Bandai Plugs In New Honneamise Online Community

Top Japanese animation outfit Bandai Visual USA has jumpstarted Honneamise, a new anime community on MySpace.com. The jazzed-up site (www.myspace.com/honneamise) offers related info and downloads from Patlabor, Patlabor 2, Gunbuster and other popular titles released by the label.

Visitors to the site will also be able to view a special video clip from the newly re-mastered version of Gunbuster as well as downloading tie-in wallpapers, buddy icons and MySpace skins. Gunbuster will be available on DVD for the first time in the U.S. on February 20, 2007. The cult fave has been re-mastered in HD 24P format with newly translated English subtitles. The DVD set (SRP: $64.99) will contain all six episodes on 3 discs, a 24-page color booklet, 30-minutes of bonus clips and come packaged in an original deluxe art box imported from Japan.

Known in Japan as Aim for the Top, Gunbuster is a six-episode anime OVA series created by Gainax in 1988. It marked Hideaki Anno’s (Neon The title reportedly holds the record for largest number of enemies destroyed by one mecha in any anime.

The DVD will be released under the Bandai Visual USA Honneamise label and be distributed by Image Entertainment. Fans who purchase the title can send away for a free special Gunbuster trailer manga card by renowned character designer/illustrator/manga artist Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross) by filling-in and returning the card in the DVD through March 2007. More information is available at www.bandaivisual.us/gunbuster.