June 2001

June 28, 2001 Updated "Sen" Release Date for Japan
According to Sports Nippon, a Japanese newspaper, Sen to Chihiro no
Kamikakushi will be released in Japan on July 20.

This has been confirmed on the official "Sen" site.

June 28, 2001 'Totoro' and 'Panda' DVD release dates set for Japan
According to the official Studio Ghibli website, the release dates for the "Panda" and the "Totoro" Region 2 DVDs have been set to September 28 and October 17, respectively.

See the Future Release Schedule for more information.

June 26, 2001 Sen Ticket and Goods at Lawson in Japan
Lawson, a convenience store chain in Japan, is selling theater tickets and related goods of "Sen to Chihiro" and other Ghibli films.

There is a Sen and Ghibli page at Lawson's site (http://www.at-lawson.com/), where you can see several pictures and some information about Sen to Chihiro and Miyazaki (in Japanese).

You can buy several kinds of theater ticket at Lawson (and it's site)
e.g., ticket with a single CD, a ticket with character figure.

Also, at Lawson, you can buy a set of theater program of past Ghibli films. A set of 11 programs (from Nausicaa to Mononoke) for 5,500 yen. You can also buy a set of theater program and movie poster of each film, for 1000yen.
Other Ghibli-related books and goods are sold at Lawson as well.

Ghibli made a TV commercial of Lawson, which is currently being aired in Japan.

June 26, 2001 Sen TV specials in Japan
The following "Sen" related programs will be aired in Japan:

July 2 and 3, 10-10:45pm, NHK Educational, "ETV 2001"
"Hayao Miyazaki talks about Will to Live."
Part 1, with Keigo Okonogi (psychiatrist)
Part 2, with Banana Yoshimoto (novelist who wrote "Kitchen")

July 12, 7-8:54pm, Nihon TV, Baseball Game "Giants vs Swallows"
It's called "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi Nightly Game."
Judging from the similar program aired when Mononoke was released, there will be some promotion during the game, but not much.

July 15, 3 -4:24pm, Nihon TV
"Sen to Chirhio no Kamikakushi Special"

June 26, 2001 Conan DVD in Japan
Bandai Visual will release "Future Boy Conan" DVD *in Japan*.

New master, 4 episodes per disk (except Vol 1, which contains two eps), with Japanese subtitles. Most likely Region 2 encoded.

To be released on Sept. 25:
Vol. 1: 2,800yen BCBA-0948
Vol 2: 3,800yen BCBA-0949
Vol 3: 3,800yen BCBA-0950
Vol 4: 3,800yen BCBA-0951

To be released on Oct. 25:
Vol 5-7: 3,800yen each.

There used to be a DVD Box of Conan, but the new one is supposed to have much better image quality, and is cheaper.

June 7, 2001 "Princess Mononoke" Showing in Atlanta
Cribbed from a post on rec.arts.anime.misc:

Beginning Friday, June 8, 2001, the modern anime classic Princess
Mononoke will be screened in a special limited discount engagement at the Blackwell Star Cinema, located at 3378 Canton Road in Marietta, Georgia.

Tickets are $1.50 and are available at the box office. For more
information, please call 770-428-2646.

June 7, 2001 Official English Title for "Sen to Chihiro". Release Dates for Japan/France.
From a post on the MML by Andrew Osmond:

- SPIRITED AWAY is the official English title of the new Miyazaki film.

- The Japanese release of SPIRITED AWAY is scheduled for July 19th.
SPIRITED AWAY will be theatrically released in FRANCE at the end of
this year, November or December.

Visit the "Spirited Away" page.

June 6, 2001 Anime School by Otsuka
Telecom Animation, the studio which made "Castle of Cagliostro" and
"Sherlock Hound" has opened Anime Juku (Anime School). The headmaster of the school is Yasuo Otsuka, the supervising animator of Castle of Cagliostro and Conan the Future Boy (and more).

The characteristic of this school is that it is internet-based. Students recieve and send their assignment via internet. It seems that they accept students from overseas, but you need to send money to their bank account (no credit card accepted).

Otsuka-San was on TV the other day, and he was checking the student's
drawing on PC screen.

For more info see http://www.anime-juku.com/ (in Japanese).

June 6, 2001 Yasuo Otsuka Book signing (in Japan)
Yasuo Otsuka, the supervising animator of Cagliostro and Conan will sign his book, "Sakuga Asemamire" at Aoyama Book Center Hashimoto Store. July 8, 3:30-5pm. For more info, see
http://www.ntv.co.jp/ghibli/shuppan/diary/index.html (in Japanese)

June 6, 2001 Miyazaki retrospective in Japan
"Miyazaki Retrospective: 1963-2001"

Most of the work that Miyazaki-San was involved will be screened.

From: June 16 - July 20
At: Tokyo-to Shashin Bijyutsukan (Tokyo Museum of Photography) at Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo.
Ticket: 600 yen per screening.
190 seat per screening will be available. Ticket sales starts June 1st (so there is a possiblity of sold-out)
For more information, (Japan) 03-5789-8563

Detailed schedule
In Japanese http://www.ntv.co.jp/ghibli/miyakeihu/yoteiindex.html
In English: http://listserv.brown.edu/archives/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0105d&L=nausicaa&F=&S=&P=5369

June 6, 2001 Cagliostro and Only Yesterday on TV in Japan
*Castle of Cagliostro will be aired in Japan on NTV. June 15, from 9pm. No cut, wide clear vision.

*Omohide Poroporo will be aired in Japan on NTV. June 29, from 9pm. No cut, wide clear vision.
The movie trailer of "Sen" might be aired at the end of the program.

June 6, 2001 Sen to Chihiro Official Site
Toho, the distributor of "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi" has opened Sen's official site.


It's in Japanese, but you can see several images from the movie (no trailer, yet).

June 5, 2001 "Grave of the Fireflies" at the Melbourne International Animation Festival
Karen Foh passed along this information:

As part of the Melbourne (Australia) International Animation Festival, "Grave of the Fireflies" is showing at the state theatre. Wednesday 27 June at 8:20pm!

For more information, please visit the Festival's website.

June 5, 2001 Mononoke Symphonic Suite CD Giveaway - Winners!
The names of the ten lucky winners are now on the contest page.

Congratulations to the winners!