Thursday, 31 May 2012

Hikonin sentai Akibaranger ep 8

Tokumei sentai Gobuster ep summaries

A few days ago, we got information for the upcoming debut of the gold warrior, BeetBuster, and his silver buddy, StagBuster. As we debut is just a few days away, here are some additional background on the latest episode of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.

Jin Masato is a brilliant engineer in the Energy Management Center and is the senior whom Ryuuji admires. He is a genius but not striving for perfection. After that incident 13 years ago, he got lost in hyperspace. Since he created Beet J Stag, they both have attitude problems and performance issues.

Masato suddenly appears in front of the Go-Busters, and eagerly challenges Hiromu. Ryuuji knew Masato as a brilliant engineer when he was in High school.

But why didn’t Masato’s looks change from 13 years ago since he was sent into hyper space? Why has he returned from hyperspace? If Masato has an eccentric personality, so goes his BuddyRoid Beet J Stag. Their return meant not only to fight Vaglass, but also to steal Enetron.

Masato and Beet Stag J transform through their Morphin Blaster. Masato’s transformation looks great but since Beet J Stag is a BuddyRoid, he is the one to look out for! With their help they can protect the Enetron from Vaglass but they would just walk away.

Jin Masato / BeetBuster is played by Hiroya Matsumoto, formerly known as Tsubasa Ozu of Mahou Sentai Magiranger. Suit actor for BeetBuster is Toshikazu Seike. Beet J Stag is voiced by Yuichi Nakamura (Fairy Tail), while the suit actor is Taisuke Sato.

Both BeetBuster and StagBuster have each of their own Buster Machines. BeetBuster's BC-04 Go-BusterBeet and StagBuster's SJ-05 Stag Beetle, maneuvered using the DriBlade, a sword that doubles as a steering wheel.

The BeetBuster's BC-04 Go-BusterBeet's vehicle form is a crane, and can transform to its animal mode — a beetle. Its crane can double as a launcher for StagBuster's SJ-05 Stag Beetle, which can transform into it's animal mode — a stag beetle.

BC-04 Go-BusterBeet have three different weapon configurations. (a) It features an extendable crane arm to initiate a powerful punch; (b) a dual gun mode; and, (c) a dual sword mode. The SJ-05 Stag Beetle can also be launched on the megazord's crane arm as an attack, and its finishing move is the Super Piston Punch!

In addition, here are some details on Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters' upcoming June episodes, which centers arond BeetBuster and Stag Buster:

Mission 15: The Golden Warrior and the Silvery Buddy - 06/03
Mission 16: The Man from Hyperspace - 06/10

Mission 17: N/A - 06/17
Forkroid and ForkZord appears

Mission 18: N/A - 06/27
Drillroid 2 and Drillzord 2 appears

Dub Actor Greg Ayres Guest at NemaCon in Middlesbrough

The prolific anime dub voice-actor Greg Ayres will be a guest at the third Nemacon convention in Middlesbrough on June 23 and 24. The venue will be Middlesbrough Town Hall. According to the site, Ayres will be on a Q&A panel, as well as being involved with other events at Nemacon.

Ayres's anime roles include Negi in Negima!, Jun in Kanon, Shinji in Full Metal Panic!, Kouta in Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts!, Rygart in Broken Blade, and Ayato in Angel Beats!

Nemacon will include cosplay masquerades, a j-fashion show, culture panels, retro versus modern gaming and anime screenings. Other confirmed guests include artists Sonia Leong and DestinyBlue.

The event is open to over-14s. Two-day tickets can be bought from the site, costing £18.50 plus £1.50 for postage. They can also be bought from Middlesbrough Town Hall box office, either in person or over the phone (01642 729729 or 01642 815181).

Sakura Art Exhibition at Basingstoke

The Sakura Exhibition 2012, a collection of Japanese art by a wide range of artists, will come to the Fairfields Art Centre in Basingstoke between June 7 and July 4. Sakura is a "contest exhibition," involving hundreds of artists.

According to Neo magazine, the exhibition at Fairfields will feature more than 100 different pieces. Admission is free. Opening hours follow:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9.30am – 8.00pm.

Wednesday 9.30 - 6.00pm.

Friday by appointment.

Saturday 9.30am - 1.00pm.

Closed Bank Holidays.

Admission is free.

On Thursday June 7 the exhibition will close early at 4.45pm. It will be closed on Saturday June 9.

Horror Anime Gyo (Tokyo Shark Attack) Listed on Amazon

The website UK Anime Network notes that the horror OVA film Gyo is now listed on the Amazon UK website. The Amazon page gives the title as Tokyo Shark Attack, although the image on the page (right) shows the Gyo title.

The film is listed as being released by Terror-Cotta. Terror-Cotta was the name of a horror triple bill, including Gyo, that was screened in April as part of the Terracotta Film Festival at London's Prince Charles Cinema. Amazon lists the following extras for the DVD: Terracotta Festival 2012 footage, Director interview and Creator interview.

The Terracotta site described Gyo:

An adaptation of the popular manga by Junji Ito, GYO centers around the "death stench", a revolting smell first encountered in connection with creatures appearing to be bizarre and aggressive fish with scuttling, sharp metal legs. Okinawa is taken over by these dangerous and disturbingly bizarre walking fishes that are leaving the ocean and are heading to the cities. Amid this freakish event, a girl named Kaori loses contact with her boyfriend Tadashi who lives in Tokyo. She heads to the capital to try to locate him only to find out that the metropolis has been taken over by bigger and bigger killer fish and their foul stench.
Amazon lists the film as having a 71-minute running time, and a certificate 15 rating, although the image shows an "18" and the film isn't listed yet at the BBFC website.

Manga Releasing Puella Magi Madoka Magica on BD/DVD October 22

Manga Entertainment has announced that it will release the full Puella Magi Madoka Magica series as a three-disc Blu-ray on October 22. A three-disc DVD edition will be released on the same date. The DVD will have an RRP of £29.99, while the Blu-ray will be £39.99.

Manga added that the series will be available for pre-order at the beginning of July, and that the Blu-ray edition will be in a standard case.

The series is a "Magic Girl" fantasy about young girls granted special powers. However, its story takes in some very dark twists on the Magic Girl genre.

Audio dw Award news

Three of Big Finish's audio releases have been nominated for the Best Audio award in this year's Scribe Awards, a ceremony organised by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers to honour excellence in writing. For Doctor Who, The Many Deaths of Jo Grant by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott is featured, against other series entries Dark Shadows: The Lost Girl by D Lynn Smith and Highlander: All The King's Horsemen by Scott Andrews. The results will be announced at the July Comic-Con.

In celebration, this weekend (1st June 6pm - 4th June 8am) sees the releases available on special offer (the latter as part of the Highlander Series Two boxed set) - see the Big Finish website for full details.

Big Finish will be running a number of promotional sales during the course of June, with the one above followed by another to tie-in to the transit of Venus ... with Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles - The Transit of Venus, narrated by William Russell! This will be available on offer for the 5th-6th June

DW Audio news Big finish

Big Finish have announced that Tom Baker and Louise Jameson will reprise their roles for a new eight episode season of Doctor Who adventures as the Doctor and Leela, to be released from January 2014.

Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs said:
We’ve been delighted by the response to the first season of our Fourth Doctor stories. We had such an exciting and rewarding time making series one and two, and we’re just thrilled to be back in the studio again with Tom and Louise recording more.

Of course, the second series – which features Mary Tamm as Romana, with John Leeson as the voice of K9 – won’t be released until January 2013. But, recording schedules being what they are, we are always working well ahead.
Producer David Richardson added:
We began recording on series three on 9th May, and production will continue through until July. At the moment it’s too early to reveal many story details, but we can say that Geoffrey Beevers will again return as the Master, the travellers will discover what lurks in the dead of night and the Doctor will encounter an even deadlier version of an old foe.
The series will also feature the titular Blake's Seven actor Gareth Thomas (pictured) in one episode, playing the last surviving member of the Colophon race; the story also features The Greatest Show in the Galaxy star Jessica Martin.

The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series Three is now available for pre-order by subscription from Big Finish.

This June sees the finale of the first series released:
The Oseidon Adventure (available for pre-order)
By Alan Barnes
Directed by Nicholas Briggs
Starring Tom Baker, Louise Jameson and Geoffrey Beevers, with Dan Starkey, Michael Cochrane and John Banks
Release date: June 2012

The first time the fearsome Kraals attempted to take over the Earth, with the help of their android agents, things didn't go quite according to plan – thanks to the time-travelling alien Doctor and his allies at UNIT.

This time, Marshal Grinmal and his belligerent cohorts are ready for them. This time, they'll make no mistakes. This time, Chief Scientist Tyngworg has not just one plan, but a back-up plan, and a back-up back-up plan worked out...

With the Doctor a prisoner on the Kraals' radiation-blasted home planet of Oseidon, only his companion Leela can save the day – alongside a most unlikely ally.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Vic Mignogna to Appear at MCM Manchester

Vic Mignogna, the dub voice of Edward Elric in both anime versions of Fullmetal Alchemist, is due to appear at the MCM Manchester event on July 21.

Mignogna is a veteran of dozens of anime dubs, including Vampire Knight, in which he voices Zero Kiryu and his brother Ichiru, and Soul Eater, where he plays the Death Scythe, otherwise known as Spirit Albarn. However, Mignogna is best-known for playing Edward Elric in all the screen versions of Fullmetal Alchemist to date.

