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Welcome to the ANIMEfringe NewsRoom

In this section, you will find all kinds of news 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.


Pseudomé goes retail
11/01/00 - Pseudomé Studio announces the release of II: Prologue

Pseudomé Studio today announced that it is releasing II: Prologue for retail purchase directly through its website ( http://www.pseudome.net/ ).

II: Prologue is the first amateur video release from the company, and marks the beginning of the chronicles of the II universe. Blurring the lines between fan animation of the Anime genre, and legitimate professional Anime releases, II: Prologue blends classic Anime shot composition and other sensibilities with the restrained innovation of 3D modeling and animation.

Running slightly over 18 minutes, II: Prologue will be sold for $19.95 USD. The purchase price is a flat rate, and contains all packaging, shipping/handling costs, as well as applicable taxes. Among other methods, payment is available though secure, on-line purchase via Paypal.com (Visa and Master Card, U.S. residents only). New users to Paypal.com will also receive a $5 dollar credit in their account, which can be used towards the purchase of II: Prologue, effectively reducing its price to $14.95 USD.


Blue Submarine No.6... Finally
10/23/00 - Blue Sub No.6 at 6 on the 6th

Cartoon Network began airing TV spots promoting the long delayed television debut of the English dub of Blue Submarine No.6. The spot shows a number of scenes detailing the plot and a number of action sequences. The delay seems to be due to the fact that episode 4 of the series was released at the beginning of October. The 4 episode OVA will premier on November 6 at 6:00 PM in the place of Tenchi-Muyo! and will run from Monday to Thursday.


Sunrise on New Series "Inu Yasha"
10/16/00 - Takahashi Rumiko Returns to the Big League

It've been quite awhile since "Ranma 1/2" and "Urusai Yatsura", and starting today, fans of Takahashi Rumiko will be able to enjoy one of her best series on the TV once again. Starting today (October 16th night 7:00pm ~ 7:30pm), "Inu Yasha" will be aired across the Yomiuri TV / Nihon TV network in Japan. Three episodes were currently scheduled for TV release, including: "The Girl who Traveled through Time and the Boy who was Sealed Away" (Episode 01) and "Those who Search for the Jade of Four Souls" (Episode 02, October 23rd). "Inu Yasha" is a story about the school girl who released the half demon "Inu Yasha" who was sealed up in a well in the temple by the power of the Jade of the Four Souls hundreds of years ago.

For the latest information on the release schedule, character designs and staff information, visit Sunrise's official page for "Inu Yasha" at:
http://www.nifty.ne.jp/rstation/sunrise/yasya/yasya.htm


"Ah! Megami Sama ~ Boku wa Kimi wo Wasurenai ~" Premier Show Now Playing!
10/15/00 - Modern day fairy tale playing now on the big screen! And the fans LOVE it!

Finally! One of the most anticipated (without a doubt) anime movie had it's very first premier in Japan today. Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo and Yokohama were four out of the eight cities lucky enough to be choosen for the premier screenings. And as the final stages of the promotional campaign for the OMG movie, Sega Enterprise and Wow Entertainment had announced that a special movie edition poster will be included with the up-coming OMG game (limited edition) for the Sega Dreamcast game console, which is scheduled to be released on November 30th next month (quiz / amusement game).

To see a screen shot of the game, see the official page inside the Wow Entertainment site:
http://www.wow-ent.co.jp/product/consumer.html


ComicsOne Launches on the Net
10/10/00 - New Internet site offers an extensive selection of electronic manga

ComicsOne Corporation, a privately held company, today announced the launch of its internet web site ComicsOne.com (www.comicsone.com). ComicsOne is one of the first sites to provide Japanese comics in ebook (electronic) form with comics to suit every reader's taste.

For lovers of drama, the historical fiction Joan (a full-color manga!) by Yasuhiko Yoshikazu (creator of Venus Wars and Rebel Sword) will capture your imagination with its unique take on Joan of Arc.

The light-hearted shojo romance of Memi Hoshino's Dream Hotel will make you laugh and cry and laugh some more, while the evocative shojo horror in Akiko Hatsu's Devil in the Water will strike a chord with everyone's inner Goth.

And for high-powered action, check out the desert world fantasy of Kazan by Gaku Miyao, or the sexy cyberpunk future of Maico 2010 by Toshimitsu Shimizu.

