1-15 JULY 2003 NEWS
15 July 2003 (third update)
- Sorry, more to write but I'm just too tired and
just too busy. See you in 24 ^_^ One tidbit of
info: the Umizaru live action movie
(based on the manga by Satou Shuuhou about
maritime safety officers) is scheduled for
release in the (northern) summer of 2004. Source:
Sports and ultimatum
- The 25th
Doraemon movie will be released
theatrically in March 2004. This will make it the
25th Doraemon movie in 25 years, one every year.
Title of this movie will be "Nobita no Wan
Nyan Jikuuden" (Nobita's Bow Meow Space-Time
Story). Long ago, before humans ruled the earth,
there were ancient dog and cat civilisations.
- The duo who brought you the original R.O.D story,
that is, the R.O.D manga, Kurata Hideyuki
(story) and Yamada Shutaro (art), are back with a
new manga. The "hyper Ishin romance"
Samuraiji (not sure how to read
the katakana) will commence serialisation in
issue number 33 of Weekly
Shonen Champion magazine, on sale 17 July
2003. This first instalment will contain the
first two chapters - a total of 65 pages. Story
about samurai in the 21st century. Source: ultimatum
half edition. The name's Yamada Shutaro, not
- Volume 2 of the Saint
Seiya Episode G manga
Megumu) will be published on 23 October 2003.
There'll be a limited first edition
available for 933 yen. I think it'll come with
postcard set and a case. The regular edition of
the manga will be released on the same day.
- Yesterday I wrote about the "Monkey
Punch Bijo Gashuu (Beautiful Women Art Collection)
Cuties" artbook. Pioneer now has a webpage
up for the book. You can click on most of the
pics on that page for enlargements. Source: ultimatum
- It's 15 July 2003 and Mandarake's
2003 Summer Big Auction has started,
where otaku around the world bid on items. Of
course, with that many people bidding, there's no
way I can afford anything, but I can dream ^_^ I
could barely afford a reproduction Studio Ghibli
cel last year let alone an original one. Some of
the items on offer this time around are:
Boy cel! I remember that old show.
Anything with Madoka from KOR is generally out of
my price range. Eg this large
sized Madoka cel, highest bid currently 122,300
yen with 7 days to go.
sized Kenshin cel, current highest bid 32,700
yen. No warranty as to the authenticity of the
Yori Dango cel illustration, currently at 76,100
of Ayanami Rei from Evangelion, presently at
251,300 yen. Rei fans scare me ^_^;;
Saturn cel, only 265,100 yen at present. No
warranty. No wonder people steal Sailor Moon cels.
Of course anything Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli
generally commands a high price. This pencil
and watercolour pic by Miyazaki Hayao is
currently at the 353,600 yen level.
What I find particularly interesting is the
amounts that shikishi (essentially quick pics
drawn by artists on square bits of paper) can go
for. This Matsumoto Izumi pic
of Madoka currently asking 81,300 yen. This Takeuchi
Naoko shikishi is at 50,100 yen. Amazingly (at
least to me) this simple yet charming Miyazaki
Hayao shikishi of Nausicaa has a bid
at 500,000 yen! 10 days to go. I wonder
what price it'll finally go for...?
- Volume 2 of the DVD of Tantei
Gakuen Q (Detective School Q) will
be released on 25 September 2003, price 4,935 yen
(including tax). First pressing will come
with box. Similarly, volume 5 will be
released on Christmas Day, price 4,935 (including
tax) and first pressing of that volume will
come with a box as well. Source: Animate
- The Chicchana
Yukitsukai Sugar (Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy)
Special will be released on DVD on 24
October 2003, price 5,250 yen (including tax) and
is planned to come with bath toy. The Animate
Yokohama listing includes the statement that
this will be a first pressing limited
edition item, although it's not clear
whether this means that the DVD release will be
limited edition or simply whether the details
listed are for a limited edition version. Hope
that makes sense... The two part special is
scheduled for broadcast on 21 and 28 August 2003.
- Volume 1 of Onegai
Twins will be released on DVD on 24
October 2003. As with the DVD release of Onegai
Teacher, there'll be a special "Memories
Special" version on sale, price 7,875
yen (including tax). I don't know what bonus
items it'll come with. The regular edition will
cost 5,775 yen (including tax). Source: Animate
Yokohama. This series commenced broadcast
Makoto's anime clip for the song "Egao"
was created for the NHK music program "Minna
no Uta". Now a NHK Minna no Uta Best
DVD will be released on 25 September
2003, catalogue number AVBA-14794, price 3,800
yen (excluding tax). The DVD will contain 15
songs. No idea whether it'll include the Egao
clip, though. A NHK Minna no Uta Best
Song Collection CD will also be released
on the same day, catalogue number AVCA-14793,
price 2,500 yen (excluding tax). This collection
will contain 45 songs. Titles of both the DVD and
CD are tentative. Source: Mangaoh Club.
