Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My Friend is an Alien Contest (14 July - 8 September)

Congrats to these winners who have put in so much efforts! Thank you for participating! Animax will contact you shortly.


- Dopod C720W
- Will be animated by Animax and shown on-air
- Will be produced into Home Sticker by Habbo


- Dopod D810
- Will be produced into Home Sticker by Habbo


- Dopod D810
- Will be produced into Home Sticker by Habbo

Prizes: Animax goodie bag and Habbo 20 Credits for each person.

1. Amanda Mak Siew Ling
2. Dương Hoài Mỹ Linh
4. Teresa Maris San Aguistin Carnecer
5. Jillian Cassele B. Hidalgo
6. Charles Llanto
7. Kriziah Mae B. Tan
8. Muhammad Zulhilmi B. Shaharuddin
9. Junel Daniel T. Galura
10. Maria Emalyne R. Batto
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Monday, June 23, 2008

Shonen JUMP Shop New Location!

I figured of going to the JUMP Shop today at Suidobashi (around Tokyo Dome area) since it has been a while since I went there. Waddaya know, it changed to a new location!

Not that far though, it just went to the opposite side of its original location :D

More School Discipline Actions Because of Death Note!

The terror never stops even after the movie ended a long time ago! I guess there are more Kira supporters than L after all :D The Kopachuck Middle School in Gig Harbor, Washington expelled one student and disciplined three others on May 14 for writing 50 names in their own “Death Note” book. In the Death Note suspense manga, live-action films, and anime, a teenager, Yagami Light, finds a notebook with which he can put people to death by writing their names and the proscribed manners of death. Authorities said that the students’ book included names of fellow students, a teacher, President George W. Bush, Paris Hilton, and other celebrities. Makes me wonder if the Death Note really do exist and fell to the wrong hands… all of us will be kinda screwed, aren’t we? :P


Animax: Project ‘LaMB’

Youth cable channel Animax today announces the launch of a groundbreaking new project titled LaMB, an entertainment showcase that is spread across three screens – TV, online and mobile. LaMB is Animax’s first original production in High Definition, and promises to revolutionize the entire entertainment experience via how content is delivered and marketed to consumers.

Encompassing a series of multi-platform, multi-disciplinary, and multi-media activities that revolves around the launch of an animation movie on Animax, LaMB aims to redefine the entire entertainment experience for consumers from pre-premiere to post-premiere of the show. The extensiveness of the LaMB campaign was in fact inspired by a 50-page script written by amateur writer Carmelo S. J. Juinio from the Philippines. From a mere text-heavy script to a comprehensive three-screen campaign that is expected to last for at least six months – such is the power of user-generated content.

What is LaMB?
LaMB is the brainchild of amateur writer Filipino Carmelo S. J. Juinio, who submitted his 50-page entry for a regional script-writing competition organized by Animax last year, called Animax Awards. Although he lost out to eventual winner Hayato Takamaga from Japan, Carmelo’s script impressed and captivated Japanese industry experts with its dark beauty and soulful depth, and was accorded a Special Award recognition for his amazing talent. Handpicked from over 3,000 entries across Asia, Carmelo’s LaMB has a storyline that is not only innovative and intriguing, but extremely thought-provoking as well, as it touches on all aspects of concern to today’s young adults – environment, politics, technology and of course, romance.

The story of LaMB centres around the life of a protagonist who can barely speak nor make her own decisions – she being one of the many felons sealed in a ‘laminated’ suit, known as LaMBs for short. The virtual slavery that is Lamination ensures that those convicted of serious crimes remain productive, if not free, members of society, making both jails and the death penalty unnecessary in a world where human ingenuity, creativity and labour continue to be precious commodities that cannot be replaced by robots or any form of “artificial” intelligence.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008




Koutetsu Sangokushi (pronounced "ko-tet-soo san-gok-shi"). Never did I expect that I would find myself getting so hooked on it that I watched it not just once, but THRICE. As a result, the DVD player went POP!

