1-15 FEBRUARY 2004 NEWS
15 February 2004
- More later if I feel up to it.
- To Catholic Christians, today is the World Day of
the Sick. I commemmorated the day by contracting
a virus and spending the day in bed with a
splitting headache, stomache-ache and only a copy
of Ultrajump and Gaijin! magazines to assuage my
feeling sorry for myself.
- Looks like the character designs for the TenTen
anime that I've seen to date are just
draft designs. Still, can't say I'm impressed by
what I've seen, especially the design for Bob. No
real Oh! great influence apparent. Chibi Maya was
okay, though. Published draft designs have been
for the five main Jyukenbu members, so it's hard
to know which part of the story the anime will
- I didn't really notice until now, but Masataka's
jacket for the November
2003 issue of Ultrajump magazine says "Fuck
Bush" on the sleeve. I wonder if that's a
reference to the current US president...? :P I
don't keep up with US anime convention news, but
there seemed to be a lot of Japanese guests who
cancelled last year. Is it normal for this to
happen? Or could opposition to the invasion of
Iraq have been an influence? Just speculation on
my part. The November issue of Ultrajump is out
of stock, by the way (probably because it came
with the special cover for volume 10 of the
Tenjou Tenge manga).
- The image illustration for the Natsume Aya figure
to come with the special edition of volumer 12
has even less clothing than the Maya figure. I
wonder if there's any chance the dragon will come
- Over two months after its publication, I picked
up a copy of Gaijin!
magazine. Gaijin! is a new magazine with
its first issue published in December 2003.
Gaijin! is an "Australasian Sub Cult
Magazine". Gaijin! is focused on East Asian
and South-East Asian culture and its influences.
Gaijin! is... well, not enough to get me buying
every issue or subscribing. But that's not to say
I didn't find it interesting - I may pick up an
issue now and then if something in it catches my
eye. I just don't generally rely on print media
nowadays, and generally get my news (anime/manga
or otherwise) from websites nowadays. I've
stopped buying Newtype USA as well. Not because I
find anything disappointing with the magazine,
but just because I'd get an issue and then take
weeks or months before opening it up. And well,
to be honest, I never read Newtype USA enough to
be qualified to actually review the magazine,
even though I've got a year's worth of issues, so
I can't really say whether it's a good magazine
- Anyway, back to Gaijin! magazine. Actually, if
anything, my initial thought was that I wouldn't
like the magazine, but I found the articles to be
well-written and interesting, with the
interviewees giving intelligent and thoughtful
responses. A slick publication, but the
professionalism of the writing and presentation
is perhaps let down by the artwork, some of which
was amateurish and of a fanzine nature (though of
course, better than I could draw). There were a
lot of reviews of anime, Asian live action
movies, manga etc, but I found the lack of
negative reviews questionable. Even where a
reviewer has any negative thing to write about a
subject, they would always find a postive aspect.
The only reviews which were noticeably different
in this respect were Orion Marchant's review of
the Initial D manga and Rosanne Bersten's review
of Matrix Revolutions (but it's pretty standard
to bag that movie). Did the reviewers happen to
generally like everything they reviewed? Did they
chose to write only about stuff that they liked?
Are they more fans of the genres that they review
than objective critics? Or could commercial
considerations (eg commercial ties or sponsorship)
influence and restrain more open criticism? I
have no idea, but it makes it harder for me to
know how reliable the reviews are. Despite being
described as an "Australasian"
magazine, there's no apparent correspondence from
the Northern, Southern or Western States and
Territories of Australia - just references to
events, goods, clothing etc available in Sydney,
New South Wales or Melbourne, Victoria. But I
guess people in the rest of Australia are used to
being ignored by the Eastern States, particularly
when it comes to media... Then again, any
magazine that makes reference to Tenjou Tenge (even
if in a footnote) can't be all that bad. The
misspelling of Miyazaki Hayao's name in an
article was unforgiveable however (at least, I
assume it was supposed to refer to Miyazaki). But
the fact that Kurimoto's Kaoru's fantasy
series "Guin Saga" is being translated
into English (or at least the first five
volumes) was welcome news to me. As stated in the
review, Kurimoto plans to write 100 novels in the
14 February 2004 (second update)
- More at the end of the day if I'm not too tired.
- The ED for the Tenjou Tenge TV anime
is tentatively titled "Aishitene motto"
(I'm not certain of the kanji reading) and will
Aiko's second single (her first being the OP
for the TV anime Yami to Boushi to Hon no
Tabibito). The CD single will be released 14
April 2004, catalogue number AVCD-30555, price 1,200
yen. Furthermore, first pressing
will come in a special package with Tenjou Tenge
sticker and trading card. I've put in my order
\^_^/ However, it'll be a copy control CD
>_< Source: Mangaoh Club
- Today is Saint Valentine's Day. In the words of
the great Australian orator Jeff Fenech, "I
love youse all!"
- Studio 4°C
that its anime movie Mind Game (director
Yuasa Masaaki) will be released theatrically in
the (northern) summer. Based on the "hyper
tension" manga by Robin Nishi. Source: alternative-live.
I think that means heaps of tension, rather than
referring to high blood pressure... :P
- Publisher Gentosha has announced
Santa's manga Rinjin
13-go (Neighbour No. 13) is
to be made into a live action movie.
Psycho-suspense manga about a boy who develops a
dual personality as a result of bullying as a
child. When he grows up, he crosses path with the
bully and plans his revenge. The movie will also
feature Yoshimura Yumi from Puffy as the bully
Akai's wife Nozomi. Planned for theatrical
release in early 2005. Source: ultimatum.
- Publisher Takeshobo has announced
that the TV anime version of Sensei
no Ojikan (based on the manga by Momose Tamami)
will commence broadcast on TV Tokyo at 25.30 on 4
April 2004 (1.30am on 5 April 2004). Director
will be Iwasaki Yoshiaki (Love Hina Again, Bottle
Fairy etc), character design by Nakahara Kiyotaka
(Green Green), music by Hirano Yoshihisa (Beyblade,
Shichi-nin no Nana). Source: ultimatum.
- Stomach-ache for most of the day -_-
13 February 2004 (third update)
- That's all for today, Friday the 13th.
- In September 2003, Futabasha suspended
publication of its Weekly
Manga Action magazine.
reports that publication will recommence on 20
April 2004 under the title "Manga Action"
and the magazine will now be semi-monthly. The first
new issue will come with a DVD
III OP, ED, insert song, trailer etc. Price
276 yen. Source: ultimatum.
Don't ask me which OP, ED, insert song, trailer
- BTW, the next episode preview for episode 10 of R.O.D
- The TV - is the longest I've ever seen for
an anime. Over three minutes. Well above the
standard 15 or 30 seconds.
