JUNE 2004 NEWS
15 June 2004
- Second update.
- Episode 7 of the m.o.e
TV anime Love
Love? is available for download
from the official website until 21 June 2004.
Phase. For details on how to view the show,
see my 6 May 2004 entry.
- Confirmation on the Weekly
Shonen Magazine website of the TV
anime version of the manga School Rumble.
The announcement is made in this year's issue
number 29, on sale tomorrow. To commence
broadcast in the (northern) autumn. Source: Moon Phase.
The earlier (unconfirmed) reports say October
- MMV's website for the TV anime Futari
wa Pretty Cure sets out the release
details for volume 1 of the DVD:
to be released 18 August 2004, catalogue number
PCBX-50614, price 4,935 yen. First
pressing will come with trading card and
special card case. Source: Moon Phase.
website for the Naruto movie,
to commence screening on 21 August 2004. There'll
actually be two anime screened - the main Naruto
feature and a short Naruto story.
reports that the TV anime series Monkey
Punch Manga Katsudou Dai Shashin will
commence broadcast on 31 July 2004 at 1.05am on
WOWOW. Source: alternative-live.
- Starchild's website for the two TV anime series Futakoi
(kanji) and Futakoi (kana) is now
up. Source: Reinbo
Actress. To commence broadcast in September
- New magazine CharaDe
(I'm not sure exactly how the "chara"
and "de" are to fit together) to be
published by BNN starting 25 June 2004. This
magazine is about the anime, game and
manga industries. Articles about the
world of character business: the people and
companies involves in anime production, game
creation, manga publication etc. Volume 2 will be
published in the (nothern) autumn. Source: ultimatum.
- The Shogakukan section of the website for the World Hobby Fair
that a TV anime based on Mitsuda Takuya's
long running baseball manga Major
(serialised in Shonen
Sunday magazine, 49 volumes and counting)
will commence broadcast in the coming (northern)
autumn. Source: ultimatum.
- More details on volume 1 of Nurse
Witch Komugi-chan Magical te Z, to
be released on 10 September 2004. The official
website has stated
that the catalogue number will be GNBA-7039,
duration 25 minutes (plus extras), price 6,090
yen (including tax). First pressing will
come with a computer game (for Windows)
and Komugi-chan ruler (subject to change). Source:
TV broadcast is tentatively scheduled for the (northern)
14 June 2004
- The official website for Kono
Miniku mo Utsukushii Sekai (This Ugly and
Beautiful World) has a commercial
for the series (use in movie cinemas) available
download. It's curently the top item on the
linked page. Below that are the commercial for
DVD release and commercial for the opening theme
song. Source: Moon
- NHK's website for the upcoming TV anime "Agatha
Christie no Meitantei Poirot to Marple"
(Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and
Marple) is now up.
Director is Takahashi Naohita and animation
production by OLM. IIRC that's the combination
that made Figure 17. Music by Watanabe Toshiyuki.
Episode 1 will be "Jewel Robbery at the
Grand Metropolitan". Some stories, like the
first one, will be single episodes. Others, like
the ABC Murders, will span more than one episode
(ABC Murders will be four episodes). Source: Ma-ten.
To commence broadcast on 4 July 2004.
- So the rumours of a School Rumble TV
anime are indeed true. Source: Magicalantique.com.
The news comes from a magazine (I forget which
one) - an advance copy of an issue to be
published in a couple of days' time, I believe.
- Seishinsha, publisher of the Intron Depot books,
has updated its list
of publications. Among that list, Intron
Depot 4 Bullets is listed to be released
in mid-July 2004, ISBN 4-87892-294-X C0073, price
2,800 yen (excluding tax). Not the late June 2004
which various stores had been stating earlier.
Seems pretty common for the release date of
Shirow stuff to be put back...
13 June 2004
- The live action movie Umizaru
(based on the manga by Satou Shuuhou about
maritime safety officers) was released in cinemas
Sports reports that a sequel is to be made.
- The official
website for the live action TV dorama
series of Aa Tantei Jimusho (Aa
Detective Office) (based on Kanzaki Shummi's
manga serialised in Young Animal manga magazine)
is now up. Source: ultimatum.
To commence broadcast on TV Asahi on 2 July 2004.
12 June 2004
- The official website for Steam Boy
has updated with a new trailer to download.
Phase. It's the trailer with the word "new"
next to it, of course. The movie will be released
in cinemas in Japan on 17 July 2004.
- A few details for the TV anime of Tactics
(based on the manga by Kinoshita Sakura and
Higashiyama Kazuko). Director will be Watanabe
Hiroshi, series composition by Kanemaki Kenichi,
animation production by Studio Deen. These are
the same staff as worked on the TV anime of
Matantei Loki Ragnarok, another work of
Kinoshita's, also in the Mag Garden stable of
manga. Source: Moon
Phase. Earlier in the year, Mag Garden
announced that the series will commence broadcast
in October 2004.
11 June 2004
- Fourth update. That's all for today. Getting a
bit of a headache...
