Tuesday, 31 May 2011

MCM Expo anime release and more

The London MCM Expo for May has just about been and gone and we have a good collection of announcements thrown at us. Here is a quick rundown of what was announced for release here in the UK:

Tiger & Bunny



Freedom - Single Blu-Ray release on the 10th of October

King of Thorn

Dance of the Vampire Bund

Phanton: Requiem of the Phantom

Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny - Straight to box set.

Blade of the Immortal( as a 3 disc set)

Strike Witches

On top of the announcements, Manga, MVM and Kaze gave a quick roundup of what was selling/'doing well int he UK this past few months, with Tiger & Bunny showing to be the most popular series on Anime on Demand, Professor Layton selling close to 24k units for manga, and for MVM, we heard that Samurai Champloo was still selling well even now, and that it will be getting another re-release this year hopefully backing up it's 27-28k units sold so far.

There was also a representative from Animenewsnetwork on the panel there, generally to get an idea and feel for the British Anime community and how different series trend here compared to over in the US, again with Samurai Champloo a good example, only doing mediocre in the US, whilst selling strongly here.

The latest news and new licenses from MCM Expo Spring 2011:

Manga UK:

Manga UK have announced the following New Anime licenses: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, King of Thorn, Freedom, Tiger & Bunny and Strike Witches Seasons 1 & 2. Freedom was original licensed in the UK by BEEZ on Blu-Ray only. Manga UK this time will be releasing it on both Blu-Ray & DVD for October 10th. The First season of Strike Witches should be released for this October with the second series following in 2012. Manga UK have also mentioned that the release of Summer Wars sold really well.


MVM have licensed the second series of Ikki Tousen. Samurai Champloo has been re-licensed for another 5/7 years. MVM have not given up on licensing Anime titles, they will be hopefully announcing more Anime licenses in the near future. But they won't be licensing as many as titles as they did before and they have stopped releasing title in single disc format. MVM also mentioned the 2 box set release of Tower of Druaga sold remarkable well.


Kaze have licensed Princess Jellyfish . Its unclear if Manga UK or BEEZ are releasing it or if KAZE themselves are going to distribute it.

Vocaloid Kaito's Song Adapted into Stage Musical

A musical based on the Vocaloid Kaito song "Cantarella" will run in Shibuya's Space Zero theater in Tokyo from August 3 to August 7. The Prince of Tennis musical (Tenimyu) director Yukio Ueshima will direct the musical. Kentarō Kanesaki (Tenimyu's Genichirō Sanada) and Daisuke Watanabe (Tenimyu's Kunimitsu Tezuka) will star in the musical. The musical will also be streamed live on the Nico Nico Douga video streaming website.

The "Cantarella" music video on Nico Nico Douga currently has more than 1.5 million views since the video was originally posted in February 2008.

Another musical based on Saint Seiya anime's 1st film, will be held on the same stage from July 28 to July 31. That musical will also be streamed live on Nico Nico Douga.

Hanawake no Yon-Shimai Manga to Get Live-Action TV Drama

Fumi Saimon's women's manga Hanawake no Yon-Shimai (The Four Sisters of the Hanawa Family) is receiving a live-action television series adaptation which will premiere this July. The drama will star 34-year-old Alisa Mizuki (2009-2010 live-action Sazae-san's titular character) as Takemi, a single working mother of three who was divorced twice before turning 30. Takemi is the second eldest of four sisters, all of whom have horrible luck with men. Saimon's Hanawake no Yonshimai ran in Kodansha's Morning magazine from 2006-2008 and has five volumes.

The drama will also star Michiko Kichise (Nodame Cantabile, Hataraki Man) as the eldest sister Fujiko, Shihori Kanjiya (Bartender, SaiKano) as the third sister Sakurako, Umika Kawashima (Bloody Monday) as the youngest sister Ume, and NEWS group member Shigeaki Kato as a cameraman who knows each of the sisters.

Saimon's Tokyo Love Story was also adapted into a live-action television drama in 1991, and her manga Shin Dosei Jidai was adapted into an original video anime (OVA) project in 1992.

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Also rumors and speculations, take with a grain of salt. So, remember how fans deduced Paul S. would be reprising his role as Bulk and that Rick Media would return but as Deker?, Well, now fans have discovered a new actress has been hired for Samurai.

Through reading her Twitter, New Zealand actress/presenter Kimberley Crossman is suspected to be the female Red Ranger, who comes around in the final episodes of Shinkenger.
Quote: Sore arms from Samurai fighting today - feel like I'm getting better, thanks to @LeeDonoghue for recommending watching Kill Bill!!

Quote: GOOOOODMORNING !!! another early start today - Time to show off my Samurai skills.....
Quote: So sore already... yikkeesss still all afternoon to go - need to work on my fitness and strength - this sword fighting is killing me!

There is a rumor her character's name is Lauren. Fans are also excited about Hector David (Mike)'s recent tweet on tweeter.

Hector David Jr.'s Tweet:
Quote: Shooting something real special, with the Rangers! Coming Soon! Stay Tuned to Nickelodeon. HDJ ps; Much love today!

Quote: Proud to be a Ranger. Life doesn't get any stranger, From protecting the world from monsters and danger! Gods good to me, and I love people! MAd love -HDJ

Quote: For the people who think that PRSamurai is Done filming, hahhahahahahahahahahaah its only just begin!

Some people think this means a RPM teamup but nothing in the quote indicates this. Dan Ewing (Dillon) is currently filming Home and Away and Rose McIver (Summer) is filming a movie and the others are busy. Including producer Jonathan Tzachor said he didn't consider Ninja Storm through RPM canon so it is unlikely. Elie Dekel did say that they acquired the footage of the Kamen Rider Decade footage so it is possible it is that (prompting some fans to believe Saban is playing to revive Kamen Rider).

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So he says it is the last episode of Samurai, but Hector says they are still filming, leading people to believe a second season could use Goseiger footage or possibly do like Zyu2 and use make new Samurai footage.

Close-up of the buckle of the Samurai Battlizer, has gotten fans talking that it looks a bit like items from Goseiger, the 2010 Super Sentai that comes after Shinkenger, the source of Power Rangers Samurai. Could Bandai/Saban be planning to use the Goseiger footage for Samurai much like Dairanger was used for Season 2 of MMPR? To me, it looks like a Samurai head, more like the Samurai Megazord. But anything can happen.

What we know about the finale so far...

The following is everything that has been confirmed about the mid-series finale.
In the prequel, Dorium supplied hooded figures with a Judoon’s brain containing security software
The hooded figures plan to use this to imprison a child
Most of the story takes place on an asteroid called Demons Run
Part of it is set in Jack the Ripper’s London
Amy gives birth to a baby and calls it Melody
Madame Kovarian (Frances Barber) plans to use the child as a weapon
The Silurians and The Sontarans appear to be fighting on the Doctor’s side
The Cybermen may also be on the Doctor’s side under Roman Rory’s command
There is a character called Jenny (Catrin Stewart). It is not yet known if she is the Doctor’s daughter
Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) is a samurai Silurian and appears to be linked to Jenny
Captain Avery (Hugh Bonneville) and his son will appear again according to the cast list
Colonel Manton (Danny Sapani) leads an army of Clerics against the Doctor
Steven Moffat says we will see an angry, unpleasant side to the Doctor
Moffat also says he will bring an end to the Doctor’s fame across the Whoniverse

AI Index

Doctor Who: The Almost People had an Appreciation Index or AI score of 86, once more putting into the excellent category. The score was one of the highest of the day.

The Sunday evening BBC Three repeat had 0.39 million watching, a 1.6% share of the audience.

Sunday night was a much stronger night than Saturday in terms of overnight figures, with 4 programmes rating higher than Doctor Who, pushing the programme down into 32nd place for the week.

Britain's Got Talent was the highest rated show of the week with 10.3 million watching.

The official figures will be published next Monday which should see Doctor Who rise considerably in the weekly chart.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Viz Adds Film Comics for Ghibli's Arrietty Movie

The North American manga publisher Viz Media announced at its FanimeCon panel on Sunday that it licensed the film comics for Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's Arrietty the Borrower (Karigurashi no Arrietty) movie. The film comics will launch in two volumes in North America in January of 2012. (The film comics had originally shipped in four volumes in Japan last August and September.) Viz has not announced the suggested retail price for the project.

Viz also indicated more Arrietty publications are in the works, but did not make specific release announcements. The film news website Deadline.com reported in January that Disney will release the film itself in North American theaters next February.

The 2010 film re-imagines Mary Norton's 1952 novel The Borrowers by moving the story to a Tokyo suburb. The story revolves around Arrietty, a member of the "little people" who live under the floorboards of a regular human family's home, and their struggle to remain hidden from the human "beans."

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The episode starts off with Emily looking around for the other rangers who seem to be missing. The actuality is that they are sneaking around the Shiba house trying to set up a surprise birthday for her. Mia offers to bake one, but the guys quickly shout "NO!" and save by telling her that "you don't wanna risk it" and Antonio already ordered one from the bakery.
Meanwhile, Octoro warns Dayu about hanging out with Deker while constantly annoying us, the audience with his catch-phrase "ooo-a-ooo". They notice the Sanzu is rising, and the monster, Split-face volunteers to make it go higher.