BBC Radio 5live - Richard Bacon- Stephen moffat Interview

DW production update

Filming Update
As reported last week, Jenna-Louise Coleman has now joined the Doctor Who "family"; speaking on the Richard Bacon Show, BAFTA winner Steven Moffat commented on the impact her arrival has had on the series:
It's just very exciting. When a new companion comes in it sort of reboots the show a little bit, it makes you look at the Doctor differently, it makes the show feel different, that's already happening. It's literally a new beginning, you're back to chapter one, in a way it's always a story of someone getting to know the Doctor, and now it's Jenna's character. There's a lot of ways (her character) will be different, but I'm not telling you what they are! Jenna is just wonderful and spiky and salty and clever: again - just as Doctor Who always does - it becomes a different show, and I'm thrilled with her, everyone's going to be.
The complete interview on Doctor Who, Sherlock, and the Kennedy assassination is available to listen to worldwide from the BBC iPlayer until next Monday afternoon.

The episode currently being filmed is not Jenna's first episode - that will be this year's Christmas Special (which Moffat reports is still being written and well overdue!) - but will be one of the 2013 episodes; it has been written by Neil Cross (Spooks/Luther), and is being directed by Jamie Payne (Ashes to Ashes, Primeval and the recent Call the Midwife). Locations filmed thus far have included the Manor House at Plas Llanmihangel, Margam Country Park and Gethin Woodland Park - the latter eliciting a comment from alternative rock group Let It Fall, who tweeted: "Soooo.. We was going to write some music in the woods, but we bumped into the Dr. Who film crew, cool ay?". Other unconfirmed reports indicated another trip 'across the bridge' to England late last week, possibly to Bristol's historic harbourside.

During a school talk, writer Steve Thompson mentioned that he would be writing an episode for the forthcoming series, and commented that he needed to read the scripts of the first five episodes. With the Christmas Special known to be the sixth episode, this would place his story firmly within the second half of the series.

Mark Gatiss confirmed that he was writing a story for 2013 to Digital Spy at BAFTA, saying that "it's for the new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman, that's all I can tell you or I will actually be shot!"

As well as Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Neil Cross, other writers believed to be contributing towards the eight episodes featuring new co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman are John Fay and Tom MacRae.

Some of the recent names to be confirmed in the next series include: for episode two, Riann Steele (Death in Paradise) as Queen Nefertiti; for episode four, Mark Williams continues his role as Rory's father Brian, Steven Berkoff (The Borgias) as Mr Shanks, Stephen Blything as Henry, Ruthie Henshall (The Case), Jemma Redgrave (Cold Blood, Bramwell) as Kate Stewart; and for episode five, Rob David (Rome) as Sam Garner and Michael McShane (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Clerks, Spawn) - the latter said on Twitter: "Getting ready to leave for Cardiff to be a villain in Dr.Who!! YEEESSSS!!!«. In my episode the Doctor finds he's got a;:/;;zapppppp GACK. sizzle,hissssss......« Most fantastic time doing Doctor Who; best cast and crew I've been with in a while! Long live Gallifrey...« Can't say what I did In Doctor Who, or Steven Moffat will ride in on a horse and crush my head with a mace, like Mel in "Braveheart"..sorry.«"

Caitlin Blackwood, aka the young Amelia Pond, was a guest at last weekend's Timegate convention, and when asked about possibly appearing in the next series she avoided the answer, instead miming having her lips zipped shut and saying "spoilers"...

On the other hand, John Simm commented: "in reply to many, regardless of what it says on imdb, No i'm not returning to Dr Who. Got absolutely no plans to do so.«"

Addressing recent concerns over scheduling and a potentially shorter series in the future, Moffat assured listeners on the Richard Bacon show:
You're not getting shorter and shorter seasons, we're just splitting it over Christmas; we're making the same number of episodes as usual - I can tell by the grey hairs on my head - but we delayed it a few months to start it later in the year, that's all that's happened.

There's no chance of the BBC giving up on Doctor Who: it's a huge money spinner, it's doing better than ever abroad, the global number of people watching Doctor Who has just gone up and up and up, it was the most downloaded show on American iTunes last year - not a chance of the BBC giving up on Doctor Who, not at all.

Roath Lock Studios
The BBC have released a video to introduce the new Roath Lock Studios at Cardiff Bay, presented by the 'current' cast of Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan and Matt Smith; the video (originally shown to visitors at the studio's opening tour) includes facts and figures and a look behind the scenes within the new studios.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Manga Releasing Towa no Quon Series in November

Manga has tweeted that it will release the whole Towa no Quon film series on DVD in November 2012.

The 6-part series, originally serialised in Japanese cinemas, follows a boy named Quon who wakes up with supernatural powers. He must protect himself and those like him from Kestos, the secret organization hunting them. Takeshi Mori (Otaku no Video, Gunsmith Cats, Vandread) served as the BONES series' "collaborative director" in place of the late Umanosuke Iida (Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Hellsing). Iida passed away from lung cancer last November as he was planning the series.

Piece Sci-Fi Mystery Film Announced as 1st 'Toei Hero Next' Title

The Oricon Style website has revealed that the Piece: Kioku no Kakera (Pieces of Memories) film will be the first title in the new "Toei Hero Next" live-action brand. The brand will feature titles starring actors from their various tokusatsu hero and Kamen Rider hero series in more mature roles. Piece will be a "novel science fiction mystery" title featuring Shu Watanabe and Ryosuke Miura, both of whom starred in the 2010 to 2011 Kamen Rider OOO series.

The title tells the story of a reporter, played by Watanabe, and a photographer with five split personalities, played by Miura, attempting to discover what is behind the "Megalopolis Gorgon Incidents," where people become petrified and die. The screenplay for the film is penned by Kamen Rider W head writer Riku Sanjo, and the film will be directed by Ten Yamashita (SHINOBI live-action film)

Piece: Kioku no Kakera will be released in Japanese theaters this fall, with DVDs available for home video rental on November 9 and for sale on November 21.

Manga Mentions 'ROD' Blu-ray

Manga Entertainment tweeted regarding its upcoming release of Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW on July 2: "Bonus features: ROD BD trailer, Director interview, Making of..."

The OAV version of Read or Die was released by Manga on DVD in 2003. The later TV series, R.O.D -The TV-, was released by MVM. Both series involve female warriors with the power to use paper as a weapon, inspired by the Read or Die and Read or Dream manga by Hideyuki Kurata.

TV related copyright drama resolved (DW Related)

A copyright wrangle that had prevented a BBC Four adaptation of Room At The Top starring Jenna-Louise Coleman from being shown has been resolved.

The drama, based on the classic novel by John Braine that was first published in 1957, should have been shown in April 2011 but it had to be shelved following a dispute between the late Braine's estate, represented by literary agency David Higham Associates, and Remus Films. The TV rights had been sold by David Higham Associates to production company Green Meadow but that was challenged by Remus Films.

It is now hoped that the two-parter will be shown "in the near future". In it, Coleman plays the character of Susan Brown opposite Matthew McNulty as protagonist Joe Lampton, as pictured above. The adaptation by Amanda Coe also stars Kevin McNally.

Monday, 28 May 2012

U.K. Anime Industry Announcements at MCM Expo

The Anime Industry panel was held at London's MCM Expo event. The main announcements are as follows:

Manga/Kaze Releases

The feature film Trigun: Badlands Rumble is scheduled for Blu-ray/ DVD on October 1.

The World God Only Knows Season 1 will debut on October 8. Season 2 has been licensed, and will be released next year.

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2 will be released on DVD on September 17; there will also be a boxset with seasons 1 and 2 together.

The previously announced cinema screening of Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- is "tentatively" planned to take place both in London and Scotland as a simultaneous release with the film's Japanese premiere on September 22. That will be followed by the Blu-ray/DVD doublepack of the TV series, with Part 1 due on October 29.

Blue Exorcist part 1, containing the first 13 episodes, is scheduled for August 20.

The return of the first two seasons of Black Lagoon (one DVD set, two Blu-ray sets) is confirmed for July 2.

Squid Girl (the complete Season 1 collection) is confirmed on August 13, and the mecha CGI feature film Planzet on August 27.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is provisionally scheduled for July 30, although Manga is still waiting for the master tapes of the series.

Strike Witches 2 (Complete Series Collection) will be on July 23; Spice & Wolf II is due on August 6; and Clannad After Story is scheduled for September.

The Bleach releases "will have a whole new look" to the packaging design from Season 9 Part 1, as the series is taken over by Kaze.

In a separate Kaze panel, Andrew Partridge announced that Berserk Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme Ruler (Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago) would be released on December 31 on Blu-ray and DVD. Pre-orders will go out "not too long in the future." The film is also planned to have a theatrical U.K. screening in October; Partridge mentioned the Scotland Loves Anime Event, though he did not say directly that the film would be screening there. The English dub voice cast has not yet been concerned, although both Partridge and dub actor/director Michael Sinterniklaas expressed their personal hopes that the dub actors from the TV version of Berserk would be brought back for the new films.

Manga Entertainment also announced the following on its twitter feed:

The feature film Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~ will be released in December.

The Gintama feature film (screening at the BFI Southbank on Saturday June 8) will be released by Manga, DVD only.

Puella Magica Madoka Magica will be released as a three-disc “Complete Series” set in mid-October. A Blu-ray edition is “very likely.”

MVM Releases

Bodacious Space Pirates will be released in 2013, as will be Dream Eater Merry and Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre.

The first season of Rosario and Vampire will be released in September, with Rosario + Vampire Capu2 following in October.

Shakugan no Shana Second will be released in 2013; MVM is also trying to acquire the spinoff films, OVAs and the third TV series.

