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Great job on answering all of our questions! Came up with a few of my own:
1. What's the status of my favorite accursed island, Lodoss, in it's homeland? Any new series or manga's planned?

2. Any ideas on when CPM Manga will release the rest of Lady of Pharis?

3. Besides the original three Gundam novels released by Del Ray, what other novels based off of anime or turned into anime have been released in America?

I don't think there are any plans for any new Lodoss anything at the moment. They did the first OVA, the expansive manga series, the TV show, and the Legend of Crystania series, and I think that's it for now. The property might be lagging a little in popularity since nothing new has been released for a while, so you may have a bit of a wait ahead of you. Anything's possible, though. As for CPM Manga's release of The Lady of Pharis, the website says that issue 8 is the “final volume” in the series, so I don't think they'll be releasing any more (provided there is more to release.) Crest of the Stars, and its sequels, Battle Flag of the Stars and Battle Flag of the Stars 2, are all based on a series of novels. So is Slayers, actually. There are a few new series in Japan right now, one called Mirage of Blaze which is based on a 70+ volume novel series in Japan (That, coincidentally, is supposed to be the first use of shonen ai in Japanese fiction), which might come out here eventually. Same goes for Juuni Kokki, or The Legend of 12 Countries, which is also based on a lengthy novel series. They might see the light of day in the US, so keep an eye out.

i really like the series 'Kodomo no Omocha' and i think it's just so funny and hilarious. I've been lately reading the manga which was released by tokyopop and am really enjoying it. I read in a review at a site that the tv series has been picked up for distribution in the states by tokyopop. as you can imagine, i was super excited to hear this! but i haven't heard anything about this from anywhere else or from any other sites!...could you tell me if this is true or not?!

That's probably because as of this writing, that's still a rumor. People assume Tokyopop bought the rights to Kodomo no Omocha, but I think they're testing the market with the manga before releasing the TV series, since the show ran 102 episodes and it's something of a risky venture if they do release it here. They haven't officially announced that they own the license yet, so it's still too soon to say anything, even though it's probably a safe bet that they've at least optioned the series.

Hi answerman. I have always been a fan of Vampire Hunter D since it came out, and when it did it was at the top of its game with great artwork, and still a classic to me, and now I own Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and it the artwork in it is breathtaking and beautiful to look at. Now I have seen Princess Mononoke and Ghost in the Shell, and other marvelous anime with great artwork. I was wondering if you could recommend some other anime with a great story and beautiful artwork as Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust or come close.

My pleasure. While nothing I've seen recently has the level of detail seen in Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, several films have similar animation quality and style. Check out ADV's DVD release of Spriggan, a film by Katsuhiro Ōtomo, the man responsible for the breathtaking Memories and the venerable classic Akira. Spriggan sports impressive animation and some really thrilling action sequences. Also, check out Metropolis, based on Osamu Tezuka's manga. The character designs might be off-putting, but the animation quality is spectacular, and the blend of 2D and 3D animation is near-flawless in execution. While the animation quality isn't quite at the level of these two productions, check out the Revolutionary Girl Utena movie for some stylish, complex, allegorical fun. There are several scenes that are beautifully animated and a treat for the eyes. The Escaflowne movie, A Girl in Gaea, was recently released by Bandai. There are a few moments of awkward animation, but overall, it's a gorgeous film.

Recently, I heard a rumour about James Cameron possibly producing a live-action Evangelion. Then a friend of mine in the UK told me that Sci Fi Channel's Saiko-Exciting anime programming block also mentioned a live-action Evangelion. Have you heard anything about this? Dear God, I hope it's not true...!

Tempest butt-in and answered this one on me:
Rumours about Cameron's involvement in a possible live action Battle Angel (Alita) started about two years ago when 20th Century Fox registered the domain names: battleangelalita.com and battleangelalita.com. A rep at Viz told me that someone from Fox looked through all their Alita material, obstencibly for use in a possible movie script, but that was the last they heard on the subject. It was also the last we heard, other than pure internet rumour mongering, till early this month. At Comic-con Cameron himself stated that he was interested in producing live action versions of Evangelion and Battle Angel. Only interested, he didn't state anything about actively working on either title.

Dear Answerman,

I have been searching the web and my local comic and anime shops for untranslated manga with no success. Any suggestions on where to find Rurouni Kenshin, Dragon Ball, or Macross manga in the original Japanese?

Keep up the good work,


Anime Nation sells the Rurouni Kenshin and Dragon Ball manga in pure, untranslated form, for about 6 or 7 dollars a volume. If you order in bulk, the shipping works out to be fairly reasonable. As for Macross.. well, I looked around the web. The only manga I could find was Macross 7 and Macross 7: Trash, and nothing else. I did some more research on this, and I'm not sure there IS a manga for the original Macross… no sites I went to mentioned it, and I can't find it on any manga webpages. You can buy the Macross 7: Trash manga on Anime Nation, though.

Alright, that's it. See you on Tuesday. Also, everyone check out the band Deadsy. They're about as close to J-Rock as an American band can get without actually being J-Rock. And the music ain't half bad either.

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