Saturday, 31 March 2012

TW update

Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz, has re-iterated to Multichannel News that the potential future of Torchwood on the channel rests with its creator, Russell T Davies:
You know, Russell is so busy. Obviously, we're in touch with the BBC all the time. They are our partners on DaVinci's Demons and the Harem project. We told them, we stand by ready for any news, but I think it would be a while before Russell came back to Torchwood.
In terms of the show's principal players, Russell T Davies himself is currently writing new CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens, John Barrowman has a leading role in the pilot for a potential new series Gilded Lilys, Eve Myles is currently appearing in the stage play All New People, Kai Owen has just finished performing in As You Like It, and Mekhi Phifer had also recently finished a stsge stint in Stick Fly.

Wizards vs Aliens
As mentioned above, Russell T Davies's new series is Wizards vs Aliens, which is about to go into production. The name has recently changed, as Davies explained to Roy Noble on BBC Radio Wales:
Coming up now we’ve got a children’s drama that we’re making out these new Roath Lock Studios called Wizards vs. Aliens. it was called Aliens vs. Wizards until a lawyer stepped in, but there we go. By Easter it will probably be called Chickens vs. Rabbits or something! It’s a great big, fun series for Children’s BBC that will be out in the Autumn.
Speaking to Cultbox, script editor Derek Ritchie described the style of the show:
It's going to be similar to The Sarah Jane Adventures only in the respect of being an adventure show with strong character-driven narratives, and big moral themes. But this is a new universe, and the conflict between science and magic, ray guns and spell books, is already inspiring very different stories from SJA, and giving us a lot of scope in a very, very rich new fictional universe!
The full interview can be read on the Cultbox website.

DW movie update

David Yates has been in the UK as part of the Warner Bros promotion for their new Harry Potter studio tour; during interviews afterwards, he was asked about the status of the proposed Doctor Who film by Bleeding Cool's Hannah Shaw-Williams, to which he clarified that the production was still very much in the early stages:
Yes, I'm definitely doing a Doctor Who movie, but I think where everyone got confused was that we're not making it for five years, or six years – it's a very slow development. I've got projects backed up between now and about 2015, and it's something I'm very passionate and excited about.
Speaking about the existing series under Steven Moffat, he said:
Steven’s a genius. I love his work, I think he’s incredibly clever. I love what he's done with Doctor Who, love his Sherlock Holmes. He's such a gifted man. But this is something that's a very slow burn and I'm hoping to sit down with him at some point and have a chat. It's just something that we’ve been talking about for a little while. (and on the continuity issues raised) That's all to be discussed. Because it's five or six years from now. It's weird because … what will the series be like in five or six years? But I'm very excited about it, very excited about that world.
The full interview can be read at Bleeding Cool, or a video can be watched on SnitchSeeker's YouTube channel.

DW Series 7 production update

Jenna-Louise Coleman
Matt Smith discussed the casting of Jenna-Louise Coleman during an interview on the Roy Noble show, BBC Radio Wales, on 22nd March:
I was part of the audition process where we met a number of wonderful actresses, but I think that Jenna responded to Steven's writing in the most interesting way. We're very excited to welcome her to the Doctor Who family - the Doctor needs a companion, he can't travel alone!

When speaking to Digital Spy about his new film The Pirates!, David Tennant also offered some advice to the new companion:
She'll have a brilliant time, I'm very jealous of her starting out on that extraordinary journey but, you know, keep your nose clean and watch your back. You're suddenly rocketed into a world of attention - certainly unlike anything I'd known before - you just need to watch your back a little bit, but it's wonderful, it's such an exciting thing to be starting out on.

The actress herself appeared on This Morning on 27th March to promote Titanic, but briefly said of the announcement of her new role:
I'm so excited that the news is out. I think I've known about six weeks, two months, something like that. I saw Perdita (Weeks, co-star in the ITV drama Titanic) the night before and I said that I'm going to have to go home early because I have a meeting, and she said like what for, and I said "television"! I'm a really bad liar!

Talking to Radio Times about the secrecy surrounding her casting, Jenna said:
I wasn't allowed to say that it was Doctor Who at any point - not talking to my agent, not when I arrived at the audition, and I certainly couldn't tell anyone at all what I was up to next. When you keep a secret this big, the temptation to tell is all the more irresistible, especially as I live with three schoolfriends. With girl politics the way they are, I couldn't tell just one friend. I had to phone one of them on the way to the press conference to tell her that I'd borrowed her shoes, in case she saw them in photos!
The full interview is in the new edition of Radio Times (31 Mar-6 Apr 2012), where the actress also explains how she had to describe her audition as being for Men On Waves (an anagram of Woman Seven).

Radio Times have also published a number of exclusive publicity photos of the actress, which can be found via their website here.


Joanne McQuinn
Joanne McQuinn is listed by Spotlight as playing Sadie (episode three).

McQuinn is primarily known as Sally Moore in the BBC series Mistresses. She also appeared in Little Miss Jocelyn, The Bill, and Our Friends in the North, and played Zoë Lessard in the documentary Space Odyssey - Voyage of the Planets. In addition, she appeared in the film Fierce Creatures
David Gyasi

David Gyasi has been reported by the Standard as appearing in the series in an interview with the actor.

Gyasi can currently be seen as Victor in BBC2's White Heat. Other shows have included Apparitions, Demons, Waking the Dead, Murderland, and he played Jeremy Hands in Mike Bassett: Manager. He also appeared in the first series of Torchwood, playing hospital patient Will Harris in Combat.

After all the Spanish excitement, filming continued in studio in the week leading up to the official convention, with Arthur Darvill providing Twitter followers with a little levity over lunch. Then, at the convention itself, executive producer Caroline Skinner presented followers with a "dimensionally transcendental" Steven Moffat!
Arthur Darvill/Caroline Skinner photos:

"Snack time at work"
Arthur Darvill on Twitter

"No. It is my apple."
Arthur Darvill on Twitter

"Moffat's brain is BIGGER ON THE INSIDE!"
Caroline Skinner on Twitter

A tweet from last Friday indicated some upside down antics on set, with DrakeAV reporting: "So excited! I got to pop into the Tardis and saw Karen Gillan hanging by a thread upside down screaming. Doctor...«. This was later confirmed by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill themselves at the official convention, with Karen saying that the length of time suspended led to some blood vessels bursting! Steven Moffat was alleged to be present during the shoot laughing at their predicament ...

Friday evening then saw a read-through for the current filming block, covering episodes one and five.

As previously reported, the production team are to take their second international trip next month when they film in New York as part of the production for episode five, Amy and Rory's final story which features the return of the Weeping Angels.

Meanwhile, production has continued in studio for episode one, the series opener that will feature the return of the Daleks. The teaser trailer this week included a brief glimpse of the Doctor's old adversary in the snow (believed to have been filmed in Spain as part of the shoot there earlier in the month), and the BBC have now released some teaser images of the Daleks in studio:


Filming is expected to continue in Cardiff next week at the university's School of Physics and Astronomy.

Unconfirmed Updates
The Daily Star has reported that an online version of Doctor Who Confidential is to be made to accompany the next series. However, there has been no other confirmation of this elsewhere at present.

During the convention, attendees were able to take a tour of the existing TARDIS sets at the BBC's Upper Boat Studios. Speculation as to why the console room hadn't been transferred to the new Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff Bay seem to have been clarified now, with fan Robert Davis reporting: "At today's TARDIS tour crew let slip that this Console room is not moving to new studios - NEW redesigned TARDIS being built there!!!«"

Production Crew: Related Vacancy
BBC Careers have listed a role within the BBC Wales Production Unit which, though not specifically advertised for Doctor Who, will encompass the show amongst others:
Post Production Coordinator

BBC Wales Production Unit aims to be the best value and most creative producer of programmes in the UK, fostering a dynamic, flexible culture which supports high quality and innovative production. There are currently over 400 staff in the Unit. The main focus of your role will be in post production and graphic design.

The Post Production and graphic design department is the largest of its type outside of London and is responsible for the post production of a wide range of the BBC programmes including; Doctor Who, Human Planet, Egypt, Crimewatch, Upstairs Downstairs and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Requirements: BBC Wales post production and graphic design is looking for an enthusiastic and well organised person to help get the best from our talented craft staff and facilities. You will work closely with production teams and be responsible for organising and supervising the post production of a wide range of projects within BBC Wales.
The role, based in Cardiff, is for internal applicants only, with a closing date of 12th April.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Gobusters ep list

Mission 6: Combine! Go-BusterOh - 04/01
The Go-Busters practice, over and over again, the combining sequence for Go-BusterOh. However, they don't seem to be getting any better at it no matter how hard and how many times they practice.

They can only "merely unite", and while that's all well and good, combining when under enemy attack is another matter completely. Furthermore, the Spray Roid and Spray Zord appeared and tried to invade the base!

Mission 7: Ace's Faulty Maintenance - 04/08
A new Maintenance member, Koyama, has just started work on Go-BusterAce in the hangar, due to some system errors after succeeding their first combination Go-BusterOh combination. Koyama is a man who committed himself to growing up early, but it is also slightly anxious...

Meanwhile, an abnormal reaction of Enetron was noticed. Train Roid and Train Zord appears, and the Go-Busters begun to move out. But something unexpected happens... Ace breaks down due to a mistake by Koyama, and take "no more than 30 minutes" to repair.