Shimbun article on the crisis in the
anime industry. Although director
Miyazaki Hayao is estimated to have made 67
million yen in 2003 (and the company holding the
copyrights would've made several 100 million yen),
an industry source said that Miyazaki is an
exception: other top class animators may make
around 20 or 30 million yen (approximately US$181,000
to US$272,000). While there are seven mangaka
with estimated incomes of over 100 million yen (including
Takahashi Rumiko, estimated income 470 million
yen), mangaka Satonaka Machiko points out that
animators' contracts generally don't provide for
them to reserve the rights to their output, so
even if the work becomes a hit, this doesn't
result in increased income for the animator.
There are exceptions like Tomino Yoshiyuki, but
in this respect animators fare worse than mangaka.
Working hours for animators are typically long
and it's common for them to work on holidays too.
[Then again, this may not be limited to the
animation industry - I've got a Japanese friend
who couldn't tell me how much leave he gets each
year, since he never takes it all...] New
recruits at Studio Ghibli earn two million yen a
year (approximately US$18,100). This is good
compared to other companies, where there are many
cases of new recruits earning between 500,000 to
one million yen a year (where the pay system is
based upon production output). An animation
director may earn around two to four million yen.
According to a survey which an industry labour
union carried out in 1999, the average annual
income of animators was 2.47 million yen, 50%
earned less than two million yen and less than 10%
earned more than five million yen. One animation
school said that because of the low incomes, 90%
of its graduates change jobs within five years.
Director Sugii Gisaburo (director of Touch etc)
blames the lack of recompense to animation
companies for making hit works. In his view, if
some of the profits don't come back to the
animators, this could stop the development of new
talent and lead to the destruction of smaller
animation companies within five years. While the
government sees anime as a growth industry and
has taken steps to try to stop piracy (ie outside
threats), the industry itself has spreading
concerns of anime under threat from the inside.
On the other hand, now animation production has
computer graphics: Higa Kazuhiro (31 years old)
made just under four million yen last year - he
makes CG anime by himself. [Presumably this is
Romanov Higa, who made the URDA anime, which was
released on DVD last year.] Since he works by
himself, Higa doesn't have the usual
restrictions, and his contract does not have the
traditional restrictions either - he gets around
10% of the sales revenue. Source: Rakuga
- Computer crashed >_<
- On 20 and 24 March 2004 I wrote about the Di
Gi Charat Nyo Princess School Box, which
will contain episodes 79 to 104 of the Di Gi
Charat Nyo anime series. Broccoli has a page
up with details and pics of the various bonus
items. The special DVD will be approximately 60
minutes in duration. The Dejiko goods will be a
PET bottle holder and a wristband. Source: Moon Phase.
Note that the watch pictured on the page is only
available to those who order the box from Gamers.
- The July 2004 issue of Newtype magazine states
that the Futakoi (kanji) and Futakoi
(kana) TV anime series will
commence broadcast in September 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
What's the difference between Futakoi (kanji) and
Futakoi (kana)? See my 27 May 2004 entry.
- In his 11 June 2004 column,
CLAMP editor Yamanouchi Hideki confirms that a
xxxHOLIC anime movie will be released in 2005. He
also writes that the Mokona=Modoki
articles in the Album
section of the CLAMP
website will be published as a book at
the end of next month under the title "Soeru
to Ragu: Mokona=Modoki no Bouken". Source: Moon Phase.
- The official
website for the PostPet TV anime
"PostPet Momo Bin" is now up.
There's a wallpaper to download.
Phase. To commence broadcast 4 July 2004. For
a bit more info, see my 23 May 2004 entry.
- Samurai 7 commences broadcast
tomorrow. The official
website has updated, including wallpapers
to download from the gallery.
- On 5 June 2004, I wrote about the first
pressing release of DVD volume 1 of Madlax.
JVC Music's website
for the anime has updated
to confirm the details - there's also a pic of
the (somewhat boring) logo T shirt. Click on the
pic for an enlargement. Source: alternative-live.
- The August 2004 issue of Shonen GanGan
magazine (on sale 12 July 2004) will
come with a Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal
Alchemist) Ed version "swing",
whatever that is. I think it's a kind of mobile
telephone strap. The September 2004 issue
(on sale 12 August 2004) will come with
an Alphonse version "swing".
- The official website for My
- HiME has updated with a 30 second
trailer for download.
- The August 2004 issue of Champion
Red manga magazine
(on sale 19 June 2004) will include a one-shot
manga by Iwahara
Yuuji, author of stuff like Ibara no
Ou (King of Thorn). Titled "Hyouchaku Buttai
X", this will be a sci-fi fantasy about a
boy and girl who find something. Source: ultimatum.
As I previously wrote, this issue will also come
with a bonus 24 page booklet with a one-shot
manga "Eat-man vs Ray / Drop In",
combining two of Yoshitomi
Akihito's manga "Eat-man" and
"Ray" and the magazine will also
contain another one-shot manga by Yoshitomi: the
40 page "Gate Runner".
- The official Yumeria
website (for the computer game) has updated with
another papercraft figure available for
download, this time of Mone. You'll need
the 3,546Kb LZH file, decompress it, then view
the PDF file. I haven't downloaded the file
myself, but it may be necessary for your PDF
reader to be able to deal with Japanese text.
