1-15 OCTOBER 2003 NEWS
15 October 2003 (last update for the day)
- An anime I haven't gotten around to mentioning is
Omoikkiri Kagaku Adventure So Nanda!
Commenced broadcast on 5 October 2003. Website is
- ZDNet Japan as a photo
report of items on display at this year's Plamodel
Radicon Show. Click on the pics on the ZDNet
Japan link for more pics. Source: Ma-ten.
Among the items is this Michelle
Chan statue from R.O.D - The TV -. 8,000 yen
Japan reports that M3 Entertainment will
release its Windows desktop accessory CD-ROM
Uchuu no Stellvia The Great Collection
on 28 November 2003. Contents include 98 voice
files, 100 wallpapers, icons, mouse pointer,
screensaver, calendar, design works, mini-games
etc. First pressing will come with original pin
badge. Price 4,800 yen. Source: Moon Phase.
- The Asahi
Shimbun reports that the Japanese
government is planning to promote "contents
business", ie content-based/intellectual
property industries such as anime, movies, games
and music. Measures will be aimed at increasing
opportunities for training and education, and
facilitating financing of works as well as
strengthening anti-piracy measures. The annual
Japanese domestic contents industry is 11,000,000,000
yen in size, twice that of the nation's steel
industry. Source: Rakuga
- To commemorate the release of the Nausicaa DVD on
19 November 2003, Tokuma Shoten is releasing limited
sets of the Kaze no Tani no
Nausicaa manga or film comics with "Torumekia
War Version" cases to house the
manga/comics at the end of October. You can
choose from the manga version: seven wideban B5
size volumes of the manga in a box, ISBN 4-19-210010-X.
Or the film comic version: four B6 size volumes
in a box, ISBN 4-19-210011-8. Each boxed set
costs 2,648 yen (excluding tax). Source: ultimatum.
- Fuji TV webpage
for R.O.D - The TV -, which
commences terrestrial broadcast today (actually
very early morning 16 October 2003). Source: Magicalantique.com.
- On 12 October 2003, I wrote about the limited
edition version of volume 4 of Shibata Ami's
manga Papuwa coming with a Tano-kun
mobile phone strap. Toranoana
has a pic of the strap here.
- And on the same day, I also wrote about the limited
edition of volume 3 of Fujishiro Ken's manga
Nagasarete Airantou coming with a figure
of Suzu and Tonkatsu. Toranoana has a pic of the
Seems a bit mean to call a pig "Tonkatsu"
^_^;; The figure is cute, though ^_^
Seed chess pieces. Click on the
pieces. There are fourteen types of figure, two
of which are secret. Source: Hobby Search.
- Hayashibara Megumi's new album
will be released on 7 January 2004, price 3,150
yen (including tax). Title undetermined. Source: animate Web
- The Kimi ga
Nozomu Eien Mayauru no
Okurimono Set will be released on 23
January 2004, containing the first four episodes
of the TV anime. First pressing will come
with picture book and reversible jacket.
Price 12,075 yen (including tax)?! Source: animate Web
- Otherwise, it looks like you can just buy regular
DVD volume releases of Kimi ga
Nozomu Eien. Fansite Kiminozo
News states gives the following release
Volumes 1 and 2 to be released 23 January 2004
Volume 3 to be released 25 February 2004
Volume 4 to be released 25 March 2004.
Price for each volume will be 5,500 yen (excluding
14 October 2003 (second update)
- Maybe a bit more later. Still busy.
- Sorry, typo with my 11 October 2003. Director of
the Spirit movie should be Sugiyama Keiichi, not
Suiyama Keiichi. I've corrected my earlier post.
Sorry for all the typos recently m(_ _)m It
seems to be a combination of fast typing, slow
computer application, a cheap/unresponsive
keyboard, my workload and my laziness -_- Common
typos are missing "s", "g",
"h" and "n" letters. Anyway,
if anything looks like a typo, it's probably a
typo. If you read news somewhere else which is
different from what I type up, I recommend you
follow the other website, whether it's an
apparent typo or a bigger discrepancy.
- Tokuma Shoten will publish "fa
documenta Murata Range - 001+002 collection
catalogue -" in December 2003. Murata Range (most
recently noted for character designs in Last
Exile) has designed various products
recently, including watches, boots and clohing.
This first limited edition mook
will contain illustrations from which such
designs originated, as well as description of the
finished products. The book will come with mobile
telephone strap designed by Murata, some sort of
paper pattern sheet and something else I can't
work out ^_^;; Sounds like more a design book
than an artbook. On the other hand, the standard
edition of Murata's second artbook futurhythm
will be published by Wani Magazine in mid-December
2003, price 3,800 yen (excluding tax). May not be
as exclusive as the first edition, but it's
cheaper than the 9,500 yen (exlcuding tax) for
the first edition. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- The official Ai
Yori Aoshi ~ Enishi ~ website has updated
with DVD and CD release info, so
I'll consolidate the info here. As I previously
wrote, volume 1 of the DVD will be released on 21
December 2003, price 5,000 yen (excluding tax).
First pressing (catalogue number GNBA-1009
will come with box illustrated by mangaka
Fumizuki Kou to hold the first three volumes of
this six volume series and an Aoi-chan self-righting
doll. The official website calls the Aoi-chan
doll a "desktop balloon pop". I think
both descriptions could be correct, but calling
it a "balloon pop" conjures up images
of a cheaper item to me. Furthermore, the
official website states that the first pressing
of volume 1 will also come with desktop calendar,
character postcard and postcard holder. Regular
edition catalogue number for volume 1 is GNBA-1011.
DVD release details for the rest of the series:
Volume 2 to be released 23 January 2004.
Volume 3 to be released 25 February 2004.
