16-30 SEPTEMBER 2003 NEWS
30 September 2003 (last update for the day)
- More to type up, but I've got to get to sleep.
- Updated the Maburaho news. Updated the Battle
Programmer Shirase info as well.
- Klockworx has a website
up the OVA Aoi Umi no Tristia
(Tristia of the Deep Blue Sea), based on the
computer adventure game by Kogado Studio. Source:
This should be a two volume OVA, scheduled for
release in the (northern) spring of 2004.
- Entertainment production company Access-A has
updated its site with news of the Umetsu
Yasuomi anime move Kiss
and Cry in production.
The movie is described as a combination of
horror, action, suspense and sci-fi drama and
will be a joint Japanese-US-Korean effort. Source:
Umetsu would be known for anime such as Kite and
- Too tired yesterday.
- AIC's website for the upcoming anime Battle
Programmer Shirase has updated. Not
much more detail, but at least now there's a pic
(of the character Amano Misao, I think - further,
that's what I think the name is, anyway). This
anime will tell the story of legendary computer
hacker Shirase Satoshi (I think that's the name).
Source: Moon Phase.
The series will commence broadcast on TSS on 3
- Klockworx has a webpage
up for the upcoming anime Godannar.
Source: Moon Phase.
This series should commence broadcast any day now.
- The Ikki
Tousen official website has updated
with various clips to download:
for episodes 2 to 7 (click on the links on
the right hand column - hopefully you'll be able
to work things out, the episodes are listed in
commercial (click on either the words
"Media Player" or "Real Player",
not the little graphics)
for the DVD release (click on the links to
the left of the pic of the postcards)
Source: Moon Phase.
- The MBS website for Hagane no
Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist)
has updated again, this time with a trailer
for episode 1 (which will be broadcast on 4
October 2003), although I think you may need a
broadband connection. The trailer for episode 1
is the one on the second row of screenshots.
Source: Moon Phase.
- Media Works' release
schedule now states that volume 1 of the
Angel Rabbie (Divine Punishment
Angel Rabbie) will be released on 23 January 2004.
Originally, this volume had been scheduled for
release on 4 December 2003. For more release
details, see my 28 August 2003 entry. Source: Moon Phase.
- Fuji TV's Astro
Boy website states
that next week's episode (to be broadcast on 5
October 2003) will guest star Katori
Shingo from J-pop group SMAP. Source: Aniota.
Those SMAP boys turn up everywhere...
- Studio Deen has a website
up for the upcoming anime Yami to
Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, but there's
nothing to see at present. really. Source: Aniota.
- A few screenshots
from the upcoming Sakigake!!
Cromartie Koukou (Cromartie High
School) anime at Production IG's Japanese website.
- News from the Tokyo Game Show 2003. Impress
Corporation reports that a 3D action
adventure Berserk game will be released
for the Playstation 2 next year.
Tentative title is "Berserk". See a
blurry screenshot of someone playing Gatts here.
A Seven Samurai 20XX game is also planned by the
same company for the Playstation 2, to be
released in the coming (northern) winter. It's
the second game featured in the above report.
- TV Tokyo's website for the Gungrave
anime is now
open beyond just the homepage. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. The series commences broadcast on 6
- TV Tokyo has previews available for
download of the following of this TV
season's anime: Papuwa
(commenced broadcast today), Takahashi
Rumiko Theatre Mermaid's Forest (4
October 2003), Saiyuki
Reload (2 October 2003), Popolo
Crois (5 October 2003), Gungrave
(6 October 2003) and F-Zero
Falcon Densetsu (7 October 2003).
- The official Maburaho
website is now properly open, though some pages
are still under construction. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. The series commences broadcast on
WOWOW on 14 October 2003. Moon Phase also
points out a number of other Maburaho websites: Happinet
page 1, Klockworx
page 2 and Scitron
Webcity. The last has samples
of the OP and ED for the anime series for your to
- TV Tokyo's website for Papuwa is
up. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. The series commenced broadcast today.
- TV Tokyo's website for the upcoming Avenger
has updated with staff & cast details,
character details and description of episode 1.
Kidou. The series will commence broadcast
- Fuji TV's websites for R.O.D
- The TV - and Gunslinger
Girl are now up, though there's not
much to see at present. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. The latter series will commence
broadcast on 9 October 2003.
- It's been pointed out on the TA
Group BBS that although the official Ai
Yori Aoshi website states
that the second series Enishi
will commence broadcast on TV Kanagawa on 12
October 2003, the TV Kanagawa
website and various TV programs state that that
station will commence broadcsat on 5 October 2003.
- Shinkai Makoto has stated on his website
no Mukou, Yakusoku no Bassho
"The place promised in our early days"
won't be released in 2003 as previously planned,
due to workload. Now he's hoping the anime will
be completed by the (northern) spring of 2004.
- Volume 4 of Amano Kozue's manga Aria
will be published by Mag Garden on 10 January
2004. There'll be a regular edition and limited
edition. Limited edition will come with
figure of Akari and Aria-shachou, price
1,524 yen. Source: Mangaoh Club.
The manga is serialised in Monthly
Comic Blade manga magazine.
- Bandai has a website
up for its Spirit of Wonder Tsuruta
Kenji Wonder Box DVD and CD release. For
details on the release, see my 20 and 22
September 2003 entries. There are also more DVD
details up. Now here's where it gets
interesting: Bandai's original product
listing had six titles under the "contents"
heading - presumably the DVD contents - four of
those titles are familiar (ie the first and
second OVA series), while the last two were
titles I wasn't familiar with, so I had assumed
they' be new animation: "China-san no
Sakazuki" and "China-san no Gyakushuu".
But then Bandai's upcoming
releases page states that the new anime will
be "China-san no Kyoushuu" - and that
title wasn't even listed in the original product
listing. Now the dedicated website for the Wonder
Box states that the new anime will in fact be
titled "China-san no Sakazuki" and will
be 7 minutes long, but there's no mention of
"China-san no Gyakushuu" or "China-san
no Kyoushuu". I think it's best to leave it
to a Spirit of Wonder fan to unravel this all...
