Thursday, 30 June 2011

Ghibli Screenings in Newcastle; Akira screening in Bath, July 3

Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle has announced that it will be showing four films from Studio Ghibli's backlist, as well as Ghibli's new release Arrietty. Each of the older films will be shown twice, in subtitled and dubbed versions. The cinema is in Newcastle City Centre, near Monument Metro Station (map).

- Spirited Away, subtitled screening Sunday July 31 (time TBA), Children's film club dubbed screening on Saturday July 30 at 1200.

- Ponyo, subtitled screening Sunday August 7 (time TBA), Children's film club dubbed screening on Saturday August 6 at 1200.

- Howl's Moving Castle, subtitled screening Sunday August 14 (time TBA), Children's film club dubbed screening on Saturday August 13 at 1200.

- Princess Mononoke, subtitled screening Sunday August 21 (time TBA), Children's film club dubbed screening on Saturday August 20 at 1200.

The cinema's screenings of Arrietty begin on August 5.

Tickets to the Children's film club dubbed screenings are £3.20 for 15s and under, or £4.20 for over-15s. Children under 14 must be with adults, and adults are only admitted when accompanying children.

In addition, a further venue has been added to the list of cinemas screening Akira in July. The Little Theatre Cinema in Bath will show the film on Sunday July 3 at 2015. The list of other cinemas showing Akira is here.

Kaizoku sentai Gokaiger ep tx details

Episode 20: Mayoi no Mori (Forest of Indecision)
Airs: 7/10/11
Navi's Otakara Navigate tells the Gokaiger "It is necessary to meet with the Warriors of the Hidden Forest." It is discovered the treasure is the "Armor of Gingaman". Knowing this, the 6 Gokaiger head to the Ginga Forest. However, Gingaman's previous enemies were the Space Pirates Balban. Given Gokaiger's Space Spirate-status, the two teams are anything but compatible. Hyuuga asks Gai for his GokaiCellular. He wishes to fight using the armor. Basco aims set on the Great Power of Gingaman and summons 4 of the Hidden Ranger Keys he has in his possesion- Wolzard Fire, KuroKishi, DekaMaster and MagiMother! These Super-Powerful Warriors become the enemy, and the Gokaiger seem to have fallen into a big pinch!
Basco will also summon his monster, the Moondroid Tsukki.

Episode 21: Boukensha no Kokoro (Heart of an Adventurer)
Airs: 7/17/11
Akashi, former BoukenRed of Boukenger, suddenly shows up on GokaiGalleon. He requests that the Pirates help him go after a Precious, the "Yomi no Shinzou" (Heart of Hades.) However, Zangyack and the remainders of the Jaryuu tribe were also after the Precious. Then, Ryuuon of the Jaryuu tribe is revived by the Heart's power!

Episode 22: Hoshi Furu no Yakusoku (The Promise of the Star Shower)
Airs: 7/24/11
No Summary Available. Sounds like a character building ep though. Action Commander Starguru will be the enemy.

Episode 23: Hito no Inochi wa Chikyuu no Mirai (People's Lives are Earth's Future)
Airs: 7/31/11
Navi's Otakara Navigate tells the Gokaiger that "Kindness will lead to a meeting". Luka and Aihm who are out in town meet the paramedic, Tatsumi Matsuri, the former GoPink of GoGoV. In front of this veteran woman soldier, Luka and Aihm try and impress! Basco's monster, Firedroid Meran, appears!

TW:Miracle day US Screening

Starz have teamed up with Landmark Theaters to offer fans in the US the chance to attend a free advance screening of the premiere episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, The New World on July 5th and 6th.

The official Starz Torchwood Facebook page has added these screenings to their events page.
See the list of screenings:

July 5, 6pm - 8pm
Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30308

The Magnolia
3699 McKinney Ave,
Dallas, TX 75204

The Landmark, Greenwood Village
5415 Landmark Place,
Denver, CO 80111

Century Centre Cinema
2828 N Clark Street
Chicago IL, 60657

Los Angeles
The Landmark, Los Angeles
10850 W Pico Blvd Suite 520,
Los Angeles CA 90064

New York
The Sunshine Cinema
143 E. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10012

Ritz East
125 S. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

San Francisco
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center
Promenade Level
San Francisco, CA 94111

July 6, 6pm - 8pm
Kendall Square Cinema
One Kendall Square Bldg., 1900
Cambridge MA 02139

River Oaks
2009 West Gray
Houston TX 77019

Washinton D.C.
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington DC 20004-1300

Please note that seating is limited by capacity. No RSVP or ticket is required as seating is first come, first served. This screening is rated TV-14 and contains mature content. Must be 14 or older to attend.

TW: Miracle day UK press release

The BBC have now updated their programme information for Week 28 with details of Torchwood: Miracle Day's first episode, The New World, which will premiere in the UK on BBC1/BBC1HD at 9:00pm, 14th July.

Read the synopsis - contains spoilers for Episode One:
One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep ageing – they get hurt and sick, but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.

With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month's time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as CIA agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking: "What is Torchwood?", he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human ... for ever.

In the launch episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, Agent Rex Matheson is impaled in a car crash and miraculously survives, while his analyst, Esther Drummond, sets out to discover what Torchwood is. Far away, in Wales, Gwen Cooper lives in hiding with her husband Rhys and daughter Anwen – she’s the last surviving Torchwood member and is determined to stay hidden. In Kentucky, convicted murderer Oswald Danes survives his own execution. And when Esther meets the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, assassins are activated to kill them all...
Last week, Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury commented on Twitter that there would be slightly different versions of Miracle Day for the US and UK broadcast, adding yesterday that "they haven't started with one 'master version' and cut it for the UK. They've prepared two parallel edits for different markets." Russell T Davies had previously mentioned in his interview with Front Row that Jack is a 'childrens hero', and clarifies in the new Issue 436 of DWM that 'racier' scenes might be edited for a BBC audience.

Attendees at last week's BFI preview had reported that The New World seemed longer than the fifty minutes originally reported in the Cannes press release; this is also confirmed in DWM, with UK episodes expected to run for some 54 minutes whereas episodes on Starz would run for 50-51 minutes. Davies pointed out that this isn't a cut to the US version, but extra material added to the UK one!

DWM 436

The new edition of Doctor Who Magazine (out on Thursday) celebrates the life of Nicholas Courtney in a special 100-page issue dedicated to the man who played the Brigadier for over 40 years. With rare and never-before-published photos, the issue also contains tributes to the actor from fomer Doctors David Tennant, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and Tom Baker - the latter told DWM:

Once you got to know Nick, you loved everything about him. We were a double act. I loved everything he did. I would have loved him as Othello. All other critical faculties were abandoned. You just couldn’t explain yourself. It was almost like someone saying, ‘What an Earth do you see in her?’ or ‘What on Earth do you see in him?’ Once you actually love someone, you just love being with them – and I loved being with Nick.

Also in this issue:
Saluting the Brig - Nicholas Pegg sets the scene as friends and colleagues remember the life and times of Nicholas Courtney. The tributes include contributions from Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Peter Purves, John Levene, Richard Franklin, Katy Manning, Russell T Davies, Derrick Sherwin, Terrance Dicks, Philip Hinchcliffe, Graeme Harper and many more.
Nicholas Courtney - A Life In Acting - DWM looks back at Nick’s long career, from his early days in rep through to his most famous role as Lethbridge-Stewart in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
The One with the Eyepatch - Nicholas Courtney’s favourite Doctor Who story, 1970’s Inferno, is put under the spotlight as The Fact of Fiction witnesses the end of the world...
Seventh Heaven - It was the season in which the Brig came into his own – the Third Doctor’s first series from 1970. DWM looks back to discover what made the season so special as Countdown to 50 continues.
The Brig vs The Doctor - The Brigadier’s decision to blow up the reptile people in 1970’s Doctor Who and the Silurians shocked the Third Doctor. But was Lethbridge-Stewart right to do what he did? Toby Hadoke and Johnny Candon discuss the pros and cons of the Brig’s most controversial action in A Battle of Wits...
Nuns with Guns! - The Doctor and Amy are shocked to find that the TARDIS has been harbouring a terrifying secret in the latest comic strip adventure! And there are more surprises in store in Part Two of Apotheosis, written by Jonathan Morris with art by Dan McDaid...
Game On! - The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who in order, and visit the year 200,000 – but what will Chris, Emma, Michael and Will make of the Ninth Doctor adventure, The Long Game?
Are You My Mummy? - The secret’s out! In an exclusive interview, actress Alex Kingston talks about the revelation of just who River Song really is – and what the astonishing news means for her character in future episodes of Doctor Who...
It's a Miracle! - Torchwood, the popular spin-off from Doctor Who, returns to TV in July with a 10-part story, Miracle Day. DWM catches with writer Russell T Davies and stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Kai Owen to find out more abut the new series...
Splended Chap... - An ancient power makes an unexpected return from the depths of the void and discovers a world very different to the one it left some time ago... Whatever you do, don’t miss Production Notes!
Wotcha, Brig! - The Watcher dons his eyepatch and reveals some of the surprising lesser-known facts about everyone’s favourite UNIT commander in Wotcha!
PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews of TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine is available from all good newsagents and supermarkets from Thursday 30th June.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

45 Characters Join Hands for Quake Area Children

45 characters from Pikachu and Doraemon to Snoopy and Elmo have come together for Te o Tsunagō Sakusen (Project: Holding Hands or literally, Operation: Let's Join Hands) to encourage children in the areas hit by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. The project is the brainchild of Tsuneo Goda, the creator of the NHK mascot character Domo.

Goda was inspired after seeing the devastation caused by the tsunami on the news, and came up with the comforting image of characters from all over joining hands. He first reached out to Aki Kondō, the creator of Sanrio's relaxing bear character Rilakkuma. Kondō herself was moved by seeing television footage of an evacuation center, where a little girl was clutching a plush Rilakkuma toy as one of her few remaining possessions.

The Project: Holding Hands site launched on March 23 with 18 characters, but the project has since grown to include 45 characters. People in the quake area have sent email messges saying that their spirits were lifted by the project. The site includes messages from the creators, free downloads, and links to the Red Cross organizations in various countries.

