TOKYO--Japanese police are trying to identify cremated human remains that were mailed to the headquarters of a TV station by a viewer who was incensed at missing a cartoon.
A plastic bag containing ashes and shards of bone was delivered to TV Tokyo along with a note protesting TV Tokyo's decision to extend live coverage of the world table-tennis championships.
The viewer wrote that he had set his video to record the popular Inukami cartoon.
"Many of the people who watch our animated programs are very enthusiastic about them and we did receive a number of letters and e-mails complaining about our decision to continue the table-tennis coverage," said Tom Oki, a spokesman for the channel. "This one seems to have been a big fan of the show."
Police were called as soon as the bag was opened, Oki said, and the remains are ...Read more
Fighting with the Gamilons, they won't stop until they've won. Or at least until they hit multiplexes. The seminal 1970s Japanese animated series Star Blazers is set to blast onto the big screen.
Benderspink, the production company behind American Pie, The Ring, and A History of Violence, among others, is readying a big-screen adaptation of the animated space opera. The company is teaming on the film with the current rights holder of Star Blazers, Josh C. Kline. So far, no writer, director, or actors have been attached to the project.
The series, which was called Space Battleship Yamato in Japan and renamed Star Blazers for the US, premiered in 1974 and 1977, respectively. The story of Star Blazers was similar to Battlestar Galactica.
In the year 2199, space baddies the Gamilons irradiate the surface of the Earth, forcing the remaining humans underground. The humans receive a message from ...Read more