Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Anime dance- real life

Nico Nico Douga user "Hassaku (2012 Ver.)" has posted a video of two unnamed men attempting to recreate the dance from the ending animation sequence of the TV series Kill Me Baby. The video was later cross-posted to YouTube.

Kill Me Baby (also known as "Baby, Please Kill Me!") follows schoolgirl assassin Sonya, and the air-headded Yasuna, who tags along with her, oblivious to the danger involved in doing so. Originally a 4-panel manga by Kaduho, the TV series adaptation debuted on January 5. The original manga had printed an instructional diagram on how to perform the dance. A Gundam version later appeared online.

ADV Court Documents Reveal Amounts Paid for 29 Anime Titles

ANN has obtained several documents from the website of the Harris County District Clerk's Office regarding ADV Films, including a complete licensing agreement between ADV, ARM Corporation and Aniplex for the series 009-1, and other legal documents between ADV and ARM.

One of these documents includes what is reported to be the amounts ADV Films agreed to pay for 29 anime properties and two live-action films. The amounts range from US$20,000 for Air: The Movie, to US$960,000 for Kurau: Phantom Memory. The full list is reproduced below.

The documents were posted as evidence for a previously unreported lawsuit filed on April 17, 2008 by A.D. Vision, Inc. against ARM Corporation, its parent companies Japan Contents Investment LPS and Sojitz Corporation, and several individuals. The suit accused ARM of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other charges stemming from its 2006 arrangement to license titles on behalf of ADV Films. The lawsuit was eventually withdrawn and no ruling was made. The documents were not filed in relation to the currently pending lawsuit that Funimation filed in November against A.D. Vision, Inc., its owner and CEO John Ledford, Sentai Filmworks, and several other companies.

Included as exhibits in the suit are the complete "Strategic Alliance and Content Acquisition Facility Agreement" between ADV and ARM; a stock purchase agreement for shares in A.D. Vision, Inc.; a letter from ADV's corporate controller to ARM Corporation indicating the company's likelihood of defaulting on a bank loan; and several documents detailing payment arrangements between ARM and ADV.

ARM Corporation's answer and counterclaim claimed that ARM Corporation had spent a total amount of US$10,556,000 on content for ADV Films, which it alleged that ADV was responsible for repaying in full. ARM Corporation further claimed that ADV had only repaid US$1,592,994 as of July 31, 2007, had missed subsequent payment dates, and was therefore in default of their agreement. Included as exhibits in ARM's counterclaim are a complete and executed three-way home video and broadcast licensing contract between Aniplex Inc., ADV, and ARM for the property 009-1; and an agreement to reschedule payments to ARM Corporation. The payment rescheduling agreement included the 1-page breakdown of the value of each licensed property.

Further court documents show that in April 2008 ARM Corporation successfully acquired a court order to sequester all materials and elements for more than 30 properties. Most of these properties were later released by FUNimation Entertainment.

On November 4, 2011, FUNimation Entertainment filed a lawsuit against A.D. Vision, Inc., Ledford, Sentai Filmworks, and several other companies. The lawsuit claimed that ARM had transferred the right to enforce its contract with ADV, and therefore collect the outstanding debt, to Funimation. ADV's counterclaim alleges that no money is owed to Funimation. The first pre-trial meeting is scheduled for October 5, 2012.

(Note: Amounts below are in US dollars)

Breakdown by name of title under License Agreements

Title Name

Effective Date





Comic Party






Pani Poni Dash!






Moeyo Ken



Coyote Ragtime Show



UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie



Nerima Daikon Brothers



Air Gear



Sgt. Frog



Le Chevalier D'Eon



Ghost Train/Synesthesia



Kurau: Phantom Memory






Shin Angyo Onshi



Ah! My Goddess 2 (Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy)



Innocent Venus



Pumpkin Scissors



Red Garden



Welcome to the NHK









Tokyo Majin



Project Blue Earth SOS



Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower)



Air TV Series



Air: The Movie



Moonlight Mile



King of Bandit Jing in Seventh Heaven





When contacted, ADV declined to comment for this article.

London east street gets painted

Namco Bandai Games Europe began streaming two promotional videos on Monday for the upcoming release of the Soul Calibur V video game, including a five-minute video featuring graffiti artists painting the Great Eastern Street wall in London's East End with Soul Calibur V art. The video also features 60 seconds of gameplay footage. The second 84-second video features live-action footage and gameplay footage.

Soul Calibur V's story will be set 17 years after the previous games, and it will feature a new main character. The game will have an online mode called Player Match, in which up to six players can join customized battle rooms online. While some players are fighting each other, the others can watch the bout and chat with each other via text.

The game will also feature a Global Coliseum section with "lobby" areas for different regions in the world. There, players can interact and invite each other to fighting matches. Players can also create their own smaller "lobby" areas called "lounges" in the Global Coliseum. Twice a month, a "Ranking Battle" tournament will be organized in the Global Coliseum.

Soul Calibur V will ship for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on January 31 in North America, on February 2 in Japan, and on February 3 in Europe.

Life-Size Hatsune Miku Statue to Debut at Snow Festival

Hokkaido's 63rd annual Sapporo Snow Festival will host a life-size statue of the Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku. The statue will stand at 158 centimeters (about 62 inches) tall. The Sapporo Snow Festival will be held from February 6-12.

Hatsune Miku is collaborating with Sanrio's Hello Kitty for a Snow Miku line of characters goods that will only be available in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

The collaboration ties into the Snow Miku promotion that Crypton Future Media has created as part of this year's festival. Part of the promotion includes two Snow Miku plush dolls, and Crypton Future Media will also sell 3,000 limited-edition Nendoroid Snow Miku Fluffy Coat Ver. figures at the Sapporo Factory Hall this winter.

Also as a part of the campaign, the railway cars in Hokkaido Prefecture's Sapporo City were redesigned as Yuki Miku Densha (Snow Miku Trains). The trains are running from December 19 to March 30, and this is the second year the trains will feature the Vocaloid character.

A snow sculpture of Snow Miku was featured at the 2010 snow festival.

Japanese Cultural Festival in London, March 11

The Aid for Japan charity has announced a "Bunkasai" Japanese cultural festival in London on Sunday March 11. It will mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The festival will include a cosplay competition, as well as activities relating to Japanese traditional dance, martial arts, music (Shamisen and Taiko drums), and lectures on Shinto, Bushido and calligraphy.

The event will take place at the Park Crescent Conference Centre on Great Portland Street (map). It is close to Regents Park and Great Portland Street underground stations.

The event runs from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. There will be a one-minute silence during the event to remember the victims of the tsunami. Tickets are £5 on the door (£4 for students or free for children under 11).

The Aid for Japan charity was set up to support children who were orphaned by the Japanese tsunami until they reach the age of 20.

Bunkasai is the name of an annual event in Japan, where children at nurseries, and students at schools and universities, display their work.

PR Samurai (Super mode)

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2012. Saban Brands announces that the number-one kid's action series is getting super-charged bringing even more action, teamwork and humor to televisions nationwide. Power Rangers Super Samurai premieres Sat., Feb. 18th at 12n/11c on Nickelodeon. Combining the familiar themes of friendship, teamwork, fitness, humor and high-powered action seen in Power Rangers Samurai, the all new season will feature new super weapons, super modes and a new super villain that the Samurai Rangers must combine forces against.

"We are so proud of what we've accomplished in just one year, bringing this iconic brand back to its glory," said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. "We are excited to amplify that success and bring an even more powerful season to televisions nationwide each Saturday on Nickelodeon."
Power Rangers Super Samurai powers-up with the Rangers continuing to wage their battle against the evil Master Xandred, who has now joined forces with a new super villain, the malevolent Serrator. The Samurai Rangers learn to harness the power of the legendary Black Box to form all new Megazord combinations and become Super Samurai!

Through the power of the Black Box, the Samurai Rangers are able to tap into the power of their ancestors and unlock Shogun Mode to help protect humanity from the Netherworld's vile villains. The Black box also allows the Super Samurai to morph into Super Mega Mode inside the MegaZord cockpit, which enhances their powers to aid in the battle against super monsters. In addition, a new super weapon, the Bullzooka, will make its first appearance, harnessing some serious laser power to help in the battle to stop the evil Serrator.