I don't know whether it's just one CD or more. If
it's 45 songs, I'd assume there'd be more than
14 July 2003 (second update)
- I'll leave it at this today. A few things I'll
leave until tomorrow.
- The 12 Kokuki adventure RPG for the
Playstation 2 will be released on 28
August 2003, price 6,800 yen. First pressing will
come with original postcard. For now, you can download
wallpapers from the official
website. Source: Moonphase. If you
click on one of the thumbnails, a new window will
popup with the wallpaper. It won't appear full
size, but if you save it, the wallpaper will be
safed in full size. Not the most exciting
wallpapers I've ever seen, though...
Japan reports that Pioneer LDC
will release an artbook of beautiful women
illustrated by Monkey Punch,
from series such as Lupin III. This book,
titled "Monkey Punch Bijo Gashuu (Beautiful
Women Art Collection) Cuties", will
contain digitally mastered and restored
artwork. Over 120 illustrations of women
will be included, such as Lupin III's Fujiko and
Siamese Cat's Jun and Naomi. The book will be 128
pages (some colour, some monochrome) and will
cost 4,800 yen, but there'll be a limited
edition of 3,000 copies. The book is to
be released in September 2003, but the official
Pioneer LDC website (I presume this
page) will commence taking reservations from
26 August 2003. Source: alternative-live.
- On 24 June 2003 I wrote about the design work for
the upcoming live action Cutey Honey
movie (to be directed by Anno
Hideaki). Latest reports show star Sato Eriko
wearing a similar costume to that originally
pictured. Furthermore, ZakZak
reports that, according to the hype, it's
believed this movie will have Japanese cinema's
greatest amount of cosplay, with Sato having over
30 thirty transformations: police woman,
waitress, motorbike racer etc. That's not
counting her pre-transformation role as an OL (office
Sports quotes Sato saying that she's been
reading the original work (the manga by Nagai Go)
and watching the anime. Also, Anno is quoted as
saying "The transformation is one of the
higlights. Please look forward to it." Of
course, this is an attempt to whet the appetite
of fans who are probably hoping that Anno will
follow the transformation scene of the anime
where Cutey Honey's clothes are ripped off ^_^ Sponichi
Annex reports that the sexy transformation
scene is expected to incorporate CG. The movie is
scheduled for release next year. See the above
linked reports for Sato in costume. The blue
costume is her in her pre-transformation office
lady outfit. The other costume is her
transformation outfit. Source: alternative-live.
It's funny, almost all the reports in Japanese
I've seen about this project have emphasised the
fact that popular idol Sato Eriko will be
starring, whereas Western fandom's reports focus
on the fact that Anno will be directing ^_^
- More manga release info. Volume 6 of Shiozaki
Tousen is out from Wani Books on 25
August 2003, price 900 yen. The anime version
commences broadcast on 30 July 2003. Volume 1 of
the aizou (treasured) version of Tsubasa
to be released on 9 August 2003, will cost 1,143
yen (excluding tax). Source: Mangaoh Club.
For more release details for Tsubasa, see my 27
June 2003 entry.
- Been shopping for manga online myself ^_^
- Calendars. Kodansha will release a combined
xxxHolic and Tsubasa CLAMP
calendar in November 2003, price 2,100
yen (including tax). 13 A3-size pages. A
Mahoromatic calendar will be released at the end
of November 2003. The Mahoromatic
calendar will be a block calendar, but will
come with a CD-ROM. Price 2,100 yen (including
tax). Source: Animate
13 July 2003
- There's a third clip to download at the Hokkaido/Mast
Co. website for the anime movie Nasu
~ Andulusia no Natsu (Eggplant ~
Andulusian Summer) on
this page (thouh it's a shorter clip). Source:
BBS. The movie will be released theatrically
in Japan on 26 July 2003.
- As you can see, I couldn't be bothered yesterday.
Busy as well, so not much up today...
12 July 2003
- A few minor bits later if I can be bothered.
reports that Capcom's game Rockman EXE 4
for the Game Boy Advance will be released in
December 2003 and further that more
Rockman anime will be coming this (northern)
autumn. Source: Ma-ten.
My computer crashed in typing up this one
paragraph, of course.
11 July 2003 (third update)
- The official Green
Green TV website now states that
internet distribution of that series will
commence on 1 August 2003. I guess that settles
the confusion. For more info, see yesterday's
entry. Source: Moonphase.