Personally, I think the main thing to take out of
all it is that the Wonder Box should (I think)
contain all the previous Spirit of Wonder anime
together with a 7 minute long new short story.
One thing of interest is that each DVD will have
Japanese and English language dialogue
and Japanese subtitles, while DVDs 1 (Shonen
Kagaku Club - from the second OVA series) and 3 (China-san
Short Story Collection - from the second OVA
series, and including the new anime) will have Chinese
subtitles and DVD 2 (China-san no Yuu-utsu
- the first OVA) will have English
subtitles. Strange. The only possible
reason I could point to for the different
subtitle options is that the first OVA (DVD 2)
was released by Toshiba EMI whereas the second
OVA series (DVDs 1 and 3) were released by Bandai.
28 September 2003 (last update for the day)
- This diary
page (sorry, not sure of the title of the
page: "Default wa, Kou!!" perhaps...?)
compares a TV scene of episode 28 of the recently
finished Gundam Seed series with the DVD re-take
scene. First, the TV scene images one
Then the DVD re-take scene images one
Artwork of the faces seems to have changed.
Dialogue's changed as well. And whereas the two
bishonen originally looked into each other's
eyes, now it looks like they're looking at a bird...
Kidou. Presumably Bandai will be releasing
the DVD version in the US...?
- I didn't notice earlier, but the TV
broadcast details on the official R.O.D
- The TV - website state that the
current broadcast on Sky Perfect
PPV channel 182 will be of all 26 episodes, not
just the first 4 episodes. Each month, Sky
Perfect will broadcast four episodes, two
episodes at a time. Looking at the timetable for channel
182, it looks like the same format will apply
as for episodes 1 to 4, where episodes 1 and 2
were broadcast over the first half of September
and episodes 3 and 4 were broadcast over the
second half. Thus, episodes 5 (Yatsura wa
Sawaideiru) and 6 (Write Stuff - I'm assuming the
katakana is a pun on the phrase "right stuff")
will commence broadcast at 9.00am on 1 October
2003 and will probably be repeated for the first
half of that month. Regular (presumably weekly)
terrestrial broadcast of the TV anime will
commence on 15 October 2003, as previously
reported. My speculation on episodes 5 and 6:
I'll try to put in a bit of spoiler protection,
just in case... (highlight this area in the off
chance you're actually interested to know my
unsubstantiated thoughts) Although the underlying storyline
appears to have been developed with episodes 1 to
4, I wonder whether episodes 5 and 6 will be
rather more tangential/filler, and just deal with
the Paper Sisters as they do odd jobs for, or
undergo training with, the Dokusensha (presumably
the message they received from the pigeon was
from the Dokusensha). Nenene's running off in
search of Yomiko could provide for a bit of an
interlude to focus on the Paper Sisters. BTW, I
don't know how (or if) the word "Dokusensha"
is being translated by people, but "doku"
is the same kanji as "yomi" in "Yomiko",
ie "to read", "sen" means
"wizard, hermit" and "sha" is
the usual "company, association etc".
So "Dokusensha" would translate as
something like "Society/League of Literary
Mystics"...? In the manga the Dokusensha, as
rivals of the British Library, have special
powers as well.
- TV Tokyo's Gungrave website is now
up, though there's just the one page at
present. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. The anime commences broadcast on 6
- As pointed out on 22 September 2003, AT-X has
announced its new anime at this weekend's Tokyo Game Show
2003. And that will be a 12 episode
TV anime based on the "Kita
e" series of bishoujo
computer games. In particular, the anime
will be based on the "Kita e ~ Diamond Dust
~" game, which will be released on 30
October 2003. Broadcast of the anime will
commence in January 2004. People who've read
Newtype Japan may notice that artwork for the
game series is by Nocchi, whose illustrations
have previously been published in that magazine.
27 September 2003 (fourth update)
- The official Onegai
Twins website has updated with a
couple of clips for download: promotion
clip for volume 1 of the DVD and promotion
clip for the Onegai Series CD. Source: Moon Phase. In
each case, click on the left image if you have a
broadband connection or the right image if you
have a dialup connection.
- The TV anime version of the adult game Yami
to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito will
commence broadcast on TV Kanagawa on 1 October
2003 (well, just after midnight). Source: TA
- As a new season of TV anime approaches in Japan,
people on the AoD forums are discussing
what they're anticipating. Here are results from
poll conducted by blogsite Every
Precious Things from 2 to 8 September 2003,
with 458 respondents. Consideration of current/recent
anime and upcoming anime and comments on the
state of anime at present. Of the
current shows, favourites seem to be Gundam Seed
and Onegai Twins. For what fans in Japan are
looking forward to, see graphs 11 to 15 below.
Tsuki-hime seems to be the most anticipated,
having an established fan base. Now the detail -
firstly, to give you an idea of the type of
people who responded, the first few graphs are a
breakdown of details of the respondents:
graph: gender of respondents 93% male, 3%
female, 3% didn't answer the question.
graph: age of respondents 8% 30-34 years
old, 20% 25-29 years old, 30% 20-24 years old, 34%
under 20 years.
graph: 35% respondents have a webpage,
62% don't, 3% didn't answer.
graph: of those who have a webpage, 22.5%
are weblogs, 8.7% are text logs (no graphics) of
watching anime (feelings about the shows etc), 8.1%
are logs about games, 6.6% are about CG.
graph: what anime people are currently
watching 64.8% Gundam Seed, 54.1% D.C. ~ Da Capo
~, 53.9% Onegai Twins, 52.8% Uchuu no Stellvia,
40.6% Sumeba Miyako no Cosmos Sou - Suttoko
graph: among people's favourite current
anime 44.1% Onegai Twins, 38.4% Gundam Seed, 26.0%
Uchuu no Stellvia, 25.8% Sumeba Miyako no Cosmos
Sou - Suttoko Taisen Dokkaida, 24.7% Full Metal
graph: favourite current anime 17.2%
Onegai Twins, 10.5% is Gundam Seed, 6.3% is Last
Exile, 5.5% is Sumeba Miyako no Cosmos Sou -
Suttoko Taisen Dokkaida, 4.8% Air Master, 4.8%
Uchuu no Stellvia.
