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16th February 2005

Just When You Thought it Couldn't Get Any Better...

Bittorrent site AnimeSuki.com have posted a press release from Cartoon Network which lists the awesome Naruto amongst their new acquisitions.  Naruto has been licensed by ShopPro Entertainment for the USA and South America only, and will start airing on Cartoon Network in the US around August.  Also, if Naruto wasn't enough, Cartoon Network have also announced that they will start showing the extremely weird Bobobo-bo-Bo-Bobo in the US towards the end of the year, as well as announcing a March debut for Zatch Bell (originally known as Gash Bell) and a November debut for the IGPX - a sci-fi racing anime which is the product of a linkup between Japanese studio Production I.G. and themselves.  It is likely that these other titles are also part of US/South America only licensing deals, which means that they remain in limbo for the UK, where no-one really has enough money to license them...

Source:  AnimeSuki.com

16th February 2005

Toonami Give Piece a Chance!

Anime-on-DVD.com have reported that Toonami are to start screening the excellent One Piece on UK television from April this year!!  The first episode will be aired at 5pm on 11th April and every day from then on.  In other Toonami news it has also been confirmed that giant robot show The Big O will return to an 8.30pm timeslot.  Keep your eyes open for both after Easter...

Source:  Anime-on-DVD

9th February 2005

Beez Please Me!

Yep, as reported on our Messageboard (click here for the thread, which contains plot synopses), French Bandai subsidiary Beez have announced an impressive lineup of confirmed titles for 2005.  There will be others to come later in the year, but for the moment the announced titles are:

Midori Days (Commencing April '05)
S-CRY-ed (Commencing April '05)
Witch Hunter Robin (Commencing April '05)
Stratos 4 (Commencing April '05)
Mobile Suit Gundam I (Movie) (Commencing May '05)
Mobile Suit Gundam II (Movie) (Estimated Quarter 2 '05)
Mobile Suit Gundam III (Movie)
(Estimated Quarter 3 '05)
Mobile Suit 0083: The Afterglow of Zeon (Movie)
(Estimated Quarter 3 '05)
Mobile Suit Gundam Char's Counter Attack (Movie)
(Estimated Quarter 4 '05)
Mobile Suit Gundam F-91 (Movie)
(Estimated Quarter 4 '05)
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (Commencing June '05)
Planetes (Commencing September '05)
Wolf's Rain (Commencing October '05)

The lineup is definitely impressive, especially for Gundam fans, but Beez have a history of schedule slippages so don't be surprised if the dates move...

Source:  AnimeOnDVD.Com

1st February 2005

Manga Hits Libraries!

After years of being grossly under-represented in the UK's libraries it now looks like manga may finally be getting its foot in the door.  The Reading Agency - an agency focused on supporting and developing the library service in the UK - have launched Manga Mania this month (no, nothing to do with the sadly defunct magazine of the same name) to promote reading to young people who normally pass books by.  The self appointed champions of morality at the Daily Mail newspaper launched a predictable hatchet job on them for daring to corrupt Britain's youth with such filth as err, Rave Master, but lost interest when The Reading Agency remained undeterred in their plans.  In fact The Reading Agency have launched an impressive support campaign for libraries who take up the proposal, so now we must wait and see if it has an effect in getting manga on the library shelves, and therefore to a wider audience.

Source:  The Daily Mail, The Reading Agency

1st February 2005

ADV Films Wants YOU!!!

ADV Films are currently running an online poll to see which anime title UK fans most want to see on DVD.  The choices are Saiyuki, Madlax, Gantz and PeacemakerSaiyuki is a cool modern fantasy take on the classic legend Journey to the West, Madlax is a popular and intriguing girls n guns actioner, Gantz is an extremely violent and gory psychological horror series and Peacemaker is a samurai adventure series loosely based on Japanese history.  All four titles are very highly thought of by fans, and the poll will most likely be a close run thing, so make sure your opinion is heard!  To cast your vote visit ADV Film's Website.

Source:  ADV Films

1st February 2005

Endurance Anime

Anyone fancy a nine and a half hour marathon of some of the latest anime?  If so head down to the Curzon cinema in Soho on Saturday 5th/Sunday 6th February, where the Sci-Fi-London 4's Anime:Allnight kicks off at 12 midnight!  Four brand spanking new films are in the lineup, starting with ADV Films' US-made film Lady Death, followed by the Bubblegum Crisis spinoff Parasite Dolls, critically acclaimed Korean animation Sky Blue (aka. Wonderful Days), and series spinoff RahXephon The Movie.  Free tea & coffee are available all night and you also get a can of Red Bull and some Ben & Jerry's ice-cream into the bargain!!  Check out the Sci-Fi-London 4 website for more details...