- For the petrolhead, there's the J's
Tipo AE86 Book Initial D, containing
a reprint of the report on the "Hachi-roku"
which appeared in J's Tipo magazine, an analysis
of the modifications to the "Fujiwara Tofu
Shop" AE86 and a drive map of the Mount
Akina route with scenic spots. The book comes
with a figure/model of the Fujiwara Tofu Trueno.
Price 1,429 yen, published by Neko Publishing.
half edition. I know nothing about cars.
They're purely functional for me.
- Miura Rieko, seiyuu for Yomiko,
Yomiko Readman in the OVA R.O.D, plays a popular
news accouncer in the live action dorama Tokumei
Kakarichou Tadano Hitoshi. The
series commenced broadcast on TV Asashi on 4 July
2003. Click on the cast button and Miura is the
woman pictured on the furthest right. Source: Aniota.
- The website for the mecha anime Godannar
is finally open. However, after registering the
url with the spelling "Godanner", it
seems they've decided that the official spelling
will be "Goddannar"... Amongst the info
on the website, however, is news of a first
pressing limited edition Prototype DVD,
to be released 26 September 2003, catalogue
number THD-12231, price 2,800 yen (excluding tax).
The DVD will contain opening clip, pilot film and
staff interviews etc. Further, the DVD will
come with T-shirt, booklet and sticker.
This TV anime is set to commence broadcast in
October 2003. The manga version (by Seta Noriyasu)
will commence serialisation in the October 2003
issue of Dengeki
Daioh (on sale 21 August 2003).
- Back on 8 June 2003, I wrote about Japan Post
releasing commemorative sets of stamps on
technology and anime heroes and heroines
from 1 August 2003. However, the postal authority
has now announced
that the release of the first series of those
stamped will be delayed. Source: Aniota.
- The vampire web anime Vie
Durant will commence internet
distribution by animate.tv
on 15 July 2003. Details on this related Frontier
Works page reveal that it'll be an eight
episode series. However, there will be a fee for
viewing the anime. Source: Ma-ten.
- Volume 1 of the new Astroboy
TV series will go on sale 3 October 2003. CD
Japan has the details in English here.
First pressing will come with a trading card.
- On 9 July 2003, I wrote about the Galaxy
Express 999 TV Special DVD
Box ~ Toki no Wa no Tabibito ~. Neowing
confirms that it'll contain the three specials.
However, while Animate Yokohama stated that the
DVD box was a first pressing limited edition
item, Neowing simply states that the first
pressing will come with a 24 page booklet.
- The cover
of the August 2003 issue of the Japanese manga
Sunday Gene-X (on sale 19 July 2003)
announces that an anime movie based on
the manga Shin Angyo Onshi by Korean duo
Youn In-wan and Yang Kyung-il will be produed.
The manga is of course serialised in Sunday Gene-X.
half edition. Youn and Yang would be best
known among Western fans as the authors of the
(licensed by Tokyopop), while Yang is also the
artist on the manga Zombie Hunter.
- On 20 and 23 June 2003, I wrote about the October
and November 2003 issues of monthly
Daioh (on sale August and September
2003 respectively) coming with an Onegai
Twins figure. Toranoana
now has a pic of the Miyafuji Miina figure which
will come with the October 2003 issue (on the
right hand side, IIRC) and the Onodera Karen
figure which'll come with the November 2003 issue
(left hand side). Each issue will cost 780 yen.
- Speaking of Toranoana, I notice one of the
doujinshi in their online catalog is Saishuu
Heiki Kareshi (or "He, the Ultimate
Weapon") ^_^;; Note that this is an adult
doujinshi for females and the page linked
contains adult images of boys' love.
- And speaking of SaiKano,
I found that to be a disappointing anime. Didn't
work for me (except for parts of episode 9).
Could've been more, but I guess it faced an
initial difficulty of a story about a clumsy
schoolgirl who's the ultimate military weapon and
then trying to get the viewer to believe that it
should be taken seriously. Animation was
disappointing at times as well, particularly
given that it was done by Gonzo.
10 July 2003 (final update for the day)
- Still got a few minor things to write about, but
I might leave that for the weekend...
- I previously wrote about R.O.D The TV
commencing broadcast on Sky Perfect on 1
September 2003. The official
website has now updated with info (eg
confirming the cast etc) and it appears that the
Sky Perfect broadcast may be an advance broadcast.
The official website states that episodes 1 and 2
will be broadcast from 1 to 15 September 2003
while episodes 3 to 4 will be broadcast from 16
to 30 September 2003. It'll be a per-per-view
broadcast, I believe. Anyway, commencement date
for a terrestial broadcast of the series does not
appear to have been announced.