graph: favourable impressions of current
anime 81.8% Onegai Twins, 74.3% GiTS:SAC, 69.0%
Last Exile, 66.5% 12 Kokki, 65.0% Full Metal
graph: uninteresting current anime 24.5%
Di Gi Charat Nyo, 20.5% Tantei Gakuen Q, 19.2%
Asobotto Senki Gokuu, 19.0% Inuyasha, 19.0%
graph: anime which people are looking
forward to in this coming season 57.6%
Shingetsutan Tsuki-hime, 52.0% Kimi ga Nozomu
Eien, 43.9% Gunslinger Girl, 37.3% R.O.D - The TV
- (^_^), 34.9% Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou.
graph: most anticipated anime in this
coming season 22.9% Shingetsutan Tsuki-hime, 14.2%
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, 9.4% Gunslinger Girl, 8.3%
Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou, 7.4% Full Metal
graph: reason for looking forward to an
anime 72.9% because they liked the original work
it's based on, 36.7% the story sounds
interesting, 27.1% the settings are interesting,
23.4% they like the character designs, 11.6% they
like the seiyuu. (There's also a breakup by
anime, but I won't go into that).
graph/table: anticipated anime in a
future season (after the coming one) 32 Maria-sama
ga Miteru (I think this part may be number of
responses, not percentage), 9 Chrono Crusade, 9
Chojushin Gravion Zwei, 8 Zoids Fuzors (Tenjou
Tenge ^_^ got 2).
graph/table: what people want to see
animated (again, I think this part may be number
of responses, not percentage) 12 Air (bishoujo
computer game), 12 Yotsubato! (manga by author of
Azumanga), 6 Iriya no Sora UFO no Natsu (novel
series), 6 Utawarerumono (adventure computer game),
6 Crossbone Gundam (wha? I'm not a Gundam fan), 6
Demonbane (adventure computer game).
graph: what people regard as important
to their anime 58.7% character design, 39.1%
settings, 36.5% seiyuu, 28.8% script, 20.5%
Also general responses from people.
Some of the responses included concerns that the
number of shows would affect quality, too much
bishoujo/moe anime, the current high number of
anime based on adult/bishoujo games, some wanted
more robot/mecha anime, others wanted to see more
original anime (not adaptations of games, manga
etc), most shows don't appear interesting, art
and animation quality is poor, others complained
that they didn't get as much anime broadcast in
their area of Japan, complaints about the price
of (R2) DVDs, disappointment at the trend towards
shorter series. Source: Moon Phase.
- Unconfirmed report from this 2
channel post that Kawai Katsutoshi's
Turn will be adapted into a
two season (half year) TV anime to be
broadcast on TV Tokyo starting January 2004. The
manga is serialised in manga magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday.
The trials and tribulations of Hatano Kenji as he
works to become a professional speedboat racer.
Information is said to come from an insert in 24
September 2003's Nikkan Sports.
half edition. At least in Japan magazines
with the title "Weekly" are generally
published weekly. In Australia, we have the Australian
Women's Weekly, which, needless to say, is
published monthly... Yeah, we're a bit slow over
- An Impress
Corporation report: as part of Toei
Animation's and Toei Video's Space
Pirate Captain Harlock 869 Project, the two
companies are joining up with Toshiba to release
the Space Pirate Captain Harlock Limited
Set. This limited set comprises Toshiba's
new multi-drive hybrid DVD recorder RD-XS41 (but
a special Captain Harlock model CH-869) and Space
Pirate Captain Harlock anime DVD box set.
This will be a limited edition of 869 units,
price 178,000 yen. Available only over the
internet, orders open 11.00am 11 November 2003 (presumably
Japan time), with the goods to be released 20
December 2003. The CH-869
recorder will be black with skull and
crossbones logo. Its remote control will also be
black with silhouette of Captain Harlock printed
on the lower half. The startup
screen and GUI
(in Japanese language) for the recorder will also
feature the Captain Harlock theme and characters.
Details for the DVD recorder: 160Gb HDD, DVD-R/RW/RAM
drive, DVD-R speed is 4x (DVD-R dubbing
at 24x), DVD-RW speed 2x, DVD-RAM speed 2x, Video
DAC will be 10bit/54MHz, Sound DAC 24 bit/192kHz.
I could write more about the specs, but I have no
idea what I'm writing about ^_^;; Dimensions 430mm
x 325mm x 78mm, weight 5kg. This CH-869 will not
be sold separately. However, if you want the regular
model of the recorder, it goes on sale 1
October 2003. Price for the regular model has yet
to be fixed, but is expected to be around 150,000
yen. I'll write about the DVD box set in the next
paragraph because the DVD box set will
be sold separately. For more pics of the CH-869
model and the regular model, see the reports
linked above. Source: alternative-live.
- The DVD box set will contain the
42 episodes of the original 1978 Space
Pirate Captain Harlock TV series,
completely remastered, on seven DVDs, and one
bonus disc. The bonus disc will contain the 1978
movie Space Captain Harlock Arcadia-go no Nazo (Mystery
of the Arcadia), creditless OP and ED and other
clips. Also included with the box set will be
booklet and other items. The DVD box set will be
available separately from the Limited Set
described in the paragraph above, but not until
the second half of 2004 and price has yet to be
determined. When sold separately, contents are
expected to be the same, although the box design
may be different. Source: alternative-live.
26 September 2003 (third update)
- A few more things, but I'll leave those for
has details of the story in Kon
Satoshi's upcoming TV anime series Mousou
Dairinin (to commence broadcast on WOWOW in
February 2004). The case of the phantom killer(?,
I think) in Musashino City, Tokyo. At first it
appears the victim may have been the author of
their own work, but things change when a second
victim surfaces. The criminal, who appears to be
"the roller blading shonen with the gold bat",
soon attacks those around the incident, one by
one. Who is the "shonen bat"? And who's
the next target? Source: Moon Phase.
- The Shingetsutan
Tsuki-hime website has updated with designs
for the main characters. Source: Moon Phase.
