis.
- The 2 channel thread referred to in the next item
states that the Comic Party OVA
will be released in December 2003, IIRC. In any
makers of the computer game on which the anime is
that the staff are aiming at release at the end
of the year. Source: alternative-live.
- This 2
channel thread reports that an advance copy
of the August 2003 issue of Dengeki
Daioh magazine (on sale 21 June 2003)
confirms that the manga Gunslinger Girl (by
Yu) is to be adapted into an
anime. Source: ultimatum
- Further, from the same 2 channel thread, the same
issue of Dengeki
Daioh states that the October 2003 (on sale
in August 2003) will see the start of the manga
versions of Godanner
Noriyasu) and Shingetsutan
Tsuki-hime (by Sasaki
Shonen). The Godanner anime will commence
broadcast in October 2003 while the Tsuki-hime
anime will commence broadcast in the (northern)
autumn. Source: ultimatum
- Bandai releases swimsuits
for kids based on anime and
tokusatsu/sentai shows. In terms of anime,
there's swimsuits related to Ashita no
Nadja and Sailormoon
for girls and Shutsugeki!
Machine Robo Rescue for boys. Source: Tentative
- Volume 1 of the bishounen anime Saint
Beast ~ Seiju Kourin Hen ~ will be
released on 25 September 2003, price 6,090 yen (including
tax). Source: Animate
- Shoujo anime Ultramaniac
will be released as a DVD box. DVD Box 1 will be
released 1 October 2003, price 12,600 yen (including
tax). Source: Animate
English website states that Otomo Katsuhiro has
announced that the theatrical release of
Steam Boy has been put back from October
2003 to sometime next year. For more info, read
This means that the previous US release date of
November 2003 will be put back as well. I guess
that's better than "pulling a Gundress"
on the audience...
- Bandai has a new
website open for the TV anime Witch
Hunter Robin. Send Witch Hunter Robin
electronic greeting cards to your friends ^_^
Further, it's stated that the series will be
distributed over the internet by Bandai Channel
starting 10 July 2003. Episode 1 will be free,
but subsequent episodes will presumably require
payment of a fee. In the meantime, you can view
episode 1 of Brain Powerd free. Just go to this
Bandai Channel page,
click on one of the ISPs listed, such as @nifty,
Powerd from the list of available series, and
then click on episode 1. But what I'm really
looking for is a Witch Hunter Robin artbook...
- No update yesterday cos headache + lots of work =
18 June 2003 (last update for the day)
- Not much to type up, thank goodness. So I'll just
mention that the Overworks website for the
Playstation 2 game of Sakura
Taisen ~ Atsuki Chishio ni ~ has
- A Skyhigh live action movie
based on the manga of the same name by Takahashi
Tsutomu (Ice Blade) will be released theatrically
in Japan on 8 November 2003. Shaku Yumiko will
again star in this movie. A website for the movie
will open in the next week. In the meantime,
however, you can view a trailer for the movie at
the official website for the live action TV
dorama version (which was broadcast at the
beginning of this year). Just click on the green
words in the yellowish window on the homepage.
Yoshitaka's official website "amanosworld"
is open today, where you can view some of his
works, but also buy some.
- TBS has announced on its Anime
Festa 2003 website that the "Mahoromatic
Natsu no TV Special" will be
broadcast on BS-i on 14 August 2003. (Well,
actually it's 1am on 15 August 2003, but it's
considered late night on the 14th). Source: alternative-live.
- Similarly TBS has announced
that the first episode of the Chicchana
Yukitsukai Sugar (Sugar: A
Little Snow Fairy) Special will be
broadcast on BS-i on 21 August 2003 (again
actually very early 22 August ) with the
concluding episode to be broadcast on 28 August
2003 (1pm 29 August 2003). Source: alternative-live.
17 June 2003 (last update for the day)
- For Zoids fans, Shogakukan will release a Zoid
Core Box on 24 October 2003. This
will be a limited edition item of 10,000
units and will contain seven items:
Kit - reproduction version of the 1983 Zoid
Books - reprints of the Zoid Battle Story diorama
series of five books, originally published
between 1986 to 1990.
Book - the Battle Story "Prozen no Hangyaku"
Pin badge set - three pin badges with crests of
the Helic Repulic, Guylos Empire and Zenebas
Big card set - the Zoids Bible: a set of 35 B5-size
cards with Zoids info.
DVD - "Zoids Perfect Visual Clips"
containing various ads, promo clips etc.
Special liner notes.
Price 15,000 yen (including tax). Source: Mangaoh Club.
For more info (in Japanese) and images of the
items, see this
page on Shogakukan's website.
- GAiNAX has stated on its online diary (today's
entry) that a manga based on the
Evangelion computer game Koutetsu
no Girlfriend 2nd (Iron Maiden 2nd)
- which game was released last month - will
commence serialisation in Kadokawa Shoten's
shoujo manga magazine Monthly
Asuka, starting with the October
2003 issue, on sale 24 August 2003. Source: Moonphase. Shoujo
Eva manga...? Sadamoto Yoshiyuki's shonen
Evangelion manga is serialised in Kadokawa's
manga magazine Monthly
- Tired... -_- Luckily, there isn't much I want to
write about ^_^
- GAiNAX has announced on its Neon
Genesis Evangelion website that,
following the news of the live action Hollywood (and
New Zealand) movie, another big
announcement will be made in the (northern)
summer. There's more to come in the Eva
Renewal Project. Source: Moonphase. Just
don't tell me they've decided to put Spike
Spencer in a plugsuit and shrink him to the size
of a 14 year old through the special effects
magic of WETA.
- KTV's website for the live action dorama
series Kunimitsu no Matsuri, based on
the manga by Andou Yuuma and Asaki
Masashi (serialised in Weekly
Shonen Magazine) is now open.
The series commences broadcast on 1 July 2003.
for your favourite anime by Studio Perriot.
From their oldest works to their latest ones.
Results are here.
16 June 2003 (final update for the day)
- I'll just leave it at that for today.
- A trailer is now available for download
at Sony's website for the OVA series Submarine
707R. Source: Moonphase. Just
click on the blue button in the main frame on the
top page. Note that there's a bit of cast and
staff discussion before the trailer itself.
However, since I don't have a broadband
connection, I can't see a thing ;_; Haven't
gotten my issue of Animage yet, so I can't tell
if it's the same trailer as on the Animage DVD
either. For release details of this two volume
series, see my 10 June 2003 entry.
- WOWOW's webpage
for Onegai Twins has updated.
Among the additions to the website is the
statement that the series will be 12 episodes
long. Source: Moonphase.
- Oh no, I just realised that my news on 14 June
2003 concerning the DVD release of the Green
Green TV series
contained an error. There'll be 12 episodes in
this series, not 12 volumes. Each volume will
contain two episodes, so there'll only be six DVD
volumes. There'll still be three volumes of the
Green Green Character DVDs, though. For more
info, see my 14 June 2003 entry (which I've now
corrected). Sorry for any inconvenience caused...
- News may be a bit late this week (at least) as
I'm really busy at work... (and shop on the net
- For Tenchi
Muyo fans, the wait is nearly over. Volume
1 of the third OVA series will be
released on 18 September 2003, catalogue number
VPBV-11804, price 4,800 yen (excluding tax). 5.1ch
sound. First pressing comes with
Radio Tenchi CD. Source: AV Express.
I'm not a Tenchi fan, but I presume Radio Tenchi
is a radio drama series.
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