Love Live! Anime Ad for Idol Unit μ's 3rd Single Posted

On Monday, Bandai's music label Lantis began streaming the first commercial for the single "Natsu-iro Egao de 1, 2, Jump!" by the idol group μ's (pronounced Muse). The group's third single will ship on August 24 and include a DVD of the videos, song and karaoke tracks, and voice drama tracks for 2,000 yen (about $25).

μ's last two single tracks, "Bokura no Live Kimi to no Life" and "Snow Halation," were also animated as part of Sunrise, Lantis, and ASCII Media Work's Dengeki G Magazine's Love Live! School Idol Project. Bibi, a mini group within Love Live! had their single "Diamond Princess no Yūutsu"" animated as well.

Takashi Murakami Exhibition Opens in London

Sculptures and paintings by Takahi Murakami, the creator of the "Superflat" art style, are now on display at London's Gagosian galley near Kings Cross St Pancras station (map). The exhibition is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays (1000 to 1800), until August 5.

An Evening Standard newspaper review describes the exhibition as "a satire of Japanese culture (...) [Murakami's] subject is the 'male sexual complex' in Japan, which, he argues, emerged from manga, animé cartoons and video games. A group of sculptures present kitsch, Playboy-like fantasy figures." According to the review, Murakami also commissioned manga and anime artists to rework 19th-century nude paintings, with "disconcerting results (...) child-woman hybrids, with porn-inspired circular breasts and classic childlike manga faces."

A blog report on the Guardian newspaper website adds that the exhibition offers a free giveaway, "a factory-made cardboard kit that folds together to make your very own miniaturised Murakami sculpture. The sculpture is a brightly coloured doll that resembles one of the works in the exhibition."

The exhibition website mentions that Murakami's collaborators on the sculptures include manga artist Seiji Matsuyama. His manga Oku-sama wa Shōgakusei (My Wife Is an Elementary Student) was listed as a 'harmful publication' by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government this April. Such titles are being considered for restriction under Tokyo's Youth Healthy Development Ordinance.

K-ON Actress Ayana Taketatsu Pitches Anti-Pimple Lotion

Ayana Taketatsu, the voice actress best known for playing Azusa in K-ON!, and fellow voice actress Manami Numakura (The IDOLM@STER's Hibiki Ganaha) star in a Japanese campaign for Proactiv Solution, the anti-acne treatment from the United States. In this joint effort with the radio network Bunka Hōsō, the first 300 people who buy the treatment online will receive a 50-minute DVD of Taketatsu/Numakura no Hajimete Demo Ii Desu ka? — the radio program that the two voice actresses host.

According to the website, Taketatsu says that she actually uses the anti-acne treatment herself.

Warren Ellis Comments on Marvel Anime Publicity

British comic artist Warren Ellis has blogged about Marvel's publicity for its anime series, stressing that he had very little involvement with the final result. The MADHOUSE studio has animated series based on four Marvel characters: Iron Man, Wolverine, Blade and X-Men.

Ellis was responding to a recent Marvel press release published on the Comic Book Resources website. It describes Ellis as "guiding" the MADHOUSE series.

In Ellis's words: "I didn't write scripts, just [series] outlines that were adapted and expanded into scripts by Japanese writers. From what little I've seen of the end result, there's pretty much nothing of my work in them, and I'm not actually screen-credited in the Japanese releases."

Dub Actresses to Hold L.A. Charity Karaoke Thursday

On Thursday, June 30, We Heart Japan will present a two-hour charity karaoke session in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. The event will feature dub actresses Stephanie Sheh and Cristina Vee (aka Cristina Valenzuela). Proceeds will go to earthquake relief in Japan.

Tickets are $40 per person, and the event will run from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Max Karaoke, on the second floor of the Little Tokyo Shopping Centre. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, June 28. RSVP to with full name, email, and phone number.

According to the website, "You will enjoy a two-hour karaoke box session with Stephanie and Cristina where you can sing and hear others sing." (The actresses will sing along with the attendees if they know the song.)

Participants will also receive an exclusive, limited-edition We Heart Japan postcard with the Gurren Lagann character Yoko, as illustrated by director Hiroyuki Imaishi.

Sheh's dub roles include Eureka in Eureka 7, Micchon in Eden of the East, Orihime in Bleach, Hinata in Naruto, and Mikuru in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Vee's roles include Nanoha in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Mio in K-ON!, and Alisa in the feature film Tekken: Blood Vengeance. She also provides the voices of Noel Vermillion, Nu-12, Lambda-11, and Mu-13 in the BlazBlue game franchise.

TW: Miracle day UK teaser

TV Awards news

Matt Smith and David Tennant have been nominated for "Best Actor" in the 2011 TV Choice Awards shortlist. Both will face competition from Colin Morgan and Benedict Cumberbatch.

For Best Actress, Karen Gillan and the late Elisabeth Sladen are nominated alongside Amanda Burton and Vicky McClure.

Also nominated is the show itself for "Best Family Drama", where it is up against Casualty, Merlin and Waterloo Road.

Steven Moffat's and Mark Gatiss' Sherlock has been nominated for "Best New Drama" along with Single Father, starring David Tennant, and Downton Abbey starring Hugh Bonneville. Toby Whithouse's Being Human, starring Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow, has been nomiated for "Best Drama Series".

Visit the Awards voting website to cast your votes. Voting on the shortlist will remain open until midnight (BST) on Friday 8 July. The winners will be announced on 13 September.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

TW TX Confirmed

The BBC have confirmed today that Torchwood: Miracle Day will premiere on BBC1(HD) on Thursday 14th July at 9:00pm.

The announcement ends months of speculation over when the show would be broadcast in the United Kingdom, with Starz announcing Friday 8th July for Miracle Day back in March. Canada and Australia see the show a day later, with SPACE broadcasting at 9:00pm(ET) and UKTV 9:30pm on Saturdays.

A full BBC Press Release is expected in the next couple of days.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Japanese Animation Fest Picks Nuclear Accident Theme

The Laputa International Animation Festival in Tokyo announced on Saturday that its theme this year will be the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The festival's 11th annual outing began accepting open submissions under the "Fukushima Animation" theme. Launched in 2000, the festival aims to uncover and foster new animation talent in Japan with screenings and workshops.

Tokyo and other parts of Japan have been undergoing scheduled power outages and conservation efforts since the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) of March 11. At the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, staff members have been working to prevent the reactor fuel rods from melting after the cooling systems were damaged by the earthquake-induced tsunami.

Ryō Saitani, a festival organizer, manga creator, and a prominent anti-nuclear power activist, noted that the nuclear power industry have used manga to promote its safety, especially after the Chernobyl nuclear power accident in 1986. The festival organizers emphasize the threat of radiation in Tokyo from the Fukushima Daiichi plant, although the government and independent surveys have reported normal background radiation levels in Tokyo since the accident.

The fesitval is accepting (PDF format) animated shorts until the end of August. Both professionals and amateurs can enter two-dimensional, three-dimensional, hybrid, and computer animated entries.

Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki mounted his own protest of nuclear power last week. (The Laputa International Animation Festival is named after the Laputa Asagaya theater in Tokyo and not after Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky film.)

Square Enix Cosplay Battle at Hyper Japan, July 24

Hyper Japan has announced that it will host a "Square Enix Cosplay Battle" on Sunday July 24. According to the site, "The contest is open to cosplayers with costumes from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Dragon Quest, Star Ocean and other video games or movies published by Square Enix (including Square and Enix games)."

The prize is a selection of Square Enix merchandise. Participants must have their entry forms signed by an adult if they are under 18. The form can be downloaded at the link.

The festival is also hosting the Hyper Japan UK Cosplay Award on the previous day, Saturday July 23 (applications are open until July 10). There will be a CosParade on the same day.

The Hyper Japan festival will take place at Olympia Two, Kensington, on Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July. Olympia Two is one of the three 'Olympia' exhibition halls, next to Kensington (Olympia) station.

Akira DVD/Blu-Ray on Monday

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is released Monday in three editions; a DVD (RRP £19.99), a Blu-Ray (RRP £27.99) and a Blu-Ray/DVD Collector's Edition in a 'Steelbook' format (i.e. with an outer metal shell), for an RRP of £29.99. All editions are rated 15.

Manga Entertainment worked from the Kodansha/Bandai master released in America. Extras include Japanese teasers, trailers and scans of 369 pages of Otomo's storyboards. The Collector's Edition also includes a 32-page booklet on the film. However, Manga isn't able to include the Akira Production Report Making-of film, previously released on videotape and DVD.

On Monday, Manga will also released the third volume of Vampire Knight Guilty (RRP £12.99), containing episodes 8 to 10 of the series (the sequel to Vampire Knight), rated 12.

Beez is releasing the complete series of Planetes as an "Anime Legends" set (26 episodes, RRP £24.99); and the complete series of Gurren-Lagann (27 episodes, RRP £29.99).

Durarara!! Premieres on U.S. TV's Adult Swim Tonight

The Durarara!! television anime series premieres on the American television network Adult Swim tonight at 12:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. EDT/PDT.

The 2010 Durarara!! anime adapts Ryohgo Narita's suspense action light novels of the same name. After launching his earlier Baccano! light novel series, Narita wrote Durarara!!'s "warped adolescent fantasy romance" about the colorful young denizens of Tokyo's Ikebukuro neighborhood.

Narita has written nine Durarara!! novel volumes since 2004, and Akiyo Satorigi began drawing a manga series in Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine in 2009. Aniplex shipped the entire 26-episode anime on DVD in North America. The website Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside Japan as it aired.

Pros and cons of adapting Gokaiger

Now there are speculations by fans that there will be a season 2 of Samurai and either they will use Goseiger footage or create their own. Also executive producer Jonathan Tzachor has stated how he didn't consider the Disney seasons as 'canon', meaning in continuation with the new series. Jason David Frank (Tommy) had recently commented in a convention about this, judging by the comments posted by you guys, the fans, you're not so glad about his comments. But of course like others said, JDF is no longer affiliated (as of now) with Saban and is just one man. But if all of this canon business is true, it would put a damper to adapting Gokaiger. From what my sources (who have since have stopped contacting me all together in the past year) told me in the past, whoever is adapting Power Rangers (Saban or Disney) are told in advance or are aware of the newest Sentai. But maybe Tzachor doesn't know about Gokaiger.