- MMV has a webpage
up for the TV anime Futari wa Pretty
Cure. There's not much to see at
present, though. Source: Moon Phase.
- With Innocence
to be released on the big screen soon, Bandai has
up for director Oshii Mamoru's works.
has info and pics for the upcoming Ragnorak
Online TV anime (to be broadcast in the
(northern) spring of 2004). See also this
pic. The TV anime will tell of the adventure
of childhood friends Roan (swordsman) and Yufa (acolyte).
Along the way they'll meet character like the
merchant Maya, the archer Judia and the sorceress
Takius. You can see those characters on the page
linked above, from left to right, top to bottom
as named. Click on the pics for enlargements.
- If t.A.T.u must change their name after their
breakup with manager Ivan Shapovalov (see this Ananova
report), then what will happen to the upcoming t.A.T.u
- AIC's website for the currently airing series Burn-Up
Scramble has updated with release
details for volume 1 of the DVD.
To be released 23 April 2004, contains two
episodes, catalogue number GNBA-7071, price 5,775
yen (including tax). First pressing will
come with seiyuu discussion CD and box
to hold all six DVD volumes in the series. Source:
- A bit of news (about a month old) about the
upcoming Tenjou Tenge TV anime:
director will be Kawase Toshifumi (Beyblade,
technical director on Z Gundam and Gundam ZZ).
Opening theme will be performed by e.c.A T, with
the suggestion that it might involve rap music.
Can't say I'm impressed with the character design
is what Nagi will look like. Looking at broadcast
commencement in the (northern) spring of 2004,
probably April 2004. Source: Sa-i
- I decided to go with the regular edition of the
Maria-sama ga Miteru DVDs. The limited edition
version costs about half as much again, and big
LP sized artwork would be nice, but the series to
date hasn't been as good as it could be, IMNSHO.
Character designs are great, but the stories are
too simple to make it a series that I'd want to
spend that much money on. Japanese stores are so
polite that I feel so crude when I write to them
in my basic sentences ^_^;;;
- Fell asleep yesterday before I could type up
anything. Sorry. But you'll be happy to know that
I was able to watch some anime :)
- The Asahi
Shimbun reports that Matsumoto Leiji
has designed a ferry "Himiko".
Cruise Ship Co. will commence operation of
the ferry from the end of March 2004, making five
trips a day between Asakusa and Odaiba. The ship
has a tonnage of 125 tonnes, length of 33.3
metres, breadth of 8 metres and capacity for 231
patrons. Designed with a space ship motif, Himiko
features a silver metallic hull. Source: alternative-live.
For an artist's impression of the ship, see the
above Asahi Shimbun report. Further, if you go to
the Tokyo Cruise Ship Co.'s website and clip on
the "new ship!" pic, you'll get more
pics and info. The ship actually does a bit of a
round trip, but the Asakusa to Odaiba leg costs 1,360
yen (830 yen for children).
- As you'll note, I get some of my news from the
run by tarax. It was tarax's birthday yesterday.
So happy birthday ^_^
- A manga version of GAiNAX's anime Kono
Miniku mo Utsukushii Sekai (This Ugly and
Beautiful World) will commence
serialisation with issue number 5 of Young Animal
magazine (on sale 27 February 2004). The author
of the manga will be Morimi
Ashita. Source: ultimatum.
The TV series itself is scheduled for broadcast
starting April 2004.
- On 24 August 2003 I wrote about the independent
anime by Okina-san. Enterbrain's Tech
Win magazine now has a site
up relating to some of his works (which are
featured on some of the CD-ROMs enclosed with the
Tech Win magazine). Presently you can download
two clips, one being a higher quality version of
one of the clips available on Okina-san's
website, the other being the clip "Chou
Muteki (Super Invincible) Mecha Pipo-kun - Okina
version". Source: Moon Phase.
- An Inuyasha TV special will be
broadcast in the (northern) spring of 2004 (scheduled
for April 2004). Titled "Meguri Au Mae no
Unmei Koiuta". goo
anime cites a Sankei Sports article that idol
singer/actor Takizawa Hideki of Tackey
& Tsubasa will make a guest appearance in
his first voice acting role.
11 February 2004 (fourth update)
- I'll leave at this for today. More tomorrow.
- Character designs are now up at Kadokawa Shoten's
for the upcoming Keroro Gunso (Sgt Frog)
anime. Source: Moon Phase.
To commence broadcast on TV Tokyo in April 2004.
- The Samurai 7 website is now up, but
there's nothing to see at present. Source: Moon Phase.
To commence broadcast in April 2004.
- There are cosplay cafes. Now ITmedia
reports that a cosplay izakaya (bar/pub) "Little
BSD" will open in Akihabara on
3 March 2004. Source: Ma-ten.
- CoMix Wave has announced
that Daichi Akitaroh's independent OVA Makasete
Iruka! will be released in the early
(northern) summer of 2004. Source: alternative-live.
A bit later than the previously projected time of
- With the Yoshinoya chain of restaurants in Japan
stopping sale of its gyudon beef bowl today (see
for example, this
thread at the Animeondvd forums), there's
been an increase in sale of Yoshinoya
gyudon ingredients on web auction sites,
such as Yahoo
Japan. Source: Rakuga
- The Yamagiwa
Soft building in Akihabara
caught fire yesterday. See this
report by kakaku.com for pics. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. They sell DVDs, CDs etc. I bought my
copy of the Haibane Renmei ED there about a year
- Starchild has announced
that the new Tetsujin 28-go (Gigantor) TV
anime will commence broadcast on TV
Tokyo on 7 April 2004 at 25:30 (ie 1:30am on 8
April 2004). Source: TA
- A new doujinshi mail order information
magazine will be published on 16
February 2004. Titled "comic
tam^2" (comic tam tam). Source:
- TBS has a website up
for the upcoming GAiNAX series Boukyaku
no Senritsu (The Melody of Oblivion).
Character designs by Hasegawa Shinya, which is a
bit of a disappointment, since I didn't like his
designs for the Ikki Tousen anime.
- GAiNAX now
has its own webpage
up for its upcoming anime Neppuu
Kairiku Bushilord. Source: ultimatum.
- I didn't mention it earlier, but animate.tv
reports that CLAMP
will start a new mobile phone site CLAMP@mobile
in the (northern) spring of 2004. I wonder if
that's considered part of the big CLAMP news to
be announced this year...?
- In preparation for the broadcast of the new
Hanaukyo Maid Tai series La Verite in
April 2004, the official website
has been renewed. Source: ultimatum.
Many of the pages are still under construction,
- A trailer
and the ending theme song and character
introduction page are now up for m.o.e's next
short anime series Hit wo
Nerae! (Smash hit!). Source: ultimatum.
On the trailer page, the top button is for a 30
second trailer - click the lower button for the
ending theme. The series will commence broadcast
on TVK on 8 March 2004.