Elsewhere, Antonio tries to catch a big bass for Emily, and on the way back, he crosses paths with Deker. He mistakes Deker for a shisherman. After being corrected, he offers him lunch and to try his new "baby barracuda" recipe.

Split-face steals peoples' spirits, and splits his body apart and over-powers the rangers and steals Em's spirit. He tells the rangers that the souls will be permanently his in 24-hrs, up to which time, he'll stay in the sanzu river, where no mortal can enter.

While the victims+Emily are in a coma, Antonio tries to use the "Live" symbol to bring clawzord to life. The Sanzu rises higher, while the team tries to figure out how to get the monster to come out. Deker appears, and tells the rangers that a mortal can pass into the sanzu by becoming a Niglock, reveiling that Deker did that once, though he has no memory of it.Antonio tells the rangers to use their sybol powers on clawzord. After putting enough symbol power, the clawzord grows to full size, and Split-face is forced out into the human world. As it turns out, in the earlier battle, Antonio marked one of S-F's parts with a program symbol that not only draws him to the clawzord, but also prevents him from seperating, alowing the rangers to defeat his first life. Sadly, they can't use the megazord to fight the second life without Emily. Antonio then summons clawzord and overpowers S-F until he summons giant moogers. Antonio transforms his zord into claw battlezord east and fight some of them off. then he use west and west fan to protect himself, while the lads summon battlewing to fight off the flying moogers so that he can use south and south katanas to fight S-F and finish him with east claws.
Emily and all of the other victims revived, and celebrated her birthday (with the relief of Mia being "busy" while eating the bakery cake.while the octozord WASN'T stolen by a passerby.


The episode was pretty nostalogic to episode 20 of shinkenger. It does however, feels weird that Antonio and Deker meet so early on in the translation, but it was just as amusing as Genta and Juzo. I'm not surprised that not only was Emily not in a complete coma, but also in the fact that her sister, Cerina is still alive, because PR always had a history of not killing dead people (save RPM). It was cool how Claw Battlezord uses a compass system, just like Ebi origami. There are particularly two things I didn't like about the episode. One, they didn't have Bulk and Spike again; there are so many ways they could have been in the episode, but weren't. The other is that they didn't have Diend kidnap octozord. In the original episode of Shinkenger, Genta walks out and finds Daiki stealing ikagami calling himself "the passerby kamen rider", leading to the interlude of the crossover of Decade teaming up with shinkengers. Saban bought the footage to the episodes, so why not go with it. I also wonder when they will air the skipped episodes. they did infact film shinkenger episode 1. The commercials on nicktoons even has a brief clip the monster saying Octoroo was hit by an "ugly-stick". Speaking of which, why are Octoroo and Octozord called as such, if they are both squids?

BAFTA Awards news

Tonight saw the 2011 BAFTA Cymru Awards Ceremony take place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures were nominated for a number of awards, and unlike last weekend's BAFTA Television Awards they did triumph in a number of categories.

The Children's Programme award went to The Sarah Jane Adventures and its producer Brian Minchin for last year's Death of the Doctor. Meanwhile, Doctor Who won two of its categories: Tim Rickett received the Sound award for his work on A Christmas Carol, whilst Mark Hutchingson won the Lighting award for The Eleventh Hour.

Other nominations included Music and Entertainment Programme, where Doctor Who at the Proms lost out to Young Musician 2010: The Final; Make Up and Hair saw Sherlock's Claire Pritchard Jones beat last year's winner in this category, Barbara Southcott (nominated for Vampires of Venice); and William Oswald was nominated for Editing: Fiction for The Time of Angels, but the award eventually went to John Gillanders for The Indian Doctor.

Steven Moffat's other show Sherlock did well at the Awards, winning five of the categories; as well as Make Up and Hair above, awards were given for Director of Photography: Fiction (Steve Lawes), Production Design (Arwel Wyn Jones), Director: Fiction (Euros Lyn), and the coveted Television Drama award.

A complete list of winners at the BAFTAs may be found on the BAFTA Cymru website.

Final ratings

The Rebel Flesh achieved a final official rating of of 7.35 million viewers, representing a 34.1% share of the audience who watched the programme within seven days of broadcast.

This number sees an increase of some 1.65 million viewers since the unofficial overnight figures released the day after broadcast.

Full ratings, which will reveal the chart position of the episode, should be released in the next couple of days.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

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The Rangers visit the guardians at the Tengen Gate to find the 'Black box' that will help them become more powerful. Master Xandred is absorbing power and out of commission so a Nighlok tries to seal him, by getting the Red Ranger. But Octoroo poisons Jayden. The four rangers fight the Nighlok. Antonio doesn't know who Deker is and he feeds him, but when Mia calls him, he mentions the Tengen gate and leaves, informing Deker and he goes to kidnap Jayden. Octoroo confronts Jayden, Daisuke and a helper. The Black Box was created by the first Red Samurai Ranger but not completed. Jayden refuses to give in and Antonio transforms in front of Deker and fights Octoroo.

Xandred wakes up and takes the Nighlok back to the River. The four Rangers are weaken and Octoroo bests Antonio in battle. Deker reveals himself in front of Antonio, he transforms into his monster form and leaves with Jayden. Octoroo leaves. Antonio goes to the four, who are knocked out. He drops to his knees and Xandred deals with the spider monster. Xandred calls what Octoroo did as initiative and not betraying him. He tortures the spider dude and more Moogers come out and other monsters. Deker continues to drag Jayden in a river. 'To Be continued'' scrolls across the screen.

Lots of 'Ranger' history is given but not clarified as to being 'Samurai Ranger' history. Bulk and Spike don't even appear in this episode, I'm informed this is the third episode that they don't appear in. Octoroo's plot was flawed, why poison the guy that needs to give you info and not give him the antidote? Sure, he told him eh would get the antidote but it is a risk. We also hear about Dayu's backstory, I am not sure if it was in Shinkenger. We again hear about Jayden's 'secret.' Interesting in that Genta made the Lobster but in this one, Jii gave the Claw Zord to Antonio. I don't know why they changed it. Maybe to not make Antonio look 'all powerful' or 'too powerful' that he made his own zord.

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Overnight ratings

5.0 million viewers watched episode six of Doctor Who: The Almost People, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The second half of the two part story, written by Matthew Graham, attracted 24.4% of the overnight audience, with 0.57 million watching on BBC One HD.

Although this represents the lowest overnight figure of the series so far, in terms of placing the episode continues the trend of all previous weeks of being the second most-watched programme of the day, a million viewers ahead of third placed Casualty. The UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona v Manchester United took the top spot for the day , with some 7.9 million watching the match on ITV1.

More people watched Doctor Who than the Football during the period they were on together, although the overnight share was lower than in previous weeks. Figures also indicated around two million viewers switched from BBC1 to ITV1 as Doctor Who ended, reflecting their preference to watch the Doctor first!

Television viewing across the day was down, with many families away from home at the start the half term holiday. The final official ratings, which includes those who record the programme and watch it later, will be available next Sunday.

Doctor Who currently stands as the 27th most watched programme of the week.

On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential had an overnight audience of 0.34 million.

Intl Ratings

The Rebel Flesh has debuted in Australia to excellent ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 823,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. Again, it won its national timeslot, was the top-rating drama of the day and the fourth highest rating programme for the day overall (only beaten by news programs). The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated a respectable 598,000 viewers in the five major capitals. These overnight figures, however, do not include regional, rural and time-shifted viewers and hence significantly understate the actual national ratings.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

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DW Ep6 report

The Doctor gets a human face, talks about Jelly Babies and the Neutron flow, then a Ganger face, then human again.
Time to get cracking Doctor.
Acid Gas.
They will melt you.
Its us or them.
I have a plan and it will destroy them all.
Call me John Smith.
There can be only one.
Eye patch lady appears, but the doctor doesn't see her.
Ganger Doctor is connected to the Flesh.
Rory still looking for Jennifer and finds both of them.
Ganger Jennifer melts.
A Million gallons of boiling acid below us.
Dis-guarded flesh.
Eyes on the wall, the eyes have it.
I should have been a postman.
Call me Smith, John Smith.
Rory tricked into trapping the Humans.
I'll take you to a planet where everyone is all ears.
The stuff of nightmares.
Phone call for daddy.
Here she comes.
We swapped shoes.
Breathe pond.
Breather pond, shes in labour.
Well dear, your ready to pop.

And my thoughts on the episode - better then last week, faster, but still not great, they had one good 1 part story here, NOT a 2 parter.

Episode 607 "A Good Man Goes To War" is on next Saturday at 6:40.

DW: Ep7 pre-quel

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DW: the almost people

Tonight we welcome our international readers, or anyone who cannot watch "The Almost People" for whatever reason, to join us as we enjoy a live feed of Doctor who on BBC One. It works anywhere in the world and is both free and streaming. (If you are in the UK, however, please just use iPlayer or TVCatchUp.)

This feed requires VLC Media Player. If you have downloaded and installed VLC Media Player, just follow the above links. All video quality depends on your Internet speeds; and if too many people are using one link, try the other.