Last time I did Cons first so I decided to do the reverse.
Advantages to adapting the series would be that since Bandai America likes repackaging toys and re-painting toys to save money, they can release a lot of old toys (more than before) for the Gokaiger-adapted season. And if they do use 'Rangers' of past Power Rangers, they can release more toys. Linkara (History of Power Rangers) says Disney didn't understand why they were doing Forever Red because they were advertising old toys and not new ones, this series would allow Bandai to sell new toys of old, sort of like MMPR Reverison of 2010 (the toyline).

Selling old toys and having exposure of old seasons might boost sales of DVD and rental of streaming on Netflix.

If they do follow Gokaiger that has so-far brought back many Red Heroes from Sentai, a Power Ranegr adaption can bring old actors, maybe not just red. Since in Gokaiger, the past teams have lost their power sand no longer can transform, Saban crew can pick any actor of past team, doesn't have to be red.

In Power Rangers, we can finally see females in colors we haven't seen before like Navy, Black and more Reds and Silver and White. They are different twists to the suits of past Rangers and they some how make them more interesting.

It seems that Toei has been sort of adjusting things for Power Rangers, now this is just a speculation, but not true. For example, the other auxilary zords so far (Mystic Force, SPD, Wild Force, Samurai, MMPR, Time Force and Dino Thunder) and in future (Ninja Storm and RPM) were all Power Rangers-related, not one is of Sentai before 1992. Another is that with 18 episodes and photos and info out of up to episode 20, there has been no tribute to a non-PR Sentai. So it would be very easy to re-shoot scenes featuring the past costumes. Scenes of the Gokaiger transformed as past teams is brief. Could it be that Bandai had agreed to do more focus on Power Ranger-turned Sentai? Or maybe just a coincidence because since those Sentai are the latest and get (Japanese) kids more pumped since it is the ones they grew up with. Also the recent Sentai has had the most auxiliary mech.

The Gokaiger transform into past teams, but not only one that were adapted into Power Rangers but all 34 past teams, many (15) that were not adapted. And many of the costume designs are sort of ugly or not appealing to modern audiences. But look at Gingaman, those suits were adapted for Lost Galaxy and many fans complained those suits were ugly and looked like Charlie Brown T-shirts, also that the Lightspeed costumes looked like pinwheels/peppermints. If Saban Brands chose to skip over footage of past Sentai, it would be a bit difficult, as the Gokaiger sometimes become past warriors, mixed with those that were adapted into Power Rangers. For example in Episode 3, Yellow becomes Gao White, who PR fans know as White Wild Force Ranger (2002). But the other two--Big One and White Swan, were not ever Power Rangers.

Another factor is that Saban is planning to use the Samurai theme in 2012 and Goseiger will most likely be adapted in 2013 and Saban Brands have confirmed that 2013 will be the anniversary year for Power Rangers. Since Gokaiger celebrates 35 anniversary and there will be a lot of nostalgia for a season if Gokaiger is indeed adapted into Power Rangers, it would be strange if it was airing in 2014 after the 20th anniversary and with so much nostalgia. One can think Saban is having Samurai for 2 seasons and Goseiger adaption for 2013 a.k.a. the 20th anniversary in order to skip Gokaiger for 2014 and adapt the 2012 Sentai for 2014. But Disney and Saban, both who have run Power Rangers, have never skipped a season. But now rumors are that Samurai will use Goseiger footage, so it might be a little strange when they do tributes. But funny enough, the Gokaiger get the Goseiger powers in the 199 Heroes movie, and the Headers appear in Episode 16, so maybe they can make it work.

Another factor is the 'Legend War,' I have commented before on how it would be hard to explain how it is possible for one team to be present if many of the Rangers shared powers. Now, if the Saban producers choose to not use the 15 teams that were not PR, then they would have to re-shoot the 'war' with only 18 teams and I mentioned this before in this post:

Ugh, I hate this word (Canon) now. There is a lot of contest between fans if RPM is canon because it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and the only connection to past seasons it had was the presence of "Jungle Karma Pizza," the work place of Jungle Fury. As for the show itself in having past rangers come in, that is up to the writers. But since Tzachor doesn't consider any Disney seasons as canon, it would be VERY HARD to adapt Gokaiger. They could get another producer other than Tzachor to produce it or force him to do it. Or they can cheat and not bring any Disney Era actors, but how could they not if they all live near where they film (international wise I mean)? With Saban including all seasons in Netflix streaming, fans think this mean they are all canon but not so sure, because it's just video, not included in the new episodes. But what does canon matter? Sentai has played with it a lot and so far have skipped through or not mentioned certain things in Gokaiger.

It would take a lot of money to get past actors back and to ship them from the USA, yes they might not get a lot and they might be just in for one episode but there could be disputes, I mean PR actors during Saban era are notorious for money disputes. And it would take a lot of money to shoot the Legacy War again and add new scenes with Titanium Ranger and Spirit Rangers, if they choose to shoot them. And also, will past actors would want to come back? Also, scheduling, maybe they won't be able to get even one member on one team, I'm sure lots of veterans would be glad to come back but you never know, with such a mix global pots of actors. It's not like Japan where they are all in the same country, lots of these actors are in United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and other countries.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

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Hatsune Miku Quake Charity Figure on Sale at Anime Expo

The website for "Mikunopolis," the virtual idol Hatsune Miku's upcoming performance at Anime Expo in Los Angeles next week, announced on Friday that the earthquake charity figure of Miku will be on sale at the convention.

The charity figure is a reissue (with limited-edition accessories) of an earlier release in Good Smile Company's Nendoroid line of super-deformed (SD) figures. The company first offered the charity version in April, after the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster.

Good Smile Company agreed to donate 1,000 yen (about US$12.50) from every sale to the earthquake relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross. However, the website has not revealed what the figure's price will be at Anime Expo. Its original price in Japan was 3,000 yen (US$37).

As of May 2, 74,394 sets had been ordered for a total charity donation of 74,394,000 yen (US$924,600). However, Good Smile Company President (and Anime Expo guest) Takanori Aki announced on Thursday that the total has increased to 74,465,000 yen (US$925,500).

As with other Nendoroid figures, the "Hatsune Miku: Support ver." figure comes with interchangeable facial expressions and accessories. The charity version adds cheerleading pom-poms and a musical note flag that reads "Issho ni Ganbarō!" ("Let's Do Our Best Together!"). The Mikunopolis website lists other items that will be on sale at the concert.

2D Virtual Idol Unit AGC38's 1st Anime Short Film Posted

The smartphone portal site for Enterbrain's Famitsu game magazine began streaming its "exclusive" premiere of the first anime short from Asahi Productions' two-dimensional virtual idol group AGC38 on Friday. Although the site is geared towards iPhone and Android smartphones, the nine-minute video can be viewed from any platform that plays YouTube videos.

The short film is named "Sorette Dakara ne!" after the 38-member idol group's official song. It is set in the classes of the Musashi Asahigaoka Girls' Academy that the girls attend.

Asahi Productions announced the project last September as the first talent and entertainment unit comprised entirely of 38 bishōjo characters. In the announcement, Asahi stated that it hopes to develop anime and manga for the project. In December, the group released a shorter animated music video for "Sorette Dakara ne!" The song's CD will go on sale on July 15.

TW: Dual TX

Now that "Torchwood" is truly on the brink of being a cross-cultural phenomenon in both the United States and its birthplace of the United Kingdom, it's also apparently about to become an experiment in duality. Doctor Who Magazine Editor Tom Spillsbury has tweeted that the new mini-series "Torchwood : Miracle Day" will have dual versions of each episode, one for American audiences, and one for the BBC. It seems as though the production is succumbing to jitters that American audiences might not understand cultural references that "Torchwood" has always had.

And that American fans have embraced. The BBC has had a cultural beach head of BBC and other programming in North America for decades with classics like "Masterpiece Theater", "Monty Python" and various other UK imports, but apparently producers are aiming for more than the average American Anglophiles who are already fans of "Torchwood" and "Doctor Who". At this production scale and cost they want clearly want the kinds of audience numbers perhaps enjoyed by the late "Battlestar Galactica" and other premium channel series. It seems quite unnecessary on the grounds that the core audience of science-fiction in general always makes the extra effort to begin with and delight in not only made-up alien culture, but are also able to keenly follow and learn about foreign cultures.

Perhaps the more over-riding issue is that given that this will be a more adult content oriented version of "Torchwood" than ever before, with adult situations and scenes not passable for a British general broadcast audience. "Torchwood" has always pushed the envelope with it's lead character Captain Jack Harkness and his omni-sexuality. It's debatable that the world is ready for a bi-sexual or gay superhero figure, but it's hardly the time to get terribly squeamish so many years into the existence of "Torchwood" as a franchise. Would more explicit depictions of sexual situations really add to the plot points we already know about? Hard to say, basically because when 'life and death' situations become an 'endless life' catastrophe, then every emotion including sexual ones would naturally come into play.

Will this rankle fans? Probably - almost definitely, but then it will be a telling exercise once what I predict will see large numbers of viewer clamor to view both versions. It will be educational as to how the producers see us the viewers both in the UK and in America; what they think we can and can't handle. Probably in somewhat the same way fictional world leaders and the band of Torchwood survivors handle their fictional crisis and inform their fictional populaces. And perhaps that's a good thing. To know what your leaders think of you. And to know what those who produce your TV think you can or can't handle.

DW:series 6 2nd half titles reveled

With a couple of episode title mentions popping up in the media over the last week, here is an update of the currently known titles making up the second half of the current series, back later this year. Please note that (with the possible exception of episode eight!), the titles may still change before broadcast!

The following episode titles and snippets may reveal plot details that readers might consider spoilers.

Episode Titles for the second half of this series:

Episode Eight: Let's Kill Hitler

This title was, of course, confirmed in the end credits of the mid-series finale, A Good Man Goes To War.

Episode Nine: Night Terrors

Mark Gatiss confirmed on the Danny Baker Show (BBC Radio 5 Live, 18th June) that the title to his episode (nine) is to be Night Terrors. The episode - moved from its original position in the first half of the series - had been previously been reported as What Are Little Boys Made Of? by Doctor Who Magazine #433.