- Back on 7 May 2003 and 20 June 2003 I wrote about
Museum, which is to open on 19 July
2003. In the lead-up to the opening, there have
been a number of news reports by Impress
Japan and ZDNet
Japan. See those reports for pics of the
museum - and in respect of the Impress
Corporation report, click on the pics for
enlargements. Among the information in the latest
reports, the life-sized bust of the RX-78-2
Gundam will be 5.6 metres tall (an early press
release from Bandai said it'd be 8 metres). The
approximately 2 metre long head moves and you can
stand in the palm of the Gundam and have your
picture taken. At the cafe, you can sample
cocktails such as the "Red Comet" using
a coaster designed by mecha designer Ogawara
Kunio. There'll be shrine complete with shrine
maidens, where rites will be performed four times
a year for toys ^_^;;; Closing time for the
museum is now stated to be 6.30pm rather than the
previously reported 7pm (although certain
sections like the cafe and store will still
remain open until 11pm). Bandai is hoping for
attendance figures of 700,000 within the first
year. For more info, see my previous posts on the
topic. Source: Aniota
- Updated the Green Green news.
- Sunrise has a website
up for the Gundam Evolve
series of CG works. You can view a streaming ad
for the Evolve + DVD. I think you'll need to pay
or the screensaver or wallpaper, though. Source: Aniota.
For more info on the Evolve + DVD, see my 10 June
- A new report reveals that in Australia there is
one gun for every nine people. This is better
than the US average of a gun for every person,
but worse than the global average of a gun for
every 16 people.
- The Green
Green TV series commences broadcast
on 12 July 2003. As I previously wrote, internet
distribution of this series was also under
Japan now reports that this series will
indeed be distributed over the internet from 12
July 2003 to 30 November 2003, but on a fee
paying basis: 200 yen to view one episode for one
week (and in August 600 yen for three episodes
for two weeks). Source: Aniota.
On the other hand, Impress
Corporation reports that distribution of the
series itself will only commence on 1 August 2003
and that what will be available from 12 July 2003
will be a promotional special. Source: Moonphase.
- Victor Entertainment's Sakamoto Maaya
page has updated with news
that her fourth album will be
released in December 2003. Further, the short
movie that she'll star in, titled "03+"
(I think that's supposed to be a superscript
cross, rather than a plus sign...), will also go
on sale in December 2003. Source: Reinbo
- MBS has a website
up for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Full
Metal Alchemist) as well now. However,
there won't really be anything to see there until
12 August 2003. Source: ultimatum
- The official website for the TV anime of Planetes,
based on the manga by Yukimura
Makoto) is now
open. This is planned to be a 26 episode
series, to commence broadcast in October 2003.
Osaka reports that the TV anime of Massugu
ni Ikou (Let's Go Straight) will
commence broadcast on 18 August 2003, but with an
unusual schedule that will see it broadcast for
four consecutive days. Source: TA
9 July 2003 (last update for the day)
- If I have time, I'll go back and add links to all
the anime etc that I've written about today...
- The Neko no Ongaeshi/Ghiblies episode 2
DVD comes out at number 1 in the
weekly ranking for DVD sales.
BBS. The DVD first went on sale on 4 July
2003. Animatrix is number 15 and Gundam Seed
volume 4 is number 17.
- Bandai has new Heat
Guy J website up, with a 7 minute 24
second clip for streaming download. Just click on
the "Play" graphic when you get to the
- Back on 9 May 2003, I wrote about the Playstation
2 game based on Wandaba
Style. As reported, the game will
come with an original anime DVD. Now you can
download a preview of the OVA
from the official
game website. Just click on the first "Get!
Movie" graphic. You can download an ad for
the game itself by clicking on the second such
graphic. Note that the files are compressed as .lzh
files. If you can't de-compress the files, see my
12 May 2002 entry regarding viewing URDA. For a
bit more info on the game, see my 9 May 2003
- Wonderfarm apologises
for the delay in the release of volumes 2 and 3
Maid Mai. Looks like its a
distribution problem rather than a production
problem. Source: Moonphase.
- Sony's website for the TV anime Hagane no
Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist) is
open. Source: Moonphase.
Broadcast commences 4 October 2003. Square-Enix
also has a webpage
up, primarily for the manga.
- I thought I'd mentioned this before but the Chrono
Crusade anime will commence broadcast in
- From the various anime magazines out this month, Moonphase reports
The anime Chou Hoshigami Granseizer
(not sure about the "Hoshigami" part)
will commence broadcast on TV Tokyo in October
2003. Fighting anime.
Marvelous Entertainment Inc. will put DVDs of the
anime version of the game Kidou Shinsen
Gumi Moeyoken on sale this (northern)
A package titled .hack//Integration
will go on sale on 24 October 2003 containing
episode 28 of .hack//Sign, the four episodes of .hack//Liminality
and a sound drama for .hack//Tasogare no Udewa
Gilgamesh (based on the work of
Ishinomori Shotaro) will commence broadcast in
October 2003 and the official website is now up. About
superpowered siblings on a ruined world.
