Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Monica Rial, Jason Liebrecht Return for Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card English Dub

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Monday that Monica Rial and Jason Liebrecht will star in its English dub of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card as Sakura Kinomoto and Syaoran Li, respectively. They are reprising the roles from the English dub of Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, which features the characters in an alternate universe.
The simuldub will premiere on Wednesday on FunimationNow. The anime premiered in Japan on January 7 and Crunchyroll is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles as it airs in Japan.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Matoi the Sacred Slayer Released Monday

On Monday January 22, MVM will release Matoi the Sacred Slayer on Blu-ray and DVD. Sentai Filmworks described the story:

In Tenman Shrine in Kamagaya City, Matoi Sumeragi is a 2nd year middle school student working a part-time job as a shrine maiden. Matoi's close friend and coworker Yuma Kusanagi was the candidate for the next shrine maiden, being born into the family of the Tenman Shrine's shrinemaster. She finds out that the family has conducted "exorcism" to rid evil spirits for generations, and attempts the "ritual of divine possession", a ritual connected to "exorcism", together with Matoi.
After school, the two of them head to the shrine as usual, but there they find a devastated shrine and Yuma's parents wounded and collapsed. Furthermore, there was a man there with somewhat of an aura of insanity,. Yuma suddenly conducts a "ritual of divine possession" in order to hold the thrashing man back, but it wasn't Yuma that changes happened to…
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What was given to a girl who was seeking an ordinary, normal life was the power to wield a god and rid evil spirits?!
Masayuki Sakoi (Celestial Method, Princess Resurrection) directed the anime at WHITE FOX, and Yousuke Kuroda (My Hero Academia, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Big Windup!) oversaw and wrote the scripts. Mai Toda (animation director for Baby Steps, One-Punch Man) was the character designer and chief animation director, and Seiichi Shirato (Jormungand, Drifters, Joker Game) was in charge of setting research. Tatsuya Katou (Love Live! Sunshine!!, Celestial Method) composed the music.

Naoki Urasawa's Pluto on Barbican Stage February

A stage version of Naoki Urasawa's Pluto manga, involving actors, dancers and puppet creations, will run at London's Barbican Centre from Thursday February 8 to Sunday February 11, with details and booking links here. As of writing, there are tickets available for all five performances, which will be at 7.15 p.m. on the Thursday and Friday; 1.30 p.m. and 7.15 p.m. on the Saturday; and 3 p.m. on the Sunday.
The performance will be in Japanese with English subtitles, and will last approximately three hours including an interval. The Barbican website describes the performance:
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In a genre-defying show honouring the Japanese art form of manga, sensational visual effects, impactful storytelling and performances of physical grace enliven this iconic Astro Boy tale. Depicting a universe where people and robots both coexist and find themselves in conflict, Pluto engages audiences with far-reaching themes that ask what it means to be human. Starring skilled Japanese actors alongside dancers and elaborate puppet creations, the arresting staging is characterised by scale, energy and graphics faithful to the original comic book.
A striking 2003 reinterpretation of Astro Boy for the modern age, by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki, Pluto is directed by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in his first full-length theatre production.
The play previously ran at the Bunkamura Theater Cocoon in Tokyo this January. As well as London, its international run includes venues in the Netherlands and Belgium before returning to Japan in Osaka's Morinomiya Piloti Hall in late March 2018.
The cast includes (clockwise from upper left):

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui previously directed a stage interpretation of Osamu Tezuka's work called TeZuKa, which premiered at the Sadler's Well theatre in September 2011. The Barbican website includes a talk about the new production between Cherkaoui and Anime Encyclopaedia co-author Helen McCarthy.
There is also an interview in the January 2018 edition (Issue 70) of the print magazine MyM. In this, Cherkaoui says of the new play: 'Sometimes the characters are literally framed as if they were in a manga and are speaking from one huge frame to another.' The puppet effects in the play were influenced by the Japanese tradition called bunraku. 'I wanted to use that and reinvent it into a futuristic kind of puppetry, so suddenly the dancers become manipulators of the actors as puppets, but also use real puppets as characters.'
The Pluto manga is Urasawa and producer Takashi Nagasaki's seinen drama re-imagining of the world depicted in Osamu Tezuka's manga Astro Boy. The series ran in Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine from 2003 to 2009, and its eight compiled book volumes have sold more than 8.5 million copies. The manga has been translated and published in 20 countries including France and the United States. Viz Media, which released the manga in North America, describes the story:

In a distant future where sentient humanoid robots pass for human, someone or something is out to destroy the seven great robots of the world. Europol's top detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate these mysterious robot serial murders - the only catch is that he himself is one of the seven targets.
An anime adaptation of the manga is in the works. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment acquired the film rights from Tezuka Productions for a planned live-action/computer-graphics (CG) hybrid film of Pluto in 2010.