Volume 4 to be released 21 March
2004. There'll be a first pressing
version of this volume. I presume it'll
at least come with box to hold the last three
Volume 5 to be released 23 April 2004.
Volume 6 to be released 21 May 2004.
Each volume will contain two episodes and cost 5,000
yen (excluding tax).
I've previously written about the OST - see my 2
and 10 October 2003 entries. Two more CDs are
scheduled for release. Given that their titles
contain the word "Gekiban", I assume
they'll be predominantly drama CDs, though they
will contain at least a character song each.
Anyway, volume 2 "Take" is to be
released on 21 December 2003, catalogue number
GNCA-1009, and volume 3 "Ume" is to be
released on 23 January 2004, catalogue number
GNCA-1010. Each CD will cost 2,500 yen (excluding
tax) and first pressing of each will come special
Source: Moon Phase.
(Catalogue number updated 18 October 2003.)
Corporation reports that the release
of the Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa Collector's Box
has been put back from 19 November 2003
to 5 December 2003. The regular edition DVD and
the Nausicaa Figure Set version will still be
released on 19 November 2003. For more release
details, see my 26 July 2003 entry, but remember
the pseudo-stereo soundtrack will no longer be
included. Source: Rakuga
- That shop poster I saw which suggested that the R.O.D
- The TV - DVD release was to commence on 27
November 2003 seems to have been an old-ish one:
it referred to terrestrial broadcast commencing
on 8 October 2003. (Terrestrial broadcast will
now commence tomorrow).
13 October 2003
- Further to my post yesterday about the limited
edition version of volume 3 of Fujishiro Ken's
manga Nagasarete Airantou, Keibunsha
states that the figure will be one of Suzu with
Tonkatsu. Source: ultimatum.
- Graphical Corporation Crowd Inc. states
on its website
that the TV anime Mahou Shoujo Tai
is planned for broadcast in April 2004. This will
be Studio 4°C's first TV anime. Source: Moon Phase.
12 October 2003 (second update)
- That's it for today. I'll deal with the rest when
I have more time.
- Bandai has commercials
available for streaming download for the GiTS:SAC
Official Log volume 1 (to be released on
24 October 2003) and Macross Zero volume
3 (to be released 28 November 2003).
There are two ads for the Official Log. A 30
second ad at the top of the left hand column and
a 15 secod ad at the top of the right hand column.
The Macross Zero ad is the other new ad, second
from the top of the left hand column. Source: Aniota.
- Kenneth Lee, late of TokyoPop and more recently
found at the Anime on DVD forums points out an
error with my 8 October 2003 entry. The Shirow
Masamune's poster collection Togi-hime Zoushi
should be stated to be released on 5 December
2003, not 2004. I've now corrected the entry.
Sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks, Kenneth!
- Square Enix's website
for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal
Alchemist). Source: ultimatum.
The original manga is published by Square Enix.
- Volume 4 of Shibata Ami's manga Papuwa
will be published by Square Enix on 21 February
2004. There'll be a limited edition
version which will cost 933 yen (excluding
tax) and will come with Tano-kun mobile phone
strap. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Volume 3 of Fujishiro Ken's manga
Nagasarete Airantou will be published by
Square Enix on 21 February 2004 as well. There'll
be a limited edition version
which will cost 1,219 yen (excluding tax) and
will come 105mm tall painted PVC figure of Suzu.
- An anime based on the series of
children's picture books Kaiketsu
Zorori by Hara Yutaka
is to be produced and broadcast in the (northern)
spring of 2004. Source: ultimatum.
I'm assuming it'll be a kodomo anime and so won't
be covering it much on these pages...
11 October 2003 (fourth early update)
- Maybe more at the end of the day. Still a few
minor things I think I'll type up.
- Been busy just trying to type everything up so I
haven't included as many links for reference as I
- News from the three anime magazines usually
published around this time (Newtype, Animage and
Animedia, I think):
The AIC original work Burn-up
Scramble will commence
broadcast in January 2004.
Hikari to Mizu no Daphne (I'm not sure
about the last word) will commence broadcast in
January 2004. Original work and draft character
designs by mangaka Shiki Satoshi.
Gonzo will produce a movie "Spirit".
Director Sugiyama Keiichi, script Murai Sadayuki,
character design Ogata
Kouji. (So the news I wrote back on
28 April 2003 turned out to be true, though no
confirmation it'll be released in 2004). Is this
Gonzo's first movie? (Updated 14 October
2003: should be Sugiyama, not Suiyama).
KSS OVA Wind ~ a breath of heart ~
(based on school love story computer game) will
be six volumes, commencing release in the coming
Source: Moon Phase.
- News from the November 2003 issue of Comptiq
magazine (published recently):
The OVA Tenbatsu Angel Rabbie
(Divine Punishment Angel Rabbie) will be
broadcast on TV, although it is not yet certain
whether this will be before or after te DVD
release. For release details for volume 1, see my
28 August 2003 entry but remember that release
date has been put back to 23 January 2004.
The official title for the Raimu (Lime)
iro Senkitan OVA will be Raimu iro
Senkitan Jun (Pure). Three volumes, to be
released in 2004.
The KSS OVA "Phantom -
Phantom of Inferno"
release date has been put back from December 2003
to the (northern) spring next year.
Source: Moon Phase.
- A 2
channel post from 7 October 2003
states that following news is announced in an
advance copy of the latest issue of Dragon Age
manga magazine (on sale on the tenth of each
- Broadcast of the Chrono Crusade anime
has been put back from this (northern)
autumn to the winter.