- Kamio Yoko's new manga will be titled Cat
Street. As previously reported, it'll
commence serialisation in the August
2004 issue of monthly manga magazine Bessatsu
Margaret (Bestuma) (on sale 13 July 2004).
The first instalment will be 50 pages. Source: ultimatum.
Kamio wrote the manga Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over
- The official MariMite
anime website has updated the homepage at least
in relation to the second season Maria-sama
ga Miteru ~ Haru ~. Source: ultimatum.
Note the slightly different logo. To commence
broadcast on 4 July 2004.
- Got the Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD Game over the
past week. Haven't had the chance to play it
much, but the game itself seems relatively short.
Sort of like one episode in the series.
Thankfully there appear to be many more endings (I
assume) than, say, the Girlfriend of Steel game.
Controls are relatively easy, but I find it hard
to counter the Angel attacks for some reason. In
general, this seems like a pretty average product
me - just an attempt to cash in on the Eva anime.
Much of the animation is just borrowed from the
series. And the editing, use of music etc is just
mediocre - even though much of the same animation
and music is used as from the anime series, this
goes to show just how important good editing and
direction is. This game is only for the hard core
fan I think.
- Also got the special Tenjou Tenge issue of
Ultrajump magazine. The sort of contents I
expected. What was interesting, though, was a
list of Oh! great's reference books, which I
guess he uses to draw manga. There's a whole
variety of books, from body building, to fetishes/torture,
to martial arts, to motorcycles, to kimono, to
Hikaru no Go(!). No reference to Ikki Tousen
- Speaking of Shiozaki Yuji, I got his one volume
manga Frontier Roots. A sort of wild west setting
but with sci-fi elements. Just as with Ikki
Tousen, it's got Shiozaki's consistent level of
good artwork, but again I note references to
manga by Oh! great. At the end of this volume is
a one-shot manga Uchippanashi Tamako-chan! (Keep
swinging Tamako-chan!) which is a golf manga
about Tamako from Shiratori College. But in true
Shiozaki style, a golf theme doesn't mean there
isn't going to be panty shots. There's also a
Tamako from Shiratori College in another of
Shiozaki's manga: Battle Club. I wonder if
they're the same character...?
- Official website
for the Top wo Nerae! 2 (Gunbuster
2) OVA. For release details for volume 1 of the
series, see my 14 May 2004 entry.
- DVD volume 3 of Gunslinger Girl
will be released on 19 August 2004. As with
volumes 1 and 2, it will be released with
a Playstation 2 Gunslinger Girl game for
the one price of 7,140 yen (including tax). The
title of the game will be "Gunslinger Girl
Vol.3". Again, you'll be able to carry over
your items from the first two games to volume 3.
The anime DVD itself will contain the final four
episodes of the series (10 to 13). Source: Chara-Ani.com.
- Volume 2 of the manga version of Maburaho
by Miyashita Miki will be published by Kadokawa
Shoten in December 2004. (It was originally a
novel series.) There'll be a limited
edition version released in early
December, price 1,680 yen (including tax). It'll
come with figure
of Yuuna (Miyashita Miki version)
and furthermore the manga itself will have an
original cover illustration and an eight page
full colour manga not included with the regular
edition. The regular edition will be released in
late December. Source: Mangaoh Club.
See also an official announcement by Kadokawa
- DVD volume 1 of Samurai Champloo
will be released on 21 August 2004, price 6,090
yen (including tax). 13 volumes in total. I guess
that's two episodes per volume. Source: Animate.
See also this
page on JVC Music's website for the anime.
9 June 2004
- Third update. I'm going to leave it at this for
- Episode 6 of the m.o.e
TV anime Love
Love? is available for download
from the official website until 14 June 2004.
Phase. For details on how to view the show,
see my 6 May 2004 entry.
- Sunrise has a webpage up for something called Cluster
Edge. A manga of the same name by
Komatsuda Wan will commence serialisation in the September
2004 issue of Lala DX magazine (on sale 10
August 2004). Source: ultimatum.
is an animation company, I assume an anime
version of the story is to be created as well.
However, it's a bit strange, since Sunrise
normally produces shonen anime (IMO), whereas
Komatsuda produces shoujo manga and Lala DX is a
shoujo manga magazine. At least the setting for
this story appears to be a boarding school for
boys in a war-torn world.
- On 14 April 2004 I typed up the release details
for the second and concluding volume of Raimu
(Lime) iro Senkitan OVA series Nankoku Yume Roman
(to be released 25 June 2004). Now the official website
for the series has updated with further details.
In particular, the music CD which comes with the first
pressing limited edition version will contain
a new arrangement of "Eternal", the
ending song for the PC game version of Limeiro.
Plus, the first pressing limited edition DVD will
not only contain a "making of" clip but
also an "Eternal" music video and other
clips - a total of approximately 30 minutes extra
footage on the DVD.
