16-30 NOVEMBER 2003 NEWS
25 November 2003 (second update)
- Very busy now. This may well be my last update
for the year.
- If you've had trouble reading this main news page
recently, I'm sorry about that. I don't know what
the problem is. Had the same sort of problem last
Saturday, I think... All this computer stuff
gives me a headache >_<
to the AoD
forums that the Animation
Runner Kuromi 2 OVA
will have English subtitles. To
be released 28 January 2004, price 4,800 yen.
- A third Hunter
x Hunter OVA series
is to released. Titled "G
I Final" (Greed Island Final).
Seven DVD volumes in total. Release
Volume 1 to be released 18 February 2004,
catalogue number PCBX-50551. It'll come with box
to hold four volumes, two character introduction
G I cards and a 5cm stuffed toy. Presumably those
items come with some special edition or first
pressing of the release, but it's not made clear
on the website.
Volume 2 to be released 17 March 2004, catalogue
Volume 3 to be released 7 April 2004, catalogue
Volume 4 to be released 19 May 2004, catalogue
Volume 5 to be released 16 June 2004, catalogue
Volume 6 to be released 14 July 2004, catalogue
Volume 7 to be released 18 August 2004, catalogue
Each volume will cost 6,800 yen (excluding tax)
and will contain two episodes. Source: Moon Phase.
- The latest issue of Nikkei
Characters! magazine states that the Tetsujin
28-go (Gigantor) TV anime will commence
broadcast on TV Tokyo in January 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
Corporation Crowd Inc. now states
that the tentative title for the TV anime
previously known as "Mahou Shoujo Tai"
will be "Mahou Shoujo Tai Little
Witches". Source: Moon Phase. It's
previously been stated that this show is planned
for broadcast in April 2004.
- Klockworx has a webpage
up for Chrno Crusade as well.
Source: Moon Phase.
- Further to my post on 21 November 2003 about Miyazaki's
complaint regarding using his name on the Teriha
News Network now reports (25 November 2003 01:08:21)
that Fukoaka City has agreed to his request.
- The February 2004 issue of Kodansha's
manga magazine Afternoon
(to be published on 25 December 2003) will
come with the "Afternoon Allstar CD-ROM
Winter Version". Special guest
contributor will be Azuma (Azumanga) Kiyohiko. I
don't know what the contents will be, but if it's
anything like the CD-ROM released back in June
2003, it'll contain wallpapers and desktop
accessories. See my 25 May 2003 for more info on
that previous CD-ROM.
- Toei Animation has a trailer for the
upcoming Saint Seiya movie on its webpage
for the anime. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. Look for the links at the bottom left
hand corner of the page. The movie is to be
released in theatres in Japan in February 2004.
- For those people who've seen episode 11 of R.O.D
- The TV - but don't know of the popularity
of "Anne of Green Gables" in Japan,
you may find interesting this article
by Clifford Krauss from the New York Times
back in June. However, you'll need to be a
subscriber to the NYT to view the article. I want
Kaeru-kun goods ^_^
- Watched a couple of promotional clips for the
Evangelion 2 game recently. Interesting, but I'm
still not a game player, so ultimately I don't
care. The revised opening sequence for the game
was interesting... until the CG Eva unit appeared
- Didn't update yesterday since there wasn't much I
wanted to write about. Plus, I was tired ^_^
- Fuji TV's webpage for Chrno Crusade
up. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. The TV anime commences broadcast early
23 November 2003
a fan's Flash movie setting Gundam Seed images to
the Evangelion OP "Cruel Angel's Thesis".
- Animator Tsujita
Kunio has stated on his website that the
new Saint Seiya movie will be
theatrically released on 14 February 2004. Source:
- Studio Arms (which I think generally makes adult
works) has announced
TV will first be broadcast on Chiba
TV on 4 January 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
- A trailer is up for viewing at
the official Dead
Leaves site. Click on the "Enter
the site". A window will pop-up with nine
options on the right. Click on the centre option
on the bottom row. Source: Aniota.
This anime is licensed to Manga Entertainment.
