Thursday, 31 March 2011

Kodansha President Sawako Noma Passes Away

Sawako Noma, the executive who served as the president of the publishing giant Kodansha for 24 years, passed away on Wednesday, March 30 due to heart failure. She was 67. She is survived by her oldest son, Yoshinobu, who was slated to replace his mother as Kodansha's president next month.

In addition to running the company that produced many of the manga in Japan, she served as an executive producer on Katsuhiro Otomo's animated film adaptation of his Akira manga.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Kaizoku sentai Gokiager ep 6

New DW Series 6 trailer

The BBC have now released a full length, 60 second trailer for Doctor Who, which is available via their YouTube channel; the trailer introduces a mixture of clips and teasers for the forthcoming series due to commence this Easter.

The trailer was broadcast on the main BBC channels at 8:00pm in the evening (Wednesday), just before Waterloo Road; however, several regions suffered from a fault on digital services leading to a blank screen for the first twenty seconds or so.

Shortly after the trailer was released online, an announcement was made on the BBC Doctor Who website for a competition to win tickets to an exclusive screening of The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon in London on Monday, 4 April, 2011 at 6:30pm.

Detective conan schedule

Here are upcoming episodes of the Detective Conan anime.

These episodes were originally scheduled to air from March 19 to April 9, but due to the March 11 earthquake, airing schedules have been disrupted, and we will leave out the dates until the new schedule is confirmed.

#610 The Victim Is Kudou Shinichi
Manga chapters: Volume 70 Files 05-11

#611 Inubushi Castle and the Flaming Demon Dog
(The Will-o’-the-wisp Chapter)
Manga chapters: Volume 70 Files 05-11

#612 Inubushi Castle and the Flaming Demon Dog
(The Footprints Chapter)
Manga chapters: Volume 70 Files 05-11

#613 Inubushi Castle and the Flaming Demon Dog
(The Princess’s Chapter)
Manga chapters: Volume 70 Files 05-11

Source: Web Newtype

2 Quake-Affected Shonen Sunday Issues to Be Put Online

The Japanese publisher Shogakukan announced this week that it will post all the manga from this year's 16th and 17th issues of its Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine for free on its Club Sunday website on April 5. Those issues shipped on March 16 and March 23, respectively, but many readers were unable to read these issues and many other magazines' issues due to delays caused by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. In addition, Shogakkukan has already been selecting four manga titles from each issue to post online for free since last week. Shogakukan will continue to do this from the 16th issue to the combined 22nd/23rd issue.

Another publisher, Shueisha, distributed the manga sections from this year's 15th issue (March 14) of Weekly Shonen Jump online for free last week. The first online release required a Windows program, but Shueisha has since put the same issue on the Nico Nico Seiga website. Nico Nico Seiga is the online slide-show counterpart to the Nico Nico Douga video-streaming site; it can be viewed from computers that do not run the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Still another publisher, Kodansha, confirmed this week that it will distribute this year's 15th (March 14) and 16th (March 19) issues of Young Magazine, the 16th (March 16) and 17th (March 23) issues of Weekly Shonen Magazine, the 15th (March 10) and 16th (March 17) issues of Weekly Morning, the 8th issue (March 22) of Evening, the 6th issue (March 10) of Kiss, and the 7th issue (March 15) of Be-Love for free online.

TV Tokyo, Nihon Ad Terminate Yu-Gi-Oh! Deal, Sue 4Kids

On March 24, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems filed a joint lawsuit against North American media distributor 4Kids Entertainment, accusing the company of "underpayments, wrongful deductions, and unmet obligations" and stating that 4Kids now owes the companies US$4,792,460.36. The Hollywood Reporter website also states that the two companies have terminated their deal with 4Kids.

According to the documents filed by the plaintiffs, the companies conducted an audit on 4Kids' Yu-Gi-Oh! business per their licensing agreement. This audit allegedly uncovered the aforementioned underpayments, as well as a "secret" agreement with Funimation, allowing them to "exploit" the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise via home video and hide the added income from the plaintiffs. By hiding this income, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems allege that 4Kids was able to pay them a smaller share than would otherwise have been owed to them. The complaint further alleges that 4Kids attempted to hide the secret deal rather than disclosing it as required by their licensing agreement.

Funimation is not listed as a defendant in the complaint.

Update: According to TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems, the terms of their agreement with 4Kids were such that they would be paid 50% of 4Kids' gross income derived from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. The agreement also allowed 4Kids to enter into licensing agreements for the home video rights for the franchise, provided that they use "customary forms of license agreements."

The plaintiffs allege that 4Kids entered into an agreement with Funimation on March 1, 2002, which granted Funimation "broad right to exploit" the franchise and would pay 4Kids a royalty of 20% of its gross receipts. The plaintiffs then allege that on the same day, the two North American companies entered into a "secret" second agreement for Yu-Gi-Oh! and other titles, under which Funimation undertook the majority of the work releasing home video products and paid 4Kids a US$1.3 million advance and a "service fee" for each sale.

According to the complaint, this service fee added up to US$3.934 million and was not reported as income in 4Kids' quarterly reports. As such, the Japanese companies were not paid royalties from this "kick back."

The complaint further alleges that 4Kids entered into a similar deal with Majesco Entertainment to create Yu-Gi-Oh! videos to be played on Nintendo's Gameboy Advanced portable videogame console. Under this deal, 4Kids paid royalties on the US$366,667 advance paid by Majesco, but reported its $1 kick back per video sold as a service fee, not as income, and did not pay royalties on it.

BBC school competition

The BBC have launched a new competition which gives a team of UK primary school children the chance to write their own Doctor Who mini-adventure starring the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. The competition, produced by BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential is for school children aged 9 to 11 years who will be encouraged to collaborate on a three-minute script that takes the Time Lord on a new quest travelling through space and time inside the TARDIS. The winners will travel to the BBC's studios in Cardiff where they will see their script brought to life by the Doctor Who team and cast, including Matt Smith. Doctor Who Confidential will take viewers behind the scenes to show how the script gets developed from paper to television screen – from the first script meeting, a cast read-through, on-set filming... all the way to the final edit. Saul Nassé, Controller of BBC Learning, said:
Doctor Who is loved by children across the UK, and I can think of no better programme to inspire the next generation of story tellers. The Script to Screen competition is a fantastic way for children to learn new writing skills, whether or not they are winners. We are delighted that the stellar cast and crew of Doctor Who are on board for this journey of learning through time and space."
The script must feature Matt Smith as The Doctor, and can include one of four aliens from the show: Ood, Judoon, Cyberman or Weeping Angel, as well as a brand new human character to test the wits of the Doctor. Tailored learning resources will be available on the BBC Learning website to help guide teachers and pupils through the process. Head writer at Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, will also offer his expert advice and helpful tips on how to pull together a stand-out script with memorable characters.

Doctor Who made me want to write. It made me fall in love in television, script-writing and storytelling, and led me by the hand to the best job in the world. It also made me want to defend the Earth from aliens but that hasn't come up so often. I know the power this show has to set young imaginations alight, because I've lived it, so I'm incredibly excited to be involved in this project. Plus it's never too early to start looking for your replacement.

The winning script will be chosen by Steven Moffat, Saul Nassé and executive producers of Doctor Who, Piers Wenger and Beth Willis. Full details of how to enter the competition, with the judging criteria and terms and conditions will be available on from 20 April 2011. Downloadable BBC Learning resources will be available from 23 April 2011 and the closing date for entries Monday 13 June 2011.

TW Miracle Day to TX in Australia

TV Tonight blog reports Torchwood: Miracle Day will be fast-tracked to Australia on UKTV Australia in early July, immediately following its global premiere on Starz.

