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Saturday, March 19, 2005

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Sakura-Con 2005 Guests of Honor


The 8th annual Sakura-Con is proud to announce the following guests of honor.

Hiroshi Nagahama - Design work:The Cockpit, Revolutionary Girl Utena TV series; Assistant Director: Fruits Basket;
Opening Animator: Samurai Deeper Kyo.
Ikue Ohtani - Seiyuu voice actress:Merle (Escaflowne), Konohamaru (Naruto),Chopper (One Piece),Tin Nyanko (Sailor Moon Sailor Stars),Pikachu (Pokemon),and more
Hiroki Kikuta - Video game composer of Secret of Mana, and Soukaigi.
Tatsuo Sato - Director of: Martian Successor Nadesico Ninja Scroll TV Series, Tobe! Isami, Uchuu no Stellvia, and more
JPOP Group Angela in concert - Angela is made up of composer/guitarist KATSU and singer/songwriter atsuko. Their most recent works include the theme songs to Uchuu no Stellvia and Sokyuu no Fafner.
Tom Bateman - Harmony Gold Coordinator of Special Events.
Greg Dean - Greg Dean is the author of the Online Comic "Real Life" (at www.reallifecomics.com.) This will be Greg's first time at Sakura-Con.
Travis Willingham - Voice Actor:Blue Gender, Case Closed/Detective Conan, Full Metal Alchemist, Kiddy Grade, Yu Yu Hakusho
Tommy Yune - Harmony Gold Creative Director, Writer/Illustrator Robotech comic book
Gabe and Tycho creators of online comic "Penny Arcade"
Run Sasaki - Macross: Do You Remember Love? (movie), Mobile Fighter G Gundam (TV), Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (TV) as Mayor's wife; Vanessa Laird

More announcements soon from www.Sakuracon.org

published: 03/10/05

Robin Williams, who speaks for a mechanical man in the 3-D animated "Robots," which opened friday, has a multi-track mind. He easily bounces from Tex Avery cartoons and the Oscars to electrical inventor Nikola Tesla and Iraq. Williams shares his thoughts with USA TODAY.

Question: How do you feel about the Oscar changes, such as bringing all the nominees onstage?

Answer: I don't like the idea that they make them seem like they're on American Idol. You felt that at any moment they were going to make them do a Fear Factor. I guess they thought if they brought them all up onstage, they would get their moment. But not for two seconds. They were taken to the back room. "Here is a small swag bag. Here's an iPod - good luck."

Q: You once co-hosted the Academy Awards in 1986 with Jane Fonda and Alan Alda. Have they asked you to come back and do it solo?

A: Yeah, but it's nothing I would want to do. It's a tough gig. Billy (Crystal) was able to master it. If it ever hits me, I would go back to the big musical numbers - "Ladies and gentlemen, he sings!" - when you come flying in.

Q: Is it strange to get a lifetime award at the Golden Globes at 53?

A: One English newspaper said (Williams affects a posh Brit accent), "So, is it over? Are you finished?"

Q: In "Robots," there is a parallel with the upgrades foisted upon the mechanical characters and our obsession with makeovers. You must see this a lot in your profession.

A: You see augmentations and you are going, "Why?" When a 23-year-old is doing Botox, you're going, "Sweetheart, that line is OK. It's called expression."

Q: Isn't it hypocritical in a way that animated features such as "Shrek" or "Robots" promote messages like "Beauty is skin deep" and "You can shine no matter what you are made of"? If there's any business designed to make us feel inferior, it is the entertainment industry.

A: It's saying "Be yourself, but we may not hire you." If you are a 35-year-old woman and don't look like this, please don't call.

Q: "Robots" also pokes fun at corporate takeovers, the big guys taking over from the little guys who invented the products. It's interesting that a multimedia conglomerate like Fox is releasing it.

A: It's like, "Take that, Nikola Tesla. Yeah, Mr. Edison has got your stuff, bright boy. Way to go, immigrant."

Q: Did you always like cartoons?

A: I was always a hard-core Warner Bros. fan. Elmer and Daffy and (animator) Tex Avery. I collect a lot of Japanese anime. I am waiting to see "Steamboy." The Japanese are very aware that animation isn't just for kids to the point of making pornography. They make deeply dark movies, science-fiction movies.