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Candy Jar Books has announced a new collection of short stories. Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage is a series of tales about the Lethbridge-Stewart family from the early 1600s right up to the present day (including three brand new adventures featuring the Brigadier himself).

Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Lineage
Stories by Andrew Allen, Harry Draper, Richard Dinnick, Gareth Madgwick, Wink Taylor, Chris Lynch, David A McIntee and Andy Frankham-Allen
Edited by Andy Frankham-Allen


The Lethbridge-Stewart name carries with it stories of integrity, honour and courage. But was it always so?

From its earliest origins with the Clan Stewart in Scotland, and the Lethbridges in Devon, England, the name has a storied past. Historical figures, history makers, miitary heroes…

Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage presents six brand-new tales from some of the most popular authors previously published in The HAVOC Files collection, as well as one from the creative mind of writer and film maker Chris Lynch.


Based on characters created and inspired by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln.

The stories take place during the 1600s, 1800s, 1940s, 1970s, and 2010, and explore the ancestors and descendents of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell says:
We’ve been pondering doing a collection like this for some time, but it never seemed to be the right time. But with the impending fiftieth anniversary of the first appearance of the Brig in Doctor Who, combined with the recent appearance of the Brigadier’s grandfather in Twice Upon a Time, and the positive response that garnered, it seemed that the time was, finally, now.

Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
I love exploring the Brigadier’s lineage, be it his immediate family in the shape of his mother and father, or his descendents, in the shape of his son and grandchildren. But I’ve always wanted to go deeper, to look at some other Lethbridge-Stewarts, or indeed Stewarts and Lethbridges, to find out what kind of impact they had on the world. Sometimes that impact can be huge, and sometimes it can be the smallest thing that has the biggest repercussions. With this collection, we get to explore some of the lesser known ancestors, and introduce some never even mentioned before. And, of course, we get to visit the rising star that is Lucy Wilson, the Brigader’s adventuring grandaughter!

Authors include Richard Dinnick, with Shaun observing:
We are delighted popular Doctor Who author Richard Dinnick is contributing a story to the Lethbridge-Stewart Lineage collection, tentatively called The Soothsayer and set in 1603. Richard's first piece of professional fiction was produced by Big Finish in 2005, a short story called Neptune, the first of a two-part story, the second of which was written by our range editor, Andy Frankham-Allen. This was followed by a co-authored audio script, also with Andy, for the Space 1889 series, The Lunar Inheritance. He has since gone on to write countless Doctor Who stories for Big Finish, BBC Books and Titan comics. And plenty of non-Doctor Who stuff too!

Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage will be available as a hardback for a strictly limited time, and is available for pre-order now. This volume does not form part of any bundle offer.



There are also two free Lethbridge-Stewart stories currently available for download via the Candy Jar website.

What’s Past is Prologue by David A McIntee, and The Note by Andy Frankham-Allen were released over the festive period to subscribers of the Lethbridge-Stewart series, and are now available to the general public.

The two stories are connected by a Lethbridge-Stewart family secret which has its origins in 1902 and is not revealed until 1945. Both stories focus on the relationship between the original Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, the British Intelligence operative from the early twentieth century, after whom the Brigadier was named, and his brother, Archie. Not only do the stories feature the Brigadier’s namesake, but also takes a deeper look into the life of his father, Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.

Range Editor and author, Andy Frankham-Allen explains:
This story plays with family secrets, adding further depth to the Lethbridge-Stewart legacy. So, now we have a story set in 1917 that sets up the secret from 1902, and a story set in 1945 which reveals what really did, or did not, happen.

Both stories can be found via the Candy Jar website.

