Sunday, 17 July 2011

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Saturday, 16 July 2011

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Suite Precure Film in Fall with New Precure Character

The official website for the Precure films relaunched on Friday with a streaming teaser trailer and confirmation that the Eiga Suite Precure: Torimodose! Kokoro ga Tsunagu Kiseki no Melody film will open on October 29.

The website also confirmed that a fourth Precure character will join the current magical girl anime's cast. Retail solicitation forms for upcoming Suite Precure character goods had indicated that a fourth heroine, Cure Muse, would join the main cast.

The flyers for the next Precure film appeared at the Precure Pretty Store, the first permanent official store dedicated to the Precure anime franchise. The store opened at the Tokyo Character Street mini-mall on Friday.

Advance tickets for the film will go on sale on Saturday, and the first wave will include a bonus "Suite-Heart Bag."

Redline Scheduled for DVD/BR Release November 14

In a twitter message, Manga Entertainment said that the SF-racing film Redline would be release on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 14. There will also be a "doubleplay" pack in a slip cover, containing the DVD, Blu-Ray and a booklet.

The release date was previously September, then pushed back to (provisionally) mid-October.

Redline has had cinema screenings around the UK in recent months as part of the We Love Japan roadshow. The film follows JP, a daredevil driver with his customized vehicle named "Trans Am." He enters an interplanetary tournament, held once every five years, where the deadliest racers compete. The film is produced by the Studio MADHOUSE and directed by Takeshi Koike (The Animatrix's "World Record").

Live-Action Ace Attorney Film's Courtroom Previewed

Agatsuma," a publicity representative for the film distributor TOHO, posted a photograph of the courtroom set from Takashi Miike's live-action adaptation of CAPCOM's Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban) videogame franchise on Friday. According to the TOHO representative, the award-winning art staff that worked on the film Jūsan-nin no Shikaku is working on this new film.

The film will star Hiroki Narimiya (Gokusen's Noda, NANA's Nobu, Akihabara @ DEEP's Page) as the novice attorney Phoenix Wright (Ryuichi Naruhodo). Other cast members include Takumi Saitō (RoboGeisha, Princess Princess D) as prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Reiji Mitsurugi) as Mirei Kiritani (Arakawa under the Bridge's Nino) as Maya Fey (Mayoi Ayasato).

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

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

Manga Jiman 2011 Contest Now Open

Details of this year's Manga Jiman contest, in which UK artists are encounraged to create their own original strips, are now available on the Embassy of Japan website: a summary and entry form as well as the full rules.

The theme of this year's contest is "new beginnings" and the entries should refer to that idea in some way, interpreted at the contestant's discretion.

The first prize is a pair of return tickets to Japan. (If the winner is under 18, he or she must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or someone appointed by a parent or guardian.) Second prize is a Toshiba laptop computer, and the third prize is a Ricoh digital camera. Runners up will receive a selection of manga publications, and other prizes. The winners' work will be displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy.

The competition is open to legal UK residents who are, or will be, 14 or over on January 1st, 2012. All strips should be original (not previously published or publicly displayed). They must be between six and eight A4-sized pages in length, drawn so the strip reads from left to right. In a message to the Sweatdrop website, Mark McEvoy of the Embassy of Japan stressed that the judges would be strict on the "left to right" point.

The entries will be judged on such factors as originality, storytelling, layout and design, character design, and use of onomatopoeia.

The closing date for the submission of entries is November 1. Entries cannot be sent electronically. Photocopied manga and completed entry forms should be submitted, by post or in person, to:


Japan Information and Cultural Centre

Embassy of Japan

101/104 Piccadilly

London W1J 7JT

Finalists will be posted on the Embassy of Japan website in December, and the prizes will be awarded in February 2012.

'Manga Jiman' means 'Having Pride in Manga.'

Gundam/Macross Designers Draw Quake Charity Shirts

Gundam designers Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Kunio Okawara join 35 other creators in designing T-shirts for sale at a charity exhibition at Canopy Square in Tokyo Midtown Plaza from Saturday to Monday. The other designers include:

Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Escaflowne, Aquarion)
Poyoyon Rock/Akio Watanabe (Bakemonogatari/The World God Only Knows)
Yūsaku Hanakuma (Tokyo Zombie)
Miho Takeoka (Bungaku Shōjo)
Hidetaka Tenjin (Macross Frontier, Aquarion)
LLO (Mushi-Uta)
Chisato Naruse (Tenbatsu Angel Rabbie)
The "Design Garden Summer Charity T-Shirt Exhibition" will sell the T-shirts for 2,500 yen (about US$32), and there is a separate auction for the artist's original sketches. 1,000 yen ($12) from each shirt will be donated to the areas affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. Except for Kawamori's shirts, all of the shirts are also available via online orders.

Tamayura Anime Dishes to Be Served by Yokosuka Shops

The city of Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture will hold a "Tamayura Festival 2011" event starting on August 14 to promote the upcoming Tamayura television anime series, which will begin airing in October.

The event will include a poster campaign throughout the city, as well as a special menu in seven of the city's restaurants. These restaurants will include a menu of Tamayura-themed curry, hamburgers and cherry cheesecake, with names such as "Norie-tan's Extremely Spicy Tension MAX Curry," or "Kao-tan's Success Burger."

Fans who eat the special menu items will receive a stamp, and those who collect all seven stamps will receive a premium coaster and will be entered in a lottery for another gift.

In addition, a special ready-made "Tamayura Curry" box will be sold during the festival.

The story of Tamayura follows Fū Sawatari (Taketatsu), a girl who lives in a waterside town near the Seto Inland Sea and takes photographs with her late father's film camera. Incidentally, the city of Yokosuka is not the town where the anime takes place, nor is it close in location to the Seto Inland Sea.

Junichi Sato (Aria, Kaleido Star, Princess Tutu) created the story of the 2010 original video anime version of the show, and directed its two volumes. It was Sato's third "healing anime" after Aria and Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~, and Hal Film Maker produced the animation. Sato will once again direct the new series.

TW:miracle day ep 2

10 teasers about TW ep 2

- "I'm not gay, but I’ll let you feel me up if you get me a vodka."
- "Do we have to explode before you turn up?"
- "What the hell is this thing? All it does is go bleep!"
- "You stupid bloody little man."
- "What if the planet dies out from under us?"
- "We should not be watching this, he's a monster."
- "Every bug in the world is probably out to get me."
- "What are you saying - immortality leads to hypochondria?"
- "Someone wants to take Torchwood out."
- "I had a boyfriend who took arsenic."

DW visits elysium

Visitors to the special Doctor Who immersive theatre experience, The Crash of the Elysium, got a surprise yesterday when the Doctor himself popped in to see them!

A fan of the organisers Punchdrunk since seeing one of their shows in New York, Matt Smith wanted to see the current production based around Doctor Who that has been taking place at the Manchester International Festival this month; normally, videos of the Doctor appear during the show, but producers arranged for him to appear in character yesterday instead of the final video, much to the delight of the 6-12 year old audience.

Commenting on the project, he said:
Punchdrunk and Doctor Who! A Marriage made in creative space heaven. It's been a privilege to work with Punchdrunk to put children at the heart of a Doctor Who adventure. I've always watched Punchdrunk shows and marvelled at their inventiveness and individuality. Put that together with Doctor Who and there is a wonderful template to tell unique stories in unique ways. The Doctor would definitely approve.

The final performance of The Crash of Elysium is today.

DW in Gervais new comedy

Ricky Gervais has filmed a scene for his new comedy, Life's Too Short, that will feature a TARDIS and Daleks.

On the news page of his website, it is revealed that he has filmed a "little something for sci-fi nerds everywhere".

The blog post also contains photos of Gervais posing with a TARDIS and two Daleks. No other information has been revealed as yet. Guest stars in Life's Too Short include Sting, Johnny Depp and Steve Carell. It is not known if Matt Smith will guest star as himself or the Doctor in the scene

Ricky Gervais is no stranger to the world of Doctor Who. In the 2007 Christmas Special and series finale of his sitcom, Extras, he filmed a short Doctor Who parody with David Tennant as the Doctor, and himself as the slug monster called Schlong.

TW: UK ratings

Torchwood: The New World had an average audience of 4.8 million viewers on BBC One and BBC One HD, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The UK premiere of the new series had an 21% share of the audience and was the 5th most watched programme of the day, behind the four main soaps. It won the 9pm timeslot, with Single Handed on ITV1 getting 3.7 million viewers.

Episode One of the last Torchwood series, Children of Earth, had an overnight ratings of 5.9 million and a final figure of 6.47 million viewers.

