Here we go with our AX 2006 coverage. We’ll start you off with a much requested show, the return of Tim the Enchanter. Tim, along with Weltall and Batou, journeyed out to the mystical land of California. Although they encountered much peril, they returned safely to tell about it. You’ve heard some from Batou, now hear the real story. Enjoy!
We’ve got a great show this week. We review Fairy Princesses, NANA, Fushigi Yuugi and Kamisama Kazoku. Join us as the zaniness ensues.
Fairy Princesses – Wait until it hits the US and Netflix it.
NANA – Download Now!
Fushigi Yuugi – Download Now!
Kamisama Kazoku – Download Now
Intro – Rose by ANNA inspi’ NANA ~Black Stones~ (NANA)
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri from Paris (Tsukiyomi Moon Phase)
Toei Expands Online Anime Service
Building on its Anime BB and Tokusatsu Anime Archives serivices, Toei will launch Anime BB Premium, giving Japanese users access to 40 anime titles and over 1,200 episodes. Single episodes will be 100 yen each, with value packs also available. Toei expects to bring in 600 million yen from the service next year and one billion yen in 2008.
Negipod Arrives in December
The so-called Negipod, a 30GB iPod with 40 preloaded Negima songs and an engraved illustration, will street in Japan for Ã‚Â¥54,800 (~$470).
Otaku Space Tourist Fails Physical
34-year-old Gundam fan Daisuke “Dice-K” Enomoto has been bumped from his September 14 space launch after failing a physical. He was to have dressed as Char when he took off for the International Space Station.
IG’s Chevalier Debuts Online
The first episode of Production IG’s Chevalier series is now available free online.
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Hits Theaters October 20
Robotech.com announced this weekend at Anime Evolution that Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles will receive a limited theatrical release on October 20. The DVD will be issued November 21.
Godchild Not Returning to Shojo Beat
Viz has informed us that there are no plans for Godchild (Count Cain) to return to Shojo Beat. “We periodically switch out stories to keep the magazine fresh,” explained Evelyn Dubocq, adding, “Pulling the manga from the magazine lets us put the graphic novels out more quickly.”
Venus Versus Virus Anime Announced
Reportedly Atsushi Suzumi’s moe supernatural action manga series Venus Versus Virus will be adapted into an anime television series directed by Shinichiro Kimura (Hand Maid May, Cosplay Complex, Burn Up Excess) and animated by Studio Hibari (Happy Lesson, Saber Marionette J).
This week we’re joined by Jake from the Hadokings again. We review Beet the Vandel Buster, Rashomon, Air Gear and Psychic Force. Come and share the Anime love.
Beet the Vandel Buster – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Air Gear – Download Now!
Psychic Force – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Rashomon – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Intro – Coyote by Naoki with Power Sound (Coyote Ragtime Show)
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri from Paris (Tsukiyomi Moon Phase)
The winner of Batou’s contest is Sakura Haruna Jurai – the prize is a Ryo-Oki plushie.
Anime Pulse Wins Best Podcast Honors
The second annual Podcast Awards has recognized Anime Pulse as the internet’s best podcast in the “Cultural/Arts” category. Anime Pulse will receive its award at the 2006 Podcast and Portable Media Expo to be held on September 29-30 in Ontario, California.
22,302 at Otakon 2006
Otakon 2006 attracted 22,302 attendees. Last year the convention was capped at 22,000.
Fist of the Blue Sky Anime
Comics Bunch Magazine has announced plans for an anime adaptation of Fist Of The Blue Sky. In July 2002, the ill-fated Raijin Magazine announced that a TV series based on the Fist of the North Star prequel would premiere on Japanese TV in October 2002.
Solid State Society Trailer
Production I.G’s clappa! website now hosts a 2:48 second trailer for the upcoming Stand Alone Complex movie, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society.