- The official Gadguard
website has wallpapers available for
download for a limited time. I think two
wallpapers will be put up each week, for a week
only. Go to the website and then click on the
words "Download page". Source: Moon Phase.
- Production IG has a pic
up of the upcoming TV anime Saiko
Robot Kombock (to commence broadcast
on 6 October 2003. It's the top pic at present.
Source: Moon Phase.
Looks like CG. Below that pic is a pic of the
characters of Bindume
Yousei (Bottle Fairy).
- I note a typo for the URDA DVD back on 16
September 2003. I wrote SSBX-2-47 when I
should've written SSBX-2047. I've now corrected
notes that the DVD of the Matsumoto Leiji
- Daft Punk work Interstella
5555 - the 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
is stated by Labels
to be set for release (presumably in France) on
28 November 2003. Source: Aniota
Shimbun reports that yesterday the Tokyo
High Court handed down its decision on more
litigation over the Super Dimension Fortress
Macross anime. President Yamashita of
the court held that the production company
Tatsunoko Pro held copyright over the work, since
that company was the one with the responsibility
for ensuring the completion of the work. On the
other hand, the court distinguished this from
copyright in the designs of the characters etc,
which was held to reside with planning company
Studio Nue. Source: Aniota.
This seems to confirm the earlier decisions in
the lower Tokyo District Court.
- If you're going to Tokyo, note that Kinokuniya
(one of the best bookshops in the world IMNSHO,
at least if you're an anime or manga fan) opened
and DVD specialty store "Forest"
in Shinjuku today. The store is said to stock 50,000
DVDs and 150,000 manga volumes. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. Yum. If things work out, I could be
visiting Japan again this year \^_^/
- Miss out on the premium box version of the I've
Girls Compilation Lament/Outflow? The
two CDs "I've Girls Compilation Lament"
and "I've Girls Compilation Outflow"
will be released separately by Visual Arts on 30
October 2003, price 2,800 yen (excluding tax).
Club. There won't be a DVD with the separate
releases, though. For a link to track listings
and sound samples, see my 31 July 2003 entry.
- GAiNAX has
on its website that its TV anime (in conjunction
with JC Staff) of Boukyaku no Senritsu
(Melody of Oblivion) will commence broadcast on
TV in the (northern) spring of 2004. Doesn't
actually say April 2004, though.
- GAiNAX has also confirmed
that volume 9 of the Evangelion
manga will be published in the coming (northern)
spring and that the limited edition
version will come with Ayanami Rei action figure.
25 September 2003 (last update for the day)
- More to type up but don't have the time. Maybe
- To celebrate Matsumoto Leiji's 50 years
in the business, Real Japan have a collection
of Matsumoto related clips to view. Just
go to this
page and then click on the Captain Harlock
image (or "high" or "low"
depending on your connection). You'll see see a
collection of clips and interviews relating to
Captain Harlock, Gun Frontier, Submarine Super 99,
Galaxy Express 999 and the upcoming Galaxy
Railways (to commence broadcast on 4 October 2003).
There's enough English signage that you should be
able to work things out. Source: Aniota.
- The Studio
Ghibli website has updated with a few more details
of the Nausicaa DVD release.
It'll come with 28 minute clip about the birth of
Ghibli, 6 minute promo for Innocence as
well as ads for Innocence and Hauru no Ogoku
Shiro (Howl's Moving Castle). BTW,
Production IG's Japanese website
has a few stills
of the Innocence
movie. Source: Aniota.
- Have you got the RahXephon movie
DVD, rental VHS tape and the Playstation 2 game?
If so, you can enter the secret
section of the official
website, where you can download a
screensaver(s), wallpapers and go into the draw
to be one of 100 winners of RahXephon goods (I
doubt they'll send stuff out of Japan, though).
To enter the section, go to this
page and enter the passwords. The space on
the left is for the rental VHS tape password (the
password appears at the end of the tape), the
space in the centre is for the game (password is
in the booklet) and the space on the right is for
the movie DVD (password is in the booklet).
- Toei Animation's website for the upcoming TV
anime Bobobobo Bobobo is now
up. Source: Ma-ten.
Not much to see at present, though. The series
will commence broadcast on 8 November 2003.
Corporation reports that VAP will release the
~ Andulusia no Natsu (Eggplant ~
Andulusian Summer) movie on DVD on 21 December
2003. Furthermore, there'll be a collector's
Catalogue number VPBV-11872
Price 4,800 yen
DVD will be single layer, running time 47
minutes, standard 4:3 aspect ratio, with Dolby
Digital 5.1ch sound and Dolby Digital stereo
sound. Sadly no mention of English subtitles.
Catalogue number VPBV-11873
Price 9,800 yen
Comes with special disc and T-shirt (all in a
box, of course). Special disc has storyboards (you
can switch to the regular movie), a new three
minute long anime, director interview, clip of an
event for the screening of the movie etc. Plus,
the special disc will have DTS sound (presumably
for the movie).
Corporation reports that Pioneer LDC
Inc. has announced that on 1 October
2003 it shall change its name to Geneon
Entertainment Inc. to accompany the
transfer of shares to Dentsu. The name's
components are "Gen" and "Eon".
"Gen" from the verb "to generate"
and "Eon" meaning "eternity"
or in astronomical terms, a thousand million
years. This is to signify that the company
produces new entertainment and lasting value. The
company's official website URL will change to www.geneon-ent.co.jp
on 1 October 2003 as well. Source: alternative-live.
The URL doesn't seem to work at present, though.
- The MBS website for Hagane no
Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist)
has updated and there are three
versions of ads for the series to view (although
I'm presuming it caters for broadband connections).
Kidou. The series commences 4 October 2003.
website for Battle Programmer Shirase
(not sure how to read the katakana) is now up.
The series will commence broadcast on TSS on 3
October 2003. Planning by GANSIS and AIC. Source:
Group BBS. I assume this is an anime: it's
got a character designer and mecha designer.
- The anime version of Maria-sama
ga Miteru is scheduled to commence
broadcast on 7 January 2003. Source: Moon Phase.
- Updated the Yumeria info.
- At the end of yesterday's broadcast of the final
episode of Divergence
Eve, it was announced that a
sequel series will be produced, to be
broadcast next year (expected to be one season,
to be broadcast in the early (northern) spring).
