animefringe october 2003 / briefing room
More Blue For You
FUNimation is celebrating its 30th anniversary by issuing a box set for Blue Gender. The box set features a foil collector’s box, commentary by the voice director and main actors, autographed posters, and DVD extras from Japan. In addition, to the $119.00 box set, FUNimation is also sponsoring a trivia contest will also be entered in a contest to win five animation cels from the animation, valued at $250.

Pioneer Generates a New Name
In October, Pioneer will change its name to Geneon Entertainment. Pioneer has recently became a subsidiary of Detsu, Inc. The company’s new name comes from the words "GENerate" and "EON."

Enter Sin
ADV has announced the rerelease of the 2000 film, Sin. The Special Edition DVD will have both Japanese and English audio, in addition to an orchestra soundtrack CD performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. The Special Edition of Sin will be released at a suggested price of $29.98.

Slayers Returns
ADV is readying Slayers: Return for an American release. A fan favorite franchise, Slayers: Return is the second film in the long running series based on a manga by Hajime Kanzaka (Lost Universe) and directed by Hiroshi Watanabe (Jing: King of Bandits, Orphen). The suggested price for Slayers: Return is set at $19.98.

Mickey Mouse in the House
Square Enix made a number of announcements at the Tokyo Game Show. Sora, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Mickey Mouse return for not one, but two, video game adventures. The company announced the sequel to its smash Playstation 2 hit, Kingdom Hearts, which features Sora in a new outfit and Mickey Mouse. More surprisingly, the company also announced a colorful looking Gameboy Advance Kingdom Hearts title entitled Chain of Memories.

Just How is it "Final?"
Square Enix also used the Tokyo Game Show to showcase a long rumored title, Final Fantasy VII-2. Surprisingly, the title is not a new game, but rather an hour long CG movie, along the lines of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

Tenchi Makes it Three
Tenchi Web has updated with a preview for the third Tenchi Muyo OAV series, including photos and trailers. The first DVD in the series’ latest incarnation was released late in September.

The Red Comet meets Nintendo
Bandai and Nintendo have released "Red Comet" editions of the GameCube and Gameboy Advance systems. Featuring Char Aznable’s (of Gundam fame) trade mark deep red color and Zeon emblem, the machines will most likely never see the light of day outside Japan. Photos of the machines are available at here.