Koutetsu Sangokushi belongs to that genre of anime called "shounen-ai" (literally means "boy's love"), which hints at or actually depicts romantic relationships between boys or men. So, aside from the peasant woman who dies in the first episode, you won't find a single female in this anime.

The story takes place in Ancient China, specifically the war-torn kingdom of Go, which is being attacked from its borders by rival kingdoms who are hell-bent on getting the Imperial Seal -- an ornate dragon box with a glowing orb inside that has the power to bestow upon the person it favors the powerful Flame Armor. Enter Rikuson Hakugen who, as the "Crimson Warrior", has been traveling all over the country with his Master, the flamboyant Shoukatsuryou Koumei, helping the oppressed people in the land. Upon his return to Go, Rikuson has become bitter by the realization that he could not help everyone. Koumei convinces the young hero to ally himself with Go, only to have Rikuson witness the assassination of its King and the Imperial Seal stolen by mysterious thugs. Before long, Rikuson -- together with five other misfit warriors -- pledges to retrieve the Imperial Seal, and defend Go and its new boy king Sonken from all of whom may be his own beloved Master Koumei.

Most of the anime blog sites who have reviewed Koutetsu Sangokushi have done it a great disservice by labeling it boring. Far from it! This is character-driven storytelling at its finest. It may seem to drag for those who prefer action non-stop and the dialogue straightforward, but if you want to appreciate this anime to its fullest, you have to play close attention to the interactions between the characters. It is such a multi-layered story that you won't be able to grasp the numerous messages it wants to convey with just one watching alone. Stick with it and you won't regret it!

While Koutetsu Sangokushi may be considered as a visual treat for the ladies who want their anime loaded with bishounen ("pretty boys"), credit for its success in pulling off a very difficult character-driven plotline falls exclusively on the shoulders of its all-male leads and the seiyuu who portray them. Mamoru Miyano -- who wowed fans with his portrayal of Light Yagami in Death Note -- provides great emotional depth and heartbreaking vulnerability to Rikuson. Not surprisingly, it is for this role -- and two others -- that Miyano won the Best Male Seiyuu Award at the recent Seiyuu Awards in Japan. Voice actress Mitsuki Saiga is in her element as the bratty Ryoutou, although her portrayal is remarkably reminiscent of Wolfram in Kyou Kara Maou! A particular treat for me was the hilarious repartee between Taishiji (played with boisterous perfection by Kentarou Itou, who is more known as Ensei in Saiunkoku Monogatari) and the wimpy Ryomou (portrayed by fan favorite Akira Ishida, who played Hakkai in the Saiyuki anime). Also brilliant were Takehito Koyasu and Koji Yusa, who portrayed rival siblings Koumei and Shoukatsukin, respectively. Masaya Onosaka and Noriaki Sugiyama, who played star-crossed brothers-in-arms Chouhi and Choun respectively, had me weeping buckets. Oh, my nephew wants me to mention seiyuu Rina Satou as the irritating tranvestite boy king Ryuubi. Says Enzo, "An actress who could play such an annoying character as Ryuubi is darned good in my book." I must admit that the one seiyuu whose acting really bowled me over was that of Junichi Suwabe, who played the ex-pirate Kannei. Suwabe is more known to fans for playing strong male characters -- Grimmjow from Bleach, Atobe from Prince of Tennis and Archer from Fate/Stay Night, just to name a few. So to see him acting out an emotionally vulnerable character was quite an accomplishment. Personally, I would like to see him playing more roles like this.

Koutetsu Sangokushi, for all its complexity, is a story about love in all its forms. You have love for one's sibling, love for power, the love that a student has for his teacher, love for one's country, and -- yes, the hints are too strong to be ignored -- even love between two men. It's a compelling story of how love can be used to achieve one's selfish gains. But on the other hand, it is also love that can right all wrongs, even if it entails a noble but heartbreaking sacrifice in the very end.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The 2008 Philippines Animax Fashion Ability Report

Despite the sweltering summer heat, Animax fans and fashionistas alike came in droves to the Trinoma Activity Center in Quezon City, Philippines to witness the culmination of the 2008 Animax Fashion Ability.