The final ratings for The New World will be released next week and will include those who record the programme and watch it within seven days.

DW Filming report

In what seems to be turning into a regular trip to the historic castles of Wales, this week sees the TARDIS materialise at the gate of Caernarfon Castle in North Wales. The police box prop stands prominently in the Queen's Gate and will be there until 27th July.

Previously, the police box appeared at Raglan Castle back in February, and also turned up on the battlements of Caerphilly Castle during December 2009 as part of promotional activities by the Welsh historic environment service CADW.

Doctor Who's relationship with castles and castle-like structures has flourished in recent years; May's adventure The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People saw several such locations used for filming, including Cardiff Castle, Caerphilly Castle, St Donat's Castle (aka Atlantic College), and the ruins of Neath Abbey.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Detective conan ending 39 by B'z

Detective Conan’s 39th ending theme song will be sung by B’z. The song is entitled Pilgrim and is a song included in the Japanese hard rock duo’s 18th album, C’mon. The album will be released on July 27, 2011.

The song will be used in the Detective Conan anime from August 6, 2011 and will be used only for the month of August.

Songs included in the album:

Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo さよなら傷だらけの日々よ
Hitoshizuku no Anata ひとしずくのアナタ
Don’t Wanna Lie
Boss ボス
Too Young
Pilgrim ピルグリム
The Master ザ・マイスター
Dead End デッドエンド
Meimei 命名
ultra soul 2011

Detective conan august schedule

Detective Conan episodes airing in August 2011:

Aug 06, 2011
Kaitou Kid’s Busy Date

Adapted from: Magic Kaito

Aug 13, 2011
The Royal Princess Likes Magic

Adapted from: Magic Kaito Volume 01

Aug 20, 2011
Conan & Kid’s Offensive and Defensive Battle for Ryouma Treasures (Part One)

Manga chapters: Vol. 70 Files 02-04

Aug 27, 2011
Conan & Kid’s Offensive and Defensive Battle for Ryouma Treasures (Part Two)

Manga chapters: Vol. 70 Files 02-04

The episodes have not been numbered because it is not confirmed whether the episodes adapted from Magic Kaito will be officially counted as Detective Conan episodes.

New Magic Kaito Anime Special

This week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Sunday (issue #33) is announcing a new anime special for Detective Conan. The anime special, entitled Detective Conan Special—Kaitou Kid Summer Festival: Kaitou Kid’s Busy Date, will air on August 6, 2011. The contents of the special are from Magic Kaito, another series by Detective Conan’s author Aoyama Gosho. Here is a brief summary of the anime special:

“Kaitou Kid, or Kuroba Kaito, sends out a warning card that he will steal The Angel’s Crown from the Treasures of the Medieval Period Exhibition. However, on the same day that he stated on the card, his classmate Nakamori Aoko makes him go out on a date with her. Aoko suspects that Kaito and Kid are the same person, and wants to confirm her suspicions.”

In addition, a second episode entitled The Royal Princess Likes Magic will air on August 13, 2011.

This is the second anime special of Magic Kaito, and spans two episodes this time. The first anime special, entitled The Secret behind the Birth of Kaitou Kid, aired in April 2010.

Conan with Live-Action Ran on SS Cover

Conan is on the cover of issue #32 of Weekly Shonen Sunday. This is the second time Detective Conan is on the cover of the weekly manga magazine this year, the first being issue #20 that was on sale in April. In line with the first Detective Conan live-action drama that premiered on July 7, Kutsuna Shiori who plays Mouri Ran in the drama is on the cover together with Edogawa Conan, the protagonist of Detective Conan.

Doraemon's 1st Airport 'Theme Park' Opens Friday

The New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido built the first Doraemon airport "theme park" as part of a new extension to its domestic terminal. The "Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park" comprises 1,200 square meters (about 13,000 square feet) of space in the new area.

The park includes a shop, a cafe, a library, a workshop, an entertainment area, a commemorative photo area where fans can "ride" on the time machine featured in the show, and a playground. Admission to the paid area of the park costs 600 yen (about US$7.60) for adults, 400 yen (about US$5.00) for middle and high school students, and 300 yen (about US$3.80) for elementary school students. Children under 3 are free.

The new extension will officially open on Friday. Construction was supposed to be completed in June, but due to a shortage of materials after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster of March 11, the deadline was pushed back a month and a half.

Otakon to Host Madhouse Founder Masao Maruyama

The organizers of Otakon announced on Wednesday that MADHOUSE anime studio founder Masao Maruyama will return to the July 29-31 convention in Baltimore. Otakon will also host a K-ON! mini-concert by English voice actresses Stephanie Sheh (Yui), Cristina Vee (Mio), Cassandra Lee (Ritsu), and Shelby Lindley (Mugi), along with cosplayer/singer Karrie Shirou.

Maruyama was involved in the establishment of MADHOUSE in 1972. Since then, he has nurtured talents such as Tetsuro Araki, Atsuko Ishizuka and the late Satoshi Kon. Among the anime he has produced are Unico, Ninja Scroll, Card Captor Sakura, Monster, Death Note, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Paprika, Redline, and Supernatural the Animation.

The short concert that Sheh, Vee, Lee, and Lindley will hold will be their first performance at Otakon as a group.

In addition, Otakon 2011 will host a concert with three Japanese voice actresses from Angel ScandyS, and singer Kylee will perform separately.

Helen McCarthy to Present Tezuka Seminar at Hyper Japan

British author Helen McCarthy will present a seminar on Osamu Tezuka at the Hyper Japan convention at Kensington. The seminar will take place on Friday, July 22, although no time has been given yet.

The website describes the seminar as "an introduction to the life and work of Japan's most significant manga artist." McCarthy is the author of the Harvey Award-winning book The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga.

On the same day, the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) will host a "Japanese Multimedia - A Bright Future in Britain" seminar. According to the website, the seminar will discuss "the potential of Japanese multimedia in the UK, covering such sectors as anime, manga, video games and toys." Panelists at the seminar include Andrew Partridge from Viz Media Europe, Yen Hau from Rising Star Games, and Peter Stone from Konami Digital Entertainment. Anime journalist Andrew Osmond will facilitate the event. The seminar will be held at 4:00 p.m.

The event will also host musical guests Kanon Wakeshima and Joji Hirota, fashion designer Kumiko Uehara from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, and comedy duo JaruJaru.

Hyper Japan is at Olympia Two, one of the three 'Olympia' exhibition halls next to Kensington (Olympia) station. The event will run from July 22 to 24.

Disclosure: Andrew Osmond is an editor at Anime News Network, he did not work on the portion of this article related to the JETRO event.

L.A.'s Japanese American Museum to Show Early Anime

The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles will screen anime from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s on four nights in July and August. The first screening in the series takes place on Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. and will have some of the earliest known anime titles such as "Mighty Taro's Reckless Training" (1928), "The Black Cat" (1929), and "The National Anthem Kimigayo" (1931).

The remaining showings will also be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays — July 28, August 4, and August 25. Each night, about a dozen short anime films will be shown in rough chronological order extending from the 1920s to 1950.

This film series is part of the Tateuchi Public Program Series, organized between the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and the Japanese American National Museum. As part of this program, screenings in the Summer Classic Anime Film Series program will be free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Museum at 213-625-0414.

Complete movie listings and additional information are available through the Japanese American National Museum's website. The screenings run alongside with the museum's Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo exhibition. The museum encourages donations from the attendees.

Precure's 1st Permanent Official Shop to Open Friday

Precure Pretty Store, the first permanent official store dedicated to the popular magical girl anime franchise Precure, will open in Tokyo on Friday. Toei Animation is opening the store at the Tokyo Character Street mini-mall next to the Tokyo JR railway hub.

The first Precure anime series premiered in 2004, but the previous shops have been temporary pop-up shops or event booths. The Precure Pretty Store will bring together about 400 items, from popular items to original goods that can only be bought at the store. Toei adds, "If you're lucky, you might even get a chance to meet the Precure girls!?"

Since 2008, Tokyo Character Street has hosted Shueisha's Jump Shop, Studio Ghibli's Donguri Garden, Tsubaraya Productions' Ultraman World M78, and other shops dedicated to anime/manga/live-action special-effects works.

Takashi Murakami Says His Art is Overpriced

As reported previously, an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by Takahi Murakami, creator of the "Superflat" art style, is being displayed at London's Gagosian galley near Kings Cross St Pancras station (map).

A new article on the Bloomberg website claims Murakami is "baffled" by how much his work costs today and says it is overpriced.