- Episode 5 of the anime TV series Chou
Henshin Kosu-pureiya (The Cosmopolitan Prayers)
is now available for streaming
download from the m.o.e website (until
16 February 2004). Source: Tentative
Name. For further info about what's available
on the download page, see my 31 January 2004
- New R.O.D goods coming out on 5
March 2004: pencil board (price 263 yen) and book
cover (price 525 yen). Source: Animate Web
- The Gunslinger
Girl Playstation 2 game and TV
anime DVD volume 1 pack will be released
on 8 April 2004. As I wrote at the beginning of
the month, it'll cost 6,800 yen (excluding tax)
and the DVD will come with the first five
episodes of the anime. Source: Chara-Ani.com.
- Watched Animation Runner Kuromi-chan 2 yesterday.
Good, but not great. The DVD comes with English
subtitles. Took a while for me to really get into
it. I feel the voice acting didn't really mesh
with the animation, Yasuhara Reiko as art
director Hamako excepted. But I enjoyed it by the
end. Preferred the original OVA, though. The
extras are interesting, such as Asou Kaori's day
as an animation runner (Asou is the voice actress
for Kuromi). Along the way, you come across a
number of people in the animation industry who
appear to be the inspiration for the various
characters in the series. This live action clip
is in Japanese, though. BTW, the clip ends with
"to be continued". Wonder if that's
serious...? The Engrish language promo for Kuromi
2 also brought a smile to my face ^_^ Finally the
Kuromi Guide leaflet which comes with the DVD can
be helpful, with its glossary of anime production
terms (in Japanese though).
- Watched some R.O.D - The TV - yesterday as well.
Yeah. I think generally I prefer the first season.
The animation quality is better (hopefully the
touched up version of the later episodes will be
better). And the small touches of the
relationships between the characters is more
interesting. I find the first season more
character driven, the second season has been more
plot driven to date. After I watch these DVDs
through once, I'll have to watch them a second
time, but with the audio commentary soundtrack
- Was hoping to update a bit yesterday, but fell
10 February 2004
- Shhhhh. I'm watching my DVDs \^_^/ Do not disturb.
- Well, maybe I'll update later.
9 February 2004
- No more updates today. I'm tired, and I've got a
stomache ache. And a big box of stuff arrived for
me from Japan. There was much rejoicing \^_^/
Three R.O.D - The TV - DVDs. Finally got my
Kuromi-chan 2 DVD \^_^/
- Is this news? The information
page of the Munto
website talks of representatives from CPM
visiting the offices of Kyoto Animation prior to
the North American sale of Munto. So the
show has been licensed to CPM? Kyoto Animation is
currently working on Munto 2.
- The official website for Legendz:
Yomigaeru Ryuuou Densetsu (Legendz: Tale of the
Dragon Kings) has announced
that the anime version will commence broadcast on
Fuji TV on 4 April 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
- KSS has release
details up for volume 2 of
its 3 part OVA Moekan
(Moekko Company). To be released 26
March 2004, catalogue number KSXA24632, price 5,000
yen (excluding tax), comes with character card.
In addition, there'll be a first pressing
limited edition version, catalogue
number KSXA24635, price 7,800 yen (excluding tax),
comes with school calendar, special mousepad,
special CD and character card. Source: Moon Phase.
8 February 2004 (third update)
- Actually, I've got too much stuff to do. I'll
have to leave the updates here for today.
- Most of the following news comes from the anime
magazines due out in the next few days...
- Classroom anime Sensei no Ojikan
will be produced by JC Staff. Source: Moon Phase.
To commence broadcast in April 2004.
- Confirmation that GAiNAX's Boukyaku no
Senritsu (Melody of Oblivion) anime will
commence broadcast on TBS in April 2004. TBS will
set up a website at this URL.
Phase. That'll be two GAiNAX works in April,
the other being Kono Miniku mo Utsukushii Sekai (This
Ugly and Beautiful World).
- Gonzo's anime Bakuretsu
Angel (Exploding Angel) will
commence broadcast in April 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
- A second Gonzo work will also start broadcast in
April 2004: Samurai 7. Official
website will be set up here. Source:
- Meanwhile, Gonzo is also working on another TV
anime Gankutsu Ou. Planning, direction
and draft character designs by Maeda Mahiro.
Phase. Directly translated, I guess the title
would mean "Cave King". But I think
Gankutsu Ou is the Japanese title for "The
Count of Monte Christo". So will this anime
be based on the Alexandre Dumas novel...?
- The anime Fuujin Monogatari ~ Windy Tale
(now apparently referred to as "Windy Tale
Fuujin Monogatari") will be broadcast on a
Sky Perfect pay per view channel in (northern)
summer of 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
If you recall what I wrote on 2 June 2003, the
story for this anime was the winning proposal at
last year's Anime Plan Grand Prix and as a result
is being produced by Production IG and directed
by Oshii Mamoru. You'll also recall that I'm not
certain the reading of the first two kanji in the
title should be "Fuujin".
- The Keroro Gunso (Sgt Frog) TV
anime will commence on TV Tokyo in April 2004.
- As will the TV anime version of
the manga Zukkoke
Sanningumi. Source: Moon Phase.
- The Panda-Z
anime will commence broadcast on Kids Station on
12 April 2004. Director will be Kanbe Mamoru,
anime production by Bee Media. Source: Moon Phase.
- m.o.e's next short anime series Hit wo
Nerae! (Smash hit!) will commence
broadcast on TVK on 8 March 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
For more info about the series, see my 8 November
- This month's Newtype magazine states that the TV
anime Kenran Butou Matsuri The Daybreaker
(tentative title) (Brilliant Dance Festival The
Daybreaker) will commence broadcast in April 2004.
Sci-fi story about a pirate ship in the oceans of
Mars. Mecha/robots involved. This story appears
to have some relation to the Gunparade March
world. Source: Moon
- Meanwhile, this month's Animage has a report on Madlax,
a TV anime to commence broadcast in
April 2004. A mystery involving a book. Produced
by Bee Train. Character designs by Osawa Satoshi,
direction by Mashita Kouichi, series composition
by Kuroda Yousuke. Source: Moon Phase.
Similiar to Bee Train's previous work Noir, the
main characters this time appear to be two women,
one looking about high school age, the other more
- Amemiya Keita (director of the Zeiram movies) has
on a fansite
dedicated to his works (known descriptively as
Amemiya Keita Fan) that the anime Mahou
Shoujo Tai Arusu (I'm not sure how to
render the name Arusu) will commence broadcast on
the NHK Education channel in April 2004. The
original story or the work was written by Amemiya.
This anime has previously been referred as "Mahou
Shoujo Tai" and also "Mahou Shoujo Tai
Little Witches". The fansite further states
that director will be Ashino Yoshiharu, character
design will be by Nakayama Daisuke and anime
production will be by Studio 4°C. Source: Moon Phase.
