animefringe february 2003 / briefing room
Dragon Ball GT Comes To America

As reported by AnimeNation FUNimation has announced the particulars of their American release of Dragon Ball GT. The series will appear on American DVD on two discs on April 15th, starting with the “Baby Saga.” On March 20th FUNimation will release the third disc of the series. However, the story arc involving Baby starts on episode twenty two; it is unclear how FUNimation will package and release the first twenty one episodes.
In other news, the Dragon Ball movie, Saikyo e no Michi or Road to the Strongest, will also be released April 29th on VHS and DVD. The movie is a reanimated (and slightly changed) version of the first several Dragon Ball story arcs.

Animatrix Shorts Set For Release

The official Matrix website has announced that the first animated short in it's Animatrix series will be released in Feburary. Titled, "The 2nd Renaissance: Part One" it is the first of nine shorts involving the matrix world and will be coming to the web and DVD this year.

SD Gundam Hits It Big

Cartoon Network has announced the latest Gundam the network plans to broadcast: the 1993 Ganbare! SD Gundam, featuring super deformed Gundams, will be retitled Superior Defender Gundam for its American broadcast run.

3 Ghibli Films In April

Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Laputa: Castle on the Sky are all scheduled to be released on Region 1 DVD (American release) on April 17th (the 15th has also been mentioned). Details (includinge langauge tracks, transfer, extras, and the infamous "red tint" which plagued the Japanese release of Spirited Away) are unclear.

More Pokemon on the Way

AnimeNation has information that the fifth Pokemon movie Mizu no Miyako no Mamoigami, Ratiasu to Ratiosu will be released in American on May 16th, 2003.

Soul Caliber II's Secrets

Namco has announced the home releases of Soul Caliber II, for Playstation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube. Of special interest are the new characters added to each version. All three version contain an original Todd McFarlane (of Spawn fame) character, Necroid. Additionally, the PS2 version contains Heiachi from Tekken, the Xbox version hides McFarlane’s Spawn, and the Gamecube version has (quite possibly the best secret of all); Nintendo’s Link, from The Legend of Zelda complete with bombs, sword, and arrows.

Rockman 7 On The Way

According to The Magic Box, Capcom has released images of Rockman 7. The game Playstation 2 game is scheduled for a September release.

Game Boy Advance Gets Mini

Nintendo has announced the release of a new model of the Game Boy Advance. The Game Boy Advance SP is built like a box, with a flip display screen. The more professional looking GBA will feature a back lit screen and 10 to 18 hour battery life. The machine also has a recharable lithum ion battery that should last for three years. The battery itself takes three to four hours to recharge. The machine will see a Feburary release in Japan and a March release in the U.S. and will sell for $100 dollars Stateside. U.S. gamers will have a choice of cobalt blue or silver, while Japanese gamers will also get black.

Square/Enix Merger Off Again, On Again

Square's principal stock holder, Masashi Miyamoto objected to the announced Square Enix merger, because Square stockholders would have only received .81 shares per 1. Enix shareholders would have received stock on a 1 to 1 ratio. However, after renegotiate, Square stock holders will receive .85 (Enix continues to recieve on a 1 to 1 basis), so the merger is back in business.
However, the latest reports state that developers in both camps were unaware of the merger until it's public announcement. Many are unsatisfied with it and are considering leaving to start their own company.