For the complete press release, visit http://www.comicsone.com/aboutUs/pressRelease.html


Anno Hideaki's Official Site
10/05/00 - NGE's Director goes online

Starting October 6th, fans of Anno Hideaki (director of Neon Genesis Evangelion) will be able to see graphics and read about infos on his latest project online under GAINAX's website. The site will contain informations about his educational backgrounds, work history and the on-going projects that he's involved in, including his most recent work "Shiki-Jitsu" which is scheduled to be shown during the Tokyo International Film Festival on November 2nd.

Anno Hideaki's Official Website is located at:
http://www.gainax.co.jp/hills/anno/index.html


Japan International Fantastic Movie Festival 2000
10/03/00 - Foriegn Movie Productions in Japan Theaters

Sponsored by the 13th annual Japan Interantional Movie Festival committee, over twenty different movies from outside Japan will be shown in the seven days festival in Tokyo; movies such as the "Legend of the Sacred Stone" from Taiwan (a 100% computer generated CG movie) and "Midnight Chaser" from Hong Kong (a movie inspired by the anime "Initial D"). Several movies from Japan are also scheduled to be shown in the festival such as "Bio Hazard 4D Executer". US movies "Bedazzled" (entitled in Japanese as: "Warui Koto Shimasho!") and "Final Destination" are also on the list.

For more information on the Japan International Fantastic Movie Festival, visit their official site at:
http://www.nifty.ne.jp/fanta/tokyo/index.htm


Sunrise the ISP
09/29/00 - Sunrise Stepping into the Internet Business World

One of the biggest companies in the anime business, Sunrise, announces the opening date for their very own ISP company - "Hinobori dotto Net!". A wide range of additional services will be provided to the future users of this new ISP service, including over one hundred domain / sub-domain names from the Gundam series for mailboxes and homepages.

The "Hinobori dotto Net!" ISP system is scheduled to make it's debut on November 1st. For more information visit the official website at:
http://www.hi-nobori.net/


Wicked City: Special Edition DVD Details
09/27/00 - Urban Vision gives Wicked City DVD details.

Wicked City: Special Edition DVD
Pre-Book: 10/6/00. Street Date: 11/7/00

There is Earth, our familiar world, and then there is the Black World, a parallel dimension that very few people are aware of. For centuries, a pact between the two worlds has been observed to maintain peace, and terms must be renegotiated soon to continue the relative harmony.

This time around, there is a militant faction that will stop at nothing to prevent the signing of a new treaty for interdimensional peace. Taki of the human world and Makie of the Black World, two agents of the elite organization known as the Black Guards defenders of the balance between the two worlds are charged with insuring the success of the treaty. It's non-stop action as these two race to consummate the peace treaty in time as wicked special effects and tremendous animation depict chaotic fight scenes bursting with energy. Everyone is waiting, either in anticipation or fear, for the final outcome!

ˇ Airing on Cinemax!
ˇ Interview with the world-renowned director, Yoshiaki Kawajiri!
ˇ Remastered in 5.1! (SURROUND)
ˇ Character biographies!
ˇ Dual language options for English and Japanese!
ˇ Original theatrical trailer!
ˇ UV Weblink!

TRT: approximately 90 minutes
Not rated; contains violence, nudity, sexual situations. Suggested for mature audiences.

Based On the Novel Written By: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Directed By: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Screenplay: Kisei Choo
English Language Version Directed By: Carl Macek

Genre: Horror/Thriller
Copyright: 1992 Japan Home Video Co. LTD. All rights reserved.
Pre-book: 10/6/00 Street Date: 11/7/00
Suggested Retail Price: $29.95
Catalog Numbers: UV1065
ISBN: 1-890603-65-1
UPC: 638652-10650-6


Evangelion Second Impact Box
09/26/00 - Here come the EVAs, Again

Like most of the anime companies in Japan, GAINAX had been busy re-releasing past series on DVDs, and among them is the limited edition "Neon Genesis Evangelion Second Impact Box". With only 5000 sets in existance, the Second Impact Box set will definitly give the old series a boost to get back to the top of the poplarity chart once again. The first box set (out of a total of three) is scheduled to be on sale starting November 15th with a price tag of 21500Yen (19350Yen for membes of the GAINAX shopping network).

The entire series (including the movie editions) will be in DVD format with brand new, original package designs by Sadamoto Yoshiyuki, a special manual / illustration poster and the remake of the 97' Evangelion game "Girlfriend of Steel" on PC compatible DVD-ROMs.


Anime News on the Go
09/22/00 - Newtype.com and Anime X-Press announces Mobile Services

Starting from October 16th, Newtype.com will be available for access through cellphones in part of the central Japan region, which will be two weeks after the official launching of TV Tokyo's Anime X-Press mobile channel on October 2nd.