- Starting yesterday, the official Gadguard
website has announced
that those who purchase a Gadguard DVD will
receive a Gadguard Special Original
Desktop Accessory CD-ROM (for Windows)
containing 38 wallpapers and 6 screensavers -
while stocks last. However, this campaign seems
limited to certain participating stores. Source: Rakuga
Sports News reports that the new (fourth) Tetsujin
28-go (Gigantor) TV anime will be
broadcast on TV Tokyo in the (northern) spring.
IIRC, the live action movie version is slated for
theatrical release in the (northern) autumn.
- Furthermore, the manga Tetsujin 28-go ~
Koutei no Monshou ~ (Gigantor ~ the
Emperor's Crest ~ ) by Hasegawa Yuuichi (original
story by Yokoyama Mitsuteru) will commence
serialisation in the February 2004 issue of Magazine
Z manga magazine, on sale 26 December 2003.
Source: Moon Phase.
- Broccoli has announced that a Galaxy
Angel Special will
be broadcast on 21 December 2003 on TV Osaka (well,
22 December) and on 25 December 2003 on TV Tokyo
(again, actually 26 December). Furthermore, a
new (fourth) series of the anime is to be
produced. Source: alternative-live.
- Can't recall if I've typed up this info before: Shirow
Masamune's artbook Galgrease 001 Wild Wet West
Gashuu (Art Collection) will be released
in the (northern) spring of 2004. 56 all colour
pages. However, size of the book is now stated to
be the smaller B4 size (33cm x 24.4cm).
- Back on 2 October 2003, I wrote about a limited
edition version of volume 5 of Isshiki Makoto's
manga Hanada Shonen Shi, which would
come with a 10cm figure of Ichiro. More details:
the book will be published by Kodansha on 9
December 2003. Limited edition version will cost
1,980 yen (excluding tax). Regular edition will
cost 514 yen (excluding tax).
- The official website for Kon Satoshi's upcoming
TV anime Mousou
Dairinin (Paranoia Agent) has
updated. Source: ultimatum.
There's a trailer to view.
You'll see three links on the homepage. Click on
the one to the right. Then click on "High"
or "Low" depending on your internet
connection. The series will commence broadcast on
WOWOW on 2 February 2004. Animation looks good
for a TV series. Note also that the
credits mention "Geneon USA".
So it looks like the show has been licensed.
- A Tenshi no Shippo Chu! DVD Special Box
will be released on 22 January 2004. This will be
a limited edition of 500 sets.
It'll include volumes 1 to 4 of the DVD release,
DVD fan disc "Tenshi no Utagoe", CD-ROM,
figure, special stand, design works, photo frame
mousepad, two photos, postcard, all in a case.
Price 35,000 yen. Source: Musicmarket.
- The Kyogoku
Natsuhiko Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari
DVD Box, to be released on 27 February 2004, will
cost 19,800 yen and will contain all 13 episodes.
21 November 2003 (second update)
- You can view the opening movie (streaming - 500kbps)
for the upcoming TV anime Chojushin
Gravion Zwei at Showtime.
Source: Moon Phase.
What you do is visit this
page and click on yellow button. You'll need
to register on the pop-up window, but
registration is free, at least for this clip (other
clips on the Showtime website require paid
membership). To register, select whether you are
female or male, then type in your email address,
then choose your year of birth, then select the
type of internet connection you have, then choose
the prefecture (or city) you live in. Uncheck the
box if you don't want weekly email updates from
Showtime every Friday. Then click the button at
the bottom of the window. The anime commences
broadcast in January 2004.
- New (presumably shoujo) anime Futari wa
Pretty Cure will commence broadcast on
TV Asahi in February 2004. Anime production by
Toei Animation, directed by Nishio Daisuke,
character design by Inagami Akira. Source: Moon Phase.
- Fuji TV now has a website
up for the upcoming anime Chrno
Crusade, which will commence broadcast
on 24 November 2003 (early morning 25 November).
Source: Moon Phase.
- On 16 November 2003, I wrote about the island
city Teriha. Now the Mainichi
Shimbun reports that Miyazaki Hayao
has written to the Fukuoka City mayor requesting
that Miyazaki's name and sketches should not be
used in relation to the plans for the island city.