Mission 8: Protect the Machine Blueprints! - 04/15
Drill Roid & Drill Roid appears.

Mission 9: The Usada Rescue Plan - 04/22
Bug Zord appears.

Mission 10: Reason to Fight - 04/29
Dangan Roid and Dangan Zord appears.

Amagami precious diary Romance Spinoff Manga Ends

Hakusensha published the final part of Tarō Shinonome's Amagami precious diary manga in the Young Animal Island magazine's 18th volume on Thursday. Shinonome debuted the spinoff in the flagship Young Animal magazine in November 2009.

Based on Enterbrain's Amagami high school romance simulation game, the manga's fifth and final compiled book will ship in Japan at the end of June. The spinoff launched in Young Animal Island in December 2009 after the magazine published a 32-page preview that August.

The current issue bundles a reversible poster with Shinonome's art and designs from the Amagami SS televsion anime series. The magazine also includes a CD-ROM with the full-color version of the Kaoru Tanamachi arc from Shinonome's spinoff manga and illustrations from 14 other artists.

The Amagami SS anime first aired in Japan in 2010, and its Amagami SS+ sequel premiered on January 5.

Strike Witches Second Season Provisionally Due July

Manga Entertainment tweeted that the second season of Strike Witches will "hopefully" be released in July. It continues the story of scantily-clad girl witches fighting alien invaders in the 1940s. (Manga promoted the original series, pictured, with the tag, "War is pants!") A movie version is due to be released in Japan in March.

DW and NY

The Paley Center in New York is to host a special event next month: How It All Began - An Evening with Waris Hussein. As the title suggests the event will see Doctor Who's first director, Waris Hussein appearing to chat about the origins of the series.

Climb into your TARDIS and travel back in time with us to November 23, 1963, to hear all about the making of An Unearthly Child, the very first Doctor Who episode ever aired, from the man who brought it to life, director Waris Hussein, who will recall what it was like being part of the creation of television’s longest-running science fiction series. In addition to a discussion and Q&A, the evening will include the screening of the episode, with live commentary provided by Hussein. After the event, the director will participate in an autograph session with attendees.

The event is co-presented with Who York and the New York Comic Con, and takes place at the Paley Center on Tuesday 10th April, from 7:00pm. For booking details and other costs visit the event website.

Regional update

United Kingdom
The Queen visited Manchester as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour, during which she officially opened the new BBC MediaCentreUK in Salford - and was 'confronted' by a Dalek whilst being taken around the facilities. [BBC News, 23 Mar 2012]

The National Library of Scotland is presenting a selection of science fiction treasures as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival, entitled It's Life, Jimmy but not as we know it. The collection includes Steven Moffat’s first Doctor Who short story from 1996, Continuity Errors. The exhibition is open until 30th June, admission free. [Deadline, 28 Mar 2012]

David Boyle, the co-founder of Dapol (who made Doctor Who figures through the 1980s/90s and was home to the 'original' Doctor Who Experience), is to make and present a new television series of his interpretation on the evolution of mankind and the universe. Boyle said: "I had many experiences that didn't fit with the stories that everyone was telling us. I thought it was time to investigate these experiences and explain them, before we start telling everyone a particular story. Somebody has got to tell people the truth and tell people what is going on." [Northwich Guardian, 20 Mar 2012]

Ten-year-old Haydon Gill from Collier Row tempted chef Heston Blumenthal - with whom he co-stars with in a new advert for Waitrose - with a treat favoured by the Doctor: "My favourite food is fish fingers and custard. Dr Who eats it and it's delicious. I told Heston to try it while we were on the set together and he said he would!" [London 24, 20 Mar 2012]

Pupils from St. Mary's Primary School in Chipping Norton have made the final of the Script to Screen writing competition with their script, The Ultimate Athlete, featuring the Cybermen up to nefarious activities at the Olympics. George Tuckwell, Joe Frater, Oscar Miller and Rowan Woodell are all excited with the possibility of seeing their script turned into a mini-episode, with George saying: "I am very, very, very nervous about the competition. I do not want to get my hopes up, but if we won I would probably shout and scream. It was meant to be based on the Olympics, so we thought the Greeks made the Olympics and decided to do a story with that. It has been really fun." The winning script for the competition is announced tomorrow. [Witney Gazette, 29 Mar 2012]

The Radlett Centre played host to two Doctor Who celebrities last weekend, with both a Dalek and Derek Martin appearing at the event, which brings together children from local schools to perform together. Organiser and Dalek owner Julie Banes said: "It's a huge morale boost for the students who take part and it's quite tear-jerking to watch. They all did a marvellous job and gave it 100 per cent." [Herts Advertiser, 24 Mar 2012]

A man with a saucepan on his head imitating a Dalek was one of a number of hopefuls auditioning for the next series of Britain's Got Talent. [Daily Mail, 20 Mar 2012]

United States
Two-year-old Valentine Dewait has become a hit thanks to her appearances on Twitter dressed as every (current) incarnation as the Doctor. Her father, Ryan, said: "She enjoys dressing up. Costumes, tutus, you name it. She'll go to her costumes and pull out outfits to put on." [Digital Spy, 16 Mar 2012]

Tashi King has made an appeal on behalf of her husband Kevin Pratt for when he loses his fight with an inoperable brain tumour. Writing to Regretsy, she said: I am writing to you to try and fulfill a wish of his; after he passes my husband wants to have a portion of his cremains kept in a TARDIS urn. (The rest will be shot off in rockets he has built over the years with his friends.)" The request has led to a fund-raising page being set up for the couple. You can follow their story via Tashi's blog. [Regretsy, 13 Mar 2012]

Doctor Who has been named a National Treasure, according to a survey undertaken by network operator O2. Over 14,000 people contributed to the list, which was compiled through the company's Facebook page. Other treasures include singers Bob Marley and Cheryl Cole, 'presenter' Dame Edna Everage, and Tower Bridge. [The Drum, 28 Mar 2012]

People round- up

Murray Gold will be one of the speakers at a series of events being organised by BAFTA and the Royal Albert Hall, entitled Conversations with Screen Composers. The Doctor Who composer will be appearing at the Hall's Elgar Room on Wednesday 11th July to discuss the development of creative ideas for his music. Other speakers in the series are Rachel Portman and James Hannigan. [Royal Albert Hall, 21 Mar 2012]

John Barrowman will be appearing as a Spotlight Guest at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), which takes place at McCormick Place, Chicago, from 13th-15th April. Organiser Lance Fensterman said: "We're very excited to welcome John Barrowman this year to C2E2. Doctor Who has grown into a global phenomenon, and John Barrowman is an actor with a following on both sides of the Atlantic. There's tremendous excitement from the fanboys and fangirls within C2E2's own office, and we know our audience in Chicago will be overjoyed to meet him." [Comic Book Resources, 21 Mar 2012]

Barrowman has also donated some of his clothes to the Dogs Trust: "It's no secret to anyone who knows me that two of my favourite things are shopping and supporting Dogs Trust. After a recent spring-cleaning, I donated lots of stuff to the new Cowbridge shop, including posters, watches and boxes of clothing. I hope you'll pay a visit and share in my favourite things." [Ecorazzi, 26 Mar 2012]

Billie Piper visited a family in Norfolk as part of the BBC's Sport Relief in order to speak to a mother and three daughters who had just lost their father. Her Doctor Who co-star David Tennant also contributed to the cause, being one of the celebrity faces to run the Sport Relief Mile on Sunday. You can still donate to the causes through the Sport Relief website. Tennant has also revealed that he has adopted wife Georgia Moffett's first child, Tyler: "My baby is almost a year old now and I adopted my wife's boy last year as well so I became a father twice within six months - that's got to be something of a record hasn't it?" [Absolute Radio, 21 Mar 2012]

Tennant and John Simm are among the famous names and faces contributing to the Sky Arts 2 documentary Discovering Hamlet, which is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday 15th April at 9.40pm. Tennant will also be seen on Sky Arts 1 three days earlier - Thursday 12th April - playing an artist called Will in the drama The Minor Character, which airs at 9pm. Meanwhile, Tennant is back doing the voiceover for the comedy Twenty Twelve, the second series of which starts on BBC Two tomorrow at 10pm and co-stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, and Olivia Colman.

Mark Gatiss can be seen in conversation with Mark Lawson on BBC Four on Tuesday 3rd April at 10.50pm. The hour-long interview will be available via the BBC iPlayer for seven days afterwards.

Louise Jameson appears in an episode of daytime drama Doctors on BBC One on Wednesday 4th April at 1.45pm. She plays "other woman" Shirley Carter who schemes with her lover's wife to take revenge on the man in their lives when they discover that he has been cheating on both of them. It will be available via the BBC iPlayer for seven days afterwards.

