AX CLAMP Autograph Details

Details of CLAMP Autographing Sessions Announced
Famous Japanese Artists Scheduled to Appear at Anime Expo 2006

New York, NY (June 21, 2006) Manga superstars CLAMP announced last month that they would be making their first-ever U.S. public appearance at Anime Expo held in Anaheim, California, July 1 to July 4. For manga and anime fans in the United States and throughout the world, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this influential group. The visit is being
co-sponsored by Anime Expo, Del Rey Manga and Funimation Entertainment. Details on CLAMP’s two autographing sessions at Anime Expo are as follows:

Attendees at CLAMP’s panel on 2 PM Saturday will be selected at random to attend one of two autographing sessions. The autographing sessions will be held on Sunday, July 2. CLAMP will be signing exclusive pre-printed paper boards (also known as in Japan as shikishi) featuring CLAMP characters that will be provided to the winners.

About CLAMP
CLAMP consists of four female artists, Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona, who have created their own original story and characters in the Japanese graphic novel form known as “manga”. They made their debut as manga artists in Japan in 1989. Since then have become bestselling authors, and animation films based on their work have been prominent on both TV and the cinema screen. CLAMP has also been at the spearhead of the current flux and rise in popularity of Japanese anime and manga in the U.S., with titles such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Chobits – available from Tokyopop. Among the manga and anime audience, CLAMP is one of the single most recognized names. The two series that they are currently writing in Japan, Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC, are both being published in English by Del Rey Manga.

About Anime Expo
Located in Anaheim, California – Anime Expo®, the North America’s largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of then industry to conduct business. AX 2006 will be held July 1 – 4, 2006 at the Anaheim Convention Center. More information can be found at its official website (www.anime-expo.org)

About SPJA The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American publicn about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo®.

About Del Rey Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com)
was founded in 1977 as a division of Ballantine Books under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and prominent on both TV and the cinema screen. CLAMP has also been at the spearhead of the current flux and rise in popularity of Japanese anime and manga in the U.S., with titles such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Chobits available from Tokyopop. Among the manga and anime audience, CLAMP is one of the single most recognized names. The two series that they are currently writing in Japan, Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC, are both being published in English by Del Rey Manga.

Episode 33: Martian Successor Evangelion rents Samurai 7 from the Good Witch of the West

Vespaholic from Anime101 is in the house. We review Martian Successor Nadesico, Neon Gensis Evangelion, Good Witch of the West (Nishi no Yoki Majo – Astraea Testament), and Samurai 7. It’s a great show, with Ramune!

Martian Successor Nadesico – Download Now!
Neon Genesis Evangelion – Download Now!
Good Witch of the West (Nishi no Yoki Majo – Astraea Testament) – Download Now!
Samurai 7 – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
7 Samurai – Download Now!
The Magnificent 7 – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.

Show Notes:

News:

From Naruto Sneakers To NERV Sandals
Mmm, more Eva milking. You probably won’t be able to buy these NERV flip-flops unless you happen to live in Japan, but you can still admire them from afar. According to Akadot, they’ll go on sale in Japan in July.

X:Re-Mix at Anime Expo
Geneon will be selling copies of their X:Re-Mix at Anime Expo. The new X DVD boxed set includes remixed audio and re-encoded video, as well as new bonus material including the “An Omen” bonus episode. There will also be a limited edition version with a velvet cover. The set will go on sale at retailers on July 11.

Transformers Actors Train with US Air Force
Military.com profiles an Air Force Airman who helped train actors for Michael Bay‘s Transformers movie. The film will be out July 4, 2007.

ADV Films seeks AX Booth Volunteers
ADV Films is currently seeking motivated, friendly fans to lend a hand with their booth at Anime Expo 2006. For further details, contact Chris Oarr at coarr@advfilms.com. Be sure to include “Volunteer” in the subject line.

Captain Tsubasa Joins Japanese Soccer Team
Just in time for the World Cup, Captain Tsubasa‘s Ohzora Tsubasa is featured on a new bottle design for Kirin Nuda, the official drink of Japan’s soccer team. The commercial is available here.

Black Cat Crosses Funimation’s Path
Funimation announced its acquisition of Black Cat last weekend at A-Kon in Dallas.

Tokyopop Expands to Australia and New Zealand
Earlier this month Tokyopop announced that it had expanded operations to New Zealand and Australia through a partnership with Funtastic. Funtastic recently acquired Australia’s Madman Entertainment, however Tokyopop deal is independent of Madman. Tokyopop books now have official distribution channels on every continent except Antartica.

Moe Burger opens in Japan in Akihabara
Check out some pics here

Zipang Licensed
Geneon announced its acquisition of
Zipang last weekend at A-Kon.