Lethbridge-Stewart: What's Past Is Prologue (Credit: Candy Jar Books) Lethbridge-Stewart: The Note (Credit: Candy Jar Books)DW FAN FICS

Friday, 19 January 2018

Prince Charles Screening Akira and GITS in February

The Prince Charles cinema in London's Leicester Square will hold a screening of Mamoru Oshii's original Ghost in the Shell film on Thursday February 1 at 6.25 p.m; and a screening of Akira on Sunday February 25 at 8.45 p.m.
The cinema is also currently showing a lengthy season of Studio Ghibli films until June, details here.

Peter Wyngarde 1927-2018

The actor Peter Wyngarde has died at the age of 90.

Peter Wyngarde was best known for playing Jason King, the bestselling novelist turned sleuth who appeared in the British television series Department S and Jason King, inspiring the Mike Myers character Austin Powers. He appeared in the 1984 Doctor Who story Planet of Fire playing Timanov the devout religious leader of the planet Sarn.

Peter Wyngarde's origins are shrouded in mystery with the actor himself giving different accounts of his parents and birthplace. He is believed to have been born in France in the late 1920's, with 1927 being the most authoritative date. He grew up in the far east and during World War II was interned in the Lunghua internment camp in Shanghai, set up by the Japanese for European and American citizens living in the city.

After the war, he sailed to the United Kingdom on the Cunard White Star Line vessel the Arawa, arriving in Southampton at the age of 18.

After briefly studying law he joined an advertising agency and in 1946 won his first professional role in the theatre. One of his earliest roles was a production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham.

His first television appearance was a bit part in the 1949 production of Dick Barton Strikes Back. He soon graduated to leading roles playing John the Baptist in the 1956 version of Jesus of Nazareth and Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities.

In 1959 he played Lt Jan Wicziewsky in South one of the earliest gay-themed British TV dramas. the play came just two years after the Wolfenden Report, when homosexuality was still very much a taboo subject, making Wyngarde’s impassioned performance all the more extraordinary.

In 1969 Wyngarde won the role that would make him a household name in the espionage series Department S. He played the suave womaniser Jason King, a character so popular that he was spun off into his own action espionage series Jason King, which ran for one season of 26 fifty-minute episodes. The series enjoyed global success with Wyngarde briefly becoming an international celebrity.

During the seventies, he has a succession of smaller roles on television. in 1973 he played the King of Siam in a revival of the musical The King and I at London's Adelphi Theatre. In 1980 he appeared as the masked character Klytus in the film Flash Gordon.

In 1984 he made his appearance in Doctor Who playing Timanov. He wanted to play the part in heavy disguise but was persuaded by producer John Nathan Turner to show his face.

Wyngarde virtually retired from acting after a throat infection forced his withdrawal from a stage production of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. His public appearances were mainly restricted to Memorabilia events.

Peter Wyngarde died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on 15 January 2018.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

22nd Detective Conan Film Unveils New Visual

The official website for the Detective Conan anime films unveiled the main visual for Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner), the 22nd film in the series, on Wednesday.
The tagline in the visual reads: "The one who exposes the truth vs. the one who pierces through justice. Their souls will confront each other in this secret mission mystery."
The film opens in Japan on April 13.
Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100, Death Parade) is directing the film. The film will be a sequel of the series' 20th film, Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare, and centers on Tōru "Zero" Amuro. Police chief Hyōe Kuroda, who is rumored to be Rum in the Black Organization, will also make his first appearance in a film for the franchise.
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In the film's story, there is a sudden explosion at Tokyo Summit's giant Edge of Ocean facility. The shadow of Tōru Amuro, who works for the National Police Agency Security Bureau as Zero, appears at the site. In addition, the "triple-face" character is known as Rei Furuya as a detective and Kogorō Mōri's apprentice, and he is also known as Bourbon as a Black Organization member. Kogorō is arrested as a suspect in the case of the explosion. Conan conducts an investigation to prove Kogorō's innocence, but Amuro gets in his way.
The manga series centers on Conan Edogawa, the alias of detective Shinichi Kudo, whose body shrunk after being poisoned at the beginning of the story. Together with detective Kogorō Mōri and his daughter Ran, Conan helps the police solve difficult mysterie