Anime Facts

•March 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment


About to confide some dark secrets to you, kids…

Did you know…

That Quentin Tarantino was the first person Miramax considered for the translation of the script of Mononoke Hime?

That the Dr.T character in the Slam Dunk manga and anime represents the author himself?

That the aforementioned author, Takehiko Inoue, used to be Tsukasa Hojo’s assistant? Now we know where he got the habit of putting himself in his own works…

That the broadcasting aircraft, the cityscape, the opening music for ep.1 and the names Priss and the replicants in Bubblegum Crisis are taken straight out of the movie Blade Runner?

That Yoshihiro Togashi (Yu Yu Hakusho) and Naoko Takeuchi (Sailor Moon) are married to each other?

That in Macross Plus ep.2, Isamu is dressed exactly like James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause?

That Akemi Takada, the character designer for Orange Road, Creamy Mami, Patlabor and Urusei Yatsura, among others, used to be married to Kazunori Ito, script-writer for Patlabor, among others?

That there is a museum for Osamu Tezuka, who is considered the father of manga?

That on average, the Japanese take twenty minutes to read three hundred pages of manga?

That the last names of the characters in Maison Ikkoku are those of subway stops in Tokyo?

That Mononoke Hime became the highest grossing film of all time in Japan, above such classics like E.T.?

That Neon Genesis Evangelion was the first anime to win the Anime Grand Prix three times in a row?

That Nausicaa had been voted best female character in the Anime Grand Prix every year since 1984, the year the film was released, until Rei Ayanami from Evangelion came along?

That Yu Watase’s (Fushigi Yugi) favorite character is the series’ villain Nakago?

That Tenchi Muyo started out as a sequel of sorts for Bubblegum Crisis?

That in the French version of Maison Ikkoku, all the characters are constantly getting drunk on sodas and fruit juice because censorship wouldn’t allow the words beer and alcohol in a cartoon?

That the cover of Eric Clapton’s album “Pilgrim” was illustrated by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, character designer for Evangelion?

That the first ever TV series in Japan was Tetsuwan Atom, a.k.a. Astro Boy, based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka?

That the AT Field in Evangelion is an actual term used in psychology, which refers to the mental barriers erected by autistic children?

That there exist two movies by AIC (Bubblegum Crisis, Gall Force) which assemble many characters from their different series and that you can see Sylia Stingray in Super Deformed?

That the Japanese clap prior to praying?

That the most popular Sailor Moon character in Japan is Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury?

That manga forms a third of the printed material in Japan?

That the theme of three sisters is used very often in anime, and that in almost all cases some of their characteristics can be traced back to the Three Fates of the Greek mythology? Most notable examples include Urd, Belldandy and Skuld from Ah My Goddess, or Atropos, Lachesis and Clotho from Five Star Stories.

That in Japan lovers write their initials under the picture of an umbrella, instead of inside a heart?

That the story of Disney’s Lion King is suspiciously similar to that of a much earlier work by Osamu Tezuka?

That black cats are considered good luck in Japan?

That the Japanese believe males get nosebleeds if they are turned on?

That in Versailles no Bara, it is possible to see the Eiffel Tower even though it wasn’t constructed until about a century later?

That the last names of the characters in Neon Genesis Evangelion belong to WWII warships?

That in Japan, young boys or effeminate males are usually voiced by female seiyu? The most notable example is Megumi Ogata, the famous seiyu of Shinji Ikari, Kurama and Sailor Uranus.

That the flight base New Edwards in Macross Plus is inspired by Edwards, a US Air Force base in California?

That the tickets for the first movie of Evangelion sold out in less than five hours?

That Ginga Eiyu Densetsu, also known as Legend of the Galactic Heroes, isn’t actually a TV-series, but a 90 episode OAV series?

That when the manga of Please Save My Earth was published in Japan, three girls tried to commit suicide hoping to be reincarnated on the Moon?

That in Japan more than forty new anime appear on television per week?