- ITmedia has set up a page
with more screenshots of the full CG anime Kidou
Senshi Gundam MS IGLOO - Ichinen Sensou Hiwa -
(One Year War Secret Story). Source: Moon Phase.
Click on the pics on the side of the page for
- The official website for Aoi Umi no
Tristia (Tristia of the Deep Blue Sea)
with the info that the second/concluding episode
will be broadcast on a Sky Perfect TV pay per
view channel commencing 2 July 2004. Source: Moon Phase.
Volume 2 is due out on DVD on 23 July 2004 - for
release details, see my 22 May 2004.
- Pierrot has a website
up for the Naruto movie.
Phase. To be released theatrically on 21
- In 2001, 37 year old Takuma Mamoru attacked
children at a primary school in Ikeda, killing 8
children and wounding 15 others. Among those
killed was seven year old Hongo Yuki. The Hokkaido
Shimbun Press reports that this prompted
Matsumoto Leiji to have a Hongo Yuki appear as a
crew member (a peace-loving scientist) in his OVA
Dai Yamato Zero-go (Great Yamato No. 0),
volume 1 of which was released in March 2004.
- The official website for Kono
Miniku mo Utsukushii Sekai (This Ugly and
Beautiful World) has a commercial
for the DVD release available for streaming
download. Available on the same page is a
commercial for the opening theme song. Source: Rakuga
- The Tachi
Laboratory at the University
of Tokyo is working on optical
note that one of their references is "Ghost
in the Shell" by Shirow Masamune. Source: Rakuga
- Shueisha has a website
up for Bleach, the
manga by Kubo Taito. Source: ultimatum.
The manga will be released in English by Viz IIRC.
- Episode 8 of the TV anime Koikaze is now
available for streaming download from this
page on Geneon's official
website. You'll see four "play"
buttons on the linked page. The episode is broken
up into two parts. The first column of play
buttons is for broadband internet connections.
The second column is for narrow band connections.
Remember, this episode will only be available for
download until 22 June 2004.
- For fans of Ragnarok the Animation,
you can download a couple of wallpapers here.
- Today is the birthday of seiyuu Honba
Tomoe (32) and Ueda Kana (24). Source: Reinbo
- The anime Uchuu Koukyoushi Maetel ~ Ginga
Tetsudo 999 Gaiden ~ will commence
broadcast on 6 August 2004 on Sky Perfect TV. The
story takes place two years after Maetel Legend.
Actress. littleharlock has already written
about this in more detail, so I'll just point
people to the littleharlock
Newslog (the entry on 8 June 2004).
- The Yomiuri Shimbun has an English
language article on two lecturers
from Beijing, China, who are studying
manga at Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto in an effort
to reproduce the Japanese success with comics in
- A new seiyuu magazine. Gakken,
publishers of Animedia and Megami Magazine, will
be publishing Seiyuu Animedia
volume 1 on 2 July 2004, price 980 (including tax).
This roughly A4 size, 116 page issue will feature
jumbo double sided poster of Mizuki Nana and two
cards of Tamura Yukari and Shimizu Ai. The issue
will also have 20 posters of various seiyuu and
one of the feature articles will be a Tenjou
Tenge discussion between Hoshi Souichirou, Miki
Shinichirou and Seki Tomokazu. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- For Sailor Moon fans, Bishoujo Senshi
Sailormoon R volumes 1 and 2 will be
released on 21 September 2004, price 3,990 yen (including
tax) each. Each will come with picture disc
containing six episodes and first pressing of
each will come with a laminated card. Source: dvdcatalog.
- As I wrote on 30 May 2004, the third
Inuyasha movie DVD will be released on
27 August 2004, catalogue number SDV-2891, price
6,300 yen (including tax). It'll come with a
drama CD, but Animate states
that the first pressing will
also come with a (presumably reproduction)
shikishi (autographed pic) by Takahashi Rumiko.
Note also that the movie DVD will include a promo
clip for the fourth movie.
- Back on 22 May 2004 I wrote about R.O.D -
The TV - memo pads shaped like Anita
King's paper holsters. You can find the "Paper
Case Memo" here
website, price 525 yen (including tax). There's
also second type of mug,
this time featuring Anita and Happy Milk. Price
of that is 840 yen (including tax).
- Still unwell. Kimochi warui...
7 June 2004
- Fourth update.
- Return of the headache. I'm going to lie down.
that it produced the promo video clip for the
Park's new song "Breaking
The Habit". Source: Moon Phase.
- The official website for Soukyuu
no Fafnir - Dead Aggressor has
updated with the news
that the first time the TV anime is broadcast on
TV Tokyo (ie 1.30am on 5 July 2004), it'll be an
one hour special. Source: Moon Phase.
- The GAiNAX Festival stage report dated 19 May
2004 on GAiNAX's page
Kairiku Bushilord suggests that the
anime will be a TV series. Source: alternative-live.
But prior to that, remember that there'll be a
- To commemmorate the recent release of the Mousou
Dairinin (Paranoia Agent) OST, composer
Susumu has made available
for free download
the tenth track from the CD, "Reverie Hill".
