Monday, 16 July 2018

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Standard Editions Released Monday

On Monday July 16, Anime Limited is releasing the standard Blu-ray and DVD editions of the Madhouse film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. (The label had previously released a Collectors Blu-ray/DVD combo edition of the film.)
Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Wicked City), the 2000 film is the second Vampire Hunter D anime after the 1985 original video anime (OVA). Both adapt Hideyuki Kikuchi's supernatural novel series of the same name.
Anime Limited describes the film as follows: 'The enigmatic Vampire Hunter – known only as D – has been hired to track down Meier Link, a notoriously powerful vampire who has abducted a human woman named Charlotte Elbourne. D's orders are strict – find Charlotte, at any cost.
'For the first time D faces serious competition. The Markus Brothers, a family of Vampire Hunters, have been hired for the same bounty. D must intercept Meier and conquer hostile forces on all sides in a deadly race against time.
'Despised by Vampires for his profession and by Humans for the blood in his veins, D relentlessly pursues his prey, little expecting where his journey will ultimately take him, as long-buried secrets resurface once more

Free London Screenings of Summer Wars, Only Yesterday and Napping Princess

The Japan Foundation has annnounced free screenings of Japanese films in London in August, including the anime listed below. The screenings must be booked online; scroll down the page to find the booking links for all the films. The anime screenings are:
- Mamoru Hosoda's film Summer Wars, showing on Sunday August 5 at 2.15 p.m. at the Courthouse Cinema at 19-21 Great Marlborough Street (off Regent Street).
- Isao Takahata's Studio Ghibli film Only Yesterday, showing at Saturday August 11 at 2.15 p.m. at the Soho Hotel Cinema, 4 Richmond Mews (near Shaftesbury Avenue).
- Kenji Kamiyama's film Napping Princess, showing at Saturday August 11 at 4.40 p.m. at the Soho Hotel Cinema, 4 Richmond Mews (near Shaftesbury Avenue).
The screenings of Only Yesterday and Napping Princess are described as being in Japanese with subtitles, but it is not specified whether the Summer Wars screening will be subtitled and dubbed.

DW SERIES 11 NZ

TVNZ have announced that they have the rights to show the new series of Doctor Who in New Zealand when it premieres later this year. The announcement was heralded by the 40 second teaser trailer being broadcast simultaneously across TVNZ 1, TVNZ 2 and DUKE in the lead in to the evening’s 6pm programming.

TVNZ to air Jodie Whittaker series (Credit: TVNZ)


TVNZ Director of Content, Cate Slater, said:
Doctor Who has a special place in popular culture. It’s a global juggernaut with a faithful following. This upcoming season marks the beginning of a new era for the extraordinary Time Lord, with the first ever female Doctor at the helm of the TARDIS.

The time felt right to bring the series back to TVNZ. We can’t wait to share all the action, adventure and humour the show is known and loved for with our viewers, as well as the exciting new twists and turns that are coming their way.

Irene Read, Director of Content Sales for BBC Studios in Australia and New Zealand, says:
We’re delighted that Doctor Who is returning to its original New Zealand home, with TVNZ being an excellent partner to join us for the new era of The Doctor.

The series is expected to air in New Zealand within the same week as the UK, but will be streamed by the channel via TVNZ OnDemand immediately following the UK broadcast.


TVNZ was the first channel to broadcast Doctor Who outside of the United Kingdom, airing An Unearthly Child in September 1964. finally ending its original association with the show with the transmission of The TV Movie in 1999. Since the show's return in 2005 it has been broadcast by Prime.

DW BOOK NEWS

Candy Jar Books have announced the latest addition to their Lethbridge-Stewart range of titles, and the first non-fiction instalment in the character’s expanding universe, The Brigadier: Fifty Years of Lethbridge Stewart.

The Brigadier: 50 Years of Lethbridge-Stewart (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Since acquiring the rights to the character of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in 2014, as well as other iconic Doctor Who figures such as the Great Intelligence, Candy Jar has published over twenty works of fiction in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, with more titles already in the works. Given the enthusiastic response of Doctor Who fans the world over, it would be fair to say that the series has met a long unfulfilled demand.