Richard Curtis is returning to the theme of time travel for one of his latest film scripts, which he will also direct. About Time is billed as a low-budget dramedy. Zooey Deschanel, who played Trillian in the 2005 film version of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, is reportedly in talks to star in the Working Title production. [Variety, 27 Mar 2012]

Radio Times has published an online interview with Anneke Wills in which the actress who played companion Polly tells of a spooky coincidence involving companion actress-in-waiting Jenna-Louise Coleman. As well as reminiscing about life aboard the TARDIS and meeting Tom Baker, Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant, Wills also talks candidly about her marriage to Michael Gough. [Radio Times, 22 Mar 2012]

Back in November we reported on the advertisement for a new BBC Worldwide Marketing Director for Consumer Products; the person hired for the position has now been revealed to be Rob Lowe, currently marketer for games company Nintendo. His responsibilities will include developing the commercial potential of Doctor Who among other series. [Marketing Week, 26 Mar 2012]

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Super hero taisen movie news

TOEI had begun streaming the first 18-second teaser for the upcoming “Super Hero Taisen” net movies “Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Superhero Disaster – Who’s the culprit?!” to be released starting this April.

The “Super Hero Disaster” net movies tackles around solving murder mysteries, uncovering hidden circumstances behind the shows, and more. Toei Tokustatsu BBS and Bandai Channel will began distribution on April 1st. Check out the net movies' official page at

The 136th issue of Uchuusen magazine had revealed additional information on the upcoming “Super Hero Taisen” net movies “Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Superhero Disaster – Who’s the culprit?!” to be released starting this April.

The “Super Hero Disaster” net movies tackles around solving murder mysteries, uncovering hidden circumstances behind the shows, and more.

Kamen Rider murder mystery! You’re the great detective!
Starting with Kamen Rider Decade, the bodies of Kamen Riders keep appearing. Gentaro transforms into Fourze and begins to investigate the case. Later on he realizes that all the murdered Riders have a common point.

An unexpected party is revealed to be the culprit!

Super Sentai murder mystery! You’re the great detective!
Starting with Gokaipink, the bodies of pink Super Sentai heroines kept appearing one by one. The Go-busters transform and begin to investigate the case were they noticed that all are holding medals, switches and memories.

The Go-Busters suspected that the culprit is a Kamen Rider…!

Tokumei Sentai Buddy GO!
Episode 1: A challenge from Foundation X
At Amanogawa High School, Principal Hayami received a challenge from Foundation X. He will certainly be sent to a dark nebula if this mystery isn’t solved. The great detective RedBuster comes to help him out. But in the end, RedBuster can’t seem to solve the case.

Episode 2: A challenge from Mr. Kougami
Principal Hayami receives a challenge from the Kougami Foundation. The great detective BlueBuster comes to help him out. But in the end, BlueBuster can’t seem to solve the case.

Episode 3: A challenge from the Horoscopes
Virgo Zodiarts sent a challenge to Principal Hayami at Amanogawa High. The great detective YellowBuster comes to help him out. But in the end, YellowBuster can’t seem to solve the case.

The grown-ups’ Narumi Detective Agency
Episode 1: Is Gokaiger a ripoff of Decade?
GokaiSilver asks if Gokaiger is a ripoff of Kamen Rider Decade. Narutaki and Urataros take on this simple question. The two of them give an unexpected answer.

Episode 2: What’s a “Kaiger”?
GokaiSilver asks why the Gokaigers have “kaiger” instead of “ranger” in their team name. Narutaki and Urataros answers the question!

Episode 3: What’s the show that came after Amazon?
GokaiSilver watched Super Hero Taisen and really liked it, but he’s concerned about what Owner said in the movie. Narutaki and Urataros take a look. The ultimate fate of both Kamen Rider and Super Sentai is…?! What will Gokaisilver do when he finds out?!

Note: Here the name Narumi 鳴海 is a pun between Narutaki 鳴滝 and Urataros, whose motif is a sea turtle 海亀.

Toei Tokustatsu BBS and Bandai Channel will began distribution on April 1st. Check out the net movies' official page at

Crunchyroll to Announce Spring 2012 Simulcast Lineup

San Francisco, Calif. (March 28, 2012) –Starting this week, Crunchyroll will announce new simulcast titles for the spring 2012 season. More information can be found on

The following titles from the winter 2012 season will continue for the spring 2012 season: BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, FAIRY TAIL, HUNTER X HUNTER, LISTEN TO ME, GIRLS, I'M YOUR FATHER, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, RECORDER AND RANDSELL, SKET DANCE, and THE KNIGHT IN THE AREA. FATE/ZERO and HORIZON IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE will be rejoining the simulcast lineup from the 2011 fall season.

Crunchyroll's COO Brady McCollum said, “We are very excited about the spring 2012 season and offering Anime fans access to the majority of titles being broadcast in Japan immediately on Crunchyroll.”

Episodes can be accessed from, the free iPad and iPhone application, the Android application, Roku, Google TV, Boxee, Vizio VIA, WD TV Live and additional set-top channels, and affiliate partners.

Simulcast titles will be able for free with ad-support one week after Japan TV broadcast, with Crunchyroll premium members having same day access immediately after Japan TV broadcast. Viewers can also enjoy Crunchyroll's catalog of over 10,000 episodes for free with ad-support.

Crunchyroll premium members will have access to the largest anime and drama selection, same-day access for simulcasted titles, no advertisements and can be viewed in up to 1080p quality on selected titles. More information about the Crunchyroll membership plan can be found at:

About Crunchyroll, Inc.

Crunchyroll is a leading global video network and developer of social media applications for Japanese anime and Asian media. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, TV set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, Crunchyroll delivers officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to consumers.

Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Calif. and Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). Founded in 2006, Crunchyroll is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, digital publishing leader Bitway and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. More information can be found at

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Lupin III Anniversary Event to Be Streamed on Ustream

The production studio TMS Entertainment will stream the Lupin III anniversary stage event from last week's Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) via the Ustream website on Friday at 11:30 p.m. Japan Time (10:30 a.m. EDT). The stream was originally set to be broadcast live on the 24th, but was cancelled due to technical problems. The event featured a performance by Charlie Kosei and a talk by series producer Yu Kiyozono.

Lucky Star Town's New Otaku Matchmaking Event Costs 1 Coin

Washimiya, the Kuki City neighborhood that is home to the "Lucky Star shrine," announced on Wednesday that it will host its fourth "Ota-Konkatsu" matchmaking event for otaku on April 29. This time, registration for the "Dai-4-kai Ota-Konkatsu One Coin-hen ~Rinne no Go Hyaku En Day~" (Otaku Matchmaking IV One Coin Edition: Rinne 500 Yen Day) event will cost only 500 yen (about US$6) that people can pay using Japan's 500-yen coins. The local chamber of commerce and industry's youth division is again producing the event.

Previous events required men to pay a 5,000-yen (about US$60) entry fee and women to pay a 2,000-yen entry fee (about US$24). Men and women will both pay 500 yen to apply this time, but people who cancel on April 24 or later must pay a 5,000-yen fee. Men and women who apply must be between 20 and 40 years old, and must either be otaku or "sympathetic of otaku." Between 20 and 50 men and women will be randomly selected from the pool of applicants to participate in the event.

The first event, held in November 2010, picked 20 men and 20 women from a lottery of the 386 men and 115 women who applied to attend the event. Seven couples were paired in the end. The second event, held in July 2011, picked 20 men and 20 women from a lottery of the 251 men and 35 women who applied, and five couples were paired. The third event took place in December and featured a cosplay theme.

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.

Manga UK Announces U.K. DVD Release of Dragonball Z from July 2

Manga UK has announced that it will be releasing the complete Dragon Ball Z series on DVD in high-definition widescreen. The first season box-set will be released on July 2, containing 39 remastered episodes. The set will be rated 12, with an RRP of £34.99. There will be nine season box-sets in all, including the first season set, so that the whole Dragon Ball Z series is released (291 episodes).

The schedule for the next eight box-sets is as follows:

Series 2 - 27th August 2012

Series 3 - 1st October 2012

Series 4 - 5th November 2012

Series 5 - 7th Jan 2013

Series 6 - 11th March 2013

Series 7 - 13th May 2013

Series 8 - 15th July 2013

Series 9 - 16th September 2013

The first season set will contain the following special features: "Revised English dialogue – English voice track with original Japanese music in Dolby 5.1," "Dragon Ball Z Rebirth featurette," "A New Look featurette," and textless opening and closing.

Manga later tweeted that the U.K. edition will be "the same version released by Madman and Funimation."

Between 1984 and 1995, Akira Toriyama created 519 installments of the original manga for the publisher Shueisha and its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The manga's 42 compiled volumes have sold over 150 million copies in Japan and over 300 million copies worldwide. Both the manga and its anime adaptations (Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z) have enjoyed success in countries in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

MCM Birmingham Timetable Available

The guidebook for the MCM Birmingham Comic Con, which runs on Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1, is available online.

Manga UK is due to have a panel at 3 p.m. on Saturday March 31, although all times are subject to change. The company previously said it will announce half a dozen new acquisitions at the event.

The voice-actors Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke, who dubbed the brothers Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric in the first anime series of Fullmetal Alchemist, will appear at two panels, at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday (just before the Manga UK panel), and again at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday. They will also appear at the stand of the upcoming U.K. anime magazine MyM, at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday.

There will be a cosplay masquerade at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

MCM Birmingham Comic Con will run in Hall 10 of the NEC (directions). Ticket details are available here.

