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Monday, March 31, 2003
New Gall Force to premiere on Sci-Fi Channel
Sci-Fi Channel have announced the premiere of New Gall Force, which will be shown on Thursday nights at quarter past midnight starting on 1st May. New Gall Force is an old Manga Video release from 1996: "Humanity's very existence is threatened when the development of a new technology turns on its masters. The battle for earth has begun", it says here.

Thursday, March 27, 2003
Next MVM and Funmation releases
MVM have confirmed their releases for the next two months, including two Funimation titles:
7th April:
Lupin III - The Pursuit Of Harimao's Treasure  DVD:£17.99 VHS:£12.99

21st April:
Sailor Moon DVD volume 3  £15.99
(Limited edition with "free lenticular 4 scene action cards")

5th May:
Blue Gender volume 6  DVD:£17.99 VHS:£12.99
You're Under Arrest - The Complete OVA's  DVD:£17.99

Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Forthcoming Titan Publishing releases
Titan Publishing have issues a press release concerning their forthcoming publication of a new Battle of the Planets graphic novel:

"Before He-Man, Transformers and the Ninja Turtles, kids throughout the world thrilled to the weekly cartoon adventures of a brave band of heroes defending the Earth from the evil Zoltar - a group known as G-Force!"

"Titan Books are proud to present this original graphic novel, appealing to a cult following and attracting a brand new generation of fans who are invited to join the highly trained teenagers Jason, Princess, Mark, Tiny and Keyop - not to mention the faithful robot 7-Zark-7 - for all-new adventure battling new threats from the evil Zoltar!"

"Written by fan-favourite Munier Sharrieff (Battlechasers) and featuring the amazing cartoon-styled art of Wilson Tortosa, under the art direction of multiple Eisner award winner Alex Ross, whose photo-realistic cover art will blow you away!"

Battle of the Planets will be published in April with a cover price of £7.99.

Titan have also announced that they will be publishing Robotech comics in the UK, starting with the first volume of Robotech: The Macross Saga in May, priced £11.99

Monday, March 24, 2003
New MVM releases out now
Two new MVM releases have hit the shops today:

Ah! My Goddess: The Movie is out on VHS and DVD. The one line synopsis: "Belldandy's mentor was imprisoned for trying to overthrow the Goddess System. But now he's back with a virus to corrupt the system and remove all Belldandy's memories. Our reality is about to be destroyed!". The DVD version has both English and Japanese soundtracks, and both versions include a free episode of the 'Adventures of the Mini-Goddess' series. The DVD is priced at £19.99, VHS is £13.99.

Sailor Moon volume 2 contains episodes 7-12: An Uncharmed Life, Nightmare In Dreamland, Cruise Blues, Fight To The Finish, Match Point For Sailor Moon, and An Unnatural Phenomenon. All on one DVD for £15.99.

Friday, March 21, 2003
Cartoon Network announces new aquisitions
Digital Spy have an article on new aqusitions by Cartoon Network: Anime interest is represented by the mention of Ultimate Muscles, but I wouldn't get too excited, as it's just another toy-based kids show.
ADV UK future release schedule
Getting future release information from ADV Films has been problematical lately, but they now have a dedicated PR manager, who has let me know their release schedule for the next three months:
21st April:
Gasaraki volume 6 (VHS and DVD)
Burn Up Excess volume 1: To serve and Protect
Zone of the Enders: Delores volume 1 : Countdown to Destiny
Bubblegum Crisis 2040 volume 2: Crusade

19th May:
Spriggan (VHS and DVD)
Ninja Ressurection: The Revenge of Jubei
Neon Gensis Evangelion volume 3
Martian Successor Nadesico volume 3
Dai-Guard volume 2: To Serve and Defend
Noir volume 1: Shades Of Darkness
Excel Saga volume 01: The Wierdness Begins

16th June:
Boogie Pop Phantom volume 1
Dragon Half
Samurai X : The Motion Picture
Gasaraki 07 (VHS and DVD)
Burn Up Excess volume 2: Crimes and Missed Demeanors
Zone of the Enders: Delores volume 2: Operation Escape
Bubblegum Crisis 2040 volume 3: Leviathans

Boogie Bop Phantom is of particular note, as it will be the first title produced by Pioneer to be distributed in the UK by ADV. Other Pioneer titles are expected to follow in the future.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003
First 'Manga: The Collection' releases announced
Manga Entertainment have announced the first titles in their 'Manga: The Collection' series, in which a selection of their past releases are brushed off and given a bargin re-release on DVD. The first titles out on 14th April will be Sword for Truth, Vampire Wars, Landlock, Red Hawk and Psychic Wars. Each title will be digitally remastered, in a no-frills English language only format for 9.99 each.
Out now from ADV Films
This monday (17th March) saw the release of the first volume of a new ADV Films series - Dai-Guard 1: Hostile Takeover, the first UK anime release to be only available on DVD.

Also released at the same time were three other DVDs: Samurai X: Betrayal, Neon Genesis Evangelion volume 2, and Martian Successor Nadesico volume 2

Future volumes of Daiguard, Eangelion and Nadesico are scheduled for release every two months.

Friday, March 14, 2003
Testing the system
This is a test of the Animejin News system. If you have subscribed to e-mail updates, you should only see this text, a Blogger Pro line, and an advert underneath. If you see anything above this paragraph, or the post is not in text format, please let me know. Proper news will start next week. So that I'm not completely wasting your time with this post, here is a link to FilmFour's recent interview with Jonathan Clements (Contributing Editor on Newtype USA and co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia) in which he talks about the current state of anime in the UK:


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