Mayo Chiki! is scheduled for November.

MVM is aiming to release one anime title a month. Given the strong presales for Broken Blade, where the Blu-ray presales have substantially exceeded those for the DVD, MVM is looking at “two or three” other anime titles for possible Blu-ray treatment. (Broken Blade is released on Blu-ray and DVD in June, due to MVM teaming up with Madman in Australia.)

MVM also tweeted that, “All titles coming out this year will be available for pre order on our site tomorrow.”

The website UK Anime Networkreported the following:

Licenses for the anime in the Gundam franchise stay with Bandai; all other former Beez licenses have been released back to the former licensors.

The website Anime on Demand now holds the rights to Season 2 of Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne, which will be aired in the summer.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Anime to Premiere on Canada's YTV

The Canadian television channel YTV announced on its forums on Wednesday that it will begin airing Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal in June 2. The show will take the time slot of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's in YTV's afternoon anime lineup.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal premiered last year in Japan. The near-future story revolves around Yūma Tukumo, a 13-year-old rookie duelist, and Astral, the mysterious lifeform from a parallel world who suddenly appears before Yūma. A manga version is running in Shueisha's V Jump magazine, and Viz Media will begin releasing the manga next month.

YTV's launch of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal take place weeks before 4Kids will hold its planned sale of rights to the series. KidsCo, an affiliate of Saban, is the first bidder considered; Saban Brands has a working relationship with YTV's parent company, Corus.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal has been airing on the CW4Kids Toonzai programming block in the United States since October

Clannad, Baka and Test Debut Monday, plus Blu-ray Bleach Movies

On Monday May 28, Manga will release the first volume of Clannad. According to Amazon UK, the second volume will follow on July 30. Manga has previously tweeted that both Clannad and the sequel series Clannad After Story will be released across two DVD volumes each.

The slice of life anime is based on a visual novel franchise from the software developer Key (Air, Kanon). The main characters in Clannad are Tomoya Okazaki, a troubled third year high schooler, and his student acquaintances. The first TV series was broadcast from October 2007, followed by Clannad After Story in 2008.

Also released on Monday is the Complete Collection of Baka and Test (Baka to Test to Shōkanjū). Based on Kenji Inoue's fantasy-comedy light novels, the story centers around Akihisa Yoshii, the "baka" of the title. He is in F class, the lowest rung of the school ladder. The school has developed experiments to summon fantasy creatures, and Akihisa decides to rally F class to take on the higher-tiered classes and seize their perks. Monthly Shonen Ace runs the manga adaptation of the novel series, which Enterbrain has published since 2007.

Manga is also releasing Blu-ray editions of the first three Bleach feature film – Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, and Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black (pictured right). Fade to Black will also make its debut in a DVD edition.

Finally, the animated film Tatsumi (pictured left) is released by Soda Pictures. Made in Singapore, Tatsumi is about the pioneering manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who wrote adult ("gekiga") stories in strip form. Directed by Eric Khoo, the film adapts five of the artist's manga, threaded together with Tatsumi's account of his struggle to make a living after World War II. (The autobiographical material comes from Tatsumi's manga, A Drifting Life.)

Children Who Chase Lose Voices Renamed Journey to Agartha

Manga has tweeted a photo of a poster, reproduced right, for the upcoming release of Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo). Displayed at the current MCM Expo convention at London's Excel centre, the poster gives the film a new English title, Journey to Agartha. (Below the main title, there is also a subtitle, Children Who Chase Lost Voices). On the poster, the film is said to be, "Coming Winter 2012." It had been previously confirmed for release on U.K. Blu-ray and DVD, and Shinkai will present a screening in Dublin on July 2.

In the film, Agartha is an underground world discovered by Asuna, a young Japanese girl who embarks on an epic journey through Agartha. Shinkai previously created Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters Per Second. Takayo Nishimura (5 Centimeters Per Second, Before Green Gables) designed the characters and oversaw the animation process. Takumi Tanji (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) directed the art, and musical composer Tenmon (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Voices of a Distant Star) collaborated with Shinkai again on this project.

Adult Swim's Toonami Block Returns Tonight

Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network that is paired with Cartoon Network, will premiere the return of the Toonami programming block tonight at midnight. The full schedule for the block is as follows:

12:00 a.m. - Bleach
12:30 a.m. - Deadman Wonderland
1:00 a.m. - Casshern Sins
1:30 a.m. - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
2:00 a.m. - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
2:30 a.m. - Cowboy Bebop

The schedule then repeats from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

The block will mark the U.S. broadcast premiere of Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins. Jason DeMarco, former Toonami producer and recently promoted vice president of strategic marketing and promotions for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, confirmed this schedule on Monday.

Adult Swim had announced last week that it would bring back its Toonami programming block starting on Saturday, May 26.

K-ON Manga's High School Edition to End on June 28

The July issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine will announce on Monday that the high school edition of kakifly's K-ON manga will end in the next issue in June. Since April of 2011, the high school edition has been following Azusa, Ui, Jun, and the other characters who are still in high school after the other characters graduated. The college edition will end in the July issue of the main Manga Time Kirara magazine on June 9.

kakifly's original four-panel comedy manga follows a group of high school girls who form an afterschool rock band. The manga had ended its first run in September 2010. Yen Press began publishing the manga in North America in November 2010.

K-ON!!, the second television anime series based on the manga, ran in Japan in 2010, and the K-ON! film premiered last December. Bandai Entertainment released the anime's first season in North America in 2011 before it stopped releasing new titles this past February.

Sentai Filmworks licensed the 26-episode anime sequel and the accompanying OVA. The company will begin releasing the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America on June 19. The K-ON! film will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in Japan on July 18.

Tiger and Bunny Film U.K. Premiere September 22

Following Wednesday's announcement that the first volume of Tiger & Bunny (a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack) would be released in October, Manga has tweeted a message confirming the date as October 29. The same tweet also confirms that the forthcoming first Tiger & Bunny feature film, Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning-, will receive a U.K. premiere on September 22. No further details were given.

The first Tiger & Bunny film will also open in Japan in September, directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani (Betterman, GaoGaiGar: King of Braves, Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera). According to the April issue of Animage magazine, it will have story elements similar in outline to those in the television series. However, producers Kazuhiko Tamura and Chika Matsui said that the film project as a whole will also have new characters, and the second Tiger & Bunny film - which they hope will be released in 2013 - will be an entirely new story.

Tiger & Bunny centres around heroes for hire — super powered beings known as NEXT who wear sponsor logos while fighting crime on live television. Keiichi Satou (Karas director, The Big O character/mechanical designer) directed the project, and Masafumi Nishida (live-action Kaibutsu-kun) wrote and oversaw the scripts. Manga artist Masakazu Katsura (Video Girl Ai, DNA², I''s, Zetman), a well-known fan of Batman and other superhero comics, created the original character designs.

BAFTA DW award

Matt smith carries the olympic torch

Satuday morning saw the Olympic Torch Relay commence on Day Eight of its travels around the United Kingdom, kicking off from outside the Norwegian Church at Cardiff Bay - with a familiar face to take on the mantle of bearer! Matt Smith was up bright and early to play his part in the celebratory journey, and spoke on BBC Breakfast about how he felt on his latest role and the crowd that gathered to cheer him on:
It's a great privilege to be involved, I can't quite believe that people have actually turned up, I thought I'd just be carrying it around, waving to the ducks! I'm thrilled that so many people have come out, and it's really nice that the weather's nice - well done weather! I just think it's a wonderful thing anyway, I think the Olympics, the build up, the sense of national focus, with the Euros (Euro 2012) as well, I'm really excited about the summer of sport that we've got ahead, and I think things like this are just wonderful. And the Jubilee! I'm way into this whole sense of national coming together, street parties and things like this.

It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime things, and for me personally to have the privilege of carrying it ... it's one of those rare opportunities that has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the fact that I play the Doctor.

(additional photos thanks to Alun Vega, James Hemery, Andy Davidson; plus a video of Matt starting from H Byrnes)

When asked about his predecessor's carrying the torch before (the Tenth Doctor in Fear Her), Matt commented "I'm pleased I got my turn!"

Friday, 25 May 2012

Detective conan 658

PR samurai to end this fall

Nick will be airing all new episodes of Power Rangers Super Samurai starting this fall. Check out what is in store for fans in the trailer below for the show's upcoming conclusion!

Serrator will reveal his plan in splitting the Earth into two. Jayden's secret will be revealed as Master Xandred rises from the deep. The Red Ranger and Deker will finally have their final duel. Will the Rangers finally defeat Master Xandred for good?

Don't miss the new episodes of Power Rangers Super Samurai coming this fall only on Nick!

Smith to carry the OLympic torch

Matt Smith will be carrying the Olympic Torch this weekend when it reaches Cardiff in the latest leg of its 70 day trip around the United Kingdom.

Smith will bear the torch early on Saturday morning, at the start of its journey from Cardiff, the capital of Wales and home of Doctor Who, to Swansea a few miles along the coast. The day will see the torch visit the communities of Barry, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda and Bridgend.

Smith told the official BBC twitter feed
To carry the Torch is an honour, one I thought I'd never get, I'm very excited!
The journey can be followed live via the BBC News website, starting from around 6.20am (0520 GMT). Smith will carry the torch from the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Harbour Drive to the Senedd, National Assembly Building, Cardiff, a distance of about quarter of a mile.

