Mail Desk

by Janet Crocker

So how are you enjoying the heat? Whew! Good reason to stay inside and cool, at least during the peak hours of the day. Or go see a movie -- I highly recommend Batman Begins, and there's a lot of neat stuff coming out this month on the big screen, as well as the peak of the anime convention season of 2005. Drop us an email on how you're keeping sane during the summer, and send us your questions and quips. Now onto the mail!

Dear Shannon,
I really enjoyed your review and want to find out about UK distribution of My Beautiful Girl Mari. I have searched exstensively with no luck and wonder if you know who deals with UK public screening distribution.

I hope you can help, as I'm desperate to show this film as part of an education programme at a major London gallery.

Kit


Hello Kit! Our resident UK... resident, Lesley replies: "It looks like ADV owns the rights to this one and they have a UK arm. I'd suggest contacting them via their website http://www.advfilms.co.uk/. I haven't been able to find it on UK release yet, but ADV might be able to tell you if they plan to release it here or maybe even give you a copy as it's for educational purposes. They can be contacted at this address:

UK Sales
P.O. Box 4422
London
W1A 7QB

or emailed at sales@advfilms.co.uk"

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
Looking through your archieves, I see you guys reviewed a LOT of anime and manga. I was just wondering if you guys actually go out and buy them youselves or if you guy also recieve screeners and review copies from the publishers.

Keep on truckin'
Bryant


Heya Bryant,

Adam, fanboy extraordinaire, replies: Boy, you're right! We HAVE reviewed an awful lot of stuff!

To answer your question, though. Our staff buys roughly 70% of all the stuff that is reviewed themselves. Yes, that's a very large percentage, but we try to cover a wide array of titles and topics. In fact, we only began to acquire screener accounts with companies early in our third year of publication.

We do receive a few packages of anime and manga screeners from companies, but not nearly as many as you'd think. We like to go for diversity and not just focus on one company's titles and having such a great staff helps us to achieve that with considerable ease.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
could you please deliver the magazine at my house please
[ADDRESS REMOVED]

THANK YOU
FROM AUDREY MAWERE


Hi Audrey,

I'd just like to take the space here to reiterate this fact: Animefringe is an online and free magazine. There is no physical, tree-based version. We cannot send it to you. Just check in on the site, and there will be a new issue each month. I promise.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
Before I rack your brain I would like to give a super shout-out to Animefringe. You guys rock! Now to the matter at hand... I would like to present a muscial challenge. For some time I have been collecting anime soundtracks. I am trying to look for an instrumentmal featured in the next to last episode of Trigun when Vash cleans up his act and prepares to open a can of whoop ass to his bro. I also heard the same song in Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex. Can you help me locate the title song and where I can find it for purchase(the strings on the violin are sick)? Thanks a ton and keep up the good work!

Matoka


Howdy Matoka!

Thanks for the praise! Well, I asked around at the office, and no one has a clue what the song's title is or how to buy it. Oh Great Powers of Animefringe Fandom, can you help out Matoka? Send us an email if you know what and where this song is!

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
Hello! I'm Kelsey and, I'm 12 years old. I'm a big fan of Wolf's Rain, and an even bigger fan of the ending theme song Gravity. I play the piano, and there is a recital at the end of the year, where students pick 2 piano pieces to play. Next year I'm going to play the entertainer and hopefully gravity. There is a problem, I can't find sheet music for the song. If you could please e-mail me back and direct me to where I could find it, that would be great! I hope to soon get a reply from you.

Sincerly----------------------> Kelsey S.


Hello Kelsey,

Susan may have an answer for you! "I like the song, too! Unfortunately, Doremi hasn't published anything of the sort yet, but I found this link to the melody of Gravity. I haven't tried it out yet, but so far it looks very promising. Just try different cords (2 at a time, I suppose?) with the left hand. Good luck with your recital!"

http://www.animescores.com/SheetMusic/Gravity.pdf

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
I have only been a reader of your site for a short time but it didn't take to long to see that you offer something quite different here from what you would normally expect from this type of site. It is not to often I have come across content like this done in this way of which makes it all the more enjoyable. Thank you for bringing such an innovative and informative site of which has become a staple in my daily routine.

My question is in regard to Anime programing on TV? What determines what shows get network deals vs ones that don't? I feel to a certain degree there is still a bios when it comes to anime programing. More then not the shows that ultimately get contracts are certainly not very representative of the medium as a whole or even come close to the best of which it has to offer, give or take a few of coarse. Dragonball Z, Pokemon, Digimon, yu gi-Oh etc. of which are some of the better examples of recent past. I say this in part because many still outside the anime realm refer to these which pretty much is the extent of their knowledge.