Source:  Sci-Fi-London.Com

1st February 2005

Out in February!!

7th February 2005

.hack://SIGN vol 6: Terminus (Beez) Cert: PG
Adventures of Mini Goddess vol 1 - The Gan-Chan Files
(MVM) Cert: U
Hello Kitty Paradise Boxset (Mosaic Movies) Cert: U
Love Hina vol 5 - Summer by the Sea
(MVM) Cert: 12
Kiddy Grade vol 6 - Mirror Image (MVM) Cert: PG

14th February 2005

Tokyo Godfathers - Limited Edition Gift Set (Columbia Tristar/Animax) Cert: 12

21st February 2005

Angelic Layer vol 6 - Inherit the Layer (ADV Films) Cert: PG
Azumanga Daioh vol 4 - Friends! (ADV Films) Cert: PG
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex vol 2 (Manga Entertainment) Cert: 15
Kino's Journey vol 3 - Warning! Curves Ahead (ADV Films) Cert: PG
Last Exile vol 2 - Positional Play (ADV Films) Cert: 12
Mahoromatic vol 2 - A Warrior's Fate (ADV Films) Cert: 15
Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum vol 1 (ADV Films) Cert: PG
RahXephon - The Motion Picture (ADV Films) Cert: PG
Trigun vol 1 - The $$60,000,000,000 Man (MVM) Cert: 12

28th February 2005

.hack://SIGN vol 7 (Beez) Cert: PG
.hack://SIGN vol 7 - Limited Edition Boxset
(Beez) Cert: PG

Phew!  Going to be a busy one this month!  First up comes Beez's release of the final volume of the .hack://SIGN saga (vol 7 is a collection of bonus episodes), alongside the penultimate volumes of MVM's Love Hina and Kiddy Grade, vol 1 of the fun looking Adventures of Mini Goddess and a meaty Hello Kitty boxset which was delayed from last year (don't be surprised to see it slip again).  On 14th Feb Columbia Tristar enter the fray in controversial fashion with a 'limited edition' version of the previously released Tokyo Godfathers, which appears to feature all of the extras dropped from the original release at the last minute, and little else.  But the 21st is where things get interesting, with ADV Films unleashing vol 1 of the highly anticipated Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum, alongside RahXephon The Motion Picture and the latest volumes of the fan favourite series Angelic Layer, Azumanga Daioh, Kino's Journey, Last Exile and Mahoromatic.  Not to be outdone Manga Entertainment unleashes the long awaited second volume of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and MVM bring out their biggest gun yet with vol 1 of the excellent Trigun.  The month rounds off in style with vol 7 of .hack://SIGN from Beez, which can be purchased in a limited edition set which comes with a slipcase box to hold the entire series, plus a Mimiru figure and a mousemat!

Source:  ADV Films, Anime-On-Line, Play.Com

1st February 2005

New Anime Games Out in February!!

11th February 2005

Astro Boy (Sega) - Sony Playstation 2
Astro Boy: The Omega Factor
(THQ) - Nintendo Gameboy Advance

25th February 2005

Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum (Konami) - Sony Playstation 2
Yu-Gi-Oh! Day of the Duelist (Konami) - Nintendo Gameboy Advance
Yu Yu Hakusho Tournament Tactics
(Atari) - Nintendo Gameboy Advance

A fair few games out this month based on some of the more popular anime licences of recent times.  First up are a duo of Astro Boy games - a PS2 platform actioner developed by Sega's legendary Sonic Team, and a GBA shoot-em-up created by the possibly even more legendary developers Treasure.  Following swiftly from this double hit of platform-bound action comes two Yu-Gi-Oh! licenses and also a Yu Yu Hakusho game, which precedes next month's anime release.  The Yu Yu Hakusho game looks to be a tactical battler in a similar mould to Advance Wars, whilst the GBA Yu-Gi-Oh! title is yet another card battle game.  Interestingly the PS2 Yu-Gi-Oh! game eschews the usual card based shenanigans for what seems to be a rip-off of Pokémon Coliseum with some added bells and whistles, and if it captures the gameplay of that title then it could turn out to be a decent alternative.

Source:  Play.Com; Amazon UK