Highlights of the DWC

At last weekends Official Doctor Who Convention, the two most highly anticipated panels were the 'Meet the stars' panel and the 'Doctor Who Uncut' panel. The latter of them two featured Steven Moffat (Lead Writer and Executive Producer), Caroline Skinner (Executive Producer), Andy Prior (Casting Director), Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer), Julian Simpson (Director of The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People), and Stephan Pehrsson (Director of Photography) and was hosted by Barnaby Edwards (Dalek Operator).
With an accent have highlighted the main topics for discussion which you can see a little of below:

Moffat said that at times he can see just by a look in their eyes that they get the pitch, and are already thinking of their story. For example, Chris Chibnall (Writer on “The Hungry Earth”/”Cold Blood”, the Silurian two-parter from Series 5) merely had to hear the title before he was on board and letting his imagination run away with him.
The process of casting can be quite lengthy when it comes to the big roles of The Doctor or a Companion, because obviously there is so much riding on their choices. For Amy and Rory’s replacement the team started looking in October 2011, but only signed the deal with Jenna-Louise last week.
The Western episode that was featured in the trailer was shot near Amarillo, Spain on a set used in a lot of the spaghetti westerns.

DWC - Press conference

The British Navy and DW

Daleks will be invading navy-related museums in England over the next few months.

The Dalek Invasion of Portsmouth on Sunday 6th May will see an army of Daleks built by enthusiasts descend on the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth. Museum spokeswoman Clare Chapman told Doctor Who News that the idea for it came following the success of similar events held in previous years at partner establishment the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton (pictured right).

Special guest appearances - yet to be confirmed - will also be made at the Portsmouth event, and there will be photo opportunities with the Daleks. In addition, traders will be in attendance and a Dalek hunt will be held around the museum, while a fancy-dress competition will see prizes given to children who have the best sci-fi outfits.

The Fleet Air Arm Museum will be hosting its own Dalek Invasion over the weekend of 18th and 19th August. As well as a host of Daleks, visitors will also get to see Davros, Miss Hartigan, Cybermen, Ice Warriors, a Pig Slave, and a Screaming Angel among the attractions. In addition, a short play called The Master Strikes Back will be staged and a "Doctors versus Daleks" quiz will be held. Traders and celebrities are also promised.

A "March of the Daleks" will take place at the end of each day, with the Dalek army and "friends" parading through the Fleet Air Arm Museum and assembling under its Concorde for a huge photo opportunity.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Gokaigers GokaiChange to Kamen Rider OOO Combos

With the release of the latest issue of Telebi Magazine, it has been revealed that the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger will transform into Kamen Rider OOO Combos in the upcoming dream crossover movie “Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen.”

As we see on previous scans, Captain Marvelous as GokaiRed holds a TaJaDor Rider Key, and now, all Gokaigers will finally got a chance to "Rider Change!" The Rider Keys were created from Kamen Rider OOO’s Core Medals. As to how, it's not revealed as of yet.

The Gokaigers will use the Rider Keys of their respective colors — Captain Marvelous will use the TaJaDor Rider Key, Gai will use SaGoZo, Joe uses ShaUTa, Luka is RaToraTa, and Don is GataKiriBa — aside from Ahim who uses PuToTyra.

On the left, card users Kamen Rider Decade, Blade and Ryuki receives the red, blue and green Gosei Cards from GoseiRed to deflect CrabLaser's laser. Yuudai Chiba will make a voice-only cameo in the film voicing GoseiRed.

On the right is the being dubbed as "The Big Machine Project." It's purpose? To trick the heroes into fighting each other. While they were fighting, the two evil organizations, the DaiZangyack and DaiShocker, were working together on conquering the universe. They combined their battleships to create the Big Machine.

To aid the Go-Busters in their battle with the Big Machine, Kamen Rider Fourze lent them the Astro Switch S-1 Super Rocket and S-3 Super Drill to be used as as attachment to Go-BusterOh.

With the help of Kamen Rider Fourze's S-1 and S-3 Astro Switches, Go-Busters acquired a new attachment to their main mecha (which will debut next week), and call it Rocket Drill Go-BusterOh!

Blue vs Blue! Seeing the great thief Kaito inside the GokaiGalleon, Joe engages in battle but hesitant to finish him off.

Here is the full roster of Tsukasa's DaiShocker. Can you name them all? Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen premiers in Japan on April 21st.

Kamen Rider Decade - Ichigou, OOO Gokai Galleon Buster!

Here is a latest scan for the upcoming dream crossover movie “Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen” featuring the Gobusters' movie exclusive formation, the Rocket Drill Go-BusterOh!

Kamen Rider Decade Rider #1, OOO GokaiGalleon Buster!

In the right, you can see small images from the scenes of “Super Hero Taisen.” The first one is being Kamen Rider Decade transforming for the first time as Kamen Rider #1 aka Ichigou. In the film, Tsukasa is said to acquire Kamen Rider #1's Kamen Ride card.

Lastly, below the image of Rocket Drill Go-BusterOh, we can see the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger crew having transformed to Kamen Rider OOO Combos use the GokaiGalleon Buster to beat their fierce enemies.

MCM Birmingham Timetable Available

The guidebook for the MCM Birmingham Comic Con, which runs on Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1, is available online.

Manga UK is due to have a panel at 3 p.m. on Saturday March 31, although all times are subject to change. The company previously said it will announce half a dozen new acquisitions at the event.

The voice-actors Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke, who dubbed the brothers Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric in the first anime series of Fullmetal Alchemist, will appear at two panels, at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday (just before the Manga UK panel), and again at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday. They will also appear at the stand of the upcoming U.K. anime magazine MyM, at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday.

There will be a cosplay masquerade at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

MCM Birmingham Comic Con will run in Hall 10 of the NEC (directions). Ticket details are available here.

Viz Media Europe Acquires Bakuman Rights for U.K

The website for Viz Media Europe announced that the company has acquired the rights to the Bakuman anime for the U.K. and several other territories. The rights cover TV, DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and merchandising. Kaze later confirmed that it would distribute the anime: "Release information will follow in due course."

The anime is based on a manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and drawn by Takeshi Obata — the co-creators of Death Note. The story involves Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high school student, who is persuaded to work towards becoming a manga creator with the encouragement of two classmates.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

TV Anime Ad Created for Tokyo Disney Resort

Earlier this month, a 30-second anime television commercial began airing as part of Tokyo Disney Resort's "Where Dreams Come True" advertising campaign. The video features a character named Yumeno Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland is located in Maihama, Tokyo) and her experiences at the theme park throughout different periods of her life.

Disney has also produced full-length anime titles for Japanese television in the past, including Stitch!, their co-production with MADHOUSE, as well as the 3D anime Fireball.

Saitama Prefecture Makes The Four Seasons Net Anime

The official website for central Japan's Saitama Prefecture announced on Friday that it will release the original net anime (ONA) The Four Seasons on Wednesday. Saitama Prefecture will stream the promotional series' 7-minute episodes on its Chokotabi Saitama tourism website and other video-streaming services.

Every episode will include a five-minute story segment that will showcase the prefecture in spring, summer, fall, or winter. Following each story, a two-minute explanation segment will include instructions on how to travel to featured areas from Tokyo by train.

Episodes will include the love story "Sakura no Omoide," the gag comedy story "Saitama Kōkō Hōsō-bu ~Natsu no Kankō Annai~," the fantasy story "Yūsha Higan to Hime-sama no Bōken," and the family story "Winter sweet home." The anime's four episodes will be available in Japanese with subtitles in Japanese, English, Chinese (traditional and simplifed), Korean, and French. Eight people living or working in Saitama were selected from 223 applicants to voice act in the series.

Last spring, the prefecture also released the promotional 4-episode ONA Kankō Taisen Saitama ~Sakuya no Tatakai~ (Tourism War Saitama ~Evening Battle~), which highlights more than 50 tourist destinations throughout Saitama. Anime such as Lucky Star, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai., and Crayon Shin-chan have featured locations in Saitama Prefecture.

Brighton Japan Festival Returns in June

The Brighton Japan Festival website now has some details of the 2012 event, which will run for eight days from Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1. It will include an Asashi Anime Festival on the final weekend (June 30 and July 1), with cosplay contests, manga drawing and karaoke competitions.

Before that, there will be a "Moshi Matsuri" launching the festival on June 23 and 24, (23rd-24th June) including Japanese music and performances, street processions and stalls selling Japanese food and goods.

There will also be a season of old and new Japanese films at the Duke of York's Picturehouse Cinema, although the site does not specify if it will include anime.

The festival is supported by the Brighton and Hove Japanese club. Performers, sponsors, stallholders, volunteers or venues who would like to be involved can apply here.

New PR Company to Distribute Manga Entertainment and MVM

Following last week's announcement that The Associates, which handled anime titles for Manga Entertainment and MVM, is to close, two of its staff have announced a new company, Fetch Publicity, which will handle future titles for Manga Entertainment and MVM.

From the announcement received by ANN: "Associates colleagues Almar Haflidason and Lisa DeBell are pleased to announce the launch of a new PR company - Fetch Publicity where you'll find selected future projects from Momentum Pictures, Manga Entertainment, MVM, Fremantle and other clients will be represented."

Fetch Publicity's site is here with more titles and features to come. Its twitter feed is here.

Manga UK previously tweeted, "Our PR will continue to be managed by our original account team of Lisa [DeBell] and Almar [Haflidason]. Our service will not be interrupted... Check discs will be supplied as normal."