The new series reunites the Samurai Rangers in their quest to save the world from evil, including Jayden (Alex Heartman), the Red Ranger and the team's leader who harbors a secret; Antonio (Steven Skyler), the Gold Ranger who is the most outgoing and playful of the group and a computer genius; Mia (Erika Fong), the Pink Ranger who is the confident and caring "big sister" of the Rangers; Kevin (Najee De-Tiege), the Blue Ranger who is a great swordsman and fully embraces the code of the Samurai; Emily (Brittany Pirtle), the Yellow Ranger, who is the youngest and most optimistic of the group; and Mike (Hector David), the Green Ranger, who is a bit of a rebel and would rather be destroying video monsters than real ones.

Power Rangers Super Samurai premieres on Saturday, February 18th at 12n/11c only on Nickelodeon. Following the premiere, new episodes will air Saturdays at 12n/11c.

people round-up

Though voted the most stylish man in September, Matt Smith didn't quite make the grade for being the best-dressed in the latest poll results from GQ readers; the actor came in at third place, behind footballer Mario Balotelli and rapper Tinie Tempah. [GQ, 30 Jan 2012]

David Tennant was named best actor at the inaugural BBC Audio Drama Awards, which he also hosted. He won the honour for his portrayal of Franz Kafka in the Radio 3 play Kafka: The Musical, which was written and scored by Murray Gold. Also at the event, Stephen Wyatt won the Tinniswood Award for the Radio 4 Afternoon Play Gerontius. Despite being nominated for the best actress award for the role of Margaret Rutherford in the Radio 4 play A Monstrous Vitality, June Whitfield lost out to Rosie Cavaliero. [BBC News, 29 Jan 2012]

Sophie Aldred has joined the ranks of the Twitterati! In her first tweet she joked: "With my arm twisted behind my back, I have been forced to sign up to Twitter by @notdangle, @scott_handcock, and @robbfrank at @bigfinish." People can follow her here.

Meanwhile, Tree Fu Tom - a new CBeebies animated fantasy action adventure series featuring the voices of Tennant and Aldred - will receive its premiere at the BBC Children's Television 10th Anniversary event at the Salford MediaCityUK Studios on 18th February. [TennantNews, 27 Jan 2012]

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are scheduled to appear at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival in August, presenting a Sherlock Masterclass alongside the show's producer Sue Vertue. (Vertue is married to Moffat - they first met at the 1996 Television Festival!)

DW Experiance update

The Doctor Who Experience is to host a number of special activities in the run up to its closure in London next month:
•Saturday 11th February: Doctor Who choreographer Ailsa Berk will be running one of her semi-regular monster lessons, where visitors will be able to learn how to move like a monster, such as a Judoon Trooper or a Cyberman.
•Monday 13th February: Millennium FX demonstrate their sculpture techniques, illustrating the design of some of the show's iconic characters.
•Wednesday 15th February: the Cybermen and the Ood will be at the Experience to terrify all those who dare enter!
•Thursday 16th February: the Doctor Who make-up team will be on hand to transform visitors into a Silurian, Cyberman, Clockwork Droid or Weeping Angel.
•Friday 17th February: Millennium FX present drawing demonstrations behind some of the show's iconic characters.
The Experience finally comes to a close on Wednesday 22nd February, "where fans get the chance to bid a final farewell to the Doctor and some of the most recent monsters from the series," before re-opening in Cardiff Bay later in the year

Monday, 30 January 2012

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Gokiager finale news (spoiler)

It has recently confirmed that aside from the previously posted five returning actors for Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, the actors for AkaRanger and Mammoth Ranger will again reprise their previous roles before the series ends.

Seiju Umon (credited under Aohisa Takayasu) previously played Mammoth Ranger Goushi in the Kyouryu Sentai Zyuranger, while Naoya Makoto played Tsuyoshi Kaijo aka AkaRanger in Himitsu Sentai Goranger. The latter already reprised his role in last year's Spring film, Super Sentai 199 Hero Great battle.

So far, it is revealed where in the last three episodes, directed by Noboru Takemoto, will they show up. According to reports, there are possibilities that more Super Sentai alumni will guest star as Gokaiger comes to a close on February 19th.

Samurai Girls DVD/Blu-ray and Collected Nabari no Ou Released Monday

The harem comedy-action series,series Samurai Girls (pictured right) will be released on Monday January 30 by Kaze through Manga. According to a tweet by Manga UK, the series will be released as a three-disc DVD and also a two-disc Blu-ray.

The 12-part series is set in an alternate Japan where the Tokugawa shogunate never lost its power. Girls battle the mostly female members of the ruling student council faction, while a 16-year-old male student is caught in the middle. The BBFC has rated the series “18” for “strong sex and sexualised nudity.”

Manga is also releasing a single-set DVD edition of the 26-part present-day samurai series Nabari no Ou (15, pictured left), which it has previously released in two DVD volumes.

FUNimation Licenses Haganai School Comedy Anime

The North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Ohayocon panel on Saturday that it acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, merchandising, mobile, and streaming rights to the school comedy television anime series Haganai (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai). Funimation plans to release the series on DVD and Blu-ray. Funimation will reveal the dub cast for the show and a director at a later date.

Funimation and the video-streaming service Niconico announced in October that they would stream Haganai as it aired in Japan. The two companies then began streaming the series later that month.

Yomi Hirasaka and Buriki's original Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai light novels revolve around Kodaka (Ryohei Kimura) — a half-Japanese/half-British transfer student whose delinquent-like blonde hair and fierce eyes scare people — and a seemingly perpetually sullen girl named Yozora (Marina Inoue). The two decide to form Rinjinbu, a club for misfits with hardly any friends.

Manga and Cosplay Events in Gateshead, March

The Gateshead Central Library in Prince Consort Road, Gateshead will be hosting two cosplay and manga-related events at the beginning of March.

On Friday March 2, it will host a "Nintendisco," described as "a night of retro gaming madness on big screens with clubbing and cosplay." The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It is open to 16s-and-over, and tichets are £5. The facebook page is here. Tickets can be bought online here, at Gateshead Central Library reception, or at the Cybergamezone in Newcastle City Centre.

On Friday March 9, it will host "Manga Recon 1.5," a two-hour event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will include a manga art and cosplay competition, quizzes, gaming and Japanese snacks. The facebook page is here. Tickets are £2, available from Gateshead Central Library reception.

There will also be a two-day "Anime Attacks" event at the library on July 13 and 14, facebook page here.

Via Neo magazine.

People round-up

Arthur Darvill stars in a new three-part radio dramatisation of Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift. The Radio 4 series, which will feature all four of Gulliver's voyages, starts on Sunday 5th February at 3pm. Also appearing in the adaptation are Matthew Gravelle, Richard Nichols, Claire Cage, and Ewan Bailey.

Eve Myles is returning to the stage in the play All New People, by and co-starring Zach Braff. It will be at the Manchester Opera House from 8th to 11th February, the King's Theatre, Glasgow, from 14th to 18th February, and the Duke of York's Theatre, London, from 22nd February to 28th April. Meanwhile, in an interview with Cultbox, she told of her hopes that Torchwood will be back in some form or another. "Nothing's going to happen in 2012, I know that much for sure. But who knows what will happen in 2013? Maybe a movie, to kinda draw a line under it. We've got such an outstanding loyal fan base. They deserve Torchwood to go ahead with something else to draw a line under it, for the fans to have a bit of closure," she said. Myles's previous stage appearance was some six and a half years ago at the National in Henry IV with Michael Gambon.

John Barrowman is a guest on the final edition of the current series of Channel 4's topical entertainment show Chris Moyles' Quiz Night on Friday 3rd February. It airs at 10.30pm - half an hour after the end of the episode of the BBC One series Hustle in which he also appears, as previously reported by this site.