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Yotsuba&!'s 10th Anniversary Exhibit Returns After Quake

The "Yotsuba&! Daily Calendar" exhibition that was cut short due to the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster is scheduled to reopen in July. The exhibition commemorates the 10th anniversary of Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba character from his Yotsuba&! manga. The exhibition will run from July 5 through July 17 at the Gallery LE DECO in Shibuya in Tokyo, and will take up the first three stories of the gallery; the organizers decided to upgrade and expand the exhibition for its return.

Azuma originally introduced the character of Yotsuba&! in a one shot titled Try! Try! Try! in 2001. Azuma has been drawing a daily calendar to document Yotsuba&!'s antics for 10 years, and at least 3,650 pictures will be on display at the exhibition. In addition to those pictures, other original illustrations from the manga, along with a replica of the "Danbo" cardboard robot and other merchandise will be on display.

Yen Press is currently releasing the Yotsuba&! manga in North America.

Voice Actress Yu Kobayashi's Event Streamed Live

The Ustream website will stream an event by voice actress and singer Yu Kobayashi (Negima!'s Setsuna, Fractale's Clain, Baccano!'s Nice) live to computers worldwide on Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Japan (2:00 a.m. EDT). Kobayashi will attend the event to promote the anime Maria Holic Alive, which is currently being simulcast on The Anime Network. The live event will be held at the Linux Cafe in Akihabara in Tokyo. Kobayashi sang theme song performances for Maria Holic, Maria Holic Alive, Negima!, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei and Dragonaut - The Resonance. Takeshi Washizaki will host the event.

A contest is also being held for fans who would like to participate in the event. To enter the contest, fans need to first "follow" the Maria Holic anime's official Twitter account, then tweet an "abusing" message to Kobayashi's character Mariya Shidō (who in the anime is a sadistic cross-dressing boy) using the hash tag #mariholinama. Fans have until June 1 to make their entries via Twitter, and results will be announced on June 2. Tickets to see the event in person will also be given out on the morning of the performance in front of the Linux Cafe. Tickets to the on-site event will be free.

In addition to the event at the cafe, Kobayashi will ride around Akihabara in a promotional car throughout the afternoon and evening on the day of the event.

Ustream is also streaming an archive for the "pray for Japan" event held on April 15 by the Japanese pop band Girugamesh with English subtitles. The stream features the song "pray," which the band wrote to encourage the people of Japan after the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. The event was originally streamed live worldwide.

The band's song "pray" is also available for purchase on the U.S. iTunes store in both Japanese and English. All proceeds from purchase of the song will go to help victims of

U.S. SyFy Channel Lists No More Anime After June 9

The online schedule for the American cable channel Syfy currently lists no anime series after June 9, even though two shows — Monster and Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar — are still in the middle of their runs. The channel will show Monster's seventh and eighth episodes as well as Star Blazers' 15th and 16th episodes on June 9 starting at 12:30 a.m.

ANN is awaiting comments from Syfy, Viz Media, Manga Entertainment, and Voyager Entertainment.

Syfy (then called Sci Fi) launched its anime block in 2007 under the name AniMonday. In 2008, the block moved to Tuesday, and more recently moved to Thursdays. The timing of the block has also shifted; on June 9 the block will start at 12:30 a.m., where previously it had started at 11:00 or 11:30 p.m.

Ai Yori Aoshi's Fumizuki Launches Itadaki! Manga

Ai Yori Aoshi manga creator Kou Fumizuki launched a new series titled Itadaki! (The Summit!) in the 15th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal Island magazine on Friday. The story centers around a new female student who joins the mountain-climbing club.

In addition to Ai Yori Aoshi, Fumizuki also created the Umi no Misaki manga. Tokyopop published the entire 17-volume Ai Yori Aoshi manga in North America, while PIONEER LDC (later known as Geneon Entertainment) released the two television anime series that the manga inspired.

The current Young Animal Island issue features a gallery of color illustrations by seven artists (Mitsuru Hattori, Nylon, Ayami Kazama, Sōichi Kasuga, Takanori Yamazaki, Tomoya Haruno, Hamayuba) with the yuri theme of girl couples. It also bundles a CD-ROM with the full-color version of the Haruka and Miya arcs from Tarō Shinonome's game-based Amagami precious diary manga.

Manga Creators Volunteer in Japan's Quake Area

Manga creators Sensha Yoshida (Utsurun Desu.) and Kotobuki Shiriagari (AX, Jacaranda) gave volunteer art lessons at the Higashi Middle School in the city of Kamaishi in tsunami-devastated Iwate Prefecture on Thursday. The artists came to help cheer up the students after the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. The school's entire student body, which has almost 180 students, attended the classes taught by Yoshida, Shiragari, and about 15 editors.

The students drew front covers for manga books and filled in pages for four-panel manga during the class. While Yoshida was helping the students, he also finished drawing a page for an ongoing manga of his.

About 70 percent of the students in the school had their homes damaged in the disaster, and about half of the students still commute to school from refuge shelters. Nevertheless, the school resumed classes in April.

Yoshida himself (pictured at right) is from Iwate Prefecture, and said, "I was worried, but fortunately the children seemed energetic. I want to convey to them that there are many adults who want to be of help." On Friday, the authors and editors helped to clear rubble in the city, and on Saturday, they will hold a charity event in a nearby city within the prefecture.

SFX Releases The Ultimate Guide to Anime

SFX has released The Utimate Guide to Anime in stores today. The cover price is £7.99 and the magazine is 132 pages incuding covers. In addition to the printed magazine, each copy comes with a copy of the first 3 episodes of The Sacred Blacksmith on DVD, a set of Naruto Shippūden fridge magnets and a double sided posted featuring Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

The Ultimate Guide to Anime features articles about studio BONES, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, the new re-release of Akira, among others.

This is the fifth anime special published by SFX over the years.

6 teasers about the Almost people

There's fleeting cameos (of sorts) from both Tom Baker and David Tennant.
"I'll break out the big guns."
Listen carefully - the two Doctors briefly discuss an old foe...
The two Jennifers engage in a fight to the death.
"Being almost The Doctor's like being no Doctor at all."
Amy finally shares a secret with her Time Lord chum.
The Doctor's old alias 'John Smith' gets another outing.
Watch out for the red balloons.
"**** Amy, but only when *** ***** *** too."
The final scenes are every bit as mind-blowing and game-changing as Moffat and co. would have you believe!

Friday, 27 May 2011

Detective conan June schedule

Detective Conan episodes airing in June 2011:

June 04, 2011

#618 Holmes’ Revelation (Satan)

Manga chapters: Vol. 71 File 03 – Vol. 72 File 01

Jun 11, 2011
#619 Holmes’ Revelation (Code Break)

Manga chapters: Vol. 71 File 03 – Vol. 72 File 01

Jun 18, 2011
#620 Holmes’ Revelation (Grass Court Queen)

Manga chapters: Vol. 71 File 03 – Vol. 72 File 01

Jun 25, 2011
#621 Holmes’ Revelation (Zero is Start)

Manga chapters: Vol. 71 File 03 – Vol. 72 File 01

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Ace Attorney Games' Live-Action Film Confirmed

The Japanese film website Eiga.com confirmed on Thursday that Takashi Miike (Yatterman, Crows Zero) is directing a live-action adaptation of CAPCOM's Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban) videogame franchise. The film will star Hiroki Narimiya (Gokusen's Noda, NANA's Nobu, Akihabara @ DEEP's Page) as the novice attorney Phoenix Wright (Ryuichi Naruhodo) in his first collaboration with Miike. Other cast members include Takumi Saitō (RoboGeisha, Princess Princess D) as prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Reiji Mitsurugi) as Mirei Kiritani (Arakawa under the Bridge's Nino) as Maya Fey (Mayoi Ayasato).

The film will take place in a parallel world in Japan, where a large increase in harsh crimes has led to a new court system. Under this new system, the defense attorney and public prosecutor have three days to battle cases out in open court to determine guilt or innocence of the accused, placing priority on speed instead of thorough investigation. The film studio Toei plans to use a lot of computer graphics and visual effects in the courtroom scenes in order to make them more interesting, but it will still retain the games' signature lines such as "Igi Ari!" ("Objection!") and "Kurae!" ("Take That!")

Earlier this week, Miike told interviewer Karin Badt at the Cannes Film Festival that his next film is a court drama based on a Nintendo DS videogame.

Filming is scheduled to finish in late June, with the film slated to open in theaters throughout Japan in early spring of 2012.

Sony Working on 'Future Platform' After PlayStation 3

Masaru Kato, the executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Sony, confirmed on Thursday that his company is working on a "future platform" after the PlayStation 3 (PS3) console. In a conference call to investors today, he gave the following statement to explain the company's higher research-and-development budget:

For the home equipment the PS3 still has a product life, but this is a platform business, so for the future platform — when we'll be introducing what product I cannot discuss that — but our development work is already under way, so the costs are incurred there.
Kaz Hirai, the corporate executive officer and executive vice president of Sony, said as recently as March that his company was concentrating on the PlayStation 3 instead of a hypothetical "near-future PS4":

I think the value of the PS3 will continue to rise. Because of this, a near-future PS4 or next-generation home console is not something that we are even debating now. That is to say, we are still concentrating fully upon the PS3. Right now, I appeal to you to think of the PS3 and NGP as a new, co-operative partnership.
Since Hirai's statement, Sony's rival Nintendo confirmed in April that it will sell the successor to its Wii game console next year, and it will also exhibit playable versions of the successor at E3 next month. Nintendo began selling its new 3DS portable game system worldwide in March, after a February launch in Japan.