The Olympic Torch featured in the 2006 Doctor Who story Fear Her, where the Tenth Doctor carried the torch on the last part of its journey towards the Olympic Stadium, as well as in the mini episode Good as Gold, shown on Blue Peter yesterday.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Tiger and Bunny First BD/DVD Volume October

Kaze has tweeted that the first volume of Tiger & Bunny (a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack) will be released in October. This corrects an earlier tweet by Manga UK that Volume 1 would be released on September 23, though Kaze also said it had "something planned for September for Tiger & Bunny."

Kaze is releasing the series through Manga, having announced Tiger and Bunny as an acquisition at MCM Expo in May 2011. The anime centres around heroes for hire — super powered beings known as NEXT who wear sponsor logos while fighting crime on live television. Keiichi Satou (Karas director, The Big O character/mechanical designer) directed the project, and Masafumi Nishida (live-action Kaibutsu-kun) wrote and oversaw the scripts. Manga artist Masakazu Katsura (Video Girl Ai, DNA², I''s, Zetman), a well-known fan of Batman and other superhero comics, created the original character designs.

DW script to screen minisode on Blue peter + making of/Behind the scenes

DW script to screen winning school announced

The winning entry in this year's Script To Screen competition has been revealed as coming from Ashdene Primary School in Wilmslow.

The theme of the contest was the Olympics, and the team's mini-episode, which stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan and sees the return of the Weeping Angels, is to be shown on today's episode of Blue Peter, airing on CBBC at 5.45pm.

Irene Spawton, Year 6 teacher at the Cheshire school, said the pupils involved, named only as Rebecca, Emily, and Libby, pictured above with Smith and Gillan, were thrilled and surprised to have won the competition:
It's unbelievable. I couldn't believe it when I got the call to say that the children's script had been chosen as the winner. They worked so hard and came up with some brilliant ideas. I'm so proud of them all, and meeting the Doctor and Amy Pond was a fantastic experience for the girls, their parents and me.
In a short piece last week in the school's newsletter, head teacher Keith Wadcock congratulated the trio on their victory.

The three-minute adventure, called Good As Gold, was filmed at Roath Lock studios the week before last, and Keith Gaskin, the father of Emily, tweeted about it on 8th May: "I've just wished my daughter luck as she's off to Cardiff to have her script made into a Dr Who episode after winning BBC comp. Good luck Em!", 9th May in reply to a comment about the win probably blowing her mind: "It certainly did thanks. The worst part was she knew a while back but couldn't tell anyone! Blue Peter are filming as well and 10th May: "I've just picked up my daughter after their script was made into a Dr Who episode. Brilliant time apparently & Matt Smith fantastic with them"

The girls' script was chosen by Doctor Who supremo Steven Moffat, BBC Learning executive producer Katy Jones, and Doctor Who executive producer Caroline Skinner, who praised the quality of all the entries, saying:
We loved reading all of the scripts from schools across the UK and the standard of entries was truly outstanding. It was a difficult, but a tremendously fun task to choose a winner and it was just brilliant to see so many children being creative in developing an adventure for the Doctor. We hope all fans enjoy this special one-off mini episode!
Jones said:
This competition aimed to inspire and capture the imagination of storytellers of the future and we're thrilled that so many schools have engaged with it. Pupils have described the competition as the highlight of their school year. There was so much real talent displayed in the entries we received and the final film is a real testament to the hard work the school put into their entry.

A behind-the-scenes item on how Good As Gold was made will also feature in today's Blue Peter, which is repeated tomorrow on BBC One at 4.30pm and will be available via the BBC iPlayer here within the UK following tomorrow's broadcast.

DW Series 7 production news

Jenna-Louise Coleman began her tenure as the new co-star of Doctor Who this week, with the actress spotted yesterday at the end of filming her first scenes on location at Plas Llanmihangel Manor House, South Glamorgan.

The read-through for her first episode to be recorded took place on Monday, with the BBC's official Doctor Who Twitter feed stating: "History has been made! A new era begins! Jenna-Louise Coleman has just completed her first Doctor Who read-through. One word. Brilliant!"

Details of her character are being kept under wraps, at least for present. Speaking to Digital Spy, Steven Moffat said when we could expect to learn more:
Christmas! But don't expect to learn everything! We've got a good story and there are some proper legitimate surprises in it. I'm excited by it. I think we're going to do some fun stuff.

We can't really contain everything, because people will crawl all over us with cameras and sneak views of scripts and call-sheets. Something will get out. But we've been fairly sly, so let's wait and see.

Moffat also explained the later launch of the new series this year:
I don't know, on this occasion, that the thinking particularly came from me, actually. I've always been open to anything that shakes [the series] up. I think that decision actually came from the BBC. But I've been well up for anything that we can do to shake up the transmission pattern, the way we deliver it to the audience and how long we make the audience wait, simply because that makes Doctor Who an event piece.

The more Doctor Who becomes a perennial, the faster it starts to die. You've got to shake it up, you've got to keep people on edge and wondering when it will come back. Sherlock is the prime example, as far as that goes. Sherlock almost exists on starving its audience. By the time it came back this year, Sherlock was like a rock star re-entering the building!

So keeping Doctor Who as an event, and never making people feel, 'Oh, it's lovely, reliable old Doctor Who - it'll be on about this time, at that time of year'. Once you start to do that, just slowly, it becomes like any much-loved ornament in your house - ultimately invisible. And I don't want that to ever be the case.

DW Script to screen announcement

Thursday sees a brand new mini Doctor Who adventure, Good as Gold come to BBC Television, when the results of this year's Script to Screen competition are broadcast as part of the children's programme Blue Peter.

The 2012 competition was launched in January and was open to UK pupils aged 9-11, who were asked to collaborate on a script that takes the Time Lord on a new quest travelling through space and time.

The lucky winners were invited to the Doctor Who set in Cardiff to see their mini-episode being recorded and the results can be seen on Thursday's Blue Peter, broadcast at 5.45pm on the CBBC channel. The programme is repeated on Friday at 4.30pm on BBC One.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

K-ON! Celebrates Tokyo Sky Tree's Opening with Mats

The official website for the K-ON! anime series has listed a desk mat that is now being sold at a shopping area connected to the Tokyo Sky Tree, the 634-meter-tall tower that opened to the public on Tuesday.

The mat features the five main characters of the series posing with the Tokyo Sky Tree, and costs 2,500 yen (about US$31).

Live-Action GTO Remake Confirmed with EXILE Member Akira

The producers of the GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka live-action television series remake confirmed on Wednesday that EXILE band member Akira will star in the series. Akira replaces Takashi Sorimachi as the title character in the remake of the 1998 drama. Both live-action versions are based on Tohru Fujisawa's original school comedy manga about a former gang member who becomes an unorthodox teacher.

20-year-old actress Miori Takimoto (Higanjima) will play the heroine Azusa Fuyutsuki, and 51-year-old Hitomi Kuroki (20th Century Boys, Dark Water) will play Sakurai Ryoko, the principal who believes in Onizuka's teaching abilities. 26-year-old Yuu Shirota (The Prince of Tennis) will play Ryuji Danma, a friend from Onizuka's biker gang days who now lives with him. Students in Onizuka's "Class 2-4" will be played by Haruna Kawaguchi, Shō Takada, Shintarō Morimoto, and Taishi Nakagawa. 24-year-old Yūsuke Yamamoto and 60-year-old Ryōsei Tayama round out the cast; Yamamoto will play the part of Toshiyuki Saejima, policeman and bad influence on Onizuka, while Tayama will play Hiroshi Uchiyamada, the loud-mouthed vice-principal and Onizuka's nemesis. The series will premiere in July on the Fuji TV network and will run on Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.

The Nikkan Sports newspaper had reported earlier this month that the 30-year-old Akira would replace 27-year-old actor/singer Jin Akanishi. Nikkan Sports had noted in April that Akanishi was forced by Johnny & Associates, his talent agency, to leave the remake. Akanishi married the actress/singer Meisa Kuroki (23) on February 2, and he reportedly did not notify Johnny & Associates until after registering his marriage. Kuroki confirmed last month that she is pregnant.

Tokyopop published the original manga in North America. In 2009, Fujisawa returned to the character of Onizuka with the manga Shonan 14 Days. Vertical announced in May that it licensed both GTO: Shonan 14 Days and Shonan Junai-gumi (the predecessor to Great Teacher Onizuka) for North America. Fujisawa just finished Shonan 14 Days last year, but he launched a three-chapter spinoff in November.

MCM Expo Details

MCM Expo has announced the schedule and floor plan for the upcoming event from May 25 to 27 at the Excel Centre in the Docklands.

The anime and manga-related events are as as follows:

The Anime Industry Panel is on Sunday, 12 noon to 1 p.m..

There will be a Kaze panel on Sunday, 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. Andrew Partridge confirmed to ANN that it will include a 5-minute preview of the film, Berserk Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme Ruler (Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago), which Kaze has licensed.

Both events will take place in MCM Theatre B.

Voice-artists Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh, who participate in the upcoming dub of Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW, will be in a panel on Saturday at 1 p.m. to 2p.m. at MCM Theatre B. They will also be signing on Saturday at Stand 530 from 11 a.m to 12.30 p.m, and from 2.30 to 4p.m, and again on Sunday from 11 a.m to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 to 3p.m.

Gaming Events

Saturday 4 p.m: Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations tournament (entry form) at MCM Theatre B.

All other gaming events will take place at the MCM Gamespot UK stage:

Saturday 5 - 5.30 p.m: Tales of Graces f presentation.

Saturday 6 - 6.30 p.m: Ni no Kuni presentation.

Sunday 10.30 - 11 a.m: Dragon Ball Z Kinect presentation.