Sylvester McCoy lends his vocal talents to a new release from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing; the actor has provided a spoken introduction to the album This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed by Conventional Weapons, setting the tone for "the parallel Victorian past imagined on the eleven tracks". [Alison Bateman/Work Hard PR]

Nicolas Winding Refn, director of the movie Drive, commented: I would have loved to direct Doctor Who but they didn’t want me — they turned me down last year. Maybe if they revive Blake’s 7 I could do that. I love it. It’s great. That could be fun to update. [Shortlist, 27 Jan 2012]

Russell T Davies (writing the new children's series Aliens vs Wizards) comments on television output for children: "I am passionate about children's television, but it is, as ever, an endangered species, under threat. The most shocking thing I have seen is that, apparently unnoticed, five years ago ITV dropped children's programmes. There is now the complete absence of children's programmes made by ITV on CITV. It is amazing to me, when I contrast it with all those people who were furious about cuts to BBC local radio, and they were immediately reversed. I am also amazed that people don't recognise the talent, genius, of children's writers, for example, Andrew Davenport. The creator behind Teletubbies and In the Night Garden is up there, in my opinion, with Tom Stoppard, Samuel Beckett, but no one puts him there. It's the same with Jacqueline Wilson, whose books have led to the wonderful Tracy Beaker dramas." [Guardian, 28 Jan 2012]

Writer Rob Shearman will be interviewed at the Writers and Readers Week in Wellington, New Zealand on 12th March, which forms part of the International Arts Festival. Organiser Anne Chamberlain said: "He wrote the Dr Who episode that re-introduced the Daleks. So, we're screening that episode and then we're going to have Robert talk. That will draw a completely different audience, I suspect, to the usual Writers and Readers audience." [Stuff, 26 Jan 2012]

Mark Sheppard (Canton, The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon) is due to present the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Melbourne, Australia next weekend; speaking on the music, the actor said: "I've been connected with several shows that have had fabulous incidental music as well as score, and it's such an important part of the package as a whole. You watch a show like Doctor Who without music and there's a big difference. And what's amazing is when you isolate the music and hear it performed, it's even grander. It adds another dimension." [Herald Sun, 30 Jan 2012]

A trailer for the new David Tennant film The Decoy Bride has now been released; the film goes on release from 9th March. [IFC Films]

DW Convention news

Ticket holders for the Official Doctor Who Convention are to be given the opportunity to visit the existing TARDIS set at its (current) home at Upper Boat Studios:

An exclusive opportunity has arisen for Doctor Who Convention attendees to visit the TARDIS set at the BBC Wales studios, home of the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS.

On the tour, visitors will step into the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS and explore the set where some of the show’s iconic scenes have been shot. Members of the behind-the-scenes team will be on hand to explain the inner workings of the TARDIS, talk about the set and answer questions from fans.

Due to the earthly limitations of time and space, places on this free tour are limited so fans will need to book soon to be sure of a chance to visit.

There are six tours, running on Monday 26th March, the day after the convention weekend, and will be limited to sixty places per tour. The studio visit lasts for around an hour.

For more details visit the convention website.

Fictious awards

The British Science Fiction Association have announced the shortlist for their 2011 Awards, with voting now open for members.
•The Best Non Fiction award nominations include The Unsilent Library: Adventures in new Doctor Who, a collection of essays that "examine the storytelling style and techniques of the first five years of the New Doctor Who, and explore how its writers have updated a series with a history stretching back five decades to stand in the forefront of contemporary science fiction drama."
•Regular Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell has also been nominated in the Best Short Fiction category for The Copenhagen Interpretation, published in Asimov's in July.
The winners will be revealed at the Award Ceremony, taking place at the 2012 Eastercon at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, between the 6th-9th April.

Regional update

United Kingdom

The Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting Best Of British: A New Year Family Concert on the 28th January at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall. One of the pieces to be performed is the Doctor Who theme tune, with Daleks expected to turn up for the event! [Belper News, 23 Jan 2012]

Peterlee resident Paul Bianco appeared on the ITV1 show Dickinson's Real Deal (broadcast 24th January), bringing along two original pieces of artwork from the 1964 (Lair of the Zarbi Supremo) and 1975 (The House That Jack Built) Doctor Who annuals. Originally bought for £18 some thirty years before, the model maker was persuaded to sell the items to auctioneer Janice Kehoe for £360, having been informed the evaluation had estimated them at £300. However, the items were eventually sold at auction by Janice herself for £500!

United States

A new sci-fi exhibition for the Experience Music Project's 2012 season in Seattle opens in June; Icons of Science Fiction will include items like Captain Kirk's command chair from Star Trek and an Imperial Dalek! EMP spokeswoman Anita Woo said: "I've been learning about this Dalek, everyone is so excited that Dr. Who is now on my Netflix queue." [Seattle Times, 19 Jan 2012]

Reporting from the Arisia sci-fi/gaming convention in Boston, Bob Chipman observed that some confusion existed amongst the 'civilians' at the hotel: "Yeah, Harry? I'll have those figures over in just a sec. Hey, while I've got you here, do you have any idea what a 'Dalek' is? Cause there's one here and I'm not sure how I should react to that." [The Escapist, 20 Jan 2012]


The DVD releases of Nightmare of Eden, Dragonfire and The Happiness Patrol have been cleared by the British Board of Film Classification.

Extras for all three stories were also cleared, with the details as below.

Nightmare of Eden will have the following extras:

ASK ASPEL (11:01:05 )
PHOTO GALLERY (05:47:00)

Dragonfire's extras comprise:

PHOTO GALLERY (04:46:06)

while those for The Happiness Patrol are:

PHOTO GALLERY (05:46:01)

Release dates for the DVDs have yet to be confirmed. A trailer for Dragonfire that was cleared on 18th January states that the story will form part of The Ace Box.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Tokumei sentai gobuster op and ed preview

Nippon Columbia had posted previews for the opening and ending themes for the upcoming 36th Super Sentai series, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (特命戦隊ゴーバスターズ) is finally revealed! It will be included in a single that will be released on February 29th.

The opening theme will be entitled “Busters, Ready Go!” by Hideyuki Takahashi (Project.R), while the ending theme will be “Kizuna, Go-Busters” by Nazo no Shin UNIT STA☆MEN.

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters [Single] will be available on two versions: CD+DVD and Regular CD versions, for 1500 yen and 1200 yen respectively. It will be released on February 29th. Pre-orders are now open at CDJapan, order now and get exciting bonuses!

Funimation Discontinues 4 DVD, Blu-ray Titles

The North American anime retailer Right Stuf revealed on Friday that Funimation has discontinued several titles. These include:

Dragon Ball Z Kai parts 1-4 (DVD & Blu-ray)
Kodocha seasons 1-2 (DVD)
Nerima Daikon Brothers (DVD)
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (DVD and Blu-ray)
Additionally, two live action films, Ghost Train and Synethesia, have also been discontinued. Right Stuf noted that once current stocks are depleted, they will no longer be available.

Funimation also announced on Thursday that it has ceased production on volumes of Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray editions beginning with Level 2.1 (originally scheduled for March 27) due to the demanding tasks of remastering the series in HD. The company stated that it is looking into more efficient means of continuing the release.

Black Rock Shooter TV Anime to Be Streamed Worldwide in 8 Subbed Languages

The Nico Nico Douga video-streaming service's Nico Nico Channel will begin streaming the Black Rock Shooter television anime series worldwide with subtitles in eight languages on February 3. There will also be a Black Rock Shooter event at the Nicofarre event hall in Tokyo on that same day.

The anime will premiere in Fuji TV's Noitamina timeslot on February 2.

Shinobu Yoshioka (Black Rock Shooter OVA) is directing the series off of scripts by Mari Okada (AnoHana, Hourou Musuko) at Ordet/Sanzigen. Yusuke Yoshigaki (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Gurren Lagann) is adapting huke's original character designs for animation, and he is also serving as chief animation director. Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) is directing the CG battle sequences.

The franchise already inspired an original video anime by Yoshioka, figures, and games. The artist ringo launched the Black Rock-chan four-panel manga in the inaugural issue of Kadokawa Shoten's 4-Koma Nano Ace magazine in March, and Sanami Suzuki (Net Ghost PiPoPa) launched another Black Rock Shooter ~Innocent Soul~ manga in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine in June.

Sources: Presepe, Saishin Anime Jōhō

Image © BRS on TV

Update: Despite the announcement's description of "worldwide" streams, the latest episodes will be available every Friday at 11:00 p.m. in the following countries:
English: United States, Canada
French: France, Belgium, Monaco, Switzerland, Andorra
Italian: Italy
German: Germany
Spanish: Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina
Korean: South Korea
Traditional Chinese: Taiwan
Simplified Chinese: Mainland China, Singapore
* The subtitled streams will not be accessible from within Japan.