Episode Ten: tbc

On the other hand, Tom MacRae recently spoke to the Telegraph about his involvement with the interactive show The Crash of the Elysium, during which he also discussed his forthcoming episode (ten) in Doctor Who and how it's name isn't known as yet!
I’ve written episode 10 which I think is my most accomplished piece of plotting ever. What’s interesting is that the requirements of the script meant that for various reasons nothing has gone out about it at all. We didn’t do much location filming, and the way the guest characters work is unusual, so no one knows anything about my episode. There’s speculation about it which is wrong - some bright spark has put the title of the episode on IMDB as The Green Anchor - it has never been called that! I’m amazed we’ve kept it this secret because there’s a really big surprise in it. All I will say is that it’s an unusual episode and it’s really great.

Episode Eleven: The God Complex

This title for Toby Whithouse's episode was reported in Doctor Who Magazine #432, which also confirmed the director as Nick Hurran and its guest star as David Walliams.

Episodes twelve and thirteen have yet to be named, though the former has been nicknamed "The Lodger 2" owing to its guest star James Corden reprising his role as Craig Owens.

Canada Space channel goes HD

Bell Media in Canada have announced that it will be launching a high definition version of the SPACE channel from the 6th July - just in time for Torchwood: Miracle Day!

Rick Brace, the President of Speciality Channels and CTV Production, Bell Media, said:
SPACE fans can celebrate the long-anticipated launch of SPACE HD, one of many new Bell Media HD specialty services currently or soon-to-be on offer. We’re thrilled to start the roll-out of HD programming with the highly anticipated launch of Torchwood: Miracle Day and some of the other series and movies from the channel’s engaging Summer lineup.
The channel will be available via Bell Satellite TV (channel 1746) and Bell Fibe TV (channel 1632).

The HD channel will mirror it's 'normal' version, with high definition programming being shown where available, such as the BBC series Outcasts and Syfy's Alphas.

TW:Miracle day Starz synopsis

Starz have updated their scheduling information with a brief synopsis of the first seven episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day (their scheduling currently only lists as far as 19th August).

Miracle Day titles and synopses:

1. The New World - 8th July 10:00pm

When death itself comes to a halt, the whole world faces its greatest danger yet. CIA agent Rex Matheson has only one clue – Torchwood.

2. Rendition - 15th July, 10:00pm

As the Torchwood team is reunited, Jack realizes he’s the most vulnerable man on Earth. A flight to the United States turns into a desperate battle for survival.

3. Dead of Night - 22nd July, 10:00pm

Torchwood goes on the run and finds a new enemy, but as they launch a raid on PhiCorp headquarters, Jack must confront the mysterious Oswald Danes.

4. Escape to L.A. - 29th July 2011

The fight against PhiCorp takes the Torchwood team to California, where a trap is waiting. Meanwhile, Oswald and Jilly find themselves with an enemy of their own.

5. The Categories Of Life - 5th August, 10:00pm

Torchwood goes undercover and discovers the terrible truth behind the Miracle. The enemy is closing in, and death is about to make a shocking return.

6. The Middle Men - 12th August, 10:00pm

With Gwen, Rex and Esther trapped on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s a race against time as Jack goes straight to the heart of the conspiracy.

7. Immortal Sins - 19th August 2011, 10:00pm
Gwen must fight to protect her family and takes a terrifying journey, covering both miles and decades, as the long history of the Miracle is revealed.

The other episodes still to be placed are End Of The Road, The Gathering and The Blood Line.

TW: radio plays synopsis

The BBC Press Office have released details on the forthcoming radio plays for BBC Radio 4. The plays, set before Children of Earth, star John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, and Gareth David Lloyd as Ianto Jones.

Plot Synopsis for the Radio Plays:

Monday 11th July - The Devil and Miss Carew, by Rupert Laight

An alien with an aversion to electricity threatens to take Earth back to the dark ages in this new Torchwood radio drama. When Rhys's elderly Uncle Bryn has a heart attack while listening to the shipping forecast, it seems like another routine death at Ivyday Nursing Home. Until Gwen's suspicions are roused by another elderly resident...

Tuesday 12th July - Submission, by Ryan Scott

A distress signal lures Jack, Gwen and Ianto to the deepest part of the ocean – the Mariana Trench – and they find themselves trapped with a hungry alien.

Wednesday 13th July - House of the Dead, by James Goss

It's the last night at the House Of The Dead, the most haunted pub in Wales, and Mrs Wintergreen is holding a seance. Then the ghosts start arriving, and all hell breaks loose.

The plays will be broadcast in The Afternoon Play strand, 2:15-3:00pm between Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th July.

Radio 4 have now published a video segment from last Tuesday's Front Row interview with Russell T Davies talking about Torchwood's move to the US, and have also made the full interview available to listen to via their website.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Akira U.K. Screenings Update

Manga Entertainment has confirmed further Akira cinema screenings on its blog. An updated list follows, with the new additions marked with asterixes. The four new venues are Harbour Lights Southampton on July 2; Tyneside Cinema on July 4; Hyde Park Leeds on July 13; and the Aubin cinema in Shoreditch, London on July 31.

Barbican Centre, London, Friday June 24 to Thursday June 30, screenings at 2045.

Oxford Picturehouse – Saturday 2nd July at 2100.

* Harbour Lights Southampton – Saturday 2nd July at 2200.

Aberdeen Picturehouse - Monday 4th July at 2100.

Exeter Picturehouse – Monday 4th July at 2100.

York Picturehouse – Monday 4th July at 2030.

Norwich Picturehouse – Saturday 2nd July at 2040.

* Tyneside Cinema – Monday 4th July at 2030.

Stratford East– Thursday 7th July at 2030.

FACT (Liverpool)– Tuesday 12th July at 1820.

*Hyde Park Leeds – Wednesday 13th July at 1820.

Ritzy (Brixton) – Monday 18th July at 2045.

The Folly Project - this is a motorway undercroft in Hackney Wick, created in conjunction with the Barbican's Watch Me Move animation festival. See here for more details. - Friday 22nd July.

Regal (Henley) - Tuesday 26th July at 2030.

*London Aubin – Sunday 31st July.

A portion of the profits from the Picturehouse screenings will go to the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund. The film will be shown as part of Picturehouse's 'Culture Shock' film season. The screenings will be in Japanese with subtitles.

TW:Miracle day UK TX

The BBC Press Office have now released details for Week 28 (9-15 July); however, Torchwood: Miracle Day does not feature amongst the highlights listed for that coming week.

The series is expected to begin in July, with Front Row presenter Mark Lawson announcing: "Torchwood: Miracle Day begins on BBC1 next month, alongside Radio 4's Torchwood drama." after speaking to writer/producer Russell T Davies on the show. Davies himself believed it would be during week 28, telling On The Box: "it's something like Thursday July 14th here, that's the plan, so you only have to wait six days." However, BBC News muddied the waters somewhat, reporting after the preview of episode one that: "The series will air in the US in early July and be shown later in the summer on BBC One."

Based on the press release it would currently seem that Torchwood won't begin on UK television until at least a week after its premiere in the United States. However, as always, the Press Office states:
Scheduling information in Network TV Programme Information is subject to change.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Novel Sells 1 Million+

The Japanese publisher Kadokawa Shoten ran an advertisement in Thursday's edition of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun paper to say that The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novel has sold over one million copies. According to Kadokawa, Nagaru Tanigawa's first Haruhi Suzumiya novel is the first light novel to reach this milestone. The advertisement does not specify if the number is for Japan only or worldwide.

The advertisement also notes that the overall Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series is read in 15 countries. The advertisement adds that the latest novel, Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyōgaku (The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya), has a print run of over 1.1 million volumes. However, since the novel was split across two 300-page volumes, there were actually 513,000 sets of the complete Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyōgaku novel.

The Little, Brown Books for Young Readers imprint is publishing the fifth light novel, The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya, in North America this month.

According to the Mainichi Shimbun paper's Mantan Web site, over 16.5 million copies of the Haruhi Suzumiya books — including light novels and manga — have been published in 15 countries, including 8 million in Japan.

Saint Seiya Senki PS3 Game's Teaser Promo Streamed

Bandai Namco Games began streaming a teaser promotional video for its Saint Seiya Senki (Saint Seiya War Chronicles) game on Thursday. Bandai Namco Games bills the title as a cinematic melee action game for one to two players. The game is slated to ship this fall in Japan.

The story is set in the Hades — Chapter Sanctuary arc of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya mythological fantasy manga and anime as the player faces waves of countless enemies. The characters Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryū, Cygnus Hyōga, Andromeda Shun, Phoenix Ikki, and Taurus Aldebaran are all featured. The game will mark the 25th anniversary of Kurumada's 1986-1990 manga and Toei Animation's subsequent 1986-1989 television anime.

Otakon to Host Writer-Director Makoto Shinkai

Otakon has announced that it will host writer-director Makoto Shinkai as a guest during its July 29-31 convention in Baltimore, Maryland. He started creating his own anime titles almost single-handedly, being responsible for the writing, directing, and even voice-acting.

His works include She and Her Cat, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second, and Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below.

Shogakukan Publishes Doraemon Earthquake Survival Guide

The Japanese publisher Shogakukan is publishing a Doraemon earthquake survival guide on Thursday. The survival guide is geared toward both parents and children.

The 96-page illustrated book, titled Oyako de Yomou! Doraemon no Jishin ha Naze Okoru Dou Mi wo Mamoru (Parents and Children Read! Doraemon's Why do Earthquakes Occur? How Do I Protect Myself?) sets out to have the character of Doraemon answer questions for elementary-school children such as "why do earthquakes happen?," "what should I do if an earthquake occurs?," and "how should I prepare for an earthquake?" in an easy-to-understand way.

The second half of the book gives information for parents for how to protect children in an emergency, no matter where they are, and gives recommendations for disaster prevention tools. The book also contains a "survival card" for children to keep on hand that lists contact information for family members.

Mayo Chiki! Episode 1 Preview Streamed

Starchild's offiical website for the Mayo Chiki! television anime began streaming a preview video for its July 7 premiere episode on Wednesday. The Mayo Chiki! anime adapts Hajime Asano's school romantic comedy light novels of the same name.

In the story, Subaru Konoe (Yuka Iguchi) is a beautiful boy who serves as a butler to a classmate named Kanade Suzutsuki (Eri Kitamura). However, another boy named Kinjirō Sakamachi (Satoshi Hino) accidentally discovers Subaru's secret — Subaru is really a girl.

Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Hayate the Combat Butler, Mayo elle Otokonoko) is directing the project at the anime studio Feel with series script supervisor Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, Chu-Bra!!) and character designer Kōsuke Kawamura. The series will premiere in Japan this July.

The manga adaptation has been running in Monthly Comic Alive since last July.

Supercell Album with Miku Tops U.S. iTunes' World Music Chart

After Sony Music Direct Japan began selling the Japanese pop band supercell's self-titled album on Apple iTunes' American store on Tuesday, the album topped the store's bestselling chart for world music. It is also Amazon's #2 bestselling MP3 album in the international category in the United States. "The World Is Mine" single from supercell with vocals by the virtual idol Hatsune Miku already ranked in the top 10 on the American iTunes' world music singles chart.

Anime News Network interviewed Ryo, the leader and composer of supercell, this week. Hatsune Miku will "perform" a concert at this year's Anime Expo in Los Angeles during the extended July 1-4 holiday weekend.

GoKaiger future ep synopis

Episode 19, The Armor of 15 Warriors:
Gai wants to help out on the Galleon and shows the crew his cooking skills, which causes Don to become jealous.

It seems both Kazuki Maehara (Ryouma) and Teruaki Ogawa (Hyuuga) are returning. Rumors is that Basco will release his Kuro Kishi Ranger Key.

Episode 20:
Navi gives the crew a new clue by saying "You'll have to find the warriors in the closed forest." When Gai hears this, he tells the crew to go to the forest where the Seijuu Sentai Gingaman used to live. Marvelous and his crew heads towards the forest, but on their way a man in black starts to chase them. While they are trying to flee, they meet Basco.

In ep 20, Basco will summon DekaMaster, WolzardFire and MagiMother. Basco's hidden powers become clear.

TW:Miracle Day Synopsis

Starz have the synopsis for the first 7 episodes of Torchwood Miracle Day;

1.When death itself comes to a halt, the whole world faces its greatest danger yet. CIA agent Rex Matheson has only one clue - Torchwood.

2. As the Torchwood team is reunited, Jack realizes he's the most vulnerable man on Earth. A flight to the United States turns into a desperate battle for survival.

3. Torchwood goes on the run and finds a new enemy, but as they launch a raid on PhiCorp headquarters, Jack must confront the mysterious Oswald Danes.

4. The fight against PhiCorp takes the Torchwood team to California, where a trap is waiting. Meanwhile, Oswald and Jilly find themselves with an enemy of their own.

5. Torchwood goes undercover and discovers the terrible truth behind the Miracle. The enemy is closing in, and death is about to make a shocking return.

6. With Gwen, Rex and Esther trapped on both sides of the Atlantic, it's a race against time as Jack goes straight to the heart of the conspiracy.

7. Gwen must fight to protect her family and takes a terrifying journey, covering both miles and decades, as the long history of the Miracle is revealed.

TW:Miracle day: Wales preview

After the blaze of publicity in London for Monday's preview of episode one of Torchwood: Miracle Day, another, lower key preview took place in Wales last night as cast and crew gathered to watch in Swansea, where UK filming took place earlier in the year.

The preview took place at the Branwyn Hall (seen itself in the previous series, Children of Earth), and as with London the principal cast and crew were available to speak to the press, with an emphasis upon the show's Welsh roots.

Russell T Davies, who was born in the city, told the South Wales Evening Post:
I don't come as often as I should, but it is lovely to be back. Torchwood has such a Welsh heritage, we wanted to bring it here to show it off and repay the city really.

One of the first scenes in the first episode is at the (white National Trust) house in Rhossili. I spent my life wondering what it was like inside and I never thought we would get it, but lo and behold we managed it. It was a joy to film there and it looks epic and huge.

It is an exciting adventure to be in Los Angeles and America at my age (48) but you will always come home to Swansea.
Speaking to the Western Mail, he added:
There is a fair bit of swagger in Miracle Day. We go to Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington as well as Wales. Of course, being in America meant more money, more production value, bigger explosions, but it was also very important to recognise Wales. If we had just shot it out there it would not have been believable.

It is a Welsh show with Welsh characters, that is very important and is part of the reason why it works. The story starts in Wales, the middle is in America and it ends in Wales.

Eve Myles said:
We had the premiere in London on Monday, which was lovely, but this is the one I am really excited about.

It was unbelievable to film at Rhossili, it was wonderful. I had always wanted to live at that house and the beach is where I walk my dog, so it was unbelievable to blow it up!

It is one of the most important things on the whole show, a huge element of it is Welsh, the show will always have a link to Wales."

BBC Wales have released a video with Bill Pullman at the event, talking about his character.
Russell T Davies also featured on BBC Radio 4's Front Row last night, chatting to presenter Mark Lawson about taking Torchwood from the UK into the US, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and on other topics like the austerity measures within the BBC, the importance of the watershed, and his enthusiasm for his next writing project.

Having talked about what would happen with The Sarah Jane Adventures, discussion then turned towards the audience that would watch Torchwood, and that though it isn't aimed for children some would still watch it through its Doctor Who/Captain Jack connection. Davies commented:
You have to be quite careful with it, more careful than you'd normally would be, because now obviously Torchwood goes out at 9 o'clock, and we've got it coming up on BBC1 now, but we've never had Captain Jack swear because he's loved by children, and children will come to watch it. So we don't tone Torchwood down as such, there's still strong meat and there's some great visuals and some great gore in this show - and, you know, Captain Jack freely has an open and honest and wonderful sex life, but that's fine - it's just the harsher elements, the swearing and his actions as well - I don't think you're ever going to see Captain Jack stab someone brutally or something like that because he's a children's hero.
Talking about the co-production deal, he said:
The move to America partly coincided with the success of the last series of Torchwood which has allowed us to get co-production money. This new series of Torchwood is in conjunction with Starz, who are a premium cable network over there, so they brought a level of funding that we wouldn't have got from the BBC. I have to say if we hadn't, we could still have made this series. But you know, this co-production stuff is nothing new, you haven't seen a Dickens drama made for about 25 years that didn't have money from Boston in it or something, so this is the way of the world now, co-production money is natural.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D Film's English Cast Announced

The North American anime distributor Bandai Entertainment announced its English cast for the Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D film:

Ling Ziaoyu: Carrie Keranen
Alisa Bosconovitch: Cristina Vee
Shin Kamiya: David Vincent
Kazuya Mishima: Kyle Herbert
Anna Williams: Tara Platt
Nina Williams: Charlotte Bell
Jin Kazama: Darren Daniels

Strike Witches UK Release in November, Rated "12"

Manga Entertainment released new information about three of the titles it had announced at the London Expo convention last month. Strike Witches Season 1 has been given a "12" certificate by the BBFC and will be released as an uncut two-disc DVD on October 10.

Manga's response to the "12" certificate was to tweet, "What was all the fuss about, guys? (...) This shows how conservative some of you guys are(...) I just think we are all overly sensitive to moe and loli content and how The Man interprets it." Later, Manga advertised Strike Witches as "Waging war in pants! They fight in their undies, so that you never have to."

Replying to a tweeted question from Shiroi Hane, Manga said that another title, Dance in the Vampire Bund, was scheduled for release in November. "Waiting for Madman to send us discs for BBFC. Highschool of the Dead is with them now."

Replying to a query from Neferpitou for the Anime UK News website, Manga confirmed that the feature film King of Thorn would be released in a Blu-Ray edition.

Manga also commented on the soundtrack for its upcoming DVD of the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, due on July 4. "The Manga release only includes mono audio on the Japanese soundtrack. This is the same version Madman released. Bandai US re-released their version when they realised there was only a mono option. Unfortunately, we were not informed of this by Kadokawa, the company we license Haruhi Season 2 from. We worked with what we were given. (...) All I can do is apologize on behalf of Manga Entertainment for disappointing you. (...) In summary, what I'm saying is we are only as good as the materials our licensors supply to us, either directly or via Madman."

Asked by Shiroi Hane whether Quality Control should have picked up the problem, Manga said, "QC checks won't flag up mono audio if that audio sounds fine and is in sync. We didn't know there is another audio option!"

Ghibli's Arrietty to Have Different Dub Casts in U.S., U.K

Arrietty, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's film based on Mary Norton's British novel The Borrowers, will have different dub casts in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The British dub, which is due in theaters on July 29, will feature Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Atonement) and Tom Holland (one of the boy actors who took the lead role in the stage musical version of Billy Elliott). The cast also includes Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes), Olivia Colman (Peep Show), Phyllida Law (The Time Machine), and Geraldine McEwan (Marple).

The American dub, meanwhile, will feature Bridgit Mendler (Wizards of Waverly Place) as Arrietty. The rest of the American cast includes Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation), Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Running Wilde), David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place), and Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show). The film will open in American theaters on February 17, 2012.

As usual for a Ghibli film, Arrietty is being distributed in Britain by Optimum Releasing. However, this is the first Ghibli film to be released with different dub casts in the United Kingdom and the United States. (Two Ghibli projects — Ocean Waves and Only Yesterday — were released on DVD in the United Kingdom but not in the United States, but both releases had English subtitles only.)

Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki supervised and wrote the film, which updates the 1952 novel by moving the story to a modern Tokyo suburb. The story follows the "little people" who live under the floorboards of a regular human family.

Evangelion Sparkling Wine Arrives This Month

The online shop for the anime production company ANIMATE is taking orders for limited-edition Neon
Genesis Evangelion-inspired sparkling wines, to be sold in mid-June. The wines come in three flavors, with each flavor featuring either Unit 01, Asuka Langley, or Rei Ayanami. Only 333 bottles of each wine type will be produced for 50,000 yen each (US$624), and each bottle will be numbered.

"Evangelion Sparkling Eva 01 BRUT Karakuchi" is a dry, not very sweet wine; "Evangelion Sparkling Eva 00 SEC Nakaguchi" features Rei Ayanami and is a semi-sweet wine; and "Evangelion Sparkling Eva 02 DEMI SEC Amakuchi" is a sweet wine featuring Asuka Langley. All three bottles feature the characters drawn in gold print on a black bottle.

The bottles are available at ANIMATE's online shop, as well as the ANIMATE stores in Yokohama, Akihabara, Ikebukuro, Sendai, and Nagoya.