I must admit to having a soft spot in my heart for Fashion Ability because it gives budding fashion designers -- majority of whom are still students -- the chance to show their talent. It was awe-inspiring enough to see the sketches online at the Fashion Ability website. But nothing could be more thrilling than to see these designs being modelled on the runway. Plus, you have the added bonus of seeing student models wearing these designs. To be honest, I had a kick out of seeing proud fathers and mothers taking photos of the stunning creations of their kids or watching their son or daughter strutting on the ramp. Indeed, if you want to see the fashion designers and models of the future, look no further than Animax Fashion Ability.

Before the event started, VIP/Media and special guests were treated to Japanese cocktails courtesy of Tokyo Tokyo in what came to be known as the "Pupil Pit" (it's a pit below the stage where the guest bands were to perform). Animax-Asia Forumites were there, including the hard-working Moderators. I saw Sekira-chan, Dark Yoshi and friends chowing down on yakisoba, sushi and potato balls. Hope you had a great time!

Minutes later, Animax Fashion Ability was kicked off by hosts MYX VJ Igi and Andy, who emceed the first Fashion Ability in 2006. Judging from their exuberance, you could say they were just as excited to see the new designs just as much as I did.

The first act to take to the stage were Pinoy hip hop stars Ken Johns and the Philippine All-Stars. Levi's also gave the audience a preview of their Spring/Summer 2008 Fashion Collection.

Before the finalists were presented, Igi and Andy introduced the judges, who comprise big names in the entertainment and fashion industry. Judges for this year are: Juno L. Henares-Chuidian, Edwin Tan, Cristalle Belo-Henares, David Fabros and Jerome Allen Lorico. The hosts also interviewed the winners of the 2006 Fashion Ability. Model Grendel Alvarado -- who is being touted as the Philippines' Next Top Model -- said that Fashion Ability was her first modelling gig.

Said Alvarado, "It was in Fashion Ability that I learned the basics of modelling, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to participate in and learn from that competition."

Jerome Allen Lorico -- the Grand Prize Winner of the 2006 Fashion Ability -- now has his own clothing line and has recently won the Special Jury Award at the 45th Japan International Design Competition.

"I've seen the sketches, and this batch is a force to be reckoned with," Lorico revealed. "They all designs came out with designs that are truly French haute couteur, which is the theme of today's competition. I am very particular about the finalists adhering to the French theme, and I'm glad to see that they delivered. It's going to be exciting to see the dresses later."

Thankfully, we didn't have long to wait. All 20 designs were first presented to a cheering audience. Then, we were given a closer look at the first 10 dresses. And they were really good!

To keep the audience in suspense, rock band Imago came on stage to perform their latest hits. Afterwards, the next 10 designs were strutted on the runway. I have to be honest but I really fell in love with Aislynn Liao's gold lame gown, which is reminiscent of the gowns that Audrey Hepburn wore in "My Fair Lady."

While the judges were pressed with the hard task of choosing the winners of the competition, Animax's Music Ambassadors Pupil performed their hits from their latest album as well as the rip-roaring Animax anthem, "Set Me Apart."

FINALLY, it was time to reveal the winners.

Winning 2nd Runner Up and an educational grant of USD500 was RHAI LABORTE.


Winning 1st Runner Up and an educational grant of USD1,000 was AISLYNN LIAO


And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER, winning an educational grant of USD2,000, was BRANDON L. PARRENAS



Oh...and for all you Animax fans in other regions, there's a strong chance that Animax Fashion Ability will hit your countries too. So when it does, please join!

Before I forget, there were a lot of peeps in the audience who've been taking videos of the event. Don't forget that we also have the Fashion Ability video competition. You can find the contest rules HERE. Submit those videos now!!

Winter Sonata Anime: Trailer Released!

As announced in the news here, fans of Winter Sonata are now able to check out the newly released trailer of the anime version! :D The video also includes a short clip of Bae Yong-Joon, the lead actor in the drama series, who is also the seiyuu for his same role in the anime!