The anime's official website already launched English and Chinese pages. Nico Nico Douga and its sibling services streamed another anime, Fate/Zero, worldwide with subtitles in eight languages last fall.

DW insider ceases production

The North American magazine Doctor Who Insider has ceased publication, with Issue 9 being the last to be produced.

Kirsty Syson from Panini Email Customer Services said:
I am sorry to advise you that Dr Who Insider has ceased publication effective from Issue 9. Please be assured letters are on the way to our subscribers explaining this matter and offering either a refund or transfer to Dr Who magazine. Once again I apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused in this matter.
The magazine was launched by Panini last year to complement Doctor Who Magazine, focussing on Doctor Who in the USA and Canada in collaboration with BBC Worldwide and BBC America.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Gokaiger finale news (spoilers)

Gokaiger: Greatest Treasure in the Universe Revealed!
As Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger comes to an end earlier next month, here are the last batch of scans from the latest Japanese magazines! This revealed the actual appearance and purpose of the “Greatest Treasure in the Universe.”

The “Greatest Treasure in the Universe” can only be acquired once all Super Sentai Great Powers are achieved. It has the power to rid the universe of the Zangyack completely, but if it is used, the powers of the Super Sentai will also be lost. They will use the ranger keys to open that locked door which leads to the resting place (sacred realm) of the greatest treasure resting within the Earth.

Gokaiger: Greatest Treasure in the Universe Revealed!
Meanwhile, the final battle for Earth's peace had started! Even the giant robot Great Insarn was no match for the Gokaigers, but to Ackdos, it was merely a way to stall for time. Marvelous and Gai in turn, head to the Gigant horse to face Ackdos Gil, while Joe, Luka, Ahim and Don faced Dairando.

Go-Buster news

Finally, after months of waiting, here are the first batch for the upcoming36th Super Sentai series, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (特命戦隊ゴーバスターズ) tv series. This features brand new information about our heroes, their armaments, and villains.

The Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters is made up of Hiromu, Ryuuji and Youko. Their "henshin call" is “It's Morphin Time!”, they morph and shouts “Let's Morph in!” as the glasses on the Morphin Brace shows up! Their catchphrase, “Busters Ready Go!

Here's the Buster Gear, that's made of of the Sougan Blade, andIchigan Buster that can be combined to form the "Ichigan Buster Final Buster Mode." The scan also reveals that the Go-Busters will have a 3-member support staff! On the team are Miho, Takeshi and Tooru.

This season's villain is the Vaargas made up of Enter, BurnerRoid, ShovelRoid, NiidoRoid, and the Bugler minions. On the top left of the scan, you'll see the Enertron-holding tower. Enertron is the power that Vaargas wants to acquire.

The Go-Busters and their BuddyRoids. Chida carrying a Busters Set, composed of Morphin Brace, Transpod, uniform, and manual. Where did I saw this again?!

Also, Enter create the monsters via data cards, called MetaVirus Cards. By inserting the cards into machinery, he creates Droids, calledMetaRoids. The MetaRoids can be powered up and grow into giant form, called MegaZords. The MetaRoid ShovelRoid, becomes the MegaZord, ShovelZord.

To fight Vaargas' Megazords, the Go-Busters call on their own Megazord: the Go-Buster Ace! Go-Buster Ace is fueled by Enetron. With his finishing sword, the enemy will "SHUTDOWN." The sword has a GunSword mode where it can fire Enetron.

Furthermore, the helmet and shades of the Go-Busters can be removed.

The first Buster Vehicle to debut is Buster Vehicle CB-01 Cheetah(Buster Machine / Buster Animal Modes). Nick Chida will combine to this to transform into the Cheetah Mode.

Here's a chart of the BuddyRoid transformations. The "Chou Machine System" was developed to combat the MegaZords! Nick Chida can transform into a motorcycle for RedBuster to use. He can also combine to Buster Vehicle CB-01 Cheetah to transform into the Animal mode, and later, RedBuster's personal MegaZord, Go-Buster Ace.

The Go-Busters, with their super-power skill sets, are known as "Tokumei Senshi" and wield the "Buster Power." RedBuster have "Cho Speed," giving him teleportation-like speed; BlueBuster have Arm Power, giving his arms Super Strength; and, YellowBuster have Foot Power, giving her heightened jumping capabilities.

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters will premier on February 26th.

Funimation Suspends Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Production

Funimation announced on Thursday that it has suspended production on all future Blu-ray releases of the Dragon Ball Z television anime series, including the Level 2.1 disc that was originally scheduled to be released on March 27.

Funimation said that it had produced the Blu-ray editions of the series due to fan demand; however, the company explained that "due to technical challenges of restoring from the original film frame by frame, we are unable to continue these releases by way of this process." The company added it will re-evaluate its process of creating these Blu-rays and will research more efficient methods of restoration.

Funimation announced last July that it would release the series for the first time on Blu-ray. Funimation and the Dallas-based company ANDTRANSFER remastered the series from the original Japanese 16mm film reels at 1080p, keeping the original 4:3 aspect ratio. The first set, Dragon Ball Z Level 1.1, was released with the first 17 episodes on November 8.

Funimation Announces Ōkami-san & Her Seven Companions Dub Cast

FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for its upcoming release of the Ōkami-san & Her Seven Companions television anime series on Thursday. Funimation will release the 13-episode series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on April 3.

The dub cast and staff is as follows:

Alice - Terri Doty
List - Micah Solusod
Majolika - Lindsay Seidel
Momoko - Stephanie Young
Narrator - Luci Christian
Neko - Jerry Jewell
Ringo - Monica Rial
Ryoko - Brina Palencia
Suzume- Alexis Tipton
Taro - Todd Haberkorn
Yukime - Lydia Mackay
In addition, Colleen Clinkenbeard will direct the dub.

The television series from J.C. Staff, Media Factory and director Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Love Hina, The Familiar of Zero) adapts Masashi Okita's romantic comedy light novel series about three high schoolers — Ryōko Ōkami ("Ōkami-san" or "Wolf"), Ringo Akai ("Akazuki-chan" or "Red Riding Hood"), and Ryōshi Morino (his name is a wordplay on "forest hunter"). The three are part of the Otogi High School Bank, a club that solves the high school's problems.

Funimation is also streaming an English dubbed trailer for the series.

Mardock Scramble and Kiddy Grade Moved Back

Manga confirmed by twitter that its DVD/Blu-ray release of Mardock Scramble: The First Compression has been moved back to April. The title was previously scheduled for March 12.

Also, the store Anime-on-Line, which is linked from MVM's website, now lists a May 7 release date for the Kiddy Grade Complete Collection, previously scheduled for March 5.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Future of online streaming for Tokatsu

This blog isn't about Tokusatsu, Gundam or Anime. Its about how all three fandom's are getting the crap end of the stick about it.

I know everyone likes to point out all the negatives when major networks are taken down, but I truly believe the otaku Community will work towards something better now that a few of our major resources have been extinguished. But then again haven't we always worked towards finding different ways to get stuff?

A good example of what I am speaking of is back in the days when stuff like Kazaa and WinMX were dying, the great rise of Bittorrent started popping up. It may have been slow but it was great for sending and getting all different kinds of content.

We are the "Warriors of Light" when it comes to the internet. We help "henshin" it into a brighter place. Lets all combine and work together to help forward our interests and maybe get other people into them as well.

Take the last week in stride for it is just a sign that things need to change and we're the ones who can make it.

Brad Swaile to Return to AmeCon

The AmeCon 2012 convention, to be held in Staffordshire this August, has announced that the dub actor Brad Swaile will be attending, having previously appeared at Amecon 2010.

Swaile's anime dub roles include Light Yagami in Death Note, Rock in Black Lagoon, Mousse in Ranma ½ and Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam. He also voices Ace in the U.S. cartoon My Little Pony Tales.

AmeCon 2012 will take place at Keele University in Staffordshire from August 10 to 12. Registration is now open on the website, with 269 of the 1,350 places filled as of writing.

Pokémon Black/White Owners to Get Free Mewtwo Character

Gaming news website Siliconera reported on Wednesday that The Pokémon Company will give away the character Mewtwo as an internet download to owners of Pokémon Black and Pokémon White Nintendo DS games in North America starting on February 12.

