A MASSPRODUCTION COLUMN (03/12/99)
TV-anime team of Kenshin made their latest work "Memories"
Kenshin Original Video Animation "Memories" began to be released on 02/20/1999. It is the first volume of "Memories." It is called "Act 1, Assassin Man".
However maybe you hardly get one because it includes a lot of slaughter scenes. I vomitted.
By the way, the video includes 29 minute anime.
"Nobuhiro Watsuki/Shueisha,Fuji-Telecast,SPE Visual Works, 1999"
The anime was made by Studio Dean. Director was Kazuhiro Furuhashi. Scenario writer was Masashi Togawa. Character Designer was Masahide Yanagisawa.
I could not obtain one at Ikebukuro Animate, Shibuya Animate, Akihabara Animate and Akihabara K-Books. But Yamagiwa Soft has a lot of stocks. I obtained one at Yamagiwa Softshop C, Akihabara, Tokyo.
Animate serves a kind of stamp card "Animate Card." If the score of the card reachs 20 points, Animate will discount for the card holder. Of course, I also have one. But Animate clerks say, "Such popular items are only for reservers. Therefore even if you've an Animate card, we do not sell popular items to commoners." Of course these branches of Animate have more stocks than Yamagiwa Soft has. Perhaps several reservers will not buy the stocks (dead stocks). But Animate reserves these dead stocks for its reservers. (Reservers do not mean those who reserve such popular items. If I try to reserve a popular item before its release, the clerk will say, "The reserved releases of the popular item were sold out. You must buy one as a commoner. But we do not know the time of the first release for commoners. You should see other anime shops."
Therefore my score of my Animate card does not increase.
Another Animate clerk says, "Reservers will buy a lot of popular items if they come here. For example, Laser Disc Boxes. The price of the item is usually more than 50,000 yen. On the other hand, commoners buy cheap items only. We cannot care for commoners."
Thus I found my amicable shops and my antagonist shops.
|Amicable Shops||Antagonist Shops|
|Gamers (Character goods shops related with Arcade Games)|
Ishimaru Denki (Electrical Appliance shops. They also deal with video game softs.)
Yamagiwa Soft (Yamagiwa main shop deals with Electrical Appliance. Yamagiwa Soft deals with CDs, LDs and video game softs.)
.Too (Stationary shops for comics)
||Maruge-ya (Character goods shops related with Arcade Games)|
Sofmap in Kanto District (PC shops. They also deal with video game clients. They also care only for registered customers. But Sofmap clerks prevent commoners from registering.)
Animate (LD and comics shops)
By the way, I obtained one on 02/21/99 at 5,880 yen. I held a lottery then. I got the first prize. It was King Records' Neon Genesis Evangelion disc Refresher (6,800 yen).
In the moonlit night. In the forest. Mr. Seijurou Hiko, 13th appeared. He drank (CV = Shuichi Ikeda). The era is suffering from a disease. The human mind is also suffering.
Shinta appeared. As you know, Shinta is Kenshin in his childhood (CV = Masami Suzuki).
He was sold by his family. A gang bought him and young girls. Then another bandit attacked the gang. Most of the gang were killed. Then Seijurou appeared and helped Shinta.
Shinta made a lot of tombs for both the gang and the bandit.
Thereafter Seijurou appeared in front of Shinta again. Seijurou said, "You should learn the strength to support yourself and to protect others. I give you a new name Kenshin. Kenshin became his follower.
In Kyoto. In 1864.
Mr. Akira Kiyosato (CV = Tetsuya Iwanaga, who played the role of Kensuke Aida from EVA) protect a swordsman Mr. Juubei Shigekura for Tokugawa Shogunate. Hitokiri Battousai (CV = Mayo Suzukaze) tried to assassin Mr. Shigekura. Battousai killed Shigekura and tired to kill Kiyosato. He had his fiancee. So he wanted to survive. He cut Battousai's left cheek. He was killed at last. Battousai's wound was not cured.
Kenshin entered Shinsaku Takasugi's (CV = Wataru Takagi) Kiheitai party.
Then Mr. Kogorou Katsura (CV = Mr. Tomokazu Seki, who played the role of Touji Suzuhara from EVA) appeared in front of Kenshin.
He wanted Kenshin for his activity in Kyoto.
More former days.
Kenshin left Seijurou.
Shinsen-gumi Company's parade.
Hajime Saitou (CV = Hirotaka Suzuoki) talked with Souji Okita (CV = Youko Kogayu). Battousai saw it behind people.
Saitou found a kind of atmosphere of a bloody assassin. Then a lady of White Plum Perfume appeared in front of Battousai.
In the moonlit night.
Battousai keep killing.
His manager Iiduka appeared (CV = Takamasa Nakao). He said to Battousai, "The wound with hard feelings will not vanish, I hear."
Much more former days.
Kogorou Katsura asked Battousai if he could kill human beings for the new era. As the heaven's will, he killed a lot of swordsmen. Shinsaku Takasugi said to Kogorou Katsura, "Do not use your sword while you sacrifice his life!"
Another assassin appeared to kill Battousai. But at last Kenshin killed him. It rained. In the midnight.
A woman saw it.
Blood drops came raining down on her.
She said, "You launch a shower of blood, to the letter."
She was Tomoe Yukishiro (CV = Junko Iwao, who played the role of Hikari Horaki from EVA).
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