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Welcome to the ANIMEfringe NewsRoom

In this new section, you will find all kinds of new stories affecting the Anime scene. Much of the news is ANIMEfringe-exclusive news, directly from Japan. This new page also features a list of upcoming release dates for North America. Please send us any comments or questions. We'd love to hear feedback.


Major A-Ko Fan Sites Announce Merger
09/03/00 - 'Little Graviton' and 'Graviton City' form partnership

Exciting news for avid fans of the 'Project A-ko' anime series on the Web -- Today, Little Graviton webmaster Tim Hodge and Graviton City webmaster Neil Creek announced to the public their plans to form a site partnership. Both sites will be merging their respective content into a single massive A-ko fan site, making it a very hot ticket for any A-ko fan.

A portion of the official press release issued by Hodge and Creek follows:

"Today Graviton City announced a new and exciting partnership with one of the other Project A-ko fan sites online, Tim Hodge's "Little Graviton". In the continuing effort to provide the broadest range of highest quality A-ko information online, Graviton City approached Mr Hodge with the proposal to enter into a partnership. This arrangement suits both parties well. Mr Hodge will be able to display his unique content to a much larger audience within the existing framework of Graviton City. Graviton City will gain Mr Hodge's content and renewed enthusiasm for online A-ko fandom."

The merger will officially take place at around 12:00 PM EST, and is located at:
http://www.gravitoncity.com/


Classic Anime "Ah! Megami-sama" and "Riding Bean" on DVD
08/20/00 - Classic Anime series' role in the DVD Revolution

In recent years, DVDs had become the main stream media for amost anime series, replacing LDs and in many cases even VHS tapes. However, the DVD revolution affects both new and old anime series alike. Following the re-release of the "Macross Plus" and "Macross Dynamite 7" series last month on DVD; as part of the celebration for the up-coming "Ah! Megami-sama" (aka "Oh! My Goddess") movie this October, TBS and KSS had announced the re-release of the original "OMG" OVA series on DVD in two different editions. The first volume of both editions will contain the first two episodes of the OVA series (standard edition scheduled to be out on August 22nd, and special edition, bundled up with free tickets to the special screening of the OMG movie mid October is due out on September 22nd)

Also scheduled to be out in September (September 27th) is the DVD edition of the classic anime "Riding Bean" (1989), one of the old-time classics from the hands of famous artist Sonoda Kenichi, creator of well known series such as the "Gun Smith Cats", the original "Gall Force" and "Bubble Gum Crisis".


Radio Drama "Kita e - White Illumination" Internet Debut
08/20/00 - Dreamcast Game turns Internet Drama

JOQR (Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc.) in cooperation with J-Stream (a Japan Online streaming / broadcasting company) recently announce their latest joint project, an online radio drama show based on one of the most famous relationship simulation software from the Sega Dreamcast game console Kita e - White Illumination following the smashing success of the radio-only drama show by the same title. With an original storyline written by Hiroi Ouji, who's most well known for his work in the Sakura Taisen game and anime series, the first broadcasting period of the experimental internet radio show (containing the first three episodes) will run from the 14th of August to the 3rd of September, available for online viewing / listening via the server on the JOQR network.

To read more about this online drama show and direct links to the Real Media formatted files of the show, visit JOQR's official site at:
http://www.joqr.co.jp/webdrama/


NA Release Dates: September 1 - November 31
Date: Title: Company: Format:

Sep 01 Ranma 1/2 Outta Control 11: You Bet Your Dojo Viz Sub VHS
Sep 05 Brain Powered Vol. 5 A Mothers Love Bandai Sub VHS
Sep 05 Cowboy Bebop Session 5 Bandai Bilingual DVD
Sep 05 Cowboy Bebop Vol. 12 Brain Scratch Bandai Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Sep 06 DragonBall Z Vol.33: Trunks Mysterious Youth FUNimation Bilingual DVD
Sep 12 Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 DVD 1 ADV Bilingual DVD
Sep 12 Lost Universe DVD 1 ADV Bilingual DVD
Sep 12 Lost Universe Vol.2: Flushed Into Space ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Sep 12 Masquerade: Eternal Life Anime 18 Dub VHS
Sep 12 Maze 2: Ultimate Rage Software Sculptors Dub VHS
Sep 12 Photon Vol.3: The Emperor Strikes Back U. S. Manga Corps Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Sep 12 Slayers Try Vol.5: Pandemonium! Software Sculptors Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Sep 19 Maison Ikkoku Vol.23: On Thin Ice VIZ Sub VHS
Sep 19 Ranma 1/2 Martial Mayhem Vol.10: Swimming With Psychos Viz Dub VHS
Sep 19 Maze Software Sculptors Bilingual DVD
Sep 19 Key The Metal Idol Vol.2 VIZ Bilingual DVD
Sep 19 Pokemon Vol.21: The Po-Ke Corral! VIZ Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Sep 19 Pokemon Vol.22: Hang Ten Pikachu VIZ Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Sep 19 Slayers (TV Series) DVD Collection Software Sculptors Bilingual DVD
Sep 19 Tenchi Universe Vol.4: Time & Space Adventures Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Sep 19 Gundam Wing Operation 3 Bandai Bilingual DVD
Sep 19 Gundam Wing Vol.4: Showdown In Space Bandai Dub VHS
Sep 19 Gundam Wing Vol.5: Way of the Warrior Bandai Dub VHS
Sep 19 DragonBall Z Vol.34: Trunks Prelude to Terror FUNimation Bilingual DVD
Sep 26 Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress Collector's Box Set Critical Mass Sub VHS
Sep 26 Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress Vol. 5: The Extent Of Their Collections Critical Mass Sub VHS
Sep 26 Kimba: The White Lion Vol. 11: Claw's Revenge Right Stuf Dub VHS
Sep 26 Kimba: The White Lion Vol. 12: The Monster! Right Stuf Dub VHS
Sep 26 The Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA Collection 3 Right Stuf Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Sep 26 Virtua Fighter TV Vol.1: Chinatown Brawl Media Blasters Dub VHS
Sep 26 Virtua Fighter TV Vol.2: Behind the Battle Media Blasters Dub VHS
Sep 26 Gasaraki: The Summoning ADV Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Sep 26 Sakura Diaries Vol.3 ADV Dub VHS
Sep 26 Sorcerer Hunters' Revenge Vol.4 ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Sep 26 Magic Knight Rayearth 2 Vol.5: Sleep Media Blasters Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Sep 26 Magic Knight Rayearth 2 Vol.6: Dream Media Blasters Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Sep 26 Parallel Dual! Trouble Adventure Vol.1: Visions Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Sep 26 Trigun Vol.4: Gun-Ho Guns Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Sep 26 Patlabor 2 DVD Manga Video Bilingual DVD
Sep 26 X Manga Video Sub VHS
Sep 26 Magic Knight Rayearth OVA Vol.2 Manga Video Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Sep 26 Goku II: Midnight Eye Urban Vision Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Oct 03 Outlaw Star DVD 1 Bandai Bilingual DVD
Oct 03 Blue Submarine 6 Vol 4 Bandai Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Oct 03 Silent Mobius Vol.7: The Final Battle Bandai Sub VHS
Oct 03 Vision Of Escaflowne Vol 1: Dragons And Destiny Bandai Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Oct 03 Jubei-Chan Vol.2: Heart of Steel Bandai Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Oct 03 Vampire Hunter D Urban Vision Bilingual DVD
Oct 05 Ranma 1/2, Outta Control 12: Eat, Drink, Man-Who-Turns-Into-Woman VIZ Sub VHS
Oct 10 Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol. 8: Contagion ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Oct 10 Generator Gawl Vol. 1 ADV Dub VHS
Oct 10 Slayers Try Vol.6: A Hero Descends? Software Sculptors Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Oct 10 Spaceship Agga Ruter 2: Sweet Release Anime 18 Dub VHS
Oct 10 Shamanic Princess Vol.3: Guardian World Central Park Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Oct 17 Record of Lodoss War TV DVD Central Park Bilingual DVD
Oct 17 3x3 Eyes Vol.1: Immortals Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Oct 17 Tenchi Universe Collection Vol.5 Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Oct 20 Ranma 1/2, Martial Mayhem 1: Buns of Steel VIZ Sub VHS
Oct 24 Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. 6: Between Heaven & Hell ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Oct 24 SIN: The Motion Picture ADV Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Oct 24 Kimba Vol.13: A Desperate Gamble Right Stuf Dub VHS
Oct 24 Kimba Box Set 2 Right Stuf Dub VHS
Oct 24 Irresponsible Captain Tyloer OVA Vol.4 Right Stuf Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Oct 24 Flint, the Time Detective 1: Blast From the Past (Eps 1-3) Right Stuf Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Oct 24 Flint, the Time Detective 2: The Power of Good (Eps 4-6) Right Stuf Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Oct 31 Devil Fighter Kocho Media Blasters Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Oct 31 Rurouni Kenshin TV Vol. 3 Shadow Elete Media Blasters Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Oct 31 Rurouni Kenshin TV Vol. 4 False Prophet Media Blasters Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Oct 31 Blackjack Manga Video Bilingual DVD
Oct 31 AngelCop: The Movie DVD Manga Video Bilingual DVD
Oct 31 Magic Knight Rayearth OVA Vol.3 Manga Video Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Oct 31 Legend of Black Heaven Vol.1: Rock Bottom Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Oct 31 Amazing Nurse Nanako Vol.2: Fire Cracker Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Nov 07 Brain Powered Vol.6: World's End Bandai Sub VHS
Nov 07 Cowboy Bebop Vol.13: The Real Folk Blues Bandai Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 07 Cowboy Bebop Collector's Boxed Set 2 Bandai Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 07 Cowboy Bebop Session 6 Bandai Bilingual DVD
Nov 07 Outlaw Star Collector's Boxed Set 2 Bandai Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 3x3 Eyes Vol.2: The Demon Seal Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 Cardcaptor Sakura Vol.1 Pioneer Sub VHS, Sub DVD
Nov 14 Cardcaptors Vol.1: Tests of Courage Pioneer Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Nov 14 Fushigi Yugi OVA Special 1 Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 Bubblegum Crisis TV Vol.9: Burning Metal ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 Lost Universe 3 ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Nov 14 Pokemon Vol.23: Show Time! VIZ Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Nov 14 Pokemon Vol.24: Into the Arena VIZ Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Nov 14 Magic Knight Rayearth 2 Vol.7: Live Media Blasters Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 Magic Knight Rayearth 2 Box Set Media Blasters Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin) OVA Vol.2 ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 Slayers Try Vol.7: Showdown Software Sculptors Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 Slayers Try Vol.7 Collector's Box Set 2 Software Sculptors Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 21 Rurouni Kenshin TV Vol.4: False Prophet ADV Bilingual DVD
Nov 21 Ranma 1/2, Martial Mayhem 11: Nightmare On Happosai Street VIZ Dub VHS
Nov 23 Fushigi Yugi DVD Box Set 2 Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Nov 28 Gasaraki Vol.2: The Circle Opens ADV Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD

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