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, says:
The Brig is one of Doctor Who’s most beloved characters, yet over the years, he became increasingly sidelined in the Doctor Who universe. We thought the character had a lot of untapped potential, so we took a punt and started exploring his origins, with the aim of telling the story of what he was up to in the years between his introduction to Who in The Web of Fear, and the formation of UNIT in The Invasion. From the feedback we’ve received from the fans, it seems this was a story they were waiting to be told.
But as all fans of Doctor Who know, the story is just the start of the appeal; the legions of fan forums, Meet-up Groups, or a brief glance at social media in the wake of new episodes, attest to the fact that unpicking storylines – why did this character do that? What are the implications of this? How does X relate to Y? – is half the fun.

Andy Frankham-Allen, range editor of the Lethbridge-Stewart range, says:
Fan speculation, theories and fiction, is what kept Doctor Who alive in the sixteen years it was off television. And the engagement of the fans is still what makes the series special; Doctor Who isn’t just a show, it’s a community, and it’s a community that loves nothing more than to explore the Doctor Who universe together. We take our role as the custodians of the Brigadier seriously; that’s why our stories revel in the continuity of the show. But we thought there was still one thing missing from our range, and that was something exploring just who the Brigadier is. Over the years, and across the TV show, miscellaneous book series, comics, audio dramas, and our own range of titles, he’s got a lot done. We thought a book that collected his continuity into one place, that explored his motivations, his effect on the universe, and his relationship with other pivotal figures, was something that the fans would love. This has never been done, and it’s long overdue. But we couldn’t just explore our own range; we had to look at the character as a whole.”

Accordingly one of the centrepieces of the book is a collation of the Brig’s television adventures over the years, establishing the definitive chronology of the character for the first time. Put together by Simon A Forward, a Doctor Who writer for over two decades, the piece takes its place alongside a raft of pieces by established Doctor Who names, not least an exclusive interview with John Levene, who played the Brig’s long-time sidekick John Benton, giving a rare behind the scenes look at the experience of shooting Doctor Who’s golden era.

Other contributors include Darran Jordan, Philip Clarke, and a host of names still to be announced. Between them, they explore topics including the Doctor’s relationship with the Brig (and vice versa), the life of Nicholas Courtney (through thirteen objects of personal significance), as well as tackling the thorny question of whether or not the Brigadier counts as an official companion. With a comprehensive approach encompassing all BBC, Big Finish and Candy Jar media, the book looks set to become the definitive reference for this staple of the Doctor Who universe for years to come.

The book is available to pre-order direct from Candy Jar Books.

DW SERIES 11 TEASER

Doctor Who Preview New Doctor Who, new friends, new adventures

Friday, 13 July 2018

Glasgow Scotland Loves Anime Passes Available

As of writing, there are season passes available for the Glasgow leg of the 2018 Scotland Loves Anime festival at this link. Passes cost £64, with concession passes at £48; there are also passes at £36 for people with a 16-25 card. The pass is only available for over-18s.
The line-up for Scotland Loves Anime is still TBC, but the Glasgow event will run at the Glasgow Film Theatre from Friday October 12 to Sunday October 14.
The Edinburgh Scotland Loves Anime screenings will be from Monday October 15 to Sunday October 21.

Funimation to Release Dragon Ball Super: Broly in Theaters in January

North American anime distributor Funimation announced on Thursday that it has acquired the rights to screen the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film in theaters in the United States and Canada in January 2019. It has also acquired the film's home entertainment, video on demand, and broadcast rights, as part of its distribution agreement with producer Toei Animation and the film's international distributor Twentieth Century Fox.


