Animejin News - 30th March 1997

Sci-Fi Channel News

Those of you with access to the Sci-Fi channel will no doubt be enjoying your
daily dose of The Guyver. In April however, prepare for Pioneer's first forey
into broadcasting with the television premieres of Tenchi Muyo and Moldiver.
Moldiver starts on 7th April at 8pm and anyone who attended Shinnenkai is
advised to hide behind the sofa at the end of the programme because this is
when the Sci-Fi channel's report on the con will be broadcast. Tenchi Muyo
starts on 21st April, also at 8pm. 


New Otaku Releases

After the success of their 'Bishojo Manga' CD-ROM, Otaku publishing have
recently released two new titles - Venus Select and Ring Out. Both titles work
on Macintosh and PC systems. Future titles will include a Javascript version
aswell so that they will support as wide a range of platforms as possible, even
allowing them to be played over the world wide web.


Manga Video April Press Release

"Manga Video go martial arts mad on the 14th April 1996 with the release of the
 high speed fist fest Shadow Skill. Also on the loose in April is the second and
 concluding part in the Blue Sonnet series."

"Shadow Skill
 In a war-torn world of deadly conflict, one small group of heroes stands
 against the forces of darkness, armed only with two weapons - their unswerving
 dedication to good and the superhuman martial art known as Shadow Skill....
 For fourteen - year old Gau, it is time once again for him to return to the
 graves of his parents, murdered by bandits when he was just ten. In the company
 of his elcer sister Ella, Gau quickly comes to realise that his journey is more
 than just a pilgrimage, and that his combat abilities as a student of the
 Karuda school of martial arts are about to be pushed to their breaking point!"

"Attacked by the demonic Wolfmen, left for dead and then forced to fight by Ella
 and Karuda master Scarface, Gau's dreams of becoming a new generation warrior
 are put to the ultimate test - can he face his sister in single combat? Will he
 be able to match the unearthly abilities of Scarface? And can Gau ever uncover
 the secrets of the Shadow Skill?"

"Also, look out for Shadow Skill The Movie the martial arts action adventure
 sequel to be released by Manga Video later in the year."

"Blue Sonnet 2
 She's the Taron organisation's newest and most deadly combat cyborg, a young
 girl rescued from the hellish slums of inner-city America and warped into a
 superhuman capable of defeating armies. Cybernetic implants have enhanced her
 speed and strength, increased her intelligence, raised her latent psychic
 powers to devastating levels. Sonnet Bagi, code named Blue Sonnet, has become a
 living weapon...."

"So far, the ferocious psychic power known as Red Fang has enabled Ran
 Komatsuzaki to survive the attentions of Sonnet and her insane master, Dr
 Melekes. But her abilities are already outreaching her control - without help,
 Ran could be totally overwhelmed by Red Fang."

"Safety beckons in the form of an ESP laboratory, but even this environment has
 been tainted by Taron and their desire for Ran's lethal energies. As Melekes
 launches his latest horrific trap, Ran's friends must fight their way into the
 lab before Taron can complete it's awful plans...."

"The final battle between Red Fang and Blue Sonnet has begun - but will Ran
 learn how to master the power before it destroys her?"

"Blue Sonnet 2 comprises episodes 3,4 and 5 of the original animation series,
 completing Shibata Masahiro's high-speed tale of murder, intrigue and psychic
 conflict. Check out volume 1 also available from manga Video!"


"Title:             Shadow Skill             Blue Sonnet 2
 Label:             Manga Video              Manga Video
 Release date:      14/4/97                  14/4/97
 Certificate:       15 tbc                   15
 Running time:      45 mins                  90 mins
 Catalogue No:      MANV 1186                MANV 1185
 RRP:               9.99                    13.99"