According to the article, "(Murakami) discussed prices with dealer Larry Gagosian before the (London) show, and hearing the figures, told Gagosian that they were 'a little bit expensive.' According to Murakami, Gagosian replied, 'No, this is big, this is big!'"

The Bloomberg article says Murakami describes the rising value of his work as "very scary," and too expensive. However, the artist also says he has a small salary and incurs high expenses through travel, communications and staff.

Murakami's 1998 sculpture, "My Lonesome Cowboy" (depicting an aroused male) sold for $15.2 million in Sotheby's in New York in May 2008. That September saw the financial crisis caused by the collapse of Lehman Brothers. However, according to an art adviser, Murakami's art is now worth "substantially" more than it was before the crisis.

The Gagosian exhibition is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays (1000 to 1800), until August 5.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Magic Kaito 'Hijacks' Detective Conan Show for 4 Weeks

Gosho Aoyama's Magic Kaito manga will be adapted into four anime specials which will "hijack" the timeslot of the Detective Conan television anime series for four weeks this August. Magic Kaito centers on a young budding magician named Kaito Kuroba who follows in his late father's footsteps as the legendary thief Kaitō Kid.

Not coincidentally, Aoyama also created Detective Conan, and Kaitō Kid has appeared as a rival of the diminutive detective both in the Detective Conan manga and in various anime stories.

The Kaitō Kid episodes will begin on August 6 with "Kaitō Kid no Isogashii Date" (Kaitō Kid's Busy Date) and continues on August 13 with "Ōjo-sama wa Magic ga Osuki" (Her Highness Loves Magic). The specials conclude with the two-part "Conan-Kid no Ryōma O-Takara Kōbō-Sen" (Conan/Kid's Battle for the Ryōma Treasure) on August 20 and 27.

A Magic Kaito television anime special aired last April as the first anime adaptation of the manga.

Update: More background information added and episode title's spelling fixed. Thanks, Geoffrey Brewster.

Update 2: Comic Natalie describes the upcoming stories as Kaito Kid specials which will run for four straight episodes. The website of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine describes "all" of the episodes as "Kid Specials," but only the first two as "Magic Kaitō Specials."

Negima Film to Tell 'Ver. B' Finale, Bundle Manga #0

This year's 33rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine confirmed on Wednesday that the Negima! Magister Negi Magi film will tell another official version — "version B" or "another true ending" — of Ken Akamatsu's final manga chapter.

In addition, Japanese moviegoers who see next month's double-billing of the Negima film and Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven is a Place on Earth films will receive either the exclusive "0th volume" of the Negima manga, or an exclusive manga volume of Kenjirou Hata's Hayate the Combat Butler.

Akamatsu reported on his Twitter account that the "0th volume" of the Negima manga will have an all-new 18-page side story to his original manga. It will also have production materials such as the anime storyboards he drew for the opening animation footage of the original anime DVD project.

The CD with the Negima film's theme song (as sung by the protagonist Negi Springfield and his Mahora Academy middle school class 3-A) will go on sale on August 24. R2, voice actress Ryoko Shiraishi's cover album of Negima and Hayate songs, will go on sale on August 10. Shiraishi plays both Hayate's title character and Negima's Kaede Nagase.

The double feature will open in Japan on August 27.

Discotek Adds Lupin III's 1st Anime Season on DVD

The North American home video distributor Discotek announced on Tuesday that it licensed the first season of the Lupin the 3rd television anime series for release on DVD next spring.

The first season consists of the first 23 episodes of the Lupin the 3rd television series. Director Hayao Miyazaki of Ghibli fame directed 14 episodes in the first season.

The second season of Lupin the 3rd was previously licensed by Geneon Entertainment USA and aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block.

Monkey Punch's original manga began serialization in 1967 and features Lupin the Third, the great nephew of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin. He is routinely pursued by Investigator Zenigata while attempting to steal priceless items and woo women.

The manga was adapted into numerous movies, including a Detective Conan crossover special and most recently Lupin III: the Last Job in 2010.

To-Love-Ru Quake Charity Sketch Gets 1.2 Million Yen Bid

The charity auction for an original signed image of a character from To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness drawn by the manga's artist Kentaro Yabuki (Black Cat, Mayoi Neko Overrun!) ended on Yahoo! Japan for 1,223,000 yen (about US$15,397) on Monday. The illustration was part of Shueisha's "Jump Charity Auction" event, which auctioned illustrations from 14 different manga creators from Shueisha's Jump series of magazines. The auctions were held from July 4-11, and each auction had a starting bid price of 1 yen.

Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross to help victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster.

Below is a list of other manga creators who contributed illustrations to the charity, and how much each illustration sold for:

Nobuhiro Watsuki's illustration - 641,000 yen (about US$8,069)
Fujiko Fujio A's illustration - 500,000 yen (about US$6,294)
Katsura Hoshino's illustration - 401,000 yen (about US$5,048)
Hiroyuki Asada's illustration - 401,000 yen (about US$5,048)
Norihiro Yagi's illustration - 351,000 yen (about US$4,418)
Tatsuya Endō's illustration - 212,000 yen (about US$2,669)
Ryūhei Tamura's illustration - 136,000 yen (about US$1,712)
Kousuke Masuda's illustration - 126,000 yen (about US$1,586)
Yoshiaki Sukeno's illustration - 86,500 yen (about US$1,089)
Namie Odama's illustration - 60,500 yen (about US$761)
Yōichi Amano's illustration - 57,000 yen (about US$717)
Hajime Kazu's illustration - 51,500 yen (about US$648)
Tohru Uchimizu's illustration - 30,611 yen (about US$385)
In another recent charity auction, an original signed image from Zetman creator Masakazu Katsura sold on Yahoo! Japan for 1,414,000 yen (about US$17,300).

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BBC worldwide -DW sell well

BBC Worldwide's Annual Review for 2011 has been released, and figures show that Doctor Who has led the way for the BBC's commercial arm's success in the last year.

The series was the biggest show sold internationally last year, and is now available in over fifty territories. It saw significant growth within the United States, including becoming the third-biggest seller in the US iTunes charts (behind Mad Men and Glee). Overall, the Doctor Who franchise saw its revenue increase by 49%.

Series Five was one of the top five selling series for BBC Worldwide, with the others being the first series of Sherlock, series 15 and 16 of Top Gear, and Human Planet. In terms of revenue, the top three series were Top Gear, Doctor Who, and Waking the Dead.

Doctor Who is one of the five "power brands", along with Top Gear, Lonely Planet, BBC Earth and Dancing with the Stars; together their revenue reached £308.1m, accounting for 27% of BBC Worldwide's total of £1.16 billion.

The full report can be found via the BBC website.

DW on Facebook

The BBC are to make a number of classic and new Doctor Who stories available to watch via their Facebook page. The stories, which includes (the as-yet unreleased on DVD) The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, will be 'rentable' for 48 hours from the page using Facebook's proprietry credit system.

As well as the Seventh Doctor's clownish encounter above, the initial offering includes a monochrome cyber-adventure for the Second Doctor in Tomb of the Cybermen, Sontaran shenanigans for the Third Doctor in The Time Warrior, a trip to Paris for the Fourth Doctor in City of Death, the Fifth and Sixth Doctors' encounters with the Cybermen in Earthshock and Attack of the Cybermen, and revived series stories such as the Ninth Doctor taking Rose to the future in The End of the World, and the Tenth Docotor's first meeting with River Song in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.

BBC Worldwide's Chief Executive John Smith said:
As we have grown internationally, we've seen through our Facebook channel that fans who are loving the new series are asking for a guide into our rich Doctor Who back catalogue. Our approach to Facebook and other leading edge platforms is to be right there alongside them in fostering innovation. We see this service as a perfect way to give our fans what they want, as well as a great way for them to get their fix between now and the autumn when Series Six continues.

Facebook's Director of Platform Partnerships Christian Hernandez said:
Millions of people engage with their favourite TV shows on Facebook every day and we're now seeing broadcasters look at innovative ways to use Facebook tools to connect their fans with exclusive content. Through its Facebook page, BBC Worldwide is giving Doctor Who fans a quick and easy way to access these iconic episodes.

The stories will be accessible via the BBC's application on Facebook, and may be viewed by users from Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

TW:Miracle day canada ratings

The premiere of Torchwood: Miracle Day drew nearly a million viewers to SPACE on Saturday delivering the channel its highest audience ever.