Avenger, the story of a female
fighter and a robot, will commence broadcast in
the (northern) autumn.
Bandai will release an OVA sequel to Stratos 4
in the (northern) spring of 2004. Two volumes,
tentatively titled "Stratos 4 X-1" and
"Stratos 4 X-2". There's also the
suggestion that this OVA series may not be the
end of the story. But does this mean more anime?
Or perhaps a manga...? There's already a
A TV anime version of the adult game Yami
to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito will
commence broadcast in October 2003. A
manga is also in the works.
As to the Moeyoken news, originally I heard it
was going to be an OVA, then the movie clip on
the Marvelous Entertainment website suggested it
would going to be broadcast on TV, now there's
talk of DVD sales again. Perhaps OVA with TV
- Bandai has announced an "Emotion
Family Club" points system for
its DVDs which go on sale from 26 September 2003.
Join the club over the internet (no fee), buy
Bandai DVDs, register the serial number
for those DVDs over the internet for points and trade
the points in for original goods. Member
registration starts 1 September 2003, and if you
register by 23 September 2003 you'll get 100
bonus points. I have no idea whether they'll
accept overseas members though...
- And you thought Happosai was just some weird
character created by Takahashi Rumiko. Under a
headline starting with the words "Hentai
reports that police in Ishikawa prefecture
arrested freeter Nagano Hiroyuki (24 years old)
on 7 July 2003 on suspicion of stealing girls'
swimwear from a primary school and later found
and confiscated approximately 210
swimsuits and approximately 820 pairs of
underwear in his car. Nagano has made a
statement saying that from the (northern) summer
of 2000 he stole the items for fun from
laundromats, clotheslines in homes, primary
schools etc. See the article for a pic of the
confiscated swimwear. Source: Aniota.
Actually, when I was travelling in Japan a few
years ago, I met a law student who said she'd had
some underwear stolen off the clothesline while
she was in Hamamatsu...
- The DVD for the live action dorama series Doubutsu
no Oisha-san (Animal Doctor) based
on the manga by Sasaki Noriko will go on sale on
16 October 2003. I'm presuming this will be a DVD
box set, rather than a release of several
- The release of the .hack//Tasogare no
Udewa Densetsu Rena Special Pack has
been put back from 1 July 2003 to 6 August 2003.
For more details, see my 4 March 2003 entry.
- No! I found more stuff today that I must buy
>_< Put in my order for the Tenjou Tenge
calendar as well \^_^/ My order at Toranoana has
shipped \^_^/ They don't ship outside Japan, but
a friend in Tokyo has agreed to accept delivery
on my behalf \^_^/
- Watched my Blame!
Ver.0.11: Salvaged disc by Cibo DVD today.
Interesting visually, I thought. DVD menu was
interesting as well, though I could see it
- Despite all the announcements of anime and manga
being licensed, I haven't heard of any Iwahara
Yuji manga being licensed yet. Why
not? Anyway, I finally tried my scanner, so
of three pages of his manga Chikyu Misaki.
Makishima Misaki (your stereotypical transfer
student) and her father move to her deceased's
mother's home town. There, she meets a Loch Ness
type monster which, when kissed, turns into a boy
(she names him Neo - after the Matrix movie). In
the scene I've scanned, Misaki and new friend
Sanae try to toilet-train Neo. Remember, this
manga is unflipped, so read right to left, top to
bottom. Yeah, the scanning and my editing is
crap, but I don't care ^_^ No, I'm not going to
make scanlations of whole manga. I'm not really
comfortable with the concept... Much prefer
translations to encourage reader to have a
validly purchased volume of the manga. Don't know
how long I'll host the pics on my site. I may
take them down at any time.
- I note ADV Films has licensed the Gunslinger Girl
manga by Aida
Yu. Volume 2 was published just at the end of
June 2003. Did anyone at AX ask about the anime...?
That's to be broadcast in the (northern) autumn.
- Headache yesterday.
- Volume 1 of the DVD release for Ashita
no Nadja will go on sale on 18
September 2003, price 2,625 yen (including tax). First
pressing will come with music CD and
postcard. Source: Animate
- Yankumi, thanks again! You know why ^_^
Yuuki Pluster World will commence
its DVD release on 18 September 2003. Volume 1
will cost 1,890 yen (including tax). First
pressing will come with box, figure and special
card. Source: Animate
Yokohama. IIRC, it was recently announced at
Anime Expo that this series was licensed.
