Saturday: September 15, 2001

Cowboy Bebop off of Adult Swim for the time being
According to the Cartoon Network web page, Cowboy Bebop will not be shown for at least the next two weeks. Toonheads and the Bob Clampett Show will be shown in its place. Cowboy Bebop has not been cancelled, however

Source: Anime News Network

KidsWB Schedule Delayed
According to commercial's on the Kids WB, the premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh and the new Pokemon season have been delayed until September 29th.

Source: Anime News Network

Friday: September 14, 2001

Mobile Suit Gundam removed from Toonami

For the first time in the life of Toonami Dragonball will take over. This schedule has already taken effect.. It will last till October 1st.

5:00 --- Dragonball
5:30 --- Dragonball
6:00 --- Dragonball Z
6:30 --- Dragonball Z

After October first 8th MS Team will take over the 5:00 PM Spot.

According to the schedule pages, Mobile Suit Gundam has officially been cancelled TODAY, due to MSG's lagging ratings. In its place from now on till October 1st will be Dragonball.

Source: SaiyanZ Rage

Thursday: September 13, 2001

Biohazard to be released on Game Cube only
In an effort to be consumer friendly and allow gamers to enjoy the full Biohazard (Resident Evil) series without having to purchase multiple video game consoles, Capcom announced today that the Biohazard series will become a Gamecube exclusive franchise. A stunning looking re-make of Biohazard is scheduled for release in Japan on March 22, 2002, to be followed by Biohazard Zero, re-makes of Biohazard 2, 3 and Code: Veronica, and then Biohazard 4, originally announced as a Playstation 2 title.

The Gaming Intelligence Agency has already published stunning new images of the Gamecube re-make of Biohazard. While the game will still use pre-rendered backgrounds rather than the full 3D rendering of Code: Veronica, the look of the game more closely resembles a genuine horror movie than any previous Biohazard title.

Source: The Gaming Intelligence Agency

Article Source: Anime Nation

Final Fantasy X's new release date
Square/Electronic Arts has announced that the release date for the American version of Final Fantasy X has been advanced from February 2002 to January.

Square has also announced that main character Tidus' voice will be performed by James Arnold Taylor (Futurama) and Yuna will be performed by Hedy Buress (Boston Common, Gideon's Crossing).

Source: The Gaming Intelligence Agency

Article Source: Anime Nation

New Images
The Magic Box has published new images of the upcoming Neo Geo Pocket Color SNK Vs Capcom Clash Card Fighter 2: Expand Edition and Wonderswan Color Guilty Gear Petit 2.

Article Source: Anime Nation

DVD Announcements
Keeping us busy with plenty to watch, the folks at ADV have slated another title for release. Dirty Pair Flash : Angel's at World's End will be released on 12/11/01. This disc contains all 5 episodes previously released on VHS as Dirty Pair Flash Mission 2. English and Japanese with English subtitles. MSRP $29.98

One of the more anticipated releases this fall has gotten firmed up this afternoon. On 11/20/2001, Viz will be releasing the Ranma 1/2 Digital Dojo TV Series (1st Season) Box Set. This set will run 450 minutes and contain the 18 episodes that made up season 1. MSRP is 99.98$.

Right Stuf's listing a number of VHS cancellations today as well as one DVD listing for Lost Universe #7. We've learned that the reason for these titles being listed as cancellations is due to people trying to order them even though they were never formally announced. Consider it just something for retailers.

Due to current events with the airlines being grounded, Right Stuf has sent out a notice that to ensure the best quality, they're delaying a couple of their upcoming releases by about two weeks, as the arrival of the final check discs is being delayed. Titles and new dates are listed as such:

Tylor, Irresponsible Captain OVA #3: From Here to Eternity 29.95 10/9/2001
Tylor, Irresponsible Captain OVA Box Set 89.95 10/9/2001
Boogiepop Phantom Evolution 1 DVD 29.95 10/9/2001
Yamamoto Yohko, Starship Girl DVD 1-3 39.95 10/9/2001

Article Source: Anime on DVD

Wednesday: September 12, 2001

Licensing of Wedding Peach?
According to unconfirmed rumor published by Anime on DVD, in addition to several pornographic anime titles, Image Entertainment may now be the domestic translator and distributor of the Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach series.

Originally broadcast on Japanese television in 1995 and overlapping with the final season of Sailormoon, Wedding Peach was a 51 episode magical girl team bishoujo series very similar to Sailormoon, featuring character designs by Sailormoon character designer Kazuno Tadano. In accordance with the series' title, rather than the astrological theme of Sailormoon, Wedding Peach had a bridal theme, complete with temporary wedding dress battle outfits.

Although less well known in America than its predecessor, Wedding Peach does have quite a loyal Western fan following, and the potential announcement of an American license may come as good news to some fans.

Article Source: Anime Nation

OmochaBox opening postponed
Los Angeles, CA - In light of the tragic events in New York, Washington and Pittsburgh, the grand opening celebrations for OmochaBox in Los Angeles has been postponed until further notice. Digital Manga, Inc., OmochaBox's parent company, is saddened by the tragic loss of life and feels that any celebration at this moment would be grossly inappropriate.