Miyazaki stated that his job is as anime
director, and he doesn't have the time or ability
to work on the development of a residential area
- he has no relation to the development of the
island. Source: Aniota.
The mayor's announcement of use of Miyazaki's
sketches had lead to the development being
referred to in recent news reports as "Miyazaki
Ghibli island" and I guess the director is
trying to avoid people making such associations.
- Back on 2 November 2003 I wrote about the new
Shadow Skill OVA and the Premium
Complete Box version to be released on 12
December 2003. Now Neowing
states that the Full
Complete version will be released on
10 February 2004, catalogue number TMVD-3002, at
the lower price of 5,800 yen (excluding tax).
This version has less features than the Premium
Complete Box, since it doesn't come with the
dorama CD or special script. Note that Neowing
states that the DVD will be 60 minutes long
whereas the official website stated the DVD would
be 45 minutes in duration.
- Now that Hikaru no Go is over, Obata
Takeshi's new manga "Death Note"
and will be serialised in Weekly
Shonen Jump starting with issue number 1 of
2004 (on sale 1 December 2003). Whereas Hikaru no
Go had story by Hotta Yumi, this time Death Note
will be based on a work by Ooba Tsugumi.
- Sorry, I knew I shouldn't have lay my head down
on my bed last night. Fell asleep before I could
update this page a bit more -_-
- Tomorrow is the final of the 2004 rugby union
World Cup. England against Australia. Australia
of course has defeated England in many major
sports which the English invented: cricket,
soccer, rugby etc. I find it ironic that rugby
was apparently invented when some English lad
playing soccer suddenly stopped kicking the ball
and decided to pick up the ball and run with it.
After inventing the game, now the Poms feel that
if they're to have any hope of beating the
defending rugby union champions Australia,
they'll have to stop running with the ball and go
back to kicking it. Somehow that kinda reminds me
of cricket in the 1930s. Back then (as now), the
English couldn't beat the Aussies in cricket.
Back then, Australian cricket had "The Don".
In cricket at Test level (ie the highest level of
the sport), a good batsman would have a career
batting average in the 40s and the very best will
have an average of 50 or more. But The Don had a
batting average of 99.94. So the Poms thought:
"If you can't beat them, BEAT them". It
just wasn't cricket. So anyway, where's the anime
or manga connection with all of this, you ask?
Well, there's none - but there is a Japanese
connection: Australia's national rugby union
coach Eddie Jones is half Japanese (by his mother).
Actually, he used to be the Japanese national
- Volume 3 of the OVA Macross
Zero will be released on 28 November
2003. Bandai has some stills here.
If you click on the "Check Point"
buttons, you'll find more (larger) stills. Plus,
if you click on the round circle on one of the
Check Point pages, you'll be able to view
a trailer. Source: Moon Phase.
- Toho has announced
that the DVD box for the TV anime Kyogoku
Natsuhiko Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari
will be released on 27 February 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
Doesn't seem to be any more info at this stage
- The DVD of Romanov Higa's CG anime URDA
will be released on 27 November 2003. A 5Mb trailer
is available for download from the
for the anime. Just click on the yellow link in
the top frame. Source: Moon Phase. For
more details on the DVD release, see my 16
September 2003 and 4 November 2003 entries.
- animate.tv's web mail order site has details
up for the limited edition Cossette
no Shozou 0 (Portrait of Cossette 0) DVD
which will be released on New Year's Day. I
posted the release details on 9 and 10 November
2003. What's interesting on animate.tv's page is
that it points out that staff for the anime Petit
Cossette will include Okama
(art design) and Kajiura
Yuki (music). Source: Moon Phase.
Kajiura of course did the music for Noir and Shin
KOR, among other works. BTW, Okama's new manga
"Cloth Road" commenced serialisation in
this month's issue of Ultrajump
(published on 19 November 2003). That work is in
collaboration with Kurata (R.O.D) Hideyuki, who's
responsible for the script.