- I was finally able to access my R.O.D - The TV -
wallpaper files \^_^/ (Damn those Japanese file
- The company Chuosha
that the April and May 2004 issues of Shonen
Gangan magazine (on
sale 12 March and 12 April 2004 respectively)
will each come with a Hagane no
Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist) drama CD.
The two-part drama will be an original story with
Hisakawa Aya and Miki Shinichirou appearing as
new characters. In addition, the spring
2004 issue of Shonen
Gangan Powered will come
with a CD case. Source: ultimatum.
- Chuosha also states that for the 19th
anniversary of Newtype, the magazine will include
a 172 page book with its April 2004 issue
(on sale 10 March 2004). This book will be the
same size as the magazine itself, and will
reproduce its articles on Gundam Seed from its
August 2002 to April 2004 issues. Source: ultimatum.
Is an announcement in the works?
- Manga no
Mori's list of March manga releases
up. Source: ultimatum.
Among them is volume 7 of Shiozaki Yuji's manga
Ikki Tousen (to be published 25 March
2004, price 900 yen) and volume 4 of the manga
Koikaze by Yoshida Motoi (to be
published 23 March 2004, price 514 yen).
- 27 days to go. New trailer
available for download at the official website
for the Innocence
movie. Source: ultimatum.
- Takabayashi Tomo's "Ma" novel
series (published by Kadokawa Shoten in
its Beans line of books) is to be
animated as a TV series "Kyou kara Ma Ou"
by Studio Deen. Broadcast will commence in April
2004. Draft character designs by Matsumoto Temari
(who illustrates the novel series). Source: Reinbo
Actress. Fantasy series with comic elements.
Our hero high school student Shibuya Yuri is
drawn into another world via the toilet in a park.
- Too tired last night to update further ^_^;;
- First of all, I need to make (yet another) correction.
(For some reason I always seem to make errors
with Shirow news... -_- )On 2 February 2004 I
wrote about Shirow Masamune's Togi-hime
Zoushi Koban mini-illustration
collection. I wrote that there were two types.
After some questions by Ken Lee (thanks ^_^/ ),
I've checked the details again. Yes, there are
two types (and Kodansha's
page on the item confirms that the first type
has the same illustrations as the original Togi-hime
Zoushi Koban poster collection). However, the
two types come as one item for a total
price of 1,000 yen. So, for 1,000 yen you get two
CD-sized cases, one containing the 13 original
illustrations and the other containing 13 more
risque versions. I'll update my 2 February 2004
entry. Sorry for any inconvenience caused m(_ _)m
7 February 2004 (fifth update)
- Quite a bit of old news in this update.
- The second season of Godannar is
tentatively scheduled for broadcast in the (northern)
spring of 2004. Source: Animage magazine.
- The OVA Wind ~ a breath of heart ~
will be three volumes, not the six volumes which
I previously reported. Source: Animage magazine.
Based on the school love story computer game of
the same name. Release scheduled for the (northern)
spring of 2004. Animage magazine also states that
the upcoming Raimu (Lime) iro Senkitan
Jun OVA will be two volumes, not the
three volumes previously suggested by Comptiq
magazine. Release of that series is planned to
commence in the (northern) spring of 2004.
- The OVA Prayers is scheduled for
release in April 2004. Set in Shibuya district of
Tokyo in the near future, this is a "music
battle action" anime, where Tasuku with his
powerful guitar meets Shoko with her beautiful
voice. Of course, in keeping with the best
traditions of anime, Shoko is a human weapon
created by the government... Yep. Source: Animage
- Gonzo's first anime movie Spirit
is scheduled for theatrical release in 2004. I'm
basically typing this up, cos this is the first
print confirmation I've seen that release will be
in 2004. Anyway, it'll be a sci-fi adventure
about a boy and mysterious girl, set hundreds of
year in the future. Source: Animage magazine.
- Volume 1 of the DVD for the anime Hikari
to Mizu no Daphne will be released on 23
April 2004, price 5,800 yen. This will contain
two DVDs and a booklet including an original
comic by Shiki Satoshi. In addition, first
pressing will come with a box (illustrated
by Shiki) to hold seven volumes. This series will
comprise 12 volumes in total. Source: Animate.
- The OST for the OVA "True Love Story:
Summer Days, and yet..." will be
released on 24 March 2004, price 2,800 yen. First
pressing will come with a "paper stand
character" (ie a 2D cardboard
figure). Source: Animate.
- the band "move" is releasing a
best-of album on 24 March 2004 (well, a
2 CD set, actually). Title has yet to be
determined. 19 songs including many from anime
such as Initial D, Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Ikki
Tousen and Asobotto Senki Gokuu. Price 3,000 yen.
In addition, there's a first press
limited edition version available, which will
come with DVD containing music videos.
- On 27 January 2004, I wrote about the the release
of DVD volume 7 of Bouken Yuuki Pluster
World. Updated details now state that
the first pressing will come
with a figure as well as the trading card and box.
To recap, it'll be released 17 March 2004, price
1,800 yen. Source: Animate.
- Those who purchase all 13 volumes of
Gungrave on DVD will be able to apply
for some bonus item, though I don't know what
it'll be. Source: Animate.
- The upcoming OVA Teizokurei Daydream
(Vulgar Ghost Daydream), based on the manga of
the same name, will be four volumes in total.
Source: Animage magazine. Release will start in
the (northern) winter of 2004.
- During my travels across the internet in the past
couple of weeks, I've come across a number of official
anime (and related manga) websites which
were set up while I was away at the end of last
year. This isn't comprehensive in any way, and
I'll add to them as I continue to check up on
what I've missed in the past few months:
Area 88 TV: Avex
Bakuretsu Tenshi: official website
Battle B-Daman: TV
Burn-Up Scramble: AIC
Futari wa Pretty Cure: Toei
Jubei-chan 2 Siberia Yagyu no Gyakushuu
(Siberia Yagyu's Counterattack): TV
Kaiketsu Zorori: Nagoya TV
(a kodomo anime which commenced broadcast on 1
Maria-sama ga Miteru: TV
Me Gumi no Daigo: Fuji TV
Sunday magazine (live action dorama series)
Monkey Turn: TV
Tokyo and VAP
Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent):
SD Gundam Force: Sunrise,
Tokyo and Shonen
Yugo: official website
Group BBS, Rakuga
Kidou and Moon
- The Klockworx now has a website
up for the upcoming OVA Aoi Umi no
Tristia (Tristia of the Deep Blue Sea).
