The *New* Anime Village


Dafydd Dyar (DafyddD@WasserInc.com)
Wed, 9 Dec 1998 14:52:11 -0800


I got an e-mail from AnimeVillage.Com last night, touting the "all-new"
Anime Village web site that opened 2 Dec 98 -- the e-mails went out a week
late, apparently.

The site is pretty much the same, content-wise, but the old wine has been
poured into a new bottle. I'm glad I waited to try an connect to it -- even
with the T1 connection here at Wasser, the pages were slow to load. Lots of
sizzle, not much steak.

The one item of interest was the "New for '99!" listing, covering the first
6 months (well, 7 -- they have a July entry in there) of the coming year.
CCA wasn't listed, so it'll be shipping late in 1999, if at all. The good
news is that AV will be carrying Aono 6 Go, Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star!
If they also pick up Brain Powerd and Gasaraki, they'll really have it
covered.

Here's the list of upcoming items:

*Volume 1 ships with a complete volume series box.

Escaflowne Special Ver. Vol. 1* (sub) $24.99 Feb 1999
Escaflowne Special Ver. Vol. 2 (sub) $24.99 Mar 1999
Escaflowne Special Ver. Vol. 3 (sub) $24.99 Apr 1999

Cowboy Bebop Vol. 1* (sub) $24.99 2 eps Jun 1999

Aono 6 Go Vol. 1* (sub) $19.99 Apr 1999
Aono 6 Go Vol. 1* (dub) $14.99 May 1999

Eat-Man Vol. 1* (sub) $24.99 2 eps Feb 1999
Eat-Man Vol. 2 (sub) $24.99 2 eps Mar 1999
Eat-Man Vol. 3 (sub) $24.99 2 eps Apr 1999
Eat-Man Vol. 4 (sub) $24.99 2 eps May 1999
Eat-Man Vol. 5 (sub) $24.99 2 eps Jun 1999

Saber Marionette R (sub) $24.99 3 eps Feb 1999
Saber Marionette R (dub) $19.99 3 eps Apr 1999

Saber Marionette J OAV* Vol. 1 (sub) $24.99 2 eps May 1999
Saber Marionette J OAV* Vol. 1 (dub) $19.99 2 eps Jun 1999

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Vol. 1* (dub) $19.99 2 eps Feb 1999
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Vol. 2 (dub) $19.99 2 eps Mar 1999
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Vol. 3 (dub) $19.99 2 eps Apr 1999
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Vol. 4 (dub) $19.99 2 eps May 1999
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Vol. 5 (dub) $19.99 2 eps Jun 1999
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Vol. 6 (dub) $19.99 2 eps Jul 1999

Outlaw Star Vol. 1* (sub) $24.99 2 eps Feb 1999
Outlaw Star Vol. 2 (sub) $24.99 2 eps Mar 1999
Outlaw Star Vol. 3 (sub) $24.99 2 eps Apr 1999
Outlaw Star Vol. 4 (sub) $24.99 2 eps May 1999
Outlaw Star Vol. 5 (sub) $24.99 2 eps Jun 1999

Haunted Junction Vol. 1* (sub) 2 eps Apr 1999
Haunted Junction Vol. 2 (sub) $24.99 2 eps May 1999
Haunted Junction Vol. 3 (sub) $24.99 2 eps Jun 1999

It should be noted that I ordered the entire "box sets" of Gundam the
Movies, Gundam 0080 and Gundam 0083 and have yet to see the boxes that will
now ship with Episode 1 of the new stuff.

So what's on the horizon? Well, if the statement about CCA coming out next
year is indeed true, I'd expect to see F91 next, then the 08th MS Team OAV
series and maybe even the Miller's Report movie, if it's as different from
the OAV as I've been given to understand.

The big question is where do they go next? Given its success in Japan, AV
will probably be tempted to release Gundam W Endless Waltz. They can go
either way -- OAV or movie -- on a single tape that tests the waters,
demand-wise. The sales on GWEW could determine whether they go back and do
Z and ZZ to bring the UC Gundam up to speed or do the Gundam W series
instead.

And then there's the Big Bang stuff. Will AV try for concurrent release in
English or hold off awhile or not get the rights at all?

Only time will tell....

-Z-



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