Sunday 1.30 - 2p.m: Dragon's Dogma presentation

Sunday 3.30 - 4p.m: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 presentation.

Sunday 4 - 4.30 p.m: Second Tales of Graces f presentation.

Cosplay Events

There will be cosplay events throughout Expo on the Totally Cosplay Stage.

The Eurocosplay Qualifier will take place on Saturday from 4 p.m. in MCM Theatre A.The Cosplay Masquerade will be in the same venue on Sunday from 3 p.m.

TV choice awards 2012

Voting is now open for the sixteenth annual TV Choice Awards, with Doctor Who nominated in the same three categories it won last year.

The series itself has been nominated for Best Family Drama, which it won both last year and in 2010. This year again sees it up against spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as Waterloo Road, Merlin, Casualty, Holby City, Glee, Doc Martin, and Wild at Heart.

Matt Smith is up for his second award for Best Actor, a huge category of names that also includes Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, all four Mad Dogs stars John Simm, Marc Warren, Philip Glenister and Max Beesley, and Merlin's Colin Morgan.

Karen Gillan is up for her second Best Actress award, and again sees her pitted against former companion Freema Agyeman for Law and Order UK; others nominees include Gillian Anderson for Great Expectations, Emilia Fox for Silent Witness and Miranda Hart for Call the Midwife.

Additionally, Torchwood: Miracle Day has been nominated in the Best Drama Series category, which sees it up against Sherlock amongst many other shows, including Being Human, Dirk Gently and Downton Abbey.

Voting is open online until 15th June, with the Winners' Ceremony taking place on the 10th September at The Dorchester Hotel in London.

As well as the three awards won last year, previous ceremonies have seen Doctor Who win every year except 2009 (where it was beaten by Waterloo Road), both of the recent former Doctors voted Best Actor - Christopher Eccleston in 2005 and David Tennant in 2006-2008 - and sidekicks Billie Piper in 2006 and Catherine Tate in 2008 for Best Actress.

DW UK round up

United Kingdom
Space, Time, Machine and Monster: The Science Fiction of Doctor Who is to take place from 6pm tonight in Lacock Church. The talk with CBBC's scientist Mark Brake, rapper Jon Brake and the Bishop of Swindon is described as "a fun exploration of the universe and a chance to discuss science and faith issues". [Corsham People, 20 May 2012]

Nearby Corsham saw Doctor Who stars help raise money for charity earlier in the month, with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, John Levene, and Julian Glover among the star names helping to raise £6,620 at the Corsham Sci-Fi Family Funday. Also there mingling with the likes of Daleks and Davros was Doctor Who Magazine artist Mike Collins. [Corsham People, 4 May 2012]

Colin Baker is to appear at a television, film, and toy collectors' fair at the River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester on 9th June (the day after his birthday!). He will be joined by Terry Molloy as Daleks are set to invade the event. [Romsey Advertiser, 21 May 2012]

A six-year-old girl from Kedington has become the envy of collectors after finding a rare item of merchandise. Jessie Spicer bought a £1.50 packet of Lego Doctor Who figures at Hamley's in London and when she opened it she found inside it a Day of the Moon model of the Doctor, of which only 100 have been made. Her mother said: "It was a real Willy Wonka moment for her and we were all really excited about it. She is going to hold on to it as an investment for the future." The figure is currently estimated to be worth up to £600. [Haverhill Weekly News, 4 May 2012]

Meeting rooms at the newly-extended BBC Broadcasting House in London have been brightened up with some familiar faces. Images of the Doctors have been applied to the walls of the cubicles, as can be seen in the picture on the right, which can be clicked on to expand. (With thanks to Rob Fitt for the photo and details)

The PC Support Group in Liverpool counts Doctor Who amongst the company's credits, having provided support to stunt-coordinator/performer Abbi Collins for Dalek co-ordination in the series. Co-founder Simon Albert said: "I've been a huge fan of Dr Who since I was little, so when we got the opportunity to actually work with the people behind the show we all jumped at the chance to get up close with some of its most infamous characters." [Liverpool Daily Post, 18 May 2012]

Boscombe police are hoping to re-introduce police boxes in the high street in order to help combat anti-social behaviour. PC Will Martindale told the local business forum in April: "The Inspector would like to put a 'Tardis' outside McDonald's. There are issues in that area and this would be putting our stamp back in the area." Phil Stanley-Watts, councillor for Boscombe West, has been calling for the return of police boxes in Boscombe for years, saying that updated versions could be used for reporting crime and would make the public feel safer. [Bournemouth Echo, 1 May 2012]

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Ninja Scroll U.K. Blu-ray Due October 15

Manga UK has confirmed on its twitter feed that it will release Yoshiaki Kawajiri's classic anime action feature film Ninja Scroll on Blu-ray in the U.K. on October 15. Manga said the release would be in a limited edition steelbook, exclusive to the U.K.

Manga also said that it wanted to release one classic film a year in the Blu-ray steelbook format, following the strong sales of the Blu-ray Akira. Ninja Scroll's trailer and the steelbook design would be revealed in June; Manga said it was planning on doing something "a bit flash."

people round up

Steven Moffat received the Writer prize for the Sherlock episode A Scandal In Belgravia at this year's BAFTA Television Craft Awards, and said he was "genuinely, utterly thrilled" to be presented with it. His wife, Sue Vertue, tweeted: "The Moff wins! Hurrah for my husband @steven_moffat who's just won a #Bafta for #Sherlock. Love him!" The Mill had been nominated for its visual effects work on Doctor Who but it lost out to BlueBolt and Great Expectations. [BBC News, 14 May 2012]

Ahead of being presented with a Special BAFTA next Sunday, Moffat has given an interview to the film and television arts organisation about his career so far. In it, he takes a swipe at people who have problems with the complexity of his dramas Doctor Who and Sherlock. "There's been a weird backlash among, I presume, fairly stupid people about the fact the shows are complicated and clever, but they're both huge international hits. We make no apology. Don't expect to do the ironing; sit down, pay attention and think about it. Audiences like complexity. They follow intricately plotted soap operas all the time. It depresses me when people say, 'It's all far too clever,'" he states. [BAFTA Guru]

Catherine Tate has been signed up by Sky Arts to star in a new comedy called Psychobitches. Part of the channel's comedy and drama strand entitled Playhouse Presents, the 30-minute production will see her portraying Eva Braun and Edith Piaf. Also appearing in it will be Sheila Reid as Mother Teresa, while Sam Spiro will play Mary Whitehouse - a real-life enemy of Doctor Who during the classic era! It will be shown on Thursday 21st June at 9pm. [Sky Arts]

Production designer Michael Pickwoad gave a talk to the Friends of the Bodleian in Oxford in which he touched on his involvement with the show. A great admirer of historical architecture and construction methods, he mentioned that Nostell Priory in Yorkshire influenced a twin-column design that he used in Doctor Who. Pickwoad's early work included the film Withnail and I, which starred Paul McGann and Richard E Grant, who not only provided the voice of the Doctor in the animated webcast Scream of the Shalka but also played a version of the Doctor in the 1999 Comic Relief spoof The Curse of Fatal Death, which was written by Steven Moffat. Another notable film Pickwoad worked on was Let Him Have It, which starred Christopher Eccleston in one of his earliest acting roles. [The St James's Evening Post, 16 May 2012]

And speaking of the actor . . . During an interview ahead of his appearance as Creon in Antigone at the National's Olivier Theatre in London, Christopher Eccleston touched on his time as the Time Lord and why it was so brief. "I know what went on and the people who were involved know what went on – that's good enough for me. My conscience is completely clear," he said. Eccleston also praised the young fans of the show, saying: "I'm hugely grateful to the children who to this day come up and talk to me about the show." Antigone opens tomorrow and runs until Saturday 21st July. [The Telegraph, 16 May 2012]

Eccleston will be talking about his career and answering questions at the Olivier Theatre on Thursday 19th July. The one-hour interview - part of the In Conversation series - will be conducted by Al Senter.

Georgia Moffett has been speaking about stripping to her underwear as Geraldine Barclay in the farce What The Butler Saw. "I thought it was going to be a lot scarier than it is. Once the play starts I have to take my clothes off or the story doesn't work. But I am quite insecure about my figure, so it's amazing how liberating it feels after you have done it a couple of times. Obviously, I would prefer to wear clothes, but once I take them off at the beginning, I think, 'Oh, well, they've seen it now’, and I just carry on." The production, which also stars Samantha Bond and Tim McInnerny, is at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End until Saturday 25th August. [The Telegraph, 18 May 2012]

In Memoriam
Legendary hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, who in 1963 created the distinctive geometric cut for the character of Susan, played by Carole Ann Ford, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 84. [BBC News, 10 May 2012]

Monday, 21 May 2012

Adult Swim's Toonami Block to Air Casshern Sins, Deadman Wonderland

Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network that is paired with Cartoon Network, is listing on its schedule that it will air the Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins television anime series on Sunday, May 27 at 12:30 a.m. and 1:00 a.m., respectively. The schedule lists that both series will then air again at 3:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.

Jason DeMarco, former Toonami producer and recently promoted vice president of strategic marketing and promotions for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, confirmed this schedule on Monday via his Twitter account.

Adult Swim had announced last Wednesday that it would bring back its Toonami programming block starting on Saturday, May 26.

London's Japan Foundation to Hold Lectures on Japanese Cinema

The Japan Foundation in Russell Squre, London (map), has announced a series of five lectures on Japanese cinema to be held on Wedneday evenings in June and July, under the heading Japanese Cinema for Busy People.