Suzumiya Haruhi Garage Kit Sells For $3,000
Livedoor News has reported that a limited edition assembled and painted garage kit of Suzumiya Haruhi originally sold for 15,000 yen ($129) recently sold on Yahoo Auctions for 340,000 yen ($2,931). Additional images of the completed model created by BUBBA & Saikorokyarameru are available here and here.
Yurisai Event Scheduled
The organizers of Yuricon will host the one day “Yurisai” event on September 29, 2007, at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, New Jersey. This one-day event will recreate the fun and intimate feeling of Yuricon’s 2005 Tokyo event, including video programming, workshops, panels, a “Yuriket” market, and the chance to interact with some of the biggest names in the yuri scene, including Rica Takashima, creator of “Rica ‘tte Kanji!?”.
Toonami Jetstream Soars to 9.5 Million Streams
Toonami Jetstream logged over 9.5 million streams and 725,000 unique visitors in its first month. The service offers free full length episodes of Naruto, Hikaru no Go, MAR, The Prince of Tennis, and American series like Samurai Jack and Megas XLR.
Negima 2 will be All-New
Negima series 2 begins Ocober 4 in Japan. The series will reportedly have a new story, rather than an further adaptation of Ken Akamatsu’s manga.
TANK S.W.A.T. 01 Translated
This past weekend, Anime Gamers celebrated the grand opning of their new store location in LA (not an additional opening, the store moved). As part of the celebration they screened some new anime, including TANK S.W.A.T. 01. According to Broccoli’s website, “It’s not our title, but Synch-Point did the translation.” (The Japanese TANK S.W.A.T. 01 DVD released in March did not include a translation).
Armor Core Anime
Animplex has announce plans to produce an OAV based on the Armored Core video game series. No details on when “Armored Core: Fort Tower Song” will be released. The official website is here.
Beet the Vandel Buster
We’ve got a good episode this week. We review Loveless as a birthday present to a listener. We also review Earthian, NHK ni Yookoso and Noein – Mou hitori no kimi e.
Loveless – Even if you receive it as a gift, burn the disc and piss on the ashes
NHK ni Yookoso – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers
Earthian – Download Now!
Noein ~ Mou hitori no kimi e – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers
Opening – Tsubasa wa Pleasure Line (Minami Kuribayashi) from Chrno Crusade
Closing – Neko Mimi Mode (Dimitri from Paris) from Tsukiyomi ~ Moon Phase
Yoshiki, Gackt to Start Band
When answering a fan question this afternoon at Otakon, Japanese rock legend Yoshiki announced he will start a band with J-Pop star Gackt.
Go Speed Racer: Waiting for Green Light
The Wachowski brothers’s live action Speed Racer film is “on the starting line awaiting the green light at Warner Bros,” according to Production Weekly. The production has reportedly taken over the Burbank lot that was home to Bryan Singer’s defunct Logan’s Run remake.
ADV to Release Utawarerumono
ADV announced that they have licensed Utawarerumono, which will be released in North America under the name Shadow Warrior Chronicles. It is expected to be released early 2007.
Sony Opens Door to UK Anime Channel
UK regulator OFCOM has granted Sony a license to broadcast a network called Anime+.
Anime Expo 2007 Dates Announced
June 29 to July 2 in Long Beach. more…
Death Note Locks up Japanese TV
The Madhouse-animated adaptation of the Death Note manga will air October 3 at midnight on Nippon TV in Japan.
Gundam/RuroKen Seiyuu Dies
Hirotaka Suzuoki, the seiyuu (e. Japanese voice actor) for Bright Noa in the original Gundam and Saito Hajime in Rurouni Kenshin, died from lung cancer this past Sunday. He was 56. He also did voice work for Dragonball Z as Tien and Ranma 1/2 as Kuno, among other roles.
Newtype Hypes Evangelion Scoop
September’s Newtype Japan advertises an “extra large scoop” on Evangelion in the October issue. Whether it is related to Hideaki Anno’s new project is unknown. The issue streets September 10.