The New World achieved an average of 432,000 viewers with 929,000 watching some part episode. When compared to the premiere of Torchwood’s third series, Children of Earth, the premiere of Miracle Day increased 55% among total viewers, 49% among A25-54, 53% among A18-49, and 56% among female viewers.

The series continues next Saturday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

UK Anime DVD's details

K-ON! Volume 1 (Ep 1-4): Out 29/08/11 For £12.99

K-ON! Volume 1 has appeared on listings with a release date of 29/08/11. It contains the first 4 episodes and has price set at £12.99, which is presumably the RRP. If £12.99 is indeed the RRP, then you should be able to buy it online for more discounted price. If MangaUK follow their current release plan for K-ON!, then the next 3 volumes should be out in 2 month intervals. A complete Blu-Ray box set of K-ON! is also schedule for release at some point in the future.

"So Ra No Wo to": Out 25/07/11, Price & Cover Art!

Reported a few weeks backs that BEEZ had scheduled the release of "So Ra No Wo to" (Sound of the Sky) and were soon to announce it release date, Price, etc. Forum member Ario has beaten them to it, by finding the listing for the release on Amazon. It has released date of 25/07/11 and the possible final DVD Artwork is above. It has price set at £29.99, but it's unclear if that is the RRP or Amazon discount price.

B'z L.A. Concert to Be Streamed on Ustream

The official Japanese website of the soft drink brand Pespi announced that the Ustream service will stream the "B'z Live- Gym 2011 -long time no see-" tour's final concert worldwide on Monday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. in Japan (Sunday, July 24 at 10:00 p.m. EDT). The two-man rock band B'z will launch its first concert tour in North America in eight years on July 20, and the last concert will be in Los Angeles at Club Nokia four days later. The iPhone/Android app Nex TV and Pepsi's own website will also stream the concert in addition to Ustream.

C'mon, the new album from B'z, will go on sale in Japan on July 27. B'z performs the album's title song in "People," the second commercial for the drink Pepsi Nex; the two versions of the commercial are now streaming on Pepsi's Japanese site. (The commercial will begin airing in Japan on June 16.)

Last month, "Don't Wanna Lie," the newest Detective Conan theme song, became the 45th straight B'z single to top the chart since 1990's "Taiyō no Komachi Angel." With this single, B'z set two new records — records that the band already held — for the most number of #1 singles and the longest string of #1 singles in a row in Japan. B'z also performed other Detective Conan songs and themes for Black Jack Special: The 4 Miracles of Life, Jigoku Sensei Nube, and Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raoh-den Gekitō no Shō .

K-On's Toyosaki Confirmed as Anime Weather Girl's Voice

The Japanese public broadcaster NHK confirmed last Tuesday that the animated weather girl mascot on its News Watch 9 program is voiced by Aki Toyosaki (Yui in K-ON!, Nako in Hana-Saku Iroha, Chitose in Yuruyuri). The character, addressed as "Haru-chan," co-hosts the weather report with human weather forecaster Hiroko Ida.

Haru-chan has been a mainstay of News Watch 9 before this year, but she formerly appeared onscreen as just an unmoving, still-frame mascot. Starting on May 23, Haru-chan went on the air with a voice and (limited) animation. The character has her own website with a photo gallery, a sample video, and profiles of her animated friends and associates.

Among Toyosaki's recent roles, she voiced an animated reporter in a documentary film about Japanese media in March.

Spirit of Hope Comic Charity Anthology Launch Party July 23

There will be an official launch and signing for the Spirit of Hope charity comic anthology on Saturday July 23 at London's Forbidden Planet. According to the facebook page, the event will feature "as many of the contributors as can possibly make it." The event will be from 1300 to 1600. There will also be other signing events around the country.

Conceived by Tim Pilcher of the Comic Book Alliance, Spirit of Hope was produced to help victims of the Japan and New Zealand earthquakes. The 116-page book includes contributions from more than 85 people, including manga artists Michiru Morikawa and Akiko Shimojima. Other creators include Liam Sharp, Henry Flint, Nick Abadzis, Glenn Dakin, Mark Buckingham, Al Davison and Peter Hogan. (Some sample images can be seen on the Forbidden Planet blog.) The book has two alternative covers, one by Jimmy Broxton (left) and one by Michael Allred (right).

Spirit of Hope costs £14.99. It can be ordered from the CBA page; postage is £3 in the U.K., or £5 to the rest of the world.

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Audience figures have been released for the premiere episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day broadcast on the US cable subscription channel Starz on Friday, and indicate that 1.51m watched The New World on its first two broadcasts (819000 at 10:00pm, 687000 at 11:00pm); a combined figure of 2m viewers was reached after the Sunday evening repeats.

The figures compare favourably with Starz's recent series Camelot, which achieved the highest "original series" premiere for the channel back in April with 1.57m tuning in on its opening night, and then too reached 2m by the end of the weekend.

Torchwood's viewing figures above do not factor in on-demand or online viewers.

DW UK Viewers

An "alternative census" has been carried out in the UK to determine what constitutes the "average" person's life in the United Kingdom, and reports that Doctor Who is the programme they most like to watch!

The survey was undertaken in over 2000 households by energy management service AlertMe, with chief executive officer of the company Mary Turner explaining:
The government census tells us information that is quite run-of-the-mill. We wanted to find out the bare bones of people’s everyday behaviour.

Looking into daily lives, the report uncovered snippets such as favourites foods of the week (with fish and chips being the obvious Friday winner), families eating together three times a week (at 5:54pm!), and generally getting home from work at 5:15pm. Eight out of ten families consider themselves to be "happy" or "very happy", with 70% of adults considering their household as "completely normal". Half of families surveyed also indicated that television is their main form of entertainment, with a typical family tuning in for some nine hours a day and citing Doctor Who as their favoured show.

The survey also found that the average person gets up at 6:57am and goes to bed at 10:50pm - so there's no reason to miss Torchwood this coming Thursday!

Monday, 11 July 2011

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Birdy the Mighty Decode Released Monday

Manga Entertainment will release the first thirteen-part season of Birdy the Mighty Decode on DVD on Monday June 11 (RRP £24.99), rated 12.

In the series, Federation investigator Birdy chases the space criminal Geega through space to Earth, where he hides in the entertainment industry disguised as a human. Birdy goes undercover herself, posing as a model. A male student, Senkawa, stumbles upon a fight between the two one night, and his body is cut in half. Birdy heals him, but Senkawa's body, and life, are now permanently linked to Birdy. When duty calls on this planet or elsewhere, Birdy reverts their shared body back to her form and takes over.

The series was followed by a second season in Japan (Birdy the Mighty Decode:02). It is based on a manga by Masami Yuuki (Patlabor), which was previously turned into a four-part OVA in 1996 by the MADHOUSE studio, called Birdy the Mighty.

Also on Monday, MVM will release a collected edition of Blade of the Immortal (RRP £29.99, rated 15), previously released in three volumes. The thirteen-past samurai-era series concerns Manji, a crass, violent swordsman cursed with immortality. The only way to lift the curse is to slay 1,000 evil men. MVM is also reissuing two previously-available collections, Starship Operators and Disgaea, both with RRPs of £29.99.

Finally, Manga is releasing the sixth box-set of Naruto Shippūden (RRP £24.99), carrying the next thirteen-episode run (66 to 78) of the series.

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Just a reminder that today until Wednesday on BBC Radio 4 at 2.15pm is Torchwood The Lost Files;

11 Jul 2011, 14:15 - The Devil and Miss Carew
1/3. An alien with an aversion to electricity threatens to take Earth back to the dark ages.

12 Jul 2011, 14:15 - Submission
2/3. A distress signal lures Torchwood to the deepest part of the ocean - the Mariana Trench.

13 Jul 2011, 14:15 - The House of the Dead
3/3. Jack and Ianto find themselves in The House of the Dead, the most haunted pub in Wales.

they will be made available on BBC podcast for download afterwards

Saturday, 9 July 2011

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Ties to the past;
Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper.
Rhys Williams.
PC Andy Davidson in a cameo.
Jack claims to be Owen Harper FBI.
Jack still uses the Amnesia drug.
Jacks coat is new, but the same style.
456 is mentioned, but as something else.

My thoughts for 4-10 (IMHO);
All those who should be dead, will die.
Jack will die, but become immortal again, just as everyone else becomes mortal, he has already talked about series 5 filming in January 2012, so the assumption he doesn't die should be correct.

Who wants to kill Torchwood and why.
Is Miracle Day to do with Torchwood, Oswald Danes or who?

This episode is mainly getting Torchwood back together, explaining Miracle Day, siding them with the CIA and moving it the USA, the adventure starts proper next week.