Game Group Goes into Administration

The videogame retailer Game Group, which owns the Game and Gamestation stores, has gone into administration, seeking buyers.

According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, a consortium of banks, led by the Royal Bank of Scotland, is among the bidders for a "slimmed-down" Game Group. Rival bidders include America's Gamestop and the private equity firm OpCapita.

Game Group has 609 Game and Gamestation stores, employing around 5,100 people. According to the Telegraph, "The retailer had a £21m rent bill due on Sunday and faces a £12m wage bill this weekend, although PwC [PricewaterhouseCoopers] is expected to honour any wages owed." PricewaterhouseCoopers is now administrating Games's U.K. operations.

The Telegraph adds, "Game suffered a dismal Christmas and was later forced to ask suppliers for more generous trading terms. However, many stopped supplying it with new releases." Earlier this month, it was reported that Game and Gamestation would not be stocking either of the Capcom games Street Fighter X Tekken or Asura's Wrath. Electronic Arts and Nintendo have also withheld recent products from the retailer.

The Evening Standard newspaper adds that "the administration of Game... is the biggest for a listed retailer since Woolworths collapsed in November 2008."

DWM 446 cover

DW @ 50

MARCH 1962: Is there merit in science-fiction on TV?

Every fan knows that Doctor Who began on 23rd November 1963, but the first tentative steps that led to the launch of what would become the world's longest-running and most successful science-fiction series in television history took place 20 months earlier, in March 1962 - exactly 50 years ago this month.

As we head towards the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of the show's first episode, An Unearthly Child, Doctor Who News is proud to celebrate and mark those golden milestones along the way with this occasional series looking at the creation of a true TV legend.

The BBC of the early Sixties was a very different organisation to the global multi-media corporation that exists today. The British Broadcasting Company was founded in 1922 by a group of six electronics companies that needed to make radio programmes to provide content for the sets they were trying to sell. By 1927, a Royal Charter was granted and the Company had become a Corporation, and it developed into the world's largest public-service broadcaster. By 1962, radio was still considered to be a more important service than television, with the BBC broadcasting three national networks: the Home Service, the Light Programme, and the Third Programme.

Television tests had begun as early as 1929, with the world's first regular high-definition service launching on 2nd November 1936. After a break because of World War II, transmissions resumed in 1946. The BBC had exclusive use of the airwaves until 1955, when competition arrived with the formation of the commercial channel ITV, and the BBC faced a rival for the first time in its history. Struggling to compete, the BBC appointed a dynamic new Director-General, Hugh Carleton Greene, in 1960. He took an organisation seen by many as a stuffy, stagnating branch of the Establishment and turned it into a radical, risk-taking, innovative broadcaster, producing programmes as diverse as Steptoe and Son, Cathy Come Home, and That Was The Week That Was.

By 1962, TV sets were a feature in nearly 13 million of the UK's 17 million homes. The BBC radio licence fee stood at £1 per year, but to watch television you would need to fork out £3 plus £1 excise duty, making £4 each year, roughly equal to £64 today. For that you could watch the single BBC channel, which broadcast for around eight hours each day, closing down at 11pm until around lunchtime the next day.

From its inception, BBC Television had been an eclectic mix of genres, with drama featuring from the very start. The Man With the Flower in His Mouth, an adaptation of the short play by Luigi Pirandello, was the first drama transmitted, being broadcast live on 14th July 1930. By 1938, the first science-fiction programme had been commissioned. R.U.R. (aka Rossum's Universal Robots) was a 35-minute adaptation of a section of Karel Čapek's 1920 play broadcast on 11th February 1938. The play in full was broadcast live a decade later, with future Doctor Patrick Troughton in the role of Radius.

By the Sixties, the BBC had a well-established Drama Unit. Split into two separate groups, the Script Department was responsible for commissioning and developing scripts, and the Drama Department would then be tasked with making the shows. At the time, the Script Department was headed by Donald Wilson, a veteran of the film industry who had joined the Corporation in 1955. Wilson had a team of eight script editors working for him, each with a brief to develop a strand of programming, as well as writers, adapters, readers and researchers.

The appetite for ideas for new material to be developed by the department was huge and it was Wilson who had set up a small group called the Monitoring Group, later known as the Survey Group, whose task was to keep a watching brief on other media and to look for ideas that could be used by the Script Department in developing ideas for television.

The impetus of the report that would eventually lead to the creation of Doctor Who came from former screenwriter and lyricist Eric Maschwitz. Maschwitz had, until recently, been the Head of Light Entertainment at BBC Television, so was not known for his drama connections, but by early 1962 he was working as Assistant and Adviser to the Controller of Programmes.

It was in this capacity that Maschwitz, in March 1962, suggested to Wilson that the Survey Group investigate the literary genre of science-fiction to see if such material was suitable for a series of short, single adaptations. Wilson set two of his staff, script editor for drama Donald Bull and his colleague Alice Frick, the task of producing a report to be presented to an upcoming script meeting.

It was with the commissioning of this report that wheels began turning and events were put in motion that would lead to the first episode of Doctor Who being screened on 23rd November 1963.

PREVIOUS BRITISH TV SF & TELEFANTASY (including Doctor Who connections)