Funimation is one of the sponsors for Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018 with Bandai Collectibles to market the film. The tour will travel to seven cities in the United States and Canada, starting with a Comic-Con International panel at San Diego on July 19.
The film will open in Japan on December 14. Earlier this week, original manga creator Akira Toriyama provided a new comment for the film:
Everyone, do you know who Broly is? He appeared only in past anime films, and is a ridiculously strong Saiyan. I am told I only drew his design; at that time I was mostly uninvolved with the anime, and so I completely forgot the details.
Even now it seems Broly is still very popular not just in Japan, but overseas as well, and because of that, the supervisors suggested, "Why don't we make the movie about Broly this time?"
At that time I was shown the film, and I felt that it would become really interesting depending on how it's arranged, so we started talking immediately about including [Broly] into the Dragon Ball Super series.
In order to not disappoint Broly fans, I was conscious of Broly's past image, while also giving him new aspects, and I think he ended up as a fascinating Broly.
Of course, the film won't just show amazing battles — it will also show what kind of fate Goku, Vegeta, and Broly will follow when they meet; how the Frieza Army is connected; and the history of the Saiyans — the content the content of the film is dramatic and has a huge scale.
That greatest Saiyan, Broly, appears!
There will be lots of other content that will be included for all the fans, so please look forward to it and wait a little longer until it is complete!!
The film will star Masako Nozawa as Goku. Other voice cast members without announced roles include: Ryo Horikawa, Ryusei Nakao, Bin Shimada, Aya Hisakawa, Toshio Furukawa, Takeshi Kusao, Kouichi Yamadera, Masakazu Morita, and Katsuhisa Houki.
Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is writing the script and designing the characters. Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece Film Z) is directing the film, Naohiro Shintani is serving as animation director, and Kazuo Ogura is serving as art director. Norihito Sumitomo is composing the music, Rumiko Nagai is the color designer, Naotake Oota is in charge of special effects, and Kai Makino is the CG director. Toei is distributing the film in collaboration with 20th Century Fox.
Dragon Ball Super premiered in Japan in July 2015 on Fuji TV and other channels, and ended on March 25. Toriyama confirmed in his comments that the show is ending "for now." The FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, and AnimeLab streaming platforms all streamed the series with English subtitles, as episodes aired in Japan. Funimation's English dub of the anime premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on January 7, 2017. Funimation posted the first 39 dubbed episodes to its streaming service in December, and is launching additional 13-episode batches two weeks after the final episode of the batch airs on Toonami.

RIP HUGHES

William Hughes, the actor who played the Master as a young boy, has died at the age of 20.

William Hughes played The Master in the 2007 story The Sound of Drums. At the age of eight, he was the youngest actor to play the renegade Time Lord. He also appeared in the 2008 Torchwood story Sleeper.

Hughes, from Mumbles in Swansea, Wales, gave up acting shortly after appearing in Doctor Who. His interests turned to Boxing, joining the Bonymaen ABC boxing gym in Swansea.

Fighting for the club he won 3 Welsh titles, before winning gold and bronze at the Great Britain championships. He won Gold at the 2017/18 British Universities and Colloges Sports Championships.

He was described as tremendously talented by former World Champion boxer Enzo Maccarinelli, who mentored the young athlete.
Absolutely heartbroken my little protege Will Hughes passed away today words can’t describe what the young man meant to me I loved him like family rest in peace will x
Hughes studied at Bishop Vaughan Catholic School in Swansea, where he was described as an exceptionally talented sportsman.
His warm and gentle character meant that he had many friends and they, the staff and the governors all hold his family in their thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time
Hughes had just completed he first year of a finance degree at Queen Mary University in London. It is believed he died on 9th July while on holiday on the Greek island of Corfu. A spokesman for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office confirmed their staff were supporting the family of a British man following his death in Corfu, and were in contact with the Greek and UK police.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

DW FIGURES

BBC Studios have revealed the first of the new toy ranges for Doctor Who Season 11. Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), this is the first-look of the new Thirteenth Doctor figurines.

Doctor Who licensee Titan have produced two limited-edition 6.5” vinyls collectibles for S11: one 6.5" Thirteenth Doctor TITAN, and one 6.5" Thirteenth Doctor Kawaii TITAN, both of which will be debuting at SDCC 2018 at BBC AMERICA booth #4129 and Titan Entertainment booth #5537.

Remaining TITANS post-SDCC will be available to buy after the close of Comic-Con from Hot Topic & the BBC Shop in the US and from Forbidden Planet in the UK. Pre-order for these potential store purchases opens after the close of San Diego Comic-Con on Monday 23rd July 2018.

From Funko, The Thirteenth Doctor Pop! and The Thirteenth Doctor Rock Candy will be available to see at SDCC 2018 on the BBC AMERICA booth #4129 and the Funko booth #5341/5347, and in retail in both the US and UK this autumn. A new Doctor also means a new costume and Her Universe is debuting the Thirteenth Doctor’s fashionable rainbow striped top, long coat, and blue trousers, which will be available at SDCC at Her Universe booth #1321 and later in the autumn at Hot Topic stores.

Away from SDCC, UK Master Toy Licensee Character Options has unveiled its brand new Doctor Who figure, the first 10” figure of the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker.

The new, highly detailed 10”/26cm fully articulated, collectible figure comes dressed in real fabric high-waisted culottes, rainbow striped dark blue shirt and coat. The figure also comes with the Doctor’s essential Sonic Screwdriver accessory.