None of the lecture descriptions mentions anime, but some of the speakers, including Jasper Sharp and Dr Rayna Denison, have commented on anime in the past.

The lectures are free, but they must be booked in advance, as places are limited. To book, send your name and the lecture you want to attend to this email: . (You can apply for as many events as you want.)

The lectures all begin at 6.30 p.m. and details follow:

June 13 - Writer/film curator Jasper Sharp on the technological and industrial developments in Japanese cinema in the 1950s.

June 20 - Lauri Kitsnik on literary adaptations in Japanese cinema.

June 27 - Julian Ross on the meaning of 'independence' in Japanese cinema.

July 4 - Writer and film critic Tony Rayns on the relationship between Japanese directors and stars.

July 11 - Dr Rayna Denison on the current state and trends of Japanese cinema.

Steins;Gate Will Definitely Get U.K. Release, Says Manga

Manga UK has tweeted that the SF anime series Steins;Gate will "definitely happen," commenting that it was a shame that it was taking so long. In another tweet, Manga said it would wait until Funimation had a dub before acquiring the series.

Steins;Gate was one of the first anime streamed on the U.K Anime on Demand site. The plot involves a self-proclaimed "mad scientist" who creates a device that can send messages to the past, and realises that history is changing in catastrophic ways.

Solid State Society Blu-ray, Live-action Yatterman Released Monday

On Manday May 21, Manga Entertainment is releasing a double-play edition of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society, containing the film on both Blu-ray and DVD. (Manga previously released the film on DVD in 2007.) The package includes extras such as a comedy anime short, "Uchikomatic Days," and a film on how Nissan incorporated two new car designs into Solid State Society.

The feature-length OVA brings back the police team Section 9, two years after the events of the "Second Gig" season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Both the series and film were produced by Production I.G and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Eden of the East, Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit). These anime are set in an alternative continuity to the two Ghost in the Shell cinema films, which were also made by Production I.G All of the Ghost in the Shell anime are derived from the original manga by Masamune Shirow.

Also on Monday, the video label Eureka will release the live-action adaptation of the anime Yatterman, directed by Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer, Zatoichi) on both DVD and Blu-ray. The cast includes Arashi singer/actor Sho Sakurai (the live-action Honey and Clover film) who plays Gan Takada, one half of the Yatterman superhero duo who fights the nefarious Dorombo gang. The original anime was made by Tatsunoko Production in 1977, spun off from Time Bokan.

Also, Manga will release the second volume of Fairy Tail.

London Charity Club to Screen Anime

The Bunkasai cultural exchange club, set up by the Aid for Japan charity, has told ANN that it will begin to hold screenings, including anime, at its weekly meetings each Wednsday evening. The first screening will be My Neighbor Totoro on Wednesday May 23.

The Bunkasai club meets on the downstairs floor of the Zia Teresa Italin restaurant on Hans Road (map), next to the Harrods store and close to Knightsbridge Underground station.

Meetings run from 7.30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Entry is £5 for men, £3 for women, and £1 for students. Bunkasai is a social club for anyone interested in Japan, including informal lessons about Japanese language and culture.

Bunasai was set up by Aid for Japan, which supports children who were orphaned by the Japanese tsunami until they reach the age of 20. The charity previously organised a Japan festival on March 11 2012 to commemorate the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Founder of Viz's French Distributor Kazé Steps Down

Kazé, Viz's French anime distribution arm, announced that founder Cedric Littardi resigned from his position as president of the company effective Wednesday, May 16.

Littardi founded the company 18 years ago and contributed to bringing such works as Grave of the Fireflies and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time to French audiences. He also founded the music label Wasabi Records, TV station KZTV, and (the first French simulcast site). He will be succeeded by Hyoe Narita, president of Viz Media Europe. No reason was given for the departure. In Littardi's farewell message, he stated plans to begin several new projects after leaving Kazé.

In 2009, Japanese publishers Shogakukan and Shueisha announced the joint acquisition of Kaze and Anime-Virtual of Germany. Like other anime distributors, both Kaze and Anime-Virtual produce localized versions of Japanese-animated works with subtitles and dubbing.

Jackie Chan: Chinese Zodiac Is His 'Last Big Action Movie

58-year-old Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan stated at a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival that his new film Chinese Zodiac "will be my last big action movie."

The action star explained, "The world is too violent now. I love fighting but I hate violence."

Chan has appeared in over 100 movies, including a loose live-action adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga. He more recently appeared opposite Jaden Smith in the remake of The Karate Kid in 2010. Chan said he would still star in a hypothetical Karate Kid 2 or Rush Hour 4, but he is ready for more drama-based roles.

"I want the audience to know I'm not just about fighting, also I can act. And so, day by day, year by year, I said, 'Right, I'm going to show you the real Jackie Chan.'"

Chan's latest film is the third in his Armor of God series, following 1986's Armor of God and the 1991 film Operation Condor. Chan plays Asian Hawk, treasure-hunter searching for the 12 bronze heads of the Chinese zodiac. The film is slated for December.

Source: BBC News

Update: Jackie Chan responded to the news stories via his Facebook page stating:

"Hello all my friends and fans,

Yesterday in my press conference in Cannes for Chinese 12 Zodiac I said that this movie was my last big action movie.

Today I was shocked when I woke up to read all the news coverage that I was retiring from doing Action movies.

I just want to let everyone know that I am not retiring from doing action movies. What I meant to say is that I need to do less of the life risking stunts on my movies. After all these years of doing so many stunts and breaking so many bones, I need to take better care of my body so I can keep working.

I will continue to do international action movies.

And I will keep improving my English :-)

I love all of you!


Anime on SFX Magazine Best SF/Film List

The British SF/fantasy magazine SFX has published a special issue, The Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films of All Time, as voted for by readers on the magazine's website. According to the magazine, around 10,000 readers voted, and six anime films made the list. They were:

79th place: Castle in the Sky, directed by Hayao Miyazaki

70th place: Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, directed by Hayao Miyazaki

66th place: Ghost in the Shell, directed by Mamoru Oshii

(This is the first Ghost in the Shell film, although the entry wrongly shows stills from Oshii's sequel, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.)

42nd place: Howl's Moving Castle, directed by Hayao Miyazaki

33rd place: Akira, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo

32nd place: Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki

(For comparison, the other animated films in the poll were Shrek at 89, Toy Story 2 at 77, Who Framed Roger Rabbit at 73, The Incredibles at 59, and Wall-E at 29. The largely-animated Avatar was ranked 26th.

The SFX special issue (not to be confused with the regular magazine) is priced at £7.99.

Stephen moffat interview

Digital Spy has a nice interview with Steven Moffat that touches on all the projects past and present that he has going including Doctor Who Series 7. Here's an excerpt pertaining to Series 7:

Moving on to Doctor Who - how was it bidding farewell to Karen Gillan (Amy) and Arthur Darvill (Rory)?
"Oh, it's incredibly sad. The thing you can forget about this is, while the audience are losing people that they see for a few months per year, Karen and Arthur are walking out of something that they've been involved with every day for years. It's not just a professional change, it is a personal upheaval.

"I'm trying not to say it's like being dumped, but a huge part of your life changes. I think of Karen and Arthur, and from Matt [Smith]'s point of view - people that you saw every single day and have become absolutely part of your de facto family are now gone, never ever to be in that place in your life again.

photo by Annie Stoll
"So it's a huge upheaval - it's personal and it's human. People should not underestimate how upsetting it is for everybody involved in it. I don't mean 'upsetting' in the sense that it's a tragedy - it's not a tragedy! But it's a huge bloody change - it's someone moving out of your house, that's how big it is."

There are going to be five Doctor Who episodes in the autumn, then a Christmas special, then eight more in 2013 - what was the thinking behind that structure?
"I don't know, on this occasion, that the thinking particularly came from me, actually. I've always been open to anything that shakes [the series] up. I think that decision actually came from the BBC.

"But I've been well up for anything that we can do to shake up the transmission pattern, the way we deliver it to the audience and how long we make the audience wait, simply because that makes Doctor Who an event piece.

© Doctor Who Magazine/Ben Cook
"The more Doctor Who becomes a perennial, the faster it starts to die. You've got to shake it up, you've got to keep people on edge and wondering when it will come back.

"Sherlock is the prime example, as far as that goes. Sherlock almost exists on starving its audience. By the time it came back this year, Sherlock was like a rock star re-entering the building!

"So keeping Doctor Who as an event, and never making people feel, 'Oh, it's lovely, reliable old Doctor Who - it'll be on about this time, at that time of year'. Once you start to do that, just slowly, it becomes like any much-loved ornament in your house - ultimately invisible. And I don't want that to ever be the case."

There's been a lot of secrecy surrounding the new companion - when can we expect to learn who Jenna-Louise Coleman is playing?
"Christmas! But don't expect to learn everything! We've got a good story and there are some proper legitimate surprises in it. I'm excited by it. I think we're going to do some fun stuff."

Are you hoping to conceal the companion's identity until the Christmas special actually airs?
"We can't really contain everything, because people will crawl all over us with cameras and sneak views of scripts and call-sheets. Something will get out. But we've been fairly sly, so let's wait and see.

"Again, a lot of the audience that I talk to specifically avoid any spoilers and I'm absolutely certain they have a better experience of the show. As I've always said, if I could make it on the dark side of the moon, I would, but you can't do these things.

"i got pilloried by somebody at some deep level of naivety about the industry - they were angry that I'd revealed the fact that Amy and Rory were even going to leave! But y'know, actor's agents really do have to advertise their client's availability - I had no choice but to announce they were going to leave. But in an ideal world, you wouldn't even do that."