Phase. Volume 1 will come with soundtrack CD
(which also contains a drama) and a digipak to
hold the DVD and CD. The DVD itself will be 30
minutes in duration, single layer, 4:3 aspect
ratio, linear PCM sound. If you order from The
store, you get a bonus telephone card. For
further release details, see my 26 January 2004
- On 26 February 2004 I wrote about the upcoming
bishoujo OVA release Natsuiro
no Sunadokei. The OVA is based on
the game by Princess Soft, and Princess Soft has
what goods will come with the first
pressing limited edition version of volume 1:
a drama CD and a box to hold the two DVD volumes.
Further, volume 2 (the final volume) will be
released in July 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
- The official GANTZ
website has reported that the TV anime will
commence broadcast in the (northern) spring of
2004. Source: Moon
- The official website for the Yumeria
3D love adventure computer game
(on which the anime is based) has a second
movie clip available for download to
commemmorate the broadcast of the anime. This
clip (from the computer game) will be available
until 11 March 2004. Source: alternative-live.
- 28 days to go. The movie Innocence
is set to hit the theatres on 6 March 2004. Impress
Corporation reports that KFC has an Innocence
promotion scheduled to start 26 February 2004.
With the "Innocence Pack" you buy two
Twister wrap sandwiches and a large fries for 980
yen and you can get an Innocence promo
DVD free. The DVD will be 16 minutes
long and will also include previews for the
upcoming movie Hauru no Ogoku Shiro (Howl's
Moving Castle), as well as trailers for
the older movies Nausicaa, Laputa and Totoro. A
limit of 100,000 such meals will be available.
- The Hi
no Tori (Bird of Fire/Pheonix) TV
anime broadcast schedule has been determined.
NHK's BS-hi channel will broadcast the first six
episodes over the period 21 to 25 March 2004 and
then broadcast the entire series of 13 episodes
starting 16 April 2004. While NHK's general
channel will commence broadcast of the whole
series from 4 April 2004. Source: alternative-live.
- Cosplayer Arale
has a number of pages on
her website showcasing her Yomiko Readman
cosplay. A few other characters appear
Opera House's 5
February 2004 entry has comparisons of scenes
- The TV -. In each block of pics,
the upper pic is presumably a screen cap from the
early broadcast on Sky Perfect, while the lower
pic is either the terrestrial broadcast or DVD
picture - as you can see, a fair bit of touching
up of the scenes. Which is good, since the
animation quality has dropped for the past few
episodes I've seen. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. BTW, my copies of DVD volumes 2 to 4
have shipped (together with a whole lot of other
stuff) \^_^/ so hopefully I'll get it all on
Monday or Tuesday \^_^/
- Sorry this is late, littleharlock (I fell asleep
^_^;; ). Staff involved with the Monster
anime: draft character designs will be drawn by
Kousaka Kitarou (character designs for Master
Keaton, animation director for Sen to Chihiro,
director of Nasu), character designs by Fujita
Shigeru (animation director for several episodes
of Master Keaton), directed by Kojima Masayuki (director
for Master Keaton), series composition/script by
Urahata Tatsuhiko (series composition for Master
Keaton). Voice cast has yet to be determined.
Anime production by Madhouse of course.
- In past entries, I've written Kousaka Kitarou's
name as Takasaka Kitarou. I believe his family
name should be Kousaka. Sorry for the error m(_ _)m
I've updated my previous entries.
- Gokigenyou. On 2 February 2004 I wrote about the
DVD release of Maria-sama ga Miteru.
Yesterday a number of stores updated their info
with the news that there'll be two versions of
the DVD release. There'll be a
Collector's Edition release and a regular edition.
The Collector's Edition is limited to preorders
only (although of course, your preferred
import store may preorder some copies themselves):
Collector's Edition: six volumes in total. Volume
1 to be released 13 May 2004, catalogue number
GNBA-7031, price 8,800 yen. Contains episodes 1
to 3. Comes in an LP sized jacket (33cm x 33cm).
Volumes 2 to 6 will cost 7,800 yen each and will
contain two episodes each.
Regular edition: seven volumes in total. Volumes
1 to be released 2 April 2004 (Mangaoh
Club earlier stated 7 April 2004), catalogue
number GNBA-7021, price 2,000 yen. Contains only
episode 1. First pressing limited edition
of volume 1 will come with a bookcase.
Volumes 2 to 7 will cost 5,000 yen each and will
contain two episodes each.
Also, the stores also point out that volume
1 of the Collector's Edition release and of the
first pressing of the regular edition will come
with a bonus clip featuring SD characters
^_^ I ordered volume 1 earlier. Now to decide
whether to get the Collector's Edition or not...
The LP sized jacket, or the bookcase... Source: Mangaoh
Web Mail Order and Toranoana.
- Furthermore, for St Valentine's Day, the official
Maria-sama ga Miteru website,
the animate.tv website and the Geneon website
have combined to provide wallpapers for
download. From the official MariMite
website you can download a wallpaper of the Red
Rose family of sisters. From the animate.tv
website there's one of the White Rose family. And
website has the Yellow Rose family. These
wallpapers will be available for a limited time
only. (Sounds like some special Macdonald's
burger, doesn't it?)
- Sorry, been a bit busy later, so I haven't been
able to update as much I wanted in the last
couple of days...
5 February 2004 (second update)
- Sorry, I'll have to leave it at this for now. I'm
not even half caught up on the past couple of
months' news yet, I think...
- The R.O.D - The TV - OST will be
released on 24 March 2004, catalogue number SVWC-7192,
price 3,675 yen. This item will comprise 2 CDs (hence
the higher price). First pressing will come with
a special jacket card. Source: Paper
Moon new releases list and Moon Phase.
- Volume 1 of the DVD release of the Yumeria
TV anime will be out on 21 April 2004,
price 5,000 yen. It'll contain two episodes.
Kidou. Six volumes in total.
- Too tired yesterday.
- The new series of Massugu
ni Ikou (Let's Go Straight!) will
commence broadcast on YTV on 27 March 2004.
Shonen Magazine has announced
that the manga Shura no Toki by Kawahara
Masatoshi is to be animated as a TV series.
The series will commence broadcast in the (northern)
spring of 2004. Source: ultimatum.
- A website for the upcoming Panda-Z TV
anime is now up, but
there's nothing much to see at present. Source: ultimatum.
The series will commence broadcast on Kids
Station in April 2004.
- The official website for the anime
version of Pugyuru (based on the manga
by Konno Tohiro) is now working,
although there's just the one page at present.
The series will commence broadcast on Kids
Station on 12 April 2004. Source: TA
- Remember the poor quality OVA From I''s which was
released last year and which was only available
from convenient stores? Well a From I''s
3 Disc Deluxe Edition will be released
on 25 March 2004. CD Japan has the details here.
states that this will be a first pressing limited
anime, citing a Sponichi Annex report, states
that the TV anime Monster, based
on the manga of the same name by Urasawa Naoki,
will commence broadcast in April 2004. The story
of Tenma Kenzo, who becomes involved in a serial
3 February 2004 (third update)
- A post to the TA
Group BBS states that the GAiNAX anime Boukyaku
no Senritsu (Melody of Oblivion) is to
be commence broadcast in April 2004.