Hideki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion science-fiction television anime series originally aired in 1995-1996 and continues to see new collectible memorabilia produced. The series is currently being adapted into a four-part theatrical remake by Khara. The second film, Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, was released in theaters in Japan in 2009. FUNimation Entertainment released the movie on DVD and Blu-ray in North America in March.

Google Marks Summer with Modern Artist Takashi Murakami

Google's website is marking the summer solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) on June 21 with a front-page doodle by modern artist Takashi Murakami.

In 2008, Murakami was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Murakami has acknowledged the influence of anime, manga, and otaku culture on his art, and he himself has directed several anime projects.

Murakami worked with Luis Vuitton to design a print for its handbag lines, and he worked with rapper Kanye West to design an album cover and animate a music video. In 2009, Murakami created a music video titled "Akihabara Majokko Princess," directed by Terminator Salvation director McG and starring actress Kirsten Dunst.

Last year, Murakami held an exhibition in the Chateau of Versailles in France, and he co-created an anime for the occasion. He then appeared in Macy's Thanksgiving parade in New York City, dressed as one of his creations alongside 40-foot-long (about 10-meter-long) balloons of his mascot characters Kaikai and Kiki.

No DW crossover in TW

Torchwood creator, and former Doctor Who producer, Russell T. Davies has ruled out the possibility of the Doctor appearing in the spin-off.

Russell T. Davies dismissed the possibility of the Doctor appearing in an episode of Torchwood, the more adult spin-off from Doctor Who. Speaking at the UK launch for Torchwood: Miracle Day the creator of the spin-off revealed its more adult nature ruled out the Time Lord from crossing over and appearing in it.

"No, because actually the Doctor's never gone into Torchwood, it's always been the other way round, Torchwood's gone into Doctor Who, which I think is correct because there's a big child audience for Doctor Who and I think that would demand if we took the Doctor into Torchwood it would be a clash of styles.” - Russell T. Davies

Bill Pullman on BBC Breakfast

TW:Miracle day interviews

TW: web comic News

BBC Worldwide and Starz have released new details on the tie-in "motion comic" Torchwood: Web of Lies, which has been revealed to consist of a series of ten, three minute interactive narratives that will offer clues to the mysteries conjured up in Miracle Day. It has been written by Jane Espenson and Ryan Scott, and has been developed by Double Barrel Motion Labs for BBC Worldwide Productions and BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games.

However, the series will only be released through an application designed for the Apple-based iOS operating system, available through iTunes.

The press release provides details on how Web of Lies fits in with Miracle Day:
Torchwood: Web of Lies is an episodic interactive experience for iOS that fuses together motion comic and gameplay elements to tell an original and digitally exclusive Torchwood story. Players will participate in a parallel storyline to Torchwood: Miracle Day that includes lead characters Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper – voiced by John Barrowman and Eve Myles.

Torchwood: Web of Lies runs alongside weekly premieres of Torchwood: Miracle Day, providing fans with a way to engage in the world of Torchwood between episodes. It reveals a past day in the lives of Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper - a day they’ve both forgotten. The events of that day fuel a modern day conspiracy-laced treasure hunt, as Holly Mokri, voiced by Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Tru Calling, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), labours to uncover the secrets of Miracle Day.

Each week a new episode unlocks, allowing players to access another piece of original motion comic narrative and game which ties into and extends plot developments of the show, as well as providing new twists in its own narrative.

The first narrative and game will be released promotionally and the remaining nine can be purchased inside the app in packs of three, each for $0.99. A special bundle for all 10 narratives and game can be purchased for $2.99

No information has been forthcoming as to whether fans of Torchwood using other operating systems will also be able to access the complimentary material featured in Web of Lies.

TW:Miracle day UK press screening

Monday night saw the first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day - The New World - receive its UK premiere at the British Film Institute; cast and crew were in attendance for the screening in front of both press and fans.

The screening was followed by an Q&A with its stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Bill Pullman, and writer/executive producer Russell T Davies; other members of the cast and crew were present in the audience, including Kai Owen, Tom Price, executive producer Julie Gardner and director of episode one, Bharat Nalluri.

Avoiding spoilers for what comes up later in the series, the guests focused upon their many anecdotes from the shoot, with Barrowman and Myles discussing the excitement of making the show at Warner Bros - not to mention the pranks the former likes to pull! - and Pullman commenting on what it was like to work with his Welsh co-stars on the project. When asked about if the show could become fully "American" in later (potential!) series, Davies indicated that he'd want Torchwood to remain Welsh at its heart.

Highlights from the Q&A are expected to be available to watch on the BFI website from next week.

Prior to the screening, the press were able to chat to the stars about the show, and the BBC have published an article including a video interview featuring Barrowman, Myles, Pullman and Davies discussing their thoughts on making a new, co-funded series in America.

"There's no time to breath, it slams you in the face with action, with drama and with the best narrative we've ever told."

"Jack's a hero, but he's been a bad guy in his times, so there's more depth and I think the audience love that - they like to see their characters portrayed a little flawed."

"In amongst all that, you have great big Torchwood chases, stunts and thrills, and jokes, and tragedies as well - so it's the same old Torchwood world."

"This character is almost like the impossible scenario - can you survive this? - which is to be clearly fingered as the worst person anyone has ever meet ... given this chance at immortality."

Bill Pullman appeared on BBC's Breakfast this morning, discussing the development (and name!) of his character, and also on what he thought of Russell T Davies:
I wasn't expecting - I'm thinking prototypical Welsh like Anthony Hopkins or Richard Burton, dark, moody - but he's bright, just such a passion, he is such a generous spirit, and very special to everybody that works with him. He has really, now, quite a following in the States - he and Julie Gardner run a very professional operation.

Davies himself can be heard discussing how he took the show from Wales to Los Angeles tonight on Front Row (BBC Radio 4) from 7:15pm.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

FushiCon 2011 in Northampton this November

Fushicon 2011 will take place this November in Northampton. The venue is the Park Inn Northampton, which has previously hosted Ayacon, Kitacon and FuyuCon events. (It is 400 metres from the railway station; map here.)

The event is open to Over-16s (ID required). Registration is £45, and hotel rooms are priced for Fushicon at a rate of £68 per night. Maximum occupancy is two people per room.

Events will be confirmed closer to the convention, but a list on the site includes "The All New Frock Night" (a cross between a masqerade and a 'rockout party," described here), "NN-AMV Disco," lectures/speakers, games and competitions.

Middelsbrough Cosplayers in The Independent

The website of The Independent newspaper has a picture-led article on its website about the cosplayers at last weekend's Nemacon convention. There are four pictures of cosplayers, starting here - click on the right arrow to go to the next.

The article is headlined "The Manga Girls of Middelsbrough" and says:

The fine, machine-tooled metropolis that is Middlesbrough is possibly not the first place that springs to mind when one thinks about the savage hues and – at least to some Western eyes – avant-garde childishness of Japanese pop culture. But this weekend, the Teesside city found itself decked out in a million buttons and bows, as British cosplay enthusiasts were handed free licence to parade their fondness for dressing up like anime characters.

Mnet TV to Run Danny Choo's Culture Japan in U.S

The American television station Mnet announced on Monday that it will begin running Culture Japan, the Japanese pop culture television series created and hosted by Danny Choo, on July 5. The show will run on Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. EDT/PDT. Mnet's website lists the television service providers that have the Mnet channel.

The show has been airing in Japan and running on Animax Asia. It is also streaming on Crunchyroll.

In an interview with ANN, Mnet Senior Vice President of Programming and Development Julie Choi said, "since we at Mnet are dedicated to featuring all things cool Asian pop, [Culture Japan is] a natural fit … it's an insider look at the Japanese pop youth culture and it's an obvious fit for us. Mnet launched in December, and we're so passionate about anime and we're so excited to have this show."

Choi explained that Culture Japan is a variety show that features different guests in the Japanese anime industry, including voice actors, writers and animators. "I'm a huge fan of [Tantei Opera Milky Holmes]," Choi said, and in one episode Choo "has all the characters from Milky Holmes in character on set going through a practice of what they're going to be recording for their next episode."

Choo first became well known for cosplaying in Tokyo as an Imperial Stormtrooper from the Star Wars films. He will attend Anime Expo on July 1-4 as a guest of honor. Choo was profiled on CNN in 2008.

Choo told ANN that the show provides "a nice balance of traditional Japan, pop culture, technology and fashion." Choo added, "the goal of Culture Japan in general is to help me continue to share my passion for Japanese pop culture. I've got a piece on my blog that … explains why I'm so hellbent on continuing to share Japanese pop culture …. I absolutely love Japanese culture, it's definitely done a lot for me and I really want to continue to share it with folks around the world."

Choo also noted that he did not have an update on his anime project Chinka with his studio Mirai Fushion. Choo announced on his blog in August that Chinka would be an original video animation (OVA) project first. Choo did say that "at the moment it's in a stage where money is still trying to be accumulated for some of the production."

Mnet also runs a "Bandai Entertainment Block" with anime and live-action shows on Wednesdays from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT. The block is now airing Outlaw Star, Eureka Seven, and Fantastic Children.

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Mardock Scramble Anime Films

The North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it licensed the Mardock Scramble film trilogy. The first film will be available with English dubbing and subtitles on DVD and through digital retailers this September, with a Blu-ray Disc release planned in 2012. The trilogy adapts the science fiction suspense novel series of the same name by Tow Ubukata (Le Chevalier D'Eon).

In the story, a teenage prostitute named Rune Balot is murdered in an explosion. However, Dr. Easter saves her, and Balot is resurrected as an advanced cyborg. Balot takes on the worst of Mardock City's criminals as she looks for vengeance.

Megumi Hayashibara voices Rune Balot, and Susumu Kudo is directing the project at the new studio GoHands. Mardock Scramble: The First Compression had its world premiere at New York Comic Con on October 8 of last year. The second film, Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion, will open in Japan on September 3.

Viz Media publishes the novel series in one volume in North America

All Sphere Voice Actresses to Be in 2011 Pokémon Films

Masafumi Mima, the sound director of dozens of anime including almost every Pokémon project, revealed on Monday that all four members of the voice actress unit Sphere will appear in this year's pair of Pokémon films. Mima then indicated that the four members — Minako Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagaki, Haruka Tomatsu, and Aki Toyosaki — will be voicing Pokémon creatures.