Sony has been having trouble restoring its PLAYSTATION Network service for the PS3 after the subscribers' personal information were compromised last month due to fundamental security flaws. As of Thursday, the network is still offline in Japan.

Vertical Adds GTO Prequel, Sequel Manga

Ed Chavez, the marketing director for the New York-based book publisher Vertical, announced on the ANNCast on Thursday that the company acquired the North American license to Tohru Fujisawa's manga series Shonan Junai-gumi and Shonan 14 Days, which serve as bookends to Fujisawa's Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) manga series.

Shonan Junai-gumi revolves around a pair of high school-age bikers, and GTO centers on one of the bikers, Eikichi Onizuka, after he vows to become the greatest teacher. Fujisawa has been continuing the story in the ongoing GTO: Shonan 14 Days manga.

Chavez revealed that Vertical will release Shonan Junai-gumi and Shonan 14 Days on alternating months starting next January. Shonan 14 Days will be released in odd months (January, March, and so on), and Shonan Junai-gumi will be released in even months. When asked about the status of the original GTO manga, Chavez said that the announced licenses were arranged prior to Tokyopop's closure, and that if they sell well enough in bookstores, the company would likely attempt to license "GTO proper" as well.

Fujisawa began serializing Shonan Junai-gumi in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine in 1990, and Kodnahsa published 31 book volumes by the series' end in 1996. In 1997, Fujisawa launched the sequel series GTO, and Kodansha released 25 volumes through 2002. Tokyopop published GTO in North America. In 2009, Fujisawa returned to the characters of Onizuka with Shonan 14 Days, which is still ongoing in Japan. Kodansha published the sixth compiled volume of Shonan 14 Days in February.

Tokyopop initially acquired the rights to GTO in 2001 and released the entire series in English, although it is now out of print. Tokyopop also released the first ten volumes of Shonan Junai-gumi under the title GTO: The Early Years.

UK TV watch DW Marathon

8.15-9.20 The Weakest Link Doctor Who Special.
9.20-10.45 The Next Doctor starring David Tennant.
10.45-12.20 Doctor Who & The Daleks starring Peter Cushing.
12.20-2.00 Dalek Invasion of Earth 2150 starring Peter Cushing.
2.00-3.45 Doctor Who the TV Movie starring Paul McGann.
3.45-5.00 The Next Doctor Starring David Tennant.
5.00-6.20 The Doctor Who Proms 2008.
8.00-9.20 Planet of the Dead starring David Tennant.

And on Sunday, some repeats of Saturday...
11.55-1-35 Doctor Who the TV Movie starring Paul McGann.
8.30-10.05 Doctor Who & The Daleks starring Peter Cushing.
10.05-11.45 Dalek Invasion of Earth 2150 starring Peter Cushing.
12.45-2.05 The Doctor Who Proms 2008.
2.05-3.25 Planet of the Dead starring David Tennant.
8.00-9.00 The Impossible Planet starring David Tennant.
10.55-11.55 The Impossible Planet starring David Tennant.

And one hour later on Watch+1 of course!

Intl over night ratings

101,760 viewers tuned in to watch the debut of Day of the Moon on Prime in New Zealand last night, according to overnight figures. This is a drop of 44,760 from last week.

Against Doctor Who, Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge on TV One had 375,450 viewers, No Ordinary Family on TV2 with 298,840 and Bones on TV3 got 297,100 viewers.

Prime is the seventh national free-to-air television station in New Zealand and is owned by Sky Network Television. TV One and TV2 are operated by the state-owned Television New Zealand and TV3 is owned by MediaWorks New Zealand.

Peirs wegner to leave the BBC

The BBC Doctor Who website has confirmed that Piers Wenger, currently one of three executive producers on Doctor Who, is leaving the BBC.

Wenger commented:
It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to Doctor Who and BBC Wales, and all of the extraordinary people who work on its shows. But Film4's output, with its ethos of encouraging film-makers to produce their most authored and original work, could not be closer to my heart.
He replaced Julie Gardner as Head of Drama for BBC Wales in January 2009 and in July of that year became executive producer of Doctor Who and took a central role in the casting of Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor. His other executive producer credits on Doctor Who include The Adventure Games and Doctor Who Confidential. Away from Doctor Who, he worked on Ashes to Ashes, Christopher and His Kind and Upstairs Downstairs.

In March 2011 Wenger stepped down as Head of Drama but remained at BBC Wales to continue as a creative developer. His position will be filled by Faith Penhale from Kudos in June.

Wenger is leaving the BBC to join Film4 in Septemeber, where he will become the senior commissioning executive under Tessa Ross, Channel 4 controller of film and drama, who commented:
(he is) a hugely talented executive who will bring to Film4 real vision at a time when we are embarking on an exciting new phase in our development.

His successor as executive producer of Doctor Who will be filled in the coming months by head writer Steven Moffat and the BBC's controller of Drama Commissioning, Ben Stephenson, who said:
I will be very sad to see him go. He's been a fantastic colleague and friend - but I know that film is a huge passion of his and this is a great new role for him."

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Detective conan 11th OVA

That’s right, but the 11th Detective Conan original video animation (OVA) is not based in London. Instead, since it will be released soon after the London arc airs in the anime, it talks about what happens back in Japan when Conan is off on his holiday in London. Mitsuhiko and Genta are left to investigate Haibara Ai’s past and protect her from danger, all without Conan’s help.

To know more, click here to visit our special page for OVA 11. We have translated the special report on OVA 11 published in Weekly Shonen Sunday (image below), which gives a brief synopsis of the story and talks about highlights of this OVA.

The deadline for applications to buy the Detective Conan OVA is on June 23, 2011, thus OVA 11 is expected to be released on June 24, 2011.

Detective conan 4th live action

In the next issue (Issue #26) of Weekly Shonen Sunday, which will be on sale on May 25, 2011, there is a special announcement of a new live-action television series for Detective Conan. Previously, three television specials have aired, the first in 2006, the second in 2007 and the third just recently this year in April. However, this time, a full television series is in store. The television adaptation, entitled Detective Conan: A Challenge to Kudou Shinichi will start on July 7, 2011.

DVD cover of the third live-action drama adapation

This television series will be the fourth live-action adaptation of the Detective Conan series. It will keep the cast and staff from the third live-action special, starring Mizobata Junpei as Kudou Shinichi and Kutsuna Shiori as Mouri Ran. The story starts three months before Kudou Shinichi became Edogawa Conan, when Shinichi, active as a high school detective, receives a warning for a murder and is challenged to stop it. The television series will start on July 7, 2011, airing every Thursday at 11:58 PM on the Japanese broadcasting networks YTV and NTV.

Tour Takes Volunteers to Quake Area in Japan

The travel agency Destination Japan announced on Wednesday that it will run a "Volunteer in Japan” tour to bring people to earthquake relief efforts in Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture. The prefecture was the one hardest hit by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster of March 11.

According to the agency's website, the tour is split into two programs: a basic weekend-long volunteering tour for US$278.00 per person and a week-long extended Tokyo stay option for US$772.00 per person. Both options center around a weekend stay in Ishinomaki City, and will include one and half days of volunteer work. Those who travel with the extended Tokyo stay option are given two extra days of leisure time to venture into the Tokyo area.

Ishinomaki is home to the Shotaro Ishinomori Manga Museum, which entertained local children after the earthquake despite having no electricity since March 11. The following images show the area around Ishinomaki's Nakaze lake before and after disaster:

In the press release, H.I.S. International Tours Vice President for US Market Development Jim Kelly said, “We in the U.S. don't see the disastrous situation on TV as often as before but until now countless Japanese residents are still having tough times, spending nights at shelters, and putting all their efforts into the recovery of their towns and homes. I wanted to provide something that would give people a meaningful and hands-on chance to help Japan and at the same time educate people that the destroyed area is limited and much of Japan was unaffected by the events of March 11. Tokyo, Kyoto, and points south are open for business as usual.”

Destination Japan is the tour division for H.I.S. International Tours. H.I.S. is a for-profit company, but it is offering this “Volunteer in Japan” option as a nonprofit venture in an effort to support Japan.

The "Volunteer in Japan" tour will run on weekends until the end of September.

Singapore's Sea☆A Performs Cardfight!! Vanguard Song

The 4-person female Singapore pop-idol group Sea☆A will perform their debut single, "Dream Shooter," as an ending theme for the anime adaptation of the Cardfight!! Vanguard trading card game. The group's name, Sea☆A, stands for "South East Asia Star Anime."

The four women — three from Singapore (Beryl, Valerie, Estelle) and one from Malaysia (Wynnie) — can all speak Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, English, Malay, and Japanese. The group said that they had wanted someday to perform music for an anime. The four were chosen from the Moe Moe Kyun Maid Café contest at the Anime Festival Asia convention in Singapore, which "featured talents who love Japanese anime, idols, cosplay and figurines."