Tokyopop Expands to Australia and New Zealand
Earlier this month Tokyopop announced that it had expanded operations to New Zealand and Australia through a partnership with Funtastic. Funtastic recently acquired Australia’s Madman Entertainment, however Tokyopop deal is independent of Madman. Tokyopop books now have official distribution channels on every continent except Antartica.

New Shonen Magazine in Japan
The first issue of Leed’s Shounen Fang will be released July 19 in Japan.

Oshii on Miyazaki’s Gedo Senki
Nausicaa.net has posted an English transcript of a video interview with Mamoru Oshii in which he discusses Goro Miyazaki‘s forthcoming Gedo Senki film.

My-HiME Site Goes Live
The official English site for My-HiME launched today. Designed to resemble the website of Fuka Academy (the school where the show is set), it boasts several interesting features, as well as a brand new preview.

Reviews

Martian Successor Nadesico
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadesico
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=42
http://www.b-ch.com/cgi-bin/contents/ttl/det.cgi?ttl_c=162

Neon Genesis Evangelion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=49
http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/eva/index.html

Good Witch of the West (Nishi no Yoki Majo – Astraea Testament)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Witch_of_the_West_Astraea_Testament
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6175
http://www.project-westwitch.net/

Samurai 7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_7
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3127
http://www.animax.co.jp/ppv/samurai7/

7 Samurai
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_Samurai

The Magnificent 7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magnificent_Seven

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Episode 32: UG☆Ultimate Girl Tactics

Another classic episode this week. Batou and I do the news and review Bleach, Naruto, Tactics and UG☆Ultimate Girls.

UG☆Ultimate Girls – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Tactics – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

News

Gatchaman CG Film in Production
Imagi Animation Studios and Tatsunoko Production will produce a Gatchaman CG-animated film for theatrical release in the US. The film will be written and directed by Kevin Munroe, who is also writing and directing Imagi’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG movie.

Live Action Devilman Acquired
Media Blasters has picked up the 2004 Devilman live-action film. No release details are available yet.

Witchblade Acquired, Positioned for Adult Swim
Funimation has acquired the Witchblade anime, according to an announcement by Top Cow’s Matt Watkins last weekend at WizardWorld Philadelphia. Watkins also said Funimation is in talks with Cartoon Network to air the series on Adult Swim.

Ask CLAMP Online
Anime Expo has opened an Ask CLAMP form, with which fans may submit questions to be answered at CLAMP‘s panel on July 2.

New CLAMP/Sunrise Anime Confirmed
So it was true after all! A CLAMP-influenced mecha anime? I’m game for that. We described a few of the staff members (along with brief lists of the… full story »

Orange Road on Moratorium
AnimEigo has revealed that its distribution license for the Kimagure Orange Road television series, OAV series, and first motion picture will expire in late July. AnimEigo reportedly tried to renew the license, but was unable to do so. Orange Road DVDs currently in circulation will remain in circulation, but as of the end of next month, AnimEigo will not be able to distribute the series any longer.

Production I.G to Produce Guardian of the Sacred Spirit
As reported in our article about D-Rights’s investment into Geneon, Production I.G is producing an anime TV series called Guardian of the Sacred Spirit. The series will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama and will premiere on NHK in the Spring of 2007.

Tales From Earthsea To Hit Japan In July
It’s been announced that Studio Ghibli’s Tales From Earthsea (Gedo Senki) will open in Japanese theaters on July 29. For the record, it took about sev… full story »

Japan Faces Shortage Of Ramen Workers
Venturing slightly off the beaten path, Mainichi has an article about the need for more ramen workers. There’s even an online Ramen Employment Agency; it’s run by noodle expert Hiroshi Osaki, who has eaten at 14,000 different ramen joints across Japan.

New Death Note Movie Trailer
Here’s your chance to see the latest Death Note movie promo, complete with some footage of the full-CG Ryuk in motion. It recycles scenes from the pre… full story »

American Battle Royale Remake
Ain’t It Cool News reports that New Line Cinema and producers Neal Moritz and Roy Lee have plans for “an extremely hard R, serious-minded” remake of Battle Royale. There’s no director or screenwriter yet, so who knows whether this thing will get off the ground…

A Second Season of Fruits Basket?
Many a Furuba fan has wanted the Japanese to do a second season of the smash-hit shoujo series, and according to a Q&A the folks over at Animetiqu… full story

Dating A Yaoi/BL Fangirl
In Japan, a yaoi/BL fangirl might ironically refer to herself as a fujoshi, which can be translated as “rotten woman.” One Japanese man runs a quirky blog about the experience of dating a fujoshi, and Akadot has posted a few key portions of an amusing interview with him.

