Animejin News - 13th August 1999


X/1999 Premiere

Manga Entertainment's next theatrical release is the movie X/1999, based on
the comic by Clamp. The UK theatrical premiere will be at the Leeds
International Film Festival in mid-October. After that it will then tour
the country during late October and November.


Kiseki plan anime DVDs

A 'phone call to Kiseki Films has confirmed the rumour - they are planning
to release some of their titles on DVD format. However, no official
annoucement has been made yet, so details are unavailable. 


MVM set to expand

I've also been on the 'phone to MVM. Possible future releases include more
titles previously available through Anime Projects such as Urusei
Yatsura and Oh My Goddess, plus they hope to release other Animeigo
productions that have not been released in the UK such as Kimagure Orange
Road (the OAVs and first movie) and You're Under Arrest.


Manga Entertainment Press Release

[I have not reported FotNS press releases before because I have been off
 Manga's mailing list for a while]

                    Fist of the North Star - Volume Six 
                              Life or Death 

          At the End of the Wilderness Lies the First Street of Hell 

Volume 6 of the legendary TV series sees Kenshiro approaching Southern
Cross, Shin's stronghold in the hills. Months in the desert have taken
their toll but he is no mood for his half brother's thugs. 

On orders from Shin, Joker summons the rival Snake and Scorpion gangs to
arrest Kenshiro's slow but steady advance. Although feared throughout the
land, their hatred for each other renders them useless against a Hukuto
Shinken master and the ranks spilt. Baron (leader of the Scorpions) asks
Kenshiro to assist them against the Snake gang, who agrees but drops out at
the last minute, letting the two forces destroy each other. 

Shin has failed again and summons his remaining forces to the castle. The
wanderer with the seven stars has beaten everything sent against hirn, a
fact that's vividly illustrated by Barcom's (Shin's Chief General)
flashbacks. The North Star draws nearer day-by-day and a means of defeating
his deadly fighting style must be found. 

Adapted from the legendary manga (comic book), Hukuto no Ken (Fist of the
North Star) was first televised in 1984. Although violent, even for
Japanese standards, the premise of Ken's quest for justice struck a strong
chord with audiences and became a big hit. 


Current UK anime release schedule

Fist of the North Star TV Vol. 5 has been delayed until September (the
dubbing wasn't finished on time). The rest of the FotNS schedule is

All of the following dates are subject to change.

Out now       : El Hazard 2 vol. 1 (P), El Hazard 2 vol. 2 (P),
                Ninja Resurrection (A), Street Fighter II V vol. 2 (A),
                Genesis Survivor Gaiarth (V)
6th September : Legend of Crystania - Resurrection of the Gods' King (A),
                Yotoden (A)
13th September: Fist of the North Star TV vol. 5 (M),
                Fist of the North Star TV vol. 6 (M)
4th October   : Slayers - Explosion Array (A), Sakura Wars (A),
                Sonic The Hedgehog - The Movie (A)
11th October  : Fist of the North Star TV vol. 7 (M), Perfect Blue (M),
                Ghost in the Shell (M - DVD)
October       : X/1999 (M - Theatrical)

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