- The next issue (ie to be published on 10
November 2003) will have details on a new
work from Yamada Norie and Yoshizuki Kimuchi,
the pair who brought you the Mahou Tsukai ni
Taisetsu na Koto ~ Someday's Dreamers manga and
anime. Title has yet to be determined. I'm
presuming this will be news of a new manga, not
Source: Moon Phase.
has announced that the Aquarian Age Saga
II ~ Don't forget me... ~ OVA will
finally be released on 21 November 2003. There'll
be a limited edition version and a regular
edition. Both will come with OST CD, two
promotion cards illustrated by Mikimoto Haruhiko
and eight page booklet. Regular edition will cost
8,800 yen (excluding tax). Limited edition will
cost 12,800 (excluding tax) and will also come
with three premium decks and a platinum pack (not
sure what the last two items are exactly - rarer
cards for the trading card game...?). Source: Moon Phase.
- Sony's website for King
of Bandit Jing has states that the Seventh
Heaven OVA will also tell the story of
how a young Jing met Keel. Source: Moon Phase. For
release details for volume 1, out 26 December
2003, see my 4 October 2003 entry.
- The top page of m.o.e's
website has updated with a second
character for the original TV anime
which the company is currently working on, to be
broadcast next year. Source: Moon Phase.
Character design by Oshima Miwa. With a company
name like "m.o.e" and character designs
like that, I assume it'll be another moe anime.
- Fuji TV has a webpage
up for the currently running TV anime Gilgamesh.
Source: Moon Phase.
- DVD release schedule for UFO
Princess Walkure, Jyuuni Tsuki no Yasoukyoku
Volume 1 - 20 December 2003 (there'll be a
limited edition version and a regular edition -
see my 2 October 2003 entry)
Volume 2 - 23 January 2004 (will come
with to hold all six volumes and OVA)
Volume 3 - 25 February 2004
Volume 4 - 25 March 2004
Volume 5 - 23 April 2004
Volume 6 - 25 May 2004
Each volume will contain two episodes, cost 5,800
yen (except the limited edition volume 1) and
come with reversible jacket, trading card,
picture labelled disc and eight page booklet.
- Volume 1 of Godanner
is to be released on 19 December 2003, catalogue
number THD-12241, price 5,800 yen. Volume 2 is to
be released on 23 January 2004 - there'll be a
limited edition and a regular edition of that
volume. The limited edition of volume 2
will come with figure and box to hold
all six volumes in the series, price 7,000 yen.
The regular edition will cost 5,800 yen. Source: Paper
- JVC Music has a webpage
up for the anime Mujin
Wakusei Survive (Uninhabited Planet
Survive), where you can sample the ED. Source: Moon Phase. The
show will start broadcast on NHK on 16 October
- Marvelous Entertainment has updated its webpage
for the upcoming OVA Kidou
Shinsen Gumi Moeyoken. There's a
small pic of the figure which will come with the
limited edition version of volume 1. Note also
that volume 1 will be 30 minutes long, but
volumes 2 to 4 will be 23 minutes long. Source: Moon Phase. For
release details, see my 2 October 2003 entry.
- To be released on 24 October 2003 is the DVD
of the Mahoromatic TV Special which was
broadcast in August. CD Japan has the release
Note that the DVD includes the Motto
Utsukushii Mono Saimatsu Special (digest episode)
which was broadcast on 19 December 2002. GAiNAX
that the DVD will come with a set of 27(!)
postcards. Source: Moon
- TV Tokyo's website for F-Zero
Falcon Densetsu is now officially
open. Source: Moon
- JVC Music's webpage for Gungrave
has opened up more sections as well. Source: Moon Phase. The
trailer just links to the TV Tokyo trailer,
- Fuji TV webpage
for the TV anime Ginga Tetsudo Monogatari
(The Galaxy Railways). Source: Aniota
Shimbun report that a 30 year old former
office worker was arrested on charges of stealing
approximately 1,270 articles (such sailor fuku)
from 54 schools (primary schools and
high schools). The accused was apprehended by
staff at a Hakodate senior high school on 1
September 2003. Police search of the accused's
home found 13 boxes and about 1,270 articles (value
approximately 1.5 million yen) such as sailor
fuku, recorders (the musical instruments),
notebooks etc. The accused confessed to having an
interest in female school students. This Asahi.com
report states that this stealing spree seems to
have started in April 1996. Source: Aniota.
Creepy. Hmm, did Anime
News Network report on this before?
- Updated the Murakami Takashi info.
- 2003 Saga International Balloon Fiesta to be held
at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo from 30 October 2003 to 3
November 2003. Try the Doraemon air
balloon (named "Baruemon") at
the event. See this Tokyo Metropolitan Government
for a pic. Source: Aniota.
- I never noticed this before, but I'm slow: the Google
hacker's version. Source: Aniota.
- The Japanese website
for the full CG movie Kaena: The Prophecy.
A French-Japanese co-production. Source: Aniota.
Not much to see at present. There's also the Playstation
2 game to be released in the (northern)
spring of 2004.
- A Daily
Sports online article: Futabasha, publisher
of the Crayon Shin-chan manga, state that copyright
contraventions regarding the Crayon Shin-chan
character in China are estimated to
translate into damages of up to 100 million yuan
(approximately 1.4 thousand million yen). The
contraventions are not only pirate editions of
the manga but also VCDs, toys and unauthorised
use of images on mobile telephones, clothing etc.
Sale of licensed goods commenced in January 2002
as a countermeasure, with the authorised edition
of the manga selling for 8.8 yuan (approximately
120 yen), close to the price of pirate editions.
- Back on 30 August 2003, I wrote about otaku
artist Murakami Takashi creating figures to be
sold with some food item this (northern) winter. ZDNet
Japan now has an article on the plan, known
as "Murakami Takashi no
Superflatmuseum". The toys will be
available at convenience stores across Japan from
8 December 2003. Previously, Murakami's artworks
have been auctioned off at Christies for prices
like US$567,500 and US$380,000. Now here's your
chance to own a (copy of a) Murakami piece for
only 350 yen per toy. You can see pics
of the range of toys which Murakami has developed
for this project on the page linked above. Back
on 30 August 2003 I couldn't be certain whether
the Miss ko2 figure would be a replica of the
original which sold for US$567,500. Judging by
the pics, it looks like the toy version will be
basically the same but with the pose only
slightly altered (and of course, must smaller).