Official website:

Jovovich’s Ultraviolet to be made into an Anime

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The Animax satellite television network confirmed in a Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008 press conference on Thursday that its Ultraviolet: Code 044 anime is based on Kurt Wimmer’s 2006 live-action Ultraviolet film starring Milla Jovovich. The anime was pre-announced in a press release for the event. Famed director Osamu Dezaki (Ashita no Joe, Aim For The Ace!, Lupin III movies) will supervise the animators of Madhouse and Tezuka Productions. Dezaki’s longtime collaborator Akio Sugino (Ashita no Joe, Aim For The Ace!, Black Jack The Movie, Golgo 13: The Professional) will design the characters. Romi Paku (Fullmetal Alchemist’s Ed, NANA’s Nana Osaki) will voice the main character “044.” 044 is a female warrior genetically engineered with high combat skills and ordered by the government to annihilate a vampire army. Madhouse founder Masao Maruyama will produce with Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan). The project will premiere on Animax on July 1 to mark the anime network’s 10th anniversary.

Source: Mainichi Newspaper’s Mantan, OCN Anime Tokusatsu

Tokyo Anime Center Posts “Stop! Fan-Subtitle” Notice

On March 26, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan held a symposium to discuss, among other topics, overseas piracy of Japanese animation. The Tokyo Anime Center, one of the organizations involved with the Tokyo International Anime Fair, posted the following notice in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean at this year’s fair:

Gundam MS IGLOO 2 is Officially Announced!

With Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Season 1 about to end in a couple of days time this month, this news had come just at the right moment to keep the Gundam fan heated till Gundam 00: Season 2 for a possible October 2008 release! Hence, we welcome the confirmed announcement of Sunrise’s Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Jūryoku Sensen (Gravity’s Warfront) directly from its official website! The series would consist of three 30-minute episodes and have its setting based on Earth and from Earth Federation’s point of view. The 3D CGI will be in high definition, higher in quality than what was seen in the previous productions. The production staff is largely unchanged, though the mecha designers behind the design works are given as Yutaka Izubuchi, Kimitoshi Yamane, Takuhito Kusanagi, Shinji Aramaki and Fumihiro Katagai. The super high-detail designs will appear in the U.C. Hardgraph line and be used as is in the animation.

Official Website:

Blade of the Immortal Anime in Summer 2008!

Yet another awesome welcoming anime to kick off Summer 2008! As a long time, more-than-a-decade big fan of the manga series (since 1994), I’m proud to say that Blade of the Immortal is finally about to have its first anime series! :D

Kodansha Monthly Afternoon magazine of the May issue (released today) had confirmed that a television anime version of Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal manga will premiere this summer in Japan. To those who are unfamiliar with the manga, it follows the story of Manji, a ronin swordsman who had killed 100 samurai in the past (including his sister’s husband), had finally decided to repent his dark history by condemning himself to immortality, at the cost of killing another 1000 bad guys :D Looking forward to it this Summer 2008! ^__^

Main Characters Voice Casts:

  • Manji - Tomozaku Seki (Escaflowne’s Van, Gungrave’s Beyond the Grave)
  • Rin - Rina Satou (Negima!’s Negi, Bamboo Blade’s Satori)

Director: Koichi Mashimo (.hack//, Noir)

Official Website:

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

3rd Hell Girl series is called Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae!

The third season of the horror anime has finally received its name! Hell Girl’s officials had just recently announced that their latest installment will be called Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae! Staying true to its style of the second season where they embedded the Japanese word for “two” in its title, this upcoming new series will also have its own “three” in its title :D

Stay tune for the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008 as they will then feature the character voices Mamiko Noto (Ai Enma) and Masaya Matsukaze (Ren Ichimoku) and creator Hiroshi Watanabe at the event on March 30th 2008! :D

Jigoku Shoujo official website:

Pokemon 11th Movie Trailer Released!

Yes, my Pokemon masters, you may take your eyes off your NDS for a while, for a new Pokemon movie trailer had recently been released!