- The Hokkaido
Shimbun reports that Satelight Inc.
(makers of Heat Guy J) are working on a new
TV anime which they hope to have
broadcast in the (northern) autumn of 2004. Title
will be something like "Sousei no Akuerion"
(I'm not sure of the kanji reading of the first
word, nor of how the katakana of the third word
should be rendered either). Set in the future
where environmental calamities have ravaged the
world, teenage youths must use their robots to
defend humanity against an enemy. Three of them
can combine their robots to form the "guardian
deity" Akuerion. The plan is for the series
to run half a year of 30 minute episodes.
Director will be Kawamori Shoji of Macross and
Arjuna fame. Source: TA
- A Konjiki no Gash Bell!! movie
is to be released theatrically in August 2004.
Anime production by Toei Animation. Source: TA
Group BBS and Moon Phase.
- The Panda-Z
anime will be broadcast on Kids Station from
April 2004. Source: TA
- I didn't mention this earlier, because I thought
it may be old news: back in 1996 a Neon
Genesis Evangelion game was released for
the Sega Saturn. Now the game has been adapted
into an interactive DVD game and
will be released on 7 April 2004. CD
Japan has the details here. This game will be
based upon the original 1996 game, not the later
2nd Impression game.
- TMS Entertainment has a webpage
up for the upcoming TV anime
Aishiteruze Baby, based on the manga
by Maki Youko. Source: Moon Phase.
Nothing to see at present, though, except to get
an idea of how the characters will appear in the
anime. Due to commence broadcast on 3 April 2004.
- Episode 4 of the anime TV series Chou
Henshin Kosu-pureiya (The Cosmopolitan Prayers)
is now available for streaming
download from the m.o.e website.
Phase. For further info about what's
available on the download page, see my 31 January
- AT-X has an article
up about the GANTZ
TV anime - a discussion/interview about the anime
will be broadcast in mid-February 2004. The anime
will be produced by Gonzo. Source:
- Shueisha now has a page
up for the manga version of the novel/anime
series Maria-sama ga Miteru.
Doesn't really say much, though. For release
details for the manga, see my 27 January 2004
Ruhe's listing of upcoming
magazines suggests that Kodansha is
planning the release of a number of magazines
focused on particular topics. Among those is the
Part Work" (tentative title), a
monthly publication which will start at the end
of September 2004. Price 1,600 yen - pretty steep
for a magazine... (Is this the news Nakuru-chan
was writing about? See my post yesterday.)
There's also the Gundam Historica
magazine, published semi-monthly from 9
April 2004, price 570 yen, which I knew about,
but, well, it's Gundam, so I can't really be
bothered looking into the details. There's a Kamen
Rider magazine due out in June 2004, but
that's tokusatsu - not my scene. Finally, there's
the Kachou Shima Kosaku Plus Magazine
(Section Chief Kosaku Shima Plus Magazine)
dealing with the manga by Hirokane Kenshi.
That'll be semi-monthly as well, due out on the
10th and 25th of every month starting 10 May 2004.
Price 350 yen. Source: ultimatum.
- On the re-release of the Card Captor
Sakura manga, the official CLAMP
that it'll be A5 size, and will include the
colour pages which were originally in the manga
when it was serialised. Source: ultimatum.
I was hoping there may be some touching up, but
no mention of that. For release details, see my
26 January 2004 entry.
- The Last
Exile official website has announced
that those who purchase all 13 DVD
volumes of Last Exile will be able to apply for
another paper craft - this time the
Sylvana. To view parts of the paper craft ship,
click on the DVD Video section of the website -
the parts are the section in the dark grey box.
Note also that first pressings of volumes
9 and 10 (out on 24 March 2004 and 21
April 2004 respectively) will come with
paper craft vanships. As with previous
volumes, assembly of the paper craft is required.
Sports News reports that INAX has produced an
automated toilet that uses a memory card to play
classical music when the lid of the
toilet is lifted. Claimed to be a world first.
Otherwise it's got the usual sort of stuff for hi-tech
toilets: heating, odour removal etc. Cost 300,000
yen. Source: Tentative
2 February 2004 (fourth update)
- That's all for today, folks.
- Oh, almost forgot to mention two things:
On 8 and 10 October 2003, I wrote about the
Togi-hime Zoushi poster collection by Shirow
Masamune. Just wanted to add
that in mid-January 2004 the Togi-hime
Zoushi Koban was released -
basically a mini-version of the poster collection:
two sets of 13 CD-size
illustrations each in a
plastic CD-size case. There are two versions of
while the illustrations for each set
similar, one set is more risque than the other.
Price 1,000 yen each.
While I don't have any of the Togi-hime Zoushi
items, I think the poster collection would be
equivalent to the less risque set. (Update:
8 February 2004 - There's only one version of the
Koban itself, but for 1,000 yen total you get two
sets of illustrations, one being the original 13
illustrations and the other being 13 more risque
Mori is releasing limited deluxe
editions of the three hentai
manga tankoubon Oh! great produced at
the start of his career "5 - Five",
"Junk Story" and "Engine Room".
These items will be available only via Manga no
Mori and the publisher Core
Books. Each volume costs 3,000 yen (excluding
tax) and will be hardcover with a slipcase,
telephone card and a "colour paper"
with a new illustration. Other than that, I don't
think there'll be any new content in any of the
books. Those who buy all three will be able to
apply for another telephone card. The deluxe
"5 - Five" was published on 23 January
2004, "Junk Story" will be released on
23 February 2004 and "Engine Room" will
be released on 23 March 2004.
- Looks like the CLAMP
announcement in the March 2004 issue of Nakayoshi
magazine (out tomorrow) is just about re-runs of
Card Captor Sakura on TV and the re-release of
the Card Captor Sakura manga. I wouldn't call
that big news. However, in her column
on the CLAMP website, Yamatani Nakuru (who deals
with character goods), writes that fans should
pay attention to the obi wrapped around volume 4
of Tsubasa and volume 3 of xxxHOLIC, both of
which will be published on 17 February 2004. Also
to the last pages of those tankoubon. More news
there. Source: Moon
Phase. My guess (nothing to back it up) is
the announcement of an anime...?
- Kyoto Animation is to produce a Munto 2
OVA. For now, you can view character
- After the four episodes in 2003, a new
series of Massugu ni Ikou (Let's Go
Straight!) is to be produced and broadcast in the
(northern) spring of 2004. The official
website has been renewed. Source: Moon Phase.
- JVC Music has a webpage
up for the Innocence
movie, which movie is to be released theatrically
on 6 March 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
The OST CD by Kawai Kenji
will be released three days prior.