There'll also be a copy of the Hiropon artwork (the
original of which sold for US$380,000). The first
release of the toys will be a range of ten
figures. Furthermore Roppongi Hills in Tokyo will
offer the "Roppongi Hills Edition" from
18 October 2003: a range of six toys, some of
which are a different colour version to the
regular edition. Source: Ma-ten.
I'm assuming it's one of those deals where you
buy a box of some snack and there's a figure
inside, so you can't choose the figure you want.
ie if you're lookin for the Miss ko2 or Hiropon
figures, you'll probably need to buy a few
packets of the snack before you chance upon those
Corporation also has a report on Murakami
Takashi no Superflatmuseum, where you
can view larger pics of each figure (click on
each pic for an enlargement). The figures will be
produced by Kaiyodo. Each of the ten toys will be
a limited edition of 30,000. The Roppongi
Hills Edition of six toys are a limited
edition o 15,000 each. This report also confirms
that some of the figures in Roppongi Hills
Edition don't appear in the regular convenience
store edition. There was also a New
York Edition of the toys, which were sold
during the Geisai event in September. Source: Aniota.
- Alfa System
has a website
up for the upcoming Shin Seiki
Evangelion 2 computer game for the
Playstation 2. Source: Ma-ten.
The game is set to be released in November 2003.
Alfa System is the company developing the game.
- This Comptiq
report shows a pic of the characters for Kon
Satoshi's upcoming TV anime Mousou Dairinin.
Character design by Ando Masahi of Studio Ghibli.
The anime will be produced by Madhouse.
Broadcast will commence on WOWOW in February 2004.
10 October 2003 (sixth update)
- Still more to write up, since I haven't updated
properly in four days now, but I'll leave the
rest to tomorrow.
- More character
designs at the official Yumeria
anime website, this time for Nanase,
Kuyou and Neneko. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. The anime commences broadcast in
January 2004. The pencilwork is great.
- Volume 1 of the OVA Kingdom
of Chaos will be released on 24
October 2003. From now until 23 October 2003,
Idea Factory has a 7 minute 51 second
preview movie available for download
page. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. Or at least it should have. I can't
tell at present, because the server is too busy.
Maybe you'll have more luck. For release details
for the OVA, see my 1 August 2003 entry.
- New Gadguard
wallpapers. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. You know the drill.
- A trailer for the movie Tokyo Godfathers
is available for download
from the official
website. Source: Aniota.
- Shogakukan has announced
that issue number 20 of Big Comic manga magazine
will feature a one-shot manga by
Takahashi Rumiko - "Kawaii Hana"
(Lovely Flowers). Source: ultimatum.
- On 3 August 2003, I wrote about the upcoming magazine
Weekly Watashi no Oniichan (Weekly My
Big Brother). Media Works now have a page
up for the magazine. First issue will be
published on 17 January 2004. You can see a pic
of the three figures which will come with the
first three issues. And at the bottom of the page
you can see a pic of the preview figure which
will come with the 26 December 2003 issue of
Dengeki Moe-oh magazine (price 980 yen including
tax). Source: ultimatum.
I don't know about you, but this sort of stuff
says "lolicon" to me.
Animal magazine as a website
up for the Ai Yori Aoshi manga
(on which the anime is of course based). Source: ultimatum.
There's a wallpaper you can download, if you
answer the quiz
correctly. It wouldn't be nice if I just directly
linked to the wallpaper ^_^;;
- The magazine also has a website
up for the Futari Ecchi manga
as well. Source: ultimatum.
Volume 1 of the second Futari Ecchi OVA series
will be released on 27 November 2003. For release
details, see my 19 September 2003 entry.
- The November 2003 issue of Newtype
the Live (Newtype for tokusatsu shows) states
that Kadokawa Shoten is to publish a tokusatsu
manga magazine "Tokusatsu Ace"
commencing 26 November 2003. The magazine will
include manga such as "Ultraman the First"
by Takada Yuzo, "Cutey Honey the Movie"
(tentative title) by Itoh
Shimpei and "Kikaida 02" by Meimu.
The first issue will come with a Baltan
alien figure (from the Ultraman series).
(this site used to be called "ultimatum half
edition", but now it's just "ultimatum").
BTW, one of the feature articles of the current
November 2003 issue of Newtype the Live is on
Pretty Guardian Sailormoon.
- On 25 September 2003, I wrote about the DVD
release of the Nasu ~ Andulusia no Natsu
(Eggplant ~ Andulusian Summer) movie. VAP has website
up for the movie, which confirms the DVD
release details. No real new info, though it does
state that the bonus disc which comes with the
Collector's Edition will be approximately 60
- CD Japan
on the documentary DVD Lasseter-san
Arigatou (Thank You, Lasster-san) to be
released on 19 November 2003. The DVD documents
the 20 year friendship between John Lasseter and
Miyazaki Hayao. The Studio Ghibli
website has updated
to reveal that this DVD will be in
English, with parts in Japanese.
Furthermore, it'll have Japanese and
English subtitles. Can't say I'm that
much of a Ghibli fan as to get this...