20 November 2003 (second update)
- Buy a replica
of Nausicaa's rifle. Limited
edition of 100, each with serial number
and three shotgun shells. 150cm long (roughly 5
feet). Comes in a wooden case 156cm long x 28cm
wide x 10cm thick. Price: only a whopping 367,500
yen (including tax). Application period from 5
December 2003 to 30 January 2004. In the case of
over-subscription, Buena Vista may employ a
lottery. Successful applicants will be contacted
by the end of February 2004. Limited of one per
customer. You can't ask for a specific serial
number. Source: Rakuga
- Volume 1 of the second series of GiTS:SAC,
2nd GIG, will be released on 26 March
2004, price 6,300 yen (including tax). Source:
Bandai Digital Beat's list of upcoming
- Yet another Tennis no Oujisama (Prince of Tennis)
fan disc. This time, the DVD will be titled Tennis
no Oujisama DVD Fan Disc Extra Remix - Dream
Session -. Among other things, it'll
include the original anime "A Day of the
Survival Mountain ~ Kyoufu no Kyouka Training! ~"
(screened at the 2002 Jump Festa) as well as
music clips. To be released 25 February 2004,
price 2,625 yen (including tax). Source: Bandai
Digital Beat's list of upcoming
- I have a knack for choosing holiday destinations.
See my 25 January 2003 entry, under the heading
"There and back again", the long
paragraph. So guess where I'm going this time?
Yes, you guessed it - Istanbul. Just in time for
the terrorist bombs >_< I've been thinking
of visiting the Middle East for some years now,
but at this point in history, I figured that I'd
have to leave Israel, Jordan etc to my next
lifetime. Still, I'd thought that Turkey would be
a relatively safe and interesting place...
- Violence in the Middle East. Reminds me of the
joke (of sorts) which I read in the International
Herald Tribune some time this year. It goes
something like this (I'm paraphrasing):
Three men go to visit God. One man is Kashmiri,
the other is Korean and the third is a Semite (I
write Semite to avoid having to choose between
Israeli or Palestinian ^_^;; ). They're ushered
into a room where God greets them, and the four
of them sit down to talk. The Kashmiri man asks
God, "God, when will there be peace in my
land?" And God looks at the man sadly, and
with a shake of the head says gently "Not in
your lifetime, my son." The Kashmiri man
nods, fighting back tears, gets up and leaves the
room. Next, the Korean man asks: "God, when
will there be peace in my land?" And God
replies with a compassionate voice "I'm
sorry, not in your lifetime, my son." The
Korean man nods, tears streaming down his face,
but he gets up and leaves the room. Then the
Semite asks God "God, when will there be
peace in my land?" God replies "Not in
my lifetime, my son." And God gets up,
weeping, and leaves the room.
19 November 2003
- Feeling tired today. Not sure whether I'll type
up more today... Only a few minor things anyway.
- Shueisha has a special website
up for Katsura
Masakazu's superhero manga Zetman,
which is serialised in Shueisha's manga magazine Young Jump.
Volumes 1 and 2 of the manga went on sale today.
- The upcoming Area 88 TV anime
will commence broadcast on TV Asahi on 8 January
2004 (well, actually early 9 January 2004). This
is sooner than the initial projected commencement
in the (northern) spring. Avex has a webpage up
for the anime here.
A total of 12 episodes. The CD OST will be
released in March 2004 and the DVD release will
start in April 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
18 November 2003 (third update)
- The official website for the upcoming TV anime Maria-sama
ga Miteru (based on the novel series
of the same name) has been revamped, though most
sections are still under construction. Source: Moon Phase. Not
big news, but I just thought I'd mention it, cos
I like the pic on the homepage ^_^ The series
commences broadcast on 7 January 2004 (actually
early morning 8 January 2004).
- The Guardian
newspaper in England names Miyazaki Hayao
among one of the ten best
directors in the world. He's at
number eight. Other Japanese directors include
Kitano (Beat) Takeshi (at number 30) and Miike
Takashi (at number 38). Source: Aniota
BBS. Wong Kar-wai's there too, at number 14
- In this Bloomberg
Japan business report, a publications manager
of Square Enix states that the company has
received expressions of interest from five TV
stations across Europe and North America in
relation to the TV anime Hagane no
Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist).
