Ms. Answerman: Phoenix Down

by Rebecca Bundy, Feb 28th 2003
We've got a number of detailed questions this week. Let's get this going so that I can get back to playing Dark Cloud 2.

I was wondering if u knew of any sites that had good deals on resin statues.
Also, on a completely different subject, has there been any word as to
what Nobuhiro Watsuki's(creator of Rurouni Kenshin for those who don't know)
next project may be? I loved Kenshin and can't wait to see what he does
next!
domo arigato Ms. Answerman-sama,
T-Loco-kun

It depends on what type of resin statues you're interested in. Many websites have specials on items that aren't as popular. Anime Nation has a section called ‘red-hot deals’ and there are numerous resin statues up for sale. Signing up for a website's mailing list is a good way to score coupons or special deals that are only offered through the mailing list.
Nobuhiro Watsuki's most recent project was a series called Gun Blaze West. The series was sort of like a Western-themed One Piece (surprise, surprise) and had a home in Weekly Shounen Jump. The series wasn't popular, unfortunately, and Jump cut it from its collection prematurely.



Hi Ms. Answerman

I read in a previous column that there might be a second season of hellsing in the future, i was wondering how much more of the manga is there to be released, and how many volumes are there in total. I was also wondering when the second season of Orphen is going to come out in the US?
Thanks
Neil Sher

The fifth volume of Hellsing was released this month. The planned length of the series hasn't been announced, though it's possible that the mangaka doesn't know how long the series will run.
ADV has the rights to the second season of Orphen, which they've appropriately named Sorcerer Stabber Orphen 2 (The Japanese title is “Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Revenge”). They haven't announced a release date, but it should be released before the end of this year.



Dear Ms. Answerman
First of all id like to start of with saying that you'r doing a good job so far. I have a few questions that i need (ok more like that i want) answering
1) Do you know when Weiß Kreuz Glühen will be coming to the U.S.? I know it's just being released into Japan, and after all the translating and stuff it will be a while but how long does it ussualy take? I really want to see the new character designs for schwarz, but i cant seem to find them any where on the web.
2) I'v been looking around for some new anime, do you have any suggestions? I really liked The Slayers, Weib Kreuz, Kurouni Kenshin, Ruin Explorers, most of Hayao Myazaki's films, and Orphen.
3) How many movie's has Hayao Myazaki made?
Thanks for your time!

1) No one has bought the license to WeiB Kreuz Gluhen yet. Media Blasters released the first series, so it's possible that they'll buy the rights to the second part. Then again, they could be smart and avoid Gluhen all together. If someone were to buy the rights to this show, it would still be a year before it'd reach the shelves.
2) I'd have to recommend Naruto, though the anime hasn't been licensed here in the States. The manga is in the US Shounen Jump, so you might want to check that out. X1999 TV and Arjuna are both being released as we speak, and both are entertaining series that you might enjoy.
3) This is a long list. First off, these are the Studio Ghibli films that Miyazaki's directed: Nausicaä and the valley of the wind, Laputa: The Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Sora Iro no Tane [a TV spot], Porco Rosso, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, On Your Mark [a music film], Nandarou [a TV spot], Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle which will be released in the summer of 2004.
Pre-Ghibli Films he's had a part in: Panda! Go, Panda!, Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro,
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (Aribaba to 40-ppiki no Taizoku), Animal Treasure Island (Doubutsu Takarajima), The Flying Ghost Ship (Sora Tobu Yuureisen), Gulliver's Space Travels (Garibaa no Uchuu Ryokou), and Puss in Boots (Nagagutsu wo Haita Neko).
And finally, Pre-Ghibli TV series that he's been a part of: Lupin III TV, World Masterpiece Theater, Conan, The Boy of The Future, and Sherlock Hound. Thanks to Nausicaa.net for the information.



Hi,
My question does not demand a long answer. As I do have a simple question. I have noticed that in various Animes that take place in Japan at some time in the present of near future there is a buzzing sound. I found it most prominent in Evangelion. I had an idea that it was a cicada or a bug but Iwould like a difinitive answer. Thanks.
Otaku

You're hearing the buzzing sound of the Cicada. These insects live underground for many years before surfacing during the summertime. They're the most vocal in the hours before dawn and after dusk and are VERY common in most areas of Japan. Generally they're associated with childhood, which is why they're used in serene summer scenes or alongside characters that represent childhood.


I was wondering if you could tell me something. I am a huge fan of the Love Hina series, and I'm counting down the days to every new release here in the US. I already know that Bandai is planning on releasing the Spring Special sometime next month. However, there was a three-part OVA entitled Love Hina Again that continues the story set by the manga, and is a follow up to the Spring Special. Is there any information on the release of Love Hina Again? Has there been any ADR work done or a release date set yet?
Thanks,
Scott

Bandai has the rights to the three-part OVA. They haven't announced a release date yet, but it's likely that it'll be out before next year. The three parts are named Kanako, Keitaro, and Naru in the Japanese releases and were released on separate discs. The American release will almost without a doubt have all three episodes of the special on one disc. If you're that anxious, try picking up the manga.

Great questions this week!

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