Reviews

Tactics
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4100
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/tactics/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tactics_%28manga%29

UG☆Ultimate Girls
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4490
http://www.pc-moe.com/ug/

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Episode 31: Gundam Seed’s Witchblade has Dead Leaves seen by the Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora

We’ve got a great show this week. Jake from The Hadokings podcast joins us in the studio along with Bill Cosby and Arnold S. We review Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora, Dead Leaves, Witchblade and Gundam Seed. Also included is Rangiku’s report on Anime Boston 2006.

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Gundam Seed – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Witchblade – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Dead Leaves – Download Now!

Show Notes

Contest

The podcast pickle contest is going well. We’re at #4. Here are new prizes

Prize 1:
All 6 volumes of Neon Genesis Evangelion manga (donated by Rangiku).
Signed Yaoi fanart of Batou and Ichigo making out (from Erin at Ninja Consultants).

Prize 2:
Episodes 1 – 76 of Naruto on DVD (donated by Ichigo).
Signed Yaoi fanart of Batou and Ichigo making out (from Erin at Ninja Consultants).

Prize 3:
Episodes 1 – 20 of Revolutionary Girl Utena on DVD (donated by Ichigo).
Signed Yaoi fanart of Batou and Ichigo making out (from Erin at Ninja Consultants).

Grand Prize:
Entire 26 episode Boxset of Tenchi Universe (donated by Batou).
Death Note Journal (donated by Ichigo).
GITS figure (donated by Batou).
Signed Yaoi fanart of Batou and Ichigo making out (from Erin at Ninja Consultants).

News

Central Park Media Statement
Musicland’s bankruptcy cited, no mention of CPM bankruptcy

Poll: What does “Otaku” mean to you?
Funimation Picks up Full Metal Panic TSR
Funimation has acquired the third season of Full Metal Panic. Volume 1 of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid will be released October 3. ADV Films released the previous seasons of FMP.

ADV Announces Jinki:Extend
ADV Announced at their Anime Boston panel today that they will be releasing the Jinki:Extend TV anime series. ADV already released the manga series.

Funimation Announces Beck
Funimation announced at the Anime Boston Panel, that they would be releasing BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. The series will be co-directed by Taliesin Jaffe and Chris Bevins, with Mike McFarland as music director.

Gunsmith Cats Burst, Re-Release in 2007
Gunsmith Cats Burst will be issued in the first half of 2007, according to Dark Horse’s Carl Horn. They will also re-release the original Gunsmith Cats unflipped with “80 pages of additional material not previously available in English.”

First Fruit of Appleseed 2
Famitsu Magazine has published the first image of the second Appleseed theatrical movie. The film is directed by Shinji Aramaki, produced by John Woo, and scheduled for release next year in Japan.

Media Blasters to Co-Produce New Kite OVA
At last weekend’s Anime Boston convention, Media Blasters announced plans to co-produce a new Kite OVA, possibly for release next year. The 45 minute long OVA will feature an entirely new cast and story similar to the original Kite.

Negima OVA Website Opened
Starchild has opened its official Japanese homepage for the upcoming Maho Sensei Negima OVA series.

The Pillows in San Francisco
The Pillows have added another gig to their North American tour next month: June 28 at Slim’s in San Francisco.

New My Hime PC Game Trailer Available
4Gamer now hosts a downloadable WMV format trailer for the upcoming Japanese PC adventure game My Hime: Unmei no Keitoujyu Shura. The revised edition of the Unmei no Keitoujyu game will be released on June 30th.

First Anime Evolution Guests
Kumiko Kato and ZZ will perform at Anime Evolution, August 19-21 in Vancouver.

ADV on ZVUE
ADV will make Azumanga Daioh, DNAngel, Elfen Lied, Gilgamesh, Godannaar, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, and other titles available for download through HandHeld Entertainment’s ZVUE.com.

Tees, Totes from ADV
ADV has opened an online store with t-shirts, tote bags, and other merchandise from Azumanga Daioh, Chrono Crusade, and eight other shows.

Naruto Powers Toonami Ratings Surge
9 p.m. Saturday ratings up 111% from May 2005

Guest

Jake – The Hadokings Podcast
http://thehadokings.libsyn.com

Reviews

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6300
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanbun_no_Tsuki_ga_Noboru_Sora
http://www.hantsuki.com/

Gundam Seed
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=883
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam_seed
http://www.b-ch.com/cgi-bin/contents/ttl/det.cgi?ttl_c=119

Witchblade
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4284
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchblade#Anime_series
http://www.witchblade.jp/

Dead Leaves
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=2021
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_leaves
http://www.dead-leaves.com/

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