And the UK version looks to be 6 minutes longer, I can't wait!

Its basically Torchwood crossed with the X-Files, done very well, 10/10, Starz have done this show a great justice - and RTD is back, after his last year of Doctor Who he needed a rest, and its been worth it.

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Evangelion's Tokyo Store, Eva-Color Priuses Unveiled

The official retail website for the Evangelion anime franchise announced on Friday that "Evangelion Store @ Real," a permanent storefront dedicated only to Evangelion goods, will open in Tokyo's Harajuku district this fall.

The store will assemble all the items that buyers need to pursue the "Evangelion Style," from premium apparel to original goods. The store will also host film-related events and exhibitions. More information will be provided on the Evangelion Store website. There have been pop-up shops such as the "Evangelion with Endless Summer Girls" campaign, but this will be the first permanent, physical storefront.

In a separate development, the "Evangelion x Hakone-machi x Toyota Electric Power Instrumentality Project" is opening this weekend at the former Sengokuhara Junior High School in Hakone — the actual school and city that inspired the fictional school and city setting in Evangelion. The project showcases Toyota's hybrid Prius cars by painting them in Evangelion Unit 1 and Unit 2 colors. The project also recreated Year 2 Class A, the classroom of Shinji and the other characters in the Evangelion anime franchise.

The project was originally supposed to open on March 12, but it was postponed after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster of March 11. It is opening during the July 9-10 weekend in a revised "Electricity-Conservation Promotion Ver." in light of Japan's current power-saving efforts. The event will screen an original Evangelion short starring the character Misato in the former school's gymnasium.

On Friday, the Gigazine website posted preview pictures of both the Evangelion-colored Priuses and the recreated schoolroom.

Manga UK Adds Welcome to the Space Show with English Dub

The British anime distributor Manga Entertainment revealed on Friday that it will be releasing an English-language dub of the 2010 anime feature film Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW. The dub will be produced in the United States. Manga Entertainment will release the film on DVD and Blu-Ray in the United Kingdom before the end of the year.

The science-fiction family film begins during the summer vacation of fifth grader Natsuki Oyama, who just moved into the countryside. She and four of her schoolmates embark on an space-spanning adventure that takes them beyond the fields they call home.

Manga Entertainment UK confirmed with ANN that the dub is the first to be co-produced by the company since Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress, which was dubbed in 2005. (The previous American release was subtitle-only.) Unlike the Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW dub, the Millennium Actress dub was produced in England. Meanwhile, Optimum's British-produced dub of Studio Ghibli's Arrietty will be released on July 29, but that dub is different from the one being prepared in America for the same film.

For Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW, Koji Masunari, Masashi Ishihama, and writer Hideyuki Kurata joined forces at A-1 Pictures Inc. after working together on the R.O.D. Read or Die and Kamichu! anime. Susan Boyle, the Scottish woman who became globally famous after performing on the televised competition Britain's Got Talent, contributed her "Who I Was Born to Be" song as the theme of the film.

Hatsune Miku Figma Figure for Quake Charity Offered

The figure manufacturer Good Smile Company (GSC) confirmed on Friday that it will release a "figma Hatsune Miku Support ver." as the third Cheerful Japan! figure to raise money for victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai). The Cheerful Japan! project follows in the footsteps of the "Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Support ver."; GSC sold over 74,000 of this earlier set and donated 1,000 yen (about US$12) from each sale — a total of 74,465,000 yen (US$925,500) — to the Japanese Red Cross.

The "figma Hatsune Miku Support ver." is a reissue of the first figma Hatsune Miku figure from 2008. However, the silver paint job is brighter on the "Support ver." and the new set adds "a smiling support face," an orange support flag, and pompoms.

Japanese pre-orders will run on GSC's own website from July 11 to July 27, while overseas pre-orders will run on a related site from July 28 to August 8. 1,000 yen (US$12) out of the 3,000-yen (US$36) cost will be donated, although there is also a 2,000-yen (US$24) fee for overseas shipping. GSC will ship the figures in November.

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UK Complaints over TX of TW

The BBC has posted a response to complaints from UK fans over the scheduling of Torchwood: Miracle Day. BBC One will broadcast episodes six days after the US broadcast and five days after the Australian and Canadian broadcasts which has angered some fans. The Hollywood Reporter and The Guardian blogged about the delay.
Torchwood, Scheduling, BBC One
Publication date: 8 July 2011


We received complaints from viewers unhappy that the new series of Torchwood will be broadcast in America before the UK.

The BBC's Response

We are pleased to announce that Torchwood will return to BBC One at 21.00 on Thursday 14 July.

Starz in the US have the contractual right to the World Premiere, that relates to the deal that was done and ultimately this has created better value for licence fee payers.

Contractually, the broadcasters in other territories can transmit from the next day onwards but being as close to the transmission in the US is not the only factor in the scheduling decision. We have identified what we think is the best slot for BBC One viewers and have also ensured that it's within a week of transmission in the US.
Eve Myles was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter and gave her thoughts about the fan reaction to the delay of the UK broadcast.
THR: We’re sure you’ve heard the rancor out of the UK about BBC’s delayed premiere of the show. What would you like to say to those fans?

Myles: We never, ever, ever wanted to take this show away from the original fans. What we always wanted to do with the show was give them a gift every year, something wonderful, a big, big present. And if that present isn’t good enough, we aren’t going to give it to you. We’ve made you the best, best series yet. And it works out that it will be a week after the U.S. showing. And obviously we have nothing to do with that -- me nor John [Barrowman] or [showrunners Russel T. Davies and Julie Gardner]. But, just hold on tight. I’d just like to remind them that they’re our fans. We want them to sit back and enjoy it, be proud of it like we are, and to stick with us. If it was up to me and John, we’d have it to them straight away. But, it’s not.

THR: So, do you understand where they’re coming from?

Myles: Oh my God, of course I do. I was the biggest Six Feet Under fan in the world. And if that had happened, it went out there first and it didn’t come out here. That did happen with the first series. It went out there and we had to wait. And the reason why I was so frustrated and kind of pissed off about it is because I couldn’t wait to see it. I was so excited about seeing it. You just want to get to see it, don’t you? I mean fair play. These people have waited just over two years for this next season. You know, they’ve waited long enough. I wish I had the ten episodes here and I can invite them to my house and we could all watch them together. You know, tonight. Unfortunately, my house isn’t big enough and I only have one [episode] myself [she laughs]. Yeah, I’d like to say that if I had something to do with it that this wouldn’t be happening. But, sit tight, because it is a fantastic ride.

Friday, 8 July 2011

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Manga Entertainment Comments on Fanservice

Manga Entertainment has made a series of comments about fanservice through its twitter feed, prompted by its upcoming release of Highschool of the Dead. The series is scheduled for release on DVD/BR on July 29, moved forward a month from its previous release date on August 29.

Manga twittered, "I enjoyed Disc 1 of Highschool of the Dead today... It's pervy as hell but the action and horror elements are spot [on]. On the topic of fanservice. If it doesn't serve any real purpose to the story, I would not miss it if it wasn't there. Mixed feelings about releasing anime that features it so blatantly. However, Highschool of the Dead is such a fun ride and cool story I am prepared to overlook [it].

'Fanservice does nothing to bring a new female and more mature audience into anime though. It does [the] medium no favours. I had a friend at [Studio] Gonzo once tell me that one of the main reasons that fanservice exists is because so many of the creators in the studios are [...] and they are single and they have never had a girlfriend. It's a pervy, super-idealised view of women and it serves the male otaku audience. Fanservice is as much a part of the anime economy as Bandai model kits, plushies and the Ghibli museum.'

Replying to various comments on the twitter feed, Manga went on to describe series such as Strike Witches and Dance in the Vampire Bund (both upcoming Manga licences) as mostly 'graveyard shift programming' in Japan that pulled very low TV ratings. Gainax's series Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, which Manga has expressed an interest in licensing, was called "a post-modern comment and extension" of the fanservice phenomenon.

One tweeter, MangaMasters thought that the word 'fanservice' also applied to fan-pleasing elements such as mecha battles. However, Manga claimed, "I think fanservice these days is exclusive to titillating content (bouncing breasts, cleavage and panty shots)."

When another tweeter, Matthew Young, observed that the otaku audience was reflected in the number of 'nerdy guy' heroes in harem-style anime, Manga replied, 'Ironically, it's when these men grow up and start respecting women that they may have [a] chance to meet some."

Manga concluded, "Fanservice is insurance. It guaruntees x amounts of viewers, x amounts of DVD sales and x anounts of merchandise sales. Sex sells."