According to the giveaway page, the downloaded version of Mewtwo will include a move that the character can't normally learn. Siliconera noted that the event appears to be identical to a Japanese giveaway of the character that occurred last year. The Mewtwo included in the Japanese giveaway was at level 70 and carried a King's Rock, and came with the moves Psystrike, Shadow Ball, Aura Sphere and Electro Ball.

The official page notes that further information will be made available "soon

The Gate Picturehouse cinema in London will screen the 2002 Studio Ghibli film The Cat Returns on Saturday January 28 at 10.30 a.m. Important: this screening is not open open to adults, except those accompanying a child.

The Australian anime licensee company Madman Entertainment revealed on its blog on Wednesday that it will still release the Gosick and Nichijō television anime series on DVD later this year. The company noted that even though Bandai Entertainment and Beez Entertainment will stop offering new anime releases, that news "has absolutely no affect on [its] current and future release slates."

The company explained that it acquired the titles released by Bandai Entertainment and Beez from a different licensor. Madman added that any titles it licensed with Bandai Entertainment will not be affected, although it added that the DVD releases of Gosick and Nichijō will probably be subtitle-only releases.

Bandai Entertainment announced earlier this month that it will stop offering new DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and manga releases in February, and announced its upcoming releases of Gosick and Nichijō had been canceled. ANN then confirmed the next week that Beez Entertainment, the Namco Bandai Group company that has handled anime sales in France and several other European countries, is no longer releasing new anime

Kids Club Screening of Cat Returns at Notting Hill, Saturday

The Gate Picturehouse cinema in London will screen the 2002 Studio Ghibli film The Cat Returns on Saturday January 28 at 10.30 a.m. Important: this screening is not open open to adults, except those accompanying a child.

Tickets are £3, plus a booking fee if purchased online.

Anime Legends Edition of Code Geass R2 Not Yet Says Beez

Beez Entertainment has tweeted that its Anime Legends edition of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2:, which had been scheduled to be released on January 30, would not be released "yet."Beez also said 'it would fill people in as soon as we can" about the title's status. The company was responding to a twitter query by Matthew Cartwright about the title.

Earlier this month, Beez told ANN that titles such as Code Geass R2 would not be affected by Beez Entertainment ceasing to release new anime.

DW NTA awards news

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan both triumphed at the National television Awards held Wednesday night at London's O2 Arena.

Matt Smith beat Torchwood star John Barrowman, Doc Martin and Snakedance star Martin Clunes and David Threlfall of Shameless, to win the award for Outstanding Drama Performance (Male) in the awards voted for by the British public. Both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant have previously won the award for their performance of the Doctor.

Speaking after receiving his award Matt Smith gave some clue to the future telling Radio Times that he has one more year of Doctor Who left and then he was going to try his luck in Hollywood. Although he later told the BBC Entertainment News Team he has no plans to leave.

Karen Gillan won her award for Outstanding Drama Performance (Female) over Torchwood's Eve Myles, Suranne Jones from Scott & Bailey and who also stared in The Doctor's Wife last year, and Jaye Jacobs from Waterloo Road. She becomes the first Who companion since Billie Piper to win a National Television Award, both Freema Agyeman and Catherine Tate both received nominations.

Doctor Who lost out in the main award for Most Popular Drama which was won by ITV's Downton Abbey

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Russell T Davies and Phil Ford are bringing new action adventure drama Aliens Vs Wizards to children's TV this autumn. The series will comprise 12 episodes of 30 minutes each and centre on two 16-year-old schoolboys, Tom and Benny, and an alien race entitled the Nekross. Davies said: "Writing for children is the biggest challenge of all and I think CBBC stands right at the heart of broadcasting. So I'm delighted to launch this show, a true nationwide collaboration - a Salford commission from a BBC Wales team. We're joining genres too - the show's a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction." The show will be produced for CBBC by BBC Cymru Wales with FremantleMedia Enterprises. The executive producers are Davies, Bethan Jones and Gina Cronk for the BBC and Bob Higgins and Sander Schwartz for FME. The producer is Brian Minchin, while Ford will co-produce. [BBC Media Centre, 23 Jan 2012], [BBC News, 23 Jan 2012]

It was back to school for new series writer Tom MacRae when he received a request to help children develop their creativity. He visited his alma mater near Daventry, Northamptonshire, after an invitation by two pupils at Weedon Bec Primary. MacRae revealed how, during an assembly while there as a child, he came up with the idea of a magnifying glass that could see through time - a concept he went on to use in The Girl Who Waited. MacRae, who also took some Doctor Who props with him to show the pupils, said: "I have used quite a few playground games and school daydreams in shows, particularly programmes that have a magic element to them. The Girl Who Waited has probably done more to boost my career than anything else I've done. I owe the huge boost it gave me to the idea I had when I was six years old."[BBC News, 23 Jan 2012]

Sheridan Smith, who played Eighth Doctor companion Lucie Miller for Big Finish, has won the Critics' Circle Best Actress award for her portrayal of Doris Skriczevinsky in the wartime drama Flare Path, by Terence Rattigan, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London - a role for which she previously received the 2011 Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress. [BBC News, 24 Jan 2012]

Arabella Weir (Billis in The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe, as well as an alternative Doctor in the Big Finish audio adventure Exile) is among the star names taking part in this year's Let's Dance For Sport Relief, which starts on BBC One on Saturday 18th February. [BBC Media Centre, 25 Jan 2012]

Fan video round up

This roundup contains fan-made videos that have recently been released. Four of these are music videos and one is a parody about what would happen if a certain time traveller met another well-known time traveller...

DW wins awards at Virgins media TV awards 2012

Doctor Who won in 5 categories at this year's Virgin Media TV Awards. The show itself won "TV Show of the Year" with 43.63% of the vote, beating off competition from Merlin. Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) won "TV Character of the Year" and the Doctor getting shot at Lake Silencio in The Impossible Astronaut won the "Most Explosive TV Moment of the Year". Karen Gillan won two awards; one for her acting talents ("Best Actress") and one for her good looks ("Hottest Female").

Doctor Who will be hoping for the same success tonight at The National TV Awards; which will be broadcast live on ITV1 from 7:30pm.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Tokumei sentai gobuster trailer 1 and 2

More casting news for gobuster

Additional cast and the suit actors for the upcoming 36th Super Sentai series, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters is finally revealed! This update includes the official voice actors for the BuddyRoids, and an additional cast member.

In the latest issue of Hobby Japan, they revealed the official voice actors for the Go-Busters' robot partners, the BuddyRoids. The BuddyRoids are voiced by the following:

Keiji Fujiwara (Axel from Kingdom Hearts, Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist, Dinobot from Beast Wars) as Nick Chida
Tessho Genda (Japanese Optimus Prime, Magiranger's Narrator) as Banana Gori-saki
Tatsuhiro Suzuki as Usada Letas
Hideo Sakaki will play the role of Takeshi Kuroki in the series. It is likely that he will be the mentor figure for the three Go-Busters.

Lastly, according to multiple blog sources, the three suit actors for the three Go-Busters are:
Yoshifumi Oshikawa - Red Buster for Hiromu Sakurada played by Katsuhiro Suzuki
Yasuhiro Takeuchi - Blue Buster for Ryuji Iwasaki played by Ryouma Baba
Yuchi Hachisuka - Yellow Buster for Youko Usami played by Arisa Komiya
Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters will premier this February 26th.

Toonzaki: Traffic Up 20% Since Megaupload's Closure

4Kids Entertainment's Toonzaki site reported via its Facebook page on Tuesday that traffic to the site has risen 20% in the days following the United States government's closure of the Megaupload file-sharing service.

A Toonzaki representative added in a follow-up comment, "I would suspect that many of the legitimate site have seen increases. Our Hulu views are also up over this time frame."

Toonzaki was launched by 4Kids in late 2010 as a portal for streaming anime content. The site includes videos sourced from Hulu.com, and features both content provided by 4Kids as well as other anime content providers such as FUNimation Entertainment and Toei Animation USA. In an interview with ANNCast in July 2010, 4Kids Senior Vice President of Digital Media Mark Kirk said that the site was geared towards teenagers, rather than the kids that 4Kids had previously focused its marketing towards.