- Received my Millennium Actress Collection Box DVD
today \^_^/ Watched the movie recently and knew
that I'd have to get the limited edition DVD
release (which comes with English subtitles) of
this excellent movie. The box itself is
wonderfully elegant - only disappointment is the
very crude finishing on the towel which comes
with the package. Picked up the CD by Hirasawa
Susumu (which comes with short mpg clip). Now to
get the artbook... For the past couple of years,
most anime hasn't really grabbed my interest - a
lot of it unoriginal, forgettable or tending
towards the bishoujo. But I guess the reason I
continue to watch anime is for the gems like
Millennium Actress, or Evangelion, or Haibane
Renmei. Currently, I'm taking turns watching a
few episodes of Space Runaway Ideon, Neon Genesis
Evangelion and RahXephon at a time. Evangelion
certainly drew certain concepts from the early 80s
TV anime Ideon, just as RahXephon has its
parallels to Evangelion. And speaking of
Evangelion and RahXephon...
- Kadokawa Shoten will release the Shin
Seiki Evangelion Kanzen Tokuhon (Complete Book)
on 31 October 2003, price 952 yen (excluding tax).
This is basically a special edition of Newtype
magazine and will come with a special DVD with
promotion video and interviews etc. It'll contain
commentary on the 26 TV episodes, details and
commentary on the characters and Angels and
latest info on the Playstation 2 game Shin Seiki
Evangelion 2. Source: Mangaoh Club.
Sounds like a re-hash of info to me. Then again,
that may not stop me buying it... ^_^;;
- Media Factory will published a book
titled "Complete RahXephon" on
25 November 2003, price 2,300 yen (excluding tax).
- Mangaoh Club
states that Sakamoto
Maaya's new album Shonen
Arisu will contain all new songs
including the theme song "03" to the
short film "03+ (03 Cross)" which
she'll star in. The CD will be produced by Kanno
Yoko. For release details on the CD, see my 8
October 2003. The DVD for 03+ will be released on
the same day.
- On 8 October 2003, I wrote about Shirow
Masamune's poster collection Togi-hime Zoushi
(tentative title). Kodansha now has a page
up for the poster collection, which states
that the clear file will be A3 in size.
- DVD volume 1 of Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
(Full Metal Alchemist) is to be released
on 17 December 2003, price 3,990 yen. First
pressing will come with "super
jewel case", bonus disc and booklet.
Catalogue number SVWB-1641. Source: Animate Web
- Volume 1 of the DVD release of Peacemaker
Kurogane will be released on 21
December 2003, price 2,100 yen. There'll be some first
pressing limited edition bonus, but I
don't know what it will be. Source: Animate Web
Mail Order. For 2,100 yen, I can't imagine
it'll be anything amazing, though.
has an English language report
that a Saint Seiya movie is to
be released in February 2004. Check it out here.
- Animaxis also has a report
about the CEO of Production
IG being elected Japan's
nominee for Entrepreneur of the Year.
- I finally picked up a copy of the song
Tentoumushi no Samba (the song played during the
wedding scene in the Evangelion
TV series). Yay, my collection of Evangelion
music is now complete, including all BGM such as
the music playing on Shinji's S-DAT player \^_^/
Unfortunately, it's not the version of the
Tentoumushi no Samba actually used in the TV
series (IIRC, that version was sung by some of
the seiyuu from the series) but it's better than
- As previously reported, first pressing of
volume 5 of the DVD release of Texhnolyze will
come with box (and character card). Neowing
states that it'll be released on 21 November 2003,
catalogue number PIBA-1430, price 5,700 yen (excluding
- Volume 2 of R.O.D
- The TV - will contain episodes 3
to 5. Source: Neowing.
To be released 27 November 2003. At least it
won't be two episodes for each volume. For
release details, see my 2 October 2003 entry.
- Volume 1 of the DVD release of Ai
Yori Aoshi ~ Enishi ~ will be
released on 21 December 2003. First
pressing will come with box illustrated
by mangaka Fumizuki Kou to hold the first three
volumes of this six volume series and an
Aoi-chan self-righting doll. Catalogue
the new Geneon serial number), price 5,000 yen (excluding
tax). Source: Neowing.
(Catalogue number updated 18 October 2003.)
- On 2 October 2003, I also wrote about the Ai
Yori Aoshi ~ Enishi ~ OST,
to be released on 27 November 2003. Tentative
title will be "Matsu" (at least, that's
how I read the kanji). Neowing
states that, while it'll contain the OP and ED (both
"TV size"), note that it'll also come
with some drama tracks. Then again, as I wrote,
note that the first pressing limited edition
version will come with CD-box.
8 October 2003 (second update)
- More to type up - but I'll have to leave the rest
to some other day...
Fuchikoma. Source: Tentative
Name. From the webpage C
no Ryouiki, where you can find other stuff,
like a Lego
- I'm tired of being so tired. Workload is immense.
Looking forward to weekend, even though I know
I'll have to work the weekend anyway -_-
- Shirow Masamune's poster collection Togi-hime
Zoushi (tentative title) is to be
released 5 December 2003
price 2,857 yen (excluding tax). This will
contain 12 full colour A3 size posters, a
clearfile and 2004 calendar sticker(s). First
limited edition will come with an additional A3
size poster. Source: Mangaoh Club.
(Updated 12 October 2003 to correct the year of
Maaya fans: her forthcoming fourth
album will be titled Shonen Arisu (Shonen
Alice?). To be released 10 December 2003,
catalogue number VICL-61165, price 2,900 yen (excluding
tax). Source: Mangaoh
- Mangaoh Club
also lists volume 2 of R.O.D
- The TV - as being released on 27
November 2003, not volume 1. Hopefully this means
my fear that the release of the series on DVD
would be put back to November was unfounded.
6 October 2003 (third update)
- Totoro's neighbours band together. The movie Tonari
no Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro) is set
in the Higashi Murayama area of Tokyo. The Yomiuri
Online reports that plans to construct a four
storey, 48 unit apartment complex in the woods of
Sayama Hills have been met with a petition of
approximately 3,000 signatures from residents in
the neighbourhood (Totoro's neighbourhood ^_^ )
to halt the construction to preserve what they
call "Totoro's forest". Source: Aniota.