Title of the new series will be "Misaki
Chronicle ~ Divergence Eve". Source: TA
- The official Gadguard
website has announced that the additional
episodes up to episode 26 will be broadcast
on Animax and Fuji TV 721. Source: ultimatum
half edition. Previously the Fuji TV
broadcast finished at episode 19 or 20.
- Too tired yesterday. And really busy with work at
the moment. But I'll try to get some stuff out.
- The official website for the Yumeria
3D love adventure computer game now has a page up
for the upcoming TV anime version,
which is to commence broadcast on BS-i in January
2004. Not much to see at present, but in
commemoration of the animation, there's a special
movie clip you can download, though it's a bit
ecchi ^_^;; Source: Tentative
Name. I don't know if the anime's gonna end
up looking like that, though.
- BS-i also now has a webpage
up for the upcoming Yumeria TV anime.
Shonen Mikuri Tomokazu has a dream of a girl
fighting an enemy in a strange land. With his
help, the girl is able to fight off the enemy.
When he awakes, the girl (Mone) is next to him.
The battle in the real and dream world has just
begun. Source: TA
Group BBS. Note that presently the pics of
each character on the website are from the game,
not the anime.
- After a hiatus, the m.o.e (master of
entertainment) website has
updated. The pic on the homepage is of an original
anime currently in production which will
be broadcast next year. Character design by
Oshima Miwa (who, IIRC, also did character design
for Rizelmain). Source: Tentative
Name. m.o.e's previous works include some of
the later Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi series and
23 September 2003
- Not that much to type up at present. More time to
myself \^_^/ May type up a bit more later, though...
For now, back to finishing off volume 4 of the R.O.D
manga. Three chapters left.
- Back on 19 September 2003 I wrote about CBC and
MBS broadcasting specials in the leadup to the
start of the live action dorama series Pretty
Guardian Sailormoon on 4 October
2003. The official website has now updated with
news of the special - a "making of"
special, titled "Make Up!! Bishoujo Senshi
Sailormoon". Looks like both stations will
be broadcasting the same special.
- On 20 August 2003, I wrote about the release of
the mook Blue Note with art by
Chen Shu Fen and Ping Fan. Shogakukan Production
now has a page
up for the mook, with some additional details.
The mook will come with ten new illustrations by
the illustrator couple and publication date is
now scheduled for the slightly later date of 3
October 2003. Price 2,500 yen (excluding tax).
The book will be B5 in size, with 132 full colour
pages. A collection of short manga stories with
words by Sakamoto Yuuji and art by Chen Shu Fen
and Ping Fan.
22 September 2003 (fifth update)
- Anime, seiyuu and event website Anista.TV has
announced that it's planning a TV anime
"Loon Moon". First there'll be
a drama CD release. Character designs will be by P-Alpha,
who does the cute artwork on the Anista.TV
website. Anime production by Rams and Aniplex (ie
Sony). Source: TA
- According to this 2
channel post, an advance issue of Shonen
Ace manga magazine (on sale 26 September 2003)
states that the GAiNAX anime Boukyaku no
Senritsu (Melody of Oblivion) will
commence broadcast on TV next April 2004. At
least, that's how I read the post. 2 channel
posts seem to be very brief. Source: Moon Phase. The
manga of Boukyaku no Senritsu by Karakura Shinji
is serialised in Shonen Ace.
- The same post seems to suggest that volume 9 of
the Evangelion manga will be
released in the (northern) spring of 2004 and
that there'll be a version available with an
- The Tokyo Game
Show 2003 is on this weekend from 26 to 28
September 2003. On this
page of the official website, it's stated
that AT-X's new original anime
to be released next year will be based on a
popular computer game. Source: Moon Phase.
- I wrote up release details for volume 4 of the
OVA series Nurse Witch Komugi-chan
Magical te on 2 September 2003. The official
website has now put up a pic
of a trial version of the figure which will
come with volume 4. Source: Moon Phase.
- Two official websites up for the upcoming new
anime series of Popolo Crois Monogatari
(Popolo Crios Story). Looks like official title
will just be "Popolo Crois". The TV
Tokyo website is up here
and the TMS Entertainment website is up here.
Not much to see on either site at present.
Broadcast will commence on 5 October 2003. Source:
Kaori is to play Sailormoon's mother Tsukino
Ikuko in the live action series Pretty
Guardian Sailormoon. The series will
commence broadcast on 4 October 2003. Source: Aniota.
- Production IG's Japanese website has character
designs up for the TV anime version of Sakigake!!
Cromartie Koukou (Cromartie High
School). Click on the links at the bottom of the
page for more character designs. Source: Aniota.
The series will commence broadcast on 2 October
Corporation reports that Buena Vista
Home Entertainment has announced that,
it has decided to drop the pseudo-stereo
soundtrack from the upcoming Nausicaa DVD release,
leaving the original monoaural soundtrack (and
the audio commentaries). The pseudo-stereo
soundtrack was developed for the DVD release, but
after repeated testing it was decided that the
monoaural soundtrack was superior. For other
release details for this DVD, see my 26 July 2003
entry. Source: Rakuga
- The R.O.D
- The TV - website has updated to
announce that the start of regular broadcast of
the series has been put back (yet again) to 15
October 2003 (well, actually early morning 16
October 2003). This means that if the DVD release
date is not put back, then episodes 1 and 2 will
be sold on DVD on the same day that episode 2
goes to air. Actually earlier, since episode 2
would air at about 2.58am on 23 October 2003.
- Bandai has updated its site with some upcoming
releases. Among those releases are more
details on the Spirit
of Wonder Tsuruta Kenji Wonder Box:
the new short anime will be titled "China-san
no Kyoushuu" (China-san's Homesickness).
I've now updated my 20 September 2003. Larger
pics of the two figures included with the box can
also be seen here.
2 of the GiTS:SAC Official Log
will be released on 21 December 2003, catalogue
number BCBA-1762, price 5,040 yen (including tax).
