Chris Maier (oom9@crosswinds.net)
Fri, 30 Jun 2000 16:06:54 -0400


Bandai just issued this press release(Notice the 20th anniversary mistake):

  BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT'S MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM WING: ENDLESS WALTZ TO AIR ON CARTOON NETWORK Bandai Entertainment Releases Endless Waltz Series on Home Video
  CYPRESS, Calif. (June 30, 2000) - Bandai Entertainment's "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz," will broadcast on Cartoon Network later this year, it was announced today by Ken Iyadomi, executive vice president, Bandai Entertainment. A conclusion to the "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing" saga, "Endless Waltz" is both a prequel, because of its explanatory flashbacks, and a sequel. "We are very pleased at the continued success 'Gundam Wing' has experienced since its introduction in fall 1999 in the United States," said Ken Iyadomi, executive vice president, Bandai Entertainment Inc. "Endless Waltz will provide 'Gundam Wing' fans with an exciting finale to the currently running television series."

  "Gundam Wing" is available now and "Endless Waltz" will be available next year on bilingual (Japanese and English) DVD and English dubbed (edited and uncut versions) VHS at major retailers and video stores such as Tower Video, Virgin Records and Suncoast Video Stores and online at www.animevillage.com. For a release schedule and pricing, visit Bandai Entertainment on the Web at www.bandai-ent.com.

  In March 2000, Cartoon Network launched "Gundam Wing," an animated science fiction series of five teenage boys who are selected to pilot Gundam mobile suits and journey to Earth to save the planet and preserve peace. "Gundam Wing" airs at 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday during the network's popular "Toonami" time block. The unedited version is shown at midnight on Saturday. The series is set to continue in fall 2000 and spring 2001.

  Celebrating its 20th anniversary in Japan, Gundam Wing became a hit in the United States when Bandai America, master toy licensee of Gundam Wing, first launched the action figure model kits in fall 1999. Due to popular demand among consumer audiences, Bandai America will release the 4.5-inch action figures of the Gundam mobile suits in July 2000, three months earlier than planned.

  A subsidiary of Bandai America, Inc., Bandai Entertainment Inc. focuses on character merchandising and Japanese animation distribution. Please visit them on the Web at www.bandai-ent.com.

  Bandai America Inc. is a subsidiary of Bandai Co. Ltd., the third largest toy company in the world, including 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries worldwide. Global interests include toys and children's entertainment, video game software, multimedia, music, full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies and licensed apparel. Bandai America's Web site is www.bandai.com.



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