Episode 20: Kagihime sings the Shinigami no Ballad while dancing to the Cowboy Bebop

We’re back with episode 20, we’ve got news, reviews, and all the anime love you’ve come to expect.

Shinigami no Ballad – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers
Cowboy Bebop – Download Now!
Kagihime Monogatari Eikyuu Alice Rondo – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers

Show Notes

News

Captain Tsubasa in Iraq
The Captain Tsubasa soccer anime will be dubbed into Arabic and donated to the Iraq Media Network, according to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The dubbed version will be called Captain Majed and will be provided “within coming days.” Early last year the Ministry said it was considering a plan to subsidize anime broadcasts in underdeveloped nations as a way to foster understanding of Japanese culture and develop future anime markets.
http://www.infojapan.org/announce/announce/2006/3/0302.html

Viz Officially Announces Bleach Anime
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/article.php?id=8560

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/article.php?id=8575

Ishikawa at CU-Boulder
Production IG founder Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will discuss the creation and proliferation of anime next Friday at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Rising Star Finalist Accused of Plagiarism
Hendra Wahjudi has been accused of plagiarizing Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal in Tokyopop Rising Star entry Samurai Zombie. Click here for a comparison of five frames. Samurai Zombie is currently one of 20 finalists for Tokyopop’s People’s Choice Award, in which the top 7 will be published in Rising Stars of Manga volume 6.

4Kids Fiscal 2005 Results
Profit Down 60% Compared to 2004
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/article.php?id=8562

Appleseed sequel, TV series in production
Production is underway for a sequel to the Appleseed film, as well as a TV series based on the franchise, according to an interview with Masamune Shirow in the latest Kikan-S magazine. LA’s Axis Entertainment first announced the plans in December 2004.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/article.php?id=5836

Live-action Lovely Complex in August
Aya Nakahara’s Lovely Complex series is being adapted into a live-action movie. The film debuts in Japan in August.
http://www.lovecom-movie.com/

New Ghibli Movie
Studio Ghibli has announced that Ghibli background art director Kazuo Oga, will make his directorial debut on a new movie due out July 7, 2006. Taneyamagahara no Yoru(“Night of Taneyamagahara”) is based on a play written by Kenji Miyazawa in 1924. Miyazawa, a famous Japanese writer, wrote the play for his students when he was a 28 year old teacher.
http://www.ghibli.jp/10info/000360.html

Will Square-Enix remake Final Fantasy VII on PS3?
Even though rumors are flying, the official line is that the technical demo at E3 was only that, a demo, and not meant to foreshadow a redevelopment of the famous game on the PS3.

1st Ever Batou Trivia Contest
Answer the questions by email at animepulse@gmail.com first and you can win a nice figure of “Vicious” from Cowboy Bebop.
Vicious Image

Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist stay in Booklist top 150
Naruto volume 9 ranked #59 and Fullmetal Alchemist volume 6 ranked #117 in USA Today’s Booklist for the week ending March 12. Last week the titles ranked #48 and #105, respectively.

Not so Daily Link of the Day: The Six Finger Phenomenon
Japanese manga characters evolving a sixth digit.
http://www.manganews.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1708

Reviews

Shinigami no Ballad
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6201
http://www.momo100100.com/
http://www.wowow.co.jp/anime/100100/

Cowboy Bebop
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy_Bebop
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=13
http://www.b-ch.com/cgi-bin/contents/ttl/det.cgi?ttl_c=130
http://www.adultswim.com/shows/cowboybebop/index.html

Kagihime Monogatari Eikyuu Alice Rondo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagihime
http://www.kagihime.jp/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6027

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