- IIRC, the Ninja
Scroll TV series will come out on DVD in the
US before Japan. Volume 1 comes out in Japan on
24 October 2003.
- The six Galaxy Express 999 DVD box sets are now
on sale (well, volume 6 will be released on 24
July 2003). But wait, there's more! The Galaxy
Express 999 TV Special DVD
Box ~ Toki no Wa no Tabibito ~ will be
released on 18 September 2003, price 15,540 yen (including
tax). This will be a first pressing
limited edition item. Source: Animate
Yokohama. There were three TV specials made,
right? Presumably this DVD box contains all three.
- Volume 1 of the Tenchi
Muyo! Ryo-ohki 3rd OVA
series will be released on 18 September 2003.
Previously I wrote that Mangaoh Club stated that
the series will be released in three month
intervals. However, Animate
Yokohama suggests that they'll come out in
two month intervals. It's got volume 2 listed as
being released on 21 November 2003 and volume 3
on 21 January 2003, volume 4 on 24 March 2003,
volume 5 on 21 May 2003 and volume 6 on 21 July
2003. Each of those volumes is stated to cost
5040 yen (including tax). Furthermore, volume 1
of the OST will be released on 22 October 2003,
price 2,100 yen (including tax). Volume 2 will
cost the same, but the release date is not yet
- Volume 6 of the manga Hagane no
Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist) by
Hiromu will be published on 22 October 2003.
A limited first edition will
come with a mini-book titled "Honoo no
Renkinjutsushi". Price 599 yen. Source: Animate
Yokohama. The TV series based on this manga
will air on 4 October 2003.
7 July 2003 (last update for the day)
- The anime version of the manga Hagane no
Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist) (by
Arakawa Hiromu) will be produced by Bones. I know
there are a fair few Bones fans out there. Moonphase gives http://www.aniplex.co.jp/hagaren/
as the URL for the anime (Aniplex
being a Sony label), but I basically get a 404
error. The anime will commence broadcast on 4
- Two anime in the planning stages are
Avenger, to be produced by Bee Train (Noir)
and Gilgamesh, based on the work
of Ishinomori Shotaro, to be produced by Japan Vistec.
- The anime version of the sci-fi manga
Planetes (by Yukimura Makoto, licensed
by Tokyopop) is scheduled for broadcast from
October 2003. Character designer will be Chiba
Yuriko, who did character designs for the under-rated
Figure 17. The anime will be produced by Sunrise.
Moonphase also gives this URL for the series: http://www.planet-es.net/
but I can't get that to work either...
- The official website for the OVA Makasete
Iruka! has a very tentative
opening theme song available for download.
You'll find it on the production
notes page, 7 July 2003 entry (the link just
above the RealPlayer graphic). Source: Moonphase. This
Daichi Akitaroh anime is scheduled for release in
the (northern) summer of 2003.
- According to this week's announcement regarding
the Jump Festa Anime Tour '03, this year original
anime of Naruto
(the well known ninja manga) and Eyeshield
21 (American football manga by
Inagaki Riichiro and by Murata Yusuke) will be
screened, starting with the Sendai convention on
20 September 2003. Source: ultimatum
- The TV anime D.C. ~ Da Capo ~
just started broadcast over the past couple of
days. You can download a TV ad
for the series at the official
website. Just look at the bottom right hand
portion of the main screen, where'll be able to
select between various streaming speeds etc.
This anime also features a short anime each
episode, the short anime being created by a
different anime company to main series.
- It's stated on the official Jubei
Ninpucho TV website that volume 1 of
the DVD release will go on sale on 24 October
2003. Source: Aniota.
- And it's stated on the official Sumeba
Miyako no Cosmos Sou - Suttoko Taisen Dokkaida
website that volume 1 of that DVD release will go
on sale on 25 October 2003. Source: Moonphase.
Corporation reports that IO Data is producing
USB flash memory "Gundam EasyDisks"
(with a capacity of 32Mb) from August 2003. For
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP operating systems, Mac OS 9.0-9.2
and Mac X 10.1-10.2. Price is expected to be in
the region of 3,980 yen. See the above report for
the six different designs available. Source: alternative-live.
I don't know anything about computers. I have no
idea what a flash memory easydisk is...
- The YTV
website states that the anime Massugu
ni Ikou (Let's Go Straight) will
commence broadcast in August 2003. Source: TA
- Somewhere along the line I got the dates mixed up...
