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Pokémon/Princess Mononoke Boxoffice Update, New Gainax OVA Series, Pokémon World, More

Pokémon / Princess Mononoke American Box Office Roundup
Pokémon: The First Movie, in it's fifth week of release in North America drew in $1,184,559 over this past weekend, dropping it to 9th place on the Daily Variety movie chart. To-date, Pokémon has grossed $82,369,077. Meanwhile, in it's third week of expanded release, The Princess Mononoke (which is in it's 7th week in limited release) pulled in $128,630 bringing it down from the #25 spot to #30. To-date Miramax's limited Mononoke release has grossed $2,142,914.

New Gainax OVA Series
Studio Gainax's latest project is a new OAV series titled Furi-Kuri. The first of six volumes is scheduled for release in March. Animation will be by Production I.G, art direction by Hiromasa Ogura, animation direction by Imaishi Hiroyuki, and character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.

Pokémon World To Be Built In Kyoto
Nintendo Co. president, Hiroshi Yamauchi announced in Kyoto on Friday, plans to build a "Pokémon World" theme park in Kyoto, based on the characters from the Pocket Monster franchise. Nintendo has asked the Kyoto municipal government for help in the search for a possible site for the project within, or around the city and plans to complete construction of the park 1 year after a location is found. The municipal government had agreed to help in the search for a suitable location for the theme park as it will add a new attraction to the city's ancient temples and shrines. The park could be the size of the Tokyo Dome (about 47,000 square meters), and is likely to draw Pokémon fans from around the world, some are already calling it Japan's Disney Land. That may be an applicable title as Mr. Yamauchi has said that he planned to make the Pokémon characters as popular as Mickey Mouse.

Pokemon 2 American Release Date Set
Warner Brothers has set the the American theatrical release date for Pokemon 2 as July 21st.

Legend Of The Galatic Heroes Side Stories
Tokuma Shoten has announced plans to release seven new monthly Legend Of The Galatic Heroes Side Stories OVA's between December and this June. The new releases will feature Yang Wen-li in the lead role, voiced by Gouda Hozumi. Ishiguro Noboru (Macross) will serve as chief director, Studio Madhouse and Artland will produce the animation.

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