Jana Bennett, the new President for BBC Worldwide Networks and Global iPlayer, said:
Torchwood: Miracle Day is a courageous and exciting piece of drama which will resonate with audiences all over the world. I’m genuinely delighted that Torchwood will add to UKTV’s compelling selection of first-run drama in 2011.

Julie Dowding, Sales Director for BBC Worldwide Australia, added:
Torchwood: Miracle Day is set to be one of the most exciting dramas we’ve brought to Australia this year. UKTV audiences and Torchwood fans alike are in for a huge treat with this latest chapter from Captain Jack and the team.

TW Week 10/11 Production news

A quieter fortnight in terms of news filtering out from the ongoing production of Miracle Day - at this point, principle photography was taking place on episode five, with production meetings taking place for episodes seven and eight. However, public announcements over the course of the two weeks more than made up for quieter set reporting!

Last week saw the first official poster released by Starz for Miracle Day, announcing the launch date in the United States for Friday 8th July 2011, with a press release indicating the time as 10pm ET/PT. The United Kingdom broadcast date is yet to be confirmed, but is widely expected to be close to the the same date.

However, publicity photos have yet to be released for the series, though shoots for these took place in Swansea (28th January) and in Los Angeles (5th March). It seems likely that the publicity engine will kick into full gear at the MIPTV Media Market in Cannes on Monday 4th April; as previously reported, the show is one of several being showcased at the event, with principle stars John Barrowman and Bill Pullman there to help with promotion, alongside executive producer Julie Gardner.

The press release for this event also indicates that the series will consist of ten 50 minute episodes.

The principle cast have all been busy this fortnight, with John Barrowman, Mekhi Phifer and Alexa Havins seen on location, and Kai Owen tweeting prominently from the sets! As production has progressed, of course, more of the supporting cast and extras have come to light. The following is a list of those previously unreported, compiled from various casting agencies, resumes, and IMDB listings: Cris D'Annunzio; Richard Augustine (George Sayer); Brad Bell; Amy Benedict (Bridget Howe); Marina Benedict (Charlotte Willis); Candace Brown (Sarah Drummond); Ron Butler; Antonio D. Charity (Airport Security Guard); Tug Coker (Geoff Reed); Ewan Chung (Yu-King So); Jonathan Dane ("handsome man"); Joseph Eid (Man #1); Chrissie Fit (Assistant); Andrew Fowler (immortal patient); Laura Gardner; Brittnee Garza; Lauri Hendler (Angry Nurse); Paul James (Noah Vickers); Liz Jenkins ("Recurring"); Ronobir Lahiri (Simran Baidwan); Shaun Lucas ("patient"); Don Luce (Gate Guard); Jessica Matthews (News Anchor); Nick Salter; Jeffery Self (James Percey); Jonathan Spencer (Tony); A.J. Tannen (Government Clerk); Brian Treitler (Dr. Murphy); Randa Walker (Candace Perlmutter); Maurice Webster (Cop); Luke White (Emt); David Youse (Dr. Rosenbloom).

Another name associated with the new series is Olivia Hallinan; listed on IMDB as playing "Emma / Kate Dysart", the actress has appeared in Torchwood before in the Series One episode Out of Time, where she played Emma-Louise Cowell, the only time traveller from that story to continue her life in the present day. However, there has been no official confirmation of the actress's casting, or if "Emma" is indeed the same character.

Production-wise, the BBC Production Office reported that special effects and makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero had joined the production team; previous television projects include The Walking Dead, The Pacific and Deadwood, and films like Predators, Surrogates, Sin City and Kill Bill Vols 1+2.

Monday 14th March
Back to the beach! The production returned to Venice Beach for further filming during the day, this time along Westminster Avenue; scenes involved John Barrowman, Mekhi Phifer and Alexa Havins, with action including Rex being taken away in the back of an ambulance.

Jeremy Burleson was visiting the beach that day and saw some of the activity, even ending up in the background for a shot!
14:56 At this movie shoot on Venice Beach!!!!!!!! Wow
14:57 Literally at a Movie shoot right now.
15:01 They bout to start filmin.
15:11 Mann!! We get to be In the Background of this movie..
15:16 Torch 1..
16:31 Naww its a Tv Show
17:16 haha naww it was some white actors.. We was in the background tho
21:21 I still can't believe we got to be in the Background of this TV show
they was filming in LA today. 

Other filming-related tweets include:
14:11 CF Walking down Venice and ran into the #Torchwood team filming
a scene there! So random and cool :)
15:18 SBA I just went to get coffee on westminster in venicebeach venice beach
#losangeles and walking into the torchwood Scifi set filming today lol
16:55 BBC We're having our first spotting session for Episode #1 RIGHT NOW!
While the crew films at the beach. Here's to great Mondays.
17:09 AS Life's a beach.
Photos from the shoot were also published of the cast members by the Visual Press Agency, and may be seen via Padabee.

Tuesday 15th March - Friday 18th March
Documentation reported that filming would be taking place at Angels Gate Park at San Pedro for the rest of the week, though little was to be heard of the crew whilst there, Kai Owen also indicated further work at Venice Beach on Wednesday, though of course he could just have visited as a tourist!

Jane Espenson revealed on Tuesday that Brad Bell, aka "Cheeks", would be guesting on the show; an artist who experiments in the world of music, art and the media, he has become a popular icon on the Internet. This will be one of his first television roles.

On Wednesday the BBC Production Office reported that Greg Nicotero was on board to build an alien for the show - the first indication that there is more to the mysterious 'immortality' that pervades the 'Miracle Day' than meets the eye!

Tweets over the next couple of days:
15 18:17 KO Beautiful LA evening off out for a burger and beers with @natiejay.
16 10:32 WK Finished Shooting Torchwood in L.A. and its a buuuuzzz. I feel this is my
best role since Nedry. Your in for a treat folks! watch this space
16 12:02 NS Working background on Torchwood today.
But we talk about Doctor Who, not Torchwood.
16 16:03 AF Torchwood tomorrow!
17 01:03 AF Ah, but you shall not see me for I be but a stand-in. :)
16 18:50 KO Been down Venice Beach today! Crazy place.
16 20:11 ST Crazy busy day Started on location two hours away
Raced back to WB for fitting with JB,new ep to break down, budget meetings
I <3 my job :-) 16 20:13 ST Late call tomorrow so I get to drive my kids to school. Bonus :-) 16 20:52 BBC Looks like tomorrow is the start of our late night shooting. Team Torchwood, nocturnal entertainment like you've never seen before... Back in Week Five, Shawna Trpcic posted this photo via Twitpic of a 'mystery man' posing alongside herself and John Barrowman. Filming on the day (11th February) had revolved around a bar, with the storyline reported of Jack picking up a barman for the evening. The man of mystery has now been revealed as actor Dillon Casey, who talked about his experiences with Torchwood and John Barrowman in his blogging video:
As reported above, night shoots were on the way, with schedules indicating long production days of 09:00-04:00 (17th) and 09:00-05:00 (18th), the final evening this week assuming its usual 'Fraturday' designation!
17 21:45 ST Moulin rouge inspiration
17 22:48 ST A visiting DP asked us to cover red soles of shoes huh...
Any one know why NOT!
17 23:25 JE Production meeting in the morning. So it's time to put what's left
of the pies back in the fridge and close my eyes. Z!
18 09:43 ST Concept meeting with @JaneEspenson and the dept heads
for episode 8. This show is amazing!!
18 12:01 AS Tree trimming outside my hotel room at 8am (on the morning
I get to sleep in) makes me not a very happy camper. Happy Friday!

After late nights, it's early calls for next week!
19 07:37 ST Monday call for 3 of my crew is 4:30am @ location 2 hours away
rest of us in at 6:42am we r shooting in rain possibly laced w/ radiation :-/
19 07:37 ST Love my job though. :-)

Monday 21st March
Monday saw filming return (according to schedules) to Angels Gate Park, with Brad Bell filming his first scene and rumours of Greg Nicotero's creation being on set too!