Pretty slick eh? :D This latest installment of the Pokemon movie franchise (11th Pokemon movie) is entitled Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl the Movie: Giratina and the Sky’s Bouquet: Sheimi (劇場版ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド&パール ギラティナと氷空の花束 シェイミ). Get ready to watch our all-time favorite duo, Ash & Pikachu, going head-to-head against many Pearl & Diamond’s Legendary Pokemons @ Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Regigias and Shaymin! Hidden in all these fights, comes another sinister Pokemon enemy called Zero, with a diabolical scheme to take over the world! (don’t they always?) :D

Be sure to catch ‘em all… I mean, catch the movie coming your way on July 19th, 2008 in Japan! (for the English version fans: have patience & wait till 2009 kkthxbai) :D

Official movie website:

Winter Sonata to be Animated!

I’ll tell you a quick story: back in 2002, the Winter Sonata fever didn’t only swept Philippines of their feet, it went to SWOOP the entire Japan as well, including many other Asian countries :D Coming back to today, here’s the latest scoop: The fever is not over yet — the Korean love drama Winter Sonata (冬のソナタ) is coming back once more, only this time it’ll be in anime version! More details will be announce soon at the upcoming Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008, but the big news for now is that the lead actor of the drama, Bae Yong-Joon, is reprising his role to voice as Kang Joon Sang, the main character in the anime version! Will Choi Ji Woo comes back to voice Jung Yu-Jin, the lead female character in the anime? — We hope so too! So anime fans, if you were an avid follower Winter Sonata back then, you’ll be in a treat when this anime comes out soon! :D

Oh, still here? Need another good news? Psst.. this anime version is not just set to be a TV series, but there’s also plans for a movie of it too! :D


Doraemon: Japan’s 1st Official Anime Ambassador

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Many thanks to firedauz for the article.


TOKYO (AFP) — Japan’s newest ambassador might be among the most listened to in the diplomatic corps, even if he has no ears himself.The foreign ministry announced Friday it was appointing the cartoon cat Doraemon as the nation’s first “anime ambassador,” in Japan’s latest effort to promote its soft power through its animation industry.

Doraemon — or at least a person dressed as the earless, blue-and-white cat — will receive his official assignment letter from Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura in a ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, officials said.

The character will appear in films to be shown in Japanese missions overseas, talking about the country’s lifestyle and customs.

“By appointing Doraemon, we hope people in other countries will understand Japanese anime better and deepen their interest in Japanese culture,” said Yuko Hotta, a foreign ministry official.

Created by a cartoonist under the penname Fujiko F. Fujio, Doraemon is the main character in an animation series that is among the most popular in Japan and widely known in much of Asia.

The friendly cat travels back to the present from the 22nd century to help out a schoolboy by lending an “anywhere door,” which allows people to travel wherever they please.

The government has been trying to turn growing worldwide interest in its anime cartoons, manga comics and cuisine into political capital with a campaign promoting “Cool Japan.”

Last year, Japan launched the International Manga Award for foreign artists. The first winner was Hong Kong’s Lee Chi Ching.

Latest Doraemon film opens #1; Kurosagi movie follows behind at #3

a8394-3.jpgDoraemon: Nobita to Midori no Kyojin Den, the latest movie about Fujiko F. Fujio’s manga robotic cat, opened at #1 at the Japanese box office (March 8–9) with US$5,033,049 on 344 screens (Box Office Mojo). Eiga Kurosagi (Kurosagi the Movie) also opened this past weekend, but at #4 with US$2,817,974 on 315 screens. This is the theatrical version of the live-action television drama adaptation of Takeshi Natsuhara and Kuromaru’s manga. The story centers on a man named Kurosaki who becomes a “Kurosagi” (black egret), or someone who swindles other swindlers.