Q: Are you still doing standup?

A: Yeah, I've been back out again, especially now with all the politics. I've got a lot to talk about. I did a couple visits to Iraq. They're great audiences and it's good to say, "You ain't forgotten, boy." Especially when you go to Afghanistan. Today, in the papers, it's like a third-page thing and they have been there four years. There's nothing to be scared of, flying in and out and being on the bases.

Q: You've signed on for a big picture, "RV," with director Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black"). Sounds like "National Lampoon's Vacation."

A: It could go that way. But he's going to make it about a blue-state family going into the hinterlands.

Q: Is it true you are doing a film version of Armistead Maupin's novel "The Night Listener," about a gay radio host who gets involved with a young listener, for only $65,000?

A: If that. "Will work for art." It's based on a true story. It's like "One Hour Photo" but from the other side.

Q. You're at a place in your career where you can do what you want.

A: Yeah, once you stash away enough coin. It's nice that way.
(took from USA TODAY)

The theatrical release of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation -Heirs to the Stars- has been set for May 28th. The official Zeta Gundam website now hosts a pair of trailers for the movie. A part of Gundam's 25th anniversary celebration, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation -Heirs to the Stars- is a remasterd compilation of the original 1985 Zeta Gundam TV series
Last year, Archie Comics released a mangafied re-design of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Now they have announced that they are going to revive and revamp Josie & The Pussycats by giving the girl group their own book and a manga look. The girl group will first be seen in this new look when they guest-star in an upcoming issue of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. A preview of the new look can be seen here. http://www.archiecomics.com/josies_house/manga/manga.jpg
Tokyopop is currently accepting votes for the People's Choice Award for the current Rising Stars of Manga contest. Twenty finalists have been posted on Tokyopop's website here and voting is open until Friday, March 18th. Tokyopop will choose 7 of the 20 entries as finalists, with the People’s Choice emerging as a possible 8th
The April issue of Animage will include a promo DVD for TANK S.W.A.T. 01, a 3D CG anime based on Shirow Masamune's Dominion Tank Police. TANK S.W.A.T. 01 is being produced by Romanov Higa, the freelance 3D CG director who created Urda. At this time it hasn't been decided how, or when TANK S.W.A.T. 01 will be released.
About Dominion Tank Police:
Leona Ozaki joins Newport City's infamous Tank Police division. With aid of Al and her newly built mini-tank, Bonaparte, she wages war on Buaku and his cohorts, the Puma Sisters.
the follow up to Shirows classic anime, Al, Leona and their trusty steed, Boneapart, continue to fight crime in New Port City, alongside the rest of the Tank Police. But a new threat appears in the form of a series of terrorist attacks, using the latest weapons technology. The Tank Police are out-numbered and out-gunned, but Al and Leona set out to discover who or what is behind these attacks. With massive explosions and high-speed chases, Leona often causes more damage than the criminals she pursues.
Ps. next week i should have a bio on Masamune Shirow.
Tokyopop has announced that it will release the Sakura Taisen manga on July 12th, 2005. The franchise, which started with a video game, has now spawned several follow-up video games, a TV series, 4 OAV series and a feature film
In addition to Satsuki and Mei's House, Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan will also feature a Pokemon amusement park featuring numerous Pokemon attractions including a 50-meter-tall ferris wheel depicting Monster Balls. Expo 2005, which also features a Mountain of Dreams pavilion produced by Mamoru Oshii, opens on March 25th and runs until September 25th and expects approximately 15 million visitors from around the world.
To the greatest members ever, of the Kidinsider(i need a kidinsider sig) i will give out manga, to read on your compter. Ask me two, and i will E-mail you,
*The link
*the images
Death note.
Berserk.(raw, or english)
Srry i dont have much, but i got a shit load of Deathnote mangas
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At school on friday, we had a party. I mixed-up
7 up
grape juice
orange juice
fruit punch
hawii punch
I drank it, and it tased awful, i spent the whole night throwing up, i am still sick today.
RE:4 review on the go
Tak-Tak. Bang-Bang. creak-creak.
cha-cha. ZOOM, DEATH.
I dont have much to say so

+ game looks great
-if you played every Re game (i have) then this game can be passed with ease.
+ gameplay is alsome
+sounds great
+ every thing else
9.85 out of ten
Next week DMC3

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