And are plans for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who under way too?
"Yes, they are. I had a meeting about that earlier in the week!"

For more of the interview discussing Sherlock, Jekyll and other topics check out the full interview at Digital Spy.

The British Academy Television Awards 2012 will be held at the RoyalFestival Hall at London's South Bank Centre on Sunday, May 27 and broadcast on BBC One.

Fictious award news

The Doctor Who story The Doctor's Wife has won the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation in this year's Nebula Awards, the annual event held by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Although Doctor Who was nominated for the same award last year, this is the first time the programme has been successful. In winning the award the team beat several Holloywood movies including Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.

The Doctor's Wife was the fourth episode of the 2011 series of Doctor Who. It was written by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman and directed by Richard Clark.

In accepting the award, Neil Gaiman paid tribute to the creators of Doctor Who. Posting on twitter he said
Thanked everyone, including Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman. Also thanked Steven Moffat who made it what it was. Best showrunner ever.
Richard Clark also took to twitter to express his delight at the award.
Perfect start to Sunday - kids stayed in bed till 6.30, sun is shinning [sic] and The Doctor's Wife just won The Hugh [sic] Bradbury award. It's not everyday you can claim to have stolen a march on Scorsese AND Woody Allen.
Show-runner Steven Moffat congratulated the team
Hey, you two! FANTASTIC news. Doctor Who has never bagged one of those, tho' we've tried. Clearly we needed YOU.


Steven Moffat, Executive Producer and Lead Writer on Doctor Who, is to be presented with a special BAFTA award in recognition of his outstanding creative writing contribution to television.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is honouring the writer with the award, presented in memory of the playwright Dennis Potter, at the Television BAFTA's which take place at London's Royal Festival Hall on May 27.

Moffat began his television scripting career on Press Gang, the ITV Children's drama, in 1989. Since then he has gone onto to work on a wide variety of programmes including Stay Lucky, Joking Apart, Murder Most Horrid, Chalk, Jekyll and Coupling.

Steven Moffat was one of the first writers approached by Russell T Davies when he was planning the return of Doctor Who in 2005, leading to Moffat writing one of the most critically acclaimed stories of that first series, The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. Moffat went on to write several more episodes of the show, creating aliens such as The Weeping Angels and characters such as River Song. When Davies left the series, Moffat was the obvious successor, taking the helm of the show for the introduction of Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor and creating the characters of Amy and Rory.

Running parallel to the success of Doctor Who, Moffat has, in collaboration with Mark Gatiss, created Sherlock, updating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories and placing Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson's firmly in the 21st century.

In announcing the special award Tim Corrie, Chairman of BAFTA, said
Steven has had an outstanding year with Doctor Who and Sherlock, not to mention the feature film The Adventures of Tintin, and we are delighted to honour his contribution to television and the arts at the BAFTA ceremony on 27 May. He is one of the finest exponents of his craft and his Award, presented in honour of the late, great Dennis Potter, is very well deserved indeed.
Steven Moffat said he was thrilled with the award.
Blimey! A Special Award! I didn't even know I was ill! So thrilled by this – especially after two years of Sherlock and Doctor Who, my two favourite shows ever. Of course the work, and the people I get to work with, has always been all the reward I need – a fact I'm very glad that BAFTA has disregarded.
The award was won by Russell T Davies in 2005. Other recent winners include Alan Plater, Stephen Poliakoff and Lynda La Plante.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Manga Entertainment Launches Anime Videos in Xbox Live

Anime distributor Manga Entertainment launched an app on the XBox Live service for Xbox 360 consoles this week. The app allows users to watch anime after viewing a 30-second commercial. The app is free for users with an XBox Live Gold subscription. Titles include:
Dead Leaves
Ghost in the Shell 2.0
M.D. Geist I & 2
Macross II the Movie
Macross Plus Movie Edition
Castle of Cagliostro
Descendants of Darkness
Gurren Lagann (season 1)
Monster (episodes 27-end)
Noein season 1
Now and Then, Here and There
Requiem from the Darkness
Robotech (all)
Star Blazers (all)
Spartacus motion comic
Virus Buster Serge

Disco Legend/Pokémon Theme Singer Donna Summer Passes Away

Legendary disco singer Donna Summer passed away on Thursday after battling cancer. She was 63.

Summer rose to fame during the 1970s with such songs as "Love to Love You Baby," "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," and "Bad Girls." She continued to chart in the following decades with "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real," and garnered five Grammy Awards along the way.

She recorded the theme song "Power of One" for the anime Pokemon 2000 - The Movie. This song returned to the spotlight after more than decade when U.S. presidential candidate Herman Cain began quoting its lyrics during his campaign last year, but he ascribed the words to a "poet." Cain acknowledged in December that he had been quoting Summer's Pokémon song, and even sang part of it in January.

Trailer for DVD Release of Spice and Wolf

Manga UK's youtube channel now includes a 71-second trailer for Spice and Wolf's first season. The first series will be released on DVD on June 18 (13 episodes on two discs), with Spice and Wolf II planned in August.

Toonami Revival to Have 'New Original Anime Programming

A Wednesday press release released by Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network that is paired with Cartoon Network, has revealed that the network is developing "new original anime programming" for the return of the Toonami programming block. Previous series featured on the block will also make their return.

The release also reveals that the revived block will be shown once a week from midnight to 6 a.m. on Saturdays.

The company had asked its Twitter followers in April if they would want the block back. Cartoon Network temporarily brought back Toonami on April Fool's Day, with reruns of such anime as Dragon Ball Z, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo!, Outlaw Star, Blue Submarine No. 6, Trigun, and more. The marathon had even included newly produced bumper videos of Toonami's mascot T.O.M.

Cartoon Network ended Toonami in 2008 after an 11-year run.

Adult Swim Brings Back Toonami Block Starting on May 26

Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network that is paired with Cartoon Network, revealed on Wednesday that it will bring back its Toonami programming block starting on Saturday, May 26. The network has not yet announced its lineup for the new block.

The company had asked its Twitter followers in April if they would want the block back. Cartoon Network temporarily brought back Toonami on April Fool's Day, with reruns of such anime as Dragon Ball Z, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo!, Outlaw Star, Blue Submarine No. 6, Trigun, and more. The marathon had even included newly produced bumper videos of Toonami's mascot T.O.M.

Cartoon Network ended Toonami in 2008 after an 11-year run.

Update: TV Guide lists Adult Swim's anime programming on May 27 as follows:

12:00 a.m. - Bleach
12:30 a.m. - Fullmetal Alchemist
1:00 a.m. - Durarara!!
1:30 a.m. - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
2:00 a.m. - FLCL
2:30 a.m. - Cowboy Bebop
3:00 a.m. - Bleach
3:30 a.m. - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
4:00 a.m. - Bleach
4:30 a.m. - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
5:00 a.m. - Durarara!!
5:30 a.m. - Cowboy Bebop

Third-party television listings are subject to change.

Update 2: Adult Swim's own website does not list all of these programs on May 26-27, nor has it listed which programs will be added after its Toonami announcement. (Its schedules were last updated on April 30.) Thanks, LUNI_TUNZ.

After nerdcore rapper Richie Branson posted his self-produced song "Bring Back Toonami" on May 8, it caught the attention of Adult Swim. Adult Swim asked Branson if it could use the song, and it began running this bumper this past week:

Princess Jellyfish U.K. Release September 3

Manga UK has tweeted that Princess Jellyfish will be released on September 3 in a 'strictly limited' three-disc edition, packed with a Jellyfish plushie. In a later tweet, Manga said it would be a DVD-only release.

Based on Akiko Higashimura's Kuragehime manga, the TV series revolves around a collection of female otaku living in an apartment complex. Their world is turned upside-down when protagonist Tsukimi, who is obsessed with jellyfish, befriends a man named Kuronosuke, a fashionable cross-dresser. Studio Brains Base adapted the manga into an anime which aired during Fuji TV's popular late-night Noitamina time slot.

Trailer for DVD/Blu-ray Release of Angel Beats

Manga UK's youtube channel now includes a two-minute trailer for Angel Beats!; the complete series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 25.

Although the trailer only mentions the DVD release, Manga stresses on its twitter feed that the series will be released on Blu-ray as well, and confirmed that in a personal communication to ANN.

BBC wants the doctor's help

The BBC wants you to help decide which figure from history the Doctor should meet next.

Over the years the Doctor has met some of the most influential figures in the history of the planet Earth. He has travelled with Marco Polo, flirted with Madame de Pompadour, had his tooth extracted by Doc Holiday and played Hide and Seek with the Emperor Nero. He has met the authors HG Wells, Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens, and even helped William Shakespeare with some of his ideas. He has debated with Winston Churchill, helped out Richard Nixon and rescued Queen Victoria from a werewolf.

Recently the BBC Website asked which real person the Doctor should meet next and Doctor Who's Executive Producer Caroline Skinner was so delighted with the response and imagination in the replies that she decided to commission a Doctor Who writer to write a short story based on the best suggestion.

The story will appear on the BBC website where suggestions for the character involved can still be made.

Amy rory have left

Last week saw the final scenes recorded on location for the characters Amy and Rory, aka Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill - the latter who comes 'full circle' as the location at St. Cadoc's Hospital in Caerleon was where he filmed his first day on location back in 2009!

Their last scenes to be filmed come from the penultimate episode for the Ponds, the fourth of the next series. Their departure on screen will be in the following episode, the fifth, which was recorded last month. After the final shots were completed Karen Gillan tweeted "And that's a wrap! Bye bye from the ponds. We love you."