"Arriving at location. So pretty!" - Jane Espenson, via Twitpic06:08 BB Long drive. Rain. Aliens.
06:28 JE Arriving at location. So pretty!
06:41 JE Luckily, California is not playing
the role of Wales today.
07:47 JE Rumors of more rain on the way.
But right now, #torchwood set is dry
and dramatic. And cheeky.
09:07 JE Torchwood shooting going so well.
Ep 5 hits hard.
10:06 JE Pouring rain can't dampen
our torchthusiasm!
10:39 AS Omfg... Seriously, miserable does not
begin to describe this.
11:08 BB The set is incredible! ...and drenched.
Shot my scene with @Mekhi_Phifer.
Awesomely nice dude.
Chatting w/ Alexa Havins.
Trying to stay dry.
11:13 BB You're gonna DIE for the new season!
It's unreal!
So excited for the fans & as a fan,
I'm quite excited to see it myself!
11:26 BB Already asked what I could share.
"The fans are gonna wanna know!"
Answer: Top Secret.
Gotta wait til summer...
13:06 ST Wow @JaneEspenson LOVE!! The rewrites on episode 7. Really really love it.
Wow. Powerful stuff!
13:12 JE Thank you much @Trpcic ! The last polish was the work of RTD,
and it put the frosting on it. I'm so proud of it!

Tuesday 22nd March
Tuesday was another quiet day, believed again to be the park; meanwhile, plans for the next photoshoot for Captain Jack were also unveiled ...

10:29 KO Just been for a run around the park. Great way to start the day.
16:43 BBC We can't say who yet but we're prepping for some serious publicity for
tomorrow's shoot. We're finally all back on the lot!
18:07 JE We are sharing the writing credit on episode ten.
It's still very much his baby-- he'll do all the final writing on it.
18:10 ST One crew working 5am to 5pm one crew working 3pm to 3am.
And a promo shoot with Captain Jack headed for a TV near you. Busy costume dept :-

Wednesday 23rd March
Today it was reported that filming would be taking place at the Alexandria Hotel, though the famous iconic site may have been used for the Captain Jack promotional shoot mentioned on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Jane Espenson further elaborated on Russell T Davies's importance to the show:
12:46 Torchwood does not require prepping with Doctor Who.
13:37 Jane Espenson: It's Russell's show. I'm just riding on top and enjoying the breeze!
14:14 Worry not. Original producers with hands firmly on wheel. Feels like same show.

And of course, todsy was when Starz unveiled the launch date for Miracle Day for the United States - 107 days and counting!

hursday 24th - Friday 25th March

Production Meeting, BBC, via img.muBack to the backlot it seems, and at least Kai Owen sounded happy: "On set today with some fine WELSH talent."

Meanwhile, production meetings continued apace:
13:35 BBC Production meeting for Episode 7
happening upstairs! @JaneEspenson it
sounds fun up there what's happening??
13:54 JE @BBC_Torchwood it IS fun! Ironing out
all the production details
for eps 7 and 8.
14:16 BBC A look inside our production meeting!
#Torchwood. Going to set, will
report with more news soon.
Plenty of faces to recognise around that table!

Onto Friday, and two views from Torchwoodland, courtesy of Shawna Trpcic:

View outside torchwood offices misty California morning.
Photo: Shawna Trpcic, via Twitpic

Sunset near the Torchwood set.
Photo: Shawna Trpcic, via Twitpic

08:08 All TW offices are in "houses" that are used on lot as sets.
14:06 Wow running like wild today, 2 units costumes in every one.
Background as well as actors all new. My cutter/fitter is going crazy Sew sew sew
21:18 1st and 2nd units still shooting. Been here since 6:30 I'm starting to drag :-)
waiting to move on to next big scene to establish new looks
00:18 JB is awesome!!
00:21 Still going @Team_Barrowman just encouraged the crew got applause

And after a long night, Kai Owen sums up:
23:12 Good night/morning. X

For Week 12, Cris D'Annunzio reported that he would have a guest role on the series. And Kai Owen has suggested that next week he'll be joined by his 'partner in crime', Tom Price:
18:55 @pricetom looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday mate.

And finally, to whet our appetites:
"Monday morning beautiful sunny day. All is peaceful as we shoot and continue to prep biggest ep yet ..."

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Manga Creator Ayano Yamane: Not Enough Paper, Ink

Boys-love manga creator Ayano Yamane (Target in the Finder series, Crimson Spell) posted on Twitter on Monday to note that, because of damage done to paper mills in the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster, both paper and ink are now in short supply. In particular, the Ishinomaki and Iwanuma mills in Miyagi Prefecture and the Nakoso mill in Fukushima Prefecture are out of commission.

She linked to a March 24 entry in a local blog with photographs of the damage at the Ishinomaki mill, and she characterized the mill as a "total loss." She offered her prayers for the safety of the workers at the mills.

Yamane noted that this is affecting books slated for an April 5 release, including her own Finder no Netsujō. In a follow-up Tweet, she encouraged her followers to buy new books from stores if they can find them. She later translated part of her posts into English.

Japan's NHK news also reported on ink shortages in Japan affecting the country's newspapers, and the Publishers Weekly magazine's analysis of the Japanese publishing industry's status after the earthquake also noted the current short supply of ink and paper, including the color ink used to publish manga in its anthology form.

Hatsune Miku's Weekly Playboy Piece

Shueisha's Weekly Playboy magazine posted a video to promote the joint photo spread between the virtual idol singer Hatsune Miku and the real-life idol Risa Yoshiki in this year's 15th issue, which shipped on Monday. (Weekly Playboy magazine shares the trademark of Hugh Hefner's American Playboy magazine but publishes its own, less explicit content.)
For the four-page "Pixeloid: 5th Dimension Girls Yoshiki Risa x Hatsune Miku" feature, the illustrator "bob" drew three images of Hatsune Miku, which were inserted into photographs from a studio photo shoot with Yoshiki. Shueisha posted an image of the feature's first page.

Crypton Future Media created Hatsune Miku to personify its software package that allow users to synthesize vocal songs without a human singer. Crypton Future Media has since expanded its lineup with other characters, and other companies have used the underlying Vocaloid software engine from YAMAHA to offer other character voice software packages

NTV Chair/Anime Film Producer Seiichiro Ujiie Passes Away

NTV Chairperson Seiichiro Ujiie passed away on Monday, March 28 in a Tokyo hospital due to multiple organ failure. He was 84.

Ujiie produced most of the projects from Studio Ghibli, including almost all of the films and television specials from 1993's Umi ga Kikoeru (Ocean Waves) to 2008's Ponyo. He also produced most of the Detective Conan films from 2002's Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street to 2010's Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky. His other productions include the Inuyasha films, the live-action Death Note films, two Lupin III films, the 2005 Black Jack: The Two Doctors Of Darkness anime film, the 1990s live-action special-effects Gamera films, and the first two live-action film adaptations of the Sanchōme no Yūhi - Yūyake no Uta (Always: Sunset on Third Street) manga.

Source: Mainchi Shimbun via

Update: Ujiie also served as the head of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, which held exhibits devoted to the works of background artist Kazuo Oga, production designer Yohei Taneda, and other Ghibli creators. Ujiie was a former chairperson of the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan.

Ujiie joined Yomiuri Shimbun-sha, the newspaper publisher and the parent company of NTV, in 1951 after graduating from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Economics. He rose through the ranks to become the president of NTV in 1992, and then started his first tenture as its chairperson in 2001.

His family plans to hold a service, followed by a separate service by NTV.