Sea☆A opened for May'n's "Unite!!" Asia tour earlier this month. The group will release their debut single on August 10. The single will have a limited CD/DVD edition, which will contain the music video for "Dream Shooter" and a documentary about the group's first trip to Japan.

Former Prime Minister Asō Is Now an Anime 'Envoy'

Taro Asō, the former Prime Minister of Japan, will serve as an envoy to Japan specifically to promote anime. He will attend the Beijing Movie and TV Week's Anime Festival, which the governments of China and Japan co-organized, from June 8 to 13 in that capacity.

Aso is a self-professed anime and manga fan who was elected Prime Minister in 2008. Aso stepped down in 2009 after his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lost its majority in the nation's parliament to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). He received the nickname "Rozen Aso" due to an unverified report that he reads the Peach-Pit manga Rozen Maiden, although he has not confirmed it himself.

Before being elected Prime Minister, Aso served as a foreign minister and gained a reputation for using anime and manga as examples of cultural exchange. In April of 2007, he urged French presidential candidate Segolene Royal to "read a little bit more" manga after she criticized Japanese society for what she perceived to be a high degree of tolerance for expressions of violence and pornography in popular culture. The next month, he spearheaded the first International Manga Award, and his Foreign Ministry hosted a meeting of International Cosplay Summit participants later that year.

London MCM Expo

The following anime and manga-related events are scheduled at MCM Expo from Friday May 27 to Sunday May 29. The event is at the ExCel Centre, ten minutes from Canary Wharf in the London Docklands.

- Saturday 12 noon: the Anime Industry panel on the Comic/Anime stage, featuring representatives of Manga Entertainment, Anime on Demand, Kaze UK and MVM Films.

- Two voice actor panels, both on the Comic/Anime stage, from 1600-1645 on Saturday and 1430-1515 on Sunday. The anime actors due to appear at London Expo are Ben Diskin, Brian Beacock and Phil Proctor - for more details, see here.

- Diskin and Beacock will be doing signings and photographs at the following times: Saturday 1130-1230 at the Neo stand (728), 1400-1500 at the Manga stand (729); Sunday 1100-1200 at the Neo stand, 1300-1400 at the Manga stand.

- The Euro Cosplay Qualifier contest on Saturday at 1615 in the MCM Theater, followed by the Cosplay Masquerade on Sunday at 1530.

- The British moe singer Beckii Cruel will be appearing at the following times: Saturday 1100 on the Totally Cosplay stage, 1415 on the MCM Fringe stage.

- The Eagle Awards on Friday evening at 1930 will include manga and anime categories.

- After the event on Saturday, fans are planning a 'Cosplay Picnic' at 1800 on the grassy area in front of the ExCel Centre; details here.

The Manga Mega Booth (729) features the VIZ Media book shop, a Manga Cosplay Photo Booth, the Kaze Shop, the Video On Demand display and the Shop Manga UK megastore. Among the titles available will be the early release of the film Eden of The East: King of Eden.

Inside the Mega Booth, Anime on Demand will have special offers for sign-ups (e.g. buy a spring pass and get a summer pass free). Full details here.

Also within the Mega Booth, Kaze will be selling the OST of the new Ghibli film, Arrietty, and the music video CLAMP in Wonderland - Precious Edition. Both are pictured here.

The Manga Anime Sale (358) will sell DVDs from £1.

Manga is also organising 'The Great Otaku Treasure Hunt' on Saturday - treasure maps will be available from the MCM Expo Information Booth, Tecmo Koei Stand and the Manga stands. The hunt involves following the map to find hidden QR codes from your smart phone.

DW Finale news

According to a tip IO9 received yesterday, the mid-series cliffhanger episode 607 A Good Man Goes To War will feature return appearances by Hugh Bonneville and Oscar Lloyd as Henry and Toby Avery, who were previously seen in 603 The Curse of the Black Spot (as I predicted but can't find the link at time of typing, I'm getting the idea of how the Moff works now though).

Their reappearance probably ties in with a line from the official synopsis that says, "[The Doctor] and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises." Since the Doctor did save Toby's life and give the pirates a spaceship, I'd say that counts as a debt, even if four episodes ago is maybe stretching the definition of long-held.

The information received also confirms the presence of Cybermen and Sontarans and no other monsters, suggesting they're at least the only ones with speaking parts.

the mid-series cliffhanger episode "A Good Man Goes To War" will feature return appearances by Hugh Bonneville and Oscar Lloyd as Henry and Toby Avery, who were previously seen earlier this year in "The Curse of the Black Spot." If I had to guess, their reappearance probably ties in with a line from the official synopsis that says, "[The Doctor] and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises." Since the Doctor did save Toby's life and give the pirates a spaceship, I'd say that counts as a debt, even if four episodes ago is maybe stretching the definition of long-held. The information we received doesn't mention any other returning guest stars - perhaps because Steven Moffat doesn't want to completely copy the cameo-filled beginning of last year's "The Pandorica Opens" - but it does confirm the presence of Cybermen and Sontarans...and no other monsters, suggesting they're at least the only ones with speaking parts.

Fictious awards news

Doctor goes up against Doctor in the 2011 Constellation Awards, with both Matt Smith and David Tennant nominated for their role as The Doctor in the Best Male Performance - Television category.

The Awards, now in their fifth year, are Canada's premier awards rewarding excellence in science fiction film and television. Because they cover programmes broadcast in 2010, both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor's are eligible. Tennant for his performance in The End of Time - Part Two, and Smith for his performance in last year's Christmas special, A Christmas Carol. David Tennant was given last year's award for his performance in The Waters of Mars. Also nominated is Tony Curran for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent and the Doctor.

Karen Gillan is nominated for Best Female Performance - Television for her role in Amy's Choice and faces Katherine Jenkins nominated for A Christmas Carol.

Doctor Who is also nominated in the Best Science Fiction Television Series category, a category it has one three times before although it lost out in last year's awards to Supernatural, which has also been nominated for 2010.

Murray Gold earns a nominaton for Doctor Who's music in the Best Technical Accomplishment category, with Steven Moffat and Richard Curtis both being nominated for Best Overall 2010 Science Fiction Film or Television Script, Moffat for The Eleventh Hour and Curtis for Vincent and the Doctor.

For a full list of nomanees see the awards website.

The awards will be announced at a Ceremony on July 16, 2011 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North hotel.

DW Finale TX Details Finalized

Doctor Who will face the double peril of live football and Britain's Got Talent, for the final episode before the mid season break, according to schedules published today.

A Good Man Goes to War, which showrunner Steven Moffat promises will contain a 'game-changing cliffhanger', has been given a 50 minute slot between 6.40 and 7.30pm on Saturday 4th June. It will follow So You Think You Can Dance Live on BBC One and is followed by The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins.

As Doctor Who goes on air, ITV1 will be showing England playing Switzerland with live Football Coverage of the Euro 2012 Group G qualifier at Wembley Stadium, although the match should be over before Doctor Who starts. At 7pm they go into the Britain's Got Talent - Final, the show that has been winning the ratings on Saturday nights, but which has not yet been placed directly against The Doctor. BBC Two will show Dad's Army while The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the film on Channel 4.

The BBC has issued more information about the episode. Steven Moffat has confirmed that everything on the BBC Website is approved and not a spoiler, but those wishing to avoid all information about the forthcoming episode should avoid the news below.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Gokaiger upcoming episodes

Ep 16 Clash! Sentai VS Sentai
Basco demands Marvelous to hand over the Ranger Keys, GokaiGalleon and Navi as a ransom for the release of Joe and the others

Ep 17
Navi tells the crew to "search for an awesome man in silver".
The group went out into the streets to search and sees a young man approaching.
Although Marvelous becomes suspicious of the man's weird behaviour, he ends up ignoring him.
Zangyack appears, and the Gokaigers fight against Action Commander Armageddon

There will be a one week break (June 19), after ep 17.

GokaiSilver is rumored for 18, Abaranger tribute and 20 is rumored to be the Hurricanger tribute.

The Doctor's Jacket

After the controversy raised by Scottish media last weekend over the commercial sale of replicas of the Doctor's coat, Canada's premier news agency Postmedia investigated further from the perspective of the country where replica producer AbbyShot Clothiers are based.

BBC Worldwide spokesperson Emma Finlay clarified that AbbyShot approached them with the proposal:
... as rights-holder, we obviously don't dictate to our licensees where they make their products or other aspects of the product's manufacture (but that we) insist that they meet our ethical sourcing criteria, prohibiting products made from unregulated, sweatshop labour.
The agency also confirmed that the adapted jacket worn by Matt Smith for the current series was not a Chinese replica as intimated in the earlier reports, but was actually tailored into a warmer version for the actor by a Saville Row shop - though using a substitute for true Harris Tweed. The replica being produced by AbbyShot is a wool-acrylic blend based on that design.

Last year, AbbyShot received a Canadian SME Innovator of the Year award from Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. The company specialises in making screen-accurate representations of popular iconic clothing seen on television and in movies.

DW: The One show

Matt Smith appeared on the The One Show this evening, where he chatted about finding football more nerve-wracking than the BAFTAs, his stunt work in Doctor Who, and of course next week's The Almost People - as much as could be revealed at any rate - during which he also described the Doctor as the "cleverest and vainest man in the world, sadly". The item was accompanied by a previously unseen clip from Saturday's episode.

