SEGA’s Ikebukuro GiGO arcade in Tokyo set to close on September 20, 2021

In a Twitter post on August 2, the Ikebukuro SEGA arcade branch has announced that they will be closed on September 20th. They explained that the lease contract for the building that houses the arcade has expired and is ready for renovation. The arcade opened up in 1993, housing many arcade classics as the rising SEGA boom was taking over during the 90s (a 28-year open service). They also wish to provide the same premier customer service that brought in customers since opening. Currently celebrating the 28th anniversary, exclusive prizes can be won via UFO catcher machines or be bought for the month of August.

Marza looking for an original story

So you think your a writer? You know have a chance to get one of your stories made into a CGI film, by none other than the guys that did “Night of the Werehog”.

Exciting? Click here to see all the rules and how to apply!

[Thanks: Suzuki Yu]

SEGA Sammy Visual Entertainment changes name, new project

(One of the first images for the pilot)

SEGA Sammy Visual Entertainment has announced that they are changing their name to “Marza Animation Planet“. So “Marza” is not the name of the new title they are working on, but actually the name of their studio now.

Marza Animation Planet have just completed a pilot for Toei, their pilot is a CGI adaptation of the Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga. The pilot was directed by Shinji Aramaki (Apple Seed), characters designed by Yutaka Minowa (Ninja Scroll) and written by Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam UC).

More details will be announced about the pilot in this week’s Tokyo International Anime Fair.

[Thanks: Liam & F-D_M via E-mail]