Jump Manga Creators Draw Messages for Quake Victims

The official website of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine posted messages from 11 of its manga creators to victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster on Friday. The messages are from the following creators (from left to right, top to bottom):

•Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball)
•Tite Kubo (Bleach)
•Osamu Akimoto (Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo)
•Kenta Shinohara (Sket Dance)
•Ryūhei Tamura (Beelzebub)
•Kenji Sakaki (ǝnígmǝ)
•Katsutoshi Murase (Dois Sol)
•Naoki Iwamoto (magico)
•Shōta Sakaki (Sengoku Armors)
•Akira Amano (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)
•Kōji Ōishi (Inumaru Dashi—)

PR samuari TX update

According to Power Rangers On-Air Central, these are upcoming episodes:

Sunday, April 10, Noon, 2009 - Test of the Leader
A Nighlok is sent to stop the Red Ranger from using his special power to seal Master Xandred in the Netherworld forever, but their duel is interrupted by the mysterious Deker.

Sunday, April 17, Noon 2010 - Jayden's Challenge
Jayden leaves the Shiba house hoping to keep the other Rangers out of harms way but when a powerful Nighlok attacks, Jayden finally accepts the fact that he needs his team to fulfill his role as the leader of the Samurai Rangers

Some time in May, 2011 - Unexpected Arrival
No summary available

Some time in May, 2012 - Room For One More
No summary available

Other sources have this episodes titles as well. "Test of the Leader" seem to based on Act 11 "Mitsudomoe Strife" and "Jayden's Challenge" seems to be based on Act 12 'Historically First Super Samurai Combination'. But "Unexpected Arrival" could either be Act 14 'The Foreign Samurai' or Act 17 "Sushi Samurai."

Act 14 has Shinken Brown, Richard Brown who wants to be a samurai, which can be translated in Bulk and Spike. Fans have been anticipating this. And Act 17 introduces the Gold Ranger. "Room For One More" makes me think it is Gold Ranger related, I am thinking that 'Unexpected Arrival' is based on 17 and 'Room for One More' is based on Act 18 "Samurai Promotion." So meaning they are skipping Acts 13, 14, 15 and 16. Finally! Because there is only going to be 40 episodes and they need to start squeezing episodes if they are going to adapt the 49 episodes, 2 Kamen Rider Decade episodes (Elie Dekel of Saban Brands confirmed htey bought them so most likely will be using them) and movie.

Act 13 "Heavy Cries" has the monster putting giant men in place of children, making parents think they are their kids and the kids crying. The boys get saddled with red ones, and these red men creatures appear on the Megazord as well. I remember one American fan not liking this episode, maybe it is too strange for Ameircan standards. The monster might appear later on as my guess

Act 15 The Imposter and the Real Deal's Arrest has a monster pretending it is Green and getting him in trouble. This would have been cool to see Mike in this situation but you never know, it could be used later on as in many past Power Ranger episodes, older episodes being used later in the season.

Act 16 "Kuroko Power" is about the Kuroko, well three Rangers wanting to be like them. Since there are no Kuroko in Samurai, they could just skip them and use the monster footage, which is unrelated, about a rolling rock. Most likely we will just see the monster in a group of monsters later on.

Space network (Canada) to TX series 6 of DW

Canadian broadcaster SPACE have now confirmed that, like the USA, the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, The Impossible Astronaut will be broadcast on Saturday 23rd April 2011 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Announced via their Spacecast blog, the channel reports:

This just in! The new Season of DOCTOR WHO will be coming to SPACE SATURDAY APRIL 23 at 8E/P. We're thrilled to be airing a new season of heart-pounding adventures, with Matt Smith as 11th Timelord and Karen Gillan as his feisty partner-in-time, Amy Pond.

The series will be preceeded by a marathon of Doctor Who, kicking off on 21st April with the final four episodes of the Tenth Doctor, followed by Eleventh's first series leading into the premier, with Christmas specials following later that evening.

Official DW Series 6 trailer tonight (Tuesday)

Having whetted our appetites with the two teaser trailers last week, the first episode prelude a couple of days later, and then an "iconic" image for the episode itself, the BBC are now about to unleash a new 60 second trailer which will premier on BBC1 tomorrow (Tuesday).

No time has been confirmed for the trailer at present, though it is expected to during primetime viewing in the evening.

The trailer will also be broadcast on the CBBC channel, but in a shortened 20 second form to remove some of the 'scarier' scenes, as BBC Publicity clarified:

The trailer is a 60" and we usually play them on CBBC as well (for obvious reasons). We think this will be the first that will need to be edited down to a 20" to make it suitable and remove the scary bits (remember that we have six year olds and younger watch CBBC as well as twelve year olds)

The 20" is just for CBBC. The 60" also has a 40" cut-down version that will be rotated in.

Title of ep4 of Series 6 of DW revealed

Doctor Who Magazine have confirmed the title of Neil Gaiman's Doctor Who episode. Episode 4 of the new series, which guest stars Suranne Jones (Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa's Revenge) as Idris and Michael Sheen, will now be called The Doctor's Wife.

There had been speculation of the title on a number of fan sites and this evening SFX had leaked it. Speculation began yesterday when Steven Moffat Tweeted to Gaiman:

Ohh, just watched your one again! It's really good, isn't it? And look who it is! LOOK WHO IT IS!!!

Today, Gaiman told his Twitter followers:

Yes, Doctor Who Ep 4's title has made it onto the internet. Because the title is a spoiler, I will let you find it yourself.

Edward Russell, Senior Brand Executive for Doctor Who Tweeted in reply to Gaiman:

in retrospect, we should have hung on until Friday [April] 1st... Then no one would have believed us!"

Director of the episode, Richard Clark was surprised to have learned that the episode title had been released so soon:
Ep4 title is out there. How is that possible? [adding] The title was only signed off a couple days ago. Anyone know what date Ep4 is transmitted?

Gaiman told Doctor Who Magazine:

Idris is someone who is beautiful, and who bites, and who might just turn out to be an old acquaintance with a new face... [adding] it starts in void-space, with something – or someone – we have not seen since The War Games, and a knock on the TARDIS door...
Steven Moffat described the episode as:

a beautiful poem of an episode" and says that Suranne Jones "will change the way you see Doctor Who forever forever – and that’s a hand-on-heart promise.
The Doctor's Wife was originally used as a fake title by John Nathan-Turner to discover possible leaks in the production office back in the 1980s.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Pokemon Black and white ep8

PR Samurai ep 9 review

Forest for the Trees
They now have three discs and they form a bird-type BattleWing Megazord and mentor gives the Tiger to Jayden, the swordfish to Kevin and the Beetle to Mia, which makes Mike mad and makes him train more. In battle with the monster (who makes people sad and angry with his water), Mike takes the beetle disc from Mia and uses it, risking the safety of the team, leading the Mentor to take away his Samuraizer. Mike and Jii stew, thinking they are both right. But it takes Jayden to make the mentor realize he must take the first step.

So Jii picks up Mike in his motorbike at the arcade, where Bulk and Spike are training to do teamwork on a Dance video game. Mike is trained on the forest and masters to defeat the monster. Mia gives Mike the beetle zord. They pilot the Aux. zords and form the BattleWing Megazord to defeat the flying monster. This episode did deviate just a teeny bit from the Japanese episode. In that, Mike gave Jii a plant and made a fist bump instead of what Chiaki did... draw on Jii's face!!! Also the whole thing about Mia giving a beetle disk to Mike, I was upset about it in Shinkenger, a woman giving a man her power, I had rather Mako have the disc, but Mia seemed blaze about it, she said that Jii could had picked anyone that wasn't Mike, maybe she has issues and maybe they can explore those issues later on.

