Animejin News - 27th March 1999


News from Minamicon

A new UK anime company revealed itself at Minamicon. MVM has been in
business since 1990 as a retail outfit (you may have spotted their adverts
in Manga Mania and Manga Max) and they are now taking the plunge into the
video business having aquired the rights to Bubblegum Crisis and Riding
Bean. The first volumes of Bubblegum Crisis will be out in May.

Manga Video were also at the convention, showing off Perfect Blue, Fist of
the North Star TV and Astroboy. The big news from them was that they are
going to do some UK DVD releases on an experimental basis, starting with
Ghost in The Shell in June.

Helen McCarthy attended the convention as a guest, regaling us with tales
of her trip to Tokyo to interview Hayao Miyazaki for her next book which
will be published later this year. 


Anime on TV

A few things of interest to anime fans have appeared in the TV schedules:

Firstly, Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland will be shown on Sunday
28th March. This was a US/Japanese co-production including a contribution
from Hayao Miyazaki in he form of the opening dream sequence.

Secondly, Mamoru Oshii's classic mecha movie Mobile Police Patlabor will be
shown at 6pm on 17th April on FilmFour. 

Thirdly, and most importantly, the Pokemon TV series has sneaked its way
onto Sky 1, where it is scheduled to be shown at 9am every weekday starting
on 1st April.


Current UK anime release schedule

All of the following dates are subject to change.

29th March    : Street Fighter II V vol. 1 (A)
12th April    : Fist of the North Star TV vol. 1 (M)
4th May       : Bubblegum Crisis vol. 1 (V), Bubblegum Crisis vol. 2 (V)
21st May      : Perfect Blue (M - Theatrical)
May           : Fist of the North Star TV vol. 2 (M), Astroboy vol. 1 (M)
June          : Fist of the North Star TV vol. 3 (M), Astroboy vol. 2 (M)
7th June      : Bubblegum Crisis vol. 3 (V), Riding Bean (V)
July          : Fist of the North Star TV vol. 4 (M),
August        : Fist of the North Star TV vol. 5 (M), X (M)

(A)=ADV Films, (M)=Manga Entertainment, (P)=Pioneer Anime, (V)=MVM