That Yu Watase and Naoko Takeuchi are very close friends?

That in the French version of Sailor Moon, Haruka is voiced by a male while Sailor Uranus remains female?

That Megumi Hayashibara (voice of Ranma-chan, Rei Ayanami, Lina Inverse, Faye Valentine, and many more) is the most popular seiyu in Japan, having won the best seiyu category in the Anime Grand Prix a record nine times?

That the only reason the heroines of Cat’s Eye wear bodysuits is because the author thought it was easier to draw?

That in Japan more paper is used for printing manga than for making toilet paper?

That there exist live movies of Maison Ikkoku, Lupin III, City Hunter (with Jackie Chan in the title role, no less), Cat’s Eye and Versailles no Bara, the latter in English?

That the movie Tonari no Totoro became so famous in Japan that Studio Ghibli adopted Totoro as its mascot?

That the Japanese voted Osamu Tezuka as one of the people they wanted to see the most on postage stamps?


Sentai Adds 3rd You’re Under Arrest TV, Yozakura, Tayutama

•December 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Sentai Adds 3rd You’re Under Arrest TV, Yozakura, Tayutama

posted on 2009-12-22 15:16 EST

You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle, 2nd Neo Angelique, others to ship in March

The North American anime distributor Section23 Films has announced on Tuesday that Sentai Filmworks licensed the You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle, Yozakura Quartet, and Tayutama: Kiss On My Deity anime series. Section23 will ship the first DVD collection for You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle — the third television series based on Kosuke Fujishima‘s You’re Under Arrest police comedy manga — on March 9. The complete DVD sets for Yozakura Quartet and Tayutama -Kiss on my Deity- will ship on March 2 and March 16, respectively.

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Fate/stay night Reproduction Specials Announced

•December 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Fate/stay night Reproduction Specials Announced

November 18th, 2009 by John


To coincide with the January theatrical release of the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime motion picture, the 2005 TV series will be condensed into a pair of hour long Fate/stay night TV Reproduction specials released on Japanese DVD and Blu-ray on January 22. Each special will condense half of the 24 episode TV series and reportedly include limited new animation. The “Reproduction I” OVA will also feature a newly recorded version of the series’ original opening theme, set to a new opening animation footage. Both OVAs will feature new, previously unheard ending theme songs.


Sugar Dark Anime Likely

•December 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Sugar Dark Anime Likely

November 24th, 2009 by John

Enji Arai’s light novel Sugar Dark: Umerareta Yami to Shoujo (Sugar Dark: The Buried Darkness and the Girl) was awarded a prestigious grand prize at the Kadokawa Shoten Sneaker Awards presentation last week. The novel is only the fourth book in the 15 year history of the Sneaker Awards to be given “grand prize” recognition. The last book to earn the honor was Nagaru Tanigawa’s 2003 light novel The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi.

During the award presentation, Kadokawa Shoten President and CEO Shinichiro Inoue called the novel about a young man forced into working as a grave digger a “ground-breaking work” (presumably no pun intended) combining characteristics of dark fantasy and light novels. Inoue stated that the Sugar Dark novel will “certainly” get an anime adaptation.

Source: Anime News Network

Break Blade / Broken Blade

•December 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Break Blade/Broken Blade

Plot Summary

The manga is centered around Lygatto, an “un-sorcerer” born into a world of people who can use magic. These people can make quartz do many things, but Lygatto is one of the few exceptions; Lygatto cannot use quartz, making many aspects of life difficult for him, yet this un-sorcerer ability allows him to pilot an ancient, yet effective, mecha against the invading army of Athens.

Lygatto is forced to make a choice when he is first asked to fight by his friend who is the king of the land and his other friend Zesu; all three went to the same school for learning how to use magic and pilot the mechs.

Broken Blade Fantasy Robot Manga Gets Anime Green-Lit (Updated)

The official blog of the Flex Comix publisher has announced on Wednesday that an anime adaptation of Yunosuke Yoshinaga‘s Broken Blade (Break Blade) alternate-world robot manga has been green-lit. CMX Manga is publishing the first volume of the manga in North America this month.