When asked if he's carrying on in the role, Matt answered he would be for the foreseeable future, and on next season: "I hope so! If not then I'm panicking!". A short Q&A session occured at the end, in which Matt said Day of the Moon was his favourite episode (so far!), the Silence were the scariest monster, and the Silence/Weeping Angels as his favourite (host Matt Baker also commented on how he'd been lambasted by fans for calling the character "Doctor Who" when soliciting for the questions Twitter earlier in the day!).

Alex kingston to appear on the Graham Norton show

Alex Kingston will be a guest on The Graham Norton Show this Friday (27th May) at 10:35pm on BBC One. Other guests on the show are Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Rob Lowe.

Following transmission, the show will available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Udon Noodles With Moe Fighting Girl Packaging Sold

Ōshōya, a noodle-making company in the Southwstern Japanese prefecture of Kagawa, began selling "Moe Sanuki Udon," udon packages with art of original moe characters on the packaging. The characters on the packages, named Aya and Rei, fight with their hair (made of udon) and rolling pins against thieves who are trying to steal the company's udon-making technique.

Originally, the company created the noodle packages for a "Chara Fes" anime event held in the prefecture. The company has said that if the noodle packages are well received, they will consider turning the premise into an anime.

Currently, there are only two characters featured on the packages, but if sales increase, the company will consider adding more characters to the packaging. The udon noodles are on sale for 600 yen for one package or a set of two (one with each character) for 1,000 yen.

Last Oreimo Episode's Stream Scheduled in Japan

The official website of the Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Oreimo) television anime series announced on Sunday that the site and four others will stream the final episode "Ore no Imouto ga Korede Saishūkai na Wake ga Nai" from May 31 to June 14. The other four sites are Nico Nico Douga, Showtime, Moviegate (mobile site & iPhone, iPad), and Bandai Channel.

The website also posted a video preview and a text preview of the episode.

Aniplex producer Atsuhiro Iwakami had explained on the anime's official website last December that there are two versions of episode 12, and that the story will branch in the middle of episode 12. One of the versions, the "Good End," was the final episode of the television broadcast. The other version of episode 12, "True Route," is continuing the story, which will end with this episode.

Man Fined 500,000 Yen for Posting Conan, Negima, Songs

A 48-year-old company employee from Sakai City was fined 500,000 yen (about US$6,000) for using the Share file-sharing software to upload Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga, along with other materials, without the copyright holders' permission. According to the investigation, the man also distributed the Negima manga as well as Momoe Yamaguchi's "Yokosuka Story," "Ano Hi ni Kaeritai," and another song.

Police in Japan had arrested the man along with 17 others on January 12 in a sweep of 50 locations in 23 prefectures nationwide. The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) expressed their thanks on May 19 to the local police in the prefecture and Sakai City for this first such prosecution in the northern part of Japan.

Microsoft Launches Cloud Girl Manga for Windows Azure

Microsoft Japan launched the first of four chapters from Cloud Girl - Mado to Kumo to Aoi Sora- (Cloud Girl: Windows, Clouds, and Azure Skies), an "epic manga" that explains and promotes Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud services system. The Microsoft Developer Network already posted a preview of the manga, in which the cloud services are personified by the character "Claudia." The manga includes a cameo by Nanami Madobe, the formerly unofficial blue-haired mascot character who was created to promote the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

In the story, the novice engineer Claudia visits the personal computer parts shop where her cousin Nanami works part-time. Trouble ensues when the shop launches a promotional campaign on Twitter, and the shop's retail site goes down due to the overwhelming hits. It is up to Claudia to make things right again. Along the way, Claudia pitches Windows Azure as a hassle-free way to avoid deadling with issues like security patches, uprading and swapping parts, and manually backing up data.

In cloud services, applications, data, and other resources are hosted on the network instead of stored on each computer. Microsoft claims that Windows Azure will help developers and administrators by getting rid of the exhaustive, redundant work that goes into hardware maintenance, patches, and the latest operating system upgrades for multiple computers.

TW:Miracle day Longer trailer

Matt smith on the One Show

Matt Smith will join Matt Baker and Alex Jones in the studio for tonight's One Show on BBC One at 7.00pm.

Following transmission the show will available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.

Final ratings news

BARB have now issued final ratings for the week ending 15th May making Doctor Who: The Doctor's Wife the 14th most watched programme of the week.

The show was once again the highest non-soap drama of the week. It was knocked a couple of places down the chart by the new series of The Apprentice and by the Eurovision Song Contest.

The chart does not include iPlayer figures where over 1 million have already accessed this episode.


DW AI News

The Rebel Flesh had an Appreciation Index, or AI score of 85.

The score is once more in the excellent category with the highest rating of Saturday going to Casualty with 88.

Two programmes got more than six million watching on Sunday, pushing Doctor Who into 21st place for the week on the overnight figures. This will certainly rise when final figures are released next week.

The BBC Three Sunday night repeat had 0.5 million viewers, a 2.1% share of the audience.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Detective Conan License Plates Issued in Japan

Hokuei, the hometown of Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga creator Gosho Aoyama, will begin issuing Detective Conan moped license plates on Tuesday. Hokuei will start taking applicants at the town hall at 8:30 a.m. that day — the first person in line will get the plate numbered "1."

The town hopes that the plates will double as "moving billboards" for the town, which hosts the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory museum and several bronze statues of Detective Conan characters. The town made 500 plates, and it will issue them for free to new applicants. (The town will charge 500 yen to exchange an existing licene plate for this new one.) The license plates are available for mopeds, minibikes, and motorized bicycles with engine displacement of 50cc or less.

Other cities and towns have issued unique moped license plates; Mitaka, the home of Studio Ghibli, issues plates decorated by the city's mascot Poki, which was drawn by Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki himself. Another Tokyo-area city, Chofu uses Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō character for its plates. However, Hokuei is the first local government to offer such plates in Tottori Prefecture in southwestern Japan.

Sentai Filmworks Adds Amagami SS, MM! TV Anime

The North American anime licensee Sentai Filmworks announced at its Anime Central panel on Saturday that it acquired the Amagami SS and MM! television anime series for release this September.

The Amagami SS anime adapted Enterbrain's PlayStation 2 romance simulation game Amagami. The original game centers around a second-year high school boy who find himself uneasy during Christmastime due to an experience in the past. However, this year at Christmas, he gets his last chance to ask out a graduating female senior named Haruka Morishima — or one of several other classmates. Yoshimasa Hiraike and AIC's anime aired from July to December of last year.

The MM! anime adapted the late Akinari Matsuno's light novel series about Tarō Sado, a high school boy who discovered a side of himself that is into masochism. Even as he tries to hide this side from his high school crush, he tries to fix it through his school's "2nd Volunteer Club." Tsuyoshi Nagasawa and XEBEC's anime aired from October to December of last year.

Sentai Filmworks indicated that both anime will "most likely" have only English subtitles, but also said that Demon King Daimao was going to be subtitled-only until Sentai Filmworks and Section23 Films decided to give it an English dub and a Blu-ray Disc release based on streaming statistics.

Tokyo Tower Lit Up as Lotus Flower for Buddha Film

Tokyo Tower, the symbolic landmark of Japan's capital, will be lit up in the image of a lotus flower next weekend to mark the May 28 opening of the Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku- anime film. The film is the first part in a trilogy based on the late Osamu Tezuka's Buddha manga. (The photograph to the right is of Tokyo Tower with one of its usual light displays for Christmas, unrelated to the upcoming lotus flower display.)

The lotus flower light display was originally intended to run March 30-31 and April 4-8 to mark the birthday of the religious figure Buddha; April 8 has been designated as Lotus Day. However, the display was postponed in the aftermath of the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster, out of consideration for the victims and electrical supply issues.

However, the new, more energy-efficient display will use 50 to 65% less power. Lighting designer Motoko Ishii was responsible for the display. The planners intend to continue the new tradition next year and beyond on Lotus Day.

Gackt Sings 2 Vocaloid Songs for July CD Single

The musician and occasional anime voice actor Gackt will release his 39th new CD single on July 13 with two songs — both of which were originally performed with the synthesized Vocaloid version of Gackt's own voice. The video-sharing website Nico Nico Douga announced this collaboration with Gackt at its "Nico Nico Daikagi 2011 in Taiwan -Kansha•Kangeki•Kandō•Taiwan-" fan appreciation event in Taipei on Sunday.

The "Episode. O" single will feature the song of the same name that the user mathru@KanimisoP posted on Nico Nico Douga. For the vocals, KanimisoP originally used "Gackpoid" — a software package with YAMAHA Corporation's Vocaloid engine and voice samples from Gackt. Similar to Crypton Future Media's Hatsune Miku, ordinary computer users can create entirely new songs by typing lyrics and musical notes in Gackpoid. Berserk manga creator Kentarou Miura drew Gackpoid's package illustration of the "Kamui Gakupo" character in the image of Gackt.

Not only did Gackpoid's developer allow noncommercial derivative works, but Gackt held a "Gackpoid Contest" among Nico Nico users when he appeared on the Nico Nico Live program in June of 2009. "Episode. 0" won the grand prize, and the "Paranoid Doll" song by natsu (SCL Project) was the runner-up. Gackt had promised on the Nico Nico Live program that he would record the songs with his own voice, and the upcoming single has both songs.