Maison Ikkoku Drama Update
According to TV Asahi’s official website for Maison Ikkoku, Misaki Itou has been cast for the part of Kyoko Otonashi in the upcoming Maison Ikkoku live-action drama (previously reported on here, however they are still looking for a suitable actor for Godai and have sent out an open casting call for the part.
German Anime Con Next Month
Germany’s Connichi takes place September 15-17 in Palais Kassel. Among the guests of honor are Makoto Tateno and Studio Gainax.
Noein ~ Mou hitori no kimi e
This week is a great show. We review Bleach of course. We also review Odin: Starlight Mutiny, Dragon’s Century, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan and Coyote Ragtime Show.
Odin: Starlight Mutiny – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
Dragon’s Century – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Coyote Ragtime Show – Download Now!
Witchblade Alternate Version Revealed
The official Japanese Witchblade homepage now hosts comparison screenshots of the TV version and more risque DVD version of Masane transformed state.
Sakura-Con Announces First 2007 Guests
Sakura-Con has announced that American voice actors Vic Mignogna and Doug Smith will attend the 2007 10th anniversary convention as guests of honor. The 2007 Sakura-Con will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington on April 6-8, 2007.
Naruto Ninjafest Kicks Off
Naruto Ninja Dome ’06 commenced today with voice actors Junko Takeuchi and Kazuhiko Inoue recording fan messages for a radio show. The 5-day festival, which attracted about 250 fans today, is held at Prism Hall in the Tokyo Dome City convention complex.
Paprika Not Coming to America This Year
Sony has informed Twitch that Paprika will not be released on October 31: “Sony is planning a theatrical release of the film in 2007 with a DVD to follow sometime after that.”
Miyazaki Declines Academy Invitation
Third time not the charm for AMPAS more…
New Info on My Otome OVA
Animate.tv has announced that My Otome Zwei, the My Otome OVA series, will debut in Japan this fall. Promotional advertising posters and banners the release will appear in select locations beginning in August.Searching the Seven Seas for Translators
Seven Seas Entertainment is looking for Japanese-to-English Translators for a “wide variety of translation projects.”
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Schedule Recap
Series premieres in August and September more…
Full Run of FLCL on [AS] Viewer’s Choice
The winner of [adult swim]’s annual “Have It Your Way” contest has opted to have a full run of Furi Kuri (e. Fooly Cooly) this Saturday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., among their other choices. Other anime included in the block are Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Trigun, Paranoia Agent and Samurai Champloo.
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
This week we’re joined by our friend Treize, a master cosplayer. She tells us a little about it. We also review Soul Link, FLCL and Black Lagoon. Don’t miss this great episode!
Soul Link – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
FLCL – Download Now!
Black Lagoon – Download Now!
We’ve got a new website design!!! O.O
Anime Pulse nominated for the Best Cultural Show at The Podcast Awards! Go and vote every day!
Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime
Peter Cullen announced he will reprise his role as Optimus Prime in Michael Bay’s Transformers film. Also, Filmwad has several behind the scenes photos of the vehicles and set.
Live Action Afro Samurai
A live action Afro Samurai movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and involving Christopher Nolan is in the works. The animated series, meanwhile, will consist of five 25-minute episodes, each with a budget of over $1 million. Additional episodes may be ordered if the series does well.
4Kids Anime Goes On-Demand Soon
4Kids has announced that all of the shows featured on its Saturday morning FOXBOX block will be featured on its new 4KidsTV channel that will premiere on Comcast On Demand service next month. 4Kids currently features shows like Sonic X and Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, but according to the press release, the new Yu-Gi-Oh! spinoff, Capsule Monsters, will also be part of the line-up.
4Kids TV Sticks with Fox
The fifth season of 4Kids TV begins this fall on Fox. Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters premieres September 9, and Chaotic on September 30.
Eureka 7 on YTV
YTV will air Eureka 7 on Friday nights this fall.