In addition, another ten tracks which didn't make
it onto the CD are also available for download
from the same page. Although free, conditions
for download are that the files will not be
altered and that they will be used for non-commercial
purposes. Also, no liability will be accepted for
any damage or loss resulting from downloading or
using the files. Source: alternative-live.
To download, visit the page linked above. At
present, the ten tracks not included on the CD
are at the top of the page. Next comes "Reverie
- Wonderfarm has a website up for its upcoming TV
anime series Ryuusei Sentai MusuMET
(Meteor Squad MusuMET). Source: alternative-live.
- Remember when otaku darling of the art world
Murakami Takashi had his koČ-chan (Miss koČ)
figure auctioned at Christie's for 68 million yen
(US$567,500 at the time)? (See my 16 May 2003
entry). Now the Japanese
edition of GQ magazine is giving readers the
chance to purchase a limited edition Nurse
KoČ figure. Sculpted by Bome and
also modelled by Sato Eriko (Cutey Honey in the
recent live action movie) in a recent issue of GQ
Japan (the magazine features five variations of
koČ-chan costumes). This Nurse KoČ figure is a
limited edition of 5 units. Orders will be taken
until 23 June 2004. Approximately 55cm tall. Only
840,000 yen including tax but excluding shipping
and insurance. Source: ultimatum.
And you thought the life sized Hikari (KonoMini)
figure was expensive.
- Kids Station has a website
up for the TV anime version of
Pugyuru. Source: ultimatum.
There's a greeeting card service and wallpaper(s)
but first you have to register
with the site (registration is free). Sorry, I
can't be bothered going through the process and
- CBC's official
website for the live action dorama TV
series adaptation of the manga Rikon
Yoteibi (Scheduled Date for Divorce)
by Kasuya Noriko (serialised in You magazine).
Title of the TV dorama version is "Joudan
desho! Rikon Yoteibi". Source: ultimatum.
The series commenced broadcast recently.
- Media Works has a list
up of its July 2004
publications. Source: ultimatum.
Among the items is an Onegai Twins
Official Fan Book, to be published 31
- Kadokawa Shoten has a list up of its manga
and anime related publications for July 2004.
Among the items are Sticker Books for D.N.Angel,
Keroro Gunsou (Sgt Frog) and Neon Genesis
Evangelion. Precise date of publication
and price are yet to be determined.
- So ADV Films has licensed the TV anime of Sakigake!!
Cromartie Koukou. Meanwhile this nifty Cinema
Topics Online report from back in March
states that a live action movie version
of the manga is to be produced. Director
will be Yamaguchi Yuuta. Looks like the movie
will be released within a year. Source: ultimatum.
I wonder if ADV Films will secure the rights to
this as well...?
- Manga bookstore Manga no Mori has a list
up of July
Volume 1 of Kakinouchi Narumi's manga
"Yakushiji Ryoko no Kaiki Jikenbo - Matenrou
-" (The Strange Case Files of
Yakushiji Ryoko - Skyscraper -). To be published
23 July 2004, price yet to be determined. An
adaptation of the novel of the same name by
Volume 1 of Shiki Satoshi's manga "Ai
- Hikari to Mizu no Daphne". To be
published 28 July 2004, price 560 yen.
- Shueisha has set out its list of manga
(and related) publications for July 2004.
Among those are:
Volume 8 of Nakahara Aya's manga Love Com
(Love Complex): to be published 23 July
2004. There'll be a limited edition
version which comes with colour illustrations
collection, ISBN 4-08-847763-4. Regular
edition ISBN 4-08-847762-6. (Update: the Manga no
Mori list above states that the price will be 410
yen, 500 yen for the limited edition.)
Volume 16 of Chiya Toriko's manga Clover:
to be published 23 July 2004. There'll be a limited
edition version which comes with CD,
ISBN 4-08-847768-5. Regular edition ISBN 4-08-847769-3.
(Update: the Manga no Mori list above states that
the price will be 410 yen, 500 yen for the
Naruto - Kishimoto Masashi Art Collection
Uzumaki: to be published 2 July 2004,
ISBN 4-08-873-706-7. (Update: the Manga no Mori
list above states that this artbook will cost 1,260
website for Hunter x Hunter,
the manga series by Togashi Yoshihiro which has
since been adapted into anime. Source: ultimatum.
- Don't know if this is news or not, but Nikkan
Sports News reports that Otomo Katsuhiro
movie Steam Boy is scheduled for
theatrical release in the UK, France and Italy in
October 2004 and in the US in December 2004.
The 2.4 thousand million yen movie will be
released in cinemas in Japan on 17 July 2004.
- To add to my writings about Kidou Senshi
Gundam MS IGLOO - Ichinen Sensou Hiwa -
(One Year War Secret Story) yesterday, another
ITmedia report has two
of additional pics from the CG anime. Click on
the pics for enlargements. BTW, the Bandai Museum
has seen 700,000 visitors since it opened ten
months ago. Source: Rakuga
Kidou. I was hoping to go when I was in Tokyo
in December last year, but didn't have the time -
I'm not a Gundam anyway...
