Answerman Reloaded

by Zac Bertschy, May 23rd 2003
Ms. Answerman is still preoccupied with the various changes that have occurred over the past week, so I'm guest hosting again. Your beloved Ms. Answerman will return next Friday to the column. Until now, you're stuck with me, suckas.

Hi there. I just learned about the imminent release by (shudder) 4Kids Entertainment of Shaman King, which is one of my favorite manga/anime titles. I'm dreading the release, because I know that 4Kids will treat it just as it has any of their other titles, cutting out all of the 'offensive' footage and releasing it on DVD edited, without an unedited version. I completely understand their editing it for TV, I know that they have to if they want it to be on TV, but is there any way I can influence them to release an unedited version? Sadly, this has been really depressing me ever since I found out about it... Do you have any advice?

~Ryuko, MN

Okay. Firstly, it's way too early to know what 4Kids has planned for Shaman King. Everyone's tossing around accusations and so forth, but we really don't know what they're going to do. You can expect announcements at upcoming conventions and so forth, but for now, you're just going to have to sit tight. Perhaps (unlikely, but perhaps) 4Kids will consider the lucrative hardcore fan market and release Shaman King unedited. Now, we don't have any reason to think that they WILL do this; but there's no reason to be so pessimistic. Wait for more information. On that note, you say you're ‘depressed’ about 4Kids' announcement.. I have to say that worries me. People, anime is entertainment. It's cartoons. Shaman King is a show designed to entertain children. Yes, it has themes and values that adults can identify with and enjoy and thusly it has amassed a following with adults and teenagers across the globe. That doesn't mean that Shaman King is some indisputable masterpiece. That doesn't mean that it isn't OK for 4Kids, who paid money to sell the show to US children, to edit the show to meet their decency and marketing standards. They paid. They get to do what they please. Fans whine and whine and whine and act like 4Kids has designs to burn their houses down while pouring sugar in their gas tanks; it's just a cartoon. The amount of aching and moaning I'm seeing over this is really ridiculous. Be glad that you lead such a privileged life that something as trivial as a cartoon being edited for television (a cartoon, I might add, that you have assumingly already had access to thanks to the fan community's rampant theft of Japanese intellectual property) is enough to make you ‘depressed’ and that you don't have bigger problems. There isn't anything you can do to convince 4Kids that you want an unedited version. You may want to try and transform the energy you're putting in to bellyaching over the editing of a children's television show into something useful and productive.

Ok, I'm new so I'll try to make this as painless as possible. 1.) Are "Slayers" or "Oh My Goddess!" ever going to come on Cartoon Network any time soon? 2.) Did the original Tenchi Muyo! series have more than 13 episodes? 3.) Is there more to Outlaw Star after they leave the Galactic Leyline? and if so, will it ever air in America?

1. Not as far as anyone knows, no. You could swap those two titles for any other anime series on the market that aren't airing on Cartoon Network right now and I'd have the same answer. I'll say this; Bandai shows have a much higher probability of showing up on Cartoon Network. That's all the information I can really give you. No, I don't know any more than that; frankly, neither does Cartoon Network. You can't announce anything until the contracts are signed and everything's been double-checked; right now, we know everything that's gone through that process. There will never be a time where you'll get the information before that happens.
2. If you're talking about the OVA series, no. What's on Pioneer's Tenchi Muyo! OVA DVD set is everything that was ever produced for that specific Tenchi series. There's a third OVA coming out shortly in Japan, so you can look forward to that. No, I do not have release details.
3. No, there was never any more Outlaw Star produced. There were rumors for a long while concerning a new OVA series, and the creator said the'd like to make more, and prepared chracter designs and a story outline... but I think I'll let the man himself, Outlaw Star creator Takehito Ito, answer the question. "Hello. My name is Takehiko Ito. I can speak a little English. You looks project in my site contents. It's plan for Outlaw Star 2. But, that title is only plan and frozen yet. We planning new and different project now. Sorry. I love Outlaw Star too. Maybe I continue Outlaw Star by comic. Thank you!"


Howdy!

I loved Weiss Kreuz: Knight Hunters and was really impressed by all the extras on the discs. Looking through ebay, I see a Weiss Kruez OAV and another thing called Weiss Kreuz Gluhen. What exactly is Gluhen? There seem to be different characters in it than Knight Hunters. Also, is there any talk of bringing that OAV to America? Thanks a ton if you know the answer to this!

molloaggie
Nikki

While they haven't announced it yet, it's assumed that Media Blasters will be releasing more Weiss Kreuz here in the states before too long. From what I understand, the show sold fairly well, and thus, they have reason to do more of it. The OVA series will probably see a release long before Gluhen, which is the new Weiss Kreuz TV series. The characters look different because of a legal tangle the producers of the show had with the manga author; she didn't want to do more anime, but they did, and since they owned the music copyright which also included the characters' names, they decided to produce more. The author wouldn't allow them to use her original character designs, hence the new look. Most people absolutely hate Gluhen (then again, most people hate Weiss Kreuz, so there you go.). If you're a big fan of the show, though, I'm sure you'll find plenty to like in both series.

I just read the May 2003 issue of Newtype,and advertised on the back was "The bone-chilling prequel to X: The Movie!" (referring to Tokyo Babylon the OVA) I've seen the Tokyo Babylon OAV and it is neither bone-chilling or the prequel to X. As far as I know, the X movie came after the OVA and the two have nothing to do with each other besides having two of the same chracters. Which leads me to my two questions: am I correct in my assumption that X: The Movie came after the TB OVA? And what is the first CLAMP manga based OVA to come out? (RG Veda?)

LadyUranus

You're right in that Tokyo Babylon isn't bone-chilling (my bones were still warm after I'd finished watching it. Perhaps we should sue them for false advertising), but many people consider it to be a prequel to X since it's the back story of two X characters, and details what happened to them before the X story. As you know, the events in Tokyo Bablyon do shed some light on the interactions between those characters in both the X movie and the X TV series (moreso in the latter). I'd consider it a kind of de-facto prequel; if there were an OVA series that was all about Fuma pre-X, I'd consider that kind of a prequel too. No, it wasn't made to be a prequel to X (it was made long before either incarnation of X), but it's easy to call it that since X is popular and Tokyo Babylon isn't, and since most people would see X first and then find out about the relatively obscure Tokyo Bablyon, it makes sense. I see where you're coming from, but I also see where they're going with it on a marketing standpoint. Oh, and yes, RG Veda was the first CLAMP animation ever as well as being the first CLAMP OVA series.

And, finally, today's non-question:

Rurouni Kenshin episode 14 was shown on the second run of Rurouni Kenshin on Toonami.

That's nice, thank you.

See you all next week. Rather, Ms. Answerman will see you all next week. Until then!

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