Alasdair Dewar, Character Options’ Director of Product Development commented:
The new 10 inch Adventure Figure is a fantastic addition to the range. Made even better by the use of 3D scan data. The likeness is absolutely fantastic and along with the scaled fabric clothing kids and collectors alike will enjoy this bigger sized figure to play without display ... and ... it’s by sheer chance perfectly in scale with our 2006 12 inch Doctor Who range
Rikesh Desai, Licensing Director at BBC Studios, says;
As the UK Master Toy Licensee for Doctor Who, Character Options consistently produce great toys for the brand. The new Thirteenth Doctor figure is no exception; the attention to detail, real clothes and quality of the product make it a great collectible for fans of all ages.
The new figure will be available from August, for more information visit www.character-online.com.

BBC AMERICA will hold a panel at SDCC on Thursday, 19th July at 11:45am PT in Hall H, introducing the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. Marking a new era for the legendary Time Lord, Whittaker will be joined on the panel by two of her Doctor Who co-stars, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, who play Ryan and Yasmin, as well as award-winning series showrunner Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) and executive producer Matt Strevens (An Adventure In Space And Time). BBC AMERICA will also have additional exclusive Doctor Who merchandise from BBC Shop available at booth #4129.

Thirteenth Doctor Kawaii (Credit: Titan) Thirteenth Doctor figurine (Credit: Her Universe) Rock Candy (Credit: Funko) Pop Vinyl Thirteenth Doctor (Credit: Funko) Thirteenth Doctor (Credit: Character Options)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

News
Neofilms Screens Hosoda's Mirai of the Future Film in Hong Kong on August 23

posted on 2018-07-11 04:30 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film opens in Japan on July 20

Hong Kong film distributor Neofilms announced on Tuesday that it will screen Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai of the Future) anime film in Hong Kong on August 23. Neofilms is streaming a Chinese- and English-subtitled trailer for the film.
The film had its world premiere in May at this year's Directors' Fortnight, an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival.
The film will open in Japan on July 20, after previously being announced with a May release date. It also screened in competition at Annecy in June. The movie has a 100-minute runtime.
The previously announced cast includes:
(From left to right in top row in image above)
(From left to right in bottom row in image above)
Musician Masaharu Fukuyama is also playing a character credited as "young man" (seen below) in the film. The character is a "key person" in the protagonist Kun-chan's journey through time.
Yamashita is performing the film's opening song "Mirai no Theme," as well as the ending theme song "Uta no Kisha" (Train of Song).
International sales banner Charades represented the film at Cannes in 2017, and has sold distribution rights to GKIDS in the United States, MK2 Mile End in Canada, Anime Limited in the United Kingdom, and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand. As of April 17, the film is slated to open in 86 countries. Producer Yuichiro Saito previously stated that the deals for distribution include a requirement to screen the film in theaters first, in addition to broadcast and streaming rights.
The film's story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family's spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents' love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.
Hosoda is directing the film at his Studio Chizu, and is also credited as scriptwriter and for the original story. Hiroyuki Aoyama (animation director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and The Boy and The Beast) and Ayako Hata (key animator on the same films) are returning for this new film as animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takashi Omori, who Hosoda had previously worked with on The Boy and The Beast, are also returning as art directors for the film. Producer Yuichiro Saito is also returning from Hosoda's earlier films.

Hosoda also penned novelization. Kadokawa shipped the novel in three different versions. The company's Kadokawa Bunko literature label shipped first on June 15, followed by the version from the Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko juvenile fiction label on June 30, and then the version for the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko light novel label on July 1.
Source: Neofilms' official Facebook page, YouTube channel

BLACK COVER

According to a press release from Fetch Publicity, the Sony Pictures Blu-ray/DVD release of Black Clover Season 1 Part 1 (carrying the first ten episodes of the series) has been delayed to August 20.
The Zavvi site describes the story:

In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta is the only one in this world without any. At the age of fifteen, both receive grimoires, magic books that amplify their holder's magic. Asta's is a rare Grimoire of Anti-Magic that negates and repels his opponent's spells. Being opposite but good rivals, Yuno and Asta are ready for the hardest of challenges to achieve their common dream: to be the Wizard King. Giving up is never an option!
Tatsuya Yoshihara (Monster Musume, Yatterman Night, Muromi-san, Long Riders!) is directing the anime at Studio Pierrot. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Is the order a rabbit?, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Yatterman Night) is handling the series composition. Itsuko Takeda (Ristorante Paradiso, Level E, Blue Drop) is the character designer and Kumiko Tokunaga (2nd season of Kingdom) is the sub-character designer. Kosei Takahashi (key animation for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON) is the prop designer, Aiko Shinohara (Fairy Tail, The Heroic Legend of Arslan) is handling the color design, and Minako Seki (The Silver Guardian, both seasons of Kingdom) is composing the music.