CMX Manga gives the following description of Broken Blade‘s story:

Rygart Arrow is the only one in his world who lacks the inherent ability to power up quartz, the energy source that makes all of the machines run. Nevertheless, he’s pretty well connected. The King and Queen of his country of Krisna happen to be old college friends. But so is Zess, the guy who is leading the army of a neighboring kingdom in an attack on Krisna.How did it comes to this? There’s little time to ponder the implications as an army in giant, mechanized battle suits attacks. Arrow just feels like he’s in the way – until he comes across a powerful, ancient mech that no one has yet to be able to figure out how to run. But his natural affinity for the suit’s operating mechanism may just turn Arrow into the most important player of all.

Flex Comix has published over 400,000 copies of the manga’s six current volumes. The wraparound jacket band on the sixth volume will feature the anime’s announcement when it ships on Thursday. Flex Comix’s blog promises to offer more details about the anime in future updates.


As a fan of its manga I find it amusing and exciting cause I was so trilled and hooked up to it’s story and I hoped there would really be an animation of this, and it willbe a huge success!!!

Mitsudomoe Anime in Development

•December 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Mitsudomoe Anime in Development

November 30th, 2009 by John

Reportedly this week’s new issue of Weekly Shonen Champion magazine will formally announce that a TV anime adapation of Norio Sakurai’s Mitsudomoe gag manga is in development. The occasionally risqué moé comedy about the school lives of three sixth grade sisters has been ongoing since 2006. The video clip below is cute, but not officially sanctioned animation.

Ikkitousen’s New TV Anime, Xtreme Xecutor, Confirmed (Update 2)

•December 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Ikkitousen’s New TV Anime, Xtreme Xecutor, Confirmed (Update 2)

posted on 2009-11-25 07:19 EST

Bachou Mouki (Aya Endo) makes anime debut; Vol. 0 DVD with card at Comike 77 next month

The January issue of Wani BooksMonthly Comic Gum magazine has confirmed that production on a new Ikkitousen television anime series, Ikkitousen XX, has been green-lit. It will be the fourth television series based on Yuji Shiozaki‘s Ikkitousen manga about girls in fighting tournaments. (The manga runs in Monthly Comic Gum.)

Geneon Entertainment once released the first Ikkitousen anime series in North America, and Funimation now has the license. Media Blasters announced at Anime Expo 2007 that it had licensed the second Ikkitousen anime series, Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny. Media Blasters CEO John Sirabella has since revealed earlier this month that his company acquired the third series, Ikkitousen: Great Guardians, as well. Tokyopop released the original manga in North America under the name Battle Vixens.

Source: Hobby Search via 2channel

Update: The official website has launched. The “XX” of the title stands for “Xtreme Xecutor.” The character Bachou Mouki (Aya Endo) — the loose analogue of the Ma Chao character from the Chinese legend Romance of the Three Kingdoms — will appear for the first time in the anime along with original characters not seen in the manga. The main cast from the previous anime series will return with the original voice actressess.

A Volume O DVD will be sold in advance with a special OS: Ikkitousen PR card from the Chaos trading card game at the Comic Market 77 event in Tokyo this December.

Koichi Ohata (Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, Burst Angel, You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle) is directing and supervising the series scripts. Rinshin (Ikkitousen: Great Guardians) is designing the characters along with chief animation director Junji Goto (School Days, School Days: Magical Heart Kokoro-chan). Yasuharu Takanashi is providing the music as he did for Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, Ikkitousen: Great Guardians, and Gantz. GENCO is producing the project, and TNK is in charge of the animation in collaboration with ARMS.

Update 2: According to Neowing, the Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor Volume 0 Mochiron Misechau Mushūsei Da yo! DVD will also be available in regular retail stores on January 22, and the television series itself will premiere in April.