While the Dragonball, Pokemon crowd may have there place I feel more effort needs to be done in getting better titles out in the forum. A few examples would be: The Twelve Kingdoms, Beck, Haibane Renmei, Yakitate!! Japan, Hikaru no Go, Fighting Spirit TV, PlanetES, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Princess Nine, Piano TV, Tsubasa Chronicle TV, Speed Grapher, Yojimbo, just to name a few since anyone of these would be more then adequate and put most of the ladder to shame.

While I do have to give kudos to networks such as G4TechTV & CTN, as well as a few others in kind. There needs to be more done so this is not merely the exception but the rule. In closing anime needs be shown in all it's glory and that it isn't just a passing fad but is here to stay. If you give it a change you might be surprised at what it has to offer.


Hi SonicStream,

Andrew came up with the short answer to this frustration for many anime fans: "Let's see... Those that would appeal to kids get shown on TV, as what is the biggest money maker but kids and their parents? Most stuff that 4Kids purchases will appear on the Foxbox, so they will definitely get onto TV. Other shows, such as FullMetal Alchemist and Ghost in the Shell are more tailored to adults, and Cartoon Network does the Adult Swim block of programming for those viewers. I think Japanese companies do try to sell the shows to networks such as Cartoon Network, and they determine what gets on and what doesn't. As far as I know, if it's very popular in Japan, the chances of the show being released here in the states is very likely, as was the case with FullMetal Alchemist, Gundam Wing, Gundam Seed and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex."

I'd like to add that the situation is getting better; ten years ago, anime in the US was Japanese cartoons for kids. With the creation of The Anime Network, anime leaking onto other stations (albeit late night), and the spread of manga catering to all age and gender groups, we're likely to get more integration beyond specialty stations and programming blocks. Please keep in mind though, that anime is still a 'fringe' hobby and interest. We can't realistically expect to see Chobits on NBC.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
I just read the mailbag section in the current issue, and it was said that Canada does not have Anime Network. It is available in Canada, but only through Shaw Digital Cable in the west, and Rogers Digital Cable in the east, according to Newtype USA's TV Listing section. Just noticed that, that's all.


Thanks Pikachuck1,

I'm a Canadian citizen, but a US resident, so I'm not up to date on how the situation is up there. Good to know that things are improving.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
I am writing to inquire about about an anime serie called Mermaid Meoldy Pichi Pichi Pitch. I was wondering where to I could buy this serie, preferly on DVD??? I would really appricate your answer.

Yours faithfully
Linda Carlsson


Hello Linda,

From my research, Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch was licensed last year by ADV. Other than that, no news, I'm afraid. I can only guess that ADV plans to release it by the end of the year, as there seems to be a sufficient demand as to warrant a English release. Then again, selling people on a magical mermaid who defeats evil with her karaoke powers could be harder than it seems.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
I was wondering how you published your story. I have a similiar story....did you self publish first? Or did you find a literary agent? Please...I am just trying to go the right route. Thanks,
Amy


Um... Hi...
But just WHAT are we talking about? (Which story are we referring to?) I'm confused. I half-brain-dead (j/k) from a week's worth of insomnia due to my new part-time job's manager's remarks. From them, you'd think that I'm an incompetant brat or something. Grr. rant rant rant

-Susan

Dear Animefringe,
I thought it was time to drop everyone a little bit of information about the upcoming release of the AMG Anime TV series to Region 1 DVD. Through some searching, I discovered through the AnimeonDVD site that the first volume will be release on September 27th, 2005.

The first volume is said to contain the first five episodes of this hit first season and is shipping in a standard DVD-release as well as an edition shipping with a box to showcase the following DVD's in this new series. These are being priced at $29.98 / $44.98 respectively.

While no other websites are reporting this release I'm trying to keep everyone updated through various websites and from limited contact with the Media Blasters website. Fans of this series can keep themselves updated by heading over to:

http://www.goddess-project.net

The Goddess Project is an anime website dedicated exclusively to the Ah! My Goddess anime and manga series. I know, a shameless plug. *heh heh*


Thanks wolfe426,

I'm sure that a lot of Ah! My Goddess fans have been waiting to see the TV series on their own screens at home, especially since our February feature on the show.

