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Pokémon/Mononoke Boxoffice Update, New Macross OVA, Petshop Of Horrors Licensed, More

Pokémon / Princess Mononoke American Box Office Roundup
Pokémon: The First Movie, in it's fourth week of release in North America drew in $2,343,365 over the weekend, dropping it to 6th place on the Daily Variety movie chart. To-date, Pokémon has grossed $80,771,180. Meanwhile, in it's second week of expanded release, The Princess Mononoke (which is in it's 6th week in limited release) pulled in $212,161 bringing it up from the #26 spot to #25. To-date Miramax's limited Mononoke release has grossed $1,937,984.

New Macross Project: MACROSS 3D
Big West has announced a new Macross OVA project with the tentative title of Macross 3D for the coming year. Production will be handled by GONZO. Story Concept, Mechanical Design, and Executive Direction will be conducted by Shōji Kawamori; Director will be Takeshi Mori; Script will be written by Dai Satōh; Character Designs will be by Sonehachi; Mechanical Designs and Art Production Design will be by Kazutaka Miyatake.

Production Go For 3rd Pokémon Movie In Japan
Nintendo Of Japan has confirmed development is underway on the third Pokémon movie: "Emperor in the Crystal Tower". The film will be released throughout Japan in theaters this summer.

Pokémon Card Discontinued For Offensive Symbol
Nintendo of American announced Thursday that it will be discontinuing a Japanese language Pokémon card because a symbol next to the Goldbat and Ditto characters might be offensive to Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors. The symbol, which resembles a reverse Nazi swastika, is known in Japan as a "manji" and signifies good fortune. Predating the Nazis by hundreds of years, the manji also represents a Buddhist temple.

Urban Vision Acquires Petshop Of Horrors
Urban Vision has announced acquisition of the Petshop Of Horrors TV series, release of the first volume is scheduled for March 28th. The series will be released on two episode volumes retailing at $19.95 for the English dub $29.95 for the English subtitled version.

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