Mike episodes rock! I wish all the characters were as fascinating as Mike. Rumor is now that the actors were told to act like they were talking to kids, which explains the acting, but I think the writers were more interesting to developing Mike than the others. Mike gets an awesome line: "They are as miserable as Kevin." And some other great lines that made me laugh at loud. I am glad there was some development to the mentor, but its just a little chip off the block. They did show a clip of Jayden calling forth a horse, which I assume is from the first episode we have yet to see, because Jii is wearing the same costume the Japanese Jii was in the first ep of Shinkenger

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Kodansha to Put 6 Manga Mags' Issues Online After Quake

In response to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster, the Japanese publisher Kodansha has decided to distribute issues from Weekly Shonen Magazine and five other manga magazines online for free. Kodansha Vice-President Yoshinobu Noma told Jiji Press the news on Friday.

Kodansha will distribute the manga sections of Weekly Shonen Magazine, Young Magazine, Morning, Evening, Be-Love, and Kiss — without advertising — online. The publisher will decide which issues to distribute, how to long to distribute the issues, and other details next week. For readers who want to read the magazines in print, Kodansha is offering its ordering service for back issues.

Another publisher, Shueisha, distributed the manga sections from this year's 15th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump online for free earlier this week. Many publishers announced that they will delay their magazines and books due to delivery problems and supply issues. The Asahi Shimbun paper reported on Saturday that over 100 children took turns reading one sole copy of the 16th Weekly Shonen Jump issue at a bookstore in Sendai — the closest major city to the epicenter of the earthquake.

One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP 3DS Game Delayed After Quake

Bandai Namco Games announced on Wednesday that "in light of various circumstances," it is delaying the release of its One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP game for the Nintendo 3DS system from April 7 to a date to be determined. Bandai Namco prefaced its announcement with a note of condolence to the victims of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami.

The action game adapts Eiichiro Oda's original One Piece pirate manga and subsequent anime. Unlike the previous One Piece Unlimited Cruise games for the Nintendo Wii console, One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP offers the character Edward "Whitebeard" ("Shirohige") Newgate as a playable character. After eating the Gura Gura no Mi fruit and gaining special powers, Whitebeard can cause tremors or even tsunami waves.

California's Fanime Maids to Host Tsunami Charity

Members of the independently run Fanime Maid Cafe are hosting a charity event to raise money and help Japan's recovery after theGreat Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster on March 11. The event, called "Pray for Japan," will be held at the Senzala Restaurant in Sunnyvale, California on Sunday, March 27.

"Pray for Japan" is an all-day event split into two, 4-hour segments - one lunchtime event from 11:00 a.m. PST to 3:30 p.m. PST and one dinner event from 5:30 p.m. PST to 9:30 p.m. PST.

A US$5 online pre-registration or US$10 at the door donation is required to attend the event. All donations will be made to the Japanese Emergency Network (JEN). Both events include a live concert featuring anime and Vocaloid music, mini-games, and a photo shoot with the Fanimaids. Food and drinks, however, are not included with the entry fee.

For more information regarding location and pre-registration, viewers are encouraged to visit the "Pray for Japan"

Casting news for DW series 6

Nina Toussaint-White’s Spotlight CV reveals that she will be playing Mels in an episode directed by Richard Senior, which is almost certainly either Episode Eight or the series finale, Episode Thirteen.

Her prior work has included roles in BBC prime-time drama’s Casualty, Eastenders and Five Daughters along with ITV series’ The Bill and Primeval.

DW Series 6 promo image revealed

The BBC Doctor Who website have revealed an "iconic" image for the new series featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory in the reflection of a US space helmet.

The prequel to the first episode of the new series, The Impossible Astronaut, was released yesterday

TW in Cannes

John Barrowman and Bill Pullman will be promoting the new series of Torchwood at the MIPTV Media Market in Cannes. The two stars will be joined by executive producer Julie Gardner to launch Torchwood: Miracle Day to buyers on Monday 4th April.

Steve Macallister, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, commented:
We’re thrilled to have John Barrowman and Bill Pullman with us at MIPTV. The fact that Torchwood: Miracle Day is able to attract such a high-calibre, international cast reflects the quality of the production – so it’s sure to prove popular with buyers again, along with the rest of our exciting drama slate.

Friday, 25 March 2011

DW Series 6 prequel Ep1 Impossible Astronaut

The BBC have made a special video available to introduce the opening two-part story of the new series of Doctor Who, premiering at Easter. Written by Steven Moffat, this short segment (which they have termed a prequel) stars Stuart Milligan (best known as illusionist Adam Klaus in Jonathan Creek), and sets the scene for what the Doctor can expect to encounter during the adventure ...

You can also watch a teaser for the video on the BBC website.

The Doctor Who website reports that they will be "revealing the latest iconic image for the new series at approximately one minute past midnight on Saturday morning", which will be available to download as a wallpaper. They also report that several exclusive videos featuring the cast and crew discussing the new adventures of the TARDIS crew will be appearing on-site in the lead-up to Easter's broadcast of The Impossible Astronaut.

Gundam, Macross Quake Messages by Okawara, Kawamori

On March 14, the veteran mechanical designer Kunio Okawara (Gundam, Votoms) posted the above image of Mobile Suit Gundam's title robot to encourage Japan and to thank the nation's Self-Defense Forces and others involved in the reconstruction after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) three days earlier. He then posted the image below of the Yatterwan robot from the Yatterman anime series on March 23.

Mechanical designer and director Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Escaflowne, Aquarion) also posted an illustrated message of support via the Twitter account of Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko imprint on March 22. Kawamori was born in northwestern Japan, and he directed Ihatov Gensou: Kenji no Haru (Spring and Chaos), an anime based on the life of acclaimed author Kenji Miyazawa (Night on the Galactic Railroad). Miyazawa was famous for his devotion to Buddhism, social activism, and preserving the way of life in Iwate, a northeastern prefecture hard hit by the earthquake.

Voice Actors, Actresses Plan Charity Events for Quake

Kazuhiko Inoue, the leader of a group of voice actors and actresses that recently formed in response to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster, announced on Wednesday that the group will hold four live charity events in Tokyo this Saturday and Sunday. The main hosts of the "Seiendan Charity Live ~Todoke Kimi ni~" will be Inoue, Kentarou Itou, Nobutoshi Canna, and Anri Katsu.

The first event, "Sakura no Kai" (Cherry Blossom Gathering), will run from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, followed by "Himawari no Kai" (Sunflower Gathering) at 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. "Tulip no Kai" and "Tanpopo no Kai" (Dandelion Gathering) will be held at the same times on Sunday. The drawing for tickets is already being held, and the staff is requesting a 1,000-yen (about US$12) donation from the ticket winners at the door. All proceds will go to charity.

As of Seiendan's second video message this week, the group now includes the following members:

Masumi Asano
Kentarou Itou
Kazuhiko Inoue
Ryotaro Okiayu
Fumiko Orikasa
Anri Katsu
Mika Kanai
Nobutoshi Canna
Misato Fukuen (Kuroji)
Akiko Matsuzaki (Kuroji)
Yamato Koganemaru
Katsuyuki Konishi
Yumiko Kobayashi
Mitsuki Saiga
Asami Sanada
Miyuki Sawashiro
Shocker Ono
Tomokazu Seki
Naozumi Takahashi
Chiemi Chiba
Takuma Terashima
Miki Nagasawa
Romi Park
Saki Fujita
Souichiro Hoshi
Kotono Mitsuishi
Toshiyuki Morikawa
Showtaro Morikubo
Kappei Yamaguchi

Catrin Stewart to appear in Series 6 of Doctor Who

A recent update on the online CV of Catrin Stewart has revealed that she’ll be appearing in Series 6 of Doctor Who.