- Idea Factory's love adventure game Steady
x Study (for the Playstation 2) will
be released on 25 March 2004. An OVA
based on the game is also scheduled for release
in May 2004. However, Dengeki
Online reports that a limited edition of 1000
advance version copies of the OVA will
from Idea Factory - preorders start today and the
advance versions will be released on 25 March
2004 in a jewel case. Price 3,990 yen (including
tax) - price for the later regular edition has
yet to be determined. For now, you can view a five
minute 16.8Mb sample here.
- For completeness' sake, I'll point out that the t.A.T.u
Paragate anime movie website is here.
Sports reports that production costs for the
100 minute movie will be 500 million yen. To be
released theatrically in Japan, Europe and Russia
in November 2004. Source: ultimatum.
- The new live action
Kekko Kamen movie (based on the
manga by Nagai Go) will be released theatrically
on 6 February 2004. Kodansha has a trailer
for everyone's favourite naked heroine. The
official website has a trailer
too (I haven't check if they're the same) - click
on the left graphic for narrowband connections,
right graphic if you have broadband. Source: ultimatum.
- There's now a website
up for the novel/manga/anime Legendz:
Yomigaeru Ryuuou Densetsu (Legendz: Tale of the
Dragon Kings). The TV anime is scheduled
to commence broadcast in April 2004. Source: ultimatum.
is serialised in Monthly
Shonen Jump and volume 1 of the tankouban
will be released on 4 March 2004.
- Shueisha has published its list
of March 2004 manga tankoubon releases.
This includes volume 2 of R.O.D - Read or
Dream - by Kurata Hideyuki and Ayanaga
Ran. To be published 19 March 2004, ISBN 4-08-876591-5.
No mention of volume 11 of Tenjou Tenge, which
has previously been declared will be published in
March. Source: ultimatum.
- On 27 January 2004, I wrote about the special
limited edition version of volume 7 of the manga
LoveCom (Lovely Complex) by Nakahara Aya.
for the manga now states that the bonus CD will
be a CD single of an insert song used in the
LoveCom drama CD (drama CD which was released in
December 2003). First edition of the regular
edition of the manga will come with a sticker.
- On 26 January 2004 I gave some release details
for the final DVD volume 13 for Gundam
points out that among the bonus materials
included on the DVD will be a new 5
minute long OVA "Hoshi no Hazama de".
- Volume 1 of Maria-sama ga Miteru
will be released on DVD on 7 April 2004,
catalogue number GNBA-7021, price 2,000 yen. First
pressing will come with a bookcase. This
will be a seven volume release. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Just to confirm: the limited edition
version of DVD volume 4 of Ai Yori Aoshi will
come with box to hold volumes 4 to 6. To
be released 21 March 2004, catalogue number GNBA-1010,
price 5,000 yen (excluding tax). Source: Mangaoh Club.
- The Pinky:st
(Pinky Street) range of
figures by Vance
Project feature interchangeable parts
so that you can co-ordinate your own fashions. Mangazoo
points out that (as featured in the February 2004
issue of Newtype magazine) a Rei
and Asuka set (from Evangelion) will
be available from May 2004. Source: Ma-ten.
- Seiyuu Horie
Yui has announced on her radio
program that her new CD album and DVD
will be released on 28 April 2004. The DVD will
include music videos. Source: Reinbo
- The official Appleseed
website now has a two minute long
movie trailer. Source: Moon Phase.
- Seiyuu Enomoto Atsuko and Nogawa Sakura will
feature in the live action short comedy
Tamago ~ Yukemuri Kidan ~, to be
released 28 May 2004. Source: Reinbo
1 February 2004 (sixth update)
- The March 2004 issue of Comic
Monthly Dengeki Daioh (on sale 21 January
2004) saw the start of Kaishaku's
new manga titled "Kagi-hime Monogatari
Eikyuu Alice Rinbukyoku" (Key
Princess Story, Eternal Alice Rondo). Kaishaku is
of course the duo responsible for works such as
Steel Angel Kurumi, UFO Princess Walkure and
Taruto. Note that Kaishaku's website refers to
the title as Enbukyoku (Waltz), not Rinbukyoku as
stated in Dengeki Daioh. Note also that Kaishaku
are supposed to have a new series starting in Monthly
Shonen Ace-A as well, since Steel Angel
Kurumi has just finished in that manga magazine.
- The same issue of Comic
Monthly Dengeki Daioh saw the start of the Jubei-chan 2
Siberia Yagyu no Gyakushuu (Siberia
Yagyu's Counterattack) manga,
with story by Daichi Akitaroh and art by Mucchiri
Muunii (as with the first series). Source: ultimatum.
- Back in December, animate.tv
announced that a OVA based on the Tales
of Phantasia game
would be produced in 2004. This will be a four
volume release. Source: ultimatum.
- The official Gunslinger
Girl website states
that a Playstation 2 game will be released in the
(northern) spring of 2004, based on the manga/anime.
Price 6,800 yen (excluding tax). The 3D action
adventure game will also come with volume
1 of the anime DVD, which will contain five
episodes. Source: ultimatum.
Kaneda's manga Girls Bravo
(serialised in Monthly
Shonen Ace-A magazine) is to be made
into an anime. Source: ultimatum.
- After last year's disappearing annoucement,
Kadokawa Shoten has a more lasting announcement
up that the TV anime based on Yoshizaki
Mine's manga Keroro Gunso (Sgt
Frog) will be broadcast commencing the (northern)
spring of 2004. Source: ultimatum.
So much fuss about an anime/manga that doesn't
- Obana Miho's latest manga Honey Bitter
commenced in the February 2004 issue of Cookie
magazine (published back on 26 December 2003).
Obana of course wrote Kodomo no Omocha (Child's
- Hakusensha has opened up a website for its English
language version of the Fruits Basket manga.
Too bad the site is in Japanese... :P Of course,
the manga is already being released in English by
- GAiNAX has
that work has started on a Ikari Shinji
Ikusei Keikaku (Ikari Shinji Rearing
Project) game, along the same
lines as the Rei and Asuka rearing games which
have previously been released. The game will be
developed for Windows-based computers. Source: ultimatum.
editor Yamanouchi Hideki wrote in his column
on 9 January 2004 that CLAMP fans should
expect lots of big news this year.
Has any news broken since I was away? I don't
know - I haven't come across anything at present.
For one thing, Yamanouchi says there'll be news
in the March 2004 issue of Nakayoshi
magazine, on sale 3 February 2004.
- A TV anime based on the manga Zukkoke
Sanningumi by Nasu Masamoto
will air in the (northern) spring of 2004. Source:
I think it'll be a kodomo anime rather than
something anime fans in the West would be
- The official Mousou
Dairinin (Paranoia Agent) website
put up a new promo clip in mid-January.