Same sort of deal: DVD and book enclosed in a
sleeve. The DVD will be 80 minutes duration this
time and is also stated to be multi-audio. DVD
will contain a trailer collection and Section 9
discussion (with scenario team discussion audio
track). The book is again A5 hardcover, 160 pages
this time (48 pages 4 colour, 48 pages 2 colour,
64 pages 1 colour). Book contents: introduction
to episodes 20 to 26, analysis of the Laughing
Man case, report on the net, crime and law,
scenario team long interview, cast interview and
introduction to the cyberworld. This is described
to be the concluding volume of the Official Log.
Then again, I think in Japan, episode 26 is still
said to be the final episode.
21 September 2003
- The Bindume
Yousei (Bottle Fairy) TV anime will
commence broadcast on TVK starting 4 October 2003.
- Too tired. Going to sleep.
- The Galgrease
Poster Books have been released. I
don't have my copies yet, but do they just
contain basically the 4 booklet posters and 8
illustration cards? What happened to the 52 pages...?
Does that mean the Galgrease 001 Wild Wet
West Gashuu (Art Collection) is a
separate item which is still in the works? In
that case, that item's the one which will be
roughly B4 in size and 52 pages. If the present
release is just the booklet posters and
illustration cards without any book, then:
Moushiwake arimasen! m(_ _)m Sorry to
everyone who may have ordered the Poster Books
based on what I wrote ;_; One of these days I'll
get this news right... -_-
20 September 2003 (fourth update)
- Animators Bee Train (makers of
Noir and .hack//SIGN) have a provisional
website up. Not much to see, though. Source: Moon Phase.
- Sorry, nowadays I don't keep up with anime
licensing in the West as well as I used to. I
note on AnimEigo's
website they state that their licence for Spirit
of Wonder: Miss China's Ring has expired and
may not be renewed. Any news on that? Anyway, in
Japan the Spirit
of Wonder Tsuruta Kenji Wonder Box
will be released by Bandai on 23 January 2003,
catalogue number BCBA-1803. This will be a first
pressing limited edition box with a
price to match: 22,800 yen (excluding tax). It'll
contain 3 DVDs and 5 CDs (all picture-labelled),
a booklet (details of each work, as well as
illustrations by Tsuruta) and two reproduction
figures of China-san: one a
bust (approximately 9cm tall) and the other full
figure (approximately 15cm tall). All done
under Tsuruta's supervision. The box is
illustrated by Tsuruta, of course. The DVDs will
contain all the anime released to date together
with a new China-san short story:
Shonen Kagaku Club (second OVA series)
China-san no Yuu-utsu (first OVA, aka Miss
China-san no Shukusho (second OVA series)
China-san no Wakusei (second OVA series)
China-san no Sakazuki (not sure of the title)
China-san no Gyakushuu
China-san no Kyoushuu (updated 22 September 2003)
Total running time approximately 145 minutes.
Sound Dolby Digital stereo, standard 4:3 aspect
ratio, single layer. The CDs will be:
Shonen Kagaku Club soundtrack
China-san no Yuuutsu soundtrack
China-san no Gyakushuu drama
Spirit of Wonder radio drama
China-san no Yuuutsu theme song CD single
Club. The Mangaoh Club details also state
that the DVDs will include soundtrack for
a foreign edition, though there's no
mention of that detail on Bandai's website. I
presume that means a foreign language soundtrack,
and I presume that foreign language is English.
Presumably that wouldn't include for the new
short story, though.
- For Studio Ghibli fans, an image album
for the upcoming movie Hauru no Ogoku Shiro (Howl's
Moving Castle) will be released on 3
December 2003, catalogue number TKCA-72620, price
2,857 yen (excluding tax). Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Volume 6 of Di Gi Charat Nyo
will be released on 21 December 2003. There'll be
Limited Special Edition, which will
come with box to hold volumes 6 to 10,
the usual playing cards (you need to collect the
entire series to form a complete set), special
DVD and Dejiko goods. Catalogue number BCBA-1702,
price 8,800 yen. Regular edition catalogue number
BCBA-1649, price 6,000 yen. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Computer crash.
states that the six volumes of the Full
Metal Panic? Fumoffu DVD
release will each have a first
pressing limited edition version. Each
will come with character figure, SD arm slave,
some kind of Bonta-kun figure (not sure what it
is, but you're supposed to collect a figure from
each volume to complete the set), spoken word CD
and postcard(s). Mangaoh Club
has details up for volume 2, to be released 21
December 2003. First pressing limited edition
version: catalogue number BIBA-3782, price 8,800
yen, figure will be of Sagara Sosuke, the CD will
contain another instalment of Tessa no Kanchou
Nikki (Tessa's Captain's Log). Regular edition
version: catalogue number BIBA-3772, price 5,800.
Since it looks like the first pressing limited
edition version of each volume will contain the
stuff, I'm not going to report on this DVD
release any more.
has an English
language report on manga publisher Mag
Garden listing on a subsidiary board of
the Tokyo Stock Exchange. As stated in the
report, two of the titles in Mag Garden's manga
stable have been animated as TV series this year:
Loki Ragnarok and Peacemaker
Kurogane (the latter will commence broadcast
in October 2003). What's interesting is that in
Net business article, it's stated that it's
been decided to animate three other titles as TV
series. Source: Moon Phase. Hmm,
I wonder what those titles will be. I recall that
ADV Films recently announced licensing manga such
as R^2 (rise R to the second power), Jinki Extend
and Desert Quarrel, which are serialised in Mag
Comic Blade manga magazine. I wonder if any
of those is going to be animated?
in the course of reporting
about the Tetsujin
28-go (Gigantor) live action movie, also
states that a live action Devilman movie
is in the planning stages. Source: Aniota.
video for Nishizaki Yoshinori's
Battleship Yamato Rebirth Chapter",
to be released next year. You'll see three small
triangles about the row of images in the middle
of the screen. Click on the left triangle for
high quality broadband, on the centre triangle
for low quality broadband and on the right
triangle for narrowband internet connection. Joins.com
reports that this anime will be a joint Japanese-Korean
production. The project is worth 15 thousand
million won (approximately 1.5 thousand million
yen). Source: Source: Aniota.