Highschool of the Dead had been passed uncut by the BBFC at a "15" certificate (despite the certificate in the image above, taken from the UK Amazon site). The series Strike Witches was given a "12" certificate and will be released as an uncut two-disc DVD on October 10. Dance in the Vampire Bund is scheduled for November.

Contest Held to Design Hatsune Miku U.S. Version

New People, the organizers of the J-Pop Summit Festival, is collaborating with on a character design contest for Hatsune Miku U.S. Version. Artists can submit their interpretations of the virtual idol character that KEI created to personify Crypton Future Media's vocal music synthesis software. The grand prize winner will receive a round trip ticket to San Francisco from Crypton Future Media (or a "special prize" if he or she already lives in San Francisco).

The deadline for submissions is August 1. The winning design will be used at San Francisco's Japantown district and is "subject to use in promotions" beyond.

New People is holding a second contest to design a street banner for San Francisco's Japantown. Both contests are part of the expanded J-Pop Summit Festival, which will run for two days this year from August 27 to August 28.

Update: The submissions for Miku's character design can be viewed on

Sony, Daiwa Turn Home Electronics Into Moe Characters

Sony Computer Science Laboratory (Sony CSL) and Daiwa House Industry are developing a Kadecot system to control home electronics and appliances through a smartphone app, and they have anthropomorphized the project as moe characters under the name Moekaden.

With this system and an Android smartphone app, users can control audiovisual equipment, air conditioners, and other devices as if they were parts of a videogame. Moekaden represents various devices such as television, recorders, air conditioner, fans, batteries, and clocks as anime-inspired moe characters, complete with voice actors and actresses from the Production baobab agency.

Developers can even create games with the system; the two companies demonstrated the "Senpūki Gal-Ga Remo-Con" (Electric Fan Dating Game Remote Control) app in which the user goes on a "date" in an amusement park with the fan character. Riding different attractions will change the fan speed (jet coaster for high, merry-go-round for low). Another demo represented misbehaving devices as "sick" units that can go to a "hospital" to receive software updates.

The two companies hired Inori Minase, a high school freshman who is also a novice voice actress, to represent "Blu-ray" the "Moekaden Angel" (pictured right) at the Kadecot press conference on Thursday.

Sony CSL is developing the smartphone app, the Kadecot development tool, and the games, while Daiwa House is developing the application programming interface (API) and home server that interact with the home electronics. Sony CSL and Daiwa will offer public demonstrations of the Kadecot system on July 8 and July 9 at Daiwa's D-Tec Plaza in Tokyo's Suidōbashi area.

The Moekaden smartphone app will be released this fall with the ability to control Bravia televisions and Blu-ray Disc recorders. There are no plans yet to make an iPhone version of the app.

Another Japanese consumer electronics company, Toshiba, offers an Android smartphone app that controls its LCD televisions and Blu-ray Disc recorders with the voices of six voice actresses.

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Much about this is unconfirmed, probably even within Starz management itself, so take this news with a lorryload of salt.

After learning about the possibility of Miracle Day being streamed on the Starz website, we received a message from a Starz-affiliated marketer who confirmed the following.
The show will also stream online on July 8 starting at 12:01am ET on the Starz website:
So if you follow that link to the Starz site after midnight tonight (EST, of course), you will be treated to Episode 1, "The New World", a full 22 hours before the "official" television premiere.

TW:Miracle day ep 3 press details

The BBC have now updated their programme information for Week 30 with details of Torchwood: Miracle Day's third episode, Dead of Night, which will premiere in the UK on BBC1/BBC1HD at 9:00pm, 28th July.

Read the synopsis - contains spoilers for Episode Three:
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.

Episode three includes guest stars Wayne Knight (Jurassic Park, Seinfeld), Dillon Casey (The Vampire Diaries) and Richard Gilliland (Desperate Housewives).

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With the news series of Torchwood due to begin airing next Thursday in the UK, the BBC Press Office has released interviews with the main cast and crew of Torchwood: Miracle Day.

John Barrowman on Jack's relationship with Gwen Cooper:
Jack's relationship with Gwen is – he is very fond of her, but it's more than that. He is very protective of her. Gwen was always the heart of the group, but she has evolved herself. She's still the heart, but now is a bit of the muscle. And Jack, through the process of them being together, has taught her the art of fighting, gun slinging and all that stuff. She has come a very long way. But their relationship is funny, because it's almost like a brother and sister relationship and it's almost like a husband and wife relationship. But there's nothing sexual between them, it's the type of thing where she might finish one of his sentences or vice versa because they know each other so well. And, between Jack and Gwen, if they're in a sticky situation, all it needs is a look from one of them and then they know exactly what they're thinking.

Eve Myles on Gwen's life since Torchwood disbanded:
At the end of Children Of Earth, both Jack and Gwen went their separate ways. Jack went off somewhere and Gwen moved to a very quiet part of the country into hiding because she was being hunted. She's been wanted because she's the last remaining member of Torchwood. She goes away and has a baby and lives there with her husband, and they've got quite a perfect, chocolate box kind of cottage, and it's idyllic.

But she is so bored. She's in limbo land and she never switches off. She's constantly in Torchwood mode and always on alert. So when this particular event happens and Captain Jack turns up, he couldn't have turned up at a better time for her, because she was lost.

Mekhi Phifer (Rex Matheson) describes his character:
I wouldn't describe Rex as arrogant but I think he's certainly set in his ways. There's a certain amount of edge to him. I think he's determined and strong and focused. And I think once he has it set in his mind that he wants to do something, that's what he goes out and does. He just goes out and makes it happen, He's very much a black or white person – he's not a grey area guy.

When Rex first meets Captain Jack, they just flat out don't like each other. John's a great guy in person – really funny – loves life. And he's always singing and dancing around and saying crazy things, so I just love the guy. But our characters, definitely in the beginning, clash, there's no question about that. We definitely have different approaches to things. And I haven't figured him out yet.

Russell T Davies on moving production for the new series to America:
Coming to the US for Torchwood (the organisation) is like another case. They've dealt with galaxies and universes, so another country is not that big of a deal. It is, however, a big deal for Gwen. She's separated from her husband and from her child. She's arrested and taken to America, so it's heartbreaking on that level. But for Jack, he hits the ground running. For many years Torchwood (the series) has had an American actor in the lead role, so in that sense it feels entirely natural. For the show to hit America, I think it's a new start without being a reboot. That's what's exciting about it. This is simply a new horizon. We have different producing partners, and it has added a new influx of imagination, and frankly, a bigger budget as well.

Julie Gardner reassures new viewers:
If you haven't watched Torchwood before, the first important thing to say is – don't be afraid. You don't have to know anything about the show or its history. Everything is explained from the beginning. In that way, it's a completely welcoming new show for a brand new audience. And you should watch because it should be a lot of fun. It's a thriller that is properly answered in 10 episodes. It's not the type of show where you have to hang on for five years and at the end of that you're weeping trying to understand who everyone is and how stories have properly been tied together.
Read quotes from the rest of the main cast:
Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes):
Our story really begins in a very precarious moment for the earth and my character in particular. He is getting three lethal injections, because he has been convicted as a murderer/paedophile. And the surprise is that he doesn't die. He survive a very horrendous experience, but his body is still alive.

And then everyone in the hospital realises that other people haven't died in that hospital and in that city, in the country, in the world for 24 hours or so. They realise this is a new paradigm of how and what it is to be human. For Oswald, it begins a journey of beginning to realise that he is going to survive and that he's going to be free because they haven't been able to kill him.

Alexa Havins (Esther Drummond):
Torchwood as we all know changes life drastically, and Esther gets a firsthand knowledge of that. There's intrigue and her curiosity pretty much gets the best of her. We start with Esther's very safe, comfortable 9-5 job. But all of a sudden, once she steps into the world of Torchwood, she's launched into a whole different path. Quickly we find her on the run. She's trying to survive, but her instincts kick in. So it's interesting watching this person that doesn't have the experience and training as Jack or Gwen or Rex would. I love watching her as a character and playing her and reading the scripts. She's trying to get out of life and death situations and she stumbles a little because she's still a newbie

Lauren Ambrose (Jilly Kitzinger):
Jilly Kitzinger works in public relations. She's a sleek, slick, clever PR person who works for the potentially evil corporation PhiCorp, a giant pharmaceutical company. She's always on the move, seems to always be traveling on a different airplane going to a different city.

Bill Pullman plays a death row prisoner who's about to be executed and he doesn't die, so he becomes a media star and I want him for my company. We want him – we want to use him. I find him and I convince him that he needs me. He of course doesn't need me, but I have other plans for him.

