Friday, 20 October 2017

HAYATE NEW CH

Manga creator Kenjirou Hata revealed on Twitter last week that he has already written six chapters of a new manga series. He did not share a title or details on when the manga will debut.
Hata commented on his new manga, "Right now, I read it and it seems interesting, but when everyone else has read it — if they think it is interesting then... I'd be happy."
Hata launched Hayate the Combat Butler in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in 2004, and ended it on April 19. Shogakukan published the final two compiled volumes, the 51st and 52nd, in limited editions with side stories.
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The manga has inspired four television anime seasons in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013, as well as a three-episode OVA in 2014. The manga also inspired the Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth anime film in 2011.
Crunchyroll streamed all four series. Bandai Entertainment licensed the first series and released it on DVD in 2009. Sentai Filmworks licensed all four seasons and the film, and released all of them throughout 2015.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon English Story Video Shows Necrozma's Arrival

Nintendo UK began streaming a new English trailer for the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS games on Friday. The video previews the game's story, and shows the arrival of Necrozma.

The Pokémon Company previously streamed a Japanese story trailer.
The games' story will center on Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma. The games' new features will include new areas of Alola, more Z-Moves, Mantine Surfing, an Alola Photo Club, new Ultra Beasts, travel through Ultra Wormholes, and Ultra Recon Squad characters. A special Rockruff that can evolve into the new Dusk Form of Lycanroc will be available through the Nintendo Network from November 17 to January 10.
The games will be available worldwide on November 17. Nintendo revealed the games during its streamed Pokémon Direct presentation in June.
The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games launched on November 18, 2016. The games were Nintendo's best pre-selling games in history. Nintendo shipped 10 million copies worldwide in its initial shipment, a new record for the company. As of January, Nintendo had sold 14.69 million units worldwide

Detective Conan 30th Anniversary Book is a Year and a Half in the Making

An anniversary book honoring Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama took a year and a half to complete, in part because of the long list of colleagues that contributed to it. The book compiles congratulatory messages and illustrations by:
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Aoyama himself is also offering new insights in the book. In a long-form interview, the manga artist discusses his career from its start in 1986 to now. Aoyama's editor also participated in a six-hour interview to discuss the entire creation process of Detective Conan. Fans can also get a behind-the-scenes look at Aoyama's work space and his favorite things down to his choice of stationary.


Shogakukan released the book on October 18 for 1620 yen (US$14).
In August, Gosho Aoyama's original Detective Conan manga became the first series in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine to reach its 1,000th chapter. The 21st Detective Conan anime film, Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), opened in Japan on April 15 and earned the highest opening weekend record for the franchise. An attraction inspired by the series will open at Universal Studios Japan beginning in January.

DWM 518

Issue 518 of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with Tenth Doctor David Tennant and his sidekick Billie Piper

Over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, the couple are back for a series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose
An audio recording’s very different to filming a bit of TV – but the vibe is the same, and the characters are the same. (David Tennant)
It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it. (Billie Piper)
Also in this Issue
  • MATT LUCAS
  • Matt Lucas talks about his new autobiography, which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor Who.
  • CAMILLE CODURI
  • Camille Coduri, who played Jackie Tyler, tells what it’s like to be reunited with David Tennant and Billie Piper for more Doctor Who audio adventures.
  • SYLVESTER McCOY
  • In the second part of the interview, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future.
  • WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END
  • Meet the people behind a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 story The Dæmons.
  • BOX OF DELIGHTS
  • An interview with Paul Foden, the fan whose home-made TARDIS recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year.
  • MATILDUS
  • A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus, written and illustrated by Scott Gray.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Rebel Flesh.
PLUS...

Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Shin Godzilla Home Release Details

Manga Entertainment has posted the following details about its upcoming home release (December 4) of Hideaki Anno's Shin Godzilla on its Facebook page.