The store will open as planned, but all events, including autograph sessions with Kunihiko Ikuhara and Mari Iijima will be postponed.

Article Source: Anime Nation

VHD: Bloodlust rated...
The official Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust website has announced that the film has been rated R for violence by the MPAA ratings board.

Source: Anime News Service

Article Source: Anime Nation

Jin-Roh in Tampa
Anime fans in the AnimeNation vicinity, be sure not to miss the limited engagement screening of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, opening at the Channelside Cinema in downtown Tampa this Friday. Jin-Roh, directed by Hiroyuki Okiura and supervised by Mamoru Oshii, is undeniably one of the greatest anime films ever produced, and a true masterpiece of world cinema, animated or otherwise. Fans of anime and quality international cinema living in the Hillsborough/Pinellas area are highly encouraged to attend this exclusive screening not only because Jin-Roh itself is a stunning film, but because support of anime at the Channelside Cinema may encourage the theater to bring more anime to the Tampa area, including Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

Article Source: Anime Nation

More on Final Fantasy Anime
The Gaming Intelligence Agency has published the staff credits for the upcoming Final Fantasy Unlimited anime TV series, along with a brief summary of the first episode plot set-up and the first color images of the character designs. Furthermore, Anime News Service reports that the series will run for 4 "kuuru (1 kuuru is 13 weeks), for a total of 52 episodes.

Article Source: UMJAMS 

Source: Anime Nation

Sakura Diaries re-release
A subtitled only version of a 2 DVD collector's set of Sakura Diaries will be released by AD Vision on December 4th for a retail price of $44.98. These discs will contain all 12 episodes of the Japanese home video version which include nudity and "risque" scenes not shown in the Japanese TV version previously released by AD Vision.

Source: Anime on DVD

Utena sells out
According to a post on Anime on DVD's Forum by CPM representative Justin Sevakis, the limited edition version of Revolutionary Girl Utena Movie DVD has now sold out on the wholesale level. This means that retailers that have not yet placed orders specifically for the limited edition Utena DVD will not have copies of the disc available on October 23rd, the official release date. AnimeNation is accepting pre-orders for this DVD now and does anticipate being able to fill all orders. The special edition of DVD release of the Utena movie, scheduled for release on October 23rd, will be limited to 10,000 copies and features an AnimeZone sampler DVD and a translucent pink case in addition to the movie DVD itself.

Article source: UMJAMS

Source: Anime Nation

Sakura Diaries re-release
After a year's wait the seventh volume of the Evangelion manga is nearing release in Japan from Kadokawa Shoten Publishing. Two limited "first-print" editions will be released, packaged with figures of Rei and Asuka.

Created by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, who provided the character designs for the Evangelion animation, the Eva manga is an alternate version of the Evangelion story that differs from the TV animation.

Viz has been releasing the manga domestically in a standard edition that reads from left to right and in a "non-flipped" special edition that maintains the original Japanese right to left format. Presumably, now that more of the Eva manga has been completed in Japan, Viz will soon being to translate and release more of the series in America. 

Article Source: UMJAMS

Source: Anime Nation

Monday: September 10, 2001

Trigun Box Set News
Pioneer Entertainment has announced through RightStuf that Trigun VHS Series Set (DUB) ( Volumes 1-8) will be released on October 1st, 2001 for Price: $149.99   

Pioneer Entertainment has also announced through RightStuf that Trigun VHS Series Set (SUB) ( Volumes 1-8) will be released on the same day October 1st, 2001 for Price: $179.99 

On the other had Pioneer Ent. will be releasing Trigun DVD Box Set (DUB/SUB) (Volume 1-8) on November 20, 2001 Contains all 8 DVDs (26 episodes) in a foil enhanced boxed set.

Article Source: SaiyanZ Rage

Final Fantasy TV Series Information
TV Tokyo has confirmed the release of the Final Fantasy TV series to be titled "Final Fantasy: Unlimited"; debuting on Japanese Television October 2: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM. 

The plot focuses around a man named Wind and a female named Lisa who journey to find "The Cloud" who was responsible for destroying Wind's hometown. The setting will be on Earth.

Source: The Gaming Intelligence Agency

Online Articles
Akadot has published a detailed look at FUNimation's upcoming sci-fi action/drama Blue Gender. 

EX Magazine has published a short interview with Japanese pop artist Katsuya Terada, famous for his European style adult fantasy illustrations and his character designs for the theatrical and Playstation 2 animation Blood: The Last Vampire.

Article Source: UMJAMS 

Source: Anime Nation

Omocha Box Retail Store
Omocha Box will celebrate the grand opening of its first retail store at 10811 West Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, California this weekend. To commemorate the event, Japanese guests Mari Iijima and Kunihiko Ikuhara will be on hand to sign a limited number of autographs. 

International recording artist, composer & actress Mari Iijima may be best known to American anime fans as the voice of Lynn Minmay of Superdimensional Fortress Macross. 

Kunihiko Ikuhara is the world famous director behind Sailormoon and Shoujo Kakumei Utena. 

For more information, visit the Omocha Box website. 

Article Source: Anime Nation