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News: Saturday July 31,1999
BEWARE OF FUNIMATION FANSUBBERS!
Funimation is looking all over the web for fansubbers who are profiting off any (bootlegged) "Dragonball Z" Episodes!! They have already shut down super5.com (which is a great site that might have GT episodes soon!!) So try selling secretly!! They might get you!
 
News: Sunday August 1,1999
ANOTHER RANMA MOVIE!
There are rumors that a Ranma1/2 10 anniversary movie special might come out in the US Theatres,this is unsubstantial because the original cast members are busy with others things :-(
MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
Manga Entertainment just bought the rights to End of Eva. No news on the release date yet. So Don't throw away those fansubs yet!
Sailor Moon Movie!
Pioneer Will be releasing Collector's Edition Sailor Moon movies which include Sailor Moon R,Sailor Moon S,and Sailor Moon SS!
VIRTUAL FIGHTERS ON DVD
There is word that Virtual Fighters TV series will come out in the US on DVD!}
TOP 3 ANIME
These are the top 3 anime in America voted by you the fans:
3.Dragon Ball Z
2.Ranma 1/2
1.Pokemon

If I voted I would of voted for Dragon Ball Z. Now vote for your favorite anime! All you have to do is Email Me or go to the "Comments" section.. Don't Be Lazy Vote!
 
News: Monday August 9,1999
Escaflowne:The Movie
Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea is set for release in the US and Japan Summer of 2000, the movie version will be a new story, seperate from the TV series.
In the new plotline the Zaibach Empire (now renamed the Tribe of the Black Dragon) attacking Prince Van's kingdom, who then retaliates as a descendant of the white winged dragon. He finds a friend in the ruler of a neighboring country, Abaharaki, who aids in his attack on the Black Dragon when they discover an attempt to restart an ancient Dragon armor that is believed to have obliterated the world of Gaea previously. Van is still very reclusive, until Hitomi (now a nearly suicidal girl wishing to vanish) is taken to the world of Gaea.

The movie version will share most of the crew from the popular 1996 TV series, including new character designs by Nobuteru Yuki (Lodoss War, X, Battle Angel), new mecha designs by Kimitoshi Yamane, and a new soundtrack by Yoko Kanno.
"Tokyo Charactre Show '99"

The characters from game and anime world all gathered in the event, "Tokyo Character Show 1999" on July 24th and 25th. It was produced by the radio station, Nippon Hoso and Broccoli, a game character goods planning and retailing company.
This was the second time for this event to be held after the first one last year. Last year, SQUARE's Final Fantasy 8 booth was popular. This time, the popular characters were the girls from the bishojo girl games. Character goods were sold at this event, and the stage was used for the special shows. The shows on stage were the following.
July 24th
* 12:50-13:10 Musical "Sailar Moon" Talk and Songs
- The special version of the musical that had
finished all of its schedule the other day.

* 13:30-14:10 Kira Kira Melody Gakuen Talk
- with 45 voice actress girls who will be in an
anime program next year.

July 25th
* 11:30-12:10 Dengeki Anime Festival
- A talk by the voice actors in the anime
programs from the comic magazines, such as
"Dengeki Daio." ("To Heart" etc.)

* 15:50-16:20 Broccoli OVA Production Announcement & Live
- Production announcement for their OVA ("Welcome to Pia Carrot! 2" etc.)
 
News: Tuesday August 10,1999
Top Manga Sales (Japan) [As of August 2nd]

1. Detective Konan (24) Shogo Aoyama
2. One Piece (9) Eiichiro Oda
3. Rurouni Kenshin (26) Nobuhiro Watsuki
4. Monster (12) Naoki Urasawa
5. Ppoi! (14) Takako Yamazaki
6. Baby * Love (9) Ayumi Kamio
7. Hana yori Dango (23) Yoko Kamio
8. Mint na Bokura (We are Minty) (4) Ayumu Yoshisumi
9. Shoot! -Hot Challenge- (8) Tsukasa Ohshima
10. Yugi-oh (14) Kazunori Takahashi

 
News Wensday August 11,1999
Pokemon Movie Trailer
US Pokemon Movie Trailer
Premiering before Warner Brother's Iron Giant is the trailer for the Pokemon movie Mewtwo Strikes Back. The movie features Ash and his Pokemon friends against a genetically enhanced super Pokemon named Mewtwo, as well as a short 22 minute, feature called Pikachu's Vacation. The trailer is available online at http://www.movies.warnerbros.com/pokemon.html.
 
New Fall TV Season
New Fall TV Season
The upcoming Fall Japanese TV season is begining to take shape. Some new shows to look out for are:
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Revenge Second Orphen TV series starts in October.

Dai Gard Starts October 5th.

Lebiath Starts October 6.

THE BIG O Starts October 13th.