This year will have two Pokémon feature films, Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Victini to Kuroki Eiyū Zekrom and Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Victini to Shiroki Eiyū Reshiram, opening on the same day (July 16) instead of just one. Nana Mizuki will voice the title character, the "victory Pokémon" Victini. Kouichi Yamadera, Shoko Nakagawa, Hideki Takahashi, Shosuke Tanihara, Satomi Ishihara, and Mao Daichi have all been previously announced to play parts in the movies.

In addition to the Pokémon films, Mima is overseeing the sound for Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos and Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion this year.

Spoiler free review of TW:Miracle day

Torchwood Miracle Day’s opener has a real sense of scale about it. It's split between Wales and America primarily, as it gradually unfolds that nobody in the world is dying. This is most graphically demonstrated right at the start of the episode, as Bill Pullman’s Oswald Danes, a particularly nasty breed of criminal, is being prepared for death by lethal injection. Only it doesn’t go to plan, and it begins to dawn on the world that something very drastic has changed.

Hence, Torchwood. Or what’s left of it. Thus, we get the return of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, along Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper. More to the point, it's Gwen Cooper with husband, Rhys (Kai Owen), and their baby.

Davies gradually reintroduces us to the familiar faces, and he does it through the eyes of characters on the other side of the channel. Those eyes belong to Mekhi Phifer’s Rex Matheson, and Alexa Havins’ Esther Drummond, with the former in particular snaffling the lion’s share of some very funny moments. Davies has always been a skilled writer of comedy lines, amongst other things, and he's on fine form here...

4. 1 Miracle Day: The New World

With each subsequent series of Torchwood, as we were reminded prior to the screening of the opening episode of Miracle Day, things have escalated. The show started on BBC Three, then moved to BBC Two, and for the acclaimed Children Of Earth, it jumped to BBC One. Now? Miracle Day sees Torchwood on a global platform, courtesy of a co-production between the BBC in the UK, and the Starz network in the US. It's the show's biggest challenge to date.

This, then, gives Torchwood’s creator and lead writer, Russell T Davies, a balancing act. How do you manage giving something to the existing Torchwood fanbase, whilst also bringing a new audience to the show? Turns out, on the basis of episode one, he’s got the answer.

To be clear, though: all we’re going to discuss in this piece are some very outline story points, which have already been revealed. There’s nothing spoiler-y about the review itself, save for explaining the premise of the show.

Miracle Day’s opener, then, has a real sense of scale about it. It's split between Wales and America primarily, as it gradually unfolds that nobody in the world is dying. This is most graphically demonstrated right at the start of the episode, as Bill Pullman’s Oswald Danes, a particularly nasty breed of criminal, is being prepared for death by lethal injection. Only it doesn’t go to plan, and it begins to dawn on the world that something very drastic has changed.

Hence, Torchwood. Or what’s left of it. Thus, we get the return of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, along Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper. More to the point, it's Gwen Cooper with husband, Rhys (Kai Owen), and their baby.

Davies gradually reintroduces us to the familiar faces, and he does it through the eyes of characters on the other side of the channel. Those eyes belong to Mekhi Phifer’s Rex Matheson, and Alexa Havins’ Esther Drummond, with the former in particular snaffling the lion’s share of some very funny moments. Davies has always been a skilled writer of comedy lines, amongst other things, and he's on fine form here.

He's also very strong at pulling the various threads together, to lay the foundations for the show. This opening episode introduces everyone, and spares time to lay in the threads and moral questions of Miracle Day.

Given the fact that Russell T Davies has ten episodes to work with here, rather than the five that Children Of Earth ran for, there’s less instant grab to the main narrative. But then it’s a slower burning story he’s telling. Children Of Earth had some instantly notable sequences in its opening episode, that made you sit bolt up and take notice. Miracle Day isn’t working quite like that, and it’s, as you might expect, playing a longer game.

It is a good one, though, at least on the evidence thus far. While some will want things more fast and furious (and the episode is hardly a slouch, with plenty of action, and a lot going on), I enjoyed the fact that this opener made enough space to lay a lot of pieces on the proverbial board.

I also enjoyed the episode itself a lot. It’s Americanised to an extent, but mainly in the sense that that’s where the story’s primarily taking place. And it boasts a series of sequences that instantly manage to show off the increased bank balance behind the show. The money, thus far, has been well spent. And filming action sequences in Wales does wonders for the wind-swept look, clearly.

Yet it’s the smaller, quieter moments that shine through. The scenes shared by Gwen and Rhys. Captain Jack’s ongoing realisation of just what’s happening. And a few other bits I’ve no intention of spoiling here.

I will say this, though: the show is bristling with great performances. Pullman isn’t used much in this opener, but there’s a calm measure about his portrayal of Oswald Danes that very much has the potential to get under the skin. And both Phifer and Havins acquit themselves very well.

But it’s the returning main trio of Kai Owen, John Barrowman and Eve Myles that continue to impress. Owen mixes humour with an earnest, and a real sense of drive about keeping his character’s marriage in tact. Barrowman has immense presence in pretty much every scene he’s in, here, and pitches his character expertly, as you’d expect. And Eve Myles? She’s just brilliant. Whoever Hollywood producers cast in the planned reboot of the Tomb Raider movie franchise, I’m fully confident that Myles could kick their ass. Twice. Before breakfast.

I should spare a quick line, too, for Murray Gold's music. His score here is strong, delicately weaving around the drama, with real balance to it. It's a very good score, used very well.

All said, the opening of Miracle Day sees Torchwood in confident form. There are big themes developing here, in an episode that’s very much setting the scene for what’s to come. And Davies gets his mix right. It feels slightly different from Torchwood of old, but then that’s what it should be. The goalposts have changed, the production has escalated, and the ambition of the show’s storytelling has increased with it.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Evangelion 2.22 Debuts on DVD/BR

Evangelion 2.22, released in cinemas as Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, makes its debut on Monday on DVD and Blu-Ray from Manga Entertainment. There are three editions: a DVD (RRP £17.99), a Blu-Ray (RRP £22.99) and a DVD/BR Combo Pack (£24.99). The film is rated 15.

Evangelion 2.0 is the second in a planned quartet of films remaking the 1995 TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion. In the story, teenagers pilot giants called Evas against monsters. The first film in the new quartet was Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, which was released in Japan in 2007.

The second film diverges much more from the TV storyline. It also introduces a brand-new Eva pilot, Mari Makinami Illustrious, voiced by singer/actress Maaya Sakamoto. (Sakamoto's other roles include the heroine Hitomi in Vision of Escaflowne, Ciel in Black Butler and dubbing Billie Piper as Rose in Japanese broadcasts of Doctor Who).

The UK release includes a commentary by the US dub cast, and deleted and alternate scenes. The DVD/BR Combo pack includes a 20-page booket.

Another DVD release on Monday is the first volume of Nabari no Ou, in which shinobi fight in modern-day Japan over one indifferent boy, Miharu, who carries a powerful martial art. The two-disc set contains the first 13 episodes (of 26) and has an RRP of £24.99. It is also released by Manga Entertainment.

Hatsune Miku Good Smile BMW Car Wins Super GT Race

The Hatsune Miku Good Smile BMW car won its first GT300 race at the Super GT International Series Malaysia at the Sepang Circuit on Sunday. Drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Taku Bamba turned in a time of 1:34'10.601 after taking the pole position at the start. The team had placed 4th and 5th in this year's first two races in Fuji Speeedway and the Fukuoka International Circuit in April and May.

The Pacific NAC Ika Musume Ferrari car was #3 at 46.432 seconds behind, followed by EVANGELION RT TEST-01 IM·JIHAN Shiden at #10 (1'34.158 behind) and Mach Go Go Go Syaken RD320R at #12. The Haruhi Racing Hankook Porsche team did not participate.

vAnime Events at the Barbican in June and July

The following is an update to the list of anime events at the Barbican through June and July. Akira will run from June 24 to 30, and screenings of two more Ghibli films have been added: Grave of the Fireflies on July 9 and Porco Rosso on July 30.

Film tickets are £9.50 online (£10.50 full price). For Barbican Members, they're discounted to £7.50 online (£8.50 full price). Concessions are £8.50, and screenings on Mondays are £5. (Talks are priced differently, see the list.)

The full list of anime screenings and events follows, with links to the relevant pages on the Barbican site. All screenings are in Japanese with subtitles, except for Arrietty on July 6, and the 'Family Film Club' screenings listed below.

June 23

1830 - Helen McCarthy presents a Gallery Talk on the relationship between Chinese and Japanese animation; this is followed by a screening of the Chinese animated feature, Havoc in Heaven. Tickets are £10, or £12 on the door; concessions are £7, or £8 on the door. The ticket includes same-day entry to the Watch Me Move exhibition - see the note at the bottom of this article.

1930 - Helen McCarthy and artist Reza Ben Gajra present a Master Class on creating animation, taking their lead from Chinese animation. Tickets are £12, or £14 on the door. The ticket includes same-day entry to the Watch Me Move exhibition. (Update: This event is now sold out, returns only.)

June 24 - 30

Akira (15). The screenings are at 2045 each day.

July 6

1900 - Arrietty (U). This is the dubbed version of the film. (Update: This screening is now sold out, returns only.)

July 7

1800 - Laputa: Castle in the Sky (PG). Introduced by Helen McCarthy.

2045 - Trigun: Badlands Rumble (15). Introduced by Helen McCarthy.

July 9

1400 - Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind (PG)

1615 - Grave of the Fireflies (12A)

July 10

1600 - Princess Mononoke (PG)

July 30

1400 - My Neigbour Totoro (U)

1600 - Porco Rosso (12A)

July 31

1400 - My Neighbours the Yamadas (PG)

1600 - Spirited Away (PG)

In addition, there are some 'Family Film Club' screenings. IMPORTANT - These are not for unaccompanied adults. Tickets are £3 for FFC members, and £5 for non-members. The Arrietty screening will be the dubbed version, according to the Barbican programme, while Laputa will be in Japanese but with a person reading the subtitles aloud. The programme is unclear whether Kiki's Delivery Service will be dubbed, or in Japanese with the subtitles read aloud.

July 9

1100 - Arrietty (U).

