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You can also help us out by keeping your eyes open for any anime-related events or articles. Clubs and convention-goers -- don't forget our events calendar page! If your organisation has something up and coming, let us know!
February 28, 2000
A first episode review of AnimeVillage.Com's CG-filled underwater SF/action OAV series, Blue Submarine No. 6 has now been posted.
February 27, 2000
A new Parent's Guide review is up for Card Captor Sakura. Thanks, Michelle!
Speaking of the Parent's Guide, there is understandably some debate over how some specific titles should be classified. (One in particular has changed classifications three times this past month.) In the interim, if there are disagreements over the classification, we will first defer to the distributor's classification (if there is one.) If there is not, we will play it safe, and put it under the higher classification.
An excellent biography appeared in the Asahi Shinbun today. Check out Comic artist was a child prodigy in the Anime in the News section.
February 26, 2000
Manga Entertainment will be releasing X - The Motion Picture starting March 10 in selected theatres. Watch for it! A DVD and VHS release is expected shortly after the theatre run. Don't forget to check out their awesome website at http://www.manga.com.
ADV Films reports that two new labels - ADV Fansubs and ADV Music - will soon grace their product lines. ADV Fansubs will feature subtitled features only, with City Hunter TV series and Nadia, Secret of Blue Water leading the way starting March. There will be four episodes per volume, and titles will initially be available via direct-sales and conventions. ADV Music will feature re-issues of soundtracks as well as ADV's own animation projects.
Jonathan Klein of New Generation Pictures reports that his company, in conjunction with Pioneer Entertainment (USA) L.P. have brought Greg Weisman on board to voice direct the upcoming re-releases of 3 x 3 Eyes, expected 2nd or 3rd quarter this year. Greg Weisman's previous credits include the writing, producing and directing of the U.S. animated series Gargoyles, as well as various production credits for other animated series including Men In Black, Starship Troopers and the upcoming new series, Max Steel.
Two films, Miyazaki's re-dub of Castle in the Sky, and Tezuka's Panda and the Magic Serpent are playing at the DGN Children's Film Festival in New York until February 27.
The Café has recently been approached by two large corporations to enter into an affiliate relationship. We have turned down one, and are still considering the other. Do you think that we should be associated with corporate interests? Let us know!.
February 22, 2000
Graphics have finally been added to the first episode of Serial Experiments Lain. A minor freshening of the Encyclopædia is underway.
February 21, 2000
I have received a note from Carlos Ross of T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews. They (T.H.E.M.?) apologise for the lack of updates on their site the past two months, but apparently there has been some difficulty with ASU and FTP access to their server. Hopefully, they will have this resolved shortly. Also, we've posted the third episode review of Nazca.
February 15, 2000
We've updated the title graphics again... updates have been added to the events calendar as well. Finally, we've gone back to the old-style hit counter. The stats from eXtreMe were nice, but half the time, the site wouldn't register the actual hits. We may eventually just get rid of any hit stats entirely, since we now have a pretty good idea of what the traffic patterns at the Café are like.
February 13, 2000
The first reviews for Nazca: Blades of Fate have been posted. Our thanks to Jonathan Klein of New Generation Pictures for providing the screener.
Normally, we would be wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day today, and reminding all you female readers that it is customary in Japan for the women to give men chocolates on this day. But this is a very sad day, in which the entertainment industry has lost a near-legendary giant. Charles M. Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon series, has passed away at the age of 77, on the eve of the printing of the final run of his world-famous strip. Mr. Schulz had been diagnosed with colon cancer, and had earlier announced his retirement. I have always had a great admiration for Mr. Schulz; back in 1976, our grade-school class wrote to the cartoonist, and we sent him some of our own works. Mr. Schultz not only spent the time to respond to each of our letters, but he also sent each student a personally drawn sketch. Charles Schulz was a classy human being, and will be missed by his many fans world-wide.
Visit the official Peanuts website at http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/peanuts/.
February 12, 2000
Just received the Britannica Internet Guide Award from the folks who publish what's argueably the most famous encyclopædia in the world. We've also added a comic/manga links page, and have updated several dates for upcoming conventions in North America. The alt tags have also been updated, in order to make navigation easier.
February 6, 2000
A review of the first layer of Serial Experiments Lain has now been posted.
February 5, 2000
Happy New Year!
Xing Nian Kuai Li
It's the Year of the Dragon. This, according to Chinese astrology, will be a wild and raucous year. Let's hope it will be a good one for all!
To start this year off with a bit of a controversy, our new editorial piece takes a brief look at censorship in anime.
February 4, 2000
A new Parent's Guide review has been posted for Kodomo no Omocha, courtesy of Fred Wilson.
We have a couple of news events to report: First of all, Viz Communications tells us that the creators of Pokémon will be in the US on February 4th at the Radisson Miyako Hotel, in San Francisco, California. Hmmmm. That's today.
Janice Williams at ADV Films reports that her company has signed a distribution deal with The Right Stuf International for their entire catalog of films. That quite a list of titles!
We have received a screener tape from New Generation Pictures, one of the companies doing translations for Pioneer titles (Our thanks to Jonathan Klein for supplying the tape). We'll be reviewing their first dub product, Nazca: Blades of Fate shortly. Due to popular demand, we've also picked up Serial Experiments Lain (yet another Pioneer product) for review.
January 27, 2000
We're limping along again...
A new Parent's Guide review has been posted for Gundam Wing. (Thanks, Christa!) We've also updated the news archives as well.