Members who subscribe to the Anime X-Press mobile service (with a monthly fee of 300Yen) will be granted access to exclusive online mini games inspired by anime series such as the "Rokuman Tenkai Monkorenaito" and "Love Hina" through the mobile service network.


"Ah! Megami-sama" Movie Release Date
09/19/00 - Release Date Finalized

With official release date of the OMG movie less than one month away, all cell works and BGM productions are scheduled to be finished by the end of September with only a small delay from the original planning schedule. And as part of the pre-release celebration, the first edition of Greeting Cards and Windows system wallpapers set will be available for download starting September 21st at midnight. Official opening of the OMG movie had been finalized on October 21st (with premier showings on the 15th).

For more information on the first edition greeting card / wallpaper set, see the Japan download page at:
http://comeon.cplaza.ne.jp/megamisama/index.html


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/


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

Nov 01 Nadia TV Series Vol.5 (ep 16-19) ADV Sub VHS
Nov 01 City Hunter TV Series Vol.5 (ep 16-19) ADV Sub VHS
Nov 07 Nadesico Vol.1: Invasion ADV Bilingual 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 Tenamonya Voyagers Bandai Bilingual DVD
Nov 07 Outlaw Star Collector's Boxed Set 2 Bandai Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 07 Photon Complete DVD U.S. Manga Corps Bilingual DVD
Nov 07 Slayers Next DVD Collection Software Sculptors Bilingual DVD
Nov 07 Voltron: Defenders of the Universe Vol.1: Fleet of Doom Trimark Dub VHS
Nov 07 Voltron V: The Third Dimension Vol. 1: Escape from Bastille 12 Trimark Dub VHS
Nov 07 Voltron V: The Third Dimension Vol. 2: Building the Forces of Doom Trimark Dub VHS
Nov 07 Wicked City: Special Edition Urban Vision Bilingual DVD
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 Vol.1: Illusions (ep 1-3) Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 Tenchi Universe Collection Vol.4 Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Nov 14 Burn Up W Complete ADV Dub VHS
Nov 14 Bubblegum Crisis TV Vol.9: Burning Metal ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 14 Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin) OVA Vol.2 ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
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 Pokemon the Movie 2000 Warner Bros Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Nov 14 Virgin Fleet Central Park Dub VHS
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 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
Nov 14 Maze TV Vol.3: Evil Labyrinth Software Sculptors Dub VHS
Nov 21 Sailor Moon 1: The Legend Begins (ep 1-4) ADV Dub VHS
Nov 21 Sailor Moon 2: The Power of Friendship (ep 5-8) ADV Dub VHS
Nov 21 Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD Vol.2 ADV Bilingual DVD
Nov 21 Slayers: The Book of Spells ADV Bilingual DVD
Nov 21 Rurouni Kenshin TV Vol.4: False Prophet Media Blasters Bilingual DVD
Nov 21 DragonBall: Mystical Adventure Movie FUNimation Dub VHS
Nov 21 DragonBall Z: Bardock The Father of Goku Movie FUNimation Dub VHS
Nov 21 Ranma 1/2, Martial Mayhem 11: Nightmare On Happosai Street VIZ Dub VHS
Nov 21 Gundam Wing Vol.6: Heroes Betrayed Bandai Dub VHS
Nov 21 Gundam Wing Vol.7: The Home Fires Bandai Dub VHS
Nov 21 Gundam Wing Operation 4 Bandai Bilingual DVD
Nov 21 Trigun Vol.5: Angel Arms Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Nov 21 Legend of Black Heaven Vol.2: Space Truckin' Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Nov 21 Hyper Doll Perfect Collection DVD Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Nov 21 Phantom Quest Corp. Perfect Collection DVD Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Nov 27 Irresponsible Captain Tylor OAV Vol.5 Right Stuf Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 27 Irresponsible Captain Tylor OAV Box Set Right Stuf Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 27 Irresponsible Captain Tylor Music Video Collection Right Stuf Sub VHS
Nov 27 Leda: Fantastic Adventure of Yohko Right Stuf Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Nov 28 Wings of Honneamise Manga Video Bilingual DVD
Nov 28 Fushigi Yugi DVD Box Set 2 Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Nov 28 Dual! Vol.2: Student Housing Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Nov 28 Gasaraki Vol.2: The Circle Opens ADV Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Nov 28 Golden Boy 1-3 ADV Dub VHS
Nov 28 Macross II Movie Manga Video Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 Digimon Vol.1 DVD FOX Dub DVD
Dec 05 Sailor Moon 3: Sailor Mars Joins the Battle (ep 9-12) ADV Dub VHS