- Live action adult (lesbian) video Maria-sama
ga Miteiru. See the sixth image down on this
page, but note that some of the images
contain nudity. Available from TMA from 20 August
2004, price 3,990 yen (including tax). Source: Rakuga
Kidou. Note that the title is Maria-sama ga
Miteiru, with an "i" in the last word,
not the usual Maria-sama ga Miteru.
- Official website for Kurau Phantom Memory
is now up.
Phase. The TV anime will commence broadcast
on 24 June 2004 at 26:12am (ie 2:12am on 25 June
- Perhaps not confirmed, but it's said that
an Ichigo 100% anime is to be created for
screening at the year end Jump
Festa. Based on the
manga of the same name by Kawashita Mizuki.
Phase. I don't know much about these anime
created for Jump Festa. Note that these kind of
anime (like the Eye Shield 21 anime for the
previous Jump Festa) are sometimes only about 30
minutes long, and only available on a special DVD
by mail order from the various Jump manga
magazines. There's also rumour of a School Rumble
TV anime to commence in October, but that seems
even less certain.
- Old news, but the CLAMP 15th
Anniversary website has a slide
puzzle game. Complete the puzzle and you'll
get a wallpaper to download.
Corporation and the official Maburaho
website have announced
that the limited edition version of DVD
volume 5 of the anime contains an error.
Due to a manufacturing process error, the special
CD, although labelled "if (3)",
actually has the same contents as the "if (1)"
CD which was included with the limited edition
version of DVD volume 1. When you buy volume 5,
you should receive a card (with coupon)
explaining the exchange program which the
distributor Happinet Pictures will carry out (you'll
need to send in the card to the company). To
contact the company, see the phone and fax
details on the pages linked above. Source: Moon Phase.
6 June 2004
- Fifth update. Headache returning... That's all
for today. Must lie down.
- On 8 May 2004 I wrote about Kidou Senshi
Gundam MS IGLOO - Ichinen Sensou Hiwa -
(One Year War Secret Story), the full 3D CG
Gundam anime which will be screened at the Bandai
Museum. This will be a three part work. The first
part is composed of three episodes. Episodes 1
and 2 will be screened at the museum from 19 July
2004 (each episode being 25 minutes long).
Episode 3 will be screened in September 2004. You
can view a couple of screenshots in this ITmedia
report. Source: Moon Phase.
- GAiNAX states
that the Top wo Nerae! Perfect Guide
DVD and book to be released on 27 August 2004
will include a trailer for Top wo Nerae!
2. Source: Moon Phase.
For release details for the Perfect Guide and
volume 1 of the second OVA series, see my 14 May
- Today is seiyuu Ogata Megumi's birthday.
She turns 39. Source: Reinbo
- This Sega
Direct article states that the Bones TV
anime series Kurau Phantom Memory will
commence broadcast on TV Asahi on 24 June 2004 at
26:12am (ie 2:12am on 25 June 2004). Source: Moon Phase.
The Sega article is about the sale of the CD
single for the OP. Official website for the anime
should be up shortly.
website for the OVA Aoi Umi no
Tristia (Tristia of the Deep Blue Sea).
Many of the sections are still under
construction, however. Source: Moon Phase.
The concluding volume 2 will be released on 23
July 2004. For release details, see my 22 May
has a promotion
clip up for download for the
OVA "Wind ~ a breath of heart ~",
volume 1 of which will be released on 25 June
2004. Visit the page linked and you'll find two
dark blue buttons at the bottom of the page.
Click on the left hand button if you have a
narrow band internet connection. Click on the
right if you have a broadband connection. Source:
The TV series will commence broadcast on 30 June
2004. For release details for volume 1 of the
OVA, see my 14 April 2004 entry.
- Production IG's website for its upcoming TV
has updated with the news that the series will
commence broadcast at 25:10am on 6 July 2004 (1:10am
on 7 July 2004) on NTV. Source: Moon Phase.
- As I pointed out on 23 April 2004, TV Asahi did
not broadcast episode 8 of the TV anime
of Koikaze - only Kids Station will
broadcast that episode (tomorrow, as it happens).
However, the Geneon's website for Koikaze
that for those who don't have access to Kids
Station, episode 8 will be available for
streaming download for a limited time -
from 8 to 22 June 2004. Source: Moon Phase. I
didn't notice mention of where the episode will
be available for download. Presumably from the
official website. Stay tuned.
- Official website for the OVA
Ajisai no Uta. Based on the manga of
the same name by Morikuri Maru, serialised in
Shogakukan's manga magazine Big
Comic Original. Volume 1 of the anime will be
released on 19 August 2004. Directed by Toyama
Sou, soundtrack by Nanase Hikari. Two previews to
download on this
page. Click on the two sepia coloured
screenshots. But note that the previews were
created last year - any release dates mentioned
are out of date. Source: Moon Phase.
See also this
page for a few larger screenshots. Ajisai no
Uta is the story of a boy Kuritaro and his family
in Edo period Japan (his father is a rounin). I
think it's more of a heartwarming story than
- The official website for Studio 4°C's upcoming
Game (said to be theatrically
released in July 2004) has updated with a trailer
for download. Source: Moon Phase.