Her casting will no doubt lead to speculation among fans (in case we haven’t got enough already!) as a result of her character’s name. Of course, a name is just a name, and we’ve got no other proof at the moment, but, interestingly, she’ll playing a character called (highlight to reveal) Jenny in a forthcoming episode. Make of it what you will, but it’s interesting to contemplate over nonetheless…

Stewart has previously appeared in Casualty, Misfits, and on stage in A Doll’s House.

DW series 6 Ep 2 Day of the Moon TX - Easter Sunday

Since the announcement by BBC America that Doctor Who would premier in the USA on the 23rd April, speculation has been rife within UK fandom as to when The Impossible Astronaut would premier on BBC1. This is widely expected to be broadcast on the same date as the States, based upon the 'traditional' Saturday evening series start to Doctor Who seen to date.

Being this is the first time the series is to commence with a two-part story, the second episode Day of the Moon has also been subject to intense speculation as to whether it too would be shown over the Easter period. An intriguing piece of information has emerged via the CV of actor John Mash; as well as being cited as playing a character called Grant in the episode, the CV also includes an entry that states that episode two will be broadcast on 24th April.

This entry certainly lends credence to the suggestions that both parts would be shown over Easter!

However, at this time the BBC have only confirmed via the end of the Red Nose Day special that The Impossible Astronaut will see its premier on BBC1(HD) over Easter 2011.

Schedules are generally not 'locked' until around a fortnight before broadcast, so any information published via the Internet prior to then may not accurately reflect how the show will eventually be broadcast.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Official TX of TW:Miracle day

Torchwood: Miracle Day co-producer Starz have released a poster confirming the USA premier for the show, revealing the date for when the series commences as Friday 8th July. The BBC has yet to confirm if it will also broadcast the first episode on the same evening.

Torchwood: Miracle Day — the rapturously anticipated fourth season of the UK phenom — will make its stateside debut on Starz on Friday, July 8.
But wait, there’s more.
Scroll down for a first look at the provocative key art for Miracle Day, which perfectly underscores the season’s explosive conceit: What would happen if the entire human race became immortal?

“Not a single person on Earth dies” Torchwood boss Russell T. Davies recently explained. “The old stay old. It’s great news for some people, but globally it’s an instant population boom. Earth relies on people dying. Suddenly you’re affecting everyone on the planet. That’s where the Torchwood team comes in.”
And what a team it is. Joining Captain Jack (John Barrowman) and Gwen (Eve Myles) on their international crusade — which includes an extended stopover in Los Angeles — will be ER‘s Mekhi Phfifer and All My Children‘s Alexa Havins. The season 4 ensemble also includes Bill Pullman as the Big Bad and Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose as a no-nonsense PR expert.

DW Series 6 teaser and Prequel teaser

BBC Publicity have confirmed that a 15 second teaser trailer for the new series of Doctor Who will be broadcast tonight at 9:00pm, with minor variations across the four main BBC channels.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, a special prelude to The Impossible Astronaut will also be made available from the official BBC Doctor Who site; this goes live from Friday at 4:00pm - a teaser for it is now available on the website.

A longer "Coming Soon" compilation trail is currently expected to launch from Saturday (26th March).

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24-Hour Podcast Raises US$31,500+ for Quake Charity

From 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Saturday, March 19 until 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 20, the fan-run One Piece Podcast held a 24-hour marathon podcast featuring voice actors and other members of the North American anime/manga industry as a fundraiser to raise money for earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

At press time, the official website for the charity marathon stated that the event had raised US$31,515, which will be donated to the Global Giving charity organization. The website is also still taking donations, although its original goal was US$25,000.

The final list of guests included (in alphabetic order by last or organization name):

Anime World Order
Zac Bertschy
Christopher Bevins
Steve Blum
Chainsaw Buffet
Luci Christian
Todd Cochran
Colleen Clinkenbeard
Terry Doty
Maile Flanagan
William Flanagan
Crispin Freeman
Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs
Clarine Harp
Stephen Hoff
The Konoha Corner
Little Kuriboh
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Reuben Langdon
Wendee Lee
Mike McFarland
Matt Mercer
Josh Morris
Daran Norris
Brina Palencia
Reverse Thieves
Michelle Ruff
Christopher Sabat
Patrick Seitz
Justin Sevakis
Stephanie Sheh
Ed Sizemore
Micah Solusod
SSAA Podcast
Jessica Straus
Eric Stuart
J. Michael Tatum
Eric Vale
Cristina Vee
Stephen Weese
Tony Yao

honen Jump Posts Quake-Delayed Issue Online

The official website of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced that the publisher is releasing the manga in this year's 15th issue for free online from March 23 to April 27. The 15th issue was slated to ship on March 14, but the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami delayed the shipment of the issue in several areas.

The issue comes in an executable Microsoft Windows program.

Kannagi's Locale Inspiration Seriously Damaged by Tsunami

Manga creator Eri Takenashi reported on her official website on Monday that one of the locales that inspired the Kannagi anime — her own hometown of Shichigahama — received serious damage in the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and resulting tsunami. According to Takenashi, nothing remains in the area close to the shore except for mountains of rubble. The telephone poles have fallen, the land was submerged underwater, and the roads have been broken up. (The photograph to the right is of the town's submerged Shōbuda area on March 13.)

As of Monday evening, 45 were confirmed killed (including three whose identities were still unknown), 38 people were missing, and 16 were injured.

Hanabushi Shrine, the locale that was used as an inspiration for the first episode of the anime, was built on a cliff by the sea. Although stone lanterns had fallen at the shrine, the tsunami did not reach the shrine itself. (The photograph to the left is of the area near Shichigahama's Kokusaimura and Chūō Kōminkan on March 13.)

Takenashi urged people with Japanese bank accounts to contribute donations to the town.

Takenashi had previously revealed on March 13 that her family comes from Miyagi Prefecture (the prefecture closest to the epicenter of the earthquake), but all of them were safe and sound in Tokyo at the time. Takenashi also confirmed that she is preparing to resume her manga.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Animate, Gamers Stores Reopen in Sendai After Quake

The official Twitter account and websites of the ANIMATE and Gamers retail chains announced that the chains' stores in Sendai are temporarily and partially re-opening on Tuesday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The stores in Sendai have not received new shipments of anime/game character goods or other items since the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster on March 11, so they will be selling the items they already have in stock. All items that were pre-ordered at the ANIMATE store for March have been delayed until the end of April.

Sendai is the closest major city to the epicenter of the earthquake.

Tokyo Big Sight to House Quake, Nuclear Evacuees

The metropolis of Tokyo announced on Monday that the Tokyo Big Sight and Tokyo International Forum event complexes will house evacuees from the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident. Tokyo Big Sight will begin accepting up to 3,000 evacuees at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. The Tokyo International Forum can accept up to 1,000 evacuees until the middle of April.

Tokyo has already been housing evacuees at the Tokyo Budōkan and Ajinomoto Stadium. Ajinomoto Stadium extended the time that evacuees can stay at its facilities from the end of March until the middle of April. Altogether, the various facilities in the metropolis can house up to 10,000 evacuees.

Tokyo Big Sight hosts several anime-, manga-, and game-related events, such as Comic Market, Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF), Tokyo Toy Show, and Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai. The TAF organizers announced the cancellation of this year's event this month. The organizers of Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai 8, the dōjin convention centering around the Touhou Project game series, have rescheduled the event from March 13 to May 8. Another Touhou Project dōjin event, Dai-9-shuu Touhousai 4, was originally going to be held in Kitakyūshū City on May 8 until it was delayed by the disaster.

Academy award winner to create a Alien for TW: Miracle day

Gregory Nicotero will construct a new alien for Torchwood: Miracle Day. The American has worked on movies such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Serenity, and his special effects studio has won many awards, including an Emmy and an Academy Award.