Corporation has now given some details of the
GiTS:SAC special DVD which will be released in
February 2004. It'll be the Fan Disc GiTS:SAC
- Interval -. Catalogue number BCBA-1826,
price 2,800 yen. Single layer, Dolby Digital
stereo sound, duration 50 minutes. Will include
introductory clip to the second GiTS:SAC series
"2nd GIG" as well as a new instalment
of "Tachikoma na Hibi". Source: alternative-live.
- The January 2004 issue of Monthly
G Fantasy magazine (on sale 18 December 2003)
will see the start of the manga Xiphos
(pronounced "Saiphos") by Yuiga
Satoru (E's), with original story by
Chiba Katsuhiko. Fantasy adventure. The January
2004 issue will also come with a special cover
for volume 4 of the manga "switch"
by naked ape. Source: ultimatum.
- HobbyLink Japan
now sells anime
related clothing - mainly stuff from
Cospa and GAiNAX.
- The D.C
~ Da Capo ~ Vocal Album
Dolce will be released on 26 December
2003. CD Japan has the details here.
First pressing will come with a box
to hold two CDs. Source: Animate.
- The Animation
Runner Kuromi 2 OVA will be released
by Universal Music at a price of 4,800 yen.
Release date 28 January
2004 as previously reported. (Date corrected 25
17 November 2003 (second update)
Corporation reports that Warner Home Video
in Japan is releasing 101 titles on DVD for 1,500
yen each over the next couple of months. Mainly
Hollywood titles, but from my very quick glance
through the titles, there are a couple of anime
Animatrix Special Edition- on
sale for 1,500 yen from 6 December 2003 until
stocks run out.
Kyojin no Hoshi ~ Seiun Hen
volumes 1-6 - each on sale for 1,500 yen from 29
November 2003 until 23 January 2004.
- As to Hayashibara Megumi's upcoming new
CD, Starchild's website has updated
to confirm that the title will be "Center
Color" (well, "Centre Colour" was
close enough ^_^ ). The CD will contain 14 songs
including Shaman King OP & ED, Abenobashi OP
& ED, Asagiri no Miko OP, ED and insert song,
Love Hina TV ED, Nuku Nuku Dash ED, Powerpuff
Girls OP and Cruel Angel's Thesis (AD 2001). The
DVD will be approximately 10 minutes long. Source:
Actress. For release details, see my 15 and
25 October 2003 entries.
- Yesterday I wrote about the release of volume 1
of Saiyuki Reload. Neowing
now has details up as well, and adds that those
who purchase all seven volumes of the DVD release
will be able to apply for a special card folder.
Volume 1 will contain just the first episode.
- On 12 November 2003, I wrote about the artbook
Renmei Gashuu Glie no Machi,
Haibane no Niwa de". Kadokawa
Shoten now has this "all colour visual book
on the world of the Haibane" listed
on its website, confirming the publication date
of 25 December 2003 and price of 2,000 yen (excluding
tax). This book will be A4 in size, ISBN 4-04-853654-0-C0076.
16 November 2003 (eighth update)
- It's 16 November 2003, which means episodes 11
and 12 of R.O.D
- The TV- \^_^/ Can't wait to see
the latest episodes - episode 11 looks to be a
moving one, whereas it looks like there are
interesting developments and more action in
- Bandai has announced
CD/DVD products to be sold with snacks. One is a
Godzilla DVD, but I don't normally write about
kaijuu stuff, so I'll skip that one. The other is
the "New Year's Card Creation CD
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed" - 480 yen
(excluding tax). Basically, with some ramune
flavoured snack or lolly, you get the CD-ROM (for
Windows Me/2000/XP) and three sheets to try
printing out your designs (choose from one of
eight patterns on the CD-ROM). The Gundam Seed
item will go on sale 24 November 2003 at
convenience stores, supermarkets, etc. Target
market includes the core market of primary and
junior high school kids (male and female) but
also extends to senior high school kids. Bandai
hopes to move a total of 200,000 units of the two
items (Gundam Seed and Godzilla) by the end of
March 2004. While the toy market on the whole has
been flat in recent years, the size of the
confectionary toy market has increased from 43.1
thousand million yen in 1998 to 59 thousand
million yen in 2002. In the past few years, the
number of companies in this market has exploded
from 4 or 5 to over 20. Bandai maintains
approximately 30% market share. Source: Aniota.