Dec 05 Sailor Moon 4: Mysterious Tuxedo Mask(ep 13-16) ADV Dub VHS
Dec 05 Bubblegum Crisis TV Vol.10: Burning Metal ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Dec 05 Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol.2: Trial By Fire DVD ADV Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 City Hunter: Secret Service ADV Dub VHS
Dec 05 Golden Boy 4-6 ADV Dub VHS
Dec 05 Maps Complete ADV Dub VHS
Dec 05 Monster Rancher Vol.5 ADV Dub VHS
Dec 05 Monster Rancher Vol.6 ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Dec 05 Nadesico Vol.7: Contact ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Dec 05 Sakura Diaries Vol.4 ADV Dub VHS
Dec 05 Generator Gawl Vol. 2: Future Memory ADV Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 Vision of Escaflowne Vol.2: Betrayal & Trust Bandai Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 Jubei-Chan Vol.3: Heart of Steel Bandai Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy Collection Bandai Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 Outlaw Star Collection 2 Bandai Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 Tenchi-Muyo! Vol.1: Trouble Hatches (Toonami Version) Pioneer Dub VHS
Dec 05 Fushigi Yugi OVA Vol. 2: Memories Part 1 (ep 4-6) Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Dec 05 Cardcaptor Sakura Vol.2: Everlasting Memories Pioneer Sub VHS, Sub DVD
Dec 05 Cardcaptors Vol.2: Power Match Pioneer Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Dec 05 Fatal Fury OVA DVD (ep 1-2) VIZ Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 Maison Ikkoku 23: On Thin Ice VIZ Sub VHS
Dec 05 Maison Ikkoku 24: Days of Wine and Freeloaders VIZ Sub VHS
Dec 07 Ranma 1/2: Season 6 - #1: Who Do? Voodoo VIZ Dub VHS
Dec 12 Slayers Try Vol.8: Try Again Software Sculptors Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Dec 12 Maze TV Vol. 4: Time Travelling Playboy Software Sculptors Dub VHS
Dec 19 Fake DVD Anime Works Bilingual DVD
Dec 19 Gestalt Media Blasters Bilingual DVD
Dec 19 Demon Fighter Kocho Media Blasters Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Dec 19 Princess Mononoke Buena Vista Trilingual DVD
Dec 26 Sol Bianca-The Legacy Vol.3: Going Home Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Dec 26 Tenchi Universe Collection Vol.5 Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Dec 26 3x3 Eyes DVD Collection Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Dec 26 Ranma 1/2: Martial Mayhem 1: Buns of Steel VIZ Sub VHS
Dec 26 Ranma 1/2: Martial Mayhem 2: Marry Me, Akane VIZ Sub VHS
Dec 31 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Collection 1 Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 31 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Collection 2 Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 31 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Collection 3 Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 31 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Collection 4 Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 31 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Box Set (1-4) Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 31 X Manga Video Bilingual DVD
Jan 01 Black Jack DVD Manga Video Bilingual DVD
Jan 01 Jubei-Chan Vol.4: Final Showdown Bandai Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Jan 06 Maze TV Vol. 5: Beating Heart Software Sculptors Dub VHS
Jan 09 Saber Marionette J DVD Collection Bandai Bilingual DVD
Jan 09 Silent Service DVD Central Park Bilingual DVD
Jan 09 Nightwalker 1: Midnight Detective (eps 1-4) Central Park Dub VHS
Jan 09 Ranma 1/2: Martial Mayhem 12: My Kagemusha, Myself VIZ Dub VHS
Jan 15 Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie Manga Video Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Jan 23 AD Police TV Vol.1 ADV Dub VHS
Jan 23 Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol.11: Avatar ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Jan 23 Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol.3: Leviathans DVD ADV Bilingual DVD
Jan 23 Gasaraki Vol.3: Betrayal ADV Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Jan 23 Lost Universe ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Jan 23 Trigun Vol.6: Project Seeds Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Jan 23 Sailor Moon S TV Series 1: Pure Hearts Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Jan 23 Sailor Moon S TV Series 2: Love War! Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Jan 23 Sailor Moon S TV Series 1-2: Pure Hearts/Love War DVD Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Jan 23 Maison Ikkoku 25: Welcome to the Doghouse VIZ Sub VHS
Jan 23 Maison Ikkoku 26: Requiem for Soichiro VIZ Sub VHS
Jan 30 Earthian: Angelic Collection DVD Media Blasters Bilingual DVD

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