The final scenes were observed by several of the production team past and present, including lead writer Steven Moffat and former executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis, with a party taking place afterwards to celebrate.

Another 'closure' took place on Friday, with the final day's production at Upper Boat. The studios, located in Pontypridd just outside Cardiff, have been home to Doctor Who since the third series and have also been the base for Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. The complex was the first BBC studio centre totally dedicated to drama, and was set up in the wake of the success of Doctor Who following the series' revival in 2005. Production will now continue in full at the new purpose-built studios at Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay.

With Karen and Arthur's final scenes recorded, the "handover" to new girl Jenna-Louise Coleman will begin filming shortly, though as with previous introductions her first story to be recorded may not be her first story on screen!

DW in Finland

Doctor Who has returned to Finland, with all episodes from the first appearance of the Ninth Doctor in Rose through to the 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, scheduled for transmission.

The revived series was first shown in 2005 but was not successful despite acquiring a dedicated fan base in the country, and the show was dropped from the schedules after The Christmas Invasion.

The series is now being shown with Finnish subtitles on the YLE TV2 channel, airing at 8pm on weekday evenings. Following transmission, each episode will be available online, but only inside Finland.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

MVM to Release Hack/Quantum on July 9

According to the website of Neo magazine, MVM will release the .hack//Quantum OAV series (pictured right) on DVD on July 9. In addition, it will reissue the previously-deleted series Ergo Proxy on August 6, having relicensed the title with Geneon Japan. The anime-on-line site linked from MVM's page lists the Ergo Proxy Complete Collection (pictured left) coming out on that day

MVM has also launched a new twitter feed.

The .hack//Quantum anime is a three-part OAV set in The World R:X setting of the .hack//Link game for the Sony PSP. In the story, the player characters Tobias, Mary, and Sakuya form a party in The World R:X for adventure but encounter a mysterious entity named Hermit. The encounter draws them into the all-consuming darkness taking over The World R:X. Masaki Tachibana (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Eiyū Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki The Animation) directed the anime at Kinema Citrus, and Tatsuya Hamazaki (.hack//Legend Of The Twilight, .hack//G.U.+, .hack//Roots) wrote the scripts. Funimation streamed an English-dubbed trailer for the series to promote its release in America, below.

Detective Conan's Shinichi & Kaitō Bedsheets Unveiled

On Wednesday, the ANIMATE store chain revealed the illustrations of Shinichi Kudō and Kaitō Kid that will adorn the upcoming Detective Conan bedsheets.
ANIMATE notes that the illustration of Shinichi — before he was shrunk to kid-size — will be in his school uniform "looking somewhat abashed as he loosens his necktie and holds out his left arm for you." Meanwhile, the Kaitō Kid version has the phantom thief "offering a gentle embrace like a gentleman, as if to say 'come over here.'"
The polyester suede bedsheets will go on sale this summer for 10,500 yen (about US$130, tax included) each.

Detective Conan Statue's Magnifying Glass Stolen

Police in Hokuei, the hometown of Detective Conan manga creator Gosho Aoyama, are investigating the defacing of two bronze statues of the pint-sized detective this week. On Monday morning, a male passerby discovered that the magnifying glass was missing from one of the 60-centimeter-tall (about 2-foot tall) statues, while the snorkel pipe on the other statue was bent.

It will cost an estimated 500,000 yen (US$6,000) to repair the damage. There were nine similar instances of defacement between 2000 and 2007, and it cost 3.5 million yen (US$44,000) to repair the damage for those incidents.

The town in Tottori Prefecture erected the statues on both ends of its Conan Bridge in honor of its most famous citizen. The town opened the nearby Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory museum in 2007.

Ghibli-Animated Ni no Kuni Game to be Previewed at MCM Expo

Namco Bandai UK has tweeted that it will hold a live demo and presentation of the game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (which features animation by Studio Ghibli) at London's MCM Expo. The event takes place from May 25 to 27 at the Excel Centre in the Docklands.

In addition, the Namco Bandai rep Hollie Bennett posted on her own twitter feed that she would also be doing live presentations for the games Tales of Graces f and Dragon Ball Z Kinect. Bennett later told ANN that the presentations would be at these times:

Saturday 5 - 5.30 p.m: Tales of Graces f presentation.

Saturday 6 - 6.30 p.m: Ni no Kuni presentation.

Sunday 10.30 - 11 a.m: Dragon Ball Z Kinect presentation.

Namco has also announced a Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations tournament (entry form), which will take place on Saturday May 26 at 3 p.m.

The PS3 game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was developed by Level-5 and features animation by Studio Ghibli. The story involves a young boy who crosses over into another world on a quest to find his mother. The game's North American and European release is planned for the first quarter of 2013, featuring both an English audio track and the original Japanese track.

Namco Bandai Games began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in April:

Pokémon: Black and White Season 2's Story Details Revealed

Additional details were revealed on Monday regarding the second season of the Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! (Pokemon: Black and White!) television anime series. The series will feature the appearance of the extremely rare telekinetic Pokémon Meloetta.

Meloetta is also starring in the first 2D theatrical short film for the franchise in nine years, titled Meloetta to Kirakira Recital. The short will open alongside the Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Kyurem Vs Seikenshi Keldeo (Pokémon: Black & White the Movie - Kyurem Vs. the Sacred Sword Master Keldeo) film on July 14.

Other characters appearing in the second season will include Sinnoh-region Champion Shirona (Cynthia), and Hikari (Dawn) and her Pokémon Piplup from the Pokémon - Diamond and Pearl video game and anime series. The new series will have Satoshi (Ash) reuniting with Shirona and traveling together to East Isshu. There, the characters will participate in a "Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup" to be able to challenge Isshu-region Champion Adeku (Alder). A new rival for Satoshi will also appear in the series.

Magazine scans had revealed last weekend that Team Rocket boss Sakaki (Giovanni) will also appear in the new season. Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! Season 2 will premiere on TV Tokyo on June 21 and will air on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in Japan.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Manga Creator Tanemura Featured on English NHK World TV Show

The next episode of imagine-nation, an English-language program shown on the international broadcast service NHK World TV, will feature interviews with manga creators Arina Tanemura and Kenichi Kiriki. The episode will air at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday and repeat five times on Wednesday.

The imagine-nation program covers comics, anime, and games with interviews, top rankings, and other segments. NHK lists the available ways that viewers outside Japan can watch NHK World, and NHK's own website streams NHK World.

Tanemura debuted in 1996 with the one-shot manga "2-banme no Koi no Katachi" when she was still in high school. Two of her manga series, Kamikaze Kaitō Jeanne and Full Moon wo Sagashite, inspired television anime, and she just ended her Fūdan-juku Monogatari (The Fūdan-juku Story) manga last November. Viz Media publishes most of her titles such as Sakura Hime, Full Moon O Sagashite, The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Time Stranger Kyoko, and I.O.N. DC Comics' CMX Manga imprint published her Kamikaze Kaitō Jeanne series.

Kiriki has been drawing his Tokyo Shutter Girl manga about a high school girl street photographer in Weekly Manga Goraku magazine since 2010. He is part of Project Tokiwaso Street, an organization that preserves the legacy of a Tokyo apartment where Osamu Tezuka, Shotaro Ishinomori, Fujio Akatsuka, and other manga pioneers honed their craft.

In November, the program ran an interview with the Prince of Tennis manga creator Takeshi Konomi, and it then featured Moonlight Mile manga creator Yasuo Ohtagaki in February.

DW experience in Wales

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is to open its doors to the public on Friday 20th July, it was announced today. Tickets for the attraction will go on sale at 10am on Thursday 14th June.

Originally based at the Olympia Two exhibition, conference, and event centre in West Kensington, it has been moved next to the Roath Lock drama studios at Porth Teigr, where Doctor Who is now made. With the construction having finished, internal fitting can now take place, moving in props, sets, and memorabilia from the show.

Items going on display for the first time in Cardiff will include the Doctor's cradle from A Good Man Goes to War, the Silence spaceship, and the Doctor's sonic cane from Let's Kill Hitler. Many more items are being kept under wraps until the attraction opens.

Philip Murphy, the managing director of BBC Worldwide Live Events, said:
The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is going to be just minutes away from where the BBC Wales television series is made, which I'm incredibly excited about. The Experience sets out to engage visitors' imaginations from the outset, immersing them in the world of Doctor Who, and what better place to do this than in Cardiff, the home of the show?

The interactive exhibition ran for a year in London, closing in February this year. It was originally planned to open in Cardiff this spring, but that date got pushed back and instead the Official Doctor Who Convention was held in the Millennium Centre. The Cardiff "incarnation" of the Experience, which is in a 3,000 sq m building, is scheduled to be in situ for five years.

The attraction covers the entire history of the series, with exhibits changing as new episodes are shown, and Paula Al-Lach, BBC Worldwide's head of exhibitions and events, said:
I'm thrilled to be formally accepting the keys to the building . . . and can't wait to start moving in. We've worked hard to create an outstanding visitor attraction with the Doctor Who Experience. It's the first-ever interactive Doctor Who exhibition and for our Cardiff opening we have some exciting new exhibits to be displayed in public for the very first time.

Ken Poole, Cardiff council's head of economic development, said:
Doctor Who is a global brand and is something that has really helped boost the profile of Cardiff internationally. This attraction will bring millions of pounds into the economy and the benefits to Cardiff will be immense in terms of tourism.

Up to a quarter of a million people are expected to pass through its doors every year.