•R.U.R. (aka Rossum's Universal Robots) - A 35-minute adaptation of a section of Karel Čapek's 1920 play, broadcast on BBC TV on 11th February 1938. It is the first piece of TV SF ever to be broadcast. An adaptation of the entire play, running to 90 minutes, is broadcast live by the BBC on 4th and 5th March 1948, with Patrick Troughton in the role of Radius. (The character of Taren Capel, in The Robots of Death, is a nod to Čapek.)
•The Time Machine - Adaptation of the HG Wells novella, broadcast live by BBC TV on 25th January 1949.
•Stranger From Space - Children's series, part of the magazine programme Whirligig. Series one (11 episodes) started 20th October 1951. Series two (six episodes) started 11th October 1952. Starred Valentine Dyall and Peter Hawkins.
•Number Three – First telefantasy script by BBC TV drama writer Nigel Kneale, jointly adapting with George F Kerr the novel by Charles Irving and centring on a mad scientist at an atomic research station. Jack Watling and Terence Alexander were in it, as was Peter Cushing (later to play Dr Who in the two Dalek films made by Amicus) in a minor role. Aired 1st February 1953.
•The Quatermass Experiment - Written by Nigel Kneale. Six episodes, broadcast live (with pre-filmed inserts) weekly from 18th July 1953.
•Time Slip - Half-hour BBC TV play about a man in the future - 4.7 seconds in the future, to be precise! Aired 25th November 1953.
•The Lost Planet - BBC TV children's series (adapted from radio). Six episodes from 16th January 1954 (last episode on 27th March).
•Nineteen Eighty-Four - Adaptation by Nigel Kneale of George Orwell's novel, broadcast live (with pre-filmed inserts) on BBC TV on 12th and 16th December 1954, starring Peter Cushing as Winston Smith and André Morell as O'Brien.
•Return to the Lost Planet - BBC TV sequel to The Lost Planet and also adapted from radio. Children’s series. Six episodes from 8th January 1955.
• The Voices – BBC TV play for adults, adapted from the Robert Crane novel Hero's Walk. Starred Kevin Stoney, Barry Letts, and Terence Alexander. Aired 16th January 1955.
•The Creature – Shown on BBC TV on 30th January 1955. Quest to find the Yeti in the Himalayas. A remote monastery is involved as part of the action! Written by Nigel Kneale and starring Peter Cushing. A film version, The Abominable Snowman, with Cushing reprising his role, is made by Hammer in 1957.
• Quatermass II - Written by Nigel Kneale. Six episodes, broadcast live (with pre-filmed inserts) weekly from 22nd October 1955 (exactly a month after ITV started). Cast included Roger Delgado. It is the earliest surviving complete British SF TV production.
•Space School - BBC TV children's series. Four episodes, aired from 8th January 1956. Cast included Edmund Warwick.
•One – Nineteen Eighty-Four-type ITV drama. Aired 16th April 1956.
•The Strange World of Planet X – Seven episodes (or maybe six). Adaptation of Rene Ray novel for ITV. SF-horror tale, starring David Garth and William Lucas. Started 15th September 1956.
•Man In A Moon – ITV Armchair Theatre play about a murderer chosen to be the first astronaut, as the technology for his return doesn't exist. Written by Michael Pertwee. Cast included Damaris Hayman. Aired 11th or 17th November 1957 (exact date unknown). (Armchair Theatre was an anthology series that Verity Lambert worked on as a production assistant.)
•The Critical Point – BBC TV drama about "hibernation anaesthesia". Aired 5th December 1957. (cf Adam Adamant Lives!, which was co-created by Donald Cotton, co-developed by Sydney Newman, produced by Verity Lambert, and ran from 23rd June 1966 to 25th March 1967.)
•Time Is The Enemy – ITV time-travel serial made for children. Started 18th March 1958. Seven episodes. Cast included Anne Reid and Derek Waring.
•2000 Minus 60 – ITV Television Playhouse presentation about an eve-of-millennium doomsday scenario! Aired 4th April 1958.
•The Invisible Man – ITV reworking of HG Wells' story, Two series, each of 13 episodes, from 14th September 1958 and 12th April 1959. Starred Deborah Watling. Series one episode 13 saw Patrick Troughton in the cast. Series two episode 1 saw Barry Letts in the cast, while Derrick Sherwin was in episode 13. Writers included Ian Stuart Black and Michael Pertwee.
•I Can Destroy The Sun – ITV Armchair Theatre production about a mad scientist. Cast included Maurice Denham. Aired 12th October 1958.
•The Greatest Man In The World – Armchair Theatre play (adapted from a story by James Thurber) about the first astronaut, with Patrick McGoohan as aforementioned astronaut. Aired 9th November 1958.
•Quatermass And The Pit - Written by Nigel Kneale (as a freelancer). Six episodes, broadcast live (with pre-filmed inserts) weekly from 22nd December 1958.
•Torchy The Battery Boy - Roberta Leigh puppet series made for ITV. 52 episodes over two series (first series made by Gerry Anderson's AP Films). Broadcast 1958-59 (exact dates unknown).
•Target Luna - ITV series made by ABC for children, co-written by Malcolm Hulke and starring Michael Craze. Six episodes broadcast weekly from 24th April 1960.
•Night of the Big Heat – ITV Play of the Week, adapted from the SF novel by John Lymington, about an alien invasion centring on Salisbury Plain. Aired 14th June 1960.
•Pathfinders In Space - ITV series made by ABC, co-written by Malcolm Hulke, produced by Sydney Newman, and billed as a sequel to Target Luna. Seven episodes, broadcast from 11th September 1960. Starred Gerald Flood.
•Pathfinders To Mars - Sequel to Pathfinders In Space, co-written by Malcolm Hulke and produced by Sydney Newman. Six episodes, broadcast from 11th December 1960. Starred Gerald Flood and George Coulouris.
•The Avengers – Long-running ITV telefantasy series, produced by ABC, starts on 7th January 1961. Created by Sydney Newman.
•Supercar - Gerry Anderson Supermarionation series made for ITV. 39 episodes. Started broadcasting on 28th January 1961.
•Pathfinders To Venus - Sequel to Pathfinders To Mars. Co-written by Malcolm Hulke and produced by Sydney Newman. Starred Gerald Flood. Eight episodes from 5th March 1961.
•The Man Out There – Patrick McGoohan is back in space for ABC's Armchair Theatre, this time playing a cosmonaut who is trapped while in orbit. Aired 12th March 1961.
•Countdown At Woomera – ITV Play of the Week set in 1968 and centring on the launch of the first British astronaut. Aired 13th June 1961.
•A For Andromeda - BBC TV SF drama serial. Seven episodes, broadcast from 3rd October 1961. Starred Peter Halliday, Esmond Knight, Noel Johnson, John Hollis, and Mary Morris. Co-produced by Michael Hayes.
•The Escape of R.D.7 – BBC TV five-part drama about an anti-rat virus experiment that goes horribly wrong (cf Survivors and Doomwatch). Started 21st November 1961 (the week after A For Andromeda finished) and starred Barbara Murray. The cast also included Derek Waring.
•Murder Club – ITV Armchair Theatre play, adapted by Robert Sheckley from his story The Seventh Victim. Set in the 22nd century and centring on legalised murder. Aired 3rd December 1961. Saw the TV debut of Richard Briers and featured Barbara Murray as well as Steve Plytas.
•The Big Pull - SF serial written for BBC TV and produced by Terence Dudley. Six 30-minute episodes, broadcast weekly from 9th June 1962.
•Dumb Martian - Hour-long SF play on ITV station ABC, broadcast on 24th June 1962. Adapted from a John Wyndham story and broadcast in the Armchair Theatre slot.
•The Andromeda Breakthrough - Sequel to A For Andromeda. Six weekly episodes broadcast on BBC TV from 28th June 1962 and again starring Peter Halliday, John Hollis, and Mary Morris.
•Out of this World - First sci-fi anthology series on British TV. Greenlit by ABC drama supervisor Sydney Newman. Thirteen weekly episodes broadcast from 30th June 1962.
•Fireball XL5 - Gerry & Sylvia Anderson Supermarionation series made for ITV. 39 episodes. Started broadcasting on 28th October 1962.
•The Monsters - BBC TV sci-fi serial. Four x 45-to-50-minute weekly episodes, directed by Mervyn Pinfield. Started broadcasting on 8th November 1962.
•Dimension of Fear (or possibly Dimensions of Fear) – ITV four-part SF series. A space research centre near a sleepy English village is threatened by an other-wordly force. Started 5th January 1963. Cast included Michael Robbins. Writers included John Lucarotti.
•Space Patrol - Roberta Leigh puppet series made for ITV. 39 episodes. Started broadcasting on 7th April 1963.
•The Freewheelers – A drama set in the near-future and focusing on youngsters stealing cars for kicks. Cast included Peter Birrell. Aired on ITV on 5th May 1963. (Not to be confused with the later ITV series Freewheelers that starred Wendy Padbury among other Doctor Who luminaries.)
•Loop – SF play for ITV company ATV by Giles Cooper (who would be referenced by Alice Frick and Donald Bull in their report of 25th April 1962) in which TV becomes a weapon thanks to people from the future. Aired 20th October 1963 and starred Rodney Bewes and Geoffrey Bayldon.


•Hugh Carleton-Greene – Director-General, 1960-69
Editor-in-Chief of the BBC and the person ultimately responsible for everything broadcast
•Kenneth Adam – Director of Television, 1961-68
Responsible for everything on BBC Television
•Stuart Hood - Controller of Programmes at BBC TV, 1961-63
•Donald Baverstock – Assistant Controller of Programmes for BBC TV, 1961-63
•Norman Rutherford – Acting Head of Drama (having taken over from Michael Barry in September 1961) until December 1962 and the arrival of Sydney Newman from ABC
•Donald Wilson – Head of Script Department
•Eric Maschwitz – Assistant and Adviser to the Controller of Programmes

Monday, 26 March 2012

Detective conan 61(1hr special)

Detective Conan 4th Special 15-sec Teaser

Here is the 15-second teaser for the upcoming fourth live action TV special of the mystery manga and anime Detective Conan, entitled “Detective Conan Drama Special: Shinichi Kudō and the Case of the Kyoto Shinsengumi Murder.”

The high school detectives of the East and West meet as Shinichi and Heiji compete to solve a murder at a Kyoto film studio.
The special marks the return of Junpei Mizobata (Hana Kimi, 81-Diver), Shiori Kutsuna (BECK, Mei-chan no Shitsuji) and Takatori Jinnai, as Shinichi Kudo, Ran and Kogoro Mori, respectively.

Tori Matsuzaka (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Death Game Park) and Rei Okamoto (Kamen Rider Kiva The Movie) reprises their roles from the recent Detective Conan drama series, as Heiji Hatori and Kuzuha Toyama, respectively.

Kamen Rider Fourze, Shin-chan Crossover!

It has been revealed that Kamen Rider Fourze and Crayon Shin-chan will have a cross-over short episode to promote their respective films, “Super Hero Taisen” and “The Storm Called: Me and the Space Princess.”

The crossover celebrates Crayon Shin-chan’s 20th anniversary and Kamen Rider's 40th anniversary. Characters will cross in two episodes each and will air on April 13th and 27th for Crayon Shin-chan, and April 15th and 29th for Kamen Rider Fourze episodes.

Kamen Rider Fourze and Shin-chan needs to work together to save Princess Himawari of the planet Himawari.

UPDATE: Here are the four episode titles that are supposed to air before the previously revealed Kamen Rider Fourze episodes this April:

• Episode 1: “Transform into anime!”
◦April 13 at 7pm, Crayon Shin-chan time slot

• Episode 2: “Combined attack”
◦April 15 at 8am, Kamen Rider Fourze time slot

• Episode 3: “We’ll save Himawari!”
◦April 27 at 7:30pm, Crayon Shin-chan time slot

• Episode 4: “Not enough friends”
◦April 29 at 8am, Kamen Rider Fourze time slot

Ukiyo-e Exhibition in London from April 5

There will be a series of exhibitions of Ukiyo-e woodblock art at the ICN Gallery on Leonard Street in London, between Old Street and Shoreditch High Street stations (map). Ukiyo-e is often seen as one of the forerunners of modern manga.

The first exhibition at the ICN, entitled "What is Ukiyo-e?" will run from Thursday April 5 to Saturday April 28. (The ICN is closed on Sundays.) According to the press release:

This exhibition features brilliantly coloured woodblock paintings executed in a particular technique known as nishiki-e, the latter of which is commonly administered in ukiyo-e works. The pieces showcased here are also accompanied by interpretations that advise the viewer on how best to comprehend and appreciate the charm of ukiyo-e. We highly recommend this exhibition for not only people those who're already interested in Japanese culture, but also those who have never seen Ukiyo-e before. A total of 67 works are being exhibited, all of which are for sale. These pieces were created by different Edo-period artists such as Hokusai and Kuniyoshi who were interested in a variety of subject matter, ranging from themes of beauties, kabuki, samurai, landscapes and caricature.

The exhibition is presented with the cooperation of the The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints, which creates reproduction Ukiyo=e prints.

PR Samurai Bull zord review

Episode Summary:
Someone has broken into the Shiba House and is a little boy named Cody whose family guarded the Bull Zord for many years. He ran away because he wants Jayden to use a disc to release the Bull Zord, which has been sealed. He can speak to the Bull Zord and it wants to be free. They take him home and his dad is not for him releasing the zord.

