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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.


The Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Petition
11/23/00 - An Online petition appears aimed at getting Sailor Moon Sailor Stars dubbed

In a time when anime petitions are becoming more and more successfully, it is important for people to give more support than ever before. Just as Sailor Moon SuperS finished its first airing on Cartoon Network the age-old question of 'will the Stars season be dubbed?' began to make its rounds on various mailing list and message boards.

Saroya Whatley has begun a petition with it's focus to do just what everyone thinks will be the hardest battle of all: To bring Sailor Moon Sailor Stars to TV. The petition is aimed at first getting the 5th season of Sailormoon dubbed for TV on Cartoon Network durring the weekday Toonami line-up and on the weekend Rising Sun block and then to get it released on VHS and DVD. The petition aims to have the show to be an edited dub, but hopes for a Uncut version for the Midnight Run.

Anyone interested in this petition is encouraged to e-mail Saroya Whatley at swhatley@sandcastle-online.com for further information. According to Saroya, a website is currently in the works for the petition.


The Final TOKYOPOP
11/15/00 - After 25 issues one of the most criticized magazines, TOKYOPOP ends

On October 27, Anime News Network broke word that TOKYOPOP Press will cease publication of their flagship title, TOKYOPOP with the 25th issue ( TOKYOPOP Vol.4 #3). But, the content would continue to appear on the TOKYOPOP.COM Website. In the wake of this announcement, there are a lot of questions that are left unanswered. Many of which were answered in an e-mail sent to subscribers on November 8. The final fate of the e-commerce portion of TOKYOPOP.COM was also announced, it will end as well.

So, what is in the final issue? More of the interesting articles about Asian culture, interviews, anime, and video games. Particularly of note are the errie words in "From The Editor" describing the nature of e-business. However, there is one thing not in the issue, the fact that it is the last issue.

So what is going to happen to the rest of Magic Knight Rayearth and Sorcerer Hunters?

A source at TOKYOPOP Press has told us that "both Rayearth and Sorcerer Hunters will continue in graphic novel format. There was only one more book of Rayearth to serialize, so that won't have a big impact- book six still comes out in June. Sorcerer Hunters was previously coming out only every 8 months because of the long rate of serialization, but now we'll probably try to pick up that pace."

Tokyo Pop's sister title, SMILE, and the other manga published will not be affected by the title's departure.


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.


NA Release Dates: December 1 - February 28
Date: Title: Company: Format:

Dec 05 Digimon: Season 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: Crusade 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 Sakura Diaries Vol.2 DVD ADV Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 Generator Gawl Vol. 2: Future Memory ADV Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Dec 05 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 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 08 Star Blazers: Quest for Iscandar DVD Vol. 2 (eps 6-9) Voyager Bilingual DVD
Dec 12 DragonBall Z: The History of Trunks FUNimation Bilingual DVD
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 12 Maze Collectro's Boxed Set 1 Software Sculptors Dub VHS
Dec 19 Jubei-Chan Vol.4: Final Showdown Bandai Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
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 19 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Collection 1 Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 19 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Collection 2 Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 19 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Collection 3 Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 19 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Collection 4 Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 19 Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV DVD Box Set (1-4) Right Stuf Bilingual DVD
Dec 26 DragonBall Z Vol.40: Imperfect Cell Discovery FUNimation Dub VHS
Dec 26 DragonBall Z Vol.41: Imperfect Cell Race Against Time FUNimation Dub VHS
Dec 26 Tenchi Universe Collection Vol.5 Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Dec 26 3x3 Eyes DVD Collection Pioneer Bilingual DVD
Dec 26 Cardcaptor Sakura Vol.2: Everlasting Memories Pioneer Sub VHS, Sub DVD
Dec 26 Cardcaptors Vol.2: Power Match Pioneer Dub VHS, Dub DVD
Dec 26 Ranma 1/2: Martial Mayhem 1: Buns of Steel VIZ Sub VHS
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 09 Maze TV Vol. 5: Beating Heart Software Sculptors Dub VHS
Jan 09 Nadesico Vol.2: Mission to Mars DVD ADV Bilingual DVD
Jan 09 Saber Marionette J DVD Collection Bandai Bilingual DVD
Jan 09 Silent Service DVD Central Park Bilingual DVD
Jan 09 Virgin Fleet 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 Bilingual DVD
Jan 23 Nadesico Vol.3: Danger Zones DVD ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Jan 23 Gundam Wing Vol.8: Behold, Wing Zero Bandai Dub VHS
Jan 23 Gundam Wing Vol.9: Path Towards War Bandai Dub VHS
Jan 23 DragonBall Z Vol.42: Kai Tournament Opening Ceremony FUNimation Dub VHS
Jan 23 DragonBall Z Vol.43: Kai Tournament Final Round FUNimation Dub VHS
Jan 23 Amazing Nurse Nanako Vol.3: Last Spiral Pioneer 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 Fushigi Yugi OVA Vol. 3: Reflections (ep 7-9) Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS
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 Gundam Wing Operation 5 DVD Bandai Bilingual DVD
Jan 30 Earthian: Angelic Collection DVD Media Blasters Bilingual DVD
Jan 30 Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Feb 06 Escaflowne Vol. 3: Angels and Demons (eps 9-11) Bandai Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Feb 06 Escaflowne Vol. 4: Past and Present (eps 12-14) Bandai Dub VHS, Bilingual DVD
Feb 06 Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz DVD Bandai Bilingual DVD
Feb 13 Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol.12: Deathstrike! ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Feb 13 Lost Universe Vol.5 ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Feb 13 Sol Bianca-The Legacy Vol.3: Going Home Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Feb 13 Ranma 1/2: Martial Mayhem Vol.2: Marry Me Akane VIZ Sub VHS
Feb 20 Sailor Moon Vol.5: Red Hearts and Silver Crystals (ep 17-20) ADV Dub VHS
Feb 20 Sailor Moon Vol.6: Introducing Sailor Jupiter (ep 21-24) ADV Dub VHS
Feb 20 DragonBall Z Vol.44: Imperfect Cell 17's End FUNimation Dub VHS
Feb 20 DragonBall Z Vol.45: Perfect Cell Hunt For 18 FUNimation Dub VHS
Feb 20 Maison Ikkoku Vol.26: Schoolgirl Fantasy VIZ Sub VHS
Feb 27 Monster Rancher Vol.7 ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Feb 27 Monster Rancher Vol.8 ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Feb 27 Nadesico Vol.8: Memories ADV Dub VHS, Sub VHS
Feb 27 Rurouni Kenshin 5: Renegade Samurai (eps 17-22) Media Blasters Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Feb 27 Virtua Fighter TV Vol. 3: Combat to the Death (ep 9-12) Media Blasters Dub VHS
Feb 27 Virtua Fighter TV Vol.4: Shadow Heart (ep 13-16) Media Blasters Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD
Feb 27 Pet Shop of Horrors Special Edition DVD Urban Vision Bilingual DVD
Feb 27 Legend of Black Heaven Vol.3: All Right Now Pioneer Dub VHS, Sub VHS, DVD

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