Our Shin Godzilla DVD and Blu-ray releases will both be comprised of two discs each -
Disc One: Original Japanese Version with Japanese audio, untouched Japanese on-screen text and English subtitles
Disc Two: English audio & localised English on-screen text
Housed in on-theme black cases, both DVD & Blu-ray will also include over an hour of extras in the form of ‘Pre-visuals & Outtakes’, a ‘Pre-visual Reel’ and ‘Making VFX - Shin Godzilla Visual Effects Breakdown’.
Funimation previously described the films story:

It's a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different… something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side—the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.
Shin Godzilla represents the latest in TOHO's film series after a 12-year absence since 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars. The film has earned 5.3 billion yen (about US$51.63 million) and has sold 3.6 million tickets. It has surpassed the earnings of director Hideaki Anno's previous film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Co-directing with the Evangelion creator was Shinji Higuchi, Anno's frequent collaborator and the director of the live-action Attack on Titan films

DW COMIC

This Wednesday, October 18 sees the release of three new comics from Titan.

Torchwood: The Culling Issue #1 is a brand-new story continuing the Torchwood mythos, written by John Barrowman with Carole Barrowman. This new issue features the debut of the mysterious character, Sladen. Who is she and what connection does she have to Captain Jack?

Also out the sixth part of the Doctor Who 2017 event - THE LOST DIMENSION - which features the Void-corrupted forces of UNIT attacking​ The Doctor, Bill, Nardole and The Doctor's Daughter, Jenny, and Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #10 - the finale to the epic Vortex Butterflies arc.


Torchwood - The Culling

Writer: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
The Culling Part 1

Captain Jack and his Torchwood operatives aboard the alien tech-filled ship the Ice Maiden managed to thwart a plot by the alien Navigators to harvest the Earth, abetted by the Vervoids. Now, the team must help the planet recover, and continue to look for answers amidst the wreckage. But there’s something – someone! –emerging from Station Zero, where the final battle took place... something that will change Jack and Gwen’s lives forever!
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Doctor Who Tenth Doctor: Year Three #10

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito
VORTEX BUTTERFLIES PART 4 OF 4

The Vortex Butterfly’s identity has finally been unveiled... but the Doctor is distraught to discover that this entity is none other than his beloved companion, Gabby! Vortex Butterfly Gabby insists that he left her behind, in every possible timeline, and she was forced to build her own world from pieces of space and time. Meanwhile, present Gabby (staying in London with Cindy and Sarah Jane Smith) is experiencing strange things too – her powers have brought her drawings to life!ething – someone! –emerging from Station Zero, where the final battle took place... something that will change Jack and Gwen’s lives forever!
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Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor Year Three #8

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Giorgia Sposito with Marcelo Salaza


The Lost Dimension Part 6 (of 8)

An unknown force is striking from the depths of space, emerging as impossibly-large white holes over civilized planets, absorbing or annihilating everything that lives.

This force has spread throughout all of time, challenging the Doctor in all of his incarnations.

Jenny, the Doctor’s daughter, crash-landed back into the Twelfth Doctor’s life, only to find that the anti-energy she had been fleeing from had already arrived on Earth –corrupting the forces of UNIT and terrorising the Doctor and Bill!
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Little Witch Academia Team at MCM London Comic Con

The website of MCM London Comic Con has announced that the London event on 27 to 29 October will host the creators of Little Witch Academia. The announcement lists director Yoh Yoshinari, and producers Naoko Tsutsumi and Katsuhiro Takei. The announcement also lists Yōsuke Futami, the producer of Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming video game Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time.
Yoh Yoshinari (pictured left) created and directed the original 2013 Little Witch Academia film; he also directed its sequel Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade and the TV series. Yoshinari was previously chief key animator on Neon Genesis Evangelion, and also worked on Gurren-Lagann, FLCL, Kill la Kill and A Letter to Momo.
MCM London Comic Con will be held at the ExCel Centre in Royal Victoria Dock.