Arlene Tur (Dr. Vera Juarez):
My character, Dr. Juarez, starts off having a pretty normal day, and all of a sudden, everybody starts coming in to the hospital and staying there – they're not dying. Rex comes in, after he's impaled in his accident, and because of the miracle, I am able to work on him and save his life. I'm Rex's liaison to keep him pain free.

So the miracle saved his life, and as the show goes on, you see all the troubles that come with over-population and everything that we have to deal with – from the government to lack of medication and how we're going to deal with that.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Newspaper: NTV Not Airing Ponyo Due to Quake

The Friday edition of the Tokyo Sports newspaper is reporting that the broadcast network NTV will not air Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo film indefinitely. The newspaper cites the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster of March 11 — specifically the imagery of "black tsunami." However, the newspaper also indicates that Miyazaki's widening anti-nuclear power activities as a possible factor why the ban has continued, four months after the disaster. NTV is a sponsor of the film.

Other anime that faced changes, edits, or preemptions due to disaster-related content include Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku-hen, Precure All-Stars DX3 Mirai ni Todoke! Sekai o Tsunagu Niji-Iro no Hana, Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne—!!, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

K-On! Fans Spend 13 Million+ Yen on Mugi's Birthday

Fans of the K-ON! manga and anime spent a record total of over 13 million yen (about US$160,000) in just one day during the event held by the TBS Stores and online ishop on Saturday. That day happened to be the birthday of Tsumugi "Mugi-chan" Kotobuki, the girl who plays the keyboard in the story's high school band Ho-kago Tea Time.

Among the exclusive items that TBS offers are a 70-centimeter-long (28-inch-long) Mugi-chan plush figure and a pocket watch. Customers received an exclusive birthday card on Saturday, while supplies lasted.

The next birthday event that TBS is planning is August 21 — the birthday of drummer Ritsu Tainaka. The K-ON! anime film will open in Japan on December 3.

Beth willis to Leave DW

Doctor Who executive producer Beth Willis, is to leave the series to return to her former employers Kudos Film and Television.

Willis will leave the BBC at the end of this month, a couple of months before fellow executive producer Piers Wenger leaves the BBC to join Film 4.

The news means a new executive team will join showrunner Steven Moffat as the programme gears up for production on the 2012/2013 series of the show leading into the 50th anniversary year.

Willis has been an Executive Producer on the series for the past two years. She joined the series with Wenger at the same time as showrunner Steven Moffat, taking over for the arrival of Eleventh Doctor at the conclusion of The End of Time. Both have been responsible for 27 episodes of the Show.

Wills will leave the series at the end of this month with Wenger departing the BBC at the end of September. The BBC hopes to find a replacement for Willis in time for the filming of the Doctor Who Christmas special. It will then recruit a second executive producer before filming for the 33rd series begins.

The BBC's Drama controller Ben Stephenson praised Willis for her work on Doctor Who.
Much of its current success is down to her vision and ambition for the show. She has been an inspiring and instrumental force and I know will be much missed by all of us, and especially Matt Smith and Steven Moffat.
Steven Moffat added:
We couldn’t keep her forever, though God knows I tried. She is off to be brave and brilliant in brand new ways, and the sad news for Doctor Who is that it will be somewhere else.

Willis returns to Kudos where she produced the first two series of Ashes To Ashes. Chief executive of Kudos, Jane Featherstone, said
Featherstone said: “I’m chuffed to bits to be welcoming her back to Kudos, where her creative instincts and no-nonsense work ethic will make her a force to be reckoned with in the drama world.

Matt and karen in LA

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will be in Hollywood on 26 July to sign copies of Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1. They will be appearing at the Los Angeles based Amoeba Music store.
Matt Smith (The Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) will be at Amoeba Music to celebrate the release of Doctor Who: Series Six, Part 1 (on DVD and Blu-Ray). Limited to 200 purchasers of Doctor Who: Series Six, Part 1 (available for purchase starting July 19th at Amoeba). Fans can get ONE item of their choice signed as long as they have purchased Series Six, Part 1 on DVD or Blu-Ray.

Doctor Who DVD Signing
Tuesday July 26th 7pm - Hollywood

6400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make their triumphant return as the Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who! In Part 1, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves in Sixties America, battling the invasion the world forgot, then journey on the high seas of 1696 aboard a pirate ship, to solve the mystery of the Siren. In a bubble universe at the very edge of reality, the Doctor meets an old friend with a new face, and in a monastery on a remote island in the near future, an industrial accident takes on a terrible human shape. And waiting for them, at the end of all this, is the battle of Demon's Run, and the Doctor's darkest hour. Can even the truth about River Song save the Time Lord's soul? Only two things are certain. Silence will fall. And a good man is going to die...

Part 1 of the new season delivered record ratings on BBC AMERICA, earned rave reviews including an “A” and a spot “The Must List” from Entertainment Weekly, and was featured on NBC’s Today show and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Beth Willis, Piers Wenger and Toby Whithouse, will be in the US to attend San Diego Comic Con on Sunday 24 July where they'll be showing attendees new footage from the second half of Series 6.

TW:Miracle day DVD details

Torchwood: Miracle Day is now available to pre-order from online shops. Amazon UK has given a UK release date for Series 4 as 14 November 2011.
DVD Description
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 C.I.A. 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, forever.

Special Features
Magical FX on Miracle Day Special
Behind the Scenes
Motion Comic
Art Dept Tour
Audio Nav & Description

Torchwood: Miracle Day is available to pre-order now in both DVD (Region 2) and Blu-ray formats.

DW series 6 ep 7 synopsis details

Press details for the first episode of Doctor Who following the summer break, Let's Kill Hitler, have been released courtesy of the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Festival.

The episode will be screened at the annual gathering of senior figures from within the Television industry on Friday 26th August.

Show Synopsis:
In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the TARDIS crash lands in 1930s Berlin, bringing the Doctor face to face with the greatest war criminal in the Universe. And Hitler. The Doctor must teach his adversaries that time travel has responsibilities - and in so doing, learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all.

iPlalyer stats

In June Doctor Who once more topped the list of the most requested programmes the BBC iPlayer.

The final story before the mid season break, A Good Man Goes to War, had total of 1.26 million requests in the 8 days it was available, 100,000 ahead of the second placed programme, The Apprentice which had 1.14 million accessing episode 7, in which the contestants designed a pet food. Other high ranking programmes were Top Gear and Waterloo Road.

The current series of Doctor Who came off the iPlayer on 11th June. The series totalled 9.63 million requests across the seven episodes in the two months they were available. The series opener, The Impossible Astronaut is the joint most accessed programme of the year so far, alongside the second in the comedy series Come Fly With Me, both programmes were accessed 1.86 million times.

The top twenty list for the year so far consists of just four programmes; Doctor Who, The Apprentice, Come Fly with Me and Top Gear. Episode Two of Doctor Who, Day of the Moon, is currently 5th for the year, being accessed 1.62 million times. The Doctor's Wife is 12th with 1.30 million, A Good Man Goes to War is 15th with 1.26 million, The Curse of the Black Spot is 16th with 1.26 million and The Rebel Flesh is 19th with 1.13 million. The Almost People just slips outside the top twenty with 1.13 million accessing.

Matt Smith début episode, The Eleventh Hour, is still the most requested programme on the iPlayer ever with over 2.5 million requests.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Anifest Promoted by "Secret" London Screening on August 14

A website has been launched to promote Anifest, a new event on December 10. It will be promoted by a 'secret' film screening on August 14. Information will be given on anifest's twitter feed (@ukanifest). The August screening is described as a small event, with limited places. Tickets are available on the site for £10 (standard) or £15 (VIP), via paypal.

The main event in December will take place at a London cinema, which will screen three films: an anime, a live-action version of an anime, and one 'movie premiere.' There will also be a dealers room in the cinema.

Anifest is presented by Toymation with Anime League and Cineworld Cinemas.

Shuffle's Aoi Nishimata Draws Disney Princess Line

Aoi Nishimata, the artist who designed the characters in the Shuffle! and We Without Wings – Under the Innocent Sky anime, announced on her blog on Sunday that she is collaborating with Disney. The "Disney Collaboration" Princess Line feat. Aoi Nishimata will not be sold in Japan at first, but at the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The first item will be a signed canvas print of Nishimata's interpretation of Tinker Bell for US$350. It will be available at the Disney galleries and theme parks in California and Florida. The same item without a signature will be sold at the theme parks in California and Florida for US$125.