- For fans of Kotoko, Geneon
and I've have
each announced the release of Kotoko's
first original album in the (northern)
spring of 2004. The album will be produced by
I've. Source: Moon
- From the November 2003 issue of Monthly Shonen
Champion manga magazine, news on the new
series of Hanaukyo
Maid Tai: official title will be
"Hanaukyo Maid Tai La Verite", keywords
for the series will be "a true smile",
apparently it will be able to be enjoyed by those
who haven't seen the original series. Source: Moon Phase. The
new series is coming in 2004.
- Back on 2 October 2003, I wrote about the company
Seven Eight stating
on its website that there'd be a sequel to the Triangle
Heart ~ Sweet Songs Forever ~ OVA series.
That webpage no longer has the same statement -
was it an error or did the company prematurely
announce the news? Source: Moon Phase.
- The official website for the anime Tenbatsu
Angel Rabbie (Divine Punishment
Angel Rabbie) is now open. Source: Moon Phase. For
release details, see my 2 October 2003 entry. The
first pressing version of volume 1 with figure
will be limited to 10,000 sets. Official romaji
rendering of the main character's name appears to
be Lasty Farson.
- Starchild has a website
up for the Gekijoban DVD Box
to be released on 21 December 2003. For release
details, see my 4 October 2003 entry. The box set
will be a limited edition of 20,000 units. Source:
- The movie Tokyo
Godfathers will be released
theatrically in Japan on 8 November 2003
according to the news
page on the official website. Source: Ma-ten.
- It's stated on the official Komugi-chan website
that release of volume 4 of Nurse Witch
Komugi-chan Magical te has been put back
from 21 November 2003 to 21 December 2003. Source:
For release details, see my 2 and 22 September
- Volume 8 of the manga Sakigake!!
Cromartie Koukou by Nonaka Eiji will be
published by Kodansha on 17 November 2003. There'll
be a limited edition which will come with CD-ROM.
Price has yet to be determined. Source: Mangaoh Club.
I don't know what the contents of the CD-ROM will
be either. The anime
based on the manga started broadcast a few days
- Hobby Search lists more
Rurouni Kenshin figures
coming from Yamato
Toys in December 2003. Hard to be
certain from the black and white pic, but I think
the five figures will be Shinomori Aoshi, Hiko
Seijuro, Seta Soujiro, Shishio Makoto and perhaps
Himura Battousai. The original series of figures
(the Kenshin Gumi) can be found here.
- The official website for the Yumeria
anime (to commence broadcast in January
2004) has updated with some character
designs for the anime version of Mone
(the girl from the dreamworld) and Tomokazu's
Miduki. ie the first two characters from the
left when you click on the characters link on the
website. Nice artwork. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. As previously stated, other images on
the website are currently from the computer game.
- Got my Wonderful
Days DVD, which
comes with English subtitles. I didn't think it
was as bad as some people have made out, but then
again, I popped the DVD into the player with no
expectations whatsoever. Animation was fine,
though it certainly feels like the FMV from a
computer game at times. The CG animation was
good, the 2D animation somewhat flawed at times.
I don't speak Korean, but I thought perhaps some
of the voice acting (mainly the children) was a
bit weak. The Korean language gives the movie a
bit of an exotic feel, though. Plot was nothing
particularly original or engaging, the characters
were two-dimensional (if you'll forgive that
description in this context), but in the end
there was enough to see me through to the end.
Not too dissimilar from any Hollywood movie based
on a computer game in that respect. The movie's
fine enough if you don't want to tax the brain.
There's a lot of Japanese animation which is
average, so I don't think Wonderful Days is that
far behind Japanese anime, though you'd expect
more from a big budget movie. I look forward to
seeing more animation from Korea in future. With
this movie, I guess the animation was supposed to
be big drawcard, and there's a lot of focus on
that. But I think I'll be listening to the
understated soundtrack long after I've finished
with the movie. I got the Wonderful Days
special edition OST, which comes with
postcards and VCD (trailers, highlight scenes,
making of etc) in a nice little box. I love some
of the music from this movie, though some of it I
could do without :P
5 October 2003
- Maybe more later. Maybe not. One or two items
that I'm in a hurry to type up...
- Back on 16 September 2003, I wrote about the Gekijoban
DVD box, containing the Nadesico movie, Utena
movie and the Cyber Team in Akihabara movie.
Moon has more details on the release. I'll
consolidate the details here. To be released 21
December 2003, catalogue number KIBA-9979, price
9,800 yen. The DVDs will be picture labelled and
come in a three-panel digipak illustrated by the
character designers for each movie. The Nadesico
movie will be a new high definition 24p telecine
anamorphic remaster. The Utena movie will feature
5.1ch Dolby Digital sound. Source: Rakuga Kidou.
- The November 2003 issue of manga magazine Comic
Flapper (published today) has announced that
a TV anime based on the manga Area 88 by
Shintani Kaoru is to be broadcast by TV
Asahi and Animax in the coming (northern) spring.
The anime will be produced by Group Tac with
direction by Imakake Isamu and character design
by Koujina Hiroshi. Source: Moon Phase. There
was an Area 88 movie/OVA series released back in
4 October 2003 (fourth update)
- A bit more on the live action Sailormoon (see
below). A friend who's a Sailormoon fan watched
it and liked it (though I don't know whether my
friend liked the karaoke session scene ^_^;; ).
- Sony's website for King
of Bandit Jing has announced
that volume 1 of the Seventh Prison/7th
Heaven OVA series (based on that arc of
the manga by Kumakura Yuichi) will be released on
26 December 2003, catalogue number SVWB-1557,
price 4,500 yen (excluding tax). First pressing
will come with some bonus item. Source: Moon Phase.