All three of the previous weekend’s manga-related movies fell but remained on the chart. The ninth film adaptation of the Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga and television anime series took in US$1,073,276 on 293 screens in its second weekend. One Piece: Episode of Chopper + Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura was #6 according to Kogyo Tsushinsha, but #7 according to Box Office Mojo. L change the WorLd, the live-action Death Note spinoff starring Ken’ichi Matsuyama (NANA, Sexy Voice and Robo, Detroit Metal City), fell again from #2 to #7 in its fifth weekend, according to Kogyo Tsushinsha. Box Office Mojo lists it at #6 with US$1,096,085 on 317 screens to add to its US$26,119,424 total. Finally, #8’s Chō Gekijōban Keroro Gunso 3: Keroro Tai Keroro - Tenkū Daikessen de Arimasu!, the third Keroro Gunso or Sgt. Frog movie, earned US$699,789 on 163 screens in its second weekend to add to its US$1,889,350 total.

Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha

Image © Fujiko Pro, Shogakukan, TV Asahi, Shinei, ADK 2008

Spring 2008 Anime List

Let us see what’s in store in the new anime season

First Air Date/Time (Japan Time)

Show Title Station Episodes
03/07 –:– St. Seiya The Hades Chapter-Elysion Sky Perfect! PPV 3
03/09 24:00 Koharu Biyori Part III AT-X 1
03/14 26:30 BUS GAMER KBS Kyoto 3
03/24 12:00 Ikuze Gen-san GyaO 24
03/31 26:15 Hoshi no Umi no Amuri TV Kanagawa 1
03/31 06:40 Chi’s Sweet Home TV Tokyo Network
04/02 18:00 Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s TV Tokyo
04/02 27:38 Junjou Romantica TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting 24
04/03 23:02 Kyou Kara Maou! 3rd Season NHK-BS2 39
04/03 23:32 Allison to Lillia NHK-BS2 26
04/03 25:25 Macross FRONTIER MBS
04/03 25:25 xxxHOLic Kei TBS 26
04/03 25:55 To Love-Ru TBS 26
04/03 26:00 kure-nai Chiba TV
04/04 18:00 Kirarin Revolution Season 3 TV Tokyo
04/04 25:15 The Tower of Druaga ~the Aegis of URUK~ TV Kanagawa
04/04 26:30 Amatsuki KBS Kyoto
04/04 –:– Itazura na Kiss TBS
04/05 09:00 BLUE DRAGON Shichi no Ryu TV Tokyo Network
04/05 10:30 Kanokon AT-X
04/05 24:30 D.C. II S.S.~Da Capo II Second Season~ TV Kanagawa 13
04/05 25:35 Kamen no Maid Guy Chiba TV
04/05 26:00 BLASSREITER TV Kanagawa
04/06 08:30 Internet Ghost PIPOPA TV Tokyo Network
04/06 09:30 Onegai My Melody Kirara TV Tokyo Network
04/06 10:00 Zettai Karen Children TV Tokyo Network
04/06 17:00 Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 MBS/TBS Network
04/06 24:00 Wagaya no Oinari-sama. Chiba TV
04/06 25:30 Nabari no Ou TV Tokyo
04/06 25:30 S-A ~Special-A~ Chiba TV 24
04/06 26:00 Neo Angelique Abyss TV Tokyo
04/07 07:30 Hakkentai Kennai Suki! Shimajirou. TV Tokyo Network
04/07 18:00 Soul Eater TV Tokyo Network
04/07 18:25 Fire Ball TokyoMX TV
04/07 25:00 Vampire Knight TV Tokyo
04/07 26:00 Monochrome Factor TV Tokyo
04/08 17:30 Uchino 3 Shimai TV Tokyo Network
04/08 24:59 RD Sennou Chousashitsu Nippon TV Network
04/08 25:15 Crystal Blaze Chiba TV 12
04/08 25:29 Himitsu ~Top Secret~ The Revelation Nippon TV Network
04/10 24:00 Kaiba WOWOW 12
04/10 24:45 Toshokan Sensou Fuji TV 12
04/11 25:23 Golgo 13 TV Tokyo
04/12 25:00 Kyouran Kazoku Nikki TV Kanagawa
04/12 26:05 Nijuu Menzou Musume Fuji TV
04/19 00:00 Penguin Musume Heart Chou! Animelo/Niko Niko Douga
04/– 07:30 Sugar Bunnies 2nd Season TV Tokyo
04/– 08:30 Penguin no Mondai TV Tokyo Network