19 September 2003 (fifth update)
- Updated the Kon Satoshi news.
- Toei Animation has announced
that the three volume OVA based
on the bishoujo computer
game Interlude will be
released starting in the (northern) spring of
2004. Source: Moon
Phase. Previously it'd been reported that the
series will be released in the (northern) winter.
- A "digest" movie is up
for streaming download for the Tenchi
Muyo! Ryo-ohki 3rd OVA series on this
page of the official
website. Should be pretty self-explanatory:
next to the pic of Tenchi and Ayeka, choose from
either broadband connection or modem connection.
Source: Moon Phase.
- JVC Music has a website
up for the upcoming TV anime series of Gungrave,
though there's no nothing much to see at present,
and no sound samples. Source: Moon Phase. The
series will commence broadcast on 6 October 2003
(actually early 7 October 2003).
Satoshi's first TV anime
series Mousou Dairinin will commence
broadcast on WOWOW
in February 2004. In the meantime, a WOWOW
program on 30 November 2003 will reveal some
details on the upcoming series. Source: Aniota.
Aniota states that Kon will direct the series.
However, when Kon earlier wrote about the work (see
my 1 September 2002 entry), he wrote that he'd
write the story and produce it, but wouldn't
direct it. Maybe things changed...?
- The TV anime version of the manga Hagane
no Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist)
will commence broadcast on 4 October 2003. Prior
to that, the official website has announced that
there'll be TV special -
broadcast by TBS in Tokyo on 2 October 2003 and
by MBS in Osaka on 3 October 2003. Source: Source:
- animate.tv has a preview
clip available for streaming
download for the three volume OVA
series "True Love Story: Summer Days, and
yet...". On the page linked,
you'll see two dark buttons side by side at the
bottom right hand corner. Click on the left hand
button if you have a narrowband internet
connection, click on the right for a broadband
connection. For release details for volume 1 of
the OVA, see my 30 May 2003 entry. The fan disc
which comes with the first pressing limited
edition version will come with wallpapers,
screensaver, voice accessories, character
compatibility analysis and mini-game. Volume 2
will be released in December 2003 and volume 3 in
March 2004. Source: Rakuga
- Mecha anime Godannar
will commence broadcast in October 2003 (apparently
1 October 2003). In the meantime, animate.tv has
available for download. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. View the trailer in the same way you'd
view the promo clip for the True Love Story OVA
- TV Station magazine reveals that the TV anime
version of the adult game Yami to Boushi
to Hon no Tabibito will commence
broadcast on MBS on 2 October 2003 (actually
early morning 3 October 2003). Source: TA
- CBC will broadcast a program Sailor Moon
Navi (tentative title) on 27 September
2003. Meanwhile, TV Station magazine states that
on 3 October 2003, MBS will broadcast a special
on the live action dorama series Pretty
Guardian Sailormoon. Source: TA
Group BBS. I don't know if the two shows will
be the same. The series itself will commence
broadcast on 4 October 2003.
- Kodansha has details (and covers) up for Shirow
Masamune Galgrease poster book collections.
See my 28 August 2003 for details. However,
Kodansha confirms that the books will be A5 size,
not B4, and that release date will be 20
September 2003 (ie tomorrow). Click on each cover
for more details for each book, mainly ISBN.
- Volume 6 of the DVD of Kino no
Tabi ~ the Beautiful World ~ will be
released on 19 November 2003, price 4,800 yen. First
pressing will come with a radio drama CD.
- I thought I mentioned it before, but those
who purchase all 13 volumes of the DVD release of
the new Astro
Boy Tetsuwan Atom TV series
will be able to apply for some special goods.
Volume 1 will be released on 3 October 2003.
- Don't know if it's news or not, but volume
3 of Macross
Zero will be released on 28 November
2003, price 5,000 yen. Source: Animate.
- Volume 1 of the second OVA series of
Futari Ecchi will be released on 27
November 2003, price 5,800 yen. Title will be
"White Lovers", I think. A two volume
series, just like the first series. Source: Animate.
- Volume 2 of the Tenchi
Muyo! Ryo-ohki 3rd OVA
series will be released on DVD on 21
November 2003, price 4,800 yen. As with volume 1,
first pressing will come with a Radio
Tenchi CD. Source: Animate.
- The Nekojiru Gekijo (Movie) will
be released on DVD on 19 November 2003, price 3,800
yen. Source: Animate.
- Not news, but Media Blasters
that it will review those of its DVDs which have
mono sound and re-author the ones which performed
better in sales. This will include 12 Kokki \^_^/
I'll just wait til then. Given the number of
titles which appear to have problems, I wasn't
sure MB was going to tackle the problem, so
credit goes to the company for dealing with it -
the fact that they'll only re-author the more
popular titles isn't ideal, but I can accept it's
a commercial decision. Credit I believe also goes
to the denizens of the Anime
on DVD forums who, for the ultimate benefit
of everyone, compiled the evidence and organised
action to a level that the company could not
- The Seishinsha website has updated with details
of the 2004
Shirow Masamune calendar Japanesque.
As I previously wrote, it'll be released in mid-October
2003 and will be B4 in size with 13 illustrations.
However, price is stated to be 1,600 yen (excluding
tax). There's also a pic of the cover on the page
- The Shingetsutan
Tsuki-hime anime will commence broadcast on 9
October 2003. A week prior, a Tsuki-hime
Desktop Accessory CD-ROM will be
released, price 2,500 yen. This will feature over
100 illustrations, not from the anime but more
from the authors of the manga anthology. Included
will be wallpaper collection, calendar, clock,
puzzle, screensaver etc. For Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
computers. It'll also come with a 32 page booklet.
- First, the Tenjou Tenge news.
Lots of news today \^_^/ Part I:
it seems that the Tenjou Tenge anime will
be a TV series and will commence broadcast in the
(northern) spring. More details are
expected in the November 2003 issue of Ultrajump
magazine (on sale 18 October 2003). Source: Sa-i.
- Tenjou Tenge News Part II: volume 11 of
the Tenjou Tenge manga will be published
on 19 March 2004. There will be a special
edition which will come with a figure of Natsume
Aya, just as the limited edition version
of volume 9 came with the Natsume Maya figure.