Should be a three volume release.
- According to Sankei
Sports, the Yakult
Swallows baseball team
in Japan has announced that, for the coming
season, the image character for its
fanclub will be Asakura Minami from the
baseball manga Touch by Adachi Mitsuru. Seems
Adachi is a Swallows fan. Another manga-baseball
connection, this time from the Daily
Sports paper: in the lead up to this year's
baseball championship, Takahashi Rumiko
has been rendering illustrations of Lum-chan
(from the manga Urusei Yatsura, of course) for
the Daily Sports to support the Hanshin
Tigers. Seems Takahashi is a Tigers
fan. Source: Aniota.
The Tigers won the Central League pennant this
year, which fact I noticed appeared in various
Japanese fansites. And the fact that thousands of
fans jumped into the canal a weeks back to
celebrate seems to have made sports news
- The Battle
Programmer Shirase website has
updated again, including story summary and character
info. Source: Aniota.
A hacker calling himself America Ou (King) steals
a supercomputer during transport from Japan to
the US. Using the supercomputer to develop a
virus, America Ou plans to destroy a building (?
I think I read that correctly... ^_^;; ) It's up
to Battle Programmer Shirase to save the day,
battling the supercomputer with his mobile
telephone... BTW, the title for episode 1 is
"Enter the BPS! i-mode vs supercomputer:
America King appears as well! No. 1" As far
as I'm aware, normally "i-mode" is
written in romaji, but in this case, "i"
is written in hiragana.
- Studio 4ºC states
on one of
its websites that in that it's currently
working on a movie Mind Game, which
Yuasa Masaaki will direct. Source: Aniota.
- You may have heard of Namco's game Taiko
no Tatsujin - an arcade game but also
available for the Playstation 2. A rhythm game
based on Japanese taiko drumming - you have to
bang the drum in time with the signals which
appear across the screen. A special drum and set
of drumsticks are available as controllers for
the Playstation 2 and in the game. The game
featured all sorts of Japanese music, including
some anime music. Now Impress
Corporation reports a version
featuring only songs from anime and tokusatsu
hero shows is set to be released on 18
December 2003. Tentative title is Taiko
no Tatsujin Waku Waku Anime Matsuri.
Price is just 3,500 yen but the game is planned
to include (what seems to be me to be a lower
number of ) 15 to 20 songs. Scheduled for
inclusion are songs such as the One Piece ED,
Kochi Kame OP, Konjiki no Gash Bell!! OP and
Naruto OP. Source: Aniota.
- TV Tokyo's website for the new Popolo
Crois series is now officially open.
- Too tired again yesterday.
- Hmm, initial reports of this morning's broadcast
of episode 1 of the live-action dorama Pretty
Guardian Sailormoon don't sound too
encouraging... "Shocking" seems to be
the adjective of choice among those who've seen
- I thought I saw a shop poster for the DVD
release of R.O.D
- The TV - which suggested volume 1
would be come out on 27 November 2003. Hope
that's not true... I haven't seen any websites
put back the release date from the original 22
October 2003 yet. Animate recently listed volume
2 as coming out on 27 November 2003.
- Bookstore Manga
no Mori has a listing of November
2003 publications. Source: ultimatum
half edition. Among the books scheduled for
release is an Nanase
Aoi artbook Angel Flavor,
to be published 25 November 2003, price 2,200 yen.
- For lovers of Mikimoto Haruhiko's work,
Kadokawa Shoten will release an artbook Innocence
in November 2003, with over 100 illustrations of
his work from Macross to Kidou Senshi Gundam
Ecole du Ciel. B4 size, ISBN 4-04-853663-X-C0076,
price 3,800 yen. Although Kadokawa's own
information linked above gives no definite date
for publication, Manga no Mori states it'll be 25
- New set of wallpapers available
for download at the official Gadguard
website. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. Just click on the words "Download
Page". As previously stated, the wallpapers
will change each week.
- On 2 October 2003 I wrote about the first
pressing limited edition Takahashi
Rumiko Gekijo (Theatre) DVD
box set. Neowing
states that this item will come with an special
copy of Takahashi's manga "Higaeri no Yume",
which has not previously been collected into any
of the Takahashi Rumiko Gekijo tankoubon.
2 October 2003 (fourth update)
- Just added links to a lot of my news. Remember
that all Pioneer URLs should now change to Geneon.
Sorry if I've made lots of typos... ^_^;;
- Volume 3 of the OVA Triangle
Heart ~ Sweet Songs Forever ~ will
be released on 27 November 2003. You can view
some screenshots here.
For release details, see my 30 May 2003 entry.
Further, the company Seven Eight states
on its website that there'll be a sequel
to the four volume OVA series. Source: Moon Phase.
- TV Tokyo's website for Takahashi Rumiko
Gekijo Mermaid's Forest is now
up. Source: Moon
Phase. The series commences broadcast on 4
- Studio Pierrot has a website
up for Saiyuki Reload, which
commenced broadcast today. Meanwhile, TV
Tokyo's website for the TV series is now
officially open as well. Source: Moon Phase.
- The TV anime Mujin
Wakusei Survive (Uninhabited Planet
Survive) will commence broadcast on 16 October
- The UFO
Princess Walkure, Jyuuni Tsuki no Yasoukyoku
(December Nocturne) series will commence
broadcast on Chiba TV tomorrow. Media Factory has
announced that Volume 1 of the DVD release will
hit the stores on 20 December 2003 and contain
the first two episodes. There'll be a first
edition version and a regular
edition. The regular edition will cost 5,800
yen and come with reversible jacket, trading
card, picture labelled disc and eight page
booklet. The limited edition version will come
with the same items but in addition will come
with original drama CD, 40 page design works
booklet and three clear postcards. Price of the
limited edition version will be 7,800 yen. Source:
- As stated on 30 September 2003, volume 1 of the
Angel Rabbie (Divine Punishment
Angel Rabbie) will now be released on 23 January
2004. For a pic of the figure which comes with
the first pressing, see Media Factory's news
page. The figure is shown in the lower half
of the page. For more release details, see my 28
August 2003 entry. Source: Moon Phase.