-Janet

Hello,
I was watched the animes called "Fruit Baskets" and "Oh My Goodness" two years ago. I loved it. It were great stories. But I was wonder if there will be more series in the future releases? I can't wait to see them! (I heard it were high popular demend lot).

Thank you,
Shannon


Heya Shannon!

Look above for the release date of the first DVD of the Ah! My Goddess TV series. I believe that the manga is also being re-released, so now's your chance to pick them up! As for Fruits Basket... the anime ended while the manga was still being published, hence the unfinished feel to it. Now the manga is finally done and available in English, so I'd recommend picking it up if the anime left you wanting more.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
Reading over the most recent Mail Desk, I am quite sure you do not try to reply to all pieces of mail, you simply do. Some of the messages sent feel like I am eavesdropping on a conversation that even though it has capitalization at the beginning and a question mark or period at the end, still would not qualify as a complete thought.

I wish to entertain a dialogue on the state of special editions. The collector's editions of dvds seems to have exploded in recent years- I am hardpressed to think of a recent US release that did not have at least a collector's box availble with the first/last volume. Some are of high or unusual quality, others less so. As a fan and as a collector, however, I am often torn by these sets for a number of reasons. In one regard, a part of my being feels incomplete unless I have whatever is the "most"special edition of a release. At the same time, my income is not so advanced that price is no issue; I still get satisfaction from bargain or sale prices. In many cases, a company will release the entire set once all the volumes are out at a discounted pricepoint. These sets might be identical to what was initially released, just all collected together (Berserk for example). Or may be the same discs only in a brick set (Berserk, again as an example). Because these release decisions are not known to the consumer far ahead of time, it becomes a gamble of money and patience. Do I wait for a set to drop in price? What if a collected set is not released? Or, the ultimate worry, what if a set truly is limited and becomes increasingly difficult to find (Cowboy Bebop, FLCL or Witch Hunter Robin vol 1 box)?

At the moment there is no right answer. Personally I decide how much I want to see a show, how great I think the extra edition is in and of itself and how much at any given time I can throw in. A series like Kiddy Grade I kind of want to see, but not so much that I do not mind waiting for a collected set to come out (which may not even happen). For a more popular show like Fullmetal Alchemist, the worry that the volume 1 and box would sell out drove me to pick it up. In other cases if a collector's set is on sale (the recent DeepDiscountDvd.com sale being a nice "problem") the question becomes which of so many do I want. A final case: with ROD TV, I bought the first volume, not realizing it only held the discs and not the cases. Now that I have proceeded to buy a couple of the volumes, I see Volume 7 also comes with a box. And then on top of that, the entire set is available as a package.

So what does this have to do with Animefringe? Just a vehicle to vent? Almost, but with your reviews (say Burst Angel), there is no mention of the collector's edition, odd because the reviewer has such high praise for the packaging. The more details the reviewer can give on this packaging, the better. I say. Thanks for your time.

Court


Hello Court,

Here's Adam's opinion: "Personally, I don't give a damn about the packaging anymore. I quit buying those art boxes because it's just stupid to waste money on them for half the shows coming out now."

For me, boxes are a handy way to keep all of the DVDs in series together if I'm actually going to buy all of the DVDs. There's only four shows that I'm contemplating/actually doing that -- Samurai Champloo, Comic Party, Haibane Renmei, and Stellvia. I don't focus on packaging much in my reviews because I think people want to know more about what the actual anime is like, and frankly, packaging many times is dependent on where you bought it. Many discounted DVDS have cracked plastic casings, clipped barcodes, or big ugly stickers, hence why they're not full price. When you buy as much anime as the staff does here, we tend to look for ways to save a little, whether it's seconds or ordering in large quantities. I'd like to think that if you've read a review, thought that maybe this was the series for you, you would be willing to perhaps shell out for the collector's edition. Or not. We merely provide the information that we think would be handy for us.

As for printing letters, we take the philosophy that if you take five minutes to pen us an email, we can take five minutes to type up a reply at the end of the month. Except for spammers and people asking for link exchanges.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
I have seen in the archive that you've been around for quite a while... too bad I have never noticed you fabulous mag before.

I really like what you do guys, content and form are amazing.

A new reader !

Thomas G. From Montreal, Canada.


Thanks Thomas!

We love praise, as it makes the late nights and stress just fly away! Keep on reading!

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
Hi, I am a fan of Tsubasa Chronicle. I have the Manga's and I have heard that Tsubasa Chronicle is a tv series that is going on now. I was just wondering if you had any information if this series would be coming out on dvd any time soon. I have looked all over the internet but have found very little information. If you have any information that could help me or any new information about Tsubasa Chronicle, I would be very grateful to get it, including the movie you posted in your review.