More details are expected in the November 2003
issue of Ultrajump magazine. Source: Sa-i.
- Tenjou Tenge News Part III: if you
purchase the October, November and December
issues of Ultrajump magazine, you'll be able to
apply for a special Tenjou
Tenge poster, B2 size (515mm x 728mm).
One of those posters with the glittering effect (forget
what you call it). Presumably there'll be coupons
in each issue. You'll then need to attach them to
the sheet in one of the issues and send it in
with 1,000 yen in postage. Applications must be
postmarked no later than 18 December 2003.
Presumably they won't ship outside Japan either (not
for just 1,000 yen postage). Apart from TenTen,
you can also get a poster of the manga Tengoku
~ Heaven's Prison ~ by Utatane Hiroyuki and a
poster of the manga Puchimon
(Petit Monster) by Nanase Aoi.
- Tenjou Tenge News Part IV: as
previously reported, volume 10 of the Tenjou
Tenge manga will be published on 17
October 2003. To celebrate, the November
2003 issue of Ultrajump
magazine (on sale 18 October 2003) will
come with a special "Remixed Version Cover"
for volume 10. That is, an alternative
jacket which you can use for volume 10. The
November issue will also feature Tenjou Tenge on
17 September 2003 (second update)
- Won't update anymore today. Been a long day. I
expect to be busy with work for at least the next
two days and I need my beauty sleep.
- If anyone wanted to buy the limited edition Tenchi Muyo!
Juu Shuunen Kinen (10th Anniversary Memorial) DVD
Club has one set available for 30% off, ie 70,000
yen (excluding tax) instead of the usual 100,000
yen (excluding tax).
Siberry's new album "Shushan
The Palace (Hymns of Earth)" will be
released on 4 November 2003. Not that this has
anything to do with anime or manga...
- The official UFO
Princess Walkure website seems to
have a separate page
of the second TV series Jyuuni Tsuki no
Yasoukyoku (December Nocturne) now,
though it's only got the broadcast schedule up.
There'll be a new character in this series - a
mysterious shoujo. Source: Moon Phase. The
series commences broadcast on 3 October 2003.
- I seem to have forgotten to mention that the CBC
website for the upcoming live action dorama
series Pretty Guardian Sailormoon
can be found here.
The series will commence broadcast on 4 October
- The Ai
Yori Aoshi official website has
updated with news of the broadcast
schedule for the second series Enishi.
First to broadcast it will be TV Saitama on 11
October 2003 (actually early morning 12 October
2003). Source: Magicalantique.com.
16 September 2003 (third update)
- I'm going to leave it at this for today.
- Starchild has a page
up for a new TV anime to commence broadcast
on TV Tokyo on 6 October 2003. However, I'm not
certain of the title, since it's all written in
hiragana and katakana. It seems to me it's either
Saiko Robot Kombock (The
Greatest Robot Kombock) or Psycho Robot Kombock
^_^;; Bearing in mind the storyline, I'm thinking
it's probably the former. The story is set in
2040. Japan has made great strides in creating
humanoid robots and humans and robots live
together in the new Shin Musashino City (part of
Tokyo). But then the mad scientist Professor K
sets in motion his plan for world domination. Can
our hero Ichiro, his partner robot Kombock and
their friends thwart Professor K? Anime
production by XEBEC. Source: Moon Phase.
- The latest issue of Newtype Japan (the October
issue, published about a week ago) states that the
Nadesico movie, Utena movie and the Cyber Team in
Akihabara movie will be re-released in a three
disc DVD box set. Title of this box set
will be "Gekijoban", ie "Movie
Version". Very descriptive, but also very
unimaginative. Anyway, it'll be released by King
Records at the end of December 2003, price 9,800
yen. Jackets will sport new illustrations by the
character designers for each movie. Source: TA
Group BBS. Remember back on 12 May 2003 when
I wrote about work on a 5.1ch sound version of
Utena? Maybe this re-release will have 5.1ch
- The official Stratos
4 website has updated with specs on
the Special Fan Disc to be
released on 21 December 2003. Firstly, it'll be a
first pressing limited edition item.
Disc length approximately 50 minutes, Dolby
Digital stereo, single layer, 4:3 aspect ratio.
Source: Moon Phase.
For the rest of the details about the figure and
box which come with the DVD etc, see my 13 August
- The third and final (I think) volume of the OVA
Hearts will be released on 28
November 2003. The official website has upated
with news that there'll be a first
pressing limited edition version and a
regular edition of volume 3.
Regular edition details: catalogue number KSXA-24473,
price 5,000 yen (excluding tax), comes with
postcard. Limited edition version details:
catalogue number KSXA-24476, price 7,800 yen (excluding
tax), comes with postcard, special drama
CD and special clear box to hold 2 CDs.
Source: Moon Phase.
- My completely wild guess about R.O.D
- The TV - is that Nenene's editor Lee will
turn out to be an agent of the Dokusensha (the
Chinese enemy/rival of the British Library in
collecting books) and that he's been assigned to
watch over Nenene in case The Paper should try to
contact Nenene. Pure speculation on my part.
sorry, still no further news about the Haibane
Renmei artbook. I'm still looking out for it,
though, and when I do learn more, I'll certainly
post it here (right after I order it ^_^ ). But I
think you would've seen a copy of the printed ad
for the book stating that it was going to be
published in July. And the fifth volume of the
region 2 DVD said that same. So I wasn't making
it up, honest ^_^;;
- (Catalogue number updated 26 September 2003). The
will be released on 27 November 2003, catalogue
number SSBX-2047, price 3,800 yen (excluding tax).
It'll come with a booklet, the DVD will contain
all five episodes of the DVD version of URDA (with
5.1ch sound), all five episodes of the web
version, trailers for the show and some of
creator Romanov Higa's past works. The DVD
version of the anime is said to be an upgrade and
will also feature a bit of new music (in episode
1) and an additional 30 seconds of new footage.
For more details on this 3D CG anime, see my 7
May 2002 entry. Also, you can view the web
version on anime goo's URDA
website. IIRC, episode 2 is currently available
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