Ima Sokoniiru Boku Starts October 14th

TV Series Continuing:
EDENs BOwY
BETTER MAN
Starship Girl YAMAMOTO YOHKO
Gokudo Kun Manyuki
TURN A GUNDAM
 
News: Thursday August 12,1999
Breath Of Fire 4
Breath Of Fire 4
Capcom has updated it's site with tons of info (In Japanese) on the new RPG Breath of Fire 4. Go see: http://www.capcom.co.jp/newproducts/consumer/bof4/index.html.
 
Magazine Boom

This year in Japan has been the year for the new magazines in manga, anime and game industry to start publishing. "Dengeki Animation Magazine," the new anime magazine that was started in April, "Magazine Z," the new multimedia manga magazine that started in June, "Character Grand Prix," the new character goods magazine that has been around from July. One of the newest magazine among them is "Tokyo Robot News" started publishing by Keibunsha on July 27th. This magazine specializes the history of robot anime creations, illustrations, its changes and more. The other new magazine, "Megami Magazine," a "bishojo" cute girl character magazine was started publishing by Gakken on July 28th. The first issue includes articles about "Ah! My Goddess," which will be in theaters this coming April as a motion picture, and other cute girl characters in other anime and games. It also introduces the strategies for the bishojo girl games and their character goods.
What's more, an anime magazine, "Hi-Ge" will be started by Eichi Shuppan on October 10th. It will be a sensational culture magazine that deals with anime in a totally new way: it is supposed to be an interactive magazine to which a CD-ROM will be attached.
 
News: Friday 13,1999
Final Fantasy Movie Trailer
Gamespot News has trailer footage for the upcoming Final Fantasy movie available for download.
 
News: Saturday 14,1999
Super5.com
I just got a message that Super5.com is not going to be hosting GT episodes. They found out that it is now illegal.They told me that they don't know if any other site is going to be hosting GT episodes.
 
News: Saturday 22, 2000
PS2 Exports
It seems that the Japanese government is regulating the export of Sony's latest console system, the Playstation 2.  Supposedly the system is has parts that are sophisticated enough to be used in missile guidance systems.:-)

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has slapped export controls on Sony Corp.'s new, hugely popular Playstation2 video game because the machine is so sophisticated it could be used for military purposes, media said Sunday.

The hit home game machine, which includes a digital video disc (DVD) player and will eventually offer Internet access, is Sony's most profitable product. The company said it had shipped 1.4 million in the month after the game's March 4 launch.

The console and its eight-megabyte memory card have been designated as ``general-purpose products related to conventional weapons'' because they contain components that could be used for military devices such as missile guidance systems, Kyodo news agency quoted industry sources as saying.

History Of Gundamn
Actionace.com has released a short history of Gundamn written by Benjamin Wright. The sorty talks about how it started in 1979 to where it ends up now. Here'a a short sample:
Greatest anime icon or not, Gundam is unquestionably the longest-standing and most famous franchise in all of Japanese animation. Its origins go back to 1979, the year after Star Wars was released in Japan. Inspired by the science fiction military of that film, Tomino Yoshiyuki drew upon his experience in the field of giant robot animation to create and direct a new kind of mecha anime. The result was Mobile Suit Gundam, a 47-episode TV series which was notable not for its booming success (it did well, but wasn't record-breaking) but for its depth and originality.
New Japenese T.V. Series
Check out for these exports to start coming out on tape. These are new Japenese T.V. series which just came out in 2000.

Boogiepop and Others (2000) - TV-Series
- Booiepopwa Warawanai
- Boogiepop Phantom

Da!Da!Da! (2000)

Gate Keepers (2000) - TV-Series

Hidamarinoki (2000) - TV-Series

Love Hina (2000) - TV-Series

Megami Kouhosei (2000) - TV-Series

Moncore Night (2000) - TV-Series

Nie_7 (2000) - TV-Series

Risky & Safety (2000) - TV-Series

The Big O (2000) - TV-Series

Troble Chocholaet (2000) - TV-Series

Controversy For Kite Release Over?
Yes, the controversy for the release of "Kite" from Media Blasters is over! It is due out next week. You have to go to your closest mall and get it.
Gundam on YTV
Bandia has made they're decision ,and because Gundamn Wing is so popular in the US, they are going to release Gundamn Wing on YTV in Canada. Here's the starting date: Monday, April 24, beginning at 5:30pm. Check local listings.
Panda Go Panda News
There is no confirmation yet but there is little chance that it will be a bilingual release.
Holy Pokemon!
Who would have guessed. The Vatican endorses Pokemon. And for those of you who commute from New Hampshire down to Massachusetts via Route 3, you'll note that some creative folks have changed our state welcoming sign to "Pikachusetts" with a bright Day-Glo Pikachu at the beginning. It's been the only reason I've enjoyed commuting to New Hampshire the past 2 weeks. Thanks to Anime On DVD for the news.