The one who sealed it was 'The Grand Shogun' which was a Red Ranger in the Shogun armor, they have a statue of him in their home. Of course, Serrator and his Nighlok have their eyes on it. Cody runs away to see the Bull Zord and the Nighlok follow him.

Cody releases the Bull Zord and it goes on a rampage. The Rangers board their zords to tame it, but the Moogers attack them. Samurai Megazord tries riding the bullzord to no avail. They beat the Moogers but the Bullzord breaks free from its chains takes Cody with him. The Rangers tell his dad about what happened. They send out their zords to find Bullzord. Xandred tells the Nighlok Crustor he has his attention. Octoroo feels sorry for Crustor.

The zords return with their location. Cody's dad gives Jayden the Power Disc his ancestors used to create the zord and it can control it. The Rangers spot Crustor and the Moogers and they fight. Crustor and Jayden enter the Bull Zord and fight. Jayden convinces Cody to tame the Bull.

He goes to Super Mode. Cody tames it and gives Jayden the red disk. Then the 'Grand Shogun' appears before them and congratulates them. Jayden goes to Mega Mode and enters the cockpit as Crustor is now big.

Crustor and the Bull Megazord battle it out, Jayden going to Shogun Mode inside the Bull Megazord. At the end, Cody is returned to his father and has lots of ideas for the Rangers. Jayden says he can be a great ally but we all know the truth that we will never see him again.


Thank god they found two actors who can do American accents, even a young boy. A lot of the boy's dialogue is in voice over which gets a bit monotonous. And yes, Grand Shogun's voice reminded me of Zordon too. It was overall a good and entertaining episode for me. They condensed two episodes into one episode and added some stuff without a feeling of it being too rushed, compared to Disney episodes that were composed of 2 or 3 episodes.

Sailor moon 20th Anniversary

The Sailor Moon anime, co-produced by TV Asahi, and Toei Animation, started airing only one month after the 1st issue of the manga (created, written and drawn by Naoko Takeuchi) was published. With 200 episodes airing from March 1992 to Feb 1997 on TV Asahi, Sailor Moon is one of the longest 'magical-girl' Anime series. The Anime has a super successful merchandising campaign of over 5,000 items, which contributed to demand all over the world and translation into numerous languages. Also, Italy is getting it rebroadcast in northern-hemisphere autumn 2010, also getting permission from Takeuchi who will be releasing new artwork to promote. Sailor Moon consists of five separate arcs. The titles of the series are Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, Sailor Moon SuperS and Sailor Moon Sailor Stars.

Toei regained control over the license to distribute Sailor Moon outside of Japan in 2004. Sailor Moon Anime stop running on America air and no more merchandise around 2003. On February 4, 2010, Toei began negotiations to re-license the entire series globally. After a bidding war with Toon Makers, DIC Entertainment acquired the rights to the first two seasons of the Sailor Moon franchise in 1995,. Carl Macek adapted the first few episodes for an English-speaking audience, and was then replaced by Fred Ladd and Lisa Lumby-Richards. 6 episodes were omitted because of a lack of interest or inappropriate for the target audience, the total episode count for the original adapted episodes to 65, the minimum number of episodes required for strip syndication on U.S. television, stopping mid-way through Sailor Moon R.

The episodes were each cut by several minutes to censor plot points or visuals deemed inappropriate for children, and to allow the insertion of brief "educational" segments called "Sailor Says" at the end of each episode. The remaining 17 episodes of Sailor Moon R were not adapted until 1997 after the series gained popularity in North America and were treated in much the same way. In August 2007, Toei held a poll to determine viewer interest in potential series to make available for Video on Demand. There were 50 options, including popular titles such as Sailor Moon, Digimon, and Ojamajo Doremi. The results of the poll show that 2535 out of 3979 votes—63.7 percent—had been placed for the Sailor Moon series. The Sailor Moon anime is currently part of a subscription service in Japan where premium members are allowed full access to their titles.

In May 2009, Funimation Entertainment released a poll for mostly North Americas to gauge consumer interest in potential DVD releases; one option was "re-dub of entire Sailor Moon series." This helped viewer interest rise, and got many fans' hopes up that Funimation may indeed license Sailor Moon. A fan campaign, organized by former members of the SOS (Saved Our Sailors) group, continued to survey fans to gain their opinions on hypothetical details of a redub (if it happens). The results have not been publicly revealed. Due to its resurgence of popularity in Japan, the series returned to the airwaves on September of 2009.

In 2010, one of several YouTube videos featuring Sailor Moon was removed by Funimation, citing copyright infringement. The company later commented that, despite their attempts to acquire the rights to the series, the company does not have the rights yet. Kodansha Comics USA announced that they would be reprinting Sailor Moon in English in new deluxe editions beginning in September 2011, along with its prequel, Codename: Sailor V. Hot Topic has also licensed the exclusive apparel rights to the franchise, and has been offering T-Shirts both online and in Hot Topic stores, along with a Halloween costume as a part of their new costume line; leading some fans to hope that the anime will be licensed for an American release. The first episode of Sailor Moon (Crybaby Usagi's Magnificent Transformation) aired in Japan on March 7, 1992. I love Sailor Moon so much, since I first read an article about it in 1995 before the dub aired. I was so disappointing when it ended in a 'cliffhanger' and felt like it took 'forever' for the new episodes to air..... which aired first in Canada and then on Cartoon Network which I did not have at the time.

I would love a re-dubbing of Sailor Moon, keeping all the 'offensive behavior' DiC didn't like, getting rid of 'Sailor Says' and dubbing episodes that were skipped and keeping original music---which most English dubs of Anime do these days. I did like some of the DiC songs but I also have learned to love the original scoring through the years. And maybe they can keep the Neptune and Uranus relationship intact. They never outright said 'gay' or 'lesbian' in the series. And if Funimation does dub it, maybe just on DVD and say its not for kids. Or maybe air at 1am on Adult Swim.

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Doctor Who will return to America to shoot the final story featuring Amy and Rory, as they depart the series in an epic battle with the Weeping Angels to be shot in New York.

Executive Producer Caroline Skinner confirmed the news at the Doctor Who Convention taking place in Cardiff this weekend, were fans were given an exclusive premiere of Series Seven, with a showing of the first trailer featuring footage from the upcoming series. The trailer will be availble on the BBC Website from 9am Monday.

Asked how they felt about leaving the series Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill said they felt the time was right and that Amy and Rory's story had run its course. Darvill said: "we've had the most incredible time and it will be really sad when we leave. We had the read through for our final episode last night and it is going to be an amazing piece of Television.". Gillan said she was so pleased with the way she was leaving: "I just hope I can deliver it well."

Matt Smith said he would miss two of his closest friends, and that they had developed an incredible creative relationship. But all good things come to an end: "The thing about Doctor Who is that it is in constant change so we embrace the future and look forward to Jenna."

Asked how they felt about attending the convention, all the stars agreed said it was amazing to meet the fans and to see the reaction: "When making the series you forget how much people love it. We just try to make it the best it can be and its brilliant to see the reactions."

The production team were tight lipped about plans for Series Seven and the show's 50th Anniversary next year. Steven Moffat gave the headlines already known: "Amy and Rory leaving, tragedy, heartbreak and a Western, what more do you want out of Television. Come on Downton take that on!"

The Doctor Who Convention continues on Sunday although all tickets are sold out. A full Convention Report will follow later

The first Official Doctor Who Convention since the return of the series, closed its doors in Cardiff this evening at the end of a weekend which saw 3000 fans descend on the welsh capital to meet some of the stars and see just how their favourite series is put together.

Several sites have reported on the event with BBC America bogging to fans back in the states.

BBC News have several reports from the Centre, with live links throughout the day on the BBC News Channel, including interviews with Steven Moffat, while The Metro talks about the thousands the event brought to Cardiff. Wales Online reviews the event and The Guardian talks to some of the fans who have made the journey to Cardiff.

Our own review of the Convention can be found on our Reviews page.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

In-Depth: Hikonin Sentai Akibarangers

This year's 170th issue of Figure-Oh magazine reveals new, additional and in-depth information regarding the upcoming unofficial Super Sentai series, Hokonin Sentai Akibaranger.

The Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger:

Nobuo Akagi / AkibaRed
Nobuo Akagi works in Sasaki Delivery taking over his uncle, who has been working there since 29 years old and now with a leg injury and in his twilight years. He is the leader of the group and a Super Sentai nerd but hooked in an anime series called “Gakuen Z-Cune Aoi.” As a serious squadron nerd, his knowledge knows no bounds.

He wields the "Power of Delusion." His useless training involves being a bike messenger.

Mizuki Aoyagi / AkibaBlue
Mizuki Aoyagi is a high school student highly skilled in martial arts. Her aim in joining Akibarangers is to learn more fighting skills. She is boyish, brash, unyielding, and cold, but she is sensitive to people and also loves anime.

Moegi Yumeria / "Sexy Cat meow~" AkibaYellow
Moegi Yumeria sometimes goes by the name Oh Moegi, her cosplay name. As the daughter of cosplay, she not only loves anime and Super Sentai, but she loves to cosplay with her signature cat ears. Her personality changes each time she changes costume.