Also, if you didn't mind giving me your e-mail address, that would be great too. Thank you so much! I hope to hear from you. ~Jessica


Hi Jessica,

As far as I'm aware, Tsubasa Chronicle hasn't been licensed for US distribution, although I'm sure, given the popularity of other CLAMP works, such as Cardcaptor Sakura, that the series will eventually find its way to the West.

There are several good fan sites on the net, such as Tsubasa: Wing Journey ((http://www.tokyojupiter.com/tsubasa) and Hitsuzen (http://trc.silent-mist.com). Just google and see what comes up.

As for the movie Tsubasa Chronicle: Tori Kago no Kuni no Himegumi (The Princess of the County of Birdcages), it is due for a Japanese theatrical release in August as a double feature with the xxxHOLIC movie. The official site can be found here: http://www.holic-tsubasa.com, and a CD single is going to be released on August 10th by Yui Makino, the seiyuu for Sakura-chan!

Hope this helps

-Lesley

Dear Animefringe,
I'm not usually inclined to write into places, as I tend to be too shy to do so, but I had to comment on this one. I wonder if Mr. Maruca has considered the irony of his ranting about the illegal fansubbing of FMA... as many of Funimation's voice actors themselves watched the fansubs. Vic Mignona (Voice of Edward Elric) has confirmed that he's watched all but the last three episodes, Mike Mcfarland (director and voice of Havoc) watched the entire series, as did Travis Willingham (Voice of Roy Mustang). They all watched the series by the 'illegal fansubs'. When they were filming the voices, they were often in a AIM Chatroom talking with the fansub fans and asking their input. Their only request was that if we're truly fans, we watch the series on TV and buy the DVDs. In all the chats I saw with them, they never condemned fansubbing, for doing so would be quite hypocritical on their parts. The dub of the series has wound up pleasing to the fans BECAUSE those who worked on it were true fans to begin with. They became attached through the same fansubs as the rest of us. Mr. Macura needs to pick a series that actually has been hampered by fansubs next time he wants to rant... if he can find any.


Bonjour, Oneiropolos,

Huh. Actually, that sounds familiar to me, but I don't know if that's just a popular story among FullMetal Alchemist fans or the truth. (No, I don't need to see chatlogs or anything; I'm just skeptical of everything on the Internet.) I'm fairly sure that many voice actors do research online on their character, same as any actor does when studying for a role. For that small purpose, fansubs do have some merit. I also have this sneaky suspicion that many licensing companies track which fansubs are popular as an indicator of what to pick up/sell, but I have no proof.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
Next time a letter you post has spoilers in it, please put a warning saying so. I just had the whole FMA series spoiled for me...

-B33


Dearest B33,

I've gone through the more recent editions of the Mail Desk, and I can't find a place where the ending for FullMetal Alchemist was laid out. We *did* publish a couple of letters containing pet theories, but as someone who has only seen the first thirteen episodes, I saw nothing that would suspect to think that either of them were even close to the actual ending. I do suspect that Maria's original editorial, however, contained reference to the ending of FMA, but it was clearly marked as full of spoilers beforehand.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
Hi, just wanted to know if you ever lived in Indiana... (Munster to be specific)

Thanks


Hi Patrick,

I think I can safely answer for Susan. No. She's a Canadian girl.

-Janet

Dear Animefringe,
Do you know of anywhere I could get a Maromi plush doll, or any Maromi items? And what does the name Maromi mean? And also, as an american hoping to go to tokyo, what advise do you have?
Thanks,
Samejimi Mamimi


Hello Samejimi,

The Maromi plushie (size small) comes with the limited edition art box of Paranoia Agent Vol. 1. There seems to be plans for Geneon to offer the plushie on its own, but no street date has been announced yet. However, given the popularity of Paranoia Agent and the disturbing cuteness of Maromi, I feel I can safely say that they'll probably be coming out soon. I mean, they've been selling Lain merchandise for years; Maromi is a lot more marketable than a weird computer girl.

As for tips on touring Tokyo, read Joe's article this month on his recent trip, which will be continued in August's issue. Another good tip is to invest in a good travel guidebook, such as Frommer's Tokyo, which Joe used during his trip.

-Janet

And that's it for this month! So stay frosty, and enjoy some anime and popcorn until we meet again! If you do feel like moving off of the couch, email us! We'd love to hear from you!

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