Thursday, 23 November 2017

HIDIVE Streaming Anime to the UK

nime UK News reports that the following series are being streamed by HIDIVE to the U.K.
Haikyu!! (pictured) Season 1 English Dub here - the Dub episodes are being added weekly every Wednesday, while the subs are already available.
The live-action Lone Wolf and Cub series here - for members only, this is the 78-episode live-action series which ran in Japan from 1973-1976, with new subtitled episodes added every Wednesday.
Kino's Journey here - this is the 2003 series, not the new series in the current season. Available dubbed and subbed.
Lodocol OVA here - available subbed. The main series is already available.
To Heart 2 here - available subbed

Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Cinemas Website Launched

A website has been launched giving venues and booking links for the UK cinema release on Takashi Miike's live-action version film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga. The film opens on December 1.
The manga follows Manji's journey of revenge as the yōjinbō (bodyguard) of Rin, a young woman who swears vengeance against a group of sword fighters who murdered her parents.
The film's lead actors include Takuya Kimura (seen above) and Hana Sugisaki (seen right). Kimura (Howl's Moving Castle, Redline, live-action Space Battleship Yamato) plays the lead character Manji, a rōnin warrior cursed with an immortal body. Sugisaki (When Marnie Was There, live-action Humanoid Monster Bem, Tsukuroi Tatsu Hito) plays heroine Rin Asano.
Prolific filmmaker Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Yatterman, As the Gods Will, Crows) is directing the film. Filming took place in Kyoto in extremely cold weather, and the climax of Manji and Rin versus 300 enemies took about 15 days to shoot. The film opened in Japan on April 29.
Samura launched the Blade of the Immortal manga in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine in December of 1993, and he completed the series in 2012. The manga's 30 volumes have 5 million copies in print, and the series has been published in 22 countries and territories. The manga earned an Excellence Prize in the manga category of the 1st Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 1997, and it won the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material in 2000. The manga is getting a reprint in Japan with new covers.

Cleopatra Barbican Screening December 2

London's Barbican Centre will hold screening of Cleopatra, Queen of Sex on December 2 at 9 p.m.
Released by Mushi Production in 1970, Cleopatra, Queen of Sex was co-directed by Osamu Tezuka and Eiichi Yamamoto. The story combines science-fiction, comedy and sexual content. In the film's story, three people from the future are spiritually sent back in time to relive the era of Caesar, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. As close companions to these key historical figures, they seek to understand the nature of an enemy's plan in their own time. It is part of the Animerama trilogy of Mushi Pro films with adult sexual content.
The screening is part of the London International Animation Festival at the Barbican from December 1 to 10. It includes several programmes of short films, some by Japanese artists; one children's programme (only for adults with children) includes a short film by Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer) about a dung beetle, called Keep on Rolling.

BBC RADIO 2 dw special

As the Twelfth Doctor approaches his final story, BBC Radio Two is to broadcast a two hour special documentary looking behind the scenes of Doctor Who.

Broadcast on Thursday 21 December at 8pm, the programme sees Jo Whiley gain exclusive access to the Doctor Who team. She catches up with the stars of the series on the set - including Pearl Mackie, David Bradley, Exec Producer Steven Moffat, and the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. She also hears from outgoing companion Matt Lucas, and digs into the BBC Doctor Who archive.

There will be stories from behind the scenes, including how Lucas approaches being recognised by fans; the radical ways in which Mackie's life has changed; Pele’s reaction to signing a Brazil shirt for the Doctor and how Doctor Who has always been with Peter Capaldi - from dressing up as a Dalek as a child to karaoke singalongs to The Killers (all in the name of getting into character).

Plus, Radio 2 listeners will find out which member of the team has a penchant for Chas and Dave

BBC Radio 2 can be heard worldwide via the BBC Radio iPlayer.


BC North is offering fans the chance to watch this year's Christmas Doctor Who Episode, Twice Upon A Time at special preview screenings across the region.

Starting in Hartlepool and finishing just before the big day in Bradford, the Christmas tour will take in eight locations across northern England to spread a little festive fun throughout the region.

As well as Doctor Who, there will be an opportunity for comedy fans in two locations to see the first of three new episodes of cult favourite The League of Gentlemen. And in two cities, children will be able to get an exclusive preview of an animated version of the classic book The Highway Rat.

As well as a sneak peek of these hotly-anticipated shows, fans will also be able to pose for photos on the BBC’s red carpet and with props from the programmes.

Adrian Mills, General Manager of BBC North says
We can’t wait to bring this wonderful seasonal programming direct to our audiences in the North and we’re sure they’ll enjoy this exclusive BBC content.
Tickets will be available through a ballot which will be open from today for 10 days via the BBC Shows and Tours website. The ticket ballot will close on Sunday 3 December. Tickets will be allocated via a random draw with 45% going to local postcodes, 45% going to the surrounding county and 10% to the rest of the UK.

The Doctor Who Screenings will be as follows
  • Thursday 14 December - Hartlepool Town Hall - 7pm
  • Friday 15 December - The Guild Hall, York – 7pm
  • Saturday 16 December - Jubilee Church, Hull - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Sunday 17 December = St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Monday 18 December - The Middlesbrough Empire - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 December - Dock 10, MediaCityUK, Salford – 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 December - Durham School - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Friday 22 December - Old Odeon, Bradford - 7pm & 8.30pm
Please note the last few moments of the episode will be kept as a surprise until the BBC One broadcast on Christmas Da

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Soul Eater Blu-ray Shelved

Manga Entertainment posted the following announcements on its Twitter feed about its now-shelved Blu-ray edition of Soul Eater and its release of Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 3: Confession.
Unfortunately, we are not able to access the Soul Eater BD masters and will be shelving the project. We know this is very disappointing to many, and sincerely apologise. We have tried our best to make this happen, but ultimately it is not possible for us at this point in time.
On a happier note, we are very pleased to let you know that we have been able to pull forward the release of Digimon Adventure tri. 3 a week, to December 18. You will now be able to pick up the latest movie in time for Christmas.