- Back on 15 February 2002, I wrote about former
students of a Tokyo seiyuu school suing the
school for 13 million yen damages. Nikkan
Sports News reports that back on 5 November
2003 the Tokyo District Court finally handed down
its judgment, ordering the school to pay 4.1
million yen compensation. The court found that,
while the school's advertisements to attract
students suggested daily lessons by famous
seiyuu, in fact only two or three people would
give 1-1.5 lessons a week, and the lessons were
not as long as advertised. The school is
considering whether to appeal the judgment.
Shimbun's report states a slightly different
award of damages - 4.6 million yen - and adds
that factors taken into account in setting the
award included the facts that the lessons by the
seiyuu were not the only part of the course, and
that students had attended the classes for some
time. Source: Ma-ten.
Sorry, this is one of those things I've been
meaning to type up for some time now, but haven't
gotten around to doing until now... ^_^;;
- This Innolife.Net
report states that the anime movie
version of the manga Shin Angyo Onshi by
Korean duo Youn In-wan and Yang Kyung-il (serialised
in Japanese manga magazine Monthly Sunday Gene-X)
is set for release in Japan and South Korea in
April 2004. The movie will be a joint South
Korean-Japanese production, with the
collaboration of Japanese companies such as
Shogakukan, Klockworx and OLM. Source: Aniota
(Ronz Trash Box) is working on an independent
superhero anime titled "Excelion".
Judging by the samples and designs I've seen so
far, I'm interested to see how this one turns out.
For now, you can view a sample of two cuts here.
Kidou. You can view other designs and works
of RonzTB on this
page, including another work "Tatakae (Fight),
- The title of Hayashibara Megumi's
upcoming new CD will be something along
the lines of "Centre Colour". Source: Reinbo
Actress. For release details, see my 15 and
25 October 2003 entries.
- R.O.D - The TV - Michelle
Chan figure from Yamato, for 3,000
yen - listed at HobbyLink
Japan. To be released in February 2004. I'd
expect an Anita figure soon... Haven't see any
Maggie figures yet, though.
- On 12 November 2003, I wrote about the release of
volume 1 of Saiyuki Reload. Musicmarket
has more details, which I'll consolidate here: to
be released on 23 January 2004. There'll be a first
pressing limited edition (catalogue
number FCBC-0001, price 2,500 yen) and a regular
edition (catalogue number FCBC-0008, price 2,000
yen). The limited edition will come with a mini-stand
pop (ie a flat cardboard or plastic figure) of a
seated Sanzo, seven playing cards (presumably if
you collect the series, you'll have a complete
deck of cards) and special clear card.
- CD Japan had a single titled "World's
End+" by the band "move"
listed for release on 27 November 2003. There was
to be a DVD
release of the single at the same time as
well. But both were apparently cancelled. Now Musicmarket
lists the CD single as being released on 7
January 2004, price 1,200 yen. Furthermore, the
song "World's End+" is stated to be the
OP for the "popular TV anime" Initial D.
The CD single will also be available with a DVD,
price 1,500 yen. Hmm, sounds like the Fourth
Stage is not too far away...
- Another aviation anime in the
works. Title is "?? ~Sora~". Sorry, I'm
not sure how to read the kanji so I'm just going
to call it Sora
^_^;; Hi-Vision quality with 5.1ch sound. There's
a 10 minute pilot, a 15 minute image video, while
the main feature is 30 minutes. A six episode
series. Set in modern day Japan, but with some
differences. Facing a reduction of US military
presence after the cold war, the Japanese Self
Defense Force starts to engage private
contractors to bolster its air defences in the
face of increasing intrusions into its airspace.
Sora is the story of one of those private
contractor companies, and the lives and loves of
the people. So digital aerial animation combined
with "human drama". You can see some
character designs and production CG work on the
page linked above. Source: Moon Phase.
Production of the anime had the co-operation of
the JSDF. And the announcement of the anime is
hosted of the "Japan air self defence force
and aircraft fun (fan?) site" Checking Six!!