The official Torchwood Twitter account revealed the news:
@BBC_Torchwood: The amazing Greg Nicotero is building an alien. We're dying to see what he creates.

DW retruns to French Canadian TV network

French speaking Canadians will get a chance to catch up with the last days of the tenth Doctor and the first series of the Eleventh, when Doctor Who returns to Ztélé this spring.

The series kicks off with 2008 Christmas special, The Next Doctor, on Wednesday 6th April at 9pm ET. The rest of the specials will follow in subsequent weeks leading into Matt Smith's first series starting on May 4th.

English speaking fans in the country will be able to see Matt Smith's second series on SPACE shortly after its UK début

Monday, 21 March 2011

Final Fantasy's Sakaguchi Writes Song for Quake Victims

Game designer Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy series, Blue Dragon, The Last Story) revealed on his Twitter account on Sunday that he composed a song for the victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster of March 11. A female staff member of his Mistwalker studio sang the song "Pray for you," and Sakaguchi himself performed the final chorus.

While Mizuguchi noted that the song was not made for fundraising, but he hopes he "can help to encourage someone and make difference."

Voice Actors, Actresses Sing for Japan After Quake

Kazuhiko Inoue leads a volunteer group of fellow voice actors and voice actresses in "Seiendan" — literally, seiyū cheering party — in singing to cheer up all of Japan after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai). According to Kentarou Itou, the following members gathered in Osaka on the first day:

•Kentarou Itou
•Kazuhiko Inoue
•Ryotaro Okiayu
•Anri Katsu
•Yamato Koganemaru
•Katsuyuki Konishi
•Tomokazu Seki
•Naozumi Takahashi
•Souichiro Hoshi
Seiendan grew to include the following members:

•Fumiko Orikasa
•Mika Kanai
•Nobutoshi Canna
•Asami Sanada
•Miyuki Sawashiro
Thanks to GokuMew2 and Mary McDonough for the news tips.

Anime/Manga Releases Delayed After Quake: Part III

The following anime, manga, and related releases have been delayed or cancelled in Japan due to the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami:

The YTV and NTV stations list a rerun of Yumeiro Pâtissière in Beelzebub's 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. In addition, the first two DVDs will have a two-month delay and will ship on June 29 and July 27 instead of April 20 and May 25, respectively.

Blessing of the Campanella
The Blessing of the Campanella original video anime will ship on March 30 instead of March 23.

Blue Exorcist
The official website for the television anime series confirmed that the series will premiere on April 17 instead of April 10. The Osaka television station MBS already listed a second episode in the rerun of the classic folktale anime Manga Nihon Mukashi Banashi in Blue Exorcist's future timeslot on April 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Dragon Crisis!
The preempted episode 10 will air on March 21 on YTV, followed immediately by episode 11. KIDS STATION, Tokyo MX, and Chibi TV will run the 10th episode on March 20.

Infinite Stratos
The television anime series was preempted on TBS and CBC this past Thursday at late night (effectively early Friday morning).

Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season
Episode 10 "Koko kara" was replaced on March 15 by the "episode 0" special that first ran on January 4. However, the new episode is slated to air next week. The 2nd DVD of the anime has been delayed from April 6 to April 20.

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
The 6th DVD/Blu-ray Disc volume will ship on March 30 instead of March 23.

Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
The new television anime series will premiere on April 9 instead of April 2.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
The third volume of the manga version has been delayed from April 12 to a date to be announced.

The publisher Shueisha announced on Thursday that three of its magazines will be delayed due to difficulties in maintaining electrical power, transportation, and materials.

•This year's 17th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump has been delayed from March 28 to Monday, April 4. Thereafter, future issues are slated to go on sale every Monday as usual.
•This year's 18th issue of Weekly Young Jump, which was scheduled to ship on March 31, will be combined with the 19th issue. The combined 18/19th issue will ship on March 31, but then there will be no issue on April 7. Thereafter, future issues are slated to go on sale every Thursday as usual.
•The May issue of Jump Square, which was scheduled to ship on April 4, will be combined with the June issue (originally scheduled for May 2). The combined May/June issue will ship on April 21.

Star Driver Kagayaki no Takuto
The 23rd episode will air on MBS and TBS at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 after being preempted on March 13.

Starry Sky
The special and standard editions of the second DVD volume will ship on April 6 instead of March 24.

Yumekui Merry
The television anime series was preempted this past week on the four channels (TBS, MBS, CBC, BS-TBS) that run it. However, it is returning on Saturday at 25:58 (effectively Sunday at 1:58 a.m.) on MBS.

Zenon Comics
All books Zenon Comics that would have shipped on March 18 will now ship on March 22:

•Angel Heart 2nd Season #1
•Cat's Eye (Ai) #1
•Conscierge Platinum #1
•Waraenu Warashi ~108 no Karma~ #1
•Cyber Blue #1
•Nakabō Rintarō #1
In addition, the May issue of Monthly Comic Zenon magazine will ship on March 26 instead of March 25

Full Metal Panic's Tessa Speaks to Quake Victims

The voice actress Yukana posted the above message from Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa, the character she voiced in the Full Metal Panic! anime, to the people in the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster area on Sunday. Shoji Gatoh, the author of the original Full Metal Panic! light novels, wrote the text of the message, and the light novels' illustrator Shikidouji drew the accompanying art.

The effort came about when Yukana was looking for something else she can do in addition to giving donations and conserving electricity. She then heard that Shikidouji had drawn Tessa as a part of a series of illustrations to encourage the disaster victims. She contacted Shikidouji about working together, and finally they reached Gatoh to write the message.

PR Samuari ep 8 review

"I got a Spell on Blue"
It is a basic carbon cop of the Shurikenger episode, Jayden and Kevin spare and the Rangers think Kevin is best, but Jii says it is Jayden. A monster has the Tiger Zord and he puts a spell on Kevin. Jayden decides to fight Kevin on his own and is able to break the spell using a special disc. The others are bummed about Jayden fighting Kevin on his own, a mysterious stranger (Rick Medina in the same Juzo clothing!) explains even though it looks like Blue is winning, it is actually Red. Deker then disappears. Red fights the Tiger in his Lion and is able to conquer it. The four Rangers take down the monster and then the Tiger Samurai Megazord destroys the foe.

At the end, Emily, Mia and Mike play with their Zords on a board. Jayden and Kevin give a pep talk that is to be wise but they don't seem to be able to get it. Oh and Bulk and Spike have a subplot of camping in the forest and bump into the MotD.

I was waiting and waiting for Rick Medina would appear on screen and screamed when I saw him in the Juzo outfit. Juzo is his Shinkenger counterpart. The puns are rampant here and even Jayden's dialouge is infested with it. 'cool cat' and horrible lines like that. The monster is the most annoying, his lines and voice acting is deplorable. Being that it is the same exact plot of Shinkenger, the Shinkenger actors did better with the material. It's like having Filet Mignon and then having public school meat loaf. I can't really access Rick's acting right now though. The Zord game looked great though. I do give them points for alluding to killing Blue twice (the monster and Dayu), just like the counterpart, you'd think the censors would have gotten them for that.

There didn't seem to be a 'Next time on' preview, they said there is new episodes every Sunday and showed clips of what seem to be the first and second episode (of Shinkenger) that we have yet to see. According to scheduling, the newest episode that premieres Tiger, Kabuto and Swordfish getting together in April.

Sheen in DW

Film star Michael Sheen is to voice a character in the fourth episode of the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

Sheen revealed his involvement during a talk to students at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and this was confirmed later by writer Neil Gaiman who penned the story that will feature the vocal talents of the actor.

Sheen is best known for his movie portrayals of well-known public figures. He played former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in The Queen, TV interviewer David Frost in Frost/Nixon and former Football manager Brian Clough in The Damned United.