Actress states that R.O.D
The TV will commence broadcast on
Sky Perfect TV on 1 September 2003. Cast will
include Saitou Chiwa as youngest sister Anita,
Hirata Hiromi as Maggie, Kikuchi Shoko as the
eldest Michelle and Yukino Satsuki as Sumiregawa
- Won't post much today either. Spent most of my
time online trying to buy stuff. If all works
out, I'll have found another way to squander my
savings on anime/manga-related items \^_^/
- Got a number of minor items I may write about,
but I'll leave those till I have more time (ie
another day). With any luck, some other site will
post the news so I don't have to ^_^
- Work on Urushihara Satoshi's adult OVA
Front Innocent (where he'll make his
directorial debut) continues. The latest update
to his Earthwork
website (which he shares with Yoshimoto Kinji and
Kimura Yoshihiro) states that production is
underway on a promotional film for the anime.
reports that the anime is slated for release in
the (northern) spring of 2004. I'm not certain,
but I'm guessing that info comes from a magazine
like Paletta... For more info on the anime, see
my 25 August 2002 entry.
6 July 2003
- Probably won't post much today. Hoping to get a
full night's sleep tonight. Haven't slept more
than three hours each night for the past few
nights... -_- Also, want to shop online for a few
- The official Sailor
Moon website has a Sailor
Moon Live Action Version Corner up now, where
information about the October TV series will be
posted. Source: Ma-ten.
However, there's nothing really to see at present.
5 July 2003 (early update)
- TV Tokyo has a preview
clip up for the anime Takahashi
Rumiko Gekijo (Theatre). Source: Moonphase. The
series commences broadcast today.
- In late June 2003, Marvelous Entertainment Inc.
announced that the anime version of the game Kidou
Shinsen Gumi Moeken would be
broadcast on CS. (See my 25 June 2003 entry on
that issue). However, the preview
for the August 2003 issue of Animedia
magazine (on sale 10 July 2003) states that the
issue will have info on the series, but under the
OVA section. So will this be an OVA but with an
advance broadcast on TV (eg in the same vein as
the advance broadcast of Rurouni Kenshin Seisou
Hen before the DVD release)? Source: Moonphase.
- NTT Publishing's eg
game site reports that Bandai's Playstation
2 game RahXephon
Soukyuu Gensoukyoku will be released
on 7 August 2003. This will be a DVD-ROM action
and adventure game, created with the input of the
staff from the anime series, containing more than
20 minutes of new animation. Furthermore,
there'll be a special package
available, which I think will be called "RahXephon
Soukyuu Gensoukyoku Plusculus". This special
package will come with design works booklet
("The World of Soukyuu Gensoukyoku")
and bonus DVD. The bonus DVD will contain
a new side story anime "Kanojo to
Kanojo Jishin to" (She and She Herself) by
the same creative staff which made the TV series
and movie. Price 7,980 yen (excluding tax). The
regular edition of the game (minus bonus DVD and
design works) will be available for 6,800 yen (excluding
tax). Source: Moonphase.
Since there's only about a 1,000 yen difference (excluding
tax ^_^ ) between the special package and the
regular edition, I wouldn't expect this gaiden
anime to be particularly long...
4 July 2003 (third update)
- Updated the Saiyuki news.
- The live action baseball movie Jigoku
Koushien (Battlefield Stadium),
based on the manga of the same name by Man*Gatarou,
will commence screening on 19 July 2003. You can
view a trailer
here. Source: ultimatum
- The animate.tv website has updated with a preview
of the Happy
Lesson Advance anime. You'll see two
blue buttons with green triangles in the bottom
right hand corner of the page. Click on the left
hand one if you have a narrow band internet
connection, on the right hand one if you have a
broadband connection. Source: Magicalantique.com.
The series commenced broadcast in Osaka yesterday.
- Kids Station's website for the upcoming anime D.C.
~ Da Capo ~ is now
up. Source: Reinbo
Actress. That series commences broadcast on
Kids Station on 7 July 2003, but TV Kanagawa will
have it first on 5 July 2003.
- First pressing of volume 8 of Mermaid
Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
will come with a box (presumably to hold
the second half of the series). To be released
March 2004, price 3,045 yen (including tax).
Yokohama. For release details for the series,
see my 12 June 2003. First pressing of volume 1,
to be released 20 August 2003, will come with a
box to hold seven volumes.
- Genso Maden Saiyuki is being re-released
at a price of 5,985 yen (including tax) per
Volumes 1-3 to be released 26 September 2003
Volumes 4-6 to be released 24 October 2003
Volumes 7-8 to be released 21 November 2003
Yokohama. Don't have further details at
present, but if there only going to be eight
volumes, then I'm guessing that each volume would
have approximately twice the number of episodes
of the original release. Update: animate.tv
confirms that the original 17 volume DVD release
has been converted into an 8 volume release, with
approximately twice the number of episodes on
each volume. Rather than cramming more episodes
onto a DVD, the re-release is basically a
repackaging of 17 DVDs - volume 1 of the re-release
will be a 3 DVD digipak (presumably containing
the first three DVDs of the original release) and
all subsequent volumes of the re-release will be
2 DVD digipaks. Hope that makes sense. So this
effectively means the price is now slightly below
50% of the original cost of the series. This re-release
will be in production for one year only.