Miyazaki Movies on UK TV
FilmFour to air 7 Miyazaki films in August
Tarantino Wants Kill Bill Anime Prequels
Quentin Tarantino says he wants to make two anime Kill Bill prequels: an origin film about Bill and his mentors, and an original tale with The Bride.
Jin-Roh Short Film Online
Production IG animator Koushi Kishida’s Jin-Roh anime short film, Images of the Last Battalion, is now online. The short film won Japan’s Digital Frontier Grand Prix Best VFX Award last year.
Fullmetal Theater List
Funimation has posted a list of theaters that will screen the Fullmetal Alchemist movie next month. All showtimes are Friday, August 25 at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 26 at 2 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Gedo Senki Panned by Online Critics
Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki, which is to be released in theaters this week, has received a 2.3 rating (out of 5) on Yahoo Movies Japan by people who have seen advanced screenings. Comparatively, recent anime TokiKake received a 4.7 grade, Pokemon a 3.9, and Brave Story a 3.0. Pixar’s Cars has received a 4.2.
Geneon Looking for Anime Product Manager
Geneon has posted a listing for an Anime Product Manager on Monster.com. The position involves “daily marketing projects” and “budgeting, planning and execution of all company industry tradeshows and conventions.”
Naruto Movie 3 Trailer
A 90-second trailer for the third Naruto movie is now online. The movie opens next weekend in Japan.
This week we review Simoun, Inukami, Binbou Shimai Monogatari and Tenjou Tenge. Along with the news and our normal reviews.
Simoun – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Inukami – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Binbou Shimai Monogatari – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Tenjou Tenge – Download Now!
kki Tousen Author Comes to Comic-Con
Yuji Shiozaki will attend Comic-Con International for an autograph session and the unveiling of his new figure collection. The convention runs July 20-23 in San Diego.
Bleach Bliss: 30 Second Movie Trailer
The first trailer for Bleach: Memories of Nobody is now online. The film premieres in December in Japan.
New Kanon Trailer
A new trailer for Kyoto Animation’s new Kanon series is now online. The series starts in October.
Space Tourist to Cosplay in September
You may have heard the rumors that Japanese businessman Daisuke Enomoto will be dressed as Char Aznable when he goes to visit the International Space Station in September. Well, it’s very much the truth and not only that, but he’s actually building a plastic model to take with him during the trip. Talk about your true otaku.
Sgt. Frog Called up for Mobile Service
The latest Gigabyte phone to hit Japan is styled after Sgt. Frog from the Keroro Gunso anime. It’s limited to 2000, so hop on them quickly.
Madhouse in the Mix for Boondocks Season 2
Madhouse has joined the production team for season 2 of Boondocks. “We’re creating a new system on-the-fly to get an authentic anime style but still have it be written with an American comedic sensibility,” creator Aaron McGruder says.
More Black Lagoon Anime Coming
A second Black Lagoon series is in the works, according to Sunday GX Magazine.
Bleach on YTV
Bleach will air this fall on Canada’s YTV.
Production IG CEO Participates in Japan Society Project
Production IG Chairman and CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa recently attended a Japan Society Innovators Project meeting, which included such guests as a current VP of IBM, former senior executive of Hewlett Packard, and founder of Craigslist. The event is chronicled on IG’s site.
Robotech Dub Studio Closes
Intersound Inc., which dubbed anime such as Robotech and Dogtanian in the ’80s, is closing down and auctioning some of its equipment on eBay.
CPM Recall For Out of Print Discs Only
Central Park Media Managing Director John O’Donnel has clarified WEA’s recall notice for ANN: “This notice applies only to older SKU’s of these titles which were released in the past, which we have not been shipping for quite some time.” He also notes Patlabor and Utena are still in print in new versions.
New St. Seiya Hades Anime Announced
Toei’s official St. Seiya homepage has announced plans to produce new anime episodes of the St. Seiya Hades Chapter Inferno storyline. No additional information is available yet.