Nishimata's other collaborations include a Star Wars book as well as rice bags and strawberries.

Musical Duo ClariS to Make Cameo in Oreimo Novel

The ninth volume of Tsukasa Fushimi's Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Oreimo) comedy light novel series, which will ship on September 10, will feature a cameo by musical duo ClariS, a pair of middle school girls from Hokkaido. ClariS will also provide a theme song for the novel on an upcoming single, to be released on September 14.

ClariS sang the opening theme songs for both the Oreimo and Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime. The Oreimo opening song "irony" sold 14,021 copies to rank #7 during its debut week, and ranked at #6 in the top-selling CD singles by new artists in Japan in 2010.

The story of Oreimo follows the daily life of an ordinary high school boy named Kyōsuke Kōsaka. Kyōsuke's younger sister Kirino is a pretty fashion model — but also a secret otaku of adult games. Kyōsuke is the only person to whom Kirino reveals her hidden obsession and other issues.

Fushimi has been writing the light novel volumes since 2008, and Hiro Kanzaki illustrates them. The novels inspired a 2010-2011 television anime series with animation studio AIC. Sakura Ikeda has been drawing a manga adaptation in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's magazine since 2009.

Japan Self-Defense Forces Member Discharged for Stealing Dating Games

Hirotaka Komiya, a 23-year-old leading seaman in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces, was discharged from duty for stealing bishōjo dating games valued at 50,000 yen (about US$600). According to the inspector general's office in the Sasebo region, Komiya visited a game software store in Sasebo City five times from last October to this past March and stole 10 items including love games.

In April, a Sasebo summary court sentenced Komiya to pay 150,000 yen (US$1,900) for his theft. Komiya was discharged from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces on June 30.

In a similar but unrelated case, a 29-year-old Self-Defense Forces member was also arrested in June under suspicion of illegally uploading videogames and manga online.

Lucky Star Town to Host 2nd Otaku Matchmaking Event

Washimiya, the Kuki City neighborhood that is home to the "Lucky Star shrine," has announced that it will host a second "Ota-Konkatsu" matchmaking event for otaku on July 17. The local chamber of commerce and industry's youth division is again producing the "Ota-Konkatsu Washimiya Gakuen-Hen ~Shumi Bakari no Kimi-tachi e~" event.

The first event, held last November, picked 20 men and 20 women from a lottery of the 386 men and 115 women who applied to attend the event. Out of the 20 couples paired at the event, seven became actual couples. For this year's event, men must pay a 5,000-yen (about US$61) entry fee, and women must pay a 2,000-yen entry fee (about US$24). Men and women who apply must be between 20-40 years old, and must either be some kind of otaku, or be understanding and sympathetic to otaku. Like last year's event, a maximum of 40 participants will be randomly selected from the applicants.

Washimiya is the home of Washinomiya Shrine, which was used as the basis for a location in Kyoto Animation's 2007 television adaptation of Kagami Yoshimizu's manga Lucky Star. It has since become a popular destination for anime fans, who make "pilgrimages" to the shrine. The concept for the dating event originated in 2009, when many visiting fans who filled out surveys said that they were interested in marriage.

Ghibli's Miyazaki, Eva's Anno Visit Quake Area, Draw Sketches

Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki and Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno visited areas affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster on Saturday and Sunday, and they held autograph sessions and screenings of Ghibli's new film, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara. Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki also joined the caravan, and he discussed the trip during the film's Monday press conference at the Hotel New Grand in Yokohama.

According to Suzuki, he and the two directors visited Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture and Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Precture for the signings and screenings, at the request of the non-governmental organization Peace Winds Japan. Both Miyazaki and Anno drew sketches of Totoro and other popular Ghibli characters. Suzuki noted that there were too many fans in line for Miyazaki give autographs by himself, so Miyazaki asked Anno to sign autographs underneath Miyazaki's Totoro sketches. Anno playfully noted that he had nothing to do with Totoro, but obliged Miyazaki's request.

Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki directed Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, which will open on July 16.

DW And twitter

The official Twitter feed name for the BBC's Doctor Who website has recently been changed. People who wish to be notified of website updates etc. should follow:


People already following the feed are not affected as the identity hasn't changed, only the name.

Please note that the old name, doctorwho_bbc, is no longer in use by the BBC but has been taken up by an individual who is not officially connected with the show or website in any way.

BBC Red Button: TW coverage

The BBC will be running videos via the Red Button from next week (see times below). These videos include an introduction to Torchwood's new recruits and what the cast thought about taking the show over to the US and filming in Los Angeles.
Sky / Freesat / Virgin Media:
Mon 11 Jul, 06:00 - 06:00
Tue 12 Jul, 06:00 - 06:00
Wed 13 Jul, 06:00 - 06:00
Thu 14 Jul, 06:00 - 04:00

Mon 11 Jul, 19:00 - 22:50
Tue 12 Jul, 20:00 - 22:50
Wed 13 Jul, 21:55 - 00:00

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Detective conan Opening 32 to premiere in August

Detective Conan’s 32nd opening theme song will be sung by Garnet Crow. The song is entitled Misty Mystery and is the
33rd single of the Japanese band. The single will be released on 31st August, 2011.

The song will be used in the Detective Conan anime from August 6, 2011.

FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Additional Rights for [C]

Not long after partnering with Fuji Television for the exclusive online simulcast of the series: "[C] – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility," FUNimation Entertainment has acquired additional rights for distribution of the original series in the U.S. Included in those rights are those of home entertainment, broadcast, and digital.

“[C]” is produced by Tatsunoko Production and directed by Kenji Nakamura (“Mononoke,“ “Ayakashe”, “Flying Trapeze”).

About [C]

The Japanese government was rescued from the brink of financial collapse by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For its citizens, however, life has not improved, and unemployment, crime, suicide, and despair are rampant. Kimimaro, raised by his maternal grandmother after the disappearance of his father and the death of his mother, is a scholarship student whose only dream is to avoid all this and live a stable life. One day, however, he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he'll agree to pay it back. From then on his fate is radically altered as he's drawn into a mysterious realm known as "The Financial District."

FUNimation to Release Risque Romantic Comedy B Gata H Kei

FUNimation Entertainment announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to distribute the anime series “B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time.” These rights include home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandise.

This risque romantic comedy, from director Yusuke Yamamoto ("Sgt Frog”, “Welcome to the NHK”), is based on the manga series of the same name published by Shueisha. Both follow Yamada, a boy-crazy school girl with distracting daydreams about future bedmates – but before she can get this saucy sex life underway, she realizes she first needs to lose her virginity! She knows to whom she will bestow this prize: her classmate Kosuda. However, a successful seduction of Kosuda is more difficult than this lusty teen had counted on.

FUNimation will release the 12-episode series on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.

two Ghibli Film trailers

Embassy of Japan Confirms New Manga Contest

The Sweatdrop website has posted an email from Mark McEvoy at the Embassy of Japan in London.

I can confirm that we are organizing another Manga Jiman competition this year.
We will put something on our website with an application form and rules & regulations at a later date but for now you may wish to know that the theme will be 'new beginnings' and that the deadline for receiving entries is 1 November.

Please make sure entries are 6-8 pages, A4 portrait size and that it reads from left to right. Our judges are getting strict on this last point!

Details on prizes to follow.

As of writing, there are no details on the Embassy website.

The previous competition, Manga Jiman 2010, was won by Bristol-based female artist Clio Millett. The prizegiving ceremony was accompanied by a manga masterclass, presented by the artist Seiji Iwamai. From the report of the masterclass:

Mr Iwami was impressed by the quality of the Manga Jiman Competition contestants. However, he felt that, if anything, they were trying too hard to replicate the Japanese essence of manga. The UK had a wealth of theatrical tradition and he wanted to see these young Britons reflect this heritage in their work. "After all, when you eat sushi abroad, it's always a little different. And haggis made by a Japanese may not taste quite like the real thing!" He urged the contestants to impose their own personalities and identities on their work.
'Manga Jiman' means 'Having Pride in Manga.'

K-ON! Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Trailer Streamed

The official website of the K-ON! anime franchise began streaming the second teaser trailer for the upcoming film on Monday. The film will open in over 130 theaters in Japan on December 3.

The second set of advance tickets went on sale at participating theaters on Saturday. The second set came with exclusive eye masks — each randomly distributed mask features one of the five main characters.

The movie will depict a story not told in the television series, even though it will follow the five female members of Sakuragaoka High School's light music club while they are still attending high school. The original television voice cast will reprise their respective roles in the movie, as will most of the main staff.