Funimation Hosts Anime Licensing Survey

The North American anime distributor Funimation posted a survey on Tuesday, requesting that fans indicate which of 27 anime titles from the past year that they might be interested in purchasing on DVD or Blu-ray Disc. The poll indicates that any hypothetical release "would be priced similarly to how FUNimation currently prices new 13- [to] 26-episode series."

The list of potential licenses includes:

30-sai no Hoken Taiiku (Health and Physical Education for 30 year olds)
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. (AnoHana)
Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts 2

Dantalian no Shoka
Fortune Arterial
Future Diary (Mirai Nikki)
Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun
Guilty Crown
Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi (A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives)
Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-
Mawaru Penguindrum
Nichijō (My Ordinary Life)
Omamori Himari
Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai (We Without Wings - Under the Innocent Sky)
Seitokai no Ichizon (Student Council's Discretion)
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi (World's Greatest First Love)
Senki Zesshō Symphogear
The Tatami Galaxy
Twin Angels
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru (Betrayal Knows My Name)
Uta no Prince Sama
The company did not indicate how long the poll would be open, or if any specific action would be taken as a result of the survey.

K-ON Is 5th in Japan Academy Prize's Audience Award Voting

The K-ON! film ranked fifth in the first preliminary results of the Japan Academy Prizes' All Night Nippon Wadai-Sho prize. For this audience award, listeners of the All Night Nippon radio program are voting for their favorite film and actor until February 2. K-ON! also holds a nomination in the Japan Academy Prizes' Animation of the Year category.

The live-action film adaptation of Mitsurou Kubo's Moteki manga currently holds the top position in the All Night Nippon Wadai-Sho's film category. Moteki also has four nominations in the Japan Academy Prizes' main categories: Masami Nagasawa for Best Actress, Kumiko Asou for Best Supporting Actress, Taiseki Iwasaki for Music, and Yūsuke Ishida for Editing.

The live-action film adaptation of Natsumi Iwasaki's Moshi Kōkō Yakyū no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no "Management" o Yondara (Moshidora) business novel ranks at #2, and the live-action film version of Fujiko Fujio A's Kaibutsu-kun manga stands in third place. The live-action drama spinoff film SP Kakumei-Hen is in fourth place in the audience award's film category.

In the All Night Nippon Wadai-Sho's actor category, AKB48's Atsuko Maeda currently is currently in first place ahead of Ken'ichi Matsuyama (live-action Death Note).

Japan Academy Prizes' official website confirmed the nominees for the 35th annual awards on January 16. The other anime films nominated in the Animation of the Year category are From Up On Poppy Hill, Buddha: The Great Departure (Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku-), Tōfu Kozō, and Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence.

The Nippon Academy-Sho Association, a Japanese group roughly comparable to America's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Oscars fame, presents the Japan Academy Prizes every year. The nominees all receive "Awards of Excellence," but the actual top award in each category will be presented in a ceremony on March 2.

Akihabara Café Sells Instant Ramen Served by Idols

Noodol Café, a shop that combines "idols x instant ramen x Akihabara," opened in the heart of Tokyo's Electric Town on Monday. For 800 yen (about US$10) each, the café sells the same styrofoam cup of instant ramen that can be found in supermarkets for 1/4th the price.

However, the café adds a special service: a "real" idol working at the talent agency Platinum Production will pour boiling water into the cup. The customer can then talk with the idol — for all of three minutes that it takes for the ramen to simmer.

Like in many Japanese shops, customers can order their choice of meal and drink (both are 800 yen each) from a ticket vending machine at the front of the café. Unlike other shops, the machine allows customers to also choose which idol will serve their meals.

In a television interview, a customer pointed out that the Noodol Café is actually cheaper than getting instant ramen from a traditional Akihabara maid café for about 1,000 yen (US$13).

Source: Youcasee Media via Ko Ransom

Update: The café held a special preview on Monday, but its formal opening will be on Wednesday. Another customer noted that he could spend 1,000 yen at a traditional "handshaking" event for just 15 seconds with an idol.

TW: Miracle day TX in Canadian-French channel

Torchwood: Miracle Day premiered on the Canadian French-language channel Ztélé on Monday. The series originally premiered in Canada on SPACE in July 2011.

Premiere dates:
Episode 2: Le transfert - 30 January, 9pm
Episode 3: Phicorp - 6 February, 9pm
Episode 4: Mort, c'est mort - 13 February, 9pm
Episode 5: Les modules - 20 February, 9pm
Episode 6: Les témoins - 27 February, 9pm
Episode 7: Péchés immortels - 5 March, 9pm
Episode 8: Le bout du tunnel - 12 March, 9pm
Episode 9: Le rendez-vous - 19 March, 9pm
Episode 10: La fin du miracle - 26 March, 9pm

You can view the full schedule including repeats at This Week in Doctor Who.

Ztélé are also showing Torchwood: Web of Lies - the animated web series companion to Miracle Day - on their website.

DW convention news

Gallifrey One's Network 23, the twenty-third annual North American Doctor Who Celebration convention, will take place February 17-19, 2012 at the Marriott Hotel at Los Angeles Airport.

Featured guests from the Whoniverse at this year's annual installment of the long-running fan convention -- blending both classic and new series guests -- are Paul McGann (the eighth Doctor), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Mark Sheppard (Canton Everett Delaware III), William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Louise Jameson (Leela), Caitlin Blackwood (Young Amelia Pond), Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates), Tony Curran (Vincent van Gogh), Eric Roberts (the TV Movie Master), Daphne Ashbrook (Grace Holloway), Yee Jee Tso (Chang Lee), Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar), Philip Segal (TV Movie Producer), John de Lancie (Torchwood's Agent Shapiro), Toby Haynes (director of five Series 5-6 episodes), Richard Senior (director of "Let's Kill Hitler"), Nicholas Briggs (the voice of the Daleks), W. Morgan Sheppard (Old Canton), Daniele Favilli (Torchwood's Angelo Colasanto), Waris Hussein (director of "An Unearthly Child"), Barnaby Edwards (new series Dalek operator), Michael Troughton (author & son of Patrick Troughton), Gary Russell (Sarah Jane Adventures script editor), Phil Ford (Sarah Jane producer), Simon Guerrier (Graceless), Richard Dinnick (The Big Finish Companion), Jason Haigh-Ellery (Big Finish Productions), "Torchwood" writers Jane Espenson, Doris Egan and John Shiban, IDW Doctor Who comics editor Denton Tipton, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, colorist Charlie Kirchoff and illustrators Matthew Dow Smith & Blair Shedd, comedian Charlie Ross (who brings his famous UK Doctor Who themed comedy show to America for the first time), and many other guests from the science fiction media, comics and literary community.

Gallifrey One is the world's longest-running annual Doctor Who convention, with three days of events including a weekend-long tribute to actors Nicholas Courtney and Elisabeth Sladen; a live Friday night performance of Louise Jameson's one-woman stage show Pulling Faces; a full Saturday masquerade/costume show and performance of Charlie Ross's legendary Doctor Who comedy show; previews from Big Finish Productions, IDW Comics, the Doctor Who Restoration Team and Hirst Publishing; a dealers room, art show, an annual charity benefit auction this year benefitting Students Run L.A., cosplay program and costuming hall, an exhibits area this year featuring the fully restored 1996 TV Movie TARDIS console, science programming, the North American debut of the Guerrier Brothers' short film Cleaning Up starring Jameson and Mark Gatiss, Q&A sessions, interviews, autographs and much more.

Online convention pre-registration closes on January 31 (with at-door registration open as the convention begins). For more information visit www.gallifreyone.com/ or check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/gallifreyone

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

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FileSonic, Uploaded, Others Remove File-Sharing Options

Several high-profile file-hosting websites have moved to block file sharing or other features, in the days following the American government's shutdown of the site MegaUpload.

FileSonic's front page now states, "All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally." Another service, Fileserve, has enacted identical measures. Yet another file locker site, Uploaded.to, has blocked American access entirely. Several other sites, including Filejungle, 4shared, and Uploadstation, have been reported to be deleting premium accounts and affiliate programs.

Meanwhile Derek Labian, CEO of the Texas-based cloud-based storage service MediaFire, told venture capital newsletter VentureBeat that he isn't worried about government intervention. “We don't have a business built on copyright infringement,” he said. “Like many other cloud-based sharing services like Box.net and Dropbox, we're a legitimate business targeting professionals.”

MegaUpload Limited was shut down by the U.S. Justice Department on January 19, following the indictment and arrest of its owners.