July 16

1100 - Laputa: Castle in the Sky (PG)

July 23

1100 - Kiki's Delivery Service (U, dubbed)

The screenings are part of a Barbican season called 'Watch Me Move,' showcasing animation from different parts of the world. It includes an exhibition until September 11 called Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, with anime represented alongside Disney, Pixar and other animators. The exhibition has its own screening room, with a seven-day screening programme including anime such as Paprika and Howl's Moving Castle. For more details,

Anime Included in Barbican Animation Show

The "Watch Me Move" animation season at London's Barbican Centre is now underway. The season's centrepiece is an exhibition called Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, in which anime is represented alongside animation from other parts of the world. It is open now, and runs until September 11.

The exhibition includes a screening room, with a seven-day repeating programme showing a total of 28 animated feature films from Monday to Sunday. The films range from the original Tron (showing Wednesdays at 1330) to Toy Story 3 (showing Sundays at 1130). Four anime films are represented, all dubbed:


1030 - Spirited Away

1430 - Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (this is the 2008 modified edition of the original Ghost in the Shell film. It should not be confused with Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence).


1330 - Howl's Moving Castle

1730 - Paprika

Beyond the screening room, the exhibition features extracts from the following anime: Akira, Sailor Moon, Princess Mononoke, Legend of the Overfiend (a non-sexual extract), and Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind. Additionally, it shows representatives of earlier anime: an episode of Astro Boy, the 1943 short film Spider and Tulip, and the brief 1930 film Village Festival by Noburo Ofuji.

The exhibition is also showing the complete 1941 Chinese feature film Princess Iron Fan, which is based on the Monkey stories. This was the first animated feature made in Asia, and was a direct influence on the first anime feature, Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors, in 1945. It was also a major influence on the young Osamu Tezuka.

The exhibition is open seven days a week. It opens at 1100 Sundays to Friday, and 1000 on Saturdays. It closes at 1800 on Wednesdays, 2200 on Thursdays, and 2000 on all other days.

Tickets prices are as follows: Standard £10 online (book at the above link)/£12 on the door

Concessions £7 online/£8 on the door

Secondary school (groups of ten or more) £6

12-17s yrs £6 online/£7 on the door

Under 12s free

Tensou sentai goesiger TX In South korea

in South Korea they show the actual Japanese Super Sentai dubbed in Korean and rename it 'Power Rangers.' South Korea will air Tensou Sentai Goseiger as Power Rangers Miracle Force, replacing Power Rangers Jungle Force (Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger) this July. South Korea started dubbing Super Sentai as 'Power Rangers' with Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger in 2005 and aired it as Power Rangers Dino Thunder which continued till Engine Sentai Go-Onger dubbed as Power Rangers Engine Force. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger was skipped due to possible cultural issues and in some extent, South Korea's grudge towards Japan and instead aired Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger as Power Rangers Jungle Force. Power Rangers Miracle Force premieres this July 2011

Saturday, 18 June 2011

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Beez Will Release Sound of the Sky

Beez announced on twitter that it has scheduled the series Sound of the Sky (So Ra No To Wo), broadcast in Japan last year. The anime is set in a war-devastated land which has settled into quiet decline. Kanata Kumika (voiced in Japanese by model and actress Juri Aikawa) is a 15-year-old girl who fulfills her dream of enlisting in the army, joining a unit of five girls who protect a fortress. The girls also play music that reverberate across the skies over towns without people and seas without fish.

The series premiered on TV Tokyo as the first release in Anime no Chikara (The Strength of Anime), a joint project of TV Tokyo's new anime department and Aniplex. The director is Mamoru Kanbe (Elfen Lied, I''s Pure). Hiroyuki Yoshino (Macross Frontier, My-HiME) is the script supervisor. Michiru Oshima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Boys Over Flowers, Magic User's Club, live-action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) composed the music.

Beez was also asked if it would be announcing possible release dates for the Zeta Gundam films, House of Five Leaves and The Tatami Galaxy. Beez replied, "Should do - we're also renovating the (Beez's) site completely, so they will be scheduled there too."

The company also replied to a twitter question about Code Geass. Beez has previously reissed the first season of the series as an "Anime Legends" box-set. Asked whether it would give the same treatment to the second season, Beez replied, "Hopefully - beginning of next year is likely, though."

Summer 2011 Anime Season: Directors, Actors, and Themes

Every anime season is different— here's some notes on this summer's anime series and staff. For more info on the individual shows, be sure to check out ANN's summer 2011 anime list!

Debut Directors

Takahiro Yoshimatsu
Yutaka Uemura gets his first shot at directing a television anime series with Gainax's Dantalian no Shoka. The show is based on a light novel series, rather than being an original work, so Uemura has something to work from. The show may look and sound a bit like a ripoff of this past winter's Gosick, but has a supernatural bent rather than straight mystery. Uemura worked as an assistant director of Gainax's Gurren Lagann The Movie 2: The Lights in the Sky are Stars.
Morita no Mukuchi's director, Naotaka Hayashi, has worked on loli incest comedy kissxsis and sci-fi thriller Steins;Gate, so it's tough to say what to expect in his adaptation of a slice-of-Life manga about a girl who doesn't speak.

Fuji TV's Noitamina television hour is specifically devoted to creating the kind of anime that Japanese people who aren't otaku might actually be willing to watch; it's met with mixed success over the years. This coming season they're giving Gundam 00 Assistant Director Kenji Nagasaki his shot at helming a series with No. 6, a near-future sci-fi drama.

Trigun designer "Something Yoshimatsu" (real name: Takahiro Yoshimatsu) must have a thing for small black cats, since the star of his directorial debut— Nyanpire The Animation —is a black cat...and vampire. It's a show based off a character merchandising platform (a la Hello Kitty), but he's no small name in anime, and it's a Gonzo anime as well.

Speaking of bigger names attached to anime about a product: Atsushi Nishigori— who's worked as a key animator on some of Gainax's biggest titles, including Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt —will step up to the plate this season by helming The IDOLM@STER. The series is based on an Xbox 360 game in which you get to simulate the experience of being the manager of a group of idol singers. All cute girls, of course.

Swamped Seiyu

Mamiko Noto
Plenty of Japanese voice actors double up on roles throughout the season— at least 11 this summer, just based on the information we have so far —but this season we have two actresses who are taking on a whopping four roles. Both, unsurprisingly, are well-known to fans who follow that sort of thing: Mamiko Noto (Mahou Sensei Negima!'s Nodoka Miyazaki) and Kana Hanazawa (Angel Beats!' Tenshi).
Noto will appear as as magical girl Aoi Kannazuki in Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel, elementary school basketballer Nayu Hasegawa in Ro-Kyu-Bu!, a smaller role as a fox demon in Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyō, and she's also reprising the role of Pugi in the kids' show MonHun Nikki Girigiri Airū-mura G.

Meanwhile, Hanazawa is voicing leads in Kamisama Dolls (Mahiru Hyuga) and Morita-san wa Mukuchi (the titular and taciturn Mayu Morita), will join Mamiko Noto in the basketball comedy Ro-Kyu-Bu! as Tomoka Minato, and in her spare time will voice the protagonist's wacky little sister in Mayo Chiki!.

They're not the only ones working hard, of course: Jun Fukuyama (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion's Lelouch Lamperouge) and Misato Fukuen (Strike Witches' Yoshika Miyafuji) are each taking on three new roles this season. They'll be in Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi, Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyō, and Nyanpire The Animation; and Blood-C, Kamisama Dolls, and Manyū Hiken-chō, respectively.

And This Season's Vampires Are...
Last season was remarkably vampire-free, given the popularity of the sexed-up undead species these days— the anime version of American television series Supernatural was pretty much it if you were looking for blood-suckers. This summer makes up for it (or ruins it, depending on your perspective) with three vampire-centric titles. The first is another adaptation of an American property: Madhouse's take on Blade. Technically the lead is only a half-vampire, but he's also supposed to be pretty bad-ass, and (naturally) he's being shipped to Japan for the duration of the show in order to hunt down his mother's killer.

Blood: The Last Vampire then and now
Production I.G returns to its standby vampire franchise, Blood: The Last Vampire, this year. With CLAMP on board for character design and the show's scenario, it seems likely that this season's Blood-C will lean more towards Blood+'s dark adventure/romance style than the original 45-minute film of 2000.
For those interested in more of a fantasy world— and perhaps a bit more moe —there's Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi, a drama about a boy with a mysterious past that includes a female vampire named Himea Saito.

And, finally, if none of these catches your fancy but you're still desperate for a vampire, try a little cat-fancy: the aforementioned Nyanpire The Animation and its kitty-vampire protagonist.

A Gaggle of Girls

The IDOLM@STER's leading ladies
Girl-focused shows are no new thing in Japan: female viewers can (theoretically) relate to them, and male viewers like looking at them. But this season seems to have a bit of an overload: about seven of the 25 new shoes this summer focus on a group of female characters, most without a male lead pulling them together.
Of course, the most overwhelming example is The IDOLM@STER, which revolves around the adventures of some ten-odd female singers working their way through Japan's idol industry. A quick glance at the show's character page reveals an additional four girls, including a helper from the production company, and nary a guy to be found.

There are also two slice-of-life shows starting revolving around four females: Yuruyuri, in which the leading ladies take over the tea club to start an amusement club (and which runs in a yuri magazine in Japan, so the show will at least hint at the possibility of romance), and Morita-san wa Mukuchi, which features a silent heroine and her decidedly less-silent friends and their high school lives.

A third show with a feminine foursome is, of course, Manyū Hiken-chō, although its girls have considerably more curves and swords...and they live in the Edo era of Japan.

Historical Friction

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée and
Manyū Hiken-chō
A cool dip into the distant past can be a nice way to escape the present, and it would appear that this year's chosen time frame is roughly the 18th/19th century.
The two most explicitly historical series this season couldn't be more polar opposite from one another: the T&A-filled Manyū Hiken-chō, set in the Edo era (17th to late 19th century) and Ikoku Meiro no Croisée. Croisée is set in 19th century France but revolves around a sweet young Japanese girl who winds up working in a French family's shop in Paris. The time frame was chosen specifically because of France's particular obsession with Japanese culture after the Asian nation reopened to the west.

Gainax's supernatural drama Dantalian no Shoka also appears to be set in the late 19th or perhaps early 20th century Europe, but its website hasn't explicitly stated the show's timeframe.