- A TV anime based on the manga Battle B-Daman
(by Inuki Eiji) will be broadcast by TV Tokyo
starting January 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
Battling robots. Kodomo shonen stuff along the
lines of Pokemon, Beyblade etc, I think. There's
a range of toys, of course.
- According to this month's issue of Animge, the
upcoming TV anime Jubei-chan
2 Siberia Yagyu no Gyakushuu (Siberia
Yagyu's Counterattack) will commence broadcast in
January 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
- Magazine Comptiq
points out that the TV anime Ginga
Tetsudo Monogatari (The Galaxy Railways)
is being distributed over the internet
as well. The official website for the internet
distribution is here.
This is a fee paying service, but episode
1 is free. Source: Moon Phase. To
view episode 1, click on the light blue button a
bit under the words "free view" on the
left hand side of the official website. Note that
you'll need to registered first, but registration
is free. To register, click on the green words at
the top of the website, across from the Galaxy
- Two more wallpapers at the Gadguard
website. Source: Moon
Entertainment has announced the DVD
release of the vampire web anime Vie
Durant. To be released 25 February
2004, catalogue number MMBV-1201, price 3,990 yen
(including tax). First pressing will come with
illustration card. Source: Moon Phase.
- Broccoli has announced
that those who purchase volumes 1 to 5 of the DVD
release of R.O.D
- The TV- from Gamers
stores will receive an Anita figure.
Volume 2 of the DVD will be released on 27
November 2003. Source: Moon Phase.
has another report from another Chinese magazine
about the live action Initial D movie,
stating that Jay Chou will receive HK$4 million (approximately
55.8 million yen) for his role (as Fujiwara
Takumi). Source: Aniota
reports that mangaka Sakura Momoko
(38 years old), author of Chibi Maruko-chan (also
made into a TV
anime), married illustrator
Unno Sashimi (34 years old) in October 2003. This
is Sakura's second marriage - she was married in
1989, but divorced in 1998. Source: Aniota
- Starchild's website is up for Battle
Programmer Shirase. Source: Aniota
- Amended the island city news.
- There's a 400ha man-made island under
construction in Hakata Bay. Yahoo
Japan reports that Fukuoka City's mayor has
announced that the 18ha residential area
of the island city Teriha will be developed based
on an image sketch by Miyazaki Hayao.
There'll be lots of trees and greenery and
insects and small animals for the kiddies. Houses
will have electricity generated by solar power
and wind power. There won't be high walls and
tall fences to separate neighbours from each
other. There'll be a 15km/hr community bus while
the number of cars will be kept to a minimum. For
a smallish pic of the sketch by Miyazaki, see the
report linked above. Also, the mayor's got a message
up at the official
website for Teriha, in which he refers to
three themes: human relations, time and space (relaxation
etc), natural environment. Note also that the
Flash intro for the oficial website appears to
have Miyazaki illustrations as well ^_^ Source: Aniota
BBS. 400/18 hectares is a Metric measurement
of area; I can't be bothered converting to
Imperial measurement. One thing that amazes me:
the 13 colonies in North America revolted and
threw off the yoke of British oppression (and
having lost the colonies in North America, the UK
then had to send all of its unwanted perps to
Australia), but the US still decided the keep
what I consider one of the most oppressive
features of the British system - Imperial
measurements?! 15km/hr is roughly 9 or 10miles/hr.
- Finally, Japan
Post has published
more info about the first series of its commemorative
stamps on technology and anime heroes and
heroines, on sale 16 December 2003.
There two sheets for the first series: here
Each stamp is 80 yen. I won't deal with the
technology side of things - for this first
series, the anime link is the four different type
of Astroboy stamps. There will also be Astroboy
postmarks available - see the pics towards the
bottom o the page linked above - I won't go into
the details of where you can get such a postmark,
though. Source: Aniota.
For the release dates of future series of stamps,
see my 9 August 2003 entry.