Hatsune Miku's Chrome Ad Song to Get Global Release

Hatsune Miku's livetune song "Tell Your World" will be available in iTunes Stores in 217 countries on Wednesday. The Vocaloid singer performed the song for a 61-second Google Chrome Japan ad last year.

"Tell Your World" was released in Japan on Thursday. The Tell Your World EP mini album will also feature the song when it ships in Japan on March 14.

The distributor Sega released a CD of the virtual idol's first overseas concert in Los Angeles on November 30, and the Blu-ray and DVD releases followed on December 21. More than 5,000 people attended the performance, which added new songs and costumes to 2010's "Miku no Hi Kanshasai" concert.

Hatsune Miku's Chrome Ad Song to Get Global Release

Hatsune Miku's livetune song "Tell Your World" will be available in iTunes Stores in 217 countries on Wednesday. The Vocaloid singer performed the song for a 61-second Google Chrome Japan ad last year.

"Tell Your World" was released in Japan on Thursday. The Tell Your World EP mini album will also feature the song when it ships in Japan on March 14.

The distributor Sega released a CD of the virtual idol's first overseas concert in Los Angeles on November 30, and the Blu-ray and DVD releases followed on December 21. More than 5,000 people attended the performance, which added new songs and costumes to 2010's "Miku no Hi Kanshasai" concert.

Detective Conan: Prelude from the Past Game's Teaser Posted

Bandai Namco Games began streaming a 75-second trailer for the Meitantei Conan: Kago kara no Zensōkyoku (Detective Conan: Prelude from the Past) game on Friday. The video introduces the game's scenario and characters after a half-minute promotional clip for the Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker anime film.

The "detective adventure" game will center on the titular pint-sized detective and also feature the Detective Conan all-star characters Shin'ichi Kudo, Ran Mouri, Kogoro Mouri, Heiji Hattori, and Kaito Kid. In the story, they will uncover sad truths as they solve cases from the past. Meitantei Conan: Kago kara no Zensōkyoku will ship for the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable in Japan this spring.

Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker, the 16th Detective Conan film, will premiere in Japan on April 14. Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence, Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Toki-den) is directing under the supervision of the franchise's chief director Yasuichiro Yamamoto.

AnimeFest to Host Animatrix Co-Director Koji Morimoto in Dallas

Planners of Dallas' AnimeFest announced on Monday that this year's convention will host The Animatrix co-director Koji Morimoto. The event will take place at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel from August 31 to September 3.

Morimoto has worked as an anime director, filmmaker, visual creator, and art director. He was involved with television anime series, films, and original video projects including Akira, Magnetic Rose, Extra, Ai Monogatari, Macross Plus, and Tekkonkinkreet. He directed the Beyond segment in The Animatrix.

As a founding member, Morimoto worked at the Studio 4°C from 1989 to 2011. He now helms the new Φphy creative team as Executive Art Director. The studio produces anime but also creates other works.

K-ON! Dog/Cat Food Bowls Sold in Japan

Canime.jp, the online shop of the production company Pony Canyon, began selling the official K-ON! pet food bowls in Japan this month. Each of the five small (12 by 4 centimeters or about 5 by 1.6 inches) ceramic bowls features a face of one Ho-Kago Tea Time high school band member at the bottom, while the medium-sized bowl (16 by 6 centimeters/6 by 2.4 inches) has all five faces. The small and medium ceramic bowls each cost 1,500 yen (US$19.50) and 2,000 yen (US$26), respectively.

Canime.jp is also selling driver head covers for golf clubs — in the form of plush dolls of the five K-ON! girls. Canime.jp sells a Squid Girl driver head cover, but K-ON! is Pony Canyon's only franchise with pet food bowls.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Chinese Anime/Disney-Lookalike Videos: The Story Behind Them

The Chinese service Xu You Ji lets parents pay to have their children turned into 3D models and animated in their own CG action-adventure shorts. The children also dub their own voices into the work. The custom video service debuted in 2009, but recently garnered attention because of one of its videos, featuring Gundam models and other anime elements, was posted online this week.

The company's FAQ page claims the following regarding copyrights:

We design and develop our own animation with their own copyrights. They do contain elements of popular titles, but all are adapted ourselves so there is no copyright concerns.

The service costs about 1,738 yuan (about US$275) to make a custom short.

The company's YouTube channel features a demonstration video and two sample shorts, with one short containing footage directly from Disney and Pixar's Finding Nemo film and a cover of a song from Disney's The Little Mermaid film (at the 3:10 mark):

Most used ranger keys and gokai change

Gokaigers seem to change into past heroes one to five times per episode so far. The least being one (Red, Pink and Green became JAKQ in Ep 10) and the most five I think the most (Luka became a bunch in episode 6). But there are plenty of other examples but this is just one example. Most episodes the Gokaiger become more than one team but in some episodes, they just become one team and the other Gokaiger become one of different teams (Green and Yellow have done a lot of this).

As of Episode 48, the past heroes that the Gokaiger have changed into a lot are:

Gokai Green has become Deka Green six times (2, 4, 5, 26, 35 and the Ghost Galleon movie). It previously was Shinken Green that he became the most.
Gokai Pink has also become a Dekaranger the most. She became Deka Pink six times (2, 4, 5, 26, 35 and the movie). She became Go-On Black the most (5 times: 3, 5, 19, 36 and the 199 heroes movie).

Gokai Red has become Deka Red six times: 2, 4, 5, 35, the movie and 48.

Gokai Yellow has also become Deka Yellow the most, six times: 2, 4, 5, movie, and 35.

Gokai Blue has become Go-On Blue five times (5, 19, 36, 45, and the Gokai vs Gosei movie).

Gokai Silver has became Gold Mode more than anything but of the other Ranger Keys, he has become Shurikenger 4 times (21, 24, 43, 47).

As for the Ranger Keys, these are the keys that have been used the most:

Deka Red Key has been used six times by GokaiRed, once (but seen twice) by GokaiGreen (Goseiger Vs. Shinkenger and Ep40), and stageshows by GokaiYellow. Magi Red Key has been used by Gokai Red twice, Gokai Green in stageshows, by GokaiYellow in Episode 2 and stageshows; and by Gokai Pink in Episode 48 and 40 (Goseiger vs. Shinkenger). Magi Red Key is one of the keys that has been used by the most Gokaiger: 4. Geki Red Key has been used 4 times by GokaiRed (4, 7, 32 and 42); used by Gokai Yellow in 40 and by GokaiPink in 2. Go-On Red Key was used 4 times by GokaiRed and by GokaiYellow in stageshows. Shinken Red Key used 5 times by GokaiRed, and by GokaiYellow and GokaiPink in the stageshows.

As for the Sixth Ranger Keys, the Mega Silver key has been used seven times, seen in two episodes used by Basco; 3 times by GokaiSilver and twice by GokaiYellow. Gokai Pink used the Deka Pink Key six times. The Pink Keys haven't been used a lot by other Gokaigers like the Red or Sixth Keys, the only keys that have been used by two people have been Bouken Pink, Pink Flash, Ptera Ranger, Dyna Pink and Five Pink. Gokai Blue has become Go-On Blue five times. The blue keys also haven't been used alot. The keys that have been used by two people were Ao Ranger, Magi Blue, Blue Dolphin, Gosei Blue and Hurricane Blue (by the original owner!) As for the Extra Hero keys, all the keys have been used three times. I haven't seen Gokaiger vs. Gavan yet, so I don't know if the Hime Shinken Red key is used so she might be the key used the least. Kuro Kishi Key has been used once by Basco, Gokai Silver used it once in his mecha and twice transformed into him, so it can be said it was used the most.

Deka Green key has been used 6 times by Gokai Green and the keys used by 2 people have been Shinken Green, Shishi Ranger, Dyna Green, and Green Flash. Shishi Ranger key has been used 6 times (5 by Green and once by Yellow). The Hurricane Yellow has been used six times by three different people, 4 times by Yellow, once by Green and once by the original user. Keys that have been used by 2 people are Gosei Yellow, Gao Yellow, Kirin Ranger, and Tiger Ranger. Go-On Black key is the black key that has been used the most by 1 gokaiger: 5 times. The black key to be used the most by 2 people is Ninja Black (4 times by Green and once by Yellow); another is Abare Black (once by Blue and once by Green). As for White keys, Deka Break and Kiba Ranger have been used 5 times (twice by Basco, twice by Gokai Silver and once by another Ranger.)