- I was going to type this up earlier, but Animaxis.com
now has an English
language article up on the unauthorised
sale of Hirokane Kenshi's manga manuscripts,
so it saves me the trouble ^_^
- Probably not news, but I note that recent DVD
releases by Bandai include a preview for the
upcoming movie Steamboy. The preview is a bit out
of date to the extent that it still refers to
theatrical release this October, but it's
interesting nonetheless (and DVD quality).
- Got my copy of Shinkai Makoto's Egao DVD. Cute.
The "making of" video was particularly
3 July 2003
- Way too busy with work. Try again tomorrow. I'll
post something up then if I'm not overcome with
2 July 2003 (fourth update)
- I'll leave it at that for now. A few minor things
which I'll type up over the next few days or so
when I find the time...
- The Triangle
Heart ~ Sweet Songs Forever ~
official website has updated with an opening
movie available for download
(26Mb). This clip is included with volume 1 of
the DVD release. Source: Moonphase. For
release details, see my 30 May 2003 entry.
- NHK's website for 12
that episode 1 of the new series will commence
broadcast on 5 July 2003. Source: Moonphase.
game with a High School Kimen Gumi theme.
High School Kimen Gumi is a manga by Shinzawa
Motoei (later made into an anime). Source: Aniota.
Net reports that Yahoo plans to
distribute short original anime free over the
internet. This will be in collaboration
with Osaka-based Contents Japan, which will
produce the anime in partnership with Sunrise.
Looks like it'll be a horror anime with the
characters speaking in English (but Japanese
subtitles), each episode being approximately 5
minutes 30 seconds long. Yahoo expects to profit
from the free distribution via the advertising
which will be coupled with the anime. Test
distribution commenced yesterday, with formal
distribution to commence in the (northern) autumn.
- I guess that Yahoo anime would be Trip
Trek, where you can download four
episodes. A horror anime, but aimed at
primary school children, so not scary in any real
sense. There are also a game and greeting cards
available on the site. See also this site,
where the same episodes are also available.
Web reports that Toho today announced that advance
ticket sales of the latest (sixth) Pokemon movie
had broken through the one million level
since going on sale at the end of April 2003.
This is presumably because of the fact that
advance tickets came with data for a new Pokemon
"Jirachi" for the Game Boy Advance
Pokemon game. Jirachi makes its appearance in the
new Pokemon movie. Of course, the company knows
it's on a good thing and plans to continue such
promotions in future. Source: Ma-ten.
The movie will hit cinemas on 19 July 2003. For a
bit more info, see my 30 April 2003 entry.
- TMS Entertainment has a website
up for the upcoming TV anime of Takahashi
Rumiko Gekijo (Theatre). Not much to
see, though. Source: alternative-live.
- The official website for Onegai
Twins has updated with a trailer
for the TV anime which commences broadcast on 15
July 2003. Source: ultimatum
half edition. Click on the left hand black
"screen" (ie the one with a pic of
Miina) if you have a broadband connection. Click
on the right hand one if you have a dialup
states that this is the same trailer which was on
the Animage DVD.
- Shueisha has a list of next
year's calendars up. The most important one
of course is the Tenjou Tenge 2004 wall
calendar, to be released 4 November 2003,
price 2,000 yen, ISBN 4-08-905383-8. Preorder
cutoff date is 22 September 2003. Size A3, seven
pages. Source: ultimatum
- Headache yesterday. Enough said.
- For those waiting for details of the Haibane
Renmei artbook (you know who you are), rest
assured that I'm still looking out for the same
details myself. No further news yet. Perhaps
Kadokawa Shoten has decided to delay the release...?
Databank Ltd reports that on 30 June 2003,
video and movie producer Groove
Corporation, with debts of five
thousand million yen, applied to the
District Court of Nagoya for protection under the
Civil Rehabilitation Law (that is, for
protection against creditors). Among the
company's stable of anime
works are the TV anime Scrapped Princess
and the new OVA Hitsuji
no Uta. Source: Tentative
- Pic of the Ai
figure which will come with the first
pressing limited edition version of
volume 1 of Po
Po Tan. For release details, see my
10 June 2003 entry. There'll be six volumes in
this DVD release. Source: Mangaoh Club.
The TV series commences broadcast on 17 July 2003.
- The official website for the Skyhigh live
action movie (based on the manga of the
same name by Takahashi Tsutomu) is now up.
The movie is scheduled for release in cinemas in
Japan on 8 November 2003. For a bit of related
info, see my 18 June 2003 entry.
- A bit of Mizuho-sensei
(from Onegai Teacher) cosplay. Source: Tentative
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