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Jan 8th 2002

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I just finished watching episode 25 of Berserk is there 26?
Is there another series or movie? any plans? Now. this is a great series but ep.25 is disturbing. I know this isn't a happy show but i would have apreciated a happier ending.

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There were tentative plans a while back but they seem to have all but disappeared. There hasn't been any news on a continuation of Berserk for over a year now. You can always read the manga.




Hellsing, Hellsing, Hellsing. You've mentioned it a few times in your column, once saying you prefer it to Bebop (5. As for Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, or Trigun, I personally prefer Hellsing.), a very good series, albeit wildly overrated. So, what is it about, why is it so good, and has it been licensed yet? If it has, is there any date, yet?

Pat

Yeah, I keep talking about Hellsing. It's Gonzo's latest show. Basically it's a really dark gothic horror series; definitely right up my alley. It's good because it features engaging, original characters, a great storyline, and excellent animation. Pioneer licensed it for release in the US. There's no date yet, though.




the Fushigi Yugi Gaiden Eikou den Ova (what a tounge twister) was released in Japan on the 22 of December.. and Pioneer has the right to it and on the dvd it has both Japanese language and English language tracks.. so when is Pioneer gonna release it?? or why didn't they jsut release it here as well as japan?? i just don't get them..... wouldn't that have been alot easier??

Forest Pixie Shayla

Pioneer hasn't announced an exact release date for the new Fushigi Yuugi OVAs yet. The R2 DVDs have an English dub on them. I'm not sure why they did this. If they wanted a crossover American purchasing appeal, they would have gone with subtitles. I don't know anyone that watches dubs that would pay 50 bucks for an R2 release. You'll just have to be patient or import it.




Answerman,

I've been a huge fan of Trigun for a while now, and I've recently finished watching the anime. Is there any word of an American release of the manga? Or what about another anime series?

Thanks,

Drew

The Trigun manga hasn't been licensed yet. There have been rumors flying around about another anime series, but nothing substantial. So, to answer your questions, no.


Dear Zac,
I have been really enjoying Mahou Tsukai Tai (Magic User's Club). I thought it was rather silly but uplifting and cute. I know there was a 6 episode OAV series, 13 TV episodes, and two books of the manga but:
1.Are there any plans for more of the anime? I basically assume what you see now is most probably what you're going to get but I thought I would ask anyway.
2. Is the manga based on the anime or vice versa?
3. Is the manga still in production?

Thanks a lot for any answers.

Alain Mendez - Aku Soku San

The manga came after the anime series. At least, that's what my sources tell me. The manga is no longer in production and I believe the license is essentially dead; it wasn't ever that popular in the first place. I wouldn't expect to see more Mahou Tsukai Tai anytime soon.


Hey Zac,

You've probably answered this before but what the hell. When will Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven's Door be released in the US, if it even is at all?

Thanks,

Gio

It'll come out. Just not anytime soon. Hell, we still don't really know who has the license.




Hi Answerman,
I was wondering if anyone has liscensed the original "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross" (not the Americanized "Robotech" version) for release in America. If so, who has it, and do you know when it will be released?
Thanks,
Ethan

AnimEigo just released a massive restored box set of Macross. Unfortunately, all that's left is a waitlist for extra box sets they might have left over when they're done filling pre-orders. If you want one, you may want to get on the list.




Hello,

I would first like to say that I really enjoy your column and look forward to it weekly. My question is about the rather old TV anime called Candy Candy. Will this show ever been released in the US? Is it even available in Japan?

Thanks,

Yojimbo_2000

I know you can get laserdiscs of Candy Candy in Japan (mostly in used media stores) but the odds that it'll get released here are pretty slim. You may want to check some online stores, like Jungle Anime. They tend to get old, obscure stuff in.




Hey A-Man!
Its me agian THAT SCREAMING GUY WHO ASKED ABOUT INITIAL D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just wanted to kno if a release date was made yet on Initial D!
And......
Is or will SlamDunk! be licensed?!?! Its a GREAAAATTT Serious I recommend it!!!

Sorry, no release date yet on Initial D. You'll have to keep screaming until then. Slam Dunk hasn't been licensed either.




Dear Answerman:
I've noticed in certain anime, such as Sailor Moon and Outlaw Star, that just about every other episode has a different "look" to each character. Usually the facial detail has been changed. I'm not sure if you've noticed it, but if you have, do you know why that's like that? Thanx.

-Mitsuyo Keri

Good question. What you're seeing is something that happens when shows are animated on the cheap. See, all characters have a "model sheet"; that is, a sheet that details how each character is to be drawn in certain positions and poses. Shows like Sailor Moon and to a lesser extent, Outlaw Star, are farmed out to animation studios in Korea and India, among other places. These studios generally run on a razor-thin budget and therefore don't always pay attention to detail. They work under backbreaking deadlines and usually have to rush episodes out the door. What you see is a result of the characters being "off model"; that is to say, the eyes are too close together, the nose is too big, etcetera and so on. The animator disregarded the model sheet while animating. Anime is routinely produced for very small amounts of money. This kind of thing happens when you're working on a budget. Some of the best (or worst, depending on your point of view) examples of this are the Slayers and Lost Universe television series. The characters look completely different in every episode and are routinely drawn in horribly crude ways. Lost Universe has some of the worst animation I've ever seen, and it's primarily because the characters' facial features are never in the same spot for more than a few moments. American animation, at least stuff that's produced for television, is actually a lot worse about this than Japanese animation is. Watch two or three episodes of any given American cartoon and I guarantee you the characters will look different from episode to episode; sometimes from shot to shot (a'la Slayers and Lost Universe). Hope that answers your question!




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