To view, it click on the second yellow option (from
the left) at the bottom of the main menu. If
you've having difficulty seeing the menu options
on the main page, click here.
The new promo clip is then the top option on the
new page (the second line from the top). Hope
that makes sense. This series commences broadcast
number 37 of Young
Jump Mankaku magazine (on sale 15 January
2004) stated that a TV anime
will be produced based on the manga GANTZ
by Oku Hiroya. So I guess this GANTZ site
actually relates to a TV series instead of a
movie (as previously thought - the first trailer
for GANTZ was screened at theatres).
- A Panda-Z
(pronounced "Panda-Zed" as if you were
from Australia, NZ or the UK) anime is to
be produced. Panda-Z is the brainchild
Shuichi. Source: ultimatum.
- The March 2004 issue of G
Fantasy magazine (on sale 18 February 2004)
will feature the start of Shibata
Ami's new manga Kamiyomi.
Shibata wrote the manga Papuwa.
- A third trailer
is now up for download at the official website
for Oshii Mamoru's upcoming Innocence
movie. Source: ultimatum.
- I've got to get one of these! The 10th
anniversary memorial June 2004 issue of Monthly
Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine
(on sale 21 April 2004) will come with a
Yotsuba action figure from the Yotsuba
to! (Yotsuba &!) manga by Azuma
Kiyohiko. The action figure has been created
Apsy, who created the popular Ayanami Rei
action figure to be sold with limited edition
version of volume 9 of the Evangelion manga (in
respect of the Eva manga, see my 26 October 2003
entry). You can have a look at the Yotsuba figure
page of Apsy's website. It's about 5 or 6 cm
tall, but can be put in 12 poses. Source: ultimatum.
Very cute ^_^
- Yesterday I wrote about manga Hagane no
Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist) by Arakawa
Hiromu winning the shonen category of the 49th
Shogakukan Manga Award. Actually,
there were two winners in that category, the
other being the breadmaking manga Yakitate!!
Japan by Hachiguchi Takashi
(serialised in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday
manga magazine). In the shoujo category the
winner was Nakahara Aya's LoveCom (Love
Complex). In the children's category was
Shinozuka Hiromu's Mirumo de Pon!
Finally, in the general category, the winner was Dr
Kotoh - Shinryousho (Dr Kotoh - Clinc) by
Yamada Takatoshi. Source: ultimatum.
magazine has announced that the manga Aishiteruze
Baby by Maki Youko is to be
animated as a TV series. Looks like
it'll commence broadcast on 3 April 2004. Source:
- Inoue Sora would be known in the
West for the manga Real Bout High School. Volume
1 of his latest action manga
was published today by Kadokawa Shoten, price 580
yen, ISBN 4-04-712349-8-C0979. Nazume Mikuru is a
16 year old girl, idol of her high school, but
she's also the agent of a private security force
dealing with major crimes. In addition, the
March 2004 issue of Dragon
Age manga magazine (on sale 9
February 2004) will come with a booklet
"Zeroin Vol. 0" which will
include the story "Zeroin: Proto", two
short comics, colour illustrations and draft
designs for the manga. Source: ultimatum.
- The publisher Enterbrain has announced
that the love comedy manga Koi no Mon
(Gate of Love) by Hanyunyuu
Jun (serialised in Comic
Beam magazine) is to be made into a
live action movie. The movie will be
released in 2004. Source: ultimatum.
- For the Tsuki-hime fan, a life-sized
Arcueid figure. Release details (including
price) are yet to be determined. Source: ultimatum.
- Mikako and Noburo are back. CoMix Wave has announced that
the April 2004 issue of monthly manga maazine Afternoon
will see the start of the manga version
no Koe (Voices of a Distant Star).
Hoshi no Koe is of course the independent anime
created by Shinkai
Makoto. But the manga will be by Sahara
Mizu. In addition, the April 2004 issue of
Afternoon will come with a DVD containing
trailers for Hoshi no Koe and Kumo
no Mukou, Yakusoku no Bassho "The place
promised in our early days" -
the latter being Shinkai's upcoming anime, set
for release in the (northern) autumn of 2004.
Ken's new manga Arisa 2 (Arisa
no Jijou) will commence serialisation in
the April 2004 issue of Monthly
Shonen Ace-A (on sale 26 February 2004).
Yagami created the manga Nanaka 6/17. That issue
of Ace-A will also come with a large "stand
panel" (ie 2D figure) of Asuka Langley from
- A Quicktime trailer for the upcoming 3D
movie is available from the Japanese
It's longer than the trailer up at the official
website which I mentioned on 26 January 2004.
- Heat, the manga
about Tokyo's underworld by Buronson and Ikegami
Ryouchi (serialised in Shogakukan's Big
Comic Superior magazine) has been
made into a live
There's also a trailer available
for viewing from the official movie website.
The movie will hit selected cinemas on 14
- Yuki Kaori's vampiric manga Yorugata
Aijin Senmonten - Bloodhound - (published
in Hakusensha's monthly magazine Bessatsu
Hana to Yume) is to be turned into a
live action dorama, to commence
broadcast on TV Tokyo starting 4 April 2004.
Hana to Yume.
- A manga version of the adventure
game and OVA Aoi Umi no Tristia (Tristia
of the Deep Blue Sea) will be produced.
Authored by Yuki
Sakuya, it'll be serialised commencing the
next issue of Dengeki
Comic Gao! (the March 2004 issue, published
on 27 February 2004). ufotable's website for the
two volume anime series is here.
(Interestingly, that commercial website is stated
to be best viewed with Mozilla). Source: ultimatum.
For DVD release details, see my 26 January 2004
- A 30 second trailer is now up at the Samurai
In addition, a Samurai Champloo manga
Masaru) commenced serialisation in the March
2004 issue of Monthly
Shonen Ace-A (on sale last week). Source: ultimatum.
The anime will be broadcast in the (northern)
spring of 2004.
- The manga Kanojo
ga Shinjatta (story by Isshiki
Nobuyuki, art by Okazaki Mari)
has been adapted into a live
action dorama series on NTV. Source:
Note that the URL for ultimatum has changed.
- The 4-koma (4 panel) manga Sensei no
Ojikan by Momose
Tamami (serialised in Monthly
Manga Life Momo magazine) is to be
animated as a TV series to commence
broadcast in April 2004. Source: Magicalantique.com.
Sensei no Ojikan tells of high school language
teacher Suzuki Mika (who is short and has child-like
features) and her class of strange students.
Comparisons with Azumanga Daioh will probably be
Media reports that TV Tokyo's Anime
ch.com website is
distributing episode 1 of Kita e
~ Diamond Dust Drops ~ free over the internet
until 19 February 2004. Source: Magicalantique.com.
Just visit this
page and click on the small gray button on
the right hand side under the main graphic.
Bitrate is 500Kbps.
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