MANAGA UK COLLECTION

Manga Entertainment has announced its winter schedule from September into December, including a Blu-ray edition of Satoshi Kon's 2003 film Tokyo Godfathers (pictured) on October 15.
September 17
Digimon Tamers
September 24
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Individual DVD and Blu-ray)
Paprika (Individual DVD and Blu-ray)
Steamboy (Individual DVD and Blu-ray)
October 1
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence (Individual DVD & Blu-ray)
October 8
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (DVD and Blu-ray)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Triple Pack – Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions


October 15
Tokyo Godfathers
October 22
Pokémon Movie Collection 17-19: XY
One Piece (Uncut) Collection 19
October 29
Digimon Frontier
November 19
Naruto Shippūden Box 34
December 3
Digimon Adventure tri. The Movie Part 6
December 10
Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! The Movie: Take On Me)
December 17
One Piece (Uncut) Collection 20

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


Toei announced more details on Monday for the the upcoming 20th Dragon Ball film, including the film's title and visual. The film's title is Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The below visual's tagline reads "The greatest enemy, Saiyan," and confirms the film will screen in IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX in Japan in addition to regular screenings.

Original manga creator Akira Toriyama provided a new comment for the film:
Everyone, do you know who Broly is? He appeared only in past anime films, and is a ridiculously strong Saiyan. I am told I only drew his design; at that time I was mostly uninvolved with the anime, and so I completely forgot the details.
Even now it seems Broly is still very popular not just in Japan, but overseas as well, and because of that, the supervisors suggested, "Why don't we make the movie about Broly this time?"
At that time I was shown the film, and I felt that it would become really interesting depending on how it's arranged, so we started talking immediately about including [Broly] into the Dragon Ball Super series.
In order to not disappoint Broly fans, I was conscious of Broly's past image, while also giving him new aspects, and I think he ended up as a fascinating Broly.
Of course, the film won't just show amazing battles — it will also show what kind of fate Goku, Vegeta, and Broly will follow when they meet; how the Frieza Army is connected; and the history of the Saiyans — the content of the film is dramatic and has a huge scale.
That greatest Saiyan, Broly, appears!
There will be lots of other content that will be included for all the fans, so please look forward to it and wait a little longer until it is complete!!
Those who pre-order tickets for the film in Japan starting on July 20 will receive one of two charms for Goku and Vegeta. The charms change color based on the temperature, turning into Super Saiyan forms when hot, and turning into Super Saiyan Blue forms when cold. The bonus items are limited to 50,000.


The images above feature Goku and Vegeta in winter gear, which previous issues of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump and V Jump magazines revealed last month. Toriyama designed the outfits. The issues also teased the return of Frieza, and three new characters named Chirai, Remo, and Kikono, who are all aliens wearing armor. Chirai and Remo are also equipped with scouters.
The film will open in Japan on December 14, and the film's staff is aiming for a global release on the same day.
The film will star Masako Nozawa as Goku. Other voice cast members without announced roles include: Ryo Horikawa, Ryusei Nakao, Bin Shimada, Aya Hisakawa, Toshio Furukawa, Takeshi Kusao, Kouichi Yamadera, Masakazu Morita, and Katsuhisa Houki.
Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is writing the script and designing the characters. Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece Film Z) is directing the film, Naohiro Shintani is serving as animation director, and Kazuo Ogura is serving as art director. Norihito Sumitomo is composing the music, Rumiko Nagai is the color designer, Naotake Oota is in charge of special effects, and Kai Makino is the CG director. Toei is distributing the film in collaboration with 20th Century Fox.
Dragon Ball Super premiered in Japan in July 2015 on Fuji TV and other channels, and ended on March 25. Toriyama confirmed in his comments that the show is ending "for now." The FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, and AnimeLab streaming platforms all streamed the series with English subtitles, as episodes aired in Japan. Funimation's English dub of the anime premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on January 7, 2017. Funimation posted the first 39 dubbed episodes to its streaming service in December, and is launching additional 13-episode batches two weeks after the final episode of the batch airs on Toonami.


wait a little longer until it is complete!!
Those who pre-order tickets for the film in Japan starting on July 20 will receive one of two charms for Goku and Vegeta. The charms change color based on the temperature, turning into Super Saiyan forms when hot, and turning into Super Saiyan Blue forms when cold. The bonus items are limited to 50,000.