Although Nobuo's knowledge in Super Sentai is endless, he chooses Mizuki and Moegi as his partners, just because they are women and their intuition.

As a team, the nerds are struggling to do a signature Super Sentai pose!

MMZ-01 (Moe Moe Zukyuun-01) is Akibarangers Henshin Device and it also doubles as their communication device. Using all three together, Akibarangers forms their hissatsu attack — the Fetish Magnum!

MMZ-01 was developed by Hiroya Hakase, a store owner of the "Sentai Cafe" in Akihabara and also the ranger's secret base. Hakase is a very mysterious person, and nobody knows her origins.

Itasha Robo is formed from the team's Prius car, the Machine Itasha. But the transformation is not as big as Super Sentai mechas today. To transform, it uses a lot of Delusion Power. In vehicle mode, this is usually parked at a car park tenant building.

Sayaka Honiden and Kozue Aikawa are the allies of the Akibarangers. Sayaka works as an editor in Akihabara, while Kozue is a maid in the "Sentai cafe" that looks like BoukenYellow.

Aoi is the lead character of the anime series "Gakuen Z.Cune Aoi" that the Akibaranger idolizes. In order to protect Satomi, her best friend, she started fighting crime. The anime quickly became very popular that there’s even a movie of the anime coming out.

Team Evil Stemmer Corporation B is a criminal organization aims change the town and destroy anime and the otaku culture that the Akibarangers want to protect. Before a fight this organization habitually presents a business card!?

Marushina is the head of the redevelopment of Team Evil Stemmer Corporation B. She is an evil woman who lurks in town dressed as a man and mostly seen wearing sexy bondage clothes. She uses the "Sachiku" to invite sadness to those who oppose.

Akibaranger's battle scenes use Toei's formula and special effects, in a quarry bay familiar to Toei's Super Sentai and Kamen Rider series. Prepare for the huge explosion in each battle pose!

Adding some new blood and abandoning the taboos and restrictions of the Super Sentai series, this is a forbidden series meant for adults. Good kids, stay away from this show. Got it?

The official website lists several tokusatsu and anime veterans, including director Ryuta Tazaki (Kamen Rider), director/character designer Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny), writer Naruhisa Arakawa (Kamen Rider Kuuga), and composer Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell).

Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger will premier this April 9th on Tokyo MX at 1:00am.

Go Busters Ep synopsis (Spoilers)

We are just two weeks away from the debut of Go-BusterOh, the Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters' main robo! Meanwhile, here are some information for the show's episodes this month of April!

Mission 6: Combine! Go-BusterOh - 04/01
The Go-Busters practice, over and over again, the combining sequence for Go-BusterOh. However, they don't seem to be getting any better at it no matter how hard and how many times they practice.

They can only "merely unite", and while that's all well and good, combining when under enemy attack is another matter completely. Furthermore, an enemy invades the base! A Megazord is activated.

Mission 7: Ace's Faulty Maintenance - 04/08
A new Maintenance member, Koyama, has just started work on Go-BusterAce in the hangar. Koyama is a man who committed himself to growing up early, but it is also slightly anxious...

Meanwhile, an abnormal reaction of Enetron was noticed. A Megazord is discovered, and the Go-Busters begun to move out. But something unexpected happens... Ace breaks down due to a mistake by Koyama, and take "no more than 30 minutes" to repair.

Mission 8: Protect the Machine Blueprints! - 04/15
Mission 9: The Usada Rescue Plan - 04/22

DW convention sold out

This weekend Cardiff plays host to thousands of Doctor Who fans as BBC Worldwide host the first official convention since the return of the series in 2005.

The event has now completely sold out for both days so fans should not travel to Cardiff unless they already have a ticket as no tickets will be available at the door.

A number of extra events have now been added to the schedule including talks from the Doctor Who Restoration team on their work on the DVD releases and the processes undergone to restore old and damaged episodes of Doctor Who to their former glory. There will be a chance to see exclusive trailers for previously lost episodes – Air Lock and The Underwater Menace.

Fans will also get a chance to try out the new Doctor Who Game The Eternity Clock in its first public appearance.

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Friday, 23 March 2012

GokaiRed, Decade Receives New Power in Super Hero Taisen

This year's 170th issue of Figure-Oh magazine had revealed new information for the upcoming upcoming dream crossover movie “Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen.” This features both GokaiRed and Kamen Rider Decade receiving new powers!

As revealed in the last few months, GokaiRed will receive a Kamen Rider OOO TaJaDol Rider Key and Kamen Rider Decade will receive a brand new "unknown" GoseiCard!

Early in the film, GokaiRed takes in the Legendary Seven Kamen Riders in a one on seven handicap battle! Along the way he uses various GokaiChanges, including Red One.

Not believing Captain Marvelous is leading the DaiZangyack to deafeat all the Kamen Riders is just, the remaining Gokaiger crew tries to find ways in stopping the war.

Last time, we saw an image of the fierce transformed battle between the leaders of each faction. But now, we get a glimpse of the out-of-suit fight between Captain Marvelous and Tsukasa Kadoya.

To back up their friend Eiji as Kamen Rider OOO, the Twin Births, Gotou and Date as Kamen Rider Birth and Birth Prototype, takes the stage! But they can't handle the power of the tag team of Rider Hunter Silva and GokaiRed!

The Crisis Fortress, the Crisis Empire's mothership, will be the new base of operation for the Dai-Shocker. The villains whom Kamen Rider Decade fought in the past are now his comrades and underlings!

During the course of the film, three Kamen Rider card users, Kamen Rider Decade, Ryuki and Blade received three unknown GoseiCards! Where did this come from? And what is its purpose?!

Update: Leaked scans revealed that the following will reprise their previous roles with voice only participation:

Asaya Kimijima (Kamen Rider Birth)
Hiroaki Iwanaga (Kamen Rider Birth Prototype)
Yudai Chiba (Goseired)
Shinji Ogawa (Akdos Gill)
Hirofumi Yojima (Walls Gill)
More is said to be revealed at a later date.

The Associates PR Company Closing

The London PR agency The Associates has announced that it is to close. The agency handled the anime titles for Manga Entertainment and MVM.

In the announcement, headed "Final News From the Associates," the company said:

Sadly, after 22 magical years it's time to bring a close to an agency that's been an element of many of the most fun parts of the film PR business – at least we like to think so! Following the passing last year of our Managing Director and founder of The Associates, Richard Larcombe, we've since been struggling to see the sense of continuing without him.
It's a source of enormous pride over the years that we've been able to bring to you so many varied titles – many of which, frankly, you might not have heard of. But some, it seems, you all loved, from the phenomenal Ong Bak to the super cool Bubba Ho-Tep and the action-packed District 13. We've also helped usher in ground-breaking labels like Hong Kong Legends, brought anime to the wider media through Manga and MVM, and shared some brilliant TV titles, from the witty Absolutely through to Will & Grace.[...]

The titles currently listed on our website will be the last releases to be represented by The Associates and we will be completing all the work in progress so you can continue to correspond with us and request materials as needed.

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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Akibaranger's Yukio Yamagata's Message to US Super Sentai Fans

Yukio Yamagata will be the artist for the opening theme of the upcoming unofficial Super Sentai series, Hokonin Sentai Akibaranger. Having previously sung Gaoranger's theme, he sent a message to US Super Sentai fans via Otaku USA magazine:

“Hello, everyone. This is Yukio Yamagata. I am very glad to send this message to [Otaku USA readers]. I heard many of you are Sentai fans. Akiba Ranger is different from the Super Sentai series. It is a comedy styled Sentai produced mainly for young adults, so it is titled Unofficial Super Sentai Akibaranger.

It is sure to be very funny, dynamic and exciting. The series will start airing April 6th in Japan. I hope this series will come to the U.S. one day. Thank you for your continued support of Japanese Sentai series.”

The trio live in Akihabara's Electric Town among other otaku. When they learn that a malevolent entity plans to annihilate their neighborhood, they become warriors to wipe out evil — with the help of super gear created by a beautiful and brilliant genius named Hiroyo Hakase.

Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger will premier this April 9th on Tokyo MX at 1:00am.

Sentai to Release This Boy Can Fight Aliens in English

Anime News Network has received confirmation that This Boy Can Fight Aliens, Soubi Yamamoto's professional anime debut, will be released in North America by Sentai Filmworks. The original anime DVD was first released in Japan last year by CoMix Wave Films with English subtitles on the disc.

In the anime's story, aliens suddenly invade the world, and a boy named Kakashi stands alone with the power to fight back against the aliens — except he lost his memories. The anime stars Ryohei Kimura (Eden of the East, Natsume Yūjin-Chō) as Kakashi, Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Durarara!!) as an anti-alien forces member named Arikawa, and Daisuke Hirakawa (Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, School Days) as Arikawa's superior and Kakashi's guardian Shiro.

On Wednesday, it was announced that production of a second anime in the "KonoDan" series, Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita (This Boy Has Picked Up a Merman) has begun.

Manga-Style Art Display Outside Central London Church

The display below appeared on the railings outside the St Martins in the Fields Church in central London, opposite Trafalgar Square. The art comes from The Manga Jesus, by the artist Siku, who also created The Manga Bible and worked for 2000 AD. The Manga Jesus was published in book form by Hodder and Stoughton

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