January MVM releases
MVM have confirmed their January 2004 DVD releases:
Urusei Yatsura Movie 6 - Always My Darling. A tenth aniversary special produced in 1986, and the last Urusei Yatsura anime ever produced. Out on 19th January, certificate PG, £12.99.
Vampire Princess Miyu 5 - Dark Love. Another volume of the gothic horror series, containing episodes 17-21. Also out on 19th January, certificate 12, £19.99.
'King of Bandit Jing' press release
ADV Films have sent me a press release for King of Bandit Jing volume 1:
"ADV ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR KING OF BANDIT JING: VOLUME ONE"
"FIRST VOLUME OF EXCITING ANIME ADVENTURE-COMEDY AVAILABLE 19th JANUARY 2004
"LONDON, UK, 15th December 2003. ADV Films today announced a 19th January 2004 release date for King of Bandit Jing. Directed by Hiroshi Watanabe (Orphen, Kiki's Delivery Service) King of Bandit Jing is based upon a manga of the
same title by Yuchi Kumakura, detailing the adventures of Jing, a youthful and charming Robin Hood-esque bandit who travels from town to town, stealing valuables and hearts in equal measure. Along for the ride is his randy wiseacre albatross companion, Kir, who is constantly getting the pair into difficulties."
"The Capital of Thieves"
"We meet our intrepid heroes in the notorious Capital of Thieves, home of the fabled Double Mermaids, a treasure under guard by the city's evil mayor! Jing will do anything to retrieve the prize, but this jewel isn't quite what
"The Ghost Ship of Blue Hawaii"
"Jing and Kir arrive in Blue Hawaii, a harbor town terrorized by a ghost ship. With the help of a local cop named Rose, whose father has fallen prey to the spell, Jing and Kir infiltrate the ship and expose it for what it really is in this parable of human greed."
"The Adonis Capital of Time (Parts 1 & 2)"
"Join Jing and Kir on a quest to steal the grapes of time! Or will they get embroiled in a plot to liberate the people from the tyranny of the wicked Master Gear? Can they restore peace in a town cursed by the Demon of Time or will the clock run out for them all?"
"King of Bandit Jing (RRP £19.99 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes. Includes both English- and Japanese-language versions, and English subtitles. Extras include: a printed insert; production sketches; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews."
Running Time: 100m approx. BBFC Classification: PG
Street Date: 19/01/04 Cat#: DBK/001
Format: DVD SRP: £19.99
European release of .hack announced
Atari and Bandai have announced a colaboration to bring Project .hack to the European market. .hack consists of a series of four video games with assorted spin offs, including anime and manga versions. The press release only confirms that the games are to be release in Europe, but this is enough to get the interest of anime fans, as each game in the series will include an episode of the anime series .hack//ILLUMINALITY. The first game, titled .hack//INFECTION, has been given a release date of 12th March 2004.
ADV Films reveal their first releases of 2004
ADV Films have sent me official word of their release schedule for January and February 2004:
King of Bandit Jing - Vol. 1
Hellsing - Vol. 4: Eternal Damnation
Excel Saga - Vol. 5: Secrets And Lies
Noir - Vol. 5: Terminal Velocity
Neon Genesis Evangelion - Collection 08
Dai-Guard - Vol. 6: The Bottom Line
Najica Blitz Tactics - Vol. 1
Martian Successor Nadesico: Prince Of Darkness
Zone Of The Enders - Dolores Vol. 6: Last Things Last
Rahxephon - Vol. 4: Dissonance
Full Metal Panic - Mission 03
Sakura Wars OVA Collection
Ichi the Killer anime gets UK release
Premier Asia, a video label owned by Medusa Communications and Marketing Ltd. have announced a UK release on 26th January of the anime version of Ichi The Killer
"The disc also includes a "Behind the Live-Action Movie Showcase" featuring a Takashi Miike interview, outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage from the live-action "Ichi The Killer" movie. This material, previously included exclusively on Premier Asia's 2-disc DVD release of the live-action feature, provides anime fans with the perfect introduction to the bizarre and violent world of Ichi The Killer."
(Official website: http://www.medusastore.co.uk/index.php?tle_id=139&art_id=15&db=1)
The annual Sci-Fi-London
film festival usually has a few items of interest to anime fans, and next year's event has so far announced two anime-related films in its programme - the movie Tamala 2010
and the American documentary Invasion Anime
Further information can be found at http://www.sci-fi-london.com/2004web/programme.htm.