Sheen was born in Newport in Wales in 1969. He was a member of the West Glamorgan Youth theatre, where he was a contemporary of former showrunner Russell T Davies.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

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Gainax Studio Updates Site with Staff Art for Quake

The official website of the anime studio Gainax posted the above illustrations with messages of support to the victims of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami on Friday. The messages are from the following creators (from left to right, top to bottom):

Ikuo Kuwana
Yoshiko Kumagawa
Syūichi Iseki
Daiki Egashira
Harumi Takahoshi
Kazuhiro Takamura
Akira Yamashita
Rino Yamazaki
Kazuya Masumoto
Toyonori Yamada
Akemi Hayashi
Nana Yamaishi
Yū Matsuoka
Maki Kōbe
Kanae Yuasa
Hyuga Yamamura
Takami Akai

DW Comic relief special- Time and Space

Last night saw BBC's Comic Relief broadcast a special mini-episode of Doctor Who in two parts, Space and Time. Both have now been added to the BBC's official YouTube channel.

DW series 6 trailer due for TX soon

BBC Publicity have indicated the possibility of a 10 second teaser trailer being broadcast on BBC1 at some point today, though this has not been finalised at the time of writing.

A longer "Coming Soon" compilation trail is currently expected to launch from next Saturday (26th March).

DW Series 6 Ep1 title revealed

The BBC have now confirmed the title for episode one of the new series as The Impossible Astronaut, which will be broadcast at Easter; the title and date were given at the end of the Comic Relief Doctor Who special sketches broadcast this evening.

BBC America confirmed the date for the US premier last week.

The BBC's Doctor Who site is planning to mark the start of the series with a specially prepared prequel:
We'll be launching the Prequel to the series' opening two-parter very soon. It's an eerie sequence written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who's Lead Writer, Executive Producer and writer of the opening story) that sets the scene in scary and mysterious style. It introduces us to the world the Doctor will collide with in the next adventure and watch carefully... was that the new monster..?

The first prequel stars Stuart Milligan and introduces us to story strands that will bind the Doctor - and enthral his audience - throughout the weeks ahead. We'll bring you more details soon, but be warned, it's a scary one...

Friday, 18 March 2011

Trailer for Makoto Shinkai�s Latest Film

The trailer for Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, “Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below” has been released.

The film focuses on a young girl who embarks upon an adventure to meet a boy which will see her discover the beauties and horror of the world. The film is released in Japan on 7th of May.

Margaret Mag's Manga Creators Plan Quake Charity Book

Megumi Hazuki (Ojosama wa Oyomesama.), Nagamu Nanaji (Parfait Tic!, Koibana! Koiseyo Hanabi), and other creators in Shueisha's Margaret shōjo manga magazine are putting together a charity book to raise funds for the victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai). Hazuki will provide more details on her blog, and the creators will set up a standalone site or blog for the effort.

As of Wednesday, the following creators are contributing to the effort:

Mimi Tajima
Miyoshi Tomori
Zakuri Satō
Mika Yamamori
Ayumi Komura
Chiroru Takahashi
Hazuki Akane
Mika Satonaka
Rin'ichi Suzukaze
Sakura Yukimori
Ao Fukami
Minami Ozaki
Keiko Honda
Miyu Shimizu
Sango Tsukishima
Shōei Ishioka
Mayu Shinjo
Shoko Conami
Momota Nakahara
Yūko Kasumi
Kurea Aida
Kanako Ōi
Suu Morishita
Rui Hase
Mika Sakurano
Yama Furukawa
Ayana Isero
Yuki Minami
Kana Anemori
Kei Kusunoki
Mick Takeuchi
Shino Kajitani
Kinako Kashiwagi
Tōka Akiyoshi
Azuno Sakura
Sachiko Yoshida
Nozomi Momiji
Uni Shindō
Nagamu Nanaji
Megumi Hazuki

Macross II Producer Hiroshi Kakoi Passes Away in Quake

confirmed with Jan Scott Frazier, a close friend of the deceased, and other anime industry members that producer and animator Hiroshi Kakoi passed away during the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami. Kakoi's wife Kumiko survived the disaster.

Among other projects, Kakoi was a producer on The Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers, Again and Moldiver original video anime series. He also worked as a key animator at the anime studio Artland on the first Macross series (from the first episode onward) and on the 1980 version of Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom). He served as a production manager at Artland and the anime studio AIC.

Evening Mag's Manga Creators Draw for Quake Victims

The official website of Kodansha's Evening magazine posted the above illustrations with messages of support from the magazine's creators to the victims of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami. The messages are from the following creators (from left to right, top to bottom):

Mieko Ohsaka
Riki Kusaka
Mitsurou Kubo (Moteki)
Kei Aoyama (SWWEEET)
Yuriko Nishiyama (Harlem Beat)
Kenji Sonishi (Neko Ramen)
Mari Otani
Takahiro Kochi (Kabachitare!)
Masayuki Takano (Blood Alone)
Tsuyoshi Matsumoto
Souichi Moto (Megumi)
Kenshi Hirokane (Human Crossing, Kosaku Shima)
Sachiko Aoki

Dragon Ball's Toriyama Raises Quake Funds via YouTube

The major Japanese manga publisher Shueisha directed visitors from its website and Shonen Jump's website to a YouTube video message from Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump creator Akira Toriyama. Shueisha will donate all advertising revenue from people watching the video to victims of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami.

Shueisha has since posted an English version of Toriyama's message on Thursday. English comments made by viewers on that video will be translated into Japanese for victims of the disaster. Toriyama had previously drawn an illustrated message of support for the victims.

Fractale's Azuma Writes About Japan, Quake in NY Times

Hiroki Azuma, the story creator for the ongoing fantasy anime Fractale, described his personal experience and observations of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami in the Thursday edition of the New York Times newspaper. As his nation responds to the disaster with nonstop relief efforts and government support, Azuma said that the character of the Japanese people is changing for the better:

I have never seen Japanese people thinking about and discussing "the public" this much. Only recently the Japanese people and the government were seen as indecisive and selfish, muddled with complaints and bickering. But now, they are boldly trying to defend the nation together, as if they are a changed people. To borrow an expression from the younger generation here, the Japanese people seem to have completely transformed their kyara (character).
Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara had commented on Monday that the tsunami was "divine punishment" for Japan's "selfishness." Yutaka Yamamoto, the director of Fractale, had responded by saying that no divine punishment would indiscriminately affect innocent people and that Ishihara was not qualified to characterize Japan.

The full version of Hiroki's "For a Change, Proud to Be Japanese" article is available to read on the New York Times' website until March 28, when the site converts to a paid online subscription model.

Anime/Manga/Game Industry Members Check In After Quake (Updated)

The following members of the anime, manga, game, and related industries have checked in via Twitter or other social networking sites to report being alive and well after the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin):

Update: Studio Baobab has confirmed that all of its voice actors are safe.

Update 2: Ken Production has also confirmed that all of its voice actors are safe.

Update 3: Mausu Production has confirmed the safety of its voice actors.

Update 4: Viz Media has confirmed  that it has been in contact with its co-owners, Shogakukan and Shueisha, and that all of its creators are safe.

Update 5: North American boys-love (BL) event Yaoi-Con reports that Japanese BL publisher Libre has confirmed the safety of its creators and editors.

Japanese Anime/Manga Industry:

Japan-based and Visiting North American Industry:

ANN Staff

  • Daniel DeLorme,Shinsuke Hori and Mitsuru Uehira have all confirmed to ANN that they, and their immediate families, are safe and unhurt.


Companies / Studios

ANN will be updating this article as reports come in. Crunchyroll this weekend's simulcasts on hold until further notice.