Magazine has announced
that a movie based on CLAMP's manga
xxxHOLIC is to be released theatrically in 2005.
Phase. Not unexpected that a CLAMP work would
be adapted to anime but I'm sure a lot of people
will be happy to read the news anyway.
- There's an Air movie to be theatrically released
in the (northern) autumn of 2004. Based on the
bishoujo computer game of the same name. Recently
there have been references to an Air TV
series as well. Now TBS has set up a webpage
for an Air TV anime series. To be broadcast on
TBS' digital channel BS-i. Source: Magicalantique.com.
Another bishoujo TV anime.
- The official
website for the Air movie
has also updated. Not a lot to see, but in
addition to the earlier info that the anime would
be produced by Toei Animation with direction by
Dezaki Osamu is news that script will be by
Nakamura Makoto, with character design by
Kobayashi Akemi. The movie will be approximately
90 minutes long. Source: Magicalantique.com.
Probably only the second anime which Toei
Animation has made in this sort of genre (bishoujo
computer games), the first being the Kanon TV
anime a couple of years back.
- The official Nurse
Witch Komugi-chan Magical te (Magi Karte)
website has reference to Nurse Witch
Komugi-chan Magical te Z. Ope 1 will be
released on 10 September 2004. There will be TV
broadcast, tentatively scheduled for the (northern)
summer, as well. Source: Magicalantique.com.
5 June 2004
- Fourth update. That's all for today. Headache
- According to Animate,
the first pressing limited edition
version of DVD volume 4 of Chrno Crusade will
come not only with miniature replica gun, but
also with a drama CD, booklet and box to hold
four volumes. To be released 23 July
2004, price 9,240 yen (including tax). No mention
of the CD or box on CD
Japan's listing, though.
- The TV
anime version of DearS
is set to commence broadcast on TV Kanagawa at 24:30
on 3 July 2004, ie 00:30am on 4 July 2004. Source:
Group BBS. IIRC, a boy meets alien girl story.
- The official website for the TV anime
version of "Ninin
ga Shinobuden (2 x 2 = Shinobuden) ~ the Nonsense
Kunoichi Fiction" states
that the series will commence broadcast on 7 July
2004 on CBC at 26:25 (ie 2:25am on 8 July 2004).
Group BBS. Based on the comic ninja manga.
- Remember when I wrote about a line noise glitch
in DVD volume 3 of Henshin Kosu-pureiya (The
Cosmopolitan Prayers) on 11 May 2004?
Now producers m.o.e
that there are similar line noise
glitches with volumes 1 and 4 as well -_-
With volume 1, the superior picture quality
version of episode 2 has the glitch at the 17
minute 13 second mark (during the ending theme)
at the bottom half of the screen.With volume 4,
the superior sound quality version of episode 20
has the glitch at the 16 minute 00 second mark (during
the ending theme) at the centre of the screen. As
with volume 3, an exchange program will be put
into place to replace the faulty DVDs with
corrected versions until 31 August 2004 (but I
presume this doesn't extend to shipping from
outside Japan). To arrange replacement, either
telephone the company on the number set out in
the page linked above, or fill out the form on this
page. Corrected versions of the DVD will have
a round pink sticker on them.
- Episode 5 of the m.o.e
TV anime Love
Love? is available for download
from the official website until 7 June 2004. For
details on how to view the show, see my 6 May
- Very interesting (though few days' old) article
by the Asahi Shimbun: Spirited
Away: As merchandisers grow rich, the animation
industry is losing jobs to cheaper labor abroad.
By Takano Yuzuru and Inada Kiyohide.
- And on an issue which has some tangential
relation to anime, the Asahi Shimbun has an
the blues over 'reverse imports'. The article
is really about Japanese importing
foreign versions of J-pop CDs, but I
notice some Japanese anime fans have been
importing US versions of anime DVDs as well.
Interesting is the reference to some Japanese
fans claiming that the foreign CDs are better
quality than Japanese ones - mirroring Western
anime fans who claim that R2 DVDs are better than
R1 ones ^_^;;
- An R.O.D - The TV - Bangaihen Drama CD
(tentative title) will be released on 22 July
2004, catalogue number SVWC-7203, price 3,150 yen
(including tax). Source: Mangaoh Club.
- The Naruto Best Hit Collection CD
will be released on 4 August 2004 (same day as
release of the OST for the movie), catalogue
number SVWC-7208, price 3,360 yen (including tax).
This CD will be produced for a limited
period only (until 31 October 2004) and will come
in a box with a special DVD. Source: Mangaoh Club.
- Did I mention that I'm still not fully recovered...?
Haven't updated as much today as I would've liked
to. Still spent most of today lying in bed.
- For Studio Ghibli fans, CD Japan has
details up on three documentaries to be
released on DVD with English subtitles
in July and August:
Yasuo no Ugokasu Yorokobi (Otsuka Yasuo's Joy of
Waga Kokoro no Tabi (The World: Journey of Our
Hayao Produce no Ichimai no CD wa Koushite
Umareta (How the CD Produced by Miyazaki Hayao
Came to Be)
- VAP's website for elfen
lied TV anime has updated with a
picture in the gallery. Click on the pic and
it'll turn into a wallpaper which you can
download. The anime series based on the manga
will commence broadcast in July 2004.