Detective Conan Goes Live-Action
YTV has announced a live action Detective Conan series. The show will be set before the anime series.
First Conan Movie Out On DVD This Fall
According to Diamond’s Video Vault, FUNimation will release the first Case Closed/Detective Conan movie sometime this fall (probably around October). The full English title is Case Closed: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper, and it originally hit Japanese theaters in 1997–almost a full decade ago.
Bad Cops in Michigan caught on tape
This week we have a special guest, Kaitar. We review Ayashi no Ceres, Zegapain, Kyou no Go no Ni and the Saikano live action movie.
Saikano Live Action – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Kyou no Go no Ni – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Zegapain – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for Crackers.
Ayashi no Ceres – Download Now!
Illumitoon Lights Up With Beet the Vandel Buster
Illumitoon Entertainment Ltd., a new Forth Worth company founded by former Funimation executives, has acquired Beet the Vandel Buster and its sequel, Beet the Vandel Buster Excellion. Based on the Shonen Jump manga, Beet is the company’s first announced title. From the press release: “Already Illumitoon has acquired some serious titles, and is looking forward to launching DVD releases as early as January 2007.”
Wachowskis on Board for Speed Racer
IGN FilmForce has reported that the Wachowski Brothers, made famous via their Matrix trilogy, are starting to write the screenplay for the live-action Speed Racer movie that actor Vince Vaughn pitched to Warner Bros. back in 2004. Also, it hasn’t been confirmed, but Vaughn may have a part in the movie as Racer X whenever production starts up.
Jay Chou’s next role is a Slam Dunk
Yao Ming to have cameo in upcoming live-action “tribute”
CMX on Tenjho Tenge Edits Again
Director of Manga responds to complaints
More on Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society
Production IG has opened a new page on Bandai’s newly licensed Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society film. The movie will run on Japanese pay-per-view starting September 1 and will be released on DVD November 24 in Japan. US release details are yet to be announced.
Makoto Shinkai’s Latest Project
Yahoo Japan has opened an official site for Makoto Shinkai‘s upcoming Byousoku 5 Centimeter, including a high-definition trailer. The film is compilation of short animated movies that premieres next spring in Shibuya theaters.
Brazil Welcomes Nausica, Kare Kano Manga
Panini Comics and Conrad Publishing recently issued Kare Kano and Nausica of the Valley of the Wind in Brazil. Also, the Papo de Budgea blog traces manga’s recent growth in the country.
Saishu Heiki Kanojo – Live Action
This is the TOKYOPOP panel. Rangiku was kind enough to record this for us. Everyone give props to our wonderful East Coast Correspondent.
This week Batou gives the first portion of his Anime Expo wrapup, and I review Ouran High School Host Club. It’s a great episode, so give it a listen.
Ouran High School Host Club – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
French Girls Flee to Japan, Get Stuck in Poland
Two girls from Paris were caught Sunday in Poland after running away from home to “visit the land of manga.”
Hayao Miyazaki’s Reaction To Earthsea
Tales From Earthsea–the latest feature film from Studio Ghibli–was directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro. Many were surprised that Goro helmed the… full story Â»
Manga Added to the Dictionary
“Manga” will join a host of other words that have made their way into our everyday vocabularies in print when Merriam-Webster publishes its next edition of its widely-used dictionary. “Google” and “drama queen” are a few of the other entries that will be joining it in the next edition.
Miyazaki Invited to Join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Hayao Miyazaki is one of 120 people that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited to join the Academy in 2006. Miyazaki is one of 8 invitees to have won an Oscar. The 120 invitees will be the only additions to the Academy this year.
AX 2006 Licensing Roundup
17 anime, 22 manga, 2 novels
Cameron Still Churning Battle Angel Rumor Mill
James Cameron says Battle Angel will be the second of two trilogies he plans to film. “Battle Angel is actually designed as a three-film cycle. So the logic there is to make one and, if it hits, boom-boom on the other two.”
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