- Wanna be in the upcoming live-action and CG Devilman
movie? The official website has an anouncement:
they're looking for 100 males as extras in a mob
attack scene. You'll need to be available from 10.30am
to 7.00pm on 20 November 2003 - at Toei's studios
in Nerima, Tokyo. And please bring a flashlight (must
be a night scene or an indoor/underground scene,
I guess). What you need to do is send in your
application via the website, and they'll contact
you if you're accepted. Source: Aniota.
The movie is scheduled for theatrical release in
the (northern) summer of 2004.
- Pics of the 2004
Pretty Guardian Sailormoon calendar.
1,600 yen (excluding tax). Source: Aniota.
- The Innocence
website has now officially confirmed
the earlier news that the movie would be released
theatrically in Japan on 6 March 2004. Source: Aniota.
- Volume 23 of the manga Katte
ni Kaizou by Kumeta Kouji will be
published by Shogakukan on 18 December 2003.
There'll be a limited edition version
(price 619 yen) which will come with mobile
telephone strap with a figure of Chitan
on it. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Volume 5 of the shoujo manga Renai
Shijoushugi by Minami Kanan will be
published by Shogakukan on 19 December 2003.
There'll be a limited edition version
(price 905 yen) which will come with DVD
containing a digital comic (approximately 7-10
minutes long). Source: Mangaoh Club.
- DVD volume 1 of the TV anime Maburaho
will be released on 22 January 2004. There'll be
a first pressing limited edition Mabu-can
which will come with key holder, pinup card,
voice CD, pinup card folder and mini-tapestry.
Catalogue number BIBA-4201, price 7,800 yen (excluding
tax). Regular edition catalogue number BIBA-4101,
price 5,800 yen (excluding tax). Source: Mangaoh Club.
I think each volume of this series may have a
limited edition version.
- Mangaka Asamiya Kia
two new manga. !Karapuri! will be
commence serialisation in monthly manga magazine Afternoon
with its February 2004 issue (on sale 25 December
2003). A sci-fi love comedy set in Tokyo. Junk
- Record of Last Hero -, with costume
designs by Izubuchi Yutaka (director of RahXephon),
will commence serialisation in monthly Champion
Red's March 2004 issue (published 19 January 2004).
A superhero manga, it seems. There'll be a
preview of this manga in the February 2004 issue
of Champion Red (on sale 19 December 2003).
- Production IG has set out the DVD
release details for Sakigake!!
Cromartie Koukou. There'll be five
volumes in total:
Volume 1 to be released 25
February 2004, catalogue number BCBA-1842, price
3,800 yen, epsiodes 1-5. First pressing
will come with a "Masked Takenouchi"
Volume 2 to be released 26 March 2004, catalogue
number BCBA-1843, price 3,800 yen, epsiodes 6-10.
Volume 3 to be released 23 April 2004, catalogue
number BCBA-1844, price 3,800 yen, epsiodes 11-15.
Volume 4 to be released 28 May 2004, catalogue
number BCBA-1845, price 3,800 yen, epsiodes 16-20.
Volume 5 to be released 25 June 2004, catalogue
number BCBA-1846, price 4,800 yen, epsiodes 21-26.
Each volume will be 60 minutes long (except
volume 5: 75 minutes), double layer with linear
PCM stereo sound. Source: ultimatum.
- Sorry, fell asleep last night before updating...
- Shueisha has confirmed that the manga
Gokusen (by Morimoto Kozueko, serialised
in its magazine You) is
to be animated. This late-night TV anime
will commence broadcast on 6 January 2004. Source:
You may recall that at a convention in the US
earlier this year, Madhouse announced work on
this series (although perhaps the title may have
been misheard/misspelt by the reporter). Anyway,
Gokusen has a similar premise to GTO - but this
time the teacher is female, and she's the grand-daughter
of a yakuza boss. Gokusen was previously adapted
into a live-action
dorama series on NTV. The TV anime will also
be broadcast on NTV.
- About yesterday's news about a live action
Initial D movie. I also referred to an Initial D
"The Fourth Stage". Didn't want to
cause any possible confusion there... The news of
the Fourth Stage was posted to OB Planning's
website over a month ago. I doubt that it's
related to the reported Chinese live action
movie, since filming of that will apparently only
start in March 2004. The live action movie will
be produced by the (Hong Kong?) company Media Asia Group.
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