- More info on the limited edition version
of manga volume 5 of School Rumble by
Kobayashi Jin, to be published on 17 June 2004. Mangaoh Club
states that it'll come with a special album (which
Manga no Mori describes as an extra comic booket)
and character sticker(s). To repeat, price 670
yen (including tax), regular edition price 410
yen (including tax).
- As I wrote on 29 May 2004, the August 2004 issue
of monthly Dengeki Comic Gao! magazine will come
with a DearS Premium DVD. Mangaoh Club
now states that the DVD will contain a promotion
clip for episode1 of the DearS TV anime (to
commence broadcast in July 2004), special digest
clip from the DearS game, drama CD post-recording
clip and cast comments. The magazine issue will
be published on 26 June 2004, price 720 yen (including
- Animaxis.com English language article: Tokyo
Art University Establishes Anime Graduate School.
- Been sick basically the whole week... -_- Again -_-
- While I lay dying, I couldn't do much else other
than finish book three of the Guin Saga and draw
a pic. My fourth picture in two and a half years
\^_^/ Time for a slight change in theme for the
top news page, hence the use of Baronh as well. I
wasn't trying to draw the face exactly as in the
anime and manga, hence the complete lack of
resemblance. The details in the uniform are off a
bit too, but I can't be bothered fixing it at the
moment (plus one of the pics I used as a
reference was particularly lacking in detail,
adding to the problem). Sorry if the larger pic
makes it harder to read this page. If it's any
consolation, it's harder for me to read what I'm
typing too ^_^;;
- In bed, I also had a chance to listen to the old Rurouni
Kenshin CD Books (ie drama CDs), which
were released prior to the anime. Based on the
original manga, these featured Ogata Megumi as
Kenshin, Sakurai Tomo as Kaoru, Takayama Minami
as Yahiko and Seki Tomokazu as Sanosuke. After 95
TV episodes (including final OVA), 2 OVA series
and a movie you get used to the anime voices, but
I tried to be as objective with the drama CD
voices as I could. Ogata was a fine Kenshin IMO,
having the important ability to create a variety
of "oro" sounds ^_^ though at times she
did remind me a bit too much like Yukito from
Card Captor Sakura (which she of course also
voiced). Sakurai was the hardest to objectively
assess since she later took the role of Makimachi
Misao in the anime. But I could detect a
difference between how she played Kaoru and Misao
- Misao was more "genki" and did sound
a tad younger. Takayama was fine as Yahiko
although at the tougher points I felt she was
reaching the limit of her performance. And to me,
it was only the second CD (of three) in which
Seki was really able to settle into the role of
Sano. Overall the CD dramas follow the manga,
with slight changes to dialogue here and there (generally
adding in a bit more). The music was very generic
and pedestrian - in no way could it match Asakura
Noriyuki's excellent score for the TV anime
- On 2 May 2004 I wrote about volume 1 of
the DVD release of Madlax, out on 21
July 2004. Animate
states that the first pressing will come
not only with box to hold the first
seven volumes, but also with a Madlax
logo original T-shirt. This will be a 13
volume release in total.
- I got my Front Innocent Official Art Book
recently, which comes with DVD. Front Innocent
being Urushihara Satoshi's upcoming adult
OVA. Contents of the Official Art Book
are basically the same as the previous design
works collection but with a few more pages. The
DVD is now eight minutes instead of the three
minutes of the DVD which came with the first book
- but this time there's two minutes of preview
and six minutes of interview with Urushihara (although
you can a smaller screen preview of the OVA
during the interview). If you bought the original
design works collection, this one may seem too
much of the same thing to you. 40 pages, 2,000
yen. The DVD states that the OVA will be released
in the (northern) summer of 2004.
- However, prior to that, Front
Innocent Episode #0
will be released on 16 August 2004, catalogue
number HODA-3, price 3,675 yen (including tax).
Although contents of the DVD are unknown, it'll
come with the drama CD Lady Innocent as well as a
mini-calendar. Source: Mangaoh Club.
Note that that the page linked above contains
- Also got my Maria-sama ga Miteru doujin
card game "Mari
Un Zero" CD-ROM. Basically a
Uno card game where you play against three
computer opponents (various characters from the
MariMite world). Each card is illustrated with a
MariMite character. Starting off as Yumi, your
object is to earn points to buy larger versions
of the cards (so you can enjoy the artwork),
wallpapers, short manga and other characters (so
you can play as, for example, Sachiko). Yumi
looks really cute when she wins ^_^ There are 116
cards, and 142 wallpapers (of which the
illustrations for 58 are also used for cards, and
another 16 of which are - presumably, gag - manga),
so it'll take a bit of time to access all the
items. The illustrations are contributed by 89
artists, the more well known of which include
Utatane Hiroyuki and Kaishaku.
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