People round -up

Matt Smith narrowly missed out being named Britain's Coolest Man in a poll by Zoo Magazine; the actor lost out to magician Dynamo, with other runners up including F1 driver Jenson Button, Prince Harry and singer Noel Gallagher. [Huffington Post, 17 Jan 2012]

Karen Gillan is about to start work on her first film, Not Another Happy Ending, directed by John McKay (who also directed We'll Take Manhattan); McKay said of the actress: "Every now and again, we produce somebody who really holds your attention on the screen and she’s got it. She is not just a small screen star, she is a big screen star. She really is one of Scotland’s greatest talents and can go all the way." [Daily Record, 20 Jan 2012]

John Barrowman and his sister Carole are due to appear at Waterstones in Bluewater on 4th February to sign their new book, Hollow Earth. [Dartford Messenger, 20 Jan 2012]

Actor and Never Mind the Buzzcocks captain Noel Fielding has his eye on a particular role: I wouldn't mind being on Doctor Who. I like the guy who does it at the moment and I thought David Tennant was amazing, but next I think we need an androgynous, slightly dippy Doctor who gets everything wrong... [Radio Times, 20-26 Jan 2012]

Speaking at the Radio Times Cover Party, actor Warwick Davis said about networking at the event: "Mr. Steven Moffat is somebody I want to talk to, certainly, cos I love Sherlock and I would love to be in Doctor Who. It's been a dream of mine for many years - I don't want to play the Doctor, but a villain or something like that would be good." [Radio Times (video), 18 Jan 2012]

John Simm has indicated on Twitter that he would consider reprising his Doctor Who persona; when asked, he said: The Master - of course! Mr Moffat is a brilliant writer. [@john_simm, 16 Jan 2012]

Writer Richard Curtis (Vincent and the Doctor) is about to direct a film based upon his own script; About Time is described as "a low-budget time-travel picture", and will be made by Working Title. [Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan 2012]

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Leiji Matsumoto World Summit Planned in July

The "Leiji World Summit" event will take place to honor the manga and anime creator Leiji Matsumoto (Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Space Battleship Yamato, Galaxy Express 999) on July 15 and 16. The town of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture will host the summit as part of a town revitalization project.

Matsumoto drew a poster for the summit, and he will appear for an autograph session on July 15. The creator's anime will screen on July 16, and an anime theme song performance and cosplay convention will also take place that day. As part of the town revitalization project, Jōshin Electric Railway Company will unveil a train with images of characters from Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 manga and anime.

According to the executive committee planning the event, about 20 associations across Japan have used Matsumoto's works in town renewal projects. All of the associations were invited to participate in the "Leiji World Summit," and the planners expect more than half to contribute. From July 15 until the end of August, the associations will host city art museum exhibits of Matsumoto's works.

The town of Tomioka will fund the "Leiji World Summit" and plans to turn it into an annual event. Visitors will have to pay for admission and participation in the cosplay contest, but most other events will be free.

The Nikkan Sports newspaper reported on January 11 that Matsumoto will make the Ozuma anime project 30 years after creating the post-apocalyptic scenario. Matsumoto revealed last month that he is planning a Cosmo Super Dreadnought Mahoroba film for 2013. Matsumoto had also announced plans for a new Zero Desigze anime and a live-action Galaxy Express 999 project last year, but neither has been released yet.

Megaupload Site Shut Down Partly Due to Fruits Basket Anime

The U.S. Department of Justice shut down the Hong Kong-based file-sharing service Megaupload on Thursday during an ongoing investigation into the company's alleged copyright infringement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday that seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with violating piracy laws and committing other crimes.

According to an indictment filed by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court of Alexandria, Virginia on January 5, the defendants were accused of two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement and conspiracies to commit money laundering, racketeering, and copyright infringement. The indictment listed 103 alleged, overt criminal acts, including a 2010 incident involving a user who watched the television anime series Fruits Basket via a linking site.

The U.S. Justice Department claims that Megaupload Limited, Vestor Limited, and seven individuals gained more than US$175 million in illegal proceeds and cost copyright holders more than US$500 million in lost revenue. The FBI's press release labels Megavideo and its related sites and services as an "international organized criminal enterprise" responsible for large-scale worldwide piracy of various copyrighted works. As one of the largest criminal copyright cases brought by the United States, officials executed more than 20 search warrants in nine countries, confiscated about US$50 million in assets, and seized 18 domain names associated with the alleged "Mega conspiracy" on Thursday.

Founded in 2005, Megaupload allowed users to reproduce and distribute movies, music, television programs, electronic books, and software, according to the grand jury's indictment. The legal document also alleges that Megaupload supported the use of third-party linking websites to promote infringing content and used a business model designed to encourage illegal uploading. The U.S. Justice Department said that the company failed to delete accounts of users known to distribute copyrighted material and misrepresented that infringing copies of works were removed.

The individual defendants are citizens of Germany, Slovakia, Finland, Estonia, and the Netherlands. New Zealand authorities arrested four of the defendants, including the Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and director Mathias Ortmann, in Auckland on Thursday. The accused individuals each face a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison for the combined charges. According to BBC News, Megaupload posted a message saying that "the vast majority of Mega's internet traffic is legitimate" and that the allegations were "grotesquely overblown" before the site was shut down on Thursday.

Last February, police in Japan's northern Akita Prefecture arrested an 18-year-old male student for allegedly using Megaupload to illegally distribute 260 manga titles.

On Wednesday, various websites participated in an Internet "blackout" to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) bills that were proposed in the U.S. Congress.

School Rumble Anime Leads to Fine for Taiwanese TV Station

The Taipei Times news source reported on Thursday that the Taiwanese television channel Momo Kids TV was fined NT$600,000 (about US$20,033) on Wednesday for airing an episode of School Rumble that was "deemed inappropriate for children."

According to the Taiwanese news source Now News, a mother had filed a complaint against the December 26 airing of the show, accusing that the television station had "not rated the program properly and 'tainted' my 5-year-old daughter!" Taipei Times noted that dozens of parents complained to the National Communications Commission (NCC) about the show, saying that the episode depicted "high school students watching a pornographic movie together" along with "a scene of jiggling breasts" and a scene showing "actors moaning in pornographic movies."

An independent review team of 18 experts tasked by the NCC unanimously agreed that Momo Kids TV had violated a rule that stated that domestic and foreign satellite broadcasting businesses cannot air content that would "impair the physical or mental health of children or juveniles."

Jin Kobayashi's School Rumble manga was adapted into two 26-episode television anime series and two OVAs in Japan between 2004-2008.

New pokemon gamer promo

The Pokémon Company began streaming a new 132-second official promotional video for its upcoming Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition (Pokémon Nobunaga no Yabou) game on Thursday. On the same day, the company and Tecmo KOEI Games had held a press conference for this crossover between the Pokémon franchise and the Nobunaga's Ambition strategy role-playing game series.

The game is set in a war-torn hegemony split into 17 states. The player will assume the role of a miliary leader of the Hajime state and devise strategies against Nobunaga and other warriors. Each commander is linked to a partner Pokémon during battles.

Pokémon President Tsunekazu Ishihara and Tecmo KOEI President Yoichi Erikawa explained the genesis of the game by first noting that Ishihara is a big Nobunaga's Ambition fan; he has been playing the games since the first one came out for the NEC PC-8801 Mk II computer in 1983. Likewise, Erikawa is a big Pokémon fan, and they talked about how their two companies could collaborate. They discussed different franchises, including Tecmo KOEI's Musou, for the crossover before settling on Nobunaga's Ambition. The project began in earnest three years ago.

Producer Hisashi Koinuma said that the main story episode will take about 20 hours to complete, but then there are many freeform scenarios for about 200 hours of gameplay. While the team could not put all of the Pokémon in the game, it does have over 200 of them.

The game will ship in Japan on March 17 for 5,800 yen (about US$76). The limited first edition bonuses include a "Nobunaga's Black Rayquaza" card for the Pokémon: Black & White card game. On the same day that the game ships, Pokémon Center and retailers nationwide will offer figures, mobile phone straps, handkerchiefs, mini cushions, and tumblers.