Nico Nico Plans Event Hall with Ceilling/Wall Screens

Niwango, the company that runs the video-sharing website Nico Nico Douga, announced on Sunday that it and its parent company Dwango are planning to build a live event hall in Tokyo's trendy Roppongi district. The nicofarre hall will have giant LED monitors on the ceiling and four walls, which will immerse visitors in seemingly full 360 degrees of Nico Nico Douga's signature scrolling comments from online users. Niwango made the announcement at its "Nico Nico Daikagi 2011 in Taiwan -Kansha•Kangeki•Kandō•Taiwan-" fan appreciation event in Taipei, and it plans to hold the first event at Nicofarre in late July.

The new hall will open in the vacant space where the popular velfarre disco hall once attracted throngs of young people until it closed in 2007. When remodeling ends at a cost of several hundred million yen (several million US dollars), the 764.1-square-meter (8,225-square-foot) hall will have a standing room capacity of about 250 people. In addition to live concerts and events with human performers and virtual characters, the hall will stream Nico Nico Douga's live programs in real time.

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BAFTA Awards news

Steven Moffat had cause to celebrate this evening as he won the award for Drama Series with co-creator Mark Gatiss for their mini-series Sherlock. The show beat off opposition from Being Human, Downton Abbey and Misfits. Sherlock also garnered an award for actor Martin Freeman, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role as John Watson, but missed out in the YouTube Audience Award to The Only Way Is Essex.

However, neither of Moffat's principle stars were able to walk off with the Leading Actor award - both Matt Smith for Doctor Who and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock were pipped to the post by actor Daniel Rigby, who played the young Eric Morecambe in the BBC's Christmas special Eric and Ernie. The other nominee in this category was Jim Broadbent for Channel 4's Any Human Heart.

Matt Smith's nomination heralded the first time a leading actor for Doctor Who has ever been represented for the award.

The full list of nominees and winners can be found at the BAFTA website.

DW:Clothing news

Today's Sunday Mail has reported that the jacket worn by Matt Smith's Doctor in the current series of Doctor Who is a Chinese remake of the Harris Tweed one from last series.

A BBC spokesperson told the paper that: "the tweed changed because they needed a warmer jacket for outside filming"; back in June 2010, Smith himself told the Sun newspaper:
I went for a costume fitting this very morning for next year. I've always said that I think the look will evolve. I don't want to say too much but, just practically, we film in November and it's freezing. And just a tweed jacket can get a bit cold.
A spokeswoman for BBC Worldwide told the paper that the decision to drop Harris Tweed was taken by programme makers, adding: "we've had no input into the jacket design." Ann MacCallum, Managing Director of the Isle of Lewis mill which makes Harris Tweed said: "the BBC told me Matt wanted something different for the new series."

Lydia Walton, a spokesman for Harris Tweed Scotland said:
Harris Tweed is so special as it is woven by hand on the Western Isles and every 50 metres is stamped by the Harris Tweed authority. It is steeped in romance and history. I find it very odd that they would use a replica costing £360 when our genuine Harris Tweed jackets retail at £250. Why pay more for a replica than have the original?
Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil told the Mail:
I'm appalled and outraged. What the BBC are doing is stealing Scotland's heritage. It is a kick in the teeth to one of our most iconic industries.

The BBC has granted a license to AbbyShot Clothiers, a Canadian company who make screen-accurate TV and movie clothing, who will sell the the official replica jacket through various affiliates. AbbyShot has previously made the official replica of the tenth Doctor's coat and the red leather jacket worn by Martha Jones.

Fashion expert Tessa Hartmann said:
I suspect the BBC has gone down the commercial route with the new blazer because they received so much coverage from the previous series' jacket. However, I think part of the allure was the Harris Tweed authenticity and craftsmanship. Once you lose that, it becomes just any blazer. But £360 is a steep price for a replica jacket. Harris Tweed is part of a uniquely British fashion institution and has an incredible heritage and brand identity. People will pay for luxury garments but a Far East replica is not the same thing.

The replica is currently available to pre-order from the Forbidden Planet website.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

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Final ratings

The Doctor's Wife had a final official rating of 7.97 million viewers, a 34.7% share of the audience.

The final rating includes those who record the programme and watch it within seven days.

Full ratings, which will reveal the chart position of the episode, should be released tomorrow.

Overnight Intl ratings

Series 6 of Doctor Who premiered on Prime in New Zealand on Thursday. Throng NZ reports that The Impossible Astronaut was watched by 146,520 people between 8:35pm and 9:30pm. Doctor Who was beaten in the 8:30pm slot by Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge on TV One with 377,900 viewers, No Ordinary Family (TV2, 276,940) and Bones (TV3, 293,010).

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol had its New Zealand debut on Prime on 30 January and had 85,130 viewers.

Part two of the story, Day of the Moon will broadcast on Thursday 26 May at 8:30pm.

Overnight ratings news

5.7 million viewers watched episode five of Doctor Who: The Rebel Flesh, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The story, written by Matthew Graham, attracted 29.3% of the overnight audience and was the second watched programme of the day. The most watched programme was Britain's Got Talent with 10 million watching.

Doctor Who had a million more viewers than the third placed programme Casualty. Against the Doctor, Sing If You Can on ITV had 4.1 million watching. 0.84 million watched Doctor Who on BBC One HD.

The BBC One audience once more peaked when Doctor Who was on, rising to 5.9 million during the programme and dropping to 2.8 million as Doctor Who finished.

Doctor Who currently stands as the 19th most watched programme of the week.

On BBC Three Doctor Who Confidential has 0.57million viewers, a 3.1% share of the audience.

Intl Ratings news

The Doctor's Wife has debuted in Australia to strong ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 785,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. Again, it won its national timeslot, was the top-rating drama of the day and the fifth highest rating programme for the day overall. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated a respectable 605,000 viewers in the five major capitals. These overnight figures do not include regional, rural and time-shifted viewers and hence significantly understate the actual national ratings.

Meanwhile, BBC Worldwide Australia have confirmed that Torchwood: Miracle Day will be fast-tracked to Australia debuting on UKTV Australia on Saturday 9 July 2011 at 8:30pm. Deirdre Brennan, Director of Television, BBC Worldwide Australia said:
Torchwood: Miracle Day is the pinnacle of event television with global locations, brilliant casting, exhilarating action and captivating story-telling. This is the most ambitious instalment of Torchwood to-date and UKTV is thrilled to fast-track this show to Australian audiences, rewarding the fans and offering new audiences the opportunity to experience Captain Jack’s charm first hand.

DW pre-emptied in NA

Doctor Who fans in North America will have an extra long wait to watch the conclusion to this week's episode The Rebel Flesh.

The second part of the two part story will not be broadcast on BBC America or Canada's SPACE until Saturday June 4. The reason is the Memorial Day holiday weekend which takes place in the States next weekend. Memorial Day commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while on military service and unofficially marks the start of the summer holiday season. TV schedulers try to avoid planning any new programming over the weekend when a large number of people are away from home.

BBC America will be broadcasting a series of episodes from Matt Smith's time as the Doctor over the weekend. Both channels will show The Almost People, the conclusion to the two part story, on 4th June.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

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Thoughts on the rebel flesh

A Reading of 9.7
Man falls in the Vat, and slowly disintegrates.
Rory playing darts.
TARDIS scan still says Amys pregnancy is positive/Negative.
The Doctor wants to go somewhere without Amy and Rory, there is a definite tension of mistrust in the air...
Sirens, a solar Tsunami.
Behold a Cockrel.
Intruder Alert.
The Flesh - Its even learning to replicate itself.
For a moment it was scanning me.
I can see why you keep it in a church, the miracle of life.
My factory, my rules.
For want of a better word - aaaaagh!
Welcome ot my word.
Just let us live (this part was very patient Zero).
We are living.
Wheres the real Jennifer.
I am not a factory part.
What are you doing down there?
We have the advantage now.
Eye patch lady, for a second.
Turns her head, like an Owl.
Its us and them now.
Show yourself.
Trust me, I am the Doctor.

Defiantly the worst of the series so far, dull and slow, too drawn out, I'm expecting after seeing part 2, they would make one good episode if cut together.

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2011 Fullmetal Alchemist Film's Full Trailer Streamed

The official website for the Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Sei-Naru Hoshi movie began streaming the third set of trailers (in 90-second and 30-second versions) on Friday. Unlike the previous teaser trailers, this set contains the first full trailer. The website also posted the third new piece of key visual art.

Kazuya Murata (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion assistant director) is directing off a script by Yuichi Shinbo (Whiteout). Kenichi Konishi (Tokyo Godfathers) is adapting the character designs from Hiromu Arakawa's original manga at the studio BONES (Eureka Seven). The film will open in Japan on July 2. The first Japanese moviegoers will receive the "11.5th" manga volume which Arakawa herself is drawing.