Gundam ZZ and Beyond the Boundary Films Released Monday

On Monday October 16, Anime Limited will release the first volume of Gundam ZZ on Blu-ray, carrying the first 22 episodes of the series. The 1986-1987 anime is the third Gundam television series by franchise creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, after the first Gundam series and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
It's set in Universal Century 0088, directly after the end of the Gryps War, Haman Karn and her army of Zeon remnants on the asteroid Axis begin their quest of reviving the lost empire of the Zabi's, and proclaim themselves as the Neo-Zeon. With the Earth Federation as hapless as ever, only the Anti-Earth Union Group (AEUG) is able oppose the plans of Neo-Zeon. In need of all the help it can get after being decimated in the previous war and losing many of its key members, the AEUG ship Argama enlists the aid of a young junk collector from the Side 1 colony of Shangri-La named Judau Ashta to pilot its newest mobile suit, the ZZ Gundam.
Manga Entertainment will release Blu-ray and DVD editions of a pack containing two films: Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future. The first film is a recap of the original Beyond the Boundary TV series by Kyoto Animation. Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future is a new continuation of the series, which follows a high school second-year student named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half Yōmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly.
MVM will release the series Norn9 on Blu-ray and DVD. It's based on Otomate's Norn9: Norn + Nonette PSP otome game for female players. Sentai Filmworks described the story:
Based on the visual novel of the same name, the story follows a 12-year-old boy named Sorata Suzuhara who finds himself transported to an alternate time, and possibly a different world. Aboard the Norn, a giant spherical ship that acts as a miniature city, Sorata joins three girls and nine young men on a journey toward an unknown destination.

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto English Dub Stars Houston Hayes

Sentai Filmworks announced the full English dub cast for Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto on Friday. The company also began streaming the first of three English dub clips.
The cast includes:

Kyle Jones is directing and writing the dub and Ricardo Contreras is handling the mix and sound design. Additional voices include: Bryson Baugus, Orlanders Jones, Benjamin McLaughlin, Chelsea McCurdy, James Belcher, Brittney Karbowski, John Swasey, Kira Vincent-Davis, David Wald, and Maggie Flecknoe.
Sentai Filmworks will release the series on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on November 21. The limited edition includes a Japanese promo booklet, "survival guide," 47-track soundtrack CD, five double-sided art cards, socks, and microfiber cloth.
The series premiered on the TBS channel in Japan in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.
Sentai Filmworks describes the story:
Just who is Sakamoto? He's enigmatic. He's clever. He's dashing. No challenge is too great and no cause is too small for Sakamoto. Girls love him, guys hate him for it, and despite efforts to humiliate him, Sakamoto is flawlessly able to emerge from the fray, even cooler than ever. Who knows what Sakamoto is going to do next? Whatever it is, it will be fabulous!
Shinji Takamatsu (Gintama, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, School Rumble) directed the anime at Studio DEEN. Atsuko Nakajima (You're Under Arrest, Ranma ½, Hakuōki) designed the characters for animation. Yasuhiko Fukuda (Kocchi Muite Miko, Doamaiger D, Kurayami Santa) composed the music. Masatoshi Muto (Tokyo Ghoul, Riddle Story of Devil) served as art director

DW ADVANCE SCRIPT

The shooting script for Peter Capaldi's last episode as The Doctor is being sold at a charity auction.

The script for Twice Upon A Time is being auctioned to raise money for Star Trek legend William Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show, a charity set up by the star to raise money to support a number of charities dedicated to helping those in need.

The script is signed by the two Doctor's in the story, Peter Capaldi and David Bradley, as well as other members of the team, and has been donated by Mark Gatiss, who is playing The Captain in the story.

Online bidding in the silent auction begins next Sunday, October 15th

The winner of the auction will not be sent the script until after transmission of the episode this coming Christmas.

A full list of charities supported can be found here.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Gate Delayed to January

MVM has confirmed to Anime News Network that its forthcoming Blu-ray DVD release of GATE, carrying the 24 episodes of the series, has been delayed to January 8 due to approval problems.
Sentai Filmworks has described the story:

When a mysterious gate suddenly appears in Tokyo's Ginza district and begins spewing armed warriors and flying monsters, the world is thrown into turmoil. Although the deadly attack is thrown back by Japan's Self Defense Force, there's now a new and entirely unknown land on the other side of the portal, and Japan is effectively at war with a nation on the other side. Determined to secure peace, the JSDF must send an armed force into the Gate, but ogres, dragons and a ruthless Empire populated by elves, humans, and half-animal warriors aren't the only dangers they'll face. With the resources of two worlds at stake, the balance of power on both sides of the Gate is destabilizing, and betrayal can come at any time, from any quarter. There, trapped right in the middle of the ensuing firestorm, stands officer Yoji Itami and the JSDF's Third Reconnaissance Team as they plunge into the GATE

Leeds Film Festival Line-Up

The Leeds International Film Festival in November has announced its manga and anime-related screenings.
The "Animation Sunday" screenings on Sunday November 5 can be booked here, and will take place in the Victoria Hall. The programme includes:
- Mutafakaz (pictured above), a Japan-France co-production between Studio 4°C and the French videogame and comics publisher Ankama, at 6.15 p.m.;
and Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue at 8 p.m.
The "Animation Sunday" screenings also include two non-anime films: Big Fish & Begonia, a fantasy from China, at 1.30 pm., and The Breadwinner, an Irish-animated film set in Afghanistan under the Taliban, at 4 p.m.
The Film Festival will also have individual screenings of Perfect Blue on Wednesday November 8 at 1.15 p.m. at Victoria Hall; Mutafukaz on Wednesday November 8 at 6 p.m. at Victoria Hall; and Lu over the wall on Saturday November 11 at Hyde Park.
The "Manga Movie Marathon" screenings on Sunday November 12 can be booked here, and will take place in Victoria Hall. The programme includes:
- the live-action version of Tokyo Ghoul (pictured right), directed by Kentarō Hagiwara, at 1.45 p.m.
- the live-action film JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, directed by Takashi Miike, at 4.30 p.m.;
- the live-action version of Blade of the Immortal, directed by Takashi Miike, at 7.30 p.m.
The 'Manga Movie Marathon" will also include another Takashi Miike film, The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio, at 11 a.m.
There will be an additional screening of the live-action Blade of the Immortal on Wednesday November 15 at 3 p.m., also in Victoria Hall.

DW COMPLETE SERIES 10 BOXSET

BBC Worldwide have released details on the release of Series 10, Peter Capaldi’s final series as the Doctor, as a complete set, available on Monday 13th November.

In Series 10, the Doctor is keen to show his new friend, Bill Potts, the wonders of the universe, and their travels bring them face-to-face with Ice Warriors and Cybermen. His adventures draw to a terrifying conclusion as a long lost face from the past returns.

The Complete DVD and Blu-ray will include the extras listed below:
  • Becoming the Companion
  • Travel with new companion Pearl Mackie from the London stage through the doors of the TARDIS to a once-in-a-lifetime role, or as Pearl says, “the most insane thing that's ever happened to me.” Featuring exclusive interviews with Pearl, Peter Capaldi, and Steven Moffat. Narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • Out of This World
  • As Pearl Mackie steps aboard the TARDIS for her first adventure as Bill Potts, Ingrid Oliver (Osgood in Series 8 and 9) looks back at the debuts of the Doctor’s recent companions. What can we learn from their first voyages on the TARDIS, coming face to face with their first monster, and their first encounters with the mysterious stranger called the Doctor?
  • Smile
  • Acclaimed writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce is back for Bill’s first big adventure into the future, and Frank provides a unique insight into the writing and filming of this chilling episode, along with the perks of the job! Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and Steven Moffat, and narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • …Who’s There?
  • We creep silently through this spooky adventure as writer Mike Bartlett and Director Bill Anderson reveal the secrets of how to make a truly scary episode of Doctor Who. And find out why they couldn’t have chosen a more terrifying location… Featuring interviews with David Suchet, Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie. Narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • Rona Munro – A Modern Classic
  • No writer has ever penned an episode of both classic Doctor Who and the new series – until now! Rona Munro, writer of the 1989’s Survival, explores the similarities between her classic and modern episodes. And Peter, Pearl and Steven turn their eagle eyes on an ancient mystery! Narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • Doctor Who: The Fan Show – After Shows
  • Join Christel Dee and a host of Doctor Who actors, writers and creatives to discuss the making of Series 10, and most importantly, assess the intensity of TARDIS crew’s hairstyles along the way, in this original companion show.
  • Doctor Who: The Finale Countdown
  • Interview with Pearl Mackie and unseen film footage from the Concert
  • Knock Knock binaural sound
  • The Binaural Sound edition of episode 4, ‘Knock, Knock’. Binaural Sound gives an immersive spatial sound experience for headphone listeners.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Return of Doctor Mysterio
  • Behind-the-scenes of the Series 9 Christmas Special.
  • The Doctor: A New Kind of Hero
  • A short documentary that accompanied The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which lookss at the character of the Doctor and how he’s a unique hero.
  • The Finale Falls
  • Behind-the-scenes of the Series 10 finale.
  • Inside Looks
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries



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The release is avaiable to preorder as a Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Pokemon Championships in London November

The Pokémon TCG and Video Game Europe International Championships will take place at the ExCeL London convention centre from Friday November 17 to Sunday November 19. The Masters Division competitions will start on the Friday, with the Junior and Senior Competitions taking place on the Saturday and Sunday.
The event website is here, with information about the rules here.
Online registration is available at the event website (scroll down), which gives the following information:
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Online registration is available for both Pokémon TCG and video game competitors. The registration fee is £45 for Masters Division players and £30 for Junior and Senior Division players.
Masters Division online registration closes at 9 p.m. Thursday, November 16. On-site registration will be open from 7–9 p.m. Thursday or until capacity is reached. Junior and Senior Division online registration closes at 9 p.m. on Friday, November 17. On-site registration will be open from 7–9 p.m. Friday or until capacity is reached.
All registered competitors under age 18 will also receive a spectator badge and lanyard, at no additional charge, for one parent or guardian. Any additional spectator badges must be purchased.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Perfect Blue UK Cinema Venues

An official website has been launched listing UK cinemas that will screen Satoshi Kon's 1997 psycho-thriller Perfect Blue on October 31.
Set in contemporary Tokyo, the 1997 film depicts the mental breakdown of an idol singer turned actress. She believes she is being stalked, while being tormented by visions of a double of herself. The film was the feature director debut of Kon, who went to make Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika.

DW SHADA

BBC Worldwide is to release the Douglas Adams Doctor Who story Shada, using animation to complete the story.

Shada was planned to be the celebratory end to the seventeenth series of Doctor Who. Acclaimed writer Douglas Adams had completed the script, Tom Baker’s Doctor was at the height of his popularity, and the series had bigger audiences than ever before.

The story was also due to be the final story produced by Graham Williams, before handing over to new producer John Nathan Turner, who would introduce a new look to the series. But it was not to be. Strike action at the BBC in November 1979 meant the final studio recording sessions were cancelled, and the story was never completed.

A video was released in 1992, with Tom Baker providing linking material to camera for the missing scenes, re-released as a DVD in 2013. A web version of the story was also produced for the official Doctor Who website to mark the programme's 40th Anniversary in 2003. It used basic Flash animation alongside a new audio track produced by Big Finish and starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. In 2013 an unofficial fan version, directed by Ian Levine, was completed using animation to fill in the missing scenes. In this version, although a number of original cast members revoiced their parts, the Fourth Doctor was voiced by another actor.

Now, thirty-eight years on from the planned transmission, BBC Worldwide has announced that a new official version of Shada is to be completed, combining the original, remastered footage, with new colour animation. The animation will feature the newly-recorded voices of the original cast, including Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lalla Ward as Romana, performing the original script.

Tom Baker says
Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in studio. I’m so glad that BBC Worldwide have found a way to bring fans a complete visual version.
The new feature-length production incorporates all of the live-action scenes from 1979, together with new animated material. Shada finds the Doctor in Cambridge working alongside companion Romana and retired Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, to defeat the evil alien Skagra who is attempting to steal the secrets to the prison planet, Shada.

