ADV have announced that they will be releasing the sixth and final DVD for Azumanga Daioh, titled "Azumanga Daioh:Graduation!" It looks like one very amusing title has come to an end. Oh, they'll be releasing the Aura Battler Dunbine: Terror from Byston Wells! (that's Volume 10) on November 23rd as well.Joe
Category > Culture
We've just got details in from Ridgeback Press, apparently they will be launching Samurai History Papers, a quarterly newsletter from Romulus Hillsborough (whose research on the history of the Meiji Restoration spans over twenty years). It focuses on the facts behind many samurai anime series, such as the Shinsengumi (central to Peacemaker Kurogane and Rurouni Kenshin).Joe
Those good folks at ADV USA have sent us the details of their latest Gainax release Petite Princess Yucie, they're marketing as "From GAINAX The Producers of Nadia". Interestingly this is a joint project with Gainax and AIC.Joe
Category > Retail
Using CDJapan we've discovered that L'Arc~en~Ciel, one of the biggest rock bands in Japan are releasing a DVD of their live concert at Otakon. Titled L'Arc~en~Ciel - Live In USA - at 1st Mariner Arena July 31, 2004. The region 2 Japanese DVD is due out on December 8th 2004 and should retail for around 4300 yen (without tax). As yet no offical news of a US release.
ADV US have sent us details of their releases for November 2nd. First up is Robotech Remastered: New Generation Collection 1, something for the more nostalgic anime fan. The 2-disc set retails for $29.98 and has never before seen footage with a fresh clean transfer from the original 16mm film stock for the 13 complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Spanish 5.1.
Next up is New Fist of the North Star: The Forbidden Fist, in which Kenshiro gets up to his normal tricks and has to detail with demons that practice a mysterious killing techinque!!!
Category > Manga
I've just got hold of the press release from Seven Seas, a new LA based publishers dedicated to producing manga for the international market.
Although it isn't exactly clear, it seems that the company won't be licensing and translating manga, but actually getting artists outside of Japan to produce work in a manga style. This has been successful before with artists such as Adam Warren (Dirty Pair and Starwars manga to name a few), and Fred "Piro" Gallagher of MegaTokyo fame, it will be interesting to see if a company can work with such a specialist policy, personally I'm curious as to which artist they'll be using and if any of them are already well known in anime/manga fandom.
Category > Retail
ADV USA have just sent us the details for the latest issue of Newtype USA. The anime/manga mazagine which is easily the best English language magazine out there.
I suggest you check out the Paranoia Agent article (Satoshi Kon can do no wrong in my book), as well as the Xebec feature. What's odd is that the press release doesn't mention that there's also a feature on L'Arc~en~Ciel too!
Category > Manga
Sales of the Rurouni Kenshin manga have been doing so well that the US publisher Viz have decided to release the title monthly, previously it was published bi-monthly, but due to the successful sales figures and the demand from fans, Viz have decided to narrow the gap between releases.
This is great news for fans who can't wait for the next instalment of the popular series, but also bad news for my wallet! ^_-
Anime on DVD are reporting that the second volume Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has a labelling error. The DTS DVD and the regular DVD are mislabelled. For people who have purchased the special edition all you have to do is use the normal DD DVD if you want to listen to it in DTS. However people who have bought the regular edition will really have the DTS DVD. As a result the sound is in DTS and in standard stereo and not the 5.1 surround mix on the normal DVD.
Some retailers are already returning the stock to Bandai, who will hopefully be offering a replacement program.
Souce: Anime on DVDJoe
Category > Websites
At Nan Desu Kan the Anime News Network announced that they are joining forces with independent anime magazine Protoculture Addicts to produce Anime News Network's Protoculture Addicts. This will be the 82nd issue of Protoculture Addicts (out in January 2005).
This is good news for Anime fans in North America (and the rest of the English speaking world too), since Protoculture Addicts has always been an excellent intelligent source of information for fans, combined with ANNs resources it means even better magazine. I look forward to reading this!
We've just got details in From ADV Films US about their release of Sister Princess, an anime series based on the popular dating sim.Joe
Category > Anime
We've just been sent a very interesting press release for the Ghost In The Shell franchise, it's well known that the movie Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence it will be hitting US cinema screens on September 17th and that Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are jointly releasing the DVDs for Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex series. However what they also point out is that Standalone Complex will be aired on Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim from early November!
The press release also mentions that Dark Horse is republishing Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga as Ghost in the Shell 2nd Edition, it features extra materials not published in previous US editions and will be printed in it's original Japanese size.
It also mentions the new PS2 game. So it looks like US anime fans will be able to get Ghost In the Shell in every single format they could want!
Category > Fandom
The Anime News Network have just published an article regarding a recent reader poll. The poll asked readers for their opinion on Newtype USA's decision to remove the free DVD from non subscription issues of the magazine.Joe
ADV Films USA have just released the details for Chrono Crusade. It's due out in the US on September 21, 2004, so get saving if you want to buy it.Joe
Souce: Anime TouristJoe
Category > Manga
Viz have just posted a press release detailing their sales of popular Kenshin Series.
This comes as no surprise to regular fans of the Anime and Manga.