- Apparently the real opening credits sequence has
finally appeared with the broadcast of episodes 5
and 6 of R.O.D
- The TV -. And it includes a silhouette of
Yomiko as well. Meanwhile, Anita builds up an
impressive collection of frog goods ^_^
- Avex has webpage
up for the new anime series Yami to
Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, set to
commence broadcast on MBS today (actually early
morning 3 October 2003). Orbit Soft also have a webpage
up for the series (I presume Orbit Soft is
the company which made the original computer game
on which the anime is based). Source: TA
Group BBS. Further, Moon Phase poins
out that Studio Deen's website
for the anime has updated. But it's all just text
(broadcast times, staff and cast details).
- Akita Shoten's December
publication schedule is up. Source: ultimatum
half edition. Among the titles is Tomizawa
(Alien 9) Hitoshi's new manga BR /Blitz
Royale, volume 1 of which is to be
published on 18 December 2003, price 540 yen (including
- Volume 5 of Isshiki Makoto's manga Hanada
Shonen Shi (on which the TV
anime of the same name is based) will be
released in the (northern) winter. There'll be a limited
edition of 9,000 copies which will come with a 10cm
figure of Ichiro.
- The Gundam
Officials.com website is advertising the Gundam
Seed Official File
range of books. Volume
3 of the Character issue and volume
3 of the Mecha issue were both published in
September. First edition of both come with a
bonus item. In the case of the Character issue,
the first edition will come with Nicol's
Memorial (piano) Score for the song
"Namida no Thema (The Thema of a Tear)".
- In issue number 19 of Young
Magazine Uppers, Oshikawa Untaro's manga
"Fujimi de Fujinami" features Saddam
- Finally got my Shirow Masamune Galgrease 1st
series Poster Books. Yep, just the previously
published booklet posters and eight trading cards
in each Poster "Book". Shirow's
poster collection Togi-hime Zoushi (tentative
title) is to be released in 2004. This will
contain 12 A3 size posters.
- Got my CD single of the R.O.D - The TV - ED
"Moments in the Sun" by kazami with
Home Grown. First pressing came with a sticker of
the Paper Sisters \^_^/ My first CCCD CD
>_< What a pain, I can't listen to it when
I'm at my computer. When I get the time, I'll
have to record it to my drive the hard way.
- Picked up volume 2 of the manga Ibara no Ou (King
of Thorn) by Iwahara
Yuji \^_^/ Something which wouldn't be bad if
adapted into an anime. I've also ordered the November
2003 issue of Monthly
Comic Beam manga magazine, to be
published 11 October 2003. That issue will
come with a special cover for volume 2 of the
Ibara no Ou manga \^_^/
- For Green Green fans, the Green
Green Character DVD Sanae
& Wakana will be released on 19
November 2003. It'll contain a short story about
Sanae and Wakana, "character plan" clip
(whatever that is) and other contents. First
pressing will come with a trading card. For more
details see CD
Japan's listing. Source: Animate and Mangaoh Club.
- Meanwhile volume 4 of the DVD release of
Green TV series
will be out on 3 December 2003. CD Japan's
listing is here.
First pressing will come with
trading card, postcard and box to hold
all the volumes in the series. Source: Animate.
- More details on the release of volume 1
of the OVA Kidou
Shinsen Gumi Moeyoken on 19 November
2003. There'll be a first
pressing limited edition version and a regular
edition. The links above are for CD Japan's
listings. The first pressing limited
edition version will come with figure.
I'm not certain, but it may be that each of the
four volumes will have a limited edition version.
- Volumes 2 and 3 of R.O.D
- The TV - will be released on 27
November 2003 and 17 December 2003 respectively.
Price 6,000 yen each. First pressing
of each will come with pinup card, super jewel
case and pinup. Source: Animate.
- For Ai Yori Aoshi fans, of which there seem no
shortage, the Ai
Yori Aoshi ~ Enishi ~ OST
will be released on 27 November 2003 by Geneon,
price 2,913 yen. There'll be a first pressing
limited edition version and a regular edition. The
limited edition version will come with a CD-box.
I can't say for certain whether this box will
hold more than the OST itself or whether it's
simply nicer presentation (the box will be
illustrated by mangaka Fumizuki Kou), but I think
it's the former, and I do note that Mangaoh Club
states that this will be volume 1 of the OST...
Catalogue number for the limited edition is GNCA-1007,
while catalogue number for the regular edition is
GNCA-1008. Source: Animate and Mangaoh Club.
- Geneon will release the Shingetsutan
Tsuki-hime OST 1 on
10 December 2003, price 2,913 yen. First pressing
(catalogue number PICA-1293) will come with a
sleeve to house the CD. Regular edition catalogue
number is PICA-1289. Source: Animate and Mangaoh Club.
- The first season of Takahashi
Rumiko Gekijo (Theatre) will be
released on DVD on 17 December 2003. There'll be
four individual volumes, each containing three
episodes, catalogue numbers PCBE-50701, 50714-6,
price 5,800 yen each. Otherwise you can purcase
the first pressing limited edition DVD
box for 23,200 yen, catalogue number
PCBE-60031. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Yesterday: busy; tried. Actually, recently I've
been real busy with work. So if I post less often
over the next few weeks, you'll know why.
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