Doctor Who: Shada is being produced by the team behind the highly successful and critically acclaimed animation of lost Doctor Who serial The Power of the Daleks and lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Frazer . The team have had access to nearly seven hours of raw footage from the original 1979 Shada shoot from which they are editing the new production from scratch, with all the original location film negatives re-scanned in full HD and digitally remastered. It will not, however, be possible to create a full HD version of the new production, as the original studio video material is locked into its original SD format, and no higher resolution is possible.

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says
Fans loved The Power of the Daleks, so we’re delighted to be able to complete and bring them another lost Doctor Who classic.
Shada will be released as a digital download on Friday 24th November, and on DVD and Bluray on Monday 4th December.

The release is avaiable to preorder as a Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray.

Shada - Lalla Ward (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Shada - Tom Baker and Daniel Hill (Credit: BBC Worldwide)
On Saturday 2nd December there will be a special screening of Doctor Who: Shada at BFI Southbank, London. Further information will be available from the BFI from Monday 23rd October. Tickets for BFI members will be available from Tuesday 7th November, and for the public from Tuesday 14th November.

Blu Ray/DVD - Bonus Material
  • Taken Out of Time (25' 39")
  • Now and Then (12' 45")
  • Strike, Strike, Strike! (27' 50")
  • Studio Sessions - 1979 (44' 38")
  • Dialogue Sessions (14' 16")
  • Model Filming (04' 36")
  • Deleted Scenes (01' 22")
  • Title Sequence Films (TBC)
  • Live Action Reference Footage (02' 48")
  • 1979 Gallery (04' 50")
  • 2017 Gallery (02' 52)

Monday, 9 October 2017

Ushio & Tora Released Monday (Updated)

Updated to acknowledge the fact that standard blu-rays of both Aldnoah.Zero are being released today. not just the first.
On Monday October 9, Animatsu will release Ushio & Tora (the 2015-6 TV series) as a Collector's Edition Blu-ray, carrying the 39 episodes on five discs. While cleaning out his family's Shinto temple, middle-school student Ushio Aotsuki stumbles upon a hidden cellar which houses a dangerous yokai. The yokai, pinned by a legendary weapon called the Beast Spear for 500 years, attracts many other supernatural creatures to the premises. Ushio is forced to free the creature – whom he names “Tora” – in return for his help in defeating them. Tora, who wishes to eat Ushio but is stalled by the Beast Spear, begins to haunt the boy in the hopes that an opportunity will present itself. However, Ushio's possession of the Spear seems to result in trouble after trouble, and Tora finds himself an unwilling ally to Ushio in his battles against various supernatural foes.
Satoshi Nishimura (Trigun, Hajime no Ippo) directed the anime at MAPPA (Rage of Bahamut Genesis) and a relatively new company, Studio VOLN. Toshiki Inoue (Chaos;HEAd, Death Note, Ranma ½) and Fujita himself are in charge of the series scripts, and Tomoko Mori (guest character designer on Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, Juden Chan) designed the characters.
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Manga Entertainment will release a Blu-ray/DVD edition of Kinmoza! Yui Hara's original 4-panel manga's story begins with Shinobu, a 15-year-old, seemingly "pure Japanese" girl who actually did a homestay in Great Britain. Even after coming back to Japan, she still misses her time overseas. One day, an air mail letter arrives from Alice, the girl in Shinobu's host family in Great Britain. The letter reads, "Shinobu, I'm coming to Japan!" The "Japanese/British girls' mixed comedy" follows the lives of Shinobu, Alice, and other girls from both Japan and Great Britain.
Tensho (Rewrite's opening animation director, designs) directed the anime at Studio Gokumi (NAKAIMO - My Little Sister Is Among Them!, Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge) from scripts by Yuniko Ayana (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, Bakuman.).
Manga Entertainment will also release a Blu-ray/DVD edition of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Shinichiro Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door in Japan) is set during the storyline of the original 1998 Cowboy Bebop television anime series. A group of spacefaring bounty hunters who are hungry and low on cash take on a dangerous job. Their new bounty is a terrorist who is determined to unleash a deadly virus that will result in a devastating biochemical attack.
Anime Limited will release standard Blu-ray editions of both seasons of Aldnoah.Zero.