Hatsune Miku Project Diva Ver. 2.5 PSP Game

The Hatsune Miku Project Diva channel on the Nico Nico Douga website began streaming footage from the tentatively titled Hatsune Miku -Project Diva- Ver. 2.5 game for the PSP system on Friday. (To turn off the superimposed comments in the video, select the word balloon icon in the bottom right corner of the video.) The rhythm game is slated to ship this fall with new songs. The video features the 39's Giving Day concert's version of the song "SPiCa."
Enterbrain's Famitsu website reports that Friday is also the day that the Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- Arcade game gets upgraded to Ver. A Revsion 1. The upgrade adds six different Hatsune Miku modules and new songs.

Macross Frontier Items Auctioned for Quake Charity

The Association of Japanese Animations is hosting an Anime Charity Auction with items from various anime, including the Macross Frontier science-fiction series, at the Tokyo Anime Center in Tokyo's Akihabara district. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Japanese Red Cross to support victims of the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster.

The auctions began on April 12 and will end on May 31. Bidders can visit the center to bid on items, which are on display, or fans can visit the center to see messages of support drawn by anime creators.

The Macross Frontier creators added new items to the charity auction on May 16. Director Shoji Kawamori, character designers Risa Ebata and Yûichi Takahashi, and mechanical artist Hidetaka Tenjin all contributed illustrations for the auction. Tenjin also contributed original illustrations for the main character Alto's cockpit, as well as for the YF-29, VF-19, and VF-1 variable fighters, that were used to create posters for the Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa film. Mechanical designer Toshiharu Murata and animation director Hirotaka Marufuji contributed prints.

20 things about the Rebel flesh

- The TARDIS Does something new, again.
- A Black Hole inside the TARDIS?
- "I haven't got one of those Doctor."
- Its that woman again.
- Lots of music, including Dusty Springfield and Muse.
- The TARDIS on a beach.
- Surprise, surprise, Rorys dead!
- Eeh By What?
- Trust me, I'm the Doctor.
- Its time to go to war.
- Who wants Fish and Chips?
- Halt and remain clam.
- Meteorological Departent?
- A Union Jack mini?
- Its just gunge.
- The Doctors accent is slipping.
- The Meter is running.
- Madness takes it toll.
- Making a monster?
- Take my what off, Doctor?

People round-up

Catherine Tate guest starred on The Office (US) last night as Nellie Bertram, a potential replacement for the departing boss of Dunder Mifflin, Michael Scott (Steve Carell). The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Tate could make her appearance a permanent one; reporting that she "is said to be the top choice of the show's producers, though her ability to take the job is in question due to her current theater commitment.".

John Barrowman will be a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance on Saturday, 21 May 2011, to help find Britain's favourite dancer. The show airs live at 5.35pm on BBC One, with the results show at 7.30pm. Barrowman said:
"This is such an amazing opportunity – I met all these guys when I was a guest judge at the Choreography Camp rounds a few months back, and I can't wait to come back and see how they have improved and developed as performers. It's going to be great now it's down to the top ten dancers - the competition is getting hotter."

English singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor has revealed on her Twitter page that she would like a role in Doctor Who.
Sophie Ellis Bextor: Ambition thought of the day: I would love to play an alien on
Dr Who. No prosthetics required!

Filming has begun for the second series of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' Sherlock. The three x 90-minute films are written by Moffat, Gatiss and Stephen Thompson (The Curse of the Black Spot) and directed by Toby Haynes.

TW:Miracle day TX in Latin America

The first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day will be shown this weekend at the annual LA Screenings event, with BBC Worldwide hoping to sell the series to Latin America. Helen Jurado, VP of TV Sales and Distribution, commented on the company's sales to the region:
We have a number of captivating programs from all genres to present at this year’s LA Screenings; some will make you swoon, like the romantic, mystery series Zen; some will spark your curiosity, like Frozen Planet and Earth Under Water; others will have you hiding under the covers, like spooky drama series Bedlam.

Our big push this market is Torchwood: Miracle Day. ... For us, Mexico and Brazil are our fastest growing markets in this region. Maybe networks there were not as affected by the recession, or maybe the Olympics factor has boosted Brazil.

Friday, 20 May 2011

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Detective Conan Manga Gets 4th Live-Action TV Series

This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that a live-action television series adaptation of Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga has been green-lit. The series will premiere on July 7 at 11:58 p.m. on YTV, NTV, and their affiliates. The original manga follows a brilliant detective trapped in a child's body, but the live-action spinoffs have been set before the manga, when the title character was still a teenager.

There was already a live-action television special in April, as well as two previous specials with actor Shun Oguri (Hana Yori Dango, Hana-Kimi) in 2006 and 2007. However, the new project will be the first live-action series. The new series will retain the same staff and cast as the third live-action special, including Juppei Mizobata (Hana-Kimi, 81diver, Shibatora, High School Debut) in the title role and Shiori Kutsuna (Mei-chan no Shitsuji, Beck, Gota Keshi: Jidan Kōshōnin Shirai Torajirō) as the heroine Ran.

Viz Media will publish the 39th manga volume under the title Case Closed in North America in July. Funimation released DVDs for the television anime adaptation and some of the anime films.

Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsuisō Game Sells 33,000+ Units

The Playstation 3 and PSP versions of the Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsuisō ((The Reminiscence of Haruhi Suzumiya) videogame sold 33,784 copies in Japan in its first three days on Media Create's sales ranking chart for the May 9-15 week.

Fans bought 18,831 of the Playstation 3 version and 14,953 copies of the PSP version, leading them to rank as the second and fourth best-selling games for the week of May 9 to May 15. Their combined total is higher than the title ranked #1 on the list, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional (That Nintendo DS game shipped at the end of March and sold 20,722 more copies for a total of 475,503.) The #3 ranking went to the Nintendo DS game STEELDIVER.

Enterbrain's Weekly Famitsu magazine first revealed the game this past October. The game is a "wandering adventure" game which takes place immediately after the Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) anime film. The player assumes the role of the original light novels' protagonist Kyon as he finds himself at the Kita High School Festival again, in a world where the SOS Brigade does not exist.

The game features the original voice cast from the television anime and film

Pokémon Game Championship In Birmingham, June 4

The UK round of the Pokémon Video Game Championships will be held at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (beside Birmingham International Railway Station) on June 4. Players require a copy of the European edition of Pokémon Black Version or Pokemon White Version for the Nintendo DS. They also need a team of legal Pokémon as defined in the Tournament Regulations.

The contestants will be split into three divisions: Junior (born in 2000 or later), Senior (born in '96, '97, '98 or '99) or Masters (born in 1995 or earlier). Should a player's eligibility be questioned, proof of age may be requested.

From the website;

Pre-registration is not available for this event. Players may only sign up for the event during their age division's registration times. Players must show up the morning of the event to register for a competitor slot. Competitor slots will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Junior and Senior Divisions: Line Opens—8:00 A.M. Line Closes—8:30 A.M.

Masters Division: Line Opens—12:30 P.M. Line Closes—1:00 P.M.

Attendance Caps: Junior Division—256 players

Senior Division—256 players

Masters Division—512 players

Players must provide their own Nintendo DS systems and Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version Game Cards and cannot share systems or Game Cards with another player at the event. It is strongly recommended that players bring chargers for their Nintendo DS systems, as the tourament staff will not have chargers available for loan. Power outlets will be provided in the game play area.

The gameplay regulations are available here, click through 'next.' There is also a FAQ here.

Prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each of the three age divisions. First and second-place winners will receive medals; a Nintendo 3DS system; an invitation to compete at the Pokémon Video Game Championships in San Diego, California on August 13 and 14; and airfare and a 6-day/5-night hotel accommodation for the winner (including a parent or legal guardian for players under 18).

Third through eighth-place winners will receive an invitation to compete at the final in San Diego.

Fullmetal Alchemist iOS/Browser RPG in the Works

The North American anime distributor Funimation and videogame developer Good Game Productions announced on Thursday that they are currently developing a turn-based role-playing fighting game based on Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the second television anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's manga Fullmetal Alchemist. The game, titled Fullmetal Battle, will be available this summer on the iOS mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as on the Anrdoid mobile operating system and on browsers via the social networking site Facebook.

According to the announcement, players will be able to design their own unique licensed alchemists and challenge characters from the series, including protagonists Ed and Al Elric. Players can also group together for three-versus-three matches.

Four other Fullmetal Alchemist-based games have been released in North America. Square Enix, the media company that also publishes the manga, released two role-playing games for the Playstation 2 videogame console: Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel and Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Curse of the Crimson Elixir. Game developer Destineer has released two Nintendo DS games for the series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy and Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game. This is the first game released in North America branded specifically for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

183,000-Yen L.A. Hatsune Miku Concert Tour Offered

L'Attesa, a Japanese travel agency that specializes in tours to operas and other overseas performances, is offering a 183,000-yen (about US$2,230) tour package to see the virtual idol Hatsune Miku at her Anime Expo concert in Los Angeles this July. The six-day/four-night package from Japan will include a first-floor ticket to the July 2 concert. According to L'Attesa, this overseas version of the 2010 "Miku no Hi Kanshasai 39's Giving" concert will add new musical numbers and stage costumes.

The tour will run from June 30 to July 5, and it will also include a pass for Anime Expo and shuttle buses between the airport and the hotel. A minimum of 39 people must sign up for the tour, and a maximum of 200 can go.